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Kendo Ka Sjin wins Top of the Super Juniors Tournament


By JOHN MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling's 10th annual Top of the Super Junior tournament concluded Thursday with a shocker as Kendo Ka Shin upset last year's winner, Koji Kanemoto, in the tournament finals from Tokyo's Budokan Hall.

The two combatants put on a show for the 13, 600 fans that packed the venerable wrestling hall before Ka Shin forced Kanemoto to submit at the 13:15 mark with a triangle lock submission.

Junior hevayweight division booker Jushin "Thunder" Liger choose to create a new superstar by having Kanemoto, pound for pound the best wrestler in the world today, put the lesser experieneced Ka Shin over. With this win, Ka Shin has been elevated to the upper echelon of the elite workers in the division, joining the likes of Liger, Kanemoto and Shinjiro Otani.

1999 New Japan Top of the Super Junior Tournament Final Standings


Block A Gran Hamada Koji Kanemoto Jushin Liger Mochizuki Tatsuhito Takaiwa Shocker Total Points
Kanemoto
WON   LOST WON WON WON 8
Hamada
  LOST WON WON LOST WON 6
Liger
LOST WON   WON LOST WON 6
Mochizuki
LOST LOST LOST   WON WON 4
Takaiwa
WON LOST WON LOST   LOST 4
Shocker
LOST LOST LOST LOST WON   2

Block B Kendo Ka Shin Shinjiro Otani El Samurai Tanaka Dr Wagner Jr Orihara Total Points
Ka Shin
  LOST WON WON WON WON 8
Otani
WON   DRAW LOST WON WON 7
Samurai
LOST DRAW   LOST WON WON 5
Tanaka
LOST WON WON   LOST LOST 4
Wagner
LOST LOST LOST LOST   WON 4
Orihara
LOST LOST LOST WON LOST   2

  • A look at this year's tournament

  • History of the tournament