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New Japan Cup: Round 1 Predictions



As a continuation to the first preview article, ( See here: ), I figured, let’s have a little fun with this. Trying to make some predictions for the first round matches, should be fun, as well as, seeing what he second round could look like. Let’s take a look at the bracket.


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


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


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


  • Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr
  • Chuckie T vs. SANADA


Now that we know the first round matches, I’ll give my predictions as to who I think will win these matches by posting what I think the second round will look like.

Second Round Predictions:

  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Juice Robinson
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Toru Yano vs. SANADA

While many may think these are the obvious favorites, it’s hard to see a path for the other participants. Yes, the New Japan Cup has upsets fairly often, so Tanahashi may get eliminated by Taichi, but I don’t think anyone would call that. And yes, Yano has a fantastic ability to pick up at least 1 win in 4 of the last 5 New Japan Cups. So comedy wrestler or not, he’s dangerous in tournaments.

What are your predictions for the first round? Let me know in the comments below.

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