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Kota Ibushi is heading to his second tournament final in two years after winning the A Block in G1 Climax 30. Ibushi advances after the results in the final round of A Block matches on Friday at Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo.
The 17th night of the round robin tournament ended with Tomohiro Ishii defeating Jay White in the main event. Ishii played spoiler, as Ishii could not of advance in the tournament even with the win over White. The lose by White propelled Ibushi ahead of him in the point standings, which makes Ibushi the block winner.
Ibushi in the semi-main event had a war with Taichi based almost solely on kicks. They battered each other with kicks, and Ibushi eventually won with a Kamigoye. The bout was unlike anything else in the tournament. Definitely a match to go out of your way to see.
The final round of A Block also saw Will Ospreay turning on his CHAOS faction. He is now aligned with Bea Priestley and the debuting Great O-Kharn, who attacked Okada during his match with Ospreay.
Who won A Block came down to the main event, where Ishii spoiled White’s chances of advancing in the tournament.
“Stone Pitbull” Dulls “Switchblade”‘
Ishii beat White in a great match that in some ways was built around sheer determination. Ishii overcame an injury determined to defeat White, and Gedo was determined to cheat in order to help White. Ishii’s determination won out in the end.
White taunted Ishii early on in a ploy, and Gedo baited Ishii into a trap. After jumping Ishii at ringside, White began to work him over. Ishii rallied, but he sold his leg. His knee has been wrapped throughout much of the tournament.
White begged off until he was able to catch Ishii with a DDT, and White then targeted the leg. He stomped on the leg, but a defiant Ishii rose to his feet daring White to strike him. Ishii stood like a stone, until White struck the injured leg. Ishii still would not go down. White dodged a sliding lariat to finally drop Ishii to the mat with a flatliner.
Taunted by White, Ishii dropped him with a forearm. White with an uranage cut off Ishii. They took turns suplexing the other into a corner. Gedo interfered, allowing White to give Ishii a Dragon Screw in the ropes. Still selling his leg, Ishii nonetheless fired up to knock White off the apron with a headbutt.
A superplex by Ishii led to a near fall. White soon caught him in the TTO submission hold, which is like a inverted figure four. White then went to finish Ishii, but Ishii countered a Blade Runner with a Dragon Screw. The roles reversed, as Ishii was now the one targeting a leg. Ishii gave White a kneebreaker, but Ishii hurt his own damaged knee in the process.
Ishii fought through to keep targeting White’s leg. A referee bump brought Gedo into the ring to interfere, but he was thwarted for the time being. Ishii with a sliding lariat for a two count. White countered a brainbuster, and he gave Ishii a low blow. White followed with a Regal suplex, but Ishii kicked out.
Two sleeper suplexes would not keep Ishii down, and he came back at White with headbutts. They were countering each other in a sequence when Ishii executed a vertical drop stunner. Gedo jumped back into the ring, and Ishii hit him with a lariat.
After getting another two count, Ishii finally delivered a move he had teased throughout the match. Ishii planted White a vertical drop brainbuster, and he covered him for the pinfall.
Ishii finishes the tournament with four wins and five loses, giving him a total of eights points. White finished with 12 points and a record of six wins and three loses.
Kicks Rock In Ibushi’s Battle Against Taichi
Kota Ibushi defeated Taichi in an incredible bout. In a match based on just kicking each other, they rocked each other back-and-forth with kicks. Ibushi countered a suplex, and he delivered the Kamigoye for the finish. Everything else revolved around low, mid and high kicks.
Ibushi during his entrance marched to the ring with a serious look of determination look on his face. They began the match by daring the other to strike with kicks. That led to a double down. Then they took turns sitting on the mat, letting them kick each other in the back.
Moving to the chest, they traded more kicks. They hit each other in the chest with big shots, and Taichi fell to his knees. Taichi with kicks moments later made Ibushi fall to his knees.
Ibushi landed on his feet taking a suplex, and he dared Taichi to kick him some more. They traded high kicks, and both went down. Taichi removed his pants, and he fired up with a series of kicks. Both sold their quads, and they crumpled to the mat.
Taichi with a leg sweep countered a Kamigoye. Both had to hold on to the ring ropes to stand, yet they kept exchanging kicks. They held onto each other to remain standing so they could exchange more kicks. Ibushi dropped after taking some shots in the leg.
Ibushi rose to his feet, and he let out a primal yell. He grabbed Taichi by his wrists, and Ibushi delivered the Kamigoye to score a pinfall. What an amazing match.
Ibushi’s run in A Block concludes with a 7-2 record for a total of 14 points. Taichi finishes the tournament at 4-5 for eight points.
Ospreay Heels On Okada
Will Ospreay pinned Kazuchika Okada in an outstanding match with a shocking end. Ospreay turned on his stablemate, and he appears done with the CHAOS faction. The Great O-Kharn debuted to attack Okada, allowing Ospreay to steal a victory. O-Kharn, formerly Tomoyuki Oka, aligned himself with Ospreay and Bea Priestley.
Ospreay exploded at the start of the match with a Sasuke Special and Pip Pip Cheerio. Okada countered an OsCutter, and he applied The Money Clip. Although Ospreay got a rope break, Okada moments later gave him a draping DDT on the floor. Okada was in control, until a back drop from Ospreay turned the tide.
Ospreay with a standing shooting star, but Okada looked to cut him. A double down led into Ospreay doing one of Okada’s signature spots, dropkicking Okada off a turnbuckle. Ospreay ran corner-to-corner for a flip dive out of the ring, which the announcers noted was a tribute to the late Ryan Smile.
Ospreay leapt off the ropes to deliver a Hidden Blade, but Okada kicked out at two. They rose to their feet to trade strikes. Ospreay caught Okada in a sit-out powerbomb. Ospreay landed three superkicks, and went for a Hidden Blade. Okada with a counter for the Blade, and then another counter for The Stormbreaker.
An Okada dropkick led to a tombstone and The Money Clip. Ospreay escaped, and seconds later he blocked an attempted tombstone. He countered a Rainmaker into a one-man Spanish Fly. Okada countered a Stormbreaker to cradle Ospreay for a near fall.
Ospreay with a poison rana, and then he delivered an OsCutter. Okada still managed to counter a Stormbreaker. Okada went back to the Money Clip, and after some great counters and reversals, again applied Money Clip.
Priestley ran down to ringside to cheer for Ospreay. Okada with another tombstone, and he once again applied The Money Clip. Priestley got in the ring to distract the referee, and Great O-Kharn appeared behind Okada. O-Kharn attacked Okada, slamming him to the mat with a clawhold. Ospreay recovered to execute a Stormbreaker, and he covered Okada for a tainted victory.
Ospreay after the match attacked Okada for a beatdown. He cursed at Okada, and then he left with Priestley and Great O-Kharn.
With the outcome, both Ospreay and Okada finish the tournament with matching 6-3 records for 12 points apiece.
“The Dragon” Slays Suzuki
Shingo Takagi defeated Minoru Suzuki in a war of attrition. They started with a slugfest, and soon they were brawling at ringside. They traded lots of strikes, and even some headbutts. Maybe not as good as their bout earlier this summer in a baseball stadium, but a solid outing nonetheless.
Suzuki blocked a pumping bomber, and he went for a sleeper. Takagi countered a Gotch piledriver, but Suzuki targeted his arm. Takagi came back with a bunch of lariats, yet Suzuki would not fall. They traded headbutts, and Suzuki staggered. Suzuki went for a choke, and Takagi with a counter to finally fall Suzuki with a strike.
Takagi in the closing moment picked up Suzuki for Last of the Dragon, and he covered him for a pinfall.
Takagi finishes the tournament with a 4-5 record for eight points. Suzuki ends the tournament at 3-6 for six points total.
Yujiro Ends His Winless Streak
Finally snapping a losing streak, Yujiro Takahashi beat Jeff Cobb to finally get a win in the tournament. Takahashi used biting and heel tactics like a slop drop on the floor to overcome the strength of Cobb.
Cobb was making a comeback when Takahashi countered a Tour of the Islands. After a ref bump, Takahashi retrieved his walking cane. Takahashi hit Cobb with the cane, and used an Olympic Slam and and Miami Shine for a two count. Takahashi followed with Pimp Juice, and then he pinned Cobb.
Takahashi ends the tournament with a 1-8 record, giving him only two points. Cobb finishes at 4-5 for eight points.
The card in Ryogoku opened with Young Lions in non-tournament action. Yota Tsuji submitted Gabriel Kidd. Though Kidd at first refused to tap, Tsuji gave him a giant swing. Tsuji then went back to the Boston crab, and Kidd tapped out.
The tournament continues on Saturday from Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo for the final round of B Block matches. The G1 final follows on Sunday.
G1 Standings After Night 17
A Block (final standings)
- Kota Ibushi — 14 points (7-2 record) — A Block winner
- Jay White — 12 pts. (6-3)
- Will Ospreay — 12 pts. (6-3)
- Kazuchika Okada — 12 pts. (6-3)
- Tomohiro Ishii — 8 pts. (4-5)
- Taichi — 8 pts. (4-5)
- Jeff Cobb — 8 pts. (4-5)
- Shingo Takagi — 8 pts. (4-5)
- Minoru Suzuki — 6 pts. (3-6)
- Yujiro Takahashi — 2 pts. (1-8)
B Block (one round remaining)
- EVIL — 12 pts. (6-2)
- Tetsuya Naito — 12 pts. (6-2)
- SANADA — 10 pts. (5-3)
- Zack Sabre Jr. — 10 pts. (5-3)
- Hirooki Goto — 8 pts. (4-4)
- KENTA — 8 pts. (4-4)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi — 6 pts. (3-5)
- Juice Robinson — 6 pts. (3-5)
- Toru Yano — 6 pts. (3-5)
- YOSHI-HASHI — 2 pts. (1-7)
Night 17 Results:
- Tomohiro Ishii defeated Jay White
- Kota Ibushi defeated Taichi
- Will Ospreay defeated Kazuchika Okada
- Shingo Takagi defeated Minoru Suzuki
- Yujiro Takahashi defeated Jeff Cobb
- Yota Tsuji defeated Gabriel Kidd (non-tournament)
Next Show: Saturday from Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo starting at 1:00 AM PDT/4:00 AM EDT/9:00 AM BST
October 17th Lineup:
- SANADA vs. EVIL
- Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto
- Toru Yano vs. YOSHI-HASHI
- Yuya Uemura vs. Gabriel Kidd (non-tournament)