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Mitchell’s NXT In Your House Results & Report! (6/4/22)

Will Joe Gacy take over?

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NXT puts it all on the line In Your House!

All the gold in NXT from top to bottom is all on the line! Will Bron Breakker keep his cool or lose his title to Joe Gacy in their No Champion’s Advantage main event?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • High Stakes Six Man Tag: Legado del Fantasma VS Tony D’Angelo, Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan; The Don wins and absorb Legado into the faction.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Toxic Attraction wins and retains the titles.
  • NXT North American Championship: Cameron Grimes VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Hayes wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Wendy Choo; Mandy wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship: Pretty Deadly VS The Creed Brothers; The Creed Brothers win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • NXT Championship, No Champion’s Advantage: Bron Breakker VS Joe Gacy; Bron wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the In Your House Kickoff Show!

Join McKenzie Mitchell and Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of the action coming up tonight!

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams interrupt via video.

Trick tells McKenzie and Sam, “Whoa whoa whoa whoa” when it comes to talking about the North American Championship. “When Melo shoots, he don’t miss. And Melo doesn’t need to worry about history being on his side because he is the man who writes and rewrites the history books.” Melo likes the sound of that. And ever since Stand & Deliver, Melo’s been watching Cameron Grimes with Melo’s title. And he means his title. But he has to give it to Grimes. Trick says Grimes is aight. Melo says he can’t stand the way Grimes walks, the way Grimes talks, but he has to give him this much: Grimes fights with passion, emotion and he gives it everything he has.

Grimes will fight like hell tonight, but he’s against Melo. And no matter how great Grimes is, Melo is at a level nobody in this business can reach. And tonight, we welcome back THE A Champion. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be. Sam, McKenzie, back to you. Melo is as confident and ready as he’ll ever be, but will Grimes block that shot and keep that title?

 

Ivy Nile talks to Roderick Strong and Damon Kemp.

Has he calmed down after last Tuesday? Strong says he knows he lost his cool but we’re all good. So he doesn’t want to kick the Creeds out? No, he meant that. IF they lose, they’re out. The Creeds walk in and Brutus says Strong is a leader who doesn’t back down. Never have, never will. Well the Creeds don’t either. They take on their challenges and conquer them head-on. See you later, boss. Kemp says the Creeds look ready, and Strong says they better be. Will Julius & Brutus bring the gold back to Diamond Mine? Or will they be left out in the cold?

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe join the panel.

McKenzie says these are are very familiar with all the teams in the NXT Tag Division, who do they see winning between Pretty Deadly and The Creed Brothers? Fans chant Enofe’s name, he appreciates the fans, and he says they have to get something out of the way. Malik Blade right here is every woman’s dream! He’s the never overbearing, the sweater vest wearing, MALIK DA FREAK BLADE! And Enofe is “Mistah 200 Pounds. Mistah Six Feet Standin’ Up, Seven Feet Layin’ Down!” Malik has Edris hold on right there. The point is, their invitations to that gauntlet match a month ago must’ve gotten lost in the mail. A bit suspicious.

But either way, the Creeds are one of the toughest teams around, except for their own team. But they see the work those two put in, this added pressure from Strong will only make the Creeds better. Edris adds Pretty Deadly will be in for a long night. Their stamina is almost as bad as Malik’s! But if Pretty Deadly can’t retain the titles, they’ll be looking Pretty Awful, Pretty Disgusting, and Pretty Atrocious. Sam defends “the most gorgeous men I’ve ever seen in my life.” But more than that, Pretty Deadly won the titles their first nights in NXT 2.0. That doesn’t happen by mistake. Edris gets serious and asks Sam why he’s bald.

Sam says this isn’t about him, it is about Pretty Deadly VS The Creeds, and the Creeds won’t have the focus because they’ll be worried about what the Diamond Mine is going through. But as for their picks, Malik & Edris are unanimous in saying the Creeds, but Sam says Pretty Deadly. Will Kit Wilson & Elton Prince stay golden with that #SidePlateCheck?

 

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

NXT has kicked the door wide open for tonight’s In Your House spectacular! Two factions look to raise the roof in a battle for control! The main event has NXT Champion, Bron Breakker, defending his title against Joe Gacy. But Gacy and his goons break in, and now we’re entering a dark place. “In Your House… is no more!” Gacy burns the logo, but will he burn down Bron’s family legacy?

 

High Stakes Six Man Tag: Legado del Fantasma VS Tony D’Angelo, Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan!

It is faction VS faction, familia VS familia! Only one can be in charge of NXT, but will Santos Escobar and his hermanos take over The Don’s crew? Or will Tony D, Stacks & Two Dimes get them some new foot soldiers to boss around?

Legado points out Tony’s favorite corner and have him inspect it. The ref looks, and surprise! Tony’s favorite crowbar is there! Guess The Don’s ace in the hole is gone. The Don’s crew gets quite the introduction, talking about preferring fear over respect, and fear translating to control. But they also point out Escobar’s favorite corner. Those turn up clean, so it seems this will be a fair(er) fight compared to last time. Fans are fired up for Legado as the leaders shake hands on the deal. The trios sort out, and the leaders step up! Until Wilde convinces Escobar to switch out. Two Dimes switches in, too, and they tie up at the bell!

Dimes shoves Wilde but Wilde rolls Dimes! TWO, Wilde gets a leg but Dimes gets a headlock. The leaders stare down while Dimes powers out. Wilde ducks ‘n’ dodges to dropkick! Tag to Cruz and Stacks and these two circle now. They tie up, Cruz gets the arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker. Cruz keeps on the arm, Stacks wrenches back, Cruz whips but Stacks reverses. Cruz runs Stacks over, fire sup, and then fakes out the dropdown to drop an elbow! Cruz whips, Stacks reverses, hurdles but Cruz flips over! Things keep moving, Cruz RANAS Stacks! Fans fire up and Cruz CHOPS Stacks!

Cruz whips corner to corner then run sin, but Stacks BOOTS him! Stacks goes up, FLYING UPEPRCUT! Cruz deflects the dropkick, Stacks dodges the enziguri, both men HAYMAKER! Fans fire up and both men back off. The leaders tag in and fans are thunderous! Tony and Escobar tie up, go around, end up on ropes, Escobar shoves and DROPKICKS Tony! Fans are thunderous as Escobar runs but Stacks gest a cheap shot! Escobar TOSSES Stacks but Tony fires off! The soldiers fire off on each other, too! It’s chaos but fans are loving it! Escobar DECKS Dimes but Tony CHOP BLOCKS! Tony stomps Escobar and fans boo.

Tag to Dimes, Dimes drags Escobar up but Escobar fires off hands! Escobar tags in Cruz, they mug Dimes, and Cruz brings Dimes up to uppercut. Fans fire up and Cruz runs in to clothesline and tag! Wilde runs in to clothesline and tag! Escobar runs in to clothesline and tag! Cruz goes again, GAMANGIRI! Then an ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, but Dimes fireman’s carries. Cruz fights free, waistlocks, spins Dimes but Dimes shoves him away< Cruz ducks, dodges, but leaps into Dimes’ arms! Cruz slips off the scoop, ROCKS Dimes, but Dimes SHOVES Cruz off the springboard! Fans boo and Stacks tags in.

Stacks taunts Cruz, drags him up and stomps him down to then RAM into the apron! Stacks puts Cruz in and drags him up to the corner. Tag to Dimes, they mug Cruz with body shots and stomps, Tony tags in to join in. Stacks tags back in to stomp, Dimes tags in to stomp, and then Dimes drags Cruz up. Dimes throws a body shot, tags Stacks, and feeds Cruz to Stacks’ knees! Stacks talks trash, Tony talks trash, and Stacks isolates Cruz’s arms for a deep motorcycle stretch! Fans rally and duel, Cruz fights up and works to turn this, and he fires off forearms and JABS! Stacks staggers into more shots, but he stops Cruz from reaching Legado!

Stacks RAMS Cruz into buckles, tags in Tony, and Tony throws heavy hands. Tony brings Cruz around, headlock punches then HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Escobar is furious with Tony but Tony tags Stacks back in. They mug Cruz, Dimes tags in, and the wise guys blow kisses to Legado. Dimes RAMS Into Cruz, tags Tony and feeds Cruz to a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Channing tags and adds an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Stacks talks more trash on Legado, but fans rally up for Cruz. Stacks kicks, CLUBS and then clamps on a chinlock. Cruz endures, reaches out and fights his way up. Cruz throws body shots and gets free, only for Stacks to anchor a foot!

Stacks drags Cruz away, Cruz slips out of the back suplex and trips Stacks to hot tag Escobar! The Emperor of Lucha rallies on The Don’s crew! BOOT sends Tony into Dimes, then Escobar RANAS Tony! Tony puts Escobar on the apron but Escobar GAMANGIRIS! PENALTY KICK for Stacks, then AX HANDLES for Tony! Fans are fired up, Wilde and Cruz get in, they crisscross PLANCHA! Direct hits on Stacks AND Dimes, then a DIVE onto Tony! Escobar shoots Tony down with the Arrow from Hell and the fans are thunderous! Escobar puts Tony in, soaks up the adulation of the fans, and then slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO!

Escobar rains down fists and brings Tony up., Fireman’s carry, but Tony fights free! Tony RAMS Escobar into buckles, but misses the splash! Escobar CHOPS, haymakers, CHOPS again, then hoists Tony up top! GAMANGIRI! Escobar climbs up, but Stacks trips him! Tony and Escobar fall rather than go for the Super Steiner ride! Fans rally as both leaders are down, hot tags to Cruz and Dimes! They fire off haymakers over and over, back and forth! Cruz fires off a strike fest but Dimes whip shim away! Forearm smash, then whip the other way. Cruz slips out, Dimes hits buckles! Cruz springboard missile dropkicks!

Cruz hurries to put Dimes in a drop zone and climbs up. PHONIEX- NO, Dimes dodges and CLOBBERS Cruz! Tag to Stacks, they get Cruz up to double wrench, BADA BING, and BAD- NO! Wilde trips Dimes, Cruz CLOBBERS Stacks! Tag to Wilde, tilt-o-whirl, LEGADO SLICE! Cover, Dimes breaks it!! “This is Awesome!” and just the first match of the night! All six men are down but they crawl over to their corners to regroup. The factions stand up and stare down. They yell and the brawl is on!! Fans are loving this! The sidekicks all fall out, Escobar shoves Tony then dodges, but so does Tony! DOUBLE LARIATS COLLIDE!!

The leaders are down again, but Lopez sneaks Escobar the knuckles! She was the one hiding them this time! But Stacks brings out a crowbar from under the ring! Wilde DECKS Dimes, KICKS Tony, and gets the crowbar! Lopez distracts the ref, Wilde aims at Tony but Stacks takes the hit!! Tony BOOTS Escobar, takes his knuckles, BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH to Wilde!! Dimes shoves Stacks onto Wilde for the cover, TONY’S SIDE WINS!!!

Winners: Tony D’Angelo, Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan, by pinfall (absorbs Legado del Fantasma into the family)

Escobar is in shock! Their own tactics get used against them, and now Legado must kiss the Don’s ring! Tony is all smiles, what business will he have Legado handle for him first?

 

Alba Fyre speaks.

“To understand me now, I have to explain my past, and embrace my heritage. I come from a long line of warrior women who roamed Scotland. Among those women stood the Fire Keeper. She kept the flame burning because it was vital to survival while the others learned to live off the land.” Alba calls upon her family’s spirit. Since coming to NXT, she has had success but has fallen short of her maximum potential. Now SHE is the Fire Keeper, forging her future and leaving her opponents in ashes where they lie! When the smoke starts to surround you, remember: Where there’s smoke, there’s Fyre.

The other women of NXT are watching.

Lash Legend is the only one not impressed. Fyre used to be like that, but now- Oh, is Lash gonna keep running her mouth? Or is she going to go ask Fyre for a match? Excuse you., If Lash and Fyre got in the ring, Fyre would be ancient history. Just like Taum. Well fine, if Lash isn’t brave enough, Tatum will. Tatum wants a match with the Scary Queen of Scots? Lash says she has issues.

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne have had these belts for eight months, but KC Squared feel that’s been eight too many. But will the champions ruin the party and keep NXT toxic? Or will Kayden & Katana be doing a victory dance in the club with these belts?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see just who is the real deal around here!

Gigi & Jacy attack before KC Squared can sort out! But then they get thrown out! Kayden PLANCHAS Gigi, Katana TORNILLOS Jacy! Fans fire up and Kayden gets Jacy in the ring. The bell finally rings, Katana tags in. Kayden whips Jacy to a corner, Katana traps her for the SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Katana drags Jacy up, puts her in the corner, Kayden tags back in. Kayden traps Jacy now for the SHOTGUN! Kayden gets Jacy up to stomp a mudhole in the corner. Tag to Katana, she brings Jacy out with a facelock but Jacy powers her way to the corner. Gigi tags, Jacy whips Katana and Gigi pulls hair! Jacy CLOBBERS Katana, Gigi KICKS her! Cover, TWO!

Gigi taunts Katana, clamps on a hammerlock and brings Katana up to buckle bump. Tag to Jacy but fans taunt them as “Toxic Waste!” Gigi feeds Katana to Jacy’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Jacy drags Katana back, Gigi tags back in, and Toxic Attraction mug Katana. Gigi drags Katana by her hair and dribbles her off the mat. Gigi scuffs Katana but fans rally as Katana throws hands. Gigi DECKS Katana. talks trash and pulls hair, then BOOTS her to the Toxic corner. Gigi stands on Katana, Jacy mocks her, and Jacy tags in. Jacy runs in to HIP ATTACK! Jacy hollers, taunts Kayden, then CANNONBALLS! Tag to Gigi and she drags Katana for a suplex!

Katana fights free to dragon sleeper! Gigi gets free to ROUNDHOUSE! And she sucker punches Kayden! Fans boo but Gigi drags Katana around into a modified chinbar. Katana endures, Gigi pulls the ear but the ref reprimands. Fans rally as Katana fights up and throws body shots. Gigi knees low, whips Katana, but Kayden gives her some Silly String for the RANA! Gigi tags Jacy, Jacy gets Katana, and TOSSES her! Katana lands on her feet, hot tag to Kayden! Kayden rallies on Toxic Attraction! She stacks them in a corner to UPPERCUT them both! Jacy is down, Kayden DROP-SAULTS! Fans fire up, Jacy reverses a whip but Kayden victory rolls to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Kayden keeps focus and she drags Jacy up. Jacy JAWBREAKERS, spins Kayden around, ROLLING ELBOW! Tag to Gigi, they shove Kayden to GERMAN SUPLEX and SWITCH KICK! Cover, TWO! Gigi rains down hands on Kayden! Gigi drags Kayden over, tags Jacy, they mug Kayden. Jacy drags Kayden up but Kayden slips under, to BOOT Jacy! Kayden runs in, blocks boots, puts Jacy in ropes, DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Katana adds DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Kayden, they hoist Jacy up top. Gigi rushes in to help but Katana ROCKS her! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from KC Squared and Gigi  is down!

Katana goes up, Kayden helps out, SUPER STEINER sends Jacy onto Gigi! Cover, TWO!! Toxic Attraction survives but Kayden hurries to tag Katana back in. But Gigi trips Kayden up and DECKS her! Jacy GAMANGIRIS Katana then ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Jacy seethes, she tags Gigi, and Jacy runs, TOXIC ANNIHILATION!! Cover, Kayden breaks it!! Fans fire up while all four are down! The teams regroup, Jacy and Kayden go tot he apron. They brawl with body shots and haymakers! Jacy shoves, Kayden SUPERKICKS! Then APRON CUTTER!! Kayden and Jacy are down, fans fire up as Katana and Gigi get up!

Gigi snarls and drags Katana up by her hair, then CHOPS! Katana CHOPS! Gigi ROCKS Katana with a forearm, but Katana comes back with fury! SOBAT, KICK and SWEEP! Then a step-up SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gigi survives but Katana tags Kayden. KC Squared coordinate, for the HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, Jacy drags Kayden out! Jacy yells at Kayden, but Katana wheelbarrows! But Jacy SLAMS her on the apron! Kayden DECKS Jacy! Kayden storms up on Gigi, fireman’s carries, but Gigi gets off to waistlock. Kayden switches, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Jacy ROCKS Kayden, GERMAN SUPLEX from Gigi! Bridging cover, Toxic Attraction wins!

Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

They didn’t need Mandy, they could cheat all by themselves! But with as close as KC Squared came, is luck running out for Toxic Attraction?

 

Pretty Deadly warm up… their vocal cords?

They look phenomenal, and they “sound” phenomenal. They sing YES BOY~! They hate the Creed Brothers~! But will they take the match serious when the Creed Brothers are in do-or-die mode?

 

NXT North American Championship: Cameron Grimes VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!

Trick tells Melo, “Let’s get it back.” The former A Champion makes his entrance, with his bouncers wearing the #GetItBack shirts for him so he can swagger in his fur coat. But will Melo get back the belt he broke out with? Or will the Carolina Caveman continue flying #ToTheMoon?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, who takes their shot and hits the mark?

Melo and Grimes stare down, tie up, and go around. They end up on ropes, then in a corner, then back on ropes. Melo has Grimes but Grimes turns it around and back again. Grimes waistlocks, SLAMS, then facelocks. Grimes whips, Melo hurdles and RANAS, but Grimes handsprings! Fans fire up but Melo scowls. Melo ducks the Penalty Kick, but Grimes blocks the roll up to roll-up. Melo slips through but Grimes stares him down. Melo says he’s getting that belt, but Grimes gets him for a victory roll! But Melo turns it around, ONE! Grimes has it, TWO! Grimes slips through to Oklahoma Roll! ONE, and Melo has a cover, ONE!

Melo trips to jackknife, TWO as Grimes bridges! Spin to a backslide, TWO! Melo and Grimes stand off again and fans cheer. Melo takes off his leg band and resets with Grimes. Grimes trips Melo, Melo kicks him away and things speed up. Grimes holds ropes to hold off, then he puts Melo on the apron. Melo shoulders in, goes up a corner, and leaps, but Grimes avoids the ax handle! Melo avoids the Cave-In! Fans fire up as Grimes tells Melo it was that close. Trick tells Melo he’s still got this, and Grimes waits on Melo. Melo slowly resets with Grimes, Grimes bobs ‘n’ weaves to CHOP! Grimes whips and BOOTS Melo down! Then KICKS Melo in the chest!

Grimes ROCKS Melo, but Melo elbows Grimes back! Melo storms up, into a back drop! Grimes runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Grimes pulls Melo’s hair and drags him up. Grimes wrenches, uppercuts the arm, and Melo gets to a corner. Grimes runs in but is put on the apron. Melo ROCKS Grimes, runs and slides, but Grimes jumps over! Melo trips Grimes, SLAPS him, then gets in the ring. Trick talks trash, Melo builds speed, but Grimes GAMANGIRIS him down! Grimes goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Grimes keeps cool, and he keeps Melo from getting away. Melo has the ropes, then he kicks Grimes!

Grimes goes out to the apron, Melo blocks to trip Grimes up! Grimes hits the apron, Melo gets in and Trick nods as Melo drags Grimes up by his hair. Grimes shoulders into Melo, steps up to get Melo by his hair, but Melo elbows Grimes! Melo slingshots, APRON DDT!! Fans lose their minds and Trick talks trash on Grimes! The ring count begins while the fans rally, and we’re at 5 of 10 before Melo gets up. Melo soaks up the cheers and jeers while he fetches Grimes into the ring. Melo has Grimes on the apron, ROCKS him, then gets in the ring. Melo kicks Grimes around, drags Grimes up, and DECKS him!

Fans rally, Melo drags Grimes up again and bumps him off buckles. Melo throws hands, CHOPS, and then brings Grimes out with a facelock. Grimes throws body shots to get free but Melo throws him down by his hair! And KICKS him in the back! Cover, ONE! Cover again, ONE! Melo is annoyed, Trick is frustrated, but fans rally. Grimes throws body shots, Melo knees low! Melo whips, Grimes reverses but Melo slips of the back. Melo blocks the kick, spins Grimes around to a waistlock but Grimes puts him in buckles! Grimes runs in but misses! Melo blocks boots, puts Grimes in the ropes and KICKS! IMPLODER-

NO, Grimes avoids the leg drop to bump Melo off buckles! Grimes goes up, but Melo avoids the stomps to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Melo keeps his focus but fans rally as Grimes gets to a corner. Melo throws big haymakers in the corner, then he brings Grimes up. Grimes is in the ropes, the ref counts, Melo lets off at 4. Melo gets Grimes and CHOKES him, Trick even holds Grimes down! Trick ties Grimes’ arm to the ropes with Melo’s leg bandana?! Grimes fights off Melo and Trick, gets free, but MYSTICO FACEBUSTER from Melo! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and Melo grows frustrated.

Melo drags Grimes and gets the arm. Melo gets the double wristlock and twists the arm! Fans rally as Grimes endures. Grimes fights up, arm-drags free, but Melo storms back up. Grimes elbows Melo away, then BOOTS him! Tricks swipes at Grimes! Grimes kicks at Trick but Melo kicks low. Melo runs, but Grimes follows him into the springboard! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY! Fans are fired up and lose their minds again while both men are down! Grimes and Melo stir, and Grimes is up first. Grimes aims from a corner, fans fire up and Grimes throws a haymaker! Melo gives it back!

Grimes hits again, Melo CHOPS, but Grimes forearms! The forearms keep flying, but Melo kicks low! Melo throws hands, whips Grimes, but Grimes CLOBBERS him! Grimes rallies with more forearms, then runs in, into BOOTS! Melo runs into a RANA! Melo ends up out of the ring, Grimes goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK! Even Trick is stinging from that! Grimes puts Melo in, hurries after, dodges the lariat and scoops, for a swinging SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Grimes is beside himself. Grimes gets Melo up, suplexes, but Melo slips out and waistlocks. Grimes switches, Melo resists the lift, but Grimes SUPERKICKS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Grimes can’t believe it! Melo survives by inches! Fans rally back up, Melo scuffs Grimes but Grimes gets a foot. Melo has the ropes. Grimes yanks him up to his feet to ROCK him! And POISON- NO, Melo holds ropes to deny Grimes the Poison-Rana! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and Melo is furious! Melo goes to the corner and climbs up top! Grimes stands, Melo leaps, but Grimes avoids the shot! He blocks the Code Breaker, they run, COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives again but Grimes hurries to a corner. Grimes fires himself up, “TO! THE! MOON!” But Melo BOOTS! Grimes ROUNDHOUSES! And POISON-RANA!

Melo is back outside, Grimes FLIES! Direct hit on Melo AND TRICK on the ramp! Fans are fire dup for “NXT! NXT!” while Grimes hurries to put Melo in the ring. Grimes gets in but Trick anchors a foot! Grimes kicks free and gives Trick a CAVE-IN! Grimes rushes Melo but Melo turns that into a SNAKE EYES! Melo goes up top, for the THREE POINTER!! Cover, Melo wins!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)

Melo shoots, he scores! He is now a TWO-TIME A Champion! But fans chant already for “SO~LO! SO~LO!” With the Street Champion of the Island next in line, will the A Champion only have a few days as champion?

 

Joe Gacy speaks to his druids.

“We’ve studied his every move. Bron Breakker’s days as NXT Champion are no longer numbered. His minutes as NXT Champion are no longer numbered. His seconds, his seconds as NXT Champion are numbered. Our time has come. We’ve reached our moment. We’ve torn down nostalgia, and now, we’ll tear down the present and hopes of building a new future. Tonight, I leave In Your House a beacon of change! Tonight, I leave the new NXT Champion!” Gacy laughs like the maniacal villain he is, but will his plan come to fruition?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Mandy Rose VS Wendy Choo!

The Toxic Goddess has found way after way to prove she’s not just a transitional champion. But while she’s done everything it takes to stay on top, her eccentric and fun-loving pajama powered opponent has been quite literally dreaming of this moment. Will Wendy finally add some gold to her eclectic collection? Or will Mandy make this a living nightmare for her and all the NXT Universe?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Women’s Division stays 100% Toxic!

Wendy slingshots another spit wad! Mandy fires off in anger! The ref backs Mandy off, now the bell rings, and the fists start flying! Wendy backs Mandy down, she ROCKS Mandy, then whips. Mandy reverses, Wendy leaps but into Mandy’s arm! FALL AWAY SLAM! Mandy then runs in to RAM into Wendy! And again! And again! The ref counts, Mandy lets off, Wendy backslides! ONE, but Wendy dropkicks Mandy down! Wendy ROCKS Mandy to a corner, runs in and BOOTS! Mandy goes down, Wendy runs but the Sleepy Elbow misses! Mandy basement dropkicks then rains down fists! The fans boo but Mandy just soaks it up.

Mandy drags Wendy up to hip drop her down. And then dribbles Wendy off the mat! Fans rally and duel, Wendy gets up ropes, Mandy CHOKES her! The ref counts, Mandy lets off and covers, TWO! Mandy snarls, has Wendy in a corner and fires off forearms! Mandy chokes Wendy, lets off and brings her up to snap suplex! Fans fire up as Mandy taunts Wendy. Mandy dribbles Wendy off the mat again, then drags Wendy back up to snapmare. Mandy puts on the body scissors squeeze! Wendy endures, fans rally and duel, and Wendy pushes back to cover! ONE, Mandy CLUBS Wendy on the back! Mandy keeps the squeeze on but fans rally again.

Wendy throws back elbows, gets free, then JAWBREAKERS! Wendy runs but Mandy CLOBBERS her! Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy snarls and she drags Wendy up. Fans rally, Mandy suplexes but Wendy blocks! Wendy makes it a cradle, TWO! Mandy ROCKS Wendy with a right! Mandy covers again, TWO! Mandy is growing further frustrated but she whips Wendy. Wendy reverses to ROCK Mandy, and again! And then she rolls Mandy up, TWO! Wendy kicks low, but Mandy scoops for a GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Mandy continues to glare down at Wendy and she brings Wendy up. Fans rally as Mandy slaps Wendy around with part of her own windbreaker!

Mandy drags Wendy up to scrape laces off her face. Mandy stomps Wendy around, taunts her, but Wendy CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Wendy fires big forearms, but Mandy fires haymakers back! Fans boo but Mandy drags Wendy up to wrench and tie her up, for an OCTOPUS STRETCH! Fans rally, Wendy endures, but Mandy thrashes her around! Wendy still endures, so Mandy rolls her! Wendy sit son the cover, TWO! Mandy has the sunset flip, TWO! Wendy high stacks, TWO! Wendy hurries to get the arm but Mandy shoves her away. Wendy ROCKS Mandy on the return! Then counter punches! And another!

Wendy KICKS, KICKS and CLOBBERS Mandy! Wendy fires up and fans fire up with her! Wendy whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Mandy! Fans fire up, Wendy handspring forearms! Mandy is down, Wendy hits the NAPTIME ELBOW! But Mandy bails out! Wendy builds speed to WRECK Mandy with a dropkick! Wendy pursues with a handspring, but into a SPINEBUSTER on the ramp! Fans fire up and Mandy says this is done! She goes to ringside while Wendy writhes. Wendy drags herself to ringside as the count climbs, and Mandy holds up her belt as if she’s won already.

The count is 5 of 10, Wendy is only now getting back tot he ring! Wendy springs up and in at 9.9!! Mandy is furious, ANOTHER SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!?! Mandy can’t understand it, but Wendy is still in this match! Wendy goes to a corner, Mandy runs corner to corner, but into the pillow! Mandy is furious! Mandy grabs Wendy’s body pillow and tear sit all up! The stuffing is everywhere! Wendy SHOTGUNS Mandy! Fans fire up, Wendy tackles Mandy and fires off furious fists! Mandy kicks Wendy away, but Wendy fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Wendy throws off the tracksuit and fans fire up! She’s got a T-Shirt that crosses out Toxic Attraction!

Wendy wraps Mandy up in chicken wings and body scissors! Mandy’s arms are caught inside the jacket sleeves?! JACKET CLUTCH, TWO!! But Wendy gets a SLEEPER HOLD!! Wendy squeezes tight, Mandy endures and moves around, they roll into the ropes! The ref counts, Wendy lets off and stomps her down! Wendy goes up a corner, Mandy yanks her down! Mandy runs in, but Wendy gets her for the FULL NELSON SLAM! Wendy hurries to get back up top! Fans are fired up, but Mandy uses the jacket sleeve to TOSS Wendy! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Try as Wendy might, the Women’s Division is still Toxic! Mandy, Gigi & Jacy all celebrate together, they’re all still dripping with gold! Will anyone ever stop the Toxic Attraction

 

Backstage interview with Tiffany Stratton and Roxanne Perez.

Our finalists for the Women’s Breakout Tournament are here, and Tiffany doesn’t like McKenzie talking at her. That is rude. If you want to be on the good side of the future winner, you’re failing. Wow she thinks she is going to win? Yes! If there was a trophy for this tournament, Tiffany’s name would already be on it. Because this is the Women’s Breakout Tournament, not the Little Girls Breakout Tournament. Doesn’t Roxanne have a bus to catch? Insult her all you want, but this Tuesday is the biggest match of Roxie’s life. These kinds of things may just be handed to Tiffany, but Roxie’s had to fight for every single one. And she won’t leave without that contract.

Who gets the inaugural Women’s Breakout Contract? Tiffany says McKenzie is the worst person ever, but will she end up the last loser of this tournament?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship: Pretty Deadly VS The Creed Brothers!

The former NXT UK Tag Team Champions became the NXT Tag Team Champions by getting in on the Tag Team Gauntlet and taking advantage of a worn out Julius & Brutus. That loss put on the pressure, but so has Roderick Strong’s Diamond Ultimatum. Either Julius & Brutus win the titles for the Diamond Mine, or they’re OUT of the Diamond Mine. Will the Creeds crack under pressure? Or will they be made into true diamonds?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see just who the top tag team in NXT really is!

The teams sort out and Brutus starts with Prince. They approach, but then Wilson tags in. Brutus avoids the leg takedown but Wilson fires off hands! Wilson EuroUppers and CHOPS Brutus in a corner. Brutus gets under Wilson to clinch, but Wilson throws elbows. Brutus tosses Wilson away but misses in the corner. Brutus blocks the boot, avoids the punches and gets Wilson in a waistlock! Brutus SLAMS Wilson, then SLAMS him again! Brutus facelocks, gator rolls Wilson around and around, but Wilson reaches for Prince. Brutus brings Wilson away, brings him up, but Wilson pulls an ear!

Brutus shoots around to a waistlock and he puts Wilson in a corner. Brutus TOSSES Wilson, then TOSSES him again to keep him from Prince! Fans fire up, Brutus waits on Wilson to get up. Wilson swipes at Julius but misses, so he eggs them both on. Tag to Julius and fans fire up. But Wilson runs away! Julius chases him, Wilson gets in and stomps Julius down! Tag to Prince, Pretty Deadly mugs Julius. Fans rally, Julius fights back! He SLAMS Wilson, whips Prince and back drops him! Fans fire up and Julius drags Prince up with a deadlift gut wrench! Julius SLAMS Prince down again!

Julius waistlocks Prince, SLAMS him down again, then holds on with a waistlock. Wilson grabs Prince’s hands but he gets dragged into the ring! Brutus gets Wilson, the Creeds get the two to stop holding hands, DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up, Brutus has an ANKLE LOCK, and Julius has a STRETCH MUFFLER! Prince endures, the ref reprimands Brutus, pretty Deadly both get to ropes! The Creeds let the champs go, and Pretty Deadly throws a hissy fit! Wilson even kicks the steel steps and pushes the top half away. Fans taunt “Pretty Angry!” as Prince gets back in the ring. The champs talk strategy, but Julius arm-drags Prince!

Fans fire up as Julius grinds Prince into a chinbar. Ma and Pa Creed are watching as Julius keeps on Prince. Prince chinbars Julius but Julius shoves him away. Prince runs Julius over, things speed up, and Julius hurdles! Prince runs into ropes and then into an arm-drag! Julius has the armlock, Prince moves around but Julius grinds the arm. Fans rally, Brutus tags in, they toss Prince! Then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Prince! Cover, TWO! Brutus facelocks, brings Prince up, tag to Julius. Feed to the fireman’s carry slam, and Julius has the armlock! Prince is frustrated but he endures as Julius grinds the arm.

Prince fight sup, Wilson hops in to tag but that’s not allowed! It is just to throw sucker punches! Prince shoves Julius, Wilson DECKS Brutus, then they give the Creeds the Scott Hall spooky fingers! The Creeds regroup, fans fire up, and Brutus trades shots with Wilson! Wilson EuroUppers, kicks and CLUBS, fires more forearms, but Brutus whips him corner to corner. Wilson bounces off buckles, into a BIG elbow! Tag to Julius, the Creeds knee Wilson back and forth! Cover, TWO! Julius drags Wilson over, tags Brutus, and they give him more knees! Brutus drags Wilson to a cover, TWO!

Brutus waistlocks Wilson, Wilson elbows free! Tag to Prince, they trip Brutus for a leap frog elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Prince drags Brutus up but Brutus RAMS him to the corner! Julius tags in and dropkicks Wilson! Then he dropkicks Prince up top! Fans fire up, Wilson CROSSBODIES, but Julius rolls it through! ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Brutus TOSSES Prince down beside him! Fans fire up, but Pretty Deadly get away before the sliding forearms! Julius waits, fans rally and duel, but then Julius goes out after Prince. Prince POSTS Julius! Brutus rushes in but the ref keep shim back! Pretty Deadly use that to DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Julius on the steps!

Prince gets Julius in, covers, TWO! Julius is still in this but Prince brings Julius up to RAM into the corner. Tag to Wilson, they mug Julius and then Wilson runs in to back elbow! Julius flops down, Wilson drags him up, but Julius blocks the suplex. Wilson knees low, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Wilson bring Julius over, tags in Prince, and fans duel as Pretty Deadly double suplex, only for Julius to block! Pretty Deadly power through to double suplex after all! Cover, TWO! Julius survives but Prince drops elbows on his lower back over and over! Prince chinbars and gets an arm but Julius endures.

Fans rally, Julius fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Prince keeps Julius from Brutus but Julius tries to power up! His lower back won’t let him, Prince tags Wilson. Wilson goes up top, Prince stomps Julius, Wilson MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Wilson taunts Julius, stays between the Creeds, and then pushes Julius around. Wilson gets the legs and has a BOSTON CRAB! Julius endures the pain in his lower back and crawls for the ROPEBREAK! Wilson holds until 4 and then reaches for the legs again. Julius BOOTS Wilson, but Prince tags in! Prince intercepts Julius and keeps him from Brutus!

Julius keeps fighting forward, keeps reaching out, but Prince pulls tights! Julius uses leverage to toss Prince! Hot tag to Brutus! Fans fire up as Brutus rallies with the double CHOPS! Then the tackle and the ground ‘n’ pound! Wilson gets in but Brutus DECKS him! Brutus bear crawls up behind Prince, gut wrench and a TOSS into Wilson! Wilson goes down, Brutus stalks Prince again. Fans chant, “BRUTUS SMASH! BRUTUS SMASH!” Brutus hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Brutus goes up, BRUTUS BALL!! Cover, Wilson breaks it!! Wilson saves Prince and saves their title reign! But fans are thunderous for the Creeds as Wilson has to drag Prince away.

Wilson tags in but Brutus gets him for a BIG back suplex! Now Wilson has to crawl back to his corner. Prince slides the belt in, but it goes way past Wilson! Julius has the belt, but he won’t do what Pretty Deadly would. The belt is given to the ref, and Julius dodges Wilson’s attack! Brutus gets Wilson in a torture rack and Julius goes up top! RACK BOMB to a SHOOTING STAR!! And them, the SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, the Creeds win!!!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)

The fans re going nuts for this! Julius & Brutus get the gold and stay in Diamond Mine! Ma and Pa are so proud, will Strong be even prouder of these two?

 

NXT Championship, No Champion’s Advantage: Bron Breakker VS Joe Gacy!

The Big Booty Nephew, the Son of the Dog-Faced Gremlin, and already TWO-TIME NXT Champion has been carrying this brand on his shoulder, but Mr. Inclusion says that weight will break Bron. Gacy looks to prove a point to both the fans and to Bron himself that the rage inside him will cost him everything. Will Bron’s anger and aggression be a strength or weakness when there’s no protection from disqualification?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron loses both his cool and the title!

Gacy gets in Bron’s face right away but the ref has Bron stay back. The bell rings and Bron RAMS Gacy into a corner! Bron RAMS him again but Gacy gets loose, and he SLAPS Bron! Bron seethes but he holds back as he RAMS Gacy into a corner again. Bron RAMS and RAMS but lets off right at 4. Gacy sputters, but he YANKS Bron into buckles. Gacy runs in but into a buckle! Bron dodges Gacy, but runs into a dropkick! Fans fire up, Gacy brings Bron up to facelock. Bron gets loose to throw hands, then he whips. But Gacy turns things around to CLUB and ROCK Bron! Gacy scoops Bron for a BACKBREAKER!

Bron gets to a corner, Gacy storms up to whip corner to corner. Bron slides to a stop, comes back and CLOBBERS Gacy! Fansn fire up more, Bron OVERHEAD suplexes Gacy! Fans bark it up, Bron RAMS into Gacy again! Bron fires off hands, lets off at 4, then brings Gacy up. Bron scoops but Gacy slips off and shoves. Things speed up, Bron catches Gacy for a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and bark while Gacy bails out. His crimson druids stay back as Bron goes out. Bron watches the goods closely, but one has a chair! Bron snatches that away, threatens the druid, but Gacy POSTS Bron! Fans boo but Gacy looms over Bron by commentary.

Gacy gets Bron up, puts him in the ring, and then stomps Bron around. Gacy throws forearms, drives in knees, then puts Bron in a corner. Gacy CLUBS Bron, Bron throws body shots. Gacy kicks low, runs, and knee lifts to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gacy clamps on with a chinlock to grind Bron down. Fans rally, some are actually on Gacy’s side, but Bron endures. Bron fights up, thrwos body shots, then whips. Gacy reverses, runs in and back elbows, then corner clotheslines! Gacy keeps moving for a FOREARM WASH in the corner! Gacy has a crazed look in his eye, and he paces while Bron is on the apron.

Gacy goes out to join Bron, he APRON SENTONS! Bron sputters and writhes but Gacy puts him in to cover, TWO! Gacy keeps cool and he CLUBS Bron on the neck. Gacy sits Bron up to CHOP back down! Bron is in a corner, Gacy stands him up to CHOP again! Fans are stinging as Gacy knocks Bron onto the apron. Gacy drags Bron up, brings him through and pushes him around to a cover, TWO! Bron is still in this but Gacy keeps his focus. Gacy brings Bron up, but Bron throws body shots! And a haymaker! Gacy ROCKS Bron with a haymaker of his own, and has Bron in a corner for point-blank lariats!

Fans rally, the ref counts, Gacy lets off at 4. Gacy fireman’s carries Bron out but Bron slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Gacy has a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Bron flails, but Gacy has the body scissors! Fans rally, Bron fights around and reaches out. Fans bark as Bron pries at the chinlock. Bron gets the body scissors undone but Gacy keeps his grip. Bron pushes back, rolls to a cover, TWO! Bron is free, but Gacy gets him for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Gacy starts to get frustrated with Bron, but then he hangs in the corner like a bat! Fans chant, “WYATT! WYATT!” Gady eggs Bron on, then gets him for a DDT! Cover, TWO!

Gacy CLUBS Bron, stomps him down, and fans are dueling, “Let’s Go, Gacy!” “GACY SUCKS!” Gacy climbs up, Bron DECKS him! Gacy has a rough landing, and Bron has a chance to get his bad arm moving. Bron goes out, stomps Gacy, and he drags Gacy up to put him in the ring. Fans rally, Bron snarls and runs in at Gacy in the corner, but Gacy CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!! Gacy clamps right on with a chinlock and he is seething as he squeezes tight! Fans rally, Bron endures, and he fights up to throw elbows. Bron fires off hands, haymakers, but Gacy HEADBUTTS, and SAIDOS! Fans rally while both men are down!

“Let’s Go, Gacy!” “GACY SUCKS!” Gacy gets up and he brings Bron up. Bron throws hands so Gacy gives them back! Gacy BOOTS Bron, then he stalks Bron to ropes. Gacy pie faces Bron to taunt him, but Bron throws body shots. Gacy thrwos hands, pie faces again, and fans rally up. Bron slowly rises, and he blocks Gacy’s punch! Bron roars to fire off haymakers! Gacy hits back, Bron BOOTS, and then Bron hits a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! And another! Bron dodges to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Bron barks with them. Gacy bails out to the ramp side, the ring count starts, but Bron says what the hell. Bron FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Gacy!

Bron fires up and the fans fire up with him! Bron looms over Gacy, drags Gacy up, and he CLUBS Gacy into the ring. The ring count is broken at 6 of 10 and Bron goes up the corner. But one of the druids rushes up! Bron ROCKS him and TOSSES him in! But the other slips Gacy the chair! Gacy pulls a Guerrero! He smacks the floor and plays dead! The ref sees Bron with the chair and Bron explains what it was! But then another ref rushes out to defend Bron’s innocence!! Fans fire up for the second ref, Bron is found not guilty! But Gacy gets a cradle!! TWO!! Bron escapes, dodges and ducks, to CLOBBER Gacy!

The straps come down and fans fire up again! Bron runs to SPEAR Gacy off the apron and through the announce desk!!! Fans lose their minds and Gacy writhes in the wreckage! Bron goes out after Gacy to stop the ring count, and he throws haymakers. Bron stalks Gacy back to the ring, ROCKS him against the apron, then puts him back in at 5 of 10. Gacy wants the chair but Bron gets it away from him. Bron goes up the corner, and hits the FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!?! Gacy survives and he goes for the chair again! He slides it to Bron! He wants Bron to use it, and Bron grins. Bron says if Gacy wants it, then hell no!

The chair is given to the ref, but Gacy LOW BLOWS BRON!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bron survives Gacy’s scheming, the ref goes for the chair, but now Bron wants it! Bron’s rage is boiling up! The ref warns Bron but Bron aims at Gacy. Wait, the druids are creeping up again. So Bron SMACKS them! That’s not a disqualification! Gacy handsprings, but into the SPEAR!!! Did Bron just outsmart Gacy!? Bron trophy lifts Gacy, for the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

The mind games are over, because Bron has won! Has Bron finally proven himself to everyone that he is truly a worthy champion?


My Thoughts:

This was a great, fast-paced special for NXT! Pretty good promo from Trick & Melo in the kickoff show to hype up the North American Championship match, and for good reason because that ended up a great match. I was pleasantly surprised Melo won, and now we’ll get Melo VS Solo in a 1v1 feud and that will be a lot of fun. Great American Bash is on its way back, having a month to build to it could really make that match a great one. We also got a decent promo from Malik & Edris, but they came off a bit nervous being on the kickoff panel. I hope those guys get going in the tag division, they’ve got a lot of personality and can get fans on their side.

Speaking of the tag division, that was a great NXT Tag title match. Fans were all red hot for the Creeds, and it was a great moment that Mr. & Mrs. Creed were in attendance for this win. The Creeds are champions, they get to stay in Diamond Mine per Strong’s challenge, but I don’t think the tension goes away. Strong will still push things to a point where he’ll be expelled from the group in a mutiny and we’ll have to see where that goes. And where Strong goes, because he was hoping to make his exit from NXT and WWE not too long ago. The rest of his friends (i.e. Undisputed Era) and even his wife, Marina Shafir, are in AEW, I would think he wants to join them as soon as he can.

As cheesy as the build was for Legado VS The Don’s crew, with the mob movie parodies and all that, the Six Man Tag was great stuff. It was very clever for both sides to check the other’s corners for weaponry, only for both sides to have back-up plans. And even without the chaotic finish with the crowbar and the knuckles, fans were really into this. Tony D and his guys winning wasn’t quite that surprising, they’re the ones getting the push right now. Chances are, they’ll play up being the Heels by making Legado do menial and demeaning jobs, and fans will want to see Legado rebel pretty quickly. Legado will do just that, come out the Faces in the rematch, but who knows how that goes. Maybe a Losers Leave NXT match to send Legado to RawDown?

Alba Fyre had a good promo vignette to explain why her name is now “Alba Fyre,” and Lash had a pretty good trash talk response promo. Tatum also had a good part throwing Lash’s words back at her, and Tatum VS Fyre is going to be a good match that Fyre of course wins. Pretty sure Lash will even come out after to talk more trash and then Fyre makes her put up or shut up. Great matches out of both women’s titles, but as I figured on the go-home, since Wendy & KC Squared stood tall and touched the belts, they were going to lose. Still great showings, and that was probably the best match Wendy Choo has had in NXT, including when she was Mei Ling of Tian Sha and her real self, Karen Q. But now the way is open for Roxanne to win the Breakout contract and challenge any number of the champs for the summer.

And of course, the main event. As I figured, Bron wasn’t going to lose, and I laughed seeing a couple fans in the front row were disappointed that he won. The match was still really good stuff, and of course the druids got involved. A shame we didn’t see them unmasked but I guess Gibson & Drake aren’t meant to be exposed, even though where the kayfabe hell are they then? It was still a clever finish for Gacy to try an Eddie Guerrero only for another ref to point it out to the main ref. WWE seems to be getting smarter with how refs officiate these matches so that such tropes are subverted. But again, Bron wins because he is Mr. NXT 2.0, and he is NOT going to be a three-time champion so soon, meaning he needs to make this second reign last.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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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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