After a thunderous main event in night 8, how will the B-Block be able to top itself in Nagoya. Well, the main event including SANADA and Kenny Omega is a way to do it!
Tama Tonga vs Zack Sabre Jr:
This matchup pits one of the rising talents in the G1 ZSJ against someone who’s trying to destroy the entire block with the help of his buddies, Tama Tonga. Technical wrestling vs brawling and antics, who comes out on top?
Both wrestlers have a hype man in their corner this evening, ZSJ has the venerable Taka Michinoku while Tama Tonga has his teammate Tanga Loa doing his heavy work on the mic.
The match nearly immediately ends up outside, to absolutely nobody’s surprise. Sabre getting the best of Loa before being attacked by Tama Tonga.
When it’s a wrestling match, Sabre can get the upper hand, so Tama is trying his damnedest to make this a brawl, but Sabre maintains control as the match moves on via his variety of submissions and grapples.
A slew of heel antics leads to Sabre neatly winning by submission until Bad Luck Fale interferes and jumps Sabre to give him the DQ finish and 2 more points to move right up into it at 6 points. No lie, even though Tama is a major heel, that finish made little to no sense.
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.
Juice Robinson vs Toru Yano:
Yano’s constant struggle between his old habits and his new style and runs headfirst into a US Champion hungry for his first 2 points of the block. If Yano keeps this up, he may be staring at the lights by the end of this match.
Juice has mentioned recently that if he goes winless in the G1, he will hand over his US belt and quit the company, his injured hand won’t be doing any favors, and a statement like that puts even more gravity on each of his remaining matches.
Yano has decided to go back to his usual antics and engages in a turnbuckle pad fight with juice, I didn’t expect to laugh at a Yano spot this year but his old style is still entertaining at points!
Juice manages to withstand all the antics Yano can throw at him, and after a series of reversals, lands the Pulp Friction and vanquishes Yano to pick up his first 2 points and thankfully ending any speculation about his future in this company. Juice returns to his young boy roots and re-attaches the ring pads after the match in a tremendous act of respect!
Winner: Juice Robinson
Tomohiro Ishii vs Kota Ibushi:
The highest flyer meets the hardest striker in an exciting matchup, Ibushi is clear ahead on points, but don’t expect anything less than an all-out war from Ishii against the Golden Star.
These two waste exactly zero time before just laying into each other, just wailing away with kicks and elbows and assorted other strikes, this match hurts me just watching it!
The match eventually works its way outside and Ibushi lands a beautiful springboard Crossbody to the outside. He drags Ishii to the balcony and after getting the crowd worked into a frenzy, does an absolutely spectacular Moonsault from the second level onto Ishii, just plain insanity.
After series of brutal strikes and neither wrestler giving a single inch of ground to the other, Ibushi finally lands the Kami Goye and gets a very important 2 points after an all-out war against Ishii. This has shades of Ishii vs Shibata all over it. An instant classic of a match. Watch this match right now.
Winner: Kota Ibushi
Hirooki Goto vs Tetsuya Naito:
These two have the unfortunate duty of following up the brutal slugfest between Ibushi and Ishii, but I am at a loss to find any two wrestlers I’d rather give that match to than Naito and Goto.
Naito takes control of the matchup early with some vicious offense on Goto. He’s gotta be a man on a mission if he’s to advance to the G1 finals. Goto, being tough as nails as always, manages to wrangle the momentum back into his favor, but as the match goes on, Naito manages to keep firm control over Goto in a story that has continued over many G1’s.
In a shocking moment, Goto kicks out of Destino, but another Destino in quick succession puts Goto down and keeps Naito’s G1 dreams alive.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito
Kenny Omega Vs SANADA:
Tetsuya Naito is looking for help from his fellow LIJ member Sanada as he takes on Kenny Omega in tonight’s main event. A victory for the cold skull tears this G1 b block wide open. But, there’s no taller order in professional wrestling today than defeating the best bout machine Kenny Omega.
I think the story of this tournament is SANADA proving that he belongs in the ring with everyone else in this loaded B block, especially after defeating Ibushi. He has somehow managed to go toe-to-toe with arguably the best wrestler on the planet. SANADA is coming close on multiple occasions here, even locking in the skull end, but Omega won’t lie down so easy for the upstart.
Kenny Omega proves why he’s at the summit of both the B block and NJPW as he handles everything SANADA throws his way, but he digs deep and reverses another Skull End into a modified One-Winged Angel and defeats the LIJ member in another must watch match from both of these workers. Outstanding stuff. It takes a lot of effort to have a match of almost equal quality to the barnburner put on by Ibushi and Ishii. But these two come damn close.
Winner: Kenny Omega
|Jay White||6||Kota Ibushi||6|
|Minoru Suzuki||6||Zack Sabre Jr||6|
|Togi Makabe||4||Tomohiro Ishii||4|
|Bad Luck Fale||4||Hirooki Goto||4|
|Michael Elgin||4||Tama Tonga||2|
|Hangman Page||2||Toru Yano||2|
Omega closes tonight’s proceedings with a promo (in fluent Japanese to boot) putting over SANADA and looks forward to his upcoming match with Zack Sabre Jr. He then switches over to English and cuts a similar promo while struggling to keep the belt up exclaiming “oh my god this belt is heavy” sending the fans home happy in style!
Another incredible night from the B block. How the heck can this block keep churning out amazing night after amazing night, and just how long can they keep this up!!?!
As always make sure to keep up with me and Bad Brendan over on the A-Block side as we deliver to you every single G1 match up until the final at Budokan.