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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (8/10/21)

Will NXT plunge back into chaos?

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NXT Coverage 2021

William Regal presides over the Cole-O’Reilly face to face!

Before the 36th TakeOver event in NXT history, before everything comes to blows, William Regal will TRY to keep the peace between the volatile and violent Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Sarray; Kai wins.
  • LA Knight w/ Cameron Grimes VS Andre Chase; Knight wins.
  • Gigi Dolin w/ Jacy Jayne VS Amari Miller; Dolin wins.
  • NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinal: Odyssey Jones VS Trey Baxter; wins and advances to the finals.
  • Boa w/ Tian Sha VS Drake Maverick; Boa wins.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ember Moon is NOT medically cleared!

She wanted her revenge on Dakota Kai, but the medics couldn’t allow her to compete. So taking her place against Kai is…

Dakota Kai VS Sarray!

But before the match, #CapKota calls out Raquel Gonzalez! “I hope you’re watching, Mami. Because I’m about to defeat the undefeated Sarray and prove that I am no one’s sidekick. Cuz you’re looking at the next NXT Women’s Champion!” Will Cobra Kai sink her fangs into her substitute opponent? Or will she burned by the Warrior of the Sun all the same?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sarray offers a handshake but Dakota slaps it away! Fans boo but Dakota doesn’t care as she and Sarray circle. They tie up, Dakota gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock, Sarray fights the hold, wrenches back, then wristlocks. Dakota slips through to wrench and wristlock back, but Sarray rolls, kips up and wrenches! Dakota moves around but Sarray wrangles her to the mat. Sarray hammerlocks, Dakota fights up and throws Sarray down! Dakota slaps Sarray around but that only angers Sarray! Dakota whips Sarray to a corner, Sarray goes up and over and elbows! Sarray stomps Dakota and fans fire up!

Dakota turns things around to throw forearms in return! Dakota whips Sarray to ropes, Sarray reverses and springboards to arm-drag! Sarray kips up, fires up, and kicks Dakota! Sarray reels Dakota in to scoop, carry around, and SLAM her down! Sarray gets the legs, ties them up and drops down as fans fire up again! Sarray bridges back for a MUTA LOCK! Dakota endures, and pulls Sarray’s hair! Dakota drags Sarray down and out of the hold to AX KICK her on the back! Sarray gets to ropes but Dakota gets her up. Dakota bumps Sarray off buckles, digs her boot into the throat, but stops as the ref counts 4. Dakota drags Sarray to a cover, TWO!

Dakota is annoyed but she wants the fans to respect her, their future champion! Dakota clubs Sarray, drags her up but Sarray throws body shots. Dakota CLUBS Sarray down, uses one foot for a cover, ONE! Sarray kicks back but Dakota hammers her at the ropes. Dakota bends Sarray back against the ropes but the ref counts. Dakota lets off, fans chant, “YOU SUCK! WOOP WOOP!” but Dakota drags Sarray up to snapmare and KICK her! Cover, TWO! Dakota snap suplexes Sarray to a cover, but Sarray goes Matrix, only for Dakota to throw her by hair! Cover, another Matrix bridge and Sarray elbows Dakota away. Sarray runs, rolling takedown, ONE! TO THE MUTA LOCK!!

Dakota reaches as Sarray focuses on the legs! Dakota grits her teeth, claws her way around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Sarray lets go at 3 and stomps Dakota down! Sarray kicks Dakota to a corner, then stands on Dakota at the ropes! Sarray uses ropes to go up and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Dakota crawls away, Sarray is after her and gets Dakota up, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Sarray keeps the fire going while NXT goes picture in picture!

Sarray goes to a corner and climbs up top. Dakota stands, Sarray jumps and missile dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Sarray stays fired up as Dakota flounders around. Sarray rallies the fans then dares Dakota to stand. Dakota is in the corner, Sarray runs in and Dakota drop toeholds her into buckles! Dakota stomps away on Sarray then drags her up. Dakota whips Sarray to ropes, Sarray holds those ropes, but Dakota slides and trips Sarray to spin and BOOT her! Dakota then gets in to cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated and she takes it out on Sarray’s back. Dakota bends Sarray then SLAMS her head down, and repeat! Cover, TWO as Sarray bridges!

Dakota clubs Sarray to ropes, then drags her up. Dakota chokes Sarray on the ropes! The ref counts, Dakota stops at 4, and she clubs Sarray down again. Sarray gets to a corner, Dakota stands on her in return for earlier, but still lets off at 4. Sarray gets up and throws body shots and kicks, but Dakota ROCKS Sarray with a forearm! Dakota snapmares, covers, TWO! Dakota wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Sarray endures as Dakota makes it a straitjacket stretch and thrashes her about. Sarray fights up, then JAWBREAKERs free! And dropkicks Dakota down! Both women are down and fans fire up!

NXT returns to single picture as Sarray throws forearm after forearm! Dakota stays up but Sarray gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sarray aims from a corner, runs in, wheelbarrow takedown to a cover, TWO! DUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up more as Sarray paces. Sarray gets Dakota up, waistlocks again, but Dakota resists the lift! Dakota throws elbows, gets free and runs, but Sarray dodges to shove and waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota escapes but Sarray is firing up! Sarray gets Dakota up, half nelson but Dakota blocks the rest. Dakota elbows Sarray then whips her to a corner. Dakota goes side to side, BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Sarray to a cover, TWO!!

Fans rally harder for “NXT! NXT!” but Dakota drags Sarray up. She taunts Sarray but Sarray throws forearms. Dakota forearms back so Sarray hits again. The forearms fly faster and faster, turn into haymakers, and fans fire up as Sarray ROCKS Dakota! Dakota wobbles but SCORPION KICKS! Sarray flounders against ropes, Dakota runs but into a DROPKICK! Speaking of, Dakota is on the ropes and Sarray fires up! Sarray runs, SUNLIGHT DROPKICK!! But she’s not done with one, she goes again! Dakota gets out of the way to AX KICK Sarray down!! Both women are down, fans are thunderous, and Raquel Gonzalez has arrived outside!!

Fans are fired up as Sarray rolls Dakota, TWO! Dakota stands but into a wheelbarrow and victory roll! Dakota shoves Sarray away but Sarray rebounds to jackknife! TWO, and both women fire up! Sarray HEEL KICKS Dakota, then HEEL KICKS her again! But Dakota follows Sarray Around the World to BOOT her down!! Cover, Dakota wins!!!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

In the blink of an eye, Sarray loses her first NXT match, and it IS to Dakota Kai! But she isn’t done with the Warrior of the Sun! Dakota runs but HERE’S RAQUEL! Dakota runs the other way now! Raquel can’t catch her so she gets a mic to call her out! “DAKOTA KAI! You will never beat Raquel Gonzalez, and you will never have this! If you wanted a chance, all you had to do was ask. Well, chiquita, at NXT TakeOver, you’ll get your opportunity. But at TakeOver, I am going to tear. You. APART!” Former friends turned bitter enemies, will Team Kick’s captain be CRUSHED by Big Mami Cool?

 

Indi Hartwell prepares for her date!

And both Johnny and Candice can’t stand it. Candice says, “We have done everything for these kids. We bought this house so they could each have their own bedrooms.” But Johnny says they can’t have Indi running away like Austin Theory did. He’s out there, half-naked in the wilderness somewhere, they can’t have this happen. Indi loves Dexter, they’re dating now, Johnny and Candice have to make this work. Ding dong. Dexter’s arrived. Gargano gets the door and the two stare down. Johnny “invites” Lumis in, and Lumis enters.

Indi finishes up her make-up and Candice says everything looks great. But, and Candice doesn’t want to ask, but does she have any- Indi tells Candice to stop worrying. As a former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, she’s so strong she doesn’t need protection! That’s not… Sigh.

Meanwhile, Johnny and Lumis are staring down more in the living room, and Johnny asks what Lumis’ intentions are with #IndiWrestling. Not talking, huh? Well then Johnny will Lumis what’s happening tonight: Lumis will take Indi to a nice restaurant, show her a great time, and then bring her up by 10 PM. “And no funny business, okay?!” Indi walks into the room and sees the bouquet of darkened roses Lumis brought. They’re of course for her and she asks what they’re doing. Oh, wait, is it a surprise? Indi loves surprises! She takes him by the hand and they leave. Johnny and Candice reluctantly say, “Have a great time!” but then grumble behind the door.

Johnny tells Candice not to worry, he already has Indi’s phone GPS-tracked! They hurry off to their car so they can follow #InDex! But is there no way they can stop this romance now that it’s rolling?

 

Hit Row speaks.

An angry Ashante Thee Adonis says, “This all started when Legado started talking real spicy!” B-Fab says they tried to let this go, but then Legado went and jumped Top Dolla and Swerve! Dolla says it’s cuz Legado knows damn well, if they puled up face to face, their teeth would become chiclets. The second Escobar put his hands inside Swerve’s mouth to snatch his grill, he not only disrespected Swerve, he disrespected Hit Row and their culture. Swerve has the luchador mask Escobar used to cheat him once! Here’s Swerve “respecting” Escobar’s culture now. He puts it in the fire! Will this pale in comparison to the fireworks that pop off when Swerve and Escobar meet in a match?

 

Ilja Dragunov is here!

Just 12 days ahead of TakeOver 36 and his rematch for the NXT UK Championship, the Moscow Madman is here in the CWC to speak! “I’m not a man of big words. Simply because where I come from, and on the path I have been going, words didn’t mean anything. But pain has meant something. The struggle has meant something. The sheer, blind belief in fighting spirit has meant something!” So his strength is not in his mouth, but in his fists! So with his fists and everything else that he is, he will make the “unthinkable” happen.

Dragunov vows that on August 22nd, TakeOver 36, “you will witness chaos! You will witness rage! History will be made, and an unbeatable kingdom WILL fall!” Dragunov will do that by ending Walter’s reign and becoming the NEW NXT UK Champion! However, a former NXT UK Champion arrives! Pete Dunne slowly makes his way into the ring and gets himself a mic in the process. “Beofre you get ahead of yourself, you owe me a big ‘thank you.’ Because without me traveling the world with the UK Championship, putting NXT UK on the map, and carrying the entire continent of Europe on my back,” Dragunov doesn’t get his match, doesn’t get to TakeOver, and damn sure doesn’t get to stand in front of the Baddest Man in NXT.

For that matter, Dragunov should count himself lucky. If Dunne had stayed in the UK, he would’ve put Dragunov in his place a long time ago. Dragunov tells Dunne that speaking of big words, Dunne has a lot of them. Dragunov is not here because of Dunne or anyone else. He is here because he did nothing else than giving everything he has and carried his so-often destroyed body straight to the top! Dragunov will make the impossible possible when he beats Walter, not something Dunne can change, nor something he ever did! But that’s in two weeks. How about Dunne shows Dragunov that his words are as strong as his will? Dragunov wants to fight tonight!

Dunne says Dragunov must be as mental as he looks. After tonight, Dragunov won’t even make it to TakeOver! In other words, Dragunov’s challenge has been accepted! Will the Bruiserweight break Dragunov’s spirit or just his body?

 

Backstage interview with LA Knight and Cameron Grimes.

McKenzie brings up Knight ditching Grimes last week, and Knight says she can’t be serious. “Let me talk to ya. First, put some respect on his name. He is The Butler, okay? And if anybody left anybody hanging, he left me hanging.” Grimes lost, Knight kept saving him, over and over. The people were going nuts for “L A KNIGHT!” It was a madhouse! Knight gave Grimes a chance to make up for the golf course, but then he failed because Grimes is a failure! But Ted DeBiase- Don’t worry about him, Ted’s filling Grimes’ head with delusions. Just like every millennial when they were told, “You’re special~!” NO NO! Ain’t nothing special about The Butler Grimes. Grimes was always meant to be a butler.

But Grimes will find out how to win, because there is only one Million Dollar Megastar, one man who runs this! Whose game is it? Whose game is it, Grimes? It’s L A Knight’s game… That’s right, dummy! Now put the title on his shoulder. Grimes does as told, and he follows Knight out of the locker room. How much more can Grimes put up with?

 

LA Knight w/ Cameron Grimes VS Andre Chase!

NXT returns and Knight’s opponent is the former (and self-proclaimed) Number One Seed in the Breakout Tournament. Will Knight be teaching everyone a lesson in winning tonight?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Chase gets around to waistlock but Knight throws an elbow. Knight headlocks, Chase powers out but Knight runs him over. Things speed up and Chase hip tosses Knight down! Chase arm-drags Knight, only for Knight to yank him into ropes! Knight kicks and hits the BFT! Knight covers, Knight wins!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Knight did make quick work of Chase thanks to #BluntForceTrauma, but now he wants Grimes to attend to him. Grimes wipes Knight’s sweat off his brow, but now Knight wants Grimes to shine his shoes! Grimes crouches down, but here comes Ted DeBiase! Grimes is ashamed and Knight is shocked as the Million Dollar Man walks out. DeBiase blows right past Knight to get a mic. “This has gone too far. Cameron, I know you’re a man of your word. But… But I have a lot more for you. You could be doing a lot of other things.” Knight insists Grimes is destined to be a butler, but everyone tells him to shut up.

DeBiase says the one thing Grimes shouldn’t ever be is a butler. He believes in Grimes, and the people believe in Grimes! The fans chant “TO THE MOON!” and Grimes nods. Knight asks DeBiase what he wants, then insists he should go to the back, then says DeBiase better have something important to say or get punched in the mouth again! Fans boo and DeBiase glares at Knight. Grimes keeps the peace, and DeBiase tells Knight, “You need to shut your mouth.” And Grimes, you can be whatever you want to be. Just follow your heart. Be what you want to be, Grimes. And you want to be a champion, right? DeBiase thinks that if Knight puts the title up one more time-

Knight interrupts with “NO NO NO!” He’s won twice, there’s no third! Feed Grimes all the false hope you want, here’s the reality. Grimes can’t win, it’s scientifically proven. But at TakeOver 36, Knight has a deal. Grimes is Knight’s butler. But at TakeOver, they can have another match, but third time ain’t always a charm! And if Grimes somehow wins by the grace of God, then Grimes can have the title! But the bottom-line is, WHEN Knight wins for a third time, Grimes won’t be Knight’s butler, DEBIASE will be! Grimes doesn’t want DeBiase to accept this but DeBiase says he’s a gambling man. His money’s on Grimes, and he’s got a LOT of money! Challenge accepted!

The highest of stakes for the Million Dollar Man, but what else for the most lavish prize possible? Can Grimes win his freedom while securing DeBiase’s? Or will Knight be gloating all the way to the bank?

 

Gigi Dolin arranges flowers.

Or rather, starts cutting the flowers off their stems… “We are people that are just surviving. You come home every night, driving yourself insane like I do, because you’re never satisfied. Io Shirai, Ember Moon, Raquel Gonzalez, Dakota Kai, unlike you, this isn’t just our job, this isn’t a 9-to-5, this is everything to us. And it’s not just about surviving. It’s about taking notice and running through every top woman in this business. And I’m not doing it alone.” If Gigi isn’t alone, who else is fighting to do more than survive?

 

Gigi Dolin w/ Jacy Jayne VS Amari Miller!

Aha! So it’s Jacy who Gigi was referring to. They were both seen talking with Mandy Rose backstage, is this somehow related to that conversation?

The bell rings and Gigi circles with Amari. They tie up, Gigi gets an arm then throws Amari by her hair. Amari scrambles away and Gigi grins. They tie up, Amari gets around, waistlocks, hammerlocks, but Gig switches, spins and wrenches Amari to a hammerlock and snapmare! Gigi then pie faces Amari and laughs. Jacy cheers Gigi on as she and Amari go again. Amari waistlocks, Gigi elbows out hard, then Gigi runs, but into a forearm! Amari back elbows, whips and reels Gigi in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Amari scrambles after but GIgi gets away. Gigi is on the apron, she throws Amari down then YANKS the arm against the apron!

Gigi gets in, drags her by a leg, but Amari holds ropes. Gigi stomps Amari’s hand, gets her up but Amari throws shots. Gigi ROCKS Amari back, whips her to ropes and ROCKS her again! Gigi whips Amari again to ROCK her again, then back around for a wrench and cobra twist! SPINNING COBRA TWIST POWERSLAM?! Cover, Gigi wins!

Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall

Gigi said she’s not like the rest, and that was definitely not like anything anyone has ever seen! Will Gigi have any more surprises for the NXT Women’s Division?

 

NXT catches up with #InDex on their date.

They’re at Fresco Cucina Italiana and are ready to order. Indi says they will have the calamari, the mussels, the stuffed mushrooms, the chicken fingers and a large salad. After all, Lumis doesn’t (can’t?) talk. But Indi just loves chicken fingers! She’s so glad they ordered those, that’s like a classic thing, right? “All Heart to Poison Pixie. Do you have eyes on Index?” Wait, who? Did Lumis hear that? “I repeat, do you have eyes on Index? Over.” Indi looks around, but Lumis doesn’t seem to notice. Or is it he doesn’t mind? Indi storms over to a propped-up menu and snatches it away. It’s Candice! “Hey…! Wow, of all the rest-”

Johnny asks Candice on their walkie-talkies if she sees Index. Indi tells Johnny to lave her and Lumis alone, they’re on a date. Candice? No, it’s Indi! Over and OUT. Candice says they’re made, abort the plan! Indi goes back to Lumis, they hold hands, and does even Lumis smile? Is this the beginning of a true American love story?

 

William Regal, and extra security, stands by in the ring.

“In 12 days, at TakeOver 36, it will be Adam Cole VS Kyle O’Reilly III, the Undisputed Finale!” He now asks both men to join him in the ring. First out is Adam Cole, saying he IS the black ‘n’ gold brand, “always have been, always will.” Cole of course gets in his “BOOM!” and “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” before Kyle makes his entrance. Regal continues to speak, laying down the rules of the match: It will be two out of three falls, and each man chooses a stipulation for a fall apiece; if there needs to be a third fall, Regal chooses that stipulation. Regal lets Kyle go first. Kyle says the only reason he isn’t ripping Cole’s head off is because he has respect for Mr. Regal.

But Kyle has been thinking of some crazy stipulations and all the tools he could use to abuse Cole. But that loss at Great American Bash doesn’t sit well with Kyle. So for Kyle’s stipulation, it will be a straight-up singles match with pinfall or submission. Cole almost laughs at Kyle but Kyle says Cole is such a narcissist, losing that standard match will shatter Cole’s ego worse than a chair ever could. Cole says Kyle is so predictable. Of course Kyle goes with this, Kyle is delusional! Kyle continues to live in a world where he sees himself as the better competitor, when for 13 YEARS, Cole has proven time and again that he is better than Kyle at this job in every way!

And speaking of The Bash, Cole won 1v1, fair and square. But Kyle is continuing on the “win” at Stand & Deliver. Kyle knows the one, it was where Cole had him beat but the ref was down. And it was the one that doesn’t even count on their records because it was unsanctioned! Then a few weeks ago, Kyle decides to SMASH Cole’s head into steel steps, making it crystal clear what Kyle really wants. And unfortunately for Kyle, Cole wants that, too! The second fall needs to be a Street Fight! And Cole tells everyone not to even worry about Regal’s stipulation, because it ain’t going to the third! Cole will win in a 2-0 sweep, and will win the Cole VS O’Reilly saga!

Kyle asks Cole if he even understands why Kyle did that. It’s because Cole taught Kyle that. As far as Kyle’s concerned, Cole was asking for it by sharpening the blade and handing it to Kyle. Kyle knows what being human garbage has done for Cole. Kyle may be naïve to think he can be a nice, upstanding citizen while still achieving his goals, “but ain’t that just a kick in the nuts?” Kyle has his priorities straightened. He is literally willing to do anything to put Cole down for good. Kyle doesn’t care. And now that he doesn’t care, he’s the most dangerous man Cole’s ever faced.

Wow, does Kyle hear himself? How much of a MORON can he be? Of course Cole taught Kyle! He’s taught Kyle for 13 YEARS, and for 13 YEARS, Kyle has tried to follow in Cole’s footsteps! For 13 YEARS, Kyle has tried to live up to Cole’s standard, and for 13 YEARS, Kyle has ridden Cole’s coattails. Because whether Kyle wants to admit it or not, but Cole has said it over and over, “You will NEVER be Adam Cole!” Cole is the GREATEST NXT superstar of all time! No one can touch him! No one ever has, no one ever will! Kyle is just a footnote in Cole’s career! So how about Cole teaches Kyle something else, right here and now?

Cole tells Kyle that his biggest problem is that he doesn’t have a killer instinct. Kyle is soft. #CoolKyle is pathetic. Oh he’s taking his jacket off now? Big tough guy wants to hit him? He won’t because Kyle is nothing, and means nothing to Cole! They shove then brawl and security rushes in! Regal knew this would happen, so he’s already naming the third fall here! It will be… IN A STEEL CAGE!! The three stages of Hell have been set, but will either of these two survive them?!

 

Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher speak.

Old Man Ciampa says that Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan want us to fear them as the baddest men in all of NXT. But a couple weeks ago, they could’ve proven just that against him and #ToothlessTimmy. But instead, they needed help. They needed a third man. Enter Ridge Holland: young, big, blue chipper. The industry chooses people like Ridge Holland, and Pete Dunne chose Ridge Holland, too. Ciampa gets that, he does. But here is what Ridge is not: He is NOT Thatcher, he is NOT Ciampa. These are two men who have traveled the world perfecting their craft, sacrificing, passionate, because THEY chose this industry, and continue to choose it.

Hell, let’s get real! Thatcher & Ciampa DEFINE everything that is GOOD, that is JUST, that is PURE about this industry! But Ridge wants to enter this world and make a name for himself? Hell, let’s party! Ridge Holland VS Tommaso- Thatcher puts a hand on Ciampa’s shoulder and says, “Please, sir, with all due respect, Ridge Holland VS Timothy Thatcher.” Alright. Class is in session! What painful lesson will the Northern Grit learn from Professor Thatcher?

 

Imperium speaks.

“We are here to protect the purity of our sport! By any means necessary-” Wait, MSK interrupt! Payback from last time as they even pretend to be Imperium. “What is wrong with our division?” “Interrupting opponents to have a message said.” “Rude!” “Childish!” They can’t hold in their laughter any longer, and throw off the “ImperiuMSK” jackets. That’s more like it! But Imperium, all that stuff you’re spewing about MSK’s reign being meaningless is crazy! Don’t they understand that MSK is the IV drip in this division, bringing it to life?

So if they want to be next in line for a title opportunity, if they want this work, if they want to risk it, if they want this two-piece side o’ the biscuit…!! Just let them know. They’re fighting champions. MSK All Night and All Day. With the challenge thrown out, will Barthel and Aichner choose to respond with action?

 

NXT Breakout Tournament Semifinal: Odyssey Jones VS Trey Baxter!

It’s been quite the journey, but there’s just one more step before the finals! Will Odyssey’s epic continue? Or will #AllHeart be enough to see him through to the other side?

The bell rings and the two circle. They approach, Baxter gets around but Jones breaks the waistlock to throw Baxter down. Baxter grins as he sits up and Jones likes the fighting spirit. They circle but as fast as Baxter is, Jones is big and has him cornered. Back suplex but Baxter lands on his feet! Baxter tries a schoolboy but Jones stays up! Baxter shifts but the sunset flip doesn’t work any better. Jones brings Baxter up with both hands, throws him but Baxter rolls! Fans fire up as both guys enjoy this. Baxter says toro toro, but Jones says that’s child’s play! Jones eggs Baxter on so Baxter runs and forearms! Jones stays up, Baxter fires off and throws fast hands!

Baxter goes to run but Jones reels him in and back suplex TOSSES him! Fans fire up with that showing of strength, and Jones storms in at the corner. Baxter slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Jones back, then springboards, but into Jones’ hands! Jones TOSSES Baxter across the ring and fires up! Fans rally for “OD-Y-SSEY!” as he gets Baxter up. Jones gut wrenches with one arm, but Baxter sips out to a sleeper hold! Jones stays up, throws Baxter off hard, then drags Baxter up. Baxter ENZIGURIS, but Jones stays up! Baxter ENZIGURIS again and is free. Jones storms in, gets caught in the ropes, tiger feint to the leg!

Jones staggers, Baxter springboards in and dropkicks a leg out! BASEMENT DDT! HEEL KICK BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Baxter keeps moving while Jones is still down, leaps but Jones dodges! Jones SPLASHES Baxter in a corner, then swinging URENAGES! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall (advances to the Breakout Tournament finals)

Baxter’s heart was all in, but his body just wasn’t big or strong enough! Jones’ odyssey continues, will he be THE Breakout superstar?

Samantha Irvin interviews Jones at ringside, congratulating him on officially making it to the 2021 Breakout Tournament. How does he feel? “Well first thing’s first, WHAT UP, NXT UNIVERSE?!” And they have no idea how excited he is to be going to the finals and finally have his breakout moment. “Look, Mama! I made it!” After waiting a whole year in the back, will Jones finally be a star?

 

Tian Sha speaks.

Boa says, “Disobedience will NOT be tolerated.” Mei Ying blows her dragonbreath! Who will be next to burn at the hands of Tian Sha?

 

NXT returns, outside Mr. Regal’s office.

McKenzie Mitchell says Mr. Regal has big news towards next week’s episode, and then Kushida walks out through Regal’s door. Malcolm Bivens is telling Regal that he will not regret this decision. Bivens also seems to be scouting as he looks at the two towering security guards. He hands them his Diamond Mine cards, and tells McKenzie that now Regal has news for her. Bivens leaves, Regal walks out, and he thanks McKenzie for being here. He just finished signing the papers, and next week will be huge.

First, MSK VS Imperium for the NXT Tag Team Championships! Second, after Bivens’ “convincing” argument and Kushida saying he wants a challenger, it will be Kushida VS Roderick Strong for the NXT Cruiserweight Champion! That IS big news! Will much of NXT’s golden landscape change this close to TakeOver?

 

NXT shares Mandy Rose’s tweet.

“Congratulations Gigi Dolin on your victory! It sure seems like the advice is already paying off.” There’s even a winking emoji, and an @ to get Jacy Jayne in on the tweet. What is the Golden Goddess working on in the background of the black ‘n’ gold?

 

Boa w/ Tian Sha VS Drake Maverick!

Xia Li may have failed to dethrone Raquel Gonzalez, but there are more titles for Tian Sha to take in NXT. Will Boa begin his own journey to the top of the men’s division? Or can Rockstar Spud halt his progress before it begins?

The bell rings, Maverick rushes in but into kicks! Boa BOOTS Maverick down then dares him to come back. Maverick dodges his boot, kicks the other leg, then keeps kicking! Boa THROAT CHOPS! Maverick sputters and scrambles away but Boa runs in. Maverick BOOTS Boa, CHOP BLOCKS him, then runs. Boa STRAIGHT PALM STRIKES Maverick in the chest! Boa snarls and stalks Maverick. Fans rally for Maverick but Boa stomps Maverick’s hand! Boa wrenches Maverick, knuckle locks and wrenches! Boa has Maverick on his knees and he KICKS Maverick down! Boa wrenches, knuckle locks, KICKS him more, and is toying with Maverick.

Boa wrenches, lifts Maverick with one arm, then SLAMS him down! Boa stands on the arm, digs his heel in, but Maverick pushes him away. Boa drags Maverick up, lifts him again, but Maverick hops onto his shoulders! Maverick spins and RANAS Boa to a corner! Maverick runs to dropkick Boa’s legs out, then keeps going! Fake out and redirect to another dropkick! Boa bails out, Maverick goes to a corner and climbs up, to SUPER SENTON!! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up as both men writhe! Boa drags himself into the ring while Maverick shakes out his arms. Maverick drags Boa back out at 5 of 10 and SLAMS the leg on the apron!

Boa clutches his leg and the ref checks him. Maverick turns around, and GETS SMOKE IN THE EYES! Mei Ying appeared ringside and now blinds Maverick with her dragonbreath! Maverick flounders into the ring, into a ROUNDHOUSE!! Boa covers, Boa wins!

Winner: Boa, by pinfall

Boa redeems himself for past failures, with help from Tian Sha’s fearsome leader. Will he now be the face of their conquest?

 

NXT checks back in with #InDex.

Indi says Lumis is too funny! Indi feels like she could talk to Lumis all night! How was the food? She’s stuffed, but always has room for dessert. Oh, he’s got a little something. She gets it with her napkin. Here’s a cake for the two lovebirds~! Wait, that voice…? And then the waiter asks her, in a very NOT Italian accent, “You such a beautiful young lady! Why’a you date crazy man?” Johnny! Y-You mean Jonbo! Yes, he is Jonbo the wa- STOP! No, he show you- She snatches the toupee and the mustache. Well, fine! But Lumis better be paying for dinner! And y’know what? No cake for you! This is Johnny’s cake now! Indi says that’s their cake, they really did order one!

The two tug-o-war over the cake, and of course it goes FLYING into Lumi’s face! Lumis glares at Johnny through frosting and Johnny says, “See you at home!” Johnny runs away and Indi says she always has room for dessert. She wipes a piece off his face and eats it up. Then she leans in, as does Lumis, and Indi covers up the camera so we don’t see the kiss!

 

NXT looks closer at the coming war: Kross VS Joe.

The NXT Champion says, “Good evening. I have had a lot to say for a very, very long time. There are certain people who would’ve never stepped into a ring with me if they knew what my true intentions were. Everything needed to fall into the right place, at the right time. And that time and place… is now.” Kross wont’ deny that he enjoys hurting people. But someone needed to cause this suffering and chaos. And that someone was him. Regal started to doubt himself because of Kross, until SAMOA JOE returned to NXT! Joe speaks now, “Many people asked me, ‘After the injury, why’re you coming back?'”

To Joe, he isn’t returning. “‘Coming back’ is reserved for people who think they’re gone.” For Joe, it was about rebuilding. Kross says Joe is acting like Superman, here to save the day. Joe got to be enforcer, slapping around those who have big mouths. And none bigger than Kross while he’s been NXT Champion. Kross doesn’t bye that “crap.” Does anyone know the real Samoa Joe? He’s really just like Kross. Joe likes to hurt people, and nothing is wrong with that. #UnlessProvoked happened pretty quick. Comparing Kross and Joe is like saying a housefire is a hurricane. Both are dangerous, but one is just that much more.

Kross says, “Sure. But I resent the fact that he’s here pretending like he wants to change things. Samoa Joe just wants to control things.” Kross knew what Joe was all about from the first time they locked eyes: “He’s just another opportunist.” Joe is getting what he wanted, though: a second chance. Joe says it’s not even about the title. “I’m there to f*** him up.” Kross VS Joe, TakeOver 36. They each vow to put the other down, “by any means necessary.” When Joe goes out, so will the past of NXT. Because in the end, everyone pays the toll. Tick-tock. Neither man is going to back down, but they will meet face to face in next week’s go-home episode!

 

Ilja Dragunov VS Pete Dunne!

The Moscow Madman isn’t just ready for this, he was born for this! Will #UNBESIEGBAR show that even the Bruiserweight DOES NOT know violence like he knows violence? Or will Dunne break Dragunov like he does fingers: in a snap?

The bell rings and the CWC are thunderous already as these two tie up! They go around, Dunne uses a chinbar to wrangle Dragunov, then he cranks the arm. Dragunov rolls, gets up, but Dunne wrangles him again. Dunne has a grounded cording hold, Dragunov rolls through and gets up to roll, fireman’s carry takeover, then cover. ONE, Dragunov has an arm and wrenches it on the mat. The two fight up, Dunne hooks a leg to resists the snapmare, then he bends fingers! Dragunov endures, Dunne shifts to a toehold and then shoot the half. ONE, and the two stand off. Fans keep rallying as the two circle again.

Dunne and Dragunov approach, Dragunov gets a leg and trips Dunne. Dragunov digs his knee into an arm, then traps the other. Dunne headbutts from below, pulls on both ears and then drop toeholds. Dunne ties up the legs, stands on them, then drops back to pull on the deathlock! Dunne gives toying jabs then shifts to a headlock. Dragunov fights up, throws Dunne with a takeover, then shifts to grind the headlock. Fans cheer, Dunne gives quick hammer fists, but then fights up to power out. Things speed up, Dunne leaps and KNEES Dragunov down! Then he KICKS Dragunov in the back! And then another! Dragunov gets mad but Dunne SLAPS him down!

Dunne kicks Dragunov, drags him up, wrenches the arm but Dragunov breaks free. Dune ducks one but not the LEFT LARIAT! Dragunov waistlocks and drags Dunne up, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dunne lands on his feet and Dragunov actually likes that! Dunne rushes in, Dragunov goes Matrix! Then he PELES Dunne to a corner! Dragunov runs in to KNEE Dunne at the corner, then HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Dragunov goes up the corner, leaps, and KNEE DROPS Dunne in the chest! Cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this but Dragunov knows he’s tough. Dragunov goes up the corner, Dunne rushes up top to get him, and has a wristlock!

Dragunov throws body shots, then CHOPS! Dunne falls back, Dragunov leaps, but into a BIG forearm!! Dragunov flounders out of the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dunne smirks and shrugs while a ring count starts. Dunne goes out to fetch Dragunov, drag him up and around the way, and wrenches the hand and arm to hammerlock against the steps! Dunne STOMPS the arm, then jumps to DOUBLE STOMP Dragunov’s chest! Dunne leaves Dragunov behind with the count getting higher, but Dragunov gets in at 9! Dunne stomps, Dragunov kicks, so Dunne steps through to a modified deathlock! Dunne adds a bit of a toehold into it, but Dragunov endures and even shouts at Dunne. Dragunov pries at Dunne’s grip but Dunne jumps up to STOMP him down! Dunne goes after an arm again, standing on the hand.

Dunne drops knees right on the shoulder! And then bends the arm back, trapping it in his legs, then digs a knee into the shoulder. Dunne stands up to drop more knees! Dunne reaches over Dragunov to get his other arm, and he digs his elbow into Dragunov’s ribs! He even pulls Dragunov’s nose and ear before standing up to STOMP the other arm! Dragunov writhes but he can’t clutch either arm! Dunne sits Dragunov up and punches him right in the forehead! Dunne gets Dragunov up, wrenches an arm and grinds Dragunov down towards the mat. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up. Dunne digs in knuckles wherever he can, but Dragunov manages a scorpion kick!

Dunne is more annoyed than hurt, so he TWISTS the arm, and kicks Dragunov down! Dunne gives Dragunov more toying kicks but Dragunov starts to grin. Dragunov eggs Dunne on, Dunne gives more kicks but Dragunov stands up. Dunne boots, Dragunov LARIATS! Dunne stays up to ROCK Dragunov, “THIS IS AWESOME!” as Dragunov LARIATS again! Dunne ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov LARIATS Dunne, repeat! Dragunov gets the edge and CLOBBERS Dunne! Dragunov swings a big hammer fist but Dunne blocks it! Dunne has the arm between his feet and TWEAKS it! But Dragunov rebounds and LARIATS Dunne again! Dragunov keeps moving, ANOTHER LARIAT!

Dragunov is still going, but Dunne BOOTS him! Dunne shoves Dragunov to ropes, CONSTANTINE SPECIAL! Dragunov came back with the 619 clothesline and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as these two rise. Dragunov gets Dunne’s arm, wrenches and knuckle locks to then CHOP and CHOP and CHOP Dunne down! Pump handle, but Dunne gets the arm and wrenches to a double wristlock! Dragunov fights through that to cobra twist and rains down elbow after elbow! Then the Gotch lift EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!! Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Dunne and Dragunov stand again. Dragunov storms over but into a BOOT! Dunne runs in but Dragunov goes Matrix!

But Dunne KICKS an arm out! Dragunov is down, Dunne gets his fingers and bends! But Dragunov slips through and CHOPS Dunne off his feet! BACK SENTON! Waistlock, but Dunne slips through to FUJIWARA! But Dragunov rolls and stands, hooks a leg for a takedown and a rain of elbows! Dunne pulls Dragunov’s hair! And gives Dragunov knees right to the forehead! Dunne shifts over to the FUJIWARA! But Dragunov resists so Dunne floats to the other arm, FUJIWARA! Dragunov rolls, but into a TRIANGLE! He makes it a cover, ONE! Again, ONE! Dragunov shimmies out to drop an elbow, but Dunne knees him in the face at the same time!

Dunne again gets Dragunov into the TRIANGLE HOLD! And it’s on tight! Dragunov doesn’t stop, he DEAD LIFT POWERBOMBS Dunne! High stack cover, TWO!! FOREARM DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! Dunne survives that desperate shot and the fans are electric in the CWC! Both men are down but the fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” because “THIS IS AWESOME!” Dragunov waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Dunne pulls fingers again! Dragunov slips through to BACK HAND! But with the bad hand! Dunne stops both hands then BUZZSAWS! Whip, Constantine- No! The arm can’t hold Dragunov up! BUZZSAW and FOREARM!

Dunne drags Dragunov up, pump handles, but Dragunov slips through! Gotch lift, but Dunne victory rolls to an ARMBAR! Dragunov bridges to relieve pressure, but Dunne has the arm stuck! Dragunov rolls back?! Waistlock, Gotch lift, SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!?!? More like 2.7, but that’s still not 3! Dragunov goes to a corner, climbs up top, SUPER SENTON!! It just clips Dunne but Dragunov isn’t stopping here, anyway! Dragunov aims from the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG!” Walter?! The NXT UK Champion finally makes his presence known, just as Dragunov has this in his grasp. Dragunov kicks Dunne out of the ring and dares the Ring General to do this now!

But Dunne gets Dragunov in the pump handle! Dragunov fights the lift, switches and shoves Dunne into ropes, to then JUMP KICK him down! Dragunov resets, TORPEDO MO- FOREARM!! Pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall

That was definitely a bitter end to this match, as the Ring General threw Dragunov off his game. Walter gets in the ring, stares down with Dunne a moment, but then Dunne shrugs and leaves. Walter drags Dragunov back up and SLAPS him down! And then wraps on the SLEEPER! But Dragunov still has life as he arm-drags Walter away! Walter rushes to his feet, and into TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Walter underestimated Dragunov’s fighting spirit here tonight, will he do the same at TakeOver? Will there finally be a NEW NXT UK Champion?


My Thoughts:

Another great episode for NXT, and though TakeOver isn’t for two weeks, this episode felt like the go-home. For one, we got a lot of big matches set up for next week. The NXT Tag Team and NXT Cruiserweight Championships are on the line since TakeOver is bringing in the NXT UK Championship and now the Million Dollar Championship. MSK had a good payback promo on Imperium, and of course Kushida will defend against Strong. It was a clever detail that Bivens gave his card to those really big security guards. On one level, Diamond Mine should have always been recruiting, even after their members were revealed. On another, they need new members because Nick Da Prick Khan decided to throw Tyler Rust away despite him being in the Diamond Mine story.

Knight had a good promo and a fast match, DeBiase returns again and of course helps motivate Grimes into going after the Million Dollar Championship one more time. This has to be the time Grimes wins, and the next phase of NXT can have Grimes as the fun-loving, money-spending, title-defending Million Dollar Caveman headed TO~ THE~ MOON~! Hit Row has a short but strong promo segment. Swerve VS Escobar for the North American title just needs to be declared already since we know that’s happening, and then they can go all out to finally settle this score that goes back to their days fighting over the Cruiserweight title.

We got a great pseudo-Prime-Target for Kross VS Joe, and Kross’ line about NXT’s past being done hits differently when you factor in all the talk and concerns about NXT. I will worry about NXT only when/if those things come to pass. All that aside, Kross VS Joe, Sleeper VS Sleeper is still more exciting than Lashley VS Goldberg, Spear VS Spear. Kross may not be a great in-ring guy, but at least both guys are in their prime, and neither guy is resorting to intimidating a teenager. Jones VS Baxter was a really good match for how quick it went. I already sensed the Breakout Tournament becoming The Big Hoss Tournament, so Jones winning makes sense. Hayes VS Hudson could still go either way, giving us a great tournament finals either way.

It was good to see Boa get himself a win, but I hope this isn’t NXT dumping Xia Li. Yes, her heel kick legitimately knocked people out, but the first time it happened, they should’ve realized how strong her heel kick was. Then they should’ve said, “Let’s book matches where that kick never comes into play again.” At the same time, Xia Li is still recovering from rib injuries suffered during her match with Raquel Gonzalez, but Boa’s promo made me think she was out of Tian Sha completely.

Everything with #InDex and The Way was well done and very funny. I’m still betting on Mixed Tag: InDex VS The Way, and THAT is the make-or-break for both the romcom and The Way as we know it. Johnny acknowledging that Theory’s missing is also a good sign, maybe Theory comes back home after the InDex saga wraps. Ciampa and Thatcher have a good promo, and I do like that Thatcher wants to take on Ridge Holland first. Gigi Dolin had a good promo, but the transition messed up the beginning so I don’t think I got those first few words right. But Jacy Jayne at ringside for Gigi’s match, and Mandy’s tweet right after, confirms another trio is forming.

Dakota VS Sarray was a great match, just as Dakota VS Ember would have been. I almost thought Raquel was going to interfere with the match but her getting there just after Dakota wins was still a good call. Raquel has a strong promo in response, and because Dakota is so devious on top of being skilled, I really feel that match could go either way.

Cole VS Kyle III is apparently following in the footsteps of Cole VS Gargano in that is Two Outta Three Falls, or rather an unofficial Three Stages of Hell. Tonight’s Cole-O’Reilly face-off was good, but it was definitely more because of Cole than Kyle. There was one flaw, though: Cole says Kyle has no killer instinct, but this is after the Unsanctioned match and that chain-wrapped knee drop, and after Kyle gave him the brainbuster to the steps. Cole even brought that up himself, so it just seems like a weaker part of his argument.

But at the same time, Kyle choosing a singles match is a weak move from both him and the booking team. Kyle could have at least spiced it up by saying it’d be a Submission Match. And personally, I was hoping Regal would up things a bit more than a Steel Cage match. Yes, NXT Cage matches are far better than RawDown Cage matches, but there’s still that cliché of “Now they can’t escape each other!” when it’s not needed. Cole and Kyle want to settle this, it’d be weird of NXT to write it as “And now Cole turns chicken.” Last Man Standing or I Quit would’ve better escalated things on a proper scale with Cole saying “Street Fight.” Standard match becomes Street Fight, dropping the disqualifications and ring counts, then LMS/I Quit drops pinfalls and submissions and it comes down to sheer will of character.

My Score: 9/10


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

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current 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]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

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

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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