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NJPW Super J Cup 1994

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The show starts with comments from some of the participating wrestlers.  I don’t speak Japanese, but I’m sure it’s something along the lines of “I will win!”  Then we get a cool opening video package.

The new Japan ring announcer whose name I forget (H-something Tanaka, maybe?) welcomes us to the show (LIVE from the Sumo Hall in Tokyo) and all the participants come out:

Masayoshi Motegi (SPWF)
Hayabusa (FMW)
Ricky Fuji (FMW)
Gedo (WAR)
Super Delfin (Michinoku Pro)
TAKA Michinoku (Michinoku Pro)
Great Sasuke (Michinoku Pro)
Negro Casas (New Japan)
Dean Malenko (New Japan)
Black Tiger II (New Japan)
Wild Pegasus (New Japan)
Shinjiro Otani (New Japan)
El Samurai (New Japan)
Jushin Thunder Liger (New Japan)

So everybody is in the ring, then I think Tatsumi Fujinami comes out to show off his shiny WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship belt from the early 80s… or something.

Round 1: Gedo vs. Dean Malenko.  Gedo was chunky and had hair at this point.  They shake hands, then go at it fast and furious.  They slow it down and do that elborate arm counter sequence the Japanese fans always like.  They do another awesome little wrestling sequence stemming from a cross armbreaker attempt by Gedo.  Malenko locks in a cross armbreaker of his own.  Gedo turns it into a cradle, but Malenko puts him back down.  Gedo gets out of that particular hold, but Malenko stays on his arm.  Fuck Malenko is great.  Malenko goes for a chickenwing facelock but Gedo fights it, so Malenko just puts him in a Dragon sleeper.  Gedo gets out of that one too.  Malenko hits a brainbuster for a near fall.  Then I got a phone call and couldn’t type for a few minutes.  Gedo catches Malenko coming off the ropes with a powerslam for the pin at 8:04.  Really good match.  Malenko being eliminated in the first round sucks, though.

Round 1, Non-Title: UWF Super Welterweight Champion Super Delfin vs. Shinjiro Otani.  Otani jumps Delfin before the bell and goes after his leg.  He stays on the leg, punishing it in various ways.  Delfin gets rope breaks to escape the holds and finally makes a comeback, leapfrogging Otani, then dropkicking him, and doing a backbreaker.  All of these moves require use of the legs.  Delfin shows no ill effects from Otani’s earlier leg work.  Otani responds by punishing Delfin’s legs some more.  Delfin stomps Otani with his apparently uninjured leg, then hits a backdrop and a stalling brainbuster.  Otani kicks out of a very near fall.  Otani blocks another brainbuster attempt, then throws Delfin out of the ring and hits a springboard dive.  Otani hits a missle dropkick for a near fall, then goes after Delfin’s leg again.  Delfin gets a rope break.  Otani pulls him to the middle of the ring and puts him back in the leg hold.  Delfin hits a tornado DDT and gets the pin with what I assume is the Delfin Clutch at about 8:07.  Good match, despite the fact that 90% of Otani’s offense was targeting Delfin’s legs and Delfin didn’t sell his legs at all.  They shake hands after the match.

Super Delfin comments on something.

Round 1:
TAKA Michinoku vs. Black Tiger II.  For the benefit of those ignorant of puroresu, Black Tiger is Eddie Guerrero.  Tiger hits that somersault he always did and then powerbombs young TAKA.  He continues to punish TAKA in various ways and even puts him in what appears to be a Sharpshooter.  TAKA starts making a comeback and Tiger bails.  Once TAKA’s momentum evaporates, Tiger comes back in to beat him some more.  He is surprised to learn that TAKA still has some steam.  TAKA hits a springboard dive to the outside, then gets near falls with a German suplex and a Frankensteiner.  Tiger blocks another Frankensteiner attempt and powerbombs TAKA for a two count.  Tiger hits a frog splash for a near fall.  TAKA gets more near falls from a powerbomb and a moonsault.  He goes for another moonsault, but Tiger gets his knees up and and hits a brainbuster for a near fall.  Tiger wins with a tornado DDT at 6:47.  Okay match.  Ring boy Tatsuhito Takaiwa helps TAKA to the back.

Round 1, Non-Title: WWC Junior Heavyweight Champion Masayoshi Motegi vs. El Samurai.  Motegi dropkicks Samurai, then the bell rings.  Another dropkick sends Samurai out of the ring, and Motegi dives through the ropes onto him.  Motegi goes to the top rope, but slips and falls off.  Goof.  Samurai makes a comeback and gets a near fall off a piledriver, then another one off something else.  Samurai goes for a crab hold and they do a couple of cradle reversals.  Samurai gets a near fall off of a Tombstone Piledriver, then another off a neat reverse brainbuster.  Samurai misses a dropkick when Motegi hangs onto the ropes.  Motegi dropkicks Samurai and runs at him, but gets backdropped out of the ring.  Samurai hits his own dive to the outside.  Samurai hits a missile dropkick back in the ring for a two count.  Samurai goes for a Frankensteiner, but Motegi powerbombs him, then does a surfboard hold.  Motegi hits some rolling Germans, but Samurai reverses one into a front cradle for another close one.  German suplex gets a near fall for Samurai, then the Samurai Bomb gets the victory at 7:09.  Worst match so far, but still not bad.

Motegi comments.

Round 1: Ricky Fuji vs. Negro Casas.  Casas throws a dropkick, then they do some stuff on the mat.  They stay on the mat for a few minutes, then Casas sends Fuji to the outside and dives out onto him.  Has there been a dive in every match so far?  I think so.  Back in the ring, Fuji hits a diving double axe handle for a two count.  Casas gets a one count with a la magistral, then a two count off of a diving senton.  He tries the senton again, but Fuji moves.  Fuji hits a Tiger Driver for the win at 5:53.  The match was so-so.

Round 1: Hayabusa vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  This should rock.  I think I’ve seen it before, but it’s been forever.  Masato Tanaka is one of the FMW guys out to second Hayabusa.  Hayabusa attacks Liger before the bell, then does the obligatory suicide dive.  Hayabusa puts him back in the ring and dropkicks him.  Hayabusa keeps up the attack until Liger manages to get the upper hand and lock in a figure-four leglock.  Hayabusa gets a rope break, then Liger nails him with a flurry of shoteis and hits a powerbomb for a near fall.  Liger goes back to the legs with a Prison lock.  Hayabusa tries to punch his way out, but Liger puts more pressure on.  Liger lets him go to beat on him some more, then goes back to working the leg.  Hayabusa gets a headlock on Liger, who backdrops him to escape.  Liger hits the koppou kick in the corner, followed by his avalanche-style brainbuster.  That normally means death, but Hayabusa manages to get a shoulder up.  Hayabusa fights back and goes up top to hit a spinning kick for a two count.  Hayabusa hits a moonsault for a near fall.  He comes off the top rope again and botches a headscissors.  Hayabusa overshoots on a Shooting Star press and lands on his face.  Liger hits the Liger Bomb for a near fall.  Liger sets up for his avalanche brainbuster again, but Hayabusa pushes him away.  He dives, but Liger catches him with a powerbomb.  Liger hits a Fisherman buster for the win at 10:18.  Liger was great, but Hayabusa botched a bunch of shit.  They shake hands after the match.

Haybusa comments.

We get a recap of Round 1.

Round 2: Gedo vs. Super Delfin.  Gedo beat Dean Malenko in the first round, while Delfin beat Shinjiro Otani.  Delfin goes after Gedo’s arm, but Gedo kicks him away.  Delfin locks in a half crab while grinding his boot in Gedo’s ear.  Ouch.  Gedo tries the same crab hold, but Delfin hits an enzuigiri.  Delfin throws some strikes that don’t affect Gedo, then nails him the balls and takes control.  Delfin hits a nice spinning headscissors, then they trade dropkicks.  Gedo gets back on track and goes on the offensive with repeated kicks to Delfin’s spine, then puts him a backbreaker-type hold.  Delfin manages to send Gedo face-first into the turnbuckle and hits a brainbuster for a two count.  Neckbreaker gets another two count.  Gedo gets sent to the outside, then Delfin jumps to the top rope and dives outside onto him.  I wonder if every match in this round will have dives out of the ring too.  Gedo fights back, but Delfin gets a near fall with a victory roll.  Gedo hits his powerslam that put away Malenko in round 1, but Delfin kicks out.  Gedo gets a near fall with a moonsault, then Delfin gets another one of his own with a crucifix hold.  Delfin hits a backdrop hold, which Gedo also manages to kick out of.  Delfin hits a diving elbow drop for a two count.  Delfin hits a tornado DDT and goes for the Delfin Clutch, but Gedo surprises him with an inside cradle for the win at 8:21.

Round 2: Black Tiger II vs. Wild Pegasus.  Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit, so you know this has to be good.  Tiger beat TAKA Michinoku in the first round, while Pegasus had a bye. They start out with some fine old fashioned wrestling.  Tiger breaks from that and hits that hilo he always liked to do.  Tiger punishes Pegasus in various ways until Pegasus counters a brainbuster attempt and hits a reverse brainbuster of his own.  Pegasus goes on the offensive.  He gets his first near fall off of a German suplex hold, then another off of a powerbomb.  Tiger comes back in a big way when he hits a nice Frankensteiner and gets a near fall off of his own German.  Tiger hits a fall away slam, but then misses a missile dropkick.  Tiger does an awesome sequence where he almost slips on the top rope, but keeps his balance and hits a swank Frankensteiner for a near fall.  He follows that with a top rope Frankensteiner, but Pegasus manages to kick out of that too.  Tiger hits a brainbuster and goes for the tornado DDT, but Pegasus blocks it.  Pegasus goes for some avalanche move, but Tiger pushes him away and dives.  Pegasus catches him with an armdrag and covers for the win at 10:23.  Not their best match, but still a very good give and take match.

Round 2: Great Sasuke vs. El Samurai.  Sasuke had a bye in the first round, while Samurai had to go through Masayoshi Motegi.  They lock up and Sasuke goes a little leg work.  They break and lock up again, but Samurai struggles to get Sasuke up for a back suplex.  Sasuke maintains the advantage.  Samurai fights back and goes to work on Sasuke’s leg.  Samurai hits that backdrop suplex he was looking for earlier, then stretches Sasuke with a nasty hold.  Sasuke fights back and sends Samurai out of the ring, then hits a wacky dive to the outside.  Back in the ring, they go at it fast and furious, then Samurai hits his own suicide dive.  Samurai hits a nice German for a near fall in the ring, then follows with his diving headbutt for another near fall.  Samurai goes for a powerbomb,  but Sasuke counters into a Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Sasuke gets another near fall with a sunset flip off the turnbuckle.  Samurai nails his powerbomb,  but Sasuke kicks out again.  Sasuke counters something from Samurai into a sunset flip for the win at 11:41.  Really really good match here, best of the show so far.  They shake hands after the match.

Round 2: Ricky Fuji vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  Fuji beat Negro Casas to get here.  Liger beat Hayabusa.  Neat hammerlock/flip exchange to start, then a test of strength.  Fuji hits the obligatory suicide dive, then powerbombs Liger on the floor.  They do more stuff, then Liger hits a nasty ghetto stomp off the ring apron.  Soon after, Liger goes for his avalanche-style brainbuster, but Fuji turns around on him and lands on top for a near fall.  Fuji sends Liger out and hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Fuji sets up Liger on the top rope, but Liger nails him with a shotei and hits a diving Frankensteiner for the win at 7:50.  Cool finish.  I’ve forgotten that Liger used to be a really good flier before his brain surgery and various injuries piling up.  Liger’s still great anyway though.

Fuji comments.

Semifinal: Gedo vs. Wild Pegasus.  Usual pretty stuff to start, then Benoit slaps Gedo.  Gedo slaps him back, and it’s ON!  They go at it, then Goed locks on a painful looking arm submission that looks like it’d be hell on your shoulders.  He gets a rope break and soon after they chop the shit out of each other for a bit.  Benoit gets sent outside and Gedo hits a moonsault from the turnbuckle onto him.  They get back in the ring and Gedo misses a diving headbutt.  Benoit hits a powerbomb for a near fall, then slams Gedo and hits his own diving heatbutt for the win at 6:18.  Good match for the time they were given.

Gedo comments.

Semifinal: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Great Sasuke.  They start with the classic “do some technical stuff and flips to pop the crowd” thing.  They do some more stuff, but I was momentarily destracted.  A common problem for me.  Liger lands his koppou kick and Sasuke is out of it for a minute.  Liger hits a Tombstone Piledriver and locks Sasuke in a chickenwing facelock.  Liger punishes Sasuke’s arm.  Liger comes off the top rope and they dropkick each other at the same time.  Liger goes outside and Sasuke hits a gorgeous Asai moonsault.  Sasuke hits another insane dive off the top rope out of the ring.  They finally make it back in the ring and Sasuke goes to town on Liger.  Sasuke hits a Tombstone of his own and follows with a Swanton bomb (dunno what he calls it), but Liger moves out of the way.  Liger hits the Liger bomb for a two count.  Liger hits an avalanche-style Frankensteiner for two, then Sasuke counters his cover for two of his own.  Liger hits something (brainbuster?) for a near fall.  Liger hits a Fisherman buster, but Sasauke manages to kick out.  Liger suplexes Sasuke out of the ring and dives off the turnbuckle onto him.  Sasuke tries to springboard back into the ring, but messes up and lands on his head.  OUCH.  He recovers and hits a Frankensteiner for the win at 18:09.  Awesome match.  They hug afterwards.

Liger comments.

Final:
Great Sasuke vs. Wild Pegasus.  They go at it, and it’s good stuff.  All the other participants in the tournament are at ringside watching the final match.  5 minutes in, Benoit hits a German suplex for a near fall.  Sasuke slams Benoit and hits a leg drop, then works on his arm.  Benoit goes for a powerbomb, but Sasuke counters with an arm drag.  Benoit gets a near fall with a Dragon suplex hold.  Benoit follows with the diving headbutt for a two count.  Benoit locks in the Sharpshooter, then hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.  Benoit whips Sasuke into the ropes again and throws a dropkick, but Sasuke holds on so it’ misses.  German suplex gets another two count.  At 13 minutes, Sasuke finally hits the obligatory suicide dive.  Sasuke hits his own German for a near fall, then gets another with a Fisherman suplex.  Sasuke misses a diving dropkick.  Sasuke suplexes Benoit out of the ring.  More stuff, then Sasaki hits a strange moonsault for a near fall.  Benoit hits a gutwrench suplex off the top rope for the win at 18:46.  Good match.

Now for the celebration.  Tatsumi Fujinami gives Benoit his old WWF Junior Heavyweight title belt and a gold jacket with “WINNER” on the back.  Of course, he also gets some big trophies too.  Sasuke, Tiger, Gedo, and Liger get trophies for various awards too.

I finally get to hear someone in English, as Benoit comments.  So does Sasuke, but he doesn’t speak English.  Then we get a nice closing video package.

All in all a really good show, but I wouldn’t call it the best show ever as some people have.