At the weekend the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax started! Woo! I’m only going to focus on the G1 matches themselves, rather than the other matches on the card, and I probably won’t touch on every match either.
The match that started the tournament was Lance Archer vs Will Ospreay, a match that I had a little interest in, it’s Will Ospreay… I didn’t know who Lance Archer is, and I don’t get his persona, so the match felt a little odd, but it was good, enjoyable, and interesting. I was surprised that Lance Archer won, but I think it’s a story telling thing, as Ospreay has only just won a tournament in a lower weight category, and Lance Archer was much larger than him. I’m interested to see where the rest of the tournament goes.
KENTA vs Kota Ibushi was great, a fascinating match, and was a really enjoyable watch. A nice change of pace from the disregard of Ibushi and Naito towards one another. I think it was important to see KENTA win this one, and I look forward to seeing how both of their tournaments play out, as they are both high picks for me for winning the block.
Sanada vs Zack Sabre Jr. was a good match, I liked what they did, mixing up the technical and fast paced action. Of all the matches, this is the one I would probably show people from this event to showcase what was going on on the show.
Tanahashi vs Okada closed the show, and rightfully so. In their previous G1 meetings, they’ve gone to a time limit draw every match, but that changed this time. It’s showing that the Ace, Tanahashi might no longer be in that position, as he lost his title at his first defence earlier in the year, and he’s had to use one of his moves sparingly, as it’s getting more and more dangerous for him to use it. It’s also showing that the Rainmaker of old, the unbeatable Okada, might have returned and be in incredible form for this tournament. It was fascinating that this was the first main event of the tournament, and I think the tournament for both men will be very interesting.
The opening show was a fascinating look into how the rest of the tournament in A block might play out, and what kind of stories are going on. I really enjoy this tournament, and I hope that it puts on some more excellent matches.
Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!