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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Results & Report! (10/10/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Spiders and Skeletons”

On the road to Ultima Lucha 4, Lucha Underground’s fiercest rivals team up to take on their future opponents. Can Fenix and Mil Muertes coexist for a night?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Taya Mundo; Matanza wins by disqualification, no sacrifice is made.
  • Tornado Tag: Fenix & Mil Muertes VS El Dragon Azteca Jr. & The Mack; Fenix & Muertes win.
  • Famous B w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Ricky Mundo w/ Rosa the doll; Ricky wins.
  • Reklusa w/ Marty “The Moth” Martinez VS Pentagon Dark; Pentagon wins.

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Taya Mundo returns to the Temple!

And she immediately calls out Antonio Cueto as a “piece of sh*t”, because she’s still pissed over what Matanza Cueto did to the Wedding of the Century. Matanza not only ruined the ceremony, but he battered and beat down the wedding party, the groom and the bride, and worst of all, body slammed Taya through the cake. Of course, there’s also the matter of Johnny Mundo being injured and then both Joey Wrestling and Jack Evans being sacrificed in the weeks after. Antonio walks out to see “The Bride is back.” She’s all better, huh? Healed up? She’s La Wera Loca, and she’s here to fight! She vents about The Monster God’s path of destruction, but tonight, she’ll be the one sacrificing him! Taya demands a match with Matanza, right now!

Fans want to see Taya take on the Monster, and Antonio admits Taya is a woman who knows what she wants. He likes that. But he also knows what he wants, and what he wants… is a SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!! It seems everyone is getting what they want, because here comes Matanza!

Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Taya Mundo!

The bell rings but Taya is ready as she rushes Matanza and tackles him to a corner! She hammers away in the corner but Matanza pushes her away. Matanza runs but misses in the corner, and Taya unloads with roundhouse kicks and more foraerms. She stomps a mudhole into the monster and the Believers are strongly behind her. She backs off to the far corner, to run back in with berserker knees! Taya is fired up, but Matanza isn’t fazed! He stands right up, she turns around and gets run over! Matanza stalks Taya then puts her in a corner, to throw her out by her braids! Antoni is amused but Taya boots Matanza back. She boots him again as the Believers rally. She hops up and leaps, but Matanza blocks the DDT with pure power. He lifts her up but she slips around to a sleeper hold!

Taya stays on Matanza like a backpack as she squeezes the air out of him. He shakes her off as she throws forearms, but Matanza is still not fazed. Taya slaps away and even kicks low real quick, then wants a stunner. Matanza denies with a shove but she comes back with a SUPERKICK! Taya gets the stunner! Matanza is down and the Believers fire up for Taya. She drags Matanza into position then climbs up top, for the moonsault! Cover, TWO!! The Monster God is tougher than that, and he runs her over with a boot! Matanza drags Taya up and whips her, into the powerslam lift, but wait! Johnny Mundo is here, and he SUPERKICKS Matanza!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by disqualification

It’s the first time someone has interfered with a Sacrifice to the Gods match, but Mr. Slam Town wasn’t about to let his new bride be taken away from him. Mundo throws hands on Matanza, then hits the Shining Wizard. He goes back to throwing hands, and hits Moonlight Drive! But that’s not all, Fin Del Mundo on top! Johnny regroups with Taya as Matanza gets up quick. There is no sacrifice tonight, but will Matanza’s blood lust be satisfied soon enough? Or will he instead be taken to Slam Town?

 

Breaking news for Ultima Lucha Cuatro!

Johnny Mundo denied Matanza Cueto his sacrifice tonight, but is now on the chopping block himself! Can the Guru of Greatness defeat The Monster God in their own Sacrifice to the Gods match? Or will all of Slam Town be the next sacrificial lamb?

 

Tornado Tag: Fenix & Mil Muertes VS El Dragon Azteca Jr. & The Mack!

This epic saga of life, death and love in the Temple continues to unfold. The Femme Fatale, Catrina, used the love of the Man of 1000 Deaths as means to an end, because she truly loved the Man of 1000 Lives. Catrina got Muertes to lay Fenix to rest so that she could use the Firebird’s life force to restore hers. However, Melissa Santos could not let go of her love for the immortal luchador, and that caused her to ignore the Eagle Heir’s feelings for her. Aerostar could not give up his friend, either, and so the Man of Time and Space violated the laws of nature as he used Catrina’s dark powers to bring Fenix back. But now Fenix is something truly evil, and teams with his rival for the first time ever! Can Azteca and The Mack hope to survive before facing these supernatural forces at UL4?

Of course, in Tornado Tag matches, there are no tags, so all four men start with the bell. That is probably for the best, Fenix and Muertes already have tension between them so tagging would be complicated. But either way, they go right at their respective Ultima Lucha opponents and we have a pair of brawls! Fenix gets an edge on Azteca and Muertes headbutts Mack. Azteca still manages to throw Fenix out while Muertes throws Mack. Muertes and Azteca meet, and the younger Eagle throws hands. He runs but into a Choke Slam! Muertes drags Azteca up and headbutts him. Muertes whips but Azteca dodges to come back with a rolling facebuster! Then the leg drop! Cover, but Fenix breaks it with a mule kick!

Fenix drags Azteca up and whips him, but Azteca reverses. Fenix goes up, up and over, to then wrench and chop Azteca. He goes on the tight rope and jumps around to arm-drag Azteca out! The Believers fire up but The Mack comes in and intercepts Fenix. Things speed up and Mack headscissors Fenix! Mack runs in corner to corner but is put on the apron. Mack smacks Fenix away then climbs up top  to hit a flying arm-drag! He handsprings up and speeds things up, to hit a leg lariat on Fenix! But Muertes returns and confronts Mack. Muertes throws a haymaker but Mack responds, and we have another brawl! Mack gets the edge, runs but runs into a powerslam! Muertes runs to clothesline Mack out. Azteca runs in to huricanrana, but Muertes blocks it with power. Fenix returns and adds a SHORYUKEN and knees to the powerbomb!

Muertes and Fenix stare down, they still don’t get along. But they work together on Mack with kicks and haymakers. Fenix whips Mack to jump kick, then feeds Mack to Muertes’s TKO neckbreaker! The Believers like this double dark duo, but they still don’t really like each other. Muertes drags Azteca up into the electric chair, and Fenix climbs a corner. Fenix aims and leaps, but Azteca victory rolls just as Mack comes in, Fenix gets a stunner! Cover on Muertes, TWO, but Mack gives Muertes a stunner! Azteca runs and gets the alley-oop to missile dropkick both Fenix & Muertes, Mack gives them a DOUBLE STUNNER! Believers fire up for Azteca & Mack, but things keep moving.

Azteca slingshots but Muertes grabs his foot. Azteca mule kicks Muertes, then jumps the sweep to kick him again. Mack builds speed, but Fenix rolls in for cutter on him! Azteca springboards but Fenix gets under, only for Azteca to come back, tilt-o-whirl and fly for the DDTJ! Fenix rolls out, Azteca builds speed and FLIES onto Muertes! Believers are thunders but Fenix springboard swantons onto Azteca and Muertes! Mack stands up, builds speed, and he FLIES onto them all! Believers lose their minds but Muertes puts Azteca in the ring. Fenix climbs up fast, but his swanton misses. Azteca runs out but into a swing. Azteca lands out of it but Fenix heel kicks him! Fenix grabs the groggy Azteca but Azteca kicks back! Azteca runs and hits a BIG huricanrana! Cover, but Muertes punches it apart.

Meurtes drags Azteca up for a powerbomb, then flips him for a lariat! Cover, but Mack manages to slide in and kick it apart. Mack flips the dirty bird and boots Muertes. He runs but into a heavy right! Muertes scoops Mack for a snap saido suplex, covers, TWO! Muertes drags Mack up and he runs, but into a Samoan Drop! Mack kips up and moonsaults! Cover, but Fenix punts it apart! Fenix goes after Mack in the corner to whip him corner to corner. Fenix runs but Mack dodges, that tiger feint heel kick takes out a camera man! Mack punches Fenix and then climbs up top. Fenix follows and fights back. Fenix denies the sweep to springboard up for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Mack keeps his team alive and Fenix is furious.

Fenix drags Mack up on the apron but Mack rocks him with a right. Mack goes to buckle bump but Fenix blocks to then enziguri Mack. Fenix jump, jumps and double stomps Mack to the apron! Azteca slowly returns, but so does Muertes. Muertes runs but Azteca dodges, sending Muertes into the post. Azteca enziguris Muertes back, then springboards into a shoulder tackle! Muertes drags Azteca up while Fenix climbs. Fenix missile dropkicks Mack away, then Muertes SPEARS Mack. Fenix tackles Azteca to a corner, then puts him on the top rope. He chops Azteca and folds him up for the Muscle Buster. Muertes has Mack up, too, and together, this deadly undead duo drop their opponents w/ the Spinning Muscle Buster and Flat Liner!! Double cover, Fenix & Muertes win!

Winners: Fenix & Mil Muertes, by pinfall

They still don’t like each other, but the Believers know “That was Awesome!” Will both Fenix and Muertes keep their Ultima Lucha undefeated streaks against Azteca and The Mack? Or will Azteca win their 2 outta 3 falls while Mack kills death in their Death Match?

 

Famous B returns and is 100%!

Six weeks ago, he presided over the most beautiful wedding of all time. But both he and the Beautiful Brenda were brutalized by that Monster, Matanza. Famous B was helpless, and saw his life flash before his eyes. And in that moment, he knew he would never be that vulnerable again. He rehabbed his leg better than anyone ever and is back in fighting condition. Best of all, Famous B signed an “exclusive contract” with himself! He’s coming out of retirement to fight! But Ricky Mundo comes out to tell B to shut up. Fans boo Ricky but Ricky thinks he’s going to beat some sense into B. The Believers are on B’s side, and we have a match!

Famous B w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Ricky Mundo w/ Rosa the doll!

Ricky takes a moment to set Rosa down in the corner, then sucker punches Famous B! He drags B up and bumps him off buckles. Fans boo and jeer as Ricky throws hands on B in the corner. Ricky chokes B with his tie then tosses him around by it! Brenda is panicking as Ricky keeps knocking B around. Ricky chokes B, and then wrenches the neck while hooking the face. But B powers up and gets to his feet. He elbows Ricky back and hits an enziguri! B stands up but Ricky runs him right over with a clothesline. Ricky drags B up for a very stiff neckbreaker. Cover, Ricky wins!

Winner: Ricky Mundo, by pinfall

The Believers boo the freaky Ricky, but Ricky takes the mic again. “I heard those cowards, Johnny Mundo and Taya, already left the building. That’s too bad, because I really wanted to say this to their face.” IT WAS RICKY, JOHNNY! It was Ricky all along! He released Matanza at the wedding, because for years he was treated like a nobody. But now Ricky is the somebody who ruined their perfect day. As long as Taya is in the picture, Johnny will never respect Ricky. Ricky officially challenges Taya. If anyone’s wondering what will happen at Ultima Lucha, just watch this. Ricky turns his attention to B and Brenda. He grabs Brenda and puts her in a crossface across Famous B! Fans boo and jeer but that won’t stop Ricky. Ricky finally lets Brenda go and goes back to Rosa. Will Ricky regret ever coming back to the Temple?

 

Reklusa w/ Marty “The Moth” Martinez VS Pentagon Dark!

Before the “Creepy Bastard” defends his Lucha Underground championship against the Breaker of Bones, his new and equally crazy girlfriend looks to soften the challenger up. Will the Black Widow be able to poison the man with no fear? Or will Pentagon make sure Marty loses his girlfriend before he loses his title?

But as Pentagon makes his entrance, Reklusa leaps on him from the corner! And she throws furious hands even as the bell rings. She puts him in the ring and stomps away. She throws more hands as the fans rally for Pentagon. Reklusa pushes Pentagon out to then bring him around the corner. She rakes her fingers into his eyes, then gives him a swift knee to the head. Reklusa picks Pentagon up to bowl him into chairs. He sits up and she runs in for a cannonball! But he catches that, into an apron powerbomb! Pentagon has control as fans chant “Cero Miedo!” Pentagon kicks Reklusa in the leg then puts her in the ring. He drags her up and puts her against the ropes. He hushes the crowd, so they can hear his CHOP!

Reklusa crawls to a corner, and Pentagon runs in. He intercepts her boot with a kick, then whips her corner to corner. She reverses but runs into his SUPERKICK! Pentagon tosses Reklusa out of the ring, then follows. He brings her up and around to bowl her through chairs now! Strike! Pentagon drags Reklusa back up and over, then kicks her leg again! She crawls but he stalks behind to kick her again. Reklusa rolls and writhes but Pentagon keeps on her with a framed poster! How’s that for an autograph? Pentagon brings Reklusa up again and SUPERKICKS her down. He then hurries up the bleachers to cheer with the fans. Pentagon puts Reklusa back in the ring, then takes aim from a corner to kick her leg again!

Pentagon has Reklusa in the corner and whips her corner to corner. He runs into her boot and she hops up. He catches her on the shoulders but she spins for the huricanrana. Pentagon rolls out and she dropkicks him further down. Reklusa climbs up top and leaps for a FLYING huricanrana! Believers respect Reklusa’s ability as she runs into the ring to run out and DIVE for a tornado DDT! Reklusa takes off the wristbands and puts Pentagon back in. Cover, TWO! Reklusa keeps her cool, but maybe because she’s too crazy to be frustrated. Pentagon runs and slingblades her down! He then aims, and hits another SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Reklusa’s tougher than that, but Pentagon keeps his cool.

Believers rally up as Pentagon drags Reklusa back up. He whips her to a corner but she drop toeholds him into buckles. She runs and tilt-o-whirls around and around for a DDT! Both of them are down but the Believers love it. Reklusa covers, TWO! She kicks Pentagon again and again, then mocks the Cero Miedo with double dirty birds. She runs, but into a half nelson and pumphandle, driver! Cover, TWO!? Reklusa survives again?! Believers lose their minds but Pentagon keeps his focus. He puts her in the package, lifts but she slips out to shove him. She boots him, then hurries to a corner. Reklusa aims but Pentagon swing kicks her off the top! Pentagon goes to the apron to join her, brings her up and wants the package! He hits the package piledriver on the apron!

Believers lose their minds again as Pentagon puts Reklusa in. Cover, TWO!? The previous time was crazy, but this is just insane! Pentagon is shocked and argues with the ref, but Reklusa kicks dangerously low. She hits a Canadian Destroyer! Cover, TWO!! Now Reklusa can’t believe it. She again mocks Cero Miedo, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Pentagon hits a backstabber, then gives a proper Cero Miedo, before hitting a running Package Driver! Cover, Pentagon wins!

Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall

The Black Widow crossed with Brown Recluse has been defeated, but that’s not enough for Pentagon. He turns her over, puts her in the Dark Armbar, and… He shows mercy? Pentagon brings something out from underneath the ring. It’s a bag! Not just any bag, that’s Vampiro’s bag of thumbtacks! Pentagon pours them all out, and then brings Reklusa up. But Marty runs in with a bat wrapped in barbed wire! And he SMACKS Pentagon in it! Reklusa is saved, but Marty then jabs the bat right in Pentagon’s face!! The Believers duel as Marty continues to beat Pentagon down. Marty’s own hand bleeds but that only makes him more determined. He grinds the wires into Pentagon’s mask and face to tear both fabric and flesh!

But Reklusa has an idea and goes looking. She brings out a big can of gasoline?! She brings it over and Marty presents a lighter! Reklusa pours the gasoline all over Pentagon, and then Marty jabs the bat into Pentagon’s face again. The fans call them “You Sick F*cks!” but that only encourages them. Marty ignites the lighter, but blows it out. He could’ve easily burned the Breaker of Bones tonight, but wants to save the best for last at Ultima Lucha Cuatro. In a match with no fear and no rules, will Pentagon be able to reclaim his gold? Or will Marty make sure the end of the season is also the end of Cero Miedo?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty wild episode of Lucha Underground. Great to see Taya and Johnny Mundo back in the Temple, and it was done pretty well. Taya looked great against Matanaz, but obviously she was going to lose if Johnny didn’t attack. Johnny VS Matanza is going to be a great match with that Sacrifice stipulation. I’m assuming Mundo wins to be the first person to end that streak, but it’s going to take a superhuman effort to do it. Then Ricky “Mundo” Mantel wants to have a match with Taya. There’s a chance Ricky wins that, but not without Rosa somehow showing she’s more than just a creepy looking doll. In fact, Ricky really could go from jobber to top Heel with just this match. Technically Marty would be top Heel because he’s also champion, but some fans like Marty. It didn’t sound like anyone likes Ricky.

The tornado tag team match was great, it had all the story and great spots expected from those four. And it makes sense for Fenix & Muertes to win, they’ve both been really strong through their entire Lucha Underground careers. It also ups the underdog factors for Azteca and The Mack. Azteca has to defeat Fenix twice when beating him once is hard enough, and The Mack is in a match with no rules against Muertes, one of the biggest and strongest men in the Temple. There’s a way both Azteca and Mack could win, but I feel like only one will. Pentagon VS Reklusa was great, and it really establishes her strongly in the ranks. Vampiro and Pentagon went to extremes in their Cero Miedo match back in Season 1, I’m thinking that will look tame compared to this year.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (9/26/21)

Round three, A Block!

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NJPW G1 Climax 31

The G1 Climax rolls on!

The G1 Climax rolls on deeper into the Fall! Zack Sabre Jr. has defeated two top names in NJPW in a row, will he make it a third?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great-O-Kahn VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter; Khan wins.
  • Toru Yano VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado; Yano wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii VS KENTA: Kenta wins.
  • Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings! (Adjusted for Naito’s absence)

Great-O-Khan: 3-0, 6 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points [has special singles bye]
Kenta: 2-1, 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-1, 4 points
Toru Yano: 2-1, 4 points
Kota Ibushi: 2-1, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-1, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-2, 2 points

 

BONUS CONTENT: Takagi speaks after his win over Yuji Nagata.

“I’m HERE! I’ve returned to Kobe. Unfortunately, the scheduled main event, Takagi VS Naito, couldn’t happen as planned. But I’ll do my part to make sure that we get to see Shingo Takagi VS Tetsuya Naito very soon!” In order to do that, Takagi promises to win the G1! And that’s all he has to say about that. So now, the Dragon’s mission to make history has even more fuel for the fire! Will Takagi take the block, take the G1 trophy and name Naito as his Wrestle Kingdom challenger?

 

Great-O-Kahn VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Dominator technically leads the block given the allotted Naito points, but he still has to earn the other victories! Will the Tokyo Pimp get back up in the G1 with another shocking win?

The bell rings and Khan stares Yujiro down. Then he drops to dare Yujiro to take on his leg guard. Pieter thinks this is a trick but Yujiro walks up to try it. Yujiro gives kicks but Khan keeps his guard up. Yujiro kicks again but gets caught to a KNEEBAR! Yujiro scrambles to the ropebreak and Khan lets go. Khan waits on Yujiro and they reset. They feel out the grapple, Khan gets a leg then a waistlock then drags Yujiro down. Khan shifts to an arm but Yujiro wrenches. The two separate, tie up again, and Khan waistlocks for another takedown. Khan rolls but Yujiro prevents the cover. Yujiro gets a facelock but Khan counters with a takedown. Cover, ONE, and fans cheer the exchange.

Khan and Yujiro reset again, feel out a new grapple, and Khan has a facelock. Khan throws Yujiro over to a lateral press, ONE, but Khan keeps on with the facelock. Yujiro fights up, and BITES Khan’s hand! The ref counts, Khan grabs Yujiro’s ear with the claw! Khan CLUBS Yujiro’s ear, then kicks. Yujiro blocks to throw Khan down and he basement boots Khan away! Yujiro kicks Khan out of the ring then goes out to bring him up for a low knee. Yujiro CLUBS Khan, has Pieter bring him his cane, and then Pieter distracts the ref while Yujiro brings Khan up the ramp. Yujiro gets space to CANE SHOT Khan back down the ramp! Khan tumbles all the way to ringside!

Yujiro struts his way back and tosses the cane aside. Yujiro goes into the ring to let the ring count take care of Khan. Khan clutches his back as the count climbs all the way to 10 of 20. Khan manages to stand at 14 but with help of railing. Khan crawls and gets in at 19.5! Fans cheer but Yujiro drags Khan up by his beard. Yujiro snapmares Khan and then throws haymakers. Pieter’s almost dancing as Yujiro runs and basement boots Khan back down! Cover, TWO! Yujiro smirks while Khan tries to get feeling in his lower back. Yujiro drops a leg, drops an elbow and drops a headbutt. Cover, TWO! Yujiro grows annoyed but he gives toying kicks and head slaps.

Khan throws body shots and forearms but Yujiro SLAPS him! Yujiro scoops and SLAMS Khan, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is again annoyed but he stomps Khan down. Fans rally up for Khan but Yujiro stomps him at the ropes. Yujiro brings Khan up but Khan CHOPS him! And CHOPS! And then throws forearms! Yujiro knees low, whips Khan to a corner and runs in to BOOT him! Yujiro runs but Khan kicks. Yujiro blocks, throws Khan down again but Khan avoids the basement boot! Khan returns the favor with the kick block and throw! Dead lift gut wrench suplex! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Khan and Yujiro slowly rise, and Khan reels Yujiro in. Yujiro throws forearms in return, but Khan RAMS Yujiro into a corner! Khan fires himself up and whips Yujiro corner to corner to then clothesline from behind! Khan hoists Yujiro up top, puts some stank on his hands and MONGOLIAN CHOPS Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls into the Tree of Woe and then Khan makes sure Pieter is watching as he toys with Tokyo Pimp. Khan goes to the far corner, hits a three point stance and runs in to SLIDING BOOT Yujiro out of the Tree! Cover, TWO! Khan keeps his cool, and he starts taunting Yujiro back with toying kicks.

Khan asks Pieter what’s up with Yujiro but Yujiro springs up to CHOP! Khan CHOPS back! Khan eggs Yujiro on, Yujiro CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP, then Yujiro mule kicks! MONGOLIAN CHOPS and an URENAGE from Khan! Cover, TWO! KATAGATAMI! The head ‘n’ arm triangle squeeze the air out of Yujiro as Khan pushes up! Yujiro reaches out and gets a ROPEBREAK with a foot! Khan holds until the ref counts 4, and fans rally up as Khan slashes his throat! Khan drags Yujiro up, dragon sleepers and suplexes but Yujiro slips out! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Yujiro stirs as fans build to another rally and Khan slowly rises.

Yujiro runs at Khan to BOOT, then he runs to dodge a boot! Yujiro reels Khan in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Khan is still in this but Yujiro still has tricks to try. Khan flounders to ropes, Yujiro storms over and brings him up. Yujiro has Khan lean on the ropes for his BOOT! Yujiro then reels Khan in for a fireman’s carry, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Khan still lives and Yujiro grows frustrated! Yujiro drags Khan up, reels him in, but no Pimp Juice! IRON CLAW SLEEPER!! Khan then spins Yujiro around but Yujiro slips out of the Eliminator to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Khan again survives, but Yujiro roars! Fans fire up with Yujiro as he goes back to Khan!

Yujiro drags Khan up, reels him in, IMP- NO! No Impaler as Khan whips, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls so Yujiro roars again! But he runs into the KITSUJIGOROSHI!! And ELIMINATOR SLAM!! Cover, Khan wins!!

Winner: Great-O-Khan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)

The Dominator IS dominating the block! With the Naito forfeit giving him bonus points, he’s already at 8! Will Khan continue to run away with the lead? As for Yujiro, will he be able to get another win as good as his first?

 

Toru Yano VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado!

The Clown Prince was dominated by Great-O-Khan while the Silverback got a Blue Justice bye. Who gets back into the swing of things with round three?

Yano’s long introduction finishes and Loa Low Sweets with Jado. But Yano again gets impatient as the ref checks him for things. What is that bag that is suspiciously labeled as if it weren’t suspicious? It’s Yano’s stash of extra wrist tape AND handcuffs! Yano claims those are harmless but the ref gathers them all up and confiscates them. The bell rings and Loa still wants to make sure Yano has nothing else. Yano says it’s fine, they’ll wrestle. They tie up, Loa powers Yano to ropes and Yano calls for the ropebreak. Loa frisks Yano for himself, then lets off as he’s satisfied there are no tricks up Yano’s tights. Loa then dares Yano to bring the fight. Yano throws a forearm, Loa gives one back!

Fans like the serious look on Yano’s face as he and Loa keep throwing forearms back and forth! They pick up speed, Yano gets the edge but Loa DECKS him! Loa gets Yano up to DECK him again but he’s not satisfied. Loa ROCKS Yano again, “This is the G1!” He wants to see that fight! Yano rakes Loa’s eyes! Yano runs but Loa runs him over! Yano bails out but Loa goes out after him. Loa CLUBS Yano on the back, follows him around the way then CLUBS him again. Loa whips Yano but Yano reverses to send Loa into railing! Yano paces, the ring count starts, Yano goes after Loa’s shirt! Loa stops Yano from making this a hockey scrum, only to do the same to Yano!

Yano can’t see and Loa leaves him floundering around as the count climbs! We’re past 15, Loa shoves a Young Lion into Yano for good measure! Loa gets in at 17, Yano keeps floundering, but he gets his shirt down at 19 to get in at 19.9! Loa applauds then stomps Yano at the ropes. Loa drags Yano up, RAMS him into a corner, and then RAMS into him more and more. The ref counts, Loa lets off and fans rally up. Loa takes a few bows then drags Yano back up. Snapmare and run for a basement boot! Cover, TWO! Loa argues the count but the ref says it is fair. Loa pulls on an arm but Yano is dead weight. So Loa CHOKES Yano! The ref counts, Loa stops at 4, and “apologizes.”

Loa drags Yano up, whips him corner to corner and clotheslines! Then whip and redirect into the corner for another clothesline! Loa then reels Yano in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Yano stays in this but Loa is annoyed. Loa CHOKES Yano again! the ref counts, Loa lets off and he sits Yano up for a chinlock. Yano endures as Loa leans on the hold. Yano throws elbows and gets free! But Loa headbutts Yano back! Loa whips, Yano holds ropes and taunts Loa, to then dodge and SLAP him! Loa runs at Yano but Yano dodges to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up and rally behind Yano as he gets up. Yano goes to a corner to untie the buckle pad!

Yano has the liberated pad but the ref grabs at him. Yano shoves the ref away to PAD SMACK Loa! Loa just grimaces so Yano SMACKS him again! Loa flexes, Yano SMACKS again but Loa roars. Yano freaks out, Loa kicks and whips, but Yano stops himself from running into bare buckles. Loa runs in, Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Fireman’s Carry Takeover! Fans fire up with Yano and he drags Loa up. Yano reels Loa in but Loa blocks the suplex. Loa wrenches, kicks and knees to ENZIGURI! Yano wobbles, Loa reels him in for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but Loa is right on him with a CROSSFACE!

Yano endures the #OGKiller even as Loa cranks way back! Yano moves around, reaches out, but Loa thrashes him around! Yano keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Loa lets off but he asks Yano, “Why!? I want the two points!” Loa drags Yano up, reels him in, but Yano turns it into a gator roll! TWO, and Yano hurries up! Loa runs at him to SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Loa hurries to get Yano up, scoops him but Yano fights free! Yano hits an atomic drop then a trip to a CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Loa staggers, Yano goes to low blow but the ref stops him! The ref won’t let Yano cheat right in front of him!

But then Loa shoves Yano into the ref! And LARIATS Yano down! Jado gets in because the ref is down! He drags Yano up, holds him for Loa, and Loa has the kendo stick! Yano fights free, dodges the stick and shoves Jado into the buckles! KENDO SMACK on Loa, then Yano plays dead like Jado hit him! Loa acts like he had no idea what Jado was doing, but the ref is distracted and Yano LOW BLOWS Loa! Schoolboy, Yano wins!!

Winner: Toru Yano, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Loa earns 0)

#YTRFTW! He keeps his chances alive while Loa flounders near the bottom! If not for those Naito points, Loa wouldn’t have anything! Can the Silverback rebound and finally earn his first two G1 points?

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS KENTA!

The Stone Pitbull is the one NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion with points, but only because Naito is out. As for Fang Revived, he defeated a fellow Bullet Club member without ruining the team dynamics. Will Ishii scratch the itch and earn himself a win? Or will Kenta take a bite out of him and keep his own chances alive?

Kenta taunts Ishii, waving his shirt like a bullfighter. The bell rings and Ishii stares Kenta down. Kenta mocks Ishii’s hunched posture and then bails out of the ring. Ishii stays patient as Kenta paces on the outside. Kenta takes his time returning, then again mocks the raging bull before he bails out again, “Ole~!” Kenta paces around again, slowly returns, then bails out as Ishii storms over. “Ole~” but then Ishii drags Kenta in from the apron! Ishii throws haymakers then whips, but Kenta holds ropes. Ishii runs in to clothesline, then keeps going to run Kenta over! Kenta bails out but Ishii is right out after him! Ishii drags Kenta up and whips him into railing!

Kenta flounders around and Ishii stalks him. Ishii drags Kenta up as fans rally, and Ishii whips Kenta into more railing! Kenta staggers closer to the timekeeper’s area and he grabs the ring bell! Ishii storms over to get a RING BELL SHOT! Kenta then POSTS Ishii, bad arm first! The ref reprimands and checks on Ishii, but what about the bell? Kenta drags Ishii up, wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then hammerlocks to RAM Ishii into railing! The ref wants this to get back in the ring but now he has to check on Ishii again. Kenta stomps Ishii, the ref tells him to back off, and Kenta smooths his hair. Kenta drags Ishii up and into the ring and fans cheer that this continues.

Kenta stomps Ishii around, but Ishii gets up as he snarls. Kenta KICKS the bad arm and Ishii falls over. Ishii kicks from below but Kenta stomps him down. Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” but Kenta wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Ishii clutches his arm but Kenta grabs it for an armlock. Kenta pulls it into a Fujiwara but Ishii endures, even as Kenta talks trash. Kenta keeps on the arm but Ishii crawls his way over to get a ropebreak. The ref counts, Kenta lets go with one hand but still uses leverage to crank the arm. The ref counts again, Kenta lets off to stomp Ishii. Kenta kicks the bad arm again but Ishii keeps getting up. Ishii even eggs him on!

Kenta KICKS more but Ishii fires forearms! Kenta gets the arm again, ELBOW BREAKER! Kenta rains down forearms but the ref has him back off. The ref checks on Ishii but Kenta copies Yano by undoing a buckle pad. Kenta drags Ishii up, whips him over but Ishii reverses! Kenta hits bare buckles and falls in a heap! Fans rally again as Ishii stands. Ishii gives toying kicks to Kenta and Kenta end up in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS, fighting through the pain in his bad arm to hit Kenta again and again. Ishii then CHOPS and forearms again and again and again! Kenta falls down, Ishii only stops because his arm finally hurts too much.

Ishii goes back to Kenta, drags him up and whips him corner to corner. Kenta reverses but Ishii bounces off the corner to CLOBBER Kenta! Ishii drags Kenta up and reels him in but Kenta fights the lift. Kenta standing switches but Ishii elbows him away. Kenta BOOTS from the corner, climbs up and TORNADO HOTSHOTS Ishii! Kenta climbs, for the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta snarls but he kicks at Ishii. Ishii gets mad, swings on Kenta but Kenta catches the arm for a takedown! Kenta wants the Fujiwara again but Ishii gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Kenta lets go, and Ishii gets to the apron.

Fans rally up but Kenta stomps Ishii down. Kenta then drags Ishii up through the ropes but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii suplexes but Kenta fights it! Kenta throws body shots then HOTSHOTS the arm! Kenta has Ishii through ropes, DRAPING DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kenta is annoyed but he slithers away to the far corner. Ishii gets up, Kenta runs in to BOOT Ishii down! Then he goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kenta climbs up top! Ishii avoids the double stomps, then avoids the boot to waistlock and CORNER GERMAN! Fans cheer as both men are down again. They rally up for “I-SHI-I!” as he and Kenta stir.

Ishii fires himself up as he stands, and he runs back in at Kenta to clothesline! Kenta growls and throws a forearm! Ishii growls and they brawl with forearm after forearm! They each egg the other on as they go, no guard and no slowing down! Ishii ROCKS Kenta, and again, but Kenta LARIATS! Ishii doesn’t flinch! Ishii gives boxing elbows, Kenta BACK HANDS, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Kenta DISCUS LARIATS! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Kenta drags himself over to ropes and then to the apron. Kenta climbs up the corner, leaps, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives Kenta’s coup de grace but Kenta drags Ishii back up.

Ishii gives low headbutts but Kenta KNEES him right back down. Kenta runs the ropes to KNEE Ishii against them! Kenta runs again but into a BIG shoulder tackle! Fans fire up as Ishii growls and roars! Ishii shakes out the bad arm, brings Kenta back up and reels him in. Ishii lifts, but Kenta fights out to KICK the bad arm! Kenta drags Ishii down into the omoplata and the crossface, GAME OVER! Ishii endures and fans rally up as Kenta pulls back harder! Ishii moves around, trying to find ropes while Kenta’s hands are in his eyes and blinding him! Kenta pulls back even harder and Ishii flails! Ishii kicks around and gets a ropebreak with a foot!

Fans cheer but Kenta shoves the ref away as he drives elbow after elbow into Ishii! Kenta sits Ishii up and runs to PENALTY KICK! But Ishii blocks it! Ishii gets up, Kenta fires off hands, but Ishii spins Kenta around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again but fans still rally. Ishii gets up, slaps feeling into his bad arm, and then drags Kenta back up. Kenta throws forearm after forearm but Ishii DECKS him with one! It was the bad arm, though, so Ishii is again clutching it in pain. Ishii drags Kenta back up, puts him on the top rope and climbs up to join him. Ishii gets Kenta up for the STALLING SUPERPELX! Ishii crawls to the cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up and build to another rally as Kenta survives. Ishii goes to a corner and watches Kenta rise. Ishii runs corner to corner but Kenta gets around for a sleeper! Ishii back suplexes but Kenta slips free! Kenta runs but Ishii LARIATS him down! Ishii roars and shakes the bad arm out before he runs again. BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta fires up and aims from a corner, runs in and BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives two running knees but Kenta doesn’t get frustrated just yet. Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” but Kenta drags Ishii back up. Fireman’s carry but Ishii throws elbows to hold it off. Kenta cross counters and fires off slapping palm strikes! Ishii falls and Kenta takes down his knee pad!

Kenta fireman’s carries, GO TO- NO! Ishii lands on his feet to HEADBUTT! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ishii crawls his way over to Kenta to sit him up. Ishii builds speed for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kenta lives and Ishii roars in frustration! Ishii powers up, drags Kenta up but Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO- NO! Ishii facelocks but Kenta slips out of the suplex to SUPERKICK! Ishii swats the roundhouse to ENZIGURI! Kenta falls and Ishii fires up with the fans! Ishii runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives and fans are thunderous again as Ishii gets him back up! Suplex to-

No, Kenta knees free then bumps Ishii off bare buckles! Roll up, Kenta wins!!

Winner: Kenta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishii earns 0)

Did Fang Revive just pick up something from a Yano-esque tactic? Kenta also rubs in that he just seems to have Ishii’s number. Will Kenta keep things going until he’s number one with a bullet? As for Ishii, are his G1 chances already up in smoke?

 

Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Golden Star is shining bright again after his win in round two, but he’s going against the Submission Master! ZSJ made Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi #JustTapOut, will he make it a hat trick to start his G1 run?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Ibushi shoots in to waistlock but ZSJ switches to then go for arms. Ibushi moves around, ZSJ stays on top of him with a facelock but they end up in ropes. ZSJ lets off cleanly and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Ibushi and ZSJ circle again, feel out this exchange, and Ibushi drops down. ZSJ is ready again and goes for arms. Ibushi flips over, ZSJ gets a lateral press but no cover as Ibushi keeps moving around. ZSJ goes for an arm, Ibushi headscissors and pushes up for leverage. ZSJ bridges back, moves around and pops free to then pat Ibushi and back off. Ibushi keeps cool as he and ZSJ reset again.

They approach, feel out a new grapple and Ibushi puts ZSJ on ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, ZSJ unhooks and Ibushi backs off with a pat of his own. But then ZSJ pie faces Ibushi, and ducks the roundhouse! ZSJ bails out and wants Ibushi to calm down. Ibushi waits and ZSJ slides back in to circle with him again. They knuckle lock, ZSJ steps over to trap the arm and then has a cravat. He shifts to a headlock, grinds Ibushi down, but Ibushi fights up to power out. Things speed up, ZSJ turns hip toss into a spin but Ibushi fights the backslide! Ibushi avoids the arm Pele and ZSJ avoids kick after kick! The fans cheer as even Red Shoes has to get out of the way when ZSJ goes to ropes for safety.

Fans rally for “I-BU-SHI!” as he waits on ZSJ. They reset and feel out another grapple. Ibushi then KICKS ZSJ in the leg, and ZSJ walks it off. ZSJ comes back, he and Ibushi again feel things out, but again Ibushi KICKS his leg. ZSJ shrugs it off as he and Ibushi go again. ZSJ gives a kick but Ibushi KICKS his leg out! Ibushi eggs ZSJ on but ZSJ circles around, guarding that left leg. ZSJ knuckle locks, rolls, wrangles Ibushi down but Ibushi kips up to KICK the leg! ZSJ eggs Ibushi on so Ibushi gives more kicks. ZSJ pays for egging Ibushi on but he gives back forearms. Ibushi KICKS the leg! ZSJ crumples but Ibushi runs in to BOOT him out of the ring!

Ibushi waits for ZSJ to stand and slingshots but ZSJ slides in. Ibushi forearms, but slingshots into a DRAPING GUILLOTINE! ZSJ then makes it a HANGING ARMBAR, but lets off as Red Shoes counts! ZSJ then wrenches and PELES the arm! Ibushi falls over as he clutches his arm, but ZSJ goes out after him, ZSJ twists the wrist and bends the fingers before he traps the arm and STOMPS it! Ibushi clutches his wrist while ZSJ goes into the ring. The ring count begins and Ibushi gets up at 5 of 20. ZSJ is after Ibushi as soon as he’ sin, but they’re in the ropes so Red Shoes calls for the break. ZSJ still tortures Ibushi’s arm to STOMP it again!

Fans rally up as ZSJ paces around. ZSJ kicks Ibushi’s bad arm but Ibushi dares him to keep going. ZSJ traps the arm for a TWIST! Now Ibushi’s the one for egging ZSJ on. Fans rally up as ZSJ says Ibushi’s arm is suffering for ZSJ’s leg. ZSJ gives little hip bumps and swift kicks, so Ibushi ROCKS him with a right! And again! And again! ZSJ gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER and a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! ZSJ drags Ibushi down into body scissors as he keeps on the Kimura but Ibushi gets a ropebreak. ZSJ lets go to drag Ibushi back towards center. ZSJ wrenches the arm, twists elbow, wrist and fingers as he pushes towards the top wristlock! And he STOMPS it!

Fans cheer the technical savagery as ZSJ drags Ibushi up again. ZSJ wrenches but Ibushi ROCKS him with a right! ZSJ holds on to wrench again, so Ibushi forearms again! Ibushi fires off more forearms then whips but ZSJ reverses to wrench and ARM SNAP! ZSJ runs but into Ibushi’s FLYING KICK! Ibushi rallies the fans and he gets up. Ibushi dares ZSJ to stand, and then he fires off a strike fest! KICK to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps the fans going as he drags ZSJ up in a half nelson. ZSJ uses a leg to break free then he KICKS Ibushi’s bad arm! ZSJ whips, Ibushi goes up and over and rolls to RANA!

ZSJ bails out, Ibushi fires fans up and he PLANCHAS! Both men are down on the outside but fans fire up! Ibushi gets ZSJ into the ring and then aims from the apron. ZSJ stands, Ibushi springboards and missile dropkicks ZSJ down! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his focus as he gets back up. Ibushi stands ZSJ up and reels him in but ZSJ blocks the bomb lift. ZSJ wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out into the mat! “There we go! Now we’ve got Ibushi going!” ZSJ drags Ibushi up as fans rally. ZSJ half nelsons then full nelsons but Ibushi powers out with an arm-drag. ZSJ EuroUppers, runs but fakes out the dropkick to then roll Ibushi to a headscissors ARMBAR! But Ibushi gets a ROPEBREAK!

ZSJ lets go but gives Ibushi toying kicks. Ibushi eggs ZSJ on so ZSJ gives him more. ZSJ stands up and dares Ibushi to follow. Ibushi sits up but ZSJ gives more swift kicks. Ibushi KICKS ZSJ off his feet! Ibushi eggs ZSJ on now and ZSJ gets up. ZSJ KICKS but Ibushi doesn’t seem bothered. Ibushi KICKS ZSJ and he staggers away to the corner! ZSJ comes back to KICK, but Ibushi shakes his head. Ibushi KICKS, ZSJ staggers but stays up this time. ZSJ KICKS, Ibushi KICKS! ZSJ still gets up and they go forehead to forehead. ZSJ fires EuroUppers but into a backslide! ZSJ slips through but into a short arm LARIAT!

Fans are thunderous as ZSJ gets to ropes. Ibushi runs but ZSJ hits a FLYING KICK! Almost like Ibushi’s earlier! ZSJ gets Ibushi up, SIT OUT BOMB! Also like Ibushi! Cover, TWO, but into a leg hook nelson and armlock! Ibushi endures partial Clarky Cat and moves around to get a ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go quickly and is too tired to be frustrated. ZSJ isolates Ibushi’s arm and STOMPS it again! Fans rally up hard as ever as ZSJ drags Ibushi up. ZSJ reels Ibushi in, scoops but Ibushi slips out to HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! ZSJ flounders away and Ibushi gets up as fans rally again. Ibushi roars and runs into the corner but ZSJ BOOTS him! ZSJ runs but into a POWERSLAM!

Ibushi rolls to the corner but ZSJ SHOTGUNS his legs out before the moonsault! Ibushi falls in a heap but ZSJ is also down, catching his breath. Fans rally for “I-BU-SHI!” “Z S J!” as ZSJ watches Ibushi sit up. PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO, into an ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ stands up but Ibushi turns to stand. Ibushi fires forearms but ZSJ CRANKS the ankle! ZSJ leans on the hold but Ibushi still endures. Ibushi fights up again to DECK ZSJ with a straight shot! ZSJ sputters away and Ibushi crawls over that way. Ibushi powers up, runs, but ZSJ BOOTS the lariat away to wrench and PELE the other arm! BOOT but Ibushi V-TRIGGERS!! KENNY~!

ZSJ sits up slowly as Ibushi fires himself up. Ibushi calls upon the powers of Nakamura to BOMAYE! Cover, TWO! But Ibushi gets the wrists, only for ZSJ to pop him into an armbar! Ibushi clasps hands, ZSJ fights for control, they roll and Ibushi has a wrist for a BUZZSAW! Ibushi sits ZSJ up with double wrists, but ZSJ tilt-o-whirls around to an IRON OCTOPUS! ZSJ drags Ibushi down to the floor and gets the leg, a triangle modification of Napalm Death! Ibushi shifts around but he’s caught!! Ibushi VERBALLY quits, ZSJ wins!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Ibushi earns 0)

INCREDIBLE! The Submission Master sidelines Naito, slays the Dragon, and even makes the back-to-back G1 winner #JustTapOut!! And since he earned his points off Naito, you could even say he’s the REAL leader of A Block! And he makes sure Ibushi knows it, too! Is there any chance the Golden Star can still make it back to a fourth G1 finals in a row? Or is this just not his year?

As for ZSJ, he of course gets on the mic. “Oi. Everyone, good evening. Thank you so much for today. In this G1, I will do my very best!” ZSJ takes a bow before saying he’s OF COURSE joking with them. Bunch o’ idiots! He’s takin’ a piss, obviously. “Do your best? I don’t need to do my best, I’m beating these pricks on autopilot!” A Block is the one that needs to do their best! No one has an answer for the Soy Boy Tekker! “14 stone, Vegan technical wizard, smashing everyone in this bloody tournament. My word.” The G1 Climax is Zack’s! Take the bracket and throw it in the bin with Naito’s knees.

Oh and speaking of Naito, too bad for him. He was supposed to be in tonight’s main event. ZSJ looks right in the camera to talk to Naito cuz he knows he’s watching. Como estas, amigo? How you doing? Bien? Yeah? Well ZSJ’s MUY BIEN! Y’wanna know why? Cuz ZSJ will win the G1 while Naito’s ass is stuck on the couch! And while on the subject of dickheads, three down and six to go, “as you were.” ZSJ had perhaps the toughest opening schedule in the block, is it smooth sailing from here on out? Or will running into the Dominator next round change ZSJ’s tune?

 

Here are the current A Block standings!

Great-O-Khan: 4-0, 8 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Kenta: 3-1, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-1, 6 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points [won special singles bye]
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Kota Ibushi: 2-2, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-2, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points


My Thoughts:

Another great night for NJPW here. For one, Takagi adjusting his mission statement is pretty cool. Takagi VS Naito is definitely one we were all hoping to see but can’t with Naito’s knee injury. Looking ahead to Wrestle Kingdom in January is a positive sign since that gives a four month time table, but that’s all dependent on the plan being Takagi winning. Khan VS Yujiro was a good match but naturally Khan wins to keep his streak going. Yano VS Loa was a lot of fun and I like that Loa even brought up that he’s growing desperate for points. Yano stays strong so he perhaps could be a strong runner-up that makes things tricky for the block leaders.

Ishii VS Kenta was really good stuff, and I’m really surprised Kenta won with the dirty finish. Kenta is also in the same spot as Yano where his win-loss record could put pressure on one of the others in the final round. And the adjusted main event, Ibushi VS ZSJ, was awesome stuff, especially given the stories going into it. Ibushi’s record may say 2-2 but he’s been up and down in the G1, with tonight being a drop back down. This was the story I was expecting them to go with and it’s working out well, putting pressure on each match for him to get back up. ZSJ’s own story is that he is reminding everyone of his singles skills. ZSJ VS Khan in the next round is THE one to watch, that is going to say a lot about where A Block is going.

My Score: 9.1/10


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