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New Japan Cup 2014 Pick'em and Results!

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Tournament season has begun in Japan, as in the next five months there will be half a dozen tournaments of varying popularity.  In an attempt to get people watching and actively engaged, I decided to have a pick'em contest for the New Japan Cup.  Even though its a small tournament, they always throw in some upsets so it never goes 'chalk', but we will have some tie-breakers just in case.

 

Here is the official bracket, from New Japan's website:

 

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First Round Results (3/15/14)

 

- Shelton Benjamin defeated Yujiro Takahashi (6:21) with the Paydirt
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Toru Yano (8:01) by European Pinfall
- Katsuyori Shibata defeated Karl Anderson (9:14) with a Octopus Hold
- Hirooki Goto defeated Doc Gallows (6:59) with the Goto Shiki
- Prince Devitt defeated Lance Archer (7:57) with the Bloody Sunday
- Bad Luck Fale defeated Togi Makabe (9:36) with the Bad Luck Fall
- Tetsuya Naito defeated Tomohiro Ishii (12:55) with a Stardust Press
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr. (14:59) with the Boma Ye
 
Second Round Results (3/22/14)
 
- Shelton Benjamin defeated Katsuyori Shibata (10:06) with the Paydirt
- Bad Luck Fale defeated Tetsuya Naito (11:29) with the Bad Luck Fall
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Hirooki Goto (12:27) with a Gotch-Style Piledriver
- Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Prince Devitt (10:23) with the Boma Ye
 
And... wow.
 
Semi Final and Finals (3/23/14):
 
Semi Final: Bad Luck Fale defeated Shelton Benjamin (4:13) with the Bad Luck Fall
Semi Final: Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Minoru Suzuki (13:12) with the Boma Ye
Final:  Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Bad Luck Fale (15:20) with the Boma Ye
 
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MY PICKS OF AWESOMENESS:

 

- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
- Teysuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson
- Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin
- Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows
- Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith
- Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer
 
Quarterfinals (3/22):
 
- Makabe/Fale vs, Naito/Ishii
- Shibata/Anderson vs. Yujiro/Benjamin
- Goto/Gallows vs. Yano/Suzuki
- Nakamura/Smith vs. Devitt/Archer
 
Semifinals (3/23): 
 
- Makabe/Fale/Naito/Ishii vs. Shibata/Anderson/Yujiro/Benjamin
- Goto/Gallows/Yano/Suzuki vs. Nakamura/Smith/Devitt/Archer
 
Final (3/23):
 
- Makabe/Fale/Naito/Ishii/Shibata/Anderson/Yujiro/Benjamin vs. Goto/Gallows/Yano/Suzuki/Nakamura/Smith/Devitt/Archer
 
Tie-Breakers:
 
First Tie-Breaker -  Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk
Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) -  Doi pins Tozawa
Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) -  14:29
 
Hmm that was harder than I thought.  I have no idea.

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Screw secretive, I'll post them publicly

 

Round One (3/15):

 

- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale

- Teysuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii

- Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson

- Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin

- Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows

- Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith

- Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Makabe vs, Ishii

- Shibata vs. Yujiro

- Goto vs. Suzuki

- Nakamura vs. Devitt

 

Semifinals (3/23):

 

- Ishii vs. Shibata

- Goto vs. Nakamura

 

Final (3/23):

 

- Shibata vs. Goto

 

Tie-Breakers:

First Tie-Breaker - Doi and Hulk

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - Doi pins Shingo

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - 18:32 (which is 15 minutes too long)

 

EDIT: 3/13, changed the Goto/Nakamura Semi result that puts Goto into the finals.

Edited by Raziel403

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I PICKED SHIBATA FIRST!  DON'T STEAL MY PICKS!  People are going to think he is the favorite because we went first.

 

I hope most people will just post them but I wanted to leave that option so people didn't feel forced to.

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Well, I mean, Shibata's a friggin no brainer here!

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Round One (3/15):

 

- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale - Togi

- Teysuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii - Naito

- Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson - Shibata

- Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin - Shelton

- Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows - Goto

- Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki - MinSu

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith - Nakamura

- Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer - Devitt

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Makabe vs, Naito - Naito

- Shibata vs. Benjamin - Shibata

- Goto vs. Suzuki - Goto

- Nakamura vs. Devitt - Devitt

 

Semifinals (3/23)

 

- Naito vs. Shibata - Shibata

- Goto vs. Devitt - Goto

 

Final (3/23):

Shibata over Goto - Yeah this one is a no brainer. I'd be shocked if we don't see Okada vs. Shibata at Invasion Attack. Title change?

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker - Who will win this match for the Dragon Gate Open The Twin Gate Championship on 3/16: Shingo Takagi and Akira Tozawa vs. Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk - No idea. Tozawa over Hulk.

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - In the previous tie-breaker, who will get the pinfall and who will get pinned (.5 points for each) Again Tozawa over Hulk

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - What will be the official match time for the Triple Crown match of Akebono vs. Miyahara in All Japan on 3/18?

Miyahara over Akebono in 1:48 with his brand new, not over armbar!!!!!

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Doubt that Shibata wins the title at Invasion Attack.  He'll get there, but they seem to be building a slightly bigger Okada/Tanahashi "My belt is better than your belt" angle, where Hash is looking like a whiny bitch because if it, since its basically "I can't beat Okada for the Heavy, so I'll win the IC and try to pimp it like its the bigger deal".  Hence why the winner of the NJ Cup gets to pick who he faces (which has been telegraphed as Shibata challenging Okada), and the loser of the finals gets the other champ (its why Tanahashi isn't in it)

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Awesome idea. I'm posting mine without reading what anyone else has predicted, so not stealing picks.  

 

Round One (3/15):

 

- Togi Makabe over Bad Luck Fale

- Teysuya Naito over  Tomohiro Ishii

-  Katsuyori Shibata over Karl Anderson

- Shelton Benjamin over Yujiro Takahashi 

- Hirooki Goto over Doc Gallows

- Minoru Suzuki over Toru Yano

- Shinsuke Nakamura over Davey Boy Smith

Lance Archer over Prince Devitt

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Naito over Makabe

- Shibata over Benjamin

- Suzuki over Goto

- Nakamura over Archer

 

Semifinals (3/23):

 

- Shibata over Naito

- Suzuki over Nakamura

 

Final (3/23):

 

- Shibata over Suzuki

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker - Who will win this match for the Dragon Gate Open The Twin Gate Championship on 3/16: Shingo Takagi and Akira Tozawa vs. Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - In the previous tie-breaker, who will get the pinfall and who will get pinned (.5 points for each)? Tozawa over Noi

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - What will be the official match time for the Triple Crown match of Akebono vs. Miyahara in All Japan on 3/18? 13:22

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Round One (3/15):

 

- Bad Luck Fale over Togi Makabe

- Teysuya Naito over Tomohiro Ishii

- Katsuyori Shibata over Karl Anderson

- Shelton Benjamin over Yujiro Takahashi 

- Hirooki Goto over Doc Gallows

- Minoru Suzuki over Toru Yano

- Shinsuke Nakamura over Davey Boy Smith

- Prince Devitt over Lance Archer

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Naito over Fale

- Shibata over Benjamin

- Goto over Suzuki

- Nakamura over Devitt

 

Semifinals (3/23):

 

- Shibata over Naito

- Nakamura over Goto

 

Final (3/23):

 

- Shibata over Nakamura

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker - Who will win this match for the Dragon Gate Open The Twin Gate Championship on 3/16: Shingo Takagi and Akira Tozawa vs. Naruki Doi and BxB Hulk

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - In the previous tie-breaker, who will get the pinfall and who will get pinned (.5 points for each)? Shingo over Hulk

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - What will be the official match time for the Triple Crown match of Akebono vs. Miyahara in All Japan on 3/18? 13:00

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Round One (3/15):

 

 

- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale

Teysuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii

- Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson

- Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin

- Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows

- Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki

- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith

- Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Fale vs, Naito

- Shibata vs. Benjamin

- Goto vs. Suzuki

- Davey Boy vs. Archer

 

Semifinals (3/23)

 

- Naito vs. Shibata

- Suzuki vs. Davey Boy

 

Final (3/23):

 

- Shibata vs. Suzuki

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker -  Shingo Takagi and Akira Tozawa

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - Tozawa over Doi

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - 14:59

 

This is all based on the idea of "giving guys their wins back". Also, the idea of "post-big show smark booking" that plays in to a Shibata/Suzuki match.

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I honestly didn't know when I picked Shibata that he was such a favorite to win it all.  It just seemed like he should be the next one in line for a title shot.

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Round One (3/15):

 

- Togi Makabe

- Teysuya Naito

- Katsuyori Shibata

- Yujiro Takahashi

- Hirooki Goto

- Minoru Suzuki

- Shinsuke Nakamura

- Prince Devitt

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Naito

- Shibata

- Suzuki

- Nakamura

 

Semifinals (3/23)

 

- Shibata

- Suzuki

 

Final (3/23):

 

- Shibata

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker - Who will win this match for the Dragon Gate Open The Twin Gate Championship on 3/16: Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - In the previous tie-breaker, who will get the pinfall and who will get pinned (.5 points for each)? Shingo Takagi over Hulk

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - What will be the official match time for the Triple Crown match of Akebono vs. Miyahara in All Japan on 3/18? 12:58

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Round One (3/15):

 

Togi Makabe

Tomohiro Ishii

Katsuyori Shibata

Yujiro Takahashi

Hirooki Goto

Minoru Suzuki

Shinsuke Nakamura

Prince Devitt

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

Ishii

Shibata

Suzuki

Nakamura

 

Semifinals (3/23):

 

Shibata

Suzuki

 

Final (3/23):

 

Shibata

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker - Who will win this match for the Dragon Gate Open The Twin Gate Championship on 3/16: Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - In the previous tie-breaker, who will get the pinfall and who will get pinned (.5 points for each)? Shingo Tozawa over Hulk

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - What will be the official match time for the Triple Crown match of Akebono vs. Miyahara in All Japan on 3/18? 12:55

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When Shibata goes out in the first round we're all boned.

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I got a few emails the picked Ishii.  The issue is of course is that he just won a secondary title so I don't see them giving him a shot at a bigger title so soon after that.

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Round One (3/15):


 


- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale


- Teysuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii


Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson


Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin


- Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows


- Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki


Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith


- Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer


 


Quarterfinals (3/22):


 


- Fale vs, Ishii


- Shibata vs. Yujiro


- Goto vs. Suzuki


- Nakamura vs. Devitt


 


Semifinals (3/23)


 


- Ishii vs. Shibata


- Goto vs. Devitt


 


Final (3/23):


 


- Shibata vs. Devitt


 


This is, of course assuming that Devitt has resigned with NJPW. 

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Kev, can I go and change my ballot, I want to change on of my Semi results, more for wishful thinking than anything else?

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Sure, knock yourself out, just no changes once the tournament starts :P

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Round One (3/15):

 

- Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale

Teysuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii

Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson

Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin

- Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows

- Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith

- Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer

 

Quarterfinals (3/22):

 

- Makabe vs, Naito

- Shibata vs. Yujiro

- Goto vs. Suzuki

- Nakamura vs. Devitt

 

Semifinals (3/23)

 

- Naito vs. Shibata

- Goto vs. Nakamura

 

Final (3/23):

 

- Shibata

 

Tie-Breakers:

 

First Tie-Breaker -  Shingo Takagi and Akira Tozawa

Second Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - Tozawa over Doi

Third Tie-Breaker (if still tied) - 16:32

 

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I'm thinking most of my predictions are just me hoping for the best matches :D

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Everyone's picks were recorded.  Not that I don't trust you guys or anything ;)  Apparently this contest was mentioned on a blog podcast (Voice of Wrestling, or so I was advised, I don't know if one of you guys runs that site) so I got a bit more entries than I expected.  Who knew people liked free stuff.

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I'm speaking for myself and probably others like me....fuckin' Naito!

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I got equally burnt by Fale over Makabe.  

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