On November 25th New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) presented Best of the Super Juniors (BOSJ 27) from the Tokki Messe in Niigata, Japan in front of 887 fans. COVID-19 (Coronavirus, 2019) safety restrictions were responsible for the reduced crowd size, but the crowd was noticeable throughout the event.
The headline series match of the event saw reigning two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Bullet Club member “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori took on CHAOS member “Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles. With Eagles coming in with a (2-2) [4 points] record, defeating Ishimori was a must for him to keep his BOSJ 27 Finals hopes alive.
Eagles came into the match after a loss to former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) member Bushi on November 23rd, while Ishimori came off a victory against NJPW Noge Dojo Young Lion Yuya Uemura.
The match was highly competitive as Eagles showed he could compete against the top Junior Heavyweights in the world as he asked Ishimori numerous difficult questions throughout the match, nearly defeating the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
However, Ishimori showed why he is a champion and was able to fight back against Eagle’s best efforts. Ishimori would gain the fall at the 17 minutes and 22 seconds mark with his Bloody Cross technique. The victory moved Ishimori’s record to (4-1) [8 points] while Eagles BOSJ 27 record dropped to (2-3) [4 points].
Ishimori would go on to face Bushi on November 29th, while Eagles faced former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, BOSJ 25 (2018) winner, and LIJ member “Time Bomb” Hiromu Takahashi on the same night.
Ishimori’s solid form has him sitting at the top of the BOSJ 27 table, and close to securing a spot within the finals. While it doesn’t look like this will be the year for Eagles, he has proven that he could become the first every Australian champion in NJPW.