The Super Jr. Tag League is an annual professional wrestling round-robin tag team tournament held by the New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). The tournament was originally known as the Super J Tag Tournament and was under a single elimination tag team tournament from 2010 until 2017, the tournament was given its current name in August 2018. The tournament is meant for wrestlers under the weight limit of 100 kg (220 lb), who are referred to in Japan as junior heavyweights. In 2010, the tournament was created as a spin-off of the singles tournament, the Super J Cup and it started to be a single-elimination tag team tournament which in 2011 was not held but returned in 2012 and was renamed Super Jr. Tag Tournament. The winners of the tournament earn themselves a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, if not already the reigning champions.

Tournament History[edit | edit source]

The tournament was announced on 2010 as the Super J Tag Tournament in a single elimination format. The tournament was held on one night on May 8, it served to crown the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. The tournament included wrestlers from other promotions like Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, DDT Pro-Wrestling, Michinoku Pro Wrestling and SMASH. The winners El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) to win vacant titles. After this the tournament was inactive in 2011, before returnng in the following year as an annual tournament and was renamed Super Jr. Tag Tournament, with the winners Time Splitters (KUSHIDA and Alex Shelley) becoming the first team to sucessfully win their chance and becoming the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions at Power Struggle on November 11.

Usually the tournament was held during the Road to Power Struggle tour and the winner would recieve their championship shot at Power Struggle. But in 2015 the tournament changed it's final, despite the tournament occuring during the Road to Power Struggle tour, the finals were at Power Struggle and the winner would recieve their championship shot at Wrestle Kingdom. The tournament is used to push tag team into the title picture with some winning the titles after the tournament or some winning the tournament as the reigning champions. On August 20, 2018, the tournanment was rebranded as Super Jr. Tag League under a round-robin tag team tournament divided into a two-block system used in many other puroresu tournaments.

List of winners[edit | edit source]

Tournament Year Winners Total Won
Super J Tag Tournament 2010 El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto 1
Super Jr. Tag Tournament 2012 Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA)
2013 The Young Bucks (Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
2014 reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
2015 Matt Sydal and Ricochet
2016 Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero
2017 Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh)
Super Jr. Tag League 2018 2
2019 3

2010[edit | edit source]

Super J Tag Tournament was a one-night tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling and took place on May 8. Most of the wrestlers involved were signed to New Japan but did feature wrestlers from other promotions like Mascara Dorada and Valiente from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Kota Ibushi from Dramatic Dream Team, Fujita Hayato and Taro Nohashi from Michinoku Pro Wrestling and KUSHIDA from SMASH.

El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) to win the tournament and become IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Kowloon
(Fujita Hayato and Taro Nohashi)
Pin  
 Jushin Thunder Liger and Nobuo Yoshihashi 10:51  
   El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto Sub  
   Kowloon
(Fujita Hayato and Taro Nohashi)
12:45  
 El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto Sub
   Davey Richards and Tama Tonga 10:50  
     El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto Pin
   Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
21:27
   Gedo and KUSHIDA Pin  
 Austin Creed and Kota Ibushi 13.18  
   Gedo and KUSHIDA Pin
   Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
11:36  
 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
Pin
   Mascara Dorada and Valiente 7:59  

2012[edit | edit source]

Super Junior Tag Tournament 2012 was a two-night tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The preliminary round took place on October 21 and the semi final and final took place on November 2. The tournament utilized wrestlers mostly signed to New Japan but also included Negro Casas from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, Taka Michinoku from Kaientai Dojo and freelancer Brian Kendrick.

The Time Splitters (KUSHIDA and Alex Shelley) defeated Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) to win the tournament and become the number one contenders to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship. They challenged the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) to a title match at Power Struggle on November 11.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA)
Pin  
 The World Class Tag Team
(Gedo and Jado)
9:28  
   Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA)
Pin  
   Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
9:19  
 Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
Pin
   BUSHI and Negro Casas 10:03  
     Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA)
Pin
   Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
16:42
   Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
Pin  
 Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask 13:26  
   Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero
Pin
   Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
8:13  
 Apollo 55
(Prince Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi)
Pin
   CHAOS
(Brian Kendrick and Low Ki)
10:24  

2013[edit | edit source]

The 2013 Super Jr. Tag Tournament was a two-night tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The preliminary round took take place on October 25 and the semi final and final on November 6. The debuting Young Bucks won the tournament and on November 9 at Power Struggle defeated Taichi and Taka Michinoku to also win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Pin  
 Gedo and Jado 9:16  
   Gedo and Jado Pin  
   The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
9:31  
 CHAOS
(Brian Kendrick and Beretta)
Pin
   The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
10:35  
     The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
Pin
   Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
19:13
   KUSHIDA and Yohei Komatsu Pin  
 BUSHI and Valiente 9:37  
   BUSHI and Valiente Pin
   Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
10:28  
 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
Pin
   Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
9:06  

2014[edit | edit source]

The 2014 Super Jr. Tag Tournament was a four-night tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The preliminary round took place on October 25, the semifinals on November 1 and 2 and final on November 3. The tournament included outside participation from Ring of Honor reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Matt Sydal, from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Fuego and Máscara Dorada. For the third year in a row, the tournament's winning team, reDRagon, went on to also capture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at Power Struggle.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Pin  
 The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
8:32  
   The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
Pin  
   Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Taichi)
12:04  
 Fuego and Ryusuke Taguchi Pin
   Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Taichi)
12:19  
     The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
Pin
   reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
15:04
   Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA)
Pin  
 Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
15:43  
   Forever Hooligans
(Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero)
Pin
   reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
15:03  
 BUSHI and Máscara Dorada Pin
   reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
10:21  

2015[edit | edit source]

The 2015 Super Jr. Tag Tournament is a three-night tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The preliminary round took place on October 24, the semifinals on November 1 and final on November 7 at Power Struggle. The tournament included outside participation from Ring of Honor reDRagon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) and Matt Sydal, from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Máscara Dorada. The winners Matt Sydal and Ricochet became the first team to fail to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, at Wrestle Kingdom 9.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Pin  
 reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
10:24  
   reDRagon
(Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly)
Pin  
   Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
20:06  
 Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
Pin
   Bullet Club
(Chase Owens and Kenny Omega)
13:11  
     Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
Pin
   Matt Sydal and Ricochet 16:06
   Máscara Dorada and Ryusuke Taguchi Pin  
 The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
11:08  
   The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
Pin
   Matt Sydal and Ricochet 12:05  
 Time Splitters
(Alex Shelley and KUSHIDA)
Pin
   Matt Sydal and Ricochet 18:48  

2016[edit | edit source]

The 2016 Super Jr. Tag Tournament is a three-night professional wrestling tournament hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The preliminary round is scheduled to take place on October 21, the semifinals on October 30 and final on November 5 at Power Struggle. The tournament included outside participation from Pro Wrestling Noah Taiji Ishimori, from Ring of Honor ACH and from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre Ángel de Oro, Titán and Fuego. The winners Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero went on to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for the third time at Wrestle Kingdom 10.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Sub  
 Fuego and Ryusuke Taguchi 09:55  
   Fuego and Ryusuke Taguchi Pin  
   Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
15:26  
 Ángel de Oro and Titán Pin
   Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
12:55  
     Roppongi Vice
(Beretta and Rocky Romero)
Pin
   ACH and Taiji Ishimori 18:49
   David Finlay and Ricochet Pin  
 CHAOS
(Gedo and Will Ospreay)
8:47  
   David Finlay and Ricochet Pin
   ACH and Taiji Ishimori 15:57  
 ACH and Taiji Ishimori Pin
   The Young Bucks
(Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson)
17:40  

2017[edit | edit source]

The 2017 Super Jr. Tag Tournament was a four-night professional wrestling tournament hosted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The preliminary round took place on October 23 and 29, the semifinals on October 30 and final on November 5 at Power Struggle. The winners Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) became the first team to win the tournament while also holding the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship simultaneously.

  Round 1 Semifinals Finals
                           
   Hirai Kawato and KUSHIDA Pin  
 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
12:39  
   Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
Pin  
   Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi)
20:34  
 Dragon Lee and Titán Pin
   Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi)
20:20  
     Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
Pin
   Super 69
(ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi)
15:51
   Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask Pin  
 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
17:28  
   Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
Pin
   Super 69
(ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi)
17:06  
 Super 69
(ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi)
Pin
   Suzuki-gun
(Taichi and Taka Michinoku)
18:42  

2018[edit | edit source]

The 2018 tournament was rebranded as Super Jr. Tag League under a round-robin tag team tournament divided into a two-block system used in many other puroresu tournaments. The tournament was held from October 16 during the Road to Power Struggle tour until November 3 at Power Struggle, covering thirteen shows. The winners Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) became the first team to win the tournament two years in a row.

Final standings
Sho and Yoh 10
El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru (c) 10
BUSHI and Shingo Takagi 10
Taiji Ishimori and Robbie Eagles 6
KUSHIDA and Chris Sabin 6
ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi 6
Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask 4
Volador Jr. and Soberano Jr. 4
Results Desperado
Kanemaru
Sho
Yoh
Liger
Tiger
Ishimori
Eagles
BUSHI
Takagi
KUSHIDA
Sabin
ACH
Taguchi
Volador
Soberano
Desperado
Kanemaru
X Sho
Yoh
(13:14)
Kanemaru
Desperado
(11:55)
Kanemaru
Desperado
(10:02)
Kanemaru
Desperado
(18:04)
Kanemaru
Desperado
(14:40)
ACH
Taguchi
(13:17)
Kanemaru
Desperado
(12:32)
Sho
Yoh
Sho
Yoh
(13:14)
X Sho
Yoh
(11:33)
Sho
Yoh
(10:50)
BUSHI
Takagi
(21:18)
Sho
Yoh
(15:18)
ACH
Taguchi
(18:33)
Sho
Yoh
(11:55)
Liger
Tiger
Kanemaru
Desperado
(11:55)
Sho
Yoh
(11:33)
X Ishimori
Eagles
(11:04)
Liger
Tiger
(10:30)
KUSHIDA
Sabin
(10:20)
ACH
Taguchi
(12:42)
Liger
Tiger
(11:06)
Ishimori
Eagles
Kanemaru
Desperado
(10:02)
Sho
Yoh
(10:50)
Ishimori
Eagles
(11:04)
X BUSHI
Takagi
(14:00)
Ishimori
Eagles
(12:31)
Ishimori
Eagles
(13:33)
Volador
Soberano
(8:56)
BUSHI
Takagi
Kanemaru
Desperado
(18:04)
BUSHI
Takagi
(21:18)
Liger
Tiger
(10:30)
BUSHI
Takagi
(14:00)
X BUSHI
Takagi
(16:53)
BUSHI
Takagi
(12:20)
BUSHI
Takagi
(13:42)
KUSHIDA
Sabin
Kanemaru
Desperado
(14:40)
Sho
Yoh
(15:18)
KUSHIDA
Sabin
(10:20)
Ishimori
Eagles
(12:31)
BUSHI
Takagi
(16:53)
X KUSHIDA
Sabin
(13:58)
KUSHIDA
Sabin
(10:32)
ACH
Taguchi
ACH
Taguchi
(13:17)
ACH
Taguchi
(18:33)
ACH
Taguchi
(12:42)
Ishimori
Eagles
(13:33)
BUSHI
Takagi
(12:20)
KUSHIDA
Sabin
(13:58)
X Volador
Soberano
(10:33)
Volador
Soberano
Kanemaru
Desperado
(12:32)
Sho
Yoh
(11:55)
Liger
Tiger
(11:06)
Volador
Soberano
(8:56)
BUSHI
Takagi
(13:42)
KUSHIDA
Sabin
(10:32)
Volador
Soberano
(10:33)
X
Final
1 Roppongi 3K
(Sho and Yoh)
Pin
2 Suzuki-gun
(El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
3 Los Ingobernables de Japon
(BUSHI and Shingo Takagi)
15:55

2019[edit | edit source]

The 2019 tournament took place from October 16 during the Road to Power Struggle tour until November 3 at Power Struggle, covering fiftheen shows. The winners Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) set the record for that won tournament on most occasions for three consecutive years. 

Final standings
El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru 10
Sho and Yoh 10
Taiji Ishimori and El Phantasmo (c) 10
Ryusuke Taguchi and Rocky Romero 8
Will Ospreay and Robbie Eagles 8
Volador Jr. and Titán 8
TJP and Clark Connors 2
Tiger Mask and Yuya Uemura 0
Results Sho
Yoh
Ishimori
Phantasmo
Desperado
Kanemaru
Ospreay
Eagles
Taguchi
Romero
Volador
Titán
TJP
Connors
Tiger
Uemura
Sho
Yoh
X Sho
Yoh
(17:28)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(15:28)
Sho
Yoh
(21:15)
Taguchi
Romero
(23:12)
Sho
Yoh
(16:25)
Sho
Yoh
(15:42)
Sho
Yoh
(16:10)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
Sho
Yoh
(17:28)
X Desperado
Kanemaru
(15:36)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(22:17)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(15:58)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(14:22)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(11:13)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(11:36)
Desperado
Kanemaru
Desperado
Kanemaru
(15:28)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(15:36)
X Desperado
Kanemaru
(16:24)
Taguchi
Romero
(13:34)
Volador
Titán
(12:03)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(12:18)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(14:55)
Ospreay
Eagles
Sho
Yoh
(21:15)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(22:17)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(16:24)
X Ospreay
Eagles
(22:13)
Ospreay
Eagles
(10:58)
Ospreay
Eagles
(15:30)
Ospreay
Eagles
(11:33)
Taguchi
Romero
Taguchi
Romero
(23:12)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(15:58)
Taguchi
Romero
(13:34)
Ospreay
Eagles
(22:13)
X Volador
Titán
(13:57)
Taguchi
Romero
(15:37)
Taguchi
Romero
(12:32)
Volador
Titán
Sho
Yoh
(16:25)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(14:22)
Volador
Titán
(12:03)
Ospreay
Eagles
(10:58)
Volador
Titán
(13:57)
X Volador
Titán
(12:24)
Volador
Titán
(12:58)
TJP
Connors
Sho
Yoh
(15:42)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(11:13)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(12:18)
Ospreay
Eagles
(15:30)
Taguchi
Romero
(15:37)
Volador
Titán
(12:24)
X TJP
Connors
(15:06)
Tiger
Uemura
Sho
Yoh
(16:10)
Ishimori
Phantasmo
(11:36)
Desperado
Kanemaru
(14:55)
Ospreay
Eagles
(11:33)
Taguchi
Romero
(12:32)
Volador
Titán
(12:58)
TJP
Connors
(15:06)
X
Final
   
1 Suzuki-gun (El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) Pin
2 Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) 14:13

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