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It’s events like the New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors that makes me proud to be a professional wrestling fan. The finals consisted of various tag team matches. however, the main event is what brought the fans to Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo as they saw one of the best jr. heavyweight matches of the year.
The finals of NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors 24 has been determined.
Will Ospreay emerged as the Block A winner when he pinned Hiromu Takahashi on Tuesday in Osaka. KUSHIDA cemented his place on top of Block B by defeating Volador Jr. last night, thus punching his ticket to the finals.
Eight shows have thus far encompassed NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Sixteen wrestlers divided into two separate blocks have faced each other in round-robin competition where each win is two points, a draw is worth one point, and a loss is zero.
The two top scorers in each block will advance to the finals on June 3, which will air live on New Japan World, where the winner will get an IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship match on June 11 at Dominion in Osaka, Japan.
Opening night kicked off with two standout matches. ROH TV Champion Marty Scrull defeated last year’s BOSJ winner Will Ospreay by submission after catching him in mid-air and locked in the chickenwing.
Last year’s Best of the Super Juniors (BOSJ) match between Ricochet and Will Ospreay drew highly divisive opinions from the pro wrestling community. Chris Jericho praised the match for its aerial evolution while Vader panned it due its choreographed nature. Fans were equally torn on the matter.
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.
- Jushin Thunder Liger
- Will Ospreay
- Taka Michinoku
- Hiromu Takahashi
- Dragon Lee
- Marty Scurll
- Tiger Mask IV
- Ryusuke Taguchi
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- El Desperado
- Volador Jr.
WWE announced a few weeks ago that it will soon crown their first United Kingdom Champion. Triple H made the announcement at a press conference in London and confirmed that a two-day tournament will be held to decide the inaugural champion.
The tournament will air live on the WWE Network and be held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England on January 14th and 15th. It was also announced that Nigel McGuiness, who recently left Ring of Honor, will join the broadcast team for the event.
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Fourteen matches over two weeks in multiple cities have brought us to the final round of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors. A Block winner Ryusuke Taguchi faces B Block winner Will Ospreay. There is a lot of hype on Ospreay as he is one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch. While Taguchi’s antics makes him easy to overlook, he knows when to buckle down and get to work. Continue reading
This round is the Best of the Super Juniors tournament will bring amount some more clarity as to who has a shot at winning the whole thing. Names like Jushin Liger and KUSIHDA need a win in order to stay alive. Let the games begin! Continue reading
Round four kicks off in Osaka with KUSHIDA vs. Ryusuke Taguchi headlining Block A. In Block B, Ricochet looks to build upon his momentum as he faces Jushin Thunder Liger. Also, can Kyle O’Reilly keep his undefeated streak alive? Continue reading