New Japan Pro Wrestling
Best of the Super Juniors – Night Three
May 25, 2015
Tsubame, Niigata – Citizen Gymnasium

Welcome to the THIRD DAY of the Best of the Super Juniors~! It’s an exciting time for New Japan, as every match of this year’s tournament is being shown via NJPW World streaming. Day Three’s action didn’t air live, but you can catch it on demand at NJPW World by using the link above.

Due to Alex Shelley’s foot injury from the tour opener against David Finlay, he is no longer in the tournament. All of Alex Shelley’s opponents for the remainder of the tournament are being 2 points for a victory, so for your sake, I hope you didn’t predict Shelley to do well in this year’s tournament in the VOW Pick’ems. However, I know most of you did, as did I, so… well, it’s all for fun anyway, right?

Because Shelley wasn’t scheduled to have a tournament match on Night Three, we got a full order of four tournament matches on this event, which was seen live by 1,280 people in attendance. On NJPW World, we were treated to a single camera shoot with no live commentary.

BoSJ: Beretta vs Chase Owens

Both men were coming into this match at 0-1, having lost their opening matches a few days earlier. Beretta, losing to Kyle O’Reilly in possibly the most competitive match of the opening night, and Owens, losing to Barbaro Cavernario, aren’t seen as contenders to make the finals, by any means. However, I did look to Beretta to have a very respectable record going into the final night. So it all starts here! Beretta got the win in just over ten minutes, finishing Owens off with the Sunset Driver. Beretta shines in tag team matches, but he’s more than solid as a singles competitor, as well. With no commentary, and only the one visual look, you really can tell when a match is getting over and when it might just be background fodder. Beretta vs Owens was captivating for the television viewer, and even more so live. This crowd got into Beretta’s near death experience and count out spots, reversals, and Beretta’s finisher. After re-debuting in NJPW with a lackluster crowd response, Beretta has really brought some fans onto his bandwagon. ***

BoSJ: Máscara Dorada vs David Finlay

As @voiceswrestling pointed out on Twitter after the match was uploaded, the video length here was only 11m28s. That includes the match, entrances, exits, and general downtime. The match only lasted 7:46, with Dorada getting the win after a top rope senton and leg-hook Michinoku Driver. It was pretty basic, and while the crowd loved Dorada’s brief flying antics, Finlay was almost a poor man’s version of Chase Owens from the previous match. He was a dick heel just to be a dick heel, which is similar to what Owens had done in the first BoSJ match of the night. I have no doubt Finlay will find himself as he develops, and a comparison to Owens is in no way true overall. However, he did remind me of him just a bit due to the close proximity of the match placement. This was Dorada’s first true win in the tournament, although he will also get the forfeit victory over Alex Shelley. Finlay remains winless, and it’s likely to stay that way. Finlay, of course, also lost to Shelley, which makes him likely to be the only wrestler in Block B to finish with 0 points. Which, might have been scenario most had suspected prior to the tournament, anyway. **1/2

BoSJ: Tiger Mask vs Bobby Fish

In a bit of a surprise, at least for me, Tiger Mask got the win in just over nine minutes. Tiger picked up the victory with a crucifix cradle in the midst of a Fish barrage of punches and kicks, stunning the former IWGP Jr Tag champion. This was Tiger’s third win, technically, as he beat Nick Jackson on the first night and received a forfeit victory over Alex Shelley. Yet to face Finlay, it’s almost a given Tiger Mask will finish the BoSJ with a winning record and possibly be among the top half of the point getters in Block B. This was Fish’s first loss, and with his forfeit win over Alex Shelley, he has four points. Tiger has six. SIX POINTS! With Finlay still to come. That’s 8 points! Who knows, the guy will have KUSHIDA, Dorada, and Romero left.  It’s not impossible that he could finish with 10, although the 8 may be his ceiling. Never got into the match, although Fish was his usual great self. His temper tantrum after the flash loss was high quality. **

BoSJ: Jushin Thunder Liger vs Kyle O’Reilly

Liger and O’Reilly were both coming into this match at 1-0, having won their first matches on the BoSJ tour opener. O’Reilly defeated Beretta, while Liger unsurprisingly put down Yohei Komatsu. Liger was showing his veteran instincts all over the opening minutes of this match, locking in hold after hold on O’Reilly. Listening the the crowd build up as Liger slowly set up a surfboard hold was great fun, made more appreciated by the lack of commentary. Liger wouldn’t hold up long term, however, as O’Reilly controlled nearly the entire second half of the match without giving in. The finish sequence was great, with O’Reilly putting Liger down with a tornado DDT, brainbuster, and finally making him tap with an armbar. Liger was pissed. Dammit, this was supposed to be the year of his miraculous run! His frustrations dissipated quickly, at least for show, as O’Reilly and Liger shook hands, bowed, and Liger soaked up the appreciation of the crowd alone in the ring to end the final BoSJ tournament match on Night Three. ***


Voices of Wrestling – Best of the Super Juniors Pick’Em Standings (after Day 3)

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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