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A three-way tie is developing atop the A Block after Night 15 of G1 Climax 30.
The round robin tournament continued Tuesday in the Shizuoka Prefecture at the Hamamatsu Arena with the eighth round of A Block matches.
Three wrestlers—Kota Ibushi, Kazuchika Okada, and Jay White—are all tied at 12 points apiece. They lead A Block with Will Ospreay behind them at 10 points. The other six wrestlers in the block are now mathematically eliminated from advancing to the final. However, some of them could still act as spoilers in the final round of block matches.
The ninth round of A Block matches on Friday will decide who advances to the G1 finals, while eighth round prior, on Tuesday, set the stage for this week’s A Block finale.
Okada over Tomohiro Ishii headlined the card in Hamamatsu. White stole a victory from Minoru Suzuki in the semi-main. Ibushi on the undercard won a bout over Yujiro Takahashi. Those matches earned enough points to put the three winners ahead in the standings, albeit still locked in a tie for points.
Jay White is in the proverbial driver’s seat. If White wins his match on Friday, he advances as the block winner. Even if Ibushi or Okada tie him on points, White holds a tie-breaking victory over each in the tournament. White faces Ishii on Friday at Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo during the final round of A Block matches.
In order for Kota Ibushi to advance from A Block, he must win his match in Ryogoku. Also, White must lose for Ibushi to advance. Ibushi holds a tie-breaker over Okada in the tournament. Ibushi wrestles Taichi on Friday in Sumo Hall.
Okada needs to win his match on Friday, but White and Ibushi must lose in order for Okada to advance. Okada faces Will Ospreay in the final round of block matches. Ospreay winning the block is the most complex scenario.
Ospreay must defeat Okada on Friday in order to advance. Although he has a tie-breaker over Okada, Ospreay also needs several others to lose. Those include: Taichi beats Ibushi, Ishii beats White, and Yujiro Takahashi must beat Jeff Cobb in order for Ospreay to advance.
Cobb defeated Ospreay on Tuesday to help further complicate the scenario. That exciting bout was among several other matches in Hamamatsu that made for a great card. The bouts in Hamamatsu Arena set the stage for the block finale.
Okada shuts down “Stone Pitbull”
Okada defeated Ishii via referee stoppage. Ishii passed out in the Money Cip, and Red Shoes Uno called for the bell. The dramatic closing scene capped off a great match between the two.
The drama built from the opening bell. Okada looked to gain an early advantage, but an Ishii rally would set the tone for the rest of the match. They traded strikes relentlessly.
They teased a high risk spot off the top rope, but then returned to the mat with Okada giving Ishii a neckbreaker. Moments later they went back to the top to pay off the previous tease. Ishii with a superplex got a near fall.
Okada cut off Ishii with his famed dropkick. A tombstone piledriver set up the first attempt at The Money Clip. Ishii got his foot on the bottom rope, and Okada had to break the hold.
Ishii came back with a German suplex, and they traded cradles for near falls. Moments later, Okada countered a sliding lariat to catch Ishii in a Money Clip. Ishii reversed into a chicken wing, and then he planted Okada with a DDT. Ishii went for an armbar, but Okada reached the ropes.
Flying off the top rope, Ishii with a King Kong kneedrop on Okada netted a close two count. Okada fought back to deliver a second tombstone, but headbutts from Ishii broke Okada’s wrist control. Ishii struck with an enzuigiri kick, but Okada answered with a dropkick. A discus lariat set up another attempt at applying the Money Clip, but Ishii again escaped the hold.
Ishii fired up to deliver an ax bomber lariat, leading to a close near fall. Okada countered a brainbuster, and he transitioned into a Money Clip. Ishii yet again broke the hold. A great closing sequence gave way to an Okada dropkick, and Okada applied the Money Clip one more time.
Ishii offered one last surge, only he fell to the mat nested in Okada’s arms. Ishii passed out, and the referee stopped the match.
Okada improves his record to six wins and two losses, giving him 12 points in the tournament. Ishii falls out of contention with a 3-4 record and six points.
Suzuki Robbed As “Jay-1” Rolls On
Jay White, with the help of Gedo, used underhanded tactics to defeat Minoru Suzuki. Clearly fearful of Suzuki, White’s stalling at the outset had more urgency than usual. Suzuki stalked White until he captured his prey, and he tortured him by working an arm.
Gedo at ringside baited Suzuki into a trap, allowing White to gain an advantage. The attack on Suzuki only served to proverbially wake a sleeping giant. Suzuki tends to flash a maniacal smile while he takes punishment, but here was a different side of Suzuki. He seethed with anger over the outside interference.
Gedo distracted the referee, and White brought a chair into the ring. Suzuki took the chair from White, and he repeatedly hit him with it. Red Shoes eventually took the chair from Suzuki, but Red Shoes also took a bump after getting shoved down. Suzuki got a running start to deliver a kick. He then went for a sleeper, but White countered him.
Suzuki hulked up and dared White to strike him. White begged off until he targeted a leg. Suzuki begged for more, daring White to attack him. White was able to counter a sleeper, but Suzuki trapped a leg and hooked an ankle. White reached a rope to break the hold, but Suzuki mowed him down with strikes.
Gedo caused another distraction, and White clipped Suzuki’s leg. White with a Blade Buster looked to set up for his finisher. Suzuki countered an attempted Blade Runner, and he applied a Fujiwara armbar. Although White tapped out, Gedo distracted the referee, so Red Shoes was unaware. Suzuki in retaliation hit Gedo with a palm strike.
White and Suzuki countered each other’s finisher, and Suzuki dropped White with a strike. Suzuki applied a sleeper, and he went for the Gotch piledriver. Gedo caused yet another distraction, and White gave Suzuki a low blow. White then delivered The Blade Runner, and he covered Suzuki for a tainted pinfall victory.
White improves his record to 6-2, giving him 12 points. Suzuki drops to a 3-5 record for six points, essentially eliminating him from contention.
Taichi Over Shingo
Shingo Takagi lost in match against Taichi. They had a really good closing sequence that ended with Taichi pinning Takagi. Taichi cheated early on in the match using a hammer as a weapon. He also choked Takagi with cables, but Taichi ultimately won clean.
They traded lariats and near falls throughout the match. Takagi kicked out after an ax bomber. Taichi later kicked out after taking Made In Japan and a Pumping Bomber. They both traded push-up cradles for two counts.
Takagi in the closing moments ate a superkick. Taichi then executed Black Mephisto, and he covered Takagi for a pinfall.
Both were mathematically eliminated from contention heading into this match. Nevertheless, Taichi improves his record to an even 4-4 for eight points. Takagi falls to 3-5 for six points.
Ibushi Sails Past Takahashi
Kota Ibushi defeated Yujiro Takahashi in another tournament bout. Takahashi got heat on Ibushi after a slop drop on the floor. Ibushi came back with a combo of kicks, and he launched into a standing moonsault for a two count. Yujiro with a stungun and a lariat, but Ibushi kicked out. They both went down after a double stomp.
Takahashi bit Kota before countering a Last Ride. An Olympic Slam nettted Takahashi a two count. He gave Ibushi a super fisherman’s buster suplex off the ropes, and Takahashi followed with another fisherman’s buster for a close near fall.
Blocking the Kamigoye at first, Takahashi then ate a jumping knee strike. Ibushi hit the Kamigoye, and covered him for a three count.
Ibushi moves to a 6-2 record, giving him 12 points so far. The first in his block to essentially be eliminated, Takahashi remains winless at 0-8 for zero points.
Cobb Stuns Ospreay
Jeff Cobb beat Will Ospreay, in an outcome that further complicated Ospreay’s chances of advancing in the tournament. Cobb and Ospreay had a fantastic match, with each getting to shine in their own way.
Ospreay flew through the air at times, while Cobb displayed his strength. About halfway through the match, Ospreay countered a Tour of the Islands. He used a Code Red, and later a 45o splash, for near falls.
Cobb blocked an OsCutter, and he proceeded to ragdoll Ospreay. Continuing to go for the OsCutter, Ospreay was blocked twice more. Ospreay again countered Tour of the Islands, and he finally connected with the Oscutter. Still, Cobb kicked out.
Ospreay went for a Stormbreaker, and Cobb with a counter got him in his grasp. A wheelbarrow led to Cobb giving Ospreay a German suplex. Cobb then gave Ospreay a Tour of Islands before covering him for a pinfall.
Ospreay with the win improves to a 5-3 record, giving him 10 points. Cobb moves to an even record of 4-4 for eight points.
The card itself opened with another great opener featuring Young Lions. Yuya Uemura pinned Gabirel Kidd in a non-tournament opening match. Kidd was seemingly in control until Uemura caught him in a key lock. After a striking battle, Uemura countered the Billy Robinson suplex. Uemura then hooked Kidd for a double-arm overhead suplex, and Uemura scored a pinfall.
G1 Standings After Night 15:
- Jay White — 12 points (6-2 record)
- Kota Ibushi — 12 pts. (6-2)
- Kazuchika Okada — 12 pts. (6-2)
- Will Ospreay — 10 pts. (5-3)
- Taichi — 8 pts. (4-4) *
- Jeff Cobb — 8 pts. (4-4) *
- Tomohiro Ishii — 6 pts. (3-5) *
- Shingo Takagi — 6 pts. (3-5) *
- Minoru Suzuki — 6 pts. (3-5) *
- Yujiro Takahashi — 0 pts. (0-8) *
- Tetsuya Naito — 10 pts. (5-2)
- EVIL — 10 pts. (5-2)
- Zack Sabre Jr. — 8 pts. (4-3)
- Hirooki Goto — 8 pts. (4-3)
- SANADA — 8 pts. (4-3)
- Toru Yano — 6 pts. (3-4)
- KENTA — 6 pts. (3-4)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi — 6 pts. (3-4)
- Juice Robinson — 6 pts. (3-4)
- YOSHI-HASHI — 2 pts (1-6) *
* = eliminated
Night 15 Results:
- Yuya Uemura defeated Gabriel Kidd (non-tournament)
- Jeff Cobb defeated Will Ospreay
- Kota Ibushi defeated Yujiro Takahashi
- Taichi defeated Shingo Takagi
- Jay White defeated Minoru Suzuki
- Kazuchika Okada defeated Tomohiro Ishii
Next Show: Wednesday from Yokohama in the Kanahawa Prefecture at the Yokohama Budokan starting at 2:30 AM PDT/5:30 AM EDT/10:30 BST
October 14th Lineup
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
- Hirooki Goto vs. EVIL
- Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
- Juice Robinson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- YOSHI-HASHI vs. KENTA
- Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura (non-tournament)