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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Final: Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori

Best of Super Juniors Finals

Below is my review and star rating from the finals of the Best of the Super Juniors. 

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Finals 

Hiromu Takahashi def. Taiji Ishimori to win the Best of the Super Juniors 

  • Rating: *****

The match started off at a really fast pace as Takahashi delivered a Woo dropkick but Ishimori came right back by delivering a head scissors. The fought in the bleachers as Takahashi delivered a Woo dropkick to Ishimori at full speed. There was a crazy spot as Ishimori countered a power bomb attempt by delivering a head scissors as Takahashi tumbled down the stair case. (This was crazy.) Ishimori chocked Takahashi with a chair. Takahashi was placed between the middle rope as Ishimori delivered a sliding German suplex for a near fall. Takahashi made a comeback by countering a springboard and delivering a sunset flip power bomb on the floor. Takahashi delivered a running clothesline in the corner and followed up with a sliding dropkick for a near fall. Takahashi delivered a Wheelbarrow to Ishimori on the floor and then followed up by delivering a running Woo dropkick from the ring apron. Takahashi delivered a seated senton from the top turnbuckle for a near fall. Ishimori countered the Dynamite Plunger with a sunset flip for near fall. Ishimori then transitioned into a crossface but Takahashi placed his foot on the bottom rope. Ishimori delivered a spinning head scissors and transitioned into a crossface for a cool spot. The crowd popped as Takahashi battled and eventually placed his foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Ishimori charged but Takahashi countered by delivering an overhead belly-to-belly suplex as he launched him into the turnbuckle. Takahashi followed up by delivering the Dynamite Plunger but Ishimori kicked out. Takahashi delivered something that looked like a reverse/inverted power bomb from the turnbuckle to Ishimori for a close near fall. (This looked crazy.) Takahashi delivered a running DVD into the turnbuckle and was setting up for the Time Bomb but Ishimori countered by delivering a reverse hurricanrana. Takahashi no sold the move and delivered a reverse hurricanrana of his own which got a big pop. Ishimori delivered a knee strike and followed up with a big lariat but Takahashi kicked out at one which also got a big pop. Ishimori delivered a Woo dropkick into the turnbuckle and followed up with a running double knees in the corner. Ishimori delivered a jumping double knee gut buster but Takahashi kicked out. Ishimori went for the Bloody Cross but Takahashi countered with an arm drag. Ishimori delivered a pop-up power bomb but Takahashi kicked out and then transitioned into a triangle hold. Ishimori broke free by deadlifting Takahashi and ramming him into the turnbuckle. Ishimori delivered a uranage and then attempted a 450 splash but Takahashi countered by getting his knees up. Takahashi delivered a head scissors and followed up by delivering a butterfly power bomb as Ishimori looked liked he got dropped on his head. (This was nuts.) Takahashi applied a triangle Ishimori battled and placed his foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Takahashi delivered a running DVD into the turnbuckle. The crowd was going wild at this point as Takahashi delivered the Time Bomb to Ishimori and won the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

  • This was an amazing match and should be in consideration as a candidate for the best match of the year. There were so many cool and creative spots as both Ishimori and Takahashi worked really hard. Takahashi offence is very unique and Ishimori was very crisp in the ring.

Post match —-> Takahashi cut a promo saying that he doesn’t like being called the Best of the Super Juniors and then challenged Will Ospreay for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title at NJPW Dominion. Ospreay came out and congratulated Takahashi on his victory. Ospreay said he beat Takahashi before and will beat him again at Osaka and then left the ring. Takahashi said thank you, meow. Takahashi mentioned that it’s his dream to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title and wear it around his wait at Korakuen Hall. The show ended as steamers came out from the ceiling as the rest of Los Ingobernables de Japon came out to celebrate with him.


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