The first round of the New Japan Cup 2021 continued at ZIP Arena Okayama in Okayama, Japan earlier today and Yuji Nagata faced off against Yota Tsuji while SANADA took on Tomohiro Ishii in the main event.
The veteran Nagata ultimately picked up the win over Young Lion Yota Tsuji after 13 minutes with a Backdrop.
The two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion's opponent was then determined in the main event. SANADA and Ishii fought back and forth for over 25 minutes and the Los Ingobernables De Japon member managed to put Ishii away with a TKO and Moonsault.
Check out the full results from March 9 below:
• EVIL, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi def. YOSHI-HASHI, Toru Yano & Yuya Uemura
• The United Empire def. Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma & Gabriel Kidd
• Hiroshi Tanahashi, FinJuice & Toa Henare def. Jay White, KENTA, Chase Owens & Gedo
• Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & SHO def. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
• Yuji Nagata def. Yota Tsuji - New Japan Cup 2021 First Round
• SANADA def. Tomohiro Ishii - New Japan Cup 2021 First Round
The following matches are set for the second round:
• EVIL vs. Jeff Cobb
• Great-O-Khan vs. Toru Yano
• Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi
• Minoru Suzuki vs. KENTA
• Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
• Yuji Nagata vs. SANADA