New Japan Pro Wrestling
Best of the Super Juniors – Day 12
June 5, 2015
Tokyo, Japan – Korakuen Hall

New Japan Pro Wrestling returned this morning with a live New Japan World broadcast from Korakuen Hall — the last Best of the Super Juniors show before the finals this weekend. Kushida already punched his ticket, but who will join him in the finals?

Best of the Super Juniors (A Block) – Yohei Komatsu vs. Beretta

Fast-paced match that was full of action. Komatsu got the half crab and managed to transition to an STF but Beretta grabs the ropes. Beretta follows with a tornado DDT and takes him to the apron, where he slams him with a fireman’s carry. Komatsu makes a tremendous comeback, kicking out of Beretta’s knee strike, then mounts a great comeback, but gets caught with another knee strike and is pinned. Really great opener. I’m not too bummed that Komatsu got zero points here since he’s still considered a young lion, but it seems clear enough that people are getting behind him already, and he’s already consistently great. Let’s do something with him already! ***3/4

Best of the Super Juniors (B Block) – David Finlay vs. Tiger Mask IV

There were times that things seemed a bit off between the two, but mostly just solid back and forth work. Finlay kicked out of the Tiger Driver, but eventually submitted to a modified crossface chickenwing. For the record, both him and Yohei Komatsu ended up with no wins in this tournament. Finlay did fine on the tour and with time he’ll probably be pretty great. **1/4

Best of the Super Juniors (A Block) – Barbaro Cavernario  vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

Liger and Cavernario started things off by doing some mat wrestling, exchanging surfboards. Liger exits the ring and Cavernario fires off with a tope con hilo across a ring post to the floor on Liger then followed with a giant splash from the top rope to the floor. Liger cut him off with the palm strike and a liger bomb. Cavernario made a comeback, got frustrated, then Liger cut him off and won with a brainbuster. Short, but full of action and cool high spots by Cavernario, who had a great run on this tour. ***

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma, Hirooki Goto, Togi Makabe and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Yoshi Hashi, Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii

BLEH. I’m so sick of seeing these pairings already. Sadly, we’ll probably see a variation of it again on Sunday. Imagine if I had to watch every show in full that featured these guys in tags, I’d probably go crazy. This went like you’d expect — everyone paired off with their rival. Tanahashi had the heat on him briefly, but then it went back to guys working with their rivals. Goto laid out YH and had Honma go for the Kokeshi but YOSHI-HASHI dodged. Goto went for a lariat but YH blocked it. Nakamura came back and attacked Honma, looking for the Boma Ye but Honma came back with the tornado Kokeshi. Ishii took him out and Nakamura got the Boma Ye, but everyone came and broke it up. Everyone separated again, then Nakamura pinned Honma with another Boma Ye. Good action throughout with a fun ending, but it’s been done. ***

Shibata was laid out with an armbar by Sakuraba then Nakamura struck Goto with a boma ye after the match, cutting a promo on him. They’re continuing buildup towards Dominion, I’m assuming.

Best of the Super Juniors (B Block) – Mascara Dorada vs. Rocky Romero

Romero came to the ring wearing a dual Black Tiger/Dorada mask — he likes to wear the mask when he’s facing other masked people. Romero with a big suicide dive on Dorada at the start. Dorada soon topped that with a step up tope con hilo to the floor. Turned into a solid back and forth match. Dorada got the win after Romero got crotched and Dorada hit a hurricanrana, followed by a Michinoku Driver. **3/4

Best of the Super Juniors (B Block) – Bobby Fish vs. Nick Jackson

Jackson had Cody Hall out there as a second. He got laid out accidentally by Nick, but then he took out Fish which allowed Jackson to get the heat. They actually did a spot where Jackson kept telling Fish to suck it then a dazed Fish headbutted him in the nether regions. They also did a spot where Cody Hall grabbed Fish and carried him all the way backstage for a count out tease, but sure enough Fish came back at 19. I thought that was rather clever. Nick kicked the ringpost by accident and Fish made a comeback and started work on the leg. They had a great sequence of back and forth action before Fish caught Jackson and laid him out with a falcon arrow for the win. This would put him in position to compete for third place since he’s beaten Dorada already.  ***1/2

Best of the Super Juniors (A Block) – Gedo vs. Kyle O’Reilly

The story of the match initially was that Gedo was working as the babyface underdog as O’Reilly worked on him. He made a comeback and worked on O’Reilly’s leg, including wrapping it around a post in the figure four position. They worked for submissions towards the end. Gedo went for a roll up but O’Reilly caught him and worked with a armbar. Gedo caused a ref bump, low blowed O’Reilly and hit the superkick, complete shot and Gedo clutch but O’Reilly kicked out. After Gedo kicked out of a brainbuster O’Reilly followed with an armbar that eventually got Gedo to tap. This was the best match of the night, with lots of great back and forth work, mat wrestling, and the last few minutes were pretty damn great. Both of these guys were the real underdogs of this tournament. ****

Best of the Super Juniors (A Block) – Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Chase Owens

Taguchi came out wearing earphones, mocking Owens since I guess he comes out with some too. I thought he just looked like a total geek. Back and forth early. Taguchi hit a huge tope con hilo on Owens to the floor. They worked on body parts with Taguchi working over Owens’ leg and getting the ankle lock in a couple of times. Owens removes the padding on the mats and tries for the package piledriver on the exposed hardwood floor but Taguchi escapes and hits a DDT. Taguchi hits the Dodon, then poses like Nakamura and hits a seated hip attack. Taguchi did his pose then went for another Dodon, but Owens counters and out of nowhere hits the package piledriver for the win. That puts Taguchi out of the finals and O’Reilly in, so it’s Kushida vs Kyle O’Reilly in the finals. Good, solid match. Please don’t look at how I reacted on Twitter as I do my very best to conduct myself in a professional manner…and my glee of this result just sorta came out, y’know? ***

O’Reilly, bum leg and all, hobbled to the ring as he and Kushida, who was on commentary all night, had a staredown. O’Reilly left as Kushida cut a promo and the show ended.

Final Thoughts: This was a really fun show, slightly better than the Korakuen Hall show from a few days ago. O’Reilly/Gedo was a fantastic match and the opener is pretty damn great as well. Kushida and O’Reilly is bound to be an awesome match, not sure if it’ll be as good as the finals match from last year, but there’s potential. I was looking forward to the finals regardless of who ended up headlining, but with this main event Sunday’s show has got to get the hype train rolling full speed ahead.

Best of the Super Juniors Final Standings - Best of the Super Juniors 2015

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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