Last of the series here at the Korakuen, Night 6 of G1 action focuses in on the 3rd round of matches for B Block. The first singles meeting of Tama Tonga and Kenny Omega since San Francisco, and headlined by CHAOS warriors Tomohiro Ishii and NEVER Openweight Champion, Hirooki Goto.
Finally at match day 6, I’m sick of the tag matches, I’ll just run through them briefly, before getting into the main reason to be watching these shows.
YOSHI-HASHI & SHO def. Elgin & Narita
Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa def. EVIL & BUSHI
Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado def. Jay White & YOH
Hangman Page & Chase Owens def. Tanahashi & Finlay
Makabe & Henare def. Okada & Gedo
Hangman Page and Chase Owens should be considered as a team for this year’s Junior League.
B Block: 3rd Round of Matches
Kota Ibushi vs Toru Yano
Should Yano return to being The Sublime Master Thief to gain some points? Wrestling hasn’t worked so far. Early on there’s some wrestling and nearfalls in favour of Yano, but the turnbuckle pads start coming down, Yano taking down 3 of them to Ibushi’s one. Ibushi gets whipped into all four exposed corner. Yano brings in some tape but Asami confiscates it, it was all a ruse as Yano held a roll of it and tied up Ibushi by the wrists. He still gets in his combinations but Yano puts Asami in the arms of Ibushi and dumps both of them. Low blows Ibushi, Chopblock and roll up for Yano’s first win.
Zack Sabre Jr vs SANADA
ZSJ won their only previous match back at this years New Japan Cup. The match was wrestled in ZSJ’s style but SANADA held his own, had an answer for everything and held control at times, which frustrated ZSJ. Counter and counter-reversal roll up pins, crowd firmly behind SANADA. Trading uppercuts, double wrist lock from ZSJ. SANADA gets a nearfall but ZSJ follows it up with a Penalty Kick. ZSJ sets up for a Zack Driver but SANADA counters with Skull End, ZSJ counters out but SANADA clutch roll up pin for the win.
Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson
I can’t think of anyone more needing of a win than Juice Robinson right, two losses in singles matches since becoming champion. Two genuine crowd favourites here but Naito gets booed after targeting that injured hand of Juice. Naito would change up his offence just to weaken it, sliding dropkick to the hand instead of the back, clever little deviations from their regular target I found smart. Juice lands a massive Fall Away Slam from the second rope and Naito finds himself in the opposite corner as Juice charges in with a Cannonball. A Reverse Rana from Naito stops Juice in his tracks, finishers of both men countered, Juice sets up for the Juice Box but Naito reverses it with a Destino but doesn’t get all of it, Juice kicks out at 2. Naito sets up and gets all of the Destino the second time and gets the win.
Tama Tonga vs Kenny Omega
Was excited for them to go one on one but my hopes were dashed early on as Loa and Fale jumped Omega in the ring before the bell, but Page and Owens make the save and Red Shoes throws all extras from ringside. The match starts Tama is ranting and raving at Kenny, but as they fight on the apron, Loa makes his way around with a char. Tama distracts the ref and Loa targets the leg of Kenny. Back in the ring, Tama goes to Styles Clash Omega on the chair but Red Shoes kicks it out, infuriating Tama who Gun Stun’s Red Shoes. Omega wins by DQ.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Hirooki Goto
The CHAOS men went at each other from the get go, going at a quick pace, as they crashed into each other, not wanting to be felled, not giving an inch to their opponent. Goto is 3:1 in G1 competition against Ishii so that in itself should propels the Stone Pitbull to victory here. If you were to go out of your way to watch any match of this years G1 so far, it’d be either this or Omega vs Naito. Ishii prevents all GTR attempts but succumbs to Ushigoroshi and Reverse GTR. Ishii rocks Goto following a few trades of headbutts and does that sliding Lariat but only get’s a 2, he follows it with a Vertical Brainbuster for the win.
Agree with a bit of it, I am behind the White train, wish the shenanigans were used less frequently, it should mean something. I’ll prevail for now but I’m getting bored of it, run ins, ref bumps etc but there has been some cracking matches too.