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G1 CLIMAX 30 Discussion Thread


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Tonight, the full list of names and blocks for G1 Climax 30 was revealed in Sendai. 20 wrestlers will make up two blocks in the tournament, which kicks off on Saturday September 19 in Osaka before heading around the country with 19 events in the ensuing 30 days until the final three days in Ryogoku Sumo Hall. 

Block A

Kota Ibushi 

Jeff Cobb

Kazuchika Okada

Tomohiro Ishii

Will Ospreay

Shingo Takagi

Minoru Suzuki

Taichi 

Jay White

Yujiro Takahashi

Block B

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Juice Robinson

Hirooki Goto

Toru Yano

YOSHI-HASHI

Tetsuya Naito

SANADA

Zack Sabre Jr.

KENTA

EVIL

 

 

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FD's First Four Night's of the G1 Review.  Just gonna start things off by stating i'm not gonna review the Young Lions matches because it's going to be the same three matches for the entirety of

Main Event, G1 Climax 30 A Block Match: Kazuchika Okada VS Shingo Takagi  Match 5, G1 Climax 30 A Block Match: Kota Ibushi VS Minoru Suzuki Match 4, G1 Climax 30 A Block Matc

It’s no secret I’m not the biggest fan of NJPW, but the G1 Climax is one of the things I usually atleast watch highlights from because I love the structure of it. And this year, the participants look great. Zack Sabre Jr, Juice Robinson, and Naito sticking out from Block B for me as well as Okada, Ibushi, and Suzuki in Block A. I have no clue who’s going to win since I have no clue about any storylines. But I do know I really like Jeff Cobb, not that he is going to win or anything. Either way, this tournament looks really interesting so I might actually keep up with it this year

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This G1 looks phenomenal. Since the first one I saw (23 in 2013), the blocks have always been rather equal, or B Block having much better matches (2018). This is one of the ones where I can actually say, I am mainly excited for A Block, as we have some matches such as Kota Ibushi vs Shingo Takagi, Okada vs Shingo, Ospreay vs Ibushi 3,  and Jeff Cobb vs Tomohiro Ishii, which are matches I really want to see. B Block is strong as well, and I'm looking forward to Tana vs Naito, ZSJ vs KENTA, and Sanada vs Naito. I'm happy guys like Jeff Cobb and Juice Robinson are in, even though they aren' winning. Pretty excited Jay White is able to enter the G1 as well, because I think he will win the tournament. Gonna make a bold prediction here, but I believe the A Block Finals will be Jay White vs Kota Ibushi, while B is Tetsuya Naito vs SANADA, Sanada wins his match I believe, and Jay wins his, before winning the tournament. Switchblade hopefully beats Naito at WK 15.

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced the full match card lineups for this year’s G1 Climax 30 tournament that is set to begin on September 18 in Osaka, Japan. Each night will alternate between matches in the A Block and B Block; this year’s event do not feature any non-tournament matches.

September 19
Osaka — A Block

Kazuchika Okada vs Kota Ibushi

Shingo Takagi vs Jay White

Tomohiro Ishii vs Minoru Suzuki

Jeff Cobb vs Taichi

Will Ospreay vs Yujiro Takahashi

September 20

Osaka — B Block

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. EVIL

Hirooki Goto vs. KENTA

Toru Yano vs. SANADA

Juice Robinson vs. YOSHI-HASHI

September 23

Sapporo — A Block

Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Will Ospreay

Minoru Suzuki vs. Taichi

Kazuchika Okada vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Jeff Cobb vs. Shingo Takagi

September 24

Sapporo — B Block

Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr

YOSHI-HASHI vs. EVIL

Juice Robinson vs. KENTA

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano

Hirooki Goto vs. SANADA

September 27

Kobe — A Block

Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White

Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi

Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii

Jeff Cobb vs. Minoru Suzuki

Taichi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

September 29

Korakuen —B Block

Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito

Toru Yano vs. EVIL

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Juice Robinson

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. KENTA

YOSHI-HASHI vs. SANADA

September 30

Korakuen — A Block

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shingo Takagi

Will Ospreay vs. Jay White

Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi

Kota Ibushi vs. Jeff Cobb

Minoru Suzuki vs. Yujiro Takahashi

October 1

Nagaoka — B Block

Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA

KENTA vs. EVIL

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI

Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano

October 5

Takamatsu — A Block

Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Taichi

Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki

Jeff Cobb vs. Jay White

Shingo Takagi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

October 6

Hiroshima — B Block

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA

YOSHI-HASHI vs. Tetsuya Naito

Juice Robinson vs. EVIL

SANADA vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano

October 7

Hiroshima — A Block

Kota Ibushi vs. Shingo Takagi

Taichi vs. Jay White

Will Ospreay vs. Minoru Suzuki

Kazuchika Okada vs. Jeff Cobb

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yujiro Takahashi

October 8

Okayama — B Block

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL

Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito

SANADA vs. KENTA

Toru Yano vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Hirooki Goto vs. YOSHI-HASHI

October 10

Osaka — A Block

Kazuchika Okada vs. Shingo Takagi

Kota Ibushi vs. Minoru Suzuki

Will Ospreay vs. Taichi

Jay White vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jeff Cobb

October 11

Aichi — B Block

Tetsuya Naito vs. EVIL

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto

Juice Robinson vs. SANADA

Toru Yano vs. KENTA

YOSHI-HASHI vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

October 13

Hamamatsu — A Block

Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii

Minoru Suzuki vs. Jay White

Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi

Kota Ibushi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Will Ospreay vs. Jeff Cobb

October 14

Yokohama — B Block

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA

Hirooki Goto vs. EVIL

Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito

Juice Robinson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

YOSHI-HASHI vs. KENTA

October 16

Ryogoku — A Block

Shingo Takagi vs. Minoru Suzuki

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jay White

Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay

Jeff Cobb vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi

October 17

Ryogoku — B Block

SANADA vs. EVIL

Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA

Toru Yano vs. YOSHI-HASHI

Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

 

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Main Event, G1 Climax A Block Match: Kazuchika Okada VS Kota Ibushi 

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In 2019, it was the last match of both men’s A Block campaigns, but in 202o, it will be the first. Kazuchika Okada and Kota Ibushi had two outright classics in the span of five months between the last night of A Block competition in G1 Climax 29 and night one of Wrestle Kingdom 14, and while the score from those two matches is at 1-1, even Okada would admit that the Golden Star’s performance on January 4 was exceptional, stating later that in any other spot, in any other building, it was Ibushi’s match, but experience in the biggest match of the year was what gave the Rainmaker the edge. 

So what of Osaka and the first night of the G1? Certainly neither man has a favorable record in the city this year; it was in Osaka that Okada lost the New Japan Cup final to EVIL, and Ibushi and Tanahashi lost the IWGP Tag Team Championships to Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi. Those losses saw both men take a step back from main event singles competition, but both have admitted that G1 represents a chance to reset and begin a drive to the highest level on the biggest stage. This will be an impossible match to call, and an impossible one to miss. 

Match 5, G1 Climax A Block Match: Jay White VS Shingo Takagi 

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2019’s runner-up Jay White heads into G1 Climax 30 relatively fresh, only a handful of matches under his belt in NJPW STRONG where the master manipulator of BULLET CLUB has continued to assert his group’s dominance on Friday nights. In Japan meanwhile, Shingo Takagi has had a thrilling NEVER Openweight Championship reign, but one curtailed by Minoru Suzuki in Jingu Stadium. While White is convinced that Takagi’s output in the last few months isn’t enough to make him a threat, he has to know that if Shingo has a chance to throw against the Switchblade, he could well land the biggest knockout blow of his NJPW career to date. 

Match 4, G1 Climax A Block Match: Tomohiro Ishii VS Minoru Suzuki 

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The third match of the night sees a continuation of a bitter rivalry between two of the hardest hitters in professional wrestling. In 2018, Minoru Suzuki and Tomohiro Ishii battled with unbelievable intensity over the British Heavyweight Championship in an international war that spanned both the UK and Japan. Now in 2020, both men hold NEVER gold; Ishii is one third of the NEVER Openweight 6-Man tag Team Champions, while Suzuki is the new NEVER Openweight Championship. The never say die hard hitting spirit of the title certainly represents both men to a tee, and there will be little to no give in either men on night one of the G1. This will not only be the start of each man’s campaign, but could also be the start of a new chapter in a violent feud. 

Match 3, G1 Climax A Block Match: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi 

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Jeff Cobb first locked horns back at Dontaku in 2019, where after the aid of Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Miho Abe, Taichi was able to pin ‘Jeff Hog’ and capture NEVER Openweight Championship gold. Later that year in the G1, Taichi had less int he way of assistance, and Cobb got his revenge. How will this rubber match go? Certainly form favours Taichi. Suzuki-Gun assists or not, Taichi has been more aggressive than ever in 2020, and has scored significant singles and tag team victories. For Cobb, the anguish of controversial heartbreaks against KENTA in New Japan Cup USA and Fighting Spirit Unleashed will be playing on the Olympian. That said, it could provide him with all the motivation he needs; certainly Cobb will be in no mood for antics in Osaka.

Match 2, G1 Climax A Block Match: Will Ospreay VS Yujiro Takahashi 

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G1 Climax 30 will officially get underway with Will Ospreay facing Yujiro Takahashi. Over six months removed from his last match in the cerulean blue, Ospreay will doubtless be highly motivated on his return, but so to will a Yujiro starting his first G1 in five years. Who scoops the first two points of the tournament? 

Match 1: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura

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All through the G1 Climax tour, action will kick off each night with some combination of Yota Tsuji, Yuya Uemura and Gabriel Kidd in singles action. Showing the best of NJPW’s future before the best of the present do battle in the G1, this could become an unofficial ‘C Block’ for the tournament, and certainly the three men involved will be keeping close track on win and loss records over the next month. 

That record does not favour Uemura of late against Yota Tsuji. As Tsuji has extended his lead over Dojo rival Uemura of late, Uemura will be eager to redress the difference.  

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Really interested in this show for 2 matches in particular. Tomohiro Ishii vs Minoru Suzuki and of course Kazuchika Okada vs Kota Ibushi. The first is always great to see, since usually when Ishii and Suzuki face they just beat the living piss out of each other, I dunno who wins here because I can see the point on both winning. But since Suzuki is a champion and I want him to do well in the G1, I'm gonna go with him.

The second match I expect to be one of the top matches of the Tournament, I don't think it will be as good as there G1 Match but I expect it to still be very good. I am going with Okada to win this one as much as I'd like Ibushi to win I feel Okada is gonna be a contender to win the G1.

As for the other three matches, I don't really remember much of Shingo Takagi's match with Jay White last year, but I do know it will be an interesting match on paper. Gonna pull for Shingo here, but I think White wins it.

For Ospreay vs Yujiro, I'm just gonna pull for whoever is Ospreay's opponent. Still don't like the fact he was included in the G1 because of what he did, but I guess that we gotta live with it. Going to want Yujiro to win but I wouldn't be suprised if Ospreay picks up the W.

Finally we got Jeff Cobb vs Taichi which I don't know what to fully expect. I think Taichi wins here to have him ride some good momentum into his match with Suzuki so he's my pick.

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PREDICTIONS:

Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada- This is my MOTY so far from Wrestle Kingdom, and I'm hyped for the rematch. I can see both of these guys going to the Block Finals, but I'm favouring Okada, so I expect Okada to win, but expect it to be like at 29:30 or 40 due to the 30 Minute Time Limit.

Jay White vs Shingo Takagi- I loved their match in G1 Climax 29, so I'm excited for this a lot. I want a Shingo win as well so he can get back on track when he goes against Suzuki in their anticipated rematch. However, Switchblade wins. It is his first match back in Japan I believe, and I can't see him kicking off his tournament with a loss- So, Switchblade takes the Win.

Will Ospreay vs Yujiro Takahashi- This is also Ospreay's first match back in Japan, and I expect a win here. He is also a heavyweight now, so I expect him to do much better than he did in G1 Climax 29, so he will start off with a win over Yujiro Takahashi.

Jeff Cobb vs Taichi- It's reported that Cobb has signed a contract with New Japan, and I think he's getting this win. Perhaps Suzuki costs Taichi heading into their match?? Cobb's work in last years G1, as well as his work in PWG has impressed me, so I think the Japanese Fans will like him, and I'm hyped for what he can bring to New Japan.

Minoru Suzuki vs Tomohiro Ishii- I love their matches. Their 2018 Feud over the Rev-Pro Belt was so good, and I am expecting another banger here. I am very 50/50 for this match; I can see Suzuki winning, but I can also see Taichi screwing him over. However, since Suzuki has his upcoming match against Taichi, and the looming possibility of a rematch with Shingo, I think he gets the win and looks strong.

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Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi should me phenomenal, probably one of the best matches in this year's G1. Okada for me gets the win and I think he's probably my favourite to win the whole thing. Another match I like is Minoru Suzuki and Tomohiro Ishii facing off. Their past matches have been very hard-hitting and I expect that to continue here and I'd predict that Ishii wins. I'm a huge fan of Shingo Takagi's and think he's one of the best wrestlers on the planet. Everything he does is so fluid which when wrestling Jay White will help because White is utter trash. Hoping that Takagi is able to pull through for the dub. The rest of the matches, I don't really care for. Jeff Cobb is cool but I'm just not that invested in him, and Will Ospreay is a rapist sympathiser so I am not a fan of him either, despite him being an awesome wrestler. Regardless this G1 is absolutely stacked with top tier talent and it should be one of the best G1's we've seen in some time.

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Okada over Ibushi -  Lord Okada has been agonizingly uninteresting to me since 2019, I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's his match style running thin slightly or the inevitability of his Tokyo Dome main events but he just does not do it for me like the others. I do believe he'll win to offset the possibility of Ibushi winning early on so that his eventual rise throughout the tourney gives us something to latch on, if not for a Jay White victory. Even having criticised Okada earlier, I do think this'll end up being good since few big match guys are better than Ibushi. 

Jay White vs Shingo - Shingo for the win here, White will need a challenger for his dome main event heading into the Destruction tour and Shingo more than fulfills this role given his status as Naito's 1B, ala Ishii and Okada. Once again, this is also to offset the chances of his block win but I predict he takes the entire tournament given his big four role, in addition to him having never gotten a G1. White's improved and I don't think I've seen Shingo wrestle a bad match in the 6 or so years I've watched him, so this should be a fun little series this fall. 

Will Ospreay vs Yujiro Takahashi - Why is Ospreay here? Of course office won't pay much mind to anything that doesn't reach japanese press but you'd think with the expansion and whatnot that somebody over there would care. Oh well, he'll win of course. Hiromu or literally anyone of that workhorse ilk should be in his spot given his nonsense, I'm so over him. Booking will do by him well however.

Taichi vs Jeff Cobb - The greatest of all time goes toe to toe with Jeff Cobb. It's still wild to think that I'm more excited for a Taichi run in the G1 than the guy wrecking shop in LU, but ROH will suck the life out of anyone I suppose. That and Cobb was ridiculously sluggish in last year's G1, really you'd think he'd be a natural fit for this tourney given his style but an unproven Moxley dwarfed him. Either one of these two could win realistically, I'll go with Taichi however.

 

 

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Day 1 of the G1 was awesome, and it had some great matches, and I am very excited for B Block tomorrow.

Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada- This was a big shock for me. I didn't expect an Ibushi win, and I definitely didn't expect it with over 8 Minutes remaining. However, this was an awesome match, as expected. Due to the restrained time limit, it felt moreso like a medley of their G1 Climax 29 Match, mixed in with shades of Wrestle Kingdom 14. Ibushi hit a fantastic Top Rope Moonsault to the floor, then a missle dropkick. Towards the end, there's a little bit of a botch, but it was very noticeable as the Frankensteiner looked great.  At the end, Ibushi hit a Golden Star Bomb, then a Nakamura Bomaye, then a Kamigoye for the win. An absolutely insane combo. A cool thing to point out is that they were wearing the exact same attires from Wrestle Kingdom 14. Great Match, and I enjoyed it a lot. 4.5/5

Jay White vs Shingo Takagi- This was exactly what expected (and wanted). A stiff, fast-paced, hard hitting match. These two have fantastic chemistry, and I love their matches against each other. Jay has insanely good Suplexes, and Shingo has such a brutal striking style. The kickouts and counters were great, and I believe Shingo nailed Jay with a stiff elbow, tries for the Pumping Bomber, but Jay responded with a Sleeper Suplex. Jay tried for a Blade Runner, but Shingo reversed with an insane Last of the Dragon, but he kicked out. Despite the believeable nature of a Jay win, Shingo made it seem like he would get the win. However, Jay nailed Shingo with a Low Blow and a Bloody Sunday, before nailing the Blade Runner and got the win in about 19 Minutes. Really enjoyed it, but Jay had just returned to Japan, and I didn't believe he'd take an L in his first match back. 4.25/5

Minoru Suzuki vs Tomohiro Ishii- Fucking Awesome. They started off with just beating the hell out of each other with strikes and forearms, and Suzuki no sold a lot of them, the same for Ishii. They traded slaps by the barricade, and Ishii lost the encounter. Back In the ring, Suzuki hit a few kicks before being caught by an Ishii Powerslam. They would trade stiff forearms and laugh them off, before Suzuki was knocked sensless with a forearm, and responded with worse as Ishii was almost out, and I was shocked. He hit another and Ishii was out like a light.  Suzuki would try to pick up the dead weight, only to nail multiple PK, only for Ishii to power up, and knock Suzuki to the floor with a forearm. They'd have another staredown, trade slaps, forearms, and headbutts. This match reminded me so much of some of their 2018 Work. The King ended up getting the win in about 13 Minutes with a nasty Gotch Piledriver. I absolutely loved it. 4.5/5

Jeff Cobb vs Taichi- This was a pretty solid match. Cobb looked really good here as it was reported that he is signed with New Japan, so that is great news. However, Taichi put him down after nailing him with a Superkick before hitting Black Memphisto for the win, as he and Suzuki both look strong heading into their clash against each other down the line. 3.5/5

Will Ospreay vs Yujiro Takahashi- This was a solid match, but it was so predictable that I really didn't care. As Sheri, Tamer, and Alex have all stated above me, there were better choices than Ospreay here given he is a rapist sympathizer. However, he got the win in like 7 Minutes after a Stormbreaker. He is talented and phenomenal in the ring, but he still is a rapist sympathizer. I think that Yujiro is impressive, and is one of those slept on members of the Bullet Club in ring wise. Ospreay cut a promo after the match saying he shouldn't be nervous since he is Will Ospreay. Also, what the fuck was that Ospreay attire? It looks like something I've seen in WWE 2K19 or 20. 2.75/5

I will put my predictions for Tomorrow's B Block Up Later, I only know about Tana vs Naito atm.

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A very strong Day 1 of the G1 Climax 30 as it is. Ospreay vs Yujiro was there, I enjoyed what Yujiro brought to the table, pretty predictable win by Ospreay who decided to cut a promo afterwards just to act all cocky which I guess works (He can have his go down to earth moment when he faces the man who is probably gonna eventually win the G1).

Cobb vs Taichi ended up suprising me in a very positive way with Jeff Cobb probably having one of his best matches since joining NJPW. Glad Taichi scored the win though as I want him to look good on his way to his clash with Minoru Suzuki.

Speaking of Suzuki was a big fan of his match with Ishii but I was angry both men came out without there damn titles! Regardless it was as good as you could expect a Ishii vs Suzuki match to be and Suzuki winning is the right call since both are champions.

White vs Takagi was there, like your typical Jay White match it started pretty slow but eventually did pick it up. A win for White which makes me think he is less likely to win the whole thing.

And finally the ME which was like others said a condensed version of there Wrestle Kingdom 14 match. I expected this to go closer to the time limit and Ibushi picking the win here is big. I feel this does confirm the potential outcome of Okada winning this A Block and the G1 coming from behind to snatch it.  Great match but I wish Okada had won so I'd believe in the strong possibility of Ibushi winning the G1.

Overall a pretty good show and I can't wait for tomorrow's.

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That was a really good show to start off the G1. The match that shocked me the most was Jeff Cobb vs Taichi that was an exciting match a lot of moments where i thought Cobb was gonna win and then just never did. It was a great match with a lot of cool spots was very impressed by it. 
 

Suzuki and Ishii was exactly what you expected a fun hard hitting match these guys really went at it and was another fun one. Suzuki getting the win here seemed a bit obvious 

And finally in the main event Ibushi beating Okada was not a shocker here it was a great match but it made sense to me that Ibushi would get his win back here over Okada plus I guess the G1 Winner always or mostly loses his first match and I think Okada is gonna win it all. So yeh great first show to start off the G1 that should be one of its best imo because I don’t think their really is a clear winner here 

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G1 Climax 30 Night 3 Discussion 

Main Event, G1 Climax A Block: Kota Ibushi VS Jay White

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The main event in Hokkaido sees a rematch of last year’s G1 Climax final. While there are no easy nights in the G1, this is a tough pair of back to back matchups for Ibushi indeed after Okada in Osaka. Although the G1 29 finals saw Ibushi overcome insurmountable odds with the presence of BULLET CLUB members and, most present of all, Gedo, a rematch in the Tokyo Dome on January 5 was much less successful. Despite Ibushi tapping into his intensity, the supreme defensive wrestling style of Jay White was able to successfully defuse the Golden Star, and ensured that Ibushi went out of the Double Gold Dash with a pair of losses. 

Neither man will have come out of the G1 starting blocks 0-2 however. Ibushi defeated Kazuchika Okada in the main event of night one, and full of the kind of confidence only Ibushi can have, promised to not only take the G1 throne but become an actual living deity in the process. In White’s own mind, at least he has already attained god-like status, but his opening win against Shingo Takagi came after liberal bending of the rules. Still, all’s fair until you’re caught, and the Switchbade will meet Ibushi likely with similar designs in Hokkaido. Will the Golden Star have an answer?

Match 5, G1 Climax A Block: Tomohiro Ishii VS Will Ospreay 

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The first CHAOS derby of A Block sees Tomohiro Ishii take on Will Ospreay for the first time ever. This is one of the most intriguing clashes of style in the entire tournament, with Ishii’s hard striking meeting Ospreay’s athleticism. Then again, with Ospreay ditching the ‘aerial’ part of his nickname to be known as ‘The Assassin’ for this tournament is indicative of how seriously he’s taking his new heavyweight role, and his striking style. That said Ishii has been known to prove on occasion that even Stone Pitbulls can fly, and after a crunching loss to Minoru Suzuki in Osaka, Ishii will only ramp up the aggression Wednesday. Strap yourself in for a wild ride in the semi-main event.

Match 4, G1 Climax 30 A Block Match: Minoru Suzuki VS Taichi 

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From all CHAOS to all Suzuki-Gun. This first time NJPW matchup has happened away from the cerulean blue once in the past, but all the way back in 2016 Taichi was not the same man he is now. Brimming with confidence as IWGP Tag Team Champion, and with a mean streak that grows more pronounced day by day, Taichi has been making some hints that he might no longer be a follower, and is ready to take the lead in Suzuki-Gun. His attempts to coax Kota Ibushi over to his side during the summer is just one sign of the Holy Emperor’s desire for power and control, something Minoru Suzuki might respect, but will never allow.

Heading in to the G1, Suzuki and Taichi butted heads on the New Japan Road event September 11, a clear indication that despite spending the best part of the decade as teammates, there will be no love lost in Hokkaido. Both men are riding high after hard fought victories Saturday in Osaka, and Taichi always has something up his sleeve for his home town of Sapporo; could he shock the world on Wednesday night?

Match 3, G1 Climax 30 A Block Match: Kazuchika Okada VS Yujiro Takahashi 

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Kazuchika Okada and Yujiro Takahashi continue their long standing 2020 feud with this G1 matchup. A 3-0 record in one on one competition in Okada’s favour is supplemented by a one on three handicap victory for the Rainmaker as well during the Summer Struggle tour; form is most certainly not in the corner of the Tokyo Pimp.  Yet if history is any indicator, on any given night an upset is possible in the G1. Could Okada possibly go 0 for 2?

Match 2, G1 Climax 30 A Block Match: Jeff Cobb VS Shingo Takagi 

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Jeff Cobb and Shingo Takagi face off in the third match of the evening in what will probably be one of the hardest hitting matches of the tournament. Certainly that was the case in last year’s G1, Shingo bringing the very best out of an angered Cobb who eventually prevailed in a thriller. 

After night one saw Cobb lose in a hard fought bout with Taichi and Shingo Takagi only just fall short against Jay White with heavy liberties taken with the rule book, both men will be focused and driven to balance out their early records in the tournament. Someone will walk out with a win, but someone too has to go 0-2.

Match 1: Yuya Uemura VS Gabriel Kidd

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The Young Lions continue their opening match battles. Now all three participants have matches under their belts, after Uemura scored a much needed confidence boosting win against rival Yota Tsuji on the opening day, and Tsuji got his momentum back with a submission win over Kidd the very next night. It’s a marathon and not a sprint for all three young men this tour, but Kidd needs to get some steam in Sapporo. 

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Discuss Night 3 Of G1 Climax here! 

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G1 Climax Night 3 Predictions

Kota Ibushi vs Jay White- This will be awesome, hopefully as good as the G1 29 Finals Match last year in 2019. I think Ibushi takes the win here so we won't get a Jay streak, moreso similar to his run last year, where he ended up losing his first few bouts, but wins the rest, which I think will happen in the end- but an Ibushi win can possibly make the A Block Finals a toss up, so I've got the Golden Star taking the win.

Tomohiro Ishii vs Will Ospreay- This is another match I am excited for. I think Ospreay takes the win here given he's just returned, and yeah. I don't want him to win, but I don't believe Ishii takes the win here, given he's used to these types of losses, and can easily come back with a few wins in the latter part of G1 Climax 30- However, Ospreay gets the win here.

Minoru Suzuki vs Taichi- Taichi has been looking to take over Suzuki-Gun, and Suzuki won't let it happen. I think this will be a good one, but as the NEVER Openweight Champion, I think he will get the win here. I don't see Taichi winning this, and a Suzuki win will get Taichi to fall in line and realize Suzuki's still the leader and it's his stable, and I think this will get Suzuki-Gun to become a united front again.

Kazuchika Okada vs Yujiro Takahashi- Okada. Okada lost to Ibushi on Night 1, and I don't think he's taking a loss right back, and he's facing Yujiro, so I have Okada winning.

Jeff Cobb vs Shingo Takagi- Besides the Main Event, this is the match I am most excited for. Takagi and Cobb are two big men who are very athletic, and are very talented. I believe Takagi gets the win here, given it looks like he will get his rematch with Suzuki for the NEVER Belt soon, so I think he's taking the win here after a fun match- However, I expect Jeff to look strong it defeat here.

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Yuya Uemura vs Gabriel Kidd- I am a big fan of Yuya Uemura 's work so far, and I think he can become a great wrestler. Out of the 3 Young Lions, it looks as if the guy NJPW is pushing the most is Yota Tsuji. I think Gabe Kidd gets the win here, and it will spice things up a bit.

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Really looking forward to this show tomorrow, especially the Minoru Suzuki vs Taichi match, which I feel it's gonna be really good. I'm also looking forward to seeing Ishii vs Ospreay and Cobb vs Shingo. The rest of the matches either are decent at best (Okada vs Yujiro) or am afraid they could be bad (Ibushi vs White, mainly because of White).

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Main Event, G1 Climax 30 B Block Match: Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre JR 

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An intriguing main event in night two of the Hokkaido double header sees Tetsuya Naito and Zack Sabre Jr. each trying to break a deadlock, tied at 1-1 in G1 matches and 2-2 outside of them. Most recently was a victory for Naito at Power Struggle 2018 that came as revenge for the G1 that year, and a final night victory for ZSJ that wrecked Naito’s chances of making the finals. 

Sabre always has a lot of options to look for submissions on Tetsuya Naito, and whether the knees or the neck, or most likely both, it’s important for Naito to try and keep those options elusive. For the double IWGP Champion, heart and refusal to quit is key. As much as Naito played off his victory over Tanahashi in Osaka Sunday as just one step of ten in a perfect G1 campaign, he was pushed and pushed hard. ZSJ’s own resolve was tested to the maximum by EVIL, but the Brit was still able to score a flash upset pin to garner his own first two points. Unlike their 2018 G1 meeting, this encounter comes early in the campaign but a loss for either man will be injurious to both body and pride; this could shape the rest of the tournament for both winner and loser.

Match 5, G1 Climax B Block Match: YOSHI-HASHI VS EVIL 

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EVIL and YOSHI-HASHI are tied at one win apiece in G1 meetings, but most fresh in YOSHI-HASHI’s mind will be the New Japan Cup meeting that saw EVIL dominate and defeat the Headhunter in a mere two minutes, putting YOSHI-HASHI out afterward with a knee injury. EVIL will be just as unforgiving tonight, as he comes into Hokkaido angered after Zack Sabre Junior pulled the wool over his eyes and scored a shocking quick pinfall victory Sunday in Osaka. While YOSHI-HASHI had a stirring performance against Juice Robinson in his own tournament opener, a loss was still the end result; it will be hard to pick up steam against a furious King of Darkness. 

Match 4, G1 Climax B-Block Match: Juice Robinson VS KENTA 

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After a fired up Juice Robinson got past YOSHI-HASHI, and KENTA tapped out Hirooki Goto in Osaka, the two men face off for the first time one on one in Hokkaido; at least, as Juice alluded to, under their current names. While Juice and KENTA are new to one another in the ring, KENTA has battled Juice’s regular tag team partner David Finlay. It was with rules bent to breaking point in the New Japan Cup USA final that KENTA secured victory and the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship right to challenge. A second consecutive victory for KENTA will keep him on a roll and make him impossible to ignore, but Juice has even more to gain; two points and a potential chance at KENTA’s briefcase down the line.

Match 3, G1 Climax B Block Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Toru Yano 

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With no singles matches since 2015, this seems a fresh matchup, but Tanahashi and Yano have been battling for 15 years at this point. When Yano, fresh off a promising collegiate wrestling career made his way into the limelight in 2004, he would first meet Tanahashi in a feud for the since defunct IWGP Under 30 Championship, a feud that Tanahashi would win, along with the bulk of their 20 matches against one another. Tanahashi would even take Yano’s hair in 2010, but the sublime master thief would still on occasion prove to be a nagging thorn in the Ace’s side.

Victory for Yano in just 2:47 during the 2015 New Japan Cup was something that stuck with Tanahashi for a long time, but it isn’t just sprints that the two have engaged in; in fact the opening night of the 2007 G1 saw Yano and Tanahashi go to a full time 30 minute draw, something that almost cost the Ace his first G1 victory. While there would be long odds indeed on this match going the distance, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see Yano spoil Tanahashi’s night here. Already 0-1 down after an electric, but losing performance Sunday, perhaps the Ace’s entire tournament might be spoiled in the process.

Match 2, G1 Climax B Block Match: Hirooki Goto VS SANADA 

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Sunday in Osaka, B Block’s opener saw Goto face the crushing humiliation of having to submit to nemesis KENTA. For SANADA, even greater humiliation, tied to Yuya Uemura in a bizarre three legged race to beat the countout to Yano, a race he lost. Now each head into their third G1 battle with one another and a tournament rubber match. Their other meeting came in the 2019 New Japan Cup, where SANADA beat Goto in the first round to eventually reach the finals. Could history repeat in Sapporo tonight?

Match 1: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura 

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Young Lion competition continues in our opener. Tsuji headed into the first night of the tour full of confidence, and a three win career margin over Uemura, but he paid the price with a Boston Crab tap out. Humbled, Tsuji quickly refocused, and scored his first win the next night to go 1-1 during G1 30, while Uemura dropped his last match in Sapporo to a Gabe Kidd double arm suplex. Has Uemura rocked Tsuji’s boat enough that he picks up two in a row against his Noge compatriot? Or can Tsuji quickly reassert his dominance?

 

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FD's First Four Night's of the G1 Review. 

Just gonna start things off by stating i'm not gonna review the Young Lions matches because it's going to be the same three matches for the entirety of the tour with the Young Lions exchanging victories for the most part. This will be my reviews of the Block matches that are a part of the tournament and me explaining the implications of said matches and my opinions of them. This will take into account multiple storyline possibilities as well as obviously going into spoiler territory with the results. 

Night 1 (A Block)

Yujiro Takahashi VS Will Ospreay - Rating: 2.5/5 

This was a match. I was more impressed by Yujiro in this match than I was by Ospreay but that's to be expected given having now watched several years of Ospreay matches it's a bit odd that he is still using the flippy JR Heavyweight style now that he has moved up to the Heavyweight division. Yujiro was not gonna win this as much as I hate to admit it because it's clear that they want Ospreay to be seen as a legitimate threat in this years G1. It was a serviceable match and it's not too long if you wanna watch it only at around eight minutes. It is good that they are immediately positioning Ospreay as a cocky douche in this G1 at least somewhat recognising that he's a bit of a dick due to what he did outside of NJPW and what he was exposed for in the #Speakingout movement. Not much to say about Yujiro except he's probably gonna eat a lot of pins this G1

Jeff Cobb VS Taichi - Rating: 3.5/5 

This was great. Taichi and Cobb have previously had very middling matches in my opinion, not sure why but for some reason they haven't ever had a great match until this one which was really good. Cobb slimming down a bit and getting into better cardiovascular shape has improved his in ring performances in NJPW and this G1 so far, he and Taichi put on an exciting back and fourth explosive match up with both guys pulling out all the stops. Cobb is looking to be much better this G1 but don't expect him to get more than 8 points this year given the block he's in but on the other hand there is a slight possibility Taichi could end around the 10 point mark given how they've been positioning him this G1. I would recommend this match if you wanna see an explosive fast paced fight with plenty of suplexes and power moves from both men as they beat the hell out of each other in this one. 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Minoru Suzuki - Rating: 3.75/5 

A slightly better match up next but that was to be expected with Tomohiro Ishii and Minoru Suzuki meeting in the ring. This isn't the first time we've seen these two fight and it probably won't be the last. Ishii and Suzuki beat the hell out of each other in this match and it was great. Just a war of strikes, suplexes and submissions with these two men attempting to beat the hell out of each other. Don't expect Ishii to get more than 10 points this G1 but don't be surprised if he gets a big upset victory over a Jay White or a Kota Ibushi in this tourne. Suzuki's in a bit of a different spot with him likely actually possibly being in contention on the final night with Shingo most definetely spoiling him in order to set up a NEVER Openweight Championship rematch. Check this match out if you wanna see two very old grizzled japanese men beat the shit out of each other. 

Jay White VS Shingo Takagi - Rating: 3.5/5 

This match was good, I personally was not the biggest fan of it but I felt like objectively it is a pretty good match. I think Gedo really has overstayed his welcome with this Jay partnership and honestly I enjoyed watching Jay on Strong given he wasn't with Gedo all the time and his matches felt a little bit different. Shingo though definetely helped Jay pick up the pace with this match more towards the middle but it took to get around the 5 minute mark before the action actually gets hot. Jay is a front runner to win G1 this year but his chances have deminished a bit which I will get to on Night 3 as to why. Shingo will likely get some big victories this tournament and like I said will probably knock out Suzuki from contention on the final night probably sitting around 8 to 10 points. Check this match out if you wanna see Jay get his shit pushed in and then win for some reason. 

Kazuchika Okada VS Kota Ibushi - Rating: 3.25/5 

Honestly this was underwhelming. I think it really suffered from the fact that this match felt very one sided as if Okada had no chance at winning this match but I guess that was sort of the intention? With Okada not even attempting the Rainmaker at all in this match. This was Ibushi basically just countering most of Okada's come back attempts and the only real tension in this match was when Okada was about to hit the Top Rope Tombstone but that was more because of Ibushi's safety rather than Okada actually winning. I think it's clear Okada probably will win this years G1 but he needs to start busting out the Rainmaker if he is going to do so, his matches have felt boring ever since he implemented the Money Clip again and this was no exception. It's a bad finishing move and he should probably stop trying to get it over. Ibushi also is a front runner to win G1 with odds actually increased a little bit because of Night 3 but I feel Taichi being his last opponent is in order for Taichi to spoil him but we shall see. Overall good first night of G1 and a good way to kick off the tournament with some exciting matches. Check this one out if you wanna see Okada/Ibushi again I guess. 

Night 2 (B Block)

Juice Robinson VS YOSHI-HASHI - Rating: 3/5 

This was not a bad match. In my opinion this was a good tune up match for Juice to come back to as YOSHI-HASHI's moveset has a low injury chance and wasn't gonna burn through Juice too quickly. HASHI though didn't dissapoint actually bringing his A-Game for the most part but this was not HASHI's best match of the first four nights but I will get to that later. This was a fun match that the Crowd was invested in and it was great to see Juice back in an NJPW ring. Juice usually starts off his G1's well but then peter's out towards the end, it's very possible that happens again but he will likely finish in the 8 to 10 points range like many others, possibly getting 12 with an upset victory or two but I doubt it. HASHI will probably not be so lucky finding himself at the bottom of the block with around 6 points probably getting one major upset victory this G1 but I think he'll probably bring his A-Game to this G1. Watch this match if you wanna see Juice back in a New Japan ring and put on a decent performance. 

Toru Yano VS SANADA - Rating: Yano/5 

This was a Yano match, it's mindless comedy and a way to help put SANADA in an underdog position to start off G1. Yano will probably spoiling a few more people this G1 but the logic with Yano is simple in G1s: He can beat anybody but he cannot win the tournament. SANADA likely will be in the block final given his final opponent is EVIL somebody who he has history with and has a storyline going with still after EVIL's betrayal of Los Ingobernables De Japon. Watch this match if you wanna see a comedy match. 

Hirooki Goto VS KENTA - Rating: 2.75/5 

Probably the worst match of Night 2 but it wasn't necessarily bad just a bit underwhelming. It seemed clear KENTA wasn't going to lose this match given Goto's victory over him at Wrestlekingdom earlier this year and it being KENTA's first match back in NJPW. The match mostly focused on KENTA working over the shoulder and arm of Goto in order to set up Game Over later in the match, it's a fine match that lacks the storyline intensity of their Wrestlekingdom match. KENTA will likely be at the upperend of the B Block but I don't see him winning probably sitting between 10 and 12 points likely spoiling Tetsuya Naito on the final night of G1. Goto meanwhile will find himself around the 8 to 10 point Margin that most competitors will be at. Watch this match if you wanna see KENTA work Goto's arm a lot. 

Zack Sabre JR VS EVIL - Rating: 3.75/5 

This match was awesome. We don't often get to see Sabre be the underdog babyface anymore due to his status as dispicable heel in Suzuki-Gun as the guy who will rip you apart with submissions but EVIL's mega heel status caused for Sabre to become the ultra babyface man that he is and show some fire in him that we haven't seen in a long time and probably not at all in his NJPW run from what I can recall. The finish is probably one of my favourite's in G1 so far with the European Clutch catching EVIL off guard allowing Sabre to get the victory. This also continues to play into the fact that despite EVIL's new found attitude and new allies in Bullet Club he still can't beat the Submission Master himself ZSJ. Check this match out if you wanna see Zack Sabre JR as a babyface take on EVIL in an exciting match up. ZSJ's position in this G1 is difficult, he has a 10 point average so I could see him keeping that but Zack has also been known to have extremely good tournament runs in NJPW and he got eliminated early on in the New Japan Cup this year which makes me think they may give him a good G1 run maybe finishing around the 10 to 12 point mark. EVIL meanwhile like I said will be in the top 3 of the Block and possibly could win especially if Okada wins the A block. They like to slow down the Block Winners a bit on the first two nights so this was not unexpected but it was great to see Zack pick up the win. 

Tetsuya Naito VS Hiroshi Tanahashi - Rating: 4.25/5 

The best match of the first two nights hands down. Tanahashi and Naito reivisting their old rivalry to face off once again in this years G1. The tension in this match was at an all time high with the fact that Tanahashi beating Naito could be an upset making this match even more insane. The development of these two men over the last three years since their last singles match is apparent with the two of them still going at each other with as much fury and fire as possible in order to win the match. Naito will probably in the top 3 of his block due to being IWGP Heavyweight Champion currently and will probably slightly miss out on the finals due to losing to KENTA on the final night. Tanahashi meanwhile is harder to gauge, while he is older NJPW is positioning him in an underdog light. It is possible Tanahashi pulls off the upset B block win but I doubt it likely with him more probably being around the 8 to 10 points range. Overall B Block kicked off in exciting fashion and I think had better matches overall than the A block did. Watch this match if you wanna Tanahashi and Naito mix it up again in great fashion. 

Night 3 (A Block) 

Jeff Cobb VS Shingo Takagi - Rating: 3.5/5 

Great way to kick off Night 3 of the G1 with a hoss fight. Shingo and Cobb crashed into each other in this match and it was a great powerful back and fourth match up. I think Cobb has figured out his style in NJPW now after being there for a couple of years and learning how to change his style to work with larger opponents. These two put on a great back and forth match with the uncertainty of who was going to take this one but Cobb in the end got the victory with the tour of the islands in a fun opening contest. I'd give this a look if you wanna see two big men beat the hell out of each other and hit each other with everything they had for 12 minutes. 

Kazuchika Okada VS Yujiro Takahashi - Rating: 2.5/5 

This was kinda lame and I did not like it. Okada won predictably unfortunately. I think it would've been interesting had Yujiro beaten Okada given he has never beaten Okada ever but I guess it's not terrible? I don't know this match was just boring and it ended because of the money clip. There's some good spots of tension at the end but other than that the match is pretty flat. Not really eithers man fault, well kind of Okada's fault for not using the Rainmaker but yeah it's still not great. 

Minoru Suzuki VS Taichi - Rating: 4/5 

This match was pure chaos and I loved every second of it. The match is legitimately pure violence from start to finish and it was coupled with a shocking ending that I don't think a lot of people saw coming including myself. Suzuki and Taichi both did really well in this match and the intensity between Leader and Follower proved to increase what would be just another league match to something  even more important in this years G1 and now puts the question of who actually controls Suzuki-Gun now. Give this a watch if you wanna see utter carnage take place. 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Will Ospreay - Rating: 3/5 

This was a bit flat honestly. This should've been honestly something insanely good but it just kind of felt like a weird mesh of an Ospreay match and an Ishii match that didn't really work. I felt like it it wasn't necessarily what people would expect when they think of Ospreay and Ishii. This match it's just weirdly not that good? Even putting my dislike for Ospreay as a person aside it's just nothing spectacular. More just Ishii and Ospreay going through the motions with some cool spots but nothing incredible striking. Watch it if you wanna see Ospreay/Ishii I guess? 

Kota Ibushi VS Jay White - Rating: 3.75/5 

This was better than their WK match but not as good as their G1 final match from last year. It felt like this was well paced and a little bit interesting with a fair few moments of tension and the uncertainty of who was going to win being there however I felt like the match did drag in certain places but that's more on Jay's style where his matches slow down a bit in certain points. The finish was well executed but it does decrease the likelyhood of Jay winning G1 since G1 winners usually don't win their first two matches, they either lose both or win one and lose one. He's not necessarily not going to win but there is a lower chance of him winning now. Check this out if you wanna see the third match in the Ibushi/Jay series. This was a decent night of G1, some good matches but a pretty average for a good amount of it. 

Night 4 (B Block) 

Hirooki Goto VS SANADA - Rating: 3/5 

Decent match. Honestly I don't have much to say about it. More arm targetting on Goto from SANADA so that's a thing I guess. Legitimately I don't have much to say about this one, didn't feel much towards it. A bit slow, a bit uninteresting but yeah I guess it happened. It's fine, watch it if you want. 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Toru Yano - Rating: Yano/5 

It's a Yano/Tanahashi match, they've done this match so many times it's not even funny. Watch if you want, it's fine. Comedy shenanigans and such. 

Juice Robinson VS KENTA - Rating: 3.75/5 

This was great. Probably the first match on this show that I really enjoyed with KENTA and Juice having some great exchanges. The story of them both leaving WWE and coming to NJPW to thrive is a great one and it was really cool to see these two mix it up. Juice winning was a smart decision as it sets up KENTA's defence of his right to challenge contract for the IWGP US title which is cool. Juice and KENTA put on a clinic in this one and it was a very tense match that could've gone either way. Highly recommend this one, give it a watch if you wanna see some really cool exchanges and moves. 

EVIL VS YOSHI-HASHI - Rating: 4/5 

Holy shit this was way better than it should've been. YOSHI-HASHI wrestled the best match of his career here and it was awesome. There was actual points where it looked like YOSHI-HASHI had EVIL beat and it was insane how much offence YOSHI-HASHI got in. This match played into the story of EVIL in New Japan Cup assaulting YOSHI-HASHI pre match but this time he tried the same thing and YOSHI-HASHI was prepared. The two men hit each other with everything they had, Dick Togo did some great interference spots and YOSHI-HASHI was a convincing babyface in this match. This is probably one of the best matches of the first four nights and I highly recommend this match if you wanna see the best singles match of YOSHI-HASHI's career so far. 

Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre JR - Rating: 4.25/5 

Not to be outdone though, a rivalry renewed for Naito yet again as he would take on Zack Sabre JR In the main event in what was something incredible. Zack and Naito have this insane chemistry with each other where every match they have wrestled each other its always uncertain of who is going to walk out as the winner. We usually start these matches with the preconceived notion that one of them is going to win and as the match progresses that becomes less and less certain with Zack and Naito hitting each other with everything they have. These two are masters of tension and have had one of the best match series' I have ever seen and I don't feel like it gets talked about enough. Watch this match if you wanna see Naito and Zack tear the house down with everything they have with some of the most tense moments in the G1. Overall this night was quite good, it started off slow with the first two matches being unimpressive but the final three matches really brought the show back with some great action from all three of those. In my opinion B Block had the better show yet again.  

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Not to steal FD's Thunder here but here are my own thoughts on the G1 Climax Matches from Nights 2, 3 and 4, a bit more on the condensed style from the format I am using for other shows now. I will just explain my thoughts but not exactly give it ratings this time.

Also like FD I will skip on the Young Lion Matches since they will be the same thorought the whole tour but I will highlight what I enjoyed from Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura and there progress during it at the end.

Night 2 (B Block)

Juice Robinson vs YOSHI-HASHI - I admit that YOSHI-HASHI is probably one of my least favorite wrestlers in New Japan but since the return he has been showing a side of him I never thought he had. His match was Juice was alright and I am glad Juice won but Hashi had a pretty good showing. On the matter of Juice I am not a big fan of his new attire with the vest and the pants it looks pretty weird. But I guess in a way it's classic Juice. Solid match and a nice return for Juice Robinson.

Toru Yano vs SANADA - Anytime the KOPW 2020 holder Toru Yano enters a match, you can expect to be entertained and this was no different. Yano and SANADA work so well together because they are pretty much polar opposites. Yano being this entertaining comedic act who tries to constantly cheat to win whereas SANADA is this calm stoic very technically sound grappler. It's what I like in both so when they clash it's very entertaining. Yano winning is a good thing like FD said because usually the path of a G1 winner has him lose his first couple of matches and in my eyes SANADA is one of my picks to win it this year (Not that I think he will but he is still among the favorites).

Hirooki Goto vs KENTA - This match was alright, nothing much special and certainly worse than there Wrestle Kingdom encounter for NEVER. A good way to bring KENTA back into the Japanese shows and he picks up a win here which does well for him. Just wish the match could have been better.

Zack Sabre Jr vs EVIL - I really enjoyed this match as it allowed us to see Zack Sabre Jr play the Babyface something we haven't seen much of if at all in New Japan. He continues his role of being EVIL's Kryptonite as it seems no matter what EVIL does Zack always has his number. Great win for Zack and a nice way to position EVIL again as a potential Block Finalist if not the Block Winner.

Tetsuya Naito vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - My favorite match of the first round of G1 Matches. We saw glimpses of the old Tanahashi as he and Naito renewed there heated rivalry. It was great and I don't want to repeat myself or what FD already said. Naito winning was the right call, but yeah go out of your way to watch this.

Night 3 (A Block)

Jeff Cobb vs Shingo Takagi - A pretty solid opening to the 2nd night of A Block. Cobb really been impressing me in this G1 thus far and his first two points here. Shingo 0-2 but it's probably gonna lead to a resurgence in the next couple of days. Good Match.

Kazuchika Okada vs Yujiro Takahashi - Didn't really like this match. Okada still using the Money Clip really pisses me off a lot. Okada gets his first two points here which could be the feeling Okada might not win the G1 at all though.

Minoru Suzuki vs Taichi - This was such a good Suzuki-Gun vs Suzuki-Gun fight which I really enjoyed. Two guys just trying to break the rules to gain the advantage. Taichi winning was a very interesting choice in what can be Suzuki-Gun's future and I really enjoy that decision. Good match to watch for sure.

Tomohiro Ishii vs Will Ospreay - Expected a bit more from this match considering Ishii and Ospreay's past encounters with Ishii. Again not a suprise for me Ospreay won considering how both are viewed within the company, just expected a better match.

Kota Ibushi vs Jay White - It was a solid match, not as good as there G1 Finals last year but better than there Wrestle Kingdom Match. White winning does make his position as a G1 Finalist a bit more questionable and it completly throws me into a loop as all 3 favorites have 2 points with Dark Horse Ospreay at 4 now.

Night 4 (B Block)

Hirooki Goto vs SANADA - Good match in my books, can't go wrong with these two in the ring. Goto gets a win and SANADA goes 0-2 which could be a great sign that he might do the comeback to win G1 now.

Toru Yano vs Hiroshi Tanahashi - These two are really good together and it was another typical Yano match. Interesting that's he's 2 for 2 meaning the chances of people getting Yano'd are now slimmer. We probably still gonna see two more as I can see Yano finishing on 8 points but not more than that.

Juice Robinson vs KENTA - Solid match I think both did a good job and the win here by Juice is key story wise to set up a match for that briefcase (or depending on the Moxley situation for the title itself). Another good win for Juice.

EVIL vs YOSHI-HASHI - Have to agree with FD here and say this is probably the best match of YOSHI-HASHI's career. I like that EVIL picked up his first two points though as no way should he be losing to YOSHI-HASHI right now, but still very good on the part of HASHI.

Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr - This match didn't disappoint at all. Two of my favorites in New Japan going at it and it was really good, best match of the tournament so far for me. Like FD said heading into this I was sure Naito was going to win but Zack and Naito played it so well I though Zack could pull the victory here. Well done by NJPW.

Overall I've really enjoyed it so far, I will be back later with my comments on Night 5 when the Preview comes up.

 

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