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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/9/21)

New Japan Cup, day 4!



NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

Will the New Japan Cup reach a Skull End?

After getting in each other’s faces all week, Tomohiro Ishii and Sanada battle in the New Japan Cup! Will the Stone Pitbull bite off more than he can chew?

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.


  • 8 Man Tag: FinJuice & HenarACE VS Bullet Club; FinJuice & HenarACE win.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Chaos wins.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yuji Nagata VS Yota Tsuji; Nagata wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA; Sanada wins and advances.


8 Man Tag: FinJuice & HenarACE VS Bullet Club!

The Flamboyant One wants revenge on the Fang Revived, while David Finlay and Henare prepare to face Chase Owens and Jay White, respectively! Will Hiroshi Tanahashi be the ace in the hole for his team? Or will we Breathe with the Switchblade before he takes on the Hammerhead?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. Bullet Club gets impatient with the checks, then insist the ref keep Taguchi Japan back. Bullet Club Low Sweets, and Henare dares Jay White to stay up. Fans rally as the teams sort out and White does start with Henare, but then shows off his own muscles. The bell rings and Henare fires up as he circles with White. But then White tags Gedo in! Henare dares Gedo to bring it, and the two circle. But then White slips in to distract and Gedo clubs Henare! Henare doesn’t budge, and he DECKS Gedo! But then White gets in to attack and whip Henare! Henare comes back to CLOBBER White!

White bails out, Henare drags Gedo up for headbutts, then tags in Tanahashi! HenarACE mugs Gedo, Tanahashi wrenches Gedo’s arm over and over then twists the wristlock. Finlay tags in and climbs up to drop ax handles on Gedo’s arm! Finlay wrenches Gedo’s arm, tags Juice in and Juice climbs to drop ax handles on the arm! Fans fire up as Juice tells Bullet Club to “Suck it!” But Gedo pulls Juice’s hair, only for Juice to pull Gedo’s beard! Tag to Finlay, and he clubs Gedo’s beard! Finlay brings Gedo up by his beard, wrenches it, and then tags Tanahashi. Tanahashi hops up the rope to drop ax handles on the beard! Gedo clutches his face while Tanahashi air guitars at Bullet Club.

Tanahashi brings Gedo up for strikes, but runs into a cheap shot from White! White gets away but Tanahashi still hits Gedo before the sneak attack. Tanahashi runs but White trips him and drags him out, to throw him into railing! Henare gets in and Gedo “begs” for mercy, and the ref is busy with both of them while White whips Tanahashi into railing! Chase puts Tanahashi in and Gedo tags to White. White drags Tanahashi up, pulls Tanahashi’s hair, then tags in Kenta. Kenta goes up to drop ax handles on Tanahashi’s hair! White and Juice talk trash while Kenta drags Tanahashi up by his hair. Chase tags in, he climbs up and he drops ax handles on the hair!

Taguchi Japan protests but the ref is busy with them while all of Bullet Club chokes Tanahashi on the ropes! Chase drags Tanahashi around to stomp Tanahashi’s leg, then he tags in White. They stomp Tanahashi’s legs, then White stomps the left leg, then the right leg. White mocks the fans clapping for Tanahashi before he gives one leg a KNEE JAMMER! White clamps on with a standing toehold, and Gedo tags in. Gedo digs his fingers into Tanahashi’s face! The ref counts and Gedo lets off at 4 to complain to the ref. Gedo then CHOKES Tanahashi! Tanahashi gets his foot on the rope, White pushes it off, repeat while the ref is busy with an angry Taguchi Japan.

Gedo lets off, tags in Chase, and Chase brings Tanahashi up for a headlock punch! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Chase runs in to forearm smash, then reel Tanahashi into a short arm lariat! Cover, TWO! Chase brings Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off forearms! Chase kicks low, Tanahashi hits back with more forearms, but then Chase kicks again! Tanahashi blocks the Jewel Trigger into a DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally as both men are down, and they both crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Finlay! Finlay whips Chase, Chase reverses, but Finlay goes up and over. Finlay dodges and ducks to elbow smash Chase! Finlay blows up the Bullet Club corner, but Kenta runs in!

Finlay hits Kenta first, he and Juice DOUBLE BULLDOG! Juice fires up, Finlay hits Chase with an uppercut in the corner! Juice scoops Chase for a BACKBREAKER, Finlay hops up and adds his ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay drags Chase up. Chase fights off the exploder with elbows but Finlay knees low. Finlay runs but into Chase’s boot! Chase runs but into Finlay’s elbow! Finlay runs but into Chase’s rebound BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up again as both men crawl, hot tags to White and Henare! Henare fires off forearms and CHOPS on White, whips him but White reverses. Henare ducks and dodges to hit a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!

Henare gets White up, White slips out of the suplex to kick low, but Henare counters White’s suplex with a suplex! Fans fire up with Henare as he drags White back up. White fights off the exploder, but Henare CHOPS him! Henare runs in to clothesline and fireman’s carry to a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Henare keeps focus and fires up more. “AOH! AOH!” White staggers up, but Gedo grabs at Henare! Henare kicks Gedo away, White throws a forearm but Henare doesn’t budge! Henare ROCKS White, reels him in, but no Urenage! White slips out, spins around and hits a DDT! Hot tag to Gedo! Gedo drags Henare up to hit a jawbreaker! And a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Gedo is furious but fans are thunderous! Gedo crawls over to the corner to grab his brass knuckles! The ref stops Gedo but Chase has his Texas Heavyweight Championship belt! But Finlay dropkicks Chase down! Finlay PLANCHAS out to take Chase down! Juice gets in to intercept Kenta with JAB, JAB, JAB! LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice fires up and coaches Henare but Gedo still takes aim with the knuckles! Henare blocks that to HEADBUTT! White gets Henare with a sleeper! Tanahashi gets in to SLINGBLADE White! Henare fires up, drags Gedo up and reels him in, for a fisherman to torture rack, and DEATH VALLEY BOMB!! Cover, Taguchi Japan wins!

Winners: FinJuice & HenarACE, by pinfall

The Hammerhead stares the Switchblade down as his teammates celebrate. Will Henare tear through White in the NJCUP and then face his mentor, Tanahashi? Will Finlay beat the Crown Jewel and maybe even get that Texas Heavyweight title? Or will Bullet Club turn the tables and take over the tournament?


Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

Technically we did just see this the other day. But the Stone Pitbull and Cold Skull are battling later tonight, changing the dynamic! Will the Rainmaker and High Voltage help the Fierce Warrior prepare for the Dragon? Or will Shingo Takagi keep on winning with Tetsuya Naito and Bushi by his side?

The teams sort out, and after the LIJ fist bump, Takagi steps up to face Hirooki Goto in a preview of the NJCUP’s second round! Fans rally up as the two circle, and then the two tie up. Goto headlocks, Takagi powers out and they ram shoulders! Neither falls so they run an dram again! Goto forearms, Takagi forearms, repeat back and forth! Fans fire up as they keep going, and Takagi gets the edge! Takagi runs but Goto stays up from the shoulder to ram back! Takagi rebounds to run Goto over! Takagi brings Goto up, tags in Naito, and LIJ mugs Goto. Naito clubs Goto down, drags him back up, and clamps on a cravat. Goto throws body shots, Naito cranks harder, but Goto puts him in the Chaos corner.

Sho tags in and now Naito gets mugged. Sho stomps Naito, he and Goto drag him up to whip him corner to corner, then they double shoulder Naito over for a kick and elbow drop! Chaos hits LIJ’s corner and fans fire up. Okada joins in as they drum away on Naito’s back! Fans cheer and Sho grinds down on Naito’s arm. Naito gets up, Sho wrenches it and hits an elbow breaker! And another! And then another wrench to bend the fingers, for a third elbow breaker! Sho runs, but Naito elbows him away. Sho keeps going but he runs into an atomic drop! Bushi runs in to RANA Sho, Takagi runs in to blast the Chaos corner! Takagi and Bushi go out after Goto and Okada while Naito snapmares Sho.

Takagi POSTS Goto and fans fire up as he and Bushi keep Goto and Okada down. Naito drags Sho up, wrenches his arm and twists the wrist. Fans rally as Sho hits back but Naito hits low. Naito hammerlocks Sho’s arm, tags in Bushi, and Bushi stomps Sho down. Bushi puts Sho in a corner, and wraps Sho’s arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Bushi lets off and stomps Sho. Bushi CHOPS Sho, then CHOPS again! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho more, drags him up, wrenches the arm and gives him an elbow breaker! Tag to Takagi, Bushi wrenches Sho again and Takagi CLUBS Sho’s arm! Takagi brings Sho up to knee him against the ropes!

Takagi talks smack to Goto before he whips Sho and knees him again! Takagi runs and runs Sho over! Takagi double guns at Goto, covers Sho, TWO! Goto is there but Takagi stares him down. Tag to Naito and Naito drags Sho up to wrench his arm. Bushi climbs to drop ax handles on Sho’s arm! Naito covers, TWO! Chaos coaches Sho up but Naito is on him first. Naito YANKS Sho’s arm, stomps it, and has Sho in a corner. Naito whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and rocket kicks! Leg sweep and COMBINACION CABRON! Naito poses, fans cheer, and Naito covers, TWO! Naito drags Sho up, Sho throws forearms but Naito wrenches the bad arm.

Sho keeps throwing forearms, Naito wrenches the bad arm again. Sho keeps throwing forearms and Naito lets go. Naito goes to hit Sho but Sho hits first! Sho runs, but into Bushi’s cheap shot! Sho DECKS Bushi, but Naito kicks and whips Sho. Sho reverses but Naito reverses back. Naito tornado but no DDT as Sho suplexes him down! Fans rally up, Sho tags in Okada! Okada forearms and whips, Naito reverses, but Okada dodges to CLOBBER Naito with an elbow! Okada fires up, DECKS Takagi, then whips Naito corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow Naito, kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans rallying with the clap-clap-clap-stomp as he circles Naito.

Naito gets up but blocks the Alabama lift. Naito clubs Okada, kicks but Okada blocks to forearm back. Okada whips but Naito holds ropes to then boot Okada away. Naito spins Okada around to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Naito and Okada crawl, hot tag to Takagi and he taunts Goto while also kicking Okada around. Okada fights off the Gory Especial to get the MONEY CLIP! Takagi rams Okada into buckles and runs, but into Okada’s boot! Okada hurries and hot tags Goto! Goto rallies on Takagi, DECKS Bushi, then runs corner to corner at Takagi for MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto fireman’s carries Takagi but Takagi slips off.

Goto kicks low, throws forearms then whips Takagi. Takagi reverses and runs in but blocks the boot. Takagi powers through to clothesline Goto! Takagi suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bushi gets in to hit the Chaos corner while Takagi drives elbows into Goto’s shoulder. Takagi runs but Goto dodges the sliding lariat. Goto kicks, runs, LARIATS collide! Neither falls, LARAITS collide again! Takagi fires up, runs, but Goto follows, only to get the elbow, JAB, and- No, Goto LARIATS first! But Takagi is right up to LARIAT Goto back! Both men are down but fans fire up. Takagi and Goto stir, hot tag to Bushi and he DECKS Sho! Bushi brings Goto up, dropkicks a leg out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!

Bushi keeps his cool as he drags Goto up. Goto reverses the whip but he runs into Bushi’s swing kick! Bushi goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bushirooni! Naito joins in and gets Goto up to whip. Naito kicks, Bushi sunset flips and sets Goto up for the basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito makes sure Chaos stays down while Bushi drags Goto up. Bushi reels Goto in, wrenches him but Sho KNEES Bushi down first! Naito dropkicks Sho’s legs out, but turns around into Okada’s FLAPJACK! Okada sees Takagi, Takagi blocks the boot to JAB and LARIAT! Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans join in.

Takagi and Bushi gets Goto up, double whip, but Goto breaks the clothesline to ROCK Takagi and DISCUS Bushi! Takagi blocks the suplex to suplex back but Goto slips out. Takagi fights off the back suplex with elbows and knees, and Bushi joins in to double whip Goto corner to corner. Bushi runs in, Goto dodges and Goto CLOBBERS Takagi. But Bushi ENZIGURIS Goto and reels him in. No Fisherman Screw, Goto fireman’s carries to an USHIGOROSHI! Goto fires up, dragon sleepers Bushi and tells Takagi this is for him! G T R!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall

The Fierce Warrior gets the better of LIJ, and he stares down with Takagi. Will Goto slay the Dragon in the NJCUP? Or will Takagi take down two pillars of Chaos in a row?


2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yuji Nagata VS Yota Tsuji!

Blue Justice never dies, but he has to prove he is still strong! Will he do that going against this very strong Young Lion?

The bell rings and Nagata circles with Tsuji. They feel out the grapple, go around and Nagata gets a headlock. Tsuji slips out the back and waistlocks but Nagata switches to a facelock. Tsuji switches back, Nagata wrenches free, but Tsuji rolls and wrenches again. Nagata rolls and boots Tsuji away! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They tie up, Tsuji wrenches to a wristlock, but Nagata wrenches through. Nagata steps through to the wristlock but Tsuji spins and wrenches to a hammerlock then a headlock. Nagata endures the grind but Tsuji hits a takeover. Nagata headscissors back, but Tsuji moves around and powers free.

Tsuji jumps on another headlock, but Nagata fights up to his feet. Tsuji grinds, Nagata throws body shots and powers out, but Tsuji runs him over! Fans cheer Tsuji’s strength and he stomps Nagata. Nagata gets up, Tsuji throws forearms, then Tsuji has Nagata in a corner. Nagata eggs Tsuji on so Tsuji forearms more. Nagata hits back but Tsuji rocks him and stomps away in the corner! Red Shoes counts as Tsuji digs his boots in, so Tsuji lets off at 3. Tsuji brings Nagata up to snapmare into a chinlock. Nagata endures as Tsuji squeezes tight. Tsuji grinds Nagata down, Nagata moves around and gets a ropebreak. Tsuji holds on until Red Shoes counts, and then Tsuji stomps Nagata.

Tsuji scuffs Nagata with his boot but Nagata gets up. Tsuji throws forearms, Nagata eggs him on so Tsuji throws more forearms. Nagata kicks, kicks and KICKS Tsuji in the leg, to then KICK him in the back! Fans cheer as Nagata looms over Tsuji. Nagata brings Tsuji up to wrench the arm and hit an elbow breaker! Tsuji ends up in a corner, Nagata forearms and wrenches him to another elbow breaker! Nagata clamps onto the arm and wants a Fujiwara! Tsuji endures as Nagata pulls back on the arm and fans rally up. Tsuji moves around, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Nagata lets go at Red Shoes’ count then stomps Tsuji down. Nagata keeps stomping but Tsuji gets up.

Tsuji throws forearms but Nagata ROCKS him with a right, then wrenches the arm for another elbow breaker! Tsuji falls over but Nagata watches him sit up. Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the bad arm but Tsuji just powers up! Tsuji dares Nagata to hit harder to Nagata KICKS and KICKS! Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the face, then runs, into Tsuji’s dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire up! Nagata gets up first and goes to a corner. Tsuji stands, fires up and run sin to forearm Nagata! Tsuji scoops and SLAMS Nagata, to then run and somersault senton! Tsuji runs again to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tsuji keeps his cool as he gets Nagata’s legs, but Nagata kicks him away.

Nagata kicks low, KICKS hard, and KICKS Tsuji to a corner! Nagata KICKS Tsuji down, but brings him back up to whip corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT Tsuji, then reels him in. Tsuji fights off the exploder but Nagata ROCKS him, to then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nagata drags Tsuji back up, suplexes him, but Tsuji slips out to roll Nagata up! TWO, and Tsuji gets the legs! BOSTON CRAB, but Nagata powers out! Tsuji holds onto the ropes to jackknife! TWO, and Nagata gets a CROSSFACE! Tsuji pries free but Nagata clubs him back into the hold! Fans rally as Tsuji endures but Nagata pulls him back!

Tsuji crawls and reaches, but Nagata rolls him away from ropes! Tsuji BITES Nagata’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands, Nagata clubs away on Tsuji for that, and then Nagata moves Tsuji around to a Rings of Saturn, Ghost Pin! TWO, and Tsuji has the cover, TWO!! Nagata keeps his cool but fans rally up. Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the chest again, but Tsuji sits back up. Nagata KICKS him down! Tsuji shakes his head and gets back up, so Nagata slaps him around. Tsuji gets around, rolls Nagata up, TWO! Tsuji arm-drags Nagata into TOKEN! Cover, TWO!! Tsuji knees low, whips, but Nagata reverses. Tsuji dodges the boot to SPEAR! Cover, TWO!!

Nagata survives but Tsuji fires up! Tsuji gets the legs and turns Nagata over for a BOSTON CRAB! Tsuji sits deep, Nagata endures, and then Nagata powers up for ropes! Tsuji drags him away and sits deep again! Nagata refuses to give in, and he powers up, but Tsuji adds as much weight as he possibly can! Fans rally harder and Nagata gets up to get the ropebreak! Tsuji lets go, drags Nagata right up, and scoops him, only for Nagata to slip off! Tsuji runs back in, into a KITCHEN SINK KNEE! Both men are down but fans fire up! Nagata gets up, eggs Tsuji on, and Tsuji throws a forearm! Nagata gives it back but so does Tsuji! Tsuji and Nagata stand up tall and start throwing more forearms!

Fans rally as they pick up speed, but Nagata ROCKS Tsuji and he starts to wobble. Tsuji fires up to fire off more forearms, but Nagata ROCKS him back with more! Tsuji steadies himself at the ropes and fans fire up again. Tsuji throws forearm after forearm, but swings into an EXPLODER! Nagata gets up as fans rally and he runs at Tsuji in the corner. SHINING WIZARD, and the SAI- NO! Tsuji gets a takedown and cover, TWO! Tsuji SLAPS Nagata, SLAPS him again, and then SLAPS him again! Tsuji runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! Nagata fires up and he brings Tsuji into the SAIDO! Bridging cover, Nagata wins!

Winner: Yuji Nagata, by pinfall (advances t0 the next round)

Blue Justice continues in the NJCUP! Will he be able to stay strong and continue to the end?


2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA!

Tensions have been rising with every encounter between these two. Now it explodes as they battle in the NJCUP! But will the Stone Pitbull bury the Cold Skull? Or will there be a Skull End in the first round?

The bell rings and the two stare down as fans rally up. Sanada and Ishii circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Sanada wrenches to a wristlock, but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii wrenches to a wristlock, clubs Sanada’s arm, then hammerlocks. Sanada slips around to hammerlock back but Ishii slips around. Sanada headlocks but Ishii gets the hammerlock. Sanada gets the hammerlock back, spins Ishii to a snapmare, then chinlocks. But Ishii slips right out to have a hammerlock. Sanada fights up, Ishii wrenches him to a wristlock, but Sanada rolls and handsprings and cartwheels to handspring, wrench, headlock and takeover!

Fans cheer the display of technique and agility, but Ishii fights his way up. Sanada holds on tight but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii powers out, Sanada rams him with a shoulder, and things speed up. Ishii fakes out the hurdle, but Sanada dodges the clothesline. Ishii dodges the boot but Sanada trips him up! Ishii avoids Paradise and fans cheer as the two start shoving. Ishii eggs Sanada on so Sanada throws forearms. Ishii throws them back and fans rally as the two brawl back and forth. Ishii gets the edge, runs, but Sanada boots him! Sanada runs but Ishii runs him over! Sanada bails out, Ishii pursues and puts him right back in. Ishii sits Sanada up to KICK him in the back! And again! And again!

Sanada gets up and gets in Ishii’s face, before he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ishii doesn’t flinch so Sanada CHOPS again. Ishii CHOPS Sanada off his feet! Ishii uses his body to back Sanada into a corner and then he throws forearms. Fans rally as Ishii keeps hitting Sanada, then gives him toying kicks. Red Shoes reprimands, but Ishii mockingly asks Sanada what’s wrong. Sanada gets up and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii doesn’t flinch so Sanada throws forearms. Ishii eggs Sanada on, the forearms keep flying, but Ishii DECKS Sanada with one! Fans cheer while Ishii backs away and Red Shoes checks on Sanada. Sanada is okay to continue and fans rally up, “I-SHI-I!” “SA-NA-DA!”

Ishii drags Sanada up but Sanada blocks the back suplex. Sanada throws elbows, then forearms, but again Ishii just tanks them. Ishii slaps Sanada then forearms. Sanada reverses the whip, Ishii comes back from the corner but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Both men are down, fans rally up, and the two stir. Sanada stands first, drags Ishii up, but Ishii throws forearms! Ishii whips, Sanada reverses then hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Fans fire up as Ishii bails out. Sanada aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Fans rally and Sanada encourages they get louder. Sanada then goes back for Ishii, puts him in the ring, then gets the legs! Sanada ties Ishii up in Paradise!

Sanada stands on Ishii and fans cheer. Sanada again encourages them to get louder, and they get louder and louder! Sanada gets the right volume and runs at Ishii, to dropkick him out of Paradise! But Ishii is just annoyed! Ishii grabs Sanada by the face to CHOP him! And ROCK him with a forearm, then CHOP, forearm, repeat! Fans rally, Red Shoes wants Ishii to let up but Ishii just stands Sanada back up for more! Red Shoes reprimands, Ishii pushes him away and keeps firing off forearms and CHOPS! Red Shoes gets in between them but Ishii headbutts Sanada! Ishii gives a stomp before backing off, and Sanada is right up! Sanada uses his shoulder to bump Ishii around.

Ishii shoves Sanada, throws a forearm, but Sanada is rolling with the punches! Sanada EuroUppers, Ishii fires up but Sanada uppercuts again! Sanada has Ishii in the corner and digs his boots in! Red Shoes counts, fans rally again, “I-NA-I!” “SA-SHI-DA!” (Not in point?) and Sanada lets off at 4. To then shove Red Shoes!? Sanada rains down forearms over and over on Ishii! Red Shoes comes back and has Sanada let off, and fans rally up again. Ishii staggers about as he gets up, and Sanada whips him corner to corner. Ishii reverses, Sanada goes up and out then springboards back in. Ishii avoids that but runs into a back suplex! But Ishii’s right up!?

Sanada swings into Ishii’s back suplex! But Sanada is right up! Ishii avoids the dropkick, Sanada avoids the clothesline, but Ishii back suplexes again! Sanada is right up?! SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ishii stirs and rolls over towards Sanada, but Sanada sits up first. Sanada stands, drags Ishii up, and whips him to a corner. Ishii reverses, but Sanada boots him away! Ishii gets around Sanada to CORNER GERMAN! Sanada slumps down the buckles and fans rally up again as Ishii stands. Ishii drags Sanada up, hoists him to the top rope, then climbs up to join him.

Sanada resists the suplex, Ishii keeps trying, and Ishii gets Sanada up for a STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up again! Ishii gets up and dares Sanada to stand. Sanada rises, Ishii runs, but Sanada avoids the lariat to spin Ishii to a dragon sleeper! Ishii spins around to dragon sleeper Sanada then shove him to a corner. Ishii runs in, Sanada elbows him away, and Sanada hops up. Ishii blocks the Sanada Quebrada with an Electric Chair lift! Electric Snake Eyes! Ishii runs but into Sanada’s dropkick! Sanada drags Ishii back up as fans rally, and he puts on the dragon sleeper! Ishii resists Skull End by trying to pull Sanada down, but Sanada stays up.

Ishii reaches for ropes, Sanada brings him away and fireman’s carries, TK- NO! Ishii lands on his feet and he has Sanada in a dragon sleeper! Sanada slips through, tries to suplex, but Ishii fights that off. Sanada throws forearms, then spins, into Ishii’s BIG forearm! Fans fire up again as both men fall over! Ishii rises first and he goes back to Sanada. Ishii drags him up, reels him in, and lifts, for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Ishii fires up. Ishii aims as Sanada rises, but Sanada blocks the lariat, only for Ishii to spin and LARIAT from the left! Ishii runs and LARIATS from the right! Cover, TWO!! Ishii grows frustrated but he drags Sanada back up.

Fans rally hard as ever as Ishii suplexes. Sanada fights free, but runs into a GERMAN! Sanada lands on his feet to fireman’s carry and TKO! But Sanada can’t make the cover, he’s too tired! Fans rally again as both men stir. Sanada gets to the apron, encourages the fans to get even louder. Sanada aims at Ishii, springboards and missile dropkicks! But Ishii is right up, only to run into Sanada’s LARIAT! Sanada dragon sleepers, Ishii throws hands, and Ishii is free! Ishii runs into Sanada’s cravat, standing Sliced Bread, and DRAGON SLEEPER! Sanada drops back, SKULL END!! Ishii is caught in the body scissors but he fights to move around!

Sanada squeezes tight, Ishii starts to pry free but he also starts to fade! Ishii reaches around, pushes with his legs, but Sanada stays hooked on! Sanada pulls as hard as he can on Ishii’s head! Ishii starts to fade again and Red Shoes checks, Ishii gets a second wind and gets the ropebreak! Sanada lets go and fans cheer. Fans rally up again, Sanada drags Ishii back up, and Sanada hoists Ishii onto the ropes for a MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Sanada vows to end this, and he drags Ishii back up. Sanada scoops but Ishii elbows him away. Ishii enziguris but misses, and Sanada goes to body scissor. Ishii slips out the back to waistlock, Sanada switches, but Ishii bucks him off.

Ishii runs in, Sanada full nelsons but Ishii breaks free. Sanada just switches to chicken wings and the TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes but Sanada heads up top, for a ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Ishii’s back! Sanada goes back up, to ROUND BODY- FLOP!! Ishii avoids disaster and fans are thunderous as they rally again! Sanada and Ishii go to opposite ends, and Sanada stands first. Sanada runs in at Ishii but Ishii boots him! Sanada comes back but into another boot! Ishii runs but Sanada gets around to QUEBRADA, to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back, Ishii rolls through and sits Sanada up! Ishii runs but Sanada avoids the sliding lariat!

Sanada kicks but Ishii blocks so Sanada forearms and sobats! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again! Fans are fired up again and rally, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” Ishii crawls over to Sanada and sits him up. Ishii runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Ishii is furious! Ishii fires up and fans join in as he drags Sanada up. Ishii suplexes, Sanada fights free and wrenches to a fireman’s carry! Sanada throws Ishii to the dragon sleeper, but Ishii slips around to spin and suplex! Sanada slips out to the dragon sleeper, but Ishii gets free! Sanada follows Ishii and O’Conner BRIDGES! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii narrowly escapes and shocks Sanada!

Fans are thunderous again and both men hurry up. Ishii LARIATS, but Sanada is up! Ishii fires off boxing elbows but Sanada gives them all back! Sanada hits a ROLLING ELBOW, Ishii HEADBUTTS! Sanada staggers back and Ishii falls to a knee, but Ishii fires back up! Ishii runs, but Sanada RANAS! Ishii is right up, into a pop-up CUTTER! Sanada hurries up top, for the ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (advances t0 the next round)

Almost out of nowhere, Sanada gets the win and is moving on! Sanada gets the mic and fans already anticipate what’s coming. “Everyone. I know you guys are doing the thing, but we can’t turn the lights off in here. But why don’t we do it with the lights on for the first time?” Fans don’t mind that. “For this New Japan Cup, I ranked second in the fan vote to win it. I will win this.” And one more thing: “Of all the towns in Japan, I like Okayama the most. OI, Okayama! See you next time!” Though Sanada couldn’t have his romantic lighting, will he shine even brighter against Blue Justice?

My Thoughts:

A very good event, but again I skipped things with Evil’s part of Bullet Club. He of course won again, and then the same for Jeff Cobb getting the win for the United Empire. Those two are going to have a lot of momentum going into their match next round. The 8 Man Tag was fun, but Henare getting the win for his team makes sense, given the math and the tournament. White has to beat Henare to then face Tanahashi, right? Just like I don’t see Cobb VS Khan, and we aren’t getting Goto VS Okada, we’re not getting Henare VS Tanahashi since they’re HenarACE. The Six Man was also good, and I think Goto won here just to keep even with Takagi in momentum. His match with Takagi could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Takagi winning again.

Nagata VS Tsuji was good but of course Nagata won, Tsuji is still a Young Lion. But as I said before for him and the other Young Lions in this crop, they’re getting great showings and stories to make up for not being able to go on excursion right now. Ishii VS Sanada was a great match, and Sanada winning makes a lot of sense. While Ishii is great, Sanada has been building steadily over the years and is just any given moment away from truly being in that uppercard. Beating Ishii, surely beating Nagata in the next round, and then meeting the winner of Ospreay VS ZSJ, Sanada could really go on a tear towards the finals. There are quite a few possibilities still for the NJCUP finals, but EVIL VS SANADA to really cap off the story that was built last year would be strong stuff for Sanada’s rise to the top.

My Score: 8.9/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)

BOSJ, Round 6!




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!


  • 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.


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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