The business end of the G1 starts now with a combined 6 days of block action left before the final of this years tournament takes place at the Budokan. Today’s show is headlined by Kota Ibushi, in his home area vs Hirooki Goto in Kagoshima Arena.
BCOGs (Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa) def. Michael Elgin & Shota Umino
BCE (Hangman Page & Chase Owens) def. Toa Henare & Togi Makabe
CHAOS (SHO & YOSHI-HASHI) def. CHAOS (YOH & Jay White)
LIJ (EVIL & BUSHI) def. David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi
Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Minoru Suzuki) def. CHAOS (Gedo & Kazuchika Okada)
Tama Tonga vs Tomohiro Ishii
We all know the drill now with Tama Tonga matches in this year’s G1, reminiscent of early BC but Tama is no Styles, Devitt or even Anderson so thus far attempts of turning BCOG’s into a stable of legit bad asses has failed. The match ended as Tama turned a Brainbuster attempt by Ishii into a Gun Stun, which came after interference from both Loa and Fale despite Ishii’s best attempts to fight all 3 off.
SANADA vs Juice Robinson
SANADA having a decent G1, Juice on the other hand is mathematically eliminated and only has pride left to fight for. These two had a decent match that went back and forth, multiple flashes of either the Juice Box or Skull End, Juice even applying it. Just as against Yano, Juice unwrapped the soft cast and punched with his good hand, which was enough to allow him time to set up and hit the Pule Friction for only his second win.
Tetsuya Naito vs Toru Yano
Yano certainly seemed in a rush today and Naito’s calmness certainly played mind games with poor Yano. Naito at one point tying Yano to a guardrail and to bring the count, Yano almost kills a fan and drags the railing with him to the ring. All in all, a pretty fun match that Naito won following probably the worst looking Destino, but apart from that the match was okay, filled it’s purpose.
ZSJ vs Kenny Omega
Decent enough match but expected better considering who was in it. ZSJ targeting the leg and heel of Omega’s that is supposedly injured according to BTE, trying to nullify the effects of Omega and is V-Trigger as well as his base for the One Winged Angel, despite being clever, it was expected. Every move Omega made was countered with a hold that started at the arm and usually worked down to the leg which became repetitive enough as the match went on. Omega didn’t need the One Winged Angel to win though which was slightly refreshing, instead taking a page out of ZSJ book and winning with a roll up pin.
Kota Ibushi vs Hirooki Goto
Another match up that didn’t quite deliver but it was an okay match, we’re at the point in the tournament where tiredness is setting in or perhaps their reserving themselves for Budokan or something but whatever it is, I find some are falling flat more often than usual. Ibushi is the overwhelming crowd favourite considering he is from the locale but he doesn’t dominate either, Goto wears him down with headlocks and chinlocks. The match goes back and forth and Kota goes for the wrist control, can’t get the Kamigoye but get’s the Straitjacket German Suplex. After a combo from Ibushi, he set’s up the Last Ride but only gets a two count before going for one final Kamigoye for the win.
Decent show but not much I’d be worried about missing, Hirooki Goto, Juice and Yano are all mathematically eliminated as well as far as I know.