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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/13/24)

Time for round 2!

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Don’t count anyone out just yet!

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 31 has only just begun, and while Hiromu Takahashi and El Desperado fell short, there’s still time to turn it around! Will they and the other first round misfires score redemption?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Francesco Akira VS Ninja Mack; Mack wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: HAYATA VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS Taiji Ishimori; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Titan; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS SHO; Kushida wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Kosei Fujita; Desperado wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the A Block standings!

Titan: 1-0, 2 points
HAYATA: 1-0, 2 points
Blake Christian: 1-0, 2 points
Kosei Fujita: 1-0, 2 points
Kevin Knight: 1-0, 2 points
El Desperado: 0-1, 0 points
TJP: 0-1, 0 points
BUSHI: 0-1, 0 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 0-1, 0 points
Clark Connors: 0-1, 0 points

 

Here are the B Block standings!

SHO: 1-0, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-0, 2 points
Ninja Mack: 1-0, 2 points
Taiji Ishimori: 1-0, 2 points
KUSHIDA: 1-0, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 0-1, 0 points
DOUKI: 0-1, 0 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 0-1, 0 points
Dragon Dia: 0-1, 0 points
Robbie Eagles: 0-1, 0 points

 

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

The Jet is flying high after taking down Public Enemy, but All Heat was able to burn 100 Proof. Only one continues on into the 2-0 club, so who’s heading there first class?

Knight flexes and says tsuyoi, and the fans applaud. The bell rings and the fans rally up as Knight and Blake stare down. Blake runs in, Knight dodges and Blake ends up in the corner. Knight runs in, Blake dodges, but then Knight dodges again to kick low. Knight whips, Blake reverses then hurdles, but Knight leaps over! Blake kips up, Knight hurdles, Blake handsprings, and they keep going. Blake stops himself to avoid the dropkick, but Knight flips through! The fans fire up but Blake says “SUCK IT!” Blake then eggs Knight on, dodges him, but Knight ducks the enzigiri to DUMP Blake out! Knight then PLANCHAS and down goes Blake!

The fans fire up with Knight, he fist bumps the front row, then he puts Blake in. Knight runs, redirects, and handsprings to SPLASH! The fans cheer and Knight covers, ONE!! Blake toughs it out but Knight stomps him. Knight CLUBS Blake, eggs him on, then wrenches to whip. Knight catches Blake to a COBRA TWIST! The fans cheer as Knight says he’s very, very, very strong! But Blake pries the hold open to hip toss! Knight handsprings through, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he stops at the ropes. Blake runs in but Knight dumps him back out! Knight builds speed but Blake moves. Knight slips out to the apron to go over the corner, but Blake moves!

Blake is in and he builds speed, to FOSBURY FLOP! And then FINAL CUT! The fans cheer as Blake flexes, then he gets them to boo. Blake goes back for Knight, POSTS him, and the fans boo more. Blake drags Knight up, wrenches and wristlocks, to then bring Knight to the apron. Blake STOMPS Knight’s hand on the edge! The fans boo more and Knight scrambles into the ring. Blake stalks Knight to a corner, ROCKS him with a right, then CHOPS him in the corner! But Knight puts Blake in to CHOP! The fans cheer but Blake knees low to then UPPERCUT! Blake whips corner to corner, Knight reverses, but Blake goes up and over.

Blake comes back, rolls under, slips out, then flips away! Blake trips Knight, slingshots and SPLASHES! Fans cheer, Blake drags Knight to a cover, TWO! The fans applaud again while Blake brings Knight to center. Blake hooks up the legs, grabs at the arms, and the fans rally up. Blake mockingly claps along with Knight’s hands, to then make Knight do the dirty bird! Blake STOMPS the knees! The fans boo but Blake mockingly applauds again. The fans rally, Blake brings Knight up but Knight throws body shots! Blake knees low, whips, but Knight comes back to LARIAT! And LARIAT again! The fans fire up as Knight whips but Blake reverses

Knight goes up and over, to SKY HIGH! And we’re just five minutes in! The fans rally up, Knight rises, and he watches Blake go to a corner. Knight runs corner to corner, but Blake dodges! ENZIGIRI! URENAGE! IMPLODER SENTON! Blake then goes up the corner as fans rally, and Blake DIVING- NO, Knight moves! Blake comes back, but Knight puts him up top! Time for the- NO, Blake pushes Knight away! So Knight DROPKICKS! Blake wobbles up top and the fans fire up! Knight goes up after Blake, brings him around, throws some body shots, but Blake gives those back! Knight ROCKS Blake with a forearm and Blake falls to the apron!

Knight fakes Blake out, to then springboard and SUPER CROSSBODY! The Young Lions act as barriers so the crash landing doesn’t end up in the crowd! The fans fire up while the ref checks both men. Knight shouts and rises, and the fans fire up! Knight gets Blake back in the ring, then springboards in for a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Blake toughs it out, he’s the GCW Champion after all. But Knight calls for “JETTO! JETTO!” The fans clap along and Knight runs up, but no DDT for Knight! Blake goes to the apron, Knight pursues, but Blake holds ropes! Blake kicks and STUNNERS! Knight wobbles, Blake runs up, but into a BOOT!

Knight runs up, to APRON- NO, still no DDT! Blake blocks a kick, puts the leg in the ropes, then KICKS the ropes! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Blake just grins. Blake runs up to APRON CURB STOMP! Knight flounders away, Blake springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Blake wins!

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

All Heat is turning up the heat with another nasty way to win! But will he have to be careful he doesn’t burn himself out? And after losing some altitude, can Knight take flight again in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Francesco Akira VS Ninja Mack!

The Nova Fireball cracked the Infinity Carat Diamond while the American Shinobi cut down the Sniper of the Skies. Will Akira stay hot going into the third round? Or will the Mack attack rack up another two points?

The bell rings and the fans rally for “A! KI RA!” already. Mack gets on the corner to get the “NIN-JA! NIN-JA!” going. Mack offers a handshake, Akira asks if he should trust it. But then Akira SHOTGUNS Mack! Akira throws Mack out, then PLANCHAS! Direct hit, and Akira gets Mack back in! Akira goes up to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! The fans fire up and Akira talks some smack on Mack. But Mack throws a body shot! Akira CHOPS Mack, then whips him to a corner. Akira hits a clothesline, then runs to UPPERCUT! Akira snapmares to a cover, TWO! Akira keeps cool as he brings Mack up but Mack fires body shots!

The fans rally as Mack backs Akira down, but Akira knees low! Akira says F U and then CHOPS! Akira whips Mack to a corner, Mack reverses and runs in, but Akira goes up and over, to get the TARANTULA! The fans cheer but the ref counts, and Akira lets go at 4. Akira “apologizes” then slaps Mack around. Akira eggs Mack on, kicks him around, and says NJPW superior to Noah! Mack fires forearms, Akira knees low, then whips. Mack rolls off Akira’s back to then DROPKICK! The fans fire up and Mack brings Akira around. Akira breaks free but Mack ROCKS, CHOPS and SOBATS, to then LEG SWEEP and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!

Akira stays in this but Mack floats to bring him up. Mack CHOPS, Akira goes to a corner, and Mack DOUBLE CHOPS! The fans fire up for that one, and Mack puts Akira up top. Akira BOOTS Mack, but Mack jumps up after him! Akira fires elbows, Mack drops back, and Mack ducks Akira’s jump to CHOP! Mack runs, Akira clotheslines at ropes! Akira runs, Mack clotheslines at ropes! Mack runs, Akira fires up and gets a COLLISION COURSE! The fans fire up while both men are down! Akira roars and rises up, then reels Mack in. Mack spins free to SCREW HIGH KICK! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Mack crawls towards ropes on one end, Akira goes to the other. Mack powers up and runs in, but Akira dumps him to the apron! Mack ROCKS Akira first, then goes up a corner! But Akira goes up after him! SUPER STEINER but Mack lands out! Just like Will Ospreay! Mack runs in, but Akira gets around to SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Mack survives and the fans fire up again! The fans rally and duel as Akira goes to a corner. Mack rises, Akira pounds the mat, and fans join in. “A! KI RA!” FIRE- NO, Mack ducks! Akira turns around, into a JUMP KNEE! Mack cravats and goes up the corner, SHIRA-

NO, Akira shrugs that off! Mack keeps moving, comes back, but Akira catches him to a backslide! TWO, Akira tires again but Mack rolls through! But into SPEED FIRE! Akira crawls for the cover, TWO!! Mack survives and the fans are thunderous! Akira goes to a corner, takes aim, but Mack SUPERKICKS! Mack gets Akira up, cravats again, SHIRANUI!! Cover, TWO?!? Akira survives and shocks Mack! Mack puts Akira in a drop zone, CHOPS him, then goes up! NINJA BOMB!!! Cover, Mack wins!

Winner: Ninja Mack, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

The Phoenix 630 hits the mark, and Ninja Mack rises to 2-0! Will nothing stop the rise of the ninja? Will the Nova Fireball be able to reignite in the next round?

 

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

Pro-Wrestling Noah’s Falcon scored in the first round while 100 Proof got burnt. Will Connors redeem himself right away? Or will Hayata refuse to have No Chaser?

The bell rings and Connors runs in! Hayata dodges, CLAWS eyes, but the ref reprimands. Hayata lets off to stomp away on Connors, then he whips. Connors reverses and runs Hayata over! The fans fire up and Connors drags Hayata up. Connors TOSSES Hayata out, goes out after him to stomp, and then UPPERCUT! Hayata staggers, Connors ROCKS him with a haymaker. Connors has fans clear out, then he SMACKS Hayata off the chairs. The fans fire up, and Connors brings Hayata up to POST him! The ref reprimands and wants this in the ring but Connors shrugs him off. Connors stomps Hayata, then brings him up.

Connors snap suplexes Hayata to the floor! The fans cheer as Connors throws up the Too Sweet. The ring count starts, Connors attacks a Young Lion! Connors scoops and SLAMS him onto Hayata! The fans boo as Connors leaves Hayata behind at 10 of 20. Hayata sits up at 13, drags himself up at 16, and slides in at 18! The fans cheer but Connors covers, TWO! The fans rally as Hayata stays in this, but Connors drags him back up. Connors CHOPS and Hayata staggers to ropes. Connors brings Hayata up but Hayata fires a forearm! Connors fires one in return! Connors suplexes but Hayata slips free!

Connors kicks low, runs, but into a Manhattan drop! Hayata TOSSES Connors out, then goes right after him in the front row! Fans clear out fast, and Hayata SMACKS Connors off the chairs! The ref reprimands but the fans fire up. Hayata brings Connors up, and aims for another section! Fans clear out so Hayata can BOWL Connors into the chairs! Not quite a strike but it was still a good throw. Connors flounders around, the ring count starts again, and Hayata brings Connors up. Hayata snapmares Connors, then grabs the Young Lion from before! Scoop SLAM onto Connors! Poor Shoma Kato! Not how you wanna “debut” in a tournament.

Hayata leaves Connors behind, the ring count passes 10 while Connors crawls around. Connors hobbles up at 14, but flops over at 15! Connors forces himself back up at 17, and flounders in at 19! Hayata stomps Connors, then brings him up. Hayata talks some trash, but Connors SLAPS Hayata! And SLAPS! And SLAPS again! Hayata CLAWS Connors’ eyes! The fans boo but Hayata storms back up on Connors. Hayata snapmares, runs, but Connors avoids the boot! SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Connors aims from a corner. The fans bark along with Connors, and he runs in, but into a KNEE! And DDT!

Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Hayata stands and he brings Connors up. Hayata straitjackets the arms but Connors fights the suplex! Connors turns things, breaks free of the arms, then runs. But Hayata catches him for chicken wings, then turns him into the STRAITJACKET DDT! Cover, TWO! Connors is still in this and the fans fire back up! Hayata slashes his throat, stands Connors up and reels him in, but Connors fights the lift! Connors throws Hayata to a corner, runs up, but Hayata dodges! TORNADO- NO, Connors stops the DDT to THROW Hayata away! The fans fire up again as Connors shows his strength!

Connors aims as Hayata rises, but Hayata dodges the lariat! Connors keeps going, but Hayata avoids the pounce, only for Connors to come right back! JEEP FLIPPER!! The fans fire up as Connors aims, runs in, and SPEARS!! Cover, TWO?!?! Hayata survives and Connors is seething! The fans are thunderous as Connors drags Hayata back up. NO CHASE- NO, Hayata wrenches out, rolls Connors up, tights! TWO!! ENZIGIRI!! Hayata roars and reels Connors in, for 40- NO, Connors HEADBUTTS, then NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

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

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion takes down the GHC National Champion! Will Connors serve up more L’s with No Chaser? Will Hayata be able to rebound in the next round?

 

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

The Sniper of the Skies may have lost to Ninja Mack, and 44 Caliber might’ve been cheated by Sho, but now both men reload and take aim. Who wins this shootout to get on the board?

The fans already fire up with “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” Drilla is already annoyed. The bell rings and the fans rally up. Drilla runs in, Eagles gets around but Drilla switches the waistlock. Eagles ducks the ripcord chop to schoolboy, but Drilla rolls through! Drilla kicks low and CHOPS! Eagles staggers to ropes, Drilla storms up on him and whips. Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles and RANAS! The fans fire up as Eagles taunts Drilla, then WHEEL KICKS!

Drilla staggers and steps out to the apron, but Eagles basement 619s to sweep the legs! The fans join Robbie in another “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” then he builds speed But Drilla gets in, hurdles, drops down, then DROPKICKS! Eagles tumbles out, Drilla builds speed and WRECKS him with a dropkick! Moloney gets a “DRILLA DRILLA DRILLA!” “OI OI OI!” out of the fans, then stalks Eagles on the outside. Drilla drags Eagles up, brings him into the bleachers, and SMACKS him off the West sign! And again, and again! Eagles flops back and Drilla leaves him behind for the ring count to start.

The fans rally as Eagles sits up and rolls his way down the bleachers. Eagles returns to the floor at 10 of 20, crawls over, then slides in at 15! The fans cheer and Drilla smirks. Drilla stands on Eagles’ head, then scrapes his sole off Eagles’ face! The fans still rally for Eagles but Drilla stands him up. Drilla CHOPS Eagles down, covers, TWO! The fans cheer as Eagles stays in this, but then Drilla KICKS him in the side! Eagles sputters and writhes, Drilla stands on Eagles’ stomach! The ref counts, the fans boo, and Drilla steps away at 4. Drilla storms up on the ref but the ref backs off. Drilla stomps Eagles, kicks him around, then KICKS him in the chest! Cover, ONE!

The fans applaud as Eagles toughs it out. Drilla is annoyed, but Eagles CHOPS him! Eagles CHOPS again, then swings, but Drilla gets around to ripcord CHOP! Drilla reels Eagles in, but Eagles wrenches out to schoolboy bridge! TWO!! Drilla escapes that, Eagles wants the legs but Drilla kicks him away! Eagles comes back to SOBAT! Cravat! SHIRA- NO, Drilla stops Eagles, pops him around, but Eagles RANAS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up again and Eagles goes to ropes. The fans rally, Drilla runs up but into a BOOT! Eagles runs up, but fights off the pop-up! Eagles ROCKS, KICKS and CHOPS, then KICKS and CHOPS again!

Eagles ROCKS Drilla in the corner, the fans fire up, and he whips corner to corner. Drilla reverses, and catches Eagles as he goes up! Drilla pops Eagles around again but Eagles arm-drags free! Eagles gets around, kicks out a leg, then keeps moving to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles stands first, and he KICKS Drilla in the chest! Then KICKS again! And again! Eagles runs, but Drilla blocks the Penalty Kick! Drilla reels Eagles in and pops him up to the Canadian Rack! Eagles slips free but Drilla SUPERKICKS! Drilla whips, Eagles reverses to knee low! Eagles KICKS Drilla down!

The fans fire up again as Eagles pounds the mat. Drilla goes to a corner, Eagles runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back, runs in again, but Drilla dodges the Meteora! Drilla runs, but Eagles snatches his jump knee! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Drilla flails, reaches out, claws his way forward, ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go, for a spinning toehold! Eagles then goes to a corner and the fans fire up! Eagles climbs, the fans get even more fired up, and Eagles 450- NO, he has to roll through as Drilla moves! Drilla runs up, Eagles trips him, but Drilla kicks Eagles away! Drilla ducks a kick, schoolboys, and deadlift URENAGES!!

The fans fire up again and Drilla loads up. Eagles rises, Drilla runs in, LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Drilla slashes his throat and drags Eagles up again. Canadian rack, but Eagles sunset flips through! Eagles ties up the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Drilla claws his way around, but Eagles drags him away! Drilla tries but he can’t, he TAPS! Eagles wins!!

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

The Sniper shoots down an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion! And he even snatches both belts to show off how they color coordinate. Eagles still gives Drilla his belt back, but will the Soul of PWA soon look to add that to the collection? Will 44 Caliber reload to take down his opponent next round?

 

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

Public Enemy was left in the dirt by The Jet, and the Heel Master couldn’t bring down the Young Punk of TMDK. Will TJP recover and get back on track? Or will Kanemaru use his bag of tricks to snatch away some much needed points?

The fans already rally for “T J P! T J P!” But Kanemaru attacks while TJP puts the United Empire banner away! Kanemaru TOSSES TJP out, but then TJP slides in as Kanemaru steps out! The bell rings and Kanemaru slides back in, but TJP stomps him! TJP whips, Kanemaru reverses but TJP RANAS! The fans fire up while Kanemaru tumbles out and TJP builds speed! TJP WRECKS Kanemaru with a dropkick and the fans fire up again! TJP goes back into the ring, the fans rally up and he builds speed, only for Kanemaru to run away. The fans boo but TJP throws his shirt off so he can pursue! Kanemaru slides back in and he taunts TJP.

TJP slows it down to be cautious. TJP steps in, and Kanemaru KICKS the ropes to jam TJP up! The fans boo but Kanemaru stomps TJP. Kanemaru whips, TJP reverses but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls. TJP pushes Kanemaru away, elbows and runs, but Kanemaru sends the ref into TJP! The fans boo more but Kanemaru storms up on TJP to whip. TJP springboards to FLYING FOREARM! The fans rally up and TJP goes corner to corner, to BOOT! Kanemaru sits down, and the fans rally up as TJP scrubs his face! TJP goes side to side, but Kanemaru takes a swig! WHISKEY MIST! The fans boo more and TJP swings blindly!

TJP sees Kanemaru, but Kanemaru ducks the blood mist! Kanemaru shoves, victory rolls, KANEMARU WINS!

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

The Heel Master indeed resorted to his dirty tricks and he dirtied up this win! Will Kanemaru do anything and everything he has to in order to take the block? Will TJP have to bring out that dark side of his in order to stay alive in the tournament?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Infinity Carat Diamond may have fallen in the first round but it’ll take more than that to break him. But will Dia be able to break the Bone Soldier? Or will Taiji continue to prove #ItsReborn?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Dia dodges, kicks, then whips, but Taiji reverses. Dia ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides under a boot to tilt-o-whirl and arm-drag! The fans fire up, Dia DROPKICKS and Taiji bails out! The fans rally as Dia feints the plancha, but then Taiji YANKS him down anyway! The fans are torn but Taiji drags Dia up to POST him! Dia tumbles away, and Taiji snatches the bell hammer! The ref sees that and says don’t even try it. Taiji says okay and throws the hammer into the ring. The ref fetches the hammer, Taiji grabs Dia’s skateboard! Skater boy, see ya later boy, Taiji CLOBBERS Dia with the board!

The fans are torn, and the ref sees Taiji walking around with the board! Taiji puts the board back in Dia’s corner and then walks around the ring. The fans rally for Dia as he rises up, but Taiji is on him first. Taiji puts Dia in the ring, covers, but then Taiji CHOKES Dia! The ref reprimands, Taiji lets off, and he fist drops! Dia writhes, Taiji talks some smack, and then Taiji grabs the arms. Taiji pulls the arms back, spins Dia around, and then hooks a leg! Taiji lifts Dia into a rather interesting stretch! Then Taiji uses it for a SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Taiji is annoyed. Taiji taunts Dia as he stands up, and Dia fires a forearm.

Taiji eggs Dia on, Dia fires more forearms, so Taiji CLAWS the eyes! Taiji whips, Dia stops himself, then dodges as Taiji runs in! Taiji ends up outside and Dia runs up, 619! Taiji goes to the floor, Dia ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Taiji! The fans fire up and Dia rises! Dia drags Taiji up, puts him in the ring, and then Dia shouts “IKU ZO!” Dia whips but Taiji reverses. Taiji runs in but Dia dodges! Dia goes to the apron, trips Taiji up and slingshots to TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up with Dia and he storms up on Taiji in the corner. Dia hoists Taiji up top, climbs up after him, and again shots “IKU ZO!” STORM SCISSOR!

The fans fire up and Dia runs up! Victory roll FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives but Dia roars! The fans fire up with Dia and he runs, to roll and REPTILIAN RANA! But Taiji sunset flips through!? TWO!! Taiji gets Dia’s arm, sends him at the ref, but Dia stops from running into him! So Taiji shoves Dia into the ref! Then Taiji whips, pops Dia up, and LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Taiji hooks Dia to a BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

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

The Bone Soldier resorts to new lows just to get points! Wait, Taiji grabs Dia’s skateboard again? And he CLOBBERS Dia with it! The fans boo, that was just unnecessary! But will Taiji stop at nothing until he’s finally on top again? Can Dia find a way to shine even when he’s down 0-2?

 

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

Los Ingobernables de Japon clashes with Los Ingobernables de Japon as Black Mask and El Inmortal meet already! Will Bushi bounce back from his loss? Or will Titan keep momentum going until he’s back at the finals?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. The fans cheer for Titan as he and Bushi tie up. They go around, Titan puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off clean to roll back and tease Titan. Titan runs up but Bushi avoids the basement dropkick. Titan sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Titan avoids the sweep, but Bushi ducks the buzzsaw, and Bushi taunts Titan again. The fans cheer and the LIJ teammates reset. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Titan then trips Bushi, runs, but Bushi stays low. Bushi gets up to bypass, but Titan avoids the hurdle. Titan sends Bushi out, builds speed, Bushi moves but Titan rolls to backflip!

The fans cheer Titan landing on his feet, but Bushi kicks him low. Bushi SMACKS Titan off the apron, then brings him around. Bushi CLUBS Titan, fires the fans up, and then brings Titan to the orange seats! The fans cheer as the lights come up and Bushi brings Titan higher and higher. Titan hits Bushi first! Bushi CHOPS! Titan hits back, they go back and forth, and Titan fires off kicks! SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Titan and he goes to the upper level! Fans help Titan balance on the ledge, to then SUPER CROSSBODY Bushi down! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Titan rises and roars, but the ref wants this in the ring!

Titan stomps Bushi, brings him up and headlocks to bring him along. They return to ground level, Titan throws a knee, then he puts Bushi in the ring. The fans cheer and Titan aims from the apron. The fans rally up and Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Titan hurries to get Bushi back up. Bushi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bushi whips, Titan reverses, then Titan goes Matrix to avoid the lariat! Titan CALF KICKS Bushi, then whips. Bushi reverses, then he dropkicks the legs out! But Titan kips up to PELE! Titan runs from the corner and back, into an ENZIGIRI! Both men are down and the fans fire up again!

Bushi and Titan stir, and Bushi stands first. Bushi brings Titan up, has a leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Titan falls, Bushi SMASHES that knee into the mat! Bushi then ties the legs up, FABLE FIGURE FOUR! Titan endures, reaches out, drags Bushi along with him, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Bushi lets go as the ref counts, and Titan rolls away. Bushi goes to a corner and climbs. The fans rally as Bushi aims, for M- NO, Titan moves aside! Titan BOOTS, SOBATS, KICKS, fires palm strikes then WHEEL KICKS! Bushi falls and the fans fire up again! Titan roars and he drags Bushi around to step through, roll and then deathlock!

The fans fire up for JAVE INMORTAL!! Bushi reaches out, flails, but he’s caught! Bushi pries at the crossface, claws his way over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Titan lets go in frustration, but the fans continue to rally. Titan throws off the armbands and pounds the mat. The fans rally, Titan drags Bushi up and reels him in, to Canadian Rack and spin! But Bushi slips free to BACKSTABBER! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Bushi stands, he reels Titan in, but Titan slips free of the fisherman! Bushi kicks, whips, but Titan reverses! TORNADO- NO, Bushi stops the DDT to backslide! Titan rolls free, but Bushi blocks the superkick!

Bushi spins Titan, but then Titan blocks a kick! Titan ducks the enzigiri but not the REWIND HEEL! Both men fall again and the fans fire back up! Titan goes to ropes, Bushi hobbles over, and Bushi whips. Titan reverses to TORNADO roll and then suplex for a GOURD BUSTER! SUPERKICK! Bushi flops over and Titan hurries for the corner! The fans rally as Titan skins the cat! Titan is now up top, for LA LANZA!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives the double stomps and the fans are thunderous! Titan roars, gets Bushi’s leg and steps through, for the deathlock! JAVE…! INMORTAL!!! Bushi endures all over again, but Titan has the straitjacket added!!

Bushi endures, crawls with his elbows, but it’s not enough! Bushi quits, Titan wins!!

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

Two matches in two rounds, that’s two victories for Titan! However, the same goes for Bushi with two losses. Will the trend continue so that El Inmortal returns to the finals? Can Bushi stop from being dead last in the block?

 

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

The Timesplitter knows how to be a proper IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but the Murder Machine knows how to win by any means necessary! Will Kushida not just get points but a golden ticket back to the top? Or will Sho stack the deck and screw over another opponent?

Sho gets the mic to remind us all, Kushida included, that Kushida’s just a substitute for Yoh, because Sho hurt Yoh just before the tournament. Therefore, Kushida only has his spot because of Sho! As such, Kushida should show gratitude by just letting Sho win here. And maybe they’ll still meet in the end! Or is Kushida too scared to face Sho at all? Kushida DROPKICKS in response! The fans fire up, Sho tumbles out, and Kushida builds speed! The bell rings right before the HANDSPRING KICK sends Sho back down! The fans fire up and Kushida goes out, and he grabs the belt! Sho is upset but also wary, but then Kushida throws the belt into the ring!

Both ref and Sho go for the belt but Kushida yanks Sho out of the ring! Kushida slides in, Sho slides back in and scurries after the belt, and Kushida KICKS him in the side! The fans fire up, Kushida wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! Then Kushida KICKS the leg! And KICKS it again! Sho goes to ropes, Kushida runs up to DROPKICK Sho’s arm! Kushida stands on Sho’s arm, the fans fire up, and Sho begs for mercy. Kushida drags Sho up instead, but Sho CLAWS Kushida’s eyes! Kushida CLAWS Sho back! Kushida whips, drops down, then hip tosses! Handspring, but Sho BOOTS from below! Sho then wants the ref to check his arm.

The ref does check Sho, but this is all just a distraction so Yujiro Takahashi can sneak out here! Tokyo Pimp hits a REVERSE DDT to the floor! The fans boo as the cheating begins already! Yujiro puts Kushida in, Sho covers, ONE!! Kushida is tougher than that but Sho grins as he digs his heel into Kushida’s arm. Sho stomps the arm, drags Kushida up and knuckle locks. Sho wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER, then he cording holds. Kushida endures, Sho wrenches both arms to then STO! The fans rally as Kushida goes to the apron, but Sho cuts him off at the corner! Yujiro has a chair to distract the ref, so that Sho can pull Kushida into the post!

The ref reprimands, Yujiro drops the chair but he still distracts the ref by arguing with him, allowing Sho to get the chair! CHAIR SHOT against the post! The fans boo harder but Sho pushes Kushida back in. Sho drags Kushida up to wrangle him into a KIMURA! Sho is adding insult to injury as he wants to use Kushida’s favorite hold! The fans rally as Kushida endures, fights up, and powers his way around for a takedown! ARMBAR!! Sho scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kushida lets off, but Sho writhes and grits his teeth. The fans rally, both men rise, and Sho KICKS Kushida’s arm! Kushida ROCKS Sho!

Sho KICKS, Kushida ROCKS, repeat! Sho talks some smack as Kushida staggers, so Kushida ROCKS him again! Sho KICKS, KICKS and KICKS, but then he blocks the fastball! Sho bends the fingers, but Kushida stomps a foot! Kushida winds up but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs and SPEARS Kushida down! But Kushida rolls through!? ARMBAR!! The fans fire up as Sho fights around! Kushida’s bad hand holds him back, and Sho stacks to deadlift and POWERBOMB! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Sho and Kushida rise, talk some trash, and Kushida KICKS the arm again and again!

Kushida whips, Sho reverses, but Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Kushida dodges Sho’s lariat to PELE! Sho wobbles, Kushida jumps on, HOVERBOARD!! But Sho goes to ropes and HOTSHOTS him! Sho then distracts the ref so Yujiro can PIMP CANE SHOT! Sho rolls Kushida up, with tights! TWO!!! Kushida escapes and the fans fire up! Sho is upset, but he goes to his corner to get his Torture Tool! The ref says no, he and Sho fight over the wrench, but Yujiro gets in the ring! Kushida FASTBALLS! But Sho LOW BLOWS! The fans boo but Sho grins and aims his bow. Sho drags Kushida up, reels him in and pump handles, for SHOCK- NO, Kushida slips free!

Kushida reels Sho into a straitjacket and roll, JACKKNIFE BRIDGE! KUSHIDA WINS!!!

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

The Timesplitter took all those tricks and still won out! But Sho & Yujiro now beat Kushida down for it! But here comes Kevin Knight! The Jet runs the House of Torture off, and the bottom line is Kushida has that golden ticket in his back pocket! Will Kushida have his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion no matter what? Will the Murder Machine make sure Kushida has to use it by keeping the trophy from him?

 

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

The Rogue Luchador failed to beat Titan again, but this tournament has only just begun. Will Desperado bring down the Young Punk? Or will he see for himself that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The bell rings, the fans rally up, and it sounds like they favor Fujita. Desperado just grins as he and Fujita circle. They feel things out, Fujita goes for a leg and he brings Desperado down to a waistlock. Desperado rolls, has a leg, then a headlock, but Fujita slips out for a top mount. Desperado and Fujita hand fight for control, but Fujita slips away before Desperado turns things around. The fans cheer the exchange and the two go again. They clinch, Fujita wants a leg but Desperado gut wrenches to roll Fujita. They end up on ropes, but then Fujita slips around to facelock. Desperado keeps fighting and they stand up in a clinch.

Fujita arm-drags Desperado down, top mounts, wants an arm but Desperado clasps hands to fight that off. Desperado pushes through Fujita’s leg guard to headlock, then he works on a top wristlock. The fans cheer this continuing exchange as Fujita keeps his shoulders up. Fujita rolls back but Desperado slips around to spladle, STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado catches the other leg, this is almost like Zack Sabre Jr’s Orienteering! Fujita endures, fights around, but Desperado shifts to have an ANKLE LOCK! Fujita rolls to get the ANKLE LOCK on Desperado! Desperado turns over but Fujita SLAPS him! Fujita then drops into the ARMBAR!

Desperado hurries to clasp hands, but Fujita pulls at the grip! Desperado holds on, stacks and has the leg, HEEL HOOK! The fans cheer and Desperado thrashes the hold! Fujita HEEL HOOKS in return! The fans fire up for the dueling submissions! Both men roll into the ropes, then the apron, and then Fujita pulls! Both men fall to the floor, but they won’t let go of the holds! Red Shoes reprimands but both men keep pulling on the other’s ankle! The fans rally, the ring count starts, but both men are still fighting, even as we reach 10 of 20! Then to 15! Desperado wants to let go but Fujita won’t! Desperado kicks free, both men jump in at 18!

The fans fire up as both men catch their breath. Desperado and Fujita reset, circle, and egg each other on. Fujita fires a forearm, but Desperado gives it back! Fujita fires another, so Desperado gives it back! The forearms go back and forth, then Fujita CHOPS! The fans fire up, and Desperado CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Fujita snarls and Desperado eggs him on while the fans fire up! Fujita KICKS Desperado, whips him, but Desperado blocks! So Fujita YANKS the arm, but then Desperado bails out. The fans rally, Fujita aims, PLANCHA but he lands out as Desperado moves! Desperado blocks the Penalty Kick to YANK Fujita down!

APRON STRETCH MUFFER! NUMERO DOS!! The fans rally and Red Shoes reprimands, but Desperado lets go to SMASH the knee on the floor! The fans rally up while Desperado hobbles after Fujita. Desperado gets Fujita up, brings him along, aims at the crowd, but puts him in the ring. Desperado then gets on the apron, but Fujita DECKS him! Fujita then PLANCHAS and down goes Despe! The fans rally up again and Fujita storms over to Desperado. Fujita drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and the fans rally up. Fujita storms in but Desperado KICKS the leg out! Fujita falls over as he clutches the knee!

The fans rally again and Desperado stalks Fujita. Desperado puts the leg on ropes to HIP DROP! Red Shoes reprimands but Desperado stalks Fujita. Desperado brings Fujita to center, to drop an elbow on the knee! Desperado grinds the toehold but Fujita endures! Fujita crawls, reaches out, but Desperado digs his knee into the knee! Fujita still endures, the fans still rally up, so Desperado sits back to tie up the legs into the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Fujita endures, Desperado pretends he can’t hear the fans, but Fujita throws forearms! Desperado eggs Fujita on and Fujita CHOPS! Desperado “falls” back and that puts on the pressure!

The fans rally as Fujita flails, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and grins as he mockingly cheers Fujita on with the fans. Desperado stands on Fujita’s knee, taunts him, then drags him up. Desperado CHOPS Fujita, talks some trash, then eggs him on. Fujita CHOPS and Desperado nods! Fujita CHOPS, Desperado nods again, and he kicks the bad leg! Desperado brings Fujita up but Fujita fights the lift! Fujita throws elbows, but Desperado lifts! Fujita KNEES free! The fans rally and Desperado staggers. Fujita storms up, Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado whips, Fujita reverses and WHEEL KICKS!

The fans fire up while both men are down again! Desperado and Fujita go to corners. and Fujita gets the bad leg working. Fujita runs up to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Desperado, goes out to the apron, then springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Fujita rises and stalks Desperado. Fujita waistlocks to deadlift Desperado, but Desperado fights! Desperado reaches out, but Fujita keeps him from ropes! Desperado throws elbows, then mule kicks the bad leg! Fujita CHOPS back, then waistlocks. Desperado switches, Fujita elbows and whips, but Desperado reverses, to SPINEBUSTER!

The fans fire up, Desperado high stacks, TWO! Into STRETCH MUFFLER! Fujita endures, fights, but Desperado gets the arm for NUMERO DOS!! Fujita still fights, but Desperado gets the other arm! NUMERO DOS PLUS!! But wait, Fujita is using that against Desperado for a wristlock, and INVERTED ARMBAR!! Desperado flails, reaches out, kicks around, but then Fujita switches! Omoplata and then he gets the other arm! JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Fujita is showing the teachings of ZSJ! Desperado kicks around, but Fujita gets that leg! CLARKY CAT! Desperado fights and kicks free to the ROPEBREAK!! The fans are thunderous as Desperado survives!

Fujita is frustrated but the fans rally hard as ever! Fujita storms back up to Desperado, and clamps on a SLEEPER! Desperado endures but he looks to be fading! Desperado flails, reaches out again, but Fujita drags him from the ropes! Red Shoes checks as Desperado is fading! Fujita hits a GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO?!? Desperado still has live and the fans are thunderous! Fujita roars and rises, then brings Desperado up and in. But Desperado blocks the suplex! Fujita still tries, only for Desperado to wrench free! Fujita ROCKS Desperado with a forearm, but Desperado holds onto the wristlock!

Fujita ROCKS Desperado again, but still Desperado holds onto the wristlock! Fujita winds up to ROCK Desperado, Desperado DECKS Fujita!! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous again! Desperado rises and roars and he drags Fujita up! Desperado underhooks the arms, PINCHE- NO, Fujita fights free and wrenches to a standing armlock! Desperado fights, but Fujita keeps him from ropes! So Desperado rolls through to STRETCH MUFFLER!! Fujita flails, Desperado thrashes, and then NUMERO DOS!! Fujita endures, reaches out, but Desperado thrashes around and around! The fans rally as hard as they can and Fujita keeps fighting forward!!

Fujita reaches out but Desperado steps over! NUMERO DOS EXTRA!! Fujita taps, Desperado wins!!

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

The Rogue Luchador showed that he could do technical as good as anyone, and the Young Punk could not overcome! Will Fujita have to fight even harder if he wants to reach that next level? Is this how hard Desperado’s gonna fight every round in order to make it to the finals?

 

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

The Ticking Timebomb couldn’t blow up the Timesplitter, Japones Del Mal couldn’t break the Bone Soldier. But now, one of them will get on the board, but will it be LIJ or Just5Guys that takes the day?

Hiromu once again gifts Milano Collection AT-san with a framed copy of his headshot. Taichi looks at it, and prays as if it were the picture of a fallen family member. The bell rings and surprisingly, the fans are strongly behind Douki! The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Douki powers Hiromu to ropes, but Hiromu turns things around. Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak, Hiromu slowly lets off, but then swings! Douki dodges, whips, but Hiromu reverses. Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Douki intercepts the monkey flip to wheelbarrow! SUPLEX DE LA- NO, Hiromu arm-drags Douki away! Hiromu runs up to RAM Douki!

Hiromu puts Douki on the ropes, KICKS the ropes, then runs and SHOTGUNS Douki down! The fans fire up while Douki tumbles out, and Hiomru points to the upper level. Hiromu goes out, and he brings Douki around. But Douki throws body shots, and he THROWS Hiromu into the barriers! Now Douki decides that they will go up into the orange seats! The fans cheer as they reach that upper level, and Douki reels Hiromu in. But Hiromu snap suplexes Douki to the floor! The fans fire up again and Hiromu scuffs Douki. Hiromu high-fives with the fans and the fans join in on shouting “MOTO! MOTO! MOTO!”

Hiromu goes all the way to the far wall, runs back in, but Douki ELBOWS first! Douki then gets around, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, so they DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both men fall and the fans fire up again! Red Shoes starts the ring count, both men are still down at 8 of 20. Hiromu sits up at 10 and starts heading down. Douki hurries after, Hiromu takes a shortcut around commentary! Hiromu slides in at 18, Douki slides in at 19.5!! The fans cheer as this match continues! Hiromu grits his teeth and storms after Douki. Douki fires a forearm! Hiromu gives it back! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, then Hiromu gets the edge!

Douki gets around to waistlock but Hiromu switches. Douki elbows Hiromu, goes to run but Hiromu reels him in. Douki kicks free and DDTs! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Hiromu goes to ropes but Douki storms up behind him. Douki whips Hiromu but Hiromu reverses. Douki arm-drags Hiromu to a corner! Douki runs in to ELBOW, then he keeps moving, springboard BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But Hiromu scrambles right to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go, and can you believe this is only the first five minutes? Douki goes to the apron and aims, but Hiromu ducks Daybreak!

Douki comes back, Hiromu BOOTS him, then jumps up for a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Hiromu lets go at 4, then he runs in to whip Douki to a corner. Hiromu snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! The fans fire up while Douki tumbles out of the ring. Hiromu goes to the apron, aims and FLYING SHOTGUNS! Down goes Douki and Hiromu fires up! The fans are with “HI-RO-MU!” and he goes back for Douki. Hiromu puts Douki in, covers, TWO! The fans rally up as Douki is still in this, but Hiromu brings Douki up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows but Hiromu still fireman’s carries! Douki slips free, shoves Hiromu to a corner and runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs up, Douki gets around, and Douki ducks the elbow to HELL STAB! Douki runs but Hiromu fireman’s carries, to CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu grins and he storms over to Douki. Hiromu fireman’s carries again, but Douki sunset flips! Hiromu rolls through but Douki reels him in, ITALIAN STRETCH- NO, Hiromu pops fere and rolls Douki to his feet! Suplex, but Douki slips free to Gory Especial! DOTON- NO! Hiromu arm-drags free! Douki comes back, pop-up and ITALIAN STRETCH #32!

The fans fire up as Hiromu endures and fights around! Douki pulls on the hold, Hiromu starts to fade! Hiromu reaches out with his feet, and fights his way over, only for Douki to roll him far, far away! But then Hiromu jackknife bridges! TWO as Douki bridges up! Douki spins Hiromu around, Gory Especial for DOTON NO JUTSU!! Backslide, TWO!! But Douki rolls over Hiromu to wheelbarrow, but Hiromu COMPLETE SHOT COUNTERS! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Douki and Hiromu crawl to their corners, the fans rally up, and Hiromu shouts at Douki. Hiromu says this isn’t over yet!

Douki and Hiromu run in, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Douki runs, Hiromu ELBOWS him! Hiromu runs but that just lures Douki in for an ELBOW! Hiromu ROLLING- NO, Douki ducks, anticipates, and SNAP GERMANS! But Hiromu rises! He dodges to SNAP GERMAN back! But Douki rises! Into HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! But Douki’s right up! DOUKI-SAN BOMBER!! Both men rise, run in, DOUBLE LARIATS again! Both men stagger and fall back into their corners and the fans are thunderous! Red Shoes checks both men, they’re okay to continue, and they slowly rise up. Hiromu shouts at Douki again, and they both run in! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!!

Hiromu hurries to get Douki up to fireman’s carry! TIMEBOMB 1.5!! Cover, TWO?! Douki survives and the fans fire up again! Hiromu fires back up, drags Douki back up, dragon sleepers and TIMEBOMB- NO, Douki kicks and kicks and gets free! So Hiromu suplexes, only for Douki to wrench! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Both men wobble, Douki fires up, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS again! Hiromu roars, dragon sleepers and TIMEBOMB- NO, Douki flails to fight free again! O’Conner, Hiromu sits on it, but Douki quickly tips it over to a victory roll! TWO, and Douki wheelbarrows Hiromu! Full nelson, but Hiromu breaks that to somersault clutch! But Douki stifles it!

Douki tries again, but Hiromu pops free of the wheelbarrow to SOMERSAULT CLUTCH! TWO!! SUPERKICK! Hiromu grins as he and Douki both drop to a knee! Douki is face down but Hiromu hauls him up! VICTORY ROYALE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Douki survives and the fans are thunderous again! Hiromu is beside himself, but he dragon sleepers Douki. Douki slips around, to IMPALER DDT! And then ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Hiromu endures, the fans duel as hard as they can, and Douki pulls on the hold as hard as he can! Hiromu fights around, but Douki rolls him from ropes! Only for Hiromu to lift Douki!

Hiromu powers Douki through, VICTORY- NO, Douki drags Hiromu back down! ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Hiromu is fading! Hiromu tips over, the fans duel even harder than before, and Douki pulls on the hold! Hiromu gets a second wind, stands back up, and manages to deadlift Douki, but Douki PULLS!!! Hiromu is still on his feet but he’s turning red! Red Shoes checks, Hiromu refuses to give up, but he falls over! Hiromu’s foaming from the mouth, Red Shoes calls it!! DOUKI WINS!!

Winner: Douki, by referee stoppage (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

Hiromu sputters awake moments later, and Red Shoes tells him that Douki took the win! That makes Hiromu a shocking 0-2 start! Is it no longer the Timebomb’s time?

As for Douki, he sits down but has the mic to call to Hiromu. Hiromu doesn’t turn around until the third time, and Douki tells him, “You’re certainly one of the best wrestlers in the world.” The fans applaud that show of respect. “But for today, I am the better man.” The fans cheer for that one! Douki continues by saying Hiromu is surely disappointed right now. “Sorry to you and all the Hiromu fans. You’ll all go home disappointed today.” The Douki fans cheer that! Douki then asks the fans, “What did you think of today’s show?” They cheer because it was a great one!

Douki says, “These are NJPW’s Junior Heavyweights! And I just beat Hiromu, the face of the division! All that’s left is to win the whole damn thing!” The fans especially like the sound of that! Douki leaves it there, but will he come through and prove he’s The Best of the Super Juniors now?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 2-0, 4 points
Blake Christian: 2-0, 4 points
El Desperado: 1-1, 2 points
Kosei Fujita: 1-1, 2 points
Kevin Knight: 1-1, 2 points
HAYATA: 1-1, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-1, 2 points
Clark Connors: 1-1, 2 points
TJP: 0-2, 0 points
BUSHI: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Ninja Mack: 2-0, 4 points
Taiji Ishimori: 2-0, 4 points
KUSHIDA: 2-0, 4 points
SHO: 1-1, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-1, 2 points
Robbie Eagles: 1-1, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-1, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Dragon Dia: 0-2, 0 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

An awesome second round for the BOSJ, especially with some of these more shocking results. A Block is really competitive with so many 1-1 records right now, and I really like their choices for the top two right now. One is Titan, last year’s runner-up, and the other is Blake Christian, who has bounced around all over the place. I was first aware of him through NXT, but that was sadly NXT 2.0 as run by Vince McMahon and he had no idea what he was doing with well over half of NXT 2.0.

Blake Christian avoided a really sad take on a superhero persona under Vince, and while he’s been in AEW and ROH, he clearly found something that works in GCW to where they gave him their top title. Blake would make for a great dark horse in this tournament. B Block is also looking good, with Ninja Mack, Taiji Ishimori and Kushida leading the way. Kushida’s win over Sho was awesome stuff, would love to see Kushida and Sho have a title match before the BOSJ 31 winner gets his.

And in both blocks, there has been great drama surrounding how Desperado and Hiromu are doing this year. Desperado gets probably the best match out of Fujita I’ve ever seen, gets the win, that was probably the actual best match of the night. But then Hiromu VS Douki was still awesome stuff, too, especially with Douki getting that upset victory. Douki’s hit that spot like Yoshi-Hashi before him, in that he’s been here long enough that fans are coming around to him, want to see him succeed, and it’s all coming together. I don’t know if Douki wins this tournament but the way he’s been going, he’s gotta make it outta the round robin phase.

My Score: 9.1/10


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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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)

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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