Who will win the block and reach the Climax?
Naito and EVIL are 6-2, SANADA is 5-3, and the finals are tomorrow! How does B Block turn out as the saga of Evil’s betrayal continues?
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.
- B Block – Toru Yano VS YOSHI-HASHI; Hashi wins.
- B Block – Juice Robinson VS Hirooki Goto; Juice wins.
- B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Zack Sabre Jr; Tanahashi wins.
- B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; KENTA wins.
- B Block – EVIL VS SANADA; SANADA wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
EVIL: 6-2, 12 points
Tetsuya Naito: 6-2, 12 points
SANADA: 5-3, 10 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 5-3, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
KENTA: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Juice Robinson: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
B Block – Toru Yano VS YOSHI-HASHI!
The Producer had a strong start and a harsh fall in the block, but can only defend his status as Mr. KOPW 2020 at this point. Will the Head Hunter #GetBackUp and get in line for Yano’s prize?
The ref checks Yano for all his tricks, and Hashi wants it to be thorough. Yano barely holds still but there’s at least one roll that’s obvious. Hashi takes them out of the knees on Yano’s tights. But what about the waistband? Yano takes out one roll, then another! Now it’s clean! Hashi and Yano are in agreement, but surprise! A fifth! Yano says it’s okay now, and the bell rings! Fans rally as the two tie up. Yano pushes Hashi back to ropes, the ref calls for the break and Yano gives it. Fans cheer as the two circle again. They tie up, Yano headlocks but Hashi powers out. Yano runs Hashi over and fans cheer again. Yano eggs Hashi on and then tells the ref to back off. Hashi CHOPS Yano! Yano throws forearms, Hashi CHOPS! Yano says that one hurt! And to the corner he goes!
Hashi stops Yano from untying the pad, whips but Yano reverses. Yano goes after the pad and gets it off the corner! Hashi ducks the pad attack, kicks low and grabs the pad for himself! The ref grabs the pad, Yano CLUBS Hashi into the ref! Yano runs but Hashi PAD SMACKS him! Yano gets to a corner, Hashi runs in and CHOPS! Hashi whips, Yano stops so Hashi CHOPS and mule kicks! Hashi turns Yano, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Hashi rises. Hashi drags Yano up, Yano rakes Hashi’s eyes! Yano apologizes and runs, but Hashi trips him up! Hashi drags Yano out, whips but Yano reverses! Hashi hits railing and Yano gets the disinfectant! The ref reprimands but Yano threatens him with the spray! The ref falls, Yano goes after Hashi but Hashi blocks!
The spray flies into the air, Hashi kicks Yano and Yano drops the bottle! Hashi grabs the bottle and sprays Yano! Fans cheer as Hashi brings Yano around to whip into railing! Yano goes down in a heap and Hashi has his bo staff! Hashi puts his staff on the other side of the railing, and then digs deep into his own tights…? HASHI HAD TAPE! Hashi was being just as tricky as Yano, but he was able to keep it secret! Hashi tapes Yano to the staff through the railing! Hashi is using Yano’s tricks against him masterfully! Fans rally as Hashi leaves Yano behind and Yano struggles with the staff! The staff is also hooked into the timekeeper’s table! The count is up to 10 of 20, so Yano wiggles HIMSELF through the railing! He gets through! But we’re at 16! And now 18! Yano and staff are in at 19!
Fans cheer but the ref tells Yano to stop, he has a weapon attached to his arm! The ref helps Yano undo the tape and he puts the staff aside. Hashi kicks and whips! Yano holds ropes and taunts Hashi, then dodges his clothesline to rake eyes! Yano whips Hashi but Hashi reverses, Yano stops himself from hitting bare buckles! Yano dodges, Hashi stops himself, but Yano rolls Hashi up, TWO! Yano dodges Hashi, drags him down to a cover, TWO! Hashi avoids the clothesline to waistlock, Yano grabs at the ref but Hashi avoids the low blow! Hashi stalks behind Yano, brings him in but the ref stops Hashi from giving a low blow! Yano grabs hair, the ref reprimands but Yano shoves the ref down! Yano shoves Hashi into bare buckles, AND low blows, but Hashi blocks it! Hashi rolls Yano to a school boy! Is he holding tights?! Hashi wins!!
Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yano earns 0
The trickster got tricked and the Head Hunter #GotBackUp! Will Hashi want his shot at the KOPW 2020 trophy before the end of the year? Or will he have to get in line behind the other five that beat Yano?
B Block – Juice Robinson VS Hirooki Goto!
The Flamboyant One and the Fierce Warrior couldn’t derail the G1 runs of the IWGP Double Champion of the King of Darkness. But who between these two will at least end their run on an upside?
The bell rings and the two start ramming shoulders! And throwing forearms! Fans rally as they go back and forth, Juice rocks Goto and kicks low! Juice headlocks, Goto pries against the hold but Juice grinds harder. Goto powers out to get a headlock back and he grinds Juice down. Juice endures, fights up, pries at the hold but Goto cranks harder. Juice throws body shots and powers out, Goto rams him but Juice comes back to run Goto over! Fans fire up as things speed up, and Juice counters the hip toss but so does Goto, and Goto gets the hip toss! Goto runs to run Juice over and shows his bad arm isn’t bothering him! Goto kicks Juice in the corner, throws forearms, then whips Juice corner to corner. Goto runs in but Juice boots him away.
Juice puts Goto on the apron but Goto blocks a punch. Juice blocks Goto’s counter punch and wrenches the arm for a hotshot! Goto tumbles down, now the arm might be bothering him. Fans cheer as Juice aims and slingshots, PLANCHA! Direct hit but Juice crashes into railing, too. Juice stands up and fans rally up, he gets them to stomp-stomp-clap. Juice drags Goto up, We Will, We Will POST you! Goto hits steel and falls to the ground! Juice gets back in the ring and the ring count begins. Goto slowly gets up, stands at 12 of 20, and he gets inside. Juice is on Goto and that bad arm to wrench and hammerlock. Juice RAMS Goto into a corner arm first! Juice drags Goto up, wrenches and hammerlocks again, to ram into another corner!
Fans cheer and rally as Juice wrenches Goto to a cording hold. Goto endures as Juice cranks on the arm. Fans rally up as Goto fights up and throws body shots! Juice wrenches and RAMS shoulders with Goto! Juice brings Goto back up to RAM him again! And again! Juice gets fans to stomp-stomp-clap again and Juice fireman’s carries. Goto fights out, gets to a corner and dodges Juice, to SAIDO! Both men are down and fans fire up! Juice and Goto go to opposite corners, Goto runs in, MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Juice survives but Goto keeps close. Goto drags Juice up, fireman’s carries, but Juice fights out! Juice wrenches the bad arm, Goto flips but Juice blocks the boots to drop a back senton! Fans cheer as Juice aims from a corner.
Goto goes to the other corner, Juice runs in to corner clothesline! Juice fires up and goes corner to corner again, to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Juice and stomp-stomp-clap again. Juice drags Goto up, puts him on the top rope, and CHOPS! Juice keeps the fans going as he climbs up top. Goto fights back with body shots then forearms! Juice wobbles, Goto keeps hitting him but Juice headbutts back, and again, and again! Fans cheer as Juice brings Goto up, to SUPERPLEX! But Juice holds and gets back up, but Goto blocks the suplex! Juice breaks free, but Goto brings him around for the HEAD SHOT! Both men are down but fans rally up. Juice crawls away and Goto drags himself to the corner. Juice runs at Goto but Goto meets him halfway for clotheslines! They stay up, try again but again just collide!
Both men fire up, run, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES hit again! Juice brings down the straps, runs again but Goto follows! Juice dodges, but runs into a fireman’s carry and USHIGOROSHI! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Goto sits up first, fires himself up and drags Juice back up. Goto dragon sleepers, Juice spins out to suplex! Goto slips out, tries again, but Juice snapmares to the chicken wings! Juice turns Goto, but NO Pulp! Fans rally with Goto as he aims, but Juice blocks the kick! Juice swings the left but misses, RIGHT HAND O’ GOD! Juice drags Goto back up, chicken wings, but Goto sleeper holds in return! Juice flails but fades fast! Juice sits down, Goto Oklahoma Rolls him, TWO!
Juice survives but Goto stomps him and whips him. Juice reverses, swings, but into the dragon sleeper! Juice drops down,. Goto drops on him to cover, TWO!! Juice gets up, dodges but so does Goto! Goto gets the arm, Juice breaks free, LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Fans fire up with Juice as he pumps up! Goto stands, Juice gives him ANOTHER LEFT HAND! But Juice isn’t done there, chicken wings and PULP FRICTION! Cover, Juice wins!
Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Goto earns 0
And it’s the Flamboyant One’s G1 that ends with a positive! Will Juice’s momentum and determination help him blaze a trail to something big in the near future?
B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Much like yesterday’s match of Ibushi VS Taichi, there is a lot of history between The Ace and the Submission Master over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. The Dangerous Tekkers denied the Golden Aces the gold in the Summer Struggle, but can Tanahashi use this final round to turn things around?
Speaking of that history, ZSJ taunts Tanahashi with the tag title belt. The two back down and Tanahashi takes off the jacket to show off the muscles. Fans cheer and the checks are finished, and fans rally with the bell! Tanahashi drops down as he circles with ZSJ but ZSJ matches. They both stand, feel out the grapple, and tie up. ZSJ gets around, rolls Tanahashi, TWO! Tanahashi is on guard again and the two circle. They feel out a new grapple, ZSJ gets around to waistlock and roll Tanahashi to a ghost pin, TWO! Fans cheer as the two stand off again. ZSJ and Tanahashi circle, Tanahashi goes for a leg but ZSJ counters to a backslide and even jackknifes! TWO and Tanahashi backs off. Fans rally as the two circle again.
Tanahashi and ZSJ feel out this third grapple with knuckle locks, they’re in a deadlock but Tanahashi wrenches, hammerlocks and headlocks! ZSJ fights up but Tanahashi throws ZSJ down! ZSJ keeps his shoulders up, gets up to his feet and wrenches out to go for a high wristlock. Tanahashi keeps that at a deadlock to then arm-drag back to a headlock on the mat! Fans cheer the technical exchange, and ZSJ goes for headscissors. Tanahashi fights those off once, twice, but ZSJ tries a third time! Tanahashi shakes those off, grinds on the headlock, but ZSJ gets up to his feet. Tanahashi hits another headlock takeover, ZSJ headscissors fast and gets free to CRANK Tanahashi’s neck! ZSJ goes back to headscissor Tanahashi’s head and squeeze tight! Tanahashi endures as ZSJ pushes up to add leverage, and as ZSJ digs in knuckles into Tanahashi’s ribs!
Fans rally as Tanahashi moves around. ZSJ digs his elbows in but Tanahashi digs his knee into ZSJ’s ankle. Tanahashi pops out of the headscissors and gets the headlock back, but ZSJ gets the headscissors back right away! ZSJ pushes up to wrench the neck but Tanahashi again moves around. Fans rally as Tanahashi works on another escape. Tanahash headstands, ZSJ pushes him over and CRANKS the neck again! ZSJ sits Tanahashi up just to put the headscissor back on! Fans rally as Tanahashi continues to endure. Tanahashi pries at the headscissors, turns ZSJ over and pops out to have the legs! Tanahashi floats to a headlock, throws ZSJ down, but ZSJ again gets the headscissors! ZSJ squeezes tight, Tanahashi moves around again, but ZSJ digs his elbows into Tanahashi’s shoulders.
Tanahashi powers out, keeps the legs together for a butterfly of sorts, but ZSJ cravats! They stand up, Tanahashi tries to throw ZSJ off but ZSJ holds onto the cravat! ZSJ drags Tanahashi down, fans rally up as Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi stands. ZSJ shifts to go for the cobra twist! Tanahashi spins around to put the cobra twist on ZSJ! Fans cheer, but ZSJ pops free to go after Tanahashi. They go around and around, Tanahashi drags ZSJ down to a cover, TWO! ZSJ has Tanahashi in a triangle hold but the fans rally up! Tanahashi powers up, stomps ZSJ and gets the legs for a CLOVERLEAF! ZSJ endures and moves around, he drags Tanahashi back down into the triangle! Tanahashi stays on his feet as ZSJ squeezes, and Tanahashi forces ZSJ through for a stretch! It’s a partial Boston Crab but ZSJ gets to ropes!
Tanahashi and ZSJ let each other go and fans rally up! Tanahashi stands, drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ throws European Uppercuts! Tanahashi ROCKS ZSJ with the palm strike, but ZSJ clamps right on him for an OCTOPUS! Fans rally as Tanahashi endures! ZSJ twists the wrist, bends fingers, but Tanahashi powers up and turns things around! Tanahashi gets the OCTOPUS! ZSJ manages to stay on his feet, get around, and again hook Tanahashi up! Tanahashi resists the Octopus to get a leg, DRAGON SCREW, but ZSJ counters to a body scissors! ZSJ turns Tanahashi over, EUROCLUTCH, ONE!! Tanahashi has ZSJ, body scissors, JAPAN CLUTCH! TWO, ZSJ has Tanahashi in a sleeper! Tanahashi rolls up and over to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Tanahashi gets up, drags ZSJ up but ZSJ fights out of the Dragon Screw to get the arm! Tanahashi counters the wrench and Pele to get the leg, REAR DRAGON SCREW! The bad leg suffers damage! Tanahashi has both legs, ZSJ cradle counters, TWO!! Tanahashi escapes, both men stand again, and Tanahashi counters to a backslide. ZSJ spins out and leaps on for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! ZSJ also has body scissors, but Tanahashi gets free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans cheer and rally as both men rise. Tanahashi runs, ZSJ gets around Sling Blade to double pump handle! ZSJ flips Tanahashi over for EUROCLUTCH! TWO!! ZSJ dodges the dropkick but Tanahashi blocks the Penalty Kick! SLING BLADE! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes to a corner!
Tanahashi climbs up top, ZSJ stands, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY! But ZSJ rolls through to get the arm! Tanahashi rolls ZSJ up, Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, ZSJ earns 0
Tanahashi holds on longer and that angers ZSJ! They keep scrapping and Young Lions have to get in there to stop it! The Golden Aces each pinned the tag team champions, will Tanahashi and Ibushi be able to reclaim those titles?
B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!
The IWGP Double Champion already lost to the Cold Skull and the King of Darkness. The only chance he has of staying in this is to win! But can he when Fang Revived is desperate to defend his IWGP United States Championship contract?
Kenta grows impatient watching Naito take off the elaborate entrance attire but the fans rally and cheer as Naito takes his time. Naito finally finishes but does some last stretches. The check is finished, the bell rings and fans rally and clap for “NA-I-TO!” Kenta shrugs that off as he and Naito slowly circle. Kenta backs off to a corner to keep Naito back. Naito waits, Kenta comes out of the ropes, but then Kenta goes out to the apron. Red Shoes has Naito stay back and Kenta teases going in and getting out. He and Naito keep going back and forth like that, but the fans cheer as both men are finally in. They tie up, Kenta drags Naito down to a cradle, TWO!! Naito gets away and fans rally up again. Naito takes his time returning now and now Red Shoes has Kenta stay back.
Naito slowly gets in, and fans cheer as he and Kenta circle again. They tie up, Kenta gets the arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Naito steps through to get a hammerlock, a wrench and a wristlock. Kenta spins and gets around to hammerlock back. Naito reaches back to wrench and get a leg to a takedown. Naito has the toehold but Kenta uses a chinlock to fight back. Kenta gets around to go after an arm but Naito rolls to a cover, ONE! Naito gets the leg but Kenta sits up to keep the pressure off. Kenta gets an arm again but Naito gets the ropebreak. Fans cheer the technical exchange as Kenta lets off. Kenta eggs Naito on but Naito keeps his cool. Fans rally up again as the two circle. Naito and Kenta approach, tie up with knuckle locks, and Naito gets in to wrench to a hammerlock then headlock!
Naito grinds Kenta down but Kenta rolls to a cover, ONE! Kenta fights up, Naito grinds harder on the headlock but Kenta pulls hair. Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta powers out. Naito holds ropes, boots back and throws elbows! Naito runs to huricanrana Kenta out of the ring! Fans cheer as Naito watches Kenta rise. Naito tells Kenta to hurry, time’s running out. Kenta doesn’t accept Naito’s invite, he gets in at his own pace. Naito stomps Kenta at the apron! Naito drags Kenta up to choke him on the ropes with a cravat! Red Shoes counts, Naito stops and drags Kenta back up. Naito cravats, Kenta endures but Naito throws elbows. Naito whips, Kenta holds ropes and bails out again. Fans cheer the savvy as Kenta goes around the way.
Naito hurries out but Kenta gets in. Naito gets in but Kenta bails out. Kenta grabs his briefcase and hides it. Red Shoes keeps Naito back but Naito goes after Kenta at the apron! Red Shoes tries to bring Naito away but Naito shoves him aside, Kenta CASE SHOTS! Naito falls down and Kenta puts the briefcase back on the timekeeper’s table. Kenta gets in and rains down right hands! Fans rally, Kenta mocks their clapping and Naito bails out. Kenta heads out after Naito and POSTS him! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him into railing HARD! Kenta mocks the fans more as he drags Naito up. Kenta puts Naito in, coves, ONE! Kenta sits Naito up with a chinlock but fans rally as Naito endures. Naito moves around, reaches for ropes, but Kenta lets go to KICK him down!
Kenta drags Naito back up, snapmares and KICKS him again! Kenta mocks the applause again as he paces around Naito. Naito sits up as fans rally up. Kenta does his weird clapping before he stomps Naito. Kenta whips and elbows Naito down! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito with a headscissor hold. Fans rally and Naito endures and rolls around. Kenta keeps Naito from ropes and pushes up to add leverage. Naito kicks his legs as Kenta squeezes his head, but Naito turns and gets a ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets go at 3 to bring Naito back up. Kenta turns Naito for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Kenta keeps on Naito with a chinlock and he grinds Naito down. Kenta cranks back but Naito still endures. Naito fights up, throws elbows to get free, but Kenta knees low!
Kenta runs and boots, but Naito blocks to atomic drop and neckbreaker! Both men are down and fans rally up. Naito is up first and he forearms, kicks, clubs and whips Kenta, to elbow him down and basement dropkick! Naito drags Kenta up, whips him to a corner and runs in for the rocket kick! Naito sweeps the legs, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito strikes a pose! Cover, TWO, but Naito keeps his cool. Fans rally up again and Naito drags Kenta up. Naito turns Kenta for the backbreaker to the leg hook full nelson! Kenta endures, moves around, Naito pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito drags Kenta from the ropes, Kenta endures and reaches, but Naito drags him away again! Kenta turns the other way to get the ropebreak! Naito needs help so Red Shoes undoes the hold.
Fans rally as Naito drags Kenta back up. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Kenta fights off Gloria. Naito CLUBS Kenta, runs in but Kenta boots back! Kenta boots Naito again, hops up top, and reels Naito in for the tornado hotshot! Naito flounders, Kenta goes up top, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally for “NA-I-TO!” as Kenta gets up. Kenta drags Naito up, KICKS and fires off a strike fest, to then fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO! Kenta grows annoyed but he starts toying with Naito. Kenta kicks Naito, Naito gets up but swings into a DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito survives but Kenta goes corner to corner as fans rally. Kenta runs in to BOOT Naito down, then keeps going to HESITATION DROPKICK! Naito is down, Kenta heads up top! Kenta leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives the coup de grace but Kenta keeps his focus.
Kenta hears the fans rally up but he slashes the throat. Kenta drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights out! Naitoi spins Kenta, uses the ropes for the tornado but Kenta stops that, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Naito survives but Kenta just drags him back up. Fans rally, Kenta gets Naito up for toying slaps but a stiff back kick! Kenta KNEES Naito point blank! Fans rally as Kenta drags Naito up and fireman’s carries again, but Naito pops up to POISON RANA! Kenta gets up, runs in but Naito counters with back elbows! Kenta drops to a knee but fans rally as Naito throws more back elbows. Naito brings Kenta up again for another round of elbows! Kenta wobbles, Naito gives one last BIG back elbow! Naito drags Kenta up to the top rope. Naito climbs to join Kenta, SUPER STEINER!
Fans fire up as Naito drags Kenta back up, hammerlocks and half nelsons, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito keeps his focus. Fans rally as Kenta sits up in a daze. Naito drags Kenta back up, wrenches but Kenta elbows back! Naito runs in but Kenta puts him through ropes! DRAPING DDT! Kenta SPIKES Naito with that Brain Killer! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans fire up again! Kenta aims from a corner as Naito slowly sits up. Kenta runs out, PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives again and Kenta is furious! Kenta drags Naito back up, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights out! Naito throws elbows but misses! Kenta fires off painting palm strikes, and he DECKS Naito!
Kenta drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, GO TO- REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives that sudden counter and time is ticking! Fans are fired up as Naito slowly gets up. Naito brings Kenta up and wrenches, but Kenta again elbows Naito away. URAKEN! URAKEN! Right hand! Naito elbows and ENZIGURIS! Scoop for VALENTIA! Naito fires up as he drags Kenta back up! Wrench and- CRADLE COUNTER! Kenta wins?!?!
Winner: KENTA, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Naito earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion loses at the last second!! Naito can’t believe it! Will Kenta get his shot at the heavyweight title to add to his IWGP United States Championship opportunity?
B Block – EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS SANADA!
It all comes down to this! Naito lost, he’s 6-3, and because he’s lost to both men, he is ELIMINATED either way! But then, will it be the King of Darkness or the Cold Skull that meets the Golden Star in the finals?
Evil and Dick Low Sweet and the bell rings, and fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil ignores that as he and Sanada circle. Evil bails out and Sanada waits for him. Evil wants Sanada to stay back, but he takes his time returning. Evil mocks Hiromu on commentary with the Too Sweet, and Hiromu just gives a thumbs up and fake smile. The ring count climbs, it reaches 10 then 13 before Evil rolls in, only to roll back out. Sanada tries to egg Evil on but Evil grabs at the timekeeper’s stuff. Red Shoes reprimands, Evil wants Sanada to stay back. Evil finally gets in, Sanada runs in but narrowly avoids the STO! Sanada gets a dragon sleeper, Evil spins out but Sanada whips Evil out! Sanada runs, fakes Evil out to tumble and slingshot into the ring! Fans cheer as Sanada tricks Evil and then waits in the corner.
Dick keeps Evil calm, Red Shoes tells Evil to get back in. Evil still takes his time, telling Sanada to stay back. Evil is in, Sanada blocks a kick and has the legs! Evil kicks Sanada away before the Paradise Lock can be put in! Sanada knees low, clubs Evil then runs, but Dick swipes at him! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil clotheslines Sanada out! Evil goes out after Sanada, bringing him up and whipping him into railing! Sanada grits his teeth and Evil brings out chairs! Evil piles the chairs up, drags Sanada over and Dick distracts Red Shoes. Evil snap suplexes Sanada onto the chairs! Evil thrwows up the Too Sweet and gets in Hiromu’s face again. Fans rally for Sanada as Evil leaves him behind. Red Shoes checks on Sanada but he’s okay to continue.
Evil undoes the blue corner buckle pad, the Bullet Club classic. Red Shoes has Evil stop and Sanada slowly rises. Fans rally again and Sanada gets in. Evil drags Sanada up to scoop and slam! Evil has a cocky pin but Red Shoes won’t count, he knows what Evil was doing earlier. Evil stomps Sanada then drags him up. Fans build to a rally as Sanada throws forearms back on Evil! Evil knees low, whips but Sanada reverses. Evil holds ropes to deny the dropkick, then he drags Sanada back up. Evil throws Sanada out, gets in Red Shoes’ face and Dick stomps away on Sanada! Dick RAMS Sanada into railing! Dick puts Sanada in the ring and Evil drags him around. Evil has a leg and turns Sanada for a Half Crab! Sanada endures as Evil sits deep!
Fans rally up, Sanada powers up and heads for ropes, but Evil leans back harder! Sanada still endures and gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go at Red Shoes’ count, and paces about, not even frustrated. Evil stands on Sanada’s head, fans rally for Sanada but Evil drags Sanada up. Evil reels Sanada in, Sanada fights off the suplex, and then Sanada suplexes Evil! Evil fights that off, knees low but runs into Sanada’s basement dropkick! Evil swings into Sanada’s BIG back suplex! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Sanada is up first and drags Evil up. Evil knees low, runs, but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks Evil down! Evil bails out but Sanada slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit in front of commentary and the fans are fired up! Sanada encourages fans to get loud and Hiromu claps along.
Dick creeps up but Sanada spots him! Sanada puts Dick in the ring, Dick begs for mercy but Sanada trips him up! Sanada ties Dick up in Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada stands on Dick and eggs Evil on. Evil stays back, daring Sanada to come out after him. Sanada goes to the apron but fakes Evil out! Evil is in, Sanada kicks him down and ties Evil up! DOUBLE PARADISE! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada is satisfied with the volume. Sanada runs corner to corner, DOUBLE PARADISE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Sanada keeps his cool. Fans rally again as Sanada drags Evil up to a fireman’s carry. Evil kicks and rakes eyes, pulls hair and blocks a kick! Evil gives it to Red Shoes to mule kick Sanada down!
Fans rally for Sanada but Evil drags Sanada back up. Evil fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but two is two! Fans rally again as Sanada stirs. Evil drags Sanada up again, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights and waistlocks. Evil elbows free, runs, but Sanada dodges and runs. Sanada knows Evil goes to the corner and he dodges, to go up and out and springboard in to missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Sanada drags Evil back up to a fireman’s carry. Evil fights, so Sanada tosses him into a dragon sleeper! Evil clubs free, but Sanada shifts sides to dragon sleeper again! Evil powers through, suplexes but Sanada suplexes him to ropes! MAGIC SCREW! Sanada drags Evil back up, chicken wings the arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Evil survives that textbook form from Sanada but the fans rally up! Sanada says he’ll finish it now! Sanada drags Evil back up, back into the dragon sleeper, and he cranks back on Evil’s head! Evil endures, pulls hair, but Sanada gives him a SKULL SWING! Then he goes to the corner, goes up top, MOONSAULT but it FLOPS! Evil avoids disaster and both men are down! Fans rally and Red Shoes checks on both me. Sanada stirs while Dick coaches Evil up. Fans rally harder as Sanada and Evil slowly sit up. Sanada goes to the opposite side, runs in, but Evil dodges and sends him into bare buckles! Evil whips Sanada back into those bare buckles! And then scoops for the BACKBREAKER! Fans rally for Sanada as Evil has to catch his breath. Evil hobbles over, drags Sanada up, and hoists him up top!
Evil climbs, fans rally as Sanada resists, but Evil is on the very top! Evil brings Sanada up, and hits the SUPERPLEX!! Evil gets the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Evil sits DEEP on the Scorpion Deathlock but fans rally as Sanada endures! Sanada powers up but Evil sits deeper! Sanada keeps fighting forward, Red Shoes tells Dick to back off, and Sanada gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go at 4 but fans keep rallying! Evil drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but barely! Evil grows frustrated but he slashes the throat as he vows to end this. Evil drags Sanada up again, spins him around, but Sanada fights out of the STO! Sanada tries to steal Everything but Evil spins out! Sanada fireman’s carries, T K O! Fans fire up but both men are down!
Sanada and Evil stir as fans rally up again. Evil and Sanada roll to opposite corners but Sanada sits up first. The fans still rally as Sanada runs corner to corner, but Evil boots back! Sanada tries again, Evil boots him again. Evil dodges the third time, Sanada stops himself to elbow Evil! QUEBRADA to dragon sleeper! SKULL END! But Evil rolls back, drags Sanada up and reels him in! Sanada spins out, SHIRANUI to dragon sleeper! SKULL END!! Sanada has the body scissors, Evil kicks and reaches but endures. Evil pulls on Sanada’s EAR! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil gets free but not for long! Sanada drags Evil back down into the dragon sleeper and Evil endures again! Fans rally but Evil again pulls on an ear! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil stops and works on the body scissors instead now.
Sanada still holds onto Evil’s head but Evil moves around and is free! Sanada hurries to get up top, MOONSAULT to Evil’s back! Sanada turns Evil over and wants another, MOONSAULT to the chest!! Cover, Dick drags Red Shoes out!! The Spoiler gets a chair and he aims at Sanada! CHAIR SHOT to the chest! Dick takes off the jacket and uses that to blind Sanada while he punches away! Fans rally for Sanada as Dick drags him back up. Dick feeds Sanada to Evil, they work together, MAGIC KILLER!! But Hiromu gets in to go after Dick! SUPERKICK! Fans are thunderous as the Ticking Time Bomb drags Dick up, but Evil LOW BLOWS Hiromu! Hiromu writhes but fans rally up for LIJ! Evil drags Hiromu up, Dick recovers, they combine again, MAGIC KILLER for Hiromu!
Evil drags Hiromu up to throw him out and gets the chair out of the ring. Dick gets Red Shoes back in and Evil goes after Sanada. Sanada cradle counters, TWO!! Evil LARIATS Sanada down! Fans still rally for Sanada as Evil drags him back up. Evil runs, and LARIATS again! Evil vows to end it! Evil drags Sanada back up, reels him in, but NO STO! Dragon sleeper, waistlock, btu Evil grabs Red Shoes! DICK HAS THE SPOILER CHOKER!! Hiromu returns to SUPERKICK Dick! Sanada throws Evil into Dick, JAPAN CLUTCH! SANADA WINS!!!
Winner: SANADA, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Evil earns 0
Evil is OUT, Sanada is IN! And Evil is furious about it! But it’s what he gets for betraying his friends and then trying to cheat his way to the top! The G1 Climax 30 finals are set, it will be Ibushi VS Sanada! As such, the B Block winner gets the mic! Sanada says, “I’m in the G1 Climax finals, shall we do it again?” Fans have the phones out to be the stars as the lights go down. “Everyone, thanks for your support. This is my gift to you.” So then tomorrow, Ibushi VS Sanada, Sanada vows to etch his name in history! “Oi, Ryogoku! See you tomorrow!” The Cold Skull has beaten the IWGP Double Champion and the King of Darkness, but can he bring Ibushi’s ascension to a Skull End?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
SANADA: 6-3, 12 points
EVIL: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Tetsuya Naito: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Zack Sabre Jr: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
KENTA: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Juice Robinson: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
A great B Block finale because obviously it was going to be! Hashi and Yano had a great match with just enough comedy, and it was a great surprise for Hashi to win. I’m starting to think that, while many great choices have beaten Yano in the G1, Hashi might be the guy to take that KOPW 2020 trophy from him. Hashi has fought for so long, he finally has a title belt as part of the Six Man Tag Champions, and it’d be wild if he became the one to have that trophy at the end of the year. Juice VS Goto was solid stuff, Juice gets that last win and I’m sure he’ll be poised for a title at some point. Of course, he and David Finlay are surely going to get in the 2020 World Tag League to defend their honor from last year, so winning that and going for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles could be exactly what he’s after.
And speaking of those titles. between Ibushi VS Taichi yesterday and Tanahashi VS ZSJ today, the Golden Aces are up and could be fighting for those titles at Power Struggle. That’s not to get ahead of Ibushi VS Sanada at the G1 Climax Finals, but the G1 Climax winner doesn’t get his title shot until WrestleKingdom. Ibushi could easily go after the tag titles with Tanahashi by his side on the road to WK15 and try to become a different kind of double champion. But speaking of all that, Naito VS Kenta had a slow start on purpose, but it really picked up at the end, and Kenta getting that quick win was great stuff. Kenta might want his shot at Power Struggle, but so would Evil as he lost the G1 here.
Evil VS Sanada was really good, even with the overbooking, because that overbooking fit in. Dick interfering but Hiromu countering was great for the story, and in the end, Sanada wins! What a great turn around for Sanada, going 0-3 to start but then blazing his way to the finals! I can’t be sure who wins between Ibushi and Sanada, but it’d be great for Sanada since that’s who Naito wanted anyway. And as just stated, Ibushi can fall back to the tag titles. But on the flipside, being THREEPEAT finalist and BACK-TO-BACK winner, Ibushi making the most history in the historic 30th G1, that’s hard to resist. Either way, the G1 Climax 30 is going to finally give us all something to love 2020 for.
My Score: 9.4/10