Originally Posted by Darkside Ron Garvin
Lol, I bolded and corrected it to Wild Pegasus from Pegasus kid. He was definitely known as Wild Pegasus by the 1994 SuperJCup. I too have watched that and the 1995 version thousands of times. But the real question is, which of those two were your favourite?
I prefer the 1994 event. Between Benoit, Sasuke, Eddy, Lyger, and a very young Shinjiro Ohtani, that event was insanely good. The fans on the night were loosing their minds as Sasuke tore through the competition en route to losing to Pegasus in the finals. Jushin Lyger vs The Great Sasuke on that night is still one of my all time favourite matches.
The 1995 event was definitely not without it's own moments, though. The inclusion of Ultimo Dragon being the biggest plus, and his match against a much improved Shinjiro (who is definitely one of my all time favourites) was fantastic. I also think that the wrong person won the tournament, and the lack of an announce team took away from the overal excitement as a fan. What was also a note of interest (especially considering the thread this is being posted in) was the amount of roided muscle that Benoit had put on in the space of one year. His body was almost unrecognisable.
Side note: the Super J Cup's in 2000 and 2004 were by far inferior shows, although the 2000 show had a few moments worth remembering such as Sano vs Sasukue, an up and coming CIMA's performances (his match vs the freaky Onryu was particularly fun), and the finals between Lyger and Tiger Mask IV.
Back to Benoit: his feud with Lyger yielded some bonafied classics, and watching them back today and comparing today's Lyger to the guy back then is a joy. Even though he eliminated the high flying spots from his repertoire (such as the Shooting Star Press, a move that he invented), he still managed to have hundreds of exciting matches. The guy managed to take away the moonsaults and replace them with a simple running slap without detracting from the quality of his performances. Something that today's crazy high fliers should study to help maintain their own careers, and something that Benoit should have taken note of and implemented into his own self-punishing act before it was too late.
Side note 2: Anyone else cringe when they see DB doing the diving head butt? Knowing the damage that it did to Harley Race (who did a middle rope version), Dynamite Kid (who generally landed on his knees with the move), and Benoit himself (who took the move to new heights, literally), I would certainly refrain from using it if I was a wrestler.