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Mitchell’s NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome Results & Report! (12/24/21)

What a gift from NJPW!

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NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome

It’s a holly jolly Road to Tokyo Dome!

NJPW gives us a Christmas Eve present on the road to WrestleKingdom 16! And Toru Yano is holding an End of the Year Party Match for his KOPW trophy!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Triple Threat: Tiger Mask VS Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Great Bash Heels VS KENTA, Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Kenta, Chase & Fale win.
  • KOPW 2021 End of Year Party Rules: Toru Yano VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Yano wins and is Mr. KOPW 2021.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • Shingo Takagi & BUSHI VS Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles; Okada & Eagles win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Triple Threat: Tiger Mask VS Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Phantasmo!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships are a big target on the backs of Tiger & Eagles! One half of each team is facing off in a title match sampler, will the living legend make it through both the Funky Weapon and Headbanga?

As they make their entrance, the Cutest Tag Team offers a Christmas present, but to who? ELP keeps saying this person and that person isn’t worthy. Not even Milano Collection AT deserves it? But then they get in the ring, and maybe a Young Lion? Or a ring staff member? No, not them, either. ELP puts the box down and asks one to come into the ring to receive the gift. But then he puts it down to STOMP it! And PUNT it out of the ring! Will he be a Grinch for Taguchi and Tiger?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the three circle. ELP rushes Taguchi but Taguchi throws him out! Tiger kicks away on Taguchi, CLUBS him, then headlocks. Taguchi powers out, Tiger runs him over, and things speed up. Taguchi hurdles and hip attacks Tiger down! ELP returns but he’s thrown right back out! Tiger returns and he sobats Taguchi, then whips him to a corner. Tiger ROUNDHOUSES Taguchi, and fans rally up. Tiger whips Taguchi but Taguchi reverses, only for Tiger to throw Taguchi out. Tiger runs but into ELP’s mule kick! That foot’s definitely loaded! Tiger bails out, fans rally and ELP PLANCHAS but crashes down as Taguchi moves!

Taguchi stomps ELP, and gets the leg, and ELP scrambles! Taguchi lets the foot go, ELP stomps Tiger as he makes his way around the corner. ELP gets in but Taguchi’s there. ELP swears there’s nothing in his boot this time, and he wants a handshake as a Christmas promise. Taguchi doesn’t trust that but ELP even kneels. Taguchi says if it’s for Christmas, then okay. But then ELP stomps Taguchi’s foot! Taguchi clutches his toes while ELP flexes. ELP isolates Taguchi’s leg and STOMPS the foot! Then he gets an arm and rallies the fans up to STOMP the fingers! So much for the Christmas promise!

ELP then gets Taguchi up, knuckle locks and CHOPS, to go up and up and all around, to CLAW Taguchi’s back! ELP drop steps his way out and then CLAWS Tiger! ELP gets in and cartwheels corner to corner, to PURPLE NURPLE!! The ref reprimands and counts, ELP lets go, but then goes back for another PURPLE NURPLE!! The ref counts, ELP stops at 4, and fans rally up for Taguchi. ELP brings Taguchi out to snap suplex, Uno Amigo! And then another, Dos Amigos! ELP wants three but Taguchi blocks! Fans fire up, Taguchi throws body shots, Taguchi gets his Uno Amigo! And then Dos Amigos! And then ELP blocks! ELP turns it into a cradle, TWO and Taguchi has it!

TWO, ELP has it! TWO, Taguchi has it! Rolling Small Package! They go around and around and around and around, and then they break free. They stagger around dizzily, Taguchi enziguris but whiffs! Both men still fall over! Tiger gets in to cover Taguchi, TWO! Tiger covers ELP, TWO! Fans rally up for Tiger now as he throws forearms with ELP. They go back and forth, Taguchi runs in to DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi sits them both up to hit point blank hip attacks back and forth! Taguchi fires up and runs, but both ELP and Tiger fall over and Taguchi just plain misses! Fans rally up while all three men are down!

Tiger and ELP sit up and they brawl again, now with haymakers back and forth! Tiger kicks, ELP forearms, repeat! Taguchi comes back to ENZIGURI ELP! And ENZIGURI Tiger! Fans fire up as Tiger and ELP end up on opposite ends. Taguchi starts up Forever Hips! Then he baseball slides to apron ENZIGURI ELP! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims, and he springboards to MISSILE HIP! Cover, Tiger breaks it! Tiger waistlocks but Taguchi resists the lift. Taguchi breaks free but Tiger tilt-o-whirls to crucifix takedown! Cover, but ELP breaks it! ELP gets Tiger for the straitjacket torture rack, and SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, Taguchi breaks it just in time!

Taguchi CLUBS ELP, bumps him off buckles, and fans fire up! Taguchi hoists ELP up top and ELP lands hard on his groin. Taguchi climbs up, but Tiger yanks him down! Tiger climbs up now to fire off on ELP, and then stands ELP up to double underhook! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, Taguchi breaks it again! Taguchi throws Tiger aside, gets ELP up to chicken wing, DODON’S THRONE! Cover, Tiger breaks it! Tiger throws hands, whips, and tilt-o-whirls Taguchi to a BACKBREAKER! Tiger underhooks, but Taiji Ishimori distracts from the apron! The ref tells him to get down, but the opening allows Taguchi to power through and jackknife bridge!

But then ELP adds on for a stacked cover! ELP WINS!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall

The Headbanga is the Grinch that stole this win! Taiji gets in to beat up Taguchi, and then beat up Tiger Mask! Taiji sets Taguchi up for ELP, but the ring crew gets in! He takes SUDDEN DEATH! A Young Lion gets in, he takes SUDDEN DEATH! ELP takes aim again, tunes up the band, but ROBBIE EAGLES springboards in! He missile dropkicks ELP down, then gives Taiji a TURBO BACKPACK! Robbie, Tiger and Taguchi work to get ELP’s boot off! ELP kicks them away and Taiji gets ELP out of there! The Cutest Tag Team runs away, the secret of ELP’s boot still a secret! But will Tiger & Eagles expose that secret while holding onto the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles?

 

Six Man Tag: Third Gen VS The United Empire!

Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata reunite! After a rough go for all of them in World Tag League, will their Christmas at least be merry? Or will the Dominator, Hawaiian Hulk & Ultimate Weapon conquer TenCozy & Blue Justice for the holidays?

The ref barely finishes his check and the Empire attacks! Aaron Henare goes after Tenzan, Great-O-Khan is after Kojima, and Jeff Cobb goes after Nagata! They throw Third Gen out and the bell gets this on record. Khan Mongolian Chops Kojima and CLUBS him, Cobb rams Nagata into the apron and Henare throws body shots. Henare puts Tenzan in the ring while Cobb digs his knee into Nagata’s chest. Henare drags Tenzan up, bumps him off buckles, and fires off body shots while the ref tries to restore order. Fans rally up for Tenzan and Third Gen as Henare brings Tenzan out for a suplex! Cover, TWO!

Henare brings Tenzan up but Tenzan hits back with forearms! Henare gives those back, they go back and forth, Tenzan Mongolian Chops! And again! Henare hits a heavy body shot! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Tenzan gets up, but Henare CLUBS and KNEES him! Henare runs, into the WHEEL KICK! Hot tag to Kojima and Khan! Kojima dodges Khan’s boot to fire off forearms to the back! Kojima whips, Khan reverses but Kojima CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up, Khan gets to the corner and Kojima fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Khan calls his team over, but Cobb just gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

Kojima tops Cobb off then gives Khan a little more! Fans fire up, Kojima whips corner to corner and forearm smashes! Kojima fires up as he climbs the corner, but Henare throws a body shot! Then Henare throws Kojima! Henare DECKS Nagata, Khan drags Kojima up. Henare runs but Tenzan trips him up! Kojima breaks free to ROCK Khan! Tenzan gets in, TenCozy pinball Khan between Mongolian Chops and forearms! Kojima Mongolian Chops, then DDT’s Khan down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Kojima brings Khan up in the cravat. Khan fights the cutter, shoves Kojima to ropes, and Cobb grabs Kojima’s foot!

Kojima glares at Cobb, but Khan puts Kojima in the IRON SLEEPER! Kojima starts to fade, Khan folds Kojima up for a cocky throne cover. TWO, Khan runs and BOOTS Kojima to a corner! Tag to Cobb, Cobb runs in to dropkick! Cobb is copying Tetsuya Naito’s COMBINACION CABRON! Then GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Cobb slaps Kojima around. Cobb wants to mock Kojima’s armband move but he has no armband to take off. Cobb still runs, but Kojima clubs Cobb’s clothesline away! Then Kojima kicks and hits a COZY CUTTER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kojima crawls over, hot tag to Nagata!

Nagata KICKS Cobb in the chest over and over! Cobb ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT Cobb, but Henare stops Nagata from hitting the exploder! Henare scoops Nagata but Nagata slips free to give Henare the EXPLODER! But he turns around into Cobb’s SUPERKICK! Cobb runs in but misses in the corner, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Feed to TENCOZY CUTTER! NAGATA LOCK II!! TenCozy keeps the rest of the Empire away with an Anaconda Vice to Henare and Kawatagoroshi for Khan! The Empire endures all these submissions, Cobb fights around, and gets a ROPEBREAK with a foot!

Third Gen lets the Empire go and fans rally up. Nagata whips Cobb corner to corner, then sends Teznan in for a clothesline! Then Kojima hits a back elbow! They feed Cobb to Nagata’s BOOT! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, Khan breaks it! Kojima CLUBS Khan, but Khan fights the waistlock. Drop sayanagi for Kojima! Headbutt for Khan! SAMOAN DROP for Tenzan! Nagata ROCKS Henare, whips him to Cobb for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Fans fire up again and Khan drags Nagata up. He whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! feed to the BOOT ROUNDHOUSE combo! Then they get Nagata up for Cobb, TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, The Empire wins!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

Cobb mocks Naito’s posing as he, Henare and Khan stand tall. Khan also calls out Sanada, as they’re having a 1v1 match at WrestleKingdom 16, Night Two! With Will Ospreay on his way back, is it only a matter of time before the United Empire rules over all NJPW?

 

Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Great Bash Heels VS KENTA, Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

The Ace teams with Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe ahead of taking on Fang Revived in a No Disqualification match for the IWGP US Championship! Will Everyone’s Kokeshi & Rampaging King Kong help the Once in a Century Talent get ready? Or will the Crown Jewel & Rogue General help Kenta make them Go To Sleep?

Tanahashi takes off the jacket to show off the muscles, and fans cheer, but Bullet Club attacks! Kenta of course goes after The Ace while Chase is after Honma and Fale is after Makabe. The bell rings to get this on record as Bullet Club mugs Tanahashi. Chase and Fale keep Tanahashi up so Kenta can kick him down. Fans rally for Tanahashi as Kenta stomps him around. Kenta drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires forearms! Kenta gives them back, they go faster and faster and fans fire up! They go shot for shot, Tanahashi gets the edge and fires off a strike fest! Kenta kicks but Tanahashi blocks it, CLUBS the leg, then runs. Kenta uses the ref as a shield!

Tanahashi carefully moves the ref aside, but Kenta BOOTS and sobats Tanahashi! Tanahashi blocks the next kick to DRAGON SCREW the leg! Fans rally up as both men are down! Hot tags to Chase and Makabe! Makabe rallies on Bullet Club, and runs at Chase in the corner to clothesline! Makabe climbs up to rain down fists! Fale stops Makabe at 8 but Makabe hits him back. Makabe whips, Fale reverses, Makabe bounces off buckles and Fale runs him over! Chase BOOTS Honma down, Fale goes out after Honma, and Chase rains down fists on Makabe! The ref reprimands the closed fists, so Chase CHOKES Makabe! The ref reprimands again and Chase lets off.

Fans rally up but Chase bumps Makabe off buckles. Chase climbs up and rains down fists on Makabe! Chase gets to ten, then tags Fale in. They mug Makabe with heavy body shots, but fans still rally for Makabe. Makabe eggs Fale on so Fale throws more body shots, and even forearms. Makabe doesn’t back down so Fale throws shots in the corner! Tag to Chase, he cravats to neck wrench Makabe, and then snapmare. Chase JAMS a knee into the back, and then pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally up, Makabe fights to his feet, and he turns things around on Chase, only for Chase to turn it back around. Chase digs his foot into Makabe’s back, then pushes Makabe down.

Tag to Fale, Chase mocks Honma, and Fale throws body shots on Makabe. Fale CLUBS away on Makabe in a corner! Fale whips Makabe corner to corner, runs in, but Makabe dodges! But Kenta gets in to DECK Tanahashi before the tag! Kenta whips Tanahashi into railing while Makabe tags in Honma! Makabe rallies on Bullet Club, but he can’t knock Fale down! Honma fires up and runs, but Chase kicks him from behind! Fale and Chase mug Honma, then they double whip. Honma holds ropes, BOOTS Chase, and kicks Fale low! Chase runs back in, but into the COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Honma fires up, runs and KOKESHI for Fale! KOKESHI for Chase!

Fans fire up as Honma drags Fale up. Honma tries to suplex but Fale’s too big! Kenta gets in and CLUBS Honma, but then Tanahashi gets in to SHOTEI Kenta down! Tanahashi stomps Kenta out of the ring and they brawl outside. GBH get Fale up to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Fans are fired up as Honma covers, TWO! Honma hurries up top but Chase anchors his foot! Honma fights Chase off, but Fale choke grips Honma! Fale drags Honma down from the top, but Honma breaks free to throw forearms and haymakers! Honma fires up, but turns into the SHI TRIGGER! Fale gets Honma with the GRENADE! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Kenta, Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall

Kenta keeps going after Tanahashi and Makabe on the outside, the win isn’t good enough for him! Kenta gets a chair from under the ring to SMACK Tanahashi with it! Kenta drags Tanahashi up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Tanahashi, Kenta brings out a kendo stick! But Tanahashi fights free! Tanahashi has the stick! And he swings, only for Kenta to bail out! Fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” The No Disqualification match is coming, but is Kenta underestimating how extreme Tanahashi can get?

 

KOPW 2021 End of Year Party Rules: Toru Yano VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is the LAST KOPW match of 2021! The Producer could be a back-to-back KOPW Champion, if he can outdrink the Heel Master! That’s right, every two minutes, each man must take a shot! It’s first fall to a finish, or the first to fall over drunk! Who parties hard this holiday season and goes home with the trophy?

The introductions are made, the trophy is presented, and we see who can hold their liquor and hold their own!

Fans rally up as Yano and Kanemaru circle. But then Kanemaru bails out? He doesn’t seem in the mood for Yano’s antics. Fans rally up harder and Kanemaru gets back on the apron. Kanemaru gets his whiskey and fans cheer. The fans did vote that the drinks tonight would be whiskey over Yano’s sake, after all. But we see the clock and we’re under a minute before it’s time to drink. Yano goes outside to delay now, and now Kanemaru dares Yano to get back in. They argue, but no body makes a move. The countdown signals itself, time to drink! Kanemaru and Yano go to the tables at ringside, and they get the mic so we can hear them each opening the bottles.

Yano and Kanemaru each pour themselves a shot, fans rally as they say, “CHEERS!” Also there’s the standing count. Both men drink up and get up before 8 of 20 to get back in the ring. Obviously this first shot wasn’t going to take them out, so we continue! Fans fire up as the two argue again. Yano wants Milano Collection AT’s thoughts, and Kanemaru also argues with him. Yano uses that distraction to roll Kanemaru up! TWO, and Yano apologizes! Kanemaru rushes in, Yano dodges to get the arms! Kanemaru reverses that to backslide Yano, TWO! Kanemaru kicks Yano low, but Yano grabs Kanemaru’s hair and throws him down! Roll up, TWO!

Kanemaru gets to the corner, Yano runs in but Kanemaru dodges to roll Yano up, TWO! Fans fire up as both men catch their breath. We’re back under a minute, and it seems like both men are starting to feel that whiskey hitting. Kanemaru stomps Yano, then he whips Yano to ropes. Yano holds ropes, but Kanemaru BOOTS him down! Yano bails out, staggers around, but Kanemaru pursues. Kanemaru pulls Yano’s hair and whips him into railing! Kanemaru pulls Yano’s hair more to shake him around! The countdown begins, and it’s time for another shot! Fans rally as both men make their way over to the tables.

Kanemaru and Yano argue even as they sit down and pour themselves another drink. “CHEERS!” The ring count starts, they get the drinks down, and Yano is already in the ring to untie the buckle pad! Kanemaru gets in, Yano dodges and throws him the pad! The ref takes the pad from Kanemaru, and Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the back of the head! Yano shakes Kanemaru around! The fans rally up and Yano throws Kanemaru away! Kanemaru dry heaves and sputters in the corner! Yano drags Kanemaru up, whips him corner to corner, but Kanemaru reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles! Kanemaru shakes Yano around now! Up, down, back, forth! Now Yano dry heaves! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Yano and Kanemaru slowly stand. Kanemaru whips, Yano reverses and redirects, but then Kanemaru reverses! Yano reverses, Kanemaru reverses, they keep going around and around! And around, and around! They’re slowing down but they’re still going around! Both men fall over dizzy! The countdown is back! #WhiskeyTime! Both men drag themselves out of the ring as fans rally up. They somehow make it to the tables and sit down for round three. They pour their drinks, and Kanemaru gets it down right away! “CHEERS!” Yano struggles to even sit up, and the ring count is 7 of 20! Yano takes his time, but Kanemaru is stopping him!? If he doesn’t drink, does he lose?!

The count is 15 of 20, Kanemaru leaves Yano behind! Yano drinks and hurries! Yano gets in at 19!! He’s safe! Kanemaru is furious but Yano goes back out. Kanemaru goes out the other side, and they argue again. The ring count starts again, Kanemaru gets on the apron at 5, and in at 7. Yano argues with Kanemaru again, even as the count reaches 15 of 20 again. Yano walks around the ring, but he gets in at 19 again! Kanemaru stomps Yano over and over, then whips him to ropes. Yano reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! Kanemaru gets Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE! Around and around and around, and around and around, and then the cover! TWO!!

Both men stagger and fall over dizzy! And the countdown is back! Fans rally up and it’s #WhiskeyTime again! Yano and Kanemaru roll out of the ring, but Yano’s dry heaving again. Kanemaru and Yano take a moment to steady themselves before sitting down for round four! Kanemaru is ballsy, filling his shot glass to the brim! Meanwhile, Yano’s doesn’t even look half full! Fans rally, so Yano matches Kanemaru with a full glass! “CHEERS!” The count starts, Kanemaru downs it! We’re at 10 of 20 already as Yano works up the courage. Yano gets it down, but then Kanemaru sends a Young Lion into Yano’s path! Down goes Yano! We’re at 18 of 20, Yano is in at 19.9!!

Kanemaru gets right on Yano for a cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Deep leg hook, TWO!! Fans fire up but Kanemaru gets his personal bottle of whiskey, and takes a BIG swig! He pushes the ref aside, but Yano blocks Kanemaru from spitting the whiskey in his face! Yano turns Kanemaru towards the ref, LOW BLOW and Kanemaru spits the whiskey all in the ref’s face!! Yano then gets the bottle, and makes Kanemaru drink even more! Yano drags Kanemaru up, pops him up, POWERBOMB! Cover, Yano wins!

Winner: Toru Yano, by pinfall (Undisputed Mr. KOPW 2021)

The Producer is victorious! But Yano has a special box that he brings to the ring. Yano unveils a bottle of his own whiskey and says, “CHEERS!” Yano drinks to his win as the repeat Mr. KOPW! Can anyone stop Yano from a historic threepeat in 2022?

 

8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!

Yoh joins Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI and the returning Tomohiro Ishii in hopes of getting revenge on Evil, Sho, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo! Will this help Goto-Hashi-Ishii get back to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships? Or will Darkness Fall on Christmas Eve?

Introductions don’t even finish before House of Torture attacks! Sho of course goes after Yoh while Yujiro hits Hashi, and Evil throws Ishii out while Dick stomps Goto. Things spill out of the ring, the bell rings to get this on record, and Evil rakes Ishii’s eyes before whipping him into railing! Yujiro has Hashi against the railing as he rakes Hashi’s eyes, Evil keeps after Ishii. Sho brings Yoh up to put him in the ring, the Murder Machine officially starts against Direct Drive. Sho stomps Yoh to a corner, stomps him in the corner, then digs his boots in. The ref reprimands and counts, Sho lets off at 4. Fans rally up, even as Sho stands on Yoh’s head. Yoh fights up but Sho rakes his eyes!

The ref reprimands again, Sho stops at 4, then whips. Yoh reverses, runs in, but misses in the corner, and Sho rakes his eyes again! Sho runs, Yoh dodges, and Yoh hits FLYING FOREARMS! Tag to Hashi, Yoh and Goto BLAST the House of Torture while Hashi stomps Sho. They whip Sho to a corner, Goto clotheslines, Hashi CHOPS, and Yoh back elbows! Feed to Goto’s kick, and Goto hooks Sho up. Hashi runs, BLOCKBUSTER LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up for the #GotoHunt, and Sho scrambles to a corner. Hashi follows him as he scurries around the ring, and then stomps him at the ropes. Ishii gets a shot in, Hashi stands on Sho’s head, and Sho grabs the ropes!

The ref counts, Hashi lets off at 4. Hashi drags Sho up, but Sho wrenches a hand and bends the fingers! Sho whips Hashi to the corner, and surprise! The buckle pad is gone! Hashi hits bare buckles as the Bullet Club special comes into play! House of Torture hits the Chaos corner, and Evil uses a chair on Ishii! Evil chokes Ishii with the chair while Sho and Dick dig their boots into Hashi at the ropes. The ref counts, Dick lets off but Sho keeps going. The ref counts more, Sho stops at 4. Evil’s still choking Ishii with the chair! Evil stops that to rake Hashi’s eyes while the ref is busy with Sho. Sho tags Dick, Dick drags Hashi up and CLUBS him to the corner.

Dick throws hands, he brings Hashi around and snapmares, and then fist drops! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Evil tags in and he taunts Yoh. The ref stops Yoh, but he misses Evil using the House of Torture shirt to choke Hashi! Evil then covers, TWO! Evil argues the count but the ref say sit was fair. Tag to Yujiro, Yujiro stomps and snapmares Hashi to then drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt! Cover, but Yoh gets in and Yujiro backs off. Sho gets in to kick Yoh back out, and Yujiro drags Hashi away. Hashi throws body shots and forearms, but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro puts Hashi on the ropes to BOOT him down! Yujiro brings Hashi around to fisherman, but Hashi fights the suplex!

Hashi suplexes, but Yujiro BITES the hand! Yujiro ROCKS Hashi with a forearm but Hashi fires off a strike fest! Hashi blocks Yujiro’s boot, but Yujiro ROCKS him again! Yujiro reels Hashi in but Hashi suplexes Yujiro high and hard! Fans rally up, both men crawl, hot tag to Evil and House of Torture trips up Chaos! Evil brings Hashi up but Hashi spin back kicks! Hot tag to Ishii! The Stone Pitbull runs but Dick trips him up! Evil knocks Ishii to the corner, he and Dick double whip Ishii to the corner. Dick runs in to clothesline, but Ishii avoids Evil and Evil ends up hitting Dick! Ishii runs back in, Evil dodges and Dick takes another clothesline!

Ishii runs after Evil but Evil gets him in a waistlock. Sho runs in but Ishii boots him away! Ishii standing switches and shoves Evil into Sho! Ishii swings but Evil waistlocks again. Evil shoves Ishii at the ropes but Ishii DECKS Yujiro off the apron! Ishii dodges Evil again to run and run Evil over! Fans fire up as Ishii stalks Evil to a corner. Ishii stands Evil up to CHOP and forearm on repeat! Evil sits down and Ishii rains down forearms! The ref has to back Ishii off, and Evil bails out. Evil eggs Ishii on but Goto gets Evil back in the ring! Ishii and Yoh double whip to uppercut, forearm and Yoh runs, but Sho trips him up! Ishii rushes over but Evil waistlocks.

Ishii breaks free but runs into Dick’s kick! Evil trips Ishii for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Yujiro intercepts Goto while Ishii endures. Ishii crawls, reaches out, but Sho holds the rope back! Ishii still gets the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until 4, then tags in Dick. Fans rally up as Evil and Dick stomp Ishii. Dick slaps Ishii around but Ishii sits up. Dick stomps him down, drags him up, slaps him around more, then whips. Dick catches Ishii for a sleeper hold, but Ishii back suplexes out of it! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ishii crawls over, hot tag to Goto! Yujiro runs in but Goto runs him over! Goto DECKS Sho, then runs in to MURAMASA Dick! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as GOto stands Dick up and fireman’s carries. Dick slips free, pokes eyes and headlock punches Goto down! Evil and Sho knock Ishii and Yoh down, then they put Goto in a corner. They double whip corner to corner, Dick runs in to back elbow! Sho clotheslines, Yujiro BOOTS, and Evil clotheslines! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! Evil distracts the ref while Dick gets Goto with the SPOILER CHOKER! Fans rally, and Goto fights free! Goto DECKS Dick, but Evil knees Goto and rakes the eyes! Evil runs, Hashi LARIATS him down! Yujiro BOOTS Hashi! Yujiro goes after Ishii but Ishii blocks the boot to turn him around and GERMAN SUPLEX!

Dick kicks Ishii and whips him into bare buckles! Goto waistlocks Dick, Dick standing switches and Sho runs in, but Goto gets clear and Sho clotheslines Dick! Yoh dropkicks Sho out! Fans fire up as Yoh PLANCHAS down on Sho! Goto gets Dick into dragon sleeper but Dick fights around. Goto suplexes, Dick slips free, but Hashi SUPERKICKS him down! Goto fireman’s carries Dick, SUPERKICK to Ushigoroshi dragon sleeper! Goto-Hashi get Dick up, SHOTO!! Cover, Chaos wins!!

Winners: Yoh, Hirooki Goto, Yoshi-Hashi & Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall

Yoh still goes after Sho on the outside, and Ishii battles Evil chair to chair! Evil loses his chair, but then LOW BLOWS Ishii! The brawling continues all around ringside as Yujiro RAMS Hashi into railing, and Sho does the same to Goto! Evil puts Ishii back in the ring, drags him up, and gives him EVERYTHING IS EVIL! But then Yoh runs Evil off, only for Sho to run in !Yoh avoids the wrench shot to JUMP KNEE! Sho avoids Direct Drive to run away!

Things are far from over between Chaos and the House of Torture, though! On WrestleKingdom 16, Night One, Yoh and Sho look to settle their RPG3K fallout, and Evil challenges Ishii for THE NEVER Openweight Championship! And then on Night Two, the House of Torture will defend their NEVER Openweight Six Man titles against Goto-Hashi-Ishii! Will The King of Darkness become the King of NEVER? Or will Chaos make sure that NEVER happens?

 

Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun!

Hiromu Takahashi is ready to take on El Desperado for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at WrestleKingdom 16, while Sanada & Tetsuya Naito look to be a speedbump in the road for the Dangerous Tekkers. Will LIJ make sure the Rogue Luchador, Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. are stumbling into the New Year? Or will momentum be on the side of the champions?

The teams sort out, Sanada and Taichi have a quick dancing pec showdown, but it’s the Ticking Timebomb that starts against Desperado. Fans rally up for this WrestleKingdom preview, and the two rush each other at the bell! They ram shoulders, then fire off forearms back and forth! Fans rally as they keep going, fast and furious! Hiromu then changes things up to CHOPS, and Desperado CHOPS in reply! They go back and forth with CHOP after CHOP, already turning red in the chest! They shift from overhand to back hand CHOPS, but neither is backing down! Hiromu then SLAPS Desperado, so Desperado SLAPS back! Now it’s a SLAP fight!

Desperado ROCKS Hiromu with more of a palm strike then slap! Hiromu wobbles, Desperado reels him in, but Hiromu fights the back suplex to run. Desperado elbows him at the ropes, but then Hiromu returns the favor! Hiromu runs but Desperado sees through the feint to whip Hiromu and elbow him again. Then Desperado feints to elbow again! Hiromu still whips Desperado to a corner to clothesline! Hiromu runs but Desperado follows to clothesline him in the other corner! Desperado then runs corner to corner, but Hiromu follows to clothesline! Hiromu snapmares Desperaod, runs but Desperado avoids the basement dropkick!

Desperado dodges, spins Hiromu around and ROCKS him with an elbow! Hiromu wobbles, but he mule kicks and front kicks! Fireman’s carry, but Desperado slips off. Hiromu elbows Desperado then runs corner to corner to SHOTGUN dropkick Desperado into the corner! Naito DECKS Taichi, Sanada DECKS ZSJ! Hiromu fires up and the fans are with him as he drags Desperado back up. Hiromu suplexes but Desperado fights free and gets around to back suplex! Hiromu roars as he rises up, but Desperado runs, into a SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up!

Desperado and Hiromu stir, crawl for their corners, ZSJ tags in and he drags Hiromu away from LIJ! ZSJ snapmares to NECK TWIST, then he DECKS Sanada! Taichi trips Naito off the apron to whip him into railing! ZSJ chokes Sanada with camera cable! Taichi RAMS Naito into more railing! ZSJ lets Sanada go and the ref reprimands the Tekkers. ZSJ gets back in as fans rally up, and ZSJ cravats Hiromu for a neck wrench. Hiromu endures, ZSJ snapmares him into double leg hook chicken wings! And then a dragon sleeper! Hiromu endures and kicks around, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go to then tag in Taichi.

Taichi stomps Hiromu and taunts him as he does. Fans rally for Hiromu but Taichi puts him in a cobra twist! Hiromu endures as Taichi pushes his head and neck down. Taichi even adds a leg, but Hiromu endures so Taichi lets go. Cover, but it’s a choke! The ref reprimands, Taichi stops so he choke-covers again! The ref still reprimands, so Taichi CHOKES with both hands! The ref counts, Taichi stops at 4. Hiromu sputters, Taichi brings him up, Hiromu CHOPS back! Taichi CHOKES Hiromu to the ocrner for it! Tag to Desperado, and Suzuki-Gun dig their boots into Hiromu. The ref reprimands, they all let off, and Desperaod drags Hiromu back up.

Hiromu CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Desperado just CHOPS Hiromu down! Desperado CHOPS Hiromu in the corner, whips him corner to corner then runs in, into a BOOT! Hiromu runs but the rana is blocked! Hiromu fights the bomb but Desperado knees back. Desperado runs, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Desperado and Hiromu crawl, hot tags to Naito and Taichi! Naito drops, arm-drags and kicks low, then DECKS ZSJ before he RANAS Taichi! Fans rally as Naito runs in to JUMP KICK, swing in, and then he taunts Taichi before COMBINACION CABRON! Naito mocks Taichi’s sumo before he has a cocky cover, ONE!

Naito drags Taichi up, reels him in and turns him, but Taichi breaks free to CHOKE Naito! The ref reprimands, Taichi whips Naito into the DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans rally up, Taichi run sin at Naito to clothesline in the corner! Taichi then reels Naito in, but no saido as Naito fights free. Naito hits an atomic drop, then he hammerlocks and full nelsons. No Gloria as Taichi fights free, but then Naito clinches! Taichi blocks with a sumo grip on the waistband! Taichi THROWS Naito off! Fans fire up but Naito elbows and ENZIGURIS back! Taichi AX BOMBERS on the rebound! Fans are fired up as both men are down!

Naito and Taichi crawl, hot tags to Sanada and ZSJ! ZSJ and Sanada go around and around but neither can catch the other in a cobra twist. Sanada throws ZSJ out, then PLANCHAS, but ZSJ gets clear! COBRA TWIST! Sanada endures, ZSJ puts him back in the ring. ZSJ gets around to full nelson then snapmare, but Sanada handsprings through. ZSJ headlocks, Sanada powers out but ZSJ catches him to the COBRA TWIST! Fans fire up, Sanada endures, and Sanada powers out to hip toss! Sanada gets the legs then the arms, but ZSJ keeps resisting Paradise. Sanada keeps trying, but ZSJ reels him in for the sunset flip! TWO, and Sanada sits on the cover, ONE!

ZSJ has it, ONE, Sanada has it, ONE! ZSJ has it again, ONE, and Sanada keeps ZSJ down, but it’s a double fall! ONE as they both raise their right hands! Double fall, ONE as they raise their left hands! Another double fall, TWO as they both raise the same side! TWO as they raise the other side! Another double cover, TWO as they both get both shoulders up!! Fans fire up as the two reset and stand off. ZSJ offers a handshake, but then he uppercuts Sanada as he goes for it! ZSJ runs but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Sanada drags ZSJ, steps through, but ZSJ drags Sanada down to a EURO CLUTCH! Cover, TWO! DRAGON SLEEPER!

But ZSJ rolls through, only for Sanada to roll through! ZSJ blocks the bridge, rolls Sanada with body scissors, but Sanada blocks ZSJ’s bridge! Sanada catches the arms to double chicken wing! But ZSJ rolls through that to get the EURO CLUTCH! Suzuki-Gun wins!!

Winners: El Desperado & The Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall

Once again, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions get the better of LIJ! Will this help the Holy Emperor & Submission Master against the World Tag League winners, Goto & Hashi? And what of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship showdown of Desperado and Hiromu? They had a draw in this year’s Best of the Super Juniors, will we see the Ticking Timebomb or Rogue Luchador reign supreme?

 

Shingo Takagi & BUSHI VS Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles!

Alright, we did just see this at the WTL x BOSJ finals event over a week ago. And along the way on the Road to Tokyo Dome. But this is the last time around before the holidays! Will the Dragon & Black Mask or the Rainmaker & Sniper of the Skies have a Merry Christmas this year?

The teams sort out, and Takagi and Okada start to give us a WrestleKingdom preview! Fans are fired up already as they rally, “TA-KA-GI!” “O-KA-DA!” The two circle, feel out the grapple, then tie up. Takagi waistlocks, but Okada wrenches an arm to a wristlock then hammerlock. Takagi headlocks free, grinds Okada down, but Okada pries out of that to have a headlock of his own. Okada grinds Takagi, Takagi fights up and pries free to a hammerlock then headlock takeover. Okada headscissors, Takagi kips free, and fans cheer the exchange. Fans rally up again as the two circle. Okada stays back but ends up cornered. Takagi backs off, but Okada runs in to tie up!

Okada puts Takagi on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak, and Okada lets off, to fake the chop and pat Takagi on the shoulder. But Takagi actually CHOPS! Okada throws a forearm, Takagi gives it back and the fans rally as they go back and forth. Okada changes to EuroUpper, then he runs, only for Takagi to run him over! Takagi knocks Eagles off the apron and he wraps a chinlock onto Okada. Okada moves and gets the ropebreak, Takagi lets off quickly. Takagi drags Okada up, wrenches his arm, then tags in Bushi. Bushi hops up to drop ax handles on Okada’s arm! Bushi has Red Shoes watch Eagles, so that he can choke Okada with his shirt!

Eagles protests and Red Shoes sees, and so he counts. Bushi lets off to then stomp Okada down. Fans rally, Bushi snapmares Okada and digs in his knee in the chinlock. Bushi also smothers Okada by holding his nose closed! Red Shoes reprimands, Bushi lets off, and then Bushi stomps Okada down. Tag to Takagi, Bushi bumps Okada off buckles. Takagi bumps Okada off more buckles, then he taunts Okada. Okada dares Takagi to hit him but Takagi just pie faces him. Okada throws forearms but Takagi eggs him on with a chest bump. Okada throws another forearm, and Takagi DECKS him! Fans cheer as Takagi brings Okada back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, floats to the cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “O-KA-GI!” “TA-KA-DA!” Okada blocks the back suplex, clubs away on Takagi, but Takagi CLUBS him on the back. Takagi runs, into a FLAPJACK! Fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Eagles! Eagles kicks and whips but Takagi reverses, only for Eagles to RANA! And WHEEL KCIK! Eagles kips up, fans fire up, and Eagles KICKS and KICKS. Takagi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg, but Eagles dropkicks the legs out, to then LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Eagles goes to the corner and goes up top. 450 but Eagles bails out as Takagi dodges. Takagi runs in but into a BOOT!

Eagles runs, but Takagi pops Eagles up for a fireman’s carry to GUTBUSTER and DDT! Fans rally, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi aims from a corner now, and missile dropkicks Eagles away! BUSHIROONI! Bushi runs to back elbow, then he brings Eagles out to spin around and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Bushi gets Eagles for a fisherman, but no screw as Eagles spins through! Schoolboy with bridge, TWO! Bushi kicks but Eagles blocks, only for Bushi to fight off the Turbo Backpack! Bushi backslides but Eagles rolls off and sobats low! Eagles cravats, Bushi fights out of the Shiranui, then elbows Eagles away to reel him in.

Eagles trips Bushi, goes for the figure four but Bushi makes it a cradle! TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK but no Pele! Bushi gets around to kick, Eagles ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! But Eagles PELES! Both men are down and fans fire up! Eagles and Bushi crawl, hot tags to Okada and Takagi! Okada BOOTS, Takagi swings but Okada dodges to BOOT again! Okada fires off forearms, whips corner to corner but Takagi reveres. Okada boots but Takagi blocks to LARIAT! Takagi reels Okada in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, Takagi drags Okada up to Gory Especial! But Okada blocks with all his might!

Okada gets around, wrenches the arm, and has the MONEY CLIP! But Takagi stays standing and arm-drags free! Takagi runs into the corner, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Eagles DECKS Bushi! Okada gets Takagi’s arm again, MONEY CLIP! Fans rally as Takagi endures, and he throws haymakers on Okada. Okada cranks on the arm, Takagi crawls forward but Okada drags him away! Takagi keeps trying, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets Takagi free and fans rally up as they both go outside. Okada stalks Takagi, kicks low, and hits a DDT! Fans rally back up while Okada rests against the railing.

Okada stands, drags Takagi up and into the ring. Okada climbs up the corner but Bushi goes after him! Eagles goes after Bushi and whips him, but Bushi reverses to send Eagles into railing! Takagi hits Okada up top, then climbs up after him. Okada and Takagi brawl, but Takagi fires up! Takagi hits the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi sits Okada up and runs, but Okada ducks the sliding lariat! Okada runs but into the ELBOW! JAB! But he blocks the Yukon lariat, only to get a DISCUS PUMPING! Fans fire up with Takagi as he drags Okada back up.

Okada fights out of the torture rack but Takagi whips him to ropes. Okada reverses and dropkicks Takagi down! Okada drags Takagi back up, ripcords, but Takagi dodges the lariat! But Takagi runs into Okada’s dropkick! Both men are down and fans are fired up again! Takagi and Okada stir, Takagi tags Bushi in! Bushi stomps Okada, brings him up and throws forearms. Bushi whips corner to corner, runs in but Okada boots. Bushi blocks, puts the leg in the ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags Okada up to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Okada survives! Bushi aims from a corner, runs at Okada, but no Code Breaker!

Okada dodges and Eagles missile dropkicks Bushi’s leg out! Eagles DECKS Takagi off the apron then jumps to ax handle Takagi down! Okada wraps on the MONEY CLIP! Bushi endures, fans rally up, Bushi fights up to claw Okada’s face! Eagles is sent into railing, but Okada dropkicks Bushi down! Okada goes to the corner, climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW! Rainmaker Pose! But he has to dodge Takagi! Okada gets Takagi for a ripcord, but Takagi dodges the lariat to waistlock and ripcord back. Okada ducks Pumping Rainmaker, and gets Takagi with a DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up as Bushi runs, into a gut wrench and TOMBSTONE!

Okada ripcords to RAINMAKER on Bushi! Eagles keeps Takagi down as Okada high stacks Bushi, Chaos wins!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Robbie Eagles, by pinfall

Just like the WTL x BOSJ finale, Okada and Eagles stand tall! The Junior Heavyweights head to the back to give the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and the G1 Climax Champion the ring. But then, before either Takagi or Okada can get the mic, the lights dim and the titantron has WILL OSPREAY! He has his copy of the IWGP World Heavyweight title with him as he says, “Did you miss me? I’ve missed you. Long time no see. I’m back in Japan! Feeling great, actually. Feeling fantastic.” Ospreay wonders who’ll be feeling good on January 5th. He knows on the 4th, it’s Takagi VS Okada for the “interim” world title. And then they will face the REAL champion on the 5th!

Ospreay has traveled the world while injured, and he faced the world’s finest. “Still unpinned, still unsubmitted, still undefeated!” And this whole time, Ospreay’s been staring at the logo on the belt. Fans around the world just think it’s a cute little lion head, one synonymous with NJPW. But for Ospreay, it is a prophecy! “For 50 years, NJPW has been looking for that lion. And here I am! I am that lion! I have been waiting my whole career to main even at WrestleKingdom and it is finally going to happen!” It doesn’t matter if it’s Takagi or Okada, because Ospreay is finally fulfilling his destiny!

Best of luck to Takagi and Okada, they’re going to need it. Then the world will see there is only ONE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. “And his name is Will Ospreay.” Ospreay’s message ends and the lights come back up. Takagi is annoyed but Okada gets the mic first. “Takagi, you saw that, right? Ospreay, I heard you faced the best, but there’s no one around better than us.” Takagi gives a thumbs up in agreement. “Everyone’s a nobody compared to us. Takagi, on January 4th, let’s show the world what a battle between the IWGP World Heavyweight and G1 Champions can be.” Fans cheer for that one.

Okada continues to say, “We guarantee a hot fight for you all on January 4th. And on January 5th, I will go on to face Ospreay. Let me say this to you, Takagi. You’ve put in a lot of work over the last year, but you can’t carry NJPW into its 50th Anniversary. A wrestler with one hot year can’t carry NJPW for the next 50 years. Only I can carry NJPW into the next 50 years, into the next 100 years, and beyond!” Takagi gets a bit annoyed again but fans rally. “But now, I’ll let the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Takagi, talk.” Okada drops the mic and takes his exit so Takagi can close this out.

“Hold on a second. I don’t need the big talk anymore. On January 4th, bring me the serious Okada, the strongest Okada. That’s the guy I wanna crush! And one more thing. Nobody’s making it rain in the Tokyo Dome. Money isn’t falling. Okada’s tears will!” Fans rally behind that one! Takagi continues to say, “That damned Ospreay ruined the atmosphere again. But it’s down to me to end the year. A lot happened this year, in the world and here in NJPW. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your support through everything. I’ve gone through a lot myself. I took the title in June, and then caught COVID in August. Then straight back to a title match. And managed to keep this belt for the year.

One more one more thing. I’m the Tokyo Sports 2021 MVP!” Fans applaud but he asks they be a little louder. They do get louder and he thanks them for that. “Ospreay and Okada both called me interim? That ticks me off. I need to crush them both to prove a point! January 4 may come next year, but it’ll be the culmination of this year for me! No need for fakes, no need for retired belts. Just the best fighting for this belt! On January 4th and 5th, the Rampage Dragon will soar in the Tokyo Dome!” Fans cheer the current IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but can he survive WrestleKingdom 16’s first two nights to be the UNDENIABLE best wrestler in NJPW?


My Thoughts:

A great event from NJPW on Christmas Eve, especially as a go-home to the big WrestleKingdom events they have planned this time around. That opening Triple Threat was very good, and ELP winning would make me think the cutest Tag Team actually take the loss in the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title Triple Threat. I feel like the champions will retain, as Rocky Romero has been busy going back and forth between Japan and the USA, so he and Taguchi won’t be able to properly defend the titles. I figured the United Empire would win, I almost skipped that match, but I did like seeing the Empire calling out LIJ throughout.

The next Six Man Tag was also great, as it helped build Tanahashi VS Kenta. Them going No Disqualifications really opens things up, as it’s not really something NJPW does that often, so I bet these guys come up with some really fun stuff. Who wins could go either way, but Kenta’s been the one going between Japan and the USA, maybe he retains so he can keep things going on NJPW Strong, give some guys over there a title shot. And then I just loved the KOPW match. It was great comedy, especially with the countdown having an actual noise. Yano retaining was a bit of a surprise, but him going back to back to set the pace for this trophy is a great nod to Yano’s comedy genius.

The 8 Man Tag was very good, and given all that’s going on for the first two nights of WK16, Chaos winning makes sense. The math means Sho probably wins against Yoh to also avenge his BOSJ loss, and I think House of Torture keeps the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Ishii VS Evil could go either way, but many times there have been NEVER Openweight Double Champions, and Evil could be the next one. Goto-Hashi might have a good chance at those IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles after Suzuki-Gun stood tall against LIJ, which was also a great match. Hiromu VS Desperado still feels like it could go either way, but it’d be pretty big if Hiromu won the title right after winning BOSJ.

And then the main event was very good, a step up from the last time I saw this one. Chaos winning hear gives Eagles momentum so he and Tiger can retain their tag titles, but there’s a good chance Takagi defeats Okada on night one. I figured Ospreay was returning for WK16 to then have this “undisputed” IWGP World Heavyweight Champion story, Takagi VS Ospreay could go either way. Either way, WK16 is going to be huge, fitting of NJPW’s 50th year.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/14/22)

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

After losing the IWGP US Championship, Kenta has wanted payback on Hiroshi Tanahashi! Will he get it through NJPW’s biggest G1 Climax ever?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hirooki Goto, Kosei Fujita, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Will Ospreay & Aaron Henare; Ospreay & Henare win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Jado VS Jay White & Gedo; Tama & Jado win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS David Finlay; Hashi wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor VS Jeff Cobb; Lawlor wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA; Kenta wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

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

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS David Finlay!

The D Block is insane right now! Are all seven men still viable for the semifinals? Will the Headhunter plunge things into chaos with a win over The Rebel? Or will Finlay make things clear and establish himself as THE semifinalist?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. Finlay encourages the fans to get louder and they oblige, then Finlay and Hashi tie up. They’re in a deadlock until Finlay finds a point of leverage. Finlay puts Hashi on the ropes, wants after the bad arm, but the ref counts. Finlay lets off at 4 and fans applaud as the two reset. Hashi kicks low, headlocks, but Finlay rolls Hashi to a cover, TWO! Hashi grinds the headlock, Finlay fights up and powers out, but Hashi runs Finlay over! Fans applaud and Hashi runs again, but Finlay drops to hurdle, but Hashi waistlocks. Finlay elbows free, runs, but Hashi CLOBBERS him with the elbow!

Hashi shakes out that bad arm while fans rally up. Hashi stands Finlay up to CLUB him on the back, and has Finlay in the corner. Finlay kicks back but Hashi blocks to CLUB the leg and CHOP Finlay! Finlay is stinging already, but he CHOPS back. Hashi CHOPS again and Finlay drops to his knees! Hashi shakes out the bad arm, drags Finlay up and reels him in. Fans rally again as Finlay fights the suplex. Hashi wrenches but Finlay ROCKS Hashi first! Then he hits an ARMBREAKER DDT! Hashi clutches that bad arm while fans fire up. Finlay storms over to get the arm and drops a knee on it! Then Finlay clamps on with a double wristlock! Hashi scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!

Fans applaud as Finlay lets off, then Finlay stomps the arm. Finlay throws Hashi out then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Hashi is down! Fans fire up and Finlay paces. Hashi clutches the bad arm but Finlay puts him in the ring. Finlay SLAMS the arm on the mat and Hashi clutches it. Finlay brings Hashi up to EuroUpper then forearm and stomp in the corner. The ref counts, Finlay stomps harder and harder, and fans clap along until Finlay lets off at 4. Finlay eggs Hashi on and fans rally up. Hashi sits up, Finlay brings him around to snapmare and trap the arm in a chinlock! Hashi endures, fights to move around, but Finlay twists Hashi from the ropes!

Hashi keeps kicking and reaching out, to the ROPEBREAK! Finlay lets off, but with a stomp! Fans rally while Hashi still shields his bad arm. Finlay looms over Hashi, brings him up and cranks on the bad arm. Hashi resists the takedown and throws body shots. Finlay knees low, whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Finlay clutches the knee while getting away to a corner. Fans rally up and Hashi shakes the bad arm. Hashi runs in at the corner to CHOP! Hashi whips Finlay out to CHOP, mule kick and then turn, but Finlay fights the neckbreaker. Finlay swings but Hashi dodges the lariat to come back with the HEADHUNTER!

Fans fire up as Finlay goes to another corner. Hashi shakes the arm, goes back in and clotheslines with the good arm! Then the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps his cool while fans rally up. Hashi drags Finlay up, reels him in and hooks the leg, but Finlay fights the fisherman suplex. Hashi throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back, and fans rally as they pick up speed! The forearms go back and forth, Finlay gets the edge, but Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS! Finlay ROCKS, UPPERCUTS, but Hashi backslides! TWO! Hashi swings, but into the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Finlay holds on, and he hits another IRISH CURSE! And then a THIRD IRISH CURSE! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up as Hashi survives that hattrick but Finlay tells Hashi to just give up already! Fans rally, “GET BACK UP! GET BACK UP!” for Hashi but Finlay slashes his throat to say this is over! Finlay drags Hashi up and reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex to SPIN BACK KICK! Finlay tumbles to the apron and fans rally again. Hashi shakes out the bad arm, storms over to the ropes, but Finlay gets him for an ARM HOTSHOT! Finlay steps in, into the SUPERKICK! Fisherman to KUMA- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cover, TWO!! Not quite Prima Nocta but Finlay says he’s gonna bring Hashi around for the drop!

Finlay drags Hashi up, cravats and goes up, but no Acid Drop! Finlay blocks Hashi’s superkick and rolls him up, TWO! Hashi is up but he runs into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Finlay grows frustrated while the fans rally up again. Finlay vows to end it this time, and he gets Hashi up to suplex. TRASH- NO, Hashi slips out to a waistlock! Finlay throws elbows into the bad arm then runs, into a SUPERKICK! But Finlay LARIATS on the rebound! Cravat, ACID- NO, Hashi fights the drop and full nelsons, KARMA CRADLE! Cover, HASHI WINS!!

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

Chaos it is, then! The Headhunter beats The Rebel who beat the Kingpin, the Dragon and the Booster, but the Rebel lost to the Headbanga and the Tokyo Pimp, so what does any of this mean for the semifinals?!

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Great-O-Khan!

The B Block is almost the opposite of the D Block. We know it comes down to Jay White or Tama Tonga, so the Holy Emperor is fighting the Dominator for pride. Will Taichi take out his frustrations from yesterday on Khan here? Or will this emperor be conquered by the United Empire?

Khan patiently waits as Taichi takes off his cloak and shows off the dancing pecs. Fans applaud, Taichi still wins something here. The bell rings and Khan waits on Taichi again. Taichi takes his time stepping out of the corner to circle with Khan, but Taichi avoids Khan’s advances on the legs. Fans applaud as Taichi drops back to a corner, and Khan sits with his leg guard. Khan dares Taichi to try something but Taichi smirks. Taichi isn’t going to fall for Khan’s technical trap, and he takes his sumo stance instead. Now Taichi dares Khan to try something. Sumo versus ground wrestling? Fans rally up, wanting to see what wins.

Khan sits back more but Taichi leans forward, each still egging the other on. It’s a mental game here, and it seems to be in a deadlock. Taichi hits his three point stance but Khan sits with one leg forward. The ref tells them to break this inactivity! Fans applaud as both men stand up and reset. Taichi and Khan circle slowly but Taichi is still doing sumo body slaps. They rush each other, and Khan is trying a sumo clinch just like Taichi! They move around, each trying to get a better grip. They circle, Khan goes for the arm but Taichi fights it off! Taichi tries now but Khan fights it off! Fans applaud as they return to the deadlock.

Khan and Taichi keep feeling out the situation, and Khan has a grip on the waistband! Khan starts pushing Taichi back, but Taichi digs in his heels. Taichi then goes after Khan’s waistband, but Khan digs his heels in! They go back to a deadlock, Khan gets a body clinch! BEARHUG! Taichi fights it with the sumo clinch! Taichi THROWS Khan! Fans are fired up while Taichi goes to a corner. Khan staggers up, fans rally, and Taichi runs in but Khan RAMS shoudlers with him! And again! And again! Khan runs, but into a BOOT! Khan BOOTS back, so Taichi SOBATS! Khan Mongolian CHOPS! AX BOMBER outta nowhere!

Fans fire up with Taichi! He hits the three point stance, YOKOZUNA- SAYANAGI from Khan! Khan drags Taichi into the HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Taichi endures the Sheep Killer Rack as Khan thrashes him around! Fans rally up, “TA-I-CHI!” “SU-BA-RU!” Er, wait, “GREAT-O-KHAN!” IRON CLAW! Khan drags Taichi up, but Taichi breaks free! Khan thrusts but into an Alabama Lift! Taichi adjusts for BLACK- IRON CLAW! Khan fights free and he squeezes Taichi’s head! But Taichi CHOKES Khan! The ref reprimands, but Khan squeezes harder! Khan’s claw is winning out! Taichi fades, Khan drags him back up into the ELIMI-

NO, Taichi gets around, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Khan gets up and shoots in but into a sprawl! But Khan still SNAP SUPLEXES! Fisherman bridge, KHAN WINS!!!

Winner: Great-O-Khan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

Adding insult to injury, Khan wins with the “Pancake Hold!” Will Taichi live it down that he lost to a move with such an adorable name?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs VS Jeff Cobb!

The Filthy One is out of the running with his big losses to Okada, Jonah and Archer, but he could get a big win right here! Will Lawlor spoil things for the Imperial Unit? Or will his G1 end with a Tour of the Islands?

Fans rally for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” already and spins around and around! He does some drop steps, then OFF COME THE SHORTS! Luckily, he’s still got the denim tights underneath. Wait, Cobb starts spinning? Oh, to take off his wrist tape. This is getting serious already! The bell rings and Cobb circles with Lawlor. Fans rally up as the two feel out the grapple. Lawlor rushes in but Cobb blocks and gets around to a waistlock. Lawlor spins around to try again but Cobb still blocks the leg pick. Cobb gets around and wants a leg, but Lawlor moves up so Cobb gets the waistlock again. Lawlor turns around, they clinch and end up against the ropes.

Fans applaud and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak. Cobb lets off and Lawlor applauds the clean break. They go again. Lawlor tries the fireman’s carry but Cobb is too sturdy for that. Cobb tries for an armlock, Lawlor moves around  so Cobb tries for a gut wrench, but Lawlor manages a low back drop! Cobb gets the waistlock and gator rolls with Lawlor! Lawlor slips out, waistlocks back but Cobb uses that to push Lawlor over. Lawlor shifts up to get a SLEEPER, but Cobb scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes calls the break and Lawlor lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Fans applaud as Lawlor gives Cobb space, and they reset again.

“TOM! LAW-LOR!” waits on Cobb, they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Lawlor wrenches an arm. Cobb ROCKS Lawlor with the other, but Lawlor wrenches, ELBOW BREAKERS, then kicks, kicks and KICKS! Lawlor leaps, but into Cobb’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat! Lawlor gets himself to the corner and Cobb gets the claps going for him! “JEFF! COB-BU!” runs corner to corner to back elbow, into a SLEEPER! Lawlor hops on to be a backpack, but Cobb RAMS him into the corner! Lawlor holds on, Cobb goes to the ropes, and then he throws Lawlor off! Lawlor tumbles to the floor!

Fans rally while Cobb sputters and coughs. Lawlor staggers up but Cobb is there to ROCK him! Lawlor throws a forearm back so Cobb throat chops! Cobb puts Lawlor in the ring, but Lawlor comes back for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Cobb stays up as Lawlor tries to drag him down, and Cobb deadlifts for an APRON BOMB! Lawlor flops down and writhes while Cobb sputters again. Fans rally up, Cobb brings Lawlor up to ROCK him in the back! Cobb ROCKS Lawlor again, then follows him around the corner. Lawlor gets in the ring and Cobb follows. Cobb brings Lawlor up to CLUB him down, and Cobb brings Lawlor up.

Cobb waistlocks and RAMS Lawlor into the corner. Cobb whips corner to corner and Lawlor hits hard! Cobb runs in to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Cobb covers, TWO! Cobb drags Lawlor around, stomps on him, and then stands on him to go surfing! Fans clap for “JEFF! COB-BU!” and he steps off. Lawlor grits his teeth and sits up to throw a heavy body shot! And another! Cobb HEADBUTTS Lawlor then reels him in for a short arm LARIAT! Cobb claps along but Lawlor grabs a leg! Cobb stomps Lawlor but then Lawlor grabs that leg in a grapevine! Cobb CLUBS away on Lawlor and Lawlor lets go, but then Lawlor KICKS the leg!

Lawlor KICKS the leg again and again, then kicks up at Cobb! Lawlor draws Cobb in and balances Cobb on his feet! And then drops Cobb into the ARMBAR! Fans rally as Lawlor clubs Cobb’s grip to the rhythm! The grip breaks and Lawlor has the ARMBAR!! But Cobb moves around! Cover, ONE, and Lawlor has a KNEEBAR HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Cobb fights up and out of the headscissors to then CLUB away on Lawlor! Cobb is free of the kneebar but then he CLUBS Lawlor, clamps on both hands, and DEADLIFTS to the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up for that wild display of strength! And then fans rally as both Cobb and Lawlor rise.

Cobb drags Lawlor up, pump handles and lifts, but Lawlor kicks off the ropes for an ARMBREAKER DDT! Lawlor then omoplatas one arm, but Cobb won’t let him have the other, so Lawlor gets an ANKLE LOCK! Cobb kicks free, rolls Lawlor away, but swings into an URENAGE! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Lawlor crawls to the cover, TWO! Lawlor pounds the mat and fans clap along again, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Cobb goes to a corner, Lawlor aims from the opposite. Lawlor runs in to forearm smash! Lawlor keeps moving, another forearm smash! Lawlor goes the other way, one more FOREARM SMASH!

Lawlor reels Cobb in, TORNADO- NO, Cobb puts Lawlor on the ropes! But Lawlor BOOTS the haymaker away! Lawlor LEAPS, GUILLOTINE!! But Cobb powers up and out to SUPLEX! Fans fire up again as the two are down again! Fans rally, Lawlor flounders and Cobb crawls after. Cobb SLAPS Lawlor, Lawlor SLAPS Cobb. Both men sit up, Cobb throws a forearm but Lawlor gives it back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, Cobb wobbles a moment but he ROCKS Lawlor. Lawlor fires off body shots! Cobb and Lawlor stand, the forearms keep going, Lawlor fires off kicks and a KNEE, then an ENZIGURI!

Lawlor fires up, runs, and BLINDSIDE WHEEL KICKS! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still in this and Lawlor is surprised. Lawlor gets the fans rallying again, then wrenches Cobb into an ELBOW BREAKER! And another, and then a hammerlock. Lawlor fires off “TOM! LAW-LOR!” forearms over and over! Lawlor roars, spins, but into a SUPERKICK! Lawlor staggers but roars, to SLAP Cobb down!! Lawlor also falls over and fans rally up again. Lawlor pushes himself up, he brings Cobb around, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY- NO, Cobb ducks, rolls Lawlor then DEADLIFT GERMANS! Cobb holds on to try again, but Lawlor pries at the arm!

Cobb GERMAN SUPLEXES with one arm! But Lawlor wrenches the other arm! Cobb tries but he can’t complete the suplex, Lawlor has the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Cobb CLUBS away, rolls and throws Lawlor off, but Lawlor KNEES the bad arm! Then V-TRIGGERS Cobb up close! Lawlor gets the arms, KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb survives and fans fire up again! They clap as “TOM! LAW-LOR!” stands back up. Lawlor grabs at Cobb’s arms to tie Cobb up in the straitjacket. But Cobb stands up, reels Lawlor in, but Lawlor slips off the scoop! COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Lawlor pounds the mat and fans clap along again! Lawlor drags Cobb up, straitjackets the arms, for NKTOB!!! Cover, Lawlor wins!!!

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

The Nasty Knee On The Brain finishes off the Imperial Unit! Both men end 3-3, meaning The Filthy One just spoiled Cobb’s run, who will take the A Block now?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

The Ace and the Fang Revived meet in both their last G1 match this year, and Tanahashi is on the bubble. Will Kenta avenge himself from their IWGP US Championship feud? Or will the Once in a Century Talent refuse to #GoToSleep?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace! Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta gets fans to shift to his, “KEN-TA! KEN-TA!” claps, but Tanahashi gets “Let’s Go, Ace!” going pretty easily. It’s a clapping duel but it seems the Ace’s side wins out. So Kenta bails out of the ring to go looking under it. Kenta brings out a chair, but it has no seat. Kenta is annoyed and he goes looking for another. Red Shoes says to get in the ring, but Kenta hops the rails and snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Kenta puts that chair in the ring, but Red Shoes says no, this isn’t a No Disqualification match.

Kenta is annoyed but he throws the chair aside. Tanahashi picks the chair up, to use it as a guitar! Kenta sucker punches Tanahashi! Kenta CLUBS Tanahashi, CHOPS him, throws uppercuts, then brings Tanahashi around to bump off buckles. Kenta ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot, then ROCKS him with a haymaker! And another! Kenta whips corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Kenta snapmares Tanahashi, KICKS him in the back and covers, TWO! Fans rally while Kenta clamps on a chinlock. Tanahashi endures and fights up but Kenta shifts to a headlock. Tanahashi pulls hair, and then he gets the headlock!

Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta powers up. Tanahashi holds on tight and grinds Kenta. Kenta rolls to a cover, TWO! Tanahashi holds onto the headlock and fans rally up. Kenta fights up to his feet, powers Tanahashi into a corner, and Red Shoes calls the break. Tanahashi grinds the hold but lets off at 4, to throw body shots! Tanahashi fires up and whips Kenta corner to corner, but Kenta reverses! Kenta runs in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Tanahashi strums the air guitar. Kenta gets to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Kenta HOTSHOTS Tanahashi down, then drags him to the apron. But Tanahashi BOOTS Kenta into railing!

Tanahashi goes out after Kenta, drags him up, and puts him back in the ring. Fans rally up, but Tanahashi sees Kenta is already rolling to the adjacent side. Tanahashi hurries around the way to meet Kenta there! Tanahashi throws body shots and he puts Kenta in the ring again. Fans rally up, but Tanahashi again hurries to block Kenta from rolling out. Kenta rolls the other way and Tanahashi gets in, but Kenta BOOTS Tanahashi down! Tanahashi tumbles to the floor and Kenta goes out after him. Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi falls over but Kenta drags him back up, and out into No Man’s Land! DDT to the floor!

Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta leaves Tanahashi behind. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Kenta refreshes the count to fetch Tanahashi. Kenta KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Tanahashi! Tanahashi falls over, Kenta drags him back to ringside and puts him in, only to drag him back out! The count is refreshed again, Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into more railing! Tanahashi falls over again and Kenta soaks up the applause. Kenta stomps Tanahashi around, then drags him up by his hair. The ring count starts again and Kenta POSTS Tanahashi! Kenta drags Tanahashi back up at 9 of 20 and puts him in at 11. Kenta pushes Tanahashi to a cover, TWO!

Fans rally up but Kenta drops an elbow, and then another elbow! And then he DOUBLE STOMPS! Tanahashi writhes but Kenta wraps him up in a body scissors! Tanahashi endures the squeeze, he pries at the hold, then drags himself forward to get the ROPEBREAK! Kenta holds on but Red Shoes counts. Kenta lets off at 4, drags Tanahashi up and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Tanahashi snarls, but Kenta stomps him. Tanahashi fires off fast hands! Tanahashi runs but into a kitchen sink knee! And then Kenta drops knees onto Tanahashi’s ribs! Kenta wraps Tanahashi back up in body scissors and the fans rally up!

Tanahashi endures all over again as Kenta puts on the squeeze! Tanahashi pulls on a leg for a toehold! Kenta scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Tanahashi pulls harder on the leg until 4! Kenta hobbles up and he KICKS Tanahashi! And BOOTS him! And KICKS! Tanahashi drops to a knee but he grits his teeth. Kenta kicks but Tanahashi block to CLULB the leg and fire off forearms! Kenta knees low, whops Tanahashi to a corner, but Tanahashi blocks his running boot! Tanahashi then shifts to have the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up and Tanahashi drags Kenta back up to fire off fast hands!

Tanahashi whips, Kenta reverses but Tanahashi FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up more as Tanahashi fires off more fast hands! And then scoop SLAMS Kenta into a drop zone! Tanahashi hops up and SUNSET SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Kenta is still in this but Tanahashi keeps his cool. Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise, then he runs, but into a BOOT! Tanahashi rebounds to ROCK Kenta! Kenta rebounds to BOOT! Tanahashi rebounds, into Kenta’s POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kenta sits up fast and he hurries to drag Tanahashi up. Kenta reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi throws back elbows.

Tanahashi and Kenta go to opposite corners, and Tanahashi runs corner to corner, into a BOOT! Kenta goes up, he reels Tanahashi in, TORNADO STUNGUN! Tanahashi falls down and Kenta goes back up. Tanahashi stands, Kenta hits a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands over closed fists and Kenta lets off, to then rain down more fists! And then he lets off, to rain down more fists! Red Shoes reprimands, Kenta’s throwing too many closed fists! Kenta stands up while fans rally, and Tanahashi snarls as he sits back up. Kenta gives him toying kicks but Tanahashi eggs him on!

Kenta kicks Tanahashi more but Tanahashi throws a forearm! Kenta throws it back, Tanahashi throws another! Fans fire up, Kenta ROCKS Tanahashi but Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta! They go again, Tanahashi eggs Kenta on, and Kenta fires another shot! Tanahashi fires another, Kenta fires another, repeat faster and faster! The fans fire up and then both men grab each other’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but they both shove him away! Kenta kicks low, but then he ducks and Tanahashi’s SHOTEI hits Red Shoes!! Down goes the referee! Kenta hits a DDT! Kenta then sees Red Shoes is down and realizes Tanahashi did that!

Kenta goes outside and he goes looking under the ring. Kenta brings out a CRUTCH! Kenta brings that crutch into the ring and he SMACKS Tanahashi across the chest with it! And then SMACKS him on the back! Fans fire up as Kenta SMACKS Tanahashi again! The crutch has bent, but Kenta just SMACKS Tanahashi again and again and again! Kenta throws the bent-up crutch away, drags Tanahashi up and throws Tanahashi out. Kenta then goes out after Tanahashi, and he drags Tanahashi around for a DDT to the ramp! The Ace is down and Kenta clears off the timekeeper’s table to confiscate it! Kenta wants to turn the tables on that No DQ match finish!

Kenta does his best to set this table up by the ramp, and he stomps Tanahashi for good measure. The table stands at the ready right by the ring, and Kenta drags Tanahashi over to it. Kenta SMACKS Tanahashi off the table, puts him on it, and rains down more fists! Kenta goes up the corner while fans rally up! But Tanahashi hurries up after Kenta! Tanahashi ROCKS Kenta, climbs up after him, and fans anticipate a new crash landing! Kenta resists the superplex and throws body shots! Kenta HEADBUTTS Tanahashi again and again and again! Tanahashi falls to the apron and Kenta hurries in to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER!

Fans fire up as Kenta shouts to Red Shoes. Red Shoes is up and Kenta aims from a corner. Fans rally, “LET’S GO, ACE!” but he’s still down. Kenta waits, and he makes sure Red Shoes is focused on the match. Tanahashi slowly sits up in the corner, and Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! And then SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta fires up and fans fire up, too, as Kenta climbs up! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives, and his kick-out sends Kenta into Red Shoes! Kenta drags Tanahashi onto the ropes and then goes to the apron. The table is there, and Kenta picks it up to SMACK Tanahashi with it! That’s thinking outside the box!

Kenta gets in the ring, he tells Red Shoes to get up already, and then he slashes his throat. Kenta fireman’s carries Tanahashi, GO TO- NO, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi turns things around and fans fire up again! Tanahashi roars, runs, but Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO- SLINGBLADE!! Fans fire up more and Tanahashi roars! Tanahashi runs, SLINGBLADE again! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives and Tanahashi goes to a corner! Tanahashi climbs up, Kenta stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! And Tanahashi goes back up, to HIGH FLY FLOW onto knees!! Kenta saves himself, then hurries to a corner! Fans rally but Kenta runs in, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous but Kenta is furious! Kenta fireman’s carries Tanahashi for the GO TO- SMALL PACKAGE! Tanahashi turns things around to a cover, TWO!!! Kenta escapes and fans are thunderous again! Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And again! And again! And again, again, again, again!! SHOTEI!! SHOTEI CROSS COUNTER! ANOTHER!!! Tanahashi falls over but Kenta drags him back up! POINT-BLANK KNEE! And then the fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP!!! Cover, KENTA WINS!!

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

The Ace has fallen! The Once in a Century Talent is out of the running! The Worst Invader has done his job spoiling Tanahashi’s run! And he gets the mic to say, “It’s been a long time since we’ve been in Nagano. And I bet you all wanted to hear Tanahashi say he loves you. Well too bad~!” Fans applaud, because he is right. Kenta says they’re getting an advertisement for his book instead! Fans laugh but we all know Kenta means it. “Anyone have a copy?” A fan does, and Kenta tells the Young Lions to grab it from them. The fan, who is a child, does hand it over and the book is brought to the ring.

Kenta says his dream was to “win the main event and then plug my book.” Fans laugh and applaud that hilarious dream. “If you’ve got a copy, hold it up now.” No one does… “OI, NAGANO! Do you not have bookstores here? Okay, you don’t have bookstores here, but… No internet, either? Get it on Amazon and Rakuten! Those are websites, if you didn’t know. And I’m sure it’ll hit the Tokon Shop very soon. You’re all interested, aren’t you? Aren’t you?” Fans applaud, because yes, they’re interested. Kenta says he’ll remember everyone here clapping, so they better buy it.

So, his book is out, his G1 has ended, and he put his all into every match. “Not like that concerns you. But whatever. The G1 rolls on, so keep enjoying it. I see plenty of LIJ shirts, and others. Not a lot of my own…! Well, it’s been awhile, Nagano, but what I really wanted to say was… Next time we’re back, you’ll wanna all come out again.” Fans applaud because that is definitely true. Will Kenta have more than just a book to plug when NJPW does return to Nagano?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • KENTA: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

Another great go for the G1, though I should’ve expected a few of those results. Hashi VS Finlay was great stuff, and Hashi wins to plunge D Block into madness! It will all come down to Tuesday, Takagi VS ELP and Ospreay VS Juice on Tuesday, 8/16. Now, I don’t know the likelihood of Ospreay advancing as he and Ospreay also have to the States to be part of AEW’s Trios Championships tournament. There is no way Ospreay can fight in a G1 semifinal and in Albany, New York on the same day. So chances are, Takagi wins the D Block and advances, possibly as the ONLY one with a 4-2 record in the block.

We got a great match out of Taichi and Khan, and Khan winning was quite the surprise. But they both finish 2-4, and who knows where either guy goes from here. Lawlor VS Cobb was great stuff, too, that is big for Lawlor. The only way Jonah gets in is if he wins against Fale while Archer and Okada have a draw. If Jonah loses, it all comes down to Archer VS Okada, the winner advancing. And of course, great stuff out of Tanahashi VS Kenta, both for the G1 and to build upon their IWGP US Championship No Disqualification match. Kenta winning was the logical move, Tanahashi winning here would deflate the drama of Naito VS ZSJ. Kenta had a hilarious promo to end the night, he really should move up in the rankings.

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion keep the “Jay1” going?

The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW continues on and Jay White is spotless at 4-0! But will Taichi change all that this close to the ending?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Jay White; White wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

The Ultimate Weapon and the Fang Revived are both out of the running, but this is about pride! Will Henare conquer Kenta? Or will he #GoToSleep instead?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Kenta gives testing kicks, as does Henare. They keep testing each other, but neither man gets a clean shot. Kenta tries a palm strike but Henare ducks it to give some kicks. Kenta tries kicks but avoids the roundhouse, and fans applaud this great kickboxing exchange. Henare moves to using hands and he gets some body shots in! Kenta bails out and fans applaud Henare bringing the fight. Kenta takes his time returning, and he circles with Henare again. Henare anticipates a kick but Kenta rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kenta fires off haymakers and puts Henare in a corner!

The ref counts, Kenta knees low as he lets off, and runs in, but into an elbow! Henare goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up and Kenta staggers up, but he avoids the heel kick! Kenta bails out again and fans applaud. Henare goes out after Kenta and CLUBS him down! And again! Henare HEADBUTTS Kenta, then KICKS him against the post! And again! Henare fires up but Kenta ducks, the kick hits POST! Kenta kicks that leg then POSTS Henare’s shoulder! Kenta hurries to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER that arm, then he kicks the bad leg! Then another ELBOW BREAKER, and another kick to the bad leg!

Henare falls over and the ref reprimands but Kenta KICKS Henare in the leg again. Kenta hammerlocks Henare and RAMS him into railing! Fans cheer the savagery while Kenta stomps the leg. Kenta puts the leg in the railing and stomps it more! The ref reprimands and backs Kenta off, so Kenta drags Henare up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kenta is annoyed but fans rally up and Kenta gets Henare’s bad leg. Kenta has the standing toehold but Henare endures. Kenta drops an elbow on the leg and has a seated toehold. Henare tries to fight the hold but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK instead.

The ref counts, Kenta lets off slowly, and he stomps the bad leg. Kenta drags Henare up, but Henare throws body shots! Kenta kicks Henare low, then stomps him on the back. Henare wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER again! Kenta is just picking apart that whole left side! Kenta joins the fans in clapping, and gets them to stop clapping all at once. Kenta stomps Henare down, drags him up and fires off haymakers! Henare just snarls through them! Kenta KICKS but Henare snarls. Kenta CLUBS Henare but fans rally up as Henare stands. Henare roars but Kenta kicks the bad leg! Kenta runs, but into a KICK!

Henare falls over because the left leg is a weak base right now, but he growls and gets back up. Henare gets that bad leg moving, KICKS Kenta’s own left leg, and KICKS away in the corner! The ref counts, Henare lets off at 4, and he hobbles back to snapmare Kenta for another KICK! Kenta writhes and fans applaud. Henare runs in at the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Henare fireman’s carries for a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up and Henare snarls. Henare drags Kenta up, HEADBUTTS him down, then goes up the corner. SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Henare is annoyed but fans rally as Kenta is still in it.

Henare drags Kenta up, stalks behind him and reels him into the full nelson! Kenta fights it, throws elbows, and he ducks the lariat to spin Henare to a DDT! Fans fire up and Kenta KICKS Henare in the back! And again! Kenta stomps Henare on the apron but the ref counts. Kenta lets off and drags Henare up to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER! Fans fire up and Henare sits up in the corner. Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Henare, then he goes corner to corner to SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta goes up top as Henare is in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and fans fire up again.

Kenta slashes his throat, vowing to finish this! Fans rally and Kenta drags Henare up. Henare blocks the lift, CLUBS Kenta again and again, but Kenta BOOTS him! And LARIATS! But Henare stays up! Henare swings, misses, but he catches Kenta for the BERSERKER BOMB! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Henare pounds the mat. Henare calls his shot, clamps onto Kenta, ULTIMA!! Kenta grabs the ref with a body scissors!! The ref reprimands and they all end up by the ropes! Henare throws Kenta down, which also throws the ref down! Henare argues with the ref but fans rally up. Kenta rolls Henare, TWO!!

Kenta hurries back up, and Henare runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Kenta roars! Kenta drags Henare up, fireman’s carries, but Henare fights out! Henare ROCKS Kenta, Kenta ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Henare gets the edge, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta fires off haymaker after haymaker, but Henare hits a body shot! And the HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Henare and he drags Kenta back up. Henare fisherman’s to the torture rack, but Kenta claws Henare’s face! Kenta drags Henare down into the armlock, but Henare rolls out of Game Over!

But Kenta shifts to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Henare endures and fans rally, and Henare deadlifts Kenta for a POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as Henare goes to a corner. Henare shakes out his bad arm, takes aim at Kenta and runs in, RAMP- KNEE! Kenta drags Henare back down, GAME OVER CROSSFACE!! Henare endures as Kenta pulls back, fans rally up as Henare starts to fade! Henare taps, Kenta wins!

Winner: Kenta, by submission (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)

The Ultimate Weapon’s first G1 run ends in defeat and with a 1-5 record, but it was all a valiant effort. Will Henare come back next year even stronger? As for Kenta, he has momentum as he prepares for another match tomorrow! Can Kenta tear down The Ace and spoil his chances?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb!

The Producer is also out of the running, but the Imperial Unit still has a chance. Will Cobb take Yano on a Tour of the Islands to keep on sailing in the G1?

As Cobb makes his entrance, he’s cosplaying Toru Yano! “Funny Jeff” has a Hawaiian shirt over his merch shirt, he has a DVD case, and he has a chair! He even gives the ring announcer a very long introduction to read off, just like Yano! And to copy Yano’s disinfectant bottle, Cobb has an air freshener spray! As for the real Yano… Wait, where is he? His music is playing but Yano isn’t walking out from the ramp or anywhere else. Cobb waits, but is he going to get a win by forfeit? The bell rings, Cobb tells the ref to start already, and the count begins. So either Yano shows up before the 20 count or he’s done!

Cobb is impatient, we’re only at 7 of 20. Wait, Yano runs in from the far side! He slides in, rolls Cobb up, TWO!! Yano panics and apologizes for his prank! Cobb runs in at the corner, Yano dodges and Cobb hits buckles! Yano shoves the ref, then sprays the disinfectant at Cobb’s face!! Roll up, TWO!! Cobb escapes but Yano brings him up to throw him out! Yano hurries after Cobb and whips, but Cobb reverses! Yano hits railing hard! Cobb wipes the spray out of his eyes, but he walks into an atomic drop! Yano tucks Cobb’s arms into his singlet, then wraps him up in the apron skirt! Yano shoves the #Cobburrito down and gets in the ring!

The ring count is rising, Cobb struggles against the skirt wrap, and we’re at 9 of 20! Cobb asks for help but we’re at 13! A Young Lion finally hurries over and helps Cobb get to his feet. Cobb wiggles into the ring at 18! Yano stands on Cobb to surf! Fans applaud as Yano hangs loose! Then Yano hurries to untie a buckle pad from a neutral corner. But Cobb comes back to kick! And kick! Cobb asks the ref for help but Yano kicks Cobb low. Yano runs, but Cobb manages a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Cobb finally gets his arms out of his singlet and fans rally up. Cobb drags Yano up to ROCK him with a right!

Cobb whips, Yano reverses, Cobb stops from hitting buckles, and then dodges! Yano hits the buckles, then Cobb hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Cobb drags Yano up. Yano waistlocks but Cobb switches. Yano grabs at the ref but Cobb blocks the mule kick low blow! Cobb spins Yano, kicks and then pulls Yano’s shirt up over his face! Yano is blindfolded and he staggers around, into a SUPERKICK! Then a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)

“Funny Jeff” still got serious in the end, and he is still in the running! Will Cobb be able to survive to the semifinals? Or is his fate in someone else’s hands?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Rampaging Dragon isn’t done in the G1 just yet, but to think the Tokyo Pimp would be leading the block! Will Takagi be able to drag Yujiro down? Or will Yujiro’s G1 run have a happy ending?

The moment the introductions are over, Yujiro rushes Takagi! Takagi blocks the boot and throws Yujiro down! The bell rings and Takagi drags Yujiro up to put in the corner. Takagi fires off forearms over and over, and fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Yujiro again. Takagi whips and KNEES Yujiro at the ropes, then runs to run Yujiro over! Fans fire up and Takagi runs in at the corner. Yujiro BOOTS, but Takagi powers through to clothesline! Takagi then reels Yujiro in to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up but Yujiro bails out of the ring. Takagi pursues, brings Yujiro up and RAMS him into the apron! Takagi then whips Yujiro into railing!

Yujiro flounders away and Pieter checks on him. Takagi storms his way over but Pieter stands in his way. Can a bunny tame a dragon? Takagi is intrigued but Yujiro rushes in! Takagi blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Yujiro back! Pieter scampers away and Takagi scolds her before he CLUBS Yujiro. Takagi POSTS Yujiro, then tells the ref to hold on. Takagi smacks Yujiro off the apron, then again, and again! Fans rally up and Takagi puts Yujiro in the ring. Yujiro crawls away to the far side and bails out again. Yujiro goes looking under the ring and he gets a chair! Takagi takes his time walking over, and Yujiro JAMS him with the chair!

The ref reprimands and takes the chair, and Yujiro knees Takagi low. Yujiro whips but Takagi reverses. Yujiro stops from hitting railing, and he drop toeholds Takagi into the railing! Then REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands Yujiro and he apologizes before getting in the ring. Takagi stirs and the ring count starts. Takagi stands up at 6 of 20, he gets frustrated, and he gets in at 10. Yujiro stomps Takagi over and over in the corner then digs his knee in. The ref reprimands, Yujiro brings Takagi up and snapmares for the basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Yujiro is surprised and annoyed, but he rains down fists!

The ref reprimands about the closed fists and Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Takagi up and bumps Takagi off buckles. Yujiro knees low, throws back elbows, but Takagi clinches! Yujiro digs his forearm into Takagi’s eyes! Yujiro lets off, runs in and BOOTS Takagi again! Fans applaud that bit of agility and Yujiro snapmares Takagi to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” but Yujiro brings him up. Takagi eggs Yujiro on and Yujiro throws a forearm! And another forearm! And another! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, to then DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up and Takagi drags Yujiro back up.

Fans fire up as Takagi says it’s go time! Another suplex, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to fisherman, but Takagi BITES back! Fans cheer the turnabout being fair play but the ref still reprimands. Takagi lets off and wretches from the bad taste. Yujiro ROCKS Takagi then runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Takagi pounds the mat. Fans rally and Takagi aims from a corner. Yujiro stands, Takagi runs in to run him over! And then scoops to SLAM, for a SENTON! But that’s not all! Takagi drags Yujiro up, hooks him up, but Yujiro fights the Gory Especial!

Yujiro throws back elbows, but Takagi spins through to suplex! Yujiro fights that so Takagi hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says there’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along and Takagi drags Yujiro back up. But wait, here comes Sho! Takagi sees Sho and his little wrench, but Yujiro sneaks up! Takagi elbows Yujiro away, whips him to ropes, but Yujiro holds ropes. Takagi rushes in, Yujiro dodges and distracts the ref as Sho grabs at Takagi! Yujiro runs in to BOOT Takagi! Yujiro reels Takagi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Yujiro crawls over to drag Takagi up.

Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Yujiro is frustrated. Yujiro drags Takagi back up and reels him in, but Takagi says no to Big Juice! Takagi throws body shots, wrenches out, blocks a haymaker and he HEADBUTTS away on Yujiro! Both men wobble but Takagi runs, only for Sho to be there with a chair! The ref reprimands, Takagi goes back to Yujiro for boxing elbows! Fans rally as Takagi runs again, but into a BOOT! Yujiro runs, but into a clothesline! Takagi runs but Yujiro distracts the ref again, Sho SMACKS Takagi with the chair!

Yujiro reels Takagi in, PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the screw job and fans fire up! Yujiro pleads with the ref but two is two! Yujiro drags Takagi up but Takagi blocks Big Juice again! Takagi powers up to power out and he ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to the DDT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up again as Yujiro flounders around. Takagi gets up and headbutts the buckles to fire back up! LARIAT! But Takagi gets Yujiro up to a MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? Yujiro survives and even Sho is shocked! Takagi gets back up as fans rally again. Takagi stands Yujiro up to pump handle and torture rack.

Yujiro wriggles and gets free to the apron to rake eyes! Takagi runs back in but Yujiro dumps him out! Yujiro staggers over, gets Takagi up and whips him into railing! The ref has Sho stay back as Yujiro goes over to bring Takagi around. Yujiro whips Takagi into more railing, and then he wobbles and hobbles to get Takagi back. Takagi fires off forearms in return! Takagi whips, Yujiro reverses and Takagi hits railing even harder! Takagi falls in a heap, Yujiro and Sho both shout for the ring count. The ref starts, Yujiro sits Takagi up, but no Pimp Juice Basement BOOT instead! And then FISHERMAN BUSTER to the floor!

Yujiro gets in the ring at 12 of 20 but Takagi is right after him! Takagi fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor! The count is 16 of 20!! Takagi staggers up and in at 18! Yujiro is down but Sho throws him in at 19.5! Fans fire up as this keeps going, and Takagi runs in at Yujiro with a clothesline! Takagi pump handles, torture racks, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro throws Takagi’s arm into him! The ref staggers but stays up, Yujiro shove Takagi into him! The ref goes down, Yujiro hits a REVERSE DDT! Fans rally but Sho sends a chair in! Yujiro gets the chair, takes aim and runs in, and he JAMS Takagi low!

Yujiro then reels back to SMACK Takagi on the back! But Takagi LARIATS through the chair! And CHUCKS the chair at Sho!! PUMPING BOMBER!! But that’s not all! Yujiro deserves this one! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

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

Well, well, well! D Block is looking like a real rock-paper-scissors scenario! Yujiro beat David Finlay, who beat Takagi (and quite a few others) but Takagi just beat Yujiro! What will this mean for the semifinals with another D Block match up next?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay!

The Headhunter and the Commonwealth Kingpin are both still alive in the block, but the window is closing! Will the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion shock the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion? Or will Ospreay make sure Hashi does NOT #GetBackUp?

The bell rings and fans rally up. These two circle and tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ospreay finds a point of leverage and he powers Hashi to ropes. Ospreay talks some trash as he lets off, then he pats Hashi on the side. Before he knees low and hard! Ospreay headlocks and grinds Hashi but Hashi throws body shots. Hashi powers up and out to reel Ospreay into a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange, then Ospreay powers up and out. Hashi runs Ospreay over, but Ospreay kips right back up! Fans applaud again the agility, then Ospreay gets Hashi with a “made you look” and SLAP! Hashi CHOPS back!

Ospreay staggers away, stinging from that back hand. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! And whip to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi turns Ospreay to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Hashi keeps cool. Fans rally up and Hashi brings Ospreay up. Hashi CLUBS Ospreay on the back and Ospreay goes to a corner. Hashi stomps and CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay shouts in pain! Hashi stands Ospreay up and reels him in to suplex. Ospreay slips out, shoves and fireman’s carries to then HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs to BOOT Hashi down! Fans fire up for the agility but Ospreay needs a second from the stinging in his chest.

Ospreay drags Hashi up and bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS back and Hashi sputters now. Fans fire up and Ospreay wrenches Hashi to whip corner to corner hard! Hashi bounces off buckles and hits the mat hard! Ospreay grabs the bad arm and sets it on the apron, to drop a knee right on it! Hashi shouts in pain and clutches that bad arm. Ospreay drags Hashi off the apron, wrenches the bad arm and then YANKS Hashi into the post! Hashi staggers away and leans against railing from the pain, but Ospreay leaves him behind. Fans rally up for Hashi and the ring count begins. The count is 8 of 20 as Hashi gets in the ring, and Ospreay mockingly applauds.

Ospreay drags Hashi up, but Hashi throws body shots! Ospreay gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! No mercy from the Kingpin as Hashi writhes again. Ospreay tells Hashi this is his last chance to give up now. Hashi refuses so Ospreay omoplatas the good arm. Ospreay CHOPS Hashi in the side then grabs the bad arm! RECLINER ARMLOCK! Cover, but Hashi slips off before Red Shoes can count. Ospreay mockingly applauds as Hashi goes to the apron. Ospreay drags Hashi back in and wrenches again for the snapmare and top wristlock. Hashi endures again and Ospreay digs his knuckles in. Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay pulls at the arm!

Hashi endures more, even as Ospreay is bending him across his knee! Hashi fights up, throws body shots to get free, but Ospreay CLUBS him down! Ospreay whips Hashi to a corner, runs in, but Hashi dodges! Ospreay hits buckles, but he BOOTS back! Hsahi swings but into a spin from Ospreay! Ospreay suplexes, Hashi fights it off, and Hashi suplexes to get the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Ospreay both stand, but Hashi CLOBBERS Ospreay with elbows! Hashi whips, Ospreay reverses but Hashi comes back to dropkick the leg out! Then HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up!

Ospreay gets to the ropes, Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi brings Ospreay up to suplex and hang Ospreay out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to DROPKICK Ospreay down! Then Hashi sits Ospreay up for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi gets to his feet. Hashi brings Ospreay up and reels him in, but Ospreay wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, kicks him and whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to a NEURALIZER! Direct hit with that kick! Fans fire up as Hashi bails out, Ospreay hurries over to PLANCHA! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again, and Ospreay slowly sits up first.

Ospreay drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring. Ospreay aims, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this and fans rally up! Ospreay keeps his focus, he drags Hashi back up, and he reels Hashi in to turn him. Hashi resists, so Ospreay gives him a Kowata Kick and a big CHOP! Hashi staggers to a corner and Ospreay runs in, but Hashi BOOTS back! Hashi runs in but into an elbow! Ospreay runs but into a CHOP! Hashi runs but into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ospreay drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner.

Fans rally as Ospreay climbs, but Hashi rises! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the superplex! Fans rally as Ospreay and Hashi trade body shots! Ospreay fires off HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Hashi down! Hashi hobbles up, into the FLYING FOREARM to the back! Ospreay gets Hashi up to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay is surprised Hashi is still in this, but Ospreay snarls and waits on Hashi to rise. Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, OS- NO! Hashi full nelsons to a SNAP DRAGON!

Fans rally up again as both men are down. Hashi sits up first but Ospreay follows. Hashi fires up and runs, but Ospreay swats the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! And aims, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Hashi drags Ospreay into the full nelson. Spin and pump handle, but Ospreay fights Karma with elbows. Ospreay ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, but Hashi comes back with a forearm of his own! Hashi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay ROCKS him again! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, but Ospreay ROCKS Hashi! Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, and then Hashi CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS again, then again!

Ospreay CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi reels Ospreay in but Ospreay throws a forearm! Hashi HEABUTTS! Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ospreay roars and drags Hashi back up, but Hashi ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle to KARMA!! Hashi has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi is too sore to be upset so he just gets up. Hashi roars, runs, and LARIATS! Ospreay flips around, Hashi gets him up, pump handle and KAR- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Fans fire up and Ospreay grits his teeth! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!

Hashi survives and fans can’t believe it! Ospreay can’t believe it, either, but he drags Hashi around. Ospreay prepares his arm, takes aim, but Hashi ducks the Hidden Blade! SUPERKICK! But Ospreay dodges the lariat, to OS- SUPERKICK!! Hashi gets Ospreay with some anti-air and he hurries to add on! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi pushes himself back up, sits Ospreay up and clamps on with a SLEEPER! Ospreay endures, fights up, but Hashi spins him into the pump handle. Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Hashi runs in to LARIAT! But Ospreay roars!

Ospreay swats a lariat, ROLLING ELBOW to the HOOK KICK, tot he LIGER- FACEBUSTER from Hashi!! Hashi gets Ospreay up to the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives and the fans are electric! Hashi stands and fires up! Hashi runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Hashi right up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! And then from the corner, HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, Ospreay wins!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Kingpin wins, and the D Block picture is still a mess! Can Hashi recover to have his last G1 match tomorrow? As for Ospreay, will he settle things with Juice Robinson on Tuesday and make the path forward a bit clearer?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

One way or another, The Holy Emperor finishes his run this weekend, but if he wins here, it might not even matter! Will the Sliest Wrestler in the World be able to snatch a golden ticket off the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will he breath with the Switchblade as the Jay1 goes 5-0?

White and Taichi both have quite a bit to put aside, from jackets to belts. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and even White applauds. White gets his moving, too, so he isn’t out of the NJPW Dancing with the Pecs running. White gets impatient with Red Shoes and he Too Sweets with Gedo. The bell rings and fans rally up as White and Taichi stare down. White and Taichi circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Taichi finds a point of leverage and he puts White in a corner. Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi pats White on the shoulder then backs away. Fans applaud and White dusts himself off. Taichi and White reset and circle again.

Taichi offers White a sumo style showdown. Fans rally up for that and White says okay, but how does it work? They crouch, then Taichi does the sumo stomp. White asks Gedo if that’s how it’s done. White returns the stomp, and they square up at center. But then White pulls hair and RAMS Taichi into the corner! White stomps a mudhole then throws forearms. White mocks the sumo then whips corner to corner. Taichi reverses and runs in but White bails out! White says nope, Taichi isn’t getting the better of him. White wants Red Shoes to keep Taichi back so he can get in. Taichi does back up and White returns.

Gedo grabs Taichi’s foot! White CLUBS away on Taichi, mocks the sumo then whips, but Taichi reverses. White holds ropes and bails out, but Taichi rushes out after him! White slides back in, Taichi pursues, but White facelocks. Taichi RAMS White into a corner! Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi slowly lets off, but White avoids the cheap shot to CHOP! Taichi just snarls and CHOKES White! Taichi has White in the corner, Gedo protests but then Taichi tells Gedo to shut up before he CHOKES Gedo! White rakes Taichi’s eyes to make him let Gedo go! White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Taichi to the floor!

White applauds mockingly and he smirks as he mocks more of Taichi’s sumo style. White drags Taichi up to CHOKE him on the railing right in front of commentary! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets off and Taichi falls over. White borrows some camera cable to CHOKE Taichi! Red Shoes reprimands but White talks trash on Taichi. White lets off, tells Miho to shut it but she’s all the way on the other side of the ring. White drags Taichi up and into the ring, then puts him on the apron. White CLUBS Taichi in the chest again and again! Gedo likes it as White SMOTHERS Taichi with the apron skirt! Red Shoes reprimands, White tells Miho to shut up, but he does let off.

White is polite enough to put the skirt back where it belongs and he wipes the sweat away with his towel. White drags Taichi to a cover but Red Shoes refuses to count! Gedo and White ask why, but it’s obviously because of the shenanigans with the skirt! Gedo distracts Red Shoes with his dramatic whining so that White can CHOKE Taichi with the towel! Miho protests, Red Shoes sees something’s up, and White lets off on the towel. White tells Red Shoes to relax, it’s just his towel! The towel is taken away, and White gets the fans to clap again. “TA-I-CHI!” “JAY WHI-TO!” White mocks Taichi but Taichi kicks back from the ropes!

Taichi whips White, White reverses and kicks low to throw Taichi by his hair! White CHOKES Taichi, much like Taichi would. Red Shoes reprimands, he won’t count the cover. But White says Taichi does it all the time! Speaking of, Taichi CHOKES White from below! Gedo protests, White stomps Taichi into letting go, then stomps him more! White sputters and coughs at the ropes but fans rally up. White sits Taichi up into a chinlock but Taichi endures. White grinds Taichi down but Taichi kicks around. Taichi pulls White’s hair, stands up, and he throws elbows. Taichi KICKS White’s leg, KICKS it again, then blocks White’s kick to KICK again!

White hobbles away and fans fire up! Taichi storms over but White knees low. White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS! White whips Taichi corner to corner, then runs in, but Taichi dodges the chop! Taichi CHOKES White again! Gedo protests, Red Shoes reprimands, and White tries to choke Taichi back! Taichi breaks that grip and shoves White into the corner to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men fall down! White stirs and gets out of the corner while Taichi sits up. Taichi stands and storms up on White to KICK him back down! Fans fire up while White sits back up. Taichi KICKS him down again!

Gedo grows worried for White as he manages to sit up again. Taichi KICKS White down again! Taichi taunts White, looms over him, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK in the back! White writhes and fans fire up as Taichi stalks White to ropes. Taichi drags White up, whips but White reverses. Taichi reverses back to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi looms over White again. Taichi drags White up to reel him in but White fights off the saido! White CLUBS away, fires off forearms, but Taichi KICKS the leg! White hobbles and drops to a knee. Taichi runs in at the corner, White dodges and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!

Fans fire up and Gedo cheers, but both men are down. White sits up and clutches his chest while fans rally. Taichi rolls away to a corner but White runs in, UPPERCUT! White brings Taichi out to suplex for BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Taichi up, reels him in, but Taichi fights the urenage with elbows Taichi wrenches, White ducks the roundhouse and hits a COMPLETE SHOT! White then shifts to a waistlock and he deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up but Gedo is the most excited about that one. Fans rally up, White drags Taichi up and reels him in, URENAGE! Stacked cover, TWO!

White is frustrated and Gedo is furious but White sits Taichi up. White wraps on the SLEEPER, then he drags Taichi up! Taichi backs White down but White sends him into the buckles! White runs back in but into a BOOT! Taichi rushes but White ducks to CHOP! Taichi SOBATS, White UPPERCUTS, Taichi ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Taichi and White stir, Taichi sits up and fires himself up. Gedo shouts to White to get up but OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up in the corner and takes aim, but GEDO GRABS MIHO! Gedo’s got Miho by her hair! White waistlocks to SAIDO!!

Gedo says White should finish this, and he’ll keep Miho! White taunts Taichi with his “damsel in distress!” White makes Taichi look, and then he stands on Taichi’s head. White mockingly asks if Miho is okay, and Miho is almost in tears! Fans rally for Taichi but White CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Taichi stands up, White CHOPS, and Taichi just glares at Gedo! White wants Taichi to pay attention to him, so Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi goes out after Gedo and Gedo lets go of Miho. Gedo apologizes but Taichi doesn’t care. And in storms Yoshinobu Kanemaru! Suzuki-Gun doesn’t take kindly to mistreating a lady!

Gedo turns around and he sees he’s surrounded! Gedo scurries into the ring but Taichi rushes in after him. Gedo still wants mercy but White full nelsons! Taichi arm-drags White away, and DOUBLE AX BOMBERS! Fans are thunderous and Taichi gets White up to the LAST RIDE!! High stack, TWO!!? White survives but fans are thunderous again! Kanemaru coaches Taichi up while keeping Gedo down. Fans rally up and Taichi snarls. Taichi then roars and fans fire up with him! Taichi aims from the corner, for JYUTEN- NO, White drops down! White uses his opossum technique but Taichi says this isn’t much of a world champion then.

Taichi kicks White around, taunts him, and drags him up. White CHOPS back, but Taichi withstands it! Taichi eggs White on, so White LARIATS! Taichi rebounds, but swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Taichi’s right back up! White gets around but Taichi turns things around with a DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO! White is still in this but fans rally behind Taichi! Taichi and White rise again and Taichi slashes his throat to say this is done. Taichi Alabama Lifts but White sprawls to block! White brings Taichi up but Taichi breaks free and BUZZSAWS! And then Taichi hooks up the arms!

Wait, Taichi backs off on the Gedo Clutch because actual Gedo is getting in the ring! Taichi KICKS the ropes to low blow Gedo! Gedo falls down but White gets Taichi, BLADE- NO, Taichi throws White down and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!?!?! White escapes by mere nanoseconds! But Taichi runs in to Alabama Lift and- White slips off! White blocks the kick, reels Taichi in but Taichi elbows free! Taichi clinches and SUMO THROWS! And then Taichi sets up, YOKOZUNA- BLADE- NO! YOKOZUNA ELBOW!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? White is still surviving by the skin of his teeth! Miho is mad and she wants White to pay!

Fans are thunderous, Taichi slowly stands back up and he roars! Taichi drags White up, reels him into the Alabama Lift, but White sunset flips! BLADE- NO!! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! With bridge, TWO!?!!! Taichi is getting mad now and he drags White up! Alabama, but White wrenches! BLADERUNNER!!!! But White can’t make the cover!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir! White flounders his way over, he drags Taichi back up, but he can’t get that dead weight up! White has to use the ropes, but Taichi throws haymakers from below! And CHOKES White! White still powers through to BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!

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

White is FIVE AND OH! And in one fell swoop, The Switchblade eliminates both the Holy Emperor and the Cold Skull! Their records are not enough to take the block, will they just have to have better luck next year?

But as Taichi is taken away by Young Lions, Kanemaru and Miho trailing after, White gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Come back! Come back!” He even adds in Japanese, “Don’t discriminate.” White then demands ice from the Young Lions, and they bring him a few icepacks. White puts them all on his chest given those sharp kicks from Taichi. He also claims he still has heat stroke like he did earlier this week. MORE ICE! “Shimoda! Shimoda-san, more ice!” Even more ice is brought while some fans are leaving. White again says, “Did you guys not hear? I had heat stroke, I need ice to cool down.”

White chuckles a bit and says, “Heat stroke? HEAT STROKE? I live in Florida! Do you think a little bit of sun, and heat, is going to bother me? How gullible and stupid can you all be?! But I appreciate the days off in Hiroshima, the days off those pointless matches worth zero points in the Jay1 Climax! It was nice to have that rest so I could be well-rested for matches that do matter, like today, and like against one Tama Tonga.” But that’s not what White wants to be saying. He wants to say, “Thank you all so much for all of your heartfelt messages and well-wishes and prayers, saying, ‘Jay White, please get better. Jay White, take care of yourself.'”

That really brought a tear to White’s eye and he wouldn’t be here tonight to fight his heart out for all the fans, if not for all those lovely, lovely messages. White pretends to cry over this but he can’t help but laugh. “Still my ear! Undefeated! Switchblade Era!” Jay drops the mic, but will he keep this momentum going to a spotless 6-0? Or will he drop the ball in the final round against The Good Bad Guy?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

A great event for the G1, and what a great variety in these blocks. Henare VS Kenta was a great match, even with both men out of the running. But Kenta winning makes the most sense, as he’s the veteran and he needs the momentum to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi tomorrow. There is a chance Kenta wins that, as both revenge for their IWGP US Championship No Disqualifications match, as well as clear the way for Naito or Zack Sabre Jr. That win would be a big feather in Kenta’s cap, who knows if it happens. Yano VS Cobb was a ton of fun, but of course Cobb wins to keep going. Cobb VS Lawlor is tomorrow, both their last one this G1, Lawlor could get a HUGE spoiler right at the end here.

The D Block is hilariously chaotic here, and NJPW is brilliant for finding a way to make this work. Yujiro VS Takagi was a very good match, but I figured Takagi would win. Hashi VS Ospreay was awesome stuff, Hashi is continuing to look awesome, but I figured Ospreay would win. Yujiro is right smack in the middle, but he has one of the more important wins since he beat David Finlay to start this G1 before Finlay went on that wild run. Finlay has a win over Takagi, Ospreay and Juice, but ELP also just beat Finlay, and there’s still Finlay VS Hashi tomorrow. No one really knows what will happen if all seven men end up 3-3, so I would think one person has to go 4-2 and then that guy, whoever it is, is D Block’s guy.

Taichi VS White was awesome stuff, and it really felt worth of someone facing the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. It felt like Taichi could’ve taken that win but in the end, White stays spotless. It will still come down to White VS Tama on Tuesday, “win and you’re in,” and either way, that result is going to be wild. Tama can get the golden ticket and go strong into the semifinals, or White runs the block (granted a smaller block) to look almost unstoppable.

My Score: 8.8/10


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