New Japan Pro Wrestling
Best of the Super Juniors 25 – Night 6
Osaka Central Gymnasium Sub Arena
Osaka, Japan

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Best of the Super Juniors 25 – B Block
Marty Scurll (2) def. Chris Sabin (2)

This was a technically fine match and somewhat unremarkable. While it’s nice to see Sabin in this tournament, he doesn’t really have a role in the tournament. A lot of the time when these higher profile outsiders come in for New Japan tournaments, they have a few good runs and finish near the top of their block. It doesn’t look like Sabin is following that pattern, but it is still early. They struggle through a few chicken wing attempts, and Marty eventually drops Sabin on his head with a reverse brainbuster and gets his first win of the tournament. ***

Best of the Super Juniors 25 – B Block
Ryusuke Taguchi (2) defeats KUSHIDA (2)

Taguchi Japan collides! These two usually bring it every Best of the Super Jr’s tournament, but Taguchi has been a bit disappointing if you’re not a fan of his ass-based humor. And I’m not. This was starting out like a typical KUSHIDA match with attacking the arm, but Taguchi catches him and rolls him up for the win in about two minutes in a huge shocker. These two are both capable of having epic matches in this tournament, so this match being so short might be the biggest surprise of the whole thing. NR

Best of the Super Juniors 25 – B Block
Sho (4) def. El Desperado (4)

Despy’s win over Hiromu was a match of the year contender, so it will be fun to see how he follows it up the rest of the tournament. It could be a break out tournament for El Desperado. Sho is my pick for a future star of the division though. Desperado attack’s Sho’s knee, slamming it with chairs, dropkicks, and submission holds. Sho gets some offense with a couple German suplexes, hits his big powerbomb backbreaker, and finishes Despy with Shock Arrow piledriver for the win. This was a pretty good match, with Desperado working the knee but not focused on it enough to stop Sho.  ***1/2

Best of the Super Juniors 25 – B Block
Dragon Lee (6) def. Hiromu Takahashi (2)

These two start out fast and aggressive as one might expect. They go through some greatest hits, including Dragon Lee attempting the leaping hurricanrana over the top rope and getting powerbombed on the apron. Hiromu dives, Lee dives, these two always move at such a fast pace. In an awesome bit, both men are being counted out, and Hiromu catches Lee, suplexing him to the floor, then runs into the ring and makes the ref stop counting. This rivalry is too great for a count out win. Then both men almost get counted out again after Hiromu free falls off the turnbuckle into Dragon Lee, both men falling into the crowd. The two are just throwing bombs at each other and eventually, finally, Lee does enough to keep Hiromu down, winning with the Dragon Driver. This was really good, but was hurt by the single cam nature of the show. Not only did the match look less dynamic, but the two didn’t really bust out anything new either for this relatively small show. Still really good though. ****

Final Thoughts: 

If you’re behind, the main event is probably the only match you’ll want to watch, and even then it’s nothing you haven’t seen before from those two. But if you are invested in the Lee/Hiromu rivalry (and you should be), you should at least watch the main event.