NJPW Previews

NJPW Best of the Super Jr. XXIII Opening Night Preview (5/21/16)

This is weird, I usually don’t do previews, let alone previews of smaller shows like this one, but oh well; things happen! At 9 PM Australian time I am writing a BOSJ preview. What a time to be alive as the brothers would say. The BOSJ is one of my favorite tours all year and that’s because of the shear amount of singles matches. They are all Jr. singles matches but that doesn’t matter because they are still awesome. 14 shows in the span of 3 weeks is very hard on the body and I respect all of the wrestlers in this tournament especially the veterans like Liger, Tiger, Volador Jr., and Gedo. My biggest gripe about New Japan is the plethora of multi man tag matches but with the BOSJ tour, singles matches make up most of the cards. Some of the matches in the opening night alone look incredible. It’s so amazing that guys like Will Ospreay and Ricochet main event a New Japan show. 2016 is a blessed time. LET THE PREVIEWS BEGIN!

Tomohiro Ishii, Beretta & Will Ospreay vs. Satoshi Kojima, Volador Jr. & Bobby Fish

THIS IS THE OPENING MATCH! THIS IS THE OPENING MATCH! THIS IS LEGIT INSANITY IN ITS FINEST FORM. Six premier professional wrestlers all in the same ring at the same time! This is nuts. Besides Kojima and Ishii going at it in the battle of the Dads I am most looking forward to Ospreay and Volador’s interactions. One of the best high flyers of the last 15 years against one of the best if not the best high flyer in the world. This is sure to get the crowd fired up and into the entire show! I see this match ending with Volador Jr. hitting his Canadian destroyer on Berreta to win.

Though not as exciting as the opening match this is still pretty lit. You have team DAD vs. team Shibata. I fully expect Shibata and Nagata to go at it the entire contest, kicking and forearming one another continuously. It’s a shame Liger isn’t in a special singles match because Korakuen is always VERY hot whenever Liger is in a singles match. This will go less than 10 minutes and will be good, but not great. I can guarantee White will be put into the surfboard stretch from Liger. Nagata is going to be pinning Jay White with a backdrop hold.

Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Yoshitatsu, Captain New Japan & Ricochet

What a cluster of a match this is. Facing the Bullet Club you have one tremendous professional wrestler teaming with Yoshitatsu, Ricochet and Tanahashi. Obviously joking, I think Ricochet and Tanahashi are amazing but I am scared Tana is going to fall apart at any moment. There’s no way I can see him walking out of Dominion in one piece. It wouldn’t shock me if Omega pulls out a ladder from underneath the ring and uses it for his own good. Besides Omega the Bullet Club team does absolutely nothing for me. If Omega wrestles Ricochet for 10 minutes then this would be amazing but that’s not happening. Omega is going to be pinning Captain with a bicycle knee.

Tetsuya Naito, SANADA & EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI

YEEEEEEAH this is that good shit. Besides it being obvious who is taking the fall this should be excellent. Naito is battling injury but he could still be great without wrestling, just doing his mannerisms is good enough for me. I am still not sold on this new Goto but his work as always been good to great and I am all for Goto hossing it up again with EVIL. YOSHI-HASHI and SANADA are going to have some hot sequences I can assure you! When brother YOSHI-HASHI is in there with the right guy he is unreal. But evidently I see SANADA making YOSHI-HASHI submit to his dragon sleeper.

(Best of the Super Jr. XXIII A Block) Gedo vs. BUSHI

Alright now we are into the tournament matches, no more tag matches, just four singles matches. In the ultimate dickhead match, Gedo is wrestling the LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON member BUSHI. It’s going to be mist vs. eye rakes. I am looking forward to this so much. It won’t be an all time great contest but it’s going to be great for many other reasons. Korakuen Hall is going to be going nuts for Gedo and even though I see BUSHI winning, the Gedo near falls will be nail biting. Gedo has remained in great ring shape and is still a bumping machine, I hope he is in the J Cup as well. A lot of folks don’t like Gedo because his the booker but I separate the booker from the wrestler and I love the wrestler. But I see BUSHI getting the 2 points and pinning Gedo.

(Best of the Super Jr. XXIII A Block) Rocky Romero vs. David Finlay

This is interesting and it should be very fun. I can’t see Korakuen being very vocal for this match but the work will definitely be good. I don’t think I have seen these two wrestle even in tags before but I love both men so it should be great. David Finlay’s goal of 2016 was to make it into the BOSJ and even though he is in because a Young Buck is hurt he should be proud. This is a very prestigious tournament and New Japan has lots of faith to put Finlay in a spot like this. I see Finlay pulling a Finlay from last year and not winning a single match in the tournament but that’s okay, he will gain a lot of experience.

(Best of the Super Jr. XXIII A Block) Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Matt Sydal

Another odd pairing on paper but in the semi main event this should be really excellent. Taguchi is amazing as wacky undercard wrestler but when he is positioned into a spot like this he will bring out the Animal Hamaguchi trained Rysuke Taguchi. The acrobatic Jr. heavyweight who is making his 13th BOSJ appearance. Matt Sydal is easily one of the best in the world, so smooth and crisp. He is someone the WWE should hire in 10 years as a trainer. He structures his matches superbly and uses great in ring psychology. Taguchi will be very over and Sydal will have his fans. The crowds will always respect phenomenal performers and Sydal is just that. I see Taguchi pinning Sydal with some sort of roll-up.

(Best of the Super Jr. XXIII A Block) KUSHIDA vs. Kyle O’Reilly

Well Jesus Christ we are back at this match again. This is their fourth encounter and second in Japan. How can you not be excited to see these two gentleman lock horns once again? In the main event in front of a hot Korakuen crowd this should be something special. I don’t know if they can ever recreate the magic from their first bout but it’s never going to be bad when KUSHIDA and Kyle O’Reilly are in the same ring. The match will be full of grappling and MMA style holds and transitions. Josh Barnett is licking his lips as he anticipates to do commentary over this match. It’s going to be great and there isn’t much more I can say. KUSHIDA called Kyle O’Reilly the best in the world in a recent interview so Mr. O’Reilly has a lot to live up to and he most certainly will live up to those standards. He isn’t the best in the world in my book but he is a tremendous pro grappler. I see O’Reilly getting the win over KUSHIDA. O’Reilly I feel is going to the finals this year and he needs a big win to get him going. This is that win.

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