TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… APRIL 16th: The Birth of the Super J Cup

DATELINE: APRIL 16, 1994 – SUMO HALL – TOKYO, JAPAN


New Japan Pro Wrestling hosts the Super J Cup, a tournament originally conceived by  Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, as a showcase for promotions from Asia and North America. The inaugural invitational was won by Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit), who defeated The Great Sasuske in the finals.

Of note: Pegasus was awarded the now defunct WWWF Junior Heavyweight Championship belt as a trophy.

In subsequent years, wrestlers representing Lucha Libre AAA  and ECW would also participate in the tournament. After 1995, the tournament took a five-year hiatus before returning in 2000.


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