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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/31/22)

It’s a Women’s Championship Summit!

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The Toxic Attraction and their challengers meet to sign all the contracts!

Before defending the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Championships at In Your House, Mandy, Gigi & Jacy must sign on the dotted line! But will they behave themselves sitting across from Wendy Choo & KC Squared?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez; Cora wins.
  • Wes Lee VS Xyon Quinn; Lee wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Duke Hudson; Solo wins.
  • Grayson Waller VS Josh Briggs w/ Fallon Henley & Brooks Jensen; Waller wins.
  • Ivy Nile VS Kiana James; Nile wins.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Nathan Frazer; Grimes wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Diamond Mine heads to gorilla.

The Creeds and Ivy Nile accompany Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp, but Strong tells them they have the night off. Strong & Kemp can handle Pretty Deadly on their own. What? Diamond Mine doesn’t take nights off! But with no choice, they let Strong & Kemp go to the ring. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker and the Diamond Gopher take the fight to the NXT Tag Team Champions?

Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp VS Pretty Deadly!

The teams sort out and Strong starts with Elton Prince. Kit Wilson distracts and Prince fires off on Strong! Scoop and SLAM, then an elbow drop! Cover, ONE, but Wilson EuroUppers Strong against ropes. And then in the corner! Prince talks trash, ROCKS Strong, and has him in a corner. Prince whips corner to corner hard and Strong falls. Fans taunt “Pretty Ugly!” but tag to Wilson. Pretty Deadly double suplex Strong and then Wilson covers, ONE! Wilson drags Strong up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Strong CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Wilson kicks low, turns Strong, but Strong fights out of the neckbreaker!

Strong ROCKS Wilson, trips him, but Wilson kicks him way. Wilson kicks low, whips, but Strong reverses and CALF KICKS! Fans fire up and Strong drags Wilson by his hair to CLUB away on his chest! Strong shoves Wilson down, pushes him down, and stomps him! Tag to Kemp and Strong brings Wilson up. Wilson scrambles away to his corner, tag to Prince. Kemp waits on Prince and they circle. Kemp shoots in but Prince blocks the takedown, floats around, and slaps him around! “Who’s the wrestler? Who’s the wrestler?” Prince does drop steps to taunt Kemp, and Kemp asks Strong what’s going on. Strong SLAPS Kemp to fire him up!

Kemp runs in at Prince, dodges and clinches to EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kemp suplexes Prince high and hard! Then he RAMS Prince down with a flying shoulder! Fans fire up and Kemp has a chinlock! Kemp grinds Prince down while fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Prince fights up, Kemp drags him over and tags Strong. They mug Prince, CLUB him, and Strong CHOPS Prince to a corner. Then CHOPS him on the back, then CHOPS him on the front! Strong brings Prince out to ROCK, but Prince KNEES low! Prince stomps Strong in the corner, tags Wilson, and Wilson scrapes Strong out of the ring.

Wilson RAMS Strong into the apron, then clamps on with fishhooks to put him in. Wilson CHOPS Strong but Strong throws a forearm! Wilson gives those back, they brawl, but Wilson facelocks! Tag to Prince and they mug Strong. Prince suplexes Strong high and hard, then covers, TWO Prince stares Kemp down then stomps Strong. Tag to Wilson, they mug Strong, and Wilson whips. Strong holds ropes to stop himself, then tags to Kemp! Kemp runs in, shoots around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then a TWISTING SUPLEX! Kemp keeps going, whips Wilson to a corner and RAMS into him! Fans fire up and Kemp slingshot SPEARS!

Fans fire up with Damon Wrestling, but Prince rushes in! Strong CLOBBERS Prince, and Diamond Mine coordinates. DOUBLE BACKBREAKERS! Fans fire up and Strong fires Kemp up! Fans rally behind them as NXT goes picture in picture.

Pretty Deadly tries to retreat but Strong chases after! Wilson gets back in the ring and Kemp drops down on him! Kemp facelocks to grind Wilson, then sits him up for a chinlock. Wilson endures, Kemp leans on him, and then shifts his position. Kemp almost has a Bully Choke but Wilson still endures. Wilson fights, reaches out, but has to fight up to his feet. Wilson throws Kemp but Kemp holds on! Kemp grinds the headlock but Wilson fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Kemp still gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kemp grins and nods but Wilson bails out. Wilson then gets in, tags Prince, and though Kemp gets Wilson, Prince CLOBBERs Kemp!

Prince whips and CLOBBERS Kemp again! Prince stomps away, covers, TWO! Prince clamps onto Kemp and rains down fists on top of Kemp’s head! But Kemp TACKLES Prince in return! Prince headlocks but Kemp make sit a cover, TWO! Prince drops an elbow! Prince hauls Kemp up, powers him to the Pretty Deadly corner, and tags Wilson. They mug Kemp, Prince keeps him trapped and Wilson runs in for the back body block! Kemp flops down and Wilson talks trash. Wilson drops his knees on Kemp, then clamps on with a cobra clutch! Kemp endures, fights up, but Wilson wrangles him down!

NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up. Wilson KNEES Kemp then CLUBS him down! Wilson drives elbows into Kemp’s head, then wraps on another chinlock. Kemp endures, fans rally more, and Kemp fights. Wilson grinds the hold but Kemp moves around. Wilson rakes Kemp’s eyes! Wilson clamps back on, grinds the chinlock, but Kemp fights up. Fans rally, Kemp throws body shots. Wilson ROCKS Kemp, runs in but Kemp tries to get to Strong! Wilson keeps Kemp away with a wristlock but Kemp keeps fighting his way over! Fingertips away but Wilson whips Kemp away. Kemp dodges the back body block!

Prince tags in, gets between Kemp and Strong, but Kemp slides under! Hot tag to Strong! Fans fire up as Strong rallies with big lariats and CHOPS! Strong fires off in the corner, RAMS his shoulder in, then hoists Prince up for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Then a fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER DROP! Wilson runs in but gets caught, BACKBREAKER! Strong ROCKS Prince with elbow after elbow, then gets the legs! Wilson runs in but Strong CHOPS him down! Strong CHOPS Wilson, CHOPS Prince, and repeat! Wilson swings, but is sent into Prince! Fans are thunderous and Strong gets Prince hooked up.

Prince holds ropes to fight the lift. Prince elbows Strong, tags Wilson, but Strong throws Prince out. Wilson swings into a BIG back suplex! Prince RAMS Kemp into steel steps! Wilson and Strong DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up and Prince sneaks a belt to Wilson! Prince wants to use his belt, but the ref stops him! The Creeds show up! Brutus gets after Prince, Wilson runs in at Strong, but JULIUS takes the hit!! Strong rolls Wilson up, TWO!! Strong argues with the Creeds, but Prince tags in! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Strong let his ego as leader get in the way and now he loses it for his team! But will Julius & Brutus be able to sort themselves out in time for In Your House?

 

Solo Sikoa checks in with Cameron Grimes.

Solo says he’s got Grimes’ back so that Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams won’t try anything. Grimes can take care of business tonight, beat Melo at In Your House, and then as they promised, Solo’s got next. But Duke Hudson says  Solo has next in what? This video games at the arcade? Pff, Solo has next. But Duke says that after he beat Bron Breakker, he’s next for the NXT Championship. Grimes laughs that off. Nice haircut, Duke. Solo tells Duke that he beat Bron by DQ, and needed Gacy. That doesn’t count. Well that’s one way to look at it. But Solo is young and inexperienced. Solo wouldn’t get it because he’s not on Duke’s level.

Oh, so if Solo can’t beat Duke, he’s not ready for any title? Now he’s got it. Then let’s find out! Solo wants a match, Duke says he’ll see what he can do. Will the Street Champion of the Island show Duke he’s got more than what it takes to be a contender?

 

Grayson Waller vents to everyone backstage.

Does anyone even understand that Roxanne girl? Is she a fan or a fighter? She has no hope against Tiffany Stratton! Roxie should just sit on the other side of the barricade and learn a thing or two. No, everyone can learn! You can’t just hang around and expect to be handed things! You have to go out there and take the opportunity! Sure, some of you don’t have any athletic ability, or looks, but maybe some of you have a chance. Tiffany ran through that Bogan, Fallon Henley, and it was so good! Bogan? It’s Australian for stupid, unsophisticated American hick!

But Josh Briggs all this as Waller says Tiffany is on her way to the top while Fallon and her hick good ol’ boys are headed back to Hicksville, USA where they belong. But then Briggs walks right up to Waller. Waller says hey and Briggs says if he wants to impress people, go to the ring and take a country ass whooping. Waller tries to fake bravado, but will he just end up having both his foot in his mouth while having Briggs’ foot up his ass?

 

Tony D’Angelo and his good fellas visit Legado del Fantasma.

Just as promised, The Don brings Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan to Santos Escobar’s territory. But is this the right place? Has to be, it’s the biggest yacht on the dock. Just watch out, anything can happen. Escobar walks in from the lower deck and Tony says they’re late. Oh, Tony, what’s that saying? When you’re El Jefe, the people wait on you. Captain, take them somewhere nice. They go out to the water, and Escobar says Tony called for this meeting. What is this about? Or is he going to wait for his confidant, AJ Galante? Tony smiles and takes off his hat. A comedian, huh? Well Tony discussed this with AJ. And they all knew this was going to turn into a turf war

Santos has a smug on his face, walking around acting better than everyone. Emperor of his own empire. But Tony doesn’t trust him, doesn’t respect him, and if Escobar was dying of thirst in the desert, Tony wouldn’t give him a drop  of water! Well Escobar isn’t shocked. This coming from Tony D himself, the street kid who made it big by stabbing everyone in the front, and stepping on their backs on the way to the bread store. Escobar knows a snake when he sees one. And this paizon is a cobra. But in the jungle, Escobar is king. He is a python, and he’d love to squeeze every last breath out of Tony and watch him perish.

Then let’s settle this! Brilliant, Don! Shut up, Wilde! Both bosses have their men stand down. What’re they gonna do, El Jefe? Lopez says Escobar already won, what is it in for Legado? Well, senorita, the sun shines on a dog’s behind every once in awhile. But check the tape. Escobar used brass knuckles that time. Escobar laughs and says now Tony wants to play fair? But La Madrina is right. There is nothing in this for Legado. So unless they have something better to offer, see yourselves off the boat. Oh, he wants to raise the stakes? How about this? Since their guys want in, it’ll be a Six Man Tag In Your House!

Now listen to him closely, you prick. If Tony’s family wins, Legado is under the family. And if Legado wins, then Tony’s under Legado’s command. Why make such a dangerous bet that he can’t afford to win but also cannot win? Tony says that when you’re The Don, you make moves no one else can see. Not that Escobar would understand. The only thing Escobar sees is another three members of Legado that will work for him. Tony likes the yacht. He’ll use it for a celebration after they win on Saturday. Stacks says they might need a bigger boat. But after In Your House, the streets will be talking about how The Don’s crew took over Legado and gained some foot soldiers.

So do they have a deal? The bosses stand up, and Escobar says deal. They shake on it, see you at In Your House. Now get off the boat. Who will take over at NXT In Your House?

 

Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez!

The scrappy skater girl won’t let anyone look down on her after how she went to the limit against Natalya. Will #GenerationJade take La Madrina down a peg? Or is it still too soon to say the future of NXT is now?

NXT returns as Lopez makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Cora shoots in, waistlocks, but Lopez switches and SLAMS her! Lopez tells her she has to stay outta Lopez’s business. Lopez waistlocks, Cora switches but Lopez elbows her away. Lopez waistlocks, Cora slides under then kangaroo kicks! Cora wheelbarrows and drop toeholds, then uppercuts! Cora snapmares and rolls to run and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Lopez gets to a corner, Cora runs in, but Lopez turns wheelbarrow into a SLAM! Lopez dribbles Cora off the mat, kicks her around, then chokes her against the ropes!

The ref counts, Lopez lets off at 4, but Cora throws back elbows! Lopez elbows Cora, TOSSES her, then storms up on her at the ropes. Lopez trips Cora, dribbles her of the mat more, then rains down fists! Fans duel and Lopez drags Cora by her hair! The ref reprimands, Lopez lets off and brings Cora up to scoop and SLAM! Lopez talks trash on Cora, hauls her up again, and scoops. Cora slips off, ROCKS Lopez with forearms, and backs her to a corner. Cora runs in but Lopez dodges the knee to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Lopez gets the legs, YANKS Cora to center, and then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Lopez snarls, she clamps onto Cora and ties up the legs. Lopez uses a modified HALF CRAB to bend Cora’s leg back! Cora reaches for ropes but Lopez dribbles her head again! Lopez ties up the legs for that modified crab again, but Cora gets the ROPEBREAK! Lopez holds on, yanks Cora up but Cora RANAS Lopez out! Fans fire up, Lopez rushes back in, Cora gets up and fires off forearms and elbows. Cora starts to rally, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Lopez to a corner! ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Cora and she grits her teeth to springboard and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora gets Lopez up, but Lopez wrenches and BLUE THUNDER BOMBS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Lopez is shocked, she didn’t realize Cora would survive! Lopez stomps Cora to the apron, drags her up the corner, but Cora fires off forearms! Lopez bumps Cora off a buckle, but Cora RISING KNEES! Lopez is down, Cora is up top! SUPER SENTON! Cover, CORA WINS!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

It was a gritty fight, but Cora came out on top! Cora is feeling good, but will she feel even better when her friend, Roxanne, wins the Women’s Breakout Tournament?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie asks Wes about giving it his all with Sanga only to challenge Xyon Quinn to their rematch. Why? He’s been wanting this for weeks now. And things haven’t been the best for him, he should take time off, but who knows, Xyon could throw his back out just getting out of bed. Yeah, he lost to Sanga. But as long as Wes can breathe, he’ll keep fighting. Speaking of Sanga, he walks over and says Wes is against Quinn. Fight him like you did Sanga. Wes isn’t ten feet tall, but Sanga knows Wes has a giant heart. Best of luck tonight. Wes doesn’t respond to the wishes, but will he follow through on Sanga’s sage advice?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“Growing up in a small city like Laredo, Texas, it was really hard to dream big.” Roxie got to meet her heroes in the (then) Diva’s Division, like Natalya and Brie Bella. They encouraged her, and despite the health challenges growing up, her family also supported Roxie’s dream. That dream was to be in the WWE! Next week are the finals, a moment she’s been wanting her entire life. While her friends were watching Pretty Little Liars, she watched the WWE. She wants to be like Paige, Nikki Bella and Michelle McCool. She trained with Booker T in the Reality of Wrestling. Booker didn’t care that she was the youngest or smallest, he pushed her to go past what she thought she was capable of.

Roxie missed hanging out at the mall, going to concerts, and even prom, to have wrestling matches. Her friends didn’t get it, but the one person who knew how she felt was Cora Jade. She was doing the exact same thing. They became close pretty quickly, and they’re practically sisters. Tiffany Stratton is twice Roxie’s size and much stronger, but she is NOT more determined. Winning this tournament and that contract would change Roxie’s life. So next week, Roxie fights for her life until she gets that contract!

 

Wes Lee VS Xyon Quinn!

The Must-See Kid finally gets his rematch with the Gentleman Fighter, who was being less of a gentleman and more of a condescending coward. Will Wes bring Quinn down a peg with this one?

The bell rings and Wes rushes right in! Xyon picks him up and puts him in a corner! Xyon TOSSES Wes, but Wes lands on his feet! Fans fire up, Wes gets around, KICKS and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Then DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up, Wes covers, TWO! Wes goes to the apron, he shoulders into Xyon and slingshots. Xyon stays up, Wes goes for a leg, but Xyon drags him right up into a Canadian Rack, to hang Wes out to dry! Fans boo but Xyon YANKS the rope to toss Wes! Xyon smooths his hair, stalks Wes and gets the arm. Wes throws body shots but Xyon stomps him down. Wes throws more shots but Xyon KICKS the legs!

Fans rally for Wes, he kicks from below! Xyon KICKS Wes in the back, stands on Wes’ stomach and pulls the arm! Wes endures, Xyon lets off, and he KICKS Wes again. Xyon drags Wes up to scuff him with his boot. Fans rally, Xyon talks trash but Wes throws more shots! Xyon pulls on the arm while standing on Wes’ face. WEs fights up and throws hands, but Xyon has a hard head! Xyon runs Wes over, whips him to a corner and back elbows! Then Xyon scoops to SLAM Wes down! Fans boo but Xyon covers, TWO! Fans rally, Xyon drag Wes up and RAMS him into a corner! And again! And again! The ref counts, Xyon lets off and then runs back in, into a KNEE!

Wes goes up to KICK Xyon down! Wes QUEBRADAS off the corner, but Xyon catches him! Xyon runs to LAWN DART Wes into buckles! Fans lose their minds, Xyon fires up, and Xyon runs in, but Wes rolls him up! WES WINS!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall

Xyon tried to run it straight through Wes again, but Wes turned it right around on him! Will Xyon be much more eager to get the rematch this time?

 

Roderick Strong chews out the Creeds.

What is their problem?! He told them to stay in the back and clearly they cannot follow orders! They cost Strong the match! Ivy says he is the one who doesn’t get it! Pretty Deadly was going to hit Strong with the belts, and Julius saved him! Is that true? Yeah. It is supposed to be Diamond Mine forever. But it still cost Strong! It would’ve been a DQ! Strong is the leader so when he says to do something, you do it! Strong knows what is best for them, and what is best is that In Your House, the Creeds win. Yeah, they’ll smash ’em, then- No, Brutus, Strong wasn’t done. Ivy, Creeds, right now, failure is not an option! If the Creeds lose at In Your House, they’re OUT of Diamond Mine!

Can Strong do that? He storms off and leaves the others speechless. Will the Creeds give it there all with that Diamond Mine ultimatum?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“How fitting that Saturday is called In Your House. Because it was in Bron Breakker’s house where those first embers of that fire, that anger, was cultivated. As a child, Bron would sit in front of his TV and watch his father blaze a Hall of Fame career, winning multiple championships in multiple companies. One of the greatest ever to step foot inside the ring, all based on uncontrollable power and excessive physicality. And during commercial braeks, Bron and his two brothers would continue where his father left off. Rick would come home, and instead of breaking it up, he would allow it to continue.

“Why not? Brothers fighting was normal for Rick and his brother, Scott. It wasn’t just survival of the fittest in the ring, but also at th ekitchen table. Instead of correcting course of his childhood anger, Bron took that uncontrollable rage onto the grid iron. He was a freight train, running over and through anyone in his way. Bron, you gave a new meaning to the term, ‘Red Zone.’ But you knew your aggression needed a better home. It needed to live in the squared circle, like father like son.” Bron ascended quickly to the NXT Champion and is now a two0time champion. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

But how does Gacy know all this? Gacy learned all of it from spending time with Bron’s hero, his father. When a man is helpless, the walls come down and the truth is revealed. In a family that settles things with fists, it is natural for Bron to lash out. So lash out, Bron! Let it all out at In Your House and be the man you truly are! Be the one everyone loves to watch! Let that anger consume Bron so that Gacy gets what he deserves. It is more important to get even than to win. Bron doesn’t want to just beat Gacy, huh? He needs to go outside the rules to avenge his family. But one way or another, that title is coming home with Gacy!

Bron watches this in the locker room.

McKenzie walks in to ask Bron his reaction. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, huh? Bron’s lost the belt once already, he can’t afford to lose it again. Gacy’s spooky laughter fills Bron’s room and it pisses Bron off! Why not do this right now? Born wants to smash his TV but then he calms down. Bron says maybe Gacy has a point. Bron is predictable, but his anger is not a weakness. It will be his strength! And this Saturday, Bron will rip Gacy apart! But will the anger take over and lose him everything he’s worked to have in NXT?

 

Wade Barrett is in the ring!

He welcomes the fans to the NXT Women’s Championship Summit ahead of In Your House! The champions and challengers are already here, and they’ve already signed the contracts outside of- Gigi wants Wade to hold on, but then Katana Chance tells her to hold on. Toxic Attraction has been talking for eight months, it’s time for someone else. They are all sick of hearing from Toxic Attraction, and sick of seeing them with the gold. They’ve all had a nice run, but on Saturday, KC Squared & Wendy knock Toxic Attraction of the top of the mountain. Kayden Carter adds “PREACH!”

Gigi “loves” this delusional confidence the challenges all have. She does. But you think you’re the first to think you can dethrone them all? There has been a long list already, and some can’t even show themselves in NXT. Either because they left or that time has passed them by. Or maybe they just weren’t talented to begin with. Wendy tells Mandy to just sign her part. Jacy says they understand the nerves, the butterflies in their stomachs. This is their first major event, of course. Better late than ever, though, right?

But seriously, while KC Square were making cringey TikToks and dancing in the clubs, Toxic Attraction was here! They were dominating in this ring and controlling the entire division! Kayden laughs at that! It’s easy to be on top when you barely defend the titles! KC Squared have been through hell and back, they are best friends, and that is more than we can say about Toxic Attraction! Wade wants things to stay civil, but Kayden brings up how KC Squared is the only team that’s ever beaten Gigi & Jacy! There is no way in hell these airheads win again. At In Your House, we’ll see how tight Toxic is without the titles!

Well that’s funny, because KC Squared are here representing the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild~! Wendy groans again, “Just sign the contract…!” Katana dares Jacy to make fun of them again and see fists go through their faces! Mandy finally speaks up, saying she’s heard enough. Toxic attraction are the best because the belts say so. And Saturday, the ones with the most pressure aren’t Bron Breakker, Cameron Grimes or- JUST SIGN THE CONTRACT! Mandy says it’s not even Tony or Legado. it is MANDY! Fans tell her to “SIGN THE CONTRACT!” Mandy says she wants them to quiet down while she talks!

Mandy says she will do whatever it takes so this child is not their next champion! She looks like she should be in Candy Land! Or Wonderland! Or Neverland! This is who they want as the face of the division? She’s in a cow onesie! When Mandy won at Halloween Havoc, they all thought she’d have a short reign. Well how many days has it been? 200 and counting! She’s said it before, will say it again: PUT SOME RESPECT ON MANDY’S NAME! NOW she will sign. Finally…! Mandy signs, everything is official. But Mandy says Wendy can play games, run her mouth, and wear stupid pajamas, but- Wendy just shoots a SPITBALL at Mandy!!

Mandy BOOTS Wendy! The fight is on and Wade bails out! KC Squared toss Gigi & Jacy while fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Katana PLANCHAS Jacy, Kayden SUPER CROSSBODIES Gigi! Mandy fires off on Wendy but gets turned around into a CODE BREAKER and a SUPERKICK! Wendy gets up and KC Squared set up the table! They get Mandy on it! Fans are thunderous, Wendy stands up and SUPER SLEEPY ELBOW through the table!! Toxic Attraction has all just gotten wrecked and the fans are loving it! Wendy, Kayden and Katana hold up the gold, will this be how it goes at In Your House?

 

Kiana James walks up to Ivy Nile.

Is working out all she does? Well, when she’s not competing, she’s training. What does Kiana want? Well, is Ivy going to talk to the Creeds after Saturday? What does that mean? Well after they lose to Pretty Deadly, Diamond Mine will need new members. Oh is that what you think? Ivy says the Creeds will win. Diamond Mine forever! Well according to the math, the Creeds have a less than 12% chance of winning. That’s pretty small. Ivy shoves Kiana up against the locker and asks what the numbers say about Ivy kicking her ass? About the same as they do for her boys. We’ll see about that. Ivy lets Kiana go, is she about to break The Calculator?

 

Solo Sikoa VS Duke Hudson!

The Street Champion’s got next on the North American Championship, but that’s just a verbal promise from Cameron Grimes. Will Duke swoop in and take that opportunity from him? Or will this win only solidify Solo’s place in line?

The bell rings and Duke circles with Solo. They tie up, Duke powers Solo to a corner, and the ref counts. Duke lets off with a pie face, but Solo ROCKS Duke! Solo bumps Duke off buckles, then off more buckles! Then even more buckles! Duke swings back but Solo ROCKS him first! And again, and again! Duke knees low, whips but Solo bounces off buckles to CLOBBER Duke! Fans fire up and Solo snarls, but Duke JABS! And swings, into a HEADBUTT! Solo has Duke in another corner, back body blocks, then goes corner to corner, only for Duke to bail out. Solo bails out of the hip attack, to drag Duke up by his hair!

Duke HOTSHOTS Solo away, RAMS into him, then slingshots up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans boo but Duke rains down fists on Solo! Duke drags Solo up to stomp back down, then he rains down more fists! Duke stomps Solo then has him at the ropes. Solo throws body shots but Duke CLUBS him! Duke whips Solo to ropes, CLOBBERS him, then paces around. Duke clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Duke taunts Solo, brings him up, but Solo throws haymakers! Duke throat chops! Duke hauls Solo up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Duke clamps onto Solo with a neck wrench.

Solo endures, Duke wrenches harder, and fans duel. Solo fights up, Duke CLUBS Solo then reels him in. Solo stops the bomb to RAM Duke into the corner! And again, and again! Solo back drops Duke away, then dodges Duke in the corner. Solo fires off hands, uppercuts, and a boot! SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Solo runs corner to corner, SPLASH! And SUPERKICK! Duke sits down, Solo goes corner to corner again, HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Solo goes to the top rope! FLYING SOLO!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Solo wins it all on his own, and now he won’t be denied! But who will he be meeting after In Your House? Will Grimes win to keep his promise? Or will Melo once again be the A Champion?

 

Tiffany Stratton speaks

“Last week, I corrected the biggest injustice in NXT history. Actually, more like history of the universe. How do you have a Women’s Breakout Tournament and not put me in it? But of course, I came to my own rescue and saved the tournament when I took Nikkita’s spot. But now everyone feels bad for Nikkita. Who cares? Good leg, bad leg, it’s not like she would’ve won anyway. Now I’m where I belong: in the finals.” She has a trophy room full of awards from body building, cheerleading and gymnastics. “When you expect greatness to happen to you, success follows you around like a personal assistant.” Tiffany is better than everyone, but average people can’t comprehend that.

But let’s talk about Roxie. Did you hear that story? OMG, eye roll. She’s as exciting as cardboard. Roxie rode a bus ten HOURS to get to Reality of Wrestling. Um, sweetie, there are these things called airplanes invented over a hundred years ago. And why do we care Roxie skipped her prom? She probably didn’t have a date anyway. Tiffany is so over everyone loving Roxie. After the finals, Roxie can go cry on Cora’s shoulder while Tiffany gets the contract and moves on to be the next NXT Women’s Champion.

 

Thea Hail sits down for a press conference.

After graduating from Plum High School with a 4.0 GPA, the youngest superstar in the NXT locker room is ready to reveal her choice for college. She has Norte Dame, Alabama and North Carolina hats on her table. She is going to train at the Performance Center but attend college in the fall. Thea is excited to accept enrollment at Norte- No, something feels off about that after wearing the hat. And neither does Bama or North Carolina. She is attending CHASE UNIVERSITY! Chase and Bodhi are super pumped to hear that news! Will Thea become the valedictorian of NXT with their help?

 

Grayson Waller VS Josh Briggs w/ Fallon Henley & Brooks Jensen!

The 21st Century Success Story stepped in it once again, and now he’s facing big bad Briggs 1v1! Will Waller have to cheer Tiffany on from a wheelchair after tonight? Or will he make this match go viral?

NXT returns and Waller complains about Briggs having Fallon & Brooks in his corner! How about the horse face and Fallon to go backstage so this can be a good ol’ fashioned slobber knocker? Well, Brooks & Fallon are fine with that. Briggs is here all on his own, will that even matter against Waller?

The bell rings, Waller jabs but right into Briggs’ grip! Briggs whips, runs Waller over, and things speed up. Waller hurdles but Briggs CLUBS him! Then runs him over! Briggs fires up, runs and slides, to ROCK Waller with a right! Fans fire up with Briggs, and he gets back in the ring. Waller uses ropes as defense, then he sucker punches Briggs! Waller fires off shots, Briggs shoves him down, but Waller kicks low then EDDY GORDO KICKS! Waller knees Briggs, clamps on a cravat and neck wrench, but Briggs endures. Waller throws shoulders, knees, and he ROCKS Briggs with that last one!

Waller mocks Briggs by sitting on him and whippin’ a lasso. Briggs snarls and CHOPS Waller! Waller ROCKS Briggs, but Briggs GOURD BUSTERS! Waller avoids the elbow drop to stomp Briggs. ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Waller throws down hands and knees, then he bumps Briggs off buckles. Waller throws back elbows, whips corner to corner but Briggs reverses. Waller goes up and over, Briggs hits buckles, Waller SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Waller pushes Briggs down, covers, ONE! Waller huffs and puffs, mocks the two step square dancing, but Briggs fires off hands! Briggs whips corner to corner, Waller goes up but gets caught in a back suplex!

But here come the Robert Stone Brand! Stone and Sophia Cromwell walk out here, Briggs fires off hands on Waller Briggs runs, BOOTS Waller, then runs at him in the corner for a clothesline! Then he POUNCES Waller out of the ring! Fans fire up but VON WAGNER shows up! Briggs BOOTS Von, but turns around into the SOMERSAULT STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Waller gets an assist, and now Von goes after Briggs directly! Von throws down hands, then he drags Briggs to the corner. Von SLAMS Briggs’ arm into the post! Brooks rushes out to run Von off before it can get worse! Sophia tells Von to stand down, he did what he came here to do. But will Brooks & Briggs look to break Von’s face like he did their hands?

 

Ivy Nile VS Kiana James!

Diamond Mine’s Female Titan doesn’t much care for Strong’s attitude lately, but she really doesn’t like someone questioning Diamond Mine. Will Ivy crunch the number cruncher? Or will the Professional Professional Wrestler prove her brain can beat the Diamond Pitbull’s brawn?

The bell rings and the two tie right up! Ivy puts Kiana in a corner, Kiana turns it around, but fans chant, “Ivy’s gonna kill~ you!” Kiana lets off as the ref counts and she shoves Ivy! So Ivy shoves Kiana down! Ivy then clamps on with a chinlock and floats around to keep Kiana down. Kiana gets up, but Ivy fireman’s carry takeovers, then drags Kiana back up to wrench the wristlock. Kiana throws body shots but Ivy KICKS her leg. Kiana rolls, kips up, wrenches and fires a forearm! Ivy stays up to swing, but Kiana gets around to CLUB Ivy on the back! And again! Ivy’s just getting mad! She DECKS Kiana! Kiana scrambles away, then YANKS Ivy into buckles!

Kiana stomps Ivy in the corner but fans still chant for Ivy. Ivy gets up, Kiana RAMS into her! Kiana scoops Ivy to SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kiana clamps onto the shoulders, then the arms. Fans rally for Ivy and she resists. Ivy gets up, arm-drags free, and then sets up to roll and trip Kiana! Ivy runs Kiana over, KICKS away on the legs, the chest, and an ENZIGURI sends Kiana down Fans fire up, Ivy runs around the world to CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Ivy stalks Kiana, brings her up, but Kiana RAMS Ivy to a corner! Kiana runs in, RAMS into Ivy, then tells her, “You can’t learn that in the gym!” Kiana short arm LARIATS, then says brains always beats brawn!

Kiana suplexes but Ivy blocks! Ivy throws shots, and has the dragon sleeper! But Kiana snapmares free and ghost pins, TWO! Ivy gets up, Kiana CLOBBERS her! Kiana drags Ivy up but Ivy CLOBBERS her right back! Ivy rains down fists, Kiana shoves her away, but Ivy KICKS her in the chest! And again! And then a scoop POWERSLAM! Cover, Ivy wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by pinfall

Ivy defied the odds! But wait, here comes Pretty Deadly! And they’re wearing cut up mockeries of the Diamond Mine shirts! “Oh, Ivy. Ivy, well done on your victory tonight. It’s a shame the Creed Brothers can’t share in your jubilation this Saturday at In Your House. Where not only Pretty Deadly are victorious, but we’re the reason they get kicked out of Diamond Mine.” It must break Ivy’s heart, so they ask her: What’re they gonna do when Diamond Mine closes? But the Creeds rush in from the other side! Easy now, easy now. See you on- NOPE, the Creeds hip toss the champs into the ring! They CLOBBER the champs, TOSS and LARIAT the champs back out, and Diamond Mine stands tall! Will the Creeds crush Pretty Deadly under the pressure and be forged in gold?

 

NXT has another message in Italian.

“There are blue chip athletes, and then there is this man. He gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘World-class sportsman.’ Carving through the snow of the Alps with grace and precision, he cascades down the mountain at speeds an ordinary man wouldn’t dare attempt. When everyone feels the need for speed at the movies, he accelerates in real life. Leaving his past in the rearview mirror, he is now behind the wheel of his own destiny. Fine dining for a refined man with a refined palate. Every aspect of his life is exceptional. Style, class and athleticism is coming to NXT. Veni Vidi Vinci.” Giovanni Vinci is on his way to NXT.

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams join commentary!

They want to be ringside for this main event that has the North American Champion in action! But will they simply sit by and watch? Or will they have an influence on the Carolina Cash Money Caveman’s momentum going into In Your House?

Cameron Grimes VS Nathan Frazer!

NXT returns and the British Prodigy makes his entrance. The bell rings and Grimes stares down with Frazer. They circle, fans rally and the two tie up. Grimes waistlocks, SLAMS Frazer, but Frazer has the foot! Grimes gets Frazer’s arm and WRINGS it, but Frazer handsprings through! They circle and Grimes goes for a leg, but Frazer clinches. Grimes wrenches to a wristlock, but Frazer spins and arm-drags, but Grimes holds on to wrangle Frazer. Frazer fight sup, rolls, rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and WRING Grimes! Frazer gets the legs but Grimes kicks him away! Both men kip up and fans cheer the standoff!

Fans cheer, “This is Wrestling!” as the two reset. They tie up, Grimes trips Frazer to cover, but Frazer goes Matrix! Grimes headlocks, Frazer powers up and powers out, but Grimes runs him over! Grimes runs, things speed up and Frazer hurdles to then sidestep and DROPKICK! Grimes bails out and fans fire up as Frazer builds speed. Grimes gets in to EuroUpper! Frazer goes to a corner, Grimes whips corner to corner, but Frazer goes up and over. Frazer handsprings across the ring, elbows back then goes out to shoulder in. Frazer slingshots and runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to RANA! Grimes bails out again, and Frazer builds speed again!

Frazer has to abort the dive as Grimes gets in the ring! Grimes then PENALTY KICKS Frazer from the apron! Down goes Frazer and fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Grimes stares Melo down a second before he fetches Frazer. Grimes KICKS Frazer against barriers, then brings him around the way to give Frazer a BOOT! Grimes brings Frazer along more, puts him in the ring just to refresh the count, before hitting an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Grimes is fire dup, fans fire up with him, and Grimes gets in to cover. TWO, and Grimes is annoyed. Grimes keeps on Frazer with a top wristlock but Frazer endures. Frazer fights up, throws body shots, then runs, into a KICK! He’s down again and sputtering while Grimes leans on ropes. Grimes storms up on Frazer, pushes him to a cover, TWO!

Grimes is more annoyed, but he brings Frazer up for a double wristlock. Frazer endures, Grimes digs his elbow into the shoulder, and Grimes wrenches. Frazer throws a forearm, and another, but Grimes wrenches to WRING Frazer out this time. Cover, TWO! Frazer is showing his toughness and Grimes is even more annoyed. NXT returns to single picture as Grimes runs in at the corner, only for Frazer to give him a BUCKLE SHOT! Just like mentor Seth Rollins! Frazer drags himself up but Grimes gets his leg! Grimes spins Frazer to a GERMAN SUPLEX, but Frazer lands on his feet! Frazer ducks, dodges, QUEBRADA to ELBOW DROP DDT!

Fans fire up and chants for “NXT! NXT!” for giving us this main event! Grimes and Frazer get up, Frazer throws forearms but Grimes throws a haymaker! Frazer throws more forearms, but Grimes EuroUppers! Grimes whips but Frazer CLOBBERS him! Frazer starts to rally, he spins Grimes around, but Grimes suplexes to GOURD BUSTER! Grimes runs to CLOBBER Frazer! And again! Frazer goes to a corner, Grimes runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Frazer drags himself to a corner. “This is Awesome!” and Frazer RUNNING SHOOTING STARS onto knees! Grimes waistlocks, fans are loving “Both These Guys!” but Frazer victory rolls, TWO!!

Grimes swings, Frazer dodges, but Grimes avoids the Quebrada! Frazer runs into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Grimes is beside himself, but the fans are still loving “NXT! NXT!” Melo likes what he’s seeing, too, because this is taking it out of Grimes. Grimes and Frazer throws forearms from their knees, fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” The CHOPS and the forearms and the uppercuts keep going back and forth! Grimes ROCKS Frazer, but Frazer gives it back! Grimes KICKS Frazer down, but Frazer comes back with forearms! Grimes ROCKS Frazer again, but Frazer PELES! Frazer then runs, into a LARIAT!

Grimes gets Frazer up, but Frazer RANAS out of the bomb!! Cover, TWO!! Grimes escapes and fans say that had to be three! But Frazer just shrugs that off, builds speed again and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Melo says Frazer is crazy! Frazer puts Grimes in, then he goes to a corner. Frazer climbs, but Grimes goes up after him! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Grimes sets up, “TO! THE! MOON!” CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Melo is bummed now, but he also gets off commentary! Trick rushes in first, but gets tossed! Melo and Grimes throw hands, Grimes whips but Trick saves Melo from a Cave-In! Grimes is sending Melo running for now, but will Melo be returning home with the title? Or can Grimes stay golden and meet Solo for the summer?


My Thoughts:

What a great go-home for NXT here! Now, on one hand, we didn’t get flooded with recap videos no one needs. On another, it has been some time since we’ve gotten Prime Target video, and I would’ve loved to have gotten one for Bron and Gacy. Might’ve worked to undo some of the cheesy stuff we got tonight. Gacy’s laugh and the flickering of the lights just to “trigger” Bron was so corny, Prime Target profiling Bron and the Steiner family but also Gacy’s journey to this character would’ve been way better. But all that said, it feels like Bron is going to find a way to retain this title, as he’ll expect all the tricks Gacy will use to egg him on. Also I’d love if Gacy’s goons are replaced by the Steiner Brothers so that they swerve Gacy back.

Great opening from Diamond Mine, and Strong is so close to getting himself kicked out of the group. Great booking of the match where the Creeds try to help Strong like he “helped” them, and then Strong gets mad at them for it. Good story integration to have Kiana pick a fight with Ivy over it, and of course Ivy gets a win here. Pretty Deadly dressing up as flamboyant Diamond Mine members was a great part of their promo, and the Creeds going after them was a good response. I have a feeling Pretty Deadly retains, because even though they won the match, the Creeds get the last bit of momentum.

I was hoping the NXT Women’s Breakout Finals were tonight, or at In Your House, but nope. That’ll be next week, so we won’t get the winner cashing in on whoever wins the women’s title matches this Saturday. That’s a mistake to me but I suppose at the same time, Tiffany VS Roxie isn’t TakeOver level. They both had good promo vignettes, especially Tiffany talking trash on Roxie’s. But I have a feeling Roxie wins, given how the Women’s Championship Summit segment went. Good promos from both sides, and the fans loved all the burns KC Squared gave Toxic Attraction. But with Wendy & KC Squared all standing tall and holding onto the belts, they’re doomed to lose. Roxie can then step up to challenge Mandy via her Breakout contract.

Great tie-in for the Breakout story and Waller’s relationship with Tiffany. Waller talking trash and getting himself in trouble was a good way to give him a match with Briggs, and they had a very good match, even with the Robert Stone Brand getting involved. That’s gotta be a Six Person Tag of Von, Stone and Sophia VS Briggs, Brooks & Fallon. Giovanni’s newest vignette all but said this is Fabian Aichner’s new identity, so that’s pretty wild that this is where he’s going after leaving Imperium. And I just knew Thea Hail would choose Chase U. She is going to be a great addition to that stable, we could even see them get in on a Mixed Six Tag at some point.

Wes Lee getting the win on Xyon was a great turnaround of their story. I bet we’ll see their tiebreaker very soon and with Sanga getting in on the story, I bet Sanga saves Wes from Xyon’s sore loser attack to give us Xyon VS Sanga. We got a fairly good promo skit from Legado and The Don’s family, but of course we were getting a Six Man Tag. The stipulation of the losing faction folding, this might go either way, but I feel like fans are going to crap all over Legado folding into Tony’s team. The fans in Florida have loved Legado the entire time, even with them as Heels, they are not gonna be happy with Tony being the boss of them.

Cora VS Lopez was good but felt a little sloppy. Maybe these two needed more time to blend together in the ring but I had a feeling Cora was going to pull off the win. Cora’s story is going to take the long route, and there’s half a chance Roxie uses her Breakout Contract to get the both of them a tag title match. Hell, if Io Shirai & KLR can use the Dusty Cup to get a singles shot, we might as well make up for that by giving the tag champions some challengers. And good stuff from Solo VS Duke. Solo of course wins so he has momentum going into his North American Championship since he’s got next.

And speaking of, what an awesome main event from Grimes VS Frazer. Melo & Trick were on commentary so they could attack after, but they probably wanted to see this for themselves anyway. I said this when he was Ben Carter and had that match with Lee Johnson in AEW, and I’ll say it here again for Nathan Frazer: he is the future of pro-wrestling. So long as WWE doesn’t screw this up royally, at least. Frazer needs to be in a title scene before this year is out, he’d be amazing as North American or even THE NXT Champion.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points

 

G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

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

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

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

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

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

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

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

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?

 

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: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • 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

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 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]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10


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Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

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

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

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

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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