B Block Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano.
Yano begins to fire up at the beginning of the match and does his rope break spot, then a brawl between the two breaks out. Yano hits an array of arm drags, throws, and shoulder tackles. They go to the floor, fighting at ringside with Ishii taking control of the match. Back in the ring and Ishii hits Yano with strikes and chops. Ishii hits a suplex and covers for a 2 count. Ishii slaps him Yano around, they trade blows, but then Yano cuts him off and tries to remove the buckle pad and does so successfully. Yano moves as Ishii runs into the exposed buckle, does it a second time and the ref stops the low blow. Ishii then sends him into the exposed turnbuckle and then lays in chops and strikes. Ishii fires up and hits a hard shoulder tackle. Yano gets a quick backslide for a 2 count. Ishii hits Yano with a headbutt, but Yano sends him to the exposed buckle and gets a roll up for a near fall. Ishii is angry now, he no sells Yano’s strikes and they trade blows, Yano rocks Ishii and then no sells a German and hits a belly to belly for 2. Ishii hits a hard lariat, and then gets another 2 count. Ishii blocks a low blow and hits one of his own, he then pins Yano with a cradle for the win.
This was a pretty good match for under 10 minutes, nice back and forth between both men with Yano looking a little more serious here (***)
B Block Match: Juice Robinson vs. Tama Tonga.
Tonga and Loa come out together as Loa stays at ringside for this match. Apparently if Juice uses his cast, he gets disqualified. The two men lock up with Tonga looking to get Juice to the ground, but Juice counters out. Tonga then cinches in a side headlock. Juice then begins to out wrestle Tonga, some back and forth ensues and then into a stand off. Tonga attacks with strikes, he dumps Juice, and then Loa distracts him, allowing Tonga to attack. This leads to a brawl on the floor. Tonga begins to attack the injured hand of Juice. They then get back into the ring, Tonga does his misdirection spots but Juice counters with arm drags. Hip tosses follow, and then a big backdrop. Tonga then cuts him off with a beautiful dropkick, Juice then rolls to the floor, selling his hand. Loa attacks Juice outside of the ring. Juice then rolls back in, and Tonga immediately gets on the offence. A belly to back suplex follows then Tonga talks some shit and misses a corner splash. Tonga then counters back and hits a neck breaker for 2. Tonga hits the corner splash this time and a Tongan twist for 2. Tonga begins to stomp on the injured hand of Juice. Juice cuts him off and lays in some hard jabs. Tonga now works a hanging guillotine, Juice powers out and hits a jackhammer. He follows with clotheslines and a cannonball for good measure. The electric chair is countered, but Juice counters into a messy brainbuster for a 2 count. Juice now hits the electric chair drop and covers for 2. He looks for Pulp Friction, but Loa distracts him, and Juice attacks. He works him over with jabs, and a big left hand. Tonga then hits Juice with the Gun Stun and gets the win.
This was an alright match, but it should have been a few minutes shorter considering it lacked certain energy and excitement. Tonga winning makes sense and I can see him making the finals but it wasn't a great match to begin things. (**.5)
B Block Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Sanada.
They both lock up, Goto looks to work the arm early on but Sanada counters out. Goto fire back with a shoulder tackle, lays in clubbing strikes, and clotheslines Sanada to the floor. Sanada fights back, cuts him off and they brawl to the floor and into the crowd. Sanada slams him to the barricade, drags him back and then into the ring. Sanada the pace, working the neck but Goto fires back with strikes. Sanada cuts him off with a dropkick and covers for 2. Sanada now grounds things, but Goto fires up and hits a lariat. He follows with rights and kicks. The corner spin kick and Saito suplex follow and Goto covers for 2. Sanada fights out of ushigoroshi, and hits the dropkick and then follows with a plancha to the floor. Back in and Sanada lays in rights. They trade, and Goto hits ushigoroshi and both men are down. Sanada counters out of GTR into skull end. He swings him and looks for a TKO, Goto fights him off, and lays in elbows but Sanada hits an ushigoroshi and into skull end. Goto fights as Sanada drops to the mat. Goto slips out, Sanada heads up top and misses the moonsault. Goto now decapitates Sanada with a lariat as Sanada land son his head on the flip sell. Goto fires up but Sanada cuts him off, Sanada gets an O’Connor roll and into the skull end. Goto counters, they battle back and forth, head butt by Goto and the GRT follows and then another is countered into a cradle for a great near fall. Sanada cuts off Goto and moonsaults into skull end, but Goto counters out and into a draping GTR. The proper GTR connects for the win.
Overall this was a very good match with good pacing and a really terrific closing stretch with some great near falls. (***.5)
B Block Match: Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Sabre begins by trying to ground things, but Ibushi keeps things standing and then looks to pick up the pace. Sabre end up grounding Ibushi but Ibushi fights to his feet and starts to overpower Sabre, and ends up taking him down, but Sabre bridges out and into an arm bar counter, but Ibushi makes the ropes. Sabre takes things back down to the ground, Ibushi counters out and they go face to face, working a knuckle lock. Sabre quickly counters into control, but Ibushi lays in kicks and forearms as they trade. Sabre follows with uppercuts, but Ibushi then drops him with kicks. He lays in more kicks, and the standing moonsault gets 2. Ibushi now kicks Sabre to the floor, but Sabre cuts off the golden triangle with a heel hook, dragging Ibushi to the floor. Back in and Sabre grounds things and starts attacking the leg of Ibushi. Sabre follows with kicks, and Ibushi rolls to the floor. Back in and Ibushi fires up as they trade strikes and kicks. Sabre again attacks the leg, working into a Muta lock variation. He transitions into a bow and arrow, poses, and then transitions into a crossface until Ibushi makes the ropes. Sabre lays in leg kicks, but Ibushi fires back and drops Sabre with a body kick. Ibushi then counters the dropkick and hits the double stomp. Sabre looks to attack the arm, but Ibushi hits a dropkick and follows with a plancha to the floor. Back in and Ibushi flies in, but tweaks his knee, allowing Sabre to attack and ground him into submissions until Ibushi makes the ropes. Sabre follows with kicks, counters the pele, but Ibushi hits a lariat for the double down. Sabre counters the powerbomb into a guillotine and then into an Omoplata and then grabs the leg as well, but as he looks to transition, Ibushi makes the ropes. Ibushi hits a snap slam, misses the moonsault and Sabre hits a PK for 1! Another PK follows for 2. Sabre follows with leg kicks, they trade, and Sabre catches a kick but Ibushi counters out of a rapped German and levels Sabre with a big right. They trade from their knees, lighting each other up and Sabre now lays in uppercuts, and Ibushi takes him up top and lays in kicks. The German follows for 2. Sabre counters the knee strike, checking it and now cradles Ibushi for 2. Ibushi counters the triangle into a powerbomb for a good near fall. Sabre counters the head kick into an octopus, ties up both arms, Ibushi counters, but loses him as they fall into the ropes. Sabre back to the cobra twist, but Ibushi hits a snapdragon suplex and head kick. Ibushi drops the kneepad, but Sabre counters the Kamigoye into a European clutch for 2. They work into counters as Ibushi hits a straitjacket suplex and Kamigoye for the win.
I wasn't really expecting this match to be as good as it was, but man these guys worked extremely well together. This was an excellent match, with a nice mixture of styles and strong story-telling with both men battling for which style would come out on top. The crowd were got for this match and they really delivered. I would love to see more from these two. (****)
B Block Match: Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito.
Both of these men are G1 winners and it's also a rematch of last years final, which was an amazing match, so I'm sure this will deliver. Some mind games to begin, mocking each other, and Naito then dumps Omega but opts for tranquilo. Back in and Omega hits a belly to back suplex, and covers for 2. Omega follows with kicks, and then slams Naito the buckles a few times. Omega then follows with a back breaker for 2. Omega slows the pace, beating down Naito with strikes, and then laying in chops. Naito fires back, fights off the powerbomb, and hits the basement dropkick. He spits at Omega and Omega rakes his eyes. Naito hits a neck breaker and then another one for 2. Omega cuts off the corner dropkick combo, and hits the “you can’t see me.” To the floor and Omega slams Naito to the apron and pulls up the floor padding but Naito cuts him off. Back in and Naito hits the corner dropkick combo. Omega fights off Gloria, hits a RANA and Naito rolls to the floor. Naito cuts off the tope and back in, hits a tornado DDT for 2. Omega manages to dump Naito and sends him over the barricade. Omega now springboards over the barricade with a high cross! Omega drags him back and into the ring. Omega up top and Naito crotches him and follows him up but Omega counters him and hits snapdragon. The doctor Willy bomb connects for 2. V trigger is countered and they work into a series of counters, and Omega hits V trigger to the back of the head. Naito counters the one winged angel with a reverse RANA. Omega takes him up top, hits the RANA and now looks for Gloria and spikes Omega with it for a near fall. Omega counters Destino, V TRIGGER! The neck breaker is countered into Destino! Destino is then countered, and Omega then hits a cradled back to belly piledriver for a super close near fall. They trade blows, spin kick by Omega, and V Trigger connects in the corner. They go up to the top now, Omega looks for a super dragon suplex, Naito fights and Omega looks for a SUPER one winged angle, but Naito gets out of it by countering with a sunset bomb! Naito fires up, DESTINO! But Omega somehow kicks out at the very last second. Naito pulls him up, Destino is countered, Naito hits a ura-nage, but Omega counters Destino. Rolling kick by Naito, Destino is countered into a modified tombstone. Omega then hits a double under hook piledriver but Naito survives again! Holy crap this is intense! The crowd is losing their minds for Naito, but then Omega hits a mean looking V Trigger followed by a One Winged Angel which finally connects and Omega pins Naito.
This was G1 magic all over again between these two. What an incredible match and it's only night two of the G1. There were so many layers to this match and both men began to build a story of two contenders trying to overcome each other. Some of those near falls were so exhilarating it was enough to make you jump out of your seat. I was almost expecting Naito to win here with the way the match was going and having the live crowd behind him the entire way. But you can't have the champion lose his first match of the tournament I guess. Overall, this match was absolutely brilliant. (****.5)
G1 BLOCK A
* Togi Makabe: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Adam Page: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Michael Elgin: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Jay White: 1-0 (0pts.)
* Kazuchika Okada: 0-1 (2pts.)
* Minoru Suzuki: 0-1 (0pts.)
* EVIL: 0-1 (0pts.)
* YOSHI-HASHI: 0-1 (0pts.)
* Bad Luck Fale: 0-1 (0pts.)
G1 BLOCK B
* Kota Ibushi: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Tomohiro Ishii: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Tama Tonga: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Hirooki Goto: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Kenny Omega: 1-0 (2pts.)
* Tetsuya Naito: 0-1 (0pts.)
* Toru Yano: 0-1 (0pts.)
* Juice Robinson: 0-1 (0pts.)
* SANADA: 0-1 (0pts.)
* Zack Sabre Jr: 0-1 (0pts.)