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New Japan Cup 2020 Participants, Brackets, and Opening Dates Announced

Post by cero2k » Feb 25th, '20, 09:58

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The participants for this year’s New Japan Cup have been revealed.

Similar to last year, 32 participants will take part in this year’s tournament. NJPW has confirmed that the winner of the tournament will challenge Tetsuya Naito for both the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles at Sakura Genesis, which takes place on March 31.

Most of NJPW’s top talent are taking part. New to the tournament this year include Shingo Takagi, Karl Fredericks, KENTA, Jeff Cobb, Alex Coughlin, and David Finlay.

Some of the biggest matches in the first round include Kazuchika Okada taking on Jay White, Yuji Nagata facing Minoru ‘Suzuki, Kota Ibushi facing Zack Sabre Jr. and Will Ospreay squaring off against Shingo Takagi. The latter match will be a rematch from last year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

The opening round starts on March 4, with the finals taking place on March 21. All cards will air live on New Japan World with English commentary.

Here are the list of matches taking place in the opening round:

March 4th:
Togi Makabe vs. Jeff Cobb
Tomhiro Ishii vs. Toa Henare
Toru Yano vs. Chase Owens
Colt Cabana vs. Bad Luck Fale

March 7th:
Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki
Juice Robinson vs. Alex Coughlin
David Finlay vs. Tanga Loa

March 8th:
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi
Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Mikey Nicholls vs. SANADA
Will Ospreay vs . Shingo Takagi

March 9th:
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. YOSHI-HASHI
KENTA vs. Karl Fredericks
Satoshi Kojima vs. EVIL
Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi

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Re: New Japan Cup 2020 Participants, Brackets, and Opening Dates Announced

Post by Big Red Machine » Feb 25th, '20, 10:55

3/4 and 3/9 look quite skippable.
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Re: New Japan Cup 2020 Participants, Brackets, and Opening Dates Announced

Post by cero2k » Feb 25th, '20, 13:06

Big Red Machine wrote:
Feb 25th, '20, 10:55
3/4 and 3/9 look quite skippable.
yeap, not sure what all the plans are, but those are totally skippable, but the others are super loaded. second rounds look to have a lot of potential.

I've heard the idea of Ospreay running through all of LIJ until he reaches Naito at Sakura Genesis

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Re: New Japan Cup 2020 Participants, Brackets, and Opening Dates Announced

Post by Big Red Machine » Feb 25th, '20, 17:46

cero2k wrote:
Feb 25th, '20, 13:06
Big Red Machine wrote:
Feb 25th, '20, 10:55
3/4 and 3/9 look quite skippable.
yeap, not sure what all the plans are, but those are totally skippable, but the others are super loaded. second rounds look to have a lot of potential.

I've heard the idea of Ospreay running through all of LIJ until he reaches Naito at Sakura Genesis
This seems pretty logical. It would also put an exclamation point on the idea of him being a heavyweight now. FIrst time ever match, too.
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Re: New Japan Cup 2020 Participants, Brackets, and Opening Dates Announced

Post by cero2k » Feb 25th, '20, 22:18

also, i don't know if those are type-os, but there's dates with literally just one tournament match. wtf

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Re: New Japan Cup 2020 Participants, Brackets, and Opening Dates Announced

Post by Big Red Machine » Feb 26th, '20, 12:24

cero2k wrote:
Feb 25th, '20, 22:18
also, i don't know if those are type-os, but there's dates with literally just one tournament match. wtf
My guess is yes, just because the bracket isn't symmetrical.
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