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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.
This is a Raw exclusive show and if you believe what the commentary team are forcing on everyone it has WRESTLEMANIA MAIN EVENT QUALITY MATCHES!!!!!! Maybe it will, let's see.
Kickoff: Apollo Crews vs EliasElias sings us a ditty about L.A before being interrupted by Titus Worldwide. This was interchangeable with basically any other kickoff match, except for New Day vs Usos. It wasn't terrible but I just watched it and I already remember barely anything from it. Elias won with the Drift Away. ** Intercontinental Title - The Miz vs Jason JordanThe crowd is solidly pro-Miz here, as they should be, he makes good points and is anti-nepotism. Jordan is on top for a large portion of the early going. The crowd hate him. They brawl for a bit on the outside, with Jordan again getting the upper hand. Back in the ring, Jordan counters a Skull Crushing Finale into a roll up for a 2 count. Jordan hits rolling Northern Lights suplexes, which looked great. Jordan takes out the Miztourage, even …
August was another great month for matches. It had the end of the G1 Climax, an NXT TakeOver, the madness of SummerSlam and a bunch of other stuff. As usual if shows aren't broadcast live then their availability is based on VOD or DVD release date.
Honourable MentionsHiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 11 ****1/4 Kenny Omega vs EVIL - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 12 **** Zack Sabre Jr vs Tetsuya Naito - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 13 **** Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr - NJPW G1 Climax 27 Night 17 **** Rob Lynch vs James Davis - PROGRESS Chapter 53: Fate Loves The Fearless **** Travis Banks vs Keith Lee - PROGRESS Chapter 53: Fate Loves The Fearless **** Walter vs Fred Yehi (PROGRESS Atlas Title) - Evolve 90 **** Chris Dickinson & Jaka vs South Pacific Power Trip - Evolve 91 **** Matt Riddle vs Keith Lee vs Walter vs Tracy Williams (WWN Title) - Evolve 91 ****1/4 Zack Sabre Jr vs Chris Brookes (British Heavyweight Title) - RPW Summer Sizzler **** Authors of Pain vs SAnitY…
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 …