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    In April, 2005, an ambitious new tournament was launched by New Japan, subtitled the "G1 of Spring". The New Japan Cup became an alternative to August's G1 Climax, using a singles elimination format rather than the G1's round-robin system. Like the G1 Climax, a young hopeful would christen it with a victory, Tanahashi repeating Chono's feat from 1991 of opening a new concept with a young generation victory.

    2005 (4/19/05 to 4/24/05)

    Round 1:
    1. Koji Kanemoto beat Ryushi Yanagisawa (8:19) with a horizontal cradle.
    2. Manabu Nakanishi beat Hirooki Goto (7:34) with the Hercules Cutter.
    3. Minoru beat Osamu Nishimura (16:47) by countout.
    4. Yutaka Yoshie beat Scott Norton (9:07) with a diving body press.
    5. Masahiro Chono beat Tiger Mask (10:29) with a Shining Yakuza kick.
    6. Kendo Kashin beat Shinsuke Nakamura (8:55) with a jackknife hold.
    7. Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Jushin Thunder Liger (15:54) with a moonsault press.
    8. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Yuji Nagata (24:12) by DQ.

    Round 2:
    1. Kendo Kashin beat Yutaka Yoshie (15:48) with a high-angle front cradle.
    2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Osamu Nishimura (20:47) with the Anaconda Cross.
    3. Manabu Nakanishi beat Masahiro Chono (14:16) with the Hercules Cutter.
    4. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Koji Kanemoto (17:38) with a Dragon suplex hold.

    5th Place Round:
    1. Osamu Nishimura beat Koji Kanemoto (17:07) with a ground Cobra Twist.
    2. Masahiro Chono beat Yutaka Yoshie (16:31) with a Shining Yakuza kick.

    Semi Finals:
    1. Manabu Nakanishi beat Kendo Kashin (10:20) with the Hercules Cutter.
    2. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (19:45) with an inside cradle.

    Final:
    1. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Manabu Nakanishi (19:21) with the Sling Blade.

    2006 (4/16/06 to 4/30/06)

    Round 1:
    1. Ryouji Sai beat Naofumi Yamamoto (13:59) with a diving footstomp.
    2. Yuji Nagata beat Tomohiro Ishii (9:57) with a backdrop hold.
    3. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Masahiro Chono (25:12) with the Sling Blade.
    4. Giant Bernard beat Toru Yano (8:19) with the Bernard bomb.
    5. Riki Choshu beat Black Strong Machine (6:46) with a lariat.
    6. Togi Makabe beat Tatsutoshi Goto (1:24) with a horizontal cradle.
    7. Manabu Nakanishi beat Takashi Iizuka (11:31) with the Mana Bauer.
    8. Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Scott Norton (12:30) with the TTD.

    Round 2:
    1. Giant Bernard beat Riki Choshu (9:11) with a Jackhammer.
    2. Yuji Nagata beat Togi Makabe (10:50) with a backdrop hold.
    3. Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan (14:27) with a Dragon suplex hold.
    4. Manabu Nakanishi beat Ryouji Sai (14:56) with the Mana Bauer.

    Semi Finals:
    1. Giant Bernard beat Manabu Nakanishi (16:43) with a piledriver.
    2. Yuji Nagata beat Hiroshi Tanahashi (18:49) with a wrist-clutch Exploder.

    Final:
    1. Giant Bernard beat Yuji Nagata (19:40) with the Bernard Driver.

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