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Best of the Super Juniors 2015: Final Standings and Recap

A couple of weeks ago, we gave you a halfway report on the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. The tournament recently came to its conclusion last Sunday evening, so we've also got a wrap-up for you here.

First, the final group standings:

Block A

reDRagon's Kyle O'Reilly topped the group, as predicted, with a record of 6 wins and 1 loss. BoSJ veteran Ryusuke Taguchi came right behind at 5-2 for sole second place. Unfortunately, this year's tournament seems to have done away with the semifinal format, which was surprising given that has been the case since 2005. Instead, this year's tournament went to a direct finals match between the two group winners, meaning that the Funky Weapon's loss to NWA stalwart Chase Owens on the penultimate day meant that O'Reilly would be advancing. Speaking of Owens, he seems to have ended this tournament on a strong note, winning three of his last four matches. Both Baretta and Jushin Thunder Liger did the same as well.

However, the same cannot be said for CMLL import Barbaro Cavernario, who managed to pick up just one more win after our report. NJPW head booker Gedo also had a rough end this year, failing to win any more matches. Young Boy Yohei Komatsu lost all his matches. It is definitely not Yohei Time this year.

Block B

In Block B, KUSHIDA managed to top the group with a 6-1 record, advancing to the finals for a second straight year. Coming close were Mascara Dorada and Bobby Fish, coming up a win short. Fish, in particular, had a strong second half to close out this tournament, and he'll be one to watch next year. David Finlay was this group's cellar dweller, coming out with no wins. That must suck, because the guy who withdrew from the tournament (Alex Shelley) still managed to place higher than him.

However, all was not lost for Finlay, as after the tournament it was announced that he has officially been signed by NJPW as a full-time member of the roster. This seems to be another solid young gun for them, joining the likes of Komatsu, Sho Tanaka and Jay White. Time will tell whether Finlay can succeed here, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of him.

Finals: Kyle O'Reilly vs. KUSHIDA

Best of the Super Jr. Final: KUSHIDA vs... by purocentral

This was an AMAZING match, with both men going all out to prove that he was worthy of winning this tournament. This match had everything, from submissions to high flying moves. In the end, KUSHIDA won with a hoverboard lock in a match that lasted just a little over thirty minutes. Just a an amazing match, and it might even be worth discussing for Match of the Year.

Looking forward, NJPW's next big event is the Dominion PPV, which takes place next month (July 5). There, KUSHIDA will get to compete for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, taking on the defending champion Kenny Omega. This card seems to be stacked, with a majority of NJPW's championships at stake. It figures to be an exciting event once again.

Two weeks after that, NJPW will also begin the G1 Climax, which is the heavyweight version of Best of the Super Juniors. A total of 20 wrestlers have been announced for this year's tournament, including Ring of Honor's Michael Elgin. G1 Climax is always an exciting time, and we here at Smark Henry will be helping you prepare for this spectacle with a preview of the tournament and its participants. We'll be going into detail with each of the competitors, as well as throw up our usual predictions, so stay tuned for that!

Once again, congratulations to the winner of this year's Best of the Super Juniors, KUSHIDA!

Photos taken from Puroresu Spirit and New Japan Pro Wrestling's official Facebook page


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