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Andrew’s Ratings & Analysis: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14: Day 2

Day 2 of Wrestle Kingdom! We crown the Double Champion, Le Champion faces the Ace and Jyushin Thunder Liger’s final match!

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Day 2 of Wrestle Kingdom! We crown the Double Champion, Le Champion faces the Ace and Jyushin Thunder Liger’s final match!

Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada will main event today for the historic Double Gold Dash! KENTA and Goto come to a head, so we’ll see if KENTA’s new nature will help him prevail.

Should also be interesting to see what happens with Jay White and Kota Ibushi. Whoever loses this will have to deal with two huge loses to kick off their year. Uphill battle in the future for someone.

Let’s see if Day 2 comes off stronger than Day 1!

Ratings:

NEVER 6 Man Gauntlet:

  1. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens vs YOSHI-HASHI, Robbie Eagles & Tomohiro Ishii: CHAOS team moves on via Vertical Drop Brainbuster
  2. YOSHI-HASHI, Robbie Eagles & Tomohiro Ishii vs Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado: CHAOS team moves on via Cradle Counter
  3. YOSHI-HASHI, Robbie Eagles & Tomohiro Ishii vs EVIL, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi: LIJ team moves on via Darkness Falls
  4. EVIL, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi vs Toru Yano, Ryusuke Taguchi & Togi Makabe (c): Shingo wins via Made in Japan @23:20 – ** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Liger the Final: Ryu Lee & Hiromu Takahashi vs Jyushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano w/Yoshiaki Fujiwara: Hiromu wins via Time Bomb @12:15 – *** 1/2
  • IWGP Junior Tag Titles: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (c) vs Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH): Roppongi 3k wins via Spiked Shock Arrow @14:10 – *** 1/2TITLE CHANGE!!
  • RevPro British Heavyweight Championship: SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr (c): Sabre retains via European Leg Clutch @12:30 – *** 3/4
  • IWGP US Championship: Juice Robinson vs Jon Moxley (c): Moxley retains via Death Rider @12:50 – *** 1/4
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto vs KENTA (c): Goto wins via GTR @16:10 – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Jay White vs Kota Ibushi: Jay White wins via Blade Runner @25:00 – *** 3/4
  • Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi: Jericho wins via Liontamer @22:25 – ****
  • Double Gold Dash: IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championship Winner Takes All: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Kazuchika Okada (c): Tetsuya Naito wins via Destino @35:35 – ***** – TITLE CHANGE!!!!!

 

Analysis:

NEVER 6 Man Gauntlet – Last year we had a gauntlet match to crown number 1 contenders, and this follows a similar suit. A few of the teams were significantly less believable than others. The Bullet Club team is all the B Squad, so no one cares about them. Which sucks since Yujiro has the best theme song of all of them, don’t believe me? Look up Harlem Nights on YouTube. The Suzuki-Gun team was undersized, so even though the Holy Emperor is love and life, there wasn’t a lot of hope on this one, and Eagles with the cheeky Cradle counter makes sense. LIJ was the most legit team here since EVIL and Shingo are legit contenders for singles titles and BUSHI…well he’s part of the team too!

A little controversy on the finish between the CHAOS team and LIJ team, since after Darkness Falls the kick out and 3 count were close, but the referee said Ishii was down for 3. The champions came out last, and Makabe looked pretty great in this short stint. Makabe hit his 10 count punches, had a few power spots with Shingo, and showed he’s got a little bit left in the gas tank. Shingo took a good bit on punishment and ate Taguchi’s Bum-a-Ye, Dodon and fought out of the Ankle Lock. BUSHI hits the black mist, Shingo goes for the Pumping Bomber followed by Made in Japan, and we have new NEVER 6 Man Champions! This could be a great night for LIJ.

Liger the Final: Ryu Lee & Hiromu Takahashi vs Jyushin Thunder Liger & Naoki Sano w/Yoshiaki Fujiwara – This was more than the usual feel good retirement exhibition. Hiromu kept trying to push Liger to get the angry version out. Sano had a brief moment where he did a top rope Double Dropkick as well as a running one, but this was mostly a match between Hiromu and Liger. Liger had some nostalgic moments with the Surf Board, Romero Special and the Shotei strikes, but alas Liger went out the old school way and a Time Bomb sealed his fate. A really good match, even without the emotional weight.

IWGP Junior Tag Titles: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori (c) vs Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) – Nice pacing to the match, even following the stream dying right after the Liger match concluded. Each man got most of their signature offense in, Taiji with his Sliding German Suplex and his rope sliding combo. ELP pulled off his Assist Spinning Neckbreaker, but it was all about 3k today. Rocky had the genius idea to have the boys wear cups, so when the Bullet Club team went for a low blow, they were prepared. ELP was stunned, Taiji got hit with the 3k and ELP got put away after a few combination moves, capped off with a Shock Arrow/Foot Stomp combo. Nice match, especially when we haven’t seen the Junior Titles very often in the last 6 months.

RevPro British Heavyweight Championship: SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr (c) – This was definitely a special technical match. Different pace, different feel with the match being a ton of mat based counters, roll through spots and hold for hold moments. Poor Hattori got a workout with the locomotion pinfall attempts. The finish was a little abrupt, but worked for the match since there are so many similarities between the two, that the ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ feeling of the match implied that a hold was going to win, possibly out of nowhere. Great stuff, and a great change of pace between other matches on the card.

IWGP US Championship: Juice Robinson vs Jon Moxley (c) – Juice hits a plancha before Moxley gets into the ring and takes it right to him. Early use of chairs gives Juice a small upper hand, but Moxley stems the early Juice offense. Juice managed to hit everything, Juice Box, Left Hand of God, and just ever so shy of hitting Pulp Friction. Moxley fought back well, urged Juice to hit him and keep fighting, just good tough guy stuff. Dirty Deeds, floating over into a Death Rider as well, was a cool way to finish the match. Not as good as Moxley’s first match against Juice, but much better than the Deathmatch yesterday.

-Minrou Suzuki’s music hits, he comes to the ring and lays out Moxley. He stakes his claim to the US title. So I guess this proves the reports of him leaving to be at the very least, wrong on the timeline. Suzuki versus Moxley should be interesting. 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto vs KENTA (c) – This match was a nice combination of King’s Road and Strong Style. This match showed KENTA could absorb some stiff strikes and give them back, to silence anyone thinking he was a little too soft in this return. KENTA landed Busaiku Knee, Double Footstomps and his Hesitation Dropkick, but it wasn’t enough to keep Goto down. Goto hit the Ushigoroshi, GTW and wins the match with GTR, after a fantastic strike exchange between the two. Damn good match, though I would’ve preferred KENTA to win.

Jay White vs Kota Ibushi – Well this was interesting. A match one would’ve expected to be a little shorter because both men went over 30 minutes yesterday, Jay really dragged certain sections out. Kota Ibushi tapped into his dark side/extra health bar twice in the match, and there were plenty of great spots…but Jay gonna Jay. Ref bump, Gedo pulled the referee out, chairs, brass knuckles, general interference, it was all perfect for the Bullet Club agenda, but it was less charming in this match. Too much interference, too many spots felt like they took a little too long to set up, just a little off at points. Great character work from both, and the ring work was solid…but it definitely makes you wonder where they’ll take Ibushi’s story moving forward.

Chris Jericho vs Hiroshi Tanahashi – So the first couple things to notice are, Jericho’s music was altered…doesn’t he…own his own music? Did he not give New Japan broadcast rights like every other match? Also…God he looks terrible, especially compared to Tanahashi.

Either way, we get a really good match. Early on there were moments on the outside, where Jericho did his flip the bird into the camera gimmick, and they wiped out English Commentary, because that’s the Japanese Spanish Announce Table. Back in the ring, there was actually a really great back and forth. Tanahashi countered the Judas Effect every time, and Jericho had an answer for the High Fly Flow each time. Even hitting a Codebreaker, which was a little low, so it was more of a Chodebreaker. But both men went to steal one another’s moves, traded low blows when the referee was bumped and it was a really fun match with good action. Jericho transitioning from the Walls into the Liontamer to get the win has a lot of layers. Between the name of the move and the fact that it’s a modified Boston Crab (the Young Lion finisher), it’s moderately insulting. This does however bring Jericho’s win/loss up to 3-3 since he returned the last few years. So no AEW championship shot for Tanahashi.

Double Gold Dash: IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championship Winner Takes All: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Kazuchika Okada (c) – As we’ve grown to expect, this wasn’t going to be a short match. The progression in the story was fantastic. Naito showed his undying resolve and Okada went from just wanting to prove he’s the best, to things turning a little to him wanting to send a message while taking out Naito.

Okada pulled out most of his tricks against Ibushi, so we didn’t really see any special moves, more just his attitude slowly changed as the match went on. Naito though, he pulled off the Stardust Press which he doesn’t try often and was his old finisher before his Los Ingobernables persona. This was a classic back and forth, but you knew it was going to be great when Naito kicked out of the Rainmaker. It happens so infrequently anymore, and the match hit one final gear before Naito figured out a way to hit a second Gloria and then the official Destino, to become the first ever dual singles champion!

-As Naito was closing the show, KENTA slides in and attacks him. Go 2 Sleep and poses on his chest with the belts, like he did with Shibata. KENTA would be a fresh challenger, and a nice way to kick off a decent length title reign for Naito. Hopefully. 

 

Overall Score: 8.5/10

Now this felt like Wrestle Kingdom! Even the gauntlet on the Pre-show worked for what it was supposed to, and everything else was pretty good to great. Most of the matches had a different style, so bringing different flavors, and good quality all helped to make this show feel larger than just a normal show.

Liger went out on his own terms, still being able to put on a great match, and not just by getting carried for a couple spots and nostalgia pops. KENTA had a great showing in the loss, which helped to make the finish of the show work fairly well. Ibushi will have his issues coming back, but this might be the beginning of his year or so long rebuild. Ibushi will most likely get a run with the Heavyweight title, just hard to see it coming any time soon.

Los Ingobernables is in an interesting position, since everyone except SANADA has gold. So with New Year Dash still shrouded in mystery, we might get some interesting shifts in stables. A lot to enjoy, a lot to think about and a lot of good building up for the rest of the year. Since Wrestle Kingdom is always seen as the final chapter of the previous year’s stories, this ended pretty great.

2020 chapter will begin tomorrow, and there’s a ton of directions things could go. But one thing is for sure, we start with Tetsuya Naito as IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion!


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/9/22)

Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

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Here are the current 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]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 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: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 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
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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