Shibata will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight title in the main event of Sakura Genesis.
Shibata battles Fale with the NJ Cup and a future title shot on the line.
Shibata battled Ishii and EVIL took on Fale with the winners advancing to the finals of the NJ Cup.
Manami Toyota, who may have been the greatest woman wrestler of all-time, announced on Friday night that this would be her last year in pro wrestling.
Ishii faced SANADA this morning with the winner advancing to the final spot in the semifinals.
The first round concludes with a stellar main event.
New Japan's annual tournament kicked off Saturday with four men advancing.
Mystery tag matches help build to this month's New Japan cup matchups.
Tomoaki Honma has started to get some movement back after a scary injury that took place on Friday.
Okada faces Tiger Mask W in a non-title match, ZSJ debuts against Shibata, and more on NJPW's Anniversary show.
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