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NJPW Best of the Super Jr. 25 Recap & Review – Night 1

NJPW Best of the Super Jr. 25
Event Date: May 18, 2018 (18:30 JST)
aired live on NJPW World

City: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Korakuen Hall
Attendance: 1,691
Series: Best of the Super Jr. 25

Commentary (Japanese): Milano Collection AT, Jushin Thunder Liger, Soichi Shibata, Koki Yamazaki (1, 3, 7), Kazuki Kusanagi (2, 4, 6), Yuichi Tabata (5, 8)
Ring Announcer: Kimihiko Ozaki (1-4), Makoto Abe (5-8)


This year’s A-block competitors are introduced.


Match 1
Ren Narita & Chris Sabin vs Shota Umino & KUSHIDA
(referee: Kenta Sato)

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Result: Chris Sabin pins Shota Umino after Cradle Shock
Time: 9:48

Match Thoughts
Good match and a nice opener. The young lions were fired up, Umino particularly so. Narita took a bit of a beating, getting his nose bloodied at one point. Sabin and KUSHIDA looked very good against each other, so I’m looking forward to their B-Block match very much. Umino’s enthusiasm got the better of him in this match though. He was the young lion who tagged in late in the match, and that almost certainly spells doom for whichever rookie does that in these types of matches.


Match 2
Sho & YOSHI-HASHI vs Tomoyuki Oka & Dragon Lee
(referee: Kenta Sato)

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Result: YOSHI-HASHi forces Tomoyuki Oka to submit to a butterfly lock
Time: 11:47

Match Thoughts
The story here was the animosity between Sho and Dragon Lee. They started the match wanting to fight, and that began the match with some fast-paced action. They continued to be very aggressive towards each other throughout the match. Late in the match Oka tagged in and was up against YOSHI-HASHI, and I really liked how their closing segment. The crowd started to get behind Oka, and even though we all knew he was doomed, I liked how he fought against HASHI at the end.


Match 3
El Desperado (IWGP Jr. Tag Champ) & Minoru Suzuki vs Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi
(referee: Tiger Hattori)

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Result: Minoru Suzuki pins Toa Henare after a Gotch Piledriver
Time: 8:09

Match Thoughts
Pretty good match. Taguchi looked good in this match. He did some of his comedy shtick, but for the most part he took the match seriously and hit moves other than a hip attack. Being a Suzuki Gun match, the fight did start before the bell and had a fair amount of ringside brawling. In the ring, the action was fine, but there wasn’t much of a focus as far as building up to a match. Taguchi and Desperado will face each other in B-Block, and they had some good exchanges, but that was about the extent of it.


Match 4
Marty Scurll (NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Champ) & Chase Owens vs Hiromu Takahashi & EVIL (IWGP Tag Champ)
(referee: Tiger Hattori)

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Result: EVIL forces Chase Owens to submit to the Banshee Muzzle
Time: 9:29

Match Thoughts
Good match. LIJ looked good as usual. Bullet Club didn’t seem quite as unified, an that cost them. The antics of Takahashi and Scurll were fun though, and theirs is another tournament match that has potential to be very entertaining.


Match 5
Best of the Super Jr. 25 A-Block Match
Yoshinobu Kanemaru (0-0-0 : 0) (IWGP Jr. Tag Champ) vs Tiger Mask (0-0-0 : 0)
(referee: Marty Asami)

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Result: Tiger Mask wins via pinfall with an inside cradle
Time: 10:27

Match Thoughts
Good match. Tiger Mask was very aggressive in this one, taking the fight to Kanemaru for a lot of the early parts of the match. Kanemaru would use dirty tactics (including using a few young lions as weapons) to turn the match in his favor, but the veteran Tiger Mask managed to find moments to hit some big moves. I liked how the momentum shifted steadily and fairly dramatically throughout the match which led to a finish that was mildly surprising and very satisfying.


Match 6
Best of the Super Jr. 25 A-Block Match
Flip Gordon (0-0-0 : 0) vs ACH (0-0-0 : 0) (AAW Heavyweight Champ)
(referee: Marty Asami)

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Result: ACH wins via pinfall after a cradle DDT
Time: 15:26

Match Thoughts
Great match. Flip’s style seemed to throw ACH off a little in the beginning, but once the match really got going, these two men were very evenly matches. Flip’s flips and flights ranged from silly to spectacular, and ACH fought a hard match with some powerful moves and hard strikes. I liked how their styles meshed. ACH also took a fair amount of damage that played in to how the match went along, so it will be interesting to see if any of that damage will carry over into his next few matches in the tournament.


Match 7
Best of the Super Jr. 25 A-Block Match
BUSHI (0-0-0 : 0) (IWGP Jr. Tag Champ) vs YOH (0-0-0 : 0)
(referee: Red Shoes Unno)

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Result: YOH wins via pinfall with a Five Star Clutch
Time: 15:18

Match Thoughts
Good match. YOH seemed to be the more amped up of the two, and it paid off for him. Both men looked good, but YOH looked very good. I really liked the final part of the match when it felt like both men were searching for the one move that would put their opponent away.


Match 8
Best of the Super Jr. 25 A-Block Match
Taiji Ishimori (0-0-0 : 0) vs Will Ospreay (0-0-0 : 0) (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champ)
(referee: Red Shoes Unno)

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Result: Taiji Ishimori wins via pinfall after the Bloody Cross
Time: 13:47

Match Thoughts
Great match. This felt like a big match, and I think it was a great first main event for the Best of the Super Jr. tournament. It started quickly with Ospreay on the offensive, but Ishimori used his speed and power to fight back. The match went back and forth with some spectacular moves throughout, and the finish felt important.


Show Impressions
Overall, this was a very good first night of the tournament. I liked all the tournament matches, and I am looking forward to a lot of the matchups we’re going to see over the next couple of weeks. There were a few surprises on the show, and with the round-robin format it will be interesting to see how things develop.

Match of the Night
Flip Gordon vs ACH
I think the main event was great too, but I enjoyed Gordon and ACH more. I like watching Gordon in action, but I usually pull for him to lose. I really like ACH, and I usually pull for him to win. So yeah, this was perfect for me. Hopefully ACH can put together a good run this year!


Standings After Night 1
Block A

Taiji Ishimori2100
Tiger Mask2100
Flip Gordon0010
Will Ospreay0010
Yoshinobu Kanemaru0010

Block B

Chris Sabin0000
Dragon Lee0000
El Desperado0000
Hiromu Takahashi0000
Marty Scurll0000
Ryusuke Taguchi0000


Official Results (Japanese): http://www.njpw.co.jp/tornament/136574?showResult=1



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