NJPW's final World Tag League 2020 and Best of the Super Jrs. 27 block matches took place today in Fukuoka.
Recommended matches --
- Robbie Eagles vs. Yuya Uemura
- Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb vs. Shingo Takagi & SANADA
- SHO vs. Taiji Ishimori
- Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI
BOSJ: Robbie Eagles defeated Yuya Uemura (7:30)
These guys were determined to make the most of their limited time. They started fast and maintained that pace.
They traded tackles. Uemura blocked a Turbo Backpack and a flying headscissors. Uemura used an armbar but Eagles reached the ropes. Eagles escaped a crab and hit a series of kicks to the chest.
Eagles used a scoop slam and knee drop. He teased a 450, the setup for the Ron Miller Special, but rolled through after Uemura popped up. Uemura blocked a springboard attack with a dropkick and hit a series of corner strikes.
Uemura used a shotgun dropkick for a near fall, then locked in a Boston crab. Eagles powered out of the hold with kicks. Uemura teased his double overhook suplex but Eagles hooked a leg in the ropes to force a break.
Eagles hit a springboard dropkick to the left leg. He twice tried to lock on the Ron Miller Special, but Uemura cradled him twice for near falls. Eagles again blocked the suplex, but Uemura floated over into a bridge for a near fall.
Eagles hit Turbo Backpack, then used the Ron Miller Special for the submission.
WTL: Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens defeated EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi (w/Dick Togo) (3:33)
This was all comedy. Both teams are Bullet Club, so you had the heels trying to out-heel each other dynamic that makes these infrequent meetings fun.
Yujiro grabbed a mic and told Owens that Pieter was coming out. Owens turned his back and Yujiro used a schoolboy for a two count.
Yujiro tried to trick Owens a few more times. Togo got involved, exposing a buckle. Yujiro grabbed his pimp cane and tried the Eddie Guerrero spot, tossing the cane to Owens.
Owens used a schoolboy with his feet on the ropes for the flash pin.
BOSJ: Ryusuke Taguchi defeated DOUKI (8:50)
DOUKI hit Taguchi's funky weapon with his steel pipe before the opening bell. They brawled outside and DOUKI posted Taguchi's groin. They did some more comedy as they got back in the ring. Taguchi missed some hip attacks before finally connecting.
Taguchi hit a tope con giro. DOUKI blocked a hip attack, then blocked three amigos and tried a sunset flip. Taguchi let DOUKI pull his tights down. Taguchi then sat down on the sunset flip for two.
Taguchi missed a Bomaye and DOUKI locked on the DOUKI chokey. Taguchi reached the ropes to force a break. DOUKI hit Daybreak for a near fall.
Taguchi rolled through on a Suplex de la Luna attempt and used an ankle lock. Taguchi tried to use the hold to set up Dodon. DOUKI went back to the choke. Taguchi rolled back into the ankle lock.
Taguchi used the ankle lock to pull DOUKI up into a Dodon. Taguchi then covered for the pin.
WTL: Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (w/Jado) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare (3:55)
This was more of an angle than a match.
G.O.D. attacked as Tanahashi and Henare made their entrance. The ref called for the opening bell as all four were still fighting on the outside.
As they got in, Tama Tonga applied a sharpshooter on Tanahashi. Henare broke up the hold. Henare and Loa traded strikes. They hit simultaneous headbutts. Loa hit an enzuigiri. Henare hit a Samoan drop.
Tanahashi and Henare doubled up on Tonga. Tanahashi hit a dragon screw. Henare and Loa fought on the floor.
Tanahashi tried a cloverleaf on Tonga. Loa jumped in with Jado's kendo stick and attacked Tanahashi's left leg. Tonga then used a sharpshooter and Tanahashi tapped out.
BOSJ: Hiromu Takahashi defeated Master Wato (w/Hiroyoshi Tenzan) (10:15)
They appeared to have some miscommunication on a couple of spots and there was a scary spot early on, but the pace these guys worked for ten minutes was insane. A good match, but they didn't have time to have a great one.
Wato hit a one-legged dropkick and a series of kicks at the opening bell. He sent Hiromu outside with a dropkick. He teased a tornillo, but Hiromu jumped back in, then slid outside and hit a sunset bomb. Hiromu lost his footing on the sunset bomb and that really could have ended badly.
Hiromu drove Wato into the barricade and hit a dropkick. Back inside, Hiromu made a cocky cover for a two count. Hiromu hit a shotgun dropkick for another near fall.
Wato fired back with strikes and sent Hiromu outside for a tornillo, this time connecting with the move. Wato hit a springboard uppercut forearm for two. Wato hit a recientemente for another near fall.
Wato missed an RPP off the top. After a series of counters, Hiromu hit a superkick. Hiromu hit a lariat but Wato didn't go down. Hiromu hit a second lariat and Wato popped right up. Hiromu hit a third lariat for a two count. Hiromu hit a victory royale for a super close near fall.
Hiromu hit his DVD into the buckle. He tried Time Bomb, but Wato cradled him for two.
Hiromu then used Time Bomb II for the pin to secure his place in the finals.
Wrestling Dontaku was announced for May 3 and 4 in Fukuoka before intermission.
WTL: Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb defeated Shingo Takagi & SANADA (11:46)
This dragged when O-Khan was working Shingo over, but the last five minutes or so were very good.
Shingo and SANADA overcame an attack before the bell and dispatched O-Khan to the outside. Cobb and Shingo traded some powerful strikes. Cobb tossed Shingo with an overhead belly-to-belly and cut him off. O-Khan went to work on Shingo from there.
O-Khan used a head-and-arm choke on the mat. They traded Mongolian chops. Shingo tagged SANADA. SANADA used the paradise lock on O-Khan and hit a plancha on Cobb.
SANADA used Skull End on O-Khan while Shingo trapped Cobb in a dragon sleeper. Cobb rolled to the floor and O-Khan fell victim to a double team. SANADA hit a dropkick for a two count.
O-Khan escaped a TKO attempt. O-Khan hit a hip toss after dodging a springboard attack. Cobb tagged in. SANADA hit him with a flying headscissors takeover and tagged out.
Shingo teased an exploder on Cobb. Cobb blocked. Shingo hit a lariat. Cobb blocked a sliding lariat and hit a gutwrench throw. O-Khan jumped in for the illegal double team. Cobb and O-Khan hit a series of gutwrench throws on Shingo.
Cobb hit a powerbomb for a two count as SANADA saved. All four were in as the match broke towards the finish. O-Khan hit a Dominator on SANADA. Shingo hit a Pumping Bomber on O-Khan.
Shingo and Cobb traded power shots. Cobb hit a release German. O-Khan jumped in and hit a running kick. Cobb followed with Tour of the Islands for the pin.
Cobb posed over Shingo with Shingo's NEVER Openweight title belt after the match, so that looks to be a match soon.
BOSJ: Taiji Ishimori defeated SHO (12:10)
This match was the story of the show in a nutshell -- good match, not enough time to be great, but the guys tried to condense a 20 minute match into their allotted time.
SHO hit a shoulder tackle, avoided a springboard attack, then hit a dropkick, knocking Ishimori off the apron. Ishimori caught a kick and pulled SHO face-first into the apron.
Ishimori landed on his knees off a German on the apron. He countered with a piledriver on the apron. I hate that spot. There's just no room for error on an apron piledriver.
Ishimori used a Yes Lock, but SHO reached the ropes to force a break. SHO was back on offense quickly, using a mid kick for a near fall. SHO went to work on Ishimori's taped-up left arm. SHO blocked Ishimori as he went for his handspring Pele kick.
Ishimori blocked a power breaker and hit a jumping knee strike. Ishimori hit a meteora in the corner. SHO blocked La Mistica and locked on a kimura. Ishimori powered out of a Shock Arrow attempt.
They traded strikes and lariats. Ishimori ended the sequence with a destroyer. SHO no-sold and hit a German. Ishimori took a flip bump off a lariat. SHO connected with a power breaker. Ishimori kicked out at two.
They teased their finishers. SHO fought off a Bloody Cross and used a cross armbreaker. Ishimori slid out and switched to the Bone Lock. SHO rolled through and hit Shock Arrow. Ishimori kicked out.
SHO Went for another Shock Arrow. Ishimori grabbed a guillotine, then hit an inverted Bloody Cross. SHO kicked out at two.
Ishimori hit another Bloody Cross and this time it was enough to knock SHO out of contention.
WTL: Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano (10:36)
Lots of comedy in this one. A fun, chaotic brawl.
Yano went for a corner pad right away. He hit Taichi with the pad but also took out Ishii with friendly fire. Sabre used a sunset flip on Yano for two. Sabre used a cradle for two. Yano hit a drop toe hold on Sabre into a forearm from Ishii. Yano rolled Sabre up for two.
Sabre used a cradle and a backslide for another pair of near falls on Yano. Sabre wrapped Yano up in the ring skirt. They teased a countout but Ishii threw Yano back in to break the count. Ishii and Taichi finally got tags after Sabre and Yano dominated the first five minutes with comedy.
Taichi and Ishii traded strikes. Taichi hit a jumping high kick and removed his pants. Yano broke up a Zack Driver attempt. Ishii and Yano doubled up on Taichi. Yano hit a throw into a sliding lariat from Ishii for a near fall as Sabre saved.
Ishii hit a headbutt and a lariat for a two count. All four jumped in. Sabre blocked a Yano low blow and sent him outside. Sabre hit Ishii with a Zack Driver. Yano got sent outside.
Sabre and Taichi hit Zack Mephisto and Taichi covered Ishii for the pin.
BOSJ: El Desperado defeated BUSHI (12:53)
BUSHI teased a tope suicida right away. Desperado ducked out of the way, so BUSHI hit a flying headscissors from the ring to the floor instead. Back inside, BUSHI choked Desperado with his shirt.
Desperado pulled BUSHI back to the floor and sent him into the barricade. Desperado grabbed a pen and stabbed BUSHI in the eye with it. Desperado worked over BUSHI's left leg as they got back into the ring.
Desperado continued working on the leg. They exchanged strikes. BUSHI hit a DDT, his first significant offense since the opening volley. BUSHI hit a missile dropkick. BUSHI draped Desperado over the top rope and hit another missile dropkick. BUSHI hit a draping DDT on the apron, then followed with two suicide dives. Desperado beat the count back in at 19.
Desperado tried a stretch muffler. BUSHI escaped and hit a dropkick. Desperado blocked a codebreaker and used el es culero for a near fall. They teased a ref bump. BUSHI ducked a right hand and hit an enzuigiri.
BUSHI hit a backstabber and a destroyer for a two count. BUSHI called for MX. Desperado caught BUSHI off the second rope and hit a spinebuster, then used Numero Dos. Desperado got both arms hooked and the referee called for the stoppage.
By virtue of their wins over Ishimori, Hiromu and Desperado are in Friday's finals with 14 points.
Desperado cut a promo after the match and called out Hiromu. Hiromu came to the ring and cut a promo. He promised to get revenge on Desperado for beating him earlier in the tournament.
WTL: Juice Robinson & David Finlay defeated Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI (15:50)
Goto and Finlay began. They traded a couple of quick holds before YH jumped in. YH and Goto doubled up on both Finlay and Juice. YH and Finlay ended up the legal men and YH worked a side headlock.
Juice blind-tagged in and it was FinJuice's turn for some tandem offense. Juice hit a senton and a delayed vertical suplex on YH for two. Finlay and Juice used quick tags and worked on YH's left arm. Juice hit another senton for two.
Juice and Finlay hit a double bulldog on YH and Finlay covered for a near fall. Finlay used a chinlock at the five minute mark. YH powered out with strikes and hit a vertical suplex before tagging out.
Goto and Juice got tags. Goto hit a wheel kick and a bulldog for a two count. Goto and Juice traded strikes, then hit simultaneous clotheslines into a double down. Both tagged out.
Finlay and YH traded strikes in the center of the ring. Finlay hit a diving uppercut forearm. YH hit a running chop. YH hit two more chops, a thrust kick and a neckbreaker for a two count.
Juice tagged in but accidentally took out Finlay with a cannonball. YH hit a headhunter into a leg sweep by Goto on Juice. Finlay broke up the pin.
Goto and YH hit a GYR on Finlay. Juice fought off a GYW attempt. YH hit a thrust kick into an ushigoroshi from Goto. Juice kicked out at two.
Goto and YH hit the GYW on Juice. Goto covered, but Finlay made the save at the last possible second.
Finlay hit a spear on Goto and a uranage backbreaker on YH. Finlay hit an uppercut forearm and a last shot on Goto. Finlay hit a superplex on Goto. Juice hit a follow-up frog splash for a near fall.
FinJuice teased a doomsday device. Goto shoved Finlay off the top into the barricade. YH hit a thrust kick on Juice. Goto cradled Juice for two. Goto hit a headbutt at the fifteen minute call.
Juice blocked Shouten Kai. Finlay jumped in and hit Goto with a stunner. Juice hit a Left Hand of God, then hit Pulp Friction for the pin.
By virtue of their losses to both G.O.D. and FinJuice, Taichi and Sabre are out. The final will be Juice and Finlay vs. G.O.D.
Juice grabbed the mic to close the show with a promo. G.O.D. ran in and attacked. Tama hit a Gun Stun on Juice. Tama used a sharpshooter on Juice, while Tanga used a OJK on Finlay. Jado cut a quick promo, then the show ended with Jado and G.O.D. posing in the ring.
Final World Tag League standings --
- Juice Robinson & David Finlay 12 points (6-3) *finalist*
- Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa 12 points (6-3) *finalist*
- Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. 12 points (6-3) *lost to both FinJuice and G.O.D., eliminated on tiebreakers*
- Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI 10 points (5-4)
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano 10 points (5-4)
- Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb 10 points (5-4)
- Shingo Takagi & SANADA 10 points (5-4)
- Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens 6 points (3-6)
- EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi 6 points (3-6)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare 2 points (1-8)
Final BOSJ 27 standings --
- El Desperado 14 points (7-2) *Finalist*
- Hiromu Takahashi 14 points (7-2) *Finalist*
- Taiji Ishimori 14 points (7-2) *lost to both Hiromu & Desperado, eliminated on tiebreakers*
- SHO 12 points (6-3)
- Master Wato 8 points (4-5)
- Ryusuke Taguchi 8 points (4-5)
- Robbie Eagles 8 points (4-5)
- BUSHI 8 points (4-5)
- DOUKI 4 points (2-7)
- Yuya Uemura 0 points (0-9)