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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors night 8 results: Taguchi vs. Takahashi


Best of the Super Juniors 25 continued Sunday in Aichi with four B Block matches, all of which delivered. Here are the results from the show:

Prelim results:

  • Chase Owens and Taiji Ishimori defeated Tiger Mask and Tomoyuki Oka when Owens defeated Oka with the package piledriver.
  • YOSHI-HASHI and YOH defeated Flip Gordon and Shota Umino when YOSHI-HASHI submitted Umino with the butterfly lock.
  • Minoru Suzuki and Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated Will Ospreay and Gedo when Kanemaru pinned Gedo with the deep impact DDT.
  • Tetsuya Naito and BUSHI defeated ACH and Toa Henare when Naito pinned Henare with the Destino.

B Block matches:

Marty Scurll defeated Desperado 

This was very good. I think Desperado has been really good in this tournament so far and for the first time in his career is really standing out as a potential top talent. Scurll is always consistently great and I think is actually a bit underrated in how good he actually is, he’s one of the best around honestly.

Scurll immediately attacked Desperado, looking to break his fingers early. Scurll tries for a monkey flip, but Desperado dumps him to the outside and throws him into the audience, who clears out as they brawl all around the arena. Beverages are thrown, trash cans are used as weapons and we get a nice view of the arena as the two eventually make it back to the ring before the 20 count.

Desperado focuses on the knee as he starts to take over the match. Scurll comes back and tries for the chickenwing but Desperado takes him down and applies the stretch muffler. He eventually goes to the outside to get a chair. Scurll tries to block him, but Desperado takes him down and beats him up with some chairs.

Back in the ring, Scurll catches Desperado with a roll-up, then stomps on Desperado’s hand. Scurll looks to use the umbrella, but the referee won’t let him. Desperado runs straight into the turnbuckle and into the chickenwing. 

The referee is taken down as Scurll looks to use the chair Desperado introduced. The referee comes to and takes it away as Desperado looks for a low blow. Scurll blocks him, breaks his finger and applies the chickenwing. With nowhere to go, Scurll submits.

Chris Sabin defeated Dragon Lee

A very good match. I was wondering if there would be a styles clash here, but there wasn’t. Like most of Sabin’s matches, they’re a touch slower than other matches in the tournament but they still kept the pace pretty hot.

Back and forth early. Sabin takes Dragon Lee to the top rope and hits a giant superplex. Dragon Lee fires back by sending Sabin to the outside and lands a giant tope con hilo to the floor.

They fight back and forth until Sabin hits a dropkick that sends Lee to the corner. Lee grabs him and suplexes him into the post. They meet on the apron where Sabin superkicks Lee to the floor. Sabin hits for a hurricanrana, then wipes out Lee again with another dive to the floor.

Lee regains his momentum back in the ring as they start to trade offense, both being taken down after lariats. Sabin connects with a boot to the corner and looks to do something off the top rope, but Lee trips him and stomps him off the top rope for a near fall. Lee looks for his finish, but Sabin escapes and hits a springboard tornado DDT.

Lee fires back with a running knee strike and lifts up Sabin again but Sabin counters with a DDT. Lee counters a cradle shock attempt, but Sabin strikes him with a super kick and hits the cradle shock for the win.

KUSHIDA defeated SHO

I wish this match was a bit more...dynamic? This was a very well wrestled match and the last half of the match was very good, but I was hoping for something a bit more flashier. They wanted to a tell a story, though, and they did a good job here.

Early in the match they do some chain wrestling, with neither getting the advantage. KUSHIDA hooks in an arm and rolls around, looking to wrench it in. SHO catches him in an a headlock, but KUSHIDA takes him back down. They traded ankle lock takedowns.

KUSHIDA took down SHO, focused on one of his arms and dropkicked it. SHO deadlifted him, slamming him back on the floor. He grinds down KUSHIDA with an ankle lock but KUSHIDA fights out of it, then sweeps down SHO and works on his leg. They fight for control until KUSHIDA gets the better of SHO.

KUSHIDA fights back, looking for the kimura. SHO counters with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam, then repeatedly slams KUSHIDA with a triple powerbomb. KUSHIDA lands on his feet after a German attempt and starts connecting with some offense. 

KUSHIDA locks in the hoverboard lock but SHO fights back until KUSHIDA hits the Back of the Future and scores the win with the first pinfall attempt of the match.  

Hiromu Takahashi defeated Ryusuke Taguchi

This was a really good match. Nice heat, great moves, good finish. It was very much the textbook New Japan main event matches, and that isn’t a knock since most of the time they do it so well. It helps that Hiromu Takahashi is an excellent athlete and Taguchi knows when to turn it on.

Taguchi gets the ankle lock in early, but Takahashi bails and goes to the outside to recover. They exchange offense until Taguchi takes him into the crowd. He runs from one side of the building to the other looking for a lariat, but Takahashi ducks and Taguchi ends up colliding into a wall.

Takahashi gets Taguchi back into the ring and starts working him over, stomping on his head and even using a tarantula like maneuver on the ropes. 

Taguchi tries to make a comeback with his butt. The first two times it fails, but third time’s a charm. He follows with a springboard crossbody to the floor, then a tope con hilo that wipes out Takahashi. Back in the ring, they brawl until Takahashi takes out Taguchi with a belly to belly that sends him into the turnbuckle.

Taguchi takes down Takahashi and hits the dodon but Takahashi kicks out. He immediately follows with the ankle lock then goes for a second dodon but Takahashi counters with a roll-up. Taguchi tries it again, but this time can only dump Takahashi on the back of his neck. He sinks in the ankle lock, but Takahashi escapes.

Takahashi takes down Taguchi with a hurricanrana and applies a triangle choke. Taguchi tries to fight out of it, but can’t and winds up submitting.