New Japan Best of the Super Juniors Day 1 Observations

The Best of the Super Juniors has officially begun. Day 1 of the 2017 iteration took place in Korakuen Hall and featured 8 matches. Here are the Turnbuckle Daily observations…..

Liger and TAKA are starting the show?

When New Japan announced that Day 1 would be available to view for FREE on NJPWWorld.com I fully expected to see Ospreay vs Scurll or Takahashi vs Dragon Lee start the show. When TAKA and Jushin Thunder Liger appeared to be ‘curtain jerking’ I was not fully convinced…..boy was I wrong. If you have never seen a ‘pure’ Juniors match then go out of your way to watch this as it showcases two absolute legends in Japanese wrestling going out there and showing that Light Heavyweight performers do not need to be high flying (…..dive) specialists. An unexpected and awesome start to BOSJ 2017.

‘The Villain’ Has Arrived

Not many people get to debut in New Japan like this….’The Villain’ Marty Scurll faced longtime rival Will Ospreay in what was our Match of the Night. What was interesting was hearing the reaction from the crowd for Marty, they clearly knew exactly who he was and were invested in the bout throughout. The longterm vision for Scurll may well be a run at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title but we truly believe that he could have a run as far as the Intercontinental title if New Japan allows it down the line. Another excellent bout that deserves your time, and it was free to view!

New Japan Insists on making Tournament Favourites Lose in their First Match

As you may have seen on a previous post we are 100% behind Hiromu Takahashi winning the entire tournament and continuing his dominance in the Juniors division. Many other sites and analysts have spoken on the likelihood of Will Ospreay taking the BOSJ title for the second year running. Both of these men lost their first matches in the tournament and if you have been watching New Japan for any length of time you’ll know that this is a trend that is also prevalent in the G1 Climax tournament. So, if you wanted Hiromu or Will to win the tournament there is more than enough time.

Hiromu Takahashi and Dragon Lee are trying to kill each other….

As I mentioned before Will Ospreay vs Marty Scurll was the Match of the Night (in TD’s opinion). Others who saw the show will most likely point to the main event of Hiromu Takahashi and Dragon Lee as the show stealer. The issue here is that as a wrestling fan I am more acutely aware of the health hazards ever since Katsuyori Shibata’s horrific head injury and seeing two performers (who undoubtably had an incredible match) go all in on the very first match of a LONG tour did start to make me feel extremely uncomfortable. That said this is still a great match and well worth watching for two of the best Juniors stars on the planet right now. In fact in Turnbuckle’s opinion Hiromu Takahashi is probably the very best thing going right now in the division.

New Japan posted a health update for Shibata that you can find here.

What were your thoughts on Day 1 of the tournament? Let us know in the comments below

In case you were wondering….here are the results for Day 1

  • A Block

TAKA Michinoku b. Jushin Thunder Liger – TAKA took his first win in the tournament after hitting the Heavy Killer #1

Ricochet b. Daichi – Ricochet took his first win of the tournament following the Shooting Star Press in just under 9 minutes

Marty Scurll b. Will Ospreay – ‘The Villain’ Marty Scurll took the win in his debut NJPW match after making Ospreay submit with the Crossface Chicken Wing

Dragon Lee b. Hiromu Takahashi – Lee takes the win over longtime rival Takahashi using the Phoenix Plex.

  • B Block

Volador Jr b. Tiger Mask IV – Volador Jr took the win with an avalanche style Spanish fly in just under ten minutes 

ACH b. BUSHI – ACH takes the win in his first tournament match after hitting the Midnight Driver

El Desperado b. KUSHIDA – Desperado attacked KUSHIDA early and gained the win after hitting the Guitarra de Angel.

Ryusuke Taguchi b. Yoshinobu Kanemaru – Last year’s runner up Taguchi took the win with a small package

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