NJPW G1 Climax B Block Day Two Review 7.19.18 w/ The Chairman
After a few day break, NJPW G1 Climax action is back in full swing for the next few days so get ready for some amazing wrestling. B Block action was fierce once again so keep reading to see what went down on night two of B Block matches.
Tama Tonga vs Sanada
Tama was accompanied once again by Tanga Loa which more than likely is going to be a common trend during the G1 this year. Sanada came to the ring alone which may or may not be a wise decision. Tama offers a handshake and tells Sanada to shake his f’n hand, but Tama of course goes on the attack. Tama even attempts to lock Sanada in a Paradise Lock which is one of Sanada’s signature moves. Early in the match Tanga Loa got involved when he grabbed Sanada’s foot when he was coming off the ropes. He was caught and warned by the official. Tama and Sanada moments later end up on the outside and Sanada chases Tama around the ring only to get drilled with a clothesline by Tanga Loa. The referee Marty Asami seen enough and ejected Tanga Loa. He could’ve easily just disqualified Tama Tonga, but opted to let the match continue.
The match continues on for awhile, but it’s when the official gets taken out in the corner accidentally where things get interesting. Sanada steals Tama’s move the Gun Stun and goes for the cover. Of course the referee is knocked out and Tanga Loa returns along with Bad Luck Fale and assault Sanada. Loa delivers a sitout powerbomb to Sanada and leaves him for dead. Tama goes for the cover to steal the match, but Sanada somehow kicked out at two. Tama goes for the Gun Stun, but Sanada blocked it. Tanga Loa gets the apron and Sanada pushes Tama to knock Tanga off and Tama gets rolled up by Sanada for a quick three count. Sanada steals the win when the odds were against him and wins his first two points of the G1 Climax. Tama Tonga remains at two points after suffering his first defeat.
Toru Yano vs Zack Sabre Jr
Both men enter this match with zero points so this match is crucial to both superstars as they don’t want to fall into a 0-2 hole. The match starts off with some mat wrestling which is uncharacteristic for Yano considering how he usually goes about things. After some series of submissions and counters, both men end up outside. They get into the crowd where Sabre Jr locks Yano in a octopus hold and releases him at fifteen. Yano barely gets back in the ring at nineteen. Sabre Jr clearly has no problem winning a match via countout.
Yano even locks Sabre Jr in a submission hold briefly, but Sabre Jr quickly gets to the ropes to break the hold. Both men end up outside again and Sabre Jr locks Yano up in a submission tying his feet together with a gate. Sabre Jr keeps a double wristlock on long as he can and quickly returns to the ring at eighteen. Yano barely makes it back inside again. Eventually the match caters to Sabre Jr as he starts locking Yano into submission holds. Yano started to look like he was going to fade. Referee stoppage was becoming a possibility at this point. At the last moment, Yano somehow forced a rope break to keep the match going. Yano eventually goes back to his old ways and grabs the turnbuckle pad. Yano goes to attack, but the referee grabs it. With the ref distracted, Yano tries to low blow Sabre Jr, but Sabre Jr catches Yano with his legs. Yano tries again with another turnbuckle pad, but he missed as Sabre Jr gets Yano caught up with a bridge pin to take the two points. Definitely a fun and entertaining match. One of my favorites of the night.
WINNER: Zack Sabre Jr
Kota Ibushi vs Juice Robinson
Juice Robinson had his hand checked out and was told it was only seventy percent healed meaning he will have the cast the rest of the G1 Climax. This definitely is going to hurt Juice not having use of his left hand as he was reminded again that if he uses the cast, he will be disqualified. The match starts and things are easy going for a little bit. However things pick up quick when Kota goes for a golden triangle to Juice on the outside, but is unsuccessful. Juice then gets on the apron and cannonballs himself into Ibushi. Back in the ring, Juice hits a crossbody and a quick cover. Kota however kicks out. Juice looks to hit another cannonball, this time in the corner, but Kota escapes. Ibushi gets to the top rope and hits a missile dropkick to Juice. Ibushi follows up with a standing moonsault pin, but Juice escaped.
Moments later, Kota is looking for the Golden Triangle again, but Juice gets up there on the apron to block it. Eventually Juice takes Kota down with a superplex. Juice then hits a cannonball in the corner and a powerbomb pin, but Kota kicked out again. The action continues and at one point Kota Ibushi launches Juice Robinson off the apron with a hurricarana. Kota then stands on the top of the ring post and delivers one of the craziest moonsaults. Kota gets Juice back in the ring for a cover, but kicks out. The action continues and Juice looks like he’s going for Pulp Friction, but lost the grip. There’s a series of exchanges afterwards here, but in the end Kota Ibushi was able to deliver the Kami Goye to secure another two points keeping him in the lead of the pack for B Block. Juice meanwhile falls to 0-2 and could possibly be owing United States Championship matches to both Ibushi and Tama Tonga.
WINNER: Kota Ibushi
Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito
These two are no strangers to one another. Ishii was one of the few fortunate enough to defeat Naito last year in the G1 Climax. With this huge win, Ishii was rewarded with a match against Naito at King of Pro Wrestling for his championship match at Wrestle Kingdom. Naito of course wasn’t going to let his hard work in the G1 Climax slip away and prevailed. Now Ishii looks to knock Naito further down the ranks and keep climbing himself in this years G1 Climax.
The match starts a little slow, but starts to pick up. Naito starts striking Ishii and Ishii basically wonders if that’s all Naito has. Ishii then starts chopping the chest of Naito repeatedly. Naito’s chest turns red, but he smiles getting into the head of Ishii. Over the course of the match the men would just stand in the middle of the ring and exchange strikes.
Ishii would use his big headbutt at one point to stun Naito and deliver a powerbomb. Naito kicks out of the pin, but Ishii goes right back on the attack with a lariat. Ishii attempts to put Naito away with a brainbuster, but Naito somehow escaped and tries going for Destino, but Ishii escapes. Ishii at this point is angered and comes charging with two lariats. Naito kicks out again. Ishii looks for the brainbuster again, but Naito once again escapes and delivers an enzuguri. The Stone Pitbull isn’t done just yet. He gets back into the match and delivers an enzuguri of his own and tries for the brainbuster again, but Naito somehow reverses it into a Destino. The partial Destino wasn’t enough though. Finally Naito gets a clean Destino in all the way and puts Ishii down for good. Both men find themselves at two points a piece in the B Block.
WINNER: Tetsuya Naito
Kenny Omega vs Hirooki Goto
A rematch of the 2016 G1 Climax finals is the main event this evening. Ironically enough we had the rematch of the 2017 G1 Climax finals for the first night of B Block action between Omega and Naito. Omega continues his quest to become the first superstar to reach three consecutive G1 finals. The IWGP Heavyweight Champion meets the NEVER Openweight Champion in this one so whoever loses could very well owe the winner a title shot in the future.
Both men try and go for their finishers early, but of course to no avail. As the match continues, Goto is on the outside. Omega looks to go for Rise of the Terminator, but Goto quickly gets on the apron to halt the move. Omega then sends Goto over the barricade. Kenny is tempted to repeat what he did against Naito and leap off the top rope into the crowd again. Goto however did his homework and knocks Omega off the top rope by throwing a chair at him. This got thunderous boos from the fans which you don’t hear very often in NJPW. Eventually the two men start brawling into the crowd and work their way to the bleachers. Goto wanted to suplex Omega on the bleachers, but couldn’t pull it off. Omega though gained control and slammed Goto on the edge of the bleachers. Omega then climbs the barricade and hits a moonsault into Goto.
You’d think they’d both get counted out, but Red Shoes let the two superstars brawl. The match eventually reaches the ring again.Goto over the course of the match hits the reverse GTR and even went back in his playbook and hit some old finishing moves. Not enough to keep Omega down though. Eventually Omega started hitting V Triggers as the match continued. The match was very physical, but Omega finally hit a key V Trigger to stun Goto long enough fo wrap it up with the One Winged Angel to secure the win. Omega continues to lead the B Block with four points while Goto sits at two. After the match, Omega cut a promo in the ring before going to the back. Omega put his next opponent Tama Tonga on notice saying if he thinks he can run the Bullet Club better than him, than f’n prove it.
WINNER: Kenny Omega
Match of the Night: Kota Ibushi vs Juice Robinson
B Block Standings
Kenny Omega (2-0) 4 points
Kota Ibushi (2-0) 4 points
Tetsuya Naito (1-1) 2 points
Hirooki Goto (1-1) 2 points
Sanada (1-1) 2 points
Zack Sabre Jr (1-1) 2 points
Tama Tonga (1-1) 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii (1-1) 2 points
Juice Robinson (0-2) 0 points
Toru Yano (0-2) 0 points
This Saturday action in B Block continues. Here is what’s going down.
Toru Yano vs Kota Ibushi
Yano doesn’t want to fall to 0-3, but he’s going to need to put together the match of his life Saturday. Kota Ibushi remains undefeated and is determined to defeat all comers.
SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr
This match has some sleeper appeal for sure. Both men are sitting at two points and both won their first matches Thursday. Which one of these two men can keep the momentum going?
Juice Robinson vs Tetsuya Naito
If things couldn’t have gotten any worse for Juice, he now draws the winner of the 2017 G1 Climax Tetsuya Naito. Juice can’t afford to fall to 0-3, but that very well may be a possibility. Tetsuya Naito is definitely going to make sure he doesn’t lose again in the G1 knowing the Golden Lovers are ahead of him right now.
Kenny Omega vs Tama Tonga
Bullet Club Civil War at its finest here. Who knows who will get involved in this one. Omega looks to remain undefeated, but Tama will do whatever it takes to win. Tama knows very well if he can beat Omega, he’ll be owed a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Big match here.
Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
Both men fell short of victory Thursday and will look to rebound in the main event Saturday. Chaos stablemates will be going hard at each other knowing they can’t afford another loss this early in the G1.
That concludes night two of B Block action. A Block action picks back up Friday followed by night three of B Block action on Saturday. As always, follow me on Twitter @ChairmanSV for my latest tweets. Thanks for reading.