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Ryusuke Taguchi replacing David Finlay in New Japan Cup


NJPW has named David Finlay's replacement in the New Japan Cup.

It was announced last night that Ryusuke Taguchi is replacing Finlay in the single-elimination tournament. Taguchi's opponent in the first round is Hiroyoshi Tenzan, with them set to face each other in Hyogo on Sunday (March 10).

Finlay was forced out of the New Japan Cup after suffering a left shoulder injury at ROH-NJPW Honor Rising night two on February 23. Finlay tweeted after the injury happened: "Thanks to everyone for all the positive vibes! I did dislocated my shoulder last night but it’s back in now. I’ll see a doctor when I’m home to see what the damage is but hopefully it’s nothing too serious. Thanks again to everyone. See you in the mountains!"

NJPW noted that when Finlay will be able to return to the ring is currently undecided.

This year's New Japan Cup has 32 participants. It will begin at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo this Friday (March 8) and conclude in Niigata on March 24. The winner of the tournament will challenge for Jay White's IWGP Heavyweight Championship at ROH & NJPW's G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden on April 6.