NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 5-22-15 live results: Gedo vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
By Bryan Rose, WrestlingObserver.com
Yohei Komatsu vs. Jushin Thunder Liger
Komatsu immediately jumped Liger at the bell, before he could even take his cape off. Liger made a comeback, took him to the outside and laid him out with a brainbuster. Komatsu actually did a great job doing the count out tease, slipping out back to the floor at 18 and sliding right back in at 20. Liger stretched him for a while with submissions until Komatsu went to the ropes. Liger tries a palm strike but Komatsu rolled him into a half boston crab. Liger caught him off the top rope with a palm strike then followed with another for a nearfall. He then hit a third one and a brainbuster for the pinfall. This was short, but really damn awesome while it lasted. ***½
Tiger Mask vs. Nick Jackson
Nick spent most of the opening minutes of the match telling Tiger Mask to suck it. He retorts by telling him to suck it, then they go at it. Nick goes for a 450 but misses, Tiger Mask comes back with a tiger driver then wins after the tiger suplex. Solid match with Nick doing the usual Young Bucks offense and Tiger Mask doing his usual stuff. Cody Hall got involved on the outside at one point, with Nick hitting a superkick aimed at Tiger Mask but instead hitting Hall.
David Finlay vs. Alex Shelley
Another solid bout. Finlay was fine, but didn’t stand out much in this initial outing. A lot of the match was Shelley, with Finlay getting a few spots here and there. Finlay eventually falls to the automatic midnight by Shelley.
Chase Owens vs. Barbaro Cavernario
This was alright, but kind clunky at times, felt like there was a styles clash during spots. Owens did a tope suicida on the outside at one point and Barbaro did a big dive off the top rope. Owens teased the package piledriver, but Barbaro escaped, rolled over him and applied the la Cavernaria submission (seated surfboard) for the win.
Ten Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tomoaki Honma, Katsuyori Shibata and Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazushi Sakuraba, Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi Hashi
This was your usual house show tag match, with better heat in a bigger arena. You can guess who paired off with who here, as Shibata paired off with Sakuraba, Ishii with Makabe, Tanahashi and Yano, etc. Big ending to the match was between Yoshi Hashi and Hirooki Goto. Hashi laid out Goto with a lariat for a nearfall, then rolled him up for another great nearfall. He walks into Goto’s neckbreaker, however, and when Shibata enters he hits the penalty kick and Goto lands the shouten kai for the win.