Does the Rainmaker push it to six?
The G1 Climax keeps heating up in this second half! Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain again to go 6-0? Or will Taichi cool him off and rise back up?
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.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Hashi wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Chase Owens; Goto wins.
- SANADA VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Okada wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Kazuchika Okada: 5-0, 10 points
Jeff Cobb: 5-0, 10 points
EVIL: 4-1, 8 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SANADA: 2-3, 4 points
Taichi: 2-3, 4 points
Hirooki Goto: 1-4, 2 points
Chase Owens: 1-4, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-4, 2 points
Tama Tonga: 1-4, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Head Hunter and the Good Bad Guy are the bottom of the block, but there can only be one real last place man! Who keeps from being the worst in the 31st G1?
The bell rings and fans cheer as the two circle. Hashi is wary of Jado but he tells Tama to keep this between them. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tama manages to push Hashi back. Hashi pushes Tama back but Tama headlocks. Tama then wrenches to a wristlock and hammerlocks. Hashi switches the hammerlock onto Tama then gets a headlock and takeover. Tama rolls it to a cover, TWO and Hashi holds on. Tama gets a headscissors and squeezes tight. Hashi kicks around, turns and headstands to pop out and get a headlock back. Tama headscissors again but Hashi is right out! Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset.
Hashi and Tama go again, Tama gest the headlock, but Hashi powers out. Hashi runs Tama over with an elbow, then with a shoulder! Then Hashi dodges to HEADHUNTER! Tama writhes from the blockbuster while fans cheer, and Hashi brings Tama back up. Hashi CLUBS Tama on the neck as fans rally up, then brings Tama around to hang out to dry. Hashi runs and dropkicks Tama off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Hashi keeps his cool and brings Tama back up. Tama throws body shots but Hashi CLUBS him down. Hashi stands Tama up but Tama throws more body shots, so Hashi ROCKS him with a right. Hashi stands Tama against ropes to CHOP him!
Hashi follows Tama around the ring and CHOPS him again! And again! Hashi whips, Tama reverses and hurdles, hurdles and CHOPS Hashi on the run! Fans fire up with Tama as he takes off the vest. Tama stomps Hashi to ropes, drags him back up, then scoops to SLAM Hashi down. Tama hits elbow drop after elbow drop, then a JUMPING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Tama drags Hashi up to CLUB him in the chest, then brings him around to ELBOW him in the head. Fans rally up as Tama paces. Tama brings Hashi up and wraps on a chinlock. Hashi endures as Tama leans on the hold and squeezes tight.
Tama thrashes Hashi around but Hashi holds on, even as Tama grinds Hashi to the mat. Fans rally, Hashi fights up and throws body shots, then runs, only for Tama to catch him in a SLEEPER! But Hashi throws Tama right off! Tama gets up and Hashi dropkicks his legs right out! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Tama gets to a corner, Hashi goes to the opposite. Hashi runs in and CHOPS, then whips to CHOP Tama again! Mule kick and NECK- NO! Tama elbows out to whip, but Hashi RANAS! Hashi fires up and the fans join in as he runs at the corner. Corner clothesline to the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Hashi keeps focus and fans rally up again. Hashi drags Tama up, reels him in, but Tama blocks the bomb lift. Hashi CLUBS Tama, brings him up, but Tama resists then wrenches out to COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down again and fans fire back up. Tama pushes up, fans rally as Hashi gets to a corner. Tama goes to corner to corner to SPLASH! Tama then reels Hashi in, but Hashi spins through to suplex! Tama blocks, resists, and throws fast hands! Tama runs but into a CHOP! Hashi then suplexes to the BUNKER- NO! Tama dragon sleepers for the TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up while Tama is shocked!
Tama gets Hashi up, fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top, DIVING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives #ExtremeFlow and Tama can’t believe it! Fans fire up for Hashi as Tama waits for him to rise. Tama aims, GUN- BACKSTABBER! Hashi counters just in time and both men are down again! Both men go to opposite corners as fans rally up. Tama runs in but only gets buckles this time! Hashi runs but into a BOOT! He spinning CHOPS, then spinning back kicks but Tama avoids it! Back suplex but Hashi lands on his feet! SUPER- NO! Tama blocks for GUN- NO! Hashi shoves that away! Tama rebounds into a LARIAT!
Fans are thunderous and Hashi gets Tama back up! Fisherman, for the KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives the #BearKiller but Hashi drags him up by his waistband. Fans rally as Tama is deadweight, but Hashi still sits him up. Hashi wraps on a sleeper, Tama flails into a half nelson. Pump handle, KAR- NO, GUN- NO! Hashi blocks the counter to DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi runs, Tama ducks the lariat to PELE! And then GUN- SUPERKICK!! Hashi intercepts the cutter, hobbles back up and fires up with the fans! Hashi runs, and LARIATS Tama inside out! But he’s not done there! Half nelson and pump handle, KARMA!!! Cover, Hashi wins!!
Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tama earns 0)
The Headhunter is victorious! And the Good Bad Guy is feeling worse than before. Will Hashi #TurnItAllAround even this late in the G1? Can Tama at least be a spoiler for someone else’s run?
Hirooki Goto VS Chase Owens!
The Fierce Warrior defeated his own teammate while the Crown Jewel got a massive win over Hiroshi Tanahashi! But can Chase keep going with this hot hand? Or will he bust just as as he started feeling Too Sweet?
The bell rings and Chase SHOTGUNS Goto right away! Chase then throws Goto out and builds speed to WRECK him with a dropkick! Chase puts Goto back in fast, climbs up the corner and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Chase tries again, TWO! Again, TWO!! Not even the deep leg hook worked and Chase argues the count. Chase drags Goto up, fans rally and Chase CLUBS then CHOPS Goto. Chase whips corner to corner but Goto comes back to run Chase over! Fans cheer while Chase bails out. Goto pursues, Chase suckers him into a mule kick! Chase whips Goto but Goto reverses to send Chase into railing! And then he whips Chase back the other way into more railing!
Goto wraps Chase’s arm around railing, the ref counts and Goto BOOTS the railing to jam the arm. Chase gets himself back in the ring but Goto is right after him. Goto runs in to clothesline then back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Another, TWO! Again, the deep leg hook isn’t enough. Chase wants a timeout but Goto smirks. But Chase headbutts low! Chase CLUBS Goto then KNEES him down! Chase gets a leg, steps through and turns Goto over to a modified STF! Goto endures as Chase pulls back on the chinlock. Chase fish hooks and the ref reprimands! Chase lets off at 4 and Goto gets the ropebreak. Chase lets the leg free to sit Goto up.
Chase gives Goto toying kicks and he slaps Goto around. Goto eggs Chase on so Chase throws forearms. Goto tells him to hit harder, so Chase winds up for a big forearm. Goto CHOPS and CHOPS but Chase knees low! Chase runs but Goto deflects boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Chase gets to a corner as fans rally up. Chase stands, Goto runs in, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps his cool and brings Chase up. Chase throat chops back! Fans rally up, Chase runs but Goto follows to LARIAT! Chase sits up slowly but Goto brings him up to a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Goto runs in at the corner but into a BUCKLE SHOT!
Chase runs corner to corner to forearm smash, then he reels Goto in for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Chase brings Goto up by an arm and kicks away. Chase drags Goto up to a fireman’s carry but Goto fights free! Goto reels Chase in but Chase blocks the clinch! Goto fights through to Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO, to an ARMBAR! Chase scrambles to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Goto lets go at 4. Chase rolls out to the apron but Goto heads over. Goto drags Chase up but Chase hotshots him down! Chase then runs in to roll and facelock to GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives Chase’s take on the Last Shot baybay, and fans fire up!
Chase grins as he follows Goto out to the apron. Chase drags Goto up, reels him in, and tucks the arms! Goto resists for dear life, then back drops Chase to the apron! Chase writhes to the floor while Goto rests inside. The ref checks and Chase is able to continue, and fans rally up as the ring count begins. The count is already 10 of 20 before Chase sits up. Chase drags himself up with the railing, stands at 17 and hobbles into the ring at 18! Fans cheer as this continues, and Goto storms over to ROCK Chase with a forearm! Chase comes back with a forearm of his own. Goto throws another forearm, Chase gives it back, so Goto gives another. Fans rally up as the forearms start flying!
Goto gets the edge, ROCKS Chase again, but Chase BACK ELBOWS! Chase staggers over to drag Goto back up and reel him in. Goto wrenches out to ROCK Chase again! Chase comes back, and Goto DECKS him! Goto roars, drags Chase up but Chase POINT-BLANK JEWEL TRIGGERS! Fans rally as both men go to opposite corners. Goto runs corner to corner but Chase meets him for DOUBLE LARIATS! Neither falls so they DOUBLE LARIAT again! Chase falls to a knee, Goto fires up and runs, but Chase BOOTS! Goto comes back but runs into a SNAP GERMAN! But Goto’s right back up, into Chase’s strike fest! Chase runs, Goto follows but Chase GAMANGIRIS!
Chase wrenches, hammerlocks and JEWEL HEIST! Cover, TWO!! Chase can’t believe Goto survives! Fans fire up and Chase takes aim with double finger guns. But Goto blocks the knee! Chase fires forearms and gets free, but swings into a spin, URA G T R! Goto runs to LARIAT Chase down! Cover, TWO!! Goto grows frustrated but fans fire back up. Goto fires himself up and gets Chase in the dragon sleeper. Chase drops to victory roll, with legs crossed! TWO, Goto and Chase stagger up! Fireman’s carry but Chase slips out to JEWEL TRIGGER! Chase fires up, drags Goto up and reels him in to tuck the arms, PACKAGE- No, Goto is fighting it!
Goto gets Chase to a fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI feint, to the G T R!! Cover, Goto wins!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)
The Fierce Warrior keeps pace with the Headhunter, they’re both climbing out from the bottom! But can Goto keep going to have a more respectable G1?
SANADA VS Jeff Cobb!
The Cold Skull could not cool off the Rainmaker, but he hasn’t melted in the G1 yet. However, the United Empire’s Hulk is still undefeated this year. Will Cobb take Sanada on a Tour of the Islands? Or will it be a Skull End for that win streak?
The bell rings and fans rally already, “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” Cobb just smirks as he and Sanada circle. They tie up, Cobb shoves Sanada away, then shows off his dancing pecs. Sanada keeps cool, circles with Cobb, then they tie up again. Sanada headlocks, but Cobb carries him to a corner! The ref calls for the ropebreak, Cobb and Sanada back off, but then Sanada gets the headlock again! Cobb powers out, runs Sanada over, then stands over him while his pecs dance. Things speed up, Cobb catches Sanada’s hurdle, but Sanada fights free. Sanada baits Cobb into dumping him out, then Sanada builds speed! Sanada tumbles out as Cobb moves, and Sanada CANNONBALLS!
Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder and Sanada is satisfied. Sanada goes back to Cobb, brings him around with a headlock and puts him in the ring. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring, and Sanada throws a forearm. Sanada CLUBS Cobb, kicks him low, then scoops. Cobb is too big for that, though, and he throws body shots. Cobb whips Sanada to a corner, runs in but Sanada dodges! Sanada comes back to scoop, but he falls over! Cobb then gets up to jump and stomp Sanada down. Cobb pushes Sanada to ropes and stands on him like a surfboard! Fans cheer, Cobb encourages them to get louder, then he stomps Sanada again.
Cobb brings Sanada up to CLUB him on the back. Cobb whips Sanada to a corner, then gets him on the rebound to whip him the other way! Sanada bounces off buckles, Cobb covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Cobb stands on Sanada with one foot for a cover. TWO, and Cobb argues the count while stepping on Sanada. Cobb sits Sanada to ram his knee in and ROCK him with an uppercut to the back. Sanada writhes and Cobb grins while fans rally up. Cobb stands on Sanada’s hand, drags him up by the other arm and wrenches to then pick Sanada up. Cobb runs and RAMS Sanada into one corner, then into the other, then back the other way! Then a fourth time to the other corner!
Cobb stands on Sanada and mocks LIJ while fans cheer. Cobb drags Sanada up, scoops him and carries him around for a BACKBREAKER! Then another BACKBREAKER! Then a TOSS! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Cobb is annoyed but fans rally up. Sanada throws forearms, Cobb knees low, then Cobb whips Sanada to ropes, only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Cobb hobbles, kicks Sanada then suplexes, but Sanada resists! Sanada snap suplexes Cobb?! Fans fire up while both men are down. Cobb rises but Sanada kips up! Sanada goes back to fire forearms on Cobb, but Cobb ROCKS him with one! Cobb runs, but Sanada hurdles and hurdles to dropkick!
Sanada runs at Cobb in the corner but blocks the boot. Sanada trips Cobb, and fans fire up as he ties Cobb up! Cobb boots him away, but Sanada returns with a RANA! Cobb ends up on the apron and fans rally again. Sanada encourages them to get louder and the fans rally more. Sanada aims, PLANCHA, but into Cobb’s arms! Cobb POSTS Sanada! Cobb then puts Sanada in the ring, aims at him from the corner, BIG back elbow! Then a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans rally up. Cobb drags Sanada up in a waistlock but Sanada fights the suplex with elbows!
Sanada whips but Cobb blocks! Cobb whips Sanada but Sanada tumbles up and out to springboard and missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Sanada STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally for “SA-NA-DA!” as he slowly rises. Sanada drags Cobb up but Cobb blocks the fireman’s carry. Sanada dropkicks Cobb’s leg, fireman’s carries after all, but Cobb fights free. Sanada throws forearms, but spins into a HARD right from Cobb! Cobb runs but Sanada dropkicks him down! Cobb is right up, but runs into the fireman’s carry! TKO! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again and Sanada drags Cobb into the dragon sleeper! Only for Cobb to suplex out!
Sanada slips out and spins Cobb, to suplex him to ropes! MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Cobb gets the ropebreak for good measure. Fans rally up again, Sanada drags Cobb to a drop zone but Cobb anchors his foot. Sanada stomps Cobb until he lets go, but then Cobb just grabs the other foot. Sanada stomps Cobb again, gets up but Cobb CLUBS him from behind! Sanada still goes up to QUEBRADA! Cobb gets under, Sanada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Cobb pops Sanada to an Electric Chair then a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! Cobb fires up and drags Sanada up to whip to ropes! Scoop, TOUR OF- Dragon Sleeper!
Fans fire up but Cobb reaches out, SKULL END! But Cobb rolls through to gut wrench and OKLAHOMA- NO! Sanada slips out of the stampede to get the dragon sleeper again! Cobb powers free but Sanada waistlocks! O’Conner Roll and sit-down, TWO!! Sanada hurries to go up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS! But Sanada has to land on his feet as Cobb moves! Sanada runs to RANA, but Cobb blocks it! Cobb swings Sanada back up, Sanada fights free and BOOTS! Sanada spins to ROLLING ELBOW, then ROLLING SOBAT! Cobb SUPERKICKS back! Cobb runs but into a back elbow! SANADA QUEBRADA, into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)
The Cold Skull got smashed by the Hulk outta nowhere! Cobb is now 6-0, is there any hope for anyone to stop him?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The IWGP US Heavyweight Championship lost to the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship, but he isn’t letting that stop his love and energy! But will the King of Darkness trump The Ace of the Universe and prove Everything is Evil?
Evil and Dick Low Sweet, and Tanahashi shows off the muscles. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi fires up and circles with Evil. They feel out the grapple, Evil kicks but Tanahashi blocks! Tanahashi gets a headlock, thrashes Evil around, but Evil puts Tanahashi on the ropes. The ref calls for the break, Evil pushes a hand in Tanahashi’s face but Tanahashi turns things around. Tanahashi lets off cleanly, but Evil rushes at him! Tanahashi hits an arm-drag and has Evil down with an armlock! Fans cheer as Tanahashi grinds the shoulder and Evil endures. Evil kicks and fights up but Tanahashi wrenches then gets a headlock.
Fans cheer as Tanahashi thrashes the headlock. Evil fights up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Evil fights up again, puts Tanahashi in a corner, and Tanahashi lets go cleanly. Evil pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Evil lets go at 4, wrenches and whips corner to corner, then runs in but Tanahashi elbows back. Tanahashi goes up and CROSSBODIES Evil down! And plays some air guitar! Tanahashi drags Evil up, throws forearms, then runs, but Dick is there! Tanahashi stops but Evil throws him out! Tanahashi forearms back! But Tanahashi is still wary of Dick as he steps in. Evil kicks the ropes to jam Tanahashi! Tanahashi falls to the apron then hobbles to the railing.
The ref has Evil stay back but he’s also aware of Dick. Evil goes out to fetch Tanahashi, and whip him into railing! Tanahashi slumps down and Evil goes looking under the ring. Tanahashi finds a chair, brings it over, and he stands Tanahashi up. Evil brings Tanahashi to the ramp, throws knees, then gets the leg. Evil stomps away on the leg, takes the chair and digs it into the knee! Tanahashi can only endure as the ref counts. Evil stops at 4, the ref confiscates the chair and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi clutches his knee but he refuses to give up. Evil goes to the ring, Tanahashi stands as the ring count starts. Tanahashi hobbles to the ring and returns at 11 of 20.
Fans cheer but Evil is annoyed. Evil drags Tanahashi around, stomps the leg, then drops an elbow on the knee! Evil pulls on the leg in a toehold but Tanahashi crawls and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Evil lets go at 4, and Tanahashi clutches the knee again. Evil taunts Tanahashi, kicks at him, but Tanahashi eggs him on! Evil throws forearms, Tanahashi fires up more, so Evil throws more forearms! Tanahashi fires up again but Evil pokes him in the eye! But Tanahashi comes back with fast hands! Only for Evil to pull hair! Tanahshi pulls hair in return, the ref reprimands them both, and Tanahashi throws a body shot!
Tanahashi whips, Evil reverses but Tanahashi comes back with a flying forearm! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi drags Evil up. Tanahashi scoops, SLAMS Evil to a drop zone, then goes up to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi waits on Evil to rise and fans rally up. Tanahashi runs, but Evil sends Tanahashi out! Evil distracts the ref as Dick SMACKS Tanahashi before he can skin the cat! Evil then goes out to fetch Tanahashi and drags him up to whip into more railing! Tanahashi fires up and runs at Evil, but Evil CLOBBERS him first! Evil stands over Tanahashi as the fans rally again. Evil drags Tanahashi up, and RAMS him into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san!
Again, Young Lions and the ref hurry to check on Abe. He held onto the IWGP US Championship to keep it safe but he may have fallen into the railing behind him. Evil paces while the mess is being cleaned up, and he gets Tanahashi’s legs! The ref sees that and he stops Evil from putting on the Sharpshooter! A ring count starts, but Evil puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! He sits deep on the hold, torturing Tanahashi until 12 of 20! Evil gets in at 13, Tanahashi hobbles up at 15 but Dick holds him back! Dick throws Tanahashi back into railing and Abe-san! The count continues to 18 but Tanahashi surges forward to get in at 19!
Evil runs in and corner clotheslines! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Evil is furious but fans fire up! Evil gets up as fans rally for The Ace. Evil stands Tanahashi up but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry! Tanahashi fires off elbows, Evil kicks the bad leg! Evil whips but Tanahashi reverses, Evil hits bare buckles! The blue buckle pad was taken away again, only to bite Evil in the butt! Fans rally up as both men are down and stirring. Evil drags himself to the corner, Tanahashi grits his teeth and gets his legs moving. Tanahashi runs in but Evil boots him! Tanahashi tries again but Evil sends him into bare buckles!
Tanahashi still dodges Evil, only for Evil to go to the corner, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Evil is furious but fans are fired up again! Evil sits up and slashes his throat. Evil stands Tanahashi up, spins him around, but Tanahashi slips out to spin Evil for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi fires up, fans fire up, and Tanahashi runs, to WRECK Dick with a dropkick! Then he dodges Evil to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps going, but Evil grabs at the ref. Tanahashi climbs up, the ref gets free of Evil’s grip, HIGH FLY FLOW to the back! But Tanahashi won’t stop there! He gets the legs for TEXAS CLOVER HOLD!! Evil endures as Tanahashi sits deep!
Dick throws the ref out of the ring right before Evil taps out!! Tanahashi would’ve won, but he realizes what happened! Dick gets in with the US title, but Tanahashi trips him up! TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! Dick taps, but Evil rakes eyes! Fans rally up for The Ace but the King of Darkness has his sidekick helping him stomp Tanahashi down! Evil drags Tanahashi up and works with Dick, but Tanahashi fights free of Magic Killer! SHOTEI for Evil, and he uses EVERYTHING IS EVIL on Dick!! Tanahashi sees Evil coming in, but Evil stops Tanahashi from stealing again! But Tanahashi blocks Evil’s Everything to get a full nelson!
Evil fights out of the Dragon Suplex, and LOW BLOWS! Evil reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi LOW BLOWS back!! Turnabout is fair play and fans fire up! The ref gets back in, too, and Tanahashi rolls his way over to Evil. Both men are sore below the belt but Tanahashi still gets to his feet. Tanahashi fires up and runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! The ref bounces off Tanahashi, then Evil fireman’s carries Tanahashi for DARKNESS FALLS! But no ref means no cover! Fans rally up but Evil grabs the US title belt. Evil wants Tanahashi to get up, and then he runs in, BELT SHOT! Evil throws the belt out and goes back to Tanahashi to drag him back up.
Fans rally again as Evil spins Tanahashi, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil then goes to the ref and gets him up to count the cover. Evil wins!
Winner: EVIL, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)
It took stacking the deck with help from Dick to do it, but the King of Darkness is higher than the Ace tonight! Will the House of Torture look to add the IWGP US Championship as well as a G1 Climax trophy to the collection?
Kazuchika Okada VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!
The Rainmaker stands tall at 5-0 and once again in the main event! But with him is an angry Holy Emperor who has already lost two times in a row. Will the Sliest Wrestler in the World use every trick he knows to stop from losing again? Or will Okada keep his promise to keep this G1 Autumn all fired up?
The elaborate jackets are put aside, Miho helping Taichi with his, as well as the IWGP Heavyweight Tag title and fanny pack. The bell rings and fans cheer already as the two stare down. The fans rally for “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” but Taichi just ignores it as Okada circles around him. They approach, tie up, and Okada puts Taichi on the ropes. Okada lets off, feints the chop, and pats Taichi on the shoulders. Taichi kicks but Okada blocks to club the leg! Okada headlocks, grinds Taichi down, but Taichi fights up to throw body shots. Taichi tries to power out but Okada holds on tight. Okada grinds the headlock more but Taichi pulls hair.
Taichi powers up and pulls hair again to put Okada on ropes. Taichi tries to power out again but Okada holds on even tighter! Okada grinds again, then CLUBS Taichi on the back. Okada puts the headlock back on, but he has to fight the saido off! Okada whips, Taichi reverses and CHOKES Okada! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi throws Okada down and catches his breath as fans rally up. Taichi kicks Okada to the apron then the floor. Taichi follows after, and he whips, only for Okada to reverse! Taichi crashes into railing and Miho is there as he falls to the floor! Okada drags Taichi up, kicks low and hits a DDT to the floor!
Okada walks it off while Red Shoes and Miho check on Taichi. Okada goes into the ring, a ring count starts, and is already 10 of 20 before Taichi gets up. Miho coaches Taichi, he stirs but Okada goes out at 15. Okada drags Taichi up but Taichi RAMS Okada into railing! Was Taichi playing possum? Taichi whips Okada into more railing then gathers up camera cable to CHOKE him with! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi lets go, but then he starts peeling up floormats! Tatichi drags Okada up and over, DDT to the concrete! Red Shoes checks but somehow Okada’s okay to continue. Fans rally up but Taichi drags Okada up and into the ring. Cover, TWO!
Miho puts the floormats back where they were while Taichi bends Okada back against his knee. Okada endures as Taichi adds on a neck wrench. Okada reaches out and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Taichi lets go and brings Okada up as the fans rally. Taichi shoves Okada to a corner, stomps away on the legs then digs his boot into Okada’s face. Okada grits his teeth and glares at Taichi as he pushes against the boot. Taichi slaps Okada but Okada throws forearms! Okada eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOKES him and throws him down! Red Shoes reprimands but Taichi CHOKES Okada on the mat! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets off and claims he’s covering but it’s another choke!
Red Shoes counts again, Taichi lets off, to TWO HAND CHOKE! Red Shoes counts yet again, and Taichi lets off. Okada sputters, Taichi gives him toying kicks. Fans rally up but Taichi gives Okada some Kowata Kicks! Okada staggers to a corner, Taichi runs in but Okada boots him! Taichi comes back but Okada dodges. Okada comes back but into a BOOT! Taichi runs but into a FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down again, then rally up as both men stir. Okada rises, storms over to Taichi and brings him up for forearms. Okada whips, Taichi reverses but Okada CLOBBERS him with an elbow!
Okada drags Taichi up and whips him to a corner, then runs in to elbow! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada paces then brings Taichi up and gut wrenches but Taichi blocks. Okada CLUBS Taichi, whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Both men are down again and fans fire up. Fans rally, Okada goes to a corner and Taichi runs in to clothesline! Taichi snapmares and KICKS Okada in the back! Okada slowly gets up and eggs Taichi on. Taichi KICKS Okada in the chest, fans fire up and Okada eggs him on more. Taichi KICKS again, Okada grits hist eeth, and Taichi dares Okada to sit up again. Okada does, Taichi kicks but Okada blocks to spin and BOOT!
Okada runs into the corner but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Taichi paces, Okada sits up, BUZZSAW! But Taichi says he’s going to end it now! OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up and aims as Okada rises! TENSHI- NO! Okada dodges, ripcords, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Taichi seethes but fans fire back up. Taichi drags Okada back up, Alabama lifts, but Okada wrenches to the MONEY CLIP! Taichi stays on his feet but starts to drop as Okada leans on the hold. Fans rally, Taichi fights up but Okada turns that to a backslide. Taichi slips through, dodges the lariat but not the DROPKICK! Okada gets the arm again, MONEY CLIP!
Taichi endures as Okada has him down on the mat! Fans rally, Taichi fights up and powers his way to ropes, but Okada hits a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Then the MONEY CLIP again! Taichi is turning red, Okada squeezes tighter, and fans are thunderous! Red Shoes checks, Taichi gasps but he’s turning purple! Taichi fights up with a second wind but Okada drags him from ropes! Taichi still reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration and the fans fire up! Fans are thunderous with “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” but maybe even some “TA-I-CHI!” as Okada drags him up. Okada scoops, SLAMS and goes to the corner. Okada goes up top, MACHO ELBOW! And then the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Taichi up, ripcords but Taichi gets under to shove! Okada blocks the superkick to scoop Taichi! Taichi slips out, shoves and TENSHI JUJIHOU!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Taichi crawls over, manages a cover, TWO!! Okada barely gets that arm up! Miho coaches Taichi, fans rally up as hard as ever, and Taichi forces himself to stand. Taichi drags Okada up, Alabama but Okada blocks! Okada CLUBS Taichi, Taichi keeps trying to lift, but Okada gut wrenches! Taichi fights that off with body shots and clubbing forearms, then he shoves Okada away. Okada comes back but Taichi BOOTS him! Okada stays up to BOOT in return!
Taichi stays up and the two stare down. Taichi BOOTS back, so Okada BOOTS again! Fans cheer and Taichi even grins. Taichi BOOTS and Okada staggers to the ropes! Okada steadies himself as Taichi waits, and Okada BOOTS again! Taichi shakes his head and boots, but Okada blocks to forearm! Taichi sobats! Okada uppercuts! Taichi BOOTS, Okada runs but Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi gets Okada up and reels him in, but Okada back drops and sits down on a cover! TWO!! Taichi is up gut Okada ducks the gamangiri! Ripcord but Taichi dodges and waistlocks! Okada elbows free, runs but into Taichi’s DROPKICK! Taichi roars and fans are thunderous again!
Taichi shakes out the cobwebs and steadies himself. He drags Okada up, reels Okada in but Okada fights the saido again. Taichi CLUBS Okada on the back, then DANGEROUS GAMANGIRIS! Taichi gets Okada up again, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?! Okada survives and Taichi can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down. Taichi gets up and fires up again. Taichi drags Okada up, Alabama lifts but Okada slips out, ROLLING LARIAT! But Taichi stays up to stagger to ropes! Taichi runs but Okada dodges! Okada spins, DOUBLE LARIATS!! Taichi’s Ax Bomber overpowers Okada’s Rolling Rainmaker!!
Taichi waits for Okada to stand, then he runs, but into Okada’s DROPKICK! But he’s right back up?! Into a gut wrench and JUMPING TOMBSTONE!! Okada fires up, drags Taichi up and ripcords, RAIN- NO! Taichi gets around, GEDO CLUTCH!! TWO!?!? Okada narrowly escapes and the fans are electric! ROUNDHOUSE!! Taichi fires up and aims from the corner! Three point stance, but he runs into a SIT-OUT MICHINOKU!! Okada drags Taichi up, ripcords, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)
The Holy Emperor could not stop the rain! Kazuchika Okada continues his streak and is 6-0! Taichi flounders and tries to get up but Okada brushes him off. Is this the end of Taichi’s run at the top of the block?
As for Okada, he once again gets the mic to close out the night. “KOCHI~! Thanks for your passionate support today! I know most of you were behind Taichi toward the end. But even so, The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada, is your winner!” Fans do still cheer that. And of course, this makes six matches for six wins. “Do you think Kazuchika Okada is looking a little beaten up? Even if that’s the case, you also realize that no one’s stopping me, right?” Okada vows to win the remaining three matches, then take the G1 finals and the world title belt, and then come back to a PACKED Kochi! That’s something to look forward to, so please, let’s all hang in there together!
Okada again thanks the fans and promises to make it rain in the G1! But will round seven be bad luck for the Rainmaker?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Kazuchika Okada: 6-0, 12 points
Jeff Cobb: 6-0, 12 points
EVIL: 5-1, 10 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A really good round for the G1 Climax here, and I’m mostly shocked at how many are mathematically out of the running at this point. Goto and Hashi win good matches but those were just to keep things going since they, Chase and Tama are at the bottom anyway. Cobb stays undefeated in a really good match with Sanada and he is on a collision course with Okada at this point. Evil VS Tanahashi was very good but I’m surprised Tanahashi is 3-3. Tanahashi is out because he already lost to Okada, so even if Tanahashi swept the next three and Okada lost the next three, Okada has the tiebreaker that puts him ahead.
Okada VS Taichi was a great match, Okada of course wins to keep himself strong. I feel like the only loss Okada could suffer is against Cobb, and that’d be huge for Cobb after going 2-1 with Okada during Summer Struggle. Okada can’t seriously lose to Chase, and no offense to Tama but he could give an awesome effort and still lose. On the flipside, Cobb is surely getting a win over Tanahashi at this point, creating quite the list of contenders for that IWGP US Championship. Cobb VS Evil in the eighth could change things, and then we get Okada VS Cobb in the ninth and final round, that has to be the main event that night, winner going on to the finals.
My Score: 9.1/10
Lucha Central Weekly: WWE Releases, AAA TripleMania Regia, and Matanza Is Back In MLW (episode escaped from the vault!)
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)
BOSJ, Round 6!
It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!
NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?
Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!
Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.
Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.
Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.
Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!
Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!
Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?
Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!
Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!
Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!
Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!
Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!
Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!
Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!
The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.
Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.
Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.
Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!
Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!
Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!
Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)
The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!
Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?
Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.
ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.
Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.
ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.
ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!
ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!
These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!
Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.
Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!
Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!
Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!
Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.
Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.
Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!
Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!
Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?
Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!
Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!
Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.
Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!
Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.
Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!
Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!
Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.
Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!
Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!
Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!
Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?
Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points
A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.
I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.
My Score: 8.9/10
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