NJPW G1 Climax Day 5 official card:
- Jon Moxley & Shota Umino vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura
- Juice Robinson, Toa Henare & Yota Tsuji vs. Jeff Cobb, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI
- Jay White, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens vs. Toru Yano, Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita
- Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, TAICHI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
A Block Matches:
- Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
- EVIL vs. SANADA
- KENTA vs. Lance Archer
Follow along with us for our live coverage of the G1 Climax Day 5 A Block matches!
Kota Ibushi def. Will Ospreay
The crowd was split for this one as both guys as immensely popular. Ibushi was able to counter Ospreay’s Hidden Blade with a back elbow before hitting a Bomaye and a Kamigoye for the win.
This match was spectacular. It went just over 27 minutes and had the feeling that it could easily have gone to a draw. Ospreay worked over Ibushi’s injured ankle but eventually the match broke down into who could finally finish the other.
That brings the fifth day of G1 Climax competition to an end. We will be back tomorrow with more B Block action!
Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Zack Sabre Jr.
If you have ever seen a Zack Sabre Jr. match, you should have a pretty good idea what to look for here. Tanahashi managed to counter a triangle choke with a jackknife cover to win his first two points.
Sabre focused on the surgically repaired arm of Tanahashi, utilizing his signature style of grappling. After failing to get the win Sabre threw a temper tantrum, having now lost each of his first three matches.
Kazuchika Okada def. Bad Luck Fale
Fale attacked Okada even before either had made their entrance. The match itself was nothing special as it was mostly a beatdown by Bullet Club.
Okada managed to fight off the interference of Chase Owens and Jado to pin Fale with a cradle. Okada’s next tournament match will be against Will Ospreay, which should excite anyone watching.
EVIL def. SANADA
This was just a super match. EVIL got the win with Everything is Evil. The match between tag team partners and Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemates had plenty of counters, illustrating that they knew each other very well.
SANADA hit his own Everything is Evil but EVIL kicked out. EVIL then countered a moonsault before picking up the win.
After the match, EVIL offered the LIJ fistbump and SANADA accepted.
KENTA def. Lance Archer
KENTA submitted Archer with a crossface. The story of this one was the size difference. The commentators claimed that there was a foot of height difference between them.
Archer chokeslammed KENTA onto the Young Lions before diving onto all of them. Anytime KENTA would get rolling, Archer would cut him off. Finally, KENTA locked in the crossface to secure his third victory and Archer’s first lost.
Minoru Suzuki, TAICHI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI
Suzuki pinned BUSHI after a Gotch-style piledriver. Kanemaru spit whisky in Takagi’s face after the match.
A Block action starts next with KENTA vs. Lance Archer.
Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi def. Toru Yano, Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita
Chase Owens pinned Narita with a package piledriver. White and Yano will compete in B Block action on the next show.
Jeff Cobb, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI def. Juice Robinson, Toa Henare & Yota Tsuji
YOSHI-HASHI submitted Tsuji with a Butterfly lock. After the match Juice and Cobb shook hands.
Jon Moxley & Shota Umino def. Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura
Umino pinned Uemura with a bridging fisherman suplex while Ishii and Moxley brawled.
Welcome to our live coverage of G1 Climax Day 5! The show will feature A Block competition with a main event of Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay. The match is a rematch of their classic encounter from Wrestle Kingdom 13.