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I thought it was a round robin, how is this the final night? There should be 9 matchups.
 

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I thought it was a round robin, how is this the final night? There should be 9 matchups.
the final night is friday for this block, saturday for b block.
 

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oh, I misread because I went to public school my entire life.
 

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I'd wager Osprey pulls the upset in the last match, since either you or someone else said they're looking to see if he's top tier ready.
 

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I'd wager Osprey pulls the upset in the last match, since either you or someone else said they're looking to see if he's top tier ready.
yea, im assuming he gets the push of beating okada. and if white wins the block, hes got the win over him too. i only keep throwing in okada as a potential winner because... hes okada, its like wwe going back to orton every time they dont know what to do.
 

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night 16, everything is togo... kenta/yoshi, zsj/juice, naito/yano, evil/goto and tana/sanada

current standings:
naito, evil - 10 pts
goto, zsj, sanada - 8 pts
kenta, tana, juice, yano - 6 pts
yoshi - 2 pts

so they announced the cards for the last two block nights...
a block, friday - cobb/yujiro, white/ishii, takagi/suzuki, ibushi/taichi and okada/ospreay as the main event
b block, saturday - yano/yoshi, goto/juice, tana/zsj, evil/sanada and naito/kenta as the main event

kenta/yoshi: kenta lures yoshi out of the ring by grabbing his... big stick. blasts his shoulder into the ring post. guardrail spot. i really like kentas tornado ddt stun gun he does. i wish it was sold as more than just another transitional move. ooh, kentas chest is busted open from the yoshi chops. very nice. yoshi only sells the arm/shoulder whenever kenta attacks it. because hes mediocre at wrestling. damn, right after a pretty good strike trade, yoshi reverses a gts with a terrible ddt. bleh. kenta counters yoshis version of made in japan into his labell lock, game over. yoshi nearly gets to the ropes, kenta rolls him back to the ring, and gets a verbal submission. kenta keeps himself alive in the block. this turned into something solid, but ive once against lost all interest in yoshi and his limited offense. 2.5 stars.
(kenta 4-4, 8 pts; yoshi 1-7, 2 pts)

zsj/juice: juice outwrestling zack to start here. im sure thatll change. zack working over juices left arm. im sure thatll play into the left hand of god at some point. after his dusty punches, juice hits a chop with the right hand instead of lhog. saving the strength for later in the match, i like it. christ juice nearly broke zacks neck. not really his fault, zack has a triangle armbar, juice lifted him up but had his head in the air, and zack bent his neck backwards for extra torque, and juice sold it and dropped back to his knees. luckily zack is made of rubber. right hand of god connects, after zack thwarts the left. he goes for pulp friction, zack counters to go for a victory roll, juice counter pins, zack counter pins, juice counter pins, and then zack gets the zack clutch for the win. this was good. zack arms offense was logical. juices arm selling was very good, some of the better limb selling of the tournament since so many guys only sell when its attacked. juice was rough his first couple matches, but he got his gas back. and zack might be the best pure worker in this company. zack keeps his chances alive at the block. 3.25 stars.
(zsj 5-3, 10 pts; juice 3-5, 6 pts)

naito/yano: surely even naito cant try to get 25 minutes out of yano. right? well since he cant get it in the ring, hes just gonna make his entrance last that long. yano is flipping out. "tranquilo, tranquilo!" this is undertaker levels of milking an entrance. timing it close enough, it was near 6 and a half minutes from when his music first hit, to bell. wow. yano does a fake dive into his pose, a la naito. very good. guardrail spot. spray bottle in the eyes of naito. spray bottle in the eyes of yota tsuji. hes gonna try to tape them together in between the guardrail. and he does it! yano for g1! even though hes been eliminated. tsuji manages to fit between the openings in the guardrail, and they both slide back in at 19. this dumb comedy works for me. tsuji gets them free. and naito offers him the lij pose. of course he turned on him, and bodyslammed him on yano. yano low blow. he goes for a roll up, naito rolls out and knees asami. asami temporarily dispatched, as naito kicks yano in the dick, and roll through for the 3 count. more yano comedy, but this one i liked as a change of pace. and it was nice to not see go for 25 minutes for no reason. 1.5 stars.
(naito 6-2, 12 pts; yano 3-5, 6 pts)

evil/goto: a goto win really throws this block for a loop. togo shit. goto kinda thwarts, but evil attacks from behind. guardrail spot. home run chair shot. red shoes is useless. and evil takes the turnbuckle pad off. i can just copy and paste from the last 5 evil matches. darkness falls early. hmm. limited togo interference here, and evil still drills everything is evil to eliminate goto. i gotta admit, once i saw the early part of this match go immediately to the same evil formula, i zoned out. even with switching up the ending a bit with only a brief togo cameo and not having to go to any low blows, the evil match formula just isnt working for me. it was better than 1 star im sure, but ive seen this too many times and i dont care anymore. 1 star.
(evil 6-2, 12 pts; goto 4-4, 8 pts)

tana/sanada: tanas already eliminated, sanada is in a decent enough spot with a win, having the tiebreaker over naito and facing evil the last night. old man tana with some nice bridges still in his arsenal. the paradise lock feels so out of place in a serious mat wrestling match with tanahashi. i feel like ive given it a pass too much in the past. high fly flow crossbody from the top to the floor on sanada. looked very good. 20 minute call. this breezed by again. both guys thwart with knees up, high fly flow and the moonsault. we're back to square one at about 24 minutes. tana goes for the high fly flow crossbody, and sanada catches with an rko that looked very good. 2 minutes to go. sanada nails a moonsault to tana's back, and then nails the regular moonsault, and gets the win. good stuff. sanada stays very much in the race for the block. tana can still go. he hobbles around a bit more, but i kinda like that in an 'aging warrior' type of way. 3.5 stars.
(sanada 5-3, 10 pts; tana 3-5, 6 pts)

so who figured that b block would have the most drama for the final night. of course, if evil wins, that ends the drama right then and there. but naito, evil, sanada, and zsj are all in play, with tiebreaker scenarios in all sorts of directions. very good.
 

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night 17, big tom's last stand... cobb/yujiro, takagi/suzuki, okada/ospreay, ibushi/taichi, and ishii/white

current standings:
okada, ibushi, white - 12 pts
ospreay - 10 pts
cobb - 8 pts
suzuki, takagi, ishii, taichi - 6 pts
yujiro - 0 pts

okada needs everybody with 12 to lose, and a win over ospreay. ibushi needs a win and a white loss. white is in with a win. and uncle dave outlined a way for ospreay to back door in, with white, ibushi, and cobb losing, and him obviously defeating okada. im not sure how that yujiro/cobb match matters at all, but whatever. i was also tipped off that big fuckin tom vs jay white got moved to the main event, probably because every scenario banks on jay white losing. it doesnt hurt that tom ishii is the mvp of this g1 by a large margin.

cobb/yujiro: hey hey, yujiro is on the board. his offense is so phony, and cobb did what he could here. yujiro used his stick, hit an angle slam, miami shine, and pimp juice ddt to get the win. i guess it did the job of keeping ospreay alive, and getting yujiro a win, since i dont know how often they let somebody get shut out. this was just there though, cobb with the short straw for the final night. the monster cobb having to sell for this guys fake strikes. bleh. 1 star.
(yujiro 1-8, 2 pts; cobb 4-5, 8 pts)

takagi/suzuki: KAZE NI NARE! this match has no bearing on the tourney at all, but both guys are studs. guardrail spot. wow. no setup, no nothing. takagi just picks him up and drops him with last of the dragon and gets the win. evens the series at 1-1 between these two, and undoubtedly sets up a never title rematch, whether its sunday at the finals, or at wrestle kingdom. this was what youd expect with these two, a hard hitting strike battle. but the jingu match is still fresh in my mind, and without something on the line, this lacked a little something to be great. they got a better one in them for the 3rd stanza. 3.5 stars.
(takagi 4-5, 8 pts; suzuki 3-6, 6 pts)

okada/ospreay: whoa, they dropped this to the opener after the intermission. that kinda tips the next match to me. not much hbk in ospreay in this one, he seems kinda reserved and tense actually. none of that cocky swagger he had in earlier matches. not sure what to take of that. shotgun dropkick, ospreay special, and pip pip cheerio immediately after the bell from ospreay. okada slows the pace by catching a brief cobra clutch, and then the hanging orton ddt to the outside gets us back on the okada pace. incredible front flip dive from ospreay over the ring post. poison rana. bea priestley runs out to start yelling at ospreay not to give up. another cobra clutch. bea priestley distracts marty asami and... is that tomoyuki oka? he face palm chokeslams okada behind asamis back. ospreay looks stunned, but drills stormbreaker for the win. oka nods at ospreay, so i assume ospreay is getting his own stable. the push is on folks. post-match, priestley tells ospreay to get back in the ring, and he absolutely destroys okada with a hidden blade. very awesome looking. he tells okada "you held me back." yep, ospreay moves on to his own stable. he said something up the ramp, but i didnt catch it. the match itself was pretty good, lots of counters to each others stuff because they knew each other so well, but this is all about the angle right now. so this officially eliminates okada, and if uncle dave is to be believed, ospreay would advance if somehow ibushi and white both lose. which i doubt. 3.25 stars.
(ospreay 6-3, 12 pts; okada 6-3, 12 pts)

ibushi/taichi: kicks. kicks. kicks. KICKS. kicks. first 5 minutes only kicks are thrown. leg kicks, and then front kicks to the chest/face. and both guys are down at the 5 minute call to reset. and now they decide to trade kicks to the back. and now lets kick each other in the chest. at about 9 and a half minutes, we have our first attempt at something other than a kick, but ibushi flips out of a saito attempt. after trading head kicks, both guys are back down for another reset. 11 minutes and change, and no offensive moves have connected other than a kick. both guys selling the attack, as neither have their fastball now. taichi tries to rev up, and ibushi crushes him with a big leg kick. both guys crumple again. 14 minutes, and nothing but kicks. this is more intriguing than my sarcasm makes it sound, just because now im fascinated to see how far they can go with this. buzzsaw kick from ibushi, and finally, the one and only move of the match that wasnt a kick... kamigoye, and ibushi gets the win. ospreay is now officially eliminated. its ibushi or white for the block. this was pretty fun. i kinda rolled my eyes early, but the fact that they stuck to it, and never went outside the ring and did any nonsense. i assume this was an attempt to get taichis kicks on ibushis level, and it worked for the time being. post-match, taichi takes a piggy back ride from yota tsuji to the back. ha. 3.25 stars.
(ibushi 7-2, 14 pts; taichi 3-6, 6 pts)

ishii/white: white immediately killing time. kayfabe wise thats dumb strategy, because a draw and hes out. but he does it in every match, so, meh. ishii in the middle of the ring and hasnt moved at all. what a stud. white slaps him, and ishii buries him with a forearm shiver. and white immediately back to the outside. guardrail spot. ishii mightve legit rolled his ankle, hes selling it a bit off of nothing. white now focusing the attack on ishiis bandaged knee. jay white is really turning into a good wrestler. it took a little while for the ring work to match the character, but hes just about there. im a fan. cooperation superplex. 20 minute call as ishii has white in a kneebar. white grabs red shoes dummy, and gedo gets in the ring. ishii lets go, confronts gedo, red shoes moseys over because hes a schmuck... and white pushes ishii into red shoes for the ref bump. after a brief trade though, ishii manages to use white to thwart gedo, as red shoes comes to. we're ready for the finale. white with a blatant low blow. the camera pans wide and shows red shoes is playing around with gedo again. of course he is. great looking headbutt from ishii. more to the chest, but who cares. gedo into the ring again. lariat for him. lariat for white. red shoes near fall. BRAINBUSTAHHHH! ishii wins! yea, this was awesome. i gotta knock it down a little bit because of the gedo stuff, but i cant think of a wrestler on the planet whos as on fire as tom ishii was in this g1. and to his credit, jay white played his part well. this g1 was the tomohiro ishii show. fitting he closed his block out in the main event with a win. 4 stars.
(ishii 4-5, 8 pts; white 6-3, 12 pts)

and your winner of 'a' block... kota ibushi. as gedo is throwing a temper tantrum in the ring, and jay white is dejected.
 

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night 18, anyone but evil... yano/yoshi, goto/juice, tana/zsj, naito/kenta, and evil/sanada

current standings:
naito, evil - 12 pts
zsj, sanada - 10 pts
kenta, goto - 8 pts
tana, juice, yano - 6 pts
yoshi - 2 pts

we're all over the place here. so going back through the results, heres the scenarios i see. evil is in with a win. naito is in with a win/draw and an evil loss. and honestly, it looks to me like zsj is already eliminated, because sanada with a win tonight, would hold the tiebreaker over all 3 guys. only evil, naito, and sanada have a shot. sanada is in with a win and a naito loss.

yano/yoshi: i want and expect all the bollocks here. 8 minutes is perfectly fine, and get this out of the way. yoshi has his big stick. yano has his spray bottle, a chair, his t-shirt, and kopw trophy. hiromu takahashi guest commentating tonight. guardrail spot. yoshi botches spraying yano in the face. ugh. guardrail spot. yoshi tapes yano to his big stick on the other side of the guardrail. yano squeezes through the hole in the guardrail. in at 19. yoshi catches a low blow attempt, rolls through and gets the pin. perfect match for this night, as this was completely irrelevant to everyone and everything. 1.5 stars.
(yoshi 2-7, 4 pts; yano 3-6, 6 pts)

goto/juice: this match also doesnt matter to the overall picture, but i like both guys and theyre both good hands in the ring, so what the hell. juice is over and controls the crowd well. focuses the early attack on gotos shoulder. cooperation superplex. goto reverses out of the follow jackhammer though. juice spit sells... a lot. i personally dont care, but that seems unsanitary in covid times. two left hands of god, and a rather mediocre pulp friction that goto was late to take the bump on, and juice gets the win. good snug stuff out of two good workers. no pressure on them, and they put together something youd expect. juice is a good little babyface, another us title run would be great for him, when they can get that strap back from moxley. 3.5 stars.
(juice 4-5, 8 pts; goto 4-5, 8 pts)

tana/zsj: i dont see a way that zsj can win this block. pretty sure this match means nothing. but its zsj and tanahashi, so again, what the hell. zack torching tana on the ground with his transitions. every time it looks tana breaks free, zack locks on something else. so smooth. marty asami cadence on the zack clutch. high fly flow crossbody. zack rolls through it and goes for an armbar attempt, which tana rolls up into a pinfall attempt, and gets the 3. good stuff again. great transitions and counters between these two, theyve wrestled so much over the last 2 years, it makes sense that they know everything the other is going to do. post-match, zack gets a double leg takedown, but the young lions pull him off. zack throwing his tantrum again. if zack did have a mathematical shot, he doesnt anymore. 3.5 stars.
(tana 4-5, 8 pts; zsj 5-4, 10 pts)

naito/kenta: kenta is in a rush to get started, but we know hes going to roll out of the ring immediately anyway. i got the clock running on this one. kenta with some early stall tactics, but he didnt go take a walk at least. near fall on a school boy for kenta, and naito takes a walk actually. 28 minutes forthcoming folks. they finally hid illegal tactics from red shoes in a somewhat logical way. somewhat. guardrail spot. great looking knee from kenta. TERRIBLE poison rana from naito as he drops himself on his neck. oof. gloria is a much better move than destino, i dont know why he still uses destino as his finish. red shoes cadence on a draping orton ddt. gts reversed into destino #1 for a near, as we get the 20 minute call. naito setting up for another destino, and another school boy from kenta gets the win! according to my math, that eliminates naito. the main event will decide the winner of the block. this was a nice slow build, and then we got to that poison rana. kenta was very crisp, naito is kinda all over the place, meh. this was good, but it couldve trended so much better. the winner glees me though. and likely sets up a kenta title match on a filler show before wrestle kingdom. kenta and hiromu talking shit in the post-match. do they shoehorn kenta into the super jrs? 3 stars.
(kenta 5-4, 10 pts; naito 6-3, 12 pts)

evil/sanada: winner take all by my count. as flat as sanada has been, and as much as i hate his skull end dragon sleeper, ibushi/sanada intrigues me a whole fuck more than ibushi/evil. might get a legit pop out of me if sanada wins this. evil takes a walk instantly. kayfabe wise, brilliant strategy, a time limit draw gets evil to the finals. evil taunts hiromu a bit, hiromu gives him a bat shit crazy smile and thumbs up. togo shit. guardrail spot. evil getting the chairs. togo has red shoes. snap suplex on the chairs. red shoes is useless. does he watch the tapes of the matches he refs afterwards? evil tosses sanada out. evil has red shoes. togo stomping sanada. guardrail spot. duel paradise locks for evil and togo. evil tosses sanadas leg to red shoes, he catches for the 400th consecutive time. sanada releases skull end for his moonsault, and of course misses. cooperation top rope superplex. evil with a pretty nice sharpshooter. darkness falls for a red shoes cadence. 20 minute call. evil passes out to skull end. moonsault to the back. moonsault connects! and togo pulls red shoes out at 2. piss! but great heel timing, even if anyone watching saw it coming. togo in the ring, with a gut shot with a chair for sanada. hiromu needs to hop the rail here. evil and togo drill magic killer. heres hiromu! superkick to togo. low blow from evil to hiromu. magic killer for hiromu, 25 minute call. togo throws red shoes back in. sanada gets evils back. evil backs him to the ropes and grabs red shoes. choker from togo on sanada as evil takes red shoes away. superkick from hiromu on togo. evil charges sanada, sanada ducks. o'connor roll, rolls through to the bridge, 3 count! sanada wins! fuck evil! sanada wins the block! and my japanese is clearly getting better, because although i understood nothing of what he said except the names, the ring announcer confirms that sanada is the winner of the block. sanada started this g1 0-3, and won 6 in a row to pull out the block. well then, i enjoyed this. the pace was good, the togo shit FINALLY worked for me here, because it was a big match with big stakes. its those irrelevant middling matches that they do this with, that takes away the effect. hiromu jumping the guardrail to help was logical, im very glad they didnt just have him sit at ringside like a dolt and watch everything happen. and they didnt drag this down to a crawl like they did the original naito matches for evil. this did its job. 3.25 stars.
(sanada 6-3, 12 pts; evil 6-3, 12 pts)

and the winner of 'b' block... sanada. finals of the g1 climax, kota ibushi vs sanada for the january 4th iwgp title shot. no other matches confirmed for tomorrow yet.
 

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i lied i went back and edited it to cross out my mistake, in true mach fashion. go me.
 

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so... im bored, and i dont wanna dive into summerslam 90 just yet, so i decided to piece together my rankings of this years g1. obviously the finals can be edited in, if it proves to be a burner...

Top 11 matches. These are all the matches rated 3.75 or better...
4.25 stars:
1. Tomohiro Ishii vs Jeff Cobb, Night 13
2. Tomohiro Ishii vs Will Ospreay, Night 3
3. Tomohiro Ishii vs Shingo Takagi, Night 7

4 stars:
4. Kota Ibushi vs Minoru Suzuki, Night 13
5. Tomohiro Ishii vs Kota Ibushi, Night 5
6. Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White, Night 17
7. Shingo Takagi vs Jay White, Night 1

3.75 stars:
8. Tomohiro Ishii vs Minoru Suzuki, Night 1
9. Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr, Night 4
10. Will Ospreay vs Shingo Takagi, Night 5
11. Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson, Night 12

pretty sure you can guess who the mvp of the g1 was.
 

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this card is a bunch of a multi-man garbage except for sanada/ibushi. SO... im only watching the main event. i fully expect this to be ibushis moment. i think by now, even people who dont watch njpw regularly, know gedos booking style pretty well. theyve been building ibushi up for years, they had him fall short again, last year in the culmination of naitos wrestle kingdom build up... its ibushis time. im about 98% positive hes going to not only win the g1, but win the straps at wrestle kingdom. and when it comes to pushing the next big babyface, they usually fail in their first big moment. thus, its only logical to assume thats where we're headed with sanada.

masa chono coming out. he says some words. its japanese, i dont know. he did say 'i am chono' 3 or 4 times. i got that part!

ibushi/sanada: lots of respect, very slow feeling out process in the first 5 minutes. 10 minute mark, we're starting to open up a bit. forearms, european uppercuts, and chops from sanada, big kicks from ibushi. a little miscommunication, sanada went for a dropkick where i believe he was supposed to go for another leap frog, ibushi tries to duck underneath but doesnt quite get all the way through. we can sell it as having problems with his leg didnt allow him to be fast enough, but i think sanada jumped the gun. and as ibushi slides back in, sanada immediately to work on the knee to try to cover up. fair enough. 15 minute call, sanada has ibushi locked in a figure 4. i like the slower pace so far, we've had a couple sprints but nothing crazy yet. you know these two are going to open it up soon. ibushi hits a rana, sending sanada outside. follows up with a plancha. but before he brings sanada back in, he limps around trying to loosen up the knee. ill take it. and then he hits a springboard dropkick with no acknowledgment. meh. there we go. 2 leap frogs and then the dropkick from sanada. they had to get it in. sends ibushi outside, so sanada can hit his plancha. 20 minute call. we're starting to move. sanada misses his moonsault into skull end. ibushi goes for an incredible springboard phoenix splash, sanada rolls out of the way. apron assisted magic killer for sanada. 25 minute call. ibushi catches sanadas springboard missile dropkick with a sitout powerbomb, but is too gassed to cover. an ugly tko attempt, i think ibushi was supposed to slide down the back and reverse, but he ended up going to the ground with sanada and locking on a dragon sleeper of his own. id very much like if sanada dumped the dragon sleeper if hes not gonna put it on correctly. sanada lets it go, and misses his moonsault. as always. 30 minute call. bombaye for a near. pop up rko for a sanada near. moonsault to the back. ahh, regular moonsault gets ibushis knees. as a random thought, sanada should absolutely change his finish to an rko. hes hit a couple good ones in this tournament, and transition the airplane spin skull end down to just a signature move. sanada with the o'connor roll and bridge for the nearest of near falls. im unsure ibushi kicked out in time. standing buzzsaw kick, v trigger, kamigoye and ibu... no! sanada kicks out. really nice false. knee pad down, second kamigoye. and this one does it. kota ibushi wins the g1. very good, but not great. something was missing for me. the miscommunications were relatively minor, even ibushis knee selling didnt bother me much. after the early work on it, even sanada went almost completely away from it, so there was no real need for ibushi to limp around. but this was your typical... ill do a spot, you reverse the next, then you get to do a spot. and so on. sanada needs to change his moveset around a little bit for me to view him on that next level. changing his finish to an rko would do wonders. and ibushi... ill call it as it is, ibushis been wrestling the same wrestling match for at least 5 years. its very good, but theres never a change, unless he gets an ishii or suzuki who drags him into one of their matches. again, very good... but not great. 3.5 stars.

new japan announced two dome shows again this year, on the 4th and 5th. i actually rather liked the idea of wrestle kingdom being one day, but i suppose its hypocritical of me to push endlessly for wrestlemania to be 2 shows, and not wrestle kingdom. though, wrestle kingdom is only about 5 hours, whereas wrestlemania is about 3 and a half days long.
 

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second time ive seen fred yehi, both in this pure tournament. im a fan, figured hed get a nice little push in roh... only to wiki search him and see that they have him down as signed with wwe. i guess theyre letting him finish off his indy dates before he goes to nxt. shame for roh, they finally get a decent young prospect to display... and hes not even with them.
 

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6 man tag title match yesterday morning on a road to power struggle card. it was the main event, the rest of it was irrelevant multi mans, so i skipped em. ishii, goto, and yoshi vs zsj, taichi, and douki. if it was desperado instead of douki, id have given suzuki-gun a reasonable shot in this. standard 6 man tag house show stuff. bunch of guardrail spots. lukewarm tag from yoshi to goto, after the entire match was suzuki-gun working over yoshi. obligatory zsj is a gem to pro wrestling comment. the middle part of this match, they did a good job in keeping yoshi and douki out of this match. i wonder if this was a test for ishii/goto to get tag title shots. i would be perfectly fine with that. ishii with the warmest tag of the bunch to yoshi, for our closing sequence. and taichi makes the tag to douki. so the two jobbers get to open and close. douki with a stand around and wait for me dive on everyone and two young lions, except ishii, who smartly rolled out of the ring on the other side, because hes a pro. douki has some interesting offense, but hes pretty awkward yet. i guess thats why you throw him in a stable with suzuki and zsj. somebody needs to tell douki to take his stupid mask off, hes adjusted it like 60 times down the stretch here. which admittedly, this stretch has lasted a lot longer than i expected it to, we're nearing the 30 minute mark now. assisted gtr, and yoshis version of made in japan, and chaos gets the win. for a 32 minute six man tag, this wasnt bad. ill openly admit, that had i known this was 32 minutes before i watched this, i wouldve skipped right to the final 10 minutes or so. but yea, not bad. this was definitely "lets get yoshi and douki some lengthy work in a quasi important match/setting" feeling. and if this leads to zsj/taichi vs goto/ishii for the tag straps... thumbs up. yoshi cuts a promo in the post-match, theyre really gonna try to get this poor guy over. bleh, it looks like its goto/yoshi theyre gonna give the tag title match to. what a bunch of shit. 2.5 stars.

nov 7th power struggle card...
yano vs zsj for the kopw trophy
okada vs o-khan (tomoyuki oka, the guy who returned from excursion to help ospreay beat okada in the g1)
minoru vs shingo for the never strap
kenta vs tanahashi for the us title #1 contender briefcase
ibushi vs white for the jan 4th title shot
naito vs evil for the big straps... again
 

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im sitting here watching the bound for glory pre-game show. and i went "meh, lemme look at how much this is gonna cost, for 15 bucks ill spring for it."

40 dollars... they want me to pay 40 dollars for a show main evented by eric young and rich swann. aaaand... its gone. more big 10 football here i come.
 
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