From Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall, May 29th 2019
Kevin Kelly talks about Jon Moxley being revealed as Juice Robinson’s mystery opponent for the IWGP United States Championship, on June 5th.
1) Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji vs IWGP Junior Tag Team Champion YOH & “The Stone Pitbull Tomohiro Ishii
Winners: Ishii & Yoh after YOH annihilated Tsuji with a Superkick, Narita entered nailed YOH with an elbow, before hitting the ropes, where YOH drilled him with a Jumping Knee Strike, just as Ishii dumped Tsuji with a Saito Suplex and covered, getting a 2. Ishii immediately locked Tsuji in a Boston Crab, forcing the Young Lion to Tap Out. (Fun and easy Tag! Tsuji was great against Ishii and his selling for The Stone Pitbull was great and animated.)
Kevin Kelly & Gino Gambino discuss TAKA Michinoku’s injury and TAKA being forced to Forfeit the rest of his Best of the Super Juniors tournament matches.
2) Eight Man Tag match: Bullet Club (IWGP British Cruiserweight Champion “The Headbanger” El Phantasmo, “The Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles, Jado & Gedo) vs IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, Bandido & Yuya Uemura)
Winners: Juice, Bandido, Taguchi & Uemura after Jado attempted to blast Juice with a Kendo Stick, Juice caught the stick and blasted him with The Right Hand to God, before ducking a Brass Knuckles punch from Gedo and laying him out with The Right Hand to God! Juice threw the Kendo Stick out of the ring, as Bandido took Eagles out of the ring with a Frakensteiner and followed with a Slingshot Tope, taking out Ealges and Phantasmo on the floor. Juice followed with Pulp Friction on Gedo and covered for the 3. (Enjoyable as hell! Juice is so much fun when the crowd really buys into him and against the Bullet Club, that is played up quite a bit.)
3) “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay & Shota Umino vs Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & NEVER Openweight Champion TAICHI)
Winners: after Umino nailed TAICHI with a European Uppercut, he hit the ropes, only for TAICHI to step in with The Axe Bomber and cover, getting a close 2. As DOUKI held Ospreay on the floor, TAICHI measured Umino and unleashed a vicious Superkick, allowing him to get the pin. (Not bad. Ospreay makes you care about what’s going on in the ring, no matter the opponent. Umino’s fire is great and he has a tremendous look, big future for this guy.)
TAICHI and DOUKI put a beating on Ospreay, including DOUKI using the Microphone Stand and the Steel Pipe to attack Ospreay’s ribs, all while TAICHI is talking with the Japanese Commentary team.
4) Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) vs Rocky Romero & Toa Henare
Winners: LIJ after BUSHI caught Rocky with a Lung Blower, in the ropes, Toa attacked BUSHI with strikes and then caught Naito’s Enziguri attempt and went for an Irish whip, but Naito reversed into the corner, where BUSHI flew in Double Knees, allowing Naito to his Combinacion Cabrone. Naito sent Toa into a Jumping Knee from BUSHI, before Tetsuya scored with an Enziguri and followed with Destino to put Henare away. (This was cool. BUSHI and Rocky are going to have a exciting match tomorrow, there is some built up animosity that will be fun to watch. Naito is so damn good and Henare brings some good fire. All in all, enjoyable contest.)
5) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: Titan (4) vs IWGP Junior Tag Team Champion SHO (6)
Winner: SHO (2) after Titan rolled SHO down into a Cross Arm Breaker, he switched sides and pulled SHO’s arm into full extension, causing a brief moment of panic, until SHO got his foot on the ropes. Titan pulled SHO in Reverse DDT position, but SHO fought out, only for Titan to level him with a Superkick and pull him back in Reverse DDT, but SHO countered out and this time planted Titan with a Straight Jacket Piledriver, following with the cover for 2. SHO called for the end, pulled Titan up and used Shock Arrow to pick up the victory.
6) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori (10) vs Tiger Mask (4)
Winner: Taiji (2) after Tiger caught Taiji’s Hand Spring Rebound Twisting Kick, but failed to follow up, giving Ishimori the opportunity to connect with a Jumping Knee to the chin and follow with a Running Knee to the face and the cover, but Tiger kicked out, only Taiji immediately went into The LaBelle Lock, battling for control, before Tiger was forced to Tap Out. (Quick and easy. Ishimori took Tiger apart and Tapped him out in impressive fashion.)
7) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi (14) vs “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham (8)
Winner: Shingo (2) after crushing Gresham with a Clothesline in the corner, Shingo hit the ropes and threw a Lariat at Gresham, who ducked and kept running, only to get stopped with a back elbow and then planted with Noshigami, Shingo covered, but Gresham kicked out at 2. Shingo fired up and DESTROYED Gresham with The Pumping Bomber, covering, but Gresham kicked out at 2! Shingo pulled Gresham up for The Last of the Dragon, but Gresham countered out with a Frankensteiner and then stomped Shingo’s left arm, before rolling La Magistral into a European Clutch for a CLOSE 2! Shingo fired up with a Lariat, which Gresham blocked, hurting his hands and then used an Arm Wringer to smash Shingo’s arm and quickly apply The Octopus Stretch, pounding on Shingo. Shingo fought out, pulling Gresham onto his shoulders and hitting The Last of the Dragon to put Gresham down for the 3. (Spirited contest and great fight from Gresham. Shingo looked to underestimate Gresham and attempt to bully at points, but Gresham made him pay for it and earned Shingo’s respect. Fun match.)
8) Best of the Super Juniors – A Block: “The Heel Master” Yoshinobu Kanemaru (4) vs IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee (10)
Winner: after Kanemaru flew off the second turnbuckle, looking for Deep Impact, Dragon countered with a Pump Knee Strike to the face, which dropped Kanemaru to mat and allowed Lee to regain his bearings. Dragon pulled Kanemaru up for Desnucadora, but Yoshinobu grabbed Red Shoes’ shirt, causing Lee to drop Kanemaru. They traded elbows, as TAICHI left the commentary table and pulled Red Shoes out of the ring, this distracted Dragon and allowed Yoshinobu to pull off Dragon’s mask! Kanemaru took his time, taking a whip gulp of the Sakitori Whiskey and approaching Lee, who, while still holding his face, exploded out with a Knee Strike to Kanemaru! Shota Umino slid into the ring and helped Dragon Lee get his mask back on, leading to Dragon charging Kanemaru, who caught him with a Kick to the nuts and then a Moonsault Press, just as Red Shoes came to, making the count, but Dragon kicked out! Yoshinobu went back to the top and flew off with Deep Impact, but Dragon caught him and scored with Desnucadora, but he was too beaten to follow up! After some recovery, Dragon charged with a Knee Strike, which Kanemaru dodged and used a School Boy for a quick 2, Kanemaru followed with an Inside Cradle, but Dragon kicked out! Lee charged with a big Knee Strike and covered for a 2, bringing TAICHI to the ring apron, but Dragon Dropkicked him off, before exposing his bare knee and crushing Kanemaru with a Running Knee to the face, allowing Lee to use Desnucadora to finally put Kanemaru down for the 3. (Very good. Dragon had to overcome the odds and the Heel Master to get the big victory and continue his roll in the tournament. Kanemaru has had a great showing throughout and has brought a great dimension to the field.)