This is night five of the New Japan tournament, the Best of the Super Jr. 26. We have already seen some amazing action from both blocks. See full results from previous nights below.
– Night 1
– Night 2
– Night 3
– Night 4
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.
Taichi & DOUKI vs Yota Tsuji & Bandido
- Bandido will face DOUKI next in the tournament, so this match builds that up. Tsuji starts with Taichi but it’s not long until both Suzuki-gun members were beating on Yota Tsuji at ringside.the finish was, Bandido dives on DOUKI, leaving Tsuji and Taichi in the ring. After about a minute of back and forth, Taichi locks in the stretch plum submission for the win. After the match DOUKI removed the mask of Bandido. Winners: DOUKI and Taichi in 8:52.
Jado & Robbie Eagles vs Gedo & El Phantasmo
- This is Bullet Club vs Bullet Club, Jado vs Gedo, and the build to El Desperado vs Robbie Eagles on the next show. This was a lot of silliness that ended when Gedo took the cane from Jado, distracting him. El Phantasmo rolls up Jado for the win. Winners: El Phantasmo and Gedo in 9:41.
Shota Umino, YOH & Rocky Romero vs Ren Narita, Juice Robinson & Will Ospreay
- Will Juice is making his entrance, the video that keeps playing plays again. Someone is coming for Juice and it is believed that it very well could be Chris Brooks who has been working for DDT pro. Ren Narita will be facing Rocky and Ospreay will be facing YOH on the next show. Juice is all business in this one, he submits Shota with a high angle Boston Crab and walks straight out. Winners: Juice Robinson, Will Ospreay and Ren Narita in 8:24.
Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI vs Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi
- Taguchi will face BUSHI on the next show and it is pointed out that Taguchi has lost the last three matches against BUSHI. Naito sells great for Henare here and makes Henare look great. This match finishes with a Destino to Henare for the pinfall. Winners: Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI in 8:20.
Best of the Super Jr. tournament matches
Taka Michinoku w/ Taichi vs SHO
- Taichi comes and sits on commentary at the beginning. Both of these guys have zero points but SHO has been one of the MVPs of the tournament so far. SHO has bandages on his arm from where is was split open against Dragon Lee and Taka targets that. Another good tournament match but after everything Taka tried, SHO pick up his first two points with the Shock arrow piledriver. Winner: SHO in 10:02.
Marty Scurll w/ Brody King vs Tiger Mask
- For the first time this tournament Brody King got involved in one of Marty’s matches as King aids Scurll in tightening the ropes while Tiger Mask’s fingers were in the turnbuckle. Marty targets the fingers of Tiger Mask relentlessly. Good match here, Tiger mask got some good hope spots but Marty was pretty dominant throughout this match. The finish came with a Black Plague to Tiger Mask. Winner: Marty Scurll in 13:01.
Taiji Ishimori vs Titan
- Titan targets the neck of Ishimori throughout the match and sinks in his submission finisher which directly affects the neck but Ishimori rolls out and moments later Taiji Ishimori hits the Bloody Cross for the win. Winner: Taiji Ishimori in 11:42.
Jonathan Gresham vs Dragon Lee
- They begin with a hand shake and it’s pointed out that they are play fair and Dragon Lee won’t target the dislocated fingers and Gresham wont go for the hurt elbow of Dragon Lee. For the first four and a half minutes this was good clean wrestling, but then Gresham blocked a forearm and that angered Lee because it hurt the elbow. Good match but not the longest at all. Dragon Lee pins Gresham with his finisher, Desnucadora. Winner: Dragon Lee in 9:43.
Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Shingo Takagi
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru attacked Shingo on the previous show after a tag match with a chair to the knee. During the match Kanemaru distracted the referee and wraps a chair round the knee of Shingo as his leg was round the ring post. Kanemaru gets a figure four on the floor then goes for a count out but shingo gets in at nineteen. Shingo is not only undefeated in this tournament but in New Japan Pro Wrestling so the commentators play up that his first loss could come in this tournament, maybe this match. Kanemaru works over the leg constantly and Shingo sells it great, people believe that Kanemaru could win. Around the thirteen minute mark the ref takes a bump and Taichi jumps up to hand a chair to Kanemaru, who attacks the knee again. Somehow Shingo fights this all of and in the end Shingo hits the Last of the Dragons on Kanemaru as Young Lions hold Taichi back. Shingo earns his sixth points. Winner: Shingo Takagi in 15:20.
Current BOSJ standings
- Taka Michinoku – 0
- Titan – 2
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 0
- Marty Scurll – 6
- Jonathan Gresham – 2
- SHO – 2
- Shingo Takagi – 6
- Dragon Lee – 4
- Taiji Ishimori – 6
- Tiger Mask – 4
- Robbie Eagles – 4
- Ren Narita – 0
- DOUKI – 2
- Bandido – 0
- El Phantasmo – 4
- Will Ospreay – 4
- BUSHI – 0
- Ryusuke Taguchi – 4
- YOH – 2
- Rocky Romero – 0
The Best of the Super Jr. tournament will continue on May 19th, 2019 in Yamagata at the Yamagata Big Wing with B Block action.
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