Preview: NJPW — Best of the Super Juniors 29 Final (6/3/22)

Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado | NJPW BOSJ 29 Final

New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) will crown the 29th winner of the Best of the Super Juniors as two of the best in the world go at with hopes of walking away with the trophy and an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship opportunity. The tournament has been nearly a month-long journey for 20 competitors and the culmination will go down at the Nippon Budokan. Who will walk out as the winner and best of the best? Here’s a look at the NJPW BOSJ 29 Final lineup and a look at the final itself.

NJPW BOSJ 29 Final Lineup

— Clark Connors, Titán, YOH & Robbie Eagles vs. Alex Zayne, Wheeler Yuta, Ace Austin & El Lindaman
— Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Francesco Akira & TJP
— Tomoaki Honma vs. Juice Robinson
— Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr. vs. SHO & EVIL
— Aaron Henare, Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb vs. El Phantasmo, Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale
— BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs. DOUKI, Taichi & TAKA Michinoku
— Kazcuhika Okada, Toru Yano, Jado & Tama Tonga vs. Jay White, Doc Gallows, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo
— Best of the Super Juniors 29 Final: Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado

NJPW BOSJ 29 Final: Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado

Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado | NJPW BOSJ 29 Final

When previewing this show, the most likely competitors to represent their respective blocks were these two. There’s Hiromu Takahashi, who has won back-to-back Best of the Super Juniors and is going for a three-peat. Then there’s El Desperado, who has somewhat taken over Takahashi’s spot as the ace of the junior division through his success as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion over the last year. If you were to name a winner between these two based on performance, it would be Desperado receiving the nod. He’s been nothing less than spectacular in this tournament and is on a roll that Takahashi may not even be able to stop.

The last time these two met was at Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year as Desperado successfully defended his title against Takahashi. It was at Wrestling Dontaku that Desperado saw his second reign with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship come to an end at the hands of Taiji Ishimori, who Takahashi defeated to get his slot in the finals. None of these matches matter now, however. We’ve seen these two men have wars against one another with the most famous one being in the final of the 2020 BOSJ tournament — which Takahashi won. It will always be a toss-up when they face off but with how incredible El Desperado has been in this tournament, it feels as though it is his tournament to win.

Prediction: El Desperado

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