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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/14/21)

Round 8, B Block!

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NJPW G1 Climax 31

NJPW brings the hot autumn to Yamagata!

The Rainmaker is so close to the finals, he can taste it! But will it taste Too Sweet? Or will Tama Tonga make Okada finally taste bitter defeat this G1?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Chase Owens; Chase wins.
  • Hirooki Goto VS SANADA; Sanada wins.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS YOSHI-HASHI; Tanahashi wins.
  • Jeff Cobb VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Cobb wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Tama wins.

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Here are the current B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 7-0, 14 points
Jeff Cobb: 7-0, 14 points
EVIL: 6-1, 12 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Chase Owens!

The Holy Emperor has been falling down the block, but he won’t let himself end up last! Will he thwart a Jewel Heist but the Crown Jewel? Or will the Texas Heavyweight Champion get another shocking win before the G1 is done?

Miho helps Taichi with his jacket, fanny pack and IWGP Heavyweight Tag title belt. Chase of course takes notice of the rib tape, and the bell rings. Fans rally and Chase dares Taichi to take him on sumo style. Fans rally up as Chase takes a sumo stance, but then Chase gets his water bottle first. Chase takes a sip, comes back to center and sets up. But wait, he needs another sip. Chase goes back to his corner, sips from his water bottle, and now he sets up. Wait, wait, wait. Chase needs more water. Taichi gets impatient and dares Chase to bring it already. Chase and Taichi set up, fans fire up and they clinch! Taichi throws Chase down and Chase bails out, having lost his own challenge.

Chase baits Taichi to the outside but Taichi is ready as he kicks low and CHOKES Chase! Taichi brings Chase all the way around to the timekeeper’s area and throws him down. Taichi uses microphone cable to choke Chase! The ref reprimands, Taichi lets off, then stomps Chase down. Taichi drags Chase up, whips but Chase reverses to send Taichi into railing! Then Chase SHOTGUNS Taichi back into the railing! Taichi clutches his lower back, where the rib tape is, and Chase stomps away on him. Chase digs his heel into the tape, drags Taichi back up, then DECKS him with a right hand. Chase digs his knee into the ribs now, but the ref reprimands.

Chase lets off, goes to the ring, and both Miho and the ref check on Taichi. Fans rally up and Taichi says he’s okay to continue. Taichi slowly crawls over as the ring count starts. The count is 7 of 20 as Chase goes out and back after Taichi. Chase CLUBS Taichi down, brings him back up and puts him back in. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring and Chase taunts Taichi. Chase stomps Taichi, throws a body blow, then stomps away in the corner. Fans rally up, “TA-I-CHI! TA-I-CHI!” as Chase stands Taichi up. Chase throws forearms, Taichi kicks back, but now Chase chokes Taichi! The ref reprimands, Chase lets off, but then he CLUBS Taichi down.

Chase knees Taichi in the back then clamps on a chinlock. Taichi has the ropebreak but Chase lets off to slap him around and taunt him. Taichi gets mad as Chase slaps him and he kicks low! And again! And again! But Chase knees low, then whips Taichi to ropes. Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Taichi stands, brings Chase up and gives him Kowata Kicks. Chase staggers to a corner, Taichi runs in to corner clothesline! Taichi snapmares Chase to KICK him in the back! Taichi eggs Chase on, Chase ducks the buzzsaw and knees low again! Chase runs but into an AX BOMBER!

Fans fire up and OFF COME THE PANTS! Chase staggers up, Taichi aims, but Chase blocks the superkick to shove and scoop to a BACKBREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taichi gets to a corner, Chase runs corner to corner, but Taichi dodges! Chase ducks the gamangiri to KNEE Taichi in the side! Chase fireman’s carries to a GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives the “Prince’s Throne,” but Chase hasn’t given up yet. Fans rally up as Chase taunts Miho and KICKS Taichi in the side! Chase says he wants a kiss but Miho says no. So Chase KICKS Taichi again! Chase will spare Taichi if Miho gives him a kiss on the cheek, but still Miho refuses.

Chase lines up a shot, runs in but Taichi blocks! Chase throws forearms and a KICK to the leg, but Taichi doesn’t even flinch! Taichi KICKS Chase’s leg, and KICKS and KICKS, then KICKS Chase into flipping through the air! Chase apologizes and wants mercy but Taichi drags him up. Chase fires off fast hands, but Taichi comes back! Chase boots, Taichi sobats then BOOTS, Chase rebounds into the GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Taichi fires up and reels Chase in, but Chase fights the saido! Taichi’s ribs hurt, Chase kicks low and tucks him in! But Taichi fights the driver, so Chase BOOTS him! Taichi ducks the clothesline to DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!!

Chase survives and Taichi seethes. Fans rally up and Taichi roars as he stands! Chase staggers into the Alabama lift but he CLUBS away on the ribs. Chase tucks Taichi back in, but again Taichi fights, and he back drops Chase away! Both men stagger up, Chase runs in, BLINDSIDE SHI TRIGGER to the ribs! Taichi staggers, into a SHI TRIGGER to the face! Chase drags Taichi to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up and SUPER LEG DROPS!! Chase fires up, drags Taichi up and tuck shim in, PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase wins!!

Winner: Chase Owens, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

As the Holy Emperor continues to fall, the Crown Jewel shines! Chase sets the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on Taichi’s chest, will Chase find a partner to take those titles from the Tekkers?

 

Hirooki Goto VS SANADA!

The Headhunter hit a Skull End last round, will the Fierce Warrior end up in the same boat? Or can he thwart Sanada from sweeping the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Goto waistlocks but Sanada switches. Goto wrenches out to a wristlock, but Sanada spins through to wrench back. Sanada has the wristlock now, but Goto rolls and wrenches to a hammerlock. Goto shifts to a headlock, grinds the hold, but Sanada throws body shots. Sanada powers out but Goto runs him over. Fans cheer, things speed up, and Goto turns Sanada’s hip toss into his own! Sanada gets to ropes, Goto clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up as Goto goes out to bring Sanada back up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Another, TWO! The deep leg hook doesn’t do it, but Goto keeps cool.

Goto sits Sanada up for a chinlock with a knee in Sanada’s back. Sanada endures, even as Goto twists the hold. Goto drives an elbow into Sanada’s forehead and sends Sanada rolling. Goto stomps Sanada down, brings him back up, then CLUBS him on the back. Goto CHOPS Sanada in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in but Goto boots him! Goto goes up but Sanada YANKS him down! Fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” as he catches his breath. Sanada throws Goto out of the ring, goes out after him, then CLUBS him! Goto CHOPS back, Sanada ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Sanada fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Goto on the railing!

Fans rally up, Sanada gets in the ring, and a ring count starts. Goto stirs but the count is 10 of 20 before he stands. Fans rally more, Goto gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sanada covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Another with the deep leg hook, TWO! Goto escapes as Sanada returns the favor from earlier. Sanada drags Goto up, trips him, and ties him up in the Paradise Lock! Fans cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and a louder, and Sanada is satisfied with the volume. Sanada runs to dropkick Goto out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Goto around and clamps on a chinlock. Goto endures, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands so he stops.

Goto reaches for ropes, kicks around, but Sanada grinds the hold. Fans rally, Goto reaches out again, and gets the ropebreak! The ref points it out, Sanada lets off cleanly. Sanada then stomps Goto, CLUBS him down, but Goto growls. Sanada throws haymakers but Goto eggs him on. Sanada throws more hands but Goto CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Sanada kicks back, but Goto suplexes! Sanada slips out, Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Sanada gets to a corner, Goto runs in, MURAMASA! Then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Sanada up but Sanada kicks low. Sanada runs, Goto follows and LARIATS!

Fans fire up with Goto as he drags Sanada up to a fireman’s carry. Sanada fights free to a waistlock but Goto elbows free to run. Sanada hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Goto bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and the fans fire up again! Sanada again encourages them to get louder and the fans oblige. Sanada brings Goto up, puts him back in the ring, then covers, TWO! Sanada drags Goto up, fireman’s carries, but Goto fights out of that to kick low. Goto whips, Sanada tumbles up then out and springboards back in, only for Goto to get under. Goto fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as both men are down again!

Goto and Sanada both slowly rise and head for each other. Goto throws a forearm, but Sanada gives it back. Fans clap for “SA-NA-DA!” as Goto throws another forearm. Sanada gives it back again, so Goto throws another. They stand, Sanada forearms, Goto forearms, repeat! Sanada wobbles, Goto throws more and more forearms! Goto fires up, but Sanada ROLLING SOBATS! Sanada runs and tilt-o-whirls into the dragon sleeper! Goto flails, pops free, and runs back in, into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Sanada shows that anything Goto can do, he can do, too! Fans are thunderous as Sanada vows to end this! Sanada dragon sleepers again, for the SKULL END!

But Goto rolls through to get his own dragon sleeper! But Sanada slips through to put Goto on the ropes! DRAPING TKO! Cover, TWO! Sanada hurries right to the corner, ROUNDING BODY FLOP as Goto dodges! Fans are thunderous for “SA-NA-DA!” as he and Goto are down again. Sanada crawls to a corner and drags himself up. Goto runs in but into an elbow! Sanada Quebrada to the dragon sleeper! But Goto spins it around! Goto puts Sanada up on the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Goto drags himself up the ropes and Sanada crawls after him. Goto BUZZSAW, but Sanada blocks! Forearm and ROLLING ELBOW!

Sanada runs, into a fireman’s carry! Goto throws Sanada into the dragon sleeper but Sanada drops to victory roll! TWO!! Sanada kicks and runs but Goto follows, only for Sanada to duck and O’Conner SIT DOWN! TWO!! Sanada hurries but into another fireman’s carry! He uses the dragon sleeper to get out of it, but now Goto victory rolls! TWO, and Sanada forearms, ROLLING ELBOW, but into a facelock! URA GTR! Goto runs, Sanada duck the lariat to O’Conner BRIDGE! SANADA WINS!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)

The Cold Skull turned that fast and furious exchange into a sudden victory! And though he’s out of the G1 running, is there another NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship match in his and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s future?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS YOSHI-HASHI!

The Ace has already ended up under 500, but the G1 isn’t done just yet. Will he be able to break even? Or will a NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion #GetBackUp at the expense of the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion?

Tanahashi takes off the jacket and fans cheer as he shows off the muscles. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi and Hashi circle, they tie up, and are in a deadlock already. Tana gets around, wrenches, headlocks, but Hashi slips out to headlock right back. Tana throws body shots, powers up, but Hashi holds on tight! Hashi grinds Tana to the mat, Tana endures and fights back up, but Hashi hits a takeover. Tana rolls, Hashi rolls it back and pulls harder on the headlock. Fans cheer as Tana endures and fights back up. Tana throws more body shots, powers up and out this time, but Hashi runs him over!

Fans cheer as Hashi stands tall and brings Tana up. Hashi throws a forearm, fans rally up and Hashi CHOPS! Tana goes to a corner, Hashi throws another big forearm then whips corner to corner. Hashi runs in but Tana elbows him away. Tana goes up to CROSSBODY! And air guitar, too! Hashi gets up in the corner, Tana and Hashi run at each other, Tana dropkicks Hashi’s legs out! Hashi clutches the knee, Tana is after that leg, and he knees the knee again and again! Tana also stomps the hamstring, then drops an elbow on the knee. Hashi endures the toehold and fights back with a chinlock, but Tana cranks back on the foot! Tana then stands up to spinning toehold!

Hashi still endures, but Tana ties up the legs for a Butterfly Deathlock! Tana puts pressure on the legs and fans cheer the technical savvy. Hashi CHOPS back as fans rally, but Tana puts more pressure on the stretch. Hashi drags himself backwards, Tana puts more pressure, but Hashi still gets the ropebreak! Tana lets him free with help from the ref, and fans rally up again, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tana stomps Hashi’s legs, drags him up, but Hashi throws body shots. Tana throws a forearm, Hashi forearms and CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS again, but Tana kicks the bad leg! Hashi goes back to ropes, Tana stomps him more and fans continue to rally.

Hashi struggles to stand, Tana kicks his bad leg again. Tana has Hashi in the corner, backs off and fans continue to rally. Tana stands Hashi up, whips him corner to corner, and Hashi barely makes it. Tana runs in but Hashi dodges! Hashi comes back to fire forearms. Hashi whips, Tana reverses but Hashi hits the HEADHUNTER! Both men are down out of Hashi’s blockbuster but Hashi gets to ropes. Hashi gets up as fans rally for The Ace, and Hashi throws forearm after forearm, then another CHOP! Tana staggers to a corner, Hashi whips him corner to corner. Hashi runs in and CHOPS again! Hashi whips and CHOPS, then mule kicks and NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO!

Hashi keeps his cool as fans rally up again. Hashi stands Tana up, Tana blocks the suplex, even as Hashi tries again. Tana tries to suplex Hashi but he blocks that. Hashi gets Tana up and over! But Tana holds on, to get Hashi up for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tana gets Hashi up again, but Hashi suplexes again! They’re still locked up with dueling facelocks, TWIST ‘N” SHOUT! Both men are 2-for-2, who gets the next one? Hashi suplexes to hang Tanahashi out to dry, but Tana escapes to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Both men are down again and fans rally back up! Tana fires up as he stands, and he fires a forearm on Hashi! Hashi forearms back, so Tanahashi forearms again!

Fans rally up as the forearms keep flying! Tana gest the edge and Hashi wobbles, but Hashi comes back with fast hands and a CHOP! Tana wobbles but he fires back fast hands of his own! Uppercut, but Hashi PALM STRIKES! Hashi hobbles after Tana to whip, but Tana reverses, only for Hashi to dodge the slingblade! Hashi full nelsons, Tana breaks to switch, but Hashi breaks Tana’s full nelson back! Hashi full nelsons again, Tana breaks and switches, but Hashi slips out of the dragon suplex to GIVE A DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans rally up with Hashi now as he runs, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Tana survives but Hashi keeps his focus.

Hashi drags Tana up, reels him in, fisherman and- No, Tana turns that into a cradle! TWO, and SHOTEI! But Hashi LARIATS! Fans fire up with Hashi as he stands Tana back up. Full nelson, half nelson, pump handle, but Tana blocks the lift! Tana throws elbows but can’t get free. Fans rally, Tana throws more elbows but Hashi LARIATS point blank! Then he pump handles, KARMA BACKBREAKER! Hashi runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets Tana up, fisherman to KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Tana survives but Hashi has the fans fired up again! Hashi drags Tana up, waistlocks to the full nelson, half nelson, but no Karma! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!!

Both men are down and fans rally up again. Hashi and Tana go to opposite corners, and both men rise. Hashi and Tana run at each other, SLINGBLADE! Hashi rises but Tana runs again, LARIAT! Tana stays up, Hashi SUPERKICKS him! Hashi runs but into a SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this but Tana fires up and goes to a corner! Tana goes up top, Hashi stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! Tana goes back to the corner and climbs back up, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

And the Ace stands tall! But he sits with Hashi to show him the respect he’s earned here. Will both Yoshi-Hashi and Tanahashi be able to finish strong in this G1?

 

Jeff Cobb VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The United Empire’s Hulk takes on the King of Darkness in a critical match-up! Will Evil take a Tour of the Islands? Or will Darkness Fall and end the dominant win streak?

Evil and Dick Low Sweet and the bell rings. Fans cheer as Evil and Cobb stare down, but then Evil bails out while Dick gets on the apron. Evil sneaks around and attacks from behind! Evil CHOPS Cobb against ropes, then again, and again! Evil wrenches, whips, but Cobb reverses to drop down and hurdle then dropkick! Fans cheer the agility and Cobb drags Evil back up. Cobb DECKS Evil with a forearm! Cobb brings Evil back up, snapmares him at the ropes then jumps and stomps him down! Cobb dares Dick to do something now, then hops off of Evil as the ref counts. Evil gasps and sputters but Cobb stomps him around more.

Cobb brings Evil up, Evil throws body shots but Cobb just smirks. Evil CHOPS, Cobb HEADBUTTS Evil down! Fans cheer as Cobb flexes. Cobb runs, Dick swipes at him, and Cobb tells Dick to back off. Cobb turns around and kicks, but Evil blocks to hand the foot to the ref! Evil the mule kicks Cobb down! Evil drags Cobb up, throws him out of the ring, then RAMS him into the railing! Commentary stays standing better than the timekeeper, and Dick distracts the ref as Evil gets chairs. Evil JAMS Cobb, puts the chair around his head, then hits the HOMERUN! Evil argues with commentary whether that would’ve made it out of the park, but then Dick undoes the blue buckle pad!

The ref checks on Cobb, wondering about the chairs. Fans rally up but Evil gets impatient. The ring count starts but Dick is anchoring Cobb by standing on a foot! Dick backs off as the ref gets whiff of that, and Cobb gets in at 15 of 20! Evil kicks Cobb around in a corner, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Cobb feels those now, and Evil feints a chop to rake the eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops and stalks Cobb. Cobb staggers and Evil taunts him, to then rake the eyes again! The ref reprimands, counts, and Evil lets off at 4 to argue with the ref. Evil gives toying kicks but Cobb throws body shots! Cobb CHOPS and Evil goes staggering away. Cobb ROCKS Evil, Evil rakes the eyes again!

The ref reprimands, Evil whips Cobb out of the ring. Evil goes out and RAMS Cobb into the timekeeper’s table! Down goes Abe-san! When will the torment stop?! Evil drags Cobb up and brings him around the way for a cobra twist! Dick helps out and they form a chain to the railing. But Cobb pries free and HIP TOSSES them both! Fans fire up at that show of strength as Cobb drags Evil up and CLUBS him on the back. Cobb SMACKS Evil off the timekeeper’s table, then dumps him onto the table. Abe-san gets away this time, and Cobb SMACKS Evil off the table again. Cobb makes Evil take a seat before dribbling his head off the desk!

The ref reprimands, Cobb takes the bell hammer from Abe-san and puts it in Evil’s hand. Is Evil the timekeeper now? Cobb goes around and grabs Dick! Dick begs for mercy but Cobb picks him up with both hands to RAM into Evil! Evil once again tastes payback for everything he’s done to Abe-san! Cobb considers using a chair but he decides not to sink to Evil’s level. Cobb leaves Evil behind as the ring count climbs, but then Evil gets up. Cobb goes back out to fetch Evil, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS Evil up and over the railing! Cobb then goes around the way to put Evil in the ring, and fans cheer.

Cobb watches Evil crawl to a corner, and he grins as he runs corner to corner for the LEAPING UPPERCUT! Cobb then picks Evil up for the RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Evil survives being squashed but he gasps and sputters as Cobb looms over him. Fans rally up as Cobb drags Evil up. Cobb whips Evil to ropes and scoops, but Evil rakes eyes to avoid the tour! Cobb waistlocks but Evil backs him up into the bare buckles! The Bullet Club’s favorite strategy finally comes into play! Fans rally up again and Evil wants Cobb to stand. Cobb rises, Evil runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still in this and Evil grows frustrated.

Evil slashes his throat and drags Cobb up. Evil spins Cobb around, but Cobb slips out of the STO to RAM Evil into a corner! And then corner to corner! Dick gets on the apron but Cobb redirects towards him! Dick gets away, the ref is knocked over by this, and then Cobb pops Evil around to RAM him into a corner! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, but the ref is still down! Dick gets the chair and SMACKS Cobb on the back! Dick drags Cobb up to throw down punch after punch! Fans rally as Dick paces and stomps Cobb’s legs. Evil drags Cobb up, he and Dick coordinate, MAGIC KILLER! Dick goes out to get the ref up and into the ring as Evil drags Cobb back up.

Fans rally back up for Cobb but Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is still alive and fans are fired up! Both men are down as Evil catches his breath. Evil gets up, slashes his throat again, then stand Cobb back up. But Cobb fights the STO with elbows! Cobb catches Evil, tries to steal the STO, but Evil shoves Cobb into bare buckles! Only for Cobb to come back and LARIAT! Fans fire up, Cobb gets to his feet and he hobbles over to Evil. Cobb drags Evil up, whips him to ropes, but Dick helps keep Evil at the ropes! Evil BOOTS back, runs in but Cobb ROCKS him with a right! Cobb runs but into a drop toehold onto ropes! Then Dick gets a cheap shot in!

Cobb staggers, Evil runs in, into an ATHLETIC PLEX! But Evil collides with the ref again! Dick gets Cobb with the SPOILER CHOKER!! Cobb is turning red! Evil gets up and Dick feeds Cobb to EVERYTHING- NO! Cobb shoves Evil at Dick, then runs! They dodge his double clotheslines, but Cobb blocks a kick to give it to Dick! Then Cobb SUPERKICKS Dick! Cobb remixes Evil’s usual move, but Evil resists the German Suplex to LOW BLOW! Fans rally up as Evil crawls to get the chair. Evil aims at Cobb as he rises, and Evil swings, but Cobb ducks! SUPERKICK sends the chair into Evil! GERMAN SUPLEX! Cobb gets Evil up, reels him in, TOUR OF THE ISLAND!! Cover, Cobb wins!!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

UNDEFEATED AT EIGHT! Is there no stopping the United Empire’s tank at this point? Are we looking at the future G1 Climax 31 winner?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

We just saw Jeff Cobb win and go 8-0, and the Rainmaker will have to face him in the ninth! Can Okada keep pace with Cobb until that final match-up? Or will the Good Bad Guy have the best win of the entire G1?

Tama already takes off his vest as Okada takes off his jacket. The bell rings and fans rally up already for “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” Tama and Okada circle, back off, stare down a moment, and feel things out. They tie up, Okada waistlocks but Tama wrenches out to a hammerlock. Okada drop toeholds, gets a waistlock, but Tama gets a double wristlock that he makes a hammerlock. Okada endures as Tama cranks on the hold, and then rolls to get up. Tama wrenches and has the wristlock again but Okada rolls. Okada gets the leg, has a toehold but Tama uses a chinlock to fight back. Okada pulls on the leg, Tama endures, but Okada keeps on the pressure!

Tama scoots back and reaches out, and gets the ropebreak. The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Okada lets off cleanly. Tama gets up and Jado coaches him. The two reset, circle again and fans rally up. They tie up, Okada shoots around and trips Tama to tie up the legs. Tama reaches back for a chinbar but Okada cranks the deadlock. Tama scrambles around to another ropebreak, but Okada cranks on the hold! Red Shoes counts, Okada lets off at 4. Tama gets up again and is frustrated while Okada just smirks. Okada and Tama circle again, feel things out, and tie up. Tama waistlocks, SLAMS Okada, floats around to a facelock and grinds Okada down.

Okada fights up, powers Tama to ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Tama lets go, Okada lets off, and things are tense, but Tama ROCKS Okada with forearms to intercept the fake-out! Okada knees low, whips but Tama reverses. Tama hurdles, hurdles and HAKU CHOPS! Fans fire up and Jado coaches Tama to keep on Okada. Tama stomps Okada, Okada throws body shots, then forearms. Tama throws body shots, runs, but into a boot! Okada snapmares Tama and runs to basement dropkick! Fans cheer as Tama writhes. Okada drags Tama up, reels him in, turns him and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Okada keeps cool as he clamps on a chinlock.

Okada grinds Tama down, Tama endures and pries at the hold, then gets the ropebreak. Okada lets go cleanly and fans cheer. Tama throws body shots but Okada ROCKS him with an elbow. Okada drags Tama up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron for a slingshot senton! Tama bails out, Okada goes out to fetch him, and he CLUBS Tama on the back. Okada has media make room and he whips Tama, only for Tama to reverse! Okada goes up and over the railing, Tama runs in but Okada ROCKS him! But Tama GUN STUNS Okada to the railing! Okada goes down in a heap and clutches his chest as Red Shoes goes out to check on him.

Tama tells Okada to get back in the ring but Red Shoes Tama to do the same. Tama backs off and lets the ring count start. Okada grits his teeth and fans rally up, but the count reaches 10 of 20 before he stands up. Okada hobbles around the railing and to ringside, but the count is 15 as he drops again. Okada gets back in at 18, but Tama stomps away on him! Tama drags Okada up, and dropkicks him into a corner! Fans fire up, Tama rains down haymakers, then he drags Okada up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama sits Okada up to CLUB him with crossface forearms, then tops it off with an elbow to the top of Okada’s head! Cover, TWO!

Tama is annoyed while fans rally up, and Tama drags Okada up to a chinlock. Okada endures, Tama drags him down to the mat and hooks a leg. Okada is turning red and tries to get up, but Tama puts more weight on the sleeper. Fans rally, Okada fights his way up to his feet, and throws body shots. Tama cranks the hold, Okada elbows free but Tama CLUBS him to a corner. Tama whips corner to corner, Okada reverses and runs in but Tama BOOTS back! Tama runs, into a FLAPJACK! Both men are down and fans rally up harder! Tama slowly sits up, Okada follows. Okada rallies with big forearms and elbows! Okada whips, Tama reverses but Okada ELBOWS him down!

Okada whips Tama corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Then kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Okada stalks Tama. Tama staggers up, Okada reels him in but Tama blocks the Alabama lift. Tama throws body shots, Okada staggers back and Tama whips him corner to corner. Tama runs in, STINGER FLOP as Okada dodges! Okada puts Tama up top to dropkick him down! Tama hits the floor and fans fire up! The ring count starts and Jado coaches Tama up. Okada goes out after Tama, though, and whips Tama into railing! Okada runs in to BOOT Tama up and over! Okada then drags Tama back up, but Tama GUN-

NO! Okada won’t let that happen again! Okada drags Tama out along railing, DRAPING DDT! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks, both men are okay to continue so fans rally back up. The ring count starts again, and Okada sits up at 6. Okada stands at 9, catches his breath and fetches Tama at 15. Okada puts Tama in the ring at 17 and fans cheer the sportsmanship that this continues in the ring. Okada drags Tama up, wrenches and goes for the Money Clip, but Tama blocks! Tama TOSSES Okada away, then throws body shots and uppercuts! Tama runs but into a dropkick! Okada drags Tama up for the MONEY CLIP!!

Tama endures, fans rally up, and Okada thrashes on the hold! Tama reaches out for the ropes but Okada drags Tama away from them! Tama keeps fighting, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go fast and fans cheer. Okada drags Tama up, scoops and SLAMS him then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up top, and MACHO ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Okada strikes the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, ripcords, but Tama jumps for a SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Tama flounders and gets to his feet, then heads for Okada. Tama brings Okada up, CLUBS him on the back, brings him in, but Okada slips out to scoop!

Tama fights to get the dragon sleeper again but Okada turns it around! ROLLING- COMPLETE SHOT! Tama counters and gets Okada back up in the dragon sleeper! TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO!! Okada barely gets that arm up and Tama is frustrated again. Fans rally harder and Jado coaches Tama to keep at it. Tama fires up, wants Okada to stand, and he runs in to GUN- NO, Okada pushes to ROLLING LARIAT!! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Tama and Okada both slowly sit up. Okada gut wrenches but Tama blocks. Okada keeps trying, Tama CLUBS and throws body shots. Tama swings but into a waistlock! He fights the suplex to PELE!

Okada staggers to a corner, Tama goes to the other. Okada runs back but Tama dodges the shotgun! Okada gets up in the corner, Tama runs back in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVER- NO! Tama slips out to fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top fast, for the SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Tama watches Okada on the mat. Tama drags Okada up, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift. Tama CLUBS Okada on the back, underhooks again, but Okada again fights to back drop free! Okada and Tama get up, Tama throws body shots! Tama whips, Okada reverses and dropkicks Tama down!

Fans fire up and Okada grits his teeth as he drags Tama up. Okada gut wrenches to JUMPING TOMBSTONE! Okada roars and fans are thunderous as he drags Tama up. Okada ripcords, Tama jumps, GUN- NO! Okada blocks again, and Okada ripcords, GUNS- NO!? Okada blocked again?! Ripcord, but Tama ducks the lariat! And he fakes out Okada’s dropkick! Fans rally up as Tama watches Okada rise, GUN- STILL NO! Ripcord, but Tama reels Okada in! Half hatch, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shout out to The Prince!! Fans are thunderous again and Tama pounds the mat. Tama is hearing voices like The Viper as Okada slowly stands. Tama takes aim, GUN-

NO! Okada keeps blocking the cutter! Okada powers through to gut wrench again! POWER- GUN STUN!?!? Tama hit his best, covers, TWO?!?! Okada survives but Tama is roaring! Tama underhooks and lifts, D S D!!! Cover, Tama wins!!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfal (gains 2 points; Okada earns 0)

INCREDIBLE!! The Good Bad Guy is the one to give Okada his first win this G1!! Is this going to be what keeps Okada from making it to the finals? Or can he rebound against Jeff Cobb in the ninth?

As for Tama, he takes a moment before getting on the mic. “YAMAGATA~! I! AM TAMA TONGAAA~! And tonight, I beat Okada! Today starts a new chapter for Tama Tonga. I changed my history today!” Mic drop and the music hits! The Good Bad Guy is feeling much more than Too Sweet today! Will this be what leads Tama Tonga to bigger and better in NJPW?

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Jeff Cobb: 8-0, 16 points
Kazuchika Okada: 7-1, 14 points
EVIL: 6-2, 12 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for the G1, and quite a few surprises. I didn’t think Chase was going to win but with World Tag League coming up in a couple months, I suppose it makes sense to get as many teams in on the title hunt. Sanada gets another win and I’m thinking LIJ could try for the Six Man titles again, but just not sure with who. Takagi is top champion, Naito is out, so would it be Sanada, Hiromu and Bushi? Without either of his heavyweight tag partners, Sanada can’t get in on World Tag League anyway. Tanahashi VS Hashi was really good but I figured Tanahashi was winning. Tanahashi has plenty of options for the IWGP US Championship going into Power Struggle, I’m thinking he finishes his G1 with 5-4.

Cobb VS Evil and Okada VS Tama were both awesome stuff, but what a great shocker for Tama to win! Cobb is going in undefeated, Okada has this loss, that finals match gets even more interesting because if Okada is Cobb’s one loss, that is all it takes since Okada and Cobb would both be 8-1. However, how awesome would it be if Cobb goes into the finals as THE 9-0 block winner?

My Score: 9.2/10


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BOSJ, Round 6!

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It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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