Fuck Bushi. Lyger's got this. Winner of "the first" BOTSJ and the "twentieth anniversary" BOSTJ. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
Thoughts on the participants.
Alex Shelley: Semi finalist? Go, Shelley, Go!
Barreta: Wonder how well Berrett will do given the fact of his -very recently ended- WWE past. It's obviously the reason they put him in the tournament this year, as he has nowhere near the accomplishments outside of VinnieLand as the rest of the forgieners. I like Trent, though, and, even during his worst squash match losses, I have never seen a bad performance from him, so good luck to him.
Hiromu Takahashi: Might turn a few heads this year.
Jushin Liger: One last chance at glory? It'd be great to see. No one has done more for the reputation of the NJPW Jr Heavyweight Division than "Thunder". Even in a lower position on the card he's effective. One last run at the top wouldn't be too hard to envisage. He may be at the end of his run, but he's still world class, and a master of covering up his limitations these days.
Prince Devitt: Finalist, winner, semi finalist, also ran? This year it's up in the air. Does he actually need to shine? He's an established star at the top of his game, and it wouldn't hurt his status to help others to look good.
Ricochet: Future star. This kid will steal the show with his performances this year. THE one to watch throughout the whole thing. Yes, I'm a mark for 'chet.
Rocky Romero: I like Rocky. He hams it up a bit too much sometimes, but he can go with the best. I'd love to one day see a reunion with Ricky Reyes. Top singles star hell never be, but another one to watch.
Taichi: He will be a heel. His matches will be fun, but that's about it.
TitÃ¡n: Who? Ole!
Alex Koslov: Not really a fan of this fella. Not sure why--he's actually quite good... Wait, I know why I've never really been a fan. As I type this I am watching Road to Dontaku 20/04/13, and during the Romero, Gedo, and Koslov vs Bushi, Shelley and KUSHIDA (FYI Time Splitters FTW BTW) match, I was reminded. It's the hat.
Brian Kendrick: It'll be great to see "Spanky" back in NJPW. It's a shame Paul London couldn't accompany him. On a full time basis, Team Londrick could definitely make an impact in the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag Team Division. I can see Brian doing well, either way.
Bushi : He ain't winning. At least I dont think he will, anyway lol. But, that's not to say I wouldn't want him to. Imagine a Lyger vs Bushi passing of the torch finals? That shit could do wonders for him. They could make a huge deal out of Lyger being in the finals, and as its NJPW, anyone can beat anyone, so the outcome of the match would be totally up in the air. It would also be a nice way to capitalise on his current popularity. It was a big deal that he signed on with NJPW full time in January, and the momentum he has combined with a strong push for the rest of the year could take him into Jr Heavyweight main event status and become the
masked wrestler in NJPW.
Jado: Favourite to finish bottom of his block. Expect fantastic performances, though--it's this guys job to make his roster look good.
Kenny Omega: HADOUKEN!!! Semi finals?
Kushida: His time to shine. He's surrounded by a lot of the greats.
Ryusuke Taguchi: Strong contender for finalist. Two time winner? Could we see a Prince Devitt vs Ryusuke Takaguchi final? Their recent split could certainly add fire to that one
Taka Michinoku: This guy has had an amazing career. The matches he has at this years BOTSJ will all own is some way or another.
Tiger Mask IV: The longest serving Tiger Mask out of the four different incarnations. Thus, it's fair to say that the man under the hood was born to play the role. Is he the best? No way, that honour is reserved for Satoru Sayama who, without the mask, did very little of note once he threw in the towel due to backstage politics. Back when Sayama was flipping and flapping around the ring wrestling in Japan was different in that it was more of fight in the ring that many may not realise, and when he did something flashy it was totally believable. Unlike the other two Tiger Masks (Mitsuharu Misawa and Koji Kanemoto--they thrived after they took off the mask), whoever the man under the current Tiger Mask is, he would probably struggle if he lost the mask like Sayama. He's the least over Tiger Mask, but he's certainly smarter than the first one. The way he's going it'll be a while yet before we see Tiger Mask V.
Whoever raises all the trophies at the end of it all, it's us PuroMarks who are the real winners lol. What a line up!
To end this post of like to say...
SHELTON BENJAMIN IS BACK IN NJPW!!
Lets hope he does better for himself this time around.