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Mitchell’s WWE Hell in a Cell Results & Report! (6/5/22)

It’s Hell in Chicago!

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WWE HIAC 2022

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Hell in a Cell!

Cody Rhodes’ return to the WWE has been a victorious one, but Seth Freakin’ Rollins wants to end the American Nightmare, inside Hell in a Cell! Will the Visionary finally get a win or go 0-3 against the Son of Dusty?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Women’s Championships Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Belair wins and retains the title.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos & MVP VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins.
  • Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
  • Mixed Six Tag: The Judgement Day VS AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan; The Judgement Day wins.
  • No Holds Barred: Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss; Moss wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Mustafa Ali; Theory wins and retains the title.
  • Hell in a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting the hellacious action set for tonight!

Big news on Cody Rhodes!

Despite tearing a pec in the brawl with Seth Rollins last Monday, the American Nightmare will still compete tonight in the Hell in a Cell main event! Will Cody be able to finish things with the Visionary, even with only one good arm? Or will this be just what Rollins needs to end Cody’s homecoming streak?

 

Cody trains in the Nightmare Factory.

The American Nightmare’s own wrestling school is also the training ground he uses to prepare for Seth Rollins and the Hell in a Cell match. True pull-ups, shoulder crunches and weight raises. His passion has become his life’s work, he isn’t sure how else to live. He has to give his all. He could say he’s way better than Rollins, and the score is 2-0. This rematch is happening because Cody is allowing it. One way or another, this will close the book on their rivalry. But with his bad pectoral muscle, will Cody be able to give it his all against the Visionary?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Ezekiel.

Elias’ younger brother is happy to be here. Byron says Zeke is taking on Kevin Owens, who has been on a warpath to prove Zeke isn’t who he says he is. Zeke knows Kevin is a tough SOB, but Kevin is underestimating the new guy. Zeke’s first big event is tonight! He remembers watching Elias debut and how surreal it was to see Elias on the big screen. And now Ezekiel is here! Elias walked, so Zeke can speak. How is that relationship between the brothers? They speak with each other sporadically. But Elias had his reasons for going away, that Zeke wants to find out just as much as anyone. But they both grew up watching the WWE. It was their dream to get here, and it is Zeke’s dream to be a tag team champion with Elias.

So will Elias be watching? Zeke doesn’t want to assume, he doesn’t have the same brain. Zeke can’t say what Elias would saying, but Zeke hopes he’ll watch. They went to HIAC 1998 and saw Taker throw Mankind off the cell! Elias said, “One day, brother. One day.” So what can we expect from Zeke in his match with Kevin? Zeke says he’s getting #ZekedOut, he is pumped up, because Kevin’s tried to embarrass and humiliate him. But the Zeke Freaks have been by his side and Zeke is grateful for that. So when the bell rings, Zeke gets his turn. When he wins that match, Kevin will know Ezekiel is who he says he is, and he’s here to stay.

 

This sadistic structure changes lives and defines careers.

“So, here we are again. Staring at madness. Standing on the edge as we dive headfirst into darkness. But what lies below? Fate. Betrayal. Wrath. Or, an inescapable battle with our demons. Tonight, when the cell door closes, Hell’s door opens.” Who survives stepping inside Hell in a Cell?

 

Raw Women’s Championships Triple Threat: Bianca Belair VS Asuka VS Becky Lynch!

The strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, toughEST, quickEST and RawEST Women’s Champion has been going strong since WrESTleMania 38, but now she’s got two of the best opponents she could hope for in one match! Will Bianca still be the B E S T Raw has to offer? Will the Empress of Tomorrow’s time be now? Or will the Big Time Comeback be complete right here?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for Bianca here in Chicago!

Fans fire up as the three women circle. Becky shoves Asuka, shoves Bianca, and talks trash about being the next champion. But she finds herself corner, so she shoves Bianca, then shoves Asuka at Bianca! They stop themselves, Asuka trips Becky and Bianca runs Becky over! Becky bails out and fans fire up as Bianca and Asuka get a moment 1v1. They circle, tie up, and Bianca gets an arm to a wristlock. Asuka wrenches, wristlocks, fans duel, Asuka waistlocks then spins Bianca to a snapmare. Bianca gets up and they ram shoulders! Bianca wags her finger, she didn’t budge! Things speed up, Asuka dodges to LARIAT!

Fans fire up, Asuka runs but Becky trips her up and drags her out! Becky BOOTS Asuka down, then gets on the apron. Bianca runs in but into a kick, and a KICK! Becky goes up but Bianca ROCKS her, to ROCKET LAUNCH her! Cover, TWO! Bianca is smiling as she whips Becky to a corner. Becky reverses but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick! Fans fire up, Bianca runs in but into a BOOT! Becky mule kicks Bianca, but Asuka jumps off Bianca to SHOTGUN Becky! Asuka then gets a BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up as Asuka fires off KICKS back and forth, from Bianca to Becky and back again!

Asuka BUZZSAWS Bianca! Then she runs in to HIP ATTACK Becky! Bianca rushes in, Asuka sends Bianca into Becky and Becky falls out. Asuka grabs at Bianca but Bianca spins it around to a torture rack! Asuka gets away, and gets a FLYING ARMBAR! Bianca class hands, stack Asuka up, and deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB Asuka! Bianca shakes out her arm but walks into Asuka’s mule kick. Asuka goes up but Becky ROCKS her! ICONOCLASM onto Bianca! Cover on Bianca, TWO! Cover on Asuka, TWO! Becky hurries to POST Asuka, and Asuka flops out of the ring. Becky runs to NECK SNAP Bianca! Cover, TWO!

Becky grows frustrated but she keeps focus. Bianca goes to a corner, Becky talks trash and runs in to Firearm! Then she stomps a mudhole into Bianca! Fans boo but Becky CHOKES Bianca on the ropes! Becky YANKS the ropes to snap Bianca back, then stalks her to a corner. Becky stomps Bianca more, bumps her off buckles, then digs her boots in. Becky lets off and soaks up the boos from the fans, but Bianca elbows her away! And BOOTS! And then waistlocks, only for Becky to buck the O’Conner Roll! Asuka pulls Becky’s hair, Bianca runs in, Becky sends her into Asuka! Becky puts Bianca through ropes to fire off forearms and a KICK!

Becky goes up the corner, fans fire up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Becky grows further frustrated but she stalks Bianca back to ropes. Becky CLUBS Bianca, Bianca throws elbows but Becky CLUBS away on Bianca! Becky kicks Bianca around, but Bianca JAWBREKERS! Becky dodges the clothesline, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca resists the takedown to send Becky in  a corner. Becky dodges to JUMP KICK, and BECKSPLODER! Bianca bails out, Becky builds speed, and she WRECKS Asuka with a dropkick! Becky CLOBBERS Asuka, puts Bianca in, then climbs up top. The MAN’S LEG DROP! Cover, Asuka SLIDING KICKS it apart!

Fans fire up while all three women are down! Bianca flops out while Asuka and Becky go after each other. They throw forearms back and forth, then uppercuts! Becky throws more uppercuts, but into a backslide! TOW, Asuka BACKHANDS Becky! And SOBATS, KICKS, and BACKHANDS! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Asuka and she HIP ATTACKS! Cover, TWO! Asuka is shocked that Becky survives! “This is Awesome!” as Asuka chicken wings, Becky victory rolls, TWO! Becky ducks a kick, wants the arm but Bianca ROCKS her! Torture rack, and Bianca BOOTS Asuka down! But Becky lands out of the KOD!

Bianca dodges, kicks, suplexes, and high steps before the SLAM! Then she dropkicks Asuka! Bianca kips up and Chicago fires up! Bianca RAMS into Asuka, climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count along, Becky rushes in but Bianca flips up and over her! Bianca then RAMS into them both, and climbs up to rain down fists on them both! Fans count along again, Bianca goes all the way to 10, until Becky pulls the hair! Bianca reels Becky in and sends her back into Asuka! SPINEBUSTER for Becky, GlamEST Slam for Asuka onto Becky! Bianca hurries to run and handspring, MOONSAULT! Double cover, TWO!!

Bianca is shocked but the fans are fired up! Bianca gets up, she pushes Asuka out and focuses on Becky. Bianca storms in, RAMS into Becky, then hauls her up top. Bianca climbs up after Becky, fans fires up, but Asuka joins in! Asuka CLUBS Bianca, gets under her, but Bianca fights her off! Asuka tries again, but Bianca kicks Asuka away. Becky and Bianca brawl, Asuka runs in but Bianca flips up and over! But Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER! Becky leaps, into a CODE BREAKER! Asuka aims from the corner, DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Bianca, TWO! Asuka hurries to get Becky’s leg, ANKLE LOCK!

Becky endures, scrambles around, Bianca kicks but Asuka gets her, too! DOUBLE ANKLE LOCKS!! Bianca and Becky both crawl for ropes! They both roll and throw Asuka out! Becky hobbles to a corner, as does Bianca. They hobble at each other and the forearms start flying! Bianca KICKS the leg but that hurts her leg! The brawling continues, Bianca blocks a kick but Becky avoids the hair whip! Bianca rolls Becky, TWO! DISARM-HER! Bianca fights to move around, fans rally, and Bianca powers up! She has Becky for a torture rack! But Becky grabs ropes! Becky escapes the rack and she elbows Bianca!

Becky goes up and leaps, CROSSBODY! Bianca rolls it through! But Becky slips out, and shoves Bianca into Asuka’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Becky goes after Bianca but Bianca cradle counters! TWO!! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Asuka breaks it!! All three women are down and the fans are thunderous! Fans rally up as all three stir. Asuka drags Becky up, the haymakers start flying! They go back and forth, Asuka bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off palm strikes! Becky blocks, Asuka spins, but Becky stops the backslide! She spins Asuka through but Asuka fights off the urenage. POP-UP KNEE! Bianca chicken wings, GlamEST-

NO, Becky ducks and the ROUNDHOUSE hits Bianca! Becky throws Asuka out again! Cover on Bianca, Asuka gets back and breaks it again! Fans can’t believe it, they hope these three “Fight Forever!” But this has to end somehow, we’ve got more show! Asuka and Becky fire up, Asuka blocks a kick to slip around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Becky avoids the hip attack to KICK Asuka in the ropes! ROPE ASSISTED DISARM-HER! But Bianca drags Becky off into a torture rack! Asuka HIP ATTACKS them both! Bianca goes down, Becky hurries to get Asuka in a cradle, TWO! Asuka has the cradle, TWO!!!

Becky O’Conner Rolls, TWO, ASUKA LOCK!! Becky is caught, but she fights off the body scissors! Becky is up, climbs the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! Asuka still has the chinbar and armlock! ASUKA LOCK AGAIN!! Becky rolls things closer, but Bianca jumps in! Asuka and Becky avoid the 450! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Bianca! Asuka runs in, but her hip attack gets caught to a waistlock! And then chicken wings, GlamEST BUCKLE SHOT! Becky throws Bianca out and gets Asuka! MANHANDLE SLAM!! But Bianca throws Becky out and covers Asuka! Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

Becky is shocked! Bianca outdid Becky at picking the most opportune time to strike! Bianca is still golden, what will it take for someone to take that title from her?

 

Cedric Alexander finds MVP & Omos backstage.

PRIMED Alexander ruins the pep talk MVP was giving Omos, because he has a plan for the Handicap match. Omos can get Lashley isolated, MVP can distract the ref, and Cedric will chop block Lashley’s legs. MVP tells Cedric to stop. He keeps trying to get back into MVP’s good graces but he never gets the job done. The Hurt Business is done, it is over, and it is never, ever coming back. Them as associates is done. Omos tells Cedric it is time for him to go. Cedric leaves, MVP finishes his talk with Omos, but will Cedric really accept this?

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Omos & MVP VS Bobby Lashley!

Montel Vontavius Porter sided with the Nigerian Giant over being abandoned by the Rocky Mountain Machine, and now vows to tear down what he helped build. Will Omos & MVP turn the All Mighty into the #FallMighty? Or will Lashley knock Omos down and shut MVP up once and for all?

MVP says he’ll start, and Omos obliges. The bell rings and MVP circles with Lashley. But then MVP tags out to Omos. Fans boo and Lashley gets antsy, but he and Omos circle. They tie up, Lashley waistlocks but Omos is too big to lift! Omos pries free, bumps Lashley, and he withstands the lariat! Omos grins and circles with Lashley again. They tie up, Lashley wrenches to a hammerlock, but Omos throws Lashley away! They reset and Omos calls for a test of strength. But his hand is 10 feet in the air! Lashley reaches, but then Omos switches hands. Lashley kicks low! Lashley fires off haymakers, runs, and ROCKS Omos!

Lashley swings on MVP but MVP gets away! Omos goes after Lashley, Lashley throws hands, then BOOTS from the corner! MVP anchors Lashley’s foot and Omos SPLASHES the corner! Omos then TOSSES Lashley corner to corner! Tag to MVP and he rains down fists! Cover, TWO! MVP looms over Lashley, scuffs him, and taunts him. MVP slaps Lashley around, throws forearms, then runs, but Lashley dodges to fire haymakers! Lashley kicks low, MVP rakes the eyes! The ref counts, MVP lets off and tags Omos! Omos swings but misses, Lashley DECKS MVP and CHOP BLOCKS Omos! Lashley CLUBS Omos and fans fire up!

Lashley reels Omos in, but Omos blocks the suplex to suplex and GOURD BUSTER Lashley! Omos roars, hauls Lashley up, and he scoops him! Omos gives Lashley SNAKE EYES, then CLOBBERS him into the corner! Omos then SPLASHES in the corner, and gets space. MVP tags in, right before Omos SPLASHES again! MVP runs in corner to corner to BOOT Lashley out of the ring! Fans boo and a ring count starts, but MVP tags Omos. Omos goes around the way to run down and CLOBBER Lashley through the barriers! Omos then returns to the ring and roars as fans boo. The ring count starts while Lashley is down in the wreckage.

Fans rally while they count along, and Lashley is still down at 5 of 10. And then 7 of 10! Lashley gets up at 9 and in at 9.99!! Fans fire up, but Omos tags MVP. MVP hurries to get Lashley up to CLUB him down, then he rains down more fists! Cover, ONE!1 MVP rains down forearms now! More ground ‘n’ pound from all sides, and a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third, TWO!! MVP is furious but Lashley is still in this! MVP drags Lashley up, fans rally, but MVP hooks Lashley up. OVER- NO, Lashley slips out, dodges and DECKS Omos to SPEAR MVP! Cover, Omos breaks it! Omos drags Lashley up with the IRON CLAW!

Omos clamps on both hands, but Lashley fights! Is that Cedric on the corner? He jumps in, but Omos catches him and shoves him right back out! Lashley SPEARS Omos!! Omos tumbles out of the ring and Lashley gets to a corner. MVP runs in, Lashley dodges the boot! HURT LOCK!! MVP TAPS, LASHLEY WINS!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission

PRIMED Alexander helps Lashley take out MVP & Omos! Is this a new era for the All Mighty? Will Omos and MVP want revenge on Cedric as much as they do Bobby now?

 

Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!

Elias’ young brother makes his PPV/Premium Live Event debut, and as we heard from him in the kickoff show, is ready to #ZekeOut! But the Prizefighter refuses to accept that Ezekiel isn’t just Elias with a haircut and a shave. Will Kevin finally prove he’s been right all along? Or will Zeke win and make Kevin have another meltdown?

The bell rings and Kevin tells Ezekiel he is a damn liar. But fans chant for “ZEKE! ZEKE! ZEKE!” and it annoys Kevin. Kevin runs in, into a JUMP KNEE! Zeke goes up top, for the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and keeps Zeke from getting a lightning fast win! Kevin bails out, Zeke follows, kicks him and CHOPS him at the barriers, but Kevin hits back. They brawl, Zeke ROCKS Kevin, but Kevin kicks low! Kevin goes to bump Zeke off the apron but Zeke blocks to give that bump to Kevin! And then he RAMS Kevin into the desk! Zeke gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and he CHOPS Kevin!

Kevin goes to barriers, Zeke throws more haymakers. Zeke whips, Kevin reverses to POST Zeke! The ring count is climbing again but Kevin gets in the ring. Zeke hobbles up and in at 8, but Kevin is on him for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin swears that was three but the ref defends it was not. Kevin stomps away on Zeke, and shouts, “This is MY show!” Zeke is busted open and Kevin stomps him on the head! SENTON, to the corner, to the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kevin snarls that Zeke is still in this. Zeke sits up, Kevin storms over but Zeke throws body shots. Kevin DECKS Zeke, stomps him, and shouts, “THAT’S ELIAS!!”

Kevin clamps onto Zeke with a chinlock and fans duel, “That’s Elias!” “No It’s Not!” Fans rally for “ZEKE! ZEKE! ZEKE!” and he fights up out of the hold to arm-drag Kevin away! Kevin comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up and Kevin mocks them. Kevin KICKS Zeke in the chest, CHOKES him on the ropes, and he tells us all, “That’s Elias!” Smile, Elias!” Kevin fishhooks Zeke, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin ROCKS Zeke, slaps him around, then CHOPS him! Zeke fires forearms back but Kevin ROCKS him again. Kevin whips corner to corner, Zeke reverses hard and Kevin tumbles into the buckles!

Fans rally for Zeke and the haymakers start flying! Kevin and Zeke go back and forth but Zeke gets the edge. Zeke whips to CLOBBER Kevin, then runs in at the corner, into a BOOT! Kevin hops up, reels Zeke in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin goes right to a corner and right up top! SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Kevin writhes and crawls to the ropes, but Zeke is firing up! Fans rally, Zeke counter punches Kevin, kicks him, knee lifts, then tells Kevin, “Do you know who I am?” He puts Kevin in a corner and fires off punches and kicks! The ref counts, Zeke whips corner to corner but Kevin reverses! Zeke goes up to mule kick Kevin away!

Zeke runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Kevin staggers, Zeke SPLASHES him again! Zeke goes again but Kevin dodges! Kevin runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Zeke pumps himself up, he drags Kevin up and reels him in, but Kevin wrenches out and dodges. Kevin kicks low but no stunner! Zeke runs into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin is shocked again! Kevin hobbles up to his feet, and he tells Zeke, “You’re Elias! Admit it!” He pie faces Zeke, SLAPS him, and keeps saying Zeke is Elias! Zeke SLAPS back! Kevin kicks, but Zeke rolls him up, TWO! JUMP KNEE!! Zeke hurries up top again, but Kevin trips him up!

Kevin SUPERKICKS Zeke, then SUPERKICKS him again! Zeke flops into the corner, CANNONBALL! Kevin hauls Zeke up, and gives “Elias” a STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Kevin may not have proven Zeke is Elias, but Kevin has proven he is the better man here tonight! But will Kevin leave whoever this is alone now and focus on his own career?

 

Mixed Six Tag: The Judgement Day VS AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan!

Edge is no longer the Rated R Superstar, he is, as he says, “The Omnipotent and Benevolent Deity” of WWE. Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley joined his cause of doing what they want to who they want without caring what fans think, all in the name of a twisted sense of freedom. But the Phenomenal One, the Prince and the LIVing End don’t believe the hype. Will they #LivTooSweet? Or will they be punished and eradicated by Edge and his Saints of Fate?

The trios sort out and fans fire up as the ladies are first. Liv and Rhea talk trash, Rhea even talks trash on Styles. But then the guys get back in and now it’s a brawl! Fans fire up as Styles throws out Edge, Finn trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Priest, and the Judgement Day goes running! Finn whips, Styles boosts, Liv RANAS Rhea! Fans fire up and Liv runs in at Rhea in the corner to back body block! And then SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and Liv runs, into a HEADBUTT from Rhea! Rhea talks trash on the boys then ROCKS Liv. Rhea snap suplexes Liv, KICKS Liv in the back, then blows a kiss to the boys before she snap suplexes Liv again!

Rhea swaggers, she brings Liv up and smiles at Styles & Finn, before the stalling suplex on Liv! Rhea holds Liv for five then SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed already and she rains down fists on Liv. Rhea lets off to loom over Liv, then she drags Liv up to whip into a corner. Liv bounces off buckles, and Rhea takes her time walking over. Rhea RAMS into Liv again and again but lets off as the ref counts 4. Liv BOOTS Rhea, goes up top, and leaps for a missile dropkick! Rhea scrambles to the Judgement Day corner, Rhea dares Liv to do something. Liv points to her corner, and fans fire up as she tags in Styles!

Styles wants Edge, so Priest tags in. Fans boo as Edge lets his Punisher handle this. But Styles blocks the kick, spins Priest and CHOPS away! Styles whips, Priest reverses but Styles rolls to dropkick! Styles then dodges to PELE! Styles wrenches Priest’s arm, tag to Finn! Fans fire up as Finn wrenches, CLUBS the arm, wrenches again, but Priest scoops Finn! Finn slips off to headlock but Priest powers out. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges to dropkick the legs out! Finn KICKS the legs, puts Priest in a corner and pull son the leg in the ropes! The ref counts, Finn lets off and Priest sucker punches him! Priest whips but Finn KICKS him!

Edge distracts Finn and Priest CLOBBERS Finn! Priest stomps Finn at the ropes, drags him up and throws him out. Priest tags Edge and Edge takes his time stalking Finn. Edge CLOBBERS Finn against the announce desk! Edge smacks Finn off the desk, then RAMS him into the apron. Rhea applauds as Edge puts Finn in. Edge soaks up the heat, stomps Finn in the corner, and tags in Priest. The Judgement Day mugs Finn, then Priest fires off heavy hands! Priest fires haymakers and uppercuts, but lets off at 4, so Edge can CHOKE Finn! Fans boo but Edge gets away with it. Priest taunts Liv with a smirk, then hits a back elbow on Finn! Priest CLOBBERS Finn, covers, TWO!

Priest clamps onto an arm and drags Finn over to tag Edge. They mug Finn more, then Edge brings Finn out to DECK him! And CLUB him! Edge soaks up the heat and taunts Styles, then goes back to Finn. Edge brings Finn around to whip him corner to corner hard, and Finn bounces off buckles! Edge slithers and stalks Finn, looms over him, then brings him up. Edge shoves Finn into the corner, throws haymakers, then backs off. Finn BOOTS him, DECKS Priest, and keeps firing off hands! Edge picks Finn up, Styles reaches out, but Priest hits the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Edge tags Priest, and they stomp Finn down.

Priest brings Finn up but Finn fires off fast hands! Priest shoves and CLOBBERS Finn! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Finn with a chinlock and grinds him down. Fans rally, Finn endures, and Finn fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Priest grabs an arm but Finn throws forearms! Finn and Styles still reach out, but Priest hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finn is still in this but Rhea talks trash. Priest taunts Finn, throws KICK after KICK, but Finn CHOPS! Finn kicks, Priest BELL CLAPS and ROLLING ELBOWS! Finn PELES! Fans fire up and the Judgement Day freaks out! Finn crawls, Priest does, too, hot tags to Edge and Styles!

Styles rallies on Priest and Edge, Phenomenal Blitz for the Iconoclast! SLIDING FOREARM! Styles dodges Priest to back suplex FACEBUSTER! Corner forearm for Edge, into the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles reels Edge in, Liv intercepts Rhea! Liv WRECKS Rhea out of the ring, Styles runs in at Edge. Edge puts Styles on the apron, Priest is there, but Styles SLIDING KNEES! Styles ROCKS Edge, takes aim and springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Priest drags Styles out! Edge, Priest and Styles are all down! Liv and Rhea coach their people up, Styles gets in after Edge. Styles and Edge crawl, hot tags to Liv and Rhea!

Liv dodges rhea, RANA- NO, Rhea blocks! But then Liv powers through to rana cover, TWO! ENZIGURI! Rhea staggers, swings, but into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives but is on the ropes! Fans fire up, Liv run sin, but Rhea avoids ObLivion, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Liv flounders, Rhea drags her up! Double pump handle, flips Liv through to a SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and Rhea is frustrated. Rhea drags Liv up, pump handles and hooks Liv up, RIP- NO, Liv slips out, tag to Finn! Liv runs at Rhea, SATELLITE DDT! Finn and Styles trip Priest and Edge, everyone gets ground ‘n’ pound!

Finn clotheslines Priest out and Styles DECKS Edge! Rhea also scrambles away, and fans fire up! Finn and Styles DOUBLE PLANCHA! Liv DIVES onto Rhea! Judgement Day is down and the fists keep flying! Finn CHOPS Priest, puts him in the ring, then GAMANGIRIS him down! Finn goes up top and fans fire up, but Edge distracts the ref and Rhea shakes the ropes! Finn tumbles down! Rhea grins and Priest tags Edge. Priest gets Finn up, but Finn elbows him away! Finn BOOTS Edge, but turns around into a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! PHENOMENAL FOREARM for Priest! But Edge POSTS Styles!

Edge aims at Finn and runs in, cradle counter! TWO!! Edge escapes, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn aims from a corner, SHOTGUN! Edge bounces off buckles, down he goes! Finn hurries up top, but Rhea stands in his way! Fans boo, but Liv jumps onto Rhea for a SLEEPER! Rhea and Liv tumble out, but Edge avoids Coup de Grace! SPEAR!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!

Winners: The Judgement Day, by pinfall

The Eradicator is all smiles, she was the key piece to this victory! Will Judgement Day dominate and spread their influence? Or is this war far from over between them and #LivTooSweet?

 

Lashley finds Cedric backstage.

Lashley asks Cedric what that was. Well it wasn’t for Lashley, it was for Cedric. MVP and Omos got what they deserve. So instead of finding a way to belong, he’ll stand on his own too feet. Lashley says that’s great, you gotta stand up for yourself around here. But don’t mess with another of Lashley’s matches again, got it? Got it. Lashley and Cedric are cool, but will they both be in the crosshairs of MVP and his giant?

 

No Holds Barred: Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss!

Once boss and sidekick who bullied anyone and everyone are now bitter enemies because Corbin just kept treating Moss like trash. But will the “Big Bald Wolf” huff and puff and put Moss back in a hospital? Or will raging Riddick use anything and everything to beat that smile off Corbin’s face once and for all?

The bell rings and the two circle. Moss fires off haymakers but Corbin pulls Moss’ beard! Corbin puts Moss in the corner, but Moss dodges to fire off hands! Moss clotheslines Corbin out of the ring, then pursues with more haymakers! they go up to the stage, Moss ROCKS Corbin again! Corbin knees low, then RAMS Moss into the LED board! The board glitches out while Moss staggers away. Corbin kicks Moss back down the ramp and back to ringside. Corbin whips, Moss reverses, and Corbin hits barriers! Moss whips Corbin into more barriers, then puts him in the ring. Fans rally and Moss clotheslines Corbin out the other side!

Moss goes out to get Corbin again, and he gets a chair! Fans fire up but Corbin ROCKS Moss first! Corbin grabs the chair, fans boo, and Corbin puts the chair aside. Corbin brings Moss around to aim at the desk, but Moss blocks! Moss elbows Corbin, but Corbin choke grips and SHOVES Moss over the desk! But Moss TOSSES an armchair at Corbin! Down goes Corbin, but Moss RAMS Corbin into steel steps! Moss hauls Corbin up and around to RAM into the other steps! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Moss pulls steps apart first. But Corbin runs away into the crowd! Moss pursues, but Corbin just CLOBBERS Moss back to ringside!

Corbin drags Moss up and hangs him out to dry on the barriers! Then he SLAMS Moss’ face into the barriers and throws knee after knee! Moss flops to the floor, and Corbin goes looking under the ring. Corbin brings out a table! Fans cheer, but then Corbin puts the table under the ring. They boo and Corbin snarls as he brings Moss up. Corbin has fans move aside, but then says “Psyche!” He puts Moss in the ring, but then Moss ROCKS Corbin on the apron! Moss fires forearm after forearm, but Corbin choke grips to CHOKE SLAM! Corbin fetches as chair and brings it into the ring. Corbin aims and JAMS Moss in the ribs!

Moss staggers, Corbin SMACKS him on the back! Corbin says this is because of the fans! Corbin SMACKS Moss again! Corbin wants Moss to give up, and he JAMS Moss in the neck! Corbin hauls Moss up, sits him down in the chair, and throws haymakers. Fans rally and chant, “We Want Tables!” but Corbin runs, into a drop toehold! Corbin hits the chair with his face! Moss hauls Corbin up, turns him, but Corbin powers out! DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated, but he tosses the chair aside and goes outside. Corbin gets a fresh chair, not a table, and fans boo. Corbin gets in and digs the chair into Moss’ neck!

Moss can only endure but Corbin lets off to wedge the chair into a corner. Chicago tells Corbin he’s an A-Hole, but Corbin doesn’t care. Corbin stands Moss up to throw body shots! Corbin whips corner to corner, Moss stops himself, and then dodges. Corbin slides out, slides in, but Moss dodges again! Moss baits Corbin into the chair! Both men are down and Moss drags himself to the far side. Fans still want tables so Moss goes out and finds his way to the chair. Moss gets in, aims and JAMS Corbin in the side! Then he SMACKS Corbin on the back! Moss SMACKS Corbin again! And again! And again! Moss is fired up and he gets Corbin in a corner!

Moss fires off fast hands, and stomps, and he doesn’t have to hold back! Moss then brings Corbin around, DDT to the chair! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Moss keeps focus. Corbin flounders away, Moss aims from a corner. Moss runs in to RAM into Corbin! And again! Moss goes side to side to POUNCE Corbin out of the ring! Moss goes out and runs in, but into a CHOP BLOCK! Corbin takes out Moss’ leg, and then he gets Moss up to TOSS him over the barrier! Corbin drags Moss out of the timekeeper’s area and over to the desk. “You think you’re better than me?!” Corbin rains down furious fists and Moss flounders against the desk.

Fans still want tables but Corbin still goes for a chair. Corbin drags Moss up, puts the chair around Moss’ head, then RAMS him into the desk!! Moss sputters and falls while Corbin looms over him. Corbin takes the chair and tosses it aside, then he puts Moss in the ring. Corbin gets the base steps and puts those in the ring. Corbin stands the steps up in the corner, then he drags Moss up. Corbin reels Moss in, Canadian Rack, but Moss fights free! Corbin elbows Moss, but then swings into a scoop! Moss aims at the steps, to FALL AWAY SLAM Corbin into them! THE PUNCHLINE!! And then Moss gets the chair again!

Moss puts the chair around Corbin’s head, and he wants to give Corbin some karma! Moss has the steps, he aims at the chair, and SLAMS the steps on the chair!! Corbin writhes but Moss covers, Moss wins!!

Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall

Riddick unleashed his wrath and he may have just crushed Corbin for good! Will Moss use momentum to move forward from this and on to bigger things?

 

WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Mustafa Ali!

Vince McMahon handpicked (Austin) Theory to mentor personally, and though he lost to Stone Cold at WrestleMania, Theory is now the youngest WWE United States Champion in history! But Theory has abused the authority he has from being Vince’s protégé, and it might’ve just come back to bite him! Will the Beacon win his first WWE title in his hometown? Or is all that just a theory?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if all it takes for Ali to win is a fair fight!

Fans rally for “ALI! ALI!” but Theory just smirks. Ali and Theory circle, tie up, and Theory wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ali uses the ropes to flip through, then he rolls and handsprings to break free and CHOP! Theory rushes in but into an arm-drag! Theory bails out and fans boo. Ali waits on Theory and Theory mockingly applauds. Theory gets in, resets and circles with Ali, then they tie up. Theory headlocks, Ali powers out but Theory runs him over! Theory flexes on Ali, talks trash, but things speed up. Ali follows and RANAS theory, then arm-drags him around! Theory bails out again and Ali is getting annoyed.

Theory is getting upset, the ring count climbs and fans rally for Ali. That just upsets Theory more and Theory gets back in. Ali and Theory circle again, but then Theory runs out of the ring. So Ali slides and dropkicks Theory! Ali goes up a corner, to SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Theory! Fans fire up, Ali stalks Theory and CHOPS him against barriers. The ref counts, Ali refreshes that count, and runs at Theory, only for Theory to POST him! Theory gets Ali in, rains down fists from all sides, then stomps away on Ali’s ribs! Theory stalks Ali to a corner, drags him up and brings him around to ROCK with a right,

Fans chant “Theory Sucks!” and that frustrates him. Theory runs in, but Ali sends him into buckles! Ali goes up top but Theory SHOVES him to the floor! Ali writhes from the crash landing but Theory soaks up the heat. Theory gets Ali up and in, stalks Ali, then drags him up again. Theory ROCKS Ali with a fist, then corner clotheslines! Theory scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally, Ali fights up and throws body shots! Theory knees low! Theory snapmares, then stomps Ali down! Theory paces, grabs at Ali, but Ali gets him for a victory roll! TWO, and Ali blocks a kick to give a WHEEL KICK!

Theory staggers and falls over, Ali gets to a corner. Theory staggers, fans rally up, and Ali goes up and over! Theory hits buckles, Ali runs and CLOBBERS him! Theory gets up to put Ali in a corner, but Ali slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Theory away! Ali somersaults in for the NECKBREAKER! Theory gets up and kicks Ali back, then goes up top. Ali CHOPS Theory then goes up after him, but Theory throws body shots. Theory shoves Ali but Ali lands on his feet! The leg jams, Theory leaps but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Ali and Theory each have a bad leg, and fans rally up.

Theory YANKS Ali into ropes! Ali sputters into a corner but he BOOTS Theory back. Ali goes up, Theory springs up for the REBOUND SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives and Theory is shocked! Theory covers again, TWO! And again, TWO, to the ghost pin! TWO!! Ali ducks but Theory back elbows, only for Ali to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Ali and Theory slowly rise, and Theory fireman’s carries! Ali fights and gets the ropes! The ref counts, Theory can’t hold on, Ali goes up to FLYING TORNADO DDT! Ali gets up and goes for the corner! Fans fire up, but Theory hits the ropes! Ali falls and Theory fireman’s carries! A TOWN-

NO! Ali catches the leg, trips Theory, STF!! Theory endures, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK! Fans boo as Theory survives but Ali has to let him go. Theory gets to the apron but Ali hurries over. Ali brings Theory up, but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory gets back up, brings Ali up, but Ali reels Theory in to KICK! And then TILT-O-WHIRL DDT!! Ali hurries to get to the corner! Fans fire up as Ali reaches the top rope, for the 450 FLOP!! Theory aims from the corner, runs in, and he CHOP BLOCKS the leg!! Theory gets that bad leg, but Ali kicks him away. So Theory uses the leg to get Ali up into A TOWN DOWN!! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: (Austin) Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Ali fought hard, but he made a miscalculation in his flight. The champion takes his victory selfie, will he make sure this belt is all about A. Theory?

 

Hell in a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins!

The Son of a Son of a Plumber made a thrilling return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38 as the Visionary’s mystery opponent, and then had a great rematch with him at WrestleMania Backlash. But Rollins won’t let any of that go, and now they’re having a hellacious rematch to put an end to it! Cody won as a surprise and he won at 100%, but does he have a chance when he has a torn pec and an angry Architect? Or will Seth Freakin’ Rollins end the American Nightmare’s dream comeback?

The cell is lowered, and Rollins comes out in a Dusty Rhodes polka dots outfit! Rollins is really trying to get under Cody’s skin here, and it only makes the fans chant for Cody more. Cody makes his entrance, and though the pyro goes off, it is clear Cody’s right arm isn’t doing well. The weight belt goes to a young fan in the front row, and Cody steps inside the cell. The door is locked, fans are fired up and despite the bad arm, Cody is ready! The introductions are made, the bell rings, and we see who survives going through Hell… in a Cell!

Cody takes off his jacket and shows just how nasty that torn pec looks. Rollins loves seeing that dark purple-red chest as the two circle. Cody keeps that bad arm back and avoids Rollins’ grip to JAB! Rollins sneers, he and Cody circle again, and they knuckle lock. Rollins wants the arm, Cody shoves him away and JABS, JABS, but Rollins trips him! Cody avoids a stomp to kick Rollins, then he fires off JAB after JAB! Rollins swings, Cody dodges and DISASTER KICKS! Fans fire up but Rollins reels Cody in! Back suplex but Cody lands out, CODY CUTTER!! But the bad arm slows him down! Cody just grits his teeth and fires back up!

Cody gets Rollins in the dragon sleeper but Rollins knees free! Cody trips Rollins to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But how well can Cody hold it when one arm can’t push up? Rollins drags Cody with him, has the ropes, but there are no ropebreaks in the cell! Rollins uses the ropes to drag himself out further, and he gets something from under the ring? A toolbox! That’s a familiar sight for Rollins. But instead, Rollins gets a kendo stick! Rollins SMACKS the bad arm! Rollins is free of the leglock, and he SMACKS Cody again! Cody crawls, Rollins CLOBBERS him with the stick! And again! Fans rally for Cody but Rollins stands on the bad hand, to dig into the bad shoulder!

Rollins lets off and laughs while he paces around. Cody manages to get up, and blocks the kendo stick! Cody JABS, JABS and back hands, then he whips Rollins corner to corner. Rollins reverses but Cody goes up and out, only for Rollins to BLAST him into the steel! The ref checks on Cody but he refuses to give up. Rollins aims while fans rally up, and Rollins WRECKS Cody with a dropkick! Cody hits steel, Rollins smacks him off it again! Rollins has the kendo stick, and he digs it into the bad shoulder again! Rollins eggs Cody on then SMACKS the bad arm! Rollins has cameramen move aside so he can RAM Cody into steel!

Rollins taunts Cody more as he digs Cody’s face into the fencing like a grater! Rollins goes for another but Cody blocks and throws Rollins into the steel! And again! And again! Cody stalks Rollins around the way, fans rally behind Cody, and they get in the ring. Rollins kicks low, whips Cody to ropes, but Cody kicks back! Cody LARIATS with the left arm! And then LARIATS Rollins out of the ring! Rollins tumbles into the steel while Cody grits his teeth and fights through the pain. Cody goes out after Rollins, but Rollins is taking the steps apart! Rollins RAMS Cody down! Rollins stalks Cody, digs fingers into Cody’s face, then puts him in the ring.

Rollins soaks up the heat from the fans and gets Cody’s jacket. Rollins puts the jacket on, continuing to disrespect Cody. Rollins then brings something out from under the ring: a polka dot weight belt with “Visionary” on it! Rollins is taking this to another level as he LASHES Cody with the belt! Rollins soaks up all the heat, but fans do start to sing Rollins’ song for him. Rollins LASHES Cody, then LASHES him again, across the chest! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but that bruise has to be getting worse. Rollins doesn’t care, he goes looking, and he brings out a table! Chicago’s been wanting that since Moss VS Corbin and here it is!

Rollins puts the table in the ring, bums Cody off buckles, then CLUBS the bad shoulder and digs his boot in! Fans chant, “Thank You, Rollins!” for the table, and Rollins sets it up. Cody hurries over but Rollins throws hands! Cody hits back but that was with his bad arm! Rollins rakes eyes! Cody staggers away but Rollins puts him up on the top rope. Rollins CHOPS Cody, then takes aim at the table. Rollins climbs up, but Cody fights the superplex! Cody throws elbows, gets under Rollins, and even with a bad arm, he lifts Rollins! Rollins fights free, then ROCKS Cody! Rollins turns Cody, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!

Cody ends up on the table and Rollins makes sure he’s in position. Rollins goes up the corner, FROG SPLASH through the table, BUT NO CODY! Cody gets out of the way just in time and fans fire up for him! Cody gets the spotted belt, and throws it aside. Cody goes looking under the ring, brings out a duffle bag, and finds a BULL ROPE! With a cowbell on it!! Fans are loving this tribute to the American Dream as Cody actually straps himself in! He dares Rollins to use the other end?! Rollins won’t be called out like that, he straps in! This is now part Bull Rope Match! Rollins and Cody tug-o-war, then they rush in! Cody knee slow, then YOINKS Rollins upside-down!

Cody gets Rollins up, has the cowbell, but Rollins kicks low! Rollins has the cowbell, but Cody SUPERKICKS! Cody gets the cowbell back, reels Rollins in and CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives having his bell rung! Cody drags Rollins around drags him out of the ring. Rollins kicks low, smacks Cody off the apron, and Cody leans against steel. Rollins goes through the corner and YANKS Cody into the POST! And again! Rollins undoes the strap, he’s done with the bull rope. And now, Rollins gets another table! Fans are fired up again as Rollins puts the table in with Cody. Rollins sets the table up in a corner, and he goes back for Cody.

Rollins drags Cody up, reels him in, gets Cody up, but Cody fights off the bomb! Cody dodges, Rollins stops from hitting table, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again but Cody is too hurt to be upset. Cody grits his teeth and gets back up as fans rally. Cody drags Rollins up, reels him in, but the bad arm won’t let him lift Rollins. Cody whips but Rollins stops himself, and he YANKS the bad arm! SUPERKICK! Cody flounders, Rollins gets him up to POWERBOMB through the table!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cody survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” and somehow both men are stirring.

Rollins pushes himself up, even with bloody scratches on his arms. Cody has bruises and scrapes on his back now, but Rollins still isn’t done with him. Rollins kicks the toolbox out of the way as he looks deep under the ring. Rollins brings out a SLEDGEHAMMER! Rollins shouts out the Game, and he brings the hammer into the ring! Rollins runs in at Cody, but Cody kicks him first! Rollins kicks back! Tucks the arms, but Cody spins it around! PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cody forces himself to stand, he considers his options, and he sees the hammer. Cody hobbles over to the hammer and brings it up.

Fans fire up and Rollins starts to freak out! Cody holds up the hammer, but Rollins is outside the ring. But the cell keeps him from going too far, and Cody stalks Rollins around the way. Rollins gets back in the ring, Cody gets in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Cody survives and now Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans are thunderous and Rollins goes to a corner. Cody stirs, crawls to center, and Rollins runs in, but Cody evades the stomp! But Rollins turns things around, and steals CROSS RHODES! Rollins brings Cody up, but Cody turns it back around, CROSS RHODES!! Both men are down and Chicago is stunned!

Cody sees the hammer again and he crawls that way. But so does Rollins! It’s a race! Cody gets the hammer first! But his bad arm let sit go! Rollins has the hammer, runs in, but into a BOOT! And a CROSS RHODES! Then another CROSS RHODES! Cody can do the hat trick, but he doesn’t want it? He wants the hammer! SLEDGE SHOT!!! Cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

That was one hell of a match! Cody goes 3-0 against Seth Freakin’ Rollins, putting an exclamation point on this final chapter! The American Nightmare survived the Visionary’s devilish playground, is he on his way to the Promised Land that is the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

Wow, this was quite the event for WWE. Though, it was basically a great event for Raw guest starring one match from SmackDown that should’ve been on SmackDown. It was still a really good No Holds Barred match, Moss and Corbin are both very good in the ring. Chicago needed to shut up about tables during it because obviously Moss and Corbin have been all about the chairs ‘n’ stairs. Moss winning is a great move, and wow that brutal finish with the stair smash on the chair. This can give Corbin some time off, or even add to the story with Corbin crying in his neck brace. Moss can even use this momentum to represent SmackDown in Money in the Bank.

We got a great opener in the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat, lots of great chaos, and in the end, Bianca wins at Becky’s own opportunistic game. Becky will of course be mad, she and Asuka can feud into MITB, and maybe Asuka wins to have the MITB run she would’ve had a couple years ago if Becky hadn’t gotten pregnant. Or Becky wins as that is an accomplishment she hasn’t had yet, and Heels tend to work better since it’s all about the opportunistic cash-in. We then got a decent handicap match, but I think the best part was that Cedric took the rejection how I figured, and he turned against MVP and Omos.

At some point, Lashley and Cedric will end up working together, and maybe MVP and Omos get a win back by pinning Cedric. At the same time, Lashley would make a great participant in MITB, and might even win it, turning things around from when he was Big E’s cash-in victim. Ezekiel VS Kevin was good, but I wouldn’t say PPV worthy. This would actually be where I’d want something happening to distract someone as the finish. Elias’ guitar strum distracts Kevin, or it even distracts Zeke to tease how he really is still Elias and Elias can’t be showing up because Zeke’s in the ring. Either way, it just felt like they put what should’ve been on a Raw here on HIAC.

The Six Person Tag was pretty good but could’ve been a bit more. Judgement Day winning with distractions was a good move, though. This will push things towards MITB and maybe even SummerSlam, and in the end, I just want Finn & Styles to stick together. That tag team should be seen as Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship worthy. Theory VS Ali was very good but I should’ve known the hometown hero would lose. Vince loves doing that just so the other person has heat. Theory wins clean, though, so there isn’t really room for another match with Ali, which is also a shame. I’m not even sure who is going to face Theory next, something about Raw’s midcard feels weak.

But that Hell in a Cell was wild stuff. First off, Cody still going through with this despite the pec injury is both commendable and reckless. I suppose the bruise was the worst part of it if Cody was still able to do this, and of course it became the story of the match, but I also like that they still had plenty of Dusty Rhodes and Triple H related story beats. To think that the payoff of Cody’s AEW story, aka him finally using the Pedigree, happens here, and he doesn’t even win with it. But Cody still wins out, and if not for this pectoral injury, I’d think Cody would be going on to MITB, too. But if that needs surgery or something, Cody might not be back until the Royal Rumble. SummerSlam is way too close being in July now, so Cody returning and winning the Royal Rumble might be best.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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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