With the dust settled on a brief respite after night two, we return to the hallowed grounds of Korakuen Hall to re-ignite the B-block action, with some great matches lined up tonight.
Tama Tonga vs SANADA:
In the meeting between members of LIJ and Bullet Club, Tama has the slight point advantage, but it’s still early and SANADA is still hungry to get a victory in this block.
Both workers start off hot and have clearly been doing their homework as they both have each other’s moves scouted and Tama even tries SANADA’s signature paradise lock, the key focus on the word “tried”.
Tonga Loa is still having an impact on the outside until the ref finally has enough of his antics and sends Loa packing to the locker room, this swings the momentum of the match firmly into the favor of the LIJ member.
After a ref bump, Fale and Loa come back out and beat down SANADA but it’s not enough to keep him down, and he shockingly reverses a Gun Stun attempt and rolls up Tama for the win and his first 2 points! Great work overall!
Zack Sabre Jr vs Toru Yano:
Yano has turned a new leaf and faces off against Sabre who more than likely is still harboring anger after his loss to Ibushi in night 2. Should be a great effort from both!
Yano is actually out here wrestling in the year of our Lord 2018 and I am beyond excited until he goes for the turnbuckle, but hey some habits are hard to break.
Maybe these habits will become easier to get rid of since most times he tries to break the rules, it immediately backfires upon him.
During this match I’ve witnessed the impossible, I am actively cheering for Yano, in 2018, I’m wanting to see him do well. This is incredible, this is the Yano I’ve always wanted to see.
As mentioned before, Yano’s old ways come back to haunt him, he takes off the ring post and while attempting to take off the other post, he is rolled up by Sabre and Sabre gets the win and his first two points as well. Such an amazing story being told by Yano here, struggling between old and new Yano.
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr
Kota Ibushi vs Juice Robinson:
The Flamboyant One vs the Golden Star, there are some high hopes for this match. Kevin Kelly mentions that Juice’s hand is still only 70%, so let’s see how that factors into this matchup tonight.
The hand doesn’t seem to be much of an issue early on as Juice really pushes the offense on Ibushi early really laying it on with submissions and strikes.
Ibushi takes control as the match heads outside and lands an Asai Moonsault off the corner post, always an amazing spot to witness. He gets Juice back into the ring but is only able to get a two count from the US Champ.
Ibushi reverses a Pulp Friction attempt from Robinson and lands a Straightjacket German Suplex followed up by the Kami Go-Ye and pins the US Champion in a red hot match, no wasted motion from either competitor!
Where do we go from here? Is there a US Title match in Ibushi’s future?! In a great moment, the two embrace before leaving the ring.
Winner: Kota Ibushi
Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito:
Chaos vs LIJ as Naito and Ishii clash in this B-Block match. Will the Tranquilo one be able to handle the smash mouth style of the Stone Pitbull?
The match these two put on tells a simple story, two men trying their damnedest to beat the other one into submission, via stiff strikes and absolutely insane moves.
The momentum went back and forth many times this match, but Ishii manages to keep the momentum in his favor for a majority of the match, constantly able to take whatever Naito dishes at him and return it two-fold.
After a sizzling final stretch, Naito is finally able to wear down the stone pitbull and weather the storm to hit Destino and put Ishii away for another two points.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito
Kenny Omega Vs Hirooki Goto:
Champion vs Champion as never champion Hirooki Goto takes on the reigning IWGP heavyweight champion Kenny Omega in a rematch of the 2016 G1 climax final to end the proceedings tonight. And by no means is anyone counting Goto out of this match!
Goto is almost a completely different wrestler since their last matchup in the G1, really taking the offense to Omega early, even interrupting a dive by throwing a chair at the heavyweight champion.
These two spend a fair amount of time on the outside and Omega slams Goto onto the bleachers and then hits an incredible moonsault off the barricade. If Goto wants to show us he belongs in the same ring as Omega, he has his work cut out for him.
Goto finally gains an upper hand with an avalanche code red after surviving a flurry of blows on the turnbuckle and starts to really show off his stuff, but Kenny is keeping right up with the never champion.
Goto comes agonizingly close to connecting with the GTR, but Kenny swings the match with solid reversals and lands a series of V-triggers and the One-Winged Angel to defeat Goto and remain undefeated in the G1. A great match to end proceedings tonight.
Winner: Kenny Omega
|Michael Elgin||4||Kenny Omega||4|
|Jay White||4||Kota Ibushi||4|
|Togi Makabe||4||Tetsuya Naito||2|
|Hangman Page||2||Tama Tonga||2|
|Bad Luck Fale||2||Sanada||2|
|Minoru Suzuki||0||Zack Sabre Jr||2|
Kenny cuts a promo putting over the B-Block and promises to keep up the good matches through the entire tournament. Bad Brendan and I are still here to cover each and every single night of the event. So stay with us for every moment of the action!