Originally published at Best of the Super Juniors: Six wrestlers eligible going into final week
The Best of the Super Juniors tournament is winding down with six performers alive going into its final week.
Sunday’s card from Ota Ward Gymnasium drew 1,890, which is the highest attendance for any of the shows during the tournament, and one day after Stardom drew a nearly identical number in the same arena.
RESULTS: (Courtesy: Purolove.com)
*Robbie Eagles over El Desperado in 19:21
*Taiji Ishimori over Francesco Akira in 11:24
*Yoshinobu Kanemaru over SHO in 2:44
*El Phantasmo over Wheeler Yuta in 9:34
*Ryusuke Taguchi over Ace Austin in 12:02
*Hiromu Takahashi over Clark Connors in 11:43
*TJP over BUSHI in 10:08
*YOH over Alex Zayne in 11:07
*Titan over DOUKI in 9:31
*Master Wato over El Lindaman in 7:05
With one more show of round-robin matches on Tuesday before the finals, six wrestlers are mathematically eligible to win the Best of the Super Juniors.
IWGP junior heavyweight champion Taiji Ishmori is on top of the A Block with twelve points while Hiromu Takahashi and IMPACT X Division champion Ace Austin have ten points.
On Tuesday, Ace Austin faces Francesco Akira and Ishimori takes on Takahashi.
Austin has a win against Ishimori while Takahashi beat Austin earlier in the tournament. If Austin and Takahashi win, there would be a three-way tie for first. Ishimori only needs a win or a draw against Takahashi to win. For Takahashi to win, he needs to beat Ishimori and Austin has to lose or go to a draw with Francesco Akira.
The B Block is led by El Phantasmo with twelve points with El Desperado & Robbie Eagles at ten points each as the final three in contention.
Robbie Eagles will face Titan and El Phantasmo takes on El Desperado on Tuesday’s show.
Eagles has wins over both El Phantasmo and El Desperado, so if Eagles and Desperado win their matches this Tuesday, Eagles would advance. If Eagles loses, the winner of Phantasmo and Desperado wins the block. Phantasmo only needs a draw regardless of whether Eagles beats Titan.
Below is Tuesday’s line-up from Toyama that will air at 5:30 a.m. ET:
*A BLOCK: Taiji Ishimori vs. Hiromu Takahashi
*A BLOCK: Ace Austin vs. Francesco Akira
*A BLOCK: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru
*A BLOCK: YOH vs. SHO
*A BLOCK: Clark Connors vs. Alex Zayne
*B BLOCK: El Phantasmo vs. El Desperado
*B BLOCK: Robbie Eagles vs. Titan
*B BLOCK: El Lindaman vs. BUSHI
*B BLOCK: Master Wato vs. DOUKI
*B BLOCK: Wheeler Yuta vs. TJP