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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam MetLife Report! (9/5/21)

Will The Dragon slay the EVIL?

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NJPW MetLife Dome

Will Darkness Fall and give the King of Darkness his throne?

The Summer Struggle is finally over, but now we’re in the final innings! Will Shingo Takagi still reign atop NJPW? Or will EVIL strike him out?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan; Cobb & Khan win.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado & Kanemaru win and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Dangerous Tekkers win and retain the titles.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Robbie Eagles VS Hiromu Takahashi; Eagles wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Takagi wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan!

The Rainmaker finally fell to the Hawaiian Hulk, but that was just the first trilogy! Will the Stone Pitbull help Okada get back up and turn things around? Or will the United Empire win as a united duo against Chaos?

Cobb is of course very smug while the teams sort out. Okada dares him to step up, but The Dominator starts instead. In that case, Ishii starts for Chaos, and fans rally with the bell! Khan and Ishii circle, feel out the grapple, and tie up shoulder to shoulder. Khan shoots in but Ishii blocks, only to be put against the ropes. The ref calls for the break, Khan lets off with a pat on the shoulder and a smack to the head. Ishii storms after Khan but Khan kicks low then MONGOLIAN- No, Ishii dodges the chops and blocks the iron claw! Ishii wrenches, Khan rolls, drop toeholds and has a leglock! Ishii stays up with his hands to get Khan in a leglock of his own!

Khan rolls, Ishii holds on, but Khan kicks his way free. Fans cheer that technical exchange as the two reset. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Ishii powers Khan to the Chaos corner, and Okada tags in. Okada runs and DECKS Cobb while Ishii fires off on Khan! Chaos brings this outside, Okada whips Cobb hard into railing! Fans cheer while Ishii does the same to Khan, and then Okada whips again. Cobb reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplex Okada down! Fans fire up as Cobb hobbles over and stomps Okada. Khan deals with Ishii on his head, and the United Empire regroups as fans rally up for Okada. Cobb stands Okada up to RAM him into the apron!

Cobb puts Okada in the ring for Khan and Khan uses a knee to cover. TWO, but Khan keeps cool. Okada sits up but Khan is right on him. Okada throws forearm after forearm but Khan knees low! MONGOLIAN CHOP! And another! Okada falls, Khan takes aim, Mongolian THRUST! Cover, TWO! Okada stays in this but Khan is just softening him up. Tag to Cobb, the United Empire mugs Okada with a headbutt to the ribs! Cobb CLUBS Okada but Okada just gets mad. Okada throws a forearm, Cobb eggs him on. Okada keeps throwing forearms, Cobb keeps egging Okada on, then Cobb headbutts Okada again! Okada goes to a corner, Cobb gets him up to whip and scoop!

Okada slips out of the Tour to get the arm! Cobb resists the Money Clip, Ishii sees Khan running around the way and gets him first! Cobb RAMS Okada into a corner and is free of the armlock. Cobb runs in but Okada pops him up! Alabama lift to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both men are down in the ring, then rally up as Okada rises. Okada tags in Ishii, he runs and RAMS shoulders Cobb! Cobb rams back, they go again, then Ishii whips Cobb to a corner. Ishii runs in to clothesline, but Khan CLUBS Ishii from behind! Ishii whips Khan into Cobb! Ishii runs in, Khan gets away so only Cobb takes the clothesline! Khan runs the ropes but Ishii CLOBBERS him!

Cobb whips Ishii to the corner, but Ishii rebounds off buckles to run Cobb over! Fans fire up as Ishii growls and watches Cobb. Cobb stands, Ishii brings him around and suplexes, but Cobb is too big for that! Cobb tries to suplex Ishii but he fights that, too. Ishii and Cobb fight over suplex control, but Cobb wrenches to clinch. Ishii fights out of the belly2belly but then catches Cobb’s clothesline to spin him around! Ishii manages a suplex! Fans fire up as Cobb stands right back up! Ishii dodges the superkick but runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But then Ishii stands right back up! Ishii dodges the superkick again to ROCK Cobb with a forearm! Ishii runs but into a dropkick!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Cobb crawls for the Empire corner and tags in Khan! Khan stomps around and drags Ishii up. Khan whips Ishii to a corner and then clotheslines him in the back! Khan hoists Ishii up top backwards, and MONGOLIAN CHOPS Ishii into the Tree of Woe! Okada protests as Khan digs his boots into Ishii’s chin, but then Khan runs corner to corner from the three point stance for a SLIDING BOOT! Fans cheer that athleticism and Khan lets the ref figure out the Tree of Woe. Ishii is freed but Khan is right on him with a cover. TWO, but Khan simply drags Ishii up to gut wrench dead lift! GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Khan DECKS Okada just because, then Cobb gets in. The United Empire drags Ishii up, double whip him to a corner, then Khan whips Cobb in for a LEAPING- Ishii dodges so Cobb hits buckles! Ishii runs at Khan, Okada runs in at Cobb, simultaneous corner clothesline and back elbow from Chaos! Okada kicks Cobb but Cobb wrenches to avoid the DDT! Okada throws forearms on Cobb but Cobb ROCKS Okada with one! Cobb runs, but into Okada’s FLAPJACK! Khan runs in, but is sent into Ishii’s forearm! Okada boots Khan into Ishii’s BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ishii keeps cool as he drags Khan up by his ponytail and Okada goes after Cobb on the outside.

Khan forearms Ishii back, then forearms again. Ishii hits back, they brawl while Cobb RAMS Okada into railing. The brawling speeds up and the fans rally with every hit! Ishii gets the edge, and he ROCKS Khan into a corner. Ishii whips, Khan reverses and Cobb returns! Ishii hits buckles then Cobb hits the back elbow! Khan runs in to clothesline, then he brings Ishii around, SUPERKICK BOOT SANDWICH! Cobb reels Ishii in to suplex, Khan adds a BOOT to the SLAM! Cover, Okada breaks it! Cobb CLUBS Okada, Okada ROCKS Cobb back! Okada CLUBS Cobb, Khan CLUBS Okada. Khan whips Okada, Okada reverses but Cobb catches Okada out of the air during his dropkick!

Okada fights free of Cobb’s grip but then Khan CLUBS Okada on the back. Khan runs, but into a proper Okada dropkick! Fans fire up but Cobb fires off forearms and CHOPS on Okada! Cobb runs, but into a dropkick from Okada! Okada and Ishii fire up with the fans, and Okada clears Cobb out while Ishii aims at Khan. Ishii runs but Khan blocks lariat to the STANDING CROSSFACE! And then the IRON CLAW! Khan lifts Ishii but he slips out of the Eliminator to reel Khan in. Khan suplexes first but Ishii fights that off and wrenches an arm! Ishii blocks Khan’s boot but Khan ROCKS Ishii with a forearm! Ishii HEADBUTTS to intercept the Mongolian Chop!

Khan roars and BOOTS Ishii after all! Ishii roars and swings, but into a SLEEPER IRON CLAW! ELIMINATOR!! Khan covers, Cobb keeps Okada out, The United Empire wins!!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

The Dominator takes down the Stone Pitbull while Cobb keeps the Rainmaker from being a difference maker! Is the United Empire going to rise as Chaos falls?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

Bullet Club’s Cutest Tag Team (their name for themselves, at least) aren’t happy they lost the Super Junior Tag League, but they’ll gladly take down Suzuki-Gun’s duo on the big stage! Will the Headbanger, the Bone Soldier Reborn, and whatever is or isn’t in ELP’s boot, stop the Rogue Luchador and Heel Master from getting these titles again?

The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and after Bullet Club puts away all their cool entrance gear away, we see if the 2021 SJTL winners can become champions!

Suzuki-Gun doesn’t wait for Bullet Club to Low Sweet and sort out, they attack right away! ELP & Taiji hit back and the bell rings as the four brawl! Bullet Club gets the edge, ELP DECKS Kanemaru while Taiji throws Desperado out. ELP CHOPS Kanemaru, throws him out now, and Taiji sets Suzuki-Gun up. ELP climbs as fans fire up, then walks the tightrope, but doesn’t moonsault! ELP thinks he’s being so clever, but Suzuki-Gun mugs Taiji! Kanemaru gets in and sneaks up behind ELP to kick him low! Kanemaru CLUBS and whips ELP, ELP goes up and over and baits Kanemaru in to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! ELP rolls and LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer but ELP gets annoyed as he drags Kanemaru up. Half straitjacket and torture rack, but Kanemaru lands on his feet out of the toss! Kanemaru rakes ELP’s eyes and has him in a corner. Kanemaru whips ELP corner to corner, runs in but into a back elbow. ELP runs but into Kanemaru’s low dropkick! ELP manages to handstand out of his leg getting hit! But then he has to stand on his feet again and his knee bothers him. Kanemaru runs to dropkick the leg out again, and this time ELP falls on his face! Desperado DECKS Taiji on the outside, Kanemaru gets ELP’s bad leg and SMASHES it into the mat. Tag to Desperado, he stomps the bad leg, but ELP CHOPS back!

Desperado digs his boot into ELP’s leg even harder now! Kanemaru returns to add on and the ref counts. Suzuki-Gun lets off, and ELP clutches both leg and face. Desperado drops a knee into ELP’s leg, then ties up the legs in a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! ELP tries to grab at Desperado’s mask but Desperado knuckle locks the hand and adds to the pressure of the leglock! ELP flails and reaches and gets the ropebreak! The ref wants Desperado to undo the hold and he lets off on the pressure, but ELP CHOPS him again! But then Desperado just adds pressure again! ELP grabs the ropes and the ref calls for the break again! Desperado lets the hold go to “oops!” and drop a knee on the leg.

Tag to Kanemaru, he kicks Taiji off the corner before ELP can tag out. Kanemaru then stomps the bad leg, drags ELP away to the far side, and puts the leg on the rope. Desperado holds it in place for Kanemaru to DROP down on it! ELP hobbles up but Kanemaru kicks him down at the corner. Kanemaru whips ELP hard into the Suzuki-Gun corner, then Desperado drags him down. Kanemaru argues with the ref so that Desperado can SLAM ELP’s leg into the post! ELP flops out, Desperado kicks him around, and ELP goes into the ring. Kanemaru gets ELP for a HALF BOSTON CRAB! ELP endures, reaches out and gets another ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at the count of 4!

Desperado tags in, Kanemaru stomps ELP more, and Desperado adds on. The ref reprimands but Suzuki-Gun splits the wishbone! Cover, ROPEBREAK! ELP saves himself again but Desperado keeps on him. Desperado goes to suplex but ELP RAMS him into the Bullet Club corner! Taiji is back and he tags in as ELP RAMS his shoulder into Desperado more! Bullet Club mugs Desperado in the corner, and ELP adds on more forearms. Taiji brings Desperado up and whips him to ropes, but Desperado reverses, only for Taiji to arm-drag and arm WRINGER! Taiji elbows Kanemaru down then goes back to Desperado to stomp him.

Fans rally as Taiji hammerlocks Desperado’s bad arm and brings him up. Taiji RAMS Desperado into buckles, shoulder first! Taiji drags Desperado back up, ELP tags in, and ELP climbs up as Taiji holds onto Desperado. Fans fire up and ELP plays it up with a drum roll, before the jump and CLAW! Taiji keeps Kanemaru down while ELP JAMS his elbow into Desperado’s face. ELP brings Desperado up, tags Taiji back in, and yes, Taiji climbs up top. Taiji plays it up before he leaps to CLAW Desperado! ELP has Desperado on the ropes as he CLAWS Desperado in the chest now! The ref reprimands but Taiji brings Desperado around to put in a Tree of Woe.

Taiji knows down Kanemaru again before he runs corner to corner to SLIDING BOOT! Desperado is stuck in the Tree, ELP tags in and Bullet Club goes to the opposite corner. Taiji runs in again for another SLIDING BOOT! ELP fires up, he and Taiji take aim, and they both run corner to corner, to jump up and dig their boots into Desperado’s groin! The ref reprimands but Kanemaru makes the save! Only to get mugged, and for ELP to CLAW his back! Bullet Club hoists Kanemaru up for a DOUBLE Tree of Woe! And a DOUBLE standing on the groins! The ref reprimands but fans cheer the creativity. ELP drags Kanemaru out of the Tree to throw him out of the ring.

Tag to Taiji and Bullet Club gets Desperado up. Desperado fights back but still gets mugged. Bullet Club double whips, but Desperado holds ropes. Taiji runs in, is put on the apron, and then Desperado sends ELP into Taiji! Taiji falls, ELP staggers, Desperado gives ELP a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Kanemaru calls to Desperado from the corner! Desperado gets up, but Taiji denies the tag by tripping Kanemaru up! ELP drags Desperado away to the Bullet Club corner and Taiji tags in. ELP slowly CLAWS Desperado’s back, and Taiji lines up his shot. Taiji runs in, blocks Desperado’s boots and puts him in the ropes!

Taiji runs side to side, SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Taiji drags Desperado up and around to hammerlock and then elbow away on the shoulder! Taiji stands Desperado up, gets Desperado up for a SHOULDER BREAKER, then covers! TWO, and Desperado survives, but is still writhing and shouting. Taiji gets Desperado up but Desperado blocks the gut wrench. Taiji CLUBS away on Desperado, whips him to ropes, but Desperado reverses. Taiji handsprings, Desperado catches him but Taiji fights free. Desperado reels Taiji back in for a BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and Kanemaru is back on the corner! Desperado rolls and tags Kanemaru in!

Kanemaru DECKS ELP, drags Taiji up to whip, but Taiji reverses and ELP gets a cheap shot in! The Bullet Club double whips Kanemaru to a corner but Kanemaru BOOTS Taiji and dodges ELP! Kanemaru CLAWS ELP and throws him out! Kanemaru whips Taiji to the corner, Taiji Tiger Feints, goes in and out and around to shoulder Kanemaru! Taiji springboards, Kanemaru gets under to mule kick, then Kanemaru runs. Kanemaru ducks, dodges and tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! Both men are down but fans fire back up. Kanemaru crawls to a cover, TWO! Taiji is still in this but Kanemaru drags him up to reel him in.

Kanemaru scoops, gets the dragon sleeper, but Taiji spins around! Kanemaru blocks the suplex to try his own, but now we have a battle for suplex control. Taiji throws body shots, Kanemaru still blocks, but Taiji gut wrenches instead! CIPHER- NO! Kanemaru sits on Utaki to make it a cover, TWO!! Taiji narrowly escapes and Kanemaru argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Kanemaru runs at Taiji in the corner, but into a boot! He tries again but Taiji ax kicks him now! Kanemaru tries a third time but he runs into a BUCKLE SHOT! ELP calls to Taiji, Taiji rolls that way and tags ELP in!

ELP hobbles to Kanemaru, whips him to a corner, then sends Taiji in for DOUBLE KNEES! Taiji climbs up, ELP gives him a boost with the Electric Chair, for the TOSS CODE BREAKER! Taiji holds Kanemaru in place as ELP climbs up, ELP SUPER BACK SENTONS Kanemaru down! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru survives and Bullet Club grows frustrated but the fans fire back up. ELP reels Kanemaru in, hooks up the arms, but Kanemaru back drops free! Taiji goes after Desperado as ELP sunset flips! Kanemaru rolls through and gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Desperado RAMS Taiji into railing while ELP endures the leglock! Kanemaru even adds an ankle lock to it!

ELP reaches for ropes, Kanemaru flails to add leverage, and then he goes after the boot itself! Kanemaru wants to expose the secret just like anyone else! ELP gets the ropebreak but Kanemaru takes his time letting off on the hold. Tag to Desperado, they drag ELP up and Kanemaru gives him a SHINBREAKER! Desperado adds a CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! But Desperado puts the leg in a STRETCH MUFFLER! Taiji runs in, gets caught by Kanemaru, CAMEL CLUTCH! Dual submissions are torturing the Bullet Club! ELP gets around to get the ROPEBREAK! Taiji is let free but Desperado adds more damage to the leg. Desperado stands ELP up but ELP fights off the combo move!

ELP switches with Desperado and shoves him at Kanemaru! Then ELP rolls Desperado up, with tights! TWO, and ELP hurries to fire forearms! Desperado hits back, they brawl now with forearms back and forth and the fans rally up. Desperado kicks the leg, throws more forearms but ELP stomps Desperado’s foot! Is the boot weighted after all?! ELP boots Mono Loco too to then mule kick! ELP hooks up the arms to steal PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer but Taiji shoves Kanemaru into railing! Bullet Club regroups and drags Desperado back up. Taiji gut wrenches for CIPHER UTAKI! ELP is up top, THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, Kanemaru BOOTS ELP down!

Kanemaru CLUBS Taiji, stomps ELP, repeat! Taiji BOOTS Kanemaru in return! Taiji takes aim as Kanemaru bails out, TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Taiji tells ELP to finish this and ELP aims from the corner! ELP undoes the laces on his shoe? ELP wants to use the totally weighted shoe but his leg is bothering him too much, so he takes a swing! Taiji distracts the ref but Desperado dodges the shoe shot! MONO LOCO!! Down goes ELP, and Desperado picks up the shoe! Taiji shoves the ref into Desperado! They’re working to cover up the secret! Taiji grabs the shoe, but Desperado hasn’t let it go! Fans rally up as they have a tug-o-war over ELP’s shoe!

Kanemaru runs in and has his whiskey bottle! Low kick and BOTTLE SHOT! Desperado has ELP’s shoe and puts it on like a glove! ELP WEIGHTED BOOT MONO LOCO!!! ELP is down again, but that might’ve been double-edged for Desperado’s fist! Kanemaru stays fired up and gets the ref up. Desperado reels ELP in, hooks up the arms, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover a la the Deadman, SUZUKI-GUN WINS!!

Winners: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

What a powerful victory in the MetLife Dome! Desperado still clutches his fingers, just what IS in ELP’s boot? But at least they have the gold! Will this newest reign be worth all the pain?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Tag: The Dangerous Tekkers VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!

NJPW is putting Strong Style convention aside a moment to see which duo is truly the best! The odds are not in favor of Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr., but can they still overcome them to keep Chaos and Los Ingobernables de Japon without these belts? Or is two teams one too many even for them to #JustTapOut?

Three sets of introductions are made, the Tekkers show off their merchandise and the tag titles are raised. Taichi and Sanada already have a quick showdown of dancing pecs as the teams sort out. In this kind of Triple Threat, only two teams are active at a time, so the challengers are already arguing about who starts against the champions. Fans rally up as things get tense, and of course the Tekkers welcome the challengers to start with each other. Goto-Hashi gets pissed and they literally kick LIJ out! Then they go after the Tekkers to show they’re getting the first turn! The bell rings and now we start this three way dance!

Hashi throws hands on ZSJ while Goto puts Taichi in a corner. ZSJ hits back with EuroUppers while Goto whips Taichi corner to corner. Goto runs in but Taichi dodges. ZSJ runs in but Goto dodges. Hashi runs in but ZSJ dodges! Goto dodges Taichi, ZSJ dodges Hashi, and back again! The teams stand off, and then LIJ returns to attack them all! Sanada and Naito throw out Goto and Hashi and then Sanada eggs ZSJ on. ZSJ runs in but Sanada dumps him out, then LIJ goes after Taichi. They double whip Taichi to ropes, then double HIP TOSS! Then camel clutch and basement dropkick! ZSJ returns, he gets a drop toehold to basement dropkick!

Goto-Hashi return and Goto throws Naito out while Hashi is after Sanada! Goto-Hashi whip Sanada to ropes, double shoulder him down, then coordinate for the hip toss senton! Naito returns but he gets hit first. Goto-Hashi drum away on Naito’s back! Sanada rushes in but he gets drumming, too! Fans fire up with Goto-Hashi but Taichi runs in. Goto kicks and whips him to a corner but ZSJ returns! Taichi dodges and ZSJ uppercuts Goto while Taichi BOOTS Hashi! ZSJ sets up both Goto-Hashi for Taichi’s DOUBLE AX BOMBER! Fans fire up as Tekkers regroup and Taichi stays the legal man. Taichi drags Goto up and snapmares him to KICK him in the back!

Goto seethes, but Taichi CHOKES him! The ref sees that and counts. Taichi lets off and argues that’s not a choke. THIS is a choke! The ref counts again, Taichi stops again and then TWO HAND CHOKES! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and Taichi gets in the ref’s face. Taichi goes back to Goto and kicks him around. Taichi smirks as he toys with Goto, and Naito calls to Goto to tag him. Goto CHOPS away on Taichi, but Taichi choke grips! Goto choke grips back, they’re both choking each other! Hashi jumps in and he helps Goto choke Taichi! The ref reprimands them all, so Naito joins in! THREE people are choking Taichi! Sanada hops in, finds a spot, and is now the FOURTH!

The ref reprimands all of them for all this chocking, but ZSJ runs in! Taichi is tossed aside and ZSJ gets mugged by all the challengers! They get ZSJ down and stomp away on him! ZSJ bails out, and so that leaves Goto-Hashi and LIJ staring down. LIJ offers the fist bump, and fans cheer as Chaos considers it. Nope! Goto-Hashi just attack and throw LIJ out again! Goto goes back to Taichi and drags him up from the ropes. Goto CLUBS Taichi to the Chaos corner, digs his boots in, then lets off as the ref counts. Goto stomps Taichi more, drags him back up and bumps him off buckles to then stomp and club him from behind! The ref counts and Goto lets off to tag Hashi.

Hashi stomps Taichi now, drags him back up and CLUBS him on the back. Fans rally as Hashi hangs Taichi out to dry. Goto keeps Taichi stuck on the top rope as Hashi runs, and Hashi dropkicks Taichi down! Cover, TWO! Hashi drags Taichi back up, snapmares him down and clamps on a chinlock. Taichi endures the knee in his back and the stretch in his neck. Sanada goes after Hashi and throws him to the LIJ corner so Naito can tag in! Naito stalks Taichi to ropes and keeps him from ZSJ. Naito whips Taichi to ropes and elbows him down, then runs to basement dropkick! Naito grabs at Taichi but Taichi kicks from below! Naito drops an elbow and then clamps on a headlock!

Taichi pulls Naito’s hair but the ref reprimands. Taichi tries digging at Naito’s eyes so Naito digs at Taichi’s nose! The ref reprimands, Naito shifts to get the Pluma Blanca! Taichi endures the leg hook full nelson and fans rally up. Taichi moves around, Naito sees Goto coming but can’t let go before Goto stomps him down! Goto stomps Taichi, too, then bails out. Naito keeps Taichi from Goto and then tags in Sanada. LIJ mugs Taichi while staring Goto-Hashi down. Sanada brings Taichi up, blocks a kick and trips Taichi to put him in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. ZSJ is helpless as Sanada dropkicks Taichi out of Paradise! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Sanada brings Taichi up again. Sanada facelocks but Taichi powers him to a corner! It’s the Chaos corner and Goto tags in! Goto fires off on Taichi and Sanada with stomps! Goto brings Taichi around, snapmares and digs his knee in with the chinlock. Taichi grabs at Goto’s hair now, the ref reprimands, so Taichi throws hands from below. Goto jams his elbow into Taichi’s forehead, then goes to DECK ZSJ! Taichi gets up and throws Goto down by his hair! Taichi looks for ZSJ but he isn’t in the corner anymore! Naito offers a tag but Taichi refuses, and Goto BOOTS Naito down anyway! Goto brings Taichi around and whips him into a corner. MURAMASA!

Taichi staggers, Goto whips again but Taichi reverses to HOOK KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up as ZSJ is back on the corner! Taichi heads over, hot tag to ZSJ! ZSJ goes after Goto with EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, Goto follows but ZSJ spins him to snapmare and NECK TWIST! Hashi gets in, ZSJ blocks the chop to hammerlock and ARM TWIST! ZSJ runs at LIJ’s corner but they drop down to avoid the boot. ZSJ goes after Goto and boots, but Goto blocks it! Goto spins ZSJ, waistlocks but ZSJ switches. Goto switches back, ZSJ victory rolls to trip him up to the EURO CLUTCH! Cover, Naito and Sanada break it!

Naito stomps Goto, Sanada stomps ZSJ and fans fire up. LIJ whips ZSJ corner to corner, ZSJ stops himself, and then dodges Sanada to sweep the legs on Naito for a NECK TWIST! Sanada runs in, ZSJ spins him around and WRINGS out the arm! ZSJ runs and EuroUppers Goto! Goto roars, deflects ZSJ’s boot and DISCUS LARIATS! Everyone is down and fans fire up again! ZSJ crawls away while Goto catches his breath. Goto runs in to MURA- NO! ZSJ blocks the wheel kick to an STF! Taichi plays defense, he gets Hashi for SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! Tekkers have dual submissions on Goto-Hashi and fans are thunderous!

ZSJ steps through with a leg to have a Fujiwara and headscissor combo! Naito gets in to stomp away on ZSJ! Sanada joins in, then LIJ CLUBS Taichi down! Taichi chokes Sanada, ZSJ headbutts Naito low! LIJ is thrown back out and the Tekkers focus on Goto. ZSJ EuroUppers Goto for Taichi to BUZZSAW! Taichi wants more, so OFF COME THE PANTS! ZSJ gets Goto up as Taichi powers up, but Hashi runs in to clothesline Taichi down! Goto slips out of the suplex and waistlocks but ZSJ resists the lift! ZSJ elbows at Goto but Goto holds on tight! Goto powers up to SLAM ZSJ down! Goto gets ZSJ back up, Hashi joins in, FIERCE HEADHUNTER!! Cover, TWO!!

ZSJ survives the blockbuster leg sweep combo, but Goto drags ZSJ up but ZSJ kicks Hashi away to deny the next combo move! ZSJ RAMS Goto into a corner, but Naito tags in! Naito throws hands on Goto then Naito throws Goto out. Naito whips ZSJ corner to corner to rocket kick and leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito hammerlocks and hooks ZSJ. ZSJ resists, switches, but Naito arm-drags him away! Naito still ends up in a corner and ZSJ runs in. Naito dodges, Sanada returns and back elbows! Feed to more elbows then a dropkick! Atomic drop to back suplex! Jackknife cover, Goto breaks it in time!

Sanada throws Goto out, Naito gets ZSJ up and puts him on the top rope. Naito climbs up the corner to SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up and Naito aims from the corner. ZSJ slowly flounders up, Naito runs in, but Taichi BOOTS him first! Hashi runs in to tackle Taichi! Hashi drags Naito but Sanada dropkicks Hashi down! Goto LARIATS Sanada! Taichi AX BOMBERS Goto! Naito spins Taichi around for a NECKBREAKER! ZSJ CLOBBERS Naito with a EuroUpper! Fans fire up again as all six men are down! Hashi, Goto and Sanada flop to the outside, but Hashi gets back on the apron. Hashi sneaks over to the Chaos corner while Naito returns to the LIJ corner.

Naito stands, Hashi tags in off ZSJ! Hashi runs and CHOPS Naito! Then whips to CHOP and mule kick, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito survives but Hashi keeps his cool. Hashi drags Naito up, reels him in, and gets Naito up for- A RANA! Naito counters the bomb but Hashi comes back with a spin back kick! Hashi reels Naito back in, for a RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Goto DECKS Sanada, but the Tekkers attack Goto! They double whip but he DOUBLE LARIATS them down! Fans are fired up again as Goto-Hashi sets Naito up, but Naito kicks free! Goto suplexes, Naito slips out, but Hashi SUPERKICKS! They get Naito up, G Y W!! Cover, ZSJ breaks it in time!!

Goto stomps ZSJ, puts him in a corner and then whips him corner to corner. Goto runs in, ZSJ dodges to EuroUpper Hashi! Goto comes back to DECK ZSJ! Taichi runs in, Goto fireman’s carries for USHIGOROSHI! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Goto down, but Hashi SUPERKICKS ZSJ! Again, everyone is down and the fans are thunderous! Sanada reaches out for Naito and Naito crawls that way, tag to Cold Skull! He O’Conner Rolls and sits deep on it! TWO, Hashi runs into a back elbow! Sanada Quebrada but Hashi gets under, only for Sanada to RANA! Hashi bails out, Sanada takes aim, PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up behind Sanada!

Sanada drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring. Sanada drags Hashi up, fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free. Hashi waistlocks, Sanada throws elbows and then rams him into a corner. Sanada whips corner to corner but Hashi reverses. Sanada goes up, out and springboards in, but Hashi gets under and Goto gets Sanada for a fireman’s carry! SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! Goto DECKS Taichi, he shouts to Hashi to finish this as he PLANCHAS out to hit both Tekkers! Hashi wants Sanada to stand and Sanada rises. Hashi runs but into a boot! Hashi still CHOPS, then SUPERKICKS! BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO!!

Fans stay fired up as Hashi gets Sanada up for a full nelson, then spin. Sanada slips out of the slam to dragon sleeper! Hashi arm-drags free, and LARIATS Sanada down! Cover, TWO! Hashi fires up and stands Sanada back up, half nelson and spin but again Sanada counters. Shove to Naito’s ENZIGURI, then Sanada fireman’s carries for a TKO!! Cover, Goto breaks it! Goto fires off on Sanada, Naito kicks him and throws him out! Fans rally as Naito and Sanada regroup. LIJ drags Hashi up, but they have to watch for the Tekkers and Goto. Naito lets Sanada go solo as Sanada hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Sanada keeps cool.

ZSJ returns and he attacks Naito! EuroUppers in the corner but Naito fights back! Naito throws ZSJ out, Sanada ROCKS Taichi! Naito rushes over but Taichi catches him! ZSJ runs in but Naito gets around to reel him in. Naito kicks Taichi as he hits a TORNADO DDT on ZSJ! ZSJ bails out but Sanada goes for Hashi. Sanada spins Hashi to the dragon sleeper! Fans are thunderous as Hashi counters to an inside cradle! TWO and Sanada O’Conner Rolls, to the dragon sleeper! Hashi drops to victory roll! TWO!!! Sanada gets up and runs, into a scoop! But he slips right out, to get the dragon sleeper! SKULL END!!

Hashi is caught in the body scissors, Naito makes sure Goto and the Tekkers are still down and fans are thunderous again! Hashi pops free of the sleeper but Sanada keeps the scissors! Sanada gets the sleeper again with the other arm, and drops back for SKULL END!! Hashi endures, refuses to give up, and fans are rallying up hard as ever! Sanada pulls back, Hashi is fading! The ref checks on Hashi, but he gets a second wind! Sanada keeps Hashi trapped, and Hashi is fading again! Hashi’s turning purple, so Sanada lets him go to go to the corner! But Taichi tags in before the ROUNDING BODY PRESS!!! ZSJ drags Sanada into a sleeper, feed to Taichi’s CHOKE-

No! Sanada holds off the slam! So Taichi has ZSJ help, and they CHOKE BACK SUPLEX SLAM!! Goto HEADBUTTS Taichi and DECKS ZSJ! But Taichi hits the three point stance, RUNNING FOREARM SMASH! But Naito runs in, Corriendo- ZSJ stops Destino for Taichi, and then drags Naito down into a grounded cobra twist cradle, to the JIM BREAKS SPECIAL! Taichi SUPERKICKS Hashi down!! Taichi fires up, drags Hashi to his feet, Alabama lift for BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Tekkers win!!

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

Not even two teams at once could stop the Sliest Wrestler and the Submission Master! Naito is pissed and he stomps Hashi, only for Goto to CLUB him down. The Tekkers laugh at these literal lowers and celebrate their triumph. Will there be no stopping the Tekkers now that they’ve hit this one out of the park?

 

The G1 Climax 31 blocks are announced!

For A Block: Kota Ibushi; Tetsuya Naito; Shingo Takagi; ZSJ; Toru Yano; Tomohiro Ishii; Yujiro Takahashi; Kenta; Tanga Loa; and Great-O-Khan!

For B Block: Sanada; Taichi; Yoshi-Hashi; Hirooki Goto; Jeff Cobb; EVIL; Tama Tonga; Chase Owens; Kazuchika Okada; and Hiroshi Tanahashi!

The Autumn is about to heat up again as the yearly tradition returns once more! Plus, JAMProject is providing this year’s tournament theme song, “Max the Max!” It will definitely be showtime, but who will burn the brightest and reach the goal?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Robbie Eagles VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Sniper of the Skies shocked many when he dethroned El Desperado to have this belt for his own. But now, the Ticking Timebomb is back and he’s ready to have some fun again! Will Eagles be able to fly away with this title? Or will Hiromu-chan be the one shooting Eagles down instead?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, the shootout for the gold begins!

Eagles rushes Hiromu and BOOTS! Hiromu CHOPS and Eagles CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP then get forehead to forehead. Hiromu shoves Eagles then headlocks him. Eagles powers out, Hiromu runs him over but things speed up. Hiromu runs Eagles over again, eggs him on, but Eagles trips Hiromu to get the headlock. Hiromu powers out, dodges Eagles then runs him over! Things keep moving and Eagles hurdles while Hiromu leaps. Hiromu blocks a kick, flips Eagles and sweeps the legs. Hiromu covers, ONE! Eagles sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Eagles handsprings up and fans cheer.

Eagles and Hiromu stand off as fans rally up. Hiromu and Eagles slowly circle, then go forehead to forehead again. Hiromu shoves Eagles and eggs him on again. Eagles swings but Hiromu dodges to CHOP him off his feet! Hiromu whips but Eagles blocks by holding ropes. Hiromu CHOPS Eagles again, whips him after all, but Eagles goes up and around and arm-drags! Eagles keeps moving, ducks and dodges to RANA Hiromu down! Eagles eggs Hiromu on now but Hiromu dodges the wheel kick. Hiromu and Eagles duck and dodge strikes, Eagles blocks a clothesline to then block a kick, but Hiromu denies the backpack to a backslide.

Eagles rolls through but Hiromu reels him in for a suplex. Eagles fights that and waistlocks but Hiromu switches. Eagles counters that with a Shiranui! Hiromu spins through that to dragon sleeper but Eagles snapmares the inverted suplex away. Eagles runs in at Hiromu in the corner but Hiromu puts him outside. Eagles ROCKS Hiromu, springboards but Hiromu ducks under. Hiromu scoops Eagles to a fireman’s carry but Eagles slips off to victory roll! Hiromu kicks him away but Eagles rebounds, only for Hiromu to duck the Penalty Kick! Eagles keeps going, anticipates Hiromu’s drop down and drops a knee on the bad leg!

Eagles basement dropkicks Hiromu out of the ring then takes aim. Eagles builds speed to DIVE! The tope sends both men into the railing! Hiromu gets stuck in a gap while Eagles crawls away. Eagles has Saitama fire up as he goes back for Hiromu. Eagles drags Hiromu back up, CHOPS him, then refreshes the ring count so he can CHOP Hiromu again. Hiromu goes around the way, Eagles pursues, but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Eagles kicks low, KICKS Hiromu against railing, then CHOPS him off his feet! Eagles puts Hiromu in the ring and fans cheer his sportsmanship. Eagles stomps Hiromu around and focuses on the bad leg.

Hiromu clutches his leg but Eagles CLUBS him on the back. Cover, ONE, but Eagles tries again. ONE, and Eagles is annoyed. Eagles locks up Hiromu’s legs and encourages the fans to get louder. The fans do get louder as Eagles deathlock STOMPS the legs! Hiromu clutches his knee again and Eagles covers, TWO! Hiromu CHOPS from below and that annoys Eagles even more. Eagles eggs Hiromu on and Hiromu CHOPS again! Eagles KICKS the bad leg but Hiromu CHOPS back! Eagles KICKS, Hiromu CHOPS, repeat! Hiromu fires up but Eagles switch-kicks his leg! Eagles runs, Hiromu dodges and returns to RANA! Fans fire up as both men are down again!

Hiromu gets his bad leg moving while Eagles slowly sits up. Fans rally, Hiromu grins as he rises. Eagles kicks the bad leg, brings Hiromu around and whips but Hiromu reverses to corner clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Eagles bails out of the ring but Hiromu aims from the apron. Hiromu leaps for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Eagles hits railing and tumbles through the gateway! Fans rally up as Hiromu hobbles over. Hiromu fetches Eagles into the ring and then hurries to suplex for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu focuses on getting his leg moving rather than his frustrations, and he hobbles back to Eagles.

Hiromu stands Eagles up, fireman’s carries but Eagles slips out to shove him towards a corner. Eagles DOUBLE KNEES, then rolls back to run in. Hiromu dodges and knees hit buckles! But Eagles blocks the superkick to turn Hiromu around! Hiromu shoves out of the Turbo Backpack and Eagles ends up in a corner. Eagles comes back but into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Hiromu goes to the far corner, Eagles runs in but into an OVERHEAD suplex into the buckles! Fans are fired up again as both men are down. Hiromu and Eagles stir, Hiromu gets his bad leg moving again and slowly sits up. Eagles follows but Hiromu brings him up first.

Hiromu fireman’s carries, Eagles fights and gets free. Eagles ducks forearms and elbows but Hiromu ROCKS Eagles with his fifth! Hiromu whips, Eagles reverses but Hiromu holds ropes to BOOT back! Eagles Tiger Feints the legs! Springboard and missile dropkick to the legs! Eagles gets the legs, rolls Hiromu around and gets the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Hiromu endures and fans fire up as Eagles pulls on the legs! Hiromu drags himself over, reaches out, but Eagles adds more pressure to the leglock! Hiromu refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Eagles holds on until Red Shoes counts, and Eagles hurries to get Hiromu up! STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps focus as fans fire up. Eagles fires himself up and rolls Hiromu to the backpack. Hiromu fights free, GERMAN SUPLEX! Eagles lands on his feet to ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK and PELE! Hiromu staggers from the kick combo, and Eagles reels him in for a CORNER- NO! No more slices of bread! Hiromu fireman’s carries to the CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Both men are down again after that impact and fans fire up again! Hiromu slowly drags himself away, still clutching his knee. Hiromu forces himself to stand while Eagles finally sits up. Eagles is in a daze and stays in the corner but Hiromu brings him up. Fireman’s carry for a TOSS HOTSHOT!

Hiromu runs and SUNSET POWERBOMBS Eagles to the floor!! Red Shoes goes out to check both men but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Fans rally up and a ring count begins. The count reaches 10 of 20 before Hiromu stands, and he gets in at 13. The count passes 15 as Eagles slowly rises, and he’s in at 19! Hiromu runs in to SHOTGUN DROPKICK again! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Eagles roars to his feet, but Hiromu LARIATS him down! DEEP stack cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and so far, so does his reign! Fans rally as Hiromu rises again. Hiromu drags Eagles up, fireman’s carries again, spins but Eagles sunsets! TWO and Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Eagles roars but Hiromu dodges him to SUPERKICK again! Hiromu roars, drags Eagles up and suplexes for VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO! Eagles still stays in this but Hiromu just shakes his head. Hiromu stands, hobbles over to Eagles and fans are thunderous again. Hiromu dragon sleepers but Eagles victory rolls! TWO, Eagles schoolboys with a bridge! TWO and Hiromu scoops for a dragon sleeper, to inverted suplex! Eagles slips out, Hiromu gets him for a regular suplex, but Eagles fights back with knee after knee! Hiromu turns things to a fireman’s carry, spins, TIMEBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Eagles survives again and shocks Hiromu!

Hiromu fires up once more and he gets Eagles back up. Hiromu runs to LARIAT Eagles down! But he’s not done there! Hiromu gets his bad leg moving again as he dragon sleepers. Eagles again fights the inverted suplex but Hiromu just hits a DEEP reverse DDT! Hiromu reaches his boiling point and he gets Eagles up in the inverted suplex! TIMEBOMB MK- NO! Eagles flails and they end up in the corner. Eagles gets to the top rope but Hiromu CHOPS him! Hiromu catches his breath and gets his leg moving again while fans rally up. Hiromu climbs to join Eagles now, stands on the very top rope, and flips, only for Eagles to block the wheelbarrow!

Eagles CLUBS away on Hiromu, leaps over and rolls but has to take a moment. Hiromu adjusts in that time and he BOOTS Eagles away! Eagles tries again, another BOOT! Eagles PELES and then SHOTGUN DROPKICKS Hiromu’s bad leg! Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Hiromu won’t let this stop him. Eagles climbs up and brings Hiromu into position, SUPER TURBO BACKPACK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hiromu survives and fans are thunderous again! Eagles watches Hiromu flounder as he aims from a corner. Eagles runs in, BASEMENT SUPERKICK! Eagles hurries to a corner but Hiromu hurries after him! Hiromu anchors Eagles’ leg to prevent him from climbing!

Eagles pulls Hiromu up by his hair and quickly apologizes before he SUPERKICKS him again! Eagles goes up, 450 SPLASH to the legs! Then the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu flails, claws, reaches out for ropes but Eagles does his best to anchor Hiromu! Hiromu still makes his way forward but Eagles drags him back! Hiromu reaches out to Red Shoes just to keep himself from giving up! Eagles adds as much pressure as he can to the hold but Hiromu keeps fighting! Hiromu claws his way forward again, but Eagles lets off so he can kick and club away on the bad leg! Eagles even drops a knee on the knee! And then the RON MILLER SPECIAL returns!!!

Hiromu endures all over again as fans reach electric levels! Eagles pushes up to add as much pressure as he can, and Hiromu curses as he taps out!! Eagles wins!!!

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

The champion no longer feels like an underdog! Dome to dome, Eagles has defeated two of the best in the Junior Heavyweight Division today! Is there no one in NJPW who can doubt the Sniper of the Skies now?

Wait, Desperado makes his way back out to the ring? Even with that bad hand, the newly crowned tag champion clearly wants to talk singles title. “How’re you feeling, amigo? Congratulations.” Now, surely some stupid people are wondering what the hell Desperado’s doing out here since he already lost to Eagles once. He admits that he lost to the same submission hold, but after the G1 got announced, Junior Heavyweights will be taking a bit of a backseat for a bit. But he won’t let Eagles forget him. This isn’t “out of sight, out of mind.” Desperado says in English, “I want a rematch. But I hate just a rematch.”

Now this is just Desperado’s idea but… If Eagles accepts, then Desperado’s IWGP Junior Tag title-which he struggles to take off his neck with the bad hand-will also be on the line. Whoa~! Eagles just needs to have a partner, and Eagles says he does in Tiger Mask. Fans cheer that and Eagles is given the mic. “Listen, Desperado. I said after our match, any time you could’ve asked for a rematch.” Instead, Desperado waits until Eagles is beaten, broken and very tired. But fair enough, he did do something like that to Desperado. Though, if Desperado’s willing to give Eagles a shot at the tag titles, then challenge accepted!

“But I’m gonna tell you what I told Hiromu, and what you learned last time.” In Japanese, Eagles tells Desperado that he is the one who will come out the winner! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight belts are going to be on the line in the background of the G1, but when and where will these showdowns go down?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS EVIL w/ House of Torture!

FINALLY! This has been brewing since Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo, and now after the Summer Struggle, the Dragon and the King of Darkness will have it out in another dome. Will Takagi demolish this “House of Torture” before it builds up too big? Or will Evil reign at the very top once again?

Speaking of that HOT garbage, Yujiro Takahashi and the newly recruited Sho are with Dick Togo and the King of Darkness as they go to the ring. Takagi makes his entrance but is not intimidated by Evil’s pawns. Red Shoes surprisingly allows all three of Evil’s cronies to stay, and the Bullet Club boys Low Sweet. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who gets the walk-off here in MetLife!

Fans rally up as Takagi and Evil stare down. Takagi and Evil approach but then Evil bails out to slow things down. Evil tells Takagi to stay back while he talks things out with his boys. Sho gives some quick tips, Evil slides back in, and then Sho gets a chair! It’s the same chair he broke on Yoh, as you can see in the loose seat that just falls out of it. Takagi steps to Sho and he steps away, but Evil gets Takagi in a headlock! Takagi powers up and pries the hold but Evil holds on tighter. Takagi wrenches out, headlocks back, and fans rally up. Evil pulls hair, powers out but Takagi rams shoulders! Evil rebounds and he runs Takagi over!

Evil gives toying kicks to Takagi but fans rally up. Takagi gets up, Evil CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! Takagi eggs Evil on and Evil CHOPS again. Takagi goes to chop but Evil pokes him in the eye! Evil runs and rams Takagi, Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS back! Takagi shows off the dancing pecs and fans fire up. Takagi gets Evil up, whips and KNEES him against ropes, then runs to run Evil over with a shoulder! Takagi flexes, brings Evil back up, then reels him in for a snap suplex! Evil writhes, Takagi covers, TWO! Evil bails out, Takagi pursues, and Takagi throws hands on Evil! Evil shouts in pain, Takagi whips him into railings, then watches Evil fall over.

Takagi dares Sho to do something, then he gets fans to rally up. Takagi makes sure Abe-san is okay, then he gets Evil up. Takagi bumps Evil off the apron, then says he’ll do one more. He stands Evil up again to indeed bump him off the apron again. Fans cheer and Takagi brings Evil around to fireman’s carry. But Dick makes the save while Sho and Yujiro distract the ref! Takagi chases Dick around the way, into the ring, and Evil runs in! Takagi sees that coming and blocks the clothesline to ROCK Evil! Takagi runs but Sho trips him up! Sho whips Takagi into railing! Yujiro finally leaves Red Shoes alone while Takagi crawls.

Evil goes out to fetch Takagi, and oh no! He RAMS Takagi into Abe-san!! Red Shoes reprimands, but Abe kept the world title safe! Takagi thanks Abe for his sacrifice, and then drags himself up to his feet. Takagi snarls at Evil and gets in the ring, only for Evil to knock him back out! Takagi keeps himself from running into the timekeeper’s area, but then Evil goes out and RAMS him back into it! Abe again keeps the belt safe but how much can Abe take? Evil laughs and he fetches his favorite chairs from under the ring. Evil goes back to Takagi, brings him around the way and throws some knees. Evil puts one chair around Takagi’s head then has the other, CHAIRSHOT HOME RUN!

Evil smirks and goes back into the ring while Red Shoes checks on Takagi. Takagi says he’s okay to continue so the fans rally up. Evil paces and pretends this cheering is for him while his boys watch Takagi. Red Shoes returns to the ring to start a ring count. Takagi drags himself up, grabs at the chairs Evil used, but they’re falling apart as they are. Takagi throws them under the ring and gets in after Evil. Evil kicks and whips Takagi to the bare corner! The Bullet Club just love exposing the blue corner, no matter what match it is. Evil gets Takagi up but Takagi throws forearms back! Takagi fights through the pain but Evil knees low and throws him out.

Evil distracts Red Shoes and the HOT boys torture Takagi! They throw Takagi in, Evil covers, but Red Shoes knows the shenanigans were being had so he refuses to count! Fans cheer Red Shoes asserting his authority, so Evil puts Takagi in a cobra twist! Dick reaches out and that starts the chain! Takagi endures, Red Shoes realizes something is up, but Dick lets go. Evil keeps on the hold, HOT claims innocence, but then they form a chain of Evil to Dick to Sho to Yujiro to the railing! Red Shoes sees that and kicks Dick’s hand! Evil also gets hit from that and he lets Takagi go! Red Shoes put HOT on notice as Evil gets Takagi up. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!

Evil grows annoyed but the fans cheer and Red Shoes stands his ground. Evil kicks Takagi to a corner, taunts him, then slaps him around. Evil wrenches an arm, whips but Takagi blocks by holding ropes! Evil tries again but Takagi still holds ropes. Evil CHOPS, whips but Takagi reverses. Evil stops from hitting the bare buckles, Takagi runs in, and Evil sends him into the buckles! Takagi staggers and Evil runs, into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON feint and DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Takagi gets the fans to rally up again as he rises in a corner. Evil slowly rises, Takagi runs in and rallies with big shoulders! Scoop SLAM and a BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Takagi fires up and fans rally behind him again. Takagi drags Evil up but Dick gets on the apron. Red Shoes tells him to hop down but Evil’s gotten away to ropes. Takagi CHOPS Evil, whips him to ropes but Evil holds ropes to bail out. Takagi is annoyed but he goes out after Evil and clamps right onto him. But now the HOT boys just attack right in front of Red Shoes! Red Shoes reprimands Sho and Yujiro but Dick barges in to whip. Takagi reverses and sends Dick into railing! Takagi then fireman’s carries and SNAKE EYES Evil off the apron! Fans fire up as Takagi tells Abe to move aside! Abe does, taking the belt with him, and Takagi TOSSES Evil into the timekeeper’s area!

Takagi drags Evil up and smacks him off the timekeeper’s table! Takagi makes sure Evil takes a seat, then makes sure Dick is right next to him. Takagi bounces both their heads off the table then climbs up over them to go back to ringside. Sho and Yujiro attack again! They mug Takagi but he RAMS them into Evil and Dick!! Karma from all those times Evil’s done that to Abe! Fans rally up and Red Shoes finally EJECTS the House of Torture! The Young Lions usher out Sho and Yujiro, and even Dick now that he’s back up! They protest but Red Shoes says he’ll disqualify this if he has to! House of Torture leaves and now things are truly 1v1 between Takagi and Evil!

Takagi fetches Evil while Abe gets a new timekeeper’s area. Takagi knees Evil low, brings him around the way and into the ring. Fans cheer as this match continues properly! Takagi gets fans rallying up again and he stomps Evil around. Takagi stands Evil up, Evil swings on Takagi but into backslide hooks! Evil fights the Gory Especial and tries to back Takagi into the bare corner! Takagi blocks that, elbows Evil away, but Evil kicks and whips. Takagi reverses, Evil breaks free but Takagi CLUBS Evil’s clothesline away! Takagi gets the Gory Especial now, for NOSHIGAMI! Fans fire up while Takagi catches his breath. Takagi then reels Evil into a WHEELBARROW GERMAN!

Takagi grits his teeth as fans rally back up. Takagi sits Evil up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Takagi gets the “OI! OI! OI!” claps going and powers up. Takagi drags Evil up, pump handles but Evil throws elbows. Takagi knees low, runs, but Evil shoves Red Shoes in the way! Takagi stops, but Evil kicks low! Evil suplexes Takagi up and puts him on Red Shoes’ shoulder! MAGIC KILLER! Everyone is down, Red Shoes included, but fans rally back up. Takagi goes to a corner, Evil slowly rises, and Red Shoes also slowly stands. Evil runs in to clothesline Takagi! Evil hoists Takagi up to the top rope, climbs up to join him, and SUPERPLEXES!

Both men are down again and writhing from that landing as fans fire up! Evil gets the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Takagi endures as Evil sits deep! Fans rally as Takagi refuses to quit! Takagi powers up and manages to get the ropebreak! Red Shoes calls for the break, but Evil holds on until the count of 4 for maximum damage. Evil sits in a corner and watches Takagi writhe while fans still rally. Evil drags Takagi up, fireman’s carries, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Evil is beside himself! Evil argues with Red Shoes but Red Shoes says that was a fair count.

Evil stands up, slashes the throat and says he’ll finish this! Spin and EVER- NO! Takagi fights the STO to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips out to shove! Takagi stops himself from hitting those bare buckles, he runs at Evil but Evil still wants his STO! Takagi fights that again so Evil shoves him into the buckles! But Takagi comes right back to LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down this time! Takagi catches his breath, crawls over to Evil and stands him back up. Dick sneaks back to ringside and Evil rakes Takagi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil lets off and he stands on Takagi’s head as he talks trash.

Takagi fights up and snarls but Evil gives toying kicks again. Takagi eggs Evil on, blocks a kick and fires off boxing elbows! Takagi DECKS Evil as he tops it off! Takagi roars and fans fire up with him as he drags Evil up. Fans get louder as Takagi pump handles but Dick makes his presence known! Takagi DECKS Dick, blocks Everything to pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, Dick drags Red Shoes out and throws him down!! Dick gets something and then jumps into the ring! Dick stomps away on Takagi and uses the SPOILER CHOKER! Takagi fights it off as he has before, and then fireman’s carries Dick for a- Wait, Yujiro is back!? PIMP CANE SHOT!!

Yujiro sits Takagi up, PIMP JUICE!! Takagi is down and fans are stunned! But with House of Torture getting Red Shoes up, fans rally back up. Evil crawls over to Takagi and covers, but Red Shoes is reluctant. Red Shoes does count, TWO!! Takagi kicks out so hard, Evil knocks into Red Shoes! Dick gets in to use the SPOILER CHOKER again!! Takagi snarls but he’s caught this time! Takagi is fading, Evil has a chair, but here comes BUSHI! Bushi slides in to dropkick the chair into Evil! Bushi ENZIGURIS Dick, then swings Yujiro into a BACKSTABBER! Bushi makes sure Takagi is okay, but here comes Sho! Sho drags Bushi up into a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Sho grabs the chair Evil brought in and smirks as he goes after Takagi. Sho sits Takagi up, takes aim, HEAD SHOT!! Another seat busted out of the frame! Sho then reels Takagi in, tucks the arms, but here comes Naito and Sanada! Fans cheer as the rest of LIJ is here but Sho gets them with chair jabs to the ribs! Sho runs but into Naito’s kick! Sanada dropkicks the legs out, Naito basement dropkicks Sho out! PLANCHA from Sanada for Sho! Dick grabs the title belt and brings it in! Naito kicks Dick first and kicks him out! Evil LOW BLOWS his former leader down! Naito flops out of the ring but fans rally up behind Takagi as Evil eyes the belt.

Evil picks up the belt, takes aim at Takagi and dares him to get up. Takagi does stand, but he ducks the belt shot and then blocks the second! Fans fire up as the two push each other! Takagi kicks low, thinks about the belt shot, but Evil and Red Shoes both tell him no! Takagi says he’s better than that, and hands the belt to Red Shoes. AND he blocks the low blow! Evil still tries Everything but Takagi shoves him away to ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans are electric and Takagi feeds off it! Takagi runs, to PUMPING BOMBER!! But Takagi isn’t done and he roars as he goes back for more! LIJ keeps HOT down, Takagi pump handles and torture racks, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

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

Los Ingobernables de Japon thwarts the underhanded efforts of the one who betrayed them all! Hiromu also makes his way out to the ring now, still battered from his battle with Eagles. HOT gets out of there fast, will they try to get even with LIJ in the future? As for Takagi, he finally gets to celebrate his defense! LIJ joins him in this great moment, the one victory the team can hang their hats on tonight. Takagi gets fans to clap for “L I J! L I J!” as each member takes a corner and Takagi takes the mic.

“This isn’t just about me. This is about the last three weeks. These last three weeks have been tough. So that’s why I, Shingo Takagi, have something very important to say to everyone watching NJPW right now, both here and around the world. I can’t believe I caught COVID…” It has been three weeks since Takagi last wrestled, and he’d be lying if he wasn’t a bit unsure about things. But he had to fight to get rid of all that anxiety, and that is what drove him in this victory here tonight.

Takagi isn’t overlooking the virus in the least. But as pro-wrestlers, getting in the ring is a source of strength for all of them. And as such, Takagi had to show the pride of all of pro-wrestling and represent both this industry and this company with strength. Given the result, Takagi proved that to be true! This was big today. And from one man who made a comeback to another, Takagi formally welcomes Hiromu back to the ring! Hiromu, did you already get banged up again? Hiromu plays it off and Takagi knows Hiromu isn’t taking time off again so soon. LIJ shares a bit of a laugh there, and Takagi says that finally and once again, LIJ is all together again! Fans definitely cheer that.

Takagi encourages the fans to applaud more, and then says that he is far from done as IWGP Heavyweight Champion. There is a lot to do, a lot to be done, and he will keep going for many more miles. He grows a bit hoarse, so he tops it off with, “I have one last thing to say: that’s it.” Mic drop and pyro goes off to celebrate The Dragon staying at the top of NJPW’s mountain! LIJ regroups again for their photo op with the world champion! But with the G1 Climax just a couple weeks away, will the LIJ heavyweights be ready to run the gauntlet and chase The Dragon?


My Thoughts:

A great second day for NJPW’s weekend, and wow, all these matches went the distance. Again, sorry I skipped the Stardom dark match but this show was about 3 and a half hours even without it. The United Empire continues to build momentum, and I am really hoping either Aaron Henare can make a return, or they recruit new members to bolster their numbers again. Will Ospreay’s group is still young and small, but seeing how some sub-factions are starting to form, the United Empire feels like they’re getting lost in the mix. The Junior Tag titles changing hands was quite the surprise, but it was a great match, and of course Despy has a way to double down.

Skipping to the Junior Heavyweight singles title, Eagles defeating Hiromu was itself the status quo change. Eagles is moving up in the ranks and is showing he can be on the same level as the other big names. If they’re going to be doing these title matches at any time, it’ll be in October when the G1 has their final few events. For one, we’ve got good kayfabe reasons as to why Desperado and Eagles both need to heal up, since Desperado had that brilliant weighted boot boxing glove spot. As was pointed out on commentary, they could use the last two days, 10/20 and 10/21, to do these two Junior Heavyweight title matches, the tag titles first then singles title second.

Speaking of the G1, we got a great field here, and great to know Guerrillas of Destiny are on their way back to Japan with this. First-time entries like Chase Owens, Tanga Loa and Great-O-Khan are going to freshen some things up. We’ve seen a lot of times these last few years, guys like Bad Luck Fale being in it to take losses to the bigger names, great to see the torch being passed to the Crown Jewel here. But as I said for Kota Ibushi yesterday, I can’t see him being in his fourth straight finals, let alone winning three years in a row. Ibushi is great, but he technically should just have a match owed to him from Takagi so they can do that on the side as the finals give us a new winner.

The Triple Threat Tag was great just on how chaotic and constant the action was. Speaking of chaos, I figured Chaos’s Goto-Hashi weren’t winning since they and Ishii are still NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions. Therefore, Tekkers were either retaining or LIJ was adding to their collection. I still feel bad for Sanada that he hasn’t gotten much more than tag titles, so perhaps Tekkers retaining here is a sign Sanada can find his way towards gold of his own. Tanahashi being in the G1, I feel that is to set up US Championship stories rather than him getting to the finals, so I wouldn’t mind at least seeing something happen between Cold Skull and Ace in B Block to set up a title match.

And of course, Takagi VS Evil was wild in its own way. While NJPW doesn’t usually do stuff like this, thereby having some leeway, I do find it a bit much that Red Shoes didn’t throw House of Torture out sooner than he did. At the same time, I really appreciate them playing a long game on the many timekeeper table spots with Evil and Abe-san. Takagi gets payback for Abe, LIJ joins in to take the overbooking to its natural peak, and of course Takagi still wins. Takagi’s promo to end was very good, and I expect him to have a strong showing in the G1 for one of the few times where the champion looks poised to take it all and determine his own fate.

My Score: 9.1/10


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

Will Jonah rock the Rainmaker?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Kazuchika Okada is facing his biggest challenge yet!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/6/22)

G1 continues to raise the stakes!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

A growing rivalry writes a new, fiery chapter!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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