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8/17 NJPW G1 CLIMAX SEMI-FINALS REPORT FROM TOKYO, JAPAN

By James Kurokawa on 2022-08-17 19:59:00

Ospreay vs. Naito; Okada vs. Tonga; Semi Finals of the G1 Climax 32 from Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan:

YOH, YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii and Hirooki Goto vs. TAKA Michinoku, Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Lance Archer

YOH pins TAKA after a Direct Drive.

Royce Isaacs and Tom Lawlor vs. Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.

Isaacs came to the ring with a mic, singing his entrance music, just like Taichi.

ZSJ taps out Isaacs to a cross arm breaker.

Good match.  Dangerous Tekkers fighting Team Filthy was fun and they match up well together.  Lawlor vs. ZSJ would be a singles match I would like like to see.  

Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe vs. Bad Dude Tito and JONAH

JONAH pins Honma after a lariat.

After the match, Tito told the camera, that they would be in World Tag League.

Aaron Henare, Great O-Khan and Jeff Cobb vs. Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale and Juice Robinson

Owens pinned Henare after a Package Piledriver.  

BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA and Shingo Takagi vs. El Phantasmo, Yujiro Takahashi, KENTA and EVIL

KENTA taps out BUSHI to Game Over.

After the match, El Phantasmo continued to stomp on Shingo Takagi and mock him.  ELP called himself “Shingo’s Daddy”.   They may be feud between them soon. 

KUSHIDA, David Finlay, Toru Yano and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson and Jay White

Yano pins Gallows after a low blow.

G1 Climax 32 Semi Final Matches:

A Block Winner: Kazuchika Okada vs. B Block Winner:  Tama Tonga

The match was even until Okada hits a DDT on the floor.  Tama was dazed and was almost counted out.   Okada kicked Tama in the head, mocking him.  Tama got pissed and hulked up.  He hammered Okada with punches and hit a back suplex.   Tama elbowed Okada in the neck.  They trade strikes.  Tama hits a Tongan Twist.  Okada rolls to the floor.  Tama hits another Tongan Twist on the floor.  They roll back in the ring.  Tama hits a Villano.  Two count.   Tama with an SRC and a Supreme Flow.  Two count.  Okada counters a Gun Stun into a neck breaker.  Okada applies the Money Clip.  Tama gets to the ropes.  Okada slams him and hits a top rope elbow.  Tama avoids a Rainmaker and throws a drop kick.  Okada with a drop kick.   Tama hits a Bloody Sunday.  Two count.  Okada counters with two lariats.  Okada hits another drop kick and a Landslide.  Okada goes for a Rainmaker but Tama counters into a Gun Stun.   Tama cannot make the cover. Tama covers Okada but he kicks out at two.  They exchange near falls.  They reverse out of finishers.  Okada hits a Cobra Flosion and finally a Rainmaker.

Okada pins Tama.

Kazuchika Okada advances to the Finals of the G1 Climax 32.

Both men shake hands and hug after the match.  

Good match.  Both men wrestled tough matches over the past two days.   Okada had to wrestle two different styles of matches against two types of opponents, and he came out on top.  Okada is still among the best in the world.

C Block Winner:  Tetsuya Naito vs. D Block Winner:  Will Ospreay

Ospreay has his neck and shoulders taped up, after getting a piledriver on the floor O-Khan is in his corner.  

Naito quickly goes after the neck.  Ospreay counters with chops and strikes.  Naito hit a neck breaker off the ropes, drop kick to the head and a standing neck breaker.  Naito attacks Ospreay’s neck with vicious elbows.  Naito slows Ospreay with neck submissions.  Ospreay picks up the pace with a running boot and a top rope forearm.   Naito hits another neck breaker and applies a double leg nelson, putting pressure on his neck.   They trade strikes.  Ospreay hits a Spanish Fly. More elbow strikes.   Pace picks up.  Naito pounds on Ospreay’s neck.   Ospreay is dazed and in pain.  Naito hits Gloria.  Two count.  Ospreay charges and Naito lifts him up and over and Ospreay goes face first into the turnbuckle.   Naito hits a Poisonrana off the ropes!! Damn!   Ospreay kicks out.  Ospreay hits a modified tombstone.   Two count.  Ospreay crushes Naito with a Hidden Blade.  He lifts up Naito for Stormbreaker, but Naito reverses into Destino.  Both men are exhausted.

Ospreay with a hook kick.  Naito with a Spinebuster.  Ospreay with a Chelsea Grin.  Ospreay goes for a Hidden Blade but Naito counters into a Destino.  Two count.   Ospreay hits a Hidden Blade to the face.   

Ospreay pins Naito.

Will Ospreay advances to the Finals of the G1 Climax 32 and will face Kazuchika Okada.

Great match.  Both men looked sharp in the match.   Arguably, the two best wrestlers in New Japan will meet in the Finals tomorrow.

Thank you for reading.

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