NJPW “Best of the Super Juniors 26 – Night 2”

Added by Zack Monday

From The Sendai Sunplaza Hall, May 14th, 2019

A wonderful night with 4 stellar block matches.

1) Six Man Tag match: Suzuki-Gun (TAKA Michinoku, NEVER Openweight Champion Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs Yota Tsuji, Tiger Mask & “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham

Winners: Suzuki-Gun after Yota attempted a Boston Crab on Taichi, Taichi raked his eyes to escape and then avoided a Running Corner Avalanche from Tsuji, quickly followed by a Running Gamengiri from TAKA. Taichi charged in with a Corner Lariat and covered for a 2, Taichi ripped off his pants and threw a Kick at Tsuji, who countered with a School Boy for a 2. Taichi kicked Tsuji down and dropped him with The Buzzsaw Kick, before locking in The Stretch Plum, forcing Tsuji to Tap Out, as his partners fought with the other foes. Yoshinobu & TAKA ripped off Tiger Mask’s mask!

2)  IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee & IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson vs SHO & Shota Umino

Winners: Juice & Lee after Umino put Juice down with a Vertical Suplex and covered for a 2, Shota fired up and attempted a Dead Lift German Suplex, which Juice fought out of, hit the ropes and threw a Jumping Side Kick, only Umino ducked and kept running, until Juice took him down with a big Flapjack and covered, but SHO broke it up! Dragon Lee slid into the ring and fought with SHO, taking them over the top rope and to the floor, where they continued fighting, as Juice pulled Shota up and put him back down with a Lariat, before covering for a 2. Juice folded Shota up in a Tenzan-style Boston Crab, fighting for control, before sitting in deep for the Tap Out.

SHO and Dragon Lee brawled on the floor, through the Young Lions trying to separate them and even through the first two rows of fans!

3) “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs ROH World Six Man Tag Champions Villain Enterprises (Brody King & “The Villain” Marty Scurll)

Winners: Villain Enterprises after Brody crushed Gedo with a Lariat in the corner, as Marty connected with a Enziguri to the back of the head, Marty pulled Gedo in for a vault, but Brody nailed him with an elbow, putting Gedo across Marty’s knees and Brody followed with a Back Senton! Taiji broke up the cover, only for Brody to crush him with a European Uppercut, as Marty pulled Gedo up and used The Black Plague to get his team the victory.

4) Los Ingobernables de Japon (“The Last Dragon” Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) vs Titan & Toa Henare

Winners: LIJ after Naito hooked for a Rope Walk Tornado DDT, Henare blocked and powered Naito up for a Suplex, only Naito escaped and connected with an Enziguri! Henare looked to regain momentum, but Naito evaded and hit the ropes, nailing Toa with a Flying Forearm and following with Destino to get the victory!

5)  Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: Ren Narita vs DOUKI w/NEVER Openweight Champion Taichi

Winner: DOUKI (2) after Narita scored with the Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex, but could not bridge and when he covered, DOUKI was able to kick out at 2. Narita pulled DOUKI up and scored with elbows, before hitting the ropes, but DOUKI crushed him with a Lariat and quickly looked for The Suplex de la Luna, only Narita rolled a Prawn Hold for a 2, followed with an Small Package for a 2. DOUKI nailed Narita with a hard elbow and charged, Ren launched him to the apron, but DOUKI nailed Narita and followed with a Slingshot DDT, allowing DOUKI to use The Suplex de la Luna to get the victory. (Ren Narita is the man. DOUKI needs to grow on me.)

Taichi & DOUKI attack Narita.

6)  Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: “The Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles vs Rocky Romero

Winner: Eagles (2) after Rocky fought to the ropes to break Eagles’ modified Reverse Figure Four, Robbie went back on the attack, punishing Rocky’s left ankle on the ropes. Eagles pulled Rocky into a Torture Rack, but Rocky escapes, scores with a Knee Lift to the gut and a hard punch, but Eagles fires back with a big elbow and this a Standing Shiranui to get a 2. Eagles attempts The Turbo Backpack, but Rocky counters with a Prawn Hold for a 2 and follows with La Magistral for another 2. They fight for leverage, with Rocky getting the advantage and taking Eagles over with his own Standing Shiranui, getting a 2. Rocky charged for a Shining Wizard, but Eagles caught him for The Turbo Backpack, with Rocky fought out of and they traded strikes, until Romero missed with an Enziguri, but swung back to nail a kick to the face. Romero looked to follow up, but Eagles snapped into The Turbo Backpack and hooked the leg, but Rocky kicked out! Eagles sizes up Rocky and annihilates him with a Basement Superkick, before going to the top and punishing Romero’s injured ankle with a 450 Splash, immediately locking in The Ron Miller Special, forcing Romero to Tap Out. (Nice and fun. Romero pulls the great out of his opponent and there is a lot of great in Eagles. Good win for Robbie.)

7) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: Bandido vs El Phantasmo

Winner: Phantasmo (2) after Bandido planted Phantasmo with a Lifting Reverse Suplex and quickly followed with a Sliding Kick and the cover for a 2, Bandido positioned Phantasmo and started making his way to the top. Phantasmo was able to pop up, charge and leap to the top rope, blasting Bandido with a Side Kick and then following with a beautiful Super Frankensteiner, but Phantasmo immediately went back to the top and connected with a big Splash for a 2. Phantasmo pulled Bandido up, grabbed a knuckle-lock and went to the top rope, walking two sides of the ring, until Bandido crotched him on the top, followed up and landed The Super Blockbuster Suplex to get a close 2. Bandido readied for The 21 Clicks, but Phantasmo pulled Referee Red Shoes in the way, stopping Bandido and giving Phantasmo a chance to pull up Bandido’s mask and use a Double Arm Trap Styles Clash to put Bandido down for the 3. (Really fun. Big exciting moves. Phantasmo is pretty damn great, Bandido is upper class of the  wrestling world right now, just fire every time he hits the ring.)

8)  Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay vs BUSHI

Winner: Ospreay (2) after BUSHI dodged The Os Cutter and quickly followed with The Code Breaker and the cover, Ospreay kicked out at 2. BUSHI fired up and called for the end, climbing to the second rope and readying for The MX, only Ospreay jumped and held BUSHI’s feet, fighting for position, before nailing BUSHI with a jumping kick to the face. Ospreay pulls BUSHI into Electric Chair position and climbs to the second turnbuckle, standing up, only for BUSHI to spin into a Frankensteiner, but Ospreay landed on his feet! BUSHI charged in, Ospreay caught him with The Spanish Fly and covered, but BUSHI kicked out! Ospreay called for the end, pulling BUSHI in for The Storm Breaker, but BUSHI struggled to the ropes and went to the apron, where Ospreay caught him with 2 big elbows and hit the ropes, charging in, but BUSHI caught him and used a Pendulum lift to DRIVE Ospreay’s head into the ring apron with a DDT! Ospreay struggled on the floor and just got back into the ring at 19, BUSHI was on him quick with a Lung Blower out of the corner and a cover, but Ospreay kicked out. BUSHI prepared for MX, diving out, but Ospreay caught him with a Roundhouse Kick to the head and both men were down. Ospreay got to his feet, nailed BUSHI with The Robinson Special, and going for The Os Cutter, but BUSHI caught him and went for the Mist, which Ospreay blocked, scored with a Hook Kick to the face and used a Reverse Bloody Sunday to get another 2! Ospreay drilled BUSHI with The Hidden Blade and followed with The Storm Breaker to pick up the hard fought victory. (Dynamite! Both men were so on point and exciting as hell. Great start to the tournament for Will, but that neck is going to be an issue for the second year in a row!)

9)  Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: IWGP Junior Tag Team Champion YOH vs “The Funky Weapon” Ryusuke Taguchi

Winner: Taguchi (2) after YOH rocked Taguchi with a Jumping Knee, he hit the ropes, only Taguchi caught him with The Hip Attack, which rocked YOH out of the ring, or so it looked! YOH held on to the bottom rope and swung back in with a Kick, only for Taguchi to catch him in an Ankle Lock! They battled for control, with YOH attempting multiple approaches to break it, finally getting to his feet, where Taguchi hooked for Dodon, but took YOH over in a Bridged Tiger Suplex for a 2! Taguchi caught YOH with an Enziguri and hit Dodon, rolling into the cover, but YOH kicked out! With a shocked look on his face, Taguchi pulled YOH back up, lifting him into a Torture Rack and transitioning into The Dodon, to finally put YOH down for the 3. (Good. They were in a tough spot after the series of great matches tonight. YOH is on his way to stardom, no doubt about it.)