NJPW is halfway done with the G1 Climax!
Round 4 was a lot of bad luck for Toru Yano and Tetsuya Naito, but there’s still a lot of time! Will round 5 be better as the G1 Climax continues?
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.
- B Block – Hirooki Goto VS Toru Yano; Goto wins.
- B Block – SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr; Sanada wins.
- B Block – Juice Robinson VS EVIL; Evil wins.
- B Block – YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins.
- B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA; Tanahashi wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 3-1, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-1, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-1, 6 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
KENTA: 2-2, 4 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-2, 4 points
SANADA: 1-3, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-3, 2 points
Hirooki Goto: 1-3, 2 points
B Block – Hirooki Goto VS Toru Yano!
The Fierce Warrior lost in shocking fast fashion to ZSJ and his European Clutch. Was he caught off guard? Was his arm in worse shape than even he thought? Will it become a factor against the wily Producer hoping to rebound from his own fourth round failure?
Yano offers Goto a handshake as Chaos members and fans cheer, but Goto is in no mood. The bell rings and Yano offers a YTR shirt like he did to Juice. Goto throws it down and CLOBBERS Yano! Goto gets the legs for a modified figure four and makes it a cradle! GOTO WINS?!?
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yano earns 0
WHAT?! Goto beat Yano so fast! Even faster than he lost to ZSJ! Yano demands the ref explain that, but the count is the count! Is Goto far from through in the G1?
B Block – SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Speaking of the Submission Master, he and Sanada meet once again. But the Cold Skull is hot off perhaps the biggest win this entire G1 when he pinned THE IWGP Double Champion! Will Sanada use that momentum to skyrocket to the top of the block? Or will he be dragged down and #JustTapOut?
The bell rings and fans cheer as these two stare down. ZSJ rushes Sanada, sunset flips but Sanada sits. ZSJ finishes the sunset but Sanada rolls through to jackknife but ZSJ rolls back to sit on Sanada, but Sanada sunset flips. ZSJ rolls through and roles reverse as ZSJ jackknifes but Sanada rolls, and ZSJ finishes the sunset again, ONE! ZSJ headbutts, headlocks but Sanada powers out. ZSJ counters the hip toss to a spin and cobra twist! Fans cheer the technical exchange, but Sanada pops out fast and drags ZSJ around. ZSJ drags him down to a sunset, ONE! Sanada sits, ONE! ZSJ sunset, ONE! Sanada sits, ONE! ZSJ sunsets, TWO! Sanada sits, TWO! Sunset, TWO! Sit down to prawn hold, TWO!! ZSJ runs, Sanada side steps him, and fans cheer asthe two stand off.
ZSJ argues with the ref for a second but takes a moment to catch his breath. Fans rally up as both men circle. They approach, tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength. ZSJ gets around to waistlock and roll Sanada to a facelock. Mouse trap, TWO! ZSJ keeps an arm to hammerlock it. ZSJ cranks it on real tight but Sanada endures. Sanada gets up, slips around but ZSJ gets away and the fans cheer again. ZSJ and Sanada go again with another test of strength. ZSJ gets the arm and wrenches it around, then goes after a leg. ZSJ trips Sanada, twists the ankle, Sanada flails and reaches but ZSJ cranks harder. Sanada keeps his shoulders up and moves around, then uses his leg to reel ZSJ in. ZSJ turns that into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, Sanada pops out to a cover, ONE!
The two stand off and fans cheer again. ZSJ talks some smack as fans rally up and the two circle again. ZSJ and Sanada tie up, ZSJ gets the wrist again, drags Sanada down and pulls on the arm! Sanada flails, ZSJ digs his heel into Sanada’s face. ZSJ pulls on the arm, bends fingers, but Sanada gets up to his feet. Sanada pops free to now pull on ZSJ’s arm! ZSJ clasps fingers, Sanada pulls and the grip falls apart. ZSJ tries to get up, Sanada wrangles him back down. ZSJ moves around and gets up again to stand on Sanada but Sanada powers ZSJ back down. ZSJ moves around again and floats over to a headlock! ZSJ hits a takeover, and is back on pulling the arm! Sanada endures, fans build to a rally, and Sanada moves around to use the same float over ZSJ did.
ZSJ sees that coming and gets Sanada back into the hammerlock! ZSJ twists the wrist and uses his own forehead against Sanada’s fingers. Sanada gets up, rolls, handsprings forward and back and wrenches to spin through. Hammerlock to headlock and back again, Sanada hits a headlock takeover but ZSJ headscissors back! Sanada tries to pop out but ZSJ holds tight to crank the neck! Fans cheer as ZSJ squeezes tight. Sanada endures, ZSJ uses knuckles and elbows to dig into Sanada’s ribs. Fans rally up, Sanada moves around, but ZSJ holds him down with elbows. Sanada hops and handsprings free, then runs, but ZSJ bails out. ZSJ catches his breath but Sanada waits. ZSJ takes his time, telling Sanada to “chotto matte (please wait).”
ZSJ stretches his legs, gets back in, and Sanada calls for a test of strength. Fans cheer as ZSJ loosens up and knuckle locks with Sanada. Sanada powers ZSJ down to his knees, but ZSJ works on a counter. Sanada powers him down more but ZSJ rolls, kicks and European Uppercuts back! ZSJ runs, boots Sanada then keeps going. Sanada hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! ZSJ bails out, Sanada PLANCHA, but ZSJ gets clear! ZSJ drags Sanada for an IRON OCTOPUS! ZSJ pulls on the arms, it’s almost Hurrah! Another Year, but he lets up as the ref starts the ring count. ZSJ puts Sanada in at 7 of 20, and follows after. ZSJ runs but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! ZSJ goes down in a heap and fans rally up. Sanada stands first and stalks ZSJ.
Sanada gets a leg, ZSJ rolls to drag Sanada down. ZSJ stands and CRANKS on the arm! ZSJ runs but Sanada blocks the Penalty Kick, to a DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down but the fans rally up. Sanada stands, grabs a leg and steps through but ZSJ drags Sanada down! ZSJ is after the arm but Sanada clasps hands. They fight for control, ZSJ gets the hands apart for the armbar! Sanada turns over fast but gets caught into a triangle hold! Fans rally up as Sanada endures. ZSJ slaps him around while inside the hold then gets the arm. Sanada powers up but ZSJ keeps his shoulders up to avoid a cover. Sanada dead lifts and puts ZSJ in a fireman’s carry! But ZSJ slips around for a dragon sleeper with behind the back grip! Sanada stays up and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go and fans rally again as both men are down.
ZSJ is up first and he kicks Sanada around at the ropes. ZSJ kicks and runs, Sanada follows and O’Conner rolls, into the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops down, ZSJ rolls through to drag Sanada back, but Sanada slips out of the EuroClutch! But ZSJ counters the Japan Clutch to get the EuroClutch! TWO!! Sanada runs into a EuroUpper, ZSJ gives him some more and eggs him on. Sanada EuroUppers but into ZSJ’s underhooks. ZSJ spins Sanada around for another EuroUpper and Sanada ends up in a corner. ZSJ runs in, Sanada elbows him away and Quebrads to dragon sleeper! ZSJ goes up and over to get his own dragon sleepre, then he scoops! Sanada slips out to dragon sleeper back! ZSJ spins out to Pele the arm!
ZSJ runs but Sanada side steps, Japan Clutch! TWO, into ZSJ stealing Skull End?! Sanada moves around to get out of the body scissors but that behind the back grip is still on tight! Fans rally as Sanada gets up. ZSJ drops back, Sanada rolls through to get his own dragon sleeper! Sanada inverted suplexes ZSJ onto ropes, for a DRAPING STUNNER! Sanada goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Sanada wins!!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall; gains 2 points, ZSJ earns 0
ZSJ can’t believe it, he still tries to get at Sanada! But the ref says that was a three, fair and square! Another rather surprising victory, what more surprises will round 5 give this G1?
B Block – Juice Robinson VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Flamboyant One has some big wins on his G1 record this year! He pinned the IWGP United States Championship title match contract holder, and he pinned Mr. KOPW 2020! Will he also add the King of Darkness, a former Double Champion, to the list? Or will he find Everything Is Evil?
The bell rings and Evil rushes Juice! Evil kicks and CHOPS Juice over and over! Evil wrenches, wrenches and wrenches the arm! Fans rally as Evil whips Juice corner to corner and Juice goes up and over. Things speed up as Juice ducks and dodges to crossbody! Fans clap-clap-stomp as Juice CHOPS Evil in return! Juice CHOPS again, whips, but Evil blocks by holding ropes. Juice DOUBLE CHOPS Evil then whips. Evil reverses but Juice grabs ropes. Juice tells Dick to back off, but Evil clotheslines Juice out! Evil keeps the ref distracted as Dick hits Juice and stomps him! Dick whips Juice into railing! Juice flops down and Evil goes out to get chairs! Many chairs! Dick keeps the ref distracted now as Evil fetches Juice.
Evil brings Juice up and whips him hard into railing! Evil has Juice near the chair pile and fans rally up! Evil suplexes Juice onto the chairs! Juice writhes while Evil gives a Too Sweet. Evil leaves Juice behind and the ref checks on Juice. The fans rally up as Juice stirs, but Evil has removed the blue corner buckle pad! The ring count starts, Juice sits up at 4 of 20 and flounders around at 7. Juice stands at 10, gets in at 12, but Evil is on him with a whip to the bare buckles! Juice falls and Evil stomps away on his back. Fans rally up, Evil drags Juice up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for Juice’s grit but Evil grabs a leg. Evil turns Juice over for a Half Crab and sits deep! Juice endures, fans rally up but Evil pulls on the leg.
Juice powers up and heads for ropes, but Evil drags him away! Evil sits deep again, Juice still endures and powers up again! Juice makes his way to the ropebreak! Fans cheer and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces while Juice sits up. Evil taunts Juice, brings Juice up, but Juice throws a forearm! Juice throws another, and another! Evil rakes Juice’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops and wrenches to whip Juice. Juice reverses, Evil reverses back and Juice goes into bare buckles again! Evil grins as he runs in, but Juice boots. Evil blocks, spins but Juice elbows him away. Evil ducks the leg lariat and runs, into a LEG LARIAT! Both men are down but the fans rally with clap-clap-stomp. Juice gets up, and JABS! JABS! JABS! Juice tells Dick to shut up as he CHOPS, and SPINE BUSTERS Evil!
Juice DECKS Dick and slingshots to PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Juice as he heads back to the ring. Evil is in a corner, Juice runs in to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up more as Juice heads up top! Juice leaps, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but sputters while fans cheer. Juice gets to ropes as fans rally up. Juice drags Evil back up and into a full nelson. Evil endures as Juice thrashes him around, and he denies the bomb to break free. Evil grabs hair, Juice breaks free but Evil blocks the kick! Evil hands the foot to the ref to mule kick Juice down! Fans rally up again and Evil smirks. Evil gets up, aims at Juice in the corner and runs in, but Juice boots! Evil blocks those, spins Juice around into the ropes and STOMPS him down!
Evil mocks the fans applauding before he brings Juice back up. Evil reels Juice in, fisherman but Juice fights out! Evil pokes him in the eyes, CHOPS him off his feet, but Juice avoids the back senton! To give a back senton! Fans rally up as Juice gets up. Evil is in a corner, Juice runs in, BIG corner clothesline! Juice drags Evil up, hoists him up top and CHOPS him! Juice CHOPS again and gives a headbutt! Fans rally with clap-clap-stomp as Juice climbs to join Evil. SUPERPLEX! But Juice holds on to roll through!? Juice suplexes again, holds Evil up, for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives and Juice is beside himself! Fans rally up and Juice stands. Juice drags Evil up, Evil blocks the fireman’s carry and throws elbows.
Juice powers through to lift Evil anyway, but Evil slips off the back. Evil waistlocks, ducks Juice’s counter elbow, but Juice goes for the chicken wings! Evil grabs the ref while he powers Juice backwards to ropes, Dick SMACKS Juice with a chair!! Evil runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives the screw job and Evil is furious! Evil drags Juice up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Juice still lives! Fans rally up as both men are down! Evil gets up, slashes the throat and drags Juice up. Evil spins Juice around, Juice denies the STO but Evil still tries. Juice gets the full nelson, Evil breaks free but Juice has the chicken wings! Juice turns Evil, but Evil spins through only for Juice to spin through! PULP-
NO! Evil shoves, goes the other way, but Juice LARIATS! Fans fire up as Juice brings down the straps! Juice drags Evil up again, fireman’s carries but Evil blocks. Juice throws Evil into deck! Fireman’s carry, JUICE BOX!! High stack cover, TWO!! Evil survives the gut buster and fans fire up as both men are down. Juice gets the fans to rally as he rises. Juice brings Evil back up, Evil goes to low blow but Juice blocks it! Juice spins Evil, chicken wing but Evil powers out! Juice stops himself from hitting the bare buckles and he elbows Evil away! Juice swings, Evil ducks the left hand but not the RIGHT! Juice powers up, Dick distracts the ref, Evil LOW BLOWS Juice! Evil gets away with hitting the grapefruits, spins Juice around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: EVIL, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Juice earns 0
The King of Darkness makes Juice fall, and has new life in the B Block! Will Evil make the G1 rrrreeeal?
B Block – YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito!
The Head Hunter had the crowd feeling electric in his match with The Ace, but could not #GetBackUp to win. Will he have better luck knowing the Uncontrollable Charisma is coming off his own defeat?
Hashi is patient as Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire. The bell rings and fans cheer as the two stare down. Fans rally already as Naito and Hashi circle. Naito and Hashi approach, tie up and Naito wrenches to a wristlock. Hashi works to wrench back, but Naito rolls and drags Hashi down. Hashi counters the leg lock with an armbar but Naito clasps hands. Naito moves around, slips out and waistlocks but Hashi slips around to tackle Naito. Hashi gets a headlock, Naito headscissors back and holds Hashi down. Hashi kicks and bridges to get around, digs knuckles into Naito’s knees and pops out of the hold! Hashi tackles Naito again, Naito again headscissors, but Hashi pops out much faster! Fans cheer as Naito is Tranquilo for the stand off.
Naito gets up and circles with Hashi again, they tie up and Hashi waistlocks. Naito pries free to get a standing armbar but Hashi slips around to get a headlock. Hashi grinds, Naito powers out but Hashi runs him over! Hashi rallies and whips, Naito reverses but Hashi huricanranas! Naito bails out and fans fire up as Hashi mocks one of Naito’s poses. Hashi runs, slides but Naito gets out of the way. Hashi pursues and clubs Naito, then CHOPS him! Hashi brings Naito around the way to CHOP him again! Hashi puts Naito in the ring and fans cheer as he stomps Naito down. Hashi brings Naito up to elbow him to a corner, then CHOPS him again. Hashi whips Naito corner to corner, runs in but Naito boots him away. Hashi comes back but Naito boots again.
Naito gets around Hashi to whip and arm-drag! Manhattan drop and neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Naito stands and fans rally up as he stomps Hashi down. Naito stomps Hashi, brings him up, Hashi swings a clothesline but into Naito’s backbreaker! Naito leg hooks Hashi for the full nelson! Hashi endures as Naito cranks on the hold. Fans rally up, Hashi kicks and reaches around. Hashi sits up and manages to get to the ropes! Naito lets go fast this time and whips Hashi to elbow him down! Basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps his cool as he stomps Hashi around. Naito digs a knee into Hashi’s chest and pulls on the head. Hashi endures this smothering chinlock but Naito adds a cravat. Hashi elbows free, throws some forearms, but Naito fakes him out to kick low!
Naito slaps Hashi around, whips him but Hashi reverses. Naito reverses back but Hashi denies the tornado! Hashi suplexes Naito to set him down, BUNKER BUSTER NECKBREAKER! Fans cheer and rally as both men are down. Naito stirs but Hashi stands first. Hashi fires up, throws forearms and body shots then a CHOP! Hashi whips, Naito reverses but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Naito’s elbow to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally more as Hashi brings Naito up. Hashi CHOPS Naito to ropes, hangs him out to dry, then runs to dropkick Naito down! Naito tumbles off the apron and to the floor and fans rally up again. Hashi takes aim and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp!
Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up. Fans continue to rally as Hashi drags Naito back up. Hashi puts Naito in and climbs up top. Naito rises, Hashi leaps, HEAD HUNTER BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Naito survives and Hashi grows frustrated but the fans continue to rally! Hashi drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift. Naito slips out, throws forearms and kicks, but Hashi back spin kicks! Hashi drags Naito up again, gets the lift, but Naito SPIKE-RANAS out of the bomb! Hashi ends up in a corner, Naito gives him Combinacian Cabron! Naito takes a moment to pose before resting on the mat. Fans rally up as both men stir. Naito drags Hashi up to a corner and hoists him up top. Hashi slips out, Naito fights but Hashi brings him out for a RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
Naito survives but Hashi keeps his focus. Hashi drags Naito up into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Naito endures, moves around and manages to stand! Naito gets around, shoves Hashi, kicks and tornado DDT’s! Both men are down again as fans fire up! Hashi writhes and flounders as fans rally again. Naito sits up and Hashi is in the corner. Naito runs in, Hashi boots but Naito blocks! Naito turns Hashi around into the ropes, DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito drags Hashi back up, hammerlock and half nelson, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Naito doesn’t lose his cool. Fans rally up as Naito drags Hashi up, wrenches, but Hashi elbows Destino away. Hashi runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Naito quickly gets Hashi up, but Hashi LARIATS first! Both men are down fans fire up!
Hashi and Naito slowly stir and head for each other. Naito throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Naito throws another forearm, Hashi hits him back. They throw forearms as they stand, back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally up with them as they keep hitting each other! Naito gets the edge, he SLAPS Hashi then brings him up to whip. Hashi reverses, CHOPS and mule kicks to gut wrench! SHOULDER BUSTER! BUTTERFLY LOCK! Naito endures as fans rally up again. Naito fights his way over towards ropes but Hashi drags him away! Hashi leans on Naito, Naito still crawls but Hashi drags him away again! Naito tries once more, Hashi shifts to a sleeper hold! Naito gets up, Hashi BACKSTABBERS! And back to BUTTERFLY LOCK!
Naito endures, kicks his legs and crawls around! Hashi leans on him but Naito keeps moving. Hashi drags him away again! Naito starts to fade! Red Shoes checks on Naito, Naito gets a second wind and kicks his way around. Hashi gets the arm for a double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Naito endures, kicks around, but Hashi cranks and leans harder! Hashi has a mounted Butterfly Lock! Naito stays awake, gives one last gas and gets the ROPEBREAK! Hashi lets go and is frustrated but the fans fire up! Hashi drags Naito back up, fisherman but Naito fights off the suplex. Naito elbows away on Hashi but both men lean on the other to stay up. Naito throws more back elbows and Hashi falls over!
Naito brings Hashi back up, throws even more elbows, but Hashi ducks one to HEADBUTT! Hashi SLAPS Naito into the DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Hashi as he runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are fired up again! Hashi drags Naito up, fisherman but DESTINO!! Fans are thunderous as Naito flounders around. Naito brings Hashi up, tilt-o-whirl but Hashi blocks Destino for KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives the Bear Cutter but Hashi doesn’t have the energy to be shocked! Fans rally up again as both men slowly stir. Hashi drags Naito up, full nelson to half nelson but Naito fights off the pump handle. Hashi SUPERKICKS and pump handles, but Naito fights out of Karma!
Naito elbows and enziguris! Hashi fires up, but he runs into the rolling kick! Naito scoops Hashi for VALENTIA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans are fired up again! Naito stands, drags Hashi back up, tilt-o-whirl to DESTINO!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yoshi-Hashi earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion rebounds and HE is the one to #GetBackUp! But he doesn’t show a lot of respect to Hashi as he stands on him and poses. Will Naito keep it at only one loss in this G1?
B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!
The Once in a Century Talent is back on a winning track, but he still has a long way to go before he returns to the G1 Climax finals. Will he at least add his name to the list of those who have pinned the IWGP US Championship title match contract holder? Or will Fang Revived sink his teeth into Tanahashi’s love and energy?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Tanahashi and Kenta tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi powers Kenta to ropes. Tanahashi lets up fast and the fans cheer. Kenta keeps his cool as he circles with Tanahashi again. They tie up, Tanahashi powers Kenta to ropes again, but Kenta turns things around. Red Shoes calls for the break as Kenta messes Tanahashi’s hair up. Kenta lets off but Tanahashi throws a forearm. Tanahashi whips but Kenta grabs ropes and bails out. Kenta walks around the way to catch his breath but fans rally up. Tanahashi encourages the fans to rally as Kenta slides in, but then Kenta bails out. Kenta turns his back on Tanahashi to show thumbs down and boo. Tanahashi baseball slides Kenta in the back!
Kenta crashes into railing, Tanahashi puts him in the ring and throws forearms in the corner! Tanahashi whips but Kenta reverses, only to run into an elbow. Tanahashi goes up to crossbody Kenta down! Tanahashi air guitars as fans fire up. Kenta bails out again but Tanahashi drags Kenta up to the apron. Kenta hotshots Tanahashi away! Kenta gets in to chop block a leg! Kenta stomps the leg over and over! Kenta drags Tanahashi brings Kenta up for a SHIN BREAKER! Tanahashi goes down in a heap as Kenta air BASS guitars! Kenta drags Tanahashi around, drags him to a corner and SLAMS the leg into the post! Tanahashi clutches the knee but Kenta is after him again. Kenta SLAMS the leg back into the post! Fans rally up while Kenta gets in the faces of the Young Lions.
Kenta drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi throws forearms! Kenta trips Tanahashi, cranks on the foot and drops down to a heel hook! Tanahashi endures, grabs Kenta’s leg for a heel hook of his own, and he rolls Kenta around. Kenta rolls, they both end up in ropes and Red Shoes calls for the break. Kenta kicks Tanahashi as he gets up, and he brings Tanahashi up to kick the bad leg! Kenta kicks the legs out from under Tanahashi, then steps through for a FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures, moves around and gets ropes! Red Shoes counts, Kenta lets go and slithers out of the ring. Kenta drags Tanahashi out to whip into railing! Kenta laces the leg around the railing to pull and BOOT! Tanahashi only stays up because he’s stuck on the railing but Kenta puts him in the ring. Kenta paces while fans rally up.
Kenta stomps Tanahashi’s knee, drops knees on the knee, then pulls on the leg! Tanahashi endures, turns over, but Kenta SMASHES the knee! Tanahashi grits his teeth and fans rally up. Kenta stomps the legs but Tanahashi gets up. Kenta kicks more, Tanahashi throws forearms! Kenta kicks the leg agian and Tanahashi hobbles away. Kenta runs in, Tanahashi blocks the boot and DRAGON SCREWS! Fans cheer and rally again with “GO ACE!” rhythm. Tanahashi stands, runs, and hits flying forearms! Tanahashi rallies with elbows then scoop slams Kenta to a drop zone! Tanahashi hops up, SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool as he runs. Kenta boots Tanahashi back, Tanahashi runs but into a POWERSLAM!
Fans rally up, Kenta mocks the clapping and sees Tanahashi in a corner. Kenta runs in to forearm smash, then he puts Tanahashi’s leg on the ropes. Kenta kicks the other leg, then turns things around to tornado hotshot! Tanahashi falls, Kenta climbs up and leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta gets the legs for the FIGURE FOUR! Tanahashi endures again as fans rally up. Tanahashi pries at the hold, Kenta keeps him in it, so Tanahashi powers his way to the ropebreak! Kenta lets off fast and kicks Tanahashi to the apron. Kenta stomps Tanahashi on the apron, too, then drags Tanahashi up through the ropes. Tanahashi fights Kenta back but Kenta kicks the bad leg. Kenta throws haymakers, drags Tanahashi back up but Tanahashi resists the suplex.
Fans rally again as Tanahashi goes to suplex Kenta. Kenta resists, they fight for suplex control, and Tanahashi drags Kenta to the apron. Kenta and Tanahashi trade forearms back and forth, and fans rally up as the brawling speeds up! Tanahashi gets the edge, Kenta dropkicks the bad leg out! Kenta has the bad leg, to DRAGON SCREW Tanahashi to the floor!! Both men are down and fans rally up as Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi. Tanahashi is okay to continue and Kenta leaves him behind. The ring count begins, Tanahashi clutches his knee but sits up at 7 of 20. Tanahashi stands at 11, hobbles over but falls at 14! Tanahashi tries to get up again and is in at 17! Fans cheer but Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT! And then again to HESITATION DROPKICK!
Tanahashi is down and Kenta fires up! Kenta climbs up, aims, and DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives Kenta’s coup de grace but Kenta won’t let up! Kenta slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi back up and fireman’s carries. Tanahashi slips out and full nelsons but Kenta kicks away on the bad leg! Kenta gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! And then the FIGURE FOUR!! Tanahashi endures and fans rally up! Tanahashi moves around, Kenta works to keep him down but the two sit up. Kenta throws haymakers but Kenta eggs him on. Kenta hits Tanahashi, Tanahashi hits back! Kenta is a bit rocked from that and the figure four comes loose. Kenta rains down furious forearms in return! Kenta drags Tanahashi up, runs and runs, but into a SLING BLADE! Both men are down and fans fire up!
Fans rally up as both men stir. Tanahashi grits his teeth as he and Kenta head for each other. Tanahashi throws a forearm, Kenta forearms back! Tanahashi forearms again, and again, Kenta fires back twice! Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta, but Kenta comes back to ROCK Tanahashi! The brawling speeds up again and fans fire up with it! It’s fast and furious but Kenta ROCKS Tanahashi! Tanahashi wobbles, Kenta throws another forearm but Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta with the palm strike! Kenta BACK HANDS! Tanahashi PALM STRIKES! BACK HAND! PALM STRIKE! Both men wobble, Tanahashi runs but Kenta puts him through the ropes! Tanahashi gets the leg first to DRAGON SCREW! Kenta is down, fans fire up and Tanahashi gets the leg! GROUND DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up as Tanahashi gets both legs for the CLOVERLEAF! Kenta endures as Tanahashi sits deep! Kenta powers up, crawls forward and reaches, and he gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go fast, tired and frustrated. Fans rally again as Tanahashi looms over Kenta in the corner. Tanahashi sits Kenta up for forearm after forearm! Tanahashi runs corner to corner to DROPKICK back! Tanahashi fires up, fans fire up with him as he runs! Kenta gets around to shove Tanahashi into Red Shoes! And then he tackles them both! And splashes down on them both! Red Shoes is squashed under Kenta and Tanahashi but all three men are down! Fans rally up, Kenta brings Tanahashi up to kick and DDT! Tanahashi writhes but fans continue to rally.
Kenta goes out and grabs his IWGP US Championship contract briefcase! Kenta mocks the fans being all upset and worried, then aims at Tanahashi. Tanahashi stands, BRIEFCASE SHOT!! Kenta shouts at Red Shoes to get up before he brings Tanahashi back up. Fans still rally up and Tanahashi is dead weight. Kenta sits Tanahashi up, says BANG and runs, to PENALTY KICK! Tanahashi is down again and Red Shoes is finally up. Kenta aims again as fans rally back up. Tanahashi stirs, Kenta mocks the clapping as he watches. Tanahashi sits up, stands, PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tanahashi survives and Kenta is furious! Kenta drags Tanahashi back up and fans rally even harder. Tanahashi hits back but they don’t even make Kenta flinch. Kenta brings Tanahashi up to KNEE point blank!
Kenta fireman’s carries, GO TO- TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!! Tanahashi holds on as both men are down, and fans rally up as he rises again! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT AGAIN!! Tanahashi still holds on and rises again! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT THE THIRD!! Tanahashi is fired up but he hobbles around. SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives but Tanahashi is not deterred! Tanahashi goes up top and takes aim, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY! The fans are thunderous as Tanahashi just gets up again! Tanahashi gets the CLOVERLEAF! Kenta endures as Tanahashi sits deep on it! Kenta moves around as fans rally, he heads for ropes, but Tanahashi drags Kenta away! Tanahashi sits DEEP, Kenta TAPS!! Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by submission; gains 2 points, Kenta earns 0
The Ace makes the Fang Revive give up! Tanahashi has beaten the IWGP US Championship contract holder! Whether Tanahashi wins the G1 or not, will he have this golden opportunity in his back pocket? Speaking of, Kenta shows Tanahashi the crack in the case where Tanahashi’s head hit it! Will Kenta make sure that happens all over again should Tanahashi come for the prize?
Fans rally for Tanahashi as he looks to go, and that convinces him to stay! Tanahashi catches his breath and takes to the mic! “Everyone, NJPW was finally able to return to Hiroshima tonight. Thank you very much!” Fans cheer in thanks back to Tanahashi. Tanahashi fights back the emotions and apologizes. “The G1 is still underway. There’s still half the tournament to go. I will win it all. I’ll do my best. Thank you!” The fans cheer because they believe he will, and he calls for the air guitar. Young Lion Yota Tsuji tosses it up, and it’s way, way, way up there! Tanahashi tracks it and “catches” it! Tanahashi tells the fans, “Everyone, from here on out, we’ll all look for a new way. And we’ll present to you a new NJPW! I ask for you to clap tonight! Let’s rock!” The fans do clap and the air guitar begins!
Tanahashi gets them clapping a special rhythm for “EN-CO-RU!” and he gives them an encore! And then he “throws” the air guitar to the crowd! Jado tries to intercept it on commentary but he’s not tall enough. Fans want another encore, and a fan throws the guitar back to Tanahashi. But, how did it get to that side of the audience so fast? Tanahashi plays more and gives a big finale! Tanahashi throws the guitar to the camera and those watching at home before he gets the mic back. “It’s awesome being in this ring.” He thanks us for watching and supporting him. And he vows the G1 Climax will continue to rock! Tanahashi thanks the fans and shouts he loves us! Will the love and energy flow forever as The Ace goes after the top of the block?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 4-1, 8 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
EVIL: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-2, 6 points
KENTA: 2-3, 4 points
SANADA: 2-3, 4 points
Hirooki Goto: 2-3, 4 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-3, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-4, 2 points
Another great going for NJPW and specifically for the B Block. I did NOT see Goto beating Yano that fast, that was hilarious in its own way. Sanada also surprised ZSJ in a really good match, that was a unique way of finishing that match. And in parallel to A Block, there is ONE 4-1 with Naito winning a really good match with Yoshi-Hashi. I still feel there is a strong possibility of Ibushi VS Naito in the finals to give us the rematch of their admittedly scary match last year. That just has the most inherent drama because Ibushi wants to repeat as G1 winner but Naito wants to determine his own fate as IWGP Double Champion. Meanwhile, Kenta has a list of people lining up for his prize, too, as Juice Robinson, Evil and now Hiroshi Tanahashi have beaten him. Tanahashi VS Kenta was incredible to close the night, it was great for Tanahashi to close out with the air guitar because it has been quite some time since he has.
My Score: 9.4/10