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NJPW ‘Best of the Super Juniors 25’ 5.26.18 Results & Review

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Thanks to this being a non-NJPW World TV taping, we’re provided with better lighting and atmosphere in A block’s fourth night of ‘Best of the Super Juniors’ tournament action. A full crowd in attendance as 1,831 come to Nagoya Congress Center to see the first ever singles meeting between Will Ospreay and BUSHI squaring off in the main event.

Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
Flip Gordon def. Tiger Mask IV @ 11:15 via Four Flippy Splash – **1/4

By way of defeating Ishimori and Tiger Mask, Flip finds himself leading the A block. Coming into the night the only undefeated wrestler remaining was Tiger Mask. If he had continued his streak, BUSHI would have been mathematically eliminated but Flip made sure that didn’t happen. The two showed respect before the match and Tiger did his usual routine of grinding down the younger, fresher wrestler until he felt confident in hitting his Tiger Driver and Tiger Suplex. He was unable to wear Flip down enough to secure a Tiger Suplex and instead Flip flipped out of the hold and dropped Tiger with a top rope thrust kick before finishing him with the Four Flippy Splash. Tiger refused Flip’s help getting up but agreed to shake his hand after the match. Nothing spectacular but Tiger continues to hold his own considering his age.

Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
ACH def. YOH @ 12:04 via ACH’s Big Bang Attack – **1/4

YOH coming off his best singles match of his career struggled to follow up against ACH. The crowd stopped reacting to his offense at one point as he just had a hard time connecting. ACH never seems to have a difficult time winning the crowd over and he took the lead to make the most of what they had. He rolled through a crossbody from the top and transitioned into a Death Valley Driver. With the crowd behind him, ACH went to the top but YOH cut him off, dropping him with a suplex instead. The two traded lariats until ACH turned YOH inside out and planted him with ACH’s Big Bang Attack. They had a good match but the lack of crowd support made it feel longer than it was in reality. YOH is still trying to find his footing but still has time with three matches remaining in the tournament. ACH, on the other hand, has been a joy to watch every match.

Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Taiji Ishimori @ 14:59 via Small Package Hold – **1/2

Ishimori does not defeat Kanemaru in singles matches. Ever. The two have been wrestling each other since 2006 in NOAH and not once has a singles match between the two ended in Ishimori coming out with the win. Ishimori looked to gain the early advantage by attacking Kanemaru before the bell but was quickly cut down. Kanemaru attacked his neck and hit a big draping DDT to the floor before an Ishimori comeback, starting with flipping out of a backdrop suplex and ending in a rolling Death Valley Driver with a handspring enzuigiri, Golden Triangle Moonsault and second rope draping German suplex thrown in the middle for good measure. Kanemaru ended the flurry with a spinning DDT and winds up spraying whiskey in Ishimori’s face before dropping him with a brainbuster for a two count. Ishimori countered Deep Impact with a Codebreaker and lifts Kanemaru up for Bloody Cross but is rolled up and Kanemaru sneaks off with the win. Yet again, Ishimori is unable to defeat Kanemaru and has now been caught twice by roll ups.

Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
BUSHI def. Will Ospreay @ 14:48 via MX – **3/4

This was a make or break night for BUSHI. He came in as the only person without a win and if he lost another, he’d be unable to win the tournament. Oh, and his next challenger was the junior champion so no pressure. He jumped Ospreay before the bell and choked him with his shirt, dictating the pace as much as possible. Ospreay was able to make a comeback with a handspring enzuigiri and top rope 619 but BUSHI cut him down by hitting a dropkick from the top. When Ospreay landed the Sasuke Special on the outside, we clearly see BUSHI grabbing something from under the apron and sure enough, BUSHI distracts the referee and mists Ospreay. He only managed to get a two count but this was the debut of the BUSHI mist in the tournament. BUSHI is feeling the desperation. The two began a chop battle but Ospreay got too confident and the Oscutter was countered into a lungblower, followed by an enzuigiri, a destroyer and finished with MX. Great finishing sequence as BUSHI secures his first win and stays alive in the tournament.

While this wasn’t a bad show, this was easily the worst. The main event didn’t live up to the others and the overall feeling you walk away with depends on whether or not you’re a fan of BUSHI. As someone who doesn’t consider themself a fan, I came away from the show feeling indifferent. The fact that he’s going back to the mist doesn’t help my feelings towards him either. All in all it was good but certainly a low point of the main events we’ve seen so far in the tournament. I’ll recommend the match to BUSHI fans but outside of that, there wasn’t anything here to seek out if you weren’t going to watch already.

Standings
Flip Gordon (3-1)
Tiger Mask IV (3-1)
Will Ospreay (2-2)
ACH (2-2)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (2-2)
Taiji Ishimori (2-2)
YOH (1-3)
BUSHI (1-3)

Recommended Match
BUSHI vs Ospreay

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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