NJPW Best of the Super Junior Finals Review: Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay

NJPW Best of the Super JuniorsShow: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Finals
Location: Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan
Date: Wednesday June 5, 2019

Dragon Lee, Shota Umino & Titan def. Ren Narita, Bandido & Johnathan Gresham – Titan delivered a head scissors to Bandido. Bandido delivered a Popup Cutter to Titan. Lee delivered a sliding dropkick to Bandido in the corner. Bandido delivered a crushing knee to Lee who responded by delivering a release German suplex. Lee delivered a pump kick to Bandido who responded by delivering a Spanish Fly. There was a nice sequence as Bandido delivered a 450 Splash, Gresham followed with a Shooting Star Press and then Narita delivered a bridging German suplex to Lee but Titan made the save. Lee and Umino delivered a double suplex to Narita and then Titan delivered a springboard splash but Gresham made the save. Titan delivered a springboard hurricanrana to Bandido and then delivered a springboard moonsault on the floor. Narita delivered an overhead belly-to-belly for a near fall. Lee delivered a pair of sliding knee too Narita for the win. ☆☆☆ 1/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good fast paced match as everyone worked hard and there were some cool spots)

El Phantasmo, Robbie Eagles & Taiji Ishimori def. SHO, YOH & Ryusuke Taguchi – Taguchi directed traffic as SHO and YOH delivered clotheslines to Phantasmo in the corner. There was a lame spot as Phantamo stuck his thumb up Taguchi’s butt. Eagles and Taguchi delivered a stereo enzuigiri to Taguchi for a near fall. Phantasmo walked the ropes and delivered a springboard hurricanrana to Taguchi. Taguchi delivered a hip attack to Eagles. SHO and YOH delivered a combo dropkick/powerslam to Eagles but Ishimori broke the count. SHO and YOH went for 3K but Eagles blocked and delivered Sliced Bread to YOH. Eagles delivered a hook kick, a Superkick and a rewind kick to SHO. SHO delivered a lariat to Eagles. Eagles delivered the Turbo Backpack but SHO kicked out. Eagles delivered a 450 Splash, had the match won but Phantasmo tagged himself in. Phantasmo delivered the Butterfly Gourdbuster to SHO for the win. ☆☆ 3/4

(Amin’s Analysis: A good quick pace match. The bigger story was the interaction between Eagles and Phantasmo which could lead to a match)

YOSHI-HASHI, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano def. Douki, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr. – Liger delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then placed Douki in a surfboard but Kanemaru broke the hold. A brawl broke out as Douki delivered a flying senton to everyone on the floor. Liger and Suzuki exchanged palm strikes. Suzuki applied a kimura but Liger’s foot was underneath the rope. Taichi delivered a buzzsaw kick too Ishii for a near fall. Taichi delivered a hook kick but Ishii responded by delivering a release German suplex. Sabre delivered a PK and an overhead kick to YOSHI. Suzuki delivered a PK and then Douki delivered a double stomp but Tiger made the save. Douki delivered a Gory Special but YOSHI kicked out. Tiger delivered the Tiger Driver to Kanemaru. Taichi delivered a low blow to Ishii. YOSHI delivered a lariat and then delivered Karma to Douki for the win. ☆☆ 2/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was fine match as the highlight was the interaction between Liger and Suzuki which is likely leading to a match)

EVIL, BUSHI, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito def. Toa Henare, Tomoaki Honma, Toge Makabe & Kota Ibushi – Ibushi and Naito started the match as they countered each other’s signature spots and then pose. Honma delivered Kokeshi to SANADA. Makabe delivered a powerslam to BUSHI and a Norther Lights suplex to SANADA for a near fall. Ibushi and Naito tagged back in and worked at an awesome pace. Ibushi delivered a powerslam and followed with a reverse moonsault but Naito kicked out. Ibushi delivered KENTA strikes to Naito who responded by delivering a tornado DDT. Ibushi delivered a standing dropkick to EVIL. Henare and Honma delivered a stereo diving headbutt to EVIL but BUSHI made the save. BUSHI delivered a tope to Ibushi. EVIL and SANADA delivered the Magic Killer too Henare for the win. ☆☆☆

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as the highlight was interaction between Ibushi and Naito as the worked at a terrific pace)

Kazuchika Okada & Rocky Romero def. Brody King & Marty Scurll – Okada and Rocky came out to a huge reaction. Okada delivered a Shining Wizard to Brody. Rocky delivered a double hurricanarana to Scurll. There was a cool spot as Brody delivered springboard arm drag to both Rocky and Okada. Scurll delivered a Superkick to Rocky from the ring apron for a near fall. Scurll placed Rocky in a surfboard as Brody followed with a standing splash for a near fall. Rocky delivered a rewind kick too Scurll. Okada delivered a DDT to Scurll but Brody made the save. Okada scoop slammed Brody onto Scurll. Scurll delivered a tornado DDT to Okada. Brody and Scurll delivered a combination sunset flip/release German suplex to Okada but Rocky made the save. Rocky delivered Forever Clotheslines to Brody and Scurll in opposite corners. Brody delivered a Black Hole Slam to Rocky and then delivered a Piledriver to Okada for a near fall. Okada delivered a standing dropkick to Brody and then followed with a diving elbow drop. Okada delivered the Rainmaker to Brody and got the win. ☆☆☆ 1/4

Okada posed on the turnbuckle with the IWGP Heavyweight title as the lights went out. A Chris Jericho spooky carnival themed clowns video aired. Jericho called this match Rainmaker vs. Painmaker and then claimed he will win the IWGP Heavyweight title. Okada said the IWGP Heavyweight title isn’t a toy and then asked what a Painmaker was? Okada noted NJPW only needs the Rainmaker.

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good showcase win for Okada before he defends the IWGP Heavyweight title against Chris Jericho at Dominion)

Jay White (w/Gedo) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi – Tanahashi came out to a big reaction. White attacked Tanahashi before the match began. White rammed Tanahashi into the barricade, the ring apron and the ring post. White pulled the referee to the floor to stop the count. White worked over Tanahashi’s arm and then delivered a Saito suplex for a near fall. Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw. Tanahashi delivered a sliding dropkick and then delivered a somersault senton for a near fall. White delivered a flatliner and a release German suplex. White delivered a DVDDT for a near fall. White delivered a uranage slam for a near fall. Tanahashi blocked a Kiwi Crusher and delivered a double Twist-and-Shout. White applied a Fujiwara Armbar but Tanahashi placed his foot on the ropes. Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw. Tanahashi countered a Blade Runner and delivered a double Slingblade to White for a close near fall. Tanahahsi went to climb the turnbuckle but Gedo caused a distraction. Tanahashi delivered a straightjacket German suplex for a near fall. Gedo entered the ring with brass knuckles in hand. With the referee distracted White delivered a low blow. Tanahashi blocked a Blade Runner, delivered a low blow and applied an inside cradle for a close near fall. Tanahashi delivered a dragon screw. Tanahashi went for the Cloverleaf but White countered by applying an inside cradle for the win. ☆☆☆ 3/4

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good match as White and especially Tanahashi who worked very hard. White is so smooth inside the ring and plays a great heel. Tanahashi was the highlight of the match as he did such a great job selling his arm throughout the match even when he was offence. I like the story with Tanahashi as they are telling the story of a legend coming back from injury wanting to prove he can still win the championship)

Jon Moxley def. Juice Robinson to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Title Moxley came through the crowd, got a huge reaction and felt like a mega superstar. Moxley wore black short black shorts with gold barbed wire design on them. Juice cut his hair. Juice and Moxley exchanged strikes as the match began. Moxley delivered a tope to Juice. They brawled in the crowd. Moxley delivered elbows and jabs too Juice. Juice blocked a Piledriver and backdropped Moxley on the floor. Juice climbed the stage and delivered a somersault senton to Moxley. Moxley moved as Juice delivered a cannonball into the barricade. Moxley delivered jabs as Juice was bleeding above the eye. Juice delivered a spine buster and followed with some ground and pound. Juice delivered a plancha to Moxley. Juice delivered a jumping gutbuster. Juice climbed the turnbuckle but Moxley shoved him to the floor and then grabbed a table. Moxley whacked Juice with a chair. Moxley grabbed a chair and delivered a running elbow to Juice who was laying on a table. Moxley suplex Juice through a broken table. Moxley delivered an X-Plex for a near fall. Moxley applied a Figure-4-Leg Lock against the ring post. Juice threw a chair at Moxley. Moxley went for Dirty Deeds but Juice tackled him to the floor. Moxley laid a table against the barricade. Juice delivered a jab and then delivered a running cannonball to Moxley who was laying against a table. Juice then Powerbombed Moxley through a table. Juice applied a Boston Crab but Moxley broke free and delivered a dragon screw. Moxley applied a Cloverleaf but Juice broke free. Juice applied a cradle for a near fall. Moxley delivered the Dirty Deeds but Juice kicked out for a close near fall. Moxley delivered a jumping Dirty Deeds too Juice for the win. ☆☆☆☆ 1/4

Moxley posed with the title and then bowed to all sides of the corner which got a big reaction. Juice got a nice reaction as he refused helped and walked to the back. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was crazy as this felt like a fight as both Juice and Moxley worked really hard. There were some crazy spot and this was the right finish with Moxley winning as come off as a huge superstar and the fans cheered him a lot

Will Ospreay def. Shingo Takagi to win Best of the Super Juniors 26 – The match started with some chain wrestling. There was an awesome sequence as Ospreay and Shingo countered each other’s signature spots. Ospreay delivered a hurricanrana and a dropkick to Shingo. Ospreay delivered a sliding dropkick to Shingo and then delivered a plancha on the floor. Shingo delivered a DDT to Ospreay on the floor. Shingo delivered a flip dive to Ospreay on the floor. Shingo delivered a Popup DVD to Ospreay for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a handspring kick, then delivered a 619 and followed with a running dropkick to Shingo in the corner. Ospreay delivered a standing Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a Tiger Drop to Shingo on the floor and then delivered a springboard lariat for a near fall. Shingo delivered a sliding lariat for a near fall. Ospreay countered a suplex and delivered a seated stunner. Ospreay delivered a Helluva Kick to Shingo and then delivered a Cheeky Nandos Kick. Ospreay attempted a springboard but Shingo caught him and delivered a Super DVD for a near fall. Ospreay faked Shingo out and delivered stereo kicks. Ospreay attempted an OzCutter but Shingo countered by delivering Noshigomi. Shingo went for the Pumping Bomber but Ospreay countered by delivering a Liger Bomb for a close near fall. Shingo avoided the Robinson Special and delivered a wheelbarrow suplex sending Ospreay into the turnbuckle. Ospreay delivered an OzCutter to Shingo on the ring apron. Shingo made it back into the ring at 18 as Ospreay off-camera delivering a springboard dropkick for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a 630 Splash and then delivered a beautiful looking Shooting Star Press but Shingo kicked out. Ospreay delivered the Robinson Special and then followed with an OzCutter but Shingo kicked out. Shingo delivered forearm smashes but Ospreay responded with a hook kick. Shingo blocked a forearm and delivered Last of the Dragon but Ospreay kicked out. Shingo delivered back-to-back Pumping Bombers but Ospreay kicked out. Ospreay countered a Last of the Dragon attempt by delivering a reverse hurricanrana to Shingo who landed on his head which looked scary. Shingo delivered a Pumping Bomber but Ospreay responded by delivering a Spanish Fly for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a hook kick and then delivered the Hidden Blade. Ospreay delivered a Super OzCutter from the top turnbuckle, maintained wrist control and delivered the Storm Break for the win. ☆☆☆☆☆ 2/4

Ospreay thanked the fans and Shingo after the match. Ospreay noted the next generation is standing inside this ring and mentioned this was the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Ospreay said he missed Hiromu Takahashi and told him to get well soon. Ospreay noted he was going to move to Japan which got a big reaction. Ospreay said he’s going against not only the juniors but the heavyweights as well. Ospreay posed with the trophy as streamers filled the ring. Ospreay will challenge Dragon Lee for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title at NJPW Dominion

(Amin’s Analysis: This was an outstanding match as both Ospreay and Takagi worked really hard and at a superb pace. There were so many great transitions, counters and the finishing sequence was great. Takagi works so well as the powerhouse but is such a great wrestler and can adapt to the junior heavyweights. Ospreay ring movement is so smooth and does such a great job to get fans cheer for his matches. Okada is the best wrestler in my opinion but Ospreay is reaching that level if not already there)

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