The November 18, 2020 Best of the Super Juniors 27 (BOSJ 27) event was in front of 696 (audience limited due to Coronavirus, 2019) fans at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The crowd was as lively as allowed while the Junior Heavyweights battled in their second matches of the tournament.
The first series match of the night saw New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) Noge Dojo Young Lion Yuya Uemura face former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) member Bushi. Both Uemura and Bushi were unable to win their opening matches of the tournament.
Uemura showed growth from his opening match against “Way to the Grand Master” Master Wato and was able to hold ground against Bushi, who doesn’t have the same striking ability as Wato. However, he remained a bit lacking in the offensive realm to completely challenge Bushi.
Bushi was able to survive the early swarm from the Young Lion, and would eventually control the match, forcing Uemura to switch to a defensive approach through most of the contest.
The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion was able to gain the fall at the 9 minutes and 57 seconds mark with a Fireman’s Carry MX to gain the first win of his BOSJ 27 campaign. The loss was not surprising for Uemura, yet his form was improved, showing that he has a great deal of potential for the future.
Bushi’s next match was against his LIJ unit mate and former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “Time Bomb” Hiromu Takahashi in the marquee of the November 20, 2020 match. Uemura faced Suzuki-Gun member El Desperado on the same event.
Bushi remains the darkhorse candidate to make a run at the BOSJ 27 finals trophy, despite not having been on his best form over the past several months.