So I started to get slightly behind in keeping up with the G1, so decided to do Day 6 & 7 in one review just for more convenience. Anyway here is day 6 featuring Okada/SANADA as the main.
B Block Match 1 – Satoshi Kojima vs. Michael Elgin
This was a really good match, a straight up very enjoyable back and forth affair that stayed at a constant pace. Fair play to Kojima, he had some good energy and took a few big moves. Good effort from Elgin too who finally gets his first win.
Winner: Elgin  (via Elgin Bomb) ***3/4
B Block Match 2 – EVIL vs. Tama Tonga
Good Match. They both decide start the match on the outside and Tonga tries for a count-out victory which doesn’t work, things then stay quite back and forth for the rest of it, until they have a lovely(if a little convoluted) finishing reversal sequence where EVIL lands the EVIL to get the win. Pretty solid stuff.
Winner: EVIL  (via EVIL) ***
B Block Match 3 – Minoru Suzuki vs. Juice Robinson
Another good match here. Suzuki focuses on Juice’s leg throughout and there’s quite a bit of outside stuff in the beginning with Desperado getting involved. Suzuki mostly seems to have the upper-hand but Juice tries hard to fight back, mainly throwing strikes at Suzuki but his efforts weren’t enough and the sleeper followed by the Gotch Style Piledriver, put him down for the 3 count.
Winner: Minoru Suzuki  (via Gotch Style Piledriver) ***1/4
B Block Match 4 – Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega
This was super fun, though I’m sure lots of people are gonna hate it, pretty much a Yano match turned up to eleven, which is certain to happen with Kenny involved. From the start when Yano gives Omega a DVD filled with powder to them wrestling with each others legs taped together, this made me laugh considerably and was a nice change of pace from the rest of the G1.
Winner: Omega  (via Countout) ***3/4
B Block Main Event – Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA
Great main event with the finishing stretch being particularly excellent. I was really vying for SANADA to get the win here, as I’d love to see him get a title shot and he certainly came so close to getting it, but it just wasn’t enough and Okada got his third straight win putting him at the top of the block. Still great work from both guys in a mostly back and forth match-up with SANADA get a bit of control in the early minutes. Very enjoyable match.
Winner: Okada  (via Rainmaker) ****
Another very solid day for B Block with a great main event and really fun Yano/Omega which along with Elgin/Kojima are the matches I’d recommend checking out, unless you don’t like Yano’s antics, then stay way clear of that one.
Onto Day 7 and more A Block.
A Block Match 1 – Tomohiro Ishii vs. YOSHI-HASHI
Really good match between these two. The start out with good ol’ strike exchange and keep at each other throughout in a back and forth manner. Ishii’s great at bringing out peoples toughness and aggressive side and YOSHI-HASHI certainly tried hard to match-up with Ishii dishing out some stiff strikes. In the end though he fell victim to Ishii’s devastating brainbuster as he struggles to get a second win for himself.
Winner: Ishii  (via Brainbuster) ***3/4
A Block Match 2 – Bad Luck Fale vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
This was a good little match. They had a nice dynamic with Sabre using his agility to constantly try and get Fale in a submission but Fale kep being able to prevent them with his size and power. In the end Fale powers up Sabre whilst in a triangle choke much like Ibushi did but Sabre smartly rubs his elbow in Fale’s face and turns it around in a roll-up.
Winner: Sabre  (via roll-up) ***
A Block Match 3 – Kota Ibushi vs. Togi Makabe
This was a very solid match. A back and forth affair with lots of strikes and lariats being thrown about. I loved the ending where Makabe gives Ibushi a powerbomb and Ibushi kicks out at 1 but immediately flails to the ground and Makabe gives him a King Kong kneedrop to finish him off. May not be a big Makabe fan but he’s had a solid run in the G1 so far, but he has been up against some good opponents. Honma was also on commentary so he got to see his team member get a win which was nice.
Winner: Makabe  (via King Kong kneedrop) ***1/2
A Block Match 4 – Tetsuya Naito vs. Yuji Nagata
This was probably my favourite Nagata match of the G1 so far as he continues to struggle to get his first win. I loved Naito disrespecting and messing with Nagata, which of course pissed Nagata off and lead to some stiff slaps being exchanged. Great stuff from both guys, really liked it alot.
Winner: Naito  (via Destino) ****1/4
A Block Main Event – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto
Great main event between these two. Goto goes after Tana’s injured arm early on in the match but only keeps it up for a brief period, it’s mainly just lots of well placed back and forth action that was very enjoyable and a good way to end the show, not much more to say really. Tana gets the win which makes him joint 3rd with Zack and Naito at the top of the block.
Winner: Tanahashi  (via High Fly Flow) ****
Another very good day for A Block, everything was enjoyable, especially the last two matches which I’d recommend the most, though I think every match is worth checking out in their own way. Good times.