A backdrop suplex would be blocked, and we’d see the offence of Owens on display as he was able to take the fight to Ishii, hitting a Russian Leg Sweep into the corner and some quick kicks.Sho would get the tag, and Ishii drove him down with a shoulder tackle.
Oiwa would get the tag, and looked for the Gutwrench Suplex on Sho. Sho would be taken into the Boston Crab but Oiwa wouldn’t get the win tonight. Cross armbreaker was applied, and Sho would show Oiwa what a real submission can do and forced the submission victory.
Winners By Submission: Bullet Club (8:47) Rate: 5Tag Team Match Team Filthy vs. United Empire Aaron Henare & Royce Isaacs would kick things off with a sprawl on the mat, before Henare forced Isaacs into the corner for some elbow strikes. A knee to the face would stagger Henare, before he’d be driven into the Team Filthy corner.Tom Lawlor would set up the Russian Leg Sweep and hoped Isaacs would hit the lariat but Jeff Cobb pulled Isaacs to the floor. United Empire would beat down Lawlor in a two on one attack, before Lawlor would trade strikes in the middle of the ring with Henare. He’d manage to take Henare to the floor and locked in an armbar, but Cobb was quick on the save. Isaacs would pull Lawlor to the corner for the tag, and nailed a backdrop driver on Henare. Henare would hit the Rampage Tackle, before looking for Ultima. Isaacs would block into a roll up, but couldn’t get three. Streets Of Rage would land for the win. Winners: United Empire (9:33) Rate: 6 6 Man Tag Team Match Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Juice Robinson & Kenta) vs. Los Ingobnrables De Japon Before the match, Kenta would try to bribe Tetsuya Naito with a copy of his new autobiography, and Naito would ask for an autograph. They’d ask for a pen, and Kenta would sign it for him and it was very exciting for Naito. Upon getting this book, he’d throw it away to the dismay of Kenta. Juice Robinson & Kenta would work together to beat down Naito, before Bad Luck Fale stomped on Naito while reading the book. Fale would drop Naito with strikes, and his size almost ensured an easy pinfall. Kenta & Naito would meet in the ring with Naito hitting a DDT and tagging in Sanada. Kenta would be trapped in the Paradise Lock, and would be let free with a dropkick to the arse. Robinson would get the tag, and Bushi would follow. A DDT to Robinson would follow, before he was able to hit the spinebuster. Pulp Friction would be blocked as Naito made the save, but Robinson would remain legal alongside Bushi so it was only a matter of time before Left Hand Of God & Pulp Friction got the win. Winners: Bullet Club (7:16) Rate: 5 After the match Kenta stole back the signed copy of his book but Naito got it back and tore up the bestseller. Tag Team Match TMDK vs. Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi Jonah & Kazuchika Okada would kick off the match, and Okada would have issues trying to take him down the mat with strikes or a powerslam. TMDK would work on Okada in the corner, before a snap suplex got a one count for Bad Dude Tito. Okada would be choked in the corner with the knee of Jonah, before he’d avoid the running senton. Hiroshi Tanahashi would get the tag, and hit the Somersault Senton on Tito. Slingblade was blocked with a series of kicks, before the Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Okada would drop Jonah with a dropkick, before Tanahashi hit the slingblade and High Fly Flow on Tito for the win. Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi (8:40) Rate: 6 Block D Match Of The 2022 G1 Climax NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champion Yoshi Hashi (2) vs. El Phantasmo (2) Opening with a tie up, Yoshi Hashi backs El Phantasmo into the ropes before missing as he swung for a chop. Osaka’s gotta be prodded into responding as a second tie up saw ELP chop Yoshi Hashi in the ropes. Yoshi Hashi quickly fires back with a running Head Hunter, before he chopped Phantasmo down by the ropes. ELP returns with a ‘rana to take Yoshi Hashi outside, but aborted a follow up dive and instead nailed a springboard body press to the outside. Yoshi Hashi grabs ELP to try and block a moonsault, but it’s fought off as the Asai moonsault into the aisle followed anyways. Back inside, ELP tries for a springboard senton bomb, but Yoshi Hashi got the knees up before he chopped Phantasmo into the corner. Yoshi Hashi chains together a whip into the corner and a back body drop out of it, but ELP’s back with right hands and a dropkick. A chop from Yoshi Hashi misses as ELP manages to nail a springboard crossbody, then a Quebrada for a couple of two counts, before Yoshi Hashi cradled his way out of a CRII for a near fall. Chops keep ELP at bay, while Yoshi Hashi avoided a whirlibird neckbreaker and faceplanted ELP with a low dropkick. Yoshi Hashi builds up with more chops and a neckbreaker, before another chop sent ELP flying over the top to the floor and in prime position as Yoshi Hashi added a flip senton to the outside. Back inside, a seated dropkick caught ELP by the ropes for a near fall. Yoshi Hashi’s attempted kumagoroshi’s blocked, but he’s able to return quickly with a clothesline as the pair fought back to their feet. A crucifix from ELP pulls down Yoshi Hashi for a near-fall, while a slam set up for the Bret Hart elbow off the middle rope. Sudden Death lays out Yoshi Hashi but ELP can’t make the cover straight away. When ELP did get back up, he pulled Yoshi Hashi up for the UFO, following up with the Thunder Kiss 86 but Yoshi Hashi kicks out at two! CR2 looks to follow, but Yoshi Hashi jackknife cradled Phantasmo for a near fall, then cracked the Canadian with a superkick before a Western Lariat and a Kumagoroshi almost led to the win. They’re getting closer.Yoshi Hashi going for Karma, but ELP rolls him up for a near fall only to eat a Destroyer as Yoshi Hashi nailed Karma for the win. Winner: NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champion Yoshi Hashi (4) (15:47) Rate: 6 Block A Match Of The 2022 G1 Climax Toru Yano (2) vs. Lance Archer (2) Toru Yano must win or he’s mathematically eliminated. Toru Yano was understandably unwilling to participate, almost in tears as everyone expected his impending doom. When we got going, Yano played keepaway before he headed to the ropes for a break. Before they’d even touched. Yano tries a Manhattan Drop on Lance Archer, but Lance is too tall for it to come even close so he whips Yano into the corner. A follow up charge misses as Yano rips off a corner pad only to get charged down by Archer in return. Archer then goes to remove another corner pad before Yano could, only to get bopped on the head as Archer just booted him down. On the outside, Archer chucks Yano into the rails, before he pulled a roll of tape out of his gear to try and beat Yano at his own game. Yano’s wrist gets taped to the rails, allowing Archer to go in and try and win via count out but Yano’s smuggled scissors into his boots, which cut nothing and the ref needs to slow things down to avoid counting out Yano. Archer & Yano rip off the remaining corner pads back inside Archer’s bopped in the back with the blue pad, then clotheslined Yano down as he then flung the last pad into the crowd. We’re back outside as Archer cannonballed off the apron, but it’s Yuto Nakashima who cushioned the blow, rather than Yano. Yano’s back to low blow Archer, before he threw Nakashima over the barriers Archer & Nakashima are taped by the wrists through the railings, but Nakashima’s able to get dragged through the bars, even if it meant perhaps screwing up his injured shoulder some more. The pair make it back inside and hit an inadvertent double clothesline on Yano as Archer finally removed the tape. Nakashima’s slammed onto Yano after that, then got pulled up and chokeslammed for his woes. The match is still happening, as Yano sidesteps charges with Archer taking all 4 exposed corners before a spear to the back and a roll up nearly won it for Yano. From there, Yano turns the referee away as a low blow and roll up got another near fall, before Archer nails the pounce on Yano. From there, Archer calls for another chokeslam, but got his eyes raked before he cracked Yano with a step up knee in the corner. The Blackout follows to put Yano away. Winner: Lance Archer (4) (9:18) (Since Yano lost he’s mathematically eliminated) Rate: 3 Block C Match Of The 2022 G1 Climax NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champion Hirooki Goto (4) vs. Zack Sabre Jr (4) Zack Sabre Jr went to ground early as we open with a lock up, ending in the ropes before a Sabre side headlock gave way to shoulder tackles as Hirooki Goto pulled ahead. A hip toss reversal sends Sabre outside, but Goto rolls him right back inside to pick up a couple of two counts as he looked to end this one in a hurry. Goto’s caught in the ropes as Sabre caught him with a hanging armbar, before a whip into the rails and some kicks continued to target that limb. Back inside, Sabre wrapped Goto’s arm around the bottom rope, before uppercuts knocked Goto down as he was struggling to get into any kind of gear. Kicks from Sabre rile up Goto, who responded with chops, only to get kicked in the arm again with a clothesline in return taking Zack down. Goto takes Sabre to the corner for a spinning heel kick into it, and a bulldog out of it for a near fall. Strikes from Sabre led to him getting sunk with a forearm, but he’s right back with uppercuts before he suckered Goto into an abdominal stretch. A snap German suplex pulls Goto down, but a reverse GTR nullifies things seconds later. Mid kicks from Goto keep Sabre on his knees, only for Zack to snap back with a Dragon suplex that he bridged for a near fall. Goto blocks a PK in return, but gets slapped silly before he returned with a headbutt. An ushigoroshi gets Goto free of a guillotine, before Sabre’s European clutch nearly got him the win out of a GTR. Sabre’s PK adds just a one count, as Goto’s clothesline drew a similar result as the pair upped the ante. Another Goto clothesline’s rolled down into a cross armbreaker by Sabre, but they’re too close to the ropes as Goto forced the break. Sabre’s charged into the corner as Goto brings him out with the one man Shoto, before a GTW added more impact as Goto continued to use his weakened arm. Sabre’s able to kick out at two from that, before he countered a GTR into a triangle armbar. Goto tries to stomp his way free, but Sabre rolled back into South Mimms Services and Goto taps out. Winner By Submission: Zack Sabre Jr (6) (17:31) Rate: 7 Non Title Block B Match Of The 2022 G1 Climax IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White (6) vs. Great O Khan (2) Great O Khan must win or he’s mathematically eliminated. Great O Khan charges at Jay White at the bell, who scrambled through the ropes to the outside to try and take the sting out of things. O Khan mocked White for bailing, before he tripped White down to the mat, rolling him around in a waistlock before White got to the ropes. Arguing with the ref creates a distraction as White caught O Khan from behind, only for O Khan to charge him down before he just sat on White for a near fall. White tries to scurry away, but O Khan pulled him back in and into the corner pad so he could take another seat and too sweet his arse for good measure. On the outside, White’s thrown into the rails before Gedo got shoved into them too as he tried to hold O Khan. It worked as White’s able to capitalise on that, throwing O Khan’s leg against the side of the ring before O Khan shoved White into Gedo by the railings. White shrugs it off and wrapped O-Khan’s leg around the bottom rope, almost like a Calf Slicer. Mudhole stomps keep O-Khan in the corner as White then bemoaned everyone as he proceeded to wrap O-Khan’s legs around the ring post. O Khan pushes free, sending White through the gate and into the crowd. Back inside, White scores a neckbreaker for a near fall, before his mockery almost got him rolled down to the mat. White blocked it though and took O Khan back down with a Dragon screw, only for O Khan to retaliate with a Judo throw. White’s thrown head-first into the corner pad, but O Khan couldn’t add to that as the damage to his legs meant he was limited to staggering around the ring. Still, O-Khan could hit a gutwrench suplex for a near-fall. O Khan goes for a hold, but White dives into the ropes for a break before O Khan tried to run him into the ring post on the apron. It backfires through as White scores a Dragon screw through the ropes. An uppercut back inside and a Blade Buster keeps O Khan on the back foot, while a chop took O Khan down to a knee. A Complete Shot has O Khan on the mat, with a deadlift German suplex keeping him there, before a belly 2 belly forced an opening for O Khan. White goes back to the leg with a Dragon screw, before the Great O Khan Tapout ended quickly in the ropes. O Khan responds to White’s mockery with a Mongolian chop, but he’s taken into the corner for some regular chops from White only to come out with a head claw. White kicks the knee to break it up, but missed a chop block as a throat thrust left White laying. More Mongolian chops follow, despite them causing O Khan some issues on the landings, before a front kick led to White slipping out of a backbreaker returning with a sleeper suplex instead. Out of nowhere, O Khan slaps in a Sheep Killer, then a backbreaker to take White away from the ropes, so the Sheep Killer could be reapplied. White tries to break it by pulling O Khan’s braid, but instead White got caught with a face claw as well, before an The Eliminator was teased. White slips out, but O Khan grabs the claw again before he just punched out Jay White.From there, White kicks out the knee to break the face claw, before a Blade Runner out of nowhere scored the win. Winner: IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White (8) (18:14) (Since O Khan lost, O Khan, Chase Owens & Tomohiro Ishii are all mathematically eliminated) Rate:8 (Recommended) Main Event Champion vs. Champion Block D Match Of The 2022 G1 Climax KOPW 2022 Champion Shingo Takagi (2) vs. United States Champion Will Ospreay (4) Shingo Takagi wrings the arm to start, but Will Ospreay gets out of a hammerlock and grabbed a side headlock that he used to drag Shingo down with. Pushing free, Shingo nails a shoulder tackle, before a hip toss took Ospreay out of the corner and followed up with a chinlock. That’s quickly broken up, so Shingo drives a knee into the back, then some knees to the midsection in the ropes, before a suplex dropped Ospreay for just a one count. Going to ground, Shingo applies some bodyscissors to Ospreay, but Ospreay manages to roll to the ropes for a break. A chop stings Shingo, who’s taken to the corner for a back elbow, only for Shingo to return the favour and fake out for a DDT but Ospreay’s right back up and dropkicks Shingo to the outside for a plancha. A backbreaker back inside gets a two-count as Ospreay began to control the pace. The pair jockey for a suplex, with Shingo teasing one from the ring to the floor, only for Ospreay to get free and get caught with the elbow/jab/clothesline triumvirate from Shingo. There’s a back body drop off the ropes for Ospreay, who’s then clotheslined over the top rope to the floor only to get rolled right back inside. Ospreay tries to boot Shingo out of the corner, then took a Twist & Shout ish neckbreaker for a two count. A noshigami’s elbowed out of as Ospreay then hit a stunner out of a suplex attempt. Kawada ish kicks are shrugged off by Shingo, who then blocked an OsCutter, then got his knees up to stop a standing moonsault. Ospreay turns it up in a heartbeat going for an OsCutter, eventually making do with a handspring enziguri and a superkick to stop Shingo’s stubbornness. Heading up top, Ospreay teased an avalanche Storm Breaker, but got knocked onto the apron as Shingo then stopped a springboard and teased an avalanche Last Of The Dragon. Ospreay flips down to avoid all that nonsense, then went back up as a Spanish Fly instead took the pair back into the ring for a near fall. A 450 splash from Ospreay adds another near fall as he then went for a Storm Breaker it’s flipped out of, as Shingo then ate a hook kick in return. Shingo blocked a Hidden Blade to the face, countering into a cross armbar as he snapped back on the elbow. Ospreay has trouble throwing elbow strikes after that, so he takes to the air only to eat a cutter from Shingo, then a pop up death valley driver and a clothesline as Shingo inched closer to a win. Ospreay flashed back with his own Made In Japan, before an OsCutter landed for a near-fall a Hidden Blade looked to follow, but Shingo flops out to avoid it. Kicks from Ospreay led to him punching out Shingo who returned with a reverse ‘rana only to get cracked with a short range Hidden Blade. The arm’s bothering Ospreay to the point he can’t do a Storm Breaker as Shingo snuck out of a one armed version so hook kicks take Shingo down. An OsCutter out of the corner’s countered into a backslide as the pair were starting to really swing for the fences Shingo ducks a Hidden Blade, then clotheslined away a lariat to hit a Dragon suplex on Ospreay. A Pumping Bomber dumps Ospreay to the mat for a near fall, before a sliding elbow to the face and a Last Of The Dragon planted Ospreay for the win. Winner: KOPW 2022 Champion Shingo Takagi (4) (21:55) Rate: 10 (Recommended) Block A Standings After Day 12 1st Place-Kazuchika Okada (6 Points) (3-0) 2nd Place-Lance Archer, Jeff Cobb & Bad Luck Fale (4 Points) (2-2) & Jonah (4 Points) (2-1) Last Place-Tom Lawlor (2 Points) (1-2) & Toru Yano (2 Points) (1-3) (Mathematically Eliminated) Block B Standings After Day 12 1st Place-IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White (8 Points) (4-0) 2nd Place-Sanada (4 Points) (2-2) & Taichi & Tama Tonga (4 Points) (2-1) Last Place- Great O Khan,Chase Owens & Tomohiro Ishii (2 Points) (1-3) (Mathematically Eliminated) Block C Standings After Day 12 1st Place- Zack Sabre Jr & Hiroshi Tanahashi (6 Points) (3-1) 2nd Place- NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champion Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito (4 Points) (2-2) Last Place- Aaron Henare (2 Points) (1-3) & Kenta & Evil (2 Points) (1-2) Block D Standings After Day 12 1st Place- David Finlay (6 Points) (3-1) 2nd Place- KOPW 2022 Champion Shingo Takagi, United States Champion Will Ospreay & Yujiro Takahashi (4 Points) (2-2) & NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Team Champion Yoshi Hashi (4 Points) (2-1) Last Place- Juice Robinson (2 Points) (1-3) & El Phantasmo (2 Points) (1-2)