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NJPW reveals New Japan Cup bracket and schedule

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While original plans for the tournament were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the New Japan Cup is still taking place this year.

At their press conference announcing the resumption of events, NJPW revealed that the New Japan Cup will begin on June 16 and end on July 11. It will be a 32-man openweight tournament.

The winner of the New Japan Cup will challenge Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and IWGP Intercontinental Championship in the main event of Dominion on July 12. The New Japan Cup finals and Dominion are both taking place at Osaka-jo Hall. Fans will be allowed to attend those shows, but the arena will be limited to one-third capacity.

The other New Japan Cup events won't have fans in attendance.

The first round matches on the left side of the bracket will take place on June 16 and June 17, with the first round matches on the right side then being held on June 22 and June 23.

For the first seven New Japan Cup shows, there will be an additional non-tournament match on each card. There will then be two non-tournament matches on July 3. Those non-tournament matches haven't been revealed.

The card for the New Japan Cup finals will feature 7-9 matches in total.

Here's the full schedule for the tournament:

June 16 --

  • Togi Makabe vs. Yota Tsuji
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. El Desperado
  • Toru Yano vs. Jado
  • Tomoaki Honma vs. Hiromu Takahashi

June 17 --

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Gedo
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Yuya Uemura vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Gabriel Kidd vs. Taiji Ishimori

June 22 --

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. SANADA
  • SHO vs. Shingo Takagi

June 23 --

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. YOSHI-HASHI
  • YOH vs. BUSHI
  • Satoshi Kojima vs. EVIL
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi

June 24 --

  • Left side of the bracket second round

July 1 --

  • Right side of the bracket second round

July 2 --

  • Quarterfinals

July 3 --

  • Semifinals

July 11 --

  • Finals