Originally Posted by Empyrean Heaven
The biggest exclusion to me is Makabe, I think he deserves to be in this tourney way more than Yujiro or fucking Tanga Roa.
Guys like Makabe and Nagata can still go but they've been in roughly the same role for New Japan for years now. It makes sense to give them a break and come back fresher in a few months. Like what they did with Bullet Club in January.
Originally Posted by Heroman
Cup is a single elimination tournament while the G1 is a round robin tournament.
G1 is also the more prestigious tournament. Getting a win there is a much bigger deal than the Cup.