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Csonka’s NJPW BOSJ 26 (Night 3) Review

May 15, 2019 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NJPW BOSJ 26 (Night 3) Review

– Jonathan Gresham defeated Taka Michinoku @ 9:25 via submission [***]
– Tiger Mask defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru @ 11:30 via pin [***]
– Shingo defeated Titan @ 10:25 via pin [***¼]
– Taiji Ishimori defeated Marty Scurll @ 22:15 via pin [***]
– Dragon Lee defeated Sho @ 27:20 via pin [****¼]

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Jonathan Gresham vs. Taka Michinoku: They lock up, working to the ropes and we get a clean break. They do some nice counter work until Taka lays in knee strikes and an eye poke. Gresham then trips him and fakes him out to take control as he grounds the action, attacking the arms. Gresham starts dissecting Taka, focusing on the arm until Taka eye pokes him. Taka now grounds things following the eye poke, and then attacks the taped up fingers of Gresham (taped up due to Scurll “breaking” them) until Gresham makes the ropes. Gresham counters back, PKs the arm and follows with arm drags. He follows with chops, but Taka counters and looks for the crossface. He gets it and cranks back on it but Gresham makes the ropes. Gresham counters the Michinoku drive, and hits the moonsault press and covers for 2. Gresham locks on the octopus hold, lays in elbows, and Taka taps. Jonathan Gresham defeated Taka Michinoku @ 9:25 via submission [***] This was a good, grappling based match, with Taka dirtying things up until Gresham just outwrestled him and picked up the win. Gresham is so damn smooth.

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tiger Mask: Tiger attacks right away, pissed that Kanemaru stole his mask last night. They brawl to the floor, with Tiger laying in kicks until Kanemaru attacks the injured knee to take control. Back in and Kanemaru continues to focus his attack on the knee, grounding the action. Tiger makes the ropes but Kanemaru continues to control, slamming the knee to the mat. Kanemaru’s attack is strong and focused here, all based on the knee. He then attacks the mask, but Tiger fires back and is quickly cut off. Kanemaru posts the knee, heads up top but Tiger cuts him off and hits the super arm drag. Kanemaru fights off the tiger driver, they trade strikes, and Tiger hits the tombstone and tiger driver for 2. He takes Kanemaru up top, follows him up and Kanemaru knocks him off and hits deep impact for 2. Kanemaru takes out the knee and locks on a figure four. Tiger fights, and manages to make the ropes. Kanemaru follows with a clothesline and slam, but misses the moonsault. Leg lariat by Tiger and then cradles Kanemaru to escape with the win. Tiger Mask defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru @ 11:30 via pin [***] This was a good match between two veterans with Kanemaru focusing on the previously injured knee, but Tiger showing his resiliency and overcoming to go 2-0.

Shingo vs. Titan: Shingo attacks with strikes, but Titan dropkicks him to the floor. He follows with a RANA, and rolls him back in and follows with head butts. He takes Shingo up top and follows, but Shingo stuns him off the ropes and dumps him to the floor. Shingo follows and posts him. He then slams him to the apron, and back in, Shingo stomps away at him. He follows with knee strikes, and the suplex follows for 2. Shingo grounds things, lays in elbows, and connects with a knee drop. He follows with kicks and chops, and then they trade clotheslines. Titan fires back and kicks Shingo to the floor and follows with the suicide dive. Titan follows with strikes, rolls him back in and covers for 2. Titan lays in kicks, but Shingo cuts him off until Titan hits a kick and springboard splash for 2. Shingo cuts off the RANA and hits the DVD. He follows with strikes, but Titan gets the sunset flip for 2. Titan works into a la mistica and cradle for 2. Shingo follows with strikes, but Titan locks on Titan-X, but Shingo counters out into noshigami for 2. The pumping bomber and last of the dragon follows and Titan is done. Shingo defeated Titan @ 10:25 via pin [***¼] This was another good match, with Titan bringing a good fight, but he just wasn’t ready for Shingo.

Taiji Ishimori vs. Marty Scurll: Former Bullet Club teammates collide here. Brody King is at ringside. They lock up and Ishimori grounds things. Marty follows with slick escapes, but Ishimori counters right back. They work into finisher teases and end in a stalemate. Ishimori controls with a knuckle lock, but Marty escapes with kicks, and then starts attacking the arm. He lays in chops, but Ishimori fights off the chicken wing and gets the crossface, but Marty makes the ropes. Marty takes him up top, and the superplex follows. Ishimori battles back and knocks him to the floor. He follows with the golden triangle to the floor. Back in and Ishimori covers for 2. They trade chops, and Ishimori grounds things, attacking the neck and covering for 2. Ishimori follows with elbows, chops, and follows with the sliding German for 2. Ishimori grounds the action, Marty fire up and Ishimori lays in strikes in the corner. Marty then cuts him of with a desperation tornado DDT. He follows with strikes and chops, and then takes him to the floor. Marty controls, rolls him back in and hits the half and half suplex and then a powerbomb for 2. Ishimori fights of black plague, and they trade pin attempts for near falls. Ishimori slips as they work up top and hits the RANA but Marty rolls into a sunset flip for 2. Ishimori hits John Wooooooooo, double knees, and covers for 2. Marty counters bloody cross, attacks the arm and follows with uppercuts until Ishimori hits the back handspring kick. They trade strikes, Marty attacks the arm, and Ishimori loses him n a tombstone counter, almost dropping Marty on his head. Thankfully Marty is ok, thy trade chops, and Ishimori hits the lung blower. The knee strike follows, but Marty locks him in the chicken wing, Ishimori fights but Marty hangs on and then cradles him for 2. Ishimori hits la mistica and locks on the LeBell lock, but Marty counters out into the chicken wing. The suplex out of that follows, and Marty follows with a lariat for 2.Black plague connects for 2. Ishimori follows with a lariat for 2.Bloody cross finishes it. Taiji Ishimori defeated Marty Scurll @ 22:15 via pin [***] I really liked a lot of what they did here, as it forced Ishimori to work a very different match, and Marty is so great when he drops a lot of the shtick. But Ishimori felt off, including the slip and the tombstone botch, and didn’t feel quite like himself. Those mistakes really took the crowd out of the match, and while good overall, I also think it felt a bit too long.

Dragon Lee vs. Sho: They rush each other and start brawling right away. They work to the corner, trading strikes, and Lee finally takes him down and follows with the corner dropkick. Sho fires back with kicks and Lee pops up and they start trading again. These boys don’t like each other, Sho attacks the arm and dumps Lee to the floor. The apron PK to the arm follows, but then misses a clothesline and posts himself. Sho manages to cut of a RANA and follows with an apron bomb. He starts working the arm of Lee in the corner, and back in, lays in kicks. Sho now grounds the action, and starts working his submission game until Lee makes the ropes. Sho remains focused on the arm, Lee hits a RANA and then hits a sick suicide dive taking then into the second row. Back in and Lee lays in kicks, as he starts focusing on Sho’s arm. Sho fires back with a dropkick, they start trading strikes, and Lee clotheslines Sho to the floor. They trade strikes, and then beat the count back in. They fire up and keep throwing, and Sho hits a vicious lariat. The dead lift German follows for 2. He rolls into another and then a third, but Lee counters into an arm bar ad has him trapped center ring. Sho fights and manages to make the ropes. Lee heads up top, Sho cuts him off and follows him up. Lee knocks him into the tree of WHOA and the double stomp follows for 2. Lee looks for desnucadora, but Sho counters into the backstabber and transitions into an arm bar. Lee makes the ropes. Sho looks for shock arrow, but Lee counters out and Sho counters back and hits shock arrow for a great near fall. Lee hits a snap German, reverse RANA, but Sho fires up and levels him with a lariat. They trade strikes from their knees, and then on the feet. Sho rallies with a flurry, Lee is rocked and Sho follows with a lariat. The back stabber follows, and Sho hits the last ride onto the knees for 2 as Lee is alive! Sho calls for shock arrow again and Lee counters out and hits a PK. Sho counters desnucadora into an arm bar, Lee fights and manages to make the ropes. Sho hangs on and Lee powers up and powerbombs out. The knee strike follows and drops the kneepad and hits another for a great near fall. Desnucadora finally finishes Sho. Dragon Lee defeated Sho @ 27:20 via pin [****¼] Sho may be 0-2,but he’s clearly being put in a position to look like a major star in this tournament, getting long main event matches and every opportunity to impress. Sho looked great here, forcing lee to work his style of match, hard-hitting and submissions while limiting his flying. It was a great, composed performance from Sho, who continues to show why he is a future star and that that future isn’t far off. Lee also deserves credit as he was taken out of his comfort zone and thrived. This was great stuff.

Shingo Takagi: (2-0) 4pts.
Tiger Mask: (2-0) 4pts.
Taiji Ishimori: (2-0) 4pts.
Marty Scurll: (1-1) 2pts.
Jonathan Gresham: (1-1) 2pts
Titan: (1-1) 2pts.
Dragon Lee: (1-1) 2pts.
Sho: (0-2) 0pts.
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: (0-2) 0pts.
TAKA Michinoku: (0-2) 0pts.

Robbie Eagles: (1-0) 2pts.
DOUKI: (1-0) 2pts.
El Phantasmo: (1-0) 2pts.
Will Ospreay: (1-0) 2pts.
Ryusuke Taguchi: (1-0) 2pts.
Yoh: (0-1) 0pts.
BUSHI: (0-1) 0pts.
Bandido: (0-1) 0pts.
Rocky Romero: (0-1) 0pts.
Ren Narita: (0-1) 0pts.

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The final score: review Good
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Night three of the NJPW BOSJ 26 was a a good and consistent show, with a great main event to cap off the night.