Mike Reviews – New Japan Best of the Super Juniors XI (2004)

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I’ve had this one sitting in my collection for a very long time and have never got around to watching it, so for the want of something to review this weekend I thought this tape would be as good a pick as any. I got this from High Spots Home Video a while back, although tracking it down now might prove to be a bit more difficult.

For those not au fait, Best of the Super Junior is an annual tournament that New Japan holds where they get the Junior Heavyweights together to see which one of them is the best (clue is kind of the in the name there my dudes). The tournament is not to be confused with the Super J Cup, which is a straight single elimination tournament whilst BOSJ has a round robin group stage first, not unlike the G1 Climax.

This tape has 11 matches on it, so not every match in the tournament is covered, with the last match on the tape being the tournament final. The tape is pretty much just a compilation of matches without much connecting tissue. It looks like they just took televised matches from the tournament and stuck them all together in one collection

The main combatants covered on the tape are The Heat, Tiger Mask IV, Jushin Liger and Koji Kanemoto, with guys like American Dragon and Ultimo Dragon popping up at points as well.

The tournament took place in the Spring/Summer of 2004, starting on the 22nd May and ending on the 13th of June.

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 24: Final

 

 

 

 

June 3rd, 17:00 from Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium, Tokyo

On this, the fourteenth day of the tournament, we arrive at the final. KUSHIDA faces Will Ospreay, and the winner will claim the title of Best of the Super Juniors and earn themselves a shot at Hiromu Takahashi’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Elsewhere, a card made up tag matches should give us some added hype and detail for next weekend’s Dominion.

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 24: Day 1

 

 

 

 

May 17th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Welcome to the first day of 2017’s Best of the Super Juniors. Today’s show is all-tournament, with both A and B blocks competing in their first round of matches. We’ll see Marty Scurll’s New Japan debut vs. Will Ospreay, while in the main event Dragon Lee and Hiromu Takahashi face off once again.

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NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII: Final

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June 7th, 18:30 from Sendai Sun Plaza, Miyagi

On this, the fourteenth day of the tournament, we arrive at the final. Ryusuke Taguchi will face Will Ospreay, and the winner will claim the title of Best of the Super Juniors and earn themselves a shot at KUSHIDA’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Elsewhere, a card of mostly tag matches should give us a clearer picture of the upcoming Dominion PPV.

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