A battle between the present and the future takes place tonight at Korakuen Hall.
Kazuchika Okada will battle Hangman Page in the main event. This is Page’s first G1 tournament, and at 26, has a big future ahead of him. Okada, who has yet to reach his peak, will look to gain his first win in the tournament after losing his first two bouts.
A well-established feud between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Bad Luck Fale is set for the co-main event. These two have battled off and on for years. Tanahashi is an expert at having great matches with just about everyone, so this should be no different. Togi Makabe vs. EVIL, YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki and Michael Elgin vs. Jay White rounds out tonight’s A Block action.
Join us for live coverage starting at 5:30 a.m. EST. There will be English commentary with Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero calling the action.
Zack Sabre Jr. and Taka Michinoku defeated Toa Henare and Shota Umino
Interestingly, while SANADA and Sabre are set to face each other tomorrow, they aren’t facing off in tag team action. This was a match to let Sabre pick apart Umino, and he did, submitting him with a rear naked choke.
Kota Ibushi and Yujiro Takahashi defeated Toru Yano and Gedo
Basic tag match, same as the usual fare. Gedo replaced Jado for whatever reason; he was originally set for this match. Takahashi pinned Gedo with the pimp juice DDT.
Tetsuya Naito and SANADA defeated Juice Robinson and David Finlay
Naito made it clear he was after Robinson’s had as he set his focus on the injured hand the entire match. SANADA and Finlay worked well together as Naito was destroying the hand. SANADA caught Finlay, spun him around them submitted him with the skull end.
Guerillas of Destiny defeated Kenny Omega and Chase Owens
Omega and Owens wasted no time in attacking the Guerillas of Destiny and gained control early. Tonga avoided a pescado from Omega and worked him over while Loa was in the ring with Owens. Omega came in and ran house on both, but was taken out by a gun stun from Tonga. Loa then pinned Owens with the sitout piledriver.
After the match, Omega was tending to Owens when Tama Tonga returned to the ring and laid him out with another gun stun, setting the stage for tomorrow.
Tomohiro Ishii and YOH defeated Hirooki Goto and SHO
Another formulaic tag team match, though action was good. SHO worked a lot with YOH and the two people that’l square off tomorrow (Ishii and Goto) did their thing. After scoring a really cool near fall, SHO rammed YOH with a knee and Ishii soon followed with a brainbuster for the win.
Jay White defeated Micheal Elgin
Elgin takes out White early with a huge suicide dive that takes him into the barricade. Elgin stands on chairs in the crowd and looks to suplex White into the chair, but White counters and takes him down back to the outside of the ring.
After taking a beating, White starts mounting a comeback. Elgin strikes with a superkick and blocks a rolling suplex attempt from White by taking him to the top rope and plants him with a superplex. Elgin heads back to the top and hits a big splash.
They make it to the apron where White smacks Elgin on the apron with a complete shot. White went for a kiwi crusher but it looked like Elgin countered and suplexed him to the floor. They trade offense in the ring until Elgin connects with a roaring elbow, a huge lariat and a tiger bomb for a great nearfall.
White gets planted with a buckle bomb, but White takes the ref with him. That allows him to low blow Elgin and plants him with the bladerunner for the win. A great match with a very tired finish. They absolutely did not need a ref bump here and I don’t know why they did it yet again.
Minoru Suzuki defeated YOSHI-HASHI
YOSHI-HASHI brought it to Suzuki early, but Suzuki quickly put himself in the driver's seat, smashing his elbow with a chair and and pelting him with chairs in the crowd.
Suzuki continues to dominate in the ring until YOSHI-HASHI grabs a leg and DDT’s Suzuki. Suzuki grabbed YOSHI-HASHI’s arm and torked it, applying an armbar. YOSHI-HASHI counters and grapples, going for the butterfly lock. Suzuki finally makes it to the ropes as YOSHI-HASHI laid him out with a backbreaker.
Suzuki fights out of a karma attempt and flattens YOSHI-HASHI with a dropkick. After peppering him with slaps, Suzuki drops YH with the Gotch piledriver and picks up the win. Really good, hard hitting match. YOSHI-HASHI plays an underdog very well and this match delivered.
EVIL defeated Togi Makabe
They started off by trading a number of forearm shots. EVIL on the outside grabs a chair, puts it on Makabe’s neck and smashes it with another chair. He took Makabe into the crowd and tried for a running lariat, but Makabe blocked his attempt and EVIL ended up walking right into his own.
EVIL cuts off Makabe back in the ring and starts wearing him down. EVIL connects with the Darkness Falls but Makabe fights back after a STO attempt. He takes EVIL down but EVIL struck back with a lariat and pinned him with the STO. Good match; nothing special, but a pretty good back and forth brawl.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Bad Luck Fale by disqualification
Tanahashi rushed over to Fale and immediately connected with a dropkick, focusing on one of Fale’s knees. Fale eventually did gain momentum by throwing Tanahashi into the crowd. While Fale distracted the referee with a chair, Tanga Loa jumped Tanahashi on the outside.
Fale worked on Tanahashi for a while before Tanahashi fired back with shots to the previously injured knee. He locks in the Cloverleaf but Fale reverses forcefully, sending Tanahashi to the floor. Tanahashi tries to focus on Fale’s knee, but Fale takes him out with a clothesline and a samoan drop.
Fale set up for the Bad Luck Fall but Tanahashi countered with a roll up. Tanahashi reversed a suplex into the twist and shout and followed with a sling blade. Fale dodged a high fly flow attempt. Fale hit the grenade, but got a near fall. Fale went for the Bad Luck Fall but Tanahashi countered with a sling blade. He connected with the high fly flow, but guess what? Tama Tonga pulled out the ref for the 236,234th time in this tournament.
Loa and Fale accidentally collided with one another when they were looking for a double team, but Tama Tonga came back in and laid out Tanahashi with a gun stun. Fale went to cover, but the most amazing thing happened. Red Shoes decided he had enough, flipped off the Bullet Club and disqualified Bad Luck Fale for all the interference. Amazing. Match itself was pretty good.
The Tongans put the boots to Tanahashi after the match, standing tall.
Kazuchika Okada defeated Hangman Page
Things start off pretty slow, some good back and forth between the two. They go to the outside where Okada sends Hangman into the barricade. Page fights back by laying out Okada with the buckshot lariat through the barricade. Back in the ring, he misses a moonsault attempt as Okada rolls out of the way.
Page lands a package tombstone piledriver as he looks to build momentum. He landed a giant neckbreaker from the top rope as Page followed that with another big moonsault, this time connecting. Another buckshot lariat follows.
Page went for the rite of passage but Okada counters with a roll up. Okada went for a German suplex but Page landed on his feet. Okada countered Paige’s attempt at offense with a tombstone. The two start battling, with Okada landing the dropkick. He tries for a rainmaker, but Page counters with a superkick.
Page connected with a roaring elbow and goes for the rite of passage but Okada connected with a rolling lariat and hit the rainmaker for the win. Great match, Page held his ground with Okada, looked great and they had a really nice back and forth match.
Okada was happy about his win after the match, his first in the tournament so far. He started to cry, then cut himself off and said the G1 is just getting started.