New Japan loves a tournament, and they dropped details of two upcoming ones on us today (Nov. 2).
Best of the Super-Juniors (BOSJ) - the company’s annual showcase of what WWE would call “cruiserweights” - usually features two blocks of wrestlers competing in round robin-style, similar to the recently completed G1 Climax for New Japan’s heavyweights. This year, there will only be ten wrestlers in a single; the top two point-scorers will compete in a final on Dec. 11 at Nippon Budokan. The winner customarily receives a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, provided they’re not already champion as Taiji Ishimori is this year.
The event, which was supposed to happen in May, will run concurrently with NJPW’s World Tag League tournament.
Here’s the field, which includes two former winners of BOSJ:
- Ryusuke Taguchi (2012 winner)
- Master Wato
- Robbie Eagles
- Hiromu Takahashi (2018 winner)
- El Desperado
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Taiji Ishimori
For the second year in a row, New Japan will be holding their Super-J Cup in the United States. This one is also for junior heavyweights, but has a single elimination “bracket” format. It’s also more of a cross-promotional affair. This year’s one night show will stream live on NJPWWorld Dec. 12.
Here’s the field, which features wrestlers from Impact and Ring of Honor, as well as several former NXT/205 Live guys. will see
- El Phantasmo (2019 winner)
- Clark Connors
- Blake Christian
- Chris Bey
- Rey Horus
- Lio Rush
Is that enough tournament-y goodness for you?