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NJPW Announces Match Card For New Japan Cup Semifinals Including Big Six-Man Tag Match

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced the full match card for this Saturday’s event in Sendai, including a dream trio of top stars and the semifinals of the 2021 New Japan Cup.

In the first of two tournament matches, David Finlay will look to keep the rocket strapped firmly to his back coming off a huge upset over “Switchblade” Jay White in the third round. He is certainly the underdog of the four remaining competitors. To advance to the finals the new IMPACT World Tag Team Champion will have to take down Will Ospreay next, and that’s something only Kazuchika Okada has been able to do this year — and the “Rainmaker” needed more than 35 minutes to do it.


Also in tournament action, the 2020 winner and former IWGP double champion EVIL battles Shingo Takagi. This is an interesting one. They’ve had plenty of tag team matches alongside and against one another, but Shingo has never actually gotten his hands on EVIL one-on-one since he betrayed Los Ingobernables de Japon last year. They were in opposite blocks in the 2020 G1 Climax, so this is a genuine first-time match between former stablemates.

Also in non-tournament action, a six-man tag team match will see Bullet Club’s KENTA and Jay White take out their frustrations after being eliminated in the quarterfinals. They’ll team up with Yujiro Takahashi to take on an elite trio made up of IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi, “The Ace” Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada.

The show will air live on NJPW World this Saturday at 4:00 AM ET.

Match Card:

Tag Team Match: Juice Robinson & Yuya Uemura vs. The Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan)

Six-Man Tag Team Match: CHAOS (SHO & YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club (Jado & Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale)

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi)

Six-Man Tag Team Match: Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi vs. Bullet Club (KENTA & Jay White & Yujiro Takahashi)

New Japan Cup Semifinals: David Finlay vs. Will Ospreay

New Japan Cup Semifinals: Shingo Takagi vs. EVIL

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STF Underground Episode 100! WrestleMania Prediction Round Table, Guest Cameos From Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & More!

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Welcome to EPISODE 100 of STF Underground!

In this episode we celebrate 100 episodes strong with a WrestleMania round table. This episode features guest cameos from previous guests such as Sammy Guevara, Joaquin Wilde, & more! PLUS, a surprise run in that you won’t want to miss!


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Will Ospreay Defeats Kota Ibushi To Become New IWGP World Heavyweight Champion

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During today’s NJPW Sakura Genesis event at Ryogoku Sumo Hall, the “Golden Star” Kota Ibushi’s reign as IWGP World Heavyweight Champion came to an unfortunate end at the hands of Will Ospreay.

The two men went head-to-head for the fourth time in just over two years, expending everything in their respective arsenals in a brutal half-hour battle. In the end, the “Aerial Assassin” kicked out of two consecutive Kamigoye knee strikes, catching Ibushi with a running knee, the Hidden Blade and Stormbreaker to win New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s most coveted prize.


This kickstarts Ospreay’s first run as IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a brand new title belt that was recently christened by merging the historic IWGP World Championship with the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

After the match, Ibushi was beaten down by the United Empire, receiving a thunderous Tour of the Islands at the hands of Jeff Cobb. The faction gained another new member at Sakura Genesis as well, with Toa Henare looking to change his losing ways by aligning himself with Ospreay’s new crew, seeing the success it has already brought former Young Lion the Great O-Khan.

Ospreay went on to call out Kazuchika Okada after his big win, claiming that his story will not be finished until he avenges his loss to “The Rainmaker” from Wrestle Kingdom 15.

Before the record-breaking former champion could answer the challenger, however, Shingo Takagi ripped the microphone out of Okada’s hands and issued a challenge of his own. The “Last Dragon” reminded everyone that he defeated Okada in the first round of the 2021 New Japan Cup.

While this still has to be officialized by New Japan management, Ospreay in no uncertain terms agreed that he would put the IWGP title on the line against Shingo Takagi first, and then he would come for revenge on the great Kazuchika Okada.


This article was originally published by Matthew Wilkinson and edited by Mike Killam. 

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4/2 NJPW STRONG Results: Rocky Romero vs Kevin Knight, Team Filthy In Action Against Team Brody

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NJPW STRONG Results
April 2, 2021

Kevin Kelly and Alex Kozlov run down the match card and discuss the 2021 New Japan Cup USA tournament starting next week. This year not only does the winner get the traditional tournament, but they will be awarded the brand new STRONG Openweight Championship!


Rocky Romero def. Kevin Knight

Rocky got the win with a cross armbreaker in about nine minutes. Knight went after the leg and back on the mat early on, but ran into a dropkick. Rocky lit him up with kicks all over the body, Knight came back with heavy blows in the corner, but Rocky gave it right back to him with more chops. The Young Lion set in with European uppercuts one after another, and took him down with a shoulder tackle, but Rocky shook off the Boston Crab. Knight continued to work the back with body slams and knee drops, and eventually got the Boston Crab locked in. He kept trying for a vertical suplex throughout the match and Rocky had different counters for it each time. In the end it was his Achilles heel, as Romero reversed the suplex into a crossface, rolled into a big German suplex, and slapped on the cross armbreaker to get the submission.

Alex Coughlin & TJP def. Jordan Clearwater & Misterioso

Misterioso and TJP spent the first few minutes grappling back and forth looking for advantages, but kept coming up even. When that didn’t work they started trading flash counters. Misterioso got the better of the exchange and went for a dive outside, but Coughlin pounced him clear across the ring. Clearwater tagged in but rushed right into a double-team beatdown. TJP nearly wrenched his arm out of its socket, and Coughlin slowed things down with various holds, working the back with knees and clubbing blows. Misterioso eventually got the hot tag and caught Coughlin with some close pinning combinations, running through both with a double clothesline. Coughlin gave him a backbreaker right into a crazy impressive bridging fallaway slam, all in one fluid move. Clearwater got the tag and rushed in, putting the boots to Coughlin in the corner. He hit a huge lariat, but TJP made the save at the last second. Misterioso went for a dive to the outside but crashed and burned. TJP hit the Mamba Splash on Clearwater shortly after to win.

Team Filthy (Chris Dickinson & JR Kratos & “Filthy” Tom Lawlor) def. Brody King & Logan Riegel & Sterling Riegel

The Riegel twins tried to work on Dickinson with some double-team offense at the start, but the “Dirty Daddy” ran through both with clotheslines. Brody tagged in and they started trading heavy forearms. Dickinson took out the big man’s knees and backed him into the heel corner. Kratos and Brody started trading even heavier forearm shots until things broke down into a brawl on the floor. Team Filthy got a hold of Sterling Riegel and beat the hell out of him, alternating with quick tags for quite some time. Kratos mauled his arm, which set up Lawlor to come in and work it over with different holds and submissions. Sterling eventually shocked everyone by trading blows with Dickinson and took him down with a backbreaker. Brody got the hot tag and scared off Lawlor before squashing him and Kratos in the corner. He tried to toss Logan Riegel into an assisted dropkick, but Kratos pounced the poor kid across the ring. Sterling then tried for a crossbody, but the juggernaut swatted him down. Dickinson started pelting Sterling with forearms until the ref called for the bell.

Team Filthy beat down all the babyfaces after the match. Tom Lawlor tried to get Chris Dickinson to break Sterling’s arm but he refused to do it. Possibly out of respect after Sterling stood up to him and traded shots during the match. Kratos had no problem injuring him, however, and brutally snapped his arm backwards and stomped on it. Dickinson shook his head and walked through the corner before the others.

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