We move on to day four of Block A, day eleven overall, of one of the best wrestling tournaments in the world. We have one inter-faction match between Yujiro Takahashi and Jay White, as well as one of possibly the hardest hitting matches you’ll see all-tournament in Kota Ibushi vs Minoru Suzuki.
Get ready for some of the best high quality matches you will see all autumn. The A Block is stacked this year but after today the top four are very interesting, but there is still so much to play for going into the last few matches of the G1.
Jeff Cobb vs Tomohiro Ishii
This match is really about two guys who just love the art of wrestling, who are both tough and when knocked down get right back up. The two of them begin the match trading forearms and chops, with Ishii proving he is the more powerful of the two, each time knocking Cobb down. Cobb is a resilient competitor and hits Ishii with a Capture Suplex that throws him halfway across the ring.
The two of them begin jockeying for position, each having the same idea but Ishii is triumphant in hitting the Delayed Vertical Suplex before backing Cobb up to the ropes and chopping him. Cobb ready to prove his worth shouts ‘come on’ only for Ishii’s chops and forearms to become more vicious as Cobb crumples to the floor. These two competitors start hitting huge power moves, showing off why they are both considered masters of the Suplex, each one being completely different to the next. Cobb hits a Bridging Triple rolling Gutwrench Suplex only for Ishii to kick out and for Cobb to follow up with a Slamfest (Standing moonsault followed by a standing shooting star press). He then goes for A Tour Of The Islands but Ishii wriggles out and hits an Enzuigiri.
Ishii goes for the Sliding Lariat but is halted when Cobb hits with a Dragon Suplex, only for Ishii to follow up with a huge Running Lariat, turning Cobb inside out.
Ishii attempts the Brainbuster but Cobb reverses with a Popup Powerbomb followed by A Tour Of The Islands, Jeff Cobb pins Tomohiro Ishii after a hard fought battle.
Jeff Cobb picks up two points via Pinfall.
Yujiro Takahashi vs Jay White
Jay White makes his entrance wearing a t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms, and red trainers; he is accompanied as always by Gado. Along with Yujiro the three Bullet Club members ‘too sweet’ in the middle of the ring, this is a huge difference to the start of Kenta vs EVIL from the B Block earlier in the tournament.
Yujiro lays down in the middle of the ring for Jay White, he is messing around with the referee acting like he’s not ready to just pin Yujiro who only kicks out at the last second. Jay makes a second attempt but Yujiro kicks out trying to roll up White twice, it seems Yujiro is not playing around anymore hitting him with a Lartet and a Suplex trying for another roll up.
Yujiro low blows White and rolls him up then hits him with Miami Shine (Fireman’s Carry Swinging Side Slam) but White kicks out. Jay thought this was going to be an easy match but his faction brother decides that’s not the kind of match he wants. Gado distracts the ref giving White the opportunity to hit a low blow, following this up with the Bladerunner and getting the pin. This results in Jay White being the first in A Block to make it to 10 points. According to Chris Charlton, Yujiro is the first person, since Yuji Nagata in 2017, to go 0-7 in the G1.
After the conclusion of the match White is angry and gets into the ring with a chair ready to beat Yujiro but is stopped by Gedo.
Jay White picks up two points via Pinfall.
Will Ospreay vs Taichi
This match starts with a lockup, Ospreay taking Taichi to the ropes several times, Taichi is acting cool and calm as if trying to get in Ospreay’s head. Taichi goes to the outside; Ospreay tries to attack Taichi, only to be hit in the ribs with the bell hammer Taichi has pilfered, he then attempts to strangle Ospreay with it.
The two head back to the ring and now Taichi is punishing Ospreay’s neck, with kicks and Chokeslam’s. Ospreay dominates the next part of the match only for Taichi to make a huge comeback, attempting a Black Mephisto from the top rope only for Ospreay to wriggle out and hit a Cheeky Nandos
Taichi hits Ospreay with a Hidden Blade and then a Last Ride for a nearfall. Ospreay attempts the OsCutter only for Taichi to kick him out of the air. The two attempt their finishers but it’s no use, the two of them, have each other’s numbers. Ospreay just managed to pull out a win against Taichi by hitting the Hidden Blade, followed with a Stormbreaker.
Will Ospreay picks up two points via Pinfall.
Minoru Suzuki vs Kota Ibushi
For the first time in seven years we get to see Minoru Suzuki and Kota Ibushi share a ring in a singles match. Both men have training in MMA and start the match sparing with one another, neither hitting the other too hard. Suzuki gets Ibushi down to the mat and begins grappling, Ibushi makes the ropes and they head back to the middle of the ring, Suzuki attempts an arm lock with Ibushi reversing into a triangle. Suzuki slips out, locking in a leg submission; the two of them hold on to the others legs, using the free one to kick the other in the face.
The pair head to the outside, Ibushi throwing Suzuki into the railings. Suzuki goes up the entrance ramp and ends up sitting, he calls for Ibushi who eventually follows him, the two begin exchanging stiff forearms, Suzuki knocking Ibushi down twice before dragging him towards the ring, giving him another forearm and a few kicks, he tells Red Shoes to stop the count so Ibushi can get back in for more punishment.
Suzuki begins kicking his opponent, but ever resilient Ibushi just keeps sitting back up, the back and forth comes fast and hard now, neither one willing to show weakness. Ibushi utilizing his fast kicks and Suzuki becoming more stiff in his attacks, he flattens Ibushi with a huge forearm, the sound echoing around the arena.
After the two of them trade forearms and slaps, both even manically laughing, Suzuki gets Ibushi into a Sleeper Hold and attempts the Gotch Style Piledriver, only for Ibushi to reverse it, but Suzuki is too quick grabbing his ankle and locking in the Bosten Crab, as Ibushi tries to escape. Suzuki then transitions into a half Boston Crab, but Ibushi escapes with a high knee. Kota Ibushi hits a Standing Kamigoye followed with a Kamigoye and pins Minoru Suzuki for the win.
Kota Ibushi picks up two points via Pinfall.
Shingo Takagi vs Kazuchika Okada
The Dragon faces off against The Rainmaker. Will Shingo Takagi stop Okada from making it to ten points tonight?
The match starts off with a lock up, Okada grappling down to the mat, focusing on Takagi’s legs before he gets out of it and puts Okada in a headlock. The two separate and get to their feet. This is pure wrestling at its finest; a shoulder block from Takagi shows Okada who is the strongest. The back and forth is very even at the start of this match, starting slow like any good Okada or Takagi match.
After a quick flurry of action, Takagi delivers a DDT to Okada on the outside of the ring followed up by slamming his back into the ring apron and barricades. Shingo Takagi isn’t messing about or holding anything back, fully intent of punishing Okada, hitting Vertical Suplexs and Sentons on the former five time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Okada hits a Flapjack and starts making a comeback, hitting elbows, Irish whipping Takagi into the corner and hitting a DDT in quick succession.
Takagi gets up on the top rope, Okada acts fast applying a Missile Dropkick sending his opponent to floor. Takagi runs into barricades, Okada hits a draping DDT from the ring apron to the floor. Shingo’s rolled back in to the ring. Okada attempts a Gutwrestch Suplex only for Shingo to hit him with a series of elbows and slaps.
Takagi hits the Noshigami, only for Okada to retaliate with the Tombstone Pilledriver transitioning into a Money Clip, but Takagi makes the ropes forcing the break. Shingo hits Okada with an Overhead Supelx from the top turnbuckle. Okada again hits a Tombstone Pilledriver into a money clip; however Takagi gets to his feet refusing to give in, only for Okada to hit a rainmaker.
Shingo hits a huge Lariat turning the Rainmaker inside out, following up with a Made In Japan, Okada barely kicks out, hitting a second huge Lariat, ends in another failed pinfall attempt. Takagi attempts the Last Of The Dragon, reversed into a money clip, with a huge Rainmaker from Okada into another Money Clip, Shingo Takagi looks like he is fading, but he grabs a hold of Red Shoes, pulling him down and trying to escape, Okada hits a backbreaker keeping Shingo in the Money Clip. Shingo is struggling to escape, but it is too much and Shingo Takagi passes out.
Kazuchika Okada picks up two points via referee stoppage (TKO).
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