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Mitchell’s NJPW Dominion Results & Report! (6/12/22)

Osaka-Jo Hall is shining with gold!

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NJPW Dominion 2022

Titles upon titles are on the line!

NJPW Dominion shines in Osaka-Jo Hall with so much gold! The world title, US title, and even a golden ticket to Forbidden Door in Chicago are on the line!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Toru Yano VS Luke Gallows; Yano wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: The House of Torture VS Suzuki-Gun; The House of Torture wins and retains the titles.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale VS Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb; Khan & Cobb win and become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Tanahashi wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • KOPW 2022 Championship 10 Minute Unlimited Pinfall Scramble: Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Takagi wins and retains the KOPW trophy.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Tama Tonga VS Karl Anderson; Anderson wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • Vacated IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: The House of Torture VS Suzuki-Gun!

Evil, Sho and Yujiro Takahashi have been cornered and must put their titles up against El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr! Will the King of Darkness and his team use every trick in the book to desperately hold onto these belts? Or will the Rogue Luchador, Heel Master & Zacky Big Tekkers find a way to tear down the House?

The House of Torture rush out during Suzuki-Gun’s entrance, but Suzuki-Gun is ready! Kanemaru knees Sho low and headlocks, ZSJ gets Evil and Desperado gets Yujiro! Evil and Yujiro hit back, Evil CLUBS ZSJ then uses his shirt to CHOKE him! Kanemaru whips Sho hard into railing! Yujiro knocks Desperado down, Evil stomps ZSJ but Kanemaru puts Sho in the ring. Kanemaru whips Sho to ropes and dropkicks legs out as the bell rings. Kanemaru gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Sho endures but Evil gets in to stomp Kanemaru, only for Kanemaru to get Evil’s leg! Kanemaru lets Sho go to dropkick Evil’s leg!

Kanemaru trips Evil, gets the legs, and has Evil in a FIGURE FOUR! Yujiro stomps but now he gets caught! Kanemaru trips Yujiro and puts him in the FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up for this hat trick! But wait! While the ref is trying to get Evil out of the ring, Dick Togo gets in! But Kanemaru blocks Dick’s stomp and trips him up! FIGURE FOUR for Dick! Dick is tapping out, too bad he’s not part of the team defending the belts! Kanemaru lets off all the same, and he goes back to Sho. Sho begs for mercy, Kanemaru stomps him instead! Kanemaru drags Sho up to rake the eyes! Kanemaru follows Sho to ropes, whips him again, but Sho stops himself.

Kanemaru rushes Sho but Sho dodges, and then Evil trips Kanemaru! Evil RAMS Kanemaru into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Meanwhile, Sho goes out after the rest of Suzuki-Gun with Yujiro! Evil rakes Kanemaru’s eyes while Sho hits ZSJ and Yujiro rakes Desperado’s eyes! Evil puts Kanemaru in, Sho rakes Kanemaru’s eyes! The ref counts, Sho lets off, and Sho stomps away on Kanemaru. Oh, and the blue buckle pad is gone, of course. Sho wrenches Kanemaru’s arm, tags in Evil, and Evil CLUBS Kanemaru down. The ref reprimands the House of Torture but Evil whips Kanemaru into the bare buckles!

Kanemaru writhes from suffering the Bullet Club Special, and Yujiro tags in. Yujiro snapmares to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt on Kanemaru. Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yujiro drags Kanemaru up and knees him low. Yujiro stands Kanemaru against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, into Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! Fans fire up while Yujiro holds his leg. Kanemaru and Yujiro crawl, but Sho gets in to hit Desperado and ZSJ first! Sho distracts the ref so that Evil can get Kanemaru up for a cobra twist! Dick and Yujiro link up with Evil to add leverage! They let go before the ref sees and Evil pushes Kanemaru to a cover, TWO!

Evil is frustrated but fans rally up. Evil scrapes his shoe off Kanemaru’s face, then tags in Yujiro. Yujiro snapmares then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Yujiro tags Sho and Sho stands on Kanemaru’s head. Kanemaru gets up and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Kanemaru throws elbows but Sho rakes eyes! The ref counts, Sho runs, but avoids the dropkick! Kanemaru blocks Sho’s kick but Sho rakes eyes again! Sho runs, but Kanemaru dropkicks up high! Fans fire up as Kanemaru crawls over, but Evil and Yujiro rush in! But Desperado and ZSJ are ready this time! Desperado counter punches Evil while ZSJ gets Yujiro in a SLEEPER!

Desperado CLOBBERS Evil, then ZSJ feeds Yujiro to Desperado’s back suplex! Desperado then feeds Evil to ZSJ for a wrench and PELE to the arm! ZSJ WRINGS Evil’s arm out and then gets Yujiro for a spin and top wristlock STOMP! Desperado basement dropkicks, and Desperado hurries after Sho. ZSJ keeps Dick and that choker out while Desperado gives Sho a SHIN BREAKER! Feed to Kanemaru’s dropkick! FIGURE FOUR!! ZSJ keeps Evil out with a SLEEPER! Fans rally, Sho endures and reaches out, but Kanemaru drags him away! Desperado keeps Yujiro down, but Sho grabs at the ref! Sho tries to throw the ref down but Kanemaru keeps him up!

ZSJ gets in, he gets Sho’s head for a NECK TWIST!! Sho is dazed but still in pain! Only for Yujiro to throw Desperado into railing! Evil does the same to ZSJ and Abe-san again! Evil distracts the ref, Yujiro gets in to PIMP CANE CHOKE Kanemaru!! But ZSJ gets in to put Yujiro in a SLEEPER! Fans fire up but Evil goes after ZSJ! Evil blocks a boot and rakes the eyes! Evil then hits a BIG suplex! But Desperado gets in! Evil elbows him away but Desperado pulls Evil back and runs to SPEAR him down! Desperado swings at Yujiro but Yujiro spins him around. Desperado slips out of the dragon sleeper to facelock, but Yujiro BITES that hand!

The ref reprimands but Yujiro clubs the arm and CLOBBERS Desperado! ZSJ boots Yujiro then kicks his clothesline away! ZSJ EuroUppers Yujiro but Evil throws a heavy body shot! Evil whips ZSJ at the House’s corner but ZSJ stops himself from hitting buckles. ZSJ runs back, into a fireman’s carry! But he slips off to put on a SLEEPER! Evil RAMS ZSJ into the bare buckles! Evil kicks Desperado low, and whips him into the bare buckles! Evil runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! All six men are down and fans are fired up! Sho finally returns to the ring, but he has loaded up a kneepad! But Kanemaru gets Sho for a victory roll! TWO!!

Sho hurries and kicks but misses! Kanemaru ENZIGURIS, then scoop SLAMS Sho into a drop zone! Kanemaru goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Kanemaru drags him right up. Kanemaru sees Dick drinking his whiskey! So Kanemaru BOOTS Dick and makes him spit the whiskey to the sky! Kanemaru then turns around, and he blocks Sho’s loaded kick! Kanemaru lets go because of the pain in his ribs! Sho then KICKS Kanemaru down! Sho hobbles but he drags Kanemaru back up and tucks him in. SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, House of Torture wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

The Murder Machine mocks the Heel Master as he, Tokyo Pimp and the King of Darkness hold onto the titles. Will there ever come a day where they run out of tricks?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale VS Great-O-Khan & Jeff Cobb!

Bullet Club came away with these belts in a Triple Threat, but now they must take on the United Empire 2v2! Will the Crown Jewel & Rogue General keep the titles Too Sweet? Or will the Dominator & “The Imperial Unit” crush the #GeneralsJewels and take these belts back?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see which faction keeps momentum going!

The teams sort out and Khan calls out Chase. Chase accepts and the bell rings as fans rally up. Chase shoots in but Khan is ready. They show off their amateur skills, grapple and Khan gets the legs to trip Chase. Khan waistlocks, Chase scrambles to ropes, and the ref counts the break. Khan lets off while keeping his eyes on Fale, and gives Chase a spank. Chase is annoyed but he gets up and pie faces Khan. Khan tackles Chase down and clamps on the head ‘n’ arm triangle! Fale hurries to hit Cobb first, then Fale stomps Khan. Khan lets Chase go, Fale brings Khan up by his ponytail, but then Khan hits a huge sayanagi! And then clamps on the head ‘n’ arm!

But Chase gets in and breaks the hold with the C-TRIGGER! Chase BOOTS Cobb off the apron, too, then stomps Khan down. Chase drags Khan up by his ponytail, wrenches it, and then bumps Khan off buckles. Tag to Fale, and the General’s Jewels stand on Khan’s back! Khan endures the “massage” and the ref counts, and Chase and Fale both step off. Fale stares Cobb down then stalks Khan to ropes. Fale drags Khan up to hammer away on his back! Fans rally for the Empire but Fale “surfs” on Khan’s back! Cobb is furious but the ref keeps him back. Fale steps off Khan to cover, TWO! Fale drags Khan over and tags Chase in.

Bullet Club mugs Khan, Chase snapmares Khan to NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Chase mocks Cobb and blows a snot at him! Fans rally up, Chase drags Khan up but Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! But Chase slips free, rolls Khan up, and puts legs on the ropes! Cobb pushes the leg off and Chase is upset! Chase DECKS Cobb, then goes back to Khan. Chase drags Khan away, tags in Fale, and Fale stomps Khan down! Fale drags Khan up to throw body shots, and he punches Khan into a corner. Fans rally but Fale ROCKS Khan. Fale goes corner to corner but Khan dodges! Fale hits buckles, Khan hurries for his corner, but Fale stomps him down!

Fale drags Khan up and wants to make Khan kiss his feet! Khan resists, powers back up and MONGOLIAN CHOPS! And again! And again! Chase gets in but Khan gives him MONGOLIAN CHOPS! Fale kicks but Khan blocks to trip Fale and SPLASH! Fans fire up as Khan crawls past Fale and for the corner, hot tag to Cobb! Cobb rallies on Chase with big arms, but Chase BELL CLAPS! Chase runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fale throws body shots and Cobb! Fale whips corner to corner, runs in but Cobb dodges! Fale hits buckles again, Cobb scoop SLAMS Fale! Fans fire up and Cobb wants Fale to get up again!

Cobb drags Fale up, reels him in, and fans rally as Cobb suplexes! Fale is too big, though, and he shoves Cobb away. Fale runs and CLOBBERS Cobb! But both men are down and fans rally up again. Fale hurries, tag to Chase! Chase runs in corner to corner at Cobb to forearm smash, then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase is frustrated, he brings Cobb up to a fireman’s carry, but Cobb slips off! Chase elbows Cobb first, then whips, only for Cobb to reverse and ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, Fale breaks it! Fale runs to CLOBBER Khan at the corner! Chase & Fale double whip Khan, body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Chase is annoyed but the fans fire up. Chase WRECKS Khan with a dropkick, then regroups with Fale. Fans rally, Fale hauls Cobb up but Cobb ROCKS him first! Chase waistlocks but Cobb BOOTS Fale away. Cobb elbows Chase, ROCKS Fale, and repeat as he goes back and forth between them! Fans fire up but Fale JABS Cobb into Chase’s JEWEL HEIST! Cover, TWO!! Khan gets in but Fale is after him first. Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Fale, then MONGOLIAN CHOPS Chase, back and forth between them! HEEL STABS for both, but Fale CLOBBERS Khan! Fale kicks Khan out then goes after him while fans rally.

Aaron Henare protests what Fale is doing to Khan but the ref has him stand down. Chase runs at Cobb but Cobb blocks the C-Trigger! Cobb swings but Chase fires off the strike fest! But Cobb ROCKS Chase back! Chase goes to a corner, Cobb runs in but into a BOOT! Chase goes up but Cobb YANKS him down! Cobb whips, but Chase escapes the Tour to C-TRIGGER! And C-TRIGGER again! Fans fire up and Chase roars! Chase goes to Cobb, brings him up and in, but Cobb back drops free! Cobb runs in but misses in the corner! Fale SPLASHES Cobb, then fireman’s carries as Chase climbs! AX HANDLE DEATH VALLEY, and a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Cobb survives, but Chase wants to finish this! Fale choke grips Cobb while Chase climbs again. But Khan BOOTS Fale into ropes! That trips Chase up and he lands on his jewels! Khan then clotheslines Fale out of the ring! Fans fire up and Khan hurries to get Cobb up. Cobb and Khan aim at Chase, Khan goes up top! SUPER BELLY2BELLY, into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, the Empire wins!!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Khan & Cobb are TWO-TIME tag team champions! They get these belts back, proving it was only the Triple Threat that lost it for them! But then ROCKY ROMERO attacks! He DECKS Khan then fires off palm strikes on Cobb! Cobb blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Rocky wants to give Cobb Sliced Bread but Cobb shoves him into Khan’s BELT SHOT! Khan then clamps on the IRON CLAW! Khan drags Rocky up, for the ELIMINATOR! Trent may have won on Rampage but Khan tells Rocky he was stupid for doing this alone! The United Empire stands tall with these belts, but will they soon aim for more at the Forbidden Door?

 

The G1 Climax 32 Blocks are announced!

The massive round robin is back for the Summer! And this time, it will be TWENTY-EIGHT ENTRIES!! For the 50th year of NJPW, the 32nd G1 Climax will be the biggest yet!

And in this massive, star-studded line-up, it will be: The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada; The Good Bad Guy, Tama Tonga; The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi; Team Filthy’s Tom Lawlor; TMDK’s Jonah Rock; The Head Hunter, Yoshi-Hashi; The Fierce Warrior, Hirooki Goto; The Producer, Toru Yano; the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii; The Imperial Unit, Jeff Cobb; The Dominator, Great-O-Khan; The Commonwealth Kingpin, Will Ospreay; The Ultimate Weapon, Aaron Henare; The Dragon, Shingo Takagi; The Cold Skull, Sanada; The Uncontrollable Charisma, Tetsuya Naito; The Switchblade, Jay White; The King of Darkness, Evil; The Fang Revived, Kenta; Tokyo Pimp, Yujiro Takahashi; The Rogue General, Bad Luck Fale; The Crown Jewel, Chase Owens; “Rock Hard” Juice Robison; The Holy Emperor, Taichi; the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr; The Murderhawk Monster, Lance Archer; The Celtic Prince; David Finlay; and moving up as a Junior Heavyweight, The Headbanga, El Phantasmo!

And for the first time in the G1 Climax, there will be FOUR BLOCKS! Each pool of seven will battle it out, with the semifinals on August 17th, and finals on August 18th! Get ready for the hottest summer in NJPW history!

 

Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

CM Punk was going to face The Ace at the Forbidden Door PPV, but he is sidelined with a leg injury. AEW Dynamite saw The Maniac, Jon Moxley, win his golden ticket to Chicago, and now NJPW gets to put up a contender! Will the Once in a Century Talent keep his plans in tact? Or will the Fierce Warrior bring about the winds of change to the Windy City?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. The bell rings and fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi and Goto circle. They tie up, Tanahashi waistlocks, but Goto wrenches free to a hammerlock. Tanahashi slips around to a waistlock then a headlock. Goto powers Tanahashi to ropes but Tanahashi turns things around on Goto. The ref calls for the break, Tanahashi lets off clean and fans cheer. Goto and Tanahashi circle, fans rally again, and the two tie up again. Goto waistlocks, Tanahashi switches but Goto switches back. Tanahashi drop toeholds and floats to a headlock. Goto slips out to headlock back.

Tanahashi fights up, Goto grinds the hold, and he hits a headlock takeover. Tanahashi headscissors, Goto kips free, and fans cheer. The two reset again as fans rally back up. They feel out a knuckle lock, Tanahashi kicks and wrenches but Goto slips around to a waistlock. They end up on ropes, the ref calls for the break but the two let off slowly. Goto pats Tanahashi on the shoulders but Tanahashi kicks him low! Tanahashi throws forearms and backs Goto to a corner. Tanahashi whips corner to corner but Goto reverses and runs in, into a back elbow. Tanahashi goes up but Goto shoves him down to the floor!

The ref checks, Tanahashi is okay to continue but Goto storms out after him. Tanahashi throws a body shot first, but clutches his arm. Tanahashi whips Goto hard into railing, but Goto comes right back to CLOBBER Tanahashi! Fans fire up and Goto takes a moment to check his back. Fans rally again, Goto stomps Tanahashi, and Goto drags Tanahashi up and into the ring. Goto steps inside and he kicks and CLUBS Tanahashi. Tanahashi throws a forearm so Goto gives it back and fans rally as they go back and forth. Goto knees low, CLUBS Tanahashi again, then stomps him. Goto drags Tanahashi up as fans rally again, and Goto CLUBS Tanahashi more.

Goto fires forearms in the corner, whips Tanahashi corner to corner and runs in, to MURAMASA! Then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto keeps focus as he clamps on a chinlock. Tanahashi endures the knee in his back and fans rally up. Goto digs his elbow into Tanahashi’s forehead before he JAMS it in! Cover, TWO, but Goto clamps back on with another chinlock. Tanahashi endures and fans build to another rally. Tanahashi fights up to his feet, he pries at the hold, then throws body shots. Tanahashi swings a Shotei but Goto ducks it! Goto kicks low, whips Tanahashi to ropes, but Tanahashi hits FLYING FOREARMS!

Fans fire up as Tanahashi fires up, and the “Let’s Go, Ace!” rally returns. Tanahashi brings Goto up, throws big forearms, and he scoops Goto to SLAM him into a drop zone! Tanahashi goes up the corner, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus and the fans fire up again. Tanahashi waits on Goto to rise, and then he runs, but into a waistlock! Tanahashi resists the lift so Goto shoves him to a corner. Goto clotheslines in the corner, runs but into a dropkick to the leg! Tanahashi gets that leg, but Goto fights free to SAIDO! But Tanahashi’s right back up! Tanahashi staggers, fights the Saido and gets the leg, DRAGON SCREW!

Fans rally while both men are down. Goto grits his teeth and clutches his leg while Tanahashi shakes out the cobwebs. Tanahashi stands first, throws forearms, but Goto throws one back. Tanahashi throws more forearms, so Goto throws more forearms! Tanahashi throws three, Goto throws three! Tanahashi fires off four forearms, but Goto fires off four right back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto SHOTEIS! Tanahashi SHOTEIS and Goto drops! Tanahashi fires up and the fans are right there with him! Goto is dazed but getting up, and Tanahashi runs, into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes while fans fire up again!

Goto rises and he drags Tanahashi up in a dragon sleeper. Tanahashi fights it, but Goto gets that arm and ripcords Tanahashi around for another fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi SLINGBLADES out of it! Both men are down again and fans fire up more! Tanahashi forces himself up, gritting his teeth while his hair is all over the place. Tanahashi runs at Goto, but Goto throws him into a corner! DRAPING G T R!! But Goto can’t make the cover, he’s too sore! Fans fire up again as Goto rises! Goto roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW! Goto then hauls Tanahashi up in the dragon sleeper, but Tanahashi drops! But Goto sits on the victory roll! TWO!!!

Goto and Tanahashi are both surprised Tanahashi escaped! Goto hurries after Tanahashi but Tanahashi SHOTEIS again! Tanahashi staggers, Goto rises, and Tanahashi runs as fans rally. But Goto follows, only for Tanahashi to let him slip past! SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi fires up, goes back up the corner, Goto stands, HIGH FLY ATTACK! Tanahashi hurries up again, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

The Ace is still going to Chicago! Jon Moxley will no longer be chasing a fight with Tanahashi, Tanahashi is bringing the fight to him! Will the Once in a Century Talent be the first former IWGP Heavyweight Champion to get the AEW World Championship? Or will the Maniac finally get the win that he wants over Tanahashi?

 

KOPW 2022 Championship 10 Minute Unlimited Pinfall Scramble: Shingo Takagi VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

Don’t get it twisted, this isn’t an Ironman Match. In a remix of their 30 Count match, this is about getting as many counts as you can in 10 minutes! One, two, three or beyond, it’s all about a cumulative score! Who will have the most points by the time the buzzer sounds?

The introductions are made, the trophy is raised, and it’s time to see whose time is up!

Taichi and Takagi rush each other and Taichi BOOTS Takagi! Takagi stays up to throw a forearm! Taichi KICKS, Takagi forearms, and repeat as the fans rally with them! Taichi gets the edge but Takagi just CHOPS! Taichi CHOPS, Takagi CHOPS back! Fans rally as the CHOPS keep flying back and forth! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP and things just speed up! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, but Taichi choke grips! Takagi choke grips back! The ref tries to stop them but Taichi just holds the ref back with his free hand. Taichi kicks Takagi, Takagi kicks back. Taichi rebounds to BOOT, Takagi rebounds to BOOT, too!

Taichi BOOTS, Takagi BOOTS, and we’re a minute in. Taichi BOOTS again, so Takagi runs him over! Taichi gets up to BOOT Takagi down! Takagi is up, he blocks a boot, but Taichi kicks the lariat away! Takagi tries the Yukon Lariat but Taichi withstands it! Taichi wrenches to HOOK KICK, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and Takagi gets to ropes. Fans rally, Takagi eggs Taichi on. Taichi stays down so Takagi storms over, only for Taichi to kick him from below! Takagi grabs at Taichi again, only to be brought into a cradle! TWO! That’s two points for Taichi but Takagi gets a backslide! ONE gets him on the board!

Taichi hurries up but into an ELBOW, JAB, and YUKON feint to a cradle! TWO! Takagi takes the lead as we’re past two minutes in. Taichi gets to a corner while Miho coaches him up. Fans rally up. Takagi runs in and blocks a boot. Takagi clotheslines in the corner, then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi has a good lead on Taichi as he sits Taichi up. Takagi digs his elbow in, then clamps on a chinlock. Takagi endures as we’re three minutes in. Takagi even pushes up to lean on the hold. Taichi endures so Takagi sits him up to rain down elbows! Takagi drops an elbow, then another, but Taichi avoids the senton!

Takagi hurries after Taichi to CLUB him at the ropes. Takagi KICKS Taichi in the back, stands on him, and then he drags Taichi up to throw knees into Taichi at the ropes. Takagi then whips Taichi, knees him at ropes again, and hits a DDT! Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO, and that’s a 7-2 lead! Takagi says he’s just begun, and we’re past four minutes in! Fans fire up, Takagi gives toying kicks to Taichi and then drags him up. Fans clap, “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-I-CHI!” as Taichi fights off Takagi’s back suplex. Takagi CLUBS Taichi on the back, then runs in at the corner. Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Takagi drops but so does Taichi as we near the halfway point!

Fans rally, Miho coaches Taichi, and Taichi hears the five minute announcement. Taichi hurries to give Kowata Kicks, a sobat, and a BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Taichi closes the gap and fans fire up as he brings Takagi up. Taichi KICKS Takagi in the back, then taunts him with toying kicks. Taichi KICKS Takagi in the back again, and again! Takagi grits his teeth, gets up, but Taichi KICKS him again! And again! There’s only four minutes left, but Taichi KICKS Takagi again! Taichi powers up, runs, but Takagi clotheslines him first! Takagi runs, Taichi gets around, DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, TWO!

Taichi is down one point and Miho cheers him on as we’re at 3:30! Taichi powers up as the fans fire up, and he runs to AX BOMBER! Direct hit, and here off the pants! Three minutes left, but Takagi clotheslines Taichi first! Takagi fires up in the corner, fires off headbutts in the corner, and Miho is worried now. Takagi pump handles and torture racks, but Taichi slips off! Takagi forearms, Taichi sobats, Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES and GAMANGIRIS! Taichi fires up with just over two minutes left! Alabama Lift, tuck and- NO, Takagi slips out to ROLLING COBRA CLUTCH, THREE!! We’re not 10-6 at the two minute warning!

Taichi forgets a three doesn’t lose this for him, but he could lose if he can’t make up the gap! Taichi BOOTS, Takagi LARIATS! Taichi stays up, rebounds again, and LARIATS! Takagi stays up now, but Taichi runs in at him again. DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! Just 90 seconds left as DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Fans fire up as Takagi LARIATS point-blank! And again! Taichi DECKS Takagi with a forearm! Taichi aims from the corner, but Takagi dodges the superkick to PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!? It still adds to the lead, but Taichi GAMANGIRIS! SLIDING FOREARM, cover, NONE?! Taichi kicks out before a count!

But we’re under a minute and Taichi’s down by five!! Miho is freaking out as Taichi is still dazed! Takagi can just play defense and win this, but he wants to finish Taichi off! Takagi gets Taichi up, fires boxing elbows, and we’re at 30 seconds! Takagi is just clubbing away on Taichi, but Taichi roars! So Takagi JABS! Takagi runs, Taichi dodges, they collide into a sumo clinch!! Under 20!! Takagi tries but Taichi blocks! Taichi sumo throws, GEDO CLUTCH!! FOUR!!! Another cover, TIME IS UP!!!! Takagi wins 11-10!!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, 11-10 (still Mr. KOPW 2022)

Taichi almost forced a draw and overtime! But in the end, Takagi holds him off! Takagi makes sure Taichi understands that by pointing to the scoreboard. Will Takagi have even wilder ways to wrestle for this trophy as we head into the summer?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows!

The Good Bad Guy thought he was done with Bullet Club after he got this belt off Evil. But now, the Machine Gun is back and taking aim at this title! Will Karl Anderson get his first NJPW singles title? Or will Tama NEVER let Bullet Club stop him again?

The moment Tama slides into the ring, he attacks Anderson with a dropkick! Fans fire up as Tama then stomps Anderson to a corner! The bell rings to get this on record as Tama throws down hands! The ref reprimands, Tama lets off and finally puts the belt aside. Tama then runs and clotheslines Anderson out of the ring! The introductions are finally made while Tama smacks Anderson off the apron. Tama stalks Anderson around the way, headlocks and punches, then follows Anderson up the ramp. Anderson mule kicks and CLUBS Tama! Anderson pushes Tama further up the ramp and stomps him down.

Gallows talks up Anderson while the ref reprimands. Anderson brings Tama up to scoop and SLAM on the ramp! Anderson looms over Tama, brings him up again, and cravats while taunting fans. But Tama fights free and DECKS Anderson off the ramp! Anderson hits railing and tumbles over with it! Tama then chases Anderson down to ringside and CLOBBERS him! Anderson throws body shots and CHOPS but Tama throws body shots and a haymaker! Anderson EuroUppers then brings Tama back to ringside. Anderson whips but Tama reverses and sends Anderson into railing! Fans rally up and Tama brings Anderson up to snap suplex to the floor!

Anderson writhes and Tama stalks up behind Anderson. The ring count finally starts but Tama RAMS Anderson into railing. Tama then puts Anderson in at 5 of 20 and fans rally up. Tama goes to the apron, keeps his eyes on Gallows, but Anderson uses that opening to HOTSHOT Tama off the ropes! Tama tumbles, Anderson wants after him but the ref gets in his way. Anderson uses this argument to distract the ref so that Gallows can drag Tama up! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Gallows runs off as Jado storms over and Tama flops to the floor. Gallows then DECKS Jado! The ref counts, fans rally up for “GOOD BAD GUY!”

Tama gets up as the count is 9 of 20, and he’s on the apron at 11. Anderson BOOTS Tama right off! Tama hits railing and the ref goes out to check on him. Tama is somehow okay to continue so Anderson wants the ring count! The ref starts the count again, Anderson is watching as Tama is still down at 10 of 20. Tama drags himself up, stands at 15 but staggers at 16! Tama hurries to get up again, and is in at 19! Anderson drags Tama around for a rain of fists! Cover, TWO! Anderson drags Tama back up, scoops and SLAMS him, then soaks up the heat. Anderson runs to hit a BIG senton! Tama writhes while Anderson soaks up more heat.

Anderson paces around, brings Tama up and rains down fists into Tama’s head! The ref reprimands the closed fists but Anderson lets off. Anderson sits Tama up to BITE his forehead! The ref counts, Anderson lets off and wraps on a chinlock. Anderson grinds Tama down, fans rally up and Tama endures. Tama fights up and throws body shots, but Anderson CLUBS him down. Anderson tosses Tama out of the ring, wants to go out after him, but again the ref stops him. So Gallows scoops Tama! But Jado saves Tama, and together they POST the Big LG! Fans fire up and Tama gets back into the ring! Tama and Anderson throw hands but Anderson whips.

Tama ducks and dodges to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans rally up, Tama throws a forearm! Anderson throws a forearm, but Tama gives another. Anderson hits Tama again, but Tama fires off more! Anderson ROCKS Tama, then whips him to the corner. Tama comes right back to CLOBBER Anderson! Fans fire up with Tama and he brings Anderson up for haymakers! Tama CHOPS, haymakers, repeat! Tama whips and dropkicks Anderson down! Off comes the vest! Fans rally, Tama runs corner to corner and STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps focus and he goes to a corner to climb up top.

Anderson trips Tama up first! Anderson throws hands, climbs up after him, and throws more hands! Anderson brings Tama up but Tama throws body shots! Tama shoves Anderson down, then adjusts, and leaps over Anderson. Tama runs into a SPINESBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Tama survives, but Anderson drags him back up. Anderson fireman’s carries but Tama fights free! Tama throws hands and a forearm, then leaps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Anderson survives but Tama fires back up! Fans rally behind him as Tama pounds the mat. Anderson slowly stands, Tama runs in, GUN-

NO, Anderson denies Tama, but misses in the corner. Anderson dodges in the corner to JUMP KICK! Anderson then gets Tama up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Tama survives but Anderson says he’ll finish this! Anderson scoops Tama, but Tama fights free to get the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Tama stands but Anderson follows. Tama throws a forearm, but Anderson CHOPS back. Tama SLAPS Anderson, ROCKS him with a forearm, then waits on a response. Anderson throws a forearm, Tama gives it back. Anderson uppercuts then forearms, then throws another forearm.

Anderson backs Tama down, talks trash, but Tama hits back with forearms and body shots. Tama gets the strike fest going but Anderson UPPERCUTS! Tama PELES! Both men are down but Anderson goes to a corner. Anderson drags himself up and Tama runs in, but the splash hits buckles! NECKBREAKER from Anderson! Both men are down again, and fans build up to another rally. Anderson scowls, and he even tells Tama that “it” is coming. Anderson pounds the mat, Tama slowly gets up, GUN- NO, Tama denies it, but so does Anderson! Anderson follows Tama to ropes, GUN- NO, Tama denies Anderson again!

Tama copies Anderson’s shove and follow, but goes around him to build up speed. Anderson follows again, but Tama suckers him into GUN- NO! Anderson manages to hold off the Gun Stun and turns Tama around to reel him in. But Tama wrenches out, only to run into a scoop! BERNARD DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Tama survives and the fans are thunderous! Anderson is still focused, he loads up and aims, but Tama fireman’s carries! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, the S R C! Tama climbs up top, for SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Tama fires up and the fans are with him! Tama loads up, brings Anderson around and tucks the arms!

But Anderson back drops free! Anderson claims he’s hurting and that’s just to distract the ref so Gallows can get on the apron! Jado tries to stop Gallows but Gallows kicks him away! Tama sees Gallows, GUNSTUN for Gallows! But Tama turns around into GUNSTUN from Anderson!! Cover, Anderson wins!!

Winner: Karl Anderson, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

The Machine Gun needed a tank in his corner to take Tama down, but he still gets the win and this title! Will the Good Bad Guy ever get away from Bullet Club?

 

Vacated IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: SANADA VS Will Ospreay w/ Aaron Henare!

Given Juice Robinson’s Rock Hard message to NJPW saying he would be staying in America, NJPW stripped him of the title! So now, the Cold Skull and the Commonwealth Kingpin face off as they were always meant to for this title! Who wins this rematch from the New Japan Cup to become the NEW IWGP US Heavyweight Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is still in America with Juice, but official ownership is on the line in Osaka!

Ospreay rushes in at the bell but Sanada avoids the shotgun dropkick! Ospreay avoids Sanada’s standing moonsault, cravats to snapmare but Sanada handsprings through! Ospreay avoids the basement dropkick but Sanada avoids the buzzsaw! Fans applaud the fast exchange as the two stand off. Sanada and Ospreay circle while fans rally up. They feel out a knuckle lock but Ospreay headlocks. Ospreay hits the takeover, Sanada headscissors but Ospreay kips free. Sanada dropkicks Ospreay down and Ospreay bails out! Sanada PLANCHAS, and down goes Ospreay at the ramp! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages the fans to get louder.

Sanada stops going around the ring when Henare is there. Sanada goes back for Ospreay, puts him in the ring, then has him in a corner. Sanada stomps Ospreay, CLUBS him, then brings him around to CLUB him again. Ospreay ROCKS Sanada with a forearm, and another! Sanada blocks the kick to trip Ospreay, and fans fire up as he has the legs! But Ospreay kicks Sanada away, and CHOPS him on the return! Ospreay whips, Sanada reverses but Ospreay catches the hurdle to fireman’s carry and HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs and BOOTS Sanada down! Cover, ONE!! Sanada checks his face while going to center.

Ospreay brings Sanada up just to DECK him! Fans rally up with “SA-NA-DA!” “O-SU-PREAY!” Ospreay bumps Sanada off buckles, CHOPS him in the corner, and pretends to take a bite out of a sweet fruit. Ospreay whips Sanada corner to corner, then runs in but into a BOOT! Sanada runs, ducks and dodges, but runs into the SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Ospreay covers, TWO! Ospreay keeps cool, and he watches Sanada writhe. Fans rally, Ospreay sits Sanada up to knee him in the back and elbow him in the head! Ospreay traps an arm and leg then clamps on a cravat neck wrench!

Sanada endures, fans rally, and Sanada fights his way up. Sanada has the leg but Ospreay throws a forearm. Sanada throws a forearm back and they go back and forth! Fans rally and Ospreay wobbles, and Sanada throws more shots. Ospreay rakes eyes! The ref reprimands and counts, Ospreay lets off, and then he whips Sanada to ropes. Sanada reverses, Ospreay handsprings but Sanada lets him go up and over! The leg jams, then Sanada dropkicks the leg out! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Sanada kips up and fans fire up as he runs at Ospreay! Sanada CLOBBERS Ospreay, arm-drags, then gets around to atomic drop!

Ospreay hobbles, Sanada trips him up! Sanada ties Ospreay up in Paradise! Ospreay gets one arm free and escapes Paradise! Ospreay runs at Sanada, big jump for the sunset flip, but Sanada rolls through to tie Ospreay up again! Sanada makes sure to push down harder to keep Ospreay trapped, and now Ospreay is in Paradise. Fans fire up as Sanada aims from a corner, and he encourages the fans to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada runs in to dropkick Ospreay out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps cool and he brings Ospreay up. Sanada fireman’s carries, but Ospreay slips off and waistlocks!

Sanada elbows free, whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Sanada is down and he goes to the outside. Ospreay hurries to the corner and climbs up, to SUPER SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and down goes Sanada! Fans fire up and Ospreay makes sure his legs are okay. Ospreay gets up, brings Sanada up and into the ring, and then Ospreay aims from a corner. Fans rally, Sanada stands and Ospreay springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but the fans fire up again. Ospreay brings Sanada up, reels him in, but Sanada fights the lift. Ospreay gives Sanada some Kowata Kicks!

Sanada stands up, looking annoyed. He DECKS Ospreay with a EuroUpper! Fans fire up and Sanada eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay snarls and gets up, and Ospreay fires a forearm! Sanada fires it back! Ospreay throws another so Sanada gives it back. Fans rally, the forearms fly faster, and Sanada gets the edge! ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Sanada catches the cutter to a dragon sleeper! Ospreay snapmares free, tiger wall kick and ENZIGURI! Ospreay runs but Sanada catches him going low! Ospreay slips out of the facelock to full nelson but Sanada breaks free, only for Ospreay to HOOK KICK in the bad eye!

Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Sanada survives and Ospreay is shocked! Fans fire up again and Ospreay smirks. Ospreay drags Sanada up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, Canadian rack, STORM- RANA! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes, and slips around Sanada to get him up! Sanada slips out of the bomb, and now Sanada lifts Ospreay into a Canadian Rack! AK-47! Fans fire up, Sanada hauls Ospreay up into chicken wings, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Sanada hurries to scoop Ospreay and hits a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay is in the drop zone, Sanada goes to the corner!

Sanada climbs up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Ospreay takes aim, HIDDEN BLADE to the face!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sanada survives again but Ospreay vows to end this! Ospreay hauls Sanada up, underhooks the arms, Canadian Rack, but Sanada slips off! Sanada waistlocks and brings Ospreay to ropes for the O’Conner Roll! JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO!! Sanada hurries but Ospreay pops him up to ROCK him with the forearm! Armband off, HIDDEN BLADE!! Ospreay hurries to get Sanada back up, Canadian Rack, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (NEW IWGP US Heavyweight Champion)

The Cold Skull wanted this title and his revenge, but he got neither! Now the Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Champion can call him self the Two Belt Billy GOAT! And even #GrandSlamOspreay as he has had the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, NEVER Openweight Champion, and now the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship! Combined with Khan & Cobb taking back the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, will the United Empire soon take over all of NJPW? Also, when will Juice give the belt over? Or will Ospreay have to make him?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

AEW’s Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page, called out the Rainmaker for Forbidden Door, wanting at this title. But Adam Cole said that Okada won’t even have this title, it’ll be The Switchblade that brings it to Chicago. Will White prove Cole right? Or will Okada make it rain in Osaka-Jo Hall and accept Hangman’s challenge?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and another chapter of this rivalry is written in the main event!

Before the bell, White gets fans to join in on the Too Sweet. Then the bell rings and fans fire up as these two stare down. White taunts fans being prohibited from cheering for Okada, but the fans still clap, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” White is annoyed so he gets in Okada’s face, saying he’ll show Okada who’s really the top guy in NJPW. They start circling but Gedo gets on the apron. Okada is wary, but White just Too Sweets Gedo again. Okada and White circle again, tie up, and are in a deadlock. White talks trash even then, but Okada starts backing White down! White turns it around to put Okada on the ropes.

Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, White lets off and mocks Okada’s shoulder pats. White eggs Okada on but Okada keeps his cool. Fans clap, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” but White dares them to say it! White resets with Okada and they tie up again. They’re in another deadlock, but Okada again backs White down. White turns it around but Okada turns it back around to put White on the ropes. Red Shoes again calls for the break, Okada slowly lets off, and he still fakes the chop to pat White on the shoulders. But White kicks low and CLUBS Okada on the back! White says he knows Okada’s game, and bumps him off the buckles.

White stomps a mudhole into Okada, then Too Sweet CHOPS Okada! Fans applaud, Okada goes to another corner and White Too Sweet CHOPS again! White smirks as he whips but Okada reverses to kick and turn White to a NECKBREAKER! Okada even mocks the Too Sweet while fans fire up. Fans rally behind “O-KA-DA!” as he brings White up to CLUB him on the neck. Okada stands White up again to ROCK him with a forearm. White staggers around but Okada brings him around for another CLUB to the neck. Okada snapmares White and runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up while White bails out of the ring.

Okada waits for White to get up, and he builds speed, but Gedo trips him up! White gets in to CLOBBER Okada! White stomps Okada down at the ropes, then kicks him out of the ring. Red Shoes watches Gedo this time but White says he’s got this. Gedo backs off, White goes out after Okada, and even mocks Tanahashi on commentary. But Okada dodges the chop to kick low! Okada puts White in, and he stares Gedo down. Red Shoes tells Gedo to back off, and Okada gets in the ring. White gets Okada for a DDT! Gedo applauds and White gives a thumbs up and says he’s a genius! Okada flops back out of the ring so White pursues.

White again taunts fans with how he can chant, “O-KA-DA!” Fans clap “O-KA-DA!” but White brings Okada up to whip him hard into railing! Fans still rally with the claps and White “apologizes” to Okada. White whips Okada the other way and Okada hits more railing! White drags Okada up again, puts him on the apron and CLUBS Okada on the edge. White then undoes the Velcro apron skirt to strap it on over Okada to smother him! Red Shoes reprimands as White shouts at Okada to “breathe with the Switchblade!” Red Shoes counts, White lets off at 4 and again wants fans to chant Okada. Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” as White undoes the apron skirt.

White tells Red Shoes to fix the skirt while he pushes Okada into the ring. White covers but Red Shoes refuses to count given the shenanigans. So White says if he’s not counting, he’ll CHOKE Okada! Red Shoes counts now, and White says fine, let’s cover! Red Shoes counts the pin, TWO! White is annoyed and he wants Red Shoes to shush. Fans rally up for “O-KA-DA!” again but White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS again! And Too Sweet Chops again! Okada staggers to a corner, White whips him corner to corner, and CHOPS Okada off his feet! Cover, TWO! White keeps his cool and he mocks the fans by clapping along now.

White flips everyone off then wraps on a rear bearhug. White wants Okada to look into the camera and admit defeat, but Okada fights up instead. White throws Okada down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! A fourth, ONE! A fifth, ONE! Sixth, ONE! Seventh, ONE! Eighth, TWO! Ninth, TWO!! White is pissed, he stomps Okada, but Okada gets up to DECK White! Fans fire up but White gets up to CHOP. White whips, Okada reverses but White holds ropes to avoid a boot. White runs in, Okada dodges and BOOTS White on the return! Fans fire up while both men are down and catching their breath.

Fans rally, “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” while White sits up in a daze. Okada and White stand, and Okada rushes in to rally with forearms and elbows. Okada whips, White reverses, but Okada ducks and dodges and CLOBBERS White with an elbow! Fans fire up as Okada is getting on his formula. Okada drags White up, whips him to a corner, and then runs in to back elbow! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada is annoyed but he drags White up. White kicks low, runs, but into the FLAPJACK! White flounders away, right out of the ring. Fans rally again and Okada goes out to fetch White. Okada brings White up to whip him into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT White over the railing! But Gedo CLUBS Okada! Okada doesn’t flinch, and Gedo begs for mercy. Okada EuroUppers Gedo, then tosses him over the railing to join White! Fans fire up and Okada gets some space. Okada runs back in, to FLY and CROSSBODY White and Gedo out! Fans fire up with Okada, but he needs a moment to catch his breath. Fans rally back up for Okada as he fetches White again. Okada CLUBS White on the neck, brings him to ringside, but White clings to railing. Okada CLUBS White again and again, and White lets go of the railing. White says they should get in the ring, but Okada goes to gut wrench!

White resists, clamping onto Okada’s leg. Fans rally, Okada CLUBS White again, and Okada tries again. White kicks and flails, then RAMS Okada into railing! Red Shoes reprimands but White RAMS Okada into railing again! White tells Red Shoes to wait on the count as he goes in then back out. White drags Okada up, HALF HATCH SUPLEX into the railing! White grins then bops Okada with a Too Sweet. White says now the count can start. White gets in the ring, fans rally up, and Red Shoes does start the ring count. Okada stirs at about 4 of 20, slowly turns over and pushes himself up. The count is past 10, and then 15 before Okada stands!

Okada hobbles at 17, gets in at 18, but White is watching from a corner. Okada slowly rises, White runs corner to corner and uppercuts! White then suplexes for the BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! White is annoyed and Gedo is furious but the fans fire up that Okada survives. White talks trash, slaps Okada around, slapping to the rhythm of “O-KA-DA,” but Okada swings a punch! White catches it to a COMPLETE SHOT! White then hits a DEADLIFT GERMAN! White flexes and fans applaud, having to admit that was impressed. White mocks Okada, “Is this how you lead a company?”

White brings Okada up, reels him in, but Okada blocks the lift. White knees low, then lifts Okada to knee even harder! White tells Red Shoes to check on Okada but the fans rally up. Okada refuses to let this stop here so White drags him back up. White holds an arm in a top wristlock to then throw a heavy body shot! Okada doubles over as he staggers to a corner but White is after him. White RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off to mock the fans again. White scowls as the clapping returns and he goes over to Okada. White brings Okada up, reels him in, but Okada fights the urenage again.

But White gets around to SAIDO Okada out of the ring! Okada has a rough tumble from apron to floor and White wants Red Shoes to check. Okada refuses to give up, so White goes out to RAM Okada into railing, right in front of Tanahashi! White is taunting Tanahashi and then he gets Okada up, APRON GOURD BUSTER! White watches Okada writhe while the fans rally up and the ring count starts again. White gets Okada in at 10 of 20, and White gets in to drag him up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and White is growing frustrated. White checks with Geod, what should he do to finish this?

White sits Okada up and wraps on the sleeper hold! But Okada fights and pushes White back into buckles. Okada tries again but White throws Okada into the corner and RAMS his shoulder in. White hoists Okada up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. White reels Okada into another clinch, but Okada fights with elbows! Okada brings White down, then ROCKS him with a right! But White comes back, only for Okada to DECK him this time! White is dazed and fans rally up! Okada adjusts, aims, BIG missile dropkick! But double-edged because of the bad ribs! Fans fire up while both men are down again!

Gedo coaches White but Okada drags White up first. White throws a body shot and Okada backs off, only to come back with a SHOTGUN! Okada scowls but more in anger than pain, and he drags White back up. Scoop and SLAM, and Okada goes to the corner. The bad ribs don’t slow the climb, and Okada MACHO ELBOWS! Okada does wince as he stands back up, but he still gives the fans the Rainmaker Pose! Fans fire up and Okada brings White back up. White trips Okada and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! White stares Tanahashi down as he GROUND DRAGON SCREWS Okada again!

White is sending a message to two NJPW greats as he gets the legs for the TTO, the Tanahashi Tapped Out! Or will it be renamed the OTO, the Okada Tapped Out, here tonight? White makes sure Tanahashi sees the inverted figure four as Okada endures and fans rally up! Okada fights, moves around, reaches out, but White drags him away! White even says it’ll be the OTO in just moments! But Okada refuses to give up! Okada drags himself towards other ropes, but White lets the hold go just to drag Okada away, into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! A direct message to the Ace! But Okada still fights as fans rally, and he gets the ROPEBREAK!!

White is frustrated but he holds until 4. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s head and he claims Okada has passed out. Red Shoes checks for himself but Okada is moving, so no, he’s not out cold. White tells Red Shoes to GTFO then, and he brings Okada up. Okada fights the sleeper, throwing elbows. White catches it to spin and CHOP Okada! Okada flops down, but White brings him back up just to CHOP again. And CHOP again! Fans still rally for Okada but White CHOPS again! Okada just glares at White! White knees low instead! White runs, but into a DROPKICK! But the bad leg and ribs hurt Okada again!

Fans rally, White flounders, and Okada brings him up by an arm. Okada wraps on the MONEY CLIP! White endures, fights up to his feet, pries at the hold, but Okada cranks the hold! Red Shoes keeps White from grabbing him, but then Gedo pesters Red Shoes. White RAMS Okada into Red Shoes!! Red Shoes goes down, White scurries away from Okada, and Gedo slides him a chair! But it goes too far! Okada sees the chair, though, and he grabs it first. Gedo freaks out and White realizes the problem. Okada kicks the chair out of the ring, shoves White into Gedo, then puts on the MONEY CLIP! Red Shoes gets up while White endures!

White is turning red but he reaches for ropes. Okada brings White back, for a BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP is on again! Fans rally, White is turning purple, and he moves around. Okada keeps holding on, keeps cranking the hold, and White is fading! Gedo gets on the apron to distract Red Shoes, White LOW BLOWS Okada! White is free and both men are down again! Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as hard as they can but White crawls over to Okada, talking trash through the sputtering. White drags Okada up, coughs and gasps, and he brings Okada up while talking more trash. Okada ROCKS White with a forearm!

White flops out of the ring again, and fans fire up as Okada dares White to get back in. White returns, he eggs Okada on, then throws a forearm. Okada snarls and White waits on the response. Okada ROCKS White, and White staggers, but White comes back to ROCK Okada! Okada shakes that off, White fires another, and another, but Okada gives it back! Fans rally up as the forearms fly fast and furious! Okada DECKS White and roars! Fans fire up and Okada drags White by his arm. White pulls away, so Okada kicks him around. Okada CLUBS White, showing him some anger! Okada gets White up, short arm- SHOULDER to the ribs!

White smirks, and he stands Okada back up, but Okada still reels White in! White gets around the lariat to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Gedo fires up and White hurries to get Okada up again. REGAL PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes and fans fire up again! White says he’s got this, and he brings Okada up with a double wristlock. White reels Okada in, lifts, BLOODY SUNDAY! Shout out to The Prince! White then slashes his throat and he drags Okada up. Fans rally, White says it is time, and he short arm LARIATS! White still says it’s time, he brings Okada up again, another short arm LARIAT!

White says it IS time, BLADE- NO! Okada slips to a backslide, White rolls through, short arm LARIAT from Okada! Fans fire up again as Okada holds onto the wrist! Okada slowly rises, he drags White back up, but White kicks and kicks. Okada just stares at White, before the LARIAT! Okada roars, fans are thunderous, and Okada wants to get the arms. White resists, reaches for ropes, but Okada spins. White dodges, BLADE- NO, Okada slips out and gut wrenches, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Okada hauls White up again, DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up, Okada drags White back up, ripcord and- NO, White dodges!

White has the wristlock and he ripcords, stolen RAIN- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops again, but White slips off. White clinches, BLADE- NO! Ripcord, RAIN- NO! White dodges and runs, into the DROPKICK! Fans are thunderous and Okada scoops White for a LANDSLIDE! Shout out to the KING of Strong Style! Ripcord and- BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

The Switchblade cuts down Okada outta nowhere!! Gedo celebrates with his man while White mockingly pats Okada on the shoulder. Is the end of this reign the end of the rain? And of course, to celebrate their leader’s massive victory, Bullet Club comes out to celebrate with White! Karl Anderson, the new NEVER Openweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori, the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Ace Austin, the newest member and Impact X-Division Champion! El Phantasmo is with them, that trio victorious earlier tonight. Doc Gallows gets White a beer to celebrate, the club toasts this moment while Okada is taken away.

White gets a mic and fans do applaud to admit White was the better man here tonight. White tells the camera to stay right on him. “I have one quick message. HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! You want Okada? You want Okada!? You can have him. Because you ain’t f**king getting this! You dumb cowboy bitch!” White stands up to tell Osaka, “Say something. Say something! C’mon, say something! SAY SOMETHING! Don’t you wanna chant? C’mon!?” Fans do “Woo!” and holler, even though they aren’t really supposed to.

White wants to take us back to June 19th, 2016, “in this very building.” White had his last match as a Young Lion. He said good-bye to Japan and said, “You are my family.” Fans applaud that, and White continues with, “So f**king say something! SAY SOMETHING! I told you you are my family, are you not happy for me?!” Fans woo again and White demands more! The fans “WOO~” and White says yes, they are his family! And he wasn’t wrong. But today, June 12th, 2022, almost six years to the day, White is here as the Switchblade, the number one asset in ALL of pro-wrestling, the Last Rock ‘n’ Rolla, “the man who single-handedly sold out Madison Square Garden, and the United Center!”

White says he is King Switch! And once again, Tanahashi, White is the first, only and true GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! He is the REAL Belt Collector! And as you can see, he is the leader of Bullet Club, the Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling, and now, he is the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion!! Fans applaud and cheer and he wants more! They cheer more, and he says that’s right! The world now breathes with the Switchblade, this is still his era!! Fans cheer as White holds up the belt and the golden streamers fly! Will Hangman be denied a title match at Forbidden Door? Will Bullet Club take over NJPW and the world?


My Thoughts:

What an event for NJPW! I still skipped everything non-title, but if I’d known Yano was going to beat Gallows in just four minutes, I would’ve kept it. Bullet Club and United Empire were both strong tonight, setting up big Junior Heavyweight title matches. There’s a chance Six or Nine (Taguchi & Wato) manage to retain the tag titles since they lost here, and there’s a very good chance Hiromu takes the singles title off Taiji since LIJ lost here, too. I should’ve expected the House of Torture to retain the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles, Suzuki-Gun put up a good fight but that combo of Desperado, Kanemaru & ZSJ just didn’t feel like the right combo.

Great to see that Khan & Cobb got the heavyweight tag titles back, though at the same time, Chase & Fale not having anything to show for the night in the big group celebration kinda hurt Bullet Club’s dominance. But I hope this brings about a feud between Empire and Bullet Club to push both factions forward this summer. For one, what a STACKED G1 Climax this year. For another, Ospreay VS Sanada for the title Juice held. Juice will surely want that belt back, though not sure if he’ll be 100% in two weeks to have a match at Forbidden Door. At the same time, Forbidden Door is about NJPW VS AEW, maybe Juice waits to see who wins before making a move. But I would totally expect Juice VS Ospreay for that title at some point.

Tanahashi winning against Goto to go to the Interim AEW World Championship match was expected but that was a great match all the same. Tanahashi VS Moxley is going to be great stuff, too, but I would think Moxley wins to keep the AEW title in AEW. Takagi VS Taichi in that scramble match was great stuff, I really like Takagi’s ideas for these matches. It makes sense he wins to keep the trophy, who knows who steps up next. Tama VS Anderson was great stuff, especially with how they’re both Founding Fathers of Bullet Club and Tama was the young guy Anderson helped get going in NJPW. Anderson winning with cheating should’ve been expected, but still good for Anderson as he has always come close but had yet to win singles belts.

Already mentioned Sanada VS Ospreay but that was an awesome match. And the world title, Okada VS White, was an awesome match, too. Really cerebral but also really physical, and of course Gedo gets involved where he can. White winning was quite the shocker, as was White, a Heel, being able to get fans to defy Japan’s COVID regulations and make noise with their mouths. White of course refuses to defend his title against Hangman, that’s a very Heel move, but I bet that Hangman will still get his shot at the IWGP World Championship. Much like AEW keeping the (albeit interim) AEW World Championship, I would think White retains the IWGP title, no matter who AEW puts up against him. But you can bet White VS Hangman will be amazing because there’s history there.

My Score: 9.2/10


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

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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