2014 BOSJ ends tonight on iPPV

140608_bosjNew Japan Pro-Wrestling’s 21st annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament reaches its end tonight, live on iPPV.

KUSHIDA, Ricochet, Ryusuke Taguchi and Taichi will face off in semi-final matches, with the winners advancing to the night’s main event where one man will be crowned the Best of the Super Juniors.

NJPW operates its tournaments in a pool system, with the 16 men entered into the 21st Best of the Super Juniors having been divided into two eight-man blocks.

KUSHIDA emerged the overall winner of Block A, with Ricochet in second place after all eight men had faced off in a round-robin style competition.

Block B, meanwhile, was dominated by Alex Shelley, with Ryusuke Taguchi coming in second.

Shelley sustained a shoulder injury during his final match of the round-robin and was forced to withdraw from the Best of the Super Juniors, meaning Taichi (ranked third in Block B) will take his place for tonight’s tournament final.

KUSHIDA will face Taichi in the first semi-final of the night, with Ricochet vs. Ryusuke Taguchi to follow directly after.

The winners will then have the length of three matches to recover before they return to determine who will be 2014’s Best of the Super Juniors.

Whoever leaves Tokyo as the Best of the Super Juniors will be rewarded with an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match against Kota Ibushi at Dominion, NJPW’s next major pay-per-view event.

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors is live on iPPV tonight, June 8, from 8pm. The event costs $25 USD (approximately $29.40 NZD) and is available from Ustream.

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Card:

  • Best of the Super Juniors:
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  • Doc Gallows, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma
  • Jado & Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka
  • Best of the Super Juniors Semi-Final:
    Ricochet vs. Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Best of the Super Juniors Semi-Final:
    KUSHIDA vs. Taichi
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  • El Desperado & Kota Ibushi vs. Gedo & Rocky Romero
  • BUSHI, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Kenny Omega & Satoshu Kojima vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Mascara Don, Mascara Dorada & Tiger Mask