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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2017, 08:25:27 PM »
New Japan Cup 2017 Day 1 - 3/11. Multi camera show with no commentary

The New Japan Cup is, as it sounds, an annual tournament. Unlike The G1, The New Japan Cup is a single elimination 16 man tournament. The winner can choose any singles title to wrestle for, with the title shot scheduled for another upcoming major show. April 9th in this case I believe.

The announced opening round matches are:

DAY ONE

"Blue Justice" Yuji Nagata vs. Tanga Roa

Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga

"Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. "The Underboss" Bad Luck Fale

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL

DAY TWO

Juice Robinson vs. "The Tokyo Pimp" Yujiro Takahashi

"Headhunter" YOSHI-HASHI vs. "Cold Skull" SANADA

"The Wrestler" Katsuyori Shibata vs. Minoru Suzuki

"Stone Pitbull" Tomohiro Ishii vs. "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega

Onto the event!

Suzuki-Gun (El Desperado & Taka Michinoku) b. Ryusuke Taguchi and Hirai Kawato when Deperado pinned Kawato with Guitarra de Angel (Double underhook powerbomb) Kawato is a Young Lion, so it was a safe bet he'd be the one taking the fall.  Kawato did some nice exchange of moves with Michinoku to start things out, but Desperado kicked him from behind when he started gaining steam. Heat on Kawato to set up the hot tag to Taguchi. Taguchi ran wild with the hip attacks. Kawato tagged back in and did quite well for himself until Taka ran in for some double team moves. Eventually Kawato got caught and powerbombed for the loss.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & Jushin Thunder Liger  Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV, & Tomoyuki Oka when Kojima pinned Oka with The Western Lariat. Simply a match for competition, since all six guys are babyfaces, and much like the last match, you knew who was getting pinned.. Tenzan and Nakanishi started out trading running shoulderblocks. Tenzan also paid tribute to Hinma by doing the Kokeshi headbutt. Tiger and Liger tagged in for their respective teams. Tiger had Liger down when Oka pleaded for a tag in. Oka stomped and slammed Liger before tagging out. Kojima hit Tiger with his trademark rapid fire chops. Tiger hit Kojima with a Tiger Driver, which looked impressive give the size difference. Oka had Kojima in a Boston Crab, but Kojima powered out. Tiger broke up a pin attempt on Oka after Kojima hit a Cutter. a brief multi-man brawl ensued, allowing Kojima to hit Oka with the lariat.

Oka was helped to the back while the remaining five competitors shook hands and showed respect.

Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, & Yujiro Takahashi) b. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) when Omega pinned Hashi with The One Winged Angel  BC attacked before the bell. Takahashi brawled with Ishii on the ouside while Omega an Hashi started off in the ring. Ishii tagged in and had Omega's number until Takahashi came back and interfered. The BC worked over Ishii's leg. Takahashi started slapping Ishii, which fired Ishii up. Ishii made a brief comeback before tagging in Yoshi-Hashi. Heat on Yoshi-Hashi, who did make a comeback but missed a Swanton. Omega capitalized on this and hit The One Winged Angel for the pifall victory.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takaashi) b. Katsuyori Shibata, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA, & David Finlay when Sanada made Finlay submit with the Skull End (Dragon Sleeper). Kushida and Takahashi started the match, with Takahashi running from the babyface Kushida. Double tag out quickly lead to a multi-man brawl outside of the ring. Bushi choked out Juice with his shirt. Multi-Man back and forth exchanges with a lot of moves getting hit. Finlay got a tag and knocked around Sanada with running elbows to the corner. Side backbreaker on Sanada for a two count. Bushi smacked Finlay into a back suplex by Sanada. After that Sanada was able to lock in the Skull End for the submission victory.

Once again, the heels beat up the faces after the match because that's what they do. Naito even roughed up a camera man on his way to the back.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, Gedo, & Jado)  Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Takeshi Izuka, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Taichi, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Okada pinned Taichi with The Rainmaker Clothesline. A brawl broke out during the ring introduction. Jado & Kanemaru started the match. Jado landed some chops (with WOOOs) before tagging out to Gedo. Gedo continued to work over Kanemaru until Suzuki locked in an armbreaker over the ropes. Suzuki and Okada brawled on the outside while Taichi tortured Gedo with a cane to the eye. Taichi then did the same with the ring bell. Suzuki tagged in and put Gedo in a wristlock. Okada charged in to break up the pin, so Suzuki hooked both men in leglocks at the same time. Gedo made a comeback by choking Izuka with a ring rope. Tag to Goto who tried to rally but soon got cut off. Before long, Suzuki and Okada were finally the legal men in the ring, much to the crowd's delight. Okada was taking it to Suzuki until he missed a Dropkick. The moment Okada went down, Suziki tagged in Taichi and the rest of Suzuki-Gun pounced. Everybody took turns smacking around Okada, but nobody could get the pin. Okada made a comeback and hit his top rope elbow on Taichi. He tried to cut his Rainmaker pose, but Suzuki came from behind with a sleeper. Goto then saved Okada from Suzuki's Gotch Piledriver. Taichi used his cane on Okada, and put him in a pinning combination. Gedo broke up the pin with a side kick. Taichi mocked Okada's Rainmaker pose, and got a Too Awesome Dropkick in response. Okada finished off Taichi with the Rainmaker clothesline and got the win.

Chaos celebrated their win and shook hands to the cheers of the crowd.


Intermission



"Blue Justice" Yuji Nagata p. Tanga Roa with The Backdrop Hold. Nagata started out in control using mat wrestling, so much so that Roa was visibly getting frustrated. Road had to resort to whipping Nagata into the barricade to gain control of the match. Nagata began his comeback when Roa missed a top rope headbutt. Nagata landed an Exploder Suplex for a two count.They traded running boots, and Roa hit a back suplex and a spinebuster for two near falls. The referee stepped in to check on Nagata, as he was unresponsive. Roa went to seemingly put Nagata in a sleeper, but Nagata reversed it into the Shirome armbar. Roa reversed it into a pining combination for a near fall. Nagata scored a near fall with a standard suplex. Finally, Nagata got the win with a kick to the back of the head followed by the Backdrop Hold.

Toru Yano p. Tama Tonga  Tonga attacked Yano before the bell, beating him with his own DVD case and chasing him around the ring. The usual Yano comedy with him constantly trying to undo the turnbuckle padding and seemingly able to duck attacks from behind. Yano pulled referee Redshoes infront of a charging Tonga. Both Yano and Redshoes ducked, and with Redshoe's back turned, Yano hit the low blow and schoolboyed Tonga for the three count. Typical short Yano comedy match.

"The Underboss" Bad Luck Fale p. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin with a Hand Grenade. Oh man I love a good hossfight. Two huge dudes throwing each other around never gets old. They traded multiple running shoulderblocks, with Elgin getting the upper hand causing Fale to stagger and fall out of the ring. Elgin tied a dive onto Fale from the ring apron, but Fale caught him and drove him into the ringpost. Fale went to work smashin Elgin against the ring barrier and clubbing him with forearms. Elgin barely avoided a countout, but Fale continued his assault. Big Mike slowly started battling back, and made his comeback using several forearms and kicks. Elgin hit a vertical suplex on Fale, and hit several running clotheslines, eventually knocking Fale off his feet. Fale coutnered a German Suplex attempt by flipping Elgin over and splashing him in the corner. Fale went for the Hand Grenade but Elgin dodged it and hit a back suplex. Elgin bounced off the ropes for a lariat, but instead got hit with a Spear from Fale. This allowed Fale to his his Hand Grenade finisher for the clean win.

EVIL p. Hiroshi Tanahashi  The crowd was solidly behind Tanahashi, to no surprise. EVIL started the match trying to kick Tanahashi in the gut, but Tanahashi caught his foot and coutnered with forearms. Tanahasi controlled the opening monets by keeping Evil in a headlock. Evil clostheslined Tanahashi to the outside. Tanahashi reversed Evil's attempt to whip him into the barricade, and ran at him. Evil countered with a lariat, decking Tanahashi to the floor. Evil did his signature "Chair around the neck" spot. Why this isn't a DQ, I don't know but it lead to the heat segment with Evil working over Tanahashi. Tanahashi mounted his comeback after hitting a dragon screw leg whip. Evil cut it off with a side slam. Evil kept the momentum going with a suplex and top rope clothesline. Tanahashi countered with another leg screw, this time in the ropes, and followed it up with a High Fly Flow to the outside. Tanahashi rolled Evil back into the ring and climbed the ropes for another High Fly Flow. However, Evil pushed Redshoes into the ropes, which crotched Tanahashi on the top turnbuckle. Evil slammed Tanahashi off the top and contionued his assault with chairshots. Tanahashi blocked a chairshot with a kick to the knee, and hit his own chairshot on Evil. tanahashi was forearming Evil in the corner when Redshoes came to and tried to break it up. Tanahashi shoved him aside, and Redshoes took another bump. With Redshoes down again, Tanahashi gave Evil a neckbreaker on the chair. A High Fly Flow was countered by Evil getting his knees up. Evil and Tanahashi traded forearms as they got to their feet, leading to a rapid fire exchange of blows. Tanahashi kicked out of a running Lariat, and a Fireman's carry powerbomb. Evil locked in a headlock/armbar combination, which Tanahashi almost passed out to. Tanahashi kicked out and hit a desperation Sling Blade. Behind Redshoe's back, Evil sprayed Tanahashi with mist and hit his STO for the underhanded victory.

After the match, Evil cut a promo over the fallen Tanahashi.

As with most New Japan tournament shows, the meat ofthe show is in the tournament matches themselves. This is the second straight year Tanahashi has been eliminated in the opening round, which is interesting considering he's arguably still the top star. Now, onto Night Two!
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #76 on: March 17, 2017, 06:46:58 PM »
New Japan Cup Day 2 - 3/12, Multi-Camera show with Japanese Commentary

Yuji Nagata & Jushin Thunder Liger b. Tiger Mask IV & David Finlay when Nagata submitted Tiger with the Shirome Armbar. A battle of babyfaces. Liger & Tiger started out the match, but it didn't take long for the topes to the outside to start. Liger was in for the entirety of the beginning of the match, so Nagata got to run wild when he finally tagged in. Tiger Driver on Yuji had Liger breaking up the pin. Exploder Suplex on Tiger had Finlay breaking the pin. Liger kept Finlay at bay while Nagata locked in the Shirome for the submission win. Perfectly fine match, but I'm a little surprised Tiger was teh one to get beaten.

Handshakes all around after the match because these babyfaces are great sports.

Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa)  Hirai Kawato & IWGP Tag Team Champions TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) when Roa pinned Kawato with (and I kid you not) Apeshit, and over the shoulder reverse piledriver. Fale did his usual roughing up of the ring announcer Kimihiko Ozaki during his introduction. On top of that, all three BC members jumped Kawato before TenCozy could make it to the ring. TenCozy made teh save, and the match began with Fale and Tenzan starting out. BC quickly cut him off and triple teamed him. Tenzan was able to tag out to Kojima wheen Tonga hurt his own head on a headbutt. Rapid Fire chops on Tonga. Fale tried to run in, however Kojima clotheslined him out of the ring. Double tag out made it Roa vs. Kawato, which ended quicly with  Roa hitting Apeshit to get the pin. Kawato had to be helped to the back.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, EVIL, & BUSHI) b. Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, Michael Elgin, & Ryusuke Taguchi when Evil pinned Taguchi with the STO. Tanahashi and EVIL began the match while the rest of the heels attacked the babyfaces on the outside. With all of Tanahashi's teammates down for the count, LIJ concentrated on Tanahashi. Elgin tagged in and started taking it to LIJ. Naito kicked Elgin in the knee and tagged in Takahashi, to which Kushida tagged in. Kushida and Takahashi went blow for blow even with interference by Bushi. Double tag in made Taguchi and Bushi the legal men. Taguchi got a two count with his hip attacks, and Bushi tagged in Evil. After Taguchi decked Evil with an eziguri, the rest of LIJ hit the ring, knocking all of Taguchi's teammates to the floor. LIJ worked over Taguchi, each giving him corner splashes. Tanahashi tried to rally, but was cut off with an Evil Side Slam. Evil hit the STO on Taguchi for the pin.

Fortunately for the babyfaces, LIJ were not extra dicks this show, as there was no post match beatdown

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchik Okada, Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Gedo, & Jado) b. Suzuki-Gun (Taka Michinoku, El Desperado, Takeshi Izuka, IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Yano pinned Desperado with a rollup. SG attacked CHAOS during the ring interoductions and everybody brawled to the outside. Taichi and Kanemaru tried to double team Jado, but he rallied out of it. gedo tagged in, but fell victim to the double teaming. Taichi once again drove the ring bell into Gedo's head. Izuka knocked out Goto on the outside with a chair, then got back in the ring to help in the teaming on Gedo. Each of the five SG members took turns smacking aorund Gedo until Gedo was finally able to get the hot tag to Okada. Okada ran wild for a while, then tagged in Goto, who continued the comeback and tagged in Yano. Yano fooled all of SG with his goofy antics, and hit a lowblow/roll-up combi on Desperado to win the match


Juice Robinson p. "The Tokyo Pimp" Yujiro Takahashi with The Pulp Friction. Unlike many of the tag matches, this match was straight up babyface vs. heel. Takahashi came to the ring with another scantily clad female. Crowd was solidly behind Juice. Juice chased Takahashi out of the ring, and missed a plancha when goin after him. This opened up the door for Takahashi suplexing him on the floor, and rolling him back in to work him over. Juice started his comeback with a leg lariat. After a back and forth exchange, Juice was able to hit Pulp Friction for a big singles win.

"Cold Skull" SANADA s. "Headhunter" YOSHI-HASHI with the Skull End. CHAOS may be a heel stable but Hashi was the clear babyface in the match. High energy to start the match with headscissors from Hashi. Sanada knocke dhim out of the ring with a Dropkick, then followed that up with a plancha to the outside. Sanada then worked over Hashi on the outside by whipping and dropping him on the guardrails. Sanada dominated the match after that. Hashi tried to whip Sanada into the buckle, but Sanada countered with an impressive Flair like flip over the buckle followed by a springboard dropkick. Sanada locked in the Skull End Dragon Sleeper, however Hashi was able to get a rope break, which lead to his attempt at a comeback. Hashi locked in his own submission, and like before Sanada was able to make it to the ropes for a break. Hashi landed a swanton for a two count. The finish came when Hashi whipped Sanada into the buckle. Sanada backflipped over Hashi and locked in the Skull End again. This time, Hashi tapped.

"The Wrestler" Katsuyori Shibata p. Minoru Suzuki with a Penalty Kick. Easily the best match I've seen in a while. I've been looking forward to this match since it was announced. Both guys are legit badasses, so that usually translates to a great match.For a dastardly heel, Suzuki has some very catchy theme music that the crowd sings along with. Taichi accompanied Suzuki to the ring and looked to trash talk Shibata a bit. Crowd chanted for Shibata at the opening bell. Tie-up attempts backed the into the ropes for a rope break. Suzuki looked to be going for a clean break (he almost never actually does one becausehe's a dick), but Shibata kicked him in the gut (Shibata may be a face, but he trusts no one). Tis lead to a flurry of exchanged strikes. Shibata put Suzuki in a Figure 4, which Suzuki quickly broke by getting to the ropes. Suzuki put Shibata in his "over the ropes armbar", and whipped him into the barricade. Taichi attachled Shibata behind Redshoe's back. Shibata and Suzuki brawled through the crowd. Suzuki picked up a section of the barricade and used it as a weapon on Shibata. Back in the ring, Suzuki maintained control with armbars and strikes. Shibata rallied with some kicks to the corner, and that lead to more strikes exchanged. Shibata scored a two count with a suplex. The two put each other in Octopus Holds. Suzuki got a near fall with a Penalty Kick (Shibata's Finisher). Double knockdown with running boots. Suzuki put Shibata in a sleeper, and tried following it up with a Gotch Piledriver. He couldn't get Shibata up, and Shibata countered with a STO. Shibata countered another sleeper attempt with a Death Valley Driver, and finished off Suzuki with a Penalty Kick.

"Stone Pitbull" Tomohiro Ishii p. "The Cleaner" Kenny Omega with The Brainbuster. I think this match may have topped the Suzuki/Shibata match! Omega mocked Ishii's height at the start of the match (Ishii is like 5'5"). They started with running shoulder blocks, which staggered Kenny. Then, they did the obligatory back and forth exchange of blows. Ishii was about to follow Omega to the ouside, when Omega put him on his shoulders, teasing a One Winged Angel on the outside. Ishii fought out of it and tried suplexing Omega on the floor. Omega battled back and drove Ishii into the ring apron. Omega took control of the match. Ishii tried a comeback with headbutts to the gut and a powerslam, but Omega stopped it with a Famouser. Omega hit the Kenny Combo (Fireman's Carry Roll followed by a Moonsault) for a two count. Ishii staggered Omega with chops, but then got hit with a Hurracanrana. Ishii hit an impressive top rope hurracanrana, followed by a Last Ride style Power Bomb for a two count. Omega coutnered a German Suplex by backflipping to his feet, but was levelled by a lariat. Omega ducked the diving lariat, and hit a DDT. Kenny followed it up with a suicide dive to the outside, and hit Ishii with a top rope dropkick when they made it back to the ring. Crowd is divided between "Ishii" and "Kenny" chants. Ishii shrugged off a German Suplex, so Omega decked him with a V-Trigger. Gut-Wrench Power Bomb on Ishii for a two count. Omega tried for the One Winged Angel, but Ishii got out of it and landed his own German Suplex. Omega hit another V-Trigger, but Ishii just spat at him. Ishii landed his diving lariant, but only got a two count. Omega hit Croyt's Wrath (Electric Chair to a German Suplex) for a enar fall. Ishii again escaped The One Winged Angel, but got hit with Omega's reverse hurracanrana. Omega got Ishii up a third time for the OWA, but Ishii reversed it into an impressive Stunner. Ishii rallied with a dropkick, headbutts, and another running lariat. Omega kicked out again. Finally, Ishii hit The Brainbuster for the hard fought victory. Simply an awesome match.

This was a much better show than Day 1, not that Day 1 was bad. But those last four matches got progressively better.
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #77 on: March 21, 2017, 10:59:25 PM »
New Japan Cup Semi-Finals - 3/19  Multi Camera Show with no commentary

Juice Robinson, David Finlay, & Tomoyuki Oka b. Yuji Nagata, Hirai Kawato and some big guy I didn't recognize when Robinson pinned the big guy with the Pulp Friction. Like most Young Lions, Oka got no ring introduction. He stood in ring while his teammates walked to the ring to Juice's music. After Juice got the pin, Oka and Kawato got into a shoving match.

CHAOS (Gedo & Jado) b. Suzuki-Gun (Taka Michinoku & El Desperado) when Jado pinned Michinoku with an Elevated DDT. Pretty basic tag match that likely sets up a title shot for Gedo & Jado against champions Taichi and Kanemaru.

Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, takeshi Izuka, IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) b. IWGP Tag team Champions TenCozy (Yoshiro Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima), Tiger Mask IV, & Jushin Thunder Liger when Suzuki pinned tiger with a Gotch Piledriver. The heels jumped the faces before the bell. Taichi & Kanemaru mocked TenCozy's signature moves. Tenzan and Kojima worked over Suzuki before tagging in Tiger. Tiger hit a top rope headbutt on Suzuki, but the pinfall was broked up. Tiger landed an impressive Tiger Bomb for a two count. The finish came when Suzuki ducked around Tiger's kicks and landed his Gotch Piledriver.

After the match the heels tossed the ring crew to the outside.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA< & Ryusuke Taguchi b. Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, & SANADA) when Taguchi pinned Bushi with a La Magistral Cradle. High energy match with a lot of moves and multi-man spots. Taguchi ate a triple basement dropkick from three different directions. Bushi tried a backslide, but Taguchi reversed it into the Cradle for a surprise pin. No post-match beatdown, surprisingly. The heels jsut slowly walked to the back.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, & Toru Yano) b. The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa) when Okada pinned Takahashi with The Rainmaker Clothesline. Omega was dressed in his T Shirt and frilly pants, the gimmick is he keeps his shirt on for "lesser shows". Yano did some comedy being chased around by Tonga. Soon after, BC cut off Hashi for the heat. An extended beatdown on Hashi before he made the hot tag to Goto. Goto ran wild for a while and tagged in Okada. Omega and Okada traded blows. Takahashi went for the Pimp Juice DDT, however Okada got out of it. A Too Awesome Dropkick and Rainmaker later, it was all over.

Bad Luck Fale p. EVIL with The Bad Luck Fall. A battle of two straight up heels  Surprisingly, Bad Luck fale did not rough up the ring announcer this time. Evil attacked Fale before the opening bell, threw him to the outside, and went right for the barricade. Fale managed to get out of a chairhold, and brawled with Evil throughout the crowd. Fale rammed Evil against a wall, and hit him with a barricade. He then slosed off the ring with more barricdes, and Evil had to desperately dash back to the ring to narrowly avoid a countout. Back in the ring, Fale continued his assault. Evil hit a clothesline that send them both back to the outside, where Evil battled back with chairs. He hit Fale with a top rope chlothesline for a two count. Fale connected with a spear, a splash to the corner, and a big splash for a near fall. Bushi came to the ring and sprayed Fale with mist. However, Fale still kicked out. Tama Tonga also hit the ring to chase off Bushi. Fale finished off Evil with a Hand Grenade and Bad Luck Fall Powerbomb.

This means Fale will face the winner of the main event in the finals

Katusyori Shibata s. Tomohiro Ishii with a Read Naked Choke to advance to the finals This is a rematch from last year's WrestleKingdom where Shibata won the NEVER Openweight Championship from Ishii, and it was a VERY physical match. if you like strikes, this was right up your alley. Match started out with armholds and takedowns. After a few minutes the brawling started. A lengthy forearm echange, where it looked like Shibata was getting the better of it until Ishii decked him. Crowd is chanting for Shibata.  Neither man got a clear upper hand for the next several minutes. Suplexes, shoulder blocks, headbutts were all traded. Shibata tried a Penalty Kick, but Ishii caught the kick, and reversed into a cross arm breaker. Ishii laid in the kicks as Shibata slowly made it to his feet. Shibata decked Ishii with a kick, only to have Ishii get right back up and no sell it. A dropkick got Shibata only a one count. Shibata locked in a sleeper, and when Ishii went down he hit the Penalty Kick. However, Shibata did not go for the pin, but a Rear Naked Choke. Ishii refused to submit, and eventually became unresponsive. Redshoes awarded the match to Shibata.

Shibata sat over Ishii as he was getting attended to. Ishii grabbed at Shibata's feet like he was still trying to fight.

After the match Shibata cut a promo, presumably predicting victory.

Tomorrow's event will be headlined by Fale vs. Shibata in the finals.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #78 on: March 22, 2017, 07:06:18 PM »
New Japan Cup Finals - 3/20, Full show with English Commentary

Hirai Kawato d. Tomyuki Oka in 10 minutes. A battle of Young Lions, which is common in opening matches. Perfectly fine opening match, with a lot of submissions. Kawato had Oka in a small package when the time limit expired. Kawato did bow to the crowd

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV, & David Finlay b. Suzuki-Gun (Takashi Iizuka, El Desperado, & Taka Michinoku) when Finlay pinned Michinoku with a Sunner. The heels jumped the faces during the in-ring introductions and ganged up on Liger. Tiger got the hot tag and landed a Tiger Bomb and Tombstone Piledriver on Deperado. After a brawl with all six men, Finlay hit a Stunner on Michinoku for the pinfall victory.

IWGP Tag Team Champions TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) b. Yuji Nagata & Katsuya Kitamura in a non-title match when Kojima pinned Kitamura with a Lariat. Kitamura is the big guy I didn't recognize yesterday. He'll be a superstar if he gets good. He was actually in the ring most of the match, taking a beating. Nagata tagged in and went back and forth with Tenzan. He was a bit more aggressive than usual, because the crowd was cheering so heavily for Tenzan and not for him. Nagata put Kojima in the Shirome Armbar. Kitamura tagged in and landed a suplex on Kojima. Kojima kicked out and nailed Kitamura with a Cutter, then finished him off with the Lariat. Kitamura had to be helped  to the back after the match.

CHAOS (NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto, Gedo, & Jado) b. Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Jado submitted Taichi with a Crossface. Each team came out to Suzuki's and Goto's themes respectively, so I got to hear two of the coolest entrance themes today back to back. Desperado accompanied his Suzuki-Gun teammates to the ring. Once again, Suzuki-Gun jumped their opponents before the bell, and Desperado distracted the referee while SG ran wild with chairs outside the ring. Taichi tortured Gedo with the ring bell, and Suzuki used the cross-armbreaker on him. Goto got the hot tag and briefly rallied before Suzuki cut him off by taking him down and hitting a Penalty Kick. he went for the Gotch Piledriver, but Goto powered up out of it and turned it into the Ushigroroshi Neckbreaker. This definitely made me want to see a Suzuki/Goto singles match. Double tag-out brought Jado and Taichi into the match. Jado had Taichi in a crossface until Suzuki put him in a sleeper from behind.  Suzuki would've hit Jado with The Gotch Piledriver, but Goto took his head off with a lariat. Jado locked the crossface back in while the other CHAOS members kept Kanemaru and Suzuki at bay. This time, Taichi tapped out. It definitely established Gedo and Jado as the next title contenders.
 
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, Juice Robinson, KUSHIDA, & Ryusuke Taguchi  Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions EVIL, BUSHI, & SANADA)  Tanahashi & Sanada started the match, and it didn't take long for the heels to cheap shot him from behind. The babyfaces would have none of it, and cleared the ring of the heels. Taguchi then coordinated the attack using baseball coach gestures. Everybody ran wild on Bushi until the rest of LIJ hit the ring to get revenge. Naito slammed Juice on the rampway. The heels worked over Taguchi, which set up a hot tag to Tanahashi. Triple dropkick on Sanada. Elgin tagged in and continued the rally, followed by Kushida and Takahashi matching blows. Awesome exchange had Takahashi superkicking Kushida while Kushida almost immediately afterward gave him a Pele kick. The obliagotry multi-man brawl with all the big spots ensued. Juice went for Pulp Friction on Naito, but Naito countered with a low blow and Destino.

After the match Takahashi and Kushid brawled to the back. The remaining LIJ members beat down Juice, and fended off save attempts by Taguchi and ring crew. They all stood over the fallen Juice and posed. This really made me think there's a Naito/Juice match in the works.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, & YOSHI-HASHI) b. The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Yujiro takahashi, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa) when Okada pinned Roa with The Rainmaker. Omega & Hashi started the match, with Hashi getting the better of Omega. That is until they spilled to the outside and the rest of Bullet Club cheap shotted Hashi. Heat on Hashi for the next few minutes until Ishii tagged in. Yano tagged in and immediately went to remove the turnbuckle pad. When he turned around and found himself face to face with Tama Tonga, he screamed and threw the pad up in the air. After some comedy, Yano tagged in Okada, who ran wild until he ran into an Omega Superkick/Cutter/basment dropkick/splash combo by all four BC members. Okada and Omega had a brief exchange that lead to the exciting big move exhange between evrybody. Roa countered a Rainmaker with a spear and went for a tombstone. Okada got out of it and hit the Too Awesome Dropkick and a Rainmaker for the win.

CHAOS celebrated while the heels left the ring.

Katsuyori Shibata p. Bad Luck Fale  Fale ripped the sleeve off the ring announcer because he's a dick. Shibata got a big pop when he made his entrance. Kevin Kelly pointed out that Shibata's combined in-ring match time is twice what Fale's was. Shibata started the match aggressive out of the gate, kicking Fale out of the ring. Fale caught a PK attempt from Shibata on the apron, and drove him into the ring post. He followed that up by dropping several ring barriers on Shibata, which almost got Shibata counted out. Fale beat on Shibata for several minutes, doing things like standing on him. Shibata mounted a comeback to the chants of the crowd. The action spilled to the outside again, only this time it was Shibata whipping Fale into the barricade, and delivering a running kick which knocked Fale over it. In a rare move for Shibata, he brought a chair into the ring, but he did the RVD spot where he tossed the chair and then dropkickicked Fale when he caught it. Shibata countered the Hand Grenade with a dropkick, and used submission holds like triangle chokes and armbars. Fale decked Shibata with a clothesline, and followed it up with a splash for a two count. Fale delivered The Hand Grenade, but Shibata kicked out. Shibata countered the Bad Luck Fall Powerbomb by flipping around to Fale's back and locking in a Sleeper. Fale coutnered that with a side slam... Shibata HULKED UP and locked in the sleeper again. Crowd is going BANANAS! This time Fale was felled to the mat, allowing Shibata to nail the Penalty Kick for the win. Awesome match, and quite possibly the best Bad Luck Fale match I've ever seen.

After the match, Shibata cut a promo as the crowd chanted his name. I did not understand what he physicaly said, but he clearly teased his championship choice before yelling "OKADA!". He sat cross-legged next to the trophy as his music played. His championship match with Okada will happen on April 9th.
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #79 on: April 11, 2017, 06:16:59 PM »
Sakura Genesis - 4/09, Sumo Hall

This is the first major show after Shibata won the New Japan Cup.

Jushin Thunder liger, David Finlay, & Manabu Nakanishi b. Katsuya Kitamura, Tomoyuki Oka, & Hirai Kawato when Finlay pinned Kitamura with a Cutter.  Surprisingly, The Young Lions attacked the veterans before the bell. After a brief brawl, Liger locked Kawato in a surfboard. Nakanishi tagged in and powered Kawato around. In an impresive spot, Kitamura got Nakanishi in a torture rack (both guys are 300 lb. powerhouses). Liger and Nakanishi cleared the ring, leaving Finlay alone with Kitamura.

After the match Kawato shoved Liger, but left the ring before doing anything else.

The Bullet Club (Ama Tonga, Tanga Roa, Yujiro takahashi, & Chase Owens) b. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask IV & Tiger Mask W when Tonga pnned IV with a Gun Stun. Bullet Club came to the ring accompanied by a scantily clad Bullet Babe. Exciting early exchange between W and Tonga. There was also a brief hossfight between Makabe & Roa. Tonga licked out of a Tiger Driver from IV. owens got on the apron and shoved IV from behind, pushing him into Tonga's Gun Stun.

CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero, & Beretta)  b Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, & Taka Michinoku) when Hashi pinned Michinoku with Karma.  Suzuki attacked Hashi from behind before the bell, and used Hashi's own cane on him. Meanwhile RPG Vice handled Desperado and Michinoku in the ring. Rocky did try to stand up to Suzuki before tagging in Hashi. Suzuki got Hashi in a sleeper, but Taka tagged in. Beretta broke up a Gotch Piledriver attempt by Suzuki, which freed Hashi to hit Karma on Taka for the win. After the match Suzuki beat up the ring attendants with a chair because he's a jerk.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Champions Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi) b. CHAOS (Gedo & Jado) when Taichi pinned Jado with a leaping DDT. Taichi and Kanemaru were accompanied by a scantily clad valet and El Desperado. Early heat on Gedo with Taichi using the bell hammer on him. Jado tagged in and rallied. Desperado pulled the ref out of the ring to break a pinfall attempt on Kanemaru. With the referee down, Desperado attacked Jado. RPG Vice ran in for the save.

Jado had Kanemaru in a crossface, but the referee got distracted by the scantily clad valet, so he missed Kanemaru tapping out. With the ref's back turned, Taichi hammered Jado with his cane. Jado still kicked out of a pin attempt, only to fall to a leaping DDT by Taichi. After the match Taichi seemed to get in the face of Liger, who was providing guest commentary.

The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale) b. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) when Omega pinned Ishii with The One Winged Angel. Lots of comedy early on with Yano being afraid of the big man Fale. Also, Omega and Yano, both being heels, had some funny segments as they blatantly cheated. Yano removed two turnbuckle pads. Ishii whipped into the exposed turnbuckles and splashed by Fale. Omega followed that up with a V-trigger and The One Winged Angel for the pinfall victory. This avenges the loss Omega suffered to Ishii in The New Japan Cup.

Ricochet and NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi b. Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL, & BUSHI) when Robinson pinned Naito with Pulp Friction. Major shine on the babyfaces early on. Lots of action in this towards the end with everybody hitting their big moves. Robinson managed to hit his finisher on Naito for the upset win. The announcers rightfully sold it as the biggest win of Juice's career.

After the match Juice challenged Naito for the Intercontinental Title, and knowing New Japan's logic he will get the shot.

War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) b. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima to win the titles when Rowe pinned Kojima after a Fallout. Good hossfight. Any time you get four big scary  dudes tossing each other around, I'm happy. Kojima hit Rowe with his rapid fire chops. Impressive spot saw Hanson carry both Tenzan and Kojima on his shoulders at the same time. 3D on Rowe, which Hanson tried to break up with a splash. However Kojima dodged and Hanson splashed his own partner. Rowe hit Kojima with a cutter, but Kojima kicked out. Hanson hit a suicide dive on Tenzan to get him out of the equation. War Machine finished off Kojima with their finisher, Fallout.

After the match Tenzan and Kojima shook hands with War Machine, and Tenzan asked for a rematch. War Machine bowed to their opponents, and celebrated their victory.

NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto p. Zack Sabre Jr. with The GTR to retain the title. Sabre came to the ring wearing three title belts (PWG, Evolve, and British Heavyweight)  very mat-based technical match early on. Sabre showcased his signature counters. Desperado ran out for a distraction, allowing Minoru Suzuki to attack Goto from behind. However, Goto fended off Suzuki's interference, and hit the GTR for the win.

After the match Suzuki brawled with Goto, so that may be the next title program.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. KUSHIDA with The Time Bomb to retain the championship. Ryusuke Taguchi accompanied Kushida to the ring, probably in case the rest of LIJ made appearances. Large inflatable balls were dropped on the crowd during Takahashi's entrance. Kushida kicked off the match by hitting Takahashi with a plancha to the outside. Kushida got Takahashi in the Hiverboard Lock in the opening minutes. In a shocking finish, Takahashi got out of the submission, DVD'd Kushida into the turnbuckles, and hit his finisher Time Bomb to get the the quick victory. The match was only about three minutes long.

Takahashi taunted the fallen Kushida after the match. Ricochet ran in and challenged Takahashi for the title.


IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada p. Katsuyori Shibata with two straight Rainmakers to retain the title. The crowd sided with Shibata as he outwrestled the champion in the early minutes. As the match progressed, Okada got increasingly frustrated, and he was the first not to make a clean break. Okada DDT'd Shibata on the floor, which I always hate because that should be a stretcher job. Okada hit the Savage style elbow and motioned for the Rainmaker. However, Shibata countered with a STO. This lead to the dueling forearms spot. They went back and forth for several minutes, trading each other's moves, including stealing each other's signature dropkicks. I think Okada set a record for most dropkicks I've seen him use in a single match. Okada hit a Rainmaker, but Shibata NO SOLD IT! That's a first. Shibata headbutted Okada so hard that he split his own head open. Shibata locked in an octopus hold, which slowly felled Okada to the mat. Okada made it to the ropes, so Shibata kicked him and locked in a sleeper, his usual setup for the Penalty Kick. However, he instead gripped Okada's wrist like he was going to give a Rainmaker, and kicked him several times. Okada countered with a Rainmaker. kicks on his own, and two more Rainmakers to finally put Shibata down for the count. Excellent match and a possible MOTYC.

Shibata stumbled to the back, refusing any help.

This victory puts Okada third on the list of all-time combined days as World Champion.

After the match, Bad Luck Fale ran out and attacked Okada from behind. He gave both Gedo and Okada Hand Grenades, and hit Okada with the Bad Luck Fall. Okada had to be helped to the back.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #80 on: April 28, 2017, 08:48:29 PM »
Road To Dontaku - 4/27 Multi-Camera show with Japanese commentary

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tomoyuki Oka, Hirai Kawato b. Tiger Mask IV, Katsuya Kitamura, & Somebody I didn't recognize when Oka made The New Guy submit to a Boston Crab. Pretty standard opening match fare. Tiger & Liger started the match, and they went back and forth. Kawato and The New Guy tagged in, which lead to the heat on Kawato. Eventually Oka and Kitamura got in the ring for a battle of beasts. Kitamura hit Oka with a suplex and tagged out to the new guy, who hit a great dropkick. Oka Rallied with a powerslam before locking in the Boston Crab. Liger and Kawato kept Tiger and Kitamura at bay, so the new guy had no choice but to submit. Afterward everybody shook hands like good sportsmen.

CHAOS (Toru Yano & Will Ospreay) b. Suzuki Gun (Taka Michinoku & El Desperado) when Ospreay pinned Takahashi with a Springeboard Cutter. Technically both teams are heels, but Suzuki-Gun are far more dastardly and cowardly. Despeado used a hammer on Ospreay pretty much out of the gate.Ospreay tagged in Yano, who immediately removed the turnbuckle pads on opposite corners. As the referee tried to take the pad from Yano, Yano lowblowed Michinoku. Yano tagged Ospreay back in who hit his springboard cutter for a pretty quick victory.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & David Finlay b. The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, & Chase Owens) The faces ran wild early until Finlay got tripped and tossed to the outside for the heat. The heels mocked Kojima by hitting Finlay with rapid fire chops. Kojima got his revenge by hitting his genuine rapid fire chops on all three opponents. Tencozy hit a 3D on Owens, allowing Tenzan to finish him off with the Anaconda Vice.

Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta) b. Suzuki-Gun (Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) when Beretta pinned Kanemaru after the Strong Sero finisher. Good match with a lot of the expected high flying. The scantily clad valet got involved a lot though. The heels got the heat on Beretta, setting up the hot tag to Romero. RPG Vice hit their finisher on Kanemaru, but Taichi pulled the ref out of the ring. He and the scantily clad valet taped the hammer to his boot. He kicked Beretta in the face, and sold his own foot. Kanemaru hit a moonsault, but only scored a two count. Tower Of Doom spot put all four wrestlers writihing around on the mat. Rocky got up first, and he and Taichi tumbled to the outside. Beretta and Kanemaru went back and forth with Kanemaru scoring another near fall with a spinning DDT. Kanemaru went to the top rope, presumably for his leaping DDT, but Rocky huracanrana'd him off the top. RPG Vice hit their Strong Zero finisher for the win.

After the match, Romero taunted the heels, telling them to go home in Japanese. He also challenged The Young Bucks.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, BUSHI, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi) Juice Robinson, Yoshitatsu, & NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ricochet, & Ryusuke Taguchi)  The heels tried to jump the faces before the bell, but the faces were ready. The brawl spilled to the outside right away. The faces gathered together and teamed up on BUSHI with Taguchi directing them with baseball coach gestures. As Taguchi celebrated to the crowd, the rest of LIJ tossed the facees out of the ring. So Taguchi had to face all of LIJ on his own, which of course did not end very well. This lead to the heat on Taguchi as the heels teamed up on him. Eventually Ricochet got the hot tag and ran wild to the cheers of the crowd. Tanahsahi and Robinson each got chances to shine as well. Exciting high speed action ensued with everybody hitting their big movies. The finish was Juice reversing Sanada's Skull End Dragon Sleeper into Pulp Friction. This gives Juice two high profile wins over LIJ. See how much more credible a new challenger looks when he gets some wins? it's hard to believe the former CJ Parker has become one of my favorite guys to watch now.

Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi) b. CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuhika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Yoshi-Hashi) wen Fale pinned Hashi with a Tombstone Pilerdriver. Okada and Takahashi were poised to start the match, but Fale cheapshotted Okada from behind. Okada rallied, knocking the BC out of the corner and tagging in Hashi. Hashi did well until Omega was tagged in. Omega took Hashi and Ishii, starting the heat on Ishii. After a long beatdown on Ishii, Okada got the hot tag and ran wild with a vengeance. Takahashi was finally able to take Okada down and tag in Fale. Again, it's so simple, the monster challenger didn't get in the ring with the champion until the champion is vulnerable. Okada decked Fale with a dorpkick and tagged in Hashi. CHAOS eventually toppeled the monster together, but Hashi could only get two counts. All the teammates started brawling outside the ring, leaving Hashi in the ring alone with Fale. CHAOS tried to make a save, but Fale koncked them all to the floor. Fale then hit Hashi with a Tombstone Piledriver (one of Okada's signature moves) to get the pin.

After the match, Fale whipped Okada into the turnbuckles and choked him on the floor with his boot.


Minoru Suzuki  p. NEVER Openweight Champion Hirooki Goto with a Gotch Piledriver to win the title. Both these guys have awesome themes and entrances. The match started out like most big matches, with lockups and the feeling out process. it wasn't long before Suzuki busted out the armbreaker over the ropes, and knocked around  Goto outside the ring. Referee Red Shoes took the chair from Suzuki, and behind his back El Desperado attacked Goto. Back in the ring Suzuki toyed with Goto. Goto made a brief comeback after countering with a lariat. Goto landed a series of strikes in the corner, which riled up Suzuki. An extended trade of forearms originally went bad for Goto, but he turned it around and finally decked Suzuki/ Goto locked in a submission that was like a crossface paired with a Rings of Saturn, but Suzuki made it to the ropes. Goto lifted Suzuki for the Ushi Garoushi, only for Suzuki to get him in the Rear Naked Choke. Goto powered out of a powerbomb attempt and hit the Ushi Garoushi. Desperado tried to interfere, and was knocked to the barricade by Goto's forearm. He collapsed by the barricade like he was dead. Goto went for the GTR, only for Suzuki to power out of it and hit a dropkick (Suzuki is 48!). Behind the ref's back, Desperado returned and gave Goto an Over The Head Chairshot that busted the chair. Suzuki further weakened Goto with several hand strikes. Finally, Suzuki finished off Goto with a Gotch Piledriver.

After the match, Suzuki tossed Goto to the outside and kicked Red Shoes. He cut a promo, presumably putting over his heel Suzuki-Gun stable.

Very good match, and worthy of a Main Event.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #81 on: May 01, 2017, 06:20:57 PM »
Toyonokuni - 4/29, Full show with Japanese Commentary

Jushin Thunder Liger, Tomoyuki Oka Hirai Kawato  Tiger Mask IV, Katsuya Kitamura, & Shota Umino  This was a rematch from the previous show. Umino is the new guy I didn’t recognize. Again we got a fun Hossfight between Kitamura and Oka. Umino tagged in and got a near fall or two on Oka. Oka locked in a Boston Crab, but Umino made it to the ropes. So Oka simply powerslammed him and locked in the Crab again to get the submission victory. Handshakes for everybody except Oka and Kitamura, so we may have a Young Lions feud on our hands.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Baretta) b.  Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) when Baretta pinned Desperado. Romero and Kanemaru started the match. Romero hit an impressive double hurricanrana on both Kanemaru and Desperado. SG of course resorted to brawling outside the ring to gain an advantage. Desperado used a spike like object on Romero during the heat. Beretta got the hot tag. RPG Vice rallyed during a botched ref distraction and hit their finisher on Desperado to get the win.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (SANADA & BUSHI) b. Yoshitatsu & Ryusuke Taguchi when Sanada submitted Tatsu with the Skull End. Weird spot saw Taguchi somehow having his hands tied up on the rope while the heels worked over Yoshitatsu. Taguchi eventually got the hot tag and ran wild. Tatsu tagged back in and also ran wild until he got tripped. Sanada locked in the Skull End Dragon Sleeper to get the submission win.

The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga,Tanga Roa, &Yujiro Takahashi) b. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, & David Finlay when Roa pinned Finlay with a piledriver variant. The babyface actually jumped the heels before the bell. Shine on the faces as they worked over Tonga. The heels cut off Kojima and triple teamed him in the corner. They mocked Kojima with the rapid chops. Kojima was able to tag in Tenzan who ran wild then tagged Finlay. A brawl broke out outside the ring, leaving Finlay and Roa in the ring. Roa hit some sort of piledriver, think Bam Bam Bigalow’s Over The Shoulder Piledriver, for the pinfall victory.

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, & Will Ospreay) b. Suzuki-Gun (NEVER Openweight Champion Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku, & Taichi) when Ospreay pinned Michinoku with The Oscutter (Springboard Cutter). Once again we got to hear two of the best entrance themes in wrestling back to back. A brawl broke out early with things going well for CHAOS until Suzuki locked in his over the ropes armbar on Hashi. The heels took to the outside to gain advantage. Taichi used the now familiar hammer on Hashi, which lead to the heat on Hashi. Goto got the hot tag, and knocked out Taka and Taichi so he could get his hands on Suzuki. The two did a dramatic exchange of forearms and reversed each other’s finishers. Taka and Ospreay tagged in, and a multi-man brawl ensued. Goto clotheslined Suzuki to the outside while Hashi kept Taichi at bay. Ospreay nailed his Oscutter finisher to get the win.

After the match Suzuki and Goto had a pull-apart brawl. The announcers seemed to be saying “rematch”.

CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, & Toru Yano) b. The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, & Chase Owens)   Once again, Fale roughed up the ring announcer because he’s a bully. A brawl broke out before the bell (again). Fale had Okada at his mercy, but Yano ran in for the save. CHAOS triple teamed Fale, which was funny because Okada didn’t even have time to take his awesome coat off. Soon after, BC got the upper hand by working over Yano. Yano started a comeback, and went for the turnbuckles (this has to be a record for the longest time Yano has taken to remove the turnbuckle pad). The referee got knocked out by the turnbuckle pad. Yano low-blowed Omega while the ref recovered. Ishii tagged in and had a great exchange with Omega. Double tag to Okada and Fale, with Okada slamming Fale. Fale hit Okada with a Samoan Drop before tagging in Owens. Okada powered out of the Package Piledriver. Okada also laid out Fale with a neckbreaker. A Tombstone and Rainmaker later on Owens and it was all over.

After the match, Okada tried a dive to the outside onto Fale, but was caught and slammed to the floor.

They have 90 minutes for the three top matches.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. Ricochet with the Time Bomb. This was an awesome match, even if it did begin with dives to the outside. Ricochet had the shine in the early moments until Takahashi speared him to the outside onto the barrier. Takahashi tried to ground Ricochet with a leg screw and a figure 4. Ricochet rallied with a 619 and spinning uppercut. Takahashi hit a DVD on the apron, and of course less than a minute later Ricochet is back on offense, hitting a pair of rolling suplexes on the floor. A ton of highspots followed, as one would expect with these two. Takahashi hit his Time Bomb finisher, but Ricochet kicked out. Crowd is solidly behind Ricochet. Ricochet missed a 630. Takahashi finished him off with a DVD to the corner and a second Time Bomb.

If you like high flying, this match was for you.

Hiroshi Tanahashi p. EVIL   Tanahashi hit a plancha before the bell and whipped Evil into the barricade. Evil countered with a whip to the barricade of his own, and did his “Chair around the neck” chairshot. Evil worked over Tanahashi’s neck with holds. Tanahashi skinned the cat on the ropes and headscissored Evil to the outside. He followed that up with a High Fly Flow to the outside. Back in the ring they traded forearms. Evil continued his neck assault. Tanahashi mounted a comeback with a Slingblade. He was going for the High Fly Flow when Evil’s LIJ stablemates Bushi and Sanada hit the ring. They knocked Tanahashi off the top rope where he collided with referee Red Shoes. Bushi and Sanada double teamed the hero. Bushi went for the mist, but Tanahashi ducked and Bushi sprayed Sanada. At this point, Ryusuke Taguchi ran in for the save. Sanada & Evil carried Taguchi to the back, leaving the original competitors in the ring. Tanahashi went for the High Fly Flow again, but Evil got the knees up. Tanahashi dodged Evil’s STO attempted, and landed a High Fly Flow bodypress, followed immediately with a High Fly Flow frogsplash to finally put Evil down.

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito p. Juice Robinson with Tranquilo. This was a huge test for Juice, as it is his first singles PPV main event outside of possibly a G1 Match. There was a very emotional video package highlighting Juice’s rapid rise, and his humble but determined mindset. Naito tried controlling the opening minutes by stalling and getting in and out of the ring. Juice eventually got his hands on Naito and hit several moves. However, Naito reverse a whip to the barricade, and regained control over Juice. Naito worked over Juice’s leg after wrapping it around the barricade. Naito used several figure four variants, as well as basement dropkicks to the knee. Juice slowly mounted a one-legged comeback, and landed a top rope bodypress. Juice nailed a spinebuster on the apron (that’s two too many apron bumps if you ask me). Back in the ring, Naito landed a Tornado DDT, and continued the assault        on Juice’s knee with a calf killer. Juice countered a top rope hurricanrana into a powerbomb, and hit a second powerbomb for a near fall. Juice went for the Pulp Friction (Unprettier/Killswitch) but Naito pushed him off. Juice got Naito on his shoulders, only to have Naito counter with Destino. Naito hit a second Destino, but Juice kicked out! Juice countered a third Destino and went for Pulp Friction again. Naito countered that into a third and final Destino to get the win at last.

This was a perfect example of a guy who looked stronger in defeat, because it took so much to finally put him down. Excellent match that capped of a show that had a so-so first half.

As Juice was helped to the back, Naito took the mic for a promo. However, before he started Tanahashi stepped out and got in the ring. It’s worth noting that no music hit, and no grandiose entrance. Tanahashi just got in the ring and took a mic. He acted like he was reading from an invisible piece of paper. He clearly mentioned the Tokyo Dome (where Naito beat him to retain the IC Title). Naito said something else. I assume this was a challenge for a title shot.

Tanahashi left the ring, and Naito cut a promo as Bushi, Takahashi, and Sanada joined him in the ring to close the show.
      

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« Reply #82 on: May 03, 2017, 10:41:21 PM »
Dontaku 5/03 - Full Show with English Commentary

This is the major show built to over the past couple weeks.

PRE-SHOW: Yoshitatsu & Hirai Kawato b. Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura when Yoshitatsu submitted Kitamura with a Leg Grapevine Oka & Kitamura are both beasts, so it’s cool to see them team. Oka and Tatsu started the match. The two Young Lions cut off Kawato for the double teaming. The announce team of Kevin Kelly and Don Callis really put over Kitamura. Kawato held Oka at bay while Tatsu locked in his leg grapevine to get the submission. Standard opening match fare.

CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Will Ospreay) b. The Bullet Club (Yujiro Takakashi & Chase Owens) when Hashi submitted Owens with the Butterfly Lock. Bullet Club attacked before the bell, and cut off Hashi. Ospreay got a tag and used a few dropkick variations. Owens tagged in for some back and forth action before Ospreay tagged back out to Hashi. A four way broke out, which Ospreay broke up with an outside dive. This left Hashi in the ring with Owens, who he put away with his Butterfly Lock

Togi Makabe, Tiger Mask IV, & Tiger Mask W b. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, & Jushin Thunder Liger when Makabe pinned Nakanishi with The King Kong Kneedrop. A lot of action early on, with IV and W doing some double teaming. W got a Tiger Driver on Nagata. Double tag out brought in Makabe and Nakanishi for the hossfight. The Tigers kept Nagata and Liger at bay as Makabe fought out of a Torture Rack. Makabe levelled Nakanishi with a lariat and hit the top rope knee to win the match.

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Jado, IWGP Junior Tag Champions Rocky Romero, & Beretta) b. Suzuki-Gun (NEVER Openwieght ChampionMinoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado, & Taka Michinoku) when Goto pinned  I will never get tired of hearing Goto and Suzuki’s music played in succession. A brawl erupted right off the bat. Taichi choked out Romero with a cane right in front of Kelly and Callis. Kelly yelled “Come on!” disapprovingly, while Callis blurted out “Go for the eye!”. Suzuki choked Goto with a chair. In the ring, Kanemaru and Taichi worked over Jado. Yano tagged in and did his comedy. Callis openly asked God to put Suzuki in the ring with Yano. Suzuki did tag in, but Yano quickly tagged in Goto. Suzuki and Goto went at it for several minutes before the multi-man brawl returned. While everybody was brawling on the outside, Goto hit Taka with the Ushi Garoushi and a GTR for a three count.

After the match the brawl continued, with Suzuki and Goto being pulled apart. Suzuki cut a promo saying let them fight. The Young Lions (who work like security when not wrestling) wouldn’t allow it, so Suzuki made sure to deck Kitamura on his way out.

Cody (Rhodes) p. David Finlay with the Crossroads. Very high energy match early on. Neither man really dominated. Finlay went for a spinning uppercut off the second rope, but Cody reversed it into the Crossroads for the win.

Cody cut a promo after the match saying he wants somebody bigger and stronger.

Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA  Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi)  This was KUSHIDA’s first match after the surprisingly quick loss to Takahashi last month. The crowd chanted for Naito. KUSHIDA and Naito started out the match, but Kushida went after Takahashi. They brawled through the crowd. Unfortunately for Kushida, Naito disposed of Juice in the ring, and joined Takahashi in double teaming Kushida. They brought Kushida back into the ring for more teaming, until Juice got the hot tag. It’s worth noting that Juice is still selling his knee from the IC Title match a few days ago. Juice hit several moves on Naito, but Naito blocked a senton and went back to the knee. Naito hit a Tornado DDT, which lead to a double tag out. Kushida hit a top rope dive out to both LIJ members. Back in the ring Kushida was taking it to Takahashi until Naito German Suplexed him from behind. This allowed Takahashi to finish off Kushida with the Time Bomb. Sans one possible tag match, Kushida has yet to pin Takahashi since he lost the Junior Heavyweight title to him in January.

A video package aired announcing the Best Of The Super Juniors Entrants

A BLOCK
Jushin Thunder Liger
Ricochet
Dragon Lee
Will Ospreay
Marty Scurll
Taichi
Taka Michinoku
Hiromu Takahashi

B BLOCK
Tiger Mask IV
Ryusuke Taguchi
KUSHIDA
Volador Jr.
ACH
Yoshinobu Kanemaru
El Desperado
BUSHI

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champions War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) b. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) and Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) when Rowe pinned Tenzan after Fallout. I tend to dislike three ways, but these teams have legitimately been feuding over a few months. War Machine came out in Spartan-like helmets. Three way brawl escalated quickly. Kojima got his rapid fire chops in early on both War Machine teammates. The GODs cut off Kojima, and Tonga decked both War Machines off the apron with an impressive dropkick with each foot hitting one guy. Hanson did his version of the Forever Clotheslines on both GODs. Tencozy paid tribute to Tomoaki Honma by hitting Kokeshi headbutts. Tenzan climbed the ropes for a Moonsault, but Hanson stopped him. War Machine hit Fallout to pin Tenzan and retain their titles.

War Machine were bowing to the crowd when The GODs attacked them from behind and beat them down.

They have almost two hours remaining and only three matches to go.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (SANADA, EVIL, & BUSHI) b. NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryusuke Taguchi, & Ricochet) when Bushi pinned Taguchi with two Codebreakers. Comedy early on with all three of Taguchi Japan doing hip attacks. LIJ were able to turn the tides on the faces and concentrate on Taguchi himself. Ricochet tagged in and ran wild, then it was Tanahashi’s turn. Triple submission spot with the babyfaces all locking in holds on the heels. Evil blocked a High Fly Flow with his knees. Taguchi tagged in and hit several running hip attacks. Multi-man exchange with everybody hitting big moves. The referee got bumped, and while he was down, Taguchi put Bushi in The Ankle Lock, and Bushi tapped. Taguchi looked for the referee, and got mist in the face from Bushi. Taguchi valiantly kicked out of the rollup, but got hit by a second rope Codebreaker. Tanahashi and Ricochet broke up the pinfall, but both got hit by Cutters for their troubles. Bushi hit a second middle rope Codebreaker and got the win. LIJ are now three-time champions. And once again all five members of LIJ are champions.

Kenny Omega p. Tomohiro Ishii with The One Winged Angel. This was being sold by the announcers as an unofficial #1 Contenders Match. Omega came to the ring shirtless and in black trunks, which means he means business. Ishii’s shirt uses the term “Tough And Hard”. Again, this one had action out of the gate, but people have been expecting a rematch since Ishii beat Omega in Round One of The New Japan Cup. The opening minutes may have had more action outside the ring than inside. Omega powerbombed Ishii on the apron for a near countout. Kenny had the upper hand for the next several minutes. Ishii finally got fed up with Omega’s strikes and started no-selling. Ishii hit a Superplex. Omega hit a top rope dive to the outside. Ishii kicked out of a V-Trigger (Boma Ye/Kinshasa). Ishii nearly decapitated Omega with a Lariat. Omega kicked out of a basement Lariat. Ishii tried to go for The One Winged Angel, but Omega reversed it with a Reverse Hurricanrana. Omega went for The One Winged Angel, and ISHII hit a Reverse Hurricanrana! The dude is like 5’5” and 220. Omega hit a Brainbuster (Ishii’s finisher) for a two-count. Omega finally hit The One Winged Angel and got the pin. Amazing match!

Kenny teased helping Ishii up, but turned his back and walked out because in the end, he’s a dick.

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada p. Bad Luck Fale after a third Rainmaker. These two do have history, as Fale cleanly pinned Okada in the 2015 and 2016 G1 tournaments. However, he never got a title shot, only a non-title match. Fale controlled the opening minutes, ramming Okada’s back into the ringpost (why is this stuff not DQ material anymore?). Okada rallied with a bodyslam and a clothesline to the outside. Okada went for a Tombstone, but Fale was too big. However, Okada was able to hit the Heavy Rain Neckbreaker. Okada motioned for the Rainmaker, but Fale reversed it into a Bearhug, and smashed Okada into the turnbuckle. Fale hit a corner splash for a two count. After that, Fale hit a Hand Grenade, only for Okada to kick out. Okada hit the Too Awesome Dropkick, followed by a Missile Dropkick. Then Okada hit a Tombstone Piledriver on the 350 lb. Fale. Okada went for the Rainmaker, but Fale retaliated with a Rainmake of his own. Fale hit a Spear for a two count. Okada got out of a Bad Luck Fall attempt, and hit another dropkick (we may have a record for the number of Okada dropkicks in a single match) but fell to a lariat. Fale hit the Tombstone, and Okada kicked out of it for the first time ever. Another Bad Luck Fall attempt, with Okada hurricanranaing his way out of it. Okada then hit two straight Rainmakers. He went for a third, but Fale countered. Okada turned it into a German Suplex, and hit a third Rainmaker to get the win. Another awesome match under Okada’s belt. It’ll take an amazing turn of events for this guy not to be my Wrestler Of The Year for 2017.

After the match, Okada posed with somebody of importance in Japan. He then took the mic and called out Omega. Without even speaking to the crowd, Omega got them to chant for him. Major tease for Okada/Omega II.

Okada did his “I have three things to say” promo, but I have no idea what he said other than it looks like Okada/Omega II will happen in June at Dominion.
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #83 on: May 16, 2017, 09:43:07 PM »
I heard tomorrow morning's BOSJ opening show at Korakuen Hall is free on NJPW World, no signup required.

Also, can you explain Kojima's Bread Club?

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #84 on: May 17, 2017, 12:34:16 PM »
This link is from New Japan's Twitter

https://t.co/YSRxzjjokT

Regarding Kojima, my understanding is he's just a really big fan of bread.
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« Reply #85 on: May 17, 2017, 06:31:22 PM »
Best Of The Super Juniors 24

A BLOCK
Jushin Thunder Liger
Ricochet
Dragon Lee
Will Ospreay
Marty Scurll
Taichi
Taka Michinoku
Hiromu Takahashi

B BLOCK
Tiger Mask IV
Ryusuke Taguchi
KUSHIDA
Volador Jr.
ACH
Yoshinobu Kanemaru
El Desperado
BUSHI

Night One, 5/17 Korakuen Hall - Full show with Japanese Commentary

Unlike the G1, bloth blocks will have tournament matches on the same night.

Taka Michinoku p. Jushin Thunder Liger with a rollup. Both of these guys are seasoned vets, Taka is 43 and Liger is 50. A lot of mat based grappling at the start of the match. Taka did have Liger in the Facelock for a long period, with Liger barely making it to the ropes. Taka kicked out of a Ligerbomb. Taka countered with a tieup/rollup for the surprise pin. In a rare show of respect from a Suzuki-Gun member, Taka bowed to Liger after the match.

Volador Jr. p. Tiger Mask IV with a Moonsault Slam. This one had a lot of fast reversals and counters out of the gate, with neither man gaining any real control. Volador hit a DIVE on Tiger and went for a Moonsault, but Tiger countered with his knees. Volador kicked out of a Tiger Driver and dodged a top rope splash. Volador also escaped a cross-armbreaker. Tiger was going to go to the top again, but Voldaor cut him off with an enziguiri and hit a Moonsalut Slam for the win. A respectful handshake between the two babyfaces after the match.

Ricochet p. Taichi with a Shooting Star Press. Taichi stalled early by pacing around the ring. Ricochet dove out on Taichi, and tried to start the match. However Taichi still did not get in the ring, and even tossed his valet into the ring instead. When the ref was distracted with getting the gal out of the ring, Taichi struck with his cane and bell hammer shots. Ricochet rallied with kicks. The valet handed Taichi his cane, which he tried to use on Ricochet. However, Richochet ducked. The ref grabbed the cane. Ricochet het a spin kick, and finished off Taichi with a Shooting Star.

ACH p. BUSHI with The Midnight Driver. ACH stupidly accepted a handshake from Bushi, and got a dropkick in the face for his troubles. Bushi hurricanranad ACH on the outside, and gave him and elevated DDT on the apron. Bushi continued to work over ACH with submissions. ACH countered with kicks, and his a press to the outside. They went back and forth until ACH hit a few moves in a row and won with his Midnight Driver finisher.

El Desperado p. KUSHIDA with a powerbomb. Kushida came to the ring wearing his (SPOILER ALERT) newly won ROH TV Championship belt. Desperado atacked Kushida before the bell and used a spike on him. Kushida rallied with dopkicks and elbows, and used a cross armbreaker. After a ref bump, Desperado tapped to the Hoverboard Lock. When Kushida went to revive the ref, Desperado grabbed the belt and hit a pedigree on the belt for a two count. Desperado then finished off Kushida with a powerbomb variant.

Marty Scurll s. Will Ospreay with a Rear Naked Choke. Both of these guys are indie darlings. Some chain wrestling counters and comedy with both guys flapping their arms like birds.The match gradually escalated and the big moves began. I lost track of the number of DIVES, but both of these guys do them well. It was very much back and forth, with neither man dominating and both men having creative counters. Ospreay hit one of his twirling kicks. He went for the Oscutter, but Scurll countered catching him in the Rear Naked Choke, to which Ospreay submitted.

Ryusuke Taguchi  Yoshinobu Kanemaru  Comedy early on with Taguchi running the ropes nonstop until he collapsed, and Kanemaru literally kicking his butt. Heat on Taguchi as Kanemaru smacked him around the ring. Taguchi started his comeback with Hip Attacks. Kanemaru hit is leaping DDT for a two count. Taguchi countered with the Ankle lock. Taka Michinoku got on the ring apron to distract the ref, so Kanemaru could do a mule kick low blow. However, Taguchi countered with a low blow of his owen. He kicked Kanemaru, which caused Kanemaru to reel back and knock Taka off the apron. Taguchi rolled up Kanemaru in a small package to get the win.

Dragon Lee p. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi with the Dragon Driver. This was the main event and it was high action right out of the gate with the dueling strikes. Dragon won the strike contest, and started his shine including a Sunset Flip from the apron to the floor (INSANE!). Fortunately it lead to a near count out (Takahashi got in at 19 out of 20). They traded several release German Suplexes, then went back to the trading of stikes. After Dragon escaped a submission hold, Takahashi went for the mask. Dragon countered into an inside cradle for a near fall. They traded several rollups. Tkahashi got a two count witha  Canadian Destroyer. Dragon countered the Time Bomb, and hit a DVD to the turnbuckles (one of Takahashi's own moves). Dragon then hit what can best be called a Package Suplex (it sounded like they called it a Dragon Driver) to get the win. This is the first singles loss Takahashi has suffered since he returned last November.

Good show with a very strong main event. Worth seeking out if the above link still works

A Block Standings

2 Dragon Lee
2 Marty Scurll
2 Ricochet
2 Taka Michinoku
0 Hiromu Takahashi
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
0 Taichi
0 Will Ospreay

B Block Standings

2 ACH
2 El Desperado
2 Ryusuke Taguchi
2Volador Jr.
0 BUSHI
0 KUSHIDA
0 Tiger Mask IV
0 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #86 on: May 18, 2017, 06:49:46 PM »
Did Ricochet and Ospreay steal the show again this year?

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #87 on: May 19, 2017, 06:54:41 PM »
Did Ricochet and Ospreay steal the show again this year?

Well, they were the main event, so technically that would've meant they stole their own show. But yeah, it was easily as good as the first match.
      

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« Reply #88 on: May 19, 2017, 06:54:55 PM »
Best Of Super Juniors Night 2 - 5/18, A Block

This night had the more G1 like format of focusing on one block in tournament matches, with the other block havving tag matches to set up future tournament bouts.

Tiger Mask IV, Hirai Kawato, & Tomoyuki Oka b. Katsuya Kitamura, Shota Umino, & Tetsuhiro Yagi when Kawato submitted Yagi with a Boston Crab Six-Way crawl off the bat.Heat on Kitamura until he and Oka battled with suplexes. A lot of action happened with all the guys tossing each other around until Kawato locked in the most devastating move in all of the Young Lions field, The Boston Crab. Handshakes all around after the match. Perfectly fine opening fare, and I say again Kitamura is very impressive. I hear Umino is the son of Referee Red Shoes.

Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado) b. Volador Jr. & ACH when Desperado pinned ACH with a rollup. This had action right out off the bat with a lot of running and flipping. The heels cut off Volador, and Desperado hit him with a smartphone. ACH got a hot tag and hit a pair of DIVES on Kanemaru. ACH was going for an Overdrive looking move when Desperado grabbed the ref and pushed his head down. Kanemaru came from behind and hit ACH with something, allowing Deperado to steal the pin.

David Finlay & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson)  Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, & Yujiro Takahashi)  Finlay came to the ring in similar facepaint as War Machine. Another match with a brawl to start things off. Hanson did his version of the Forever Clotheslines. Finlay tagged in and battled with Tonga. Hanson dove onto the other Bullet Club Members. Finlay went for a flying uppercut, but Tonga reversed it into a Gun Stun for the three count. The heels celebrated their win as the faces went to the back

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions SANADA, BUSHI, & EVIL) b. Satoshi Kojima, Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi, & KUSHIDA when Bushi pinned Kushida with a backslide. Hiroshi Tanahashi was originally supposed to be in this match, but he is out with an injury so Kojima stepped up to take his place. The heels jumped the faces at the sound of the bell. Juice and Taguchi got some offense, but he was soon cut off and worked over for several minutes. Kojima got the hot tag and immediately hit his rapidfire chops on Sanada and Evil. Kushida was locking in the Cross Armbreaker on Bushi, but Sanada gripped Kushida with his Dragon Sleeper to break it up. Bushi soon afterward hooked Kushida into abackslide rollup for the surprise pin. Kushida has been on quite the losing streak. The heels beat up the faces afterward because they're jerks. Naito threw the IC Belt against the ringpost, seriously denting it. The ringside crew hammered it back into place, which actually got a bit of a pop.

Taichi p. Taka Michinoku with a rollup. Not only are both these guys heels, they're both part of the Suzuki-Gun stable. Desperado accompanied Taka to the ring. Taichi came alone, but lip-synched his theme with his mic-stand. Both guys just circled slowly around the ring as the referee kept making the "FIGHT!" gestures. After a few minutes of literally no moves, the two exploded with flurries of clotheslines, strikes, and enziguiri kicks, all of which they dodged and missed on each other. Taichi left the ring and paced around it. Then when he got in the ring Taka got out and paced around. Taka got in the ring, and Taichi left and paced around again. This time, when Taichi was getting in the ring, Taka kicked the rope and crotched Taichi. Taichi returned the favor to Taka. Taichi missed a kick, and tweaked is knee. When Taka checked on him, Taichi rolled him up and pinned him. IT WAS A RUSE! As Taichi danced around the ring, the camera focused on Taka, who had a sly grin like he realized he got duped.

Dragon Lee p. Marty Scurll with a Double Footstomp. Scurll is now part of The Bullet Club (established at the last ROH PPV), so he came to the ring with a Bullet Club umbrella. Both these guys were over with the crowd. Back and forth exchanges and crowd working early on. Scurll tied Dragon's mask to the ropes, and attacked him until referee Red Shoes untied Dragon. Lee rallied with a German Suplex and a dive to the outside. Scurll did his "fingerbreaker", which I always find silly. In fact he did it again on the top rope, but Dragon headbutted him and hit the ADR style double footstomp to get the win. Definitely  a match the crowd loved.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. Jushin Thunder Liger with a Timb Bomb. Crowd was majorly hot for Liger, as it was announced this was Liger's final BOSJ. I think he's been in more than anybody else. Anyway Liger came out a house of fire with major shine. In this match, whe got the Liger from 20 years ago. He suplexed Takahashi on the floor. It was at this time I noticed Takahashi has dynamite painted on the back of his tights. Takahashi powerbombed Liger on the apron, and went on offense. He even tried to rip off Liger's mask. They traded several suplexes, and Takahashi kicked out of a Liger Bomb. Liger was in the middle of a comeback when Takahashi kicked him in the face and hit the Time Bomb for the clean win. Great match! After the match, Takahashi pointed at Liger and pointed at the belt, so we may be getting a rematch. After the match, Liger cut a promo to the chants of the crowd.

Ricochet Will Ospreay  It's a rematch one year in the making. If you're familiar with both of these guys, you know what to expect. A ton of backflips, reversals, flying headscissors, dives, etc... And I mean that as a complement. It was two of the best high flyers in the world trying to top each other. To give you an idea, Ospreay did a top rope hurricanrana and Ricochet LANDED ON HIS FEET. Not to be outdone, Ricochet did a top rope REVERSE hurricanrana and Ospreay landed on his feet. Ricochet hit Ospreay with a corkscrew kick and springboard stunner (two of Ospreay's signature moves) for a two count. Ospreay dodged a Shooting Star Press and hit his own corkscrew kick and Oscutter for the win.

Ricochet won last year's match as well, so he's 2-0 against Ricochet in BOSJ.

After the match, Ospreay cut a promo practically collapsed from exhaustion. He called Ricochet his worst enemy and best friend. He said wrestling is an art form, and he will win this year's tournament, even if he has to have a House Of Horrors match. It was a heckuva babyface promo, but last time I checked CHAOS was a heel faction.

A Block Standings

4 Dragon Lee
2 Hiromu Takahashi
2 Marty Scurll
2 Ricochet
2 Taichi
2 Taka Michinoku
2 Will Ospreay
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
      

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« Reply #89 on: May 25, 2017, 04:49:28 PM »
Best Of The Super Juniors
B Block Day 2, 5/20 - Fixed camera house show

These fixed camera house shows have no commentary, so while they're not fancy on camera work, it does feel like your in the crowd watching a live show.

Yoshinobu Manemaru p ACH with a DDT. Shine early on for ACH as he did cartwheels and footstomps, until Kanemaru caused him to tumble out of the ring. Kanemaru pulled ACH in at teh count of 16, only to kick him back outside to continue his assault. ACH barely made in in at the count of 19. Shortly afterward, ACH mounted his comeback with a springboard dropkick and a DIVE. Kanemaru got a low blow in that the ref didn't see, then finished off ACH with his leaping DDT.

Tiger Mask IV  p. ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA with a Tiger Suplex. Handshake to start off the match, but they wasted no time turnign up the speed. Kushida grounded Tiger early and worked on his arm. Inverted STO on Tiger. Tiger countered a Moonsault with his knees, then went to the top for a bodypress. Kushida rolled through the body press and locked in a cross-armbreaker. Tiger made it to the ropes, and started his comeback.A Tombstone, a Tiger-Driver, and Tiger Suplex put Kushda down. Kushida's losing streak contnues.

El Desperado p. BUSHI with a roll-up. Both of these guys are heels, with Desperado part of Suzuki-Gun and Bushi part of Los Ingobernables De Japon. Surprisingly, neither tried to cheat out of the gate. However, Bushi did try a dive and was met with a chairshot. Desperado tossed Bushi into the seats (no railing at this venue). Desperado tried to unmask Bushi, which got some pretty big heat from the crowd. Bushi backdropped Desperado tot he outside and hit a flying headscissor. A swinging neckbreaker scored Bushi a two count. Desperado came back with a Spinebuster, which he turned into a leglock. Bushi went for his middle rope Codebreaker, but Desperado shived referee Red Shoes in the way, and yanked Bushi's mask over his eyes to steal the win. After the match Bushi tried to attack Deperado, but got his masked pulled off instead. Bushi had to leave with his face covered with a towel.

Rysuke Taguchi p. Volador Jr. with a Dodon.  While the last match had two heels, this one had two babyfaces. Taguchi did his usual comedy schtick like running the ropes too long and falling over. The two traded dives to the outside. Volador scored a two count with a hurricanrana. Taguchi countered with Hip Attacks. They went back and forth with neither guy really controlling the match. Taguchi won with his Dodon Facebuster. Something just didn't click with this match.

B Block Standings

4 El Desperado
4 Ryusuke Taguchi
2 ACH
2 Tiger Mask IV
2Volador Jr.
2 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
0 BUSHI
0 KUSHIDA

      

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« Reply #90 on: May 25, 2017, 06:28:23 PM »
Best Of The Super Juniors
A Block Night 3, 5/21 - House Show

Will Ospreay p. Taka Michinoku with the Oscutter. The story to this one was simple. Taka couldn't keep up with Ospreay so he resorted to brawling and taking him to the floor. Ospreay battled back with forearms and kicks, but Taka grounded him again with submissions. Finally, Ospreay rallied with his corkscrew kick, and got the win with The Oscutter.

Marty Scurll s. Jushin Thunder Liger with a Crossface Chicken Wing. A lot of mat wrestling to start things out, but the pace slowly picked up. Liger hit a top rope hurricanrana for a near fall. He also connected with a Superplex. Scurll countered with his stupid Fingerbreaker spot, and quickly submitted Liger with the Chickenwing.

Taichi p. Dragon Lee with a Razor's Edge Powerbomb. El Desperado accompanied Taichi to the ring. Taichi attacked Dragon before the bell. Lee rallied with a flurry of dropkicks. Wile Desperado distracted the ref, Taichi attacked Dragon with the ring bell hammer.  He also tried removing Dragon's mask. Lee made a comeback and ran wild, headscissoring Taichi to the outside, and then hitting dives on both him and Desperado. As Lee climbed to the top, Taichi grabbed the referee Red Shoes and rolled with him out of range. Desperado hit Dragon in the back with a chair. Lee tried to rally back, but after a Superkick and a powerbomb, it was all over. After the match Taichi pulled off Dragon's mask, the ring crew wrestlers rushed in to protect Dragon's face.

Ricochet p. IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi with a Cutter. I'm actually a bit surprised this match was on a house show, as this was a semi-main event match at Dontaku. Match was 120mph right off the bat. Takahashi tried a sunset flip off the apron to the outside, but Ricochet backflipped out of it. Big exchange of running moves and top rope presses, until Takahashi locked in a figure four to slow things down. Ricochet battled back with dropkicks and a flying upercut, but Takahashi blocked a shooting star with his knees. Ricochet kicked out of a PopUp Powerbomb and a Michinoku Driverm, and scored a two count of his own with a bomb variant. Ricochet kicked out of a Timb Bomb. Ricochet hit a release German Suplex, and immediately followed it up with a kick to the face. When that failed to get the pin, he hit some cutter variation to get the win. The best way I can describe it is a Pop Up Cutter. Easily the best match of the night.

A Block Standings

4 Dragon Lee
4 Marty Scurll
4 Ricochet
4 Taichi
4 Will Ospreay
2 Hiromu Takahashi
2 Taka Michinoku
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #91 on: May 26, 2017, 06:13:39 PM »
Best Of Super Juniors
B Block Night 3, 5/22 - Korakuen Hall

Full show with Japanese commentary.

Hirai Kawato & Tomoyuki Oka b. Katsuya Kitamura & Shota Umino when Kawato submitted Umino with a Boston Crab. Kawato and Umino started out with very aggressive back and forth action. Oka tagged in and continued to wrk over Umino. Kitamura got the hot tag and started throwing around Oka. Oka tagged out to Kawato, who tried (and failed) to match blows with Kitamura. Kawato tagged in and got Umino in a Boston Crab, only for Oka to break it up. Kitamura got Oka out of the ring, and Kawato put Umino back in the Crab, this time getting the win. Oka and Kitamura continued to brawl after the match, while the other two were more respectful.

Suzuki-Gun (Taka Michinoku & Taichi) b. CHAOS (Will Ospreay & Jado) when Taichi pinned Jado with a side kcik. Taka and Taichi attacked before the bell, but Ospreay fended them off. The heels took the match to the outside with the usual cane shots and brawling. Heat on Jado with Taichi using the bell hammer, while the referee was busy keeping Ospreay out of the ring. Ospreay got the hot tag and ran wild for a bit, before tagging Jado back in. Jaqdo had Taichi in a crossface, buut the referee was distracted by Taka and didn't see Taichi tap. Taichi made a comeback with the cane and pinned Jado with a side kick. The heels beat up CHAOS after the match

The Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Roa, Yujiro Takahashi, & Marty Scurll) b. David Finlay, Ricochet, & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) when Tonga pinned Rowe with a Gun Stun. Both Ricochet and Finlay came out in War Machine style facepaint. Scurll and Ricochet started the match. Heat on Ricochet as the heels worked him over. Eventually Finlay got the hot tag, took all the heels down, and tagged in Hanson for the Forever Clotheslines. Scurll hopped on Hanson's back with a sleeper hold, but Hanson still hit several running clotheslines with Scurll on his back. Impressive spot. Multiman fight broke out. Ricochet went to a Shooting Star Press, but Tonga nailed a Gun Stun (Cutter/RKO). War Machine were about to finish off Tonga with their fallout finisher, but Scurll distracted the ref with his umbrella. Takahashi hit Rowe with his cane, and Tonga hit another Gun Stun to get the win.

Satoshi Kojima, Juice Robinson, Jushin Thunder Liger, & Dragon Lee b. Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, Sanada, EVIL, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hromu Takahashi) when Jice pinned Evil with the Pulp Friction This time, the faces jumped the heels. Likely due to Naito disrespecting the IC Title by throwing it down. Liger had Naito on the ropes until Sanada and Evil ran in. This started the heat on Liger. Each time Liger tried a comeback, he'd get cut off. Dragon got the hot tag, and went back and forth with Takahashi. Kojima tagged in and hit Sanada with his rapid fire chops. Exciting multi-man exchange at the 10 minute mark. Dragon hit a dive to the outside. Naito and EVIL were going to team on Juice, but Kojima broke it up by hitting a Koji Cutter on Naito and a Lariat on Evil. This allowed Juice to hit Pulp Friction on Evil for the wim.

Volador Jr.  Yoshinobu Kanemaru  Taka Michinoku accompanied Kanemaru to the ring. Shine on Volador until the heels teamed up on him outside the ring. Kanemaru hit a big back body drop and locked in a Crab, but Volador made it to the ropes. DDT on the floor on Volador lead to a near countout. Volador rallied with a flying headscissors and dive to the outside. Kanemaru mounted a comeback with an enziguiri and an inverted DDT, but VOlador kicked out. Taka distracted the referee and slipped Kanemaru a bottle of something, which got used to smack Volador. Kanemaru finished the job with his top rope leaping DDT.

Tiger Mask IV p. ACH witha crucufux. Both men are babyfaces, so this was a by-the-rules match. Tiger controlled the opening moments, however ACH rallied and hit a trio of dives. tiger was nearly counted out, but ACH broke the count to get him back in the ring. Tiger kicked out of a cutter. ACH kicked out of a Tiger Driver. ACH went for his finisher, but Tiger was able to counter witha  crucifix roll-up for a surprise pin. ACH was clearly distraught over his loss, but he took it like a man and raised Tiger's hand.

El Desperado p. Ryusuke Taguchi with Pinche Loco. Once again, Taka Michinoku accompanied a Suzuki-Gun teammate to the ring. And once again, the babyface  was on top until the heels teamed up on him outside the ring. Desperado threw Taguchi into a bunch of seats at ringside, then dropped chairs on him. Desperado whipped Taguchi into a chair propped up on the turnbuckle, then stuck a pen in his butt (weird and gross). Desperado continued to work over Taguchi until Taguchi made a comeback with  flying hip attacks, dropkicks, and of course a dive to the outside. Desperado submissions, which Taguchi kept countering. Desperado kicked out of Dodon's Throne. Taguchi got Desperado in the "Oh My and Garankle" Anklelock, but Desperado shoved referee Red Shoes away. With Red Shoes' back turned, Desperado removed his own mask and tossed it at Taguchi. Red Shoes through Taguchi had removed the mask. As Taguchi and Red Shoes argued, Desperado returned with a second mask and low blowed Taguchi and hit Pinche Loco (Pedigree) for the win.

KUSHIDA p. BUSHI with a Small Package Driver. Both men have zero points in the tournament. Funny spot early on where Kushida pulled Bushi's t-short over his head, sat him down in a chair, and dropkicked. However, Bushi turned it around by choking Kushida with the T-Shirt, and returned the dropkick to the chair. Bushi used some submissions to keep Kushida grounded. Kushida made a comeback, and hit a dive. Bushi avoided the Hoverboard Lock. Kushida avoided the MX (Codebreaker). Kushida kicked out of a Canadian Destroyer, and the MX. Crowd is going bonkers for Kushida. Bushi went for a top rope MX, but Kushida countered with a Codebreaker of his own. Kushida immediately went for the Hoverboard Lock. Bushi struggled for what seemed like minutes until Kushida repositioned him into the middle of the ring. Bushi battled again, but Kushida turned his own submission into a Package Driver to get the win and finally break his losing streak. I've seen these two have better matches with each other, but that was one strong finish.

After the match, Kushida cut a promo presumably thanking the fans.

6 El Desperado
4 Ryusuke Taguchi
4 Tiger Mask IV
4 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
2 ACH
2 KUSHIDA
2 Volador Jr.
0 BUSHI
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #92 on: May 31, 2017, 12:00:01 AM »
Best Of The Super Juniors
A Block Night 4, 5/23 - House Show

Marty Scurll s. Taka Michinoku with the Chickenwing. Another match between two heels. Slow going early on with each guy doing some comedy. Scurll was loudly announcing his moves as he did them. Simple finish of Scurll using the finger breaker, and finishing off Taka with a chickenwing for the submission.

Will Ospreay p. Jushin Thunder Liger.  Ospreay looked legitimately thrilled to be wrestling Liger. On a side note, Ospreay was born in 1993, which means Liger's wrestling career is five years older than Ospreay himself. Both guys traded submission moves before taking to the air. Liger hit a Top Rope Hurricanrana. Ospreay scored a two count with a Shooting Star Press. Ospreay followed that up with his signature Corkscrew Kick/Oscutter combo to score the win. Liger is so far winless in what is supposed to be his final BOSJ.

After the match, Ospreay helped Liger to his feet and raised his hand in respect.

Hiromu Takahashi p. Taichi with the Time Bomb. Taka Michinoku accompanied his Suzuki-Gun teammate to the ring. Taichi jumped Takahashi from behind before the bell, and brawled with him through the crowd. Taka distracted Red Shoes so Taichi could use the ring bell hammer. Takahashi mounted a comeback with headscissors and a dropkick off the apron to the outside. I guess Takahashi is the babyface by default. Taichi appeared to have an extra pair of black trunks for some reason, which Takahashi used as a weapon. Taichi blatantly used a chair to gain back the advantage, and hit a sick looking powerbomb. A superkick got a two count for Taichi. Takahashi rallied with a trio of superkicks and a Time Bomb, which Taichi surprisingly kicked out of. However, that just lead to Takahashi doing the DVD into a turnbiuckle, and naiiling a second Time Bomb to win the match. Taka and Takahashii seemed to have a bit of a staredown after the match, I think they have a torunament match soon as well.

Dragon Lee p. Ricochet with a Tree Of Woe Double Footstomp. This was 120mph right out of the gate, with neither guy gaining the upper hand early. Lots of dodges and counters. Ricochet got the advantaged and heeled it up a bit, clearly taunting Dragon. Dragon rallied with some running dropkicks. Dragon hit a crazy "Suplex into a Powerbomb" move. Ricochet went for a top rope Hurricanrana, but Dragon turned it into a Tree Of Woe stomp to get the surprise win. Excellent high flying match. The two shook hands after the match.

A Block Standings

6 Dragon Lee
6 Marty Scurll
6 Will Ospreay
4 Hiromu Takahashi
4 Ricochet
4 Taichi
2 Taka Michinoku
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #93 on: May 31, 2017, 04:39:22 AM »
Best Of The Super Juniors
B Block Night 4, 5/25 - House SHow

Yoshinobu Kaanemaru p. Tiger Mask IV with a leaping DDT. You guessed it, Taka Michinoku accompanied his Suzuki-Gun teammate to the ring. What a trooper! Kanemaru was introduced first, then ran out to attack Tiger on his way to the ring. You may notice a pattern with some of these heels. Kanemaru tried to unmask Tiger. IV mounted a comeback with some kicks. Kanemaru kicked out of a Tiger Driver. Taichi came to ringside to distract Tiger, and hit him with a foreign object. Tiger still kicked out, however he fell to Kanemaru's top rope leaping DDT.

After the match the heels ripped Tiger's mask off and celebrated their win. The ring crew were quick to cover Tiger with a towel to protect his identity.

Volador Jr. p. El Desperado  This was another match that was high energy right out of the gate. Desperado tossed Volador to the outside and brawled into the crowd with him. Volador made a comeback, complete wth a plancha onto Desperado on the ouside followed by a springboard dropkick. Volador locked in an armbar, to which Desperado roughed up the ref, then "tapped". This made Volador relinquish the hold, believing he'd won. He quickly realized what happened when he saw the ref down. Depserado grabbed a chair and tried to use it, but Volador ducked and superkicked Desparado through the chair, and then hit move similar to a Canadian Destroyer to finally get the win.

BUSHI p. Ryusuke Taguchi with a Codebreaker. Taguchi got the shine off the bat, but Bushi cut him off and grounded him with holds. Taguchi made a comeback and hit a top rope hip attack. The two went back and forth with counters until Bushi hit his super Codebreaker for the win, his first of the tournament.

ACH p. ROH US Champion Kushida with THe Midnight Driver. Another battle of babyfaces, but the crowd seemed to back Kushida. Lots of back and forth action. Literally nobody taking control for the first half. Kushida hit an amazing Top Rope Armdrag into a Cross Armbreaker. Also, Kushida did the Suzuki-style armbreaker over the ropes, but ACH turned it tinot a one-armed powerbomb. ACH strung several moves together and won with The Midnight Driver. A little surprising given Kushida winning the last match, but it seems Kushida's struggles continue.

B Block Standings

6 El Desperado
6 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
4 Ryusuke Taguchi
4 Tiger Mask IV
4 Volador Jr.
2 ACH
2 BUSHI
2 KUSHIDA
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #94 on: May 31, 2017, 05:17:17 PM »
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A Block Night 5, 5/26 - House Show

Taichi p. Marty Scurll with a rollup. Taichi was accompanied by both Taka Michinoku and El Desperado. Taichi attacked before the bell, but Marty got some serious shine by fending off all three guys. You'd think he was a babyface watching this in a vaccuum. Taka and Taichi double teamed Marty in the crowd with a chair to gain the advantage. Taichi then got the heat by working over Marty with weapons while his Suzuki Gun cohorts kept the ref distracted. Scurll tried to rally a few times, but kept getting cut off. He finally got the advantage with a fingerbreaker into a chickenwing, but the ref got bimped and disn't see the tapout. Taichi grabbed his mic stand, but Scurll ducked and grabbed it. However, by this time the ref had come to and intervened. Taichi then rolled up Scurll for the stolen victory. Scurll was kicking out, but was a split second too late.

Ricochet p. Jushin Thunder Liger  Crowd seemed solidly behind Liger. Back and forth action early on, with Liger using a Surfboard, and Ricochet using an Inverted STF. Ricochet did seem to play a subtle heel, complaining about getting a clean break and such. Ricochet kicked out of a Ligerbomb and levelled Liger with a pair of kicks. He then won the match so DDT looking maneuver I didn't recognize. Crowd still seemed respectful to Ricochet, and Ricochet did bow to Liger and shake his hand.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. Taka Michinoku with the Time Bomb Takahashi wne for the Sunset Flip to the outside, but Taka eyepoked his way out of it. This lead to Taka getting the heat as he worked over Hiromu, including the Figure Four around the ringpost which left Takahashi laying on the ground for a near countout. Takahashi made a comeback after a pop up powerbomb. Takahashi won with his Time Bomb finisher.

Will Ospreay p. Dragon Lee  These guys are tied for first with 6 points apiece, meaning the winner would be in sole possession of first place. Another match that was instant action right from the start. Lots of counters and flips, including cartwheeling out of headscissors. Ospreay knocked Dragon out of the ring and then followed up with a Shooting Star Press to the outside. Ospreay used a modified surfboard. Dragon countered with several running kicks. Rinse and repeat with neither guy gaining an advantage for more than a couple moves. They traded back suplexes into the turnbuckles. Lee used the Tree Of Woe footstomp and a powerbomb for a two count. Lee looked to be setting up for aanother powerbomb, but Will counterred with a hurricanrana. Will immediately followed up with his corkscrew kick and Oscutter for the win. Exciting match for High Flying fans.

After the match both men shook hands and held up each other's respective flag of Mexico and England.

A Block Standings

8 Will Ospreay
6 Dragon Lee
6 Marty Scurll
6 Hiromu Takahashi
6 Ricochet
6 Taichi
2 Taka Michinoku
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #95 on: May 31, 2017, 11:02:06 PM »
Best Of The Super Juniors

B Block Night 5, May 27th - House Show

ACH p. El Desperado with The Midnight Driver. Desperado tried to jump ACH before the bell, but ACH jumped over him. ACH did the fake out "Hey look over there" and then slapped Desperado in the junk. Desperado tried to leapfrog ACH, but got an inverted atomic drop in response. ACH once again tried the "Hey look over there", but Desperado covered his junk. So ACH dropkicked him. The action spilled to the outside where Desperado got the advantage. Back in the ring, Desperado worked ACH's knee. ACH would try to rally, but still sold his knee. Deperado capitalized, and tortured ACH with leglocks. Finally, ACH hit a desperate clothesline and followed that up with The Midnight Driver to score the win. Doctors immediately examined ACH's knee. Kitsuya Kitamura carried ACH to the back.

BUSHI p. Volador Jr. with the Spanish Fly. Match began with some quick exchanges, which BUSHI eventually got the upper hand on. He also resorrted to choking Volador with his shirt. Volador rallied with and hit a dive. The two traded some more high risk moves, culminating with a top rope hurricanrana by Bushi. Volador got some near falls, but Bushi fought back with a Spanish Fly and a Codebreaker for the win.

Ryusuke Taguchi s. Tiger Mask IV with his Ankle Lock. In a good show of sportsmanship, Taguchi held the ropes open for Tiger. They couldn't decide whether they would shake hands or fistbump to start the match. They eventually fistbumped. Taguchi did his long running of the ropes comedy spot, with Tiger merely sidestepping each lap to keep out of his way. Tiger controlled the match for a bit while Taguchi recovered. Taguchi rallied and did his running hip attacks, and gave Tiger a stinkface. Taguchi eventually won with his Oh My And Garankle Lock. The two fistbumped after the match.

ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA s. Yoshinobu Kanemaru with The Hoverboard Lock. Kanemaru attacked Kushida before Kushida's theme music had even finished. WHAT A JERK THAT MUSIC IS AWESOME!  Not only that, Taka attacked Kushida on the outside while Kanemaru jawjacked with the ref. Kanemaru dominated the next several minutes of the match, grunting very loudly as he did so. Such an angry man. Kushida mounted a comeback with backflip elbows, a moonsault, and yes a DIVE. Kushida got in the Hoverboard Lock, but referee Red Shoes was bumped. Taka broke up the submission, but Kushida kicked his ass. Taichi came to the ring and hit Kushida with something. Kanemaru then hit his top rope leaping DDT, but Kushida KICKED OUT (First time I can recall somebody kicking out of that). Kushia suplexed Kanemaru, and they did the one for one exchange of forearms. Taichi took a swig of something and tried to spray it in Kushida's face, but Kushida ducked. Kushida bounced off the ropes, but Kanemaru decked him. Kanemaru then went for the bottle of beverage, but simply took a swig and seemed to enjoy the contents. Kanemaru went for another leaping DDT, but Kushida caught him and reversed it. A Hoverboard Lock later, and it was all over. Best match of all the house shows so far. Kushida was so awesome taking on three guys at once.

B Block Standings

6 El Desperado
6 Ryusuke Taguchi
6 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
4 ACH
4 BUSHI
4 KUSHIDA
4 Tiger Mask IV
4 Volador Jr.
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #96 on: June 01, 2017, 04:00:08 AM »
Best Of The Super Juniors

A Block Night 6, May 28th - House Show

Ricochet p. Taka Michinoku with the Benadryller. Crowd was not surprisingly solidly behind Ricochet, who had shine most of the first half of the match. Taka did get some heat after grounding Ricochet, but soon the tides were turned again. Ricochet hit several kicks, and then won with a GTS like move, The Bendryller.

Dragon Lee p. Jushin Thunder Liger  Lee shook hands with the referee and the ring announcer. Liger came to the ring in a cape with colors matching the Mexican Flag. Highspot exchange saw Liger go to the outside and nearly  counted out. Liger hit a senton to the outside on Lee, which saw Lee nearly counted out. The two battled on the top rope which lead to Dragon doing the Tree Of Woe footstomp. He immediately followed it up with a top rope footstomp to get the win. The two embraced afterward. Looks like Liger is going to get shut out entirely in this tournament.

Taichi p. Will Ospreay with a Powerbomb.  El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru accompanied Taichi to the ring.Taichi attacked Ospreay during his intro, and instantly threw him to the outside. Back in the ring, Taichi used eye gouges. Ospreay rallied, and knocked Taichi to the outside, but Kanemaru stopped him from doing a dive by grabbing his leg. The multi-man teaming continued as Kanemaru and Desperado worked over Ospreay on the outside while Taichi had the ref distracted. Ospreay barely made it into the ring by the 20 count. Desperado stood on the apron with Taichi's mic stand, so the ref kept him from getting in the ring. Behind the ref's back, Taichi used his hammer on Ospreay. These heels sure can cheat, can't they? Ospreay decked Taichi with a flipping kick. Ospreay did three dives, one to each Suzuki-Gun member. A standing shooting star scored a two count. Ospreay landed a top rope Shooting Star Frog Splash, but Desperado broke the pin. Both henchmen began stomping on Ospreay, but Ospreay decked them both with abackflip elbows. Taichi used his mic stand on Ospreay, and finished him off with a powerbomb. This is Ospreay's first loss in the tournament, but it happened because of blatant cheating.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi p. Marty Scurll with the Time Bomb. Scurll is the latest member of The Bullet Club, and Takahashi is the breakout Junior Heavyweight in LIJ, so these are two elite heels of the tournament. Some feeling out early on with no real advantage either way. Takahashi went for his sunset flip on the apron to the outside, but Scurll did his delayed blocking of it. Scurll countered and got the advantage by brawling on the outside. Scurll then worked over Takahashi until Takahashi made a comeback with dropkicks. A popup powerbomb scored a two count. Scurll reversed the Time Bomb into a rollup. Takahashi kicked out of a piledriver. Scurll yelled "F--- YOU" as he layed in several kicks. Takahashi hit a desperation corner DVD and went for the Time Bomb. Scurll got out of it and did the fingerbreaker on both Takahashi's hands. He followed it up with a Chickenwing, but Takahashi managed to hoist Scurll up on his shoulders and finally it the Time Bomb for the win.

A Block Standings

8 Dragon Lee
8 Hiromu Takahashi
8 Ricochet
8 Taichi
8 Will Ospreay
6 Marty Scurll
2 Taka Michinoku
0 Jushin Thunder Liger
      

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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #97 on: June 02, 2017, 09:49:45 PM »
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B Block Night 6, 5/29 - Full Show with Japanese Commentary

Since this is a televised show, non-tournament matches are shown. I'll also be adding backstage interviews for the English speaking competitors

Dragon Lee & Shota Umino  Suzuki-Gun (Taichi & Taka Michinoku)  Umino brashly wanted to start the match, so both Suzuki-Gun members stepped out of the ring like he was a waste of their time. Toru Yano was shown on commentary. Umino finally had enough and knocked both heels down. It wound up being Taichi and Umino to start, and Taichi got the upper hand quickly. Both Suzuki-Gun members tagged in and out to work over Umino, until he hit a few dropkicks and hot-tagged in Dragon, who went wild on both heels. After cleaning house, Dragon tagged Umino back in. Umino faired much better this time, even putting Taka in a Boston Crab (the finisher for Young Lions). However, Taichi broke it up with a kick, and Taka put Umino in a Crossface to get the win.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA, & EVIL) b. Ricochet, Juice Robinson, & Hirai Kawato when Evil submitted Kawato with a Double Armbar. Kawato started the match a house of fire, but soon found himself getting triple teamed by the heels. Ricochet got the hot tag and he and Juice cleaned house. Juice went to tag out, and Kawato desperately wanted back in. Juice had reservations, but Ricochet encouraged the tag. Juice reluctantly tagged in Kawato, who beat down Evil and got him in a Boston Crab (a common Finisher for Young Lions). The heels broke thnigs up and again teamed on Kawato. Kawato mounted a comeback until Evil leveled him with a lariat and locked in a Double Armbar Submission for the win.

After the match, Juice and Ricochet had this to say

http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_4_11

IWGP Tag Team Champions War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) & David Finlay b. The Bullet Club's Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga  & Tanga Roa) & Yujiro Takahashi when Rowe pinned Tonga after a Hanson Powerslam. Finlay and Yujiro started out. The heels tried to gang up on Finlay, but War Machine stepped in and tossed out GOD. They tried a double dive, but GOD blocked them. The heels took control outside the ring, with Yujiro using his pimp cane on Finlay. This brought the heat segment on Finlay as the heels worked him over. Hanson adathe hot tag, and briefly ran wild before tagging in Rowe. Rowe went toe to toe with Tonga, which lead to the multi-man spots. The faces got the win when Rowe vaulted Tonga into the air and Hanson caught him for a powerslam. Rowe pinned Tonga as Hanson did a dive out to the other Bullet Club members on the outside. Very impressive finish.

After the match War Machine cut this promo

http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_4_14

And The Guerrillas had this to say

http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_4_13

The Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, & Marty Scurll) b. CHAOS (IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospready, & Gedo) when Scurll submitted Gedo with a Chickenwing. Okada came to the ring in his Tekken 7 King inspired mask. Marty and Will started the match. Surely a future match tease? Dominion perhaps? Ospreay got some major shine, fending off all comers. Then he tagged in Gedo. During Gedo's time in the ring, Fale attacked Ospreay and tossed him into the crowd. Heat on Gedo, since he's he legal man. Ospreay got a hot tag, which lead to him getting beatdown, and Okada getting an even bigger hot tag. Omega tagged in for some brief Omega/Okada interaction. Omega and Scurll teamed Okada until he tagged out to Gedo. Multi-Man freay ensued. Scurll got Gedo in the Chickenwing for the win.

Post match interview http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_4_16

Intermission

Tournament Matches

Tiger Mask p. El Desperado with a Tiger Suplex.  For once there were no other Suzuki-Gun members at ringside. El attacked Tiger as Tiger was stepping through the ropes, rammed him into the post, and attacked his leg with a chair. Tiger made it back into the ring, but Desperado threw him back outside and continued his assault with chairs. Why this was not a DQ, I don't know. Anyway Tiger beat the countout again, and Desperado continued to torture him with leglocks and submissions. Desperado tried to unmask Tiger, but the ref intervened. Tiger tried a comeback with a spinning backbreaker (onto the bad leg, but he sold it) and several kicks. Desperado countered and again went for Tiger's mask, much to the chagrin of the crowd. Tigger rallied with a Tiger Driver and Tiger Suplex to score the win.

After the match, Tiger thre El back in the ring and teased unmasking him, but in the end let him go and saluted the crowd.

BUSHI p. Yoshinobu Kanemaru with an MX (second rope Codebreaker) made his entrance first, so Kanemaru attacked him from behind on his way to the ring, and threw him into the walls and chairs. Might as well get the cheating out o the way early. Taka Michinoku was out with Kanemaru, so maybe they didn't want two matches straight of Taka interfering. Bushi did a dive off stairs onto both Suzuki-Gun members WHILE STILL IN A SUIT. Kanemaru beat the countout, but DDT's Bushi on the floor. Taka attacked Bushi while Kanemaru kept the ref at bay. Kanemaru choked Bushi with a shirt. Bushi started a rally with a second rope dropkick and a neckbreaker. Kanemaru connected with an inverted DDT, but Bushi stopped the three count by grabbing the ref's arm (something Kanemaru had been doing). Of course, Kanemaru was furious that his schtick was being used against him. Taka ate a dive from Bushi, and Bushi ducked an attempt by Kanemaru to spray whiskey in his eyes. Bushi finished Kanemaru off with an MX, and sprayed whiskey in his eyes after the match.

Volador Jr. p. ACH with a top rope Frankensteiner. A match between bayfaces. Volador offered a handshake, but cheapshotted when ACH accepted. I guess somebody had to be heel. A lot of ducks and dodges as each guy tried to hit an agility move. Both men knocked eacj other to the outside and hit dives. Only ACH hit like four or five in a row. A cutter on Volador scored a two count. ACH missed a 450. More back and forth action. Volador kicked out of a superplex, and rallied to pin ACH with a top rope Frankensteiner.

ACH said this after the match http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_4_21

They have approximately one hour left for the main event.

ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA p. Ryusuke Taguchi with a small package driver. This is two of the top babyface Junior Heavyweights colliding. Thoguh the crowd seemed to side with Kushida. Lots of mat-based scientific wrestling between the two in the early moments, really setting the stage for an epic match. Eventually, they kicked it into the next gear with agility moves where they matched each other to the tee, inclusing them colliding with dual hip attacks. Taguchi cheapshotted Kushida after a fistbump, knocked him to the outside, and tried a hip attack off the apron, which was reversed into a crossarmbreaker of the floor. Kushida took control of the match for several minutes with submissions. Taguchi mounted a rally and focused on Kushida's leg with submission holds. Kushida countered by hitting Taguchi with the Dodon, one of Taguchi's own finishers. Taguchi tried a springboard hip attack that was once again countered into a cross armbreaker. This lead to an exciting sequence of the two quickly exchanging signature submissions and moves. Taguchi even had Kushida in the Hoverboard Lock. Kushida kicked out of the Dodon. Taguchi locked in the Anklelock, Kushida excaped. Kushida locked in the Hoverboard Lock, Taguchi almost escaped, but Kushida turned it into a small package driver to get the win. WHAT A MATCH! No way my description did this match justice. Possible MOTY List quality.

Kushida went to check on Taguchi almost right away, and you saw some smiles echanged, like there was an inside joke between the two friendly rivals. They bowed on their knees to each other, and fistbumped. Kushida cut a promo which looked to be a show of respect. He also addressed the crowd, and the crowd were on their feet at the end.

B Block Standings

6 BUSHI
6 El Desperado
6 KUSHIDA
6 Ryusuke Taguchi
6 Tiger Mask IV
6 Volador Jr.
6 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
4 ACH
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #98 on: June 04, 2017, 12:40:44 AM »

Best Of Super Juniors

A Block Finals, 5/31 - Full Show With Japanese Commentary

Suzuki-Gun's El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru b. ACH & Volador Jr. when Kanemaru pinned ACH with a small package. The funny story here is Volador beat ACH at the previous event. Volador and Desperado started out, and it didn't take long for El to throw Volador into the seats. Desperado worked over Volador back in the ring. ACH tagged in, and went back and forth with Kanemaru. ACH seemingly had Kanemaru pinned after a combo where he and Volador traded superkicks on him and ACH hit a German Suplex, but Desperado broke it up. Kanemaru low-blowed ACH out of the eyesight of the ref, and small packaged him up for the pin.

After the match, Desperado and Kanemaru teased attacking each other with a chair, since they have a match against each other in the B Block finale.

ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Tagichi, & Juice Robinson b. NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions Los Ingobernables De Japon (EVIL, SANADA, & Bushi) in a non-title match when Taguchi pinned BUSHI with a La Magistral cradle. Kushida and Taguchi had that fantastic match on the previous show. Sanada's spiked hair is approaching Jaws status. Kushida and Bushi started out the match. Things went well for the faces as Kushida and Juice tagged in and out working over Bushi's arm. Taguchi made it a point to look like he was standing and watching. Of course this lead to Taguchi getting tagged in to get in on the fun. Evil ran in and switched Bushi with Taguchi behind Kushida's back, so Kushida almost did an armbreaker on his partner until Juice waved him off. Juice was tripped and dragged outside where he became the target of a Bushi plancha. That turned the tide and the heels took over. Long heat segmetn on Juice. Taguchi got the hot tag and leveled all the heels with Hip Attacks. The heels cut off Taguchi and ganged up on him. Taguchi kicked out of a MX by Bushi. Bushi then went for a top rope MX, but Taguchi ducked and wrapped him up in a La Magistral cradle for the win.

After the match the heels beat the faces down because that's what heels do. I don't know if this will lead to a title match, but knowing New Japan, it probably will at the Dominion show.

The Bullet Club's Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) & Bad Luck Fale b. David Finlay & IWGP Tag Champions War Machine (Raynmond Rowe & Hanson) when Fale pinned Finlay with a Hand Grenade. Finlay insisted on starting the match, so Bullet Club had Fale start. Finlay charged, ducked a clothesline and bailed. This lead to a multiman brawl outside the ring with the heels gaining the advntage.  Strangely enough the heat briefly was put on Hanson, the biggest man in the match, until he tagged in Rowe. The faces gained control for a while until Finlay tried to stand up to Fale, only to fallto a Hand Grenade.



Post Match interviews


War Machine http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_5_14


Guerillas Of Destiny & Bad Luck Fale http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_5_15

The Bullet Club's Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi b. CHAOS's Gedo & IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada when Takahashi pinned Gedo with the Pimp Juice DDT. Okada and Omega have a rematch set for Dominion. Okada and Omega semed ready to start off this tag match, but Omega tagged out. The heels worked over Gedo, especially his beard. Yes the heels worked on Gedo's beard.  Okada got the hot tag and he and Omega briefly clashed, with neither getting an advantage. Gedo tagged back in and clashed with Takahashi.  Four man brawl ensued with Okada hitting his Dropkick on Omega. Kenny keptOkada at bay while Yujiro hi the Pimp Juice DDT on Gedo to get the win.

Omega and Okada had a staredown after the match.


Post Match Omega Promo http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_5_17

Intermission

Jushin Thunder Liger p. Taichi with a Ligerbomb.  Taichi was accompanied by fellow Suzuki-Gun members Taka Michinku and El Desperado. The heels jumped Liger during the ring introduction. Taichi cut a promo on Liger, presumably mocking him for losing all his matches. The heels triple teamed Liger through the crowd. Taichi tried to unmask Liger (you may see a pattern forming here with the heels). Liger attempted a comeback, but the ref got bumped, leading to the heels triple teaming him again. They cut Liger's (fake) hair and ripped his gear open. Taguchi and Kushida ran in for the save and ran off Taka and Desperado. Liger fired up and hit a Liger Bomb for the win. Going by wins, Liger may have just eliminated Taichi from winning the tournament.

After the match, Liger shook hands with Kushida and Taguchi, then cut a promo.

Taka Michinoku p. Dragon Lee with a Michinoku Driver. Taka offered a handshake to referee Red Shoes (which was accepted) and to Dragon, which Taka cheapshotted Dragon for accepting. Nade Dragon look like an idiot. Taka dominated Dragon briefly, but Dragon rallied. Taka avoided the Tree Of Woe Footstomp, but immediately dropkicked Taka. Taka got near falls with a roundhouse kick and La Magistral.  Surprisingly, Taka hit a Michinoku Driver to get the win. I guess this eliminates Dragon from winning the tournament as well.

Marty Scurll s. Ricochet with a Chickenwing. Marty attacked Ricochet before the bell. Exciting back and forth action. Scurll locked in a surfboard. but Ricochet escaped. Ricochet made a comeback and got a two count with a running Shooting Star. Scurll kicked out of a suplex/brainbuster combo. Ricochet went for a top rope Shooting Star, but Marty got his knees up. Marty hit a piledriver for a two count. Then we got the ridiculous Fingerbreaker. Scurll went for the Chickenwing, Ricochet rallied and tried to reverse, but eventually tapped out. This may eliminate Ricochet from winning the block, barring a Takahashi win.


Ricochet post match interview http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_5_22


Marty Scurll Post Match interview http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_5_23

Will Ospreay p. Hiromu Takahashi with an Oscutter. The battle of the potential winners, and as you'd expect, it was 100mph out of the gate. The battle spilled outside early, and Ospreay landed a ruinning dropkick that sent Hiromu into the stairs. Takahashi rallied with a Sunset Flip off the apron to the floor (why would anyone take this bump?). takahashi worked over Ospreay with leglocks and submissions.  Ospreay made a comeback favoring his leg. Hiromu kicked out of... something that I can best descrobe as a corkscrew elbowdrop. Ospreay got out of a Time Bpmb attempt, but got hit with a pair of German Suplexes for a two count. Shooting Star Press on Takahashi from the apron. Takahashi countered a Phoienix Splash with his knees for a two count. Ospreay hit another twisting splash for another two count, then finally hit the Oscutter for the win.

This means Ospreay wins the A Block.

After the match Ospreay cut a promo promising to be the Best Of Super Juinors Champion.



Post Match interview http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_5_24

This also establishes three contenders for Horomu Takahashi's Junior Heavyweight Title. Dragon Lee, Ricochet, and Will Ospreay all pinned Takahashi in the tournament.

A Block Standings

10 Will Ospreay
8 Dragon Lee
8 Hiromu Takahashi
8 Marty Scurll
8 Ricochet
8 Taichi
4 Taka Michinoku
2 Jushin Thunder Liger
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Re: So I got the New Japan Network
« Reply #99 on: June 06, 2017, 12:52:54 PM »
Best Of Super Juniors

B Block Finals, 6/1 - Full Show with Japanese Commentary

Suzuki-Gun's Taichi & Taka Michinoku b. Jushin Thunder Liger & Hirai Kawato when Michinoku submitted Kawato with a crossface. Liger pumped up Kawato by slapping him in the face. Again, both heels left the ring like Kawato was unworthy. Taichi wanted to fight Liger, probably based on their last match. The heels did work over Kawato.  Liger got the hot tag and ran wild.Kawato insisted on a tag after Liger levelled everyone, and did well for himself until Taka locked in a crossface for the submission.

Los Ingobernables' SANADA, EVIL, & IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi b. Juice Robinson, Ricochet & Dragon Lee when Sanada submitted Dragon with the Skull End (Dragon Sleeper) The heels tried to gang up on Juice, but he fended them off and tagged in Ricochet, I sense a Juice/Ricochet tag team in the future.  The action spilled to the outside where the heels took control. Heat on Ricochet. Tag to Dragon, who went back and forth with Takahashi. Sanada tagged in and am all way fight ensued. Sanada locked in his Dragon Sleeper on Dragon for the submission win.

Bullet Club's Bad Luck Fale & The Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) b. David Finlay & War Machine (Raymond Rowe & Hanson) when Fale pinned Finlay with a Hand Grenade. Finlay got fired up to start, but tagged in Rowe. Multi-Man brawl into the crowd ensued. Heat on Rowe with the heels working hm over. Hot tag to Hanson, who ran wild with the Forever Clotheslines. Finlay tagged in, but felled to the Hand Grenade from Fale. Looks like they're building to a Finlay/Fale program

War Machine Post Match Promo http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_6_11

GOD Post Match Promo http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_6_12

The Bullet Club's Kenny Omega, Yujiro Takahashi, & Marty Scurll  b. CHAOS's Will Ospreay, Gedo, & IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada when Takahashi pinned Gedo with The Pimp Juice. Once again, Okada and Omega had a staredown. Gedo and Scurll started off the match. The heels worked over Gedo's beard. Gedo tried for a hot tag, but got cut off by Marty. Gedo Sunset Flipped Marty for a two count before getting the hot tag to Ospreay. Will ran wild for a bit, then got cut off by Omega. Ospreay battled back and finally tagged in Omega. The two faction leaders went back and forth before Yujiro tagged in. Okada tagged out to Gedo, and the multi-man spots began with kicks, dropkicks, and knees. Scurll used a fingerbreaker on Gedo, and Yujiro hit his Pimp Juice DDT to get the win.

Intermission

Yoshinobu Kanemaru b. El Desperado by countout. Not only are both these men heels, but they're each part of the Suzuki-Gun stable. Desperado was accompanied by Taka Michinoku, and Kanemaru was accompanied by Taichi. Both seconds were of course part of the A Block. Desperado pulled out chairs on his way to the ring. Thus had much more in the way of early exchanges than the Taichi/Taka match. Both seconds actually helped their guys, holding the opponents for dives, even though they're all part of the same heel stable. Desperado went for a chairshot, but the ref grabbed the chair. Kanemaru threw Desperado into the seats, and into the ringpost. Kanemaru dominated Desperado for several minutes. Desperado battled back, and got a near fall. Taichi sprayed whisky into Kanemaru's eyes. Kanemaru hit his inverted DDT on the floor. Both men were trying to beat the count in the ring, but Taichi apparently tackled Desperado (the camera angle wasn't very good) so Kanemaru won by Countout. The first Countout win of the entire tournament.

After the match there appeared to be a moment of tension, but everybody bumped fists because they're all jerks and know it.

Ryusuke Taguchi p. ACH with a rollup. ACH opened the ropes for Taguchi and fistbumped him as he got in the ring. What sportsmaship! Lots of gratuitous close ups of both mens' butts as they posed before the match. And as soon as I type that, Taguchi literally started kicking ACH's butt. ACH countered and hit several dives. Dives right out of the gate. ACH started mocking Taguchi, using Taguchi's own gestures. Very good back and forth action until ACH tried to low blow Taguchi, but Taguchi blocked it by squeezing his legs together. Yes you read that right. But that brought on Taguchi's rally. ACH countered the Dodon into a rollup, but Taguchi countered that into a rollup of his own to get the win.

This places Taguchi in first place.

After tha match, Taguchi wrapped one of his banners around ACH's leg, like it was a bandage. ACH seemed appreciative of this gesture. Katsuya Kitamra carried ACH to the back to the tune of Taguchi's theme music.

Post Match ACH Promo http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_6_15

BUSHI p. Tiger Mask IV with an MX. Tombstone on Bushi out of the gate, followed up with a rear naked choke. Bushi made it to the ropes and fell to the outside. Bushi countered by choking Tiger with a T-Shirt. Heat on Tiger for several minutes. Tiger rallied with a top rope armdrag. Bushi kicked out of a Tiger Driver. Tiger locked in a clutch, but Bushi made it to the ropes. Tiger hit a superplex and went for a Tiger Suplex, but Bushi countered. An MX later and it was all over.

This ties Bushi with Taguchi for first place, however Bushi beat Taguchi already, so a tie in the end would mean Bushi wins the tournament.

ROH TV Champion KUSHIDA p. Volador Jr. with a Small Package Driver. This should be good. Once again, both men are tied for first. If Kushida wins, he will win the block. If Volador wins, Taguchi will win as Taguchi has a win over Bushi, whereas Bushi has beaten both Volador and Taguchi. So Volador at best can just keep Kushida from winning the block. It's pretty clear the story being told is Kushida's comeback, as he had been on a losing streak going into the tournament. The two shook hands before the match. Back and forth action from the getgo. Volador was the first to hit a dive. Kushida landed a springboard dropkick, and a dive of his own. A moonsault on Volador for a two count. Backstabber on Kushida for a two count. Volador went for a top rope bodypress, which Kushida to counter with a cross armbreaker. Volador reversed that into a pinning combination. Asai Moonsault on Kushida lead to a near countout. Kushid hit a super hurricanrana for a near fall. Volador returned the favor with a super hurricanrana of his own, also scoring a near fall. Dueling strikes lead to dueling holds and pinning combinations. Kushida came out on top with the small package driver, which I have learned has been called Back To The Future.

After the match, Will Ospreay came to the ring, and congratulated him on the win. He said he was very happy Kushida was his opponent in the finals because Kushida has beaten him twice. He pointed out that Kushida has lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. He said Kushida has something to prove because he wants the title back, and Ospreay has something to prove because he needs to beat Kushida. He finished his promo by asking Kushida to bring his A Game. Kushida responded by saying "Let's go crazy"

They did a brief nose to nose staredown before Ospreay left. Kushida then cut a promo to the crowd.

Will Ospreay Backstage http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_6_19

Kushida Backstage Post-Match. I know this is in Japanese but the emotion is awesome http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00440_6_18

B Block Standings

8 KUSHIDA (Winner)

8 BUSHI
8 Ryusuke Taguchi
8 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
6 El Desperado
6 Tiger Mask IV
6 Volador Jr.
4 ACH
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