NJPW BOSJ 27 And WTL 2020: Sho v Douki

Douki Continues To Show Growth

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Moments After The Beginning Of The November 18, 2020 Best Of The Super Juniors 27 Match Between Sho And Douki via New Japan Pro Wrestling

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 third series match of the night saw CHAOS member Sho battle Suzuki-Gun member Douki. Sho was coming off a win to begin his BOSJ 27 campaign, while Douki was coming off a competitive loss

With Sho being one of the favorites after his wave of impressive performances in singles competition throughout 2020, he needed a victory over Douki to keep his form moving in the right direction. On the other hand, Douki wanted to build on his growth and start coming out with positive results rather than moral victories.

Douki was able to present several questions for Sho throughout the match as looked far and above better prepared than he did coming into BOSJ 26 last year. Despite Sho having the power and ground advantage, Douki made the match uncomfortable for the Roppongi 3K tag team member.

As the match went on, an upset for Douki became more likely. However, Sho would eventually use his Cross Armed Piledriver technique to set up his Shock Arrow Piledriver to gain the fall over Douki at the 16 minutes and 26 seconds mark to move his BOSJ 27 record to 2-0. Douki drops to 0-2, but his form looks better than it has since his New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) debut.

Sho would go on to face his CHAOS mate Robbie Eagles on November 20th. Douki would face IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Bullet Club member “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori on the same night.

A victory for Sho over Eagles would make the latter’s path to a top-two finish and a spot in the BOSJ 27 Finals highly likely.

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