The 2018 New Japan Cup finals have concluded.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Zack Sabre Jr. fought through some stiff competition to make it to the finals, which took place inside Ao-re Nagaoka in Niigata, Japan. Going into the finals, many fans were on the fence. Would Tanahashi renew his rivalry with Kazuchika Okada or potentially get revenge on Minoru Suzuki? Would Sabre Jr. pose a new threat to the IWGP Heavyweight champion?
In the end, it was Sabre Jr. who emerged as the New Japan Cup 2018 winner. He was able to submit Tanahashi just over the 34-minute mark. After the match, Sabre Jr. said he’s going after Okada’s gold at Sakura Genesis on April 1.
Check out the rest of the results below:
Singles Match: Shota Umino def. Tetsuhiro Yagi
Singles Match: Taichi def. Tomoyuki Oka
Six-Man Tag Team Match: Bad Luck Fale, Tanga Loa, & Yujiro Takahashi def. Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin, & Toa Henare
Tag Team Match: Killer Elite Squad def. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
Tag Team Match: Juice Robinson & David Finlay def. Hiroki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi
Eight-Man Tag Team Match: Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi, & Bushi def. Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado, & Takashi Iizuka
Tag Team Match: Kazuchika Okada & Chuckie T. def. Kota Ibushi & Chase Owens
New Japan Cup Finals Match: Zack Sabre Jr. def. Hiroshi Tanahashi