In New Japan Pro Wrestling, there are two distinct weight classes. You have the junior heavyweights, and the heavyweights. Both have their own titles, tournaments and more. The NEVER Openweight Title is a prize for both divisions, and the New Japan Cup will often see some mixing as well. But typically, they stay in their own divisions. This was not the case when it came to Will Ospreay & Shingo Takagi. After an instant classic in the finals of the 2019 Best Of Super Juniors tournament, they both started their transition to the Heavyweight division. One man who took offense to this, Suzuki-Gun member El Desperado.
El Desperado Was Injured For The Tournament
While he normally focused on the Junior Heavyweight Tag division, one of the highlights of the Best of The Super Juniors tournaments is El Desperado reminding everyone just how good he is. While never making the final, he is usually one of the highest points wise at the end of a tournament. He found it hard to watch from the sidelines, just focusing on the matches of fellow Suzuki-Gun members Taka Michinoku & Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Despite not watching as much as most, the finals was still something he has a strong opinion about.
“But in the end, it was (Will) Ospreay and (Shingo) Takagi in the final. And they both went up to heavyweight. the two top juniors, both changed weight class. So they made the Best of the Super Juniors look like it was just a stepping stone to the heavyweight division. There was no other way to look at it. They can eat s**t in my mind.”
When it was brought up that Suzuki-Gun member Taichi made the jump to heavyweight, he had an answer for this. “I think with Taichi it was a lot more natural. He is a big guy, was a big guy, and really he couldn’t not be heavyweight. It wasn’t just a case of him saying ‘I don’t have anything left to do as a junior’, any of that BS.”
Set For A Major Run Once New Japan Is Back
While he might be angry that Shingo & Ospreay used the Best of The Super Juniors tournament to jump to the heavyweight division, it benefits someone like Desperado. Never having had a major run as a singles star, the opening left by someone like Ospreay or Liger could be filled by him. This interview almost sets him up a defender of the junior heavyweight division, someone who wants it to be as respected as the heavyweight division. He has proven that he has the skills to be a champion, and the dedication as well. Do you agree with El Desperado about it being a disrespect to use the Best of The Super Juniors tournament to jump to the heavyweight division? Should he get a shot at Hiromu Takahashi? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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