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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/20/22)

Becky wants payback!

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WWE Raw 2022

Is the Empress ready for The Big Time?

As Money in the Bank draws closer, Becky Lynch wants in on that ladder match! Will she get her way by taking Asuka out of the running? Or is not even The Man ready for Asuka?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Becky Lynch VS Asuka; changed to…
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Carmella VS Liv Morgan VS Alexa Bliss; Carmella wins and will challenge Bianca Belair for the title at MITB.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Omos w/ MVP; Omos wins and advances to MITB.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso; Dawkins wins.
  • WWE United States Championship Contender Three Round Gauntlet: Bobby Lashley VS ???; Lashley wins and will challenge Theory for the title at MITB.
  • AJ Styles VS Tommaso Ciampa; Styles wins.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Becky Lynch VS Asuka (rescheduled); Asuka wins and advances to MITB.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE mourns to loss of referee Tim White.

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The University of Nebraska fires up for the RawEST Women’s Champion as she makes her way out to the ring. Bianca gets the mic and welcomes everyone to the freshEST and finEST show on TV, Monday Night Raw! Now, given that she is the EST Of WWE, she looks forward to every opportunity she gets to defend her title, so she looks forward to Money in the Bank and her newEST challenger, Rhea Ripley. But she really wishes she wasn’t the one who had to come out and break the news, but… Rhea Ripley will not be medically cleared to compete. Fans boo but Bianca says the match isn’t happening… yet.

But Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready, so she will be ready and waiting when Rhea makes her return! Fans like the sound of that. So until then, who will Bianca face at MITB? Tonight, we have FIVE women: Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, Carmella, Asuka and Becky Lynch. All five are going to compete in a Fatal 5 Way, the winner becomes Bianca’s challenger. All of them are amazing, but- Here comes Big Time Becks! And she tells Bianca, “There is only ONE contender, and you know it’s me. Let me remind you that I still haven’t gotten my one-on-one rematch after we had the greatest women’s wrestling match in WrestleMania history.”

Becky gets in the ring to say that at Hell in a Cell, she had it won. She had Asuka beat but Bianca stole that from her, didn’t she? Becky is being misused, mistreated and being made to jump through hoop after hoop and overcome obstacle after obstacle. But it’s okay, really! After tonight’s Fatal 5, it’ll make taking back her title all that much sweeter. But here comes who Becky was supposed to face alone, ASUKA! “Becky, Becky, Becky. Oh, Becky, aww…” Asuka laughs and says, “Are you crying?” Becky frowns as Asuka continues to tease her. Is Becky still a Big Time Baby? Huh, huh, huh?

Becky says maybe if Asuka spent less time making Simpsons memes and boring the piss out of Becky, Asuka would be doing alright. Because last match they had 1v1, Becky has Asuka’s shoulders flat on the mat! But here comes Liv Morgan! Liv tells Becky that if Liv were her, don’t worry just about Asuka. Liv is always ready for a fight! In fact, she’s in a great mood tonight! She’s already got her shot at MITB, the thing Becky hasn’t been able to do yet. Sorry about that, but Becky will figure it out. But Liv would gladly trade that in for a chance to go 1v1 with Bianca! And now Carmella makes her way out!

“Hold up, hold up, hold up. Something doesn’t quite add up here… I mean, obviously I know why I’m in the match tonight, along with Becky, Asuka and Alexa. I mean, we’re all former champions. But Liv, why’re you out here?” Liv scowls while Mella gets in the ring. “Raise of hands here, who thinks we should kick the lovable little loser out of the match and make it a Fatal 4 Way?” Fans boo and Liv says that’s so funny. Liv is here because she’s been here. If Mella wants to talk like that again, Liv can give her a few more weeks off. Mella says, “First off, how dare you? That’s some big talk by somebody who was only added to the MITB Ladder Match after riding Alexa Bliss’ coattails.”

But speaking of, here comes Lil’ Miss Bliss! Someone said her name, right? But we all know that Mella loves to name drop. Speaking of name dropping, should Alexa name drop a certain guy with no chin that won the match for Mella? And Mella’s here talking about riding coattails. Sweetie, that’s so rich coming from someone who has literally never been able to be successful on her own. So then, why not do us all a favor: stop being a hypocrite and stop picking on Liv before Alexa beats your face in herself. Bianca has everyone hold on, this is doing way too much. Everyone can run their mouths, but the fans are ready for some action!

Fans cheer and Bianca says let’s get to it. Let’s see who is ready to get down and compete! The EST gets things sorted out, and that Fatal 5 #1 Contender’s match happens after the break!

 

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Carmella VS Liv Morgan VS Alexa Bliss!

Raw returns and Bianca sits with commentary as the bell rings. Becky goes after Asuka and tackles her! They scrap, fall out of the ring, and Mella ROCKS Liv! Alexa SLAPS Mella then ROCKS her, and Liv SHOTGUNS Mella down! Fans fire up for #LivYourBliss, but they circle and tie up now. Liv headlocks, hits a takeover, but Alexa slips out. Liv kicks Alexa away, avoids the stomps, then speeds up to sunset flip! TWO, but Liv holds on for a rolling body scissor clutch! She brings Alexa around and around and around, ONE count after ONE count, then she stops, TWO! Alexa is dizzy and Liv whips her to ropes.

Alexa turns hip toss into arm-drag and cover, ONE! Alexa cradles, TWO! Liv has it, Alexa has it back, it’s another rolling cradle! ONE after ONE after ONE, they finally settle but have to shift, TWO!! Both women are dizzy now, but Alexa dodges. Liv dodges, and then DOUBLE HAYMAKERS take them both down! Mella covers Alexa, TWO! Now she covers Liv, TWO! Back to Alexa, TWO! Back to Liv, TWO! Mella is losing her cool but the counts were all fair. Asuka runs in but Mella avoids the sliding kick! And the backhand! Asuka blocks the superkick but Mella ducks the backhand again. Asuka blocks a kick to waistlock, but Mella fights the lift!

Mella swings an elbow but Asuka dodges, to BACKHAND Mella down! Corey Graves freaks out about Mella’s face, but Asuka runs, only for Becky to trip her and drag her out! Becky BOOTS Asuka, but Alexa hits a BLOCKBUSTER on Mella! TWO, and Becky waves hi to Alexa. Alexa rushes her but gets a knee, ROUNDHOUSE, and then throw down by her hair! Becky goes up top, and drops the MAN’S LEG onto nothing! Alexa gets Becky but Becky slips out to wrench. Alexa ROCKS Becky, KICKS Becky, and RANAS Becky away! Mella rolls Alexa, TWO! Mella knees low, talks trash, then throws her down.

Mella soaks up the heat, Bianca shakes her head, but Mella drags Alexa up. Alexa SLAPS Mella and fires off body shots! Alexa scoops, Mella slips out and SLAMS Alexa down! Cover, TWO! Mella is frustrated again, but she dodges Liv. Liv dodges Alexa, BROKEN WINGS into buckles! Mella is down and Liv goes up as fans fire up! But Mella shoves Liv OFF and onto the others! Everyone is down on the outside while Mella grins and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Becky has Alexa in a corner. She runs in, misses, and Alexa fires off forearms! Becky shoves Alexa back, BECKSPLODER! Liv gets in, dodges Becky and kicks, KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Liv SHINING WIZARDS Becky in a corner, shoves her down and aims, BIG missile dropkick! Liv kips up and fans fire up with her! Liv runs at Becky to SLINGBLADE her down! Cover, TWO! Bianca is surprised and Liv fires herself back up. Becky flounders to a corner, Liv runs in but is sent into buckles! Becky stacks Liv, feet on the ropes, TWO! Becky hurries up top, but Mella ROCKS Becky! And DECKS Liv!

Mella gives Becky a SUPER STEINER that throws her onto Liv! Mella covers them both, Asuka breaks it in time! Bianca is getting goosebumps watching this! Asuka snarls at Mella and the feeling is mutual. Mella dodges Asuka, mule kicks then FABULOUS KICKS! Cover, TWO! Mella shrieks and slaps Asuka around. Mella drags Asuka up but Asuka hits a FLYING ARMBAR, into the ASUKA LOCK!! Alexa hits INSULT2INJURY! Becky tosses Alexa and goes after Asuka’s arm! Asuka avoids the Disarm-Her and wants the chicken wing! Becky fights that, Liv leaps in, Becky lets Asuka take the missile dropkick!

Becky TOSSES Liv, ROCKS Alexa up top, and then goes after Asuka! CRADLE! TWO!! Asuka almost had Becky but Becky gives Asuka a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, TWISTED BLISS breaks it! Double cover, Mella AND Liv break it!! Bianca and the fans are all loving this! “This is Awesome!” as all five women slowly stir. Asuka is up first, she looks for a target. Mella and Becky bail out the sides, Alexa rushes in! Asuka blocks a kick, but Alexa ducks the backhand! Alexa reels Asuka in but Becky returns! Becky facelocks Alexa but that allows Asuka to escape the clinch. Becky ducks, the ROUNDHOUSE hits Alexa!

Becky whips Asuka out of the ring, but Liv returns to give her a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then ObLIV- NO! Becky holds ropes, MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Asuka drags Becky away!! They’re both on the outside, Asuka dodges a haymaker to ROUNDHOUSE Becky! Alexa WRECKS Asuka, and then drags Liv to a drop zone! Alexa goes up top, TWISTED BLISS onto knees! Alexa flounders out, FABULOUS KICK from Mella! Cover, Mella wins!!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)

Even Bianca has to admit that was savvy. Becky is freaking out, because the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE has the golden ticket to the title. But will Bianca show her that looks and opportunistic tendencies aren’t enough to dethrone the EST?

Becky immediately finds Adam Pearce!

She complains to him about how it has been time after time that she loses! Pearce tries to calm Becky down, but what will happen to the Big Time Comeback now?

Raw returns and is still complaining. She should be in MITB, she should be #1 contender, that show is nothing without her! She’s on the freakin’ poster! Pearce tells her that he can’t just put her into something, she has to earn opportunities. Okay, then how? How how how? Well before the change in plans, she was supposed to face Asuka for a spot, right? So then they’ll do that? Fine! Then it’s back on. They still have their qualifier for the MITB Ladder Match, and that match will happen tonight. What? Tonight?! After what we just saw?! What is going on here?! Which will Becky lose first: her mind, or another match?

 

Vince McMahon is here?!

This is literally unannounced and unexpected, but yes, here he is in Nebraska! He thanks everyone and says tonight marks the 1,517th edition of Monday Night Raw. That means it continues to be the longest running episodic television show in history. For that, he thanks the fans. That means Raw has been on the air for almost 30 years, and 20 of them, they’ve been dominated by the greatest WWE Superstar of all time. That man makes his return to Raw next week. Vince makes no less reference to the Hustle, Loyalty and Respect, JOHN CENA! Cena is on his way back on June 27th, the 20th anniversary of his debut, what will Cena do on that night?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Omos w/ MVP!

The Bro came so, so, so close to taking the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship from the Tribal Chief, but he could not put Roman Reigns away. Riddle is now barred from challenging Roman Reigns ever again, unless he can get this contract. Will the Stallion be able to topple a giant and have a huge opportunity in his hometown? Or will Omos simply add to the Bro’s woes?

Raw returns as Riddle has a mic to say, “Bro… So, one month ago, my best bro, Randy, may have had his career ended at the hands of Roman Reigns & The Bloodline.” Riddle says on that day, he made a promise to himself and Randy to get vengeance for both of them. Last Friday Night SmackDown, Riddle was this close, bro. He went toe to toe, tit for tat, and even hit one of the sickest RKO’s ever! “But Roman’s Roman, he’s the Tribal Chief, and at the end of the day, he hit me with a Spear that almost broke me in half, and he beat me.” Riddle let himself down, he let the fans down, and most importantly, he let down his best friend, his mentor, and his “brother from another mother,” Randy Orton.

Fans chant for “R K BRO! R K BRO!” and Riddle says he might be down, but he’s definitely not out! You’ll have to kill Riddle to stop him! And while Riddle can’t challenge Roman for the Undisputed Universal Championship, but here’s something he can do: win MITB! And Riddle knows it is a long shot, but if he wins the contract and cashes in on Roman, he could end his reign of terror in the WWE and finally get sweet vengeance that RKBRO truly desires. Now, Riddle knows there’s a lot of competition already in that match, from Sheamus to Drew McIntyre to “that punk ass Seth Freakin’ Rollins.

“And speaking of that punk ass, Seth Freakin’ Rollins, you kinda did my boy, Cody Rhodes, dirty when you hit him with a sledgehammer in the chest. So I think I wanna hit you in the back with a ladder, bro!” Fans like the sound of that. But here comes the Nigerian Giant and Montel Vontavius Porter! MVP tells Riddle, “You been hanging out with Snoop Dogg again? Or I know, you hung out with Wiz Khalifa and smoked dizzle, right?” Those are the only guys MVP knows that have that top shelf kind of stash that could have Riddle this divorced from reality! Riddle, you won’t even make it to MITB, let alone win. Because there’s a 7’3″, 403 pound GIANT in your way!

However, it’s not all bad. Riddle will get high tonight, when Omos picks him up and slams him down to reality! “Talk about a bad comedown.” Riddle says touché. But here’s a little something for Omos & MVP. Riddle will get high, when he raises his hand up high when he wins here tonight with the three most destructive letters in all of sports entertainment: R K BRO! Riddle is fired up, but will he be coughing up a lung after falling off Mount Omos?

Raw returns and the bell rings. Riddle rushes in and fires off on Omos! Omos shoves Riddle away but Riddle gets around to fire off more shots! Omos shoves Riddle to a corner but Riddle avoids the back body block! Riddle fires off KICK after KICK after KICK, then lets off as the ref counts. Riddle runs, but Omos scoops him for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Omos is fired up and MVP says he doesn’t like that, he loves that! Omos aims at Riddle, runs corner to corner, and hits the back body block! Riddle falls over and MVP says to keep on him. Omos drags Riddle up, whips him to a corner hard, and Riddle falls to the mat!

Riddle writhes, and Seth Rollins is watching backstage in a pink leopard print. Omos kicks Riddle to ropes, and then stands on the bad ribs! The ref counts, Omos lets off, and MVP talks trash. Riddle gets up to fire off on Omos! Riddle runs, but into a BEARHUG! Fans rally as Riddle endures but Omos thrashes him around! Riddle throws down hands on Omos’ head! Riddle frees himself, but Omos reels him in to CLUB him in the back! MVP says Omos can’t let Riddle disrespect him! BEARHUG! Riddle endures all over again and fans rally back up. Riddle throws elbows, Omos thrashes Riddle more, but Riddle fires more and more and more shots!

Riddle is free again, he throws more elbows, but Omos choke grips! CHOKE- FINAL FLASH! Omos staggers and goes to a corner, but Riddle runs in! Forearm smash! Then side to side, forearm smash! Riddle keeps going, but gets caught! Omos TOSSES Riddle away! Omos runs corner to corner, into BOOTS! Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Omos gets hit but still only staggers! Riddle fires up and hears the voices, bro! RK- NO! Omos has both hands, MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

But then Omos adds on! Another MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Fans boo, but the giant is moving on to the ladder match. Will Omos even need a ladder to win?

As for Riddle, SETH ROLLINS makes his way out to the ring! Rollins is in a good mood given he’s in the MITB match, and that Riddle is not. Rollins looks at Riddle as he somehow manages to stand up. Rollins then DECKS Riddle! And throws him out of the ring! Fans boo and Rollins laughs as he gets a mic. “HAHAHAHAHA! Awww~ I’m sorry! I don’t share airspace with loooserrrs~! And Riddle, you are the Ultimate Loser! HAHA! First, you lose your buddy Raandy~! And then you lose your title match to Roman Reigns! And now you’ve lost your opportunity at MITB! HAHAHAHA!”

But hey, truth be told, Rollins can’t be too hard on Riddle, since it wouldn’t have mattered. Because no one in the MITB can defeat Roman Reigns. The entire planet knows that only one man has Roman’s number, and you are looking at him! HAHAHA! Roman’s been ducking and dodging Rollins since he emotionally dismantled him at the Royal Rumble. But in two week’s time, Rollins will climb the ladder, take the MITB contract, and then Roman can run and hide all he wants, but Rollins will find him. And if you thought that first cash-in was something, “well you ain’t seen nothing yet, baby! Because I am a Visionary! I am a revolutionary! I am Seth! Freakin’!”

Riddle DECKS Rollins! Fans fire up but Rollins kicks back, runs, and hits a CURB STOMP!! Rollins laughs at Riddle more, then swaggers away. Will the Visionary truly recreate history? Does Riddle still have a way back to the top?

 

(Austin) Theory is here!

The Youngest United States in WWE History is back again, flexing and boasting the entire way to the ring. He says he is untouchable after what he did to Bobby Lashley last week, but he’s ignoring the fact he lost. Will Theory only inflate his ego more here tonight? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Theory is back on the Pose-Down pedestal. Theory says everyone wants to know what it’s like to be a prodigy, the new Chosen One, and the new face of the WWE. But hey, he was expecting the boos because he doesn’t expect anyone here to relate to the youngest and greatest US Champion in WWE history! Fans boo more but Theory says they love him. Last week, he stood on this podium, showed off his physique, and proved Lashley can’t touch him! No one can! At this point in his career, Theory is better than Lashley ever was! He is on a level that- SHUT UP! He’s the one with the mic, so shut up!

Theory smiles and says he can wait. But next week, that might be the Cena Celebration, but his time is up, and Theory’s time is now. Get it? Is that unfair? Unfair that Theory says that about the supposed greatest of all time? What’s unfair was his Pose-Down last week! He didn’t get to show the fans the rest of his immaculate poses! So all you losers get to see the most perfect body in all the WWE, right here and now in his Theory Invitational Pose-Down! Now shut up while he oils up. Theory shines himself up and gives us the Double Biceps! Theory gloats the whole time, and says here comes the Side Chest! ALL DAY! Better than Lashley!

And of course, his favorite- LASHLEY! Fans fire up and Theory thinks it’s for him. Theory flexes, but then says everyone can quiet down. He’s good but hold on. Theory picks up the belt and tells fans to stop chanting for Lashley. But then Theory takes a selfie, and sees Lashley in the background! He turns around, and gets BABY OIL IN THE FACE! And a SPEAR off the podium!! Lashley sends Theory rolling and picks up the belt! Lashley also gets a mic and says he’ll say it one more time to make it clear: He’s not asking, he’s telling Theory that the title is coming home with Lashley! Fans fire up with the Rocky Mountain Machine, will he humble Theory once and for all?

 

Theory returns backstage.

Theory is still wiping baby oil out of his eyes and Kevin Patrick walks over. Theory asks where interviewers even come from. Do they just lurk in the shadows and wait for him to walk by? Kevin Patrick asks if Theory will address that challenge for the title. Lashley doesn’t deserve a title shot! He wishes he could hold this title! But, Theory was just in Adam Pearce’s office, on the phone with higher-ups, and Theory made a suggestion. Pearce accepted it, so if Lashley wants to earn a title match, he has to defeat three men, one after another, in a gauntlet match TONIGHT! Only then, which Theory guarantees won’t happen, Theory will defend his US title at MITB.

A mighty challenge for the All Mighty! Will he survive whoever it is Theory throws at him to then go for the gold in Las Vegas?

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso!

The Street Profits get their shot at the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships at MITB, but they’re already down after Jimmy turned things around on Ford. Will Dawkins tie up the 1v1 series? Or will the #RightHandMan keep things on the right track for the Bloodline?

Raw returns and Jey says you know who they are! You know who they are! “We the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, the Usos!” Jimmy adds, “And the Usos hold all the gold! Raw!” Jey says, “Got dat.” SmackDown. “Got dat, too!” Jimmy says The Bloodline runs both shows, Mondays and Fridays, and they’re smashing errybody! Just like Roman smashed Riddle, Roman will smash Lesnar again, and then the Usos will smash the Profits again! Cuz they the twos and #WeTheOnes! But speaking of, here come the Profits! Fans fire up for the red Solo cups, and Dawkins points out to Ford, it’s the Usos!

Oh, yeah! But they’re talking like they got bass in their voice. Last time they faced off, Profits beat the Usos so bad, Usos couldn’t get back in the ring. Guys, the Profits are the Profits, all about dat money, say somethin’ to me. But the only thing better than having Money in the Bank, is having more gold around their waists. But Jey tells Ford that his mouth is writing checks his ass can’t cash! Dawkins says, “Hey, Tez, y’know what? He’s got a point. But Jey, I bet I could beat your ass, though.” Ford tells the Usos to enjoy their reign while they can. Because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Jey and Dawkins stay in the ring, and we see which way momentum goes this time!

The bell rings, Jey and Dawkins circle, talking some smack, and then they tie up. Jey kicks and ROCKS and CLUBS Dawkins, then whips him corner to corner. Dawkins reverses, runs in and CYCLONE SPLASH, to an ENZIGURI! Jey flounders out while Ford is fired up! Dawkins runs in but Jey dump him out! Jey then DIVES and hits Dawkins into barriers! Jey snarls, tells Dawkins this ain’t no game, and then he punches the headbands off him! Jey CLOBBES Dawkins into the timekeeper’s area! Fans fire up while the Usos raise their fingers, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Dawkins endures a chinlock. Dawkins fights up, fights free, and ROCKS Jey with a right hand! And then ROCKS him again! Dawkins JABS and JABS and JABS Jey in the corner. Dawkins whips corner to corner, Jey reverses, but Dawkins bounces off buckles to LARIAT Jey! Dawkins keeps rallying with clotheslines, but Jey mule kicks! And uppercuts! Jey whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Fans fire up, Dawkins scoops for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins is surprised but Ford coaches him on. Dawkins watches Jey get up, runs in, and CYCLONE- NO, Jey dodges! POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jimmy argues the ref but the ref tells him to get off the apron. Jey watches Dawkins goes to a corner as he goes to the other. “UCE! SO!” Jey runs in, into a POUNCE! Dawkins gets Jey up, SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Dawkins can’t believe it! Dawkins hurries to get Jey back up, whip him to ropes, but Jey KNEES free of the pop-up! Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS Jey again! Jey rebounds to SUPERKICK! Dawkins is down, Jey goes up top! USO SPLASH into the ANOINTING! Cover, Dawkins wins!!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

And we’re all tied up! Jimmy is stunned as now the Usos are on the losing side! But will they be able to redeem themselves when it comes time to put the titles up?

 

Elias is playing his guitar.

Ezekiel visits his brother, saying, “There’s Zeke’s #1 freak.” Elias responds with, “And there’s my little brother.” They sit on the same couch together and Zeke says it’s been too long. Zeke debuted, won his first match, but still dealing with doubters like Kevin Owens calling him a liar. But where’s Elias been? Traveling around the world, writing songs, playing shows. But nothing compares to being in front of the WWE Universe. Wow, even in a place like Nebraska? Elias used to say some things about places like this. Elias says he’s a changed man. And he’s seen Zeke out there, living the dream, hearing the crowds. It has changed Elias’ perspective.

In fact, Elias is proud to be here. He just wonders if the people remember: WWE stands for #WalkWithElias. C’mon, man! Didn’t you hear them all last week? Of course they remember! But gotta say, this means the world to Zeke. Mom ‘n’ dad are surely watching them like they used to watch the WWE. Maybe Zeke will be in the MITB Ladder match! Imagine that: Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Ezekiel! He’s getting #ZekedUp just thinking about it! Because then, everyone will wanna #SpeakWithZeke. Elias tells Zeke not to get ahead of himself. He has to focus on what’s right in front of him.

Elias wasn’t sure a wholesome kid like Zeke has a mean streak but he likes what he sees. Zeke’s doing a great job. Zeke says he loves his brother, and Elias says he loves Zeke, too. Now, if Zeke doesn’t mind, Elias has to tune up before he gets out there. They fist bump and Zeke heads out. Will the Drifter really have his return concert here tonight? What will Kevin Owens say to something like this?

 

Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.

He’s back in the ring with the spotlight! “Hello, I am Elias. And I gotta say, it feels great to be here in front of all the good people of Nebraska.” Fans cheer for that, and Elias says, “I wanna thank you for welcoming me back, I wanna thank you for taking care of my little brother, and I’m here for a couple reasons tonight. And one of those is to remind you that there is a universal truth that you should never forget. And that is that WWE stands for…” “WALK! WITH! ELIAS!” Elias missed that! But in light of everything that’s going on, he’ll kick things off here tonight with a song dedicated to his brother, Zeke.

Elias starts playing and fans clap along. But then Kevin Owens says nope! They’re not doing this! He is ending the charade! No one wants this concert! Fans boo because they do! Kevin says this man is a liar with no integrity! Now, he might have the “wise” people of Nebraska fooled, but not Kevin! He’s French Canadian, he’s super smart! He knows this man is a liar! Elias and Zeke are the same person! That video of them together doesn’t fool Kevin! Special effects, movie magic, they can do whatever they want! Kevin saw a movie with dinosaurs in it! A T-Rex was flying a helicopter!! That video proves NOTHING!

But then Zeke calls Kevin from the tron!? Does Kevin get it now? This is Zeke, and that is Elias. They’ve been telling him the truth the whole time. Kevin just has to accept it and move on. And to Elias, good luck with the concert. Elias thanks Zeke and tells Kevin that it is clearly no one is lying. But to make it clear, here’s a little song. “Elias is back for one night! Big Zeke likes to bring the fight. The Zeke Freaks have been on fire, cuz they know KO is a liar! Sing it! KO is a liar! KO, is a liar~!” Kevin tells Elias to stop already! Stop it! He takes the guitar and TOSSES it! So Elias hits a JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up as Kevin drops, and then Elias gets his spare guitar!

Elias aims at Kevin, and gives him a SMASH HIT! The classics never get old! Kevin writhes and Elias says thanks to Nebraska for tonight. Will Kevin ever leave Zeke and Elias alone? Kevin flops to the back, and Kevin Patrick asks him just that. Is he convinced? Why would he be?! Is he an idiot?! He can explain all that! That tron message could’ve easily been recorded earlier today! And Elias was wearing a fake beard! But KO does know that his back is killing him, he just hurt his knee, and that’s all “his” fault! So next week, Kevin challenges “him” to a match! It can be Elias, Zeke, or their even YOUNG brother, Elrond! Just someone face Kevin!

Kevin then looks like he’s seen a ghost, as Zeke walks in! Zeke heard the challenge, and accepts it. Kevin is flabbergasted, and even shouts “ELROND!” Will the Prizefighter ever get over this obsession?

 

WWE United States Championship Contender Three Round Gauntlet: Bobby Lashley VS ???

Theory made this match for the All Mighty, and the All Mighty gladly accepts! Will Lashley put three innocent men through some serious pain to finally make Theory put his title where his mouth is? Or will it only take one of them to stop Lashley’s momentum?

Raw returns, and first up to take on Lashley is… Chad Gable! Will Gable make Lashley SHOOOOSH~ here?

Bobby Lashley VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

The bell rings and Gable tells Lashley to focus on him, not on Otis. They tie up, Gable waistlocks but Lashley wrenches to a wristlock. Lashley grinds the arm, Gable endures, and Lashley hammerlocks to a headlock. Gable endures again, and Lashley hits a takeover. Gable makes it a cover, ONE! Lashley holds, wrenches, waistlocks and SLAMS Gable down! Lashley facelocks, keeps his eyes on Otis, but Gable fights up. Gable wrenches out, wristlocks, but Lashley wrenches back to a wristlock. Fans rally for Lashley but Gable rolls, bridges, and handsprings to wrench through and CHOP! Gable says SHOOOOSH~!

Lashley spins Gable around for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley runs to run Gable over, then shoots in to trip him up and SLAP him! Lashley tells Gable to SHOOSH! Gable snarls, rushes in, but Lashley puts him on the apron. Lashley runs to then BLAST Gable all the way to the desk! Otis tells Lashley to stay back but fans fire up as Lashley goes out after Gable. Lashley whips Gable into barriers, then shines up the corner. Lashley hauls Gable up, fireman’s carry and POST! Fans fire up while Gable is down and Lashley gets back in the ring. Otis helps Gable stand, but Lashley throws elbows at the apron!

Lashley suplexes Gable, holds him up for 10, then 15, then SLAMS Gable down! Fans fire up and Lashley takes aim from the corner. Gable gets up, Lashley runs in, but Gable drop toeholds to an ANKLE LOCK! Gable laughs and tells Lashley to give up! Lashley endures, pushes up, but Gable puts on more pressure! Lashley rolls over to kick Gable away! Gable gets up the corner, Lashley runs in and Gable leaps over! Gable CLOBBERS Lashley, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives and Gable is shocked! Gable wants Nebraska to SHOOSH, and he stalks Lashley. Gable reels Lashley in, but Lashley spins around to clinch and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Lashley hobbles over, gets Gable, but Gable blocks the Full Nelson to standing switch! Lashley switches back, Gable drops, but Lashley drags Gable up out of the victory roll and into the HURT LOCK! Gable TAPS, Lashley ELIMINATES him! But then Otis CLOBBERS Lashley! Obviously the tree trunk is the second opponent!

Bobby Lashley VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

Otis stomps away on Lashley, Gable tells Lashley to SHOOSH, but the ref pulls the Alpha Academy away. Otis then stands on Lashley! The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4 and Lashley gets to the apron. Otis goes out after Lashley, storms over around the way, and he KICKS Lashley in the side! Otis RAMS Lashley into barriers and says that felt good! Otis says this is #ForTheAcademy, and then he drags Lashley back up. Otis POSTS Lashley in return for what he did to Gable, and then he gets in the ring at 5 of 10. Fans rally, the count is 8, but Otis then goes out after Lashley again to CLOBBER him! Otis paces around as the ring count restarts.

Otis aims, runs and SPLASHES Lashley! Fans boo while Gable says “A THANK YEW~!” Otis asks, “Who’s the man now?!” and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Otis has Lashley with a neck wrench. Fans rally as Lashley endures, fights up, and throws body shots! Lashley ROCKS Otis, then waistlocks, but Otis is too bulky to lift! Otis elbows free, runs, but Lashley dodges. But Otis rolls to dodge back! And then he CLOBBERS Lashley! Cover, TWO! Otis snarls and argues with the ref but the count was fair. Otis runs to drop a BIG elbow! Otis again asks, “Who’s the man?!” Otis stalks Lashley to a corner, throws clobbering shots, and reels Lashley in for a short arm LARIAT! Otis calls himself the Hammer of God, then goes up the corner! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Lashley moves!

Otis clutches his gut, Lashley runs in, but Otis rolls again! Lashley dodges in return, for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up and Lashley fires up, too! Lashley waits on Otis to get up, but Otis blocks the Hurt Lock! Otis throws an elbow but Lashley still holds on. Otis powers Lashley to a corner and fires off back elbows from both sides! Otis then runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles! Lashley SPEARS Otis down!! Cover, GABLE attacks! Lashley advances by disqualification! Gable hammers away on Lashley, rains down fists, and there’s still one more man Lashley has to face! Gable and Otis haul Lashley up to POST him!

Otis drags Lashley out, feeds Lashley to Gable’s GERMAN SUPLEX, and then Otis hits a SPLASH! Who is the third man? THEORY HIMSELF!!

Bobby Lashley VS (Austin) Theory!

Of course “The Chosen One” wants to pick the bones! He rains down fists on Lashley and fans boo! Theory stomps away, flexes, and says this is HIS time! Theory CLUBS Lashley, CLUBS him again, stomps and kicks, then hauls Lashley into a corner to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Theory lets off at 4, and storms around shouting at Lashley. But then Lashley hits back with counter punches! Theory kicks a leg, but runs into a scoop! But Theory kicks and flails and gets to the apron to HOTSHOT Lashley!

Theory somersaults and SHOTGUNS Lashley down! Theory wants to finish this and he tells Lashley to get up! Fans boo while Theory fireman’s carries, A TOWN- NO, Lashley turns it into a leg capture cradle! LASHLEY WINS!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)

Theory was angry before, but now he’s furious! Lashley survives three opponents and now has his golden ticket to Las Vegas! Will Theory lose his cool and lose the title, too? Or can the “new face of the WWE” find a way to save face and survive the All Mighty?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Sarah asks if Bianca was surprised by Mella winning and becoming new #1 contender to the Raw Women’s Championship? Bianca says yes and no. Mella was away but she showed up and showed out. Mella is always an amazing competitor, a former Ms. MITB, Women’s Tag Team Champion and Women’s Champion, so Bianca isn’t going to underestimate her. She’ll treat Mella like she does Rhea. Bianca stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready, because she is the strongEST, the fastEST, the- Mella cheap shots her!! Always ready, huh? Well, watch your back, because #MellaIsMoney! Mella runs off, but will Bianca be more than ready to bust her in Las Vegas?

 

The Miz heads to the ring!

The Hollywood A-Lister promises a phenomenal edition of MizTV tonight with AJ Styles as his guest! What will Miz asks Styles on the road to MITB? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and says he is anxious to get to the bottom of what’s been going on with his guest. Get up out of your seats for the Phenomenal AJ Styles! Fans fire up as Styles makes his entrance, and Miz jams out to Styles’ theme song as Styles makes his way to the ring. They sit and Miz thanks Styles for being here. Styles has been going through some “issues” lately, such as Edge attacking Styles going into WrestleMania. Then when Styles tried to get payback, Edge used the ol’ numbers game by starting The Judgement Day.

What did Styles do? Got himself an ally in Finn Balor, only for Finn Balor to join The Judgement Day. And then last week, Styles wanted to punish Rollins so bad for what he did to Cody Rhodes, it cost Styles a spot in the MITB ladder match. And to top it all off, earlier tonight, Styles’ former tag team partner, the 7’3″ giant, Omos, qualified for the MITB match. Miz says he’s not gonna lie, but he’s embarrassed for Styles. Miz, a two-time Mr. MITB, would not let an opportunity- Okay, okay, c’mon. Styles asks if Miz only asked him out here to get a rise out of him? If so, he’s going about this all wrong.

No, no, Miz says Styles has The Miz wrong. Styles is here on MizTV so that the “young, naïve University of Nebraska students could get a preview of what it’s like to become a failure.” Fans boo and Miz smirks, but Styles asks if that was supposed to sting. These fans are young, but they’re not naïve. The one who is naïve is Miz. Miz clearly doesn’t watch college football, because if he did, he’d know that Nebraska is Cornhusker Country! Fans chant “GO BIG RED!” But if we’re talking corn, Miz must feel like the failure since Maryse married a man with tiny little popcorns. Maybe smaller? Miz says this is not going to be a thing.

Oh, no, Miz’s tiny balls are a thing. NO! It is not a thing! Yes, it is. It isn’t! Styles asks the fans: Are Miz’s tiny balls a thing or not? “YES! YES! YES!” “POPCORN BALLS! POPCORN BALLS!” Miz says he does NOT have tiny balls!! His balls are MASSIVE!! And Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in WWE history! More wins here than Styles could ever dream of! The fans are all excited for the 20th Anniversary Cena Celebration? Well Miz BEAT Cena at the main event of WrestleMania! Miz has a beautiful wife, a perfect family, and The It Family reinvented reality television with Miz & Mrs., and a brand new episode is on right after Raw! Miz is a SUCCESS STORY!

But what Miz wants to know about Styles is, “What does it feel like to be a huge disappointment?” Styles hopes fans see what Miz is doing. He’s trying to get Styles to pop off, right? But Styles won’t play that game. Yes, things haven’t gone his way. He isn’t in MITB and that’s on him. One of his best friends betrayed him, not so Too Sweet. And there was his time in the Seth Rollins VS Cody Rhodes saga. Styles lost, and that’s on him. He’s been through adversity before. How do you think he became Phenomenal? But see here’s the thing: When Styles gets disrespected, he doesn’t come out to some talk show and run his mouth like Miz does.

When Styles gets disrespected, he does this! Styles CLOBBERS Miz with the microphone! But then TOMMASO CIAMPA attacks Styles!? Is Ciampa Miz’s guardian psycho or something?! Will Styles do something about this after the break?

 

AJ Styles VS Tommaso Ciampa!

Raw returns, the bell rings and the two rush each other! Styles puts Ciampa in a corner, fires off hands, then whips corner to corner. Ciampa reverses, Styles hits buckles but LARIATS Ciampa back! Miz is on commentary, of course, while Styles hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Styles brings Ciampa up. Ciampa CLAWS Styles’ face then HEADBUTTS him! Ciampa CLUBS Styles, Miz complains about Styles’ sucker punch, and Ciampa CHOPS Styles. Ciampa whips, Styles reverses, and Styles hurdles, drops and dropkicks! Byron Saxton asks if Miz knew Ciampa was lurking, and Miz says no. He hasn’t had a single conversation with Ciampa in his life.

Styles seethes while Ciampa bails out. Ciampa checks his teeth, but Styles slingshots. Ciampa slides in and dropkicks Styles down! Then KNEES him off the apron! Miz likes that! Ciampa gets Styles up, puts him in the ring, and then runs in to KNEE Styles back down! Miz wants Ciampa to pin Styles and Ciampa covers, TWO! Miz does note that if you’re paying attention, every strike of Ciampa’s is just vicious. Ciampa stomps Styles, paces around him, then drags him up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Byron does ask Miz why he wanted Styles as a guest, and Miz asks back how Byron is still on commentary when he adds nothing.

Ciampa tries another cover, ONE! Ciampa sits Styles up to ELBOW Styles in the head! Miz says he asks the hard hitting questions, so that is what he did with Styles. Ciampa clamps on a chinlock and grinds Styles down. Styles endures, even as Ciampa pushes up for leverage. Fans rally, Styles fights up, and he throws body shots. Ciampa swings but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up, Styles runs in and hits a clothesline in the corner! Then he fireman’s carries Ciampa for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Styles brings Ciampa up and calls for The Clash!

But Ciampa wrenches out, gets around, ripcord and ROLLING ELBOW! Ciampa reels Styles in, underhooks the arms, but Styles blocks the lift to lift Ciampa for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Both men are down and Miz looks worried. Ciampa gets to a corner, Styles runs in, but Ciampa puts Styles out on the apron. Styles ROCKS Ciampa, adjusts his elbow pad, and springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

But Miz is right off commentary to run in! But Styles dodges and PELES! Miz wobbles, Styles reels him in, and fans fire up! STYLES CLASH!! Styles wins against Ciampa and he gets the last word on The Miz! Will Styles make a phenomenal rise back up?

 

Kevin Patrick interviews Veer Mahaan on stage.

Last week, the Lion of India defeated Rey Mysterio after a series of assaults, some of which were brutal, maybe even “gruesome.” Veer says, “Only some? That’s a shame. Because what I did to the Mysterios was just the beginning. The WWE has never seen hunger like mine before. I love carnage. No one knows how to stop me, because I can’t be stopped.” Veer says in Punjabi that WWE can send anyone against him, but it won’t matter. In English, he says, “I will not be stopped until there is nothing left to pick upon the bones. Fear Veer!” The look on his face says it all, no matter what language you speak. Will the Lion of India become the king of the WWE jungle?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Becky Lynch VS Asuka!

This match was meant to happen before Rhea Ripley’s injury and the Fatal 5 Way was made, and it’s still happening since neither The Man nor The Empress won that Fatal 5 Way. Will The Big Time Comeback still stay on track? Or is Becky still, still, still not ready for Asuka?

Raw returns and Asuka makes her entrance. But Becky rushes out of the ring to get her at the ramp! Becky hammers away on Asuka, drags her towards the ring, CLUBS her more, then whips her into the apron! But Asuka elbows back! Asuka gets in the ring, takes off the jacket, and Becky gets back in! The ref has them hold on, the bell rings, and Asuka tackles Becky! Fans fire up as the two scrap! Asuka gets the ARMBAR!! Becky hurries to get up, stacks to a cover, TWO! Becky wants the arm but Asuka trips her! Asuka stomps Becky’s butt, runs, but has to roll over the dropdown. Asuka whips, Becky RAMS shoulders, but neither falls!

Becky runs, Asuka follows and runs Becky over! Fans fire up with Asuka and she drags Becky into the chicken wing! Becky hurries to throw Asuka out of the ring! Becky runs and WRECKS Asuka with the baseball slide! Fans fire up, Becky smacks Asuka off the apron, then again on the other side of the corner. The ring count is 7, Becky puts Asuka in, but then Asuka KICKS Becky in the ropes! And again and again and again! The ref reprimands, Asuka lets off to run, and she HIP ATTACKS Becky to the floor! Fans fire up and Asuka goes out after Becky. Becky kicks low, then drags Asuka up to smack off the apron again.

Becky puts Asuka in, climbs up a corner while fans cheer and jeer, but Asuka CHOPS Becky first! Asuka climbs up after Becky now and fans fire up, but Becky blocks the superplex! Becky throws body shots, DECKS Asuka, then gets back up, only for Asuka to dodge the missile dropkick! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Asuka KICKS Becky in the chest again and again, but Becky blocks to ROCK Asuka! And EuroUpper! Becky whips Asuka to a corner, Asuka goes up, but Becky DECKS her! Asuka tumbles to apron then the floor! Becky is back in control while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns one more time, Becky hits a leg drop, brother! Becky runs but Asuka avoids this next leg drop, and she runs to SLIDING LEG LARIAT! Both women are down and fans fire up again! Asuka and Becky slowly rise while a standing count starts, and they’re both up at 5 of 10. They throw haymakers back and forth, then Asuka fires off palm strikes! Becky blocks a backhand but Asuka catches the haymaker to arm hooks. Becky fights the backslide so Asuka spins her to a cradle! TWO, and Asuka mule kicks! Asuka runs, Becky follows but Asuka dodges, and Asuka FLYING LARIATS! Becky gets to a corner, Asuka HIP ATTACKS her!

Asuka waistlocks, Becky throws an elbow but Asuka ducks it! BACKHAND! BACKHAND! SOBAT! Front kick and- NO, Becky ducks the next backhand, but the HEEL KICK hits! Down goes Becky, but Asuka gets her up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Becky sits up in a daze, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is shocked but she drags Becky back up. Asuka has the chicken wing and wants the crossface, but Becky switches around! Becky steals the ASUKA LOCK!! Asuka fights free of the crossface, pries the legs apart, and has an ANKLE LOCK! Becky hurries to roll but Asuka rolls with her! Becky tries again, but Asuka still holds on!

Becky rolls Asuka into buckles! Becky hobbles over, bumps Asuka off buckles, KICKS her in the back and CLUBS her in the chest! Cover, TWO!! Becky is frustrated, she drags Asuka up and throws her through ropes. Becky fires off forearms and uppercuts and a sobat! Becky then climbs for a GUILOTINE- NO, Asuka avoids the leg drop for an ASUKA LOCK in the ropes! Asuka lets go at 4, fans fire up with her as she climbs, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives again but Asuka is too tired to be upset. Becky rolls all the way out of the ring, but Asuka aims from the apron. SLIDING- NO, Becky dodges, hops up, but Asuka KICKS her leg!

Asuka then gets under Becky, but Becky stomps Asuka against the apron, and hits an APRON LEG DROP! Becky leaps, into a KNEE from Asuka! Both women are down and fans are fired up! The ring count is climbing, and it passes 5! Then 8! Both women are in at 9.9!! Asuka and Becky get up, they throw forearms back and forth! They stand, Becky ducks a kick to MAN- NO, victory roll! But Becky blocks it to have her own cover! TWO, but Becky is after an arm! Asuka holds off the Disarm-Her, wants the ropes, but Becky drags her away! Asuka rolls Becky, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, ASUKA WINS!!

Winner: Asuka, by pinfall (advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match)

Becky was ready for Asuka, but she wasn’t able to withstand what Asuka brought to the fight! And now Becky is having a Big Time MELTDOWN! She’s ripping up the announce desk and kicking the steel steps! With only two spots left, is the window on the comeback closing? As for Asuka, can she become a TWO-TIME Empress in the Bank?


My Thoughts:

This was actually a great Raw that built towards Money in the Bank. Except for Vince making a random appearance to do, guess what? Nothing of substance, just like he did on Friday. We all knew Cena was making his return on June 27th, it has been advertised for weeks. Vince showing up was just so he could have more TV time and get the fans to cheer for him out of habit. So stupid, just tone deaf filler.

Moving on, a shame Rhea got hurt this close to MITB, but if there is one thing WWE does well even now, it’s that they can improvise with amazing results. Bianca has a good promo segment with Becky, Asuka, Liv, Alexa and Carmella, and that Fatal 5 was an awesome match. But with Alexa and Liv already in the Women’s MITB and Asuka canceling out with Becky, of course Mella won. Mella will of course lose to Bianca, no harm done and I hope Rhea is healed up in time for SummerSlam. Bianca and Rhea can have an awesome SummerSlam match, Nashville is Tennessee and Bianca will basically be the hometown hero, that place will be on fire for her.

Becky and Asuka then gave us a killer main event to continue with things as planned. I was a little surprised that Becky lost, but I also do feel this is a great way to give Asuka a second chance at being Ms. MITB. Her first run wasn’t even a run because Becky went on maternity leave and Asuka was automatically made champion. At the same time, COVID was in the way of last time, so Asuka can really have a lot of fun with teasing a cash-in this time. Out of the field so far, it’s really either her or Lacey Evans, anyway. And Lacey doesn’t necessarily need the MITB contract for her story, she can just flip that switch and be Heel a la Kurt Angle (as much as I don’t want that to happen cuz again, they set it all up with her tragic backstory of hers).

The Men’s MITB qualifier was a bit of a surprise. I thought this was going to be Riddle’s win, but I suppose Omos is still being built strong, and Riddle was under 100% with the rib tape. Plus, with a story now starting with Rollins and Riddle in Cody’s absence, Rollins gets to pick on Riddle after the loss. Riddle surely finds another way in, MITB is going to be in Vegas! The crowd will love having a hometown hero there. As for Omos and MVP, what the hell happened with Ziggler & Roode? Did they just not care about continuing that? Also why are they bringing back the stage position now? Veer’s interview promo was still fine, but why did it have to be on stage? It just seemed weird.

Meanwhile, we got a great 1v1 match from Dawkins and Jey, and it makes sense the singles matches would be 1-1 so that the math is a wash. Just like last week, I can’t say who wins, but it’d be a great opportunity for Profits to win in Vegas. Theory gloating on the Pose-Down podium was a strange thing to follow up last week with, but it worked out perfectly to set up Lashley showing up and getting him back. That gauntlet match was also awesome stuff, with Gable and Otis getting to look great. I should’ve expected Theory being the third man, and that costing him was great stuff. With their title match happening at MITB, after Cena’s appearance, it could go either way as Theory can feud with Cena even without the title.

MizTV was a decent segment, but of course the continued mocking of Miz’s nuts is hilarious. Ciampa always being around when Miz gets in a bad situation is interesting, but we did get a good match out of Styles VS Ciampa. A little confused as to why Finn and Priest couldn’t still do Judgement Day related things but oh well, maybe they’ll give us something next week. We at least need Styles VS Finn set up for SummerSlam, that’ll be awesome stuff. In another timeline, Styles VS Finn would be the Undisputed WWE Champion match, not Roman VS Lesnar, but we’re cursed to be in this timeline.

And segment of the night, maybe even all week and all month was everything with Elias, Ezekiel and Kevin Owens. Yes, obvious Ezekiel and Elias are still the same person but what an amazing and thought out way to give us both of them in the WWE Universe. The irony is that Kevin is absolutely right about the video editing and the beard, but they did a great job in kayfabe to turn that all around. And I love that the graphic hyping next week’s match includes “Elrond” or “Elrod” or whatever, just to play along with Kevin. Kevin VS Ezekiel next week should definitely be a MITB qualifier on top of everything, but even if it isn’t, that will be the best match Kevin and Zeke have put on yet.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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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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