Sunday, September 15, 2019

Night 4

For the most part, I found this night fairly skippable. Takagi beat Yano in a fairly standard Yano match, he managed to avoid Yano’s tricks and hit the Pumping Bomber for the win.

Goto and Juice Robinson put on a pretty good match, I was disappointed with Goto taking the loss after his victory over Jay White and the big deal they’ve made out of his training with Shibata. We’ll see where he goes from here, though. Juice is still looking impressive, I think he’s on track to go far in the tournamnet.

Moxley and Cobb had a decent match with a lot of striking and brawling on the outside. In the end, it fell a bit flat for me, as did Cobb when Moxley beat him with a draping Death Rider DDT from the second rope. I’ll be interested to see how far Moxley goes before being defeated, he’s generally looking great in his NJPW run, so he could be a dark horse in the G1.

Jay White and Ishii were up next, this was a good match that probably went a little too long. White got in a lot of good offence, but Ishii kept coming back with, as you would expect, hard strikes and power moves. White managed to fight his way out of Ishii’s first brainbuster attempt, and attempted a Switchblade, but Ishii countered and hit the vertical drop brainbuster for the win. White was now 0-2 in the tournament, and against members of Chaos, the group he betrayed.

The main event was a surprisingly great match between Tetsuya Naito and the man I love to hate, or maybe just hate, Taichi. While Taichi isn’t consistently good, he can pull it off against the right opponent and Naito brings out the best in him.

Taichi used all of the dirty tricks in his arsenal, from chairshots to low blows but couldn’t keep Naito down. There was even a spot with Naito blocking Kanemaru’s mouth to prevent Suntori Surprise. Then, after distracting the referee by making him think he was calling someone out to interfere, Taichi brought out Iizuka’s iron glove for the first time since Iizuka retired! It took him three attempts to actually use them, but in the end, he managed to hit Naito with them and followed up with a Last Ride for the win.

Naito is now 0-2 and I hate Taichi.

Tags: , ,
I've been a wrestling fan for 20 years, mainly watching WWE. I only discovered the wonders of New Japan Pro-Wrestling a few years ago and got hooked after Wrestle Kingdom 11. Check out the rest of my reviews and articles!

Related Article

Join The Conversation – Follow Us!


Check Out Our Podcast!

Rope Break Podcast
Rope Break Podcast
Each and every week, we bring you hours of chat all about the very best of professional wrestling around the world! Welcome to Rope Break!
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 21

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Episode 21 of The Rope Break Podcast.

Callum and Ian are back with a packed show. We kick off the show by discussing the new format to our podcast that will be coming soon. Then we go through the news from around the wrestling world which includes 205 Live being cancelled, No NXT TakeOver in January, Change to main roster commentary, Ric Flair suing WWE and then we talk about our favourite MSG moments.

Then we rundown Monday Night RAW which included Baron Corbin getting the win in the Triple Threat match to advance to the KOTR Final and then SmackDown Live which included Shane McMahon inserting himself into the KOTR Semi-Final against Chad Gable after Elias dropped out due to injury.

We then rundown the card for Clash of Champions on Sunday and give our predictions.

As always you can check us out on all social media @RopeBreakBrand as well as on our website

Follow Callum & Ian on Twitter @CallumH2000 @Milney1989

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

Rope Break Podcast: Episode 21
Throwback Thoughts: ICW Fear & Loathing IX
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 20
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 19
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 18
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 17
WWE SummerSlam 2019 Review
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 16
Throwback Thoughts: WWE SummerSlam 2002
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 15