Best of the Super Jr.

NJPW – Best of the Super Jr. 26, May 23, 2019 – Results

This is the eighth show of this tournament and is available on njpwworld. See full results from previous shows below.

Night 1

Night 2

Night 3

Night 4

Night 5

Night 6

Night 7

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

El Phantasmo vs Ren Narita

  • ELP beat Will Ospreay on the previous show in the main event and is opening the show here against the Young Lion, Ren Narita. ELP starts off not taking Narita seriously but Narita is not giving an inch to ELP. Phantasmo has to work hard against Narita but Narita is cut of with a superkick. ELP wins with a frog splash from across the ring after Ren Narita tries to roll away. Winner: El Phantasmo in 6:59.

Titan vs Taka Michinoku

  • As Taka Michinoku begins to out wrestle Titan our commentary team talk about Taka’s past successes in Japan and WWF. Taka basically controls this match for the first five minutes until Titan throws Taka into some chairs. The end of this match was sloppy, Titan hits Taka with his Blue Thunder but Taka had slipped sideways so the bridging pin wasn’t working, then Titan gets off at two but the ref still counts three, then the bell ringer doesn’t ring the bell. Titan was not happy and Taka says he hates Lucha Libre. Winner: Titan in 8:10.

Robbie Eagles vs BUSHI

  • This starts with a running dropkick by BUSHI that sends Eagles to ringside. BUSHI dives on Eagles and the match starts. A good, athletic encounter with BUSHI beginning to show his best side in this tournament. BUSHI wins with the MX and pins Eagles. Winner: BUSHI in 8:05.

Jonathan Gresham vs Tiger Mask

  • This starts as a very respectful and technical bout and Gresham begins to get the upperhand. Tiger Mask takes it to another level with his brutal kicks that Juice was putting over on commentary. The match was pretty much that, Gresham’s wrestling against Tiger’s strikes and Gresham uses his advantage to pin Tiger Mask as they traded headlocks and to the other’s head with the legs. In the middle of what seemed like a normal transition, Gresham grabs the leg of Tiger Mask and the ref counts three. Gresham is overjoyed. Winner: Jonathan Gresham in 9:22.


  • DOUKI attacks YOH before the bell and before YOH could take his jacket off. The bell rings as DOUKI takes YOH through the crowd and slams his head off the East sign on the wall of Korakuen Hall. Back in the ring, YOH makes a comeback and starts to target the knee of DOUKI to set up for the calve crusher later on. DOUKI continues to try to use a DDT from over the top rope and it just doesn’t seem to work and always looks sloppy. At the end DOUKI goes for his Suplex De La Luna but YOH reversed it and hit a bridging dragon suplex for the win. Winner: YOH in 11:22.

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. Moxley and Juice will officially face off for the IWGP US Championship at Dominion on June 5th.

Marty Scurll w/ Brody King vs SHO

  • Marty comes out with bandages all over his head and Brody King is holding an ice pack against his neck. Marty is hobbling out and using his umbrella as a walking stick. SHO looks pissed as he lost his last match by count out and he is now on the brink of elimination. As SHO got in the ring Marty throws his bandages down and attacks SHO. The bell rings and Marty powerbombs SHO but SHO kicks out. Marty uses any villainous tactic he can but this is a must win for SHO. Over ten minutes in, Scurll kicks out of a shock arrow and SHO goes for a powerbomb but Marty pulls the tape off the cauliflower ear of SHO. Minutes of intense back and forth which gets the crowd riled up. Finally SHO hits the Shock arrow again and pins Marty. Really good match, Marty and SHO have been two of the best in this tournament so far, behind Ospreay. Winner: SHO in 13:19.

Ryusuke Taguchi vs Rocky Romero

  • This match is apparently to determine the “head coach.” Rocky comes out with basketball gear on and bouncing a basketball around. Taguchi still comes out repping Rugby heading into the rugby world cup in Japan later this year. This starts with craziness of basketball in the ring. Rocky blocks Taguchi but Taguchi knocks the ball out of Rocky’s hand so they have free throws and Rocky dives on Taguchi, yep. This was mostly a comedy match that the fans seemed to absolutely love. Taguchi has been more serious this tournament and the live crowds haven’t seen much comedy from him, Rocky is a good person to have this match with. This really got good with some great professional wrestling holds, counters and submissions. The final moments were Taguchi and Rocky traded roll ups, Taguchi beats Rocky. After they made up and seem to be sharing the coaching responsibilities, or something. Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi in 10:00.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Taiji Ishimori

  • Kanemaru jumps Ishimori before the bell. Kanemaru takes Taiji to the east sign and attempts to stop Ishimori getting back in the ring just like the previous show. Red Shoes is thrown into Ishimori and Kanemaru takes a swig of whiskey. Ishimori stopped him from spitting the whiskey and picks up the bottle himself. When Ishimori has the bottle of whiskey red shoes wakes up and takes the bottle, then Kanemaru sprays Ishimori and rolls him up for the win. Ishimori loses his first match of the tournament. Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru in 3:52.

Bandido vs Will Ospreay

  • This starts of respectful and both men are cautious. The fans are very loud for this one. Bandido is one of the best luchadors in the world and Ospreay trained at the London school of lucha libre so they are very well matched. These are two of the biggest men in the tournament and maybe two of the strongest too. At one point, Bandido hits a great reverse rana sending Ospreay to ringside, the Bandido almost nearly died hitting a springboard shooting star press to the floor, landing headfirst into the chest of Ospreay because he didn’t rotate enough. Ospreay hits a powerbomb on Bandido, dropping him on his head and neck. Looked brutal. Bandido goes for a 21 plex but Ospreay flips out of it, landing on his feet. Everyone went crazy for that spot. Bandido hits his fall away slam moonsault and Will uses the ropes to break up the pin. Bandido moonsaults onto Ospreay but Will catches him, flips him over on his shoulder and hits the Stormbreaker on Bandido for the win. Incredible match, both of these men are incredible. After the match, Ospreay checks on Bandido and they hug. Winner: Will Ospreay in 18:02.

Shingo Takagi vs Dragon Lee

  • Shingo isn’t just undefeated in this tournament but he is undefeated in NJPW, Dragon Lee is the IWGP Jr Heavyweight champion, something must give here. This gets fast and violent quickly. Shingo Takagi is the more powerful man here but Dragon Lee shows heart and has the fans behind him. Shingo controls the first few minutes but Dragon Lee fights back and the crowd go nuts. Shingo is taken down with a clothesline and rolls outside. Dragon Lee hits a torpedo dive and seems to fly for a second. Shingo takes punishment from Dragon Lee and shakes it off and continues to fight. Shingo is proving his toughness but Dragon Lee is incredibly fast. Takagi hits Lee with the pumping bomber but Lee kicks out. The fans are practically screaming for Dragon Lee. Dragon Lee hits Shingo with knee strikes and a reverse rana but Shingo kicks out at one. The fans go nuts. Shingo reverses the Desnucadora into the Last of the Dragons on the champion and wins the match. Winner: Shingo Takagi in 17:20.

Current BOSJ standings

A Block:

  • Taka Michinoku – 0
  • Titan – 4
  • Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 4
  • Marty Scurll – 6
  • Jonathan Gresham – 4
  • SHO – 2
  • Shingo Takagi – 10
  • Dragon Lee – 6
  • Taiji Ishimori – 8
  • Tiger Mask – 4

B Block:

  • Robbie Eagles – 4
  • Ren Narita – 0
  • DOUKI – 2
  • Bandido – 4
  • El Phantasmo – 10
  • Will Ospreay – 8
  • BUSHI – 4
  • Ryusuke Taguchi – 8
  • YOH – 4
  • Rocky Romero – 2

The Best of the Super Jr. tournament will continue on May 24, 2019 in the world famous Korakuen Hall in Tokyo with BOSJ action.

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