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New Japan Cup First Round Matches – ISHII VS. OMEGA IS HAPPENING!!!

NJPW announced the first round matches in the New Japan Cup tonight. Here is all the info you need in one place.

Bracket #1

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL

Tomoaki Honma vs. Tanga Roa

Michael Elgin vs. Bad Luck Fale

Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga

Bracket #2

Katsuyori Shibata vs. Minoru Suzuki

Juice Robinson vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega

YOSHI-HASHI vs. SANDA

The obvious highlights out of the first round matchups are Tanahashi vs. EVIL, Shibata vs. Suzuki and ISHII VS. OMEGA!!!!!

The New Japan Cup is split into eight shows with four first round matches on the opening shows per bracket (3/11 and 3/12), quarter-finals taking place on four separate shows (3/13, 3/14, 3/15 & 3/17), the semi-finals happening on 3/19, and the finals taking place on 3/20.

Here is the translated bracket with the matches happening on their respective dates. You can see the scenarios that could play out.

Credit: @EvanDeadlySinsW

What scenarios are you most looking forward to, and who is your pick to win this year’s New Japan Cup? Leave a comment below or Tweet us @wrestlewords.

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