New Japan Pro Wrestling kicked of the New Japan Cup 2014 earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan with 2,015 spectators in attendance.
*Special 6 Man Tag Team Match: El Desperado, Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Jado, Gedo & Kazuchika Okada (11:38). Desperado hit the Guiterra De Angel on Gedo for the win.
New Japan Cup: First Round Matches:
Shelton X Benjamin defeated Yujiro Takahashi (6:21) following a Paydirt from Benjamin.
Minoru Suzuki defeated Toru Yano (8:01) with a European Clutch.
Katsuyori Shibata defeated Karl Anderson (9:14) with an Octopus Hold.
Hirooki Goto defeated Doc Gallows (6:55) with the Goto-Shiki.
Prince Devitt defeated Lance Archer (7:57) following a Bloody Sunday to Archer.
Bad Luck Fale defeated Togi Makabe (9:36) with the Bad Luck Fall.
Tetsuya Naito defeated Tomohiro Ishii (12:55) following the Stardust Press.
Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr. (14:59) following the Boma-Ye.
All the winners advance to the quarterfinals. The second round of the New Japan Cup will be held on 3/22 at the Nagoya International Conference Hall in Aichi, Japan.
The following second round matches for the card will be:
– Shelton “X” Benjamin vs Katsuyori Shibata
– Minoru Suzuki vs Hirooki Goto
– Prince Devitt vs Shinsuke Nakamura
– Bad Luck Fale vs Tetsuya Naito