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BIG MOMENT FOR WILL OSPREAY TODAY AT G1 CLIMAX AND MORE FROM JAPAN

By Oliver Taylor on 2020-10-16 08:41:00

New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling held its G1 Climax A block final show in Ry?goku Kokugikan today.

The full results were:

• Yota Tsuji def. Gabriel Kidd
• A block: Yujiro Takahashi def. Jeff Cobb
• A block: Shingo Takagi def. Minoru Suzuki
• A block: Will Ospreay def. Kazuchika Okada
• A block: Kota Ibushi def. Taichi
• A block: Tomohiro Ishii def. Jay White

Kota Ibushi won A block with 14 points after Jay White lost to Tomohiro Ishii in the main event.

Will Ospreay defeated Kazuchika Okada after interference from Bea Priestley and the returning Tomoyuki Oka. During the match, Ospreay officially turned on Okada, his former stable-mate in CHAOS in what was easily the biggest win and angle for him to date in NJPW.

Oka wrestled as The Great O-Khan in Revolution Pro Wrestling in England while on excursion. It is worth nothing he still holds the British Tag Team Championships with Rampage Brown.

New Japan will hold its B block final show tomorrow in Ry?goku Kokugikan with EVIL, SANADA and Tetsuya Naito in the running to win the block.

The full card is:

• Gabriel Kidd vs. Yuya Uemura
• B block: Toru Yano vs. YOSHI-HASHI
• B block: Hirooki Goto vs. Juice Robinson
• B block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
• B block: KENTA vs. Tetsuya Naito
• B block: EVIL vs. SANADA

EVIL holds the tiebreaker over Naito. If EVIL defeats SANADA, he wins the block regardless of Naito’s result.

SANADA also holds a tiebreaker over Naito. If SANADA defeats EVIL and Naito loses to KENTA, he wins the block.

Naito needs to defeat KENTA and SANADA to defeat EVIL or EVIL and SANADA to draw to win the block.

Naito has teased he will select a challenger from outside of New Japan Pro Wrestling for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship if he wins the G1 Climax in an interview with Tokyo Sports yesterday.

Naito pointed out Keiji Mutoh won the G1 Climax in 1995 while holding the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and faced Nobuhiro Takeda – from UWF International – on January 4, 1996.

The same situation occurred when Kensuke Sasaki won the G1 Climax in 2000 with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and faced Toshiaki Kawada – another outsider – on January 4, 2001.

Naito also mentioned Hiromu Takahashi as a possible challenger.

The full Tokyo Sports article can be read here.

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate held a show in Kariya Industrial Promotion Center today.

The full results were:

• BxB Hulk, Dia Inferno and Eita def. Dragon Dia, Kzy and Yosuke Santa Maria
• Naruki Doi and Ryotsu Shimizu def. Masaaki Mochizuki and Taketo Kamei
• Shuji Kondo def. Punch Tominaga
• Dragon Kid, Susumu Yokosuka and Ultimo Dragon def. Kento Kobune, Kota Minoura and U-T
• Ben-K, Jason Lee, Keisuke Okuda and YAMATO def. Diamante, H?Y?O, KAI and Kaito Ishida

Dragon Gate will hold another show in Kobe Sambo Hall tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Ben-K, Jason Lee and Kota Minoura vs. Kento Kobune, Madoka Kikuta and Taketo Kamei
• Genki Horiguchi and Masaaki Mochizuki vs. U-T and Yosuke Santa Maria
• KAI and Kaito Ishida vs. Keisuke Okuda and YAMATO
• Dragon Kid, Kagetora and Shuji Kondo vs. Masato Yoshino, Susumu Yokosuka and Ultimo Dragon
• Dia Inferno and Eita vs. Dragon Dia and Kzy
• BxB Hulk, Diamante, H?Y?O and Takashi Yoshida vs. Naruki Doi, Punch Tominaga, Ryo Saito and Ryotsu Shimizu

Tomorrow’s show will air live on the Dragon Gate Network at 7pm JST, 11am BST, 6am ET.

All Japan Pro Wrestling

All Japan Pro Wrestling will hold a show in EDION Arena Osaka #2 tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Harutoki and Hokuto Omori vs. Tatsuya Matsubo and Yuto Kikuchi
• Jake Lee vs. Ryuki Honda
• Atsuki Aoyagi and Francesco Akira vs. Koji Iwamoto and TAJIRI
• Izanagi, Shigehiro Irie and The Bodyguard vs. Kento Miyahara, Rising HAYATO and Yuma Aoyagi
• Dan Tamura, Hikaru Sato and Shuji Ishikawa vs. Kuma Arashi, Shotaro Ashino and Yusuke Kodama
• GAORA TV Championship elimination: Chikara, Yoshitatsu (c) and Yusuke Okada vs. Black Menso~re, Katsumi Oribe and Takao Omori
• Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: SUWAMA (c) vs. Zeus

Yoshitatsu’s six-man tag team match GAORA TV Championship defense will take place under elimination rules. If Yoshitatu’s team wins, he will retain the championship. However, if Black Menso~re’s team wins, he will win the championship.

SUWAMA will attempt his third defense of the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Zeus. His two successful defenses have been against Shotaro Ashino and Shuji Ishikawa.

Zeus defeated SUWAMA in just over five minutes in the Champion Carnival on September 21. He has only held the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship once, for 84 days in 2018.

DDT Pro-Wrestling

DDT Pro-Wrestling will air its tenth DDT TV SHOW! episode tomorrow.

The full card is:

• Antonio Honda vs. Danshoku Dieno vs. Soma Takao
• Chris Brookes and Shota vs. HARASHIMA and Yuki Ueno
• Kazuki Hirata and Naomi Yoshimura vs. Saki Akai and Yukio Sakaguchi
• Elimination: Akito, Konosuke Takeshita, Shinya Aoki and Shunma Katsumata vs. Hideki Okatani, Jun Akiyama, Makoto Oishi and Mizuki Watase
• Daisuke Sasaki and Hiroshi Yamato vs. Mad Paulie and Tetsuya Endo

The episode will air at 7pm JST, 11am BST, 6am ET on WRESTLE UNIVERSE tomorrow.

Big Japan Pro Wrestling

Big Japan Pro Wrestling will hold two shows at the company’s dojo tomorrow.

The full cards are:

Morning
• Drew Parker vs. Kosuke Sato
• Masaki Morihiro and ‘X’ vs. Takuya Nomura and Yuki Ishikawa
• Akira Hyodo and Yuya Aoki vs. Daichi Hashimoto and Hideyoshi Kamitani

Afternoon
• Daichi Hashimoto and Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Masaki Morihiro
• Yuki Ishikawa (with Takuya Nomura) vs. Yuya Aoki (with Kosuke Sato)
• Abdullah Kobayashi and Akira Hyodo vs. Drew Parker and Yuji Okabayashi

 

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