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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Aichi report 6-3-15: Rocky Romero vs. Kushida


by Bryan Rose,

Beretta vs. Gedo

They did some funny spots early where they shook each others hands, but went to jump each other after both handshakes, only for them to grab a leg and they had to explain themselves. Match was short, but solid. A lot of the match was Beretta, but Gedo made a brief comeback, only to be cut off again. When he didn’t get the pin with the knee strike, Beretta followed with the Omori driver for the win.

Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Ryusuke Taguchi

Starts off with some mat wrestling early. Taguchi gets the early advantage with his hip attacks, but Liger cuts him off, including hitting his running senton off the floor. Once everyone gets back into the ring, this turns into a pretty fun back and forth contest. Taguchi goes for a la magistral cradle, but Liger shifts his weight and hooks Taguchi for a nearfall. They continue exchanging nearfalls until Taguchi catches Liger in a rollup and is pinned. Not much until the last few minutes.

Kushida vs. Rocky Romero

This was one of the longer matches of the tour, at least when it comes to these hard camera shows. Tons of back and forth. Romero started to mount a comeback and hit the dropkick while Kushida was draped on the top rope. Kushida slipped away and tried the kimura but Romero countered into a rollup for a nearfall. Romero missed the slice bread and Kushida hits the kimura. Romero tried to make the ropes, couldn’t, and tapped. A solid match.

Current Standings:

Block A:

Ryusuke Taguchi (10)

Kyle O’Reilly (8)

Chase Owens (6)

Jushin Thunder Liger (6)

Beretta (6)

Babaro Cavernario (4)

Gedo (4)

Yohei Komatsu (0)

Block B:

Kushida (10)

Rocky Romero (8)

Mascara Dorada (6)

Tiger Mask IV (6)

Nick Jackson (6)

Bobby Fish (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

Day 6: Rocky Romero vs. Tiger Mask IV

Day 7: Kushida vs. Bobby Fish

Day 8: Kushida vs. Tiger Mask IV

Day 9: Mascara Dorada vs. Bobby Fish