From Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, May 23rd 2019
1) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: British Cruiserweight Champion “The Headbanger” El Phantasmo (8) vs Ren Narita (0)
Winner: Phantasmo (2) after Phantasmo fought out of Narita’s Boston Crab, using an Eye Poke to set up an Inside Cradle for a 2. Phantasmo followed with a Cut-Throat Spinning Torture Rack Neckbreaker, before going to the top, preparing to fly off, as Narita rolled away, but Phantasmo still flew the air with a Splash and hooked the leg for the 3. (Not Bad)
This wasn’t my favorite from either on of these guys, but it was still a solid ass match. Phantasmo is a dick and even though the crowd was super into him last night, he was able to COMPLETELY flip the script and go full dickhead against the BABYFACE, Narita.
2) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: TAKA Michinoku (0) vs Titan (2)
Winner: Titan (2) after TAKA hooked for The Michinoku Driver, Titan countered and pulled TAKA up into a Fireman’s Carry, struggling to get him over with a Death Valley Bomb, before trapping TAKA’s legs and bridging back to get the 3.
3) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: BUSHI (4) vs “The Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles (6)
Winner: after Eagles countered BUSHI’s strikes and took him over with The Turbo Backpack, holding on for a 2, Robbie quickly transitioned to The Ron Miller Special, tearing and torqueing BUSHI’s knee, until he got to the ropes. Eagles backed BUSHI into the corner, blasted him with a chop, before charging in with Jumping Knees to the chest, following up with Charging Double Knees to the face! BUSHI rolled out of the corner, where Eagles positioned him and then went to the top, flying off with a 450 Splash, but BUSHI moved and Eagles hit the ring! BUSHI pushed Eagles to the apron and hit a rope elevated Code Breaker, followed by a Twisting Fisherman’s Neckbreaker, following with a 2. BUSHI made his way to the middle turnbuckle, as Eagles staggered to his feet, and flew off with MX, putting Eagles away for the 3. (Good match!)
Eagles is great and really coming into his own in this tournament. Surprise victory, yet a good one for BUSHI. His knee is going to be a weak point for the remainder of the tournament and Eagles is going to need to win out. These guys worked great together.
4) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: Tiger Mask (4) vs “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham (4)
Winner: Gresham (2) after Tiger pulled Gresham in for a Tiger Bomb, Gresham fought out, eating an elbow to the head of the head, before Tiger pulled him up into a Knee Strike and followed with a Kick to the head and the pin, for a 2. They got up, each hitting the ropes and scoring with a colliding Cross Body, before an exchange of head-lock takeover, pinfall attempts, led to Gresham cradling Tiger Mask and getting the surprise 3.
5) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: IWGP Junior Tag Team Champion YOH (4) vs DOUKI (2)
Winner: YOH (2) after YOH fought out of Suplex de la Luna, DOUKI cracked him with a punch, causing YOH to rebound in the bottom ropes and come back with a big Superkick. DOUKI threw a Lariat, which YOH countered with a Bridged Dragon Suplex to get the victory!
6) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Villain” Marty Scurll (4) w/Brody King vs IWGP Junior Tag Champions SHO (2)
Marty limped to the ring, wrapped up in tape, with Brody helping him, showing signs of the war with Shingo, from last night. But, when the bell rang, Scurll pulled the tape off and attacked!
Winner: SHO (2) after Marty went after SHO’s fingers, breaking them and hitting the ropes, SHO leveled him with a Lariat, before hitting the ropes for an even bigger Lariat! SHO fired up, pulled Marty up and hit a Last Ride Project Ciampa, following with the cover, but Marty kicked out! SHO pulled Marty back up, hit Shock Arrow and pinned The Villain’s shoulders to the mat. (What a war! Marty is damn good at facilitating for SHO, his effort was so good that the Korakuen crowd was split for the finish. SHO is on fire! What a great win for him.
7) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: Ryusuke Taguchi (6) vs Rocky Romero (2)
Winner: Taguchi (2) after fighting to get out of Rocky’s Cross Arm Breaker, Ryusuke got to the ropes to break out, leading to Rocky unloaded a series of strikes and hooking for Sliced Bread #2, but Taguchi countered out, they traded waist-locks, with Taguchi hooking for Dodon, but Romero was able to use a Prawn Hold, which Taguchi rolled through and held on to the clutch, getting the victory! (Good fun battle between the coaches. The cunning from both men was wonderful and both men are class at the professional wrestling game.)
8) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2) vs “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori (8)
Winner: Kanemaru (2) after Yoshinobu grabbed the Satori Whiskey, with Referee Red Shoes down, Taiji stopped Kanemaru and took the Whiskey, but as she started opening the bottle, Red Shoes stopped him and took the bottle! This allowed Kanemaru to spit the Whiskey into Taiji’s face and use an Inside Cradle for the pin. (Fun)
9) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay (6) vs Bandido (4)
Winner: Ospreay (2) after Bandido scored with The Pudgyplex and picked up a 2, Bandido looked to follow up, pulling Ospreay into Powerbomb position, but Will was able to struggle and fight to the corner, where he vaulted over Bandido, who caught Will with a Superkick and went for a Moonsault off the second turnbuckle, but Will caught him and spun into an Incredible Storm Breaker, putting Bandido down for the 3! (WOW! What a spectacle! This was the most exciting match, so far, not the best, but definitely the most exciting. WATCH THIS NOW!)
This was the Bandido that I was mesmerized by at PWG, this was the pace and action that made us all look in each other’s eyes and say, “holy shit, this is the guy.” Ospreay is the MVP of this tournament, special performances every time he steps in for tournament matches. What incredible exchanges.)
10) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi (8) vs IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee (6)
Winner: Shingo (2) after Dragon fired up, pulling Shingo to his knees, he launched with a Knee Strike, which Shingo blocked and responded with a Headbutt, before charging in, Dragon side-stepped and used a Quick German Suplex, rolling Shingo to his feet, where Dragon scored with a Knee Strike and snapped off a Reverse Rana, before covering for a 2! Dragon fired up, as Shingo crawled on his knees and unloaded a VICIOUS Sliding Knee Strike, covering for another 2! With the crowd losing their minds, Dragon pulled Shingo in for Desnucadora, only Shingo countered out and used The Last of the Dragon to put Dragon down for an incredible victory! (I can’t believe how awesome this match was, going into it, I knew what both of these men could do and this matchup made me very happy, but THEY BLEW IT ALL OUT OF THE WATER! This is what Best of the Super Juniors is all about, these are the best Junior Heavyweights in the world, from a variety of disciplines. But it comes down to Shingo being the absolute ace of this Junior Heavyweight world, I believe this will be the best match of the tournament.)