Day 2 of the 2017 Best of the Super Juniors was another explosive presentation from New Japan Pro Wrestling, highlighted by a stunning main event between Will Ospreay and Ricochet. The pair came to worldwide prominence in last year’s tournament with their industry-dividing, groundbreaking match-up, which went viral and had everyone talking.
This year, they topped it. Almost as if intentionally looking to prove to the world (and Randy Orton) that they could do more than “just spots”, the two rivals put on a show guaranteed to see them challenge for Match of the Year honours when 2017 is through. While utilising the same incredible ninja-like aerial assaults as in their previous matches, Ospreay and Ricochet also added deep layers of psychology, first-rate selling, and dramatic storytelling to their contest. It was, easily, a ***** match, and it is sure to send the internet into a GIF-happy meltdown all over again.
We recommend anyone who is not already signed up to the cheap-as-chips New Japan World to do so immediately to rewatch Ospreay vs. Ricochet and to witness the rest of what promises to be a thrilling tournament.
Results from the show and current BOSJ standings:
– Tomoyuki Oka, Hirai Kawato & Tiger Mask def. Tetsuhiro Yagi, Syota Umino & Katsuya Kitamura
– El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. ACH & Volador Jr.
– Guerrillas of Destiny & Yujiro Takahashi def. War Machine & David Finlay
– BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL & Tetsuya Naito def. Ryusuke Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima, KUSHIDA & Juice Robinson
– Taichi def. Taka Michinoku via submission with the gedo clutch
– Dragon Lee def. Marty Scurll via pinfall with a top rope foot stomp
– Hiromu Takahashi def. Jushin Liger via pinfall with the time bomb
– Will Ospreay def. Ricochet via pinfall with the OsCutter
Dragon Lee 4
Hiromu Takahashi 2
Marty Scurll 2
Taka Michinoku 2
Will Ospreay 2
Jushin Thunder Liger 0
– Block B had the night off from BOSJ competition, with Block A the focus of the show. The Block B competitors all competed in pre-tournament multi-man matches.
– After two rounds, legend Jushin Thunder Liger is the only man without a win, while Dragon Lee is the only competitor to win both matches
– The “2…sweet” fan chant after two counts from pinfall attempts has made its way to Japan. Sections of the Korakuen Hall audience were doing this during Marty Scurll’s match. It is perhaps forgivable, as Scurll is a member of Bullet Club.