Non G1 Match Results
Evil and Hiromu Takahashi defeated Juice Robinson and David Finlay
Minoru Suzuki and Taichi defeated Sanada and Bushi
Kenny Omega and Yujiro Takahashi defeated Tama Tonga and Chase Owens
Michael Elgin, Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano and Gedo
G1 Climax A Block Match: Hirooki Goto vs Yuji Nagata
-As someone who is still new to New Japan, it is weird seeing Yuji Nagata not coming out taking a selfie with Sonny Ohno. Also weird knowing Nagata was treated as a jobber in WCW, and then finding out his history in New Japan.
-Nagata throws a fake kick then nails one. Goto comes back with a hard lariat clothesline.
-Goto head slaps Nagata, which pisses him off. Goto throws Nagata into the corner and Nagata bounces right back with a knee to the gut.
-Goto spinning heel kicks Nagata into the corner then hits a neckbraker to the knee for two.
-Nagata blocks a GTR then applies an armbreaker. Love when Nagata’s eyes go to the back of his head during it. Goto gets to the ropes though.
-The crowd firmly behind Nagata, he hits an enziguri kick and a Saito suplex but only gets two.
-They exchange forearms, followed by kicks and clotheslines. Goto applies a sleeper but Nagata gets out of it. But Goto ducks a clothesline and hits a GTR for the win.
WINNER: Hirooki Goto
G1 Climax A Block Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs Togi Makabe
-Both men shoulder tackle then forearm the fuck out of each other to start. Makabe finally takes Ishii down.
-On the outside Ishii tosses Makabe sternum first into all four corners of the metal railing.
-Ishii chops Makabe a couple of times in the throat. Makabe then bounces back with a clothesline.
-Ishii connects on a German suplex then goes to the top and hits a great superplex for two.
-Makabe goes for a clothesline but Ishii clotheslines Makabe’s right arm. Makabe then clotheslines Ishii with his left arm.
-They go to the top. Ishii headbutts Makabe but Makabe pulls himself back up with his legs then belly-to-belly’s Ishii off the top. Ishii misses the King Kong Knee Drop though.
-These stiff double clotheslines hurt me watching them. Ishii finally knocks Makabe off his feet then hits a sliding lariat for two.
-Ishii hits a headbutt and follows it up with a lariat TO THE FACE. Ishii only gets two though. But Ishii hits a vertical brainbuster suplex after for the win.
WINNER: Tomohiro Ishii
G1 Climax A Block Match: Zack Sabre Jr vs Kota Ibushi
-Both men look for control on the ground. Ibushii slaps ZSJ down. They then exchange counter ups with the neck, but ZSJ grabs Ibushi’s neck with both feet and does a quick twist.
-ZSJ’s target is the neck of Ibushi.
-Ibushi knocks ZSJ down with a chest kick. Ibushi goes for a standing moonsault but he falls right into a triangle submission from ZSJ.
-ZSJ chops Ibushi but Ibushi tells him to keep bringing it. Ibushi lands some kicks of his own and goes for a bicycle kick but ZSJ counters it into an ankle lock into an STF.
-ZSJ flies at Ibushi and applies a triangle choke. Ibushi lifts up ZSJ in the choke and hits a powerbomb for the win.
WINNER: Kota Ibushi
G1 Climax A Block Match: Bad Luck Fale vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
-Tanahashi goes for a couple roll-ups early on which causes Fale to regroup on the outside.
-On the outside Fale goes to work on the bad arm of Tanahashi.
-Tanahashi comes back and hits a German suplex in the ring. He goes for a bodyslam but Fale falls on top of Tanahashi.
-Tanahashi skins the cat with one arm, but walks right back into a spear from Fale.
-Tanahashi counters the Bad Luck Fall into a DDT. He then hits a crossbody to the outside. Tanahashi hits the slingblade on the apron and Fale doesn’t beat the count back in and Tanahashi gets the countout win.
WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi
G1 Climax A Block Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Yoshi-Hashi
-Naito dropkicks Hashi to the back of the head then hits a neckbreaker to the knee.
-Naito starts working over the neck of Hashi.
-Hashi fights back with a blockbuster neckbreaker than a head scissors take over.
-Now Hashi starts working over the neck of Naito.
-Naito hits a super hurricarrana then a backbreaker for two. He goes for Destino but Hashi blocks it and drops Naito face first.
-After a flurry of exchanges Hashi catches Naito mid air with knees to the chest.
-Hashi applies the butterfly lock. Naito looks like he is ready to pass out but fights his way to the ropes.
-Naito counters Hashi into a Destino for two. Hashi kicks out of the first but Naito hits a second one for the win.
WINNER: Tetsuya Naito
Here are the A Block Standings after 2 sets of matches:
Tetsuya Naito, Hirooki Goto: 4 points
Zack Sabre Jr, Yoshi-Hashi, Bad Luck Fale, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Tomohiro Ishii: 2 points
Yuji Nagata, Togi Makabe: 0 points
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