IMPACT decided to do themselves a solid, and AEW a solid by starting the show at 10pm eastern. How did Bound for Glory go this year? Was it…IInspirational?
We’ve got a bunch of title matches, some solid feuds, a Call You Shot gauntlet and a possible Uncle Rhino reunion! You probably know enough of the stories, so let’s get to the show!
- Knockouts Tag Titles: Rosemary & Havok (c) vs The IInspiration: The IInspiration wins via Tandem Powerbomb/Neckbreaker – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Vacant X Division Championship: Trey Miguel vs Steve Maclin vs El Phantasmo: Trey Miguel wins via Meteora – *** ¼ – TITLE CHANGE!!
- VBD vs Heath & Rhino: Rhino wins via GORE – ***
- Call Your Shot Gauntlet: Moose wins via Lights Out – *** ½
- Impact Tag Team Championship: Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice vs Good Brothers (c): Brothers retain via Opportunistic Pinfall – *** ¼
- Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Tornado Mick DDT – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs Josh Alexander: Josh wins via Ankle Lock – **** ½ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- CALLED SHOT: IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Moose: Moose wins via Lights Out – N/A – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Jordynne Grace won the inaugural Digital Media Championship on their countdown show.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 24, 2021
Knockouts Tag Titles: Rosemary & Havok (c) vs The IInspiration
Harley Cameron comes out to sing The IInspiration theme song live. It’s very much reminiscent of their IIconics intro, just with a better more early 00s pop music sounding theme song. Early on we see a little bit of the old IIconics shenanigans and the pose.
The IInspiration manage to try and keep Havok at bay, chopping her down and Low Bridging her to the outside which events things out a little. Rosemary catches Cassie with a Falling Powerbomb and goes to Havok. Havok lays out Cassie, but Jess breaks up the pinfall. There’s a bit of a scrum where they all get involved, then the IInspiration get cute and move which causes Havok to crash into the ring post.
Things move to the outside, they take out Havok, Rosemary tries to even things out but after a quick tag and the referee trying to get Jess out of the ring since she’s no longer the legal wrestler, Cassie connects with a vicious knee, then they hit a Tandem finisher and they have an iconic first night!
Vacant X Division Championship: Trey Miguel vs Steve Maclin vs El Phantasmo
After a small worthless cardio spot, ELP has his usual goofy heel antics, a trip, into an agreed upon Chip off on Trey. Then ELP tries to take advantage of things with applying the Purple Nurple to Maclin, but Maclin no sells.
Trey has a spot with Muta Lock transitions, but they are purely spots and not worth the time I’m spending writing it beyond “it looks cool”. Phantasmo goes into Super Carny mode, and he starts doing Springboad moves, rope walk, Cartwheel into Back Rake, goofy exit to the ring, Cartwheel again into another Back Rake on Trey. Then Maclin proves why he’s the glue in this match and just kicks them both, slows down the higher flying offense and pulls off a double power move for a near fall.
Maclin sets both guys in the Tree of Woe for two “In the Crosshairs” spots, ELP eats the Spear and powders, Trey counters, tries to put something together with a Back Handspring, but Maclin Spears Trey mid Handspring. Big moves from everyone eventually leads to Trey being in control a little. Trey misses his first in-ring attack, Maclin comes in to ruin the fun and hit Spicoli Driver. ELP powders, Trey and Maclin both look for a way to get things moving, they go to the corner, and ELP shows back up and pulls off a few flashy moves that leads to a Splash and near fall.
Maclin goes for Mayhem for All, Trey comes off the top with a Meteora, but Maclin drops ELP and catches Trey. Puts him down, eats a kick from Trey and then from ELP. Trey tries to Roll-Up ELP, but he kicks out. ELP goes for his Low Blow Punch, but Trey was wearing a cup. Buzzsaw Kick, deadlift Brainbuster, into Meteora, and Trey wins his first title in Impact Wrestling.
I suppose we’re supposed to care for the feel good aspect for Trey since they want him to be a babyface, but he’s just unlikable and pointless in the ring. So the story they want to tell, I suppose good for him, he’s still an awful spot wrestler with no psychology.
VBD vs Heath & Rhino
VBD come out cocky, Heath comes out first, and before they can even announce his partner, VBD attacks. Rhino is nowhere to be seen but Heath still wants the fight. Heath gets the best of Deaner, but Doering really beats on him.
Nice camera work helps the Running Crossbody from Doering look amazing. So Doering beats on Heath, brings Deaner back in, but Deaner misses the Headbutt and Heath has his moments. Heath lays out Deaner, they are both laid out, and then we hear Rhino’s music. Rhino comes out, asks for the tag from Heath, kills Deaner, Rhino and Heath both take out Doering, and the GORE on Deaner.
Decent match with a story that people will actually enjoy. I got kids Heath and Uncle Rhino, really resonated with the IWC. Let’s see if there’s a solid payoff, but this is a story that people will probably enjoy.
Call Your Shot Gauntlet
Chris Sabin is first because he was runner up in the battle royale on IMPACT!, but number 2….is ROCKY ROMERO! I always appreciate Rocky, and the fact these two guys are experts at the 90s/early 00s Junior style, this will be a great opening few minutes. Number 3 is…Madman Fulton. This is an interesting dynamic. Rocky and Sabin thankfully start working together, but number 4 is Rohit Raju, so he’ll have a plan. Seeing Rocky here makes me realize that Rohit would be amazing in New Japan.
The heels decide to work together, and then Tasha Steelz is next up. Rohit stops Tasha and wants her to help beat on the two downed Babyfaces. So that’s a great way to keep Tasha alive and in character without the size discrepancy seeming awkward. Rohit eliminates Rocky, and it’s a 3 on 1 against Sabin. Rachael Ellering is 6, so she’ll probably go after Tasha…yup. Rohit almost gets thrown out, but he stops himself. Fulton gets thrown against the ropes and Rohit starts losing his balance and grabs Fulton’s dreads to stay up. But as he’s pulling the hair, Sabin grabs the legs, Rohit manages to grab the rope and slide in as Fulton gets tipped over, partially because of Rohit’s handywork. Savannah Evans is next, so Tasha has her enforcer. Rachael takes out Savannah, but then Rachael gets eliminates by Tasha. Johnny Swinger is 8. Swinger slides in and tries to put some moves on Tasha. But Tasha isn’t amused by Swinger being…Swinger. Melina is number 9! It’s nice to see Melina since when we saw her before and around Empowerrr, she’s become a much better wrestler. Melina and Tasha go back and forth, Swinger tries to seduce Melina or something, but it’s not appreciated.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 24, 2021
10 is…WAIT, the Kiss Demon is 10! I haven’t seen Dale Torborg in years, so I can only assume it’s still him. Swinger actually helps The Demon into the ring, because he thinks its Gene Simmons. So he asks for his autograph. The Demon signs it, “You’re Dead” and eliminates Swinger. Brian Myers is 11. Sheesh, it is one of those ‘only in Las Vegas’ type moments with The Demon showing up. Matt Cardona continues to follow Brian Myers places, so he comes out at 12. Laredo Kid in at 13, so that should mix up the styles in the ring. It’s been a while, but Melina eliminates Tasha, and then Myers eliminates Melina. Pfft, he’s such a dweeb.
Sam Beale is next at 14, he was just cut from Wrestler School. So as he comes in, Myers gives him an order, and Sam listens. Hopefully he gets a babyface moment later in the match and screws Myers, but he’s playing lackey at the moment going after Cardona. Rich Swann is number 15, so it’s not the worst number to draw. Myers tries to berate Beale, and Beale dumps out Myers! Ace Austin drew 16, even though Fulton was eliminated a while ago.
Demon tries to take it to Ace, but he’s too quick, catches Demon, rocks him and then gets low bridged, so Ace eliminates The Kiss Demon. Moose is 17 and charges in on Rich Swann. Sam Beale tries to sneak attack Moose, but Moose no sells and just throws Sam out into a pile of people. Eddie Edwards has 18. Alisha is 19 and brings two Kendo sticks with her. Moose meets her on the ramp, tries to stop her, but Eddie gets Kenny, so Kenny and Kendra start lighting up Moose. Massive Cassidy is last, but he gets met with Kendo Stick shots. Alisha gets picked up by Cassidy and tossed. Eddie holds on to the rope on the apron, but eats a massive boot and is out. Rohit tries to recruit Moose and Morrissey, but they just toss him.
Sabin gets rid of Ace, Fulton slides in, hits the End of Days on Sabin, Moose and Cassidy drop Sabin out. Cardona, Rich Swann, Moose and Morrissey are the final four. Morrissey has Swann on his shoulders, Moose eliminates them both. Moose and Cardona are the last two. Cardona turns Moose inside out, goes for an Avalanche Radio Silence, but Moose ducks, and comes out of the corner with the Lights Out. MOOSE WINS THE Call Your Shot trophy!
Impact Tag Team Championship: Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice vs Good Brothers (c)
FinJuice have the early control and most of the fun. Juice is very audible, telling the referee he has the tag rope, calling the Oklahoma Roll in a comedic loud way, Randy Savage Double Axe Handle and a ‘high impact maneuver’. Chris Bey staggers Juice and he falls back to the Brothers so LG tags in and Bey tags in Hikuleo.
So we get the monster mash for a minute, as Leo gets the best of things, brings in Bey, but before anything can happen Finlay blind tags Bey and ruins any Bullet Club momentum. Finlay was getting rocked for a while until he brought in Juice. Juice was on fire, beating on Bey, landing the Juice Box for a near fall and being generally dominant. The big wipe out spots happen, FinJuice look to finish things in classic fashion. A little Power and Glory, but Karl Anderson lightly tags himself back in, so he chucks Juice out after they hit the tandem move, he pins Bey and retains.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs Mickie James
Mickie starts before the bell, and goes to town. She’s jawing at Deonna about coming to her house, and stays aggressive all the way up the ramp. Deonna counters Mickie around the ramp and then starts dragging her back to the ring by the hair. Deonna starts to dominate, as they get back in the ring for the bell to officially ring, and Deonna stays on the offensive. Mickie can’t get a move in edgewise. Deonna rides her into the ground, throws her outside, and gets back on her. Mickie just can’t figure out an opening, Mickie even tries a Frankensteiner, but Deonna blocks it and Powerbombs Mickie.
Deonna talks shit to Mickie, they strike, simultaneous Crossbodies leave both women down, and then Mickie finally starts getting some stuff put together. Mickie hits her Frankensteiner, pulls out a desperation Mickie DDT, but can’t cover right away, so Deonna kicks out. Some more back and forth, Deonna lands a rope assisted Queen’s Gambit, but Mickie kicks out.
Deonna goes for a chair to protect her title, but the referee stops her. Deonna manages to pull the referee into the way of Thesz Press, so the referee bump gives Deonna and idea. She goes to the chair again, Mickie hits the Mick Kick into the chair, but only a near fall. Deonna gets vicious, goes after the left arm more brutally ripping Mickie off the top rope by her arm but she gets cocky. Deonna wants to rub it in, so she mocks Mickie by attempting the Mick DDT, Mickie spins out, Mick Kick, Tornado Mick DDT, and Mickie wins!
So with the main event upcoming, my bias is showing a little. I enjoy Josh Alexander, but with Moose wining the call your shot, I’d personally like to see Christian retain tonight, but Moose cash that in immediately if that’s within the rules. I don’t remember if it’s supposed to be a legit match or if it’s like a briefcase, but Moose should be the one to bring the title home.
IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Christian Cage (c) vs Josh Alexander
Early on this is the clash of styles so to speak. Josh focused on keeping a deliberate pace and trying to out wrestle Christian. Since Christian came in with his shoulder taped, Alexander had some focus on the injured area, but also hunted for his bread and butter Ankle lock early on. Christian’s major game plan really seemed to be using veteran savvy and Alexander’s inexperience in the moment to his advantage.
Every times Alexander put a few things together, Christian could keep it simple and normally have a counter. One of my favorite spots being Josh pulls off the Chaos Theory German Suplex, but Christian kicks out, then as Josh is getting back to his feet, Christian stays seated an simply kicks Josh’s legs out from under him and going for a Rear Naked Choke. Which forced Josh to counter it into a pinfall attempt, just to make sure the pinfall got broken.
Josh went for big spots, occasionally he let his emotions get the best of him and seemingly rushed his advantage, and Christian made him pay. So it played into the story well. They fight toward the corner, Josh manages to drop Christian, go for a Moonsault, but missed! Christian tries the Killswitch, but Josh fights it off, Christian charges into the corner and Josh moves, but Christian hits the banged up shoulder. Ankle Lock attempt to drag Christian down, but Christian fights. He crawls to the ropes, but Josh pulls him back, he tries to turn, but Josh won’t relent, Christian tries to reach out or press up with the bad arm, and can’t lift it. Josh keeps the Ankle Lock in, steps on Christian’s good hand, Chrisitan can’t move himself with the injured arm, and taps out.
Josh is overcome with emotion, Matt Striker on commentary seems choked up, Josh’s eldest son and wife come into the ring to celebrate…but off camera Moose slid into the ring and called his shot! Josh tries to get his family out of the ring, but his wife shields the kid in the corner, Josh turns as the bell ring, LIGHTS OUT, and Moose is the new-new IMPACT Champion!
I mean…not EXACTLY how I wanted it, but I’ll take it. Moose being champion is all that matters to me.
Overall Score: 8.25/10
Stories were paid off, feel good moments, villainous moments and titles changes hands. All in all, what else can you ask for in a show? Plus there wasn’t a “bad” match on the entire card. The main event did a great job at making Josh out to be a hero, but then Moose became an even bigger villain than he already was. ESPECIALLY with the added effect of doing it in front of Josh’s wife and small son.
Mickie being champion again is a great reset in a way, Deonna already lapped the field and if she retained than they’d have to call Manami Toyota, Mayu Iwatani, Arisa Nakajima…or someone credible from other countries to challenge her. Plus everyone loves Mickie, and she can still go, so it’s not like it was putting the title on an old vet for no reason. The IInspiration also do a great job at making their debut matter, and maybe being able to breathe some life into the rather lame Knockouts Tag Division.
Good Brothers are gonna Good Brother, but I’m assuming this is just a slow roll to get the Guerrillas of Destiny over to Impact for their big Bullet Club blow off. Digital Media whatever…I don’t know what they’re gonna do with that, I don’t have high hopes…but it’s unique I guess. Oh and Trey Miguel finally won something. I mean…someone prolly likes him…like his mom from last year’s storyline probably likes him. Maybe a title reign can help him figure things out since he won’t be the underdog anymore, but I really don’t have faith in his ability to make a match make sense.
My unbridled disdain for Trey Miguel aside, it was a really solid show. The last two matches were great, the main event proves that Josh Alexander should be in the running for Wrestle of the Year. Any of his matches that have gotten time, have been fantastic. Chris Sabin, Jake Something, Christian Cage; just a few of the matches that come to mind that were awesome with him this year.
Here’s to looking forward to what they do next!
Lucha Central Weekly: WWE Releases, AAA TripleMania Regia, and Matanza Is Back In MLW (episode escaped from the vault!)
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
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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.
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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
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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