Vancouver native El Phantasmo has begun the Best of the Super Jr. tournament with a big win over Bandido.
The match was fast and furious with Phantasmo displaying his knowledge of international sign language by flipping a familiar gesture to Bandido at the start of the match.
Bandido pointed a finger gun at Phantasmo’s forehead.
“What are you going to do, Bandido? Shoot me in the head with your fake gun, bitch?” said Phantasmo snapping Bandido’s fingers, bringing him down to the mat.
Phantasmo dares Bandido to take a shot. Photo: NJPW.
With no barriers to protect the crowd, Phantasmo hit Bandido with a suicide dive knocking him into the first three rows.
Phantasmo took the time to flip the finger to a small child before slamming Bandido’s back into the ring. Phantasmo took a few bows as he rolled Bandido back into the ring.
At the end of the match, Bandido kicked out of a Super Hurricanrana from the top rope and a splash. Phantasmo pulled Red Shoes into Bandido’s way, yanked his mask up to expose Bandido’s face and put him away with a Modified Facebuster.
“One down, eight to go, baby!” declared Phantasmo as he left the ring victorious.
In other tournament matches:
Ren Narita Versus Douki
Taichi was Douki’s corner man. Narita puts up a good fight but he is no match for Douki. Douki pins him with Suplex de La Luna. Douki gets into it with Jyshin Thunder Liger at the announce desk.
Rocky Romero Versus Robbie Eagles
Eagles targets Romero’s knee. He 450 splashes it and makes him submit.
Winner: Robbie Eagles.
Will Ospreay Versus Bushi
Ospreay pocketed two points with a Storm Breaker on Bushi.
Winner: Will Ospreay
Ryusuke Taguchi Versus Yoh
The veteran was just too much for Yoh to handle although he did kick out of Dodon. Taguchi would eventually pin him with Dodon to the Throne.
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi
In other matches:
Dragon Lee and Sho fight into the crowd. Photo: NJPW.
Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Taka Michinoku and Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Yota Tsuji, Jonathan Gresham and Tiger Mask. Tsuji submitted to Taichi’s Stretch Plumb. Taka Michinoku and Yoshinobu Kanemaru double teamed Tiger Mask ripping his mask off.
Juice Robinson and Dragon Lee beat Shota Umino and Sho. Umino submitted to Robinson’s crab. Lee and Sho brawled out into the crowd.
Villain Enterprises (Marty Scurll and Brody King) defeated Bullet Club (Gedo and Taiji Ishimori). Brody King was never officially tagged in during the entire match. Scurll pinned Gedo with Black Plague.
Los Ingobernables de Japón (Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi) defeated Toa Henare and Titan. Naito pinned Henare with Destino.