2019 Japan Cup Results for the NJPW: Quarterfinal Choice after Round 2 | Bleacher's report

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Osaka, Japan - February 11: Kazuchika Okada enters the ring before the match between Kazuchika Okada and Bad Luck Fale at NJPW's New Beginning at Osaka Edion Arena on February 11, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara / Getty Images)

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The second round of the 2019 New Japan Cup is over and, as always, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has some surprises in store for its loyal fans, including a big surprise for the winner of last year.

During the process, he also endorsed the wrestlers that will form the basis of the promotion as it continues to rebuild following the departure of Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Kushida.

What matches fans can expect in the quarter-finals of the competition, and what wrestlers should they expect to see qualify for the semi-finals?

Round 2 results

Tomohiro Ishii pinned Taichi.

Yoshi-Hashi pinned Chase Owens.

Kazuchika Okada pinned Mikey Nicholls.

Will Ospreay pinned Lance Archer.

Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Ryusuke Taguchi.

Zack Saber Jr. submitted Kota Ibushi.

Colt Cabana pinned Toru Yano.

Sanada pinned Minoru Suzuki.

Tanahashi surpasses Taguchi

Saber Jr. Targets Injured Ibube Knee

Aggressive Nicholls brutalizes Okada

Archer interrupts the dynamics of Ospreay

Quarterfinal predictions

Ishii beats Yoshi-Hashi.

Ospreay thwarts Okada.

Tanahashi defeated Saber Jr.

Sanada beats Cabana.

Saber Jr. ready for a rehearsal?

In 2018, Zack Saber Jr. mounted an arsenal of unparalleled submission and a thirst for gold at the New Japan Cup championship, avoiding Hiroshi Tanahashi to meet in nearly 35 minutes. He will have another chance to defeat Ace in the tournament in the quarterfinals after presenting Kota Ibushi in one of the most surprising results of the second round.

On the surface, Ibushi was among the favorites to win the tournament, not to mention Saturday's game with Saber Jr. Unfortunately for Ibushi, he was surprised by an opponent seeking to prove that last year's victory was everything but a coincidence.

The Suzuki pistol member aimed at Ibushi's knee as a shark smelling blood in the water. He sought to separate the injured joint from his opponent. Saber cut him every time he seemed able to climb into attack and find his way back into the match.

Late in the match, Ibushi, a growing man, tried to run, but Saber kicked. Moments later, he trapped the famous star in his submission to Orienteering with Napalm Death.

The best Saber test of the tournament could well be Tanahashi, who will try to avenge his defeat against the British a year ago. Given the kindness of the 2019 veteran, Saber could face a challenge for which he's just not ready to face the former IWGP heavyweight champion.

Ospreay: giant killer

NEVER Openweight champion Will Ospreay advanced to the second round of this year's tournament by beating Bad Luck Fale in the first round of the competition, despite the fact that he has already lost 170 pounds to the Bullet Club member.

To qualify for the quarter-finals, he should defeat Lance Archer of Chaos, despite another major disadvantage.

The Englishman would prove that the size is only the figure of a fantastic fight between David and Goliath.

Ospreay endured a tremendous amount of punishment from a determined, determined and unforgiving archer. He had his heart tested because he was suspended on the ground and sent to the guardrail. Despite his resistance, he defended himself and remained alive in the match.

The brave outsider even resisted Blackout and was surprised by the consternation of his opponent.

Ospreay survived just long enough to finish Archer with Stormbreaker and continue on to the New Japan Cup.

Just like fellow Saber, Ospreay faces his toughest challenge to date in the quarter-finals when he faces former heavyweight champion IWGP and NJPW's face, Kazuchika Okada.

The Rainmaker himself was fortunate to escape the second round after resisting the attack of an aggressive Mikey Nicholls.

So the question is whether the company wants to focus on the tired (Okada) or take the risk of increasing Ospreay even more than it has already done with a dazzling victory over its star of the franchise.