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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/13/21)

Round 8, A Block!



NJPW G1 Climax 31

Will the Dominator slay the Dragon?

Great-O-Khan may be out of the G1 Climax running, but he can still earn a title match with a win over THE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Will the United Empire still have a way to conquer NJPW?

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.


  • Tomohiro Ishii VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter; Ishii wins.
  • KENTA VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado; Kenta wins.
  • Toru Yano VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Takagi wins.


Here are the current A Block standings!

Kota Ibushi: 6-2, 12 points [won special singles bye]
Kenta: 5-2, 10 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 5-2, 10 points
Shingo Takagi: 5-2, 10 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 4-3, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Great-O-Khan: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Tanga Loa: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


Tomohiro Ishii VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Stone Pitbull and the Tokyo Pimp are mathematically eliminated from taking the block, but they still have their pride! Will Ishii take a bite out of Yujiro? Or will the House of Torture earn a shot at the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles through this match?

The second Ishii is in the ring, Yujiro attacks! Yujiro whips, Ishii reverses but Yujiro runs him over! The bell rings to get this on record as Yujiro stomps and kicks Ishii out of the ring. Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” as Yujiro whips him hard into railing! Yujiro drags Ishii up, knees him low, then whips him the other way, only for Ishii to reverse! Yujiro hits railing and falls to the floor! Ishii stalks Yujiro around the way but Pieter sneaks the cane to Yujiro. Yujiro JAMS Ishii in the ribs, then Pieter distracts the ref as Yujiro throws Ishii into more railing. Yujiro gets space and Pieter keeps the ref distracted as a CANE SHOT takes Ishii down!

Fans rally as Yujiro puts the cane away. He puts Ishii in the ring, covers, ONE! Yujiro is annoyed but he drags Ishii up. Yujiro bumps Ishii off buckles then stomps him. Yujiro CHOPS but Ishii snarls, so Yujiro CHOPS again. Yujiro CHOPS and CHOPS but Ishii CHOPS back. Yujiro eggs Ishii on so Ishii CHOPS again. Yujiro back elbows Ishii down! Then he backs up to run in and BOOT! Yujiro pushes Ishii down, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Yujiro drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Yujiro paces around. Yujiro drags Ishii up, reels him in and back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is annoyed but he kicks Ishii around.

Yujiro stands Ishii up to snapmare him down, then runs to basement BOOT! But Ishii stays up? Yujiro runs again and basement BOOTS! Ishii keeps himself up win an arm, but Yujiro runs to BOOT that arm! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro is further annoyed. Yujiro sits Ishii up but Ishii headbutts low. Yujiro throws a forearm, then another, and Ishii wobbles. Yujiro fires more but Ishii eggs him on. Yujiro fires forearm after forearm, eggs Ishii on then rakes his eyes! Yujiro whips Ishii to a corner, but Ishii comes back to run him over! Fans rally up, Ishii CHOPS Yujiro against ropes. And again! And again! And again! Ishii makes sure Yujiro stays standing so he can CHOP more!

The ref reprimands but Ishii CHOPS then whips. Yujiro holds ropes, Ishii runs in, FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro runs but into Ishii’s POWERSLAM! Fans rally up while both men are down! Ishii gets up first, stands Yujiro up, but Yujiro throws elbows to get out of the waistlock. Ishii swings but Yujiro gets around, ducks as Ishii swings again, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Ishii clutches his head while fans rally up. Yujiro stands Ishii up against ropes, backs up and runs in to BOOT! Ishii staggers, Yujiro runs and BOOTS him again! Ishii roars and throws a forearm! Yujiro blocks Ishii’s kick, throws him down then runs, but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick!

Yujiro kicks low then reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights off the fisherman! Ishii suplexes Yujiro up and over! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Yujiro gets to a corner, Ishii runs in and clotheslines! Ishii hoists Yujiro up top, climbs up to join him, then brings Yujiro up for a STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Yujiro survives and fans fire up again! Fans continue to rally, “I-SHI-I! I-SHI-I!” as he brings Yujiro up. Ishii reels him in but Yujiro BITES Ishii’s hand! And bites harder! Ishii powers up and withstands the biting, but Yujiro bites harder! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and throws forearms.

Ishii ROCKS Yujiro back, reels him in, but Yujiro powers up to an Alabama lift! Ishii kicks and gets back to his feet, but Yujiro slips out of the bomb to spin Ishii around to a DDT! Fans rally up as Yujiro crawls over to the ropes. Yujiro stands up and hobbles back to Ishii. Yujiro drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the lift with elbows. Yujiro throws forearm after forearm but Ishii fires up and fires forearms back! Yujiro fires up, Ishii throws boxing elbows, then runs, but Yujiro reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and Yujiro grows frustrated. Fans rally but Yujiro stands Ishii up. Yujiro fireman’s carry but Ishii slips off!

Ishii dodges the boot, he blocks a clothesline but so does Yujiro. Ishii ENZIGURIS but Yujiro blocks! Yujiro runs, but Ishii dodges, only for Yujiro to LARIAT! Yujiro brings Ishii up and around, BUCKLE BOMB! It wasn’t the cleanest, either, but Yujiro drags Ishii up to fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives again and fans fire up! Yujiro drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but no Pimp Juice! Ishii blocks the kick, waitslocks, but Yujiro elbows out, only to turn around into a SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down. Yujiro and Ishii slowly rise, Yujiro fires forearms but Ishii headbutts! Yujiro boots, and BOOTS, but Ishii ENZIGURIS!

Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Ishii stands up and runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is still in this, but Ishii runs to LARIAT him back down! Ishii drags Yujiro up and suplexes, but Yujiro slips out to steal the BRAINBUSTER! Then PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives and the fans fire up! Yujiro gets up and roars, then he brings Ishii up. But Ishii blocks Big Juice and back drops Yujiro away! Yujiro is right back up but Ishii blocks the boot. Yujiro forearms, but then swings into a spin! Ishii suplexes, Yujiro fights out, wrench and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Yujiro gets Ishii back up, for BIG- NO! Ishii wrenches out to RUNNING HEADBUTT!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. Yujiro flounders but Ishii roars. Ishii runs but into a boot and a SLAP! Yujiro drags Ishii back up for BIG- NO, Ishii gets around to SNAP GERMAN! But Yujiro stands?! Yujiro roars, headbutts the buckles, and runs, into Ishii’s LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!! Ishii can’t believe Yujiro survives but he gets him right back up! Suplex to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Ishii wins!

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)

The Stone Pitbull hit harder than the Tokyo Pimp could take, and he is still on the bottom! Will Ishii finish strong to the last round?


KENTA VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado!

Once more, it is Bullet Club VS Bullet Club! Fang Revived still has life in the G1, but will the Silverback spoil that for him? Or will Loa do Kenta a solid since he’s out of the running anyway?

Being Bullet Club, they all Low Sweet, and fans cheer. The bell rings and this is a straight up match as the two circle. Kenta gets fans on his rhythm, then ties up with Loa. Loa shoves Kenta down and Kenta gets to the ropes. Kenta’s a bit surprised but Loa says it’s all cool. They circle, Kenta gets fans clapping again, and they tie up again. Loa shoves Kenta down again and Kenta gets to the corner. Loa assures Kenta, it’s all out of respect. They circle again, Kenta gives a sharp kick, but Loa walks it off. The two feel out the grapple, Kenta kicks again and Jado gets upset but Loa still walks it off. Loa and Kenta circle, feel things out, and Kenta kicks and kicks and kicks!

Kenta headlocks, Loa powers out then runs Kenta over! Kenta bails out as fans cheer and Loa waits on him. Fans rally, Kenta catches his breath on the outside and Loa lets him have space. Kenta slides in, only to roll right back out. Jado protests but Kenta dares Loa to come out after him. Loa does go out but then Kenta gets back in. Loa laughs off Kenta trolling him. Now Kenta wants Loa to get in. Loa does, and so Kenta goes back out. The trolling continues but Loa keeps his cool. Loa goes out again but Kenta gets back in. Loa sighs but he slides back in, and Jado blocks Kenta’s escape route! Fans fire up as Kenta backs up into Loa’s kick!

Loa CLUBS Kenta down, Kenta throws body shots but Loa CLUBS him then throws him out. Now Loa gives Kenta his fight outside as he RAMS Kenta into railing! But Kenta RAMS Loa into the apron! Kenta whips but Loa reverses, Kenta goes into more railing! Kenta hobbles around the way, Loa follows, and Loa throws haymakers to keep Kenta going. Loa bumps Kenta off apron, kicks him against railing but Kenta kicks back. Loa throws body shots, CLUBS Kenta down, then throws more forearms. The ring count begins, Loa throws more forearms, then CLUBS Kenta before giving him an APRON BACK SUPLEX at 10 of 20!

Kenta flops back down and Loa says this is what Kenta wanted. The count is 15, Loa puts Kenta in at 16. Fans cheer, and Loa hits a slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps cool as he pushes Kenta around. Kenta throws slapping shots but Loa grins and SLAPS back. Kenta gets to a corner, Loa stomps him down. Loa drags Kenta up, brings him around and scoops to SLAM! Cover, TWO! Loa wraps on a chinlock and grinds Kenta down. Kenta endures, Loa brings Kenta to the mat and fans rally up. Kenta fights up, throws body shots, then runs but into a BOOT! Loa STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps on Kenta with a half nelson, that he turns into the OG KILLER!

Kenta endures the crossface and he crawls around, reaching for ropes. Loa asks if Kenta is giving up and Kenta says no, so Loa pulls back harder! Kenta reaches but Loa elbows that arm down, then rolls Kenta away from ropes! Loa cranks on the crossface but Kenta scoots backwards to the ROPEBREAK! The ref points it out and Loa lets go slowly. Loa then stomps Kenta down! Loa puts Kenta on the ropes, chokes him with them, then lets off as the ref counts. Loa pie faces Kenta but Kenta eggs him on so Loa kicks him. Fans rally and Loa CLUBS Kenta. Loa grins as he brings Kenta up to suplex. Kenta slips out, gets to a corner and boots Loa back.

Loa returns but into more BOOTS! Kenta goes up, reels Loa in and TORNADO HOTSHOTS! Kenta goes back up to FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta is annoyed but Jado and the fans applaud. Kenta drags Loa up but Loa fights the fisherman. Loa throws body shots, CLUBS Kenta, but Kenta BOOTS back. Loa growls, and blocks Kenta’s powerslam! Loa CLUBS free, Kenta ducks and dodges to BOOT again. Now he gets the POWERSLAM! Fans rally up as Kenta stands back up. Kenta waits for Loa to sit up, and Kenta KICKS him in the chest. Loa sits up and nods, but Kenta KICKS him again. Jado coaches Loa and Loa eggs Kenta on. Kenta KICKS again, and again, and again!

Loa fires up off the kicks, kicks back, throws knees and an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Loa as he keeps Kenta from escaping. Loa reels him in for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Kenta’s still in this but Loa still smiles. Loa drags Kenta up, scoops him, but Kenta slips out of Ape Shit to bail out of the ring. Loa goes out after him and CLUBS Kenta around the way. Loa scoops Kenta to hit SNAKE EYES off the railing! The ref wants this back in the ring but Loa says this fight is outside now. Loa digs his boot into Kenta’s neck but lets off as the ring count starts. Loa paces, grinds Kenta’s fingers into the floor, but lets off as the count is 10 of 20.

Loa stands Kenta up to RAM him into railing, wants the ref to hold on, and he puts Kenta in at 15. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring, but Kenta KICKS Loa while he’s in the ropes! And again! Kenta goes to the corner, GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Then the BRAINKILLER! Both men are down after the draping DDT and fans rally up again. Kenta watches Loa, slides back to a corner, then runs corner to corner to BOOT! Kenta keeps moving but Loa follows to clothesline! Loa whips, Kenta forearms back! Kenta sobats, runs in and BOOTS again! Loa sits down, Kenta goes corner to corner for the HESITATION DROPKICK!

Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the top rope. DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Loa survives the coup de grace but Kenta keeps his focus. Kenta slashes his throat and fans fire up as he fireman’s carries. Loa blocks, elbows Kenta over and over, but Kenta throws a forearm! Loa throws the forearm back, so Kenta gives another. Jado coaches Loa, Loa smacks himself then fires another forearm! Kenta gives a forearm, Loa gives a forearm, and fans rally up! Kenta BOOTS, LARIATS, and URAKENS! And URAKENS! And DISCUS- EXPLODER! Loa fires up and the fans are behind him! Kenta slowly rises, Loa runs in, but Kenta sends Loa at he ref!

Loa stops himself short, but then Kenta CLOBBERS Loa into the ref! Everyone goes down and Loa checks on the ref. Loa goes after Kenta. Loa says Kenta’s been a b*tch this entire night, but Kenta LOW BLOWS Loa! Kenta “apologizes” to Loa for that one, but Jado says that’s BS! Jado gets on the apron and Kenta defends himself. Jado steps in and Kenta kicks the ropes! Jado goes down, Kenta gest the kendo stick! Kenta “apologizes” for what’s about to happen, but then the ref gets up. Kenta plays dead! The ref sees Jado and thinks he has something to do with it so he gets Jado towards the ropes. Kenta gets the kendo stick and runs at Loa, but into a LOW BLOW!!

Loa gets Kenta up, reels him in and says this is it! But Kenta RANAS, only for Loa to block! Kenta throws down hands, gets free but Loa blocks the cradle! Loa scoops Kenta for APE- NO, Kenta sends Loa into buckles! Roll up with the ropes! Kenta wins!!

Winner: Kenta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Loa earns 0)

The ref completely misses Kenta stealing this one from Loa! Loa oddly does applaud Kenta’s savvy, and then he gets Jado and Kenta to Low Sweet. Bullet Club continues to be rather dysfunctional, but is the faction still going to stay united through it all?


Toru Yano VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Clown Prince of Chaos may not be able to take his KOPW 2021 trophy to the G1 finals, but he could ruin things for the Submission Master! Will Yano play spoiler or be made to #JustTapOut?

ZSJ attacks Yano during his long entrance! The bell rings to have this on record, Yano gets the ropebreak but ZSJ lets off, only to get Yano back in the SLEEPER! Cobra twist takedown, TWO! Yano comes back, M U! TWO!! ZSJ headlocks, Yano powers out but ZSJ goes around to get Yano in the cobra twist! Then the takedown to the cover, TWO!! Yano narrowly escapes and then gets out of the ring to finally get ready. ZSJ tells Yano to get in the ring but Yano says only if ZSJ agrees to keep this to wrestling. Fans cheer and rally behind Yano as ZSJ tells Yano to get in the ring. Yano waits but ZSJ goes out after him! Yano gets in the ring and now ZSJ wants Yano to come outside.

Yano and ZSJ argue back and forth, Yano wants wrestling! ZSJ tells him to shut up, then he gets in. Yano shoot sin, ZSJ switches, Yano switches, ZSJ scrambles and Yano gets away. The two circle as fans cheer, ZSJ kicks low then throws EuroUppers. ZSJ runs but Yano pulls hair, only for ZSJ to swing on him. Yano dodges to Belly2Belly! Fans rally and ZSJ bails out, so Yano goes out after him! Yano brings ZSJ up and carries him up the ramp! Yano goes through the curtain to gorilla position! What’s going on back there? We hear a lot of clattering but the cameras stay ringside as the ring count starts. Yano comes running back out of the curtain, but what happened to ZSJ?

As the count reaches 10 of 20, ZSJ staggers out with a blindfold bag on his head! Where was Yano keeping that? ZSJ snatches it off at 15 and runs into the ring at 17! But Yano has a CROSS ARMBREAKER!! ZSJ turns that around to his own CROSS ARMBREAKER! Yano scrambles and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Yano go but kicks him out of the ring. Fans rally up, “Z S J!” “Y T R!” as ZSJ wraps Yano’s arm around railing and pulls. Yano rakes ZSJ’s eyes! Yano scrambles away, to go under the ring! He did this to Yujiro last time, but ZSJ drags Yano back out with an ANKLE LOCK! Yano can only endure on the outside, but he rolls to send ZSJ into the apron! Yano has handcuffs!

Yano cuffs one of ZSJ’s hands, the ref reprimands but Yano drags ZSJ to railing. ZSJ rakes eyes, and he cuffs himself to Yano! Now where one goes, the other goes! They kick each other, throw forearms, but the ring count is climbing! ZSJ wrenches at 10 of 20 for a top wristlock. Yano kicks and the count is 15! Yano rakes eyes, the count is 18! They both run in at 19!! Then they fire off more forearms! ZSJ wrenches to a backslide but Yano fights that to a fireman’s carry takedown! TWO, ZSJ has a cradle, TWO! Yano has the cover back, TWO! Yano fights the backslide, ZSJ jumps to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Yano gets the key for the cuffs out of his boot!

Yano fights up, goes to use the key, but ZSJ shifts to a CROSS ARMBREAKER! Yano taps, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)

Yano suffers more as ZSJ keeps on the hold. ZSJ then gets the key to undo the cuffs and free them both. The Submission Master is just one match away, will he earn himself the A Block spot in the finals?


Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan!

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion wants to make history by going to the finals, but he’s still on the bubble! Will the Dominator pop that bubble and drag the Dragon down to Earth? Or will Takagi be roaring towards the top of the block?

Khan does not move from center as Takagi makes his entrance. Red Shoes does his check, Takagi puts his jacket and world title belt aside, and the bell rings. Fans rally as Takagi and Khan stare down. Takagi shoves Khan and eggs him on. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and Khan manages to power Takagi to ropes. Takagi turns things around but Khan turns it back around, and he lets off clean, then kicks low! Khan headlocks and grinds, Takagi fights up and squeezes back with a bearhug. Takagi body shots, powers out and drop toeholds to get a headlock of his own. Fans cheer, Khan fights up, but Takagi grinds the hold. Khan pulls hair then gets the headlock back!

Takagi powers up and out and pulls Khan’s hair in return! Takagi headlocks, Khan powers out but Takagi rams shoulders. The two stare down and fans fire up. Khan eggs Takagi on, he runs and they ram shoulders again! Takagi almost bounces off but then he eggs Khan on. Khan runs, Takagi drops but Khan rams him, only for Takagi to rebound and run Khan over! Fans fire up for “TA-KA-GI! TA-KA-GI!” as he drops elbow after elbow. Then the BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO, but Takagi has the chinlock. Takagi grinds Khan down, Khan fights up as fans rally, but Takagi puts Khan in a corner. Takagi lets off, to then RAM his shoulder in! And again! And again!

Takagi lets off and fans applaud as Takagi CLUBS Khan down. Takagi drags Khan up, reels him in, but Khan elbows the back suplex away. Khan runs but into an elbow! Takagi runs but Khan goes the other way to run Takagi over! Takagi bails out, Khan catches his breath and waits on him. Takagi catches his breath on the outside, and the rib tape shows that is probably tougher than usual. Khan eggs Takagi on but Takagi tells him to just wait. Takagi goes around the way so Khan strikes a pose. Takagi gets in, Khan rushes in, but Takagi grabs at his legs! Khan uses the iron claw to drag Takagi up to the apron! Red Shoes reprimands because of the ropes, and Khan lets go, to BOOT Takagi down!

Takagi crashes into the railing! Khan goes out to stomp Takagi down. Khan drags Takagi up to whip into railing! Takagi leans against railing but Khan CLUBS him. Takagi throws forearms in return, until Khan RAMS Takagi into railing! The ring count is 7 of 20, Khan goes in. Takagi slowly gets up as fans rally and stands at 15. Takagi takes a moment then gets in at 17. Khan digs his boots into Takagi and gives him some Bad Vibrations. Red Shoes counts, Khan lets off and brings Takagi up. Khan snapmares to a chinlock, and digs his knee into Takagi’s back. Fans rally up as Takagi endures but Khan shifts to a sleeper! Khan grinds Takagi to the mat but Takagi keeps fighting.

Takagi reaches out, ropebreak with a foot! Khan lets off to kneel on Takagi’s head. Red Shoes reprimands, Khan lets off and Takagi gets up. Khan wrenches an arm, whips Takagi into a corner hard, then bumps Takagi off buckles. Khan CLUBS Takagi, then hops up to sit on Takagi’s head! Fans cheer as Khan wiggles around then hops off. Takagi BLINDSIDE LARIATS! But Khan stays on his feet!? Khan pulls hair, Takagi slaps his hand away. Takagi CHOPS, Khan CHOPS back! Takagi laughs and CHOPS again! Khan CHOPS, Takagi CHOPS, and fans rally up! Khan eggs Takagi on so Takagi CHOPS again. CHOP after CHOP after CHOP!

Khan CHOPS and CHOPS but Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS! Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS! And again! And then Takagi blocks to steal the Mongolian Chops! And again! Fans fire up, Takagi fakes Khan out to JAB, and YUKON feint to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Takagi drags Khan up, whips him to ropes, then KNEES him low. Takagi runs to run Khan over! Fans fire up and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi then sees Khan in the corner and runs in, but he blocks the boot! And clotheslines through! Takagi fires up more and he brings Khan in for a suplex. Khan blocks, tries to suplex back, but Takagi fights that! Takagi suplexes Khan up and over! Cover, TWO!

Takagi gets fans rallying again as Khan crawls. Takagi stands on Khan’s head, stomps him down, then gets fans rallying even louder. Takagi sits Khan up to drive elbow after elbow into Khan’s shoulders. Then he runs, to SLIDING- NO! Khan catches him for the KATAGATAMI! Khan thrashes Takagi around but Takagi elbows free. Takagi runs into a HIP TOSS! Fans rally up harder again as Khan crawls over to Takagi. Khan stands him up for forearms in the corner, then whips him corner to corner and a clothesline from behind! Khan puts Takagi up top, and MONGOLIAN CHOPS him into the Tree of Woe! Khan slaps Takagi around, digs his boots in, and talks trash.

Red Shoes reprimands as Khan mockingly asks what’s wrong. Khan goes to the corner, three point stance and SLIDING BOOT! Takagi flops out of the Tree and Khan drags him to a cover, TWO! Khan mockingly asks what’s wrong again, and then he clamps onto Takagi. He wants Takagi to kiss his boot! Takagi’s face is pressed into the leather and laces! Khan applauds and then mockingly kicks at Takagi. Takagi gets up and Khan slap shim around. Takagi shoves Khan to a corner then fires of JABS and CHOPS over and over! JAB! JAB! HOOK! HOOK! Khan and Takagi go forehead to forehead, then Khan throws a forearm!

Khan eggs Takagi on so Takagi gives him a forearm back! Khan forearms, Takagi forearms, faster and faster and faster! Takagi gets boxing elbows, but Khan THROAT STABS and DECKS Takagi with a forearm!! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Khan crawls to ropes, fans rally up and he fires up. Takagi stands, Khan mocks Takagi and runs, but into Khan’s LARIAT and SAIDO! But Khan’s right up to BOOT! But Takagi’s right up to PUMPING BOMBER! But Khan’s back up to SAIDO! Takagi gets up again!? SLIDING LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous for that exchange! Takagi and Khan stir, and Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!”

Takagi stands as fans clap along. Takagi gets Khan up, reels him into the pump handle but Khan fights the lift! Khan elbows at the arm but Takagi tries the Gory Especial! Khan fights that off and backs Takagi into buckles! Takagi clutches his ribs, but he comes back, only for Khan to get around, BEARHUG! Takagi elbows free but Khan RAMS him into the corner again! Fans rally again as Khan drags Takagi up. Khan hangs Takagi out to dry and Takagi flops right off the ropes! Takagi clutches the bad ribs and Red Shoes checks. Fans rally again but Khan covers, TWO! Khan gets frustrated and he brings Takagi back up. KITSUJIGOROSHI!

Takagi endures as Khan thrashes him around in the standing crossface! Fans rally up hard as ever, Khan scoops Takagi for a BACKBREAKER! And the KITSUJIGOROSHI RACK! Takagi endures being bent on Khan’s knee but he’s fading! Khan scoops Takagi again, to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again and Khan prepares the iron claw again. Khan clamps onto Takagi, drags him up, but Takagi fights the claw! Takagi clubs away at the arm, Khan still reels him in, but Takagi gets an armbar takedown! Khan flails, and he SLAMS Takagi off the armbar! Khan drags Takagi up but Takagi headbutts the arm! Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! But Khan stays up!

POINT-BLANK PUMPING! Khan roars but Takagi CLUBS his arm! Takagi runs but has to block a boot! He catches Khan’s arms, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?! Khan survives but fans are thunderous again! Takagi and Khan slowly rise, and Takagi drags Khan up by his ponytail. But Khan suplexes to a GOURD BUSTER! Both men are down again as Takagi clutches his ribs! Fans rally and Takagi headbutts the mat to fire himself up. Takagi and Khan growl at each other and start throwing forearms on their knees! Takagi gets the edge, brings Khan up, but Khan HEADBUTTS the ribs! Khan fires off forearms, but Takagi gives boxing elbows in return!

Khan roars, Takagi JABS him! Khan STRAIGHT IRON FISTS! Takagi HEADBUTTS! Khan roars and runs in, into the YUKON LARIAT!! Both men are down again and fans are still thunderous! Maybe even electric! Takagi gets Khan up, pump handles and torture racks, but Khan slips off to an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Then he spins Takagi for the ELI- NO! Takagi slips out, dodges, Khan dodges, Khan LARIATS Takagi down!! Cover, TWO!!! Takagi is still in this and fans are loving it! Khan is furious, though, and he drags Takagi back up. Khan clamps on the claw, ELIMIN- NO! Takagi slips out to a DRAGON SUPLEX! SLIDING FOREARM!!

Khan roars to his feet, Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!!? Khan survives and he staggers about in a daze before he flops back down! Takagi tears the rib tape away, drags Khan back up and pump handles, torture racks, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dragon refused to be slain, and now Khan’s G1 is truly done! The Dominator has his special singles bye in the ninth, will he have better luck in the next climax?

As for Takagi, he gets on the mic, but still needs a few moments to catch his breath. “Battered and bruised? Of course! This is the G1! This is pro-wrestling! Pro-wrestling is about showing what you’re made of.” Fans cheer that sentiment. And with this, Takagi is 6-2, for 12 points! “I’m finally at the top of the block! I said I wouldn’t quit as long as there was a chance. You never know what’s gonna happen until the very end.” Last time in Miyagi, Takagi lost in the New Japan Cup Finals. This wasn’t exactly revenge but it was great to win!

Now, he hates that he has to rely on other people’s scores, but it is what it is. “I’ll be fighting for myself, to the very end of this G1, as your World Heavyweight Championship! And that’s all I have to say about that.” Mic drop from the top champion in NJPW, but will he truly stand at the very top in the last round?


Here are the current A Block standings!

Kota Ibushi: 6-2, 12 points [won special singles bye]
Zack Sabre Jr: 6-2, 12 points
Shingo Takagi: 6-2, 12 points
Kenta: 6-2, 12 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 5-3, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Great-O-Khan: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Tanga Loa: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Very good stuff out of the G1 again in this penultimate round. Really good stuff out of Ishii VS Yujiro, and I figured Ishii would win after his NEVER Openweight Six Man teammates just lost. Kenta VS Loa was pretty good for being a Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, but things were still civil there so maybe Kenta isn’t as ready to jump from Team Switch to House of Torture just yet. Would still love if he did, though. Yano VS ZSJ was hilarious for being so short and fast, Yano really does keep finding new gags to pull, even though he lost. Takagi VS Khan was great stuff, Khan really got to shine, but of course Takagi wins, also keeping this block interesting.

Takagi lost to ZSJ early in the G1, so if ZSJ wins, Takagi can’t advance. The same goes for Ibushi, who is facing Kenta in the final round. Loa could be a spoiler, Kenta could be a spoiler, and that is how Takagi enters the finals. If ZSJ loses but Ibushi wins, Takagi is still out. Therefore, I think ZSJ loses, Takagi wins, and then it’s all on the main event with Ibushi, which is the proper way to book this.

My Score: 9/10

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

BOSJ, Round 6!




It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

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


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


Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10

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