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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/5/22)

Time to Bash it up!

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NXT GAB 2022

The fireworks keep going, even on the Fifth of July!

The Great American Bash is back again, and NXT puts up plenty of gold! But will Bron Breakker survive against a focused Cameron Grimes?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez; Jade & Perez win and become new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Wes Lee VS Trick Williams; Trick wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Tiffany Stratton; Stratton wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Grayson Waller; Carmelo wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp; The Creed Brothers win and retain the titles.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Cameron Grimes; Breakker wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s time to party!

Everyone in the NXT house is having a great time eating up and talking about tonight’s action, and then things really heat up with Sanga hits a CANNONBALL into the pool! Duke Hudson gets upset but Sanga tells him to cool off. They get into a serious splash fight. Time to light it up for the Great American Bash!

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez!

Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne have held onto the gold by any means necessary, and they aren’t going to stop any time soon. But the best friends are ready to set off the fireworks early! Will Toxic Attraction finally fall? Or will they and the Toxic Goddess still stand tall atop NXT?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the feel good story continues to a happy ending!

Jacy starts against Cora and fans rally up. They tie up, go around, and Cora pushes Jacy towards ropes. Jacy turns things around to arm-drag but the elbow ‘n’ collar tie-up stays on. Cora throws Jacy now, but Jacy gets up to put Cora on ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak, Jacy talks smack but Cora rolls her up! TWO, and Cora swings. But Jacy spins her, only for Cora to deny the neckbreaker! Cora runs in at the ropes but Jacy avoids the shining wizard. Cora avoids the boot but Jacy blocks Cora’s kick. Jacy waistlocks. Cora slips out and KANGAROO KICKS to an UPPERCUT! Snapmare roll and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Jacy scrambles away and tags in Gigi. Gigi fires off on Cora, then talks trash on Roxie. Gigi dodges Cora but Cora uppercuts back! Tag to Roxie and she wrenches Gigi to fire off forearms! Roxie tags Cora back in, but Jacy distracts the ref! The ref doesn’t see the tag so it doesn’t count. Gigi whips Roxie into Jacy’s sucker punch! Fans boo while Gigi CHOKES Roxie! Mandy Rose taunts Roxie while NXT goes picture in picture.

Gigi lets off Roxie to stomp her down. Gigi drags Roxie up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Jacy, they mug Roxie, the ref counts and Jacy stalks Roxie to another corner. Jacy bumps Roxie off buckles, CHOPS her, then taunts Roxie. Jacy back body blocks then snapmares Roxie to a cover, TWO! Jacy drags Roxie from Cora to put on a camel clutch then hip drop! Jacy drags Roxie back up, whips her into the Toxic corner, then tags in Gigi. They dig their boots in, and Gigi pulls Roxie’s hair to bend her against buckles! The ref counts, Gigi lets off, and she drags Roxie up to dribble her off the mat! Gigi fires up but Roxie throws body shots!

Gigi CLUBS Roxie down, drags her over to bump her off buckles. Gigi sits Roxie down, tags in Jacy, and Jacy gives Gigi a boost for a TOXIC BRONCO BUSTER! Jacy then CANNONBALLS, and she covers, TWO! Roxie reaches out but Jacy keeps her from Cora again. Jacy stomps Roxie, blows kisses to Cora, then stomps Roxie more. Jacy rains down fists, runs and SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy grows frustrated but she drags Roxie up to whip her hard into the corner. Tag to Gigi, she throws body shots and a headbutt! Roxie flops down but Gigi drags her to a cover, TWO! Gigi is just as frustrated now but she drags Roxie back up.

Roxie throws body shots but Gigi CLUBS her down. Gigi stands Roxie up but Roxie SLAPS her! And fires off forearms! Gigi HEADBUTTS Roxie, but Roxie comes back with forearms! NXT returns to single picture as Gigi whips Roxie to a corner. Gigi runs in but Roxie slips out! Roll-up, TWO! Roxie gets up but Gigi CLOBBERS her! Gigi drags Roxie up for Kowata Kicks and then she slams Roxie down! Mandy taunts Roxie again and Gigi twists Roxie’s nose! Gigi makes Roxie eat ropes! Then she KICKS the ropes to jam Roxie’s teeth! Cover, TWO! Roxie is toughing it out but Gigi drags her up to bump her off buckles.

Tag to Jacy, Jacy CHOPS Roxie again, and she snapmares Roxie into a motorcycle stretch! Fans rally and duel, Roxie endures, and Roxie gets up to flip and KANGAROO KICK! Jacy staggers, Roxie and Jacy DOUBLE FOREARM! They both wobble, and DOUBLE BOOTS take both women down! Fans fire up and Jacy clutches her leg. Jacy and Roxie crawl, hot tags to Gigi and Cora! Cora fires off on Gigi, whips her but Gigi reverses. Cora RANAS and fires up!  Gigi blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! SHINING WIZARD in the corner and Cora covers, TWO! Cora keeps focus and she drags Gigi up to underhooks. Gigi wrenches out to ROCK Cora!

Tag to Jacy and she rushes in, but Cora dodges to BLAST Gigi! And then she BOOTS Jacy! Cora runs in, shoves Jacy and fires off forearms! Cora snapmares, covers, TWO! Cora whips Jacy to her corner hard, then tags in Roxie! Roxie drags Jacy up as Cora climbs. Wrench and hook, MISSILE DROPKICK LEG SWEEP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Roxie tags Cora back in and they aim, to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cora hurries to cover, but Mandy yanks the ref out! The ref is clearly aware of who did that, and he EJECTS Mandy Rose!! But then Jacy rolls Cora! Cora turns that around, she has the cover, TWO!! Cora hurries to tag Roxie!

Roxie runs in, but into a NECKBREAKER from Jacy! Tag to Gigi, Jacy hits a CODE BREAKER and Gigi hits the STO!! Cover, Cora breaks it fast! Jacy tosses Cora and Gigi drags Roxie up. Jacy runs, but Cora SPERS her into the ropes!! Roxie dodges Gigi to HEEL KICK and POP ROX!! Cover, JADE ROX WINS!!

Winners: Cora Jade & Roxie Perez, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

And the Toxic tag team champions fall! “You Deserve It!” but will they have to worry about Toxic Attraction sprouting back up like weeds?

 

Bron Breakker arrives.

NXT Media asks how his shoulder is doing, and he says it’s fine. Will “fine” be enough to take on a hungry and determined Cameron Grimes?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks with Legado del Fantasma.

Last week, The Don “took care” of Two Dimes, and it broke his heart. But those tough decisions is what being The Don is all about. Now, where is Santos Escobar? Tony “handled” him! He told everyone that he better be North American Champion, “or else!” And the “or else” is Escobar in the hospital! That can’t be a real photo. That’s what happens when you laugh at Tony D! But now that there is an understanding, the only one who has been doing work for The Family is Elektra Lopez. She increased work at the port by 80%! As for the clowns, Wilde & Del Toro get one last opportunity to prove their loyalties. Or they join Escobar.

Lopez wants to check on Santos to see what is really going on here. Will they find that the Don did deal with the Emperor of Lucha? Or will they expose his lies and turn the tables on him?

 

Pretty Deadly speak.

Elton Prince & Kit Wilson are looking good and feeling good, “just radiating off your screen.” They are the pride of Essex. People think France is the center of fashion, but the fashion forward movement is from Essex. They live for the weekend, dress to the tens, and you wouldn’t be caught dead drinking beer. The mere mention of beer makes Prince think of “those two swamp Rednecks,” Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen. Don’t forget the third one, Fallon Henley. “That big manhands!” They have Pretty Deadly’s UK Tag Team titles!

But don’t worry, those three can’t bide time milking cows forever. Pretty Deadly will take ’em behind the woodshed and give ’em a good ol’ fashioned whoopin’! ROLL TIDE~! YEEHAW~! Big words from the former champions, but will they become two-time champions soon enough?

 

Wes Lee VS Trick Williams w/ Carmelo Hayes!

Speaking of people getting what they deserve, when you disrespect someone baring their soul, you better be ready for a fight! Will the Must-See Kid show Melo’s minion that there’s strength in fighting from the heart?

NXT returns as Trick makes his entrance in a robe with boxing gloves around his neck. The bell rings and Trick circles with Lee. They tie up, Trick throws Lee down hard and soaks up the heat. Lee gets up while fans taunt Trick. They tie up again, Trick puts Lee in a corner. The ref counts and Trick lets off at 4. Trick TOSSES Lee corner to corner! Lee staggers up and Trick talks more trash. But Lee drop toeholds then BULLDOGS! Trick scrambles away and Melo gives him a sip of water. Trick spins but Lee easily avoids the kick. Lee spins but Trick ducks. Lee ducks a roundhouse, both men avoid a heel kick, and Trick catches a kick only for Lee to RANA free!

Lee DROPKICKS Trick and fans fire up! Trick scrambles back to his corner again and Melo coaches him up. Lee waits as Trick gets up. But Lee CLOBBERS him back into the corner! Lee KICKS Trick’s legs, wrenches, but Trick ducks the kick to pump handle and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Trick is annoyed and he kicks and stomps Lee to the ropes. Trick wants the fans to chant for him but they refuses. Trick puts Lee on the ropes to KICK the ropes and jam Lee up! Trick has an armlock and chinbar but Lee endures. Fans rally, Lee pries free, and Lee arm-drags Trick away. Lee RAMS into Trick then CHOPS him!

Trick swings hands but Lee fires off KICK after KICK and an ENZIGURI to DOUBLE STOMPS! Trick goes to ropes but Lee ROLLING HEEL KICKS Trick out of the ring! Lee pursues but Melo blocks his way, and Trick greases up his hands! Trick throws the bottle away to then CLUB Lee and dig his fingers into Lee’s face! Whatever is on his hands burns Lee’s eyes! Lee stagger sup, into the SPINNING BOOT!! Cover, Trick wins!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

He lives up to his name, “Trick,” because there was something tricky about that water! Will Trick get so lucky if Lee gets another shot at him?

 

Tiffany Stratton gets her hair done.

She tells her stylist not to use so much spray, she’s already perfect as is. The last step is just some brushing the powder, but Wendy choo sneaks in. Tiffany wants powder? BLAM! Chalk powder! C’mon, Tiff-Tiff, we’re just getting started! NXT goes picture in picture as Tiffany scrambles through the halls!

Tiffany throws a kick pad into Choo! And SLAMS her with pad after pad! But Choo tosses Tiffany onto the trash! Choo fires off fists, then sits her down in a wheelchair. Choo says CHOO CHOO and runs Tiffany into spare chairs! And then she grabs a trunk! Tiffany avoids getting crushed against ladders! Tiffany hobbles away, but Choo is right there in the Tian Sha throne! Tiffany freaks, throws a trash can at Choo, then smacks her off trunks. Tiffany whips but Choo reverses and Tiffany crashes into a garage door! Tiffany scrambles to gorilla, but Choo pursues! They brawl onto the stage! And Choo throws Tiffany onto the picnic table!

Choo beats Tiffany up with potato chips! Tiffany flounders down the ramp and Choo checks the grill. Here’s some hotdogs! Choo CLUBS Tiffany further down the way, then mugs her against the barriers! Referees try to stop this but Tiffany RAMS Choo into barriers! They brawl at ringside, Choo ROCKS Tiffany, then RAMS her into the apron! Choo puts Tiffany in the ring, this match is happening NOW!

Wendy Choo VS Tiffany Stratton!

The bell rings, Choo eggs Tiffany on, but Tiffany dodges and bails out. Choo grabs Tiffany by her “perfect” hair and drags her back in! Then Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Roll-up, TWO! Tiffany headlocks but Choo powers out as NXT returns to single picture. Tiffany runs Choo over, things speed up but Tiffany ducks, only for Choo to THESZ PRESS! Fans fire up, Tiffany gets away but Choo grabs her hair again! Tiffany freaks out, drags Choo out and SLAMS her arm against the post! Tiffany grins and gets back in the ring. Tiffany wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Tiffany steps on the hand, then drags Choo up to wristlock.

Tiffany gives the hand a ROPE BURN! Tiffany wrenches and whips Choo hard into a corner, then pulls the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Tiffany lets off and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then swings, but misses! Choo CHOPS! Choo whips, Tiffany reverse but Choo sunset flips, only for Tiffany to roll through and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Tiffany grabs the bad arm and BENDS the fingers! Choo endures, but Tiffany takes off the fake nails! Then BOOTS Choo down! Tiffany wrenches but Choo ROCKS and kicks! They knuckle lock and Choo kicks low! Choo ROCKS Tiffany, shoves her to ropes and OVERHEAD suplexes her!

Fans fire up and Choo STMOPS Tiffany’s hands! Tiffany freaks out over her own nails, but Choo SHOTGUNS her down! And then handspring FOREARMS in the corner! Choo goes up and leaps, SLEEPY CROSSBODY! Direct hit but Choo lands on her bad arm. Choo shakes the arm out, whips Tiffany, but Tiffany reverses. POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Tiffany freaks out! Tiffany drags Choo up, fireman’s carries, but Choo fights free! Choo full nelsons but Tiffany arm-drags free. Tiffany kicks low, reels Choo in, but Choo RANAS Tiffany away! Choo gets around Tiffany for a FULL NELSON SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Choo has the SLEEPER HOLD! Choo has it on tight, with body scissors! Tiffany is fading already but she flails and reaches out. Tiffany gets the bad hand and BENDS the fingers! Tiffany is free but Choo reels her in for a BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Tiffany survives and Choo can’t believe it! Choo drags Tiffany up but Tiffany fights the sleeper. So she gets a GERMAN SUPLEX! But Tiffany lands on her feet! Tiffany STOMPS Choo’s bad hand, SHOTGUNS her to a corner, and goes up top! TWISTING VADER!! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

Choo brought the fight to Daddy’s Little Rich Girl, but Tiffany toughed it out and gets a big win! Will Tiffany be heading towards some gold belts in the near future?

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade & Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie congratulates the NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they say they finally did it. Cora is finally champ in WWE, and with her best friend! Roxie says this is so surreal! She won the Breakout Tournament, and now she’s a tag team champion with her best friend! And it felt so good to knock Toxic Attraction off the pedestal. It felt amazing! And next week, Roxie is ready! She’ll end the Toxic Reign once and for all! She’s cashing in on Mandy Rose! Then the Toxic Attraction is done. But for tonight, we celebrate! Will Roxie be a DOUBLE champion in one fell swoop? Or will Mandy do everything in her power to stop that from happening?

 

Cameron Grimes checks in on Bron Breakker.

Grimes asks about the shoulder, and Bron tells him that the shoulder’s fine. Well, Grimes will do whatever it takes to become champion. Bron wouldn’t have it any other way. Grimes heads out, but will he be leaving tonight with the gold?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

He heads to the ring and gets the mic to say, “I’d like to share something with you real quick. For the last year, when I would get home, I would sit and I would ask my kids what they thought.” They said, “Daddy, that isn’t you.” And then they stopped watching all together. But since his return to NXT, Apollo’s kids watch him every single week. When Apollo gets home now and they jump on hi slap with a million questions, excitement on their faces, he can’t help but be excited. He thanks his kids for bringing the spark back into his career. So to his kids, Apollo tells them he loves them.

Now, Apollo’s been back a month and Xyon Quinn is right about one thing: NXT is different. There is a group of young, hungry and athletic talent ready to take advantage of opportunity. The wheels got spinning in Apollo’s head and he wondered what would happen if he faced Tony D’Angelo, or Nathan Frazer, or even the winner of tonight’s North American Championship match, Carmelo Hayes VS Grayson Waller. Oh but you know he’ll be watching Bron VS Grimes. Apollo knows he and Cameron could make magic in the ring. And Apollo VS Bron- Wait, here comes GIOVANNI VINCI! He noticed Apollo left him off the list.

But he doesn’t blame Apollo. When Apollo sees his future against Giovanni Vinci, it doesn’t work out so well, does it? Vinci says he is the one guy in NXT that can not only keep up with Apollo, he can outdo Apollo in the ring and in style. Okay, Mr. Style. Stop talking, get in the ring, and we’ll see them go stride for stride right now. Vinci tells Apollo that he has all the people fooled, but not Vinci. Vinci is dressed for a night out, not for a night with the fans. But maybe next week, they can find out… Or rather, Apollo finds out, just who the best athlete in NXT really is. And Vinci assures Apollo that he will lose. But that gives Apollo seven days to come up with an excuse to tell the kids.

Vinci tosses the mic, but Apollo catches it! Apollo stares Vinci down as he leaves, but will it be #VeniVidiVinci? Or will it be all about #CrewsControl?

 

Backstage interview with Ivy Nile.

McKenzie notes that the Creed Brothers are facing Strong & Kemp in a Diamond Mine VS Diamond Mine match. Is the group imploding? Ivy says they are a group of alphas, and you don’t even step foot in their gym unless you’re a badass. They all have healthy egos, so tonight we find out who the best team is. Diamond Mine Forever is not just some catchphrase, it is real! Ivy then hears an argument going on and shouts it all down. Tatum Paxley is dealing with KC Squared in continuation from last week, and Ivy says it’s enough. Katana Chance tells Kayden Carter it is not the time.

Tatum thanks Ivy for the back-up, but Ivy says if Tatum’s gonna get in a mess, she needs to learn to get out of it. Tomorrow, 8 AM, Diamond Dojo. Got it? Got it! Tatum has her pass into the Diamond Mine, will she make the most of it?

 

Grayson Waller speaks.

“Melo, my mum really loved that signed T-Shirt, man. And wow! Your autograph’s worth a fortune! I just sold it for 28 cents on eBay! And the other, I’m gonna save as a coaster for my victory toast. Because there’s only one thing left for Grayson Waller to steal, and that’s the North American Championship.”

Carmelo Hayes responds!

“Waller, you and I used to be boys. But all that is out the window, because when you play Melo, you play yourself!” Trick got his W, and Melo’s gonna get his. Because there is a difference between common and special. Waller is common, Melo is special! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be! Just who leaves tonight THE A Champion?

 

JD McDonagh speaks.

“My dad’s a lot like me. He’s a great man. He sat me down when I was about three years old, he said, ‘Son, you can do whatever you wanna do in this life. If you wanna go in the army, you’ll be a general. If you wanna do art, you make sure that you’re Picasso.’ And that is how the Irish Ace was born.” Anyone who steps into the ring with him gets dissected. He is so far ahead of the roster, they couldn’t see him if they had a set of binoculars. He will change everyone’s minds real quick. Enjoy tonight, because next week, NXT 2.0 changes forever.

 

Bron gets checked by the trainer.

Any pain? Nope. And a good range of motion. The doc wants to put on tape but Bron says no thanks. Bron heads out, but is his ego getting in the way of his health?

 

NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Grayson Waller!

Two young pillars of NXT have been running parallel since showing up on the brand, but Melo has been the one with the golden accolades. Will the 21st Century Success Story look to take that all away here tonight? Or will Melo shoot and score once more?

After Waller makes his entrance, Trick appears on the perch! “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Trick ‘n’ Melo fans of all ages… I need for y’all to strap on your seatbelts and glue your wigs on tight, and make some noise for the man who don’t miss, the leader of the new school, the two-time North American Champion, your A CHAMPION… CARMELOOO~! HAAAYES~!” Melo makes his entrance, with pyro going off, and he says this is HIS show. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who leaves with it and all the bragging rights in the world!

Melo and Waller circle, fans are thunderous already, and they tie up. Melo headlocks, Waller pulls hair to get a headlock of his own, but Melo returns the favor. Melo powers out and the two reset while they complain. Waller cools off and says they’re still good. He offers a handshake, Melo goes to take it, but both men are ready to sucker punch! They cool off, but they both kick! They also both block, and they both let off at the same time. Waller gets around to roll Melo up, with tights, TWO! Melo rolls Waller up, with tights! TWO, and DOUBLE HAYMAKERS rock both men! Melo shoves Waller but Waller shoves back.

Melo rolls off Waller’s back, then ducks Waller’s leg lariat. Melo CLOBBERS Waller and fans fire up. Melo kicks Waller, CHOPS him to ropes, then whips him to ropes. Waller reverses but Melo springboards! Waller gets under to somersault, but no stunner! Waller mocks the three pointer, then he hurdles Melo. Melo dodges Waller but Waller BOOTS! ROLLING ELBOW! Fans duel as Waller goes up. Waller goes along the rope, but Melo GAMANGIRIS first! Melo then spins Waller around to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Melo dribbles before he shoots that free throw.

Melo drags Waller up but Waller fireman’s carries and pops Melo up! Then ELEVATED BACK SUPLEX! Waller talks trash but Melo bails out. So Waller builds speed! Waller slides to CLOBBER Melo at the ramp! Trick is stunned while NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller talks some smack, tears up a Melo fan’s sign, and then he puts Melo in. Waller drops a fist, then a knee. Melo gets to ropes, Waller throws body shots. Waller drags Melo up, whips him to ropes, elbows Melo, and then whips Melo again. Melo ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Waller blocks to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Waller is a bit surprised but he drives knees into Melo’s side. Waller throws body shots and Melo gets to ropes. Waller gets the legs, YANKS Melo up but Melo lands on his feet! ROUNDHOUSE! REBOUND TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives but Melo keeps his focus.

Waller goes to a corner, Melo runs in, but Waller catches him to a HANGING HEADSCISSORS! The ref counts, Waller lets off at 4 and Melo staggers away. Waller gets in to CLOBBER Melo! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed but he stomps Melo around. Waller drags Melo up, suplexes high and hard, then looms over him. Waller drags Melo up, cravat and KNEES Melo down, then hurries to the corner! BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this and Trick coaches him up. Waller kicks Melo to ropes, drags him up, but Melo SLAPS him! And ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Waller kicks the legs out!

Waller clamps on a top wristlock and he stretches Melo while NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Melo while he endures, but Waller shifts to a chinlock. Melo fights up but Waller CLUBS him down. Waller then CLUBS Melo again and has him on the ropes. Waller pie faces, toys with Melo, and talks trash. Mello pie faces Waller back! Waller kicks, Melo CHOPS, and then Melo catches the jab to a takedown! Waller snapmares free, ripcords and reels Melo into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Melo makes it a cover, TWO! Waller avoids the boot, Electric Chair Lifts again, but Melo pulls ears! Melo is free but Waller elbows him!

Melo rebounds to MYSTICO! Fans fire up as Melo covers, TWO! INTO THE CROSSFACE! Waller endures, crawls, reaches out, but Melo rolls him away! Waller is caught in the middle of the ring, but he rolls things to a cover, TWO! Waller is free, but he catches Melo into the TRIANGLE! Melo endures now, rolls around, but Waller throws elbows. Melo pushes to a cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! LEG LARIAT!! Both men are down and “This is Awesome!” Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Waller crawls to the corner. Melo goes to the opposite end, but both men stare down and even smirk. They both stand, and DOUBLE HAYMAKERS rock both men!

Melo throws a forearm but Waller gives it back! They go back and forth, shot for shot and fans fire up! Melo throws a haymaker, ducks the jab and fires off combos! Waller whips but Melo springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Melo aims from a corner. Melo runs in, Waller dodges, and Waller dropkicks the legs out! Waller runs in from the corner, THROWBACK UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and even Trick is freaking out! Waller drags Melo up and whips, but Melo holds ropes to block. Waller keeps trying but Melo throat chops then BOOTS! Melo reels Waller in, REBOUND- NO, no DDT! Waller rolls and STUNNERS!

Fans fire up and Waller hurries, but Melo goes to the apron! Melo is safe on the floor and Waller can’t believe it. Waller goes out and he drags Melo into the ring. Waller gets space, runs back in, but Trick is in the way! But WES LEE attacks Trick! Waller somersaults, into a CODE BREAKER from Melo!! Melo goes up, aims, THREE POINTER!! Cover, Melo wins!

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

Trick being ringside paid off, even if Lee got some payback on him. Melo is still on top, but who will come for his gold next?

 

Backstage interview with Xyon Quinn.

McKenzie asks him his thoughts on tonight’s Great American Bash. Xyon is upset about Apollo Crews eyeing the North American and NXT Championships, but that’s the wrong target. He should be looking at Xyon. Not to brag, but Xyon is box office. When you type “WWE Superstar” into Google, Xyon comes right up. And a title reign for Apollo? That ain’t it. Xyon Quinn, he is going to be a future multiple time champion. NXT 2.0 is about the future, and the future is Xyon Quinn.

 

Diamond Mine hypes itself up.

“Who are we?” “DIAMOND MINE!” “What are we?” “FOREVER!” But Strong heads out without the fist bump. Will “forever” not be all that long after this title match?

 

Backstage interview with Mandy Rose.

McKenzie says it was a tough night for Toxic Attraction, but Roxie wants the NXT Women’s Championship. Wow,  nothing gets past McKenzie. But Cora & Roxie, AKA Team 2001 or whatever they’re calling themselves, got lucky! This has happened before, but Gigi & Jacy corrected themselves, won those belts back, rinse and repeat. And Mandy is pretty sure Roxie is running around on a high horse. Once the adrenaline wears off, Roxie will see she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. Roxie will realize she cannot defeat Mandy for the title. Neither could Cora Jade. And next week, Roxie joins her BFF in the failure club. If she even makes it to next week. A not so veiled threat from Mandy, will Roxie have to watch her back?

 

Andre Chase teaches another class.

But before he continues the lesson, he wants to welcome the new students, such as Thea Hail right up front. As we all know, America celebrated its independence yesterday. July 4th, 1776, America adopted the Declaration of Independence. Chase asks Bodhi Hayward what’s wrong. He’s dozing off. Is this boring? No, not at all, sir! But his roommate doesn’t sleep. Thea says they watched MITB like 50 times! They’re like brother and sister! Right, Bodhi? Y-Yeah, just stop hitting him. Chase likes that. That’s what Chase U is all about: making memories happen. Someone in the back has a question.

Chad says the Declaration of Independence was actually written on July 2nd, and that John Adams believed July 2nd should be the real Day of Independence. Well who the F do you think you are, Chad?! You come in talking about John Adams, but who the F did John Adams ever beat!? DON’T YOU TELL CHASE ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THIS NATION! He IS America! Get the hell outta here and never come back. Okay, where were we? But Thea has an idea! Wouldn’t it be sweet to go to England and learn about their history? A field trip? Like that’s ever gonna happen. Chase says that’s a great idea! NXT UK, here we come! Oh, bloody hell…

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Creed Brothers VS Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp!

NXT returns as Julius & Brutus make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and no matter what, these belts stay with the Mine!

Kemp starts with Brutus, but then Strong tags in. Strong ties up with Brutus, Brutus waistlocks but Strong switches with him. Strong facelocks, Brutus waistlocks, Strong wrenches out and wristlocks. Brutus gets a leg, then lifts Strong. Strong fights, Brutus waistlocks and SLAMS Strong! Strong fights up, slips around, waistlocks then headlocks. Brutus endures the grind, powers out, and Strong goes up, only to get caught! Strong slips off, ducks and dodges, then leaps, only for Brutus to knock him down! Tag to Julius, and Strong backs off to tag Kemp. Kemp shoots in, waistlocks, but Julius rolls free to run Kemp over!

Things speed up, Kemp hurdles and goes to hip toss but Julius blocks. Kemp blocks a hip toss but Julius HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Julius talks trash to Strong, but Kemp waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kemp rains down forearms, Julius slips around but Kemp powers him into the corner. Strong tags in, he fires forearms on Julius, then suplexes. Julius blocks, Strong wrenches and knees low. Strong CLUBS Julius but Julius shoves Strong. They fire forearms. Strong clinches to put him in the corner. Kemp tags in and RAMS into Julius, then he snapmares Julius to a chinlock. Julius endures and fights up, tag to Brutus!

Julius SLAMS Kemp, then gut wrench SLAMS Brutus onto Kemp! Cover, TWO! Brutus facelocks Kemp, Julius tags back in, and feed to the fireman’s carry takeover! Feed back for Brutus to have a turn, then Julius facelocks Kemp again. Julius whips Kemp to a corner, but Kemp goes up and comes back, only for Julius to back drop him! And DROPKICK him! Kemp flounders out and Strong gets Kemp back in! Kemp runs in but Julius TOSSES him out the other way! Tag to Brutus and he climbs up! BRUTUS BALL!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Julius helps Brutus up but that landing was rougher than we thought. The ref checks Kemp but he clutches a leg. Strong is on the neutral corner to see what’s going on, and Brutus puts Kemp in. Brutus tags Julius and the Creeds both get Kemp up. They CLUB Kemp, KNEE him around, and Julius drags Kemp up to facelock and turn for a NECKBREAKER! The ref checks on Kemp again but he’s okay to continue. Julius clamps on a chinlock but Kemp endures. Kemp fights up, powers Julius into a corner, and Strong tags in. Strong stomps and CLUBS Julius, has him against ropes and CHOPS! And CHOPS!

Julius fires back and this becomes more of a scrap! Strong gets Julius down for fists, then facelocks to grind Julius down. Julius fights up, but Strong brings him to the corner. Kemp tags in, he knees Julius and then Strong knees harder. Strong feeds Julius to Kemp’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Kemp keeps on Julius with a chinlock, and drags him to the corner. Strong tags back in, throws another knee into Julius, then CHOPS! Julius throws knees, but Strong wrenches an arm to WRING Julius out! Julius clutches his arm, but Strong gets it to hip drop on it! Strong drags Julius over to tag in Kemp.

Strong holds Julius down for Kemp to get an arm, then drop an elbow. Kemp chinlocks, grinds Julius down more, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up and Julius fights to his feet. Kemp SLAMS Julius down then keeps on the chinlock. Julius fights back up but Kemp RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Strong and he fires forearms. Julius fires forearms back, they brawl, and Strong throws knees! Strong CHOPS but Julius shoves! Strong CHOPS, the hands start flying, and Julius whips Strong away. Kemp tags in and clamps onto Julius again! Kemp keeps Julius from Brutus, then RAMS into Brutus!

But then Julius GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES Kemp away! Tag to Brutus, and he gets in to CLOBBER Kemp! And again! And then a TACKLE for a ground ‘n’ pound! Brutus shoves Kemp around, fires up, but Strong tags in. Strong  waits as Brutus glares at Kemp. Brutus CLUBS away on Kemp at the ropes but Strong gets in. Brutus CLOBBERS Strong, drags him up and fireman’s carries. Strong fights free to shove Brutus. Strong is between the brothers, and he SLAPS Julius! The ref has to keep Julius out, Brutus tells him to calm down, but a STRONG KNEE rocks Brutus! And another STRONG KNEE!

Strong says this is on Julius, and he drags Brutus up. Tag to Kemp, but Brutus fights back. Strong * Kemp mug Brutus, then Kemp wrangles Brutus down to a chinlock. Fans rally, Brutus fights up but Kemp knees Brutus down to hit an EXPLODER! Kemp RAMS into Brutus, then SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives but Kemp keeps on Brutus with a facelock. Kemp scoops but Brutus cradles! TWO!! Brutus gets up but Kemp runs in, only for Brutus to send him into buckles! Hot tags to Strong and Julius! Julius rallies on Strong, then scoop SLAMS him! Julius deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Fans fire up as Julius clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Straps come down and Julius fires off hands! He picks Strong up to ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up but Kemp tags in! Julius hurdles then ROLLING SPINEBUSTERS Kemp! SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, the Creeds win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

Julius & Brutus prove they are champions for a reason! They help Kemp up and he shows respect, but what about Strong? Strong stares down his faction as they hold up the belts, but he stays silent. Has Strong been humbled by the men he helped forge into diamonds?

 

A-Kid speaks.

“I was a very bright child. But that got me and all the other intelligent kids bullied. So I decided to do something about it. I learned how to fight back. To escape my environment, I knew it would take more. I had a gift for mathematics. When I close my eyes, I see numbers and equations. Everything can be broken down into a formula. There is a solution to every problem. I’ve been told that I am technically gifted in the ring. Whether it is mathematics or physics, it all comes down to an equation. You can quickly analyze and react to anything. Even when your body fails, your mind can push you to new heights. I am Axiom.”

 

Backstage interview with The Robert Stone Brand.

McKenzie says Mr. Stone himself requested this time, so what’s on his mind? Stone says it is a travesty that Von Wagner wasn’t part of GAB. And the reason that happened is because of “them!” Sophia Cromwell says the so-called fans and their audacity to squawk at Von- Solo Sikoa walks in and says, “Hold the hell up. Von, what are you running around and crying for? Blaming the NXT Universe for telling you how it is? You don’t see the Street Champion running around, looking for excuses.” Von acts like he’s owed something. Stone wants to say something but Von says he can handle this. Stone & Sophia don’t speak for him.

Von tells the Street Champion that if he wants to run his mouth, let’s handle business right now. Oh, is that so? Things get tense but referees and security rush in to stop this! Solo says he’ll shut Von’s ass up, but when will these giants throw down?

 

NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Cameron Grimes!

Though both men are second generation wrestlers, the Big Booty Nephew and Carolina Caveman lived very different lives. People around the world know about The Steiner Brothers, but perhaps only North Carolina wrestling fans know about Tracy Caddell. Will Grimes make sure no one ever forgets his name by putting it right on the title? Or will Bron still stand tall, bad shoulder and all?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Grimes can break Breakker!

Grimes and Bron tie up, and even at less than 100%, Bron puts Grimes in a corner. Bron lets off, Grimes comes back and they circle. They tie up, Bron powers Grimes back again but Grimes turns things around. Fans duel, Grimes lets off, but then he gets the bad arm! Bron throws Grimes away, but Grimes says he almost had him. They go again, Grimes gets a leg instead but Bron headlocks. Grimes powers up but can’t power out as Bron holds tight. Grimes wrenches out, Bron powers the hold back on, but Grimes wrenches again. Bron gets away because that’s the bad arm. Fans duel, Bron says Grimes thinks he’s clever.

The two go again, Bron waistlocks then headlocks but Grimes powers him to ropes. Grimes powers out this time, but Bron gator rolls to get Grimes up for a suplex! Grimes fights it to a cradle, TWO! Grimes trips Bron, covers, TWO! Grimes has the bad arm! Bron fights up, whips free, and SPLASHES in a corner. Bron scoops, Grimes elbows free, has the arm again, but Bron gets away. Bron ducks and dodges to CLOBBER Grimes! The speed makes up for the bad arm’s weakness, and fans bark for Bron as NXT goes picture in picture.

Grimes is in a corner and checking his jaw while Bron shakes out the bad arm. Grimes takes a second but comes back. He and Bron tie up, but Grimes kicks low to then CLUB the bad arm. Grimes throws elbows, CLUBS away on the bad arm, then he puts Bron in a corner to KICK! Bron staggers to another corner, Grimes whips him corner to corner. Bron reverses and Grimes hits buckles hard! Bron drags Grimes up to whip corner to corner the other way, and just as hard! Grimes flops down but Bron is on him at the ropes. Bron facelocks, grinds Grimes down, but Grimes fights up to wrench the bad arm again!

Grimes hits an ARMBREAKER DDT! Cover, TWO! Bron toughs it out but Grimes clamps onto the bad arm again. Grimes grinds the shoulder but Bron endures. Grimes pulls on the arm, almost a Fujiwara Armbar, but Bron fight sit off. Bron fights up, but Grimes ROCKS him with a forearm! Bron hits back but Grimes ROCKS him again. Grimes suplexes but Bron blocks! NXT returns to single picture as Bron suplexes Grimes, holds him up, and SLAMS! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Bron checks his bad arm. Bron stalks Grimes, choke grips, and trophy lifts! But the bad arm gives up and Grimes slips off.

Bron rushes Grimes but Grimes sends him out! PENALTY KICK from the apron, and then a CANNONBALL! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Grimes nods and gets to his feet. Grimes stomps the bad arm, the ring count is climbing, but Grimes lets off to put Bron in at 6 of 10. Grimes covers, TWO! Ironically, Bron shot the bad arm up so that just adds to the pain. Grimes YANKS the bad arm, twists the wrist, then drags Bron up to PENALTY KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Grimes clamps onto Bron’s good arm, hammerlocks it, then pulls the bad arm way back! Bron endures as Grimes pushes the arm down with a foot! Cover, TWO!

Bron is still in this but Grimes keeps his focus. Grimes BOOTS the bad arm, KICKS Bron, but Bron snarls. Bron sits up and Grimes KICKS him again! Bron is getting angrier, and he blocks the kick to RAM Grimes into buckles! Bron RAMS in again but that’s the bad arm! Grimes runs in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Both men stir as fans say, “This is Awesome!” Grimes fires forearms but Bron gives them back. Grimes keeps throwing forearms but so does Bron. They keep throwing shots as they stand, Bron switches to haymakers, but Grimes wrenches the arm! Bron DEKCS Grimes!

Bron rallies with big shoulder tackles form the left side! Grimes jumps, but into another SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Bron brings down the straps! Bron choke grips but Grimes ROCKS him! Bron ducks a kick but not the SUPERKICK! Grimes ducks ‘n’ dodges, COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while both men are down! Bron gets up in a corner, Grimes runs in, but Bron puts him on the apron. Grimes HOTHOTS the bad arm! Grimes goes up the corner, but Bron CLUBS him first! Bron climbs up after Grimes, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and no one can believe it!

Bron gets up, shakes out the bad arm, and he goes to the opposite corner. Bron runs in corner to corner, but Grimes dodges! Bron stops from hitting buckles, but Grimes tilt-o-whirls around to have an IRON OCTOPUS! Bron resists but fans rally as Grimes pulls! Bron fireman’s carries out of the hold but Grimes slips off to RAM him into buckles! CAVE-IN!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bron survives Grimes’ best shot and now no one can believe it! Grimes hurries to a corner, he fires up and goes up the corner! “TO! THE! MOON~!” SUPER- SPEAR!! Cover, Bron wins!!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Grimes wanted to fly, but Bron shot him out of the sky! But the celebration is cut short as JD MCDONAGH attacks!! He said he would show up next week, but that was a lie! He drags Bron up to hit DEVLINSIDE through a picnic table!! The Irish Ace says Bron should’ve been listening to his videos. The Necessary Evil is here, and he’s after Bron’s gold! Will JD go from NXT UK exile to the Ace of NXT 2.0?


My Thoughts:

NXT definitely put the “great” in the Great American Bash this year. I missed a bit of that opening vignette but I did like that Briggs, Jensen & Fallon were the hosts of the party, as their characters are “down to earth” and they love to have fun. Pretty Deadly had a decent promo calling them out, but I would think Pretty Deadly ends up losing to give Briggs & Jensen a good first defense. Chase University has another hilarious promo segment all together, with Andre Chase chewing the crap out of “Chad,” and setting up how they’ll be the next wave of visitors to NXT UK. I would love to see these three looking at landmarks and being in character going around London.

A great Women’s Tag Team Championships match to open the night, and while it almost looked like Toxic Attraction was going to cheat to retain, #JadeRox turns it back around and crowning new champions is the right move. Roxie made her challenge and is getting her match with Mandy, but even if Roxie doesn’t win that match, Toxic Attraction has been weakened and they can try to find themselves in the aftermath. Personally, Gigi Dolin needs to break out from the group, fans really like her all on her own and she is honestly the better of the three in the ring. But Mandy VS Roxie will be great stuff either way, it’s definitely what you follow tonight with.

Good promo from Tony D’Angelo and Legado where he claims he sidelined Escobar, but we’ll wait and see what’s the real story. I liked that Choo went after Tiffany backstage to give us a really fun brawl that leads right into their match. Also nice little gag where Wendy was sitting on the same chair she used to sit on as Mei Ying. The match was good, but I feel like this wasn’t for Tiffany to win. Choo’s been on the down after losing to Mandy, I thought this could be her way to get back up and then she and Tiffany escalate things into a bigger blow-off. But maybe that still happens anyway, winner being seen as the contender to the winner of Mandy VS Roxie.

A pretty good promo from Apollo and Vinci, and they’re going to have a great match that will get more out of Vinci, both his moves and his character. And while Apollo mentioned both champions, I think he’s going for the North American Championship after beating Vinci and beating Xyon. Wes VS Trick was pretty good, but we should’ve expected Trick to cheat as the Heel. Trick wins but as we saw, Lee went after him again during the North American Championship so the feud is just getting started. Speaking of which, Melo VS Waller was a great title match, and I figured Melo would retain as he still has a long list of guys he can face before losing the belt.

We got a decent promo out of the Robert Stone Brand and Solo Sikoa to set up a match, Solo VS Von is going to be great stuff, but unless Solo really is going to join The Bloodline on RawDown, I would hope Solo wins. A-Kid gave us a pretty good promo, but of course his name changes. “Axiom” is a pretty good choice, “a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.” Therefore, AK is going to be the foundation for redefining the North American Championship scene, he’ll have some great matches with all the guys in that scene. He can fit into that scene right now, even, with Melo, Apollo, Vinci, etc.

Ivy Nile had a decent promo to establish her belief that Diamond Mine will never break. And she also stepped up to help Tatum with some of that tough love. Maybe Ivy & Tatum truly become a team to challenge for the tag titles once Toxic Attraction is fully out of the way. We got a great tag title match in Diamond Mine: Civil War, and I’m oddly surprised there was no meltdown from Strong. There must still be something coming down the line that will make Strong lash out and break away from the group. And at this point, it feels like Strong is going to take Julius on 1v1 as the blow-off, winner being the true leader of the faction.

After all the different Bron Breakker promos playing up the shoulder, I really thought this was foreshadowing a loss. We still got great main event from Bron VS Grimes, but Grimes found himself between a rock and a hard place. If not for Vince’s typical push being too much too soon, and if Bron was only a one-time champion at this point, this could’ve been the night someone dethroned Bron for the first time. It would’ve been big both ways: big because this was Bron’s first title loss, and big because Grimes backed up his words and showed he had more heart. Then Bron would have to work to redeem himself and get that belt back. Instead, Grimes is fed to the machine.

But what a great final moment of the night in return! Jordan Devlin now “JD McDonagh” had his vignette claiming he’d be here next week, and then surprise! He’s here now, he goes after the top champion, and he’ll definitely get a title match. As much as I don’t want Bron becoming the one to reach three-time NXT Champion the fastest, I do want to see Devlin get that title off him and finally be the top guy on a WWE brand.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

When facing the Fang Revived, will The Ace survive?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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NJPW G1 Climax 32

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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