– A Block Match: YOSHI-HASHI defeated Michael Elgin @ 14:20 via pin [***½]
– A Block Match: EVIL defeated Bad Luck Fale @ 12:25 via pin [*]
– A Block Match: Minoru Suzuki defeated Jay White @ 10:30 via pin [**¾]
– A Block Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Adam Page @ 12:05 via pin [***]
– A Block Match: Kazuchika Okada defeated Togi Makabe @ 15:06 via pin [***]
Michael Elgin vs. YOSHI-HASHI
HASHI finally gets on the board in a very good overall match that had the crowd rooting for him (his best reactions of the tournament so far). He has Okada & Tanahashi next which he will probably lose both matches to let's be honest. Elgin continues to deliver decent matches.
EVIL vs. Bad Luck Fale
Loa is out with Fale. Fale & EVIL brawl into the crowd with Fale tossing him into chairs and tossing barricades onto him. Fale hits the shoulder tackle and splash for 2. EVIL fights off the grenade, hits a superkick and clothesline. EVIL looks to hit his finisher but it's countered and we get a ref bump. Loa in to attack, rinse and repeat. Loa ends up hitting Fale, BUSHI in to mist Loa and Tonga takes him out. Naito out and takes out Tonga. Fale takes him out, and everything is evil connects and the ref is down. The ref sees all of the extra bodies and refuses to count. Gun stun on EVIL and that’s another DQ. More of the same, not liking where this is going.
Minoru Suzuki vs. Jay White
This was a decent match. Towards the end we see White laying in chops, but this just pisses off Suzuki and he gets mad, daring White to attack him. Suzuki starts murdering White with rapid-fire strikes, but White cuts him off and hits a Germanmsuplex. Suzuki counters the blade runner, gets the sleeper in, and White pulls at the ref. Suzuki blocks the low blow and hits a forearm and Gotch piledriver for the win. Nobody should fuck with Minoru Suzuki and he proved his tonight by defeating Jay White in an average match.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Adam Page
The end of the match sees both men trade strikes, and Tanahashi hits a sling blade, covering for 2. Tanahashi goes up top and hits high flying high cross and heads back up top and the high fly flow connects for the win. This was another good, but not great match. Page worked hard as he does, but there was absolutely no drama in regards to Page winning here, which hurt the match for me personally. This match needed a bit longer perhaps, considering some of the previous matches got a bit more time than they should have.
Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe
Makabe hits a hard lariat and then proceeds to take Okada up top but Okada fights off the spider German for a moment, but Makabe hits an overhead toss. Makabe up top and jumps off into a dropkick. The dropkick follows and the Rainmaker is blocked by stiff chops, Lariat by Makabe, but Okada hits a lariat of his own and then picks him up for the Rainmaker which finishes it. This was a good but it didn't feel like a main event considering the stellar matches we've seen on past nights. Both guys looked exhausted half way through and they never got out of second gear or really developed any excitement. I guess that's a toll that these guys are willing to take in this kind of tournament.
I just hope we don't see many more run ins or interference since almost 1/3 of the match so far have some sort of run in, interference, ref bump, and or low blow. Which kind of ruins it for me personally.
G1 BLOCK A
* Jay White: 3-1 (6pts.)
* Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1 (6pts.)
* EVIL: 3-1 (6pts.)
* Michael Elgin: 2-2 (4pts.)
* Togi Makabe: 2-2 (4pts.)
* Minoru Suzuki: 2-2 (4pts.)
* Kazuchika Okada: 2-2 (4pts.)
* Adam Page: 1-3 (2pts.)
* Bad Luck Fale: 1-3 (2pts.)
* YOSHI-HASHI: 1-3 (2pts.)
G1 BLOCK B
* Kenny Omega: 3-0 (6pts.)
* Kota Ibushi: 2-1 (4pts.)
* SANADA: 2-1 (4pts.)
* Tetsuya Naito: 2-1 (4pts.)
* Tomohiro Ishii: 2-1 (4pts.)
* Hirooki Goto: 1-2 (2pts.)
* Tama Tonga: 1-2 (2pts.)
* Zack Sabre Jr: 1-2 (2pts.)
* Toru Yano: 1-2 (2pts.)
* Juice Robinson: 0-3 (0pts.)