Gifu was home to the tenth night of the G1 as B Block action took place this morning, featuring an intriguing main event as the up-and-coming Juice Robinson battled Kazuchika Okada.
Prelim matches --
- Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens defeated David Finlay, Katsuya Kitamura & Tetsuhiro Yagi
- Zack Sabre Jr. & El Desperado defeated Togi Makabe & Shota Umino
- Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Yuji Nagata & Tomoyuki Oka
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Kota Ibushi & Hirai Kawato
- Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi defeated Hirooki Goto & Gedo
B Block matches --
EVIL defeated Toru Yano
This didn’t last long at all. EVIL messed around with Yano, jumping him while still in his entrance gear. Yano sent EVIL into the exposed turnbuckle. He tried to low blow EVIL early, but EVIL sensed it and shoved him away.
Yano tried to follow with a ref spot, even getting in a low blow amid the chaos, but EVIL transitioned and hit the STO for the win.
Minoru Suzuki defeated Tama Tonga
They had an okay brawl, but it wasn't particularly interesting. It was easily a step below from what both men have been putting out previously in the tournament.
The match started with a brawl into the crowd, with Suzuki throwing Tonga into a garage wall and even throwing a barricade at him. Tonga made a comeback, but Suzuki retook control as they entered the ring.
Well, they didn’t last in the ring long as they quickly went back outside. Suzuki threw him into the bell keeper's table. Then they brawled into the crowd, both using a chair. They kept brawling until they made it back into the ring.
And again, that didn’t last long as they exited, took out chairs, and came back in. The chairs disappeared as Suzuki went for the sleeper twice, but Tonga escaped each time. Tonga hit the Gun Stun, but there was no ref, as he was taken out previously in the melee.
Tonga went for another Gun Stun, but Suzuki caught him in the sleeper, then hit the Gotch piledriver for the win.
SANADA defeated Michael Elgin
I liked this match a lot. In the ring, both SANADA and Elgin excel and they had a great match with some cool spots.
Elgin hit the stalling suplex, then acted like he was going to strike SANADA on the outside, but didn’t. He invited him back into the ring, and SANADA accepted. He took out Elgin and wiped him out with a plancha.
Back in the ring, Elgin hit a powerslam and took SANADA to the top rope. SANADA went for a sunset flip bomb. Elgin refused, but SANADA got it after a dropkick and powerbombed him. SANADA went for the moonsault, but Elgin dodged. SANADA responded with a missile dropkick and landed on his feet after a German suplex attempt by Elgin.
Elgin landed a German suplex on the apron and hit the deadlift Falcon Arrow for a near fall. SANADA came back, floating over Elgin and clinching in the Skull End. SANADA followed with the moonsault for the win.
Kenny Omega defeated Satoshi Kojima
This was good. It took a while to get into, but it turned into a pretty good match towards the end.
Omega controlled early, taking out Kojima on the outside and body slamming him on the apron as Tenzan, who seconded Kojima for this match, watched on. Omega continued to work on Kojima until he finally got the upper hand with a Koji cutter.
Kojima ripped off Omega’s shirt, chopping him in the corner. Omega responded with a superplex off the top rope. He went for the lariat, but Omega blocked it. He tried a second time, but ate a V-Trigger in response. The third time, as they say, was a charm. But Omega struck back, hit another V-Trigger, then got the win with the One Winged Angel.
Kazuchika Okada defeated Juice Robinson
They started off slow, doing some mat wrestling. But like in some of the other matches in the tournament, Okada played the heel and began to rough up Robinson on the outside, including taking out a steel chair. He then took him to the barricade, where he gave him a big boot, sending Robinson tumbling to the outside.
Back in the ring, Okada continued to gain momentum. Robinson got a brief comeback, but Okada took him down and wrapped him in a figure four. Robinson responded with a reverse DDT. He went to the apron and tried to suplex Okada, but the latter fought back. Robinson took him in for a piledriver, but Okada countered with a back body drop.
Okada went for the Rainmaker, but Robinson countered with a full nelson slam, then followed with a lung blower. Robinson went for the Pulp Friction, but Okada was able to maneuver it into a tombstone. Robinson fired back with an axe kick, but Okada took him out with a Rainmaker, then a second.
Okada went for a third, but Robinson hit him with a giant punch. He tried for the Pulp Friction, but Okada grabbed him in mid move and planted him with a German suplex, then pinned him with the third Rainmaker.
Gedo and Okada finished the show with a promo.
Current standings --
- Hiroshi Tanahashi -- 8
- Tetsuya Naito -- 6
- Zack Sabre Jr. -- 6
- Hirooki Goto -- 6
- Bad Luck Fale -- 6
- Tomohiro Ishii -- 6
- Togi Makabe -- 6
- Kota Ibushi -- 4
- YOSHI-HASHI -- 2
- Yuji Nagata -- 0
- Kazuchika Okada -- 10
- Kenny Omega -- 8
- EVIL -- 8
- Minoru Suzuki -- 6
- SANADA -- 6
- Tama Tonga -- 4
- Michael Elgin -- 4
- Juice Robinson -- 2
- Toru Yano -- 2
- Satoshi Kojima -- 0