The official match card for NJPW G1 Climax Day 9 is as follows:
- TAICHI, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Jeff Cobb, Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji
- Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Juice Robinson, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI
- Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi vs. Jon Moxley & Shota Umino
A Block matches:
- Kota Ibushi vs. Lance Archer
- Will Ospreay vs. Bad Luck Fale
- Zack Sabre Jr. vs. EVIL
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
- Kazuchika Okada vs. KENTA
Kazuchika Okada def. KENTA
Kazuchika Okada is the first to reach ten points, defeating KENTA with the Rainmaker. Okada now stands alone atop the A Block, undefeated with five wins. It is looking likely that the IWGP Heavyweight Champion will make it to the G1 Climax Final, it anyone else wants to take that spot they will have to step up quick.
While this match did not match the insanity of his match with Will Ospreay, Okada put on a very good performance against KENTA. The crowd did not seem to get into this match as much as other main events recently. That being said, Okada is perhaps the best in the world and got the people going by the end.
After the match, Okada offered KENTA a handshake and KENTA accepted.
That brings our coverage of Day 9 of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax to an end. We will be back tomorrow with more B Block action as Jon Moxley takes on Tetsuya Naito. Until then, have a tip top Saturday and remember that we love you.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
For the first time this tournament, Hiroshi Tanahashi put away his opponent with the High Fly Flow. The High Fly Flow kept SANADA down and allowed Tanahashi to get to six points. Meanwhile, SANADA is stuck at two points, leaving him with virtually no way of reaching the final.
The match itself was great. Tanahashi is one of the best in the business and the match was filled with counters before Tanahashi was finally able to get the upper hand for good. Not one of the very best matches of the tournament but that speaks more towards the quality of the tournament than this match.
EVIL def. Zack Sabre Jr.
EVIL picked up the win over Zack Sabre Jr. with Everything is Evil. Zack Sabre Jr. may as well be out of the tournament at this point. After finishing tied for first place in the B Block last year, he stands with only two points through five matches in this year’s tournament.
The match itself was everything you would expect from these two. Sabre did his usual grappling and it was quite good. EVIL was finally able to get the upper hand and hit Everything is Evil to improve to 3-2-0.
Will Ospreay def. Bad Luck Fale
Will Ospreay got the win over Bad Luck Fale via disqualification after Bullet Club triple teamed Ospreay and Red Shoes called for the bell. The official for the match was Marty Asami but Fale threw him to the floor.
Jado hit Ospreay with the Kendo stick but Ospreay retaliated before being cut off by Owens. Owens hit Ospreay with the stick mid-Oscutter and hit him with the package piledriver. Fale made the cover and Red Shoes came out to make the count but after counting to two he gave Fale two middle fingers and called for the DQ. This match was really hampered by the interference but there were a lot of rest-holds and not a lot of action to begin with.
It would be hard for someone to have a worse tournament than Bad Luck Fale at this point.
Kota Ibushi def. Lance Archer
Kota Ibushi was able to pick up the win after a Bomaye and two Kamigoyes. After hitting the Bomaye, Ibushi set up and hit the Kamigoye but Archer did not stagger. Archer fired up but Ibushi responded by pulling down his knee pad and hitting another Kamigoye to keep him down.
This was a good match. Lance Archer has been a very pleasant surprise in this tournament, although he has had some great opponents. Kota Ibushi has to keep winning matches in order to remain in contention for the G1 Climax Final but he is well on his way.
Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi def. Jon Moxley & Shota Umino
Shingo Takagi defeated Shota Umino with the Pumping Bomber. After the match, Jon Moxley attempted to hit Tetsuya Naito with a chair but Naito just rolled into the Tranquilo pose before making his escape.
A Block action starts next with Lance Archer vs. Kota Ibushi.
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano def. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI
Toru Yano pinned YOSHI-HASHI following a low blow and a schoolboy. Hirooki Goto will face Yano tomorrow.
Jay White, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi def. Juice Robinson, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare
Chase Owens managed to get the win with the package piledriver, pinning Toa Henare.
TAICHI, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Jeff Cobb, Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji
Yoshinobu Kanemaru got the win over Yota Tsuji with the Deep Impact. Oddly enough, after the match TAICHI and Jeff Cobb shook hands in an unexpected display of sportsmanship.
Welcome to WrestleTalk live coverage of day 9 of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax. This event will feature a main event of the undefeated Kazuchika Okada vs. the undefeated KENTA.