Today in Pro Wrestling History: (April 16) – The Birth of the Super J Cup

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On April 16th 1994, 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 Sasuke in the finals.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: (April 16) – The Birth of the Super J Cup

Today In Pro Wrestling History April 16

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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