Day 13 of the Young Lion Cup sees Kyoto host the penultimate night of the Road to Destruction, and the last league matches before the cup reaches its conclusion in Kobe. The four Young Lions in action tonight are playing for pride, but even though they aren’t in contention to win the league, they’ll be looking to finish strong.
Yota Tsuji (1-5) vs Michael Richards (1-5)
While everyone in the Young Lion Cup can take pride in scoring at least one victory in their campaigns, Tsuji and Richards will be fighting hard in Kyoto to make sure they don’t finish at the bottom of the table on two points.
Tsuji has added several strings to his bow on this tour, adding a Giant Swing to his powerful Spear, but hasn’t been able to produce a victory, except for against his Dojo contemporary and rival Yuya Uemura. that Togane victory fired Tsuji up, as it seemed he was able to definitively give himself the upper hand against a man he’d traded victories with for over a year, but while Uemura managed to follow his loss with a shock victory against Clark Connors, Tsuji has still been unable to beat anybody other than Uemura. Can he change that and end his league on a high note?
Yuya Uemura (1-5) vs Alex Coughlin (3-3)
Yuya Uemura suffered the disappointment of losing his ‘suplex battle’ with Ren narita Wednesday night in Shimane, but can still be proud of his achievements in defeating Clark Connors last week in Kagoshima. Uemura’s win was his first over a man not named Yota Tsuji, and now he looks to take on Connors’ La Dojo teammate Alex Coughlin.
Coughlin is also coming from a win over Connors, spoiling Connors’ chance of winning the league and seeing the Dojo ‘captain’ beaten by both his colleagues. He’ll be looking to end the Young Lion Cup with a positive record, while Uemura, having had a taste of victory, will want to end his run with one more win.