|Sky Diving J|
|Promotion||New Japan Pro-Wrestling|
|Date||June 17, 1996|
Sky Diving J was a professional wrestling event produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The event took place on June 17, 1996 at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The event was notable for revolutionizing junior heavyweight wrestling in NJPW and Japanese wrestling history. The event aired on television on TV Asahi on July 6, 1996.
All of the matches contested at the event were junior heavyweight championship matches from different promotions from Japan. This was a very significant event in the revolution of junior heavyweight wrestling as title defences from various promotions at the event would result in the unification of various junior heavyweight championships to create the J-Crown.
NJPW had previously held an annual round-robin tournament called Best of the Super Juniors but the tournament was not of much significance for the junior heavyweight division. In 1994, Jushin Thunder Liger conceptualized a junior heavyweight tournament to determine the best junior heavyweights from all over the world called Super J-Cup. The tournament was an enormous success and it led to a second tournament being held the following year in 1995.
|Jushin Thunder Liger|
In the opening match, Lance Storm and Yuji Yasuraoka defended the WAR International Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against El Samurai and Norio Honaga. Samurai and Honaga double teamed Yasuraoka but Storm took advantage and pinned Samurai with a roll-up to retain the titles.
In the penultimate match of the event, Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Dick Togo to retain the British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Championship.
Main event matchEdit
The all-junior heavyweight card featuring junior heavyweight championship matches of all major Japanese promotions led to Jushin Thunder Liger conceptualizing the idea of a tournament to unify all the junior heavyweight singles championships. He challenged all the champions and a tournament took place to create the J-Crown, the unifier of various singles junior heavyweight championships. The tournament took place on August 5, 1996, with The Great Sasuke winning the tournament to become the first champion.