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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/28/22)

BOSJ, round seven!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

Who gets lucky? And whose luck runs out?

NJPW enters the Best of the Super Junior’s home stretch now! Will Ace Austin still lead A Block? Will B Block’s traffic jam clear up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS BUSHI; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: TJP VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS EL LINDAMAN; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Alex Zayne; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS DOUKI; Desperado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira!

Two men on the backend meet, but the Heel Master fell to the Wild Rhino while Bruciare burned Direct Drive. Will Kanemaru wash Akira out with whiskey? Or will Kanemaru get himself a taste of Fireball?

As soon as Kanemaru throws off his shirt, he rushes Akira! Kanemaru kicks, CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Akira, then stomps him down! The bell rings, Kanemaru stomps Akira to the corner, then whips him to ropes. Akira dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Fans fire up and Akira goes to the corner to TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK Kanemaru down! Fans fire up with “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” and Akira builds speed. Kanemaru gets back in and dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally, Kanemaru gets Akira’s leg and SMASHES it on the mat! Kanemaru gets Akira up and gets the leg for a SHINBREAKER!

Akira writhes and fans applaud as Kanemaru storms up on him. Kanemaru stands on Akira’s leg at the ropes but the ref reprimands and counts. Kanemaru lets off at 4, and he laughs at Akira as he brings him up. Akira hits back with a forearm but Kanemaru kicks his leg out! Kanemaru YANKS the leg, then drags Akira around to drop an elbow on the knee. And another! And then the toehold! Akira endures, fans rally, but Kanemaru cranks the hold. Akira reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and Kanemaru lets off, but he drags Akira away to stomp the leg! Kanemaru then brings Akira up, but Akira throws a right!

Akira hobbles on the one leg, CHOPS, but Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Kanemaru whips, then dropkicks the leg again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru drags Akira by his bad leg again, and SMASHES the knee into the mat! Akira writhes and grits his teeth, and he manages to make it to ropes. Kanemaru kicks the leg again, stalks Akira to a corner, but Akira throws body shots. Kanemaru digs his boot into knee, Akira grabs at Kanemaru’s hair but Kanemaru rakes Akira’s eyes! Kanemaru then puts Akira’s bad leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts, Akira throws forearms, but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg!

Fans rally as Akira gets his leg free, but Kanemaru goes outside and drags Akira into the corner. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad leg on the apron! Then Kanemaru ties the legs up against the post! Akira grabs at Kanemaru’s hair, the ref counts, and Kanemaru lets go. Akira crawls away from the corner but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Akira eggs Kanemaru on? Kanemaru keeps stomping, then he dropkicks the leg again! Kanemaru drags Akira around and digs his knees into the knee! Kanemaru has another toehold but Akira kicks with his free leg! Akira gets free, scrambles and kicks again, but Kanemaru catches the good leg to stomp the bad leg!

Kanemaru drags Akira up, reels him in, but Akira fights the shinbreaker with elbows! Kanemaru lets go but he kicks the leg, then tries again. Akira sunset flips through, TWO! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but Akira manages to follow, wheelbarrow, and victory roll, STOMP 182! Both men are down and fans rally up! Akira gets up, hobbles and is in the corner. But he manages to run corner to corner to clothesline! Akira tries keep moving but the bad leg won’t let him. Akira reels Kanemaru in but Kanemaru blocks the suplex. Kanemaru CLUBS the bad leg, then suplexes Akira. Akira fights that, and manages a GOURD BUSTER!

Fans fire up as Akira gets back up and BUZZSAWS Kanemaru down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” as Akira brings Kanemaru back up. SPEED- NO, Kanemaru slips out! But Akira ducks the enziguri! Akira waistlocks but Kanemaru switches. Akira elbows back and runs, but into another dropkick to his leg! Akira clutches the knee, Kanemaru steps through, but Akira kicks him away. Kanemaru comes back to basement dropkick Akira in the head! Then he gets the leg for a HALF CRAB! Akira endures, crawls and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru hurries to get Akira up, scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru is annoyed but he goes to the corner. Akira manages to get up and ROCK Kanemaru first! Akira climbs up on the good leg, but Kanemaru rakes his eyes! Kanemaru leaps, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Akira gets Kanemaru up, chicken wings and pop-up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! The bad leg may have held that bridge back, but fans fire up for “A! KI-RA!” But Kanemaru ducks the Fireball to crucifix pin! TWO, and Kanemaru trips Akira to a jackknife! TWO! Kanemaru shoots into somersault clutch, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE from Akira! Fans fire up and Akira hurries to get Kanemaru back up!

Akira reels Kanemaru in, SPEEDFIRE! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru survives and fans fire up as Akira goes to the corner. Kanemaru sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!

Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Fireball was too strong for Kanemaru, and now this loss is a hard pill to swallow! Will Akira be able to light it up these last few rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Taiji Ishimori!

Speaking of the Wild Rhino, he’s looking to continue his stampede, but he’s run across the Bone Soldier! Will Connors stay strong outside of Korakuen Hall? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion get back up from being trumped by Ace Austin?

The bell rings and fans applaud as the two stare down. Taiji claims Connors is a Heavyweight, he’s so muscular. Nope, still a Junior Heavyweight. Taiji doesn’t believe him but the fans rally behind Connors as he flexes. Taiji kicks low, whips, but Connors reverses and runs Taiji over! Fans applaud and Connors brings Taiji up to headlock. Taiji throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over again! Connors stalks Taiji to the corner, brings him up and TOSSES him! Taiji gets to the corner but Connors is on him again. Connors climbs up and rains down fists! Fans clap along, Connors throws hands from both sides, then tops it off at 10!

Taiji flounders, Connors aims, AX HANDLE! Down goes Taiji and fans applaud. Connors trophy lifts Taiji, carries Taiji around, but Taiji fights by raking Connors’ eyes! Taiji throws Connors out, goes out after him and ROCKS him with a right hand! Then another! Then Taiji drags Connors up by his hair and POSTS him! Taiji drags Connors around, has the legs, CATAPULT into the post! Fans rally and the ref reprimands, but Taiji goes to undo the blue corner’s buckle pad. The Bullet Club Special is in play! Connors snarls and the ring count starts, and Connors gets in at 5 of 20. Taiji heads over, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER!

Another ELBOW BREAKER, then another, and Taiji hammerlocks the arm. Taiji RAMS the bad arm into the bare buckles! The ref reprimands and fans rally up as Taiji looms over Connors. Taiji brings Connors up from the ropes to throw more haymakers. He knocks Connors down, then gets the bad arm for a top wristlock. Taiji wrangles Connors to the mat and isolates the arm to STOMP it! Fans rally while Connors writhes, and Taiji grabs at the arm again. Taiji gets a cobra clutch now but Connors throws body shots. Connors is free, but Taiji rakes the eyes! Taiji runs, Connors drops and goes the other way, to POUNCE!

Fans fire up while Connors and Taiji go to corners. Connors runs corner to corner to back elbow! Then he whips Taiji to the other corner and RAMS in! Connors picks Taiji up for a RUNNING BACK DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Connors aims from the corner. Connors aims, runs in, but Taiji sends the spear into the POST! Taiji reels Connors in, hammerlocks and half nelsons, scoop to the SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Connors is still in this and fans rally up. Taiji aims now, he runs in, tilt-o-whirl, but no Mystico! Connors whips, Taiji BOOTS, Connors SPEARS into a takedown! Taiji has the arm, BONE LOCK! But Connors scrambles, ROPEBREAK!

Fans rally and Taiji lets off cleanly, but he grows frustrated. Taiji brings Connors up, gut wrenches, but Connors slips off to waistlock. Taiji throws elbows but Connors still holds on! DEADLIFT GERMAN! Fans fire up, Connors takes aim and he runs in, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and Connors can’t believe it! Fans fire up and Connors gets Taiji back up. TROPHY- NO, Taiji slips free! BLOODY- NO, Connors slips free now! Taiji swings, misses, keeps moving, but he runs into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Connors and he roars! Connors drags Taiji back up, reels him back in, TROPHY- NO, Taiji drags Connors down! BONE LOCK!!

Connors endures, fans rally, and Connors crawls forward! Taiji rolls him away, BONE LOCK, but Connors gets to his feet! Taiji trips him and gets the BONE LOCK in deep! Connors taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

The stampede is over, the Bone Soldier is reborn! But he can’t take the top of the block without some help, will Ace Austin be the one to fold tonight?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS BUSHI!

The CMLL World Welterweight Champion is stuck behind all of B Block, but he hasn’t given up the fight! Will the Immortal still have life enough to win this deep into the tournament? Or will the Black Mask not have his run spoiled just yet?

Titan stands on a corner and shows off the Mexico flag, and Bushi attacks! Bushi CLUBS and drags Titan down, stomps him, and the bell rings. Bushi uses the flag to choke Titan! The ref counts, Bushi lets go and Titan gets out of the ring. Bushi pursues and CLUBS Titan again. Bushi goes after Titan’s mask! The ref reprimands and stops Bushi, but Bushi puts Titan in the ring. Titan uses that to build speed and DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Bushi! Fans fire up with Titan as he finally gets his jacket off. Titan KICKS Bushi in the side, then drags him up to put in the ring. Titan drags Bushi up, Bow ‘n’ Arrow lift to the AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!

Titan drags Bushi up, wrenches and CHOPS him on the ropes, then whips. Bushi reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down and Titan clutches the knee. Bushi takes off his shirt to use that to choke Titan! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi lets off and he brings Titan up. Bushi puts Titan up top backwards, then climbs up, to go after the mask! The ref reprimands and counts, but Bushi only lets go with one hand. The ref reprimands, Bushi keeps trying, and the mask almost comes off! Titan gets it back on but Bushi CLUBS him down! Titan is in the Tree of Woe, Bushi stomps him!

Titan falls out of the Tree, and Bushi brings Titan up by his mask to snapmare and wrap on a headscissor. Titan endures, fans rally up, and Titan reaches out to get the ROPEBREAK! Bushi holds on, thrashes around, but lets off at 4. Fans rally while Bushi taunts Titan. Bushi drags Titan back in, stomps him, and he drags Titan up to hang out to dry! Bushi CLUBS Titan, goes to the corner and jumps, but Titan avoids the dropkick! Titan goes Matrix on the apron to avoid the haymaker, then he GAMANGIRIS Bushi away! Titan then springboards to missile dropkick! Fans fire up, Bushi bails out, and Titan builds speed! Titan FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again!

Fans rally up and Titan brings Bushi up. Titan puts Bushi in, aims from a corner, and runs in, SUPERKICK! But Titan doesn’t cover, he brings Bushi back up in a dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi is still in this but fans rally again. Fans rally, Titan gets Bushi back up, but Bushi CHOPS! Titan CHOPS back! Bushi CHOPS again, but Titan CHOPS back! Bushi CHOPS, Titan fires off palm strikes! Titan back hands, ROUNDHOUSES and SOBATS! Titan fires up, runs, but Bushi ROCKS him with a right! Bushi runs, into a SUPERKICK! Titan runs, into a back drop! But he kips up to PELE!

Fans fire up and Titan aims from the corner! Bushi stands, Titan runs in, but Bushi spins him around for a DDT! Fans fire up again while both men are down, then rallies up as they stir. They crawl to each other, and Bushi throws a forearm! Titan throws it back, and they brawl as they stand up! Fans rally, Bushi gets the edge and runs, but into a clothesline at the ropes! Titan runs, Bushi DROPKICKS Titan at the ropes! Bushi roars, gets Titan up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this but fans rally again. Titan and Bushi go to opposite corners, Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Titan throws Bushi around into a fireman’s carry!

But Bushi slips off! Titan switches, Bushi throws elbows. Titan fires off more palm strikes and some swift kicks! SOBAT, but Bushi ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Bushi gets Titan up, runs, but Titan goes to ropes to TORNADO DDT! Titan hurries to get Bushi up and reel him in! Canadian Rack, SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and Titan goes to the apron! Titan throws off his armbands, fires up, and the fans fire up with him! SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TITAN WINS!

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

In a battle of masks, Titan is victorious! Has the Immortal killed Bushi’s chances? Will he be able to do the same to as he closes out his run?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH!

The Funky Weapon hasn’t had the best of luck in this tournament, but he can still be a spoiler? Or will Direct Drive get back in gear in the homestretch?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two slowly circle. Taguchi pats his sides along with the “TA-GU-CHI!” “Y O H!” Yoh and Taguchi feel out the grapple, Taguchi gets a leg but Yoh holds it off and floats to a waistlock. Taguchi drop toeholds and floats to a facelock but Yoh slips out to get the arm. Taguchi trips Yoh to have a toehold, Yoh uses his free leg to go for an armbar but Taguchi rolls Yoh up. TWO, and fans cheer as the two separate. Yoh and Taguchi reset, tie up, and Taguchi headlocks. Taguchi grinds Yoh down, but Yoh pulls hair. The ref reprimands, and Taguchi fires point-blank hip attacks on Yoh!

Taguchi runs, but Yoh drops, sidesteps, but Taguchi holds ropes to stop himself. Yoh avoids Taguchi with a handspring! Yoh swings but Taguchi manages to go Matrix! Taguchi kicks low, runs and manages a SCISSOR KICK! Fans applaud Taguchi busting out some new stuff, and Taguchi stands Yoh up for a big wind-up and leg sweep! Taguchi stomps to rally the fans and he runs, but Yoh drop toeholds and basement dropkicks the butt! Fans cheer and Taguchi holds his hips. Taguchi sits up and Yoh brings him up as fans rally. Yoh CLUBS Taguchi, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Yoh keeps cool, he stomps Taguchi around, then brings him up. Taguchi throws body shots, CHOPS, then kicks low. Taguchi whips, Yoh reverses but Yoh dodges the hip attack! Taguchi crashes, Yoh covers, TWO! Taguchi gets up but clutches his butt. Yoh cravats to snapmare, and he has the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Taguchi endures, fights up, and fans rally as he tries to turn it on Yoh. Yoh keeps Taguchi back, but Taguchi fights through! Taguchi turns it around, but Yoh turns it right back! Taguchi gives hip bumps! Yoh lets him go, but he comes back to kick. Taguchi blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while Yoh clutches his leg.

Taguchi brings Yoh up, whips him to the corner, then handsprings to HIP ATTACK?! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” BUM- ROLL-UP! TWO, but Yoh goes for the KNEEBAR! Taguchi kicks around, gets Yoh’s leg, OH MY GARFUNKLE! Yoh fights up, gets Taguchi’s leg back, KNEEBAR! Taguchi endures, grabs at Yoh’s arms and fans rally up as they struggle! Taguchi crawls for ropes but Yoh drags him away! Taguchi enziguris but Yoh ducks it! Yoh waistlocks, drags Taguchi up and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh holds on, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Yoh still holds on, but Taguchi fights the hat trick with elbows! Taguchi runs, HIP- ATOMIC DROP! Yoh O’Conner Rolls, but into a body scissor clutch! TWO!! Yoh gets a cradle, TWO! Taguchi hurries up, Yoh sunset flips but Taguchi brings down the tights, VOLT GREEN! Cover, TWO! Yoh sunset flips, TWO! Taguchi sits again, TWO! Yoh sunset, TWO! Taguchi, TWO! Yoh, TWO!!! Fans fire up, Taguchi dodges Yoh, but Yoh sidesteps a la Taguchi! Taguchi whips, he gives the side steps, to a RANA! Cover, Taguchi wins!!

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

Yoh can’t believe he got caught! Is he stalling out in the homestretch? As for Taguchi, can he continue to shock us all in these final rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS SHO!

The Impact X-Division Champion leads the block at 5-1 after defeating Taiji Ishimori! But can he keep the momentum going? Or will the Murder Machine rob The Inevitable like he has his other opponents?

Sho promises he’ll behave as Austin makes his entrance. But when Austin springs out his magic cane, Sho snatches it and uses it to BOP Austin! The ref reprimands and takes the stick, then rings the bell. Sho storms up to stomp Austin, drags him up then throws him out. Sho goes out and gets a chair! The ref reprimands, but Sho headlocks Austin and brings him to the big opening in the corner of the arena. Austin throws body shots then forearms! Then some kicks! Sho falls and crawls but Austin brings him up. Sho shoves Austin away, Austin comes back but Sho rakes his eyes! Sho whips, Austin reverses but Sho reverses back and Austin hits the wall!

Sho laughs as he goes back to ringside and the ref checks Austin. Fans rally, but Sho picks up the chair and comes back! The ref tells Sho no but Sho shoves him away. But Austin kicks Sho back! Now Austin gets the chair! But the ref stops Austin and Sho runs away! Sho hurries to grab the trophy! He holds it up and Austin hesitates. They can’t damage the trophy so Austin stands down. Sho tells Austin to put the chair down but Austin tells Sho to put the trophy down. They agree to put their items down at the same time. Fans rally, the trophy and chair are carefully set down on the floor, but then Sho goes for the chair!

Austin stands on the chair to stop him, and then DECKS Sho with a forearm! Fans cheer, Austin holds up the trophy! Austin places the trophy back on the table, then he goes back for Sho. But Sho uses the chair! Sho JAMS then SMACKS Austin! The ref missed it all making sure the trophy was secure! Sho drags Austin up in a facelock and uses that to bring Austin along. Sho brings Austin to the other wall, and throws him into a garage door! Austin writhes but Sho stands on his head! The ref reprimands, Sho steps off at 4, and finally goes back to ringside. Sho makes sure the ref comes with him, and then the ring count starts.

Austin gets up at 4 of 20, fans rally and he hurries back towards the ring. He’s halfway at 10 of 20, hustles up, and gets in at 15 of 20, then skins the cat out of the ring to avoid Sho’s cheap shot! Austin drags Sho back out, and bumps him off the apron! Sho staggers into Austin’s dropkick! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to dodge and PENALTY KICKS Sho down! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed! FALL TO GLORY! Direct hit and fans fire up! Austin offers a little kid a high-five, but they say no thank you. Well that’s okay, Austin goes back to Sho. Austin puts Sho in, steps in, but Sho avoids the kick!

But Austin still A-LIST LARIATS in the corner! And fires off point blank shots over and over! Fans rally, Austin shoves Sho and Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up, and Austin stomps to tune the band. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Austin shoves the ref aside, blocks Sho’s sucker punch to knee low, knee lift, and then RIPCORD SLAM! Austin fires up, HOUSE OF CARDS! Fans fire up as Austin aims from the corner, and he runs in, THE- NO, Sho tosses Austin at the ref!! Then LOW BLOWS! Sho goes to his corner, gets his wrench, and then aims at Austin! WRENCH SHOT!! But the ref is still out! Sho shouts at him to do his job!

Sho tells someone to get another ref, and here comes one! Cover, TWO!! Austin still lives and fans fire up! Sho drags Austin up, wrenches and SNAKEBITE! Austin endures, fans fire up, but he’s fading! The ref checks, Austin is OUT! Sho wins!!

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

Another match, another cheat to win! Sho takes Austin’s ace card, and he stomps it! Is this joker going to take over the block now that he’s dealt with Ace?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Wheeler Yuta!

The Way of the Grandmaster defeated one singles champion already in Titan, and now he faces another in the ROH Pure Champion! Will Wato prove he’s more than just one half of Six or Nine? Or will the Decoder figure him out and get back up in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Yuta wrenches to a hammerlock. Then he spins Wato to a cravat. Wato reaches out and spins Yuta into a cravat of his own. Wato snapmares to chinlock but Yuta fights to get the hammerlock. Wato fights up, reaches back, throws some elbows, then gets around to hammerlock then headlock. Yuta pries at the hold but Wato wrenches him to a wristlock. Yuta rolls, handsprings, and arm-drags Wato away! Fans rally up and Yuta kicks low. Yuta whips but Wato reverses, then runs in at the corner. Yuta goes up and over, scoops, but Wato slips out.

Wato waistlocks, Yuta switches and shoves him to ropes. Yuta drops, hurdles, but Wato leaps and keeps moving to RANA! Yuta flounders but runs back in, into an elbow, uppercuts and SOBATS! Fans fire up with Wato and he waits on Yuta to get up. Fans rally and Wato KICKS at Yuta’s leg, then KICKS his chest! And then he KICKS Yuta down! Yuta goes to a corner, elbows Wato away, then goes up. Wato swings but Yuta catches the arm to twist it! ARMBREAKER DDT! Fans fire up while Wato writhes, and Yuta springboards to stomp Wato! Cover, TWO! Yuta drags Wato, KICKS the arm, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER!

Yuta wrings Wato out to drop a knee on the arm! Yuta then isolates the arm to STOMP it! Yuta eggs Wato, KICKS him, and fans rally up. Yuta facelocks but Wato throws body shots, then forearms! Wato whips, Yuta holds ropes and that jams Wato’s arm! Yuta gets the arm, wrenches, but Wato powers out to CALF KICK Yuta down! Fans fire up and Wato waits on Yuta. Wato starts rallying with forearms and a BOOT! Wato whips then dropkicks Yuta out! Fans fire up, Wato builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit but a rather rough landing for Wato, too! Wato gets up as the fans rally, and he drags Yuta up and into the ring.

Wato aims from a corner, springboards in, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally more and Wato brings Yuta up. Wato waistlocks but Yuta resists the lift. Yuta switches, waistlocks, but Wato throws elbows! Yuta still holds on, Wato fights more, pries the hold, breaks free and slides under! Wato waistlocks but Yuta wrenches the bad arm! Yuta wrangles Wato down but Wato rolls and wrenches! He hooks Yuta up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Wato fires up! Wato drags Yuta up, reels him in to scoop, but Yuta slips out! Atomic drop, ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire up again!

Yuta gets Wato’s arms, CATTLE MUTILATION, but Wato slips out! Crucifix pin, TWO! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, wheelbarrows but Wato stops that to HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta escapes but Wato hurries up top! R P P FLOPS as Yuta moves! Yuta grits his teeth and fans rally up again! Yuta gets Wato up, wrench and PAIN SABER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives but Yuta rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then, SEATBELT CLUTCH! Cover, Yuta wins!!

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

The Way of the Grandmaster hits another bump in the road! Will he just have to settle for being a spoiler? As for Yuta, will he be able to formulate a plan for an outside shot at the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: TJP VS El Phantasmo!

The United Empire’s Public Enemy Number One takes on the Bullet Club’s Headbanga with a top spot in the block on the line! Will it be TJP > ELP or ELP > TJP in the seventh?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. TJP encourages the fans and they get louder. ELP ranks the sides. Three sides, good. One side, bad. The two circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to a wristlock then hammerlock. ELP drop toeholds, facelocks, but TJP slips out and facelocks back. ELP rolls but TJP gator rolls to get the facelock back. ELP slips out to get the arm and pushes TJP down. TJP pushes up and goes around the other way. TJP rolls, spins, gets a leg and trips ELP to then get the arms, ghost pin, TWO! Fans applaud as the two stand off. ELP and TJP knuckle lock, but TJP kicks one and cartwheels to wrangle ELP down.

TJP has the top wristlock but ELP rolls to get up. TJP wrenches, ELP rolls and trips TJP. ELP gets a Bow ‘n’ Arrow but TJP pops right out to cover, ONE! TJP handsprings up and fans cheer the exchange. Fans rally, “T J P!” “E L P!” as they tie up again. ELP wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, then wristlock. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drags ELP into the TWISTING HEADSCISSOR. TJP throws up the United Empire hands, but ELP headscissors. TJP moves around, headstands, but ELP spikes him into the mat! ELP squeezes tight and digs his elbows into TJP’s back. TJP powers to another handstand, but ELP spikes him again!

Fans rally, TJP uses his leg to hook ELP’s legs and pop free, but ELP shoves TJP back down! TJP hops and hops and handstands to get free, and he drags ELP into an inverted motorcycle stretch! ELP handstands and even clicks his heels, but TJP spikes him in return! Fans applaud and TJP drags ELP up to whip corner to corner. ELP reverses, handsprings, but into BOOTS! TJP runs, but ELP sends TJP at the corner. TJP headstands in the corner whip ELP struts, fans applaud both! ELP still struts, but then notices what TJP’s doing. ELP storms over, but into a headscissors! Fans rally up behind TJP as he builds speed!

ELP moves, but TJP Spider-Mans then decides to strut on the apron. ELP sees that and is annoyed but the fans rally as TJP even does the drop steps. ELP swipes but TJP jumps over and kicks low. TJP then uses the apron to TORNADO- NO, ELP blocks to snap suplex to the floor! The ref checks and they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up, ELP flexes and French kisses his biceps… ELP puts TJP in, gets the arm and wrenches, then suplexes again. ELP stalls and then SLAMS at 10! Cover, TWO! ELP throws a knee, then fireman’s carries to GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but ELP keeps his cool.

ELP brings TJP up, reels him in, but TJP blocks the lift. TJP wrenches, knuckle locks, and kicks away. TJP goes up the corner but so does ELP! ELP CHOPS TJP down, then jumps and jumps and hops across the way to do more jumping around. Then he struts and fans rally again. TJP kicks the ropes and ELP falls into a HOTSHOT! And then TJP TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS ELP away from the apron! Fans rally, TJP brings ELP up and into the ring. TJP then goes up the corner, for a MAMBA- NO, he has to roll through as ELP dodges. ELP runs back in but TJP goes up and over in the corner, then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally again and TJP drags ELP up. TJP dragon sleepers and inverted suplexes, but ELP slips out! ELP straitjackets but TJP slips out of the torture rack to IRON OCTOPUS! Fans rally and ELP endures. ELP pops free, TJP sunset flips but ELP rolls through to get TJP up! TJP fights the tuck, jackknife bridges, TWO! Fans fire up again, ELP CHOPS! TJP SOBATS! ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans fire up again. ELP snarls and he gets to ropes. ELP tunes up the band and takes aim, but TJP blocks the kick! TJP then dodges the clothesline to springboard FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and TJP goes back up top.

ELP trips TJP up! TJP is slumped over the corner, ELP tucks his arms in from there! ELP brings TJP out but TJP kicks free and tilt-o-whirls, IRON OCTOPUS! ELP fights that but TJP trips him, and has the leglock! PINOY STRETCH!! ELIP scrambles, TJP drags him from ropes, but ELP kicks him away. ELP swings but into the dragon sleeper, only to victory roll! TWO, TJP has it, TWO! TJP gets ELP in a backslide, TWO! The arms stay hooked as they stand up, but TJP drops to sunset flip. ELP rolls out and brings TJP in to tuck the arms! C R II!! Cover, ELP wins!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

The Headbanga didn’t need any tricks for this one! Will he be able to pull away from the pack now? As for TJP, is it too late for him to take the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS EL LINDAMAN!

Another top spot in the block is on the line! The Sniper of the Sky and the G-Rex Champion are coming off huge wins, but only one can win again! Who will have the GLEATer run in this tournament?

The bell rings and Lindaman fires up already! Eagles copies Lindaman, and fans rally up more. Eagles encourages them to get even more into it, and they oblige. Lindaman and Eagles tie up, Lindaman waistlocks and wrangles Eagles down then floats around to facelock. Eagles fights up, wrenches out, wristlocks, but Lindaman rolls and trips Eagles to have a standing toehold. Lindaman then brings Eagles up and headlocks. Eagles powers up but can’t power out as Lindaman holds on tight. Eagles throws body shots, powers out this time, but Lindaman runs him over! Fans rally and things speed up. Eagles hurdles, but Lindaman blocks the hip toss!

Lindaman body shots, goes to hip toss, but Eagles counters that to drag Lindaman down. Eagles handsprings then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Eagles smirks while he follows Lindaman towards a corner. Eagles knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist, then knuckle locks the other hand. Fans rally while Eagles goes up and around, but Lindaman blocks the arm-drag! Lindaman kicks and whips Eagles to a corner, but runs into a boot! Eagles runs in, but Lindaman lifts him for an AIR RAID CRASH! Lindaman fires up, but then he wobbles. Lindaman steadies himself, fans rally up and he runs corner to corner, to back elbow!

Lindaman puts Eagles in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Another, ONE! A fourth, ONE! Lindaman is annoyed but he drags Eagles into a chinlock. He digs his knee into Eagles but Eagles endures. Fans rally, Lindaman brings Eagles up but Eagles swings on him! Lindaman dodges, kicks out the legs then basement dropkicks the back! Lindaman gets the fans rallying up and he eggs Eagles on. Eagles throws body shots, Lindaman still eggs him on! Eagles JABS the abs so Lindaman CLUBS him down. Lindaman brings Eagles up but Eagles blocks the suplex! Lindman still tries and fans rally up.

Lindaman gets Eagles up, throws him down but Eagles lands on his knees, so Lindaman KICKS him! Lindaman runs, but Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! Fans fire up, Eagles eggs Lindaman up and Lindaman rushes in, WHEEL KICK! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Eagles kips up and the fans fire up with him! Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Lindaman eggs him on! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up, Eagles goes to a corner and Lindaman goes to the other. Eagles runs corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! He rolls back, runs back in, but Lindaman dodges and Meteora hits buckles!

Lindaman waistlocks, Eagles kicks free and whips but Lindaman reverses. Eagles blocks so Lindaman drop sayanagis and DDTs! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Fans rally again as Eagles and Lindaman get up. Lindaman throws forearm after forearm, but Eagles gives those all back! Lindaman snarls and he gives another forearm, then another. Eagles CHOPS, ROCKS, and KICKS! Lindaman ROLLING ELBOWS! Eagles drops to a knee, fans fire up and Lindaman runs, but into a BOOT! Eagles runs but Lindaman elbows him! Lindaman whips, Eagles reverses but Lindaman holds ropes. Eagles runs into a BOOT, but he comes back to tiger feint the legs!

Fans fire up, Lindaman is down and Eagles takes aim! Eagles springboards, but Lindaman catches him to a fireman’s carry! Eagles fights free and waistlocks. Lindaman elbows, switches, CLUBS and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Eagles lands on his feet! SOBAT, cravat, ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Lindaman to a drop zone, stomps him down, then goes up top! 450 but he has to roll through as Lindaman dodges! Eagles comes back, into a CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Eagles sits up and shakes his head while Lindaman fires up. Lindaman hobbles over and brings Eagles up. KUMAGOROSHI!

Lindaman then drags Eagles into a wheelbarrow cover, TWO, but Lindaman lifts Eagles up! Eagles throws elbows, but into chicken wings! Eagles fights free, Lindaman reels him in, but Eagles victory rolls, to get the legs! Lindaman kicks Eagles away, but Eagles gets around, SCHOOLBOY BRIDGE! TWO, RON MIL- NO! Lindaman drags Eagles into a cradle! TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! But Lindaman ducks the Pele to deadlift waistlock! Eagles switches, Lindaman switches, repeat and repeat until Lindaman elbows free. But Eagles blocks the kick, CHOPS and hook-up, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! But Eagles has the leg! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!

Lindaman reaches out, Eagles puts on the pressure, Lindaman taps!! EAGLES WINS!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lindaman earns 0)

The Sniper shoots down another champion! Is Eagles going to prove he IS Best of the Super Juniors? Or can Lindaman still finish strong with heart?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Alex Zayne!

The Ticking Timebomb is running out of time if he wants to get his threepeat. But with a bad leg holding him back, is there just no way? Or will he be able to handle The Sauce’s heat and take back a top spot?

The bell rings and Hiromu rushes in! Zayne gets around to waistlock but avoids the back elbow. Hiromu avoids the forearm, waistlocks but then avoids Zayne’s back elbow. Zayne avoids the superkick but Hiromu avoids the Eddy Gordo! Fans fire up as Zayne handsprings and Hiromu backs down. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” as Hiromu copies Zayne playing with his hair. Zayne smirks, but then says it’s time to get the sauce! He runs to run Hiromu over, and he flexes. Things speed up, Zayne springboards but Hiromu catches the knee drop to a roll-up! TWO, Hiromu runs but Zayne trips him while sliding out!

Zayne brings Hiromu to the apron and spins him around to KNEE him in the face! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in to APRON SOMERSAULT SCISSOR KICK! Fans rally as Zayne gets Hiromu in the ring, slingshot senton! And then RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Zayne keeps cool and fans rally more as he brings Hiromu up. Zayne CLUBS Hiromu, then gets the bad leg. Hiromu wants mercy but Zayne KICKS the leg! And again! Then Zayne drops an elbow on the leg and has the toehold. Hiromu grabs the ropes, the ref counts and Zayne lets off. Fans rally, Zayne brings Hiromu up to DECK with a forearm!

Zayne kicks and digs his heel into Hiromu’s bad leg, then grinds the knee! Hiromu clutches the leg but he gets up to CHOP! Zayne snarls and fans rally up as Hiromu CHOPS again! Zayne dodges the next chop and he CHOPS Hiromu back! Hiromu falls, Zayne says that was finger licking good. Zayne clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hiromu. Hiromu fights up, throws elbows and gets free, only for Zayne to follow him as he runs! Zayne catches Hiromu for a SLEEPER! Fans rally up as Hiromu endures and fights back up. Hiromu throws body shots, is free again, but Zayne ROCKS him with a forearm. Zayne runs, but Hiromu follows and RANAS!

Fans rally as Zayne goes to a corner and Hiromu goes to the opposite. Zayne runs in but Hiromu dodges and clotheslines! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Zayne bails out, Hiromu goes to the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO! Fans fire up and Hiromu works on getting his bad leg moving. Fans rally, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Hiromu puts Zayne in, runs from the corner, SHOTGUN into the other corner! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu is frustrated for not realizing how close they were, but fans rally up. Hiromu brings Zayne up, reels him in, but Zayne blocks the suplex! Zayne wrenches, scoops, BAJA-

NO, Hiromu rolls through the blast! But Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Hiromu up! Hiromu rolls through but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans fire up while Hiromu and Zayne go to opposite corners again. Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hiromu fires body shots and shoves Zayne away, but Zayne backflips, lands on his feet and rolls back! Zayne runs back in, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO! Zayne is frustrated but the fans fire up! Zayne brings Hiromu up, throws boxing elbows, but Hiromu avoids the leg sweep! Zayne runs in but Hiromu dumps him to the apron, and SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu builds speed as fans fire up, SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up more while both men are down! The ref checks, both men are okay to continue, so the fans rally up and the ring count begins. Hiromu stirs at 7 of 20, pushes himself up at 10, and drags Zayne up at 13 to put in at 15! Fans rally and Hiromu builds speed, but Zayne spins Hiromu, only for Hiromu to spin and leap! Zayne holds off D and brings Hiromu up for a FALLING BOMB! Cover, TWO! Zayne is beside himself and the fans rally back up. Zayne drags Hiromu for the cobra clutch, pump handle, TACO- NO! Hiromu slips out! Hiromu dodges the back elbow to wheelbarrow COMPLETE SHOT!

Fans fire up again while both men are down. Zayne and Hiromu stir, and Hiromu grits his teeth and roars as he fires himself back up! Hiromu stands, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Hiromu shakes his head and gets back to his feet. Hiromu hauls Zayne up, suplexes, but Zayne fights free to wrench. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And then VICTORY ROYAL! Hiromu roars and fans fire up more as he gets Zayne up in a dragon sleeper. Zayne powers free to scoop! BAJA BLAST!! But Zayne is unable to follow up! Fans are thunderous as Hiromu drags himself to a corner.

Zayne kips up! Zayne fires up, BACK ELBOW! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs, but into the pop-up KNEE! Zayne hurries to get Hiromu wrapped up, TACO DR- RANA!! Into D!!! Hiromu squeezes tight, Zayne is fading! Zayne powers up with a second wind, and he deadlifts! Hiromu slips free and spins around, HIROMU-CHAN STUNNER! Back into D!!! Zayne is caught, he taps! Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission (gains 2 points; Zayne earns 0)

There is still life inside Hiromu! But has he won himself more time to pull off the threepeat? Or will Zayne eat up his last two opponents with fervor?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS DOUKI!

Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun is tonight’s main event! And once again, a top spot is on the line! Will the Rogue Luchador continue his comeback? Or will Japones Del Mal show everyone just how powerful he’s become?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. Desperado takes a few moments to stretch out his neck before he steps to Douki. Desperado and Douki talk, and Douki throws the first forearm! Desperado gives it back, but Douki gives another. Desperado gives another, and it’s a forearm brawl! Fans rally up as they go faster and faster, but Desperado then CHOPS! Douki staggers back and fans fire up. Douki comes back to CHOP back! Fans applaud, and Desperado ROCKS Douki with a forearm! Desperado eggs Douki on so Douki throws another forearm! Fans rally again as they go back and forth.

Desperado gets the edge, eggs Douki in, so Douki HELL STABS! Desperado mule kicks, uppercuts, but Douki dodges the clothesline to run and LARIAT! Douki gets Desperado up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Desperado bails out but Douki is in pursuit! Douki brings Desperado up to POST him! Fans rally up and Douki grabs at Desperado. Desperado pushes Douki away but Douki stomps him down. Douki drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Douki brings Desperado up, elbows him in the neck, and Desperado grits his teeth as he goes to ropes. Douki brings Desperado around to elbow him again!

Fans applaud as Douki brings Desperado up again for a cravat. Desperado endures the neck wrench, reaches out for ropes, but Douki keeps him away. Douki snapmares, clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Desperado, but Desperado endures. Fans rally, Douki pulls back more, but Desperado reaches out. Douki drags him away from ropes and shifts to a seated cobra twist! Desperado endures more, pushes but Douki makes it a cover, TWO! Douki hurries to headscissor squeeze! Desperado endures and fans rally up, but Douki pushes up to put on the pressure! Desperado kicks around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Red Shoes counts, Douki lets go at 4. Desperado gets to the corner, Douki is on him but Desperado CHOPS. Douki taunts Desperado, Desperado CHOPS, but Douki SLAPS Desperado! Fans fire up and Douki SLAPS Desperado more. Douki eggs Desperado on, so Desperado gets up. Douki SLAPS him again! Desperado talks some trash back, then he ROCKS Douki with forearm after forearm! Douki rakes eyes! Red Shoes reprimands and fans fire up. Desperado holds ropes to block the whip but Douki knees low. Douki whips but Desperado reverses to rake Douki’s eyes! They’re even, but Desperado whips and Douki reverses to a NECKBREAKER!

Fans rally as Desperado bails. Douki goes out after him, brings him around, and scoops. Desperado fights that, CLUBS Douki, then brings Douki around to scoop. Douki slips out, kicks low and DDTs Desperado to the floor! Fans fire up and Douki wants Desperado to get up. Fans rally, Douki builds speed but Desperado slides in! Douki stops his dive but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Douki falls to the floor, and now Desperado builds speed! Desperado DIVES! Somersault top and down goes Douki! Desperado takes a seat in an open chair by the fans before he flops back down. Fans rally up and the ring count begins.

Desperado gets up at 4 of 20, walks over to Douki at 9 and scoops him to SLAM him down on the floor! Desperado gets in at 13, Douki is still down past 15! Fans rally up, Douki hears 18, springs up and in at 19.9! Desperado walks back over and he stands on Douki’s head. Red Shoes reprimands so Desperado scrapes Douki as he steps away. Desperado brings Douki up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Desperado keeps cool and works on his bad arm while fans rally up. Desperado drags Douki up but Douki throws body shots and forearms! Desperado knees low, whips Douki to a corner, then runs in, but he blocks the boot!

Desperado puts the leg on the ropes, KICKS it, then gets the other leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Douki falls and clutches his leg while the fans fire back up. Desperado gets the leg, steps through and has the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Douki endures as Desperado pulls on the leg. Douki CHOPS and CHOPS, but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado taunts Douki while putting more pressure on the hold! Douki endures, crawls back and fans rally up. Desperado dares Douki to keep trying, and Douki reaches out, only for Desperado to lean back and put on more pressure! Douki endures as Desperado digs his boot in!

Douki reaches, Desperado sits up, and Douki gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off to stomp the leg! Desperado drags Douki back up, taunts his pain, then kicks the bad leg. Douki fights the shinbreaker, throws elbows, and fights free. Desperado keeps Douki from running but Douki breaks free to kick, kick, but Desperado ducks the enziguri! Desperado keeps the bad leg, rolls, STRETCH MUFFLER! Douki scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Desperado lets off in frustration. Desperado scuffs Douki, and he eggs Douki on. Douki grabs at Desperado but Desperado kick him away.

Fans rally up and Douki stands to throw a forearm! Desperado eggs him on, Douki throws more forearms, but Desperado gut wrenches! Douki slips out but his leg jams! Douki backs away to a corner, Desperado runs in, but into boots! Douki goes up and missile dropkicks! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Desperado clutches his bad shoulder. Fans rally, Douki gets his bad leg moving, and he runs in to clothesline! Douki snapmares and basement dropkicks from behind! Douki hurries to get Desperado up, BIG DDT! Cover, TWO! Desperado is stinging but fans rally as Douki gets up.

Douki drags Desperado up, scoops and swings, but Desperado slips out to waistlock! Douki elbows free, runs, but Desperado goes the other way, SPEAR into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Douki was ready, but Desperado crawls backwards to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and fans rally up again. Douki gets to the apron, he watches Desperado get up, slingshot for DAY- NO! Desperado turns that into a suplex! Desperado gets Douki up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Douki survives, and Desperado is again clutching his bad shoulder. Fans rally up and Desperado grabs Douki’s legs.

Douki kicks at Desperado, but Desperado drops knees on the bad leg! Desperado goes for the leg but Douki kicks him away! Desperado stomps Douki back down, and fans rally up as Douki gets fired up! Douki throws a forearm, Desperado throws one back. Douki fires up and throws more forearms! Desperado ROCKS Douki with one! Desperado eggs Douki on, Douki fires even more forearms! Desperado DECKS Douki! Douki gets back up with more fire and fans fire up with him as he throws more shots! Desperado ROCKS Desperado, then DECKS him, then gets him up to DECK him again!

Desperado roars, tucks Douki in, but Douki sunset flips! TWO, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Desperado is caught, fans rally up, and Desperado fights towards ropes, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Desperado is fading! Fans fire up, Red Shoes checks on Desperado and Douki pulls tighter on the hold! But Desperado gets a second wind and gets back up! Desperado drags himself and Douki back, but he’s fading again! But he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go in frustration but fans fire up! Desperado bails out and Douki fires up! Fans rally, Douki builds speed, and DIVES for a TORNADO DDT! TO THE CONCRETE!!!

Desperado writhes and clutches his head and Red Shoes checks on him. Somehow, Desperado is able to continue and fans fire up again. Douki gets up, hobbles over, and he brings Desperado up and in. Fans fire up as Douki aims from the apron and roars! Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives, but Douki gets ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Desperado endures and fans are thunderous! Desperado is fading again! Red Shoes checks on him, and Douki pulls even tighter! Desperado gets a third wind! He fights up again, moves around, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER!! And NUMERO DOS PLUS!!

Douki endures and fans are thunderous! Douki gets an arm free, reaches out, but Desperado rolls Douki away! NUMBER DOS PLUS!!! EXTRA DEEP! Douki quits, Desperado wins!!

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

Somehow, someway, the Rogue Luchador survives to turn things around and he takes the victory! Does Douki still have a chance? Or did his luck just run out?

As for Desperado, he gets the mic to say, “I don’t do this kind of thing, but let me ask this cone. With a show of hands, who thought Douki could beat me? I won’t be mad.” Quite a few, actually. “Okay. Oi, you brat. Everyone, I’m going to bring up a PPV, go and buy it if you want. Why do you think Taichi and I chose you to partner with me against Honma and Kasai? HUH?! What? You think you can still play underdog because you lost? I never chose you thinking you’re an underdog. Look around! I’m ticked off that they thought you could beat me! It’s your own attitude that’s holding you back! Don’t underestimate yourself, punk!” Fans applaud that sort of backhanded encouragement.

Desperado tells Douki to get outta here now, he’s closing this out in style. “I’m not sure how many Super Juniors mains this was, but Id di lose one to Lind-chan. I’m so hyped up, I don’t even have time to be tired. For the past two weeks, my life has only been pro-wrestling. For a pro-wrestler, it doesn’t get any better. The man closing this show will be the man closing this tour. I will absolutely win. Got that?” Mic drop and another promise from the Rogue Luchador. Is his comeback all but certain? Or will he run into a spoiler in the last two rounds?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-2, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-3, 8 points
YOH: 3-4, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-4, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-4, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-5, 4 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
El Phantasmo: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-3, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-3, 8 points
Wheeler Yuta: 4-3, 8 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Douki: 3-4, 6 points
Bushi: 3-4, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-5, 4 points
Titan: 2-5, 4 points


My Thoughts:

Another great event for NJPW and BOSJ, with a few more surprises. Titan finally gets another win, though I didn’t think Bushi was going to rush back up to the top. Same with Akira getting his win on Kanemaru, Yuta beating Wato,  and even Ishimori beating Connors. But great stuff with Taguchi getting a win over Yoh and Sho cheating Austin to get his win. Again, pretty sure these flip next round, Sho loses and Yoh wins, and then it all comes down to their showdown in the ninth.

Awesome stuff out of the other four matches, TJP VS ELP, Eagles VS Lindaman, Hiromu VS Zayne and Desperado VS Douki. It still feels like it is anyone’s game for the finals, but there was great story in Desperado VS Douki given they’re teammates in Suzuki-Gun, and with Douki’s story in his career. Desperado and the others want Douki to step out of their shadows and stand shoulder to shoulder with them, but they’re doing it in a tough love way like they did with Taka Michinoku’s return to in-ring action. There probably is going to come a day where Douki gets not just a win, but a huge win that leads him to a title, and that’s going to be really cool.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/22/24)

Roll the dice!

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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

Double or Nothing is on Sunday, so Dynamite sets the table! Will AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland use Nick Wayne to send a message to Christian Cage?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt; wins.
  • FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith; wins and will challenge Chris Jericho for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Matt Sydal; wins.
  • Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; win.
  • Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly; wins.
  • Toin Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts; win.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne; wins.

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/21/24)

A Block, Round 6!

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Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

Best of the Super Juniors continues into Round 6, and A Block has a grudge match on its hands as El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru face off! Will the Rogue Luchador humble the Heel Master?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hiromu Takahashi & Yota Tsuji VS Shoma Kato & Katsuya Murashima; Hiromu & Yota win.
  • DOUKI & Taka Michinoku VS SHO & Yujiro Takahashi; Sho & Yujiro win.
  • Six Man Tag: KUSHIDA, Ninja Mack & Dragon Dia VS Drilla Moloney, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo; Kushida, Mack & Dia win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Titan: 3-2, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-2, 6 points
HAYATA: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-3, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita w/ Robbie Eagles!

It’s make or break for the Public Enemy! He must win to stay alive in the block, but he’s up against an equally determined Young Punk! Will TJP cling to hope in the tournament? Or will Fujita kick him out of the hot seat and out of the running?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. TJP and Fujita circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. TJP brings Fujita down and facelocks but Fujita slips out to facelock TJP. TJP trips Fujita to cover, ONE! TJP facelocks again, Fujita puts him on ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Fujita lets off with a hard pat on the shoulder. TJP gets in Fujita’s face, but the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Fujita headlocks and hits the takeover. TJP powers up to bridge, and he spins Fujita for a headlock and takeover. Fujita headscissors but TJP headstands. The fans cheer, TJP pops free, and he pats Fujita on the knee. The fans applaud as the two reset.

Fujita and TJP circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to hammerlock. Fujita reaches back and jumps to flying mare free! Fujita bumps TJP, runs, but TJP drops and handsprings. TJP sets up but Fujita hurdles then shoves TJP to ropes. TJP stops himself to wrench and hammerlock Fujita, then spins and trips Fujita for a toehold. Fujita turns over, reels TJP in but TJP uses that to get the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fujita pops free to a cover, ONE! TJP sweeps to a cover, ONE! Fujita headscissors to get the ARMBAR! TJP fights up, works to stack Fujita, and then he gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR CRAB! Not quite Sharpshooter or Cloverleaf but Fujita suffers all the same!

The fans rally and Fujita fights his way over. Fujita reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud. TJP drags Fujita up, UPPERCUTS him against ropes, then whips. Fujita reverses but TJP anticipates the drop down to trap the one arm and get the other, DARK SACRIFICE! Fujita writhes, TJP drags him up to hammerlock the bad arm. TJP RAMS Fujita into the corner, sits him down, and he scrubs Fujita’s face! The fans rally up, TJP runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans cheer and TJP covers, TWO! Fujita is still in this but TJP drags him from the corner. TJP ties the legs up again, but now it’s a figure four and butterfly stretch combo!

Fujita endures while his head and legs are trapped, but then TJP shifts to twist an arm! Fujita endures, TJP knuckle locks for a cover, TWO! TJP pushes the arms back down, cover, TWO as Fujita bridges! TJP hops on but Fujita uses that to MONKEY FLIP! Fujita rolls back but TJP MONKEY FLIPS in return! TJP rolls back, but into body scissors and a KIMURA! TJP powers his way forward through the leg guard, to get a BOSTON CRAB! Then TJP reaches back to get Fujita’s arms! REVERSE MEXICAN SURFBOARD! Then TJP drops into the toehold, but Fujita scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud.

TJP stalks Fujita, drags him up, but Fujita fires a forearm. There’s not much to it and TJP pie faces Fujita. Fujita fires another forearm, so TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally and Fujita fires up. Fujita storms up on TJP, but TJP blocks the whip! Fujita still tries, TJP still blocks, so Fujita CHOPS! Fujita whips corner to corner, runs in, but TJP puts him on the apron. TJP swings, Fujita counter punches! Fujita springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But Fujita sits TJP up and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Fujita shakes out the bad arm. Fujita waistlocks TJP and deadlifts, but TJP fights the rest! TJP pries the hold open but Fujita kicks the clothesline! TJP still catches Fujita to a FINAL CUT! TJP hurries up top now and MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! TJP catches his breath, drags Fujita up, reels him in, for the HALF HATCH! One Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, Duwa Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, but Fujita blocks the third! TJP KNEES Fujita for it, CLUBS him for it, then brings him up again, but Fujita gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fujita holds on as he brings TJP up, another GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans rally as Fujita GERMAN- NO, TJP fights that with elbows! No hattrick for either man, and TJP runs, but into a waistlock! TJP headlocks free, then gets around to IRON OCTOPUS! Fujita endures, stomps his way forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go in frustration, and he brings Fujita back around. The fans rally as TJP wrenches, to an ELBOW BREAKER! TJP wrenches again, but Fujita clamps on a SLEEPER! TJP reaches out, slips around, and powers out of the hold, to then SUPERKICK! Fujita staggers but he SUPERKICKS back!

Fujita kicks, but TJP blocks and slips around, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up and clap along as TJP pounds the mat. “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner, throws up the crowns, and runs, into a pop-up waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fujita roars and the fans are thunderous! Fujita storms around, drags TJP up and brings him in, but TJP knees free of the suplex! Inside cradle, TWO! Fujita runs up, trips TJP, rolls and hooks the legs! TJP fights off the Cross Stretch as Fujita wants arms. TJP fights up, arm-drags free, but Fujita drags him into a somersault clutch! TWO, and TJP steps over, PINOY STRETCH!!

The fans fire up as Fujita endures, but TJP thrashes him around! Fujita taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Public Enemy stays alive another round! And now with this win, he’s dragged Fujita into the hot seat! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they still miss out on the semifinals? Will TJP make for the biggest comeback story in BOSJ history?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors!

Black Mask is dangling on the edge while 100 Proof is gearing up for a run at the top! Can Bushi drag Connors down with him? Or will defeat be a hard pill to swallow with No Chaser?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Bushi fires off forearms then runs, but Connors knees low! Connors barks, runs, but Bushi dumps him out! Bushi builds speed, Connors returns, but Bushi fakes out the powerslam! Bushi kicks, whips but Connors reverses, to JEEP FLIPPER! The fans fire up and Connors stalks Bushi to a corner. Connors RIPS Bushi’s shirt away, then CHOKES him with what’s left! The ref counts, Connors lets off, and Connors stands Bushi up to THROW him out. Connors storms out after Bushi, stomps him, then drags him up. Connors brings Bushi around to GRIND his face on the railing!

Connors offers the torn shirt to fans, but then throws it down the ramp! Connors drags Bushi back up, UPPERCUTS him, then brings him around to POST! Bushi falls, the fans rally, but Connors talks trash. Connors goes to the back of the crowd to snatch a fan’s LIJ baseball cap and put it on. Connors wants the ring count, then sits Bushi up to go after the mask! The fans boo but the count is still going! Connors is doing what he did to Titan! Connors stomps Bushi, attacks a Young Lion, then SLAMS the Young Lion onto Bushi! The count is 15 as Connors leaves Bushi behind! Bushi flounders, rises up, and slides in at 19!

The fans cheer as Bushi is safe, but Connors paces. Connors struts up to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud while Connors gets annoyed. Connors tells fans to shut up, but that only makes them rally harder. Bushi stands to chop, but he can’t put much behind it. Connors throws Bushi down by the mask! Connors clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bushi down. Bushi endures, fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Connors lets off and fans applaud. Connors drags Bushi up, whips him to a corner, then he mocks the fans cheering on Bushi. Connors says they shouldn’t even laugh at him.

Connors runs up but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi RANAS Connors out of the ring! The fans fire up while Connors flounders back to the apron. Bushi runs up to BLAST Connors, then Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Connors! The fans fire up again while both men stir. Bushi fires up, puts Connors in, then runs in to ELBOW Connors! Bushi puts the bad leg in ropes to DROPKICK it! Then he DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Bushi stands Connors up, blocks his haymaker, and spins him around. But Connors fights the DDT! Connors wrenches out, Bushi dodges and dropkicks Connors’ leg!

Bushi goes for the legs, but Connors SLAPS him first! Bushi staggers, comes back, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Connors aims from a corner, barks and runs in, but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Bushi turns Connors over to SMASH the knee! Then the FABLE! Connors endures the leglock but Bushi pulls on the knee! Connors grits his teeth, crawls over, reaches out, but Bushi pulls on the knee more! The fans rally, Connors fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go in frustration while the fans applaud. Bushi gets Connors up but Connors fights the lift with elbows!

Bushi runs up but Connors ELBOWS him again. Connors snarls, runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Connors staggers around while Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi runs up, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and the fans fire up again! Connors snarls, he stalks Bushi and drags him up. Connors serves it up, but Bushi fights No Chaser! Bushi wrenches to backslide, but Connors rolls through to JUNKYARD DOG HEADBUTT! Connors then drags Bushi up and in, for NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

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

100 Proof sweeps LIJ in his block, but then he wants after the mask again! The Young Lions rush in and stop him, so Connors backs off. Connors then takes a fan’s Bushi mask to show it off like a trophy. But will Connors take THE trophy and be the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA!

All Heat finally hit a speedbump in this tournament with last round’s loss while the Silence of Darkness let TJP slip past him. Will the GCW Champion or GHC National Champion establish brand superiority on the way to the top of NJPW?

The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally. They feel things out, tie up, and Hayata wrenches to a wristlock. Blake rolls, cartwheels, slips through and wrenches to a wristlock. Blake bends Hayata’s fingers to make him flip everyone off. The ref reprimands, Blake sticks to the wristlock, but Hayata rolls and trips him. Hayata drops an elbow on the knee, then pulls on the toehold. Blake pulls on Hayata’s hair but the ref reprimands. Blake uses his legs to turn Hayata to a cover, TWO! The two stand off the fans applaud. Blake and Hayata circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Blake rolls, wrangles Hayata but Hayata headscissors!

Blake moves around, pops free, and floats onto a headlock. Hayata powers up and pries free to top wristlock. Blake bridges, kips up, and he wrangles Hayata. Hayata headscissors again but Blake has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Hayata lets off. The two reset again, knuckle lock, then Hayata trips Blak. Things speed up, Hayata handsprings then sidesteps to atomic drop. Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Hayata kips up, the fans cheer, and Hayata runs in at the corner. Hayata blocks Blake’s boot, but Blake pokes him in the eye! Blake then somersaults to PELE the bad arm! Blake reels Hayata in for a BACKBREAKER!

Hayata bails out, fans rally up, and Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Blake walks it off and then mocks their applause. Blake flips everyone off, then goes back to Hayata. Blake drags Hayata around to then stand on the arm, and he drops a knee on it! Blake then stands Hayata up against a post, to slide in and pull him back against it! The ref counts, Blake lets go, and he brings Hayata onto the apron. Blake stands Hayata up but Hayata CLAWS Blake’s eyes! Hayata reels Blake in but Blake fights the facelock to WRING the arm into the apron! Hayata writhes and Blake pushes him into the ring.

Blake stands on Hayata’s hair while pulling the arms! The ref reprimands, but Blake drops a knee on the bad elbow! Hayata sits up, Blake clamps onto him with a keylock! Blake then falls back to JAM up the arm! Hayata clutches the elbow but Blake brings him up. Blake wrenches and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And then an ARMBAR DDT! Blake mocks the applause, flips the fans off, then covers, TWO! Blake is annoyed but he drags Hayata up to suplex. Hayata slips free and DROPKICKS Blake to ropes! The fans fire up, Hayata runs in, but Blake dumps him out! Blake then somersaults to triangle jump DROPKICK!

Hayata falls to the floor, Blake aims and PLANCHAS, but Hayata moves! Blake lands on his feet but that jams up his knee! Hayata puts Blake in, reels him in to lift, for a SITOUT KNEE BUSTER!! Blake writhes, Hayata ties up the legs and has a Deathlock! Blake endures, reaches out, and backstrokes to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Hayata lets go, and Blake crawls to the near side. Hayata whips but Blake holds ropes to stop that! Blake ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS! Then somersaults, to ARMBAR DDT! And then wrench to DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arm! BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Hayata is still in this and the fans rally.

Blake grabs Hayata’s bad arm, drags him up to UPPERCUT the arm, then he grinds the shoulder. Hayata pulls hair, throws forearms, but Blake knees low. Blake hobbles, but he still whips. Hayata reverses to ENZIGIRI Blake down! The fans rally up while both men go to corners. Hayata runs in to DROPKICK Blake down! The fans fire up again as Hayata climbs. SECOND ROPE SAULT! Cover, TWO! Blake is still in this but Hayata keeps cool. The fans rally, Hayata runs in, but Blake dodges. Blake comes back to BOOT! Blake goes out and springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Blake hurries to ripcord and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Hayata hangs in there and Blake grows frustrated! Blake goes to the apron, the fans rally up, and Blake slashes his throat. 450 SPLASH but Hayata moves! Blake lands out but that jams his leg! CRADLE, TWO!! Hayata and Blake stand, Blake gets around to sunset flip, then Oklahoma Roll! TWO, ghost pin! HAYATA WINS!!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

The GHC National Champion inches out the GCW Champion in quite the thriller! However, Blake is still leading this block, will he heat things back up soon enough? Will Hayata be able to make a run at the top here in the latter half?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan!

The Jet was grounded by the Heel Master while El Inmortal was mocked by 100 Proof. Both men are just on the outside of those top spots, will Knight take flight again? Or will Titan keep his semifinal hopes alive?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two approach, circle, then tie up. They break, tie up again, then break. Titan trips Knight, things speed up, and Titan cartwheels. Knight hurdles, Titan leaps, and then Knight sidesteps. Titan avoids the dropkick but Knight lands on his feet! Knight runs up, Titan puts him on the apron, but Knight ducks the lariat to throw Titan down! Titan kips up to PELE! The fans fire up as Knight staggers back and Titan builds speed. But Knight gets up to springboard and FLYING LARIAT! Now Titan bails out and Knight builds speed, only for Titan to get away. Knight slides out then goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Direct hit!

The fans fire up and Knight flexes! Knight high-fives Abe-san, then he drags Titan up and into the ring. The fans rally, Knight storms up on Titan and brings him around. Knight scoops to SLAM Titan to a drop zone, then he JET SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Knight checks the count, it was fair, so he lets it slide. Knight wrenches, whips, and catches Titan to a COBRA TWIST! Knight says he’s very, very, very strong! The fans cheer but Titan fights the hold. Titan hip tosses, Knight flips through! Titan dodges Knight to SUPERKICK! Knight SUPERKICKS back! Knight runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge, and then CALF KICK!

Titan whips, Knight reverses and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan flops out of the ring, Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but lands out as Titan moves! Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the fans fire up with both men down at their feet! Titan rises, he brings Knight up and in, and then goes to a corner. The fans rally as Titan climbs. Knight gets under the leap, Titan comes back, into a SKY 2 HIGH! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Titan and Knight rise, and Knight eggs Titan on. Titan sits up, Knight fires a forearm! Titan grits his teeth and forearms back!

Knight CHPOS and the fans cheer! Titan CHPOS and the fans cheer! Knight CHOPS, Titan CHOPS, they stand and throw forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The fans fire up as they pick up speed! Knight ROCKS Titan, but Titan SOBATS! Titan powers up and runs, but Knight LARIATS at the ropes! Knight fires up, whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO- NO! Knight stops the DDT and suplexes, but Titan rolls it around! Titan suplexes, Knight slips free to waistlock. Titan switches, shoves, runs up and TORNADO- NO! Knight blocks again, and now he carries Titan to pop him up and HEAVY RAIN! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Titan survives and we only now hit five minutes! Knight waits on Titan as he takes aim. Titan rises as the fans rally, and Knight runs up! SATELLITE- NO, Titan back drops Knight away! The fans rally again as both men go to corners. Knight runs bac up but into a BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! PALM STRIKES! WHEEL KICK! Now Titan wants Knight to rise! The fans rally as Titan throws off the armband and goes corner to corner! But Knight leaps over! And then PELES back! Knight roars, the fans fire up again, and Knight gets Titan up! Knight puts Titan up top, for the UPPER ROOM! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this and the fans fire up!

Knight storms up on Titan, roars again, and hauls Titan up. Knight fireman’s carries, but Titan fights free! Titan shoves, follows, TORNADO DDT! Titan holds on and brings Knight up, for a GOURD BUSTER! Then SUPERKICK! Knight flops over and Titan goes to the corner. Titan skins the cat to the top, then DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives, but Titan has the legs! Titan turns Knight over in the deathlock, then JAVE INMORTAL!! Straitjacket on top for good measure! Knight is caught, he QUITS! Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

El Inmortal’s hopes of being a semifinalist still live as he grounds The Jet’s flight! Will Titan reach the same heights as he did last year? Can Knight still course correct with just three rounds left?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

While The Rogue Luchador vowed to finally win the big one just the other night, this one is personal! Desperado knows all The Heel Master’s tricks, but will that help him here in the sixth? Or will the House of Torture’s stacked deck be too much even for the Best of the Super Juniors?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Despe powers Kanemaru back, and Red Shoes counts. Despe lets off cleanly and the fans applaud. Kanemaru and Despe reset, tie up, and now Kanemaru puts Despe on ropes. But then Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru whips, but Despe jumps over the low dropkick! Despe kicks and whips, Kanemaru reverses, but again Despe jumps the low dropkick! The fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. They tie up, Despe blocks the kick! Despe rolls Kanemaru, but then DDTS a leg! The fans cheer, Despe grabs that leg and drops an elbow on the knee.

Despe has the leg in a toehold, Kanemaru pulls at the mask but Despe pulls on the leg! Kanemaru endures as Despe keeps the leg trapped, then Despe lets go to SPLASH the leg! Cover, ONE! The fans cheer and Kanemaru clutches the knee. Despe shakes out his arms and goes back for Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws body shots. Despe kicks and whips but Kanemaru reveres to hammerlock and scoop SLAM! Despe clutches his elbow but Kanemaru drags him up. Kanemaru wrenches and YANKS the arm, hammerlocks it and scoop SLAMS again! Despe writhes and bails out. Red Shoes checks on Despe, allowing Kanemaru to untie the buckle pad!

The Bullet Club Special is in play and Kanemaru storms out after Despe. Kanemaru drags Despe up, wrenches, and then hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Despe falls and crawls away but Kanemaru catches up to him. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then SLAMS it again! Despe writhes, the ring count starts, and Kanemaru leaves Despe behind. The count reaches 8 of 20, Despe stands at 11. Despe leans on the corner, slides in at 15, but Kanemaru stomps him down! Kanemaru YANKS on the arm again and again, then snapmares Despe so he can WRING the arm! Despe writhes but the fans rally up.

Kanemaru grabs the bad arm and he pulls off Despe’s elbow pad! Kanemaru stomps the bad arm, digs his heel into it, then clamps on for a top wristlock. Despe endures, the fans rally, and Despe throws punches into Kanemaru’s back. Kanemaru sits up to put on the pressure, but Despe throws body shots. Kanemaru knees low, whips, then hip tosses! Kanemaru drops a leg on the arm, then clamps on a scissor! Kanemaru pushes up to put on the pressure! Despe kicks and flails while he endures, and the fans rally. Despe fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go slowly, and kneels on the arm!

Kanemaru plays dumb but Red Shoes points out what he’s doing. Despe throws more body shots until Kanemaru finally steps away. Kanemaru then brings Despe up, hooks the arm, but Despe fights the hip toss. Kanemaru throws a body shot, then hip tosses, into a short arm scissors! Despe endures, reaches out, and the fans rally. Despe clubs at Kanemaru’s leg but Kanemaru pulls on the hold! Despe still fights around, reaches out, and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration and Despe scrambles away. Kanemaru stalks Despe, stomps him, then drops a knee on the elbow! Despe writhes but Kanemaru drops another knee, and another knee, and another knee!

Kanemaru pulls on the arm, CLAWS at Despe’s eyes, then brings Despe around to hammerlock the arm. Kanemaru RAMS Despe into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands then checks on Despe. Kanemaru paces but Despe goes to the apron. Kanemaru stands on Despe’s bad arm but Red Shoes counts. Kanemaru stomps Despe as he lets off, and fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Despe up to YANK the bad arm! And YANK it again! Kanemaru whips but Despe fights the hip toss again. Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes and then kicks low. Kanemaru runs, but Despe dropkicks Kanemaru’s legs out! Now things are even as the fans fire up!

The fans rally as Despe and Kanemaru go to corners. Despe stands, shakes out the bad arm, then runs corner to corner. He blocks a boot to dropkick the bad leg! Then Despe grabs the bad leg to DRAGON SCREW! Kanemaru falls over and the fans rally up again. Despe drags Kanemaru by a leg, then drops a leg on the knee! Despe ties Kanemaru’s legs up in the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Kanemaru CLUBS at Despe’s arm but Despe eggs him on! Kanemaru throws more and more heavy hands and Despe “falls” to put pressure on the leglock! Kanemaru shouts in pain, reaches out, crawls, but Despe shifts to make it a CALF KILLER!

Kanemaru still endures, still fights forward, and still gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud, Red Shoes calls the break and Despe lets go. “Oops!” and he drops knees on the knee. The fans rally up while Kanemaru writhes. Despe drags Kanemaru around, stomps the bad leg, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Despe shakes out the arms, Kanemaru goes to a corner. Despe runs up, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru runs up, tilt-o-whirls, but Despe fights the DDT! So Kanemaru makes it a KIMURA! Kanemaru drags Despe down and cranks the bad arm! Despe fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds until Red Shoes counts!

Kanemaru drags Despe by his bad arm, then reels him in to scoop and BRITISH- NO, Despe slips around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Despe rolls away to ropes, Kanemaru rolls to pursue. The fans rally, Despe rolls back to center to get away from Kanemaru. Despe stands, fires himself up, and then runs in at Kanemaru. But Kanemaru dodges! Despe stops from hitting buckles, but Kanemaru RAMS him into them! And then whips him back into them! Despe falls, Kanemaru runs up and kitchen sink knees! Kanemaru drags Despe up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Kanemaru goes up a corner and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! But then the KIMURA returns!! Despe endures and the fans rally up! Kanemaru cranks on the double wristlock but Despe still fights around! Despe stands, but Kanemaru drags him back down! KIMURA!! Despe endures, kicks and flails, reaches and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration but he then goes up a corner. Despe rises, turns around, into DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up again! Kanemaru drags Despe up, but Despe fights the suplex! Despe throws body shots, but Kanemaru still tries! Despe turns that around to suplex Kanemaru!

The fans fire up again while both men are down at the 15 minute mark. The fans rally, Despe huffs and puffs and storms over to Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, but Kanemaru grabs Red Shoes! Despe BOOTS Kanemaru’s arm! Then Despe reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru SHOVES Despe into Red Shoes! The fans boo but Kanemaru whips Despe into the bare buckles! Despe writhes, Red Shoes is also down, and Kanemaru of course grabs his bottle of whiskey. Kanemaru takes a swig, goes back for Despe, but Despe smothers him! Kanemaru pushes Despe back, but Despe ROCKS him and sends the whiskey mist flying!

Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, PINCHE- NO, Kanemaru fights that, and jackknife bridges! TWO!!! The fans fire up, Kanemaru BOOTS, then he ducks to BOOT again! And again! And- SPINEBUSTER! Despe flips Kanemaru up to PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Despe wins!

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

Another main event and another big win for The Rogue Luchador! The Heel Master almost did this clean and almost won because of it, will he realize where he’s going wrong?

As for Desperado, he gets an icepack and a mic to say, “I knew it! As tough as ever! Damn. I’m glad I won.” The fans cheer that. Despe continues by saying, “For each outing, more is needed. Every time I face him, I level up. This was a league match, but that was the level of a final. I’ll keep going, and I promise to make you guys glad you bought a ticket.” The fans also cheer that. Despe says that this is the Osaka-Jo Hall main event we’re talking about! He keeps saying he doesn’t care, but now it’s right in front of him! It’d be a big disappointment if he doesn’t make it, right? There’ll be a lot of guys in both blocks “gutted” they won’t make it. “But for me, I’ll be taking it.”

The fans cheer as The Rogue Luchador is ready to be the Best of the Super Juniors! Just three more rounds to go, will he make it?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for A Block here, and they played up the drama right away with TJP getting that win over Fujita. I can’t really say TJP makes that big comeback to get a spot in the semifinals, because as soon as someone who already beat him gets 5+ wins, they cross him off mathematically. I really like that we’ve got four 4-2 records, those guys are all going strong. Connors has that win over Titan, though, so Titan only gets ahead if Connors falls off in the final three rounds. Blake meanwhile is starting to cool off, and with his loss to Desperado, Blake will need Connors to take Desperado out tomorrow to help him get back up.

And word came in from NJPW today that sadly, Francesco Akira’s knee injury will NOT be okay in time for the next round, or for any of the rounds so he must now forfeit points. As I pointed out last time, the ones who benefit are Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho. Sho gets to six points, the others are at 8 with Kushida, essentially getting B Block to the same situation as A Block. Kushida already beat Hiromu and Sho, so he’d have to fall off pretty bad for either of them to get his spot in the semifinals. Douki is going to face Sho tomorrow, and is still to face Kushida, so Douki could take that spot for himself while taking out Hiromu in the process.

My Score: 9/10


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