We’re nearing the end of this year’s Best of The Super Juniors, and the finals are starting to look a bit more clear with each passing day. Master Wato, Hiromu Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori all lead with 8 points, with each having another chance to pull ahead on this night. Right behind them is SHO, BUSHI & El Desperado at 6 points. Further back is Ryusuke Taguchi & Robbie Eagles at 4 points, while DOUKI & Yuya Uemura are eliminated at 0 points. Who would take a bigger lead tonight, or will the head of the pack become larger?
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yuya Uemura
Kicking off action is a match with a massive experience gap. Taguchi is the most seasoned veteran in this tournament, while Uemura is still a hungry young lion. Uemura has been steadily improving with each and every match he enters, and while he’s eliminated from the runnings at this point? Just one win would be huge. Does he have a trick in mind to beat Taguchi?
At this point, the formula for matches with Uemura in this tournament is clear. He forces a grappling heavy opening, and his more experienced opponent is able to overcome him. Uemura will then hit some big blows and try for the armbar submission, and nearly get the win. Taguchi would come back, get the ankle lock and nearly tap him out, before countering a roll up attempt to win. It’s a formula, but it makes it very easy to cheer for Uemura. This puts Taguchi up to a respectable 6 points.
Match Rating: 2.75/5 (** ¾)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: El Desperado vs. DOUKI
Another match involving someone eliminated, but DOUKI & El Desperado have something else going on here. They’re faction mates in Suzuki-Gun, and longtime friends. Desperado still has a chance to win this for Suzuki-Gun, and an easy night against DOUKI would help him a lot in that.
However, a mad man like DOUKI wouldn’t even lay down for Minoru Suzuki himself, instead deciding to throw everything he had against his old friend. He’d have Desperado on the ropes near the end of the match, but a quick counter into the Stretch Muffler saw DOUKI tap out. This win puts Desperado up to 8 points, in line with the front runners of the tournament. It was a fun brawl with some decent high spots.
Match Rating: 3/5 (***)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: SHO vs. Master Wato
When this tournament started, Master Wato wasn’t a top runner but here he stands above SHO in points. One more win puts him at a staggering 10 points for his first ever BOSJ, and SHO is looking to stop the rookie from being this year’s breakout star. He’s still in the running himself, and isn’t going to throw in the towel just yet. These are two future IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions, but only one can keep moving forward.
A hard hitting match from the start, these two would batter each other with deadly strikes for the better half of the first five minutes. Tensions would rise alongside the pace, and by the end both men were going all out. Wato would miss the Spiral Tap, which set him back in the match, but he’d still fight on valiantly and keep throwing heavy kicks to SHO and try for the Tenzan Driver. This would be countered, and soon after he’d be dropped with Shock Arrow. SHO moves up to 8 points, joining the leaders.
Match Rating: 3.5/5 (*** ½)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: Taiji Ishimori vs. BUSHI
While every other match on this night is a first time match, this one happened two years ago. In his first BOSJ, Ishimori was able to beat BUSHI, and now they meet again. Both have improved, and Ishimori enters this time as the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. One more win puts him at 10 points, but BUSHI is a very easy man to overlook, especially for a very confident Ishimori.
This one started as an outside brawl, and that set the tone for the match that followed. They’d go back and forth, hit their signature blows, and have a decent match. In the end, Ishimori would hit Bloody Cross and go into the Yes! Lock, ending this one and putting him to 10 points, the first man in the tournament to do so.
Match Rating: 3/5 (***)
Best Of The Super Junior XXVII Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs. Robbie Eagles
It’s main event time, and Eagles is one loss away from elimination. Tonight is do or die for Robbie Eagles, as he faces one of the biggest names in the division. It’s possibly the biggest match of his career, and while he’s rolled up the hyper Hiromu Takahashi in a tag team match, he’s got no one backing him up here. Hiromu Takahashi is still a favorite to win the whole tournament, and a win keeps him in the running.
This one was always going to take a breakneck pace, and that was delivered right from the opening bell. Eagles strategy of attacking the leg was especially effective against Hiromu, cutting off his explosive offense. He’d keep picking away at Hiromu, and would apply the knee bar in the middle of the ring.
Hiromu is not known for quitting, so he’d fight his way to the ropes, but the damage was done. He was no longer able to hit signatures like the Death Valley Driver into the corner, but kept on fighting. The flatliner would be hit, followed by the Time Bomb for the very hard fought win. This puts Hiromu Takahashi to 10 points, neck and neck with Taiji Ishimori.
Match Rating: 4/5 (****)
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