I'm a little ashamed to admit that I don't watch any New Japan Pro Wrestling, even though my current favorite WWE stars, Shinsuke Nakamura and A.J. Styles, both blew up in that organization. Part of that shame is tied to missing amazing matches, such as the one that was held Friday morning (a regular Friday night, if you were in Japan) featuring wrestlers Will Ospreay and Ricochet. If you weren't awake in America and didn't catch their "Best of the Super Juniors" tournament match, you missed a hell of a wake-up call. Just look at these moments.
Here's Ricochet using the middle rope as a springboard to transition into a double flip onto Ospreay's back and land on his feet.
Here's Ospreay getting caught in a fireman's carry, slammed onto the apron, almost thrown back into the ring, followed by a counter swing by Ospreay, who then sat on Ricochet's shoulders and backflipped him onto the mat.
In this one, Ricochet hit Ospreay with a "619," followed by a jump off the top rope, but Ospreay recovered and countered with a kick to the face.
And this might be the best moment. Just watch.
Neither man went down during this sequence, and like the best action sequences in movies, video games, anime or what have you, it finished with both guys kneeling in an intense stare down.
The match ended with Ospreay pinning Ricochet after two more absurd moves: a tornado kick, followed by a springboard cutter.
Now I want to sit down and scour YouTube for every Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay match, because holy shit, this was awesome to watch.
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