El Phantasmo makes history as he becomes the first person to win the NJPW Super J-Cup two years in a row.
The junior heavyweights have been the focus of New Japan Pro Wrestling the last few days and the Super J-Cup was not any different. The action was stellar from start to finish, but the ending would see El Phantasmo claim his second tournament crown and immediately call out Hiromu Takahashi for their match at Wrestle Kingdom 15.
This tournament was highly anticipated as it featured a lot of names across wrestling that fans wanted to see. Lio Rush, ACH, Chris Bey and TJP were just a few. Throughout the tournament there were some interesting matches created that could not be seen in other ways. For example, ACH battled against Chris Bey, defeating him in the semifinals. This is the same Bey that faced Rich Swann for the Impact championship at Final Resolution earlier in the evening, due to the blessing that is taped shows.
On his way to the title Phantasmo had to defeat a former WWE cruiserweight champion in Lio Rush, which was another strong match worth watching. This was a historic win for the member of the famed Bullet Club as he became the first individual to win the tournament two years in a row.
This victory sets up the interesting pairing between Takahashi and Phantasmo. Takahashi is coming off his victory in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Immediately after that victory he called out the eventual winner of the Super J-Cup, which would be Phantasmo. These two men have shared the ring in multi-man tag matches in the past but have rarely faced off against one another in singles competition.
The winner of this match will go on to face Taiji Ishimori for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title on the second night of Wrestle Kingdom. This is especially interesting for El Phantasmo, as he is never held that title and would have to defeat his Bullet Club stable-mate to have it placed around his waist.
Both the Super J-Cup and Best of the Super Junior tournaments are available for viewing as a part of the NJPW Online subscription.