NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 5/30/10

Cool opening video hyping the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  We’re in the world famous Tokyo Korakuen Hall!  I have no clue who the announcers are as I can neither understand nor speak Japanese.  I really need to get back on that Rosetta Stone…

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Nobuo Yoshihashi vs. AKIRA.  They lock up and wrestle.  Stalemate, applause.  AKIRA lands a dropkick and kinda does the spinaroonie.  Yoshihashi connects with a cross body and a dropkick and sends AKIRA outside.  Yoshihashi hits him with a dive.  They trade chops back inside.  After some jumping and running around, AKIRA kicks Yoshihashi in the knee and goes to work on it.  AKIRA hits a missile dropkick to the knee.  AKIRA goes up top, but Yoshihashi cuts him off and tries for a superplex.  AKIRA fights him off, but Yoshihashi cuts him off again and brings him down with a Dragon screw leg whip.  Yoshihashi goes to work on AKIRA’s knee.  AKIRA drops Yoshihashi with a spin kick and goes up top again.  This time he lands a missile dropkick for 2.  AKIRA does his modified STF, which is really more of a STA (stepover toehold arm lock).  Yoshihashi gets a rope break.  AKIRA ties Yoshihashi to the tree of woe and dropkicks the bad knee.  He goes back to the STA.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break again.  Yoshihashi hits a suplex for like 1, then a weird side suplex drop thing for 2.  AKIRA lands an enzuigiri and a DDT, then goes for the Musasabi press, but Yoshihashi gets his knees up.  They trade forearms.  AKIRA hits a Schwein-like drop and the Musasabi press.  He hurt himself doing it, though.  Yoshihashi clips his knee and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a Swanton Bomb for the pin in 10:19.  Holy upset, Batman!  Fine little match.

Yoshihashi’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: KUSHIDA vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  They shake hands and lock up.  KUSHIDA backs Liger into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Liger takes KUSHIDA down for a quick mat wrestling, stalemate, applause bit.  They do some more mat wrestling.  KUSHIDA tries to shoulder block Liger and succeeds in the second try, then hits a standing moonsault for 2.  Liger attacks KUSHIDA’s knee.  Liger hits a shin breaker into the ring post.  Ouch.  Liger attacks KUSHIDA’s leg with a chair.  KUSHIDA comes back at Liger full of piss and vinegar, but Liger hits another shin breaker and locks in a figure-four leglock.  Liger wraps KUSHIDA’s leg around the post and hits it with a chair again.  Back inside, KUSHIDA low bridges Liger out of the ring and connects with a plancha suicida.  KUSHIDA limps around to sell the leg, then rolls Liger back into the ring.  KUSHIDA  goes up top, but Liger cuts him off and goes for the brainbuster off the top.  KUSHIDA fights Liger off and hits a diving cross body for 2.  KUSHIDA ducks a shotei, but Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Liger lands a shotei in the corner and goes for the Liger Bomb, but KUSHIDA fights out and gets a backslide for 2.  KUSHIDA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  KUSHIDA goes for a moonsault press, but Liger gets his knees up.  KUSHIDA plants Liger with a DDT for 2.  They each counter suplex attempts.  Liger hits a Thesz press for 2.  KUSHIDA blocks a shotei, then gets nailed by another one.  Liger hits a powerbomb and the brainbuster for the pin in 11:03.  Good little match.  Liger raises KUSHIDA’s hand like a good sport after the match.  After Liger leaves, Gedo runs in and lays out KUSHIDA with a Singapore cane.  I think they’ve been feuding since the Super J Tag tournament.

Gedo cuts a promo backstage.

KUSHIDA’s post-match interview.

Liger’s post-match interview.

GBH, New Japan Seikigun, & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, and IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Toru Yano, Masato Tanaka, Takashi Iizuka, & NO LIMIT.  Everyone starts brawking immediately.  Makabe knocks down Yano and Iizuka with a double lariat.  Makabe and Iizuka brawl as the match gets somewhat in order.  Goto and Tanaka tag in and continue their long standing war.  They actually do the mat wrestling, stalemate, applause bit.  Naito and Nagata tag in.  Naito has red hair now for some reason.  They do some nice mat wrestling.  They shove each other and start trading forearms.  Nagata kicks the crap out of Naito.  Naito connects with an elbow and slaps Nagata, then hits a diving cross body.  Nagata hits a belly to belly overhead throw.  Naito bails and pulls Nagata out of the ring.  Naito whips Nagata into Yujiro, who decks him.  Yujiro tags in and hammers Nagata with forearms.  Nagata responds with multiple slaps and kicks, then tags in Inoue.  They alternate kicking a chopping Yujiro, then take him down with a double shoulder block.  Inoue hits a modified back body drop for 2.  Tanahashi tags in.  Korakuen loves him.  His enemy Yano tags in.  Korakuen is heating up now.  They tear into each other.  Tanahashi hits a rana that sends Yano outside and tries to dive onto him, but Yano avoids it and sends him into the post.  The CHAOS team put the boots to Tanahashi at ringside and all hell breaks lose as Tanahashi’s teammates come to his aid.  Yano tears off one of the corner pads (one piece turnbuckle pad in New Japan).  Iizuka sends Tanahashi into the exposed turnbuckles and puts a hurtin’ on the pretty boy.  Tanahashi lands a forearm.  Yano tries to cut Tanahashi off, but gets Dragon screw leg whipped.  Makabe tags in and cleans house.  Iizuka hits a Pedigree on Makabe.  Makabe hits Iizuka with a lariat.  Goto and Tanaka tag in and go to war again.  Double clothesline spot.  They hammer each other with fierce looking strikes.  Tanaka NAILS Goto with a lariat.  Naito tags in and gets backdropped to the apron.  He tries to come off the top, but Goto brings him down.  Naito gets his foot tangled up in the turnbuckle pad.  They finally get him down and he sells the leg.  Inoue tags in and goes to work on the leg.  Inoue locks Naito in a figure-four leglock.  Nagata and Yujiro start brawling.  Nagata locks Yujiro in the Nagata Lock II.  Everybody else starts brawling outside.  Yano and Iizuka come in to save NO LIMIT.  Iizuka tries to use his metal glove on Inoue, but fails.  Yujiro tries to use a chair on Nagata but fails.  Inoue spears somebody.  Folks are brawling everywehre.  Yujiro hits a lariat on Inoue, then Naito gets Inoue with a jackknife hold for the pin in 14:39.  Really fun and really solid match.

Post-match interviews with Yano, NO LIMIT, Inoue, and Nagata.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: CMLL World Trios Champion La Sombra vs. Tiger Mask IV.  They start with a Greco-Roman knuckle lock and take turns overpowering each other.  They do some mat wrestling and get the stalemate applause.  Sombra grabs a side headlock, then knocks Tiger down with a shoulder block.  Sombra flips around and lands a dropkick.  Sombra hits the Jericho springboard dropkick to the apron, then a tope suicida into the front row.  Back inside, Sombra lands an elbow for 2.  Tiger lands some kicks on Sombra, then snapmares him and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Tiger transitions into a Dragon sleeper.  Sombra knees his way out.  Sombra dropkicks Tiger in the face.  Tiger bails again.  Sombra pursues and they fight on the floor very briefly.  Sombra takes Tiger down and rocks an arm lock.  Tiger avoids Sombra in the corner and Sombra goes over the turnbuckles and out of the ring.  Tiger hits a diving cross body to the floor.  Back inside, Sombra hits his rope walk flippy arm drag thing, then dropkicks Tiger out of the ring AGAIN and a hits a moonsault from the top rope to the floor.  Well that’s pretty cool.  Back inside, Sombra hits a springboard cross body for 2.  Sombra hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sombra hits Wade Barrett’s finish and a springboard moonsault for 2.  Sombra drops Tiger again and goes for a moonsault press, but Tiger avoids it.  Tiger hits a Butterfly suplex off the top rope for 2.  Tiger goes for the Tiger suplex, but Sombra counters.  Tiger hits a spinebuster.  Sombra gets Tiger with a weird cradle for the pin in 9:40.  Tiger Mask IV is really hit or miss, but this was pretty decent.  I dig La Sombra.

La Sombra’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Taiji Ishimori.  They lock up.  Taguchi gives the clean break.  They do the mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  More sweet mat wrestling, then Taguchi knocks Ishimori to the outside.  Taguchi goes to work on Ishimori.  Ishimori rallies and hits a springboard missile dropkick.  Ishimori hits a Vader Bomb-style double stomp for 2, then a diving knee takedown ala Evan Bourne for 2.  Ishimori lands on his feet from a suplex attempt but stumbles.  Taguchi lands a handspring elbow and a superplex that he turns into the Three Amigos!  Cover gets 2.  Taguchi goes for a frog splash, but Ishimori gets his knees up.  Ishimori hits his pumphandle suplex front drop thingy for 2.  Ishimori goes for the Superstar Elbow, but Taguchi gets his knees up.  Taguchi hits a Fisherman Buster for 2.  Taguchi hits a front suplex for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Ishimori catches him with a front cradle for 2.  Taguchi hits a straight jacket suplex hold for 2.  Taguchi goes for a Vertebreaker, but Ishimori counters and hits it himself!  Ishimori follows with a kick for 2.  Ishimori hits a Tombstone-style gut buster and a 450 splash for the pin in 9:30.  Really good match!  I dug the hell out of this!

Ishimori’s post-match interview.

Taguchi’s post match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt vs. Davey Richards.  Devitt is beloved in Korakuen.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Richards into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They lock up again.  Richards backs Devitt into the ropes and slaps him.  They lock up yet again and Devitt holds Richards’ arm while Richards flips around.  Devitt chops the shit out of Richards.  Richards hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Devitt backdrops Richards out of the ring and goes for a dive, but Richards moves.  Devitt catches him with a missile dropkick from the apron.  Back inside, Richards tries to suplex Devitt in from the apron.  They fight over it and eventually Richards Dragon screw leg whips Devitt’s leg across the middle rope.  Devitt falls to the floor and sells his leg.  Back inside, Richards lands some blows and hits a snap suplex.  Richards hits a diving headbutt for 2.  Devitt fights back and dropkicks Richards in the head to send him outside.  Devitt hits a beautiful plancha suicida.  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt slams Richards and goes up top, but Richards cuts him off.  They fight on the top rope for a while.  Richards finally drops Devitt with a kick and sends him outside and hits a suicide plancha into the crowd.  Back inside, Richards hits a missile dropkick.  Richards lands a flurry of kicks, ending with a big springboard kick for 2.  Devitt lands a Pele kick.  Richards attempts a Tombstone, but Devitt counters.  Richards lands an enzuigiri and a half assed Tombstone (more of just a slam than a piledriver) for 2.  I hate those half assed Tombstones.  Richards goes up top, but Devitt dropkicks him and hits a backdrop suplex off the top for 2.  Devitt hits the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 12:36.  This was kind of good, but something about Richards is starting to irk me.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s something about Richards being an indy overkill guy who think he’s the second coming of Chris Benoit.

Devitt’s post match interview.  He says he’s never been hit that hard, but the Bloody Sunday got the job done.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Fujita “Jr.” Hayato vs. Koji Kanemoto.  No feeling out process here, they just start forearming the fuck out of each other.  I have no idea what the source of this grudge is, but they’re hot at each other.  They do some wrestling.  Hayato gets a cross armbreaker, but Kanemoto gets a rope break.  Hayato takes Kanemoto down, but Kanemoto gets hold of his arm and cranks the shit out of it.  Hayato gets out of that, they get each other in leg holds and face wash each other, then slap the shit out of each other.  They get to their feet and trade punches.  Kanemoto lands a kick and Hayato shrugs it off.  They beat the fuck out of each other some more.  They start landing stereo kicks to each others heads.  Kanemoto eventually slaps Hayato down, then falls himself and rolls to the outside.  Hayato hits him with a running kick from the apron.  Kanemoto Dragon screw leg whips Hayato off the apron.  Kanemoto locks in the ankle lock on the outside.  Hayato grabs Kanemoto on a guillotine on the floor.  Kanemoto nearl gets counted out, but Hayato brings him back in the ring.  Hayato tortures Kanemoto’s arm.  Hayato starts kicking the shit out of Kanemoto, with Kanemoto asking for more.  Hayato kicks Kanemoto in the head and they tease a KO, but Kanemoto makes it to his feet.  Hayato clamps on a scissored sleeper hold.  It likes like Kanemoto may have bit his arm to escape, but I’m not sure.  Hayato mounts Kanemoto and slaps him repeatedly, then clamps on a cross armbreaker.  Kanemoto gets a rope break.  Hayato goes for a German, but Kanemoto rolls through and locks in the ankle lock.  Hayato escapes via enzuigiri again.  They kick the shit out of each other some more.  Hayato lands another flurry of kicks for 2.  Hayato locks Kanemoto in his own ankle hold.  Kanemoto reverses it because he’s fucking Kanemoto.  Hayato tries his enzuigiri escape again, but this time Kanemoto kicks him in the fucking head.  Kanemoto lands another head kick for 2.  Kanemoto with the face wash in the corner x2.  Kanemoto ducks a lariat and kicks Hayato into the corner.  Hayato comes out with a spear, then a running lariat and running knee to the corner.  Hayato hits a release German suplex and a running kick for 2.  Hayato goes for the running knee, but Kanemoto kicks the knee and locks Hayato in a modified ankle hold for the win in 15:39.  Holy shit, this match fucking ruled it.  AWESOME match.  Everyone should make an effort to see this one.  They both speak after the match, but I have no idea what was said.  They shake hands, so maybe they got all of their hatred for each other out of their system.

The announcers talk as people star to leave.

Hayato’s post-match interview.

Kanemoto’s post-match interview.

Highlights video.

Really fun show.  The 10-man tag was quite good, some of the other matches were pretty good, and the main event was fucking awesome.

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