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NJPW ‘Best of the Super Juniors 26’ Five Under the Radar A Block Matches

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We know the big ones (Shingo vs SHO, Ishimori vs Lee, Shingo vs Lee) but what are some of the more under the radar matches to look forward to from the A Block? The block will be providing 45 singles matches but here are five I think you should be excited to watch.

1. Marty Scurll vs Jonathan Gresham
These two have history dating back to 2011 when they met in a singles for the first time at IPW:UK. This February was Gresham’s first mini-tour of New Japan and as such, he has limited experience with anyone but Scurll in his block. These two being paired off on the opening day under two matches (Ishimori vs Lee and Shingo vs SHO) that will showcase two completely different styles than Scurll and Gresham’s technical prowess, makes this encounter extremely exciting. They have the history and ability to put on a match that will be able to standout as completely different than anything else on the opening day.

2. Dragon Lee vs Titán
Much like Gresham, Titán has very little experience wrestling singles matches in New Japan. He did compete in the 2013 tournament and has made several appearances in the junior tag league and Fantastica Mania tours but there may be some rough edges that will need to be rounded as the tournament goes on. However, he should have no problems wrestling Dragon Lee. These two wrestle together on a semi-regular basis in CMLL so they know each other well and should be capable of truly showcasing all that Titán has to offer.

3. Shingo Takagi vs Titán
Since making his New Japan debut last fall, we’ve seen only seen the tip of the iceberg of Shingo’s abilities. He has spent the majority of his career wrestling lucha libre-based opponents in Dragon Gate but New Japan doesn’t have anyone at a high enough level in lucha libre to showcase that side of Shingo. Guys like Titán and Dragon Lee are the perfect opponents for him to be able to show the fans of New Japan why he’s been regarded as one of the best wrestlers of this era.

4. Taiji Ishimori vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru
You might not know it, but in their fourteen year history, Ishimori has never beat Kanemaru in a singles match. The two have met eleven times, all of which saw Kanemaru either come out with a win or go to a draw. This streak continued last year when they met in New Japan for the first time and again, Ishimori lost. I’m not sure how aware New Japan is of this story but it’s an interesting one to follow nonetheless.

5. Marty Scurll vs TAKA Michinoku
Two wrestlers who have no problem winning as any cost. Whether it be by eye poke, finger break or low blow, nothing is too cheap for these two. I don’t expect a wrestling clinic but there will be a lot of goofy fun to be had as they try to out-cheat one another.

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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