NJPW: G1 Climax Day 12 Review

We’re deep into the tournament now and Jon Moxley is on the warpath as he goes into night 11 undefeated but has to come up against the perennial spoiler Toru Yano.  Once again I’m going to skip the undercard because no one cares at this stage who did or didn’t pin Chase Owens.

Jeff Cobb vs Shingo Takagi

Once they stopped focusing on Cobb’s knee this turned into some decent big boy action.  Takagi had his moments where he looked great by lifting Cobb for last of the dragon but in the end Cobb came away with the win after Tour Of The Islands.  Good match

Winner: Jeff Cobb Rating: 6 out of 10

 

Jon Moxley vs Toru Yano

New Japan’s deep layered storytelling was on full display here as Toru Yano owed Moxley a DVD.  Moxley was annoyed at not getting his DVD and Yano used that aggression to his advantage.  Yano pulled out every trick in the book to avoid Moxley’s aggression and in the end won the match by countout when he taped Moxley and Shota Umino together.  Wrestling has peaked

Winner: Toru Tano Rating: 10 out of 10

Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson

This started well with both of them playing mind games and copying each others taunts.  There wasn’t much to the actual match though, it was kind of sloppy at times and they were mostly just running through moves.  It was ok but nothing to go out of your way to see.  Naito wins with Destino to keep his G1 hopes alive

Winner: Tetsuya Naito Rating: 5 out of 10

Jay White vs Taichi

Bullet Club is bad, it’s members are bad.  Taichi saved this match but he’s also guilty of pulling some BS.  Jay White wins with Blade Runner, skip this.

Winner: Jay White Rating: 2 out of 10

 

Tomohiro Ishii vs Hirooki Goto

You all know what to expect from this one.  Goto and Ishii went at it like 2 bulls from the word go.  Hard shots aplenty and all the usual Ishii goodness from this one that you could want.  Goto wins with the GTR after a hard-fought battle.

Winner: Hirooki Goto Rating: 7 out of 10

Standings

A Block

Kazuchika Okada – 12 pts

Kota Ibushi – 18 pts

Hiroshi Tanahashi – 8 pts

KENTA – 8 pts

EVIL – 6 pts

Zack Sabre Jr. – 4 pts

SANADA – 4 pts

Lance Archer – 4 pts

Will Ospreay – 4 pts

Bad Luck Fale – 4 pts

B Block

Jon Moxley – 10 Points

Jeff Cobb – 6 Points

Toru Yano – 6 Points

Jay White – 6 Points

Tomohiro Ishii – 6 Points

Hirooki Goto – 6 Points

Tetsuya Naito – 6 Points

Juice Robinson  – 6 Points

Shingo Takagi – 4 Points

Taichi – 4 Points

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