Most of the wrestling world is fixated on the annual question of who will win WWE’s “Money In The Bank” match and become an immediate Championship contender. And it’s a fair question; the winner has been more unpredictable, and the outcome more exciting, than the Royal Rumble in recent years. However there is something else going on right now that you should be watching, and it’s all the way over in Japan. New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) annual cruiserweight tournament – ‘Best of Super Juniors'(BoSJ) – is well underway and is once again featuring sensational matches. On day one of the tournament, back on 21st May, current junior heavyweight champion Kushida and the vicious Kyle O’Reilly put on a brilliant display of technical wrestling and hard striking. On the 27th Ricochet and Will Ospreay took flight and had old-school wrestlers writhing in anger as they jumped, flipped and twisted their way to a Match of the Year candidate that had the usually reserved Japanese audience screaming “holy shit”. That match garnered so much conversation and global recognition that NJPW put it up for free on Youtube – it even got onto ESPN. If you haven’t seen it you absolutely have to. The sight of an Englishman and an American bringing that reaction out of that crowd is truly remarkable. BoSJ is a long-running and prestigious tournament, Prince Devitt (currently Finn Balor in NXT) is a 2-time winner, so is Chris Benoit. With wrestlers like Matt Sydal (formerly WWE’s Evan Bourne) and Bobby Fish joining Ricochet, Kushida, O’Reilly and Ospreay this year’s tournament is going to continue on the spectacular trajectory it started on – I advise you all not to miss it.
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