Let’s Discuss Night Three
New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 32 Tournament Day 2 was great. I loved it. It was definitely exciting with the different kinds of matchups presented compared to Day 1. Here are the results:
A Block: Toru Yano upset JONAH. This was a great match by Toru Yano. He pulled many of his typical comedic stunts on JONAH frustrating him. It was a way of neutralizing JONAH’s power.
B Block: Taichi upset Tomorhiro Ishii. Taichi used his speed to confound Ishii trying to do his normal chops and strong style kicks.
C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. beat KENTA. This match was everything it was supposed to be. It really should have been the main event. KENTA took over this match and really beat on Sabre Jr. However, he started his typical showing off and pulling Zack Sabre Jr. up by the hair on a two count. So, as he was going to pull off the win Sabre Jr. countered his move and submitted KENTA for the victory. Match of the Night and so far of the tournament.
D Block: Juice Robinson beat Shingo Takagi. You can really see NJPW is pushing Juice Robinson in his new character. It is really hitting with me. I love it. Shingo is showing his age, I believe. He appears to be a step slower, but it may just have been Juice. I look forward to seeing what Juice Robinson does in this stacked up D Block.
Is G1 Tournament Fatigue Real?
Ok, I must admit that getting up on Wednesday morning is probably not going to be as easy as it was getting up on Saturday and Sunday. I’m sure that I will be dragging the whole day. Many fans are telling me that I have it easy the first week or two because they aren’t doing as many during the weeks early shows. Well, I’m thankful. I’m not going to complain about not having two or three of these at all.
Day 3: Wednesday (5:30am EST) in Miyagi at Xebio Arena Sendai
As I was looking at this card, my first thought was WHO? And then my next thought was they are giving us this on a workday? This card is one of them I was talking about in the overall preview of the G1 Tournament. Some days aren’t as spectacular as others especially when you compare it to this past weekend’s card. Ugh. Going to be hard to get through this one today. Remember to view at www.NJPWWorld.com. It’s $7.62 to view July’s events and another $7.62 to view August’s events. However, the plus is that you can watch other things on their site like NJPW Strong which is really good.
The schedule card today contains:
D Block: David Finlay vs Yujiro Takahashi
I have to be super honest with you. I’m soooo excited to watch David Finlay. The other 29 year olds, Will Ospreay and Aaron Henare, in this G1 Tournament have already make big names for themselves and it’s time for Finlay to do it. David Finlay was recently a part of the tag team FinJuice with Juice Robinson. They held the IWGP Tag Team Championships and took the Impact Tag Team Championship from Bullet Club members, The Good Brothers. However, Juice Robinson is doing things his own way now. So it’s time to see it out of David Finlay. He is so quick and exciting that I hope we are able to see him dominate this match.
I’m not as familiar with Yujiro Takahashi. He is entering his 3rd G1 Climax Tournament. He has never been a real player in any block like I said I’ve never heard too much about him. He is a Bullet Club member and is considered to be very loyal to them. So, Yujiro is supposed to make others is D Block have to work to beat him and aggravate injuries for BC to win.
B Block: Tama Tonga vs Chase Owens
Tama Tonga is in a major storyline with Jay White dealing with White kicking Tonga out of the Bullet Club. Tama was a founding member of the Bullet Club and is very angry about it. It is probably his last time being a true player to win a block also. He’s 40 years old. So, the storyline starts here with Chase Owens because he is not only his first opponent, but also a member of the Bullet Club that Tama counted on. Chase Owens didn’t leave and has stayed loyal to the BC. I have always thought of Owens as a tag team player, not as a singles wrestler that is a threat.
A Block: Lance Archer vs Bad Luck Fale
AEW’s Lance Archer is a monster when he wants to be. Last night in the tag teams on the undercard, Archer didn’t play nice against Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens. Archer didn’t want to tag his partner into the match and tried to destroy Fale. It was a definite sign of what is to come tonight. For his part, Bad Luck Fale didn’t back down last night. He stood up to Lance Archer and let him know that he wasn’t going to give up. No matter what Archer did Fale got up and got back in the ring.
C Block: Hirooki Goto vs Tetsuya Naito
I can’t believe this is the main event tonight. However, my friends who watch NJPW on regular basis tell me that I will enjoy this match. I’m not so sure. Naito is a legend who is getting older, and they have stated already that he is not going to be in another tournament. He can still look great in a match. Hirooki Goto just was in the match with Tanahashi for a chance at the Interim AEW World Championship and he lost. It was a good match, but no one seriously thought he had even a small chance at beating Tanahashi. Goto again has never really been a prime-time player, so I’m looking forward to seeing if he can be.
There is tonight’s preview so I’m looking forward to seeing if this is a bad as I’m picturing it. I haven’t looked ahead too much and broken down what we will be seeing in the future. I hope there isn’t any other nights like this. However, both you and I know there is. Have fun tonight. I know I will.
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