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The final night of Block B is upon us and it has the match that everyone was looking forward to, Okada vs Omega III.
Block B Match - Michael Elgin vs Juice Robinson
This was a really good way to kick off the evening's tournament festivities. Juice picked up the win after seeing off Elgin's power moves. Following the match he said he was going to 'drink some Sapporo and go balls deep in some beautiful Japanese women'. I'm smiling inside thinking about how Vince would react if someone said that. ***1/2
Block B Match - Tama Tonga vs SANADA
Solid match but one that never really drew me in. This was at least partially due to the fact that Tama fails to enthrall me as a singles wrestler. He won here with the gun stun. ***
Block B Match - Toru Yano vs Minoru Suzuki
Suzuki tried to murder Yano, as he does with everyone, but Yano manages to wrap him up with tape and hit the low blow roll up on him for the win. That was that. *1/2
Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs EVIL
This was a fun match. EVIL has been really good in this tournament and my opinion of him has greatly improved. He won here to cement his place as third in the Block. Kojima has been overshadowed by Nagata somewhat but his contribution to this tournament shouldn't be overlooked. ***1/2
Block B Match - Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega
So, this is the only relevant match on the show and, probably, the most anticipated match of the tournament. Could they live up to the expectations put on them due to the quality of their previous matches? Yeah, no worries. They manage to put on another classic but one that is different to either of their other matches. With this match having the 30 minute time limit they don't waste any time feeling their way in to this, it's go from minute one. Okada has taken an ungodly amount of punishment this year and it is beginning to take it's toll. He lost and drew his last two matches heading in and is nursing a neck injury, and Omega zeroes in on it from the start. He is brutal too, hitting a reverse rana on the floor followed by a dragon suplex on the apron. He then proceeds to chop Okada in the back of the neck, which was a nice touch. Okada refuses to give up and fights back, even managing to hit a couple of Rainmakers, but he is unable to take advantage of the situation. In the end the wear and tear proves too much for him and Omega hits the One Winged Angel to finally beat Okada and advance to the final. Nothing I write can really do this justice, you need to watch it. This is the pinnacle of wrestling. *****
Kenny Omega: 7-2 - 14 points (Block B Winner)
Kazuchika Okada: 6-2-1 - 13 points
EVIL: 6-3 - 12 points
Minoru Suzuki: 4-4-1 - 9 points
Tama Tonga: 4-5 - 8 points
SANADA: 4-5 - 8 points
Juice Robinson: 4-5 - 8 points
Toru Yano: 4-5 - 8 points
Michael Elgin: 4-5 - 8 points
Satoshi Kojima: 1-8 - 2 points
Overall Grade - A-
This grade is based almost entirely on the main event, it's a masterpiece. There are some things to enjoy on the rest of the show though.
This show has a lot to live up to today after the great NXT show last night. There are some great looking matches on paper so I hope they perform.
Kickoff: Matt Hardy vs EliasThis match was pretty much exactly what you would get on Raw. I would elaborate more but much like the 15 people in attendance I don't really care that much. Elias won with the Drift Away, as he should. **
Kickoff: Cruiserweight Title - Enzo Amore vs KalistoThis starts off in fine form with Kalisto fucking up his entrance. Enzo then talks nonsense. Something about beef stew and chickens. Kalisto takes the advantage early on, hitting a slingshot Code Red. Then we go to adverts. Back from the break Enzo is in charge. He hangs Kalisto in the tree of woe and gets some licks in. Enzo grounds Kalisto with a side headlock, like a boss. He tries to hang him in another tree of woe but Kalisto escapes. Kalisto fights back but in the end Enzo picks up the win after running Kalisto into the turnbuckle and hitting the Sole…
The show starts with Zo Train backstage segment. I hate typing "Zo Train" so much I might die. Anyway Enzo Amore is lording it up over his cronies, smacking Noam Dar's hand away from a Thanksgiving platter and wearing the Cruiserweight Championship around his waist backstage for reasons unknown. That cannot be comfortable. Enzo tells his pals that he got them all matches tonight, and if they impress then he'll give them a shot at his title. I do not care. The Gobbledygooker turns up(?????) only to be revealed as Drew Gulak taking the piss. "The Gobbledygulaker", he calls himself, getting a slight smirk off me if nothing else. End segment. At least Enzo appears to be moving on from Kalisto, and if this doesn't end with Noam Dar getting a title shot I'm not gonna be happy.
Drew Gulak vs Akira Tozawa
The actual show starts with Tozawa interrupting Gulak, as Gulak tries to start his PowerPoint Presentation. Rude. This match …
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The broadcast starts with a vignette of Kane trash talking Braun Strowman. Oh good, I guess we're getting more of this ridiculously boring feud. Great.
The actual show starts with our new Intercontinental Champion, Roman Reigns. Cole says he's "proudly carrying" the IC belt. He's actually carrying it like he couldn't give less of a damn about it if he tried. The commentary team put over Reigns as a Grand Slam champion, completely refusing to acknowledge that Dean Ambrose beat him to a Grand Slam comfortably. A section of the crowd (who absolutely weren't planted, were they Vince?) chant "you deserve it" at Roman as he rambles about being Intercontinental Champion. He rants a bit about how he's a fighting champion and says if anyone wants his Championship, then step up and take it. This brings out the Miztourage, and Bo Dallas isn't a happy boy. I demand Bo becomes Intercontinental Champion at once. Bo doesn't chall…