New Japan Pro Wrestling sent out the following:

Taiji Ishimori, Ryusuke Taguchi, Caristico enter the Super J-Cup!

Taiji Ishimori, Ryusuke Taguchi and Caristico all join the SUPER J-CUP 2019 field!

On August 12, the G1 Climax reaches its dramatic conclusion in Nippon Budokan having started in the US for the first time ever back on July 6. Days after the G1 ends, another legendary tournament will be staged outside Japan for the first time as Super J-Cup hits Tacoma, San Francisco and Long Beach.

Last week, TJP, SHO and Dragon Lee were the first entrants confirmed for Super J-Cup 2019. We’re excited to announce today that they will be joined by Taiji Ishimori, Ryusuke Taguchi and Caristico!

Ryusuke Taguchi was part of the last two Super J-Cup tournaments. In 2016, he reached the second round, defeating NOAH’s Daisuke Harada in the first round before falling to eventual finalist Yoshinobu Kanemaru. In 2009, he defeated FREEDOMS’ GENTARO in the first round, and Koji Kanemoto in the quarter finals, before losing to eventual winner Naomichi Marufuji in the semi-finals.

He is a two time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, a six time IWGP Junior Tag Team Champion, and three time and current holder of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships.

Taiji Ishimori entered the 2016 Super J-Cup but was defeated in the first round by eventual winner KUSHIDA. On the final say he teamed with then partner ACH to challenge for the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, but was unsuccessful.

He is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight and NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion. He is one half of the current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.

Caristico is entering the Super J-Cup for the first time, but did participate in the final evening in 2016, teaming with Titan and Volador Junior to defeat Euforia, Ultimo Guerrero and Gran Guerrero.


– Ryusuke Taguchi

– Taiji Ishimori

– Caristico



– Dragon Lee

(Producer Jushin Thunder Liger will be in action at all three events but is not entered in the tournament)


Thursday August 22, 7PM start
Temple Theater, Tacoma WA

Saturday, August 24, 7PM start
SF University Student Life Events Center, San Francisco CA

Sunday August 25, 5PM start
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach CA


Ringside $150 SOLD OUT
Floor A $100 SOLD OUT
Floor B $60
Stadium A $60
Stadium B $45
Stadium C $30

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