Super J-Cup

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Super J-Cup
Nickname(s)Land of Confusion (2009)
Created byJushin Liger
Promotion(s)NJPW (1994, 2009, 2016, 2019)
WAR (1995)
MPW (2000)
OPW (2004)
First eventSuper J-Cup: 1st Stage
Last eventSuper J-Cup: 7th Stage
Event gimmickSingle elimination tournament for junior heavyweight wrestlers

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 Lucha Libre AAA World Wide (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 taken place sporadically (2004, 2009, 2016, and 2019). 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]

Dates, venues and winners[edit]

Event Date(s) Host promotion Winner Total won
Super J-Cup: 1st Stage April 16, 1994 New Japan Pro-Wrestling Wild Pegasus 1
Super J-Cup: 2nd Stage December 13, 1995 Wrestle Association R Jushin Thunder Liger 1
Super J-Cup: 3rd Stage April 1, 2000
April 9, 2000
Michinoku Pro Wrestling 2
Super J-Cup: 4th Stage February 21, 2004 Osaka Pro Wrestling Naomichi Marufuji 1
Super J-Cup: 5th Stage December 22, 2009
December 23, 2009
New Japan Pro-Wrestling 2
Super J-Cup: 6th Stage July 20, 2016
August 21, 2016
Kushida 1
Super J-Cup: 7th Stage August 22, 2019
August 24, 2019
August 25, 2019
El Phantasmo 1

Tournament history[edit]

1994[edit]

The inaugural Super J-Cup tournament was hosted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The event took place on April 16, 1994, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
       
  Wild Pegasus Pin  
    Black Tiger 10:23  
Black Tiger Pin
Taka Michinoku 6:47  
  Wild Pegasus Pin  
  Gedo 6:18  
Gedo Pin  
Dean Malenko 8:04  
  Gedo Pin
    Super Delfin 8:20  
Shinjiro Otani 8:06
Super Delfin Pin  
  Wild Pegasus Pin
  The Great Sasuke 18:46
Ricky Fuji Pin  
Negro Casas 5:53  
  Ricky Fuji 7:50
    Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
Hayabusa 10:23
Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
  Jushin Thunder Liger 18:09
  The Great Sasuke Pin  
Masayoshi Motegi 7:40  
El Samurai Pin  
  El Samurai 11:40
    The Great Sasuke Pin  

1995[edit]

The second Super J-Cup was hosted by Wrestle Association R taking place on December 13, 1995, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[3]

  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
 
  Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
    Gran Naniwa 9:13  
Damián 666 6:36
Gran Naniwa Pin  
  Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
  Último Dragón 17:19  
Shinjiro Otani Sub  
Masaaki Mochizuki 4:02  
  Shinjiro Otani 13:30
    Último Dragón Pin  
Shoichi Funaki 6:52
Último Dragón Pin  
  Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
  Gedo 15:47
Gedo Sub  
Masayoshi Motegi 6:56  
  Gedo Pin
    Dos Caras 8:54  
Dos Caras Pin
El Samurai 7:00  
  Gedo Pin
  Wild Pegasus 9:20  
Lionheart Pin  
Hanzo Nakajima 6:48  
  Lionheart 13:43
    Wild Pegasus Pin  

2000[edit]

The third Super J-Cup tournament was a two-night event hosted by Michinoku Pro Wrestling. The first round was held on April 1, 2000 at Sendai City Gymnasium in Sendai, Japan and the final three rounds were held on April 9, 2000 at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[4]

  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
  Cima Pin  
  Ricky Marvin 5:41  
    Cima Pin  
      Onryo 4:22  
  Curry Man Pin
  Onryo 5:57  
    Cima Pin  
    Naoki Sano 12:52  
  Naoki Sano Pin  
  Judo Suwa 7:28  
    Naoki Sano KO
      The Great Sasuke 10:36  
  The Great Sasuke Pin
  Kaz Hayashi 9:39  
    Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
    Cima 12:28
  Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
  Tiger Mask IV 12:13  
    Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
      Men's Teioh 7:32  
  Katsumi Usuda Pin
  Men's Teioh 9:36  
    Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
    Gran Hamada 10:02  
  Gran Hamada Sub  
  Shinya Makabe 10:34  
    Gran Hamada Pin
      Ricky Fuji 7:34  
  Sasuke the Great DQ
  Ricky Fuji 4:48  

2004[edit]

The fourth Super J-Cup was promoted by Osaka Pro Wrestling and was held on February 21, 2004, at Osaka-jō Hall in Osaka, Japan.[5]

Round 1 Semifinals Final
         
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Jun Kasai 8:16
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Garuda 10:22
Garuda Pin
Goa 7:01
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Takehiro Murahama 14:05
Wataru Inoue Sub
Kazuya Yuasa 9:25
Wataru Inoue Pin
Takehiro Murahama 9:30
Takehiro Murahama Pin
Taichi Ishikari 5:03

2009[edit]

The fifth Super J-Cup tournament was produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. It was a two-night event taking place on December 22 and December 23, 2009 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[6]

Round 1 Round 2 Semifinals Final
            
Prince Devitt Pin
Atsushi Aoki 10:51[7]
Prince Devitt Pin
Danshoku Dino 5:49[8]
Jado Pin
Danshoku Dino 10:14[7]
Prince Devitt Pin
Yamato 8:41[8]
Gedo Pin
Kota Ibushi 14:15[7]
Gedo Stp
Yamato 8:36[8]
Akira Sub
Yamato 8:13[7]
Prince Devitt Pin
Naomichi Marufuji 18:06[8]
Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
Naomichi Marufuji 16:21[7]
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Tigers Mask 6:36[8]
Taichi Sub
Tigers Mask 6:41[7]
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Ryusuke Taguchi 10:57[8]
Koji Kanemoto Sub
Hayato Fujita 13:45[7]
Koji Kanemoto Sub
Ryusuke Taguchi 10:14[8]
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Gentaro 10:39[7]

2016[edit]

The sixth Super J-Cup tournament was promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. It was a two-night event taking place on July 20, 2016 and August 21, 2016. The first round held on July 20 took place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, while the next three rounds took place on August 21 at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.[9]

Round 1 Round 2 Semifinals Final
            
Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
Eita 9:12[10]
Jushin Thunder Liger Countout
Taichi 3:01[11]
Yuma Aoyagi Pin
Taichi 12:05[10]
Taichi Pin
Kushida 9:52[11]
Kushida Sub
Taiji Ishimori 16:25[10]
Kushida Pin
Kenoh 10:24[11]
Gurukun Mask Pin
Kenoh 11:33[10]
Kushida Sub
Yoshinobu Kanemaru 19:50[11]
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Daisuke Harada 14:56[10]
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Yoshinobu Kanemaru 9:27[11]
Bushi Pin
Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:25[10]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
Matt Sydal 9:00[11]
Titán Pin
Will Ospreay 9:14[10]
Will Ospreay Pin
Matt Sydal 12:45[11]
Matt Sydal Pin
Kaji Tomato 7:56[10]

2019[edit]

The seventh Super J-Cup tournament is promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. It was a three-night event taking place on August 22, 2019, August 24, 2019, and August 25, 2019. The first round took place on August 22 at the Masonic Temple Building-Temple Theater in Tacoma, Washington. The second round took place on August 24 at San Francisco State University's Student Life Events Center in San Francisco, California. The semi-finals and final took place on August 25 at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.[12][13]

Round 1
(August 22)
Round 2
(August 24)
Semi-Finals
(August 25)
Final
(August 25)
            
Will Ospreay Pin
Amazing Red 28:19
Will Ospreay Pin
Sho 30:32
Sho Pin
Taiji Ishimori 17:06
Will Ospreay Pin
El Phantasmo 11:25
Clark Connors Sub
TJP 11:56
TJP Pin
El Phantasmo 14:49
Robbie Eagles Pin
El Phantasmo 12:17
El Phantasmo Pin
Dragon Lee 25:33
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Jonathan Gresham 12:59
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Dragon Lee 11:37
Yoh Pin
Dragon Lee 18:51
Dragon Lee Pin
Carístico 11:10
Carístico Pin
Bushi 10:08
Carístico Pin
Soberano Jr. 8:30
Rocky Romero Pin
Soberano Jr. 11:04

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. ^ "Super J-Cup: 1st Stage". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Super J-Cup: 2nd Stage". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g "SUPER J-CUP 5th STAGE". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Super J-Cup: 6th Stage". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
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  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Super J-Cup 2016". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). 2016-08-21.
  12. ^ "SUPER J-CUP 2019 Coming to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles in August!". YouTube.com. 新日本プロレスリング株式会社. June 9, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Thompson, Andrew (June 10, 2019). "NJPW Announces Return Of Super J-Cup Tournament; Tourney Will Be Held In The U.S., Cities Confirmed". Fightful.com. Retrieved June 10, 2019.