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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/17/23)

Round five, FIGHT!




Number five is alive!

Get ready for still more Best of the Super Juniors 30! Hiromu Takahashi has broke even at 2-2, can he move up or will he fall down the ranks?


  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS BUSHI; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: TJP VS SHO; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Francesco Akira VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Lio Rush VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Titán VS Mike Bailey; Bailey wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Master Wato VS Dan Moloney; Wato wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: KUSHIDA VS Taiji Ishimori; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: El Desperado VS YOH; Yoh wins.


Here are the current A Block standings.

Lio Rush: 4-0, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1, 6 points
Mike Bailey: 3-1, 6 points
Titán: 3-1, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
TJP: 2-2, 4 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-3, 2 points
KUSHIDA: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-4, 0 points


Here are the current B Block standings.

Francesco Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-2, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-2, 4 points
Dan Moloney: 2-2, 4 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-2, 4 points
Kevin Knight: 1-3, 2 points
BUSHI: 0-4, 0 points


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Funky Weapon has been fighting much more seriously, but he’s seriously in trouble! He’s 0-4 and going up against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, will he be out of the running after this? Or can he win big and defuse the Timebomb?

Hiromu’s picture diary shows the last time Taguchi was serious, and that was a long time ago. And instead of handing it to Milano Collection AT, Hiromu hands the diary over to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the special guest on commentary. Tanahashi thanks Hiromu for that, though Milano may be a little sad. The bell rings and fans rally and duel between “HI-RO-MU!” and “TA-GU-CHI!” They tie up, Taguchi gets around to a waistlock but Hiromu wrenches out to a wristlock. Taguchi rolls, kips, wrenches and hammerlocks. Hiromu reaches back to get a headlock, but Taguchi powers up to wrench out.

Hiromu powers through but Taguchi still gets the headlock. Fans applaud and Hiromu fights up. Hiromu powers out but Taguchi runs him over! Fans fire up and things speed up. Taguchi fakes Hiromu out to dropkick! Taguchi steps over but Hiromu rolls him up, TWO! Hiromu steps through, but Taguchi blocks to a cover, TWO! Fans rally and things speed up. Hiromu sunset flips but Taguchi rolls through to basement dropkick! Hiromu bails out and Taguchi strikes a pose a la The Prince! Taguchi builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up for “TA-GU-CHI!” Taguchi drags Hiromu up and puts him in the ring.

Taguchi aims from the apron, springboards, and MISSILE HIPS! Hiromu comes back but Taguchi dodges to dropkick the legs out! Taguchi gets a leg for OH MY GAH ANKLE! Hiromu flails around, reaches out, but Taguchi leans on the hold! Hiromu hops up but Taguchi reels him in for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but Taguchi keeps focus. Taguchi goes up the corner, to ENBAN CHUUDOKU! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives but Taguchi is right on him with OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Hiromu flails, reaches out, but Taguchi stands to lean as much as he can on the leg!

Hiromu grips at his hair, reaches out for the ropes, but Taguchi drags him away! Chicken wings and DODON- NO, Hiromu fights it, so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs, but Hiromu dodges! Hiromu runs, but into a DROPKICK! Taguchi hurries to chicken wing again, DODON- NO, Hiromu slips out to facelock! Taguchi wrenches out to ENZIGURI! Taguchi runs to AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives again but fans are thunderous for “TA-GU-CHI!” Taguchi chicken wings again, DODON- NO, Hiromu fights out again! Fireman’s carry roll and then- CRUCIFIX TAKEDOWN! TWO!!

Hiromu tucks Taguchi, HIROMU-CHAN ROLL!! HIROMU WINS!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi gains 0)

That was the closest that Serious Taguchi came to winning! And yet, Hiromu is the one who comes away with the points! Will Taguchi ever get on the board like this? Will Hiromu continue to prove why he’s the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS BUSHI!

The Jet is doing only a little better than the Black Mask, but that could change right here. Who wins to make the other the bottom of the B Block?

The bell rings and Knight SHOTGUNS Bushi down! Knight hurries to fire off forearms in the corner, then he kicks low. Knight whips corner to corner, runs and STINGER SPLASHES! Fans fire up and Knight says it’s time already. Bushi stands, but he denies the satellite DDT! He puts Knight on the apron and dropkicks him down! Knight hobbles but he hurries back up, only for Bushi to DECK him! Bushi then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Bushi and he brings Knight up. Bushi puts Knight in, whips him to ropes, but Knight reverses. But Bushi avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick!

Bushi snapmares Knight, and clamps on a chinlock. Knight endures as Bushi’s knee digs into his back. Knight reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go quickly, and brings Knight back up. Bushi suplexes, puts Knight on the ropes and CLUBS him! Bushi then goes to the corner for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Bushi drags Knight up, brings him through the ropes, but Knight throws body shots. Bushi brings Knight towards a corner but Knight blocks the bump to bump Bushi off buckles! Knight then triangle jump LARIATS Bushi down! Fans rally up as Bushi flops to the floor. Knight waits on Bushi to stand, and then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in front of commentary!

Fans fire up as Knight flexes, and Knight drags Bushi back into the ring. Knight drags Bushi up, whips him, but Bushi reverses. Knight springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight keeps his cool and he brings Bushi up. Knight CHOPS, hoists Bushi up top, and then says it’s time to fly! Knight springs right up, but Bushi slips under! Bushi CLUBS Knight, brings him down and whips him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to elbow Knight, then brings Knight out. Knight swings but Bushi catches him, spins him, but Knight wrenches out. Bushi dodges to dropkick the legs out! Fans rally up while Knight writhes.

Bushi goes to a corner, he watches Knight rise, and he runs in. Knight blocks the Code Breaker, jumps, but no satellite! Bushi runs in, into the SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO! Knight says he’s done, and he brings Bushi back up. Bushi ROCKS Knight with a forearm! Knight ROCKS Bushi! Bushi ROCKS Knight! The fans rally as they go back and forth! Knight gets the edge, but Bushi dodges! Knight blocks one kick, ducks the enziguri, but the HEEL KICK hits! Fans fire up and Bushi runs, but Knight DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again and Knight fires up, too! Knight drags Bushi up, UPPERCUTS, then puts him up top.

Knight springs up to FLYING STEINER! OW that is a rough landing for Bushi! Knight waits on Bushi to stand back up, then jumps again, SPIKE DDT!! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi gains 0)

A crash landing for Bushi leaves him at the bottom, will he ever get a win? As for Knight, he’s flying high again, will he still reach the destination?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: TJP VS SHO!

The Public Enemy conquered Douki for the United Empire, but the Murder Machine could not cheat the Ticking Timebomb. Will Sho have a new trick up his sleeve? Or will TJP be ready for anything he pulls?

Wait, Evil appears, and he has a United Empire towel? Did he steal that? He’s claiming he’s here as TJP’s friend? What new trickery is this? TJP is wary as he puts his things aside, but the bell rings and TJP circles with Sho. Fans rally for “T J P! T J P!” Evil creeps close, TJP tells him to back off, but Sho CLOBBERS TJP from behind! Sho stomps TJP around, claws his eyes, but the ref reprimands. Sho lets off, he whips TJP corner to corner, but TJP headstands in the corner. Sho storms up but into a headscissors! Things keep moving, TJP drop toeholds and then ties Sho up! Fans rally as TJP leans back, MUTA LOCK!

Sho fights free of the crossface and gets the ROPEBREAK! TJP SLAPS Sho while he lets off. TJP then drags Sho up to UPPERCUT! Sho staggers, TJP tells Evil to go away but Evil throws up the crown! He’s really committed to the bit. TJP whips, Sho reverses but TJP ducks then goes Spider-Man! Sho distracts the ref and Evil shoves TJP down! Fans boo, of course Evil isn’t TJP’s friend. But Sho drags TJP up to TOSS him out! Sho distracts the ref so Evil can CHOKE TJP with the towel! Fans boo more but Evil gets away with it. Evil then drags TJP up and puts him in the ring. Sho covers, TWO! Sho gets mad but fans applaud.

Sho knuckle locks TJP and twists the wrist. Sho brings TJP down to a knee to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud but Sho grins as he paces around TJP. Sho stands on TJP’s head, Evil taunts TJP, and the ref reprimands. Sho digs his boots in, the ref counts and Sho lets off. Sho puts TJP in the corner to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Sho stops at 4. Sho grinds his forearm into TJP’s face a few times, and TJP sits down. Sho decides to give TJP a taste of his own medicine! Sho scrapes laces off TJP’s face, then he runs side to side. TJP gets up to RANA Sho! Fans fire up as Sho staggers.

TJP atomic drops Sho, whips him, but Sho reverses. TJP springboards to FLYING FOREARM! Direct hit, and TJP drags Sho up. TJP whips Sho to the corner, runs corner to corner to back elbow! TJP sits Sho down to give him the laces in the face! TJP runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up while Evil gets upset. Fans chant “MO IKAI! MO IKAI!” so TJP gives Sho another round! TJP runs side to side but Evil trips him up! TJP WRECKS Evil with a dropkick! Sho runs in, into a GAMANGIRI! TJP climbs but Evil distracts! The ref tells Evil to get down, but Sho hits the ropes to trip TJP!

Fans boo but Sho goes up after TJP. Sho brings TJP up for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Sho is frustrated but he brings TJP right up. STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Evil is furious! Sho argues the count but the count was fair! Fans rally for “T J P! T J P!” but Sho stalks him. Sho aims his bow, brings TJP back up, but TJP is deadweight. Sho says he wins but the ref says no, TJP is still conscious. So Sho hauls TJP up, tucks the arms, SHOCK-  NO, TJP slips free! TJP blocks the haymaker to ROLLING SOBAT! Sho staggers around, swings, but into the FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!!

Sho survives and Evil is relieved. But TJP shakes his head and the fans rally up. TJP brings Sho up, fireman’s carries, calls his shot, but Sho bends the fingers! Fans boo, the ref counts, but Sho throws TJP into the ref! Sho then hurries to get his wrench! Fans boo more as Sho takes aim, but TJP HAS A WRENCH!? The Public Enemy came prepared! But then Sho drops?! He’s trying to pull an Eddie Guerrero! Fans boo but the ref is still down. TJP takes the other wrench and Evil shouts! The ref sees TJP with both tools, TJP defends his innocence, but Sho rolls TJP up! TWO!! TJP checks with the ref, but Sho runs in!

TJP goes up and over, and Sho avoids hitting the ref! Evil distracts the ref, but TJP blocks the low blow! TJP reels Sho in and kicks off Evil for the TORNADO DDT! Sho is in the drop zone and TJP goes up top! Fans fire up as TJP hits the MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho gains 0)

The House of Torture cheated themselves out of a win, will they ever give up on these antics? Will TJP take over the block for the United Empire?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Francesco Akira VS Clark Connors w/ Gedo!

The Nova Fireball beat #DaDrilla but with respect as fellow United Empires. However, 100 Proof has shown no respect to his opponents, because this is the Savages Only Club now! Will Connors put out the fire with No Chaser? Or will Akira give the Wild Rhino the stiff shot?

The bell rings and Connors runs Akira right over! Connors mocks the fans cheering Akira, then he suplexes Akira high and hard! Fans still rally for Akira but Connors brings him up to trophy lift. Connors aims for ropes, but Akira slips off! Akira CHOPS, whips, but Connors reverses to CLOBBER Akira! Connors TOSSES Akira out, then goes out after him. Connors talks trash on the fans, brings Akira up, and POSTS him! Akira tumbles all the way to commentary, and Connors storms up. Kevin Knight has joined Kevin Kelly, Connors talks trash on him, and then Connors mocks the crowd.

Akira crawls but Connors stomps him down. Connors tells fans to move, but Akira throws forearms. Connors ROCKS Akira, the fans get out of the way, and Connors BOWLS Akira into the chairs! Gedo says that’s a strike! The ref checks Akira but he’s somehow okay. Connors goes back into the ring, Akira crawl out from the chairs. Fans rally as “A! KI-RA!” crawls. Gedo tells Akira to give up but he does not. The ring count reaches 5 of 20, then 10. Akira is still crawling, but he flounders and uses the commentary table to get up at 15! Akira staggers and stumbles in at 18! Fans applaud but Connors says fine, he’ll just beat Akira more.

Connors drags Akira up, and he gives POINT-BLANK HIPS! A reference back to his #WildHips team with Taguchi. Akira CHOPS, Connors CHOPS and then Connors whips Akira hard into a corner! Akira writhes on the mat and Gedo says he should just give up already. Connors looms over Akira, brings him up, and CLUBS him on the back. Connors whips but Akira avoids the powerslam. Akira BOOTS Connors, runs in to wheelbarrow, but Connors turns that into a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Fans fire up and Connors sits Akira up. Akira endures the chinlock with a knee in his back, and he fights to his feet.

Akira throws elbows but Connors snap suplexes him! Connors pushes Akira down, lines up the shot, and drops an elbow! “That’s what I’m talking about!” Connors sits Akira back up for the chinlock. Akira fights up again, throws body shots, but Connors snapmares him back into the chinlock. Akira endures again, fights up again, and throws more elbows. Connors CLUBS him down! Akira roars and rises, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Akira runs, but Connors goes the other way! But Akira ducks the Pounce! Connors flies into ropes! Fans fire up, Connors runs up, but Akira dodges to fire off forearms!

Connors swings, misses, and Akira fires more forearms! And a DOUBLE CHOP! Akira powers up, but Connors ROCKS him back! Connors runs, but Akira follows and wheelbarrows to victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while Connors sputters to the corner. Akira runs corner to corner to SHOTGUN Connors! And then Akira brings Connors around, “IKU ZO!” Akira runs, dodges, RANAS and Connors flops out of the ring! Akira PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up more! Akira keeps going, he puts Connors back in! Akira goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Connors is in this but the fans rally behind “A! KI-RA!”

Akira and Connors rise, and Akira reels Connors in. Connors fights free but Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira goes to a corner, runs in, but into a POWERSLAM! Gedo says this is it, and Connors snarls as he goes to a corner. Akira rises, Connors runs in, SPEAR- SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! Akira stands, spins Connors to a rolling leg cradle! TWO!! Akira SUPERKICKS, fires up, runs, but into a SPEAR!! Connors hurries to bring Akira up, NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

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

Connors puts out the fire and takes Akira’s spot at the top! Will the Nova Fireball be able to heat back up next round? Will the BOSJ 30 be 100 Proof?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Lio Rush VS DOUKI!

The Bad Child is the ONLY undefeated 4-0 man in the BOSJ! Will he keep that streak going against Japones Del Mal? Or will Douki win big for Just5Guys?

The bell rings and Douki rushes in, but Lio dodges! Lio kicks, kicks and ENZIGURIS! Douki bails out, Lio builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Lio puts Douki in, but Douki builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit in return! Fans fire up while both men are down! Douki brings Lio around and into the ring and fans applaud. Douki goes up top, leaps, but Lio avoids the diving stomps! Lio rolls Douki up, spins and BASEMENT ENZIGURI! Fans applaud again while Lio catches his breath. Lio encourages the fans to get louder, then he brings Douki up. Douki fights the lift, but both men kick low.

Lio throws hands, he reels Douki in again, but Douki again fights the lift with punches. Douki has Lio in a corner and claws at his eyes! The ref reprimands, Douki lets off and he whips Lio corner to corner. Lio reverses, runs in to clothesline, then whips side to side. Douki dodges to come back and CLOBBER Lio! Fans fire up, Douki brings Lio around to swing and SAHARAWI! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Douki goes to the apron. Douki aims as Lio rises, and Douki slingshots, but Lio blocks Daybreak! Lio suplexes, SPINNING FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Douki is still in this and Lio grows frustrated.

Lio pounds the mat, fans rally behind him, and Lio says it is time! Lio runs, but Douki anchors a foot! Douki trips Lio, wheelbarrows, but Lio mule kicks him away. Douki comes back, Lio dodges and SPANISH FLIES! Lio hurries to a corner and climbs up! FINAL HOUR into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Lio gets caught, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN STRETCH #32, but Lio jackknife bridges! TWO, and Douki swings. Lio dodges, fires off a strike fest, then runs. Douki ducks to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Douki roars! Douki wheelbarrows and lifts, but Lio fights the full nelson!

Douki CLUBS and ENZIGURIS Lio down! Douki tries again, but Lio scrambles to ropes! The ref counts, Douki CLUBS Lio but Lio refuses to let go. Douki keeps pulling, Lio uses that momentum to swing around and sunset flip! High stack, TWO, into ITALIAN STRETCH 32!! Lio is caught and fans fire up! Lio fights around, reaches out, drags Douki with him, but Douki rolls Lio away again! ITALIAN STRETCH, but Lio rolls! Douki makes it a cover, TWO!! Back to ITALIAN STRETCH 32!! Lio VERBALLY QUITS, DOUK WINS!!!

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

Incredible!! Douki defeats the undefeated!! Granted, Lio is still the leader in the block and Douki is still stuck in the middle, but could this lead to quite the change in the block?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Robbie Eagles w/ Kosei Fujita!

The Heel Master fell to 2-2 against the Way of the Grandmaster, but The Sniper is still aiming for the top spot. Will Kanemaru take that shot away from Eagles? Or will he learn why The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

As soon as Kanemaru’s in the ring, he attacks Eagles! Just5Guys must be fired up after Douki’s big win! Kanemaru stomps Eagles all around, the bell rings, and Kanemaru just keeps stomping! Kanemaru whips, Eagles hurdles and then RANAS Kanemaru out! Fans rally up and Eagles builds speed, but Kanemaru moves. Eagles backflips off the ropes, then DIVES out the side, onto to get Fujita! Eagles apologizes, but then Kanemaru attacks Eagles! Kanemaru SMACKS Eagles off the apron, brings him around, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Then Kanemaru SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Eagles falls and the ref reprimands but fans rally up.

Kanemaru slides into the ring and he waits on Eagles. The ring count starts and Eagles stirs. Eagles rises but the bad leg keeps him down. The count passes 10 of 20 as Eagles continues to hobble. Eagles manages to get in at 14 but Kanemaru whips Eagles and dropkicks the leg! Then he SMASHES it on the mat! Eagles scrambles to ropes but Kanemaru puts him in a corner. Kanemaru stands on the bad leg, the ref calls the break, then counts. Kanemaru lets off at 4, and he stomps the leg again! Kanemaru stomps the leg, but Eagles CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Kanemaru just stomps the bad leg again!

Kanemaru steps through, ties up the legs, CROSS HEEL LEGLOCK! Eagles endures Kanemaru’s unique hold and the fans rally up. Eagles crawls forward, drags Kanemaru along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. He didn’t even pretend not to know how this time. Kanemaru stomps Eagles around, taunts him, gives him toying kicks, then brings Eagles up. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg for another SHIN BREAKER! Fans rally while Eagles writhes but Kanemaru looms over him. Kanemaru stomps the bad leg, fans rally for Eagles, but Kanemaru stands him up, just to kick the bad leg again.

Kanemaru whips corner to corner and Eagles barely makes it there. Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Eagles down! Eagles throws body shots and a kick, but Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru runs, but Eagles avoids the slide! Eagles kicks, Kanemaru ducks and kicks back. Kanemaru scoops but Eagles slips off to ROLLING CHOP BLOCK! Eagles then runs to BLINDSIDER! Both men are down and fans fire up. Eagles clutches his leg but he hobbles back up. Fans rally and Eagles KICKS Kanemaru in the chest! And again, and again! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Kanemaru goes to the corner, Eagles runs in, and DOUBLE KNEES!

Eagles rolls back but the bad leg slows him down! Kanemaru BOOTS Eagles, but then Eagles LOW 619s! And then METEORAS! Eagles hobbles back, clutching the leg, but he drags Kanemaru from the corner. Eagles covers, TWO! Kanemaru is still in this but Eagles vows to end this. Eagles brings Kanemaru up but Kanemaru fights the Asai DDT. Eagles ROCKS Kanemaru, cravats again, but Kanemaru kicks the bad leg! Kanemaru grabs the leg again, but Eagles turns shin breaker into sunset flip! TWO! Kanemaru swings, misses, Eagles schoolboys with a bridge! TWO, Kanemaru kicks, but Eagles blocks!

Eagles fires off shots, picks Kanemaru up, and flying-mares him over! No backpack, but Kanemaru victory rolls! TWO, and Kanemaru steps through! FIGURE FOUR!! Fans fire up while Eagles endures! Kanemaru thrashes around, Eagles reaches out, and Eagles works to turn the hold over. Kanemaru keeps it stuck where it is but Eagles keeps fighting! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off slowly and the fans rally up again. Kanemaru drags Eagles up, has the leg again, but Eagles fights the lift with elbows! Kanemaru kicks the leg out! And then suplexes, but Eagles slips free!

Eagles shoves Kanemaru to a corner, runs in, but is put on the apron. The leg jabs! Kanemaru kicks the leg! But Eagles still GAMANGIRIS in return! Eagles aims, springboards, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Kanemaru’s legs! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Eagles fires up and hobbles over. Eagles steps through but Kanemaru kicks him away. Eagles comes back, but Kanemaru blocks the Trigger! Kanemaru runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Eagles blocks the DDT! Eagles manages to power Kanemaru around to a fireman’s carry, and the TURBO BACKPACK!! But the bad leg won’t let him make the cover! Eagles crawls to the pin, TWO!!

Fans fire up, Eagles takes aim and runs in, TRIGGER KICK!! Cover, Eagles wins!!

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

Even with one leg, the Sniper still hits the mark! Will Eagles continue to fly towards the top, damaged as he is?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Titán VS Mike Bailey!

Both men are 3-1, but one is on the rise while the other is on the downfall. Will El Inmortal stay alive? Or will the Speedball rebound in the fifth?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up and duel, and Mike encourages them to get louder. They cheer for “BAILEY! BAILEY!” but there’s also “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” The dueling chants continue as each man gets the fans on their side. Mike applauds and he offers a handshake. Titan takes it and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, feel things out, and then Mike trips Titan. Things speed up, Mike handsprings over and then sidesteps. Mike then hurdles, Titan leaps over, and Mike kips up. Titan avoids the boot to RANA! Mike bails out and fans fire up as Titan builds speed!

Mike moves so Titan rolls and flips! Mike comes running back in to JUMP KICK Titan down! Fans fire up and Mike feels the energy. Mike follows Titan around the way, kicks him low and then CHOPS him at the ramp! Mike brings Titan around and into the ring, and fans applaud again. Mike encourages them to get louder, then he brings Titan up. Mike whips Titan corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS! Then he scoops to SLAM Titan, and he goes up the corner. Fans rally as Mike DOUBLE KNEE DROPS! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this but Mike keeps his cool. Mike waits on Titan as the fans rally up.

Titan stands, into a CHOP! Titan CHOPS back! Mike CHOPS again! Titan CHOPS again! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and fans fire up! Mike eggs Titan on, Titan roars and CHOPS again and again and again! Mike fires off the lightning kicks! And he tops it off with the ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Titan flounders to a corner. Mike storms over, brings Titan up, and CHOPS again! Titan sputters and the fans rally. Mike hears them, and he brings Titan up to whip. Titan reverses but Mike holds ropes. Titan runs in but is put on the apron. Titan GAMANGIRIS back, then springboards to CROSSBODY!

Titan keeps going but Mike kicks and whips. Titan reverses but Mike denies the tornado! SOBAT! AX KICK! ROUNDHOUSE! Fans fire up and Mike takes aim, SHOOTING STAR FLOPS as Titan moves! Titan then goes to ropes. Mike blocks the boot, CHOPS Titan and whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up but Mike flops out of the ring. Fans fire up and Titan builds speed, but Mike trips him! Mike gets in, builds speed, and WRECKS Titan with a dropkick! Mike hurries to put Titan back in but Titan gets moving, and Titan DIVES! Direct hit in front of commentary!

Titan hurries to put Mike back in, but Mike is up to BOOT him down! Mike triangle jump QUEBRADAS! Another direct hit and Mike puts Titan in the ring. Mike climbs a corner, but Titan GAMANGIRIS him down! Titan builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit again!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down at commentary’s feet! A ring count starts, both men are still down at 7 of 20. Titan sits up at 10, fans rally as hard as they can, and Titan crawls around at 15. Commentary tells him to hurry! We’re at 18! Titan and Mike slide in at 19.5!! Titan hurries to the apron, and up the corner, but Mike shoves him down!

Titan gets up, runs back in but Mike dodges to throw Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE! Mike is on the apron, Titan slingshots but Mike avoids the stomps! Leg sweep! Mike hurries out to the apron, has the leg, and then decides to BACKFLIP KNEE DROP!! Direct hit and Titan flops to the floor! Mike hurries to put Titan back in and he goes up the corner! Fans rally as Mike aims, ULTIMA- NO, Titan moves and Mike rolls through. Titan runs in, Mike wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO! Titan has it, TWO! Titan has a leg and steps through! But Mike kicks him away, and then catches him for a cradle! TWO!!

The fans are thunderous again as this continues! Titan hurries up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! THRUST KICK! Mike aims and powers up, TATSUMAKI- BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! JUMPING SOBAT!! Fans are thunderous again as Titan hurries back to a corner! Titan skins the cat, but TATSUMAKI SENPUKKU! And then, the tuck, lift, FLAMINGO DRIVER!!! Cover, Mike wins!!

Winner: Mike Bailey, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titán gains 0)

A truly fast and furious fight of constant motion, and in the end, Speedball smiles as the victor! Mike shows Titan respect by shaking his hand, will these two get to go again in the semifinals?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Master Wato VS Dan Moloney!

The Way of the Grandmaster overcame the Heel Master, but he’s still just 2-2, same as #DaDrilla. Will Wato find a way to keep the momentum going? Or will “Dangerous Gaijin Dan” conquer him for the United Empire?

Dan attacks Wato during the ref’s check! The bell rings as Dan stomps away! The fans rally up and Dan throws up the crown. Dan CLUBS Wato, kicks him around, but Wato kicks back! Wato kicks more but Dan UPPERCUTS! Wato goes to ropes, Dan storms up and he whips Wato to ropes. Dan hurdles, drops, but Wato avoids the dropkick! Wato turns Dan over, body scissors, but Dan slips free to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Dan mocks the Wato pose. Dan stomps Wato around, kicks him in the back, and watches Wato writhe. Wato goes to ropes, Dan drags him up, and snapmares to kick again!

Dan wraps on a body scissors to squeeze! Wato endures, moves around, and fans rally. Dan pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Wato fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Dan lets go, “apologizing” to the ref. Dan drags Wato up, hits a BIG back suplex, then covers. TWO and fans rally up. Dan grows frustrated and asks, “This your guy?” Dan drags Wato up to HEADBUTT him down! Dan looms over Wato, brings him up, and kicks! And CHOPS! And kicks! And CHOPS! And kicks but Wato blocks! Dan CHOPS free, then reels Wato in. Wato fights the back suplex and gets to a corner.

Dan runs in but Wato BOOTS him! Wato BULLDOGS! Fans fire up and Wato brings Dan up. Dan swings, misses, and Wato ZIGZAGS! Fans rally up while both men are down. Wato goes to the corner, then the apron. Dan stands, Wato springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Wato brings Dan up and reels him in to waistlock. Dan fights the lift, but Wato CLUBS him on the back! Wato CLUBS him again, then whips. Dan reverses and DROPKICKS Wato down! Fans rally up while both men are down. Dan rises and throws up the crown, then he waistlocks Wato. Wato fights the lift, switches, but Dan fights the lift!

Dan switches, spins Wato around and CHOPS him down! Fans rally, Dan builds speed, and he GORES Wato down!! Cover, TWO!!! Wato survives and the fans rally back up. Wato and Dan rise, Dan brings Wato in, “ABUNAI GAIJIN!” But Wato slips free of the bomb! Dan CHOPS him, but Wato roars! Dan runs in but Wato sunset flips the Gore! TWO, into VENDAVAL!! Dan is caught, but he moves around and reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go quickly and fans fire up again. Wato drags Dan up, hooks him, but Dan fights free. Dan DOUBLE CHOPS! Wato staggers, but he grits his teeth, only for Dan to ENZIGURI!

But Wato stays up to SCREW HIGH KICK! TUTENKAKU! Cover, Wato wins!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Moloney gains 0)

Da Drilla gets dropped, and Wato has now conquered the United Empire in the B Block! Will nothing stop the Way of the Grandmaster from making his way to the top?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: KUSHIDA VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Timesplitter finally got a win, but he’s still got a long way to go if he wants to be a semifinalist. Will he make it through the Bone Soldier? Or will he see #ItsReborn?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he and Taiji tie up. They’re in a deadlock, Kushida gets around but Taiji switches. Kushida switches, Taiji switches, repeat again and again and again, until Kushida arm-drags Taiji away. Fans applaud that opening exchange, and the two reset quickly. Kushida shoots in but Taiji avoids the drop toehold. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Kushida breaks one to wrench and trip Taiji to a standing toehold. Taiji rolls over but Kushida shifts to a headlock. Taiji powers up and out, but Kushida RAMS him! Taiji comes back, into a drop toehold!

Kushida wrenches the arm and wristlocks again. Kushida wrangles Taiji then steps over to drop a knee on the elbow! Kushida keeps on Taiji with a keylock, but moves around. Kushida wraps Taiji up in a half straitjacket, then has an armlock. Taiji fights up, but Kushida wrenches and CHOPS! Kushida stands Taiji up to CHOP him down again! And then he CHOPS Taiji down again! Kushida brings Taiji up again, but Taiji rakes the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji runs in at the corner. Kushida elbows him away, goes up and FLYING KNEES the arm! Cover, TWO! Kushida drags Taiji around and crosses the arms!

Kushida knees on Taiji to trap the arms, and drops back to SNAP the lock! Taiji endures, but Kushida adds the legs to this! Hog tie cradle, TWO! But Kushida still has Taiji’s arms so he SNAPS the lock again! Kushida then shifts around, grinds Taiji down, but Taiji fights up. Kushida wraps the arm around the ropes but Red Shoes counts. Kushida lets off, brings Taiji around, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida then runs in at the corner but is put on the apron, and Taiji HOTSHOTS Kushida’s arm! Fans fire up while Kushida flops back into the ring. Red Shoes checks Kushida, and Taiji goes to his corner to untie the buckle pad.

The Bullet Club Special comes into play as Taiji wrenches Kushida. Taiji has Kushida’s arm around ropes, but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Taiji whips, YANKS and wrenches, to then WRING the arm out! Fans rally as Taiji wraps Kushida in a cobra twist. Kushida endures, fights up, but Taiji ripcords to RAM him! And then hammerlock and BACKSTABBER! Fans cheer the technical savagery while Kushida bails out. The fans rally, Taiji pursues Kushida, and he grabs at him through the corner. But Kushida uses that to YANK Taiji into the post! Fans rally as Kushida rolls back into the ring and Taiji pursues.

Taiji stomps Kushida, shakes out his arm, and storms up on Kushida. Kushida CHOPS, but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji wrenches Kushida’s arm and hammerlocks, to POST Kushida in the open corner! Red Shoes reprimands but there’s no changing it now. Taiji hammerlocks, half nelsons, lifts and SHOULDER BUSTERS! Fans rally while Kushida writhes, and Taiji aims from the corner. Kushida stands, Taiji runs in, and Kushida elbows him! Taiji avoids the low kick to basement dropkick! Fans rally up again as Kushida goes to the corner. Taiji runs in, Kushida BOOTS him then ENZIGURIS! Taiji runs back in, but into a BUCKLE SHOT!!

Fans fire up while Taiji clutches his nose! Kushida fires up, runs in at the corner and SHOTEIS! Kushida whips Taiji, hip tosses, then cartwheels to basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Kushida aims again. Kushida jumps on but Taiji slips around. Taiji waistlocks but Kushida mule kicks the leg! Kushida runs in, blocks the boot, and gets the other leg! Kushida flips Taiji off before the DOUBLE LEG DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up while Taiji writhes. Kushida climbs up top, leaps, DIVING KNEE DROP on the bad leg!

Kushida then goes to another corner, climbs up top, and he DIVING KNEE DROPS again! Kushida steps through, has the leg, HEEL HOOK KNEEBAR COMBO!! Taiji endures, fans rally up, and Taiji reaches out! Taiji crawls, drags Kushida along, but Kushida drags him away! HEEL HOOK KNEEBAR!! Taiji endures, flails, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Kushida lets off, and fans rally up. Kushida aims from the corner, runs in around the way and DROPKICKS the bad arm! Kushida then tilt-o-whirls, but Taiji blocks the Hoverboard into CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Taiji sits up and beats his bad leg into working. Taiji aims his finger gun and says BANG. He drags Kushida up, but Kushida fights the lift. Taiji shifts to get the BONE LOCK!! Kushida slips around, drags Taiji up, BLADE- NO, Taiji slips out, but Kushida spins to ROLLING ELBOW! Taiji fires off a flurry, then runs, but into a BOOT! Kushida hits BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, TWO!! But into BONE LOCK?!? Kushida is using the Bullet Club’s moves against Taiji! Taiji endures, Kushida struggles to keep the grip, and the fans rally up hard as ever! Taiji fights and rolls Kushida to a cover, TWO!! Kushida stands, Taiji tilt-o-whirls to MYSTICA!

But Kushida slips out! Taiji and Kushida fight for control, going around and around and around with headlocks! Taiji gets the BONE LOCK!!! Kushida fights to the ROPEBREAK!! Taiji lets go but brings Kushida in, 19- NO, Kushida fights the lift, but Taiji powers through! 1916!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Taiji can’t believe it but Kushida survives! Fans rally up again as both men stir. Taiji gets to ropes, takes aim again, and BANG! He drags Kushida up, BLOODY- NO, Kushida wrenches out and leaps on! HOVERBOARD!! Taiji endures as Kushida thrashes, and then Taiji suplexes out! BLOODY CROSS!!! But he can’t cover from the bad leg hurting him!

Taiji crawls to Kushida and covers, Taiji wins!!

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

The Timesplitter pushed the Bone Soldier to his limits, but Taiji came out on top! Taiji is keeping pace with Speedball and the Bad Child, will he overtake them in the end?


Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: El Desperado VS YOH!

The Rogue Luchador grounded The Jet while the Direct Drive made it past 100 Proof. But who wins big here in the main event of round five?

Yoh mirrors Desperado as he makes his entrance, but Desperado ignores it. The bell rings and fans rally up. The fans start to duel, “DE-SU-PE!” “YO-OH! YO-OH!” Yoh and Desperado circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yoh pushes Desperado back to the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Yoh rolls back. Yoh again copies Desperado, and Desperado rushes in. Yoh dodges him, then smacks him on the head. Fans cheer as Yoh drums on Desperado’s head while calling him “BAKA BAKA BAKA! <Dummy dummy dummy!>” Desperado SLAPS Yoh back! Desperado then scoops and SLAMS Yoh, and Yoh flounders his way out of the ring!

Desperado pursues, stomps Yoh down in front of commentary, and now Desperado wants to move. Desperado drags Yoh up, whips him in and BOWLS Yoh through the chairs! If Connors rolled a strike earlier, then this is definitely a strike! Desperado drags Yoh out of the chairs, fans rally up, and Desperado brings Yoh around. Desperado CLUBS Yoh, then POSTS- NO! You slings around the post to get into the ring! Desperado rushes up but Yoh DROPKICKS him back down! Fans fire up and Yoh encourages them to get louder. They oblige, Yoh fakes the plancha, and then wags his finger. Desperado swipes at Yoh, Yoh PLANCHAS after all!

Fans fire up with Yoh and he struts around. Yoh stomps Desperado, brings him up and POSTS him hard! The ring count is climbing, Yoh SMASHES Desperado’s knee on the floor! Yoh puts Desperado in at 17, hurries and SMASHES the knee again! Yoh mocks Desperado’s pain and fans rally up. Yoh stands on Desperado’s leg but Desperado chops from below. The chops aren’t strong, though, and Yoh eggs Desperado on. Desperado throws more chops, but Yoh stomps the leg! Yoh digs his heel in, mocks “DE-SU-PE!” chants, and tells Desperado not to disappoint his fans. Then he stomps the leg again!

Desperado goes to ropes, Yoh runs in to dropkick the leg! Desperado bails out and Yoh slowly rolls out, but then rolls in, then just kinda goofs around under the bottom rope. Desperado slides in but Yoh stomps away on him! Fans applaud the aggression and Yoh drags Desperado up. Desperado throws body shots! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! Yoh kicks the bad leg, then brings Desperado around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Yoh is surprised, and he literally pushes Desperado around and eggs him on. Yoh toys with Desperado and dares him to hit back. Desperado stands, but then Yoh kicks the bad leg!

Yoh has the leg, wraps it around the ropes and pulls! Desperado shouts, Red Shoes counts and Yoh lets off at 4. Yoh whips Desperado corner to corner but Desperado barely makes it. Desperado turns around, into a dropkick to the leg! Yoh steps through to have a toehold! Desperado pulls Yoh’s hair but Yoh just pulls the leg! Fans rally, Yoh ties up the legs in an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Yoh eggs Desperado on, Desperado CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Yoh “falls back” to put on the pressure! A very Desperado move! Yoh sits back up, he eggs Desperado on again, and then he grabs Desperado’s arm to make Desperado hit him! Yoh comically falls back again!

Desperado endures, crawls and reaches back, ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go and gives childish kicks to Desperado’s back. Desperado is getting annoyed with Yoh now and he glares as he stands up. Desperado CHOPS, but Yoh shrugs it off. Desperado CHOPS again and that one stings. Yoh comes back with another grin but Desperado CHOPS! Yoh kicks the bad leg, whips, but Desperado blocks! Yoh kicks again, whips, but Desperado reveres and scoops, BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Desperado stands, Yoh goes to a corner, and Desperado runs in to clothesline! Desperado reels Yoh in for a high and hard suplex!

Fans fire up and Desperado stands on Yoh. Desperado steps off, gets Yoh’s leg, and YANKS it, to then SPLASH down on it! Desperado steps through to drop a leg on the leg! And now Desperado has the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Desperado dares Yoh to do something now! Yoh throws forearms and CHOPS, and Desperado “falls back” to put on the pressure! Desperado makes Yoh suffer while resting his own bad leg. Desperado says Yoh was all talk a second ago. Desperado stands to put pressure on the hold, but Yoh scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off, but “Oops!” he drops a knee on the knee.

Fans fire up for Desperado and he drags Yoh up. Gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL- NO, Yoh slips free! But Yoh’s leg jams! Desperado shrugs, drags him up, but Yoh fights the back suplex to get around, SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX! And then a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Yoh grows frustrated but the fans continue to rally. Yoh hobbles up, goes to Desperado and brings him into a full nelson. Desperado fights his way to the ropes! Red Shoes counts, Yoh lets go, but he CHOP BLOCKS! Yoh whips, Desperado reverses and reels Yoh in, SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO, into STRETCH MUFFLER!

Yoh endures and reaches out as Desperado thrashes! Yoh reaches, crawls, but Desperado drags Yoh from ropes! Desperado gets an arm, NUMERO DOS!! Yoh keeps fighting with his one free arm, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go quickly and the fans rally up more. Desperado drags Yoh up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL!! Cover, TWO!! Desperado put some stank on that one but Yoh still survives. Desperado hobbles up, goes to a corner, and climbs up! FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Yoh moves! Yoh CHOP BLOCKS the leg again! Yoh reels Desperado in, hoists him up, and DROPS him on the knees!

Yoh jackknife rolls through to have the STARGAZER!! Desperado endures Yoh’s take on the calf killer, reaches out, but Yoh drags him away! Desperado flails, the fans rally as hard as they can, and Desperado still crawls forward! But Yoh traps both legs! Desperado lurches forward, ROPEBREAK!! Yoh lets go in frustration and the fans rally again. Yoh fires up and the fans fire up with him! Yoh drags Desperado up, underhooks, but Desperado fights! Desperado reaches out, Yoh keeps him from ropes, but Desperado still tries! Yoh spins him around, full nelsons, but Desperado breaks the grip! Yoh tries again but Desperado still fights!

Yoh shoves Desperado onto the ropes, gets the bad leg, REVERSE DRAGON SCREW! And then suplex, to FALCON GOROSHI! Fans rally harder and harder while both men are down! Yoh waistlocks, he drags Desperado up, full nelsons, and DRAGON SUPLEXES!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives and Yoh can’t believe it! Yoh pounds the mat, the fans rally back up, and Yoh drags Desperado up. Underhooks, but Desperado wrenches out to dropkick Yoh’s legs! Yoh clutches the knee and writhes on the mat! Yoh crawls after Desperado, brings him back up, but Desperado has the leg! SHIN BREAKER! And another dropkick to the leg!

Both men are down again and the fans rally back up. Desperado slaps himself and fires up! Desperado brings Yoh up, reels him in, but Yoh kicks the bad leg! Desperado CHOPS! Yoh ROLLING ELBOWS! Desperado ROCKS Yoh, then LOCO MONO! But Yoh SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! The dueling of “DE-SU-PE!” and “YO-OH!” is strong as Desperado reaches up to sit up. Yoh crawls after him, gets the arms, stands up, but Desperado fights the lift! Desperado spins Yoh around and around, underhooks, and PINCHE- NO! Yoh fights that off! They struggle for control, and Yoh has the wrists!

Yoh kisses Desperado on the forehead? Desperado swings on Yoh but misses, and Yoh ripcords to FINAL FLASH KNEE! Fans are thunderous again and Yoh drags himself up with the ropes. Yoh roars and the fans are with him again! Yoh drags Desperado up, underhooks, DIRECT DRIVE!!! Cover, YOH WINS!!

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

The Rogue Luchador could not make heads or tails of Yoh’s behavior tonight, and that cost him! Will this loss also cost him a spot in the semifinals? Yoh helps Desperado sit up and offers him a handshake. Desperado takes it to show respect. But then he BITES Yoh’s hand! So much for respect. But as Desperado leaves, Yoh blows a kiss, gives a thumbs down, and gets the mic. Yoh lies down to rest as he says, “Hey, Sendai… I’m home.” Fans cheer and Yoh asks them if they like what they saw. They cheer because they did! Do they like Junior Heavyweight pro-wrestling? They cheer because they do!

Yoh crawls to the apron and asks if the fans love NJPW. They fans cheer because they do! Yoh thanks them, and says HE will be the Best of the Super Juniors! Fans cheer, and then Yoh says that Desperado really fought his heart out, so he’s thankful to him. And so like he said before, Yoh is going to STUN THE WORLD! Direct Drive is building up the energy, will he speed up and take the block?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Lio Rush: 4-1, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Mike Bailey: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Titán: 3-2, 6 points
TJP: 3-2, 6 points
DOUKI: 2-3, 4 points
SHO: 1-4, 2 points
KUSHIDA: 1-4, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-5, 0 points


Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 4-1, 8 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Master Wato: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-2, 6 points
Dan Moloney: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Kevin Knight: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 0-5, 0 points

My Thoughts:

A great fifth round, great action, but not as much in the shocker department. Douki winning against Lio was massive, though. Even with Douki not that high on the block, that is huge for him as an individual, and now Lio being the one and only is just gone. He’s back tied with Taiji and Speedball, who both had awesome matches. I really would love to see Titan and Mike go another round in the semifinals or something, but who knows how things shake out.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/23/24)

Do you want a taste!?



Will Daddy Magic & Cool Hand Ange never rise?

Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker got the band back together and want those ROH World Tag Team Championships! Will Mike Bennett stop them before they begin?


  • ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning; Kyle wins and denies London a title match.
  • The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project; The Workhorsemen win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Riea von Slasher; Nyla wins.
  • Satnam Singh VS Jimmy Jacobs; Singh wins.
  • Shane Taylor Promotions VS Jon Cruz & Artemis Spencer; Shane Taylor Promotions win.
  • Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven; Menard wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/Mark Sterling; Lee, Action & Top Flight win.


JD Drake speaks.

“Here I am again, just like I talked about the last time I was here: all by myself. Just because unfortunate circumstances happen doesn’t mean the work stops. So it’s time for me, I reckon, just like I said, to reach down, tighten up the bootstraps and get back to work. All by my lonesome.” But then Anthony Henry walks in! No more of that. Not today, not any day. They’ve been doing this since 2016, so they’ll keep doing this. So you know what time it is? Punch in, knock out! The Workhorsemen are riding together again, but will they get past the Spanish Announce Project?


ROH World Television Championship Proving Ground: Kyle Fletcher VS London Lightning!

The Aussie Arrow couldn’t help out Will Ospreay last night on Dynamite, but perhaps that was because Don Callis wanted him to be ready for tonight. Will Kyle prove he is The Protostar and the future of this business? Or will he be struck down by the Lightning?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Kyle kicks the hand away, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and go around. London wrenches but Kyle wrenches back. Kyle WRINGS the arm out, but London gets up fast. The fans taunt Kyle with “Your Hair’s Stupid!” Kyle just flips them off over his shoulder. The two tie up, Kyle gets around to waistlock and he SLAMS London down! Kyle flexes while London scrambles up. The two reset and feel things out, then tie up. London wrenches, Kyle spins and headlocks to hit the takeover! Kyle grinds but London endures. London fights up, powers out, then headlocks in return!

Kyle lifts, London fights the back suplex. Kyle powers through to back suplex but London lands on his feet! London ducks ‘n’ dodges then hurdles, to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Kyle is up but London ROCKS him with right hands! Kyle kicks low, ROCKS London back, and then whips. London reverses and JUMP KNEES! Kyle bails out, the fans rally for London, and London PLANCHAS! Direct hit, but Kyle manages to shrug off the impact! Kyle drags London back up to suplex and BRAINBUSTER to the floor! London writhes and Kyle smirks. Kyle soaks up the heat while the ring count climbs. Kyle leaves London behind at 10 of 20.

The fans rally for London, but we’re at 16! 17! London slowly rises at 18, staggers about, and slides in at 19.5! Kyle mockingly applauds, then he stomps London down! Then he KICKS London in the back! The fans rally, Kyle lines up a shot and BODY BLOWS! Kyle grinds his forearm into London, then CHOPS him! London staggers, but he comes back to kick! London CHOPS Kyle again and again and the fans fire up! London runs but Kyle ELBOWS him down! London writhes and the fans rally up, but Kyle grins as he stands over London. Kyle then scoops to SLAM! Kyle paces, the fans rally, and London staggers back up.

Kyle scoops and SLAMS again! Kyle mockingly applauds and waits on London. London stands, but into another scoop and SLAM! But London’s right up! London fires off haymakers but Kyle kicks low. Kyle whips, London ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ dodges more to LARIAT! Then atomic drop! Kyle swings, but into another atomic drop! London SPLASHES in the corner, drop toeholds and gator rolls to a suplex! The fans fire up for London and he goes to a corner. London hops up, leaps, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this but London refocuses. London whips, but Kyle BOOTS him away!

Kyle runs at the corner, but Lnodon BOOTS back! London goes up, but Kyle GAMANGIRIS! London falls to the apron then the floor, but Kyle builds speed! Kyle DIVES and direct hit on London! Kyle puts London in, runs corner to corner, GAMANGIRI! And then suplex to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? London lives and Kyle argues the count! The ref says it was a fair count, two is two. The fans rally for London but London is in a daze. London sits up, but Kyle snarls. Kyle aims and KICKS! London falls over, but he sits up again. Kyle eggs London on, and KICKS again! London stays seated, so Kyle KICKS, but London blocks!

London ROCKS Kyle with forearm after forearm, but Kyle ROCKS him right back! London fires more forearms, but Kyle gives those all back! London ducks to fire another flurry! London runs, but Kyle BOOTS him! Kyle reels London in but London back drops! And sits on it! TWO!! Kyle swings, misses, London SPINEBUSTERS! London steps through and Canada goes wild for the SHARPSHOOTER! The fans are thunderous but Kyle endures and crawls his way over! ROPEBREAK! But London drags him back! We’re under 90 SECONDS! Kyle turns London to a cradle, TWO!! Both men stand up, SUPERKICK from Kyle!

Kyle reels London back in, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (denies London Lightning a title opportunity)

Literal last minute, but The Protostar puts this one away! Will Kyle Fletcher continue to prove he is the greatest ROH World Television Champion in history?


The Workhorsemen VS Spanish Announce Project!

We heard from JD Drake & Anthony Henry to start tonight, they’re both 100% and raring to go! But Angelico & Serpentico have been wanting after Cole Karter & Griff Garrison for one final fight. Who puts in the work and heads for the top?

The Code of Honor is upheld, teams sort out and we start with Scrap Metal and the South African Stud. They tie up, the fans rally, and Angelico wrenches to wristlock. JD endures, winds up, but Angelico catches him to a headlock. JD powers up and out, but Angelico rolls off JD’s back! JD hip tosses but Angelico makes it an arm-drag! JD runs up, RAMS Angelico, but Angelico rebounds and bypasses. JD blocks the hip toss to arm-drag for a cover! TWO, and JD sweeps to a cover! ONE, Angelico tries to sweep but JD’s too sturdy! JD kicks Angelico down, but Angelico avoids the senton! Angelico sweeps now, covers, ONE!

Both men stand up and the fans fire up! Angelico and JD reset, but then back up to their corners. The fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN and the Saint of Augusta tag in. Serpentico and Henry circle, tie up, and Henry wrenches. Serpentico rolls, wrenches, but Henry rolls and wrenches to slip around, spin Serpentico and snapmare him into a chinlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Serpentico fights up. Serpentico pries free, wrenches Henry to a wristlock then snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, and the two stand up. Serpentico  headlocks, Henry powers out, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Then Serpentico goes up to RANA!

Things speed up, Henry turns arm-drag into takedown! Henry has a leg, Serpentico rolls and throws Henry, but Henry cartwheels through! Serpentico runs up, Henry drops down, arm-drags, but Serpentico arm-drags back! Henry hits a slick headlock takeover but Serpentico headscissors. Henry kips free, roles reverse as Serpentico hits the headlock takeover! Henry headscissors, Serpentico kips free, and both men handspring up! The fans fire up for the standoff! Serpentico nods, Henry is definitely 100%! They get all the fans fired up, then Henry BOOTS Serpentico! Henry mockingly gives a thumbs up to then give a thumbs down.

Henry runs up to forearm SMASH in the corner, tag to JD! LARAIT, NECK TWIST and slingshot SENTON! The Workhorsemen BLAST Angelico, then JD mocks the string tugging! JD drags Serpentico up but Serpentico CHOPS! JD doesn’t flinch, then he CHOPS Serpentico down! The fans “WOO~!” and even Henry checks on Serpentico. He’s okay! The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Serpentico up in a corner, to JAB! JD shakes his head, he won’t do what the fans want. JD whips, then CHOPS after all! Serpentico sputters, JD tags Henry in, and Henry says he’s got one. Henry snapmares Serpentico to KICK him!

Tag to JD, and JD stomps Serpentico’s ribs. JD drags Serpentico up, CHOPS, but Serpentico DOUBLE CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD CHOPS, Serpentico CHOPS, repeat! Serpentico RODCKS Henry, ROCKS JD, then goes up to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! JD and Serpentico crawl, hot tag to Henry! Henry gets Serpentico’s leg, but Serpentico BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Angelico! The fans fire up as Angelico rallies on the Workhorsemen! Henry gets around, JD runs up, but Angelico BOOTS JD and RAMS Henry into buckles! Angelico arm-drags Henry, then uses him as a step to FLYING LARIAT JD!

The fans fire up but Henry SOBATS! Angelico ROCKS Henry! Angelico then eggs Henry on, gets him for a strike fest, then fires up with the fans! Angelico whips, Henry reverses but Angelico rolls off Henry’s back! Henry jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Angelico calls to Serpentico, ROCKS Henry, then tags in Serpentico. The fans rally as Angelico gets Henry up, BACK SUPLEX AX HANDLE COMBO! Then Angelico holds the ropes open so Serpentico can DIVE onto JD! Down goes JD at the ramp and the fans fire up! Angelico gets Henry up, clinches, FLATLINER! Serpentico goes up again, but GRIFF & KARTER are here!

The SAP get distracted by Maria’s baby boys, Henry trips Serpentico up! JD gets in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY Angelico right outta the ring! Henry runs to METEORA Serpentico! Feed to JD, WORKIN’ NINE TO FIVE! Cover, Workhorsemen win!

Winners: The Workhorsemen, by pinfall

Give the assist to Griff & Karter, and they mug Angelico! They know SAP wants revenge but they’re striking first! The fans boo, but now they beat up on Serpentico! Griff gets a chair! Karter drags Serpentico up, Griff takes aim, but Angelico anchors Karter! Serpentico mule kicks Griff! Serpentico gets the chair, but Griff dodges the chair shot! Only for Angelico to send him into steel steps! SAP stand tall tonight, will they be the ones on top at the end of this war?


Matthew Menard speaks.

“Now, a lot of you guys gotta be wondering, ‘Daddy Magic, this is a tag team situation, where’s your tag team partner?’ That is a great question. And the answer: I have no idea! I dunno if he’s got a Lamaze class, I dunno if he’s got a little morning sickness, NO idea what the problem is. But I’ll tell you this right now, what I do know, is that tonight, I got a gigantic opportunity in front of me. So Mike Bennett, you little Bean Town B*TCH! We’re in Canada tonight, baby! And I’ll tell ya this: Daddy Magic gets a win over you in the middle of that ring, Cool Hand Ange, Daddy Magic, we got a opportunity at the tag team championships. And THAT, that makes Daddy Magic’s nipples hard.”


ROH hears from Marina Shafir.

The Problem is back in the MMA gym, sharpening her skills. “My father was a calculated man. He taught me that in life, you’re gonna have a lot of problems. Some will be big, and others will be small. Some you’ll see coming, and others will sneak up right behind you. He showed me how problems are resilient, moldable, and relentless. So he taught me to become my own problem. And now, I’m gonna teach you.” Marina takes her son’s hand, and the next generation begins here. Will Marina be a Problem the rest of the ROH Women’s Division cannot solve?


Matthew Menard VS Mike Bennett w/ Matt Taven!

Daddy Magic spoke his mind earlier but now it’s time to take action! Will Menard win some golden tickets for him and Cool Hand Ange? Or will The Kingdom nip this challenge in the bud?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Menard holds on at the bell. Bennett gets mad, kicks low, reels Menard in, but Menard back drops free! The fans fire up while Bennett bails out. Menard is fired up, too, but he waits on the “Beat Town B*tch!” Bennett says that’s unnecessary. Bennett slides in, he eggs Menard on but the fans are all behind “DADDY MAGIC!” Bennett frowns, especially as Menard revels in the cheers. Menard tells Taven to kiss his ass! The fans cheer that, and Menard circles with Bennett. They tie up, go around, and Bennett headlocks for the takeover. Bennett says kiss HIS ass! Menard endures the grind and fights up.

Menard powers up and out of the hold, but Bennett runs him over! Bennett flexes, the fans boo, then thinsg speed up. Menard sets up but Bennett reels him in! But Menard back drops after all! Then he clotheslines Bennett up and out! The fans fire up, Taven checks Bennett, and Menard storms out after Bennett to RAM him into the barriers! The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists against the barriers! The fans count to TEN, then Menard lets off to tell Taven off! But Bennett mule kicks! Menard sputters, Bennett whips, but Menard reverses and Bennett hits steel steps! Menard storms after Bennett, drags him up, and SMACKS him off the commentary desk!

Bennett staggers, Menard ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Taven talks trash and that distracts Menard, Bennett ROCKS him! Bennett whips, Menard reverses, but Bennett rebounds to CLOBBER Menard! Bennett says night night while relaxing on the apron. Then Bennett refreshes the count, gets Menard up and whips him into steel steps! Bennett takes a bow, blows kisses, then drags Menard up and into the ring. Cover, ONE! Menard is still in this but Bennett stays on him with a chinlock. The fans rally for “DADDY MAGIC!” and he fights up! Menard fires body shots and forearms! Menard runs, but Bennett DROPKICKS him down!

Taven applauds but the fans boo. Menard swipes at Taven, Bennett drags Menard up to CLUB him down. Bennett CLUBS Menard again, snapmares, then clamps on another chinlock. Menard endures, even as Bennett squeezes tight and leans on him. The fans rally, Menard fights up again and he throws body shots. Menard ROCKS Bennett, whips, but Bennett stops to KICK the back drop! Then ROLLING ELBOW, and Bennett reels Menard in! But again, back drop! Menard sits on the sunset, TWO!! Bennett finishes the sunset, ONE!! Menard hurries but Bennett gets him for a KIMURA! The fans rally as Menard endures the double wristlock!

Menard fights around, Bennett hooks a leg to slow him down. Menard gets the legs free, reaches out, and the fans continue to rally up! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bennett lets go, and Taven even tugs at the ropes! The ref reprimands Taven, Bennett looms over Menard and tells the fans to kiss his ass! Bennett stands Menard up, reels him in, but Menard fights the piledriver again! Bennett fires knee after knee, then tries once more! Menard fights it still, so Bennett gives him more knees! But Menard DUMPS Bennett up and out of the ring! Taven checks Bennett while the fans fire up! Menard catches his breath, heads out and he follows Bennett up the ramp.

Bennett mule kicks Menard again! Bennett reels Menard in one more time, but Menard back drops him onto the ramp! Bennett writhes and flounders his way back down the ramp and Taven says the piledriver is no longer worth it. Just finish Menard with some other move. Taven helps Bennett back to ringside and gets him in at 15 of 20. Menard hurries as Taven wants the count go go faster, and Menard storms in at 17! Bennett runs up to ROCK Menard! Menard ROCKS Bennett! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder! The fans rally as they pick up speed, too! Menard fires a flurry and then he climbs up in a corner!

The fans fire up as Menard rains down fists! Menard goes all the way to TEN! Menard hops down, whips Bennett corner to corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Bennett goes up, leaps, but Menard catches the dropkick! Menard turns Bennett, for the BOSTON CRAB! Bennett endures as Menard sits deep! Taven coaches Bennett, then gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, Menard swings but Taven gets away! But Bennett fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Menard survives and the fans fire up! Bennett and Taven are both shocked, but Bennett goes to a corner. Menard stands, Bennett runs in, but Menard KICKS him first!

Menard reels Bennett in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bennett gets out of that, and Taven slides a tag title into the ring! The ref gets that belt outta there, but Taven slides in! Bennett grabs Menard with chicken wings, and Taven pours something out of a little bag! But Menard ducks, POCKET SAND goes into Bennett! Menard says here it comes! CUTTER for Taven! CUTTER for Bennett!! Cover, MENARD WINS!!

Winner: Matthew Menard, by pinfall

The Kingdom tried to get tricky, but they only messed themselves up! Menard wins big for him and Parker, but Taven CLOBBERS Menard! The fans boo as Taven stomps away! Bennett goes outside to grab the other tag title! Taven sets Menard up for the BELT SHOT!! They’re just lucky Parker is busy on his honeymoon with Ruby Soho. But will Menard & Parker ever rise to the occasion and take those titles from The Kingdom?


Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexy Nair is with the ROH Women’s World & ROH Women’s World Television Champions, and says this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting. Queen Aminata put her hands on Athena AGAIN! She has embarrassed MIT and this is ridiculous! Billie says hold on, boss, because Billie’s got something to say. “These girls wanna talk, talk, talk like it’s their show. This is MIT’s show! This is her show!” Lexy points to herself but Athena says Billie of course means Athena. Billie says if Aminata wants to throw hands, then catch some, too! Lexy says, “Baddest one hits first!”

Billie also tells Red Velvet that while she likes to talk, talk, talk, what has she really done since coming here? Athena says NOTHING. And they get it, they attacked the top of the food chain cuz they’re struggling to stay relevant. Well, Athena is glad they stepped up. Velvet & Aminata can call themselves whatever they want. They can say they’re juicy, say that they’re queens, but at the end of the day, they can never say that they are champions. Belt clink! So how about you stir that up, b*tch!? Let’s go. Athena & Billie head out, then they pull Lexy along. Will no one ever dethrone the Fallen Goddess and her protege?


8 Man Tag: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

While Menard & Parker want after the tag titles, so do all eight of these men! Big Shotty joins up with The Sight to See & The Martin Brothers against Maria’s baby boys and Smart Mark’s stable, who will hit the mark and climb up the ROH ranks?

The teams sort out and Darius Martin starts against Ariya Daivari. They keep the Code of Honor juts barely, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Darius headlocks. Darius hits the headlock takeover, Daivari fights up, and Daivari powers up and out. Darius rolls over the dropdown, keeps moving, and turns hip toss into backslide! TWO, but Darius wrenches to hook and roll for a cover, TWO! Daivari gets up but into an arm-drag! The fans rally, Daivari fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Daivari RAMS Darius into the corner. Daivari CHPOS, then tags Tony Nese. The Premier Athletes mug Darius, then Nese puts Darius in a corner.

Nese grinds a forearm into Darius’ face, the ref counts, and Nese lets off. Nese runs in, Darius goes up and over to DROPKICK! Darius storms up on Nese, tags Action, and they snapmare to then KICK, basement dropkick, and cover, TWO! Action stays cool but Sterling protests, there’s something in those boots! Action drags Nese up, but Nese pulls hair! Nese puts Action in the corner, smothers him, but lets off as the ref counts. Nese ELBOWS Action, whips corner to corner, but Action goes up and over. Action keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Nese staggers up into a DROPKICK!

The fans fire up and Action runs, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Daivari coaches Nese, but Action brings Nese up. Nese gets free to throat chop! Nese ROCKS Action, bumps him off buckles then fires body shots! Tag to Karter and he brings Action around. Karter CLUBS Action, suplexes him, and holds him up! But Action slips free! Action waistlocks, Karter switches, but Action slides under, leaps over, tag to Lee! Big Shotty gets around to headlock, but Karter powers up and out. Lee goes up and over, shoots around again, shoves and hurdles, then drops to DROPKICK! Griff runs up, but Lee DROPKICKS him, too!

Nese runs in, Lee dodges and LARIATS! The fans fire up, Lee beats his chest, and he takes aim at everyone on the outside! Sterling freaks out, PLANCHA for Daivari! Lee turns around, Nese CLOBBERS him! Top Flight is kept back by the ref and Nese puts Lee in for Karter to stomp away! Karter drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Griff. They mug Lee, then the Ivy League MVP scoops Lee for SLAM! Cover, ONE, but Griff clamps on a chinlock. The fans rally for “TOP FLIGHT! SHOTTY!” Tag to Nese, he and Griff mug Lee, then Nese CHOPS! Nese taunts Top Flight, but when did Dante grab Karter’s “I <3 Hot Moms” shirt?

Nese fires off on Lee, but Lee fires back! Daivari grabs Lee and Nese DROPKICKS! The ref reprimands but Daivari tags in. The Premier Athletes fires off hands on Lee! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Sterling tells the fans to shut up. Daivari scoops Lee, carries him around, then SLAMS him! Daivari stomps Lee, stays between him and Top Flight, then stomps him. Daivari spins Lee around, stomps him again, and Lee writhes. Tag to Griff, he and Daivari stomp Lee, then Griff shoves Dante! The ref keeps Dante back, Griff brings Lee up and over to his corner. Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues and Lee clutches his ribs.

Daivari snapmares Lee, then KNEES him in the back! Daivari clamps on a chinlock, then grinds Lee into the mat, The fans rally as Lee endures, but Sterling says to shut up! Lee fights up, fires body shots, but Daivari ROCKS him! Lee ROCKS Daivari, repeat! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Lee fires shot after shot, but Daivari blocks the kick! The ENZIGIRI hits! Both men are down, they crawl for the corners, hot tag to Nese! Nese STOMPS Lee first! Nese keeps Lee from Top Flight, taunts the fans, and suplexes, only for Lee to slip free! Lee hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire back up!

Lee crawls, Sterling shouts for Nese to tag out! Hot tags to Griff and Dante! Angel Dorado goes up and over Griff, BLASTS the rest, then he fires off hands on Griff! The fans fire up as Dante hammers away on Griff! Dante roars, drags Griff up and whips, but Griff reverses. Griff runs in, Dante slips out, up and over, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante then goes up and up and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Dante takes off the shirt, uses it to block Karter’s boot, and LARIATS Karter down! Dante shows off the shirt, and says OLE as Griff runs in! Dante BLASTS Griff, then calls in Top Flight and Lee!

The fans fire up as all four men take aim, Dante and Action build speed, STEREO TOPES AND STEREO PLANCHAS!! Direct hits all around and the fans are thunderous! Dante gets Griff in, spins him and hits the INVERTED GUT WRENCH! Cover, Nese & Daivari break it! Everyone jumps in and it is a brawl! The Premier Athletes TOSS Darius, TOSS Lee, and stomp away on Action! They double whip Action, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Action kips up and nods, but Karter storms up! Karter whips, Action goes to the apron then ROCKS Karter! Action goes up but Karter trips him up!

Action tumbles down, but Dante climbs! Griff runs up, Dante drops back to GAMANGIRI! Dante goes back up, aims, but Sterling gets on the apron! The ref argues with him, and Griff trips Dante up! Griff drags Dante down, Karter goes looking for something! Karter slips a chair into the ring! The chair is wedged into a corner, then Griff & Karter stomp on Dante. But here’s SERPENTICO! He undoes the chair and Sterling is furious! Karter storms out after Serpentico, but now Serpentico has that chair! Karter backs off, Griff turns around into a JUMP KNEE! Dante brings Griff around, half nelson for the SWINGING BOMB! Cover, Top Flight wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

Spanish Announce Project get their revenge already tonight as they make sure Maria’s baby boys get nothing! Will Big Shotty and the high-flyers be cruising towards title opportunities?

My Thoughts:

A very nice episode of ROH at just 69 minutes. Good squash wins in the middle of the episode, and very good promo from Athena & Billie to call out Aminata & Velvet, thereby setting up each of those title matches for… Wow, it’s probably gonna be Death Before Dishonor in two months? That’s Tony Khan’s pacing for ya. Great return from injury for Anthony Henry, but I do appreciate they protected SAP’s loss by having Karter & Griff interfere. Great 8 Man Tag main event to also flip things around so that SAP make sure Karter & Griff lose. SAP VS Griff & Karter needs to have its true blowoff once and for all, a ladder match for Serpentico’s mask. Next week can announce it, then the week after that it happens so that both teams move on for the summer.

Great promo from Menard to hype up the really good match between him and Bennett. Great win for Menard, he and Parker are surely getting their shot at the tag titles, but I don’t know if they can wait two months for Death Before Dishonor. They can have the tag title match in a couple weeks, Kingdom cheats to retain, tag title contender build in June to determine challenges for DBD. And great Proving Ground from Kyle and London, but of course Kyle wins. Kyle still has a part to play in this Don Callis story, here’s hoping he stays on Ospreay’s side and they become United Empire in AEW while for whatever reason, Cassidy joins Don Callis.

My Score: 8.6/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

It’s a mix and match night!



A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!


  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; Despe wins, by disqualification.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; Sho wins.


Here are the current 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


BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

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

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

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

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

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

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

The bell rings, Mack offers a handshake, but Taiji kicks it away. They tie up, go around, Mack goes for a leg but Taiji holds it off. They reset, feel things out, and clinch. They end up on ropes and the ref calls the break. Mack lets off clean and the fans applaud. The two reset and tie up again, and Taiji headlocks. Mack powers up to put Taiji on ropes then power out of the hold. Taiji runs Mack over and fans applaud. Things speed up, Mack drops then hurdles, but Taiji leaps over. Mack stands and strikes his fighting stance! Then finger gun to taunt Taiji! Taiji runs in, but into a drop toehold and LION’S BARRAGE!

Mack aims, Taiji avoids the falling chop, but then Mack FALLING CHOPS again! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed and the fans rally for the handspring, but Taiji gets in to leap up, REVERSE SHOT! Mack bails out and Taiji builds speed to go up and GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Mack and the fans fire up! The ref checks Mack, and Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in effect, and Taiji goes out after Mack. Taiji CLUBS Mack, but Mack throws body shots. Taiji throws a body shot, then he POSTS Mack! The fans fire up and Taiji stalks Mack. Taiji puts Mack in the ring, covers, ONE!

The fans rally as Mack stays in this, but Taiji stays on him with a COBRA CLUTCH! Mack endures, fights up, and the fans rally. But Taiji wrangles Mack into an almost Koji Klutch variation! Mack scrambles and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, Taiji lets go at 4. Mack sputters but Taiji brings him up to wrench and POST in the open corner! The ref reprimands but Taiji hammerlocks and scoops, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this and the fans cheer. Taiji goes to the corner, takes aim, and the fans rally again. Taiji runs up, but Mack ELBOWs, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS!

Mack CHOPS and CHOPS more, then fires up, but Taiji ELBOWS him! And CHOPS! And ripcords, tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And then BONE LOCK!! Mack flails, reaches out, and the fans rally! Mack claws his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Taiji lets off in frustration, and he stalks Mack. Mack throws a body shot but Taiji CLUBS him. Taiji whips, Mack blocks, but that hurts Mack’s arm! Taiji stomps Mack, whips, but Mack reverses and SNAP GERMANS! Taiji stands up into the SUPERKICK! Taiji bails out, Mack builds speed! The fans fire up for the SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and the fans fire up again!

Mack drags Taiji up, puts him in as the ring count climbs, and the fans cheer. Cover, ONE!! Taiji is tougher than that and now he’s mad! But Mack KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Taiji goes to ropes, Mack KICKS more and more! But Taiji blocks one! Mack swings hands but Taiji ducks them to CLUB the leg. Taiji whips, Mack reverses again and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Mack crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Mack hurries to CHOP him! Mack says BANG then he goes up the corner! Mack’s up top, for the NINJA- FLOP!! Taiji avoids the senton and clamps on the BONE LOCK!! Mack scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes!

Taiji hauls Mack up, for BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

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

Taiji just proved you don’t bring a ninja to a gun fight! Will all of the BOSJ be reborn? Can Mack keep from falling off before the end?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

Connors isn’t playing around, he’s brought chairs with him to the ring! He takes a seat while waiting on Despe’s entrance, then he pushes the ref aside so he can send one over to Despe. The ref says no, this isn’t that kind of match, but Connors wants a shootout with Desperado. Despe keeps the ref from taking the chair, and says if that’s what Connors wants… Despe picks the chair up, the ref says no, this won’t be a match then! Connors and Despe swing! They clash, clash and CLASH! Both men drop the chairs from the recoil, and now the bell rings! The fists start flying and the fans fire up! Despe knees low, CLUBS Connors, then runs, but into a THESZ PRESS!

Connors rains down fists, but Despe turns it around to give it back! Connors CHOKES Despe from below, the ref reprimands, and Connors knees low at 4. Connors runs but Despe follows to ELBOW! Despe runs but Connors goes the other way! JEEP FLIPPER! Despe tumbles out of the ring, Connors goes out after him. Connors stomps Despe, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS! Connors SMACKS Desep off the apron, but Despe CHOPS him in return. Despe CHOPS again, Connors staggers into the crowd and ends up sitting on a woman’s lap! Despe storms up and Young Lions hurry in, Despe ROCKS Connors!

Connors staggers along, fans move aside, and Connors sits in a chair. Despe throws hands but Connors hits back! The Young Lions keep fans back as Connors whips Despe into the back wall! Connors CLUBS Despe, and now they move through the back of the crowd! Connors CHOPS, Despe hits back, but we can’t see too well because the cameramen can’t follow! They’re continuing along, and a cameraman is there as Connors sends Despe into the corner wall! Then Connors grabs a spare railing and THROWS it at Despe! The ref reprimands, Despe UPPERCUTS Connors, and Connors staggers down an aisle.

Connors topples some railings over then he stumbles into an open chair. The fans move aside, Connors kicks Despe, then ROCKS him! Despe ROCKS Connors back, and then Despe SMACKS Connors off a fan’s chair! The Young Lions usher the fans out of the way, and Despe brings Connors up, but Connors RAMS Despe into the apron! The ref finally starts a ring count, but Connors SMACKS Despe off the timekeeper’s table! We reach 10 of 20, Connors ROCKS Despe, then throws him in the ring. The fans applaud as Connors follows, but then Despe bails out the side. The fans fire up as Despe wants to keep fighting outside!

Connors shoves the ref aside, goes out after Despe, but Despe throws body shots! Despe CLUBS Connors, whips him, but Connors reverses to POST Despe! The fans fire up and Connors goes around the way. Connors grabs the chair from earlier, brings it over, and he takes aim! He SMACKS Despe on the back! The ref reprimands but Connors argues with him. Connors drags Despe up, brings him around, and headlock punches! Connors tells fans to move and the Young Lions hurry to get them out of the way! Connors brings Despe up and whips, but Despe reverses! FLAPJACK off the apron! But now Despe wants to go bowling!

Despe whips Connors and STRIKE! Right into the middle of the crowd! The fans fire up with Despe, but then Connors SPEARS! Both men are down and the fans fire up more! Connors rises first as the fans rally, and he snarls as he pulls up floor mats! Connors goes back for Despe, CLUBS him, then drags him up. The ref reprimands and says not to, but Connors reels Despe in. But Despe fights the suplex! The fans rally but Connors suplexes! Despe slips free! Now Despe BACK- NO, Connors fights off the back suplex with fists! Despe runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Luckily for Despe, it was to the floor mats that were nearby!

Connors snarls as he rises up, storms his way over to Despe, and drags him back up. Connors CLUBS Despe, then snarls at the fans. He clears one of the spare commentary tables! Fans move aside and the ref reprimands, but Connors hauls Despe up. Despe throws body shots but Connors ROCKS him! Connors reels Despe in, throws up the Too Sweet, and lifts Despe to POWERBOMB him through the table!! The fans are thunderous while the ref checks on Despe. Connors roars and beats his chest and the fans fire up again. The ref reprimands Connors but he just looms over Despe. Connors drags Despe up and puts him in the ring.

The fans applaud and Connors slowly rolls in. Connors pushes Despe to a cover but the ref refuses after all the shenanigans! Connors glares at the ref, but the ref shoves Connors! The fans fire up for the ref, but Connors grabs him by the shirt! The ref warns Connors, Connors says he’s lucky he’s a ref! But Despe runs up to LARIAT Connors and himself outta the ring! The fans fire up and both men spot the chair! They both scramble over, Connors grabs the chair but Despe stands on Connors’ hand! The fans cheer and Despe ROCKS Connors! Then Despe grabs the chair to SMACK Connors on the back!

The fans fire up and Connors writhes, but Despe goes to get another chair! The ref reprimands. but then Despe JAMS Connors with the new chair! Despe wants fans to move aside again, then he puts the old chair on Connors’ face! Despe grabs his new chair, CON-CHAIR-TO, Despe Remix!! Connors sputters and then feels the pain in his nose! Despe stalks Connors, taunts him, drags him back up, and puts him in the ring. Despe grabs the chair and brings it in again, but the ref says no. Despe and the ref argue, and the ref takes the chair from Despe. SPEAR!! Connors gets Despe again and he drags Despe back up!

Connors reels Despe in, serves it up, NO CHASE- NO, Despe fights No Chaser, wrenches out, and LOCO MONO!! Connors wobbles, Despe reels him in, underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Connors fights free to wrench and short arm LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Connors goes to a corner! Connors aims, barks, runs in, SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Despe survives and shocks Connors! The fans are thunderous but Connors rains down fists! The ref reprimands as Connors hammers away! Despe punches back but Connors traps those arms to just throw down fists! The ref wants Connors to stop but Connors shoves him away!

Connors checks Despe, he seems pretty out of it. Connors drags Despe up, reels him in, and NO CHASER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Despe survives and the fans are thunderous! Connors is stunned, and then Despe flips him off! Connors rains down more fists of fury! The ref tries but Connors shoves the ref aside again! The ref counts, Connors won’t stop! THE REF CALLS IT!! DESPE WINS!

Winner: El Desperado, by disqualification (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors’ rage costs him! He wouldn’t listen, and now Desperado comes away with the points! Connors is mad with Marty Asami, so he SPEARS Marty Asami down!!! Then he TOSSES Young Lions aside! Then he gives one a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans boo but Connors shows no remorse as he’s the one standing tall. Then he SNATCHES Desperado’s mask!! Then he SLAPS Desperado on the face! Connors then drags Despe out of the ring, stands on his head, and taunts the fans. Connors grabs a piece of the broken table, SLAPS a Young Lion aside, then looms over Despe. Connors sits Despe up, and SMACKS him in the head with the wood!

Connors flips Despe off then throws up the Too Sweet. Connors may have lost this round, but he has Despe’s mask as his trophy. Will Connors be unstoppable in these remaining rounds? Taichi gets off commentary to help his old friend, but will The Rogue Luchador even be able to continue at this point?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

Blake mockingly puts up the crown, but TJP throws his shirt to the crowd as a free souvenir. TJP tells Blake to stop the crown, he’s not United Empire. The bell rings and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Blake goes for the arms but TJP headlocks. TJP wrenches, Blake rolls and cartwheels, then slips through to wrench back. Blake snapmares to chinlock but TJP slips right out to wristlock. The fans cheer the exchange, and Blake wrenches back. Blake wristlocks but TJP stays on his feet. Blake wrenches again, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST SCISSORS, but Blake handsprings through!

The fans cheer and Blake smirks as he taunts the crown. TJP kicks low, whips, but Blake reverses. TJP handsprings over the dropdown then sidesteps, but Blake handsprings over the back drop! Blake whips, TJP RANAS, but Blake handsprings through! The fans cheer this exchange and Blake again mocks the crown. TJP runs up but Blake kicks low. Blake whips, TJP goes up, comes back, mule kicks, then bumps Blake off buckles. TJP throws knees, then he pushes Blake down. The fans fire up as TJP scrubs Blake’s face! But then Blake bails out and the fans boo. TJP smirks as Blake doesn’t want to be washed clean.

Blake mocks the fans cheering him and TJP on, then paces as the ring count climbs. Blake returns at 9 of 20, he and TJP circle and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then TJP rolls to trip Blake. TJP turns Blake over, hooks up the legs, and the fans rally as TJP messes with Blake’s hair. TJP grabs Blake’s arms to pull, pull and pull Blake into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Blake endures and the fans fire up! TJP brings Blake back for the ROMERO BRIDGE, but it’s a double cover? TWO as TJP lets Blake go! TJP double checks with Red Shoes while Blake goes to a corner. TJP accepts Red Shoes’ reasoning and runs in at Blake.

TJP blocks the boot but not the ENZIGIRI! Blake rolls back, TJP avoids his Pele and kicks low. TJP whips, Blake reverses but TJP goes Spiderman. Blake runs up, TJP ROCKS him, but Blake jumps up as TJP rams in! GUILLOTINE SPLASH! TJP flops to the floor, Blake builds speed and fans fire up for the FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and down goes TJP! Blake walks it off, then mocks the fans clapping. Blake flips them off, the fans boo, and Blake goes back for TJP. Red Shoes checks TJP, TJP clutches his side but seems otherwise okay. Blake puts TJP in, follows, but now it might be TJP’s arm that’s bothering him.

Red Shoes has Blake stay back so he can check TJP. That arm is really bothering TJP, so Blake shoves Red Shoes aside to RAM TJP into a corner! Blake wrenches the arm, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then hits another ELBOW BREAKER! TJP drops back to a corner, Blake wraps the bad arm around ropes! Red Shoes counts, Blake YANKS the arm, and TJP staggers away. TJP leans on Red Shoes a moment, but Blake rolls under to then PELE the arm! TJP clutches the elbow as he drops to his knees but Blake smirks. Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it while he has TJP down, and then he drives his knee into the arm again and again!

Blake lets off, TJP clutches the arm, and Blake mocks the fans rallying for TJP. Blake then isolates the arm to drop a leg on it! Blake wrenches but TJP throws body shots. TJP ELBOWS free, Blake ends up in a corner, but Blake dodges TJP to then BOOT him! TJP flops over, Blake covers, TWO! The fans rally up but Blake puts on a body scissors! Blake grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it and puts a lot of pressure on the hold. Blake then rolls things to a cover, TWO! Blake still has TJP’s arm, steps over, and claps with TJP’s hand. Blake makes TJP flip the fans off, then he BITES that finger! Red Shoes reprimands and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks the fans more, grabs TJP’s arms, and pulls back on a motorcycle stretch. TJP endures, the fans rally, and TJP fights up. TJP moves around, and flip kicks Blake away! Blake comes back, TJP ROUNDHOUSES! But Blake PELES! TJP goes to a corner, Blake runs up, but TJP goes up and over to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! TJP rises up, storms up on Blake, and atomic drops! WHEEL KICK! Blake staggers to a corner, TJP whips corner to corner hard! TJP runs in to ELBOW! Blake sits down, and now TJP scrubs his face! The fans rally up and TJP goes side to side, BOOT WASH!

The fans cheer and want it again! TJP obliges, and he scrubs Blake more! TJP runs side to side for the second BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and TJP waits on Blake. Blake staggers up, TJP kicks low and reels him in. “ICHI!” Half Hatch! “NI!” Half Hatch! “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up! TJP goes up the corner, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Blake moves! Blake wheelbarrows, somersaults and SPLASH! Blake goes to the corner, takes aim, and he somersaults for the ARMBAR DDT! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! TJP endures, the fans fire up and TJP moves around! TJP rolls, but Blake wrenches!

Blake tries to wrangle TJP but TJP uses that to get Blake down! TJP has the stepover, but Blake fights forward! TJP still gets the arm for the PINOY STRETCH! Blake BITES TJP’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands but then Blake has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go one way or another, and Blake goes to the apron. TJP crawls out after Blake and the fans rally up. Blake stands, TJP ROCKS him with a forearm! Blake ROCKS TJP back! TJP and Blake trade haymakers, then TJP CHOPS! Blake kicks, TJP blocks but Blake ENZIGIRIS! Blake reels TJP in to WRING the arm into the apron! Blake gets back up, slashes his throat, and he drags TJP up!

Blake reels TJP in but TJP fights the lift! TJP then Alabama Lifts but Blake fights it! Blake BOOTS, but TJP BOOTS back! TJP grabs for an arm but Blake steps over and STUNNERS! TJP flops into the ring, and Blake takes aim. The fans fire up as Blake springboards, and TJP anchors him! Fireman’s carry, DETONATION KICK! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans rally for “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP aims, runs up, ONE BY- NO, Blake ducks! And ROUNDHOUSES! TJP JUMP SOBATS! Blake kips up to SUPERKICK! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally again and both men slowly sit up.

Blake finds TJP, throws a forearm, but TJP gives it back. Blake throws another, so TJP gives it back. They stand, and Blake fires a haymaker! TJP fires one back! Blake fires another haymaker, but TJP KICKS Blake’s leg! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm! TJP KICKS Blake’s leg again! Blake KICKS TJP’s arm again! TJP fires off a flurry of kicks, but Blake JUMP KNEES! Blake runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Blake swings, into the FINAL CUT! TJP aims from the corner! ONE BY- SPANISH FLY!! Blake roars and aims from the corner! STEP-UP STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!? TJP survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Blake storms his way to the apron and slashes his throat. Blake springboards, 450- CUTTER!! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO?!!? But TJP won’t stop there, he goes up a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TJP WINS!

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

That was a fiery battle, but TJP wins not just for him but for Francesco Akira! Will the Public Enemy conquer this tournament for The United Empire? Is Blake’s heat about to go cold?


Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

Wait, Sho is running out here from the exit side while Douki’s music is playing? Sho drops off his stuff and then grabs a chair so he can then wait by the tunnel! But where’s Douki? Sho peeks through the curtain, nothing. Douki is running in from the exit and he CLOBBERS Sho from behind! The fans cheer as Douki gets the better of Sho! Douki drags Sho up, brings him to ringside, and POSTS him! The fans cheer more but Red Shoes reprimands. Douki drags Sho up and puts him in the ring. The bell rings, Douki storms in and he stomps Sho around. Douki drags Sho up again to whip to ropes. Sho reverses but Douki arm-drags!

Douki runs, arm-drags again, but Sho gets mad! Sho swings, Douki dodges, and Douki tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Sho tumbles out, Douki builds speed, and Douki WRECKS Katsuya Murashima! Sho used the Young Lion as a shield! Sho then RAMS Douki into the apron! Sho snarls, drags Murashima up, and puts Murashima in the ring? Red Shoes hurries to usher the Young Lion out, but Sho grabs the bell hammer! Sho HAMMERS Douki, HAMMERS him again, then digs the hammer into Douki’s ribs! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho stops, and Sho drags Douki up to bring around the way. Sho RAMS Douki into the apron!

Sho storms off to the back corner, and pushes through an exit, to bring a dumpster in!? Sho laughs as he then goes to fetch “the trash.” Sho stomps Douki, brings him over to the dumpster, and then knees low into Douki’s ribs. Sho scoops and DUMPS Douki into the dumpster! The fans boo but Sho leaves him behind. The ring count starts while fans rally up. Sho talks trash, the ring count is 10 of 20, an Douki’s still stuck! Douki drags himself up and out of the dumpster, but we’re already at 17! 18! Douki slides in at 19.9! The fans cheer but Sho digs his boots into Douki! Sho scrapes Douki to the apron, pulls a sleeve off a crossbar, then pulls Douki onto the bar!

Red Shoes reprimands Sho while Douki suffers, but Sho pulls harder! Red Shoes counts and Sho lets off at 4. Sho storms in to stomp Douki and talks trash. Sho drags Douki up but Douki fires forearms! Sho kicks low, then he suplexes Douki to hang him out to dry! Sho climbs up onto Douki, then drags him off the ropes in a Canadian Rack. GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sho is upset so he stands on Douki and pulls on the arms! Douki endures, the fans rally, but then Sho shifts to clamp on the inverted straitjacket! Douki endures, so Sho shifts to dig heels into ribs, and pulls on an arm and leg! Douki endures again, fights around, but Sho pulls!

Douki still fights with his free leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Red Shoes counts, and Sho lets off. Sho stands on Douki, digs his heel in, but steps away to bring Douki up. Sho whips corner to corner, runs in, and RAMS into Douki! Sho then hauls Douki up onto the top rope, CLUBS him again and again, then goes corner to corner. Sho runs up to TOP SHELF KNEE! Douki falls, Sho covers, TWO! Douki is still in this and the fans fire up! Sho paces around Douki, talks trash, and digs his heels in again. Douki pushes Sho away, fires up and fires off forearms! Douki runs, but Sho kitchen sink knees! Sho drags Douki up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Sho taunts Douki while the fans rally, and Sho whips Douki again. But Douki turns kitchen sink into roll up, TWO! Sho runs up to kick low! Sho runs but Douki FLYING HEADBUTTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Douki and Sho go to corners, and then Douki runs in. Douki ELBOWS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges! Douki still hip tosses, RAMS, then springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sho bails out, Douki builds speed to WRECK Sho with the dropkick! The fans fire up, Douki stalks Sho, then he drags Sho up to headlock. Douki brings Sho to the dumpster! Sho fights free, reels Douki in, and lifts, but Douki fights the bomb!

Sho tries again but Douki throws hands! Douki RANAS Sho into the dumpster! The fans fire up and Sho struggles to get out of the mess! Douki rises and the fans cheer as he leaves Sho behind. Sho flounders out of the dumpster covered in paper and plastic. Sho throws that away, we’re at 12 of 20! Sho staggers his way over and slides in at 16! But Douki dodges him to then DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this but Douki stays on him with a Gory Especial! Sho fights free by bending fingers! Sho then CLUBS the arm, but Douki blocks the kick! Douki spins Sho back into the Gory Especial, for the DODON NO JUTSU!! Backslide cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Douki goes to the apron, and he takes aim as Sho rises. DAY- NO, Sho uses Red Shoes as as shield! Then he SPEARS! Both men are down again and the fans rally for Douki. Sho shakes his head, aims his bow, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in, double pump handle, but Douki flips through to ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Sho steps on Douki’s neck! Douki lets go, Sho reels him in, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Sho shakes his head. Sho calls his shot again, and he drags Douki up. Sho reels Douki in for a Canadian Rack, but Douki fights free of that! ITALIAN STRETCH!!

Sho endures, moves around, reaches out, but Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Sho endures again, kicks at Douki, steps on him again, but Douki pulls on the hold! Sho falls over and the fans fire up! Red Shoes checks Sho, Sho sputters, and someone rings the bell! YUJIRO TAKAHASHI!! Not this trick again! Taichi storms off of commentary, but Yujiro PIMP CANE SHOTS Taichi down! The fans boo but Sho keeps Red Shoes from seeing Yujiro get in the ring. Douki dodges Yujiro to then DROPKICK him out! But Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Sho is furious but Douki survives!

Sho storms over to his ring, grabs his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title, but Red Shoes says don’t try it! Sho gives the belt over, but then he throws Douki into Red Shoes! Down goes the ref and the fans boo! Sho laughs and he goes for his Torture Tool! The fans boo but Douki has his PIPE! The fans fire up and Sho freaks out! They stand off, Sho takes a swing but Douki blocks! Douki powers Sho back, takes a swing, but Sho goes low! Sho grins, winds up, but Douki gets around! LOW BLOW!! Sho suffers a taste of his own medicine! The fans fire up as Douki now has his pipe! Douki uses the pipe to CHOKE Sho, then turn him for a Gory Especial! METAL DODON NO JUTSU!!

The fans fire up as Douki now calls for Red Shoes. Red Shoes returns, none the wiser, and Douki fires up! Douki drags Sho up, torture racks, and swings Sho for the MARISHITE! Cover, YUJIRO YANKS RED SHOES OUT!! The fans boo as Tokyo Pimp just won’t go away! Yujiro sneaks up on Douki, CANE SHOT! Taichi is up but Yujiro BOOTS him down! Yujiro sits Douki up for PIMP JUICE! Yujiro helps Sho crawl to the cover, then Yujiro fetches Red Shoes! Red Shoes sees the cover and counts, TWO?!?! Douki lives and the fans are thunderous! And Taichi throws Yujiro into the ring! Red Shoes is confused, but Taichi storms around.

Taichi takes a chair from a fan, threatens Yujiro, but Red Shoes stands in the way. Taichi drops the chair, pushes Red Shoes aside, and he blocks Yujiro’s kick! LOW BLOW!! And no problems since Yujiro isn’t in the match! Taichi then runs to AX BOMBER!! The fans fire up and Taichi calls to Douki! Douki rises while Taichi drags Yujiro out of the ring and away from ringside! The fans cheer as things are 1v1 again, and Douki aims from the apron. Sho flounders about, rises up, but runs up! Douki RAMS into Sho, then slingshots for DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki just fires up! The fans are with Douki as he rises!

Douki wheelbarrows Sho, full nelsons, SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Sho fights free and throws elbows! Sho runs up, but Douki blocks the kick! But wait, it really hurt! What’s in Sho’s boot?! Sho KICKS Douki again!! Douki writhes and clutches ribs, but Sho aims from a corner! Sho PUNTS Douki in the side!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives, even with Sho’s clearly loaded boot! Sho drags Douki up and reels him in as we reach 20 minutes! Gut wrench, Canadian Rack, PIMP SLAM!! Cover, SHO WINS!

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

Surprise, surprise, all this cheating helps Sho win! Sho needs an icepack for his leg, because he loaded his kick pad with a big piece of metal! Will Douki ever get one over on this snake?

Speaking of, Sho slithers over to get the mic so he can say, “Everyone thought Douki would win! You were all cheering for him! You at home were, too! You’re welcome, all of you!” The fans boo but Sho continues by saying, “Different day, same result. The champion is on a different level. A different level to all of you! Even if a scrub makes it to the finals, he doesn’t need to be in the main event. I’m winning this comfortably. Besides, you Osaka folks don’t really know wrestling.” The fans boo again, but Sho says that even if it’s in Osaka-Jo, it doesn’t need to be the main event, that’s how easily he’s gonna win.

“I’m on a different level from every other Junior Heavyweight out there, especially those in this Super Juniors!” Sho drops the mic and leaves Douki behind, will he do this to everyone left in the block?


Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great night for BOSJ, and things are starting to take shape here. As I said last time, a shame about Akira’s injury, I thought he could really get things going for himself. But B Block is now just a touch lopsided since the forfeited points put some people ahead of others with less matches. Eagles of course gets a win off Dia, Dia has been “struggling” this whole tournament. Hiromu got the bye this round, so he can’t really move in the block. Kushida may have lost but he’s still ahead of Hiromu because Kushida beat Hiromu in their match.

Great win for Drilla in that, though, and he’s getting going at the right time. Drilla has Taiji and Hiromu left, those are going to be critical matches. Sho of course has to cheat again to win out, but it makes Douki look great and has the fans on his side. Douki has the top two, Eagles and Kushida, and he’d need to pull off some ultimate underdog stuff to beat them both and take a spot from one of them.

Meanwhile, A Block is looking like a race to the top between Desperado and Titan. Despe beat Titan in their match from an earlier round, so if he and Titan both win out from here, they’re both going to the semifinals just like that. Despe has TJP next, and TJP is making a great comeback, while Titan has Kanemaru who isn’t even in the running anymore. But TJP and Kanemaru can both go for a spoiler, so those are going to be really good matches. In fact, Titan also has TJP to top this off, he’s in for two big fights in a row. Though, Connors did a lot of damage to Despe, that adds more pressure to whether Despe can get past TJP and then Hayata after that.

My Score: 8.9/10

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