The NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors tournament picked back up today with A Block matches resuming. The show did not air live on NJPW World; only the tournament matches from today’s show were uploaded to the site. In today’s main event, Ricochet faced off with Dragon Lee. Other tournament bouts included Marty Scurll taking on TAKA Michinoku, Will Ospreay facing Jushin “Thunder” Liger, and Hiromu Takahashi beating the hell out of Taichi, which tickled me to no end.
Liger was mathematically eliminated from the tournament today; with no wins, there’s no possible way for him to win A Block now.
NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Day 6 Results
Marty Scurll defeated TAKA Michinoku.
Marty and TAKA was an odd paring, to say the least, but at least we didn’t have other members of Suzuki-gun out at ringside to mess things up. Good, solid match with a little bit of comedy thrown in to keep things fun. The Japanese fans are still responding beautifully to Scurll, and how can you not adore The Villain. He’s just great. TAKA’s putting in some great performances in the tournament, and he kept that streak going with today’s match. Our favorite master of the Chicken Wing got the submission win over TAKA today, much to the delight of the crowd.
Will Ospreay defeated Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
I expected this to be one of the highlights of this year’s NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors, and I wasn’t disappointed. But, it was also sad, because with this loss, Liger is not mathematically eliminated from the tournament. I really was kind of hoping for him to rally from behind and take A Block (sorry, Marty!!), but it just wasn’t to be. He and Will had a really good match today, though, with the fans firmly behind Liger. Liger fought to keep from being beaten by the CHAOS’ resident obnoxious child (ok, I am joking…but only a little), but Will wasn’t going to be denied. He hit Liger with a springboard OsCutter for the win. But, like the rest of us, I think his victory was a bit bittersweet for him, too.
Hiromu Takahashi defeated Taichi.
As of today, I am officially tired of Taichi. Well, I’ve been tired of him for a long, long, long time, but NJPW need to send him on excursion to Pluto or something. But, at least Hiromu was there to kick his ass…but it didn’t start that way. Taichi beat Hiromu all through the crowd and at ringside with chairs, his stupid mic stand, and the timekeeper’s ring bell hammer he always pilfers. And, of course, his partner in crime, TAKA, was there to conveniently distract Red Shoes whenever needed.
I swear, it looked like Taichi got some fan’s underwear and gave it to Hiromu, who donned them and proceeded to beat the hell out of him.
It was kinda weird. Then, he put them over Taichi’s face and head, which obviously insulted the hell out of Taichi, because he wailed on Hiromu with a chair. It broke down into a slugfest after that, with both men exchanging forearms, slaps, and some mean looking kicks. Then, Taichi’s pants came off, and I got a bit nauseous.
Shockingly, this was a good match. Yes, I said it: a good Taichi match. He can have them when he puts his mind to it and has an opponent that can work with him. Today, he had just that. Yep, it was weird and kinda creepy in some spots, but that’s part of Hiromu’s charm. He put Taichi away with a rather sloppy Timebomb, but at least he beat him. Y’all watch this match if you can; you won’t be disappointed.
Dragon Lee defeated Ricochet.
Woo-hoo!! Finally, the flippy-dippy stuff. This was fun. These two flew, but there was plenty of mat action, too. Fast-paced and hard hitting, this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from this match. To me, they weren’t badly matched, but they didn’t mesh quite as well as I thought they would. It was a good match, don’t get me wrong, but it felt like they were a bit out of sync a couple of times during the bout. Still a really entertaining bout, but I think I liked Hiromu/Taichi better (and I will probably go to hell for saying I enjoyed a Taichi match…that or get struck by lightning or something). I was a bit surprised that Dragon Lee got the win, though. Ricochet went for a Frankensteiner off the top rope, but Dragon Lee avoided it, hit Ricochet with a double stomp, and got the pin for the win.