The final line-up for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament has undergone some changes due to circumstances beyond the promotion’s control.
El Desperado has been removed from the competition due to a broken jaw he suffered against Jun Kasai at TakaTaichi Mania 2 recently. Also out is ROH star Flip Gordon, who is unable to compete due to visa issues.
Replacing the two men are Japanese luchadore DOUKI and NJPW’s own Young Lion Ren Narita. Both men will be part of B Block, as both Desperado and Gordon were in that bracket.
DOUKI was hand-picked in the storyline by Taichi, who he says he met 10 years ago and taught everything he knows. DOUKI is being billed as a hired gun for Suzuki-gun rather than a new permanent member of the group.
The new blocks now look this this:
- Dragon Lee, Tiger Mask IV, SHO, Titan, Marty Scurll, Jonathan Gresham, Taiji Ishimori, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, TAKA Michinoku and Shingo Takagi.
- Ren Narita, DOUKI, Ryusuke Taguchi, Will Ospreay, Rocky Romero, YOH, Bandido, El Phantasmo, Robbie Eagles and BUSHI
The BOTSJ tournament begins on Monday (May 13) and ends on June 5.