NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS 2017 NIGHT 4
MAY 21, 2017
KIRA MESSE YUMATSU – SHIZUOKA, JAPAN

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BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XXIV A BLOCK
WILL OSPREAY (4) DEF. TAKA MICHINOKU (2)

What I loved about this is that TAKA made Ospreay earn this victory. This wasn’t as exciting as Ospreay’s two Korakuen bouts vs. Marty Scurll and the MOTYC with Ricochet, but it was a performance that made Ospreay stick out and look like a legitimate contender in this field. I particularly loved when TAKA dragged Ospreay to the outside and beat him, forcing Ospreay to dive back in the ring at 19 to break the 20 count, only for him to immediately be put in TAKA’s crossface. That’s great stuff. Ospreay won, however, and rightfully so. A two-peat is becoming a reality, folks. I can live with that. ***1/4

BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XXIV A BLOCK
MARTY SCURLL (4) DEF. JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER (0)

Marty Scurll continues to be a lot of fun in BOSJ. He seemed to have the time of his life here vs. Liger, and although I typically prefer my New Japan to be serious, hard-hitting, and exciting, I was more than entertained by Scurll hamming it up with Liger and this house show crowd.

Liger is clearly slowing down, which is heartbreaking. He was fine here, because after all, he’s still Jushin Thunder Liger, but it looks like he’s slowed down drastically. Scurll submitted him with his signature Chicken Wing. ***

BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XXIV A BLOCK
TAICHI (4) DEF. DRAGON LEE (4)

Hated everything about this. Taichi’s ridiculous act was in full force, which means that not only was he his terrible self, but he brought Dragon Lee down to his level. I get that it’s a meme to hate Taichi, but that hatred is warranted. He stinks. And he won. **1/4

BEST OF THE SUPER JR. XXIV A BLOCK
RICOCHET (4) DEF. HIROMU TAKAHASHI (2)

This was an exciting main event, albeit a step down from their MOTYC at Wrestling Toyonokuni. I really don’t see any positives in Ricochet getting his win back here, however. Hiromu will end up winning his block, but I wanted to see him steamroll everyone with the exception of Will Ospreay, who I’m hoping gets the title shot at Dominion. Takahashi is the biggest thing the juniors have seen perhaps since Liger broke onto the scene; don’t have Hiromu lose on a house show. To me, that’s just silly.

The bright side, like I mentioned, was that this match was very good. Hiromu found a way to mix in breathtaking bumps, as he seemed to insist on landing on his neck on German suplexes. It’s not my body, and I’m forever grateful of that. This affair ended with Ricochet nailing the King’s Landing for the win. Thumbs up. ***3/4

Final Thoughts:

Overall, a fine performance. Three of the four matches were, at the very least, fun. Avoid Taichi like the plague, but watch the other three matches if you’re looking for fun, easy-to-watch wrestling. Ricochet vs. Hiromu is as good of a match as you’ll find on these single-cam shows, TAKA vs. Ospreay was a fun contrast in styles, and watching Marty Scurll have the time of his life vs. Jushin Thunder Liger grants this show a thumbs in the middle, leaning up.