The 26th Best of the Super Juniors tournament concluded Wednesday at Sumo Hall with blocks winners Shingo Takagi and Will Ospreay meeting in the final.
The two had a phenomenal match that went over 33 minutes, ending with Ospreay executing a top rope OsCutter and match-ending Storm Breaker to hand Takagi his first loss in the promotion.
It was highlighted by each kicking out of the other’s big moves with Ospreay kicking out of the Last of the Dragon and Takagi from an OsCutter. The drama was accelerated due to the audience’s excitement throughout the final.
Ospreay was the star of the tournament and must be the majority’s choice for Wrestler of the Year five months into the year.
Afterward, Ospreay announced he is moving to Japan and will compete against both heavyweights and junior heavyweights while also wishing Hiromu Takahashi a full recovery so they can face off again.
Ospreay will challenge IWGP junior heavyweight champion Dragon Lee this Sunday at Dominion in Osaka following second BOSJ tournament victory.
Earlier in the night, Jon Moxley made his New Japan debut and pinned Juice Robinson to win the IWGP United States title after a hard-hitting match that was unique in that environment. They went over 24 minutes with Moxley hitting the double arm DDT (formerly the Dirty Deeds) and Robinson kicked out. He went for it again but altered the move into an Impaler DDT and pinned Robinson.
We will have a complete review of the show on The Double Shot tonight for POST Wrestling Café members.