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Mitchell’s NXT UK Results & Report! (4/24/19)

NXT UK is still in NYC!

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NXT UK continues to spend time in the States with plenty more action! What goes down when Moustache Mountain mixes it up with Andrews & Webster?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kassius Ohno VS Ligero; Ohno wins.
  • Kay Lee Ray VS Xia Li; KLR wins.
  • Moustache Mountain VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews; Moustache Mountain wins.

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Kassius Ohno VS Ligero!

The Wrestling Genius called out the Luchador of Leeds as another fraud of British wrestling. Will Ligero make Ohno see the light? Or will Ohno get a KO in NYC?

The bell rings and Ligero waits for Ohno as he stays in the corner. Ohno comes out and fans rally up as he ties up with Ligero. Ligero headlocks but Ohno powers out easy. Ohno taunts Ligero, then pie faces him. Ligero doesn’t back down so Ohno does it again. They tie up and Ohno puts Ligero in a corner. Ligero climbs up and uses the top rope to leap, but Ohno denies the arm drag to put Ligero in the corner. Ligero dodges Ohno and waistlocks then speeds up to sunset flip. Ohno stays standing and pries Ligero off to whip him to a corner. Ligero goes up and under then back in, but is put on the apron. He slingshots in, but into a BOOT! Ohno covers, ONE!

Ohno grins as he stalks Ligero and fans rally up. He drags Ligero up to club him hard on the back. Ohno brings Ligero up for a CHOP! Ligero drops to a knee and Ohno toys with him. Ohno stalks Ligero then brings him up for a back suplex. Ligero escapes and boots Ohno to then rally with kicks. Ligero runs and tilt-o-whirls to throw Ohno out! Fans fire up with Ligero as he gets on the apron. Ligero leaps and cannonballs, but also gets steel steps to the face! Ohno may have just managed to direct Ligero that way! Ohno drags Ligero’s dead weight up and into the ring at 5. He taunts Ligero having an “accident” as he stomps Ligero out. Ohno drops elbows then covers, TWO! Ohno drags Ligero up and suplexes for a big slam! Cover, TWO! Ligero lives but Ohno keeps his cool.

Ohno looms over Ligero and brings him around for a standing chinlock. Ligero endures as Ohno drags him around. Ohno drops back to bend Ligero over his knees! Fans rally for Ligero as he endures. Ligero pries Ohno’s hands apart! But Ohno brings them back to ear clap Ligero! Ohno drops knees right to Ligero’s face! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Ligero stays in this match. Ohno kicks Ligero while he’s down but Ligero keeps pushing back. Ohno clubs Ligero then stands on his hand! Then Ohno grabs the other arm, to stomp Ligero right in the head! Ohno mocks Ligero as he stands him up to boot him down. Ohno brings Ligero up again to boot him back down, and dares him to get up. Ligero does slowly stand, and blocks the boot! Ohno powers Ligero down but Ligero dodges the stomps and senton!

Fans rally while Ohno glares. Ligero dodges and kicks away on Ohno’s leg! Ligero brings Ohno to his knees to knee him in the face! And again! Ligero gives Ohno a third boot, but he’s not done there! Ligero goes to the apron and climbs to springboard splash! Cover, TWO! Ohno survives and gets to a corner while Ligero sits up. Ligero whips Ohno but Ohno holds the ropes. Ligero SLAPS Ohno then whips but Ohno reverses. Ohno misses as Ligero ducks, Ligero grabs Ohno, but Sliced Bread is denied. Ohno prepares a gut wrench but Ligero victory roll counters, TWO! Ligero baits Ohno in and leaps up, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Ohno survives again and slumps out of the ring.

Fans fire up as Ligero builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit takes Ohno down! Ligero gets Ohno up but Ohno shoves him away. Ohno runs into an elbow and Ligero gives Ohno Sliced Bread to the floor! But the ring count is at 7! Ohno and Ligero crawl for the ring, and both get in at 9! Ligero springboards in but the stunner is blocked. Ohno goes after the mask! Ligero is busy defending his face, Ohno hits the Dream Crusher elbow! Cover, Ohno wins!

Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall

The Knockout Artist redeems himself after losing to The Kiwi Buzzsaw but through cheating the Luchador of Leeds. Will Ohno move on to prove he’s the proper British style wrestler?

 

Exclusive interview with Jordan Devlin.

The Irish Ace will get what he wants: a match with the NEW WWE United Kingdom Champion, Walter. “What are my feelings on my big match with Walter next week in New York?” He’d normally be happy and talk a big game, but he won’t. Because to protect the rematch of the century of Dunne VS Walter II, this is a non-title match. Devlin isn’t a fool, he sees what everyone wants. Everyone wants Dunne VS Walter to tear the house down again, but Devlin doesn’t. Devlin doesn’t care about what fans want. He doesn’t care about what Dunne and Walter want. Devlin vows to beat and hurt Walter next week so that he will be the undeniable challenger to that WWE UK Championship. He will show us all why you never bet against the Ace.

 

The Hunt returns next week!

The Wild Boar and the Primate will return, but who will be their next prey?

 

Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner took a tour of Wrestlemania Axxess.

To them, this was all just a circus. And what is this? Champ Yourself? Pretend to be champions with pretend belts? The European Alliances say that’s what exactly the problem is. Playing pretend with a fake belt and a fake ring, it’s disgusting. Look at this. The fake entrance ramp, too. Fans get to do what the wrestlers work so hard to earn? No one understands, but that is the difference between you and them. Because to them, this means so much more than anyone could ever imagine. To them, the ring is sacred.

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Lightning from Down Under is in New York with her NXT UK Women’s Championship as she heads to the ring. “Welcome to NXT UK in New York City!” Toni feels so awesome representing this brand on the most important weekend of the year, Wrestlemania! And she successfully defended her title a few weeks ago in a close match. But that got her thinking. NXT UK is home to some of the most talented women in the world. She may not like her, but she’s had killer matches with Rhea Ripley. There’s Xia Brookside, Nina Samuels and even Piper Niven! But that said, this is Toni Storm, and she will be champion “for a long, long time.” The Mae Young Classic 2 winner is the second NXT UK Women’s Champion, but will she really be champion for much longer?

But as Toni makes her leave, Kay Lee Ray makes her entrance! The other new addition to the roster wants Toni to remember she’s here. What will KLR do to make her mark in NYC?

Kay Lee Ray VS Xia Li!

It’s another crossover of NXT UK and USA as the Killer Lass takes on the spicy martial artist! Who makes the biggest impact across both Women’s Divisions at Wrestlemania Axxess?

The bell rings on this first-ever encounter. Xia and KLR tie up and KLR gets a wristlock. KLR gives a quick shoulder breaker, then wrenches again. Xia slips through to wrench back, but KLR spins to hammerlock. Xia reaches back to headlock, then takedown. KLR headscissors back but Xia pops out, and fans cheer this early exchange. KLR calls for a test of strength, but toys with Xia by switching hands. And then she shows her height advantage. Xia jumps up to get it though! She has the knuckle locks but KLR breaks free to wrench and yank Xia around. Xia rolls and handsprings to break free, but KLR stays away from those martial arts kicks! KLR uses the corner for defense, and Xia backs off, but KLR gets a cheap shot in.

KLR throws forearms and then rams shoulders into Xia in the corner. She lets up at the ref’s count then whips corner to corner. Xia goes up and over and then comes back with a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Xia goes after KLR on the ropes but KLR holds ropes. KLR then wrenches to SUPERKICK and throw Xia into a post! KLR stomps a mudhole into Xia then drags her up. She forearms Xia hard but backs off as Xia gasps for air. Fans rally as KLR hammerlocks Xia to throw her back into buckles! KLR drags Xia up to snapmare to a seated stretch. Xia endures as KLR bends her back and digs knuckles into ribs. Fans rally harder and Xia pops out. Xia powers up and arm-drags KLR hard. KLR comes back for another hammerlock but Xia spins it around to throw KLR into buckles.

KLR comes back but gets jabs and back hands! Xia gives KLR knees to the head then a leaping snapmare! Fans fire up as Xia kicks KLR in the back! Xia dares KLR to get up, swing and a miss but the heel kick gets her! Cover, TWO! KLR lives and Xia can’t believe it! Xia heads to a corner and hops up, then leaps, only for KLR to get under. KLR CHOPS and SUPERKICKS then back hooks to hit Widow’s Peak! Cover, KLR wins!

Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall

And that’s 1-2-3 for KLR in NYC! The NXT UK Women’s Champion may have overlooked her before, but will she have to acknowledge KLR now?

 

NXT UK Media found Piper Niven at Wrestlemania Axxess.

The Scottish Viper was finishing up a meet ‘n’ greet as they noted her run-ins with Rhea Ripley. Rhea is definitely a phenomenal athlete, but Piper knows Rhea’s a bully. Piper doesn’t like bullies. Let’s see how Rhea likes it when she finds someone she can’t just push around. When and where will Piper and Rhea finally settle things in the ring?

 

Something’s happening backstage!

The Grizzled Young Veterans are throwing around the ring gear and luggage of Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan! Zack Gibson and James Drake are furious! Kenny & Amir haven’t done a thing to deserve their spots on this roster. GYV are locker room leaders. They are forcing the Lucky Yin and Bhangra Bad Boy to change in the halls! Will Gibson & Drake pay for being locker room bullies?

 

Moustache Mountain VS Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews!

Tyler Bate & Trent Seven are good friends with the Modfather and the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welsh Rockstar, but that doesn’t mean friends can’t have a friendly match. Will it be the Big Strong Boys or the Welsh Air Force take the win in New York?

The teams sort out and we start with Bate and #Mandrews with the bell. Andrews and Bate hear the fans sing as they circle. Bate and Andrews shake hands to show this is respectful. They tie up and Bate wrenches Andrews around to a wristlock. Andrews rolls and reverses the wrench to a standing armlock. Andrews brings Bate down to the mat but Bate powers his way up. Bate stands but Andrews wrenches again. Bate works his way out of the hammerlock and reverses back. Headlock takeover meets headscissors and the two stand off. Fans cheer as they approach again. Bate reels Andrews in to a keylock and down to the mat but Andrews denies the cover. Andrews knips up and uses ropes to flip through to an arm-drag. Bate blocks the next arm-drag but Andrews goes around to the other side!

Andrews arm-drags Bate to an armlock and fans applaud. Bate works his way back up but Andrews brings him to the corner. FMW tags in and drops stomps on the arm. FMW wrenches Bate but Bate rolls and then back and then handsprings to dropkick! Bate grabs FMW and tags in Seven! Seven takes the hand-off and then scoops but FMW escapes. They collide shoulders but Seven doesn’t budge. FMW tries again but still can’t get Seven off his feet. FMW tries again only for Seven to use the momentum to rebound and run FMW over! Seven runs but things speed up, but Seven blocks the hip toss. FMW hits Seven in the gut then back flips to a drop toehold! Fans cheer as FMW gets a facelock. Seven powers up as fans rally but Andrews tags in.

Andrews gets the hand-off and wrenches Seven. Seven breaks free to CHOP away on Andrews! Andrews wings, but falls for the feint and DDT! Seven covers, TWO! Seven smothers Andrews and tags in Bate. Bate headbutts Andrews’ ribs then snapmares him for a neck crank! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps Andrews from FMW with an arm wrench. Tag to Seven and Moustache Mountain coordinate for Wasteland to knee-board senton! Cover, TWO! Seven drags Andrews up for a scoop slam then drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Andrews crawls but Seven brings him back down. Fans rally as Seven pulls Andrews into a seated stretch. Seven shifts to a modified cobra clutch but Andrews works his way up. Fans rally and Andrews reaches for FMW. Andrews elbows Seven but Seven wrings him out. Andrews dodges and hot tags FMW!

The Modfather gives Seven a knee trigger! Then triangle dropkicks Bate down! FMW goes back to Seven for the quebrada! Cover, TWO! FMW keeps going as he brings Seven up. He underhooks but Seven slips out, only to fall for the bait. FMW headbutts then underhooks again, but Seven back drops out. Hot tags to Bate and Andrews! Bate throws FMW down then blocks and kenes Andrews. Bate hops up to flying European Uppercut! Fans fire up as Bate goes corner to corner for another EuroUpper. He dodges FMW and then gets them both with a EuroUpper! Bate brings FMW up for the airplane spin! Andrews comes over but Bate trips him up for a swing! The Big Strong Boy shows off his strength, then dumps FMW on Andrews. Bate brings FMW up, double underhook is countered with a headscissors!

Bate ends up on the outside, FMW DIVES but is CAUGHT! And taken for another spin! Bate tosses FMW at the apron for snake eyes! Bate returns to Andrews and catches him for an exploder! Knip up to standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! Andrews lives but Bate sees Seven. Tag to Seven and Moustache Mountain goes after Andrews. But Andrews fires off with CHOPS again and again and again, back and forth! But Bate and Seven kick him back then double whip. Andrews slides under to double PELE! Bate and Seven both end up outside and tag to FMW. The Welshmen both FLY and take down the Big Strong Boys!

FMW puts Seven in then uses the Moustache Mountain corner to tag! The ref waves that off, but FMW still tilt-o-whirl DDT’s Seven down. They tag in their proper corner, and FMW gives Andrews the boost for the standing 450! Cover, TWO! Andrews grows frustrated but keeps on Seven as fans rally. Andrews brings Seven up but Seven CHOPS! And CHOPS! And again and again! FMW comes in but he gets a CHOP! FMW falls for the feint now, and Seven passes him to Andrews. Seven CHOPS Andrews and makes him DDT FMW! Hot tag to Bate! Moustache Mountain has Andrews, Rebound Lariat Dragon Suplex! Cover, but FMW SWANTONS it apart! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as all four men regroup.

Bate grabs Andrews and drags him around for a EuroUpper and some right hands. Andrews forearms and chops back, then picks up speed as he hits from all sides! Bate shoves, Bop up, BANG hits! FMW tags in and Andrews reverses the whip. Bate rebounds but misses the lariat, gets a knee-trigger reverse-rana!! Cover, but Seven breaks it! FMW drags Bate over and underhooks, but Bate spins out. FMW baits but BANG hits! Tag to Seven, and Seven back hands FMW into a BIG dragon suplex! Tag back to Bate, and MOustache Mountain combine for the flying knee burning hammer! Cover and Seven intercepts Andrews! Moustache Mountain wins!!

Winners: Moustache Mountain, by pinfall

Bate & Seven take the win after a grueling match! Will Moustache Mountain use this to climb back up towards the NXT UK Tag Team Championships?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great episode of NXT UK in New York. We open with a nice bit of action of Ohno VS Ligero. A good match and it was best for Ohno to win so that his story doesn’t fall flat. Of course, he probably should’ve won against Travis Banks last time for the same reason. A Heel’s mission of establishing their own philosophy only works if it doesn’t fail until the very end. Or if it fails over and over. Either way, Ohno should’ve been on a different streak than 50-50 booking. Toni Storm had a good promo and it was timely for Kay Lee Ray to show up to bring up that she’s around. KLR VS Li was good, and naturally the NXT UK superstar wins. KLR very may well be Toni’s next challenger given Rhea VS Piper is happening and there aren’t other women ready to challenge Toni.

Devlin’s interview for his coming match with Walter was well done. It’s good story to have him be upset he’s not getting a title shot first, but who knows? Maybe he does well enough that Johnny Saint will have to grant him a shot. Maybe a triple threat for the title? Or Devlin takes on the winner of Walter VS Dunne for a rematch either way. GYV had a decent promo with throwing around Kenny’s and Amir’s gear. It still seems like their tag title match will happen after all, but I’d think GYV still wins. Moustache Mountain VS Andrews & Webster was incredible, worthy of a tag title match in itself. Bate & Seven win and should be the proper second tag team champions for NXT UK to parallel Dunne’s own reign as the second-ever WWE UK Champion.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/16/19)

The BEST! Town Hall Meeting, in the WOOOOOORLD~!

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It’s the SmackDown After Extreme Rules!

And STILL your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~, Kofi Kingston! But not only that, the New Day have the SmackDown Tag Team Championships back! What is next for this GOLDEN New Day on the way to Toronto?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Aleister Black VS Cesaro; wins.
  • Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire; win.
  • Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Paige; win and

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Kevin Owens speaks for the WWE Universe!

The only thing we’ve gotten from this new McMahon policy is MORE SHANE! And no one wants that! Shane tried to silence Kevin but he refused to stop. Shane claiming to be Best in the World is an insult to every superstar in the company. Security chased Kevin off, but Kevin wouldn’t stay gone. He made sure that when Shane least expected it, he got a STUNNER!

But now, Shane has security ready to apprehend Kevin should things get out of hand again. Kevin walks through the door and sees Shane. Shane heard all that yammering, and has an idea: the SmackDown Town Hall. Everyone and anyone can get their complaints out. Shane will hear them all out, but he will not tolerate insubordination. Kevin sees what Shane is up to. But Kevin says he works for the WWE, not Shane. But the WWE is under the McMahon Family. Shane is the boss, and he will not have Kevin spreading lies. So Shane personally tells Kevin he has the night off. Go somewhere else and enjoy yourself. Kevin heads back out the door, but will he listen to Shane’s orders?

 

The SmackDown Town Hall Meeting begins!

Superstars from The New Day to the Kabuki Warriors and even Buddy Murphy are present on stage while they wait for Shane McMahon to appear. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~” gets his proper introduction, and perhaps his longest yet, before the meeting officially begins.

“As you can see, Kevin Owens-” Fans cut Shane off with boos and chants of “You Suck! You Suck!” But Shane repeats that Kevin has the night off and is barred from the building. And now we have our first ever SmackDown Town Hall. This is for any superstar that is respectful to Shane to air grievances. Who wants to speak first? The various superstars seem hesitant, but one man who doesn’t is ROMAN REIGNS! Bayley and the New Day bark for the Big Dog. Roman says it straight: no one respects Shane. And if Shane wants diplomacy, how about he kiss Roman’s ass? Superstars like Charlotte Flair and Randy Orton are a little surprised. Shane says that was not respectful, so now Roman will be fined.

Shane wants more superstars to speak, and picks Charlotte to speak. Charlotte defends Shane, Roman’s words were uncalled for. But from one wrestling royal family to another, Charlotte thanks Shane for all the opportunities she has been given. It makes Charlotte sick that Kevin would take advantage of Shane! But then LIV MORGAN speaks up! Charlotte, stop being phony. Is there anything real about Charlotte? Oh snap~! Wait who is this child? Does she work here? Oh right, because everyone is borne with a blue tongue. And Charlotte forgot about Liv until Kevin mentioned Liv in a burp. Shane keeps the peace and moves things along. Shane picks out the #BestKeptSecret, Buddy Murphy.

Murphy knows Kevin mentioned him, but he doesn’t need anyone else to fight his battles. Kevin should keep Murphy’s name out of his mouth, or he’ll slap the taste out of Kevin’s mouth. Shane loves this fire, he’ll talk with Murphy later. Shane also picks out Apollo Crews. Apollo steps up and does have something to say. Hopefully this is healthy dialogue, but… “Everybody, including myself, agrees with what Kevin Owens said last week.” Except for Zelina Vega and Andrade Almas. Don’t kiss up to the fans, Apollo. If he wants a “healthy” conversation and an opportunity, prove it in the ring. Almas tells Apollo that tonight, he’ll be pinned in the center of the ring!

Elias then strums his electric guitar to introduce himself, and take his turn speaking. The “Greatest Acquisition in SmackDown History” is interrupted by the New Day. Big E tells Elias he is the greatest jackass in SmackDown history! Keep it clean, guys, c’mon. But Kofi Kingston will not agree with Kevin, #TheNorthRemembers, but there are some good points he’s made. How long did it take Kofi to be WWE Champion? TOO LONG! Shane says they need to cut Kofi off, but Kofi says no one is getting opportunities! There goes the mic. Fans boo this oppression of free speech but Shane plays dumb. This Town Hall went great for the first time, and thanks for participating. This concludes the meeting. But was anything really settled under this?

Cesaro stays back to speak up. What brings the Swiss Cyborg of Raw over here? Wild Card rule allows Cesaro to challenge Aleister Black to a rematch from Extreme Rules! He hopes Aleister will pick, a fight, with him. And obviously that means tonight. Shane likes the idea, and makes it reality! Cesaro VS Black, who wins in this gritty rematch?

Shane continues to brag that he doesn’t have to rule with an iron fist. But he does get another STUNNER!! Kevin defies the authority again, and mocks Shane’s shuffle. What will be the consequences of such defiance?

 

Aleister Black VS Cesaro!

Both men wanted a fight and they got one at Extreme Rules. But the fighting is far from over as they do it again here on SmackDown! Will the Embodiment of the End make the Swiss Cyborg #FadetoBlack twice in one week?

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 29, Part 2!

Time for B Block to begin the Climax!

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NJPW returns home!

After the G1 Climax made it’s United States debut, the action returns to Japan for B Block to begin the round robin! More big names in NJPW will battle, who takes crucial points in this summer blockbuster?

 

Coverage of the G1 Climax 29 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs to come courtesy of https://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shingo Takagi VS Juice Robinson; Robinson wins.
  • Jon Moxley VS Taichi; Moxley wins.
  • Testuya Naito VS Toru Yano; Yano wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii VS Jeff Cobb; Ishii wins.
  • Hirooki Goto VS Jay White; Goto wins.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this first round finale!

The classic tournament kicked off deep in the heart of Texas, spreading Strong Style to the world! The A Block has had their turn, now B Block steps up! Their ten wrestlers will wage war to take their first steps towards the Tokyo Dome!

Tetsuya Naito is once again IWGP Intercontinental Champion, but his destino of becoming a dual champion is still very possible. Jon Moxley has become the Death Rider, and even IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, and vows to prove he is THE purveyor of violence. The Stone Pitbull is always a force to be reckoned with, but being NEVER Openweight Champion might give him that edge to finally take the top spot! The Flamboyant Juice Robinson lost his title but has gained a new fire. Toru Yano may be a trickster, but he promises to fight fair and be serious threat to everyone’s run!

The Fierce Warrior is ready to prove his training with Shibata and the LA Dojo will help him return to prominence. The Switchblade, Jay White, won’t have anyone else saying they’re the best in the world before him. Jeff Cobb is a Hawaiian Juggernaut and a suplex machine planning to give the entire Block a Tour of the Islands. The Raging Dragon all but dominated the Super Juniors, and now he’ll prove he can dominate bigger competition! Suzuki-Gun’s Sliest and slickest wrestler relaxes with his pals, but he’ll fight when it matters most. This year’s G1 is packed more than ever, who from these ten take a critical first win to lead the pack?

 

Shingo Takagi VS Juice Robinson!

It is muscle versus machismo as the Dragon’s G1 debut already brings him up against some strong competition. Can Shingo hang with the big boys? Or is he going to bite of more than he can chew right out the gate?

The bell rings and these two circle. Fans duel as the two tie up and push each other around. Shingo backs Juice up but Juice turns it around to put Shingo on the ropes. Juice lets up but Shingo swings on him. Juice gets back, and the two circle again. Shingo and Juice tie up again, and Shingo knees low. Shingo headlocks but Juice powers out. They collide shoulders but neither falls. Shingo dares Juice to try again, and he does. They collide, and still neither man budges. Juice dares Shingo to try, but Shingo forearms Juice instead. Juice gives one back, and it’s a back and forth of forearms. Shingo kicks low then whips, but Juice reverses, and speeds things up, only to leap into the fireman’s carry! Juice slips out but Shingo elbows him back, to run, into Juice’s elbow!

Juice runs but into Shingo’s elbow. Shingo runs but into Juice’s leg lariat! Shingo bails out and fans cheer. Juice hears his fans cheering as he aims. Juice slingshots but Shingo dodges to yank him down for a DDT to the floor! The ref checks but Juice is okay to continue. Shingo drags Juice up and puts him back in. Shingo slingshots to drop a knee and then grinds it in. The ref counts and Shingo backs off. Shingo comes back to stand Juice up and whip for a low knee. Then he runs to run Juice over! Fans cheer this super strength and Juice is dazed. Shingo drags Juice back up to a suplex, high and fast! Cover, ONE! Juice is tougher than that, but Shingo keeps on him with a neck wrench. Juice endures as Shingo shifts to an armlock. Shingo drives in elbows then drags Juice back down to a chinlock.

Fans cheer as Juice fights up and out of the hold. Juice headbutts but Shingo gives a forearm back. Juice forearms Shingo, so Shingo CHOPS. That was a blunt one, but Juice gives one right back. Shingo CHOPS, Juice grits his teeth. Juice puts some stank on his CHOP, but Shingo double hand CHOPS Juice off his feet! Juice is reeling again as Shingo runs over to clothesline him right out! Shingo aims as Juice rises, the Dragon runs but into the slingshot spear! Juice fires himself up now as the crowd rallies behind him. Shingo gets to a corner but Juice runs him over with an elbow. Juice starts rallying and whips Shingo to a SPINEBUSTER!

Fans fire up with Juice as he goes up top. Juice leaps, and hits the crossbody! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his cool while fans duel. Shingo sits up but Juice is on him. Shingo resists the lift and clubs away. Juice headbutts back then fireman’s carries, but Shingo denies Juice Box to run and slide! Juice dodges that and full nelson slams Shingo down! Cover, TWO! Fans duel again as Juice thinks of what he has to do. Juice walks over to Shingo and blocks the punch to jab away! Fans echo “JUICE! JUICE!” but the Left Hand is denied by Shingo’s right! And then Shingo’s left lariat! Both men are down but the fans are fired up for them both!

Juice finds his way to ropes in a daze while Shingo aims from the corner. Shingo runs in and blocks the boot to clothesline! Then he runs, only for Juice to return the clothesline! Shingo sits down and Juice run in, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Shingo avoids the impact and both men are down again! Fans rally up as Shingo rises. Shingo drags Juice up in a wheelbarrow, for a suplex! Cover, TWO!! Juice still lives and Shingo is frustrated. Shingo grits his teeth as he stands back up. He drags Juice back up, chicken wings, but Juice slips out. Juice ducks the lariat and chicken wings Shingo. Shingo resists the turn but Juice turns him around to a fireman’s carry. Juice Box hits! Shingo flies off from the gutbuster!

Juice crawls to one corner while Shingo stands in the other. Shingo flops down, so Juice tries again. CANNONBALL hits! Juice is feeling it now as he drags Shingo up to the top rope. He headbutts Shingo again, then climbs up to join him. SUPERPLEX! But Juice holds on, for a JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Shingo survives and Juice is beside himself! Fans are thunderous as both men slowly stand. Juice calls for it, and stalks Shingo. Juice grabs the arms and turns Shingo around, Pulp Friction denied! Shingo runs to slide and lariat! Both men are down again and fans rally again. Shingo gets to a corner and drags himself up. Juice goes to the opposite end, but the two meet with clothesline!

Neither falls, so they try again. Still neither falls, so Shingo throws elbows from both sides. Juice staggers, but comes back with a CHOP! Juice fires up, runs, but Shingo follows to clothesline and SAIDO! But Juice is right back up!? His and Shingo’s lariats collide, but Juice comes around for a discus left! Fans are thunderous again as Juice drags Shingo up again. Juice chicken wings, turns, but pops out into NOSHIGAMI! But Shingo has to crawl after Juice. He runs, AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!? Juice survives and Shingo is stunned! But the fans are reaching that fever pitch as Shingo fires up again. Shingo drags Juice back up, pump handle, but Juice resists. So Shingo gives point blank clotheslines again and again.

Shingo tries the pump handle again, but Juice rolls him up! TWO!! Shingo blocks the boot, but gets the Left Hand of God! And a second! Chicken wings, PULP FRICTION!! Cover, Juice wins!!

Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; earns 2 points

The Flamboyant One is only the second man to pin Shingo Takagi in NJPW! But this is just the beginning, will Juice and/or Shingo make it to the end of the Block?

 

Jon Moxley w/ Shota Umino VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Lunatic has truly freed himself, and has already put his mark on NJPW by becoming their IWGP United States Champion in his debut. Now in his G1 Climax debut, he looks to keep things rolling through the summer. Will the Death Rider leave the Holy Emperor behind in the dust? Or will there be one too many tricks up Taichi’s sleeve for even Mox to survive?

But speaking of, as Moxley makes his way down from the crowd, Taichi attacks from behind! Taichi stomps Moxley down right in front of the fans, then uses Mox’s own jacket to choke him! Security keeps fans clear as Taichi brings Moxley around to ram into railing! Taichi takes someone’s umbrella to SMACK Moxley down! Then he chokes Moxley on the railing. Moxley fights back and starts throwing CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS Taichi and then stomps him to ringside. The bell finally rings the bell to incentivize these two back to the ring.

Moxley drags Taichi over in a headlock but Taichi shoves him into a post! Taichi looks under the ring and brings out a chair. The referee is shoved aside so that Taichi can jam the chair into Moxley’s ribs! And then SMACK him on the back! Moxley writhes from that chair shot while fans duel. Taichi wants Moxley to stand, and he does, for Taichi to clothesline him down! Taichi goes into the ring and lets the ring count begin. Moxley drags himself up at 6 of 20, stands at 10, but hobbles. Moxley clutches that bad back as we get to 15, but still gets in at 19! To get Taichi’s buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!

Taichi decides to get serious already, so off come the pants! He aims at Moxley, but Moxley gets clear of the kick. Moxley forearms, Taichi kicks, Moxley headbutts, and Taichi enziguris! Fans duel more as Moxley is dazed. Taichi vows to end this, and Alabama lifts. Moxley sunset flips and covers, TWO! Moxley blocks a kick to give more forearms. He CHOPS and forearms in the corner, the classic combination! Then he gives knees before he whips Taichi corner to corner. Taichi reverses, but Moxley comes out to clothesline Taichi down! Moxley clutches his back while Taichi gets to the apron. Moxley dropkicks Taichi down, then builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taichi into railing and Moxley into commentary!

Fans rally as Moxley gets back up. “You went and pissed me off,” he growls as he goes looking under the ring. He finds a table! Moxley sets this up, hearkening back to the US title match. He shoos Miho and drags Taichi over, fireman’s carry, but Taichi flails and escapes. Taichi back kicks, powerbomb position, but Moxley resists! Taichi kicks away on Moxley’s face, but Moxley forearm back! URENAGE THROUGH THE TABLE! Fans are loving Moxley as he flips off Taichi. Miho panics as Moxley drags Taichi up and in. He mocks Miho and blows a kiss before taking off his knee pads. Moxley runs to give a bare-knee shining wizard! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and surprises Moxley, but Moxley loves having to hurt Taihci more.

Moxleyd rags Taichi up but Taichi slips out of the butterfly. Moxley resists the suplex, but Taichi shoves him into the ref! BIG enziguri! Both men are down and fans duel between the two. Taichi crawls to the ropes and has Miho bring him a chair. Taichi encourages the heat to rise, but Moxley kicks him low! Moxley has the chair, and Taichi begs for mercy. Moxley throws the chair into Taichi’s face! Fans are thunderous for Moxley as the referee returns. Moxley moves the chair aside then drags Taichi up in the underhooks. Taichi slips out, waistlock to Gedo Clutch! TWO!! Moxley blocks the superkick to throw Taichi down! Underhooks, lift, DEATH RIDER! Cover, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall; earns 2 points

A debut befitting the Lunatic! Moxley thrives in the chaos, and his G1 debut is a success! He says one down, eight more to go, but how far can the Death Rider go in the Climax?

 

Testuya Naito VS Toru Yano!

The Uncontrollable Charisma’s goal is within reach now that he has the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back. But the Clown Prince of NJPW loves to play spoiler. Will #YTR be the first to deny Naito his Destino? Or is Naito taking over all but inevitable?

Yano insists Naito hurry with his wardrobe, but Naito goes at his own leisurely pace no matter what. If anything, he takes longer just to annoy Yano. Yano is pacing as Naito finally takes off his button-up shirt only to reveal a T-shirt. Yano sees Naito’s shirt is Los Ingobernables de Japon merch, so he gets his YTR merch shirt back. The bell rings and both men circle with shirts on.

Yano taunts Naito as they go around the ring, but then Naito backs off. Naito seems to not hear Yano’s taunts at all, but he does fake Yano out again. And a third time. Yano says to hell with this, and goes for the buckle pads! Naito stops him with clubbing forearms and a whip. Yano reverses and then goes back to freeing “Steve” the buckle pad! Naito kicks low then whips Yano at the corner, but runs into Yano’s elbow. And Yano decides to free “Tom,” Steve’s twin brother. But Naito attacks Yano again. Naito whips but Yano holds ropes. Yano taunts Naito, but Naito steals Yano’s ideas by going back to Tom! Yano has to stop Naito this time, then whips Naito to ropes. Naito again steals an idea, by holding ropes and hollering!

Yano is not amused, and certainly not after Naito SPITS on him! Yano wipes himself with his shirt, but Naito pulls it over Yano’s head! And rolls him up! TWO!! Yano survives but runs into an atomic drop. Naito hits the kick, sweep and slingshots in. Yano covers up, so Naito waits. Yano lets his guard down, Combinacion Cabron! Fans cheer as Naito walks to the other corner. Naito fetches Steve but Red Shoes grabs the buckle pad. Red Shoes won’t let Naito use Steve as a weapon, but Naito shoves Red Shoes down using Steve! Naito then tests his swing, and like a baseball batter, he chokes up on the grip. But Red Shoes snatches Steve away! And Yano rolls Naito up! TWO!!

Naito kicks low but Yano pulls hair. So Naito pulls hair. Yano swings but Naito ducks, wheelbarrow victory roll but Yano sits on it, TWO! Yano swings, Naito waistlocks but Yano elbows out. And then Yano puts Red Shoes’ shirt over his head?! So that he doesn’t see the low blow uppercut! Yano then yanks Naito’s shirt over his head, runs, and SPEARS Naito down! Red Shoes gets free of his own shirt as Yano rolls Naito, and WINS!?

Winner: Toru Yano, by pinfall; earns 2 points

Was that the spoiler right there?! Has Toru Yano just put the curse of the Clown Prince on Naito!? Needless to say, Naito is not happy about this. Is there any coming back from losing to Yano?

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Jeff Cobb!

If their tag team encounter in Dallas wasn’t clear enough, these two big bad behemoths want to battle it out the baddest way possible! The Stone Pitbull will test the G1-debuting Hawaiian Juggernaut, will Cobb pass the test?

The bell rings and the two stare down. Then they tie up and are in a deadlock in the middle of the ring. Ishii shifts to a headlock, but Cobb lifts him with one arm! And brings him to the ropes for the break. Ishii lets go and Cobb dares him to bring it. Ishii shoves so Cobb shoves back. Now they throw forearms! Ishii gets the edge and runs, but he only nudges Cobb with that shoulder. Cobb wants Ishii to try again, so Ishii does. Again, Cobb only takes a step back. Cobb swings on Ishii but Ishii gets under to waistlock. Cobb elbows free and bounces Ishii off the shoulder, but Ishii rebounds to hit back. But Cobb does the same, and the two collide solid in the middle. Fans are loving these two rams, but Ishii goes back to forearms.

Ishii runs and collides but Cobb stays up. Ishii keeps ramming into him again and again, then dodges Cobb, only for Cobb to run him over! Cobb drags Ishii up for a headbutt, then clubbing forearms at the ropes. He CHOPS Ishii against ropes, and again! But Ishii seems to like it!? Ishii stays up to take another CHOP, and eggs Cobb on. Cobb throws a forearm and Ishii goes to a corner. Cobb drags Ishii up to CHOP and forearm over and over. Ishii barely flinches as Cobb keeps throwing the hands. Ishii turns it around to show Cobb how it’s done! Forearm, CHOP, repeat! Ishii rocks Cobb over and over, refusing to let Cobb up or down! Ishii stops when he tires out, and Cobb can finally flop over.

Fans fire up for Ishii as he stalks Cobb. Ishii drags Cobb up for one more CHOP, then dares Cobb to get up. Ishii CHOPS more, but Cobb CHOPS back. Again, Ishii eggs Cobb on. Cobb tries forearms but Ishii CHOPS again. Cobb grits his teeth as he takes another, and another, and another! He staggers back to a knee, Ishii CHOPS him to the corner. Ishii wants Cobb to show him what he’s got and starts slapping him around. Cobb gets those forearms and CHOPS going again, but Ishii headbutts back. Ishii whips but Cobb blocks with strength! Cobb whips Ishii to a corner, catches Ishii, and overhead belly2belly suplexes him! Ishii ends up in a corner and Cobb hits a corner clothesline, and back elbow!

Cobb scoops Ishii but Ishii slides out to whip. Cobb reverses, reels Ishii in, Athletic Plex! Cover, TWO! Cobb toys with Ishii now, then throws more forearms. Ishii gives them back and we have another back and forth. They pick up steam and the fans are loving it! Ishii hits Cobb as soon as Cobb hits him, and Cobb starts to stagger. Ishii piles on the forearms, but Cobb gets a JAB! The Pitbull goes reeling backwards while Cobb catches his breath. Cobb is on Ishii in the corner with more forearms, then whips corner to corner. Ishii comes back to run Cobb over! Fans cheer as Ishii has new life! Ishii goes to suplex Cobb, and gets him up and over! Cover, TWO and Cobb rolls through to deadlift Ishii! For a pop-up to the suplex, but Ishii slips out.

Ishii runs and things speed up as Cobb hurdles. But Ishii fakes out the dropkick! Ishii runs in, but Cobb scoops and pops up for the suplex! Standing moonsault! The Gachimuchi covers, TWO! Cobb can’t believe he didn’t put Ishii away! But he dares Ishii to come back now with toying slaps. Ishii stands and Cobb aims a fist, but Ishii flops down. Fans rally as Cobb eggs Ishii on. Cobb throws down hands, then elbows. Ishii fires himself up by headbutting the mat! Cobb throws more elbows, but Ishii just gets mad. Ishii leans into the elbows! Ishii backs Cobb down in this way, then gives his own forearm! And corner clothesline! Ishii hauls Cobb up to the top rope and climbs up to join him. Ishii brings Cobb up, SUPERPELX!

Fans fire up with Ishii as he aims at Cobb. Ishii runs and clotheslines, but Cobb stays up to LARIAT Ishii! Cobb drags Ishii up top now, and then he climbs up to join him. Roles are reversed as Cobb SUPERPLEXES Ishii! Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO! Ishii still lives but Cobb has more to give. Cobb drags Ishii up from behind in a waistlock, but Ishii fights out with elbows. Cobb blocks and counter elbows, but Ishii blocks the kick to give elbows back. HEADBUTT from Cobb! Cobb drags Ishii up, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!? Cobb doesn’t lose his cool, he whips but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii boots back, but runs into a scoop. He escapes and suplexes but Cobb resists. Cobb swings but Ishii blocks, then waistlocks to a BIG back suplex!

Both bulky men are down as fans are rallying up. Cobb is in the corner and Ishii runs in, only for Cobb to catch him and slam him down! Ishii rises, to powerslam Cobb! But now Cobb rises, only to run into Ishii’s German Suplex! Cobb rises again, grabs Ishii for an EXPLODER! But Ishii’s right up again, only for Cobb to dropkick him! Ishii rebounds to LARIAT! Ishii sits Cobb up, runs, sliding D caught!? Cobb lifts but Ishii standing switches, to hit a Dragon Suplex! Ishii runs again, LARIAT flips Cobb over! Cover, ONE!? And with power! SUPERKICK! German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Fans rally as Cobb pulls down the straps! Cobb drags Ishii up again, whips him, but has to duck the lariat. Cobb throws a forearm and a boot, then scoops, only for the back to give out. Enziguri from Ishii! Ishii sits Cobb up, he runs, SLIDING D! Cover, TWO!! These men are proving to be titans as Ishii just gets up again. Ishii drags Cobb up, but it’s COBB who suplexes! Ishii escapes, and tanks the lariat to headbutt. Cobb forearms, Ishii headbutts harder! Cobb swings, but into Ishii’s facelock, and BRAIN BUSTER! Ishii crawls to the cover, Ishii wins!

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; earns 2 points

And the Stone Pitbull truly earned those points! He took a bite out of Cobb, but will either man have anything left to make it to the finals?

 

Hirooki Goto VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

“What a difference a year makes,” as Kevin Kelly puts it on commentary. From betraying Bullet Club’s Elite to joining Chaos to betraying Chaos to join the new #Cutthroat Bullet Club, the Switchblade has had a meteoric rise, but also an equally surprising fall. White was IWGP Heavyweight Champion but then lost it in Madison Square Garden. Will White be able to reclaim everything he lost? Or will the Fierce Warrior of Chaos refuse to Breathe with the Switchblade?

The bell rings and fans are on Goto’s side. White doesn’t care, but he does bail out to take his time with Goto. White already brings out a chair, goes to the other side of eh railing, and he lets Gedo have a seat. Gedo accepts and cheers White as a fan. This is White’s way of saying he won’t need Gedo’s tricks to beat Goto. But White says it’s up to him when he gets in. Goto rushes out to get at White, but White slips inside the ring. White taunts Goto into getting back in, then ducks the clothesline to headlock. Goto powers out and the two collide with shoulders. Goto fires off forearms and then whips White. White reverses but Goto comes back with more forearms!

Goto whips again but White bails out. But Goto gives chase to kick and whip White into railing! White is down and Goto stomps him. Goto puts White in and runs to run White over. White gets up but Goto clotheslines White right out! Fans fire up with Goto as he goes out to club White down. Goto stomps and clubs White around the corner, then he chases Gedo off. White goes back to the ring and Goto heads back. Goto gets in but Gedo grabs a foot! White uppercuts Goto down! So much for not having Gedo help. White drags Goto to the apron to elbow and club away on. White rams Goto’s chest into the edge, and Gedo is all smiles. But White isn’t done, he suplexes to gourd buster Goto on the apron!

Goto is down and White rolls into the ring. Red Shoes waits before starting the count. Goto stirs and slowly gets up at 10. But the climb reaches 15 before he stands, and is in at 17. White stomps Goto out of the ring and then rams him into railing! And the apron! And the railing again! Then the apron again, before whipping Goto into railing on the far side! Fans boo but White soaks up the heat. White refreshes the count and fetches Goto again. He puts White in and covers, but Red Shoes refuses. White is annoyed, but he toys with Goto. Goto CHOPS White back! And again and again and again! But he runs into White’s elbow! White drops Goto with a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Goto while White catches his breath.

White drags Goto up to CHOP him now. And again, and again! White eggs Goto on so Goto hits back. White rakes Goto’s eyes and wrenches the neck in a cravat. Goto endures as fans rally up. Goto fights up and out but White clubs him back down. White cravats again but Goto fights back. White elbows Goto down to a knee, then suplexes. Goto resists, then suplexes back! But White lands on his feet to throw Goto down by his hair! White kicks and slaps Goto around but Goto only gets mad. Goto CHOPS but White forearms. Goto chops more and more and more! White kicks a leg out and then looms over Goto. White stomps Goto but Goto catches the foot. Now they throw forearms, and then Goto spins through to lariat!

Both men are down but fans fire up. Goto and White crawl to opposite ends of the ring and Gedo is worried. White is in a corner and Goto runs in to clothesline. White resists the saido but Goto shoves to fireman’s carry! But White flails and gets free, only to get a kick! Goto runs in again, windmill kick in the corner! Saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Goto doesn’t stop, he brings White up again. White resists the lift and clubs away. Goto clubs White away but misses in the corner. Goto dodges a chop but runs into a boot, only to clothesline through it! White sits down and Goto rains down rights. Goto whips corner to corner but White slides, spins Goto around and DDT’s! Both men are down again but fans still rally.

White sits up first and drags Goto up. Half hatch suplex but White holds on to rotate, for a second. White drags Goto up again, but Goto denies the third. Goto powers White to a corner and rams his shoulder in, but White uses the third half hatch to throw Goto into buckles! White drags Goto up again, twisting suplex! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives the #BladeBuster and Gedo argues with Red Shoes. White still grins as he chinlocks Goto and hauls him up. Goto resists the half nelson suplex, but White CHOPS him. White whips but Goto reverses, only for White to reverse. But then Goto reverses again, for the neckbreaker across his knee! Both men are down again but stirring as fans continue to rally.

White forearms Goto but Goto gives it back. Goto eggs White on and White returns to forearm Goto. Goto forearms White again and White goes staggering. White comes back for more forearms, knees and elbows. White uppercuts Goto then again. He whips but Goto reverses to follow, and then denies the complete shot. Goto shoves but White dodges. They each follow the other, dodge for dodge, and Goto runs into the SAIDO! Gedo wants White to finish this, and White looks to do just that. White fires off strikes and then a point-blank LARIAT! White grins and applauds himself as he catches his breath. Fans rally for Goto as White drags Goto up by his hair. Goto breaks free but White SLAPS him back down!

White keeps slapping Goto but Goto just gets angry. Goto feeds off those slaps, but runs into the URENAGE! White uses the cocky standing pin, but Red Shoes refuses to count that. White mockingly shakes Goto’s hand before dragging Goto back up. But Goto is dead weight, so White has to work extra hard to get him up. Red Shoes wants to check on Goto but White shoves him down! Goto revives and LARIATS White! Goto and White are both slowly stirring, but White signals to Gedo. Gedo fetches something as White hauls Goto up. But Goto gets White with the USHIGOROSHI! Goto has new life and the fans are fired up with him! Goto waits for White to stand, but White stays down. So Goto drags White up, but White is also limp. Goto stomps White but it’s all White’s plan.

White grins as he crawls, and even as Goto stomps him. Goto has White at the ropes but Red Shoes reprimands Goto. Gedo protests while Goto eggs White on. White revives, but Blade Runner denied! So White suplexes, only for Goto to spin through. White forearms but Goto headbutts! Goto drags White up, Inverted GTR! Cover, TWO!! Goto drags White back up and turns him around, but White fights out! White snapmares Goto and catches him but Goto slips out. White slips out again, but then Goto snapmares him off the full nelson. Goto dragon sleepers but White slips out, and the two pull hair to deny the other. Goto has White, and headbutts him over and over! Final Cut!

The fans are thunderous, but here comes Gedo! Goto scares Gedo off, but White escapes the fireman’s carry. Goto again denies Blade Runner, SHOTEN KAI!! Cover, TWO!! But Goto doesn’t let that deter him! He drags White back up, fireman’s carry again, USHIGOROSHI TO FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!? But Goto won’t stop until he’s one! BUZZSAW! TRUE G, T, R!! Cover, Goto wins!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall; earns 2 points

The Fierce Warrior is finally victorious! NJPW goes to break while both men recover.

 

NJPW returns once again…

And the victorious Goto finally stands to have his hand raised. His training with Shibata has truly paid off.  Fans cheer as the Fierce Warrior takes to the mic.

“It’s been awhile. To be able to perform for all of you, and even better, to get the victory, it makes me so happy!” Fans are also glad as they continue to cheer. The G1 Climax has only just begun, and Goto knows even tougher challenges lie ahead. But Goto will say this: “The G in G1 stands for GOTO!” Goto says his piece and fans cheer again. Will Goto make good on this critical first victory to rise back towards the top?

 

NJPW Media Backstage Interview

Hirooki Goto thanks Shibata for help in his training. He also thanks all the young guys at the LA Dojo. This wouldn’t be possible without any of them. “However, I can’t really say that I’ve made a complete comeback.” Goto knows this is just one step up the ladder. All his training partners, Shibata, and everyone at LA Dojo may not be in the G1, but he will carry their emotions with him into the ring. He will use them as motivation to win. The G1 begins and a single lose could cost him. That is how he sees it, that is how he will fight. Can Goto again rise to the finals and take the entire tournament?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great block of wrestling from NJPW! Obviously this is just the portion of night 2 that had to do with the G1 Climax, but that’s because these were the five matches that mattered. And what great surprises in some of these, like Yano and Naito! That was definitely an entertaining match, and if anything, this only makes it more likely Naito will fight his way to the finals. He wants to make history, and he’ll rip whoever he has to apart. Moxley VS Taichi was great, and of course Moxley wins because he’s Moxley, and Taichi can definitely be sacrificed to him and Naito for their respective builds. Shingo VS Juice was a great opener for tonight, and it is great for Shingo to have a competitive match like this. He and Ospreay aren’t exactly in the running as I see it, but strong showings are more than enough for them.

Cobb and Ishii was so great, both these guys just love to hit hard and move fast. If they aren’t getting a NEVER Openweight Championship match at a later event, that will be a real letdown. Then Goto VS White was a real good main event, and as commentary was putting over, probably Goto’s best in a long time. Goto’s win serves to spark his own story of the veteran comeback like Hiroshi Tanahashi in the A Block. Plus, White got plenty of great accomplishments over this last year, from being the top champion and being the NJPW main event of G1 Supercard, so he can give up these hard fought matches for the sake of the others. He’ll give everyone else in the B Block great matches, and maybe a new story for him can spark from this tournament.

My Score: 8.8/10


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