Zack Saber Jr. will challenge Okada in NJPW Sakura Genesis 2018
Zack Saber Jr. continues to add successes to his track record. The 30-year-old British fighter has defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi this morning to win the New Japan Cup 2018. Saber has managed to win the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) tournament and has received a future titular opportunity of his choice.
The final of the tournament, which can already be seen on deferred in the official NJPW platform, has lasted 34 minutes and has been described as “one of the best matches of the last years” by different analysts and fans. Saber has defeated Tanahashi by surrender with a variant of his Napalm Death.
In this way, Zack Saber Jr. takes advantage in the personal record of fighting with Tanahashi, with two victories (G1 Climax 2017 and New Japan Cup) and one defeat (Destruction in Hiroshima 2017).
Zack Saber Jr. has managed to emerge victorious in his first participation in the New Japan Cup. The Briton has been considered the best fighter of the tournament, thanks to his victories over Tetsuya Naito (in the first round), Kota Ibushi (in the quarterfinals) and SANADA (in the semifinals). In turn, Saber has defeated Tanahashi in what was the fourth final of the New Japan Cup for the Japanese. Of these four combats, Tanahashi has emerged victorious in half of the cases (2005 and 2008).
The winner of the tournament, beyond receiving an honorary trophy, has the right to challenge a champion of his choice. Saber has chosen Kazuchika Okada for IWGP heavyweight championship. Both fighters will face each other in the Sakura Genesis 2018 event, which will take place on April 1 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo (Japan).
This will be the first fight in history between Saber and Okada and will be the first time that a British fighter has challenged the IWGP heavyweight championship since Steven Regal (William Regal in WWE) did in April 1995.
Zack Saber Jr. will try adding a new championship to his extensive track record. Today, Saber is the absolute champion of EVOLVE, British heavyweight champion of Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) and tag team champion of RPW, along with Minoru Suzuki. With regard to the statistics for his fight against Okada, only five of the 13 winners of the New Japan Cup were victorious in their headline matches, with the last being Tetsuya Naito in 2016.