We move on to day three of Block A, day five over all, of one of the best wrestling tournaments in the world. Get ready for some of the best high-quality matches you will see all autumn. The A Block is stacked this year but after today the field is still wide open.
Yujiro Takahashi vs Taichi
The match starts off with, Yujiro attacking Taichi before the bell and then taking him to the outside to try and brutalise him, this doesn’t work out too well, as Taichi is a specialist in outside the ring punishment. After chocking Yujiro on the outside, Taichi rolls him back into the ring, focusing on his neck and back. Both men in this match apply their old tricks on one another, Yujiro biting his opponent to get out of sleeper holds and Taichi resorting to the outside on a number of occasions.
A relatively easy win for Taichi here, after giving Yujiro a low blow our Holy emperor rolls up Yujiro, pinning his shoulders down using his legs. Taichi is now the first man to make it to six points.
Taichi picks up two points via Pinfall.
Jeff Cobb vs Minoru Suzuki
Here we are getting a matchup between two guys who are both surprisingly quick in the ring and have great respect for the sport of Wrestling. Suzuki and Cobb start off slow, feeling each other out before beginning to grapple to the mat, Suzuki eventually gets Cobb into an ankle lock but the hold is broken when Cobb makes it to the ropes. Soon enough the two of them are out on the floor, Suzuki taking advantage of his surroundings.
The two get back into the ring and after some back and forth, including big chops Jeff Cobb begins making his comeback, avoiding a sleeper hold and Gotch Style Piledriver attempt. Just as you think Cobb is going to defeat The King, Suzuki reverses a Tour of the Islands into a Gotch Style Piledriver and wins the match.
Minoru Suzuki picks up two points via Pinfall.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Kota Ibushi
Ishii and Ibushi start off strong, giving each other hard chops and forearms trying to knock the other down. Ishii is a hard man to stagger, almost as if he is a big boss in Final Fantasy, but Ibushi is determined to show he is strong and resilient against Ishii. Ibushi’s hard hitting high kicks to the chest is just the thing to get Ishii down on to the mat. Ishii escapes a Kamigoye attempt from Ibushi by head butting him to the mat.
This is the point where the match starts to speed up, each one hitting each other with Suplexs, big boots, stiff looking knees and forearms and other power moves before both falling to the floor. The two of them lay there, kicking each other in the face, before sitting up and slapping one another. Eventually the two of them are on their feet, continuining to slap each other before Ibushi hits Ishii so hard he collapses to the floor; the sadistic side of Ibushi is finally here.
It’s now all big power moves and hard strikes with many near falls. Ishii attempts a German Suplex, but Ibushi lands on his feet, as Ishii tries to get up, Kota hits him with a Bomaye, attempting to pin but Ishii kicks out, Ibushi finishes him off with a Kamigoye picking up the win
Kota Ibushi picks up two points via pinfall.
Will Ospreay vs Shingo Takagi
This match is a rematch of the Best of the Super Junior finals from 2019. The two of them know each other very well at this point, both being part of the Junior division and both moving up to the heavyweight division in the last year. This match is fast paced and hard hitting, the two of them going the extra mile here and definitely on par with their previous big match ups.
Will Ospreay gets hit with a Pumping Bomber followed up with a Last of the Dragon resulting in Shingo Takagi picking up the win.
Shingo Takagi picks up two points via Pinfall.
Jay White vs Kazuchika Okada
Jay White enters the ring accompanied by Gedo, during Okada’s entrance he grabs the mic and starts chanting for Okada, taunting the crowd. Once Okada is in the ring and ready, Red Shoes begins checking the competitors for concealed weapons and Jay White berates him.
The action spills to the outside, with Okada chasing Gedo into the ring for his interference. Soon they are back outside the ring, White dominating, and throwing Okada, back first, into the metal barriers and ring apron. Once the two get back into the ring, White spends a lot of time focusing his attacks on Okada’s neck.
Gedo continues to be a thorn in the side of Okada during this match, resulting in The Rainmaker chasing Gedo from the ringside area and up the entrance ramp. White goes to help and Okada delivers double DDT before dragging White back to the ring. After some back and forth, White hits The Rainmaker pose, taunting Okada, this gives him enough time to make a comeback against White and soon locks in The Money Clip, he goes for his new submission move several times but it seems to not be working on Jay White.
While in The Money Clip Jay White hits Okada with a low blow, as Okada tries to lock it in again, White hits him with a German Suplex followed up with the Blade Runner getting the win.
An interesting fact to note is with Kazuchika Okada being fully committed to his Cobra Clutch submission, The Money Clip, could be his downfall, as Jay White hasn’t been submitted in a New Japan ring since 19th June 2016, to Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a dark 6-man tag match.
Jay White picks up two points via Pinfall.
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