This is night three of the Best of the Super Jr. 26 tournament from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Nights 1 & 2 were in the Miyagi Sun Plaza. This show is live from Aomori Budokan.
See full results from previous nights below:
– Night 1
– Night 2
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.
Our commentary team for this show is Kevin Kelly and Caprice Coleman.
Jado & Robbie Eagles vs Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura
- Ren Narita and Eagles start this match as they will face off in their next block match. This match ended with a kendo stick shot from Jado and a backpack suplex from Robbie Eagles to Uemura. Eagles pins Uemura to win the match. Winners: Robbie Eagles and Jado in 9:34.
DOUKI & Taichi vs Shota Umino & Taguchi
- This started with a jump start, leaving DOUKI and Taguchi in the ring. Ryusuke Taguchi will face DOUKI in the following night in Block action. If you are new to DOUKI, you should try to watch these matches, he is very talented. The finish was Taichi submitting Shota Umino. They beat up Taguchi after the match. Winners: DOUKI and Taichi in 8:48.
YOH, Rocky Romero & Toa Henare vs Juice Robinson, Bandido & Will Ospreay
- This six-man tag match sets up two match for tomorrow’s show, Rocky vs Ospreay and YOH vs Bandido. This match has Chaos members on each side and can get quite funny at times. A good mix of comedy and athleticism. Another fun match. Good back and forth but the finish came when Juice hits the Pulp Friction on Henare for the win. After the match the same video plays to apparently warn Juice Robinson. Winners: Juice Robinson, Bandido and Will Ospreay in 10:05.
Gedo & El Phantasmo vs BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito
- With Bullet Club vs LIJ, this match does not start with a jump start, which was a bit of a surprise. ELP will face BUSHI tomorrow so they start the match. Los Ingobernables De Japon was distinct fan favourites here and BUSHI picked up the win with the MX on Gedo. Winners: Los Ingobernables De Japon BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito in 7:03.
Best of the Super Jr. tournament matches
Taka Michinoku vs Jonathan Gresham
- Taka has been wrestling a more technical style since his partnering with ZSJ. Taka will have his skills tested against Gresham. Gresham targets the arm during the majority of the match, while Taka relies on his underhanded tactics like eye pokes and such. In the end, Gresham’s wrestling was too much for Taka and Taka submits to the Octopus hold. Good match, Gresham walks out after with no celebration, shaking hands or anything. Winner: Jonathan Gresham in 9:28.
Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Tiger Mask
- Tiger Mask attacks Kanemaru to kick off this match as Kanemaru stole his mask the night before. Kanemaru targets the knee of Tiger Masl just like the night before. Kanemaru goes to the top but is cut off and Tiger Mask hits a really nice top rope arm drag. Tiger Mask fires up, welcomes the kicks to the knee, and delivers a tombstone followed by a Tiger Bomb for a great near fall. This match ends when Kanemaru goes for his finish but Tiger Mask reverses into a cradle for the win. Tiger Mask was attacked and unmasked by Kanemaru after. Winner: Tiger Mask with four points in 11:14.
Shingo Takagi vs Titan
- This starts aggressively and as our commentary team mention, Tutan is not showing any intimidation by Shingo. Titan takes it to Shingo but Takagi stays undefeated in NJPW as he picks up another win with the Last of the Dragons. Good match. Winner: Shingo Takagi with four points in 10:27.
Marty Scurll w/ Brody King vs Taiji Ishimori
- Ishimori and Scurll try their big moves early but they both managed to escape. Not even five minutes in and Marty gives Ishimori a superplex that sounded horrendous and Ishimori sold his back for a while. About 17 minutes in Scurll goes for a tombstone but is reversed but Ishimori falls when he tries to pick Scurll up, Scurll’s head goes into the mat as they land against the ropes but he doesn’t sell it. They trade move for move at the end, then Taiji Ishimori hits the Bloody Cross for the win as King looks on at ringside. Really good match. not the best on the tournament but, so far, the best match on the show. Winner: Taiji Ishimori in 22:21.
SHO vs Dragon Lee
- This kicks off very aggressively, just like their tag match ended yesterday. SHO is in this tournament to prove something and that’s what he’s doing here against the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion, Dragon Lee. SHO ends up with a bloody elbow after a suicide dive by Dragon Lee that leaves them both in the second row. Being a Jr Heavyweight tournament, there is no barriers at ringside on any of these shows. Both of these men had high profile losses on the previous A Block show on night 1 so neither wants to give this one up. A great near fall around the 24 minute mark as Dragon Lee kicks out of a last ride powerbomb onto the knees. This match was incredible as both men gave everything they had and somehow got it done within the 30 minute time limit. Both were visibly exhausted but just past the 25 minute mark, Dragon Lee hits this finisher ‘Desnucadora’ (vertical suplex powerbomb) for the win. Winner: Dragon Lee with his first two points in 27:09.
Current BOSJ standings
- Taka Michinoku – 0
- Titan – 2
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 0
- Marty Scurll – 2
- Jonathan Gresham – 2
- SHO – 0
- Shingo Takagi – 4
- Dragon Lee – 2
- Taiji Ishimori – 4
- Tiger Mask – 4
- 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 16, 2019 from Aomori, Aomori Budokan with B Block action.
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