Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI defeated David Finlay & Yota Tsuji (10:32)


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Ishii pinned Tsuji after hitting a lariat.

Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Jado defeated Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma & Yuya Uemura (10:27)


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Yujiro pinned Uemura after hitting Pimp Juice.

Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Yuji Nagata & SHO defeated SANADA, Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI (12:01)


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SHO pinned BUSHI after hitting a Shock Arrow.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Toa Henare defeated Jay White, KENTA & Chase Owens (w/Gedo) (13:18)


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Tanahashi used a Texas cloverleaf to submit Owens.

New Japan Cup second round match: Toru Yano defeated The Great-O-Khan (13:02)


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I don't how what to say about this.

The comedy in the first few minutes was fun. Then they had a boring stretch. Then there was almost a stabbing.

O-Khan allowed Yano to tape his hands behind his back. O-Khan then dared Yano to hit him with a corner pad. O-Khan ducked the corner pad and broke his hands free of the tape.

O-Khan took a flat-back bump and dared Yano to try to cover him. Yano charged in and got caught in a kneebar. Yano forced a break.

O-Khan sat on a chair in the middle of the ring. Yano sat on a chair in the aisle. O-Khan took Yano's KOPW trophy and threatened to stomp on it to get Yano back inside.

O-Khan offered a handshake. He took Yano down with the handshake and stomped on Yano's right arm. O-Khan hit a gutwrench throw for a two count. He used a head-and-arm choke on the mat. O-Khan sat on Yano's back in the corner.

O-Khan missed a charge and ran into the exposed buckle. Yano hit a throw into a double down. Yano hit a slingshot into the exposed buckle.

O-Khan used the iron claw to get a near fall. Yano sent O-Khan to the outside and tied his ponytail around the barricade. O-Khan produced a pair of scissors from his boot and cut himself free.

O-Khan teased stabbing Yano with the scissors. Yano avoided him and hit a low blow while the ref was down. Yano hit a tackle and rolled O-Khan up for the pin.

Yano advances to the quarterfinals and faces the winner of the next match on Tuesday, March 16.

New Japan Cup second round match: EVIL (w/Dick Togo) defeated Jeff Cobb (23:08)


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Cobb was very good here and this was one of EVIL's better efforts of late. The usual Bullet Club shenanigans took away from what could have been a fun fight between two powerhouses.

EVIL stalled for the first minute. He teased that he was afraid of Cobb's power. EVIL used a distraction from Togo to hit a kick. Cobb no-sold and sent EVIL outside. Cobb sent EVIL into Togo, then hit Togo with a right hand.

Back inside, Cobb hit a dropkick and a couple of right hands for a near fall. Togo tripped Cobb from the floor, allowing EVIL to take over. EVIL sent Cobb into the barricade. Ring announcer Abe took a bump. EVIL hit his baseball swing with a chair.

EVIL worked on Cobb for a bit in the ring, then sent him back outside. Abe took another bump as Cobb took a whip into the barricade. Togo exposed a buckle and EVIL whipped Cobb into it.

Cobb came back with right hands. He avoided a ref-assisted mid kick and hit an impressive throw. Cobb hit a superplex for a two count. Cobb avoided a misdirection lariat. Cobb hit a lariat, but EVIL got his knees up on a standing moonsault attempt.

EVIL hit a lariat, then used a scorpion deathlock. Cobb powered his way to the ropes for a break. EVIL hit Darkness Falls for a two count. Cobb avoided a whip into the exposed buckle and hit a superkick. Cobb hit a powerslam for a near fall.

Togo jumped on the apron. EVIL ran into Togo. Cobb hit a German and a standing moonsault for two. Cobb hit a spin cycle and got a visual pinfall, but referee Red Shoes took a bump from EVIL's feet as Cobb spun EVIL around.

Togo jumped in as Cobb teased another superplex. Cobb fought off Togo, then hit a double powerslam to both Togo and EVIL. Togo got sent outside. Cobb revived the ref. Cobb hit a powerbomb for a two count.

EVIL raked Cobb's eyes and hit a lariat. Cobb blocked Everything is EVIL and hit a German. Both men ran into the exposed buckle.

Yujiro Takahashi appeared and jumped on the apron for a distraction. EVIL then hit Everything is EVIL and got the pin.

EVIL advances and faces Yano in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 16.

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