Kushida vs Ryusuke Taguchi
May 29, 2016
Osaka Municipal Central Gym in Osaka, Japan
NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII – Day 7
This was similar in style to the O’Reilly vs Sydal match that preceded it, just with a little more flash and crowd heat. I cannot get into Taguchi, but he was pretty damn great here. Kushida is of course always great, and he finally got to beat Taguchi for the first time.
All sorts of complex reversals and submissions, and again not a lot of crazy dives or flying. All action bout and the crowd cheered both, and following the match the two showed a lot of respect for each other as the top stars of the junior heavyweight division. Great stuff.