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

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

1. Bandido vs Robbie Eagles
The Mexican luchador’s presence this year’s tournament is a major highlight and while many are looking forward to his matches with Will Ospreay and El Phantasmo, don’t underestimate Robbie Eagles. These two met at this time last year in PWG and, by most accounts, stole the show. Robbie Eagles’ tournament as a whole may be flying a little under the radar. He hasn’t yet been able to showcase in places with a lot of buzz but I fully expect that to change, starting with BOSJ.

2. Will Ospreay vs Robbie Eagles
These two had a series in Australia which wound up impressing Ospreay so much that he became an advocate for the Australian scene which helped Eagles gain more focus worldwide. He’s taken that exposure and ran with it, now finding himself a part of Bullet Club. Their series speaks for itself and while they won’t be featured in a main event, they’ve built up enough chemistry through their matches that they’ll be able to turn heads no matter where they’re placed on the card.

3. El Phantasmo vs Ryusuke Taguchi
Upon making his New Japan debut, ELP showed he’s fan of tea bagging. Lucky for him there’s another pervert for him to be a pervert with and that’s creepy uncle Taguchi. Every year we’re reminded in BOSJ that Taguchi is actually good and when he’s motivated, he can one of the best. There’s a lot of lucha influence in big match Taguchi and that matches up with ELP perfectly. The match may be a little strange but there will also be some silky smooth movements and we’ll be reminded why Taguchi is still around.

4. Will Ospreay vs YOH
Although he gets picked on by fans as being the weaker half of Roppongi 3K, YOH has his own strengths opposite of SHO and one of his highlights last year was against Will Ospreay. YOH is the speedy highflyer to SHO’s power and grappling, they compliment each other well, but this will be YOH’s chance to shine. He’s in a block with guys more his style and as such they will have a better understanding on how to best highlight YOH’s abilities. He will have several opportunities to shine, none better than with Ospreay.

5. Bandido vs Rocky Romero
Maybe he’s not on your shortlist of wrestlers to be excited about, but Rocky Romero is a great wrestler when given the right spots. He and Bandido recently wrestled a twenty minute singles match back in January and I’m sure that history will come in handy when they meet up in the tournament. Romero doesn’t wrestle as many tours as he used to so expect him to use this tournament to show he’s still got gas left in the tank. Forever.

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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