Lucha Underground Season 4, “Seven to Survive”
The Gift of the Gods title is on the line in a seven-way ELIMINATION Match! The last luchador left wins a guaranteed path to THE Lucha Underground Champion!
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- Gift of the Gods Championship Seven to Survive Match: Jake Strong VS King Cuerno VS Aerostar VS Hernandez VS Big Bad Steve VS PJ Black VS Dante Fox; Strong wins and becomes the new Gift of the Gods Champion.
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Gift of the Gods Championship Seven to Survive Match: Jake Strong VS King Cuerno VS Aerostar VS Hernandez VS Big Bad Steve VS PJ Black VS Dante Fox!
The Seven Ancient Aztec Medallions have all come together again and now we will crown a new Gift of the Gods Champion! Antonio Cueto attempted to make this match less but The Savage wanted more. Therefore, the title will be rewarded to the one luchador who can outlast the other six! Will Strong prove he’s the strongest there is? Or will it be the King of Hunters, the Man of Time and Space, The Super-Mex, the Mechanic, the Darewolf or the returning One Man Army instead?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fox boots Strong right out of the ring! Then he boots Aerostar, then aims at Big Bad Steve. BBS stops the boot to give a kick only to get an enziguri! Hernandez runs at Fox but Fox sends him out. PJ and Cuerno both get Fox and put him in a corner. They double whip but Fox reverses to kick PJ and whip Cuerno. Fox mule kicks and goes for a cutter but PJ pushes him away. Fox ducks Cuerno, then jumps up and back for double cutters! Fans fire up and Fox feeds off it. Fox goes to a corner and springboards for a BIG inverted 450! Fox wipes them all out and Believers are thunderous!
Dante Fox stands first, and brings Hernandez into the ring. Fox takes aim and springboards again, but Hernandez catches the crossbody. Hernandez cradles Fox, then pops him up, but Fox sunset flips. Hernandez says “Suck it!” then lifts Fox up. Fox Matrix handsprings under the clothesline, then enziguris Hernandez to the ropes! He whips but Hernandez blocks with power. Hernandez reels Fox into a lariat, then swaggers about. Hernandez drags Fox up and into a Razor’s Edge, but Fox slips out to a backslide! Cover, Fox ELIMINATES Hernandez! Super-Mex is the first man out and he can’t believe it! He has no choice but to leave, and fans chant “GIT! GIT!” on top of singing “Hey hey hey~, good-bye~!” We are down to six as we go to break.
Lucha Underground returns and the remaining six brawl in the ring. Cuerno, Strong, BBS and even Aerostar stomp away on Fox while PJ lurks outside. Fox is kicked out of the ring, and then Strong goes after Aerostar. PJ goes after BBS and bump shim off buckles. Cuerno goes after Aerostar while Strong fetches Fox. BBS hits PJ back while Cuerno dumps Aero out. Strong bounces Fox off the announce desk, then throws heavy haymakers. Cuerno dumps Aerostar over railings into the upper deck while Fox and Strong go up the stairs. Strong bounces Fox off walls while Cuerno gives Aero a Death Valley Driver onto chairs!
PJ and BBS have also brought their brawl to the Believers, and PJ rocks BBS with a big right forearm. BBS hits back harder, while Cuerno gets help balancing on a railing. Aero gets out of the way while Cuerno lands on his feet, but then Aero FLIES back in for a huricanrana! Fox rocks Strong, then jumps for his own headscissors, but Strong blocks! Strong brings Fox back up, to bomb him into the wall! Fox slumps down while Strong roars. PJ brings BBS around and back into the ring. Famous B gets in to defend his client, while giving him a monkey wrench. BBS takes the assist while Famous B hands PJ a card. PJ kicks Famous B in his b’s! But BBS uses the wrench to CRACK PJ in the back! PJ falls on Famous B’s b’s! Cuerno runs in, but gets a CRACK of that wrench!
Fans chant for Steve, but Strong narrowly avoids that wrench. Big Bad Steve hasn’t forgotten what Strong did to him. But in flies Aerostar, to get a CRACK! BBS beats Aero with the wrench, Believers chant “Steve!” with every hit. BBS winds up, and “STEVE!” But PJ gets up to kick Big Bad Steve in his little bad Steve! Strong comes in but PJ dodges him. PJ runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Strong back in the eye then springboards for another eye poke! PJ aims and hits Strong in the little savage! He moves the wrench aside and springboards for the Wolfsault! Cover, TWO! Strong refuses to be eliminated so soon.
PJ shoulders into Strong then slingshots for the sunset flip. TWO, into the Ankle Lock! PJ flails, PJ taps, Strong ELIMINATES PJ Black! But Strong doesn’t stop until he hears the SNAP! PJ Black’s ankle is snapped, and now there are only five as we go to break.
Lucha Underground returns as The Savage Strong and Big Bad Steve face off. Strong hits BBS, but BBS hits back! Fans chant “Strong!” and “Steve!” as they go again. Strong hits, Steve hits, then Steve runs to boot Strong down! Fans fire up as Cuerno adds on his own dropkick. Fox springboards in, jams an ankle, and turns around into a saido suplex! Fans rally up and Aerostar returns. Aero keeps his eyes on Cuerno and Steve. BBS gets him first and in a full nelson. Cuerno helps out with a CHOP! BBS brings Aero up and whips him into a pop-up cutter! Cuerno rolls and dropkicks Aero out. Fans fire up but now Cuerno and Steve square off.
Cuerno throws a haymaker, but BBS responds. Cuerno hits BBS with a palm strike, and dares BBS to come back. BBS does, so Cuerno roundhouses! BBS staggers but hits back with a haymaker. Cuerno runs to knee trigger BBS! BBS ends up on ropes as fans want “Otra! Otra!” Cuerno opens up Steve’s shirt, for the CHOP! Cuerno whips Steve and runs in but is put on the apron. He blocks Steve’s punch to give back a kick. Cuerno climbs up and leaps over Steve. He rolls, double clotheslines take them both out. But wait, who is bringing in a forklift?! Is that Drago?! He got someone to drive this forklift in, to help out Aerostar! The Super Amigos work together and Aerostar ascends! Believers fire up as Aerostar goes up and up and up… TO FLY!! Aerostar hits both Cuerno and Steve!!
Believers lose their minds over that insanely high crossbody! Aerostar crawls to a cover on BBS, Aerostar ELIMINATES Big Bad Steve! Famous B is upset, but it’s time for him and Steve to “GIT! GIT!” Aerostar, King Cuerno, Jake Strong and Dante Fox are the final four as we go to break.
Lucha Underground returns as Strong gets back in the ring. Cuerno and Aerostar are there, so Strong chooses Aerostar. He puts him against the ropes and throws forearms into the kidneys. Strong then scoops Aerostar, carries him around, and slams him down hard. Strong then goes to Cuerno in a corner, and gives him forearms to the back. He reels Cuerno in for a big suplex. Strong soaks up the heat as he stomps Cuerno in the chest. Strong brings Cuerno up for haymakers as fans rally. He whips Cuerno but Cuerno kicks him away. Cuerno runs, but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Strong looms over Cuerno while fans duel. Strong gets fans chanting his name as he goes after the leg. He puts on the Ankle Lock!
Cuerno endures and crawls for ropes, but Aerostar springboards for meteora on Strong! Aero speeds things up and hits a tilt-o-whirl headscissor to throw Strong down. Aero kicks away at the legs, then runs to leap for the trust fall! He takes out Strong, covers, TWO! Fans rally up as Aerostar gets back up. Aero runs but into a pop-up, and the Ankle Lock! Strong twists the foot and Aero taps! Strong ELIMINATES Aerostar! The Savage still pulls on the ankle, and Aero taps more. But it’s Cuerno who steps in before the ankle snaps. Cuerno kicks Strong then enziguris and dropkicks! Cuerno helps Aero safely make it backstage while we go to break.
Lucha Underground returns as our final three gather in the ring. Fox crawls towards Strong as fans rally up. Cuerno watches the vulnerable prey and says it’s time to end it. Strong stirs, Fox stands and Cuerno slowly enters. The three circle, keeping eyes on the other two. Fans build to a rally, and Strong swings on Cuerno. Cuerno ducks to knee trigger Fox. Cuerno hits Strong with a forearm, then runs to double knee Fox. He runs at Strong but into the Ankle Lock! Cuerno throws Strong out of the ring, but Fox runs in. He puts Fox on the apron then swing kicks him down. Cuerno aims at both Fox and Strong, builds speed, and DIVES! Hell’s Arrow gets Strong but Fox dodges! Believers are thunderous as Fox chooses to go up top.
Fox reappears high up in a familiar perch. He aims down at Strong and Cuerno before he FLIES!! The swanton takes out Strong, Cuerno and Fox’s own tailbone! Believers lose their minds from seeing Fox risk a lot for that shot, but “This is Lucha!” Fox stands first and puts Cuerno in the ring. He climbs up to the top rope and aims, for a 450 splash! Cover, but Strong yanks him off?! Why!? Perhaps it is ego that Strong wants to eliminate them both, but he gets a boot from Fox for it! Fox gets on the apron, springboards in, but into a knee trigger from Cuerno. Then another! Cuerno brings Fox up, Thrill of the Hunt driver! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives and fans fire up again.
Cuerno stands and grabs Fox’s legs. Fans duel as Cuerno puts on the leg half of a surfboard. He grabs at the arms and pulls Fox back for the full surfboard! But then he makes it a half nelson with the use of his legs. Fox endures so Cuerno shoves him away. Cuerno drags Fox up again and gives him a CHOP! Cuerno runs in corner to corner, but misses Fox. Strong comes in, Strong Vader Bomb! ROPEBREAK! Fox stands on the top rope, Strong turns around, but Fox leaps over him. Fox rolls to give Cuerno Rolling Thunder! Then Fox ducks Strong to hit a springboard stunner! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and all three men are down.
Believers rally up for them and Fox stands again. Fox drags Strong around as fans say “This is Awesome!” Strong is on the Aztec seal as Fox gets on the top rope. Fox aims for the BIG Swanton, but gets knees! Strong suffers damage from that, too, but he and Fox still get up. Strong kicks but Fox blocks and sends it into Cuerno. Fox SUPERKICKS Strong but Cuerno calf kicks Fox! All three men are down again, but fans still rally. Cuerno sits up first, but Strong follows. Fox is next, but Cuerno feeds off the energy. Strong and Fox grit their teeth as they glare at each other and Cuerno. All three men approach at the center of the ring.
Strong hits Cuerno, Cuerno hits Strong. Fox hits Cuerno, Strong hits Fox. Strong hits Cuerno, Cuerno hits Strong. Fox kicks Cuerno and then Strong. Strong hits Fox, Cuerno hits Strong. Strong hits Cuerno, Fox hits Strong. Fox hits Cuerno, Cuerno kicks Fox. All three men stand up tall, and Strong throws hands on both Cuerno and Fox back and forth. Strong throws haymaker after haymaker, then roars, but runs into double boots! Fox and Cuerno let Strong roll away, and boot each other. Both men stagger back, but Cuerno runs in. Fox boots Cuerno, then dodges as Cuerno runs back in. Fox runs into Cuerno’s boot, Cuerno hops up but Fox gives him a springboard Spanish Fly! He drags Cuerno up, wants and hits the Fox Catcher! Cover, Fox ELIMINATES Cuerno! Fox and Strong are our final two!
Strong slowly returns but Fox sees him hobbling around. The fans duel as the two men stare down. Strong jumps up but Fox dropkicks him away. Fox builds speed but fakes Strong out, to then go to the post for the retrograde Asai! Strong gets clear, kicks Fox low, then rocks him with a right. Strong throws Fox at the ring but Fox spins around to kick Strong. Fox is on the apron, and leaps for a missile dropkick! Strong ends up hitting railing but Fox hits hard on the floor. The referee checks on both men but they’re okay to continue. Believers rally up again, and Fox gets in the ring at 6. Strong gets in at 8, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Jackknife cover, TWO! This still isn’t over, and Fox stalks Strong to a corner.
Fox throws forearm after forearm, then hoists Strong onto the top rope. Fans duel as Fox runs in, but into Strong’s boot. Fox swings a kick, but Strong blocks it, and wants the leg! Fox pushes Strong away, then goes Matrix again, but Strong is ready for the kick! Strong has the Ankle Lock again!! Fox endures as fans duel. He’s so close but he doesn’t give in. He reaches for ropes but Strong pulls him away! Fox rolls but can’t get Strong off the foot, he’s still in the hold! Strong brings him back around, Fox taps!
Winner: Jake Strong, by pinfall; NEW Gift of the Gods Champion
The Savage conquers the field of seven, having eliminated the majority of them. Fans chant “This is bullsh*t!” but Strong is the winner whether they like it or not. Strong raises the belt in victory, but then he goes after Fox for his real trophy! He has Fox back in the Ankle Lock, and SNAPS the ankle! Fans tell Strong what they really think of him as he stands over Fox with his title. The Savage has the key to taking the entire Temple for his own, will his undefeated streak continue through challenging THE Lucha Underground Champion?
Atop the roof of The Temple…
Johnny Mundo shadowboxes his coming fight with Matanza Cueto. Aerostar appears, and tells him, “No amount of training you can do will prepare you for The Monster.” But Matanza slaughtered Mundo’s friends, attacked his bride, and ruined the wedding. Now Mundo will give Matanza a funeral. Aero says that if Mundo faces Matanza alone, “it will be your funeral.” Aero wants Mundo to trust him, that without Aerostar’s help, Mundo won’t stand a chance. He’ll just be another Sacrifice to the Gods. Well given how Aerostar did in the Seven Way, he stands a better chance alone. Mundo doesn’t need a partner.
But then Aerostar whistles, and in flies Drago! Mundo saved Aerostar’s oldest friend, so the two of them are going to return the favor. The Gauntlet of the Gods? That stupid metal glove Cage used to wear? How is that supposed to help? Put it on. No thanks, Mundo isn’t a glove guy. Drago snarls, and Mundo changes his mind. Mundo puts on the Gauntlet, and he feels its power almost immediately. “I feel like… Like a god…! This is incredible!!” Is Aerostar sure about this? “Only time will tell.” Mundo is in love with the glove, but can the God of Greatness defeat the Monster Cueto?
This was a pretty great episode with just the one match. It was all pretty great, especially Drago the Builder helping Aerostar hit the highest high spot in some time. Everyone outside of Hernandez looked really good in this match, Hernandez got eliminated surprisingly fast. Obviously if Strong had done what he wanted and been the man eliminating all six other men, he’d be too strong. Cuerno may not have gone full Face, but I like that he repaid Aerostar for the favor of hiding the Gauntlet of the Gods. Cuerno, Fox and Strong made a great final three, and clearly the majority of fans wanted anyone but Strong. However, Strong is now champion, and with the new cash-in ability, watch for him to cash in on no less than a beat up Pentagon after his Cero Miedo match with Marty the Moth.
Speaking of the Gauntlet of the Gods, Aerostar and Drago giving that to Mundo is an interesting twist. I was just picturing Mundo getting help from the remaining members of Worldwide Underground, but perhaps this twist helps Mundo keep a Face appearance. I’m going to enjoy seeing how the Gauntlet comes into play for Mundo during Ultima Lucha, and if that bridges over into season 5.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (9/26/21)
Round three, A Block!
The G1 Climax rolls on!
The G1 Climax rolls on deeper into the Fall! Zack Sabre Jr. has defeated two top names in NJPW in a row, will he make it a third?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Great-O-Kahn VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter; Khan wins.
- Toru Yano VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado; Yano wins.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS KENTA: Kenta wins.
- Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings! (Adjusted for Naito’s absence)
Great-O-Khan: 3-0, 6 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points [has special singles bye]
Kenta: 2-1, 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-1, 4 points
Toru Yano: 2-1, 4 points
Kota Ibushi: 2-1, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-1, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-2, 2 points
BONUS CONTENT: Takagi speaks after his win over Yuji Nagata.
“I’m HERE! I’ve returned to Kobe. Unfortunately, the scheduled main event, Takagi VS Naito, couldn’t happen as planned. But I’ll do my part to make sure that we get to see Shingo Takagi VS Tetsuya Naito very soon!” In order to do that, Takagi promises to win the G1! And that’s all he has to say about that. So now, the Dragon’s mission to make history has even more fuel for the fire! Will Takagi take the block, take the G1 trophy and name Naito as his Wrestle Kingdom challenger?
Great-O-Kahn VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!
The Dominator technically leads the block given the allotted Naito points, but he still has to earn the other victories! Will the Tokyo Pimp get back up in the G1 with another shocking win?
The bell rings and Khan stares Yujiro down. Then he drops to dare Yujiro to take on his leg guard. Pieter thinks this is a trick but Yujiro walks up to try it. Yujiro gives kicks but Khan keeps his guard up. Yujiro kicks again but gets caught to a KNEEBAR! Yujiro scrambles to the ropebreak and Khan lets go. Khan waits on Yujiro and they reset. They feel out the grapple, Khan gets a leg then a waistlock then drags Yujiro down. Khan shifts to an arm but Yujiro wrenches. The two separate, tie up again, and Khan waistlocks for another takedown. Khan rolls but Yujiro prevents the cover. Yujiro gets a facelock but Khan counters with a takedown. Cover, ONE, and fans cheer the exchange.
Khan and Yujiro reset again, feel out a new grapple, and Khan has a facelock. Khan throws Yujiro over to a lateral press, ONE, but Khan keeps on with the facelock. Yujiro fights up, and BITES Khan’s hand! The ref counts, Khan grabs Yujiro’s ear with the claw! Khan CLUBS Yujiro’s ear, then kicks. Yujiro blocks to throw Khan down and he basement boots Khan away! Yujiro kicks Khan out of the ring then goes out to bring him up for a low knee. Yujiro CLUBS Khan, has Pieter bring him his cane, and then Pieter distracts the ref while Yujiro brings Khan up the ramp. Yujiro gets space to CANE SHOT Khan back down the ramp! Khan tumbles all the way to ringside!
Yujiro struts his way back and tosses the cane aside. Yujiro goes into the ring to let the ring count take care of Khan. Khan clutches his back as the count climbs all the way to 10 of 20. Khan manages to stand at 14 but with help of railing. Khan crawls and gets in at 19.5! Fans cheer but Yujiro drags Khan up by his beard. Yujiro snapmares Khan and then throws haymakers. Pieter’s almost dancing as Yujiro runs and basement boots Khan back down! Cover, TWO! Yujiro smirks while Khan tries to get feeling in his lower back. Yujiro drops a leg, drops an elbow and drops a headbutt. Cover, TWO! Yujiro grows annoyed but he gives toying kicks and head slaps.
Khan throws body shots and forearms but Yujiro SLAPS him! Yujiro scoops and SLAMS Khan, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is again annoyed but he stomps Khan down. Fans rally up for Khan but Yujiro stomps him at the ropes. Yujiro brings Khan up but Khan CHOPS him! And CHOPS! And then throws forearms! Yujiro knees low, whips Khan to a corner and runs in to BOOT him! Yujiro runs but Khan kicks. Yujiro blocks, throws Khan down again but Khan avoids the basement boot! Khan returns the favor with the kick block and throw! Dead lift gut wrench suplex! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Khan and Yujiro slowly rise, and Khan reels Yujiro in. Yujiro throws forearms in return, but Khan RAMS Yujiro into a corner! Khan fires himself up and whips Yujiro corner to corner to then clothesline from behind! Khan hoists Yujiro up top, puts some stank on his hands and MONGOLIAN CHOPS Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls into the Tree of Woe and then Khan makes sure Pieter is watching as he toys with Tokyo Pimp. Khan goes to the far corner, hits a three point stance and runs in to SLIDING BOOT Yujiro out of the Tree! Cover, TWO! Khan keeps his cool, and he starts taunting Yujiro back with toying kicks.
Khan asks Pieter what’s up with Yujiro but Yujiro springs up to CHOP! Khan CHOPS back! Khan eggs Yujiro on, Yujiro CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP, then Yujiro mule kicks! MONGOLIAN CHOPS and an URENAGE from Khan! Cover, TWO! KATAGATAMI! The head ‘n’ arm triangle squeeze the air out of Yujiro as Khan pushes up! Yujiro reaches out and gets a ROPEBREAK with a foot! Khan holds until the ref counts 4, and fans rally up as Khan slashes his throat! Khan drags Yujiro up, dragon sleepers and suplexes but Yujiro slips out! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Yujiro stirs as fans build to another rally and Khan slowly rises.
Yujiro runs at Khan to BOOT, then he runs to dodge a boot! Yujiro reels Khan in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Khan is still in this but Yujiro still has tricks to try. Khan flounders to ropes, Yujiro storms over and brings him up. Yujiro has Khan lean on the ropes for his BOOT! Yujiro then reels Khan in for a fireman’s carry, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!! Khan still lives and Yujiro grows frustrated! Yujiro drags Khan up, reels him in, but no Pimp Juice! IRON CLAW SLEEPER!! Khan then spins Yujiro around but Yujiro slips out of the Eliminator to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Khan again survives, but Yujiro roars! Fans fire up with Yujiro as he goes back to Khan!
Yujiro drags Khan up, reels him in, IMP- NO! No Impaler as Khan whips, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls so Yujiro roars again! But he runs into the KITSUJIGOROSHI!! And ELIMINATOR SLAM!! Cover, Khan wins!!
Winner: Great-O-Khan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)
The Dominator IS dominating the block! With the Naito forfeit giving him bonus points, he’s already at 8! Will Khan continue to run away with the lead? As for Yujiro, will he be able to get another win as good as his first?
Toru Yano VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado!
The Clown Prince was dominated by Great-O-Khan while the Silverback got a Blue Justice bye. Who gets back into the swing of things with round three?
Yano’s long introduction finishes and Loa Low Sweets with Jado. But Yano again gets impatient as the ref checks him for things. What is that bag that is suspiciously labeled as if it weren’t suspicious? It’s Yano’s stash of extra wrist tape AND handcuffs! Yano claims those are harmless but the ref gathers them all up and confiscates them. The bell rings and Loa still wants to make sure Yano has nothing else. Yano says it’s fine, they’ll wrestle. They tie up, Loa powers Yano to ropes and Yano calls for the ropebreak. Loa frisks Yano for himself, then lets off as he’s satisfied there are no tricks up Yano’s tights. Loa then dares Yano to bring the fight. Yano throws a forearm, Loa gives one back!
Fans like the serious look on Yano’s face as he and Loa keep throwing forearms back and forth! They pick up speed, Yano gets the edge but Loa DECKS him! Loa gets Yano up to DECK him again but he’s not satisfied. Loa ROCKS Yano again, “This is the G1!” He wants to see that fight! Yano rakes Loa’s eyes! Yano runs but Loa runs him over! Yano bails out but Loa goes out after him. Loa CLUBS Yano on the back, follows him around the way then CLUBS him again. Loa whips Yano but Yano reverses to send Loa into railing! Yano paces, the ring count starts, Yano goes after Loa’s shirt! Loa stops Yano from making this a hockey scrum, only to do the same to Yano!
Yano can’t see and Loa leaves him floundering around as the count climbs! We’re past 15, Loa shoves a Young Lion into Yano for good measure! Loa gets in at 17, Yano keeps floundering, but he gets his shirt down at 19 to get in at 19.9! Loa applauds then stomps Yano at the ropes. Loa drags Yano up, RAMS him into a corner, and then RAMS into him more and more. The ref counts, Loa lets off and fans rally up. Loa takes a few bows then drags Yano back up. Snapmare and run for a basement boot! Cover, TWO! Loa argues the count but the ref says it is fair. Loa pulls on an arm but Yano is dead weight. So Loa CHOKES Yano! The ref counts, Loa stops at 4, and “apologizes.”
Loa drags Yano up, whips him corner to corner and clotheslines! Then whip and redirect into the corner for another clothesline! Loa then reels Yano in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Yano stays in this but Loa is annoyed. Loa CHOKES Yano again! the ref counts, Loa lets off and he sits Yano up for a chinlock. Yano endures as Loa leans on the hold. Yano throws elbows and gets free! But Loa headbutts Yano back! Loa whips, Yano holds ropes and taunts Loa, to then dodge and SLAP him! Loa runs at Yano but Yano dodges to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up and rally behind Yano as he gets up. Yano goes to a corner to untie the buckle pad!
Yano has the liberated pad but the ref grabs at him. Yano shoves the ref away to PAD SMACK Loa! Loa just grimaces so Yano SMACKS him again! Loa flexes, Yano SMACKS again but Loa roars. Yano freaks out, Loa kicks and whips, but Yano stops himself from running into bare buckles. Loa runs in, Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Fireman’s Carry Takeover! Fans fire up with Yano and he drags Loa up. Yano reels Loa in but Loa blocks the suplex. Loa wrenches, kicks and knees to ENZIGURI! Yano wobbles, Loa reels him in for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but Loa is right on him with a CROSSFACE!
Yano endures the #OGKiller even as Loa cranks way back! Yano moves around, reaches out, but Loa thrashes him around! Yano keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Loa lets off but he asks Yano, “Why!? I want the two points!” Loa drags Yano up, reels him in, but Yano turns it into a gator roll! TWO, and Yano hurries up! Loa runs at him to SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Loa hurries to get Yano up, scoops him but Yano fights free! Yano hits an atomic drop then a trip to a CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Loa staggers, Yano goes to low blow but the ref stops him! The ref won’t let Yano cheat right in front of him!
But then Loa shoves Yano into the ref! And LARIATS Yano down! Jado gets in because the ref is down! He drags Yano up, holds him for Loa, and Loa has the kendo stick! Yano fights free, dodges the stick and shoves Jado into the buckles! KENDO SMACK on Loa, then Yano plays dead like Jado hit him! Loa acts like he had no idea what Jado was doing, but the ref is distracted and Yano LOW BLOWS Loa! Schoolboy, Yano wins!!
Winner: Toru Yano, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Loa earns 0)
#YTRFTW! He keeps his chances alive while Loa flounders near the bottom! If not for those Naito points, Loa wouldn’t have anything! Can the Silverback rebound and finally earn his first two G1 points?
Tomohiro Ishii VS KENTA!
The Stone Pitbull is the one NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion with points, but only because Naito is out. As for Fang Revived, he defeated a fellow Bullet Club member without ruining the team dynamics. Will Ishii scratch the itch and earn himself a win? Or will Kenta take a bite out of him and keep his own chances alive?
Kenta taunts Ishii, waving his shirt like a bullfighter. The bell rings and Ishii stares Kenta down. Kenta mocks Ishii’s hunched posture and then bails out of the ring. Ishii stays patient as Kenta paces on the outside. Kenta takes his time returning, then again mocks the raging bull before he bails out again, “Ole~!” Kenta paces around again, slowly returns, then bails out as Ishii storms over. “Ole~” but then Ishii drags Kenta in from the apron! Ishii throws haymakers then whips, but Kenta holds ropes. Ishii runs in to clothesline, then keeps going to run Kenta over! Kenta bails out but Ishii is right out after him! Ishii drags Kenta up and whips him into railing!
Kenta flounders around and Ishii stalks him. Ishii drags Kenta up as fans rally, and Ishii whips Kenta into more railing! Kenta staggers closer to the timekeeper’s area and he grabs the ring bell! Ishii storms over to get a RING BELL SHOT! Kenta then POSTS Ishii, bad arm first! The ref reprimands and checks on Ishii, but what about the bell? Kenta drags Ishii up, wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then hammerlocks to RAM Ishii into railing! The ref wants this to get back in the ring but now he has to check on Ishii again. Kenta stomps Ishii, the ref tells him to back off, and Kenta smooths his hair. Kenta drags Ishii up and into the ring and fans cheer that this continues.
Kenta stomps Ishii around, but Ishii gets up as he snarls. Kenta KICKS the bad arm and Ishii falls over. Ishii kicks from below but Kenta stomps him down. Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” but Kenta wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Ishii clutches his arm but Kenta grabs it for an armlock. Kenta pulls it into a Fujiwara but Ishii endures, even as Kenta talks trash. Kenta keeps on the arm but Ishii crawls his way over to get a ropebreak. The ref counts, Kenta lets go with one hand but still uses leverage to crank the arm. The ref counts again, Kenta lets off to stomp Ishii. Kenta kicks the bad arm again but Ishii keeps getting up. Ishii even eggs him on!
Kenta KICKS more but Ishii fires forearms! Kenta gets the arm again, ELBOW BREAKER! Kenta rains down forearms but the ref has him back off. The ref checks on Ishii but Kenta copies Yano by undoing a buckle pad. Kenta drags Ishii up, whips him over but Ishii reverses! Kenta hits bare buckles and falls in a heap! Fans rally again as Ishii stands. Ishii gives toying kicks to Kenta and Kenta end up in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS, fighting through the pain in his bad arm to hit Kenta again and again. Ishii then CHOPS and forearms again and again and again! Kenta falls down, Ishii only stops because his arm finally hurts too much.
Ishii goes back to Kenta, drags him up and whips him corner to corner. Kenta reverses but Ishii bounces off the corner to CLOBBER Kenta! Ishii drags Kenta up and reels him in but Kenta fights the lift. Kenta standing switches but Ishii elbows him away. Kenta BOOTS from the corner, climbs up and TORNADO HOTSHOTS Ishii! Kenta climbs, for the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta snarls but he kicks at Ishii. Ishii gets mad, swings on Kenta but Kenta catches the arm for a takedown! Kenta wants the Fujiwara again but Ishii gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Kenta lets go, and Ishii gets to the apron.
Fans rally up but Kenta stomps Ishii down. Kenta then drags Ishii up through the ropes but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii suplexes but Kenta fights it! Kenta throws body shots then HOTSHOTS the arm! Kenta has Ishii through ropes, DRAPING DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kenta is annoyed but he slithers away to the far corner. Ishii gets up, Kenta runs in to BOOT Ishii down! Then he goes corner to corner again, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kenta climbs up top! Ishii avoids the double stomps, then avoids the boot to waistlock and CORNER GERMAN! Fans cheer as both men are down again. They rally up for “I-SHI-I!” as he and Kenta stir.
Ishii fires himself up as he stands, and he runs back in at Kenta to clothesline! Kenta growls and throws a forearm! Ishii growls and they brawl with forearm after forearm! They each egg the other on as they go, no guard and no slowing down! Ishii ROCKS Kenta, and again, but Kenta LARIATS! Ishii doesn’t flinch! Ishii gives boxing elbows, Kenta BACK HANDS, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Kenta DISCUS LARIATS! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Kenta drags himself over to ropes and then to the apron. Kenta climbs up the corner, leaps, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives Kenta’s coup de grace but Kenta drags Ishii back up.
Ishii gives low headbutts but Kenta KNEES him right back down. Kenta runs the ropes to KNEE Ishii against them! Kenta runs again but into a BIG shoulder tackle! Fans fire up as Ishii growls and roars! Ishii shakes out the bad arm, brings Kenta back up and reels him in. Ishii lifts, but Kenta fights out to KICK the bad arm! Kenta drags Ishii down into the omoplata and the crossface, GAME OVER! Ishii endures and fans rally up as Kenta pulls back harder! Ishii moves around, trying to find ropes while Kenta’s hands are in his eyes and blinding him! Kenta pulls back even harder and Ishii flails! Ishii kicks around and gets a ropebreak with a foot!
Fans cheer but Kenta shoves the ref away as he drives elbow after elbow into Ishii! Kenta sits Ishii up and runs to PENALTY KICK! But Ishii blocks it! Ishii gets up, Kenta fires off hands, but Ishii spins Kenta around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again but fans still rally. Ishii gets up, slaps feeling into his bad arm, and then drags Kenta back up. Kenta throws forearm after forearm but Ishii DECKS him with one! It was the bad arm, though, so Ishii is again clutching it in pain. Ishii drags Kenta back up, puts him on the top rope and climbs up to join him. Ishii gets Kenta up for the STALLING SUPERPELX! Ishii crawls to the cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up and build to another rally as Kenta survives. Ishii goes to a corner and watches Kenta rise. Ishii runs corner to corner but Kenta gets around for a sleeper! Ishii back suplexes but Kenta slips free! Kenta runs but Ishii LARIATS him down! Ishii roars and shakes the bad arm out before he runs again. BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta fires up and aims from a corner, runs in and BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives two running knees but Kenta doesn’t get frustrated just yet. Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” but Kenta drags Ishii back up. Fireman’s carry but Ishii throws elbows to hold it off. Kenta cross counters and fires off slapping palm strikes! Ishii falls and Kenta takes down his knee pad!
Kenta fireman’s carries, GO TO- NO! Ishii lands on his feet to HEADBUTT! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ishii crawls his way over to Kenta to sit him up. Ishii builds speed for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kenta lives and Ishii roars in frustration! Ishii powers up, drags Kenta up but Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO- NO! Ishii facelocks but Kenta slips out of the suplex to SUPERKICK! Ishii swats the roundhouse to ENZIGURI! Kenta falls and Ishii fires up with the fans! Ishii runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives and fans are thunderous again as Ishii gets him back up! Suplex to-
No, Kenta knees free then bumps Ishii off bare buckles! Roll up, Kenta wins!!
Winner: Kenta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishii earns 0)
Did Fang Revive just pick up something from a Yano-esque tactic? Kenta also rubs in that he just seems to have Ishii’s number. Will Kenta keep things going until he’s number one with a bullet? As for Ishii, are his G1 chances already up in smoke?
Kota Ibushi VS Zack Sabre Jr!
The Golden Star is shining bright again after his win in round two, but he’s going against the Submission Master! ZSJ made Tetsuya Naito and Shingo Takagi #JustTapOut, will he make it a hat trick to start his G1 run?
The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Ibushi shoots in to waistlock but ZSJ switches to then go for arms. Ibushi moves around, ZSJ stays on top of him with a facelock but they end up in ropes. ZSJ lets off cleanly and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Ibushi and ZSJ circle again, feel out this exchange, and Ibushi drops down. ZSJ is ready again and goes for arms. Ibushi flips over, ZSJ gets a lateral press but no cover as Ibushi keeps moving around. ZSJ goes for an arm, Ibushi headscissors and pushes up for leverage. ZSJ bridges back, moves around and pops free to then pat Ibushi and back off. Ibushi keeps cool as he and ZSJ reset again.
They approach, feel out a new grapple and Ibushi puts ZSJ on ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, ZSJ unhooks and Ibushi backs off with a pat of his own. But then ZSJ pie faces Ibushi, and ducks the roundhouse! ZSJ bails out and wants Ibushi to calm down. Ibushi waits and ZSJ slides back in to circle with him again. They knuckle lock, ZSJ steps over to trap the arm and then has a cravat. He shifts to a headlock, grinds Ibushi down, but Ibushi fights up to power out. Things speed up, ZSJ turns hip toss into a spin but Ibushi fights the backslide! Ibushi avoids the arm Pele and ZSJ avoids kick after kick! The fans cheer as even Red Shoes has to get out of the way when ZSJ goes to ropes for safety.
Fans rally for “I-BU-SHI!” as he waits on ZSJ. They reset and feel out another grapple. Ibushi then KICKS ZSJ in the leg, and ZSJ walks it off. ZSJ comes back, he and Ibushi again feel things out, but again Ibushi KICKS his leg. ZSJ shrugs it off as he and Ibushi go again. ZSJ gives a kick but Ibushi KICKS his leg out! Ibushi eggs ZSJ on but ZSJ circles around, guarding that left leg. ZSJ knuckle locks, rolls, wrangles Ibushi down but Ibushi kips up to KICK the leg! ZSJ eggs Ibushi on so Ibushi gives more kicks. ZSJ pays for egging Ibushi on but he gives back forearms. Ibushi KICKS the leg! ZSJ crumples but Ibushi runs in to BOOT him out of the ring!
Ibushi waits for ZSJ to stand and slingshots but ZSJ slides in. Ibushi forearms, but slingshots into a DRAPING GUILLOTINE! ZSJ then makes it a HANGING ARMBAR, but lets off as Red Shoes counts! ZSJ then wrenches and PELES the arm! Ibushi falls over as he clutches his arm, but ZSJ goes out after him, ZSJ twists the wrist and bends the fingers before he traps the arm and STOMPS it! Ibushi clutches his wrist while ZSJ goes into the ring. The ring count begins and Ibushi gets up at 5 of 20. ZSJ is after Ibushi as soon as he’ sin, but they’re in the ropes so Red Shoes calls for the break. ZSJ still tortures Ibushi’s arm to STOMP it again!
Fans rally up as ZSJ paces around. ZSJ kicks Ibushi’s bad arm but Ibushi dares him to keep going. ZSJ traps the arm for a TWIST! Now Ibushi’s the one for egging ZSJ on. Fans rally up as ZSJ says Ibushi’s arm is suffering for ZSJ’s leg. ZSJ gives little hip bumps and swift kicks, so Ibushi ROCKS him with a right! And again! And again! ZSJ gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER and a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! ZSJ drags Ibushi down into body scissors as he keeps on the Kimura but Ibushi gets a ropebreak. ZSJ lets go to drag Ibushi back towards center. ZSJ wrenches the arm, twists elbow, wrist and fingers as he pushes towards the top wristlock! And he STOMPS it!
Fans cheer the technical savagery as ZSJ drags Ibushi up again. ZSJ wrenches but Ibushi ROCKS him with a right! ZSJ holds on to wrench again, so Ibushi forearms again! Ibushi fires off more forearms then whips but ZSJ reverses to wrench and ARM SNAP! ZSJ runs but into Ibushi’s FLYING KICK! Ibushi rallies the fans and he gets up. Ibushi dares ZSJ to stand, and then he fires off a strike fest! KICK to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps the fans going as he drags ZSJ up in a half nelson. ZSJ uses a leg to break free then he KICKS Ibushi’s bad arm! ZSJ whips, Ibushi goes up and over and rolls to RANA!
ZSJ bails out, Ibushi fires fans up and he PLANCHAS! Both men are down on the outside but fans fire up! Ibushi gets ZSJ into the ring and then aims from the apron. ZSJ stands, Ibushi springboards and missile dropkicks ZSJ down! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his focus as he gets back up. Ibushi stands ZSJ up and reels him in but ZSJ blocks the bomb lift. ZSJ wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out into the mat! “There we go! Now we’ve got Ibushi going!” ZSJ drags Ibushi up as fans rally. ZSJ half nelsons then full nelsons but Ibushi powers out with an arm-drag. ZSJ EuroUppers, runs but fakes out the dropkick to then roll Ibushi to a headscissors ARMBAR! But Ibushi gets a ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go but gives Ibushi toying kicks. Ibushi eggs ZSJ on so ZSJ gives him more. ZSJ stands up and dares Ibushi to follow. Ibushi sits up but ZSJ gives more swift kicks. Ibushi KICKS ZSJ off his feet! Ibushi eggs ZSJ on now and ZSJ gets up. ZSJ KICKS but Ibushi doesn’t seem bothered. Ibushi KICKS ZSJ and he staggers away to the corner! ZSJ comes back to KICK, but Ibushi shakes his head. Ibushi KICKS, ZSJ staggers but stays up this time. ZSJ KICKS, Ibushi KICKS! ZSJ still gets up and they go forehead to forehead. ZSJ fires EuroUppers but into a backslide! ZSJ slips through but into a short arm LARIAT!
Fans are thunderous as ZSJ gets to ropes. Ibushi runs but ZSJ hits a FLYING KICK! Almost like Ibushi’s earlier! ZSJ gets Ibushi up, SIT OUT BOMB! Also like Ibushi! Cover, TWO, but into a leg hook nelson and armlock! Ibushi endures partial Clarky Cat and moves around to get a ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go quickly and is too tired to be frustrated. ZSJ isolates Ibushi’s arm and STOMPS it again! Fans rally up hard as ever as ZSJ drags Ibushi up. ZSJ reels Ibushi in, scoops but Ibushi slips out to HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEX! ZSJ flounders away and Ibushi gets up as fans rally again. Ibushi roars and runs into the corner but ZSJ BOOTS him! ZSJ runs but into a POWERSLAM!
Ibushi rolls to the corner but ZSJ SHOTGUNS his legs out before the moonsault! Ibushi falls in a heap but ZSJ is also down, catching his breath. Fans rally for “I-BU-SHI!” “Z S J!” as ZSJ watches Ibushi sit up. PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO, into an ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ stands up but Ibushi turns to stand. Ibushi fires forearms but ZSJ CRANKS the ankle! ZSJ leans on the hold but Ibushi still endures. Ibushi fights up again to DECK ZSJ with a straight shot! ZSJ sputters away and Ibushi crawls over that way. Ibushi powers up, runs, but ZSJ BOOTS the lariat away to wrench and PELE the other arm! BOOT but Ibushi V-TRIGGERS!! KENNY~!
ZSJ sits up slowly as Ibushi fires himself up. Ibushi calls upon the powers of Nakamura to BOMAYE! Cover, TWO! But Ibushi gets the wrists, only for ZSJ to pop him into an armbar! Ibushi clasps hands, ZSJ fights for control, they roll and Ibushi has a wrist for a BUZZSAW! Ibushi sits ZSJ up with double wrists, but ZSJ tilt-o-whirls around to an IRON OCTOPUS! ZSJ drags Ibushi down to the floor and gets the leg, a triangle modification of Napalm Death! Ibushi shifts around but he’s caught!! Ibushi VERBALLY quits, ZSJ wins!!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Ibushi earns 0)
INCREDIBLE! The Submission Master sidelines Naito, slays the Dragon, and even makes the back-to-back G1 winner #JustTapOut!! And since he earned his points off Naito, you could even say he’s the REAL leader of A Block! And he makes sure Ibushi knows it, too! Is there any chance the Golden Star can still make it back to a fourth G1 finals in a row? Or is this just not his year?
As for ZSJ, he of course gets on the mic. “Oi. Everyone, good evening. Thank you so much for today. In this G1, I will do my very best!” ZSJ takes a bow before saying he’s OF COURSE joking with them. Bunch o’ idiots! He’s takin’ a piss, obviously. “Do your best? I don’t need to do my best, I’m beating these pricks on autopilot!” A Block is the one that needs to do their best! No one has an answer for the Soy Boy Tekker! “14 stone, Vegan technical wizard, smashing everyone in this bloody tournament. My word.” The G1 Climax is Zack’s! Take the bracket and throw it in the bin with Naito’s knees.
Oh and speaking of Naito, too bad for him. He was supposed to be in tonight’s main event. ZSJ looks right in the camera to talk to Naito cuz he knows he’s watching. Como estas, amigo? How you doing? Bien? Yeah? Well ZSJ’s MUY BIEN! Y’wanna know why? Cuz ZSJ will win the G1 while Naito’s ass is stuck on the couch! And while on the subject of dickheads, three down and six to go, “as you were.” ZSJ had perhaps the toughest opening schedule in the block, is it smooth sailing from here on out? Or will running into the Dominator next round change ZSJ’s tune?
Here are the current A Block standings!
Great-O-Khan: 4-0, 8 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 3-0, 6 points
Kenta: 3-1, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-1, 6 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points [won special singles bye]
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Kota Ibushi: 2-2, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-2, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points
Another great night for NJPW here. For one, Takagi adjusting his mission statement is pretty cool. Takagi VS Naito is definitely one we were all hoping to see but can’t with Naito’s knee injury. Looking ahead to Wrestle Kingdom in January is a positive sign since that gives a four month time table, but that’s all dependent on the plan being Takagi winning. Khan VS Yujiro was a good match but naturally Khan wins to keep his streak going. Yano VS Loa was a lot of fun and I like that Loa even brought up that he’s growing desperate for points. Yano stays strong so he perhaps could be a strong runner-up that makes things tricky for the block leaders.
Ishii VS Kenta was really good stuff, and I’m really surprised Kenta won with the dirty finish. Kenta is also in the same spot as Yano where his win-loss record could put pressure on one of the others in the final round. And the adjusted main event, Ibushi VS ZSJ, was awesome stuff, especially given the stories going into it. Ibushi’s record may say 2-2 but he’s been up and down in the G1, with tonight being a drop back down. This was the story I was expecting them to go with and it’s working out well, putting pressure on each match for him to get back up. ZSJ’s own story is that he is reminding everyone of his singles skills. ZSJ VS Khan in the next round is THE one to watch, that is going to say a lot about where A Block is going.
My Score: 9.1/10
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