It’s time for day three of the Best of Super Juniors, and things are slowly heating up. It’s a way off from the end, and still anyone’s game, but with each passing match, the finals become more clear. Let’s break down tonight’s action, which is capped off by two tag team partners going to war.
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: El Desperado vs. Yuya Uemura
After a big win over Hiromu Takahashi on night two in the main event, Desperado opens the night against Yuya Uemura. Uemura alongside Tiger Mask IV nearly beat Desperado and Kanemura last year, and has grown a lot since then. Desperado comes in with all the confidence in the world, almost setting up a big upset.
When Desperado drew up the game plan for this match; to attack the leg and submit the young lion, he didn’t imagine he’d get a real challenge. Uemura gives his all in every match, but this was his best performance yet. He’d have Desperado struggling to the ropes during a Boston Crab, escaped the Stretch Muffler, and left Desperado clutching his arm by the end due to the use of a deadly cross armbreaker.
Desperado got the win with a quick rollup, knowing he had to end it because Uemura is dangerous, and almost had him beat. This moves Desperado to four points, while Uemura remains at zero.
Match Rating: 3.25/5 (*** ¼)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: Taiji Ishimori vs. DOUKI
Despite being IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Ishimori finds himself around the bottom of the card tonight with DOUKI. Their careers followed similar paths, and both can be absolutely brutal in the ring. DOUKI is hungry for a big win, and pinning the champion would likely get him a title shot, one way or another.
After a sneak attack start, DOUKI would give Ishimori all that he could handle and more. The champion would endure outside brawling, painful submissions and crushing lariats. However, when the referee went down and DOUKI swung his steel pipe at Ishimori, he’d grab his championshiip, lay DOUKI out and hit Bloody Cross for the finish. Afterwards, to send a message he’d apply Yes! Lock with the pipe, showing to not mess with him. This moves Ishimori to four points, while DOUKI remains at zero.
Match Rating: 3/5 (***)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Master Wato
Former tag team partners from the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship tournament clash tonight, as Master Wato takes on Ryusuke Taguchi. Wato has gotten two big wins so far, beating Uemura & Eagles, but tonight he steps into the ring with an established veteran, who might just know every trick in Watos book.
Taguchi skipped his usual comedy antics in this match, going right to his deadly technician mode. Wato would do his best to keep up with Taguchi using his karate style kicks, but when it came to the mat, he was no match for The Funky Weapon. Taguchi had the ankle lock applied, Wato would counter and go for a sunset flip, pulling the tights of Taguchi down a bit, then have the pin countered, and Taguchi’s ass much too close for comfort. This would lead to Taguchi moving to four points, and Wato losing his winning streak.
Match Rating: 2.75/5 (** ¾)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: Robbie Eagles vs. SHO
It’s time for both members of CHAOS in this tournament to meet, as SHO takes on Robbie Eagles. Right now, there isn’t an established singles Junior Heavyweight star in the faction, with Will Ospreay moving to the heavyweight class and then leaving to form The Kingdom. Either of these men could fit that role going forward, and both are likely future IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions. However, who is the ace? This match might tell us.
Over the course of 19 minutes, we would see SHO & Eagles go all out to prove who is better. It was a showing of skill, sportsmanship, and strategy, and just who could do better in the end. SHO was looking like he was running away with it as he hit some signature power moves like the Powerbreaker & Cross-Armed Piledriver. But Eagles countered Shock Arrow, took SHO to the mat, hit the 450 Splash to the leg and got a submission win with the knee bar. On this night, Robbie Eagles was the better man, and perhaps the junior ace of CHAOS. He moves to four points, keeping pace with the leaders of this tournament.
Match Rating: 4.25/5 (**** ¼)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: BUSHI vs. Hiromu Takahashi
Ending off a trio of matches between men who know each other well, we have BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi. They are thick as thieves and one of the best Junior Heavyweight Tag Team units NJPW has, and they haven’t met in a singles match since 2012. They’re perfect foils for each other, know everything the other can and will do, and that alone could lead to a match that is truly special here tonight.
In the longest match of the tournament yet, these two daredevils went all out for nearly 24 minutes. They had to pull out every trick in the book, take crazy risks, and even then, couldn’t keep the other down. BUSHI wrestled one of the best matches of his career on this night, but in the end it was a Time Bomb from Takahashi that ended this fantastic match. While they pulled some dirty tricks out, there was nothing but respect from both men in this match. Hiromu Takahashi moves up to four points.
Match Rating: 4.25/5 (**** ¼)
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