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Mitchell’s NJPW Summer Struggle Nagoya Report! (7/24/21)

Nagoya says GO ACE!

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NJPW Summer Struggle Nagoya

NJPW keeps the Summer Struggle going in Nagoya!

Before going up to bat at Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo, NJPW visits Nagoya! Stone Pitbull steps up to King of Darkness and The Ace takes on Fang Revived!

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

  • Tomohiro Ishii VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA; wins.

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Tomohiro Ishii VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

Chaos knows Bullet Club wants the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag titles, but that isn’t just going to happen! Will the Stone Pitbull take a bite out of the King of Darkness? Or will Nagoya learn Everything is Evil?

But the second Ishii gets in the ring, he DECKS Evil and chases him out of the ring! The bell rings to get this on the record as Ishii stomps away on Evil and whips him hard into railing! Fans fire up as Ishii drags Evil up to whip him hard into more railing! The ref wants this in the ring, Ishii just whips Evil even harder into railing! Dick attacks Ishii but Ishii doesn’t flinch! Ishii ROCKS Dick, puts him in the ring, and the ref wants Ishii to hold off but Ishii shoves him down! Ishii grabs Dick around the throat to then DECK him! Fans fire up and Ishii throws his shirt off to drag Dick up, put him in the corner, and clothesline him down!

Dick flops down but Ishii ain’t done with him yet! Evil is getting up on the outside as Ishii gets Dick up. Evil saves Dick from the bomb and stomps Ishii down. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back to run him over! Ishii chases Evil outside the ring again, but Ishii takes a page from Evil’s playbook by getting a chair from under the ring. Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” but the ref wants Ishii to stand down. Ishii refuses, shoves past the ref and TOSSES the chair! Evil gets out of the way and the chair hits railing! Ishii pursues Evil around the corner and Evil wants mercy. Ishii instead kicks Evil up the ramp, and brings him up to SMACK off railing!

Ishii pulls railing apart to SMACK Evil with the piece he took! Fans cheer the ferocity as Ishii looms over Evil. The ref reprimands and wants this to get in the ring for once, but fans rally as Ishii drags Evil up. Ishii reels Evil in but Dick saves Evil form a brainbuster to the floor! Ishii glares at Dick and Dick runs away, egging Ishii on. They go in the ring, Evil gets in and CLOBBERS Ishii! Evil looms over Ishii as fans still rally. Evil drags Ishii up, throws him out, and whips him hard into railing! The ref reprimands but Evil wants to cash the rest of his receipts! Evil gets two chairs, drags Ishii up and puts his head through one chair. Evil gets the other, to HOME RUN!

Some fans do cheer, but the ref continues to reprimand. Fans rally back up for “I-SHI-I!” as Evil goes into the ring. Dick taunts Ishii but the ref keeps his eyes on him. The ring count begins and Ishii stirs at 7 of 20. Ishii sits up at 10 of 20, stands at 12, and drags himself in at 15! Evil is fine with that and he walks over to drag Ishii to a cover, ONE! Evil is annoyed with the count but the fans cheer. Evil gets Ishii up, then throws him out again! The ref has had about enough of this, but Evil RAMS Ishii into the railing! Timekeeper Abe-san goes down! Will Evil ever stop bullying him? And Dick undoes the blue corner pad while the ref is busy with Ishii and Abe!

Evil and Dick Too Sweet and then Evil gets in the ring. Ishii stirs and Abe gets his timekeeper table back up. Fans rally for Ishii even harder now as Evil waits. The ring count starts again, Ishii staggers about at 4 of 20, clutches his back and heads over at 8 of 20, and gets in before 10. Evil drags Ishii back up, and whips him into the bare corner! The ref only now realizes what Bullet Club did as Evil drags Ishii to a HALF CRAB! Dick taunts Ishii at the ropes, Evil drags Ishii away and has the Half Crab even deeper! Ishii fights to turn as fans rally up but Evil fights it. Ishii reaches, Evil sits on the hold even deeper, but Ishii gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Evil finally lets go at 4.

Evil paces while Ishii is getting mad. Fans still rally as Evil kicks at Ishii mockingly. Ishii eggs Evil on, Evil kicks him more and more, but Ishii gets up. Ishii throws hands and chops but they don’t do enough. Evil CHOPS Ishii and Ishii staggers back. Evil taunts Ishii, CHOPS him again, and Ishii grits his teeth as he stays standing! Evil taunts and CHOPS Ishii again! Ishii stays up by supporting himself with his hands. Ishii stands up, Evil DOUBLE CHOPS! Ishii stays up and shocks Evil with a CHOP in return! It was a high one and Evil falls right over as he gasps and sputters! Ishii gets up, fans rally behind him, and he gets Evil up to whip him. Evil reverses to send Ishii into the bare buckles!

But Ishii fires up and RUNS Evil over! Fans fire up as both men are down. Ishii rises while Evil gets to a corner. Ishii heads over, CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Fans rally with each shot, Evil falls down and the ref wants Ishii to let off! But Ishii shoves the ref and stands Evil up to fire off more forearms and CHOPS! Ishii finally lets off and Dick checks on Evil. Ishii comes back to get Evil up but Evil SLAPS him! Ishii stands Evil up to fire off more HIGH CHOPS! The ref reprimands, he’s getting Evil real close to the throat! Evil falls over and gasps for air. Ishii shows no mercy and gets Evil up. Evil fights the back suplex by thumbing Ishii in the eyes!

The ref reprimands but both men are down again. Fans rally up while Evil slowly sits up. Evil still coughs and sputters but he gets Ishii up. Evil throws Ishii out and argues with the ref, DICK whips Ishii into railing! Dick puts Ishii back in, Evil covers, TWO! Evil kicks at Ishii, toying with him. Ishii gets up but Evil pokes him in the eyes again! Evil throws Ishii back out for Dick to cheap shot! Dick whips, Ishii reverses and Dick hits railing! Dick is down, Evil rushes out but Ishii throws him over the railing, onto the timekeeper’s table! Abe gets back as Ishii hops the railing, and he SMACKS Evil off the table! And again!

Ishii makes Evil take a seat, then drags Dick up to RAM into the railing! Now Evil knows how he makes Abe-san feel as he goes flying back! Fans cheer but Abe isn’t really sure what to do now. Fans rally as “I-SHI-I!” goes around the railing to get Evil out from under the table. Ishii puts Evil in, drags him up, and reels him in to suplex! Cover, TWO! Ishii keeps his cool as he gets back up. Ishii dares Evil to sit up, and then runs, but Evil dodges the lariat to waistlock. Ishii switches but Evil RAMS him into the bare buckles! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Ishii and Evil slowly stir, Ishii goes to a corner. Evil stands, runs in, and clotheslines!

Evil reels Ishii in to hoist Ishii up top. Evil climbs up, gets Ishii up on the very top, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Ishii writhes and Evil covers, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are fired up again! Evil slowly gets to his feet, gets Ishii’s legs, and steps through! Ishii blocks the Scorpion Deathlock to punch Evil away! Evil comes back, gets Ishii up, but Ishii blocks the fireman’s carry. Ishii throws elbows, but Evil blocks a kick to rake eyes! Evil throws the kick into the ref, then gets Ishii up! Dick helps out in the MAGIC KILLER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Ishii survives! But Evil gets Ishii up again, fireman’s carries, but Ishii fights free!

Evil elbows and whips Ishii but Ishii reverses! Evil hits bare buckles and staggers into a BACK SUPLEX! Both men are down again and fans rally back up! Ishii and Evil stir, rise, and Evil gets to a corner. Ishii runs in and clotheslines! Ishii hoists Evil up top now, climbs up and gets Evil up for a STALLING SUPERPLEX!! Fans are thunderous as Ishii covers, TWO!! Evil survives and Ishii is getting mad! Fans rally hard as ever as Ishii roars and rises to his feet. Ishii wants Evil to get up again, and Ishii runs, but Evil blocks the lariat, to get a DISCUS LEFT! Ishii gets Evil back up, reels him in, but Dick distracts! So Ishii RAMS Evil into Dick! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES Evil!

Ishii isn’t done, he sits Evil up and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!!! Evil survives again but Ishii’s anger builds! Ishii gets Evil up again as fans return to a thunderous rally. Ishii reels Evil in but Evil wrenches and reels Ishii! Ishii avoids the STO to HEADBUTT! Ishii runs but is put on the apron. Ishii ROCKS Evil, steps in but Evil kicks the ropes! The rope gets Ishii in his stone pitbull! Fans rally up as both men are down. Evil gets up first and hobbles over to get Ishii up. Ishii is dead weight and Evil wants the ref to check on Ishii. The ref does check but Ishii is still conscious, so Evil gets him to his feet. Fireman’s carry, DARKNESS FALLS!! Cover, TWO!!?

Fans are still fired up as Ishii survives and both men are down again. Evil slashes his throat as he vows to end this! Evil stands Ishii up, spins him around, but no STO as Ishii elbows back. So Evil chokes Ishii and shoves him into bare buckles! Evil runs but Ishi blocks lariat with lariat! Evil tries again, Ishii ducks and waistlocks but Evil elbows free to LARIAT after all! Cover, TWO!!! Ishii barely kicks out in time but Evil vows to end him! EVERYTHING- NO! Ishii spins and HEADBUTTS! Both men fall over again! We’re in the last few minutes of the time limit and fans are thunderous! Dick throws a chair in! Evil gets it, the ref stops him, but that distracts from Dick sliding into the ring!

Dick goes after Ishii with the SPOILER CHOKER! Ishii powers up and pries free?! And HEADBUTTS then LARIATS Dick! But EVERYTHING- NO! Ishii shoves Evil at the ref, but Evil stops himself. Evil tries to low blow but Ishii blocks it, and ENZIGURIS! Fans are thunderous yet again as Ishii slaps himself to fire up! Ishii powers up, runs, and LARIATS!! Evil gets turned inside out! Ishii covers, TWO!?!? Evil survives and shocks everyone! Ishii gets up, slashes his throat because he vows to end this! Ishii drags Evil up, suplexes, and Evil fights free! Evil RAMS Ishii into the ref! They’re all down in the corner but YUJIRO TAKAHASHI appears!

Tokyo Pimp is aiming with his pimp cane, but Ishii ROCKS him with a forearm first! Ishii grabs the cane to toss it aside, but Evil LOW BLOWS from behind! Yujiro gives Ishii PIMP JUICE! The basement DDT takes Ishii down and Evil gets back up. Fans rally hard as ever for “I-SHI-I!” but Evil drags him up. EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall

Ishii has fallen! But considering it took the entire trio of #EvilDickPimps to break the Stone Pitbull, what chance to they have against the entire trio of Ishii, Hashi & Goto?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

The Ace and Fang Revived have had beef before in the NEVER Openweight Championship race, and it seems that beef will continue in Nagoya! Can Kenta be a good guard dog for current champion, Jay White? Or will the Once in a Century Talent get through the knight to get at #KingSwitch?

Tanahashi takes off his jacket to show off the muscles and fans cheer. The bell rings and the fans rally, “LET’S GO ACE! LET’S GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta stare down. Kenta and Tanahashi circle, approach, and Kenta bails out to use a very Jay White tactic. But the fans still rally for The Ace so Kenta mocks the clapping. Kenta paces around, sees Shibata on commentary, and then slowly gets back in the ring. Fans cheer as Kenta and Tanahashi circle again. They tie up, Tanahashi puts Kenta on the ropes and Red Shoes calls for the break. Tanahashi lets off and Kenta bails out. Kenta walks around again as the fans continue to clap, “LET’S GO ACE!”

The ring count starts, Kenta goes to the apron at 3 of 20 but he wants Tanahashi to stay back. Kenta claps, the fans follow along, and Tanahashi easily turns that back into “LET’S GO ACE!” Kenta returns, circles with Tanahashi again, and they tie up. Tanahashi throws Kenta down, then gets him up to throw forearms. Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner, Kenta reverses, but Tanahashi back elbows from the corner. Tanahashi goes up and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Tanahashi adds as BACK SENTON! Tanahashi air guitars, Kenta bails out, but Tanahashi goes out and fetches Kenta back into the ring. Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes back in and runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out!

Tanahashi skins the cat but Kenta catches him to shove him down! Then Kenta is on the apron and he DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS Tanahashi on the floor! Kenta gets Tanahashi up to whip Tanahashi hard into railing! Fans rally for Tanahashi but Kenta gets him up to whip him hard the other way! Tanahashi slumps down and Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta gets in Shibata’s face. Kenta dares Shibata to do something and Shibata stands up! Shibata still isn’t cleared to compete but that doesn’t mean he won’t fight Kenta. Kenta goes back to Tanahashi, throws hands, but Tanahashi grits his teeth as Kenta keeps hitting him.

Kenta gets Tanahashi up to POST him! Tanahashi falls back down and Red Shoes starts a ring count. Kenta gets Tanahashi up to put in the ring at 5 of 20, and he covers, TWO! Kenta stomps Tanahashi, then gets fans to clap for him, “KEN! TA! KEN! TA!” Then Kenta does his weird clapping just to troll the fans before he stomps Tanahashi down. Kenta acts like it’s the fans fault they can’t get it right. Kenta gets Tanahashi up, turns him, and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO, but Kenta keeps Tanahashi down with a headlock. Fans rally up, “LET’S GO ACE!” as Tanahashi endures. Tanahashi fights up but Kenta throws him down by his hair!

Kenta paces, drops a knee on Tanahashi’s head, then another. Kenta brings the knee pad down, jumps, but just scuffs Tanahashi’s face. Kenta air guitars, probably the bass, and he stomps Tanahashi more. Kenta kicks at Tanahashi but Tanahashi gets mad. Kenta KICKS him right down! Fans still rally as Kenta takes his time getting the cover, ONE! Kenta wraps on a chinlock and grinds Tanahashi down again. Tanahashi endures and the fans rally again. Tanahashi fights back up, throws elbows and body shots and is free, only for Kenta to knee low! Kenta BOOTS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi only drops to a knee. Kenta throws hands but Tanahashi gets mad!

Kenta keeps throwing hands but Tanahashi eggs him on! Kenta kicks low, snapmares and KICKS Tanahashi! But Tanahashi gets right up to scowl at Kenta. Tanahashi fires off forearms, EuroUppers, and he whips Kenta to ropes. Kenta reverses but Tanahashi hits FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as Kenta gets to a corner. Tanahashi runs in but blocks Kenta’s boot to put the leg through ropes. Tanahashi gets the other leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Kenta back up by the bad leg to DRAGON SCREW it again! And then he has the leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally for Tanahashi while Kenta clutches his knee.

Tanahashi drags Kenta by both legs, ties the legs up, and has the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kenta endures and crawls towards ropes and manages a ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go fast to stomp the bad leg. Tanahashi powers up, runs, but Kenta dodges slingblade to roll Tanahashi! With tights! TWO, and Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta boots Tanahashi away, and again, then hops up top. Kenta reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi tosses Kenta off the tornado! Tanahashi runs but into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Both men are down but fans rally back up. Kenta gets Tanahashi up for KICKS, then reels him in, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi is still in this but Kenta keeps focus.

Kenta goes to the apron, climbs up a corner and he waits as Tanahashi slowly stands. FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! The Ace is tougher than that and Kenta grows annoyed. Fans still rally as Kenta KICKS Tanahashi in the back. And again! Kenta has Tanahashi through ropes but Tanahashi fights out to dump Kenta out! Kenta gets up and Tanahashi throws forearms! Kenta hits back, but Tanahashi gets the edge! Tanahashi swings but Kenta shoulders in and hotshots Tanahashi down! Kenta drags Tanahashi to the apron and out along it! DRAPING DDT to the floor! Both men are down after the #BrainKiller as fans rally up again!

Kenta leaves Tanahashi behind to get in the ring. The count begins, and reaches 10 of 20 as Tanahashi starts to rise. Tanahashi stands at 14 and staggers back at 15! He crashes into railing, flounders at 17, hurries up again and in at 19! Kenta aims from the corner as Tanahashi gets back up, and runs in to BOOT Tanahashi in the corner! Kenta keeps going, HESITATION DROPKICK! Kenta is definitely sending Shibata a message with that one! Kenta goes up top, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives the coup de grace but Kenta gets back up. Fans rally up as Tanahashi slowly rises. Kenta fireman’s carries but Tanahashi slips off!

Tanahashi swings a punch but Kenta gets Tanahashi again, but no GTS! DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, the fans rally up with “LET’S GO ACE!” once again. Tanahashi and Kenta crawl towards each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm! Kenta hits Tanahashi back, so Tanahashi hits Kenta again! Kenta forearms back, Tanahashi throws another forearm, repeat! They brawl their way back to their feet and fans fire up as they pick up speed! Tanahashi, Kenta, and back again, until Kenta pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls hair, Red Shoes wants them both to stop, but they both shove him down! Tanahashi and Kenta keep the forearms going and fans fire up again!

Kenta hits twice, Tanahashi hits twice! Kenta hits three times, Tanahashi hits three times! Both men stagger a moment, but Kenta comes back with four forearms! Tanahashi stays up and roars as he fires off four in return! Kenta wobbles, but he comes back with FIVE forearms! So Tanahashi comes back with five! Kenta falls over and fans fire up with Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta back up, but Kenta gets around and shoves Tanahashi at Red Shoes! Red Shoes gets out of the way, Tanahashi hits buckles, but Kenta reels Tanahashi back in. Kenta keeps aiming at Red Shoes! Red Shoes runs around, Kenta pushes Tanahashi along as they chase him! Red Shoes falls out of the ring!

Tanahashi steadies himself and dropkicks Kenta’s legs out! Red Shoes returns as fans rally up again. Tanahashi has Kenta in the corner and he throws down forearm after forearm! A dozen forearms in the corner as Kenta falls down! Tanahashi goes corner to corner, but Kenta uses Red Shoes as a shield to take the dropkick! Red Shoes sputters but Tanahashi goes after Kenta! LOW BLOW! Kenta copies Evil from earlier! Fans rally for Tanahashi but Kenta starts looking under the ring. What is the beat-up old IWGP US Championship contract briefcase doing under there?! Kenta can’t let go of the past as he brings that in and kisses it for luck.

Tanahashi stands, Kenta aims, BRIEFCASE SHOT!! Down goes Tanahashi! But Kenta wants more! Wait, Shibata got off commentary!? And into the ring?! Fans are thunderous as The Wrestler stands in Kenta’s way! Kenta looks at his briefcase, takes a swing, but Shibata BOOTS him down!! Fans cheer even louder as Shibata helps Red Shoes get in the ring. Shibata also makes sure Tanahashi is good to go. Tanahashi is, and he fires back up! Tanahashi powers up, runs at Kenta, but Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO- NO! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs again, to SLINGBLADE! Kenta flounders back up in his own blind rage, but Tanahashi gets him for another SLING BLADE!

Kenta rises again as fans are electric! Tanahashi runs but into a PSYCHO KNEE!! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Kenta goes to a corner, demands Tanahashi get up, and then Kenta runs in, to PSYCHO KNEE AGAIN! Cover, TWO!?!? Tanahashi survives but Kenta slashes his throat as he vows to end it! Kenta brings his kneepad down, he fireman’s carries Tanahashi, but Tanahashi slips off and DRAGON SUPLEXES! Kenta ends up in a corner and Tanahashi runs corner to corner to HESITATION DROPKICK! Tanahashi gives credit to Shibata as he goes up top! Tanahashi aims, Kenta stands, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY!

But Tanahashi keeps going! He’s back up top, and he HIGH FLY FLOWS!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall

And that is why he is a Once in a Century Talent! Shibata returns to commentary to commend Tanahashi on this one. Tanahashi also goes over to thank Shibata for the assist, and both are optimistic for the day Shibata can finally get back in the ring for real.

Tanahashi takes a moment to rest in the ring and he gets the fans to clap, “LET’S GO ACE!” again to give him love and energy. Tanahashi then gets back up to get the mic so he may speak. “Hello, everyone. Right now, I’m going to be honest and humble with you. Thank you for being here.” Tanahashi bows as the fans cheer, and then he continues. “If we can draw enough power from one another, we can overcome anything, live through everything. I hope pro-wrestling is a source of power for you all.” Fans cheer, and Tanahashi gets the fans to rally with “HAI! HAI! HAI!”

Tanahashi continues to say that though he’s sweaty, he’s not tired, and his “tireless body and strong will” will lead NJPW into the future. He thanks the fans again and starts to take his leave, but the fans clap, “LET’S GO ACE!” and that convinces Tanahashi to give them an encore! Tanahashi gets his air guitar from Tsuji, and Tanahashi rocks out for Nagoya! And the fans rallying keeps him going for more! Tanahashi then asks fans hush as he “smashes” the air guitar! He can easily get another one, of course. Tanahashi gets one from a fan in the crowd! He thanks them for lending it to him, and he rocks out even more! “DOZO!” Tanahashi throws the guitar back to the crowd and they cheer.

But Tanahashi has one more thing to say! “Everyone, thank you for your time.” He hopes everyone stays safe and healthy as they come to watch wrestling. “And finally…!” Well, hold on. He wants to bring up the main event in tomorrow’s Wrestle Grand Slam special. He knows that Kota Ibushi’s health is still not quite 100%. So maybe, just maybe, he could ask a favor? “I’ll do this in a big way! If needed, I am readyyy~!! Nagoya, I love you~!” So then, if the Golden Star cannot compete, will The Ace get a chance to challenge The Dragon?!


My Thoughts:

A very good event just a day before the big Wrestle Grand Slam event. I feel like maybe I shouldn’t have skipped that opening Six Man, though. It was short, but the fact Robbie Eagles got a quick pin off El Desperado was really surprising. Of course, this dooms him just on the math to lose tomorrow, but I didn’t see Desperado losing anyway. But I skipped the others because they were other rehashes from the last few events. Ishii VS Evil was very good just on Ishii turning things around on Evil and giving him that timekeeper’s table spot. But I should’ve figured Bullet Club would cheat Ishii so Bullet Club could go strong into the eventual NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag title match.

Tanahashi VS Kenta was also very good, and what a great moment to see Shibata get involved. I feel like this could mean Shibata’s doing much better, but I still don’t know if we’re any closer to his return, this might just be NJPW keeping the hope fires burning. Tanahashi gets a great win, and him stepping up to be a substitute should Ibushi not be cleared tomorrow is a bold move. I would love to see Takagi VS Tanahashi, that is a great generational match-up in NJPW, fans in Japan might go even wilder over this than Takagi VS Ibushi.

And as I said before, Ibushi shouldn’t feel bad for missing Wrestle Grand Slam, his health is more important. Takagi VS Ibushi could even happen at another of these events they’re lining up before the G1, and maybe the loser will choose to use the G1 as their way back.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/7/22)

Will Jonah rock the Rainmaker?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Kazuchika Okada is facing his biggest challenge yet!

While the G1 Climax 32 continues, will Kazuchika Okada’s win streak? He is up against the Top Dog, JONAH, who promises to bring Death From Above for the Rainmaker!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay & Yuto Nakashima VS Chaos; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Jado VS Yujiro Takahashi & SHO; Yujiro & Sho win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS EVIL; Evil wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor VS Bad Luck Fale; Lawlor wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Juice Robinson VS El Phantasmo; Juice wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens; Chase wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS JONAH; Jonah wins.

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
  • JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Ultimate Weapon is out of the running, but he can still be a spoiler here! Will he conquer the King of Darkness for the glory of the United Empire? Or will Henare see Everything is Evil?

Henare puts his jacket away, and Evil attacks! The bell rings and Evil CLUBS Henare to then throw him out. Evil taunts Henare but he comes back, into a mule kick! Evil CLUBS Henare again, wrenches an arm, and wrenches, and wrenches! Evil whips Henare to a corner, runs in but into an elbow! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up as Henare snarls at Evil. Henare drags Evil back up, throws him out now, then stomps him down. Henare CLUBS Evil, glares at Dick, and then chases Dick away! Evil gets in the ring, Dick lures Henare into a LARIAT! Fans do applaud the savvy, and Evil kick Henare around.

Evil grabs his House of Torture shirt, CLUBS Henare down, stomps him, then kicks him. “C’mon, big man!” Henare swings, but Evil catches him to CHOKE with the shirt! The ref counts, Evil lets off and gives up the shirt. Evil kicks at Henare again, then brings Henare up. Evil CHOPS Henare to a corner, fans rally up, “HE-NA-RE!” but Evil CHOPS again. Henare grits his teeth and Evil fakes the chop to CLAW the eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil lets off, but Henare throws heavy body shots! And a forearm! Evil whips, and surprise! Bare buckles! Dick pulled off the Bullet Club Special while no one was looking!

The ref reprimands Dick but the damage is down. Evil kicks Henare to the apron, drags him up and then suplexes, but Henare blocks! Henare holds onto ropes, shoves Evil away, but Evil BLASTS Henare off the apron! Henare hits railing and knocks the timekeeper over! Abe-san still suffers because of Evil! Evil then drags Henare around to a cobra twist! And Dick links up with the railing! Henare endures, but he powers up and pries Evil’s leg away! Henare hip tosses BOTH Evil and Dick! The ref wants this in the ring, but Henare stomps Evil, throws heavy shots, and whips Evil into railing! Evil tumbles up and over!

Fans fire up as Henare drags Evil back to ringside. Henare puts Evil in and fans rally up. Evil gets to a corner and Henare runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Henare then whips Evil to ropes, scoops, BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Henare keeps his focus. Fans rally up, Henare drags Evil up into a full nelson! Evil fights the Ultima and stomps Henare’s foot! Henare CLUBS Evil, but Evil bocks the kick! Evil hands the foot to the ref, but Henare blocks Evil’s kick! Henare kicks the ref away ELBOW JABS Evil! Then he KICKS Evil down! Fans fire up as Henare drags Evil to a drop zone. Henare goes up to SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Henare smirks and fans rally up again. Henare dares Evil to get up, and he aims from a corner. Evil stands as Henare stomps the mat. But Dick grabs Henare’s other leg! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil reels Henare in to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Evil grows frustrated. Fans rally for “HE-NA-RE!” as Evil drags him up. Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and Evil is furious! Fans continue to rally as Henare sits up. Evil slashes his throat, brings Henare up and spins him around, but Henare blocks the STO! Henare throws elbows but Evil rakes the eyes!

Evil whips and Henare hits bare buckles! But he just powers up to RAMPAGE!! Fans fire up and Henare grits his teeth as he stands back up. Henare storms over to Evil, drags him up and reels him in, fisherman to the torture rack! But Dick is on the apron and distracts Henare! Evil slips off to waistlock, but Henare switches and shoves Evil into Dick! Dick goes down, HEEL KICK for Evil! Fans fire up with Henare and he calls for it! Henare drags Evil up, clamps on, ULTIMA! No, Evil grabs at the ref! The ref shakes Evil’s hand away, but Evil ducks as the SLAP comes in! The ref slapped Henare!! The ref apologizes as Henare glares.

Henare backs the ref into a corner, Evil shoves Henare into the ref! The ref goes down but Henare’s still up, and now Evil begs for forgiveness. But Dick runs in with a chair! Henare hits a heavy body shot first! Dick doubles over, but then Henare clamps on with ULTIMA! Dick suffers the full nelson, and Henare TOSSES Dick to the apron to then DECK him! But Evil CHUCKS the chair at Henare’s head! And then Evil brings Henare around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)

Being out of the running doesn’t make this hurt any less for Henare. Evil and Dick cheat out another win, will the King of Darkness still be able to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs VS Bad Luck Fale!

The Filthy One takes on yet another massive monster in this block! But will he be able to survive the Rogue General? Or can he be blown up by a Grenade?

Even before the bell, fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” At the bell, Lawlor starts spinning around and around, only for Fale to CLOBBER him! Fale drags Lawlor up, throws body shots, and whips Lawlor into the corner. Fale runs in but Lawlor dodges! Lawlor reels Fale in, TORNADO- NO, Fale tosses Lawlor out of the ring! Fans rally up for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” but Fale goes out to CLUB him down. Fale throws body shots as Lawlor’s against the apron, then Fale ROCKS him! Fale has the cameramen move and he whips Lawlor into railing! Lawlor writhes, but Fale CLUBS him down! Fale moves railing around to put on Lawlor!

The ring count climbs but Fale is pulling more railing apart! The count is 9 of 20 as Fale stacks another portion on top of Lawlor! Fale gets in the ring at 14 but Isaacs helps Lawlor get free! Lawlor hurries as we’re at 17, and he gets in at 18! Fans rally but Fale kicks Lawlor and stomps him down. Fans clap again, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor throws body shots. Fale CLUBS him down, stomps him, then drags him up. Fale scoops Lawlor to SLAM him! Then Fale turns Lawlor over to stand on his back! The ref reprimands and counts, Fale steps off at 4. Fale smirks, and he watches Lawlor writhe. Fale drags Lawlor up but Lawlor goes for a leg!

Fale is too big to tip over but fans rally behind Lawlor. Fale throat chops him down! Lawlor sputters and the ref reprimands but Fale stomps. Lawlor dodges to kick and kick and kick the leg! Lawlor avoids another stomp to kick and kick and kick! Lawlor runs but into a SPEAR! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fale stands first while Lawlor sits up. Fale choke grips and drags Lawlor up, but Lawlor KICKS the leg! Lawlor wrenches the arm, KICKS the leg more and more, then goes for a Fujiwara takedown! Fale stays up, so Lawlor shifts to get the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Fale shops forward on his one free leg to the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Lawlor holds on until 4, then he KICKS the leg! Lawlor then goes to the far side and bails out of the ring, to hide under it! Fale and the ref look around, Lawlor appears back behind Fale! ANKLE LOCK through the ropes! The ref reprimands and counts again, but Lawlor drags Fale out of the ring! Lawlor KICKS the leg and Fale falls! Fans fire up as Lawlor gets back on the apron. OFF COME THE SHORTS! The denim tights are on underneath, and Lawlor CHOKES Fale with the shorts! The ref counts, Lawlor lets off at 4, and he gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Fale sits up at 5 of 20, drags himself up at 9, and gets in at 12.

Lawlor waits as Fale crawls, and Lawlor stomps the bad leg! Fale sits up, Lawlor ENZIGURIS him down! Fans fire up for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again, and Lawlor runs to BLINDSIDE WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Lawlor is frustrated as Fale is still in this. But fans keep clapping, and Lawlor runs in to hop on, SLEEPER! Fale endures and stays on his feet, and Fale makes his way towards ropes! Lawlor grabs that arm to make it a STRAITJACKET SLEEPER! Lawlor goes after a leg but Fale powers up and out to a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP! But Lawlor’s right up! And he’s roaring! Lawlor runs in, but into both hands!

Fale shifts to the choke grip, but Lawlor KICKS the bad leg! Lawlor ROCKS Fale with a forearm, but Fale LARIATS Lawlor down! RUNNING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Lawlor survives and fans fire up! Fale choke grips again, drags Lawlor up, GRENADE!! Cover, TWO!?! Fale can’t believe that Lawlor survives! Lawlor sputters but Fale drags him back up. Fale reels Lawlor in, crucifix lifts, but Lawlor fights around to the SLEEPER! Fale RAMS Lawlor into buckles! Lawlor uses that to get up and around, DDT! Cover, TWO!! Fale survives and Lawlor fires up! The fans clap again, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor slashes his throat to say this is done!

Lawlor stalks Fale, hops back on, SLEEPER! Fale staggers around, starts to fade, and Lawlor brings his kneepad down! Lawlor runs, LEG SWEEP! A fake-out, but now Lawlor takes aim again! BASEMENT BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Fale survives but Lawlor snarls and roars! Fans fire up and clap along again! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clamps on with the straitjacket again, but Fale fights up. NKOTB!! Cover, Lawlor wins!!

Winner: Tom Lawlor, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Fale earns 0)

The Nasty Knee On The Brain is what gets Lawlor the two points and keeps his run alive! Will Lawlor be able to make the G1 Climax filthy? Is Fale’s luck about to run out?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Juice Robinson VS El Phantasmo!

It’s another Bullet Club VS Bullet Club in this G1! The Booster ran down everyone else in this block, but he feels the Headbanga is still cool. Will they still be Too Sweet after this? Or will Juice be sour when he can’t spoil ELP’s run?

ELP shows off his LED vest, and then Juice shows off his vest. They’re both Bullet Club! Well, yeah. So they Too Sweet and fans cheer. The vests are put aside, the bell rings and fans applaud as Juice offers a handshake. ELP says sure, this is going to be good, clean, professional wrestling. They shake hands, fist bump and Too Sweet again, then circle. Fans rally for “BULLET CLUB! BULLET CLUB!” as the two feel out a knuckle lock, but Juice asks everyone quiets down ELP and Juice reset, feel out the grapple, then Juice goes “PBBT!” and they both pretend someone farted. They say the ref did it, and it stinks!

The ref defends his innocence but ELP and Juice both keep saying it’s bad. They need to check if he “uko,” aka sharted. The ref lets them check, and Juice says, “Uko janai <no poop>.” Fans laugh and rally up as everything is clean, and the two go again. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, ELP waistlocks, but Juice wrenches out. Wait, this seems like they’re going in slow motion. ELP wrenches back to a wristlock, Juice reaches for ropes, but then rolls and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP endures and rolls, rolls, and rolls, and then wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock. Fans applaud, but Juice wrenches out to a headlock of his own.

Juice says, “Around the world!” as he goes from headlock to hammerlock to headlock again. ELP throws slow-mo body shots and Juice jokes that it hurts. ELP powers out, Juice “runs” to “ram” ELP, and ELP “falls.” Juice flexes and fans applaud the good show. Things “speed” up, ELP drops down and Juice stops to dramatically flail his arms before falling forward. ELP throws up the Too Sweet, “runs” back in, but Juice “sweeps” the legs and covers, TWO! ELP “sweeps” the legs and covers, TWO! Both men roll up and put up fisticuffs and fans applaud. Juice and ELP Too Sweet again and everyone applauds.

ELP and Juice circle, stomp stomp clap, but then ELP rolls Juice up, with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that and stops the count. ELP apologizes to the ref, but then Juice rolls ELP up, holding tights! The ref sees that in time and stops the count. Juice lets go and asks WTF! But ELP asks Juice WTF, and asks the ref WTF! ELP shoves the ref, Juice shoves the ref, they pinball him around, but the ref pushes them! He reprimands them both for their underhanded tactics! Juice and ELP both rush the ref, but he ducks and they collide! Fans fire up as Juice and ELP fall over for real!

ELP and Juice get up and argue! Juice says this isn’t what they agreed on but ELP says that collision hurt! Juice shoves ELP, ELP shoves Juice, and again. ELP gets heated, he’s ready to kill Juice! Juice eggs ELP on, they shoving continues, but then ELP bails out. Juice also goes out, and Juice goes looking under the ring. Juice gets a chair! ELP says two can play that game, and he gets a TABLE! ELP hurries to set his table up as Juice storms around the way with his chair. They both talk trash, “You wanna play with me? I wanna play with you!” Juice sits down in his chair, and challenge ELP to an arm-wrestling contest!

The ref says this has to be in the ring, but ELP says what not? They tell the ref to officiate this now, and fans rally for it! ELP and Juice clasp left hands, the ref counts it down: ready, go! The arm-wrestling is on! Juice clamps onto the table to power ELP down but ELP uses BOTH hands! ELP slams Juice’s hand down but the ref says that’s cheating. The ref checks with the timekeeper, but Juice CHUCKS the chair into ELP’s head! Juice then plays innocent before raining down fists! The ref tells him to stop and Juice tells him to STFU! Juice kicks the table over, goes back to ELP and SMACKS him off the apron! ELP falls and crawls to the apron.

Juice drags ELP up and brings him further up the ramp. Juice throws HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then brings ELP to the very top of the ramp! ELP resists, Juice CLUBS away on him, and Juice gets ELP for a PILEDRIVER on the ramp!! Juice shoves ELP off the ramp and brings the ref back to the ring. Juice wants the count to get going! Fans rally up, “E L P!” as he staggers up. ELP flounders at 7 of 20, fumbles in the railing at 11, gets back up and makes his way to ringside by 15 but bumps into the cameraman! The count is 17, ELP bumps off the apron and Juice panics! ELP is in at 19!!

Juice drags ELP up, he says the damage is down. But ELP fights the bomb, only for Juice to get him in a BOSTON CRAB! ELP endures, fans rally up, and ELP powers up! ELP crawls forward, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Juice lets off saying ELP gave up! The ref says no, ELP did not. Juice says fine, time for the friction! Juice drags ELP up, chicken wings and turns him, but ELP shoves free! ELP clotheslines Juice up and out and Juice hits railing! ELP builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Juice, and ELP almost flies into the front row! And that’s saying something with No Man’s Land. Juice and ELP fall down and fans fire up!

ELP gets up, but he rains down fists on Juice! ELP then staggers away, finds the table and stands it back up. ELP then brings Juice over, SMACKS him off the table, and again, and again! And again, and again, and again! He’s breaking the table with Juice’s face! ELP then ROCKS Juice over an dover with haymakers! ELP makes sure the table is still standing, and then he puts Juice on it. ELP BITES Juice’s forehead! Juice’s forehead is starting to bleed as ELP climbs up the corner! But Juice scrambles away! So ELP tightrope walks! But then ELP wobbles, so he jumps down, builds speed, jumps back up and FLYING 450 SPLASH!!

Direct hit at the ramp and fans are thunderous! ELP drags Juice up and in, then climbs the ropes for the springboard THUNDERKISS 86! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives and fans rally up! ELP storms around, slashes his throat and drags Juice up. ELP hooks Juice up, but Juice back drops free! ELP sunset flips through, to get Juice back up! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives because ELP isn’t phenomenal! But ELP aims from the far side as Juice rises. BANG, and V-TRIGGER! ELP then puts Juice in a corner, hoists him up to an Electric Chair Lift, but Juice fights off the fold! Chicken wings and the turn, PULP- NO, ELP pushes free!

Juice ducks Sudden Death, ELP ducks the Left Hand o’ God, but not the RIGHT! But then SUDDEN DEATH returns! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP crawls to the cover, TWO!! Juice survives and ELP is furious! Fans rally up as ELP drags Juice back up. ELP tucks him in, but Juice fights again! Juice uses his head to LOW BLOW ELP! But the ref doesn’t see it that way, it just looks like a failed back drop! LEFT HAND O’ GOD! And then, chicken wings for PULP FRICTION!! Cover, TWO!?!? ELP survives and Juice is losing his mind! Fans are thunderous, though, as Juice argues the count!

The ref says his count was fair, and Juice can’t hurt the ref or he’ll be disqualified. So Juice yanks the ref’s mask! The ref hurries to put it back on, but Juice gets a chair! The ref stops Juice but Juice tells him to shut up! Juice puts the chair down, drags ELP over to it, and lifts ELP up, but ELP fights the driver! ELP returns the LOW BLOW “back drop,” and then gets the chair! ELP CHUCKS it at Juice’s head! The ref DISQUALIFIES ELP!!

Winner: Juice Robinson, by disqualification (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

ELP’s anger gets the better of him, and he hands Juice the win! Those points don’t really do anything anymore, as Juice is already out of the running. But this loss means ELP is out of the running, too! Is Bullet Club falling apart from the inside?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tomohiro Ishii VS Chase Owens!

Two men out of the running are still fighting for pride this deep into the biggest G1 ever! Will the Stone Pitbull get out of last place? Or will the Crown Jewel shine bright in the final stretch of the tournament?

The bell rings and fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” as he ties up with Chase. Chase powers Ishii to ropes and the ref calls for the break. Chase lets off cleanly and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Ishii and Chase tie up again, Ishii powers Chase back but Chase puts Ishii on the ropes. The ref counts the break, Chase lets off again, but Ishii ROCKS him! Chase protests, but then kicks and CLUBS Ishii. Chase headlocks, Ishii powers out, Chase RAMS Ishii but Ishii rebounds to run Chase over! Chase is right up to shove Ishii, but Ishii shoves Chase down! Chase gets up to shove the ref! The ref shoves Chase and warns him, he just got this from ELP and Juice!

Chase cools off, Ishii turns him around to DECK him! Chase bails out of the ring as fans applaud. Ishii waits while Chase checks his cheek. Chase gets back in, Ishii kicks low and CHOPS! Fans applaud and Ishii CHOPS again! Chase leans against ropes, and Ishii CHOPS him again! Ishii slaps Chase around, kicks him around, and eggs him on. Chase gets up to fire off forearms but Ishii doesn’t budge. Ishii CHOPS, and then reels Chase in. Chase fights the back suplex off, waistlocks, but Ishii switches. Chase switches but Ishii trips him. Chase reaches in to JAM Ishii’s knee! Ishii staggers to ropes and Chase KICKS the leg out!

Chase drags Ishii by his bad leg to put it on the ropes. Chase then HIP DROPS the knee! And then HIP DROPS again! Fans rally up for “I-SHI-I!” as he writhes. Chase stomps Ishii, Ishii eggs him on, so Chase grabs the leg to YANK it! Chase then drags Ishii to the apron by that bad leg, to SLAM the leg on the apron edge! Ishii writhes but Chase drags him to the corner. Chase SLAMS Ishii’s leg into the post! The ref reprimands and Chase gets back in the ring. Chase eggs Ishii on now as fans rally up. Chase stands on Ishii’s bad arm and throws down a haymaker! Chase drags Ishii by his bad leg for a KNEE JAMMER! And then a toehold!

Ishii endures, pulls at Chase’s hair, but Chase twists the hold. Chase throws elbows into the knee but Ishii kicks with his free leg. Chase lets Ishii go to haul him up. SHIN BREAKER! But Ishii shakes his head!? Chase KICKS the leg but Ishii eggs him on! Chase KICKS and KICKS but Ishii reels back, only for Chase to kick him in the gut! Chase then reels Ishii in, but Ishii suplexes Chase instead! Fans fire up as both Ishii and Chase are down. Ishii stands up and works on his bad leg. Ishii storms up on Chase in the corner to CHOP, forearm, CHOP, forearm, repeat! Fans fire up as Ishii goes faster and faster, then DECKS Chase!

Chase sits up, Ishii drags him up and whips him corner to corner. Chase reverses, Ishii comes back but into a BOOT! Ishii ducks the lariat to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ishii stalks Chase to ropes. Chase wants a timeout? No such thing here! Ishii whips but Chase reverses to CHIN SMASH, mule kick, and run for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Chase stands up first and he runs at Ishii, but Ishii dodges! Ishii runs in but Chase sends him out! Chase WRECKS Ishii with a dropkick and Ishii hits railing! Chase then slides out to fetch Ishii.

Chase CHOPS Ishii and Ishii staggers back against the post. Chase lines up a shot, but Ishii dodges! Chase CHOPS POST! Ishii brings Chase around, and he aims at the railing! But Chase fights the suplex, mule kicks, and hops on, SUNSET FLIP BOMB into the railing!! Ishii writhes as he clutches the back of his head! The ref checks Ishii but Chase drags him up and in fast! Chase sits Ishii up to run and SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans fire up! Chase aims from a corner, runs in and- NO, Ishii blocks the C-Trigger to headbutt low! Ishii runs but Chase swats the lariat to fire off a strike fest!

Chase hammerlocks, Ishii wrenches out and hammerlocks, but Chase avoids the stolen Jewel Heist! Chase waistlocks, Ishii switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Fans rally up as Chase gets to a corner. Ishii growls and sits up, runs in at the corner and clotheslines Chase! Ishii then hoists Chase up to the top, and climbs up after him! Ishii gets Chase up for the STALLING SUPERPLEX!! Fans are thunderous after that landing! Ishii crawls to the cover, TWO!! Chase survives but Ishii keeps his focus. Ishii roars and fans fire up as he drags Chase around. But Chase blocks the powerbomb!

Ishii CLUBS Chase, but Chase wrenches out to forearm! Ishii ROCKS Chase, but Chase comes back with a flurry! Ishii gives boxing elbows! Chase spins but Ishii ROCKS him! Chase BACK ELBOWS, then runs, only for Ishii to LARIAT at the ropes! Ishii runs, but into a C-TRIGGER! Chase wrenches, hammerlocks, JEWEL HEIST! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Chase grows frustrated, but the fans rally up again! Chase drags Ishii up, hooks him in a half nelson, but Ishii breaks free. Ishii goes to run, but Chase brings him back in, but Ishii switches! Chase ROCKS Ishii with an elbow! Chase fires off boxing elbows of his own!

Chase goes to 10, but Ishii gets around to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! But Chase roars as he staggers up, and he SUPERKICKS Ishii down!! Chase crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are thunderous. Chase takes aim, says BANG, and he drags Ishii up. Chase tucks Ishii in, but Ishii back drops free! Chase runs in to BOOT Ishii down! Chase runs, but Ishii swats his lariat to ROCK Chase! Chase rebounds to forearm, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Both men are down again! The fans are thunderous again as the two stir. Ishii growls as he gets up and fans rally behind him. Ishii runs, but Chase C-TRIGGERS!

Chase runs, but ducks a lariat to SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Ishii’s right back up! Chase swats Ishii’s lariat, but Ishii spins to SOUTHPAW DISCUS! But Chase stays up, dodges the right side lariat, only to run into the LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!?! Chase is out at one!? No one can believe that, but Ishii just LARIATS him back down! Cover, TWO?!?! Chase survives again and Ishii can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Ishii drags Chase up. Ishii suplexes, but Chase knees free! Ishii ducks the enziguri but Chase ducks the sliding lariat to ghost pin! TWO!!! Ishii stands, into an ENZIGURI! But he rebounds to SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Ishii roars and stands up again! Ishii staggers but he still drags Chase up. Ishii suplexes, but Chase fights it off to wrench and atomic drop! Then a turn into the backslide! TWO!! Ishii escapes, Chase runs, C-TRIGGER!! Chase vows to end this, and he drags Ishii up to tuck him in! PACKAGE PILE- NO, Ishii wrenches out! Chase forearms, Ishii HEADBUTTS, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER! ENZIGURI!! Chase staggers returns, C-TRIGGER!!! Chase hauls Ishii up, tucks him in, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!!! Cover, CHASE WINS!!

Winner: Chase Owens, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishii earns 0)

So what if they’re both out of the running? Chase just gave Ishii a G1 worthy showdown and then some! Will Chase prove himself worthy of bigger and better opportunities from here on out?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito!

The Rainmaker is so far spotless in his G1 run! But now he’s run into the Top Dog, who just toppled the Imperial Unit, Jeff Cobb! Will Jonah bring Death From Above? Or will Okada get the literally biggest win in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally up as Jonah steps forward. Okada stares Jonah down, and they tie up. Okada tries but can’t push Jonah back! Jonah powers Okada back to the ropes with ease! Jonah pats Okada on the head as he lets off. Fans applaud and then rally as “O-KA-DA!” circles with Jonah. They tie up again, but Jonah shoves Okada down! Okada gets back up to fire off forearms, but Jonah knees low! Johan headlocks, punches, then grinds the headlock harder. Okada endures, fans continue to rally, and Okada powers Jonah to ropes. Okada tries to power out but Jonah holds on tight! Jonah thrashes and grinds Okada down with that colossal headlock.

Okada fights back up, pries the headlock open, but Jonah clamps on tighter! Jonah digs his knuckles into Okada’s face but the fans rally up. Okada fights up, throws body shots then pries at the hold! Jonah resists but Okada stomps is foot! Okada headlocks, but Jonah powers out and runs Okada right over! Okada bails out, then crawls along the way. Jonah goes out and aims from the apron as fans rally up. Jonah runs in, but Okada sidesteps to send Jonah into railing! Okada hauls Jonah’s leg onto the railing to pull it! Then Okada BOOTS the railing to jam Jonah’s leg! Okada kicks Jonah’s leg, then brings Okada to the ramp.

Okada kicks low, CLUBS Jonah, then brings him up to the top of the ramp. Fans fire up as Okada tries to suplex! But Jonah’s too big! Jonah suplexes Okada! Okada slips off and uppercuts! But Jonah BODY CHECKS Okada down! Jonah snarls and drags Okada back up. Jonah HEADBUTTS Okada and Okada tumbles down the ramp! The ring count starts and Jonah drags Okada up. Jonah ROCKS Okada and has him go back towards the ring. The count is 12 of 20 and Jonah gets in, just to refresh the count. Jonah drags Okada up and whips him at railings hard! Okada ends up moving the railing and hitting the timekeeper’s area!

Fans fire up as Jonah flexes. Young Lions help Abe-san, and Jonah says he can do what he wants, this is HIS company now. Jonah drags Okada up to whip hard into railing in front of commentary! Everyone from the English team to the Japanese team freaks out! But Jonah laughs at the chaos he is causing using Chaos’ leader. Jonah then drags Okada up, picks him up, and RAMS him into the post! Okada falls over and writhes. Red Shoes checks on Okada while fans rally up. Jonah taunts Okada while the ring count starts again. Okada sits up at 10 of 20, crawls his way over to the ring at 14, and stands at 15 to get in!

But Jonah stomps Okada down at the ropes! And then STANDS on Okada! Red Shoes reprimands and Jonah steps off. Fans still rally for “O-KA-DA!” but Jonah stands Okada up for a heavy body shot. Jonah then RAMS into Okada, and Okada sputters and coughs as he staggers away. Jonah stands Okada up to CHOP him! Okada staggers away, chest stinging from that one. Jonah stalks Okada and clamps on with a rear bearhug! Jonah thrashes Okada around, but Okada fights up and throws back elbows! Fans rally and Okada runs, into a BIG back elbow from Jonah! Jonah then goes back to Okada, mocking the fans clapping for the Rainmaker.

Jonah stomps Okada and digs his foot into the stomach! Jonah lets off and Okada sputters again. Fans still rally up but Jonah drags Okada up. Okada throws body shots, then a forearm! Jonah CHOPS Okada back! Okada staggers, Jonah runs in but only gets buckles! Okada rolls Jonah up, TWO! Okada hurries to EUROUPPER Jonah down! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada gets up and he fires more forearms on Jonah. Okada whips, Jonah reverses but Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to ELBOW! Jonah stays up so Okada BOOTS him, runs and ELBOWS again! Jonah is down and fans fire back up!

Okada hurries to aim from a corner, and Jonah goes to the other. Okada runs corner to corner to back elbow, then kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as he tries to scoop. But Jonah’s still too big! Jonah CLUBS Okada, whips him to ropes, but Okada holds ropes. Jonah runs in, into a drop toehold! Okada runs to basement dropkick! Jonah falls out of the ring and fans fire up again! But Bad Dude Tito distracts Okada. Okada flips Tito off, and then dodges Jonah as he runs in! Jonah CLOBBERS Tito, then turns around into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada takes down two members of TMDK at once!

Fans rally up and Okada stands as the ring count is 6 of 20. Okada rolls in at 7, Jonah sits up at 10. Tito helps Jonah stand, but Okada builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and he takes them both out again! Fans fire up as Okada falls back to rest on the ramp. Fans rally up and Okada fetches Jonah into the ring. Okada then says he’s gonna do it! He tries to scoop Jonah, but Jonah is still too big. Okada ROCKS Jonah, runs, but into a SPEAR! And then Jonah SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up again! Jonah growls and he drags Okada back up. Jonah reels Okada in but Okada fights the lift! And then again! Okada BACK DROPS Jonah!!

Fans are thunderous as Okada clutches his back. That was a lot to lift up and over, but the fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” to get back up! Okada sits up, grabs at Jonah and brings him around. Okada fires forearm after forearm, but Jonah swings, into the wrench! MONEY CLIP!! Jonah endures, but Okada clamps on tighter! Jonah turns red but he refuses to give in! Jonah powers up but Okada sends him into the corner. Okada runs in but into a BOOT! Jonah runs but into a SHOTGUN! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Jonah stands up in the corner and Okada storms over. Okada stands Jonah up, and then hoists him up top!?

Okada fires forearms, uppercuts, but Jonah BOOTS back! Okada staggers, but turns around into a FLYING BODY CHECK! Jonah then drags Okada up to POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up again! Jonah vows to end this now, and he drags Okada up! Jonah reels Okada in, gets him up, but Okada RANAS free! Okada dodges the lariat to DROPKICK Jonah down! Fans fire up with Okada and he SCOOP SLAMS Jonah!! That was better than Hogan and Andre! Fans are thunderous and Okada climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Fans are thunderous for the zoom out!

Okada drags Jonah up, ripcords, but Jonah dodges, and SUPERKICKS! Okada stays up so Jonah runs, into a DROPKICK! Okada got even more air than usual! Okada hurries to drag Jonah up by his arm, but Jonah throws elbows to avoid the ripcord! Okada waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX?! And he holds on to drag Jonah up, RAIN- NO, Jonah dodges, but swings into the DISCUS- NO, Jonah blocks the lariat! And the other one, to HEADBUTT Okada! And HEADBUTT, HEADBUTT, and HEADBUTT! Okada staggers, Jonah HEADBUTTS again!! Jonah throws off the elbow pads, runs the ropes, JONAH BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!??!

Fans are electric as we’re past 20 minutes! There’s only 10 minutes left to shake up the block! Jonah drags Okada up, puts him in a corner, then hoists him up top. Jonah CHOPS, then positions Okada before climbing up! Jonah brings Okada up as fans rally, but Okada resists the superplex! Okada throws body shots, then ROCKS Jonah with forearm after forearm! An UPPERCUT sends Jonah down, Okada leaps, MISSILE- POWEBOMB!! Jonah isn’t done with Okada, either! Jonah drags Okada up for the BLACK FOREST BOMB!! And then he goes to the corner!! Jonah is up top, TORPEDO SPLASH!!! Cover, JONAH WINS!!!

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

Okada’s first loss is Jonah’s biggest win!! Perhaps the biggest win of the whole G1! Okada is no longer first in the A Block, will he be able to recover in these last two rounds? As for Jonah, he stands over Okada as Red Shoes raises his hand in victory. Then he gets the mic while Okada is still being helped out of the ring. Jonah tells Okada, “Little Kazu, I told you. I told you I would beat you, and I did!” Fans applaud that because it is true. Jonah says he wants to speak to all of Osaka, and to the rest of the world. Jonah will sit on the apron TMDK style.

Tito joins Jonah and Jonah introduces him. Jonah says hi to Shane Haste and Mikey Nicholls, then says, “I wanna speak a little bit about time. You see, one year ago, I was given some news. I was told ‘no,’ and it was heartbreaking. And for many, that would keep them down. But not for me. Because I have fighting spirit, just like all of you in Japan. And one year later, to the day, I beat the best wrestler in the world!” Jonah doesn’t see time as a linear thing. The past, the present and the future are all happening at once, and they say that if you shine a light bright enough, it will shine for millions of years. And for Jonah, he shined the brightest light ever beating Okada, and it will shine forever!

Jonah is the best Superheavyweight in the world! He is the Top Dog! He is MIGHTY, and The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Mic drop and Jonah is now leading the way! Will Jonah be the Top Dog of the ENTIRE G1 with this win?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • JONAH: 3-1, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 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: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-3, 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
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

What an awesome event for the G1! A very good match from Henare and Evil, but I should’ve figured Evil would win. Henare is already out of the running so he doesn’t need another win, and Evil might still have an outside shot. As I just said last night, Zack Sabre Jr needs to beat Naito and Evil to even stay alive in the C Block, so Evil could at least play spoilers for ZSJ. Of course, Tanahashi would have to lose to both Goto and Kenta, so his fate isn’t in his hands alone. Lawlor gets a great win off Fale as the underdog, but both men are still alive in this. Lawlor is part of Okada’s last stretch, and Fale only has Jonah left.

Juice VS ELP was great stuff, especially with it starting out comical. But of course, something happens to make it turn chippy, and it was a very clever play for Juice to win by disqualification. ELP doesn’t look weak from it, but he is still out of the running, which was bound to happen as he’s not a heavyweight just yet. Ishii VS Chase was a great match, especially since neither of them are in the running. It was basically them just fighting to show they are worthy of opportunities after the G1, such as the NEVER Openweight or that rather complex US Championship picture. And of course, we got an awesome main event from Okada and Jonah. It was especially awesome because Jonah won!

I didn’t expect that, but now only Jay White is 4-0, everyone else leads their blocks at 3-1. Jonah winning also shakes things up, as Jonah has Archer this Tuesday, 8/9, and then Fale in the very last round on Tuesday, 8/16. If Jonah wins both of those, he is in without question because even if Okada beats Lawlor this Wednesday and Archer on 8/16, the tie goes to Jonah. And it would be pretty awesome if Jonah met Jay White in the semifinals to really shake up the title scene.

My Score: 9.1/10


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G1 continues to raise the stakes!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

A growing rivalry writes a new, fiery chapter!

From BOSJ to New Japan Cup to G1 Climax, Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi have battled for prize after prize! And once more, the Commonwealth Kingpin and the Dragon clash with a lot on the line!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Tomohiro Ishii, Tama Tonga, David Finlay, Ryohei Oiwa VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs VS Aaron Henare & Jeff Cobb; Henare & Cobb win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Okada & Tanahashi win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS El Phantasmo; Hashi wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hirooki Goto VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Great-O-Khan VS Jay White; White wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
  • JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 1-2, 2 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS El Phantasmo!

Two men that are 1-1 in the block battle for a very important tiebreaker! But will it be the Headhunter or the Headbanga that keeps up with the front of the pack?

The bell rings and fans cheer as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Hashi powers ELP back, puts him on the ropes, and lets off with pats on the shoulder. But ELP avoids the chop and struts about. Fans rally as ELP and Hashi reset. They tie up again, are in another deadlock, and Hashi powers ELP back again. ELP turns things around to put Hashi on the ropes, and ELP lets off, to CHOP! Hashi doesn’t flinch, but ELP dodges his chop! ELP headlocks, Hashi powers out and they ram shoulders! Neither falls, so ELP runs. They RAM shoulders again, but still neither falls. Hashi pushes ELP, ELP shoves Hashi back.

ELP winds up, but he pokes Hashi in the eyes! ELP stomps a foot, runs and runs Hashi over! ELP flexes and fans fire up, but things speed up. Hashi hurdles, keeps moving, BLOCKBUSTER! ELP writhes and gets to ropes, but Hashi is right on him. Hashi CLUBS ELP and fans rally up. Hashi CHOPS ELP down, then waist on ELP to get up. Hashi whips ELP to ropes but ELP holds ropes. ELP RANAS Hashi out of the ring and fans fire up as he builds speed! But then ELP fakes Hashi out with a slide! ELP goes around to TRIANGLE JUMP CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Hashi is down at the ramp! ELP dusts himself off as fans rally.

ELP drags Hashi up to ROCK him with a right. ELP goes up to the apron, but Hashi anchors the feet! ELP CLUBS and SLAPS Hashi, kicks him away, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Another direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up while the ref checks on Hashi. Hashi is okay to continue so ELP puts him in the ring. Fans rally up and ELP climbs the ropes for the SWANTON onto knees! Hashi saves himself and ELP writhes in the corner! Fans rally again and Hashi shakes out his arms. Hashi brings ELP around to ROCK with forearm after forearm! ELP sits down but Hashi slaps him around. Hashi eggs ELP on and ELP grits his teeth.

ELP ROCKS Hashi again and again, but Hashi CHOPS him back down! Hashi eggs ELP on again, then whips him corner to corner! ELP staggers into a back drop! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags ELP up. Hashi wrenches and CLUBS the arm, but ELP CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS ELP off his feet! Hashi sits ELP up to dig his knee into ELP’s back with the chinlock. ELP endures, fights up, and fans rally. ELP throws elbows and body shots, then ROCKS Hashi with a forearm. ELP runs, ducks a lariat, but Hashi ducks back, only for ELP to DROPKICK Hashi down! Fans fire up as both men are down.

Hashi goes to a corner, ELP goes to the opposite. ELP storms over to Hashi and drags him up in the corner. ELP forearms, CHOPS, repeat! And again, and again, and again! The ref counts the ropebreak but ELP fires forearm after forearm! ELP stops at 4, then he drags Hashi back up. ELP whips, Hashi reverses and runs in, but ELP goes up and over! ELP ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally again as Hashi stays in this. ELP stands up, slashes the throat and drags Hashi up. ELP reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, but Hashi wrenches out to a cradle, TWO!!

Hashi CHOPS! ELP drops to a knee, Hashi stands him up, to CHOP again! ELP drops to another knee, but then he gets around to straitjacket! Hashi fights off the torture rack but ELP knees low. ELP runs but Hashi dropkicks the leg out! ELP ends up spiked on his head! Fans are thunderous as Hashi and ELP slowly rise. ELP staggers about, Hashi runs in at the corner, and Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi whips, to CHOP and mule kick! Then a turn for the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi now and Hashi stalks ELP to ropes. Hashi runs in again to CHOP ELP all the way up and out of the ring!

Hashi sees he has a target and fans are thunderous! Hashi builds speed, to FLY!! Direct hit at the ramp and Hashi is pumped up! Hashi drags ELP up, brings him around and puts him in the ring. Fans fire up as Hashi sits ELP up and runs to basement dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi drags ELP up. Hashi fisherman’s suplexes but ELP blocks it! ELP SLAPS Hashi, and again and again and again! Hashi shouts at ELP so ELP ENZIGURIS! Hashi staggers away but he comes back with a LARIAT! Fans fire up again while both men are down! ELP and Hashi stir, and ELP crawls after Hashi to throw a forearm!

ELP throws another forearm, and then throws off his elbow pads to really hit some shots! And again, and again! Hashi fires them all back! And then CHOPS! ELP staggers, returns, crucifix takedown! Cover, TWO! ELP atomic drops and scoop SLAMS! ELP goes to the corner and climbs up! FALLING AX HANDLES! ELP goes to another corner to tune up the band! Fans clap along as ELP takes aim, but Hashi ducks the kick! SNAP DRAGON! ELP is right up but Hashi runs, into a BOOT! Hashi still CHOPS! But ELP SUPERKICKS first! But both men are down on the mat! Fans fire up while the ref checks Hashi.

Hashi is somehow conscious but ELP drags him back up! ELP straitjackets, torture racks, U F O!! And then ELP goes to the corner, climbs back up, THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hashi shocks everyone, especially ELP! Fans are electric as ELP hurries back to his feet. ELP lashes his throat, drags Hashi up and tucks those arms, but Hashi trips to a jackknife! TWO!!! ELP and Hashi scramble up, ELP runs in to BOOT! ELP runs but Hashi follows to LRIAT! Hashi suckers ELP into a SUPERKICK!! And then the LARIAT!! Hashi roars, hauls ELP up, KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!??! ELP survives and shocks Hashi right back!

Osaka is electric all over again as Hashi gets ELP back up! Hashi full nelsons, but ELP switches and rolls up with tights! TWO, Hashi hits a DESTROYER!! ELP flounders up into the spin, pump handle, KARMA!!! Cover, Hashi wins!!!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

You would think that was the finals with how hard they fought! But really, it was just so that Hashi could be 2-1! And this is his first 2-1 start EVER! Is this a sign that Hashi will #TurnItAllAround and head for the semifinals? As for ELP, he has a short turnaround, can he rebound quick when his next match is tomorrow?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Lance Archer!

The Producer is out of the running with his 1-3 record, but he can still play spoiler! Will Yano drag the Murderhawk Monster down? Or will he suffer a Blackout in Osaka?

Archer makes his way out from the other side where the fans are! And then he CLOBBERS a Young Lion! And then another Young Lion! This is definitely feeling like Killer Elite Suzuki-Gun Archer tonight! And that explains why Yano looks so scared in his entrance. Archer invites him into the ring and Yano is almost in tears. Yano still gets in the ring, has his very long introduction, and says, “Kowai! <Scary!>” Yano wants the check skipped, and asks why Archer is so scary. Archer wants the DVD but Yano says no! Archer steps forward and says ring the bell! The bell rings, Yano avoids Archer as much as he can.

Archer tells Yano to stop running away. Yano says okay, fine, and they approach. But Yano avoids the grapple and again says, “I knew he was scary!” Archer storms up on Yano but Yano uses the ropes as defense. Archer is getting annoyed but Yano gets the fans rallying. Archer tells the fans to stop encouraging him! Yano hits an atomic drop, but it doesn’t work when Archer’s that much taller! Archer CLUBS Yano down! Archer laughs as he whips Yano to a corner! Archer runs in but Yano runs away! And he unties the other corner’s pad. But Archer CROSSBODIES Yano and the pad! Archer tosses the pad, insulting the sponsor that’s on it!

Archer stomps Yano, and decides to play the game. Archer undoes another buckle pad and tosses it at a Young Lion. Yano SLAPS Archer, but Archer just gets angrier. Yano apologies but kicks low. Yano whips, Archer reverses and BOOTS Yano down! Archer pursues Yano out of the ring, then whips him into railing! Yano flops down while Archer refreshes the count. Archer says he can also play the spare tape game! Archer uses wrist tape to wrap Yano to the railing! Fans can’t believe Archer’s getting Yano with his own tricks! The ring count climbs and Yano freaks out! The count is 7 of 20, but Yano has SCISSORS!

The count is 11, then 15! Yano cuts the tape but those scissors suck! It’s already 17 of 20! Yano scrambles in at 19.99!! Archer stomps away on Yano, then grabs the DVD. There’s still no disc in there! Archer SMACKS Yano with the case, then he and Yano each untie the last buckle pads! Yano SMACKS Archer first! Archer drops his pad, Yano SMACKS him again! Yano curses his luck as he SMACKS Archer again. Archer CLOBBERS Yano, then tosses the pads! Archer pursues Yano to the outside again, to CANNONBALL! But Yano uses a Young Lion as a shield! Direct hit on Yuto Nakashima, and Archer realizes what happened!

But then, where’d Yano go? Under the ring! The ref can’t find Yano, though, and Yano sneaks up behind Archer to LOW BLOW! Yano TOSSES Nakashima?! And then puts him through railing, and then drags Archer over! Yano tapes Archer and Nakashima together!! Archer thrashes Nakashima to get him through the gap! The count is 12 of 20, Archer has to drag the dead weight along! We’re at 15 of 20, Archer and Nakashima get in at 18! Yano kicks Archer, runs, but into a DOUBLE LARIAT! Archer unwraps the arms, but he doesn’t want the ref helping. Archer is free, and he drags Nakashima up, to scoop and SLAM him on Yano!

Yano crawls away and fans fire up! Archer tells Nakashima this is his fault! Archer drags Nakashima up and tells the ref to leave him alone. Archer tells Nakashima he’s gonna pay for almost costing him this match. CHOKE SLAM for Nakashima! Archer then kicks Nakashima out, and runs back at Yano. But into bare buckles! Yano goes to another corner, Archer runs at him but no, more buckles! Yano whips Archer into yet more buckles! Archer reverses the whip, Yano stops himself an dodges, more bare buckles! CHOP BLOCK, roll up, TWO!! Archer survives all that steel, but Yano drags him up. Archer clamps on a claw, but Yano breaks free!

Yano dodges Archer, shoves the ref, and LOW BLOWS Archer again! Roll up, TWO!! Archer survives again! Fans rally up and Yano hurries to run. But Archer DERAILS him! Archer snarls and fans rally up again. Archer stomps around, but that kinda hurts the groin. Fans clap but also chuckle as Archer works to tune up the band. Yano stands, Archer choke grips, but Yano breaks free! Archer BOOTS him, blocks a boot, but then Yano rakes eyes! Yano goes up but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! And then the inverted crucifix, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)

Well, if Yano wasn’t out before, he’s definitely out now. Out cold, that is! Will Archer use this win to stay alive in the block?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hirooki Goto VS Zack Sabre Jr!

Hiroshi Tanahashi’s victory yesterday puts him at the front of the block, but that’s only for now. Will the Fierce Warrior keep pace with The Ace? Or will he #JustTapOut and give up his spot to the Submission Master?

The bell rings and fans rally as Goto and ZSJ circle. They feel things out, tie up, back away and ZSJ tries his leg guard. Goto stays clear, ZSJ resets with him, and they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. They’re in a deadlock but Goto uses his size to push ZSJ to ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak, ZSJ clinches but then lets off. Goto lets off slowly, too, but ZSJ pie faces him! ZSJ then headbutts low, headlocks tight, but Goto endures as ZSJ thrashes him around. Goto fights up, powers out, and he RAMS shoulders with ZSJ! ZSJ staggers back but he eggs Goto on. Goto runs, RAMS ZSJ, and ZSJ staggers to ropes! ZSJ comes back to EuroUpper!

ZSJ runs again, rams shoulders, but Goto rebounds to run ZSJ over! Fans fire up as ZSJ bails out of the ring. ZSJ gets in, Goto whips but ZSJ reverses. Goto reverses a hip toss to a hip toss, and ZSJ bails out again. Goto goes out to fetch ZSJ, covers, TWO! Goto covers again, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Fans applaud while ZSJ tells the ref to shut up. Goto stomps ZSJ, clamps on a chinlock and bends him back. ZSJ pries at the fingers but Goto thrashes him. Goto digs his elbow in and JAMS ZSJ in the forehead. Goto then stomps ZSJ, drags him back up, and fans rally. Goto bumps ZSJ off buckles and stomps him down.

Goto digs his boot in but ZSJ pushes the foot away. Goto drags ZSJ up to CLUB him down, and then whips ZSJ corner to corner. ZSJ goes up and around, but into a fireman’s carry! ZSJ kicks and gets to the apron, for a ROPE SLEEPER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4, to get a ROPE ARMBAR! The ref counts again, and ZSJ lets off at 4. ZSJ drags Goto out, whips him to railings, but Goto rebounds, into a BOOT! ZSJ puts the arm in the railing to BOOT the railing and jam the arm! Fans fire up with ZSJ, and ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath. ZSJ then digs his forearm into Goto’s face while getting the arm.

ZSJ bends the fingers, isolates the arm, and STOMPS it! ZSJ gets in the ring and eggs “dickhead” Goto on. ZSJ wants the ring count so the ref starts it. Goto shakes out his bad arm while the count climbs to 5 of 20. Goto sits up at 9, stands at 11, shakes out his arm again and gets in the ring at 14. ZSJ digs his knee right into Goto’s ribs, then wraps the bad arm around the ropes! The ref reprimands, ZSJ lets off but then pulls harder! ZSJ finally lets go and Goto gets back out. ZSJ is right after Goto to put him right back in. Fans applaud and ZSJ storms around Goto. Fans rally, ZSJ sits Goto up for a PENALTY KICK!

ZSJ paces around, sits Goto up again and PENALTY KICKS! ZSJ stands on Goto’s chest for a cover, TWO! ZSJ gives Goto toying kicks, then drags him up again. ZSJ EuroUppers and Goto staggers, but Goto kicks back. ZSJ EuroUppers again and again until Goto falls over! Fans fire up while ZSJ catches his breath again. ZSJ drags Goto up by his bad arm and twists the wrist. ZSJ knuckle locks to twist Goto’s arm more and more, then ZSJ WRINGS it out! Goto sputters while ZSJ dares him to get up. Fans rally, ZSJ taunts Goto, and ZSJ kicks Goto around. Goto eggs ZSJ on now and ZSJ KICKS him more and more!

ZSJ taunts Goto, so Goto CHOPS him! And ROCKS him with forearms! And then CHOPS again! ZSJ BOOTS Goto but Goto snarls and runs! Into another BOOT! Wrench and ARM PELE! But Goto LARIATS right back! Fans rally up as both men are down again. ZSJ gets to a corner and Goto is at center. Goto runs in to fire off forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in and MURAMASAS, for the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Goto drags ZSJ up. Goto fireman’s carries but ZSJ fights it! ZSJ wrenches the bad arm, BOOTS it, then EuroUppers hard! Goto staggers, ZSJ EuroUppers again! ZSJ brings Goto back around for another EuroUpper!

Goto DECKS ZSJ with a forearm! Goto drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ EuroUppers! Goto ROCKS ZSJ, but ZSJ shakes out his head. ZSJ comes back to EuroUpper! Goto throws a forearm, ZSJ throws a forearm, and fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! Goto gets the edge and he ROCKS ZSJ! But ZSJ uppercuts the arm! ZSJ runs, Goto follows, but ZSJ gets around, to the COBRA TWIST! Fans fire up as Goto endures the hold! Goto fights his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets Goto go quickly, to then reel him in for a full nelson! Goto breaks that but ZSJ GERMAN SUPLEXES! Goto gets up, ZSJ BOOTS him, but Goto gets ZSJ in a full nelson, then URA G T R!

Fans fire up again as both men are down! Goto and ZSJ slowly rise, and Goto drags ZSJ up. Goto KICKS ZSJ in the chest and ZSJ falls over. Goto sits ZSJ up to KICK him back down! Goto keeps ZSJ up to kick him again! And again! And again! ZSJ flops down but he refuses to stop here. So Goto drags ZSJ up to line up a shot, only for ZSJ to block the kick! ANKLE LOCK, full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Goto survives and fans rally up! ZSJ goes to a corner and he aims as Goto slowly sits up. ZSJ runs in to PEANLTU KIKC, but Goto blocks! ZSJ SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS Goto, then fires off more SLAPS! But Goto HEADBUTTS ZSJ down!

Goto waits on ZSJ to stand, and then he KICKS ZSJ down! Goto drags ZSJ right up, fireman’s carries, but ZSJ moves around to get a GUILLOTINE! Goto is caught, but he powers out to the fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Goto and ZSJ crawl to each other, but Goto drags ZSJ up first! Dragon sleeper, but ZSJ drops to victory roll, then EURO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Goto escapes, ZSJ hurries to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE?!?! ZSJ hurries to run in again, into a LARIAT!! Cover, ONE!!! Fans are thunderous again as both men stay in this! Goto and ZSJ go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.

Goto runs but ZSJ catches him! Goto fights off the takedown but ZSJ hits a FLYING ARMBAR! And then he gets a leg! ZSJ has both arm and leg, Goto flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! ZSJ lets off fast in frustration, and fans rally up again. ZSJ stands Goto up to KICK him, then EuroUpper! ZSJ runs corner to corner, but Goto puts him in the corner! DRAPING SHOUTO!! But Goto’s bad arm holds him back! Fans fire up as Goto gets back up and he aims again. ZSJ sits up, Goto KICKS him back down! Then the fireman’s carry, for G T W!! But again, the bad arm! Goto crawls to the cover, TWO!!

ZSJ and Goto are down again and fans fire back up! Goto drags ZSJ back up, dragon sleepers, G T- NO, ZSJ slips around, ARMBAR! Goto stays up, stomps and kicks ZSJ but ZSJ drags Goto back down to the DISARMER!!! Goto taps, ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)

ZSJ makes the Fierce Warrior #JustTapOut! Will Goto start to fall from the top? And while ZSJ is 3-1, he is still behind The Ace. The Submission Master will have to be flawless from this point on, can he do it?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Great-O-Khan VS Jay White!

The Dominator has been anything but dominant with his 1-2 record. But he could shake up the entire G1 right here! Will Khan conquer the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will even he Breathe with the Switchblade?

Almost uncharacteristically, Khan stands outside the ring as his opponent makes his entrance. But at the same time, this is the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. Khan then gets in the ring during the introductions, and White applauds as the Young Lion takes the title. White shows off the muscles and fans applaud. And of course, White and Gedo Too Sweet. The bell rings Khan rushes in but White scrambles away in a panic! White laughs that off and goes to No Man’s Land to catch his breath. White admits Khan almost had him there. White then returns to the ring, and he circles with Khan. Khan sits down, daring White to try something.

Khan rolls around with his leg guard but White uses the ropes as defense. White doesn’t understand that technique! Khan dares White to come back, and even bawks like a chicken! White says he’s not a chicken, he’s a super champion! White storms up on Khan, but Khan trips him up! Khan floats to a headlock but White kicks and flails! Khan waistlocks, rolls White around, then bridge covers, TWO! Khan gets an arm but White gets the ropebreak! White shouts for the ref, the ref shouts for the ropebreak, and Khan lets go. White then argues with the ref that he needs to call ropebreaks faster!

White rushes Khan and CLOBBERS him! White CLUBS Khan, headlocks, but Khan powers out and runs White over! Khan dusts himself off, and has the THRONE CRADLE! Cover, TWO! BASEMENT BOOT! Cover, TWO! Gedo complains, White crawls to a corner, and Khan storms after him. White grabs the post but Khan drags him back in. Khan bumps White off buckles, then says we’ll see how the champion feels, after Khan sits on his head! Fans fire up but Khan has them hush. Too Sweet spank! Khan then grabs the arms to pull them back! The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4 and White flops out of the ring.

Fans rally as Khan goes out to fetch White. Khan RAMS White into railing, much like White would do! Khan then drags White up, tells Gedo to get out of the way, and he whips White hard into railing! Gedo protests but Khan has him stay back. Khan puts White in the ring, White claims his eye is bothering him, and Gedo grabs Khan’s legs! Khan BOOTS Gedo into railing! But White gets the legs to SLAM them on the apron! And again! And again! White CLUBS away on the leg, then helps Gedo up. But now Khan BOOTS White into the railing! White scrambles back up to ANKLE LOCK in the ropes! And HALF CRAB!

The ref counts, White lets off at 4, and Khan clutches his leg! White stomps Khan over and over, then he drags Khan up to put in the corner. White stomps a mudhole in, then goes out to move his things aside. White gets Khan’s leg to SLAM them into the post! And again! White checks on Gedo, but Khan BOOTS White all the way back into No Man’s Land! Gedo is shocked! Fans rally up, White crawls his way back into the ring, and he hurries to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! White paces, eggs Khan on and then mocks the zombie walk. White throws up a Too Sweet, but Khan wraps up a leg! White rakes Khan’s eyes to stop that!

The ref reprimands but White says shut up, Khan gets plenty of time for his stuff! White gets Khan’s leg but Khan CLUBS him away. White kicks the leg, then Too Sweet CHOPS! Too Sweet CHOP! White whips but Khan blocks! Khan whips White to a corner, but White BOOTS back! White swings but misses, Khan sayanagis White down! Fans rally up, White goes to a corner, and Khan runs in to clothesline! Khan dribbles White off the buckle pad again and again, then SLAM DUNKS! Khan runs but his bad leg stops him! So Khan hobbles back to White to gut wrench and suplex! Cover, TWO! Khan is annoyed but White survives.

Khan drags White up, for HITSUJIGOROSHI! White scrambles to get the ROPEBREAK! Khan lets go at 4, and White flops to the apron. Khan drags White back up, climbs up the corner, but White blocks the lift! White throws elbows over and over and then CLUBS Khan down. White has Khan’s leg, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Khan writhes while White mocks Tanahashi’s air guitar. White tells Khan he has no idea who he’s in here with. Khan gets to a corner, White runs in to uppercut! White then brings Khan out, but Khan blocks the suplex! White still gets Khan up for a BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but White argues the count again. White wants a faster count but the ref says his count is fair. White drags Khan up, reels him in, but Khan fights the clinch. White CHOP BLOCKS! White drags Khan by his ponytail, then reels him back in. But Khan RAMS White into a corner! White kicks a leg! Too Sweet CHOP! That was a sharp one and Khan staggers back. But Khan fires up, only to swing into a COMPLETE SHOT! White then deadlift waistlocks for the GERMAN SUPLEX! “Rock that baby!” Fans rally for Khan but White drags him up by his ponytail again. White stands Khan up, reels him in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!!

White is frustrated, as is Gedo, but the ref says his count is fair. White drags Khan by his ponytail and has the sleeper! Fans fire up as Khan fights the suplex, but White CLUBS away on Khan’s back! White puts on the sleeper again but ducks the back elbow. Khan clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Khan stands, he waits on White, but White gets around to waistlock. Khan throws White, White CHOPS, runs, and he blocks a boot! KNEE BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Gedo wants White to break that leg, so White gets the legs tied up, TTO!! Well, maybe it’s a KTO, a Khan Tap Out!

But Khan crawls to the ROPEBREAK with this mouth!! White lets go in frustration but the fans fire up! White taunts Khan but Khan eggs White on, too! White mockingly asks if Khan needs help up. Khan takes the help, and both men egg each other on. Too Sweet CHOP! Khan shakes his head so White CHOPS again! Khan Mongolian Chops and White falls right down! Fans fire up, White gets up and he CHOPS again! And again! And again! And again! White taunts the tough guy, so Khan IRON CLAWS! White kicks low and clamps on a sleeper, but Khan elbows free! White rebounds, but Khan avoids the chop block to HELL STAB!

Fans fire up as White falls down! Khan roars, gets his bad leg moving, and Khan Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! White falls over and Gedo is freaking out! Khan drags White back up, but White swings at the legs. Khan dodges that, and the lariat, to BOOT White down! Khan then drags White up, scoops him, but White slips off to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans fire up again while both men are down! White drags Khan up, slashes his throat, and reels Khan in, IRON CLAW!! But White CLAWS Khan! But Khan slips out, HITSUJIGOROSHI! White endures, reaches out, but Khan scoops for a BACKBREAKER!

HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA!! White endures the stretching Sheep Killer, flails and reaches, but he’s fading! Khan is SMOTHERING White with that claw! Gedo panics but fans rally as Khan then drags White up! ELIMI- NO White gets around to the sleeper! But Khan IRON CLAWS anyway! White thrashes, kicks, breaks free, but gets the IRON FIST!! The ref reprimands but the fans are loving this! Khan drags White back up with the IRON CLAW! But White clips the bad leg! BLADERUNNER!! But the claw is still on! White breaks free, pushes to the cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator couldn’t hit the Eliminator, and now he is the one ELIMINATED from the running! The Switchblade is 4-0, will he make this the biggest Jay1 ever?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi!

From the Best of the Super Juniors to the New Japan Cup to Wrestling Dontaku and G1s past, we’ve seen these two rise up the ranks and go from the Aerial Assassin and Muscle Hawk to the Commonwealth Kingpin and Rampaging Dragon! But what matters most is what you’ve done lately! Will this newest chapter be punctuated by Ospreay or Takagi standing tall?

The bell rings, fans rally up, “TA-KA-GI!” “O-SU-PREAY!” The two approach carefully, feel out the grapple, then tie up. Ospreay wrenches to a wristlock, but Takagi wrenches back. Takagi hammerlocks, Ospreay reaches back to get a headlock. Takagi powers up but Ospreay holds tight! Fans applaud and rally again as Takagi fights up. Takagi powers up and out, Ospreay RAMS him, but Takagi rebounds to run him over! Ospreay kips up but Takagi just runs him over again! Takagi stands Ospreay up to JAB, then whip corner to corner. Ospreay goes up and over to arm-drag! But Takagi avoids the dropkick! Ospreay avoids the senton to BOOT!

Ospreay whips and runs in but misses in the corner, and Takagi hits a BIG hip toss! Takagi clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee in. Ospreay endures so Takagi JAMS him with the knee. Takagi has the motorcycle stretch but Ospreay fights up. Ospreay gets to the corner and Takagi lets off, to RAM Ospreay in the back. Takagi brings Ospreay around to whip and KNEE him against the ropes. Takagi suplexes high and hard and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Takagi wraps on a body scissors squeeze! Ospreay endures, throws some elbows, and then crawls his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Takagi gives one more squeeze before letting go.

Takagi cravats, stands Ospreay up, but Ospreay throws body shots,. Takagi cravats to throw knees! Ospreay CHOPS Takagi back! Ospreay whips, runs in to back elbow in the corner, then runs, into an ELOBW! JAB! YUKON feint to the DDT, but Ospreay handspring through?! To DROPKICK Takagi out! Fans fire up as Ospreay PLANCHAS! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans rally and Ospreay gets to his feet. Ospreay puts Takagi in, stalks Takagi and brings him up to throw haymakers. Takagi goes to ropes, Ospreay CLUBS him, and then CHOPS him! Ospreay corners Takagi, HEADBUTTS away on him, then paces around.

Fans rally up, Ospreay drags Takagi up and wrenches to scoop, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Takagi crawls to the apron and fans rally up. Ospreay stands on Takagi’s face but lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Ospreay brings Takagi up but Takagi throws body shots! Ospreay DECKS Takagi, covers, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed, and he drags Takagi back up. Takagi fights the suplex, then turns things around to suplex Ospreay to the apron! Ospreay ROCKS Takagi, bumps him off buckles, then takes aim! PIP PIP- NO, Takagi gets under to ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Takagi leans on ropes and fans rally back up. Takagi runs to run Ospreay over, then scoop and SLAM! Takagi whips, Ospreay holds ropes and kicks back! Ospreay runs, but into the back drop! Fans fire up, Ospreay stands and Takagi clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up, Takagi goes out and stomps Ospreay down. Takagi puts Ospreay in, fans rally up more, and Takagi runs in at the corner. Takagi blocks a boot, LARIATS, then fires off forearms over and over and over! Takagi brings Ospreay out, Ospreay blocks the suplex, so Takagi hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Takagi looks to the cameras and says there’s more to come!

Takagi drags Ospreay up, hooks him up, but Ospreay fights the Gory Especial. Ospreay CHOPS Takagi, whips but Takagi reverses to wrench Ospreay’s arm into the hooks. But Takagi then uses that to spin Ospreay into a suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE from Ospreay! Takagi staggers away to a corner and fans fire up! Ospreay catches his breath, runs in at the corner, but Takagi puts him on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Takagi, then PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grits his teeth, drags Takagi back up and wrenches the arm to CHOP! And CHOP! Then KOWATA KICKS! Takagi headbutts the buckle to fire up!

Fans fire up as Takagi eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay gives him more Kowata Kicks! Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, but Takagi stops him! CLUB to the torture rack, BLOOD- NO, Ospreay lands on his feet! But Takagi ducks the Penalty Kick, Ospreay MOONSAULTS onto knees! Fans fire up for how well Takagi knows Ospreay! Fans rally as both men slowly sit up. Takagi is on Ospreay first with ELBOW after ELBOW raining down! The fans clap along, then Takagi runs for the SLIDING- NO, Ospreay ducks, but Takagi dodges! Ospreay whips, Takagi reverses, Ospreay handsprings, into a GERMAN! But Ospreay lands on his feet!

Ospreay DROPKICKS Takagi but Takagi rebounds off ropes, PUMPING- NO, Ospreay slips through the lariat to reel Takagi in and lift, but Takagi slips out! Ospreay dodges, handsprings, NEURALIZER! But Takagi stays up to SLINDING- NO, Ospreay dodges to BUZZSAW!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous after that fast and furious exchange! Ospreay and Takagi slowly stir, and Takagi drags himself up the corner. Fans rally up, “TA-KA-GI!” “O-SU-PREAY!” Ospreay runs in to BOOT Takagi in the corner! Ospreay pops Takagi up the corner, CLUBS him down, then climbs up from the outside!

Ospreay is on the very top as he goes for Takagi, and has the underhooks! Takagi fights free and ELBOWS Ospreay to the apron! Takagi turns around, drags Ospreay up, but Ospreay ROCKS him! Ospreay springboards but Takagi catches him to a fireman’s carry! Ospreay throws elbows but Takagi holds on! But Ospreay throws fast body shots! Ospreay backflips off the top, Takagi BOOTS but Ospreay GAMANGIRIS! Ospreay adjusts, climbs up again, and has Takagi for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous, and Ospreay goes back up top! 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Takagi up to throw hands!

Takagi clamps onto a leg to keep Ospreay from running. Ospreay uses that to bring Takagi up for boxing elbows! ROLLING ELBOW! And then the underhooks! Takagi blocks the lift, and back drops! Ospreay lands on his feet to HOOK KICK! Ospreay aims from a corner, runs in, HIDDEN- ARMBAR!?!? Takagi catches the blade, pries the hands apart, ARM SNAPPER!! Ospreay clutches his arm and fans fire up! Takagi drags Ospreay by his arm to SLAM the arm on the mat! Ospreay goes to the apron but Takagi drags him back in. Ospreay throws forearms but his left is weaker. Takagi ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay tries to use his right but that just hurts Ospreay!

Takagi throws a forearm, Ospreay throws a forearm, but that keeps doing double damage to Ospreay! Takagi CLUBS and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then wrenches it to an ELBOW BREAKER! Takagi runs, but Ospreay ducks! PUMPING LARIAT but Ospreay flips through! Ospreay springboards, TAKAGI CUTTER!! Takagi then shoves Ospreay to ropes, POP UP DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Takagi gets moving, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives even as Takagi pulls out new tricks! Fans are electric and Takagi shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi gets up and drags Ospreay back up.

Takagi pump handles, lifts, but then shifts to underhook! Takagi gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips off! Takagi ducks the roundhouse to pump handle, but Ospreay switches that onto Takagi! MADE IN ENGLAND!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives his stolen move, but Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Takagi survives and fans are thunderous again! Ospreay sits Takagi up and goes to the corner, but then Takagi flops down. Ospreay shakes out his arm while fans rally hard as ever! “O-SU-PREAY!” grits his teeth while “TA-KA-GI!” flounders. Ospreay kicks Takagi around, sits him up and KICKS him!

Takagi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay KICKS him more. Ospreay gives more Kowata Kicks, but Takagi blocks one! But Ospreay JABS! BUZZSAW and HEEL KICK! Ospreay aims for the corner, but Takagi POISON-RANAS?!? Fans are thunderous but Ospreay wobbles to HIDDEN BLADE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Both men are down as Ospreay clutches his bad arm! Ospreay crawls to the cover, TWO!! Takagi survives but Ospreay shakes his arm. Ospreay fires up, fans are thunderous, and Ospreay hooks Takagi up. But the bad arm won’t let Ospreay complete the underhooks! He has to half it, but Takagi slips off to ROCK and LARIAT!

Ospreay staggers to a corner, he BOOTS, ENZIGURIS and HOOK KICKS!! Then HEEL KICK!! Fans are fired up as  this passes 20 minutes, meaning there are only 10 left! Ospreay goes up the corner, SUPER- BACKSLIDE! TWO!! Takagi runs, PUMPING- SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay hurries to aim again as Takagi sits up, but Takagi ducks the blade to LARIAT! cover, ONE!!! Takagi swats the lariat, JABS, then swats another to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Takagi hurries to run, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are electric as Takagi and Ospreay stagger. SLIDING FOREARM from Takagi, then the pump handle! LAST OF THE DRAGON!!! Cover, TAKAGI WINS!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ospreay earns 0)

Another instant classic, and it is the Dragon that slays the Kingpin this time! Will Ospreay be able to recover and fight his way to the top? Or is he already checking out of the semifinals? As for Takagi, he shows the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion respect as one of his rivals. Then he gets the mic to say, “This G1 Climax is neck and neck right now. But I told you before: if there’s a chance, I’m not giving up! Whatever happens, I’ll stand by my word until the very end!” Fans applaud that, but Takagi admits, today’s points didn’t come easily. Last year, Ospreay had Takagi’s number. Ospreay retained the title against Takagi in Wrestling Dontaku.

In many ways, Takagi felt he was “in stasis” since that loss. But today’s win helps Takagi make a brand new start! Fans applaud that, too. Takagi then says, “Oi, Osaka.  OI, OSAKA! Oh, I better not try that again. My head…” But Osaka is often a turning point for Takagi. It was in Osaka when Takagi first declared his intent on entering the G1. And it was in Osaka during that G1 that he had his one and only 1v1 match with Tetsuya Naito! And above all, it was in Osaka that Takagi won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship last year!

Fans applaud those accomplishment, and Takagi says what he’s getting at is quite simple: Takagi’s win in Osaka today will be his turning point in this G1! “This dragon will rampage to a G1 victory!” Takagi drops the mic and kneels in respect to Osaka. Will Osaka be Takagi’s gateway to the G1 trophy?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
  • JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

Another awesome event for the G1 Climax, and perhaps the best round overall. Hashi VS ELP really got the fans going there, and it was great for Hashi to win and build upon this ascension he’s been on. ELP is still alive in the G1 but he’s still got a ways to go, he is not taking the block at this point. Yano VS Archer was incredibly hilarious, and it very clever to get the Young Lions as involved as they were. But as Yano was already eliminated before this, it makes sense to give Archer the win here. Goto VS ZSJ was an awesome match to fight for second place in the block. This one could go either way, so it was pretty awesome for ZSJ to get the win. ZSJ still has a chance to take the block, if Tanahashi loses both to Goto and Kenta while ZSJ beats both Naito and Evil.

Great stuff out of Khan VS White, and Khan definitely came closer than most to beating White. White is spotless so far, and with only Tama Tonga and Taichi left, I would think he takes the block with ease. At the same time, Tama and Taichi will be purely fighting to get that golden ticket to a title match at one of the other events before WrestleKingdom, so they’re still going to have awesome matches with White. And then of course, Ospreay VS Takagi was amazing, building upon all their history with each other. It was must-win for Takagi, so it was great to see that Takagi did win. Ospreay can still win against Hashi and Juice, but Takagi can surely beat Yujiro and ELP, so they’re both really hoping that Finlay loses to ELP and Hashi. It’s going to be neck and neck just like Takagi said, I can’t wait.

My Score: 8.9/10


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