Kota Ibushi – Super Junior… Or Superior Junior?

June 10, 2011

NJPW, 10/6/11
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
2,005 Fans

1. Kenny Omega, Daisuke Sasaki & TJP defeated KUSHIDA, Mascara Dorada & Hiromu Takahashi when Omega pinned Takahashi with the Croyt’s Wrath (9:12).
3. Best of the Super Jr. – Semi Final: Kota Ibushi defeated Davey Richards with the Firebird Splash (11:17).
8. Best of the Super Jr. – Final: Kota Ibushi defeated Ryusuke Taguchi with the Phoenix Splash (20:22).

Kota Ibushi has claimed his (and possibly DDT’s) greatest achievement to date by becoming to first wrestler outside of New Japan to win the Best Of The Super Jr. tournament. Ibushi survived a rocky start to defeat such established names as Mascara Dorada, TAKA Michinoku, Gedo, The Great Sasuke, Jushin Liger and Davey Richards (Hey! Stop laughing down at the back!) so he could reach the final to face the man who defeated him on the very first night of the tour, Ryusuke Taguchi. The situation brought back memories of one year ago when deep into his grand final match against Prince Devitt, a Firebird Splash gone wrong seriously injured Ibushi’s shoulder and killed his chance at winning the tournament. Without any hesitations, Ibushi was able to use the Firebird Splash to win most of his matches in the group stages. But in the final, Ibushi went one better and pinned Taguchi in 20 minutes with the Phoenix Splash.

Ibushi was presented with the trophy by Milano Collection AT and he also received the winner’s cheque of ¥5 million. During his backstage interview, Ibushi said it is his dream to become the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion and he has challenged Prince Devitt to a IWGP Jr. Title match for 18/6 in Osaka. He was then joined by Kenny Omega, Daisuke Sasaki, Michael Nakazawa & Yukinori Matsui for a celebration. Michael brought along beer for a toast but Ibushi drank a can of cola instead. When asked about what he wants to spend his prize winnings on, Ibushi couldn’t think of anything. He was happy enough to win the trophy.

For Kenny Omega it was a case of so close, yet so far. After an explosive run that at Kenny’s peak saw him winning his first five matches, he then dropped falls to his remaining opponents Prince Devitt, Jado and Davey Richards who slipped through to the semi-finals at Kenny’s expense. He managed to grab a win back for his final match of the tour, a Six-Man opening tag match that also included Daisuke Sasaki.

NJPW, 07/06/11
Tokyo Differ Ariake
750 Fans

2. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: TAKA Michinoku [8] defeated Daisuke Sasaki [2] with the Dick Killer (7:19).
4. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Jado [2] defeated Kenny Omega [10] with the Crossface Of Jado (9:42).
7. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kota Ibushi [10] defeated The Great Sasuke [10] with a High-Angle Thunder Fire Power Bomb (11:46).

NJPW, 08/06/11
Tokyo Differ Ariake
750 Fans

4. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Davey Richards [12] defeated Kenny Omega with a Power Bomb [10] (9:55).
9. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kota Ibushi [12] defeated Jushin Thunder Liger [8] with the Firebird Splash (8:47).

Block A:
1. Prince Devitt [14]
2. Davey Richards [12]
3. Kenny Omega [10]
4. Koji Kanemoto [8]
5. Tiger Mask [8]
6. Fujita “Jr.” Hayato [6]
7. TJP [6]
8. Taichi [4]
9. Jado [4]

Block B:
1. Kota Ibushi [12]
2. Ryusuke Taguchi [10]
3. The Great Sasuke [10]
4. KUSHIDA [10]
5. TAKA Michinoku [8]
6. Mascara Dorada [8]
7. Jushin Thunder Liger [8]
8. Gedo [4]
9. Daisuke Sasaki [2]

BOSJ Update – Days 5, 6, 7

June 5, 2011

NJPW, 3/6/11
Wakayama City Gymnasium
1,000 Fans

1. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kenny Omega [8] defeated TJP [2] with the Croyt’s Wrath (8:20).
3. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: The Great Sasuke [8] defeated Daisuke Sasaki [2] (8:20).
8. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kota Ibushi [4] defeated TAKA Michinoku [4] with the Firebird Splash (9:40).

NJPW, 4/6/11
Kyoto KBS Hall
1,250 Fans

5. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kota Ibushi [6] defeated Daisuke Sasaki with the Firebird Splash [2] (10:39).
6. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kenny Omega [10] defeated Tiger Mask [8] with the Croyt’s Wrath (9:05).

NJPW, 5/6/11
Akashi Municipal Industrial Exchange Center
1,560 Fans

1. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Mascara Dorada [6] defeated Daisuke Sasaki [2] with a Tornillo (8:02).
6. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kota Ibushi [8] defeated Gedo [2] with the Firebird Splash (10:10).
8. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Prince Devitt [10] defeated Kenny Omega [10] with the Bloody Sunday (12:08).

Kenny Omega has been on fire in the Best Of The Super Jr tournament. Up until the most recent show he achieved a five match winning streak. His first defeat was to Prince Devitt, who now ties with Kenny on the top of Block A. As you can see in the pic above, Kenny used the “Anywhere Pro-Wrestling” style for which he is infamous for to battle Devitt with. Kenny’s remaining matches are against Jado and Davey Richards.

In Block B, Kota Ibushi has recovered from his early setbacks to reach second place, sharing the position with a couple of rivals. Ibushi has dusted off the Firebird Splash as his finisher of choice for the tournament*. Ibushi’s final two matches are vital for Block B as he takes on the current leader Great Sasuke and fellow 2nd placer Jushin Liger. Wins over both men will guarantee Ibushi of qualifying for the Semi-Final and could also prevent both Sasuke and Liger from advancing.

Daisuke Sasaki however can kiss goodbye his chances of advancing past the block stage. The best he can do now is play the role of spoiler for his last opponent, TAKA Michinoku.

*For the love of Takagi, don’t injure yourself with it again!

DDT In BOSJ Update

June 2, 2011

NJPW, 28/05/11
Tokyo Differ Ariake
900 Fans

2. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [4] defeated Daisuke Sasaki [0] with the Milano-Style Dodon Throne (7:18).
6. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kenny Omega [4] defeated Koji Kanemoto [0] (11:43).
8. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: KUSHIDA [4] defeated Kota Ibushi [0] with the Midnight Express (12:46).

NJPW, 29/05/11
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,950 Fans

Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Daisuke Sasaki [2] defeated Gedo [0] with the NOW OR NEVER (11:10).

NJPW, 02/06/11
Toyohashi City Gymnasium #2
1,200 Fans

1. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Jushin Thunder Liger [4] defeated Daisuke Sasaki [2] with an Air Scissors Drop (8:06).
3. Best of the Super Jr. – Block A: Kenny Omega [6] defeated Fujita “Jr.” Hayato [4] with the Croyt’s Wrath (10:43)
5. Best of the Super Jr. – Block B: Kota Ibushi [2] defeated Mascara Dorada [2] with a Firebird Splash (7:28).

Kenny Omega is carving through the competition, winning all three of his matches so far. He has now defeated Koji Kanemoto twice in BOSJ match and can now add Fujita “Jr.” Hayato to the list of wins over big names in the Jr. Heavyweight scene. Omega is currently tied in first place along with Prince Devitt and Tiger Mask. Omega’s next opponent is American wrestler TJP.

Kota Ibushi on the other hand is hoping he has gotten over his poor start to the tournament. He lost to KUSHIDA in a big upset on the 28/5 event but finally grabbed his first points by beating Mascara Dorada on today’s show. Ibushi’s next opponent is TAKA Michinoku. Both Ibushi and Omega had their day off on 29th May and will have matches for the rest of the tour.

Daisuke Sasaki is having a similar run to Ibushi. Only one win in four matches. His sole victory came over the veteran Gedo, so at least he’s gotten something out of the tour. Sasaki’s next opponent is The Great Sasuke.

BOSJ Update, New Beijing Tag Title Match

May 27, 2011

NJPW, 5/26/11
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1,750 Fans

1. Best Of The Super Jr. – Block B: KUSHIDA [2] defeated Daisuke Sasaki [0] with the Midnight Express (6:53).
2. Best Of The Super Jr. – Block A: Kenny Omega [2] defeated Taichi [0] with the Croyt’s Wrath (8:59).
8. Best Of The Super Jr. – Block B: Ryusuke Taguchi [2] defeated Kota Ibushi [0] with the Milano-Style Dodon Throne (13:21).

A mixed start for the Golden Lovers on the first night of the Best Of The Super Jr. tournament. Kenny Omega scored some points by beating Taichi but Kota Ibushi lost to Ryusuke Taguchi. Meanwhile Daisuke Sasaki was defeated by KUSHIDA in the opening match of the tournament. Their next matches will be on 28/5 where Omega faces Koji Kanemoto, Ibushi takes on KUSHIDA and Sasaki is against Taguchi.

DDT “NON-FIX DX 4.6”, 04/06/2011
Shin-Kiba 1st RING

1. Triple Threat: DJ Nira Vs HERO! Vs Makoto Oishi
2. KO-D Tag Team Titles: GENTARO & Yasu Urano (c) Vs X & X
3. Dick Togo & X Vs Danshoku Dino & X

No mention yet of how the KO-D Tag Team Title challengers will be determined.

DDT “WRESTLING TONKOTSU 2011”, 12/06/2011
Hakata Star Lane

1. Danshoku Dino, KUDO & Shiori Asahi Vs HARASHIMA, Kota Ibushi & Hikaru Sato
2. Sanshiro Takagi & Shigehiro Irie Vs Dick Togo & Yasu Urano

Shiori Asahi is from K-DOJO. This is his first appearance in DDT since November 2009, not counting any of the New Year’s Eve indy get together shows.

Shinjuku FACE

1. Hiroya Fukuda Vs Shigehiro Irie
2. Ken Ohka & Cherry Vs Mio Shirai & Io Shirai
3. Shuji Ishikawa & Shinichiro Tominaga Vs El Generico & Yano K Data
4. Tsuyoshi Kikuchi Vs Genichiro Tenryu
5. Dick Togo & Yasu Urano Vs Big Morohashi & Hiro Tsumaki
6. Greater China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Title: Chou-un Shiryu & Cao Zhang (w/ Princess Makoto) Vs Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa
7. DDT Extreme Title – 2 Out Of 3 Falls: Isami Kodaka (c) Vs MIKAMI

The DDT Extreme Title match between Isami Kodaka and MIKAMI will be Best 2 Out Of 3 Falls with a 60 minute time limit in total.

The New Beijing duo of Chou-un Shiryu & Cao Zhang will have their first defence of the Greater China Unified Nakahara Tag Team Titles in Shinjuku FACE for Union. Thay have a very tough challenge ahead as their opponents on 2nd June are Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa. The former KO-D Tag Team Champions will love to win a championship for the TKG48 no matter what country the belts come from.

Yoshiaki Yago sent Naomi Susan a short poem explaining that he and the rest of the SS Susan will not be at the show.

Best Of The Golden Loving Super Jrs, DDT In K-DOJO

April 23, 2011

Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega have been chosen to compete in this year’s Best Of The Super Jr tournament over in New Japan. Ibushi reached the final of last year’s tournament. He lost to Prince Devitt in a dramatic finale that saw Ibushi suffer a dislocated shoulder, an injury that has constantly plagued him ever since. Kenny finished fourth in his group but left a strong impression in his field, holding wins over Koji Kanemoto and Ryusuke Taguchi. Both of the Golden Lovers will be in seperate groups again when the tour begin on 26th May with the final happening on 10th June. Ibushi will be joined in his group by Daisuke Sasaki, who went through the NEVER Road to the Super Jr. 2 Day Tournament to earn his spot here.

There will be some DDT talent involved in K-DOJO’s “Golden Week Special” series at the end of April. Yasu Urano is a regular for the promotion as he trained at K-DOJO. He is currently the UWA Middleweight Champion and has just defended the belt against Venom Ant (The Colony’s non-union, Japanese equivalent?) on today’s show. He will now defend the belt against a mystery opponent on 1st May. DDT presents their version of the Mega Powers as Kota Ibushi & YOSHIHIKO team together to go after the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Title currently held by Kengo Mashimo & Ryuichi Sekine. Hikaru Sato will also appear on the tour with his SEX-MEN teammate Munenori Sawa as they take on HIROKI & Kengo Mashimo for the STRONGEST-K Tag Team Titles. Last but not least, Dick Togo will be in involved in two matches, the most important of them being the final match Kaientai*DX will have together before Togo’s retirement.

K-DOJO “GWSP6”, 29/04/2011
Chiba Blue Field

WEW Hardcore Tag Team Title: Kengo Mashimo & Ryuichi Sekine (c) Vs Kota Ibushi & YOSHIHIKO

K-DOJO “GWSP6”, 01/05/2011
Chiba Blue Field

UWA Middleweight Title: Yasu Urano (c) Vs X

K-DOJO “GWSP6”, 03/05/2011
Chiba Blue Field

STRONGEST-K Tag Team Title: HIROKI & Kengo Mashimo (c) Vs Munenori Sawa & Hikaru Sato

K-DOJO “GWSP6 FINAL CLUB-K SUPER necessary…”, 05/05/2011
Chiba Blue Field

Kaientai*DX Final Countdown 4: TAKA Michinoku & HIROKI Vs Dick Togo & Yasu Urano

K-DOJO “CLUB-K SUPER take”, 18/06/2011
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Kaientai*DX Final Countdown FINAL: Kaz Hayashi, Dick Togo, TAKA Michinoku, MEN’s Teioh & FUNAKI Vs X, X, X & X

Finally, is love in the air for Kota Ibushi? It is according to a young and brash joshi hopeful named Yoshiko (No, not YOSHIHIKO). The 17 year old STARDOM wrestler apparently let slip that she wants to tie the knot with the shy Independent Genius. Not only that but she already has the date picked out: 24th July. That’s the same date as the DDT Sumo Hall show aswell as STARDOM’s first Korakuen Hall event. Is this just the hyper imagination of a lovesick teenager or will Kota take up the role of Prince Charming and sweep Yoshiko off her feet? I don’t know what Kenny will think of this. Kota & Yoshiko sitting in a tree…