Two changes made to the upcoming NJPW Best of Super Juniors tournament.
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that El Desperado and Flip Gordon are out of the upcoming Best of Super Juniors Tournament. Desperado suffered a broken jaw at the TakaTaichi Mania 2 event on May 7. As for Gordon, he was not issued a proper visa in time to enter Japan.
Changes were made today to the B Block of Best of the Super Juniors 26, as El Desperado has been forced to withdraw due to injury, and Flip Gordon has encountered visa issues.
On May 7 at the TakaTaichi Mania 2 event in Korakuen Hall, Desperado suffered a broken jaw during his match with Jun Kasai. Under doctor’s orders, Desperado will be unable to compete.
Flip Gordon was not issued a proper visa in time to enter Japan, and has reluctantly been forced to withdraw from the tournament.
New Japan Pro Wrestling sincerely apologizes to fans who were looking forward to seeing Gordon and Desperado participate in Best of the Super Juniors 26. We appreciate your understanding.
In their place will be DOUKI, Taichi's "hired gun" in Suzuki-gun, and young lion Ren Narita.
From Taichi regarding DOUKI:
This isn’t just a case of me choosing a pinch hitter because Despe’s hurt. Sooner or later, this was gonna happen. Ten years ago, I came across DOUKI, and taught him everything he knows from scratch. Now, a decade later, I’ve called him back to Japan. He was only just at TakaTaichi Mania the other day.
Now you’d better believe me when I tell you, this guy is the real deal. Three days before the tournament starts and he’s all ready to go- I know how to pick ’em, and I know how to train ’em. Super Junior? DOUKI is going to turn the whole thing upside down.
During the New Japan Cup, I had the chance to wrestle juniors like Shingo Takagi and BUSHI in tags, and I wanted to challenge them in singles matches someday. For all the times I’ve been beaten up, the Super Juniors would be a chance to turn the tables and go all out; that’s why I’ve asked again and again to be put in.
These league matches mean a huge amount to my career, and of course, I want to be the first Young Lion to ever win BoSJ. I don’t want any one to make excuses about me being a Young Lion in here, nobody treating me any different. I’m in it to win it- that’s all.