Mike Reviews: Super J Cup 1995 (13/12/1995)

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I’ve got a bit of involuntary free time on my hands at the moment, so I decided to cheer myself up by watching some Japanese Junior Heavyweight action from the 90’s. This is show is actually available for full up on YouTube, probably because WAR has now gone out of business and whoever owns the video library isn’t especially arsed about these sort of things. I won’t embed it here in case I get Scott or the Blog in bother, but if you just search “Super J Cup 1995” on YouTube then it should be pretty easy to find.

The J Cup brought together Junior Heavyweights from all over the world to compete in a single elimination tournament to win a snazzy gold jacket. It reminds me a bit of The Masters in golf in that regard actually. One cool thing about it is that it brought together wrestlers from different promotions, meaning that there are plenty of inter-promotional bouts on this one.

Junior Heavyweight wrestling was very much the “gateway drug” that got me in to Japanese wrestling in the first place, and I still have a lot of nostalgia for the J Cup tournaments of 94, 95 and 2000.

Anyway, less chatter from me, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling Super J Cup 2019 – Night One (22/08/2019)

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The J Cup finally got uploaded to New Japan World last week. Seeing as I’ve got a day off today I’ll get Night One done. Not sure when the others will be up, so watch this space.

For those not acquainted, this is a big 16 man single elimination tournament to decide who gets to win a cool golden jacket. They’ve been doing this tournament on and off since 1994 and it’s usually provided some classic matches in past iterations, so hopefully this year’s tournament does similar!

Anyway, less chatter, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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NJPW Super J-Cup 2016

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August 21st, 18:30 from Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo

The Super J-Cup 2016 arrives as something of an afterthought following the excellent G1 Climax, which ended a week ago today. The first round took place at Korakuen Hall last month and was a decent show in its own right, but we move to a bigger venue for the Super J-Cup proper and the tournament matches are bolstered by IWGP and GHC junior tag title matches. Let’s get to it.

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NJPW Super J-Cup 2016: Round One

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July 20th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

This show represents the qualifiers for the Super J-Cup proper, the sixth edition of which takes place at the Ariake Coloseum in Tokyo on August 21st. There a couple of matches here that many would’ve expected to take place in later rounds, KUSHIDA vs. Taiji Ishimori and BUSHI vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru in particular, but there are also examples of independent wrestlers receiving wider exposure for the first time.

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