First ever openweight New Japan Cup sees winner target Tetsuya Naito
Originally scheduled for March before the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in its postponement, NJPW announced that New Japan Cup 2020 will indeed take place this year, with a series of eight events to be broadcast live as an NJPW World special attraction.
The New Japan Cup would have seen 32 heavyweight wrestlers in a bracket competing for an opportunity against IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito at the (now cancelled) Sakura Genesis on March 31. In this new lineup, a special ruling is in place: the New Japan Cup will now be an openweight tournament!
Junior heavyweights will be able to take on heavyweights during the cup, with the winner, regardless of weight class, gaining a shot at the ultimate of prizes; an opportunity at both Intercontinental and Heavyweight titles. The stage for that cup final, and subsequent title match? NJPW’s return to live audiences, July 11 and 12 at Dominion in Osaka Jo Hall!
An unpredictable tournament in any other years becomes unprecedented in 2020, ONLY on NJPW World!