NJPW Crowns El Desperado as Best of the Super Juniors 31 Winner

The Best of the Super Juniors 31 tournament has come to an exciting conclusion with El Desperado emerging victorious. In a thrilling main event at Sunday’s Dominion event in Osaka-jo Hall, El Desperado defeated Taiji Ishimori. The match, lasting over twenty minutes, ended with Desperado executing the pinche loco to secure the win and claim the BOSJ tournament title for the first time.

Following his victory, El Desperado was presented with the tournament trophy and posed with the ceremonial flag. During his post-match speech, he praised Ishimori’s performance before Ishimori made a quick exit backstage. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, SHO, then made an appearance and engaged in a tense exchange with El Desperado. This led to El Desperado challenging SHO to a steel cage match for the title, emphasizing the need for a fair and interference-free contest. SHO left the scene in frustration as El Desperado declared himself the strongest contender.

El Desperado’s path to victory included a semifinal win against Douki, while Ishimori secured his spot in the finals by defeating TJP. Prior to Dominion, fans were given the opportunity to vote on whether the Best of the Super Junior finals or the lumberjack match between EVIL and Jon Moxley would headline the event. The fans’ choice resulted in the finals taking the main event spot, adding to the anticipation and excitement of the night’s proceedings.