New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continued Best of the Super Juniors 27 (BOSJ 27) on November 20, 2020, at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus, 2019) reduced crowd of 696 showed excitement as the junior heavyweights entered a pivotal night of tournament action.
The second series match of the event saw reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Bullet Club member “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori (1-1) [2 points] take on Suzuki-Gun member Douki (0-2) [0 points]. Ishimori came into the match after gaining the fall over “Funky Weapon” Ryusuke Taguchi, while Douki took the loss against “High Voltage” Sho. Both matches took place on November 18th.
Despite Douki being the overwhelming underdog against the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, he showed a measure of growth as he gave Ishimori several problems throughout the contest. Ishimori needed the victory to keep pace at the top of the BOSJ 27 table but had to work harder than Douki, who has grown leaps and bounds since his NJPW debut last year during BOSJ 26.
While he was able to ask the champion a plethora of questions, Ishimori was able able to use a combination of slick chain wrestling and his Bloody Cross technique to gain the fall at the 12 minutes and 0 seconds mark. The win moved the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion to (2-1) [4 points] while the Suzuki-Gun member moved to (0-3) [0 points].
Ishimori’s next BOSJ 27 series match was against NJPW Noge Dojo Young Lion Yuya Uemura on November 23rd. Douki would face former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, BOSJ 25 winner, and Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) member “Time Bomb” Hiromu Takahashi on the same night.
Despite Ishimori’s BOSJ 27 opening night loss to Hiromu, he remains in control over his destiny, and a BOSJ 27 Finals appearance remains on the table for the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.