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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 30 Results & Report! (10/16/20)

The A Block winner is…!

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NJPW G1 Climax 30

It’s Round 9, who is left standing atop A Block?

The G1 Climax reaches its ninth round, and FOUR men still have a chance! Will the A Block belong to Okada, Ospreay, Ibushi or White?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Minoru Suzuki; Takagi wins.
  • A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Taichi; Ibushi wins.
  • A Block – Jay White VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Jay White: 6-2, 12 points
Kota Ibushi: 6-2, 12 points
Kazuchika Okada: 6-2, 12 points
Will Ospreay: 5-3, 10 points
Jeff Cobb: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-8, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The G1 has been done for Tokyo Pimp, but will he avoid going completely winless? Or will he take a Tour of the Islands and end 0-9?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two circle. They tie up, Cobb shoves Yujiro down but waits for Yujiro to get up. Fans rally as the two circle again. Yujiro kicks low, throws forearms over and over, but Cobb ROCKS Yujiro with one! Yujiro tries to bail out but Cobb catches him first! Cobb brings Yujiro around but Yujiro BITES his hand! Even now, no one has learned! Yujiro headlocks but Cobb powers out. Yujiro rams shoulders but Cobb doesn’t budge! Cobb blocks the kick, scoops Yujiro and pops him up, but Yujiro slips out to kick low. Yujiro runs, Cobb ducks down, but Yujiro fakes out the hurdle to pie face Cobb! Yujiro slaps Cobb then ROCKS him with a right. Yujiro runs but into Cobb’s dropkick! Fans cheer Cobb’s agility and rally up as he sees Yujiro bail out.

Cobb pursues as Yujiro runs around the way. Yujiro keeps running and gets back inside. Cobb follows but sees the elbow drop coming and moves, Yujiro hits nothing but mat. Cobb drags Yujiro out, suplexes, but Yujiro slips out to get the reverse DDT! Fans cheer the savvy as Yujiro talks to the ref. The ring count begins but Yujiro stomps Cobb. Yujiro grinds his forearms into Cobb’s face and leaves him behind at 12 of 20. Fans cheer as Cobb gets up and in at 16! Yujiro stomps Cobb more, snapmares him then drops a leg, then an elbow, and then a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Cobb but Yujiro brings Cobb up by his hair. The ref reprimands but Yujiro uses that hair hold for a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Yujiro rains down rights.

The ref reprimands the use of closed fists but Yujiro kicks at Cobb. Cobb throws body shots and a CHOP back! And another CHOP! Yujiro knees low, runs, but into Cobb’s elbow! GACHIMUCHI FLOPS! Yujiro runs to basement boot! Fans cheer and rally as both men are down. Yujiro gets up first but Cobb gets to a corner. Yujiro runs in and BOOTS! Yujiro brings Cobb out, snapmares again and runs, but Cobb avoids the boot! Cobb runs Yujiro over with shoulders! Fans rally up as Cobb lifts and tackles Yujiro to a corner! Cobb rams and whips him out to then throw back in, and then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Yujiro flounders to the corner, fans rally and Cobb leaps for the back elbow! Cobb gets Yujiro with the RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Yujiro is still in this but Cobb keeps his focus. Cobb waistlocks, dead lifts, but Yujiro fights out. Cobb ROCKS Yujiro with a right, but Yujiro flapjack hotshots him back! Yujiro flounders away as the fans rally up. Yujiro comes back to BOOT Cobb at the ropes! Yujiro keeps going, clothesline but Cobb stays up! Yujiro mule kicks and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives and Yujiro grows frustrated. Yujiro drags Cobb up, fireman’s carries but Cobb blocks. Cobb throws elbows, gut wrenches and throws Yujiro around, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops biting and runs to BOOT Cobb again! Cobb is in the corner, but he dodges Yujiro to come back with a clothesline!

Fans rally up as Cobb brings Yujiro up and yanks him into the ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO, GACHIMUCHI! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives and fans fire up! Cobb looms over Yujiro and drags him up. Cobb whips, scoops, but Yujiro slips out of the Tour! Yujiro wants the reverse DDT but Cobb slips around to suplex, only for Yujiro to cradle counter! TWO!! Fans fire up as Yujiro shoves the ref at Cobb! Cobb pushes the ref aside but Yujiro hits him with the PIMP CANE! Yujiro reels Cobb in for INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as Yujiro drags Cobb back up. Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Yujiro fires up more! Yujiro drags Cobb up, and hits PIMP JUICE DDT!! Cover, Yujiro wins?!?

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Cobb earns 0

Tokyo Pimp finally did it! He finally scored! He ends 1-8, so still last place, but not completely without redemption! Can Yujiro redeem himself little by little?

 

A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Minoru Suzuki!

The Dragon and the King of Pancrase aren’t in the running anymore, but these two are going to be fighting for pride! Who wins in this rematch from the NEVER Openweight Championship match at Summer Struggle?

The bell rings and right away, Suzuki shoves Takagi and Takagi shoves back. Then the forearms start flying! Fans rally as they go back and forth! Takagi eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki throws one, two, three! Takagi throws three forearms in return! They go back and forth again, faster and faster! Fans still rally as there’s almost no stop! Takagi gets the edge and DOUBLE CHOPS! Suzuki ends up on ropes but Takagi runs into the DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Suzuki lets off at 3 and fans cheer as he brings Takagi out. Suzuki whips Takagi into railing then rocks him with forearms! Takagi gives forearms back, Suzuki ROCKS Takagi again! Fans cheer as Suzuki brings Takagi up to throw more forearms. Suzuki slaps Takagi so Takagi slaps back. It’s a slap fight until Suzuki ROCKS Takagi with another forearm!

Takagi grits his teeth as Suzuki talks trash. Takagi gives headbutts back, but Suzuki HEADBUTTS! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls. Suzuki tells the ref to shut up with the count but he puts Takagi in at 5 of 20. Fans cheer as Suzuki stomps and kicks Takagi. Takagi eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki KICKS! Takagi CHOPS and Suzuki laughs! Suzuki wrenches Takagi’s arm to kick it! Takagi goes to ropes as fans rally up. Suzuki wraps the arm around ropes to pull! The ref reprimands and counts but Suzuki just climbs the ropes! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets off. Takagi gets to a corner, fans rally with “TA-KA-GI!” claps. Or it could be “SU-ZU-KI!” Either way, Suzuki runs corner to corner to BOOT Takagi in the corner! Takagi stays up so Suzuki snapmares him. Suzuki runs but the Penalty Kick is blocked!

Suzuki throws forearms and gets Takagi in a facelock, but Takagi suplexes Suzuki up and over! Fans fire up as Takagi and Suzuki slowly rise. Suzuki gets to a corner, Takagi runs in and blocks his boot to clothesline! But that was the bad arm so it’s double-edged! Suzuki kicks at Takagi but Takagi throws an elbow! Again, that’s the bad arm so Takagi backs off. But he comes back to whip corner to corner and run in for a clothesline with the good arm! And then a LARIAT! Fans cheer as Suzuki is down. Takagi dares Suzuki to get up as the fans rally. Takagi KICKS Suzuki while he’s down, then stands on Suzuki’s face! Suzuki sits up with a snarl but Takagi gives toying kicks! Takagi talks smack but Suzuki throws a forearm! Takagi gives it back! Suzuki ROCKS Takagi then roars! Fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Suzuki!

Suzuki grins as he comes back to ROCK Takagi. Takagi hits back, Suzuki hits again and we’re back to a brawl! Suzuki kicks the bad arm then throws more forearms. Takagi throws forearms from all sides! The bad arm slows him down but he still ROCKS Suzuki again! Suzuki wobbles and fans rally up! Suzuki rises with a smirk and he kicks the bad arm again. Suzuki throws more forearms on Takagi, and ROCKS him! Fans fire up, Suzuki runs but Takagi follows to clothesline at the ropes! Takagi runs but Suzuki follows and BOOTS! Takagi elbows, JABS, but Suzuki catches the clothesline to a sleeper hold! And then he spins Takagi around, only for Takagi to back drop him away! Takagi runs, Suzuki ducks the sliding lariat to boot!

Suzuki ducks another lariat to spin Takagi around for another sleeper! Takagi stays up, Suzuki spins him and reels him in, but Takagi resists the lift! Takagi fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up as the two stir, and Takagi gets up first. Takagi fires himself up as he sits Suzuki up. Takagi rams in elbow after elbow, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Suzuki gets up again. Suzuki wobbles but Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along as Takagi watches Suzuki rise. Takagi runs but Suzuki catches Pumping Bomber to an armbar takedown! Takagi endures but Suzuki grapevines the arm! Takagi pries that apart but ends up in a triangle hold! Suzuki squeezes tight but Takagi powers up! Suzuki just cranks harder on the hold!

Takagi still fights to get up but Suzuki lets go of the arm. Suzuki kicks the arm, laughs and then stomps. Suzuki gives Takagi kicks to the head as Takagi reaches for ropes. Suzuki reels Takagi in but Takagi fireman’s carries! Suzuki slips out to get the arm again! Takagi keeps from being brought down, but his roll through only turns into a FUJIWARA! Suzuki cranks back on the arm, Takagi endures and fans rally up! Suzuki keeps on the Fujiwara as hard as he can, and even tortures the fingers! Takagi keeps moving, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Suzuki lets go and fans rally up again. Suzuki gets Takagi in another sleeper hold and drags him up! Takagi fades, Suzuki spins him but Takagi LARIATS! Suzuki stays up! Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS but Suzuki stays up!

Fans fire up as Takagi LARIATS but Suzuki stays up! Suzuki fires off slapping palm strikes from all sides! Takagi wobbles, comes back but into the COUNTER SLAP! Suzuki drags Takagi back up to HEADBUTT! Takagi stays up so Suzuki goes for another, but Takagi HEADBUTTS first! Takagi gives mean headbutts, then runs, but Suzuki follows, gets around, sleepers, but Takagi torture racks. Suzuki gets a headlock and cranks in this side sleeper! Fans rally up as Takagi endures! The ref checks, Takagi is fading! Suzuki spins Takagi, but Takagi revives to JAB! Down goes Suzuki! Fans fire up with Takagi as he drags Suzuki back up! Pump handle and fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Suzuki earns 0

The Dragon has avenged Summer Struggle! Has he secured his own prize within the G1? Will Takagi be first in line to challenge Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Suzuki is smiling even though he lost, so maybe he’s all for that idea!

 

A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay!

Both Rainmaker and Assassin are fighting to stay alive in the G1, but there’s also the pressure of pride and the desire to be the best! Chaos collides with Chaos, who proves themselves the best within the faction before worrying about the block?

The bell rings and Ospreay shotgun dropkicks Okada! Okada bails out, SASUKE SPECIAL! Ospreay puts Okada in fast, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay keeps going with this high speed offense, but Okada powers out of Stormbreaker! Okada throws forearms, Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Ospreay springboards, but Okada blocks OsCutter! Okada has the MONEY CLIP! Ospreay reaches and gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Okada lets go at 3 and scrapes Ospreay out of the ring. Okada RAMS Ospreay into railing, puts him on the apron, and hits a DRAPING DDT! Fans cheer as both men are down! The ref checks, Ospreay is okay to continue, and the clapping for “O-KA-DA!” “OS-PU-RE!” start. The ring count climbs and fans rally up. Okada gets in at 13, Ospreay is in at 15!

Okada drags Ospreay back up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Fans cheer and rally up as Okada brings Ospreay up. Okada throws elbows to Ospreay’s neck, and then has Ospreay in a corner for more back elbows. Okada takes his time giving each elbow as fans rally up. Okada snapmares and runs to basement dropkick Ospreay down! Fans rally again as Okada looms over Ospreay. Okada covers, ONE, but Okada is on Ospreay with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Ospreay endures and fights to his feet. Ospreay throws body shots, then forearms. Okada throws forearms, whips but Ospreay reverses and back drops! Fans cheer and rally up again. Ospreay gets to a corner, Okada runs in but blocks a boot only to get an enziguri!

Ospreya atomic drops, CHOPS and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool and fans rally up again. Ospreay brings Okada up and reels him in, but Okada blocks the suplex. Ospreay keeps trying but Okada still fights back. Ospreay CHOPS, whips but Okada ducks and dodges to back elbow Ospreay down! Fans cheer as Okada runs corner to corner at Ospreay to hit a back elbow! Okada kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as the fans continue to rally. Okada watches Ospreay rise, and he Alabama lifts. Ospreay fights free, blocks a boot but Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! Okada whips, Ospreay handsprings and NEURALIZERS! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Okada rolls to a corner, Ospreay runs in but Okada boots. Okada shotgun dropkicks but misses! Okada ducks the superkick, throws an uppercut, but Ospreay dodges in the corner. Ospreay comes back, Okada puts him on the top rope, but Ospreay boots Okada away before he can dropkick! Ospreay knows Okada’s formula! Okada runs in but Ospreay puts him up top, and dropkicks him down! Ospreay steals the formula! Fans fire up as both men are down! Ospreay sees Okada rising, so he runs corner to corner to FLY! Ospreay goes up and over the corner to take Okada down by the gate! The fans fire up as Ospreay shines in the spotlight! Ospreay drags Okada up, puts him in the ring and climbs to the top. Fans rally as Okada rises, and Ospreay hits a BLINDSIDE PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!!

Okada survives but Ospreay keeps his focus. Fans rally up and Ospreay rises. Ospreay fires up and slashes the throat, he vows to end it! Ospreay underhooks but Okada resists the lift! So Ospreay unleashes Kowata kicks! Okada gets up to throw a forearm! Ospreay stares Okada down before he throws a forearm! Okada throws a forearm, Ospreay gives it back, and fans rally as the two go back and forth! They go faster and faster! Okada EuroUppers, runs, but into the dropkick flip and enziguri! Ospreay whips, Okada reverses but Ospreay denies the clothesline! Ospreay standing shooting stars, onto knees! Okada whips Ospreay but Ospreay turns the dropkick into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Fans rally as both men slowly rise.

Ospreay watches Okada, and SUPERKICKS! Then SUPERKICKS again! And HOOK KICKS! Okada drops to his knees, Ospreay prepares the arm. Okada ducks the Hidden Blade, Ospreay kicks the lariat away and SUPERKICKS again! Okada still tries but Ospreay ducks the lariat to chicken wing. Ospreay flips Okada up and over into underhooks! But Okada flips out of the lift to LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Okada has Ospreay’s wrist, drags him up, and reels him in, only for Ospreay to dodge! But Okada dropkicks Ospreay back! Okada gut wrenches, and TOMBSTONES! Then the MONEY CLIP!! Ospreay endures and fans rally up as Okada cranks hard on the hold!

Ospreay pries at the cobra clutch but Okada just leans and cranks harder! Ospreay scrambles to the ropebreak! Okada lets go but fans continue to rally. Okada drags Ospreay back up but Ospreay pushes him away. Ospreay crawls but Okada brings him up. Ospreay SLAPS Okada! Okada SHOTGUN dropkicks Ospreay back! Okada drags Ospreay back up, gut wrenches again, but Ospreay fights it off! Ospreay rams Okada into a corner but Okada clubs him away. Okada boots but Ospreay fires up! Okada EuroUppers, DISCUS- SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Okada survives! Ospreay fires himself up, drags Okada up and in, underhooks but Okada back drops and sits down! TWO!! Ospreay gets up, Okada gut wrenches but Ospreay slips out, POISON-RANA!! Okada is dazed, Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! But Ospreay holds on rather than covers!

Ospreay brings Okada up, underhooks and lifts, STORM- NO! Okada gets the MONEY CLIP! Ospreay endures again, moves around and fans rally. Okada leans on the hold and Ospreay starts to fade! Ospreay powers back up, reaches, but Okada backslides him. Ospreay slips through, dodges the lariat but comes back with a spin, only for Okada to dodge that. Okada spins, Ospreay slips around the lariat to get the underhooks! Ospreay lifts, Okada pops off, DISCUS LARIAT!! Okada gets the arm again, MONEY CLIP! Ospreay endures, fans rally up, but who is that coming? Stardom’s Bea Priestley!? Well, also Ospreay’s girlfriend. But what is she doing here? Ospreay endures the Money Clip as she coaches him up! Ospreay fights towards Bea but Okada gut wrenches, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP!!

Bea gets on the apron and in the ring?! The ref is busy with her, and wait! Who is this getting in the ring?! Great O-Kharn, Tomoyuki Oka?! He drags Okada up, and CLAW SLAMS him!! Both Okada and Ospreay are down and fans are stunned! Is Ospreay even aware of what happened? He just underhooks and STORMBREAKERS!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Okada earns 0

The Assassin’s mysterious allies just helped him destroy the Rainmaker’s G1! Ospreay still has life, but must now rely on others for his fate. Well, that might not be so different than what just happened. Wait, Bea tells Ospreay to finish Okada off?! Ospreay gets in and hits HIDDEN BLADE!!! Ospreay even tells Okada, “F YOU! You held me back!” Is the Assassin hijacking Chaos?! Or is he forming something far more dangerous?

 

A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Taichi!

Even without this being the G1, the Golden Star and the Sliest Wrestler in the World have history over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Taichi and teammate, Zack Sabre Jr, kept from Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Will Ibushi avenge those losses while fighting for the finals?

Taichi throws his mic stand and fanny pack aside to show he’s doing this fair and square with Ibushi. The bell rings and there are no excuses! Fans rally as the rivals stare down. Ibushi slowly approaches, and Taichi returns the favor. Taichi does stretches before he circles with Ibushi. Fans rally again as Taichi is serious. The two approach and talk some trash. Taichi kicks but Ibushi doesn’t flinch. Ibushi kicks, Taichi doesn’t flinch. Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, and repeat. They circle a bit as Taichi considers how to make it hurt. The kicking speeds up and fans rally as they go faster and faster! The two let off a moment and fans cheer. The clapping for “I-BU-SHI!” begins but Taichi backs off to do more stretches.

The two circle again, Taichi kicks but Ibushi kicks. They kick and kick back and forth again and again. Taichi hops away and fans cheer. Ibushi eggs Taichi on so Taichi boots him. Ibushi boots back, and now they trade boots to the chest! Taichi boots, Ibushi boots a little higher. Taichi shakes it off to rebound and boot Ibushi in the head. Ibushi boots, Taichi boots, repeat! Taichi keeps going so Ibushi keeps going! Ibushi keeps going so Taichi keeps going! Boot for boot, back and forth, and Taichi staggers! Ibushi runs, into a boot! Taichi boots again, but Ibushi gets right up and BOOTS! Both men are down and fans cheer! Ibushi and Taichi slowly rise and talk trash to the other. Fans rally as Ibushi is up and KICKS Taichi in the back! Then Ibushi sits down to give Taichi a shot?!

Fans cheer as Taichi gets up and KICKS Ibushi. Taichi sits back down and dares Ibushi to go again. Ibushi KICKS, Taichi grits his teeth, but now Ibushi sits down and challenges Taichi. Taichi KICKS, Ibushi grits his teeth, and the two stay standing this time. Taichi dares Ibushi to kick his chest, so Ibushi KICKS his chest! Taichi stays up and Ibushi dares him to do the same. Taichi KICKS Ibushi in the chest but fans cheer as Ibushi stays up. Ibushi KICKS, Taichi takes a moment, but Taichi KICKS back! Fans cheer as Ibushi stays up but has to catch his breath. Ibushi KICKS, Taichi crouches but comes back. Taichi KICKS, Ibushi KICKS, repeat! Fans rally with every KICK, and Taichi wobbles! Ibushi sits down, too, and fans cheer!

Ibushi and Taichi head for each other, stand back up again, and Taichi KICKS first! Ibushi wobbles so Taichi KICKS again! Ibushi drops to his knees so Taichi KICKS him down! Fans cheer as Taichi catches his breath. Taichi goes back to Ibushi, brings him up, DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Ibushi somehow managed to land safe?! Ibushi tells Taichi to get the hell up! Taichi stands, Taichi kicks Ibushi’s leg but Ibushi kicks back. It’s back to leg kicks over and over, back and forth! Taichi hobbles so he sobats! Ibushi sobats back! Taichi is in a corner, Ibushi runs in but Taichi boots him away! Ibushi goes to a corner, Taichi runs in but Ibushi boots him back! Taichi is in the corner, Ibushi runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi runs at Ibushi but into a ROUNDHOUSE!

Taichi roars to ROUNDHOUSE again, but Ibushi ROUNDHOUSES back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fans rally as both men slowly stir. Ibushi and Taichi slowly stand up, Taichi gives a kick! Fans rally up as Ibushi kicks back! Both men hobble and steady themselves. Ibushi eggs Taichi on so Taichi kicks his leg. Ibushi KICKS Taichi’s leg! Off come the pants!! Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, repeat! Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, repeat! Ibushi eggs Taichi on and mockingly asks, “What’s wrong?!” Taichi comes back to kick but Ibushi just kicks back. Taichi hobbles, KICKS Ibushi, but Ibushi KICKS back! Taichi kicks, Ibushi kicks, then Taichi kicks and kicks and kicks! Ibushi KICKS back! Both men fall but Ibushi fires up! Ibushi grabs the wrists, sits Taichi up, but Taichi SWEEPS the legs!

Fans are fired up as both men are down again, clutching their battered legs! Red Shoes starts a standing count as the two writhe. The count is at 7 of 20, Ibushi and Taichi flounder up. Taichi and Ibushi talk smack, head for the same corner, and it’s Ibushi who kicks first. Taichi kicks again, but Ibushi eggs him on! Taichi kicks more and more, but Ibushi kicks back. They clinch while trading kicks! Ibushi kicks harder but Taichi kicks back! The kicking continues, and fans rally up as both men stay up. Taichi KICKS and KICKS, and KICKS! Ibushi drops to his knees and fans fire up with Taichi! Taichi aims, but Ibushi blocks the buzzsaw! Ibushi KICKS the leg again!

Ibushi fires up as Taichi writhes! Fans rally with “I-BU-SHI!” claps as Ibushi aims, to BUZZSAW! But that’s not all! Ibushi sits Taichi up with the wristlocks, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Taichi earns 0

These two quite literally kicked things up a notch, but it is the Golden Star who still has a leg to stand on! Will Ibushi’s ascension still be possible in the G1?

 

A Block – Jay White w/ Gedo VS Tomohiro Ishii!

King Switch claims conspiracy that the “Jay1” had the King of Pancrase last round and now has the Stone Pitbull in the final round! But because he beat Ibushi earlier on, it’s all on White to get himself into the finals! Will Ishii #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?

White and Gedo have Ishii wait for the Low Sweet. Fans rally up with the bell, and White doesn’t bail out right away! Oh wait, now he bails out. White mocks the applause, gets back in the ring, but then bails right back out. Ishii is stoic as White goes around the ring, then slowly slides back in. Ishii steps closer and White slides back out. White gets in, circles Ishii but Ishii is still stone faced. White slaps Ishii, Ishii DECKS White! Fans fire up as Ishii chases behind White and gets him back into the ring! Ishii glares at Gedo but White boots Ishii into railing! And then RAMS him in! And then RAMS him again! White CHOPS Ishii against railing but Ishii eggs him on! White stomps, rakes the eyes and whips Ishii into more railing! White leaves Ishii behind and mocks the applause again.

Red Shoes starts a count but Ishii is already standing. Ishii gets in the ring at 7 but White is all over him with stomps! White digs his heel in but lets off at Red Shoes’ reprimand. White scoops Ishii and slams him down, to then drop the leg! Cover, ONE! White is a bit surprised but he drags Ishii back up. White stomps Ishii into a corner, but Ishii eggs him on! White rakes Ishii’s eyes but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. White drags Ishii up, knees low and turns Ishii for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE, and again White is surprised. Fans cheer but White slaps Ishii to the rhythm. Ishii kicks White back, White keeps slapping and toying with him. White clamps onto a facelock, Ishii throws body shots and rams in his shoulder. Ishii whips, White follows and forearms him at the ropes!

White drags Ishii up, headlocks, but fights off Ishii’s back suplex! Ishii powers out of the headlock, White ends up in a corner but he boots Ishii back. White runs at Ishii but Ishii POWERSLAMS! Fans cheer and rally again, “I-SHI-I!” White is in the corner and Ishii CHOPS and forearms on repeat! White turns around but the CHOPS and forearms keep going! Gedo protests but Ishii lets off to bring White up. Ishii whips White but White reverses, only for Ishii to run White over! Gedo tries to help White but Ishii gets White’s legs. White kicks Ishii away and gets to the apron. Ishii comes back but White hotshots! White gets in to DDT Ishii down! Fans cheer as both men are down again. Fans rally up as White and Ishii sit up. Ishii is in a corner, White runs in and back elbows!

White brings Ishii out to BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Ishii stays in this! White drags Ishii around by the bad leg but Ishii kicks him away with the good leg. Ishii avoid the kick and waitslocks but White trips Ishii up! White has the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Ishii writhes while White mocks the applause again. Fans rally up as White pushes Red Shoes away so he can stomp Ishii! Gedo likes what he sees as White picks Ishii apart! White stands on the bad leg and stomps away on the knee! Fans rally up as Ishii grows angry. White stands on the bad leg more, stomps it some more, and gives toying kicks. Ishii gets angrier and eggs White on! White throws a forearm but Ishii doesn’t flinch. White tries again but Ishii is still standing.

Ishii steps into the forearms and he backs White down! White gets the leg to elbow it but Ishii ROCKS him back! Ishii runs in, White dodges but he gets the leg, KNEE JAMMER! Ishii falls, clutching the leg, but White and Gedo give thumbs up. Fans rally up and White mocks their clapping. White stalks Ishii, runs and LARIATS! But Ishii stays up! Ishii throws forearms from all sides, White sits down and covers up, but Ishii runs. White ducks the sliding lariat to get Ishii with a COMPLETE SHOT! And DEAD LIFT GERMANS! White flexes and fans do have to cheer that strength. Fans rally up as White double guns over Ishii. White toys with Ishii, telling him to “wake up!” White slaps him around and then claps with the fans. White continues to toy and mock Ishii with slaps, and even spanks. Ishii gets up and choke grips White. White slaps and throws fast hands but Ishii DECKS him!

Fans fire up as Ishii runs, but White ducks the lariat for a BIG URENAGE! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Gedo coaches White as he sits Ishii up. White has a sleeper and he drags Ishii up, but Ishii backs White into a corner! White kicks the bad leg! HALF HATCH into buckles! White throws Too Sweets at the camera then drags Ishii back up! Ishii slips out of the sleeper to GERMAN SUPLEX White into the corner! Fans rally up again as both men stir. Ishii stands first, drags White up and hoists him to the top rope. Ishii climbs up but White quickly hops down. Ishii hops down and drags White up on the apron. Gedo tries to help but Red Shoes reprimands him! White CLUBS Ishii’s legs! But Ishii drags White back up, only for White to rake the eyes!

White has the leg, DRAGON SCREW through the ropes! Gedo is the only one who likes that. Fans rally up and Ishii HEADBUTTS White off the apron! Ishii rests for just a moment and he slips out to fetch White. Red Shoes tells Gedo to stay back and Ishii puts White in. Ishii brings White up and to the top rope. Red Shoes again keeps Gedo back as Ishii climbs up. Ishii brings White all the way up, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! White survives but Ishii keeps focus. Ishii waits for White to rise, then runs, but White drops down. So Ishii drops a headbutt! Ishii runs, White dodges the lariat to CHOP! Ishii roars, headbutts, and ENZIGURIS, into a DRAGON SCREW! White undoes the tape on Ishii’s leg! White hits another GROUND DRAGON SCREW!

White steps through, has the legs, INVERTED FIGURE FOUR! Will White rename this the ITO, Ishii Tapped Out? Ishii endures, fans rally up and Ishii grabs at Red Shoes! White keeps cranking on the hold, but Ishii powers up! Ishii drags himself towards ropes but White keeps cranking on the hold! Ishii punches White’s legs but that’s not enough! Ishii keeps crawling, dragging himself and White forward, and fans are thunderous for him as he gets the ROPEBREAK! White holds on until Red Shoes counts 3! Fans rally up more but White brings Ishii up. White drags Ishii up but Ishii resists the sleeper, so White chop blocks the leg! White tries again but Ishii elbows and CHOPS! But he swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White keeps on Ishii with the fisherman, to KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are thunderous again!

White slashes the throat, vowing to end this! BLADE- NO! Ishii gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Ishii gets some revenge but he drags White up to fisherman, KNEE CRUSHER! But that’s double-edged off the bad knee! Fans fire up as both men are down! White gets up and gets to ropes, comes back to Ishii and kicks the bad leg. Ishii blocks the kick to KNEE JAMMER! More revenge as Ishii chop blocks White’s leg! Fans fire up with Ishii as he gets back up! Ishii gets White’s leg for a HALF CRAB with ANKLE LOCK! White endures, crawls, but Ishii drags him away to GRAPEVINE! Ishii twists the ankle but White grabs Red Shoes! Gedo gets in but Ishii goes after him first! Red Shoes notices, gets Gedo to back off, but White knocks Ishii into Red Shoes!

Gedo kicks the bad leg, but Ishii blocks the kick! Ishii DECKS Gedo, goes to suplex him, but White kicks the bad leg out! Gedo feeds Ishii to BLADE- NO! Ishii rams White into Gedo, and GERMANS White! Red Shoes revives and Ishii sits White up for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!?! White survives but Ishii fires up! Ishii drags White up, suplexes, but White slips out to LOW BLOW!! Gedo kept Red Shoes from seeing it!! White drags Ishii back up as fans rally. White has the leg hooked, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes and White is furious! White gets up as fans rally again. White drags Ishii up, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out to HEADBUTT! Both men fall but fans fire up again!

Fans rally up as Ishii rises. Ishii fires himself up, slaps himself, and runs, but into SNAP SLEEPER SUPELX! But Ishii’s up again?! ANOTHER SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White drags Ishii back up, but Ishii spins through to suplex! White slips out, lifts, but Ishii keeps fighting him off! They spin, go around, Ishii suplexes, to a STUNNER!! White wobbles, fans are thunderous and Gedo gets on the apron! Gedo shoves Red Shoes but Ishii LARIATS Gedo! Ishii runs to LARIAT White! Cover, TWO!?!? Ishii drags White up, suplexes once more, for the BRAIN BUSTER!!! Cover, Ishii wins!!!

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; gains 2 points, White earns 0

The Stone Pitbull stops the Jay1 at the finish line!! White ISN’T going to the finals!! It’ll be KOTA IBUSHI!! Gedo and White are furious, but that’s how it goes! Will Ibushi win the finals for A Block?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Kota Ibushi: 7-2, 14 points
Jay White: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Will Ospreay: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Kazuchika Okada: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Jeff Cobb: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 1-8, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great ending to A Block’s round robin! Even the matches that wouldn’t affect the finals on Sunday were great for different reasons. Yujiro keeping himself from going winless was great for him, because it’d be pretty sad if he was 0-9. That’d probably be a first, though. Takagi VS Suzuki was great and I figured Takagi would win. These two can have a great NEVER Openweight Championship for Power Struggle, but that could go any which way. And obviously, the shocking part of Ospreay VS Okada wasn’t even that Ospreay won, it was Bea Priestly and Tomoyuki Oka aka Great-O-Kharn showing up to help in his Heel turn! That is some wild stuff, and I can’t wait to see how this faction grows.

Ibushi VS Taichi and White VS Ishii were both great matches, but as I expected, Ibushi comes out the winner! He’ll be going back for a THIRD TIME in a row! That’s wild! With B Block being settled tomorrow, any of the possible winners is a great choice to face Ibushi.

My Score: 9.4/10


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BOSJ, Round 6!

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It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

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

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

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

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

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

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

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

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

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

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

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

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.

I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.

My Score: 8.9/10


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