BoSJ Day Six Review

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Day 6 of The Best Of The Super Juniors featured some of the best matches in the tournament so far. Today’s event had 4 BOSJ tournament matches and 4 tag team matches, used as good fillers to further ongoing feuds and to break up the 4 tournament matches. However, this is only a review for the BOSJ matches, there won’t be any reviews for the 4 tag team matches, but the results are posted below:
Rocky Romero & YOSHI-HASHI Def. Michael Elgin & Matt Sydal

Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi, David Finlay & Kyle O’Reilly Def. Katsuyori Shibata, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & Jay White

Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi Def. Satoshi Kojima, Yoshitatsu & Captain New Japan

Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI Def. Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo

Chase Owens vs. Tiger Mask


Those dastardly Bullet Club were at it again! Chase Owens attacking Tiger Mask during his entrance gave him the advantage through the early stages of the match. Yujiro Takahashi, accompanying Chase to the ring as usual, did his best to ensure that Tiger Mask was at a disadvantage throughout the match, including pulling the referee out when Chase Owens looked like he was just about to submit. Tiger Mask did manage to secure the 2 points when Chase Owens teased the package piledriver, the same one that injured Thunder Liger,  but Tiger Masked escaped, took down Owens and pinned him. It was a fairly standard back and forth match between the two, nothing groundbreaking, but it was a good opener for the BOSJ matches. **

Trent Barretta vs Bobby Fish

Trent Barretta started the BOSJ tournament really strong and looked to continue that form against Bobby Fish. Both men were coming into day 6 following good matches, and this match didn’t disappoint either. It was clear to see that Barretta and Fish have really good in ring chemistry with each other, and this match was a treat for the 1,500 strong at Korakuen Hall. Fish spent a fair amount of the match working on Barretta’s legs, at one point going for his heel hold submission maneuver. After more back and forth action, surprisingly, Barretta kicked out of a top rope brainbuster, which proved to be the final straw for Fish, as he locked in the Fish Hook again, only this time Barretta submitted. Very good match all round, these two continue to impress in this tournament. ***½

Volador Jr vs Jushin Thunder Liger

After an beat down following the match against Chase Owens, it came as a relief to see Thunder Liger compete in a good, but losing effort against Volador Jr. There was some decent moments in what was a fairly average match, only in comparison to what else was on a good match card for day 6. An impressive showing from both men, but it was to be Volador Jr’s day after an Avalanche Spanish Fly won the 2 points he so needed to carry on his momentum heading further into the competition. ***
Will Ospreay vs Ricochet

It’s a damn shame that I wrote my Top 5 matches of the month prior to watching this match up, because this match would have leapfrogged straight to 2nd, if not top spot. This match was that good, that the Japanese fans.. Yes, the Japanese fans, started chanting “This is awesome” and “Holy Shit” which is an indication that you’re putting on a wrestling showcase for all to see. I’ve watched this match for the third time now, and I still cannot help but say.

It was an incredibly entertaining contest, phases of high flying maneuvers, grappling and strikes kept the audience captivated and compelled for the entire duration of the match. Ospreay and Ricochet looked like old enemies the way they had each other sussed out on each others offence.

Ricochet was in control for large parts of the match up, almost playing the veteran by trying to keep Ospreay grounded which seemed to work for Barretta earlier in the week. However, that was not to be as Ospreay hit a handspring springboard cutter which brought the victory, an ovation from the crowd and his first points of the tournament. ****½

An amazing spectacle, what’s more is that the two have agreed to a rematch in the future, and if it’s anything like their match today or any of their previous matches, I can bet a lot of money on another MOTM candidate!

Block B after Day 6:

Baretta – 4

Jushin Thunder Liger – 4

Ricochet – 4

Volador Jr. – 4

Chase Owens – 2

Tiger Mask – 2

Bobby Fish – 2

Will Ospreay – 2

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