Block B continues today, putting on incredible matches with layered storytelling and hard hitting moves. Today we see two inter-faction matches from EVIL vs KENTA to Tetsuya Naito vs SANADA.
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.
Yano vs Juice Robinson
With Yano on six points and Juice Robinson on four points, it’s all to play for in this match, will Juice finally stop Yano, or will Yano get eight points.
The match starts with Yano trying to sell Juice one of his shirts, juice turns his back to put it on only for Yano to roll him up, but Juice kicks out, Yano then sprays him in the face with the disinfectant he has been carrying to the ring throughout this tournament, presumably due to Covid. He attempts another roll up, which again fails as Juice kicks. They take it down to the floor brawling, Juice gets a hold of Yano’s disinfectant and proceeds to pour it all over him, Yano just makes it back into the ring before the twenty count.
Juice Robinson just wants a wrestling match but, Yano isn’t having any of that, instead resorts to cheating and underhanded tactics for which he is famous, by untying the turnbuckle pads. After some back and forth shouting, Juice follows Yano down the entrance way only to take an Atomic Drop and get his legs tied together, Juice makes the twenty count by jumping all the way back to the ring. After a true comedy of errors Juice picks up the win. If you are feeling down today, this match will cheer you up.
Juice Robinson picks up two points via pinfall.
Hirooki Goto vs Zack Sabre, Jr.
This match starts with Goto and Zack Sabre, Jr. locking up and grappling down to the mat, after some tussling ZSJ locks in an arm bar, but Goto manages to get his feet on the ropes; in anger ZSJ begins viciously kicking Goto and pushing the ref away. Goto is now fighting back with hard forearms and elbows, but Zack is too quick, getting Goto into an Octopus Hold, following this up with a Penalty Kick, Goto hits a lariat and a Reverse Ushikoroshi in retaliation.
This match is incredibly fast paced and the finish comes out of nowhere, Zack Sabre Jr hits Goto with a European Clutch (Double pumphandle armwringer into a bridging inverted jackknife pin) to get the three count.
Zack Sabre Jr picks up two points via Pinfall.
YOSHI – HASHI vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
The two start by locking up, Tanahashi focuses all his attention on to YOSHI-HASHI’s shoulder that is normally taped up while YOSHI-HASHI focuses his attacks on Tanahashi’s knees and legs.
YOSHI-HASHI has been having a consistently good tournament this year and is showing even more aggression than we are used to. The two of them are not holding anything back chopping hard, moving fast and including submission holds in their battle. Hiroshi Tanahashi has one of the most vicious Dragonscrew Leg Whip’s in the business and show’s YOSHI-HASHI why it should be feared.
Things start to pick up now, Tanahashi hits YOSHI-HASHI with a sling blade and follows it up with a High Fly Flow, only for YOSHI-HASHI to get his knees up just in time. A show of strength and determination is next on the agenda, as the two of them begin chopping each other in the centre of the ring. Tanahashi is the first to fall, as resilient as he is, but just can’t withstand the Lariats being thrown by YOSHI-HASHI, and soon finds himself in a submission hold, from this he transitions into a sleeper with Tanahashi back on his feet and follows it up with a Backstabber. In retaliation Tanahashi begins destroying YOSHI-HASHI’s knees with Dragon Screw Leg Whips and attempts to get him into a Boston Crab, but YOSHI-HASHI is too quick and rolls him up for a close call.
The near falls are coming think and fast now with each new attempt being thwarted. Finally Tanahashi hits YOSHI-HASHI with a Sling Blade and a High Fly Flow and gets the win.
Hiroshi Tanahashi picks up two points via Pinnfall.
EVIL vs KENTA
EVIL comes to the ring accompanied by Dick Togo while KENTA comes to the ring alone, EVIL gives the ‘too sweet’ to Togo but refuses to do the same to fellow Bullet Club member KENTA.
KENTA kicks EVIL out of the ring before beginning to throw him into barriers and stomping on him, inflicting pain, and punishment to the ribs. He then grabs EVIL by the hair and begins taunting Dick Togo.
Soon enough EVIL has turned the tables and is attacking KENTA outside of the ring, wrapping his arm in a steal chair and throwing it into the ring post. They soon make it back into the ring. EVIL has now removed one of the turnbuckle pads and throws KENTA into it shoulder first; with it being taped up this is the perfect point of attack. KENTA is now in obvious pain but is still fighting back using his strong legs to hit kicks and strikes, even with a damaged arm and shoulder he still manages a slam. EVIL knocks over the ref Red Shoes, who then rolls out of the ring.
KENTA goes outside the ring to retrieve his briefcase (this holds the contract to face the IWGP United States Champion, which he won at the New Japan Cup of America tournament) and attacks Dick Togo with it, he gets back into the ring and does the same to EVIL before Red Shoes, having recovered from his bump, returns. KENTA hits a Double Stomp from the top rope followed by a Busaiku Knee Kick only for EVIL to kick out, KENTA then kicks out of the Darkness Falls. Following much interference and a low blow from EVIL he hits KENTA with the Everything is Evil and picks up the win.
EVIL picks up two points via Pinfall.
SANADA vs Tetsuya Naito
SANADA desperately needs a win here and who better to get a victory over than the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental champion, and the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon, Tetsuya Naito.
The bell sounds and before the two of them have even touched the crowd, are already clapping loudly and excitedly, they start off with a strong lockup and straight away grapple to the mat, these two know each other so well but have only faced each other once before in the G1 Climax tournament.
The two of them take advantage of all the space in and outside of the ring, moving between the two effortlessly, but their focus in mainly in the ring. This is a straight up wrestling match between two elite level performers.
SANADA attempts a Skull End but Naito slips out only to be caught and hit with a hanging TKO, now SANADA has taken control but only for a moment with Naito hitting a Tornado DDT. Naito becomes more cocky and confident as the match goes on and historically that has been his downfall in competition, will it be this time?
After hitting Naito from the top rope, SANADA gets a near fall with a Bridging Dragon Suplex. The two of them continue hitting each other with big moves, Naito even reverses a Skull End attempt into a DDT that I have never seen executed in that way before.
Naito hits the Destino and goes for a second one only to be caught by SANADA who hits the TKO, leaving the two of them laying in the middle of the ring. They both get to their feet exchanging heavy hard forearms to each other. SANADA yet again gets Naito into the Skull End transitioning into a mat variation, but he slips out for brief second before finding himself back there struggling and finally reaching the ropes. SANADA doesn’t give up and reapplies before going for the Moonsault. Naito barely moves out of the way, the exchange has left the two men exhausted.
Naito hits a Destino for SANADA to transition into a Skull End, which is then reversed into a Destino with pin attempt being made, SANADA barely kicks out in time, these two just seem to not be able to put each other away. SANADA hits Naito with a Destino and follows it up with two Moonsaults, pinning the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion in the centre of the ring, winning the biggest match of the tournament and laying a claim to a title match sometime down the line and picking up his first two points of the tournament.
This is definitely a match to be watched and enjoyed and everyone should go and watch it NOW.
SANADA picks up two points via Pinfall.
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For translations of SANADA’s closing comments follow Chris Charlton on twitter @reasonjp
The A Block returns to G1 action on 5th October at 11am BST, 7pm JST, 6am ET, 5am CT and 3am PT, available on New Japan World.