Super J-Cup
Nickname(s)Land of Confusion (2009)
Created byJushin Liger
Promotion(s)NJPW (1994, 2009, 2016, 2019, 2020)
WAR (1995)
MPW (2000)
OPW (2004)
First eventSuper J-Cup: 1st Stage
Last event2020
Event gimmickSingle elimination tournament for junior heavyweight wrestlers

The Super J-Cup is a periodically held professional wrestling tournament featuring junior heavyweight wrestlers from all over the world promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). This tournament differs from NJPW's annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament in that it is single elimination, while Best of the Super Juniors has a round robin format.

The Super J-Cup 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 various other NJPW partner promotions would also participate.

Since the original Super J-Cup in 1994, the tournament has taken place sporadically (1995, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2016, 2019, and 2020). The original 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

Event Date(s) Host promotion Winner Total won Runner-up
Super J-Cup: 1st Stage April 16, 1994 New Japan Pro-Wrestling Wild Pegasus 1 The Great Sasuke
Super J-Cup: 2nd Stage December 13, 1995 Wrestle Association R Jushin Thunder Liger 1 Gedo
Super J-Cup: 3rd Stage April 1, 2000
April 9, 2000
Michinoku Pro Wrestling 2 Cima
Super J-Cup: 4th Stage February 21, 2004 Osaka Pro Wrestling Naomichi Marufuji 1 Takehiro Murahama
Super J-Cup: 5th Stage December 22, 2009
December 23, 2009
New Japan Pro-Wrestling 2 Prince Devitt
Super J-Cup: 6th Stage July 20, 2016
August 21, 2016
Kushida 1 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Super J-Cup 2019 August 22, 2019
August 24, 2019
August 25, 2019
El Phantasmo 1 Dragon Lee
Super J-Cup 2020 December 12, 2020[2] 2 ACH

Tournament history

1994

Main article: Super J-Cup (1994)

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.[3]

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

Main article: Super J-Cup (1995)

The second Super J-Cup was hosted by Wrestle Association R taking place on December 13, 1995, at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[4]

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

Main article: Super J-Cup (2000)

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.[5]

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

Main article: Super J-Cup (2004)

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.[6]

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

Main article: Super J-Cup (2009)

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.[7]

Round 1 Round 2 Semifinals Final
            
Prince Devitt Pin
Atsushi Aoki 10:51[8]
Prince Devitt Pin
Danshoku Dino 5:49[9]
Jado Pin
Danshoku Dino 10:14[8]
Prince Devitt Pin
Yamato 8:41[9]
Gedo Pin
Kota Ibushi 14:15[8]
Gedo Stp
Yamato 8:36[9]
Akira Sub
Yamato 8:13[8]
Prince Devitt Pin
Naomichi Marufuji 18:06[9]
Jushin Thunder Liger Pin
Naomichi Marufuji 16:21[8]
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Tigers Mask 6:36[9]
Taichi Sub
Tigers Mask 6:41[8]
Naomichi Marufuji Pin
Ryusuke Taguchi 10:57[9]
Koji Kanemoto Sub
Hayato Fujita 13:45[8]
Koji Kanemoto Sub
Ryusuke Taguchi 10:14[9]
Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
Gentaro 10:39[8]

2016

Main article: Super J-Cup (2016)

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.[10]

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

2019

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.[13][14]

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

2020

Main article: Super J-Cup (2020)

The eighth Super J-Cup tournament is promoted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. During the Road to Power Struggle Show on November 2, it was announced that on December 12 a new edition of the Super J-Cup will take place in the United States, with 8 participants announced.

Round 1 Semifinals Final
         
Clark Connors 9:36
Chris Bey Pin
Chris Bey 8:26
ACH Pin
ACH Pin
TJP 9:52
ACH 16:11
El Phantasmo Pin
Rey Horus 12:00
Blake Christian Pin
Blake Christian 7:24
El Phantasmo Pin
El Phantasmo Pin
Lio Rush 15:36

See also

References

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