NJPW reveals historic New Japan Cup bracket featuring Kazuchika Okada, Bullet Club stars, and more

Bullet Club stars Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa alongside Kazuchika Okada will feature in the New Japan Cup 2022
Bullet Club stars Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa alongside Kazuchika Okada will feature in the New Japan Cup 2022
Soumik Datta

NJPW has revealed the line-up for the historic New Japan Cup 2022 tournament. In the aftermath of the NJPW Golden Series, the promotion revealed the 48 wrestlers who will compete in this year's NJ Cup.

The New Japan Cup 2022 field consists of several active stars and will also feature the return of CIMA, who previously appeared at Wrestle Kingdom 16 in his first NJPW appearance in over a decade.

Another big name set to return at the New Japan Cup 2022 tournament is Kota Ibushi. The inaugural IWGP World Heavyweight Champion will compete in his first match at the 50th Anniversary event on March 1.

Ibushi has been in recovery after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the G1 Climax final in October 2021.

The rest of the New Japan Cup 2022 field features several members from various NJPW factions. The Bullet Club will be represented by Dick Togo, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, and more.

Here is the field of 48 wrestlers who will compete in the New Japan Cup 2022 tournament:

  • Kazuchika Okada
  • El Desperado
  • Master Wato
  • Toru Yano
  • Taichi
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan
  • Yuji Nagata
  • Hirooki Goto
  • Dick Togo
  • CIMA
  • TAKA Michinoku
  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • YOH
  • Bad Luck Fale
  • Tetsuya Naito
  • Yujiro Takahashi
  • Gedo
  • Togi Makabe
  • Jeff Cobb
  • Satoshi Kojima
  • Tomoaki Honma
  • Kosei Fujita
  • Kota Ibushi
  • Great-O-Khan
  • Taiji Ishimori
  • Ryohei Oiwa
  • Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Yuto Nakashima
  • Aaron Henare
  • Will Ospreay
  • El Phantasmo
  • Tomohiro Ishii
  • Shingo Takagi
  • Tanga Loa
  • Chase Owens
  • Jado
  • Tiger Mask
  • Ryusuke Taguchi
  • EVIL
  • Tama Tonga
  • Hiromu Takahashi
  • SHO
  • Minoru Suzuki

NJPW has also confirmed that Minoru Suzuki, Tama Tonga, Tiger Mask, Tanga Loa, El Phantasmo, SANADA, DOUKI, Taiji Ishimori, Kosei Fujita, Satoshi Kojima, Gedo, Bad Luck Fale, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Dick Togo, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and Master Wato will receive first-round byes in the tournament.

Here is your official New Japan Cup 2022 bracket!Who do you think goes the distance this year?It all starts LIVE in English March 2! #njcup

When will NJPW's New Japan Cup 2022 start?

The New Japan Cup will kick-start on March 2, 2022. The inaugural day will feature the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, in action against the reigning IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, El Desperado.

Toru Yano will face Taichi, whereas, The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, will be in action against YOH. Jeff Cobb will also be in action on the first day against Togi Makabe.

Former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay, will also make his return to Japan after losing to Okada earlier in the year, at Wrestle Kingdom 16. However, Bullet Club star Jay White won't be returning to Japan in order to take part in the New Japan Cup 2022.

We got the AEW Women's World Champion to run down the Forbidden Door Card with us here.

Edited by Anirudh


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