New Japan Cup

On Sunday night, New Japan announced the following participants and first-round matches for the 2018 New Japan Cup tournament, beginning on March 9 and concluding with the Finals on March 21.


3/9 at Koruaken Hall in Tokyo

* Michael Elgin vs. Tomohiro Ishii
* Juice Robinson vs. Yujiro Takahashi

3/10 in Aichi

* Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi
* Bad Luck Fale vs. Lance Archer

3/11 in Hyogo

* Kota Ibushi vs. YOSHI-HASHI
* Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

3/12 in Kagawa

* Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Toru Yano
* IWGP Tag Team Champion SANADA vs. Chuckie T.

3/14 in Shizuoka

* Elgin/Ishii winner vs. Juice/Yujiro winner
* Tanahashi/Taichi winner vs. Fale/Archer winner

3/15 at Koruaken Hall in Tokyo

* Ibushi/Yoshi winner vs. Naito/ZSJ winner
* Smith Jr./Yano winner vs. SANADA/Chuckie T. winner

3/21 in Niigata

* Semi-Finals and Finals of the tournament

The winner of the New Japan Cup receives an IWGP Title shot of his choice at the Sakuru Genesis iPPV on April 1 at Sumo Hall in Tokyo.