Tanahashi Gives His BOSJ Picks
The official English language website of New Japan Pro Wrestling has a new interview up with Hiroshi Tanahashi, where he predicts the finals of this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament, which kicks off this Friday in Tokyo. While it’s practically impossible to tell how things will turn out in the annual round robin tournament, the Ace believes things will ultimately come down to Bullet Club’s newest member Taiji Ishimori and Hiromu Takahashi.
Below is a highlight from the full interview, translated to English by New Japan, which you can check out AT THIS LINK for Tanahashi’s thoughts on this year’s brackets, and what he believes will be the most exciting bouts of the tournament.
“It’s hard to call. Impossible. Whoever makes it to the end it’ll be good; I think this is the best lineup in years. Of all the entrants though, my pick is Hiromu. Back at Fukuoka (for Dontaku) I had all that encouragement, but still he showed more power and energy than me. He pulls the fans in, he’s even great on social media. When it comes to getting motivated for his matches and really making the fans happy, Hiromu is the best. There might be people that rival him on pure ability, but he has that charismatic X factor that will make him win I think.”
FREE MATCH: Ospreay vs Taguchi
Every Monday, New Japan Pro Wrestling releases a new match from their archives on YouTube, completely free. This week’s free bout comes to you from the 2016 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, where the current reigning IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay takes on the Funky Weapon himself, Ryusuke Taguchi. Check it out below.