It’s day 2 of the G1 Climax, Block B’s start!
NJPW keeps things moving with Block B’s first round of competition! Will the Double Champion trump The Ace in day 2 of G1 Climax 30?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Block B – Juice Robinson VS YOSHI-HASHI; Robinson wins.
- Block B – Toru Yano VS SANADA; Yano wins.
- Block B – Hirooki Goto VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
- Block B – Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
- Block B – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Block B – Juice Robinson VS YOSHI-HASHI!
The Flamboyant One is back and raring to go! But will he be able to stop the vindicated Head Hunter now that he finally has a title?
The fans are excited to see Juice back, but it does take a moment for him to take off his Blues Brothers costume. The bell rings and fans cheer already as Juice and Hashi circle. Juice gets a stomp-stomp-clap, We Will Rock You rhythm going. Juice and Hashi tie up, Juice gets the arm, wrenches to a wristlock but Hashi spins through to reverse it onto Juice. Juice spins and gets a waistlock to slam Hashi down! Hashi sits up and moves around to throw Juice off. Hashi floats all over to cover, ONE, but Hashi is right back on a waistlock. Juice backs Hashi to ropes, the break is clean, and fans cheer. Hashi goes to kick, Juice blocks it and elbows the leg. Juice throws forearms and a CHOP! Juice jokes that his hand is hurting from that one.
Juice whips Hashi, Hashi huricanranas Juice to ropes, then catches Juice for a headlock takeover! Juice fights up, headscissors but Hashi pushes it off. Juice rolls to a cover, TWO! Hashi holds on, cranks harder, but Juice fights up, only for Hashi to hold tight as he tries to power out. Juice gets up but Hashi grinds. Juice throws body shots from all sides, powers out this time, and collides with Hashi. Fans cheer as neither man backs down. Hashi runs, Juice goes up, under and runs Hashi over with an elbow. Big back senton! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his cool, stomps Hashi then brings him back up. Juice throws forearms, a CHOP, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap to the beat but Juice asks they be quiet long enough to hear the CHOP!
Juice whips corner to corner, Hashi stumbles out into an atomic drop, and then Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Juice grows annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Fans rally as Juice snapmares and facelocks. Hashi endures the grind, works his way up, and throws body shots. Juice snap suplexes Hashi down, and holds on. Dos amigos with the second suplex! Juice gets Hashi up but Hashi fights out. Hashi suplexes Juice, has him for a neckbreaker, but Juice elbows out! Juice runs but Hashi dodges to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally up while both men are down, and Hashi stands first. Hashi throws forearms and CHOPS on Juice, then runs to CHOP Juice in the corner! Hashi whips Juice to reel him in for another CHOP!
Hashi mule kicks, suplexes and hangs Juice out to dry. Hashi runs to dropkick Juice down! And keeps moving to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Hashi as he drags Juice back up. Hashi suplexes, and gives Juice the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Juice survives the Headbuster, but Hashi keeps on him. Hashi drags Juice up but Juice wrenches to a fireman’s carry, spins but Hashi slips out. Hashi waistlocks, Juice elbows out hard, and JABS! JAB! JAB! Juice fires up but Hashi CHOPS him first! Hashi powers up and swings, but Juice blocks to a full nelson! Juice thrashes Hashi around then SLAMS him down! Fans cheer as Hashi is down and Juice catches his breath. Juice gets to a corner, runs at Hashi and hits a big clothesline!
Juice fires up again and goes corner to corner, for a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his focus as he gets back up. Juice starts up the stomp-stomp-clap and the fans join in. We Will Rock You as Juice hoists Hashi up top. Juice CHOPS Hashi, fires up and climbs up, but Hashi resists the superplex! Juice keeps trying, Hashi keeps fighting, and Hashi gets up and over to sunset flip! Juice resists but not for long, RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives but fans rally up behind Hashi. Hashi runs, Juice ducks the lariat but Hashi ducks the leg lariat! Hashi comes back and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives again but Hashi keeps his focus.
Hashi fires up, drags Juice up, fisherman and suplex, but Juice fights out! Juice powers up, but Juice ducks to SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Juice in, tries again, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi doesn’t stop, he has the Butterfly Lock! Juice endures, reaches with a leg, but Hashi still has one arm caught. Hashi cranks, the fans rally, Juice fights and reaches, to the ropebreak! Hashi drags him from the ropes!! Hashi has changed it to a sleeper, but Juice fights up again. Hashi keeps him from the ropes with a BACKSTABBER! Hashi goes up top! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Juice survives and the fans are thunderous! Hashi stays fired up, drags Juice back up, spins him to a pump handle, but Juice fights out! Juice clubs Hashi but also falls over.
Fans rally up as both men are down. Hashi drags Juice up, Juice breaks free but Hashi CHOPS! Juice CHOPS back, fires up, and pumps up. The fans rally as Juice aims, but Hashi mule kicks first! Hashi runs, Juice blocks his lariat to LARIAT back! Juice drags Hashi up, fireman’s carries, spins and JUICE BOX GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Juice still has something! Juice drags Hashi up, chicken wings and spins, PULP- NO! ROLL UP! TWO!! Hashi hurries up to his feet, Juice punches but Hashi deflects! Hashi spins Juice but Juice ROCKS him with a right! Then the LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice drags Hashi up, chicken wings to PULP FRICTION!! Cover, Juice wins!
Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Hashi earns 0
Hashi could not #GetBackUp after that combination! Juice gets a big win in his return, will he have the juice to conquer the block?
Block B – Toru Yano VS SANADA!
The tentative Mr. KOPW 2020 is already after another prize! But the Cold Skull won’t let The Producer get another one over him! Will Sanada bring YTR to a Skull End?
Sanada has another new look, shedding the pirate theme to become more of a futuristic, space-age… vampire? Yano is still Yano, though. The ref does a very thorough check of Yano and finds spare wrist tape under BOTH knee pads! Yano insists that’s all, and the bell rings. Sanada and Yano tie up, Sanada powers Yano to ropes, and Yano shouts for the break. Sanada lets off clean and they go again. Yano puts Sanada on the ropes this time but is more reluctant to give the break. Sanada and Yano go again, Sanada gets around for a waistlock, but he says he feels something suspicious under that shirt! The ref goes feeling around, and finds under the waistband, a THIRD roll of tape! Yano says that’s the last one, and Sanada rolls him up! TWO!!
Yano freaks out, dodges Sanadan and gets him for a special takedown, half nelson cover, TWO!! Sanada almost got caught there! Yano backs off to go after his favorite corner pad! He gets it off, but Sanada rolls him for a rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling cradle! Cover, TWO!! Yano still has the pad but he’s so dizzy he’s swinging at the ref! Sanada trips Yano up, has both legs, but Yano BOPS him with the pad! Yano rolls away and out of the ring to stumble around the outside. Is Yano walking away? Sanada would only get one point if he won this way. Yano goes to the crowd, grabs an empty chair and takes a seat! Fans cheer but Sanada is not amused. The ring count begins and Yano dares Sanada to come get him.
Sanada hears the count pass 10 of 20. It’s reaching 15 of 20! Yano is the one who gets anxious, so he runs back! He’s in at 19.69! Sanada grabs the buckle pad, so Yano unties the other! It’s a buckle pad fight! Sanada smacks the pad out of Yano’s hand, tosses him the other, and then dropkicks Yano down! Sanada goes up top, moonsaults, but Yano dodges! Yano side steps Sanada to send him into bare buckles! Roll up, TWO!! Yano drags Sanada back up, Sanada knees low and runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano trips and catapults Sanada into the other bare buckles! Sanada staggers, Yano trips him up, and Yano fires the fans up by trying to steal Paradise! Sanada boots Yano away into bare buckles, catches him for a cradle, TWO!! Yano escapes and bails out of the ring again.
Sanada aims and slingshots for the PLANCHA! Fans fire up, Sanada drags Yano up for a headlock, and he drags Yano up the ramp. Sanada rakes Yano’s eyes, and ties him up in PARADISE! Sanada stands on Yano and hears the cheers before leaving Yano behind. The ring count begins again and Yano is stuck! Young Lions untie Yano? Sanada doesn’t like that, so he ties the Young Lion up! Yano attacks Sanada, and somehow has MORE tape?! He ties Sanada to the Young Lion!! The count is already 18! Yano is in, Sanada tries to three-legged-race with the Young Lion, but the count hits 20!! Yano wins!!
Winner: Toru Yano, by count-out; gains 1 point, Sanada earns 0
Yano cuts his losses quite literally, and only gets one point since this wasn’t a pin or submission victory. Sanada unties himself from the Young Lion, but will he be able to rebound from this moment of humiliation? Will Yano taking shortcuts cost him in the end?
Block B – Hirooki Goto VS KENTA!
The Fierce Warrior “welcomes” the Bullet Club’s #FangRevived back, and wants to finally pay him back for what he did to Shibata! Will Kenta “kindly” decline and take the crucial first win instead?
The bell rings and Kenta bails out. Kenta paces around the ring as Goto eggs him on, but Kenta takes his time. Kenta slowly returns, circles with Goto again, and they tie up. Goto powers Kenta to the ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Goto pats Kenta on the shoulder as he lets off. Kenta and Goto circle, tie up again, and Kenta pulls hair to put Goto on the ropes! The ref counts, Kenta lets go but then throws a forearm! Goto DECKS Kenta for it! Goto clubs Kenta, whips him but Kenta grabs ropes. Kenta bails out, goes around the way, but Goto slides out to pursue! Goto kicks Kenta and puts him back in the ring, but Kenta bails out the side. Goto grows annoyed, chases Kenta back into the ring, but Kenta stomps Goto as he returns!
Kenta clubs away, throws haymakers and pulls hair, to then whip Goto to ropes. Goto reverses the hip toss to a hip toss, then runs Kenta over! Fans fire up as Goto keeps Kenta from escaping the ring! Goto drags Kenta up on the apron but Kenta hotshots him back! And hotshots the arm! Kenta drags Goto out to POST the shoulder! Goto goes down clutching that arm but Kenta drags him back up. Kenta wrenches and hammerlocks to RAM that arm into railing! The ref starts a ring count, Kenta kicks Goto while he’s down but drags him up. The count passes 10, Kenta puts Goto in at 12. Kenta drags Goto up, wrenches to a shoulder breaker, then KICKS the arm! And again! Goto is at the ropes and Kenta stands on his head, mocking the fans. The ref counts, Kenta lets up but drags Goto back up.
Fans rally up for Goto but Kenta gives the bad arm another wrench to breaker! Kenta drags Goto down to a Fujiwara armbar but Goto gets the ropebreak with a foot. Kenta cranks and holds until 3. Kenta kicks at Goto mockingly, then kicks harder. Kenta eggs Goto on, but Goto eggs Kenta. Kenta kicks and kicks but Goto CHOPS! Kenta kicks back, and again, then gets the arm to drag Goto back down! Goto resists, scrambles and gets the ropebreak again. Kenta holds until 3, but he kicks at the bad arm. Kenta mocks the fans rallying for Goto and he keeps kicking. Goto grits his teeth but Kenta drags him up for haymakers. Kenta toys with Goto and kicks the bad arm again. And again! Kenta taunts Goto as he just keeps kicking!
Kenta boots Goto but Goto gets up. Kenta runs to boot but Goto blocks to shove Kenta down! Goto gets to a corner, Kenta is in the other, and Kenta runs in, only to miss! Goto hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down and Kenta goes back to a corner. Goto runs in to clothesline, then runs to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto grits his teeth as he shakes out the bad arm. Goto brings Kenta up, fireman’s carry but Kenta rakes eyes to slip out! Kenta shoves Goto and catches him for a POWERSLAM! Goto gets to a corner, Kenta runs in again, but Goto boots him away this time. Goto swings but Kenta catches the arm, but Goto powers off to prevent the takedown! Goto runs at Kenta in a corner, but Kenta boots back. Kenta hops up, reels Goto in, tornado stungun!
Goto is down, Kenta goes up top, but Goto gets up. Kenta takes him down with a flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps his cool as he toys with Goto again. Kenta kicks and kicks but Goto just gets angry. Goto’s glare alone eggs Kenta on. Kenta kicks and kicks but Goto keeps taking them on! Goto swings but into a takedown! Kenta has the arm, but Goto gets to ropes! Kenta lets go but he stomps Goto to the ropes. Kenta kicks him over and over, then drags him up on the apron. He brings Goto through the ropes but Goto fights back! Goto and Kenta brawl with forearms, Kenta rakes the eyes! Kenta runs side to side, boots and sleeper holds Goto on the ropes! The ref counts, but Goto pries free to go after Kenta’s arm, to give back the shoulder breaker!
Kenta already has tape on the one arm, Goto KICKS out the other! Goto wrenches on the arm for a Disarmer! Kenta crawls and reaches, Goto cranks and twists, but Kenta moves around to get the ropebreak. Goto lets go but comes back to drag Kenta up. Kenta blocks the back suplex, elbows Goto, but Goto pump handles for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives Jigoku Kuruma (Go To Heaven), but Goto grits his teeth. Goto drags Kenta up, fans rally up as he turns Kenta to the dragon sleeper. Kenta fights back but Goto spins him to uppercut the arm over and over! Goto wrenches the other arm to club it! Goto runs but Kenta catches him to spin him to a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up again.
Kenta sits up first, fans rally for Goto, but Kenta drags Goto up to put him through ropes. Kenta hits the DRAPING DDT! Kenta watches Goto get to the corner, runs corner to corner, and hits a leaping boot! Kenta keeps moving, LEAPING DROPKICK! Goto is in the drop zone, Kenta goes up top again, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives the coup de grace but Kenta gets space again. Goto manages to sit up, fires up, but Kenta hits PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives but Kenta is still focused. Kenta slashes the throat, drags Goto up to a fireman’s carry, but Goto blocks the GTS! Kenta fires palm strikes and is free, but he keeps hitting Goto again and again! But he runs into USHIGOROSHI!
Goto drags Kenta into the hammerlock, and pulls on the other arm! Kenta endures this modified armbar, crawls with his legs, but Goto cranks harder! Kenta still gets a foot for the ropebreak! Goto lets go but the fans keep rallying. Goto goes after Kenta, avoids being dragged down, but Kenta elbows out of the German Suplex. Kenta runs, Goto follows, Kenta dodges but runs into fireman’s carry, to dragon sleeper! Kenta drops down to go after a leg, and then hooks an arm! Goto resists but Kenta gets the crossface, for GAME OVER! Goto endures as Kenta cranks back, and Kenta focuses on just the arm a moment to make sure it’s caught! Goto rolls but ends up away from the ropes! Goto TAPS, Kenta wins!!
Winner: Kenta, by submission; gains 2 points, Goto earns 0
The IWGP United States Champion’s current #1 contender just got a big win to start his G1! Will Kenta earn another huge title opportunity even before cashing in the one he has?
Block B – Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Submission Master’s tag team partner, Taichi, won his first match, so ZSJ will surely want to stay on pace. But the King of Darkness is determined to get back to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! Will ZSJ make Evil #JustTapOut? Or will he find that Everything is STILL Evil?!
Dick gets in ZSJ’s face but ZSJ grabs his finger and twists! Evil kicks ZSJ low and stomps him down while Dick gets away. The bell rings and this is on record as ZSJ and Evil brawl on the outside. Evil toys with ZSJ but ZSJ EuroUppers. Evil CHOPS, ZSJ boots but Evil blocks to elbow the knee! Evil whips ZSJ into railing, ZSJ runs right back at Evil, but into the sidewalk slam! Evil Too Sweets the camera before finding some chairs under the ring! Dick goes after ZSJ while Red Shoes is busy with Evil! Evil leaves the chair behind and goes into the ring. Evil undoes the blue corner buckle, the new Bullet Club signature. Fans rally as the ring count climbs, and Dick taunts ZSJ.
ZSJ gets up at 10, in at 11, but Evil is on him with clubbing forearms. Evil laughs as he wrenches and whips ZSJ into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done. Evil drags ZSJ around by a leg, ZSJ resists but Evil still turns him over for a rough Half Crab! Evil sits deep but ZSJ endures, powers up, and he gets the ropebreak. Evil holds on until 3, ZSJ gets to a corner. Evil taunts ZSJ, messes his hair, and dares him to hit back. ZSJ throws a HARD EuroUpper! Fans cheer as ZSJ throws more EuroUppers, but Evil rakes his eyes! Evil runs, ZSJ ducks and gets around, Cobra Twist! Evil pops out to reverse it onto ZSJ! Evil gets help from Dick but Red Shoes sees that and counts. Evil lets go at 3, then drags ZSJ back up.
Evil scoops and slams ZSJ down hard, covers, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Again, TWO!! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but fans cheer. ZSJ clutches his back and tries to get feeling in it. Evil clubs ZSJ on the back then wrenches him arm for a whip back to the bare corner! ZSJ stops himself, goes up and under, headbutts, snapmares and TWISTS the neck! Fans cheer as things are even between ZSJ and Evil now. ZSJ stands on Evil’s head as fans rally up. ZSJ gets an arm, drags Evil around and CRANKS the arm! Then BOOTS Evil down! ZSJ dares Dick to do something then goes back to Evil. ZSJ drags Evil up, wrenches the arm, clamps onto it with a hammerlock, recliner cover, TWO!
ZSJ still has the arms, twists and stands on one, with the other trapped under Evil’s body! ZSJ STOMPS the arm and fans cheer! ZSJ keeps on Evil, drags him around by the arms again, and twists for a hammerlock STOMP! And then ZSJ wrenches the other arm, but Evil avoids the Pele! ZSJ avoids Evil’s senton and boots, but Evil deflects that at Red Shoes to then mule kick low! Both men are down as fans rally back up. Evil shakes out his arms while ZSJ clutches his back. ZSJ gets to a corner, Evil runs in, but he blocks the boots! Evil turns ZSJ sideways, clubs him and Tree of Woe STOMPS him! Fans cheer and rally up, which annoys Evil just a little.
Evil drags ZSJ up, fisherman but ZSJ fights out to PELE the arm! ZSJ runs, Evil goes to the corner but ZSJ gets around him for the IRON OCTOPUS! Evil pops out but ZSJ reapplies for the Cobra Twist! Evil pulls an ear! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Both men are down but fans build back to a rally. ZSJ scoots to a corner and Evil takes aim. Evil runs in, for the corner clothesline! Evil drags ZSJ back up as fans build to another rally. Evil hoists ZSJ up top, climbs up to join him, and fans continue to rally. Evil goes all the way up, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and gets to a corner while Evil grits his teeth.
Evil sits ZSJ up, slashes the throat, and brings ZSJ to his feet. ZSJ elbows the STO away, then gets a sleeper hold! Scoop but no Zack Driver as Evil rakes eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil spins, but into an arm-drag! ZSJ rolls Evil around to a chicken wing cover, TWO!! JIM BREAKS ARMBAR! ZSJ has Evil caught as he pulls way back on the arm! But Dick gets on the apron, hiding his choker! ZSJ lets Evil go to BOOT Dick down! ZSJ kicks Evil down, then fires up. The fans fire up with him as ZSJ sits Evil up, but Evil blocks the kick! Evil spins ZSJ, ZSJ sits down to block the German but Evil whips ZSJ into Red Shoes AND the bare corner!! LARIAT!
Red Shoes flops out of the ring, Dick gets back in! The Spoiler grins as he stomps away on ZSJ! Young Lions check on Red Shoes and Evil has Dick bring ZSJ up. Bullet Club double whip and double shoulder ZSJ down, for SENTON after SENTON! Dick stands on ZSJ and Evil vows to finish this! Dick feeds ZSJ to Evil, they work together, but no Magic Killer as ZSJ boots Dick away! Evil kicks low and runs but into ZSJ’s boot! ZSJ throws more EuroUppers, dodges Dick and throws him down for the ARTICLE 50 ARMBAR! Dick taps but it doesn’t matter, and then Evil stomps ZSJ! Fans rally up for ZSJ but Evil shakes his head.
Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carries, but ZSJ slips out of Darkness Falls to full nelson! Evil LOW BLOW MULE KICKS, but ZSJ catches it with his legs!! ZSJ gets the leg in an ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ cranks, Evil rolls and sends ZSJ into the bare buckles! Both men are down, Red Shoes returns and the fans rally up again! Evil drags ZSJ back up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS!! Cover, TWO!?! ZSJ survives and the fans are fired up! Evil is furious, though, and he vows to end this! Spin and- NO STO! ZSJ brings Evil’s arms from underneath, into the EURO CLUTCH!! ZSJ WINS!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Evil earns 0
Evil and Dick are FURIOUS with Red Shoes! ZSJ didn’t need to make Evil tap out and he still gets one over on the former Double Champion! Is ZSJ going to make his way to the top of the block?
Block B – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito!
The Ace VS the current IWGP Double Champion is the biggest match possible in Block B, and certainly for the first round! Will Tanahashi accomplish a shortcut by pinning Naito now? Or will Naito start on the road to choosing his own challenger?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Tanahashi only has to take off his elaborately decorated jacket. The bell rings and fans are fired up already! Tanahashi and Naito circle slowly, but Naito is his usual half-committed self to the approach. Tanahashi cools off and waits on Naito. The fans clap for “Go Ace!” as he rushes Naito to get the leg. Tanahashi shifts to a waistlock, Naito switches but Tanahashi switches back. Naito switches again, Tanahashi gets a facelock, drags Naito down and floats to a headlock, but Naito slips out the back to a hammerlock. Naito cranks on the arm, Tanahashi reaches back to drag Naito down to a headlock! The fans cheer the technical exchange but Naito grinds forearms in Tanahashi’s face. Naito gets to his feet, pulls hair, then pries out of the headlock.
Tanahashi resists the rest of the reversal, fans rally up, and Tanahashi powers Naito back into the headlock. Naito pops out the back to hammerlock, Tanahashi turns it back onto Naito, then shifts to the headlock for another takeover. Naito rolls Tanahashi over to turn the headlock onto him but Tanahashi headscissors. Naito pops out and the two stand off, Tanahashi strumming the air guitar. Fans cheer as the two reset. Naito and Tanahashi circle, fans rally up, but like yesterday’s Okada-Ibushi, the rhythm could be “NA-I-TO!” or “TA-NAH-SHI!” Naito kicks Tanahashi low, clubs him on the back, then clubs him more. Naito whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to dropkick the legs out!
Tanahashi stomps Naito down then stomps the bad leg. Fans rally again, Tanahashi twists the leg and turns Naito over for a KNEE BREAKER! That was new from The Ace! Tanahashi stalks Naito, twists the leg again and ties the legs up in a figure four knot. Naito endures, fans rally, Naito grabs at Tanahashi’s hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Tanahashi cranks harder on the legs, and drags Naito. Naito gets the ropebreak before the Cloverleaf could lock in! Naito gets out to walk it off, but the ring count begins. Naito waits until 15, Tanahashi rushes him but Naito gets in. Naito hits Tanahashi off the apron, but fakes Tanahashi out to Tranquilo! Tanahashi gets in to senton but misses! Naito still Tranquilo as he shoos Tanahashi away.
Tanahashi ends up outside the ring now and Naito goes out to fetch him. Naito stomps Tanahashi, drags him up and whips him into railing! Naito grinds Tanahashi against the railing with a cravat! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito stops and brings Tanahashi up to whip. Tanahashi reverses and sends Naito into railing! But Naito comes back with a shotgun dropkick! Naito whips Tanahashi back into railing! Naito leaves Tanahashi behind and the ring count returns. Tanahashi stirs, gets up at 12, hobbles over and gets in at 15. Naito walks over to stomp the legs! Naito drags Tanahashi up, kicks the legs and dragon sleepers for the backbreaker to leg hook full nelson! Tanahashi endures, Naito pulls on his hair, but fans rally up. Tanahashi reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot!
Naito claims he needs help untying the hold so Red Shoes helps. Tanahashi is free but Naito is on him right away with a whip to ropes. Naito runs Tanahashi over then basement dropkicks from behind! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up for Tanahashi but Naito gets annoyed. Naito drags Tanahashi up, Tanahashi hits back with forearms and body shots! Naito fakes Tanahashi out to kick the leg! Naito boots Tanahashi, whips him corner to corner, and runs in for the rocket kick! COMBINACION- NO! Tanahashi blocks the swinging dropkick for a swinging SLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up again!
Tanahashi gets to his feet first, drags Naito up and fires off forearms and body shots! He has Naito in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Naito reverses. Tanahashi comes back with a flying forearm! The Ace fires up more and drags Naito up. Tanahashi scoop slams Naito down, hops up and hits the second rope somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool and fans keep rallying. Tanahashi aims at Naito in the corner and runs in, but Naito boots! Tanahashi blocks it but Naito resists as best he can. Tanahashi still hits the DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, fans cheer and rally up. Naito bails out, Tanahashi gets up and goes to the corner! Tanahashi climbs and aims at Naito for the ACES HIGH!! Direct hit and both men crash down!
Red Shoes checks on them both but they’re both okay to continue. Tanahashi gets up first as the ring count climbs. Tanahashi hobbles in at 8, Naito still hasn’t gotten up! The count passes 15! Naito gets up at 17, and in at 19.5! Tanahashi is after his leg again! Tanahashi gives Naito a DRAGON SCREW in the ropes!! And dropkicks Naito’s leg! And then hits another DRAGON SCREW! Fans are fired up with Tanahashi as he goes over to Naito. Naito resists the Cloverleaf again, reaches for ropes, but Tanahashi drags him away! Naito cradle counters, TWO!! Tanahashi goes after the legs again but Naito clubs him away. Naito elbows Tanahashi then hits a SPINE BUSTER!
Both men are down again, but fans rally up again. Naito drags Tanahashi up, rams him into a corner, and then hoists him up top. Naito climbs up and hits the SUPER STEINER! But Tanahashi sunset flips through it!? TWO!! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then another! Tanahashi stands while Naito writhes! Tanahashi gets both legs for the Cloverleaf! Naito endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Fans rally harder and harder as Naito continues to endure! Naito drags himself over, reaches but Tanahashi cranks back! Tanahashi sits so deep on the hold! Red Shoes checks on Naito but he’s still awake! Naito drags himself over, Tanahashi cranks harder still! Naito gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go and is frustrated but the fans are thunderous!
Tanahashi gets up, grabs at Naito but Naito holds tight to the ropes. Tanahashi still gets Naito up, fisherman scoop, but Naito fights out! Tanahashi kicks and whips Naito and catches the leaping forearms for a full nelson! Naito breaks free before the Dragon Suplex, but Tanahashi traps the arms for a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!?! The fans are thunderous that Naito survives! Tanahashi keeps his cool and waits for Naito to stand. Tanahashi runs, Naito ducks the Sling Blade for the rolling kick! Naito reels Tanahashi in, for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down but the fans rally up! Naito fires up with his wild eyes and tongue, and then hurries over to Tanahashi. Naito drags Tanahashi up, scoops, but Tanahashi turns it into a SLING BLADE!
Tanahashi drags Naito up, but Naito makes the scoop into DESTINO! Both men are down again and fans are again thunderous! Naito and Tanahashi stir and Naito sits up first. Tanahashi follows, the two stand, and Tanahashi throws a forearm! Naito comes back with a forearm of his own! Tanahashi hits Naito, Naito hits Tanahashi, repeat! Naito grins and Tanahashi eggs him on. Naito hits back, Tanahashi hits again, and fans clap with every hit. Things speed up faster and faster, neither man backs down as they throw more forearms! Tanahashi fires off EuroUpper, Naito spits and fires off more forearms! Tanahashi ROCKS Naito with the palm strike!
Tanahashi whips but Naito reverses to throw elbow after elbow! Tanahashi drops to the mat and fans fire up again. Naito drags Tanahashi up, throws more elbows and Tanahashi drops again. The fans are thunderous, Naito drags Tanahashi up by his hair and throws even more elbows! Naito clobbers Tanahashi with that last one, but the fans haven’t stopped clapping. Naito drags Tanahashi back up, hammerlocks and lifts, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi still lives but Naito still keeps cool. Naito looms over Tanahashi, drags him up, and wrenches to tilt, but Tanahashi blocks Destino to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another! Tanahashi hits a THIRD Twist ‘n’ Shout!
Fans fire up again as Tanahashi watches Naito rise. Tanahashi runs, no Sling Blade as Naito elbows and enziguris! And tilt, no! Tanahashi reverses Destino to SLING BLADE!! Fans are booming again as Tanahashi staggers about. Tanahashi runs, for another SLING BLADE! Tanahashi hurries up top, Naito slowly rises, ACES HIGH AGAIN! But Tanahashi keeps going and is back up top! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS!!! Naito avoids certain defeat! Fans are thunderous once more as Naito stalks up behind Tanahashi. Tanahashi slowly rises, Naito runs in and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Naito won’t let himself be shocked as he drags Tanahashi back up.
Naito wrenches, tries again, but Tanahashi blocks Destino! Tanahashi swings a palm strike but Naito blocks to palm strike back! Naito scoops for VALENTIA! And then he brings Tanahashi up, for DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Tanahashi earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion conquers the Once in a Century Talent! Not even Tanahashi could pull off the shortcut! Did we already see the greatest match in Block B, if not the entire 30th G1 Climax?
Naito impatiently has the Young Lions get Tanahashi out so he can celebrate this victory and speak to the fans. “Buenos tardes, OSAKAAA~!” Osaka’s Edion Arena being the start of G1 Climax 30, with A Block yesterday and B Block today, he wants asks how they liked their first taste of “G1 Fever”? The tour goes to Kobe and comes back to Osaka in a month, but that’s only A Block shows. Sorry to the Kansai folks that don’t get to see the Double Champion. But he promises to be back in Osaka in November, with both titles AND the G1 Trophy, so until then, TRANQUILO! Please be patient and look forward to that date.
That said, let’s wrap it up. While the live fans can’t shout along, please shout in your hearts. The roll call is the only way to close G1 Climax’s opening weekend, of course! “BUSHI! SANADA! HIROMU! TAKAGI! Y NAITO! Nosotros Los Ingoberrrrrrnableeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Naito leaves with his two titles, but will he stay undefeated in the G1 to determine his own fate?
What a great first round for B Block, and second day overall for the G1! Some interesting parallels made already between the blocks, but especially arranging the main event match to be an incredible one. Ibushi won big against Okada, and Naito wins big against Tanahashi, though I suppose the champion would be expected to win. I wonder if the finals are already set to give us the rematch of Naito VS Ibushi. It’d be quite the amazing finals if it came down to Ibushi going back to back or Naito getting to choose his opponent. All of the other matches were great, too, and I think it will be a hilarious plot point if Yano winning by count-out will mean he doesn’t win the block and ends up just being a spoiler.
I liked Sanada’s new gear but it seems his change in gear never changes his style. I suppose that’s fine, though, because fans still really like Sanada and the Paradise Lock. I am also surprised Goto and Kenta had their match in the first round, but Kenta wins mostly so there’s no question if Goto could have a shot at his IWGP US Championship contract. ZSJ beating Evil was a great twist, as I thought Dick’s interference was going to turn things. But it seems ZSJ has Evil’s number in the overall series between them. ZSJ can definitely be a top contender in the Block, but obviously a win over Naito accomplishes very much the same as the G1 itself, i.e. a title match in the back pocket.
My Score: 9.3/10