With the New Japan Cup having concluded, fans of the King Of Sports certainly have a lot to look forward to.
The tournament hasn't been perfect, but the talent were all able to find ways to adapt to the empty stands, working a pace of match that gradually got faster with each passing day of the tournament.
While not as renowned as NJPW's legendary G1 Climax, this tournament has often been used as an effective way to elevate new talent into the main picture. Naito won his first IWGP title after taking the cup, while both Zack Sabre Jr and Katsuyori Shibata became household names from this tournament.
In this year's case, quite a few stars were able to make a name for themselves. The tournament proved to be the most diverse one to date, with every title holder being entered, and the participants ranging from heavyweights, to juniors, even to Young Lions. This tournament helped pave the path for more successful months for both the talent, and the promotion as a whole.
New feuds have had their stage set, and new talents are set to take the spotlight.
Unfortunately though, some wrestlers aren't surging as strongly as they were before NJPW went on hiatus. While quite a few built momentum, some have had their pushes slowed, stopped, or even reversed as a result of this tournament.
New Japan, while it does boast a phenomenal roster, was not quite able to have everyone walk away with a reward for participating in the New Japan Cup.