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G1 Climax 30 continued on Wednesday with another card from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. On the seventh night of the round robin tournament some wrestlers in the A Block suffered their first loss, and others picked up their first win.
Tomohiro Ishii once again had an outstanding match in the tourney, and he also gained his first victory this year in G1. Headlining against Shingo Takagi, and the bout delivered with a level of intensity and violence audiences have come to expect from those two.
Jay White came into the show undefeated in the tourney, but Will Ospreay handed him his first loss. Taicho was also unbeaten so far, but no more as Kazuchika Okada put that winning streak to sleep.
The only wrestlers to remain unbeaten this year in the tournament are Tetsuya Naito and — surprisingly — Toru Yano. Both of those two are in the B Block, while everyone in A Block has lost at least once after four rounds of macthups. The fourth round of B Block is set for Thursday for back-to-back nights in Korakuen Hall.
“Stone Pitbull” Slays “The Dragon”
Ishii defeated Takagi in a hard-hitting war. They met in the tournament last year, and the tourney return match this year did not disappoint. Ishii went on to pin Takagi after delivering a brainbuster.
Ishii and Takagi exchanged a lot of strikes, and they just plain beat the heck out of each other. They traded near falls throughout the match with Ishii kicking out or countering Takagi’s signature finishers.
Kicking out after taking Made In Japan and a pumping bomber, Ishii fought on to eventually nail Takagi with a lariat. He then ended the match with the vertical drop brainbuster. This was the longest match of the night, and they filled it combat.
They looked to continue the fight after the bell, so a return match may happen in the future. Or maybe they just like to fight. Possibly a little of both.
Ishii with his first win improves to a 1–3 record for a total of two points, and now Takagi has an identical record so well at 1-3.
“Aerial Assassin” Ends Switchblade Streak
Will Ospreay ended Jay White’s winning streak, defeating him in the semi-main event. It was the Hidden Blade and a Stormbreaker that led Ospreay to victory. In the great match, the trend continued of him flying less, but it meaning more when he did.
Ospreay flew plenty at times in the match, including using a Sasuke Special and other aerial moves. White kicked out after taking an Oscutter, and Gedo tried to help him by interfering in the match. Gedo attempted to use brass knux, but Ospreay blocked his attempt and laid out Gedo. Despite that, there was little interference compared to White’s other tournament matches.
White stalled at the beginning, which is becoming a calling card. Down the stretch, White kicked out after taking a 450 splash. White himself also got near falls off some of signature moves like the Kiwi Crusher. The two had great chemistry as they played to each other’s strengths.
Both Ospreay and White now have a 3–1 record for a total of six points each.
Okada Puts Taichi to Sleep
Kazuchika Okada defeated Taichi using his Money Clip sleeper. Taichi did not tap out, but he instead passed out. A referee stoppage ended the bout. The loss was Taichi’s first defeat of the tournament. This was a rematch from earlier this year. Okada won that bout as well.
Okada was still favoring his back, as he has in his last few matches. Taichi targeted the back during the match, and Taichi attacked Okada before the bell to gain an underhanded advantage. Okada fought back to rally.
Okada went to apply The Money Clip, and Taichi used the referee as a human shield to create separation. Taichi then gave Okada a low blow, something that has happened far too often in the tournament.
Taichi took a page out of Okada’s playbook when he used a Rainmaker for a near fall. Okada went on to counter Black Mephisto into a Money Clip. Taichi escaped the hold, but Okada reapplied it to win the match via ref stoppage when Taichi went to sleep.
Okada improves to an even record of 2–2, giving him four points so far. Taichi goes to a 3–1 record for six points.
Ibushi Tops Cobb
Kota Ibushi pinned Jeff Cobb in another really good tournament bout. Cobb again looked impressive with his collection of power moves, and Ibushi fought hard to eventually defeat him.
Given more time, the match could have been even better as they only went just over 10 minutes. They had a battle of power against speed. Cobb threw Ibushi around at times, and Cobb got to shine in maybe his best performance so far in the tournament. Maybe if given the time, Cobb could really have a breakout performance later in the tourney.
Cobb in the closing moments went for a Tour of the Islands, but Ibushi countered him. Ibushi hit a running knee strike, and he followed with a Kamigoye to score the pinfall.
Ibushi with the win now has a 3–1 record for six points. Cobb falls to 1–3 with two points.
Suzuki Drops Takahashi
Yujiro Takahashi lost to Minoru Suzuki to become the only person in A Block without a win. Suzuki defeated Takahashi after delivering a Gotch piledriver. They brawled quite a lot in the match before going home.
For the finish, Takahashi went for Pimp Juice. Suzuki countered to apply a sleeper, and he quickly transitioned into the Gotch pieldriver to score the pinfall.
Suzuki improves to 3–1 with six points. Takahashi remains winless at 0–3 with zero.
The card itself opened with a Young Lions match where Yota Tsuji submitted Yuya Uemura using a Boston crab. Another solid outing for the Young Lions, and the crowd at Korakuen was very receptive—even if they could not cheer like usual.
G1 continues on Thursday in Niigata with B Block matches.
G1 Standings After Night Seven:
- Jay White – 6 points (3-1 record)
- Will Ospreay – 6 pts. (3-1)
- Taichi – 6 pts. (3-1)
- Kota Ibushi – 6 pts. (3-1)
- Minoru Suzuki – 6 pts. (3-1)
- Kazuchika Okada – 4 pts. (2-2)
- Shingo Takagi – 2 pts. (1-3)
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2 pts. (1-3)
- Jeff Cobb – 2 pts. (1-3)
- Yujiro Takahashi – 0 pts. (0-4)
- Tetsuya Naito – 6 pts. (3-0)
- Toru Yano – 6 pts. (3-0)
- KENTA – 4 pts. (2-1)
- Juice Robinson – 4 pts. (2-1)
- EVIL – 2 pts. (1-2)
- Zack Sabre Jr. – 2 pts. (1-2)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi – 2 pts. (1-2)
- Hirooki Goto – 2 pts. (1-2)
- YOSHI-HASHI – 2 pts. (1-2)
- SANADA – 0 pts. (0-3)
Night Seven Results:
- Yota Tsuji defeated Yuya Uemura (non-tournament)
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Yujiro Takahashi
- Kota Ibushi defeated Jeff Cobb
- Kazuchika Okada defeated Taichi
- Will Ospreay defeated Jay White
- Tomohiro Ishii defeated Shingo Takagi
Next show: Thursday from Niigata starting at 2:30 AM PDT/5:30 AM EDT/10:30 AM BST
October 1st Lineup:
- Yota Tsuji vs. Gabriel Kidd (non-tournament)
- Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano
- Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI
- KENTA vs. EVIL
- Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA