The Super-J Cup will return for the seventh time in 25 years this summer.
In 1994, the legendary Jushin Liger created the Super J-Cup, a tournament designed to showcase the best junior heavyweight wrestlers on the planet.
The 1994 tournament featured competitors from all over the world and went down in history as one of the single greatest wrestling shows of all time. 1995’s follow-up event was similarly lauded.
Although hosted by NJPW initially, the tournament was also promoted by WAR, The Great Sasuke’s MPW and small-time promotion OPW before returning to New Japan from 2009 onwards.
Jyuhsin Thunder Liger has just announced the return of Super J Cup, in the US for the first time ever!
8/22 Temple Theater- Tacoma, WA
8/24 SFSU Student Life Event Center- San Francisco, CA
8/25 Walter Pyramid- Long Beach, CA
Tickets on sale June 24! pic.twitter.com/T6P1q9JY4b
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) June 10, 2019
There have only been six Super-J Cup tournaments held since it was launched in 1994, allowing it to retain a level of prestige and intrigue.
The last Super-J Cup was held in 2016 and was won by KUSHIDA, who is now of course in NXT. Previous winners of the tournament were Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit) in 1994, Jushin Liger (1995 and 2000) and Naomichi Marufuji (2004 and 2009).
Whoever emerges victorious this year will be in very strong company indeed.
New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that the Super-J Cup will return in August, featuring stars from New Japan, Mexico’s CMLL, USA’s Ring of Honor and other partner promotions.
For the first time, the Super-J Cup will take place exclusively in the United States.
The three-date competitions kicks off on August 22 at the Temple Theatre in Tacoma, then heading to the SFSU Student Life Event Center in San Francisco on August 24 before climaxing at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA on August 25.