Day 2 at the Nippon Budokan is headlined by the meeting of the Golden Lover’s in singles action, Omega vs Ibushi and Naito must defeat ZSJ to have a chance to make the final of the G1. Today was around double yesterday’s attendance with 12,023 reported to be in the crowd.
David Finlay & Michael Elgin defeat Shota Umino & Toa Henare
BULLET CLUB OG (Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa) defeat BULLET CLUB ELITE(Chase Owens & Hangman Page)
BULLET CLUB ELITE (Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) defeat CHAOS (Jay White, SHO & YOH)
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & EVIL) defeat Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Minoru Suzuki)
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma defeat CHAOS (Gedo, Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI)
Toru Yano vs Tama Tonga
Decent angle but timing was off for me. President and Chairman both getting involved at ringside and removing BCOG’s from the building
Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto
Decent, quick match. Hirooki Goto looking worse for wear, injured arm wrapped up, Juice took to it like people took to his hand during the tournament. Brief fight backs snuffed out by Juice who got the win following a Pulp Friction.
In what universe do two champions finish on 6 points, where someone like Yano finishes on 10? Kind of disappointing for me to be honest.
Tomohiro Ishii vs SANADA
Good match, hard hitting as you’d expect from Ishii but SANADA didn’t back down from the fight. Both went for each other’s moves to play mind games with the other, if I had any gripe with this match I thought it dragged on a bit longer than needed. Tomohiro Ishii wins with a Vertical Drop Brainbuster.
ZSJ vs Tetsuya Naito
L.I.J stablemate EVIL played spoiler for Jay White’s hopes in Block A yesterday, Naito will be hoping that ZSJ won’t do the same for him. Naito played mind games with ZSJ but for me a lot of the match was wrestling ZSJ way with bursts of speed and combinations from Naito. A good enough match but I kind of drifted in and out of as it progressed. Naito was clearly softening up the neck of ZSJ for the Destino but ZSJ countered a Destino attempt into the Zack Driver for the upset victory.
Kota Ibushi vs Kenny Omega
The moment, I imagine a lot of people were waiting for, finally happened. The first singles encounter between the Golden Lover’s in New Japan, the first in some years as well. Both men went for it, move for move, and they went for the most devastating moves in their arsenal. If my ears noticed anything, I think the crowd was mainly behind Ibushi. Their was a hush as Omega kicked out of the Kamigoye. Maybe it wasn’t Ibushi’s moment as Omega came back with V-Trigger’s but as with Ishii, he was unable to get the One Winged Angel. The match came to a climax as both men were fighting on the top turnbuckle and Ibushi Double Stomped on the back of Omega’s neck, followed it up with a Tiger Driver and a final Kamigoye to get the win.
Tomorrow, Hiroshi Tanahashi v Kota Ibushi will determine who is the winner of the 28th edition of the G1 Climax.