Nagoya was the venue for a fascinating night in B Block. The feud between Tetsuya Naito and Evil had dominated the summer but it’s the autumn where the rubber match takes place to headline the night!
Results in short…
Gabriel Kidd defeated Yota Tsuji by pinfall
Zack Sabre Jr. (8pts) defeated YOSHI-HASHI (2pts) by submission
KENTA (6pts) defeated Toru Yano (6pts) by countout
SANADA (8pts) defeated Juice Robinson (6pts) by pinfall
Hirooki Goto (8pts) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (6pts) by pinfall
EVIL (10pts) defeated Tetsuya Naito (10pts) by pinfall
Gabriel Kidd v Yota Tsuji
The two Young Lions absolutely pounded each other in our unofficial C Block competition. Kidd would hit his Butterfly Suplex for the three count to just about erode Tsuji’s lead at the top. Uemura and Kidd are now just 1 point off the top with 4 matches left.
C Block standings:
10pts – Yota Tsuji
9pts – Yuya Uemura, Gabriel Kidd
YOSHI-HASHI v Zack Sabre Jr.
The Headhunter and Submission Master deliver a cracking opener to B Block tonight but, perhaps unsurprisingly, ZSJ pulled a win out by wrapping Yoshi-Hashi up like a pretzel with Clarky Cat. A huge win for ZSJ as he quietly keeps pace with the leaders at 8 points. Could we see ZSJ sneak into the finals and become the first English G1 winner?
Toru Yano v KENTA
Well, I’ll be damned! A Yano match filled with shenanigans! This was, as usual, a lot of fun. We saw Yano and Kenta arguing over whether they could use illegal objects to disinfectant getting thrown in each other’s eyes including the referees. Of course, the referee had found Yano’s tape collection but he hadn’t inspected Kenta’s briefcase that was chockfull of tape. As the two fought near the entrance ways Kenta tied Yano’s hands around the entryway structure and ran back to the ring to get a countout win and move to 6 points.
SANADA v Juice Robinson
Juice is fast becoming a contender for G1 MVP, certainly most improved. He is putting on better performances than ever and this was an absolute banger as well. Sanada tried to stick to fast paced catch-as-catch can wrestling while Juice was trying to slow things down and grind out the win. As the match reached its conclusion they traded Skull End and Pulp Friction attempts and reversals before Sanada hit the Mutoh Moonsault to head to 8 points. Sadly, Juice is out now but he’s had a fantastic tournament and should move up the card in the next few months.
Hirooki Goto v Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tana has a ridiculously lopsided win-loss record over the Fierce Warrior dating back for around 15 years. Goto shocked everyone though by hitting the GTR for the win. Not only was this a huge shock to see Goto pick up a rare win over the Ace but Tanahashi is now eliminated from the competition with 2 matches remaining. The three time winner is now fighting for pride. When he and Ibushi were battling Dangerous Tekkers throughout the summer and Taichi/ZSJ were claiming Tana was done… were they right? Goto moves on though and is still in the running for B Block.
EVIL v Tetsuya Naito
At Dominion we saw Evil, who had joined Bullet Club 24 hours earlier, defeat his former stablemate and ally Naito and win the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Much of this due to the debut and interference of the Spoiler Dick Togo. Evil would then have a successful title defense against another LIJ member in Hiromu Takahashi before defending the title against Naito in a rematch at Summer Struggle in Jingu Stadium. Naito would regain his titles there setting their 2020 record at 1-1.
And it’s Evil who goes 2 and 1 with, no surprise, lots of interference from the Spoiler and plenty of other dirty tactics. What may have been the big statement was that the ending sequence was clean. Evil kicked out of a short Destino, he then evaded the full Destino attempt and hit Everything is Evil for the win. This won’t quiet Evil’s doubters but at least it has shown he can win matches without needing a low blow in the finish.
This is a massive win because it moves Evil level on 10 with Naito but Evil now holds the tiebreaker which means that for Naito to win the G1 he has to hope for Evil to drop one of his 2 remaining matches. Evil on the other hand has his future completely under his own control.
Oh yeah, and in his post match comments we saw Evil continue to stir the Bullet Club pot by asking could Jay White really trust Gedo… the plot thickens…
B Block standings after night 14….
10pts – EVIL, Tetsuya Naito
8pts – Zack Sabre Jr., SANADA, Hirooki Goto
6pts – Toru Yano, KENTA, Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi
2pts – YOSHI-HASHI
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