Block B continues today, putting on incredible matches with layered storytelling and hard hitting moves. Today we see the second of four Bullet Club vs Los Ingobernables de Japon match ups, with EVIL and Tetsuya Naito battling for two points and to be top of the Block.
Get ready for some of the most exciting and odd, in the case of Toru Yano, wrestling matches you will see all autumn. Those who said the B Block isn’t as stacked as the A Block are about to eat their words.
Zack Sabre Jr. vs YOSHI-HASHI
The match begins with the two wrestling each other to the mat, with go behind takedown, they both get each other in headlocks but are able to wriggle out of each others grasp.
After some back and forth Zack Sabre Jr. has YOSHI-HASHI right where he wants him, on the mat and ready to have his shoulder targeted, this is Zack’s plan of attack going forward. He manages to tie YOSHI-HASHI up, putting pressure on his neck and shoulder, but has to break the hold due to YOSHI-HASHI making the ropes. Zack gets him into an arm bar but has to break the hold again for the same reason as before.
The two of them begin trading forearms, but soon Zack is just kicking his opponent who delivers a Enzuigiri. YOSHI-HASHI is now in control of the situation knocking ZSJ down to the mat. Before YOSHI-HASHI can even deliver another big move ZSJ has him on the mat and stomps on his arm.
A Powerbomb is delivered and YOSHI-HASHI locks in his submission hold, only for Zack to reverse into an octopus hold, YOSHI-HASHI reverses into one himself and then it’s back to his submission hold. The hold is broken when ZSJ reaches the ropes. The two exchange European Uppercuts and Chops before YOSHI-HASHI again gets the upper hand delivering a double knees to Zack for a pinfall attempt.
Zack picks up the win by punishing YOSHI-HASHI shoulders manipulating each limp until YOSHI-HASHI, in a Double Arm Omoplata and has no choice but to give up verbally.
Zack Sabre Jr. picks up two points via Submission.
Toru Yano vs KENTA
Yano comes to the ring with his trusty disinfectant while KENTA brings his briefcase for a chance to face the IWGP United States Champion.
KENTA doesn’t trust Yano one bit and tells the ref to check him, sure enough Yano have hidden athletic tape in his tights. The pair begin arguing in the middle of the ring as they both have weapons, the ref tells them to put them down but KENTA doesn’t, resulting in Yano getting the red turnbuckle pad. He puts it down but KENTA still refuses, Yano puts his down but goes for the next one.
The two of them begin to circle each other with KENTA rolling out of the ring refusing to re-enter so Yano does the same, the ref has had enough now and beings the twenty count, they make it back just in time. KENTA rolls out of the ring again and YANO follows him throwing him into the barrier and tries to tie KENTA up, he fights back and sprays him with the disinfectant in the eyes, before the two of them get back into the ring. Yano hits a DDT and goes for a roll up only for KENTA to kick out.
KENTA now gets a hold of the disinfectant, unscrewing it, the ref notices and tries to get it off of him, after some back and forth KENTA throws it in Yano’s face for a roll up, but he kicks out. The pair begin to brawl outside of the ring, wrestling with the disinfectant which splashes the in the refs eyes taking him out for a while. They both head up the entrance ramp, KENTA using his briefcase to repeatedly hit Yano, it’s comes open and loads of tape falls out, after one more hit to the head KENTA ties Yano up and runs back to the ring to make the 20 count, beating Yano at his own game.
KENTA picks up two points via Countout.
SANADA vs Juice Robinson
The match begins with a lockup before the two start working each other’s shoulders. They quickly exchange submission holds before separating. SANADA hits a dropkick on Juice, who returns with a Spine Buster, he appears to be having trouble with his knee, if SANADA notices this he will capitalise on it. Juice takes control on the outside and throws SANADA chest first into the barrier, he manages to make it back to the ring before the count, but is soon taken down by a Backbreaker, and a pin attempt follows.
SANADA goes for a Moonsault, however Juice manages to avoid the spot and delivers a back body drop and another pin attempt. He takes him to the corner stomping him, trying to wear him down. Juice goes for a cannonball but SANADA moves out of the way at the last minute. Juice runs the ropes with SANADA leaping over him before hitting a Missile Dropkick and Juice rolls out of the ring. SANADA gives a Plancha on the outside and the pair continues to battle on the outside.
Back in the ring SANADA gets Juice in a Paradise Lock and waits some time before releasing him and hitting a Dropkick for a pin attempt. SANADA crawls to the corner, Juice hits the cannonball this time hitting his target, placing SANADA up on the top turnbuckle he hits him with a Overhead Suplex followed by another failed pin. The competitors are now really going for it with big power moves and reversals, Juice seems to have the upper hand most of the match.
The action now comes at a fast and furious pace. SANADA attempts a Dragon Sleeper, only for Juice to attempt a reverse into a Pulp Friction. SANADA takes Juice down to the mat going for a Moosault, which fails to hit, as Juice rolls out of the way and attempts another Pulp Friction, which is reversed into another Dragon Sleeper. Juice decides to play the same game as SANADA by locking in a Dragon Sleeper himself, only for SANADA to try and hit a Pulp Friction. Neither of them can hit a move, SANADA goes for Skull End but is rolled up with an inside cradle.
SANADA locks in the Skull End, just as Juice seems to be passing out he hits a huge Moonsault from the top rope, pinning Juice Robinson for the win.
SANADA picks up two points via Pinnfall.
Hirooki Goto vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
The two of them start off with a lock up and a show of strength, Goto tries to move Tanahashi down to the mat and uses a drop toe hold to attempt a submission hold.
Tanahashi has been focusing a lot more on submissions and working the joints of his opponents during this tournament. As the ACE of New Japan gets older he seems to be allowing his in ring style to evolve. Goto is dominating at this point with big power moves such as a Back Body Drop, but Tanahashi fights back with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip, now he is focusing and punishing Goto’s leg and knee, giving Dragon Screw Leg Whips across the ropes, before locking in a clover leaf, but Goto makes the ropes.
Tanahashi runs the ropes and delivers a dropkick to Goto’s now weakened leg. Goto manages to hit a Ushikoroshi but can’t capitalize, now in the middle of the ring exchanging stiff forearms, Goto takes Tanahashi down with a Lariat.
Tanahashi locks in a Dragon Sleeper, followed by a Twist and Shout. A Slingblade allows Tanahashi to attempt a pin; Goto only just manages to kick out. Tanahashi goes for a High Fly Flow but is thwarted on the top turnbuckle by Goto. After some time Goto hits a top rope Ushikoroshi. Goto hits two Ushikoroshi and picks up the win.
Hirooki Goto picks up two points via Pinfall.
EVIL vs Tetsuya Naito
EVIL is yet again accompanied to the ring by The Spoiler, Dick Togo, so expect some interference during this match.
This match starts off very fast with a lot of back and forth. Naito hits a Hurricanrana causing EVIL to slide out of the ring. EVIL goes to get a chair, but is told to come back to the ring, he does, and Naito attacks him with stiff elbows.
Naito locks in a Pluma Blanca (Koji Clutch) and taunts Dick Togo, this results a little later Naito being dragged out of the ring and being thrown into the barriers. While this is taking place EVIL creates a stack of chairs and Facebuster’s him into the chairs, draping a chair leg around Naito’s neck, he hits another Facebuster making him fall to the ground.
EVIL has removed the blue turnbuckle pad by now and as Naito makes his way back in the ring, he attempts apin, when that doesn’t work, he tries to wear him down with a front Facelock. Evil beats down Naito, but now he is fighting back, Naito always works best working underneath. Battling back he takes Evil to the corner and follows up with a Dropkick, before Dropkicking Dick Togo and going for a pin attempt.
Back to their feet, Evil runs the ropes and tries to hit Naito with a fore arm, only for him to move out of the way resulting in EVIL knocking Dick Togo off of the apron. Naito hits EVIL with a Spinebuster before locking in a Pluma Blanca. These two know each other so well that the back and forth is evenly matched, reversing their moves effortlessly. EVIL gives Naito a Brainbuster from the top rope and tries to lock in a Scorpion Deathlock, but Naito gets to the ropes forcing a break.
Following a Gloria from Naito, the pair are back on their feet again, EVIL attempts to push Naito into the ref. Red Shoes. Naito is having none of this and take him down to the mat receiving a Senton for his troubles and a Tiger Suplex.
Naito hits a Destino, EVIL attempts an Everything Is Evil which Naito avoids, but gets hit with a Sit Down Powerbomb. Naito keeps blocking the Everything Is Evil with stiff elbow strikes. While Red Shoes back is tuned EVIL gives Naito a low blow. A chair is slid into the ring and would later get caught by Red Shoes, he tells Togo off and turns around just in time to see EVIL with one of his own, while Red Shoes takes the chair off of him Togo tries to choke out Naito, but the Champion manages to escape.
They both attempt to hit their finishes repeatedly before the Everything Is Evil lands viciously, Naito’s shoulders bouncing off the mat and pinning him.
EVIL picks up two points via Pinfall.
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For translations of EVIL’s closing comments follow Chris Charlton on twitter @reasonjp
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