NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Results (5/18/17): Ricochet & Ospreay Meet Again

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The NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV tournament continued today on NJPW World, and this show was all about A Block. Today’s show from Korakuen Hall was main evented by a rematch from last year’s BOSJ that set the wrestling world on fire: Will Ospreay vs Ricochet.

There were also three other A Block tournament matches, as well as several multi-man tag bouts on the under-card. Hiroshi Tanahashi was scheduled for today’s card, but he was removed from the remainder of the BOSJ tour last night. We reported Monday that he had been injured at Sunday’s Ring Of Honor television tapings, and Satoshi Kojima will be replacing Tana on this tour. Tana is hoping to return for NJPW’s June 9th Road To Dominion show and still face Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at Dominion on June 11th.

So, what did night two of NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV have in store for us? I missed out on the live show this morning due to a work emergency from a client that was fired later in the day (and let me tell you, firing this idiot was fun!!), so I caught the replay when I got home

NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Night 2 Results

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Tomoyuki Oka, Hirai Kawato, & Tiger Mask defeated Katsuya Kitamura, Syota Umino, & Tetsuhiro Yagi.

Fun opener with the Young Lions. Tiger Mask didn’t really factor into things, so this was basically a showcase for the babies. Oka and Kitamura seem to have a beef going on, so we may see more of them facing off one-on-one in the weeks and months to come. Kawato continues to show great fire, edged in a bit of craziness, and he got the submission from Yagi with a Boston Crab for the win for his team.

El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defeated ACH & Volador Jr.

Good tag team match that gave us a preview of some upcoming B Block tournament. ACH and Kanemaru will face off on the 20th, and the two had some good interactions during this bout. Bottom line, it was a good match.

There was nothing spectacular, but it had its fun moments. Despy got into it with the ref, ACH got beat up in the crowd, and Volador Jr. took to the air whenever he could, though SZKG tried their best to keep him grounded. The crowd has really taken to ACH, and they were fully behind him. SZKG antics from Kanemaru allowed Despy to get the pin on ACH in the end.

Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, & Yujiro Takahashi defeated War Machine & David Finlay.

We’re getting GoD vs War Machine for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship at Dominion, so I expect to see some form of this match every show from now until then. Good thing that I really enjoy Rowe and Hanson in NJPW, and Tama Tonga is always a joy to watch. Unfortunately, I had to tolerate Tang Loa and Yujiro, but them’s the breaks.

I also got to see Yujiro get whooped on pretty good by War Machine, so that was a perk. I expect the Dominion tag title match to be good. Today’s match didn’t overstay its welcome was solid, and Tama got the pin on David for the win.

SANADA, BUSHI, EVIL, & Tetsuya Naito defeated KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, & Satoshi Kojima.

The Taguchi Japan vs Los Ingobernables de Japon war rages on. It’s not quite the same without Tana and his floofy ponytail, but Cozy is a nice substitute for the injured Tana. Plus, by now, we are all members of the BreadClub; his presence is appreciated on any show.

Naito came to the ring and threw the IWGP Intercontinental Championship so hard into the ring post and whacked it so hard on the ring steps that he broke the plate. I think that was his plan all along, though. Abuse the poor title so much that Kidani would have to shell out some funds to fix it/paint it/clean it/repair it/replace it. I think he’s gonna have to now.

Entertaining match that balanced just enough comedy with just enough wrestling. LIJ and Taguchi Japan seem to have that equation perfected. I am guessing we’ll get a rematch for the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Titles between these two groups at Dominion, and since Tana’s injured, he and Naito aren’t gonna have much, if any time, to build their bout. But, it’s Tana and Naito; they’ll pull off a classic no matter what. BUSHI got the pin on KUSHIDA for the win.

And, now onto the NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV tournament matches….

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BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Taichi defeated TAKA Michinoku.

Oh, good grief. I was not looking forward to this match. My Taichi hate and loathing is at an all time high (just because), and any time you have two SZKG members in the ring going against each other, something squirrelly is bound to happen. Despy came out with TAKA, and Taichi got Kanemaru. That right there told me that shenanigans were incoming.

I swear, it felt like it took 64 hours for these two to even touch each other; it was a lot of stares and circling. Taichi refused to take the time keeper’s bell hammer. Then, they took turns walking around the outside of the ring. TAKA struck first by kicking the middle rope up into Taichi’s balls (I guess he has some) when he was trying to get back in the ring; Taichi then returned the favor. Then, Taichi yanked his pants off, I got sick, and when I came back, Taichi had faked a knee injury for the sneak win.

This was the absolute worst “match” in the history of NJPW.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Dragon Lee defeated Marty Scurll.

Yep, the Japanese fans love them some Marty Scurll. The Woop Woops started immediately, and it’s apparent that The Villain has been fully embraced by the NJPW fans. I was very interested to see how these two worked together. Completely different styles and philosophies in the ring. We even had a weird dance routine from Marty…

This was actually really good, though. Some aspects of the match looked stiff and forced, but then Marty tied Dragon Lee’s mask to the middle rope so he could wail on him, and all was right with the world. Their chemistry was odd, but it worked. They made it work, and the match was really entertaining. Marty is such a solid worker, character and talent, and his matches are always enjoyable. Dragon Lee, at 22, doesn’t have the experience of some, but he’s getting to where he works beautifully with anyone he’s in the ring with, too.

Marty did the cringe-worthy finger breaking spot, was going for the Chicken Wing, but Dragon Lee caught him, forcing Marty to change tactics. They somehow ended up on the top rope, Marty got the finger spot in again, but Dragon Lee got in a nasty looking headbutt to the chest and a double foot stomp for the win. Truly great and fun match.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Hiromu Takahashi defeated Jushin “Thunder” Liger.

Every match Liger has just reminds me this is his final NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors tournament. It’s kinda sad. But, then, Liger took Hiromu to the outside and gave him a brainbuster on the concrete floor, and I wasn’t sad anymore. Liger is a once in a lifetime talent.

But, Hiromu is no lightweight. The current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion has just enough crazy talent to take anyone down, and he did that with Liger several times during this match. And, in this instance, crazy overcame the classic. Really good match with Liger looking like a wrestler half his age, but Hiromu hit him with the Time Bomb for the win.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Will Ospreay defeated Ricochet.

At last year’s NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors tournament, Will Ospreay and Ricochet had a match that set tongues in the wrestling world wagging and started a heated debate on the state of the sport. It was easily the match of last year’s tourney. And, at this year’s NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors tournament, they set out to recreate the magic they made last year. They succeeded.

Whether you like the style of these two men or not, there is no denying their talent. I call it flippy-dippy stuff just to be funny, but these two went out into that ring, threw everything at each other, looked incredible doing it, and left it all on the mat. There was mat work, technique, submission moves, and of course, all that flippy-dippy stuff these two are known for. Incredible match that is a must see. While I may have enjoyed Dragon Lee/Marty Scurll more, this was definitely an amazing bout. Will hit the OsCutter for the win.

Overall Show: Not as good as the first night of NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV, but this is what we have to look forward to for the next two weeks. Undercard multi-man tags and 4 tourney matches per show. Solid action, two stellar A Block bouts, and pretty decent stuff overall.