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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 5-29 Tochigi report: Rocky Romero vs. Tiger Mask IV


by Bryan Rose,

Day 6 of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament took place early Friday morning. Results, and updated ranking, are as follows.

Yohei Komatsu vs. Chase Owens

Basic match, nothing much, nothing more. Owens dominated from the start. Komatsu made some nice comebacks and did his usual shine spots, including getting Owens in the half boston crab. He escapes, makes a back, then hits the throwback followed by a cradle piledriver for the pinfall.

Nick Jackson vs. David Finlay

Jackson took the advantage early, crotch chopping Finlay at every opportunity. He took him to the outside with a great missile dropkick. Finlay counter with a ropes assisted hurricanrana on the outside. Jackson tries for a senton but Finlay gets the knees up and makes a fun comeback. Jackson, however, derails him with a superkick and follows soon after with a 450 for the win. This was fine, but the crowd was absolutely dead for it.

Barbaro Cavernario vs. Beretta

Beretta was in control early despite Cavernario biting his fingers early in the match. Beretta fell out to the floor and Cavernario responded with a huge springboard crossbody to the floor, then soon followed that with a waistlock northern lights suplex. Never seen that before. Beretta came back with a tornado DDT. Cavernario cut him off and hit an amazing splash to the floor. Beretta cuts him off again, hits a flying knee strike then follows with the Omori driver for the win. One of the better matches of the tournament thus far that even woke up this crowd to an extent.

Tiger Mask vs. Rocky Romero

Romero came out wearing his Black Tiger mask. He taunted Tiger Mask with a replica masked, then jumped him out the outside. He unmasked and started work on Tiger Mask by posting him on the guardrail. Romero was on offense until Tiger Mask hit him with a kick and landed a butterfly suplex from the top rope. Romero made a comeback, including draping Tiger Mask on the top rope and following with a dropkick, also from the top rope, then followed with a tombstone for the win. It was fine, but nothing out of this world.

Current Standings:

Block A:

Kyle O’Reilly (6)

Babaro Cavernario (4)

Gedo (4)

Ryusuke Taguchi (4)

Beretta (4)

Chase Owens (4)

Jushin Thunder Liger (2)

Yohei Komatsu (0)

Block B:

Tiger Mask IV (6)

Kushida (6)

Mascara Dorada (6)

Bobby Fish (6)

Nick Jackson (6)

Rocky Romero (6)

Alex Shelley (2) (Out of tournament due to injury)

David Finlay (0)

And here are recaps of the previous shows for quick reference:

Day 1: Gedo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi

Day 2: Kushida vs. Nick Jackson

Day 3: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Kyle O’Reilly

Day 4: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Beretta

Day 5: Chase Owens vs. Jushin Thunder Liger