<!-- Deleted image removed: -->The New Japan Cup
(often abbreviated NJC
) is an annual single-elimination professional wrestling tournament
held by New Japan Pro Wrestling
. Originally intended for every April, it was rescheduled to March in 2007. Though NJPW also runs the annual G1 Climax
tournament, the NJC is different in that it is single-elimination, whereas the G1 is a round-robin
. Like the G1 however, the winner of the tournament receives a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
; this stipulation was added in 2006.
List of winners
The 2005 New Japan Cup was held from April 19 to April 24. The first two rounds were held on individual nights, with round one taking up the entire card on April 19.
† Minoru was forced to pull out before his Round 2 match, due to suffering severe dizziness, and was replaced by Osamu Nishimura, who he beat in Round 1.
The 2006 New Japan Cup was held from April 16 to April 30. Giant Bernard
, the winner of the tournament, went on to fail in his challenge against IWGP Champion Brock Lesnar
on May 3.
The 2007 New Japan Cup was a 14-man tournament held from March 3 to March 21. Giant Bernard and Hiroyoshi......