Show starts at 5:30am EDT / 9:30am GMT. Showtime in 30 MINUTESThe LIJ tag was originally a 10-Man, but changed to an 8-Man after SANADA left LIJ to be one of Just 5 Guys. But since Just 4 Guys were never booked to begin with, SANADA gets the night off. But hey, at least you get to see BUSHI!Opening VTR - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HN72PuoyeU>New Japan Cup 2023 Quarter FinalHirooki Goto vs Tama Tonga>New Japan Cup 2023 Quarter FinalDavid Finlay vs Shota Umino>8 Man Tag MatchCHAOS (Lio Rush, Toru Yano, YOH & Tomohiro Ishii) vs Los Ingobernables De Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi)>6 Man Tag MatchUnited Empire (Jeff Cobb, Great-O-Khan & Mark Davis) vs HOUSE OF TORTURE (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo)>6 Man Tag MatchStrong Style (Ren Narita, Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado) vs BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo, Chase Owens & KENTA)>Tag Team MatchYOSHI-HASHI & Tomoaki Honma vs United Empire (Kyle Fletcher & Aaron Henare)>Tag Team MatchOskar Leube & Ryohei Oiwa vs TMDK (Zack Sabre Jr. & Kosei Fujita)
>>9372685Updated bracketAlso this is in Act City Hamamatsu in Shizuoka. IDK why I grabbed the Korakuen one again
Fujita tap out win incoming
>>9372917Here he will perfect his euro uppercut
>>9372685>no Cup show on my birthdayFuck you too Gedo.
>>9373015Youre up at 5:30am you can afford a day off my boy
That chop from Fujita sounded like death
>>9373025I'm an Auschad
>mfw people try to tell me that NJPW will never recover and grow from where they are right now with Uemura, Big Yen Tsuji, Oiwa, Fujita, Nakashima, Leube and that big Chechen dude in the works
>>9373094I'd for a shoot watch a main event between Oiwa and Fujita as is right now, those two are going to be ace-level in a couple of years
>>9373104I really hope at least Fujita gets a BOSJ spot
Is tonight ELP as guest or is that tomorrow?
>>9373120Oiwa is easily heavyweight size, I want to say Fujita is if not purely to keep them on equal footing
That was such a good fucking match>>9373125Tomorrow, tonight is Mark Davis
How far back do you think it takes to go find the last time Honma won a match
>>9373149Less than a year, he beat Young Lions last year and got a win at WK before that
>>9373104Even in their debut match they had more chemistry with each other than you see in most [redacted to avoid console wars] matches. I can absolutely see them being tied together in an Okada vs Naito style career rivalry. I suppose Kidd and Coughlin also belong on the list given how little they've been in Japan; I didn't watch WTL but here's hoping they improve enough to be worth placing in more prominent spots in Japan. You'd think Coughlin would be idiot prood to get over with his feats of strength, so if he can't that's somewhat concerning, but even if the best that comes of the LA Dojo is Connors the company still has a bright future. Fuck, Kevin Knight also has ridiculous potential as a top junior. He can jump so fucking high; if you put the right mask or gimmick on him he could be a huge deal for the division.
>>9373179>if you put the right mask or gimmick on him *and teach him to work as an underdog babyface half as well as Liger, or even Despy* he could be a huge deal for the division.
>>9373179Oiwa vs. Fujita from the April 18 Golden Fight Series show is genuinely a perfect match and textbook storytelling. I am admittedly kind of a mark for both of them, but that match is simplicity perfected.Kidd and Coughlin got reactions in BOSJ, but they did look a bit uncomfortable. Connors and Kevin Knight both looked far more comfortable even midway through the tours they debuted on.
BULLET BULLET BULLET BULLET BULLET
AyeYeeeeeeeeeeeeahBULLET BULLET BULLET BULLET BULLET
BULLET BULLET BULLET
based chase got a sign
>Lovingly hand-crafted sign>Of Chase Owens
>you foreign dogsI need Shingo and Henare in a straight man funny man tag team where Henare is constantly being cringe and tryhard talking about semen retention and how based Ikki Kita was trying to get Shingo's approval.
How much of Narita's success will be held back by the fact that he simply is not as handsome as Shibata?
>gay gay gay gay gay gay gaykek
Am I missing anybody, or since G.o.D.'s removal, the quiet House of Torture split and Juice and Jay's departures are the only full time BC members in Japan>ELP>KENTA>Finlay>Chase>Ishimori>GedoIf you're going to keep BC as a thing past the ten year anniversary, I guess paring it down after all the bloat isn't the worst idea. Curious to see how the leadership situation plays out.
Apparently TMDK are getting a new member this tour. Who will it be?
Okay TJPW done now it's cup time. And these guys are dueling chairs.
>>9373331I swear it's the hair. You can't be a star muchless a dangerous shooter with the "I'm balding but dont want you to see it" bowlcut.
>>9373350I keep seeing people suggest ELP bc apparently he has history with Zack, hell if I know though.
>>9373349For Japan based members yes, also the Impact guys and Fale's guys.>>9373350Source? Should be a junior in time for BOSJ, probably Eagles
>>9373357I don't know, Shibata just has a better face, dude is for real just really handsome. Add his physique being better, height and all. Narita just looks kinda goofy, his little stashe, the bowl cut, his halfway-bulking body.
>>9373381He looks like FIlthyFrank
>>9373375Super JewCast’s discord
>>9373357Yeah he should just own it like Connors does.>>9373375>EaglesOh shit good call, he could use more of an edge to him and his style fits perfectly in a ZSJ-led faction.
>>9373375Eagles is going to United Empire
>>9373356heh I just made the same switch, sleep running on E but really wanna see these quarters
Where is SHO? We want SHO
>>9373409SHO died on the way back to his home planet
God I love this pot bellied hawaiian nigga like you wouldnt believe
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM you wouldn't wanna mess with that
come on togo you can do it
Oh yeah, Okhan was legal
How the fuck can anyone hate House of Torture I love these comedy jobber niggas
>>9373407TMDK need a Jr. Seen a few people float Ishimori but it'd be cool to get an Aussie indy guy too.
>>9373494because it all started with EVIL killing the two most kino belts of all time and I will never forgive him nor Gedo for that
>>9373494In the clap crowd period they were brutal to watch for a while, especially during the endless feud with Chaos in early 2022. I realized how based SHO is during BoSJ last year, but now that crowds can boo I'm firmly pro-HoT
Was that an audio fuck up or does Lio's theme have LIJ samples?
I hear Ishii come out to Lio's shitty song and all I can think is what type of music this mf loves. Like what does his Spotify look like
>>9373515evil had nothing to do with the belts being killed tho
>>9373529They accidentally started playing BUSHI, Hiromu and YOH's themes (in that order, for a split sec simultaneously) in the middle of the intro
>>9373515EVIL's BC turn was unironically based both then and in hindsight, the issue was clap crowds with him on top and Ibushi unifying them and then unifying himself with a solid spot six feet under
BUSHI’s mask from yesterday was p. cool
fantastica mania fast naito is long gone
I fucking hate Naito so much. He's too based for this world
Need an LIJ roll call spot where Naito accidently says SANADA then gets all sad
>>9373546>and then unifying himself with a solid spot six feet undersuch a shame.
ngl after seeing ishii/takagi start almost every tag theyre in this tour im kinda sick of the matchup a bit
LIJ in the fucking mud this week
Here we go
>>9373644They're cursed until Big Yen Tsuji comes back in time for the G1.
this motherfucker is outside now
At least he's not giving out glowsticks like a volunteer at a local parade.
Rebelbros, we finna kil this geek
>THE WOOOOOORD, NEEDS, A REBERRRRRR
>>9373675White meat superhero babyfaces are based
DANCE WITH MEDANCE WITH MEDANCE WITH MEEEEEEEEEEE
>>9373695is that really the lyrics?
I fucking love foreground background shots so much
pushed his own dang papa
HE SHOVED HIS DAD
>>9373692Yes but not when their nickname is "roughneck"
Go Finlay! Do it for Ulster!
>>9373712That nickname gotta go
thank god this is the semi main so they dont have to try and go long
Finlay's doing way too many Jay-isms for my taste. My heart still hasn't healed, Gedo.
>>9373765outside kayfabe they're good friends so I'm not surprised
>Shut up, bitchkek based
>>9373769He didn't have many of them pre-turn though, it feels like a bad idea to introduce them at the same time as you try to fill his spot. I'm definitely biased though.
>>9373765Aside from the trash talk which every gaijin does it's not much like Jay at all. My problem is he's just not good at it
>>9373765Main thing that reminds me of Jay is the great selling, though he needs to tone it down for submissionsBut he distinguishes himself with all the brawling
>>9373785I agree, he doesn’t do any of the stalling that Jay is famous for.
question has Finlay cheated yet?
I know people like the father-son angle but in kayfabe it makes no sense for Red Shoes to ref his son's matches. When Umino challenges for the title are they just going to accept his dad as a neutral arbiter? I suppose he did ref the U.S. title match with Ospreay, but I just think its dumb. It would be more impactful if he never reffed Uminos matches and the first time they were on camera together was after Umino got a really bad beating and injury angle and Red Shoes ran out to check on him.
>>9373802NoOk I swear to god I just heard Finlay's theme start playing
>Production team spoiling the winnerKWAB
>>9373802Besides the techincally against the rules stuff that nobody gets penalized for these days like brawling on the outside, no
>>9373807that's strange, usually bc leaders that aren't Kenny cheatsame I think I heard something
>>9373802Closed fists and such but no weapons and Gedo has had 0 involvementMight change to beat Tama, though
based finish sequencePerfect lenght for the match
THE REBEL TAKE THE FUCKING OVER EVERYTHING
THE REBER TAKE A FUCKING OVER EVERYTHINGI NEEDA REBERBURRET CRUB NEEDA REBERTHE WORWD NEEDA REBER
ZA REBEL TAKING FUCKING OBA EVERYDANG
>Main event: New Japan Cup Quarterfinal-Hirooki Goto vs Tama Tonga>Singles record: 7-0 Gotofucking hell lol
>XL WELCOME BACKWELCOME BACK
>>9373852Tama finally gonna get a win over Gotoster after a decade kek>>9373857He's based, but being the new Bullet Club leader is crinfe
I'm neutral on the Tama Tonga debate, but if he sucks why is he still over with nips?
GUERRILLA TACTICS>WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATKNOW WE BOUT ACTION>WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATKNOW WE NOT LACKIN>WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATMATCHUPS NOT MATCHIN>WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT
>>9373873he be gud lookin frfr he be over wit dem jappy pussies bruvbruv
>>9373873Same reason Shota is. Good angles.Tama doesn't suck, he's just mid. This match is gonna be great, though. These two have good chemistry.
>>9373884hey Ospreay, get well soon
>>9373873Takagi is more over. Still mad he lost.
If Goto somehow won this (He won't), I'd start worrying for SANADA
>>9373918Nah Goto is the perfect runner up to beat
>>9373921But they need to give Finlay direction.
Tama still needs a new challenger for the Never belt
>>9373928Which is why Tama is winning this, Finlay beats him then hopefully settles with the NEVER title and doesnt get a World Title shot
>>9373929>NEVER-Goto in 2023I would be down if he fires up for it but I don't think he can have 2013-tier matches at this age
>>9373929Finlay coming for him. Gonna beat him twice, I bet
Goto Tama Tonga barn burner
>>9373932runner up usually challenges at Dontaku after Sakura Genesis, so if that's the case Finlay is winning
What’s the No.2 belt atm? US? NEVER?
>>9373950US but once again it's disappeared
kino midcard match taking place rn
>>9373952Why they keep giving it to AEW guys who proceed to not wear it on Dynamite I don’t know
>>9373950US but it's kidnapped, it's probably the NEVER purely for history but I'd argue the TV title is the #3, or maybe even #2 over the US since it is in a constant quantum state between real and not
This feels like a Never title match. bases
>>9373970I'd say that's because of Goto
>15 minutes passedwtf it feels like its been 20 (in a good way)
Damn, Tama is really fucking slick with his claps for the elbows. I didn't even notice it the first few times, he hits his bicep I think
Goto still got it, baby
>>9373932NJC is only for the world title now.
>>9373911That's a healthy outlook and definitely not schizophrenic.
That finish was fucking great. I think Shooter vs. Finlay should've main evented over this on paper but this earned its spot and then some>>9373987Finlay beats Tama, loses the finals, meaning he only gets a NEVER shot
>>9373952I understand booking Kenny to win to set up an Ospreay win in the rematch but fuck, Ospreay's run had *finally* established that belt as something worth caring about after it was borderline cursed with injuries and 0 defence reigns, and now its stuck in America again, back to mid 2020.
Rebelbros, we killing this bitch
>>9373996>Sanada cupGross and why?
Name a worse semi-finalist lineup for a NJC>>9373997>US title in the US
>>9374003Take the J5Gpill, anon
>has a really good match>doesnt try to go 25 minutes>doesnt do a long ass promolove this nigga
>>9374012Oh, so you didn't care about him before last night?
>>9374017Let's change the subject
>>9374017yes but SO WHAT
>>9374011Last time it was this bad was 2016
>>9374011nigga shut up the match will be good
>>9374011>US title in the USIf he was at least defending it it might be different, but nothing has happened relating to that belt other than some Cobb teases since WK. This is after Ospreay had firmly built it up as the second most important HW belt in the company with his run against Finlay, Shota and Omega. This is clearly a big fucking downgrade.
>>9374042Yappari; Shitter Umino, Davoid Finlet and Tongue Tamer are dimeless bitches !
I was happy about there being no more live shows till Sakura Genesis but after the J5G turn I'm a little disappointed now
>>9374049you are retarded
>>9374017I want to be on his side but please Taichi, pull some personality out of that motherfucker. He's clearly talented but he's still like YOH in 2022 for me; I'm not sure why SANADA's refusal to emote doesn't lead to the same comments from Japanese fans that we were seeing about YOH last year.
>>9374039You're clearly a big fucking bitch.
>>9374101Uno Reverse Card
>>9374069He's literally "Cold Skull," it's part of his gimmick and evidently part of his charm from the start. YOH had energy his entire time in Roppongi 3K, then he came back acting like a mopey geek who didn't wanna be there and just working through his final dates
>>9374110I know that's his gimmick, but I think its a bad or at least limiting gimmick, like when he wrestled EVIL at WK15 without an ounce of emotion. Naito's tranquilo thing is based because its fun to watch him be unfazed and fuck with his opponents by not caring, but then he will actually show passion during main events. SANADA just looks bored much of the time, and a babyface who doesn't show emotion is a bad babyface, gimmick or not.
SANADA finna based as is
>>9373350ELP. He and ZSJ go back to RevPro, and they are building to Finlay kicking him out of BC. They need a jr though. Eagles would work but he just joined United Empire.
>>9373557He wears these to be the fall guy in undercard tags, but during BOSJ he’ll just throw on any old overmask.
>>9373577It’s funny to see him rollcall already since you can tell he really has to think of who’s in the group and their order
>>9374822kek yeah Titán has fucked him up
>>9374110He got the gimmick because he's a charisma vacuum automaton.
>>9373873He’s not. Alex Zayne and Drew Parker were voted more popular.
>>9375319lol and ninja mack
>>9373133Mark Davis lucking his way into a possible New Japan Cup final is insane, with how well he has performed it wont shock me if Gedo straps up him and Fletcher
>>9376334Aussie Open were already planned to win the titles by the time the brackets were announced IMO
>>9376334With how thin the tag team division has been in recent years giving them the tag straps within a year seems like a no-brainer. Other than Bishamon and GoD I think Aussie Open is the only other hebbyq tag team with an actual name on the roster besides Tencozy and GBH.
>>9376334Rather they have the tag belts than FTR or any other gaijin team that could kidnap the belts for months. We are already dealing with the US title situation.
>>9376454Aussie Open apparently still have no proper NJPW contracts and they've been on AEW a lot recently
>>9376476Hopefully Mark Davis getting to the quarter finals will push them towards signing with NJPW. If they have brains in their heads they have to see that they will be lost in the shuffle at AEW within a month.
>>9376582Who cares? They'll make more money if they convince Tony to give them the contract, regardless of how much they actually wrestle.
Based Tama and based Sanada.Finlay is midcard leader for BC. He is secretly destroying it frommthe inside as revenge.
>>9376836>He is secretly destroying it frommthe inside as revenge.Other than Juice defecting (without even hurting or fucking Finlay over, he just left) what does he have to be mad at them for? A reverse version of Ole turning on Dusty after spending a year gaining his trust could be based but I don't see the motivation, plus BC feels completely hollowed out and rudderless at this point; if he had a reason to destroy the massive BC of a year ago that could have been interesting, but with everyone whose left, been kicked out and quietly drifted away (HoT) where's the glory in destroying a faction mostly built around ELP, KENTA, Chase and Ishimori?
kek LIJ is about to explodeIn the post-match comments Naito spoke nicely about SANADA and Shingo went on social media calling him dumb for paying the deserter a compliment
Don't wanna make a new thread for this, but am I crazy or is BOSJ starting early? and the fact it finishes on the same day as DoN is making me suspicious.
>>9377034Only like 3 days earlier than last year so they can have the final in May instead of June
>>9377077But why? It's pretty much always starts middle of may and ends in June.
>>9377000Modern NJPW booking is crash tv.
>>9377033Oh boy. Where is Shingo going?
>>9377300To be with his Chaos brothers.
>>9377300>>9373278But seriously, based purely on having seen his match with Danielson years ago I think a heel Shingo would be dimes. I can't think of a faction he would be an obvious fit for but he could easily be what EVIL shpuld have been after his turn if he were going to stay a credible main eventer.
Sanada will win, and then lose to Okada.
>>9377398If he’s also turning on Naito, it will be more overt and not a parallel move like SANADA. He would have to make a new group I think, because he doesn’t fit with any of the current heel/tweener factions. Maybe take Ishimori and Uemura to form something.
Takagi won't leave LIJ. Stop coping.
>>9378000>muscular dragon and muscular chihuahuaSounds based
LIJ is a more lucha unit now.
>>9378579Takagi is the only one of them that hasn't wrestled in Mexico.
>>9379832His style from dragongate is from toryumon from Mexico lucha.
>>9374042It's Hamamatsu, place is a shithole and everyone is in bed by 4pm.t. jap
>>9380308Damn, son. Hamamatsu shoot outta nowhere. And I thought Osaka had it bad.