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The Super J Cup tournament is returning in a big way with top Jr. Hvts. from multiple promotions, including Ring of Honor, meeting on July 20 and August 21.
New Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH announced Wednesday morning the full 16-man tournament field. The first round matches will take place July 20 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo and the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and Finals will take place August 21 at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo.
Included is a big singles match of IWGP Jr. Hvt. champion KUSHIDA against former GHC Jr. Hvt. champion Taiji Ishimori in the main event of the First Round.
Plus, Matt Sydal opens the tournament and Will Ospreay faces Titan from CMLL in Mexico.
16-Man Tournament Field
- New Japan: IWGP Jr. Hvt. champion KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, Jushin Liger
- CHAOS: Will Ospreay
- L.I.J.: BUSHI
- ROH: Matt Sydal
- NOAH: Taiji Ishimori, Daisuke Harada, Kenoh (qualified Tuesday)
- CMLL: Titan
- SuzukiGun: GHC Jr. Hvt. champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Taichi
- AJPW: Yuma Aoyagi
- K-DOJO: Kaji Tomato
- Dragon Gate: Eita
- Ryukyu Dragon: Gurukun Mask
July 20 Opening Round Card
- (8) KUSHIDA (NJPW) vs. Taiji Ishimori (NOAH)
- (7) Ryusuke Taguchi (NJPW) vs. Daisuke Harada (NOAH)
- (6) BUSHI (L.I.J.) vs. GHC Jr. Hvt. champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru (SZG)
- (5) Will Ospreay (CHAOS) vs. Titan (CMLL)
- (4) Jushin Liger (NJPW) vs. Eita (Dragon Gate)
- (3) Yuma Aoyagi (AJPW) vs. Taichi (SZG)
- (2) Gurukun Mask (RD) vs. Kenoh (NOAH)
- (1) Matt Sydal (ROH) vs. Kaji Tomato (K-Dojo)
[ Detailed Analysis of the tournament field via PuroresuSpirit.net ]