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re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
I gotta disagree and say Tanahashi absolutely should not make the finals. He's two time IWGP this year alone and is going in as champion unless the world explodes and Tanaka wins or he gets injured or something. If anyone has ever not needed a finals run, it's him. Looking at his matches makes me think he'll go undefeated four or five times before losing just enough to drop out of the running. I'd bet that whoever wins this is taking it from him, and having him lose twice in a row to that winner is silly. I'd say the winner of Suzuki/Nagata vs. the winner of Goto/Naito on the last day is your finals with the young wrestler going over (ideally Naito over Nagata for me).
Quality wise - Holy fucking B Block. The combo of Nakamura, Okada, Naito, Makabe, Goto & Rush could create 15 good matches alone. Throw in sporadic goodies from Archer, MVP & Tenzan and you're looking at like 20 potentially good-great matches, and could realistically end up with ten or more matches hitting in and around that four stars zone from that block alone. Crazy! Okada/Shinsuke will be the catalyst for the CHAOS explosion feud too epic to predict.
A Block has a lesser chance at hitting as many good matches, but there are still a whole bunch of good looking combos. Marufuji/MiSu is interesting given their past together. They're all very entertaining wrestlers which will make for a fun block, if nothing else.