Best of the Super Juniors starts May 17th, who will take home the Trophy?
The 2017 iteration of the much lauded Best of the Super Juniors tournament begins on May 17th.
This is the 24th Best of the Super Juniors tournament in company history and with the wealth of talent in the Juniors division it looks set to possibly be one of the very best.
The question now is who could win the prestigious trophy? Last year’s winner Will Ospreay is set to be part of the 2017 version as well as the 2014 winner Ricochet and 2015 winner KUSHIDA.
Other confirmed participants include Taguchi (who made it to the final last year), BUSHI, Jushin Thunder Liger and the man that we believe will win the whole thing: Hiromu Takahashi.
Takahashi has been pivotal in the success of the Juniors division ever since his return to the company. After spending time in CMLL and Ring of Honor during his young lion excursion the TIME BOMB character was born and he exploded on the Juniors scene.
Takahashi’s IWGP Junior title win against KUSHIDA and his subsequent defense against long time CMLL rival Dragon Lee cemented Hiromu as one of the best Juniors in New Japan, we feel that a win at the BOSJ will further solidify his status as the next big New Japan star.
Before Takahashi has the opportunity to take home the trophy he must defend his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title against one of the world’s premier high-flyers in Ricochet. Ricochet recently spoke to NJPW1972.com and had this to say about the enigmatic Juniors champion:
‘I was thinking about this earlier. He’s just crazy. He doesn’t really have a certain style, because he’s just insane. Sometimes those are the hardest guys to fight. But I’m up to the challenge, so I think it’ll be good.’
‘It’s just his presence in the ring. When he gets in the ring, his mind…he doesn’t think like normal people think. You never know what he’s going to do next, you can’t read him. I don’t think even he knows what he’s going to do next. So that’s what’s crazy about him. He has some crazy moves- when he dives to the outside he just jumps and hopes he hits you. But it’s when he’s in the ring, that’s where he’s craziest because you just don’t know what he’s going to do next.’
Check out the whole interview here:
Who do you think will take the trophy? Let us know in the comments.
The 24th edition of @newjapaneng Best of the Super Juniors starts on 17 May.
— NJPW (@newjapaneng) April 29, 2017