NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIV Finals on June 3, 2017
Watch: NJPW World
Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium – Tokyo, Japan
Shota Umino, Tomoyuki Oka & Yuji Nagata vs. Katsuya Kitamura, Manabu Nakanishi & Tetsuhiro Yagi***1/2
So much muscle! The young lions all showed great fire, each showing small amounts of character and feeling like they belong on the NJ Roster. Nagata and Nakanishi showed their usual great chemistry and the crowd was super hot for them. Ultimately, this was a very fun match that gave a great look at the new crop of Lions. Team Nagata wins.
CHAOS (Jado, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) vs. Hirai Kawato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe**3/4
Hahahhahahahah, Ishii no-selling Kawato and then killing him without effort makes this automatically fun. Kawato continued to be a great underdog, while his teammates were over hot tags. Kawato’s offense actually working was amazing, but alas, it was not meant to be and Kawato loses the match for his team again to add to his losing streak
Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, TAKA Michinoku & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs. Tiger Mask, Jushin Thunder Liger & Volador Jr.**3/4
Volador Jr. kept his mask on to keep his team all masked. Volador Jr looked great here, hitting all his high-flying moves, with Despy working as a great base. Suzuki Gun brawled, and it was fun, giving a short, compact midcard trios. Team Volador and Masks win.
Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Ray Rowe), ACH & David Finlay**1/2
ACH has a Fusion Dance (DBZ thing) vest on for his entrance. This was a solid brawl, with ACH bringing a more comical energy to the angry viking hoss team of War Machine, and doing some good build to the GoD vs War Machine IWGP Tag Title match at Dominion. Nothing was really noteworthy from this match and it’s an easy skip, though their were some damn good highspots from the face team . The Bullet Club wins.
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Taichi)**3/4
Taichi got heat, Suzuki bullied Hashi, Goto did a good hot tag, Goto and Suzuki had a dope mini-match when they faced off. This was OK, we got Suzuki-Gun interference as always, and Hashi got some revenge when he got the win for his team in a solid match.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & Tetsuya Naito) vs. Dragon Lee, Juice Robinson, Ricochet, Ryusuke Taguchi & Satoshi Kojima***1/4
Hahahahahahah, Taguchi Japan danced to LIJ’s entrance music and it was beautiful. LIJ came off as stars during their entrances. LIJ showed great teamwork, Lee/Hiromu did crazy stuff to each other, Taguchi Japan did some great babyface stuff, Rico/BUSHI showed great chemistry with each other. My only complaint is that Taguchi Japan vs LIJ feels incredibly repetitive, but at least everyone works well together. LIJ wins. Tanahashi comes out, and he and Naito cut promos on each other on their Intercontinental Title match at Dominion. I don’t understand Japanese, but the crowd loved this & it was a very different way to build to a match in NJPW.
Bullet Club (Marty Scurll & Kenny Omega) vs. CHAOS (Gedo & Kazuchika Okada)***1/4
Scurll and Omega showed great chemistry with each other, I wouldn’t mind them becoming a regular tag team. Scurll was very over, with him and Gedo showing great chemistry and having a great mini-match. The Omega vs Okada interactions were great, and while nothing truly memorable happened, this was fun and did a good job building to Okada vs Omega at Dominion. Bullet Club defeats CHAOS.
Best of the Super Junior XXIV Final Match KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay*****
“We can keep going: ‘WHAT ABOUT THAT!’” – Trask on this match. Hot ducking damn, this was absolutely amazing, the match atmosphere was great, the crowd was hot, I could buy into either man winning, I won’t go into any of the spots because I won’t spoil them, because by god was there crazy stuff here. Ospreay and KUSHIDA had great facials here, selling their need to win, and everything came together to create a beautiful match that I have as my current MOTY. KUSHIDA wins his second Best of the Super Juniors and we get a beautiful, pure, wholesome post-match. I LOVE WRESTLING!
NJPW BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS XXIV FINALS ON JUNE 3, 2017
Good - 7.5/10
Watch that main, watch it and feel happy and amazed. The rest of the show was solid but skippable.