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Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens defeated David Finlay, Ren Narita and Katsuya Kitamura
It was pretty obvious who would win this one with two young boys that are basically jobbers on one team. It looked like The Bullet Club were just toying with their opponents if were not for the highly talented David Finlay this match would of been over much sooner than it was. Another wrestler that is not in the tournament that has been really impressive over the last ten days is Chase Owens and he was able to pick up the victory for his team hitting a devastating Package Piledriver on Narita.

Zack Sabre Jr. and El Desperado defeated Togi Makabe and Shota Umino
I don’t think many expected Zack Sabre Jr to be doing as well as he is in this G1 Climax tournament but now everyone is realising just how talented this young man is. Whether you like his style of wrestling or not you can not disagree he has had some outstanding performances during the G1 Climax and his next opponent will prove to be a very tough test as he found out in this tag match. The Suzuki Gun team came in with a game plan to try and keep the Young Lion in the ring and the veteran Makabe on the outside. It did work for some time but Umino managed to survive an onslaught of submissions from ZSJ and finally got the tag. Makabe was able to turn the tide for a short time but when Umino got tagged back in and Desperado locked in his submission he had no choice but to tap. Meanwhile ZSJ had Makabe locked in his Octopus Stretch so he could not stop the outcome. This was a massive statement made by ZSJ heading into his match with Makabe with both men on Six points.

Yoshi-Hashi and Tomohiro Ishii defeated Yuji Nagata and Tomoyuki Oka
After this tag match I am really looking forward to seeing Nagata and Ishii test each other one on one. We got a small taste of what to expect from these two in this match. But it was Yoshi-Hashi that got the win here making Oka tap out, hopefully that will help him build some momentum heading into his next match in the G1 and maybe he will pick up a couple more much needed points.

Ryusuke Taguchi and Hiroshi Tanahashidefeated Kota Ibushi and Hirai Kawato
One match that I’m sure everyone is looking forward too is the match on Day 11 between Tanahashi and Ibushi. This has the potential to be the best match of the whole tournament. I have really enjoyed the story told by Tanahashi throughout the G1 however I’m sure his opponent Ibushi did not expect his story to be going the way it has during this tournament. He has found himself closer to the bottom of the leader board in Block A due to a few loses in his last few matches. Neither man had anything to do with the outcome of this match as Taguchi made Kawato tap out with an Ankle Lock but both Ibushi and Tanahashi gave us all a little glimpse at what we are going to see on Day 11.

Hiromu Takahashi and Tetsuya Naito defeated Hirooki Goto and Gedo
It’s hard to watch Takahashi at the moment, The Ticking Time Bomb has not been the same since he lost Daryl in the most horrific act ever seen in Pro Wrestling by Bad Luck Fale. But hey the guy is grieving cut him some slack the fact he is still able to perform at such a high level whilst dealing with this devastating loss is remarkable. The other story in this match was the impending match up between Naito and Goto that again is going to be very special. These are two completely different characters that are equally as talented in the squared circle. As both men have six points I’m sure they will give everything just like they always do to get those important two points. Naito did gain a slight advantage psychologically as his team got the win here thanks to Takahashi making Gedo tap out. After the match Naito taunted and then spat at Goto but he would not rise to the bate rather deciding to wait till they clash on Day 11.

Block B

EVIL defeated Toru Yano
One thing I have loved about the G1 is the different characters and wrestling styles that have clashed and you don’t get two more different characters than Evil and Toru Yano. However the one thing both do have in common is that they will do just about anything to win a match even if it means bending the rules slightly. Yano though really needed a win here if he wanted to have any chance of progressing but Evil has been one of the most impressive competitors in the G1 and showed yet again that he is a real favourite by being able to withstand all the tricks of Yano and put him away swiftly with an STO. Evil now stands on eight points and there is no reason why he can’t go all the way.

Minoru Suzuki defeated Tama Tonga
After the war we saw these two have in the tag match the previous day I was overly excited to see this fight. Tonga attacked Suzuki Gun member Desperado on the ramp behind the back of Suzuki and he managed to sneak attack him and then the two brawled through the crowd. After hitting each other with punches, chairs and what ever else they could find they eventually made it in the ring and the match began but they were soon back on the outside brawling again. Finally they got back in the ring just before they got counted out, then the Ref got wiped out and they both bought chairs in the ring. Tama Tonga hit a Stun Gun but the Ref was still out cold, as the Ref came around he went for a second Stun Gun but got caught in a Choke by Suzuki who then waited for him to go limp then he finished of Tama Tonga with a Gotch Style Piledriver.

Sanada defeated Michael Elgin
Like I mentioned before Sanada is going to be a big star in NJPW one day and this win here proved that he is more than ready to take the next step in fulfilling that destiny. After a very fast paced hard hitting match Sanada was able to trap Elgin in his Skull Crusher submission and he kept it locked in until Elgin was out cold. Then Sanada finished off Elgin with a Picture Perfect Moonsault. Another big win for Sanada who yet again impressed everyone in this match.

 

Kenny Omega defeated Satoshi Kojima
Poor Kojima still on zero points and he had the task of taking on The IWGP US Champion ‘The Cleaner’ Kenny Omega on this day. He put up a good fight but when Kenny finally connected with Angels Wings it was all over.

Kazuchika Okada defeated Juice Robinson
This was the chance for Okada to take the lead in Block B but it was also a massive opportunity for Juice to get two needed points and get a huge win over the IWGP champion. As always Robinson really impressed me and he put up a great fight against the best wrestler on the planet who was able to pick up the win with a Rainmaker clothesline.

Block B
Kazuchika Okada 10
Kenny Omega 8
EVIL 8
SANADA 6
Minoru Suzuki 6
Michael Elgin 4
Tama Tonga 4
Juice Robinson 2
Toru Yano 2
Satoshi Kojima 0

 

 

 

 

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