Jushin Liger wins Super J-Cup
By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling
Super J-Cup 2000, the co-promotional event featuring the best junior heavyweight workers in Japan, concluded today as Jushin "Thunder" Liger defeated young, upstart Shiima Nobunaga to win the tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
Michinoku Pro Wrestling played tournament host this year, drawing over 8000 fans to Tokyo's Ryogoku Sumo Hall for an event that featured wrestlers from New Japan Pro Wrestling, Frontier Martial Art Wrestling, Toryumon, Battlearts, Big Japan Pro Wrestling and several other Japanese promotions.
Super J-Cup 2000 winner Jushin "Thunder" Liger.
Liger, New Japan's IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion beat Nobunaga, a protege of Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon office, in the finals scoring a pinfall after executing a brainbuster from off the top rope. As a result of his win, Liger was presented with a cheque and the original WWWF Lightweight title.
Liger advanced to the finals after defeating Men's Teioh in the quarter-finals and old rival Gran Hamada in the semi-finals. Nobunaga advanced after disposing of Onryo in the quarter-finals and Naoki Sano in the semi-finals.
The win by Liger comes on the heels of his loss to IWGP Heavyweight champion Kensuke Sasaki at New Japan's "Dome Impact" show
at the Tokyo Egg Dome on Friday.
A major upset occurred earlier in the day as Michinoku Pro founder and promoter The Great Sasuke lost in the second round to Naoki Sano from the Takada Dojo promotion.
This is Liger's second J-Cup championship victory. He won the tournament in 1995 defeating WAR's Gedo in the finals. In the 1994 tournament, Chris Benoit defeated The Great Sasuke to win the championship.
In non-tournament matches, WWWA Super Light heavyweight champion Chapparita ASARI retained her title defeating Hiromi Yagi. In a special Lucha Libre attraction involving two of the top stars from Mexico's AAA promotion, Abismo Negro defeated El Oriental. In a special 10-man inter-promotional tag match, Tiger Mask IV, Minoru Tanaka, Masaaki Mochizuki, Shin'ya Makabe, and Ricky Marvin defeated Kendo Ka Shin, El Samurai, Judo Suwa, Masayoshi Motegi, and Super Boy.
-- With files from Shootangle