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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/28/22)

Who’s heading to the Bash?

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New #1 Contenders will be named!

Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade want after the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, but so do Kayden & Katana! Who gets their shot first with a win tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win and will challenge Toxic Attraction for the titles at The Great American Bash.
  • Giovanni Vinci VS Ikemen Jiro; Vinci wins.
  • Indi Hartwell VS Kiana James; Kiana wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Roderick Strong & The Creed Brothers VS Joe Gacy & The Dyad; Gacy & The Dyad win.
  • Sanga VS Xyon Quinn; Sanga wins.
  • Nikkita Lyons VS Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction; Lyons wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: Roxanne Perez & Cora Jade VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The inaugural Women’s Breakout Tournament winner and her best friend want after Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, but KC Squared don’t want anyone “cutting in line.” Will Kayden & Katana earn another shot at the Toxic champions? Or will there be no stopping #GenerationJadeRox?

But of course, up in their Toxic Lounge, it’s Gigi, Jacy and Mandy. Cora and Kayden start, they circle, and fans rally up. Cora and Kayden tie up, go around, and Cora puts Kayden on ropes. Kayden turns it around, Cora turns it back, they end up in a corner but then exit the corner to break. They reset, tie up, and Cora wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Kayden rolls, rolls, wrenches and waistlocks. Kayden trips Cora, jumps over her, and shows off some dance moves. Cora rushes in, Kayden dodges but Cora blocks the hip toss, only for Kayden to counter her hip toss into an arm-drag! Cora gets up, and Kayden CHOPS her!

Cora CHOPS back, but Kayden CHOPS again! Kayden knuckle locks but Cora CHOPS! Kayden CHOPS and knees low, then goes up and up. Katana tags in as Kayden shows off, FLYING ARM-DRAG! Then Kayden gives Katana the boost, SEATED SENTON! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks low, whips Katana to ropes, but Katana springboard sup and over to drop toehold and float over, to tranquilo! Then she handsprings and SPIKES Cora with the headscissors! Cover, TWO! Katana brings Cora up to whip but Cora reverses. Cora runs in but Katana elbows her away! Toxic Attraction doesn’t even pay attention, they’re taking selfies!

Katana goes up, leaps, but Cora blocks flying arm-drag to one of her own! Then float to a lateral press, TWO! Cora swings but Katana gets around to waistlock. Cora drops, kangaroo kicks, then uppercuts! Cora snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks! Katana staggers away but Cora forearm smashes in the corner! Tag to Roxie and Cora whips her in for an uppercut! Roxie rolls and uppercuts again! Roxie keeps moving, dodges Katana to roll and headscissor to a roll-up! TWO, but Roxie arm-drags Katana down! Fans rally, Katana endures and fights up. Cora tags in, she CLUBS Katana’s arm, and Cora wrenches the arm to a WRINGER! Cover, TWO!

Cora keeps close to Katana and she wrenches. Cora whips Katana to a corner, tags Roxie, and they mug Katana in the corner. Roxie wrenches and wrangles Katana to an armlock. Katana endures, Toxic Attraction actually watches for once, and Roxie wrenches Katana again. Katana fights up, spins around, but Roxie arm-drags her back down. Roxie brings Katana up, whips, but Katana holds ropes. Katana BOOTS Roxie, Kayden tags in and HEEL KICKS! Kayden hooks Roxie up with a hammerlock and armlock. Kayden CLUBS away on Roxie before the STO! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps Roxie from Cora and fireman’s carries.

Tag to Katana, but Roxie sunset flips! Katana slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps Roxie from Cora, fans rally and Katana fights up. Roxie shoves Katana away but Katana comes back! Roxie pops Katana up, and around, ELECTRIC CHAIR HOTSHOT off ropes! Tag to Cora, she springs for IMPLODER STOMPS! Roxie adds a BIG basement dropkick! Cora covers, TWO! Katana toughs it out but Cora tags Roxie back in. The BFFs double suplex but Katana slips out to tag in Kayden! Fans fire up as all four women stare down! KC Squared rush in, but Cora & Roxie dodge to double dropkick them out!

Fans fire up as Roxie tosses Kayden then builds speed. Kayden returns to CLOBBER Roxie! Katana YANKS Cora down, then Kayden tosses Roxie. KC Squared tell the “rookies” that this is THEIR time while NXT goes picture in picture.

Cora and Roxie regroup at the ramp. Kayden goes out to fetch Roxie but Roxie bumps Kayden off the apron! Roxie CLUBS Kayden, then again! Roxie puts Kayden in, covers, TWO! Roxie drags Kayden up, brings her over and Cora tags in. Roxie hands Kayden off but Kayden rolls Cora up! TWO, and Kayden CLOBBERS Cora! Kayden drags Cora up, tosses her back out, then taunts Roxie. Kayden waits on Cora as the ring count climbs, but Cora trips Kayden! Cora gets in to ENZIGURI Kayden down! Kayden flounders to a corner, Cora runs in to SLIDING KNEE! Cora drags Kayden to a cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed but she stays on Kayden.

Tag back to Roxie, the BFFs double suplex Kayden! Cover, TWO! Roxie grabs at Kayden but Kayden rolls out of the ring. Roxie hurries to the apron, then to the floor to DECK Kayden! Roxie bumps Kayden off the apron, but then Kayden shoves Roxie away. Roxie runs, into a scoop, and Kayden RAMS Roxie into the apron! Kayden gets back in, the ring count is 7 of 10 but Kayden drags Roxie in. Cover, TWO! Toxic Attraction are watching but aren’t impressed as Kayden drags Roxie back and stands on her foot. Kayden taunts Roxie to reach for Cora, then she stomps Roxie down. Kayden grabs Roxie’s arms and PULLS them back!

Roxie endures, Kayden stomps her, and NXT returns to single picture. Kayden whips Roxie into the corner, runs in and blocks Roxie’s boots. Kayden spins Roxie around into the ropes, tag to Katana, and DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Kayden holds Roxie in place as Katana goes up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Katana is growing frustrated and she tags Kayden in. Kayden drags Roxie from Cora, stands on her foot again, then turns Roxie over into a BOSTON CRAB! Roxie endures, Kayden keeps one leg, and she taunts Toxic Attraction. Jacy taunts Kayden back by showing off her hip wiggle. Fans rally for Roxie, Kayden drags her away and tags Katana.

Katana drops down on Roxie, gets the legs for herself, BOSTON CRAB! Roxie endures all over again! But she crawls forward, only for Katana to drag her away again! Roxie powers up, rolls Katana, TWO!! Katana hurries to get the legs, and she drags Roxie away again. Roxie tosses Katana away! Hot tags to Kayden and Cora! Cora rallies on Kayden, then RANAS! Cora DECKS Katana, ENZIGURIS Kayden, then SHINING WIZARDS against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora is annoyed again but she drags Kayden back up. Fans rally, Kayden ROCKS Cora! Cora ROCKS Kayden, Kayden SUPERKICKS Cora! Cora DECKS Kayden but falls over, too!

Both women crawl and fans fire up again! Fans rally for “Women’s Wrestling!” Roxie tags in, but Kayden dodges to SUPERKICK! Katana is still down so Kayden has to DECK Cora! Kayden drags Roxie over, Katana is back and she tags in! KC Squared sets up, HUMAN HI- NO, Cora yanks Kayden down and Katana has to bail out of the 450! Roxie hops on, for POP ROX!! Cover, Cora & Roxie win!!

Winners: Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships)

No Breakout Contract needed, #JadeRox are heading to the Great American Bash with this! Will they be able to finally dethrone Toxic Attraction?

 

The Diamond Mine trains together.

Specifically, Julius & Brutus Creed work on counters while Ivy Nile observes. But then Joe Gacy and The Dyad “come in peace,” because they feel compelled to tell the brothers that if Roderick Strong doesn’t appreciate them, Gacy does. Gacy will welcome them into the fold, just like he did his druids. Julius isn’t sure how Gacy found his way in here, but on behalf of the entire Diamond Mine, they’re not sipping the Kool-Aid. There may be arguments in the group, but Diamond Mine is forever. Strong is glad to hear that. Gacy is such an idiot. Diamond Mine is a family. The strongest in all of NXT! And they’ll show Gacy that strength. Whenever, wherever, they’re ready!

Gacy senses hostility, but not with him. It’s within them. They all want to prove they’re a family? Then we’ll see it tonight. Okay, then! Will Gacy & The Dyad break under the pressure? Strong hugs it out with the Creeds and then fist bumps Damon Kemp. Is Diamond Mine truly forever?

 

Backstage interview with Toxic Attraction.

We now know it will be Gigi & Jacy VS Cora & Roxie for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but Jacy says of course we know, they were watching, too. And she wants to say that she was so… unimpressed. If Cora & Roxie bring that level of performance next week, The Great American Bash will be even easier than they thought. And on the matter of Cora & Roxie being BFFs, Gigi points out they’ve beaten best friends before, as well as enemies and frenemies. Toxic Attraction’s beaten them all, this will be no different. Mandy says “Little Miss Breakout” should’ve just gone and used her contract in the first place.

But if Roxie even thinks she can hold onto that contract for Mandy, no no no. But then Nikkita Lyons walks in! She says Roxie wouldn’t even have the contract if Lyons finished the tournament. But guess we’ll never know. One thing Lyons knows is that she’s back in action, and her eyes are on Mandy. Uh, all eyes are on Mandy all the time, honey. But it sounds like Lyons wants to roar. Well find out tonight, because when you step in the ring with Mandy, SHE is queen of the jungle! Will the Toxic Goddess back up that talk? Or will Mandy find herself in the Lyons den instead?

 

Giovanni Vinci VS Ikemen Jiro!

The Pride of Italy is fast, strong, and has a sense of style, but is he #StyleStrong? The Handsome One wants to put him to the test! But will Jiro find out that in life, it’s #VeniVidiVinci?

NXT returns and Jiro makes his entrance. The bell rings, Jiro cartwheels but Vinci stays clear. They tie up, Vinci hammerlocks and pushes Jiro, then eggs him on. Jiro circles with Vinci, they tie up, and Vinci wrenches an arm. Vinci wristlocks, Jiro spins through and slips through to armlock back. Jiro hammerlocks but Vinci drop toeholds and walks all over Jiro. Fans boo but Jiro kips up! JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! But Vinci gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Vinci frowns and puts Jiro in a corner. Vinci CHOPS Jiro and Jiro is stinging! Vinci CHOPS again, then keeps Jiro cornered to CHOP him again!

Fans “WOO~!” while Jiro spasms from how sharp those chops were! Fans want those “One More Time!” but Vinci scoops Jiro. Jiro slips off to SOBAT, JACKET PUNCH, and DISCUS PUNCH! Jiro is still stinging but he whips corner to corner. Vinci reverses, Jiro slips out and GAMANGIRIS! Fans fire up and Jiro slingshots to ARABIAN FLOP as Vinci moves! Vinci springboards to FLYING DDT!! Jiro is dazed and Vinci gets right up! Fans lose their minds over how awesome that was and Vinci reels Jiro in. Vinci gets Jiro up, for the SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, Vinci wins!

Winner: Giovanni Vinci, by pinfall

Another dominant win with some serious style! Has Vinci proved he’s not only #StyleStrong, but that he has what it takes to hold gold?

 

Fallon Henley, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen are in the back.

And the good ol’ boys are the NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Briggs & Jensen are back stateside after that historic Fatal 4, what will they have to say about being Yanks with UK gold?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

After last week’s big title victory, McKenzie asks the North American Champion how he plans to keep his momentum going. Melo says the question should be, “How did you become The A Champion without even trying?” Trick says that’s a great question, and Melo says it takes things like hustle, swagger, loyalty, confidence, and disrespect. All of those things make you the A Champion. That is why no one will get one over on him, no one can tell him a damn thing, and why every rule has an exception, when you’re an exceptional talent. But then Grayson Waller walks in and says what a big win over Tony D’Angelo, and all by himself! What, all by himself? YES, all by himself!

But the brass knuckles- What? Brass knuckles? You mean bare knuckles! Anyway, what’s Waller up to? Well, he’s a little embarrassed, but all his mates back home are big Melo fans, so could he sign some things for them? Sure, sure, they love the kids. Waller took care of Solo, Melo can do this. Melo signs a basketball, and then a shirt for Waller’s mom, and some pictures for Jimmy. He’s jacked in these 8×10’s, y’know? Waller thanks Melo for this and heads out. Melo says this is why he likes Waller. But is Waller really doing this just for his friends? Or is he up to something devious?

 

Briggs, Jensen & Fallon head to the ring!

The NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions and the Cowgirl strut out and fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Jensen says it for himself, “AND NEW~!” No, no, you gotta say it harder, they didn’t hear you in the back. “AND NEW~ NXT UK Tag Team Champions~!” Briggs says y’all know they love to fight, so they crossed continents and fought the best the UK had to offer. They put up a hell of a fight, but y’all best believe they brought it all right back to ’em! “U S A! U S A!” Briggs says to Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, injuries are part of the game, so when those guys return, the rematch is waiting for them.

Jensen asks Briggs if he remembers the first time they met. Briggs looked Jensen square in the eyes and said, “You got a lot of potential, kid. Wanna roll with me?” And ever since, Jensen has busted his ass for the great fans here right now! And he busts his ass for Briggs! So right here, in front of the world, Jensen thanks Briggs for picking him. The two hug it out and fans cheer. Even Fallon looks a bit touched. Briggs say she is proud of Jensen. Fans chant again, “You Deserve It!” Briggs says there’s still one thing left they have to do now that they have these gorgeous tag team titles! Fallon says, “Let’s drink some beer!”

But just as the party gets started, here come Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson says, “You have GOT to be kidding me!” Briggs & Jensen are NXT UK Tag Team Champions? Elton Prince says, “Those titles were once gorgeous, because they were made that way by the two tastiest snacks in NXT. And now they’re being spoiled by the grubby hands of American trailer trash!” They should at least wipe them clean of the country dirt and swamp water! They probably smell, too. No, definitely! Jensen says the only thing he smells is an Alabama ass-whooping coming to Pretty Deadly. Wilson mocks Jensen, “Ah smell’n Alabama ass-whooping comin’ to you, ROLL TIDE~!”

The fans actually chant “Roll Tide,” but Prince tells “you two Muppets don’t deserve those titles.” All Briggs & Jensen have done is lower the bar. And now, there’s only one team that can raise them up again. That is the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, #YESBOY, who held those belts for a GLORIOUS 287 days! Alright, Zoolander twins, SHUT UP! Brooks & Briggs know the lineage. And there are a lot of great teams who’ve held them. But Pretty Deadly ain’t one of ’em! #YESBOY! But the fact is, they’ll be fighting champions both here and in the UK, so talk all you want, or… they can get to fighting!

Actually, hold on. The champs will make that decision for Pretty Deadly. Jensen DECKS Prince! Wilson goes after him but Briggs is on him with a waistlock! Atomic drop, and Fallon SLAPS Wilson! Then Briggs lariats Wilson out, Jensen throws Prince out, and then the champs BLAST Prince onto Wilson! Pretty Deadly is in retreat, but will the British be coming for those belts at the Great American Bash?

 

Bron Breakker speaks.

“NXT is my life! It’s time for me to step up and be a leader. In the ring, my veins are bulging, my heart is pumping, it’s a white knuckle thrill-ride.” The high-energy, high-intensity and high-impact TWO-TIME NXT Champion is ready to prove why he is champion, but he’ll be face-to-face with his next challenger, Cameron Grimes, later tonight!

 

Kayden & Katana storm into the women’s locker room.

“Every freakin’ time!” Kayden is so sick of this! Katana says they’re better than those two AND Toxic Attraction! Okay, what’s Tatum Paxley looking at them for? Nothing, just giving them space. Well mind your own damn space then! Uh, don’t get at Tatum just cuz you lost. Tatum heads out and KC Squared says no one is on their level. But will they be able to prove that?

 

Indi Hartwell VS Kiana James!

Everyone knows #IndiWrestling is always #IMPRESSIVE, but it seems The Calculator needs to see that data first hand. Will Kiana get her numbers crunched tonight?

NXT returns and Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Indi wrenches, wristlocks, but Kiana wrenches back. Kiana taunts Indi but Indi slips around to a waistlock. Kiana reaches out, gets the ropes and she bucks Indi off. Indi says she’s smarter, but then Indi rushes in. Kiana kicks, Indi blocks, but Kiana uses that to reel Indi in for a headlock. Kiana wrenches, wristlocks, but Indi arm-drags! Indi taunts Kiana, then arm-drags her again and again. Kiana avoids the third, but not the leg sweep! Cover, ONE! Indi arm-drags again and she grinds Kiana down. Fans rally as Indi grinds the arm, but Kiana moves around.

Kiana gets up, whips but Indi reverses! Kiana bumps off buckles, Indi fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES! Indi reels Kiana in to put her on the apron, then has her in the ropes! But Kiana HOTSHOTS Indi down! Kiana stomps away on Indi, dusts herself off, and again says she’s smarter. Kiana RAMS into Indi, shoves her down, then covers, TWO! Kiana clamps on body scissors but fans rally as Indi endures. Indi fights back to get a cover, TWO! Kiana CLUBS away on Indi, but Indi throws elbows back. Fans rally, Indi pushes back, TWO! Indi runs to BOOT Kiana down! Fans rally, Indi rallies with big shoulder tackles!

Indi blocks a kick, throws Kiana down then CLUBS her and DECKS her! Kiana gets to the apron, Indi has her in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Kiana flops down, Indi covers, TWO! Indi grows a bit frustrated but she grabs at Kiana’s legs. Kiana kicks her away, runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! Kiana slips off, shoves Indi, but Indi goes up and out to DECK Kiana again! Fans fire up as Indi springboards, but the Pretty Savage FLOPS as Kiana moves! Kiana trips Indi, high stacks, with feet on the ropes! The ref doesn’t see it, Kiana wins!!

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

Kiana talks trash, having used her brain and a lot of cheating to get this win! Will Indi be able to rebound after Kiana stole that win?

 

Tony D’Angelo and The Family meet at a bridge.

And with a splash into the water, it seems Two Dimes just got dropped. Tony gave him the world, and what did he do? He made a move for his chair. But now, Dimes sleeps with the fishes. The stupid mug. But then a call comes in. Tony answers, and it’s Santos Escobar. Escobar asks if he’s talking to the new North American Champion, Tony D. Oh, real funny, wise guy! Tony tosses his phone! He’s done with this! Will The Done find a way to avenge himself against Legado del Fantasma?

 

Wes Lee speaks.

“Last week, I was in the middle of the ring, pouring my heart out. Baring my soul. And Trick Williams ruins my moment. Trick, your biggest mistake is thinking that my honesty and openness to my feelings makes me soft. The fact that I wear my heart on my sleeve makes me weak? Bing bang, dog. It’s all strength. And next week, at the Great American Bash, you will see that strength on full display, and I will have no pity for you because of how you disrespected me as a man. No one and no thing will stop me from finding my inner peace in that ring, especially not Trick Williams.”

 

Six Man Tag: Roderick Strong & The Creed Brothers VS Joe Gacy & The Dyad!

It is time to see whose bonds are strongest! Will it truly be Diamond Mine Forever? Or will Mr. Inclusion and his hooded henchmen prove there are cracks in that foundation?

NXT returns and Gacy’s trio makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Strong starts against Gacy. These two circle, tie up, and Gacy powers Strong back. Strong wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Gacy spins and wrenches back. Gacy headlocks, Strong powers up and out, but Gacy runs Strong over. Things speed up, Strong bypasses to waistlock and wrangle Gacy down! Strong clinches, Gacy fights the head ‘n’ arm, and he powers Gacy into the corner. The taller druid tags in and fans chant “Gibson Sucks!” Do they know something Diamond Mine doesn’t? The taller druid mugs Strong, scoops him, but Strong slips off to half nelson!

The druid, “Dyad 1” fights free but Strong hip tosses him down! Tag to Brutus, Strong feeds Dyad 1 to Brutus’ fireman’s carry takeover! Brutus clamps onto an arm but Dyad 1 pulls hair to put Brutus in a corner. The ref counts, Dyad 1 lets off with cheap shots! Dyad 1 whips but Brutus reverses to gut wrench suplex! Brutus drags Dyad 1 up in a waistlock but Dyad 1 wrenches out to a wristlock. Brutus counters with a hip toss! Tag to Julius and Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus onto Dyad 1! Brutus & Julius pinball the druid between their knees, then Julius pushes the druid over. Tag to Brutus, and they pinball him with knees again.

Brutus paces, tags Julius back in, and then Julius throws in another knee. Dyad 1 gets out of the ring and Gacy tells him that just as he trusts in Gacy, Gacy trusts in him. He can get back in there and show them “the new you.” Dyad 1 nods and gets in. Julius shoots in, waistlocks, but Dyad 1 switches to ripcord and short arm LARIAT! Dyad 1 drags Julius up for another LARIAT! Dyad 1 rains down forearms, then clamps on a forearm chinbar! Julius endures, Dyad 1 drives in an elbow then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Julius fights up, but Dyad 1 ROCKS him! Tag to the other druid, and the Dyad CLOBBER Julius! Cover, TWO!

Strong coaches Julius but the second druid, “Dyad 2,” clamps onto his head! Julius gets free and trips Dyad 2, but Dyad 2 shifts to crossface forearm! Dyad 2 ROCKS Julius to the corner, tag to Gacy! They mug Julius, Gacy RAMS into him, but lets off as the ref counts. Gacy drags Julius up to ROCK him. Julius shoves Gacy but Gacy ROCKS him again. Tag to Dyad 2 and he mugs Julius. Dyad 2 scoops but Julius cradle counters, TWO! Dyad 2 CLOBBERS Julius! Dyad 2 drags Julius away from Diamond Mine to throw forearms. Dyad 2 reaches down, but Julius suplexes him from the floor?! And HOLDS HIM UP!

Fans fire up as Julius stands up while still holding Dyad 2 up! Gacy and Dyad 1 save Dyad 2, but then Strong and Brutus go after them! And Diamond Mine hits a TRIPLE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Diamond Mine CLOBBERS the Dyad out of the ring! Gacy runs in but he gets DOUBLE ELBOWS from the Creeds! Julius DROPKICKS Gacy out and fans fire up! Gacy and his druids regroup while NXT goes picture in picture.

The ref has everyone calm down, and Gacy talks with his minions. Julius waits and Gacy encourages Dyad 2 to bring the fight. Dyad 2 gets in, Strong tags in, and they circle. Strong dodges Dyad 2 to waistlock and SLAM! Strong clamps on with a chinlock, CLUBS Dyad 2. then pulls on the hold! Strong hooks an arm, turns Dyad 2 over and stomps him! Strong CHOPS Dyad 2 in the corner, then CHOPS him again! Brutus tags in, Diamond Mine CLUBS Dyad 2 down together, and Brutus facelocks. Dyad 2 powers Brutus all the way to the corner and Gacy tags in! They mug Brutus, Gacy wrenches and grinds the arm, but Brutus stays up.

Fans rally, Gacy keeps on the arm, but Brutus fights up to his feet. Brutus moves around but Gacy wrangles him again. Gacy grins as he grinds the arm, but Brutus fights back up. Gacy wrangles him again, keeps on the arm, and Brutus fights up to turn things around on Gacy! NXT returns to single picture and they go around but Gacy headbutts free! Brutus uppercuts back then gut wrench suplexes! Brutus swings on the druids but they get away, and Gacy CHOP BLOCKS Brutus’ leg! Gacy hits a DDT, then covers, TWO! Gacy shouts at Julius and Strong, then brings Brutus up to CHOP! Tag to Dyad 1, fans boo as they mug Brutus.

Dyad 1 throws forearms, Brutus hits back. Dyad 1 hits low, whips Brutus to the corner, but Brutus fights his way out! Dyad 1 kicks low again, then tags Dyad 2. Dyad 2 tags Gacy, and the druids hold Brutus up for Gacy to hang like a bat! They want Brutus to look into the wild eyes of Gacy! Then a feed to the URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Brutus survives but Gacy drags Brutus up. Gacy CHOPS Brutus, ROCKS him, then clinches. Brutus throws body shots and uppercuts but Gacy CHOPS! Gacy throws hands, tags Dyad 2, but Brutus barrels through! Brutus reaches out but Dyad 2 drops an elbow on him!

Dyad 2 stays between Brutus and the Mine with a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dyad 2 looms over Brutus but fans rally up. Dyad 2 throws hands, tags Dyad 1, and they mug Brutus again. Dyad 1 claws at Brutus’ face then clamps on a chinlock. Brutus endures, fans rally up again, and Brutus fights up. Dyad 1 thrashes him around but Brutus still gets up, Dyad 1 knees low, CLUBS Brutus, then sucker punches Strong! Tag to Dyad 2. they double whip Brutus, but Brutus holds ropes and BOOTS back! Brutus ROCKS one, evades the other and shoves him away, tag to Julius! Julius DECKS Gacy, then hit an EXPLODER on Dyad 2!

BELLY2BELLY for Dyad 1! Julius DECKS Dyad 2, then deadlifts into the Canadian Rock, for a SPINNING TOSS! Fans fire up with Julius and he runs in to hit the ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Straps come down, but Strong tags in! Strong JUMP KNEES Dyad 2! Diamond Mine argues again, because Julius had this! Strong tells him to obey orders, but Gacy runs in! Brutus POUNCES Gacy to save Strong! Now Strong is mad at Brutus! The Dyad pull a switcheroo! Dyad 1 gets around, Strong waistlocks, but now Dyad 2 tags in! Strong rolls up Dyad 1, but Dyad 2 deadlift suplexes him! The Dyad coordinate, HANGING DDT!! Cover, Gacy’s team wins!

Winners: Joe Gacy & The Dyad, by pinfall

A massive win for Gacy and his team, because maybe they’re right! Diamond Mine is cracking, and it’s all because of Strong’s ego! The Creeds tell Strong that, and Ivy Nile can’t help but sigh. Will any of this get through to Strong? Or will the cracks become fissures and bring the Diamond Mine down?

 

Melo & Trick head out.

But McKenzie catches up to them to ask some more questions before next week. Trick says he knows all about next week’s match with “Afro Thunder.” But Trick says the bigger, badder man is gonna beat that bum into oblivion at the Bash! It is what it is! No, McKenzie was asking Melo about defending the North American Championship next week against Waller. Wait, what? Who? They’re boys! Apparently a contract was signed by both Waller and Melo so the match is official. Sign what? THAT SNAKE! He tricked you into signing all that stuff, and there’s probably NO Jimmy! Well tell Waller that when you play Melo, you play yourself! Melo is walking into the Bash as champion, and walking out with that W and still A Champion!

 

NXT Medical has an update on Alba Fyre.

After the trauma to her throat from the baseball bat, the doctors have- Lash Legend pushes the doctor aside to take over. Due to the brutal beatdown that ya girl, the one and only, you can’t clone her, Lash put on the firemaker, Fyre is on the shelf permanently. And that’s how Fyre found out that Lash doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk and makes everyone’s mouths drop. So NXT, stay outta her way, okay? But is “permanent” the official diagnosis? Or will Fyre rise like a phoenix and show Lash who the real legend is?

 

Everyone in Diamond Mine is upset.

Brutus says they can’t be losing like that! Julius tosses a table while Brutus asks how they even lost! Strong asks them what the hell! They had them beat, on the same page, but all the Creeds had to do was listen! All they do IS listen to him! Well then they’re not hearing what he’s saying! What is he even talking about?! Julius tells Strong that they’re not going on and on about this. They listen to him, do what he says to a T, and he still points blame at them! Oh, that sounds like an excuse. But Strong has no choice! He’s gonna teach them first hand! Strong & Kemp VS The Creeds, Great American Bash, FOR THE NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Kemp stares at the Creeds, then leaves with Strong. Either way, Diamond Mine stays golden, but will it matter when it all comes crumbling down?

 

Sanga VS Xyon Quinn!

In a battle of fighting gentlemen, there will be no manners! Will Sanga bring the thunder? Or will Xyon #RunItStraight, and run straight through Sanga?

Well, speaking of no manners, Xyon attacks Sanga at the ramp, and from behind! These two brawl, fans fire up and refs rush out! Sanga and Xyon don’t listen to any of the officials, will this sort out after the break?

NXT returns and the refs finally get this back in the ring. They sound the bell and clear out! Xyon slips out to avoid Sanga, and then Xyon wants Sanga to back off. Sanga argues with the ref and Xyon gets in to sucker punch him! Xyon HEADBUTTS Sanga, then HEADBUTTS him again! Xyon runs and BOOTS Sanga, but Sanga staggers to ropes. Xyon storms up but Sanga throws big haymakers! Xyon ducks the back hand to ROCK Sanga with body shots! Xyon kicks, runs, and RAMS! Sanga stays up, then he runs Xyon over! Sanga wants Xyon to get up, and then he bumps Xyon off buckles. And again! And again! Sanga CLOBBERS Xyon!

Xyon staggers against ropes, Sanga clotheslines Xyon out! Sanga goes out after Xyon to put him back in, but Xyon KICKS Sanga as he returns. Xyon puts Sanga on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Xyon lets off, and then Xyon YANKS the ropes to jam Sanga up! Sanga just gets pissed! Xyon wants Sanga to cool off, but then he kicks low. Sanga blocks, spins Xyon around and CLUBS him right on the neck! Xyon falls and Sanga brings Xyon up. Sanga scoops, SNAKE EYES, and Xyon flounders around. Sanga scoops Xyon again, SNAKE EYES of another corner! Xyon manages to stand but Sanga CLUBS him again!

Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” so Sanga hauls Xyon up to scoop and SLAM! Sanga runs but Xyon avoid the elbow drop! Xyon runs, to RAM Sanga down! Cover, ONE!! Xyon is furious but he hurries to clamp onto Sanga. Sanga endures, fans rally up, and Sanga fights up. Sanga pries the hold open but Xyon CLUBS him on the chest! And CLUBS him again! Sanga fights the hold again but Xyon CLUBS him more. Fans rally, Sanga fights up, and Sanga breaks free. Xyon CLUBS Sanga, hops on for a SLEEPER, but Sanga RAMS Xyon into buckles! Sanga is free but Xyon BOOTS him from behind!

Xyon storms up but into a back elbow! Sanga clamps onto Xyon with a half nelson chinbar! Xyon endures, but Sanga whips him to ropes to LARIAT him down! Sanga drags Xyon up, scoops him again, and SLAMS him down again! Sanga roars and fans fire up! Sanga slashes his throat and says this is over. Sanga choke grips Xyon for a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Sanga wins!

Winner: Sanga, by pinfall

Sanga proves he will not be bullied or mocked. Will Sanga destroy whoever is put in his path to the top?

 

Wendy Choo is restless.

She can’t sleep because Tiffany Stratton’s stuck up attitude is haunting her. Tiffany says Wendy is just jealous, but then Wendy remembers all the fun she had getting one over on Tiffany, multiple times. Wendy wakes up, brushes her teeth, and thinks to herself. If Tiffany thinks Wendy looks stupid, even though Wendy isn’t stupid, doesn’t that make Tiffany stupid? Well, Wendy tells Tiffany to listen up. Wendy gets under your skin, goes for the pin, and gets the win! See you at the Bash, “Tiff-Tiff!”

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Mandy Rose w/ Toxic Attraction!

The Women’s Breakout Tournament would have been very different had Lyons made it to the end. But will Lyons take a shortcut by pinning the Toxic NXT Women’s Champion? Or will Mandy be able to send Lyons to the back of the line?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lyons powers Mandy back then throws her around! They stay hooked up, Lyons throws Mandy again, and then they get up again. Fans rally behind Lyons as she puts Mandy on the ropes, and Lyons lets off at 4. Mandy storms up, waistlocks, but Lyons pries free to wrench to a double wristlock throw. Lyons kips up and fans fire up while Gigi & Jacy coach Mandy. Lyons runs in but Mandy kicks out the bad leg! Mandy stands Lyons up to CLUB away on her in the corner, but Lyons shoves her away. Mandy talks trash on Lyons but Lyons KICKS Mandy’s leg!

Mandy falls over, Lyons RAMS her into a corner. Lyons RAMS into Mandy again, lets off at 4 to RAM into her again, then she TOSSES Mandy across the ring! Lyons runs in to SPLASH in the corner, and then TOSSES Mandy the other way! Another SPLASH, and Lyons TOSSES Mandy again! Gigi & Jacy get Mandy out of the ring and wants Lyons to wait as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Mandy has Lyons’ leg, but Lyons kicks her away with the other! Lyons tackles Mandy and rains down forearms! Mandy turns it around to give those shots back! Lyons kicks Mandy away again but Mandy gets the bad leg to stomp it! And pull on it for a HEEL HOOK! Lyons endures, moves around, and sits up to throw forearms! Mandy lets go and Lyons pushes Mandy down for more ground ‘n’ pound! Mandy shoves Lyons away and rains down shots in return! But Lyons catches Mandy to an ARMBAR! Mandy scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lyons lets go quickly and Mandy KICKS the bad leg out!

Lyons gets up, Mandy talks more trash, “You are nobody!” Mandy pie faces Lyons, and again, but Lyons gets pissed. Lyons blocks Mandy’s slap to stand up! Lyons ELBOWS Mandy, then LARIATS! And ROUNDHOUSES! And ROUNDHOUSES again! Lyons roars and fans fire up as she SPLASHES Mandy in the corner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Mandy flounders, Lyons drags Mandy around to a cover, TWO! Lyons keeps close to Mandy, brings her up to put in the corner, and Lyons hoists Mandy up top. Lyons climbs up after Mandy, throws forearms, then CLUBS away. Mandy CLUBS Lyons in return, shoves her down, and adjusts on the top!

Lyons stands, into the missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Lyons gets back up, and she avoids the knee! Lyons KICKS Mandy’s leg, the other leg, then HEEL KICKS Mandy down! Gigi and Jacy get in! Lyons BOOTS Gigi but Jacy CHOP BLOCKS Lyons!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by disqualification

Toxic Attraction don’t care about the win or loss, they just want to hurt Lyons! They mug Lyons, sit her up, and Mandy SLAPS Lyons! Mandy says Lyons will never- But then Cora and Roxie show up! They SUPERKICK Mandy down! Gigi & Jacy drag Mandy away before Lyons can get her revenge! Will Cora & Roxie finally humble the beehive that is Toxic Attraction?

 

Solo Sikoa vents backstage.

He can’t believe he lost to Waller last week. The turnbuckle pad being snatched of all things. Solo had that won and everyone knew it. Apollo Crews says he’s been there plenty of times. Solo will get Waller back for that so he should hold his head high. Apollo knows Solo has something special. Solo says that means a lot coming from Apollo. But Xyon walks in and says what’s the point of taking the advice of Apollo? Apollo asks Xyon, “Have we met?” Xyon tells Apollo it has been three years since he’s been here. A lot has changed in NXT. If Apollo has come to turn a new leaf, then he should just leave.

Apollo says, “Who’s the one giving out advice now?” Xyon says if Apollo really wants to become the perfect superstar, he should accept that he can’t. Because that’s Xyon. Oh, really? Xyon is 6’3″, handsome, athletic, can pull of a suit. He’ll be in TV shows and all that. Okay, okay, Xyon must’ve been practicing that pitch, huh? Sounds rehearsed. But yes, on paper, Xyon’s future is bright. Xyon probably sees it, right? But from what Apollo sees, it isn’t. Will Apollo show Xyon just who here is the “perfect superstar?”

 

JD McDonagh speaks.

“They say nice guys finish last. Maybe that explains why I always finish in first. I’m a genuinely mild-mannered guy, but nothing upsets me more than when my athletic IQ is challenged. I’m upset when I’m in that ring, and I am tired of seeing guys taking plays out of my playbook. So I’m going to let you know what I’ve kept secret: I’m the necessary evil needed to bring balance to NXT. I’m not just the Ace in the UK, I’m the Ace everywhere I go. See you real soon.”

 

Wade Barrett is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, next week, at the Great American Bash, the NXT Championship will be on the line, so without further ado, please welcome the challenger, Cameron Grimes!” The Carolina Caveman makes his entrance, shakes Barrett’s hand, and then Barrett introduces the champion, Bron Breakker! The Big Booty Nephew makes his entrance and fans bark it up. Barrett says next week- Bron says respectfully, he and Grimes can handle this. They’re just going to talk. Barrett bows out and Bron says he has had the great honor defending this title against a lot of great superstars, but something about Grimes is different.

Grimes will bring it, they will both leave it all in the ring, because Grimes has everything to gain and nothing to lose. Grimes says it may seem that way, right? But for Bron, next week is just another big defense. What’s the worst that happens if he loses? He is still Bron Breakker! He loses that belt, he’ll surely be brought up to Raw or SmackDown. Bron loses the belt and probably gets put on SummerSlam! Grimes lost his North American Championship, and instead of going back for that, he decided to go all in on Bron Breakker. That’s what makes them different. Grimes knows he has no back-up plan. If he loses this match, that’s it for him.

But Grimes figures Bron must know about back-up plans, considering this was the back-up plan. Bron wanted to be in football, but then the Ravens said and told him he’s not good enough. Bron then called up his dad and told him, “Daddy, please! I always wanted to be in the WWE~!” And now, here he is. Bron says, “Wow, man! I did not expect that from you. What, you wanna bring my father into this?” Grimes is just speaking truth. Bron says we all know what happened the last time someone brought up Bron’s family. Fans cheer and bark, and Bron says he thought this was about respect. Grimes can say what he wants with his cheap suit and phony smile, it won’t change anything.

Next week, Cameron Grimes is going TO THE MOON~, but he won’t like what he finds when he gets there. Bron will just spear Grimes in half! Grimes says unlike those guys Bron was talking on the field, Grimes gets knocked down but gets right back up! Bron may knock Grimes down again but Grimes will get up. And if Bron does it again, Grimes will get back up! Well Grimes can keep getting up, because Bron will keep knocking him down and make him regret challenging him! Then when they’re done, Grimes can call his buddy, Ted DeBiase and ask him what to do. Grimes smirks but Bron says he’s bigger, stronger and faster.

Yeah, we get it! We all see it! But what Bron doesn’t have, and Grimes will say it until his lungs run out of air, Bron doesn’t have heart! Not like Grimes has! But it isn’t Bron’s fault. It’s just genetics. Daddy didn’t have heart, neither!  That’s why Rick was never world champion, and that’s why he- Bron grabs Grimes by the neck! No more talk, Bron lifts Grimes! Grimes slips out and gets to a corner, Bron runs in but is sent hard into buckles! Bron being bigger and stronger backfires, and Grimes RAMS him in again! The buckle pops off and the whole top rope is down! Fans lose their minds and even Grimes is shocked at what just happened!

Refs rush out, and Bron is clutching one of his shoulders. Grimes tells Bron that at 100%, Grimes can’t beat him. But it looks like he isn’t 100%. Grimes tells the medics to make sure Bron is still okay to compete, because Grimes wants to take that title TO~ THE~ MOON! Will Grimes finally break through by breaking Bron?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode, especially as the go-home to next week’s Great American Bash special. But it sure feels like there are a lot of promos these days. Wes Lee called out Trick for a match next week, Lash talked trash on Fyre to set up a “miraculous” return from Fyre, and we got another vignette from Jordan Devlin McDonagh to hype up his move to NXT USA. I did like the trick Waller pulled off by giving Melo a ton of things to sign. I guess the title match contract was somewhere in all those 8x10s, though I couldn’t tell. Melo VS Waller will be a very good title match but I would think Melo retains. Wendy had a good vignette promo to call out Tiffany, they’ll have a good match but is it really GAB worth?

I give NXT credit for explaining away the release of Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan, but it seems surprising that Dimes tried to go after Tony. It was a bit weak that Escobar called Tony to troll him, though. I would’ve tried to make it that Legado did something to Dimes to add to the heat between the factions. Either way, Tony should get a new henchmen so we can still have a Six Man Tag rematch. And a good promo from Briggs, Jensen & Fallon to celebrate the tag title win, and then a good interaction and brawl with Pretty Deadly. The Great American Bash is already pretty stacked, so maybe the NXT UK Tag Team Championships end up closer to SummerSlam week.

The closing segment of Bron and Grimes was pretty good. The promos were alright, with Grimes recycling a bit of what he said before, and as Bron pointed out, recycling some of what Gacy used. But breaking off the top rope was a great spot to go with, and how Bron’s shoulder is kayfabe hurt now. It’ll put the pressure back on Bron since even Grimes admits Bron is the physical favorite when 100%. Grimes touting Bron could be called-up to RawDown after losing is a natural conclusion to draw, but I don’t see it happening yet because I don’t see Bron losing the title again so soon. As I’ve said before, it feels like they booked Bron into a tough spot because he got to the top so fast.

Match card wise, it felt backwards to me on some level. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship Contender’s match is important, shouldn’t it have been later in the night? But at the same time, WWE likes to open strong and that was a very good opening match. Cora & Roxie win to mostly preserve Roxie’s Breakout contract, just as Mandy mocked her for doing. KC Squared seems to be making a Heel turn as they got attitude with the other women in the locker room. Toxic Attraction had a decent promo to call Cora & Roxie out, and a good interaction with Lyons. Lyons VS Mandy being the main event match worked out to be a good go-home segment, but perhaps the women’s title stays off the Bash because again, this is a pretty full card as it is.

Sanga wins in a decent match, but for the brawl starting it off hot, it kinda turned into a slog. But Xyon uses the loss to get attitude with Apollo, and that will be a great match. Indi losing to Kiana was a surprise, but it seems they want Indi to take the slow burn to finally getting the top title. And of course Vinci wins against Jiro, Vinci has a strong push behind him, and he will surely want after a title as soon as Great American Bash is over. Why else would they keep him in NXT and rebrand him when he could’ve just been with Imperium on SmackDown?

And we got a good promo segment from Diamond Mine and Gacy’s group, but maybe only a fairly good Six Man Tag. It was mostly difficult to type “Dyad 1” and “Dyad 2” all the time, and not just wanting to write “druid,” or even “Gibson” and “Drake” since it is so obvious that’s them in those hoods. Gibson & Drake just need to be revealed already. And though Gacy & Dyad got the win, I’m surprised we’re getting the Diamond Mine fighting over the tag titles first. I have a feeling the Creeds retain, and that could be the breaking point for Diamond Mine, which Gacy then takes advantage of so that we get Creeds VS Dyads for SummerSlam week.

My Score: 8.2/10


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

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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