Best of the Super Jr. 27 finalists set

El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi to meet at the Budokan Friday

After the results of three intense matchups Sunday at Fukuoka’s International Center, El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi are now set to meet on Friday night’s final to determine Best of the Super Jr. 27. 

Hiromu Takahashi was first to try and book his place in the Budokan, though he was aware that he needed some help along the way as he took to the ring against Master Wato. Wato took some incredible punishment and kept swinging at Hiromu, but Time Bomb II led to a convincing victory. 

SHO and Taiji Ishimori took to the ring with both men wanting to do all it took to reach the finals. Ishimori dealt major damage early as he landed a piledriver onto the ring apron early, and the hits kept coming in a short and brutal sprint. SHO closed in on victory multiple times as he tried to land Shock Arrow, but Ishimori countered on each occasion, taking advantage of a painful neck and shoulder area on his opponent. A reverse Bloody Cross was followed by the real deal to move Ishimori to tie with Hiromu at 14 points. 

The last BoSJ match of the night was between El Desperado and BUSHI. Fighting with all he had to gain a victory and considerable pride, BUSHI flung himself at Desperado with tope suicidas and an apron DDT, but Desperado had the upper hand. Punishing the knee of BUSHI, he was ultimately able to stop an MX from BUSHI and convert to Numero Dos, forcing a verbal submission. 

With Hiromu and Desperado both beating Taiji Ishimori early in the tournament, they were the top two on tie breaks. Post match Hiromu headed to the ring and vowed that Friday will have the ‘world see what history we have’, promising an emotional and extremely volatile war in the Nippon Budokan.