It is Best Of The Super Juniors, a time for the juniors to shine in NJPW. So it’s time for the return of the Junior Heavyweight review style for Day 3 of BOSJ. A night of A Block action with some very interesting matchups.
Bullet Club (Robbie Eagles & Jado) Def. Yuya Uemura & Ren Narita// Eagles pins Uemara after the Turbo Packpack
Taichi & DOUKI Def. Ryusuke Taguchi & Shota Umino// Taichi pinned Umino after hitting the Holy Emperor’s Crucifix Bomb
Juice Robinson, Bandido & Will Ospreay Def. Rocky Romero, YOH & Toa Henare// Juice pinned Henare after hitting the Pulp Friction
LIJ (BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) Def. Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & Gedo)// BUSHI pinned Gedo after hitting the MX
Let's look at the 𝓯𝓾𝓷𝓴. #njbosj
— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) May 14, 2019
BOSJ Block A: Jonathan Gresham vs Taka Michinoku
Gresham looks so natural, no nerves
Very much the technical wizardry you’d expect from these two.
This match stayed slow and steady for the duration as two of the more technical wrestlers in this tournament put on a mat-based match.
It set out to be a good match that wouldn’t overexert the crowd and it achieved this goal, never dipping into boring but never getting all that exciting.
Gresham locks in the Octopus Hold for the win
Winner: Jonathan Gresham Rating: 4/10
BOSJ Block A: Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Tiger Mask
This kicks off before the bell, Kanemaru demasked Tiger previously which has pissed off the already grumpy veteran.
Kanemaru is working the knee of the older TM
Grimy beatdown of the knee that I’m sure some people will enjoy
Finisher kickouts? in the second match? Sure, I guess
Tiger Mask rolls Kanemaru up and picks up the win
This went too long and weirdly peaked before going back to limb work
Winner: Tiger Mask Rating: 3/10
BOSJ Block A: Shingo Takagi vs Titan
I really hope business picks up after this match
This opening exchange is everything I want from BOSJ
Shingo is toying with the flippy boy
Titan is fighting back using his flips
This back and forth showing off Shingo’s power and Titan’s agility is super fun
Last Of The Dragon hit for the win.
The storytelling in this one was quite good, Shingo dominated and never looked like losing but it wasn’t a squash as Titan gave it his best shot.
Winner: Shingo Takagi Rating: 5/10
BOSJ Block A: Marty Scurll vs Taiji Ishimori
Technical back and forth to start
Marty Scurll taking a page out of Ospreay’s book by screaming to sell
Ishimori has been all over Scurll, which means we’ve had a snail’s pace
Marty fights back so the pace has picked up
Cool spot where Scurll rolls through a top rope hurricanrana into a rollup pin
Set up for the hurricanrana was botched so Scurll had to sit there for about 10 seconds waiting for Ishimori to climb him
Ishimori then murders Scurll with a dropkick and meteora
Ishimori drops Scurll on his head after he can’t keep him up for a tombstone, this is a dreadful display from the former champ
Those botches have thrown both competitors off and the crowd isn’t into this
They pull it back at the end with some big moves but too little too late.
Bloody Cross from Taiji Ishimori gets him the win
Winner: Taiji Ishimori Rating: 3/10
BOSJ Block A: Dragon Lee vs Sho
Dragon Lee tried to wrestle Sho’s match so I have to respect the fact he worked a different style
With that said he just isn’t good at the power junior stuff that Sho does so it came off a bit weak
Towards the end, the roles changed and Lee started to use his lucha influence a lot more and the match picked up
Lee hit the Desnucadora for the win
Winner: Dragon Lee Rating: 6/10
Everything just felt off tonight. Ishimori had an off night, Dragon Lee worked a style he isn’t familiar with, matches went too long and nothing really clicked. A pretty poor show overall and pretty disappointing from NJPW.
A Block Standings
Taiji Ishimori-4 points (2-0-0)
Tiger Mask- 4 points (2-0-0)
Shingo Takagi- 4 points (2-0-0)
Dragon Lee- 2 points (1-0-1)
Jonathan Gresham-2 points (1-0-1)
Titan- 2 points (1-0-1)
Marty Scurll- 2 Points (1-0-1)
Sho- 0 Points (0-0-2)
Taka Michinoku- 0 Points (0-0-2)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru- 0 Points (0-0-2)