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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/3/21)

Round 5, A Block!

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NJPW G1 Climax 31

Finally, the Dragon and the Golden Star face off again!

Though they couldn’t battle at Wrestle Grand Slam, NJPW’s Shingo Takagi and Kota Ibushi battle in this red hot G1! Will the Golden Star slay the Dragon?

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

  • Great-O-Khan VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
  • Tanga Loa w/ Jado VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter; Loa wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii VS Zack Sabre Jr; Ishii wins.
  • Kota Ibushi VS Shingo Takagi; Ibushi wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 4-0, 8 points
Great-O-Khan: 4-1, 8 points
Shingo Takagi: 3-1, 6 points
Kota Ibushi: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points [has special singles bye]
Kenta: 3-2, 6 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 2-3, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-3, 2 points

 

Great-O-Khan VS KENTA!

The Dominator lost to the Submission Master but he still has the points to make a run for the top! Can he conquer Kenta for the United Empire? Or will Fang Revived take a bite out of that iron claw?

Before the match, Kenta gets the mic to remind Khan, “When I beat you, you have to bow down to me!” Kenta drops the mic at Khan’s feet and Khan picks it up to respond. “Beat us? Bow down? Don’t make us laugh! Let’s see you try!” Khan throws the mic down and fans cheer as the bell rings. Khan and Kenta circle, approach and tie up. Khan shoves Kenta down and dares him to bring the fight. Kenta gets up and circles with Khan, they tie up again, and Khan shoves Kenta back down. Fans cheer as Khan and Kenta circle again. Kenta throws testing kicks but Khan walks those off. Khan blocks the next kick, puts Kenta on the ropes and the ref calls for the ropebreak.

Khan lets off cleanly, but Khan dodges the sucker punch to kick and throw forearms. Kenta whips, Khan reverses but Kenta bails out. Khan pursues, Kenta leads him around the ring then slides back inside to then slide out the other side. Khan mockingly asks what’s wrong, and they each dare the other to come after them. Khan rushes over but Kenta slips under the ring. Then he springs back out to attack Khan from behind! Kenta stomps Khan and talks trash. Kenta kicks Khan around, puts him in the ring then stomps him more. Khan sits up, Kenta keeps kicking but Khan trips him up! Kenta keeps his shoulders off but Khan rains down forearms.

Khan wants the legs but Kenta kicks and resists. Khan spins Kenta to a latera press but Kenta keeps moving around. Khan hammers away on Kenta then chokes him! The ref reprimands, counts, and Khan lets go to stomp Kenta down. Khan drags Kenta up to CHOP! Kenta stands up to stare Khan down, so Khan CHOPS again. Fans rally as Khan eggs Kenta on. Kenta shows chop but gives a KICK! Khan scowls and he shows chop to get a takedown! Khan gets Kenta’s leg but Kenta also gets a leg! They battle with heel hooks but Khan kicks Kenta with his free leg. Kenta holds that leg, drags himself over to ropes, but Khan shifts things to an ankle lock. Kenta sits back to make it a cover, TWO!

Kenta and Khan circle, Khan on the defensive now. Khan dares Kenta to try something but Kenta kicks him in the leg. Khan kicks Kenta in the leg, but Kenta kicks him back. Khan tries to catch Kenta’s foot, Kenta tries to drop down on him, but they roll as Khan has the heel hook! They’re in the ropes, Khan twists the foot more! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan lets go at 4. Khan drags Kenta by the leg, stomps it and YANKS it, and then Khan eggs Kenta on. Kenta sits up, Khan stomps him, and tries to make Kenta kiss his boot! Kenta fights free, turns Khan and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Kenta drags Khan up by his ponytail and tries to make him kiss his boot! Khan gets up and gets the arm! ARMBAR! Kenta sits up but Khan wrangles him back down. Khan shifts to get a head ‘n’ arm triangle! Kenta fights up to his feet but Khan throws him down! Khan squeezes tighter on the katagatami and even leans his weight on Kenta. Kenta endures, fans rally up, but Khan sits Kenta up to thrash him around! Kenta is fading, but he pulls the ponytail! The ref reprimands, Khan just wraps Kenta up with his own arm! Kenta endures this almost Anaconda Vice but he again pulls the ponytail! They stand, end up on ropes, and Khan shifts to club away on Kenta’s head!

The ref has Khan stop but Khan gives a stomp before he backs off. Khan drags Kenta up but gets a JAWBREAKER! And a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally up as Kenta KICKS Khan in the back! Kenta stands Khan up, waistlocks, but Khan elbows free. Khan runs in at Kenta in the corner but Kenta boots him away. Khan tries again but gets more boots. Kenta goes up, reels Khan in, tornado HOTSHOT! Khan falls back and Kenta climbs up. Kenta watches Khan stand up, and hits him with the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Khan up by his ponytail and fisherman’s, but Khan powers out of that to suplex and GOURDBUSTER! Both men are down as fans fire up again!

Khan stands up and kicks Kenta in the corner. Mongolian Chop! And another! Kenta wobbles but Khan gives him a third Mongolian Chop! Khan stands Kenta up to whip him to the corner and clothesline him from behind! Khan then hops up the corner to sit on Kenta! The ref counts, Khan swivels his hips but hops off at 4. Khan comes back to put Kenta up top and he Mongolian CHOPS him on the back! Kenta falls into the Tree of Woe, Khan digs his boots in! The ref counts, Khan lets off to go corner to corner. Three point stance and the SLIDING BOOT! Khan drags Kenta to center for an interesting way to get into the O’Conner, TWO!

Fans rally and Khan waits as Kenta stirs. Khan clamps on the Iron Claw! But Kenta arm-drags out of the Eliminator! Kenta dodges then spins Khan for a DDT! Both men are down again as fans rally up. Kenta kicks Khan to the apron then drags him up through the ropes. DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Khan flounders to the corner but Kenta runs in to FLYING KICK! Then he goes corner to corner to HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta encourages them to get louder. Khan is in a drop zone now as Kenta climbs up. Kenta jumps but Khan moves to avoid the stomps! Then he BOOTS Kenta down! Fans fire up as Khan slaps some sense back into himself.

Kenta and Khan approach on their knees and throw forearms back and forth. Fans rally up as they stand and pick up speed. Kenta SLAPS so Khan SLAPS and now it’s SLAP for SLAP back and forth, faster and faster! Khan gets the edge but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And hits Khan back again and again! Kenta winds up for a BIG SLAP, and down goes Khan! Kenta slashes his throat and drags Khan up to a fireman’s carry. But Khan slips out to IRON CLAW! But Kenta knees free of the Eliminator! Fireman’s carry, but Khan slips out to IRON CLAW! KITSUJIGOROSHI! Kenta endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up as he reaches for ropes! But he’s fading!

Khan scoops Kenta, pops him around, but Kenta slips out to shove Khan at the ref! Then SPLASHES him into ref and corner! All three men are down and fans fire back up. Kenta hurries out and gets a chair from under the ring! Kenta brings the chair in, and SMACKS Khan right on the back! Khan writhes with the pain! He slowly gets up but Kenta SMACKS him again! Kenta stomps Khan down, sets the chair on his chest, then goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Kenta puts on Khan’s Jiangshi hat and reaches the top. DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS OF THE DEAD! The chair is thrown out but the ref is still down, so Kenta hurries to get something else. A baseball bat was under the ring!?

Kenta takes some warm-up swings and aims at Khan. Fans rally up as Khan BLOCKS the bat! But then Kenta plays dead to pin the crime on Khan! The ref and Khan argue, Kenta rolls Khan up! Kenta wins!!

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

Kenta just outsmarted Khan! Khan tries to explain about the bat but it’s all hearsay between him and Kenta. Does this mean the Dominator must bow to Fang Revived? Kenta gets a mic and says he wants to see it. He gets another chair and brings it into the ring. Khan can’t leave until he follows through on the bet. Kenta takes a seat in the chair and wants Khan to dogeza, aka the deep, prostrate bowing. Khan asks Kenta like he can’t hear him but Kenta says he has to bow. Fans clap because they want to it, and then Kenta SHOUTS at Khan to bow. Khan struggles to bend down because he really doesn’t want to, but he’s a man of his word.

Only to iron claw and ELIMINATOR SLAM Kenta right out of his chair!! Khan lets Kenta have his points but he won’t let him have his way! Will Khan take this frustration out in the next round?

 

Tanga Loa w/ Jado VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

Here we go again. Another Bullet Club VS Bullet Club showdown in the G1. The Silverback’s score is low, but can he get up aft the expense of Tokyo Pimp? Or will go Ape Shit off some Pimp Juice?

Being that they’re all Bullet Club, everyone Low Sweets, even Pieter. Loa still wants Jado to watch Pieter, though, but not like, watch her. The bell rings, Loa and Yujiro circle and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock but Loa shoves Yujiro away. Loa assures it’s all good and they go to Too Sweet, but then Yujiro kicks low! Yujiro throws forearms but Loa just gets annoyed. Loa roars and Yujiro puts up the Too Sweet in panic. Loa can’t believe he’s pulling that now after the cheap shot. Jado calms Loa down, maybe Yujiro is being genuine. Loa and Yujiro approach, but now Loa kicks low! Loa CLUBS away on Yujiro then says no more games.

Loa whips corner to corner but Yujiro dodges to BOOT! Yujiro whips, Loa reverses and runs in but gets another boot! Yujiro runs, ducks and dodges but then blocks a boot to throw Loa down. Loa avoids the basement boot to basement LARIAT! Loa runs to SLIDING KNEE! And STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO, but the fans still marvel at Loa’s athleticism. Yujiro bails out of the ring, Loa pursues and CLUBS him down. Loa throws forearms, then brings Yujiro around to scoop and SLAM to the floor! Fans cheer but the ref wants this to get back in the ring. Loa asks if Yujiro’s alright, and then brings him up to RAM into the apron!

Loa mockingly asks if Yujiro is alright and then CLUBS him on the back. Loa brings Yujiro around to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Yujiro rolls into the ring, Loa hits a slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa mockingly acts surprised then brings Yujiro back up. Loa bumps Yujiro off buckles, turns him around and stomps a mudhole into him, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Loa lets off, and Loa pats the ref on the back. Loa stands Yujiro up to scoop and RUNNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps on Yujiro with a chinlock, then shifts it to a seated cobra clutch. Yujiro endures, Loa thrashes him around, but Yujiro scoots and reaches out, only for Loa to drag him back from ropes!

Yujiro reaches out with his feet but he’s still too far away! Fans rally as he kicks around, and he gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Loa lets off and brings Yujiro up. Loa ROCKS Yujiro with a right, then RAMS him into the corner! Then rams his shoulder in again and again and again! The ref counts, Loa stops and backs off, then he whips Yujiro corner to corner. Loa runs in to clothesline, then he whips Yujiro out then in for another clothesline! Loa reels Yujiro in, Yujiro throws elbows to avoid the clinch, then ROCKS Loa with another! Loa growls but he swings into a dragon sleeper! Loa snapmares out of the DDT but runs into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT!

Fans fire up and Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Yujiro runs but Loa boots, only for Yujiro to block! Yujiro throws Loa down and basement boots! Loa bails out, Yujiro builds speed and fans rally, and Yujiro DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Yujiro is fired up after hitting the tope suicida and so are the fans! A ring count begins, Yujiro drags Loa up and puts him in the ring. Yujiro vows to end it now as he stands Loa up. Loa resists the fisherman to kick, kick and ENZIGURI! Then a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yujiro still lives and Loa argues the count! The count was fair, so Loa drags Yujiro back up. Loa reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro resists the bomb lift.

Yujiro BITES Loa’s hand! Yujiro whips, Loa reverses, fireman’s carries but Yujiro slips off. They fight for control, Yujiro hits the FISHERSMAN BUSTER! Fans rally up, the two slowly rise, and Yujiro throws a forearm. Loa throws it back! Yujiro staggers but he hits Loa again. Loa hits back and Yujiro wobbles! Loa eggs Yujiro on so Yujiro throws forearm after forearm! Loa fires up to forearm back again, but then Yujiro ROCKS him! Yujiro fires up, fireman’s carries but Loa sunset flips! Yujiro rolls through and basement boots but Loa ducks that for a roll up! TWO, Loa runs in to BOOT! Loa eggs Yujiro on, but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Fans cheer and Yujiro fires up again! Yujiro sits Loa up, but no Pimp Juice as Loa shoves him away! So Yujiro SUPERKICKS! Yujiro runs, into a SPEAR! Loa gets Yujiro up for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives and Loa can’t believe it! Loa drags Yujiro up, vows to end this and scoops, but Yujiro slips out to shove and fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE!! Cover, TWO!?! Loa lives and Yujiro is furious! But fans fire up with him as he sits Loa back up. Yujiro gets Loa up but Loa slips free to scoop, APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!

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

Finally, the Silverback has points he can call his own! But in the end, Bullet Club is still fine as Loa helps Yujiro to his feet. Will Loa be able to make a comeback and finish his first G1 strong? Can Yujiro make sure the House of Torture is still good?

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Stone Pitbull is finally rolling but the Submission Master isn’t slowing down. Will Ishii #JustTapOut after he worked so hard to #GetBackUp? Or will ZSJ no longer be the only undefeated man in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. ZSJ and Ishii feel out the grapple. They knuckle lock but ZSJ quickly bridges to wrench and headlock. Ishii powers out, dodges the boot but ZSJ dodges back. Ishii blocks the kick, ZSJ blocks the clothesline and spins Ishii to a cravat. ZSJ goes to snapmare but Ishii blocks that and spins ZSJ. ZSJ blocks the suplex, gets around and wants the cobra twist but Ishii hip tosses! ZSJ drags Ishii down to a EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes and fans fire up! ZSJ says Ishii is very lucky and fans rally up as the two start shoving. ZSJ EuroUppers but Ishii CHOPS him!

ZSJ talks trash, he and Ishii start shoulder bumping but ZSJ EuroUppers again. Ishii CHOPS ZSJ and sends him back to the corner! ZSJ scowls and EuroUppers, Ishii CHOPS! ZSJ flops back against the corner but he gets back up. Another EuroUpper for another CHOP, and ZSJ falls right down! Ishii drags ZSJ up, CHOPS him again, and again! Ishii kicks ZSJ, ZSJ gets up and EuroUppers. Ishii CHOPS and ZSJ falls! Ishii kicks ZSJ to the apron, then drags him up, but ZSJ resists the suplex! ROPE OCTOPUS! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go and Ishii falls down! ZSJ says that was for his chest! ZSJ then gets an arm and twists the wrist.

The ref says Ishii is in the ropes but ZSJ still hammerlocks to stomp the arm! Ishii clutches his arm but fans cheer. ZSJ eggs Ishii on and fans rally up. Ishii stands to CHOP! But that’s proving double edge with what ZSJ’s done to that arm. Even so, Ishii CHOPS again! ZSJ eggs Ishii on and then blocks the chop to grab the arm! Ishii throws ZSJ off to then ROCK him with a right. Ishii whips, ZSJ reverses and spins around to arm-drag! Basement dropkick right to the top of Ishii’s head! Fans cheer while ZSJ catches his breath. ZSJ goes after the arm, digs his elbow and knuckles into Ishii’s ribs, then isolates the arm to STOMP it!

ZSJ sits on Ishii while digging heels into the arm. Ishii barks at ZSJ but ZSJ slaps him around, then STOMPS the arm again! ZSJ paces, then clamps back onto the bad arm, bending the fingers individually, then all at once! He jams them over and over and over, then goes after the wrist, to elbow, to shoulder! Ishii scrambles around and gets a ropebreak! Fans cheer and ZSJ lets go quickly to then bring Ishii back up. ZSJ wrenches, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, and Ishii drops to his knees. ZSJ twists the wrist more and tortures the elbow while Ishii is on the mat! ZSJ twists the arm all the way around, gets Ishii up, but Ishii headbutts ZSJ in the back!

Ishii deflects the boot but ZSJ escapes the waistlock, only to run into a shoulder tackle! Ishii leans against ropes while getting his bad arm moving and feeling back in his tortured hand. Fans rally as Ishii goes back to ZSJ and CHOPS him! The pain in Ishii’s arm holds him back but he SLAPS ZSJ on the back, then CHOPS him in the chest all the same! And CHOPS again! Still so much power despite the damage done to that arm. Ishii whips, ZSJ goes up and around in the corner, but runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ishii drags ZSJ up, puts him on the top rope, then climbs up to join him. ZSJ resists, bends the bad arm but lets go when the ref counts.

ZSJ adjusts and SUNSET POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO! But ZSJ has an ARMBAR! Ishii rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go, Ishii rolls away and fans fire back up. ZSJ crawls back, gets Ishii’s arm and STOMPS it again! Ishii sits up into the PENALTY KICK but blocks it! ZSJ slaps away but Ishii spins him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” “Z S J!” Ishii sits up, drags ZSJ up now, and reels him in. ZSJ hooks a leg to block the suplex, elbows free, but Ishii ducks the roundhouse. Ishii waistlocks but ducks an elbow, only for ZSJ to duck under a clothesline and elbow from Ishii. Ishii gets back around, BIG back suplex!

Fans fire up as Ishii roars and stands back up. Ishii drags ZSJ up, reels him in, but ZSJ slips out to wrench the arm. Ishii blocks the Pele, runs, but into a MOUNTED ARMBAR! ZSJ shifts to get both arms in an inverted Rings of Saturn! Step over to the JIM BREAKS SPECIAL! Ishii endures, ZSJ cranks back harder, but Ishii uses that to roll to the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go in frustration but fans fire back up! Fans rally while Ishii tries to get his bad arm going again. ZSJ gives Ishii toying kicks from the mat but Ishii turns to give those kicks back. They both kick but ZSJ gets Ishii in the bad arm. ZSJ then KICKS Ishii in the chest!

Ishii growls as he sits back up but ZSJ kicks at the arm again and again and again. Ishii blocks the buzzsaw to KNEEBREAKER and dropkick the leg! ZSJ comes back to KICK, but Ishii just scowls and DECKS ZSJ with a forearm! Fans fire up again as both men end up in opposite corners. Fans rally again, “I-SHI-I!” “Z S J!” as Ishii works on getting feeling in his right hand. Ishii runs in at ZSJ but ZSJ dodges. ZSJ comes back, Ishii dodges in the corner, but ZSJ TORNADO DDT’S! But Ishii springs right back up and POUNCES ZSJ! ZSJ stumbles up and PENALTY KICKS! Ishii’s back up, ZSJ BOOTS him, but Ishii comes back to LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as both men are down!

Ishii goes to the corner, adjusts his elbow pad and gets feeling in his arm. He runs but into a SLEEPER! He switches and shoves out to swat ZSJ’s kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down again but fans fire back up! Ishii roars and drags ZSJ into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! ZSJ lives but Ishii keeps focus. Fans rally, Ishii crawls over and sits ZSJ up. Ishii runs but ZSJ ducks to catch the lariat to a ghost pin! TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes but he SLIDING LARIATS right through ZSJ! ZSJ sits up in a daze, Ishii gets him up and point-blank LARIATS! Ishii roars and fans are thunderous again as he suplexes. ZSJ slips out, trips Ishii up, leg roll to O’Conner Bridge! TWO!!

ZSJ keeps focus, but he swings into Ishii’s spin. ZSJ suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Ishii! KIMURA!! Ishii endures as ZSJ tortures his bad arm! Fans rally and Ishii moves around but ZSJ body scissors! Ishii throws body shots so ZSJ lets him up to wrench and tilt-o-whirl to ARTICLE 50! The cross armbreaker bends Ishii back but Ishii moves around. ZSJ turns it into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Ishii endures, powers up but ZSJ uses the lift to roll and drag Ishii back down! Fans rally hard as ever but Ishii is fading! ZSJ drives in elbows and squeezes tighter! Ishii fights up, ZSJ manages to keep hold of the arm, but Ishii stomps ZSJ’s head!

Ishii gets free but ZSJ wrenches and scoops! Ishii slips off, HEADBUTT! But ZSJ stays up?! Boot blocks clothesline but haymaker blocks roundhouse! Ishii still LARIATS with his bad arm!! Ishii jams his arm in the corner, throws off the support and runs, LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! ZSJ survives but Ishii drags him right up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ZSJ earns 0)

Incredible! The Stone Pitbull fights through the pain to give ZSJ his first loss in this year’s G1! Has Ishii put out ZSJ’s hot streak to start his own? Or will Ishii merely be a speedbump for the Submission Master?

 

Kota Ibushi VS Shingo Takagi!

The Golden Star and the Dragon were going to meet during Wrestle Grand Slam but it was not meant to be then. Now things have aligned so that they can battle in this fiery Fall! Ibushi wants to continue his G1 finals streak but Takagi wants to make more history as the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Whose G1 dream takes a step closer to becoming reality at halftime?

The bell rings and fans cheer for finally getting to see this. They clap “I-BU-SHI!” “TA-KA-GI!” as the two circle. Takagi avoids Ibushi’s testing kick and the two feel out the grapple. Takagi shows jab but thinks better of it. Ibushi gets a kick in but Takagi walks it off. The two tie up, Ibushi powers Takagi to ropes but lets off as Red Shoes calls for the break. They go again and now Takagi puts Ibushi on ropes. Red Shoes again calls for a break and Takagi pats Ibushi on the shoulders. Takagi then claps and the fans applaud, only for Takagi to throw a back elbow! Ibushi avoids that, gets a headlock, but Takagi powers out to reel Ibushi into a headlock of his own.

Takagi grinds the hold but Ibushi fights up. Ibushi powers out, Takagi runs him over, and fans cheer as Takagi brushes himself off. Things keep moving, Takagi fakes out Ibushi’s hurdle and runs him over! Takagi flexes for the elbow drop! And then another! Ibushi avoids the senton to hit a headlock takeover but Takagi headscissors. Ibushi kips out dropkick Takagi down! Fans cheer the exchange, and then Ibushi walks over to Takagi. Ibushi kicks him in the back, then again. Takagi gets up but Ibushi throws forearms. Ibushi eggs Takagi on so Takagi gives a forearm Ibushi forearms, Takagi back elbows. Ibushi fires off more forearms, then wrenches and whips corner to corner.

Ibushi runs into the corner but Takagi puts him out. Ibushi counter punches, springboards and missile dropkicks! But Takagi uses that to rebound and build speed to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Ibushi flounders to ropes as fans cheer, and Takagi runs in to clothesline Ibushi up and out of the ring! Fans cheer more while Takagi goes out to fetch Ibushi. Takagi makes sure his arm is alright before he bumps Ibushi off the apron a couple times. Takagi then fireman’s carries for SNAKE EYES! Fans fire up with Takagi as he checks with commentary. Takagi gets Ibushi up and puts him in the ring for a slingshot knee drop! Takagi digs his knee in before Red Shoes counts.

Takagi gets Ibushi up for a high snap suplex! Cover, ONE, but Takagi holds on with a chinlock! Takagi grinds Ibushi down, leans on the hold then shifts to crank the neck. Ibushi fights up, throws elbows and forearms but Takagi pie faces him. Ibushi throws another forearm then eggs Takagi on. Takagi ROCKS Ibushi with a forearm then hits a BIG back suplex! Takagi drags Ibushi up, cravats for a neck wrench but Ibushi gets to ropes. Takagi lets off clean, whips Ibushi to ropes and KNEES him low into a DDT! Cover, TWO! Takagi sits Ibushi up to dig his elbow into the shoulder. Fans rally as Takagi drives his elbow in again and again and again, then drops a knee!

Takagi paces while Ibushi slowly sits up. Takagi digs his heel into Ibushi’s face then scrapes his sole off him. Ibushi sits up as Takagi gives toying kicks. Takagi jabs but Ibushi doesn’t flinch. Takagi throws more jabs, then JABS Ibushi hard enough for him to feel it. Ibushi comes back to get elbows from Takagi, but he still eggs Takagi on. So Takagi SLAPS him! Ibushi SLAPS back, and it’s a fast and furious SLAP fight! SLAP SLAP SLAP and a KICK from Ibushi, but both men fall down! Fans fire up and rally as both men slowly get up. Takagi goes after Ibushi with a facelock to grind him into the mat! And even gives headbutts to Ibushi’s shoulders!

Takagi gets Ibushi up but Ibushi blocks the back suplex with a headlock. Takagi body shots, back suplexes but Ibushi lands on his feet. Ibushi waistlocks Takagi but he elbows free. Takagi runs and rebounds but into a RANA! Takagi falls out of the ring and fans fire up as Ibushi heads over. Ibushi goes to the apron, fires up and TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up with the direct hit at the ramp! Ibushi gets up as fans rally again, “TA-BU-SHI!” “I-KA-GI!” (Maybe squid! Maybe squid!) Ibushi gets Takagi into the ring and then aims from the corner. Takagi stands, Ibushi springboards and missile dropkicks again!

Fans keep the rally going as Takagi goes to a corner. Ibushi runs in but into a boot! Ibushi tries again but runs into an elbow. Takagi runs but into a POWERSLAM! Ibushi somersaults to the corner, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Ibushi gets to his feet. Ibushi drags Takagi up and reels him in but Takagi blocks the lift. They fight for control, Takagi back drops up and out! Ibushi gets up and comes back, into an ELBOW! JAB! But Ibushi ducks the Yukon, only to run into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up, Takagi drags Ibushi up and suplexes, but Ibushi fights it, so Takagi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!? The Dragon copies The Ace!! Cover, TWO!

Takagi fires up and fans rally up behind him. Takagi drags Ibushi back up, pump handles but Ibushi blocks the lift. Ibushi standing switches but Takagi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Takagi blocks a boot, CLUBS the leg, then hits a SAIDO! But Ibushi’s right up to get the HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans rally up as Ibushi and Takagi slowly sit up. Ibushi fires up and sees Takagi go to the corner. Ibushi runs in to BOOT! Ibushi throws forearms, Takagi hits back with one! Ibushi comes back with a KICK! Takagi CHOPS, Ibushi stays up and KICKS! Takagi CHOPS again, so Ibushi KICKS again! Fans rally up as Takagi CHOPS and Ibushi KICKS! Takagi JABS, JABS and DOUBLE CHOPS!

Ibushi KICKS, KICKS, and KICKS, but Takagi blocks to CLUB the leg! DRAGON SCREW! Takagi gets the leg again but Ibushi KICKS him away! Ibushi waits for Takagi to stand, KICKS his clothesline away, KICKS the bad arm, but runs into an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- COUNTER LARIAT! Ibushi takes Takagi down but he’s right back up to POINT-BLANK PUMPING! Ibushi is right up to SNAP GERMAN! Takagi runs to BLINDSIDE SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up more as both men are down! Fans rally, Takagi gets up and puts Ibushi on the top rope. Takagi climbs up to join him, they start brawling up top! Ibushi forearms but Takagi gives headbutt after headbutt!

Takagi stands Ibushi up on the very top, SUPERPLEX! Fans are thunderous as Takagi hurries over to cover, TWO! Ibushi survives but Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi powers up and runs, but Ibushi blocks Pumping, only to get ROLLING YUKON! Takagi drags Ibushi back up, swings, but into a full nelson! Takagi powers out of that, wrenches and ducks the roundhouse to MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and fans are thunderous again! Takagi is surprised but he fires up again. He stands Ibushi up, pump handles and torture racks but Ibushi fights free! Ibushi fires off knees but Takagi blocks to SHIN- NO! Ibushi KNEES free!

Fans rally up again as Ibushi goes to the corner. Ibushi calls upon the powers of the King of Strong Style, but Takagi corner clotheslines him! Takagi runs but Ibushi ducks the sliding lariat to ENZIGURI! Ibushi crawls over to the corner and aims again. Ibushi wants Takagi to stand for this one! “YAO~!” BOMAYE!! But he’s not done there! Ibushi gets Takagi up, reels him in and picks him up, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Ibushi is beside himself. Ibushi crawls over, gets the wrists and sits Takagi up, but Takagi blocks with strength! Takagi and Ibushi fight for wrist control but Takagi rams his shoulder in! JAB, then a HEADBUTT and V-TRIGGER!!

Fans are thunderous for Takagi’s “Pumping Knee” or whatever it might be called! Takagi gets up, runs, and PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ibushi survives and Takagi is frustrated but the fans stay thunderous. Takagi drags Ibushi up and powers up again. Pump handle but again Ibushi blocks the rack! Ibushi drives in elbows, Takagi POINT-BLANK PUMPING! Ibushi stays up!? Takagi fires off boxing elbows then fires up, but Ibushi SLAPS him! Takagi is dazed on his feet, Ibushi sobats and runs, into a clothesline at the ropes! Takagi runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! KAMI-GOYE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Dragon survives the knee to surpass God?!

Ibushi pulls down his kneepad and fans rally up again. Ibushi gets the wrists, but Takagi blocks the knee to a torture rack! Ibushi slips off to POISON-RANA!! Takagi staggers up and growls, but he runs into Ibushi’s V-TRIGGER!! KENNY~! Ibushi gets Takagi’s wrists from behind, BLINDSIDE KAMI-GOYE!! And then again, FORWARD KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!

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

The Golden Star slays the Dragon! Does this mean he would’ve won at Wrestle Grand Slam? Or is this a sign of Ibushi pushing himself in order to shine bright again? Either way, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion has lost again! Will he have to abandon his hopes of making history? Or will he just work that much harder?

As for Ibushi, he gets a mic and hurries to tell Takagi, “This win was pretty big. Next time, I’ll be taking that belt back.” That way, next time they return to Aichi, Ibushi will be wearing it around his waist. Fans like the sound of that. Ibushi admits he can’t stand up, but he vows that he still won’t back down, won’t quit and won’t lose! “I’ll defend all of you!” The Golden Star is still shining, banged up as he is. Will he use this momentum to get back to the finals and get that Right to Challenge briefcase again? Or is this his ace in the hole for a shot before WrestleKingdom 16?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
Kenta: 4-2, 8 points
Great-O-Khan: 4-2, 8 points
Kota Ibushi: 4-2, 8 points
Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points [won special singles bye]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-3, 6 points
Tanga Loa: 2-3, 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-3, 4 points


My Thoughts:

Another really good night for NJPW and the G1, and I continue to enjoy Kenta being a troll. He and Khan have a really good match, and Kenta winning was quite the surprise. Him wanting Khan to bow before him was also quite the interesting play, and of course Khan doesn’t go for it. The Bullet Club Civil War continues to build, I am really curious to see where they go with this after the G1 and whenever Jay White returns. Team Switch VS House of Torture definitely needs to happen at WrestleKingdom 16 this year. Loa himself winning and then Evil VS Tama Tonga tomorrow, we’re definitely getting Guerrillas & Jado VS #EvilDickPimps as part of that civil war, too.

Ishii breaking ZSJ’s G1 streak was quite the surprise, and they had a very good match. ZSJ taking this one loss is fine, I’m sure he’ll still be up there by the time we’re at round nine. Ibushi VS Takagi was an awesome main event, I didn’t think Takagi would steal Twist ‘n’ Shout from Tanahashi over in B Block. But Ibushi getting the win was also a great surprise, but it does seem to work in Ibushi’s story that he’s going up and down to now be 3-2 (unweighted, we have to remember A Block is using Naito points). Ibushi is definitely someone who Takagi can also face on the way to WK16 to make Power Struggle into a bigger event.

My Score: 9.1/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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AEW House of the Dragon

Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!

AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; wins.
  • Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
  • Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
  • AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk is here!

The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.

“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!

“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.

He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!

So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!

Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.

Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”

Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”

Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!

Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!

Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”

Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?

 

Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!

The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?

But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.

Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.

Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!

The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!

Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!

Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.

Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!

Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1

The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)

And then there were four!

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The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!

A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.

Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.

Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.

Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”

Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!

Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.

Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!

Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!

Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!

Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.

Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?

 

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!

It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?

Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!

Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!

Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!

Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!

Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!

Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!

Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!

But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!

Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?

As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”

Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.

Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?


My Thoughts:

A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.

But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.

Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.

My Score: 9/10


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