NJPW announced the first round matches in the New Japan Cup tonight. Here is all the info you need in one place.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL
Tomoaki Honma vs. Tanga Roa
Michael Elgin vs. Bad Luck Fale
Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga
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.
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.