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  1. Day Four: Round 1: Toru Yano (Chaos - NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champion) vs Davey Boy Smith Jr (Suzuki-Gun): The start to the match was hilarious, with Yano clumsily running around the arena and Smith chasing him like some kind of pro runner 😂. As for the match itself, it was a typical Yano match although I noticed the attention to details in terms of Yano's reaction to this opponent which was fear and he played it well as a character and to victory. Togi Makabe (NJPW - NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champion) vs Colt Cabana (ROH): Coming into this match, I was hoping that Makabe could bring out the seriousness in Cabana as I have never seen a Colt Cabana match before Honor Rising last month and I did not expect him to be like an American Toru Yano but I was impressed with how he kept up with Makabe and surprised at the victory (I though he was just filling a spot as he is the only non-NJPW wrestler in the tournament). Now, we are going to get the biggest "frenemies" match of 2019 so far 😂 between Cabana and his "long-time" nemesis & best friend Toru Yano in the second round. Satoshi Kojima (NJPW) vs Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-Gun): I enjoyed hearing about the history between Kojima and Suzuki because my NJPW knowledge is a bit fuzzy if it's anything that's not Bullet Club or Chaos that is before 2014. As for the match itself, it reminded me that you cannot sleep on Suzuki because he always manages to do something that creates shockwaves during the match such as his signature strikes and the headshot with the chair outside the ring. I'm now just looking forward to Suzuki running through the competition. Hirooki Goto (Chaos) vs Sanada (Los Ingobernables de Japon): This was a pretty good match however I wish they were given more time as I think this could've been the match of the tournament. As for the winner, I did not mind it as I think whoever wins here has a great chance at getting far in the New Japan Cup. Personally, I thought Goto was winning since he was one of the four that NJPW have been showing to win the tournament (the others are Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, & Kota Ibushi) but then Sanada was the only representative of LIJ left in the tournament so I guess it was between making Goto look more dominant or keep LIJ in the run for the cup. Now that the first round is in the books, unfortunately, I couldn't find any stand out matches (in my opinion, also not taking Day Two into account) but I think that Goto vs Sanada easily had the potential to be the match to beat. I'm looking forward to see how Okada vs Mikey Nicholls pans out as well as Yano vs Cabana, and of course I'll be rooting for Chase Owens against Yoshi-Hashi while I'll also look forward to my realistic pick in Ibushi perhaps defeating the reigning New Japan Cup champion, Zack Sabre Jr. Match Of The Night: Hirooki Goto vs Sanada Predictions: Toru Yano, Togi Makabe, Minoru Suzuki, Hirooki Goto Predictions Score: 2/4 Total: 9/12
  2. Day Three: Round 1: Hiroyoshi Tenzan (NJPW) vs Ryusuke Taguchi (Taguchi Japan - NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champion😞 Honestly, I thought the match was sluggish for the most part other than the bait by Taguchi to start the match, but once Taguchi got rolling the match starting picking up pace and so I started getting more into it. And of course, I'm not going to pretend as if Taguchi's won was not shocking at all and honestly (again 😂) he deserved it for the performance put into this match. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW) vs Shota Umino (New Japan Dojo): I can't say that I didn't expect it to be an easy win for The Ace, but I was looking out for how Shota Umino would deal with facing an eight time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and one of the "Big Four". For most of the match, Umino was being dominated however my two favourite parts of Umino's performance were when he showed his fighting spirit through some serious strikes to Tanahashi which is what I like when they train these Young Lions. And the very close pinfall, for a seriously short moment I thought a Young Lion had beat The Ace of New Japan. Overall, pretty good performance by Umino judging by the fact that he was facing one of the top wrestlers in the world. Evil (Los Ingobernables de Japon) vs Zack Sabre Jr (Suzuki-Gun): New Japan did a great job hyping up this match as one of the biggest matches of Round 1. As usual, I was impressed with Sabre's technical "wizardry", but I was even more impressed with Evil's counters to Sabre's leverage pins, it reminded me of Sabre vs Sanada from last year's G1 Climax which was one of my favourite matches of the tournament. Tetsuya Naito (Los Ingobernables de Japon - IWGP Intercontinental Champion) vs Kota Ibushi (NJPW): What a match, and more specifically (my favourite spot), WHAT A TOMBSTONE! Just like the previous match between Evil and Sabre, this match succeeded in delivering the big fight for the big fight feel coming into the match. My prediction to win the whole tournament is Kota Ibushi and honestly, this was a very tough first round draw for him but I knew he could overcome it and hopefully overcome Zack Sabre Jr in the next round. Unfortunately, I cannot watch Day Two however I did catch up to the results. Kazuchika Okada and Lance Archer's victories were expected (from me) although it seems like I missed a great match between Okada and Michael Elgin. I was also disappointed to see both Bad Luck Fale and Hikuleo get eliminated in the first round. Hikuleo's elimination was a bit justified as I'm sure NJPW want an initial big win to build Mikey Nicholls off of but I was expecting Fale to make it the farthest, I guess now we are relying on Chase Owens to bring the New Japan Cup to Bullet Club 😂. Also, much like everyone, I was very surprised to see Naito vs Ibushi for the first round. I had it as a Semi-Final or a Final but it might have been unnecessary for a first round match as there were other signature matches that were built off of recent rivalries such as Nagata vs Ishii and Evil vs Sabre, but I can't complain too much as my (realistic) pick Ibushi got the win. Match Of The Night: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi Predictions: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Zack Sabre Jr, Kota Ibushi Predictions Score: 3/4 Total: 7/8
  3. I have already done this for Best Of The Super Juniors and G1 Climax last year so I thought since this will be my first ever New Japan Cup, why not bring the reviews back? I will try to stay updated as much as I can and I will most likely post my reviews in the weekends. Day One: Round 1: Manabu Nakanishi (NJPW) vs Yoshi-Hashi (Chaos): Awesome performance by Manabu Nakanishi in this match, I was genuinely terrified whenever he would attempt a high flying move (especially the top rope crossbody). Also great technical work by Yoshi-Hashi at the beginning of the match when he was working on Nakanishi's legs, but I was very surprised over Yoshi-Hashi's tap out win with the Butterfly Lock. At least he established himself in this year's tournament with a tough submission win. Tomoaki Honma (NJPW) vs Taichi (Suzuki-Gun): I was surprised to see the match go fifteen minutes, while I expected Taichi to win, I certainly did not expect him to win the way he did in the previously mentioned match length. I have to say that the Dragon Sleeper Chickenwing (what I think it is) from Taichi looked vicious and it impresses me that he adds yet another finisher to his arsenal. I will also give Honma his deserved credit, throughout the match, I noticed that he is not necessarily the most comfortable around the ring (probably because of his injury) but I respect his traditional fighting spirit which means a lot in New Japan Pro Wrestling and it is another thing that I love about NJPW. Juice Robinson (NJPW - IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion) vs Chase Owens (Bullet Club): I did not expect that result at all. As a big fan of Bullet Club I would've just made a wild prediction that Owens would've won the match because he is in Bullet Club even though realistically Juice Robinson would've won, but as Kevin Kelly said, we have the first upset of the tournament. As for the match itself, it generally wasn't anything special. I was more impressed with Owens' environmental destruction (most notably the sudden Russian Leg Sweep into the barricade) and know he will get to fish it out again to his Round 2 opponent. 🤘 Yuji Nagata (NJPW) vs Tomohiro Ishii (Chaos): This is what I call Strong Style and it was shown in the form of a war. The foundation of wrestlers like Nagata and Ishii lies within a combination of their striking abilities and their fighting spirit and when you put two of these wrestlers together it produces a truly hard-hitting war (if also given the time). I have to say that I was impressed with Nagata in this match because it seems like he can still go, while I like to see new blood in tournaments, he could've still been a part of G1 Climax judging by his performance in this match. Day One presents itself as a solid start to this year's New Japan Cup, I was surprised to see that non of the Top Four of NJPW were main eventing the first night of the tournament (except for Jay White due to obvious reasons). And again, Chase Owens' win was a surprise for me even though I pegged him as a prediction to win (by heart). Finally, I was also surprised (theme of the evening) to see Mikey Nicholls (formerly known as Nick Miller in NXT) not only picked up by NJPW but also immediately placed in Chaos. Another faction addition which I cannot ignore is the potential arrival of El Phantasmo to New Japan and Bullet Club. I am excited to see how Nicholls will adjust to this opposite (to WWE) setting and see Phantasmo soon. Match Of The Night: Yuji Nagata vs Tomohiro Ishii Predictions: Yoshi-Hashi, Taichi, Chase Owens, Tomohiro Ishii Predictions Score: 4/4
  4. Predictions: Night One: Marty Scurll (ROH) Zack Sabre Jr (NJPW) Bullet Club (Ishimori & Eagles - NJPW) Guerillas Of Destiny & The Briscoes (NJPW/ROH) Taguchi Japan (Taguchi, Makabe, & Yano - NJPW) Will Ospreay (NJPW) Jeff Cobb (ROH) Tanahashi, Okada, & Lethal (NJPW/ROH) Night Two: Cabana, Delirious, & Cheeseburger (ROH) Suzuki-Gun (Sabre & Taka - NJPW) Robbie Eagles (NJPW) Chaos (Ospreay & Goto - NJPW) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Naito & Takagi - NJPW) Jay Lethal (ROH) Guerillas Of Destiny (NJPW) Lifeblood (Robinson & Finlay - ROH)
  5. Predictions: Suzuki-Gun (Suzuki, Iizuka, & Taka) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil & Sanada) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Naito, Bushi, & Takagi) Bullet Club (Owens & Takahashi) Guerillas Of Destiny Taiji Ishimori Bad Luck Fale Jay White
  6. Predictions: Night One: Ren Narita Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi Suzuki-Gun (Michinoku & Iizuka) Bullet Club (Tama, Loa, Ishimori, Takahashi, & Owens) Suzuki-Gun (Taichi, Desperado, & Kanemaru) Minoru Suzuki Zack Sabre Jr Bullet Club (White & Fale) Night Two: Toa Henare Tiger Mask & Manabu Nakanishi Suzuki-Gun (Michinoku & Iizuka) Bullet Club (Tama, Loa, Ishimori, & Takahashi) Bullet Club (White, Fale, & Owens) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi & Takagi) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Evil & Sanada) Tetsuya Naito
  7. What about Rey Mysterio? They could have Mysterio join 205 Live after Royal Rumble for a few months which includes Mysterio vs Buddy Murphy at WrestleMania. It would be cool to see Murphy get the win over a Cruiserweight legend in Mysterio and then have Mysterio win the title by pinning Murphy in a multi-man match after WrestleMania.
  8. I'm not the biggest MMA fan but I'll probably check it out on YouTube just because it's Jake Strong.
  9. Kenny Omega Zack Sabre Jr Chris Jericho Cody Rhodes The Young Bucks Jay White Tama Tonga SCU Jay Lethal Jake Strong
  10. I wish NJPW (or at least Bullet Club) did honorary members for factions in these tours because from what I saw, Templarino would look awesome under the Bullet Club banner for this tour.
  11. Yes it was, actually I had only been watching WWE in 2011-2014 until I started hearing (by listening to Brenden's LTT) that some of the old WWE Superstars that I used to watch are going to be in this new company (Lucha Underground) such as John Morrison, Ezekiel Jackson, and Chavo Guerrero. After that, one of my goals for 2015 was to expand my view of wrestling by watching TNA and ROH. I couldn't get into ROH however I liked some of TNA's storylines such as Jeff Hardy vs James Storm, the Beat Down Clan, and EC3 in general who eventually became my favourite TNA wrestler. To elaborate on Bobby Roode, at the time he seemed like a "goody two shoes" that could get away with anything and still get cheered even though in my opinion he was in the wrong in his rivalry with Eric Young.
  12. My first memories of TNA were around January 2015, I remember the Knockouts Division being weak at the time (my opinion) and The Revolution stable being my favourite thing. I also really disliked Bobby Roode's IT Factor gimmick especially when he had the rivalry with Eric Young.
  13. Pre Show: NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Number One-Contender Gauntlet: The Elite - Hangman Page, Marty Scurll, & Yujiro Takahashi - NEVER Openweight Championship: Will Ospreay v Kota Ibushi: Will Ospreay (Chaos) - IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Three Way Tag: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado vs Bushi & Shingo Takashi vs Roppongi 3K: Roppongi 3K (Chaos) - Rev Pro British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre, Jr. vs Tomohiro Ishii: Zack Sabre Jr (Suzuki-Gun) IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Three Way: Guerrillas of Destiny vs The Young Bucks vs EVIL & Sanada: Guerrillas Of Destiny (Bullet Club) IWGP U. S. Championship: Cody v Juice Robinson: Juice Robinson IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: KUSHIDA v Taiji Ishimori: Taiji Ishimori (Bullet Club) Kazuchika Okada v Jay White: Jay White (Bullet Club) IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho v Tetsuya Naito: Tetsuya Naito (Los Ingobernables de Japon) IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega v Hiroshi Tanahashi: Hiroshi Tanahashi
  14. When it was first revealed, I didn't really mind it as I wanted to give it a chance (even though they used Shinsuke Nakamura's tights for the strap 😂). But at this stage it has lost any credibility that it could've had and I think that it needs to go & bring back the World Heavyweight Championship or something.
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    RAW 2019

    Should I bring up the monthly topic of making Raw a two-hour show? 😂
  16. WWE Evolution Predictions: The Riott Squad vs Sasha Banks, Bayley, & Natalya Women's Battle Royal Trish Stratus & Lita vs Mickie James & Alicia Fox 2018 Mae Young Classic Finals: Toni Storm vs Io Shirai NXT Women's Championship: Kairi Sane (c) vs Shayna Baszler Last Woman Standing match for the Smackdown Women's Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair Raw Women's Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Nikki Bella with Brie Bella Bonus Questions: Will Stephanie McMahon get involved in any match? Will AJ Lee return? My predictions: Banks, Bayley, & Natalya, Nia Jax, Stratus & Lita, Toni Storm, Kairi Sane, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, No, Yes
  17. Triple H vs The Undertaker WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe The Shield vs Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew Mclntyre Daniel Bryan vs The Miz Ronda Rousey and The Bellas vs The Riott Squad John Cena and Bobby Lashley vs Elias and Kevin Owens SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) get The Bar Crusierweight Championship: Cedric Alexander (c) vs Buddy Murphy Asuka and Naomi vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) SmackDown Live Women's Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair Bonus Questions: Will HBK screw The Undertaker? No Will John Cena win with the Sixth Move Of Doom? No Will Brock Lesnar attack Strowman and Reigns at the event? No
  18. Hell In A Cell Results: TastefulChain4 - 6 The Marker - 6 Bart - 7 Angelo Caito - 6 I Can't Odd - 6 Julius01 - 5 Smith - 4 Congratulations to the new BPZ Predictions Champion: @Bart Thank you for waiting for me to deliver the results.
  19. Ok everyone it is time to post our predictions for Hell In A Cell, these are the matches that I am currently listing are part of the PPV: Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and/or Big E) (c) vs Rusev Day (Rusev & Aiden English) Hell In A Cell Match: Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton Raw Women's Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs Alexa Bliss Mixed Tag Team Match: Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella vs The Miz & Maryse Smackdown Women's Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs Becky Lynch Raw Tag Team Championship: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler (c) vs The Shield (Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe Universal Championship: Hell In A Cell Match: Mick Foley as Special Guest Referee: Roman Reigns (c) vs Braun Strowman (MITB Holder) Bonus Questions: Will anyone interfere in the Universal Championship match? Will Mick Foley get attacked? My predictions: The New Day, Randy Orton, Ronda Rousey, Bryan & Bella, Charlotte Flair, The Shield, AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Yes, Yes. Post your predictions below.
  20. I got all trophies on Disc Jam (I had the game since it was free on PS Plus last year but I haven't played it a lot over the year). I have also completed the Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry main storyline and I am currently trying to get the remaining trophies. I have gone back to playing Crash Bandicoot after taking a break and I'm trying to collect all the gems, I have also gone back to playing Rocket League as I am not too far away from getting 100% (even though I already have the platinum trophy). I recently got WWE 2k18 (which is a lot of fun, personally the second best current gen WWE game) and I am still playing WWE 2k16 Universe Mode (best WWE game on current gen). Edit: Accidental Double Post
  21. I got all trophies on Disc Jam (I had the game since it was free on PS Plus last year but I haven't played it a lot over the year). I have also completed the Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry main storyline and I am currently trying to get the remaining trophies. I have gone back to playing Crash Bandicoot after taking a break and I'm trying to collect all the gems, I have also gone back to playing Rocket League as I am not too far away from getting 100% (even though I already have the platinum trophy). I recently got WWE 2k18 (which is a lot of fun, personally the second best current gen WWE game) and I am still playing WWE 2k16 Universe Mode (best WWE game on current gen).
  22. Welcome everyone to the BPZ Summerslam 2018 Predictions: Raw Tag Team Championship: The B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) (c) vs The Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder) Mixed Tag Team Match: Rusev & Lana vs Andrade "Cien" Almas & Zelina Vega Finn Balor vs Constable Baron Corbin Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan) (c) vs The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, and/or Xavier Woods) Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander (c) vs Drew Gulak Smackdown Women's Championship: Carmella (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair Daniel Bryan vs The Miz Money In The Bank Contract, Braun Strowman can lose the contract by any means: Braun Strowman (MITB Holder) vs Kevin Owens United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Jeff Hardy Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) with Drew McIntyre vs Seth Rollins with Dean Ambrose WWE Championship: AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe Raw Women's Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Ronda Rousey Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns Bonus Round: Will Dean Ambrose turn on Seth Rollins? Will Mr. Money In The Bank cash-in on the winner of the Universal Championship match? My predictions: The Revival, Almas & Vega, Finn Balor, The Bludgeon Brothers, Drew Gulak, Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, Samoa Joe, Ronda Rousey, Roman Reigns, Yes, Yes Post your predictions below.
  23. Day 19 (G1 Climax 28 Finals) Hiroshi Tanahashi (A Block) vs Kota Ibushi (B Block): What a match, I feel like it could've continued for another ten minutes in order to cement itself as a match of the year candidate. Talking from a booking perspective, Tanahashi winning was a bad decision because The Golden Lovers deserve an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom with Ibushi winning the title as a send off for Kenny Omega (if he goes to WWE), or have Omega finally defeat Ibushi (if Omega stays). On the other hand, Tanahashi is a more established star and it is safer to go with established stars like Tanahashi who has main evented Wrestle Kingdom before in order to guarantee a sellout crowd. Out of the two, I would say that Ibushi had the better road in terms of match quality, storyline, and difficulty with awesome matches against Tomohiro Ishii, Tetsuya Naito, Tama Tonga, and of course Kenny Omega. All I have left to say is congratulations to Hiroshi Tanahashi and thank you all for reading my reviews. Tanahashi's Road To Glory: Day One: Defeated Minoru Suzuki Day Three: Lost To Jay White Day Five: Defeated Bad Luck Fale Day Seven: Defeated Hangman Page Day Nine: Defeated Togi Makabe Day Eleven: Defeated Yoshi-Hashi Day 13: Defeated Evil Day 15: Defeated Michael Elgin Day 17: Draw Against Kazuchika Okada Day 19: Defeated Kota Ibushi
  24. Day 18 (B Block Finals): Toru Yano vs Tama Tonga: There are simply no words to describe the chaos in this match and especially post-match. Even though statistically Bullet Club OG are not anywhere near the top, they have definitely left a mark on everyone in NJPW & New Japan itself, they even provoked the President of NJPW himself to come out and sort the situation. As for Toru Yano, while he kind of kept on his promise of sticking to "Fair Play", if Yano can create a combination of his most famous style which is his sneaky style and his most infamous style which is his amateur wrestling background then he could be unstoppable in next year's G1 Climax. Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto: This was a good match with an interesting psychological experiment from Juice Robinson. By removing his cast at the beginning of the match, it did not present itself as a target for Goto and as the match went one, Goto did not even try to specifically go after the left hand which gave Juice a perfect opening to capitalize and score the win. While I was complaining about the way Juice Robinson was being booked in this year's G1 Climax, I can sense that after this victory to finish his G1 Climax 28 he will rise above others as soon as his hand is healed and will show that he can be an awesome IWGP US Heavyweight Champion. However, I have to say that this was a pretty forgettable G1 Climax for the 2008 winner Hirooki Goto. His losses to Kenny Omega and a single-handed Juice Robinson proved that he is currently the weakest singles heavyweight champion which is a shame because NJPW had something special when they started bringing up the fact that Hirooki Goto is now the only Japanese heavyweight champion thus making him look like an actual warrior that will make his country proud, but we still have next year. Tomohiro Ishii vs Sanada: This was a pretty good match, nothing special in terms of moves or storylines other than Sanada holding a victory over Ishii from two years ago and all the reversals between the Skull End and Brainbuster attempts. I have to admit, there wasn't anything overly spectacular about Sanada's G1 Climax 28 run other than a couple of awesome match performances. Everyone was too focused on the idea of LIJ members Sanada and Tetsuya Naito colliding for the first time which made all of his matches seem like filler, nonetheless he still came out with a great performance. Tomohiro Ishii reminded us in this tournament why he is the Stone Pitbull, why he is very respected, and why he is in the top tier of New Japan's roster with performances against Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi, and Zack Sabre Jr, I am looking forward to Ishii's battles in next year's G1 Climax. Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr: I did not see the ending coming at all, I knew that the winner of the B Block was going to get a sneaky win at the end but just the way Sabre decided to go for the Zack Driver and hit it for the first time in one of his singles matches was sudden. Naito obviously had the best run possible that is closest to winning that does not involve winning which is understandable considering he is the defending G1 Champion, however he could've spared a couple of loses because in combination with the commentary, Naito is being put over too much and while he deserves to be within the top ranks, there were definitely a handful of people that in my opinion are the highlights over Naito like Zack Sabre Jr. None of the commentators decided to acknowledge that Sabre has a legit chance at winning, everyone was too busy talking about Omega (deservedly), Naito (because they "need to build him up"), and Ibushi (who literally was tied with Sabre in second place before the event). The commentators were too busy talking about how Naito needed help with him winning one more match and Omega losing or drawing against Ibushi but not a single time did they mention that Sabre could win and he would need Ibushi to beat Omega (even if both Ibushi and Omega had tiebreakers over Sabre). I'm going to say that Zack Sabre Jr is now one of my favourite wrestlers in NJPW and my favourite member of Suzuki-Gun because of his G1 Climax 28 run, this makes me feel bad for not watching the New Japan Cup earlier this year to see his dominance, with wins over the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion and the NEVER Openweight Champion I am really looking forward to Sabre's next half year which I predict will be busy. Kenny Omega vs Kota Ibushi: This was my Match Of The Night (as if I didn't predict that happening), I have to admit that it was a bit tough to watch The Golden Lovers destroy each other thus making their fears come true but it made for a great match and they will still support each other which makes me happy. For most of G1 Climax 28, Kenny Omega's run was an epic one and potentially history-making but looking back at his points, it was a classic IWGP Heavyweight Champion run but still awesome thanks to the quality of matches that Omega provides against a variety of opponents from main eventers like Tetsuya Naito to wild cards like Zack Sabre Jr to upset winners like Toru Yano. I am glad that Kota Ibushi won because he is my pick to win the whole thing so hopefully he defeats Hiroshi Tanahashi and we can get an IWGP Heavyweight Championship Wrestle Kingdom Main Event between The Golden Lovers. Final B Block Placements: Kota Ibushi = 12 Kenny Omega = 12 Zack Sabre Jr = 12 Tetsuya Naito = 12 Tomohiro Ishii = 10 Sanada = 8 Juice Robinson = 6 Hirooki Goto = 6 Toru Yano = 6 Tama Tonga = 6
  25. Day 17 (A Block Finals): Togi Makabe vs Michael Elgin: This was a good match, nothing special here but it was a nice opener to the final A Block card for this year's G1 Climax. I think that both Makabe and Elgin did as best as they could in this year's G1 Climax and they will most likely be in next year's G1 Climax, hopefully Elgin could get at least eight points because he was really impressive in almost all of his matches this year and I can only see him getting better by this time next year. Yoshi-Hashi vs Hangman Page: I don't know how but both competitors in this match have great chemistry and I know that if they were given at least ten more minutes then I would have chose this match as Match Of The Night. Both guys were deserving of a win but the way Yoshi-Hashi won was perfect with him reversing the Rite Of Passage into a Canadian Destroyer. For my evaluation of both wrestlers, Yoshi-Hashi was obviously the weak link of the A Block and while he could make for a great underdog, underdogs win not lose almost all the time. This tournament showed that Yoshi-Hashi does NOT have a dull moveset but rather has so much hidden talent and NJPW need to book him a little bit more seriously. As for Page, I thought his G1 Climax was pretty disappointing up until his wins over Makabe and Minoru Suzuki. It is understandable if he was a sole newcomer because similar to Young Lions, he would have to lose in order to develop & improve but because he made his debut in the same year as Jay White and in the same block as well, it does not help when comparisons are being drawn and White is way ahead of Page whereas Page barely managed to get half of White's points by the end. One interesting takeaway for me is Hiroshi Tanahashi's comments on wanting to work with both Page and Yoshi-Hashi which presents both guys with more opportunities in the future (which they deserve). Bad Luck Fale vs Minoru Suzuki: Of course we needed to have one more disqualification loss for Bullet Club OG before this year's G1 Climax ended but I like this one specifically because of who was the victim, I am hoping for an awesome rivalry between Bullet Club OG and Suzuki-Gun. I can't say that I am not disappointed at Fale's run this year because I am disappointed, while I understand that the BC OG were proving a statement, Fale could've picked up a few more points along the way as well. As for Suzuki, great run, I doubted him at the beginning after losing to Tanahashi and then to Makabe but he just roared after that with a win after win after win, even at 50 years old, Suzuki's still got it. Jay White vs Evil: I did not see the ending coming, at the beginning I thought that Jay White will probably end in the middle of the block by getting easy wins over the likes of Yoshi-Hashi and Togi Makabe and lose to bigger stars like Minoru Suzuki and Bad Luck Fale but instead White won almost every match in the block including defeating Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada therefore I thought he could go all the way but Evil really came out of nowhere with the surprise win. For a character like Jay White in his debut G1 Climax, this was a prefect run, Evil's run wasn't bad either, granted he didn't do as well as last year but he wasn't too far off. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada: This was my Match Of The Night but not by far, this was basically a trimmed version of their Wrestling Dontaku encounter but with the drama of a time limit. The ending was great and I am happy that Tanahashi won instead of Okada because he is still too fresh from the IWGP Heavyweight Championship title picture and putting him back there so quickly would most likely hold him back from evolving into this new character. Generally, Okada's G1 Climax was good although it was filled with a few lackluster matches in my opinion which questioned if he deserved to be in the main event of those matchcards. Final A Block Placements: Hiroshi Tanahashi = 15 Kazuchika Okada = 13 Jay White = 12 Minoru Suzuki = 10 Evil = 10 Yoshi-Hashi = 6 Togi Makabe = 6 Hangman Page = 6 Michael Elgin = 6 Bad Luck Fale = 6
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