New Japan Pro Wrestling “Best of the Super Juniors – Night 12”

Added by Zack Monday

From Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium Sub Arena, 30th May 209

1)  Six Man Tag match: “The Octopus” Jonathan Gresham, Toa Henare & Titan vs IWGP Junior Tag Champion SHO, Tiger Mask & Yota Tsuji

Winners: after Henare laid Tsuji out with a Lariat and covered for a 2, he pilled Yota up and unloaded with big elbow strikes, until Tsuji fired back with his own. Henare responded with a big Superkick, before drilling Yota with a Headbutt, he followed with a big Uranage and covered for the 3. (Henare gets the big pin in this one and the finishing stretch really gave him and Yota a platform to shine on. Tsuji has looked great the last two nights. I am stoked for his future. I really like the look and presentation of the Osaka Gym, the ring looks like a stage. SHO and Gresham showed some heat and got me fired up for their upcoming match.)

2) “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii & Shota Umino vs Suzuki-Gun (NEVER Openweight Champion TAICHI & “The Heel Master” Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

Winners: Suzuki-Gun after Umino planted Kanemaru with a Spinebuster and covered for a 2, he looked to follow up with a Fisherman’s Suplex, but Kanemaru was able to block it. Umino bailed Yoshinobu with an elbow and hit the ropes, but Kanemaru nailed him with a Dropkick and as Ishii and TAICHI brawled on the floor, Kanemaru nailed Umino with a Clothesline in the corner and followed with a Reverse DDT for a 2. Kanemaru positioned on the middle turnbuckle, as TAICHI choked out Ishii with the camera wire on the floor, and planted Umino with Deep Impact to get the victory. (Classic Suzuki-Gun vs Ishii madness.)

3)  ROH World Six Man Tag Champions Villain Enterprises (“The Villain” Marty Scurll & Brody King) vs IWGP United States Champion Juice Robinson & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee

Winners: after Juice fought to take Brody over with a Backslide, he spun out and drilled King with The Right Hand to God, which rocked Brody to a knee, allowing Juice to connect with another Right Hand to God and follow with Pulp Friction and the pin. (This was really good! Brody King is awesome in the NJPW ring, the fans look at him as a legitimate threat and he performs like a monster. I think he fits in really well with this New Japan roster.)

4)  Bullet Club (“Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori & Gedo) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (“The Dragon” Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito)

Winners: LIJ after Naito nailed Gedo with Combinacion Cabrone, he looked to follow up with a Neckbreaker, but Gedo took him down with a Drop Toe Hold and Taiji scored with a Sliding Dropkick. Taiji took out Shingo, as Gedo nailed Naito with a Basement Superkick and covered, getting a 2. Ishimori distracted the Referee as Gedo put on the Brass Knuckles and charged at Naito, who side-stepped and Shingo was there to nail Gedo with a Punch. Taiji charged Shingo with a Frakensteiner, but Shingo held on and powered Taiji into a Death Valley Driver, before nailing Gedo with a Corner Clothesline, followed by an Enziguri from Naito and then a HUGE Pumping Bomber from Shingo, allowing Naito to roll into a Folding Pin for the 3. (This was a bad ass tag match! Taiji and Shingo are so explosive together, I can’t wait for their one on one tomorrow.)

5) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: Ren Narita (0) vs IWGP Junior Tag Champion YOH (8)

Winner: YOH (2) after Narita hooked for a German Suplex and YOH fought his way out of it, Ren clubbed him across the back of the neck and hit the ropes, only for YOH to catch him with a Superkick and use a Falcon Arrow to get a 2. YOH called for the end and pulled Narita up for a Dragon Suplex, but Narita dropped into a Victory Roll for a close 2, leading to an exchange of pinfalls for a 2, YOH popped up and charged, but Narita took him over with a Backslide for a CLOSE 2! YOH smoked Narita with a European Uppercut and hit the ropes, Ren took him over with a Belly to Bell Suplex and followed with a Bridged German Suplex for another 2. With the crowd firing him up, Ren got up and hooked YOH for a Belly to Belly, only YOH rolled him over and into The Calf Crusher, torturing Narita and forcing him to Tap Out! (Really good! This match was a great display of where Narita is going. YOH is really having a breakout tournament and I know he is near the top of the division, being a Tag Champion, but he’s really coming into his own. The crowd was so incredibly into Ren and the atmosphere was special. Recommended!)

 6) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: “The Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles (10) vs Bandido (6)

Winner: Bandido (2) after Eagles destroyed Bandido with a Basement Superkick, giving him a little time to recover, Eagles called to the crowd and hit the ropes, allowing Bandido to stop him with a Superkick, but Eagles exploded back with an Enziguri. Eagles hooked for Sliced Bread #2, but Bandido blocked and put Eagles on the top turnbuckle, before following up and fighting for control. Eagles got the advantage and hooked for a Super Shiranui, but Bandido fought out and used a RIDICULOUS Inverted Super Pudgy Plex to drive Eagles into the mat and pick up the huge win! (Great match! Huge win for Bandido. Eagles continues to shine out here, being a legitimate threat and having multiple ways to put opponent’s away. The ending of this match was spectacular and gives Bandido some huge momentum heading out of this tournament. Bandido has excelled in the later stages of this tournament and is a huge star on the rise.)

7) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: BUSHI (8) vs Rocky Romero (6)

Winner: BUSHI (2) after BUSHI bit Rocky’s leg to escape a Cross Arm Breaker, he took time to recover from Romero’s onslaught, but Rocky was on him with kicks to the left arm and hooked for Shiranui, but BUSHI blocked it and followed with a Dropkick to Romero’s knee. Rocky came back with a Clothesline, but BUSHI caught it and used a Double Knee Arm Breaker to send Romero reeling, BUSHI followed by trapping Rocky’s leg in the ropes and hitting a Lung Blower! BUSHI positioned himself on the second turnbuckle, as Romero staggered to his feet and flew off with The MX to put Romero away! (Good match. BUSHI was on fire in this one.  It started hot with Romero wearing a Black Tiger mask and then pulling it off, spitting water in BUSHI’s face! Another chapter to these guys’ great book of matches.)

Romero had to be helped to the back, he was favoring his leg heavily.

8) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: DOUKI (2) vs “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay (10)

Winner: Ospreay (2) after DOUKI locked Ospreay in Sol Naciente, battling for position and taking Will to the mat, really sinking in the hold, Ospreay was able to fight and throw his lower body into the ropes, forcing the break. DOUKI pulled Ospreay up and used a body swing into a Bridged Northern Lights for a 2, before hooking Suplex de la Luna, which Will escaped, DOUKI nailed him with an elbow and hit the ropes, Will responded with a Backflip Kick and threw an Enziguri, which DOUKI ducked and hooked for Suplex de la Luna, only Will countered with a Victory Roll for a 2. They popped up and Will scored with an Enziguri, before hitting the ropes, only for DOUKI to smash into him with a Lariat and both men were down! After a little time, DOUKI was first to stir, getting to his knees, as Ospreay started to pull himself up. DOUKI pulled Ospreay into a seated position and nailed him with an elbow, following with a second and taking the fight to their feet, DOUKI double Ospreay over with a big elbow strike and landed another, this time Ospreay fired back and they started exchanging shots, until Ospreay dropped DOUKI with a Side Kick! Ospreay charged in, DOUKI back-dropped him to the apron, where Will blasted DOUKI with an elbow and followed with a BIG Springboard Forearm and fired up, pulling DOUKI up and hooking for The Storm Breaker, but DOUKI fought it, leading to Will landing 2 nasty kicks to the chest and firing for a 3rd, but DOUKI caught it and transitioned into Shock Treatment, slid into a bridge, but Ospreay kicked out! DOUKI clubbed on Ospreay, as he made his way to the apron and attempted a Slingshot DDT, but Ospreay caught him with a High Roundhouse Kick, which draped DOUKI across the top and allowed Ospreay to hit a HUGE Shooting Star Press to DOUKI’s back and cover for a 2. Ospreay caught DOUKI with a Hook Kick and hooked for The Storm Breaker, but DOUKI fought out, quickly stopped by a big Kick from Ospreay, who hit the ropes, DOUKI used a Frankensteiner to take Ospreay over for a 2, only for Will to roll over and power DOUKI into a SICK Liger Bomb, getting a 2! Ospreay channeled the energy from the crowd and called for the end, pulling DOUKI up for The Storm Breaker, but DOUKI countered out and hooked for Suplex de la Luna, which Will escaped and scored with a Hook Kick, crumbling DOUKI to the mat. Ospreay called for it and started for The Os Cutter, but TAICHI had left the commentary table and distracted Will and Referee Red Shoes, DOUKI got hold of his Steel Pipe and nailed Will in the gut, quickly cradling him for an incredibly close 2! DOUKI hooked for a Dragon Suplex, but Will back-flipped to his feet and destroyed DOUKI’s face with kicks, before instructing the Young Lions to hold TAICHI at ringside, as he MURDERED DOUKI with The Hidden Blade and followed with The Storm Breaker, putting an exclamation point on this victory. (DOUKI’s best match and a really crazy ass stretch at the end. DOUKI was able to withstand a lot of HUGE Ospreay moves and come back with some really slick cradles and big moves of his own. Hell of a way to finish it off for DOUKI.)

9) Best of the Super Juniors – B Block: British Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion “The Headbanger” El Phantasmo (10) vs Ryusuke Taguchi (10)

Winner: Taguchi (2) after Phantasmo took a little too much time preparing on the top, and even standing on his good leg, before diving off with a big Splash, Taguchi was able to roll out of the way and quickly apply the Ankle Lock, but Phantasmo got to the ropes. Taguchi followed with a Front Suplex and fired up, before nailing Phatasmo with Bum-R Yay and covering for a 2, Taguchi ripped him back up and scored with Dodon, rolling into the pin, but Phantasmo kicked out! Taguchi started making his way to the top, but Phantasmo cut him off, landed a punch and positioned for a Superplex, but Taguchi fought out of it and pushed Phantasmo to the mat, where Phantasmo charged back in for a Springboard Headscissors, but Taguchi countered and fell into an Ankle Lock! After a little struggle, Phantasmo used a Victory Roll to get a 2, before Taguchi rolled back and cranked in the Ankle Lock, pulling Phantasmo to the middle of the ring and as Phatasmo started to climb up Red Shoes to break the hold, Taguchi used a Leg Trap Tiger Suplex to get a 2. Taguchi followed with Dodon and the cover, for another 2, before applying The Ankle Lock, dropping an elbow to the back of the leg and cranking in, forcing Phantasmo to Tap Out! (Fantastic! Even late in this tournament, Main Event Taguchi continues to step up. This was a really fun match with extreme contrasts in the characters of both. Phantasmo is so good at playing the cocky shithead, with annoyingly good talent and Taguchi is the Coach, of allies and opponents alike, showing them the way in that squared circle! RECOMMENDED!)