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/
- 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?
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