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The Differ Cup is a cross-promotional professional wrestling tournament in Japan, was contested among several teams of junior heavyweight tag teams which in 2017 it started to have also heavyweight wrestler on the teams, each typically representing a particular promotion. It was originally held biennially, first in 2003, then in 2005 and finally in 2007. After a ten-year hiatus, the tournament was revived in 2017. Since the founding of the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance in 2006, the Differ Cup had been considered a production of the GPWA, with several GPWA member promotions participating.

The tournament, featuring eight teams, would be held over two nights at the Tokyo Differ Ariake, which the tournament derived its name from. The quarterfinals and semifinals were held on the first night, with the finals and third place matches, as well as several non-tournament bouts, contested on the second.

List of winnersEdit

Year Winners Promotion
2008 Último Dragón and YOSSINO Toryumon Japan
2009 KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling Noah
2010 Madoka and Kengo Mashimo Kaientai Dojo
2017 Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno DDT Pro-Wrestling

2003Edit

The 2003 Differ Cup was held on February 8 and February 9. It involved the following teams:

Participants Promotion
Kudo and MIKAMI Dramatic Dream Team
Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Chocoball Mukai World Entertainment Wrestling
Yoshihito Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max
Masao Orihara and Ikuto Hidaka Michinoku Pro Wrestling
KENTA and Kotaro Suzuki Pro Wrestling Noah
The Great Takeru and Kappa Kozou IWA Japan
Último Dragón and YOSSINO Toryumon Japan
Jun Kasai and Gran Naniwa Freelancers
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
 Kudo and MIKAMI  Pin
 
 Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Chocoball Mukai  18:11  
 Kudo and MIKAMI  Pin
 
   Yoshihito Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa  15:21  
 Ikuto Hidaka and Masao Orihara  Pin
 
 Yoshihito Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa  16:31  
 Yoshihito Sasaki and Tatsuhito Takaiwa  Sub
 
   Último Dragon and YOSSINO  20:27
 KENTA and Kotaro Suzuki  Pin
 
 Kappa Kozou and The Great Takeru  20:44  
 KENTA and Kotaro Suzuki  Sub Third place
 
   Último Dragon and YOSSINO  11:49  
 Jun Kasai and Gran Naniwa  Sub  Kudo and MIKAMI  Pin
 Último Dragón and YOSSINO  15:47    KENTA and Kotaro Suzuki  24:52
 

2005Edit

The 2005 Differ Cup was held on May 7 and May 8. The winners, Kenta and Naomichi Marufuji, were also the GHC Junior Heavyweight Champions; their opponents in the finals, Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka, were the Zero1-Max International Lightweight Tag Team Champions. The following teams were involved:

Participants Promotion
Tiger Emperor and Super Shisa Freelancers
Takehiro Murahama and Katsuhiko Nakajima Freelancers
Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max
Taka Michinoku and PSYCHO Kaientai Dojo
KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling Noah
Kota Ibushi and Kudo DDT Pro-Wrestling
Kaz Hayashi and Leonardo Spanky Freelancers
GENTARO and Takashi Sasaki Apache Pro-Wrestling Army
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
 Tiger Emperor and Super Shisa  Pin
 
 Takehiro Murahama and Katsuhiko Nakajima  16:54  
 Tiger Emperor and Super Shisa  Pin
 
   Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka  11:29  
 Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka  Pin
 
 Taka Michinoku and PSYCHO  11:52  
 Minoru Fujita and Ikuto Hidaka  Pin
 
   KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji  35:24
 KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji  Pin
 
 Kota Ibushi and Kudo  15:44  
 KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji  Pin Third place
 
   Kaz Hayashi and Leonardo Spanky  19:12  
 Kaz Hayashi and Leonardo Spanky  Pin  Tiger Emperor and Super Shisa  Pin
 GENTARO and Takashi Sasaki  15:26    Kaz Hayashi and Leonardo Spanky  18:44
 

2007Edit

The third incarnation of the Differ Cup was held on May 5 and May 6. The event featured the following teams:

Participants Promotion
Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Ippei Ota Pro Wrestling Noah
Madoka and Kengo Mashimo Kaientai Dojo
HARASHIMA and Kota Ibushi DDT Pro-Wrestling
Manabu Hara and Katsumi Usuda Big Mouth Loud
KAGETORA and Banana Senga El Dorado Wrestling
Keizo Matsuda and Kappa Kozou IWA Japan
Ikuto Hidaka and Osamu Namiguchi Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max
Black Emperor and Pentagon Viper Global Professional Wrestling Alliance
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
 Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Ippei Ota  Pin
 
 Ikuto Hidaka and Osamu Namiguchi  18:48  
 Ikuto Hidaka and Osamu Namiguchi  Pin
 
   Madoka and Kengo Mashimo  17:59  
 Madoka and Kengo Mashimo  Pin
 
 Black Emperor and Pentagon Viper  16:21  
 Madoka and Kengo Mashimo  Pin
 
   HARASHIMA and Kota Ibushi  26:16
 HARASHIMA and Kota Ibushi  16:46
 
 Hara and Usuda  Stop  
 HARASHIMA and Kota Ibushi  Pin Third place
 
   KAGETORA and Tatsuhito Senga  12:13  
 KAGETORA and Tatsuhito Senga  Pin  Ikuto Hidaka and Osamu Namiguchi  Pin
 Keizo Matsuda and Kappa Kozou  9:00    KAGETORA and Tatsuhito Senga  13:28
 

2017Edit

After a ten-year hiatus, Differ Cup's revival was announced on September 28, 2017. The tournament took place on November 28 and featured teams from DDT Pro-Wrestling, Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS, Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Zero1.[1] The teams of DDT Pro-Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Noah and Pro Wrestling Zero1 were announced on October 13. Later, it was announced part of the FREEDOMS team including the full match card.

Participants Promotion
Katsuhiko Nakajima and Hitoshi Kumano Pro Wrestling Noah
Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno DDT Pro-Wrestling
Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Sean Guinness Pro Wrestling Zero1
Jun Kasai and Tomoya Hirata Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS
Semifinals Final
      
Katsuhiko Nakajima and Hitoshi Kumano Pin
Tatsuhito Takaiwa and Sean Guinness 12:35
Katsuhiko Nakajima and Hitoshi Kumano Pin
Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno 16:48
Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno Pin
Jun Kasai and Tomoya Hirata 9:37

GalleryEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. (in Japanese) Tokyo Sports. September 29, 2017. https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/prores/mens_prores/781237/. Retrieved September 29, 2017.