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The Super J Cup is a 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".

List of winnersEdit

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 KUSHIDA 1

1994Edit

Super J Cup was a tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling on April 16, 1994, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. 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. 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, The 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.

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

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
  • Dave Meltzer named this the best major wrestling event in 1994, due to its meaning to the industry, the rise of young stars, and its match quality. Meltzer rated the final a five-star match. He also gave Liger vs. Sasuke a four-and-three-quarter star rating.
  • Pegasus, Liger, Samurai, Malenko, Otani, Casas, and Black Tiger were NJPW representatives. Delfin, Michinoku, and Sasuke represented Michinoku Pro. Fuji and Hayabusa were for FMW. Gedo and Motegi solely represented WAR and SPWF, respectively.
  • There were four champions involved in the tournament. Liger was the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Sasuke was the FMW Independent World Junior Heavyweight Champion, Delfin was the NWA World Welterweight Champion, and Motegi was the W*ING/WWC World Junior Heavyweight Champion.
  • Wild Pegasus was awarded the now defunct WWWF Junior Heavyweight Championship belt as a trophy.

1995Edit

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 Ultimo Dragon and hosted by Wrestle Association R. 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
 Ultimo Dragon Pin  
   Jushin Thunder Liger 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  
 

2000Edit

Super J Cup: 3rd Stage was a two-night tournament hosted by Michinoku Pro Wrestling on April 1 and April 9, 2000, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. 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  

2004Edit

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. 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  

2009Edit

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. 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
                                     
 Atsushi Aoki  
 Prince Devitt Pin  
   Prince Devitt Pin  
 
   Danshoku Dino  
 Danshoku Dino Pin
 Jado  
   Prince Devitt Pin  
   YAMATO  
 Gedo Pin  
 Kota Ibushi  
   Gedo
 
   YAMATO Stp  
 Akira
 YAMATO Sub  
   Prince Devitt
   Naomichi Marufuji Pin
 GENTARO  
 Ryusuke Taguchi Pin  
   Ryusuke Taguchi Sub
 
   Koji Kanemoto  
 Koji Kanemoto Sub
 Fujita Hayato  
   Ryusuke Taguchi
   Naomichi Marufuji Pin  
 Taichi  
 Tigers Mask Sub  
   Tigers Mask
 
   Naomichi Marufuji Pin  
 Jushin Thunder Liger
 Naomichi Marufuji Pin  

2016Edit

After a seven-year break, NJPW announced on March 3, 2016, that the Super J-Cup would return on August 21. The tournament was later expanded with an additional show on July 20, which featured all eight first round matches. The four second round matches, two semifinal matches and the final all took place on August 21. The tournament featured participants from promotions around the world; one from the CHAOS unit, three from NJPW, 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 unit 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.

On May 26, Gurukun Mask announced that he would be representing Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling in the tournament. On June 12, Dragon Gate announced Eita as their representative. Meanwhile, K-Dojo, NOAH and Suzuki-gun announced qualifying tournaments to determine their representatives in the tournament. On June 19, Kaji Tomato won a tournament to earn the right to represent Kaientai Dojo in the Super J-Cup and during an AJPW show Jun Akiyama stated that he accept Aoyagi's ofter and Akiyama also announced that he was going to represent AJPW at this year tournament. On June 24, Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru won a one night round robin tournament to represent Suzuki-gun in the tournament. On June 27 After BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito defeated Kazuchika Okada and Will Ospreay, he declared himself to be in the Super J-Cup. On July 5 it was announced that Taiji Ishimori and Kenoh and Daisuke Harada will be representing NOAH in the tournament by defeating Yoshinari Ogawa and Genba Hirayanagi and Hajime Ohara in the finals of the NOAH's tournaments. The full list of participants was revealed on July 6.

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

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