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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/20/21)

B Block’s final round!

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NJPW G1 Climax 31

It all comes down to this!

NJPW’s traditional round robin is closing, but it’s not over yet! Will the Rainmaker rise? Or will Jeff Cobb go 9-0 in the 31st G1 Climax?

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

  • YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins.
  • Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Taichi wins.
  • SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb; Okada wins.

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Here are the current B Block standings!

Jeff Cobb: 8-0, 16 points
Kazuchika Okada: 7-1, 14 points
EVIL: 6-2, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!

The Headhunter fell to The Ace but the Crown Jewel just got a win over the Holy Emperor! Will Hashi #GetBackUp and finish strong? Or will the Texas Heavyweight Champion add another champion to his win column?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Chase wrenches the arm to a wristlock but Hashi wrenches back. Hashi has the wristlock, Chase rolls to slip through and wrench back. Hashi wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock but Chase powers out, only for Hashi to run him over! Fans rally behind Hashi as he wrenches Chase again, and elbows the elbow! Hashi wrenches and wrenches and wrenches, but Chase pulls hair to put Hashi on ropes. The ref calls for the break, but Chase HOTSHOTS Hashi! Hashi goes to the floor, Chase goes out to stomp him down. Chase whips Hashi hard into railing and Hashi falls in a heap!

Chase puts Hashi in the ring, climbs up the corner and drops ax handles on Hashi’s back. Chase drags Hashi up but fans rally up. Chase headlocks then punches Hashi down! Chase whips Hashi to a corner then snapmares him down for an uppercut to the back! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps focus and he goes right up top. Chase leaps but into a mule kick! Fans fire up as Chase drags himself up the ropes. Chase brings Hashi up but Hashi fires off forearms! Chase knees low, whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks Chase’s leg out! Fans rally up again as Chase clutches his bad knee. Hashi fires up and throws more forearms and elbows.

Hashi whips, Chase reverses but Hashi ducks and dodges to HEADHUNTER! Chase staggers to a corner, Hashi runs in and CHOPS! Hashi whips Chase to CHOP him again, then brings him around to hang him out to dry! Chase fights to get down and then he BOOTS Hashi! Hashi SUPERKICKS Chase in return! Chase is stuck in the ropes, Hashi runs to dropkick him down! Then he adds a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Hashi suplexes, but Chase fights out of Head Buster to cravat knee smash! Chase mule kicks then hits a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down again.

Chase watches Hashi and runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi up. Chase fireman’s carries but Hashi fights free to waistlock. Chase switches, Hashi switches, repeat! They go around and around, Chase swings but Hashi ducks. Chase blocks the kick then ducks the spinning heel kick to SHINING WIZARD! Chase drags Hashi up, tucks him in, but Hashi fights the package driver and back drops free! Chase staggers to a corner, runs in, but Hashi blocks Shi Trigger to LARIAT! And fisherman and a flip to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Hashi hurries to get Chase up, half nelson and pump handle, but Chase turns that into a cradle! TWO!! Hashi CHOPS Chase and fires forearms! CHOP! Hashi runs but Chase SHI TRIGGERS! Chase fires up and so do the fans as he drags Hahsi back up. Chase reels Hashi in, says BANG, but Hashi arm-drags out of the package! Chase fires off strikes but Hashi SUPERKICKS! Chase rebounds but into Hashi’s LARIAT! Hashi drags Chase up, half nelson and pump handle, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

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

No more #ChampionKiller for Chase here! The NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion stands tall over the Texas Heavyweight Champion! Will this help Hashi and his trio #StayGold?

 

Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

The Fierce Warrior fell to the Cold Skull but the Good Bad Guy is riding high off his win over the Rainmaker! Will Goto bring Tama back down? Or will the final around be Too Sweet, too?

The bell rings and the two circle. Tama runs but he stops himself, just keeping Goto on his toes. They approach, tie up, but Tama runs and Goto follows! Tama dodges and they stand off again. Tama takes off the vest to get serious and fans fire up. Goto and Tama feel out the grapple but Goto kicks low. Goto runs, Tama follows and runs Goto over, but Goto avoids the elbow drop. Goto headlocks, Tama powers out but Goto runs him over! Things keep moving, Goto turns hip toss into hip toss! Tama gets up and kicks back, puts Goto on ropes to whip, but Goto reverses, follows and LARIATS!

Goto drags Tama up to CLUB him, then whips him to ropes. Back elbow, cover, ONE! Goto clamps on with a chinlock! He digs his knee into Tama’s back but Tama pries at the hold. Goto digs an elbow into Tama’s head then drives it in! Goto stomps Tama, Jado coaches Tama up. Goto drags Tama up and suplexes but Tama slips out to waistlock. Goto throws elbows to get free, but Tama hurdles and hurdles and HAKU CHOPS! Tama stomps then drops an elbow! And then drops another elbow! And another! And another LEAPING elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Goto gets to a corner. Tama is after him with haymakers!

Tama back elbows again and again, then cravats to snapmare. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest then drives an elbow into Goto’s head! Fans rally as Tama paces, and Tama wraps a chinlock on Goto now. Goto endures as Tama thrashes and cranks the hold. Goto fights up, throws elbows, and is free, but he runs into a SLEEPER! Goto reaches out but Tama keeps him from ropes. Tama squeezes tight, Goto pulls at Tama’s hair but the ref reprimands. Goto fights up to throw Tama, but Tama holds on and brings Goto down! Tama squeezes tighter on the sleeper as fans rally harder. Goto fights up, but Tama drags him down and has body scissors!

The ref checks as Goto fades but he gets a second wind! Goto fights out of the scissors, throws body shots, then RAMS Tama into a corner! Goto is free, but Tama runs in! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up while Jado coaches Tama. Goto gets up, runs at Tama in the corner, MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up and Goto takes aim, and he KICKS Tama in the chest! Jado shouts to Tama and Tama fires up, only to get another KICK! Tama gets up again, Goto KICKS again! And again! And again! Tama feeds off them then forearms back! Tama whips Goto to a corner but Goto comes back to run him over!

Tama bails out but Goto aims, only for Tama to drag him out and whip. Goto reverses and Tama hits railing! Goto POSTS Tama and Tama hits the floor! Goto digs his heel into Tama but the ref reprimands. Goto stops at 4, drags Tama up and CLUBS him on the neck. Tama flounders, Goto drags him back up and into the ring. Fans cheer as Goto fires up and climbs the corner. Tama stops Goto with forearms and haymakers! Tama climbs up now, Goto resists but Tama throws body shots. Goto hits back, they brawl up top and Goto headbutts Tama down! Goto adjusts but Tama GAMANGIRIS! Tama brings Goto out off the top, Goto fights, but Tama still hits the TONGAN TWIST!

Fans are still fired up as both men are down. Goto and Tama stagger up, Tama runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Tama keeps moving, Goto ducks and dodges but runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! Tama gets Goto back up, fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top and aims, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO! Goto survives but Jado tells Tama to keep focus. Tama watches Goto as fans reach a thunderous level! Tama drags Goto up, tucks him in, but Goto fights! Tama CLUBS and throws body shots, tries the lift but Goto powers up! Tama stops the back drop, clubs Goto more, but Goto fireman’s carries to USHIGOROSHI!

Tama and Goto go to opposite corners again. Tama runs in but Goto avoids the splash! Goto clotheslines from behind, then hoists Tama up top! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tama survives but Goto drags him up. Goto dragon sleepers but Tama fights back! Goto grabs the arm, spins Tama around for knee after knee, then URA GTR! Goto runs, to LARIAT Tama inside out! Both men are down again and fans reach a thunderous level! Goto fires up and drags Tama up. Goto powers up but Tama flops over! The ref checks on Tama and Jado coaches him up. Goto dares Tama to rise as he powers up again. BUZZ- NO! Tama blocks and GUN-

NO! Goto powers out and follows but Tama redirects! Goto redirects, Tama leaps but no Gun Stun! Goto powers out, fireman’s carries, but Tama slips out to a dragon sleeper! Goto spins it around so he has the dragon sleeper but Tama spins around to suplex! Goto fights that off, wrenches and HEADBUTTS! But Tama ENZIGURIS! Tama gets Goto up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives that fast and furious exchange but Tama is fired up! Tama pounds the mat, fans rally behind him and Tama waits for Goto to rise. GUN- NO! Goto turns it to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and GOTOSHIKI! Goto wins!!

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

The Fierce Warrior finds a way to win in the blink of an eye! Is it still too soon before the Good Bad Guy can stand on his own? Are the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions slowly gaining power in their own right?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Ace is 4-4 while the Holy Emperor is 2-6, both rather shocking records for these two champions. Will the IWGP US Champion use love and energy to finish above 500? Or will the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion find a way to finish strong?

Miho helps Taichi with his things while Tanahashi shows off his muscles and fans cheer. Fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” at the bell and the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks, but Taichi hits DANGOUERS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! OFF COME THE PANTS?! Already?! Taichi sits Tanahashi up to BUZZSAW! And then Taichi goes for the Alabama, but his bad ribs hold him back. Taichi runs to AX BOMBER! Taichi tries again, but he can’t maintain the Alabama! Tanahashi throws a body shot to the bad ribs! Fans fire up and Taichi staggers to a corner. Tanahashi shakes out the cobwebs and slowly gets up.

Tanahashi runs in but blocks a boot to throw a hard body shot! Taichi drops to his knees and Tanahashi stomps him down! Tanahashi stands on Taichi’s ribs at the ropes but the ref counts. Tanahashi lets off, drags Taichi by a leg and stomps it, then stomps Taichi’s bad ribs! Tanahashi drops down on the leg for a toehold but Taichi pulls at Tanahashi’s hair. The ref reprimands, Taichi endures, fans rally up and Tanahashi turns Taichi over. Tanahashi ties up the legs and fires up as he has the deathlock. Miho coaches Taichi as he endures, but Tanahashi drops back for a MUDA LOCK! Taichi claws at the chinlock and fans rally up harder!

Tanahashi pulls Taichi back, lets go of the chinlock but keeps on the legs. Fans rally, Taichi claws his way around but Tanahashi digs knuckles into his back! Tanahashi stands up and drops back to snap the deathlock! Taichi still endures, powers up and claws his way forward. Miho is there calling to him, and Taichi reaches out, but Tanahashi drops back again! Taichi still gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi undoes the leglock and fans fire up again. Tanahashi stalks Taichi but Taichi kicks back. Taichi gets up but Tanahashi blocks the kick. Taichi still kicks Tanahashi away, then kicks him again. Tanahashi eggs Taichi on and catches the next kick, to throw another body shot!

Taichi falls, fans rally and Tanahashi whips, only for Taichi to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up as both men are down. Taichi rises, sits Tanahashi up and gives him Kowata Kicks! Then he snapmares Tanahashi to KICK him in the back! Taichi wants Tanahashi to rise, BUZZSAW but Tanahashi ducks! Tanahashi throws another body shot, Taichi goes to a corner and Tanahashi runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMAN- No! Tanahashi ducks, and he puts Taichi in the Tree of Woe! Tanahashi throws more body shots, the ref reprimands and counts. Tanahashi backs off, to dropkick Taichi down! Taichi falls out of the Tree and fans rally up.

Tanahashi goes to bring Taichi up but Taichi kicks him away! And again! Tanahashi keeps trying but Taichi KICKS him! Taichi eggs Tanahashi on now, then sobats! Tanahashi fires fast hands but Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Taichi fires up and goes to the corner. He takes aim, TENSHO- But Tanahashi blocks to a DRAGON SCREW! Then he ties up the legs for the TEXAS CLOVER HOLD! Taichi endures and Miho shouts to him, but Tanahashi pulls back harder! Taichi grabs at the ref and slowly makes his way forward, to get the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go and fans are rallying, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “TA-I-CHI!”

Miho holds onto Taichi’s hand and one of the medics asks Taichi how he’s feeling. Taichi refuses to give up, so Tanahashi runs, SLING- NO, Taichi slips around, but he can’t get Tanahashi up in the saido! Taichi BOOTS, ducks and gets around, but Tanahashi slips out! Taichi BOOTS, DANG- SLINGBLADE! But Taichi’s right up?! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! But Tanahashi is right up, too, into TENSHO JUJIHO!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO!! The Ace survives but the Holy Emperor grits his teeth and fights through the pain. Taichi strikes a three point stance in the corner, but runs into a SHOTEI!

Taichi comes back with a HARD RIGHT ELBOW! Taichi roars and fans are thunderous again! Taichi drags Tanahashi up and manages the the Alabama! But Tanahashi fights free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi goes right up top, to HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then he goes right back to the corner, for the HIGH FLY FLOP!! TAICHI SHIKI GEDO CLUTCH! TAICHI WINS!!

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

Now that’s how you finish strong! Taichi found a way to power through and he trumped The Ace! Will this Dangerous Tekker look to take the IWGP US Championship from Tanahashi in the future?

 

SANADA VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

So what if these two are out of the running? This is about pride, and the past that was thrown away in betrayal! Will the Cold Skull bring a Skull End to his former tag partner? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?

The bell rings and fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil gets annoyed and bails out. Evil gets a mic from the timekeeper, and says that Sanada isn’t worth his time! Evil rings the bell? He’s trying to make this a no contest as he and Dick leave! But Sanada pursues and CLUBS Evil down! Sanada puts Evil back in the ring, and rings the bell again as if to say the match is back on! But Evil kicks and whips Sanada on the return, only for Sanada to duck and dodge and dropkick the leg, to then dropkick Evil out of the ring! But Sanada goes up top just as Evil tries to turn the corner for the ramp! Dick distracts Sanada and Evil slides in to CLAW Sanada’s back!

Evil CLAWS Sanada at the ropes, and then again in the corner! The ref reprimands, Evil tell shim to shut up, but Sanada whips Evil corner to corner. Dick undoes the buckle pad behind Evil’s back, Sanada runs in but Evil takes the pad away! Sanada hits bare buckles and the ref reprimands Evil. Evil throws the pad away to then choke Sanada with his House of Torture shirt! The ref reprimands, Evil lets off and kicks Sanada out of the ring. Evil drags Sanada up, has media clear out and whips Sanada into railing! Evil brings chairs out from under the ring while Dick distracts the ref! Evil JAMS Sanada with the chair, wraps the chair around his head and HOME RUN!

Takagi is on commentary and he argues that wasn’t even close, but Evil tells him to shut up. Evil leaves the chair behind, goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA!” but the count is already past 10 of 20. It gets to 15 before Sanada sits up, and he staggers into the ring at 17. Evil covers, TWO! Evil argues with the ref but the count was fair. Evil drags Sanada up, Sanada throws forearms! Evil knees low, throws Sanada back out, and Dick ROCKS Sanada! Dick puts Sanada back in, Evil covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! A third try, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans fire up for Sanada. Evil stands on Sanada’s face and taunts him.

Evil gives Sanada toying kicks and even stands on Sanada’s head again. Sanada gets up to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Evil rakes Sanada’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil reels Sanada in but Sanada blocks the suplex. Evil keeps trying, but Sanada turns it into his own suplex! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Sanada kips up and goes to a corner. Sanada runs and rallies on Evil with forearms, arm-drag and atomic drop! Evil springs off into buckles, then Sanada trips Evil up to put him in Paradise! Dick gets on the apron but Sanada slingshots him into the ring! Dick wants mercy but instead gets Paradise! Fans fire up for Sanada more as he puts Evil and Dick side by side!

Sanada encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige. Sanada then runs to DOUBLE DROPKICK Evil and Dick out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Fans rally harder than ever and Sanada drags Evil up. Evil blocks the fireman’s carry to throw elbows, but Sanada blocks and gives the foot to the ref! Sanada dropkicks Evil down! Evil bails out after tasting some of his own medicine, and Sanada aims to PLANCHA! Evil gets clear and RAMS Sanada into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san! Will Evil ever stop targeting him? Fans rally up for “SA-NA-DA! while he and Evil are both down on the outside. The ref checks on both men but they’re stirring as the Young Lions help Abe-san.

Evil gets in the ring but then goes back after Evil! He puts on the SHARPSHOOTER as the ring count climbs! Dick taunts Sanada, Evil lets off at 10. Sanada grits his teeth and Evil distracts the ref from seeing Dick trip Sanada up! The count is 18, but Sanada springs up and in at 19.5! Evil is furious and he drags Sanada up for a fireman’s carry. DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Evil is arguing the count! The count was fair and fans are thunderous for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil slashes his throat and drags Sanada up. Evil spins him around but Sanada fights the STO off! Evil kicks low, whips but Sanada stops himself and then sends Evil into bare buckles! BIG back suplex!

Fans fire up again as both men crawl for corners. Evil drags himself up, as does Sanada. Sanada runs in but Evil BOOTS him! Evil runs in but Sanada fireman’s carries! Evil slips off to a waistlock but Sanada elbows free. Sanada runs, avoids Evil’s lariat from the corner, then goes up, out and springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Evil down! Sanada fireman’s carries to a TKO! Cover, TWO! Sanada goes to the corner but Dick has a chair! He throws it at Sanada and the ref sees that! They argue, Sanada puts the chair down and dropkicks Dick! Then he still catches Evil for a fireman’s carry to dragon sleeper! SKULL END!

Evil endures while caught in the body scissors! Fans rally hard as ever, Evil grabs at the ref but he’s fading! Sanada lets Evil go to go to the corner! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Evil saves himself and fans rally up again! Sanada sits up first, then brings Evil up. Sanada EuroUppers but Evil stays on his feet! Sanada throws another EuroUpper and Evil drops to his knees! Sanada stands Evil up so he can EuroUpper him again! Evil flounders against ropes and flops back down. Sanada eggs Evil on, Evil gets up and fakes the chop to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil tells him to shut up, and he stands Sanada up, but Sanada ROLLING SOBATS!

Sanada runs, Evil uses the ref as a shield, then kicks Sanada low. Evil gets Sanada up and uses the ref again, but the ref lets Sanada down, no Magic Killer! Sanada kicks but Evil blocks, and THROWS the foot into the ref! The ref goes down and Dick gets in, he and Evil still fail to Magic Killer! Wait, Sanada puts Evil on Dick’s shoulder, NOW MAGIC KILLER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up as Sanada dragon sleepers for the SKULL SWING! But Evil grabs at the ref to LOW BLOW! And then EVERY- NO! Sanada shoves Evil at the ref and then LOW BLOWS in return! O’Conner Roll BRIDGE! Dick drags the ref out!! Sanada would’ve won! But Dick gets his SPOILER CHOKER!!

Sanada fights it off! Sanada arm-drags Dick, ducks Evil’s chair shot, it’s hot potato with the chair and Dick gets caught with it! Sanada dropkicks the chair into Dick! The ref is busy with Dick, Evil THROWS the other chair at Sanada’s head! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil wins!!

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

And now Evil uses the SPOILER CHOKER to torment Sanada! Young Lions gets in and stop Evil, but the damage is done! And he talks trash to Takagi on his way out, too. Is this how little those days in Los Ingobernables de Japon mean to him? Will Evil use this last win in the G1 as momentum on to something big down the line?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Jeff Cobb!

Here it is! The main event of the ninth and final round that determines it all! Kota Ibushi is already making history from the A Block, will the United Empire’s Hulk do the same by going in with a spotless record? Or will Okada make it rain into the G1 finals?

The bell rings and fans rally up already. Cobb rushes in but Okada dodges to fire off forearms! Cobb shoves him away, Okada comes back to ROCK Cobb! Okada runs to forearm again, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Cobb gets Okada up, whips and scoops him, but Okada frantically fights free! Cobb throws a hard body shot and Okada ends up in a corner, Cobb runs in and SPLASHES! But Okada turns that into an Alabama for a REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up, “O-KA-DA!” “JEFF COBBU!” as Okada goes to the far corner. Okada watches Cobb stand up and clutches his neck. Okada resets and the two circle.

Cobb kicks low, whips again but Okada reverses and BOOTS! Okada snapmares Cobb, runs and basement dropkicks! Cobb sits up in a daze but Okada takes a moment to catch his breath before bringing Cobb up. Okada turns Cobb for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Fans still rally as Okada clamps on a chinlock and grinds Cobb down. Cobb endures, pries at the hold, stands up and throws elbows. Okada CLUBS Cobb on the back, whips him but Cobb holds ropes to block. Okada throws forearms, whips but Cobb reverses. Cobb dodges Okada’s elbow to come back and CLOBBER Okada with an elbow! Fans fire up as both men are down.

Cobb storms over to Okada, turns him over and jumps onto his back! Cobb surfs on Okada with his own Rainmaker pose! Cobb hops off, Okada bails out and Cobb goes out to pursue. Cobb stands Okada up to ROCK him with a right. Cobb then stands Okada up to ROCK him in the back! Now Cobb stands on Okada at the railing and also points to Takagi. Cobb goes back to the ring and fans rally up as Okada is down on the ground. A ring count starts, and it reaches 10 before Okada sits up. Okada stands at 12 and gets in the ring, but Cobb is right on him with a CHOP LARIAT in the corner! And another! And another!

Okada sits down, Cobb drags him back up and brings him around to suplex. Cobb walks around with Okada for a count of 10 before he TOSSES Okada! Cover, TWO! Cobb’s a bit surprised by that but fans keep rallying. Cobb drags Okada up, clinches and Belly2Belly suplexes! Cobb holds on to Belly2Belly again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Okada survives but Cobb claims it is “JEFF COBBU!” Cobb JAMS his knee into Okada’s back, and again, then uppercuts him in the back! Cover, TWO! Okada throws body shots and forearms but Cobb headbutts! Okada stays up so Cobb RAMS him into a corner! And takes him corner to corner, and back again!

Cobb picks Okada up for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT FLOPS as Okada narrowly avoids it! Fans rally up as Okada brings Cobb over. Cobb knees low, runs, but Okada FLAPJACKS! Fans rally up again and Okada dares Cobb to get up. Okada throws forearm after forearm, then whips. Cobb reverses, Okada ducks and dodges and CLOBBERS Cobb with an elbow! Okada whips Cobb to the corner, runs in and back elbows! Okada then kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up harder and Okada drags Cobb up to wrench and MONEY CLIP! Cobb RAMS Okada into the corner and is free!

Cobb runs back in but Okada dodges! Okada puts Cobb up top to dropkick him to the floor! Fans fire up and Okada aims. PLANCHA, but Cobb catches him! And pops him up, but Okada sips out to kick and- NO! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Both men are down and the ring count starts. Cobb gets up at 7, takes a moment to bring Okada up, and puts him in at 14. Okada get sup, Cobb kicks, EuroUppers and DROPKICKS! Okada goes to a corner, Cobb runs in and back elbows! Cobb scoops and runs but Okada slips off to waistlock. Cobb elbows free, runs but is sent through ropes! Okada runs in but into a shoulder! He comes back to SHOTGUN Cobb off the apron!

Cobb slowly gets up, Okada builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Cobb! Fans are thunderous nd rally up as both men stir with the new ring count. Okada drags Cobb up and puts him in at 10 of 20. Okada then climbs a corner and watches Cobb stand. MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Okada drags Cobb up to scoop and SLAM! Standard formula, Okada goes to the corner and climbs up. MACHO ELBOW DROP! And now, Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Cobb up, ripcords but Cobb reels Okada in for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Both men are down again and fans rally back up!

Cobb hobbles over, drags Okada up, scoops him and RAMS him into a corner! OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Okada survives being smashed but Cobb drags him up. Cobb whips, Okada holds ropes and then boots back! Okada blocks the superkick to ripcord, but Cobb gets around, SNAP GERMAN! Cobb hurries to whip Okada again, scoops him, TOUR OF- NO! Okada slips out to gut wrench! But Cobb’s weight tips things in his favor! TOMBSTONE! But Cobb holds on to bring Okada back up, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! But Cobb can’t make the cover, and fans are thunderous again!

Cobb copies the Rainmaker, he’s the #Tourmaker! Cobb ripcords and reels Okada in, but Okada slips out! ROLLING LARIAT! Fans rally up and Okada crawls over to get the wrist. Okada drags Cobb up and brings him around, but Cobb BOOTS! Okada hold son so Cobb BOOTS again! And again! Cobb ducks the lariat but Okada dropkicks him down! MONEY CLIP! Cobb fights to stay up, Okada keeps him from ropes, then gut wrenches to SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Okada drag Cobb back up to the MONEY CLIP!! Cobb endures, scoots around, reaches out, but Okada drags him from ropes! Cobb gets up but Okada turns him for the back2backbreaker!

But Cobb rolls off! Cobb reels Okada in to a backslide but Okada rolls through, and ducks the lariat to backslide Cobb! Cobb rolls off and HEADBUTTS Okada down!! Cobb gets Okada up to whip and scoop, TOUR OF- NO! Okada slips off, ripcord but Cobb ducks to ripcord Okada! Okada back drops and sits for a cover, TWO!!! Okada gets to a corner, fans are thunderous, and Cobb runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! Cobb fights that to powerbomb lift, but Okada fights and gets to the top rope. Okada kicks Cobb but Cobb DROPKICKS Okada! Okada tumbles into a Tree of Woe position! Red Shoes hurries to help Okada and Okada gets down to the apron.

Cobb goes to the corner as fans rally back up. Cobb drags Okada up, and deadlifts him to the top! Okada throws body shots and forearms to knock Cobb down, but Cobb HEADBUTT UPPERCUTS! Cobb climbs back up, brings Okada up, SUPER DDT?!?! Okada turns things around on Cobb at the very last second!! Cobb is dazed, Okada grits his teeth and fans are electric! Okada roars, drags Cobb back up and ripcords, but Cobb gets around again! Okada elbows away to get free, and he goes to gut wrench. Cobb gut wrenches instead, pops Okada up, but Okada slips out of the Tour to DROPKICK again! But Cobb’s right up?! He runs into Okada’s SIT-DOWN TOMBSTONE!!

Okada drags Cobb back up, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!!

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

And Okada is heading to the finals!! His win may be the only loss on Cobb’s G1 record, but it is the most important loss! And now we have our finals set as Ibushi VS Okada! Okada takes a moment then gets the mic. “BUDOKAN~! Tomorrow, this record setting hot Autumn will come to a close. It’s not important what I say right now, tomorrow is winner takes all. So for now, let’s end it here. Go home, wash your hands, gargle. After work, come right back here, and enjoy the G1 Climax FINALE! Thank you for your enthusiasm today! I’m going to make it rain on this G1 Climax!” A straightforward message with a straightforward mission! Will Okada stop the Golden Star from having his threepeat?

 

Here are the FINAL B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 8-1, 16 points [Heading to G1 Climax 31 Finals]
Jeff Cobb: 8-1, 16 points [ELIMINATED]
EVIL: 7-2, 14 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
SANADA: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tama Tonga: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase Owens: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for the G1 Climax, with even the matches that have no effect on the outcome being a lot of fun. Fans really got into Goto VS Tama and that was a very good match with things fast and furious right from the start. Tanahashi VS Taichi was also great stuff, and it felt really big for Taichi to win. Evil wanting to just skip his match with Sanada was a great little character bit, and I’m surprised Evil won after that. I suppose Sanada still isn’t ready to be a singles guy in the eyes of NJPW management.

And of course, Okada VS Cobb was awesome stuff, and I really thought Cobb had it at a few different moments. I personally thought the history of Ibushi’s fourth finals in a row and Cobb going in undefeated in the block would’ve really made the finals huge on its own, but I suppose that’s too big even for the G1. Ibushi VS Okada is still going to be awesome stuff, and with it being Ibushi VS Okada, it really could go either way.

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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