New Japan Pro Wrestling
Best of the Super Juniors – Night Two
May 23, 2015
Kuki, Saitama – Kuki City Hall

Day 2 of the Best of the Super Juniors has been finally uploaded on New Japan World’s website. I had expected it to be up shortly after the show ended, but apparently when they said it would be up the next day, they literally meant it.  The full show didn’t air; rather it was just the three BOTSJ matches that took place on the show. It was a hard camera, no frills sort of setup. I’m fine with that, since if I have to cover every single tag match that was a variation of the one I saw on opening night, I may just lose it.

We already appear to have our first injury on this tour as Alex Shelley was scheduled to face Rocky Romero on this card, but suffered an injury during his bout with David Finlay and thus wasn’t able to compete here. From what it looks like, it might have been his heel after landing a superkick. It seems like they’re postponing the match until they can determine if Shelley will be able to compete for not.

Gedo vs. Yohei Komatsu: This was fine, nothing noteworthy. Gedo continues to be the TOP ACE of this tournament thus far as he was a great heel veteran here. He took control of most of the match and threw Komatsu around the outside. Komatsu made a comeback, including sinking in the rolling boston crab, but Gedo was able to escape. Gedo caught Komatsu off guard with the Complete Shot out of nowhere and pinned him with the Gedo Clutch. This got enough time and the pacing was good enough for it to be the best match on the card, though it wasn’t anything blow away. This was also the first time in a good while that I wasn’t blown away by Komatsu though he wasn’t bad here at all. Just didn’t get as much in as I thought he would. **3/4

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Cavernario Barbaro: Taguchi came out wearing Cavernario’s bone. I couldn’t tell what it was initially and thought he was coming to the ring wearing one of those arrow headband deals. It would have fit his goofy gimmick, that’s for sure. Comedy spots start this one out, with the both of them doing Taguchi’s poses and Cavernario appearing baffled at Taguchi’s demeanor. You and I both, man. Cavernario took out one of the turnbuckles and did Sami Zayn’s suicide dive through the corner. Taguchi comes back with a big tope con hilo. Then he just picked up a win out of nowhere with a seated butt attack. You heard me right. Not that good, just goofy comedy with one or two good spots. *

Nick Jackson vs. Kushida: Decent back and forth match. Not much to say beyond that, honestly. Nothing wrong with it all, but wasn’t there much in terms of heat, though eventually they got into Kushida. And literally, it was just a back and forth match doing their usual spots. There was a funny spot where Kushida did the suck it sign to entice Nick to come back to the ring and on his way in he tripped. He was in control until Jackson kicked him and landed a 450 splash for the win. Not much else to it and the finish felt kinda anti-climatic. **¼

Final Thoughts: Skip this. Not much to it. The Gedo/Komatsu match was the best thing on the show, but it was nothing blow away.

Voices of Wrestling – Best of the Super Juniors Pick’Em Standings (after Day 2)

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Edgar Morales5872342332334616
Kelly Harrass5862343422434516
Max Bachhuber5853443223434516
Brian Brennan5762332432434516
Darren Lyne5751422433424716
A. S.5652342342434614
Lawson Leong5682423223333516
Paco Silva Martínez5661342422334616
Rob Reid5653333323333814
Christopher Griger5572241232334616
Claudio Escudero5552334233414516
Derek Drago5564323322323616
Francis Lane5552443212334616
Mitch Cowan5562333433423514
Dan Mullooly5472232324233714
Lee West5472434132324514
Alex Giardini5351234224434514
Allen Vick Jr5361144123324616
Gabriel Perez5342333222334616
Jared Welch5352314223334714
Joseph Remy537344333243458
Kenny Ortiz5363332132414516
Kevin Hare5352333421334416
Mark Berlowitz5353333332333316
Michael Zavala5341332423433714
Oliver Court5362233341424514
Sean Sedor5341333333423516
Tommy Livingstone5352333033423616
Andrew Bates5252341233214616
Jody Plante5251343312334416
Matt Trebby5232333423424514
Morten Hansen5252424312324614
Richard St.Hilaire5242433321333516
Theo Wilson5262333222304616
Brady Livingston5152333122323418
Danny Kuchler5152322332313814
Kent Sinkler5150332423324614
Mitch Parcells5143114334232516
Christopher Duarte506324323242478
David Mora5061324322424413
Karl Clancey5062343322324313
Niall H5062332332323414
Rich Kraetsch506133233443468
Anthony Albicocco4950333231134516
Jake Daniel496233343243268
Jake R.496234333232468
Matt Magnum4961232232324514
Matt McEwen4941332323414514
Mike Spears495244333333358
Abrasive Obelisk487134331323468
Adrian Gaskin4852333212133416
Alan Counihan4852314313313514
Andrew Rich4853334303324411
Azri Aqil4861233312124416
Bastian Sauer486234333233448
Ewen MacDonald485334331243368
Jason Sitek4861332322223514
Kyle Conzett4850343332234610
Nick Mogel4862322322323414
Richard Jaeger4842212433333414
Antonio Edwards474233332333378
Gonçalo Monteiro475234243223368
Marcus Origer4742223414232414
Matt Rolder475234332333448
Paul Cooke4753332213223414
Paul Völsch4753332322334410
Adam Gaetan4650322222333514
Case Lowe465133233342458
Dylan Harris466332332332358
Frederick Cholowski466233333321458
joel zewski466133232233468
Brian Kline453134142433278
Bryan Rose455233243413438
Chris Dalgleish455133242331378
Daniel Mackinnon456123323313378
Darrell Chess4531342343333310
Kevin Wilson453224124233478
Miles Messmer4532412323424510
Santiago Tomasi4541333202434511
Brandon Gordon4432233311433610
Greg Johnson446314232143438
Rob McCaron446233242123448
Víctor Pérez4450333123212514
Anthony Perillo436232143222358
Andy Doran424222322243448
Cal Hodges425223333222348
Mike McDonald425323124331348
T.J. Hawke426123233122278
the mosayat4241442431032410
William Young422133332332368
Aidan Daly413134233243148
Edward Mills415233232220458
Filip Pejic415232322332338
John Cunningham414333132214438
KENTA kicks heads415024332241258
Lee Thomas413122422333268
Phil Williams414222222242368
Trent Williams415132333212358
David Naismith405442322232245
Joe Gagne404134322132447
Brendan Creecy395043232301268
dominic sweeney386233231242343
Keith Campbell385123313222248
Alexander Panos3731331421021511
Berry Meijer374023222241258
Caitlin Lipinski376212242130176
Joseph Roche374213243033273
Lawrence OBrien374234122320248
William Housell Jr.374232331402463
Dakota Schmidt365233222431360
David Woodley365322111233148
Garrett Kidney3651223130231310
Alan Maggle353223223222453
Allan Blackstock355232322331450
David Neil Rapp345134323212350
Gabe Throne345223431333230
Amal Ahmadzai335212243313250
Mike Langford306022422230160
Matt Zierer294132133130143
Kyle Blevins273222203041143
Chris Harrington264113201142430
Sean Flynn264012111211228
Robert O.232332132120130