NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 29


The show opened with a card change announcement. Current IWGP champion Juice Robinson is afflicted with appendicitis and has been removed from tonight's show. In his place, young lion Ryohei Oiwa steps up to challenge Tomoaki Honma.



Tomoaki Honma defeated Ryohei Oiwa

***1/4

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I'm a sucker for young lion matches—this was fun.


Ace Austin, Wheeler Yuta, El Lindaman, and Alex Zayne defeated Robbie Eagles, YOH, Titan, and Clark Conners

***1/4

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The English commentary was doing their best to establish Zayne and Conners as a legitimate pairing moving forwards.



TJP and Fransico Akira (United Empire) defeated Master Wato and Ryusuke Taguchi (Six or Nine)

***

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Taguchi forced Akira to make the save after locking TJP into an ankle lock. This led to a prolonged rally from the UE team, ending with an elevated cutter into a stretch hold from TJP. Taguchi tapped to the hold, leaving the UE team with a win over the IWGP Junior Tag Team champions.

This was, presumably, to set up a future IWGP junior tag title match.


Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Zack Sabre Jr. (Suzuki-gun) defeated EVIL and SHO (House of Torture)

*

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This was a nothing match, but at least it was short-lived.


Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale, and El Phantasmo defeated (Bullet Club)Jeff Cobb, Arron Henare, and Great O-Khan (United Empire)

**

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I was not a fan of this at all.

ELP and Henare worked through a short sequence before the match broke down into another brawl. Once things calmed down, Ace Austin walked to the ring and flashed an ace playing card and a too-sweet at Henare, leaving ELP free to hit CR2 and pin Henare.

After the match concluded, a close-up revealed Austin's ace was Bullet Club branded. Austin is officially the Bullet Club.



SANADA Speaks

In an unannounced appearance, SANADA walked to the ring and challenged for the IWGP US championship at Dominion. The English commentary seemed uncertain about Robinson's readiness come Dominion, given his ongoing battle with appendicitis.


BUSHI, Shingo Takagi, and Tetsuya Naito (Los Ingobernables de Japon) defeated Taichi, TAKA Michinoku, and DOUKI (Suzuki-gun)

*3/4

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This wasn't very good.

After the match, Shingo rolled up Taichi for a five-count, perhaps teasing a future stipulation for the KOPW trophy.

Once he recovered, Taichi announced if you want to see the choices for stipulations ahead of his KOPW challenge, you will need to watch his YouTube channel.


Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano, Tama Tonga, and Jado defeated Gedo, Taiji Ishimori, Doc Gallows, and Jay White (Bullet Club)

***

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Before the match, Jay White announced he had a surprise. KENTA's music hit, and he walked to the ring.

Once the match concluded, Okada and White had a staredown and heated verbal exchange.



Best of the Super Juniors Finals: Hiromu Takahashi defeated El Desperado

***1/2

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This pairing feels more than overexposed at this point. The match was pretty slow until the twenty-minute mark; once the pair reached this point, the match was rather exciting. The closing sequence was what you would expect—a ton of kick-outs in the ultimate battle of one-upmanship.

Hiromu wiggled free from the underhooks, landing two cutters, a Time Bomb, and a Time Bomb 2 to close the match and win the tournament.

After the tournament's conclusion, Hiromu cut a promo thanking the people responsible for the tournament and celebrating his third consecutive win.


Overall: Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Down


By: #GeraldRoberts