Day 1 of 4 straight days! We’ll have be down to nitty gritty after this stretch
A: Samurai [7, max 11] b Taguchi [6, max 10]
I think Ryu’s in some major trouble now. If you believe Minoru’s making a run, and Liger’s making a run, Taguchi had to stay a good distance ahead of them. He’s still got the match versus Jado, and that’s a must win, but I’m not confident 8 will be enough in this bracket.
7 for sure won’t, but with Minoru and Liger left, Samurai’s going to have derail one more wrestler. This win keeps him in it.
B: Gedo b Black Tiger IV
Bad, bad loss for BT4, pretty much a death blow. He’ll have to sweep Kanemoto and Inoue and I think that’s beyond him at this point. His next match in the group isn’t till the 14th, and, by that point, it may be a win or go home match.
B: GENTARO b Inoue
Like I said, one Inoue could afford to lose – perhaps he knew that as well, and let down here? If we non-kayfabe it for a moment, I believe this is a sign Inoue ain’t winning it all; everyone’s going to lose in this tournament, but wouldn’t you have the eventually winner of the tournament lose to someone he can have a program with in a few months, as opposed to an indy outsider? I may be way off here, but I just got a feeling after this result that getting out of the first round might be it for Inoue.
B: Tiger Mask IV b Kanemoto
Nearly as bad loss for Kanemoto as it was for BT4, except he’s got an easier road to 8; Gedo (unless he’s coming on strong) and BT4 (who’s not.) Scheduling seems to indicate it won’t matter; he’s not in action on the last day, and BT4 is.
I think Block B is heading towards something like
Gedo, Goto, Gentaro up the track
BT4 6 vs Inoue
Inoue 8 vs BT4 (match is it’s own tiebreaker)
TM4 8 vs Gedo
but I’m not 100% sure.
Gedo TBD GENTARO (RUMBLE FOR FIFTH)
Jushin Liger TBD Fuego (this time for sure)