Super J Cup ’94 + ’95 Review


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1994 Super J Cup

04.06.94

Great opening video package displays all the competitors and random awesome English words. Everyone is in the ring for opening ceremonies. Dean Malenko vs. Gedo is up first.

Opening Round Match:

Dean Malenko vs. Gedo = 50% Gedo was not exactly intimidating back in ’94. In fact he looked like a bum. He basically looks like WWF’s 80’s stereotypical Japanese wrestler. Malenko was definitely the strong wrestler here, but he got caught with a Powerslam, or as Michael Cole would call it a “scoop slam”. Good way to start the tournament. Malenko even hit a Jackhammer, much better looking than Greenberg’s ever was.

Opening Round Match:

Ohtani Shinjiro vs. Super Delfin = 35% Picture a young, good looking Ohtani, I know it’s hard to do but that’s what he looked like. Ohtani jump starts the match and goes right after the legs of Delfin. Delfin is super over here, don’t ask me why, but I think it’s the colourful attire. It didn’t take Ohtani long to attempt to take to the skies, of course Delfin was too cunning for that. Ohtani returned to the lower limbs of Delfin as he honed in on the legs like he had heat seeking technology. Delfin forgot to sell the leg immediately as if he had some advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease. But Ohtani don’t play that, so he went for his springboard specials and fucked up Super No Sell. Delfin’s inexplicable overness was more baffling than David Otunga still having a job with WWE. What a shitty wrestler. At least Ohtani was great.

Opening Round Match:

TAKA Michinoku vs. “Black Tiger” Eddy Guerrero = 72% TAKA looked like he was about 12 here, so it was pretty much a safe bet he would be taking an extraordinary beating, and that’s just what Black Tiger gave to him, nearly finishing Michinoku off in the opening minute. Every time TAKA kicked out the crowd was pleasantly surprised and let out a collective “UWAHHH!”. The crowd was big time behind the most junior of Junior’s as he took to the air. TAKA got higher than Woody Harrelson in Willie Nelson’s trailer. TAKA displayed guts and fighting spirit, even showing glimpses of his future greatness. Eddy finished the young man off with a sickening Tornado DDT, not a little bitch DDT like Delfin’s.

Opening Round Match:

El Samurai vs. Motegi Masayoshi = 45% El Samurai vs. El Jobber was next. Well at least Motegi innovated the Rolling German Suplexes, so that’s something. Decent match. Samurai wins.

Opening Round Match:

Negro Casas vs. Ricky Fuji = 32% Fuji looked ridiculously dated and hard to take seriously, but damn was his look funny! Despite being a product of the Mexican Lucha Libre style Negro Casas developed a hard hitting reality based offence. Some good mat work early on proved that they teach real wrestling in Mexico too, not just that Sin Cara botch bullshit. Fuji gets the win in an average match.

Opening Round Match:

Hayabusa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger = 65% Just like today Liger was OVER big time. Hayabusa was not waiting for the bell to ring as he took it to Liger as soon as he faced Hayabusa, hitting him with the Tope Con Hilo. This match wasn’t without its botches, but hey I think Hayabusa was nervous, combine that with only knowing one speed and you can have disaster. Despite that this was a very good match. Great display post match with Liger not only making sure Hayabusa was okay but getting him some water, shaking his hand and raising his arm. Liger has always been a classy guy.

Quarter Final Match:

Gedo vs. Super Delfin N/A We had the Japanese Pillsbury Dough Boy vs. The Rainbow flag. If there is one serious issue I had with this Show it was Super Douche-fin and the Über green Gedo making it out of the first round. This match just seemed to be a series of unnecessary spots, it was like a Sami Calihan match.

Quarter Final Match:

Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit vs. “Black Tiger” Eddy Guerrero = 75% Benoit came out to MASSIVE pops. Benoit vs. Guerrero especially this early on is kind of a big deal. Black Tiger really took it to Pegasus early on, he was trying to wear him out. Anyone who knew Chris Benoit knew he was the last guy you could wear down or break in that ring, he was a machine! You start out with a great exchange of ground holds, as if we expect anything less. The intensity lies in every step these men take. This was a very good match with a good and very suspenseful finishing stretch.

Quarter Final Match:

El Samurai vs. The Great Sasuke = 80% Sasuke moves like a graceful boxer, never staying still. Samurai went after the knee of Sasuke to find an opening and wear him down, that strategy soon failed as in my opinion the greatest highflyer of all time went with what brought him to the dance and flew. Judging by the crowd Sasuke was both the underdog and the fan favourite, and I can see why he was the fan’s choice. Great match!

Quarter Final Match:

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Ricky Fuji = 69% Ricky Fuji has the all time most wholesome and non-threatening entrance music of all time, I have a feeling he took a liking to country music working in Calgary with Stampede Wrestling. Well I found out where KENTA got his top rope Double Stomp from, Liger! It was good to see two Stampede vets go at it in Japan. Very good match with a dynamic and awe-inspiring finish. Liger gives Fuji the Liger seal of approval, which is huge.

Semifinal Match:

Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit vs. Gedo = 59% Very solid match. Pegasus was unstoppable!

Semifinal Match:

The Great Sasuke vs. Jushin Thunder Liger = 89% Fucking classic, man! What a match. Liger was actually a bit of a prick here. Sasuke was the never say die underdog hero. I absolutely adore the finish. Can’t say enough about this.

Super J Cup Final:

The Great Sasuke vs. “Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit = 95% Good Christ that match was and still to this day is epic.

Great post match ceremony with all of the contestants in the J Cup. Benoit receives the Championship belt, the trophy and the Gold Jacket. What a show!

Overall this was not only a great show but a show you must go out of your way to see, and if you’ve already seen it awhile ago you need to go back and watch it, preferably right now!

MVP of the show: The Great Sasuke, that man busted his ass…. knees, head, back etc. For this tournament. Sasuke is a Kamikaze all the way!

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ALL TOGETHER Booked by Joshua & myself.

Part One:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wOjf7ZDc9k&feature=related

Part Two:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8AuuaJNEdo&feature=channel_video_title

Part Three:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvgoWbliKag&feature=relmfu

1995 Super J Cup

12.13.1995

1995’s J-Cup Tournament was hosted by WAR (Wrestle and Romance) I told you guys pro wrestling was gay ;). This show featured the tagline “Dreams Come True Again” which is fucking brilliant. We got great video build up with interviews with all entrants into the J Cup. I really need to learn some basic Japanese so these interviews are easier to take in. We actually start the show with a techno light show.

Opening Round Match:

Gran Naniwa vs. Damien 666 = More fun than a barrel of 60’s pop stars! Gran Naniwa vs. Damien 666? This was the battle of the strange gimmicks, evidently. This one starts out with both men shamelessly pandering to the crowd, which was great. We then got a pose down between two guys with the muscle definition of a 12 year old paper boy. The wrestling was secondary, but that didn’t matter. Damien actually called out the names of legendary wrestlers and performed their moves, he did Shinzaki Jinsei, Misawa and in the end after he called out Muta he missed the Moonsault and that was the end of the evil one’s run.

Opening Round Match:

Ohtani Shinjiro vs. Mochizuki Massaki = Stiff as fuck. Ouch! Up next was Ohtani Shinjiro vs. A very young gi wearing Mochizuki Massaki. These two shook hands, then they preceded to kick the shit out of each other. This was shoot style. To put it technically in the words of the great Dusty Rhodes, these two waffle legged each other. Ohtani picked up the brilliant submission victory in this short, but very violent fight.

Opening Round Match:

Ultimo Dragon vs. Funaki = 45% You knew Ultimo Dragon serious when he was wearing pink. Funaki aggressively went after Dragon’s leg constantly looking for the submission. He was so aggressive in fact he reminded me of another Funaki. This was essentially a shoot fight for the first 5 minutes or so, and even when Dragon started to fly it was Funaki who went back to the leg once again. Finally Dragon proved that speed kills as he got the lightning fast pinfall.

Opening Round Match:

Motegi Masayoshi vs. Gedo = Not bad. Two ugly guys hitting each other, that’s fun! Gedo was still rocking the astonishingly uncool red pudgy ninja getup. Motegi was wearing the only slightly less uncool black version of Gedo’s attire. I’m not sure what was more ugly, the wrestlers physical appearances or their ricockulous ring gear. Think of the ugliest, most dated thing you have ever worn, no worse Jack Evan’s ring attire circa 2004, this was worse. Having said that the match was okay.

Opening Round Match:

El Samurai vs. Dos Caras = N/A Dos Caras is actually the Father of current WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio. Dos was a rather large Jr. Though I could ignore it due to his skills. I don’t know if it was jet leg, age or a combination of both but there was no chemistry here.

Opening Round Match:

Lionheart” Chris Jericho vs. Nakajima Hanzo = This match had classic Jericho taunts, Jericho mannerisms and Jericho wrestling. It was Jeri-tastic! What was not fantastic was Nakajima sitting on Lionheart’s face! Lionhearto picks up the W with the tried and true Lionsault.

Quarter Final Match:

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Gran Naniwa = 70% Naniwa came out with giant lobster claws, Liger came out to a deafening ovation. Liger is immediately pounced on by the Lobster man with dive from the top rope to the outside. The crafty bastard almost took out Liger and advanced in the tournament, but once Liger got the advantage it was only a matter of time before he put away the Crustacean Sensation. The sea creature actually did very well for himself, Red Lobster wasn’t going to catch this clawed fella. Liger was actually on the ropes for more than 60% of this match. Very surprising match. Liger wins after Naniwa kicks out of a picture perfect Macho Manesque Diving Elbow, Liger hits the perfect move to turn a lobster into seafood, the Fisherman’s Buster, although that night I would have called it the Lobster Trap Driver.

Quarter Final Match:

Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit vs. “Lionheart” Chris Jericho = 82% This is the first big match of the night and it starts with an INTENSE staredown. If I were Lionheart this is the point where I would soil my colourful tights. Jericho however was not intimidated in the least. He even slapped Pegasus and yelled out “C’mon Motherfucker!” This was a battle. For about 15 minutes these two men beat the piss out of each other like Gladiators in the Roman fucking Coliseum! Dragon Suplexes, Tiger Suplexes, spine jarring Powerbombs, you name it these men threw it at each other. The sickening holy shit finish came when Benoit hit a Tombstone Piledriver off the second turnbuckle, and that was all she wrote.

Quarter Final Match:

Ultimo Dragon vs. Ohtani Shinjiro = 85% This was probably my second most anticipated match of the tournament. WOW this match started out with a explosive bang! This match was great everywhere it went, in the air, on the match. This match had me hanging on every move, that includes face locks and arm bars. If not for the miss at the end I would have given this match an even higher rating. Greatness.

Quarter Final Match:

Dos Caras vs. Gedo = WTF? Having this match after 2 classics is like going from a dream job, living in a nice house and fucking Natalie Portman every night to working at the KFC, living in a dive and banging crack whores behind the 7-11 every other night. Gedo is fucking better now in his 40’s than he was in the 90’s! How is that even possible? I guess Shawn Michaels was the same though. This was part two of battle of the ugly ring attire. Gedo tried to unmask Caras, I suppose that’s easy to attempt than a good wrestling match. This match was a bigger cluster fuck than the ending of Scream 4! Actually this match made about as much sense as a Sara Palin speech.

Semifinal Match:

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Ultimo Dragon = 80% These are my two of all time favourite wrestlers along with Bret Hart. I was very pleased to see that this started as a ground war to show you that these two were anything but spot monkeys. This sure as hells was some Jack Evans vs. Teddy Hart garbage. Wow once the speed of this match picked up these guys were moving like tornadoes. The Liger slowed it down to take apart the less experienced Dragon. The leg work from both man was excellently executed. It may not have been the wisest move after getting their legs worked on but high risk is called high risk for a reason. The finishing stretch was suspenseful but Liger pulled it out when he countered the La Magistral into a clutch pin of his own. Great match!

Semifinal Match:

Gedo vs. “Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit = Benoit straight fucked Gedo up! This match was ALL Benoit in the beginning, then Gedo took the advantage and the match went from good to Gedo. Sucks that Pegasus had to job to at the time a very average Gedo, who did that guy blow to get to the Finals? We got a table spot, and big surprise, the Japanese table didn’t break! Basically Gedo was booked like John Cena as he took EVERYTHING in Benoit’s arsenal, and magically recovered long enough after being beat up for 80% of the match to finish off Pegasus and get the win. Gedo was gassed because he was not in good enough shape to face Benoit.

Special Bonus Match: Rey Misterio, Jr. vs. Psicosis = 82 This was Rey Rey’s first big match outside of Mexico, I do believe. La Sombra & Dorada don’t have shit on Misterio & Psicosis in their prime, not even near in the same league. The shit these guys did is proof that NO ONE could match the Jrs. Of the 1990’s. This match is proof that Lucha hasn’t always sucked like it does now. Best Misterio vs. Psicosis match I’ve seen to date!

Final Match:

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Gedo = 70% Gedo was so bad in the 90’s I am starting to hate him now. All he did was get beat up, and it wasn’t in an adorable Mikey Whipwreck way either. Highlight of the match is when Liger sets up Gedo on the second turnbuckle in the Shattered Dreams position and hits the running Rolling Koppu Kick ! Liger made this lacklustre tournament final as exciting as he could with Gedo, so I applaud him for that. Finish was great!

Though I strongly question the booking of this tournament, it still delivered classic match ups, even if the wrong guys went over in the last two tournament matches.

MVP: Ultimo Dragon, that man worked his ass off!

Overall: Highly recommended. Just a few bone head booking mistakes. Must have been politics.

How I would have booked it…

1995 Super J Cup, booked my way!

Opening Round Match:

Rey Misterio vs. Psicosis – This would be the exact same match as they had later in the night on the actual card only as a tournament match. This would be the hottest opener maybe ever opener ever. Rey Misterio goes over.

Opening Round Match:

Ohtani Shinjiro vs. Ultimo Dragon – Same match as they had in the Quarter finals, only in the Opening Round this time. Dragon gets Ohtani with the Corkscrew Moonsault Splash.

Opening Round Match:

Gran Naniwa vs. Damien 666 – I can not fault this match for being hilarious, it stays, only not as the opener. Goes to a draw.

Opening Round Match:

Lionheart” Chris Jericho vs. Funaki – Jericho would still go over, this would just be a better match.

Opening Round Match:

Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit vs. El Samurai – Pegasus wins with the top rope Diving Headbutt.

Quarter Final Match: Rey Misterio, Jr. vs. Ultimo Dragon – Dragon wins with the La Magistral in what would promise to be a classic, Rey leaves looking very strong.

Quarter Final Match:

Lionheart” Chris Jericho vs. “Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit – Benoit still wins with the Tombstone from the second turnbuckle.

Semifinal Match:

Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit vs. vs. The Great Sasuke – That’s right I would go out of my way to bring back the runner up in last year’s Super J Cup. Liger wins with the Fisherman’s Buster off the top rope. This would most likely be 5 star worthy.

Semifinal Match:

Ultimo Dragon vs. Jushin Thunder Liger – Liger received a buy to the semifinals by winning the IWGP Junior Championship. Same finish as their actual match with the reverse of the La Magistral. Liger wins

Intermission:

Six Man Tag:

The Great Sasuke, Rey Misterio, Jr & Chris Jericho vs. Ultimo Dragon, Psicosis & Ohtani Shinjiro – You just let these guys do what they do best for 15 minutes so the finalists can catch a breather and the crowd can be amazed. Dragon pins Jericho

Super J Cup Final:

Wild Pegasus” Chris Benoit vs. Jushin Thunder Liger – Give this match 25 minutes of balls to the wall action. Liger wins with the DDT off the top rope to Pegasus.

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