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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Kobe Part 2!

NOW the Destruction Tour ends!

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NJPW Destruction in Kobe 2019

The tour finally ends with this!

Destruction in Kobe wraps up the tour with more Tranquilo! But can Tetsuya Naito keep his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Jay White?

 

Coverage of Destruction in Kobe 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rocky Romero & Tiger Mask; Suzuki-Gun wins, by disqualification.
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jay White; White wins and becomes the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic ending to Destruction!

No man has held both the IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championships at the same time, but Tetsuya Naito wants to make that his destiny. However, his heavyweight path was blocked in the G1 Climax by none other than the man he faces tonight! The Switchblade, Jay White defeated Naito on the B Block finale, eliminating him from the G1 Climax Finals while scoring this opportunity at the same time. Plus, White beat Naito down during their tag team match on the Super J Cup in Long Beach event. White claims his destiny is to become what Naito wants to be! Will White steal Naito’s goal away from him? Or will Naito hold on to his fate?

Meanwhile, Jushin Thunder Liger is on the home stretch of his career, but the Meanest Man in the World wants to ruin it all. Minoru Suzuki humiliated Liger by stealing his mask in Kagoshima! But Liger vowed revenge here in Kobe! What happens as they and their allies collide in an epic 8 Man Tag?!

 

8 Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Jushin Thunder Liger, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Rocky Romero & Tiger Mask!

The fighting doesn’t even start with the bell, it starts with Liger attacking Suzuki himself on the ramp! Liger has his spare mask as he stomps Suzuki down. But Suzuki-Gun saves their leader as Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr and Douki attack back! Liger’s team reinforces him as Tanahashi, Rocky and Tiger Mask appear! Liger takes Suzuki to ringside and the bell rings just so this action can be on the record!

Liger whips Suzuki at barriers but Suuzki reverses to send him in! Tiger Mask whips Kanemaru while Tanahashi bumps ZSJ off the apron. Rocky brawls with Douki while Liger crawls. Liger gets up while the referee tries to restore order. Suzuki has a chair and starts looking for someone to hit! Liger stands up but Suzuki jams the chair into him! Suzuki brings out a table! He puts it and the chair in the ring, the goes after Liger with stomps. Suzuki-Gun continues to brawl with the others, Tiger Mask and Kanemaru having ended up in the “cheap seats.” Suzuki puts Liger in the ring, and then stands the table up in a corner. Suzuki whips Liger but Liger blocks. Suzuki knees and haymakers, then uses the chair on THE REF! Suzuki jams and SMACKS Liger in the head!! The seat of the chair breaks off!! Liger flops to the mat in a heap!

Suzuki is after the mask again! ZSJ, Kanemaru and Douki keep Liger’s team away, and Suzuki shoves the ref back down! Suzuki wants to shame Liger again as he puts on a sleeper hold! Liger fight his way up, and mule kick low blows!! Liger then… undoes his mask himself?! Look at all that face paint! Liger has transformed from Jushin to KISHIN! The Beast God swings claws at Suzuki, but Suzuki ducks! Liger SPITS MIST into Suzuki’s eyes! And even the ref’s eyes!? Kishin Liger shows no mercy as he brings in… A SPIKE!? The match is thrown out, but what is this spike all about?! Liger runs at Suzuki in the corner!! Suzuki dodges and that spoke stabs through the table!! Suzuki almost lost his life! But Liger takes the table, and throws it at Suzuki! Suzuki gets clear again, and is scared for his life! Though, who can blame him? At the same time, Suzuki has brought this upon himself, as Liger is giving chase!

Suzuki-Gun runs for it, fans are both confused and upset, and Tanahashi tries to calm Liger. Liger shoves him and several others down as he keeps moving forward. Young Lions do their best to keep Liger from hunting Suzuki down! Will the wrath of Kishin Liger be satisfied until he’s destroyed Suzuki?

 

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jay White!

The Switchblade wants to steal the Ungovernable’s destiny, and that starts with this title! Will Naito be able to hold onto his golden dream against the wily White?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and Naito takes his time with his entrance gear as always. White lets Naito take all the time he wants, because “a new destino is about to start.” NJPW on AXS goes to break while Naito finishes up.

NJPW on AXS returns with the bell, and the fans are already thunderous for Naito! White and Naito circle, but White bails out, a usual tactic. White wants Naito to keep his distance, and then takes his time returning. Naito then bails out to use White’s own move. White waits, and even gives Naito an easy target by turning around. Naito returns but doesn’t take the bait. They circle, but Naito toys with White with the false approach. And again! Naito tells White, “Tranquilo!” White wants Naito to get serious, and Naito promises to do this. They tie up, Naito rolls White, TWO! Naito cradles, TWO! White swings into a backslide, ONE, White ducks a kick but runs into a headlock takeover. White headscissors but Naito pops out, then ducks to Tranquilo! White is annoyed but Naito bails out again to troll White. White gives chase, but Naito gets back in, and now Naito acts like this is on White for delaying things.

White gets into the ring in a huff but Naito stomps him down! Naito drags White up and cravats to a corner. White fights back but Naito elbows him down! Naito throws more elbows, then snapmares White to a chinlock. Naito rakes White’s eyes but Red Shoes reprimands him. Naito lets up, and White reaches with a leg. White gets the ropebreak, so Naito lets go. Naito gives White a chance to get up, and then calls for a test of strength. But that’s just to sucker White in, because Naito kicks low. Naito throws haymakers and pulls White’s hair. Naito whips White corner to corner, then jump kicks and sweeps, but Gedo creeps too close. White avoids the combination but not a boot. Naito goes to run but Gedo anchors a foot! White slides out and trips Naito to split the wishbone on the post! Fans boo as White asks how Naito is doing.

White drags Naito out and CHOPS! Then White whips Naito into railings hard! White drags Naito up again and wants some time from Red Shoes to whip Naito into more railing! Naito falls into the front row! White goes back to the ring and mocks the Tranquilo pose! Fans boo while White calls for the ring count. Red Shoes begins the count as Naito slowly rises. Naito is up at 6/20, but barely to the doorway at 10. He crawls at 13, then stands at 15, but gets in at 17. White stomps Naito over and over to keep him down! Fans rally up for Naito but Gedo applauds White. White CHOPS Naito then whips, to run him over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Whtie is annoyed but he puts Naito in a camel clutch! “Show them that smile!” White rakes Naito’s face and forces him to smile! Naito endures all of this, and manages to crawl to a ropebreak with the feet! White holds on until 4, then goes out of the ring.

White drags Naito out and rams him into railing in front of commentary! And again! And again! White lets Naito fall while he double guns and Too Sweets. White drags Naito up as fans cheer for him, but White covers. Red Shoes refuses to count, not enough time has passed from him playing dirty with those rails. White kicks Naito further into the ring to then sit up for a cravat. Naito endures the neck wrench, and grabs at White’s hair. White cranks harder but Naito elbows back. White throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally up but White stands Naito up. Naito fires back with forearms! White blocks a kick to throw Naito by his hair again! Naito writhes while White catches his breath. White drags Naito up, suplexes, but Naito resists. White clubs away on Naito’s back to then egg him on. Naito pulls White’s hair in return! Naito spins White around, neckbreaker! Both men are down but fans rally!

Naito stands first and goes at White. Naito throws forearms and whips, but White reverses, only for Naito to hold the ropes. Naito hits back and huricanranas! White is in a corner, Naito runs in, but misses the kick. Naito dodges White, then arm-drags him and elbows, basement dropkick! Naito poses, fist up and eye open! Fans fire up as Naito drags White back up. Naito scoops into the dragon sleeper, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! White crawls but Naito stands. Naito drags White up, reels him in, but White resists the German Suplex. White elbows out but Naito clubs him hard! Naito dragon sleepers, backbreaker to leg scissor nelson! Naito starts slapping White in the head, talking trash back for all of White’s talk! White powers his way up but Naito powers him back down! White reaches out with a leg and gets the ropebreak! Naito holds on tighter until 4, and White crawls to a corner.

Naito wants White to smile before he throws hands. Naito hoists White up top but White fights back with stomps. Naito falls over, White hops down. White boots Naito but Naito blocks it! Naito SPITS on White then clobbers him with rights! Naito whips corner to corner but White slides to stop, comes back and DDT’s Naito down! But both men are down as White needs to catch his breath again. Naito clutches his neck as he gets to the far corner. White is also up and throwing up Too Sweets as we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and White runs in corner to corner for a BIG European Uppercut! And then a Half Hatch suplex! White holds on for a second Half Hatch! White keeps hold, but Naito resists the third and powers White to a corner. White holds on so Naito rams him in again. Naito tries a third time but White redirects him to the apron through the middle rope! White throws EuroUpper after EuroUpper, and a CHOP! White runs and hits another big EuroUpper! Naito is hanging on the rope, White drags him out, and like a viper, draping DDT! Cover, TWO!! White can’t believe it but Red Shoes defends that was a fair count. The 15 minute mark has passed and White drags Naito around. Naito resists the urenage, but White CHOPS him again! White whips, Naito leaps, but has to fight out again. Naito swings into the Complete Shot! DEAD LIFT GERMAN! But White can’t hold the bridge. Even so, Gedo is happy and the fans are worried for Naito.

White sits up and grins at Naito, who is dazed. White mockingly asks the fans, “You think he’s going to be the first?!” White drags Naito up and throws him backwards into the buckles. And again! And then bounces him off the pad over and over! “You having fun!?” White keeps bouncing Naito off the pads, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. White grins as he drags Naito around. White sits Naito up to CHOP back down! Gedo says do more, and he wants Naito to smile. White sits Naito up again, to CHOP back down! Gedo is the only one to applaud. White sits with Naito like they’re old pals, and then helps him stand up, to throw him with a SAIDO Suplex! Naito is down but White stands up to toy with him. White drags Naito up but Naito is dead weight. Red Shoes comes in to check, but Naito refuses to quit. White drags Naito up to stand him against the ropes. White walks to then run in with another EuroUpper!

White keeps Naito from falling over, and says, “Smile for me!” White runs, but Naito runs after to shotgun dropkick him down! Fans fire up as Naito has new life! But both Naito and White slowly stir. The rally gets Naito to rise, but White follows and CHOPS again. White runs, into a pop-up SPINEBUSTER! Naito gets back up while White crawls to a corner. Naito runs in, but blocks the boots to turn White sideways! Draping backbreaker! Naito hoists White up top, climbs up to join him, SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Naito stands up again. Naito drags White up, hammerlocks and hooks, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! White survives but Naito just feels more confident. Naito stands and drags White up at 20 minutes. White shoves Naito away and now Naito smiles. Naito stands on White at the ropes and rags him up from the outside. White swings, misses, Naito sweeps the legs! Swinging dropkick wrecks White, modified Combinacion Cabron!

Naito goes back to the apron and drags White up. Naito turns White but White fights out with elbows. Naito kicks away on White’s leg, but then swings into an apron Complete Shot! White pushes Naito back onto the apron, then drags him up. Red Shoes doesn’t want this, but White deadlifts Naito. Naito fights out but White throws him down by his hair! White drags Naito up, wants a driver but Naito resists. White clubs Naito on his back, gets him up, but Naito fights free to back drop White on the apron! White slumps down while Naito rests against the ropes. But White grabs Naito off the apron, to APRON POWERBOMB him! Naito flops to the floor, but White sits down to rest. Red Shoes checks but Naito is somehow okay to continue. White drags Naito up and into the ring and hauls him up. BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO!!

Fans cheer while Gedo coaches White to keep going. White drags Naito up, fisherman and suplex, but Naito fights out to counter with a DDT! Both men are down again but Kobe fires up more. White and Naito stir as the rally starts up again. Fans are all behind Naito while Gedo is coaching White. Naito is up first with a wild look on his face. Naito crawls to clobber White. White gets up to hit back! Naito hits White again but White comes back to throw furious forearms. Naito and White brawl all the way to their feet, big shot for big shot. And each man dares the other to smile. Naito decks then stomps White down, and keeps on him at the corner. The 25 minute mark passes, but Gedo is sneaking in! White holds Red Shoes down, Gedo SMACKS Naito in the back! Gedo gets away with his chair shot, and White fisherman, for the KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!?

Kobe cheers and White is in shock! But White slashes his throat, drags Naito up in position, but Naito fights out of Bladerunner! White drops Naito to stomp him over and over! White hauls Naito up but Naito enziguris! Naito whips, White reverses, Naito counters with flying forearms! Fans rally again, Naito stands White up, but White sits down before Naito can wrench. Fans boo as White crawls away. Gedo distracts Naito and Red Shoes, and White creeps over. Naito sees that coming, catches White and uses Gedo for the tornado DDT boost! White flounders but Naito is on him, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, but White blocks Destino! White flips Naito out, inverted DDT! Leg nelson and elbow shots over and over and over! Naito starts fading but White tires out before he can end Naito like that. But White sits Naito up and hauls him up in a sleeper, but Naito slips through for a German Suplex!

Naito aims, runs, tilt-o-whirl but White escapes. White has Naito but no Bladerunner yet, Naito swings, into the SLEEPER SUPLEX! White catches his breath while Naito is down on his face. White drags Naito up again, even as Kobe rallies up. White crisscrosses the arms, reels Naito in, but Naito slips out, only to swing into another Sleeper Suplex! White won’t be denied, he stands Naito, but Naito slips through to Snap Dragon Suplex! Tilt-o-whirl, but White blocks! But not forever, DESTINO! Cover, TWO!! That delay may have been just enough to save White! Naito doesn’t show frustration on his face, but determination! Naito stands White up, wrenches, tilt-o-whirl, but White denies again. White reels Naito in, but Naito resists, rolling heel kick! Naito hops on but White slips out the back. White brings Naito in, Naito SLAPS White! Then a scoop, but White fights out, BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion

White pulls it off! Naito’s destiny seems further away than ever now! But will White be the one achieving a golden dream instead? We will hear from the new champion after the break.

 

NJPW on AXS returns as White takes to the mic.

“Where are you going?” Fans are storming out, they don’t want to hear from White. But White told them all that he’d beat Naito. Now look at all the “dipsh*ts” leaving just because they thought the hero would triumph. White mocks the Los Ingobernables de Japon tradition, by saying, “Buenos Noches, KOBEEE~!” Fans who did stay boo. But White tells Naito that “Please promise me you’ll do one thing: SMILE!” White laughs then moves on to more LIJ mocking, with the role call! “Gedo! Jado! Chase! Yujiro! Kenta! Fale! Tama (Tonga)! Tanga (Lao)! Hikuleo! Ishimori! El Phantasmo! Pito! Mr. Juicy!” And of course, Jay himself. “Nosotros Burrrrr~ BULLET CLUB~! FOR LIFE!”

White holds up the IWGP Intercontinental Championship and says finally, the belt has a real prestigious man to carry it around! The hottest asset in ALL of pro-wrestling! The man who sold out Madison Square Garden! The Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla, and the man to soon be dual Intercontinental AND Heavyweight Champion! Whether it is Okada, Sanada or… Wait, coming out from the shadows is Hirooki Goto! The Fierce Warrior enters the ring to DECK White! And then stomp him! White bails out, but it is clear Goto wants revenge on White by denying him that golden dream. Goto hands the belt back, but White denies that this match is happening.

 

NJPW Media Backstage Interview

White says, “I told you.” The fight had to end, and everyone knew it wouldn’t be Naito winning. But on the other side, Goto’s stock just rose for even being in that ring with White! “You’re welcome.” White says, “You’re welcome” to all of the wrestling world. And so his goal now is the four men who might be IWGP Heavyweight Champion after Wrestle Kingdom 14: Okada, Sanada, Ibushi and his folder, or Evil who wants to take that folder. But Goto is not in there at all because walking down to the ring doesn’t guarantee you a shot! Especially when Goto has lost to White! Goto is not worthy, he is an embarrassment! Goto has had more shots than he deserves, and that is an understatement! White again keeps his mind on Okada, Ibushi, Sanada and Evil. One of those four will be seeing White very soon. Until then, just breathe, with the Switchblade. Will White deny Goto an Intercontinental Championship match? Or will he be meeting one of those destined four in the New Year?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great hour for AXS to wrap up Destruction, and a great choice to give Kobe two hours in total. We got to see that amazing moment when Liger unleashes his dark side in pursuit of revenge on Suzuki! Apparently there’s no room for Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2019 on the schedule this year, but it seems that three day weekend had a lot of “filler” matches that didn’t affect the stories playing out tonight. We don’t get New Japan Road either, so we missed seeing Liger go after Suzuki then. The next thing is King of Pro-Wrestling, which happens on 10/14/19, plenty of time for them to edit for Saturday Slam. That will have Liger VS Suzuki 1v1, so that should make for something great.

I feel like KOPW would have to get at least two hours, and probably in separate weeks. They’ve already advertised KOPW for 10/19/19 has Moxley VS Juice III, No Disqualifications for the United States Championship, that’ll be incredible. Depending on how busy Moxley is going to get in AEW, there’s a chance Juice wins, but Moxley might still be able to swing both promotions for a bit longer. There is also the other big matches of IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship of Ospreay VS Phantasmo, the Right to Challenge Contract of Ibushi VS EVIL, and of course THE IWGP Heavyweight Championship of Okada VS Sanada, and the latter two feed right into the biggest story going in NJPW right now: NJPW’s first dual champion.

White VS Naito tonight was great, with plenty of story to chew on, and it was a surprise for White to win relatively clean. But given the four men he named being seen as Faces, and half of them being LIJ, I suppose Naito couldn’t win in order to keep suspense. I doubt Goto wins that title of White, though I’m sure White will be forced to face him. White is trying to steal Naito’s dream, which is also Ibushi’s dream now of being a dual champion, so it’d make a lot of sense if Ibushi retains his contract against Evil and challenges at WK14. Doesn’t matter if it’s Okada or Sanada, I would love to see Ibushi take the title to be the top guy. Then we get at G1 Climax 29 Finals rematch, possibly in a #WinnerTakesAll situation so that one man makes history. Not sure how NJPW feels about that kind of stipulation, but it would make a lot of sense to do it at one of the major Spring events.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/7/22)

Will Jonah rock the Rainmaker?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Kazuchika Okada is facing his biggest challenge yet!

While the G1 Climax 32 continues, will Kazuchika Okada’s win streak? He is up against the Top Dog, JONAH, who promises to bring Death From Above for the Rainmaker!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay & Yuto Nakashima VS Chaos; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Jado VS Yujiro Takahashi & SHO; Yujiro & Sho win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS EVIL; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor VS Bad Luck Fale; Lawlor wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Juice Robinson VS El Phantasmo; Juice wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens; Chase wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS JONAH; Jonah wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
  • JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 1-2, 2 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 1-2, 2 points
  • Juice Robinson: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Ultimate Weapon is out of the running, but he can still be a spoiler here! Will he conquer the King of Darkness for the glory of the United Empire? Or will Henare see Everything is Evil?

Henare puts his jacket away, and Evil attacks! The bell rings and Evil CLUBS Henare to then throw him out. Evil taunts Henare but he comes back, into a mule kick! Evil CLUBS Henare again, wrenches an arm, and wrenches, and wrenches! Evil whips Henare to a corner, runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up as Henare snarls at Evil. Henare drags Evil back up, throws him out now, then stomps him down. Henare CLUBS Evil, glares at Dick, and then chases Dick away! Evil gets in the ring, Dick lures Henare into a LARIAT! Fans do applaud the savvy, and Evil kick Henare around.

Evil grabs his House of Torture shirt, CLUBS Henare down, stomps him, then kicks him. “C’mon, big man!” Henare swings, but Evil catches him to CHOKE with the shirt! The ref counts, Evil lets off and gives up the shirt. Evil kicks at Henare again, then brings Henare up. Evil CHOPS Henare to a corner, fans rally up, “HE-NA-RE!” but Evil CHOPS again. Henare grits his teeth and Evil fakes the chop to CLAW the eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil lets off, but Henare throws heavy body shots! And a forearm! Evil whips, and surprise! Bare buckles! Dick pulled off the Bullet Club Special while no one was looking!

The ref reprimands Dick but the damage is down. Evil kicks Henare to the apron, drags him up and then suplexes, but Henare blocks! Henare holds onto ropes, shoves Evil away, but Evil BLASTS Henare off the apron! Henare hits railing and knocks the timekeeper over! Abe-san still suffers because of Evil! Evil then drags Henare around to a cobra twist! And Dick links up with the railing! Henare endures, but he powers up and pries Evil’s leg away! Henare hip tosses BOTH Evil and Dick! The ref wants this in the ring, but Henare stomps Evil, throws heavy shots, and whips Evil into railing! Evil tumbles up and over!

Fans fire up as Henare drags Evil back to ringside. Henare puts Evil in and fans rally up. Evil gets to a corner and Henare runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Henare then whips Evil to ropes, scoops, BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Henare keeps his focus. Fans rally up, Henare drags Evil up into a full nelson! Evil fights the Ultima and stomps Henare’s foot! Henare CLUBS Evil, but Evil bocks the kick! Evil hands the foot to the ref, but Henare blocks Evil’s kick! Henare kicks the ref away ELBOW JABS Evil! Then he KICKS Evil down! Fans fire up as Henare drags Evil to a drop zone. Henare goes up to SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Henare smirks and fans rally up again. Henare dares Evil to get up, and he aims from a corner. Evil stands as Henare stomps the mat. But Dick grabs Henare’s other leg! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil reels Henare in to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil grows frustrated. Fans rally for “HE-NA-RE!” as Evil drags him up. Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and Evil is furious! Fans continue to rally as Henare sits up. Evil slashes his throat, brings Henare up and spins him around, but Henare blocks the STO! Henare throws elbows but Evil rakes the eyes!

Evil whips and Henare hits bare buckles! But he just powers up to RAMPAGE!! Fans fire up and Henare grits his teeth as he stands back up. Henare storms over to Evil, drags him up and reels him in, fisherman to the torture rack! But Dick is on the apron and distracts Henare! Evil slips off to waistlock, but Henare switches and shoves Evil into Dick! Dick goes down, HEEL KICK for Evil! Fans fire up with Henare and he calls for it! Henare drags Evil up, clamps on, ULTIMA! No, Evil grabs at the ref! The ref shakes Evil’s hand away, but Evil ducks as the SLAP comes in! The ref slapped Henare!! The ref apologizes as Henare glares.

Henare backs the ref into a corner, Evil shoves Henare into the ref! The ref goes down but Henare’s still up, and now Evil begs for forgiveness. But Dick runs in with a chair! Henare hits a heavy body shot first! Dick doubles over, but then Henare clamps on with ULTIMA! Dick suffers the full nelson, and Henare TOSSES Dick to the apron to then DECK him! But Evil CHUCKS the chair at Henare’s head! And then Evil brings Henare around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)

Being out of the running doesn’t make this hurt any less for Henare. Evil and Dick cheat out another win, will the King of Darkness still be able to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs VS Bad Luck Fale!

The Filthy One takes on yet another massive monster in this block! But will he be able to survive the Rogue General? Or can he be blown up by a Grenade?

Even before the bell, fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” At the bell, Lawlor starts spinning around and around, only for Fale to CLOBBER him! Fale drags Lawlor up, throws body shots, and whips Lawlor into the corner. Fale runs in but Lawlor dodges! Lawlor reels Fale in, TORNADO- NO, Fale tosses Lawlor out of the ring! Fans rally up for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” but Fale goes out to CLUB him down. Fale throws body shots as Lawlor’s against the apron, then Fale ROCKS him! Fale has the cameramen move and he whips Lawlor into railing! Lawlor writhes, but Fale CLUBS him down! Fale moves railing around to put on Lawlor!

The ring count climbs but Fale is pulling more railing apart! The count is 9 of 20 as Fale stacks another portion on top of Lawlor! Fale gets in the ring at 14 but Isaacs helps Lawlor get free! Lawlor hurries as we’re at 17, and he gets in at 18! Fans rally but Fale kicks Lawlor and stomps him down. Fans clap again, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor throws body shots. Fale CLUBS him down, stomps him, then drags him up. Fale scoops Lawlor to SLAM him! Then Fale turns Lawlor over to stand on his back! The ref reprimands and counts, Fale steps off at 4. Fale smirks, and he watches Lawlor writhe. Fale drags Lawlor up but Lawlor goes for a leg!

Fale is too big to tip over but fans rally behind Lawlor. Fale throat chops him down! Lawlor sputters and the ref reprimands but Fale stomps. Lawlor dodges to kick and kick and kick the leg! Lawlor avoids another stomp to kick and kick and kick! Lawlor runs but into a SPEAR! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fale stands first while Lawlor sits up. Fale choke grips and drags Lawlor up, but Lawlor KICKS the leg! Lawlor wrenches the arm, KICKS the leg more and more, then goes for a Fujiwara takedown! Fale stays up, so Lawlor shifts to get the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Fale shops forward on his one free leg to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Lawlor holds on until 4, then he KICKS the leg! Lawlor then goes to the far side and bails out of the ring, to hide under it! Fale and the ref look around, Lawlor appears back behind Fale! ANKLE LOCK through the ropes! The ref reprimands and counts again, but Lawlor drags Fale out of the ring! Lawlor KICKS the leg and Fale falls! Fans fire up as Lawlor gets back on the apron. OFF COME THE SHORTS! The denim tights are on underneath, and Lawlor CHOKES Fale with the shorts! The ref counts, Lawlor lets off at 4, and he gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Fale sits up at 5 of 20, drags himself up at 9, and gets in at 12.

Lawlor waits as Fale crawls, and Lawlor stomps the bad leg! Fale sits up, Lawlor ENZIGURIS him down! Fans fire up for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again, and Lawlor runs to BLINDSIDE WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Lawlor is frustrated as Fale is still in this. But fans keep clapping, and Lawlor runs in to hop on, SLEEPER! Fale endures and stays on his feet, and Fale makes his way towards ropes! Lawlor grabs that arm to make it a STRAITJACKET SLEEPER! Lawlor goes after a leg but Fale powers up and out to a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP! But Lawlor’s right up! And he’s roaring! Lawlor runs in, but into both hands!

Fale shifts to the choke grip, but Lawlor KICKS the bad leg! Lawlor ROCKS Fale with a forearm, but Fale LARIATS Lawlor down! RUNNING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Lawlor survives and fans fire up! Fale choke grips again, drags Lawlor up, GRENADE!! Cover, TWO!?! Fale can’t believe that Lawlor survives! Lawlor sputters but Fale drags him back up. Fale reels Lawlor in, crucifix lifts, but Lawlor fights around to the SLEEPER! Fale RAMS Lawlor into buckles! Lawlor uses that to get up and around, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives and Lawlor fires up! The fans clap again, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor slashes his throat to say this is done!

Lawlor stalks Fale, hops back on, SLEEPER! Fale staggers around, starts to fade, and Lawlor brings his kneepad down! Lawlor runs, LEG SWEEP! A fake-out, but now Lawlor takes aim again! BASEMENT BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Fale survives but Lawlor snarls and roars! Fans fire up and clap along again! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clamps on with the straitjacket again, but Fale fights up. NKOTB!! Cover, Lawlor wins!!

Winner: Tom Lawlor, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Fale earns 0)

The Nasty Knee On The Brain is what gets Lawlor the two points and keeps his run alive! Will Lawlor be able to make the G1 Climax filthy? Is Fale’s luck about to run out?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Juice Robinson VS El Phantasmo!

It’s another Bullet Club VS Bullet Club in this G1! The Booster ran down everyone else in this block, but he feels the Headbanga is still cool. Will they still be Too Sweet after this? Or will Juice be sour when he can’t spoil ELP’s run?

ELP shows off his LED vest, and then Juice shows off his vest. They’re both Bullet Club! Well, yeah. So they Too Sweet and fans cheer. The vests are put aside, the bell rings and fans applaud as Juice offers a handshake. ELP says sure, this is going to be good, clean, professional wrestling. They shake hands, fist bump and Too Sweet again, then circle. Fans rally for “BULLET CLUB! BULLET CLUB!” as the two feel out a knuckle lock, but Juice asks everyone quiets down ELP and Juice reset, feel out the grapple, then Juice goes “PBBT!” and they both pretend someone farted. They say the ref did it, and it stinks!

The ref defends his innocence but ELP and Juice both keep saying it’s bad. They need to check if he “uko,” aka sharted. The ref lets them check, and Juice says, “Uko janai <no poop>.” Fans laugh and rally up as everything is clean, and the two go again. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, ELP waistlocks, but Juice wrenches out. Wait, this seems like they’re going in slow motion. ELP wrenches back to a wristlock, Juice reaches for ropes, but then rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP endures and rolls, rolls, and rolls, and then wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Fans applaud, but Juice wrenches out to a headlock of his own.

Juice says, “Around the world!” as he goes from headlock to hammerlock to headlock again. ELP throws slow-mo body shots and Juice jokes that it hurts. ELP powers out, Juice “runs” to “ram” ELP, and ELP “falls.” Juice flexes and fans applaud the good show. Things “speed” up, ELP drops down and Juice stops to dramatically flail his arms before falling forward. ELP throws up the Too Sweet, “runs” back in, but Juice “sweeps” the legs and covers, TWO! ELP “sweeps” the legs and covers, TWO! Both men roll up and put up fisticuffs and fans applaud. Juice and ELP Too Sweet again and everyone applauds.

ELP and Juice circle, stomp stomp clap, but then ELP rolls Juice up, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that and stops the count. ELP apologizes to the ref, but then Juice rolls ELP up, holding tights! The ref sees that in time and stops the count. Juice lets go and asks WTF! But ELP asks Juice WTF, and asks the ref WTF! ELP shoves the ref, Juice shoves the ref, they pinball him around, but the ref pushes them! He reprimands them both for their underhanded tactics! Juice and ELP both rush the ref, but he ducks and they collide! Fans fire up as Juice and ELP fall over for real!

ELP and Juice get up and argue! Juice says this isn’t what they agreed on but ELP says that collision hurt! Juice shoves ELP, ELP shoves Juice, and again. ELP gets heated, he’s ready to kill Juice! Juice eggs ELP on, they shoving continues, but then ELP bails out. Juice also goes out, and Juice goes looking under the ring. Juice gets a chair! ELP says two can play that game, and he gets a TABLE! ELP hurries to set his table up as Juice storms around the way with his chair. They both talk trash, “You wanna play with me? I wanna play with you!” Juice sits down in his chair, and challenge ELP to an arm-wrestling contest!

The ref says this has to be in the ring, but ELP says what not? They tell the ref to officiate this now, and fans rally for it! ELP and Juice clasp left hands, the ref counts it down: ready, go! The arm-wrestling is on! Juice clamps onto the table to power ELP down but ELP uses BOTH hands! ELP slams Juice’s hand down but the ref says that’s cheating. The ref checks with the timekeeper, but Juice CHUCKS the chair into ELP’s head! Juice then plays innocent before raining down fists! The ref tells him to stop and Juice tells him to STFU! Juice kicks the table over, goes back to ELP and SMACKS him off the apron! ELP falls and crawls to the apron.

Juice drags ELP up and brings him further up the ramp. Juice throws HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then brings ELP to the very top of the ramp! ELP resists, Juice CLUBS away on him, and Juice gets ELP for a PILEDRIVER on the ramp!! Juice shoves ELP off the ramp and brings the ref back to the ring. Juice wants the count to get going! Fans rally up, “E L P!” as he staggers up. ELP flounders at 7 of 20, fumbles in the railing at 11, gets back up and makes his way to ringside by 15 but bumps into the cameraman! The count is 17, ELP bumps off the apron and Juice panics! ELP is in at 19!!

Juice drags ELP up, he says the damage is down. But ELP fights the bomb, only for Juice to get him in a BOSTON CRAB! ELP endures, fans rally up, and ELP powers up! ELP crawls forward, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Juice lets off saying ELP gave up! The ref says no, ELP did not. Juice says fine, time for the friction! Juice drags ELP up, chicken wings and turns him, but ELP shoves free! ELP clotheslines Juice up and out and Juice hits railing! ELP builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Juice, and ELP almost flies into the front row! And that’s saying something with No Man’s Land. Juice and ELP fall down and fans fire up!

ELP gets up, but he rains down fists on Juice! ELP then staggers away, finds the table and stands it back up. ELP then brings Juice over, SMACKS him off the table, and again, and again! And again, and again, and again! He’s breaking the table with Juice’s face! ELP then ROCKS Juice over an dover with haymakers! ELP makes sure the table is still standing, and then he puts Juice on it. ELP BITES Juice’s forehead! Juice’s forehead is starting to bleed as ELP climbs up the corner! But Juice scrambles away! So ELP tightrope walks! But then ELP wobbles, so he jumps down, builds speed, jumps back up and FLYING 450 SPLASH!!

Direct hit at the ramp and fans are thunderous! ELP drags Juice up and in, then climbs the ropes for the springboard THUNDERKISS 86! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives and fans rally up! ELP storms around, slashes his throat and drags Juice up. ELP hooks Juice up, but Juice back drops free! ELP sunset flips through, to get Juice back up! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives because ELP isn’t phenomenal! But ELP aims from the far side as Juice rises. BANG, and V-TRIGGER! ELP then puts Juice in a corner, hoists him up to an Electric Chair Lift, but Juice fights off the fold! Chicken wings and the turn, PULP- NO, ELP pushes free!

Juice ducks Sudden Death, ELP ducks the Left Hand o’ God, but not the RIGHT! But then SUDDEN DEATH returns! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP crawls to the cover, TWO!! Juice survives and ELP is furious! Fans rally up as ELP drags Juice back up. ELP tucks him in, but Juice fights again! Juice uses his head to LOW BLOW ELP! But the ref doesn’t see it that way, it just looks like a failed back drop! LEFT HAND O’ GOD! And then, chicken wings for PULP FRICTION!! Cover, TWO!?!? ELP survives and Juice is losing his mind! Fans are thunderous, though, as Juice argues the count!

The ref says his count was fair, and Juice can’t hurt the ref or he’ll be disqualified. So Juice yanks the ref’s mask! The ref hurries to put it back on, but Juice gets a chair! The ref stops Juice but Juice tells him to shut up! Juice puts the chair down, drags ELP over to it, and lifts ELP up, but ELP fights the driver! ELP returns the LOW BLOW “back drop,” and then gets the chair! ELP CHUCKS it at Juice’s head! The ref DISQUALIFIES ELP!!

Winner: Juice Robinson, by disqualification (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

ELP’s anger gets the better of him, and he hands Juice the win! Those points don’t really do anything anymore, as Juice is already out of the running. But this loss means ELP is out of the running, too! Is Bullet Club falling apart from the inside?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens!

Two men out of the running are still fighting for pride this deep into the biggest G1 ever! Will the Stone Pitbull get out of last place? Or will the Crown Jewel shine bright in the final stretch of the tournament?

The bell rings and fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” as he ties up with Chase. Chase powers Ishii to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Chase lets off cleanly and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Ishii and Chase tie up again, Ishii powers Chase back but Chase puts Ishii on the ropes. The ref counts the break, Chase lets off again, but Ishii ROCKS him! Chase protests, but then kicks and CLUBS Ishii. Chase headlocks, Ishii powers out, Chase RAMS Ishii but Ishii rebounds to run Chase over! Chase is right up to shove Ishii, but Ishii shoves Chase down! Chase gets up to shove the ref! The ref shoves Chase and warns him, he just got this from ELP and Juice!

Chase cools off, Ishii turns him around to DECK him! Chase bails out of the ring as fans applaud. Ishii waits while Chase checks his cheek. Chase gets back in, Ishii kicks low and CHOPS! Fans applaud and Ishii CHOPS again! Chase leans against ropes, and Ishii CHOPS him again! Ishii slaps Chase around, kicks him around, and eggs him on. Chase gets up to fire off forearms but Ishii doesn’t budge. Ishii CHOPS, and then reels Chase in. Chase fights the back suplex off, waistlocks, but Ishii switches. Chase switches but Ishii trips him. Chase reaches in to JAM Ishii’s knee! Ishii staggers to ropes and Chase KICKS the leg out!

Chase drags Ishii by his bad leg to put it on the ropes. Chase then HIP DROPS the knee! And then HIP DROPS again! Fans rally up for “I-SHI-I!” as he writhes. Chase stomps Ishii, Ishii eggs him on, so Chase grabs the leg to YANK it! Chase then drags Ishii to the apron by that bad leg, to SLAM the leg on the apron edge! Ishii writhes but Chase drags him to the corner. Chase SLAMS Ishii’s leg into the post! The ref reprimands and Chase gets back in the ring. Chase eggs Ishii on now as fans rally up. Chase stands on Ishii’s bad arm and throws down a haymaker! Chase drags Ishii by his bad leg for a KNEE JAMMER! And then a toehold!

Ishii endures, pulls at Chase’s hair, but Chase twists the hold. Chase throws elbows into the knee but Ishii kicks with his free leg. Chase lets Ishii go to haul him up. SHIN BREAKER! But Ishii shakes his head!? Chase KICKS the leg but Ishii eggs him on! Chase KICKS and KICKS but Ishii reels back, only for Chase to kick him in the gut! Chase then reels Ishii in, but Ishii suplexes Chase instead! Fans fire up as both Ishii and Chase are down. Ishii stands up and works on his bad leg. Ishii storms up on Chase in the corner to CHOP, forearm, CHOP, forearm, repeat! Fans fire up as Ishii goes faster and faster, then DECKS Chase!

Chase sits up, Ishii drags him up and whips him corner to corner. Chase reverses, Ishii comes back but into a BOOT! Ishii ducks the lariat to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ishii stalks Chase to ropes. Chase wants a timeout? No such thing here! Ishii whips but Chase reverses to CHIN SMASH, mule kick, and run for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Chase stands up first and he runs at Ishii, but Ishii dodges! Ishii runs in but Chase sends him out! Chase WRECKS Ishii with a dropkick and Ishii hits railing! Chase then slides out to fetch Ishii.

Chase CHOPS Ishii and Ishii staggers back against the post. Chase lines up a shot, but Ishii dodges! Chase CHOPS POST! Ishii brings Chase around, and he aims at the railing! But Chase fights the suplex, mule kicks, and hops on, SUNSET FLIP BOMB into the railing!! Ishii writhes as he clutches the back of his head! The ref checks Ishii but Chase drags him up and in fast! Chase sits Ishii up to run and SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans fire up! Chase aims from a corner, runs in and- NO, Ishii blocks the C-Trigger to headbutt low! Ishii runs but Chase swats the lariat to fire off a strike fest!

Chase hammerlocks, Ishii wrenches out and hammerlocks, but Chase avoids the stolen Jewel Heist! Chase waistlocks, Ishii switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Fans rally up as Chase gets to a corner. Ishii growls and sits up, runs in at the corner and clotheslines Chase! Ishii then hoists Chase up to the top, and climbs up after him! Ishii gets Chase up for the STALLING SUPERPLEX!! Fans are thunderous after that landing! Ishii crawls to the cover, TWO!! Chase survives but Ishii keeps his focus. Ishii roars and fans fire up as he drags Chase around. But Chase blocks the powerbomb!

Ishii CLUBS Chase, but Chase wrenches out to forearm! Ishii ROCKS Chase, but Chase comes back with a flurry! Ishii gives boxing elbows! Chase spins but Ishii ROCKS him! Chase BACK ELBOWS, then runs, only for Ishii to LARIAT at the ropes! Ishii runs, but into a C-TRIGGER! Chase wrenches, hammerlocks, JEWEL HEIST! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Chase grows frustrated, but the fans rally up again! Chase drags Ishii up, hooks him in a half nelson, but Ishii breaks free. Ishii goes to run, but Chase brings him back in, but Ishii switches! Chase ROCKS Ishii with an elbow! Chase fires off boxing elbows of his own!

Chase goes to 10, but Ishii gets around to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! But Chase roars as he staggers up, and he SUPERKICKS Ishii down!! Chase crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are thunderous. Chase takes aim, says BANG, and he drags Ishii up. Chase tucks Ishii in, but Ishii back drops free! Chase runs in to BOOT Ishii down! Chase runs, but Ishii swats his lariat to ROCK Chase! Chase rebounds to forearm, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Both men are down again! The fans are thunderous again as the two stir. Ishii growls as he gets up and fans rally behind him. Ishii runs, but Chase C-TRIGGERS!

Chase runs, but ducks a lariat to SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Ishii’s right back up! Chase swats Ishii’s lariat, but Ishii spins to SOUTHPAW DISCUS! But Chase stays up, dodges the right side lariat, only to run into the LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!?! Chase is out at one!? No one can believe that, but Ishii just LARIATS him back down! Cover, TWO?!?! Chase survives again and Ishii can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Ishii drags Chase up. Ishii suplexes, but Chase knees free! Ishii ducks the enziguri but Chase ducks the sliding lariat to ghost pin! TWO!!! Ishii stands, into an ENZIGURI! But he rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Ishii roars and stands up again! Ishii staggers but he still drags Chase up. Ishii suplexes, but Chase fights it off to wrench and atomic drop! Then a turn into the backslide! TWO!! Ishii escapes, Chase runs, C-TRIGGER!! Chase vows to end this, and he drags Ishii up to tuck him in! PACKAGE PILE- NO, Ishii wrenches out! Chase forearms, Ishii HEADBUTTS, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER! ENZIGURI!! Chase staggers returns, C-TRIGGER!!! Chase hauls Ishii up, tucks him in, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!!! Cover, CHASE WINS!!

Winner: Chase Owens, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishii earns 0)

So what if they’re both out of the running? Chase just gave Ishii a G1 worthy showdown and then some! Will Chase prove himself worthy of bigger and better opportunities from here on out?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito!

The Rainmaker is so far spotless in his G1 run! But now he’s run into the Top Dog, who just toppled the Imperial Unit, Jeff Cobb! Will Jonah bring Death From Above? Or will Okada get the literally biggest win in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally up as Jonah steps forward. Okada stares Jonah down, and they tie up. Okada tries but can’t push Jonah back! Jonah powers Okada back to the ropes with ease! Jonah pats Okada on the head as he lets off. Fans applaud and then rally as “O-KA-DA!” circles with Jonah. They tie up again, but Jonah shoves Okada down! Okada gets back up to fire off forearms, but Jonah knees low! Johan headlocks, punches, then grinds the headlock harder. Okada endures, fans continue to rally, and Okada powers Jonah to ropes. Okada tries to power out but Jonah holds on tight! Jonah thrashes and grinds Okada down with that colossal headlock.

Okada fights back up, pries the headlock open, but Jonah clamps on tighter! Jonah digs his knuckles into Okada’s face but the fans rally up. Okada fights up, throws body shots then pries at the hold! Jonah resists but Okada stomps is foot! Okada headlocks, but Jonah powers out and runs Okada right over! Okada bails out, then crawls along the way. Jonah goes out and aims from the apron as fans rally up. Jonah runs in, but Okada sidesteps to send Jonah into railing! Okada hauls Jonah’s leg onto the railing to pull it! Then Okada BOOTS the railing to jam Jonah’s leg! Okada kicks Jonah’s leg, then brings Okada to the ramp.

Okada kicks low, CLUBS Jonah, then brings him up to the top of the ramp. Fans fire up as Okada tries to suplex! But Jonah’s too big! Jonah suplexes Okada! Okada slips off and uppercuts! But Jonah BODY CHECKS Okada down! Jonah snarls and drags Okada back up. Jonah HEADBUTTS Okada and Okada tumbles down the ramp! The ring count starts and Jonah drags Okada up. Jonah ROCKS Okada and has him go back towards the ring. The count is 12 of 20 and Jonah gets in, just to refresh the count. Jonah drags Okada up and whips him at railings hard! Okada ends up moving the railing and hitting the timekeeper’s area!

Fans fire up as Jonah flexes. Young Lions help Abe-san, and Jonah says he can do what he wants, this is HIS company now. Jonah drags Okada up to whip hard into railing in front of commentary! Everyone from the English team to the Japanese team freaks out! But Jonah laughs at the chaos he is causing using Chaos’ leader. Jonah then drags Okada up, picks him up, and RAMS him into the post! Okada falls over and writhes. Red Shoes checks on Okada while fans rally up. Jonah taunts Okada while the ring count starts again. Okada sits up at 10 of 20, crawls his way over to the ring at 14, and stands at 15 to get in!

But Jonah stomps Okada down at the ropes! And then STANDS on Okada! Red Shoes reprimands and Jonah steps off. Fans still rally for “O-KA-DA!” but Jonah stands Okada up for a heavy body shot. Jonah then RAMS into Okada, and Okada sputters and coughs as he staggers away. Jonah stands Okada up to CHOP him! Okada staggers away, chest stinging from that one. Jonah stalks Okada and clamps on with a rear bearhug! Jonah thrashes Okada around, but Okada fights up and throws back elbows! Fans rally and Okada runs, into a BIG back elbow from Jonah! Jonah then goes back to Okada, mocking the fans clapping for the Rainmaker.

Jonah stomps Okada and digs his foot into the stomach! Jonah lets off and Okada sputters again. Fans still rally up but Jonah drags Okada up. Okada throws body shots, then a forearm! Jonah CHOPS Okada back! Okada staggers, Jonah runs in but only gets buckles! Okada rolls Jonah up, TWO! Okada hurries to EUROUPPER Jonah down! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada gets up and he fires more forearms on Jonah. Okada whips, Jonah reverses but Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to ELBOW! Jonah stays up so Okada BOOTS him, runs and ELBOWS again! Jonah is down and fans fire back up!

Okada hurries to aim from a corner, and Jonah goes to the other. Okada runs corner to corner to back elbow, then kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as he tries to scoop. But Jonah’s still too big! Jonah CLUBS Okada, whips him to ropes, but Okada holds ropes. Jonah runs in, into a drop toehold! Okada runs to basement dropkick! Jonah falls out of the ring and fans fire up again! But Bad Dude Tito distracts Okada. Okada flips Tito off, and then dodges Jonah as he runs in! Jonah CLOBBERS Tito, then turns around into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada takes down two members of TMDK at once!

Fans rally up and Okada stands as the ring count is 6 of 20. Okada rolls in at 7, Jonah sits up at 10. Tito helps Jonah stand, but Okada builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and he takes them both out again! Fans fire up as Okada falls back to rest on the ramp. Fans rally up and Okada fetches Jonah into the ring. Okada then says he’s gonna do it! He tries to scoop Jonah, but Jonah is still too big. Okada ROCKS Jonah, runs, but into a SPEAR! And then Jonah SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up again! Jonah growls and he drags Okada back up. Jonah reels Okada in but Okada fights the lift! And then again! Okada BACK DROPS Jonah!!

Fans are thunderous as Okada clutches his back. That was a lot to lift up and over, but the fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” to get back up! Okada sits up, grabs at Jonah and brings him around. Okada fires forearm after forearm, but Jonah swings, into the wrench! MONEY CLIP!! Jonah endures, but Okada clamps on tighter! Jonah turns red but he refuses to give in! Jonah powers up but Okada sends him into the corner. Okada runs in but into a BOOT! Jonah runs but into a SHOTGUN! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Jonah stands up in the corner and Okada storms over. Okada stands Jonah up, and then hoists him up top!?

Okada fires forearms, uppercuts, but Jonah BOOTS back! Okada staggers, but turns around into a FLYING BODY CHECK! Jonah then drags Okada up to POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up again! Jonah vows to end this now, and he drags Okada up! Jonah reels Okada in, gets him up, but Okada RANAS free! Okada dodges the lariat to DROPKICK Jonah down! Fans fire up with Okada and he SCOOP SLAMS Jonah!! That was better than Hogan and Andre! Fans are thunderous and Okada climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Fans are thunderous for the zoom out!

Okada drags Jonah up, ripcords, but Jonah dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Okada stays up so Jonah runs, into a DROPKICK! Okada got even more air than usual! Okada hurries to drag Jonah up by his arm, but Jonah throws elbows to avoid the ripcord! Okada waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX?! And he holds on to drag Jonah up, RAIN- NO, Jonah dodges, but swings into the DISCUS- NO, Jonah blocks the lariat! And the other one, to HEADBUTT Okada! And HEADBUTT, HEADBUTT, and HEADBUTT! Okada staggers, Jonah HEADBUTTS again!! Jonah throws off the elbow pads, runs the ropes, JONAH BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!??!

Fans are electric as we’re past 20 minutes! There’s only 10 minutes left to shake up the block! Jonah drags Okada up, puts him in a corner, then hoists him up top. Jonah CHOPS, then positions Okada before climbing up! Jonah brings Okada up as fans rally, but Okada resists the superplex! Okada throws body shots, then ROCKS Jonah with forearm after forearm! An UPPERCUT sends Jonah down, Okada leaps, MISSILE- POWEBOMB!! Jonah isn’t done with Okada, either! Jonah drags Okada up for the BLACK FOREST BOMB!! And then he goes to the corner!! Jonah is up top, TORPEDO SPLASH!!! Cover, JONAH WINS!!!

Winner: Jonah, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Okada earns 0)

Okada’s first loss is Jonah’s biggest win!! Perhaps the biggest win of the whole G1! Okada is no longer first in the A Block, will he be able to recover in these last two rounds? As for Jonah, he stands over Okada as Red Shoes raises his hand in victory. Then he gets the mic while Okada is still being helped out of the ring. Jonah tells Okada, “Little Kazu, I told you. I told you I would beat you, and I did!” Fans applaud that because it is true. Jonah says he wants to speak to all of Osaka, and to the rest of the world. Jonah will sit on the apron TMDK style.

Tito joins Jonah and Jonah introduces him. Jonah says hi to Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls, then says, “I wanna speak a little bit about time. You see, one year ago, I was given some news. I was told ‘no,’ and it was heartbreaking. And for many, that would keep them down. But not for me. Because I have fighting spirit, just like all of you in Japan. And one year later, to the day, I beat the best wrestler in the world!” Jonah doesn’t see time as a linear thing. The past, the present and the future are all happening at once, and they say that if you shine a light bright enough, it will shine for millions of years. And for Jonah, he shined the brightest light ever beating Okada, and it will shine forever!

Jonah is the best Superheavyweight in the world! He is the Top Dog! He is MIGHTY, and The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Mic drop and Jonah is now leading the way! Will Jonah be the Top Dog of the ENTIRE G1 with this win?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • JONAH: 3-1, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

What an awesome event for the G1! A very good match from Henare and Evil, but I should’ve figured Evil would win. Henare is already out of the running so he doesn’t need another win, and Evil might still have an outside shot. As I just said last night, Zack Sabre Jr needs to beat Naito and Evil to even stay alive in the C Block, so Evil could at least play spoilers for ZSJ. Of course, Tanahashi would have to lose to both Goto and Kenta, so his fate isn’t in his hands alone. Lawlor gets a great win off Fale as the underdog, but both men are still alive in this. Lawlor is part of Okada’s last stretch, and Fale only has Jonah left.

Juice VS ELP was great stuff, especially with it starting out comical. But of course, something happens to make it turn chippy, and it was a very clever play for Juice to win by disqualification. ELP doesn’t look weak from it, but he is still out of the running, which was bound to happen as he’s not a heavyweight just yet. Ishii VS Chase was a great match, especially since neither of them are in the running. It was basically them just fighting to show they are worthy of opportunities after the G1, such as the NEVER Openweight or that rather complex US Championship picture. And of course, we got an awesome main event from Okada and Jonah. It was especially awesome because Jonah won!

I didn’t expect that, but now only Jay White is 4-0, everyone else leads their blocks at 3-1. Jonah winning also shakes things up, as Jonah has Archer this Tuesday, 8/9, and then Fale in the very last round on Tuesday, 8/16. If Jonah wins both of those, he is in without question because even if Okada beats Lawlor this Wednesday and Archer on 8/16, the tie goes to Jonah. And it would be pretty awesome if Jonah met Jay White in the semifinals to really shake up the title scene.

My Score: 9.1/10


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G1 continues to raise the stakes!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

A growing rivalry writes a new, fiery chapter!

From BOSJ to New Japan Cup to G1 Climax, Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi have battled for prize after prize! And once more, the Commonwealth Kingpin and the Dragon clash with a lot on the line!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Tomohiro Ishii, Tama Tonga, David Finlay, Ryohei Oiwa VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs VS Aaron Henare & Jeff Cobb; Henare & Cobb win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Okada & Tanahashi win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS El Phantasmo; Hashi wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hirooki Goto VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Great-O-Khan VS Jay White; White wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
  • JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 1-2, 2 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 3-0, 6 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-2, 2 points
  • Chase Owens: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-1, 4 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 2-1, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 1-2, 2 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 1-2, 2 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
  • El Phantasmo: 1-1, 2 points
  • Juice Robinson: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS El Phantasmo!

Two men that are 1-1 in the block battle for a very important tiebreaker! But will it be the Headhunter or the Headbanga that keeps up with the front of the pack?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Hashi powers ELP back, puts him on the ropes, and lets off with pats on the shoulder. But ELP avoids the chop and struts about. Fans rally as ELP and Hashi reset. They tie up again, are in another deadlock, and Hashi powers ELP back again. ELP turns things around to put Hashi on the ropes, and ELP lets off, to CHOP! Hashi doesn’t flinch, but ELP dodges his chop! ELP headlocks, Hashi powers out and they ram shoulders! Neither falls, so ELP runs. They RAM shoulders again, but still neither falls. Hashi pushes ELP, ELP shoves Hashi back.

ELP winds up, but he pokes Hashi in the eyes! ELP stomps a foot, runs and runs Hashi over! ELP flexes and fans fire up, but things speed up. Hashi hurdles, keeps moving, BLOCKBUSTER! ELP writhes and gets to ropes, but Hashi is right on him. Hashi CLUBS ELP and fans rally up. Hashi CHOPS ELP down, then waist on ELP to get up. Hashi whips ELP to ropes but ELP holds ropes. ELP RANAS Hashi out of the ring and fans fire up as he builds speed! But then ELP fakes Hashi out with a slide! ELP goes around to TRIANGLE JUMP CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Hashi is down at the ramp! ELP dusts himself off as fans rally.

ELP drags Hashi up to ROCK him with a right. ELP goes up to the apron, but Hashi anchors the feet! ELP CLUBS and SLAPS Hashi, kicks him away, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Another direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up while the ref checks on Hashi. Hashi is okay to continue so ELP puts him in the ring. Fans rally up and ELP climbs the ropes for the SWANTON onto knees! Hashi saves himself and ELP writhes in the corner! Fans rally again and Hashi shakes out his arms. Hashi brings ELP around to ROCK with forearm after forearm! ELP sits down but Hashi slaps him around. Hashi eggs ELP on and ELP grits his teeth.

ELP ROCKS Hashi again and again, but Hashi CHOPS him back down! Hashi eggs ELP on again, then whips him corner to corner! ELP staggers into a back drop! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags ELP up. Hashi wrenches and CLUBS the arm, but ELP CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS ELP off his feet! Hashi sits ELP up to dig his knee into ELP’s back with the chinlock. ELP endures, fights up, and fans rally. ELP throws elbows and body shots, then ROCKS Hashi with a forearm. ELP runs, ducks a lariat, but Hashi ducks back, only for ELP to DROPKICK Hashi down! Fans fire up as both men are down.

Hashi goes to a corner, ELP goes to the opposite. ELP storms over to Hashi and drags him up in the corner. ELP forearms, CHOPS, repeat! And again, and again, and again! The ref counts the ropebreak but ELP fires forearm after forearm! ELP stops at 4, then he drags Hashi back up. ELP whips, Hashi reverses and runs in, but ELP goes up and over! ELP ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally again as Hashi stays in this. ELP stands up, slashes the throat and drags Hashi up. ELP reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, but Hashi wrenches out to a cradle, TWO!!

Hashi CHOPS! ELP drops to a knee, Hashi stands him up, to CHOP again! ELP drops to another knee, but then he gets around to straitjacket! Hashi fights off the torture rack but ELP knees low. ELP runs but Hashi dropkicks the leg out! ELP ends up spiked on his head! Fans are thunderous as Hashi and ELP slowly rise. ELP staggers about, Hashi runs in at the corner, and Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi whips, to CHOP and mule kick! Then a turn for the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi now and Hashi stalks ELP to ropes. Hashi runs in again to CHOP ELP all the way up and out of the ring!

Hashi sees he has a target and fans are thunderous! Hashi builds speed, to FLY!! Direct hit at the ramp and Hashi is pumped up! Hashi drags ELP up, brings him around and puts him in the ring. Fans fire up as Hashi sits ELP up and runs to basement dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi drags ELP up. Hashi fisherman’s suplexes but ELP blocks it! ELP SLAPS Hashi, and again and again and again! Hashi shouts at ELP so ELP ENZIGURIS! Hashi staggers away but he comes back with a LARIAT! Fans fire up again while both men are down! ELP and Hashi stir, and ELP crawls after Hashi to throw a forearm!

ELP throws another forearm, and then throws off his elbow pads to really hit some shots! And again, and again! Hashi fires them all back! And then CHOPS! ELP staggers, returns, crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO! ELP atomic drops and scoop SLAMS! ELP goes to the corner and climbs up! FALLING AX HANDLES! ELP goes to another corner to tune up the band! Fans clap along as ELP takes aim, but Hashi ducks the kick! SNAP DRAGON! ELP is right up but Hashi runs, into a BOOT! Hashi still CHOPS! But ELP SUPERKICKS first! But both men are down on the mat! Fans fire up while the ref checks Hashi.

Hashi is somehow conscious but ELP drags him back up! ELP straitjackets, torture racks, U F O!! And then ELP goes to the corner, climbs back up, THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hashi shocks everyone, especially ELP! Fans are electric as ELP hurries back to his feet. ELP lashes his throat, drags Hashi up and tucks those arms, but Hashi trips to a jackknife! TWO!!! ELP and Hashi scramble up, ELP runs in to BOOT! ELP runs but Hashi follows to LRIAT! Hashi suckers ELP into a SUPERKICK!! And then the LARIAT!! Hashi roars, hauls ELP up, KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!??! ELP survives and shocks Hashi right back!

Osaka is electric all over again as Hashi gets ELP back up! Hashi full nelsons, but ELP switches and rolls up with tights! TWO, Hashi hits a DESTROYER!! ELP flounders up into the spin, pump handle, KARMA!!! Cover, Hashi wins!!!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

You would think that was the finals with how hard they fought! But really, it was just so that Hashi could be 2-1! And this is his first 2-1 start EVER! Is this a sign that Hashi will #TurnItAllAround and head for the semifinals? As for ELP, he has a short turnaround, can he rebound quick when his next match is tomorrow?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Lance Archer!

The Producer is out of the running with his 1-3 record, but he can still play spoiler! Will Yano drag the Murderhawk Monster down? Or will he suffer a Blackout in Osaka?

Archer makes his way out from the other side where the fans are! And then he CLOBBERS a Young Lion! And then another Young Lion! This is definitely feeling like Killer Elite Suzuki-Gun Archer tonight! And that explains why Yano looks so scared in his entrance. Archer invites him into the ring and Yano is almost in tears. Yano still gets in the ring, has his very long introduction, and says, “Kowai! <Scary!>” Yano wants the check skipped, and asks why Archer is so scary. Archer wants the DVD but Yano says no! Archer steps forward and says ring the bell! The bell rings, Yano avoids Archer as much as he can.

Archer tells Yano to stop running away. Yano says okay, fine, and they approach. But Yano avoids the grapple and again says, “I knew he was scary!” Archer storms up on Yano but Yano uses the ropes as defense. Archer is getting annoyed but Yano gets the fans rallying. Archer tells the fans to stop encouraging him! Yano hits an atomic drop, but it doesn’t work when Archer’s that much taller! Archer CLUBS Yano down! Archer laughs as he whips Yano to a corner! Archer runs in but Yano runs away! And he unties the other corner’s pad. But Archer CROSSBODIES Yano and the pad! Archer tosses the pad, insulting the sponsor that’s on it!

Archer stomps Yano, and decides to play the game. Archer undoes another buckle pad and tosses it at a Young Lion. Yano SLAPS Archer, but Archer just gets angrier. Yano apologies but kicks low. Yano whips, Archer reverses and BOOTS Yano down! Archer pursues Yano out of the ring, then whips him into railing! Yano flops down while Archer refreshes the count. Archer says he can also play the spare tape game! Archer uses wrist tape to wrap Yano to the railing! Fans can’t believe Archer’s getting Yano with his own tricks! The ring count climbs and Yano freaks out! The count is 7 of 20, but Yano has SCISSORS!

The count is 11, then 15! Yano cuts the tape but those scissors suck! It’s already 17 of 20! Yano scrambles in at 19.99!! Archer stomps away on Yano, then grabs the DVD. There’s still no disc in there! Archer SMACKS Yano with the case, then he and Yano each untie the last buckle pads! Yano SMACKS Archer first! Archer drops his pad, Yano SMACKS him again! Yano curses his luck as he SMACKS Archer again. Archer CLOBBERS Yano, then tosses the pads! Archer pursues Yano to the outside again, to CANNONBALL! But Yano uses a Young Lion as a shield! Direct hit on Yuto Nakashima, and Archer realizes what happened!

But then, where’d Yano go? Under the ring! The ref can’t find Yano, though, and Yano sneaks up behind Archer to LOW BLOW! Yano TOSSES Nakashima?! And then puts him through railing, and then drags Archer over! Yano tapes Archer and Nakashima together!! Archer thrashes Nakashima to get him through the gap! The count is 12 of 20, Archer has to drag the dead weight along! We’re at 15 of 20, Archer and Nakashima get in at 18! Yano kicks Archer, runs, but into a DOUBLE LARIAT! Archer unwraps the arms, but he doesn’t want the ref helping. Archer is free, and he drags Nakashima up, to scoop and SLAM him on Yano!

Yano crawls away and fans fire up! Archer tells Nakashima this is his fault! Archer drags Nakashima up and tells the ref to leave him alone. Archer tells Nakashima he’s gonna pay for almost costing him this match. CHOKE SLAM for Nakashima! Archer then kicks Nakashima out, and runs back at Yano. But into bare buckles! Yano goes to another corner, Archer runs at him but no, more buckles! Yano whips Archer into yet more buckles! Archer reverses the whip, Yano stops himself an dodges, more bare buckles! CHOP BLOCK, roll up, TWO!! Archer survives all that steel, but Yano drags him up. Archer clamps on a claw, but Yano breaks free!

Yano dodges Archer, shoves the ref, and LOW BLOWS Archer again! Roll up, TWO!! Archer survives again! Fans rally up and Yano hurries to run. But Archer DERAILS him! Archer snarls and fans rally up again. Archer stomps around, but that kinda hurts the groin. Fans clap but also chuckle as Archer works to tune up the band. Yano stands, Archer choke grips, but Yano breaks free! Archer BOOTS him, blocks a boot, but then Yano rakes eyes! Yano goes up but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! And then the inverted crucifix, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)

Well, if Yano wasn’t out before, he’s definitely out now. Out cold, that is! Will Archer use this win to stay alive in the block?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hirooki Goto VS Zack Sabre Jr!

Hiroshi Tanahashi’s victory yesterday puts him at the front of the block, but that’s only for now. Will the Fierce Warrior keep pace with The Ace? Or will he #JustTapOut and give up his spot to the Submission Master?

The bell rings and fans rally as Goto and ZSJ circle. They feel things out, tie up, back away and ZSJ tries his leg guard. Goto stays clear, ZSJ resets with him, and they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. They’re in a deadlock but Goto uses his size to push ZSJ to ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak, ZSJ clinches but then lets off. Goto lets off slowly, too, but ZSJ pie faces him! ZSJ then headbutts low, headlocks tight, but Goto endures as ZSJ thrashes him around. Goto fights up, powers out, and he RAMS shoulders with ZSJ! ZSJ staggers back but he eggs Goto on. Goto runs, RAMS ZSJ, and ZSJ staggers to ropes! ZSJ comes back to EuroUpper!

ZSJ runs again, rams shoulders, but Goto rebounds to run ZSJ over! Fans fire up as ZSJ bails out of the ring. ZSJ gets in, Goto whips but ZSJ reverses. Goto reverses a hip toss to a hip toss, and ZSJ bails out again. Goto goes out to fetch ZSJ, covers, TWO! Goto covers again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Fans applaud while ZSJ tells the ref to shut up. Goto stomps ZSJ, clamps on a chinlock and bends him back. ZSJ pries at the fingers but Goto thrashes him. Goto digs his elbow in and JAMS ZSJ in the forehead. Goto then stomps ZSJ, drags him back up, and fans rally. Goto bumps ZSJ off buckles and stomps him down.

Goto digs his boot in but ZSJ pushes the foot away. Goto drags ZSJ up to CLUB him down, and then whips ZSJ corner to corner. ZSJ goes up and around, but into a fireman’s carry! ZSJ kicks and gets to the apron, for a ROPE SLEEPER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4, to get a ROPE ARMBAR! The ref counts again, and ZSJ lets off at 4. ZSJ drags Goto out, whips him to railings, but Goto rebounds, into a BOOT! ZSJ puts the arm in the railing to BOOT the railing and jam the arm! Fans fire up with ZSJ, and ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath. ZSJ then digs his forearm into Goto’s face while getting the arm.

ZSJ bends the fingers, isolates the arm, and STOMPS it! ZSJ gets in the ring and eggs “dickhead” Goto on. ZSJ wants the ring count so the ref starts it. Goto shakes out his bad arm while the count climbs to 5 of 20. Goto sits up at 9, stands at 11, shakes out his arm again and gets in the ring at 14. ZSJ digs his knee right into Goto’s ribs, then wraps the bad arm around the ropes! The ref reprimands, ZSJ lets off but then pulls harder! ZSJ finally lets go and Goto gets back out. ZSJ is right after Goto to put him right back in. Fans applaud and ZSJ storms around Goto. Fans rally, ZSJ sits Goto up for a PENALTY KICK!

ZSJ paces around, sits Goto up again and PENALTY KICKS! ZSJ stands on Goto’s chest for a cover, TWO! ZSJ gives Goto toying kicks, then drags him up again. ZSJ EuroUppers and Goto staggers, but Goto kicks back. ZSJ EuroUppers again and again until Goto falls over! Fans fire up while ZSJ catches his breath again. ZSJ drags Goto up by his bad arm and twists the wrist. ZSJ knuckle locks to twist Goto’s arm more and more, then ZSJ WRINGS it out! Goto sputters while ZSJ dares him to get up. Fans rally, ZSJ taunts Goto, and ZSJ kicks Goto around. Goto eggs ZSJ on now and ZSJ KICKS him more and more!

ZSJ taunts Goto, so Goto CHOPS him! And ROCKS him with forearms! And then CHOPS again! ZSJ BOOTS Goto but Goto snarls and runs! Into another BOOT! Wrench and ARM PELE! But Goto LARIATS right back! Fans rally up as both men are down again. ZSJ gets to a corner and Goto is at center. Goto runs in to fire off forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in and MURAMASAS, for the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Goto drags ZSJ up. Goto fireman’s carries but ZSJ fights it! ZSJ wrenches the bad arm, BOOTS it, then EuroUppers hard! Goto staggers, ZSJ EuroUppers again! ZSJ brings Goto back around for another EuroUpper!

Goto DECKS ZSJ with a forearm! Goto drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ EuroUppers! Goto ROCKS ZSJ, but ZSJ shakes out his head. ZSJ comes back to EuroUpper! Goto throws a forearm, ZSJ throws a forearm, and fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! Goto gets the edge and he ROCKS ZSJ! But ZSJ uppercuts the arm! ZSJ runs, Goto follows, but ZSJ gets around, to the COBRA TWIST! Fans fire up as Goto endures the hold! Goto fights his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets Goto go quickly, to then reel him in for a full nelson! Goto breaks that but ZSJ GERMAN SUPLEXES! Goto gets up, ZSJ BOOTS him, but Goto gets ZSJ in a full nelson, then URA G T R!

Fans fire up again as both men are down! Goto and ZSJ slowly rise, and Goto drags ZSJ up. Goto KICKS ZSJ in the chest and ZSJ falls over. Goto sits ZSJ up to KICK him back down! Goto keeps ZSJ up to kick him again! And again! And again! ZSJ flops down but he refuses to stop here. So Goto drags ZSJ up to line up a shot, only for ZSJ to block the kick! ANKLE LOCK, full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans rally up! ZSJ goes to a corner and he aims as Goto slowly sits up. ZSJ runs in to PEANLTU KIKC, but Goto blocks! ZSJ SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS Goto, then fires off more SLAPS! But Goto HEADBUTTS ZSJ down!

Goto waits on ZSJ to stand, and then he KICKS ZSJ down! Goto drags ZSJ right up, fireman’s carries, but ZSJ moves around to get a GUILLOTINE! Goto is caught, but he powers out to the fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Goto and ZSJ crawl to each other, but Goto drags ZSJ up first! Dragon sleeper, but ZSJ drops to victory roll, then EURO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Goto escapes, ZSJ hurries to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE?!?! ZSJ hurries to run in again, into a LARIAT!! Cover, ONE!!! Fans are thunderous again as both men stay in this! Goto and ZSJ go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.

Goto runs but ZSJ catches him! Goto fights off the takedown but ZSJ hits a FLYING ARMBAR! And then he gets a leg! ZSJ has both arm and leg, Goto flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! ZSJ lets off fast in frustration, and fans rally up again. ZSJ stands Goto up to KICK him, then EuroUpper! ZSJ runs corner to corner, but Goto puts him in the corner! DRAPING SHOUTO!! But Goto’s bad arm holds him back! Fans fire up as Goto gets back up and he aims again. ZSJ sits up, Goto KICKS him back down! Then the fireman’s carry, for G T W!! But again, the bad arm! Goto crawls to the cover, TWO!!

ZSJ and Goto are down again and fans fire back up! Goto drags ZSJ back up, dragon sleepers, G T- NO, ZSJ slips around, ARMBAR! Goto stays up, stomps and kicks ZSJ but ZSJ drags Goto back down to the DISARMER!!! Goto taps, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)

ZSJ makes the Fierce Warrior #JustTapOut! Will Goto start to fall from the top? And while ZSJ is 3-1, he is still behind The Ace. The Submission Master will have to be flawless from this point on, can he do it?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Great-O-Khan VS Jay White!

The Dominator has been anything but dominant with his 1-2 record. But he could shake up the entire G1 right here! Will Khan conquer the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will even he Breathe with the Switchblade?

Almost uncharacteristically, Khan stands outside the ring as his opponent makes his entrance. But at the same time, this is the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. Khan then gets in the ring during the introductions, and White applauds as the Young Lion takes the title. White shows off the muscles and fans applaud. And of course, White and Gedo Too Sweet. The bell rings Khan rushes in but White scrambles away in a panic! White laughs that off and goes to No Man’s Land to catch his breath. White admits Khan almost had him there. White then returns to the ring, and he circles with Khan. Khan sits down, daring White to try something.

Khan rolls around with his leg guard but White uses the ropes as defense. White doesn’t understand that technique! Khan dares White to come back, and even bawks like a chicken! White says he’s not a chicken, he’s a super champion! White storms up on Khan, but Khan trips him up! Khan floats to a headlock but White kicks and flails! Khan waistlocks, rolls White around, then bridge covers, TWO! Khan gets an arm but White gets the ropebreak! White shouts for the ref, the ref shouts for the ropebreak, and Khan lets go. White then argues with the ref that he needs to call ropebreaks faster!

White rushes Khan and CLOBBERS him! White CLUBS Khan, headlocks, but Khan powers out and runs White over! Khan dusts himself off, and has the THRONE CRADLE! Cover, TWO! BASEMENT BOOT! Cover, TWO! Gedo complains, White crawls to a corner, and Khan storms after him. White grabs the post but Khan drags him back in. Khan bumps White off buckles, then says we’ll see how the champion feels, after Khan sits on his head! Fans fire up but Khan has them hush. Too Sweet spank! Khan then grabs the arms to pull them back! The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4 and White flops out of the ring.

Fans rally as Khan goes out to fetch White. Khan RAMS White into railing, much like White would do! Khan then drags White up, tells Gedo to get out of the way, and he whips White hard into railing! Gedo protests but Khan has him stay back. Khan puts White in the ring, White claims his eye is bothering him, and Gedo grabs Khan’s legs! Khan BOOTS Gedo into railing! But White gets the legs to SLAM them on the apron! And again! And again! White CLUBS away on the leg, then helps Gedo up. But now Khan BOOTS White into the railing! White scrambles back up to ANKLE LOCK in the ropes! And HALF CRAB!

The ref counts, White lets off at 4, and Khan clutches his leg! White stomps Khan over and over, then he drags Khan up to put in the corner. White stomps a mudhole in, then goes out to move his things aside. White gets Khan’s leg to SLAM them into the post! And again! White checks on Gedo, but Khan BOOTS White all the way back into No Man’s Land! Gedo is shocked! Fans rally up, White crawls his way back into the ring, and he hurries to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! White paces, eggs Khan on and then mocks the zombie walk. White throws up a Too Sweet, but Khan wraps up a leg! White rakes Khan’s eyes to stop that!

The ref reprimands but White says shut up, Khan gets plenty of time for his stuff! White gets Khan’s leg but Khan CLUBS him away. White kicks the leg, then Too Sweet CHOPS! Too Sweet CHOP! White whips but Khan blocks! Khan whips White to a corner, but White BOOTS back! White swings but misses, Khan sayanagis White down! Fans rally up, White goes to a corner, and Khan runs in to clothesline! Khan dribbles White off the buckle pad again and again, then SLAM DUNKS! Khan runs but his bad leg stops him! So Khan hobbles back to White to gut wrench and suplex! Cover, TWO! Khan is annoyed but White survives.

Khan drags White up, for HITSUJIGOROSHI! White scrambles to get the ROPEBREAK! Khan lets go at 4, and White flops to the apron. Khan drags White back up, climbs up the corner, but White blocks the lift! White throws elbows over and over and then CLUBS Khan down. White has Khan’s leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Khan writhes while White mocks Tanahashi’s air guitar. White tells Khan he has no idea who he’s in here with. Khan gets to a corner, White runs in to uppercut! White then brings Khan out, but Khan blocks the suplex! White still gets Khan up for a BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but White argues the count again. White wants a faster count but the ref says his count is fair. White drags Khan up, reels him in, but Khan fights the clinch. White CHOP BLOCKS! White drags Khan by his ponytail, then reels him back in. But Khan RAMS White into a corner! White kicks a leg! Too Sweet CHOP! That was a sharp one and Khan staggers back. But Khan fires up, only to swing into a COMPLETE SHOT! White then deadlift waistlocks for the GERMAN SUPLEX! “Rock that baby!” Fans rally for Khan but White drags him up by his ponytail again. White stands Khan up, reels him in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!!

White is frustrated, as is Gedo, but the ref says his count is fair. White drags Khan by his ponytail and has the sleeper! Fans fire up as Khan fights the suplex, but White CLUBS away on Khan’s back! White puts on the sleeper again but ducks the back elbow. Khan clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Khan stands, he waits on White, but White gets around to waistlock. Khan throws White, White CHOPS, runs, and he blocks a boot! KNEE BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Gedo wants White to break that leg, so White gets the legs tied up, TTO!! Well, maybe it’s a KTO, a Khan Tap Out!

But Khan crawls to the ROPEBREAK with this mouth!! White lets go in frustration but the fans fire up! White taunts Khan but Khan eggs White on, too! White mockingly asks if Khan needs help up. Khan takes the help, and both men egg each other on. Too Sweet CHOP! Khan shakes his head so White CHOPS again! Khan Mongolian Chops and White falls right down! Fans fire up, White gets up and he CHOPS again! And again! And again! And again! White taunts the tough guy, so Khan IRON CLAWS! White kicks low and clamps on a sleeper, but Khan elbows free! White rebounds, but Khan avoids the chop block to HELL STAB!

Fans fire up as White falls down! Khan roars, gets his bad leg moving, and Khan Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! White falls over and Gedo is freaking out! Khan drags White back up, but White swings at the legs. Khan dodges that, and the lariat, to BOOT White down! Khan then drags White up, scoops him, but White slips off to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans fire up again while both men are down! White drags Khan up, slashes his throat, and reels Khan in, IRON CLAW!! But White CLAWS Khan! But Khan slips out, HITSUJIGOROSHI! White endures, reaches out, but Khan scoops for a BACKBREAKER!

HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA!! White endures the stretching Sheep Killer, flails and reaches, but he’s fading! Khan is SMOTHERING White with that claw! Gedo panics but fans rally as Khan then drags White up! ELIMI- NO White gets around to the sleeper! But Khan IRON CLAWS anyway! White thrashes, kicks, breaks free, but gets the IRON FIST!! The ref reprimands but the fans are loving this! Khan drags White back up with the IRON CLAW! But White clips the bad leg! BLADERUNNER!! But the claw is still on! White breaks free, pushes to the cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator couldn’t hit the Eliminator, and now he is the one ELIMINATED from the running! The Switchblade is 4-0, will he make this the biggest Jay1 ever?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi!

From the Best of the Super Juniors to the New Japan Cup to Wrestling Dontaku and G1s past, we’ve seen these two rise up the ranks and go from the Aerial Assassin and Muscle Hawk to the Commonwealth Kingpin and Rampaging Dragon! But what matters most is what you’ve done lately! Will this newest chapter be punctuated by Ospreay or Takagi standing tall?

The bell rings, fans rally up, “TA-KA-GI!” “O-SU-PREAY!” The two approach carefully, feel out the grapple, then tie up. Ospreay wrenches to a wristlock, but Takagi wrenches back. Takagi hammerlocks, Ospreay reaches back to get a headlock. Takagi powers up but Ospreay holds tight! Fans applaud and rally again as Takagi fights up. Takagi powers up and out, Ospreay RAMS him, but Takagi rebounds to run him over! Ospreay kips up but Takagi just runs him over again! Takagi stands Ospreay up to JAB, then whip corner to corner. Ospreay goes up and over to arm-drag! But Takagi avoids the dropkick! Ospreay avoids the senton to BOOT!

Ospreay whips and runs in but misses in the corner, and Takagi hits a BIG hip toss! Takagi clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee in. Ospreay endures so Takagi JAMS him with the knee. Takagi has the motorcycle stretch but Ospreay fights up. Ospreay gets to the corner and Takagi lets off, to RAM Ospreay in the back. Takagi brings Ospreay around to whip and KNEE him against the ropes. Takagi suplexes high and hard and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Takagi wraps on a body scissors squeeze! Ospreay endures, throws some elbows, and then crawls his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Takagi gives one more squeeze before letting go.

Takagi cravats, stands Ospreay up, but Ospreay throws body shots,. Takagi cravats to throw knees! Ospreay CHOPS Takagi back! Ospreay whips, runs in to back elbow in the corner, then runs, into an ELOBW! JAB! YUKON feint to the DDT, but Ospreay handspring through?! To DROPKICK Takagi out! Fans fire up as Ospreay PLANCHAS! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans rally and Ospreay gets to his feet. Ospreay puts Takagi in, stalks Takagi and brings him up to throw haymakers. Takagi goes to ropes, Ospreay CLUBS him, and then CHOPS him! Ospreay corners Takagi, HEADBUTTS away on him, then paces around.

Fans rally up, Ospreay drags Takagi up and wrenches to scoop, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Takagi crawls to the apron and fans rally up. Ospreay stands on Takagi’s face but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Ospreay brings Takagi up but Takagi throws body shots! Ospreay DECKS Takagi, covers, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed, and he drags Takagi back up. Takagi fights the suplex, then turns things around to suplex Ospreay to the apron! Ospreay ROCKS Takagi, bumps him off buckles, then takes aim! PIP PIP- NO, Takagi gets under to ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Takagi leans on ropes and fans rally back up. Takagi runs to run Ospreay over, then scoop and SLAM! Takagi whips, Ospreay holds ropes and kicks back! Ospreay runs, but into the back drop! Fans fire up, Ospreay stands and Takagi clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up, Takagi goes out and stomps Ospreay down. Takagi puts Ospreay in, fans rally up more, and Takagi runs in at the corner. Takagi blocks a boot, LARIATS, then fires off forearms over and over and over! Takagi brings Ospreay out, Ospreay blocks the suplex, so Takagi hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Takagi looks to the cameras and says there’s more to come!

Takagi drags Ospreay up, hooks him up, but Ospreay fights the Gory Especial. Ospreay CHOPS Takagi, whips but Takagi reverses to wrench Ospreay’s arm into the hooks. But Takagi then uses that to spin Ospreay into a suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE from Ospreay! Takagi staggers away to a corner and fans fire up! Ospreay catches his breath, runs in at the corner, but Takagi puts him on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Takagi, then PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grits his teeth, drags Takagi back up and wrenches the arm to CHOP! And CHOP! Then KOWATA KICKS! Takagi headbutts the buckle to fire up!

Fans fire up as Takagi eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay gives him more Kowata Kicks! Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, but Takagi stops him! CLUB to the torture rack, BLOOD- NO, Ospreay lands on his feet! But Takagi ducks the Penalty Kick, Ospreay MOONSAULTS onto knees! Fans fire up for how well Takagi knows Ospreay! Fans rally as both men slowly sit up. Takagi is on Ospreay first with ELBOW after ELBOW raining down! The fans clap along, then Takagi runs for the SLIDING- NO, Ospreay ducks, but Takagi dodges! Ospreay whips, Takagi reverses, Ospreay handsprings, into a GERMAN! But Ospreay lands on his feet!

Ospreay DROPKICKS Takagi but Takagi rebounds off ropes, PUMPING- NO, Ospreay slips through the lariat to reel Takagi in and lift, but Takagi slips out! Ospreay dodges, handsprings, NEURALIZER! But Takagi stays up to SLINDING- NO, Ospreay dodges to BUZZSAW!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous after that fast and furious exchange! Ospreay and Takagi slowly stir, and Takagi drags himself up the corner. Fans rally up, “TA-KA-GI!” “O-SU-PREAY!” Ospreay runs in to BOOT Takagi in the corner! Ospreay pops Takagi up the corner, CLUBS him down, then climbs up from the outside!

Ospreay is on the very top as he goes for Takagi, and has the underhooks! Takagi fights free and ELBOWS Ospreay to the apron! Takagi turns around, drags Ospreay up, but Ospreay ROCKS him! Ospreay springboards but Takagi catches him to a fireman’s carry! Ospreay throws elbows but Takagi holds on! But Ospreay throws fast body shots! Ospreay backflips off the top, Takagi BOOTS but Ospreay GAMANGIRIS! Ospreay adjusts, climbs up again, and has Takagi for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous, and Ospreay goes back up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Takagi up to throw hands!

Takagi clamps onto a leg to keep Ospreay from running. Ospreay uses that to bring Takagi up for boxing elbows! ROLLING ELBOW! And then the underhooks! Takagi blocks the lift, and back drops! Ospreay lands on his feet to HOOK KICK! Ospreay aims from a corner, runs in, HIDDEN- ARMBAR!?!? Takagi catches the blade, pries the hands apart, ARM SNAPPER!! Ospreay clutches his arm and fans fire up! Takagi drags Ospreay by his arm to SLAM the arm on the mat! Ospreay goes to the apron but Takagi drags him back in. Ospreay throws forearms but his left is weaker. Takagi ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay tries to use his right but that just hurts Ospreay!

Takagi throws a forearm, Ospreay throws a forearm, but that keeps doing double damage to Ospreay! Takagi CLUBS and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then wrenches it to an ELBOW BREAKER! Takagi runs, but Ospreay ducks! PUMPING LARIAT but Ospreay flips through! Ospreay springboards, TAKAGI CUTTER!! Takagi then shoves Ospreay to ropes, POP UP DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Takagi gets moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives even as Takagi pulls out new tricks! Fans are electric and Takagi shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi gets up and drags Ospreay back up.

Takagi pump handles, lifts, but then shifts to underhook! Takagi gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips off! Takagi ducks the roundhouse to pump handle, but Ospreay switches that onto Takagi! MADE IN ENGLAND!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives his stolen move, but Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Takagi survives and fans are thunderous again! Ospreay sits Takagi up and goes to the corner, but then Takagi flops down. Ospreay shakes out his arm while fans rally hard as ever! “O-SU-PREAY!” grits his teeth while “TA-KA-GI!” flounders. Ospreay kicks Takagi around, sits him up and KICKS him!

Takagi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay KICKS him more. Ospreay gives more Kowata Kicks, but Takagi blocks one! But Ospreay JABS! BUZZSAW and HEEL KICK! Ospreay aims for the corner, but Takagi POISON-RANAS?!? Fans are thunderous but Ospreay wobbles to HIDDEN BLADE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Both men are down as Ospreay clutches his bad arm! Ospreay crawls to the cover, TWO!! Takagi survives but Ospreay shakes his arm. Ospreay fires up, fans are thunderous, and Ospreay hooks Takagi up. But the bad arm won’t let Ospreay complete the underhooks! He has to half it, but Takagi slips off to ROCK and LARIAT!

Ospreay staggers to a corner, he BOOTS, ENZIGURIS and HOOK KICKS!! Then HEEL KICK!! Fans are fired up as  this passes 20 minutes, meaning there are only 10 left! Ospreay goes up the corner, SUPER- BACKSLIDE! TWO!! Takagi runs, PUMPING- SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay hurries to aim again as Takagi sits up, but Takagi ducks the blade to LARIAT! cover, ONE!!! Takagi swats the lariat, JABS, then swats another to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Takagi hurries to run, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are electric as Takagi and Ospreay stagger. SLIDING FOREARM from Takagi, then the pump handle! LAST OF THE DRAGON!!! Cover, TAKAGI WINS!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ospreay earns 0)

Another instant classic, and it is the Dragon that slays the Kingpin this time! Will Ospreay be able to recover and fight his way to the top? Or is he already checking out of the semifinals? As for Takagi, he shows the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion respect as one of his rivals. Then he gets the mic to say, “This G1 Climax is neck and neck right now. But I told you before: if there’s a chance, I’m not giving up! Whatever happens, I’ll stand by my word until the very end!” Fans applaud that, but Takagi admits, today’s points didn’t come easily. Last year, Ospreay had Takagi’s number. Ospreay retained the title against Takagi in Wrestling Dontaku.

In many ways, Takagi felt he was “in stasis” since that loss. But today’s win helps Takagi make a brand new start! Fans applaud that, too. Takagi then says, “Oi, Osaka.  OI, OSAKA! Oh, I better not try that again. My head…” But Osaka is often a turning point for Takagi. It was in Osaka when Takagi first declared his intent on entering the G1. And it was in Osaka during that G1 that he had his one and only 1v1 match with Tetsuya Naito! And above all, it was in Osaka that Takagi won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship last year!

Fans applaud those accomplishment, and Takagi says what he’s getting at is quite simple: Takagi’s win in Osaka today will be his turning point in this G1! “This dragon will rampage to a G1 victory!” Takagi drops the mic and kneels in respect to Osaka. Will Osaka be Takagi’s gateway to the G1 trophy?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
  • JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 1-2, 2 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 1-2, 2 points
  • Juice Robinson: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another awesome event for the G1 Climax, and perhaps the best round overall. Hashi VS ELP really got the fans going there, and it was great for Hashi to win and build upon this ascension he’s been on. ELP is still alive in the G1 but he’s still got a ways to go, he is not taking the block at this point. Yano VS Archer was incredibly hilarious, and it very clever to get the Young Lions as involved as they were. But as Yano was already eliminated before this, it makes sense to give Archer the win here. Goto VS ZSJ was an awesome match to fight for second place in the block. This one could go either way, so it was pretty awesome for ZSJ to get the win. ZSJ still has a chance to take the block, if Tanahashi loses both to Goto and Kenta while ZSJ beats both Naito and Evil.

Great stuff out of Khan VS White, and Khan definitely came closer than most to beating White. White is spotless so far, and with only Tama Tonga and Taichi left, I would think he takes the block with ease. At the same time, Tama and Taichi will be purely fighting to get that golden ticket to a title match at one of the other events before WrestleKingdom, so they’re still going to have awesome matches with White. And then of course, Ospreay VS Takagi was amazing, building upon all their history with each other. It was must-win for Takagi, so it was great to see that Takagi did win. Ospreay can still win against Hashi and Juice, but Takagi can surely beat Yujiro and ELP, so they’re both really hoping that Finlay loses to ELP and Hashi. It’s going to be neck and neck just like Takagi said, I can’t wait.

My Score: 8.9/10


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