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    NJPW NJPW BOSJ 22 - Begins May 22nd


    Best of the Super Juniors Blocks are out:

    Block A:

    Jushin Thunder Liger
    Ryusuke Taguchi
    Yohei Komatsu
    Baretta
    Gedo
    Kyle O’Reilly
    Barbaro Cavernario
    Chase Owens

    Block B:

    Tiger Mask
    KUSHIDA
    Alex Shelley
    Mascara Dorada
    Rocky Romero
    David Finlay
    Bobby Fish
    Nick Jackson

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    That looks a more interesting tournament than it was last year, reDRagon in singles on either side of the blocks really help, as does the inclusion of some of the young lions and Gedo. Wonder why no Sho Tanaka, does he count as heavyweight?

    KUSHIDA's winning guys.
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    Re: The Official Puro Discussion Thread

    Yep, this pretty much confirms what I think most suspected that Tanaka would be placed as a heavy. Too bad, instead we get Nick. (Why 1? It should have been both or neither.)

    Pitting KUSHIDA & Shelley on the last day was weak. No drama at all in Block B. Block A's more wide open but lacks the two best workers like Block B has. The division as a whole is probably at it's lowest point ever besides when Devitt was BC Champion so that makes it hard for me to be excited. Still, Cavernario & Finlay were both unexpected and welcome surprises. Though Finlay's had under 60 matches total so it was strange bringing him in. My expectations for his work is low, though some callback spots to his dad should be fun. Cavernario could easily be the most fun guy in the whole tournament if CMLL Cavernario shows up. But with the tact NJPW's shown with "entertainment" lately he could also be the worst.

    Wish I felt stronger about someone besides KUSHIDA winning but he looks like a pretty safe bet right now.

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    Re: The Official Puro Discussion Thread

    I believe Matt Jackson's partner is due to give birth during the tournament so he's not involved.
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    Re: The Official Puro Discussion Thread

    I'm curious to this year's BOSJ as well. Singles Trent, Fish, and O'Reilly are all nice to see and we're bound to get some cool quality from those guys. I'm into some Young Lion's being in this and adding some freshness as well.
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    I didn't realize that Finlay had a son in wrestling. I'd be curious to see what he's learned in his brief time wrestling.

    What's the story on this Barbaro Cavernario fella?

    Out of the two blocks, I think Block B looks a little stronger, although that may just be because of my supreme hatred of Taguchi.

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    Re: NJPW BOSJ 22 - Begins May 22nd

    Cavernario's right up your alley, Jim: He's literally a caveman. He plays a really fun gimmick, & he's also a highly rated wrestler by many, though I am looking forward to seeing him in Japan where I might actually be able to enjoy him. In Mexico, I always watch Lucha with the girl and she hates Cavernario and his caveman-ness, always complaining about how stupid he is. Even insulting Cavernario's manager, Barbaro. (A stuffed monkey who hangs from a stick) Here's a match of his I watched by myself and did enjoy quite a bit. His hair vs hair match at CMLL's biggest show last year vs an underrated wrestler named Rey Cometa. Match itself isn't overly long.

    (Entrances start at 3:13)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc1gdn394m8

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    Re: NJPW BOSJ 22 - Begins May 22nd

    Every BOSJ show will be available on NJ World, although the majority won't be live, they'll be up a day later. Hopefully that's an indication that the same thing will happen for the G1 and we'll get all those shows on the network as well.
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    Re: NJPW BOSJ 22 - Begins May 22nd

    So I just finished up with Night 1, a fun little opening to this tournament, nothing too great, but I wouldn't say anything sucked.

    I really enjoyed the aggression of Komatsu in his match with Liger, he jumped Liger during his entrance and took the fight right to the legend. He also did the best count out tease you'll see this year; Liger brainbusters him out by the guard rail, he rushes to the ring at about 16, at 18 he collapses into the ring apron and falls over like he's exhausted and I completely bought that they were doing a count out finish, and then at 19.9 he rolls back in. Awesome spot. Liger finishes him off with another brainbuster later. The young lions inclusion in the tournament is vindicated after one match.

    Singles Nick Jackson is slightly better than tag Nick Jackson because there was actually points in his match with Tiger Mask where he was selling, normally in a young bucks match he just keeps popping right back up and climbs the ropes with ease at the finish, but here it took him about 30 seconds to climbs the turnbuckle and settle himself for a 450 splash. Was really surprised by this result tbh, Tiger Mask pinned him with the Tiger Suplex.

    Finlay Jr looks like he's got some potential but he's quite rough round the edges, I thought his match with Shelley was one of the weakest of the night. Finlay didn't really impress much.

    Cavernario I'm going to have to pass judgement on until I see him against a good opponent, but I wasn't too impressed with him against Chase Owens. Looked like he belongs in CHIKARA.

    Interval 10 man tag was good, standard house show stuff where everyone pairs off against the opponent they're feuding with. I don't remembering Tanahashi bumping once.

    Fish and Romero was alright, had some good comedy involved when Fish stole Romero's eye patch and wrestled half the match with it on.

    Trent and KOR got involved after this match to immediately run into their tournament match which I felt was good, but KOR was doing some silly overselling on the little things like an armwrench and chops which was taking me out of the match a little bit. Trent is awesome though.

    Dorada/Kushida I felt was really good and probably should of main evented the show. Solid stuff from both guys.

    Gedo Vs Taguchi was ok, I don't think it should of main evented the show, but Okada's excitement on commentary for his manager's performance was cool. I'm excited to see what Gedo can do in this tournament, just not against Taguchi

    Get on Liger/Komatsu.

    Standings after Night 1:

    BLOCK A
    Bárbaro Cavernario (1-0)
    Gedo (1-0)
    Jushin Thunder Liger (1-0)
    Kyle O’Reilly (1-0)
    Baretta (0-1)
    Chase Owens (0-1)
    Ryusuke Taguchi (0-1)
    Yohei Komatsu (0-1)

    BLOCK B
    Alex Shelley (1-0)
    Bobby Fish (1-0)
    Tiger Mask IV (1-0)
    KUSHIDA (1-0)
    David Finlay (0-1)
    Máscara Dorada (0-1)
    Nick Jackson (0-1)
    Rocky Romero (0-1)