Best of the Super Jr.

NJPW – Best of the Super Jr. 26, May 22, 2019 – Results

This is the seventh show on the Best of the Super Jr. tournament that is touring Japan. Previous shows hailed from Yamagata, Miyagi and Aomori. See full results from previous nights below.

Night 1

Night 2

Night 3

Night 4

Night 5

Night 6

Tournament Rules

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.

The commentary team for this show is Kevin Kelly, Juice Robinson and Chris Charlton.

Best of the Super Jr. tournament matches

TAKA Michinoku vs Taiji Ishimori

  • TAKA’s target in this match was the injured neck of Taiji Ishimori and even had Ishimori tied up in something Zack Sabre Jr must have taught him. But in just under five minutes, Ishimori fights back, fires up and hits the Bloody Cross for the win, and two points. Winner: Taiji Ishimori in 4:56.

Ren Narita vs Bandido

  • The story of this match was that the match was already won for Bandido before they even got in the ring. Narita would not give up, even getting believable near falls after belly-to-belly suplexing Bandido onto the apron. Really fun match that the live crowd enjoyed. Winner: Bandido in 6:20.

Jonathan Gresham vs Titan

  • This is incredibly smooth chain wrestling, with counters, roll ups, and submissions. Very good, technical match by both but it was not in the best interest for Titan to try to out wrestle Gresham. Gresham wins with an Octopus hold, Titan taps furiously but the ref doesn’t notice straight away because he’s submitting lucha style, by waving his hand around in the air. Winner: Jonathan Gresham in 10:55.

YOH vs Rocky Romero

  • This is a respectful battle between Roppongi 3K teammates as YOH targets the leg of Rocky with leg whips and all sorts of leg submissions. Rocky aims to hurt the arm and shoulder of YOH. Really good back and forth with possible tap outs and pin falls on both. Amazingly, YOH reversed a charging Rocky into the calve crusher for the victory. Winner: YOH in 13:30.

This is where the mystery video starts to play for Juice Robinson.

*NOTE: It was confirmed on social media that the Mystery Man is Jon Moxley.

Tiger Mask vs Dragon Lee

  • Tiger Mask continues to show that he is not to be over looked as he takes it to the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion, Dragon Lee. Tiger Mask hits a huge splash from the top rope to ringside, onto Dragon Lee and nearly gets a count out. Both are working fast in this match, getting the most out of every submission and trying to get the crowd into the match early. Because of this, just seven minutes in the match feels like it could end at any point. This came to en end when Dragon Lee hits two running knee strikes then his finisher, Desnucadora. Winner: Dragon Lee in 9:00.

DOUKI vs BUSHI

  • This starts with DOUKI jumping BUSHIbefore BUSHI can get his suit off. BUSHI takes DOUKI to the outside and gives him a rana from the apron. This match was up and down, at times I though it was the best BUSHI match I’ve seen in a long time, and at other points I thought they just weren’t clicking. BUSHINwins with the MX. Winner: BUSHI in 7:14.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs SHO

  • Kanemaru jumps SHO and targets the injured cauliflower ear of SHO that is wrapped up. They brawl through the fans and as they begin to get counted out Kanemaru leaves SHO in the crowd. As SHO crawls back, he is attacked by Kanemaru who then jumps in the ring and SHO is counted out. Kanemaru wins via count out. Winner: Kanemaru in 4:02.

Robbie Eagles vs Ryusuke Taguchi

  • Eagles targets the leg of Taguchi but Taguchi continues to give everything in this tournament. Nearly six minutes in, Taguchi hits his first hip attack from the top rope. Big match Taguchi continues to fight but Eagles hits some huge strikes and great reversals, very back and forth. Eagles rolls up Taguchi after both kept reversing each other and Eagles pins Taguchi. Winner: Robbie Eagles in 11:14.

Shingo Takagi vs Marty Scurll

  • Marty gets the upper hand early on and targets the hand of Shingo. Shingo fires up with chops and right hands in the corner on Marty. This gets really good, really quick with the crowd yelling and fully invested in both guys. Brody King gets involved and almost seems surprised with himself, then Marty uses the umbrella for a near fall. The ref takes a bumb and King comes in and takes out Shingo but Shingo kicks out. The referee is taken out again but Shingo dodges the clothesline from and it hits Marty, he goes down. Shingo takes out King and Marty. About two minutes later, they both hit everything and Shingo Takagi hits the Last of the Dragons on Scurll for the win. Really good match. Winner: Shingo Takagi in 14:08.

El Phantasmo vs Will Ospreay

  • As soon as the bell rings, Ospreay runs and dropkicks ELP and Phantasmo goes flying over the top rope. Will trows ELP into the chairs then continues the beat down. Will Ospreay is on fire in the opening moments of this match. Opsreay dives off the apron turns into a small spinning ball, like Sonic or something, and lands in a seated position on ELP’s face. They brawl into the crowd and ELP lands an insane corkscrew moonsault from above a tunnel that fans enter and exit through. Back in the ring, ELP targets the neck of Ospreay. The fans in Korakuen Hall have been very loud for this one, clapping, chanting and mostly shouting for Ospreay. El Phantasmo gives Ospreay a piledriver on the apron and Ospreay only just gets in at 19 but instantly takes a splash to the back. At the 25 minute mark, ELP is bullying Red Shoes and Red Shoes fights back and shoves ELP into a Spanish Fly from Ospreay. They trade big moves, a near fall from a low blow and a roll up, but in the end ELP pins Ospreay with his finisher, The CRT. That was awesome, probably the best match of the tournament so far. Winner: El Phantasmo in 26:40.

Current BOSJ standings

A Block:

  • Taka Michinoku – 0
  • Titan – 2
  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 2
  • Marty Scurll – 6
  • Jonathan Gresham – 4
  • SHO – 2
  • Shingo Takagi – 8
  • Dragon Lee – 6
  • Taiji Ishimori – 8
  • Tiger Mask – 4

B Block:

  • Robbie Eagles – 4
  • Ren Narita – 0
  • DOUKI – 2
  • Bandido – 4
  • El Phantasmo – 8
  • Will Ospreay – 6
  • BUSHI – 2
  • Ryusuke Taguchi – 6
  • YOH – 4
  • Rocky Romero – 2

The Best of the Super Jr. tournament will continue on May 23, 2019 in the world famous Korakuen Hall in Tokyo with BOSJ action.

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