EVIL vs SANADA – NJPW G1 Climax 27 Day 2

EVIL vs SANADA

G1 Climax Block B Match

07/20/2017

Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

(reviewed 07/21/2017) Sadly this disappointed me greatly. I quite like these two, and especially EVIL, but they’re not exactly the best at emoting. Members of the same heel faction facing off in the G1 is a pretty regular thing, but it requires a certain level of emotional hook beyond the quaintness of seeing team members fight. Usually that’s accomplished by one member turning face for the night or whatever, but that’s not what we get here. Instead, we get a match that is pretty sound mechanically but real lacking in any real narrative pull (despite the fact that the crowd is SO INTO IT, which almost makes it worse). It’s like that relatively catchy radio tune you hear for three weeks and then forget about for years until DDT uses it again in a promo package and you’re like “yeah, that was an ok little tune I guess.”

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