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NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 18 Review
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.
Roderick Strong vs Eric YoungEvery time I hear Sanity's entrance theme I am amazed that Primus haven't had a word with WWE's legal department as it's basically the same song as 'My Name Is Mud'. The crowd was hot for Roddy, as would be expected from an ROH stronghold like Chicago. Roddy starts strong (sorry) by taking out the other members of Sanity before the match even starts. He gains the advantage early on, chopping the life out of Young. Young regains the advantage after Killian Dain absolutely flattens Strong on the outside. From there we get a prolonged heat segment by Young which allows the crowd to rally behind Strong. Young hits the wheelbarrow neckbreaker on the floor for a good 2 count. Strong makes his comeback, fighting off Wolfe and Dain and hitting a massive knee that sends Young off the top rope on to the other Sanity members. Strong follows this up with another big knee and the End of Heartache for the win. This was a really good way to kick …
Welcome to the review of Dominion, which is kinda like New Japan's Summerslam. It has a bunch of rematches from WrestleKingdom on it, including the rematch of the century in the main event.
David Finlay, Tomoyuki Oka & Syoto Unimo vs Tetsuhiro Yagi, Hirai Kawato & Katsuya KitamuraDecent Young Lions match. Pretty much what you would expect. **1/2
Jushin Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs Tiger Mask W, Tiger Mask IV, Togi Makabe & Yuji NagataLiger continues his retirement tour. I love the New Japan dads. Grizzled veterans all day, every day. Good match. I still wish that Ibushi was wrestling as himself. ***
Los Ingobernables de Japon vs Bullet Club vs Suzuki-Gun vs CHAOS vs Taguchi Japan (IWGP Never Openweight 6-Man Tag Titles, Gauntlet Match)This is New Japan's way of getting everyone on the show. Except Marty Scurll and Will Ospreay who are nowhere to be found. I enjoyed this. Like all gauntlet matches it was a series of short matches…
This review is up later than usual because I originally watched the show at a bar with friends, which isn't the most reliable atmosphere for reviewing purposes, so I watched the show again clear headed. 12 hours of total Summerslam viewing, I must be mad.
Kickoff: The Miz & The Miztourage vs Jason Jordan & The Hardy BoyzWell this match started about 25 minutes into the kickoff show and there were essentially no fans in the arena as they were still queuing to get in. Nothing of note happened here and I can't blame the wrestlers, especially veterans like Miz and the Hardys, for going through the motions. **
Kickoff: Cruiserweight Title - Akira Tozawa vs NevilleNeville has some fetching new white gear. I don't really understand what they were hoping to accomplish here. If they were going to put the title straight back on Neville then they might as well have not had him lose it in the first place. Tozawa gained nothing from the reign and Neville's 8 month run came to…