NJPW Releases Best of the Super Juniors Schedule

It’s one of my favorite times of the year as New Japan Pro Wrestling will kick off the Best of the Super Juniors 24 (BOSJ) on May 17th at Korakuen Hall. This tournament will span two weeks, which culminates on June 3rd at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

The winners of Block A and Block B will face off to decide who will get a shot at the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title on June 11th at Dominion. That is of course, if the current champ, Hiromu Takahashi should win the tournament.

The brackets are very interesting. Block A is so stacked that I almost want to skip the Block B matches…Almost.

Block A

  1. Jushin Thunder Liger
  2. Ricochet
  3. Will Ospreay
  4. Taichi
  5. Taka Michinoku
  6. Hiromu Takahashi
  7. Dragon Lee
  8. Marty Scurll

 

Block B

  1. Tiger Mask IV
  2. Ryusuke Taguchi
  3. KUSHIDA
  4. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  5. El Desperado
  6. BUSHI
  7. Volador Jr.
  8. ACH

Dave Meltzer recently stated on his radio show that this could be Jushin Liger’s last BOSJ. That could mean Liger might receive a push in the tournament or even win it. Liger squares off with Taka Michinoku on opening night.

Speaking of opening night, Dragon Lee vs. Hiromu Takahashi will be the main event. Everyone has raved about the slew of great matches they’ve had with each other. I got up close and personal with one of their matches at the ROH PPV back in September. I wasn’t impressed. It was a rushed spot fest with good action but no semblance of a story to support it.

In a long-awaited rematch, Will Ospreay vs. Ricochet will be the main event on night two. Their match in last year’s tournament was the talk of professional wrestling. Many loved the aerial spectacle the two men put on while others felt it was a gymnastics demonstration that hardly resembled a real fight.

For the most part, I enjoyed the match. There were a few of moves that made it very difficult to suspend reality and they were calling out spots so loudly that it took me out of the match at times. At other times, my jaw hit the floor in sheer astonishment. Hopefully, they learn from their mistakes and improve upon what could be a classic match.

The first two shows of the tournament, May 22, May 29th and the finals on June 3rd will air live on New Japan World. The rest of the shows will be released on demand the following day.

 

-Wednesday, May 17th (Korakuen Hall, live on New Japan World) A & B Block Matches

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Taka Michinoku

Tiger Mask vs. Volador Jr.

Ricochet vs. Taichi

ACH vs. BUSHI

KUSHIDA vs. El Desperado

Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee

 

– Thursday, May 18th (Korakuen Hall, live on New Japan World) A Block

Taichi vs. Taka Michinoku

Dragon Lee vs. Marty Scurll

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay

 

– Saturday, May 20th (Mie, On Demand) B Block

ACH vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Tiger Mask vs. KUSHIDA

El Desperado vs. BUSHI

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Volador Jr.

 

– Sunday, May 21st (Shizuoka, On Demand) A Block

Will Ospreay vs. Taka Michinoku

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Marty Scurll

Dragon Lee vs. Taichi

Ricochet vs. Hiromu Takahashi

 

– Monday, May 22nd (Korakuen Hall, live on New Japan World) B Block

Volador Jr. vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Tiger Mask vs. ACH

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. El Desperado

KUSHIDA vs. BUSHI

 

-Tuesday, May 23rd (Tochigi, On Demand) A Block

Taka Michinoku vs. Marty Scurll

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Will Ospreay

Taichi vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Ricochet vs. Dragon Lee

 

– Thursday, May 25th (Ishikawa, On Demand) B Block

Tiger Mask vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Volador Jr. vs. El Desperado

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. BUSHI

KUSHIDA vs. ACH

 

– Friday, May 26th (Nagano, On Demand) A Block

Taichi vs. Marty Scurll

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Ricochet

Taka Michinoku vs. Hiromu Takahashi

Dragon Lee vs. Will Ospreay

 

– Saturday, May 27th (Ibaraki, On Demand) B Block

ACH vs. El Desperado

Volador Jr. vs. BUSHI

Tiger Mask vs. Ryusuke Taguchi

KUSHIDA vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

 

– Sunday, May 28th (Gunma, On Demand) A Block

Ricochet vs. Taka Michinoku

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Dragon Lee

Will Ospreay vs. Taichi

Marty Scurll vs. Hiromu Takahashi

 

– Monday, May 29th (Korakuen Hall, live on New Japan World) B Block

Tiger Mask vs. El Desperado

BUSHI vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Volador Jr. vs. ACH

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. KUSHIDA

 

– Wednesday. May 31st (Osaka, On Demand) A Block

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Taichi

Ricochet vs. Marty Scurll

Dragon Lee vs. Taka Michinoku

Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi

 

– Thursday, June 1st (Aichi, To Be Announced) B Block

Tiger Mask vs. BUSHI

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. ACH

KUSHIDA vs. Volador Jr.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. El Desperado

 

– Saturday, June 3rd (Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium, live on New Japan World) 

Tournament Finals: Block A winner vs. Block B winner

 

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