"The Coach" is subbing in.
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced over their official website that filling in for the injured David Finlay in the 2019 New Japan Cup tournament will be former two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Ryusuke Taguchi.
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
David Finlay announced last month that he dislocated his shoulder during the 'Honor Rising' tour and it was later confirmed by New Japan that Finlay was being pulled from the tourney. Taguchi will now be going one-on-one with Hiroyoshi Tenzan on March 10th in Hyogo, Japan and below is the updated lineup for the opening stages of the New Japan Cup:
March 8th -- Korakuen Hall
* Manabu Nakanishi vs. YOSHI-HASHI
* Tomoaki Honma vs. Taichi
* Juice Robinson vs. Chase Owens
* Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
March 9th -- Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
* Mikey Nicholls vs. HIKULEO
* Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin
* Will Ospreay vs. Bad Luck Fale
* Toa Henare vs. Lance Archer
March 10th -- Hyogo Baycom Gymnasium
* Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
* EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
* Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shota Unimo
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
March 11th -- Kagawa Takamatsu City General Gymnasium #1
* Togi Makabe vs. Colt Cabana
* Hirooki Goto vs. SANADA
* Satoshi Kojima vs. Minoru Suzuki
* Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.