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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Report! (8/10/21)

Will the NEVER titles tranquilo?

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NJPW Summer Struggle 2021

Can the Ungovernable overcome Chaos?

Before settling things with the Dangerous Tekkers, Chaos and Los Ingobernables will battle each other, and for NJPW’s NEVER Openweight Six Man titles!

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

  • Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins, by disqualification.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Chaos wins and retains the titles.

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Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The Dragon is still rolling towards Wrestle Grand Slam MetLife and his battle of revenge with EVIL! Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion send a message to the King of Darkness through the Tokyo Pimp?

Yujiro doesn’t even wait for Takagi to put his jacket away before he attacks! The bell rings to get this on record as Yujiro drags Takagi up. Yujiro knees low, throws forearms and has Takagi on the ropes. The ref reprimands, Yujiro CHOPS then kicks low. Yujiro whips Takagi to ropes, Takagi holds the ropes, then Takagi boots back. Takagi swings but Yujiro dodges and rams. Takagi comes back to run Yujiro over! Fans fire up as Takagi KICKS Yujiro in the back! Takagi gets Yujiro up, bumps him o off buckles and throws forearms over and over and over! Takagi then throws in headbutts over and over! The ref counts, Takagi lets off, and fans cheer,

Takagi stands on Yujiro, the ref counts and Takagi lets off. Takagi gets Yujiro on his feet and whips him to ropes to KNEE him right down! Fans cheer as Takagi drags Yujiro back up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Takagi flexes then drops the elbow! And another! And then a BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Takagi keeps cool and encourages the fans to rally. Takagi drives elbow after elbow into Yujiro’s shoulder, then lets him down. Takagi gives toying kicks to Yujiro’s legs before he gets him back up. Takagi whips Yujiro but Yujiro falls over! Takagi doesn’t take this seriously and he drags Yujiro up again. Yujiro is dead weight so Takagi lets him go.

Yujiro crawls, drags himself up at ropes, and Takagi runs in! Yujiro dumps Takagi out, proving he was playing possum! But Takagi still ROCKS Yujiro, and wants to suplex him out of the ring?! Fans fire up as Takagi lifts, but Yujiro holds ropes for dear life. And he BITES Takagi’s hand! The ref counts, Yujiro stops biting to BOOT Takagi down! Yujiro goes out to fetch Takagi and whips him hard into railing! Then whip him hard into more railing! REVERSE DDT to the floor! Yujiro grins and goes back to the ring while the ref checks on Takagi. Fans rally up, “TA KA GI! TA KA GI!” but a ring count begins. Takagi stirs at 6 of 20, sits up at 8, and pushes himself up at 10.

Takagi gets to his feet at 12, takes a moment and gets in at 14. Yujiro snapmares Takagi, knocks him back down with haymakers, then rains down forearms! Yujiro sits Takagi up, runs and BASEMENT BOOTS! Cover, ONE!! Takagi is getting mad but Yujiro is annoyed. Fans rally more as Yujiro scoops Takagi and SLAMS him. Yujiro drops a leg, drops an elbow, and drops a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is further annoyed but he drags Takagi up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Takagi grits his teeth but Yujiro taunts him. Yujiro gives toying kicks in return now, but Takagi stands up. Yujiro pie faces then pulls hair, so Takagi fires off forearms!

Yujiro kicks low, whips Takagi to a corner and runs in, but Takagi blocks the boot to SHOVE Yujiro away! Fans fire up as Takagi steadies himself. Takagi gets Yujiro up, suplexes, but Yujiro resists! Yujiro fisherman’s, but Takagi resists, and now Takagi is biting Yujiro’s hand! Yujiro complains but this is what he gets! The ref counts, Takagi does let Yujiro go, but Takagi points out he has a mouth guard, how could his bite hurt? Not the point! Yujiro thumbs Takagi in the eye then runs, but Takagi follows to LARIAT Yujiro against ropes! Takagi keeps moving and he runs Yujiro right over! Fans fire up and Takagi encourages them to keep going.

Takagi flexes, runs, but blocks another boot to clothesline! Takagi whips corner to corner, runs in to corner clothesline, then hits a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Takagi says there’s more to come, and he drags Yujiro up as fans clap “TA KA GI! TA KA GI!” Yujiro resists the Gory Especial but Takagi elbows and whips him. Yujiro holds ropes, Takagi blocks a kick but so does Yujiro! Yujiro throws Takagi down to basement boot! Yujiro drags Takagi back up, reels him in, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro grows frustrated but he gets Takagi up. Takagi blocks the Incolle Slam, throws hands, but Yujiro ROCKS him with a forearm!

Both men drop to a knee but both get up. Takagi storms over but Yujiro throws the first forearm. They go back and forth, faster and faster, but then Takagi staggers! Yujiro throws more forearms but Takagi fires up! Takagi unleashes boxing elbows! Takagi runs, but Yujiro boots! Takagi spins, Yujiro dodges and then comes back to LARIAT! Yujiro fires up and gets Takagi for a fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi is not done and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous for “TA KA GI! TA KA GI!” but Yujiro sits Takagi up and reels him in. NO Pimp Juice as Takagi shoves Yujiro away, but Yujiro comes back to SUPERKICK!

Yujiro sits Takagi up again, reels him back in, but Takaki turns that into a fireman’s carry! Yujiro slips off and waistlocks, Takagi switches and shoves, Yujiro runs into buckles! Yujiro staggers back into the Gory Especial, NOSHIGAMI! Takagi doesn’t cover, but he drags Yujiro into a wheelbarrow GERMAN! Takagi roars, fans fire up again, Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but Takagi shakes his head, looking right into the camera! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi says this is over! Takagi drags Yujiro up and into the wrist clutch torture rack. YUJIRO BITES HIS HAND AGAIN!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro refuses to stop, so the ref has to get in between them! He gets Yujiro to let go, but Yujiro shoves him down at the same time! Yujiro kicks Takagi, runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Takagi powers up, runs, but Yujiro ducks the lariat to shove Takagi at the ref! Takagi stops short, turns around, and Yujiro shoves him again! Takagi falls into the ref! And here come EVIL and Dick Togo! They swarm the ring and stomp Takagi down! They get Takagi up and set him up for Yujiro, who has his pimp cane! Yujiro aims, but Takagi BOOTS him! Dick and Evil whip but Takagi DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! Yujiro BOOTS Takagi, but he rebounds to PUMPING BOMBER!!

The fans are thunderous again as Takagi gets Yujiro up into the torture rack. LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, Evil attacks the ref!! So Takagi fires off Boxing Elbows and a #GoodPunch Jab! Takagi fireman’s carries Evil, but Dick sneaks up to LOW BLOW Takagi! The bell rings because Evil and Dick forgot about the ref!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by disqualification

The King of Darkness doesn’t care that Takagi “won,” he still snatches the title and takes aim! Is he going to do more damage to it like he did before?! Takagi staggers and turns around, into a BELT SHOT!! Evil stands on Takagi’s neck and holds the title up over his head. Will Darkness Fall and Evil reign once the King slays the Dragon in Saitama?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

Before meeting the Dangerous Tekkers at the MetLife Dome in the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, Goto-Hashi and Naito-Sanada clash over different titles! Will the Fierce Warrior and Headhunter once again be triumphant alongside the Stone Pitbull? Or will the NEVER Openweight Division once again be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, and Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance gear, as is his prerogative. The trio of belts is raised, and this prelude to Wrestle Grand Slam begins!

And it starts with Bushi giving Ishii a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Sanada goes after Hashi and Naito goes after Goto, and now the bell rings! Red Shoes reprimands but Bushi builds speed, to fake out Ishii. Then he baseball slide dropkicks Ishii anyway! Bushi builds speed again but gets run over by Goto and Hashi! Sanada and Naito get in to knock Goto-Hashi down, then see Ishii coming. Sanada drop toeholds, Naito holds Ishii’s head up, and Bushi hits a basement dropkick! Fans cheer as Sanada has Hashi in one corner, Naito has Goto in the other. They both whip but Goto-Hashi reverse to send Sanada & Naito into each other! Then Goto-Hashi run them both over with shoulders!

Goto stomps Naito, drags him up and snapmares him down to KICK him in the back! Cover, ONE, but Goto keeps on Naito with stomps. Goto drags Naito up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Hashi. Goto-Hashi double whip Naito to ropes and double shoulder him down. Hashi runs, hip toss senton! Hashi swings on LIJ but they get away, so he goes back to Naito. Fans rally up, Hashi suplexes Naito and hangs him out to dry. Goto holds Naito in place, Hashi runs and dropkicks Naito down! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps cool while Naito writhes. Hashi stomps Naito, tags in Ishii, and now Ishii stomps Naito. Ishii stands Naito up to CHOP him!

Naito doesn’t react but Ishii CHOPS again, and again, and again! Naitothrows forearms but he doesn’t get Ishii to budge. Ishii CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS again! Ishii whips, Naito reverses and BUshi gets a cheap shot in! BUt Ishii just DECKS Bushi! Naito kicks, whips, and drop toeholds Ishii! Bushi gets back in to basemetn dropkick again! Sanada goes after Goto and Hashi, then Bushi backs him up, while Naito bends Ishii back in a partial camel clutch. Ishii endures being bent back, so Naito shifts things around to focus on the chinlock. Goto and Hashi are sent into railing while Naito squeezes tight on Ishii’s head. Ishii fights up, but Naito brings him over and Bushi tags in.

LIJ mugs Ishii with clubbing forearms and elbows while Naito holds the headlock. Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off, and Bushi brings Ishii around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi gets annoyed but takes his shirt off, to choke Ishii with! LIJ act as walls so Red Shoes can’t see that right away, but Red Shoes knows LIJ better. He counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. Red Shoes reprimands and Bushi lets go completely. Bushi stomps Ishii while Naito puts away the shirt. Sanada tags in, but Ishii CHOPS Naito! Sanada kicks Ishii and- Wait, Naito still has the shirt! He’s choking Ishii on he ropes! Red Shoes again doesn’t notice!

Hashi runs in and hits Bushi but Sanada kicks Hashi right back out. Now Red Shoes sees what Naito is doing and hurries over to stop! Naito lets but Ishii flops down in the corner. Fans rally “I-SHI-I!” “L I J!” Sanada covers Ishii, but Red Shoes refuses because of the T-shirt shenanigans! Red Shoes finally puts the shirt somewhere out of reach, then checks on Ishii. Naito mockingly checks on Ishii, too, but Ishii does stir. Sanada gets Ishii to his feet as fans still rally, and Sanada whips Ishii to ropes. Sanad elbows Ishii down, STNADING MOONSAULTS, cover, TWO!! A close one but Naito tags in, and takes his time walking over to Ishii.

Naito gets Ishii up by his nose, then dragon sleepers for a BACKBREAKER! PLUMA BLANCA! Bushi and Sanada intercept Goto and Hashi as Ishii endures the leg-hook full nelson! Goto gets past Bushi to stomp Naito but Sanada throws Goto and Hashi out! Naito thrashes Ishii around in the hold but Ishii reaches for ropes with a leg! He’s so close and yet so far, but he kicks and kicks and kicks o get the ropebreak! Naito claims he needs help, so Red Shoes undoes Pluma Blanca for him. Fans rally up, “I-SHI-I!” “NA-I-TO!” as Naito drags Ishii back up. Naito gets Ishii to the LIJ corner and Bushi tags in. Bushi mockingly says Red Shoes should check Ishii, but then Ishii CHOPS Naito!

Bushi DECKS Ishii with a right then kicks him around. Ishii gets mad and eggs Bushi on. Bushi has Ishii in a corner but Ishii hits back with low headbutts! Bushi DOUBLE CHOPS Ishii, and again, then fires off forearm after forearm! Both men talk trash, Bushi throws more forearms, and Ishii slumps down. Bushi taunts Ishii, whips him corner to corner, but Ishii comes right back to run Bushi over! Fans fire up as both men are down! Ishii hot tags to Goto! Goto BLASTS Naito, but Bushi kicks and runs. Goto runs Bushi over! Sanada gets in, Goto kicks him to- No, Sanada won’t let himself be suplex’d onto Bushi! Sanada suplexes, Goto slips out, but Sanada elbows him away.

Goto is in a corner, Sanada runs in but Goto dodges! Goto runs to clothesline Bushi, Sanada runs corner to corner but Goto dodges again! Sanada runs into Bushi, Goto throws Sanada down by his hair! Goto then headlocks Bushi, to BULLDOG Bushi down! Cover, TWO! Bushi is still in this, as is LIJ, but Goto drags Bushi up. Goto fireman’s carries but Bushi fights free. Goto kicks, runs, but Bushi dropkicks back! Both men are down and fans fire up again! They both crawl, hot tag to Naito! Naito stomps Goto down, throws forearms and elbows, then whips Goto corner to corner. Got reverses, runs in, but Naito boots him away! Goto tries again but gets more boots!

Naito runs, blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg and dropkicks it out! Then Naito runs, but into Goto’s back elbow! Fans rally as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi rallies with shoulder tackles and back elbows! Hashi whips, Naito reverse but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Mule kick and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi gets Naito back up. Hashi suplexes but Naito blocks! Hashi hits a body shot, a CHOP, but Naito knees free of the suplex. Hashi runs, Naito dodges and Sanada elbows! Feed to elbow, dropkick, and atomic drop! Naito uses the ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Naito takes a moment to catch his breath before he stalks Hashi to a corner.

Naito hauls Hashi to the top rope then climbs up to join him. But Hashi slips out below! Naito throws hands but Hashi still brings him out, only for Naito to RANA the powerbomb away! Naito runs in but Hashi boots him! Hashi runs to RANA Naito! Fans fire up with Hashi as Goto joins in. Goto runs to corner clothesline, Hashi adds his own! Feed to kick, Goto hooks Naito up, BLOCKBUSTER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Goto DECKS Sanada and Hashi gets Naito up, RUNNING SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, BUSHI breaks it! Ishii gets Bushi, ducks an enziguri and DEAD LIFT GERMANS Bushi out! Hashi fires up as he and Naito rise! Hashi runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous as this continues! Hashi gets Naito back up, fisherman’s, but Naito fights Kumagoroshi to a DDT! Everyone is down, even the four on the outside, as fans rally up again! Hashi rises, Naito follows, and the two stare down as they stand back up. Naito throws the first forearm! But Hashi gives it back! Naito smiles as he throws another forearm, and as Hashi gives it back! They go back and forth, building up speed, and fans rally with them! Hashi CHOPS, but Naito still throws a forearm! Hashi CHOPS, Naito forearms, repeat! Hashi CHOPS again, so Naito gets an arm to throw back elbow after back elbow! Hashi staggers to a corner and fans rally even harder!

Naito goes to the corner, hops up, reels Hashi in, ESPERANZA! Naito aims as Hashi rises up, but Hashi elbows Destino away! ENZIGURI! Naito whips, Hashi reverses, FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Hashi up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Hashi shoves Naito away, but Naito blocks the superkick and fires off more back elbows! Naito scoops Hashi, but Hashi slips free to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Naito staggers up, into a SUPERKICK! Is Naito smiling?! He rebounds and forearms Hashi again, but Hashi CHOPS! And BACKSTABBERS!! Both men are down and fans are electric after that exchange!

Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re still stirring. Naito and Hashi start to stir, and we can see Ishii return to the Chaos corner. Ishii shouts to Hashi, Hashi heads his way. Naito heads for the LIJ corner, hot tags to Ishii and Sanada! Sanada dodges Ishii, Ishii dodges Sanada, repeat! Ishii blocks, waistlocks, Sanada switches and shoves, they continue to dodge and dodge! Sanada BOOTS but Ishii rebounds, into another BOOT! Ishii stays up, Sanada runs, but Ishii runs Sanada over! Ishii grits his teeth and hobbles over to Sanada. Ishii gets Sanada up and reels him in, but Sanada blocks the back suplex. Sanada throws elbows, Ishii shoves, but Sanad elbow shim away

SANADA QUWBRADA but Ishii avoids t! GERMAN but Sanada lands on his feet to dropkick Ishii out! Fans fire up again, Sanada aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Sanada encourages the fans to get louder and they do get louder! Sanada gets Ishii back up and into the ring, takes aim from the apron as Ishii rises, and springboards in! Ishii gets under, Sanada rolls through, but into Goto’s SLEEPER! Red Shoes reprimands but Goto squeezes Sanada tight! Sanada endures, Goto whips him to a corner, and then Goto whips Ishii. Sanada dodges Ishii to dropkick Goto down, Bushi uppercuts Ishii! Feed to BOOT, ENZIGURI and BIG BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Sanad keeps cool, fireman’s carries Ishii, and swings, but Ishii turns that into a dragon sleeper! But Sanada turns that around to his own, then O’Conner Rolls, to the dragon sleeper! SKULL END!! And so much faster than he usually locks it in! Ishii endures, fans rally up, but Sanada has the body scissors in tight! Ishii is fading, Red Shoes checks on him, the arm drops once. Ishii wakes up but fades out again. Sanada lets him be to go up top! ROUND BODY- Ishii moves but Sanada lands on his feet! Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Hashi also DECKS Naito off the apron and calls to Goto.

Goto-Hashi gets Sanada up, double whips, but Sanada ducks the double clothesline to double dropkick them! Sanada swings on Hashi but Hashi dodges. Hashi turns Sanada and Goto joins in, NECK BUSTER!! Goto DECKS Naito, Hashi DECKS Bushi, then DOUBLE PLANCHAS?! Goto-Hashi do planchas now?! Ishii growls and gets back to his feet in the corner. Ishii fires up, dares Sanada to stand, and then runs. Sanada catches the lariat to Sliced Bread to a dragon sleeper! Ishii pops out to PELE Sanada down! Ishii gets back up as fans rally, “I-SHI-I!” “SA-NA-DA!” Ishii POWERBOMBS Sanada, high stacks, TWO!! Sanada survives and LIJ is still in this!

Ishii gets back up and wants Sanada to rise again. Ishii runs, to LARIAT Sanada down! High stack again, Naito breaks it! Goto gets in to drag Naito up and throw him out. Ishii roars and gets Sanada up again. Ishii suplexes, but Sanada slips out to waistlock! O’Conner Roll BRIDGE, but Hashi breaks it! Sanada hurries and tags in Bushi. Bushi stomps Ishii, gets him up, but catches Ishii’s clothesline for a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Bushi is annoyed but he drags Ishii back up. Fans rally harder, Hashi clubs Bushi. Hashi whips Bushi to a corner, Bushi dodges the chop. Ishii runs in but into Bushi’s BOOT! BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO!

Bushi nods as he fires back up. Bushi gets Ishii up again, fisherman but no screw! Ishii POUNCES Bushi point-blank! Fans rally hard as ever, Ishii- NO! Naito trips Goto up to stop the hot tag! Naito drags Ishii up, he and Bushi double whip. Kick, susnet fip and rewind to basement dropkick! Bushi calls to Sanada and now they double whip Ishii to a corner. Bushi back elbows, Sanada back elbows, feed to Naito’s ENZIGURI! Bushi hits a RUNNIGN CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Sanada and Naito go after Hashi and Goto on the outside while Bushi vows to end this! Bushi goes up a corner and takes aim, but GOto shoves Naito away! Goto gets in to attack Bushi!

Firemsan’s carry, but Bushi slips off to kick. BUshi runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Sanada dropkicks Goto’s legs! Hashi dropkic’ks Sanada’s legs, then avoids Naito to basement dropkick! Hashi gets Bushi up to CHOP and whip! Bushi dodges and DIVES to take out GOto! Naito dropkicks Hashi’s legs out! Fans return to that thunderous level as Naito spots Ishii. Naito grins wildly as he drags Ishii up. Red Shoes reprimands but Naito throws elbow after elbow. Naito swings again but into a SAIDO! Ishii and Naito are down but Bushi returns! Bushi drags himself up the corner as Ishii rises. Bushi aims, leaps,m missile dropkick! Bushirooni, but Ishii rises!

Bushi blocks a clothesline to ARM CODE BREAKER! But Ishii LARIATS with the left! Both men are down again as fans continue to rally. In fact, they probably never stopped! Ishii drags himself over to Bushi, brings him back up, but Bushi forearms! Ishii doesn’t flinch, and he ROCKS Bushi in return! Ishii demands Bushi get back up, and Bushi SLAPS him! And fires off SLAPPING strikes! Ishii HEADBUTTS, then HEADBUTTS again! Bushi is down but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii slaps himself to focus on his target. Bushi flounders to his feet, Ishii builds speed, but Bushi ducks the lariat! Bushi shoves Ishii at Red Shoes, Ishii stops short!

Ishii turns around, Bushi GREEN MIST- missed?! Bushi hasn’t used that in so long, but Ishii still ducked in time! And HEADBUTTS, to a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans are electric again as Ishii gets to his feet. Ishii staggers about, covered in mist on the back of his neck, but he gets Bushi up to suplex and- No, Bushi knees free! Ishii comes back, Bushi gets around but Ishii is sturdy! Sanada dropkicks Ishii into the GHOST PIN! TWO!?!? Is Red Shoes sure?! Sanada doesn’t care, he dragon sleepers Ishii! Feed to Naito but Ishii ROCKS Naito first! But Sanada SOBATS, and Naito CORRIENDOSHIKI!! Fans might be moving past electric now as Bushi crawls to a corner!

Bushi drags himself up the corner while Sanada keeps Hashi out. Ishii slowly stirs, finally stands, and Bushi leaps for MX!!! Cover, but GOTO BREAKS IT?! Goto got there in time and this is still going! Naito throws Goto out, Sanada still has Hashi, and fans are volcanic for this match! Bushi gets Ishii up as Naito and Goto crash into railing! Bushi gets Ishii up, wrenches, reels him in, TERRIBLÉ!! Cover, TWO!?!? WHAT?!! Bushi drags himself over to another corner, not letting frustration top him. Fans rally up again as Bushi climbs. Bushi aims at Ishii, leaps again, MX- NO! Ishii ducks under, Goto returns to fireman’s carry! Bushi slips out, enziguri miss but HEEL KICK HITS!

Bushi has the fans fired up as he gets Goto up. But Goto fireman’s carries, Hashi gets in, SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI!! Goto-Hashi get Bushi up, dragon sleeper and lift, but Bushi fights out of GYW! Sanada has Hashi, Bushi feeds Goto to Naito for an elbow. But Goto comes back to LARIAT! Goto CLOBBERS Sanada, then fireman’s carries Bushi! Hashi is there but Bushi slips off. Goto dodges, Hashi SUPERKICKS! They get Bushi up, G Y R!!! SLIDING LARIAT from Ishii!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Maybe even 2.99, but still! Ishii fires up while Hashi keeps Naito down with a BUTTERFLY LOCK! Ishii suplexes Bushi for the BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, Chaos wins!!!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Goto-Hashi-Ishii are feeling MUCH more than fine after defense number nine! At the same time, this took so much out of all of them! Medics get Bushi to the back quickly to be sure his neck is alright, but Naito and Sanada stay to stare down with Goto and Hashi. They all know that there’s a different kind of six man tag match on the horizon, and each side wants to make sure the other remembers that. Goto and Hashi help Ishii up and the trio has their hands raised in victory. Ishii also gives Naito a nod as he and Sanada go catch up to Bushi.

Once the champions have the belts back on their shoulders, Hashi asks for the mic. “We defended for the ninth time! I might have said some stuff about LIJ wanting a rematch, but they were great.” Bushi, even through your mask, Hashi could see your passion! But Chaos still won, and now they go after the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles at MetLife Dome! “It only takes an instant for us to take those belts. But when it comes to taking these NEVER titles off us, it’ll take FOREVER!” Mic drop from the Headhunter as he, the Fierce Warrior and the Stone Pitbull kept their word. But will the Dangerous Tekkers make sure Hashi eats his words when it comes to the IWGP tag titles?


My Thoughts:

Another great event, and some good progress in the Takagi VS Evil build. Takagi was certain to win against Yujiro anyway, so Evil attacking with no regard doesn’t ruin things, kayfabe or shoot. And with plenty of time still, Takagi can easily return the favor in a singles match where Evil would be considered the surefire winner.

Don’t you just love it when a wrestling company makes every division feel awesome and important? The NEVER Openweight Six Man titles started off with an aura of little importance. There were some fairly strong trios that had them (Young Bucks & Hangman Page, aka Hung Bucks, stick out to me), but for whatever reason, there just wasn’t a lot of buzz. Even when Goto-Hashi-Ishii won them to start, it felt like this was NJPW rewarding Hashi for sticking it out. And perhaps it was, but looking at this streak of incredibly wild matches Hashi and his team have put together against some great trio combinations, Hashi and the titles are on a new level.

Tonight’s match was no different. It again went longer than I expected, with more false finishes than expected, and yet I wasn’t upset by any of that. Both trios are high level combinations of high level wrestlers, this is just the mathematical result of all that combined talent. They also did a great job making it look like LIJ was going to take these titles, but in the end it was Ishii finishing Bushi so that Chaos could win while the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Triple Threat math is left alone. That Triple Threat will be on par with this trios match tonight, but I would think Chaos keeping the NEVER titles means they now take the loss for one of the other teams. But again, as I have said myself, NJPW doesn’t always use “go-home math” in their decision making, so it’s still anyone’s game at MetLife.

My Score: 9.4/10


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

BOSJ, Round 6!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

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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