Full Match card below:
- Juice Robinson, Jushin Thunder Liger and Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI and Shingo Takagi
- Chase Owens and Jay White vs. YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Yoto
- Ren Narita vs. Shota Umino and Tomohiro Ishii
- SHO and YOH vs. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa
A Block Matches:
- Will Ospreay vs. Lance Archer
- EVIL vs. Bad Luck Fale
- SANADA vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- KENTA vs. Kota Ibushi
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Kazuchika Okada def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
In yet another fantastic match, Okada defeated Tanahashi in the G1 Climax for the first time ever. Every time they had met in the tournament prior to this, they had wrestled to a time limit draw.
They had a ton of back-and-forth action with Okada countering Tanahashi’s High Fly Flow and hitting a big Rainmaker for the win.
Okada got his first two points and cut a promo after the match. He said that this is the first time the G1 Climax had been in Dallas but it won’t be the last. The next time he returns to Dallas he will be the G1 Climax winner and still the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
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KENTA def. Kota Ibushi
This was a very solid performance from KENTA. Of course he was in there with Kota Ibushi who is one of the very best wrestlers in the world, but he more than held up his end of the bargain.
The two engaged in a number of striking sequences with KENTA eventually getting the upper hand. They did not do hardly any crazy spots in the match, a big difference from many of Ibushi’s recent big matches.
Finally, KENTA hit a head kick and a Go To Sleep for the pin. The crowd seemed to be 60/40 behind Ibushi but there was a big pop when KENTA won.
KENTA picked Ibushi up following the match. The two shook hands and hugged before heading to the back.
Only the main event left, Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi is next.
SANADA def. Zack Sabre Jr.
The crowd was super into this match. It was the style of all Zack Sabre Jr. matches, with his opponent fighting to avoid all of his submission attempts.
SANADA was a heavy crowd favourite, and they popped huge when he reversed a roll-up with one of his own to get the pin.
Just a super match, Sabre and SANADA work very well together and they should both do well in the tournament.
Sabre attacked the referee after the match, enraged by the pinfall.
Great show thus far. Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA is next.
Bad Luck Fale def. EVIL
This match was much slower than the previous one. It was still good as the crowd was into EVIL and booed Fale at every turn.
There was a ref bump when steel chairs were introduced, which lead to EVIL getting low-blowed. Fale put one chair around EVIL’s neck and hit it with another chair. The ref was rolled back into the ring in time for Fale to hit the Bad Luck Fall for the pin.
Good match, it will be interesting to see how the rest of Bullet Club is used for this tournament compared to last year. At least for one night, they did not get involved.
Lance Archer def. Will Ospreay
Fantastic match. They told the story of Archer being simply too big for much of Ospreay’s offence. It was the perfect story to tell considering Ospreay is a junior and Archer is one of the largest men in the tournament.
They did some great spots. Ospreay hit a super Spanish Fly, a Shooting Star Press, and a diving dropkick to avoid a countout. In the end, Archer hit a top-rope Blackout and applied the Iron Claw before Ospreay passed out and was pinned.
Probably the best match of Archer’s career, it will be interesting to see where Ospreay goes in the tournament from here. Lots of potential stories to tell.
Fighting Spirit Unleashed Announcement
They announced a three event tour of the United States under the name of Fighting Spirit Unleashed.
The events will take place in Lowell, Philadelphia and the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. More can be read about it here.
Jushin Thunder Liger, Juice Robinson & Toru Yano def. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
This is a hot crowd. They were very into seeing Jushin Thunder Liger and they were very into the tomfoolery of Toru Yano.
Juice Robinson got the shine against Shingo Takagi before Yano and Naito tagged in. Naito got the upper hand and tagged in BUSHI who was low-blowed and pinned by Yano.
Liger got a big ovation after the match and they played his music for the fans.
A Block action starts next so don’t go anywhere.
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI def. Chase Owens & Jay White
A very good little match here. They gave a lot to Chase Owens here, nearly pinning Goto after a flurry of offence.
Goto managed to get the win after a comeback led to him hitting the ushigoroshi and the GTR on Owens for the pin.
Fans were very into Goto and booed Jay White and Owens heavily.
Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita def. Tomohiro Ishii & Shota Umino
Jeff Cobb got a lot of shine in this match. They set up the upcoming Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jeff Cobb match and gave the fans a decent showing in this match.
Cobb won with the Tour of the Islands on Umino. After the match Ishii and Cobb brawled before their teammates and young lions held them back. They will face each other in the first night of B Block action next week.
Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa def. SHO & YOH
The two established teams had a hot match to start. The fans were hot for this match.
There was great action and it made for a very solid opener. SHO & YOH came across very well but this was GoD’s match.
The Tongans won the match when Loa hit a super powerbomb on YOH for the win.
Welcome to G1 Climax Day 1 In Dallas!
Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of the first night of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax tournament. The main event will be Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi in what will undoubtedly be a great match.