For those who don't know, Best of the Super Juniors Night 1 was this morning and while there was nothing really blow you away incredible, most of the matches on the card were pretty solid.
- Yohei Komatsu vs. Jushin Liger was a great opener. Komatsu just keeps getting better every time I see him, definitely big things in his future a few years down the line.
- It struck me as really weird that Tiger Mask went over Nick Jackson but I guess the Bucks are significantly weaker on their own. Still, Tiger Mask sucks.
- My first time seeing David Finlay and he was fine but didn't really stand out much. Alex Shelley won pretty easily, as you would expect.
- My first time seeing Barbaro Cavernario as well and damn, I can't wait to watch this guy wrestle more. Cavernario is the welterweight champion down in CMLL and is a literal caveman. Like, he carries a giant club to the ring and everything . My only problem with the match was that it was against Chase Owens, who is pretty terrible but if and when Cavernario goes up against some of the better wrestlers in the tournament, those matches are going to be must-see.
- Typical NJPW clusterfuck 10-man tag team before intermission. Most interesting part of the match came near the end when YOSHI-HASHI came extremely close to pinning Goto on a couple occasions. The crowd got super into it but Goto eventually put him down.
- Bobby Fish vs. Rocky Romero and Kyle O'Reilly vs. Baretta were both solid, as you would expect. Fish and O'Reilly are really heeling it up here and O'Reilly's selling during his match got pretty hilariously over the top at times. I expect (along with most people, I assume) O'Reilly is going to finals.
- KUSHIDA vs. Mascara Dorada was, by far, my most anticipated match of the show and while the two of them did really well with the time they had, the match definitely felt way too short. These two could and should have a classic one day.
- I admit that my initial reaction when I realized that Gedo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi was the main event was to roll my eyes but credit where credit is due, Gedo brought it. The guy can still go in the ring, for sure and it was pretty cool to see him go all out in a singles match for the first time in a long time. I wonder if Gedo is booking this as a kind of retirement tour for himself and if he's gonna go deep in the tourny. If he keeps it up with these kind of matches, I won't have a problem with him making his way to semis. Also, Taguchi's Gedo impression was pretty funny.