NJPW finishes another round of the G1!
Tetsuya Naito is still strong going into Round 6, but will he still be strong after? NJPW’s number one takes on The Flamboyant One in the G1!
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 YOSHI-HASHI; Goto wins.
- B Block – Toru Yano VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
- B Block – SANADA VS KENTA; Sanada wins.
- B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS Juice Robinson; Naito wins.
- B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL; Evil wins.
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Here are the current 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
B Block – Hirooki Goto VS YOSHI-HASHI!
The Fierce Warrior didn’t get the most important win in the G1 but he did get the fastest win ever off of Toru Yano! The Head Hunter put up a great fight but still lost against Tetsuya Naito! But how will these NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions treat each other?
The bell rings and fans rally as Goto and Hashi circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Goto manages to power Hashi to ropes. Hashi turns things around, the ref counts and Hashi lets off. Hashi pats Goto on the shoulder, but then CHOPS him! Goto shakes it off as he and Hashi circle again. They approach, Hashi kicks low and headlocks but Goto powers out to reel Hashi into a headlock. Hashi powers out, Goto comes back and rams him with a shoulder, but Hashi rebounds to ram Goto back! Goto comes back, counters a hip toss with a hip toss, then runs to run Hashi over! Fans fire up as Goto brings Hashi up. Goto bumps Hashi off buckles, stomps away then clubs him down. Goto drags Hashi up, whips him corner to corner and runs in, but Hashi boots the bad arm!
Hashi wrenches that arm, clubs the arm, then hammerlocks to ram Goto into buckles! Hashi wrenches the bad arm again, and hits an arm breaker! Fans cheer as Hashi looms over Goto. Hashi stomps Goto’s bad arm and fans rally up. Hashi brings Goto up again, snapmares him down and chinlocks. Goto endures and reaches for Hashi’s hair but Hashi grabs that arm to get a double wristlock. Fans rally as Goto endures and fights off the hold, but Hashi shifts to short arm scissors! Goto is frustrated but he doesn’t give up as Hashi cranks on the arm. Fans still rally, Goto moves around but Hashi pulls harder. Goto still gets the ropebreak with a foot so Hashi lets go. Hashi toys with Goto and even slaps him! Goto gets mad and pulls Hashi’s hair to put him in a corner!
The ref calls for them to let off, but Hashi uppercuts the bad arm! Hashi elbows the bad arm, then brings Goto back up. Goto resists the suplex, but Hashi resists Goto’s suplex. Goto throws body shots and tries again, but Hashi suplexes first! Goto slips out and staggers to a corner. Hashi runs in, Goto dodges his chop to SAIDO! Both men are down but fans fire up! Fans rally as Hashi crawls to the opposite corner. Goto runs in and hits MURAMASA! Then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Hashi survives but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, Hashi fights free and waistlocks. Goto elbows free, runs, but Hashi dodges the lariat to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up while Hashi catches his breath. Goto goes to a corner now and fans rally up. Hashi runs in now, to CHOP Goto and whip, to CHOP again! Hashi mule kicks, runs but into Goto’s fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI!
Fans fire up again as both men are down! Fans build to a rally as Goto sits up first. Goto fires up and drags Hashi into the dragon sleeper. Hashi fights off GTR to get around after the bad arm! Goto rolls through, dodges the clothesline and waistlocks but Hashi elbows free. Hashi runs, Goto follows but Hashi dodges, they collide with clotheslines! They stay up, Hashi LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Fans build to another rally as Hashi drags Goto up now. Hashi fisherman and suplexes but Goto fights free! Goto clubs Hashi, blocks the boot but Hashi dodges the elbow! DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi runs as Goto rises, BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi hurries to get the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Goto endures and fans rally up as Hashi leans on the hold!
Goto fights but Hashi cranks harder on the arms! Goto moves with his legs, reaches out, but Hashi turns him from the ropes! Hashi leans as hard as he can on the hold but Goto keeps moving around. Hashi gets the bad arm for the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Goto endures, Hashi cranks and pulls on the arm, but Goto keeps fighting! Goto manages to get his arms free but Hashi shifts to a sleeper! Goto powers up to his feet but Hashi BACKSTABBERS! Fans fire up with Hashi as he brings Goto back up, fisherman suplex, to KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives but Hashi won’t stop! Fans rally as Hashi brings Goto back up. Hashi full nelsons, spins Goto to the pump handle but Goto fights off Karma!
Goto rolls, reels Hashi in, fireman’s carry to G T W! But Goto can’t make the cover here, he’s too tired! Fans rally up as both men slowly stir. Hashi and Goto sit up, head for each other, and Goto throws a forearm. Hashi throws a forearm back, but Goto hits him again. They go back and forth as they stand up, and fans rally as they pick up speed! Hashi gets the edge, but Goto DECKS him with one! Hashi flounders but Goto fires up! Goto focuses his power and aims at Hashi, but Hashi blocks the kick and SHOTEIS! Hashi runs, Goto swats his clothesline away, then spins, into Hashi’s LARIAT! Hashi fires up, drags Goto up, pump handle and-
No! Goto slips out of Karma to dragon sleeper, but Hashi slips out! Hashi HEADBUTTS Goto! Hashi stays up and gets his bad leg working. Hashi brings Goto back up, Goto HEADBUTTS back! Goto stays up now and Hashi is in a daze! Fans rally up as Goto drags Hashi back up to SLAP him! Goto eggs Hashi on so Hashi SLAPS back! Goto ROCKS Hashi with the next one, and BUZZSAWS! Goto drags Hashi up, G T R!! Cover, Goto wins!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto by pinfall; gains 2 points, Hashi earns 0
The Head Hunter could not #GetBackUp, and the Fierce Warrior has a chance! Will Goto be able to get back up and head to the top?
B Block – Toru Yano VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Speaking of the Producer, he lost to Goto in such a fast time, it’s almost like the match didn’t happen! And the Submission Master was also caught off guard by Sanada and didn’t realize his match ended when it did, either. Will both men be much more careful this round?
ZSJ tips the KOPW 2020 trophy over and that upsets Yano. But ZSJ tells Yano he already suspects all his little tricks and will be ready for them. The bell rings and Yano takes out the hidden rolls of tape! One under each knee pad, and two in his waistband! Yano is giving ZSJ a clean fight and fans rally up. ZSJ can’t believe those escaped the ref’s check the first time! Yano and ZSJ tie up, ZSJ powers Yano to ropes and it’s a clean break. Yano asks if ZSJ is a clean vote, and ZSJ says “Of course I’m a clean fighter!” Yano and ZSJ tie up again, Yano powers ZSJ back now and the ref asks for a clean break. Yano holds on but lets up and the fans cheer. ZSJ still accuses Yano of trickery, so Yano brings out a fifth roll of tape!? Yano promises that’s the last one! Now they can have a clean fight.
ZSJ and Yano circle, feel out the grapple, and Yano waistlocks. ZSJ standing switches, Yano switches back, ZSJ drops down to get the leg then waistlock. Yano switches again, ZSJ switches, Yano switches and the two break! Fans cheer for this great exchange! Yano goofs around so much, it makes you forget he’s an accomplished collegiate wrestler. Speaking of, Yano drops down to starting position, daring ZSJ to take him on! ZSJ does, to an Oklahoma Roll to armbar! Yano gets the ropes with a leg and ZSJ lets go fast. ZSJ gives Yano time to return and then drops down! Fans cheer as ZSJ dares Yano to show him that amateur wrestling. Yano shouts, “OKAY~!” but goes to untie a turnbuckle pad! ZSJ CLUBS Yano first, headlocks but Yano powers out.
ZSJ gets Yano, they go around and around, fans rally as Yano turns the cobra twist onto ZSJ! ZSJ reverses the twist onto Yano, drags Yano down to a grounded cobra twist cover, Yano’s foot gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go in shock, but he kicks Yano out of the ring. ZSJ brings Yano up to throw EuroUppers, then whips Yano, only for Yano to reverse and send ZSJ into railing! Yano hurries out to get a chair from the timekeeper’s! And then he brings out those rolls of tape from under the ring! Yano JAMS ZSJ with the chair, then puts the chair on the other side of the railing. Yano grabs ZSJ’s arm, puts it through railing, and tapes it to the chair! ZSJ resists by pulling Yano’s ear but that doesn’t stop Yano! The ring count begins, Yano runs away and ZSJ is stuck!
The count passes 10 of 20 as ZSJ tries to figure out the puzzle Yano created! It’s past 15! ZSJ moves the chair around, and passes it through the thin way! ZSJ is in at 19!! Yano protests because ZSJ brought a chair into the ring! ZSJ blames Yano and the ref understands. ZSJ shouts, “Why would I do this to myself?!” The ref unravels some of the tape but ZSJ grows impatient. ZSJ tries to rip the tape but it’s strong. Yano asks what’s taking so long. ZSJ gets free and the fans cheer. Yano apologizes but ZSJ is furious. Yano asks why. Why does he think!? Yano apologizes again, explaining “gomenasai” is “I’m sorry” in Japanese. Then bow! Yano bows and even kneels! Yano offers a handshake, ZSJ takes it, but Yano anticipates and blocks ZSJ’s whip!
Yano rakes ZSJ’s eyes, reels ZSJ in, fireman’s carry takeovers and then dodges ZSJ to belly2belly suplex! Fans fire up as Yano brings ZSJ back up and throws him out. Yano goes out and the ref tells him to get this back in the ring. Yano whips ZSJ but ZSJ reverses. Yano stops himself from hitting railing, ZSJ runs in but Yano ducks the clothesline to waistlock! ZSJ blocks the lift, Yano keeps trying, but ZSJ drops down to victory roll to an ANKLE LOCK! Yano endures and the ref tells ZSJ to stop. The ring count starts but ZSJ drags Yano through the gate to the aisle! The count climbs as ZSJ drags Yano away. The count is 10 of 20 but ZSJ still drags Yano over! It gets to 15 and ZSJ lets go! ZSJ runs, Yano hurries to follow on one bad leg, and Yano gets in at 19! ZSJ stands on the bad leg and stomps it.
Yano holds the bottom rope for safety but ZSJ rams into the bad leg! The ref counts as ZSJ pulls on the leg, but ZSJ lets go at 3. ZSJ stomps the leg more, but Yano still clings to the bottom rope. Fans rally up as ZSJ brings Yano up. Yano throws forearm after forearm but ZSJ grabs the bad leg, rolls with it and has the Ankle Lock back! Yano endures the hold but fans rally up. Yano crawls, gets the corner, and unties the buckle pad! ZSJ lets go to stomp Yano but the ref backs him off. ZSJ points out the buckle pad, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses and then finishes untying the pad! Fans cheer as Yano hobbles over. The ref reprimands but Yano asks why he has to drop the pad. ZSJ and the ref tell him to let it go but Yano pushes the ref and swings on ZSJ!
ZSJ ducks the pad, Yano ducks the roundhouse and uses the buckle pad to sweep ZSJ! High stack cover, TWO!! Yano gets up, ZSJ throws a EuroUpper and the buckle pad table tops Yano! ZSJ jumps on for the EuroClutch but Yano sits up to sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ escapes, Yano uses the ref as a shield! ZSJ pushes the ref aside, and catches the low blow uppercut with his legs! ZSJ spins to leg hook hammerlock the arm, then he gets Yano’s other arm! Yano resists, reaches back and drags ZSJ down to a lateral press! Cover, TWO!! Yano goes for another takedown but ZSJ slips around it for a ghost pin! TWO!! Fans cheer as Yano gets to the corner. ZSJ runs in but only gets the bare buckles! Yano fires up, fans cheer, and Yano picks ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights out to drag Yano down in a guillotine!
Yano fights back up to his feet as fans rally, and he rams ZSJ into bare buckles! Small package, TWO!! Yano argues with the ref, ZSJ waistlocks him. Yano switches, ZSJ resists the lift and switches, but Yano grabs the ref! ZSJ avoids the low blow mule kick to get the ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ grapevines and has the heel hook! Yano endures, fans rally and Yano crawls for ropes! ZSJ cranks harder, Yano grabs the buckle pad and turns over! The ref warns Yano, ZSJ turns him over to lace up the legs for a modified figure four! Yano smacks away on ZSJ’s head with the buckle pad, but again it’s a buckle pad so it doesn’t really hurt. The ref takes the pad away, ZSJ CRANKS on the heel hook! Yano taps, ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission; gains 2 points, Yano earns 0
Yano could not use tricks to get out of that, he had to #JustTapOut! Can the Submission Master scratch and claw his way to the top of the block?
B Block – SANADA VS KENTA!
The Cold Skull got the drop on ZSJ and now has a fighting chance in the block. But Fang Revived could not drop The Ace, even after hitting him with a briefcase! Will Kenta avoid a Skull End and make Sanada Go To Sleep? Or will he get caught off guard just like ZSJ?
Kenta has made a point of putting a note on the briefcase to remind us all that the crack in it was made by Hiroshi Tanahashi’s head. Sanada wants Kenta to put the briefcase away but Kenta is reluctant. Kenta tosses it to the ref to sucker punch Sanada! The bell rings, Kenta rains down rights on Sanada’s head! Sanada bails out but Kenta is after him with haymakers! Kenta whips Sanada hard into railing! And then off the post! Kenta stomps Sanada down, brings him back up and puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE! Kenta drags Sanada up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Kenta sits Sanada up to stomp and KICK him! Kenta drags Sanada up, whips him and catches him for a sleeper! Sanada flails as Kenta drags him down to the mat.
Fans rally up as Sanada endures and Kenta grinds him down. Sanada fights up, throws elbows, but Kenta throws him down by his hair! Kenta drags Sanada up, whips and elbows Sanada down! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Sanada into a headscissor hold, but Sanada endures. Sanada rolls and gets the ropebreak! Kenta lets go and drags Sanada up, but Sanada throws forearms! Kenta drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Kenta rams his knee in then drags Sanada up for another chinlock. Fans rally as Sanada endures and fights up again. Sanada is up, throws elbows and is free, but he runs into Kenta’s sleeper! Sanada slips out and shoves Kenta to dropkick the knee! Kenta rushes back in but into a back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Fans rally up and Sanada stands first. Sanada goes after Kenta at the ropes, whips him but Kenta reverses to throw forearms. Kenta kicks but Sanada blocks and trips Kenta. Sanada has the legs and starts tying Kenta up, but Kenta fights out of Paradise! Kenta kicks and whips but Sanada reverses. Kenta sunset flips, Sanada rolls through and gets Kenta tied up, into Paradise Lock! Fans cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and louder, and Sanada dropkicks Kenta out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool as he fireman’s carries. Kenta rakes eyes and shoves Sanada to then POWERSLAM! Both men are down but Kenta goes to a corner. Fans rally up as Sanada stands in the other corner. Sanada runs corner to corner but Kenta boots him!
Kenta climbs up, reels Sanada in, tornado stungun! Kenta is up top, leaps and hits the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Kenta drags Sanada back up. Kenta waistlocks, Sanada resists the lift and elbows back, but Kenta clubs him. Kenta runs but Sanada sends him out to then build speed. Kenta dodges, Sanada tumbles up and over, only for Kenta to trip him up! Sanada is down on the apron while Kenta catches his breath. Fans rally up, Kenta gets in and drags Sanada up. Kenta brings Sanada through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Sanada still lives and fans cheer but Kenta aims from a corner. Sanada stands, Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Kenta keeps going to HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kenta climbs up top. Kenta leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives the coup de grace but Kenta slashes the throat!
Kenta drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights out to dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Kenta rolls out of Skull End to get an arm! Kenta wrenches Sanada around on the mat, but Sanada rolls through. Kenta drags Sanada into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Sanada pops out, but Kenta wants the crossface! Sanada fights, ROPEBREAK! Kenta doesn’t get Game Over but he KICKS Sanada in the ribs! Sanada staggers up, Kenta runs, but into Sanada’s fireman’s carry! TKO!! Sanada doesn’t cover, he drags Kenta up into the dragon sleeper! Kenta spins around and rams Sanada into the ref! Kenta kicks Sanada and SPIKES him with the DDT! Fans rally up while Sanada is down and Kenta goes outside. Kenta grabs his briefcase! Kenta wants to add a crack to it with Sanada’s name on it!
Sanada stands, ducks the briefcase and dropkicks it into Kenta’s face! Sanada drags Kenta up, scoop to a backbreaker! Sanada goes to a corner, climbs, MOONSAULT onto knees!! Cradle, TWO!! Sanada survives but Kenta keeps on him! Kenta fireman’s carries, Sanada slips off to dragon sleeper! Kenta spins through to inside cradle, TWO!! Sanada ducks and O’Conner Rolls to a BRIDGE! Sanada wins!!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Kenta earns 0
Kenta is furious with the ref but the count was fair! The IWGP US Championship contract holder has lost again! Will he have his hands busy after the G1 trying to hold onto the briefcase? Will Sanada be able to complete the comeback in the block?
B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS Juice Robinson!
The IWGP Double Champion recovered strong and stands at 4-1. But the Flamboyant One learned that Everything is Evil just a few days ago. Will Juice recover to join the very short list of those who have pinned the dual IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion?
Juice is patient as Naito takes off the elaborate entrance attire. He even lounges on the ropes while he waits. Juice applauds when Naito finishes and the fans cheer, too. The bell rings and fans rally up as Naito and Juice circle. Juice claps and dances to the “NA-I-TO” clapping, then he gets them to clap-clap-stomp. We Will Rock You as Juice and Naito circle more. They approach but Naito dodges Juice. The “NA-I-TO” clapping returns as Naito and Juice circle again. They approach and this time Juice dodges Naito. Juice grins as he gives Naito a taste of his own medicine, but he gets serious now. Juice calls for a test of strength, and Naito knuckle locks with him. Juice gets the arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Naito spins through and wrenches to a hammerlock.
Juice reaches back, fireman’s carry takeover to a cording hold, but Naito gets up. Naito gets a leg, drops down on it for a toehold, but Juice endures. Juice uses a leg to pry Naito off and even stomps him! Juice brings Naito up, headlocks and hits a takeover, but Naito headscissors back. Juice pops out, Naito is Tranquilo! Naito uses the chest bumping and fist raising to mock We Will Rock You. Juice smirks as the fans rally up. Naito and Juice reset and circle again. They tie up, Juice headlocks but Naito pulls hair. Juice cranks on the headlock, Naito powers Juice off but Juice runs him over! Things speed up, Naito swings into Juice’s backbreaker! Juice hits a Russian leg sweep, then drops a senton! Naito bails out but Juice follows.
Juice scoops and snake eyes Naito on the railing! Juice drags Naito up and around to whip hard into railing! Naito is down, Juice leaves him behind and the fans rally up again. A ring count begins, Naito sits up at 2 but slowly gets up. Naito stands at 12 of 20, heads over to the ring and is in at 15. Juice stomps Naito at the ropes over and over but lets off. Juice drags Naito back up, whips him to ropes but Naito holds ropes to boot Juice back! Naito ducks a boot, waistlocks, but Juice resists and elbows free. Juice runs but into Naito’s arm-drag! Naito kicks, runs and huricanranas Juice out of the ring! Naito pursues and brings Juice up to bump off the apron then ram him into railing! And repeat! And repeat! Then he whips Juice into more railing!
Fans cheer as Naito leaves Juice behind. Fans rally up as the ring count begins again. Juice sits up at 5, slowly rises and stands at 14 to get in at 15! Naito stomps Juice at the ropes, kicks him to more ropes, then chokes him on those ropes! Red Shoes counts, Naito whips Juice and catches him for a sleeper! Juice endures, Naito shifts to a dragon sleeper for the backbreaker, and then the leg hook full nelson. Naito mocking chants, “Juice! Juice!” and fans clap along. Juice grabs at Naito but Naito rakes Juice’s eyes! Juice moves around, reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot. Red Shoes helps Naito let Juice go, and Naito keeps his cool as he mocks “Juice! Juice!” again. Juice sits up, Naito kicks him then cravats.
Naito cranks on the neck, Juice throws body shots, but Naito cranks harder! They end up in a corner, Red Shoes calls for the break but Naito throws elbows in over and over! Naito brings Juice out, slaps and chants, “Juice!” Fans rally up with the clapping, Naito kicks Juice low and reels him in. Naito turns Juice for a neckbreaker, but Juice turns it back! Naito turns Juice again, Juice turns it back again, so Naito clubs away on Juice’s back. Naito turns Juice again but Juice turns it back around to suplex! Naito fights that off, throws haymakers and kicks, then whips. Juice reverses, and hits a SPINE BUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito and Juice stir, sit up and stand. Juice pumps up and fans clap along. JAB, JAB, JAB!
Juice powers up but Naito ducks, Juice gets him for a DDT! It was a feint! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Juice keeps his cool. Juice goes to a corner as fans rally up again. Juice goes up to the top rope, leaps, but Naito gets under! Naito comes back, whips Juice and elbows him! Juice comes back, but into a hip toss, Naito adds the basement dropkick! Both men are down again but fans rally up. Naito again mocks the Juice pumping as he gets up. Juice sits up, too, Naito runs at him in the corner and blocks the boots! Naito hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Then the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Into PLUMA BLANCA! Juice is caught in Naito’s Koji Klutch and fans rally up! Juice fights, moves around, but Naito holds on tight! Juice still crawls and gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Naito lets go at 3.
Naito drags Juice up, reels him in and hammerlocks and half nelsons. Juice fights out of Gloria but Naito CLUBS him! Naito clubs Juice at the ropes and mocks the pumping. Juice swats at Naito but Naito clubs and whips. Juice reverses, dodges the flying forearms to full nelson SLAM! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Juice sits up and gets to a corner. Naito is in the other, Juice runs in, CANNONBALL! Juice fires up and the fans do, too! Juice has the fans clap for We Will Rock You as he drags Naito back up. Juice hoists Naito up top and CHOPS him! Juice has the fans keep going and he climbs up top. Naito fights back, Juice drags Naito up for the SUPERPLEX! Juice holds on and rolls, to stalling suplex to the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Naito lives and Juice is beside himself!
The fans rally up again, Juice gets up and fires up! Juice drags Naito up, chicken wings and spins, but Naito pushes free. Naito runs in, Juice fireman’s carries but Naito slips off. LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! Juice fires up and brings down the straps! Juice beats his chest and the fans fire up! Juice brings Naito up, fireman’s carries, but Naito POISON-RANAS the Juice Box away! Both men are down again but fans fire up. Naito stands up and heads over to Juice. Naito drags Juice up, throws back elbows over and over, and Juice falls over. Fans rally up as Naito drags Juice back up, to throw more elbows. Juice falls again but fans continue to rally. Naito drags Juice back up, throws even more elbows, and Juice staggers away to a corner.
Naito hoists Juice up top, climbs up fast, and SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Juice lands hard! Naito runs in, tilt-o-whirl but Juice pops him off to HEEL KICK! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up! Juice rises first and fires himself up. Juice reels Naito in, Naito spins out and spins Juice, to tornado but Juice blocks the DDT! Juice pops Naito around to another suplex! Naito turns that to a DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?! Juice survives but Naito isn’t bothered! Naito drags Juice back up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but Juice slips out! Juice brings Naito up for a FALLING BOMB! Both men are down but fans rally again. Naito slowly sits up first, brings Juice up and throws a big forearm! Juice CLUBS Naito back, but Naito throws another forearm. Juice headbutts but Naito slaps Juice around.
Naito mocks the pumping between slaps, but Juice mocks the “open eye” as he slaps Naito back! They keep slapping and mocking each other as they get up! Things are fast and furious now, Juice JABS, JABS, and JABS! Naito ducks the Left Hand O’ God, and the right, to enziguri! Juice stays up to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Juice somehow got opened up! Naito’s foot must’ve hit Juice in the head as he flipped around. Juice drags Naito up, chicken wings and turns, but Naito denies Pulp Friction to throw elbow after elbow. Juice ducks one, LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! Juice drags Naito up, reels him in and chicken wings, PULP- NO!
Naito hooks an arm, Juice breaks free but Naito dodges the Left Hand again! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Juice survives and the fans are thunderous! Naito won’t let this stand as he brings Juice back up. Another DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Juice earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion finds a way and is now 5-1!! The only man in the entire G1 this year to BE at 5-1! Does that mean Naito is a shoe-in for the finals?
B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
Speaking of the King of Darkness, he and The Ace won big in Round 5 to stay alive in the block! But will love and energy thwart Evil this day?
Evil and Dick Low Sweet while Tanahashi shows off the muscles. The bell rings and fans rally up with “TA-NAH-SHI!” Evil pretends he can’t hear them as he and Tanahashi circle. They approach, Evil kicks low and headlocks tight. Evil grinds Tanahashi, Tanahashi pries at the hold, but Evil wrangles him back in. Tanahashi slips out the back to headlock and hit a takeover! Fans cheer while Tanahashi grinds Evil down. Evil moves around, gets up but Tanahashi grinds harder. Evil powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds, Evil fights up and powers up again but he still can’t get free! Fans cheer, but Evil tries again. Tanahashi grinds and thrashes Evil around, but Evil pulls hair! Red Shoes counts but Tanahashi pulls hair in return!
Tanahashi puts Evil in the corner to throw body shots! Tanahashi fires up, whips corner to corner but Evil reverses. Tanahashi elbows back and jump up for the crossbody! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars! Tanahashi drags Evil up and fans rally again. Tanahashi throws more body shots and then EuroUppers. Tanahashi whips, Evil reverses and Dick trips Tanahashi! Dick drags Tanahashi out while Evil gets in Red Shoes’ way! Dick throws haymakers then whips Tanahashi into railing! Dick gets away with it and Evil goes out to get chairs! Evil places many chairs in a pile while Dick distracts Red Shoes. Evil JAMS Tanahashi with one chair, puts it around Tanahashi’s head, and then hits the HOME RUN!
Young Lion Yota Tsuji protests at this point, so Evil attacks him! Evil snap suplexes Tsuji onto the chairs! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil shrugs. It was just a Young Lion who isn’t even part of the match. Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi while Evil unties the blue corner’s buckle pad! Bullet Club’s favorite corner is exposed but Evil hides it from Red Shoes. The ring count begins on Tanahashi and fans rally up. Tanahashi gets up at 6, uses railing to stand at 10, and hobbles over to the ring at 14 to get in at 15. Evil drags Tanahashi up, snap suplexes him then covers, but Red Shoes refuses to count. Red Shoes knows about the chair pile, the chair shot homer, and obviously the bare buckles. Evil keeps his cool as he drags Tanahashi around and stomps the leg.
Evil drops an elbow on the leg, but fans rally as Tanahashi endures. Tsuji is back to clap, too, and Tanahashi powers his way towards ropes to get the ropebreak! Evil holds on until Red Shoes counts 4, then he taunts Tanahashi. Evil drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi throws forearms! Evil whips Tanahashi into the bare buckles! Tanahashi goes down in pain but fans rally back up. Evil suplexes Tanahashi but Tanahashi fights back. Tanahashi throws body shots, forearms and kicks, but Evil blocks! Evil hands the foot to Red Shoes, but then Tanahashi catches Evil’s kick! What do they do now?! Tanahashi has Red Shoes let his foot go, and then Tanahashi DRAGON SCREWS! Fans rally up again as Tanahashi hobbles after Evil.
Tanahashi throws forearms on Evil then whips. Evil reverses, but Tanahashi comes back with forearms! Fans cheer and rally as Tanahashi looms over Evil. Tanahashi drags Evil up, bumps him off buckles then scoop slams him into the drop zone! Tanahashi hops up, fans cheer the somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool and fans rally up behind him again. Evil slowly stands, Tanahashi throws forearms and whips. Evil reverses, Dick swipes at Tanahashi, and Evil grabs Tanahashi’s hair! Tanahashi throws forearms and runs, but Evil side steps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on and skins the cat! Evil is there to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up again and that annoys Evil. Evil drags Tanahashi up and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!
Evil is losing his cool while fans fire up more. Dick tries to intimidate Tsuji while Evil gets Tanahashi’s legs. Tanahshi fights off the Sharpshooter and Evil staggers away. Evil runs but into a takedown! Tanahashi gets the legs and works to turn Evil over. Evil pulls an ear to deny the Cloverleaf, then he whips Tanahashi to Dick’s side, but Tanahashi baseball slides Dick down! Tanahashi shoulders into Evil, gets his leg through the ropes and DRAGON SCREWS! Fans fire up as Evil falls over! Tanahashi fires up and gets the leg again, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi still wants the legs, and he gets the the Cloverleaf! Evil endures as Tanahashi sits down deep! Evil powers out, Tanahashi pushes him back down and sits as DEEP as he can! Red Shoes checks on Evil but Evil refuses to quit!
Evil powers up again, reaches for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go and grows frustrated. Fans fire up as Tanahashi gets back up. Tanahashi drags Evil up but blocks the low blow! Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Evil ends up in a corner, Tanahashi whips but Evil reverses and redirects him into the bare buckles! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Evil and Tanahashi slowly rise and Evil brings Tanahashi around. Tanahashi throws forearms and uppercuts first! Tanahashi runs, but Evil dodges and runs, only for Tanahashi to do the same! Evil goes the other way to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Evil is furious but the fans are fired up! Evil stands up and slashes the throat! Evil turns Tanahashi around, stands him up, spins him but Tanahashi denies the STO!
Tanahashi swings a clothesline, gets caught, but still fights off the STO! Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS- SLING BLADE!! Tanahashi counters but both men are down! Tanahashi rises and fans fire up with him as he climbs! Dick distracts but Tsuji counters! Tanahashi aims, Evil stands, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY! Tanahashi fires up and the fans are thunderous! Tanahashi has the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF! Evil endures, Tanahashi sits deep, but Evil fights up! Evil heads for ropes, Tanahashi cranks back, Red Shoes checks on Evil as he fades! Evil grabs at Red Shoes and in comes Dick with the CHOKER!! Tanahashi lets Evil go, Evil keeps Red Shoes down, but fans rally for Tanahashi! Tanahashi powers up to power the choker off!! And SHOTEIS Dick down! Evil runs in, into TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!
Fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi hits the SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi puts Evil in a drop zone and even climbs the bare corner. Tanahashi leaps, HIGH FLY FLOW to Evil’s back! Tanahashi turns Evil over, goes back up, but Dick throws a chair! Tanahashi catches it!! Red Shoes warns Dick, Tanahashi hands the chair back to Red Shoes and adjusts. But Dick trips Tanahashi!! Tanahashi lands on his love and energy! Fans rally up as Tanahashi tries to get back up. Evil hobbles over, climbs up to join Tanahashi, and brings him to the very top, SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Tanahashi still lives! Dick is furious but the fans are thunderous again!
Evil shakes his head as he gets back up. Evil drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives again and the fans keep rallying! Evil seethes as he slashes the throat and drags Tanahashi back up. Evil spins Tanahashi, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: EVIL, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Tanahashi gains 0
A hush falls over the fans as the King of Darkness trumps The Ace! Tsuji helps Tanahashi out of the ring mostly to keep him safe from Dick and Evil. Evil grabs the mic to say, “Oi, Tanahashi, I just wiped you out!” And he asks the fans, “Do all you pieces of trash realize now who is strength? Who is justice? Who is the real deal? Do you get it now?! EVERYTHING IS EVIL! It’s rrrrreeeeeaal!” Will this lead to an upheaval of the block?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 5-1, 10 points
EVIL: 4-2, 8 points
SANADA: 3-3, 6 points
Hirooki Goto: 3-3, 6 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-3, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-3, 6 points
KENTA: 2-4, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-5, 2 points
Another great night, but perhaps only one surprise with the main event. I thought Tanahashi would go 4-2, but I suppose with Naito having the win over him, he’s already out of the running. I say that because I do not see Naito winning much more after this. He still has Evil, Kenta and Yano, and I really only see Evil coming close to beating him. Naito VS Evil is up next and will be an epic showdown that could decide everything now that Evil is 4-2 and right on Naito’s heels.
There is a massive log jam at 3-3 now, but Sanada getting a win off Kenta really complicates who gets a shot at that briefcase. There are a lot of possibilities there, but just about anyone against Jon Moxley would make a great match, whenever that’d happen. Sanada has a win on Naito and will surely get a shot at THE IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but I don’t think he wins that. So if Sanada gets the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship shot, he could win that and have a singles title he could just run with for a bit. But chances are, NJPW will want to have it with someone who is American, or at least based out of America, as per NJPW Strong on Fridays.
My Score: 9.3/10