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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/14/22)

Time to get Toxic!

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It’s a Toxic Six Woman showdown!

Toxic Attraction still reigns over NXT, but their days could be numbered. Will Indi, Roxie & Cora be able to take it to Mandy, Gigi & Jacy?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; The Creed Brothers win and retain the titles.
  • Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley; Fallon wins.
  • Wes Lee VS Xyon Quinn; Lee wins.
  • The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy VS Dante Chen & Javier Bernal; The Dyad wins.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Duke Hudson; Bron wins and retains the title.
  • Giovanni Vinci VS Guru Raaj; Vinci wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan w/ Tony D’Angelo; Carmelo & Trick win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Indi Hartwell, Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade; Indi, Roxie & Cora win.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Julius & Brutus only just got these titles at In Your House, but they’re ready to be fighting champions! Will they make Roderick Strong eat his words again? Or will Malik & Edris pull off one of the biggest upsets in NXT history?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who cracks under the pressure!

Malik starts against Brutus and they circle. Brutus shoots in, puts Malik on the ropes but Malik goes up and over with the sunset flip, TWO! Malik says it was that close and he resets with Brutus. Malik shoots in to roll Brutus up, TWO! Brutus waistlocks, floats to a facelock, then back to the waistlock. Malik gets to his feet but Brutus drags him back down. Brutus moves around to keep Malik down, but Malik keeps his shoulders up. Fans rally, Malik stands again and pries the hold to slide out underneath. Brutus POUNCES Malik to the corner! Malik shoves Brutus, pushes Julius, but Brutus RAMS into Malik!

Tag to Julius, and Brutus feeds Malik to him, but Malik jumps over the fireman’s carry! Malik headlocks but Julius powers out. Julius runs Malik over, then things speed up. Julius avoids the hurdle but not the arm-drags! Malik has the armlock, Julius endures and fights up, and fans rally again. Malik drags Julius over, tags Edris, and Malik rolls Julius so Edris can whip him to the corner. Malik then sweeps the legs as he slides out, Edris basement 619s! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Edris kicks low and leaps for a BIG sunset flip! TWO, but into a BUTTERFLY STRETCH! Julius endures and he powers through to a cover, TWO!

The rest of Diamond Mine is watching this from the back, Strong perhaps already criticizing the Creeds. Julius still endures, throws kicks with his legs, then powers to another cover. TWO, and Edris still has the hold! Malik coaches Edris, fans rally, but Julius powers to another cover! TWO, and Julius pops free to get a leg! Tag to Brutus, Julius dumps Edris down and then gut wrench SLAMS Brutus onto Edris! Cover, TWO! Brutus drags Edris up with a facelock and he cranks the hold tight! Edris endures, fans rally, and Edris pries at the hold. Brutus clamps on tighter, Edris keeps fighting, and Edris pries at the hold again.

Brutus clamps the hold back on, but Edris manages to drag him to a cradle! Brutus keeps his shoulders up just long enough, and he powers out of the cradle! Brutus drags Edris back up, fans rally again, and Edris works against the hold. Edris powers Brutus back and hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Brutus and Edris hurry, hot tag to Malik! Brutus CLOBBERS Malik! Tag to Julius, the Creeds pinball Malik with the knees to the ribs. Cover, ONE!! Julius drags Malik up, tag to Brutus. They slam Malik, throw in more knees, and then Brutus covers, TWO! Brutus snarls and he tags Julius back in.

Brutus SAYANAGI SLAMS Julius, but Malik moves to avoid the brunt of it! Julius hurries to anchor Malik’s foot, but Malik claws his way forward. Malik stands up and switches with Julius to put him in the corner! Tag to Edris, he and Malik double whip, but Julius ducks the double lariats! Julius blows past Edris, then avoids the crossbody, but not the DROPKICK! Fans fire up but Julius tags Brutus! Malik tags in, Edris runs at Julius but is sent out hard! The Creeds see Malik run in, they DOUBLE BACK DROP him! Brutus snarls and fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Malik and Edris regroup on the outside while fans fire up. They get back to their corner, Malik gets in but Brutus waistlocks him right away. Brutus drags Malik down, CLUBS him, covers, ONE!! Brutus clamps onto a chinlock and Malik endures now. Malik fights up, Brutus cranks the hold, and fans rally. Malik fights up, hits a fireman’s carry throw, but Brutus holds onto the headlock! Fans continue to rally, Malik continues to endure, so Brutus shifts to a waistlock and he rolls Malik tot he corner. Tag to Julius, they hit the fireman’s carry feed! Julius has the armlock but Malik arm-drags free and knocks Julius over, hot tag to Edris!

Edris jumps in, but Julius gets a bearhug! Julius squeezes tight but Edris endures. Edris clubs Julius but Julius keeps holding tight. Edris keeps fighting with fist after fist after fist and he DECKS Julius! But Julius hurries to get Edris’ leg! Julius drags Edris away, tag to Brutus and Brutus drops a knee on Edris. Brutus clamps on with a chinlock and Edris endures that vice grip again. Edris fights up, throws elbows, and is free! Edris runs, but into a scoop! POWERSLAM! High stack, TWO!! Brutus hurries to clamp onto Edris again with another chinlock. Edris endures all over again as NXT returns to single picture.

Fans rally, Edris fights to his feet and he throws body shots. Brutus ROCKS Edris, Edris goes to ropes, and Brutus grabs at him. Edris shoves Brutus away to then JUMP KNEE Brutus down! Hot tag to Malik! Malik runs while Edris sweeps Brutus’ legs, and Malik BOOTS Brutus into Edris’ BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Malik brings Brutus up. Brutus fights the lift with a headlock, but Malik powers through to hit the back suplex! Tag to Edris and he goes up top, for a MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Julius breaks it! Fans fire up and Strong is already upset. Ivy wants to point out the Creeds are still strong but Strong isn’t listening.

Edris brings Brutus up to neck wrench. Edris CLUBS away on Brutus, tells him to stay down, and then brings Brutus back up for body shots and clubbing ax handles! Fans rally while Edris roars, but Brutus picks Edris up! Edris clubs Brutus back down, but Brutus hits a back suplex TOSS! Tag to Julius and he rallies on Edris! BIG scoop slam! The straps come down, Malik gets in, but he gets an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Julius deadlift gut wrenches Edris for the SLAM! Fans fire up and Julius drags Edris up again. Edris tags Malik in before the GERMAN SUPELX! Malik is up top, FLYING ELBOW!

Malik rallies on Julius, whips and dropkicks! Malik DECKS Brutus for good measure before another dropkick to Julius! Clothesline against the ropes, and Julius is down! Malik goes back up, CROSSBODY but into Julius’ arms! Tag to Brutus, Julius pops Malik up but Malik rolls him. Julius gets Malik back up, ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Brutus hits the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, Creeds win!

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

Despite Strong’s concerns, Julius & Brutus get the job done! They are still golden, but they also respect Malik & Edris for that fight. Will we see these two teams face off again some day?

 

Cora Jade, Roxanne Perez & Indi Hartwell talk backstage.

Well, more like Cora and Roxie talk. Indi is a third wheel as the two best friends reminisce about wrestling and traveling. New York was a hilariously bad time, Cora lost her gear and had to borrow some of Roxie’s. Indi remembers the days when she had her best friend by her side. Those were the days. But some advice from the “old wily veteran” of the three of them: Be careful. NXT is crazy. You never know what will happen next. Old and wily? Indi, you’re 25, not 45. Uh, she was tag team champion before Cora could drink or Roxie could drive. Oh, remember in Philly when they took Roxie’s cousin’s car-

Not the time for that story, Cora. But Indi is just overcompensating. She’s not some third wheel. They all have something in common: they despise Toxic Attraction. And right now, they need the Indi that was a one woman wrecking ball! They believe in her, and this three headed monster will stop Toxic Attraction. Indi’s pumped, they all high-ten, but will they be able to tear down the champions of NXT?

 

Apollo Crews sits in a diner.

He sips his coffee, then looks at his journal. He narrates while he writes, “Life is a seesaw of breakthroughs and setbacks. But time constantly moves forward. Time waits for no man. I’ve achieved great success in WWE, career making moments, but every once in awhile, I hear those echoes deep inside my soul. The echoes of those three letters, N X T. And last week, when my music hit, it was like time stood still. Time is uncontrollable, but I can control my future. I have the opportunity to go back and fill a blank spot in my career.”

Apollo is snapped out of his writing by a man complaining about his meal being late. He demands service, but Apollo imagines walking up and confronting the man. If the man were to get angry with Apollo, Apollo would slam the man down. So in reality, Apollo walks right up and asks the man if there is a problem. And just as he imagined, the man gets in Apollo’s face, so here comes the slam! Will Apollo envision himself becoming NXT Champion, and then execute that plan?

 

Tiffany Stratton VS Fallon Henley w/ Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!

Daddy’s Little Rich Girl doesn’t notice Wendy Choo stalking her on her Hippity Hop, mostly because she’s too focused on herself. But will Wendy be the only one saying “Giddy-up” tonight? Or will Fallon get vengeance for the Breakout Tournament BS Tiffany pulled off?

NXT returns and Fallon makes her entrance, the boys in tow. The bell rings and Fallon rushes Tiffany, and Tiffany hides in the ropes. Tiffany wants Fallon to back off, then she pulls Fallon’s hair to put her in the corner. The ref counts, Tiffany lets off and SLAPS Fallon. Fallon is pissed and she SLAPS Tiffany right back! Fans fire up, Fallon trips Tiffany and rains down forearms! Tiffany kicks Fallon away but Fallon comes back with a CALF KICK! Fans fire up with Fallon, she slides, but into the apron skirt! Tiffany SMACKS Fallon off the apron, then drags her up and into the ring to TOSS her!

Fans rally, Fallon hits back but Tiffany tosses her again! Tiffany goes up, out and KNEE-BOARD SENTONS back in! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up, Tiffany drags Fallon around and traps her arms. Tiffany bridges back to bend and stretch Fallon! Fallon endures, the boys rally the fans and they all rally for Fallon. Fallon claws at Tiffany and drags her down to a cover, TWO! Tiffany is furious but Fallon ROCKS her first! And again! Tiffany CHOPS, but Fallon DECKS Tiffany! Fallon brings Tiffany up, whips, but Tiffany reverses, only for Fallon to hit a FACEBUSTER! And a short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up, Fallon runs in to back elbow in the corner!

Fallon keeps moving, but into a kitchen sink knee! Tiffany runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Tiffany is frustrated, she drags Fallon by her hair, but Fallon KICKS her away! Fallon gets up and runs in but Tiffany fireman’s carries! SAMOAN DROP! Tiffany kips up and talks trash, but here comes Wendy! Wendy SPLASHES Tiffany, with confetti! Fallon drags Tiffany into a cradle, and wins!!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Payback for both Fallon and Wendy on that spoiled brat! Will Tiffany throw a hissy fit to Daddy over this?

 

Cameron Grimes walks the halls.

Young prospects tell him it was a hell of a fight at In Your House, but sorry about the loss. Grimes appreciates them saying that, but he’s not looking for sympathy. Grimes continues on but Bron Breakker is there. Bron knows what it’s like to lose a title, and he knows Grimes will be a champion again some day. Grimes says again, not looking for sympathy. Grimes heads off, and Duke Hudson speaks up. “It’s not really a good idea to be putting ideas in the head of Cameron Grimes.” And what does Duke want? Well, nice to see you, too, Bron. But to remind Bron of something, the record books show that Duke has a win over Bron.

And how long is he going to hang his hat on a disqualification win? For as long as he can. A win’s a win. Well, here’s an idea. They should have a rematch tonight. And before Duke asks what’s in it for him, Bron will put the title on the line. Duke likes the sound of that. Then Bron’s going to put the match on the books. Has Duke just suckered Bron into a gamble he can’t win? Or will Bron show Duke this isn’t as easy as a game of cards?

 

Lash Legend speaks.

“I am done with Alba Fyre and her ancient history. So let’s chat it up about the one and only Lash Legend, because I’m a world-class athlete. I was ranked number 2 in the nation in the 400 meter dash, while also dominating the 800, the long jump, the triple jump, I did it all. Not only did I have Track & Field on lock, but your girl can ball, too. I broke every basketball record at my high school, on the way to becoming a McDonald’s All American, and had every Power 500 Conference school looking at your girl.” Lash selected Texas A&M then broke the NCAA rebound record with 27 in a single game. Records are made to be broken, except her records.

Lash then transferred to Mississippi State, where she led the team to a #1 seed in the tournament, then dropped 30 points in the Elite 8 game. Later that year, she was drafted to the WNBA by the Seattle Storm. But then when COVID hit, everything shut down. But instead of waiting around, Lash took her talent to the WWE to dominate a whole ‘nother profession. Her background is all about dominating, so she will gladly put out Alba’s fire, okay?

 

Wes Lee VS Xyon Quinn!

The Must-See Kid and the Fighting Gentleman are one and one in 1v1 competition, but now it is time to break that tie! Will Lee show Xyon that last time wasn’t a fluke? Or will Xyon #RunItStraight right through Lee?

NXT returns and Xyon makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two rush each other! Lee rolls Xyon, TWO!! Lee keeps on Xyon with fast hands from all sides, and even some KICKS! But Xyon turns a boot into a lift, only for Lee to spin that around. Xyon is too big for the victory roll, though, so Lee KANGAROO KICKS from below! Lee goes for a leg, Xyon gut wrenches to a Canadian Rack and hangs Lee out to dry! Xyon fires off body shots but the fans boo. Xyon YANKS the ropes, but Lee lands on his feet! Lee dodges, ducks and redirects to slide under, only to run into the wall that is Xyon! Fans boo as Xyon looms over Lee.

Xyon stomps Lee, but Lee grabs at the foot. Xyon makes this a cover, TWO! Lee kicks from below while fans rally. Xyon still digs his boot in, but Lee CLUBS the leg! Xyon grabs Lee’s arm, yanks him up off the mat and TOSSES him in the same motion! Lee flounders to ropes, Xyon runs in, and he RAMS Lee into the ropes! Fans still rally for Lee but Xyon picks him up and TOSSES him again! Xyon seems to be enjoying toying with Lee as Lee gets to a corner. Xyon runs in, but Lee goes up and over! Xyon hits buckles, Lee handsprings to PELE Xyon down! Lee hurries to the corner and to the top rope! SKY TWISTER SENTON! Cover, Lee wins!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall

No one can question that win! Lee makes this Must-See, but will we see Lee get back to the top?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“The time has come. We will show the world what you can do.” Gacy smiles as his Dyad is heading to gorilla. But just who are under those hoods? And will they be victorious in changing the NXT Tag Division?

 

NXT takes a closer look at Nathan Frazer.

The British Prodigy grew up in Jersey. Not New Jersey, but the original, the Jersey Islands closer to France than it is to England. To understand how small it is, think about this: Jersey Island fits into Rhode Island twenty-six times. You’re never more than five minutes from a beach, so the beach is where Frazer spent most of his time. He would flip off things into the sea and get a rush of adrenaline. Frazer was always full of energy, so he was either pretending to be his favorite WWE Superstars, or he’d be paying soccer.

His parents realized he had a gift for soccer, so he played every single second he could. But at night, he dreamed of being in the ring, not on the pitch. Frazer would be on the wing, take risks, push the offense, and even had chances in the pro leagues. He could’ve tried that, but he wanted to be a pro-wrestler. His heart wanted to be where the WWE was, and that meant taking the biggest risk of all. One chance is all he needs. Will Frazer fight his way to that chance? Stay tuned for more of Frazer’s story.

 

The Dyad w/ Joe Gacy VS Dante Chen & Javier Bernal!

NXT returns as Gacy is already in the ring with his minions, and they’re taking on the Singaporean Warrior and Level Up’s best kept secret. Will the Dyad do their demented mentor proud? Will they even take off their hoods?

The teams sort out and now, the hoods don’t come off. The shorter druid starts against Bernal, fans chant, “Take the Hoods Off!” as Bernal waits on the druid to make a move. Bernal isn’t sure what to do but then he gets CLOBBERED by the druid! The druid rains down fists, but Bernal gets up to hit back! Bernal dodges then dropkicks the druid to the corner! SPALSH and tag to Chen, and Chen goes corner to corner to SPLASH, too! Feed to a drop toehold, then an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Chen throws hands on the druid, but Gacy smiles? Chen whips but the druid rebounds to CLOBBER Chen! Fans boo but this druid drags Chen over to tag the other.

The Dyad mug Chen, then claw at his face! The ref counts, the taller druid RAMS Chen’s face right into buckles! Druid #2 throws hands, then DECKS Chen! Fans taunt the druids, “How Can You See?” but Druid 2 just keeps throwing hands. Short arm LARIAT! The druid drags Chen up to DECK him again! Tag back to the first druid, and the Dyad mugs Chen again. The ref counts, the Dyad stops and Druid 2 goes back to the corner. Druid 1 drags Chen up, whips him to a corner but Chen holds ropes. Chen BOOTS back but Druid 2 tags in! Druid 2 keeps Chen from Bernal but Chen ROCKS Druid 2! Hot tag to Bernal!

Fans fire up as Bernal dodges, then fires off forearms! And KICK after KICK and a dropkick! Bernal pops Druid 2 into the atomic drop, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Then a SLIDING LARIAT! Bernal is all fired up and fans fire up with him, TORNADO- NO! The druid stops that and CLOBBERS Bernal! Tag to Druid 1, he runs to CLOBBER Chen off the apron! The Dyad then focuses on Bernal, and they get him up for the ASSISTED DRAPING DDT! Cover, The Dyad wins!

Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall

Gacy is all smiles, but even more so because his minions were victorious. But will we ever learn who these two are? Gacy gets a mic to say, “The Dyad have taken the steps to the next point in their progression.” Fans tell Gacy to shut up but he says not to judge the Dyad for wanting a sense of belonging. “This society, this cesspool, YOUR negativity, have made these two men feel inferior. When they both deserve to feel superior. And I know in my heart they are not alone. There are many other people that feel the same way. There is a schism between the three of us and NXT 2.0, and it will continue until this becomes a place of acceptance and believes in our message. Thank you.”

Gacy smiles again, but will there be others to join him and his druids? Or will there be those to stand up and stop them instead?

 

Sanga talks with Yulisa Leon and Valentina Feroz.

Yulisa invites the gentle giant to join her for Mexican food, like Tacos de Costa Rica. Xyon storms past and Sanga says, “My friend! You are no longer the running it straight. You are walking straight.” The hell did he say? Who does Sanga think he is?! He thinks he’s funny? Xyon dares Sanga to show him how tough he is. Sanga stands up, and that seems more than enough to back Xyon down. Xyon storms off, and Sanga tells the ladies that he’s found his next opponent. Is there a new gentleman fighter in NXT?

 

Nikkita Lyons speaks.

“I was ready to break out and win that contract. But a partially torn MCL forced me to withdraw from the tournament. It was disheartening, but it’s only made me hungrier to get back in that ring.” She’s getting stronger every day, and training like an animal to make her return. Watch out, because soon, you will hear Lyons roar again.

 

The D’Angelo Family, and Legado, make their way to the ring.

Tony D’Angelo brings his lieutenants, Troy Donovan & Channing Lorenzo, to the ring and this is a very special occasion. The Don gets a mic to say, “Let’s begin our business, huh?” He calls Two Dimes over, and he says he remembers when he first met Dimes at Nick Mancini’s fourth birthday party. Dimes knocked Fisher right on his face. Awesome stuff. And for Stacks, Tony and Stacks met when they were six years old, and Stacks’ father asked Tony who he thought would win that year’s Kentucky Derby. Tony picked Warhammer, and ever since then, the business took off.

But look. Ever since making that phone call to bring Dimes & Stacks here, they’ve given their all to The Family. They’ve sacrificed again and again, and stepped up big, for The Family. Highlight reel shows that Stacks took the crowbar shot at In Your House so Tony could knock out Wilde and they could win as a team. Tony is so proud of them! And ever since they got here, they’ve given everything to the Family. Congratulations to Dimes & Stacks on their promotions! They’re not just associates, they’re soldiers of the family! Let’s hear it for ’em! Fans boo but Tony brings his boys to the table.

Because business has been booming, with appreciation to Legado, Tony has a sign of appreciation for his boys. Those watches look great, but Legado feels their watches look better. Tony also gives Dimes a bit of something to get a nice steak dinner, and Stacks can take his girl, Marie, somewhere nice. Dimes & Stacks thank the Don, and Tony tells Legado, “Listen to me! You don’t follow him anymore. He’s not Jefe, I am! You take orders from me!” But in this thing, there’s a code they live by. It is a code of silence, an oath of loyalty. Now only in word but in actions. Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouths shut. Understand?!

Tony shakes Wilde’s hand, then shakes Cruz’s hand. He offers a handshake to Escobar, fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but Escobar is a man of his word and shakes Tony’s hand. Good boys. Now, ladies and gentlemen, Tony now has the strongest family in all of NXT! So it is about time that The Don not only has that title, but a title around his waist! The title of A Champion- But speaking of, here comes Carmelo Hayes! Escobar smirks behind Tony’s back as Melo & Trick have mics to respond. “Hey, Tony. I know I didn’t hear you talking about my A Championship, because this whole Don of NXT thing must be going to your head. Because you don’t want no problems with me, or my title.”

Tony tells Melo that he was warned to stay out of Tony’s business “or else.” Interrupting Tony is a bad move. Now Melo and that title are Tony’s business. Trick tells Tony that they don’t take kindly to threats. So before Tony tries to come see the, they’ll come see him. Tony wasn’t talking to Trick! Now Melo, as great as you think you are, and you are great, you still ain’t The Don. They don’t call the shots, Tony does! So Tony VS Melo for the North American Championship is happening next week! Done deal! Melo nods, accepting those terms. Stacks says they look good tonight, maybe he and Dimes soften the chuckleheads up.

Tony likes that idea. What does Melo say? Melo says he doesn’t call shots, he just makes shots! And Tony’s boys look like easy lay-ups. Trick says it doesn’t matter if they’re Two Dimes, Three Pennies, or Five Quarters, because tonight, they strap up the boots up, make the ring talk, and make spare change out of all them boys! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be! Will Melo & Trick shoot, score and shut Tony up?

 

Mandy Rose speaks.

She lounges while saying that tonight, “Little Miss Breakout,” Roxanne Perez, is stepping up into the big leagues when her and her friends face THE attraction of NXT. And after that match, Roxie will be begging NXT to give that contract back. Jacy says Cora and Roxie are “so perfect’ for each other. Misery loves company, right? Or rather, failure loves company. Who even wants to be friends with them anyway? Gigi says it seems like Indi would. “She’s the most desperate in all of NXT. Hell, she’d be friends with this plant if it’d listen to her complain about her pathetic life.” Tonight, Toxic Attraction will show why they’re the most dominant group in NXT history!

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Duke Hudson!

The Big Booty Nephew kept his cool and kept his title against Gacy In Your House, and now he looks to deal with Duke. Will The Most Smug Wrestler in the World finally be humbled? Or will he just get more arrogant after taking this title out of nowhere?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Duke attacks from behind! Duke stomps Bron to a corner but the ref backs him off. Bron still wants this, and the bell rings. Bron dodges Duke to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then FLYING SHOULDER! And another shoulder! Bron ducks, dodges, and picks Duke up for a POWERSLAM! The straps come down, Bron aims at Duke and runs in to SPEAR!! Bron roars while Duke writhes, and Bron hauls Duke up for a trophy lift! BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron wins!

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

And just like that, it’s over! Bron busts Duke, but then here comes Cameron Grimes! The Carolina Cash Money Caveman has a mic to tell Bron Breakker, “I really just wanted to come out here and finish our conversation that we started earlier. Since Bron Breakker’s gotten to NXT and took this place by storm, we haven’t really had a chance to talk yet.” Bron says then Grimes can get in the ring. Grimes says that where he is in the business, he doesn’t really care. Grimes will tell Bron just what’s on his mind. Every single fan here knows that if Bron didn’t have his real last name, he wouldn’t have that title.

Now don’t get Grimes wrong, Bron, Grimes respects you. He truly does. He’s not saying Bron ate off a silver platter, but he damn sure ate better than Grimes did. But that’s what happens, right? In this business, Bron’s daddy was a legend and has a Hall of Fame ring. A great guy, Grimes enjoyed his work. But that’s the problem. Everyone knows who Bron’s daddy is, and no one knew who Grimes’ daddy was. But that’s fine, really. But it’s still a problem. Bron got everything because of his dad, who got to sit ringside when Bron won the title. Grimes’ dad didn’t. His dad had to look DOWN on his boy winning a title.

Grimes respects Bron, because Bron is built like a truck. And the worst thing is, when Bron gets in the ring, he gets better and better. But what Bron doesn’t have is Grimes’ heart, and Grimes puts his heart up against anyone in this business. Grimes is tired of cutting the line, of who is next, of catchphrases and all that, because if he’s going to say he’s going to the moon, then he better launch the rocket and go to the moon! BRON VS GRIMES, GREAT AMERICAN BASH, for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP! Bron accepts with a handshake, and Grimes has his match! Will this battle of hearts, blood and gold come with fireworks at The Bash?

 

Tatum Paxley is on the phone.

Yeah, she saw it. She has stuff she has to work on. Ivy Nile walks in and Tatum says bye. Tatum hangs up and says she already knows what Ivy’s going to say. No, she doesn’t. Ivy saw Tatum putting in work, trying to prove herself. Ivy encourages Tatum to keep it up. But then Strong and Kemp walk over and Strong asks what Ivy is up to. Ivy buried that girl these last few months! But she’s changing Ivy’s mind. Oh? More like making excuses. Strong always says, no excuses in Diamond Mine! No matter what, you overcome. But then The Creeds walk over and Strong asks them what the heck with that handshake after the match! You put the nail in the coffin and move on.

Okay, noted. But hey, they’ve got great news! After their first title defense, Julius & Brutus admit, Strong was right. But thing is… Brutus is more of a visual learner, so Julius booked Strong and Kemp a match for next week! That way, Strong can show the Creeds how it’s done. Strong complains about his ankle but Ivy says no excuses, right? They use Strong’s words against him and now Strong gets fired up. Strong brings Kemp along, will Strong be able to show us all the Diamond Mine way?

 

NXT receives one more message in Italian.

“The time has come to show the world who he is. Prepare for his arrival as NXT will never be the same. Veni Vidi Vinci.” Giovanni Vinci is in action, after the break!

 

Backstage interview with The Robert Stone Brand.

McKenzie notes it was a “disappointing” loss for Von Wagner to Josh Briggs, but he’ll be taking on Brooks Jensen next. Stone has McKenzie bring the mic to him, and he says that the guy’s name isn’t “Brooks Jensen.” It’s Cheater, because that’s the only way Briggs won. And Sophia Cromwell promises us that you will never see that happen again. Next week, it is 1v1, Von VS Brooks. No one else ringside, even her and Stone. But Von will still show the world his dominance. Stone seems a bit surprised about that news, but will it still be Wagner’s World without Stone and Cromwell?

 

Giovanni Vinci VS ???

Shedding the past that was Fabian Aichner, soldier of Imperium, the stylish and sophisticated soul of #VeniVidiVinci can finally shine! But will Giovanni’s future be bright? Or will Guru Raaj put a damper on this (re)debut?

The bell rings and the two circle. Raaj and Vinci tie up, Vinci wrenches and arm-drags Raaj to an armlock. Raaj endures, fights to a headscissors, but Vinci shrugs that off to roll Raaj and wrench his arm again. Raaj endures, fans duel, and Raaj fights up. Vinci wrenches again but Raaj rolls and wrenches back. Vinci rolls and kips over and over and over again to then wrench and arm-drag Raaj away! Vinci RAMS into Raaj, headlocks for the takeover, and he even winks at the camera. Raaj endures, keeps his shoulders up, and fans rally up. Raaj fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Vinci CLUBS him down!

Vinci drags Raaj up, scoops him, but Raaj slips out to shove. Things speed up, Vinci ducks and dodges and runs Raaj over! Fans fire up and Vinci taunts Raaj. Raaj gets up but Vinci kicks him around. Vinci SLAPS Raaj, Raaj throws body shots, but Vinci shoves to back drop! Raaj gets up to DROPKICK, but Vinci stays up!? Vinci counter punches, CHOPS Raaj, then whips him to ropes. Raaj reverses but Vinci springboards to CROSSBODY! Vinci snarls as Raaj gets to a corner, and Vinci CHOPS him again! Vinci drags Raaj up to CHOP, and CHOP, and CHOP! Raaj’s chest is red like fine wine, and Vinci whips him corner to corner.

Vinci runs in, blocks Raaj’s boot and reels him in to LARIAT! Fans fire up and Vinci drags Raaj up to reel him in. LAST RIDE!! Cover, Vinci wins!

Winner: Giovanni Vinci, by pinfall

Fans cheer the style and strength that was on display as Vinci gets his first victory! Will he soon make NXT just as stylish and sophisticated as his life?

 

Backstage interview with Solo Sikoa.

McKenzie notes Solo did just as he said he would, and that was leave Grayson Waller and Carmelo Hayes down for the count. Solo likes calling his shots, but he’s not done yet. He wants that North American Championship. He may sound like a broken record, but that’s because Solo’s worked so hard to get here. He wants that gold on his waist, on his shoulder- But then Grayson walks in and says if he had a dollar for every time he’s heard Solo say all that, he’d have enough to send Solo home to the island. But Solo’s got next? No, he got a surprise partner from Raw whose coattails Solo rode to victory.

Hold on, now. Grayson was the one how rode a powerbomb into the ground. Yeah, Apollo’s powerbomb. Apollo carried Solo and Solo is trying to steal the glory! Spin it however you want, Waller, but next week, they’ll spin it for real and see what happens. Wait, what? Did Solo say it too fast? Waller VS Solo, 1v1, next week. Let’s get it! Waller is stunned, but he says fine, they can have a match. Will Waller show that he’s the Street Champion of Australia? Or will Waller be wishing he could fly back home?

 

Malik and Edris regroup backstage.

Edris tells Malik to not worry about it and mope around. Yes, they lost, but they win some and they lose some. For now, they can go to the club, have some fun, maybe talk up the ladies. But then Grimes walks over and he asks where they’re going. To the club. Oh, well, this was the biggest night of their careers, right? But what happened out there? Well, they had a championship match. Yeah, but say how it was. It was a loss. Well, they can get another opportunity. Oh, really? Will they? Haven’t they been working hard just for this opportunity? Grimes pretty sure they were. He knows they have. He knows they’ve been busting their asses, but for what?

They think things are just gonna keep coming? They think there’s just going to be more? No, guys. You are doing the thing you want to do at the place you want to do it. And you think it’s okay to leave before the show is over? That it’s just okay to leave before the main event? No, Grimes gets it. They gotta get to the club, right? But that’s the problem. You guys have all the athletic ability in the world, you look like freakin’ statues! You could be the biggest stars in this company, but you’re not hungry enough. Grimes wants Edris to not waste his talent. Grimes sure doesn’t waste his. Has Grimes just lit a fire under these two young studs with that tough love pep talk?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan w/ Tony D’Angelo!

After all the trash The Don talked, the North American Champion and his best friend look to put The D’Angelo Family in their place. Will Melo & Trick stack Stacks & Dimes to send a message to Tony? Or will the newest soldiers of the family do The Don proud and take the A Champion for all he’s worth?

The teams sort out, Dimes starts with Trick and fans rally up. They tie up, Dimes wrenches to throw body shots, then he CLUBS the arm. Dimes wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks, but Trick drop toeholds to get a cradle! ONE, Dimes knees low and drags Trick over. Tag to Stacks, the Don’s family mugs Trick, and Stacks CLUBS Trick on the back. Stacks CHOPS, Trick CHOPS, and they throw hands! Stacks ROCKS Trick, headlocks and grinds, but Trick powers out and tags Melo. Trick drops and Melo dropkicks Stacks! Melo rains down fists, then shoots his three pointer. Melo smiles at Tony then brings Stacks up.

Melo runs, but Tony gets in Melo’s way as he goes to springboard! Stacks CLOBBERS Melo out of the ring! Fans boo but Dimes tags in so he can RAM Melo into steel steps! Dimes puts Melo in, pushes Melo to a cover, ONE! Melo pushes Dimes away, but Dimes drags Melo to the corner. Stacks tags in, Dimes puts Melo up top, and they put Melo in the Tree of Woe to stomp a mudhole into him! Tag to Dimes, he kicks and stomps more! Stacks tags in, Melo falls out of the Tree, and Stacks CLUBS Melo. Fans duel, Melo hits back and ROCKS Stacks, then CHOPS! Stacks knees low, taunts Melo, then whips, but Melo rolls off Stacks’ back to CLOBBER him!

Fans fire up and both men crawl, hot tag to Dimes! Dimes drops an elbow to keep Melo down, then covers, TWO! Dimes drags Melo up, brings him around, but Melo hits back. Dimes snapmares Melo and pushes him around to then dig a knee into Melo’s side! Dimes pulls on an arm and leg, but Melo fights with his free hand. Dimes drops knees on Melo, drags him back and tags Stacks. The family gets Melo up, Dimes hits a BACKBREAKER! Stacks mocks the three pointer, but Melo fights out to avoid the leg drop! Melo then POSTS Dimes, and hurries to tag in Trick! Fans fire up as Trick dodges Stack sand BOOTS Dimes!

Trick turns Stacks around and throws a hard body shot and a harder uppercut! Trick runs to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Trick and he ROLLING KICKS Dimes out of the ring! Then he FLAPJACKS Stacks! Trick kips up and fans fire up! But Tony has Wilde distract the ref and Cruz get on the apron. Cruz springboards but Trick dodges, the CROSSBODY hits Stacks! Tony is furious that they screwed up, and Trick clotheslines Cruz out! Tag to Melo and Melo goes up. Melo aims, THREE POINTER on Stacks! Cover, Melo & Trick win!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall

Escobar laughs and shrugs, saying it’s not his fault this didn’t go Tony’s way. Will things continue to go the other way when The Don tries to take Melo’s belt?

 

Tony D’Angelo chews out Legado.

What did he say about them working for him? He’s The Don. What he says, they do. Their job is to help Stacks & Two Dimes, and they failed! Cruz and Wilde can’t help but chuckle as they look over at Escobar, but Tony gets mad. Don’t look to him! Escobar is not their boss! Tony is! What Legado did in their time means nothing in this family! They’re at the bottom! Be better next time! And that is next week, when Tony beats Melo for the North American Championship! Will Escobar, Wilde & Cruz have no choice but to do as The Don demands when the gold is on the line?

 

Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Indi Hartwell, Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade!

After In Your House, Mandy Rose is still NXT Women’s Champion, and Gigi & Jacy are still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. But as close as Wendy Choo and KC Squared came, will #IndiWrestling, the Gamer Girl and #GenerationJade be able to lay waste to the Toxic trio? Or will Mandy, Gigi & Jacy prove they still have strength in numbers?

The teams sort out, and Cora starts against Mandy, meeting again after Cora lost to Mandy in their 1v1 title match. They circle, fans rally and duel, and they tie up. Mandy puts Cora on ropes but the ref counts. Mandy lets off at 3, resets with Cora, but then Mandy hides in the ropes as Cora rushes over. Mandy goes to her corner, get some tips from her team, and then tags Jacy. Jacy and Cora circle, fans taunt “Toxic Waste!” but Jacy brushes it off. Jacy talks trash, pie faces Cora then headlocks. Cora powers out, but Jacy runs her over! Jacy hollers, runs, but Cora dodges and whips Jacy to then follow her.

Jacy tries hip toss but Cora turns that to a takedown and press, TWO! Jacy and Cora hurry up, NECKBREAKER from Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated already, talks trash on Cora, but Cora hits a JAWBREAKER! Cora ROCKS Jacy and she scrambles way tot ag Mandy back in. Cora arm-drags Mandy, has the armlock, but Mandy fights up. Cora stays clamped on, tags Indi, and Indi wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Indi wristlocks, Mandy rolls and spins through to wrench Indi back. Fans duel as Mandy wristlocks, but Indi slips through and around to a top wristlock! Mandy endures, Indi puts on the pressure, but Mandy slips through to hammerlock.

Indi reaches back, fans rally up, and Indi slips through to hammerlock back. Mandy reaches back, pulls hair, then wrenches to whip., Indi reverses and scoops Mandy for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Mandy scurries away, Toxic Attraction regroups outside. Indi is impatient but Toxic Attraction wants a timeout? There’s no such thing, and the ring count starts. Toxic Attraction all gets in together, but Roxie & Cora are there to back Indi up. Fans fire up as Toxic Attraction all swing but they all miss! Indi BOOTS Mandy while Cora & Roxie DOUBLE DROPKICK Gigi & Jacy! Toxic Attraction all bails out as NXT goes picture in picture.

Jacy checks Mandy and Gigi, and they want another timeout. But it’s just another ring count while Indi dares someone to get in. Toxic Attraction go back to their corner, Mandy gets back in, and she gets around Indi to waistlock. Indi powers Mandy to a corner, RAMS her into buckles, then brings her around to bump her off buckles! Indi brings Mandy to the corner, bumps her off more buckles, and she offers a tag. Roxie tags in, she and Indi mug Mandy, then Roxie ROCKS Mandy! Roxie bumps Mandy off buckles, uppercuts her, then tags Cora in. The best friends mug Mandy, CLUB her down, and Cora ROCKS Mandy with a right.

Cora clamps on with a facelock, Mandy fight sup and whips Cora to the Toxic corner hard! Mandy digs her knee into Cora, tags in Gigi, and Gigi stomps away! Gigi drags Cora up, snapmares her down, and clamps on a chinlock. Gigi keeps Cora from reaching for her team, brings her up, but Cora throws elbows. Cora blocks a punch, ROCKS Gigi, then snapmare to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Cora clamps on with a chinlock and she brings Gigi over to tag in Roxie. They double whip Gigi to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Gigi drops, Roxie covers, TWO! NXT returns to single picture as Roxie stays between Gigi and her corner.

Gigi powers Roxie back into the Toxic corner, Jacy tags in, and she CHOPS Roxie. Jacy snapmares Roxie, has the arms and pulls for a motorcycle stretch! Fans rally up as Roxie endures. Roxie fights up, arm-drags free, and dodges a boot to arm-drag! And arm-drag again! And then roll, headscissor and go for a leg, only for Jacy to step through and sit on the cover! TWO, Roxie has a sunset flip, TWO! Jacy and Roxie get up, Jacy spins Roxie for a ROLLING ELBOW! Jacy runs to drop a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jacy is annoyed, but she pushes Roxie around. Fans rally, Jacy fireman’s carries but Roxie fights free!

Roxie CHOPS Jacy! Jacy CHOPS back! Roxie ROCKS Jacy, but Jacy ROCKS Roxie! The forearms fly, fans fire up, Jacy gets the edge! Jacy roars and whips, but Roxie spins around to KNEE SMASH Jacy in the face! Tag to Indi, tag to Mandy! Indi rallies on the Toxic Goddess, blocks a boot and throws Mandy down to kick and CLUB and DECK her! Cover, TWO! Indi clamps onto Mandy then throws a EuroUpper! Tag to Cora, fans rally and duel as Cora clinches. Mandy breaks free to ROCK Cora then whip, but Cora RANAS Mandy away! Mandy staggers into a BUZZSAW! Cora then runs to IMPLODER DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!

Cora runs at Mandy to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Cora runs, Gigi swipes at her, so Cora DECKS Gigi! Jacy talks trash, Cora TOSSES Jacy into the ring! Cora DECKS Gigi again, then fires off on Mandy! Mandy shoves, Cora ducks and dodges to go up, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Mandy is annoyed and she drags Cora up. Fans rally, Mandy tags Jacy, and they mug Cora. Jacy snapmares Cora, KICKS her in the back, then pie faces her. Jacy taunts Cora and the fans, but Cora throws body shots! Jacy kicks low, brings Cora up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jacy smirks and brings Cora up to put her in the corner.

Gigi tags in, feed to the ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO! Gigi is frustrated and she pulls Cora’s hair to keep her from her corner. Cora hits from below but Gigi CLUBS away on her! Gigi drags Cora up, bumps her off buckles, and tags Mandy back in. They mug Cora, Mandy fires off forearms and body shots over and over. Fans duel, Cora hits back and rolls Mandy up! ONE, but Cora and Mandy DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up, both women crawl, but Mandy keeps Cora from her corner! Cora still crawls forward, so Jacy runs in to distract the ref! Cora tags Indi, but the ref doesn’t see it! Mandy drags Cora away during the confusion!

The ref stops Indi, Mandy drags Cora up, and Mandy puts Cora in the corner. Tag to Gigi, the mugging continues, and Gigi drags Cora down to grind the arm. Cora endures, fans rally and duel, and Gigi wraps Cora into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Cora endures, pops free to a cover, TWO! Gigi BOOTS Cora down! Then DECKS Indi! But Cora slides under, tag to Roxie! Roxie rallies on Toxic Attraction, slips out of a scoop and shoves Gigi to then duck, dodge and THESZ PRESS! Roxie rains down fists and fires up! Roxie runs in to uppercut Gigi in a corner, then rolls to do it again! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, and a cover, Jacy SENTONS it apart!

Indi TOSSES Jacy! Mandy TOSSES Indi! Indi returns to DECK Mandy! And then TOSS Mandy out! Indi sees Jacy get up so she SHOVES Jacy down! But Mandy drags Indi out, so Indi CLOBBERS Mandy! The one woman wrecking crew is back! Roxie SUPERKICKS Gigi! Tag to Cora and she goes up top! SUPER SENTON!! Tag back to Roxie, and she drags Gigi to a cover, Roxie’s team wins!

Winners: Indi Hartwell, Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade, by pinfall

The champions fall, and now they know the Women’s Breakout Star has their number! Will Mandy, Gigi & Jacy have to look over their shoulders for some #PopRox?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of NXT, but I’m noticing quite a lot of promos lately. Good to know Nikkita is on her way back, good to have some of Nathan Frazer’s real life story told to us, and a rather interesting move for Sophia Cromwell to say Von VS Brooks will be truly 1v1. There’s a good chance Von wins, but I hope Brooks gets a good showing, like Sam Gradwell did in NXT UK. Good promo from Lash to give us her credentials while hyping up her match with Alba Fyre. Honestly, the credentials promo should’ve been given to us much earlier than this, but better late than never.  But even knowing Lash’s athletic ability, I’m pretty sure Fyre wins.

Apollo’s cinematic promo was rather interesting. He’s no longer the Prince of Nigeria, but apparently he’s now The Equalizer? Not sure it makes sense, but whatever gets him screen time. Of course, it’d also be good to have him in matches so maybe that happens next week. Good backstage segment with Solo and Waller, and it seems Waller’s thing right now is sticking his foot in his mouth. I would think Solo wins their match next week so that he’ll be poised to face whoever wins between Tony and Carmelo. Speaking of, this was all clearly not live, Troy Donovan was recently released under undisclosed “policy violations,” so he should’ve been written off. That’ll surely happen when NXT returns to being live.

That said, very fun match between Melo & Trick VS Stacks & Dimes. Melo has momentum but Tony has motivation, so that North American Championship match could go either way. But maybe Escobar and Legado “help” Tony and Tony loses so that Melo VS Solo can happen for the Great American Bash. And that match could go either way, as fans love Solo and would go nuts for him winning a title. And speaking of titles, I knew Duke wasn’t going to win but damn, they kinda did him dirty with Bron basically squashing him. But Grimes coming out and challenging Bron was great stuff. Grimes is getting fired up with this new kind of “Mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore” attitude is great, I think fans will get behind him again with this.

Grimes was also right to get at Malik & Edris with that attitude, because they should be upset, too. Kayfabe is whatever, but I myself was disappointed in the tag match that opened the night. Not because it was a mess, but because it was 75-25 in favor of the Creeds. Two different hot tags but the rallies get stymied right away, and that feels like BS to me. The Creeds were going to retain but can’t Malik & Edris look like contenders and not dudes from Level Up? That aside, I did like the Creeds and Ivy turning things around on Strong. He gets himself stuck in a situation, and I would love it if Kemp was the one to win the match for them. Strong has to be booted from the group before the summer is over, that’s what this feels like.

Speaking of Level Up, good to see Dante Chen back from there, and Javier Bernal makes the jump over with him, all to lose to The Dyad, AKA Grizzled Young Veterans in red velvet hoods and robes. Of course The Dyad win, and of course they’ll win their way to a tag title match, but I feel like it’d be better if the reveal was sooner rather than later. Lee VS Xyon was pretty good, and Lee wins after showing his resilience and getting a great finish. Xyon VS Sanga is happening as I expected, but I like that Sanga is taking the title of handsome ass-kicking ladies man from Xyon. And this does make me realize they’ve dialed down the NXThirst and I am thankful for that.

Great “debut” for Giovanni Vinci, and he more or less still wrestles like Fabian Aichner, but with a bit more swagger now. I like that his entrance has those snapshots, almost makes me wonder why he wasn’t part of Max Dupri’s Maximum Male Models gimmick. Tiffany VS Fallon was a lot of fun, and I like that Wendy got to help screw Tiffany over. Tiffany VS Wendy is probably going to be set up for The Bash, and I feel like the winner of that will depend on who is champion by the end of that episode. We got a great Six Woman Tag main event, great teamwork from Indi, Roxie & Cora, and a great win, too. It’s not clear if Roxie will challenge Mandy or the tag champions, but either way, Great American Bash is where it happens, and I can only hope with all my might Roxie wins.

My Score: 8.2/10


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

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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