New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) brings Super J Cup 2020 live to fans of the company on December 12th through its own New Japan World streaming service and FITE TV. The seemingly now annual New Japan of America (NJoA) single-elimination tournament has drawn a bit of buzz due to the collective field of wrestlers from within and outside the IWGP Conception (NJPW, Ring of Honor [ROH], Revolution Pro Wrestling [RevPro], and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre [CMLL]). While travel made it nearly impossible for a CMLL or RevPro representative, the field remains quite strong.
ACH made his return to NJPW earlier this year. In the past, he competed in Best of the Super Juniors 24 (2017) and 25 (18), giving him experience within the companies tournament system. However, Super J Cup 2020 will be the first single-elimination tournament he’s taken part in within NJPW.
The tournament presents ACH with a great opportunity to return to the main touring group in Japan, as winning the golden jacket will likely lead to a chance to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; perhaps at Wrestle Kingdom 15.
His first-round opponent is original NJPW Los Angeles (LA) Dojo graduate TJP, who will present a stiff challenge for ACH. The two have teamed together on NJPW Strong in recent weeks, adding an extra dimension to the contest.
If ACH can make it past TJP in the first round he will face the winner of former X Division Champion [Impact Wrestling] Chris Bey or NJPW LA Dojo Young Lion and Lion’s Break Crown 2020 winner Clark Connors. If ACH keeps his focus, he will be able to make a run all the way to the finals.
Is ACH ready to take the next step in his career and perhaps become a serious contender for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship?