NJPW G1 Climax 28 Block B Results 7.21.18 w/The Chairman
As the weekend progresses, so does the action for NJPW G1 Climax. We’re getting into the third day of B Block where some superstars need to turn things around to keep in the running. Others are looking to stack up more points to keep their leads. Here’s how things went down.
Kota Ibushi vs Toru Yano
Ibushi along with Kenny Omega remain the only undefeated superstars in B block, Toru Yano meanwhile is still searching for his first win. The funny thing about the G1 Climax is just when you think you have it all figured out, something unpredictable happens. Yano desperate to win here tries to steal the match early with quick pin attempts. Yano is already going for the turnbuckle pads taking two of them off. Kota however takes Toru by surprise with a half and half twist. Ibushi decides to do something unexpected and remove a turnbuckle pad. Yano however takes Ibushi by surprise and removes the fourth and final turnbuckle pad.
Eventually Toru Yano introduces athletic tape into the match. Yano ties up Ibushi’s hands, but Ibushi is still delivering offense. He’s still hitting dropkicks, kicks, and anything he can to combat Yano. Ibushi though couldn’t regain momentum from Yano’s antics and fell victim to a low blow and a chop block. Yano ends up pulling off the upset and secures his first two points. After Ibushi suffered his first loss, it was brought up that Shinsuke Nakamura was the last person to win his block undefeated. However Nakamura lost in the finals and there were only six matches at this point in time. Now the G1 Climax requires you to wrestle nine matches in a block so going undefeated would be unheard of.
WINNER: Toru Yano
Sanada vs Zack Sabre Jr
Both men come into this match with two points a piece. The match went pretty quick as Sanada kept up with Sabre Jr far as the submission work goes. There was quite an entertaining rollup pin sequence that went back and forth several times. Sanada went for a Skull End, but Sabre Jr escapes, however Sanada caught Sabre Jr with a bridge pin to take two more points. Sanada moves to four points while Sabre Jr remains at two.
Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson
Juice Robinson is desperate to win his first G1 Climax match in 2018, but he faces Tetsuya Naito who doesn’t plan on losing anymore G1 matches. The match started with an exchange of forearms and Naito right away goes for Juice Robinson’s injured left hand. Naito repeatedly attacked Juice’s hand and even went as far as smashing the hand against a barricade outside the ring. Red Shoes checked on Juice to make sure he wanted to continue. NJPW didn’t want Juice to compete and prefered him to sit out of the G1 to heal his hand, but Juice wanted to compete.
Juice eventually gets some offense in with some chops, but Naito spits on him. Juice is fired up and about struck Naito with his left fist. Naito of course was baiting Juice into hitting him. Naito would’ve been fine taking the two points via disqualification. Naito starts to get control of the match again and went for his sliding dropkick. Instead of going for the back of the head like he usually does though, he targeted Juice’s injured hand. Naito started using submissions even on the bad hand of Juice Robinson.
Robinson wasn’t giving up though, at one point he took down Naito with a fallaway slam from the second rope. He followed that up with a cannonball into the corner and a powerbomb. That wasn’t enough to stop Naito though. Juice went for the Juice Box, but Naito escapes with a reversecarana. Naito wanted Destino, but denied. Juice went for Pulp Friction, but Naito somehow escaped and hit Juice with a German suplex. Naito goes for a flying forearm and attempts Destino again. Juice escaped though and then lands a thunderous lariat.
Juice was looking for Pulp Friction again, but Destino, countered again into a Juice Box, but countered into a Destino. What a crazy sequence of counters! It wasn’t enough though to beat Juice. Naito had enough and took Juice out with another Destino to wrap up the match once in for all. Naito moves to four points while Juice remains at zero.
WINNER: Tetsuya Naito
Tama Tonga vs Kenny Omega
This was one of my must see matches when I wrote up my preview of B Block. With everything happening within Bullet Club and the power struggle, it was going to be interesting to see where this one goes. The Tongans have made it clear they are out to hurt people as Tanga Loa has been involved in many Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale matches in the G1 so far. Before the match even starts, Tama is accompanied by Tanga Loa and Bad Luck Fale and all three of them jump Omega. Tama holds up the IWGP Heavyweight title and slams it to the ground and then kicks it. Bad Luck Fale is about to take Omega out with Bad Luck Fall, but Chase Owens and Hangman Page make the save. Kenny hits a V Trigger to Fale followed by a double clothesline from Owens and Page to knock Fale over the ropes. The bell rings and the match is finally starting.
Kenny doesn’t waste any time and hits Rise of the Terminator to everyone on the outside. Tama Tonga however wasn’t part of the pileup and attacks Omega from behind. The match is fairly even to begin with. Tama though gains some momentum by hitting Omega hard with an Alabama Slam and cover. Omega starts to get control moments later and wants to dragon snap Tama on the ring apron. Tama ends up grabbing Red Shoes and Tanga Loa hits the leg of Omega. Omega suddenly hits the hurricarana on Tanga Loa then grabs Tama Tonga and powerbombs him into the apron. Omega however is clearly limping from the chair shot. Kenny is looking to go for something big, but as he goes to the ropes Tanga Loa again gets involved.
Tama looks for the Gun Stun, but it’s blocked. Kenny then sets up One Winged Angel, but Tama escapes. Tama tries Gun Stun, but blocked again. He then sets Omega up for the Styles Clash onto the chair in the middle of the ring. Red Shoes kicks the chair away and Tama didn’t like that one bit. They get into a shoving match and Red Shoes gets a Gun Stun. The match ends up being awarded to Omega via disqualification. Tanga Loa and Bad Luck Fale of course get involved with Tama Tonga in a assault of Kenny Omega after the bell. Hangman Page, Chase Owens, and Kota Ibushi all make the save. This rivalry is far from over. Omega remains undefeated in B Block action with six points, Tama Tonga remains at two.
Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
The main event puts Chaos partners against each other. Goto and Ishii face off by charging into each other. Lots of test of strength between the two men to see who really is strong style. The match personally didn’t invest me at all. Maybe it’s because of what I seen in the previous two matches or it was super late by the time I watched this match. The match wasn’t memorable by any means and Ishii wins with the brainbuster. Ishii moves to four points while Goto stays at two. Could be interesting to see if Ishii ends up challenging for the NEVER Openweight Championship from his own Chaos partner Hirooki Goto in the future?
WINNER: Tomohiro Ishii
Match of the Night: Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson
B Block Standings
Kenny Omega (3-0) 6 points
Kota Ibushi (2-1) 4 points
Tetsuya Naito (2-1) 4 points
Sanada (2-1) 4 points
Tomohiro Ishii (2-1) 4 points
Hirooki Goto (1-2) 2 points
Zack Sabre Jr (1-2) 2 points
Tama Tonga (1-2) 2 points
Toru Yano (1-2) 2 points
Juice Robinson (0-3) 0 points
G1 Climax matches resume Thursday for B Block so enjoy a couple of days to cool down and get ready for an intense upcoming weekend. Here’s what’s coming up.
Hirooki Goto vs Toru Yano
Here we are after three matches and Goto and Yano are both tied at two points. Yano definitely has the momentum after beating Ibushi, can he somehow pull a fast one on his Chaos partner Hirooki Goto? The winner stays in the race, whoever loses this one is going to be in big trouble.
Tetsuya Naito vs Tama Tonga
This is going to be interesting. Tama has been so obsessed with Kenny Omega lately, but he’s got a big match with Tetsuya Naito on the horizon. Don’t think the Tongans are going to forget the match that Naito’s LIJ partner Sanada stole from Tama. Naito however is the master of mind games so this is going to be a fun one to watch. Tama needs a big win here to stay in the hunt. Naito needs to keep winning if he plans on catching the man who beat him on opening night of B Block, Kenny Omega.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr
Brute strength vs master of submissions. Two completely opposite styles of wrestle are going to clash here in this one. Ishii is looking to stay in the upper half of the B Block while Sabre Jr tries to save his G1 Climax. Can the New Japan Cup winner make Ishii tap out?
Juice Robinson vs Kenny Omega
You wouldn’t expect the IWGP United States Champion to be 0-3 at this point in the G1, but that is the reality. Especially with the quality of matches Juice has had in the G1. However his murderers row isn’t done after Ibushi and Naito with drawing Omega next. It also probably doesn’t help that Omega remains undefeated in the G1 Climax and leads the B Block. There is hope though for Juice since he defeated Omega last year in the G1. Plus who knows if Juice receives some outside unexpected help from Tama Tonga?
Sanada vs Kota Ibushi
This main event should be solid putting two of the most athletic men in B Block in the ring. Kota will look to get back on track after an unexpected loss to Toru Yano. Sanada meanwhile looks to leap Ibushi in the standings and very well could with a win here. Should Omega suffer a loss, the winner of this match between Sanada and Ibushi can find themselves possibly in a first place tie in B Block with Omega. Huge match with huge implications.
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