All four New Japan Cup quarter-finals have been decided! The second round of the annual tournament has concluded, with some big eliminations.
After the first round saw the shock eliminations of both Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito, the second round presented huge opportunities for stars that have yet to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. With former Heavyweight Champions and New Japan Cup winners still in the field, progressing to the quarter-finals would surely be difficult.
The results for the second round can be found below.
-EVIL def. Jeff Cobb
-Toru Yano def. Great-O-Khan
-Shingo Takagi def. Hirooki Goto
-KENTA def. Minoru Suzuki
-Will Ospreay def. Zack Sabre Jr.
-SANADA def. Yuji Nagata
-David Finlay def. Yoshi-Hashi
-Jay White def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Though getting to the quarter-finals is impressive for anyone, it has been a particularly successful week for David Finlay. After capturing the IMPACT World Tag Team Championships with Juice Robinson, the rising star has now entered the final eight of the tournament. Though not considered a favourite with former IWGP Heavyweight Champions such as EVIL and Jay White also in the mix, this tournament has shown that anything can happen.
The rest of the tournament matchups will be as follows:
Quarter-finals – March 16th and 18th
-EVIL vs. Toru Yano
-Shingo Takagi vs. KENTA
-Will Ospreay vs. SANADA
-David Finlay vs. Jay White
Semi-finals – March 20th
-Winner of EVIL vs. Toru Yano vs. winner of Shingo Takagi vs. KENTA
-Winner of Will Ospreay vs. SANADA vs. winner of David Finlay vs. Jay White
Final – March 21st
-EVIL or Toru Yano or Shingo Takagi or KENTA vs. Will Ospreay or SANADA or David Finlay or Jay White
Inside The Ropes will provide coverage of the rest of the New Japan Cup, as well as all major events in Japanese wrestling.