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Andrew’s Ratings & Analysis: NJPW New Beginning in Sapporo 2.1.2020

The big matches of the New Beginning tour get started today! Can Shingo Takagi take the NEVER title off of Hirooki Goto?

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The big matches of the New Beginning tour get started today! Can Shingo Takagi take the NEVER title off of Hirooki Goto?

With New Japan just finishing up their Fantastica Mania tour with CMLL partners, it’s time we get back to regularly scheduled programming!

As we know from certain other tours (e.g. Destruction), New Japan has a few tours that are capped off with a major day, but there are a few events headlined by lesser belts to try and give ample attention to their champions. Hirooki Goto and Shingo Takagi have fairly large swells of supporters, so even if the NEVER Openweight belt isn’t considered prestigious; this is still a match to be seen.

Ratings:

  • El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori vs Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura: Ishimori wins via Crossface @8:15 – ***
  • Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yota Tsuji vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Henare: Henare wins via Toa Bottom @9:40 – ** 1/4
  • SHO, YOH, Ryusuke Taguchi & Will Ospreay vs Zack Sabre Jr, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI: Taguchi wins via Dodon @11:45 – ** 1/2
  • Ryu Lee & Robbie Eagles vs Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI: Eagles wins via Ron Miller Special @11:45 – *** 1/4
  • Jay White & KENTA vs Tetsuya Naito & SANADA: White wins via Roll-Up @18:40 – ***
  • Kazuchika Okada & Jon Moxley vs Taichi & Minoru Suzuki: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @17:50 – *** 1/2
  • EVIL vs Tomohiro Ishii: Ishii wins via Vertical Drop Brainbuster @21:15 – *** 3/4
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto (c) vs Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Last of the Dragon @20:10 – **** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!

 

 

Analysis:

Gino Gambino calls the Corona Virus, the Steve Corino Virus. That’s such a good reference since Corino used to do English commentary, before Don Callis…who was also Cyrus the Virus. Gino’s wit is so multi-layered I don’t know if he’s even aware how deep it goes.

El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori vs Tiger Mask & Yuya Uemura – In a match that many would expect to be an enhancement match for the Bullet Club duo, turned out to be quite great. Taiji and ELP continue their Back Rake variations, most notably ELP’s Frog Rake, which is just great heel work. Yuya showed a lot of heart, Tiger Mask came in and he was actually pretty great. It wasn’t much ring time, but everything was crisp and still made Tiger look like a legit wrestler. The tandem Hip Attack, rolling ELP to Tiger Mask for a Tiger Driver, was a neat spot. All in all, the Bullet Club team had a heavy advantage, but Yuya put up a great fight and it was a better match than expected.

Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yota Tsuji vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Henare – Unlike the previous match, this match had 1 Young Lion and 5 more veteran wrestlers, so we all knew who the fall guy was. The nice part to this match is it’s one of Nakanishi’s last matches since he’s retiring on February 22nd. We saw a decent amount of ring work from Nakanishi, who’s just trying to get his fill before it’s all over. Most of the veterans had time to shine, there was even a triple submission spot. Nakanishi had the Argentine Backbreaker, Tenzan with the Anaconda Vice and Tsuji doing the Boston Crab; that was a cool visual, but it didn’t finish the match. Tsuji and Henare ended the match, and Henare overcame the Young Lion with a little trouble, but nothing crazy. Decent match.

SHO, YOH, Ryusuke Taguchi & Will Ospreay vs Zack Sabre Jr, El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & DOUKI – This was more of the usual 8 man style. Early scattered brawling and trading of opponents who have feuds coming to a head. ZSJ and Ospreay have their British Heavyweight match tomorrow, while Despy and Kanemaru have their challenge against SHO and YOH on the 9th. Taguchi and DOUKI have a little heat from Fantastica Mania, so it’s nice to see that everyone has a reason to be in this match. Solid enough work, but nothing crazy. It is cool to see Taguchi pin DOUKI, since that still leaves the title matches wide open thanks to speculation of momentum or giving the losing side a non-title win to look strong. Average match, but the booking is a nice touch.

Ryu Lee & Robbie Eagles vs Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI – The venom between Ryu Lee and Hiromu definitely was cranked up in this match. Heavy exchanges early, a little mocking and disrespect from Lee added to build up of their Junior championship match. BUSHI is a great complimentary piece to Hiromu and they work well as a tag team. Numerous tandem moves and well executed combinations really drove home the synergy that Los Ingobernables have, as opposed to the makeshift tag of Eagles and Lee. Robbie picked up the win over BUSHI after the Turbo Backpack into the Ron Miller Special. Robbie is getting positioned as the next challenger for the Junior title.

Jay White & KENTA vs Tetsuya Naito & SANADA – This was great in regard to the personalities of everyone involved. KENTA powdered and tried to be cheeky, but when Naito repaid the favor, KENTA got frustrated and tagged in White. So White asked for SANADA, and we saw the dynamic in White’s cockiness in contrast to SANADA’s stoic demeanor.

Outside spots were entertaining, especially with KENTA goading the crowd, Jay taunted, and this was just fun from an entertainment perspective. Eventually there was real wrestling, but White and KENTA are so easy to hate, this match did a great job at just solidifying them as slime balls. Gedo even got involved to add to the reasons why you should hate the Bullet Club duo.

Kazuchika Okada & Jon Moxley vs Taichi & Minoru Suzuki – This was a great pairing. Since Fantastica Mania took some attention away from the angles for New Beginning, this was a great way to stoke the flames for these four. The match was basically a split match the entire time. Taichi paired off with Okada and Suzuki focused on Moxley.

Normally I hate when they split crowd attention between two spots, but this was done correctly. Taichi had Okada in a couple submissions, but not exactly riveting television. All while Suzuki was tearing off barricades and chairs to beat the hell out of Moxley. There was even a great spot where Moxley and Suzuki were jousting with barricades. A little goofy yes, but it was a sight to behold. By the time everyone returns to the ring, Okada has managed to bring the match to parody, and we finish on Suzuki and Moxley. Both strike the hell out of each other, and keep begging for more punishment. Suzuki manages to counter a Death Rider, Sleeper Hold turns Moxley purple and Gotch Style Piledriver ends the match.

After the match Taichi continues to beat down Okada. As soon as Okada gets a small reprieve, Zack Sabre Jr comes out to help Taichi hit Okada with the Iron Fingers. Ospreay tried to help Okada, but Taichi and Zack put and end to that, and a Zack Driver stopped Ospreay’s save. Just when we thought it was over, Taichi continues the assault on the ramp. Black Mephisto, Stretch Plum and then he heads to the ring to cut a promo basically saying he’s going to beat the hell out of Okada, just like he did when Okada was a Young Lion in 2008. I do really like serious Taichi. 

EVIL vs Tomohiro Ishii – The main event and this match were both set up during the tag match at New Year Dash. We saw both Ishii and EVIL go to the chair fairly early, but some of the set ups just looked awkward. Especially when you try to put a chair around a guy’s head, who has no neck. Each tried extremely hard and it was a great hard hitting affair, but every time there was supposed to be momentum, the next spot seemed to hiccup or come across weirdly. The crowd seemed very supportive of this match, but to me it was decent up until the last few minutes. We got a bunch of heavy bombs, Superplexes, Lariats, just numerous high impact power moves. Unfortunately for LIJ, EVIL just couldn’t get the job done against Ishii. I think this match was also a little hurt from the fact the main event will be of a very similar style, so it couldn’t really upstage that match and went a bit long.

We started off the year with everyone except SANADA winning in LIJ, now Shingo is LIJ’s last chance at a victory today.

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto (c) vs Shingo Takagi – This was one of the matches I was generally excited for since I’ve been a fan of Shingo for years, he was one of the few reasons I paid attention to Dragon Gate. We get a nice basic feud of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’. Shingo dashed Goto’s hopes at making the G1 Finals, but Goto did get the win back a little after that. This is the rubber match, and we get to see how the plans for Shingo are looking in New Japan.

The small elements the last match didn’t contain, were here in spades. Shingo’s facial expressions and selling makes everything more enjoyable to watch. Heavy Lariat exchanges, hell there was even dueling Headbutts…who does that? In what book do you go into a match thinking “Let’s smash skulls a couple dozen times”? Another little thread during the match was SHO being down at Japanese commentary. SHO and Shingo had a rivalry during the Best of Super Junior tournament, so it sowed an early possible challenge if Shingo won.

Goto pulled out every move in his arsenal short of the actual GTR, but Shingo pulled off the rope assisted GTR (Great Takagi Revolution). Shingo counters Goto’s first attempt at the normal GTR, grabs the wrist and turns it into Made in Japan for a big near fall. Both men were tremendously resilient and this was a fun match to watch, not only because of the violence, but because of the expressions and selling. NEVER matches are truly impressive when it’s rooted in the more Strong Style/hard hitting technique.

 

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Surprisingly, this was quite an enjoyable show. Most people would probably perceive the show as having the weakest headliners, but the whole show built up nicely. Even some of the more throw away undercard matches had a lot of effort and the ones that needed to tell a story, achieved their goal.

Shingo also managed to do two things with his victory. Firstly, get himself his first singles gold in New Japan. Secondly, he made sure LIJ wasn’t swept on the first New Beginning event. Los Ingobernables de Japon has been the most popular stable in New Japan for a few years now, so the fact that they hold nearly all the gold is very smart. When Chaos was the hot the stable with Nakamura and Okada, they had runs where most of the gold was with them. It’s just nice to see New Japan finally pulling the trigger on LIJ in general.

We get a damn solid show with a tremendous main event. Tomorrow’s show should be fun as well, but I’m going to enjoy the prospect of a long NEVER reign for Shingo first.


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/22)

BOSJ, round six!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

The blocks keep rolling into round six!

Round five was red hot but the Best of the Super Juniors is far from over! Will Hiromu Takahashi still have a leg to stand on in A Block? Who between Desperado, Phantasmo and Lindaman will be EL GANADOR? (The Winner)

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne; Zayne wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.

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Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Ace Austin: 4-1, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 3-2, 6 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-4, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-4, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Phantasmo: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-1, 8 points
El Lindaman: 3-2, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-2, 6 points
Douki: 3-2, 6 points
Bushii: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-4, 2 points
Titan: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan!

These two champions each lost last round, but the round robin isn’t done yet! Will the Way of the Grandmaster or the Immortal get away from last place?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two circle, they shake hands to show sportsmanship and the fans applaud. Wato and Titan then tie up, Wato waistlocks but Titan spins to facelocks. Wato slips out to hammerlock but Titan reaches back to headlock. Wato spins Titan to facelock but Titan wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato rolls, kips up, wrenches back and wristlocks, but Titan spins and slips through to spin Wato and wrench back. Fans applaud the exchange and Titan kicks Wato around. Titan wrenches again, then whips Wato. Wato reverses, drops, hurdles, but Titan waistlocks. Titan then spins Wato to a knuckle lock and CHOPS!

Titan goes up the corner, tightrope walks, and fans rally as he jumps and bounces and FLYING ARM-DRAGS, but Wato handsprings through! Wato wheelbarrows and arm-drags, but Titan handstands then handsprings through! Titan sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Wato sweeps, covers, ONE! Titan handsprings while Wato somersaults, and fans fire up as the two stare down. Wato and Titan nod and fans rally up. Wato throws a forearm, Titan throws it back. Wato throws another so Titan gives it back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster. Wato gets the edge, runs, but Titan dropkicks him down!

Wato bails out, Titan builds speed, and rolls to FOSBURY, but Wato gets back in the ring! Titan looks for Wato and Wato already builds speed, but Titan ducks. Wato stops, Titan looks up, PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Wato and he dusts himself off before he brings Titan up. Wato puts Titan in the ring, aims from the apron and springboards, but Titan gets under! Titan ducks the roundhouse to fire off palm strikes, a back hand and a ROUNDHOUSE! But he runs into the back elbow! Wato runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK! Wato wobbles, Titan springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Titan and Wato stir, Wato gets up first and he drags Titan into a waistlock. Titan throws elbows but Wato holds on. Titan backs Wato into the corner, and he throws more elbows! Wato lets go and fans rally again as Titan powers up the arm. Titan runs corner to corner, but Wato BOOTS him! Wato goes up, throws Titan down, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan then goes up after Wato, drags him out to a Canadian Rack, and brings Wato out for a SPINNING SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Wato survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to get Wato up and whip him to the corner. Titan roars, runs corner to corner, DRIVE-BY LARIAT!

Wato falls into the drop zone and Titan gets back up on the apron. Titan climbs the corner, leaps, but Wato avoids the double stomps! Titan hobbles on the bad leg, Wato reel shim in, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as each man goes to a corner. Wato roars and he runs corner to corner, but Titan puts him on the apron. Wato blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI, then he springboards! FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato again and he brings Titan in for the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and shocks Wato! Wato drags Titan up and reels him back in, but Titan escapes the scoop!

Titan fires off a strike fest, sobat and BUZZSAW, BUZZSAW, and fans fire up! Titan aims from the corner, SUPER- NO! Wato blocks, spins Titan, and SUPERKICKS back! Scoop and T T D!! Tenzan Tombstone Driver!! But Wato isn’t done there! He goes up top and aims, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)

Wato wins and is rising up! But can he make the comeback in time for the finals? As for Titan, is he doomed to be stuck at the back of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP!

Japones Del Mal and Public Enemy Number One both won big last round, but now someone’s momentum has to come to a screeching halt! Will Douki step closer to the front of the pack? Or will TJP dab on ’em as he drags Douki down?

TJP rushes Douki the moment he’s in the ring! But Douki dodges the dropkick, and swings his metal stick! TJP dodges that, kicks Douki and whips but Douki reverses and throws TJP out! The bell rings as Douki goes to the apron, and Douki hits a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Douki drags TJP up and POSTS him! Douki puts TJP in the ring, but then TJP bails out the other side. TJP gets a chair and the ref has him stop! TJP wants after Douki, he shoves the ref aside, but Douki dropkicks TJP down! Douki takes the chair, stands it up, and runs, but TJP gets in and uses the chair to jump up! RANA!

Douki flounders out and fans fire up again! TJP goes out after Douki and he drags Douki up. Douki fights the suplex, TJP keeps trying, and Douki hits an APRON DDT! Fans fire up and rally again as Douki gets back in the ring. Douki climbs up, aims as TJP stands, but TJP trips Douki up! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki to the ropes. TJP goes out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! TJP jams his knee into Douki’s back, then scrapes his sole on Douki’s face! TJP stomps Douki, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. TJP EuroUppers Douki back down! TJP puts Douki in a corner, stomps his leg, then digs his knee in.

The ref reprimands but fans rally up as TJP gives Douki boot washes. TJP runs side to side, for a big BOOT WASH! Fans rally again, TJP drags Douki up and EuroUppers. Douki staggers to ropes, TJP whips him to ropes, but Douki holds ropes to stop. TJP runs but Douki drops down and TJP tumbles out! Douki PLANCHAS TJP down! Fans fire up and Douki gets back up. Douki gets the chair and he sets it up nearby. Douki ROCKS TJP and makes him have a seat, then he builds speed in the ring! Douki DIVES and WRECKS TJP out of the chair! Fans fire up while the ref checks on TJP. TJP’s somehow okay to continue, so Douki gets him up and in.

Douki stalks TJP, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki drags TJP up and Gory Especials. But TJP fights off, and Douki spins him around to HELL STAB! Douki runs in but TJP goes up and over! Only for Douki to catch him in the Gory Especial! TJP arm-drags free, spins Douki around, but Douki breaks the dragon sleeper. TJP keeps Douki from running but Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again and Douki runs, but TJP springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while TJP is frustrated. TJP grits his teeth and he drags Douki back up.

TJP spins Douki, dragon sleeper, but Douki slips out of the inverted suplex! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Douki is beside himself! Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and Douki drags TJP into the wheelbarrow! But TJP victory rolls to the leg lock! TJP wants the crossface, but Douki slips around to get the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But TJP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Douki lets go at 4. Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and he gets TJP up in a torture rack. But TJP slips out, dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!

TJP drags Douki to a drop zone and he points up to the sky. This one’s for Kobe! MAMBA SPLASH into the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls back but TJP endures and fights his way to ropes! But Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO, TJP steps up, slips through, PINOY STRETCH!! Douki taps, TJP wins!!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Fil-Am Flash turns things around in a flash, and he has a tiebreaker win over Douki! Will TJP’s 3-3 prove stronger? Or will Douki manage to turn things around in these last few rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Wild Rhino ran through the Nova Fireball, while the Heel Master snatched a win off the Bone Soldier! Will Connors keep barreling through towards the top? Or will Kanemaru wrangle him like he did the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Connors shoves Kanemaru to ropes but Kanemaru stays up. They circle again, tie up, and Connors headlocks. Kanemaru endures the grind, tries to pry free but Connors holds on. Kanemaru throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up and Connors runs, things speed up but Kanemaru bails out to slow it down. Fans rally, Connors rushes out but Kanemaru kicks low! Kanemaru CLUBS Connors, Connors uppercuts Kanemaru! Connors puts Kanemaru in the ring and hurries in, but Kanemaru hurries right back out.

Connors keeps cool, and he dares Kanemaru to get back in. Kanemaru dares Connors to come back out, so Connors does. Connors chases Kanemaru back in, and Kanemaru stomps Connors down! Kanemaru puts Connors in a corner with a rake of the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru whips Connors corner to corner, but Connors comes right back to CLOBBER Kanemaru! Fans fire up and Connors calls for a flip? Connors drags Kanemaru up, whips him and scoops him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to a cradle! TWO, Kanemaru gets a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Connors knees low! Kanemaru rakes Connors’ eyes!

Kanemaru runs, but Connors goes sideways, but Kanemaru catches him for a sleeper! But Connors slips around to back suplex, only for Kanemaru to kick and headlock takeover! Kanemaru makes it a cover, TWO, and Kanemaru dropkicks Connors down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru sees Connors go to a corner, he runs in, and BOOTS! Then he reels Connors into a scoop, for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru goes up the corner and waits on Connors. Kanemaru leaps, but Connors blocks Deep Impact! Connors then suplexes Kanemaru, but Kanemaru slips off and kicks low.

Kanemaru runs, but Connors drops down and goes the other way, to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Connors grins as he aims from a corner and revs up. Kanemaru gets up slowly and Connors grows impatient. Connors storms up but Kanemaru victory rolls him! TWO, and Kanemaru runs, into a POWERSLAM! Connors shakes his head and roars! Connors drags Kanemaru up as fans rally, but Kanemaru fights the lift! Kanemaru whips, rolls Connors up, TWO!! Connors escapes, and he SPEARS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up and Connors gets Kanemaru back up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Connors keeps winning in Korakuen! Is he going to stampede his way to the top of the block? As for Kanemaru, will he go back to drinking his sorrows away?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne!

The Funky Weapon tried and failed to break the Murder Machine, while The Sauce lost to his own tag partner, Ace Austin! Will Taguchi get burned again this round? Or will he stay cool and keep his pants on?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two approach, circle, then tie up. Zayne wrenches to a wristlock, Taguchi rolls and wrenches to wristlock back. Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches again and headlocks. Fans applaud this opening exchange, but Taguchi throws body shots. Taguchi powers out, then keeps Zayne moving with dropdowns and sidesteps. But Zayne disrupts the pattern with his springboard knee drop! Zayne then rolls, RUNNING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Taguchi bails out! Zayne builds speed, but Taguchi gets in, only for Zayne to sidestep! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS but misses as Zayne sidesteps again.

Fans fire up while Taguchi tumbles to ropes. Zayne shrugs, then he drags Taguchi up. Zayne snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Zayne gets a leg and KICKS Taguchi in the butt! And then again! Zayne drags Taguchi up to ROCK him with a forearm, then has him in a corner. Zayne wrenches, whips corner to corner and runs in, but Taguchi boots him! Taguchi goes up, headscissors, and he RAMS Zayne into his butt! And again, and again, and again! Taguchi lets Zayne go, fans rally and Zayne rushes in, but Taguchi drops down a la Nakamura to dump him out! Taguchi then FLYING HIPS from the apron!

Fans fire up, Taguchi brings Zayne up to put him in, and springboards for a MISSILE HIP! Taguchi kicks Zayne out so he can TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHA! Direct hit, and Taguchi even bows in respect to Shingo Takagi on commentary. Taguchi then puts Zayne in, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” Zayne drops but Taguchi was just faking him out! OH MY GARFUNKLE! Zayne rolls and throws Taguchi away, then ROCKS him with forearms and elbows! Taguchi rebounds but into a leg sweep, and Zayne runs to SOMERSAULT AX- NO! Taguchi dodges, and he brings down his tights!!

But Zayne blocks the hip attack! “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” EH!? Zayne BITES Taguchi’s ass!! The ref reprimands, Taguchi flails, and Zayne lets off. Fans fire up as Zayne runs, but into a HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Taguchi slowly gets up, clutching his cheeks. Taguchi throws a forearm, but Zayne gives it back. Taguchi throws another forearm, Zayne gives it back. The forearms keep going back and forth as they stand, but Taguchi gets the edge. Taguchi runs, HIP ATTACK hits JUMP KNEE, but Zayne’s knee takes more damage?! Taguchi then gets the leg, ducks the enziguri, and has OH MY GARFUNKLE!

Fans fire up as Zayne reaches out, but Taguchi reels him in! Zayne fights free to scoop Taguchi, but Taguchi sunset flips, TWO! Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Zayne hurries to the corner while Taguchi is down, CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Zayne wins!

Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

The Sauce was too spicy and the Funky Weapon misfires! Will Zayne heat up at the right time to take the block? Is Taguchi only good as a spoiler now?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira!

Direct Drive got a huge win just yesterday in the main event, but it’s back to the grind! Will Yoh keep moving forward and show us that passion? Or will Nova Fireball burn him up already?

Akira DIVES on Yoh as soon as he’s ringside! Akira POSTS Yoh, and he fires up! The fans fire up, the bell rings, and Akira brings Yoh up to RAM into the apron! Then TIGER FEINT down! Fans fire up more and Akira gets Yoh back up and in the ring. Akira climbs up the corner and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Akira keeps cool. Akira gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” and he finally takes off his shirt. Akira stomps Yoh, pulls Yoh’s jacket off and then stomps Yoh to ropes. Akira drags Yoh up to pull his shirt off and throw it away, but Yoh kicks back! Yoh throws a forearm but Akira gives it back!

Akira CLUBS Yoh, follows him to ropes, and he CLUBS Yoh against ropes again and again. Yoh ROCKS Akira back! And again! But Akira knees low! Akira runs, things speed up, Yoh drop toeholds and runs, but Akira dodges the sliding kick. Akira kicks, whips but Yoh reverses to dropkick Akira out of the ring! Fans fire up and Yoh aims, PLANCHA! Down goes Akira and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh catches his breath and the ring count climbs. Yoh goes back to Akira as Akira gets up at 10 of 20. Yoh puts Akira in at 12, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Akira staggers away to the next corner, and Yoh CHOPS him again!

Akira goes to another corner, Yoh walks over to CHOP him again! Fans fire up and Yoh wrenches to whip corner to corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, then he reels Akira in for a NECKBREAKER! Then he gets Akira up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Yoh grits his teeth. Yoh drags Akira into a waistlock, fans rally, “A! KI-RA!” “Y! O H!” but Akira powers Yoh back to a corner! Akira elbows free, runs corner to corner but Yoh dodges. Yoh mule kicks, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow, victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira and Yoh go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.

Akira runs corner to corner at Yoh, corner clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner again, back elbow! Akira fires up, reels Yoh in, GOURD BUSTER! Akira wants Yoh to get back up, and he winds up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Akira seethes but fans still rally. Akira vows to end this and he drags Yoh back up. Akira goes from the corner, FIRE- NO! Yoh ducks to SUPER- NO! Akira blocks and ROUNDHOUSES, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Akira SUPERKICKS! Yoh drops, Akira aims from a corner again. Yoh sits up, Akira runs in, YOH SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!

Yoh and Akira slowly stir, and Yoh grits his teeth as he crawls after Akira. Yoh waistlocks and reels Akira in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, gets Akira up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh gets Akira up again, but Akira kicks to resist the third! Akira elbows back, switches with Yoh, but Yoh resists and throws elbows. Yoh runs, Akira follows, wheelbarrow, but Yoh full nelsons! Akira breaks the nelson but Yoh gets the waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Akira escapes but Yoh fires up now! Fans rally with Yoh and he drags Akira up. Yoh bumps Akira off buckles, puts him up top, and CHOPS!

Yoh goes up to join Akira, CLUBS him, then brings him up. Fans rally but Akira fights free! Akira tucks Yoh in, CHEEKY- NO! Yoh mule kicks Akira away! Yoh adjusts, but Akira is right back up! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Akira roars! Akira brings Yoh up, reels Yoh in, SPEEDFIRE!! But Akira won’t cover, he goes to the corner! Yoh slowly sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!!

Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)

Direct Drive falls apart so soon after his big win! Will his passion not be enough to get back to the finals? As for Akira, is there still a chance he can be more than a spoiler?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN!

The ROH Pure Champion won against the CMLL World Welterweight Champion just last round, but now he’s up against another champion! Will the Decoder have a winning formula for the G-Rex Champion? Or will Lindaman rebound and be feeling GLEAT again?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two approach. Lindaman offers a handshake, Yuta takes it, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, and Yuta gets around to the waistlock. Lindaman wrenches out to the wristlock but Yuta rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks to then spin and wrangle Lindaman down to the mat. Fans applaud the exchange, and Lindaman gets up. Lindaman wrenches, hammerlocks, waistlocks, but Yuta fights and pushes Lindaman into the corner. Yuta runs, Lindaman drops then hurdles, but Yuta avoids the dropkick! Lindaman staggers up, Yuta CLUBS him to the corner.

Yuta whips, Lindaman reverses and then runs in, but Yuta goes up and over. Lindaman comes back, into a scoop SLAM! But he avoids the senton! Lindaman runs but Yuta ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Lindaman. Lindaman rolls through, gets around Yuta, and kicks the legs out to then dropkick Yuta in the back! Fans rally up and Lindaman brings Yuta up. Lindaman bumps him off buckles, sits him down and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts as Lindaman digs his boot in, but Lindaman counts along! Lindaman lets off, shakes the ref’s hand, then stomps Yuta one more time! Fans rally as Lindaman eggs Yuta on.

Yuta gets up and he throws forearm after forearm! Yuta runs but Lindaman elbows him at the ropes! Lindaman CLUBS Yuta, runs and dropkicks Yuta down! Yuta bails out, Lindaman builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! The fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he drags Yuta up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Lindaman pushes Yuta down again to cover, TWO! Again, ONE! High stack, TWO!! Yuta is still in this and fans fire up! Lindaman brings Yuta up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Lindaman comes back, blocks the boot, but Yuta dodges the lariat! Lindaman BOOTS!

Lindaman goes up, Yuta GAMANGIRIS and sends Lindaman tumbling down! Fans fire up and Yuta builds speed, to DIVE! Lindaman is sent into the Young Lions and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta drags Lindaman up, puts him back in, and he gets Lindaman’s arm to wrench and HOTSHOT! Lindaman staggers, Yuta goes up top. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yuta hurries to get the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION! Lindaman endures and fans fire up, and Lindaman manages to crawl backwards and reach his leg out! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yuta lets off and is a bit surprised. Yuta drags Lindaman up with a facelock, but Lindaman’s almost dead weight!

Yuta wrenches, lifts but Lindaman fights free and knees low. Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta with a forearm! Yuta runs to ROCK Lindaman back! Yuta eggs Lindaman on, Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta! Yuta runs, ROCKS Lindaman, but they both roar! They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Both men wobble and fans fire up! Lindaman stands up first, he runs again, but Yuta atomic drops! But Lindaman ducks the enziguri! But Yuta reels Lindaman in, atomic drop and ENZIGURI after all! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down again and fans rally! Lindaman fires up and he brings Yuta up to KUMA-

NO, Yuta throws Lindaman down and has the arms! They roll, stand, Yuta wrenches for the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Yuta roars! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta then hooks the arms as he rolls, but Lindaman slips out of Dragon’s Lair to float and deadlift waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Lindaman chicken wings the arms! TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Lindaman wins!!

Winner: El Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yuta earns 0)

A GLEAT rebound victory for Lindaman, will the G-Rex Champion still have a chance at the finals? Will Yuta have to rework his formula to get that winning combination?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Inevitable comes off a huge win while the Bone Soldier comes off a rather shocking loss. Will the Impact X-Division Champion add to Taiji’s woes? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion make sure he only owes one golden ticket?

The champions show off their belts, and while Austin brags he’s a three-time, Taiji has him beat with four-time! Fans applaud Taiji’s accomplishment, and rally up as the belts are put away. The bell rings and the two champions circle. Taiji kicks low, ROCKS Austin, then throws haymakers in the corner. The ref reprimands, Taiji whips corner to corner, but Austin stops himself to roll, drop toehold and EDDY GORDO! Austin runs, but handsprings over the dropdown to headlock. Taiji powers out but Austin runs him over. Austin poses but Taiji kips up while Austin runs, and Taiji hurdles to then duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl!

Austin avoids the Mistico to arm-drag Taiji, then hurries to get the DISARMER! Taiji endures but Austin brings out his ace! PAPER CUT! Taiji scrambles out of the ring while Austin hides his ace. Fans rally up, Austin waits on Taiji as he takes his time to come back. Taiji gets in but just slides back out. Austin goes out after Taiji but Taiji gets back in. Austin sees Taiji coming and dumps him out! Austin CHOPS Taiji right in front of the fans, but Taiji blocks the apron bump. Taiji kicks, but Austin dropkicks! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to avoid the sweeps, then PENALTY KICKS Taiji down!

Fans rally up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. But Taiji runs around the corner to deny the Fall to Glory. Taiji slides in, Austin rushes him, but Taiji fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Austin! Austin tumbles to the floor, and Taiji undoes the blue buckle pad! The ref reprimands but too late, the Bullet Club Special is in play. Fans rally while Austin stirs on the outside. Taiji waits as the ring count starts, but Austin gets up and in at 8 of 20. Taiji brings Austin up by the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it to a hammerlock. Taiji RAMS Austin’s bad arm into the buckles! Fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” but Taiji CLUBS the bad arm again.

Taiji wraps Austin up in a cobra clutch but Austin endures. Fans rally more and Austin fights up. Austin throws body shots, but Taiji ripcords to RAM the arm then WRING it out! Taiji gets fans to fire up, but they then go back to “ACE AU-STIN!” Taiji gets Austin up but Austin throws body shots and forearms! Austin CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and forearms, then CHOPS away at the ropes! Austin fires off forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Taiji reverses but Austin holds ropes to stop himself. Taiji runs in but Austin goes Spider-Man to dump Taiji out! Austin builds speed and he FALLS TO GLORY!

Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Austin shakes out the bad arm. Austin drags Taiji up, puts him in, and then steps in to FLYING- NO, Taiji ducks the kick to gut wrench and CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down. Taiji crawls to the corner, fans rally again, and Taiji grits his teeth as he drags himself up the ropes. Austin runs in but Taiji sends him into the POST! Austin falls back, Taiji gets him up to hammerlock and half nelson. Taiji scoops for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Austin writhes and Taiji crawls back to his corner. Fans rally up, Taiji waits on Austin to stand. Taiji runs in, but Austin elbows him away!

Austin knees, knee lifts, but Taiji ducks the heel kick! But Austin reels Taiji in to RIPCORD SLAM! Then HOUSE OF CARDS! Taiji flounders, Austin aims, THE FOLD!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Taiji barely gets his foot on the rope and Austin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous and Austin fires back up. Austin builds speed, but Taiji flops down? The ref checks Taiji and Austin goes out to fetch him. Austin drags Taiji up to put him in, and fans rally as Austin goes to the corner. Austin slingshots up to springboard in, but Taiji avoids the flying leg drop! Austin lands on his feet but Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, MISTICO! And then BONE LOCK!!!

Austin flails, kicks, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!! Austin survives but he clutches his arm. Fans are thunderous as Austin gets to the apron. Taiji runs in but into a shoulder! Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Austin aims again, THE- NO, Taiji catches him to a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex to BACKBREAKER! Taiji crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous again as Taiji drags himself up the ropes. Taiji storms over to Wato, drags him up and reels him in, BLOODY- NO! Austin wrenches out, reels Taiji in, but Taiji wrenches out. But Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and Austin fires up, but Taiji gets around to MISTI- NO, Austin rolls him, O’CONNER BRIDGE! AUSTIN WINS!!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)

Taiji can’t believe it! The three-time Impact X-Division Champion trumps the four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! And now, Austin leads the block!! Will the Inevitable have a shot at that title no matter what now? Can the Bone Soldier regain the lead with what little time is left?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado!

The Black Mask lost to Douki but the Rogue Luchador toughed it out and got the win on Master Wato. Will Bushi lose to two Suzuki-Gun members in a row? Or can he make Desperado tranquilo on that title comeback?

Desperado yawns while waiting on Bushi to take off the entrance attire. But then Bushi rushes Desperado and fires forearms! The bell rings, Bushi whips Desperado to ropes but Desperado holds ropes to stop himself. Desperado then BOOTS Bushi, but Bushi dodges and RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Bushi builds speed, but Desperado gets in to run Bushi over! Bushi bails out now, and Desperado builds speed, to slide! Bushi ducks, but Desperado avoids his kick. Desperado pops Bushi up to the apron, Bushi mule kicks him down! Bushi then aims, and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi roars!

Bushi drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and he KICKS Desperado in the back. Desperado sits up, Bushi kicks him, then brings him up to throw a forearm. Desperado hits back, they start going back and forth but Bushi gets the edge. Bushi whips corner to corner but Desperado reverses. Desperado runs in but Bushi swing kicks him! Bushi goes up but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado goes out, scoops and SLAMS Bushi, and fans fire up as Desperado gets space. Desperado catches his breath, comes back to get Bushi’s leg and drag him around, to SMASH the leg on the floor! The ring count is climbing but Desperado brings Bushi up and in at 10 of 20.

Desperado drags Bushi back up, whips him out of the ring, and then stomps the bad leg! The ref reprimands but Desperado POSTS Bushi! Desperado takes the medic’s chair away and he throws it down on Bushi’s leg! Desperado stomps the chair but the ref stops him at that. Bushi writhes, Desperado says he didn’t hit Bushi with the chair so it’s fine. Desperado gives the chair back, then puts Bushi in the ring. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, fans rally up, and then Desperado stomps the leg again. Desperado stomps more, drags Bushi up, and he scoops to SLAM Bushi down! Fans rally up and Desperado grabs the leg for a toehold!

Desperado thrashes the leg but Bushi still endures. Fans rally more, Bushi CLUBS Desperado but Desperado rakes Bushi’s eye! KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Desperado drags Bushi up. Bushi fires forearms but Desperado knees low. Desperado ducks the enziguri to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures as Desperado thrashes the leg around! Bushi crawls, reaches out, Desperado thrashes more, but Bushi gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and rally up more but Desperado wags his finger. Desperado brings Bushi up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out, but the bad leg jams!

Bushi gets to a corner and Desperado shrugs. Desperado runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Fans fire back up while both men are down, and Bushi crawls to Desperado. Desperado swings but Bushi ducks and spins Desperado to a DDT! Fans rally more, Bushi rushes in and blocks Desperado’s boot to put it in the ropes. Bushi dropkicks the leg, then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more while Bushi shakes out his bad leg. Bushi hobbles over to Desperado, drags him up, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out! Bushi dodges, ENZIGURI! A glancing blow but enough for FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags himself to the corner. Bushi goes up, leaps, but Desperado gets under! Bushi’s leg buckles and Desperado CHOP BLOCKS! Both men are down again but the fans still rally! Desperado gets up and snarls as he gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH- NO, Bushi makes it a cradle, TWO! Bushi rushes in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado rolls Bushi around to gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Bushi survives! Desperado gets Bushi back up, reels him in and underhooks, but Bushi fights off Pinche Loco to backslide! Desperado rolls through, underhooks, PINCHE-

NO! Bushi fights it off again, Desperado blocks a kick and ducks the enziguri but Bushi HEEL KICKS! Fans rally again and Bushi gets to a corner. Bushi runs out but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to LOCO MONO! Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Both men go to opposite ends, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi hobbles up to hop on, DESTROYER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Desperado survives and Bushi is beside himself! Bushi drags himself to the corner and gets up the ropes. Bushi fires up and calls his shot, MX!!! But Desperado flounders away! Bushi manages the cover, Bushi wins!!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)

The Black Mask breaks even at 3-3, and he brings Desperado away from the top of the block! Can Bushi get past the Rogue Luchador to have a chance? Or can Desperado salvage this before the end?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!

The Ticking Timebomb has lost two in a row, with Kanemaru and Yoh both going after his leg. Will he be able to defend that leg from the Murder Machine? Or will Sho blow up Hiromu’s chances of a threepeat?

The ref is very thorough with his check of Sho, given his reputation with House of Torture. But then Sho decides to get a chair and wait for Hiromu at the entryway! The ref wants Sho to stop, but where is Hiromu? Hiromu came out the other entrance! He tells everyone to stay quiet so they can surprise Sho. Hiromu gets himself a chair, and when Sho turns around, he freaks out to see Hiromu! Hiromu throws the chair at Sho, Sho shields himself with his chair, but his fingers still get pinched! Sho falls over and shakes out his hands, and Hiromu smirks as he takes off his jacket. Hiromu then gets Sho up and POSTS him!

Fans fire up and Hiromu gets his own scrapbook to SMACK Sho with it! Hiromu has a Young Lion deliver the book to Milano Collection AT-san, then he puts Sho in the ring. The bell rings and this is on the record as Hiromu CHOPS Sho! Hiromu whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Sho bails out, and Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO, but Sho uses a Young Lion shield! The Young Lion goes down and Hiromu can’t believe what just happened! Sho gets the chair back to SMACK Hiromu on the leg! Hiromu tumbles, the ref tries to stop Sho but Sho digs the chair into the leg!

The ref reprimands and gets Sho to let off, but Hiromu hobbles. Sho complains that Hiromu did stuff to him, but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Sho storms over after Hiromu, stomps the leg, then gets the leg for a STANDING KNEEBAR! Hiromu endures, the ring count is starting, and Sho keeps on the leglock! Sho then lets Hiromu go to get in at 10 of 20! Sho wants the count to go faster, Hiromu gets up and hobbles at 15. Hiromu gets in at 17! Fans rally but Sho stomps Hiromu’s leg. Sho drags Hiromu to DDT the leg! Fans still rally but Sho gets the leg in a KNEEBAR! Hiromu gets to the ROPEBREAK, the ref counts, and Sho lets go at 4.

Sho looms over Hiromu but Hiromu CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Sho kicks the bad leg, drags Hiromu up, wrenches the arm, and he KICKS the leg. Sho digs his heel into the leg, wrenches again, then KICKS it again. And then wrenches again to KICK again! Sho digs his heel into the leg again, and fans rally up as Hiromu endures. Sho kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS Hiromu down! Cover, TWO! Hiromu clutches the knee but Sho kicks him around. Sho toys with Hiromu, taunts him, kicks him more, but Hiromu eggs Sho back on. Fans rally, Sho kicks Hiromu more then starts slapping him around.

Sho runs, but Hiromu clotheslines him out of the ring! Hiromu goes out and snap suplexes Sho to the floor! Fans fire up and Hiromu gets Sho up to bring him around and throw into barriers! Sho writhes and fans fire up as Hiromu drags Sho back up. Hiromu whips Sho to the back wall behind the bleachers! Hiromu mocking asks what’s wrong, then he drags Sho back to ringside. The ring count is climbing, but Hiromu RAMS Sho into the barriers again! The count is 10 of 20, but Hiromu brings Sho back into the ring at 14. Hiromu then has Sho on the apron, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu grins, feeling much better, as he now drags Sho up. Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up, Hiromu puts Sho back in, and runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Hiromu gets back up and brings Sho around. Hiromu suplexes, for a NECKBREAKER! Then dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Sho slips out! Sho shoves Hiromu at the ref, then blocks Hiromu’s kick! Sho hands it to the ref but the ref throws it back and Hiromu ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Fans fire up and Hiromu hugs the ref for the assist. But Sho uses that to shove them both down! GERMAN SUPLEX on Hiromu!

Sho laughs but fans rally up as Sho goes to his corner. Sho brings out his friend, the wrench! Hiromu staggers up, but he SUPERKICKS Sho first! Hiromu roars, fans fire up, and Hiromu gets Sho up to fireman’s carry! But Sho slips off, ducks the elbows, but Hiromu spins Sho to a RAN- NO! Sho blocks the rana to get Hiromu up, POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Sho still laughs because he feels he has Hiromu right where he wants him! Fans rally up but Sho drags Hiromu into the straitjacket, but Hiromu RANAS the piledriver, into D!! Sho flails and reaches out, but Hiromu has him caught! Sho reaches for the ref, but then he deadlifts Hiromu, but Hiromu pulls the arm harder!

Sho fades, he’s back on the mat! The ref checks, Sho is still conscious! Wait, EVIL drags the ref out of the ring!! The House of Torture strikes again! Hiromu lets go of Sho, thinking he’s won, but then wonders where the ref went. Sho gets something from under the ring? Evil gets in, but Hiromu dodges to SUPERKICK! And D!! Evil is caught but it won’t matter if he passes out! Sho fits whatever that plate is inside his boot! Evil is fading, Hiromu lets him go and kicks him out. Sho gets back in, Hiromu brings him up but Sho KICKS the bad leg with his loaded boot!! Then KICKS again and again and again! Sho steps through, ties up the legs, FIGURE FOUR KNEEBAR! Hiromu taps, Sho wins!!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

Young Lions get in to make Sho stop torturing Hiromu! The Murder Machine may have just ended Hiromu’s chances at the threepeat! Is there no way Hiromu can take the block with what his leg’s been through? Is Sho going to add insult to injury by going to the finals in his place?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo!

The Sniper of the Skies was shot down by the Fil-Am Flash while the Headbanga got one over on Lindaman. Will Eagles reload and fire back up? Or will ELP maintain momentum and lead the pack?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. “EA-GEL-SU!” “E L P!” Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and the fans oblige. ELP and Eagles tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. They go again, are in another deadlock, but ELP uses leverage to push Eagles to ropes. Eagles turns things around but then so does ELP, and they go along the ropes, in a corner then out of the corner to another corner. Red Shoes calls the break, ELP lets off and Eagles pats him on the shoulder. But then ELP throws a forearm! Eagles hits ELP back, ELP hits Eagles again, and the forearms go back and forth.

Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, but ELP knees low! ELP headlocks, grinds, but Eagles powers out. ELP runs Eagles over, and fans cheer as ELP flexes. ELP runs, Eagles stays low, but ELP steps on him and struts. Fans rally as he adds a little pizazz to it, but Eagles gets up and tells him “SUCK IT!” ELP runs in but Eagles trips him up, runs and handsprings over the dropdown to strut. Fans rally as Eagles speeds it up, and then still tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” ELP rushes in but into a headlock takeover! ELP headscissors, Eagles kips free, but ELP sweeps to cover. ONE, but ELP jumps Eagles’ sweep to body scissor and roll, TWO!

Eagles sits on the cover, TWO! Eagles rolls through the sunset to jackknife, TWO as ELP bridges up! ELP spins Eagles to the backslide, TWO! Both men stand again, Eagles steps forward for ropes, but ELP swings him around. Eagles uses that to go up and around and arm-drag ELP away! Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! ELP gets up but into the WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and ELP bails out, fans fire up as Eagles builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the Young Lions manage to stop them from crashing into the crowd, for the most part. Fans fire up and Eagles roars! Red Shoes checks on ELP, he’s okay to continue, so Eagles brings him up.

Eagles CHOPS ELP off his feet, fans rally more, and Eagles brings ELP up to CHOP again. ELP staggers and flops, but Eagles drags ELP up again. ELP CHOPS back, throws forearms, then he rakes the eyes! And gives PURPLE NURPLES! ELP ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, then he puts some stank on his hand, but Eagles SOBATS first! Eagles cravats and uses the post, but ELP blocks the Shiranui! LAWN DART INTO THE POST! Fans rally up while both men are down and Red Shoes checks Eagles. ELP staggers up, he takes the doctor’s chair away just like Desperado earlier, and he sets it down. ELP brings Eagles up to DDT onto the chair!

Both men writhe but ELP gets in at 12 of 20! Eagles gets up at 15, and springs in at 17! Fans fire up but ELP covers. Red Shoes refuses to count and ELP says no fair, he hurt himself on the DDT, too. ELP stands Eagles up in the corner and CHOPS him! And then CHOPS again! ELP brings Eagles along by his ear and has him in another corner. Eagles dodges the chop, but ELP dodges back to CLAW Eagles’ back! ELP puts Eagles in a Tree of Woe, digs his knee into Eagles’ neck, then runs corner to corner and back again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up, ELP goes corner to corner again, and he rallies up the fans as he aims.

ELP runs back in, for a HESITATION DROPKICK! Eagles falls out of the Tree, ELP covers, TWO! ELP is annoyed, he drags Eagles up and suplexes, and he holds Eagles for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP is annoyed again. ELP pushes Eagles around, CLAWS his back, and Eagles writhes. ELP drags Eagles up to DECK him! ELP brings Eagles up again to DECK him again. Fans rally up, ELP ROCKS Eagles to a corner. ELP whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but ELP goes up and over and rolls and then ducks and dodges to springboard, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

LIONSAULT, but Eagles bails out! ELP lands on his feet and builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Eagles falls against Young Lions again! Fans fire up and ELP gets Eagles in the ring. ELP builds speed again and FLIES! ELP takes Eagles down but lands pretty hard himself! Fans fire up for the daredevil tope but Red Shoes checks on ELP. ELP manages to get up and he tells fans to move aside for a moment. He grabs up all their chairs, and then has more fans move aside! ELP BUZZSAWS Eagles, then goes to the corner?! ELP climbs the corner?! Fans are thunderous as ELP is up top, for a tightrope walk, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!

BUT EAGLES MOVES! ELP manages to land on his feet but he still tumbles and crashes into the Young Lions! ELP clutches his leg, Eagles hurries and DOUBLE KNEES ELP against the barriers!! Fans are stunned and Red Shoes checks again. Fans rally back up while Eagles shakes out his legs. ELP sputters and is somehow okay! Eagles gets up and into the ring, and the ring count starts. ELP flounders up at 4 of 20, drags himself up at 6, but flops over at 9! He gets back up again at 12, flounders around at 15 of 20, hobbles up at 16, and bumps against the apron at 18! ELP springs back in at 19.9!! Eagles is shocked, but he hurries to kick the leg!

Eagles hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD, then gets ELP around to trap an arm and grab the legs! INDIAN DEATH- STOMP! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go quickly, ELP gets to a corner. Eagles is after him as fans rally, and Eagles stomps him. Eagles whips corner to corner but ELP falls over from the bad leg. Fans rally, Eagles aims from a corner and runs corner to corner, DOUBLE- NO! ELP blocks and puts Eagles outside. Eagles blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI ELP down! Eagles springboards, to dropkick the legs out! ELP writhes, Eagles gets the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL! ROPEBREAK!!

Eagles lets ELP go again and fans are thunderous! Eagles drags ELP around to stand him up. ELP fights off the backpack to straitjacket, but he can’t lift for the torture rack! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, but ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP clutches his leg, grits his teeth, and crawls his way over to bring Eagles up. Eagles SLAPS ELP, ELP SLAPS Eagles. They SLAP each other, it’s becoming a SLAP fight! Fans rally and the slaps become forearms! ELP hits first, Eagles hits back. ELP stands up and throws off the elbow pads. Eagles eggs ELP on and ELP throws a big elbow!

ELP eggs Eagles on but Eagles gives that elbow back! ELP staggers, but comes back to slap again. Eagles slaps, they slap and slap and then stare down. The haymakers start flying and fans fire up! They slow down, but ELP slaps. Eagle SLAPS, they double SLAP, Eagles ducks to SLAP! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!? Eagles then dodges and LARIATS! ELP stays up to LARIAT again!! Fans are electric while both men are down! ELP drags Eagles up and in, hooks the arms, but Eagles back drops free and sits down! TWO, Eagles slips around to backslide, TWO! Eagles rolls ELP and wants the leg, but ELP kicks him away!

Eagles hotshots off ropes, ELP rolls but with tights! Red Shoes sees that clearly and ELP feels stupid for not being more careful! Fans rally, ELP CHOPS Eagles, then tries the torture rack again. ELP gets Eagles up but Eagles lands out of the throw to kick the bad leg! SUPER- NO! ELP blocks the kick to CHOP, and tuck! ELP steals TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives his own move and ELP is furious! ELP gets to a corner and fans are thunderous again! ELP flounders with the bad leg but he still works to climb! ELP shakes out the bad leg, gets to the top, and 450 FLOPS!! Eagles manages to dodge another stolen move!

Wait! Eagles straitjackets and torture racks! But Eagles doesn’t spin or swing, it’s a BURNING HAMMER!! Fans are electric again and Eagles drags ELP to the drop zone. Eagles goes up now, to steal THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! ELP survives the stolen move, but Eagles hurries to bring him up! ELP is dead weight but fans are rallying! Eagles gets ELP up, SUDDEN DEATH OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Well, of course, it’s sudden! ELP drags himself over to cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as ELP slashes his throat and vows to end this! ELP hauls Eagles up, tucks the arms, but his leg won’t let him lift Eagles!

Fans rally more, ELP shakes out his bad leg and he brings kneepads down. ELP gives Eagles some Kowata Kicks, then reels Eagles back in. ELP tucks the arms, gets Eagles up, but Eagles RANAS to a cover! TWO!!! Fans are electric again as ELP staggers up! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE!! Eagles roars, gets ELP up, SHIRANUI, but ELP slips free! Eagles blocks the elbow, spins ELP, underhoosk for a TIGER DRIVER! High stack, TWO, into THE RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! ELP flails, reaches out, fans are thunderous, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go and he drags ELP back to a drop zone.

Fans are thunderous, Eagles goes up, but ELP trips him! And then ENZIGURIS! Eagles flops onto the ropes, ELP goes up top and he drags Eagles back. ELP has a torture rack, for a SUPER SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!! Fans are electric all over again as ELP drags Eagles back up, tucks the arms back in, C R II!!! But the bad leg is slowing ELP down! ELP pushes Eagles to the cover, TWO!?!?! HOW?!?! The fans are volcanic and ELP is in shock! Eagles and ELP go to opposite ends, Eagles flounders around, and ELP takes aim. ELP runs in, to KNEE Eagles against ropes! Not quite V-Trigger but good enough with one leg!

ELP hoists Eagles up with an Electric Chair Lift, he wants to tuck Eagles in! But Eagles slips off to POISON-RANA!!! ELP is down and the fans are rallying again! Eagles goes up, to 450 SPLASH the legs! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!! ELP flails, TAPS, Eagles wins!!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

This was only the main event of round six, yet this was almost like a BOSJ finals! ELP may only have two losses, but is this one big enough to derail his run? As for Eagles, he gets the mic, and gets fans to clap, “EA-GEL-SU!” Eagles tells ELP, “I may hate you, but thank you for bringing out the best in me.” Fans cheer that sentiment after what we just saw. But ELP still flips Eagles off, he’s a sore loser. Eagles says he does hate ELP, but he loves Korakuen Hall! Eagles says this is his first time winning a singles match main event in NJPW, and for that, he is so proud! Fans applaud, that is a great accomplishment.

Eagles says, “Get used to this. Get used to this sight. Robbie Eagles, main event, with his arm raised high in victory. Now there’s still plenty more of the tournament to go, so I’ll rest up, put this ice on my neck, my head, sit in the bath with ice if I need to, but I will recover, and I will go on to get to the finals in the Budokan.” Eagles can’t wait until the fans can all say, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Fans clap along with that, as well as, “ROBBIE! OI! ROBBIE! OI!”

Fans applaud, and Eagles says, “It’s my dream to hear you all chant again. But just to leave you with one last message, to thank you all for the support you’ve given me…” And in Japanese, Eagles says, “Thank you for believing in me.” Fans applaud, will their support be the wind under Eagles’ wings that lifts him to the top?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points


My Thoughts:

What a night for NJPW and the BOSJ! This was awesome stuff, especially with some great surprise results. They’re really keeping us guessing on who is taking these blocks. Well, for the most part. Titan and Wato are both pretty far back, but I am surprised Wato won here. I didn’t expect Titan to take as many losses as he has, but maybe they’re planning him to be a big spoiler in the final round. TJP winning was more expected and Douki is still an outside shot, but I think he’ll serve a similar role of just being a final round spoiler. Connors gets another great win, I think he’s been winning since they all arrived in Korakuen. However, he hits a really strong part of the block these final three rounds, he might not keep the streak going.

Taguchi VS Zayne was genius stuff from a comedic standpoint but that’s how Taguchi is. Did not think Zayne would bite Taguchi’s butt, but thankfully for all, the red undies were in the way. Zayne winning makes sense, though, stays just outside the top. Akira winning was also a surprise with Yoh having the main event win last night. The fans kept with the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm more than I thought, too, so I wonder how the Japan audience feels about Yoh. Great match out of Yuta and Lindaman, and Lindaman wins to stay strong near the top. Austin beating Taiji and being the only 5-1 entry was a great surprise. I would be quite surprised if someone from outside NJPW got to the finals.

Bushi beating Desperado was another great surprise, especially with Desperado VS Douki being the very next round. Douki beat Bushi, so if Douki were to beat Desperado, he’d be ahead of both of them and that’d be nuts. As for Hiromu, he’s only going to make the finals if he wins all three remaining rounds and Sho and Yoh each lose before the ninth. Sho and Yoh each have a win over him, so those two meeting in the last round is even bigger now. And then regardless of standings in the block, Eagles VS ELP was an awesome match. That was probably match of the tournament so far, really puts pressure on ELP to win the rest of his matches, this is going to be quite the home stretch.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 29 Results & Report! (5/25/22)

BOSJ, both blocks, round 5!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

The blocks stick together again!

A Block and B Block keep at it side by side as Best of the Super Juniors 29 continues! Taiji Ishimori stands alone at 4-0, but will that change tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Alex Zayne; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Francesco Akira; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: EL LINDAMAN VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Taiji Ishimori; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS TJP; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Hiromu Takahashi; Yoh wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-0, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Ace Austin: 3-1, 6 points
Alex Zayne: 3-1, 6 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-3, 2 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
Clark Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-3, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Wheeler Yuta: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
Titan: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 1-3, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Alex Zayne!

The Inevitable and the Sauce are both fingertips away from being the top of the block, and are both coming off wins from last round. Who gets even closer to leading the pack after this red hot opener?

The bell rings and fans rally up already. The two shake hands and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Zayne and Austin tie up, go around, and end up on ropes, then in a corner. Austin powers his way out and they’re deadlock in the center. They break, and fans applaud the exchange. Zayne blocks a kick, spins Austin around and waistlocks, but Austin bucks him away. Zayne rolls, dodges the clothesline, then runs. Austin hurdles, but Zayne springboards to drop knees on the drop down! RUNNING MARIPOSA, but Austin makes it a ghost pin! TWO, and Austin arm-drags to a DISARMER! Fans fire up and Austin brings out the ace up his sleeve!

But Zayne rolls Austin! TWO! Fans fire up as the two stand off, and surprise! Zayne has Austin’s ace! Zayne takes a taste, then throws it to the fans. But Austin drop toeholds and EDDY GORDO KICKS! Then the DISARMER! And Austin brings out his second ace! PAPER CUT! Austin says no one saw anything. Zayne bails out to check his hand, but Austin builds speed! Zayne shoulders in but Austin catches him! DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Austin builds speed again, to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit with the #FallToGlory and fans fire up more! Austin gets Zayne up, the ring count starts, and Austin CHOPS Zayne.

Austin throws forearms, then whips, but Zayne sends Austin into the ring instead. Austin skins the cat to go back out, then he avoids Zayne’s punch to dropkick him! Austin kips up on the apron and fans fire up. Austin handsprings over the sweeps, but Zayne blocks the kick! Austin handsprings through the flip, but Zayne avoids the mule kick to trip Austin up! Austin crashes down on the apron, and Zayne lines up a shot. SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Austin flounders into the ring, Zayne slingshot sentons onto him! Fans fire up for the RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Zayne brings Austin up.

Zayne puts Austin against ropes, wrenches and whips, but Austin holds ropes to block. Zayne tries again, gets Austin loose, but holds these ropes to stop himself. Zayne rushes in but Austin goes to the apron and Zayne hotshots himself off ropes! Austin then gets up, shoulders in, and steps in to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Austin is annoyed but the fans rally up. Austin gets to his feet and fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Austin KICKS Zayne in his back, then knees him in the head! Austin says only one can win, and he gut wrench suplexes Zayne down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally more while Austin shakes his head.

Austin drags Zayne back up, but Zayne throws body shots! Austin blocks, knees, but Zayne avoids the boot to counter punch! He eggs Austin on, ROCKS him again, then spins him for a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Austin scrambles away. Austin gets to a corner, Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne hoists Austin up, CHOPS him, then runs corner to corner as fans rally, for the DRAGON RANA! But Austin sunset flips and stacks! TWO, and Zayne run sin. Austin dodges, comes back, A-LIST LARIAT! And then point-blank lariats over and over! Fans rally up and Austin shoves Zayne down. Austin goes up the corner, and leaps, but Zayne dodges!

Austin crashes ‘n’ burns but Zayne hurries to get him up. Scoop and BAJA- NO! Austin slips out, but Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick! But Austin blocks the roll-up! Austin has the arm but Zayne kips up to arm-drag! EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up and Zayne has Austin in the drop zone! Zayne goes up top, but Austin rolls way, wanting mercy from his friend. Fans rally, and Zayne jumps down! Zayne is frustrated that he has to do this to his friend. But then Austin drags him into a cradle! TWO, Zayne ROCKS Austin! Austin ROCKS Zayne! Zayne ROCKS Austin! Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster!

Zayne CHOPS, then he ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle, cobra clutch, TACO- NO! Austin slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Zayne! Austin whips, Zayne reverses and BOOTS Austin! Zayne runs, but Austin SUPERKICKS! Austin runs, but Zayne pops him up for the KNEE! AUSTIN HEEL KICKS!! Both men are down and fans are fired up again! Austin and Zayne stir, they both stand, and they stare down. Austin kicks low, goes for the gut wrench but Zayne wrenches out. Zayne scoops but Austin slips out, HEEL KICK! Austin calls for The Fold, but he runs into the BAJA BLAST! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!

Zayne kips up and roars! Fans fire up behind him and he gets back to the corner. Zayne fires himself up and goes up top, determined to hit it this time! But Austin trips Zayne up! Zayne lands hard on the soft shell, and fans rally as Austin drags himself up. Austin climbs up but Zayne elbows him away! Austin ENZIGURIS, then gets some space. Austin runs and jumps up, SUPER HEADSCISSORS! THE FOLD!!! Cover, Austin wins!!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Zayne earns 0)

And like the ace up his sleeve, Austin pulled that one outta nowhere! Even he’s shocked he just won! Does this mean Austin is the Inevitable Best of the Super Juniors? Or can Zayne still fire back up and take the block? But at the very least, these two are still friends as they hug it out.

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS DOUKI!

The Black Mask could not crack the Decoder, but Japones Del Mal got the last laugh on the Headbanga. Both men stand at 2-2, so who leaves the other behind with a win tonight?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Douki and Bushi circle, tie up, and Douki headlocks. Bushi powers up and out, things speed up as Bushi hurdles. Douki turns around, Bushi rolls off his back, ducks and spins to arm-drag! Douki bails out, Bushi builds speed, but Douki gets back in to elbow Bushi down! Bushi bails out, Douki builds speed, and DIVES! They crash into the timekeeper’s area! Fans fire up for “DO-U-KI!” as he gets Bushi up and POSTS him! The ring count starts, Douki drags Bushi up and brings him around to RAM into the post, groin first! Douki gets in the ring at 10 of 20 while Bushi is down on the floor.

Bushi sits up at 15 as fans rally up. Bushi staggers at 18, but gets in at 19! Fans applaud but Douki stomps Bushi down. Douki drags Bushi up, SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Double knuckle lock cover, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans rally and Bushi endures, and Bushi gets a ROPEBREAK! Douki lets off and mockingly asks what’s wrong. Douki slaps Bushi around, but Bushi fires off forearms! Douki rakes eyes! Douki whips, Bushi reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Douki gets to a corner and fans rally up. Bushi runs in at the corner but Douki dodges! Douki runs in, but into a BOOT!

Bushi hops up, FLYING RANA! Douki tumbles out of the ring, Bushi builds speed, and Bushi DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions block Douki from hitting fans! Fans fire up and Bushi fires up! The ring count starts again but Bushi drags Douki up and into the ring. Bushi drags Douki up, whips him to the corner, and runs in to back elbow. Douki swings but Bushi blocks and spins him to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Bushi stomps Douki. Bushi drags Douki up, reels him in, but no Fisherman Screw! HELL STAB, and Douki runs, into a DROPKICK! Bushi drags Douki up through the ropes, APRON DRAPING DDT!

Fans fire up and Bushi gets back in. Bushi drags Douki up, reels him in, but Douki back drops! Then he tucks Bushi for the sunset, TWO! Bushi goes to stack but gets caught in ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans rally and Bushi endures, but Douki pulls harder on the hold! Bushi fades, but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Douki holds until the ref counts 4, and fans rally up again. Douki aims at Bushi from the apron, slingshots in, but into a CODE BREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Bushi gets up and he drags Douki into the FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Douki’s still in this.

Bushi fires up and fans fire up with him! Bushi goes to the corner, climbs up, and he takes aim as Douki rises. M- NO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Douki has Bushi caught this time, and fans rally as Bushi endures! Bushi wriggles and moves, but Douki rolls him away, ITALIAN STRETCH! Bushi still endures, but Douki brings him down! Bushi kicks and flails, but he gives up! DOUKI WINS!

Winner: Douki, by submission (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

And just like that, Douki’s back up! Will he be able to keep this momentum going into round six? Can Bushi recover and turn it back around?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Francesco Akira!

The Wild Rhino finally got on the board beating the Funky Weapon, while the Nova Fireball was smoked by The Sauce! Will Connors and his buns of steel run through the fire and the flames? Or will Akira burn Connors and light back up?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Connors powers Akira to ropes. Akira puts Connors in a corner, but the ref calls for the break. Akira says okay but he keeps pushing. Akira then lets off, and gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” Connors circles with Akira again, and they knuckle lock. Akira shoots in for a leg but Connors blocks, to deadlift suplex Akira fast! Connors then waistlcoks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Akira flounders while fans fire up, and Connors taunts “little buddy” Akira, before giving him another GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors does his best Brock Lesnar jump steps and he gets Akira again. DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors covers, TWO!

Fans rally up for “A! KI-RA!” “WILD! RHI-NO!” as Connors whips. Akira tilt-o-whirls, but Connors blocks and has Akira up, but Akira turns it to DDT! Akira flounders away to a corner, he goes up top, BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICK! Connors flounders out of the ring, Akira follows and POSTS him! Then he RAMS Connors into the metal barriers! Akira stomps Connors down then wants the count out! The count begins, the fans rally, and Connors gets up. Akira rushes in but Connors blocks the rana to get Akira up! But Akira turns that into a RANA Into the POST! Connors is down again at 15!

Connors sits up at 16 and fans fire up! Connors is going the wrong way! Then he realizes it, and scrambles in at 19! Akira dropkicks Connors down, covers, TWO! Fans fire up and Akira wraps on a chinlock. Akira squeezes tight but fans rally up and Connors fights to his feet. Connors throws body shots, but Akira knees low. Akira runs, but Connors drops down then goes the other way to POUNCE Akira! Fans fire up as Akira is in the corner, Connors runs in to back elbow! Connors whips corner to corner, RAMS into Akira, then back drops him away! Connors drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Fans rally while Connors drags Akira back up.

Connors drags Akira up, scoops him and SLAMS him. Connors goes to the corner and fans rally. Connors climbs, but Akira CLUBS him! Akira CLUBS Connors again, then climbs up to join Connors. Fans fire up but Connors elbows Akira down! Connors adjusts, but Akira gets back up to kick a leg! Akira tucks Connors in, shouts out Ospreay, CHEEKY NANDOS! Fans fire up with Akira and he hurries to reel Connors in! Chicken wing lift, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Connors survives and Akira is beside himself! Fans rally up and Akira throws forearm after forearm, to the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm!

Connors stands, even as Akira throws those forearms. Connors ROCKS Akira with one shot! But Akira’s back up! Connors ducks the roundhouse and back suplexes, but Akira slips around to make it a sunset flip! TWO, and Akira BUZZSAWS Connors down! Fans fire up again and Akira hurries to aim from a corner! FIRE- NO! Connors ducks, runs in, but Akira jumps the spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Akira can’t believe it, but the fans are rallying as both men reset. Akira vows to hit this one, and he runs in, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Connors roars and fans fire up with him! Connors hoists Akira up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

This Wild Rhino is building up momentum, will he become a juggernaut in the block? And will Will Ospreay have to give Akira a talking to?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS Wheeler Yuta!

The CMLL World Welterweight Champion collides with the ROH Pure Champion! The Immortal finally got on the board while the Decoder broke even, but whose luck runs out right away in round five?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and fight for control. Yuta slips through, goes from one arm to the other and wrenches to a wristlock. Yuta cranks the hold but Titan rolls and handsprings to arm-drag Yuta down! Yuta kips up to arm-drag back! Yuta sweeps and covers, ONE! Titan sweeps and rolls Yuta but Yuta ducks the buzzsaw. Titan runs but into an arm-drag! Titan arm-drags back, and dropkicks cancel out! Both men handspring up and fans fire up! Yuta says that’s good lucha libre. Fans rally and the two get forehead to forehead. Yuta CHOPS, but Titan CHOPS back!

Yuta CHOPS, Titan CHOPS back again! They CHOP and CHOP, fans rally up for the CHOP fight! Titan SOBATS, then he wrenches and whips Yuta to a corner. Yuta reverses, runs in but into a BOOT! Titan goes up but Yuta CHOPS! Titan just growls! Titan SLAPS, Yuta CHOPS, they go back and forth, but Yuta CHOPS! Titan roars, but then he tumbles off the top! Yuta hurries to build speed and DIVE! Direct hit and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta gets Titan up and fans rally as Yuta puts Titan in. Cover, TWO! Yuta pushes Titan around, hammerlocks an arm and SNAP LOCKS it! Then Yuta gets the legs and ties those up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

Fans rally and Titan endures the stretch. Titan pops out to a cover, TWO! Yuta stomps Titan down, then goes to a corner. Fans rally, Titan crawls but Yuta brings him up. Yuta fireman’s carries but Titan fights free! Titan waistlocks, Yuta throws an elbow to switch and shove. Yuta follows but Titan dodges to RANA! Yuta bails out, Titan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Young Lions are the barriers again! Fans fire up as Titan resets and goes again, to DIVE! An even harder tope! Fans fire up and Titan brings Yuta up and in. Titan aims from a corner, SUPERKICK! Yuta wobbles, Titan brings him up and in to a AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Titan gets back up. Titan waits on Yuta, but Yuta ducks the buzzsaw! Yuta shoves, BOOTS, then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Titan roars, runs, but Yuta back drops him away! But Titan kips up to PELE! Titan gets to a corner, runs in, but into an atomic drop and ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Fans rally and Yuta pushes himself up. Yuta drags Titan into a waistlock, brings him up, but Titan fights the lift! Titan throws elbows, then victory rolls, TWO! Yuta has it, TWO! Fans rally, Yuta spins but into Titan’s flurry of kicks! But Yuta still ROLLING ELBOWS!

Yuta runs corner to corner to back elbow! Yuta keeps moving but Titan follows, DRIVE-BY LARIAT! Titan is outside and he throws off the armbands! Titan aims from the apron, springboards, but into a BIG dropkick! And then HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Roll into the DRAGON’S LAIR! Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)

What a fast and furious battle of champions! The Decoder gets the better of Titan, but he applauds and offers a handshake in respect. Titan accepts, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Will Yuta keep climbing to put the Blackpool Combat Club at the top of the block? Or will Titan recover and prove he is immortal?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: EL LINDAMAN VS El Phantasmo!

The G-Rex Champion just had a GLEAT main event victory yesterday, while the Headbanga has a rather shocking defeat. Will Lindaman keep his momentum going? Or will ELP be the one to get a shocker here tonight?

The bell rings and fans rally already, “LIN-DA-MAN!” “E L P!” The two circle, tie up, ELP waistlocks and SLAMS Lindaman, then floats all over him before slapping him around. ELP handsprings and strikes his pose, but Lindaman is just annoyed. Lindaman throws a forearm, so ELP gives it back. Lindaman throws another, ELP hits him back, and fans rally as they go faster and faster. ELP gets the edge, CHOPS Lindaman against ropes, then runs, but into a drop toehold! ELP ends up on ropes and Lindaman slaps him around now! Fans fire up and ELP protests, but Lindaman wrenches ELP’s hair, to then TOSS him to a corner!

Fans rally and the ref reprimands. Lindaman dusts off his hands of ELP’s hair while ELP complains about the hair pulling. Lindaman goes over to ELP but ELP throws a forearm. ELP headlocks, Lindaman powers out, but ELP runs Lindaman over with a shoulder. ELP flexes, runs, but then he steps on Lindaman’s drop down. Fans rally as ELP struts around, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES him! ELP bails out and Lindaman builds speed as the fans fire up! Lindaman FLIES! Direct hit with the tope conjilo, and the Young Lions are there to stop Lindaman from crashing into fans. Lindaman raises the Young Lions’ hands and fans fire up!

Lindaman stalks ELP while the ring count climbs. ELP flounders but Lindaman brings him up. Lindaman ROCKS ELP with a forearm, then another. ELP rakes eyes! And he POSTS Lindaman! The count is 15 of 20 but ELP whips Lindaman into steel barriers! ELP gets in at 17, Lindaman flounders up and in at 19! Fans rally and ELP is frustrated. ELP drags Lindaman up to suplex, and stall before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but ELP drags Lindaman up and fireman’s carries. GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Lindaman is still in this but ELP drags him back up. ELP reels him in, gets Lindaman up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Lindaman survives again! ELP is frustrated but he kicks at Lindaman. ELP CLAWS Lindaman’s back! The ref reprimands and Lindaman writhes, but ELP gives him toying kicks. ELP talks trash, Lindaman tries to chop, but ELP rakes the eyes! ELP throws a forearm, whips, but Lindaman holds ropes to block. ELP CHOPS, wrenches and whips, but Lindaman reverses, only for ELP to hold ropes and avoid the dropkick. ELP goes to ropes but Lindaman shoves him through! Lindaman goes up and out to climb the ropes, DRAPING BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up and cheer the innovation while both men are down.

ELP rolls away to a corner, Lindaman goes to the opposite. Lindaman runs in corner to corner, hits a back elbow, and he rallies the fans again. Lindaman whips but ELP blocks, only for Lindaman to sayanagi and DDT! Lindaman drags ELP to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Lindaman gets ELP to center. Fans fire up and Lindaman goes to a corner, Lindaman runs, STMOPS, then goes up the other corner! Fans rally with “HAI HAI HAI!” Lindaman leaps but ELP gets under! ELP goes to springboard, but he slips and falls! ELP clutches his leg, but is he just pulling what Douki did to him? Lindaman goes over, and yes, ELP tries to cradle!

But Lindaman blocks and deadlift suplexes ELP! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Lindaman waistlocks and deadlifts ELP again, but ELP blocks with his longer limbs! ELP stomps the foot, back elbows, then runs. Lindaman elbows, ROLLING ELBOWS, then runs, but into DOUBLE CHOPS! Lindaman shouts, “C’MON!” ELP runs but he stumbles and falls at the ropes? Another trick, is it? Lindaman isn’t sure what to make of it as ELP keeps flopping around! The ref wants to check ELP and ELP wants a timeout? Lindaman has the ref move, ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! It was a fakeout!

ELP hurries to hook Lindaman up, C R II!! Cover, ELP wins!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lindaman earns 0)

The Headbanga tricks Lindaman and takes down the G-Rex! He even does jumping jacks just to rub it in! ELP is the top of the block for now, how long will he maintain pole position? As for Lindaman, can he redeem himself in round six?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS SHO!

The Funky Weapon lost to Connors’ buns of steel, while the Murder Machine got beat at his own game by Taiji Ishimori. Only one can rebound, so who gets out of the 1-3 traffic jam?

Taguchi brings a headlamp to the lamp because he doesn’t trust the House of Torture to keep the lights on. He lets one of the Young Lions wear it, but then Sho attacks at the corner! Sho stomps Taguchi, digs his boot into Taguchi’s neck, and the bell rings. The ref takes the title belts away, Sho drags Taguchi up and throws him out of the ring. Sho goes out to stomp Taguchi more, then drag him up with a sleeper! Sho drags Taguchi to the entryway and to the back! They fight backstage, the ref wonders what to do! Sho peeks his head out and says it’s all good. The ring count starts, and then Sho beats up Taguchi more.

The count is 10 of 20, Sho returns but what about Taguchi? Sho slides into the ring at 13, Taguchi crawls out at 15! Taguchi manages to return at 19! Just what did Sho do to him? He looks pale. Fans rally up for “TA-GU-CHI!” but Sho stomps him down. Sho drags Taguchi up, rakes the eyes, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Sho whips, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Sho up. Taguchi throws Sho out, takes off his shirt, and uses it to CHOKE Sho! Taguchi drags Sho away to the entryway now! And to the back, just like Sho did! Sho kicks and flails through the curtain, and Taguchi peeks his head out! Taguchi is clearly T-BAGGING Sho over and over!!

Sho flails and kicks as he’s smothered by the Funky Weapon! The ring count starts, Taguchi walks back out through the curtain, and Taguchi’s tights are down! He’s wearing a teal thong!! The count is 10 of 20 and Sho hasn’t moved! Taguchi gets in the ring and he reveals his second trick: he swaps Sho’s shirt (and wrench) with another! The count is 15, Sho revives and gasps as he staggers over. Sho gets in at 19 and dry heaves again. Taguchi grins, and he digs his knee into Sho’s head. The ref counts, Taguchi lets off, to then SIT on Sho’s face! Sho freaks out, the ref counts and Taguchi lets off at 4.

Taguchi drags Sho up, gives him a point blank hip attack, then brings him around to whip. Sho reverses, then dodges the Hip Attack! Taguchi crashes ‘n’ burns and Sho grumbles at Taguchi. Sho digs at Taguchi’s eyes then stomps the butt that traumatized him! Sho digs his heel into Taguchi’s rear but Taguchi gets to the ropes! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho drags Taguchi up but Taguchi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Sho kicks low, wrenches the arm and brings Taguchi down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans rally up and Sho drags Taguchi back up. Sho reels Taguchi in, crosses the arms, but Taguchi blocks the lift!

Taguchi back drops Sho away! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs, but Sho counters hip attack with atomic drop! Sho runs, Taguchi follows, but again Sho counters hip attack with atomic drop! Sho runs, but Taguchi somersaults to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Sho bails out, and Taguchi hurries to triangle jump PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up! Taguchi gets up, he brings Sho up and puts him in the ring. Taguchi springboards but Sho dodges the missile hip. Taguchi comes back but Sho catches him to a waistlock! Taguchi elbows free, then fakes Sho out on running! Sho realizes it too late, HIP ATTACK!

Taguchi runs to HIP ATTACK Sho at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide, APRON HIP! Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! High stack cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-GU-CHI!” as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Sho uses the ref as a shield! But then Taguchi shoves the ref back! Sho shoves the ref, Taguchi shoves the ref, the ref is a pinball! Sho shoves the ref again, then runs, but Taguchi shoves the ref away to avoid the spear! Taguchi grabs the leg, OH MY GARFUNKLE! Sho endures, fans fire up, and Sho hops up, but Taguchi reels him in! Sho grabs at the ref, shoves him away, then elbows Taguchi away!

Taguchi runs back in, but Sho dodges and the HIP ATTACK hits the ref! Taguchi checks on the ref and says this is bad! Taguchi tells his Young Lion to have that head lamp ready! Taguchi watches for House of Torture members at the entryway, but Sho hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Sho says Taguchi’s so stupid! Sho then laughs as he goes to his corner and grabs the shirt. But surprise, it’s a Taguchi shirt and a BANANA! Sho can’t believe it! Taguchi grins, dodges and HIP- NO, waistlock! But Taguchi drop toeholds to OH MY GARFUNKLE! The ref is back, Sho grabs at him again, but then Sho drags Taguchi into an ARMBAR!

Taguchi fights, stacks Sho, TWO!! OH MY GARFUNKLE!! Sho reaches for the ref again but the ref won’t let Sho get a hold of him! Taguchi drops an elbow on the leg, then OH MY GARFUNKLE!! Sho endures, but NOW the lights go out! The headlamp shines on the match, Sho is grabbing the ref again! Sho endures the hold, but wait, Yujiro Takahashi CLOBBERS the Young Lion! And someone gets in the ring! They’re choking Taguchi! But wait, something happens, and Taguchi turns it around! The lights come back, and Taguchi is T-BAGGING Dick Togo!! Yujiro gets in to CANE SHOT Taguchi!!

Fans rally as Dick and Yujiro get out of the ring. Sho hobbles over to cover Taguchi and his bare butt! Sho wins!!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

Sho still complains about the banana being switched with his wrench, but the House of Torture is just happy to see he won. Will the Murder Machine continue to build back up towards the top of the block? Will Taguchi be able to recover and try again in the sixth?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Heel Master defused the Ticking Timebomb, and the Bone Soldier outplayed the Murder Machine! Will Kanemaru toast a victory over THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Taiji stay spotless in the block?

Taiji keeps looking back at Kanemaru to make sure he stays put. Taiji takes off his mask and finishes his introduction, but then he turns around and Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! The bell rings and Kanemaru gets Taiji’s leg! Taiji kicks Kanemaru away, then bails out so he can take his jacket and title belt off. Fans rally up, Taiji rushes back in, but then Kanemaru slides right out! Taiji and Kanemaru argue and egg each other on, but Taiji goes out to chase Kanemaru. They get back in the ring, Kanemaru ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Then scoop for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru hurries to go up the corner! Fans fire up and Taiji stands, DEEP- NO! Taiji holds off the DDT and pops Kanemaru around to CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down, fans rally back up, and Taiji crawls away to his corner. Taiji grabs his title belt but the ref sees that. The ref stops Taiji, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Kanemaru tags a swig, he gets the ref aside then dodges the belt shot to WHISKEY MIST! Shove and victory roll, TWO!! But Kanemaru has the legs in a figure four clutch! KANEMARU WINS!!!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishimori earns 0)

What in the world?! Taiji’s first loss in this tournament is the fastest loss in the whole thing! Maybe fastest ever! Is the Heel Master going to snatch away the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship just as fast? Can the Bone Soldier still keep the lead in the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS TJP!

The Sniper of the Skies lost to a IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion while Public Enemy Number One lost to the CMLL World Welterweight Champion. Will Eagles take flight again? Or will the Fil-Am Flash get back up from the bottom of the block?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “EA-GL-SU!” “T J P!” as the two circle. They tie up, TJP wrenches to a wristlock. Eagles spins, wrenches but TJP rolls, spins and cartwheels. TJP brings Eagles into the TWISTING HEADSCISSOR, but Eagles then headscissors back! TJP moves around to headstand and fans applaud. Eagles isn’t sure what to do with TJP, and then TJP lets himself down, to pop free and pat Eagles on the knee. Fans applaud, and TJP even pats Eagles on the head! Fans rally up again, “T J P!” “EA-GL-SU!” They tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength. Eagles pushes but TJP bridges, then kips up and rolls to wrench a wrist.

TJP trips Eagles and rolls him back but Eagles arm-drags TJP away. Eagles sweeps, covers, ONE! TJP sweeps but Eagles backflips over it! Fans fire up and Eagles pats TJP on the head. Eagles then dabs on TJP! TJP swipes at him but Eagles dodges and he dropkicks TJP down! Eagles gets TJP up, headlocks, and uses the corner for a tornado takedown! TJP keeps his shoulders up but Eagles traps an arm. TJP gets that arm free and tries to fight up but Eagles pushes him down. Fans rally, TJP works to get back up, and they bridge! TJP spins Eagles around to go for a cobra twist! Eagles resists so TJP tries an octopus!

Eagles still wrists so TJP wrangles him down with double knuckle locks. TJP makes it a cover, ONE as Eagles gets an arm up. TJP pushes that down but Eagles gets the other arm up. TJP gets them both down, but Eagles bridges up! Fans rally, TJP jumps on but Eagles stays up! But not for long, it’s a cover again, TWO as Eagles an arm up! TJP jumps up again but Eagles monkey flips and arm-drags TJP away! TJP comes back but Eagles dodges and RANAS! TJP comes back again, into a WHEEL KICK! TJP bails out, Eagles kips up and fans rally, Eagles fakes TJP out! Eagles does finger guns and TJP sighs.

Fans rally, TJP gets on the apron and Eagles rushes in. TJP throws a forearm, avoids the tiger feint, and the shoulder! DRAPING GUILLOTINE! The ref counts, TJP lets off at 4 and he drags Eagles to the apron. APRON NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and TJP gets in the ring while the ref checks on Eagles. Eagles is okay to continue but TJP lounges in the corner while the count starts. Eagles gets up at 8 of 20, in at 10, but TJP has his leg. TJP steps through, turns Eagles over, INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and TJP SNAP LOCKS! And then SNAP LOCKS! And then MUTA LOCK! Eagles endures and fans rally up more!

Eagles pries free of the crossface and he gets the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets off, bumps Eagles off buckles, and then EuroUppers Eagles down. TJP drags Eagles back up, wrenches and whips corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Eagles dodges TJP, but TJP goes up and over, only for Eagles to stop the DDT. Eagles blocks the kick, slips through, but TJP rakes eyes! TJP gives the slip through back, but Eagles lands out of the back suplex to ROLLING CHOP BLOCK! Eagles keeps moving, BLINDSIDE ELBOW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles KICKS TJP, KICKS again, and again! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT!

TJP goes to a corner, fans rally up and Eagles runs corner to corner. DOUBLE KNEES, but TJP stays up. TJP elbows Eagles away, but Eagles tiger feints the legs out! Eagles comes back again, METEORA! Eagles drags TJP to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Eagles drags TJP to get a leg, but TJP kicks him with the other. Eagles hits a spinning toehold! Fans rally again and Eagles goes to the corner. Eagles goes out and up, 450 but he has to roll through as TJP moves! Eagles kicks TJP’s leg, SHIRANUI, but TJP slips free for a rolling takedown! STF! But Eagles scrambles around, ROPEBREAK!

Fans rally again as TJP lets go. TJP gets a leg and drags Eagles from ropes. Eagles throws a forearm but TJP hits him back. Eagles ROCKS TJP, but TJP CHOPS Eagles. Eagles brings TJP up to CHOP! TJP throws forearm after forearm, but Eagles KICKS the leg out! Eagles aims, but TJP blocks the superkick to SOBAT! Eagles comes back but swings into a dragon sleeper! Eagles fights free, runs, but TJP goes to springboard, FLYING FOREARM! TJP gets Eagles up in the dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down again. TJP drags Eagles to a drop zone and he goes up the corner. SWANTON, but TJP has to roll through as Eagles moves!

Eagles runs in, CHOP BLOCK! Eagles goes to the apron, then the corner. Eagles springboards, but TJP catches the dropkick to DDT the leg! TJP hooks the leg but Eagles fights the crossface! TJP grabs at the arms, but Eagles turns over to get a cradle! TWO, but Eagles has the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! TJP endures and fans rally up as Eagles puts on the pressure! TJP claws his way forward and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and he drags TJP away. Eagles gets TJP up into the TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives, Eagles goes up the corner! 450 but TJP gets his knees out of the way!

Eagles flounders in the drop zone while TJP climbs up! NBA JAM!! And then PINOY STRETCH!! Eagles endures but he is caught! Eagles taps, TJP wins!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Another big win and Public Enemy Number One is no longer last place! But will he be able to keep this going towards the top? Will Eagles reload and take aim at a win in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS El Desperado!

The Way of the Grandmaster finally scored last round, while the Rogue Luchador was brought down by El Lindaman! Will Wato make Desperado feel worse than he did before? Or will Desperado snatch a golden ticket for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships as he fights back up?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, then approach and tie up. Wato powers Desperado to ropes but lets off with pats on the shoulder. Fans applaud and rally again as Desperado and Wato circle again. They tie up, Wato again puts Desperado on ropes but Desperado turns it around. Desperado feints a chop, but then actually CHOPS! Desperado taunts Wato for not seeing that coming, and the two circle again. Wato rushes in to waistlock, but Desperado spins around to facelock. Wato wrenches out to a wristloick, Desperado rolls to wrench him back. Desperado twists the wrist but Wato slips through to wrench and hammerlock.

Desperado moves around, drops and rolls, but Wato pushes him down to a headlock takeover. Desperado keeps his shoulders up but Wato traps an arm. Desperado rolls it to a cover, ONE and Wato holds on. Desperado powers up and out, and pulls Wato’s hair! The ref reprimands but Desperado headlocks. Wato powers up and out, but Desperado pulls hair again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets go and headlocks again. Wato throws body shots and puts Desperado on ropes. Desperado holds onto the ropes, the ref counts and they get off the ropes, only for Desperado to rake Wato’s eyes! Desperado stops at 4, runs, but ducks the roundhouse!

Wato back elbows, uppercuts, but Desperado blocks the sobat! Wato avoids the lariat to SOBAT after all! Fans fire up and Desperado goes to a corner. Wato brings Desperado up, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to back elbow! Wato fires off forearms but the ref backs him off. Wato rushes back in but is put on the apron. Wato GAMANGIRIS back, but Desperado rushes back in. Wato jumps over the baseball slide, only for Desperado to trip him up! Wato hits the apron, Desperado brings Wato around and POSTS him! Desperado catches his breath, drags Wato back up and POSTS Wato again!

Fans rally, the ring count climbs, and Desperado leaves Wato behind. Wato sits up at 11, drags himself up at 14, and gets in at 15! Fans applaud but Desperado looms over Wato. Desperado drags Wato up, CHOPS him to a corner, and then comes back. Wato throws forearms, but Desperado CHOPS him down! Fans fire up and Desperado drags Wato to center, for a KNEE JAMMER! And then a SPLASH on the leg! Desperado digs his knee into Wato’s leg for a deep toehold! Wato tries to kick Desperado but Desperado pulls on the hold more! Desperado ties up the legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Desperado eggs Wato on and Wato CHOPS!

Desperado eggs Wato more, and Wato CHOPS again! Desperado “falls” back and puts on more pressure! Wato endures and fans rally up! Desperado rests on his side while keeping on the leglock. Desperado taunts Wato to go for the ropes, and Wato reaches out. Wato drags Desperado with him, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref helps Desperado undo the hold, but “Oops!” Desperado drops knees on the knee. Desperado drags Wato up, but Wato CHOPS! Desperado felt that one! Wato CHOPS again, but Desperado rakes the eyes! Then Desperado gut wrenches but Wato fights Guitarra. Desperado kicks low then tries again, GUITARRA-

No, Wato slips free! But his bad leg jams! Desperado gives toying kicks while fans rally up. Wato gets up, Desperado runs, but Wato RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Wato builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally and Wato gets up to bring Desperado up and into the ring. Wato climbs up a corner and leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Desperado ends up back outside, and Wato builds speed! TORNILLO! Direct hit on Desperado, and then the Young Lions keep Wato from ending up in the front row! Even then, a fan ends up part of the action! Wato makes sure fan is okay, and he goes back to Desperado.

The ring count climbs, Wato gets Desperado in and then goes to the corner. Wato springboards, FLYING CROSBODY! Cover, TWO! Desperado clutches his arm and fans rally up. Wato fires up, he drags Desperado up, but Desperado fights the waistlock. Desperado reaches out but Wato keeps him from ropes! Desperado mule kicks but Wato kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO! Desperado deflects the superkick to hit a BIG back suplex! Desperado roars, gets a leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Then a knee drop on the knees! STRETCH MUFFLER! Wato flails and reaches out but Desperado thrashes the leg!

Wato fights and keeps reaching, ROPEBREAK! Desperado puts the leg on the ropes, HIP DROP! Wato clutches his knee and fans rally up. Desperado drags Wato up, gets the leg, but Wato fights the lift! Desperado ROCKS Wato with an elbow! Wato flops down and Desperado demands he get back up! Fans rally, Desperado brings Wato up again, but Wato KNEES free of the shinbreaker! Fans fire up while both men are down again, and Wato gets his bad leg moving. Wato wants Desperado to sit up, and he BUZZSAWS Desperado back down! Wato brings Desperado up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE!! The bad leg couldn’t hold on!

Wato hurries to get Desperado up again, hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Wato has Desperado caught, but Desperado flails and moves around! Desperado keeps fighting, rocking the hold back and forth, closer and closer, ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go and fans fire up again. Wato hurries to drag Desperado to a drop zone. Fans rally as Wato climbs, R P P FLOPS! Fans fire up again as Desperado gets to the corner. Desperado gets up and aims at Wato, CHOP BLOCK! STRETCH MUFFLER! But Wato rolls it to a cradle! TWO!! Wato dodges the boot to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!!

Wato is furious but the fans are thunderous! Wato roars and he drags Desperado up! But Desperado slips out of the scoop, ripcord and SPINEBUSTER! To the gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Wato survives! Desperado gets up and he roars! Desperado drags Wato back up, reels him in and underhooks the arms, PINCHE- NO! Wato fights out, tilt-o-whirls and rolls Desperado! Desperado rolls through, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The Rogue Luchador has his rebound, and a golden ticket to the tag titles! Is the comeback still on track? As for Wato, will he be stuck at the bottom of the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Hiromu Takahashi!

It’s a rematch from last year’s Best of the Super Juniors finals, as well as this year’s Wrestling Dontaku! And the twist is, both men are coming off losses from last round! Will it be Mr. Direct Drive or the Ticking Timebomb who gets back on track towards a return to the top?

The bell rings and fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, are in a bit of a deadlock, and Yoh powers Hiromu back towards ropes. Yoh lets off cleanly, but then he rushes Hiromu to whip him to ropes. Hiromu jumps over the drop down, whips, but Yoh reverses to dropkick the legs out! Yoh chases after Hiromu as he bails out to put Hiromu right back in! Yoh gets the leg, steps through, KNEEBAR! Hiromu scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu gets away again but Yoh pursues. Yoh stomps Hiromu’s bad leg, fans rally up, and Yoh gets Hiromu’s leg to YANK it! Yoh stomps the bad leg, then brings Hiromu up to put him in.

Hiromu hobbles, Yoh stalks up to CHOP BLOCK! Fans applaud the savagery and Yoh gets the leg to SMASH it on the mat! Hiromu writhes, Yoh SMASHES the knee again! Hiromu grumbles but Yoh hits a spinning toehold! Yoh tells Hiromu it’s time to get serious! Yoh steps through but Hiromu kicks him away. Hiromu CHOPS Yoh, fans rally up, and Hiromu CHOPS again! Hiromu whips, Yoh reverses to dropkick the bad leg! Fans rally up and Hiromu clutches his leg. Yoh drags Hiromu up, hauls him up, and throws him to land on the bad knee! Then FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Hiromu endures as Yoh trashes around!

Fans rally, Hiromu works to drag himself and Yoh towards ropes, but Yoh puts as much pressure as he can on the hold! Hiromu still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go in frustration but the fans rally up. Yoh stomps the bad leg and Hiromu shouts in pain. Hiromu still eggs Yoh on so Yoh stomps the leg again! And again! Fans rally, “HI-RO-MU!” while Yoh scuffs and toys with him. Hiromu gets up but Yoh brings him in to suplex. Hiromu slips out but the leg jams! Yoh kicks the leg, runs, Hiromu follows and RANAS Yoh down! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Hiromu gets himself to a corner. Fans rally again as Hiromu takes aim.

Yoh runs in first, Hiromu dodges, and he clotheslines! Hiromu throws Yoh down, and basement dropkicks! Yoh bails out and Hiromu hurries to the apron. FLYING JOHN WOO! Direct hit and Yoh ends up folded! Hiromu fires up and fights through the pain in his leg while fans rally up. Hiromu hobbles over to drag Yoh up. Hiromu puts Yoh in, drags him up, and suplexes for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Hiromu gets up and he drags Yoh up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Yoh slips off! Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks, then fireman’s carries again. But Yoh slips off and Hriomu ends up in the corner.

Hiromu BOOTS Yoh from the corner, but Yoh blocks the superkick and dropkicks the other leg out! Fans rally again while Hiromu gets to ropes. Yoh rushes over to get the bad leg, DRAGON SCREW! Then GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Yoh then clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Hiromu endures, reaches out for ropes, and fans rally as Yoh pulls on the leg as hard as he can! Hiromu still crawls over, ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go in frustration again, but fans rally up. Yoh watches Hiromu slowly rise, and Yoh runs in to dropkick the leg out! Yoh gets Hiromu up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on and brings Hiromu up again, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Yoh still holds the waistlock and he brings Hiromu up again, but Hiromu reaches for ropes! ROPEBREAK! Hiromu elbows Yoh away, then dodges Yoh to SNAP GERMAN! But Yoh is right back up!? Only for HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Hiromu grits his teeth as he gets up. Hiromu hobbles over, drags Yoh up, and he fireman’s carries. But the leg won’t let Hiromu run with it! Yoh kicks the leg, reels Hiromu in, but Hiromu wrenches out and dodges to wheelbarrow, COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up again and Hiromu gets back up. Fans fire up more as Hiromu roars!

Hiromu drags Yoh up, fireman’s carries, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Hiromu is frustrated now but fans fire up and he gets up again. Hiromu brings Yoh up, fireman’s carry, but Yoh slips off and waistlocks! O’Conner, FIVE STAR- NO! Hiromu slips out to full nelson! Yoh breaks free, Hiromu ducks the back elbow, but then Yoh blocks the superkick! DRAGON SCREW! Hiromu falls over, clutching his bad leg! Hiromu goes to a corner and fans are thunderous as they rally up. Yoh gets up at center while Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Yoh grits his teeth and runs in at the corner to back elbow!

Yoh hoists Hiromu up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. Fans rally again as Yoh brings Hiromu up, SUPERPLEX! And roll through to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! But into the KNEEBAR!! Hiromu endures again, fans rally, and Yoh thrashes the leg around! Hiromu grabs at Red Shoes, reaches for the ropes, claws his way over, but Yoh drags Hiromu away! Hiromu flails and writhes, he fights his way forward again, ROPEBREAK!! Yoh lets go in frustration but the fans are thunderous again! Yoh gets up and shakes his head. He KICKS Hiromu’s arm away from the ropes, then brings Hiromu in.

Yoh suplexes, Hiromu fights it but his leg jams! Yoh KICKS the leg, reels Hiromu in, but Hiromu suplexes! Yoh fights that off and wrenches out, but Hiromu HEADBUTTS! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Yoh staggers, Hiromu runs, but Yoh dodges the lariat, only for Hiromu to LARIAT on the return! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Hiromu shakes his head! Fans rally, Hiromu gets Yoh back up and reels him in, VICTORY ROYAL! Hiromu drags Yoh into the dragon suplex, but Yoh slips out! O’Conner Roll, FIVE STAR CLUTCH!! TWO!?!? Yoh can’t believe it, and even Hiromu has to double check! Yes, that was just two! But Yoh SUPERKICKS!!

Yoh flounders against ropes and fans are thunderous again! Yoh gets Hiromu up, reels him in, suplexes, GHOSTBUSTER! Fans fire up with Yoh and he gets Hiromu in for DIRECT- NO! Hiromu slips out, but the leg again! Hiromu still gets a cradle, TWO!!! Yoh runs in, Hiromu scoops and dragon sleeper, but Yoh slips through to dragon sleeper back! SAVING GRACE BACKBREAKER! Yoh roars and fans are thunderous again! Underhooks and DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, Yoh wins!!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

Yoh avenges himself from BOSJ 28!! Hiromu tumbles away from the top of the block, is his threepeat doomed? As for Yoh, he gets to mic to say, “Everyone, I have just one thing to say. Are you happy that I won?” The fans applaud because yes, they are! Good, because he’s damn happy. Because that wasn’t just going through the motions, that was his love for pro-wrestling. It is difficult for Yoh to express himself, and it is difficult for him to show his emotions, his true self. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel.” When you tell Yoh he doesn’t feel anything, that you think he’s not cut out for this… Isn’t pro-wrestling about showing who you are?

Fans applaud because they agree. Yoh continues to say that instead of doing what someone tells you to do or how to be, pro-wrestling gives you the freedom to project who you truly are. Yoh apologizes for taking so long to say that, but the just wanted everyone to know he’s happy. And as for Hiromu, Yoh thanks him. The Direct Drive is fueled by a hidden passion, but will it bring him all the way back to the finals?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Ace Austin: 4-1, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 3-2, 6 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-4, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-4, 2 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Phantasmo: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-1, 8 points
El Lindaman: 3-2, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-2, 6 points
Douki: 3-2, 6 points
Bushii: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-4, 2 points
Titan: 1-4, 2 points


My Thoughts:

Another great round for NJPW BOSJ, a lot of great matches and results. Austin VS Zayne was an awesome opener, with really good story of them being friends and tag partners, and it was pretty big that Austin won. He’s right back in the hunt for the top of the block with this, especially after that great surprise loss for Taiji. No one thought Kanemaru would get Taiji so quick but that was what they were going for, and now there’s some drama in Taiji’s run, trying to be champion and tournament winner at the same time. Douki also gets a great surprising win, and honestly the same with Connors getting a win on Akira. The way Akira came in, I thought he was going to be red hot, but this was quite the surprise.

Good win for Yuta, though I’m surprised Titan is also near the bottom. ELP tricking Lindaman the way Douki tricked him was a fairly clever finish, so ELP and Desperado are keeping pace at the top of B Block. Desperado beating Wato makes a lot of sense, between the feud they’ve had on and off, as well as Desperado’s comeback story. Kanemaru getting that win over Taiji, Desperado getting this win over Wato, if Kanemaru beats Taguchi down the line, Suzuki-Gun’s top Junior Heavyweights could get all the gold again like they had a year or so ago. Taguchi VS Sho was hilarious for the entryway gags, and the comedy elements actually made the House of Torture interference less annoying. But Sho wins, he’ll surely build momentum towards his match with Yoh in the final round.

Great match from Eagles VS TJP and TJP gets a great win here to recover from last round. And of course, an awesome main event from Yoh VS Hiromu. Great story in Yoh adding on to what Kanemaru did last round with the leg damage, and naturally even Hiromu has a limit to what he can take. Yoh wins big, and his promo to end was a great moment for him to help fans understand him. He could still make a run to the top and return to the finals, but that match with Sho in the last round, May 31st, will be very telling.

My Score: 9/10


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