Just like March Madness every year New Japan has a fantastic tournament in March.
Entrants and brackets have been revealed for an intense New Japan Cup. The tournament starts on March 4th in Korakuen Hall and runs until March 21st where a winner will be crowned in Nagaoka. The winner of the tournament will have to get through five grueling matches in order to earn himself a shot at the IWGP Championship ten days later in Ryogoku. Where the winner of the cup will be in the main event at Sakura Genesis. The winner will face Tetsuya Naito for the Double IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships.
Some great first-round matches we will get to see such as, last year’s winner Kazuchika Okada taking on Switchblade Jay White, Kota Ibushi taking on Zack Sabre Jr., and Will Ospreay taking on Never Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi.
Some interesting potential second-round matchups could feature Juice Robinson taking on David Finlay, Sanada taking on Shingo Takagi, and newly crowned IWGP Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kota Ibushi could square off.
I think the Final Four comes down to Okada/Ishii on one side and Kenta/Sanada on the other side.
I think we get a repeat of last year’s finals in Sanada and Okada and ultimately it will be Sanada winning the tournament and getting the double title shot against stablemate Tetsuya Naito at Sakura Genesis.
For everything, you need to know about the first-round matchups click the link below.
NEW JAPAN CUP MATCH CARD AND DATES
This is going to be a fantastic tournament, enjoy!
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