This is the last G1 Climax show of July and it has an intriguing main event. Block B action.
Block B Match - Toru Yano vs EVIL
On my G1 predictions I may well have had this as one of Yano's victories. That wasn't the case though. In fact it was comfortably the shortest match of the G1 so far. Roughly 90 seconds. EVIL is too evil for Yano's antics. No rating.
Block B Match - Minoru Suzuki vs Tama Tonga
This was a brawl, plain and simple. It takes a while before they even get in the ring. There is a lot of attacking with chairs, including a chair duel, and there is a ref bump too. It was fine for what it was but it was entirely forgettable. **
Block B Match - Michael Elgin vs SANADA
This was a good match that unfortunately felt a bit like they were going through the motions. I know these two are capable of putting on a great match but this was just good. There simply was no drama. ***
Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs Kenny Omega
Omega is wearing his house show attire of bright tights and a t-shirt so I'm not expecting a classic here. Sure enough, much like the last match, this was a good but ultimately forgettable affair. Lull period in full effect. ***
Block B Match - Juice Robinson vs Kazuchika Okada
Even on the shows that have been below the normal G1 standards, the main events have been good and this was no exception. What New Japan is doing wonderfully is advancing the character of Okada. You always get the feeling that needs to prove he is the best, which will ultimately be his downfall. He hasn't lost a singles match since Night 15 of last year's G1 so when he finally does lose another one it is going to be a very big deal indeed. This tournament has been great for Robinson's development too. This was easily the best match on the card. ****
Overall Grade - C-
I was premature when I said two days ago that the mid tournament lull was over. This was probably the worst show so far but the main event is more than worth your time.