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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/21/22)

Who is the A Champion?

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Will we see The Don of a new reign?

Tony D’Angelo keeps saying he’s in charge of NXT, but will he take Carmelo Hayes’ North American Championship to make it official? Or will the A Champion stay champion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Solo Sikoa VS Grayson Waller; Waller wins.
  • Katana Chance & Kayden Carter VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz; Katana & Kayden win.
  • Legado del Fantasma VS Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp; Strong & Kemp win.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Edris Enofe w/ Malik Blade; Grimes wins.
  • Brooks Jensen VS Von Wagner; Wagner wins.
  • Alba Fyre VS Lash Legend; Fyre wins, by disqualification.
  • NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Tony D’Angelo; Carmelo wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Solo Sikoa VS Grayson Waller!

After all the trash that’s been talked, The Street Champion of the Island wants to finally shut up the viral 21st Century Success Story. Will Solo prove that he does have next for the North American Championship? Or will Waller dunk on him and go for gold instead? Waller says, “I’m so sick of hearing about Solo Sikoa. We should be talking about Grayson Waller, the greatest first generation talent in WWE history!” Waller knows fans love Solo, because they’re all solo in their lives! They’re all losers supporting a loser! Waller is sick of censoring himself on the mic! So it’s about time Waller says what he really thinks about Solo and everyone else!

“First of all, Solo-” goes out after Waller! Solo fires off on Waller then talks him to the ring. Solo ROCKS Waller, smacks him off the apron, and follows him around the way. Solo SMACKS Waller off the desk, then bumps him off the apron! Waller gets in the ring and wants mercy but the bell rings and Solo storms right up on him. Solo blocks the jab, and Waller wants to run! Instead, he gets a short arm LARIAT! And a HEADBUTT! Fans rally for Solo as he paces. Waller slowly gets up and Solo ROCKS him! Solo scoops Waller then SLAMS him! Then Solo runs to drop the HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!

Waller gets to a corner, Solo storms over but Waller knees him low! Waller CLUBS Solo, then JABS him! Solo goes to a corner and Waller bumps him off buckles! Solo just gets mad! Solo blocks another jab, throws a body shot then bumps Waller off buckles! Solo bumps Waller off more buckles and Waller staggers around. Solo brings Waller up, for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Solo drags Waller up and whips him to a corner. Waller stops himself, elbows Solo back, but Solo fireman’s carries! Waller grabs the buckle pad! Solo pulls Waller away, the buckle pad comes off, and Solo HEADBUTTS Waller down!

Solo JABS and CHOPS Waller, and Waller falls over! Solo stomps Waller, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Waller goes up and over, rolls, but Solo runs him over! Solo runs while fans fire up, and things speed up. Solo fakes out the hurdle to CLOBBER Waller! Cover, TWO! Fans rally with “UCE! SO!” while Waller gets to the apron. Solo waits on Waller to get back up, and Waller throws hands! Solo DECKS Waller, then CHOPS Waller! Solo RAMS into Waller at the corner, and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Solo runs but Waller BOOTS him! Only for Solo to LARIAT again! Fans fire up and Solo KICKS Waller in the back.

Solo eggs Waller up, throws hands, but Waller stomps Solo’s foot! And then the other foot! Waller hits an STO! Fans boo as Waller takes control now and he drags Solo up. Waller throws Solo out of the ring, then tries to rally the fans. Fans call him A-Hole instead as Waller builds speed. Waller slides out, Solo dodges the lariat to ELBOW Waller down! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Solo looms over Waller, drags him back up, and ROCKS him with a haymaker! Waller staggers away, but Solo follows him, and CHOPS him against the barriers! Solo drags Waller back into the ring, but Waller bails out the other side. Solo storms over but Waller DECKS him! Waller gets in and stomps away on Solo! Solo gets to ropes but Waller drives in a knee. Waller taunts the fans, acting like he can’t hear them. Waller stomps Solo in the corner, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Waller mocks Solo’s dad, Rikishi, but Solo kicks Waller away! Waller says he was just joking, and then he dropkicks Solo’s legs out!

Waller rains down fists, then he drags Solo up to turn and hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Waller drops an elbow, TWO! Waller clamps onto Solo with a top wristlock. Solo endures, fights up to his feet, but Waller CLUBS him down! Waller JAMS his knee into Solo’s back, then rains down elbows into Solo’s shoulder! Waller lets off to soak up the heat and talk some trash. Waller drags Solo up, snapmares him, and throws off his elbow pad so he can drive the elbow in again. Waller clamps the top wristlock back on but Solo endures. NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up. Solo fights up to his feet but Waller clamps on a SLEEPER!

Solo backs Waller into a corner, but Waller holds on! Solo RAMS Waller into buckles again, and he snapmares free! Waller gets up but Solo fires off haymaker after haymaker! Solo whips, Waller hurdles and LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller covers again, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he gives toying kicks to Solo. Fans rally, Waller throws down fists, but Solo shoves back. Waller CLUBS Solo, drags him up and hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans chant, “GRAYSON SUCKS!” as Waller stands Solo up with a cravat. Solo throws body shots but Waller throws knees and shoulders then he CLUBS Solo back down!

Waller goes up the corner and out along the ropes. Solo UPPERCUTS Waller down to the floor! Solo goes out after Waller and runs him right over! Solo puts Waller in and fans fire up as he runs Waller over again! Solo fires off haymakers, then BOOTS Waller to a corner, for a SPLASH! Waller sits down and Solo aims from the opposite corner. Fans fire up and Solo runs in, HIP ATTACK! Solo drags Waller up, fireman’s carries, but Waller fights out to HOTSHOT! Then somersault STUN- NO! SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up and Solo goes to a corner! Solo climbs, but Waller rolls away. Solo hops down and SUPERKICKS Waller to a corner!

Solo runs in, Waller drops and Solo hits bare buckle!! SOMERSAULT STUNNER!! Waller wins!!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Waller gets lucky that he pulled that buckle pad off earlier. Solo couldn’t beat steel, and the steel helped Waller beat Solo! Will Waller be the one waiting on the other side of tonight’s main event?

 

Backstage with Tony D’Angelo and the Family.

McKenzie asks Tony D about tonight’s big night. It is, isn’t it? Legado can get on Tony’s right side if they beat Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp tonight, and if Tony gets the gold against Carmelo Hayes tonight. The acquisition of Legado hasn’t really gone as planned, though. How does Tony plan to turn that around? Well, there’s always growing pains in “business mergers” like this. Elektra Lopez is doing what she’s told, and the Legado boys can prove themselves here tonight. Right, Santos? Oh, yes, absolutely, Don. Because if Tony walks out of here and is NOT champion, there will be hell to pay.

Santos tells “boss” not to worry about it. They’ve got this. Okay, good. Let’s go. Legado follows Tony out, but will things go as the Don wishes?

 

The Irish Ace is coming.

“Do you hear that? That’s the winds of change. I think the winds of change are blowing here in NXT 2.0. If I have to leave my home, my penthouse overlooking my city, Dublin City, you know it’s for a damn good reason. You’ll find out why soon enough. And everyone in NXT 2.0 is gonna find out why you never bet against an ace.” Jordan Devlin “JD” McDonagh comes to NXT!

 

Katana Chance & Kayden Carter VS ???

After falling short to Toxic Attraction, KC Squared is back to get the party going again! Will Katana & Kayden kick things up a notch and find their way back? Or will they have a meltdown in this Summer heat?

NXT returns and joining the fiesta is Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz! The teams sort out and Kayden starts against Leon and fans cheer for the dancing. But then Kayden SHOTGUNS Leon, whips her to ropes, but Leon reverses and waistlocks. Kayden bucks her and SUPERKICKS her! Cover, ONE! Kayden brings Leon up and whips her again, but Leon rolls off Kayden’s back. Fans duel and the dancing starts again. Kayden is annoyed but Leon SHOTGUNS her down! Tag to Feroz but Kayden gets away from Leon. Feroz keeps Kayden away from Katana, and feeds her to Leon’s corner FLAPJACK! Feroz then adds a SPLASH!

Feroz brings Kayden around, tags Leon, and Leon climbs up for a big sunset flip! TWO, but Leon drags Kayden up. Kayden wrenches out, CHOPS Leon, and talks trash. Leon CHOPS back, so Kayden CHOPS again! Tag to Katana, they whip Leon, trip her and BOOT her, then Katana slingshot sentons! Cover, ONE! Katana keeps cool and she brings Leon up. Leon rolls Katana, TWO, but Leon holds the leg to roll and wrap them up in a DEATHLOCK! Katana gets the ROPEBREAK, and Leon lets off. Katana rushes Leon, swings but into a back suplex! Kayden tags in and Katana gets free, to then slide under Leon, and Kayden BULLDOGS!

Kayden shows off how her hips don’t lie but Leon shoves her. Kayden throws knees on Leon, CLUBS her down, and fans rally up. Kayden brings Leon up, whips her to a corner, and runs in to clothesline and tag! Katana runs in to RAM Leon and hold her in, Kayden SHOTGUNS again! Katana with the headlock takeover and cover, TWO! Katana sobats, front kicks and leg sweeps Leon! Cover, ONE!! Katana drags Leon around, tags Kayden in, and Kayden grabs Leon’s arm for a top wristlock. Leon fights up, throws body shots, but Kayden keeps her from the corner. Leon ROCKS Kayden but Kayden anchors a foot!

Leon fights, ENZIGURIS Kayden, and tags in Feroz! Feroz throws Kayden down, then throws Katana onto Kayden! And then she throws Kayden again! Feroz dodges Katana to SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Feroz is frustrated but she brings Katana over and tags Leon. Leon wrenches Katana, whips, and pops her up, FLAPJACK FACEBUSTER! Cover, Kayden breaks it! Leon drags Katana up, brings her over, tag to Feroz. They double suplex but Katana changes it to a DOUBLE NECKBREAKER! Katana whips but Feroz reverses. Katana BOOTS back, Kayden tags in and HEEL KICKS! They table top Feroz, to then wheelbarrow back suplex SPLASH! Kayden covers, Leon breaks it!

Katana tosses Leon then WRECKS her with a dropkick! Kayden gets Feroz up, Feroz shoves but Kayden dodges to SUPERKICK! Tag back to Katana and she climbs up! HUMAN HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall

And that’s how you get back up! Will Kayden & Katana keep this party going to get another chance at those NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

Wes Lee is here!

The Must-See Kid has been getting wins all on his own, but for some reason, he still looks troubled. Wes gets the mic to say, “I have to thank you all. It truly is a blessing for me to remain here, to still receive this love from you all.” Fans cheer that, because “You Deserve It!” Wes thanks them for that, and says this right now is very much needed after these past few months. He’s gone from the highest of highs, to quite possibly the lowest of lows. He went from being your TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champion, reigning supreme with his best friend, his brother, just to have their world explode right from under their feet.

But Wes says that after all that, he’ll wear his tears proudly because while his world had crumbled and he is left sifting through the rubble, all he seems to find is pain and anger. And it was consuming him to the point where he was not acting like himself. From Xyon to Sanga, Wes was trying to prove himself. He was trying to show that Wes Lee can stand on his own two feet and do what he needs to do! But before he can continue, here comes Trick Williams! And Trick tells Wes to shut up, because no one wants to hear about how lonely he is or how his brother exploded or whatever he just said.

Trick says the truth is, Wes left his brother behind. Maybe Wes isn’t the friend he pretends to be. Maybe Wes’ boy is gone because Wes was the one who messed up. Wes says Trick has NO idea how Wes was there for that man. NO IDEA how they had to rise together to get where they were. And Trick will never understand, because he remains second fiddle to his homeboy. And with all the hype Trick throws at that man, does Trick have any left for himself? As Wes stands here in this ring, he’s waiting to find out what it is. Trick tells “Afro Thunder” to hold on. They don’t work on Wes Time, they work on Trick Time. And Trick’s time is money!

So here’s what’s what. Trick will let Wes know when he’s ready. Or better yet, Trick will do how Wes’ friends did him: he’ll just leave. Trick does in fact leave, leaving Wes seething. When will Trick step up to face Wes in the ring rather than on the mic?

 

Tiffany Stratton sits down to speak.

“You wanna know what I think of Wendy Choo? How much time do we have? Because we’re gonna be here awhile.” When Tiffany thinks of Wendy, the first word to come to mind is “tragic.” Like, when you see someone who sucks at life like Wendy, you feel bad. Not for her, but for everyone who has to be around her. Look at Tiffany’s style, and then look at “Frumpy.” Tiffany doesn’t want to know what that closet looks like, with all the onesies. It’d give Tiffany nightmares. Has Wendy ever won anything? Ever lifted 200 pounds over her head in the gym? Or ever even been to a gym? Or even known someone named Jim?! Not including imaginary friends.

Tiffany says everyone is jealous of her, so she can’t blame Wendy for that. But she can blame Wendy for ruining Tiffany’s ring gear and ruining her match last week. Tiffany tells the Peter Pan reject to stay away, or else she’ll put Wendy to sleep for good! “And we’re done here. Tootles.” Tiffany sure talks a lot, but will Wendy make Tiffany put her daddy’s money where her mouth is?

 

Legado del Fantasma VS Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp!

The Don told Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde to win “or else,” but the pressure is also on Diamond Mine as the Savior of the Backbreaker has to back up his own tough talk. Who does their faction proud with a victory here tonight?

NXT returns and leading the way for Legado is Stacks & Two Dimes, apparently keeping an eye on them in Tony’s place. The teams sort out, Strong starts with Wilde and they tie right up. Wilde headlocks, Strong powers up and SLAMS Wilde down! Strong gets Wilde’s arm, bends the fingers then the arm, but Wilde fights up. Strong facelocks, headlocks, but Wilde powers up. Cruz tags in, Legado double elbow Strong down, then Electric Chair SPALSH to a LIONSAULT! Cover, ONE, but Cruz goes after Strong. Strong scurries to the corner and tags Kemp. Kemp shoots in, brings Cruz down, then brings him around with a gator roll.

Kemp waistlocks, Cruz switches, the two break and fans rally up. Strong tells Kemp to keep on Cruz but Kemp doesn’t even know how Cruz escaped. Strong calls Kemp over, and SLAPS him to fire him up! Kemp nods, and he waistlocks then POWERSLAMS Cruz! Then a deadlift suplex! Then a SPEAR! Fans fire up, Wilde gets in, but Kemp catches him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly onto Cruz! Kemp then rains down forearms on Cruz! Kemp drags Cruz up with a facelock, he tags Strong in, and Diamond Mine mugs Cruz. Strong CHOPS and Cruz falls over! Strong stands Cruz up but Cruz slips away.

Tag to Kemp, tag to Wilde, but Wilde dodges Strong and goes up and over to run him over! Wilde runs, dodges Strong, and SLINGBLADE DDT’s! Kemp gets in finally but Wilde JAWBREAKERS him! Wilde clotheslines Kemp in a corner, clotheslines Strong in a corner, but Strong hits a BACKBREKER and Kemp adds a LARIAT! Kemp pushes Wilde to a cover, TWO! Kemp rains down fists on Wilde, sits him up into a chinlock, and Stacks & Dimes are both upset. Fans rally, Wilde fights up, and Wilde throws body shots. Kemp whips and scoops Wilde for a BIG SLAM! But Wilde avoids the elbow drop!

Fans fire up, Wilde and Kemp crawl, hot tags to Cruz and Strong! Cruz springboard CROSSBODIES! Then LARIATS! Then dropkicks! Strong gets up again, but Cruz tilt-o-whirl headscissors him to a corner! Cruz runs in to GAMANGIRI, then snapmare! Cruz is up top fast and fans fire up as he missile dropkicks Strong down! Cover, TWO! Strong survives but Cruz brings him up. Strong avoids the pump handle by getting ropes. Strong elbows Cruz away, then turns things around for a BIG back suplex! Cover, Wilde breaks it! Kemp rushes in but Wilde sends him out, to PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up again!

Cruz suplexes, Strong blocks to suplex back, but Cruz slips out! Cruz UPPERCUTS Strong, but Strong CLUBS Cruz on the back! Cruz PELES Strong! Cruz whips, Strong reverses, and Dimes trips Cruz up with a crowbar?! Stacks points out Dimes did it to the wrong guy, and Strong KNEES Cruz down!! Cover, Diamond Mine wins!!

Winners: Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp, by pinfall

Dimes realizes he just screwed up! Will Tony have something to say about that? Will the Creed Brothers accept this as Strong living the Diamond Mine life?

 

Backstage interview with Giovanni Vinci.

McKenzie says he had an impressive victory in his debut. Giovanni tells McKenzie, “Standing before you right now is the most supreme athlete in NXT. Last week, a statement was made, a message was sent, but it was sent in style. I know Bron Breakker was watching. I know Carmelo Hayes was watching. Diamond Mine, the entire locker room, everybody knows that a top tier talent just walked through the door, in style.” Ikemen Jiro rushes over and says he saw Giovanni! He sees he has style, but is he #StyleStrong? Jiro wants to find out. Jiro shows off his jacket as he exits, and Giovanni rants in Italian. Is Jiro serious? Will Giovanni find out for himself soon enough?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“Do I have what it takes? Will this work? How will people perceive me? Fear lives inside of everyone. But you can’t run from fear, you have to confront it. It’s easy to look at the man in the mirror and say you will, but what happens when that opportunity presents itself? That’s the difference between who you see before, and who you see now: Fearless.” Someone warns Apollo now to go down a certain road, there’s nothing but trouble. And at this very moment, Apollo can see thugs mugging someone.

Apollo envisions how he’ll stop the thugs: one will step up, get bopped; the second, gets a knee; the third gets the wall. Apollo then executes his plan. Will he show NXT that he has no fear, and will do what it takes to do what is right?

 

Toxic Attraction is here!

Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne still hold the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Championships after In Your House, but they’re coming off a loss in last week’s Six Woman Tag main event. Not that their collective confidence seems to be affected. They get the mics, and Mandy says she wants to make something clear: “Last week, Roxanne Perez and her two reject friends might’ve had a fluke victory. But they’re still losers! I mean, Roxanne’s walking around on a high horse lately. She thinks she’s on top of the world. I mean, it’s embarrassing, honestly. All of her dreams are becoming a reality~! Please.

“What’s next? She’s gonna start imagining my title around her waist when she plays with her action figures at home? Disgusting.” Gigi says this isn’t play time, this isn’t a video game or a fairy tale, and Roxie damn sure ain’t Cinderella. She’s gonna get a reality check, and it will be toxic. When the pressure’s on, Roxie will realize she’s not on their level. Jacy tells Roxie to ask Cora about folding under pressure. She’s become a pro at it! So if they were “Lil’ Miss Breakout Star,” buy another bus ticket and go home to put up posters of real superstars, like Toxic Attraction! Because if Roxie sticks around, her dreams will become nightmares, and it’ll get real ugly.

But speaking of, here comes Roxie! And she has Cora with her, too! Mandy wonders, did she hit a nerve? Don’t think that a couple wins makes Roxie a worthy challenger. Fans can shut up, Mandy runs NXT! “Roxanne, don’t be delusional. You don’t wanna cash that contract in, trust me.” Roxie tells Mandy, she’s right! Roxie IS on top of the world! But she also knows she has earned every single bit of living her dream! And the thing about dreams, is that they’re better when you get to share them! Jacy says she wants to barf. But Roxie says after last week, they got to thinking. As much as Roxie wants to be NXT Women’s Champion, which she will one day…

Winning the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships with her best friend, Cora, will be that much sweeter! But wait, here comes KC Squared! Kayden wants Roxie to hold on and wait a minute. She’ stalking about tag titles? Well, the line starts behind them, because they ain’t done yet! Cora says we all saw In Your House. KC Squared looked pretty done. Katana says she gets it, Cora & Roxie are best friends. It’s cute, but KC Squared are also best friends. And you don’t get to cut in line just because you are the new flavors of the month. Oh, wow, really? Cora’s been here a year. And while Roxie just got here, KC Squared is still done.

Well let’s see about that. And the brawl is one! Toxic Attraction is reveling in their rivals going after each other! Refs rush out to stop this, but with Roxie holding onto the Breakout Star contract, will KC Squared be the ones waiting for their turn?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie asks Melo about his main event title defense. How does he feel going into the match? Melo asks back, “How do I feel? The question should be, ‘Tony D’Angelo, how do you feel going against The A Champion?'” In fact, Trick checked Wes tonight, how does he feel? He feels like money! Trick took care of business, and now he passes the ball so Melo can take care of business. Melo will take care of business. So whether it’s Two Stacks, Two Dimes, Legado, El Dorado, it doesn’t matter! Business is getting handled, because everyone wants next. But the only thing next someone will be is the one to take an L to the A Champion! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gone be!

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.

McKenzie notes #IndiWrestling is getting momentum again lately, and Indi points out last week’s win. But then Kiana James walks in and asks McKenzie why we’re wasting valuable television time on someone like Indi. Indi again points out, check her win last week. Kiana saw that, but she doesn’t deal with emotions, she deals with facts and numbers because they don’t lie. The truth hurts, and the truth is, Indi gives the women’s movement a bad name. What?! Kiana says Indi is weak-minded and lacks the mental fortitude to be successful on her own. That is why Indi jumps from friend to friend.

Aww, wait, Kiana is new here right? She’s very opiniated. But the funny thing is, no one cares. Instead of Indi hitting Kiana in the face right now, Kiana can bring those numbers to the ring next week, and Indi will make her regret those words coming out of her mouth. Kiana accepts the challenge! Indi better get ready for another failure. Indi says Kiana sounds smart, but no one likes a bitch. Will Kiana’s calculations not add up compared to reality next week?

 

Cameron Grimes VS Edris Enofe w/ Malik Blade!

The Carolina Caveman called out the NXT Champion last week, but he also called out the team that once broke the Dusty Cup brackets! Grimes wants Edris to understand what he has going for him, but will he get it through to him with a loss?

NXT returns and Edris makes his entrance. The bell rings, Grimes and Edris circle, and Edris avoids a leg pick. They tie up, Grimes waistlocks and SLAMS Edris, but Edris sits up. Edris fights up, wrenches out to a wristlock, but Grimes spins and slips through to hook and spin Edris for an arm-drag! Grimes has the armlock, fans rally and duel, and Edris fights up. Grimes wrenches again, Edris rolls, rolls and gets free to arm-drag Grimes! Grimes gets up, Edris runs in and rolls off Grimes’ back to then rebound off ropes and arm-drag again! But Grimes handsprings through, only for Edris to avoid the Penalty Kick! Roll up, TWO!

Grimes cradles Edris, TWO! Edris sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Grimes sweeps, covers, ONE! Fans fire up as the two men stare down! Edris rushes in but Grimes trips him! Things speed up, Edris waistlocks but Grimes bucks him off. Things keep moving, Edris leaps, drops and DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Grimes gets to ropes but Edris brings him up. Edris whips but Grimes holds ropes to block. Edris kicks low, whips Grimes to ropes, but Grimes hurdles and then stops himself. Grimes BOOTS Edris, then RANAS! Edris bails out and Grimes goes to the apron, to PENALTY KICK! Grimes hurries to put Edris back in and climb up top, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Grimes seethes. Grimes BOOTS Edris, fans duel, and Malik coaches Edris. Edris sits up, into Grimes’ KICK! Edris wobbles but Grimes KICKS him again! Edris eggs Grimes on and fans fire up! Grimes KICKS and KICKS and KICKS but Edris still wants some! Grimes BOOTS him again, but Edris ROCKS Grimes! Grimes ROCKS Edris, Edris ROCKS Grimes, and fans fire up! SUPER FOREARM from Grimes! Edris JUMP KNEES back! Both men are down and fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Malik coaches Edris and he gets to a corner. Grimes runs in but is put on the apron. Edris shoulders into Grimes, then brings him through ropes.

Edris runs side to side to UPPERCUT Grimes! Then he runs to KNEE Grimes to the floor! Edris keeps moving and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up, Edris puts Grimes in and “This is Awesome!” as Edris goes up top. Edris aims at Grimes, 450 but he has to roll through! Grimes comes back, spins and scoops to SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Fans fire up as Grimes aims from a corner. “TO! THE! MOON!” CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Grimes did bring that fight out of Edris, but it wasn’t enough compared to the fire inside Grimes! But Grimes shows his respect to the young gun all the same. Will the fire inside Grimes be more than even Bron Breakker can handle?

 

Thea Hail moves into the Chase U dorms!

She is so excited to be here at the “world famous” Peters Hall! She gets in through the door and meets her roommate… BODHI HAYWARD?! Wait, Thea was given Room 324? Thea is so sorry, she didn’t know Bodhi was here, too. Well, yeah, but this can’t be right! She’s a girl and he’s a guy! No wait, Chase U has CO-ED dorms!! Bodhi keeps hearing that but he never knew it was true. Thea is excited, though! She’s gonna get the rest of her stuff. What?! She throws her stuff all over the place! Bodhi ends up buried in laundry!

After the montage, Bodhi asks Thea, with this co-ed thing, do they share the room on a schedule? Like, he gets it every other day, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and she- No, dude! They’re roomies! Like, real roommates! Best friends, even! They’ll make every day a win! Isn’t he excited?! She is! And Mr. Chase will be so proud. Wow, yeah, this will be so sick! Classes start next week! Is he hungry? Always! Then let’s get food! Thea bops Bodhi in the stomach a little too hard, and he tells her to just save him a seat. But will this really work out for the best?

 

Nikkita Lyons is still working hard.

“Patience is not a virtue. Patience sucks. I’m a woman who needs to be constantly moving, always working. When I want something, I go and get it. That’s why I’m busting my ass in the gym. Because once I’m cleared from this leg injury, there’s no warm-up match, there’s no easing my way back into the mix. I’m balls to the wall! NXT Women’s Division, this is your seven day notice. Next week, I’m back.” Lyons is ready to war, who will be the first on the comeback tour?

 

Brooks Jensen VS Von Wagner!

The lonely country boy looking for love simply looked a little too long at Sophia Cromwell, and that set #ViciousVon off. But now, the hand is healed, and per Sophia’s own orders, no one else is allowed ringside! Will Brooks finally get payback on big, bad Von? Or will Brooks find out this is Wagner’s World, and he’s just living in it?

The bell rings and Brooks rushes in, only for Von to tackle him to a corner! Brooks gets away and fires off hands! Von knees low, bumps Brooks off buckles, then fires off clotheslines! The ref counts, Von stops and runs, but into a JAB! Brooks JABS and JABS, whips, and WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up and Brooks has Von on the ropes. Brooks runs, slides and ROCKS Von with a right! Brooks does have to be careful with his bad hand, but Von HOTSHOTS the other arm! Von CLUBS the arm, RAMS shoulders with it, but Brooks elbows back! Brooks whips, Von reverses but Brooks hurdles, into a BOOT!

Von drags Brooks by his other arm and SLAMS it down! Then he stands on the hand and grinds the fingers! Brooks grabs at Von but Von lets off. Von stalks Brooks to the apron, drags him up at  the corner, and he puts the hand into the crossbar! Von CLUBS away on the hand! He wants to break this hand’s fingers now! Fans boo and Von lets off, but he CLUBS Brooks down! Von drags Brooks to the apron to SLAM the hand on the edge! Brooks crawls away but Von gets in. Brooks throws elbows, forearms, and whips again. But the bad arm jams! ARMBREAKER DDT from Von! Von drags Brooks to a cover, TWO!

Fans rally, but Von bends Brooks’ fingers! Von clamps onto the arm, grinds it down, but Brooks throws hands! Von YANKS the arm and Brooks goes to a corner. Von wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Von lets off at 4, but fans rally up for Brooks. Brooks BOOTS Von, ROCKS him with a right, then clotheslines in the corner! And CHOP LARIAT COMBOS! Fans fire up, CHOP LARIAT takes Von down! Fans fire up, Brooks ROCKS Von with boxing elbows! Brooks BACKHANDS Von, then goes to a corner! Brooks goes up, and up and FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO! Brooks is frustrated but he gets up and goes to another corner.

Brooks climbs, leaps, but Von SLAMS the bad arm into the mat! Von drags Brooks up by that bad arm, reels him in for a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Von wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Von got more of a fight out of Brooks than he expected, but he still came out the winner all on his own. Will Wagner’s World soon head for a championship?

 

Bron Breakker finds Grimes backstage.

Bron says Grimes has a lot of heart, and that is who he is looking forward to facing at The Great American Bash. Grimes says no he isn’t. Because if this Grimes shows up, we’re looking at a new NXT Champion. Grimes heads out, but will his heart lead him headlong into a loss?

 

Joe Gacy speaks to The Dyad.

“I offered each one of you purpose. And you have surrendered yourselves to me. You left everything you’d once known behind. Your home, your family, all aspects of your life were laid to rest in a realm where everything was measured by fame and championships. When you discovered that it was all just a pipe dream, you found yourselves questioning your own abilities. You were planning on packing up and going home, but I was there for you. I was the one who showed you the light that was inside of you.” They have been reborn, they are ready to take on the world, and no longer see themselves the same.

These two may have tasted gold before, but without intention, gold is flavorless. When they return to that same glory, the fruit of their labor will be delicious! “Because it will be cultivated by an unmatched strength, now that you two have come together under my guidance.” Who are the two under the hoods? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

Alba Fyre VS Lash Legend!

The former NXT UK Women’s Champion honors her ancestors in both name and actions, but the WNBA standout doesn’t care about the past. Lash just lives for her future. Will Lash prove she’s the only Legend anyone should listen to? Or will she get burned for playing with Fyre?

NXT returns as Lash makes her entrance. The bell rings and Lash talks trash while Fyre stares her down. Lash throws a punch but Fyre dodges to fire off haymaker after haymaker! Lash kicks back but Fyre blocks to shove Lash into the buckle! And then TORANDO- NO, Lash powers out! Lash runs in but into a roll-up that sends her into buckles! Fyre goes up to missile dropkick Lash down! Cover, ONE, but Fyre brings Lash up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP again! Lash blocks the whip, whips Fyre, then HEEL KICKS Fyre down! Lash stomps Fyre, fans taunt her with “Lash Is Trash!” but Lash dribbles Fyre on the ropes!

Fyre throws a body shot but Lash CHOKES Fyre on the ropes! Lash lets off as the ref counts, and fans rally for Fyre. Lash covers, TWO! Lash drags Fyre up but Fyre throws body shots! Fyre then slips around, hooks Lash up, but Lash is too big for the Gory Bomb! Lash gets Fyre up for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Lash kips up, pushes Fyre to a corner and talks more trash. The ref counts, Fyre elbows Lash away! Fyre blocks punches to give punches! Lash knees low, talks more trash, then whips Fyre to ropes. Fyre reverses to SUPERKICK, and then she uses ropes to TORNADO DDT! Cover, ONE!! Fans chant, “She’s on Fyre!” as Fyre KICKS Lash down!

Fyre KICKS Lash again, then runs. Lash scoops Fyre for a SPINNING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lash is frustrated and runs in at Fyre in the corner. Fyre SUPERKICKS Lash! Lash shoves Fyre away but Fyre avoids the boot! Lash gets stuck on the ropes, Fyre gets Lash up, GORY BOMB! Fyre hurries up top, SWANTON- NO, Fyre has to bail out as Lash dodges! Lash CLOBBERS Fyre with her own baseball bat!

Winner: Alba Fyre, by disqualification

Lash talks trash and looms over Fyre, but fans chant “You Suck!” Lash lost but she’s the one standing tall, will this only heat things up between her and Fyre?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After the confrontation over who gets a shot at Gigi & Jacy, we’re having a match to decide that! Katana & Kayden VS Cora & Jade, the winners move on to The Great American Bash for an NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match!

 

NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Tony D’Angelo!

#2XMelo doesn’t care about The Don cosplaying as one of the Sopranos, he doesn’t follow anyone’s orders but his own. But will he have to kiss the ring when Tony takes his title? Or will Tony D lose to the A Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is really a made man in NXT!

Tony and Melo stare down and Tony says this is his ring. Melo says no, it’s Melo’s NXT. They tie up, Tony shoves Melo away, and Melo shrugs and makes fun of the three pointer. Melo and Tony reset, tie up, and fans duel, “Let’s Go, Tony!” “Tony Sucks!” as Tony shoves Melo down. Melo gets up and Tony gloats along with his crew. Melo avoids Tony to headlock, but Tony powers out and runs Melo over. Things speed up, Melo hurdles then hurdles again. Melo runs, flips through the hip toss but Tony dodges! Fans applaud the exchange, and then Melo shoots the three. But then the crew gets on the apron!

Tony says go ahead, Melo, talk to Trick. Trick says sorry, Melo, that’s way too many. But Melo ROCKS Tony with haymaker after haymaker! Tony blocks the next one, then throws a BIG body shot! And another! Tony whips Melo corner to corner but Melo reverses to mule kick! Melo whips Tony, Tony reverses and FLAPJACKS him! Cover, ONE! Tony keeps on Melo, whips him corner to corner, but Melo slides, comes back, rolls off the back and LARIATS! Tony bails out to the apron but Melo rushes over. Tony ducks, anticipating a punch, but Melo slingshots out and trips Tony up! Melo then stares down Escobar before going into the ring.

Trick talks some smack but Stacks talks it back. Melo picks Tony up but is distracted by Trick and Stacks, and Tony RAMS Melo into steel steps! Melo goes down in a heal while NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo shakes out his bad arm and Trick is beside himself. Tony dusts himself off then drags Melo back up. Tony puts Melo in, stomps him around, then brings him up to whip and scoop. BACKBREAKER! Melo withes and Tony gloats again. Tony stomps Melo, Melo kicks from below but Tony flips him over to CHOKE him on the ropes! The ref counts, Tony lets off at 4, but he comes back to stand Melo up in a corner. Tony RAMS into Melo, and RAMS in again. The ref counts, Tony lets off but runs back in, only for Melo to dodge! Tony hits buckles, and then Melo BOOTS Tony! Tony staggers, Melo runs, springboard, into a body shot!

Tony drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed but he paces around. Tony pushes Melo over, CLUBS him on the back again and again, then kicks him to ropes. Tony pulls Melo against the ropes! The ref counts, Tony lets off, and then Tony drags Melo back up. Tony clinches for a BIG Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Tony is annoyed, and Melo won’t let his arm go. Tony CLUBS Melo and then brings him into a seated cobra twist!

NXT returns to single picture as Melo endures! Fans rally up, Melo fights up, and he pulls Tony’s hair to then smack him off buckles! Tony swings but Melo counter punches! And CHOPS! And ROCKS Tony, and CHOPS him again! Melo CHOPS Tony in the corner, runs corner to corner, avoids Tony to springboard LARIAT! Fans fire up as Melo rains down fists on The Don! Fans count along, Melo gets 10! Melo drags Tony back up, brings him around, but Tony shoves him and scoops him, only for Melo to MYSTICO FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and rally for Melo as Trick coaches him up.

Tony gets to ropes, Melo runs in at the corner, but Tony blocks the boot! Tony spins Melo, scoops him, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Trick is relieved and the fans rally up again. Tony drags Melo up, says Melo isn’t the champ, THE DON is the champ! Tony ROCKS Melo, brings him back up, and SLAPS him! Melo flops into the corner, Tony stands him up again, and SLAPS him again! Melo drops to a knee but Trick coaches him up. Tony runs in, but Melo clips the leg! Tony hits buckles, and then Melo brings Tony up! Tony switches, back suplexes, but Melo lands on his feet to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Melo is shocked that Tony survives!

Melo goes to a corner and he climbs up the corner. But Tony crawls away, so Melo hops down. Melo storms up to grab Tony’s leg. Tony kicks him away, then tackles Melo and rolls through to a BACK DROP! Fans fire up while both men are down, they give “NXT! NXT!” a standing ovation! Tony crawls to his side, Stacks distracts the ref, and Escobar has the knuckles! Tony wants them, and Escobar slides them, to Melo! Tony is furious, but he turns around into a BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH!! Cover, Melo wins!!

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

Escobar was staring right at Tony when he sent the knuckles the other way! That had to be on purpose! Is Legado rebelling against The Family? How will Tony handle his business? And as for Melo, just who has next for his championship?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of NXT here, with the build towards the Great American Bash getting stronger. For one, I was right to expect Roxanne saying she and Cora want the tag titles first. However, I didn’t expect KC Squared to stand in their way. Katana & Kayden had a very good match with Leon & Feroz, and KC Squared winning made sense. But now it seems we’ll be getting a match between KC Squared and Cora-Roxie, winners take on Gigi & Jacy at the Bash. That probably saves Roxie’s Breakout Star contract, then, since this is being done through management. And maybe then, Roxie can still use the contract to cash-in on Mandy later.

But at the same time, Mandy might need a Great American Bash challenger, and I would love if Indi got another chance. Indi had a good promo segment with Kiana James, and that set up a match that I can guarantee Indi will win. Indi can easily call out Mandy, Mandy will respond, and the match is just made on the spot. Tiffany has a good promo on Wendy, they’ll have a very good match, but I would hope Wendy wins. Unless they’re going to put the top title on a Face like Indi or Roxie, because then it makes sense for Tiffany to win. Tiffany will go after the Face champion, talking crap on them, and then losing to be that Face champion’s first successful defense.

After losing the Loser Leaves NXT UK match to Ilja Dragunov, Jordan Devlin is finally showing up in the States, and of course he’s showing up with a new name. But to me, “JD McDonagh” isn’t quite so bad compared to, oh, I dunno, “Butch” for Pete Dunne on SmackDown. But name aside, Devlin will have a great time here in NXT and eventually  move on to RawDown, hopefully having checked off a title or two. Apollo Crews continues his “WWE’s Equalizer” vignette series and that’s fine, but let’s try and get him in the ring please. Solo VS Waller was a great opener, and Waller gets a dirty win to delay Solo’s rise to a title, which I suppose is fine in the long run.

Giovanni has a decent promo on his own, but it got better when Jiro showed up to upset him. Giovanni VS Jiro should be a really fun match. Wagner gets a win over Brooks and Fyre gets a win over Lash, but these matches just weren’t as compelling as they should’ve been given the builds to them. Especially with Brooks. He was hurt for two months, and while Von is the one being pushed, Brooks needs to give him a hell of a fight or else Von is still just a big, burly brontosaurus like Sam Gradwell called him. In the same way Lashley made Omos look great, there needs to be someone who can make Von look great in a match that actually lasts.

Gacy’s promo with The Dyad was just dripping with allusions to how it’s just the Grizzled Young Veterans under those hoods. They need to have those guys take those hoods off the very next time they’re in the ring or else they’re just dragging this out because they can’t think of what else to do. As soon as those hoods come off, Gibson & Drake need to say why they joined Gacy in their own words, and then I guess this is all leading to “The Dyad” VS The Creeds for the tag titles. And Thea Hail had a hilarious promo vignette with Bodhi about being in the Chase U co-ed dorms. I wonder if we’re going to get some mixed tag matches out of Thea and Bodhi or something like that after seeing her want to take on Pretty Deadly alongside Andre Chase.

Wes Lee had a great promo to work-shoot what happened with MSK, and then Trick interrupting was some strong Heel heat. Wes VS Trick should definitely happen at The Great American Bash or something like that, that’d be a great win for Wes. Great match from Grimes and Edris, and it was kind of the flipside of what we got from Von VS Brooks and Fyre VS Lash. It may not have been that much longer than those matches, but Grimes VS Edris was fast and exciting. Grimes wins to get momentum, but it was a good character touch that he showed respect. Grimes also put Bron on notice in their interaction backstage, Bron VS Grimes is going to be awesome stuff.

And very good story blending with the Diamond Mine, Legado and The D’Angelo Family. Legado faces Kemp & Strong in a great match, and I like that Dimes ends up costing Legado all because he wasn’t paying attention. Everybody has good promos to hype up the main event, and Melo VS Tony was a great match. Escobar giving the brass knuckles to Melo was a great moment, and I figured the partnership of Legado and D’Angelo Family wasn’t going to last long. Now, they won’t be able to have a Six Man Tag rematch at the Great American Bash, as Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan was released, but maybe it will be a 1v1 match of Escobar and Tony, with a ringside ban and maybe some other stipulations to raise the stakes.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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