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NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/13/10

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Opening video hyping the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  We’re back in the Mecca of Japanese wrestling, Korakuen Hall!  The announcers talk.  I believe they’re recapping the tournament so far.

Tomoaki Honma & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Kyosuke Mikami.  Young lions Hirasawa and Mikami start.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  Nakanishi tags in.  Hirasawa wants none of him, so he tags out to Honma.  Honma lands some chops that have little effect.  Nakanishi throws some that are much more effective.  Honma gets the advantage briefly, but Nakanishi absorbs the abuse and beats him up some more.  Nakanishi rams Honma’s head into Mikami’s boot, then tags Mikami in.  Honma beats up Mikami, knocks Nakanishi off the apron, and tags in Hirasawa.  Hirasawa hits a slam for 2.  Hirasawa and Honma continue to work over young Mikami.  Mikami tags out to Nakanishi, who chops the crap out of Hirasawa.  Nakanishi does a suplex throw and hits a knee drop for 2.  Nakanishi goes for the Hercules Cutter.  Honma tries to knock him down, but Nakanishi drops Hirasawa and shoves Honma down.  Hirasawa spears Nakanishi and tags in Honma.  Honma tries to Irish whip Honma, but fails.  Mikami tags in and tries to suplex Honma.  Nakanishi helps him pull it off.  Cover gets 2.  Nakanishi and Mikami land a double dropkick.  Mikami covers, but Hirasawa saves.  Nakanishi disposes of  him.  Mikami hits a spinebuster on Honma for 2.  Honma hits Mikami with a lariat, but Nakanishi saves.  Hirasawa takes out Nakanishi.  Honma locks Mikami in a crab hold for the win in 7:38.  Okay little match.

Nakanishi & Mikami’s post-match interview.

Honma & Hirasawa’s post-match interview.  Hirasawa has a deep voice.

KUSHIDA vs. Gedo is scheduled to be next, but Gedo comes out with his arm in a sling.  He brings out Toru Yano to replace him.

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Singles Match: KUSHIDA vs. Toru Yano (w/ Gedo).  KUSHIDA dropkicks Yano off the apron and hits him with a suicide plancha.  Yano kicks his ass and throws him into chairs, the post, and hits him with the time keeper’s hammer.  Yano stomps KUSHIDA’s ass in the ring.  Yano hits a vertical suplex for 2.  KUSHIDA tries to fight back and manages to land a couple of dropkicks and forearms to little effect.  KUSHIDA lands a rolling elbow and goes for a cross body, but Yano catches him and drives him down with a slam.  Yano hits a Last Ride for the pin in 2:58.  Well this was short.  Post-match, Yano tapes KUSHIDA to the ropes and he and Gedo take turns caning the crap out of him.  Hiroshi Tanahashi runs in to make the save and the heels bail.  Tanahashi helps KUSHIDA to the back.

Yano & Gedo’s post-match interview.

Tanahashi speaks while helping KUSHIDA to the back.

Best of the Super Jr. – Semifinal: Taiji Ishimori vs. Prince Devitt.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Ishimori into the ropes and gives a clean break.  Repeat, but backwards, and without the clean break.  They trade arm locks and do flippy stuff.  Devitt does a very elaborate takedown into a side headlock.  Ishimori cuts it into a cradle for 2.  I love that spot, as I’ve mentioned a million times.  Ishimori sends Devitt outside with a headscissors and teases a dive, then lands a baseball slide dropkick  and hits a dive to the floor from the top rope.  Back inside, Ishimori hits the Bourne double knee thing for 2.  Devitt lands a Pele kick and a brainbuster for 2.  Devitt dropkicks Ishimori on the top rope and hits a HUGE superplex for 2.  Devitt goes for a suplex, but Ishimori takes him down with a complex cradle for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne for 2.  Devitt goes up top, but Ishimori cuts him off and hits a rolling slam thing for 2.  Ishimori hits a Canadian backbreaker into a gut buster for 2.  Ishimori goes for the Superstar Elbow, but Devitt catches him with his knees.  Devitt lands an enzuigiri and a diving double stomp, the the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 6:56.  Great sprint here.  Devitt’s going to the final!

Ishimori’s post-match interview.  It’s long, so I’m sure he said something profound.  I can only assume he said that Devitt is the best around and nothing’s gonna ever keep him down.

Best of the Super Jr. – Semifinal: Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.  They do mat wrestling to start.  They do some jumping around.  Ibushi lands a dropkick that sends Taguchi outside.  Ibushi goes for an Asai moonsault, but Taguchi kicks him in the back.  Taguchi attacks Ibushi’s knee.  Taguchi applies a leg lock.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Taguchi hits a Dragon screw leg whip and applies a half crab hold.  Ibushi gets a rope break again.  Taguchi continues torturing the knee.  Ibushi lands an enzugiri and sends Taguchi outside.  Ibushi slides outside and Taguchi drops him with a big boot, then throws him into chairs.  Ibushi manages to hit his Asai moonsault to the floor.  Back inside, Ibushi lands some kicks.  Taguchi kicks his leg.  Ibushi goes for his flurry, but Taguchi kicks the leg again and gets a la magistral for 2.  Taguchi rolls through a schoolboy and lands a basement dropkick for 2.  Taguchi hits a Fisherman buster and transitions into… kind of putting Ibushi’s leg in the Torture Rack.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Taguchi hits a front suplex and goes for the Dodon, but Ibushi resists.  Taguchi goes for a German, but Ibushi counters and lands a Pele kick.  Taguchi counters a move and hits a modified Dodon out of nowhere for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Ibushi turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Ibushi hits a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi downs Taguchi with a kick and hits the 450 splash for the pin in 10:15.  Good match.  I enjoy Ibushi’s theme music.  The final will be a battle of awesome entrance music, Ibushi’s “27” by Breaking Point vs. Devitt’s “You’re The Best” by Joe Esposito.

Taguchi’s post-match interview.

The announcers talk for a while.  I guess it’s intermission.

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Tag Match: Davey Richards & La Sombra vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Nobuo Yoshihashi.  Liger and Richards start with some nice wrestling.  Liger backdrops Richards to the floor and fakes a dive.  Sombra dropkicks Liger out of the ring and Richards lands a tope suicida.  Sombra knocks Yoshihashi out of the ring and hits a tope suicida of his own.  Richards brings Liger back in and covers for 2.  Sombra tags in and goes to work on Liger.  Yoshihashi tags in and beats up Sombra briefly.  Richards tags back in, hits a hooking clothesline, and tags back out.  Sombra covers Yoshihashi for 2.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick on Sombra and tags in Liger.  Liger puts Sombra in a hold that Richards almost immediately breaks.  Liger rocks a surfboard hold, then tags in Yoshihashi.  Sombra shows Liger how to properly do a surfboard hold, then tags out to Richards.  Richards and Yoshihashi trade blows, then Richards beats the hell out of him.  Richards hits a snap suplex and a diving headbutt.  Cover, but Liger saves.  Sombra tags in and hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sombra hits Wade Barrett’s finish and a split legged moonsault for 2.  Richards tags in and hits a backdrop suplex on Yoshihashi for 2.  Sombra tags in and clobbers Yoshihashi some, then gets dropped with a dropkick.  Liger gets the tag.  Sombra hits his rope balance arm drag thing a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Sombra hits his spinning body attack dive for 2, as Yoshihashi saves.  Sombra and Liger counter each other.  Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Yoshihashi and Richards tag in.  Yoshihashi hits a flying forearm for 2.  Yoshihashi hits his side suplex drop thingy for 2.  Yoshihashi goes for a German suplex and hits up hitting his double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  Sombra saves, but gets sent outside by Liger.  Liger and Yoshihashi try to double team Richards, but fail.  Sombra hits the dive thing he fucked up on the last show on Liger.  Richards beats up Yoshihashi and hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Richards kicks Liger in the head and hits a Falcon Arrow into a cross armbreaker for the win in 10:58.  Fun tag match.  Liger takes the mic and say something after the match.  Yoshihashi says something too.  I really wish I understood Japanese.  Sombra comes back to the ring and pals around with them.  I assume this all had something to do with putting over young Yoshihashi’s performance in the tournament.

Liger & Yoshihashi’s post-match interview (the backstage one as opposed to the one they just did in the ring).

Best of the Super Jr. – Special Tag Match: Kenny Omega & Tama Tonga vs. Koji Kanemoto & AKIRA.  Kanemoto and Tonga start brawling immediately.  I love how Kanemoto hates everybody, especially this fuck.  They brawl outside while AKIRS and Omega do stuff int he ring.  Omega dropkicks AKIRA to the floor and hits a nice plancha suicida.  Tonga and Kanemoto come back in with Tonga having the advantage.  Omega tags in and fights with Kanemoto.  AKIRA tags in and beats up Omega.  Omega fires back with chops.  Tonga tags in and goes his stupid taunting and yelling shit, then hits a splash on AKIRA for 2.  AKIRA drops Tonga with a lariat and tags in Kanemoto, who beats the shit out of him because he hates him.  Kanemoto does the face wash in the corner x2.  Omega distracts him, then knocks AKIRA off the apron.  Omega hits Kanemoto with a Dragon suplex.  Tonga follows with the Tongan Twist for 2.  Tonga goes for a German suplex, but Kanemoto counters into the ankle lock.  Omega breaks it up, but gets taken out by AKIRA with a dive to the floor.  AKIRA tags in and goes back and forth with Tonga.  Tonga hits a fall away slam and stupidly tries to tag in Kanemoto.  He manages to get it right and tags in Omega.  Omega and AKIRA do stuff.  Omega hits a Frankensteiner and Staggerin’ Blow (I need to stop being lazy and find his name for it) for 2.  Omega goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA turns it into the STA.  Kanemoto puts Tonga in the ankle lock at the same time.  Omega and Tonga both get rope breaks.  Kanemoto hits a Falcon Arrow on Omega.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for 2.  Omega hits a double bulldog leg lariat thing on Kanemoto and AKIRA.  Omega goes for the Hadouken, but AKIRA blocks it.  Omega rolls through a sunset flip and hits it anyway, then hits the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 8:32.  Fun match here too.  Everybody shakes hands and makes friends except for Tonga and Kanemoto, presumably because Kanemoto just hates that guy.

Kanemoto & AKIRA’s post-match interview.

Omega & Tonga’s post-match interview.  Finally, someone who speaks English!  Omega says he and Ibushi are coming for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title held by Kanemoto & El Samurai.  Tonga speaks Tongan, I guess.

Before the ten-man tag, Takashi Iizuka goes through the crowd knocking over chairs and apparently assaulting random bystanders.

New Japan Seikigun, GBH, & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Team Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe, IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, NO LIMIT, & Tomohiro Ishii.  As usual, everyone brawls to start.  Respective rivals pair off and brawl all over Korakuen.  Yano and Iizuka double team Makabe in the ring.  All of CHAOS make it inside and assault Makabe.  Makabe starts lariating fuckers and clears the ring.  “MAKABE!” chants fill Korakuen.  The match finally settles down into Goto vs. Ishii.  They shoulder block each other.  Ishii drops Goto, then beats on him in the corner.  Goto whips Ishii into the opposite corner and hits a lariat, then goes for a diving elbow drop that Ishii avoids.  They trade forearms for a while, then lariat each other a few times.  Goto finally drops Ishii with one, then tags in Nagata.  Nagata and Goto double team Ishii a bit.  Yujiro tags in and promptly gets kicked really hard repeatedly.  They start trading forearms too.  Nagata drops Yujiro with a slap, then kicks him some more.  Inoue tags in and the tag champs double team Yujiro.  Inoue attacks Yujiro’s leg.  Naito comes in and dropkicks Inoue, then throws him outside.  CHAOS beat up Inoue on the outside, with Yano using a chair.  Everybody brawls on the outside again.  Back inside, Naito chokes Inoue with a towel.  Cover gets 2.  Yano tags in and beats up Inoue.  Tanahashi comes in to help but gets whipped into the corner by Yano.  Iizuka hits Inoue with a chair on the outside.  Inside, Ishii and Naito get into a brief chop battle.  Yujiro tags in and slams Inoue, then knocks Nagata off the apron.  Nagata brings a chair into the ring, but the referee stops him.  So chairs are fine as long as they’re on the outside.  NO LIMIT double team Inoue, then double team Nagata when he tries to save.  Inoue hits NO LIMIT with sort of a double spear and makes the hot tag to Makabe, who cleans house.  Makabe beats up Yujiro.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex for 2.  Makabe goes for a German, but Yujiro counters.  Naito kicks Makabe from the apron, then tags in.  Makabe will have none of their shit and drops them both before tagging in Nagata.  Nagata kicks the hell out of Naito and hits an Exploder for 2.  Tanahashi wants in and Korakuen wants him in.  Nagata hits Naito with a belly to belly throw and covers, but Yujiro saves.  NO LIMIT double team Nagata.  Naito gets a jackknife hold, but Inoue saves.  Iizuka tags in and tries a sleeper hold, but Nagata hits him with a belly to belly.  Tanahashi tags in and Korakuen loses their shit.  Yano holds Tanahashi for Iizuka, but Tanahashi ducks and heels collide.  Iizuka throws Tanahashi over the ropes.  He tries to skin the can back in, but Yano stops him.  Clusterfuck breaks lose.  Iizuka Pedigrees Tanahashi for 2, then tries to use the metal glove, but Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade on Iizuka, then Yano, then hits the High Fly Flow on Iizuka for the pin in 17:30.  This is the third variation I’ve seen of this match and it’s still fun.  Yano tries to do something to ring boy Mikami’s hair and everybody brawls some more, with emphasis on Yano vs. Tanahashi.  Yano cuts some of Mikami’s hair off.  Tanahashi cuts a promo on Yano.

CHAOS post-match interview.

The babyfaces’ post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Final: Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt.  The other participants in the tournament are at ringside to watch.  Korakuen loves Devitt.  They shake hands.  They lock up.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  They lock up again and Devitt grabs a side headlock.  Devitt hits a shoulder block, but Ibushi nips up and hits a dropkick.  Ibushi tries to apply a half crab, but Devitt reaches the ropes.  Ibushi whips Devitt into the corner, charges, and gets caught with an elbow.  Ibushi dropkicks Devitt off the apron.  Devitt slips back in to avoid a dive and dropkicks Ibushi off the apron, then hits a suicide plancha.  Back inside, Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Devitt goes for a suplex, but Ibushi drops behind him.  Devitt charges, but Ibushi catches him with a Frankensteiner that sends him outside and hits one of his beautiful moonsaults to the floor.  Ibushi follows with a missile dropkick to the floor.  Devitt barely beats the count back inside.  Ibushi hits the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  “DEVITT!” chants fill Korakuen.  Ibushi slams Devitt and goes for a moonsault press.  Devitt moves, so Ibushi lands on his feet and tries a standing moonsault, but Devitt gets his knees up.  They trade strikes.  Devitt drops Ibushi with a Pele kick.  Devitt dropkicks Ibushi in the back against the corner and hits a backdrop suplex off the top rope for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne and a DIVING DOUBLE STOMP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD.  Devitt hits another diving double stomp, but Ibushi kicks out!  Devitt goes for a double arm suplex, but Ibushi counters and hits a Pele kick and a Dragon suplex hold for 2.  They fight on the top rope.  Ibushi hits a handspring Pele kick and an avalanche-style Frankensteiner, but DEVITT KICKS OUT!  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits the 450 splash!  1, 2, he gothimnohedidn’tcomeonref!  Ibushi looks to have injured his shoulder.  The attendants and some of the wrestlers check on him, but he decides he’s fine.  Devitt ducks a kick, rocks Ibushi with an enzuigiri, and hits the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 14:35!  DEVITT WINS!  He’s the best around!  Nothing’s gonna ever keep him down!  Very very good match.

The tournament participants fill the ring.  Devitt shakes Ibushi’s hand as Ibushi ices his shoulder.  Masahito Kakihara reads the thing that I guess offically declares Devitt tournament champion.  Devitt gets presented with a bunch of trophies and a giant check  ¥5,000,000 ($55,634.38 USD). The tournament participants pose for pictures.  Devitt does his post-match interview in the ring, thanking the fans in Japanese and promises to bring the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back to New Japan.  He asks the fans to continue supporting New Japan.  Confetti falls.  He’s the best around!

The announcers talk as Korakuen empties out.

Ibushi’s post-match interview, but he doesn’t seem to say anything.

Devitt and other New Japan wrestlers toast with Coors Light.  Devitt gets celebratory beer poured all over him.  Devitt talks about his upcoming title shot against Naomichi Marufuji and other things.

Highlight video of the semifinals and final.

Great show to end a great tournament.  New Japan was my first love in Japanese wrestling, and this tournament has reinforced that.  It’s also completely sold me on Prince Devitt and Kota Ibushi in addition to reinforcing my love of old favorites.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/12/10 Matches

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. La Sombra.  Sombra attacks Liger immediately and sends him outside, then hits a dive, all before Liger can get his cloak off.  Sombra hits Liger with a baseball slide dropkick to kick him out of the ring, then hits a diving moonsault to the floor.  Liger barely beats the count back into the ring.  Sombra covers him for 2.  Sombra covers again, but Liger gets a rope break.  Sombra gets a schoolboy for 2.  Liger hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker.  Liger hits a running shotei to the corner, then goes for a powerbomb, but Sombra counters it into a Frankensteiner for 2.  Sombra hits a tilt a whirl backbreaker and a diving spinning body attack for 2.  Liger goes outside and Sombra hits a springboard dive that looked kinda botched.  I think he slipped on the top rope.  Sombra makes it back into the ring, but Liger gets counted out in 4:32.  That was weak.  I hope Liger wasn’t hurt on the dive.  Sombra helps Liger up and raises his arm.  He’s a good sport!

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kota Ibushi vs. Davey Richards.  JIP right after the bell.  They both throw some kicks.  They trade arm locks.  Ibushi turns it into a headscissors.  Richards turns it into a leg lock, then a head lock.  Ibushi lands a dropkick.  They trade chops and forearms, then Ibushi drops Richards with a kick.  They trade kicks on the apron.  Richards drops Ibushi on the apron with an arm ringer.  Richards works Ibushi over on the floor and rams his arm into the post.  Ibushi beats the count back in at 17.  Richards works his arm and hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Richards keeps working the arm.  Ibushi botches a Frankensteiner.  Richards goes outside and Ibushi hits him with one of his gorgeous moonsaults to the floor.  They trade forearms in the ring, then boot each other in the face.  Ibushi ducks a kick and lands a flurry of strikes, then the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  They fight on the top rope.  Richards goes for a sunset flip powerbomb and they counter each other a bunch, leading into a nice pinfall reversal sequence.  Richards lands on his feet from a German suplex attempt and hits a Tombstone.  “That’s it!” he yells, and jumps clear across the ring with a diving headbutt for 2.  How long until he learns that the headbutt is never “it?”  Richards goes for the Kimura, but Ibushi turns it into a cradle for 2.  Ibushi ducks a lariat Matrix-style and hits a German suplex for 2.  Richards locks in the Kimura again.  Ibushi manages to get a rope break.  Richards slams Ibushi and goes up top.  Ibushi cuts him off, but Richards knocks him down.  Ibushi hits a handspring Pele kick, then an avalanche-style Frankensteiner for  a very close 2.  Ibushi hits a 450 splash for the pin (11:20 shown).  Really good match.  I need to check out their EVOLVE match from earlier this year.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: AKIRA vs. Kenny Omega.  They shake hands and lock up.  They trade arm locks and AKIRA does flippy shit.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  Omega lands some strikes, then does a pelvic thrust and yells “BOOYAH!”  Omega hits a Frankensteiner.  AKIRA rolls outide.  Omega tries a dive, but AKIRA catches his leg and pulls him down, with Omega hitting his knee hard on the floor in the process.  AKIRA attacks the knee.  AKIRA does his backwards figure-four around the ring post again.  Omega barely beats the count back in the ring at 19.  They trade forearms.  Omega blocks a suplex attempt and tries one of his own, but his knee gives out.  He lands on his feet from another suplex attempt and drops AKIRA with a spin kick.  Omega fires back and hits a running elbow to the corner, then a missile dropkick for 2.  Omega goes for a Frankensteiner, but AKIRA counters into the STA.  Omega gets a rope break.  They trade forearms again.  They do some more stuff.  Omega hits the leg lariat bulldog thing for 2.  Omega goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA counters.  AKIRA hits a Shining enzuigiri and goes for the Musasabi press, but Omega avoids it.  Omegag gets a couple of 2 counts from cradles.  AKIRA hits another enzuigiri and plants Omega with a DDT and hits the Musasabi press for 2.  AKIRA locks in the STA again, but Omega reaches the ropes again.  AKIRA goes for the Muasabi press again, but Omega gets his knees up.  Omega hits the Hadouken and goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but AKIRA counters and gets the Growing Up (weird STF cradle thing) for the pin in 11:27.  Good match.

Good stuff from this day, besides the abrupt ending to Liger/Sombra.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/11/10 Matches

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. AKIRA.  JIP right after the opening bell.  They lock up and trade arm locks.  AKIRA does some flippy shit and they trade headlocks.  AKIRA dropkicks Taguchi out of the ring and hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Taguchi hits a rebound elbow off the apron.  They fight over who is going to suplex who into or out of the ring.  AKIRA dropkicks Taguchi’s leg and goes to work on it.  Taguchi retaliates by dropkicking AKIRA’s leg and going to work in it.  AKIRA rams Taguchi’s knee into the ring post and cranks on it.  He does the Bret Hart figure-four around the ring post, but with himself in the ring instead of the other way around.  They continue to attack each others’ legs.  AKIRA hits a missile dropkick for 2.  AKIRA counters a suplex and gets a schoolboy for 2, then goes for the STA.  Taguchi gets a rope break.  Taguchi lands a dropkick for 2.  AKIRA lands on his feet from a backdrop suplex attempt, but Taguchi dropkicks his leg, then hits a bulldog and a basement dropkick for 2.  AKIRA lands a couple of enzuigiris and goes for the Musasabi press, but Taguchi gets his knees up.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but AKIRA turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Taguchi gets a backslide for 2.  They trade kicks and Taguchi’s manages to drop AKIRA.  Taguchi goes for the Three Amigos, but AKIRA counters the third and hits a DDT for 2.  AKIRA hits a shining enzuigiri for 2.  AKIRA hits the Musasabi Press to tbe back of the legs, then locks in the STA.  Taguchi escapes and applies an STF.  AKIRA rolls out.  Taguchi applies a side STF for the win (11:59 shown).  Good match.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Taiji Ishimori vs. Tama Tonga.  Tonga attacks Ishimori before the bell and throws him out of the ring, then throws him into chairs and otherwise beats the hell out of him.  Ishimori makes it into the ring and fights back, but Tonga no sells his chops.  Tonga slams Ishimori and hits an elbow drop, then prances around the ring and poses.  Tonga hits a spinebuster for 2.  Tonga continues putting a beating on Ishimori.  Tonga takes it outside again and sends Ishimori into the post, then rams his back into the ring apron.  Ishimori fights back and hits a missile dropkick.  Ishimori hits a double stomp for 2.  Ishimori hits a double knee takdown thing (that Evan Bourne does) for 2.  Ishimori goes for a cross body, but Tonga makes a fair catch and hits a fall away slam.  Tonga hits the Tongan Twist, but Ishimori gets a rope break at 2.  Tonga goes for it again, but Ishimori counters and drives him down for 2.  Ishimori hits a Tombstone-style gut buster and the 450 splash for the pin in 6:40.  It was okay, but kind of lame that the shitty guy dominated the match.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Davey Richards.  Crowd is very pro-Liger.  They lock up.  Richards slaps Liger’s chest instead of diving a clean break.  Liger backs Richards into the ropes and slaps him.  They lock up again and Richards does his flippy shit.  Stalemate, applause.  Liger works Richards’ leg.  Richards gets a reverse cradle for 2, then transitions into a surfboard hold, then back into a cradle for 2.  This time Liger transitions it into a surfboard hold, then cranks on Richards’ arms.  Richards gets a rope break.  Liger chops him.  Liger tries to set up the avalanche-style brainbuster, but Richards fights him off.  Repeat.  Richards hits a missile dropkick to the back and hurts Liger’s elbow.  Either it really fucked up the elbow or Liger is just awesome at selling.  Richards awesomely counters the shotei into a cross armbreaker, but too close to the ropes.  Richards brings Liger outside and rams his arm into the posts a couple of times.  Richards continues working the arm.  Liger holds into the ropes to try to escape the onslaught.  Liger fires back with shoteis and chops.  Richards lands a handspring enzuigiri.  Liger lands a shotei, then sells his arm.  Liger hits a tilt a while backbreaker, then a shotei to the corner.  Liger hits a powerbomb for 2.  Liger hits a frog splash for 2.  Liger goes for the brainbuster, but Richards gets him in an arm hold.  Richards hits a Tombstone and yells “THAT’S IT!”  Richards hits a diving headbutt for 2.  Guess that wasn’t it.  Richards locks in the Kimura.  Liger turns it into a cradle for 2.  Richards lands on his feet from a German suplex, then hits a Falcon Arrow into a cross armbreaker for the submission win in 9:14.  Richards is hit or miss for me, but this was really good.  Sweet finish too.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/10/10 Matches

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by Grappleholic

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: La Sombra vs. KUSHIDA.  They lock up.  Sombra backs KUSHIDA into the ropes and breaks.  KUSHIDA shoves Sombra.  Sombra does some flipping around and hits an arm drag.  Sombra flips to the apron and hits his rope balace arm drag thingy.  KUSHIDA goes outside and Sombra hits a diving moonsault to the floor.  Sombra throws KUSHIDA back in the ring and hits a basement dropkick for 2.  Sombra hits an elbow smash for 2.  They trade shots.  Sombra nails KUSHIDA with a knee strike and gets a jackknife hold for 2.  Sombra hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Sombra locks in an Octopus hold.  I think that’s an Octopus hold, anyway.  KUSHIDA escapes via rope break.  Sombra continues beating on him.  Sombra dropkicks KUSHIDA out of the ring and goes for a dive.  KUSHIDA avoids it by getting back in the ring, then knocks Sombra off the aprn with a handstand kick and lands a plancha suicida.  Back inside, KUSHIDA hits a diving cross body for 2.  Sombra ducks a Buzzsaw kick and hits a springboard missile dropkick for 2.  Sombra does a Canadian backbreaker into a front drop for 2.  Sombra hits a fireman’s carry into a Michinoku Driver II and goes up top.  KUSHIDA cuts him off and tries an electric chair, but Sombra hits a sunset flip powerbomb.  Sombra goes for a moonsault press, but KUSHIDA avoids it.  They trade forearms on their knees.  Sombra gets a front cradle for 2.  KUSHIDA hits a Frankensteiner, but Sombra rolls through into a sunset flip for 2.  KUSHIDA reverses a la magistral for 2.  KUSHIDA plants Sombra with a whirlybird DDT and hits a moonsault press for the pin in 8:18.  Fun little match.  They tease it for a long time and finally shake hands and make friends.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi.  JIP right after the bell.  They lock up and do sweet mat wrestling.  Stalemate, applause.  Yoshihashi drops Taguchi with a flying forearm, then works his arm a bit.  Taguch hip tosses Yoshihashi a couple of times and hits a basement dropkick for 2.  Taguchi works Yoshihashi’s leg.  Taguchi hits a suplex for 2, then attacks the leg some more.  Yoshihashi fires back with chops, then gets his leg fucked up some more.  Repeat.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick and hits his side suplex drop thing for 2.  Yoshihashi lands a missile dropkick.  Taguchi bails.  Yoshihashi hits him with a slingshot dive.  They both try German suplexes.  Yoshihashi hits his double arm suplex hold for 2, then locks in a cross armbreaker.  Taguchi cuts it back for 2, then locks in a half crab.  He turns it into an STF.  Yoshihashi manages to get a rope break.  Yoshihashi lands on his feet from a backdrop suplex, then Taguchi attacks the knee again.  Taguchi hits a front suplex for 2.  Yoshihashi turns a suplex attempt into an inside cradle for 2.  Another inside cradle for 2.  Schoolboy, but Taguchi rolls through and hits a dropkick for 2.  Taguchi goes for the Dodon, but Yoshihashi turns it into a front cradle for 2.  Yoshihashi lands a running knee for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Taguchi lands a dropkick and a Fisherman buster for the… 2!  I thought that was it.  Taguchi hits a Fisherman buster into a sit-out spinebuster (Bakapuryaha) for the pin (10:41 shown).  Good little match!

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kota Ibushi vs. Gedo.  Gedo attacks Ibushi before the bell.  “Shut up, asshole!” he says to somebody.  Gedo heels it up as always, and it’s awesome as always.  “Come on motherfucker!”  “Shut the fuck up!”  Ibushi lands a springboard dropkick that sends Gedo outside.  Ibushi tries a dive and Gedo causes him to face plant him on the apron.  Gedo rams Ibushi’s face into the table.  “Shut the fuck up, ref!”  Gedo rams Ibushi’s face into the post.  Ibushi barely beats the count back into the ring.  Gedo beats up Ibushi and swears at the ref some more.  Ibushi slaps Gedo.  Gedo yells “Come on, Golden Boy!” and kicks his ass some more.  Gedo hits a DDT for 2.  “Shit!  Fuckin’ 2?”  You motherfucker!”  Gedo hits (I think) the Complete Shot for 2.  Gedo lands a superkick for 2.  Gedo goes up top, but Ibushi knocks him to the floor with a handspring Pele kick.  Ibushi hits  sweet Asai moonsault to the floor.  Ibushi hits a standing flippy splash for 2.  Ibushi counters the Complete Shot with a DDT, then hits a standing Shooting Star press and a Lionsault for 2.  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi tries a springboard, but Gedo avoids it and lands a superkick.  Gedo gets a schoolboy for 2.  Gedo ducks an enzuigiri and hits the Gedo Clutch for a close 2.  Ibushi schoolboys Gedo, then picks him up into a Regal-Plex like move for 2.  Ibushi lands a thrust kick, then slams Gedo and hits the Phoenix Splash for the pin in 10:01.  Good match, and Gedo is an awesome dick heel, as always.

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/8/10

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The opening video hypes the Best of the Super Jr. tournament.  The announcers presumably recap and hype stuff.

Jushin Thunder Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi, & AKIRA vs. Davey Richards, Tama Tonga, & King Fale.  Liger and Richards start.  They do some wrestling, then Richards does a back bridge and kicks Liger in the head.  They do a quick cradle reversal bit on the mat.  After some hopping around, Richards gets a reverse cradle for 2, then turns it into a surfboard, then turns it back into a reverse cradle for 2.  Liger turns it into a surfboard of his  own.  Taguchi runs in and dropkicks Richards in the head.  Taguchi tags in and he and Liger split the wish bone on Richards.  Tonga tags in and beats up Taguchi a bit.  New Japan’s newest young lion King Fale tags in for my first look at him.  The Tongans double team Taguchi a bit.  Taguchi gets Fale into his corner and tags in AKIRA.  AKIRA attacks Fale’s leg.  Liger comes in to continue that work while taunting Richards and Tonga.  Taguchi takes a turn attacking the leg too.  Taguchi and AKIRA try to double suplex the big Tongan Fale, but fail (pun not intended).  Clusterfuck kind of ensues.  Fale hits a Samoan drop on AKIRA for 2, as Liger saves.  Taguchi hits a dive on somebody.  AKIRA locks Fale in his modified STF that I’ve decided to call the STA.  Richards breaks it.  Taguchi disposes of Richards.  Taguchi hits a frog splash on Fale.  AKIRA follows with the Musasabi press for the pin in 8:11.  It was fine.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi.  They slap hands, then lock up and go at it.  No clean breaks here.  Brief mat wrestling bit just to get the stalemate, applause bit.  Yoshihashi grabs a headlock and lands on his feet when Omega backdrops him.  They chop each other.  Yoshihashi hits some arm drags.  Another stalemate and applause.  Omega grounds Yoshihashi with a headlock.  Back on their feet, the trade forearms.  Omega chokes Yoshihashi with his boot in the corner.  Omega hits a Frankensteiner, then a drop toe hold, then a sliding dropkick to the head for 2.  Omega works over Yoshihashi’s leg.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break to escape what I think is an Indian Death Lock.  Omega picks up Yoshihashi and rams his shin into the turnbuckle.  Omega kicks the leg and gets him in a leg hold.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break.  Omega continues working the leg.  Yoshihashi gets a cradle out of nowhere for 2.  Omega kicks his leg some more.  Yoshihashi replies with elbows and chops.  Omega kicks him down.  Yoshihashi hits a jawbreaker and lands a dropkick.  Yoshihashi starts making a comeback.  He hits his weird side suplex drop thing for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Omega takes his leg out again and his a move that looks like he botched his bulldog thing for 2.  Omega hits the Staggerin’ Blow (he has his own name for it, but I can’t remember it) for 2.  Yoshihashi rolls through a Frankensteiner and gets a sunset flip for 2.  They trade blows again.  Yoshihashi lands a flying forearm for 2.  Yoshihashi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Yoshihashi goes for a Swanton, but Omega moves.  Omega goes for a la magistral, but Yoshihashi ends up on top for 2.  Omega hits a release Dragon suplex and the Hadouken.  Omega hits the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 14:21.  Pretty good match.  I’m starting to like young Yoshihashi.  They shake hands before the ring boys help Yoshihashi to the back.

Omega’s post-match interview.  He says looking good for the fans is more important than winning.  Well that’s a stupid thing to say.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: KUSHIDA vs. Gedo.  These two have heat going back to the Super J Tag tournament.  Gedo attacks KUSHIDA on the ramp with a Singapore cane and canes him a bunch before the match actually starts.  Once it does start, Gedo chokes KUSHIDA with his own shirt.  Gedo beats up KUSHIDA and cuts him off quickly when he tries to make a comeback.  Gedo throws KUSHIDA outside and abuses him at ringside, ramming his face into the announcers’ table.  Gedo throws KUSHIDA into some chairs and goes back inside.  KUSHIDA barely beats the count back in.  Gedo punishes him for having such nerve by continuing to choke and beat the shit out of him.  Also, gouging his eyes.  They go outside again and Gedo canes KUSHIDA some more.  Back inside, KUSHIDA finally manages to make a comeback by landing some dropkicks.  KUSHIDA backdrops Gedo to the apron and nails him with an elbow smash, then rams his head into the turnbuckle.  KUSHIDA runs up and down the ramp and nails Gedo with a flip dive off of the ramp.  Back in the ring, KUSHIDA hits a diving cross body for 2.  Gedo hits a DDT for 2.  Gedo hits a superkick for 2.  Gedo tries to use the cane again, but KUSHIDA dodges it.  KUSHIDA considers using the cane, but throws it again.  Gedo pokes him in the eye.  KUSHIDA lands a Buzzsaw kick for 2.  KUSHIDA hits a moonsault press for 2.  Gedo hits KUSHIDA in the balls and shoves the referee, then headbutts KUSHIDA in the balls.  The referee finally DQs Gedo in 10:11.  King Fale offers KUSHIDA an ice pack for his balls, but KUSHIDA declines.  Man, you have to do a lot to get DQ’d in Japan.  The match was quite fun.

KUSHIDA’s post-match interview.  I can only assume he says something to the effect of “Fuck you, Gedo!”

New Japan Seikigun & Aogi-gun vs. CHAOS Special Ten Man Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, IWGP Tag Team Champions Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue, & CMLL World Trios Champion La Sombra vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, NO LIMIT, & Tomohiro Ishii.  Yano spits water at Tanahashi and everyone starts brawling.  Tanahashi ducks a double clothesline from NO LIMIT and dropkicks them both.  Sombra hits a diving moonsault to the outside on Naito and Ishii.  The heels are all cleared out of the ring now.  It finally settles down, with Tanahashi and Yano going at it.  Nagata tags in and works Yano’s arm.  Goto tags in and continues that work.  Yano pokes Goto in the eye and knows Tanahashi off the apron.  Goto lands a lariat on Yano.  Tanahashi comes in and puts the boots to his enemy.  Tanahashi and Goto double team Yano.  Shit breaks lose again and Goto gets chaired by Iizuka and Yujiro on the outside.  Iizuka chairs Nagata and Sombra too.  When things get back in order, Ishii and Goto go at it in the ring.  Naito continues the working over of Goto.  Iizuka tags in and chokes Goto with his chain while Yujiro distracts the referee.  Iizuka covers Goto for 2, then chokes him with the chain again.  The referee (I think it’s Tiger Hattori) tells Iizuka to cut that shit out.  Yujiro beats up Goto and attacks Nagata just to antagonize him.  Yujiro puts Goto in a camel clutch and Naito hits a springboard dropkick.  Yujiro covers for 2, as Inoue saves.  Yano tags in and tries to suplex Goto, but Goto Hulks up and suplexes Yano, then hits him with an enzuigiri and makes the tag to Tanahashi.  Tanahashi and Yano continue their war.  Tanahashi hits the Sling Blade and goes up top, but Iizuka grabs his leg allowing Yano to throw him off Flair-style.  Tanahashi locks Yano in a Dragon sleeper, but Ishii breaks it.  Tanahashi throws Ishii out of the ring and continues to beat up his rival.  Yano catches Tanahashi and slams him.  Nagata and Yujiro tag in and unleash their hatred on each other.  Yujiro powerslams Nagata and tags in Naito.  NO LIMIT try to double team Nagata, but fail.  Inoue comes in and spears Yujiro.  Sombra tags in.  Naito and Ishii try to double team him, but Sombra overcomes him and hits a rana on Naito.  Sombra hits a diving sunset flip on Naito for 2.  Naito hits a flying forearm.  All hell breaks loose.  NO LIMIT hit a double team move on Sombra.  Naito covers, but Inoue saves.  Naito goes for a German suplex, but Sombra lands on his feet.  Naito kicks Sombra in the balls.  Yujiro lariats Sombra, then Naito catches Sombra with a jackknife hold for the pin in 13:08.  Really fun and solid match.  Naito goes for Sombra’s mask, but Tanahashi prevents such shenanigans.

GBH vs. NOAH Special Tag Match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Go Shiozaki & Mohammed Yone.  Honma and Yone start brawling before the match starts.  This is a preliminary skirmish to the Makabe vs. Shiozaki and Honma vs. Yone singles matches coming up on 6/19.  Shiozaki tags in and wants Makabe.  Makabe obliges.  They lock up.  Go grabs a side headlock briefly, then they just start throwing heavy blows at each other.  Honma tags in and trades shots with Go.  Go hits a knee drop for 2.  Yone slams Honma on the floor.  Go whips Honma into a lariat from Yone at ringside.  Back inside, Yone slams Honma and hits a running leg drop, brother.  Yone cranks on Honma’s neck in painful looking ways.  Go tags in and superkicks Makabe on the apron.  Go tries to suplex Honma, but Honma blocks it and suplexes Go.  Makabe tags in and clobbers Go.  Makabe hits a powerslam and a couple of lariats.  Makabe hits a Northern Lights suplex hold for 2.  Go superkicks Makabe hits a his a release German suplex.  Go hits a lariat for 2.  They clothesline each other until Makabe knocks Go down.  Yone and Honma tag in and brawl.  Honma hits a bulldog and a missile dropkick for 2.  They trade hard shots again.  Go tags in.  Makabe attacks him before he can further damage Honma.  GBH double team Go.  Honma hits a lariat for 2, as Yone saves.  Makabe throws Yone out of the ring and brawls with him on the floor.  Honma headbutts Go a few times, then slams him and goes up top.  Yone grabs his leg, allowing Go to hit a superplex.  Go hits a lariat for 2, as Makabe saves.  Yone hits a diving leg drop on Honma.  Go hits a German suplex hold on Honma for 2.  Go wears down Honma as Makabe and Yone brawl outside.  Honma gets an S.O.S. like cradle for 2.  Go hits a lariat, then slams Honma and hits a moonsault press.  Yone holds Makabe outside to keep him from making the save.  Go hits Honma with a lariat for the pin in 13:08.  Pretty good match.  Go and Makabe have some post-match words leading into their upcoming title match.

Go’s post-match interview.

Makabe’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Koji Kanemoto vs. Taiji Ishimori.  They start trading big strikes immediately and keep it up for a couple of minutes.  Ishimori ranas Kanemoto out of the ring and goes for a 619, but Kanemoto catches his leg and locks in the ankle hold at ringside.  Kanemoto releases the hold, then hits the Falcon Arrow on the floor.  Kanemoto hits the face wash in the corner x2.  Ishimori blocks the third, but Kanemoto kicks the fuck out of him and face washes him again.  Kanemoto kicks the shit out of Ishimori some more.  Ishimori lands a handspring kick, then hits a Dragon screw leg whip on the apron.  Ishimori hits a springboard double stomp.  Ishimori hits another Dragon screw leg whip and locks in a figure-four leglock.  Kanemoto manages to get a rope break.  Ishimori goes for a Tombstone, but Kanemoto counters and goes for the ankle lock.  Ishimori manages to escape that certain destruction.  Kanemoto hits a Frankensteiner off the top for 2.  Kanemoto goes for the ankle lock, but Ishimori counters into a cradle, when locks Kanemoto in the ankle lock.  Kanemoto reverses it and tortures Ishimori, then kicks him in the head for 2.  Kanemoto tortures Ishimori’s ankle some more.  Ishimori manages to get a rope break.  Kanemoto goes for a moonsault, but Ishimori avoids it and locks in the ankle lock again.  After that, Ishimori goes for a 450 splash, but Kanemoto gets his knees up.  They get to their knees and trade forearms and slaps.  Ishimori ducks a kick and lands one of his own.  He goes for a Pele kick, but Ishimori catches his leg and locks in the ankle lock for the win in 13:14.  Awesome match, if not quite as awesome as Kanemoto vs. Hayato from Day 1.  Kanemoto speaks after the match.

Kanemoto’s post-match interview.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi.  They lock up.  Devitt backs Ibushi into the ropes and gives a clean break.  They do some sweet chain wrestling.  Devitt works on Ibushi’s shoulders.  Ibushi gets a rope break to escape a hold.  Ibushi sends Devitt outside with a dropkick.  Devitt slips back and dropkicks Ibushi off the apron.  Devitt lands a beautiful Space Flying Tiger Drop.  Devitt suplexes somebody at ringside.  I’ll have to check on who and update this.  Devitt hits a missile dropkick for 2.  Devitt goes up top and Ibushi knocks him to the floor with a kick and hits a diving moonsault to the floor.  They trade hard shots in the ring.  Ibushi hits his flurry, then the standing Shooting Star press and the Lionsault for 2.  Devitt drops Ibushi with a Pele kick.  Ibushi gets a la magistral for 2.  Ibushi hits a Regal Plex for 2.  Ibushi goes up top, but Devitt drops him with a dropkick and hits a brainbuster off the top rope for 2.  Devitt hits the Prince’s Throne for 2.  Devitt goes up top, but Ibushi cuts him off.  They fight on the top rope.  Ibushi gets knocked down, but comes back and hits a Frankensteiner off the top rope for 2.  Ibushi hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits the Phoenix splash for the pin in 11:00.  Really good match.  They shake hands.

The announcers talk as the arena starts to empty out.

Devitt’s post-match interview.  He hopes he and Ibushi make it to the finals to have their rubber match.

Ibushi’s post-match interview.

Highlights video.

Awesome show!

NJPW “Best of the Super Jr. XVII” 6/6/10 Matches

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga.  Tonga jumps Omega before the bell to get the unfair advantage early.  Omega fights back and they trade shots.  Omega leap frogs Tonga and hits some arm drags and a dropkick.  Omega lands a big kick that sends Tonga retreating outside.  Omega nails him with a dropkick through the ropes.  Back inside, Omega covers for 2.  Tonga hot shots Omega into the top rope, then chokes him against the middle rope.  Tonga powerslams Omega into 2 different corners, then drops him and covers for 2.  Omega punches Tonga in the stomach.  Tonga asks for more.  Omega obliges and throws in some chops.  Omega rams Tonga’s head into the turnbuckles to no effect because he’s an islander.  Tonga puts the heat on Omega.  Omega fights back and throws some chops.  Tonga asks for more.  Omega stomps on his bare foot.  Omega lands some running boots, then dodges a lariat and dropkicks Tonga’s leg.  Omega hits his weird bulldog for 2.  Tonga catches Omega with a powerslam for 2.  Omega lands a spin kick and a Staggerin’ Blow for 2.  Omega goes for the Croyt’s Wrath, but Tonga escapes it through some kind of chicanery and hits the Tongan Twist for 2.  Tonga goes to the top rope and is able to touch the ceiling of this building.  He misses a diving headbutt.  Omega hits the Hadouken and the Croyt’s Wrath for the pin in 10:15.  Pretty decent match, probably the best I’ve seen from Tonga so far.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Koji Kanemoto vs. Nobuo Yoshihashi.  Sweet mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  More mat wrestling.  It’s good stuff.  Kanemoto punishes Yoshihashi’s arm.  Yoshihashi gets a rope break and they get back to their feet.  They start trading forearms.  Yoshihashi manages to drop Kanemoto with one of them.  Young Yoshiashi is on a role until Kanemoto knees the shit out of him, then kicks his leg out from under his… leg.  Kanemoto lands some more kicks all about Yoshihashi’s person.  Kanemoto calls for the fans to chant for Yoshihashi, then beats the shit out of him some more.  I love Kanemoto vs. Young Lions.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick on Kanemoto and hits his weird side suplex drop thing.  Yoshihashi hits his double arm suplex and locks in a cross armbreaker.  Yoshihashi hits a missile dropkick to Kanemoto’s arm.  Repeat.  Yoshihashi with another double arm suplex into a cross armbreaker.  Kanemoto gets a rope break.  Kanemoto drops Yoshihashi with some hard kicks.  They trade forearms on their knees, then start slapping each other.  Kanemoto slaps Yoshihashi down.  Kanemoto with the face wash in the corner x3.  Kanemoto hits a Falcon Arrow for 2.  Yoshihashi catches Kanemoto with a Frankensteiner for 2, then clamps on a cross armbreaker.  Kanemoto counters into the ankle lock.  Yoshihashi tries an enzuigiri, but Kanemoto ducks and goes for the ankle hold again.  Yoshihashi counters into the cross armbreaker.  Kanemoto counters BACK into the ankle hold!  Yoshihashi counters into his own ankle hold!  Kanemoto reverses it again!  Yoshihashi gets a rope break.  Yoshihashi lands a dropkick and gets an inside cradle for 2.  Yoshihashi ducks a kick and gets a schoolboy for 2, then Kanemoto locks in the ankle hold again.  Yoshihashi is finally forced to submit in 13:02.  Very very good match, the best match I’ve seen from young Yoshihashi.  Kanemoto applauds the very game young lion and shakes his hand after the match.  Kanemoto speaks on the microphone as well.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt vs. Gedo.  Gedo attacks Devitt before the bell and rams his face into chairs in the crowd while calling him a motherfucker and telling the ref to shut the fuck up, because Gedo is the fucking man.  Gedo catapults Devitt into the post and Devitt very obviously slaps himself in the back of the head while not making any contact the post.  Gedo beats up Devitt in the ring.  Devitt fires back with chops.  Devitt tries a springboard, but Gedo slaps him in the face.  Gedo throws Devitt into more chairs and shit on the outside.  Gedo hits Devitt with the timekeeper’s hammer.  “Okay ref… shut the fuck up.”  Gedo is awesome.  Gedo throws Devitt into a bunch of chairs again.  Devitt barely beats the count back in the ring.  Gedo puts the shoes to him.  Gedo hits a neckbreaker for 2.  “Oh shit, fuckin’ two?  That’s it, motherfucker!”  Gedo lands a low altitude superkick for 2.  “OHH SHIT!”  Gedo goes for a piledriver, but Devitt backdrops him.  Devitt hits a Codebreaker.  Devitt dropkicks Gedo out of the ring and hits him with a chair, then throws him into some chairs as payback for Gedo’s earlier shenanigans.  Devitt hits Gedo with the timekeeper’s table and Gedo obviously blocks it with his hands.  Devitt rams Gedo’s face into the tabkle, then uses a chair as a springboard to hit Gedo with an elbow against the table.  Devitt lays Gedo on the table and hits a double stomp from the apron onto the table (after telling the ref to “get the fuck out of the way”).  The tough Japanese table doesn’t give way.  Devitt blasts Gedo with chops back inside.  Gedo counts a suplex attempt and hits a DDT for 2.  Gedo hits the Complete Shot for 2.  Gedo goes for a superkick, but Gedo catches his leg and hits an enzuigiri.  Devitt hits a suplex and the Bloody Sunday for the pin in 12:13.  REALLY fun match.

Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Kota Ibushi.  JIP, but most likely just a second or so after the opening bell.  Mat wrestling, stalemate, applause.  Liger rocks a couple of surfboard hold variations.  Ibushi dropkicks Liger out of the ring and teases a dive, but fakes Liger out.  Liger grabs Ibushi’s leg and rams it into the apron, and the ring post, then attacks it with chairs.  Back inside, Liger keeps working the leg.  Liger locks in a reverse figure-four.  Ibushi gets a rope break.  Outside, Liger rams Ibushi’s shin into the post.  Inside, Liger hits a Dragon screw leg whip and locks in the figure-four leglock.  Ibushi suffers, then pulls himself to the ropes to get the break.  Liger goes for the brainbuster, but Ibushi counters and ranas him out of the ring.  Ibushi goes for a baseball slide, but Liger avoids it and drops him with a shotei.  Liger whips Ibushi towards the ring, but Ibushi scales the ropes and lands an Asai moonsault.  They trade blows back inside.  Ibushi drops Liger with a kick and hits a standing Shooting Star press and a Lionsault for 2.  Liger gets a la magistral for 2.  Liger hits a shotei for 2.  Liger hits a Liger Bomb for 2.  Liger goes for a frog splash, but Ibushi gets his knees up.  Ibushi ducks a shotei and hits a German suplex hold for 2.  Liger ducks a kick and gets a schoolboy for 2.  Ibushi hits a dead lift German suplex hold for 2.  Ibushi hits a flurry of strikes and charges at Liger, but Liger catches him with a Thesz press for the pin (13:28 shown).  Very good match.  Liger speaks after the match, presumably putting Ibushi over since they then shake hands.

4 really good matches from this show, probably the best day of matches so far.

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

Posted in NJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2010 by Grappleholic

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.