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New Japan Pro Wrestling brings back the Super J Cup

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In an effort to compete with WWE, New Japan owner Takaaki Kidani announced Thursday that the company will be bringing back the Super J Cup this year, a one-night junior heavyweight tournament that is clearly the company's shot at WWE's cruiserweight tournament on the WWE Network.

The Super J  Cup, which has occurred five times previously, the most recent being in 2009, will take place on 8/21 at the Ariake Coliseum. New Japan, Ring of Honor, CMLL, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Dragon Gate, Suzuki-Gun, Zero-One and K-Dojo all will participate.

At today's New Japan show at the Ota Ward Gym, NOAH president Naomichi Marufuji and K-Dojo's Taka Michinoku appeared to say wrestlers from their companies would be competing.

They also announced the revival of the Tiger Mask television cartoon, which was a famous series in Japan during the 1970s. New Japan wrestlers will be characters in the new series which the company hopes will open up their audience more to kids. When making the annoucement, Kidani even made a remark that this is something WWE won't be able to do.