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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/28/22)

BOSJ, round seven!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

Who gets lucky? And whose luck runs out?

NJPW enters the Best of the Super Junior’s home stretch now! Will Ace Austin still lead A Block? Will B Block’s traffic jam clear up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS BUSHI; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: TJP VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS EL LINDAMAN; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Alex Zayne; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS DOUKI; Desperado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira!

Two men on the backend meet, but the Heel Master fell to the Wild Rhino while Bruciare burned Direct Drive. Will Kanemaru wash Akira out with whiskey? Or will Kanemaru get himself a taste of Fireball?

As soon as Kanemaru throws off his shirt, he rushes Akira! Kanemaru kicks, CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Akira, then stomps him down! The bell rings, Kanemaru stomps Akira to the corner, then whips him to ropes. Akira dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors! Fans fire up and Akira goes to the corner to TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK Kanemaru down! Fans fire up with “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” and Akira builds speed. Kanemaru gets back in and dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally, Kanemaru gets Akira’s leg and SMASHES it on the mat! Kanemaru gets Akira up and gets the leg for a SHINBREAKER!

Akira writhes and fans applaud as Kanemaru storms up on him. Kanemaru stands on Akira’s leg at the ropes but the ref reprimands and counts. Kanemaru lets off at 4, and he laughs at Akira as he brings him up. Akira hits back with a forearm but Kanemaru kicks his leg out! Kanemaru YANKS the leg, then drags Akira around to drop an elbow on the knee. And another! And then the toehold! Akira endures, fans rally, but Kanemaru cranks the hold. Akira reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and Kanemaru lets off, but he drags Akira away to stomp the leg! Kanemaru then brings Akira up, but Akira throws a right!

Akira hobbles on the one leg, CHOPS, but Kanemaru kicks the leg out! Kanemaru whips, then dropkicks the leg again! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru drags Akira by his bad leg again, and SMASHES the knee into the mat! Akira writhes and grits his teeth, and he manages to make it to ropes. Kanemaru kicks the leg again, stalks Akira to a corner, but Akira throws body shots. Kanemaru digs his boot into knee, Akira grabs at Kanemaru’s hair but Kanemaru rakes Akira’s eyes! Kanemaru then puts Akira’s bad leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts, Akira throws forearms, but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg!

Fans rally as Akira gets his leg free, but Kanemaru goes outside and drags Akira into the corner. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad leg on the apron! Then Kanemaru ties the legs up against the post! Akira grabs at Kanemaru’s hair, the ref counts, and Kanemaru lets go. Akira crawls away from the corner but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Akira eggs Kanemaru on? Kanemaru keeps stomping, then he dropkicks the leg again! Kanemaru drags Akira around and digs his knees into the knee! Kanemaru has another toehold but Akira kicks with his free leg! Akira gets free, scrambles and kicks again, but Kanemaru catches the good leg to stomp the bad leg!

Kanemaru drags Akira up, reels him in, but Akira fights the shinbreaker with elbows! Kanemaru lets go but he kicks the leg, then tries again. Akira sunset flips through, TWO! Kanemaru kicks low, runs, but Akira manages to follow, wheelbarrow, and victory roll, STOMP 182! Both men are down and fans rally up! Akira gets up, hobbles and is in the corner. But he manages to run corner to corner to clothesline! Akira tries keep moving but the bad leg won’t let him. Akira reels Kanemaru in but Kanemaru blocks the suplex. Kanemaru CLUBS the bad leg, then suplexes Akira. Akira fights that, and manages a GOURD BUSTER!

Fans fire up as Akira gets back up and BUZZSAWS Kanemaru down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” as Akira brings Kanemaru back up. SPEED- NO, Kanemaru slips out! But Akira ducks the enziguri! Akira waistlocks but Kanemaru switches. Akira elbows back and runs, but into another dropkick to his leg! Akira clutches the knee, Kanemaru steps through, but Akira kicks him away. Kanemaru comes back to basement dropkick Akira in the head! Then he gets the leg for a HALF CRAB! Akira endures, crawls and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru hurries to get Akira up, scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru is annoyed but he goes to the corner. Akira manages to get up and ROCK Kanemaru first! Akira climbs up on the good leg, but Kanemaru rakes his eyes! Kanemaru leaps, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Akira gets Kanemaru up, chicken wings and pop-up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! The bad leg may have held that bridge back, but fans fire up for “A! KI-RA!” But Kanemaru ducks the Fireball to crucifix pin! TWO, and Kanemaru trips Akira to a jackknife! TWO! Kanemaru shoots into somersault clutch, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE from Akira! Fans fire up and Akira hurries to get Kanemaru back up!

Akira reels Kanemaru in, SPEEDFIRE! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru survives and fans fire up as Akira goes to the corner. Kanemaru sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!

Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Fireball was too strong for Kanemaru, and now this loss is a hard pill to swallow! Will Akira be able to light it up these last few rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Taiji Ishimori!

Speaking of the Wild Rhino, he’s looking to continue his stampede, but he’s run across the Bone Soldier! Will Connors stay strong outside of Korakuen Hall? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion get back up from being trumped by Ace Austin?

The bell rings and fans applaud as the two stare down. Taiji claims Connors is a Heavyweight, he’s so muscular. Nope, still a Junior Heavyweight. Taiji doesn’t believe him but the fans rally behind Connors as he flexes. Taiji kicks low, whips, but Connors reverses and runs Taiji over! Fans applaud and Connors brings Taiji up to headlock. Taiji throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over again! Connors stalks Taiji to the corner, brings him up and TOSSES him! Taiji gets to the corner but Connors is on him again. Connors climbs up and rains down fists! Fans clap along, Connors throws hands from both sides, then tops it off at 10!

Taiji flounders, Connors aims, AX HANDLE! Down goes Taiji and fans applaud. Connors trophy lifts Taiji, carries Taiji around, but Taiji fights by raking Connors’ eyes! Taiji throws Connors out, goes out after him and ROCKS him with a right hand! Then another! Then Taiji drags Connors up by his hair and POSTS him! Taiji drags Connors around, has the legs, CATAPULT into the post! Fans rally and the ref reprimands, but Taiji goes to undo the blue corner’s buckle pad. The Bullet Club Special is in play! Connors snarls and the ring count starts, and Connors gets in at 5 of 20. Taiji heads over, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER!

Another ELBOW BREAKER, then another, and Taiji hammerlocks the arm. Taiji RAMS the bad arm into the bare buckles! The ref reprimands and fans rally up as Taiji looms over Connors. Taiji brings Connors up from the ropes to throw more haymakers. He knocks Connors down, then gets the bad arm for a top wristlock. Taiji wrangles Connors to the mat and isolates the arm to STOMP it! Fans rally while Connors writhes, and Taiji grabs at the arm again. Taiji gets a cobra clutch now but Connors throws body shots. Connors is free, but Taiji rakes the eyes! Taiji runs, Connors drops and goes the other way, to POUNCE!

Fans fire up while Connors and Taiji go to corners. Connors runs corner to corner to back elbow! Then he whips Taiji to the other corner and RAMS in! Connors picks Taiji up for a RUNNING BACK DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Connors aims from the corner. Connors aims, runs in, but Taiji sends the spear into the POST! Taiji reels Connors in, hammerlocks and half nelsons, scoop to the SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Connors is still in this and fans rally up. Taiji aims now, he runs in, tilt-o-whirl, but no Mystico! Connors whips, Taiji BOOTS, Connors SPEARS into a takedown! Taiji has the arm, BONE LOCK! But Connors scrambles, ROPEBREAK!

Fans rally and Taiji lets off cleanly, but he grows frustrated. Taiji brings Connors up, gut wrenches, but Connors slips off to waistlock. Taiji throws elbows but Connors still holds on! DEADLIFT GERMAN! Fans fire up, Connors takes aim and he runs in, SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and Connors can’t believe it! Fans fire up and Connors gets Taiji back up. TROPHY- NO, Taiji slips free! BLOODY- NO, Connors slips free now! Taiji swings, misses, keeps moving, but he runs into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Connors and he roars! Connors drags Taiji back up, reels him back in, TROPHY- NO, Taiji drags Connors down! BONE LOCK!!

Connors endures, fans rally, and Connors crawls forward! Taiji rolls him away, BONE LOCK, but Connors gets to his feet! Taiji trips him and gets the BONE LOCK in deep! Connors taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

The stampede is over, the Bone Soldier is reborn! But he can’t take the top of the block without some help, will Ace Austin be the one to fold tonight?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS BUSHI!

The CMLL World Welterweight Champion is stuck behind all of B Block, but he hasn’t given up the fight! Will the Immortal still have life enough to win this deep into the tournament? Or will the Black Mask not have his run spoiled just yet?

Titan stands on a corner and shows off the Mexico flag, and Bushi attacks! Bushi CLUBS and drags Titan down, stomps him, and the bell rings. Bushi uses the flag to choke Titan! The ref counts, Bushi lets go and Titan gets out of the ring. Bushi pursues and CLUBS Titan again. Bushi goes after Titan’s mask! The ref reprimands and stops Bushi, but Bushi puts Titan in the ring. Titan uses that to build speed and DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Bushi! Fans fire up with Titan as he finally gets his jacket off. Titan KICKS Bushi in the side, then drags him up to put in the ring. Titan drags Bushi up, Bow ‘n’ Arrow lift to the AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!

Titan drags Bushi up, wrenches and CHOPS him on the ropes, then whips. Bushi reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down and Titan clutches the knee. Bushi takes off his shirt to use that to choke Titan! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi lets off and he brings Titan up. Bushi puts Titan up top backwards, then climbs up, to go after the mask! The ref reprimands and counts, but Bushi only lets go with one hand. The ref reprimands, Bushi keeps trying, and the mask almost comes off! Titan gets it back on but Bushi CLUBS him down! Titan is in the Tree of Woe, Bushi stomps him!

Titan falls out of the Tree, and Bushi brings Titan up by his mask to snapmare and wrap on a headscissor. Titan endures, fans rally up, and Titan reaches out to get the ROPEBREAK! Bushi holds on, thrashes around, but lets off at 4. Fans rally while Bushi taunts Titan. Bushi drags Titan back in, stomps him, and he drags Titan up to hang out to dry! Bushi CLUBS Titan, goes to the corner and jumps, but Titan avoids the dropkick! Titan goes Matrix on the apron to avoid the haymaker, then he GAMANGIRIS Bushi away! Titan then springboards to missile dropkick! Fans fire up, Bushi bails out, and Titan builds speed! Titan FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again!

Fans rally up and Titan brings Bushi up. Titan puts Bushi in, aims from a corner, and runs in, SUPERKICK! But Titan doesn’t cover, he brings Bushi back up in a dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi is still in this but fans rally again. Fans rally, Titan gets Bushi back up, but Bushi CHOPS! Titan CHOPS back! Bushi CHOPS again, but Titan CHOPS back! Bushi CHOPS, Titan fires off palm strikes! Titan back hands, ROUNDHOUSES and SOBATS! Titan fires up, runs, but Bushi ROCKS him with a right! Bushi runs, into a SUPERKICK! Titan runs, into a back drop! But he kips up to PELE!

Fans fire up and Titan aims from the corner! Bushi stands, Titan runs in, but Bushi spins him around for a DDT! Fans fire up again while both men are down, then rallies up as they stir. They crawl to each other, and Bushi throws a forearm! Titan throws it back, and they brawl as they stand up! Fans rally, Bushi gets the edge and runs, but into a clothesline at the ropes! Titan runs, Bushi DROPKICKS Titan at the ropes! Bushi roars, gets Titan up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this but fans rally again. Titan and Bushi go to opposite corners, Bushi runs in, CODE- NO! Titan throws Bushi around into a fireman’s carry!

But Bushi slips off! Titan switches, Bushi throws elbows. Titan fires off more palm strikes and some swift kicks! SOBAT, but Bushi ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Bushi gets Titan up, runs, but Titan goes to ropes to TORNADO DDT! Titan hurries to get Bushi up and reel him in! Canadian Rack, SPINNING BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and Titan goes to the apron! Titan throws off his armbands, fires up, and the fans fire up with him! SPRINGBOARD DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TITAN WINS!

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

In a battle of masks, Titan is victorious! Has the Immortal killed Bushi’s chances? Will he be able to do the same to as he closes out his run?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS YOH!

The Funky Weapon hasn’t had the best of luck in this tournament, but he can still be a spoiler? Or will Direct Drive get back in gear in the homestretch?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two slowly circle. Taguchi pats his sides along with the “TA-GU-CHI!” “Y O H!” Yoh and Taguchi feel out the grapple, Taguchi gets a leg but Yoh holds it off and floats to a waistlock. Taguchi drop toeholds and floats to a facelock but Yoh slips out to get the arm. Taguchi trips Yoh to have a toehold, Yoh uses his free leg to go for an armbar but Taguchi rolls Yoh up. TWO, and fans cheer as the two separate. Yoh and Taguchi reset, tie up, and Taguchi headlocks. Taguchi grinds Yoh down, but Yoh pulls hair. The ref reprimands, and Taguchi fires point-blank hip attacks on Yoh!

Taguchi runs, but Yoh drops, sidesteps, but Taguchi holds ropes to stop himself. Yoh avoids Taguchi with a handspring! Yoh swings but Taguchi manages to go Matrix! Taguchi kicks low, runs and manages a SCISSOR KICK! Fans applaud Taguchi busting out some new stuff, and Taguchi stands Yoh up for a big wind-up and leg sweep! Taguchi stomps to rally the fans and he runs, but Yoh drop toeholds and basement dropkicks the butt! Fans cheer and Taguchi holds his hips. Taguchi sits up and Yoh brings him up as fans rally. Yoh CLUBS Taguchi, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Yoh keeps cool, he stomps Taguchi around, then brings him up. Taguchi throws body shots, CHOPS, then kicks low. Taguchi whips, Yoh reverses but Yoh dodges the hip attack! Taguchi crashes, Yoh covers, TWO! Taguchi gets up but clutches his butt. Yoh cravats to snapmare, and he has the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Taguchi endures, fights up, and fans rally as he tries to turn it on Yoh. Yoh keeps Taguchi back, but Taguchi fights through! Taguchi turns it around, but Yoh turns it right back! Taguchi gives hip bumps! Yoh lets him go, but he comes back to kick. Taguchi blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while Yoh clutches his leg.

Taguchi brings Yoh up, whips him to the corner, then handsprings to HIP ATTACK?! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” BUM- ROLL-UP! TWO, but Yoh goes for the KNEEBAR! Taguchi kicks around, gets Yoh’s leg, OH MY GARFUNKLE! Yoh fights up, gets Taguchi’s leg back, KNEEBAR! Taguchi endures, grabs at Yoh’s arms and fans rally up as they struggle! Taguchi crawls for ropes but Yoh drags him away! Taguchi enziguris but Yoh ducks it! Yoh waistlocks, drags Taguchi up and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yoh holds on, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Yoh still holds on, but Taguchi fights the hat trick with elbows! Taguchi runs, HIP- ATOMIC DROP! Yoh O’Conner Rolls, but into a body scissor clutch! TWO!! Yoh gets a cradle, TWO! Taguchi hurries up, Yoh sunset flips but Taguchi brings down the tights, VOLT GREEN! Cover, TWO! Yoh sunset flips, TWO! Taguchi sits again, TWO! Yoh sunset, TWO! Taguchi, TWO! Yoh, TWO!!! Fans fire up, Taguchi dodges Yoh, but Yoh sidesteps a la Taguchi! Taguchi whips, he gives the side steps, to a RANA! Cover, Taguchi wins!!

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

Yoh can’t believe he got caught! Is he stalling out in the homestretch? As for Taguchi, can he continue to shock us all in these final rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS SHO!

The Impact X-Division Champion leads the block at 5-1 after defeating Taiji Ishimori! But can he keep the momentum going? Or will the Murder Machine rob The Inevitable like he has his other opponents?

Sho promises he’ll behave as Austin makes his entrance. But when Austin springs out his magic cane, Sho snatches it and uses it to BOP Austin! The ref reprimands and takes the stick, then rings the bell. Sho storms up to stomp Austin, drags him up then throws him out. Sho goes out and gets a chair! The ref reprimands, but Sho headlocks Austin and brings him to the big opening in the corner of the arena. Austin throws body shots then forearms! Then some kicks! Sho falls and crawls but Austin brings him up. Sho shoves Austin away, Austin comes back but Sho rakes his eyes! Sho whips, Austin reverses but Sho reverses back and Austin hits the wall!

Sho laughs as he goes back to ringside and the ref checks Austin. Fans rally, but Sho picks up the chair and comes back! The ref tells Sho no but Sho shoves him away. But Austin kicks Sho back! Now Austin gets the chair! But the ref stops Austin and Sho runs away! Sho hurries to grab the trophy! He holds it up and Austin hesitates. They can’t damage the trophy so Austin stands down. Sho tells Austin to put the chair down but Austin tells Sho to put the trophy down. They agree to put their items down at the same time. Fans rally, the trophy and chair are carefully set down on the floor, but then Sho goes for the chair!

Austin stands on the chair to stop him, and then DECKS Sho with a forearm! Fans cheer, Austin holds up the trophy! Austin places the trophy back on the table, then he goes back for Sho. But Sho uses the chair! Sho JAMS then SMACKS Austin! The ref missed it all making sure the trophy was secure! Sho drags Austin up in a facelock and uses that to bring Austin along. Sho brings Austin to the other wall, and throws him into a garage door! Austin writhes but Sho stands on his head! The ref reprimands, Sho steps off at 4, and finally goes back to ringside. Sho makes sure the ref comes with him, and then the ring count starts.

Austin gets up at 4 of 20, fans rally and he hurries back towards the ring. He’s halfway at 10 of 20, hustles up, and gets in at 15 of 20, then skins the cat out of the ring to avoid Sho’s cheap shot! Austin drags Sho back out, and bumps him off the apron! Sho staggers into Austin’s dropkick! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to dodge and PENALTY KICKS Sho down! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed! FALL TO GLORY! Direct hit and fans fire up! Austin offers a little kid a high-five, but they say no thank you. Well that’s okay, Austin goes back to Sho. Austin puts Sho in, steps in, but Sho avoids the kick!

But Austin still A-LIST LARIATS in the corner! And fires off point blank shots over and over! Fans rally, Austin shoves Sho and Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up, and Austin stomps to tune the band. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Austin shoves the ref aside, blocks Sho’s sucker punch to knee low, knee lift, and then RIPCORD SLAM! Austin fires up, HOUSE OF CARDS! Fans fire up as Austin aims from the corner, and he runs in, THE- NO, Sho tosses Austin at the ref!! Then LOW BLOWS! Sho goes to his corner, gets his wrench, and then aims at Austin! WRENCH SHOT!! But the ref is still out! Sho shouts at him to do his job!

Sho tells someone to get another ref, and here comes one! Cover, TWO!! Austin still lives and fans fire up! Sho drags Austin up, wrenches and SNAKEBITE! Austin endures, fans fire up, but he’s fading! The ref checks, Austin is OUT! Sho wins!!

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

Another match, another cheat to win! Sho takes Austin’s ace card, and he stomps it! Is this joker going to take over the block now that he’s dealt with Ace?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Wheeler Yuta!

The Way of the Grandmaster defeated one singles champion already in Titan, and now he faces another in the ROH Pure Champion! Will Wato prove he’s more than just one half of Six or Nine? Or will the Decoder figure him out and get back up in the block?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Yuta wrenches to a hammerlock. Then he spins Wato to a cravat. Wato reaches out and spins Yuta into a cravat of his own. Wato snapmares to chinlock but Yuta fights to get the hammerlock. Wato fights up, reaches back, throws some elbows, then gets around to hammerlock then headlock. Yuta pries at the hold but Wato wrenches him to a wristlock. Yuta rolls, handsprings, and arm-drags Wato away! Fans rally up and Yuta kicks low. Yuta whips but Wato reverses, then runs in at the corner. Yuta goes up and over, scoops, but Wato slips out.

Wato waistlocks, Yuta switches and shoves him to ropes. Yuta drops, hurdles, but Wato leaps and keeps moving to RANA! Yuta flounders but runs back in, into an elbow, uppercuts and SOBATS! Fans fire up with Wato and he waits on Yuta to get up. Fans rally and Wato KICKS at Yuta’s leg, then KICKS his chest! And then he KICKS Yuta down! Yuta goes to a corner, elbows Wato away, then goes up. Wato swings but Yuta catches the arm to twist it! ARMBREAKER DDT! Fans fire up while Wato writhes, and Yuta springboards to stomp Wato! Cover, TWO! Yuta drags Wato, KICKS the arm, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER!

Yuta wrings Wato out to drop a knee on the arm! Yuta then isolates the arm to STOMP it! Yuta eggs Wato, KICKS him, and fans rally up. Yuta facelocks but Wato throws body shots, then forearms! Wato whips, Yuta holds ropes and that jams Wato’s arm! Yuta gets the arm, wrenches, but Wato powers out to CALF KICK Yuta down! Fans fire up and Wato waits on Yuta. Wato starts rallying with forearms and a BOOT! Wato whips then dropkicks Yuta out! Fans fire up, Wato builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit but a rather rough landing for Wato, too! Wato gets up as the fans rally, and he drags Yuta up and into the ring.

Wato aims from a corner, springboards in, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally more and Wato brings Yuta up. Wato waistlocks but Yuta resists the lift. Yuta switches, waistlocks, but Wato throws elbows! Yuta still holds on, Wato fights more, pries the hold, breaks free and slides under! Wato waistlocks but Yuta wrenches the bad arm! Yuta wrangles Wato down but Wato rolls and wrenches! He hooks Yuta up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Wato fires up! Wato drags Yuta up, reels him in to scoop, but Yuta slips out! Atomic drop, ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire up again!

Yuta gets Wato’s arms, CATTLE MUTILATION, but Wato slips out! Crucifix pin, TWO! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, wheelbarrows but Wato stops that to HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta escapes but Wato hurries up top! R P P FLOPS as Yuta moves! Yuta grits his teeth and fans rally up again! Yuta gets Wato up, wrench and PAIN SABER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives but Yuta rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Then, SEATBELT CLUTCH! Cover, Yuta wins!!

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

The Way of the Grandmaster hits another bump in the road! Will he just have to settle for being a spoiler? As for Yuta, will he be able to formulate a plan for an outside shot at the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: TJP VS El Phantasmo!

The United Empire’s Public Enemy Number One takes on the Bullet Club’s Headbanga with a top spot in the block on the line! Will it be TJP > ELP or ELP > TJP in the seventh?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. TJP encourages the fans and they get louder. ELP ranks the sides. Three sides, good. One side, bad. The two circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to a wristlock then hammerlock. ELP drop toeholds, facelocks, but TJP slips out and facelocks back. ELP rolls but TJP gator rolls to get the facelock back. ELP slips out to get the arm and pushes TJP down. TJP pushes up and goes around the other way. TJP rolls, spins, gets a leg and trips ELP to then get the arms, ghost pin, TWO! Fans applaud as the two stand off. ELP and TJP knuckle lock, but TJP kicks one and cartwheels to wrangle ELP down.

TJP has the top wristlock but ELP rolls to get up. TJP wrenches, ELP rolls and trips TJP. ELP gets a Bow ‘n’ Arrow but TJP pops right out to cover, ONE! TJP handsprings up and fans cheer the exchange. Fans rally, “T J P!” “E L P!” as they tie up again. ELP wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, then wristlock. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drags ELP into the TWISTING HEADSCISSOR. TJP throws up the United Empire hands, but ELP headscissors. TJP moves around, headstands, but ELP spikes him into the mat! ELP squeezes tight and digs his elbows into TJP’s back. TJP powers to another handstand, but ELP spikes him again!

Fans rally, TJP uses his leg to hook ELP’s legs and pop free, but ELP shoves TJP back down! TJP hops and hops and handstands to get free, and he drags ELP into an inverted motorcycle stretch! ELP handstands and even clicks his heels, but TJP spikes him in return! Fans applaud and TJP drags ELP up to whip corner to corner. ELP reverses, handsprings, but into BOOTS! TJP runs, but ELP sends TJP at the corner. TJP headstands in the corner whip ELP struts, fans applaud both! ELP still struts, but then notices what TJP’s doing. ELP storms over, but into a headscissors! Fans rally up behind TJP as he builds speed!

ELP moves, but TJP Spider-Mans then decides to strut on the apron. ELP sees that and is annoyed but the fans rally as TJP even does the drop steps. ELP swipes but TJP jumps over and kicks low. TJP then uses the apron to TORNADO- NO, ELP blocks to snap suplex to the floor! The ref checks and they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up, ELP flexes and French kisses his biceps… ELP puts TJP in, gets the arm and wrenches, then suplexes again. ELP stalls and then SLAMS at 10! Cover, TWO! ELP throws a knee, then fireman’s carries to GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but ELP keeps his cool.

ELP brings TJP up, reels him in, but TJP blocks the lift. TJP wrenches, knuckle locks, and kicks away. TJP goes up the corner but so does ELP! ELP CHOPS TJP down, then jumps and jumps and hops across the way to do more jumping around. Then he struts and fans rally again. TJP kicks the ropes and ELP falls into a HOTSHOT! And then TJP TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICKS ELP away from the apron! Fans rally, TJP brings ELP up and into the ring. TJP then goes up the corner, for a MAMBA- NO, he has to roll through as ELP dodges. ELP runs back in but TJP goes up and over in the corner, then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally again and TJP drags ELP up. TJP dragon sleepers and inverted suplexes, but ELP slips out! ELP straitjackets but TJP slips out of the torture rack to IRON OCTOPUS! Fans rally and ELP endures. ELP pops free, TJP sunset flips but ELP rolls through to get TJP up! TJP fights the tuck, jackknife bridges, TWO! Fans fire up again, ELP CHOPS! TJP SOBATS! ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans fire up again. ELP snarls and he gets to ropes. ELP tunes up the band and takes aim, but TJP blocks the kick! TJP then dodges the clothesline to springboard FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and TJP goes back up top.

ELP trips TJP up! TJP is slumped over the corner, ELP tucks his arms in from there! ELP brings TJP out but TJP kicks free and tilt-o-whirls, IRON OCTOPUS! ELP fights that but TJP trips him, and has the leglock! PINOY STRETCH!! ELIP scrambles, TJP drags him from ropes, but ELP kicks him away. ELP swings but into the dragon sleeper, only to victory roll! TWO, TJP has it, TWO! TJP gets ELP in a backslide, TWO! The arms stay hooked as they stand up, but TJP drops to sunset flip. ELP rolls out and brings TJP in to tuck the arms! C R II!! Cover, ELP wins!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

The Headbanga didn’t need any tricks for this one! Will he be able to pull away from the pack now? As for TJP, is it too late for him to take the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS EL LINDAMAN!

Another top spot in the block is on the line! The Sniper of the Sky and the G-Rex Champion are coming off huge wins, but only one can win again! Who will have the GLEATer run in this tournament?

The bell rings and Lindaman fires up already! Eagles copies Lindaman, and fans rally up more. Eagles encourages them to get even more into it, and they oblige. Lindaman and Eagles tie up, Lindaman waistlocks and wrangles Eagles down then floats around to facelock. Eagles fights up, wrenches out, wristlocks, but Lindaman rolls and trips Eagles to have a standing toehold. Lindaman then brings Eagles up and headlocks. Eagles powers up but can’t power out as Lindaman holds on tight. Eagles throws body shots, powers out this time, but Lindaman runs him over! Fans rally and things speed up. Eagles hurdles, but Lindaman blocks the hip toss!

Lindaman body shots, goes to hip toss, but Eagles counters that to drag Lindaman down. Eagles handsprings then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Eagles smirks while he follows Lindaman towards a corner. Eagles knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist, then knuckle locks the other hand. Fans rally while Eagles goes up and around, but Lindaman blocks the arm-drag! Lindaman kicks and whips Eagles to a corner, but runs into a boot! Eagles runs in, but Lindaman lifts him for an AIR RAID CRASH! Lindaman fires up, but then he wobbles. Lindaman steadies himself, fans rally up and he runs corner to corner, to back elbow!

Lindaman puts Eagles in the ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Another, ONE! A fourth, ONE! Lindaman is annoyed but he drags Eagles into a chinlock. He digs his knee into Eagles but Eagles endures. Fans rally, Lindaman brings Eagles up but Eagles swings on him! Lindaman dodges, kicks out the legs then basement dropkicks the back! Lindaman gets the fans rallying up and he eggs Eagles on. Eagles throws body shots, Lindaman still eggs him on! Eagles JABS the abs so Lindaman CLUBS him down. Lindaman brings Eagles up but Eagles blocks the suplex! Lindman still tries and fans rally up.

Lindaman gets Eagles up, throws him down but Eagles lands on his knees, so Lindaman KICKS him! Lindaman runs, but Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! Fans fire up, Eagles eggs Lindaman up and Lindaman rushes in, WHEEL KICK! Both men are down again but fans rally back up. Eagles kips up and the fans fire up with him! Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, but Lindaman eggs him on! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up, Eagles goes to a corner and Lindaman goes to the other. Eagles runs corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! He rolls back, runs back in, but Lindaman dodges and Meteora hits buckles!

Lindaman waistlocks, Eagles kicks free and whips but Lindaman reverses. Eagles blocks so Lindaman drop sayanagis and DDTs! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Fans rally again as Eagles and Lindaman get up. Lindaman throws forearm after forearm, but Eagles gives those all back! Lindaman snarls and he gives another forearm, then another. Eagles CHOPS, ROCKS, and KICKS! Lindaman ROLLING ELBOWS! Eagles drops to a knee, fans fire up and Lindaman runs, but into a BOOT! Eagles runs but Lindaman elbows him! Lindaman whips, Eagles reverses but Lindaman holds ropes. Eagles runs into a BOOT, but he comes back to tiger feint the legs!

Fans fire up, Lindaman is down and Eagles takes aim! Eagles springboards, but Lindaman catches him to a fireman’s carry! Eagles fights free and waistlocks. Lindaman elbows, switches, CLUBS and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Eagles lands on his feet! SOBAT, cravat, ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Eagles drags Lindaman to a drop zone, stomps him down, then goes up top! 450 but he has to roll through as Lindaman dodges! Eagles comes back, into a CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Eagles sits up and shakes his head while Lindaman fires up. Lindaman hobbles over and brings Eagles up. KUMAGOROSHI!

Lindaman then drags Eagles into a wheelbarrow cover, TWO, but Lindaman lifts Eagles up! Eagles throws elbows, but into chicken wings! Eagles fights free, Lindaman reels him in, but Eagles victory rolls, to get the legs! Lindaman kicks Eagles away, but Eagles gets around, SCHOOLBOY BRIDGE! TWO, RON MIL- NO! Lindaman drags Eagles into a cradle! TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! But Lindaman ducks the Pele to deadlift waistlock! Eagles switches, Lindaman switches, repeat and repeat until Lindaman elbows free. But Eagles blocks the kick, CHOPS and hook-up, TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! But Eagles has the leg! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!

Lindaman reaches out, Eagles puts on the pressure, Lindaman taps!! EAGLES WINS!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lindaman earns 0)

The Sniper shoots down another champion! Is Eagles going to prove he IS Best of the Super Juniors? Or can Lindaman still finish strong with heart?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Alex Zayne!

The Ticking Timebomb is running out of time if he wants to get his threepeat. But with a bad leg holding him back, is there just no way? Or will he be able to handle The Sauce’s heat and take back a top spot?

The bell rings and Hiromu rushes in! Zayne gets around to waistlock but avoids the back elbow. Hiromu avoids the forearm, waistlocks but then avoids Zayne’s back elbow. Zayne avoids the superkick but Hiromu avoids the Eddy Gordo! Fans fire up as Zayne handsprings and Hiromu backs down. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” as Hiromu copies Zayne playing with his hair. Zayne smirks, but then says it’s time to get the sauce! He runs to run Hiromu over, and he flexes. Things speed up, Zayne springboards but Hiromu catches the knee drop to a roll-up! TWO, Hiromu runs but Zayne trips him while sliding out!

Zayne brings Hiromu to the apron and spins him around to KNEE him in the face! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in to APRON SOMERSAULT SCISSOR KICK! Fans rally as Zayne gets Hiromu in the ring, slingshot senton! And then RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Zayne keeps cool and fans rally more as he brings Hiromu up. Zayne CLUBS Hiromu, then gets the bad leg. Hiromu wants mercy but Zayne KICKS the leg! And again! Then Zayne drops an elbow on the leg and has the toehold. Hiromu grabs the ropes, the ref counts and Zayne lets off. Fans rally, Zayne brings Hiromu up to DECK with a forearm!

Zayne kicks and digs his heel into Hiromu’s bad leg, then grinds the knee! Hiromu clutches the leg but he gets up to CHOP! Zayne snarls and fans rally up as Hiromu CHOPS again! Zayne dodges the next chop and he CHOPS Hiromu back! Hiromu falls, Zayne says that was finger licking good. Zayne clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Hiromu. Hiromu fights up, throws elbows and gets free, only for Zayne to follow him as he runs! Zayne catches Hiromu for a SLEEPER! Fans rally up as Hiromu endures and fights back up. Hiromu throws body shots, is free again, but Zayne ROCKS him with a forearm. Zayne runs, but Hiromu follows and RANAS!

Fans rally as Zayne goes to a corner and Hiromu goes to the opposite. Zayne runs in but Hiromu dodges and clotheslines! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Zayne bails out, Hiromu goes to the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO! Fans fire up and Hiromu works on getting his bad leg moving. Fans rally, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Hiromu puts Zayne in, runs from the corner, SHOTGUN into the other corner! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu is frustrated for not realizing how close they were, but fans rally up. Hiromu brings Zayne up, reels him in, but Zayne blocks the suplex! Zayne wrenches, scoops, BAJA-

NO, Hiromu rolls through the blast! But Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Hiromu up! Hiromu rolls through but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans fire up while Hiromu and Zayne go to opposite corners again. Zayne runs in to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hiromu fires body shots and shoves Zayne away, but Zayne backflips, lands on his feet and rolls back! Zayne runs back in, DRAGON RANA! Cover, TWO! Zayne is frustrated but the fans fire up! Zayne brings Hiromu up, throws boxing elbows, but Hiromu avoids the leg sweep! Zayne runs in but Hiromu dumps him to the apron, and SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu builds speed as fans fire up, SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up more while both men are down! The ref checks, both men are okay to continue, so the fans rally up and the ring count begins. Hiromu stirs at 7 of 20, pushes himself up at 10, and drags Zayne up at 13 to put in at 15! Fans rally and Hiromu builds speed, but Zayne spins Hiromu, only for Hiromu to spin and leap! Zayne holds off D and brings Hiromu up for a FALLING BOMB! Cover, TWO! Zayne is beside himself and the fans rally back up. Zayne drags Hiromu for the cobra clutch, pump handle, TACO- NO! Hiromu slips out! Hiromu dodges the back elbow to wheelbarrow COMPLETE SHOT!

Fans fire up again while both men are down. Zayne and Hiromu stir, and Hiromu grits his teeth and roars as he fires himself back up! Hiromu stands, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Hiromu shakes his head and gets back to his feet. Hiromu hauls Zayne up, suplexes, but Zayne fights free to wrench. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And then VICTORY ROYAL! Hiromu roars and fans fire up more as he gets Zayne up in a dragon sleeper. Zayne powers free to scoop! BAJA BLAST!! But Zayne is unable to follow up! Fans are thunderous as Hiromu drags himself to a corner.

Zayne kips up! Zayne fires up, BACK ELBOW! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu runs, but into the pop-up KNEE! Zayne hurries to get Hiromu wrapped up, TACO DR- RANA!! Into D!!! Hiromu squeezes tight, Zayne is fading! Zayne powers up with a second wind, and he deadlifts! Hiromu slips free and spins around, HIROMU-CHAN STUNNER! Back into D!!! Zayne is caught, he taps! Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission (gains 2 points; Zayne earns 0)

There is still life inside Hiromu! But has he won himself more time to pull off the threepeat? Or will Zayne eat up his last two opponents with fervor?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS DOUKI!

Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun is tonight’s main event! And once again, a top spot is on the line! Will the Rogue Luchador continue his comeback? Or will Japones Del Mal show everyone just how powerful he’s become?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. Desperado takes a few moments to stretch out his neck before he steps to Douki. Desperado and Douki talk, and Douki throws the first forearm! Desperado gives it back, but Douki gives another. Desperado gives another, and it’s a forearm brawl! Fans rally up as they go faster and faster, but Desperado then CHOPS! Douki staggers back and fans fire up. Douki comes back to CHOP back! Fans applaud, and Desperado ROCKS Douki with a forearm! Desperado eggs Douki on so Douki throws another forearm! Fans rally again as they go back and forth.

Desperado gets the edge, eggs Douki in, so Douki HELL STABS! Desperado mule kicks, uppercuts, but Douki dodges the clothesline to run and LARIAT! Douki gets Desperado up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Desperado bails out but Douki is in pursuit! Douki brings Desperado up to POST him! Fans rally up and Douki grabs at Desperado. Desperado pushes Douki away but Douki stomps him down. Douki drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Douki brings Desperado up, elbows him in the neck, and Desperado grits his teeth as he goes to ropes. Douki brings Desperado around to elbow him again!

Fans applaud as Douki brings Desperado up again for a cravat. Desperado endures the neck wrench, reaches out for ropes, but Douki keeps him away. Douki snapmares, clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Desperado, but Desperado endures. Fans rally, Douki pulls back more, but Desperado reaches out. Douki drags him away from ropes and shifts to a seated cobra twist! Desperado endures more, pushes but Douki makes it a cover, TWO! Douki hurries to headscissor squeeze! Desperado endures and fans rally up, but Douki pushes up to put on the pressure! Desperado kicks around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Red Shoes counts, Douki lets go at 4. Desperado gets to the corner, Douki is on him but Desperado CHOPS. Douki taunts Desperado, Desperado CHOPS, but Douki SLAPS Desperado! Fans fire up and Douki SLAPS Desperado more. Douki eggs Desperado on, so Desperado gets up. Douki SLAPS him again! Desperado talks some trash back, then he ROCKS Douki with forearm after forearm! Douki rakes eyes! Red Shoes reprimands and fans fire up. Desperado holds ropes to block the whip but Douki knees low. Douki whips but Desperado reverses to rake Douki’s eyes! They’re even, but Desperado whips and Douki reverses to a NECKBREAKER!

Fans rally as Desperado bails. Douki goes out after him, brings him around, and scoops. Desperado fights that, CLUBS Douki, then brings Douki around to scoop. Douki slips out, kicks low and DDTs Desperado to the floor! Fans fire up and Douki wants Desperado to get up. Fans rally, Douki builds speed but Desperado slides in! Douki stops his dive but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Douki falls to the floor, and now Desperado builds speed! Desperado DIVES! Somersault top and down goes Douki! Desperado takes a seat in an open chair by the fans before he flops back down. Fans rally up and the ring count begins.

Desperado gets up at 4 of 20, walks over to Douki at 9 and scoops him to SLAM him down on the floor! Desperado gets in at 13, Douki is still down past 15! Fans rally up, Douki hears 18, springs up and in at 19.9! Desperado walks back over and he stands on Douki’s head. Red Shoes reprimands so Desperado scrapes Douki as he steps away. Desperado brings Douki up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Desperado keeps cool and works on his bad arm while fans rally up. Desperado drags Douki up but Douki throws body shots and forearms! Desperado knees low, whips Douki to a corner, then runs in, but he blocks the boot!

Desperado puts the leg on the ropes, KICKS it, then gets the other leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Douki falls and clutches his leg while the fans fire back up. Desperado gets the leg, steps through and has the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Douki endures as Desperado pulls on the leg. Douki CHOPS and CHOPS, but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado taunts Douki while putting more pressure on the hold! Douki endures, crawls back and fans rally up. Desperado dares Douki to keep trying, and Douki reaches out, only for Desperado to lean back and put on more pressure! Douki endures as Desperado digs his boot in!

Douki reaches, Desperado sits up, and Douki gets the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off to stomp the leg! Desperado drags Douki back up, taunts his pain, then kicks the bad leg. Douki fights the shinbreaker, throws elbows, and fights free. Desperado keeps Douki from running but Douki breaks free to kick, kick, but Desperado ducks the enziguri! Desperado keeps the bad leg, rolls, STRETCH MUFFLER! Douki scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Desperado lets off in frustration. Desperado scuffs Douki, and he eggs Douki on. Douki grabs at Desperado but Desperado kick him away.

Fans rally up and Douki stands to throw a forearm! Desperado eggs him on, Douki throws more forearms, but Desperado gut wrenches! Douki slips out but his leg jams! Douki backs away to a corner, Desperado runs in, but into boots! Douki goes up and missile dropkicks! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Desperado clutches his bad shoulder. Fans rally, Douki gets his bad leg moving, and he runs in to clothesline! Douki snapmares and basement dropkicks from behind! Douki hurries to get Desperado up, BIG DDT! Cover, TWO! Desperado is stinging but fans rally as Douki gets up.

Douki drags Desperado up, scoops and swings, but Desperado slips out to waistlock! Douki elbows free, runs, but Desperado goes the other way, SPEAR into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Douki was ready, but Desperado crawls backwards to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and fans rally up again. Douki gets to the apron, he watches Desperado get up, slingshot for DAY- NO! Desperado turns that into a suplex! Desperado gets Douki up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Douki survives, and Desperado is again clutching his bad shoulder. Fans rally up and Desperado grabs Douki’s legs.

Douki kicks at Desperado, but Desperado drops knees on the bad leg! Desperado goes for the leg but Douki kicks him away! Desperado stomps Douki back down, and fans rally up as Douki gets fired up! Douki throws a forearm, Desperado throws one back. Douki fires up and throws more forearms! Desperado ROCKS Douki with one! Desperado eggs Douki on, Douki fires even more forearms! Desperado DECKS Douki! Douki gets back up with more fire and fans fire up with him as he throws more shots! Desperado ROCKS Desperado, then DECKS him, then gets him up to DECK him again!

Desperado roars, tucks Douki in, but Douki sunset flips! TWO, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Desperado is caught, fans rally up, and Desperado fights towards ropes, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Desperado is fading! Fans fire up, Red Shoes checks on Desperado and Douki pulls tighter on the hold! But Desperado gets a second wind and gets back up! Desperado drags himself and Douki back, but he’s fading again! But he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go in frustration but fans fire up! Desperado bails out and Douki fires up! Fans rally, Douki builds speed, and DIVES for a TORNADO DDT! TO THE CONCRETE!!!

Desperado writhes and clutches his head and Red Shoes checks on him. Somehow, Desperado is able to continue and fans fire up again. Douki gets up, hobbles over, and he brings Desperado up and in. Fans fire up as Douki aims from the apron and roars! Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives, but Douki gets ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Desperado endures and fans are thunderous! Desperado is fading again! Red Shoes checks on him, and Douki pulls even tighter! Desperado gets a third wind! He fights up again, moves around, but Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH MUFFLER!! And NUMERO DOS PLUS!!

Douki endures and fans are thunderous! Douki gets an arm free, reaches out, but Desperado rolls Douki away! NUMBER DOS PLUS!!! EXTRA DEEP! Douki quits, Desperado wins!!

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

Somehow, someway, the Rogue Luchador survives to turn things around and he takes the victory! Does Douki still have a chance? Or did his luck just run out?

As for Desperado, he gets the mic to say, “I don’t do this kind of thing, but let me ask this cone. With a show of hands, who thought Douki could beat me? I won’t be mad.” Quite a few, actually. “Okay. Oi, you brat. Everyone, I’m going to bring up a PPV, go and buy it if you want. Why do you think Taichi and I chose you to partner with me against Honma and Kasai? HUH?! What? You think you can still play underdog because you lost? I never chose you thinking you’re an underdog. Look around! I’m ticked off that they thought you could beat me! It’s your own attitude that’s holding you back! Don’t underestimate yourself, punk!” Fans applaud that sort of backhanded encouragement.

Desperado tells Douki to get outta here now, he’s closing this out in style. “I’m not sure how many Super Juniors mains this was, but Id di lose one to Lind-chan. I’m so hyped up, I don’t even have time to be tired. For the past two weeks, my life has only been pro-wrestling. For a pro-wrestler, it doesn’t get any better. The man closing this show will be the man closing this tour. I will absolutely win. Got that?” Mic drop and another promise from the Rogue Luchador. Is his comeback all but certain? Or will he run into a spoiler in the last two rounds?

 

Here are the new standings in A Block!

Ace Austin: 5-2, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-3, 8 points
YOH: 3-4, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-4, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-4, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-5, 4 points

 

Here are the new standings for B Block!

El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
El Phantasmo: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-3, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-3, 8 points
Wheeler Yuta: 4-3, 8 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Douki: 3-4, 6 points
Bushi: 3-4, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-5, 4 points
Titan: 2-5, 4 points


My Thoughts:

Another great event for NJPW and BOSJ, with a few more surprises. Titan finally gets another win, though I didn’t think Bushi was going to rush back up to the top. Same with Akira getting his win on Kanemaru, Yuta beating Wato,  and even Ishimori beating Connors. But great stuff with Taguchi getting a win over Yoh and Sho cheating Austin to get his win. Again, pretty sure these flip next round, Sho loses and Yoh wins, and then it all comes down to their showdown in the ninth.

Awesome stuff out of the other four matches, TJP VS ELP, Eagles VS Lindaman, Hiromu VS Zayne and Desperado VS Douki. It still feels like it is anyone’s game for the finals, but there was great story in Desperado VS Douki given they’re teammates in Suzuki-Gun, and with Douki’s story in his career. Desperado and the others want Douki to step out of their shadows and stand shoulder to shoulder with them, but they’re doing it in a tough love way like they did with Taka Michinoku’s return to in-ring action. There probably is going to come a day where Douki gets not just a win, but a huge win that leads him to a title, and that’s going to be really cool.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)

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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.

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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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