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The preliminaries otherwise were fairly predictable, though KUSHIDA and Naito as a dysfunctional team was entertaining. One other note would be the aftermath of the Bullet Club match, where Sunday's opponents AJ Styles and Doc Gallows exchanged more than nasty words. Either Styles or Gallows might find their way out of Bullet Club sooner rather than later.
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It was easily Elgin's most impressive win of the tournament, but it did no favors for Takahashi, who just can't get out of the blocks as low man on the Bullet Club totem pole.
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Tomohirio Ishii and Yuji Nagata collided pretty much how you expect the brawler to meet the old school strong style star. But Ishii's devastation was too much for Nagata and he picked up the win to be the first B Block wrestler at 8 points.
Karl Anderson and Kazuchika Okada put everything out there in a stellar semi-main event. Both men wanted to prove their importance here, but ultimately The Rainmaker was the one to walk out at 8 points.
The main event was a rematch of more than one IWGP Intercontinental title match of the last year as Hirooki Goto battled Shinsuke Nakamura. Goto has beat Nakamura more than once, but the King of Strong Style never goes down without a fight. Goto did dominate for much of their battle. He avoided the Boma Ye well, but could not escape a cross armbreaker. Nakamura moves up another two points, but his stablemates both get at least one loss (Okada's loss must be to Nakamura) for him to win the tournament block.
Action continues with A Block tomorrow main evented by Tetsuya Naito and Kota Ibushi in what should be a great match. B Block is back on Friday with Nakamura versus Takahashi and Okada battling Ishii.