Recap from TJ Hawke:
PAC was a representative of Dragon Gate UK in this tournament. This is my first time seeing a Bushi match. PAC sent Bushi to the floor early, and he casually hit Bushi with a Fosbury Flop. Bushi got back to the ring, but PAC stayed in complete control. Bushi countered a charging PAC with a pendulum kick and then a missile dropkick. Bushi sent PAC to the floor with a headscissors, and Bushi then hit a slingshot hurricanrana. Back in the ring, Bushi hit a nasty spike DDT and a sliding kick for a nearfall. PAC came back with a step up enzugiri and a standing shooting star press: 1…2…NO! PAC went to the top rope, but Bushi met him up there and hit a one-man Spanish Fly: 1…2…NO! Bushi went to the top rope and went for a 450, but PAC rolled out of the way. PAC rolled him up for a nearfall. PAC then hit corkscrew shooting star press: 1…2…3
This was another good undercard match from the 2012 BOSJ. This felt like a short match to showcase PAC more than anything else. If you have never seen the “Man that Gravity Forgot” before, you really owe it to yourself to seek out his best stuff in Dragon Gate and PWG.
Match Rating: ***
Thoughts from Lee Goodfellow:
The opening minutes were spectacular, such slick mat wrestling and flippy stuff. Everything PAC does looks so crisp, and BUSHI was also impressive. I only usually watch PAC in Dragon Gate, so it’s cool seeing him doing his thing in New Japan.
Thoughts from Reggie Gaines:
First of all, BOSJ is one of the best things of the whole wrestling year and something i always look forward to. This is the first match that i’ve seen of this years BOSJ and i gotta say that i enjoyed it. Pac is crisp as always in this, hitting some slick, stiff offense early. Bushi hit a nice over the top to the floor hurricanrana and a sweet spanish fly off the top on pac. Pac finishes the match with an awesome corkscrew shooting star press and shows why he is one on the best wrestlers in the world and most definitely the best high flyer on the planet.