Best of the Super Juniors Day 12, June 5th Results:
YOSHI-HASHI & Rocky Romero defeated Jay White & Ryusuke Taguchi
This was a pretty fun opener. Nothing much to report. White kicked out of some big moves before YOSHI got the submission win with his Butterfly Lock.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Kyle O’Reilly & David Finlay defeated Captain New Japan, Juice Robinson, Katsuyori Shibata, Matt Sydal & KUSHIDA
This is one of those ten man tags where it’s hard to keep up with who is on which team. Robinson stood out here and was full of energy. His exchanges with Nakanishi are always fun. The juniors got to fly around a bit. The finish came when Tenzan decided to pull out a moonsault and pin Captain. There was probably no need for that in a match like this, but full marks for going all out.
Tiger Mask IV defeated Beretta
This was okay. It didn’t seem to flow all that well, but it was fine for what it was. Beretta was trying really hard to make something of this match. He threw everything he had at Tiger, but couldn’t put him away. They brawled into the crowd with Tiger jumping off a wall, which looked pretty cool. Beretta missed a moonsault. Tiger hit a double arm suplex off the top and a Tiger Driver for a near fall. Tiger won by submission with a reverse double armbar. After the match Beretta low blowed Tiger when they went to shake hands.
Will Ospreay defeated Jushin Thunder Liger
This was a very good match and a huge win for Ospreay over the legend. Liger hit a Liger Bomb pretty early on for a near fall. He also hit a Frankensteiner for another near fall. Ospreay pulled out some amazing looking offence. He hit a shooting star press off the apron to the floor. Liger got his knees up for a shooting star off the top. In the end Ospreay got a pretty decisive win when he hit his spin kick and a diving cutter. Ospreay is still in the running to win the block.
Bobby Fish defeated Chase Owens
This was a pretty good match. Owens targeted the left leg of Fish early on. Fish fought his way back into the match with kicks and a knee strikes. Owens pulled out some nice submissions including a great transition into a trailer hitch. Fish eventually got the win when he caught Owens in the Fish Hook. This was a good hard fought match.
Volador Jr defeated Ricochet
If Ricochet won here, he’d have won the block, but it wasn’t to be. This was a crazy past paced match with lots of flying. There were armdrags, hurricanrana’s, Lucha style submissions and big near falls. Ricochet hit a great looking kick flip moonsault from the apron. He caught a Volador moonsault to the floor, and almost accidentally tombstoned him. Ricochet showed off amazing strength when he hit his northern lights/deadlift suplex combo effortlessly. Ricochet landed on his feet when he was taken off the top rope with a hurricanrana. Volador scored the win with a spiral reverse rana to ensure that block b won’t be decided until tomorrow.
Michael Elgin, Satoshi Kojima & Yoshitatsu defeated Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale & Kenny Omega
This was nothing these teams haven’t done already on this tour. Omega randomly superkicked Captain New Japan, who was at ringside. That was pretty funny. The finish came when Omega accidentally hit Yujiro with a trash can lid. Elgin then missed Omega and Yujiro got hit again. Elgin then pinned Yujiro with an Elgin Bomb. After the match Elgin destroyed Omega’s broom, which is grounds for war if you ask me.
SANADA, EVIL, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito defeated Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii
Another show, another outstanding match between these teams. This feud has been absolutely incredible, producing top class match one after the other. CHAOS vs LIJ has easily been the feud of the year. This was all out action. Okada & Naito had a great sequence of countered. EVIL & Goto had more focus on them here than in the last match. The last few minutes were crazy with everyone hitting big moves, lots of near falls and bodies flying everywhere. SANADA made Gedo submit to Cold Skull. All of these matches are worth going out of your way for.
The show is available now at NJPWWorld.com.
Heading into tomorrow’s final day of Block matches, the groups look like this:
Ryusuke Taguchi 8
Matt Sydal 8
Kyle O’Reilly 8
Rocky Romero 6
David Finlay 2
Will Ospreay 6
Jushin Thunder Liger 6
Bobby Fish 6
Tiger Mask 6
Chase Owens 4
It’s all to play for in tomorrow’s last block matches as three or four guys from each block can still realistically win, with no one as a clear favourite. Tomorrow’s show is sure to bring plenty of excitement and likely some big upsets.
The show will be live on NJPW World at 18:30 JST (5.30AM EST/10.30AM UK) and will feature English commentary from Kevin Kelly and Steve Corino.
Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & EVIL
KUSHIDA vs BUSHI
Ryusuke Taguchi vs Gedo
Kyle O’Reilly vs Rocky Romero
Matt Sydal vs David Finlay
Jushin Thunder Liger vs Beretta
Tiger Mask IV vs Bobby Fish
Ricochet vs Chase Owens
Will Ospreay vs Volador Jr.