This is night two of the Best of the Super Jr. 26 tournament, and the second night in a row in the Miyagi, Sendai Sun Plaza.
Night one saw A Block go head-to-head for the first night, you can see the current standings below. See full night 1 results HERE.
2 points for a win, 1 point each for a time limit draw, 0 points for a no contest and 0 points for a loss.
Taka Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi vs Yota Tsuji, Tiger Mask & Jonathan Gresham
- Gresham kicks this one off with Taka as they will face on the next show. Suzuki-gun take turns in targeting Gresham’s hand. Gresham makes a good comeback, making Kanemaru spear Taka and taking a suple but landing on Taka. Gresham tags Tiger Mask. Taichi tags in, and so does Tsuji. Taichi submits Tsuji while both of his tag partners are held back. After the match Kanemaru removes the mask of Tiger Mask. Winners: Suzuki-gun Taka Michinoku, Taichi and Yoshinobu Kanemaru in 8:47.
SHO & Shota Umino vs Dragon Lee & Juice Robinson
- Before this match, the same video that has been playing after Juice’s matches played. SHO and Dragon Lee start this match, SHO has his shoulder taped from his match with Shingo Takagi last night. Late in the match, Dragon Lee and SHO won’t stop forearming each other and they fight to ringside. In the ring, Juice Robinson submits Shota with the high angle Boston Crab. After the match SHO and Dragon continue to fight and brawl over Chris Charlton on commentary and into the crowd, rolling around uncontrollably, hitting each other. Winners: Juice Robinson and Dragon Lee in 9:23.
Gedo & Taiji Ishimori vs Marty Scurll & Brody King
- This starts with a jump start on Villain Enterprises. Gedo takes out King as Marty and Ishimori start the match officially in the ring. This whole match was heat on Marty. Just as Marty is about to get the tag, Ishimori runs across to knock King off the apron but King doesn’t move. King gets in the ring and lays out both men, Villain Enterprises run wild for a few minutes then Marty hits Gedo with Black Plague for the win. Brody King did not tag in at all but he was still very impressive. Winners: Marty Scurll and Brody King in 7:13.
Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs Titan & Toa Henare
- This match sets up Titan vs Shingo on the next show, they both start the match. Shingo and Titan fight to ringside after LIJ double team Toa Henare in the ring. Naito hits his flying clothesline and a Destino on Henare for the win. After the match, Shingo stole Chris Charlton’s chair and sat on it in the ring to stair down Titan. Winners: Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito in 7:45.
Best of the Super Jr. tournament matches
DOUKI vs Ren Narita
- This was DOUKI’s first singles match in New Japan and it was a very good match. DOUKI won with his bridging German suplex called Suplex de la Luna. After the match DOUKI and Taichi beat up Young Lions and Narita with a pipe. Winner: with two points, DOUKI in 10:15.
Robbie Eagles vs Rocky Romero
- This starts fast with Eagles going for a knee straight away. Lots of reversals in the first minute then Rocky taks over. Robbie Eagles kicks the leg out from underneath Rocky then begins to target the knee. For a match with two guys who don’t really get the spotlight in New Japan, this was a very fun match. In the end, Robbie Eagles hits a 450 splash on the knee of Rocky the a reverse figure four leg lock for the submission win. Winner: with his first two points, Robbie Eagles in 13:55.
El Phantasmo vs Bandido
- Another really good match, two very athletic wrestlers who give it there all here. ELP ends ups with a bloody mouth about 9 minutes into this match. The finish was ELP lifts the mask of Bandido and superkicks him, then hits his trapped arms pedigree. Winner: El Phantasmo in 12:12.
Will Ospreay vs BUSHI
- This is another fast starter but it’s not long until Ospreay takes a hurricanrana at ringside and begins to sell his neck. This was a hell of a match, probably one of the best matches I’ve seen BUSHI in. Will Ospreay seems to further cement his legacy with every match. This match ended with Ospreay hitting his Hidden Blade elbow to the back of BUSHI’s head, then a Stormbreaker for the pin. Winner: Will Ospreay with two points in 16:36.
Ryusuke Taguchi vs YOH
- I enjoyed this match alot. It’s not often we get to see a more serious side of Taguchi and he was good here. YOH is in incredible shape and has an extremely bright future. That being said, maybe this should have been before the Will Ospreay and Robbie Eagles match, but these two are from the prefixture they are in so they got good reactions. The finishing sequence for this match was Taguchi hitting a leaping enziguri and a Dodon slam on YOH but YOH kicks out, Taguchi looks shocked. Taguchi then picks up YOH for an even bigger Dodon slam that, noted by Chris Charlton, was the move that put Prince Devitt out of New Japan. Winner: picking up two points, Ryusuke Taguchi in 20:39.
Current BOSJ standings
- Taka Michinoku – 0
- Titan – 2
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 0
- Marty Scurll – 2
- Jonathan Gresham – 0
- SHO – 0
- Shingo Takagi – 2
- Dragon Lee – 0
- Taiji Ishimori – 2
- Tiger Mask – 2
- Robbie Eagles – 2
- Ren Narita – 0
- DOUKI – 2
- Bandido – 0
- El Phantasmo – 2
- Will Ospreay – 2
- BUSHI – 0
- Ryusuke Taguchi – 2
- YOH – 0
- Rocky Romero – 0
The Best of the Super Jr. tournament 26 will continue on May 15, 2019 from Aomori, Aomori Budokan with A Block action.
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