NJPW and AXS move into Night 9!
The Rainmaker, Mr. Takeover, only ONE can stay undefeated in this year’s round robin! Who comes out of this THE leader in A Block and a step closer to the NJPW G1 Climax finals?!
Coverage of the G1 Climax 29 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs to come courtesy of https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Lance Archer VS Kota Ibushi; Ibushi wins.
- Will Ospreay VS Bad Luck Fale; Ospreay wins, by disqualification.
- EVIL VS Zack Sabre Jr; EVIL wins.
- SANADA VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Tanahashi wins.
- KENTA VS Kazuchika Okada; Okada wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this pivotal round of the round robin!
The Rainmaker is undefeated in the A Block! However, there is another: KENTA is tied with the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! Mr. Takeover started his NJPW debut strong with four straight wins, but now he gets to test himself against the top champion! Okada has suffered losses to NJWP newcomers in the past, but can he break that streak and continue on towards the G1 Climax finals? Or will Kenta’s style be what fells the champ?
Lance Archer VS Kota Ibushi!
#EverybodyDies, but the Killer Elite hasn’t had the best run in his first G1 in years. Can he at least ruin things for the Golden Star this late in the game?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Ibushi. Archer doesn’t care because he towers over him. He pie faces, but Ibushi kicks the legs! Archer rushes but Ibushi ducks to fire more kicks. Archer grabs Ibushi but Ibushi breaks free to dropkick him back! Ibushi runs in but is put on the apron. He springboards back, but into a choke grip! But he pops out, only for his huricanrana to be blocked. Archer brings Ibushi to the ropes but Ibushi headscissors Archer out first! Ibushi gets back in and fans fire up as he aims at Archer. He runs, golden trip! Archer throws Ibushi into railing!
Archer stomps Ibushi then pulls his leg to throw it onto the floor. Fans boo but Archer tunes them out as he drags Ibushi back up. He throws big haymakers and sends Ibushi staggering deeper into the crowd. Then again! Archer BOOTS Young Lions to keep them away! A ring count begins as Archer drags Ibushi over to the ring. They enter in at 11 of 20, and fans cheer that this will continue in the ring. Archer stalks Ibushi and toys with him. He kicks Ibushi around but Ibushi sits up. Ibushi kicks back on that leg, then whips. But Archer reverses for a black hole slam! Cover, TWO! Archer is upset with the referee but that was a fair count. Archer goes back to Ibushi to club him down over and over. Fans rally for Ibushi even as Archer prepares that claw! Ibushi blocks but Archer sweeps the legs!
Ibushi clutches his ankle but Archer stands him up to LARIAT him down! Cocky cover, TWO! Ibushi won’t be beat by such ego. But Archer steps on Ibushi and grinds his foot in! Archer drags Ibushi up to club him down again! And he shouts at the fans who support Ibushi, too! But Ibushi gets up to fight back. The chop does nothing! Archer whips, but Ibushi blocks the Pounce with double knees! Both men are down but Archer is up first. Archer shakes out the cobwebs but Ibushi is on him with a strike fest! Ibushi runs in at the corner but misses the elbow. Archer runs in to hit his, but then Ibushi catches him for a powerslam! And a moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Ibushi says that isn’t all, and he stands back up. Archer follows but Ibushi climbs. Archer leaps up with a knee! Ibushi is rocked, and Archer climbs up to join him. Archer brings Ibushi up but Ibushi fights back. Ibushi slips down and has Archer for a bomb, LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives but Ibushi doesn’t lose focus. He watches Archer go to the apron and is on him, blocks a punch to give a punch. Ibushi runs but into a BOOT! Archer climbs and springboards for a senton! Cover, TWO!! Archer is furious that Ibushi survives that springboard cannonball. Ibushi fires off more kicks, but gets a TOWERING choke slam!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives again! But Archer still has his claw.
Archer drags Ibushi up as fans rally. Archer clamps the #EBD on! The Everybody Dies claw squeezes Ibushi’s head, but Ibushi gets the ropebreak! Archer lets up at 4 and the damage has been done. He drags Ibushi up again, full nelsons, but Ibushi pops through to victory roll! TWO, and Ibushi knees Archer down! Not a full Bomaye, but good enough! And now Ibushi drags Archer up by the wrists, for Archer to Kamigoye! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives a stolen form of his best move, but Archer is still on him. Archer positions Ibushi in a drop zone, then decides to climb! Archer reaches the very top, and MOONSAULTS, to FLOP! Ibushi avoided certain doom, and now has a target primed and ready! But he runs into a tilt-o-whirl! Ibushi escapes to ROUNDHOUSE Archer down!
Ibushi resets, “YAO!” BOMAYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Archer still lives and Ibushi is shocked. But he won’t stop there, either. He has the wrists, KAMIGOYE! But Archer is still up!? Archer shakes out the cobwebs, only to get a second KAMIGOYE! Cover, Ibushi wins!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; earns 2 points
The Golden Star triumphs over the terrifying titan! Does this give Ibushi new life in the G1? Or has Archer done enough damage to keep Ibushi from the finals?
Will Ospreay VS Bad Luck Fale!
The Aerial Assassin didn’t do so well against the taller Archer, but can he redeem himself against the Rogue General? Or will he simply be blown out of the sky by a Grenade?
Chase Owens grabs Ospraey at the apron! And Fale attacks! Bullet Club softens up the Chaos member before the bell! Fale keeps the referee from watching Chase and Jado mug Ospreay. Ospreay fights them off, and Chase gets the kendo stick SMACK! Ospreay knocks Jado away but then Fale grabs him by the hair! Fale yanks Ospreay up to the apron, but Ospreay fights him off, too! Ospreay hurries to springboard, Pip Pip Cheerio forearm! Cover, TWO and with power! Ospreay keeps going, throwing big forearms on Fale’s face. Fale blocks the whip with pure strength, and whips Ospreay into a Jado SMACK! Fans boo but the Master Heater gets away with it again. Fale stomps Ospreay to the corner and grinds his knee in.
The referee counts and Fale lets up, to then choke Ospreay on the ropes. The ref counts again, and Fale frees Ospreay. Fale stays back while Ospreay catches his breath. But then Fale clubs Ospreay’s bad shoulder and neck in the corner. Ospreay clutches the spot but Fale just elbows it again and again. Fale stalks Ospreay and peels at the KT tape more. He grinds a knee in and then stands on Ospreay’s body! The referee backs Fale off, but Chase sneaks some tearing of the tape. Ospreay grimaces as he sits up, but Fale is on him with a Camel Clutch! Ospreay endures being bent back with an already bad neck, and refuses to give up! He pries at the hold but Fale just clobbers him down. Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Ospreay while Fale clamps on the shoulder. Ospreay endures as Fale leans on him, and fights his way up and out. Fale swats him once and Ospreay is on the ropes. Fale whips but Ospreay handsprings for an enziguri! Both men are down down, but Fale crawls towards Chase and Jado. Ospreay goes to the other end and runs in for a back elbow and many forearms! He just picks up speed as he fires off on Fale! Ospreay stops to bring Fale up for another whip. Fale reverses but misses the corner splash, to get another enziguri! Ospreay standing shooting stars! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grits his teeth and the fans rally up for him. He aims at Fale, Robinson Special hits! Ospreay fires up and calls for it! Springboard, but Fale uses the ref as a waepon to send Ospreay down!
And now Chase has Ospreay, but Ospreay slips out of the package driver to HOOK KICK! Ospreay dodges Jado, but not Fale’s splash! GRENADE!! Cover, but the ref is down because of Fale’s own treachery! Chase throws the ref in, Fale covers again, TWO!! Ospreay still lives! Fale drags him up again, powerbomb lift, crucifix, but Ospreay escapes Bad Luck Fale to HOOK KICK! Ospreay underhooks!? There’s no way… He gets Fale off his feet, but the back doesn’t let him finish. Hidden Blade instead! Cover, TWO! Ospreay tries old’ faithful, OSCUTTER HITS! Cover, but Chase yanks the ref right out! The Bullet Club is no better this year than last year!
Ospreay sees what just happened, but Jado is there! Ospreay blocks the kendo stick to deck Jado! Now Ospreay thinks he’ll have some kendo practice, only for Chase to attack! Chase lifts but Ospreay back drops out of the driver! Ospreay ducks and handsprings, but Chase SMACKS him with the kendo stick! Package Piledriver!! Fans boo but there’s nothing they can do as Chase drags up the ref. but here comes Red Shoes! He counts, only to dirty bird ’em! Disqualification!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by disqualification; earns 1 point
Fale is furious and he chases Red Shoes, but Red Shoes is too fast! Ospreay still gets points, but is there enough of the Aerial Assassin left to finish the Climax?
EVIL VS Zack Sabre Jr!
This is a rivalry that will never end! The King of Darkness and the Submission Master have met in New Japan Cups and G1 Climaxes, and the Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Champion dominates the series. Will history repeat itself in another classic chapter of this growing feud?
The bell rings and fans cheer Evil as he and ZSJ stand off. They circle and tie up with a test of strength, but Evil kicks low to headlock. ZSJ endures the grind but Evil throws him with a takeover. ZSJ moves around to get back to his feet, then he slips through to keylock. Evil powers through and wrenches, and now it’s a fight of wrenching! ZSJ drops to Pele but Evil gets clear. ZSJ gets clear of the senton, and then both men swing and dodge! Evil stands while ZSJ scrambles to the far side. Fans cheer as they stare down and circle again.
ZSJ hits low and gets Evil with a headlock now. Evil powers out and the two collide. ZSJ runs again but Evil dodges the boot to run and run ZSJ over! Fans cheer as Evil looms over ZSJ. Evil drags ZSJ up and wrenches the arm. Evil brings ZSJ down to an arm surfboard, and digs his forehead into ZSJ’s shoulder blades. ZSJ endures and works on turning things around, but Evil powers him back down to his knees. ZSJ tries again, but again Evil powers him down! Evil keeps a knee in ZSJ’s back, but ZSJ gets up in a huff. ZSJ spins it but Evil spins through! ZSJ flips and switches, to get the abdominal stretch, only for Evil to snapmare out! Evil lifts ZSJ but ZSJ snapmares back, and neck cranks Evil!
ZSJ grinds his feet into Evil’s head and wrist. Red Shoes counts but ZSJ just steps on Evil’s legs. ZSJ drops down to double wristlock one arm, and then digs fingers into Evil’s face! Evil gets a ropebreak, so ZSJ lets go, only to stomp Evils head! ZSJ drags Evil up to throw European Uppercuts and lock on a cravat. ZSJ cranks hard but Evil fights back with body shots. Then he scoops ZSJ for a slam! But Evil falls, too, from the effort it took to power up like that. ZSJ is up first, and drags Evil up, but Evil fights back with forearms. Evil runs, but into a guillotine! But he powers out to a suplex!
Both men are down but fans rally up again. Evil powers up with it, and takes aim at ZSJ in the corner. Evil runs in, Bronco Buster! ZSJ scrambles away but Evil covers, TWO! Evil keeps his cool while ZSJ checks his face. Evil drags ZSJ up for a waistlock but ZSJ blocks with a leg hook. ZSJ goes for the arm at the same time, double wristlock. Evil shifts weight but ZSJ blocks that side, too. ZSJ elbows back but so does Evil. Evil shoves to forearm ZSJ in the back, then picks him up for a pendulum backbreaker! Evil grabs the legs for the Sharpshooter, but ZSJ rakes eyes! ZSJ drags Evil into a Triangle Hold! Evil endures, powers up, and BOMBS ZSJ down! But Evil’s glare says he isn’t satisfied. He grabs the legs fast, but ZSJ resists!
ZSJ slips out and gets Evil’s legs, to take the Sharpshooter for his own! But Evil scrambles quickly to a ropebreak! ZSJ holds on until 4, but now he’s evened things with Evil. He stomps the knee! Evil bails out but ZSJ follows. ZSJ is on the apron, but misses his kick! Evil trips him up and then hangs him up, assisted Magic Killer to the floor! Both men are down on the outside but fans are rallying. Evil and ZSJ each clutch limbs, but Evil gets moving first. Evil roars and fans fire up with him as he puts ZSJ in. He follows while ZSJ gets to a corner. Evil runs in at ZSJ, for a big corner clothesline! Fans cheer as Evil fires up more. Evil fireman’s carries but ZSJ resists! ZSJ sleeper holds, but Evil pulls and gives one arm a shoulder breaker!
Evil blocks a kick, gives it to Red Shoes, but ZSJ knows what’s coming! He blocks the mule kick into a kneebar! And then Heel Hook! Fans rally as Evil endures the shifting hold! Evil pries at the hold, then goes after ZSJ’s legs! He has a Heel Hook of his own on ZSJ! It’s become the Sharpshooter!! ZSJ now endures as Evil sits deep! But he gets a ropebreak of his own! Evil lets up, but now Evil has turned the tables. He goes back to ZSJ and fireman’s carries, but ZSJ slips out. Evil elbows ZSJ but gets a roundhouse to sweep! ZSJ gets to a corner to rest while Evil checks his own legs. Evil blocks the Penalty Kick! Then clubs the leg, spins, but into a EuroUpper! But he blocks ZSJ’s kick into a LARIAT! Both men are down again but fans rally up!
Evil hobbles up and slashes the throat. he spins ZSJ but ZSJ slips out and leap frogs to a victory roll! TWO and EVIL has hit! TWO, EuroClutch, TWO!! Evil escapes and SUPERKICKS ZSJ! Fisherman buster denied, Pele to the arm! Penalty Kick takes Evil down! But ZSJ can’t follow up, his legs and back are bothering him. ZSJ crawls to a corner while Evil again slowly sits up. ZSJ runs and hits another Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ grows frustrated while Evil shakes out the cobwebs. Now ZSJ slashes the throat, and he drags Evil up. Evil resists the scoop but ZSJ fights through. Evil slips out to headbutt ZSJ down! He drags ZSJ up again, but swings into the Abdominal Stretch! ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Evil powers out to the DARKNESS FALLS!
But just like ZSJ a moment ago, Evil can’t cover! Both men are down again as fans rally up. Evil stands and slashes the throat once more. He spins ZSJ, but ZSJ trips him up! Roll to a crucifix, TWO! ZSJ kicks the lariat but uppercuts into a spin, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: Evil, by pinfall; earns 2 points
For only the second time in their rivalry, the King of Darkness has won! Does this win help Evil stay alive? What of the Submission Master’s chances to this point?
SANADA VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!
The Cold Skull has proven himself a worthy competitor in this Heavyweight Singles Division, but he’s still on the outside looking in. Will he reach that next level by trumping the Ace? Or will the Once in a Century Talent roll on in this Climax comeback?
Both men take their elaborately decorated jackets off, and the bell rings on this showdown of generations!
The fans are already thunderous, but to everyone’s surprise, it’s for Sanada! Tananashi gets his fans louder, but it is still rather heavy in Sanada’s favor. The two circle and feel out the grapple. They tie up, and Tanahashi waistlocks. Sanada rolls to a drop toehold, and then laces the legs in a figure four. Sanada pulls but Tanahashi reaches back to get a headlock! Tanahashi grinds Sanada now, but Sanada gets to his feet. Sanada pops out the back to get a headlock of his own. Tanahashi endures now, and pries out to a keylock. Sanada falls to the mat and Tanahashi has the armlock. Tanahashi stands Sanada up for a wrench, but Sanada slips through to reverse it. Now Sanada has the keylock, but Tanahshi arm-drags free. Sanada headscissors but Tanahashi pops out, and the two stand off.
Fans cheer and now it’s more of an even duel. Sanada and Tanahashi circle again, and they approach for another knuckle lock. Sanada spins and wrenches, then reels Tanahashi in. Tanahashi spins out and wrenches back, but Sanada reverses. Tanahashi forearms Sanada to get the wrench back, but Sanada gives it back. The two stand off and both go for a kick! But they both block the kick! They argue over who lets go first, so naturally Red Shoes counts and they agree to do it together. But then Sanada trips Tanahashi up! Tanahashi resists Paradise, and then whips. Sanada reverses but Tanahashi sunset flips, but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Paradise complete! And fans cheer as Sanada circles the trapped Ace! Sanada builds up speed, to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise!
Tanahashi crawls for a corner but Sanada is on him with elbows. Sanada puts Tanahashi in a corner to whip corner to corner. He runs in for a back elbow, then snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps on Tanahashi with a chinlock, but fans rally with “Go Ace! Go Ace!” Tanahashi fights his way up and fights out, but Sanada hits back. Sanada whips Tanahashi again, and dodges the basement dropkick! But Tanahashi dodges the moonsault! Both men are down but fans rally up. Tanahashi stands first and gives Sanada forearms to the ropes. Tanahashi whips but Sanada reverses, only to get a flying forearm! The Ace fires up with the fans and brings Sanada up again. He scoops and slams Sanada into a drop zone, then hops up, somersault senton! Cover, TWO!
Tanahashi keeps his focus as he and Sanada both slowly stand. Tanahashi runs back in but gets a boot! He comes back, only to get another. Tanahashi tries a third time, blocks the boot, and hits a Dragon Screw! Tanahashi runs, but Sanada basement dropkicks the legs out! Then catches a leg, to steal the Dragon Screw! Tanahashi gets a taste of his own medicine while Sanada gets his legs moving. Sanada stalks Tanahashi to a corner, and whips him corner to corner. Tanahashi reverse but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Tanahashi out! Then slingshots to splash him down! Fans fire up and Cold Skull hears them cheer! He encourages them to get even louder as he goes back to Tanahashi.
Sanada drags Tanahashi up and into the ring. Fans cheer as Sanada wants to win in the ring. Sanada drags Tanahashi up again, but Tanahashi fights back with forearms! Sanada gives back big EuroUppers! Tanahshi forearms but so does Sanada. Sanada runs into a scoop but slips out! Tanahashi escapes the sleeper to hit Twist ‘n’ Shout! But he holds on, drags Sanada up again, and hits a second! Tanahashi still holds on, but Sanada counters with a hanging Magic Killer! Just like Evil! Sanada grits his teeth as he stands back up. He drags Tanahashi up as fans rally. He fireman’s carries but Tanahashi resists.
Tanahashi fights back with clubbing forearms, but Sanada powers through! But Tanahashi still escapes, to take the dragon sleeper! Sanada spins through, only to get another Twist ‘n’ Shout! And SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Tanahash hurries up top, High Fly FLOP! Sanada avoids the splash, to hop up and MOONSAULT FLOP! Tanahashi returns the favor to leave Sanada hitting the mat. Fans are thunderously dueling as both men stir. They each go to a corner, and it is Tanahashi that runs corner to corner, only to get an elbow. Sanada leaps but Tanahashi gets under the moonsault. Sanada tilt-o-whirls into the dragon sleeper! Tanahashi endures Skull End, so Sanada swings him around! But Tanahashi turns that into a cradle! TWO, and Sanada swings. Tanahashi ducks to roll him back, Japanese Clutch! TWO, into Skull End!!
Sanada has Tanahashi on the mat but can’t get the body scissors. But as Tanahashi bridges back, Sanada gets the legs wrapped! Tanahashi pushes through to roll and drag Sanada up in a dragon sleeper of his own! But Sanada flails and kicks, and Shiranuis up and over into Skull End! Tanahashi endures again, but now he Shiranuis for an inverted DDT! Both men are down but fans still rally! Sanada sits up first but Tanahashi follows. They stand, and Sanada throws a forearm. Tanahashi gives it back, and now we have a brawl! Sanada hits, Tanahashi hits, and repeat! Sanada gets the edge, but Tanahashi ducks the spin into a Dragon Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!?
Tanahashi doesn’t fret, he just goes up top again! Sanada stands, to get a High Fly Flow-Body! But Tanahashi won’t stop there! He hurries back up again, High Fly Flow!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; earns 2 points
The Ace pulls off a huge win! Will he be able to contend for the top spot? Or will even this win not matter after tonight’s main event?
KENTA VS Kazuchika Okada!
Both men have gone 4-0 in A Block, but which is more impressive? The newcomer’s #Takeover? Or the IWGP Heavyweight Champion chasing history? Only one man will stand atop the block, who gives the other their first loss in the 29th G1 Climax?
The bell rings, and fans are immediately thunderous for this first-ever encounter!
Okada has the majority of fans on his side, but there are Kenta fans here. But Kenta doesn’t let it bother him as the two finally circle. They approach, but then Okada backs off. Kenta doesn’t blink as he and Okada approach again. They feel out the grapple, and Okada goes low. Kenta blocks and switches, but Okada pries free to a wristlock. Kenta reverses the wrench to a hammerlock, but Okada works on his escape. Okada drop toeholds free and waistlocks, but Kenta switches. They go to ropes and Red Shoes calls for the break. Okada slowly opens Kenta’s hold, and turns around, to fake the chop and give shoulder pats. Fans cheer for classic Okada, but Kenta just shrugs it off.
The two circle again, and they tie up again. Kenta waistlocks and drags Okada down to a facelock. He then shifts to go for a chinlock, then forces Okada for a cover. Okada kicks out fast, but Kenta is right back to the chinlock. Okada powers him back to ropes, but Kenta turns it around. Now Kenta copies Okada, only to SLAP Okada anyway! Okada just hits back with forearms. Kenta gives forearms, too, so now we have a brawl! Okada hits, Kenta hits, repeat. Okada EuroUppers then whips. Kenta denies the dropkick and dumps Okada out. Okada forearms back, but gets a kick as he comes in! And another! Kenta hops up, guillotine knee drop! Kenta has Okada down but he doesn’t let up as he stomps Okada out.
Okada is down on the ground, Kenta drops a knee from the apron! Kenta drags Okada up and throws him into a post! Kenta looms over Okada as he writhes, then sits him up to swiftly kick him in the back! Okada crawls but Kenta puts him in. Kenta covers, ONE! Fans cheer Okada’s grit but Kenta stomps him down. Kenta drags Okada up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kenta is on Okada with a chinlock, digging a knee into Okada’s back. Okada endures, but Kenta drives his knee in again. Kenta shifts to a neck wrench, getting those fingers into Okada’s eyes and nose. Kenta forces Okada down for headscissors, and grins as he squeezes the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. But Okada rolls and gets a ropebreak.
Kenta lets go at 4, and drags Okada up for a kick to the front this time. Kenta kicks harder, but Okada stays up. Okada even dares him to keep going. Kenta does, and then he kicks higher! Okada stands up and Kenta dares him to give something back. But that’s a trick to get the drop toehold into a mounted neck wrench! Okada endures but Kenta drops an elbow on the neck. Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps his cool as he wraps the chinlock on again. Okada endures and turns to get to his feet. Okada fights with elbows but runs into Kenta’s kitchen sink knee! Kenta hurries to swiftly KICK Okada in the head. Then he jumps, to scuff Okada’s face. Kenta even mocks the Rainmaker Pose! Kenta stomps Okada more, but Okada just gets mad. Okada takes those kicks to give back forearms!
Kenta knees low, then whips Okada corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but misses, Kenta kicks but Okada suplexes! Okada aims from a corner as Kenta slowly stands. He gives Kenta forearms, then whips, but Kenta reverses. Kenta misses his boot, but Okada hits his back elbow! Okada fires up with Nagoya! Okada whips Kenta corner to corner again, and hits his elbow this time. Then he kicks to DDT Kenta down! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his composure while checking his legs. Fans rally behind Okada as he watches Kenta stir. Kenta stands, Okada Alabama lifts, but Kenta slips out. Kenta’s kick is blocked, but Okada runs into a powerslam! Now Kenta drags Okada up, waistlock, but Okada elbows out hard. Okada runs in but gets a boot!
Kenta hops up, brings Okada in, tornado hotshot! Okada staggers away and Kenta leaps for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Okada up again, fires off strikes, but Okada blocks. Okada swings, but into a Triangle Hold! Only to roll through and flapjack Kenta down! Both men are down but fans rally again. Kenta sits up first but Okada follows. They head for each other, and the forearms fly again! Okada, then Kenta, and back again. Kenta doesn’t back down as he keeps throwing big hits. Okada fires some, but Kenta kicks and SLAPS Okada! Okada fires off many forearms, then SLAPS Kenta! The forearms keep coming, fast and furious! Kenta kicks low then runs corner to corner, but Okada puts him up top to dropkick him down!
Kenta hits the floor, but Okada goes out to follow. Okada drags Kenta up to whip him into railing! Then Okada boots Kenta over! Fans fire up as the action inches closer to the front row. Okada drags Kenta back up and has him on the railing, but Kenta slips off to turn things around! Okada is hung out on commentary and Kenta kicks away! Kenta gets to the apron, and LEAPS for a guillotine double stomp!! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them. They’re both okay to continue, so he has them head for the ring. Kenta is up first and is in before the ring count begins. Okada doesn’t stir until about 7. Fans rally up and Okada sits up, and forces himself into the ring at 18! Kenta is ready, and springboards to missile dropkick! Then a corner to corner BOOT! Basement dropkick! Kenta fires up as he goes to finish this!
Kenta climbs up top again, aims and leaps, but Okada avoids more stomps. Okada shotgun dropkicks Kenta hard into the other corner! Okada runs, and copies the basement dropkick! He drags Kenta up and scoops to slam him down. Okada says he’s headed up top, and he shakes out the cobwebs as he climbs. But Kenta is up to punch Okada down! Kenta climbs up to join Okada, but Okada resists the superplex. Okada clubs Kenta back then forearms him over and over. But Kenta SLAPS Okada, and then adjusts, but Okada fights the superplex off again. Okada forearms Kenta down off the top, and leaps for the Macho Elbow! But into the Triangle!!
Kenta brings Okada around, LeBelle into #GameOver! Okada endures Kenta’s take on the crossface, but fans rally and give him strength! Okada turns around as he crawls, and though he can’t see, he reaches out for ropes! He turns more and uses his long legs for the ropebreak! Kenta lets go and is frustrated, but he won’t let up. He runs at Okada, knee into the ropes! Then the PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Okada still lives and Kenta can’t believe it! Kenta goes to a corner and takes aim again. Okada sits up, to get another Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!? Okada survives but Kenta heads up top. Kenta leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO?!? Okada survives Kenta’s coup de grace, but that doesn’t bother Kenta. Kenta hears the fans rally for Okada as he slashes the throat!
Kenta drags Okada up, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights out. Okada clubs Kenta and scoops him, but Kenta flails. Kenta escapes the Tombstone to scoop Okada! But he repositions him into the fireman’s carry! GO TO- NO! Okada blocks the knee! And spins Kenta for a dropkick to the back! Then he whips Kenta for a dropkick to the front! Okada keeps going, bringing Kenta up for the scoop. TOMBSTONE! Rainmaker Pose! Okada brings Kenta up again, with the wristlock, but Kenta ducks to spin and LARIAT Okada! Both men are down and the fans reach another thunderous level! Kenta and Okada stir and head for each other. Okada forearms first but Kenta gives it back. They hit each other back and forth again, and we reach a 25 minute mark in the 30 minute limit! Time is of the essence now as the brawl continues!
Both men stand but neither man backs down from throwing forearms. Okada gets the edge, but Kenta comes outta nowhere with a HUGE counter! And another palm strike, and another palm strike, and another palm strike! Kenta then sits Okada up, only to miss! But he escapes the wristlock to get a sleeper! The moment Okada fades, Kenta sits him down to run! But Okada dropkicks Kenta down first! Okada staggers but he makes his way to Kenta. Kenta fireman’s carries! But Okada slips out, scoops, JUMPING TOMBSTONE! And then, wristlock to RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; earns 2 points
The IWGP Heavyweight Champion remains undefeated! He’s the first to 10 points! And we will hear from him when NJPW returns from break!
NJPW returns as Okada gets the mic.
“The fifth win!” Okada hasn’t done this in awhile, but he has three things to say. Fans love the return of the classic. First: nothing special. Second: Nothing particular, either. Third: “Thank you for rocking the house, despite the typhoon!” Okada continues to say that it might still be raining outside, but thanks for coming. Be careful on your way home, folks! Okada promises to return to Nagoya… Well, tomorrow night. But then he’ll be back again and we’ll see who wins the G1. To think Okada is gonna do it! What do they think? They agree! Then he’ll do his best for the Aichi prefix. He will win the G1, return to Aichi, and then Nagoya, too! He’ll always #MakeItRain!! Can Okada put his name in the history books as an IWGP Heavyweight Champion that wins it all?!
NJPW Media Backstage Interview
When it comes to Kenta, “he was pretty strong, as to be expected for a guy that won four in a row.” Kenta’s been wrestling a lot overseas, but Okada wants to make sure people see he’s on “that same level.” If Okada would have lost, he would’ve accepted it, though. “A guy that fights that fiercely, I have to square up and welcome him.” It is to show the generosity of the top wrestler in both NJPW, and the world. Will Okada maintain this undefeated streak? Or will he have to worry about Kenta keeping pace with him all the same?
Another great two hours from NJPW on AXS, but that was expected before this even aired. But just by how things work out, AXS is only able to give us the odd numbered nights, which is only the A Block. Luckily we have others at the Chairshot to keep us up to date on B Block. But either way, neither block is going to have disappointing match-ups. All five matches tonight were great, and with a variety of reasons why. Ibushi VS Archer was another great match to put over how menacing and strong Archer has become in his time off. But Ibushi wins for needing to stay strong, and because Archer isn’t at that top title level just yet. Maybe Archer goes for the NEVER Openweight after this.
Ospreay’s match with Fale took a great twist, where Red Shoes stuck it to Bullet Club and helped Ospreay in the process. This was like a flashback to last year’s G1 when the Firing Squad was just running a muck, and it was pretty well done. Evil VS ZSJ was another amazing match, and it’s great for Evil to get his second-ever win over ZSJ. ZSJ himself is in a similar spot to Archer, mostly here to give a boost to the wins his opponents get. Maybe Evil’s win here gives them a Rev-Pro British Heavyweight title match down the line, where ZSJ can make up for this loss. Tanahashi VS Sanada was great, but it seems the Ace Comeback trumps Cold Skull rising up in the ranks.
And Okada VS Kenta, a great match, if this is their first time around, their rematches are going to be incredible. I really wonder if Okada is going to make history, he really has been NJPW’s top guy even at his low points. He has to at least make it to the finals to face B Block’s best. At the same time, giving Okada the right to choose his own opponent, I’m not sure if NJPW would do that, unless he decides to give the B Block finalist a second chance for an even greater match. And I say “greater” because you know the finals will be spectacular by default.
My Score: 9.3/10