New Japan “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/1/10 Matches

I know I’m way behind on New Japan, but I’m going to go ahead and watch some of these Best of the Super Jr. matches on their YouTube channel.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Fujita “Jr.” Hayato vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi.  I’ve never seen either of these guys wrestle before.  They do some basic wrestling to a stalemate and applause, a staple of New Japan Junior Heavyweight matches that I’ve always loved.  They trade shops and forearms.  Yoshihashi gets the better of it.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick, then works over Hayato’s arm.  Hayato works Yoshihashi’s leg.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break to escape a leg hold.  Yoshihashi connects with some forearms.  Hayato kicks his leg out from under him.  Hayato throws some vicious kicks.  Yoshihashi catches him with a shot and forearms him in the face some more.  Yoshihashi hits a suplex, then locks in a cross armbreaker.  Hayato tries to bridge out of it, fails, and settles for a rope break.  Hayato works over Yoshihashi some more.  Hayato connects with a flurry of kicks and a backdrop suplex for 2.  Yoshihashi gets a front cradle for 2.  Yoshihashi ducks a kick and blasts Hayato’s head with an enzuigiri.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for a very close 2 count.  Hayato lands a kick, then a forearm and a knee to the corner, then a knee to the face.  Hayato hits a German suplex and a running kick for a 2 that damn sure looked like 3.  Oh, it was a 3.  Hayato wins in 9:05.  Fine little basic match.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Tama Tonga vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.  JIP.  Tonga is the son of Haku, and this is my first time seeing him.  Tonga has Taguchi in a side head lock.  Taguchi breaks out, but gets dropped with a shoulder block.  Taguchi hits a pair of arm drags and goes for a Kimura, but Tonga gets a rope break.  Tonga bails.  Taguchi teases a dive, then Tonga pulls him off the apron, causing Taguchi to smack his face on the way down.  Tonga throws Taguchi back in the ring and beats him up.  Tonga hits a suplex and a jumping elbow drop for 2.  Tonga chokes Taguchi.  The referee makes him break.  Repeat.  Taguchi rallies and hits a springboard dropkick.  Taguchi hits a handspring elbow smash for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Three Amigos, but gets countered on the third.  He finally hits it, then locks in the Kimura again.  Tonga gets a rope break again.  Taguchi puts the boots to him.  Tonga hits a powerslam for 2.  Tonga hits a cool spinning neckbreaker face drop for 2.  Tonga goes for a superplex, but Taguchi fights him off, then leap frogs him.  Taguchi gets a cross armbreaker.  Tonga turns it into a cradle for 2.  Taguchi turns him back over into the cross armbreaker for the submission win (about 6 minutes shown).  It was fine.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Gedo.  “RAIGA!” chants in the beginning.  They lock up and do awesome mat wrestling.  Gedo head stands out of a head scissors to applause.  Liger takes Gedo down into a modified surfboard.  Gedo yells “Fuck you, Liger!” which is awesome.  Liger continues stretching Gedo’s arms, to which Gedo replies “Shit” and “Fuck.”  Gedo likes to swear in English.  Liger works a side head lock.  Gedo finally gets free, but Liger hip tosses and arm drags him, then works his arm.  Gedo gets a rope break and punches Liger in the face, then throws him out of the ring.  Gedo hits Liger with the time keeper’s hammer a few times.  When the ref admonishes him, Gedo replies “OK.”  Gedo rules.  Back inside now.  Gedo beats up Liger, working over the now damaged mid section.  Gedo brings Liger outside again and hits him with the hammer.  He promises not to use the hammer again, then hits Liger with a chair.  The ref admonishes him.  Japanese are kind of relaxed about weapons rules.  Liger barely beats the count back in at 19.  I’m pretty sure Gedo just called him an asshole.  Gedo beats up Liger some more, and is an awesome prick in the process.  Liger fights back with chops and hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Liger sends Gedo out of the ring, fakes a dive, then hits a dive off of the apron.  Gedo comes back in to eat a shotei.  Liger goes for a powerbomb, but Gedo counters him, then eats another shotei.  Cover gets 2.  Liger goes for the brainbuster, but Gedo schoolboys him and grabs a handful of tights for 2.  Gedo tries the schoolboy again for another 2.  Liger hits a Thesz press for the pin in 11:28.  Really fun match.  Gedo is such an awesome dickhead heel.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Koji Kanemoto vs. Kenny Omega.  This is my first time seeing Omega.  He prances around getting people to chant for him, then they lock up and trade arm locks.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  More back and forth wrestling, which I love to see.  They trade chops and forearms.  Omega hits a rana and a spin kick that sends Kanemoto outside.  Omega springboards to the outside and gets caught with a kick.  Kanemoto hits a Dragon screw leg whip on the outside, then goes back inside to await the return of his opponent.  Omega sells his knee, but beats the count back in at 15.  Kanemoto kicks the shit out of his knee and other body parts.  Omega throws some chops, but Kanemoto keeps working him over.  Kanemoto hits the face wash (x2).  He goes for it a third time, but Omega makes his comeback.  Omega hits a bulldog for 2.  Omega hits a springboard dropkick and goes for a Dragon suplex, but Kanemoto counters and kicks the shit out of him some more.  Cover gets 2 for Kanemoto.  Kanemoto hits a Falcon Arrow for 2.  Omega hits a quick Dragon suplex.  Kanemoto kicks him in the head.  Kanemoto locks in the ankle lock.  Omega manages to get a rope break.  He also manages to get kicked in the head again.  Kanemoto goes back to the ankle lock.  Omega gets a rope break again.  Kanemoto slams him and goes for a moonsault, but Omega cuts him off and goes for the Croyt’s Wrath.  Kanemoto counters and locks him the ankle lock again.  I love Kanemoto.  Omega gets another rope break.  I blame the ring being too small.  Kanemoto slams Omega again and hits a moonsault to Omega’s knees.  Not sure if that was a counter or not.  Omega hits the Hadouken, then the Croyt’s Wrath (electric chair into a German suplex hold) for the pin in 11:30.  Awesome little match.  They shake hands.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kota Ibushi vs. La Sombra.  JIP.  La Sombra connects with a clothesline.  They both throw dropkicks.  Stalemate, applause.  For the record, this is also my first time seeing La Sombra.  Sombra hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2, then applies a wacky arm hold.  Sombra hits a basement dropkick for 2.  Sombra hits a Fisherman buster for 2.  Sombra beats up Ibushi some more.  Sombra does some lucha flippy stuff.  Ibushi backdrops him to the apron.  Sombra hits a springboard Bombs Away for 2.  Sombra dropkicks Ibushi out of the ring and dives, but Ibushi avoids it.  Ibushi connects with a baseball slide dropkick, then goes to the top rope and connects with a moonsault to the outside.  Back inside, Ibushi drops Sombra, then hits a standing moonsault and a Lionsault for 2.  Sombra hits Wade Barrett’s finish (Hey, it IS a lucha transition move!) and a split legged moonsault for 2.  Sombra hits another wacky drop for 2.  Sombra hits a diving leg drop for 2.  Man, Sombra has really dominated this match.  They go outside and Sombra drives Ibushi’s spine into the post.  Sombra hits a gorgeous moonsault to the outside.  Back inside, Sombra hits a springboard sunset flip for 2.  Ibushi tries to make a comeback, but Sombra avoids everything he does.  Ibushi throws a kick, but Sombra hits a Dragon screw leg whip.  Sombra slams Ibushi and goes for a twisting senton thing, but Ibushi avoids it.  Ibushi finally manages to hit a Frankensteiner off the top, a springboard double stomp, and a backflip senton for 2.  Ibushi hits a 450 splash for the pin (about 10 minutes shown).  Really fun match, but it was almost all Sombra.

Fun matches!  There are more matches from other days on the YouTube channel, so I’ll probably watch those soon.

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