This is the final night of B Block tournament action. Much like the A lock, the winner of tonight’s main event will win the Block. It also means the undercard matches consisting of A Block talent are no longer preview matches.
Jonathan Gresham & Sho b. Tiger Mask IV & Yuya Uemera when Sho submitted Uemera with a Boston Crab – Sho put Uemera n a Boston Crab, which got broken up by Tiger. This led to Greesham and Tiger fighting on the floor while Uemera and Sho remain in the ring. Sho used his double knee powerbomb on Uemera, then went back to the Boston Crab to get the submission.
IWGP US Champion Juice Robinson & Toa Henare b. Marty Scurll & Brody King when Robinson pinned King with Pulp Friction – The heels cut off Henare and worked him over. Juice got a tag and went toe to toe with King until he too got double teamed. A miscommunication caused Scurll to accidentally kick Brody, who got hit with a Pulp Friction for the win by Juice.
NEVER Openweight Champion Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru of Suzuki-Gun b. Tomohiro Ishii & Shota Umino when Kanemaru pinned Umino with a Deep Impact DDT – As usual, a brawl broke out and the action spilled to the outside right away. Taichi pelted Ishii with chairs while Kanemaru beat on Umino. Back in the ring, Umino got double teamed until getting the desperation tag to Ishii. Taichi soon got overwhelmed by Ishii, and had to hit a low blow to get the upper hand. Ishii tagged Umino back in. While Ishii went after Taichi, Kanemaru squared off in the ring. A Deep Impact later, and Kanemaru got the pin on Umino.
Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi of Lost Ingbernables De Japon IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Dragon Lee & Titan – Drago and Shingo started out, with Dragon knocking Shingo out of the ring. The match went back and forth until Dragon got knocked out of the ring. Takagi then hit Last Of The Dragon on Titan for the pin.
After the match, Naito unmasked both luchadores and mockingly wore each one. When the masks got returned, somehow both men put on the wrong mask.
BUSHI (5-3, 10) b. Ren Narita (0-8, 0) with a MX – Bushi dominated the first few minutes. Hirata made a comeback and used a Cloverleaf. Bushi got the rope break, and the two traded dueling strikes. Bushi got the better of Hirata and then locked in a Boston Crab. When Narita got the rope break, Bushi stayed on the attack. Before Hirata could get any real offense, Bushi hit a MX for the pinfall.
Bandido (4-4, 8) p. Rocky Romero (3-5, 6) with a 21-Plex – The match started slow as each man tried to feel out each other. Soon after, they were trading moves back and forth. Rocky managed to turn a clothesline into a Cross Armbreaker. Bandido made the rope break, hit the GTS, and followed up with a 21-Plex to get the pin.
YOH (5-3, 12) p. Robbie Eagles (5-4, 8) with a German Suplex – Eagles controlled the first few minutes of the match, and kept Yoh from making a comeback. When Yoh kicked out of a Turbo Backpack, Eagles climbed to the top. Yoh dodged the dive, and made a comeback to get the pin with the German Suplex.
El Phantasmo (5-3, 10) p. DOUKI (1-7, 2) with a CR2 – Douki jumped the gun and attacked Phantasmo before he got in the ring. Douki tried a suicide dive, only to have ELP block with a chair. Phantasmo controlled the next few minutes, then Bandido battled back with a successful dive. The match continued to go back and forth. They battled atop the top turnbuckle, where Phantasmo tried a hurricanrana. I’m not sure whether he missed, or if Douki dodged, but it looked really scary because Douki toppled of the top to the outside. Back in the ring, ELP hit a frog splash for a near fall. Several more two counts went to each man, until Phantasmo blinded Douki with his own mask, and hit the CR2 for the pin.
After the match, Phantasmo taunted Jushin Thunder Liger and threw a water bottle at him.
Will Ospreay (6-2, 12) p. Ryusuke Taguchi (6-2, 12) with a Stormbreaker – This is a rematch from a few years ago. As expected, it started fast paced right off the bat. After a few minutes and come comedy, Ospreay gained control of the match. At the ten minute mark, Taguchi gained momentum with the Three Amigos. A few minutes later, Ospreay hit a corkscrew moonsault off the top to the floor on Taguchi. Back in the ring, Taguchi kicked out. An exciting exchange of Hip Attacks, kicks, and strikes broke out, which caused a double down. Taguchi reversed a Stormbreaker into an Anklelock. Ospreay made the rope break and went for an Oscutter. Taguchi turned that into another Anklelock. Ospreay kicked out of a Dodon, which Taguchi turned into a third Anklelock. Ospreay escaped and hit a Shooting Star for a near fall. Again Taguchi tried an Anklelock. This time, Ospreay was able to escape and hit a Stormbreaker to finally win the match and B Block.
Ospreay will face Shingo Takagi in the finals on June 5th.
After the match, Takagi came to the ring, and cut a promo partially in English. He said Ospreay was impressive, but he is stronger. He cut the rest in Japanese. Ospreay vowed to beat Takagi.
B BLOCK STANDINGS
14 Will Ospreay
12 Ryusuke Taguchi
12 El Phantasmo
10 Robbie Eagles
6 Rocky Romero
0 Ren Narita