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Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (7/2/22)

VIVA LAS VEGAS!

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WWE MITB 2022

Who gets lucky and hits the jackpot?

WWE Money in the Bank is back, and what better place to put it all on the line than Las Vegas! Who will become this year’s Mr. & Ms. MITB?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart; Liv wins and is Ms. MITB 2022.
  • WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins and is the new WWE US Champion.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Belair wins and retains the title.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Natalya; Rousey wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Cash-In: Ronda Rousey VS Liv Morgan; Liv wins and is the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins VS Mad Cap Moss VS Sami Zayn VS Omos w/ MVP VS (Austin) Theory; Theory wins and is Mr. MITB 2022.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield & Peter Rosenberg as they discuss, analyze and predict all the action tonight!

 

The Street Profits crash the panel!

They want to know what’s going on, and Montez Ford gets on the desk. Angelo Dawkins would but he’s scared the glass will break. Ford asks if we at home can hear the fans in Vegas. He doesn’t need to say nothing else. He’s on a panel of Hall of Famers and beautiful people, and the bright lights are on as THEY WANT THE SMOKE! Ford hops off the table and Kayla formally welcomes them. Ford says hi to everyone, elbow bumps with K-Peezy, and Kayla says this is going to be the biggest match of their careers. Ford says damn right. His household could bring back all the gold! You can call them the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! AND, they’re hitting the strip! They’re gonna party tonight~!

Kevin Patrick brings up how on SmackDown, the Usos said the Profits walk like them, talk like them and there was a shot of all four. They’re all physical specimens, but the Profits are bigger and stronger. However, where is the confidence level going against such an experienced and skilled tag team who has been at the summit as long as the Usos? Fans get photo ops but Booker says there’s no time for that. Booker wants to know what makes the Profits think they can win. So what Kevin asked? JBL says no, Kevin was kissing up! Booker says the Usos trained under, well, Booker T. They know what it takes to win and keep winning. Why do the Profits think they’re going to win?

Dawkins likes that question. He reminds Booker of when Dawkins got hired. It was an NXT house show. Dawkins asked how to make it, to get better. Booker said to “detox” from everything before coming to NXT. Dawkins did that on Raw, on Smackdown, and now they can be THE champions. The Usos ain’t ever seen Profits like these. They’ll dance in the street! Booker sees that difference. They look GOODT! JACKED! Get that paper! Kayla wishes them luck and thanks the Profits, and asks if they’ll stay for the predictions. Kevin says Profits. Booker says… Choose wisely, King! Well no offense, until you beat the champs, all else is irrelevant. Book goes with the Usos.

JBL agrees with Booker, the Usos are just that dominant. Peter says that they’re going to war. All the DJs of Vegas, we are celebrating a Profits victory! The Profits are ready, but will they be standing tall against the Bloodline?

 

Vegas, baby! The city built on risk and reward!

But to win here, you also need something else: luck. It ignites a spark of opportunity, and it isn’t about risk VS reward, it’s about always looking up. You climb the ladder, grab the prize and change your future! Tonight is the night to go for broke, to take chances, and to take it all! So, you wanna get lucky?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart!

Big Time Becks fought for the longest time to get in on this match, but she finally did it last Monday Night Raw! Will her Big Time Comeback carry her to the top? Or will not even the Luck of the Irish defy these one-outta-seven odds?

The bell rings and all seven stare down. Lacey goes out first but soon everyone follows to get a ladder! Raquel and Shotzi brawl, but Asuka and Becky are still in the ring. They brawl, Asuka gets the edge but Becky hits back! Becky ducks a backhand and a lariat to then WRECK Lacey! Becky avoids Asuka’s dropkick but Asuka fights off the Urenage! Asuka fires off kick after kick then she HIP ATTACKS Raquel away! SLIDING KICK for Becky! Liv and Alexa brawl, Shotzi gets a ladder in but Asuka snatches it from her! Becky CLOBBERS Asuka onto the ladder! Becky swaggers while dragging in another ladder.

Shotzi is after Raquel, Raquel smacks Shotzi off the apron. Becky throws the ladder but Asuka avoids being crushed by it! Asuka SMACKS Becky off the ladder, POP-UP KNEES Liv, and Liv falls on the ladder. Asuka goes after Raquel but Raquel BOOTS her down! Raquel sees the ladder, and deadlifts it, with Liv and Becky on it, to then SLAM them both down! Lacey gets in but Raquel BOOTS her away. Alexa runs in but Raquel WRECKS her with the ladder! Raquel holds the ladder up, but Becky avoids it slamming down on her! Becky SOBATS, Liv KICKS, and they work together to kick Raquel! But Raquel blocks their double suplex to double suplex them ON the ladder!!

Fans are thunderous as Ricky Desperado clears the ring and gets another ladder. Shotzi grabs it, too, but Raquel uses the ladder to drag Shotzi in! Alexa gets in, Raquel elbows her away, Shotzi avoids the battering ram! Shotzi leaps to CROSSBODY Alexa! Raquel brings the ladder back around but Shotzi grabs it. They tug-o-war but Asuka and Lacey join in> Three against one, they RAM Raquel into a corner! Shotzi then elbows Asuka, DECKS Lacey, nd runs up the ladder. She stumbles a moment but gets back up to DDT Raquel into the rungs! Liv copies Shotzi to SHOTGUN her away! Lacey CLOBBERS Liv onto the ladder! SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER on the ladder!

Asuka HIP ATTACKS Lacey onto it! Becky SHOTGUNS Asuka onto the pile, and goes up to drop the MAN’S LEG on everyone! Raquel is still stuck, Alexa goes up to CANNONBALL onto everyone else! Fans are thunderous while all seven women are down! “This is Awesome!” as Alexa gets up, stands a ladder up, and starts to climb. Raquel hurries after, the tallest woman after the shortest! Alexa fights free to KICK away on Raquel, SLAP, ROCK and KNEE, then tilt-o-whirl RANA into a ladder! Fans fire up again as Alexa traps Raquel with one of the other ladders. Asuka returns, Alexa ducks a kick but misses her haymaker, Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Asuka snarls, Shotzi kicks her low and reels her in! But Asuka blocks the suplex, turns it around, but Shotzi blocks! Asuka HIP TOSSES Shotzi onto the ladder! Raquel gets sandwiched between ladder and buckles, too! Asuka goes to the standing ladder, but Lacey SMACKS her off rungs! Lacey climbs, but Asuka stays on the ladder. They fight, but Becky shoves the ladder over! Asuka and Lacey go after Becky together, but Lacey ducks a back hand. Asuka avoids a sweep, Lacey avoids one back, and Lacey CLOBBERS Becky with the uppercut! Lacey drop toeholds Becky against a ladder! Becky bails out and Lacey works on standing the main ladder back up.

Fans are torn as Lacey takes her time, but Shotzi drags her down! Shotzi hurries up, but Lacey stops Shotzi! Lacey goes up again but Shotzi drags her back down. Shotzi dribbles Lacey off the mat, goes back up, but Lacey hurries up the other side. They meet at the top, throw hands, and Lacey SMACKS Shotzi off the top! Lacey smiles as she sees the prize, has the hook, but Raquel gets up and under her! Raquel and Lacey paw at the case, but Liv is there to fire off haymakers on them both! Liv climbs on top of Raquel, has the case, but Raquel throws body shots! Liv sunset flip POWERBOMBS LACEY! Raquel is still on the rungs, and she sees the prize!

Fans lose their minds over Liv and Lacey while Shotzi drags Raquel through a rung! Raquel is stuck in a Tree of Woe! Shotzi CHOPS her, climbs over her, and STOMPS her down! Raquel flops out of the rungs, but Alexa is climbing! Shotzi Electric Chair Lifts Alexa to SMACK her into the ladder! The ladder falls over and Alexa flops out of the ring. Shotzi resets the ladder as best she can, climbs up, but Becky stops her! They fight up top, Becky SMACKS Shotzi off the rungs and Shotzi falls! Becky repositions the ladder to be right under the case, and climbs again. But Shotzi YANKS Becky right off! Shotzi snarls and gets another ladder involved.

Shotzi SMACKS Becky off that other ladder, then sets her on it. Shotzi climbs, for the SUPER SENTON onto only the ladder!! Becky avoided disaster, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Asuka climbs, but Raquel drags her back down. Raquel CLUBS Asuka, climbs up, but Asuka drags her back down. They brawl, tip the ladder over, and then Raquel throws Asuka out. But Asuka drags Raquel out of the ring! Raquel CLOBBERS Asuka! Raquel grabs a ladder, then clears off the desk! Raquel makes a ladder bridge between ring and desk, then clears some space. Asuka attacks back! But Raquel SMACKS Asuka off the desk!

Raquel climbs up, deadlifts Asuka up to join her, but Asuka fights free! SOBAT! ROUND- NO, Raquel blocks the kick! Asuka fights free of the bomb to LEAP, FLYING ARMBAR!! Asuka has Raquel down in a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Raquel deadlifts again! Asuka lets go, tilt-o-whirls, but Raquel fights the crucifix. It’s an IRON OCTOPUS instead! Becky BOOTS Raquel and Asuka! Asuka is on the ladder, Becky DECKS Raquel, and then she looks to an even taller ladder! Fans fire up as Becky grins and brings that ladder over. Becky climbs up high, to drop THE MAN’S LEG!! Both women fall off the ladder bridge and fans lose their minds again!

Asuka and Becky are down, “This is Awesome!” and Shotzi finds her way back into the ring! She drags a ladder in but Alexa and Lacey join her. Raquel gets in, everyone has a ladder, but Alexa SMACKS Raquel with hers. Lacey and Shotzi set theirs up side by side but Lacey throws Shotzi down. And Alexa! But they go after Lacey! Raquel climbs, the others pursue, they all brawl up top! Becky sneaks in to tip a ladder, Shotzi and Raquel get hung out to dry! Then the same for Alexa and Lacey on the other end! Becky climbs and fans go nuts! But here comes Liv! Becky kicks her away so Liv hurries to get one of the other ladders!

Liv climbs that ladder just to go after Becky! But Becky tops Liv! Liv bounces off ropes to tip back! Liv BOOTS Becky, climbs up and reaches! LIV WINS!!

Winner: Liv Morgan (2022 Ms. Money in the Bank)

The fans are thunderous for this huge moment! Liv overcame the doubters and the haters, and now she has the golden ticket! Will she go on to be a new Women’s Champion? As for Becky, she’s having a Big Time MELTDOWN! Is the comeback done?

 

WWE United States Championship: (Austin) Theory VS Bobby Lashley!

The Youngest United States Champion in WWE History, the newest Chosen One, sure thinks he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and at the expense of whoever is around him. Will he find that’s not the case when taking on The All Mighty? Or will Theory be taking another round of victory selfies on the Vegas strip?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly championship material!

The bell rings and fans are fired up, but Theory tries to literally flex on Lashley. Fans rally for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” Lashley and Theory tie up, and Lashley SHOVES Theory away! Theory tumbles and bails out in frustration, then wants Lashley to back off so he can get in. The ring count starts, Theory slowly climbs onto the apron, and fans rally for Lashley more. Theory rushes in, into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Theory flounders, Lashley aims, but Theory bails out before the spear. Fans boo but Lashley grabs Theory at the apron! Theory breaks free but Lashley throat chops him! Lashley runs to BLAST Theory off the apron!

Fans fire up, Lashley lets Theory deal with the ring count, then goes after him at 4 of 10. Lashley fireman’s carries, Theory grabs the barriers! Lashley pries him free but Theory fights off the posting! Theory fights free, POSTS Lashley, then RAMS Lashley into the barriers! Theory gets in and wants the count to climb faster! The count is 6 of 10, fans boo, but Lashley is up at 7 and in at 8. Theory is on Lashley, throws hands, and Lashley goes back out. Theory follows Lashley, but fans chant, “Theory Sucks!” Theory whips but Lashley reverses! Theory jumps up the steps, tot he apron, then BOOTS Lashley!

Theory leaps, but into a fireman’s carry! Lashley drops to a knee but gets Theory back up, to POST him! Fans fire up and Lashley puts Theory back in. Fans fire up as Lashley aims again. Lashley runs in but Theory cowers in fear! The fans boo and Lashley is annoyed. Theory tries to kick low but Lashley blocks! Lashley ELBOWS Theory, smacks Theory off buckles, and more buckles, and then climbs up to rain down fists! Theory slips free quick to trip Lashley up! Theory runs, to CLOBBER Lashley! Fans boo but Theory snarls as he DECKS Lashley! Cover, ONE!! Theory is furious and he drags Lashley around.

Theory stomps Lashley while talking trash. Theory stands Lashley up to CLOBBER him again! Fans boo but Theory shakes his head. Theory drags Lashley up, hoists him to the top rope, and he throws more hands. Theory talks more trash, before the ARABIAN- NO, Lashley blocks the press, elbows Theory to the apron, but Theory SUPERKICKS Lashley down! Theory hurries in to cover, ONE!! Theory rains down more fists in anger, and he shouts “I am the champion!” Fans boo more as Theory looms over Lashley. Theory drives elbows in then clamps on a chinlock. Lashley endures and the fans rally up.

Theory leans on the hold, but Lashley grits his teeth and fights back up. Theory throws Lashley down hard! “That’s all day!” Theory talks more trash but Lashley still endures. Lashley fights up, fans rally behind him, and Lashley gets to his feet. Theory knees low and throws Lashley down again to go right back to the chinlock. Lashley fights up again, Theory gets worried and Lashley fireman’s carries! Theory slips off, waistlocks, but Lashley switches! HURT- NO, Theory drops to KICK Lashley, but Lashley starts rallying with big hands! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Theory flounders to a corner, Lashley runs in to clotheslines! Lashley keeps moving and he RAMS into Theory!

Fans fire up again as Lashley drags Theory up. Lashley suplexes Theory, but Theory slips out and goes to the apron. Fans boo but Lashley is after Theory. Theory HOTSHOTS Lashley away! Somersault jump, into a TROPHY LIFT! And a POWERSLAM!! Cover, TWO! Theory survives and Lashley is a bit surprised. But Lashley waits for Theory to stand back up. Theory rises, Lashley reels him back in, Canadian Rack for the DOM- NO, Theory lands on his feet! Lashley ducks the Penalty Kick to roll up, TWO! Theory drop toeholds Lashley into buckles! Theory slingshots to somersault, SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is growing frustrated with Lashley’s endurance.

Fans rally behind Lashley but Theory says A-Town Down! Theory drags Lashley up, fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips off to roll him! TWO!! Theory escapes, but runs into a scoop! Theory rakes eyes! Theory runs, and steals the SPEAR! Theory drags Lashley up to a fireman’s carry! But Lashley slips off again, HURT LOCK!!! Theory flails, but he TAPS! Lashley WINS!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (NEW WWE United States Champion)

The Rocky Mountain Machine just made Theory into the youngest former US Champion in WWE history! Will this newest All Mighty Reign be his strongest yet?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Sarah congratulates Liv on the win and becoming Miss MITB, but has she decided on which title she is after? Liv says she can cash in any time over the next YEAR, so the possibilities are endless. But she only gets one shot, and she has never wanted anything more than to be champion. WrestleMania sounds good, but for now, she’ll focus on celebrating. Will Liv live her best life and finally get the gold?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella!

The RawEST Women’s Champion was all ready for the Judgement Day’s Brutal Eradicator, but injuries do happen. Rhea Ripley will be back one day, but her loss is a golden opportunity for the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE. Will Mella be money once again? Or will looks and past accolades only get her so far against the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the quickEST, and the BEST in WWE today?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who looks their best with that championship around their waist!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Bianca waistlocks to SLAM Mella, then holds on. Mella scrambles but can’t get free, and Bianca SLAMS her again. Bianca still holds on, brings Mella up again, but Mella elbows then switches. Bianca switches and throws Mella to the apron. Bianca eggs Mella on but Mella fixes her hair first. Mella gets in, but Bianca is right on her! Mella kicks Bianca away, throws her down by her hair, but Bianca kips up! Bianca shoves Mella, Mella shoves back. Bianca shoves harder, Mella knees low! Mella talks trash, brings Bianca up and whips her to a corner, but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to say, “Kiss this!”

Fans fire up, Mella runs in but Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca says “Kiss this!” again. Bianca RAMS into Mella, and again, Mella clubs back but Bianca lets off. Mella SLAPS Bianca, Bianca rushes in but Mella dodges. Mella tilt-o-whirls but no Mella-Go-Round here! BACKBREAKER, and then a second! Bianca shows she IS the StrongEST, and then she handsprings, but Mella moves! Mella bails all the way out and Bianca sighs. Fans boo but Mella takes time to compose herself. Bianca goes out after Mella and runs her over! Bianca brings Mella up to put her back in the ring, but Mella scurries away.

Mella is back on the apron, Bianca storms over but into a HOTSHOT! And a FABULOUS KICK! Mella covers, TWO! Mella argues the count, then she fires off fists in the corner. The ref counts, Mella lets off at 4, and argues again. Mella bumps Bianca off her boot, then talks trash while digging palms into Bianca’s face. Mella fires off back elbow after back elbow, then grins as she swaggers corner to corner. “Mella! Is! Money!” BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella goes after Bianca’s arm in a chicken wing, and has a very unique armlock. Bianca endures, even as Mella stomps her! Fans rally, Bianca pushes this to a cover, TWO!

Bianca gets to a corner, elbows Mella away then slips out to the apron to bump Mella off buckles! Bianca slingshots in and spins Mella around to scoop! Mella fights off and throws Bianca down by her hair! Mella swaggers again, soaks up the heat, but she runs into a LARIAT! Bianca fires up, CLUBS away on Mella, then suplexes! Bianca holds Mella up and marches a bit, before the SLAM! Fans fire up after the “LongEST Suplex,” and then Bianca RAMS into Mella at the corner. Bianca climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, and Bianca gets all the way to nine, to backflip and DECK Mella with the tenth!

Fans fire up and Bianca gets Mella up to whip her to a corner. Bianca runs in but Mella dodges and Bianca POSTS herself! Mella gets Bianca in a cradle, TWO! Schoolgirl with feet on the ropes! TWO!! FABULOUS KICK!! Cover, TWO!! Mella is mad again but she stalks Bianca. Mella says Bianca is the tackiEST, the cheapEST, and then she SLAPS Bianca! Bianca ROCKS Mella, torture racks her, for the KISS OF DEATH!!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

Mella just showed that you should never make Bianca the maddEST in the ring, because she will take you out! Will Bianca keep this reign running until it is the longEST? But then Mella YANKS Bianca down and fires off on her! Mella is the sorEST loser! Mella leaves Bianca down and out while fans boo, but will Bianca get the sweetEST revenge for that?

 

Alexa Bliss hangs out with Lily in her locker room.

But uh, where’d all this stuff come from? What’s Lily been up top? Oh, she bought it all, huh? How? Oh, she has a WWE Credit One Bank Visa card! Did she get Alexa anything? In the box? What’s in the box? What’ sin the box? Oh… Wow… Teeny, tiny skates. That was nice of her, but uh, ask for her size first next time.

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey are here to represent the Bloodline while the Tribal Chief prepares for SummerSlam and Brock Lesnar. But are they be prepared for a more focused, more aggressive and more passionate Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins? Or will there be no smoke, and will the Profits be down when the Usos are the ones?

The Usos have mics, and Jimmy says they’re in Sin City and the Usos are feeling really lucky! Jimmy is putting all the chips on red! Nah, Uce. Then how about on black? Nah, Uce. Then let’s put it all on the Bloodline! The Profits are the twos, and #WeTheOnes! But the Profits make their entrance, high five the fans, and then join the Usos in the ring. The introductions are made, the red AND blue belts are raised, and we see who leaves Las Vegas with them all!

The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Jimmy. Fans rally and duel as Jimmy talks trash on Dawkins. Dawkins jaws back and the two circle. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks, but Jimmy powers his way to a headlock. Dawkins powers out and fans rally, “We Want the Smoke!” Jimmy runs Dawkins over, and the Usos raise the fingers to the sky. Dawkins resets and keeps cool as he circles with Jimmy again. They tie up, Dawkins waistlocks to headlock, but Jimmy powers out. Dawkins runs Jimmy over and stirs it up. Things speed up, Jimmy hurdles and Dawkins handsprings! Dawkins DROPKICKS Jimmy then DECKS Jey!

ANOINTING! Tag to Ford! He’s up top fast, but Jimmy bails out faster! Fans fire up for the Profits as Ford says “SUCK IT!” The ring count climbs but Ford keeps saying “SUCK IT!” The Usos return, Jimmy tags Jey, and Ford says fine, he ain’t scared. Fans rally as the Right Hand Man circles with Tez and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Jey headlocks. Ford powers up while fans chant for Pat McAfee. Jey reverses the whip but Ford runs Jey over! Ford glares down at Jey, glares at Jimmy, then runs. Things speed up, Jey CLOBBERS Ford! Jey stands Ford up to whip corner to corner, but Ford goes up and over!

Ford DROPKICKS Jey down, then kips up to tell Jimmy, “SUCK IT!” The ref keeps Jimmy back, Ford wrenches Jey and tags Dawkins. They double whip, Dawkins runs Jey over, then BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dawkins throws off the headbands to drag Jey up. Dawkins wrenches, then ROCKS Jey! And ROCKS him again. Dawkins shoves and ROCKS Jey, but Jimmy tags in. Jey reverses the whip, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Dawkins down! Jimmy talks trash while Dawkins bails out. Jimmy DECKS him off the apron, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Dawkins hits barriers!

Jimmy gets back in the ring, tags Jey, and both Usos fetch Dawkins. The Usos drag Dawkins over to DOUBLE SUPLEX him into the post! The Usos leave Dawkins behind and get in at the ring count of 7. Dawkins is up and in at 9, but Jey looms over him. Jimmy tells Ford to “SUCK IT” now, and Jey taunts Dawkins. Dawkins slowly gets up, Jey throws a hand but Dawkins ROCKS Jey with a counter punch! And another! Jey DECKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Dawkins flounders to a corner, Jey stays laser focused, then Jey runs in to RAM into Dawkins! Tag to Jimmy, he taunts Ford then ROCKS Dawkins!

Dawkins drops and Jimmy paces around. Jimmy dares Dawkins to go to Ford, but then he stomps Dawkins’ hand! Jimmy stalks Dawkins to ropes, CHOKES him, the ref counts but Jimmy lets off at 4. Jey gets a cheap shot in! Jimmy rains down fists on Dawkins, then raises the finger. Jimmy taunts Ford’s entrance, calls for “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in but Dawkins DECKS him!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men crawl, find their way to their corners, hot tags to Jey and Ford! Fans fire up as Ford GAMANGIRIS Jey! Ford climbs up to CROSS- SUPERKICK!! Jey covers, TWO!! Jey is furious but Ford survives!

Jey looms over Ford, fans rally up for the Profits, but Jey taunts Ford to tag Dawkins while he’s not there. Jey stands Ford up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Ford bounces off buckles! Jey CHOKES Ford against ropes, lets off at 4, and Jimmy gets a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! A shoutout to Roman with that cheap shot, and fans boo as Jey raises the finger to the sky. Ford flounders against ropes, Jey tags Jimmy, and the Usos coordinate for the BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jimmy is annoyed but he stalks Ford. Ford swings wild but is punch drunk. Jimmy stands Ford up to CHOP him in the corner!

Jimmy keeps close to Ford, ties him up in the ropes, and CHOPS him again! Ford flounders and Jimmy CHOKES him again! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4, CHOKES him some more, grinds his forearms in, then lets off again. Tag to Jey, and Jimmy drags Ford out. The Usos SPLIT the wishbone! Fans boo while the Usos take their time pacing around Ford. Jey tells Ford to say “Suck It” now. Jey clamps on a chinlock and he fires off crossface forearms! Jey clamps the chinlock back on, dares Ford to talk more trash, but Ford still endures. The fans rally up, Ford fights up, but Jey facelocks to keep him from Dawkins.

Fans rally as the Profits are fingertips away, but Jey throws Ford down! SUPERKICK to Dawkins just because! Tag to Jimmy, fans chant and duel, “Let’s Go, Usos!” “USOS SUCK!” Ford fights back with big hands! He ROCKS Jey, fires off on Jimmy, but Jimmy keeps Ford from his corner with a whip. Ford is on the apron, he shoulders into Jimmy, “SUCK IT!” Slingshot into the UPPERCUT! Jimmy goes out to the apron, drags Ford up, and says he’s got this. But Ford blocks the suplex! Ford throws body shots, and snap suplexes Jimmy to the apron! Ford writhes, the ring count climbs, and Dawkins is back on the corner!

Fans fire up as Ford crawls his way over! Hot tag to Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness is unleashed as he FLIES onto the Usos!! Dawkins puts Jimmy in, rallies on him with big clotheslines, but Jimmy UPPERCUTS! Jimmy whips, Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Fans fire up with Dawkins and he runs in at the corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! ENZIGURI! And then the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives but Dawkins knows he’s close. Jimmy bails back out and Dawkins goes out the side. Dawkins runs in around the way, and he RAMS both Usos down! Dawkins puts Jimmy in and drags Jimmy up.

ANOIN- NO! Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins, Ford tags in! Jimmy dodges his Cyclone, but Dawkins POUNCES Jimmy to a BACK SUPLEX from Ford! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives that shot from outta nowhere, but Ford snarls. “This is Awesome!” as Ford drags Jimmy up and mule kicks! Front kicks! But Jimmy ducks the enziguri! Jey tags in but so does Dawkins! ENZIGURI for Jimmy! Dawkins ROCKS Jey, and hoists him up! “SUCK IT!” DOOMSDAY BLOCKBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Jey survives and Dawkins cannot believe it! Neither can Vegas! Dawkins gets back up and brings Jey around. Dawkins ROCKS Jey, but Jey ROCKS Dawkins!

Dawkins wobbles, comes back and he ROCKS Jey! Jey comes back, to ROCK Dawkins! Jey talks trash, Dawkins staggers to ROCK Jey! Jey kicks, Dawkins blocks, but the DRAGON WHIP hits back! Jey tags Jimmy, Dawkins dodges to ROCK Jimmy! He ROCKS Jey, puts him in the Electric Chair, but he forgets Jimmy is legal! Ford tags in, Jimmy saves Jey and they POST Dawkins! Ford leaps over the Usos, but runs into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!?!? Ford shocks Vegas now! “This is Awesome!” and Jimmy tags Jey in. The Usos aim at Ford as he wobbles on his feet, POP-UP- RANA!! Ford then TOSSES Jey!

Ford realizes he has a target, and he goes corner to corner to FLY OVER THE POST!! Direct hit on BOTH Usos and the fans are thunderous! Ford puts Jey in, hurries to tag Dawkins, and then Dawkins tags Ford! THE ANOINTING! FROM THE HEAVENS!!! Cover, Jimmy breaks it!! Jimmy saves the title reign and Vegas is going nuts! Dawkins returns, both teams regroup, and fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” This has to end somehow, though, and the four stand up. The teams stare down, fans fire up, and here comes the brawl! Dawkins tosses Jimmy, Ford CLUBS away on Jey, Dawkins goes out but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him!

Jimmy TOSSES Dawkins into the timekeeper’s area! Jey fireman’s carries Ford but he slips off. Jimmy tags in, Ford SUPERKICKS Jey! The Usos regroup, DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Then whip and ONE D!! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

This epic battle came down to a slug fest, and in the end, the knockout shot came from the Usos! Jimmy & Jey move on, keeping the Bloodline golden! Will their reign ever end? Or are they the ones then, now and forever together?

Wait, a replay shows Ford got his shoulder up! It was barely up, but whether an inch or a foot, it was up! The Profits feel cheated, will they be able to get another go down the line?

 

A spooky video plays.

Some… familiar imagery, perhaps. A few crosses, a church, and… a medal? What does it all mean?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Natalya!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet refuses to be disrespected, and yet that is what the Queen of Harts has been doing ever since she became #1 contender. But both women know when to get serious, and they’re each out to break the other apart. Will it be the Armbar or the Sharpshooter that wins the big one in Vegas?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Ronda wins in Vegas again!

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up on ropes, Natty has Ronda on the ropes but she lets off to shove her. Ronda laughs that off and resets with Natty. They tie up, Natty headlocks and hits a takeover. Ronda fights up, hammerlocks, but Natty slips around to switch the hammerlock on Ronda. Ronda goes to ropes, steps through and she ties Natty’s arm up on the ropes! The ref counts, Ronda lets off and Ronda asks Natty what’s wrong. Natty and Ronda reset, tie up, and Natty waistlocks. Ronda slips out to hammerlock but Natty slips around to fireman’s carry takeover!

Natty keeps on Ronda’s arm, but Ronda fights up. Natty wrenches to wristlock but Ronda rolls and steps over to wrench and wristlock back. Ronda strikes a pose to mock Natty, but Natty rolls and handsprings to slip through and power up. Ronda holds onto the arm and drags Natty down to a cover, TWO! Ronda hurries to crucifix, TWO! Natty has a foot, ANKLE LOCK! Natty grins as she uses the same hold Ronda learned from Kurt Angle. Natty keeps Ronda from ropes but Ronda picks the ankle for a trip and ANKLE LOCK! Natty endures now, rolls to throw Ronda away, then hurries to snapmare.

Natty runs to step on Ronda, and basement- NO, Ronda blocks dropkick to have the ANKLE LOCK! Ronda says Natty just couldn’t help herself! But Natty gets the ROPEBREAK! Ronda lets off and Natty throws a fit. Natty tells everyone to shut up, especially McAfee. Ronda rushes out to chase Natty back into the ring! Natty goes for  leg, Natty gets away, and Natty uses ropes for defense. Ronda backs off, and Natty SLAPS her! But Ronda shoves Natty to go after the arm. Natty reverses the whip to send Ronda into ropes! Natty aims, DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Natty stomps Ronda, talks trash to her, and rains down fists!

Natty drags Ronda up by her hair while fans boo, and Natty bumps Ronda off buckles. Fans rally but Natty throws hard body shots and stomps. The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4 to soak up the heat, then she goes back to SLAP Ronda again! Natty snapmares Ronda and clamps on a chinlock. Ronda endures as Natty leans on her. Ronda fights up and fans rally, but Natty throws Ronda down. Natty tells the ref to shut up and then she stomps Ronda around. Natty drags Ronda over to a corner to fire off haymakers! The ref counts again, Natty lets off at 4, runs in and ducks the elbow to rebound back suplex.

Ronda turns that into an arm-drag, but Natty counters with one of her own! Natty grins as she still has control, but Ronda endures the armlock. Natty CLUBS Ronda in the ribs but fans rally for Ronda. Ronda fights up, Natty clamps onto a cobra twist! Ronda endures again, slips out and puts the cobra twist on Natty! Ronda throws down elbows and fists, too! Natty endures, SLAPS Ronda on the leg and then puts the cobra twist back on Ronda! Fans boo as Ronda endures again. Ronda powers up to step over and throw Natty down! Natty scrambles to avoid the armbar! Natty gets to a corner, runs back in and she LARIATS Ronda down!

Ronda crawls to ropes but Natty is after her. Natty brings Ronda up and whips her to a corner. Natty runs in but into an elbow! Natty tries again but Ronda kicks her and LARIATS back! Ronda rallies with more, and she catches Natty’s discus into a SAYANAGI! Natty gets to a corner, Ronda runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Ronda snapmares Natty then BOOTS her down! Ronda fires up, jackknife rolls to fireman’s carry, PIPER- NO, Natty cranks an arm to escape! O’Conner Roll, TWO and Ronda rolls Natty! TWO, Natty steals the ARMBAR! Ronda clasps hands to fight it off, and she gets the legs to steal the SHARPSHOOTER! Ronda even flexes!

Natty endures, reaches out, but Ronda sits deep! Natty manages to crawl forward and get the ROPEBREAK! Ronda lets go, Natty leans on the ropes, and Ronda taunts her. “You’re gonna tap out with your rack out!” Natty SLAPS Ronda, so Ronda SLAPS Natty! SAYANAGI, and Ronda asks the fans if they want a souvenir. But Natty throws Ronda out of the ring! Ronda tumbles hard and clutches a leg! Natty fires off on the leg with kicks and stomps! Natty brings Ronda up, sits her on the apron, to get the legs! Natty says she’s gonna break Ronda! APRON SHARPSHOOTER!! Ronda endures, the ref counts, but Ronda rolls and POSTS Natty!

Natty flops to the floor and Ronda crawls away. The ring count is climbing past 5 of 10, Natty stands at 8 and gets in at 9! Ronda is annoyed, but she hobbles over to drag Natty up. Fireman’s carry, but the leg won’t let her stand! Ronda still wants to, but Natty sunset flips! Ronda says bad move! Ronda has the ARM- NO, Natty rolls through and steps through! SHARPSHOOT- NO, Ronda gets the leg to an ANKLE LOCK!! Natty endures, reaches out, Ronda drags her way from ropes! Natty tries the other side, Ronda drops to grapevine! But Natty turns that into a SHARP- NO, Ronda drags Natty into a STANDING ARMBAR!! Natty is fading, she TAPS! Ronda wins!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Rowdy Ronda retains after withstanding everything Natty could come up with! Wait, LIV rushes in!! Ms. MITB wants to go after a wounded Ronda! Ronda can’t believe this, but it is happening!!

SmackDown Women’s Championship Cash-In: Ronda Rousey VS Liv Morgan!

Ronda says screw it, it’s on! The bell rings, Liv kicks, but into an ANKLE LOCK!! Liv flails, scrambles, but Ronda loses grip! Ronda hurries to get the foot back, ANKLE LOCK! Liv reaches, Ronda drags her away from ropes, but Liv kicks the bad leg!! Roll-up, LIV WINS!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)

HOLY CRAP! From Ms. MITB to NEW champion! Ronda admits defeat, and even shows respect to the savvy of Liv Morgan. The world celebrates with Liv finally grabbing gold in the WWE, will we all #WatchHer reign?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins VS Mad Cap Moss VS Sami Zayn VS Omos w/ MVP!

Everyone knows Roman Reigns VS Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match is going to be the perfect target for a Money in the Bank cash-in. The only question is, who will be taking aim at the Tribal Chief and/or Beast of Suplex City? The Scottish Warrior, the Celtic Warrior, the Stallion, the Visionary, the Jokester and the Nigerian Giant are all looking up, but who will be looking down from the top of a ladder as the NEW Mr. MITB?

Wait, Adam Pearce stops this from getting started. He wants to comment how amazing tonight has been already in Vegas. Fans cheer because that’s true. And Pearce says what better way to cap this off than by adding to this main event! In Vegas terms, Pearce sees our seven and raises us one more! Ladies and gentlemen, the EIGHTH man is… THEORY! This is Vince’s doing, we all know it! But Theory is grinning as he walks out, now just a match away from having an even bigger prize than the one he lost. The bell rings, fans call BS but Riddle rushes after Rollins! Rollins runs away, but Riddle, Sheamus, McIntyre and Moss go after Omos!

Omos powers his way out, CLOBBERS McIntyre, CLOBBERS Sheamus, BOOTS Moss and SLAMS Riddle! Omos scoops McINtyre to SLAM him down! Omos goes out to fetch a ladder, but Theory and Rollins rush him! Omos CLOBBERS them! Omos RAMS Sheamus with a ladder, RAMS McIntyre, then goes to the ring. Moss and Riddle rush out but Omos lifts the ladder! Then Omos RAMS them going backwards, and Omos TOSSES the ladder into the ring! Omos says this is a done deal, but Sami is lurking, the only one who avoided Omos’ wrath. Sheamus gets in to CLUB away on Omos! Omos KNEES Sheamus then CLUBS him down.

Rollins gets up but Omos DECKS him! Theory is up but Omos BLASTS him! Riddle jumps on for a GUILLOTINE! Omos endures and powers Riddle around for a SLAM! Moss fires off hands, Omos knees him low and tosses him out. Omos talks some trash, but he turns around into a CLAYMORE! Omos tumbles out and fans fire up with McIntyre! McIntyre hurries to get the ladder up and climb! But Sheamus drags his frenemy down and tosses him out! Sheamus climbs, but McIntyre is back in to bring him down. Sheamus shoves, so McIntyre fires a haymaker! They brawl, warrior to warrior, but Theory climbs! The frenemies go after the common threat!

They drag Theory down, CLOBBER him, and then CHOP him! Theory flops out of the ring, Sheamus has Theory on the apron! But McIntyre shoves Sheamus aside to give Theory BEATS OF TE BODHRAIN! Sheamus shoves McIntyre away to give BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! McIntyre gets another turn, then Sheamus shoves Theory down. The frenemies argue, and then they brawl! Rollins CLOBBERS them with a ladder of his own! Rollins hurries to clear the ring, and then he CHUCKS the ladder onto them both! Riddle CLOBBERS Rollins! Riddle fires hands but Rollins rakes eyes! Rollins rams Riddle into the ladder and it falls over!

Rollins hurries to get that ladder, fold it up, and bring Riddle over. Rollins sets Riddle up with underhooks, but Riddle back drops Rollins onto the ladder! And then a BROTON on Rollins and the ladder! Rollins rolls away but Sami tosses Riddle! The Master Strategist wants to snipe this from everyone! He climbs, but Moss drags Sami down! Moss RAMS Sami into the corner! But Sami drop toeholds Moss into the ladder! Sami hurries to reset the ladder, to SLAM it down on Moss! Fans fire up and Sami puts the ladder in a corner. But Moss SMACKS Sami off the rungs! then RAMS Sami in the other corner!

Moss fires off hands, stomps, and roars! Moss then whips Sami into the ladder! Sami tumbles up and down and Moss looms over him. Moss stands the ladder up, climbs up, but Riddle hurries after. Omos returns as they reach the top! Omos reaches up to drag Moss down and CLUB him in the chest! Riddle touches the case, but Omos YANKS him down, into a POWERSLAM! Omos climbs, but Theory LEAPS, into a choke grip! And a CHOKE SLAM! Omos says this is his now, and he climbs up! But Moss tries to tip the ladder! Omos is too heavy for that, but McIntyre helps out! Omos hops off but they clothesline him out!

Sheamus CLOBBERS Omos with a ladder! Riddle helps out! They DOUBLE RAM Omos and send him to the ramp! They toss ladders ON Omos to bury him under steel! Fans fire up as the colossus is finally down! But then Sheamus CLOBBERS everyone else! Wait, Rollins is setting up a ladder to take advantage! Sami rushes in to fire off on Rollins, and Sheamus rushes in with a ladder of his own. Rollins and Sami brawl, Sheamus sets up right next to them. Sheamus climbs, Sami fights him and Rollins. Theory returns and climbs up, now it’s a brawl of four men! Sheamus and Theory shove Rollins and Sami down!

Theory smacks Sheamus off rungs! Sheamus drops! But Moss yanks him down to hit a FALL AWAY SLAM! Moss hurries up the ladder now, reaches out, but Sami is on the corner. Moss hurries to intercept Sami with haymakers, then he gets a spare ladder to RAM Sami! Moss sets the ladder up sideways in the ropes but Sami kicks away on Moss. Sami stomps Moss, then steps over Moss, only for Moss to grab him! POWERBOMB on the ladder! Moss climbs now and but McIntyre hurries up the other side! McIntyre ROCKS Moss but Moss hits back! They brawl, fans fire up, it’s fast and furious up at the very top!

McIntyre HEADBUTTS Moss down! McIntyre has the case, but Sheamus shakes the ladder! Sheamus tips it over but McIntyre lands on his feet. But Sheamus fireman’s carries to WHITE NOISE! Sheamus sets the ladder up in the corner, but Riddle CLUBS him! And KICKS him! The hometown hero fires off on Sheamus, but Sheamus ROCKS Riddle, and hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus fires up and he SMACKS Riddle off the rungs. Sheamus throws haymakers, aims from a corner, but Riddle sends the Brogue into the rungs! ROUNDHOUSE, and a DRAPING DDT! Riddle shouts out Randy before repositioning the ladder.

McIntyre waistlocks but Riddle switches to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Moss returns, but Riddle spins him for a PELE! Riddle kips up to POWERSLAM Rollins! Riddle roars but Theory whips him at the ladder. But Riddle goes up! Riddle kicks Theory away, and then goes to the very top, for a SUPER FLOATING BRO ATTACK!! Riddle takes everyone out and fans lose their minds!! But OMOS rises from the ladder pile outside! Omos storms into the ring, snarls as he BOOTS Moss, HEABUTTS McIntyre, CLOBBERS Rollins, and KNEES Riddle low. Moss fires off but Omos tosses him. McIntyre CLUBS away but Omos tosses him!

Omos gets the ladder, starts to climb, but Riddle jumps on for a SLEEPER! Omos stays up, throws Riddle off, but is still wobbly. Theory sneaks in to climb the ladder! Omos grabs him with both hands! Omos brings Theory away from the ladder for the MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE SLAM! Omos goes back to the ladder again but Sheamus BROGUES him! Sami HELLUVA KICKS Omos in the corner! Riddle jumps on for a HANGING ARMBAR! Moss helps DUMP Omos out of the ring! McIntyre runs in to HEADBUTT Omos! Omos staggers, so Rollins gives him an APRON CURB STOMP!! Omos is still standing!?

Everyone works together to clear the desk! Vegas is thunderous as they bring Omos over! SEXTUPLET POWERBOMB through the desk!!! Fans are losing their minds even more than before over that one! The other six then see each other, and they all brawl! Sheamus and McIntyre, Riddle and Rollins, Sami and Moss! Sami WRECKS Moss and gets in the ring! McIntyre finishes with Sheamus to stop Sami’s climb! McIntyre RAMS Sami into the ladder! Sheamus brings another one in and he CHUCKS it at McIntyre! Sheamus sets that ladder up on the top rope, and then he brings McIntyre up.

Fans hope these guys “FIGHT FOREVER!” Sheamus whips but McIntyre reverses into FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre then stands a ladder on Sheamus to pin him down! McIntyre climbs up, fans fire up, but PETE DUNNE rushes out! The Bruiserweight goes after McIntyre on the ladder! SLEEPER!! McIntyre holds on, still climbs, but Dunne FISHHOOKS him! Dunne brings McIntyre down with this sleeper hold, and Sheamus is free of the ladder now. BROGUE!! Dunne suffers, too, but Sheamus drags McIntyre over to trap him under the ladder! Sheamus climbs, touches the briefcase, but McIntyre bench presses the ladder up! Sheamus falls to the floor!

McIntyre is up, he CLAYMORES Dunne! Kip up and Vegas is electric for McIntyre! McIntyre stands the ladder up, climbs up, but Sheamus stops him! Sheamus throws body shots, climbs, but McIntyre climbs the other side! They meet at the top, fire off haymakers, but Sami is back! Sami tips the ladder, both Sheamus and McIntyre hit the ladder on the top rope!! Everyone else is down and Sami hurries to reset the ladder! Sami climbs up, has the case, but MOSS returns! Moss TOSSES Sami, gets the case, but Rollins tips the ladder! Moss HOTSHOTS off the ropes! And flounders into a CURB STOMP!!

Rollins hurries to reset the ladder and climb! But Riddle RAMS Rollins with another ladder! Riddle stands this HUGE ladder up, and hurries to climb it while Rollins is down. Rollins gets back up, grabs Riddle, punches at him, but Riddle still reaches out. Rollins CLUBS Riddle, SWATS him down, and finishes the climb! Rollins touches the case, but can’t find the hook! Riddle is back up, for a SUPER RKO!!! Vegas is volcanic! Riddle rises again, he drags himself up the ladder, and Vegas is going nuts for their hometown bro! But THEORY returns! Theory climbs the other side, and he pie faces Riddle!

Theory throws hands, Riddle hits back! They brawl up top, Riddle CHOPS and SLAPS and CHOPS Theory! Theory SMACKS Riddle off the rungs! Theory SHOVES Riddle down! Theory reaches out, get the case, and WINS!

Winner: (Austin) Theory (2022 Mr. Money in the Bank)

And of course, Theory takes a selfie! Will Theory be taking even more selfies when he cashes in on whoever is Undisputed Universal Champion?


My Thoughts:

Once again, Vincent Kennedy McMahon and team serve up a PPV pizza with wonderful things, only for that last bite to be a stuffed crust full of grape jelly and tuna. Vince, in kayfabe and reality, went out of his way to ruin all the good will MITB 2022 was building. Theory VS Lashley is a very good US Championship match, and it is awesome that Lashley won, but Vegas had it right, Theory getting in was utter BS. And then, him WINNING it is BS of the highest order! The only silver lining, and I mean ONLY, is that if Theory does the Last Man Standing cash-in that everyone brought up, it backfires and he gets his ass kicked by both Roman and Lesnar.

Aside from the dumbass crap Vince gave us, everything else was great. Leading with the Women’s MITB match was a sign of a cash-in, and after an awesome albeit rough and scary match (thank God Shotzi is okay), Liv winning was a great move. Becky got to give us quite the meltdown after, and then each Women’s Championship match had the cash-in possibility on it. Bianca VS Mella was very good, but I figured Bianca would win. Mella attacking Bianca after was a decent cash-in tease, but it seems Liv didn’t think it wasn’t good enough. And then, while a good chunk of Ronda VS Natty ground down to a slog, they managed to make the ending exciting.

Liv cashing in here was quite the surprise. It almost look like Liv was going to fail, and then MITB 2022 would’ve really sucked, but they made the right choice on this one and gave Liv the win. This is a moment Liv and many fans have been waiting for, and now Liv moves back to SmackDown to give us something fresh in the Women’s Division. SummerSlam is going to be pretty wild, with Becky desperate to get back up, and maybe big returns to SmackDown like Charlotte or Bayley. Charlotte would be great, they can finally call back to when Charlotte and Liv feuded during the Riott Squad days and Charlotte was the first to say Liv would have to find herself before becoming champion.

The Usos VS Profits was an awesome tag title match, and while it looked like the Profits were going to get this, I should’ve figured the Usos would retain. But I will say, it is good on them to make a point of Ford getting his shoulder up. They can make this the reason for a rematch at SummerSlam, and maybe then there will be a stipulation on the match like they said there was going to be on this one. Hell, I bet they undid all that because they made a mistake and set that up too soon. And then, the right call needs to be made again where Profits win. The Usos will get to one year as tag team champions, and then they hand things off to another great team. And again, there’s always the chase to get the belts back, so that Usos can be two-time undisputed tag champions.

My Score: 8.1/10


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

Go Ace, or Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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