Today’s show started off with a ten bell salute for Masa Saito, who passed away on the 14th of July due to complications from fighting Parkinson’s Disease.
R.I.P Masa Saito
Today is also the first show of a series of 3 that are taking place at the famous Korakuen Hall venue in Tokyo. B Block returns for it’s 2nd round of matches that are headlined by NEVER Openweight Champion, Hirooki Goto facing off against IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega.
CHAOS (Jay White & YOH) vs Michael Elgin & Ren Narita
Elgin teams with Young Lion, Narita as he takes on his challenge for tomorrow, the Knife Pervert, the Switchblade, Jay White. Both men go into this match on 4 points each. YOH is once again unhappy and uncomfortable with the antics of White, as White looks to remould CHAOS in his image. YOH submits Narita with a Double Leg Crab.
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & SHO)
Although dominating Tanahashi and having the best of Makabe, Suzuki is winless in G1, YOSHI-HASHI despite showing fight and passion, is also winless. Suzuki gets the win with a Gotch Style Piledriver on SHO.
L.I.J (EVIL & BUSHI) vs Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
EVIL and Makabe both on the scoreboard, with EVIL on 2 and Makabe on 4. EVIL submits Henare with the Banshee Muzzler. Afterwards there is a small exchange between EVIL and Makabe.
BCOG (Fale & Loa) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay
Both men on 2 points as they head into tomorrow’s A Block action. Fale should look to target the legs of Tanahashi but it’s Tanahashi who targets the wheels of the big man with a Dragon Screw and Cloverleaf. Tanga Loa gets the win after a pinfall following the Apeshit/Tongan Driver.
BCE (Hangman Page & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Okada & Gedo)
Okada currently sitting on 0 points while Page is on 2. Arguably the biggest match of Page’s career but this isn’t the same Okada as a few months ago, so Page might get the win. Gedo falls to the Package Piledriver from Owens as the two nice Southern boys walk away with the win.
A Block: 2nd Round of Matches
Tama Tonga vs SANADA
SANADA started with a loss while Tama defeated the IWGP US Champion in his opening match. Early mind games from the Tongan before going through some chain, the pace steps up as both men evade attacks. Evenly match, two of the best defensive wrestlers around in my book. Loa gets caught trying to trip SANADA and gets a warning from Asami. SANADA chases after Tama on the outside and is taken out by Loa with a Lariat. Marty Asami bans Loa from ringside. Marty Asami gets taken out by Tama, Fale and Loa rush in and take down SANADA, but he kicks out after Asami is revived. SANADA rolls up Tama after a failed Gun Stun attempt to get the win.
ZSJ vs Toru Yano
Sabre once again flanked by his mouthpiece, TAKA Michinoku, unlike the Tongans, hasn’t interfered in ZSJ’s matches. Both ZSJ and Yano started with a defeat as Yano looks to use a more wrestling orientated game than before as he tries to go toe to toe with ZSJ in some grappling. ZSJ tries to wrap Yano up and leave him outside the ring for a count out win but Yano both times breaks the count. ZSJ gets the win after a Gedo Clutch with a Bridge roll up.
Juice Robinson vs Kota Ibushi
Kota Ibushi started with a win and will be looking to put himself into a potential title match with a win over US Champion, Juice who has already lost to Tama Tonga. Juice is still searching for that signature win apparently, very good match here between these two with one insane moment from Ibushi, fighting on the apron, he Hurricarana’s Juice to the floor, as Juice is standing, Ibushi goes up to the top of the ringpost and Moonsaults off it. Despite hitting the Double Knee Gutbuster, the Pulp Friction is countered and Ibushi lands a Strait Jacket German Suplex with a pinning bridge that Juice kicks out at two from. Ibushi maintains wrist control and hits the Kamigoye and gets the pinfall win. 4 points for Ibushi now as Juice remains on 0, with two potential title challengers to deal with.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito
Ishii started with a win while Naito did not, but in their last 5 meetings, Naito leads 3:2. They go all out here in a very hard hitting match. Naito smiling and spitting at Ishii as Ishii chops his chest, Ishii asking for more as he gets chopped and forearmed. Naito pisses off the bear with a slap to the head and gets chopped a few times in the throat. Naito reverses a Brainbuster into a DDT but Ishii comes back with a Discus Clothesline, they trade strikes but Ishii rocks Naito with a big headbutt and follows it up with a big Powerbomb but Naito kicks out at two. Both finishers countered and another big Lariat from Ishii. Sets up another Brainbuster but Naito counters with perhaps, half a Destino that results in a nearfall. Sets up Ishii and hits all of the Destino and gets the win.
Hirooki Goto vs Kenny Omega
A repeat of the 2016 G1 Climax Final where Omega beat Goto, Kenny offering Goto the chance of revenge but he’s after that Grand Slam. They fight up in the stands that the camera faces, amongst those hard benches, Goto goes for a Brainbuster attempt but Omega blocks, scoops and slams Goto onto the bench. Omega posts himself on the barrier as he Moonsaults onto Goto and the Young Lions. Goto comes back after a spell from Omega with a Brainbuster which is followed up by a Saito Suplex and a nearfall. Omega is on the apron and springboards in but Goto catches and lands a Ushigoroshi. Goto with a German Suplex but Omega backflips out and rushes at Goto with a V-Trigger. Goto is sitting on the top turnbuckle after fighting off Omega but Omega rushes at him again with another V-Trigger. They fight on the turnbuckle again with Goto coming out on top with a Kaiten that only results in a nearfall. Kenny fights off a couple of GTR attempts despite Goto’s best efforts. Another V-Trigger, but Goto follows with a headbutt, but it seems like a last gasp attempt as Kenny comes back with a V-Trigger and Aoi Shoudou, but Goto kicks out at two. Goto is prone on the ropes as Kenny charges with a devastating V-Trigger, sets up and hits the One Winged Angel and gets the win. Kenny now sits on 4 points.
G1 Climax returns tomorrow with A Block action.