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    Takahashi/Lee headlined Day 1 of New Japan's Best of Super Juniors series. Both guys put together a decent match, super-hot opening stretch before they settled into their routines and trading high impact maneuvers. With Ospreay/Scurll on the same show, it seemed to be a deliberate ploy from Gedo to deliver a safe but enjoyable opening to the tournament. As a booker, Gedo rarely gets it wrong and that was true here as well with the champion putting Lee over in the showpiece match of the night which wasn't too dissimilar to KUSHIDA doing the favours last year for Kyle O'Reilly.

    Meanwhile Day 2 which just aired was headlined by arguably the most anticipated rematch of the tournament, Ricochet vs Will Ospreay. The pair had one of the most talked about matches in 2016 and once again were given plenty of time to tear the house down, with a total run-time of 27 minutes, 11 minutes longer than their 2016 exhibition. I'll have to check the match out, but it's interesting to see Gedo really double down on those two. In other matches, Dragon Lee faced off against Marty Scurll, Hiromu Takahashi faced legendary super heavyweight Jushin Liger and Taichi took on Taka Michinoku.

    The tournament concludes on June 3rd, just in time for Dominion which takes place on June 11th. That show will of course be headlined by two big WrestleKingdom rematches, Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. However, like last year, Tanahashi faces a nervous wait as he suffered an injury during NJPW's recent shows with ROH. Tanahashi reportedly injured his bicep, but the severity isn't known just yet. No word on who would replace Tanahashi, but New Japan has so many options, it wouldn't be as big a blow as it may have been 3 if not 4 years ago.

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    Naito broke the IC title face plate. This guy.

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    RT is referring to this: https://streamable.com/2kia6. The reaction is amazing.

    In other news, NJPW recently updated the conditions of Honma and Shibata and discussing some of their health policies.

    Just prior to the business strategy announcements made yesterday on May 16, NJPW trainer Takeshi Misawa was joined by Chairman Sugayabashi and President Harada to give an update on the health conditions of Tomoaki Honma and Katsuyori Shibata. He also outlined New Japan’s health policy for its wrestlers.

    Misawa firstly explained that Honma has been moved from a hospital specializing in cervical vertebrae to a rehabilitation hospital in Osaka. While his discharge date is currently unknown, he has begun muscle training at the gym with permission from doctors. His rehabilitation includes activities such as light running as well.

    As for Shibata, his original condition was considered to be life threatening. However, after follow up operations he has now been moved to the general ward. While he currently has no trouble walking and talking, it is impossible to comment right now on any possible after-effects due to his condition. He is currently focused on being discharged from the hospital, so he asks for everyone to “send your shouts of support.”

    Next, a description of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Medical Committee highlighted efforts to support the health and well-being of NJPW wrestlers. The Committee consists of a team including neurosurgeons, spinal specialists, orthopedic surgeons, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling trainers. Misawa elaborated, “The Medical Committee decides on the best course of action to deal with these circumstances,” referring to accidents during matches or training. The Medical Committee’s function in these scenarios is to quickly assess the best treatment and support the immediate follow through of that treatment through its network of professionals.

    As of 6 years ago, all New Japan wrestlers undergo a yearly MRI and CT scan. This data is analyzed by the Medical Committee to assess each wrestler’s condition. Also, medical staff are on-hand at venues to monitor for health risks and help prevent injuries.

    Finally, it was announced that the Medical Committee will limit the number of matches a wrestler may compete in during a series if there is any question over the wrestler’s health.
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    Checked out Day 2 of the Super Juniors.

    Taichi vs Taka is well worth a look, the match between Suzuki-gun stablemates. It's the Toru Yano match of the Super Juniors. That's not to say they wrestled a match full of Yano's moves and antics, but it is to say that they did something very different from the norm and it was a ton of fun from start to finish.

    Wasn't overly impressed with Scurll vs Dragon Lee. The crowd are already familiar with Scurll's shtick, which surprised me a little given that this is his second match with the company, but good for him. The first five minutes was great, with a lot of character work, and Dragon Lee playing along nicely, showing some personality that is uncharacteristic of the average luchador. But as the match wore on, I got a bit sick of Scurll's taunting. He was literally taunting after every move, looking to the crowd and throwing a too sweet or flapping his arms or pulling a face. It killed the flow of the match and made him look like a bit of an idiot. A shame because the match could have been so much more if he toned down the taunting. @Big Pete, did you watch Scurll vs Ospreay? Any good?

    Liger vs Takahashi won't go down as one of Takahashi's best matches simply because of the phenomenal body of work he's already put out, but it was very good and should be one of the better matches of the tournament.

    Ospreay vs Ricochet blew the wrestling world's mind last year. Now this is the big pairing of the whole tournament, so they are given the main event slot and a ton of time to put on something even better. I think they failed, but I don't expect to be among the majority when I say that. It was more or less an extended version of last year's match. The first 5-10 minutes were great. We got some chain wrestling, the mandatory gymnastics choreography ending with the double superman pose, we got a strike exchange won by Ricochet and his hard chops. Ricochet dominated the match for a while. He worked it very slowly and methodically, torturing his opponent with chops and fancy submission holds. He clearly revelled in toying with his nemesis. The climax of this was a false hope spot. Ospreay gets whipped and goes for a handspring kick, shouting "Gotcha!" mid move, only to be caught with a Ricochet dropkick to the face. Ospreay's comeback would start with his second (successful) attempt of the same move, and then it went downhill. My problem was that there wasn't a gradual build. It was a super high spot followed by some slower stuff, then another super high spot, rinse and repeat. It was a very bumpy ride. That said, the super high spots were pretty incredible and there were some sequences that wouldn't have looked out of place in a martial arts film. Even if it wasn't 100% to my tastes, they did what they set out to do, they wowed the crowd (although given how they were reacting from the very start, they would have gone crazy for a 30 minute political debate as long as they did a flip every few minutes) and put on a hell of a show.

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    He was building to his finisher. Taunting always filled the bar in No Mercy.

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    @Big Pete, did you watch Scurll vs Ospreay? Any good?
    No, I was only interested in Takahashi & Lee. I've seen Scurll & Ospreay go at it in the past and decided their rivalry isn't for me. One match that I did enjoy was ACH & BUSHI. I was intending on skipping through everything until the main event, but was impressed with ACH's showmanship. I'll be very interested to see how he goes with the rest of the Super Junior tournament. It's fair to say ACH always had potential, he just needed to fine tune his matches. I'm not sure if @Baker was a fan, but I thought he was one of the better workers in ROH back in 2015. Always seemed like somebody who with a bit of polish, could have been a top talent in the company.

    Nice review of Day 2, I still need to sit down and watch Ricochet/Ospreay. I've made a decision to skip through the bulk of the tournament, only seeking on pimped matches and the finals since those are the matches that matter at the end of the day. Last year, I was so burnt out on the Super Junior tournament that I had to go on a sabbatical. I don't even remember watching Dominion that year. If memory serves, was that the show where Omega faced off against Elgin in a ladder match?

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    I'm also only going to watch the pimped matches. Not seen ACH before so might check out a match or two of his.

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    EDIT- Accidental double post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Pete View Post
    It's fair to say ACH always had potential, he just needed to fine tune his matches. I'm not sure if @Baker was a fan, but I thought he was one of the better workers in ROH back in 2015. Always seemed like somebody who with a bit of polish, could have been a top talent in the company.
    My thoughts exactly. He wasn't necessarily one of my favorites. Thought he went overboard a bit too often. But he definitely had potential. Also had more charisma than your average ROH worker from that era. Crowds were often really hot for him. They were fools for not pushing him more. Should have been TV champ at some point imo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor View Post
    Not seen ACH before so might check out a match or two of his.
    He had at least one good match with Matt Sydal in ROH.
    Sydal & ACH vs. Young Bucks from November 2014 was fun live.
    Sydal & ACH vs. Tanahashi & Naito from ROH tv was good until a lousy finish. Naito was just starting to transition from old Naito to new Naito.

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