G1 Climax Night Recap: Back to work


It has been a few days since we’ve last featured a G1 Climax recap; that’s because I went out of town this past weekend. I needed to recharge the batteries.

But we’re back with another solid show of action, as we try to catch up. This post will likely focus on updating where everyone is in the tournament.

Wednesday focused on another big night of B-Block action.

Who’s going to catch Okada?

Somebody has to take away the lead from the IWGP Heavyweight champion, right? Who could possibly knock off Kazuchika Okada?

The lead remains in Okada’s possession after his win over Tama Tonga in the semi main event Wednesday in Fukuoka.

With 12 points, Okada is the only undefeated wrestler in the entire G1 Climax Tournament. He has to lose at some point, right?

Okada got the win Wednesday thanks to his victory over Tama Tonga, who tried hard to knock off the B-Block leader, but it’s hard to top Okada.

At this point, Okada’s going to finish over .500 and he has a few more wins he can get. But who remains in his path to finishing undefeated?

Okada still has to face Kenny Omega, Minoru Suzuki and EVIL. All three men are indeed formidable opponents and they could all possibly defeat Okada.

These three remaining opponents for Okada sit right there towards the top. One in particular, however, could possibly benefit the most from an Okada win.

Omega sits steadily in second

Both Omega and EVIL went into Wednesday’s match tied for second in B-Block. Only one of these two would likely finish the night alone in second (unless there was a draw, but there wasn’t). Omega got the win and at 10 points, he sits alone in second.

The main event featured a fantastic battle between Omega and EVIL, with Omega getting the victory thanks to the one-winged angel.

I loved this match and it certainly was the match of the night. If you haven’t seen it yet, you certainly should. Terrific back-and-forth battle between these two. It featured chairs and tables.

Omega still has Juice Robinson and SANADA to wrestle, along with Okada. He’ll need to win those three remaining matches to win B-Block.

For EVIL, he got really close to pulling off the upset. EVIL put Omega through a table. He also locked Omega in the Banshee Muzzle for a really long time. Omega did his best to fight from being totally locked up and reached for the ropes in a last gasp move.

EVIL still has Kojima and Michael Elgin left, as well as his toughest test of the block, Okada. Sitting tied for third with eight points, EVIL needs to win out to have any hope of winning B-Block. He’ll also need Omega and Okada to struggle down the stretch.

Okada is next on EVIL’s list. A loss will certainly eliminate him from B-Block contention.

SANADA and Suzuki still have a shot, plus a Bread Club update

The B-Block contention isn’t over for either Suzuki or SANADA, who both picked up victories Wednesday.

Suzuki unfortunately got his win over noted Bread Club enthusiast Satoshi Kojima. The match featured a lot of shenanigans from Suzukigun members El Desperado and Taichi.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan did his best to try and neutralize the interfering members. However, Suzuki still wound up with the victory thanks to the Gotch-style Piledriver.

It’s frustrating to see Kojima at 0-6 in this tournament. He’s come really close to getting a few wins in this block. He could possibly be 3-3 or 6-0 (okay, maybe not 6-0).

Kojima has three more chances to get victories in this block. He’s got SANADA, EVIL and Tama Tonga remaining.

Meanwhile, Suzuki has Okada, Toru Yano and Michael Elgin left on the schedule. A win over Okada obviously keeps his hopes alive. He’ll still face a tough task in Elgin, and you never know with Yano, especially after Wednesday.

SANADA, meanwhile started the B-Block action with a victory over Juice Robinson. Fun match to watch. And yes, it isn’t a Juice Robinson match unless he gets his left knee worked over.

I like knowing that I can miss a B-Block show, yet can still see wrestlers working over Robinson’s leg. Why, it’s almost like, continuity is important in this promotion, unlike a certain American “Sports Entertainment” company.

It’s getting to the point where if you stare at Robinson’s left knee enough, he’ll probably start wincing and crying in pain.

I loved the countout tease that started with SANADA locking Robinson in the figure four in the middle of the ring. The two rolled around, before eventually rolling out of the ring.

When out of the ring, SANADA kept Robinson in the figure four, even with the referee counting away. Robinson barely got in the ring.

I had fun watching this match. You should definitely check it out.

SANADA still has Kojima, Omega and Tama Tonga on the schedule. He’ll need to win out, plus some help with Okada losses.

Yano wins with more shenanigans

This match didn’t even last three minutes. It didn’t feature any rolls of tape, but it didn’t need to, especially with it so short.

Long story short, Yano won this match via disqualification, effectively eliminating Elgin from B-Block.

Granted, Elgin needed a lot to fall apart for him. An Okada loss to Tama Tonga certainly would’ve kept him in contention. However, winning out won’t do anything for him at this point.

And yeah, Yano probably wasn’t going to win B-Block, not with the caliber of talent in this block. However, he gets to play spoiler and ruin hopes and dreams.

This time around, Yano won by acting like he received a low blow from Elgin. Of course, Yano had already given a low blow to Elgin, while the referee wasn’t looking.

On a couple of occasions, the referee stopped both men from attempting low blows.

Now, why the referee would buy that Yano had suffered a low blow, I can’t say for sure. I like to think the referee is easily fooled.

If so, I have a tropical island in Nebraska to sell this referee.

What’s next?

The G1 Climax Tournament gets back to action on Friday in Ehime. A-Block matches get back to work for this night.

  • Yuji Nagata vs. Kota Ibushi
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Hirooki Goto vs. YOSHI-HASHI
  • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe