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

Who survived Hell… in a Cell?

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WWE Raw 2022

Ain’t no rest for the weary!

Bianca Belair is still Raw Women’s Champion, and that doesn’t sit well with Becky Lynch! Will the Big Time Comeback continue towards Money in the Bank?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Becky Lynch VS Dana Brooke; transformed into…
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Big Time Interruption: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch; Dana wins and retains the title.
  • The Miz w/ Maryse VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win and will challenge for the titles.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan; Veer wins, by disqualification.
  • Omos w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander; Omos wins.
  • Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Ezekiel; Ezekiel wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Rhea wins and will challenge Bianca Belair for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!

Despite a torn pectoral muscle, the American Nightmare fought inside Hell in a Cell with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and came out the victor! Cody is in a great mood from that victory, but it is clear his arm is still bothering him. Fans fire up as Cody gets to the ring, the pyro going off. The Money in the Bank briefcases hang high overhead but Cody just worries about soaking up the adulation from Green Bay! Cody gets the mic, and welcomes them to the show. Fans chant, “Thank You, Cody!” for last night, and Cody says stuff like that fills his heart. He does love it, but he does want to say this, too. He saw all the comments on social media about his effort, many praising it and loving it.

But Cody wants to say that he doesn’t really believe in that, simply because it is a privilege to do what he does. He loves the fans, they have no clue how much. And he will admit tearing his pectoral off the bone is demoralizing, but he doesn’t want to be sad, doesn’t want to be melancholy or downtrodden. “We talk a lot about the other Rhodes in my family. There is one you haven’t been introduced to yet. For those who don’t know, I have a daughter. And… when she is old enough, I want her to watch what happened last night, and I want her to know that in the darkest of times, in what could’ve been the lowest point in my career, in what could’ve been the absolute worst night, in what was a literal hell, I was not cynical, I was not jaded. I stood and fought!”

Fans cheer for that, and chant Cody’s name. Cody says he fought one of the very best wrestlers in the history of this game in Seth Freakin’ Rollins. The fans boo and Cody says he doesn’t like Rollins, either. But the chapter, the trilogy, it has been written and put in the archives. Cody is officially done with Seth Rollins. “So with that in mind… I wanna talk about what’s above me.” He looks up at the briefcases, and he mentions the MITB contract has eluded him his entire career. And certainly, he is a little banged up. But in four weeks time, if somehow, if someway, he was able to climb the ladder, he was able to grab the briefcase, he was able to cash that sucker in and become the UNDISPUTED WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION…

But here comes Seth Rollins! Seems the Architect isn’t done with Cody. Rollins hobbles his way to the ring, eyes locked on Cody and the ring. Rollins gets in the ring and gets a mic while fans boo. Rollins tells Cody, “I still do not like you. But after what you put yourself through last night, you have earned my respect. And the world is saying, maybe one of the gutsiest performances in the history of this industry, and that is the truth.” Rollins says Cody is the toughest person he’s been in the ring with. And he may be the last person Cody needs to hear this from, but Rollins says Dusty is very, very proud of his baby boy.

Fans chant for Cody and Cody gets a bit emotional. Rollins says Cody came out after WrestleMania to show Rollins respect, so now Rollins returns the favor. Rollins offers a handshake, and Cody takes it. Rollins pats Cody on the shoulder, then hobbles his way out of the ring. Is this the Visionary letting his obsession with the American Nightmare go? What does Cody’s future look like with his torn pectoral muscle?

Wait, Seth attacks Cody at the stage with a sledgehammer!! The Architect was NOT going to leave Cody be! Rollins rips Cody’s vest and shirt away to expose the already damaged pec, and then pulls on that arm! Referees try but fail to stop Rollins from STOMPING the arm!! Officials come out but Rollins ignores them as he digs the hammer into the arm! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Rollins but it doesn’t matter, he got the last word on their story. Has Rollins just written Cody’s future off for good?

Raw returns and Cody starts to get up on his own. Fans cheer, Cody hobbles and drops to a knee, but he gets up again. Fans cheer more, and Cody makes his way to the back.

 

Becky Lynch VS Dana Brooke!

The Man isn’t feeling so Big Time after losing the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat. But that doesn’t mean the comeback is over! Will Becky take out the #FlexAppeal and find her new path back to the top?

The bell rings and Becky kicks Dana low, then fires off fists! Becky talks smack on Dana, but wait, the 24/7 Championship chase runs out here! Akira Tozawa has Reggie, R-Truth and Tamina right after him! They corner him, but he goes into the ring! Dana ROCKS Becky, and rolls Tozawa up! Dana wins against Tozawa!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Tozawa and the others are shocked! Dana has her belt back, and Becky says NO NO NO! What the heck is all this? No one is winning titles during her matches except her! So Becky is challenging Dana for the 24/7 Championship right now! And if anyone else interferes, she will smash their faces in! The refs have everyone else leave, and Dana is just fine with that challenge. Will Becky make the Big Time 24/7 after the break?

WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Becky and dana circle, Becky kicks then BECKSPLODERS! Becky kicks Dana around while mockingly congratulating her. Becky then hauls Dana up for another BECKSPLODER! And then another BECKSPLODER! But now Asuka interrupts! She wasn’t included in that ringside ban, right? Becky is furious, she hurries to get Dana up, a forth BECKSPLODER! #SuBECKSCity! Asuka gets on the apron, Becky swipes at her, Dana rolls Becky up! TWO!! Becky CLOBBERS Dana, and if she wasn’t mad before, she is now! Becky runs in at the corner but Dana dodges! Dana then kicks low, KICKS again, and dropkicks Becky to a corner!

Dana fires off forearms, whips corner to corner and handspring back elbows to a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Dana up and she drags Becky to a drop zone. Dana heads up top, SWANTON FLOPS, and Becky BOOTS Dana down! Becky taunts Asuka now, drags Dana up, but Dana trips Becky to jackknife! Asuka holds Becky’s foot down, Dana wins!!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)

And Becky is Big Time FURIOUS! She warns the Empress of Tomorrow that she’ll pay for this, but will Becky still not be ready for Asuka?

 

John Cena is returning to the WWE!

To celebrate 20 YEARS of You Can’t See Me, THE John Cena is going to return to Monday Night Raw on June 27th in Laredo, Texas!

 

The Miz and Maryse are here!

With the season three premiere of Miz & Mrs. later tonight, The It Couple is here together for a very special edition of MizTV. And their special guest? The Stallion, Matt Riddle! What will Riddle have to say about his devastating loss on SmackDown? And what will Miz & Maryse have to say about, well, themselves? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and asks we give a warm welcome to the most gorgeous, sexy, smart, businesswoman and entrepreneur, the love of his life, Maryse! Fans cheer until the It Couple get lovey-dovey. Miz say she loves that MITB is coming up! Did you know that if you cash in, you have an 85% chance of winning a world title? Miz knows this because he’s done it twice! And if he does it again, that would be a record breaking third time, just another thing on his prestigious resume. But that’s then, this is now, welcome to their premiere party! Right after Raw is a DOUBLE EPISODE premiere for Miz & Mrs!

Maryse thanks everyone and she is so excited to talk about their show. But she is not excited to be in Green Bay… She was telling her team this is where she was going, and they didn’t even know where Green Bay was! Fans boo but Maryse continues. This is such a big show, they should go somewhere that matters. Miz does his best to silence the crowd because Maryse is talking! Do not disrespect her! But “Bro…” Riddle makes his entrance without an introduction! Riddle scooters right down the ramp, gets in the ring, and there go the sandals and… kangaroos? Riddle says, “Whoa, what’s with all the harsh vibes? I thought this was a celebration.”

And of course, bonjour, Maryse. Omulette du fromage, mi amo es Riddle. Uh, he kinda mixed languages there… And Maryse goes full French to basically say Riddle got it wrong. He says, “Gesundheit.” Anyway, big shout out to his bro, Randy! Love you, dawg! Come back soon! Unlike his stepdad. Miz shouts at Riddle about interrupting them just to talk about Randy~! Miz will speak very slowly: Randy, Orton’s, career, is OVER! And now Riddle is all alone, and will get his ass whooped week after week by The Bloodline. So excuse them, they have a party to get to. Riddle tells Miz to shut the hell up! Riddle is going to finish what he was saying.

Riddle is tired of fighting Roman’s minions week after week, and he wants to tell Roman that he wants to fight “The Tribal Piece of Trash!” Since Roman thinks it’s cool to take his bro, Randy, out, Riddle will take Roman’s Undisputed Universal Championship!! Fans are fired up but Miz is laughing. Riddle tells Miz there’s a reason why his homie, Cena, is playing Peacemaker and Miz is just a homemaker while his wife drags him around by his tiny little balls! Miz looks down as if anyone can tell. Fans chant, “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” Maryse says Riddle can’t talk to Miz like that! Just so Riddle knows, Miz has average balls.

Maryse, c’mon! No, right, above average! THE GIGANTICAST BALLS IN THE WORLD! Riddle wants Miz to prove it! Fans chant, “PROVE IT! PROVE IT!” What is wrong with these people!? Maryse says if Riddle wants to fight, then he and Miz can fight right here, right now! Well Riddle says RKBRO 4:20 says “I just smoked your ass!” Miz tells everyone to wait! He is in a tux, this is the premiere party! If fans want to see this here and now, then the answer is NO! Riddle and fans are disappointed, but we should’ve known this would happen. But wait! Tommaso Ciampa BLINDSIDES Riddle?! Even Miz is surprised by that one!

“On second thought… Let’s have that match right here, right now!” The A-Lister is a vulture! But will he be picking the bones of The Bro? Or will Riddle be able to get back up and make an example out of Miz?

 

The Miz w/ Maryse VS Matt Riddle!

Raw returns and Miz hits a kitchen sink knee, still in his slacks! Miz clamps onto Riddle with a chinlock but Riddle endures. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, throws body shots, but Miz CLUBS Riddle. Riddle counter punches Miz, fires off palm strikes, then BOOTS Miz into a spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, runs into the corner and forearm smashes! Then he goes side to side to hit another! Miz fights off the Brosploder, but runs into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Riddle puts Miz through the ropes! DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up again as Riddle hears those voices, bro! Miz gets up, and blocks the RKO to then get out!

But Riddle is on the apron! Maryse saves Miz from the Penalty Kick! Riddle chases Miz back to the apron, and he has the pants! Riddle RIPS the pants off Miz! Fans are fired up as Miz has to cover up his balls! Miz elbows Riddle, fans chant “TINY BALLS!” but Maryse slips Miz the purse! Maryse distracts the ref, but Riddle dodges the purse attack! RKO!! Cover, Riddle wins!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Maryse tried but failed to help her husband, but at least now she can cover up his manhood with that purse. Will Miz ever live this down? Will Riddle rage his way to revenge on Roman and the Bloodline?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey retained the titles by damaging Shinsuke Nakamura’s leg and then having “Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn trick everyone into thinking Roman Reigns was making his entrance. Will they use similar tactics to cheat Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins? Or will the Profits be up as they get that smoke?

The teams sort out, Dawkins starts against Jimmy but then Dawkins DECKS Jey! Roll-up on Jimmy, TWO! Backslide, TWO!! Jimmy escapes, Dawkins dodges and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Jimmy up, tags Ford, and they whip Jimmy to then DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Jimmy bails out and regroups with Jey but Ford fires up with Green Bay! Jey and Jimmy refocus, Jimmy gets in at 6 of 10, then tags Jey. Jey and Ford circle now, they approach and Jey kicks low. Jey RAMS Ford into the corner again and again, fires off hands, but lets off as the ref counts 4.

Fans boo but Jey soaks up the heat with finger to the sky. Jey brings Ford up but Ford counter punches! And CHOPS! Ford brings Jey around, whips but Jey reverses, only for Ford to dropkick him down! Ford brings Jey over, tags Dawkins, and they whip Jey to double shoulder tackle! Then BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Dawkins covers, TWO! Jey bails out and he regroups with Jimmy. Ford taunts the Usos while the ring count climbs. Jey gets in at 6, but he stays back. Dawkins tags Ford back in, Ford and Jey approach. Ford dodges the uppercut to waistlock but Jey fights, only for Ford to back suplex!

Ford whips Jey, Jey holds ropes, but Ford clotheslines Jey out! Ford goes out after Jey and fans fire up! Ford wants Jey to get up, he mocks the finger to the sky, and hits a CANNONBALL off the steps! Fans fire up and Ford even hugs some of them while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Dawkins has Jey in an armlock. Jey power sup, Jimmy tags in, and Jey whips so the Usos can DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Dawkins! Jimmy stomps Dawkins, fans rally, but Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Jimmy CHOKES Dawkins on the ropes, lets off, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jey gets away with that. Jimmy dares Dawkins to crawl to Ford, then Jimmy stomps him! Tag to Jey, Jimmy RAMS into Dawkins, and Jey runs in to forearm smash! Dawkins drops, Jey covers, TWO! Jey keeps on Dawkins with ground ‘n’ pound but Dawkins guards his face.

Jey lets off, steps on Dawkins, then says #WeTheOnes! Jey tells Ford to watch this, and he brings Dawkins up to say, “You want the smoke?!” Jey DECKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos split the wishbone! Dawkins writhes and crawls to ropes but Jimmy taunts him. Jimmy puts Dawkins in a corner and rains down fists! Jimmy backs up and shouts, “UCE! OH!” Jimmy goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Dawkins flounders, reaches out for Ford, but Jimmy stomps the hand! Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins and Dawkins falls to the apron. Jimmy says Dawkins is in the ring with a true tag team!

But Dawkins starts throwing hands! He ROCKS Jimmy, DECKS Jey, but Jimmy DRAGON WHIP KICKS Dawkins down! Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey CLOBBERS Dawkins! Tag to Jey, but both Usos get Dawkins up, to double whip into steel steps! Dawkins is down and Ford is furious as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey CLOBBERS Ford! Cover, TWO! Jey is furious but the fans fire up! Jey pushes Ford to the ropes, runs in, but FOrd elbows back! Dawkins sneaks a tag, Jey run sin but is sent out! Ford PLANCHAS and takes out Jey! Jimmy DIVES onto Ford! But Dawkins builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on both Usos and Green Bay is thunderous! Dawkins puts Jey in, tags Ford, then ANOINTING to FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, Jimmy breaks it!! Jimmy saves the match, but Dawkins drags Jimmy out to RAM into the barriers! Ford goes out after Jey and CLUBS him. Ford whips but Jey reverses to POST Ford!

Jey gets Ford up, whips him and Ford flies into the barriers! But the ring count is climbing! Jey aims, SUPER- NO, Ford gets under the kick to dump Jey into the timekeeper’s area! Ford rushes in at 9.9! THE PROFITS WIN!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by count-out (NEW #1 Contenders to the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships)

Two week sin a row, and the Usos get taken for a loss! Riddle comes out to celebrate with his bros, and he says maybe the Usos need watches! The Profits have their golden tickets now, but will they be able to cash in? Or will the Usos make sure to have their back-up with them next time?

 

Bobby Lashley is here!

Green Bay fires up for the All Mighty as he is victorious after taking on Omos and MVP at once! But what will he have to say about what’s next? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Lashley has the mic while fans chant his name. “What’s up, Green Bay? I’ve got a lot to talk about. Y’know, this never had to end like this between MVP and I. I mean, after years and years of grinding, I considering MVP my family. But that’s what he wanted. And then at Hell in a Cell, MVP and Omos had every advantage against me in the book, but that still wasn’t enough to take down the All Mighty. The saying goes, you never interrupt your enemies when they’re making a mistake. And the biggest mistake MVP ever made was to stab me in my back.

“So I was asked, ‘How did it feel when you had MVP wrapped up and he was screaming and begging as I had him in that Hurt Lock? And I can say, it felt damn good. So now that I have MVP and Omos in my rear view mirror, I was just thinking…” (Austin) Theory walks out? He doesn’t know what authority allows Lashley to come out and steal the spotlight, but this is Theory’s time that he deserves, not Lashley’s! But Lashley is here because someone helped him! Theory is here because he won his match all by himself! So with all due respect, get out of Theory’s ring! Oh, selfie first. Lashley tells Theory he does mind. This isn’t Theory’s ring, this is Lashley’s ring!

And while Lashley is thinking about it, let’s settle this like gentlemen and fight about it. Well, okay. But check out the bicep! Theory laughs in Lashley’s face, but Lashley shows off his bicep. IF Theory is being all Mr. Selfie Boy and thinks he can win, then maybe… Put the US Championship on the line! Is that what everyone wants? Fans say “YES!” Theory says Lashley doesn’t deserve it! Sure, Lashley beat Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton, just to name a few, but he hasn’t beaten Theory, “Mr. McMahon’s protégé, the youngest United States Champion in WWE History!” But then Lashley BOOTS Theory out of the ring!

Lashley tells the kid to take a walk then. Theory is furious, but will this goad Theory into giving Lashley a shot at the gold?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan!

It’s a rematch from when the Lion of India returned to Raw, but with a big change! The King of Lucha will be in his son’s corner and coaching him on, but will that be enough for Dom to avenge himself? Or will he learn firsthand to #FearVeer?

Raw returns and Veer makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dom waistlocks, but Veer pries free and switches. Veer SLAMS Dom down, brings him back up but Dom gets to ropes. The ref counts, Veer brings Dom away from ropes and SLAMS him again! Dom manages to roll free, and he mocks Veer’s Namaste. Veer rushes in but he gets thrown out! Veer is annoyed and he hurries back in. Dom goes out, the cat ‘n’ mouse game begins, going in and out of the ring. Dom gets back in and Veer stops, knowing Dom is just toying with him. But then Dom taunts Veer and Veer rushes back in!

The chase continues Dom gets back in then he dropkicks Veer down! Dom fires off forearms but Veer shoves him down! Fans rally, Dom runs in but Veer pops him up. Dom lands on the apron and KICKS Veer away! And again! Dom then slingshots in and WRECKS Veer with a dropkick! Dom eggs Veer on, Veer gets in, but Dom drops a leg on him! Dom runs, Veer hits the THESZ PRESS! Rey coaches Dom but Veer looms over him. Fans boo but Veer taunts Rey. Veer kicks Dom, drags him up and CLUBS him back down! Veer hauls Dom up, fireman’s carries, but Dom grabs at the ropes! Fans rally, Veer tosses Dom out!

Dom lands on the apron, shoulders in, and again! Veer clamps onto Dom to throw him down on the apron! Fans boo but Veer goes out to fetch Dom. Veer taunts Rey more, then brings Dom up, to throw into Rey! Veer then BOOTS Rey! Veer soaks up the heat from the fans while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Veer clamps onto Dom’s shoulders! Fans rally as Dom endures and fight sup. Dom throws body shots but Veer knees him low. Veer whips Dom to a corner, runs in but Dom dodges! Fans fire up and Dom hobbles away, but Veer runs in again. Dom drop toeholds Veer into buckles! Dom fires off fists, then brings Veer up. Veer reverses the whip, Dom goes up but gets caught! But Dom slips off, only for Veer to elbow him away! Veer ROCKS Dom with shots, then runs in at the corner again. Dom dodges and Veer POSTS himself! Dom runs in, CORNER 619! Veer staggers, falls, Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, ONE?!!?

Dom can’t believe Veer survived! Dom hurries to get Veer up, brings him into a corner and goes up. But Veer tosses Dom away, then MILLION DOLLAR LARIATS! Dom flounders but Veer hip drops onto him! But Rey SHOTGUNS Veer!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by disqualification

Rey SHOTGUNS Veer out of the ring! Then hits a 619!! Veer is staggering again while Rey gets Dom away! But he may have only angered the Lion of India. Will Veer make sure everyone, even the lucha libre legend, fears him?

 

The Judgement Day heads to the ring!

Edge, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley were victorious against AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan, becoming a well-oiled machine in the Mixed Six Tag. But now, they promise that their trio will become a quartet. Who will be joining them atop the mountain of omnipotence? We see, after the break.

Raw returns and Priest has the mic to tell the fans, “You know what time it is. All rise for The Judgement Day!” Fans boo instead. Rhea says, “Control is an illusion. An illusion that led AJ Styles, Liv Morgan and Finn Balor into thinking that they were going to succeed last night at Hell in a Cell. The Judgement Day was always destined for victory. We cannot be controlled, and our message is spreading like wildfire. Our destiny… has no limitations.” Priest says, “Truth spoken by Rhea Ripley! Our destiny has no limitations. And speaking of limitations, Rhea. Your destiny is to once again become the Raw Women’s Champion!”

Priest says Rhea will be one step closer to omnipotence after winning the Fatal 4 Way tonight, and goes on to defeat Bianca Belair at Money in the Bank! Edge says the adult in the room is speaking, so please be quiet. Edge has been doing this 30 years, so please close your mouths. The Judgement Day did what they vowed to do, and that is stand tall. But before Edge continues, he must tell his two Saints of Fate just how proud he is of them. They’ve grown, they’ve blossomed in a short time under his learning tree. Just look at Rhea Ripley! She is a superstar wrecking machine! Look at Priest and how he stands taller, head held higher, and oozing confidence!

The reason for that is, they listened to Edge. But they were not the only ones. There was another hearing their message. And Edge was right! So without any further ado, he will introduce to all of the fans, the newest member of The Judgement Day! It’s… Finn Balor?! The Prince is joining the trio that defeated him, Liv and Styles?! Edge shakes Finn’s hand and hands him a mic. Last night, Edge saw the look in Finn’s eyes change during the match. So when Rhea and Priest told Edge that Finn reached out, Edge was excited! Finn is one of the most talented men to step in the ring! So please, enlighten everyone here. How did this come to pass?

First of all, thanks for those kind words. The look that Edge saw in Finn’s eyes was of clarity. Clarity that joining them wasn’t a choice but a calling! It was a calling Finn refused to fight any longer! He is tired of pretending to be someone he’s not. Finn finally sees clearly, and needs to extend a debt of gratitude to Priest and Rhea. They fought with more conviction and focus than ever before. And Rhea? Rhea stood between Finn and Edge to shield Edge. Finn should’ve been mad, angry, furious, but he wasn’t! He was impressed and in awe. So much so that Finn reached out to them after. They got talking about this and that, and they realized they have more in common than they knew.

They’ve all grown tired of being told what to do. Priest says Edge is one of the greatest of all time. That is why it was so easy for Priest and Rhea to follow him into the darkness. And now, they’ve all realized that in this short time with Edge, he’s taught them how to get rid of any limitation holding them back. They are ready to shed that last bit of limitation holding them back. Edge smiles, but then Priest says it’s Edge! Priest DECKS Edge!! And then they all stomp away on Edge! He’s been betrayed by those he enlightened! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Finn is up top, Priest and Rhea put Edge in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE!!

The Judgement Day has added a new member, and removed their founder and leader! Edge gets to his feet and he fights back! But Priest and Finn mug Edge! Then they bring him out to the announce desk, for a RAZOR’S EDGE through the desk!! Fans are losing their minds as The Prince now stands over the Iconoclast! Edge still has fight in him!? Finn throws down fists and Priest has Rhea fetch something. Priest and Finn drag Edge into the ring, Rhea brings two chairs over! She puts those chairs in the ring, and even brings in another. Because on one, Rhea breaks off the crossbar and hands it to Finn! GLASGOW GRIN CROSSFACE!!

Rhea taunts Edge and Finn asks, “Who’s in control now?!” Priest has Finn let off, and then they set Edge’s head on a chair! Priest has Rhea be guard against the refs and officials! Priest roars and gives Edge a CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Edge suffers at the hands he tried to help! Fans boo but the Judgement Day revels in it! Has Edge fallen to the foot of the mountain of omnipotence? Will he ever get back up?

 

Omos w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander!

The Nigerian Giant is still fuming after PRIMED Alexander helped out Bobby Lashley. Cedric wants to stand on his own two feet, but will he even be able to stand at all after Omos gets his hands on him?

The bell rings and Cedric fires off on Omos! Omos withstands it, picks Cedric up, MOUNTAIN BOMB!! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

That was Omos’ most dominant and shortest match yet! But then wait, the Dirty Dawgs are here? Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler join Kevin Patrick on stage for an interview. Kevin Patrick welcomes them back and Roode says there is no better time to return than now! It’s going to be a Double D Summer cuz the Dirty Dawgs are going for Money in the Bank! But MVP interrupts to tell the Dawgs that they don’t disrespect them! This is wasting camera time on some clowns after Omos- SUPERKICK from Ziggler to MVP! Omos catches MVP from falling off the perch, and now the chase is on! Will the Dawgs end up suffering like Cedric just did?

 

Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Ezekiel!

The Prizefighter, Kevin Owens, defeated Elias’ younger brother but still couldn’t get the truth out of him. Will the Alpha Academy’s tree trunk fall on Zeke and make him speak? Or will Ezekiel rebound and manage to take Otis down?

Raw returns and Zeke makes his entrance. The bell rings, Zeke dodges Otis and CHOPS! Then fires off forearms! Otis blocks the whip, whips Zeke, then rolls to RAM Zeke! Zeke stays up but then Otis CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but Otis CLUBS Zeke. Otis bumps Zeke off buckles, CLUBS him in the chest, then tells Elias to stop lying! Otis RAMS into Zeke, and again, and again! The ref counts, Otis lets off, but then brings Zeke up into an EXPLODER! Zeke flounders and Otis covers, TWO! Otis says he’ll break Zeke’s head off with a neck wrench! Zeke endures, fans rally, and Zeke fights up. Zeke gets to his feet and manages to send Otis into buckles!

Zeke stagger sup, he throws haymakers and CHOPS! Fans rally up as Zeke fires off, then runs to LARIAT! Otis stays up so Zeke runs to LARIAT again! Otis still stays up, Zeke runs, but into a scoop! Zeke slips off, shoves and JUMP KNEES! Then Zeke runs, gets around, crucifix takedown! ZEKE WINS!

Winner: Ezekiel, by pinfall

The Academy is furious that they failed! But Zeke gets a mic to speak! “Kevin Owens! You challenged me to a one-on-one match at Hell in a Cell, and in my short career, it was the most important match of my life, but I feel short.” Maybe he was too #ZekedUp. But he has to keep going. And if there’s one thing he learned from his brother, Elias, it’s that everyone deserves a second chance. So Zeke wants a rematch, next week on Raw! Zeke waits and here comes Kevin! Kevin has a mic to say, “You want a rematch? I already beat you! Y’know what? I’m in such a good mood after beating the hell out of you last night, I’m feeling generous.” If Zeke wants his rematch, he’s got it!

On one condition. If he wants that rematch, Zeke must admit to the world right now that he IS Elias! Fans chant, “That’s Elias!” “No It’s Not!” Kevin tells Zeke to tell the fans that he is Elias! He tells the fans to shut up but Zeke says okay. Kevin has him. Wait, whoa, good start. But that’s not enough. Zeke must admit what? Say it! Look Kevin in the eyes when you do! Zeke admits… That his name… is Elias. Kevin says he knew it! He told all us idiots that he’s not the liar, Zeke is the liar! Kevin is a genius! He wins!! Uh, well, do they have the rematch or not? Yes, Kevin will beat the hell out of Elias again!

Wow, okay! Zeke didn’t think it’d be that easy. Zeke knew Kevin was thickheaded but wow! All Zeke had to do was take a page out of the Kevin Owens Playbook! What? What is he talking about? Uh, well, HE LIED! He’s ZEKE! JUMP KNEE! Down goes Kevin and Zeke bails out before the Academy gets back in! So Zeke tricked Kevin by lying? Will Kevin still keep to his word and give Zeke that rematch?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, toughEST, quickEST and perhaps cleverEST Raw Women’s Champion is going to be ringside to watch tonight’s main event! Who gets their shot at Bianca at Money in the Bank? We’re all going to see, after the break!

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H!

Raw returns and Alexa makes her entrance first. Piper is next, with the Almost Super Hero following her, and then Liv, leaving the Judgement Day’s Eradicator for last. Will Rhea’s brutality continue until she fulfills her golden destiny? Or will another step up to take on the EST at MITB?

Raw returns again and the bell rings. Rhea and Liv brawl, Alexa dodges Piper and jumps on for a SLEEPER! Piper RAMS Alexa into buckles, throws her off, Rhea HEADBUTTS Liv! Rhea and Piper are left in the ring and they talk some trash as they circle. Piper throws a forearm but Rhea give sit back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, and even try LARIATS! Rhea dodges, mule kicks, and tries to fireman’s carry. Piper is too big and strong, she CLUBS Rhea, then scoops her! Rhea slips off and CLUBS away on Piper! Rhea waistlocks but Piper goes to ropes and elbows Rhea away.

Liv and Alexa work together to trip and drag Piper out! They smack her off the apron, then go in after Rhea! Rhea swings, Liv dodges, but Rhea BOOTS Alexa! Rhea throws Liv down, drags her up, but Liv throws body shots! Liv JAWBREAKERS free, then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv rolls, runs in and back body- NO, Rhea waistlocks! Liv elbows but Rhea ripcords and short arm LARIATS! Rhea talks trash but Alexa CHOP BLOCKS! Alexa then kicks and KNEES Rhea! Alexa choke grips Rhea and says this is her show now! But Rhea choke grips back! Rhea knees Alexa low, then smirks as she CLUBS Alexa down.

Rhea says Alexa should try joining The Judgement Day, then she bumps her off buckles! And more buckles! Rhea stomps a mudhole into Alexa, but the ref has her back off so he can check Alexa. Alexa’s okay to continue, and she kicks back! And again! And again! Alexa CLUBS Rhea but Rhea CLUBS Alexa! Rhea shoves Alexa down, then drags her around by her hair. Rhea stomps Alexa in the ribs! Then stands on Alexa’s back! Fans boo but Rhea taunts Bianca. They wave at each other, Rhea hauls Alexa up and suplexes, but Liv kicks Rhea! Liv runs to SHOTGUN Alexa and make her DDT Rhea!

Liv runs at Alexa but Alexa ROCKS her from the apron! Alexa leaps at Rhea, but into her arms! Liv missile dropkicks them down! But Piper SENTONS Liv! Piper is fired up, as is Nikki, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Piper SLAPS Alexa! Fans rally for Alexa but Piper CLUBS her down. Nikki rallies for Piper and Piper drags Alexa into a cobra clutch. Piper thrashes Alexa around, but Alexa fights up and fans rally. Alexa claws at the hold, throws elbows, but Piper ripcords to short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Even Bianca’s a little surprised by that. Piper brings Alexa up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Piper blows a kiss while Alexa falls out, but Liv gets in to CODE BREAKER! Piper staggers to a corner, but Rhea CLOBBERS Liv! Liv gets up, dodges and SHOTGUNS Rhea! Liv fires off on Rhea, Rhea turns things around and hits back!

Liv BOOTS Rhea, goes up top, and FLYING RANAS! Alexa BOOTS Rhea from the other corner, but Piper POUNCES Liv! Alexa hits SUNSET BOMB on Rhea, but Piper SPLASHES Alexa! Cover, Liv breaks it! Bianca is fired up with the fans as this match continues! Liv gets Piper, kicks and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Piper stays up, swings, but Liv dodges. Piper CLOBBERS Liv at the ropes, reels her in, and SIT-OUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Alexa breaks it now! Piper snarls but this still isn’t done! Piper HEADBUTTS Alexa, then stomps her in a drop zone. Piper climbs up the corner, but Rhea is there to ROCK her!

Rhea fires off haymakers on Piper, then climbs up after her! Rhea CLUBS Piper, Piper throws body shots back, but Rhea tells Bianca this is for her. But Piper still fights! Liv and Alexa join in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double Powerbomb Superplex, and Bianca can’t help but wince from watching that crash landing. “This is Awesome!” and Liv hurries to cover Rhea! Alexa covers Piper, too, TWO!! The double covers don’t work out, but Piper and Rhea bail out. Liv rushes in, Alexa rolls her up, ONE! Liv rolls Alexa, TWO! Alexa hits a cradle, TWO!! Liv has it, ONE! Alexa, Liv, they roll and roll and roll! Fans are loving this!

They finally stop rolling, TWO!! Alexa kicks and DDTs Liv! But Alexa doesn’t cover, she drags Liv to a drop zone! Alexa goes up top, TWISTED BLISS onto knees! But Piper gets Alexa and tosses her out! Piper turns around, Liv goes up the ropes to springboard and CODE BREAKER! But Nikki disrupts ObLIVion! Alexa grabs Piper, Nikki goes after Alexa, DOUBLE LARIATS take those two out! Liv dodges Piper in the corner, then goes up top and leaps, into Piper’s arms! Piper MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, Rhea dropkicks it apart! Fans boo as Rhea hauls Piper up, pump handle, but Piper throws elbows. Rhea just uses that for a RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!

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

Brutality eradicates the competition, and now destiny could just be a month away! And to celebrate with their fellow Saint of Fate, Finn and Priest return to the ring. They all stare Bianca down but she’s the braveEST, too. She raises the belt high, but will she lose that belt at Money in the Bank?


My Thoughts:

Surprisingly, this was a very good after PPV/Premium Live Event episode for Raw. Obviously, they got Cody Rhodes’ pectoral injury issue out of the way. Cody sticking to his Face ways was hoping for a shot at MITB, but obviously that injury is real and there was no way he’d be able to be ready in just one month. Rollins gives us a great swerve and kayfabe reason why Cody will be missing time now, with claiming he respects Cody but then attacks him with the hammer. Now Cody has his kayfabe reason to be gone for no less than six months, Rollins has a lot more heat going towards MITB, and at the very least, Cody can return at the Royal Rumble.

Similarly, we followed up with a great fusion of segments with Becky Lynch and the 24/7 Championship Division. For a moment, I was conflicted. Becky winning to be Big Time 24/7 would’ve been an interesting story, but at the same time, there are many reasons why she doesn’t need that title. Asuka distracting Becky was a great way to keep their feud going, and they will definitely be part of the Women’s MITB match, too. And after what we saw in the main event, it’s pretty clear who else will be fighting in qualifiers.

Speaking of which, what a wild segment with The Judgement Day. I did not expect Finn to join, and seeing it, I thought he was going to swerve Edge by sucker punching him and Styles comes out. Instead, Finn joining isn’t the swerve, it was him and the others betraying Edge! This writes Edge off for a bit, not sure why or for how long, and who knows what Edge does when he returns. Is he going to somehow turn Face again when this is supposed to be the true Edge? Is he oddly going to be proud that his proteges did this because it’s “what he would’ve done?” The latter one makes more sense to me, somehow. I’m just bummed we aren’t getting Styles & Finn as tag champs.

Rhea being the new contender makes sense. Judgement Day has momentum now between the win at HIAC and what they did to Edge tonight, and it also felt like they were wanting to do more Rhea VS Bianca since Elimination Chamber. That match is going to be very good, could probably go either way, and we’ll have to wait and see who wins the MITB briefcase. Heels work better with the cash-in, and I feel like Becky’s story should be becoming Ms. MITB for her comeback. So Bianca can manage to win against Rhea, only for Becky to cash in on her. It would almost be like Becky revisiting SummerSlam 2021 and the quick win, so it’d bring this story full circle.

I legitimately laughed out loud with that MizTV section, especially when Riddle dared Miz & Maryse to prove Miz’s ball size. Riddle also gets a great win off Miz, Riddle will be rolling towards his title match with Roman. Riddle not being in MITB also opens up the way for someone else to be waiting in the back, watching Roman very closely as he competes with Riddle, with whoever is challenging Roman at SummerSlam, and with McIntyre on Clash at the Castle. At this point, Mr. MITB could be Rollins, in the off chance Cody’s return leads him to being the champion, and then Rollins can just ruin it all for him basically a year to the day from when Cody returned to the WWE.

Great tag match out of Usos VS Profits, and I like how they’re booking the Usos’ title reign right now. They can’t win without cheating, but they don’t lose in the ring either. I hope they’ll save this title match for MITB because they should. MITB will be a great event if both Undisputed Universal and Undisputed Tag Team titles were on the show. Lashley had a good promo, and just as I thought he was going to declare a top title challenge or MITB intentions, Theory shows up. Theory VS Lashley for the US title is surely happening, but I don’t see Lashley going back to the midcard title. Sadly, that means he’ll lose to Theory and then enter the MITB match.

Theory might end up confronting John Cena when he shows up on 6/27, too, since Cena also called Theory out in a TikTok Q&A. There is also how Vince apparently said Theory is the next Cena, so Theory VS Cena just seems like a natural move. I have a feeling Theory finds a way to beat Cena, too, just to prove Vince was right to say all that in the first place. Veer VS Dom being disqualified was a strange move, but I honestly don’t know why we didn’t get more out of Rey and Veer sooner. Omos squashing Cedric and then the Dawgs showing up was just very filler. Are the Dawgs the Faces or Heels? They feel like the Heels but then how are Omos and MVP Faces after what we’ve seen these past few months? I suppose Omos & MVP can turn, but this is all just too out of nowhere.

Zeke had a good match with Otis, but I should’ve figured he’d call Kevin out. I loved that clever way for Zeke to get his rematch with Kevin. Zeke saying he’s Elias doesn’t actually prove anything either, because anyone can say whatever words they want. But in the rematch next week, there needs to be some kind of Elias based distraction, and they can play it either way they want. Kevin can get distracted because he’s so obsessed, or Zeke can get distracted because he really is Elias and knows Elias can’t show up. Also, MITB entry should be on the line because why waste time? Two birds, one stone is how to do booking during the MITB build.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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