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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/18/21)

A Block’s final round!

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NJPW G1 Climax 31

The ninth and final round to make a difference!

There are four men standing at 6-2, and in the end, only ONE can go to the 31st G1 Climax finals! Will Shingo Takagi make NJPW history?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii VS Toru Yano; Yano wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter; Draw.
  • Zack Sabre Jr. VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
  • Kota Ibushi VS KENTA; Ibushi wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Kota Ibushi: 6-2, 12 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 6-2, 12 points
Shingo Takagi: 6-2, 12 points
Kenta: 6-2, 12 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 5-3, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Great-O-Khan: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED] [won special singles bye]
Tanga Loa: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Toru Yano!

The Stone Pitbull and the Clown Prince aren’t in the running but this Chaos VS Chaos showdown is for pride! Will Ishii stay strong as a NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion? Or will the provisional Mr. KOPW 2021 finish strong?

The second Ishii gets in the ring, Yano kicks him down! The bell rings and Yano has his blindfold bag! Ishii blocks and the ref reprimands Yano. The ref confiscates the bag, Ishii kicks back then whips Yano to a corner. Ishii runs in but Yano uses his towel to drag Ishii down to a cover, TWO!! Ishii escapes but Yano kicks low then puts his shirt over his head! Roll up, TWO!! Yano unties the buckle pad in the blue corner but Ishii runs in and kicks Yano first! Ishii throws Yano out of the ring, goes out after him, and brings him up to whip him into railing! Yano falls in a heap and Ishii takes off his shirt to choke Yano with it! The ref reprimands and Ishii lets off to argue with him.

Ishii goes back to Yano and drags him up, to whip him again, only for Yano to reverse! Ishii hits railing now, and Yano goes under the ring? A ring count starts as Yano dares Ishii to chase him. Ishii doesn’t, and he goes into the ring. The count is 7 of 20, then 10. Yano can’t believe Ishii isn’t taking the bait! So Yano gets out from under the ring at 15! Ishii throws the buckle pad at him! The count is 18, but Yano staggers in at 19! Ishii drags Yano back up, gives him a headbutt, then stomps him down. Ishii kicks Yano around, drags him back up, then CHOPS him. And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yano falls, Ishii shouts, “What’s the matter?” and fans cheer.

Ishii dares Yano to get back up, and Yano slowly sits up. Ishii brings him up as fans rally, and Ishii DECKS Yano with a forearm. Ishii stomps Yano again, gives him toying kicks and even stands on Yano’s head. Ishii lets off and slaps Yano around as fans rally again. Ishii stands Yano up but Yano rakes eyes! Yano whips, Ishii reverses but Yano holds ropes. Ishii clotheslines Yano against the ropes! Yano flops down and fans rally up again. Ishii drags Yano up, pulls his shirt up and CHOPS him against the ropes. And again! And again! And again! Ishii stands Yano up tall to CHOP him again! Yano falls over again and the ref checks on him.

Ishii drags Yano around and wants the ref to check. Fans rally up as Yano is somehow okay to continue, so Ishii KICKS him in the back! Yano stands up and throws a forearm! Ishii gives it back and fans rally as Yano brawls with him! They go back and forth with forearms, Yano gets the edge but Ishii DECKS him with one! Ishii drags Yano back up and suplexes high and hard! But Yano is back up? Fireman’s carry takeover, leg trip, and then a clinch for the Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Yano shows what he can do when he gets serious! Yano brings Ishii up, whips him to the corner, but Ishii reverses! Yano avoids the bare buckles but Ishii CLUBS him on the back!

Ishii CHOPS Yano again and again, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but Yano stays up as they ram shoulders! Yano whips but Ishii reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! Ishii reels Yano in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Ishii stands and waits for Yano. Ishii then runs, but Yano ducks the lariat to get a waistlock! Ishii switches, but Yano trips him up to a cover, TWO! Yano swings but Ishii spins him, only for Yano to fisherman cradle! TWO! Ishii runs but into an atomic drop! Yano then catapults Ishii towards the bare corner, but Ishii stops himself! Ishii sidesteps and Yano hits bare buckles!

Ishii runs back in but Yano drop toeholds him into buckles! Yano rolls Ishii up, TWO!?! Ishii escapes and fans cheer again! Yano fires up and fans rally behind him. Yano drags Ishii up, hoists him up, but Ishii fights the bomb! Ishii waistlocks, Yano grabs at the ref, but Ishii catches the mule kick! Ishii spins Yano but he gets around to shove Ishii at the ref! But Ishii uses the ref as a shield so Yano can’t low blow! Ishii shoves the ref at Yano, Yano pushes the ref aside but Ishii again blocks the low blow! ENZIGURI! Down goes Yano and fans fire up! Ishii crawls over to Yano, sits him up, and runs to SLIDING- NO! Yano catches to a cradle, TWO! SLIDING LARIAT!

Fans rally up while both men are down. Ishii roars and gets back up, Yano flounders and Ishii runs. LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives but Ishii fires up more! Ishii drags Yano up, suplexes, but Yano fights to wrench, only for Ishii to headbutt! But Yano dodges to hook Ishii’s arms! Yano also grabs at the ref so he can get away with the LOW BLOW! BACKSLIDE! Yano wins!!

Winner: Toru Yano, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishii earns 0)

And at the end of their G1, it is the Producer standing tall! Will Ishii let this slide? Or will he forgive his friend for simply using his usual tactics?

 

Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Dragon could make history as the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but only if he takes the block! Will Tokyo Pimp spoil everything in the very last round?

Before Takagi can even get in the ring, Yujiro DIVES out onto him! Direct hit and Takagi goes into railing! The bell rings and this is on record as Yujiro stomps Takagi against the railing. The ref starts a ring count, too, and Yujiro throws forearms on Takagi. Yujiro reels Takagi into a cobra twist, but Takagi powers out to hip toss him down! The count is 15 already but Takagi puts Yujiro in at 17. Takagi puts Yujiro in the corner, fires off forearms, then JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Takagi headbutts Yujiro, then again and again until the ref counts. Takagi lets off, whips Yujiro corner to corner then runs, but blocks the boot to clothesline through!

Fans fire up as Takagi whips Yujiro to ropes and knees him against them! Takagi keeps moving and he runs Yujiro over! Takagi suplexes Yujiro high and hard, then covers, TWO! Yujiro bails out and fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as he goes out after him. Takagi CLUBS Yujiro, bumps him off the apron, then bumps him off the apron again. Takagi has media move to whip Yujiro into railing! Yujiro goes down in a heap and Pieter is there to check on him. Takagi storms over but Pieter stands in his way. The naughty little bunny has little effect on the Dragon, and he pushes past her, only to get a CANE SHOT from Yujiro! Yujiro has the ref go back to the ring so they can start the count.

Yujiro stomps Takagi at the railing as the count goes past 5 of 10, then digs his knee in. Yujiro lets off at 12 of 20, rains down fists, then goes back to the ring at 15. Takagi staggers up at 17, gets in at 18, and Yujiro is annoyed. Yujiro storms over and brings Takagi up to knee low against the ropes. Yujiro stands Takagi up to run and BOOT him! Yujiro keeps moving to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro argues the count but the ref defends it was fair. Fans rally up again as Yujiro brings Takagi up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Yujiro keeps cool as he brings Takagi back up, but Takagi throws forearms! Yujiro kicks low, reels Takagi in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Takagi goes to the ropes and Yujiro chokes him against them. The ref reprimands and counts, Yujiro lets off at 4. Yujiro drags Takagi up but Takagi fights the fireman’s carry! Yujiro throws body shots and low knees, then whips. Takagi reverses to ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi roars, then he brings Yujiro up. Takagi hooks the arms but Yujiro fights the Gory Especial, so Takagi spins him. Yujiro fights the suplex and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops to fisherman, but Takagi literally bites back! The ref reprimands Takagi now and he stops. Takagi points out he has the mouth guard, his bite can’t actually hurt.

Yujiro swings on Takagi but he spins Yujiro around to the Gory Especial, NOSHIGAMI! Fans rally up and Takagi reels Yujiro into a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Fans fire up but Pieter is worried as Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans clap along. Takagi says he has his eyes on Pieter while he goes to Yujiro. Takagi wants more from the fans and shows off the dancing pecs, and the fans get louder. Takagi reels Yujiro in but he fights the back suplex with elbows! Takagi LARIATS from behind, Yujiro ends up on ropes, Takagi runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT!

Yujiro gets up and runs but Takagi follows to clothesline! Takagi runs but Yujiro BOOTS him! Yujiro reels Takagi in but it takes him a couple tries before the INCOLLE SLAM! Both men are down and fans rally up. Takagi gets to ropes, Yujiro stands and heads over. Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Yujiro is annoyed again. Yujiro roars and calls for the end. But Takagi fights Big Juice! Yujiro CLUBS Takagi, throws forearms, then reels him back in. BIG- NO! Takagi lands on his feet, wrenches, but Yujiro shoves him to ropes. Takagi boots back then PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi fires up and so do the fans!

Takagi drags Yujiro up, pump handles but Yujiro fights back with forearms. Takagi throws boxing elbows in return! Yujiro drops to a knee, Takagi stands him up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro mule kicks, reels Takagi in but no Pimp Juice! Takagi blocks the mule kick, tanks the jabs, and reels Yujiro in, MADE IN JAPAN! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives and shocks Takagi! Fans fire up and Takagi drags Yujiro up to pump handle and torture rack. Yujiro BITES Takagi’s hand again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro CLUBS Takagi’s arm but Takagi JABS back! Down goes Yujiro and he rolls to the apron. Takagi runs in but Yujiro dumps him out!

Yujiro gets Takagi up to RAM him into railing! The ring count starts, Takagi gets Yujiro at 5 of 20 but Yujiro RAMS him into more railing! Yujiro rakes eyes, whips Takagi but Takagi reverses! Yujiro hits railing as Takagi gets in at 17! Yujiro hurries, and gets in at 19, to drag Takagi back out! Takagi CLUBS Yujiro, Yujiro throws body shots and whips Takagi into railing. But Takagi comes back, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither man falls, Yujiro roars but he runs in for Takagi to spin him. Yujiro fights the Gory Especial, makes it a backslide, and gets PIMP JUICE to the floor! Fans are fired up and Yujiro gets himself into the ring! The ring count is 13 of 20 but Takagi rises up!

Takagi fireman’s carries, bumps Yujiro off the apron then DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor! Takagi wants in at 17 but Yujiro anchors his feet! Takagi can’t get in and the count is 20!! It’s a DRAW!!

Double Count Out Draw, no one gains points

The Tokyo Pimp still accomplished the spoiler! This draw ruins Takagi’s chances of getting into the finals! How will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion be able to live this one down?

 

Zack Sabre Jr. VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado!

And the path is clear! The Submission Master just needs to win and he’s in! But will Bullet Club’s Silverback look to spoil things just like Tokyo Pimp did?

The bell rings and ZSJ rushes Loa to BOOT and EuroUpper! Loa DECKS ZSJ but ZSJ gets up to come back with another BOOT! ZSJ runs to BOOT again, then BOOT Loa on the rebound! Loa swings but ZSJ gets around then wraps Loa up in the IRON OCTOPUS! Loa powers up, ZSJ keeps pulling on the arm, but Loa gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go to KICK that arm! ZSJ runs but Loa runs him over with a shoulder! Fans fire up as Loa stands ZSJ up to throw him out of the ring hard. Loa goes out to stomp ZSJ, throw forearms, CLUB him down, then RAM him into railing! The ref wants this back in the ring and Loa brings ZSJ up, only to whip him to railing!

But ZSJ stops himself to jump back and GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Loa stays standing, the ref reprimands all of this, but Loa powers out to a suplex! ZSJ slips out and reels Loa in for a cobra twist! Loa pulls at ZSJ’s hair and paws at his face, the ref reprimands them both for all this outside action, but Loa powers out  to HIP TOSS ZSJ down! ZSJ writhes while fans cheer and the ref insists they get this in the ring. Loa stomps ZSJ around, drags ZSJ up and scoop SLAMS him to the floor. Loa catches his breath before he looms over ZSJ. Loa drags ZSJ up, bumps him off the apron, and then “apologizes” to the ref.

Loa stomps ZSJ then digs his boot in at the railing! ZSJ spins around to hook the leg! HEEL HOOK! The ring count is climbing, Loa claws ZSJ’s eyes and is free! They’re at 12 of 20 but Loa drags ZSJ up and gives him an APRON BACK SUPLEX! ZSJ flops down hard to the floor and the ref pauses the count to reprimand. Loa wants to throw hands, the ref reprimands again, but Loa stands ZSJ up to DECK him! Loa drags ZSJ up and CLUBS him, then puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE!! ZSJ is showing real grit but Loa digs his boot into ZSJ in the corner. The ref counts, Loa lets off at 4, and then Loa goes out to put ZSJ on the apron. Loa CLUBS ZSJ against the edge!

Loa gets back in the ring as ZSJ crawls away. Loa drags him up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then stalks ZSJ to ropes. The ref has Loa back off and ZSJ sits up. Loa CLUBS ZSJ down again, but ZSJ EuroUppers in return! Loa likes the fighting spirit as ZSJ throws more EuroUppers. Loa ROCKS ZSJ again, talks some trash then ROCKS him again. ZSJ EuroUppers from the corner but Loa DECKS him with a haymaker. Loa stomps ZSJ in the corner, ZSJ grabs at the leg but the ref counts the ropebreak. ZSJ lets go at 4 and Loa backs off. They stand up, ZSJ kicks away on Loa’s leg then throws EuroUppers. Loa kicks low, whips ZSJ to ropes, then dropkicks ZSJ down!

Fans fire up as Loa hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! But to the OG KILLER! ZSJ endures the crossface but Loa rolls him away from ropes! Loa pulls back on the hold but ZSJ rolls around. Loa pulls even harder on the crossface but ZSJ refuses to quit! ZSJ reaches and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Loa lets go and ZSJ goes to the apron. Loa dares ZSJ to get up and fans rally. Loa claps along, swings on ZSJ but into a SLEEPER! ZSJ has Loa in the ropes but the ref counts! ZSJ lets go and Loa sputters, things speed up and ZSJ tilt-o-whirls for a takedown and NECK TWIST, then basement dropkick! Fans cheer while both men are down again!

ZSJ crawls back to Loa and goes after an arm. Loa resists but ZSJ keeps pulling on the arm. ZSJ breaks the grip to omoplata and ARM TWIST! Then he isolates Loa’s other arm to STOMP it! Fans rally up for “Z S J! Z S J!” as he gives toying kicks to Loa. Loa gets mad as ZSJ eggs him on, and he blocks a kick! ZSJ EuroUppers, runs, but Loa catches him for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up again while both men are down. Both men sit up, and Loa throws a forearm. ZSJ eggs Loa on, even while he’s down. Loa headbutts ZSJ, then dares him to come back. ZSJ EuroUppers, Loa falls over but sits up to forearm back!

Loa stands, ZSJ gets up to EuroUpper! And again! Loa kicks low, whips ZSJ to a corner but ZSJ goes up to jump! Loa blocks the tornado to RAM ZSJ into the corner! Loa brings ZSJ out to EXPLODER! Fans fire up, Loa goes to a corner and climbs up top. DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives but Loa grins. Fans rally as Loa fireman’s carries but ZSJ slips out to full nelson! Loa breaks that but ZSJ GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Loa’s right up to get ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! ZSJ ends up in a corner, Loa runs corner to corner and clotheslines! Then he whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSJ dodges this time! ZSJ goes up and jumps to TORNADO DDT! But Loa’s right back up?!

ZSJ BOOTS Loa, uses a roundhouse to kick away the clothesline, then does it again! Loa LARIATS on the third try! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Loa drags ZSJ up, scoops him, but ZSJ slips around to a SLEEPER! ZSJ is a backpack but Loa pops him up to an Electric Chair! And then spins him, blocks ZSJ’s rana, and swings him back up, only for ZSJ to get the GUILLOTINE! Loa powers out to have ZSJ on his shoulder, APE- NO! ZSJ lands on his feet, ghost pin! TWO and Loa carries ZSJ, only for ZSJ to IRON OCTOPUS! Loa endures again and reaches out for ropes. Fans rally as ZSJ pulls on the hold and steers Loa away.

Loa manages to stay on his feet, walks his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets off fast and fans fire up. ZSJ KICKS the arm, ROUNDHOUSES the chest, then runs, into a LARIAT! Loa staggers, drags ZSJ up and reels him in, SIT OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ is still in this and Loa grows a bit frustrated. Fans fire up and Loa joins in. Loa runs in to corner clothesline, then he whips ZSJ out, but ZSJ reels Loa in! Iron Octopus to a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Loa survives that sudden shift and fans fire up again! ZSJ drags Loa up, isolates the arm and STOMPS it, then KICKS Loa down, to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE?!?

Loa is roaring and he runs corner to corner, into a boot! ZSJ catches the lariat to then jump in, but Loa powers up, only for ZSJ to wrench and PELE the arm! ZSJ fires off EuroUppers but Loa DECKS him with a forearm! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Loa gets to his feet and ZSJ throws more EuroUppers! Loa DECKS him with another forearm! Loa dares ZSJ to bring it so ZSJ throws another EuroUpper! Loa ROCKS ZSJ with a forearm, eggs him on, and ZSJ boots! ZSJ ducks the enziguri, body scissors and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, Loa has the O’Conner Roll! LOA WINS?!?!

Winner: Tanga Loa, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ZSJ earns 0)

Is this it?! Is this the moment Loa’s been waiting for?! He just got a win over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, and just sunk ZSJ’s G1! Will Guerrillas of Destiny have those titles back in the aftermath of the Climax?

 

Kota Ibushi VS KENTA!

This is it! The Dragon and the Submission Master are out of the way! The one man with seven wins in A Block goes to the finals! Will the Golden Star make history by going to his fourth in a row? Or will Fang Revived ruin that streak and make the G1 Too Sweet?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Kenta and Ibushi slowly circle, approach, but then Kenta bails out. Kenta walks around the way as fans rally for “I-BU-SHI!” Ibushi waits on Kenta to return, and Kenta takes his time. Kenta steps in, circles with Ibushi, then test the waters with kicks. Kenta tries a combo of palm strikes but Ibushi throws kicks in return. They keep testing the other’s guard with their kicks and palm strikes. Ibushi pushes through to clinch but they end up on ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break but Kenta turns things around and pulls hair to get the headlock! Kenta hits a takeover, holds off Ibushi’s headscissors, and grinds the hold.

Ibushi endures, fights up to his feet, and powers out to speed things up, JUMPING KICK! Kenta bails out and fans fire up as Ibushi claps along. Ibushi takes aim but Kenta drags him out and whips him into the POST! Red Shoes reprimands, Kenta drags Ibushi up and whips, but Ibushi reverses! Kenta hits railing and hobbles around the way. Ibushi drags Kenta up to wrench and RAM into railing! The ring count climbs, Kenta RAMS Ibushi into the apron! Ibushi RAMS Kenta into railing back! The count is 10, Kenta stomps Ibushi down then throws hands. We’re past 15, Kenta keeps raining down rights! The count is 19, Ibushi is in at 19.9!!

Kenta stomps Ibushi in frustration then goes to untie a buckle pad. The fans rally but Kenta has bared the corner. Kenta drags Ibushi up to EuroUpper! And again! Kenta has Ibushi in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and Ibushi hits bare steel! Ibushi falls and writhes, Kenta covers, but Red Shoes won’t count because of the obvious shenanigans. Kenta protests but Red Shoes stands firm. Kenta drops a knee on Ibushi’s head, stands him up and hooks him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Kenta clamps onto Ibushi with a headscissor hold! Ibushi endures the squeeze as fans rally up. Ibushi moves around, reaches out, and gets the ropebreak!

Red Shoes counts, Kenta turns Ibushi away from the ropes! Kenta still lets Ibushi go, and he grabs at Ibushi. Ibushi throws hands from below but Kenta KICKS him down! Kenta gives toying kicks and talks trash as he stands on Ibushi’s face. Ibushi pushes him away but Kenta gives more kicks. Ibushi stands, Kenta blocks a kick to takedown and an STF! Ibushi endures, drags himself and Kenta around, and gets the ropebreak! Kenta lets off slowly as Red Shoes counts, and Ibushi goes to the corner. Kenta stands Ibushi up to RAM his shoulder in. And again! And again! Kenta lets off to go corner to corner, but Ibushi goes up and over! Kenta runs into a RANA!

Kenta bails out as fans fire up behind Ibushi. Ibushi runs to the corner, for the GOLDEN- NO! Kenta trips Ibushi up and Ibushi tumbles to apron then floor! Kenta drags Ibushi up, whips him into railing and Ibushi tumbles over and out! Kenta goes out there to drag Ibushi up and throw haymakers. Kenta stalks Ibushi but Ibushi hits back! The spotlight does its best to follow as the two brawl further towards the back. Red Shoes tells them to go back to the ring but Kenta KICKS Ibushi down. Kenta drags Ibushi up to ram him into the wall! Ibushi falls over, Kenta kicks at him and drags him back up, to then throw out the entryway! A ring count starts while the two brawl backstage!

The ring count is 10 of 20 while fans rally up! The count continues, Kenta returns at 13! He jogs back into the ring at 16 but what happened to Ibushi? Ibushi is in, he runs as fast as he can, to slide in at 19.999!! And Kenta is in disbelief! Kenta whips Ibushi into the bare corner! Ibushi staggers and flops over! Fans rally up, Kenta sits Ibushi up to KICK him in the back. Ibushi is defiant so Kenta KICKS him again! And again! And even while Ibushi’s down! Kenta then drags Ibushi up into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Ibushi endures and fans rally up. Ibushi has one arm free, but Kenta cranks on the chinlock part of the hold!

Ibushi still drags himself and Kenta forward, only for Kenta to turn him around! Ibushi fights up, throws elbows, but Kenta throws Ibushi down! Kenta drags Ibushi up, turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps right back on with the chinlock and squeezes tight. Ibushi still endures, grits his teeth as he fights back up, and throws more elbows. Kenta knees low, runs, but Ibushi dropkicks him down! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Kenta goes to a corner. Ibushi runs in but into a boot! Kenta runs but into a POWERSLAM! Ibushi somersaults to the second rope, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi grows frustrated but he still has more to try.

Fans rally up for “I-BU-SHI! I-BU-SHI!” and he drags Kenta up. Ibushi half nelsons but Kenta elbows free to standing switch. Ibushi elbows free and Kenta goes to a corner. Ibushi runs in, Kenta boots him back! Kenta reels Ibushi in for a TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta climbs, leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta gives toying kicks but Ibushi just glares at him. Ibushi gets up, forehead to forehead, but Kenta rolling sobats him down! Kenta drags Ibushi back up to fire off fast hands, URAKEN! Kenta runs but Ibushi goes Matrix! Ibushi kips back up to mule kick and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Ibushi gets up and calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “YAO~!” Ibushi runs but Kenta avoids the Bomaye to get around and shove Ibushi at Red Shoes! Kenta then runs in, but Ibushi gets himself and Red Shoes out of the way, sending Kenta into buckles! Ibushi kicks, Kenta ducks and waistlocks, to RAM Red Shoes into the bare buckles!! Red Shoes goes down, Kenta hits a SPIKE DDT! Everyone is down and fans fire up again! Fans rally up but Kenta goes out to get a chair from under the ring! Kenta takes aim and he SMACKS Ibushi on the back! But Ibushi doesn’t fall?! Kenta is a bit stunned to see Ibushi stand up tall! Kenta swings again but Ibushi dodges to kick low!

Ibushi gets the chair, and he threatens to hit Kenta! Kenta begs for mercy, Ibushi tosses the chair, to BUZZSAW Kenta down! Ibushi wags his finger, then goes out to check under the ring. Ibushi brings out a TABLE! “Kowai” Ibushi is raising the stakes! Fans rally up as Ibushi drags Kenta to the ropes! Ibushi waistlocks and drags Kenta up! Kenta fights for his life, knocks Ibushi down, then goes out to the apron to join him! Kenta kicks Ibushi low, reels him in and aims, but Ibushi fights off the powerbomb! Fans rally, Ibushi back drops Kenta! Kenta flops from apron to floor and Ibushi goes after him. Ibushi LARIATS Kenta onto the table, then rallies the fans up.

Ibushi goes to the apron, Kenta sits up but gets another BUZZSAW! The table’s leg falls, but Ibushi doesn’t care as he climbs up the corner! FALLING BODY PRESS onto the table! The table doesn’t break but both men bounce off the floor! Fans fire up and rally as both men writhe on the outside. A ring count begins, both men stir at 5 but still don’t sit up by 10. The count is 15 but still both men are down! Kenta gets up at 18 and in, Ibushi’s again in at 19.999! Fans rally up as Ibushi hobbles over to Kenta. Ibushi brings Kenta up but he turns things around and puts Ibushi in ropes, BRAIN KILLER! Both men are down from the draping DDT as fans rally back up.

Kenta crawls to one corner, Ibushi is in the other. Kenta runs corner to corner for the HESITATION DROPKICK! Kenta goes up top, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives the coup de grace but Kenta roars! Kenta drags Ibushi up, fireman’s carry, but Ibushi slips off, only for Kenta to CROSS COUNTER! Kenta fires off more and more and more slapping strikes, then fires up, only for Ibushi to ROUNDHOUSE! Ibushi gets Kenta by the wrists, to KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!?! Kenta survives but Ibushi just brings down the kneepad! Ibushi gets the wrists again, sits Kenta back up, but Kenta reels him in to go after the bare corner! But Ibushi stops the bump!

The two go around, Kenta throws Ibushi down with a sayanagi! Cover, TWO! Kenta snarls, drags Ibushi around, omoplata and GAME OVER CROSSFACE! Ibushi endures, fans fire up and Ibushi moves around to reach out and get the ROPEBREAK! Kenta lets go, drags Ibushi up but Ibushi ROUNDHOUSES! Ibushi gets the wrists again, but Kenta sidesteps to RAM Ibushi into bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Kenta is furious with Red Shoes but he runs at Ibushi to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives again but Kenta slashes his throat! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO! Ibushi blocks to V-TRIGGER! KENNY~!

Ibushi has the wrists from behind, BLINDSIDE KAMIGOYE!! Ibushi then gets Kenta back up, FRONTSIDE KAMIGOYE!!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

The Golden Star has done it!! He has taken the top spot in A Block and is going on towards history!! Ibushi takes a moment to show Kenta the respect he’s earned, and then gets the mic.

“Everyone. Thank you very, very much. And, Kenta-san, thank you for everything you just gave me. I really appreciate it. I really, really am so grateful. Thank you very much.” And now, Ibushi has a chance to win this! He’s going to his fourth straight finals, and he won’t let this opportunity slip away! Ibushi vows to get his third straight finals win! As always, he ends with his promise to not run away, not lose, not give up, and not betray the fans! “Thank you very much!” Ibushi drops the mic and bows deeply to the fans. Will the Golden Star shine brighter than ever before in the 31st G1 Climax finals?

 

Here are the FINAL A Block standings!

Kota Ibushi: 7-2, 14 points [Heading to G1 Climax 31 Finals]
Kenta: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Zack Sabre Jr: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 6-2-1, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Great-O-Khan: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED] [won special singles bye]
Tanga Loa: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-6-1, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great ninth round for A Block this G1! Yano and Ishii had a fun match, as all Yano matches are, and pretty impressive for Yano to improve his standing in the very last round. Three matches affecting the finals is a great way to book this, and what a great shocker for Yujiro to force a double count out with Takagi. Takagi winning wouldn’t have affected things given ZSJ and Ibushi each had a win over him, so it was actually really clever that they let Yujiro get something from this. ZSJ VS Loa was great stuff, and Loa winning was also a great shocker. Again, I’m betting Guerrillas of Destiny get after the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships at some point.

Ibushi VS Kenta was also how the main event for this should be. It was two wrestlers fighting for that final spot because they had the same record and they really put a lot into the match. Ibushi going through with the top rope dive to the table was pretty wild, since that then became a fall right to the floor. Ibushi winning is still pretty surprising, I did not think he’d get four straight finals like this. Now, I don’t know if he’ll win the finals since B Block is sending either Okada or Jeff Cobb, but it will be awesome stuff to see.

My Score: 9.2/10


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BOSJ, Round 6!

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It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.

I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.

My Score: 8.9/10


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