It's Night 6 and we are back with the B Block. We are approaching the stage of the tournament where the spectacular matches fade away slightly before returning later in the tournament.
Block B Match - Satoshi Kojima vs Michael Elgin
Good way to kick off the night's G1 action. It's the exact sort of hard hitting match you would expect from these two. Elgin was fighting for his first points and that came across in the match. This wasn't pretty but it was fun. ***3/4
Block B Match - Tama Tonga vs EVIL
This was a good match that started off a bit disjointed but pulled it together for a nice finishing stretch. It did it's job well enough, as nobody would have been expecting anything particularly memorable here. ***
Block B Match - Juice Robinson vs Minoru Suzuki
Another good but unspectacular match. Robinson continued to impress as the babyface in peril and that made Suzuki look even more like a killer. This was more about character work than in ring product, and that's fine. ***
Block B Match - Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano
People's views on this are going vary drastically. This is a 100% comedy match. I have no problems with comedy matches but I am the sort of dickhead that would prefer not to see them in the G1. Also, Yano's matches do not need to go over 10 minutes. They don't need to go over 5. The spot with the DVD case full of powder was pretty funny though. *1/2
Block B Match - Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA
The main event and the best match on the show, just. It is pretty obvious at this point that all of Okada's matches are going to go long, with the exception of his match with Yano. I feel like they were trying to make this match feel epic but it didn't quite get there. Like all of Okada's matches this year, though, it was very enjoyable and I do feel like these two are capable of putting on an excellent match in the future. ***3/4
Overall Grade - C+
This was run of the mill by G1 standards. There is nothing here that will be remembered when the tournament ends but that by no means makes this a bad show, just one that is in the typical G1 cooldown period.