New Japan Pro Wrestling has just announced that Ryusuke Taguchi will be taking an injured David Finlay's place in the upcoming New Japan Cup. Finlay was scheduled to compete against Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the first round of the New Japan Cup on March 10, however, he injured his left shoulder during a match on February 23. His injury happened while going for an uppercut off the top rope in a match against The Briscoes.
Finlay's replacement, Taguchi, is a former two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, a former six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and a three-time and current NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion in New Japan.
The first round matches for the New Japan Cup as as follows:
* Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
* Satoshi Kojima vs. Minoru Suzuki
* Hirooki Goto vs. SANADA
* Togi Makabe vs. Colt Cabana
You can see the full tweet of the announcement below:
Ryusuke Taguchi is taking the place of David Finlay in the New Japan Cup!— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) March 4, 2019
Read the full press release on the NJPW official English website!https://t.co/vlApVUGYDz#njpw #njcup pic.twitter.com/dKz9STiBez