November 20th, 2020
1) Tomoaki Honma & Satoshi Kojima vs. Yuji Nagata & Gabriel Kidd
This was about the same as the first meeting between these two teams mixed with the formula of last night’s match. Kidd eats the same lariat Tsuji ate from Kojima that turned him inside out and that’s the finish here as well.
Match rating - **
2) El Desperado (2 pts) vs. Yuya Uemura (0 pts) Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
I’m excited at this on paper. Uemura is in the biggest run of matches of his life as he found himself being entered into the BOSJ for the first time as a young lion as a replacement for... El Desperado’s tag team partner and fellow junior tag team champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru. I also am on a new appreciation kick for Despy after his match with Hiromu and looking into the history so yeah. Uemura doesn’t charge Despy at the bell like he has all his opponents so far. They go back and forth, Despy throws Uemura to the floor and into the railing and gains a short advantage, but this entire match was pretty much a constant momentum shift. Uemura locks in the crab for a false finish. Despy looked desperate, no pun intended, and the crowd bit on it. Despy really gave Uemura more than anyone else in the tourney has here and it was a super solid showing. In the end, Uemura is working the arm and Despy pokes him in the eyes and gets him in a crucifix backslide pin for the three count.
Match rating - **3/4
3) Taiji Ishimori (2 pts) vs. DOUKI (0 pts) - Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
Biiiig match for DOUKI here as he is facing the current Junior champion in Taiji Ishimori. DOUKI charges the champion at the bell and hits a DDT on the floor, but still ends up fighting from underneath in the early going of this contest. DOUKI hits a crazy ass looking move that I gif’d above and starts trying to mount a comeback. They trade pinning combinations and DOUKI tries to bring his bat in, Ishimori hits it with the belt and hits his finisher to win. Alright match, every Ishimori match besides the opener against Hiromu has just felt dull so far.
Match rating - **3/4
4) Master Wato (4 pts) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi (2 pts) - Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
This is an interesting one, I feel like their personalities will make for something fun. Wato gets the advantage early and flies around, but before you know it Taguchi comes back and hits an inside out plancha on Wato to the floor and we are back to a stalemate. This is kinda whatever. Taguchi wins after his ass is shown again and he pins Wato with his ass in his face... gross, but vintage Taguchi. Match wasn’t bad, just lacked that fire and reason to care.
Match rating - **1/4
5) Robbie Eagles (2 pts) vs. SHO (4 pts) - Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
Eagles forces SHO to tap to advance. I really wouldn’t mind an Eagles tournament win and heel turn to join the Empire tbh.
Match rating - ****
6) Hiromu Takahashi (2 pts) vs. BUSHI (2 pts) - Best of the Super Juniors Tournament Match
Match rating - ***3/4
UPDATED STANDINGS FOLLOWING THIS SHOW:
Hiromu Takahashi - 4 points
Taiji Ishimori - 4 points
Robbie Eagles - 4 points
SHO - 4 points
El Desperado - 4 points
Master Wato - 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi - 4 points
BUSHI - 2 points
DOUKI - 0 points
Yuya Uemura - 0 points