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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Yamagata report 5-26-15: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Beretta

By Bryan Rose,

New Japan Pro Wrestling

Day 4 of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament took place early Tuesday morning in Yamagata. Here is a full report of the matches as well as the current standings.

Gedo vs. Barbaro Cavernario

Cavernario won after Gedo submitted with the la cavernia. This was pretty fun. Gedo controlled the first portion of the match, then Cavernario came back, hitting his big turnbuckle suicide dive. He aimed to go for his big splash off the top rope to the floor, but Gedo moved out of the way. He game back after posting Cavernario and looked to get the win after a superkick and a Gedo clutch attempt. Cavernario blocked it, however, and then submitted him. Crowd was into it and helped it become a pretty good match, though they were rooting for Gedo the whole time.

Kushida vs. David Finlay

Basic match with Kushida winning with the hoverboard lock. Finlay controlled him early, but Kushida made a comeback on the ropes. Finlay made one last comeback with a stiff looking European uppercut, but Kushida made the comeback once more and submitted him. Everything worked really well, but was just a match.

Nick Jackson vs. Rocky Romero

This was one of the longest matches so far on the tour. Pretty good match, however, as it was a lot back and forth between the two and they gel well. Jackson goaded him to punch him but Romero raked his eyes instead. He went for a sliced bread but Jackson tried to counter into a tombstone, then a rollup for a near fall. Romero made a comeback and pinned Jackson with a spinning tombstone.

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Beretta

Taguchi tried his hip attacks early but Beretta laid him out and took him into the crowd to brawl, playing the heel in this match. Beretta worked on his hip (read: butt), but Taguchi made a comeback with his hip attacks. Beretta comes back with a belly to belly suplex off the top rope and hits a running knee strike for a nearfall. Taguchi comes back and hits the dodon for a nearfall, then gets the win with a sliding dropkick. This was fine, though Taguchi’s new gimmick turns a lot of his matches into goofy comedy.

Current Standings:

Block A:

Babaro Cavernario (4)

Gedo (4)

Kyle O’Reilly (4)

Ryusuke Taguchi (4)

Jushin Thunder Liger (2)

Beretta (2)

Chase Owens (0)

Yohei Komatsu (0)

Block B:

Tiger Mask IV (6)

Kushida (6)

Bobby Fish (4)

Nick Jackson (4)

Mascara Dorada (4)

Rocky Romero (4)

Alex Shelley (2) (Out of tournament due to injury)
David Finlay (0)