Super J-Cup

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The Super J-Cup is a professional wrestling tournament featuring junior heavyweight wrestlers from all over the world. The tournament was originally conceived by Japanese wrestler Jushin Thunder Liger as a showcase for promotions from Asia and North America, including Liger's home promotion New Japan Pro Wrestling (who hosted the first tournament in 1994), Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Wrestle Association R, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, and the Social Progress Wrestling Federation.

In the following years, wrestlers representing Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) would also participate in the tournament. After 1995, the tournament took a five-year hiatus before returning in 2000 (this time hosted by Michinoku Pro Wrestling).

Since that time, the tournament has only taken place three times (in 2004, 2009 and 2016). The original Super J-Cup, held in 1994, is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestling shows of all time. Dave Meltzer, editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, called the 1994 Super J-Cup "the most incredible single night of wrestling ever".[1]

List of winners[edit]

Year Winner Total won
1994 Wild Pegasus 1
1995 Jushin Thunder Liger 1
2000 Jushin Thunder Liger 2
2004 Naomichi Marufuji 1
2009 Naomichi Marufuji 2
2016 TBD N/A

1994[edit]

Super J-Cup was a professional wrestling tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling on April 16, 1994, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[2][3][4] The tournament was conceived and produced by New Japan Pro Wrestling's Jushin Thunder Liger and was originally intended to be a one-time event.[5] The tournament utilized wrestlers from various promotions to compete in it, in an invitational style. This was critical for promoting young, new wrestlers (Chris Benoit, Great Sasuke, and Eddie Guerrero), as well as getting less-prominent promotions recognized by the public more. The promotions involved were: New Japan, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, Wrestle Association R, Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, and Social Progress Wrestling Federation.[2]

This was a single-elimination tournament with four rounds. Wild Pegasus and Great Sasuke had byes to the quarterfinals.[3]

Results
  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
        
   Wild Pegasus Pin  
     Black Tiger  
 Black Tiger Pin
 Taka Michinoku  
   Wild Pegasus Pin  
   Gedo  
 Gedo Pin  
 Dean Malenko  
   Gedo Pin
     Super Delfin  
 Shinjiro Otani
 Super Delfin Pin  
   Wild Pegasus Pin
   The Great Sasuke
 Ricky Fuji Pin  
 Negro Casas  
   Ricky Fuji
     Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
 Hayabusa
 Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
   Jushin Thunder Liger
   The Great Sasuke Pin  
 Masayoshi Motegi  
 El Samurai Pin  
   El Samurai
     The Great Sasuke Pin  
 
Notes

1995[edit]

Super J-Cup: 2nd Stage was the following year's tournament to determine the top junior heavyweight of the world for that year. It was held on December 13, 1995, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan and was produced by Último Dragón and hosted by Wrestle Association R.[5][6][7] Like the first year, it brought in wrestlers from all over the world from promotions New Japan Pro Wrestling, Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, Social Progressive Wrestling Federation, Wrestle Association R, and Extreme Championship Wrestling. This did not do as much for many wrestlers as the prior years tournament, but it established Jushin Thunder Liger's dominance in Japan, as he and 1994 winner Wild Pegasus received byes to the quarterfinals.

Results
  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
   
   Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
     Gran Naniwa  
 Damián 666
 Gran Naniwa Pin  
   Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
   Último Dragón  
 Shinjiro Otani Sub  
 Masaaki Mochizuki  
   Shinjiro Otani
     Último Dragón Pin  
 Shoichi Funaki
 Último Dragón Pin  
   Jushin Thunder Liger[6] Pin
   Gedo
 Gedo Sub  
 Masayoshi Motegi  
   Gedo Pin
     Dos Caras  
 Dos Caras Pin
 El Samurai  
   Gedo Pin
   Wild Pegasus  
 Lionheart Pin  
 Hanzo Nakajima  
   Lionheart
     Wild Pegasus Pin  
 

2000[edit]

Super J-Cup: 3rd Stage was a two-night professional wrestling tournament hosted by Michinoku Pro Wrestling on April 1 and April 9, 2000, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[8][9] The tournament utilized wrestlers primarily from Michinoku Pro, and featured 1994 quarter-finalist Ricky Fuji, 1994 finalist The Great Sasuke and 1995 winner Jushin Thunder Liger. This was a single-elimination tournament with four rounds; the first round occurred on April 1, with the remaining rounds and the 10-man tag team match occurring on April 9.

Results
  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
   Cima Pin  
   Ricky Marvin    
     Cima Pin  
       Onryo    
   Curry Man  
   Onryo Pin  
     Cima Pin  
     Naoki Sano    
   Naoki Sano Pin  
   Judo Suwa    
     Naoki Sano K.O.
       Great Sasuke    
   The Great Sasuke Pin
   Kaz Hayashi    
     Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
     Cima  
   Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
   Tiger Mask IV    
     Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
       Men's Teioh    
   Katsumi Usuda  
   Men's Teioh Pin  
     Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
     Gran Hamada    
   Gran Hamada Sub.  
   Shinya Makabe    
     Gran Hamada Pin
       Ricky Fuji    
   Sasuke the Great  
   Ricky Fuji DQ  

2004[edit]

The Super J-Cup: 4th Stage was held on February 21, 2004, at the 16,000 seat Osaka-jō Hall, hosted by Osaka Pro Wrestling.[10] It was a single-elimination tournament with three rounds.

Results
Round 1 Semifinals Final
                 
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Jun Kasai
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Garuda
Garuda Pin
Goa
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Takehiro Murahama
Wataru Inoue Sub
Kazuya Yuasa
Wataru Inoue
Takehiro Murahama Pin
Takehiro Murahama Pin
Taichi Ishikari

2009[edit]

Jushin Thunder Liger announced on November 1, 2009, that the originator of the Super J-Cup, New Japan Pro Wrestling, would revive the concept at Christmas! New Japan presents "Super J-Cup: 5th Stage" at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo over two nights on December 22 and 23.[11] The tournament winner would challenge Tiger Mask IV for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom IV in Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2010.

Results
Round 1 Round 2 Semifinals Final
                       
Prince Devitt Pin
Atsushi Aoki 10:51[12]
Prince Devitt Pin
Danshoku Dino 5:49[13]
Jado Pin
Danshoku Dino 10:14[12]
Prince Devitt Pin
Yamato 8:41[13]
Gedo Pin
Kota Ibushi 14:15[12]
Gedo Stp
Yamato 8:36[13]
Akira Sub
Yamato 8:13[12]
Prince Devitt Pin
Naomichi Marufuji 18:06[13]
Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
Naomichi Marufuji 16:21[12]
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Tigers Mask 6:36[13]
Taichi Sub
Tigers Mask 6:41[12]
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Ryusuke Taguchi 10:57[13]
Koji Kanemoto Sub
Hayato Fujita 13:45[12]
Koji Kanemoto Sub
Ryusuke Taguchi 10:14[13]
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Gentaro 10:39[12]

2016[edit]

After a seven-year break, NJPW announced on March 3, 2016, that the Super J-Cup would return on August 21.[14] The tournament was later expanded with an additional show on July 20, which will feature all eight first round matches. The four second round matches, two semifinal matches and the final will all take place on August 21.[15] It was announced that the tournament would feature participants from promotions around the world; four from NJPW (with one spot designated to the Chaos stable), one from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), three from Pro Wrestling Noah, one from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Dragon Gate, Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo), Ring of Honor (ROH) and Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling each, two from the Suzuki-gun stable and one surprise entrant. Originally it was also announced that Pro Wrestling Zero1 would be represented in the tournament, but they were replaced with AJPW.[14][15] K-Dojo, Noah and Suzuki-gun announced their own qualifying tournaments to determine their representatives in the tournament.[16][17][18] The full list of participants was revealed on July 6 with the surprise entrant spot filled by Bushi, representing the NJPW stable Los Ingobernables de Japón.[19][20]

Participants
Results
Round 1 Round 2 Semifinals Final
                       
Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
Eita 9:12[21]
Jushin Thunder Liger
Taichi
Yuma Aoyagi Pin
Taichi 12:05[21]
 
 
Kushida Sub
Taiji Ishimori 16:25[21]
Kushida
Kenoh
Gurukun Mask Pin
Kenoh 11:33[21]
 
 
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Daisuke Harada 14:56[21]
Ryusuke Taguchi
Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Bushi Pin
Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:25[21]
 
 
Titán Pin
Will Ospreay 9:14[21]
Will Ospreay
Matt Sydal
Matt Sydal Pin
Kaji Tomato 7:56[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Molinaro, John F. "History of the Super J-Cup". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Japan; New Japan Super Junior Heavyweight (Super J) Cup Tournament Champions". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 375. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b "Super J Cup". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  4. ^ "Super J Cup". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  5. ^ a b Jericho, Chris (2007). "Calgary Kids". A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex. Grand Central Publishing. p. 149. ISBN 978-0-446-58006-9. 
  6. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Japan; WAR Super Junior Heavyweight (Super J) Cup Tournament Champions". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 386. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
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  8. ^ "Sumo Hall 2000". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  9. ^ "Super J Cup: 3rd Stage". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  10. ^ "Super J Cup: 4th Stage". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  11. ^ "Super J Cup: 5th Stage". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
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  14. ^ a b 木谷オーナーが発表! 柴田、エルガンが選手契約!『Super J-Cup 2016』開催!「タイガーマスク」アニメ化企画進行中!. New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b 話題の『Super J-Cup』に“1回戦”7月20日(水)後楽園ホールが追加! 8月21日(日)有明コロシアムで決勝トーナメント!各団体“出場ワク”も決定!【JC16】. New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ 特別興行. Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). May 18, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ Taka&タイチ興行 in 新木場. Kaientai Dojo (in Japanese). May 20, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ 7年ぶりの開催!伝説のトーナメントへの出場枠を手にするのは?「Super J-Cup 2016出場者決定トーナメント」開催のお知らせ. Pro Wrestling Noah (in Japanese). May 30, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016. 
  19. ^ 『Super J-Cup』1回戦でKushidavs石森!田口vs原田!Bushivs金丸!ティタンvsオスプレイ!ライガーはEitaと激突!【SJ16】. New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ Caldwell, James (July 5, 2016). "Entire Super J Cup tournament field & bracket – ROH representative, Ospreay, Kushida, Liger, more stars". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
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