G1 Climax 28 Update
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
11 nights down in the G1 Climax.
After another action packed four days of wrestling, we now take a break today before B Block gets back underway tomorrow.
My thoughts on where we are right now……
Kenny Omega is carrying an injury as he disclosed on ‘Being the Elite’ but this has not stopped him winning and he remains unbeaten. Bearing in mind that he holds a 2-point lead over Tetsuya Naito and has the tiebreaker due to his win earlier in the tournament, you have to expect Omega to now win B Block.
BCOGs (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale) continue to run riot in both blocks. Tonga and Fale either pick up wins or DQ losses. The crowd have expressed their disappointment on multiple occasions with the actions of these three men.
Whilst B Block is looking like somewhat of a formality for Omega, the same can’t be said for A Block. Hiroshi Tanahashi is currently leading this block on 10 points but with four men behind him on 8, this is going to go right to the wire.
Kazuchika Okada seems to have gotten over the hangover following his defeat to Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Title and has now run off four straight victories. He probably has the toughest run in though with matches against Tanahashi, EVIL and the always dangerous, Minoru Suzuki.
Jay White survived against Fale and won his do or die match against Hangman Page. Whilst this match didn’t live up to their previous meeting earlier this year, it was still one of my favourite matches over the last few days.
10 points - Hiroshi Tanahashi
8 points - EVIL, Kazuchika Okada, Minoru Suzuki, Jay White
6 points - Bad Luck Fale
4 points - Michael Elgin, Togi Makabe
2 points - Hangman Page, Yoshi-Hashi
10 points - Kenny Omega
8 points - Tetsuya Naito
6 points - SANADA, Kota Ibushi, Zach Sabre Jnr
4 points - Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii
2 points - Juice Robinson, Tama Tonga, Toru Yano
What am I most looking forward to over the next few days…..
Wednesday 1 August - Kenny Omega vs Zach Sabre Jnr
Everyone else in this block will be hoping Sabre Jnr can win this one and finally end the unbeaten start for Omega. If Omega gets past this one, then there really is no stopping him. Anyone who beats Omega will not only get those valuable points in the tournament but will also be in line for a title shot somewhere down the line. I fully expect Omega to win this one and continue his run that he has been on.
Winner - Omega
Thursday 2 August - Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki
The loser of this one is out of contention for winning the block. You know when you get in the ring with Suzuki you are in for a bruising battle and this one should be no different. Okada has won four in a row and will do everything he can to stay in the hunt. Okada would love another crack against Omega, whether it be in the final of this tournament or for the title down the line. Therefore, I see Okada winning here.
Winner - Okada
Saturday 4 August - Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi
Naito is on the heels of Omega and will need this one against Omega’s fellow Golden Elite member, Ibushi. Ibushi will look to remain on his run and try to carry that momentum into the match against Omega later in the block which could decide everything. With Ibushi seemingly on a roll right now, I see him winning this one in a match that will be the show stealer on this night.
Naito has been left hanging by SANADA on various occasions for his fist bump and that has been an intriguing side story to this tournament. Is all well in ‘Los Ingobernables de Japon’?
Winner - Ibushi
Sunday 5 August – Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL
Okada will have hopefully survived Suzuki in one piece and another two points in the bank by this point. EVIL will have had some rest after meeting the block leader two days prior and it will be important for him to come out of these two matches with something to remain in the hunt. The big winner through this section of the tournament is Jay White, as he should pick up a comfortable four points whilst everyone else at the top takes lumps out of each other. I see Okada remaining on this roll that he is on and will deliver in this match like he always does.
Winner – Okada
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Until next time….
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