As a recent New Japan fan, I couldn’t wait to see this year’s G1 Climax as my introduction to New Japan was at the G1 Climax 29 last year at Madison Square Garden. With the lack of wrestling events and sports in general being so different because of Covid-19, this was a welcomed treat.
Suzuki-gun (Taichi , Zack Sabre Jr., El Desperado & DOUKI) def. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano) (10:34)
This was the first match of the card to establish future storylines and the challengers for the NEVER Six-Man titles. Zack Sabre Jr showed his technical skills throughout the match. The match started with Taichi and Ishii trading kicks back and forth. Sabre Jr. worked Hirooki Goto bad shoulder for a bit. At some point Goto managed a tag in Yano and there was some comedic moments. Sabre Jr and Taichi hit the Yoshi-Hashi with the Zack Mephisto and then DOUKI pinned Yoshi-Hashi.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi) def. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (11:54)
Before the match even started, Shingo Takagi and Minoru Suzuki started to brawl.
There were some spots throughout the match and you could tell Hiromu Takahashi was happy to be back after a month of being gone. At some point Kanemaru and Suzuki doubled teamed Takahasi. Shingo was able to get a pop up Death Valley bomb on Kanemaru to even the odds. Just as Kanemaru was going to take some whiskey to spit, Takahasi super kicked it out of his hand. Takahasi did a Time Bomb and got the pin over Kanemaru winning the match.
After the match there were some words exchanged between Shingo and Suzuki. Takahasi said to the commentators that he wanted him and BUSHI to challenge El Desperado and Kanemaru for for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship belts.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Jeff Cobb & Master Wato def. Bullet Club (Jay White, KENTA, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo) (9:12)
This match was the shortest match on the card allowing every wrestler to shine during parts of the match. It was a bit unstructured but still very well done. Ishimori and Wato started the match off. For me. Jeff Cobb really shined in this match. At one point during this match, Cobb threw Taiji Ishimori easily onto the rest of the Bullet Club members. Ultimately it was Hiroshi Tanahashi who made Gedo tap with the Texas Cloverleaf.
Wrestle Kingdom 2021
During this time, it was announced that Wrestle Kingdom 15 will be held at the Tokyo Dome. Once again this event will be broken into two nights. Those nights are January 4th and 5th.
The Empire (Will Ospreay & Great O-Khan) def. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & SHO) (12:36)
Will Ospreay and O-Khan was accompanied by Bea Priestley who carried her SWA World Championship from STARDOM to ring. However, before the bell even rang, Okada attacked after Ospreay had turned on him a few nights before.
The match was started by O-Khan and SHO. O-Khan did many chops and face rakes to SHO. SHO was able to tag out and allowed Okada to get in where he immediately hit a running back elbow and a DDT. Ospreay was tagged in and hit the Pip Pip Cheerio, but Okada kicked out. There were some back and forth between to two before Okada blocked a tiger kick and then hit a drop kick right after before tagging out. Bea Priestley delivered a dragon-screw to SHO from the apron, which allowed Ospreay to use an elevated Figure Four lock which made SHO tap.
Bullet Club (EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi) def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI) (14:14)
The match started with Yujiro and EVIL tag teaming Naito. Naito however was able to comeback a little on Yujiro. There was a brawl that led to going outside of the ring and EVIL using chairs on Naito. In the ring, Yujiro worked over BUSHI and after BUSHI hit a hurricanrana, he tagged in Naito. Naito got some hits in on Yujiro while making eye contact with EVIL. Yujiro then bit Naito’s hand and EVIL tagged in. Naito quickly hit a swing DDT. Both tagged out right after.
After some more back and forth between the four, EVIL was able to hit a Darkness Falls for a near fall on BUSHI. EVIL was able to get the victory making BUSHI submit with a Scorpion Deathlock.
After the match, Togo choked Naito with a ligature. Right after EVIL hit Naito with the Everything is EVIL. He then took both the IWGP Heavyweight title and the IWGP Intercontinental title and posed over Naito.
G1 Climax 30 Final Match: Kota Ibushi def. SANADA (35:12)
SANADA took advantage of the fact that Kota Ibushi’s leg was wrapped due to his match from Friday night. Throughout the match SANADA kept going back to the left. After SANADA applied a figure four leg lock, Ibushi used a rope break to get out of it. He attempted to do a move off the tope rope, but his leg prevented that. At one point Ibushi landed a power slam and went to the top rope to do a phoenix splash, but SANADA was able to get out of the way in time. SANADA kept attacking Ibushi’s leg which clearly frustrated Ibushi.
Ibushi did a sit down power bomb followed be a Kamigoye, but in turn SANADA gave him a dropkick to the knees. SANADA then used a Tiger Suplex and a giant swing into the Skull End. Ibushi was able to get a head kick to SANADA’s jaw and a Boma Ye. By this point I was standing out of my chair. SANADA did a pop up TKO and a top rope moonsault, but Ibushi was able to block the moonsault with his knees. SANADA then applied the dragon sleeper and Ibushi reversed it to a leg-hook tombstone pile driver. It looked like we may have finally got to the end of the match, but then SANADA was able to roll Ibushi into a Japanese leg roll clutch which made the crowd pop when it seemed Ibushi almost lost the match. After a few more moves, and a pin which SANADA kicked out from, Ibushi hit one more Kamigoya and won the G1 Climax.
This win makes Kota Ibushi a two-time G1 Climax winner. He is the third wrestler after Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan, to win the G1 Climax two years in a row.
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