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Super J-Cup: 6th Stage
Superjcup
The 2016 logo of Super J-Cup
Venue Korakuen Hall
Ariake Coliseum
Location Tokyo, Japan
Start date July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20)
End date August 21, 2016 (2016-08-21)
Champion
KUSHIDA
Super J-Cup: 6th Stage was the sixth Super J-Cup professional wrestling single-elimination tournament produced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). It was a two-night event, taking place on July 20, 2016 and August 21, 2016. The first round held on July 20 took place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, while the next three rounds took place on August 21 at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.[1][2] The tournament featured interpromotional matches between junior heavyweight wrestlers from various Japanese promotions as well as North American promotions. KUSHIDA defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru in the final round on August 20 to win the 2016 Super J-Cup tournament.[3]

BackgroundEdit

After a seven-year break, NJPW announced on March 3, 2016, that the Super J-Cup would return on August 21.[4] The tournament was later expanded with an additional show on July 20, which featured all eight first round matches. The four second round matches, two semifinal matches and the final all took place on August 21.[5]

Qualifying matchesEdit

Kaientai DojoEdit

Kaientai Dojo held first two qualifying matches at the Club K-3000 event on June 11, 2016 at the Blue Field in Chiba, Chiba, Japan. The winners of the two matches advanced to participate in the qualifying tournament for the Super J-Cup on June 19.

Club K-3000 – June 11, 2016 (Chiba Blue Field – Chiba, Chiba, Japan)
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Kyu Mogami defeated Yuma 2016 Super J-Cup Qualification Tournament qualifying match 8:35
2 Ayumu Honda defeated GO Asakawa via submission 2016 Super J-Cup Qualification Tournament qualifying match 10:51
Kaientai Dojo Super J-Cup 2016 Qualifying One Day Tournament – June 19, 2016 (Chiba Blue Field – Chiba, Chiba, Japan)
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Ayato Yoshida defeated Ayumu Honda Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament quarter-final 9:59
2 Daigoro Kashiwa defeated Ricky Fuji Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament quarter-final 8:29
3 Kaji Tomato defeated Kunio Toshima Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament quarter-final 5:26
4 Shiori Asahi defeated Kyu Mogami Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament quarter-final 9:27
5 Ayato Yoshida defeated Daigoro Kashiwa Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament semi-final 0:27
6 Kaji Tomato defeated Shiori Asahi Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament semi-final 13:04
7 Kaji Tomato defeated Ayato Yoshida Kaientai Dojo 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament final 13:43
Tournament brackets


  Round 1 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                     
        
  6/19  Ayato Yoshida Sub  
    [6]  Ayumu Honda 9:59  
6/11  Ayumu Honda Sub
[7]  GO Asakawa 10:51  
  6/19  Ayato Yoshida Pin  
  [6]  Daigoro Kashiwa 0:27  
        
        
  6/19  Daigoro Kashiwa Pin
    [6]  Ricky Fuji 8:29  
      
        
  6/19  Ayato Yoshida Pin
  [6]  Kaji Tomato 13:43
        
        
  6/19  Kaji Tomato Pin
    [6]  Kunio Toshima 5:26  
      
        
  6/19  Kaji Tomato Pin
  [6]  Shiori Asahi 13:04  
        
        
  6/19  Shiori Asahi Pin
    [6]  Kyu Mogami 9:27  
6/11  Kyu Mogami Pin
[7]  Yuma 8:35  

Pro Wrestling NoahEdit

Pro Wrestling Noah held a qualification tournament with three finalists qualifying for the Super J-Cup. Two of the first round matches took place on June 16, 2016 and the next four matches of the first round took place on July 3 and three second round matches took place on July 5 and the winners of the second round matches qualified to represent Noah in the tournament.

June 16, 2016 – (Shinjuku Face – Tokyo, Japan)
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Hitoshi Kumano Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament first round 10:30
2 Taiji Ishimori defeated Kaito Kiyomiya Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament first round 9:32
July 3, 2016 – (Shibata, Niigata, Japan)
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Daisuke Harada defeated Shiro Tomoyose Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament first round 8:23
2 Hajime Ohara defeated Andy Dalton Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament first round 8:38
3 Genba Hirayanagi defeated Captain Noah Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament first round 13:05
4 Kenoh defeated Atsushi Kotoge Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament first round 12:24
July 5, 2016 – (Korakuen Hall – Tokyo, Japan)
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Taiji Ishimori defeated Yoshinari Ogawa Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament second round 10:30
2 Kenoh defeated Genba Hirayanagi Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament second round 7:59
3 Daisuke Harada defeated Hajime Ohara Pro Wrestling Noah 2016 Super J-Cup qualifying tournament second round 13:48
Tournament brackets
Super J-Cup Qualifying Tournament A
First round
(June 16)
Finals
(July 5)
      
Yoshinari Ogawa Pin
Hitoshi Kumano 10:30
Yoshinari Ogawa Pin
Taiji Ishimori 10:30
Kaito Kiyomiya Pin
Taiji Ishimori 9:32
Super J-Cup Qualifying Tournament B
First round
(July 3)
Finals
(July 5)
      
Genba Hirayanagi Pin
Captain Noah 13:05
Genba Hirayagani Pin
Kenoh 7:59
Kenoh Pin
Atsushi Kotoge 12:24
Super J-Cup Qualifying Tournament C
First round
(July 3)
Finals
(July 5)
      
Daisuke Harada Pin
Shiro Tomoyose 8:23
Daisuke Harada Pin
Hajime Ohara 13:48
Hajime Ohara Sub
Andy Dalton 8:38

Suzuki-gunEdit

Suzuki-gun held a round-robin tournament, in which four of its members competed in matches of various stipulations to qualify for the tournament. Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taichi qualified by scoring four points each.

Taka & Taichi Produce in Shin-Kiba - Suzuki-gun SUPER J-CUP 2016 Qualifiers – June 24, 2016 (Shin-Kiba, Tokyo, Japan)
# Results Stipulations Times
1 Taichi defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru via count-out Count-out rules match 8:10
2 Taka Michinoku defeated El Desperado Bodyslam Challenge match 6:02
3 El Desperado defeated Taichi Ladder match 11:38
4 Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Taka Michinoku Singles match 6:44
5 Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated El Desperado Chairs match 10:52
6 Taichi defeated Taka Michinoku Two-count rules match1 6:09

1In this match, the referee counted to two instead of a three-count.

Tournament brackets
Final standings
Taichi 4
Yoshinobu Kanemaru 4
Taka Michinoku 2
El Desperado 2
Results Desperado Michinoku Taichi Kanemaru
Desperado X Michinoku
(6:02)
Desperado
(11:38)
Kanemaru
(10:52)
Michinoku Michinoku
(6:02)
X Taichi
(6:09)
Kanemaru
(6:44)
Taichi Desperado
(11:38)
Taichi
(6:09)
X Taichi
(8:10)
Kanemaru Kanemaru
(10:52)
Kanemaru
(6:44)
Taichi
(8:10)
X

ParticipantsEdit

It was announced that the tournament would feature participants from promotions around the world; four from NJPW (with one spot designated to the CHAOS stable), one from All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), three from Pro Wrestling Noah, one from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), Dragon Gate, Kaientai Dojo (K-Dojo), Ring of Honor (ROH), and Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling each, two from the Suzuki-gun stable and one surprise entrant. Originally it was also announced that Pro Wrestling Zero1 would be represented in the tournament, but they were replaced with AJPW.[4][5] K-Dojo, Noah and Suzuki-gun announced their own qualifying tournaments to determine their representatives in the tournament.[8][9][10] The full list of participants was revealed on July 6 with the surprise entrant spot filled by BUSHI, representing the NJPW stable Los Ingobernables de Japon.[11][12]

Name: Promotion: Group:
BUSHI New Japan Pro-Wrestling Los Ingobernables de Japon
Daisuke Harada
Pro Wrestling Noah
Eita
Dragon Gate
Gurukun Mask
Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling
Jushin Thunder Liger
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Kaji Tomato
Kaientai Dojo
Kenoh
Pro Wrestling Noah
KUSHIDA
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Matt Sydal
Ring of Honor
Ryusuke Taguchi
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Taichi Pro Wrestling Noah Suzuki-gun
Taiji Ishimori
Pro Wrestling Noah
Titán
Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
Will Ospreay New Japan Pro-Wrestling CHAOS
Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pro Wrestling Noah Suzuki-gun
Yuma Aoyagi
All Japan Pro Wrestling

TournamentEdit

July 20Edit

Super J-Cup: 6th Stage (Day 1)
Korakuen Hall 2007
Korakuen Hall, arena for the first night
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Date July 20, 2016
Attendance 1,606
Venue Korakuen Hall
City Tokyo, Japan
Super J-Cup chronology

Super J-Cup: 5th Stage Super J-Cup: 6th Stage (Day 1) Super J-Cup: 6th Stage (Day 2)

The first round of the Super J-Cup: 6th Stage was held at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan on July 20, 2016. In the opening match of the tournament, Ring of Honor representative Matt Sydal took on Kaientai Dojo's representative Kaji Tomato, who won a qualification tournament in Kaientai Dojo to qualify for the tournament as Kaientai Dojo representative. Tomato showed some quick offense during the match and gained control until Sydal made a comeback by kicking Tomato in the head while Tomato had applied an abdominal stretch but Tomato countered it into the Speed for a near-fall. Sydal hit a corner clothesline to Tomato followed by a diving double knee drop and then executed a Air Sydal on Tomato to win the match.[13][14][15]

Next, Pro Wrestling Noah's first representative Kenoh took on Ryukyu Dragon Pro Wrestling representative Gurukun Mask. Near the end of the match, Mask hit a lariat to gain a near-fall on Kenou. Mask executed an elevated front powerslam to Kenoh and a diving moonsault for a near-fall. Kenoh recovered to receive a kick from Mask, who then attempted a Diver Suplex but Kenoh countered it with a backflip kick followed by a dragon suplex and a Kebou for a near-fall. Kenoh then finished Mask with a Ragou.[13][14][15]

Suzuki-gun's first representative Taichi squared off against All Japan Pro Wrestling's sole representative Yuma Aoyagi in the third match. El Desperado constantly interfered on Taichi's behalf during the earlier portion of the match as he distracted the referee, allowing Taichi to hit Aoyagi with a bull hammer and gain momentum in the match. After controlling most of the match, Taichi attempted a Taichi-shiki Liger Bomb but Aoyagi countered it and got a few near-falls on Taichi until he kicked Aoyagi in the head and then hit him with a jumping high kick, followed by a superkick and a Taichi-shiki Last Ride for the victory.[13][14][15]

Two-time tournament winner Jushin Thunder Liger competed in the following match against Dragon Gate's Eita. Eita attacked Liger before the match by dropkicking him during his entrance to the ring and hit a suicide dive to Liger outside the ring. Eita further weakened Liger by throwing him into the ringpost and then tossed him into the ring to begin the match. Liger hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on a charging Eita and then executed a brainbuster outside the ring. Eita eventually returned to the ring and gained momentum on Liger. Near the end of the match, Eita applied a Numero Uno to Liger's injured arm until Liger reached the ropes and hit a Shotei. Liger then charged Eita in the corner and Eita got him in another Numero Uno until Liger reached the ropes and hit a Thesz press and another Shotei and a brainbuster to win the match.[13][14][15]

The match was followed by CHAOS member Will Ospreay competing against Titán. Titán applied a figure four leglock on Ospreay until Ospreay reversed it but reached the ropes, forcing the hold to be broken. Titán attempted to dive on Ospreay but Ospreay avoided the move and Titán hit the corner where Ospreay hit a Cheeky Nandos Kick and then Titán rolled outside the ring where Ospreay hit a Sasuke Special. The action returned to the ring where Ospreay hit a Pip Pip Cheerio followed by a shooting star press and a corkscrew 450° splash, a diving spinning heel kick and then hit a OsCutter for the victory.[13][14][15]

Suzuki-gun's second representative in the tournament Yoshinobu Kanemaru took on Los Ingobernables de Japon member BUSHI. BUSHI dropkicked Kanemaru before the match began and then dived onto him but Kanemaru hit him with a chair shot. Kanemaru knocked out Bushi with a Brainbuster and then hit a Deep Impact to gain a near-fall. BUSHI reversed Kanemaru's suplex attempt into a backslide until he attacked the referee and attempted to spit mist into Kanemaru but Kanemaru avoided it and kicked him in the groin and then hit a Touch Ou to get the win.[13][14][15]

Later, Daisuke Harada took on Ryusuke Taguchi. After a back and forth action, Taguchi avoided a German suplex and rolled it to apply an ankle lock until Harada countered it to apply the ankle lock. Taguchi rolled again for another ankle lock before leaving it and then hit a Dodon, followed by a Dodon's Thron for the win.[13][14][15]

The last first round match of the tournament featured Taiji Ishimori against KUSHIDA in the main event of the show. Ishimori dropped KUSHIDA onto the top turnbuckle but Kushida applied a Hoverboard Lock until Ishimori hit a headbutt to get out of the move and Ishimori followed with a moonsault slam. Ishimori attempted a 450° splash on KUSHIDA but Kushida raised his knees to block the move. KUSHIDA then attempted a Hoverboard Lock twice on Ishimori but Ishimori blocked both attempts. KUSHIDA eventually hit a backflip kick and applied a Hoverboard Lock to defeat Ishimori by submission.[13][14][15]

August 21Edit

Super J-Cup: 6th Stage (Day 2)
Ariake Colosseum
Ariake Coliseum, arena for the second night
Information
Promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Date August 21, 2016
Attendance 3,041
Venue Ariake Coliseum
City Tokyo, Japan
Super J-Cup chronology

Super J-Cup: 6th Stage (Day 1) Super J-Cup: 6th Stage (Day 2)

The quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of the Super J-Cup: 6th Stage took place at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan on August 21, 2016.

QuarterfinalsEdit

The show kicked off with a non-tournament six-man tag team match, in which the team of Eita, Yuma Aoyagi and David Finlay took on Gurukun Mask, Kaji Tomato and BUSHI, with five of them being eliminated from the Super J-Cup in the first round. After a back and forth match, BUSHI hit a MX to Finlay for the win. After the match, BUSHI attacked his partners as Tomato gifted tomatoes to his tag team partners but BUSHI ripped off Gurukun Mask's mask and spit mist on Tomato.[16][17][18]

The tag team match was followed by the quarter-final round of the Super J-Cup. In the first match of the tournament, Jushin Thunder Liger competed against Taichi. Before the match started, Taichi distracted the referee by hugging him allowing El Desperado to attack Liger from behind and Taichi began attacking Liger to begin the match. After a back and forth action, Taichi won the match by slipping into the ring while Desperado held Liger, preventing him from making it to the ring. As a result, Taichi won by count-out.[16][17][18]

It was followed by KUSHIDA taking on Kenoh. KUSHIDA began working on Kenoh's arm as the match kicked off and then applied a Hoverboard Lock. Kenoh made a comeback with a series of kicks including a penalty kick until KUSHIDA gained control of Kenoh by making him submit to a cross armbreaker.[16][17][18]

The third match of the quarter-final round was next as Ryusuke Taguchi took on Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Kanemaru gained control after planting Taguchi with a DDT on the floor outside the ring. After trading moves, Taguchi attempted a Dodon but Kanemaru countered with a DDT until Taguchi made a comeback and hit a Dodon for a near-fall. Kanemaru hit a low blow behind the referee's back and hit aninverted DDT and a Deep Impact followed by a Touch Out for the victory.[16][17][18]

In the last match of the quarter-final, Matt Sydal competed against Will Ospreay. After countering each others' moves, Ospreay got the momentum by hitting a Pip Pip Cheerio to send Sydal outside the ring followed by a Sasuke Special outside the ring. The action returned to the ring where Ospreay hit a Cheeky Nandos Kick and attempted a Rainham Maker but Sydal countered it with a Slice. Sydal attempted to pin but Ospreay attempted to counter it with a Powerbomb but Sydal countered it into a for a near-fall. Ospreay hit high-flying moves on Sydal until Sydal hit a Frankensteiner, followed by an Air Sydal to get the victory.[16][17][18]

The match was followed by a lucha libre six-man tag team match featuring wrestlers from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. The team of Titán, Carístico and Volador Jr. took on Gran Guerrero, Euforia and Ultimo Guerrero. After a back and forth action, Volador hit a Spanish Fly to Gran Guerrero to pick up the victory for his team.[16][17][18]

SemifinalsEdit

In the first semi-final match, Kushida took on Taichi. Taichi attacked KUSHIDA before the match and gained the assistance of Ofune and El Desperado to gain advantage over KUSHIDA. After bearing offense by Taichi, KUSHIDA ultimately applied a Hoverboard Lock by countering an attempt of a Taichi-shiki Last Ride by Taichi and Taichi tapped out the hold but Desperado distracted the referee and the referee was unable to see the submission and then Taichi hit KUSHIDA with a steel chair. Taichi executed a Taichi-shiki Last Ride on KUSHIDA to get a near-fall and then attempted a superkick but Kushida ducked it and pinned him with a small package to advance to the final round. After the match, Suzuki-gun attacked KUSHIDA.[16][17][18]

In the next semi-final, Matt Sydal competed against Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Sydal used quick strikes and aerial moves to keep momentum until Kanemaru blocked an Air Sydal attempt by raising his knees but Sydal managed to hit a diving knee drop to Kanemaru. He then attempted a Frankensteiner in the corner but Kanemaru countered with a Deep Impact followed by a ariat and a Touch Out to advance to the final.[16][17][18]

The match was followed by the first title match of the event as Pro Wrestling Noah's Atsushi Kotoge and Daisuke Harada defended the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against ACH and Taiji Ishimori. After a back and forth action between the two teams, Harada executed a Katayama German Suplex Hold on Ishimori to retain the tag titles.[16][17][18]

Next was the penultimate match of the event, in which The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship against The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin). Bucks knocked out Shelley with an Indytaker outside the ring, allowing Sabin to fend off himself alone. Bucks then hit a Meltzer Driver to Sabin in the ring to retain the titles.[16][17][18]

FinalEdit

Kushida took on Yoshinobu Kanemaru in the final round of the 2016 Super J-Cup tournament. Suzuki-gun interfered in the match on Kanemaru's behalf until NJPW wrestlers intervened and a brawl ensued between NJPW wrestlers and Suzuki-gun members. Taichi hit a Black Mephisto to KUSHIDA, allowing Kanemaru to gain momentum and hit a Deep Impact but still got a near-fall. He delivered another Deep Impact for another near-fall. Kanemaru attempted to hit a Touch Out but KUSHIDA blocked it twice and applied a Hoverboard Lock, making Kanemaru tap out to the hold. After the match, KUSHIDA's former tag team partner Alex Shelley helped him in wearing his golden robe and awarded him with the Super J-Cup trophy.[16][17][18]

Tournament bracketsEdit

  Round 1 Round 2 Semifinals Final
                                     
 Jushin Thunder Liger Pin  
 Eita 9:12[1]  
   Jushin Thunder Liger Countout  
 
   Taichi 3:01[2]  
 Yuma Aoyagi Pin
 Taichi 12:05[1]  
   Taichi Pin  
   KUSHIDA 9:52[2]  
 KUSHIDA Sub  
 Taiji Ishimori 16:25[1]  
   KUSHIDA Pin
 
   Kenoh 10:24[2]  
 Gurukun Mask Pin
 Kenoh 11:33[1]  
   KUSHIDA Sub
   Yoshinobu Kanemaru 19:50[2]
 Ryusuke Taguchi Pin  
 Daisuke Harada 14:56[1]  
   Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
 
   Yoshinobu Kanemaru 9:27[2]  
 BUSHI Pin
 Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10:25[1]  
   Yoshinobu Kanemaru Pin
   Matt Sydal 9:00[2]  
 Titán Pin  
 Will Ospreay 9:14[1]  
   Will Ospreay Pin
 
   Matt Sydal 12:45[2]  
 Matt Sydal Pin
 Kaji Tomato 7:56[1]  

ReceptionEdit

Super J-Cup: 6th Stage received mixed reviews from the critics. The tournament was appreciated match-wise and performance-wise but most of the critics panned the event due to its NJPW-favorite booking and much outside interference in several matches instead of competitive matches.

Larry Csonka of 411Mania gave the August 21 tournament final show a final score of 6, rating it average and citing that "As a whole the tournament was under whelming, poorly booked and even over booked at times. This was an overly long show, a show with a lot of ups and downs and one that felt way too long at the end; a show should not feel like a chore to sit through. There were some great outings on the show, but the combination of the bad along with a largely dead crowd and story heavy (run in filled) booking didn’t allow the show to fully succeed in my opinion. It was a rough night that could have done with some self editing; less is more a lot of the time. Overall this is an average at best show."[16]

TJ Hawke of 411Mania called the August 21 show "a rather sluggish show", rating it 5, with "The big tag matches did not deliver, and Taichi's involvement really dragged down the actual tournament. However, a handful of matches were quite pleasant, and those ***+ (three star plus) matches are worth checking out."[16]

Kevin Pantoja of 411Mania rated the first round of the tournament a score of 6.5 and considered it "a bit of a disappointment" in comparison to the previous Super J-Cup tournaments and criticized the booking of the tournament including the elimination of Bushi and Daisuke Harada from the first round and dominance of NJPW wrestlers in the first round.[13] He rated the final show 5 and called it "not so good", citing "This show was long and it felt even longer. The tournament matches ranged from shitty to pretty good and nothing stood out. The multi-man tags were both pretty good, while the two Jr. Tag Title matches were split. The Bucks/MCMG was more of the same, but the NOAH one ruled and was the match of the night. The Super J-Cup was not only strangely booked but it was a severe disappointment and was extremely underwhelming."[18]

Case Lowe of Voices of Wrestling stated that the first round "wasn’t a Show of the Year Contender and there was at least one match with groan-inducing booking, that being Eita vs. Liger, but this show blew by and delivered two great matches. It delivered as much as it should have."[14] His reviews on the August 21 show were even worse by stating "There’s no reason to sit through this entire show unless you’re a completist. Kenoh vs. KUSHIDA was fun, but Ospreay vs. Sydal and the two junior tag matches qualifies as the essential viewing for this show. I am an outlier on the lucha tag, so if that style floats your boat, give that a look also. Thumbs in the middle for this show. I’m glad KUSHIDA won and I think that’s the right decision, but Suzuki-Gun was such a key part of this show and it was so terribly frustrating."[19]

Ian Hamilton of BackBodyDrop considered the first round of the Super J-Cup: 6th Stage, "a fantastic first round of tournament action."[15]

Sean Radican of Pro Wrestling Torch gave the first round, a rating of 7.5. He appreciated the event but criticized the booking as the majority of NJPW wrestlers advanced to the quarter-final of the tournament, citing "this show featured a ton of great action" with "a lot of fun seeing talent I don’t normally get to see. Titan, Harada, and Ishimori were all impressive on this show."[20]

Ioan Morris of Blog of Doom wrote on the first round "an easy show to recommend, but I can’t help but feel they’ve wasted some of the better matches already. I would’ve preferred to see BUSHI, Ishimori and Eita go further, although I can understand why they didn’t. Still, this was an enjoyable two-and-a-half hours of wrestling, and if you have the time you should check it out."[21] He then opined about the next three rounds "Fittingly, the final was the best match, and the tag title matches were good too, but this was too long and the crowd were quiet for most of it (although apparently that was due to the venue). As a whole, this fell flat for me, particularly after such an excellent G1 tournament." He further added "Either way, the Super J-Cup still has name value and this didn’t do it justice. To end on a positive, Kushida was as consistently good as we’ve come to expect, and was the right choice to win this."[22]

ResultsEdit

Night 1Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 Matt Sydal defeated Kaji Tomato 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 7:56
2 Kenoh defeated Gurukun Mask 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 11:33
3 Taichi defeated Yuma Aoyagi 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 12:05
4 Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Eita 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 9:12
5 Will Ospreay defeated Titán 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 9:14
6 Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated BUSHI 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 10:25
7 Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Daisuke Harada 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 14:56
8 KUSHIDA defeated Taiji Ishimori 2016 Super J-Cup tournament first round 16:25

Night 2Edit

# Results Stipulations Times
1 BUSHI, Kaji Tomato and Gurukun Mask defeated Eita, Yuma Aoyagi and David Finlay Six-man tag team match 7:56
2 Taichi defeated Jushin Thunder Liger via count-out 2016 Super J-Cup tournament quarter-final round 3:01
3 KUSHIDA defeated Kenoh via submission 2016 Super J-Cup tournament quarter-final round 10:24
4 Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Ryusuke Taguchi 2016 Super J-Cup tournament quarter-final round 9:27
5 Matt Sydal defeated Will Ospreay 2016 Super J-Cup tournament quarter-final round 12:45
6 Volador Jr., Titán and Carístico defeated Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia and Gran Guerrero Six-man tag team match 15:21
7 KUSHIDA defeated Taichi 2016 Super J-Cup tournament semi-final round 9:52
8 Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Matt Sydal 2016 Super J-Cup tournament semi-final round 9:52
9 Momo no Seishun Tag (Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge) (c) defeated Taiji Ishimori and ACH Tag team match for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 12:27
10 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) (c) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) Tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 15:56
11 KUSHIDA defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru via submission 2016 Super J-Cup tournament final 19:50
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match

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