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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo Report! (7/25/21)

Summer in the Tokyo Dome!

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NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo

Who steps up to the plate and hits it out of the park?

NJPW returns to the Tokyo Dome for a true summer slugfest! IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Shingo Takagi, defends against THE ACE!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – KOPW 2021 New Japan Ranbo with Handcuffs: Chase Owens wins and becomes the new provisional Mr. KOPW 2021.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori VS Mega Coaches; ELP & Ishimori win and retain the titles.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS Robbie Eagles; Eagles wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb; Okada wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win and become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Takagi wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

KOPW 2021 New Japan Ranbo with Handcuffs!

It’s just as the name says! This is a 22-man battle royal for Toru Yano’s KOPW trophy, but eliminations don’t have to only be by pin, submission or going over the top! If you get cuffed to the ropes or any other part of the ringside area, you’re done! Will #YTR be able to avoid his own wacky way of losing? Or will someone capture the Clown Prince and take his prized possession?

First out is Bullet Club’s Crown Jewel, Chase Owens! He’s still Texas Heavyweight Champion, will he look to add another prize to his collection? Second out is the United Empire’s Dominator, the Great-O-Khan! Will he win this prize for the glory of Will Ospreay? The bell rings and Chase BOOTS Khan right down, stomps him, and chokes him! The ref reprimands and Chase lets off, to try and throw Khan out! Khan holds onto the ropes, pulls Chase’s ear, and gets back in to CLUB the ear! Fans cheer as Khan gets Chase down for a modified kneebar! Chase kicks at Khan but Khan gets that leg. Chase holds off the Boston Crab by pulling Khan’s beard!

The ref reprimands, Chase knocks Khan down, and the countdown is here! The third entrant is… Tomoaki Honma! The Kokeshi is here as Chase digs his boots into Khan’s neck! Chase lets off to stomp Khan at the ropes and then choke him on the ropes. The ref reprimands again and Chase lets off. Chase watches Honma closely as he heads up the ramp. Honma gets in and Chase fires off hands! Honma fires up and fires forearms back! Chase knees low, CHOPS Honma, then whips. Honma holds ropes, boots Chase back, then runs to run Chase over! Fans fire up with Honma and Honma runs, FALLING HEADBUTT!

Khan gets up but Honma knocks him down! Honma runs but Khan avoids the falling headbutt! And now entry number four is here! It’s… Togi Makabe! The Uncaged Gorilla is headed out as Khan has a claw clamped into Honma’s shoulder. Chase and Khan mug Honma but Makabe evens things up! Makabe throws hands on both Khan and Chase, then goes to shove Khan out. Khan holds ropes, Chase clubs Makabe but Honma clubs Chase. Chase rakes Honma’s eyes, kicks Makabe low, then he and Khan double whip. Makabe breaks through the clothesline to double clothesline them! Makabe and Honma coordinate to DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH Khan!

The countdown is done again and entry five is DOUKI! El Japones del Mal takes his time as Makabe and Honma stomp down Chase and Khan. Khan gets Honma’s leg for a HEEL HOOK, but Honma gets the ropebreak! Makabe gets Douki as soon as he gets in, and chokes him! The ref reprimands, Makabe lets off, and Makabe drags Douki up to ROCK him with a forearm! Khan CLUBS Makabe, Chase CLUBS Makabe, and then they double whip Makabe. Makabe again breaks the line but runs into double kicks! Khan and Chase throw Makabe over and out and ELIMINATE him! But now entry number six is here, and it’s TIGER MASK!

Chase throws up a Too Sweet to Khan, but Khan ROCKS Chase with an uppercut! Honma goes after Douki but gets dragged into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Honma scrambles around, gets Douki under the ropes for a ropebreak, and Khan drags Chase over to the ropes! Khan wants to cuff Chase, but Chase holds it off! Khan stomps Chase down and Chase is spared. The ref finally notices what’s going on with Honma and Douki, and Douki has CUFFED Honma!! Douki ELIMINATES Honma!! Honma himself can’t believe it, and finally Tiger Mask is ringside. Douki claws Khan’s eyes to throw him down and then stomps him in a corner.

Khan resists, the ref counts the ropebreak and Douki lets off. Tiger Mask sobats, whips and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Chase gets payback on Khan in the corner, but Khan gets away before he can be cuffed. Chase drags him back, stomps him down, and tries again. Khan kicks the cuffs then drags Chase into a HEEL HOOK! Tiger Mask shoves Douki onto the ropes but Douki fights! Yoshinobu Kanemaru is entry seven and he’ll surely reinforce Douki as fellow Suzuki-Gun members. Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Tiger Mask and tries to shove him over! Tiger Mask fights Khan off, Chase goes to throw Douki out! Douki holds on and Kanemaru gets in to kick Tiger Mask!

Kanemaru stomps Tiger down, leaving Chase to drag Douki around. Douki resists but Chase isolates an arm! Chase digs fingers into Douki’s face but Douki gets away. Tiger tries to shove Kanemaru out, the countdown begins again, and entry eight is MINORU SUZUKI! Now Suzuki-Gun is three strong as Kanemaru stomps Tiger mask and Douki goes after Khan. Chase goes after Kanemaru with a headlock punch! Then Chase chokes Tiger Mask! The ref reprimands all the choking around and they stop. Tiger Mask CHOPS Chase, Chase throat chops Tiger Mask! Douki and Khan fight in the ropes but the ref calls for the ropebreak.

Khan and Chase make up for their little spat earlier and watch closely as Suzuki finally hits ringside. Fans clap along with Kaze Ni Nare as Suzuki fires off on Chase! Tiger Mask goes after Kanemaru, Khan gives Douki more Mongolian Chops! Suzuki wants Chase’s arm for the cuffs but Chase holds onto ropes to resist. Khan chokes Douki, Suzuki has Chase in an ankle lock and Tiger Mask headbutts Kanemaru. The ref reprimands Suzuki, he’s in the ropes with Chase. Entry nine is here and it is SHO! High Voltage makes his way out as Suzuki and Khan brawl. Khan Mongolian Chops but Suzuki eggs him on! Then Suzuki uppercuts, throws body shots and has Khan on the ropes.

Sho gets Kanemaru up and goes to get him out. Kanemaru fights back, Suzuki helps him out and they mug Sho. Kanemaru then stomps Chase in a corner, another countdown begins and entry 10 is YOH! Roppongi 3K will be at full force but Suzuki is looking to cuff Sho! Yoh hurries as Sho resists, and he gets in to fire off on Suzuki! Suzuki eggs Yoh on so Yoh keeps throwing forearms! Douki attacks Yoh to help Suzuki, Khan has Chase in a heel hook but Chase has Khan in his own heel hook! Yoh throws forearms, Suzuki slaps Yoh around, then DECKS Yoh with a forearm! Suzuki DECKS Sho, too! Khan and Chase stop fighting with heel hooks, and Suzuki scoops Yoh!

Sho saves Yoh from Suzuki, Kanemaru CLUBS Tiger Mask, and entry 11, the halfway point is… YUJI NAGATA! Blue Justice is here as Suzuki throws hands on Sho. Chase leaves Khan alone to go after Tiger Mask, Douki and Suzuki go after Sho at the ropes. Kanemaru throws Yoh but Yoh holds ropes! Nagata gets in and starts this ageless rivalry with Suzuki! They brawl with forearms back and forth and this feels a lot like the last time these two men in a Ranbo. Suzuki snapmares Nagata and runs to PENALTY KICK! Nagata sits up, into another PENALTY KICK! Nagata sits up again, Suzuki goes to kick but Nagata blocks! Nagata gets up but Suzuki holds off the back suplex!

Entry 12 is SATOSHI KOJIMA! The King of Cozy Style and #ThirdGen teammate of Nagata is here, but Nagata is about to dump Suzuki out! Suzuki holds on, gets on the apron, and looks to drag Nagata out with him! They’re both on the apron and they’re firing off forearms! Kojima goes after Douki then Khan. Suzuki and Nagata are in a SLAP fight, but Suzuki gets Nagata with a sleeper! Kojima fires off machine gun CHOPS on Khan! RPG3K coordinate, aim, and DOUBLE SUPERKICK Suzuki off the apron! RPG3K ELIMINATE Suzuki!! What a shock! Nagata gets back in while Kanemaru goes after Sho!

Khan whips, Kojima reverses and then forearm smashes Khan down! Entry 13 is HIROYOSHI TENZAN! Third Gen is now at full power as Ikari no Mogyu arrives! Kanemaru throws Yoh but Yoh holds onto ropes! Kojima fires off machine gun CHOPS on Chase, Tiger Mask stomps Douki. Yoh drags Kanemaru out to join him but Sho helps Yoh hold on! Khan gets Sho and dumps him out to the apron, and with Sho goes Yoh and Kanemaru, Khan ELIMINATES three at once!! The Dominator feels even more powerful now, but Tenzan goes right at him with haymakers and headbutts! Khan Mongolian Chops but Tenzan gives them back! It’s a Mongolian Chop fight!

Tenzan gets the edge but then they clash with DOUBLE MONGOLIAN CHOPS! And again! Tenzan headbutts Khan down! Nagata stomps Khan, Kojima joins in, and Third Gen mugs Khan! Entry 14 is Bushi! Los Ingobernables de Japon is present on all levels of the card. Third Gen double whips Khan but Khan fights out of the TenCozy combo! Khan shoves Tenzan into Kojima then DECKS Nagata! Khan fires off more Mongolian Chops, then he scoops Tenzan and carries him to ropes! Tenzan gets on the apron and throws hands with Khan! Tenzan headbutts then sets Khan up, Kojima runs in, but Khan slips away! Kojima clotheslines Tenzan and accidentally ELIMINATES him!!

Kojima is in shock and he turns around into forearms from Khan. Kojima fires off on Khan, kicks and KOJI CUTTERS! Off comes the armband and Kojima runs but Khan ducks the lariat! Atomic drop lift puts Kojima on the ropes but Kojima fights back! But Khan BOOTS and ELIMINATES Kojima! Khan has five eliminations all to himself! Nagata fires off on Khan as payback, and has Tiger Mask helping, too. But here comes entry 15, Master Wato! Nagata drags Khan out under the bottom rope to whip him into railing! And BOOT him! Nagata takes advantage of the rules, but Douki has Tiger Mask in a surfboard stretch!

Wato fires off kicks on Bushi, but Bushi throws Wato as Tiger Mask throws Douki. Douki and Wato fall through the middle ropes, they’re still in this. But Bushi and Tiger Mask are alone in the ring right now. They double DIVE to take out Douki and Wato! Chase returns from hiding to SUPERKICK Bushi! Chase has cuffs and drags Bushi over to railing. Khan does the same to Tiger Mask! Khan CUFFS and ELIMINATES Tiger Mask while Chase CUFFS and ELIMINATES Bushi!! And now, entry number 16 is EVIL! The King of Darkness is here as Chase, Khan and Nagata return to the ring. Wait, that’s not Evil, that’s DICK TOGO! Is Dick subbing in for Evil?

Nagata fires off on Chase, has him up on the ropes, but Chase fights back! Douki gets back at Tiger Mask while getting back in the ring. Wato drags himself in, Chase and Dick Low Sweet as Bullet Club now has two members. Khan clamps claws onto Wato and Douki for DOUBLE DOMINATOR SLAMS! Double covers, Khan ELIMINATES Wato and Douki!! Khan has EIGHT eliminations all to himself! That has to be a record! Nagata drags Khan up to throw hands, and here comes entry 17, Tomohiro Ishii! The Stone Pitbull will surely want payback on Dick for what went down in Nagoya. Nagata and Khan spill out of the ring under the bottom rope to brawl!

Dick sees Ishii rushing in, so he bails out! They’re playing cat ‘n’ mouse as they go around the way. Khan fires up to CHOP Nagata. The ref is trying to restore some semblance of order as Ishii gets in to BOOT Chase! Ishii dares Dick to help his friend as he stomps Chase down. Dick baits Ishii into going after him instead, and then rakes his eyes! Entry 18 is YUJIRO TAKAHASHI, so Bullet Club has even more members! Ishii whips Dick hard into railing then goes for cuffs! Dick resists, Tokyo Pimp hustles, and Yujiro clubs Ishii! Dick and Yujiro mug Ishii, stomp him down, and then feed him into the ring where Chase waits. Bullet Club mugs Ishii with stomps!

Khan and Nagata keep brawling on the outside as another countdown begins. Nagata scoops and SLAMS Khan, and entry 19 is YOSHI-HASHI! Ishii’s fellow NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Campion is here! Ishii fights off Bullet Club, throws Dick up and out but Dick holds on! Chase and Yujiro hurry to help Dick while we can see Khan and Nagata trying to cuff each other. The Headhunter hurries to help Ishii as Yujiro stomps Ishii at the apron. Hashi fires off on Yujiro, whips him to ropes, but Yujiro reverses. Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Dick kicks Hashi and rakes his eyes! Dick and Ishii brawl on the apron, and Ishii ROCKS Dick!

Yujiro trips Ishii from the outside and ELIMINATES him! Dick gloats but Hashi knocks him down and ELIMINATES him! At least now they’re even. But Chase goes after Hashi with Yujiro as another countdown begins. Entry 20 is HIROOKI GOTO! The third NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag champ is a little late to help Ishii but he’s just in time to help Hashi! Chase and Yujiro hurry to try and get Hashi up and out but the Fierce Warrior runs in to save Hashi! Goto throws hands and stomps Bullet Club while Ishii chases Dick away with a chair! Khan and Nagata still brawl on the outside as Hashi and Goto leap frog stomp combo! Then Penalty Kick to mule kick! Goto drags Chase up, Hashi has Yujiro, and they buckle bump both men before firing off stomps.

Entry 21 is here, and it is KENTA! Fang Revived lost in Nagoya but he wants to redeem himself in Tokyo! Also, Khan has taken off a corner pad to add a little something to this match. Hashi tries to cuff Yujiro but Yujiro resists. Yujiro kicks but Hashi blocks to club the leg. Khan has Nagata in a standing head ‘n’ arm triangle, against a post! Hashi sees Kenta get in and kicks him first! Hashi CLUBS Kenta, Goto helps out and they double whip, only for Kenta to DECK Hashi! Goto fireman’s carries and puts Kenta on the apron, Hashi runs in, but Kenta ROCKS Hashi with a forearm first! Goto runs in but Kenta dumps him out and ELIMINATES him!

Khan fires off Mongolian Chops and uppercuts on Nagata as Bullet Club regroups. Kenta and Yujiro stomp Hashi but entry 22 is TORU YANO! The provisional Mr. KOPW 2021 is of course the last one out! Meanwhile, Khan CUFFS and ELIMINATES Nagata! That’s NINE just from Khan! Bullet Club mugs Hashi and Chase is ready for Yano, but Yano uses his red chair to JAM Khan in the back! Yano gets Khan’s hands and a pair of cuffs! YANO CUFFS AND ELIMINATES KHAN!! Yano takes down the most dominant man in this year’s Ranbo with ease! Chase goes out to brawl with Yano but Yano POSTS Chase!

Yano gets in to pull Yujiro and Kenta back from Hashi! Hashi mule kicks Kenta and tries to cuff him! Chase CLUBS Yano just as Hashi CUFFS and ELIMINATES Kenta! Hashi CHOPS Chase, gets Yujiro up and whips Yujiro into a corner. Hashi runs in to CHOP Yujiro, then whips him to CHOP! Hashi turns Yujiro, Chase kicks Hashi, and Yujiro BITES Hashi’s hand! Chase and Yujiro mug Hashi in a corner then get his hand! Yano attacks Chase but Yujiro CUFFS and ELIMINATES Hashi! Bullet Club mugs Yano, as it is only Chase, Yujiro and Yano left! Everyone has to watch ringside as Bullet Club double whips Yano to ropes. Yano holds ropes to taunt them!

But Kenta can kick Yano from there! Yujiro runs in, but Yano pulls ropes down to dump Yujiro out and ELIMINATES him! Chase runs in but Yano fights him off! Chase whips, Yano reverses, and Yano goes to undo a buckle pad! Kenta attacks Yano from ropes and holds him in the corner! Chase runs in, Yano gets away and Chase hits buckles! Yano rolls Chase up to cover but Kenta kicks it apart! The ref reprimands but Kenta says it’s fair. Yano kicks Chase, runs but Chase SHOTGUN KNEES first! Cover, Hashi is there and he kicks it apart! Hashi says it’s only fair! Yano rolls Chase up, he’s out of reach, but what happened to the ref?! Who tripped him up?!

Yujiro is back and has the pimp cane! Yano turns around, CANE SHOT! POCKET SAND from Chase! Hammerlock, LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Yano survives but Chase fires up, JEWEL TRIGGER! And then the underhooks, PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase wins?!!?

Winner: Chase Owens, by pinfall (NEW Provisional Mr. KOPW 2021)

The trickster got tricked by the tricky Bullet Club! And now Chase adds the trophy to his accolades! Bullet Club taunts Hashi as they keep him cuffed. Chase isn’t done with Yano, either, as he puts him in the modified STF! Young Lions grab at them but Bullet Club knocks them down! Chase lets go when he’s satisfied, and he has his hand raised in victory. But how will Chase choose to redesign Yano’s precious trophy so that it becomes the crown jewel of his collection?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori VS Mega Coaches!

The “cutest tag team” in Bullet Club look more like a couple of suspicious hooligans to Ryusuke Taguchi & Rocky Romero! Not only do they want to take these titles from the Headbanger and Bone Soldier Reborn, but they want to expose what is in ELP’s right boot! Will they at least do one of those things before this is over?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if coaches can be champions!

The teams sort out and the ref checks ELP’s boot. There’s nothing he can find suspicious about it, and the Bullet Club Low Sweets. Taguchi and Rocky huddle up and break, and fans rally already, “TA-GU-CHI!” Taguchi and Taiji start, circle, and Taguchi shows his fancy foot work. Taiji avoids the spinning hip attack but Taguchi catches him to a headlock! Taiji fights up and powers out and things speed up. Taguchi runs and runs and runs and HIP ATTACKS! Taiji scrambles, ELP gets in and attacks from behind! ELP whips, Taguchi runs and runs then dropkicks ELP’s dropdown! Tag to Rocky, the Coaches fire off on Bullet Club with haymakers and CHOPS!

The Coaches whip, Bullet Club reverse, but the Coaches hold ropes. ELP & Taiji run in but into BOOTS! The Coaches fake Bullet Club out, to then DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi keeps ELP from running away! Taguchi and Rocky try to take off the boots but Taiji drags ELP out! The Headbanger’s secret, if there is one, stays safe but Taguchi and Rocky dares ELP to get back in. ELP SUPERKICKS a Young Lion out of frustration! Taguchi and Rocky rush out to go after Bullet Club! Rocky throws hands on ELP, Taguchi is after Taiji, and they put both men back in the ring. Fans cheer as this continues, and Taguchi gives Taiji some stink face!

Taguchi and Rocky coordinate with hand signals, and they go corner to corner. Rocky hits a clothesline as Taguchi hits a hip attack, and then they go corner to corner the other way to hit it again! Are they starting up Endless Clotheslines and Endless Hip Attacks?! But Taiji dodges Rocky as ELP dumps Taguchi out! ELP corner clotheslines Rocky, then Taiji hits a back elbow! Taiji sets up as a step, but Rocky uses him to FLYING RANA ELP! Rocky swings on Taiji, Taiji dodges and Taiji CLOBBERS Rocky! Fans cheer that showing of strength and rally up as Taiji brings Rocky up. Taiji cravats to neck wrench Rocky and throw in shoulders. Taiji snapmares and NECK TWISTS!

Tag to ELP, ELP drags Rocky up and scoops to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! ELP goes up the corner and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! ELP BITES Rocky’s hand! Tag to Taiji, ELP reels Rocky in and Taiji CLAWS Rocky’s back! Tag back to ELP and he climbs up again, mocking the hand signs and dancing that Taguchi does, to jump and CLAW Rocky! Taiji goes up the corner now, ELP has him, and Taiji mocks the dancing, to jump and CLAW! Taguchi gets in to show Taiji how the dance moves are done, but Taiji DECKS him! ELP throws the “stupid idiot” out of the ring. Taiji stands on Rocky’s foot, tags in ELP, and ELP drags Rocky up for a snap suplex. Uno amigo!

ELP gets Rocky up, Dos Amigos! ELP gets Rocky again, but Rocky slips out to CLAW ELP! Rocky duck sunder ELP but ELP tackles him down! ELP drags Rocky away but Rocky ENZIGURIS! But Taiji runs in to KICK Rocky down! Taiji drags Rocky away, ducks the enziguri but the HEEL KICK gets him! Fans fire up as Rocky crawls for his corner, but ELP trips Taguchi before the tag can be made! ELP gets in and CLAWS Rocky’s back! ELP brings Rocky around, tags in Taiji, and they mug Rocky. Fans rally as ELP aims, spins, but Rocky switches to shove Taiji into ELP! The champs dodge Rocky to double back suplex, but Rocky lands on his feet! Rocky DOUBLE RANAS Bullet Club!

Fans fire up as Taguchi returns! Rocky crawls over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, HIP ATTACK for Taiji! HIP ATTACK for ELP! Repeat! Baseball slide and apron HIP ATTACK for Taiji! Taguchi springboards, FLYING HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this and so is Bullet Club, but Taguchi gets Taiji up. Taiji slips out of the suplex, Taguchi standing switches, but Taiji elbows free. Taiji runs, Taguchi follows, but Taiji is ready this time, he catches the Hip Attack to an ATOMIC DROP! Taiji spins Taguchi around but Taguchi fights free with body shots. Taguchi runs, fakes Taiji out and HIP ATTACKS! Fans fire up with Taguchi, “YO YO YO!”

Taguchi goes to a corner, calls upon the powers of Strong Style, “ORAYO!” But Taiji rolls his Bum-a-ye up to a cover! TWO, Taiji mule kicks and whips. Taguchi reverses but Taiji handsprings, wheelbarrows and victory rolls! ONE and Taguchi has the cover, ONE! Taiji pulls the tights as he has the victory roll back, TWO! Taguchi gets up to HIP ATTACK Taiji down! Fans fire up again, Rocky is back and Taguchi tags him in. Rocky runs at Taiji, SLICE ROCKY! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives, Rocky dropkicks ELP away! Taguchi gets Taiji in the ropes as Rocky goes to the corner, missile dropkick! Taguchi hits a GOURD BUSTER, Rocky covers, ELP breaks it in time!

Taguchi throws ELP out hard, the Coaches regroup as fans rally up. Rocky gets Taiji up, cravats, but Taiji blocks Slice Rocky this time! Rocky slips out, kicks low, whips, but Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. ELP tags in, springboards but Rocky dodges. ELP DECKS Taguchi, goes up and over Rocky and springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! ELP DIVES Out to take out Taguchi, and possibly a cameraman! ELP gets back up to springboard SWANTON, then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives the onslaught and ELP can’t believe it! Fans rally up as ELP drags Rocky up and reels him in.

ELP tucks the arms but Rocky RANAS! Cover, TWO!! ELP drags Rocky back up, to a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Rocky survives and ELP is frustrated. ELP takes aim, BANG, and runs in, V-TRIGGER! ELP reels Rocky in, Electric Chair lifts, but Rocky victory rolls out of it to an ARMBAR! Taguchi intercepts Taiji with a HIP ATTACK! ELP resists but Taguchi has Taiji in OH MY GARANKLE! Taiji scrambles to keep ELP from tapping out!! Taiji rolls to throw Taguchi onto Rocky and break the hold! All four men are down and fans rally back up. Rocky slowly rises, ELP follows, and Rocky throws a forearm! ELP forearms back, but Rocky stays up to KICK the bad arm!

ELP throws off his armbands to ROCK Rocky with a right. Rocky roars and fires up, as do the fans! Rocky fires off forearms, ELP SLAPS him! And SLAPS him! ELP pumps up but Rocky JUMP KNEES! Rocky runs into a mule kick! Taguchi tags in and springboard missile dropkicks! Taiji tags in to springboard FLYING KNEE! Taiji and ELP hurry to get Taguchi back up. They double whip, Taiji runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! ELP gives Taiji a boost, but Rocky springboards back in, DOOMSDAY DEVICE POISON-RANA!! Taiji takes his own partner out and Taguchi covers Taiji, TWO!! Taiji survives but the Coaches coordinate!

Taguchi goes up a corner, says his prayers, and Rocky whips Taiji into the Funky Weapon! Then Rocky uses the Funky Weapon to help with the TORNADO DDT! Taguchi powers up, “ORAYO~!” BUM-A-YE!! Cover, TWO!?! Taiji survives the butt attack but Rocky rolls Taiji into Taguchi’s wheelbarrow! Rocky runs, BLACK HOLE VACATION!! Cover, ROPEBREAK?!! Taguchi miscalculated where the ropes where, but Rocky calls for Strong Zero! Taguchi gets Taiji up in the Alabama, and Rocky goes up top. But ELP shoves Rocky down! Taiji hits a CODE RED! Both Taiji and Taguchi are down as fans rally up. Taguchi bails out to regroup with Rocky, but Taiji hits a GOLDEN TRIANGLE?!

Fans fire up as Taiji hits Kota Ibushi’s form of Quebrada, and then Taiji sets up the Coaches. ELP climbs up, he wants Taiji to send them out further!? Taiji throws ELP and Rocky over the railings into the no man’s land between ringside and the front row! ELP takes aim, walks the tightrope, and SUPER ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!!! Direct hit but it was a rough landing for ELP, too, as he clutches his foot! ELP says his heel and ankle are hurting. Taiji hurries to get Taguchi up and around to ringside while ELP hobbles after. ELP tags in, hobbles over to Taguchi and drags him up. ELP reels Taguchi in with the straitjacket torture rack.

Taiji springboard flying knees Taguchi, for the SPINNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!?! Taguchi survives and fans fire up again. Taiji gut wrenches Taguchi for CIPHER UTAKI! ELP is up top, THUNDER KISS 86! Cover, Rocky breaks it!? Rocky returns to save his team and the match, and he fires off haymakers on Bullet Club! Rocky DECKS Taiji, fires up, but turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! ELP’s superkick takes Rocky down! Taiji gets Taguchi up, sets him up, ELP gets his foot working, but Taguchi blocks Sudden Death to send the kick into Taiji! Taguchi rolls ELP up, TWO!! ELP hurries, but swings into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!?

OH MY GARANKLE!! Taguchi keeps ELP back, drops an elbow on the leg, then pulls at the boot! He wants to reveal the secret! ELP drags himself and Taguchi over to gets the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi gets the boot off! What’s inside it?!? The ref checks, but Taiji grabs at the shoe! Taguchi turns around into ELP’s THROAT PUNCH! Underhooks, CR2!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

But what about the shoe?! Taguchi was distracted by exposing the mystery and that allowed the champions to retain! Taiji even checks to make sure “it” didn’t spill out. But shouldn’t NJPW still look into what ELP keeps hidden in that heel?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS Robbie Eagles!

The Rogue Luchador was so close to becoming the Junior Heavyweight Double Champion again, but he just missed the mark. The Sniper of the Sky promises to hit the target now that he’s back in NJPW! But will Eagles be outdrawn by Despy in the Dome?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it feels like high noon in the Dome!

Fans rally and Eagles encourages them to get louder. They circle, tie up, and Desperado gets a leg. Eagles gets up but Desperado facelocks as they end up in ropes. The ref calls for the break and the two let off cleanly. They reset, feel out a knuckle lock, but Desperado wrenches Eagles’ bad arm and throws him down. Desperado has a back mount, then floats to get a leg! Eagles gets the ropes and the ref calls for the break again. Desperado lets off at 4, but YANKS the leg then drops a SPLASH on it! Eagles winces and gets to ropes as Desperado mockingly asks if he’s alright. Desperado slaps Eagles around at the ropes, brings him up for a headlock then hits a takeover.

Eagles endures, headscissors back, and pushes up to put on pressure. Desperado rolls to tie Eagles up into a deathlock. Fans cheer the technical exchange as Desperado then floats to a facelock. Eagles fights up to wrench an arm and wristlock. Desperado rolls, wrenches, wristlocks in return, but Eagles rolls and rolls and handsprings to wrench back! Desperado gets in the ropes, steps back in and has Eagles’ arm wrapped in the ropes! Fans cheer the savvy and Desperado kicks the ropes to jam the arm. Desperado whips but Eagles holds ropes. Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes! The ref reprimands, Desperado whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around to arm-drag!

Eagles dodges, but his leg jams a bit coming off the ropes. Desperado slaps Eagles around some more then runs, but Eagles gets a rolling takedown to a basement dropkick! Desperado goes to the apron and then out to railing. Fans rally up as Eagles takes aim and builds speed. Eagles fakes Desperado out and jumps back, but he winces as he lands on his feet again. Eagles still eggs Desperado on and draws a line in the sand. Desperado runs in but Eagles kicks low! Eagles CHOPS hard and Desperado goes to a corner. Eagles throws forearms, kicks at Desperado, but lets off to then dig his knee in. The ref counts, Eagles lets off to drag Desperado up.

Eagles whips corner to corner, Desperado reverses and runs in. Desperado blocks the boot, puts the leg on ropes, then dropkicks the bad leg! And then DRAGON SCREWS Eagles out of the corner! Eagles crawls away, the ref checks the leg, but Eagles doesn’t want to quit. Desperado stands on Eagles at the ropes, then stands on the leg! The ref counts, Desperado lets off at 4, and he comes back to get Eagles up for a SHIN BREAKER! And then adds a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Eagles writhes, Desperado drags him away from ropes and covers, TWO! Desperado gets annoyed but fans rally up for Eagles. Desperado wags his finger and gets Eagles up.

Eagles throws body shots but Desperado rakes his eyes! Desperado runs, but into a knee! Eagles KICKS Desperado down! Eagles fires up to KICK Desperado more! And more! Desperado blocks a kick to kick out the bad leg! Desperado drops a leg on the leg then ties Eagles up with the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Eagles endures but writhes as Desperado puts pressure on the knees! Fans rally as Desperado moves around and puts more pressure, but Eagles drags himself and Desperado back. Desperado grabs Eagles by the hair but Eagles throws body shots! Desperado falls back to put pressure! Eagles endures to get the ROPEBREAK!

The ref works on undoing the leg lock and Eagles is free, but Desperado drops knees on the bad knee! The ref checks again but Eagles refuses to quit here. Desperado gets Eagles up, whips him corner to corner, but Eagles falls! Eagles can’t run on the bad leg and Desperado is annoyed. Fans rally for Eagles but Desperado drags Eagles up. Desperado CHOPS Eagles to a corner, runs corner to corner but Eagles dodges! Eagles runs in but Desperado puts him on the apron! Eagles’ leg jams again and Desperado knocks him off to the floor! Eagles clutches his knee and Desperado goes out after him. Desperado gets Eagles up to smack off the apron!

The ref reprimands, Desperado taunts the fans, and Desperado gets Eagles up to whip, but Eagles reverses to send Desperado into the apron! Eagles uses the apron to tiger feint kick Desperado, and Desperado tumbles over the railing! Both men are down on the outside and a ring count begins. It’s already 10 of 20 before Desperado gets back up. Eagles stands at 11 and hops in at 12, but Desperado gets back to ringside at 15. Desperado slides in at 17, only for Eagles to springboard and missile dropkick a leg out! Eagles drags Desperado around, ties him up, RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Desperado roars as he endures the pain! Eagles digs in as much as he can as Desperado reaches out!

Eagles thrashes, Desperado flails and crawls, Desperado gets the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets off but comes back to drop a knee on the knee! Some payback from earlier as Eagles steps through to get a spinning toehold. Eagles then gets an arm and traps it in an omoplata, to then figure four and STOMP the legs! Fans rally up as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado up, reels him in, but Desperado rakes eyes to avoid the backpack! Eagles elbows Desperado, goes to run, but Desperado reels him in for a back suplex! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Both men slowly sit up, and Eagles shakes out the bad leg.

Desperado crawls over to throw a forearm, and Eagles hits back with one. Desperado forearms Eagles again, but Eagles comes back with another. The two talk trash, “Is that it, Champion?” “Yes, I’m Champion!” The forearms keep flying and both men stand up. Fans fire up as the forearms go faster, but then Desperado kicks Eagles’ bad leg! Eagles stays up and kicks Desperado’s bad leg! Desperado kicks Eagles’ bad leg, Eagles KICKS Desperado’s bad leg! Desperado KICKS Eagles’ bad leg, then drags Eagles up. Eagles KNEES out of the shin breaker! And then ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS and EN- NO! Desperado ducks enziguri to DECK Eagles!

Fans fire up as Desperado fires up and he gets Eagles in GUITA- No! Eagles fights free, cravats, but Desperado blocks the sliced bread and kicks a leg out! Desperado gets Eagles up for GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Desperado roars with frustration as Eagles survives! Fans rally up, Desperado hobbles up and gets Eagles in the double underhooks! PINCH- RANA! Eagles has a cover, TWO! Eagles wants the leg lock but Desperado boots him into a corner! Eagles hobbles back, into a SPINEBUSTER! And STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado thrashes the leg, Eagles reaches out, fans rally, and Desperado drags Eagles away for NUMERO DOS!! Eagles endures but he’s caught!

Eagles fights with one free arm, but Desperado rolls him away! But Eagles fights up to sunset flip, TWO!! Eagles trips Desperado, Desperado cradles, TWO!! Eagles school boy bridges, TWO!!! Desperado narrowly escapes, but Eagles dropkicks his leg out! Fans fire up more as both men are down! Eagles rises first and heads and aims his finger gun. Eagles gets Desperado up, cravat, but no sliced bread! ES EL CULERO! TWO!?! Eagles narrowly escapes, avoids Desperado’s dropkick, but Desperado avoids the buzzsaw! Eagles drops to a knee as his bad leg is his support leg, but he blocks Desperado’s kick! Mule kick, but still no sliced bread!

Desperado shoves Eagles at the ref, Eagles stops himself, LOCO MONO and ROUNDHOUSE! Both shots take both men down!! Fans are thunderous as the ref checks on both men. Eagles sits up first and feeds off the rally. Eagles drags himself over to ropes and fires up as he sees Desperado stirring. Eagles aims, SUPERKICK! But he’s not done there, he gets Desperado up, TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Desperado survives again and Eagles grows desperate. Eagles goes up top, fans rally up as he gets his bad leg moving, and Eagles 450 SPLASHES the leg!! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Desperado roars as he endures the pain!

Desperado drags himself over but Eagles drags him away! Desperado tries again, claws his way over, but Eagles lets go to fire off knees into the bad leg! Eagles drops back down, RON MILLER 2.0!! DESPERADO TAPS?!? EAGLES WINS!!!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Everyone is shocked to see this incredible upset! The Sniper of the Sky had a target, hit the mark, and now has the title! The first Australian to hold this title, and the 90th reign, and the 41st champion ever! Will all these numbers add up to Eagles having the most incredible first reign ever?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb w/ Great-O-Khan!

The Rainmaker may not have a title, but a 1v1 win over him is a prize in itself! The United Empire’s Hawaiian Hulk has been building momentum pinning the rest of Chaos, will he finally topple the man at the top? Or will the Tour of the Islands be called on account of rain?

The bell rings and fans rally up already for “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” Cobb and Okada stare down, circle, and tie up. Cobb powers Okada towards ropes but the ref calls for the break. Cobb lets off, fakes a punch and then aims at Okada with the hang loose. Okada shrugs that off as he and Cobb circle again. They tie up, Cobb powers Okada back to ropes but Okada turns it around. The ref calls for the break again, Okada lets off, and fakes Cobb out to pat him on the shoulders. But Cobb kicks and throws forearms! Cobb whips, Okada reverses and boots, to snapmare and run to basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Okada brings Cobb back up.

Okada turns Cobb for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Okada clamps onto Cobb with a chinlock, grinds him down, but Cobb fights up. Okada knees Cobb in the back, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Okada wrenches, whips corner to corner, runs in but Cobb dodges to RAM into Okada! Cobb hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, but Okada resists and throws forearms. Cobb hops down, but dropkicks Okada down! That’s usually an Okada move! Cobb goes out to fetch Okada, and ROCKS him with a right! Okada staggers away but Cobb brings him up to bearhug and SLAM onto the apron! Okada falls as he clutches his back, and Cobb refreshes the count.

Cobb stands on Okada to use him like a surfboard! The ref reprimands, Cobb hops off, and then Cobb goes to the ring to let the count begin. Okada is still down as the count reaches 8 of 20, but he drags himself at 12. Cobb is annoyed and he storms right up to Okada to stomp him! Cobb drags Okada up, scoops him, and KNEES him in the side! And again! And then he TOSSES Okada away! Cobb drags Okada back up, puts him in the corner, and CHOPS and LARIATS, all in one motion! And again! And again! Okada falls over, Cobb covers, TWO! Cobb is annoyed again but he drags Okada back up. Okada throws a forearm but Cobb doesn’t flinch. Cobb ROCKS Okada in return!

Okada shakes that off to come back with another forearm, but Cobb ROCKS him again! Okada comes right back to fire off forearms, only for Cobb to DECK him with one! Cobb dead lift suplexes! But Okada slips out to waistlock! Cobb elbows Okada away and runs, into a FLAPJACK! Both men are down and fans fire up. Cobb gets up but Okada follows, and Okada fires off forearms. Okada whips, Cobb reverses but Okada ducks and dodges to back elbow! Okada fires up and so do the fans! Cobb gets up, Okada whips him to a corner and runs in to back elbow. Okada kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus as fans rally up again.

Cobb slowly rises, Okada stalks behind him, but Cobb blocks the Alabama lift. Cobb CLUBS Okada, scoops him, runs, but Okada slips off! Cobb ends up in a corner, Okada runs in but Cobb boots him away! Cobb hops up, but Okada dropkicks Cobb down! The receipt has been paid! Khan checks on Cobb while Okada rests in the ring. Fans rally up, Khan fans Cobb with the United Empire towel. Okada goes out to fetch Cobb, and whip him hard into railing. And then BOOT him over the railing! Khan protests and the ref wants Okada to get back to the ring. Okada drags Cobb up to have him draped on the railing, DRAPING DDT! The Rainmaker invokes the Viper here!

A ring count starts as Okada leaves Cobb behind. Okada hobbles and comes back at 8, gets in at 10 of 20, and lets Cobb crawl around a moment before going back out. Okada gets Cobb up and into the ring and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Okada rallies fans with clap-clap-clap-stomp, and then Cobb stands. Okada Alabama lifts but Cobb is big! Cobb slips off, swings a clothesline, but into the MONEY CLIP! Cobb flails around, pries at the hold, but he starts to fade! Okada squeezes tight but Cobb RAMS Okada into a corner! Okada lets go and Cobb runs back in to CORNER CROSSBODY! Cobb lands on the apron as Okada falls over, and Cobb climbs up.

Cobb gets Okada up the ropes!? Okada resists but Cobb CLUBS him! Cobb still wants the superplex but Okada resists! Okada fires off haymakers, Cobb swings but Okada dodges to uppercut! Cobb tumbles down, fans fire up as Okada aims, Okada PLANCHAS but is caught! Cobb pops Okada up to a STALLING, RUNNING SUPLEX! Fans fire up after seeing such strength on display! Khan fans off Cobb as the ring count starts again. Cobb stirs at 5 of 20, rises at 7, Okada stirs at 8. Cobb is in at 10 of 20, Okada rises at 12, but his leg is holding him back! Okada crawls at 15, stands at 17, hobbles at 18, but gets in at 19! Fans fire up as Okada beats the count literally at the last second!

Cobb stands, gets Okada back up, scoops him and RAMS him into a corner! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Okada survives but the GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT hits! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives again as Cobb shows his reserves run deep! Khan coaches Cobb up as fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” Okada is in a corner, Cobb runs in but blocks a boot. Cobb reels Okada in for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives yet again! Khan argues the count on behalf of Cobb but Cobb gets up and hobbles over. Cobb drags Okada up, whips him to ropes, but Okada holds ropes. Okada boots back, runs in but Cobb side steps to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Cobb gets Okada up, whips, but Okada SHOTGUN DROPKICKS! Cobb staggers up and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Cobb runs but into another dropkick! The fans are thunderous as Okada roars and gets Cobb up. Okada scoops Cobb but Cobb is too big for that! Okada spins to backslide, Cobb rolls off, LARIAT! Okada holds onto the arm, drags Cobb back up and reels him in, another LARIAT! Okada fires himself up and fans are rallying as he gets Cobb up. Okada wristlocks and ripcords, but Cobb dodges! Cobb scoops Okada to a gut wrench, but Okada fights free to DIS- COBB LARIATS!! Cobb intercepts Okada’s clothesline with one of his own and both men are down again!

Fans return to the thunderous rallying as Okada and Cobb stir. Okada sits up but Cobb follows, and the two stare down. They go forehead to forehead before going forearm for forearm! Okada hits, Cobb hits, and then Cobb slaps Okada on the head. They stand, Okada forearms but Cobb forearms back. Cobb eggs Okada on so the forearms go faster and faster! Fans rally up as the shots keep coming, and Okada gets the edge. Okada EuroUppers, talks some trash, and walks into a CHOP from Cobb! Cobb BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cobb gut wrenches for the DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Okada survives and Cobb can’t believe it! Cobb gets Okada up, whips, TOUR OF THE-

NO! Okada slips out and wants to gut wrench! Cobb fights free and SUPERKICKS! Okada staggers, fires up, but runs into a HEADBUTT! Cobb whips again, TOUR OF THE- Wait, Okada slips out again! Okada wristlocks, ripcords, but Cobb ducks to ripcord for a COBB MAKE- NO! Okada Alabama lifts but Cobb sunset flips, only for Okada to sit on it! Cover, OKADA WINS!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

If you blinked, you probably missed it! Cobb himself is stunned by how Okada just snatched away that victory! Okada says that’s just the different levels they’re on. Will Okada keep reminding us of his worth and make his way back to the top of NJPW? Will Cobb remember all this and pay Okada back next time?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Dangerous Tekkers w/ Miho Abe!

Though Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Uncontrollable Charisma and Cold Skull won these titles in Sapporo just two weeks ago, Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. are back to take them away! Will LIJ pitch a perfect game in Tokyo? Or will the Sliest Wrestler and the Submission Master manage to hit it out of the park?

The introductions are made, Naito is very particular about how the belts are given to Red Shoes, and the belts are raised. Taichi calls out Sanada but Sanada calls out ZSJ and ZSJ tells him he’ll regret it. The elaborate entrance gear is put away, LIJ fist bump, and these two teams slug it out in a seventh inning stretch!

Wait, the teams are sorting out the starting line-ups. Taichi still wants Sanada, Sanada still wants ZSJ and ZSJ wants after Naito. Naito doesn’t mind, and so he and ZSJ start in a rematch from Osaka. Fans rally as the two circle and feel out the grapple. ZSJ wrenches the knuckle lock to a wristlock but Naito rolls and trips ZSJ up. ZSJ shifts to a cradle, ONE, and the two stand off. Fans cheer again as the two go again. ZSJ and Naito knuckle lock, ZSJ drops to get a leg and trip Naito up. ZSJ has a toehold but Naito fights back, so ZSJ shifts to a standing toehold. Naito rolls, trips ZSJ, and he has the toehold now. ZSJ uses his leg to pry Naito off but Naito goes after that leg!

ZSJ goes after Naito’s leg but Naito goes for a cover, but ZSJ headscissors him. Naito kicks but ZSJ pushes up for leverage. Naito bridges, turns around, pops free and rolls ZSJ up into a snapmare then chinlock. ZSJ slips out the back, Naito rolls, wrenches, but ZSJ rolls. Naito avoids the kick and the two stand off again as fans cheer. ZSJ and Naito circle, Naito bows, and then tags out to Sanada. ZSJ asks what the what but he tags out to Taichi. Taichi wants to avenge his loss in Osaka and fans rally up as Sanada shows off the dancing pecs. Taichi isn’t going to fall into that again, but Sanada goes up a corner to show off. Sanada insists Taichi take a turn, and fans seem to cheer that idea.

Taichi again refuses, having done that enough in Osaka. He and Sanada tie up, Sanada wrenches but Taichi gets ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, Sanada lets off, and Taichi applauds along with the fans. Sanada and Taichi go again, and Sanada wrenches to a hammerlock. Taichi gets to ropes again, and Sanada lets off clean. Fans cheer, Taichi and Sanada circle. They feel out the grapple but Taichi kicks low! Taichi wrenches but Sanada wrenches back! Sanada keeps Taichi from ropes this time, so Taichi rolls, trips Sanada, and CHOKES him! Not even bothering to hide it! Taichi gets Sanada up into the corner and ZSJ tags in.

ZSJ DECKS Naito, Taichi throws Sanada out, and the Tekkers go out after LIJ. ZSJ has a chinlock on Naito, but also a fish hook to the nose! Taichi whips Sanada hard into railing, ZSJ straitjacket stretches Naito and stomps him down. Taichi uses camera cables to choke Sanada! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, but Taichi lets go with only one hand. Taichi puts Sanada back in the ring for ZSJ, and ZSJ gets Sanada up to cravat. ZSJ brings Sanada over to the corner, Taichi tags back in, and Taichi swipes at Naito. ZSJ snapmares Sanada for Taichi to choke him! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets off, but then chokes him again! Red Shoes counts again and Taichi stops, to TWO HAND CHOKE!

Red Shoes counts, Taichi finally stops choking Sanada, and Taichi stands on Sanada’s neck. Sanada pushes Taichi’s foot away but Taichi gets him up to bump off buckles. Tag to ZSJ, Taichi stomps Sanada and ZSJ drags Sanada out by a leg. ZSJ leg hooks an arm, then shifts to a normal hammerlock. Sanada fights up, ZSJ spins him around and wrenches the arm, but Sanada rolls, handsprings and cartwheels to WRING ZSJ! ZSJ spins, wrenches and wrangles Sanada but Sanada kips up, wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks, hammerlocks and headlocks to a takeover! ZSJ headscissors, Sanada kips free but ZSJ headbutts low to headlock back.

Sanada powers out then dropkicks ZSJ’s legs out! Taichi runs in but Sanada kicks low and Naito runs in to RANA Taichi down! Taichi bails out, Naito chases after and brings Taichi up to CLUB him down. Fans fire up as Sanada gets ZSJ up to throw him out. Naito whips Taichi into railing, then Sanada gets ZSJ up to put the bad leg around railing. ZSJ fights back with fish hooks but Sanada wrenches the leg! Red Shoes reprimands but Sanada BOOTS the railing to jam ZSJ’s leg! ZSJ falls over, Sanada drags him up and into the ring and drags him to the LIJ corner. Naito tags in, stomps ZSJ’s bad leg, then drags him up to put the bad leg on ropes.

ZSJ fights back but Naito wrenches the leg! ZSJ tries a wristlock but Naito just pulls on the leg! Naito almost has ZSJ falling out of the ring! Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off and ZSJ falls back. Naito gets ZSJ up to kick the leg. Naito whips ZSJ corner to corner, runs in to rocket kick and sweep, and just like Osaka, he feints ZSJ out to dropkick the bad leg! Naito drags ZSJ to a cover, TWO! Naito gets ZSJ up, has the bad leg and tags in Sanada. Fans rally as Sanada hops up to drop an ax handle on the knee! Sanada stands ZSJ up, ZSJ steps over but Sanada still trips him. Sanada steps through, ZSJ boots him away, but Sanada cartwheels around the monkey flip to dropkick ZSJ’s leg out!

Sanada drags ZSJ over to ropes, and Naito helps him keep the leg on the ropes. Sanada springboards to drop down on the leg! Taichi protests but Red Shoes keeps him back. Sanada tags Naito and Naito drags ZSJ around to hook up the legs in the modified Figure Four! Sanada plays defense as ZSJ endures and fans rally up! ZSJ pries at the hold but Naito puts more pressure on. ZSJ gets the ropebreak, Naito lets off, and ZSJ crawls as fast as he can! Naito drags ZSJ up first, has the leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Red Shoes checks on ZSJ but he refuses to quit. Fans rally up as Naito taunts ZSJ and stomps the leg.

Naito gets ZSJ up again but ZSJ headlocks to block. Naito powers through and SHIN BREAKERS again! Naito keeps hold of the leg, taunts ZSJ, but ducks the enziguri. ZSJ reels Naito in to get Naito down for a NECK TWIST! Naito flounders and writhes while fans fire up. ZSJ crawls and tags in Taichi! Taichi runs in to clothesline Naito, whip him and clothesline again, then snapmare and KICK him! Sanada runs in, Taichi dodges to waistlock but Sanada switches. Taichi resists the lift to PELE! Sanada is down but Naito returns to kick and whip. Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Taichi keeps his cool.

Taichi powers up as Naito rises, and Taichi runs, but Naito blocks Ax Bomber, ducks Ax Bomber, and hits an atomic drop to NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Naito and Taichi stir, Naito tags Sanada in. Sanada gets Taichi up, throws forearms then whips him to the corner. Sanada runs in but Taichi dodges, and Sanada tumbles up and out. Sanada springboards in, Taichi dodges, but Sanada dodges the Ax Bomber to atomic drop! Taichi falls over, and Sanada gets the legs! Fans fire up as Sanada ties Taichi up in Paradise! Sanada encourages the fans to get louder, and louder, and louder. Sanada dropkicks Taichi out of Paradise!

Sanada goes to a corner, climbs up and waits for Taichi to stand. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Sanada grabs at Taichi but Taichi kicks him away. Taichi gets up but Sanada comes back, only for Taichi to choke him again! Sanada chokes back! Sanada puts Taichi in a corner, Red Shoes counts, but Taichi powers up to push Sanada back. Taichi choke grips but Sanada choke grips back! Sanada breaks Taichi’s grip but Taichi KICKS a leg! Sanada throws a forearm, Taichi KICKS a leg again! Sanada ROCKS Taichi, eggs him on, and the KICKS and forearms keep going! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster, and Sanada gets the edge! But Taichi KICKS once more!

Both men stay up and catch their breath. Sanada comes back to EuroUpper! Taichi KICKS! Fans cheer as Taichi eggs Sanada on. Sanada EuroUppers but Taichi comes back to KICK! Sanada drops to his knees and fans fire up more! Taichi dares Sanada to get up as fans rally. When he doesn’t get up, Taichi sits Sanada up, but Sanada blocks the buzzsaw! Sanada fires off forearms, spins, but Taichi ENZIGURIS! ZSJ runs in to BLAST Naito off the apron! Taichi gets Sanada up, but Sanada ranas the bomb away! ROLLING ELBOW, to TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives but Sanada keeps his focus as fans fire up.

Sanada goes up top, ROUNDING BODY- No, Taichi moves and Sanada lands on his feet! ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper Sanada down! Naito returns to CLOBBER ZSJ, then basement dropkick! Taichi back kicks Naito, Sanada dropkicks Taichi’s legs out! ZSJ gets around Sanada to spin him, WRING his arm out, but Naito dropkicks ZSJ down! Naito runs at Taichi in the corner but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Taichi runs at Sanada, Sanada dodges to dropkick Taichi! Taichi rebounds to AX BOMBER!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Fans rally up as Taichi slowly rises. Taichi fires himself up, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from the corner as Sanada rises. Sanada sobats first! Taichi fights off the Northern Lights but Sanada fireman’s carries and throws Taichi into the dragon sleeper! SKULL- NO! Taichi rolls out to ROUNDHOUSE Sanada down! Fans fire up again as both men are back down! Taichi rolls and crawls to his corner and ZSJ tags in. ZSJ hobbles around to aim from a corner, and he runs to BOOT Sanada! And he BOOTS Naito just because! ZSJ runs in but Sanada elbow shim away. Sanada Quebrada but ZSJ gets under, but Sanada dropkicks the leg out! LA MAGISTROL but ZSJ blocks! ONE, Sanada has a ghost pin, TWO! ZSJ brings Sanada around to a ghost pin, TWO!!

ZSJ and Sanada get up, ZSJ EuroUppers but Sanada gives it back! ZSJ EuroUppers again, then catches Sanda’s to a backslide, then jackknife! TWO, Sanada dodges to O’Conner Bridge, but ZSJ blocks to a double chicken wing bridge! But Sanada copies ZSJ’s pushdown for a double cover!! TWO!!! Tokyo almost had the flipside to Osaka but Sanada fireman’s carries! ZSJ fights out to get the cobra twist! Sanada endures, hip tosses free, but ZSJ bridges up, only for Sanada to DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down again as fans fire up! ZSJ calls to Taichi as he crawls over. Naito tags in first, though, and he stomps ZSJ’s bad leg.

Naito stomps ZSJ into a neutral corner but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Naito gets ZSJ up, whips, but ZSJ falls over! ZSJ clutches the bad knee but Taichi runs in. Naito kicks Taichi back out, then mockingly asks ZSJ if he’s alright. Fans rally up as ZSJ grits his teeth and stands up. Naito blocks a boot, shoves ZSJ to a corner and blocks the boot again. Naito puts ZSJ in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito gets ZSJ up to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives but Naito keeps cool. Naito gets ZSJ up but ZSJ hobbles on the bad leg. Naito forces ZSJ to stand, just to kick the bad leg! Fans rally, Naito stomps the bad leg, and ZSJ fights up to his feet.

Naito hammerlocks but ZSJ blocks Gloria by squatting. Naito kicks the bad leg, whips again, but ZSJ reverses. ZSJ catches the flying forearms into an IRON OCTOPUS! ZSJ pulls back on the arm, Naito fights free and CLUBS the bad leg. Naito kicks at the leg, uses the ropes, but ZSJ denies the tornado to PELE the arm! Taichi clotheslines Naito in the corner and ZSJ BOOTS Sanada. Taichi sets Naito up for ZSJ to run in and TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Taichi coaches ZSJ and they set Naito up. Scoop, but Naito fights out, but Taichi BLINDSIDE AX BOMBERS! ZSJ EuroUppers Naito into Taichi’s Alabama lift, but Sanada saves Naito from the combo move!

Sanada whips Taichi out of the ring but ZSJ EuroUppers Sanada. ZSJ BOOTS Sanada in a corner, hobbles and comes back to EuroUpper. ZSJ runs at Naito but he dodges, Sanada runs in to back elbow ZSJ. Sanada feeds ZSJ to Naito’s back elbow, then dropkicks ZSJ into the enziguri! BIG back suplex, rolling jackknife cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives the onslaught and fans fire up again! LIJ gets ZSJ’s legs to DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Naito wrenches the leg to the SHORT LEG SCISSOR! Taichi runs in but Sanada intercepts, to the FIGURE FOUR! LIJ has dual submissions on the Tekkers! ZSJ endures, Taichi pries at Sanada’s, but Naito thrashes ZSJ’s leg around!

ZSJ fights, scrambles, flails, crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets go fast, but Sanada keeps Taichi suffering. Red Shoes reprimands, Sanada lets Taichi go, and those two get out of the ring. Naito gets ZSJ to the LIJ corner, stomps ZSJ around, then drags him up the corner. Taichi hurries around the outside to attack! Naito rakes Taichi’s eyes! Sanada dropkicks Taichi off the apron! And PLANCHAS! Those two are down, and Naito gives ZSJ ESPERANZA!! Cover, TWO!?! ZSJ survives but Naito won’t stop there! Naito gets ZSJ up and in another corner. Naito stomps ZSJ while egging him on. Fans rally up as Naito hoists ZSJ up top.

Naito CLUBS the bad leg, climbs up top, and SUPER STEINERS, but ZSJ sunset flips it! Naito slips out but ZSJ gets him in the TRIANGLE HOLD! Naito flails, ZSJ squeezes tight, but Sanada gets back in to stomp ZSJ. ZSJ eggs Sanada on while he holds tight on Naito! Sanada keeps stomping, but Taichi gets in to drag Sanada into SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! Now Tekkers have LIJ in dual submissions! Naito fights to get up and reach around but ZSJ squeezes as tight as he can! Taichi twists and stretches Sanada, fans are thunderous, and Sanada powers out, only for Taichi to choke grip! CHOKE- NO! Sanada dropkicks Taichi away!

Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS on ZSJ!! Naito is free but Taichi Alabama lifts Sanada for BLACK MEPHISTO! Naito hits Taichi with CORRIENDOSHIKI!! Naito fires up with the fans and he gets ZSJ up! Wrench, but ZSJ scoops to hit ZACK DRIVER!! But ZSJ can’t cover from the bad leg bothering him! Fans rally up as Miho goes nuts! ZSJ stirs but realizes he’s in the wrong corner. A standing count begins on ZSJ and Naito, and is already at 5! ZSJ springs up to stop Red Shoes at 7! ZSJ drags himself over to get Naito. ZSJ gives Naito slaps, but Naito clubs the bad leg! ZSJ kicks at Naito, and kicks, and kicks. Naito gets up to stomp the bad leg again!

ZSJ dares Naito to keep going so Naito stomps it again. ZSJ kicks at Naito with the good leg, then hobbles up to egg Naito on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper! Naito throws a forearm! ZSJ throws another EuroUpper, so Naito throws another forearm. EuroUpper, forearm, repeat! ZSJ gets the edge but Naito CHOPS! ZSJ EuroUppers again but Naito kicks the bad leg! Taichi runs in to BOOT Naito! Sanada runs in to BOOT Taichi! Taichi goes to boot but Sanada blocks to EuroUpper! Taichi fires up and dodges Sanada to DANGEROUS SAIDO! Naito gets Taichi for back elbow after back elbow! Taichi hits his three point stance, to SUMO FOREARM!! Everyone is down but Taichi fires up!

Taichi shouts to ZSJ and Miho rallies the fans up again. The Tekkers coordinate from opposite ends of the ring and they get themselves up at the corners. ZSJ runs to PENALTY KICK Naito! Cover, TWO!! Taichi gets up and fires up with ZSJ. Taichi staggers up into a corner and roars as ZSJ gets Naito up. But Sanada tackles Taichi while Naito scoops ZSJ for VALENTIA! Sanada smothers Taichi while Naito gets ZSJ up! Wrench, tilt-o-whirl, DEST- NO! ZSJ drags Naito down to the EURO CLUTCH!! TEKKERS WIN!!!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Tekkers are back on top after only a couple weeks!! Taichi & ZSJ are now THREE-TIME tag team champions, and Naito is furious that he got caught! But with how quick the turnaround was from winning to losing these belts, can Naito and Sanada get another shot soon?

But wait! Yoshi-Hashi and Hirooki Goto appear! They are still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions, but are they planning on cutting in? LIJ and Tekkers don’t want Goto-Hashi to get ahead of themselves, this match just ended. What will NJPW management decide to do about Chaos wanting their shot?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!

Firstly, we here at the Chairshot wish Kota Ibushi a speedy recovery, but also know that he should make sure he is 100% before returning. However, the show must go on! The Dragon wants to be a fighting champion, and The Ace wants to fight and become champion! It’s an epic rematch from their NEVER Openweight Championship match earlier this year, which Tanahashi won! Will Takagi strike out against Tanahashi again? Or will he prove that this time, he’s ready for the Once in a Century Talent?

The introductions are made, Takagi has a new, fiercer mask, and the belt is raised as we see if Takagi can live up to that new standard!

Fans rally up, “LET’S GO ACE!” “TA-KA-GI!” as Tanahashi and Takagi circle. They approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Takagi gets a point of leverage but Tanahashi pushes back harder. Takagi gets Tanahashi on ropes but Tanahashi turns it around. Tanahashi lets off cleanly and fans cheer. Takagi and Tanahashi circle again, feel out the grapple this time, and knuckle lock for a test of strength! Tanahashi digs in his heels and powers up, but Takagi kicks low to wrench and wristlock. Tanahashi slips in to get a takedown and he ties up Takagi’s legs. Tanahashi floats to a headlock as fans rally, and Takagi fights up to pry the hold.

Takagi hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover, but Tanahashi headscissors. Takagi slips free and fans cheer the stand off. The fans rally again, “LET’S GO ACE!” “TA-KA-GI!” Takagi and Tanahashi go again, Takagi headlocks, but Tanahashi pries at the hold. Takagi holds on tight but Tanahashi throws body shots. Tanahashi whips Takagi, drop toeholds him down and gets a headlock. Takagi endures, fights up, powers up but Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds Takagi down, Takagi fights up but again Tanahashi holds tight! Takagi tries again, throws body shots and powers out, but Tanahashi rams shoulders. Takagi rebounds to run Tanahashi over!

Takagi steps on Tanahashi, drops an elbow, then another elbow. Tanahashi avoids the back senton to drop an elbow of his own! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars. Takagi gets to a corner but Tanahashi heads over. Tanahashi throws body shots, whips Takagi corner to corner, but Takagi reverses. Takagi runs in but Tanahashi elbows him away. Tanahashi jumps up to CROSSBODY, but Takagi catches him! Takagi fireman’s carries to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up as Tanahashi staggers. Takagi runs in to clothesline Tanahashi out! Fans cheer as Takagi goes out to fetch Tanahashi, and he encourages them to keep rallying, “TA-KA-GI!” “LET’S GO ACE!”

Takagi stomps Tanahashi, stands on him, but lets off to kick and stomp him at the railing! Takagi paces while Red Shoes says to get this in the ring. Takagi brings Tanahashi around to bump off the apron, and says, “Mada mada mada,” he’s not done yet. Takagi bumps Tanahashi off the apron again, then fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES off the apron! Tanahashi falls down as fans fire up. Takagi gets back in the ring, the ring count begins, and Tanahashi slowly rises. Tanahashi stands at 6 of 20, staggers over, and gets in at 10 of 20. Takagi stands on and DOUBLE STOMPS Tanahashi at the ropes!

Takagi gets Tanahashi up to whip to ropes and KNEE! Then he runs to RAM Tanahashi against ropes! Takagi gets Tanahashi with a BIG suplex, then covers, TWO! Takagi keeps Tanahashi down with a chinlock. Tanahashi endures as fans rally up. Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, and fires off fast hands! Tanahashi runs but into the elbow! YUKON LARIAT! Takagi skips his jab to throw Tanahashi off on that one. Takagi gets Tanahashi back up, SNAP SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Takagi keeps after Tanahashi with headlock, trapping an arm at the same time. Tanahashi endures, fans rally up, and Tanahashi scoots around to get the ropebreak! Takagi lets go as Red Shoes counts.

Takagi dares Tanahashi to get up. Tanahashi stands, fires off forearms, but Takagi DECKS him with one! Takagi flexes the muscles then drags Tanahashi back up. Takagi hooks the arms but Tanahashi resists the Gory Especial! Tanahashi fires elbows, but Takagi spins him to DDT him down! Takagi sits Tanahashi up to throw elbows into the shoulder, then he runs, only for Tanahashi to dodge the sliding lariat! Tanahashi dropkicks Takagi’s leg but Takagi stays up and rebounds to kick. Tanahashi blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Takagi crawls to a corner and fans rally back up. Tanahashi rises, hobbles after Takagi and fires off forearms and stomps in the corner.

Tanahashi whips corner to corner but Takagi reverses. Tanahashi comes back for FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he gets Takagi back up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Takagi, then goes to a corner to hop up. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Takagi scrambles away but Tanahashi powers up. Tanahashi runs and dropkicks Takagi’s leg out! Takagi gets to ropes but Tanahashi is after his legs. Takagi gets the ropebreak and Tanahashi abandons the cloverleaf for now. Tanahashi runs at Takagi in the corner, but Takagi dodges! Takagi runs in but Tanahashi boots. Takagi blocks that to LARIAT! But Tanahashi comes back to fire forearms!

Takagi ROCKS Tanahashi with forearm after forearm, then JABS and CHOPS on repeat! JAB, JAB, CHOP! Takagi runs corner to corner but Tanahashi follows, to SHOTGUN dropkick Takagi out of the ring! Fans fire up as Tanahashi gets back up. Tanahashi goes up top for ACES HIGH FLY FLOW!! Direct hit and down goes Takagi! Fans are thunderous now as Red Shoes checks on both of them. Tanahashi and Takagi are able to continue so a ring count begins. The count is 10 of 20 as Tanahashi stands, and he puts Takagi in at 15. Takagi gets to a corner but Tanahashi storms over to fire off forearm after forearm after forearm!

Tanahashi gives Takagi a dozen, then goes corner to corner to dropkick! Fans fire up more, and Tanahashi stands back up. Tanahashi grits his teeth as he drags Takagi up and reels him in. Takagi blocks the suplex and throws body shots! Takagi suplexes but Tanahashi resists, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi gets Takagi back up, another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then a third TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans are thunderous after that hat trick, and Tanahashi wants Takagi to rise. Takagi flounders up, Tanahashi runs, but Takagi catches slingblade into the Gory Especial, and NOSHIGAMI! Both men are down again and fans rally back up!

Takagi rises, gets Tanahashi in a wheelbarrow, for a WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEX! Takagi gets up again, sits Tanahashi up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Takagi says there’s still more to come, and he gives Tanahashi toying kicks. Tanahashi gets mad and sits up but Takagi keeps kicking. Tanahashi blocks to dropkick a leg out! Takagi comes back to fireman’s carry, but Tanahashi lands out of the gutbuster drop to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Fans are electric as Takagi gets to a corner. Tanahashi runs in, but he blocks Takagi’s boot, to DRAGON SCREW again! Tanahashi hoists Takagi up top, SUPER DRAGON SCREW!!! Takagi writhes as fans rally up!

Tanahashi gets the legs for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Takagi is caught as Tanahashi sits deep! But Takagi powers, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away and sits even deeper! Takagi powers up, Tanahashi falls over from his own legs tiring out, but Tanahashi stands back up! Tanahashi sits as deep as he can, but Takagi is right there, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi lets go! Tanahashi stomps Takagi on the apron! Tanahashi stands Takagi up, goes for the leg, but Takagi clubs at Tanahashi. Takagi gets Tanahashi’s leg in the rope, clubs and DRAGON SCREWS Tanahashi back! The Dragon’s Dragon Screw evens things up!

Takagi drags Tanahashi to the apron for an elbow breaker to the leg! Is this another form of knee breaker? And then Takagi CLUBS the leg against the apron! Tanahashi flops to the floor and Takagi hobbles about. Takagi stands on Tanahashi’s leg at the railing but he lets off as Red Shoes reprimands. Takagi wants media to move aside as he gets Tanahashi up. Takagi whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses! Takagi avoids the slingblade and he lifts Tanahashi up! Takagi has Tanahashi draped out backwards, for a TAKAGI GTR!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi but he refuses to quit now.

Another ring count begins and Takagi drags himself into the ring at 10 of 20. Tanahashi is still down, and we reach 15! Tanahashi starts to get up at 16, fans rally as he wobbles at 17, and he springs in at 19, into a SLIDING LARIAT! Takagi roars, drags Tanahashi up, pump handle to MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?! Tanahashi survives and fans are thunderous once again! Takagi gets Tanahashi up at the ropes, then runs for PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Takagi keeps focus as Tanahashi survives again. Fans clap along with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi stands. Takagi hobbles back over to Tanahashi, drags him back up, and pump handles for the rack!

Tanahashi resists with elbows to the back! Takagi POINT-BLANK PUMPING BOMBERS! And then boxing elbows! Fans fire up with every shot and Takagi gives Tanahashi a good 20 of ’em! Tanahashi fires up, but Takagi HEADBUTTS him down! Takagi drags Tanahashi back up, pump handles and torture racks, SLINGBLADE?!?! Tanahashi counters and both men are down as the fans keep the thunder rolling! Tanahashi fires up, runs, but Takagi follows to clothesline at the ropes! Takagi runs but Tanahashi gets around! Takagi breaks the full nelson, Tanahashi STRAITJACKET GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Takagi escapes but Tanahashi fires up again!

Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!!! Tanahashi knows he’s close and fans fire up with him as he climbs! Takagi stands, Tanahashi CROSSBODIES! Tanahashi fires up but Takagi grabs a leg. Tanahashi CLUBS Takagi but Takagi holds on, so Tanahashi CLUBS him more! Tanahashi is free, fans rally up and Tanahashi stands Takagi up. Shout out to Kota Ibushi with KAMI-GOYE!!!! Tanahashi goes to the top rope, for HIGH FLY FLOW!!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?!? HOW?!?!?! The Tokyo Dome is volcanic as Tanahashi rises again. Tanahashi drags Takagi up, full nelsons, but Takagi gets to the ropes! Takagi holds on, Tanahashi pulls him away, but Takagi still resists!

Tanahashi wants the straitjacket again but Takagi knows it, and pump handles to LAST OF THE DRAGON!!!! But Takagi can’t make a cover, he’s so exhausted! Fans build back up to that electric level as Takagi and Tanahashi stir. Takagi slaps himself to get back into this. He even punches himself and headbutts the mat! Takagi throws a forearm, Tanahashi gives it back. Takagi forearms, Tanahashi forearms, repeat as they stand up! Takagi staggers but comes back with another forearm. Tanahashi gets the edge but Takagi hits back. The forearms keep going back and forth, faster and faster, but Takagi gets the edge with about five. Tanahashi uses boxing elbows just like Takagi!

Takagi and Tanahashi roar, TANAHASHI HEADBUTTS!! Tanahashi was paying tribute to Shibata yesterday, was that another one?! But Takagi still gets back up! Tanahashi runs, into an elbow! JAB! YUKON- NO! DRAGON SUPLEX! But Takagi is right back up?! PUMP- NO! ANOTHER DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!?!! Takagi escapes at the last nanosecond and the fans get back to the volcanic levels! Tanahashi drags himself to the apron, to the corner, and to the top rope. Takagi rises up to join him! Tanahashi throws clubbing hands but Takagi headbutts from below! Takagi finishes climbing, but they start brawling up top!

Tanahashi gets the edge but Takagi holds on to headbutt again and again and again! And AGAIN! Takagi turns around and drags Tanahashi to a top rope fireman’s carry! Tanahashi fights, but Takagi pump handles that arm! SUPER STAY DREAM!!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW DID TANAHASHI SURVIVE!?! Is there something stronger than a volcano? Because the fans are getting to some new level! Takagi gets Tanahashi up but Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Tanahashi wants another but Takagi ducks to SHOTEI back! Both men wobble, Tanahashi SHOTEIS again! But Takagi ROLLING PUMPING BOMBERS! Both men are down and fans keep that more than volcanic level!

Takagi gets Tanahashi up, pump handle and racks, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!!! Cover, Takagi finally wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

The third-ever world champion in NJPW stays the third-ever world champion! He’s no one-and-done, he’s a Grand Slam Dragon! Red Shoes raises his hand and hands the belt to him. Tanahashi is helped out of the ring and is very emotional over this loss. Will The Ace be back to try again some day?

Takagi manages to stay standing, and he gets the mic to speak. “Tanahashi Hiroshi. You really are amazing, aren’t you? Your nickname, ‘The Ace,’ is for real. In a way, you probably won tonight. Now we are 1-1, so we have to do this again.” But that doesn’t mean Takagi is skipping Ibushi. Takagi knows it was a tough decision for Ibushi to make. Ibushi can’t wrestle right now, but he surely wanted to, and Takagi appreciates that. But Takagi is “even more certain of one thing. Until Ibushi returns, I can’t lose this title! OI, TOKYO DOME! OI!” Fans get loud as Takagi takes a breath.

Takagi admits he’s a bit bummed. It is what it is because the pandemic isn’t over. They gotta keep practicing social distancing and such. He knows the fans are dealing with it even more than the wrestlers. But don’t forget to remain vigilant and careful. The fans could’ve easily stayed home and watched the Olympics, but they all chose pro-wrestling! Takagi appreciates that choice, and bows to show his respect. Takagi is turning 39 this year, so he’s getting up there, but HIS generation will lead the pro-wrestling world! “So with this IWGP World Heavyweight Championship as my ticket… As the best in NJPW, the best in ALL of pro sports right now… This Dragon will soar to the top of the sports world!” Fans cheer Takagi’s mission, but can he become the best of the best of the BEST?

Wait, why did the lights drop down?! EVIL and Dick are on the titantron! “I wonder which of those punks won. Togo, who do you think won?” Were they not watching…? Dick wags his finger because it doesn’t matter who won. Those good-for-nothings just tarnish the value of the belt. Evil says he’s up next! The King of Darkness has spoken, but then he appears in the ring! That video was all a trick! Evil reels Takagi in for EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Dick presents Evil with the title as if he’s already won it! Evil stands over Takagi as he holds up the belt! Will Darkness Fall and Evil reign? Or can the Dragon finally get his own revenge on the one who betrayed LIJ?


My Thoughts:

What an awesome event for NJPW to top off the streak from Osaka and Nagoya! The New Japan Ranbo with cuffs was a lot of fun, and Great-O-Khan was doing so well, I almost thought he was going to win. It was hilarious that Yano just handcuffs him like it was nothing. But I could not have seen Yano losing. At the same time, there has been something building between him and Chase Owens, I would love if Yano finds a way to force Chase to put that Texas Heavyweight Championship on the line. The Junior Heavyweight Tag title match was great stuff, but I should’ve known Taguchi would go too hard on solving the mystery and lose the title match. Maybe we get a rematch where we finally see the thing in the shoe revealed.

The Junior Heavyweight Championship was another awesome match, but what a shock that Eagles won! I didn’t think he’d win here, it was his first big thing since coming back and Desperado was on such an awesome roll. But maybe that’s all the reason NJPW needed to do this. Eagles shocks Desperado and could bring this title to other companies. Eagles speaks English so that would make it easier for him to show up and start feuds in Impact or AEW as these companies start to work together. Okada VS Cobb was great, and Okada winning with just a quick pin makes me think these two meet again 1v1, maybe during the G1 Climax at a pivotal moment in their respective runs.

The Heavyweight Tag title match was also awesome, and with Tekkers getting a rematch so soon because a lot of other heavyweight division teams being busy or just out of the country should’ve made it obvious they’d win. Goto & Hashi wanting a turn is really intriguing. LIJ doesn’t want to be snubbed just for losing, maybe we get a contender’s match between these teams, winners face Tekkers at Wrestle Grand Slam MetLife in a few weeks. And then, what a masterpiece we got out of Takagi VS Tanahashi! Higher level title, higher level match, so that makes sense, but when Tanahashi hit Kami-Goye, I almost thought Tanahashi was winning!

Takagi wins, though, because as he says in his promo, he has to face Ibushi first. But Evil making a challenge, clearly NJPW is planning on using this to give Ibushi more time to recover. Evil is a great choice given LIJ hasn’t exactly gotten over him betraying them, and Takagi is definitely going to beat Evil while beating up Dick Togo at the same time.

My Score: 9.5/10


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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.

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: 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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