NJPW New Japan Cup 2023 tournament was the 19th annual tournament from NJPW. It was a knockout tournament, held between March 5 to March 21.
The tournament will feature 24 participants and will take over 5 rounds. 8 participants got bye in the first round to directly go to round two. The final of the tournament will take place on March 21, 2023. Sanada won the tournament after beating David Finlay in the final. He got a shot at IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis 2023 event.
Check below for the complete bracket, matches, and results from NJPW New Japan Cup 2023 tournament.
Bracket & Results
- Tetsuya Naito def. El Phantasmo(March 5)
- SANADA def. Taichi (March 5)
- Shota Umino def. Yujiro Takahashi(March 6)
- David Finlay def. Tomohiro Ishii(March 6)
- Mark Davis def. Toru Yano (March 8)
- Evil def. Ren Narita (March 8)
- Kyle Fletcher def. YOSHI-HASHI (March 10)
- Aaron Henare def. Shingo Takagi (March 10)
Note – Kenta, Chase Owens, Hirooki Goto, Tama Tonga, Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb, Zack Sabre Jr. and Great-O-Khan received bye in the first round.
- SANADA def. Kenta(March 11)
- Tetsuya Naito def. Chase Owens(March 11)
- Hirooki Goto def. Kyle Fletcher(March 12)
- Tama Tonga def. Aaron Henare(March 12)
- Will Ospreay def. Mark Davis (March 13)
- Evil def. Jeff Cobb(March 13)
- Shota Umino def. Zack Sabre(March 15)
- David Finlay def. Great O-Khan(March 15)
- Sanada def. Tetsuya Naito (March 17)
- Mark Davis def. EVIL (March 17)
- Tama Tonga def. Hirooki Goto(March 18)
- David Finlay def. Shota Umino(March 18)
Note – Mark Davis replaced Will Ospreay in quaterfinals after Ospreay suffered an injury.
- Round 3 Winners – SANADA def. Mark Davis (March 19)
- Round 3 Winners – David Finlay def. Tama Tonga (March 19)
- SANADA def. David Finlay (March 21)