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There have now been 50 matches in this year’s G1, and aside from just a few, I can glance at most of them and tell you exactly what happened. Omega/Suzuki stands out completely from Kojima/Okada, which stands out completely from Ibushi/Naito, which was completely and totally different from Yano/Okada, which bore no resemblance at all to EVIL/SANADA, et cetera. The variety of performance that we get on these NJPW shows is truly spectacular. It far exceeds that of WWE, a point that I will be beating like a dead horse in this review, so stay tuned.
Having said that, this particular show was only OK, by G1 standards. It was hardly better than the best Wrestlemania show (copyright: Dave Meltzer). Definitely the weakest G1 show so far in terms of average star rating. It was comparable to Day 8, in that the first three G1 matches were unique and fun, leading up to two big NJPW-style main event matches.
So yeah, depending on your definition, perhaps the “weakest” G1 show to date, but among the easiest to watch. Aside from one match that slightly dragged, this show held my attention completely and fully. Really had me glued. Which, as someone with a garbage attention span, is a task that can be quite diffi
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This is a reddit thread, via u/standingdropkick, talking about some pretty cool translated interviews from the G1 participants up on NJPW1972.com (NJPW1972.com is New Japan’s English website, the equivalent to WWE.com).
It would be nice if these were videos, and on YouTube or even NJPWworld, but hey, we here at The Spoiler Role respect the written word in all its charm and glory. I think the next step to really hooking fans outside of Japan would be live-translating the interviews that happen after matches and at the press conferences. Regardless, this stuff is a nice touch. For example, here is Kazuchika Okada on wrestling the older guys in the tournament:
My WCW viewing has brought me to the 1999 Great American Bash. The main event of the show is Randy Savage vs Kevin Nash. On the Nitro before the PPV, Nash was trapped in a limo and struck by the infamous White Hummer that we never found out who drove until 2000, when Eric Bischoff said it was him.
WCW is in a bad spot right now. The mid-card is finally getting over, but they can’t get past using old stars like Nash, Savage, Flair and Piper. Hogan is on the shelf. For some reason Goldberg is nowhere to be found over the last few weeks because he is filming a movie. I’d almost rather be watching Russo land WCW in 2000. I’m sure I will regret saying that when I get to it.
Cueto Cup 2nd Round Match: The Mack vs Texano
-After exchanging some chain wrestling early on, Mack hits a couple of enziguris then a dive to the outside.
-Texano catches Mack with an elbow then an awkward springboard crossbody from the corner.
-Mack catches Texano with a forearm then a backbreaker on the outside. Mack hits a couple suplexes in the ring.
B Block Match: Tama Tonga vs Juice Robinson
-Tonga goes after the injured knee of Juice early and snaps it against the ropes.
-Tonga dropkicks Juice into the corner and goes for a splash, but Juice catches him and hits a full nelson slam.
-When I covered NXT for this site I HATED CJ Parker. His work as Juice Robinson is night and day.
A Block Match: Yoshi-Hashi vs Tomohiro Ishii
-The chop house gets opened up early between both men. Ishii eventually takes Hashi down with a shoulder tackle.
-Hashi gets Ishii’s head down and gives him little kicks to the head, which does nothing but anger Ishii so he backs Hashi into the corner with some stiff forearms.
-Ishii hits a superplex then a snap German for two. Hashi comes back with a spinning kick to the chest.
United States Title Opening Segment
-Kevin Owens comes out and says he will being pride back to the United States Title. And he is re-instating the Kevin Owens United States Title Open Challenge, but it’ll begin next week.
-AJ Styles comes out. He says he is out there to get his rematch for the Title. Owens says he isn’t defending the Title in front of hicks from Richmond, Virginia.
-Suddenly, CHRIS JERICHO COMES OUT!
G1 Climax Night 6 Recommended Viewing
HERE COMES OKADA here we go money talks HERE COMES OKADA. KADAKADAKADAKADA
After the, shall we say, mixed bag that was WWE Battleground 2017, the G1 Climax now seems even better by comparison. We are six nights into this thing and I am running out of compliments. It’s going to seem pretty silly by Day 18 when I have to gush about Okada/Omega III and I start bleeding from the nose. It’s completely shattered my desire to see WWE, where time is seemingly killed on every show. There are 0 time killing segments, ever, in NJPW. Like a good novel, every word is written for a reason.
Another solid show, top to bottom, 5 matches I absolutely do not regret watching/waking up at 6:30am EST to write some fuckin’ blog about. Gotta blog what you love.
G1 DAY 6 — Fast and Furious 六
What is the fallout from Kurt Angle and Jason Jordan’s big reveal last week?
Who IS the Number 1 Contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title?
Will Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins be able to coexist together to take on common foes?
Will Bayley and Sasha be able to hold their friendship together in the quest for Alexa Bliss’s Women’s Championship?
Could ANYONE care about Enzo Amore?
What is Renee Young doing here??
Will Finn Balor walk with the Drifter? or will he Follow the Buzzards?!
We’ll look to get all the answers to those questions and more TONIGHT…on MONDAY NIGHT RAW
Justin C here. After watching the G1 all week, I have no idea how Battleground is going to keep me entertained. I’ll try my best. Maybe I should call this “Justin C Watches The Boring of the WWE?”
Tye Dillinger vs Aiden English
-English controls into “commercial” where the WWE advertises the show we are currently going to watch on the Network.
-Dillinger catches English with a dropkick. He goes for the Tye-Breaker but English bails to the outside. Back in the ring English hits a spinebuster.
-English ended up getting the win when I wasn’t looking. I bet Dillinger still wishes he was in NXT.
WINNER: Aiden English