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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/10/21)

New Japan Cup, day 5!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

The New Japan Cup’s opening round finishes here!

Will Yoshi-Hashi #TurnItAllAround against the Tokyo Pimp? Will we all Breath with the Switchblade as Jay White takes on the Hammerhead, Toa Henare?

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

  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: David Finlay VS Chase Owens; Finlay wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yoshi-Hashi wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toa Henare VS Jay White; White wins and advances.

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2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: David Finlay VS Chase Owens!

The Flamboyant One is out thanks to Kenta, so it’s up to Finlay to carry on for his team! But will the Texas Heavyweight Champion spill the FinJuice and move on to round two?

The bell rings and Finlay circles with Chase as fans build to a rally. They feel out the grapple, each avoid the other’s leg shoot, but then Finlay gets in, only for Chase to block. Chase facelocks, Finlay slips to a waistlock but Chase switches to hammerlock. Finlay spins through to hammerlock then headlock. Chase tries to power out but Finlay holds on tight. Chase pulls hair but Finlay throws him with a headlock takeover. Chase turns that right into his own headlock, and Chase shrugs off the headscissor attempts. Finlay gets up, powers out and drops to dropkick! Fans cheer as Finlay smiles and brings Chase right up, for a suplex! Cover, TWO!

Finlay keeps his cool while he brings Chase up. Chase shoves him to a corner, Finlay elbows him away and hops up, but Chase blocks the boot to YANK Finlay into the BACKBREAKER! Chase steadies himself while Finlay writhes, and Chase stomps him down. Chase drags Finlay up, whips him to a corner hard, and lets Finlay fall to the mat. Chase elbows Finlay in the back, clamps onto his arms and turns him to get the legs. Chase ties the legs up for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Fans rally as Finlay endures, but Chase lets him down to get more leverage. Chase lets Finlay go, Finlay throws body shots but Chase whips and elbows Finlay down. Chase runs for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!

Chase gets annoyed but he stalks Finlay to ropes. Fans rally but Chase claws Finlay in the back! Finlay swings but into the Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Chase keeps on Finlay with a body scissors squeeze! Finlay endures, Chase pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Chase lets go of hair and lets Finlay free, and Finlay throws body shots. Chase knees low, kicks but Finlay blocks to hit a neckbreaker! Fans cheer as Finlay gets up slowly. Chase stands, Finlay throws forearms and EuroUppers! Finlay whips, Chase reverses but Finlay comes back with a leaping elbow! Chase bails out but Finlay PLANCHAS! Finlay drags Chase up and in and aims from a corner.

Chase goes to the other corner, Finlay runs in to uppercut! Finlay hops up, leaps, but Chase gets under. Chase comes back but into Finlay’s DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Finlay as he brings Chase up but Chase fights off the exploder. Chase throws Finlay out, builds speed and WRECKS Finlay with a dropkick! Finlay hits railing, Chase puts him in and climbs up top. Chase leaps, into Finlay’s arms, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finlay grits his teeth and fans rally up as he vows to finish this! Finlay puts on a cravat and heads for the corner, but Chase shoves him away. Finlay runs back in but Chase throws him into the corner! Finlay bounces off buckles and hits the mat!

Fans rally as both men are down, and Finlay gets back to the corner. Chase runs in to forearm smash, then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase tries again, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A fourth cover, TWO!! Fans cheer while Chase grows annoyed. Chase stands, fans rally, and Chase fireman’s carries Finlay. Finlay fights free, waistlocks but Chase switches, only for Finlay to roll and get Chase to a cover, TWO! Chase has the ghost pin, TWO! Chase runs in but Finlay dodges, only for Chase to dodge the dropkick! Chase hits a SHINING WIZARD, then drags Finlay right up for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and fans rally up again.

Chase grits his teeth as he gets back up. Chase mocks the Hulkster, wanting to hear the fans. Chase drags Finlay up, Finlay shoves him away, but Chase comes back with a forearm. Finlay forearms back, so Chase hits him again. Chase eggs Finlay on, Finlay throws another forearm! Chase forearms, Finlay forearms, repeat! Fans rally as both men speed up! Chase gets the edge, but Finlay gives it back, and adds a EuroUpper! Chase boots, Finlay forearms, Chase LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Finlay is still in this and fans still rally for him. Chase bails out and rips up the floor mats! The ref reprimands but he also has to keep Juice Robinson back. Chase gets his title belt and CLOBBERS Finlay!! Cover, TWO!!

Finlay survives the belt shot and Chase is furious! Chase drags Finlay back up, tucks him in but Finlay is dead weight. Chase drags Finlay up and says, “I’m going to kill you!” Chase SLAPS Finlay, but Finlay dodges the Jewel Trigger! Chase bucks the O’Conner roll and catches Finlay for a REBOUND BACKBREAKER! Chase keeps moving, and he hits a PSYCHO KNEE! Then he tucks Finlay in, for a- NO! Finlay ranas and covers, FINLAY WINS!!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel tried to rob Finlay, but he gets robbed instead! NJCUP aside, does Finlay now have a shot at the belt Chase clobbered him with?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The Head Hunter may not be an IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, but he’s still a NEVER Openweight Six Man Champion! Will Hashi #TurnItAllAround and head for the next round? Or will the Tokyo Pimp slap him down so hard he can’t #GetBackUp?

The bell rings and Yujiro BOOTS Hashi, then runs to BOOT him again! Hashi stays up, Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses. Hashi dodges the boot to shoulder and elbow him down! Yujiro gets up but Hashi scoops and SLAMS him! Fans cheer as Hashi stomps Yujiro then drags him up. Yujiro pulls Hashi’s hair and Red Shoes reprimands, but then Yujiro rakes Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro runs but Hashi trips him, drags him out and RAMS him into railing! Hashi whips Yujiro into more railing, but Yujiro gets his pimp cane! Hashi stalks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi with the cane! Yujiro brings Hashi around and whips him into railing!

Red Shoes sees the pimp cane and reprimands but Yujiro pushes him aside to bring Hsahi to the ramp. CANE SHOT! Red Shoes reprimands and Yujiro leaves Hashi behind to go into the ring. Fans rally for Hashi as the ring count starts. Hashi slowly rises but doesn’t stand until 10 of 20. Hashi gets in at 13 but Yujiro rains down forearms. Yujiro lets off to stomp Hashi, then paces about. Yujiro drags Hashi up, fans rally, and Hashi headbutts low! Yujiro still snapmares Hashi to drop a leg, drop an elbow and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Yujiro keeps his cool as he looms over Hashi. Yujiro drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him!

Hashi sits up and clutches his back, Yujiro drags him into a chinlock. Yujiro lets off to basement boot Hashi in the back! Cover, ONE! Yujiro gets annoyed and he paces around. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in and back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Yujiro kicks at Hashi, slaps him around, but Hashi gets up and in Yujiro’s face. Hashi throws forearms but Yujiro knees low! Yujiro knees again, and avoids Hashi’s spinning kick to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman but no suplex as Hashi suplexes back. Yujiro slips out, mule kicks and reels Hashi in, but Hashi hits the suplex first! Fans rally up as Hashi gets to his feet.

Yujiro stands, Hashi throws forearms and body shots, then CHOPS! Hashi whips, Yujiro reverses but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in and CHOPS Yujiro at the corner! Hashi brings Yujiro around but Yujiro elbows the neckbreaker away. Hashi dodges Yujiro’s clothesline and comes back with the HEAD HUNTER! Yujiro staggers up and Hashi CHOPS him at ropes! Hashi hangs Yujiro out to dry, then runs to dropkick him down! Hashi keeps moving to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hashi looms over Yujiro and brings him up. Hashi reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro blocks the lift and BITES the hand!

Red Shoes reprimands, Yujiro lets go, and then STUN GUNS Hashi! Yujiro runs to BOOT Hashi, throw him down and cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Hashi stays in this but Yujiro grows frustrated. Yujiro brings Hashi back up, Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro forearms back, Hashi forearms again, and fans rally as the two build speed! Yujiro gets the edge, SLAPS Hashi, then slaps him again! Hashi SLAPS back! Yujiro blocks the superkick, trips Hashi and runs, into a LARIAT! But Yujiro is right up to LARIAT Hashi back! Fans rally as both men are down and stirring. Hashi crawls to a corner but Yujiro runs in, to BOOT Hashi!

Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses, Yujiro comes back but Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi powers out but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Yujiro fires up as he drags Hashi from a corner. Yujiro hoists Hashi up top, climbs up, and hits a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro isn’t done, he gets Hashi up for another FISHERSMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans fire up! Yujiro is furious and he drags Hashi back up. Fans rally, Yujiro fires up and reels Hashi in, but no Pimp Juice! Hashi shoves Yujiro to hit the spinning mule kick! Yujiro staggers into the SUPERKICK! Hashi fires up, drags Yujiro into a full nelson and spin, but Yujiro spins out to fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!!

Hashi shocks Yujiro and he loses his cool! Fans rally up as Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro reels Hashi in, but still no Pimp Juice as Hashi slips out! Yujiro falls back hard and clutches his head while Hashi crawls to the other side. Hashi drags himself up, fires up, and runs at Yujiro! LARIATS collide but Hashi keeps moving! Yujiro BOOTS and ROCKS Hashi, then runs, but Hashi gets under to FULL NELSON SUPLEX! Hashi keeps going, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Hashi keeps on Yujiro with the full nelson, spin to pump handle, but Yujiro blocks the lift! Yujiro elbows but Hashi throws headbutts!

Hashi throws Yujiro into the corner, then runs in to clothesline! And NECKBREAKER! Hashi heads up top and fans fire up, for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!? Yujiro lives and Hashi can’t believe it! Hashi hurries onto Yujiro with the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, fans rally, Hashi pulls him from ropes and leans harder on the hold! Yujiro keeps fighting, moving around, but Hashi leans harder on the hold! Fans keep rallying as Hashi changes up his grip. Yujiro almost gets free but Hashi gator rolls him,, to the full nelson, pump-handle, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: YOSHI-HASHI, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Head Hunter managed to grind Yujiro down and finish him off! Will Hashi continue on and finally be at the top of NJPW?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toa Henare VS Jay White!

One way or another, Hiroshi Tanahashi waits in the second round! Will it be his new protégé, the Hammerhead, or the new thorn in his side that is the Switchblade that meets The Ace?

After White and Gedo Low Sweet, and White shows off the muscles, the bell rings. Henare does his Haka dance to fire up and egg White on, but White just applauds with the fans. White circles with Henare, but White stays by the ropes for defense. Henare has to stay back until White returns, and they tie up. Henare puts White on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, and Henare lets off cleanly. White and Henare go again, tie up, and Henare puts White in a corner now. Red Shoes calls for the break but White turns it around! White lets off but stomps away on Henare! White throws forearms, stomps more, then lets off just a moment before giving another stomp.

White whips, Henare reverses but White slides out. Henare pursues, but White catches him with stomps on the return. White forearms and stomps Henare to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but then dodges the return to headlock. Henare powers out but White bails out again, mockingly applauding. Henare rushes the ropes but White wants Red Shoes to keep him back. Henare backs off, White gets on the apron and ducks the punch to hotshot Henare away! White hits a headlock takeover, and Gedo cheers. He’s the only one. White asks the fans why they don’t cheer, but fans rally up for Henare.

Henare fights up, White throws him back down with another takeover, and grinds Henare. Henare still fights up, blocks the takeover this time, and gets White up. White holds off the back suplex, Henare powers him away and White comes back with a forearm! Henare doesn’t budge, then he DECKS White with a forearm back! Fans fire up, Henare runs and runs White over! Henare stalks White to a corner, bumps him off buckles, then again, then CHOPS White! Gedo complains but Henare puts White in another corner to CHOP again! White is stinging as he sits down but Henare is on him with stomps!

Henare fires up, White bails out but Henare is after him and whips him into railing! And then into more railing! And then back the other way into railing! Fans fire up with Henare while Gedo protests. Henare drags White up, puts him in the ring, and fans cheer as Henare glares at Gedo. Henare paces, drags White up, and headbutts him. Henare scoops and SLAMS White, then strikes a pose before he runs, for a LEAPING AX HANDLE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Henare stalks White and drags him from the apron. White kicks Henare away, then catches Henare to EXPLODER him out of the ring! Henare hits hard and Red Shoes checks on him, but he’s okay to continue.

Fans rally up and Henare rises. White goes out to fetch him, drags him up and RAMS him into the apron! And then RAMS him into railing! And then the apron, then back into railing! Jado is on commentary and likes what he sees as White drags Henare back and throws him into the apron. Henare falls over in a slump as Jado says “Bravo!” White refreshes the ring count then puts Henare back in. Cover, but Red Shoes refuses to count because of the antics outside. White stomps Henare, covers, ONE!! White is a bit stunned by that but he drags Henare up to scoop and SLAM him! Cover, TWO! White grows annoyed with Henare and he jams knees into Henare over and over!

White gets a leg and turns Henare for a HALF CRAB! White flexes for a moment while he digs his knee in. Gedo taunts Henare but Henare reaches out to get the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, White holds on until 3. Henare gets to a corner, White stalks over and drags him up to put into the corner. White RAMS his forearm into Henare over and over, then brings him around to snapmare. White digs his knee into Henare while pulling on the chinlock. Henare endures, fans rally up and Henare throws body shots. White throws Henare by his hair! White mocks the clapping for “HE-NA-RE!” then kicks Henare to ropes.

White drags Henare up, stomps him, mocks the clapping more, but Henare blocks the whip! White ROCKS Henare with forearms, whips but Henare blocks again! White KNEES Henare low, and again, then whips him corner to corner. Henare reverses and White hits the corner hard! White is in a daze as he rolls but Henare is after him with forearms! Henare CHOPS White against ropes, whips him to ropes but Henare comes back with a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Henare drags White back up, reels him in and suplexes. White tries to fight free of the stall but Henare keeps him up! Henare powers through White’s attempts to then SLAM White down! Cover, TWO!

Henare fires up and fans rally with him. Henare storms in but White boots him away! White boots again, but Henare comes back, into more boots! White runs but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Henare whips, White reverses but Henare reverses back to fireman’s carry. White slips free, spins Henare and SPIKE DDT’s! Gedo cheers White but fans rally for Henare. Henare is in a corner, White runs in and uppercuts! White brings Henare around but Henare blocks the suplex to suplex! White slips out, kicks low, and CORNER HALF HATCHES! White drags Henare right up to BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and Gedo is mad but White keeps his cool.

White stands on Henare’s neck and flexes but Henare pushes him away. White mocks the clapping as he stands on Henare’s face. White drags Henare up, reels him in, but Henare blocks the urenage. White throws knees but still Henare blocks the urenage. White throws even more knees, then kicks Henare in the face! White stomps Henare, drags him up for forearms, but Henare fires up! White throws even more forearms but Henare DECKS him with one! Fans fire up as both men go down again! Henare runs, but White blocks the lariat, and catches Henare for a COMPLETE SHOT! And then a DEAD LIFT GERMAN!

Gedo goes nuts and White double guns, and then White brags to the Young Lions, “Am I good or what?” White slaps Henare around as fans rally, and White stand Henare up to slap him. Henare swings, but into the URENAGE! White double guns again, pushes Henare out of the ring, and says, “He shouldn’t be in here with me!” White wants the ring count to end this, so Red Shoes starts a count. Fans rally as Henare stirs, and Henare rises at 7 of 20. Henare crawls to the ring, gets up and in at 12. White stomps Henare, scrapes him back out, and wants the ring count again. The count restarts, Henare growls as he rises again, and he’s in at 8 this time!

White stomps Henare, kicks him back out, and again the ring count begins. Henare refuses to stay down, and is in at 4! White goes out to drag Henare out and whips him into railing! And then again! White puts Henare back in, asks Gedo what to do, and Gedo says Kiwi. White drags Henare up, fisherman to the KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and shocks White! White sits Henare up to wrap on a sleeper, but Henare fights it and gets to a corner. White RAMS into Henare’s back over and over, then brings him into a SAIDO! Henare flops across the ring and White grins as he heads over.

White brings Henare up, hoists him up top, throws forearms, then climbs up to join him. Henare blocks the suplex so White goes to the very top. Henare still resists, throws body shots, then forearms White down! Henare adjusts but White throws forearms back! White climbs, throws more forearms, but Henare HEADBUTTS him down! Henare adjusts again, fans fire up, and Henare leaps for a DIVING SHOULDER!! Gedo freaks out as White flounders up in the corner. Henare runs in and clotheslines, then fireman’s carries, for the RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up with Henare as he runs at White, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!

White survives and Henare is surprised, but he brings White back up. White fights off Henare’s clinch with elbows, but Henare still powers up! White elbows free, gets around, throws fast hands, but Henare blocks to Tomahawk elbow over and over, to then BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up while White flounders. Henare runs, White ducks the clothesline, but Henare comes back to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! White survives and Henare can’t believe it! Henare aims from a corner as White slowly rises. Gedo shouts at White, and White drops before Henare can run in. Henare drags White up, White reels Henare in, but Henare powers out of Blade Runner to TOA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

White survives again and Henare can’t believe it! Fans rally up as Henare fires up, “AOH! AOH!” Henare aims from a corner, but White grabs at Red Shoes while Gedo has his brass knuckles! Gedo swings but Henare blocks to CLOBBER him instead! White gets Henare, Henare slips out and shoves, but White dodges! Henare comes back with the RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives but Henare is fired up! Fans rally hard as ever as Henare drags White up. Henare fisherman lifts, but White fights that off, only for Henare to HEADBUTT! Henare says he’ll end it, and he gets White up, but White slips out to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Both men are down but fans rally again.

White finds Henare and heads over. White drags Henare up, reels him in, but Henare fights off the Triple S! White comes back, gets around, TRIPLE S!! And then a lift to the BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Switchblade wins, and then demands Henare be removed from “his” ring! White gets a mic and tells the “Young Boys” to get him ice. Stop wasting it on the loser, give it to him! If they don’t, he’s coming out after them. White tells “Gabe” to give ice to his senpai. Gabriel Kidd does as told, and White shouts, “How about Henare, huh?” No, no, don’t clap for Henare. Clap for the winner, Jay White! Hear that, Henare? White doesn’t care about Henare, get him out of here! White said Henare’s moment would come and go, and there it was. Henare takes his leave from ringside, and White says Henare doesn’t matter any more than the Young Lions! White matters! This is the New Jay-pan Cup!

And he says he is coming for Kota Ibushi! Ibushi is trying to erase WHITE from NJPW’s history! White won’t let that happen. But he’s up against Hiroshi Tanahashi next? Wow, he got a bye, huh? Well if there’s anyone who needed it, it’s Tanahashi. Tanahashi can have all the time he wants but it won’t matter against White! White tells “Tana” that he’ll do him a favor. When White wins the Cup and takes those belts, or perhaps singular belt, off Ibushi, he’ll split them back apart into the Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. White will cement his legacy in NJPW.

So then, White knows that Tanahashi won’t win, and certainly wouldn’t win the Cup anyway. So Tanahashi should just lie down, White covers, they both go home unscathed so that White can keep everyone’s names protected from that “psychopath.” But until then, Kyoto~! Henare, Gabe, Yuya, Tsuji, Tana and everyone else in this tournament, you are looking at the REAL winner! And you will Breathe with the Switchblade, and the RRRRREEEAL Era!! White drops the mic and waits for Jado to join him and Gedo in the Low Sweet. Bullet Club is moving on, and White may pretend he’s being noble by preserving the traditional titles and their lineage, but will the Ace make sure White is nowhere near the top title(s) in NJPW?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good event, but I clearly skipped the first half. Evil got the win for Bullet Club, Jeff Cobb got the win for the United Empire, as they have been all week because of their coming match-up, so what was there to really see? But in another Chaos VS LIJ 8 Man Tag, it was very clever for Bushi to get the win off Sho, and with a La Magistrol, not a finisher. This keeps things even between Goto and Takagi going into the second round of match-ups, and perhaps can feed into the Junior Heavyweight Championship race. Finlay VS Chase was a good match, and it was very interesting that another quick pin was the finish, not a finisher. Maybe Finlay VS Chase for the apparent Texas Heavyweight Championship happens after Finlay is out of the tournament, and that has a definitive finish.

Hashi VS Yujiro certainly looks on paper like Chaos’ bottom tier VS Bullet Club’s bottom tier. But the match itself was good, and Hashi winning is very interesting. NJPW seems to be finally giving him some shine, but we know he won’t get to the semifinals. He might beat Finlay so that we can get the Texas Heavyweight title match sooner, but Hashi won’t beat The Ace or Jay White. White VS Henare was a really good match but of course White won. It was clear we weren’t going to get HenarACE facing themselves, so White VS Tanahashi was a given. That will be a really good match and could go either way.

I also liked White’s promo. He’s claiming the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship somehow erases the lineages of the separate titles, instead of unifying them a la WWE combining WWE Championship and #BigGold into the current WWE World Championship. I haven’t kept up with NJPW’s statements on said IWGP World Heavyweight title, but I would think they could easily just say, “No, the lineages continue in this title.” But it makes for an interesting point, and could be motivation for White to make it to the finals.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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