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#1 superkix

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Posted 06 October 2016 - 04:08 PM

Assuming CM Punk takes his MMA experience(s) and runs off to Japan for one last pro wrestling hurrah/NJPW dream fulfillment.

 

                       

 

Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has been trolling internet fans for weeks with subliminal tweets regarding a potential return to professional wrestling. For the past year, Brooks has been involved in the amateur MMA circuit, having lost his second fight in UFC. His record now stands at 2-4. With many taking Punk’s tweets with a grain of salt, no one quite knew what to expect when he revealed he would be making a major announcement concerning his future.

 

Meanwhile, in Tokyo, New Japan Pro-Wrestling held a live press conference before their annual G1 Climax tournament. NJPW President Katsuhiko Harada laid out the basic logistics of the tournament, which will include twenty participants in two separate blocks -- Block A and Block B. Assuming the usual suspects would be involved, Harada confirmed the return of Jay White to the promotion to partake in the tournament, as well as confirming former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, KUSHIDA.

 

In closing, Harada made a shocking revelation by inviting CM Punk to take the podium and address the press. Those in attendance weren’t quite sure how to react. Punk said that he is a firm believer that dreams can become reality. He had a dream of competing in the UFC and he realized that dream, even if it meant getting his ass kicked twice. Stepping away from the spotlight of “sports entertainment” was an easy decision but inside his chest beats the heart of a professional wrestler. Throughout his career, he had another dream: to compete in New Japan’s G1 Climax. To wrestle for one of the most prestigious companies in the world, where he can be respected not for his “pipe bombs” but for his in-ring abilities.

 

Punk announced that he would be returning to professional wrestling to take part in the 27th annual G1 Climax. He said he will meld the experience gained from his years of MMA training with his pro wrestling background in order to compete at the highest level possible. He thanked President Harada for giving him the opportunity to fulfill another dream and asked the Japanese fans for their support heading into the tournament. He concluded by saying that his experiences in MMA have humbled him and opened his eyes to what it truly means to having a “burning spirit”.



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Posted 07 October 2016 - 12:37 PM

In this hypothetical world, Bullet Club has dissolved, Adam Cole is in NXT/WWE, Kenny Omega is back to being an uber-babyface, Hirooki Goto has turned on CHAOS and joined Los Ingobernables, Kojima wants one more G1 Climax appearance, and Nakajima is the GHC Heavyweight Champion representing NOAH.

 

New Japan have announced the blocks for this year's G1 Climax tournament. The prestigious annual event will be taking place from July 17th to August 13th. 

 

Block A

 

Kazuchika Okada

GOTO

Katsuyori Shibata

Tomohiro Ishii

Michael Elgin

EVIL

Satoshi Kojima

Kyle O’Reilly

Tomoaki Honma

Katsuhiko Nakajima noah.jpg

 

 

Block B

 

CM Punk

Kenny Omega

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Tetsuya Naito

Yuji Nagata

SANADA

KUSHIDA

Jay White

Togi Makabe

YOSHI-HASHI



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 02:24 PM

I'm just booking the tournament matches, not the undercards. Also, for reference here is a list of the current champions as of July 1, 2017:

 

IWGP Heavyweight Champion: Tetsuya Naito

IWGP Intercontinental Title: KUSHIDA

NEVER Champion: GOTO

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Will Ospreay

IWGP Tag Team Titles: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin 

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Titles: Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/17/17)

Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomoaki Honma

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Kyle O’Reilly vs. EVIL

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Michael Elgin

9. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/21/17)

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. YOSHI-HASHI

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe vs. Jay White

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. SANADA

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. KUSHIDA

9. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/22/17)

Machida Municipal Gymnasium

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Tomoaki Honma

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin vs. Satoshi Kojima

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii vs. EVIL

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. GOTO

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/23/17)

Fukushima Big Palette

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. Togi Makabe

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. YOSHI-HASHI

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White

8. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. SANADA

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. KUSHIDA

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/24/17)

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

7. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. Tomoaki Honma

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kyle O’Reilly

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/26/17)

Nagano Big Hat

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. Yuji Nagata

6. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA vs. Togi Makabe

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. YOSHI-HASHI

8. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA vs. Jay White

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/27/17)

Tokorozawa Citizen Gymnasium

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin vs. EVIL

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma

7. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. Kyle O’Reilly

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Satoshi Kojima

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/29/17)

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA vs. YOSHI-HASHI

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Togi Makabe

7. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. Jay White

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KUSHIDA

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/30/17)

Gifu Industrial Hall

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

6. G1 Climax – Block A: EVIL vs. Tomoaki Honma

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kyle O’Reilly

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Michael Elgin

9. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. Tomohiro Ishii

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/31/17)

Takamatsu City General Gymnasium

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. KUSHIDA

6. G1 Climax – Block B: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Jay White

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. SANADA

9. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. Tetsuya Naito

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/2/17)

Kagoshima Arena

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: EVIL vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin vs. Tomoaki Honma

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kyle O’Reilly

8. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. Satoshi Kojima

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/3/17)

Fukuoka Citizen Gymnasium

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Yuji Nagata

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White

7. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA vs. YOSHI-HASHI

8. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. Togi Makabe

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/5/17)

Osaka Edion Arena

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. EVIL

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomoaki Honma

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O’Reilly

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

9. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. Katsuyori Shibata

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/6/17)

Shizuoka Act City

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe vs. KUSHIDA

6. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. YOSHI-HASHI

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega vs. Jay White

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/7/17)

Yolohama Cultural Gymnasium

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin vs. GOTO

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. Kyle O’Reilly

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. EVIL

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/9/17)

Yamagata City General Sports Center

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA vs. SANADA

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Jay White

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe vs. YOSHI-HASHI

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

9. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. Kenny Omega

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/11/17)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomoaki Honma

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima

7. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO vs. EVIL

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/12/17)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe vs. Yuji Nagata

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Jay White vs. SANADA

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI

8. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk vs. KUSHIDA

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/13/17)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

 

1. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles: Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta © vs. Jado & Gedo

2. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Will Ospreay © vs. KAMAITACHI

3. G1 Climax - Final: Winner of Block A vs. Winner of Block B



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 02:58 PM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/17/17)

Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center

5,538 Fans - Super No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [2] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (10:22) with the PK. 

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [2] beat Kazuchika Okada [0] (15:50) with the Koji Cutter.

7. G1 Climax – Block A: EVIL [2] beat Kyle O'Reilly [0] (11:12) with the EVIL. 

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [2] beat Michael Elgin [12:37) with the brainbuster.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO [2] beat Katsuhiko Nakajima [0] (16:43) with the GO TO HELL. 

 

Notes:

- Kojima vs. Okada was the match of the night, as Kojima had the crowd in his corner. 

- GOTO's new finish, the GO TO HELL, is a modified version of the wrist-clutch Olympic Slam he once used. 

 

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/21/17)

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1,740 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega [2] beat YOSHI-HASHI [0] (9:32) with the One-Winged Angel.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe [2] beat Jay White [0] (8:46) with the King Kong Knee Drop.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA [2] beat Yuji Nagata [0] (12:29) with the Skull End. 

8. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA [2] beat Tetsuya Naito [0] (16:14) with the Shelley Clutch. 

9. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [2] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [0] (18:50) with an arm triangle choke. 

 

Notes: 

- Both KUSHIDA/Naito and Punk/Tanahashi were very good. Punk worked an aggressive style against Tanahashi, utilizing a lot more strikes and submissions to try and overwhelm the flashier former ace. 



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 06:16 PM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/22/17)

Machida Municipal Gymnasium

4,632 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Kyle O’Reilly [2] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (11:07) with the cross armbreaker.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [4] beat Katsuhiko Nakajima [0] (17:30) with a sleeper hold.

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin [2] beat Satoshi Kojima [2] (10:39) with the Elgin Bomb

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [4] beat EVIL [2] (12:45) with a brainbuster.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada [2] beat GOTO [2] (16:20) with the Rainmaker.

 

Notes:

- Solid show from top to bottom, with the weakest being Elgin/Kojima. Shibata/Nakajima and Ishii/EVIL were as hard-hitting as you would expect, while the Okada/GOTO match was an emotional encounter and the first singles match between the two since GOTO turned on CHAOS. 

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/23/17)

Fukushima Big Palette

2,500 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [2] beat Togi Makabe [2] (10:34) with the Destino.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata [2] beat YOSHI-HASHI [0] (8:26) with a backdrop hold.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi [2] beat Jay White [0] (9:14) with the High Fly Flow.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [4] beat SANADA [2] (14:56) with the GTS.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega [3] vs. KUSHIDA [3] – Time Limit Draw (30:00)

 

Notes:

- KUSHIDA/Omega tore the house down in an over-the-top spectacle, which saw KUSHIDA finally get Omega in the Hoverboard Lock just as the time limit expired. 

 



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NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/24/17)

Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1,735 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [4] beat Tomohiro Ishii [4] (14:50) with a lariat.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima [2] beat Michael Elgin [2] with a brainbuster

7. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO [4] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (11:27) with the GO TO HELL.

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada [4] beat EVIL [2] (12:19) with the Rainmaker.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [6] beat Kyle O’Reilly [2] (18:34) with the PK.

 

Notes:

- Kojima busted open Ishii hardway with an elbow to the nose. Really hard-hitting match.

- Shibata and O'Reilly put on a really competitive match that many considered the match of the night. 

 

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/26/17)

Nagano Big Hat

1,750 Fans - No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [6] beat Yuji Nagata [2] (14:07) with the arm triangle choke.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA [4] beat Togi Makabe [2] (8:50) with a moonsault press.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [4] beat YOSHI-HASHI [0] (10:23) with the Destino.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA [5] beat Jay White [0] (12:39) with the Hoverboard Lock.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] beat Kenny Omega [3] (17:22) with the High Fly Flow.

 

Notes:

- Yuji Nagata gave it his all against Punk, trying to school him in the grappling department and coming at him hard with his strikes. Punk was on the defense for much of the match.

- Jay White had his best match of the tournament thus far but still could not defeat KUSHIDA, who worked the arm throughout and got the submission win.



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Posted 12 October 2016 - 06:49 PM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/27/17)

Tokorozawa Citizen Gymnasium

1,525 Fans

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: EVIL [4] beat Michael Elgin [2] (11:28) with the EVIL.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [6] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (10:50) with a brainbuster

7. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO [6] beat Kyle O'Reilly [2] (12:17) with the GO TO HELL.

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [8] beat Satoshi Kojima [4] (16:32) with the PK.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima [4] beat Kazuchika Okada [4] (17:22) with a high kick.

 

Notes:

- Once again, Shibata/Kojima delivered, with a spirited performance from Kojima. Tenzan cried after the match.

-  Nakajima heeled it up for the New Japan crowd and got the upset victory over Okada after countering a Rainmaker attempt with a vicious high kick to the head.

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/29/17)

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

5,550 Fans - Super No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: YOSHI-HASHI [2] beat SANADA [4] (13:19) with the butterfly lock.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega [5] beat Togi Makabe [2] (10:21) with a school boy.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [8] beat Jay White [0] (9:26) with the GTS.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [6] beat Yuji Nagata [2] (12:35) with the Destino.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA [7] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] (18:43) with the Hoverboard Lock.

 

Notes:

- YOSHI-HASHI was immediately jumped by BUSHI and KAMAITACHI after his "fluke" win over SANADA.

- KUSHIDA continues his impressive run with a big win over Tanahashi, in a match where he destroyed the veteran's arm to set up the submission finish.



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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:06 AM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/30/17)
Gifu Industrial Hall
2,585 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
 
5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [6] beat Katsuhiko Nakajima [4] (14:54) with a lariat.
6. G1 Climax – Block A: EVIL [6] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (9:22) with the EVIL.
7. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada [6] beat Kyle O’Reilly [2] (11:38) with the Rainmaker.
8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [10] beat Michael Elgin [2] (12:51) with the PK.
9. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [8] beat GOTO [6] (18:02) with a brainbuster.
 
Notes:
- Kojima continues his emotional run with a big win over Nakajima following a nasty lariat. He told the fans after the match that he won't let the pillars of New Japan crumble and fall.
- Shibata is still undefeated in the tournament, saying post-match that he wouldn't stop his hunt until he had Naito in his crosshairs. 
 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (7/31/17)

Takamatsu City General Gymnasium

2,150 Fans

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata [4] beat KUSHIDA [7] (13:07) with a backdrop hold.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Jay White [2] beat YOSHI-HASHI [2] (10:18) with the Kiwi Driver.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi [6] beat Togi Makabe [2] (12:34) with a cloverleaf hold.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega [7] beat SANADA [4] (14:20) with the One-Winged Angel.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [8] beat CM Punk [8] (18:49) with the Destino.

 

Notes:

- Lots of big news coming off the show, with Nagata "upsetting" KUSHIDA in the opening match and Jay White picking up his first win over YOSHI-HASHI. The undefeated CM Punk suffered his first defeat at the hands of IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Tetsuya Naito, who needed a little Los Ingobernables shenanigans to turn the tide in his favor. 

 

Current Standings

 

A Block

1. Katsuyori Shibata [10]

2. Tomohiro Ishii [8]

3. Satoshi Kojima [6]

- Kazuchika Okada [6]

- EVIL [6]

- GOTO [6]

4. Katsuhiko Nakajima [4]

5. Michael Elgin [2]

- Kyle O'Reilly [2]

6. Tomoaki Honma [0]

 

B Block

1. Tetsuya Naito [8]

- CM Punk [8]

2. KUSHIDA [7]

- Kenny Omega [7]

3. Hiroshi Tanahashi [6]

4. Yuji Nagata [4]

- SANADA [4]

5. Togi Makabe [2]

- YOSHI-HASHI [2]

- Jay White [2]



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Posted 14 October 2016 - 09:37 AM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/2/17)

Kagoshima Arena

3,275 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima [6] beat EVIL [6] (12:09) with a high kick.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin [4] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (8:26) with the Elgin Bomb.

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [10] beat Kyle O’Reilly [2] (11:31) with a brainbuster.

8. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO [8] beat Satoshi Kojima [6] (13:12) with the Shouten Kai.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada [8] beat Katsuyori Shibata [10] (18:47) with the Rainmaker.

 

Notes:

- Nakajima was attacked by SANADA after his match with EVIL. 

- Tomohiro Ishii is now tied with Shibata, who suffered his first loss in the tournament to Kazuchika Okada in the match of the night. Both Okada and GOTO are right on their heels.

 

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/3/17)

Fukuoka Citizen Gymnasium

2,612 Fans – Super No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega [9] beat Yuji Nagata [4] (12:08) with the V-Trigger.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [10] beat Jay White [2] (9:21) with the Destino.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA [9] beat YOSHI-HASHI [2] (8:34) with the Hoverboard Lock.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [10] beat Togi Makabe [2] (11:59) with the arm triangle choke.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi [8] beat SANADA [4] (16:12) with the cloverleaf hold.

 

Notes:

- Easily the weakest night for Block B thus far in the tournament, with the highlight being Tanahashi/SANADA in a spotty "ace" style match or depending on tastes, KUSHIDA/YOSHI-HASHI for it's go-go-go action.

 

Current Standings

 

A Block

1. Katsuyori Shibata [10]

- Tomohiro Ishii [10]

2. Kazuchika Okada [8]

- GOTO [8]

3. Katsuhiko Nakajima [6]

- Satoshi Kojima [6]

- EVIL [6]

4. Michael Elgin [4]

5. Kyle O'Reilly [2]

6. Tomoaki Honma [0]

 

B Block

1. Tetsuya Naito [10]

- CM Punk [10]

2. KUSHIDA [9]

- Kenny Omega [9]

3. Hiroshi Tanahashi [8]

4. Yuji Nagata [4]

- SANADA [4]

5. Togi Makabe [2]

- YOSHI-HASHI [2]

- Jay White [2]

 


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 04:58 PM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/5/17)

Osaka Edion Arena

5,275 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [8] beat EVIL [6] (10:32) with the Koji Cutter.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada [10] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (8:41) with the Rainmaker.

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Kyle O’Reilly [4] beat Michael Elgin [4] (14:56) with the cross armbreaker.

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima [8] beat Tomohiro Ishii [10] (12:32) with a top-rope brainbuster.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [12] beat GOTO [8] (17:32) with the PK.

 

Notes:

- Nakajima/Ishii was the match of the night, possibly of the tournament so far depending on who you ask. Nakajima was clearly the heel of this but still fought back to win in grand style.

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/6/17)

Shizuoka Act City

3,200 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: KUSHIDA [11] beat Togi Makabe [2] (10:13) with the Midnight Express.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [12] beat YOSHI-HASHI [2] (9:16) with the GTS.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Kenny Omega [11] beat Jay White [2] (11:32) with the One-Winged Angel.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA [6] beat Tetsuya Naito [10] (5:03) with a Destino Cutback-Cradle.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata [6] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [8] (17:24) with a backdrop hold.

 

Notes:

- Tetsuya Naito's G1 hopes may have been crushed as SANADA scored the upset victory when he countered the Destino attempt. Naito slapped him after the match. 

- Nagata also scored a big win over Tanahashi with the crowd cheering him on. The two embraced after the match. 

 

Current Standings

 

A Block

1. Katsuyori Shibata [12]

2 Tomohiro Ishii [10]

- Kazuchika Okada [10]

3. Katsuhiko Nakajima [8]

- GOTO [8]

- Satoshi Kojima [8]

- EVIL [6]

4. Michael Elgin [4]

- Kyle O'Reilly [4]

5. Tomoaki Honma [0]

 

B Block

1. CM Punk [12]

2. KUSHIDA [11]

- Kenny Omega [11]

3. Tetsuya Naito [10]

4. Hiroshi Tanahashi [8]

5. Yuji Nagata [6]

- SANADA [6]

6. Togi Makabe [2]

- YOSHI-HASHI [2]

- Jay White [2]



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Posted 16 October 2016 - 03:29 PM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/7/17)

Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium

4,120 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Michael Elgin [6] beat GOTO [8] (11:57) with the Elgin Bomb.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuhiko Nakajima [10] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (9:23) with a ankle hold.

7. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [10] beat Kyle O’Reilly [4] (10:42) with a lariat.

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [14] beat EVIL [6] (14:11) with the PK.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: Kazuchika Okada [12] beat Tomohiro Ishii [10] (16:38) with the Rainmaker.

 

Notes:

- A solid night from top to bottom, with Okada/Ishii again wow'ing. Okada could make it to the finals if Shibata loses on 8/11, having a win over Shibata already. 

 

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/9/17)

Yamagata City General Sports Center

2,210 Fans – No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA [8] beat KUSHIDA [11] (14:23) with the Skull End.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata [8] beat Jay White [2] (9:56) with the backdrop hold.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe [4] beat YOSHI-HASHI [2] (8:45) with the King Kong Lariat.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [12] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [8] (15:43) with the Destino.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [14] beat Kenny Omega [11] (18:12) with the GTS. 

 

Notes:

SANADA's big win upsets KUSHIDA's chance at reaching the finals.

- The main event was something else, with Omega being forced to work Punk's style. Punk's hard-fought victory almost seals the deal for him, although he has to get past KUSHIDA on 8/12.

 

 

Current Standings

 

A Block

1. Katsuyori Shibata [14]

2. Kazuchika Okada [12]

3. Tomohiro Ishii [10]

- Katsuhiko Nakajima [10]

- Satoshi Kojima [10]

4. GOTO [8]

5. EVIL [6]

- Michael Elgin [6]

6. Kyle O'Reilly [4]

7. Tomoaki Honma [0]

 

B Block

1. CM Punk [14]

2. Tetsuya Naito [12]

3. KUSHIDA [11]

- Kenny Omega [11]

4. SANADA [8]

- Hiroshi Tanahashi [8]

- Yuji Nagata [8]

5. Togi Makabe [4]

6. YOSHI-HASHI [2]

- Jay White [2]



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:38 PM

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/11/17)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

6,600 Fans – No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block A: Katsuyori Shibata [16] beat Tomoaki Honma [0] (8:22) with the PK.

6. G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima [12] beat Kazuchika Okada [12] (15:50) with the Koji Cutter.

7. G1 Climax – Block A: EVIL [8] beat Kyle O’Reilly [4] (11:12) with the EVIL.

8. G1 Climax – Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [12] beat Michael Elgin [6] (12:37) with the brainbuster.

9. G1 Climax – Block A: GOTO [10] beat Katsuhiko Nakajima [10] (16:42) with the Shoryu Kekkai.

 

Notes:

- Katsuyori Shibata secures his place in the G1 Climax Final after a quick victory over the winless Tomoaki Honma.

- Kojima's feel good G1 run ended today with a huge win over Kazcuhika Okada. He thanked the fans for their support.

- After GOTO defeated Nakajima, he challenged Nakajima to a GHC Heavyweight Title match.

 

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/12/17)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

7,480 Fans – Super No Vacancy

 

5. G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata [10] beat Togi Makabe [4] (10:10) with the backdrop hold.

6. G1 Climax – Block B: SANADA [10] beat Jay White [2] (8:34) with the Skull End.

7. G1 Climax – Block B: Hiroshi Tanahashi [10] beat YOSHI-HASHI [2] (9:23) with the High Fly Flow.

8. G1 Climax – Block B: CM Punk [16] beat KUSHIDA [11] (17:46) with the arm triangle choke.

9. G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito [14] beat Kenny Omega [11] (16:59) with the Destino.

 

Notes:

- CM Punk beat KUSHIDA in impressive fashion, earning his place in the final against Shibata. KUSHIDA had the support of the fans and at one point, had Punk in the Hoverboard Lock.

- Naito/Omega may not have put on the all-out spectacle from the year before but it was a much tighter match in terms of progression. 

 

 

Here's the final card (well, the important matches at least).

 

NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/13/17)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

 

6. IWGP Jr. Tag Team Titles: Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta © vs. Jado & Gedo

7. GHC Heavyweight Title Prelude: Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki vs. GOTO & EVIL

8. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Will Ospreay vs. KAMAITACHI

9. G1 Climax – Final: Katsuyori Shibata vs. CM Punk

 



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 09:25 AM

Well, we've reached the finish line and in the end, I felt the biggest challenge to Punk was Katsuyori Shibata. Punk trying to tap into his MMA wellspring to try and defeat the more experienced fighter but one mistake cost Punk the match, as Shibata was able to secure the choke sleeper for the submission. A well-deserved victory for a guy who has really busted his ass for New Japan since returning. A loss for Punk doesn't hurt him in the long run but helps cement Shibata as a top guy. 
 
 
NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 27" (8/13/17)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
10,210 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House
 
6. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles: Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta beat Jado & Gedo (14:38) when Baretta used the Dudebuster on Gedo.
7. GHC Heavyweight Title Prelude: GOTO & EVIL beat Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (12:50) when GOTO used to the GO TO HELL on Shiozaki.
8. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: KAMAITACHI beat Will Ospreay © (17:21) with the Mexican Destroyer to become the 77th champion.
9. G1 Climax - Final: Katsuyori Shibata beat CM Punk (21:42) with a choke sleeper to win G1 Climax 27.





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