July 23rd: NJPW G1 Day 4 Preview and Wednesday’s Matches

Let’s Discuss Night Four

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 32 Tournament Day 4 was ok. Here are the results:

A Block: Bad Luck Fale beats Lance Archer by 20-second Countout. This match took place as much out of the ring as much as they were in the ring. Both started with a test of strength and then shoulder tackles before Bad Luck Fale took over for a bit Fale set up two chairs and then body slammed Archer into the chairs. Not sure why it wasn’t a DQ, but they let them continue. Lance Archer finally ran Fale into the barricades and started to get back in it. He did a cross body to Fale which was incredible for a man of his size and then he walked the top rope. When Bad Luck Fale did take back over, he made Archer pay on the outside by slamming him into barricades, the apron, and chairs that were set up until Lance Archer couldn’t get back into the ring by the 20 count.

B Block: Tama Tonga beats Chase Owens. Chase Owens started out this match rolling out of the ring, but then Tama wouldn’t let him back in. So Tama started out controlling the match until Chase superkicked Tama’s brother ringside. Tama went out of the ring to check on him. This allowed Chase Owens to take over the match including doing some high-flying maneuvers off the top rope which Tama eventually caught him in. 

No one could tell me why Tama hadn’t made it to American wrestling. Now I know why. He isn’t that great. He tries to take bumps before he’s actually hit or close enough to be hit. When he was pushed off the apron, his hands hit the apron making the noise light years before his head was close to the apron. His stuff just doesn’t look real. If you are 40 years old and still can’t do simple things like that then you don’t deserve to be in WWE or AEW.

C Block: Hirooki Goto beats Tetsuya Naito. Naito has a crazy entrance that the crowd seems to enjoy. He comes into the ring with a long dress blazer and dress pants. Naito then puts on a ball cap…for what? I have no clue. I guess there’s some reason. Goto quickly started the match, but after that, it was a fast back and forth match. However, I was really bored with it. I couldn’t stay focused on them because there wasn’t much excitement, and it wasn’t that hard-hitting. Both of them acted like they were worn out most of the match and couldn’t get up. Goto, thankfully, hit his finisher to end it. Then Naito fell down on his way back up the ramp and young boys had to help him get back up. Goto then spoke to the audience as is custom to thank them and pump up them for the next set of matches. Then he collapsed for a minute in the ring before rolling out and holding up his championship to the crowd then he also had to take a break going up the ramp. However, his walking stick helped him get back up the ramp.

D Block: Yujiro Takahashi beats David Finlay with help from SHO. This is the kind of match that is supposed to irk you as a fan. The obvious babyface, Finlay is supposed to get screwed over by SHO from the House of Pain but come back and overcome the 2-on-1 situation. That’s the typical babyface story. Not this time. The antics of SHO helped Yujiro beat David Finlay and put him at 0–1 starting this tournament off.

Is G1 Tournament Fatigue Real?

Ok, I must admit that I didn’t make it on Saturday morning. After working then watching Smackdown, watching AEW Rampage, and talking about Vince McMahon’s retirement, I just couldn’t stay up until 5:30am this morning to watch it live. I decided that I’m going to try out their video-on-demand feature at www.NJPWWorld.com. I wanted to see if it was the same in English show or if they cut things out. So, I would say it’s not always G1 Tournament Fatigue that gets you. It’s wrestling fatigue that gets you. You can only watch so many hours of wrestling during the day. 

Day 4: Saturday (5:30am EST) in Tokyo in Ota City General Gym

As I was looking at this card, I thought hmm…we have some good matchups here tonight. I think Zach Sabre Jr. against Aaron Henare is going to be a good one. I don’t know about HASHI vs Takagi match and the Okada vs Yano match at all. They may be boring. Then the White vs Ishii match should be good too. I’m predicting Sabre Jr. and Henare for the match of the night though. Maybe it’s my love of Sabre Jr.’s different submissions and how quick he is with them. 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 scheduled card contains:

C Block: Zach Sabre Jr. vs Aaron Henare

I’m seriously looking forward to this match. I love Zach Sabre Jr. and wish he would come to the States to wrestle so I could see him more often. He truly is the submission master after Bryan Danielson. I would have loved to have seen the match between them and hopefully, soon we will. This match has the capability to be the match of the night. I was shocked by Aaron Henare’s victory over Tanahashi, but was excited just watching it. So yes, he has a serious chance to upset Zach Sabre Jr. I think that we will see Henare beating on him continuously until Sabre Jr. catches him off guard.

D Block: YOSHI-HASHI vs Shingo Takagi

I have seen both wrestle but have never been truly impressed with either of them. Yes, I know so many of you are with Shingo because of his run as champion, but I feel like he has no personality in his wrestling or his promos. It’s like he stays too calm for me. Almost giving off an I don’t care vibe. YOSHI-HASHI to me feels like a young wrestler with all the energy and excitement he shows. However, he’s 40 years old and on his downside, so I feel like he can’t be winning this. I look for Shingo to take this and get on the winning side after his loss to Juice Robinson.

A Block: Kazuchika Okada vs Toru Yano

Okada vs Yano makes me think automatically that it should be a fun match, but very quickly. Then I remember that nothing is quick in Japanese wrestling. I keep forgetting that. So, I guess we will see the tricks of the comedic wrestling from Yano, but I expect Okada to make him straighten up and do some serious wrestling also. If it’s going to be a long one, then I hope it is a good one. 

B Block: Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White

I understand with the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Jay White, and an ex-champion, Tomohiro Ishii being the main event over Sabre Jr. and Henare match. So, they really need to put on a show for me. However, I’m one that doesn’t really get into Ishii’s style. I don’t want to see the Switchblade trading chops with Ishii. I think that would be stupid. Jay White’s character should be smarter than that. But every time I saw Ishii wrestle in America, he pulled someone into a chopfest. While it’s hard for me to think they will allow Ishii to become 0–2, I can’t see Jay White losing this match unless they want to give him a shocking loss going into the match against Tama Tonga. It would also give Ishii and White an automatic re-match sometime between August and January. 

There is tonight’s preview so I’m not looking forward to it because of tonight’s schedule. 

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