Zack Sabre Jr. Wins New Japan Cup, Challenges Okada
Zack Sabre Jr. made history on Wednesday morning when he became the first British-born wrestler to win the New Japan Cup. Sabre is only the second Gaijin to win the Cup, since Giant Bernard won in 2006. Sabre defeated two-time New Japan Cup winner Hiroshi Tanahashi to earn a match for the Heavyweight title of his choosing. During his post-match promo, Sabre challenged Kazuchika Okada, and Okada accepted. The two will face off at Sakura Genesis on 4/1.
Bloody did it. pic.twitter.com/FUsPldsJQ4
— ZSJ. Ⓥ (@zacksabrejr) March 21, 2018
British Wrestlers & Promotions React To Sabre’s Historic Win
Sabre’s New Japan Cup win was a point of pride for the British wrestling scene. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion and first British-born IWGP Jr. Champ and BOSJ winner Will Ospreay called the victory, “Mental!!!”
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) March 21, 2018
Sabre has been adorned in the championship gold of Revolution Pro in the UK. The promotion was rightly proud of their British Heavyweight Champion. Sabre also holds one-half of the RPW Undisputed British Tag Team Championship with Minoru Suzuki.
— Revolution Pro (@RevProUK) March 21, 2018
Sakura Genesis Set For 4/1
With Sabre’s win, and Okada accepting Sabre’s challenge, the main event for April’s supershow, Sakura Genesis, is set. Zack Sabre Jr. will face Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The event will air on 4/1 at 3am EST on NJPWWorld.com
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