Originally published at NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results: El Desperado and Master Wato advance
The final four of the Best of the Super Juniors are set following Wednesday’s B Block show in Osaka.
*B BLOCK: El Desperado over Robbie Eagles in 20:32
*B BLOCK: Yoshinobu Kanemaru over YOH in 13:22
*B BLOCK: Master Wato over Kevin Knight in 8:32
*B BLOCK: Dan Moloney over Clark Connors by count-out in 4:25
*B BLOCK: BUSHI over Francesco Akira in 8:44
*Hiromu Takahashi & Titan over KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi in 5:55
*EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi & SHO over Taichi, DOUKI & Taka Michinoku in 6:49
*Speedball Mike Bailey & Oskar Leube over Lio Rush & Yuto Nakashima in 6:20
El Desperado and Master Wato finished on top of the block and will advance to Friday’s semi-finals. Desperado won the block with fourteen points after submitting Robbie Eagles, setting up a match against Titan later this week. Wato was victorious against Kevin Knight with the Tsutenkaku German Suplex Hold and ended his round-robin portion with fourteen points (Desperado beat Wato earlier in the tournament and wins the block based on the tiebreaker)
Yoshinobu Kanemaru played spoiler on Thursday by defeating YOH after countering a Direct Drive attempt and catching YOH with the Leg Cross Samson Clutch for the pin, thus, ending YOH`s chances at advancing.
In the other matches, Dan Moloney beat Clark Connors by count-out after a short but entertaining brawl. Moloney and Connors fought across the floor prior to the bell ringing and saw each throw metal benches at each other. Moloney displayed added aggression and was much more animated than usual. Connors was sent into the post and did not make it back by the count of twenty.
BUSHI submitted Francesco Akira with a cross kneebar after attacking the knee and drilling it into the mat. BUSHI applied the hold and rolled to the center of the mat, leading to the tap. BUSHI finished at the bottom with four points while Akira completed his second BOSJ with ten points.
The semi-finals take place on Friday at Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium with the winners advancing to the final this Sunday at Ota Ward City Gymnasium.
A BLOCK: Speedball Mike Bailey (14), Titan (12), Lio Rush (12), Hiromu Takahashi (12), TJP (10), Taiji Ishimori (10), SHO (8), DOUKI (6), KUSHIDA (4), Ryusuke Taguchi (2)
B BLOCK: El Desperado (14), Master Wato (14), YOH (12), Robbie Eagles (10), Clark Connors (8), Francesco Akira (8), Dan Moloney (8), Kevin Knight (6), Yoshinobu Kanemaru (6), BUSHI (4)