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SENGOKU-ENBU -KIZNA- Presents NEW JAPAN CUP 2017
MON. MARCH. 20. 2017 | BELL 3:00 PM
1-4-10, Otedori, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata
- 5TH MATCH 30 MINUTES LIMIT
Match time: 11m37s
After the bell, KUSHIDA and Hiromu brawled to the back and kept fighting in the backstage area.
KUSHIDA navigated Hiromu into a rear mount and punched Hiromu, demanding ‘are we doing this or not?’. Hiromu answered ‘You want it that bad?’. KUSHIDA placed Hiromu into a cross arm breaker and yelled ‘When?’ To which Hiromu fired back ‘You can't break my arm that easy!’. KUSHIDA reared back on Hiromu’s right arm, causing the champion to scream in pain. Finally Young Lions broke up the fight and KUSHIDA left Hiromu prostrate on the floor with a glassy eyed stare.
‘Ahahahahahaha… KUSHIDA, oh, you really showed me how motivated you are! Thank you, oh thank you! It's been so long since I've been roughed up like that! I'm so happy! (to Young Lion) give me that belt. (Clutches belt). You want this so, so, much don't you? I am never, ever letting you have it. (Talks to the belt) Oh, Mr. Belt, you hate KUSHIDA don't you? AAAAAHAHAHAHA!’
‘It's about time, right? Is there nobody that's going to challenge for these NEVER 6 man belts? Nobody that wants to take on me, EVIL and SANADA? Nobody that wants the titles? Up till now, the most defences they've had is just two. We’re already in striking distance. Come on, anyone. Enserio. For real.’
* Naito, SANADA, EVIL neglected to comment.
‘Well, there’s still the Cup final to go at the end of the day, but this is the end of this tour so I'd like to announce Taguchi Japan will be challenging for the NEVER six man tag championships again. Marvellous. I will now announce the team lineup. Firstly, again for the second successive time, Ryusuke Taguchi. On defence, again for the second consecutive time, Hiroshi Tanahashi. And finally, for the first time… Ricochet. Ricochet, Tanahashi and Taguchi will challenge for the NEVER six man titles. Thank you.’
-- Ricochet wasn't on this past tour..
‘I've had my eyes on Ricochet, and he's the best lad for the job.’
-- The scouting report said that?
‘All sorts. Mainly Twitter. Taguchi Japan is very active on social networks.’
-- Did Ricochet say he was OK with this?
‘Oh, he'll be fine with it. When duty calls, you've got to accept the charges! Unfortunately the big lad Nakanishi will have to be on the bench this time. You never know how flu can affect your performance long term, so this time it'll be Ricochet..’
-- So foreign players can be in Taguchi Japan?
‘Absolutely, at the end of the day, if you play regularly in Japan it's ok. Like rugby. I hope Ricochet does his home nation of Japan proud!’
* Tanahashi, Elgin, Juice, KUSHIDA neglected to comment.