WH Park: Recommendation guide for the second half of BOSJ

WH Park reviews the second-half of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament with his spoiler-free notes on the best matches & performers from the tournament.

Quick recommendation guide for 2019 Best of the Super Juniors (The Second Half)

by WH Park

We’ve locked in the finalists for the Best of the Super Juniors A and B Blocks.

The finals will take place at Ryōgoku Sumo Hall on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Let’s look at the last 5 days of the tournament and what you should watch.

Again, these are spoiler-free so no results just recommendations and some quick blurbs of some of the matches.

All recommended will be 3.5* to 5.0*

I’ll also list the top 5 performers of the tournament as the league portion is now done.

(For Part 1 of the BOSJ recommendations click here)

Day 10 – 5/26 Makuhari Messe International Conference Hall 7

Marty Scurll v Titán – 3.5*

Bandido v BUSHI – 3.5*

Shingo Takagi v Tiger Mask IV – 3.5*

Robbie Eagles v Will Ospreay – 4.50*
– This match played of their previous history of matches in Australia including a nice touch of Eagles throwing the patch of the Japanese flag that Ospreay gave him back at Will.
– The Phantasmo interference in the match played to a larger story for Eagles and will likely pay off in a future babyface turn.

Taiji Ishimori v SHO – 3.5*

Day 11 – 5/29 Nagoya Congress Center Event Hall

Titán v SHO – 3.5*

Taiji Ishimori v Tiger Mask IV – 3.5*
– Grumpy and motivated Tiger Mask showed up which usually delivers in these singles matches.

Shingo Takagi v Jonathan Gresham – 4.25*
– An excellent David vs Goliath style match.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru v Dragon Lee – 4.0*
– Kanemaru had a mini-renaissance in this BOSJ and is an exceptional heel. This creates a great dynamic with an exceptional babyface with Dragon Lee.
– Very hot match with unmaskings, Taichi interference, whiskey spots that enhanced the match instead of detracting from it.

Day 12 – 5/30 Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium Sub Arena

Ren Narita v YOH – 3.5*

Robbie Eagles v Bandido – 4.0*
– An excellent high-flying and highspot heavy match.

BUSHI v Rocky Romero – 4.0*
– This was an excellent grudge match between these two long-time rivals.

DOUKI v Will Ospreay – 4.5*
– Ospreay continues to prove why he’s one of the best wrestlers in the world by elevating DOUKI to a level where it looked believable whenever DOUKI got the advantage over Ospreay.

Day 13 – 5/31 Item Ehime

SHO v Jonathan Gresham – 3.75*
– Gresham was probably the standout performer in regards to selling injuries from show to show. His ribs were taped up from the beating he took from Takagi 2 days earlier.
– This was one of my more anticipated matches of the tournament.
– The story of the match was Gresham going after SHO’s leg while SHO was targeting Gresham’s arm.

Marty Scurll v Dragon Lee – 4.0*

Shingo Takagi v Taiji Ishimori – 5.0*
– This was a Dragon System vs. Dragon System match.
– Ishimori matched up really well with Shingo and basically went toe-to-toe with him.
– Turned into an absolute war.

Day 14 – 6/3 ZIP Arena Okayama

Rocky Romero v Bandido – 3.5*

Robbie Eagles v YOH – 3.75*

El Phantasmo v DOUKI – 3.5*

Will Ospreay v Ryusuke Taguchi – 5.0*
– Just an absolutely fantastic match.

Top 5 wrestlers so far are –

  • Will Ospreay
  • Shingo Takagi
  • Dragon Lee
  • Robbie Eagles
  • SHO

WH Park is the Japanese correspondent for POST Wrestling and can be heard every month on POST Puroresu with John Pollock. You can follow him on Twitter @whpark9