Who survives the sheer volume of violence brought out tonight?
With NXT UK Champion, Walter, simply waiting for a challenger, there’s going to be a guaranteed WAR between three of his previous opponents!
- Mark Coffey VS Sha Samuels; Coffey wins.
- Stevie Turner VS Laura Di Matteo; Turner wins.
- Teoman VS Oliver Carter; Teoman wins.
- Triple Threat: Joe Coffey VS Rampage Brown VS Ilja Dragunov; Dragunov wins.
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Mark Coffey VS Sha Samuels!
While Wolfgang already leads the friendly rivalry with a win, and while brother Joseph looks for his biggest win yet, Markus looks to keep pace! But will going against the East End Butcher keeps this Gallus Boy down?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Samuels grinds his forearm into Mark’s face. Mark shoves him but Sha comes back with a headlock. Sha grinds the hold but Mark wrenches free and headlocks Sha back. Sha throws body shots, powers free, and rams shoulders with Mark. Both men stay up but Mark keeps moving. Mark blocks Sha’s hip toss, ducks his clothesline and waistlocks, but Sha uses ropes to buck him. Mark comes back with a BIG EuroUpper! Sha’s right back up, but Mark arm-drags him down! Mark has an armlock and he grinds his knee into Sha’s face. Sha gets mad, fights his way up, but Mark wrenches the arm.
Sha throws body shots, whips Mark to ropes, but Mark dodges and comes back, only for Sha to CLOBBER him! Sha BOOTS Mark, then kicks him! Mark gets up and fires off forearms! Mark whips Sha, Sha reverses and then SPLASHES in the corner! Sha keeps moving to LARIAT Mark inside! “EAST~!” Sha sits Mark up to throw down elbows and grind his forearm into Mark’s face. Sha gives Mark more clubbing shots, then pushes him around. Sha KICKS Mark in the back, then covers, TWO! Sha keeps on Mark with a chinlock and he leans on the hold. Mark endures and BT Sports Studio rallies up. Mark fights up, throws body shots and EuroUppers!
But Sha scoops and SLAMS him down! Sha watches Mark get up in a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Sha keeps moving, but Mark kicks him first! Mark throws more forearms then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Sha slowly gets up as Mark follows. Mark runs in but Sha side steps and sends him the other way to then CLOBBER him again! Sha stomps away, drops elbows, and covers, TWO! Sha is right there to rain down fists! “EAST~!” Another cover, TWO! Mark is hanging tough but Sha keeps his focus. Sha stalks Mark, straddles and goes for the arm. Sha wants the Butcher’s Hook but Mark gives one arm an ELBOW BREAKER!
Mark then elbows Sha away and gets him up for a BIG back drop! Both men are down again as BT Sports Studio fires up! Sha gets up first, Mark follows again, and the forearms fly! Mark counter punches, whips, and CLOBBERS Sha! Sha gets up so Mark rallies with more clotheslines! Sha staggers to a corner, Mark runs in to corner clothesline! Mark shoves Sha then climbs up for a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!! Sha survives and Mark grows frustrated. Mark and Sha rise and Mark wrenches but Sha throws elbows. “EAST~!” But Mark still gets Sha for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Sha survives again and hobbles his way to the ropes.
Mark whips but Sha holds ropes to dodge the enziguri! Sha scoops Mark for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives now and shocks Sha! Sha gets up, brings down the straps and storms after Mark. Sha grabs at Mark but Mark uses the corner to push back and SLAM Sha down! Mark and Sha end up on opposite sides of the ring but head for each other. Sha throws a forearm, and another! Sha clubs away but Mark shoves him and GAMANGIRIS! Then a BASEMENT EUROUPPERS! Cover, Mark wins!
Winner: Mark Coffey, by pinfall
Another Gallus Boy on top, and Markus keeps up with Wolfie! Will Joe add to the successes of the firm tonight? What will Wolfgang have to one-up Mark next time?
Backstage interview with Emilia McKenzie.
NXT UK Media asks her what she thinks about Meiko Satomura becoming the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion. She is so happy for her mentor, there is no one who deserves it more. Wait, what’s going on with the lights? Oh, it’s Isla Dawn! Millie isn’t sure why she’s here now, but they do have unfinished business. Isla licks her lips in anticipation, and that just weirds Millie out. Will things get weirder when these two meet in the ring again?
NXT UK Media interviews some new recruits.
Their first time at the UK Performance Center has been great but- Wait, more stuff with the lights? Did someone forget to tell them it was closing? No, it’s just Aoife Valkyrie having her turn. Jinny says Mila is sad watching another person train. Especially when that someone, Aoife, watches from afar but is completely unaware of who is watching her. Mila doesn’t mind. She can probably beat Aoife, same as Meiko did. Okay, first off, don’t look at Jinny, look at the floor. Second, Jinny doesn’t care what the new kid does. But will Mila look to show everyone who she is?
NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s show.
Subculture was fired up after their victory, naturally, but then Pretty Deadly found them. Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley point out “the nerve” Subculture had for staring them down at the end of the night. So rude. But maybe Pretty Deadly will teach them a lesson by beating them again. Oh, so they’re not gonna cheat this time? Well, Pretty Deadly won and they’re the champs so… Then put your money where your mouths are! Pretty Deadly leave without another word, and Dani Luna says the boys know what they need to do now. That they do. When and where will management deem it Subculture’s time to go for gold again?
Stevie Turner VS Laura Di Matteo!
The fourth dimensional superstar is back and ready to expand our minds. But will she grow her power and rise through the rankings? Or will the debuting #LDM surprise us all?
The bell rings and Turner circles with LDM. They tie up, Turner throws LDM down but LDM comes back for another tie up. They end up in a corner, Turner lets off but elbows LDM hard! Turner snapmares LDM down and SMACKS LDM’s head off the mat! LDM sits up and Turner BOOTS her down! Turner stomps LDM more, brings her up and headlocks. LDM endures so Turner shifts to a cravat. LDM throws body shots, Turner snapmares her and has a chinlock. LDM slips out to wristlock, but Turner steps through to wristlock back. BT Sports Studio rallies as LDM rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Turner CLUBS the hold apart, then drop toeholds LDM onto ropes!
Turner BOOTS LDM, pulls her hair and then goes to the apron to BOOT LDM again! LDM stays up but Turner runs in to DECK her with a forearm! Turner is having fun while LDM is dazed. Turner returns for a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Turner drags LDM up but LDM throws body shots! LDM throws forearms, whips Turner but Turner reverses to BOOT her down again! Cover, TWO! Turner has the knuckle lock and she wrenches the arm. LDM stands up but Turner blocks her haymaker. Turner turns LDM for a standing straitjacket stretch! Turner makes LDM knee and she pulls back harder on the hold. LDM falls to the mat and Turner digs her knee in.
LDM fights up, Turner holds on but LDM powers up! LDM arm-drags Turner away and rallies! LDM dropkicks Turner to a corner! Turner dodges to send LDM into buckles! Turner pulls hair, KICKS LDM in the back then drops an elbow on her! LDM flounders up, Turner runs back in to clothesline and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Turner wins!
Winner: Stevie Turner, by pinfall
LDM just went through time and space with that one! Is it only a matter of time before Turner takes aim at the title?
Gallus talks backstage.
Wolfgang likes Markus’ big win, and acknowledges it is 1-1 right now. They find Joe getting ready, and the three shake hands. They know Joe has this, and they’ll let him go it alone while they watch from the back. Will the Iron King be ready for Rampage and Dragunov?
NXT UK Media watches Nathan Frazer training.
The British Prodigy is fine tuning his holds and throws, and says things are going great. But Kenny Williams comes by to taunt Frazer that training with a coach is fine and all. But it’ll be very different when he’s in the ring with someone actually trying to knock his head off. So here’s a suggestion: start winning rather than wrestling with the old boys. Williams leaves but Frazer gets back to the training. Will Frazer’s hard work and sharpened skills help him shut the Scumbag’s mouth?
Someone new is coming to NXT UK.
They open a briefcase and inside is a contract. Blair Davenport signs on the dotted line. But just who are they? And when will we see them in the ring?
Teoman VS Oliver Carter!
“Family first” is the way both these men operate, and why Ashton Smith is staying home. But will the Babo of NXT UK learn from the Predator Killer that family is more than just your blood?
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Teoman wrenches Carter’s arm but Carter rolls. Teoman still wrangles Carter down with a wristlock and he twists the arm over and over. Carter kips up, breaks free, snapmares Teoman and wraps on a chinlock, but Teoman slips right out to get the arm. Teoman waistlocks, SLAMS Carter down, but Carter avoids the sliding attack! Things speed up, Carter leaps over then comes back to headscissor! Carter eggs Teoman on but Teoman kicks him low and SLAPS him hard! Carter scowls and DECKS Teoman! Carter fires off, throws big body shots and forearms and he CHOPS Teoman in a corner! “Who do you think you are?!”
Carter lets off as the ref counts, Teoman tries to rush him but he gets a LEG LARIAT! Carter clotheslines Teoman out and eggs him on! Teoman gets up, fakes Carter out, but Carter still saw the apron skirt trap coming! Carter PLANCHAS to take Teoman down! Carter is all fired up as he CLUBS Teoman! And CHOPS! And RAMS him into steps! Carter runs in but Teoman dodges! Carter’s boot hits steel steps, Teoman KICKS that leg, then WRINGS an arm into the steps! Teoman puts Carter in, runs in and SLIDING FOREARMS! Cover, TWO!! Carter isn’t done yet but that was close! Teoman gets Carter up, wrenches the arm and CLUBS the elbow!
Teoman wrenches the arm again and CLUBS it again! Teoman DECKS Carter now, and dares Carter to do something. Carter throws body shots with the good arm but Teoman punches the bad one! Teoman stomps Carter, drags Carter around by the bad arm and wrenches. Carter ROCKS Teoman with windmill haymakers! Carter CLUBS Teoman down again and again, then CHOPS him against ropes! Teoman crawls and Carter grabs at him, but Teoman boots Carter away then CLOBBERS him from behind! Teoman stomps again and again, clamps onto the bad arm, CROSSFACE! Carter resists so Toeman shifts to just a FUJIWARA! Carter scrambles for the ROPEBREAK!
Teoman holds onto the arm until 4.5, and then he KICKS Carter’s bad arm! Carter clutches the shoulder but Teoman KICKS him again! Carter swings with the good arm but Teoman just KICKS him again! Teoman shouts at Carter but Carter ROCKS him! Teoman handsprings, Carter dodges and QUEBRADAS! Direct hit and BT Sports Studio loves this! Carter aims at Teoman, runs in, and LARIATS! And LARIATS again! Teoman dodges the third to body shot, but he swings into a clinch! Teoman elbows free of that but Carter SUPER FOREARMS! Carter gets Teoman back up but Teoman blocks the kick to get the arm! Carter rolls free, SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!!
Carter can’t believe Teoman survives but BT Sports Studio fires up! Teoman staggers up, ducks Carter’s blindside but the BOOMERANG HEEL gets him! And the SCISSOR KICK! Booker T would be proud of that one! Cover, TWO!! Teoman survives and Carter can’t believe it! Teoman has a busted lip but Carter brings him up in a waistlock. Teoman elbows free then boots Carter from a corner. Carter leaps but Teoman dodges the Steiner! Then DEEP IMPACT!! The flying DDT takes Carter down and Teoman covers, TWO!?! But into the CROSSFACE!!! Carter is caught, he taps! Teoman wins!
Winner: Teoman, by submission
Carter fought so hard but Teoman still came out on top! Oh no! Teoman is putting Carter back in the Crossface!! Wait, ROHAN RAJA is here! He gets in the ring and Teoman lets Carter go. Teoman dares Raja to get his revenge for their first battle. Raja simply stares Teoman down but then Teoman points to his eye. RAJA ATTACKS CARTER?! Raja fires off forearms, then roars! Raja looks to Teoman, and Teoman nods. CODE BREAKER!! Is this what the Evil Eye watching Raja meant last week? Is Raja now part of the Boba’s extended family?
“Defeat is the fate of every champion. Every man has to lose at some point.” And for him, he lost the Heritage Cup to Tyler Bate. AK is learning and improving, while Jordan Devlin has become deluded since losing the Cruiserweight Championship. Devlin wants someone to find him to pick a fight with him, so here it is. AK will beat Devlin and teach him to respect defeat. Which ace ranks higher in NXT UK after this head-to-head showdown?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Speaking of the Heritage Cup, Tyler Bate’s offer has been accepted! Jack Starz worked up the confidence to take on the Big Strong Boy, but will that confidence help him take the cup? Plus, Meiko Satomura returns to address her incredible victory over Kay Lee Ray, and what is next for her and the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
Triple Threat: Joe Coffey VS Rampage Brown VS Ilja Dragunov!
Each man in this main event have faced the Ring General, Walter, in the past. Each man has proven their merit, as well as their toughness and aggression, time and time again. But now, all three will collide in one match! Who will prove they are the most fearsome, most violent, and perhaps most worthy of another round with the NXT UK Champion?
The bell rings and the three circle. Coffey and Rampage focus on each other in the stare down, but Dragunov cuts in with a shove. Coffey HEADBUTTS Dragunov but Rampage ROCKS Coffey! Rampage whips, Coffey whips him back, then back drops Rampage! Dragunov knees and CLUBS Coffey then fires off body shots in a corner. Coffey swings but into a waistlock. Coffey wrenches free, whips Dragunov but Dragunov elbows him away. Dragunov runs but into a pop-up EuroUpper! Coffey runs to EuroUpper Rampage in a corner, then runs corner to corner, into Dragunov’s BOOT! Rampage BOOTS Coffey down, then catches Dragunov’s leap into a SPINNING POWERSLAM!
Rampage goes back after Coffey with CHOPS! Rampage whips, Coffey reverses, clinch and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Rampage gets to a corner. Dragunov JUMP KIJCKS Coffey! Dragunov KNEES Coffey in the corner, then hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! BT Sports Studio fires up as Rampage and Dragunov stare down now. Dragunov rushes in but into a scoop. Dragunov slips free, goes after an arm, but Rampage holds him off. Dragunov uses a leg to hook and roll Rampage, and then he throws down hammering elbows! Dragunov floats to a facelock but Rampage tosses him to Coffey! GERMAN SUPLEX! Coffey tells Rampage to finish this themselves!
The two behemoths ram shoulders again and again, but Rampage gets the edge and dropkicks Coffey down! Rampage runs in but Coffey TACKLES him to a corner! And then hits a SPINEBUSTER! Coffey has the legs and turns Rampage for a BOSTON CRAB! Rampage endures as Coffey shouts, “NO MERCY!” Dragunov gets back in and he throws forearms on Coffey! Coffey holds onto Rampage so Dragunov gives boxing elbows! And a CHOP! Coffey eggs Dragunov on so Dragunov runs to BOOT Coffey! Rampage gets free, Dragunov gets Coffey’s arm for a knuckle lock and he CHOPS away on Coffey’s neck and shoulders!
Coffey throws body shots back! Body shot for CHOP, back and forth! They ram shoulders, Rampage barges in but he gets DOUBLE CHOPS! Rampage comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! BT Sports Studio is thunderous already as Rampage gets both men in facelocks! Both Dragunov and Coffey fight back but Rampage fights off the double suplexes to GIVE DOUBLE SUPLEXES! Rampage’s strength might be the most of all three, and he gets Coffey up. Coffey resists the Doctor Bomb but Rampage CLUBS him! Rampage tries again but Coffey back drops Rampage out of the ring! Coffey steadies himself, dodges Dragunov’s clothesline!
Coffey comes back but Dragunov hip tosses to a cover! ONE, but Dragunov keeps on with a chinlock. Coffey fights free, but Dragunov hits an URAKEN! Then Dragunov spins to CHOP Coffey’s leg! Dragunov pump handles Coffey for a GOTCH LIFT GERMAN!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Coffey narrowly escapes that perfect form but Dragunov stomps him down. Dragunov snarls and sputters as he goes to a corner but is side won’t let him climb. Dragunov STOMPS Coffey to keep him down, and he tries to climb again. Coffey UPPERCUTS him first! Coffey climbs, CLUBS Dragunov on the back, but Dragunov forearms back! Coffey stays up but Dragunov CHOPS him!
Rampage slips in as the other two brawl. Dragunov HEADBUTTS Coffey down, Rampage SAMOAN DROPS Coffey! Rampage sees Dragunov get up so he gets out of the way, SUPER BACK SENTON crashes down on Coffey! Rampage runs in but Dragunov goes Matrix to PELE Rampage! Coffey gets Dragunov’s leg, Rampage hauls Dragunov up, Rampage SPINEBUSTERS Dragunov onto Coffey! Coffey writhes but Rampage covers him, TWO!! Coffey survives and BT Sports Studio rallies back up. Coffey drags Dragunov up to ROCK him with a right! Dragunov CHOPS back! Rampage CHOPS Dragunov off his feet! But Dragunov gets up to egg him on! Rampage DECKS Dragunov!
Rampage drags Dragunov up but Dragunov fires off point-blank lariats! Rampage DECKS Dragunov again! Rampage swings, Dragunov blocks, runs and fires off clotheslines! Rampage SUPERKICKS?! Rampage whips but Dragunov tiger feints for the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Rampage falls and BT Sports Studio fires up again! Dragunov sees Coffey’s Spear coming and KNEES him down! Dragunov’s berserker rage is boiling back up! Rampage staggers up, Dragunov is up top and he leaps for a COAST2COAST MISSILE DROPKICK! “GALLUS BOYS ON TOP!!” GLASGOW SENDOFF sends Dragunov into Rampage!
Rampage falls out of the ring, and Dragunov flops out after. Dragunov goes after Rampage, they brawl, but Coffey goes up and up and CROSSBODIES onto them!! Dragunov and Rampage are down but Coffey is up first. Coffey puts Dragunov in, gets up the steps, and then up top again! Coffey leaps to SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! But he has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Both Coffey and Dragunov are down but the BT Sports Studio rallies up. Coffey stands to throw hands on Dragunov. Dragunov ENZIGURIS back! Dragunov writhes from landing hard, bot he and Coffey just glare at each other. They go forehead to forehead, then fire forearm after forearm!
Coffey ROCKS Dragunov but he stays up! ALL THE BEST- NO! Dragunov JUMP KICKS Coffey! But Coffey stays up to rebound and EUROUPPER! Dragunov tumbles and sits up in a daze. Coffey is up on the opposite end and BT Sports Studio is electric as the two fire up! Dragunov runs in, but Torpedo Moscow gets ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Coffey wants a leg but Rampage POUNCES Coffey and himself right out of the ring! Coffey and Rampage ram each other again! And fire off forearms! Coffey BOOTS, Rampage SPINNING POWERSLAMS!! Coffey writhes on the ground, Rampage gets into the ring.
Rampage grins as he has Dragunov alone now. Dragunov slumps over from the pain in his side, but Rampage gets him back up. Dragunov fires off KNEES into Rampage! Step over KNEE, then an ENZIGURI! Rampage staggers about, comes back, but into a SPIENBUSTER! Dragunov rains down furious forearms, then gets Rampage in a waistlcok for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on! Rampages with headlock punches, but Dragunov still gets the second GERMAN SUPLEX! And again Dragunov holds on! Rampage RAMS Dragunov into buckles, but Dragunov hops on to rain down elbows! Coffey slides in, adds on, but Rampage holds ropes!
Rampage elbows Dragunov, switches to get Coffey, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov flops all the way to the apron, and Coffey flounders to a corner! Rampage staggers to an opposite corner as BT Sports Studio says, “This is Awesome!” Rampage runs corner to corner, Coffey dodges and the boot hits buckles! Rampage is stuck, Coffey Electric Chair lifts! Coffey hits an ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM!! But he can’t make the cover! Coffey slowly rises, Rampage gets up and then Dragunov. ALL THE BEST to Rampage WHILE Dragunov hits Coffey with TORPEDO MOSCOW!! That actually saves Rampage from the worst of Coffey’s attack!
Rampage gets Coffey up and gut wrenches for the DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Dragunov breaks it in time! Rampage clamps onto Dragunov, reels him in and gut wrenches, but Dragunov slips free! Dragunov dodges a clothesline to go up a corner, FLYING TORPEDO MOSCOW?!? Cover, DRAGUNOV WINS!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall
Udivitel’nyy! Russian for amazing, because that reckless, relentless Russian IS amazing! UNBESIEGBAR bests two of the toughest men in the brand, and wait! WALTER is here! Dragunov doesn’t realize it until Walter stands in the ring with him. The NXT UK Champion holds up his belt and wonders if he wants it. Dragunov stands up, and Walter SLAPS him right back down!! Walter stands over Dragunov, and puts him in a SLEEPER!! Walter swings Dragunov up and then drags him right back down to put him out! The Ring General smothers Dragunov but makes him look at the belt. Walter vows he will always be champion, has this preemptive strike made sure of that?
Another great episode! Mark Coffey VS Sha Samuels made a great opener, and of course Mark won to keep the friendly series tied. It might take something a bit more to see if either man falls behind the other. I almost wonder if we’ll get a match between Mark and Wolfgang as a tiebreaker. We got good promos, such as A-Kid calling out Devlin, Isla Dawn creeping up on Millie McKenzie and Kenny Williams getting on Nathan Frazer’s case. Hyping up Blair Davenport, whoever that new name is being given to, is cool, too, but the odd segment was Jinny, Mila Smidt(?) and Aoife Valkyrie. That was totally just a weird filter, not actually lights changing just so Aoife can train. But at least it means a few superstars in the women’s division are going to mix it up now.
Stevie Turner’s return to the ring was a pretty good match with debuting Laura Di Matteo. LDM has a pretty good following in the Euro indies so that’s great to see her here. Teoman VS Oliver Carter was a surprisingly great match! Certainly Carter’s best match in a long time. Teoman wins, of course, and I was sensing someone joining him against Smith & Carter. Raja is the best choice for that, and they should make for a strong team. Subculture and Pretty Deadly have a good promo from after last week’s episode, and Subculture challenging for the tag titles makes sense. But I don’t think they’re winning. It’ll be a great match, but Pretty Deadly will surely find a way to win.
But holy crap that main event! That might as well have been called an official #1 contender’s match, it was on that level and maybe beyond. For a moment, it felt like Rampage would win because of his incredible strength, but Dragunov has his toughness, his aggression, his speed, and a great story going with Walter. And Walter showing up to pick Dragunov apart was of course further indication that we’re getting a highly anticipated rematch. This is a case where NXT UK will have to come up with a special episode while TakeOvers aren’t really possible.
And while WWE as a whole is trying to keep big moments for when live audiences return, NXT UK can’t just sit and wait for UK government to feel comfortable with that. A big moment to get people to watch would be someone finally dethroning Walter.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Crown Jewel Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Who ascends to the throne?
History is going to be made at Crown Jewel again!
WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for Riyadh season, and its another historic night! Who will win the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown finals?
- Kickoff Show – The Usos VS The Hurt Business; win(s).
- King of the Ring Finals: Finn Balor VS Xavier Woods; wins and is the 2021 King of the Ring.
- Queen’s Crown Finals: Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; wins and is the inaugural Queen of the Ring.
- Mansoor VS Mustafa Ali; wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS AJ Styles & Omos; win(s) and
- Hell in a Cell: Edge VS Seth Rollins; wins.
- No Holds Barred: Goldberg VS Bobby Lashley; wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair VS Sasha Banks; wins and
- WWE World Championship: Big E VS Drew McIntyre; wins and
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Brock Lesnar; wins and
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of Crown Jewel will begin later today]
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/20/21)
B Block’s final round!
It all comes down to this!
NJPW’s traditional round robin is closing, but it’s not over yet! Will the Rainmaker rise? Or will Jeff Cobb go 9-0 in the 31st G1 Climax?
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.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Taichi wins.
- SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb; Okada wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Jeff Cobb: 8-0, 16 points
Kazuchika Okada: 7-1, 14 points
EVIL: 6-2, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!
The Headhunter fell to The Ace but the Crown Jewel just got a win over the Holy Emperor! Will Hashi #GetBackUp and finish strong? Or will the Texas Heavyweight Champion add another champion to his win column?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Chase wrenches the arm to a wristlock but Hashi wrenches back. Hashi has the wristlock, Chase rolls to slip through and wrench back. Hashi wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock but Chase powers out, only for Hashi to run him over! Fans rally behind Hashi as he wrenches Chase again, and elbows the elbow! Hashi wrenches and wrenches and wrenches, but Chase pulls hair to put Hashi on ropes. The ref calls for the break, but Chase HOTSHOTS Hashi! Hashi goes to the floor, Chase goes out to stomp him down. Chase whips Hashi hard into railing and Hashi falls in a heap!
Chase puts Hashi in the ring, climbs up the corner and drops ax handles on Hashi’s back. Chase drags Hashi up but fans rally up. Chase headlocks then punches Hashi down! Chase whips Hashi to a corner then snapmares him down for an uppercut to the back! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps focus and he goes right up top. Chase leaps but into a mule kick! Fans fire up as Chase drags himself up the ropes. Chase brings Hashi up but Hashi fires off forearms! Chase knees low, whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks Chase’s leg out! Fans rally up again as Chase clutches his bad knee. Hashi fires up and throws more forearms and elbows.
Hashi whips, Chase reverses but Hashi ducks and dodges to HEADHUNTER! Chase staggers to a corner, Hashi runs in and CHOPS! Hashi whips Chase to CHOP him again, then brings him around to hang him out to dry! Chase fights to get down and then he BOOTS Hashi! Hashi SUPERKICKS Chase in return! Chase is stuck in the ropes, Hashi runs to dropkick him down! Then he adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Hashi suplexes, but Chase fights out of Head Buster to cravat knee smash! Chase mule kicks then hits a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down again.
Chase watches Hashi and runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi up. Chase fireman’s carries but Hashi fights free to waistlock. Chase switches, Hashi switches, repeat! They go around and around, Chase swings but Hashi ducks. Chase blocks the kick then ducks the spinning heel kick to SHINING WIZARD! Chase drags Hashi up, tucks him in, but Hashi fights the package driver and back drops free! Chase staggers to a corner, runs in, but Hashi blocks Shi Trigger to LARIAT! And fisherman and a flip to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Hashi hurries to get Chase up, half nelson and pump handle, but Chase turns that into a cradle! TWO!! Hashi CHOPS Chase and fires forearms! CHOP! Hashi runs but Chase SHI TRIGGERS! Chase fires up and so do the fans as he drags Hahsi back up. Chase reels Hashi in, says BANG, but Hashi arm-drags out of the package! Chase fires off strikes but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Chase rebounds but into Hashi’s LARIAT! Hashi drags Chase up, half nelson and pump handle, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!
Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)
No more #ChampionKiller for Chase here! The NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion stands tall over the Texas Heavyweight Champion! Will this help Hashi and his trio #StayGold?
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Fierce Warrior fell to the Cold Skull but the Good Bad Guy is riding high off his win over the Rainmaker! Will Goto bring Tama back down? Or will the final around be Too Sweet, too?
The bell rings and the two circle. Tama runs but he stops himself, just keeping Goto on his toes. They approach, tie up, but Tama runs and Goto follows! Tama dodges and they stand off again. Tama takes off the vest to get serious and fans fire up. Goto and Tama feel out the grapple but Goto kicks low. Goto runs, Tama follows and runs Goto over, but Goto avoids the elbow drop. Goto headlocks, Tama powers out but Goto runs him over! Things keep moving, Goto turns hip toss into hip toss! Tama gets up and kicks back, puts Goto on ropes to whip, but Goto reverses, follows and LARIATS!
Goto drags Tama up to CLUB him, then whips him to ropes. Back elbow, cover, ONE! Goto clamps on with a chinlock! He digs his knee into Tama’s back but Tama pries at the hold. Goto digs an elbow into Tama’s head then drives it in! Goto stomps Tama, Jado coaches Tama up. Goto drags Tama up and suplexes but Tama slips out to waistlock. Goto throws elbows to get free, but Tama hurdles and hurdles and HAKU CHOPS! Tama stomps then drops an elbow! And then drops another elbow! And another! And another LEAPING elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Goto gets to a corner. Tama is after him with haymakers!
Tama back elbows again and again, then cravats to snapmare. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest then drives an elbow into Goto’s head! Fans rally as Tama paces, and Tama wraps a chinlock on Goto now. Goto endures as Tama thrashes and cranks the hold. Goto fights up, throws elbows, and is free, but he runs into a SLEEPER! Goto reaches out but Tama keeps him from ropes. Tama squeezes tight, Goto pulls at Tama’s hair but the ref reprimands. Goto fights up to throw Tama, but Tama holds on and brings Goto down! Tama squeezes tighter on the sleeper as fans rally harder. Goto fights up, but Tama drags him down and has body scissors!
The ref checks as Goto fades but he gets a second wind! Goto fights out of the scissors, throws body shots, then RAMS Tama into a corner! Goto is free, but Tama runs in! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up while Jado coaches Tama. Goto gets up, runs at Tama in the corner, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up and Goto takes aim, and he KICKS Tama in the chest! Jado shouts to Tama and Tama fires up, only to get another KICK! Tama gets up again, Goto KICKS again! And again! And again! Tama feeds off them then forearms back! Tama whips Goto to a corner but Goto comes back to run him over!
Tama bails out but Goto aims, only for Tama to drag him out and whip. Goto reverses and Tama hits railing! Goto POSTS Tama and Tama hits the floor! Goto digs his heel into Tama but the ref reprimands. Goto stops at 4, drags Tama up and CLUBS him on the neck. Tama flounders, Goto drags him back up and into the ring. Fans cheer as Goto fires up and climbs the corner. Tama stops Goto with forearms and haymakers! Tama climbs up now, Goto resists but Tama throws body shots. Goto hits back, they brawl up top and Goto headbutts Tama down! Goto adjusts but Tama GAMANGIRIS! Tama brings Goto out off the top, Goto fights, but Tama still hits the TONGAN TWIST!
Fans are still fired up as both men are down. Goto and Tama stagger up, Tama runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Tama keeps moving, Goto ducks and dodges but runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! Tama gets Goto back up, fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top and aims, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO! Goto survives but Jado tells Tama to keep focus. Tama watches Goto as fans reach a thunderous level! Tama drags Goto up, tucks him in, but Goto fights! Tama CLUBS and throws body shots, tries the lift but Goto powers up! Tama stops the back drop, clubs Goto more, but Goto fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI!
Tama and Goto go to opposite corners again. Tama runs in but Goto avoids the splash! Goto clotheslines from behind, then hoists Tama up top! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives but Goto drags him up. Goto dragon sleepers but Tama fights back! Goto grabs the arm, spins Tama around for knee after knee, then URA GTR! Goto runs, to LARIAT Tama inside out! Both men are down again and fans reach a thunderous level! Goto fires up and drags Tama up. Goto powers up but Tama flops over! The ref checks on Tama and Jado coaches him up. Goto dares Tama to rise as he powers up again. BUZZ- NO! Tama blocks and GUN-
NO! Goto powers out and follows but Tama redirects! Goto redirects, Tama leaps but no Gun Stun! Goto powers out, fireman’s carries, but Tama slips out to a dragon sleeper! Goto spins it around so he has the dragon sleeper but Tama spins around to suplex! Goto fights that off, wrenches and HEADBUTTS! But Tama ENZIGURIS! Tama gets Goto up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives that fast and furious exchange but Tama is fired up! Tama pounds the mat, fans rally behind him and Tama waits for Goto to rise. GUN- NO! Goto turns it to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and GOTOSHIKI! Goto wins!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tama earns 0)
The Fierce Warrior finds a way to win in the blink of an eye! Is it still too soon before the Good Bad Guy can stand on his own? Are the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions slowly gaining power in their own right?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!
The Ace is 4-4 while the Holy Emperor is 2-6, both rather shocking records for these two champions. Will the IWGP US Champion use love and energy to finish above 500? Or will the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion find a way to finish strong?
Miho helps Taichi with his things while Tanahashi shows off his muscles and fans cheer. Fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” at the bell and the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks, but Taichi hits DANGOUERS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! OFF COME THE PANTS?! Already?! Taichi sits Tanahashi up to BUZZSAW! And then Taichi goes for the Alabama, but his bad ribs hold him back. Taichi runs to AX BOMBER! Taichi tries again, but he can’t maintain the Alabama! Tanahashi throws a body shot to the bad ribs! Fans fire up and Taichi staggers to a corner. Tanahashi shakes out the cobwebs and slowly gets up.
Tanahashi runs in but blocks a boot to throw a hard body shot! Taichi drops to his knees and Tanahashi stomps him down! Tanahashi stands on Taichi’s ribs at the ropes but the ref counts. Tanahashi lets off, drags Taichi by a leg and stomps it, then stomps Taichi’s bad ribs! Tanahashi drops down on the leg for a toehold but Taichi pulls at Tanahashi’s hair. The ref reprimands, Taichi endures, fans rally up and Tanahashi turns Taichi over. Tanahashi ties up the legs and fires up as he has the deathlock. Miho coaches Taichi as he endures, but Tanahashi drops back for a MUDA LOCK! Taichi claws at the chinlock and fans rally up harder!
Tanahashi pulls Taichi back, lets go of the chinlock but keeps on the legs. Fans rally, Taichi claws his way around but Tanahashi digs knuckles into his back! Tanahashi stands up and drops back to snap the deathlock! Taichi still endures, powers up and claws his way forward. Miho is there calling to him, and Taichi reaches out, but Tanahashi drops back again! Taichi still gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi undoes the leglock and fans fire up again. Tanahashi stalks Taichi but Taichi kicks back. Taichi gets up but Tanahashi blocks the kick. Taichi still kicks Tanahashi away, then kicks him again. Tanahashi eggs Taichi on and catches the next kick, to throw another body shot!
Taichi falls, fans rally and Tanahashi whips, only for Taichi to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up as both men are down. Taichi rises, sits Tanahashi up and gives him Kowata Kicks! Then he snapmares Tanahashi to KICK him in the back! Taichi wants Tanahashi to rise, BUZZSAW but Tanahashi ducks! Tanahashi throws another body shot, Taichi goes to a corner and Tanahashi runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMAN- No! Tanahashi ducks, and he puts Taichi in the Tree of Woe! Tanahashi throws more body shots, the ref reprimands and counts. Tanahashi backs off, to dropkick Taichi down! Taichi falls out of the Tree and fans rally up.
Tanahashi goes to bring Taichi up but Taichi kicks him away! And again! Tanahashi keeps trying but Taichi KICKS him! Taichi eggs Tanahashi on now, then sobats! Tanahashi fires fast hands but Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Taichi fires up and goes to the corner. He takes aim, TENSHO- But Tanahashi blocks to a DRAGON SCREW! Then he ties up the legs for the TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! Taichi endures and Miho shouts to him, but Tanahashi pulls back harder! Taichi grabs at the ref and slowly makes his way forward, to get the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go and fans are rallying, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “TA-I-CHI!”
Miho holds onto Taichi’s hand and one of the medics asks Taichi how he’s feeling. Taichi refuses to give up, so Tanahashi runs, SLING- NO, Taichi slips around, but he can’t get Tanahashi up in the saido! Taichi BOOTS, ducks and gets around, but Tanahashi slips out! Taichi BOOTS, DANG- SLINGBLADE! But Taichi’s right up?! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! But Tanahashi is right up, too, into TENSHO JUJIHO!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO!! The Ace survives but the Holy Emperor grits his teeth and fights through the pain. Taichi strikes a three point stance in the corner, but runs into a SHOTEI!
Taichi comes back with a HARD RIGHT ELBOW! Taichi roars and fans are thunderous again! Taichi drags Tanahashi up and manages the the Alabama! But Tanahashi fights free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi goes right up top, to HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then he goes right back to the corner, for the HIGH FLY FLOP!! TAICHI SHIKI GEDO CLUTCH! TAICHI WINS!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)
Now that’s how you finish strong! Taichi found a way to power through and he trumped The Ace! Will this Dangerous Tekker look to take the IWGP US Championship from Tanahashi in the future?
SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
So what if these two are out of the running? This is about pride, and the past that was thrown away in betrayal! Will the Cold Skull bring a Skull End to his former tag partner? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
The bell rings and fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil gets annoyed and bails out. Evil gets a mic from the timekeeper, and says that Sanada isn’t worth his time! Evil rings the bell? He’s trying to make this a no contest as he and Dick leave! But Sanada pursues and CLUBS Evil down! Sanada puts Evil back in the ring, and rings the bell again as if to say the match is back on! But Evil kicks and whips Sanada on the return, only for Sanada to duck and dodge and dropkick the leg, to then dropkick Evil out of the ring! But Sanada goes up top just as Evil tries to turn the corner for the ramp! Dick distracts Sanada and Evil slides in to CLAW Sanada’s back!
Evil CLAWS Sanada at the ropes, and then again in the corner! The ref reprimands, Evil tell shim to shut up, but Sanada whips Evil corner to corner. Dick undoes the buckle pad behind Evil’s back, Sanada runs in but Evil takes the pad away! Sanada hits bare buckles and the ref reprimands Evil. Evil throws the pad away to then choke Sanada with his House of Torture shirt! The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and kicks Sanada out of the ring. Evil drags Sanada up, has media clear out and whips Sanada into railing! Evil brings chairs out from under the ring while Dick distracts the ref! Evil JAMS Sanada with the chair, wraps the chair around his head and HOME RUN!
Takagi is on commentary and he argues that wasn’t even close, but Evil tells him to shut up. Evil leaves the chair behind, goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA!” but the count is already past 10 of 20. It gets to 15 before Sanada sits up, and he staggers into the ring at 17. Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues with the ref but the count was fair. Evil drags Sanada up, Sanada throws forearms! Evil knees low, throws Sanada back out, and Dick ROCKS Sanada! Dick puts Sanada back in, Evil covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third try, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans fire up for Sanada. Evil stands on Sanada’s face and taunts him.
Evil gives Sanada toying kicks and even stands on Sanada’s head again. Sanada gets up to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Evil rakes Sanada’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil reels Sanada in but Sanada blocks the suplex. Evil keeps trying, but Sanada turns it into his own suplex! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Sanada kips up and goes to a corner. Sanada runs and rallies on Evil with forearms, arm-drag and atomic drop! Evil springs off into buckles, then Sanada trips Evil up to put him in Paradise! Dick gets on the apron but Sanada slingshots him into the ring! Dick wants mercy but instead gets Paradise! Fans fire up for Sanada more as he puts Evil and Dick side by side!
Sanada encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige. Sanada then runs to DOUBLE DROPKICK Evil and Dick out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Fans rally harder than ever and Sanada drags Evil up. Evil blocks the fireman’s carry to throw elbows, but Sanada blocks and gives the foot to the ref! Sanada dropkicks Evil down! Evil bails out after tasting some of his own medicine, and Sanada aims to PLANCHA! Evil gets clear and RAMS Sanada into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san! Will Evil ever stop targeting him? Fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA! while he and Evil are both down on the outside. The ref checks on both men but they’re stirring as the Young Lions help Abe-san.
Evil gets in the ring but then goes back after Evil! He puts on the SHARPSHOOTER as the ring count climbs! Dick taunts Sanada, Evil lets off at 10. Sanada grits his teeth and Evil distracts the ref from seeing Dick trip Sanada up! The count is 18, but Sanada springs up and in at 19.5! Evil is furious and he drags Sanada up for a fireman’s carry. DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Evil is arguing the count! The count was fair and fans are thunderous for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil slashes his throat and drags Sanada up. Evil spins him around but Sanada fights the STO off! Evil kicks low, whips but Sanada stops himself and then sends Evil into bare buckles! BIG back suplex!
Fans fire up again as both men crawl for corners. Evil drags himself up, as does Sanada. Sanada runs in but Evil BOOTS him! Evil runs in but Sanada fireman’s carries! Evil slips off to a waistlock but Sanada elbows free. Sanada runs, avoids Evil’s lariat from the corner, then goes up, out and springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Evil down! Sanada fireman’s carries to a TKO! Cover, TWO! Sanada goes to the corner but Dick has a chair! He throws it at Sanada and the ref sees that! They argue, Sanada puts the chair down and dropkicks Dick! Then he still catches Evil for a fireman’s carry to dragon sleeper! SKULL END!
Evil endures while caught in the body scissors! Fans rally hard as ever, Evil grabs at the ref but he’s fading! Sanada lets Evil go to go to the corner! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Evil saves himself and fans rally up again! Sanada sits up first, then brings Evil up. Sanada EuroUppers but Evil stays on his feet! Sanada throws another EuroUpper and Evil drops to his knees! Sanada stands Evil up so he can EuroUpper him again! Evil flounders against ropes and flops back down. Sanada eggs Evil on, Evil gets up and fakes the chop to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil tells him to shut up, and he stands Sanada up, but Sanada ROLLING SOBATS!
Sanada runs, Evil uses the ref as a shield, then kicks Sanada low. Evil gets Sanada up and uses the ref again, but the ref lets Sanada down, no Magic Killer! Sanada kicks but Evil blocks, and THROWS the foot into the ref! The ref goes down and Dick gets in, he and Evil still fail to Magic Killer! Wait, Sanada puts Evil on Dick’s shoulder, NOW MAGIC KILLER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up as Sanada dragon sleepers for the SKULL SWING! But Evil grabs at the ref to LOW BLOW! And then EVERY- NO! Sanada shoves Evil at the ref and then LOW BLOWS in return! O’Conner Roll BRIDGE! Dick drags the ref out!! Sanada would’ve won! But Dick gets his SPOILER CHOKER!!
Sanada fights it off! Sanada arm-drags Dick, ducks Evil’s chair shot, it’s hot potato with the chair and Dick gets caught with it! Sanada dropkicks the chair into Dick! The ref is busy with Dick, Evil THROWS the other chair at Sanada’s head! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil wins!!
Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sanada earns 0)
And now Evil uses the SPOILER CHOKER to torment Sanada! Young Lions gets in and stop Evil, but the damage is done! And he talks trash to Takagi on his way out, too. Is this how little those days in Los Ingobernables de Japon mean to him? Will Evil use this last win in the G1 as momentum on to something big down the line?
Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb!
Here it is! The main event of the ninth and final round that determines it all! Kota Ibushi is already making history from the A Block, will the United Empire’s Hulk do the same by going in with a spotless record? Or will Okada make it rain into the G1 finals?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. Cobb rushes in but Okada dodges to fire off forearms! Cobb shoves him away, Okada comes back to ROCK Cobb! Okada runs to forearm again, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Cobb gets Okada up, whips and scoops him, but Okada frantically fights free! Cobb throws a hard body shot and Okada ends up in a corner, Cobb runs in and SPLASHES! But Okada turns that into an Alabama for a REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “JEFF COBBU!” as Okada goes to the far corner. Okada watches Cobb stand up and clutches his neck. Okada resets and the two circle.
Cobb kicks low, whips again but Okada reverses and BOOTS! Okada snapmares Cobb, runs and basement dropkicks! Cobb sits up in a daze but Okada takes a moment to catch his breath before bringing Cobb up. Okada turns Cobb for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Fans still rally as Okada clamps on a chinlock and grinds Cobb down. Cobb endures, pries at the hold, stands up and throws elbows. Okada CLUBS Cobb on the back, whips him but Cobb holds ropes to block. Okada throws forearms, whips but Cobb reverses. Cobb dodges Okada’s elbow to come back and CLOBBER Okada with an elbow! Fans fire up as both men are down.
Cobb storms over to Okada, turns him over and jumps onto his back! Cobb surfs on Okada with his own Rainmaker pose! Cobb hops off, Okada bails out and Cobb goes out to pursue. Cobb stands Okada up to ROCK him with a right. Cobb then stands Okada up to ROCK him in the back! Now Cobb stands on Okada at the railing and also points to Takagi. Cobb goes back to the ring and fans rally up as Okada is down on the ground. A ring count starts, and it reaches 10 before Okada sits up. Okada stands at 12 and gets in the ring, but Cobb is right on him with a CHOP LARIAT in the corner! And another! And another!
Okada sits down, Cobb drags him back up and brings him around to suplex. Cobb walks around with Okada for a count of 10 before he TOSSES Okada! Cover, TWO! Cobb’s a bit surprised by that but fans keep rallying. Cobb drags Okada up, clinches and Belly2Belly suplexes! Cobb holds on to Belly2Belly again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Okada survives but Cobb claims it is “JEFF COBBU!” Cobb JAMS his knee into Okada’s back, and again, then uppercuts him in the back! Cover, TWO! Okada throws body shots and forearms but Cobb headbutts! Okada stays up so Cobb RAMS him into a corner! And takes him corner to corner, and back again!
Cobb picks Okada up for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT FLOPS as Okada narrowly avoids it! Fans rally up as Okada brings Cobb over. Cobb knees low, runs, but Okada FLAPJACKS! Fans rally up again and Okada dares Cobb to get up. Okada throws forearm after forearm, then whips. Cobb reverses, Okada ducks and dodges and CLOBBERS Cobb with an elbow! Okada whips Cobb to the corner, runs in and back elbows! Okada then kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up harder and Okada drags Cobb up to wrench and MONEY CLIP! Cobb RAMS Okada into the corner and is free!
Cobb runs back in but Okada dodges! Okada puts Cobb up top to dropkick him to the floor! Fans fire up and Okada aims. PLANCHA, but Cobb catches him! And pops him up, but Okada sips out to kick and- NO! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Both men are down and the ring count starts. Cobb gets up at 7, takes a moment to bring Okada up, and puts him in at 14. Okada get sup, Cobb kicks, EuroUppers and DROPKICKS! Okada goes to a corner, Cobb runs in and back elbows! Cobb scoops and runs but Okada slips off to waistlock. Cobb elbows free, runs but is sent through ropes! Okada runs in but into a shoulder! He comes back to SHOTGUN Cobb off the apron!
Cobb slowly gets up, Okada builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Cobb! Fans are thunderous nd rally up as both men stir with the new ring count. Okada drags Cobb up and puts him in at 10 of 20. Okada then climbs a corner and watches Cobb stand. MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Okada drags Cobb up to scoop and SLAM! Standard formula, Okada goes to the corner and climbs up. MACHO ELBOW DROP! And now, Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Cobb up, ripcords but Cobb reels Okada in for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Both men are down again and fans rally back up!
Cobb hobbles over, drags Okada up, scoops him and RAMS him into a corner! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Okada survives being smashed but Cobb drags him up. Cobb whips, Okada holds ropes and then boots back! Okada blocks the superkick to ripcord, but Cobb gets around, SNAP GERMAN! Cobb hurries to whip Okada again, scoops him, TOUR OF- NO! Okada slips out to gut wrench! But Cobb’s weight tips things in his favor! TOMBSTONE! But Cobb holds on to bring Okada back up, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! But Cobb can’t make the cover, and fans are thunderous again!
Cobb copies the Rainmaker, he’s the #Tourmaker! Cobb ripcords and reels Okada in, but Okada slips out! ROLLING LARIAT! Fans rally up and Okada crawls over to get the wrist. Okada drags Cobb up and brings him around, but Cobb BOOTS! Okada hold son so Cobb BOOTS again! And again! Cobb ducks the lariat but Okada dropkicks him down! MONEY CLIP! Cobb fights to stay up, Okada keeps him from ropes, then gut wrenches to SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Okada drag Cobb back up to the MONEY CLIP!! Cobb endures, scoots around, reaches out, but Okada drags him from ropes! Cobb gets up but Okada turns him for the back2backbreaker!
But Cobb rolls off! Cobb reels Okada in to a backslide but Okada rolls through, and ducks the lariat to backslide Cobb! Cobb rolls off and HEADBUTTS Okada down!! Cobb gets Okada up to whip and scoop, TOUR OF- NO! Okada slips off, ripcord but Cobb ducks to ripcord Okada! Okada back drops and sits for a cover, TWO!!! Okada gets to a corner, fans are thunderous, and Cobb runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! Cobb fights that to powerbomb lift, but Okada fights and gets to the top rope. Okada kicks Cobb but Cobb DROPKICKS Okada! Okada tumbles into a Tree of Woe position! Red Shoes hurries to help Okada and Okada gets down to the apron.
Cobb goes to the corner as fans rally back up. Cobb drags Okada up, and deadlifts him to the top! Okada throws body shots and forearms to knock Cobb down, but Cobb HEADBUTT UPPERCUTS! Cobb climbs back up, brings Okada up, SUPER DDT?!?! Okada turns things around on Cobb at the very last second!! Cobb is dazed, Okada grits his teeth and fans are electric! Okada roars, drags Cobb back up and ripcords, but Cobb gets around again! Okada elbows away to get free, and he goes to gut wrench. Cobb gut wrenches instead, pops Okada up, but Okada slips out of the Tour to DROPKICK again! But Cobb’s right up?! He runs into Okada’s SIT-DOWN TOMBSTONE!!
Okada drags Cobb back up, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb earns 0)
And Okada is heading to the finals!! His win may be the only loss on Cobb’s G1 record, but it is the most important loss! And now we have our finals set as Ibushi VS Okada! Okada takes a moment then gets the mic. “BUDOKAN~! Tomorrow, this record setting hot Autumn will come to a close. It’s not important what I say right now, tomorrow is winner takes all. So for now, let’s end it here. Go home, wash your hands, gargle. After work, come right back here, and enjoy the G1 Climax FINALE! Thank you for your enthusiasm today! I’m going to make it rain on this G1 Climax!” A straightforward message with a straightforward mission! Will Okada stop the Golden Star from having his threepeat?
Here are the FINAL B Block standings!
Kazuchika Okada: 8-1, 16 points [Heading to G1 Climax 31 Finals]
Jeff Cobb: 8-1, 16 points [ELIMINATED]
EVIL: 7-2, 14 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great round for the G1 Climax, with even the matches that have no effect on the outcome being a lot of fun. Fans really got into Goto VS Tama and that was a very good match with things fast and furious right from the start. Tanahashi VS Taichi was also great stuff, and it felt really big for Taichi to win. Evil wanting to just skip his match with Sanada was a great little character bit, and I’m surprised Evil won after that. I suppose Sanada still isn’t ready to be a singles guy in the eyes of NJPW management.
And of course, Okada VS Cobb was awesome stuff, and I really thought Cobb had it at a few different moments. I personally thought the history of Ibushi’s fourth finals in a row and Cobb going in undefeated in the block would’ve really made the finals huge on its own, but I suppose that’s too big even for the G1. Ibushi VS Okada is still going to be awesome stuff, and with it being Ibushi VS Okada, it really could go either way.
My Score: 9.2/10
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