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Mitchelll’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/28/20)

And STILL…!!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

The Raw champions all still reign!

The Clash of Champions has come and gone, and from World to United States to Raw Women’s and Raw Tag Team, the champions are still here! But that just means the door is open to new challengers! Who step up to Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Asuka and The Street Profits?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Zelina Vega; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Andrade Almas VS Keith Lee; Keith wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Chess Shenanigans: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninja; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Shinobi Surprise: Akira Tozawa VS R-Truth VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Always Be Prepared (to Lose): Drew Gulak VS R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Natalya & Lana VS Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke; Rose & Brooke win.
  • Kevin Owens VS Aleister Black; Kevin wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Triple Threat: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak VS Akira Tozawa; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Mustafa Ali; Crews, Ricochet & Ali win.
  • WWE World Championship Open Challenge: Drew McIntyre VS ???; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ric Flair is here!

The Nature Boy is back! And he isn’t alone! Here comes The Big Show! And Christian! And Shawn Michaels! They all had a part in exacting revenge on Randy Orton and helping Drew McIntyre retain the WWE World Championship. HBK says it’s been a long time but he can still do this: “Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” And without further ado, let him introduce the man who defeated Orton at Clash of Champions, Drew McIntyre! The Scottish Stud struts like Flair before joining the four legends in the ring. McIntyre gets a mic and says “This is pretty cool.” Standing in the ring with four legends who all made a surprise appearance last night. But McIntyre has known each of these men a long time. He grew up traveling with Big Show and Christian, them looking after him and helping him improve. And when things got tough, Show was the big brother giving him advice.

And of course, HBK was a mentor to McIntyre, especially in NXT. McIntyre wouldn’t be here without him. And Flair, what great stories and advice. McIntyre isn’t sure if he’s told many people this, but Flair was still on the main roster when McIntyre was starting. To be in the same locker room as him was amazing. But to think they’d all be united against Randall Keith Orton. That brings the good news: McIntyre and Orton went to war, beat the hell out of each other, and in the end, McIntyre put Orton’s ass in the ambulance and kept the WWE World Championship. McIntyre revels in the reaction from the fans.

HBK says that’s why these four are here. They thank McIntyre for whooping Orton’s ass. And as they were all off and recovering, they all obviously got together, showed up last night, and surprised McIntyre by “evening the odds” while getting their own revenge. Hopefully McIntyre isn’t upset by that. But if he is, blame Naitch. Well, McIntyre proved he can beat Orton at SummerSlam. Things were so personal, it didn’t matter, he welcomes others beating Orton up. Now is there a party set tonight?

But Orton speaks via the titantron! He hopes McIntyre is enjoying his moment, because it will not last! It isn’t over until Orton says it’s over! If you thought you went through hell last night, “you’ve got no idea what hell is. But you will.” Orton won’t be finished with McIntyre until Orton is WWE Champion! So he’s begging for another match, is he? McIntyre doesn’t get it. Orton doesn’t need to beg! He’ll be given the match because he IS Randy Orton! The 13-time WWE world champion, and the ONLY reason Orton is here is to remind McIntyre and everyone else around him that there is a price to be paid for crossing the Legend Killer. Cameras back up, Orton walks over, and takes his leave. What price is Orton going to make McIntyre pay?

Well, Orton has left the building, but all this title talk gives McIntyre an idea. He’s among four legends and wants to cement his own legacy. Whether we’re talking a fighting champion, a decorated champion, whatever, McIntyre wants to defend his title tonight. He issues an OPEN CHALLENGE to anyone he has NOT faced him for the title! Who wants to be the man around here?! And now that that’s out there, McIntyre promises to join these four for the after party later. Just don’t overdo it before then, alright? McIntyre shakes hands with each legend, but who looks to become a legend off McIntyre’s name?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Zelina Vega!

La Muneca lost but did not show any respect to the Empress. Kayla Braxton asks her before the match about being a “poor sport,” and came up short. Look who’s talking! But Vega is just getting started! Everyone will feel so bad for Asuka when Vega proves she IS ready! But then Asuka comes by and tells Vega she is more than ready! Asuka hopes Vega is ready to lose AGAIN! They both talk trash, one in Japanese and the other Spanish, but security hurries to keep this from starting backstage! Will Asuka beat Vega twice in two days? Or will Vega have tricks up her proverbial sleeves this time?

Raw returns and Vega waits in the ring. Asuka makes her entrance, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. This Clash of Champions rematch begins, and we see if history repeats itself!

Asuka and Vega rush each other, Vega knocks Asuka down with forearms! Asuka turn things around to rain down fists then gets the ARMBAR! Vega gets the ropebreak and Asuka lets go fast. Asuka throws Vega down by her hair, talks trash in Japanese then goes after the arm. Vega gets the arm to kick it! Vega is continuing where she left off but Asuka pushes her away. Vega tilt-o0whirls, Asuka throws her down, but Vega gets the arm again! Vega rolls Asuka forward for a GROUND OCTOPUS! Asuka endures, powers up and pops out of the headscissor. But Vega gets the arm with that leg and throws elbows! Asuka endures, fights against the hold again, but Vega keeps throwing elbows. Asuka makes it a cover, TWO!

Vega basement dropkicks Asuka out of the ring! Vega leaps from the apron, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES her down! The Empress grits her teeth and clutches her elbow as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Vega kicks Asuka’s bad arm! Asuka scrambles but Vega keeps on her with kicks! Veg dares Asuka to just give up then she SLAPS her! Asuka fires off fast hands! Asuka whips, pops Vega up for the KNEE! Vega flounders, Asuka runs corner to corner for a hip attack! Back kick! GERMAN SUPLEX! Vega sits up, Asuka runs and SLIDING KICKS! Cover, TWO! Vega survives the onslaught but Asuka is right on her. Asuka waistlocks, Vega fights with elbows and then wrenches the bad arm. Vega ROCKS Asuka, ducks Asuka’s kick, and hops on for the KIMURA! Asuka blocks the body scissor takedown and powers Vega off. Vega hops back on to go after the arm again! Asuka clubs Vega, powers her through to a SUPLEX!

Both women are down and fans clap on their screens. The ref checks, both women are okay to continue and Asuka sits up first. Asuka drags Vega up for kicks to the face! Asuka drags Vega into the chicken wing, but Vega arm-drags before the chinlock! EUROCLUTCH, TWO!! ASUKA LOCK!! Vega scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Asuka goes after Vega but she holds on. The ref pulls Asuka way, Vega hits a BACKSTABBER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Vega is losing her cool and is throwing a tantrum! Vega stomps Asuka over and over then goes to a corner. Vega climbs up, MOONSAULTS onto knees! ASUKA LOCK!! Vega taps, Asuka wins again!!

Winner: Asuka, by submission (still Raw Women’s Champion)

Asuka makes Vega suffer for her disrespect last night, then lets her go. With this, La Muneca is done and Asuka is moving on to new competition! But who will that be?

 

Flair, Show, Christian and HBK are backstage, playing cards over dinner.

Will they have to wait long for McIntyre to defeat his new challenger before he joins them?

 

Raw returns to Andrade Almas in the ring.

And he is telling Vega that she is NOTHING without him! El Idolo was to blame for everything? But look at her now! Asuka beat her TWICE. “You are the weak link!” Garza was weak, too. That is why Garza got hurt last night. Almas was the one holding their team together! He is the greatest in WWE! And now, he dares someone to face him! Does anyone answer the challenge? Yes, it’s KEITH LEE!!

Andrade Almas VS Keith Lee!

El Idolo no longer looks that confident now that the Limitless One is here! Will Keith make Andrade #BaskInHisGlory?

The bell rings, Keith and Almas stare down. They approach, Almas gets a waistlock but Keith pries free. Almas clubs him on the back, runs, but into a back elbow! Keith drags Almas up by a knuckle lock, wrenches the wrist, and lifts Almas with one arm! He lets Almas down to wrench the wrist more, but Almas throws forearms. Keith throws Almas! Keith runs but Almas dropkicks the legs out! Keith hits buckles, Almas fires off forearms and knees! Almas has Keith in another corner but the ref counts. Almas lets up at 4 but comes back with kicks and CHOPS! Almas whips, Keith reverses and HURDLES Almas! Keith drops down to then CROSSBODY Almas down!

Keith is seething as he runs and corner splashes Almas! Keith then TOSSES Almas across the way! And hits another corner splash! Keith runs, Almas dodges and dropkicks the legs again. Almas fires off in a corner, the ref counts, Almas stops at 4 but Keith puts him on the apron! Almas climbs up, leaps, but Keith catches him with one hand! Keith scoops, Almas slips out and chop blocks the leg! And dropkicks Keith in the back! Almas takes aim, fires himself up, and runs corner to corner. CIEN SHADOWS! Keith flounders and Almas fires up more. Almas drags Keith up, hammerlocks, but Keith powers out to pop Almas up for a SPIRIT BOMB! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

If you blink, you might’ve missed something! Keith moves as fast as Almas, but has so much more power! Will the Limitless One soon take over Monday Night Raw?

 

The Hurt Business discusses business over a meal.

MVP tells Shelton Benjamin that you need the V12. Some random staffer sits at their table, and this upsets Bobby Lashley. The guy moves over but stays at their table… Uh, that’s Lashley’s seat, too. The staffer realizes where he is and apologizes. He hurries off but Lashley says the guy is taking his plate. It isn’t his plate, but the guy gives it up anyway. Anyone want some of this? The three enjoy their meal now, but will the All Mighty United States Champion satisfy his hunger for competition later on?

 

Raw returns to R-Truth playing chess against Lil’ Jimmy.

The WWE 24/7 Champion is very careful considering his next move. “CHECKMATE!” Pay up, Jimmy! That’s how good Truth is. He feels like a winner. Maybe Truth should challenge McIntyre? Wait, a ninja?! He delivers a message to Truth. Truth opens the envelope, and then a briefcase is presented. Wait, this is in Japanese. Oh, English on the back. “R-Truth, if you are reading this, I was eaten by a shark. Our battles were epic. It would make my sense, Kung Funaki proud. At heart, I was a ronin, until I met you. Wear this with honor. Regards, Akira Tozawa.” The briefcase opens, and Tozawa’s black belt is given to Truth! Oh, Tozawa! Why did you have to get devoured!? But wait, he’s not dead or eaten or anything! Tozawa is here, and he rolls Truth up!! Tozawa wins!!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Tozawa deceived Truth and has the treasure! But then the ninja messenger BOPS Tozawa with the briefcase! The ninja covers Tozawa and wins!! But this ninja, is DREW GULAK! “That’s why I am always prepared!”

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But then he turns around and Truth BOPS HIM with the briefcase! Cover, Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

FORTY FIRST! Truth has won this title for the 41st time! Gulak and Tozawa get mad at each other but chase after Truth! This title is being given a Triple Threat match later tonight! Who finishes the night with this title in their possession?

 

Buddy Murphy is backstage, texting.

But then Seth Rollins heads over and Murphy puts his phone away. Rollins is glad to see his disciple again. But what is wrong? Tonight is a beautiful night! It is Monday, after Clash of Champions! And most importantly, the Mysterio Family will be on King’s Court tonight. We all get to see what they’ll say about stuff! Be in a great mood, because this is a great night for them! Wait, why is he dressed to compete? There’s no matches tonight. Dress up and get ready to celebrate! Go on, you look great in it anyway. Murphy leaves, but he left his phone behind. Rollins picks it up, and puts it away in his pocket. What is The Architect planning in that devious mind?

 

Raw returns to The King’s Court!

Jerry Lawler is already in the ring and welcomes us back. Last week, Seth Rollins tried to play mind games by saying Rey Mysterio might not be the father of either of his children! So please welcome, The Mysterio Family! Rey, Angie, Dominik and Aalyah make their way to the ring together. Aalyah sits first, making sure to have the mic. Jerry thanks them all for being here and gets to business. Can they comment on what happened last week? Rey says Rollins has been running his mouth, trying to disrupt the family, but can’t even control his own house. It is obvious these are his kids, he is their father, and that he and Angie worked so hard to build a strong, loving family. The family means the world to him. His kids have been his whole life since they were born> It takes a truly evil human to fabricate such lies like Rollins did.

Dominik says this has gone on for way too long and gone way too far. Next time they see Rollins, Dom will end it. Jerry understands the frustrations, and Rollins might be lying, but we did see Aalyah upset by what Rey said. Rey called her “naïve, and knows nothing about our world.” Aalyah stormed off to the back, and then was approached by Murphy. Aalyah, you’ve had time to reflect, but how are you feeling? “I am still a little bit upset about what happened,” because of how her parents see her, but she is 19 years old and is an adult. Murphy engaged her, so she wasn’t sure what to think. Rey seems concerned by that, but Aalyah says that whoever hangs around Rollins should reevaluate their life. Rollins is an awful person, and a fraud.

Rollins is on the titantron as he chuckles at their harsh words. He knows he might be the last person they want to see right now after last week. He understands completely. But what he has to say tonight is important. He promises this bothers him as much as it will them, but it is the truth. “The truth is, one of you isn’t being 100% honest with the family.” The truth is that Aalyah is fibbing about her feelings towards Murphy. Rollins knows they are wondering why they should even believe him for a second. But the thing is, don’t believe Rollins. Just believe these text messages! They’ve been having conversations! Murphy apologized, she thanked him, and wished him a happy birthday!

The truth hurts, doesn’t it? But Rollins promises this is for the greater good. Rey is upset, Aalyah defends Murphy, then hurries off again. Rey shouts after his daughter but then gets out of the ring. Rey helps Angie down the steps and they both hurry after her, with Dominik following behind. Rollins mumbles the messages, but Murphy confronts him! What’s Murphy upset about? This is his decision. So he had to put it out there? Murphy says Rollins doesn’t know anything! Oh, but Murphy thinks he can hide things? Does he think the truth isn’t important? Murphy gets upset that Rollins is chuckling, but Dominik attacks MURPHY! The brother is defending his sister but perhaps from the wrong man!

Security pulls them apart, but they keep trying to go after each other! Maybe Murphy being dressed to compete wasn’t such a bad idea after all!

 

Lana and Natalya head to the ring!

The Ravishing Russian and the #BOAT, Best of All Time, are here as part of Raw addressing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler weren’t cleared for last night but will be ready down the line. What will be the decision towards the title defense? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Natty and Lana both have mics. They are here waiting until Nia and Shayna are STRIPPED of those titles! The titles that are rightfully Lana’s and Natty’s. Now when Lana thinks about it, the only reason there IS a Women’s Tag Division is because of Lana and Natty. In fact, they’re celebrities, influencers and followed by MILLIONS. They want those titles right here tonight! Adam Pearce interrupts the ranting and asks they calm down. They can’t just strip Nia and Shayna of belts.

But in the spirit of competition, Lana and Natty can earn a shot in a match against the newest members of the Raw Women’s Division. MANDY ROSE is here! And she is joined by… DANA BROOKE! The Golden Goddess and the Flex Appeal are BOTH on Raw! Will they sink the #BOAT and Lana with it?

Natalya & Lana VS Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke!

The teams sort out and Dana starts with Natty. Natty headlocks, throws Dana down, but Dana headscissors.  Natty pops out, Dana kicks her low and whips her to the corner. Dana handsprings in for the back elbow! Tag to Mandy, Mandy brings Natty out and tags Dana back in. Snap suplex then handspring BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dana keeps on Natty, whips her to ropes, but Lana tags in. Natty kicks Dana away, Dana dodges but Lana throws her down by her hair! Lana ROUNDHOUSES Dana down then covers, TWO! Lana keeps on Dana with a whip into the corner. Tag to Natty, they stomp away on Dana then let up at the ref’s count of 4. Natty fires off more, the ref counts again, Natty lets off to taunt Mandy.

Tag to Lana, Natty snapmares Dana and Lana runs to sliding KICK! Cover, TWO! Lana keeps on Dana with a chinlock and grinds her down. Dana endures, Mandy and fans rally up for her, and Dana fights up to her feet. Dana fights out with elbows, Lana throws her down by her hair again! Lana gloats, then SLAPS Mandy! Mandy gets in but the ref keeps her away. Dana rolls Lana! Lana gets away before the ref sees, grabs Dana’s foot, but Dana enziguris! Hot tag to Mandy! Mandy rallies on Lana and Natty! Mandy drags Lana up, SNAP GUT WRENCH! Cover, TWO!! Natty gets in but Dana LARIATS her out! Lana shoves Mandy, Mandy dodges Lana to KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy and Dana win!

Winners: Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose, by pinfall

And that’s a wrap on the first #MandyNightRaw! Will Mandy and Brooke take over the Women’s Tag Division before the Draft shakes things up again?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“Negligence, Kevin. Negligence. You’re a good man, right, Kevin? At least you claim to be.” Good men wouldn’t let bad things happen, but there it is. Kevin thrives in a system where he can manipulate viewers. It took one sentence for fans to forget and forgive the man who betrays those who rely on him. Kevin said he was sorry but he was with his family. Aleister sees family representing cruelty. Aleister’s father was a cruel man. Has Kevin’s son learned of betrayal from his own father? It doesn’t matter who forgets and forgives, because Aleister will never do either for Kevin. That darkened eye stares into Kevin’s soul, will it be Kevin’s future that #FadeToBlack?

 

Raw returns to the legends’ game of Texas Hold ‘Em.

Big Show is the dealer and HBK hopes for something good. Show says Flair is winning this on chips. HBK says he was only hoping to see what happens with McIntyre. Well it’s an Open Challenge so we don’t know. But unlike the other three, Show hasn’t officially retired so maybe… No, you lost at WrestleMania, too. Just deal! But here come the Street Profits to liven up the party! Cheers, dog!

 

Kevin Owens VS Aleister Black!

Kevin paces in the ring as Aleister makes his entrance. The Embodiment of the End has new music to go with this new darkness inside him! Aleister storms his way down the ramp, takes off the headband and vest, and the bell rings. Kevin dropkicks Aleister right out of the ring! Kevin goes after Aleister at the barriers, they brawl and Kevin throws and CHOPS Aleister around! Kevin bumps Aleister off the apron, clubs him and puts him in. Aleister knees Kevin down at the ropes, clubs and stomps away, then drags Kevin up for forearms. Kevin gives them back but Aleister throws body shots. Aleister whips, runs in to back elbow, then snapmares Kevin to a cover. ONE, but Aleister clamps on with a facelock.

Kevin powers Aleister to a corner, the ref counts but Kevin CHOPS Aleister again. Kevin clubs Aleister, Aleister elbows him back. Aleister chokes Kevin on ropes, brings him up and kicks him! Kevin kicks back, punches Aleister then clubs him in a corner. Kevin whips Aleister corner to corner hard, then eggs Aleister on. Kevin stomps on Aleister’s hand, kicks him and CHOPS him again! Aleister throws haymakers back, has Kevin on the ropes and chokes him more! The ref counts, Aleister lets up and Kevin coughs and sputters. Aleister drags Kevin up in a corner, clinches for knees, then throws body shots. Aleister whips but Kevin reverses and elbows him down!

Kevin paces, stomps Aleister in the chest, then paces more. Mule kick! Kevin CHOPS Aleister again, Aleister boots back! Aleister throws haymakers and forearms at the ropes, then chokes Kevin more. The ref counts, Aleister stops at 2, Kevin rolls him up! TWO, Kevin throws haymakers and CHOPS again! Kevin whips, Aleister kicks him away, Kevin LARIATS! Kevin stalks Aleister, whips him again, for another LARIAT! BACK SENTON! Aleister staggers away but Kevin GERMAN SUPLEXES him! Aleister flops out of the ring and the ref starts a ring count. Kevin goes out to SENTON from the apron! The fans fire up with Kevin as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kevin DDT’s Aleister! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows frustrated, but fans clap and rally up. Kevin stands, Aleister sweeps the legs! Kevin clutches a knee, Aleister stomps Kevin in the shoulders and back! Aleister rains down right hands, drops elbows, then covers, ONE! Kevin pushes Aleister, Aleister KICKS Kevin! Aleister paces Kevin, Kevin talks trash but Aleister kicks him more! Kevin CHOPS Aleister, Aleister KICKS Kevin to a corner! Aleister digs his knee into Kevin’s face! The ref counts, Aleister lets up at 4.5 and argues with the ref. Aleister goes back to Kevin and Kevin kicks low! Kevin kicks and CHOPS and throws forearms! Aleister knees low, snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Kevin down! Cover, TWO!

Kevin sputters and Aleister clamps on with a facelock. Aleister tries to squeeze what little air inside Kevin out of him. Fans rally up as Kevin endures, fights up and arm-drags Aleister away. Aleister ROUNDHOUSES Kevin down! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Aleister seethes as he stands. Aleister drags himself up with the ropes, aims from a corner, and watches Kevin rise. Kevin dodges the knee to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Aleister still lives but Kevin is too tired to be frustrated. Kevin rains down furious right hands then stomps Aleister before going to the corner. Kevin climbs, bad leg and all, but Aleister intercepts with haymakers!

Aleister climbs up to join Kevin, Kevin resists the suplex. Aleister clubs, Kevin throws body shots. Kevin sends Aleister down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Kevin is up, RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Another try, TWO! Aleister still covers, TWO!! Aleister is furious that Kevin still lives! Aleister pulls at his own hair as Kevin sits up. Aleister KICKS and punches and stomps Kevin at the ropes but the ref has to pull him away. Aleister glares at the ref, the ref warns him to respect his authority, and Aleister turns around. Kevin ROCKS Aleister with a right, Aleister fires off more! The ref gets hit in the crossfire! The ref calls for the bell!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification

Aleister doesn’t even realize he hit the ref! The ref was too close! And Kevin gives Aleister a STUNNER for good measure! The Prizefighter himself is a bit disappointed in that result, but a win is a win. Will Kevin be satisfied enough to leave things at this?

 

The Hurt Business returns to their locker room.

But Mustafa Ali walks out of it? Why was he in there at all? Ali apologizes, he got turned around in the ThunderDome. Now, he lost his damn mind! They push Ali, but Apollo is here to keep this from firing off. Ricochet says this isn’t over. They’ll see each other soon. Then see them tonight in the “office.” A Six Man Tag is set between the Hurt Business and Apollo’s Crew once again! But while Apollo couldn’t strike gold at Clash of Champions, can he, Ricochet and Ali turn their fortunes around?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship Triple Threat: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak VS Akira Tozawa!

The Stamina Monster let everyone believe the shark had made him a snack, but he is back and got away with a sneak attack! Only for Gulak to surprise him! And then Truth got back on Gulak and has his baby back! But for how much longer?

Introductions are skipped as Raw is returning from break. The title is raised, and we see if Truth can keep this 41st reign going!

The three circle, every man wary of the other two. But then Gulak and Tozawa go after Truth together! They kick and stomp him in the corner, then drag Truth out for more kicks and stomps. They bump Truth off buckles, kick and stomp more, then double whip corner to corner hard! Truth hits the mat, Tozawa covers but Gulak drag shim off. Gulak covers, Tozawa returns the favor. They shout at each other, Truth double clothesline them! Cover on Gulak, TWO! Cover on Tozawa, TWO! Truth is annoyed so he stomps Tozawa and punches Gulak. Truth rains down rights, Tozawa CLOBBERS Truth! Tozawa CHOPS Truth, then puts Truth in a corner.

Gulak and Tozawa work together again to double suplex Truth high and hard! Tozawa covers, Gulak drags him off! These two argue again, but Gulak says they take care of Truth first. Gulak wrenches an arm, Tozawa stomps the arm, then grabs the other arm. Truth endures a double chinbar armlock! Gulak and Tozawa crank as hard and says if Truth give sup, they’ll be co-champions! Truth refuses to quit, powers out, so Gulak covers Tozawa! TWO, and Gulak apologizes. They both go after Truth, Truth hits them both, but they hit him back. Gulak then throws Tozawa out of the ring, almost into the ref! Gulak goes after Truth alone but Truth throws hands!

Gulak clubs Truth, scoops and slams him, then drags him into the GuLOCK! Truth endures, Tozawa climbs up top, SUPER SENTON! Truth moves out of the way in time and only Gulak gets hit! Truth gives Tozawa the GOURD BUSTER! Gulak runs in, into a fireman’s carry! Truth powers up like John Cena for an AA!! Cover, Truth wins!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)

The 41-time 24/7, 7/11, 747, I-95 South ThunderDome European Television Champion keeps his gold and books it! The chase is on again, will anyone catch Truth off guard?

 

Backstage interview with Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke!

The newest members of the Raw roster will also be on tonight’s Raw Talk, but Charly Caruso asks them now how this duo came together. Mandy has had her ups and downs, but Dana’s always been there. Dana is a great athlete, so there was no doubt. Dana thanks Mandy for that, but Mandy is a great inspiration. Mandy gets knocked down, gets up again and fights back. The Riott Squad still have their shot at the tag titles, but the winners better be ready for Mandy and Dana. Will Ruby and Liv, as well as Nia and Shayna, take note of the message sent?

 

Dominik Mysterio VS Buddy Murphy!

El Hijo del Mysterio is defending the honor of his family and specifically his sister, but the Aussie Juggernaut isn’t going to take the attack lying down. Dom is without Rey, is he going to settle things with the supposed disciple mano e mano?

Murphy throws his shirt at Dom before the bell, and that only serves to anger him more. Dom rushes Murphy and tackles him to the corner! Dom rams in again and again then throws clubbing forearms! The ref back shim off and Murphy BOOTS Dom away! Murphy goes after Dom but Dom trips him up! They brawl on the mat, Murphy pushes Dom away to BOOT him down! Murphy stomps Dom, drags him up and whips but Dom reverses to send Murphy out. Murphy drags Dom out but Dom RAMS Murphy into barriers! Dom throws him into the barriers again, throws haymakers then puts Murphy in the ring.

Dominik climbs, Murphy bails out, but Dom just hops down to build speed! Dom slides, Murphy gets under but Dom sends Murphy into the announce desk! The ref wants this to get back in the ring and starts a count. Murphy throws Dom OVER the desk! Murphy gets back in the ring, the count continues to climb but then Murphy goes back out. Murphy fetches Dom to bump him off the apron, and again! Murphy gets on the apron, stands on Dom’s head, then stomps! Dom dodges to sweep the legs! Murphy crashes down, Dom drags him up and throws him into the ring. Dom goes back to a corner, climbs back up top, and LEAPS! Big crossbody, but Murphy rolls through to cover, TOW!

Murphy kicks low, brings Dom to a corner but Dom blocks the bump to give the bump. Dom gives Murphy more buckles, then stalks him at the ropes. Dom throws haymakers, whips but Murphy reverses. Dom ROCKS Murphy with that right!! Dom says, “I told you not to mess with my sister!” Dom stomps Murphy, drags him up, punches him, then runs. Murphy reels him in but Dom elbows him back! Dom runs, into a KNEE TRIGGER! Both men are down but Murphy gets up to say, “This doesn’t concern you!” He stomps Dom, then KICKS him in the back! Murphy stomps Dom more and more, toys with him even, but Dom still gets up. Jawbreaker!

Murphy staggers, Dom knees low and throws hands, Murphy fires off a strike fest, stomps a foot but Dom dodges the knee. Dom POSTS Murphy, goes up and around to TORNADO DDT! Murphy flounders, Dom stalks Murphy to a corner and stomps a mudhole into him! The ref counts, pulls Dom off but Dom goes back for more! Dom keeps going, the ref again backs him down. Murphy bails out, Dom heads out there and throws clubbing forearms. Dom bumps Murphy off barriers, apron and repeat! The ref has the ring count climbing, Dom puts Murphy in. The apron skirt is up, and Dom sees the kendo stick. The signature weapon of this battle is now in the hands of Dominik! The ref warns Dom, and now Aalyah hurries out ringside!

Aalyah tells Dom to put the stick down but Dom tells her to go back to the family. Dom gets in, with the stick, Murphy says this isn’t what Dom thinks! Dom argues with Aalyah, Murphy rolls Dom up! Murphy wins!

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

But now Dom goes after Murphy with the kendo stick!! Aalyah defends Murphy but Dom says this is for the FAMILY! To protect the legacy! Has she not seen what Murphy has done!? Aalyah says Dom doesn’t need to do this, but he says she IS naïve. So she SLAPS him! Aalyah storms off, angry at her brother as much as she is her father. Is Rollins’ plan working out after all?

 

The Hurt Business heads for gorilla.

But as they pass by a janitor, MVP throws his water bottle down. “Hey, pops. Clean this up.” The Hurt Business again acts like they run this place, but will they be run down by Apollo and his crew?

 

Raw return to Dolph Ziggler talking with Adam Pearce.

The Show-Off tells Pearce that he has the perfect guy for McIntyre’s WWE World Championship Open Challenge. But Ziggler, you’ve already challenged and lost to McIntyre, you’re not eligible. He knows that! He was pointing someone else out. He and Pearce should talk. Then let’s do that. Hopefully it is someone good.

 

Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Mustafa Ali!

Conspicuous by his absence is Cedric Alexander, but MVP did say Sunday that there are special plans in place for him. Will the business model be on course for all four men? Or will things be set back a bit by battling Apollo, the King of Flight and the Beacon of Light?

MVP grabs a mic to tell Apollo that “this is an official announcement from The Hurt Business. The generally agreed upon definition of insanity his doing the same thing over, and over, and over, and expecting a different result.” That means Apollo is insane, because he is making the same dumb moves over and over. Cedric had a slip-up, sure, but that is why he went to “Hurt Business Boot Camp” to stop making those mistakes. Unlike Apollo, who keeps stepping to them! They told him, and MVP told him, that they would repo the United States title and that Apollo would never see it again! It looks better on Bobby anyway.

And to add insult to injury, all that talk at Payback, Apollo talking about getting the title back from them, it didn’t happen! Apollo stepped to Lashley, Lashley beat him down, and Apollo got dropped! Then at Clash of Champions, Apollo tried to get his gold rush on and stepped to Lashley again. Same result! “You got dropped.” And because Apollo keeps hitting the wall again and again, he got his recess friends, and is stepping to them again, expecting a different result. But you know what is going to happen? “You gonna get dropped!” But Ricochet, Ali and Apollo make their entrances! Despite all the talk, will the results change this time?

Teams sort out and Lashley starts against Apollo, but Ali and Ricochet hit MVP and Benjamin down first! The three go after Lashley but MVP drags Ali out to throw forearms! MVP throws Ali into steps! Benjamin clobbers Ricochet! Lashley whips Apollo into barriers! Lashley drags Apollo up but the lights start flickering! Can it be?! Retribution hijacks the screens, but where are they? Raw goes to break while things sort out.

Raw returns, this match continues and Benjamin stomps Apollo. Benjamin drags Apollo back up to reel him in for a clothesline! Benjamin wraps on with a chinlock but Apollo endures. Ricochet and Ali coach Apollo, Apollo endures but MVP tags in and the Hurt Business mugs Apollo. MVP throws forearms, kicks low and has Apollo in a corner. Apollo hits back, MVP throws forearms, then whips Apollo corner to corner. MVP runs in, Apollo dodges and MVP boots buckles! Apollo enziguris MVP down, but Lashley blast Ali and Ricochet! So Apollo GERMAN SUPLEXES Lashley!

MVP crawls after Apollo and clubs him on the back. MVP whips Apollo to a corner, Apollo boots him back. Apollo hits Benjamin away, and hops up to FROGGY CROSSBODY to hit MVP down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Benjamin and Ricochet! Ricochet springboards to crossbody Benjamin! Ricochet fires off strikes and ROCKS Benjamin, to then QUEBRADA! Ricochet hits the STANDOING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps going, dragging Benjamin to a drop zone, PHOENIX SPLASH! Benjamin dodges, Ricochet rolls through to a corner, Benjamin runs in to KNEE Ricochet down! Tag to MVP and they double whip to double FLAPJACK Ricochet! Cover, TWO!

MVP keeps on Ricochet with clubbing forearms. MVP reels Ricochet in, Ricochet slips out of the Playmaker. Enziguri misses but not the mule kick! Both men hurry, hot tag to Ali! Ali rallies on MVP, whips him to ropes but MVP reverses. Ali dodges and dropkicks MVP down! Ali goes after MVP in the corner with haymakers and a whip. MVP reverses, knees low and scoops. Ali slips off to shove MVP into buckles, run and NECKBREAKER! Cover, Lashley drags Ali off! Lashley brings Ali out, Ali fights, Apollo wrecks Lashley with a dropkick! And a MOONSAULT! Apollo flounders about, Benjamin CLOBBERS him! Ricochet is on the apron and SWANTONS Benjamin!!

Ali and MVP are alone in the ring, MVP stalks Ali and rolls him up! TWO, Ali has the cover, TWO! Ali goes up the corner, leaps, TORNADO DDT! Ali puts MVP in a drop zone, goes up top, 450 SPLASH! Cover, Ali and team win!

Winners: Mustafa Ali, Ricochet & Apollo Crews, by pinfall

No one is going insane, but that was a crazy ending! The Hurt Business just busted against Apollo’s crew, but will they go bankrupt soon enough? And what of Retribution?

 

We check back in with the legends and their card game.

HBK is all but out, and Christian has Three Jacks. HBK has Full House, but Flair has a ROYAL FLUSH! Impossible! No it isn’t, because here it is. Fargo strut and a WOO~ baby! The Nature Boy is winning hand after hand, but will McIntyre win his own Open Challenge?

 

Bianca Belair is the FastEST.

She proves so on the track against Performance Center prospects. Ready, set, GO! Bianca blazes past them all on that 40! And she’s just getting started because she’s the ToughEST. They go another heat, she gives them a head start, and STILL beats them! One more round! She even says it’ll be easier cuz she has hurdles. But even with those extra obstacles, she still wins! Well, thanks for the warm up. You can’t whoop the EST of WWE. But will Bianca be back in the ring soon enough to whoop some superstars?

 

WWE World Championship Open Challenge: Drew McIntyre VS ???

Even after an Ambulance Match against The Viper, the Scottish Stud still wants a fight! He put this challenge out to anyone that has yet to challenge him for this title, and is willing to take a Claymore to the face! Who will step to the champ? Will it be Ziggler’s choice? We find out after the break!

Raw returns and McIntyre has the mic to say he won’t leave us waiting any longer. “Who’s ready to step up?” No one? He can talk for ten minutes. How is commentary doing tonight? But here comes Dolph Ziggler! He’s dressed for business but he tells McIntyre “this is going to be special.” The one Ziggler chose is… the GLORIOUS Robert Roode!! Roode was with Ziggler in that trade, but he is finally back on television! Will Roode make his return truly glorious with a championship victory?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this GLORIOUS surprise match up begins!

Roode and McIntyre approach, Roode gets around to kick away at the legs! Roode puts the leg on the rope and pulls, but the ref counts. Roode lets off to then stomp the leg! Roode CHOPS, McIntyre shoves him away. Roode goes after the leg again, McIntyre clubs Roode away. McIntyre gets his legs working, brings Roode up to scoop, but Roode slips off to RAKE the back! Roode kicks the legs again, and CHOPS! Roode watched Clash of Champions so he knows what to hit! Roode wraps the legs on the ropes again, the ref counts but McIntyre clubs Roode again. McIntyre kicks and CHOPS Roode in return now!

McIntyre throws haymakers, drags Roode up to whip him corner to corner. Roode goes up but is kicked out of the air! McIntyre seethes as he watches Roode bail out. McIntyre pursues, inverted Alabama SLAM to the apron! Roode is down in a heap as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and McIntyre has Roode up top! Roode fights McIntyre back and throws haymakers! Roode trips McIntyre up and McIntyre lands on his claymore! Roode punches more and McIntyre falls into a Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SUPER BELLY2BELLY Roode away! Both men are down, Ziggler coaches Roode up but the fans rally for McIntyre. McIntyre aims, runs, but Ziggler gets Roode out to escape the Claymore! McIntyre grabs Ziggler by his hair, to throw him into the ring! The Show-Off scrambles up but McIntyre has him by his hair! But Roode chop blocks from behind! The bad legs are again targets as Roode stomps and drops elbows on them! Roode jams McIntyre’s knee between his own!

McIntyre gets to a corner, Roode goes out and brings McIntyre to the post. Roode clubs the leg then swings it into the POST! And then the other leg! And then back to the left leg! The ref counts but Roode gets in at 7. Roode goes back out, fans give thumbs down but Roode has the leg again. McIntyre boots Roode away then hobbles after him. Roode kicks the leg again, then borrows an idea from Orton with the SHIN BREAKER to the desk! Roode gets in the ring to refresh the count! Roode drags McIntyre up and in, goes to a corner and climbs up top. McIntyre is up, Roode hits a flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!

Roode keeps on the legs, steps through, and gets the FIGURE FOUR! McIntyre endures as Roode tortures his legs! Roode knows Flair is here so maybe he’s trying to show Flair how his own hold is done! McIntyre endures as Roode cranks harder and harder. McIntyre glares, grits his teeth and works to turn this over! He does! Roode suffers the pain now! Roode drags himself and McIntyre and gets the ropebreak! McIntyre gets free but the damage has been done both ways. Ziggler coaches Roode, Roode stands and hobbles to McIntyre. Roode brings McIntyre up, for a GLASGOW KISS! The headbutt rocks Roode, McIntyre rallies with clotheslines and a whip, for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Roode flounders, McIntyre fires up and he rams Roode to a corner, for ANOTHER OVERHEAD SUPLEX! And a kip up!! But the bad leg buckles! McIntyre made a mistake, and walks into a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans clap but Roode is after the legs. McIntyre boots Roode into buckles! McIntyre stands, runs in, but Roode boots him back! Roode runs but McIntyre spins him, underhooks but a jackknife takedown! TWO, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?! Roode survives and Ziggler is greatly relieved! McIntyre crawls to ropes, Roode is on the other side. McIntyre aims at Roode, runs at him, but Ziggler saves him again, but taking the BOOT! Roode grabs McIntyre for a GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Roode is shocked!!

Fans clap as Roode fires himself up and dares McIntyre to get up. Roode drags McIntyre into position, but no second chance! McIntyre gut wrenches, spins out of the facelock, runs, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

That was definitely glorious, just not victorious for Roode! McIntyre is a fighting champion, fights through the pain, and still has the title! But with another superstar checked off the list, who is left to challenge McIntyre in the future?

 

The janitor is lurking?

The same janitor the Hurt Business mistreated… has a chair!? He stalks into the “Legends Lounge” where Flair, Show, Christian and HBK are having fun. The janitor takes off the gloves, and removes his hood and mask to reveal he’s RANDY ORTON! Orton puts on goggles, and then barges in to turn off the lights! The goggles are for night vision as he attacks the legends in the dark!! Chair shot after chair shot on Flair, Show, Christian and HBK!! And when the lights come back on, the entire room is a wreck, as are the legends! Orton puts his disguise back on and hurries away. Referees and security go right by him as the Viper slithers into the night. Is this the price Orton meant?


My Thoughts:

Much like NXT (and AEW) last Wednesday, much like Clash of Champions on Sunday, COVID-19 concerns changed much of what was meant to happen tonight. No Retribution because each of them are on quarantine isolation protocol, and it seems Raw Underground was affected because there wasn’t even one segment with it tonight. But even with a change of plans, this Raw turned out to be a really good one. I was surprised we were just given a rematch of Asuka VS Vega for the title, but I suppose that’s just to get it out of the way. As I said last night in the Clash of Champions article, I think the plan for Asuka’s next challenge is supposed to come down to Mia Yim or Mercedes Martinez, but Retribution is out so they have to wait.

Retribution did keep their presence known with the little part in the Hurt Business VS Apollo’s Crew Six Man, which was good enough given the circumstances. MVP gave a great promo, and the match was really good, and it was great for Apollo’s team to win with the returning Mustafa Ali getting the pin. I would love if Mustafa Ali got to move up and challenge Lashley, or at least teamed with Ricochet against Benjamin and either MVP or Alexander. In fact, Ali and Alexander having interaction would be great, because Alexander was his friend as much as he was Apollo’s. We got a lot of great stuff from the 24/7 Championship as perhaps a way to make up for what couldn’t happen tonight. It was great for the title to hot potato before Triple Threat, and it’s pretty great for Truth to retain in that match.

Lana and Natty VS Mandy and Dana was really good, and a great way to have Mandy make her debut on Raw after the whole “trade” as created by Miz. And I suppose the WWE Draft will leave them off the board, as most midcarders are in favor of the big names. We got good stuff out of the Mysterio Family. It may be a bit Romeo & Juliet, girl falls for boy who family doesn’t approve of, but Aalyah is doing great in her part. Dom and Murphy have a really good match, and I just knew Aalyah would go out there to try and stop it. I still feel like this story could turn into Murphy’s redemption given how Murphy is losing respect for how Rollins is behaving. That has to be the pivotal moment in this feud now, where it looks like Rollins is going to finish Rey or Dominik but it’s Murphy who stops Rollins.

The thread of the night was of course McIntyre’s open challenge and the presence of the legends that helped him beat Orton. We wondered all night who would go after McIntyre, and I was personally hoping for Keith Lee, but he accepted Almas’ open challenge instead. Maybe in kayfabe, Keith is willing to wait until he’s earned another shot at McIntyre given the fighting they just brought to each other before. Aleister and Kevin fight each other, but the ref bump causing a disqualification clearly means they’re having another match down the line. I like that they used this opportunity to bring Roode back, we get to revisit even just a bit of Roode VS McIntyre from back in NXT, and it was still a really good match either way. McIntyre retains, but we close with a somewhat corny way of doing an attack on the legends.

The foreshadowing was there with us knowing the legends were hanging around. Orton’s night vision goggles didn’t even look like night vision goggles, but using “lights out” is the only way to “censor” someone attacking Flair since we all know Flair can’t take a serious bump like that anymore, but we also can’t see someone take it easy on him, either. Of course, kayfabe logic keeps getting bent and twisted again as referees rush to the scene after the fact, but totally forgot that Orton was in disguise! But either way, this is obviously how Orton forces McIntyre to give him a Hell in a Cell rematch, and it will most definitely be IN the Cell.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current 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

 

G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

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

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

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

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 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
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10


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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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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