Ryusuke Taguchi has been named as David Finlay’s replacement in the New Japan Cup. Finlay injured his shoulder in the main event of Honor Rising night 2. NJPW announced Taguchi as Finlay’s replacement earlier today.
Taguchi will take on Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the 1st round.
Ryusuke Taguchi is taking the place of David Finlay in the New Japan Cup!
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) March 4, 2019
The NJPW Anniversary show lineup and schedule for the 1st round of the New Japan Cup can be read here.
2019 New Japan Cup Brackets
Round 1 (March 8th-11th)
Yuji Nagata vs Tomohiro Ishii
Tomoaki Honma vs Taichi
Manabu Nakanishi vs Yoshi-Hashi
Juice Robinson vs Chase Owens
Kazuchika Okada vs Michale Elgin
Mikey Nicholls vs Hikuleo
Will Ospreay vs Bad Luck Fale
Toa Henare vs Lance Archer
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Shota Umino
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Ryusuke Taguchi
Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito
EVIL vs Zack Sabre Jr.
Togi Makabe vs Colt Cabana
Toru Yano vs Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Satoshi Kojima vs Minoru Suzuki
Hirooki Goto vs Sanada
NJPW Press Release On Ryusuke Taguchi Replacing David Finlay
David Finlay, whose left shoulder was injured in his championship match during Honor Rising on 23rd February, has pulled out of the New Japan Cup since his return from injury is as yet undecided.
Instead, Ryusuke Taguchi will be taking David Finlay’s place in the tournament.
With this change, Ryusuke Taguchi will be competing in the first round of the New Japan Cup on 10th March in Hyogo prefecture, where he will face Hiroyoshi Tenzan. – New Japan Pro Wrestling Co., Ltd.