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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/5/21)

The New Japan Cup returns!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

Once again, it’s NJPW’s tournament to the top!

Though this tournament technically kicked off with NJPW’s 49th Anniversary Event, things properly begin tonight! Who takes the first step towards THE IWGP World Championship?

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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima; The United Empire wins.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toru Yano VS Bad Luck Fale; Yano wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hirooki Goto VS Taichi; Goto wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima!

Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan are already into the next round of the tournament, and Will Ospreay is hoping to do the same! Will the United Empire be victorious again? Or will the Way of the Grandmaster help Ikari no Mogyu and the King of Cozy Style in the resistance?

The trios talk trash to each other and the ref tries to keep the peace as Ospreay eggs Tenzan on. But then the Empire rushes in and attacks anyway! The bell rings to get this on record, and Ospreay throws Tenzan out while Khan throws Wato and Cobb throws Kojima. The Empire goes out and attacks the resistance. Ospreay throws hands on Tenzan, Cobb throws Kojima into railing then goes after Cobb. Khan puts Kojima in to stomp him down while Ospreay clubs Tenzan down. Fans rally for the resistance as Khan clamps onto Kojima with a chinlock. Khan lets off and brings Kojima up for Mongolian Chops! Khan taunts Tenzan then Mongolian Chops Kojima again!

Fans fire up for Kojima as he blocks the chops to go for Mongolian Chops! Khan blocks those, fires off forearms, spins but Kojima ROCKS him first! Kojima fires off forearms and spins, but Khan Mongolian Chops him down! Khan stomps Kojima, Ospreay knocks Tenzan and Wato off the corner and Cobb stomps Kojima, too. The Empire all stomp Kojima together, then drag him up. Khan puts Kojima in a corner, he and Cobb whip Kojima corner to corner, then they send Ospreay in, only for Kojima to toss Ospreay out! Cobb kicks Kojima and holds him as Khan runs, but Kojima fights back! Kick for Khan, DDT for Cobb!

Kojima swats Khan’s clothesline away, then kicks and SPIKES him with a DDT! Fans fire up for Kojima and he fires off machine gun CHOPS in the corner! Kojima tops it off with one more CHOP, then whips Khan corner to corner. Kojima runs in to forearm smash and he throws Khan down. Fans fire up more and Kojima climbs up. Ospreay is there to throw Kojima down! Ospreay and Cobb attack Tenzan and Wato again! Khan gest Kojima’s arm and wants the Kimura! Kojima endures, fans rally up, but Khan drags Kojima over to a Fujiwara! Kojima still endures so Khan stomps the arm! Khan drags Kojima up, drags him over to the corner and Cobb tags in.

The Empire mugs Kojima, and Cobb throws forearms. Kojima reaches but Cobb brings him away from his corner. Cobb scoops Kojima, pops him up and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Ospreay and he stomps Kojima, then CHOPS him! Ospreay scoops and SLAMS Kojima to then drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool and Khan joins him. The fans rally but the Empire double whips Kojima. Kojima kicks Ospreay, swats Khan, and then kicks Ospreay for a COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Kojima crawls, and hot tags Tenzan! Tenzan runs Ospreay over, DECKS Cobb, and fires up!

Tenzan clubs and wants to Mongolian Chop but Khan clubs him from behind! Khan goes to Mongolian Chop but Tenzan headbutts low! And then Tenzan “steals” the Mongolian Chops! Ospreay kicks Tenzan, runs, but into the WINDMILL KICK! Fans fire up with Tenzan as he corner splashes Ospreay, then hits a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan brings Ospreay up and gives him more Mongolian Chops! Ospreay mule kicks, but Tenzan blocks the fireman’s carry. Ospreay powers through but Tenzan slips off and shoves him to a corner. Ospreay boots back, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!

Ospreay fires up, fans rally, and Ospreay reels Tenzan in for double underhooks. Tenzan resists the lift so Ospreay gives him Kowata Kicks. Ospreay runs, gets around the clothesline and HOOK KICKS! But he runs into MOUNTAIN BOMB! Tenzan fires up after hitting the modified back drop, he and Ospreay hot tag Cobb and Wato! Wato springboards for the flying uppercut, but is caught! Wato elbows free, gives kicks and kicks and a mule kick. Cobb blocks the whip, Wato ROUNDHOUSES him! Wato whips, Cobb reverses but Wato dodges to leg lariat! Cover, TWO! Kojima and Tenzan hit the Empire then go after Cobb!

Bea Priestley protests but Wato whips Cobb corner to corner to elbow! Kojima elbows, then feeds Cobb to Tenzan’s headbutt! Wato springboards for the flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and the resistance regroups. Wato spins but Cobb blocks the kick to a FALL AWAY SLAM! Bridging cover, but Kojima breaks it! Khan attacks and whips Kojima to BOOT him down! Tenzan Mongolian Chops Khan down! Ospreay ROLLING ELBOWS Tenzan! Ospreay whips and pops Wato up but Wato RANAS! Cobb grabs Wato but Wato bell claps free! SCREW HIGH KICK! Tilt-o-whirl, but Cobb pops that and blocks the rana for a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, the Empire wins!!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

And the resistance has been crushed! At least, for now! Ospreay and Tenzan still have a tournament battle, will the Empire be united in the second round?

But then EVIL strikes! He wants after Cobb, who will be his first opponent in the tournament! Evil rakes Cobb’s eyes and Dick Togo uses the SPOILER CHOKER on him! The rest of the Empire rushes back and runs Evil off, but the damage has been done! Will the Hawaiian Hulk make the King of Darkness defy the Empire?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toru Yano VS Bad Luck Fale!

It seems like the Producer and the Rogue General are fated to fight! But will Fale take care of two birds with one Grenade, and be both a second-round entrant and KOPW 2021 contender?

After Yano’s very long introduction that might be getting even longer, Yano points the KOPW trophy at Fale, and Fale SWATS it away! The bell rings, Fale rolls Yano up, TWO!! Fale looms over Yano in the corner and stomps him, and the KOPW trophy is broken AGAIN! Fale throws hands, whips Yano corner to corner, then runs in. Yano dodges, and goes to untie a buckle pad! Fale runs in again, Yano dodges, Fale stops himself from hitting bare buckles, but Yano SLAPS Fale on the back of the head! Fale glares at Yano and Yano apologizes. Yano dodges Fale, SLAPS him again, then runs. Fale runs Yano over! Yano bails out and fans rally up.

Yano clings to the railing and says he’s afraid of Fale! Fale runs out and catches Yano before he can go into the ring, and he RAMS Yano into railing! Then he whips Yano into more railing! Fale CLUBS Yano, brings him around and whips him into more railing! The ref reprimands but Fale tells him to shut up. Fale throws body shots on Yano, brings him around and whips him into even more railing! Fale stomps Yano, goes back to the ring, and lets the count handle this. Fans rally up for Yano as the count climbs, and Yano stirs at around 5 of 20. Yano slowly sits up, stands up at 15 of 20, and goes around railing. Yano hurries in at 19.9! Fale stomps Yano down but fans still rally.

Fale stands on Yano’s body at the ropes! The ref counts and Fale lets off at 3. Fale brings Yano up, Yano fires off forearms and hammering fists! Yano fires up and tries to scoop Fale! Fale is annoyed and he scoops to SLAM Yano! Fale stands on Yano for the cover, TWO!! Yano still lives and Fale is even more annoyed. Fans rally up as Fale drags Yano up to a choke grip! Yano clubs free, fires off forearms, but Fale ROCKS Yano back! Yano ends up in the corner, and Fale runs in. Yano dodges and Fale gets bare buckles to the chest! Yano tries to scoop, Fale scoops him and SLAMS him back! Fale drags Yano up, scoops and SLAMS Yano again! And then drops the elbow, only to miss!

Yano bails out, Fale rolls out after him and fans rally up again. Fale drags Yano up and whips but Yano blocks with help from railing! Fale blocks the reversal, to send Yano into railing after all! Fale runs in but Yano dodges and Fale runs into the railing! Yano comes back with TAPE! Yano goes after Fale but Fale shoves him into a post! Fale CLUBS Yano, and then has Yano’s tape! Fale is tying Yano’s hands around the corner! The ring count is climbing but Fale finishes up his work at 10 of 20! Fale CLUBS Yano, Yano kicks back, and then Yano baits Fale into running into the POST! LOW BLOW?! The ref didn’t see because he’s busy counting! Fale is down, Yano gets in at 19!! YANO WINS!!

Winner: Toru Yano, by count-out (advances to the next round)

Another win that’s outside the box and by the skin of Yano’s teeth! Yano keeps Fale from being a contender in both the Cup and for the KOPW 2021! But will Yano be able to get a new, less fragile trophy so that he can defend it at all?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hirooki Goto VS Taichi!

The Fierce Warrior and the Sliest Wrestler in the World have both had battles with the Guerrillas of Destiny and lost. But now they can fight their way to the top of NJPW! Will Goto be ready for whatever tricks Taichi has up his proverbial sleeve?

Taichi takes off his cloak and shows off the dancing pecs, which fans cheer. Goto still doesn’t trust Taichi’s pouch, so Taichi puts that aside. The bell rings and fans rally already! Goto and Taichi stare down, stretch a bit, then slowly circle. They approach, tie up, and Goto powers Taichi to ropes. Taichi just relaxes and Goto lets off cleanly. They circle again and fans rally up. Goto and Taichi tie up, Goto puts Taichi back on ropes, and then lets off clean again. Taichi applauds and so do fans, and the two circle again. Goto and Taichi approach, tie up, and Goto headlocks, but Taichi tries the saido already! Goto fights that off, but Taichi puts him on ropes now.

Taichi lets off, but then chokes Goto! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi kicks Goto out of the ring, follows him out, and then whips Goto into railing! Taichi brings Goto around, scoops him, and gives him SNAKE EYES to railing! Taichi uses camera cord to CHOKE Goto! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go with one hand at 4. Red Shoes says that’s not enough, but Taichi keeps choking Goto, and even pulls hair. Red Shoes starts the ring count so Taichi lets go of Goto at 4 of 20. Taichi drags Goto up and around at 12 of 20 and chokes Goto on the railing! Taichi leaves Goto behind at 15, but Goto gets in at 19! Fans cheer but Taichi stands on Goto at the ropes.

Red Shoes reprimands, counts, but Taichi lets go of the ropes. Again, not the problem! Taichi finally steps off Goto’s neck and fans rally up. Taichi drags Goto from the apron, brings him up, and snapmares him to CHOKE him! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi stops, but then does it again! Red Shoes reprimands, that’s a choke, not a cover! Taichi lets off, and says if he wants to see a choke, here’s a CHOKE! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets off and smirks while fixing his hair. Taichi drags Goto up, and hides a choke inside a shoulder clamp! Red Shoes checks and sees the trick so Taichi lets go. Fans rally for Goto but Taichi drags him up to snapmare again. Taichi KICKS Goto in the back, covers, TWO!

Taichi toys with Goto now as he scuffs his head. Goto grits his teeth and gets up but Taichi boots him! Taichi kicks Goto around, but Goto CHOPS and CHOPS back! Taichi chokes Goto to throw him down! Red Shoes reprimands but Taichi just drags Goto back up. Taichi gives Goto Kowata Kicks, then KICKS Goto down. Goto slowly sits up but Taichi stomps him back down. Taichi gives more Kowata Kicks, but Goto just gets mad! Goto glares at Taichi and CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Goto ROCKS Taichi, runs, but Taichi choke grips! Goto choke grips back! Goto chokes Taichi to a corner! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands.

Goto lets go, Taichi kicks low, but Goto follows Taichi as he runs to LARIAT Taichi down! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto catches his breath and gets up first. Goto drags Taichi up, fires forearms, whips Taichi to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Taichi up, fireman’s carries, but Taichi fights off, only for Goto to block the saido! Goto throws elbows, Taichi staggers to a corner, and Goto runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down but fans rally up! Taichi drags himself to a corner and gets up. Taichi powers up his arm, runs at Goto and AX BOMBERS! But Goto stays up?!

Goto fires up and runs, to LARIAT! But Taichi stays up!! Taichi runs, AX BOMBER, but Goto still stays up! Goto runs and LARIATS, Taichi still stays up! Both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS hit but neither falls! And then DOUBLE LARIATS again! Goto runs, and again DOUBLE LARIATS hit! This time, both men drop to their knees! Fans rally up, Goto runs but again LARIATS collide! Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Taichi sits up first and Goto stirs, but off come the pants! Taichi powers up from the corner, but Goto CLOBBERS him first! Goto goes to back suplex but Taichi elbows free!

Taichi runs, Goto follows but Taichi dodges and reels Goto in! Goto resists Seiteijyujiryou, reels Taichi in to a fireman’s carry, and hits USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up again as Goto drags Taichi back up. Taichi grabs a leg but Goto clubs him over and over! Goto drags Taichi up, clubs him, knees him and hits URA GTR! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but fans fire up again! Goto stands first, drags Taichi up, reels him into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi choke grips from below! Taichi gets free of the dragon sleeper but Goto swats Taichi’s grip away! Goto spins but into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again!

Taichi sits up and slaps some sense into himself. Taichi drags Goto back up with the choke grip, but Goto gets free and swings, but into the DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?! Taichi can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous again! Taichi fires up, gives a thumbs down, then reels Goto in. Goto resists the bomb lift, but Taichi powers through to LAST RIDE! High stack cover, TWO?!? Goto survives and Taichi can’t believe it! Taichi drags Goto up and Alabama lifts, but Goto fights out of that! Goto clubs away on Taichi’s back, blocks the Alabama lift again, and fans fire up as Goto hammers away over and over. Taichi breaks free to DECK Goto!

Taichi paces, drags Goto but Goto is dead weight. Fans rally up and Taichi drags Goto by his hair. Taichi stands Goto up but Goto blocks the forearm into a spin and suplex, SHOUTEN KAI!! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Goto grits his teeth and rises again! Goto gets himself to ropes while Taichi sitrs. Goto drags himself to his feet, Taichi is in a daze but Goto powers up now. Taichi sits up into the BUZZSAW! But he pops right up to BOOT?! Goto forearms, Taichi mule kicks, Goto HEADBUTTS! Taichi is down but Goto shakes his head. Fans are thunderous again as Goto fires up and drags Taichi into the dragon sleeper!

Taichi slips out, Alabama lifts, but Goto escapes to dragon sleeper! Taichi gets out to ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi hooks the arms, TAICHI STYLE GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Goto narrowly escapes and the fans are thunderous yet again! Taichi and Goto slowly rise, and Taichi goes to a corner. Taichi fires himself up, builds power and takes aim, but Goto blocks the kick! Goto fireman’s carries to G T W!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Taichi survives and the fans are now electric! Goto isn’t done, he dragon sleepers to TRUE G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Sliest Wrestler took the fight to the Fierce Warrior, but he couldn’t overcome him! Goto gets a mic and speaks! “I will win the New Japan Cup! I will win that unified belt! Nothing else needs to be said. I will survive until the very brutal end, that’s it!!” Goto is a man of few words and is always direct! Will he be heading directly to the top of the tournament?


My Thoughts:

A very good event, but again I cut out matches that just didn’t feel as important. Suzuki-Gun continues to battle and brutalize Young Lions, but I did catch the part where Suzuki and Honma were arguing and slapping each other while ZSJ was trying to twist Gabriel Kidd apart. I skipped the Bullet Club match but again, Evil took the win there because he needs to go strong into his first NJCUP match this year. Evil won last year, he gets an unofficial bye this year, and his first opponent is Jeff Cobb, so he needs as much momentum as he can get for that.

Cobb helps the United Empire get the win tonight in a really fun Six Man, Evil jumps Cobb, that match is going to be good and there’s a good chance Evil cheats to win to head for a possible back-to-back win. That won’t happen, though, I think he’s running into Kazuchika Okada first since they’re on the same side of the bracket. Okada will win that, go to the finals, and we’ll see how that goes with a lot of great choices on the other side.

Yano VS Fale is becoming a great rivalry, and that was another creative and entertaining way to win. Yano’s KOPW trophy 3.0 needs to be a little heftier so it doesn’t break, and so it can look even more like Yano than this previous one. Goto VS Taichi was an incredible match for just the first round, and I’m a touch surprised Goto won. Taichi did keep things fair and square, so that’s part of it. Okada VS Takagi is tomorrow, and the winner of that faces Goto. Goto VS Okada would be an incredible match because of it being Chaos VS Chaos on top of everything.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)

MOX VS JERICHO 2!

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AEW Quake

Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; wins.
  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; win(s).
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; wins and
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; wins and

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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]


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

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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