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Night 14 is here and, as I explained a few days ago, an Okada victory in the main event will eliminate both EVIL & SANADA.
Block B Match - Toru Yano vs Tama Tonga
Both of these men are already eliminated so there is nothing to play for here. They fuck about for 3 minutes and Yano wins with the low blow/roll up combination. *
Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs SANADA
This was a really good match that finished just short of being great. SANADA spends the early portion acting like a dick to the veteran but he would regret that. SANADA tried to follow up the Skull End with a moonsault but Kojima escaped and hit with a big lariat. The crowd was spurring Kojima on and he no sold a dropkick before hitting another lariat, only for SANADA to kick out at 1. A third lariat followed though and Kojima finally got himself on the board. ***3/4
Block B Match - Michael Elgin vs Minoru Suzuki
This match was very much like any other Suzuki match in this tournament. They brawled on the outside, Suzuki-gun interfered and Suzuki attacked Elgin with a chair. The difference here was that Elgin was having none of that shit. He managed to fight them off and picked up the win. It was good enough. ***
Block B Match - Juice Robinson vs Kenny Omega
Well, I don't think many people would have picked Juice to win this in their predictions but win it he did. It was a really good match that played into the strengths of both men, with Omega playing the cocky main eventer to Juice's underdog babyface. In the end, just as Omega looked like he had the match fully in his control, Juice reversed the One Winged Angel into a roll up pin for the very surprising victory. It is exactly the kind of storytelling that I love from New Japan with Robinson proving that despite being out of the running he will continue to be a threat to anyone. This win should earn him a US Title shot in the future. ****1/4
Block B Match - Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL
So, the other day I said that EVIL didn't really feel like someone who would beat Kenny Omega, well I'm going to have to eat my words on that. This is because at the end of a fantastic main event EVIL hit the Everything Is EVIL and handed Okada his first defeat in a year. EVIL took the fight to the outside, cutting off Okada's barricade dive with a chair to the face and following that up with a Darkness Falls onto a pile of chairs. In the end though, as predicted, it was Okada's hubris that got the best of him as he tried to hit multiple Rainmakers instead of going for the pin. In the end it was a reversal of a Rainmaker into the Everything Is EVIL that scored EVIL the massive victory. ****1/2
Kazuchika Okada: 6-1 - 12 points
Kenny Omega: 5-2 - 10 points
EVIL: 5-2 - 10 points
SANADA: 4-3 - 8 points
Minoru Suzuki: 4-3 - 8 points
Toru Yano: 3-4 - 6 points (Unable to top Block)
Michael Elgin: 3-4 - 6 points (Unable to top Block)
Tama Tonga: 2-5 - 4 points (Unable to top Block)
Juice Robinson: 2-5 - 4 points (Unable to top Block)
Satoshi Kojima: 1-6 - 2 points (Unable to top Block)
Overall Grade - A
I thought this was an excellent show with a host of surprising outcomes. EVIL keeps his G1 hopes alive and in all likelihood has earned himself an IWGP Title match down the line. I look forward to it too.
Night 1 was an absolute belter of a way to kick off proceedings and I'm expecting good things here too, so let's get into it.
Round 1 - Trevor Lee vs Donovan Dijak
Lee attacks Dijak at the bell, sending him to the floor. Dijak immediately hits the Feast Your Eyes but elects to go for a top rope move instead of the pin and gets caught on the way down. Lee gets his trademark small package but it only gets 2.
Lee takes control by outpowering the big man with caveman power. Dijak goes for the Feast Your Eyes again but Lee fights it off and hits an impressive deadlift German suplex. Dijak hits the chokebreaker for a good near fall.
The finishing sequence is great with Lee attempting a German froim the ropes, only for Dijak to flip out and land on his feet. They exchange strikes and Dijak flips out of another German attempt. He runs off the ropes but Lee catches him in the backflip crossbody for a great near fall. Dijak reverses a suplex attempt and forces Lee into the corner, wher…
Shane McMahon starts the show. He is happy with himself after yesterday's attacks on Raw. He says that he knew he would have to be the one that strikes first and that's why he went to Raw. It's also why he allowed Raw to use AJ Styles for an extra night. Angle should have known better, he insulted the Smackdown roster and so he unleashed 'Under Siege'. Sami Zayn comes out and says that he hopes that there will be no hard feelings about HIAC. Shane says that there are hard feelings but he will fix those at another time. Sami says that if Shane was out as a competitor he would destroy him in a second. He says that he and Kevin Owens have mulled it over and decided to enter themselves for Team Smackdown at Survivor Series. Shane says that he doesn't want or need them on the team but he will give them a shot at qualifying. Sami will face Randy Orton tonight and if he wins he is on the team. This was a solid segment to start the show. It played off the previous nigh…
Shane starts the show by hyping up Survivor Series. He says that they attacked Raw because Raw always treated them like the inferior brand. I didn't really see that but OK. Sounds like a bitch excuse to me. He says that Stephanie is a witch and the draft was stacked against them. Both of those things are true. They formulated a plan and executed it. Daniel Bryan went to Raw and was disrespected by Kane. Raw will pay for that. Angle can bring his gold medals and his monster, Shane will bring Orton and 3 of his best. I would take Braun 100% of the time over Orton.
Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler (Survivor Series Qualifier, 2/3 Falls) - Ziggler picked up fall one with a superkick. Roode used a sunset flip to level it at 1-1. Roode won the match with the Glorious DDT. This was much better than their previous match. They did some good work on the whole.
Roode cuts a promo about Survivor Series. He seems up for it.
New Day are wandering about backstage handing out candy. Big E is dressed lik…