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NJPW G1 Climax 30 night 16 results: Tanahashi vs. SANADA

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  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA

Report --

Yota Tsuji defeated Yuya Uemura (8:06)

These two have incredible chemistry, and they continued to display that here. They performed technical wrestling to start. Uemura displayed a couple of cool escapes and counters as he worked over Tsuji's arm. He locked on a relatively early key lock, and Tsuji had to fight hard to escape with a powerbomb.

Tsuji hit a scoop slam and jumping splashes for two, but Uemura reached the ropes before he could lock on the Boston crab. Uemura regained arm control and went for his overhead suplex, but Tsuji turned it into a crab in a great spot. Uemura fought to reach the ropes, but Tsuji turned it into a cloverleaf before he was forced to break. 

They exchanged forearms and Tsuji hit a spear. Tsuji performed a giant swing and locked on the crab, forcing Uemura to tap.

G1 Climax 30 Block B: KENTA defeated YOSHI-HASHI (17:45)

This match was eminently average for the majority of its duration, but it did pick up at the end.

KENTA taunted his opponent at the start, but YOSHI-HASHI hit forearms and chops followed by the Headhunter, forcing KENTA to take a break outside. He baited YOSHI-HASHI to the floor by grabbing his staff and sent him into the barricade and the ring post. 

Back inside, KENTA locked in a double wristlock, but YOSHI-HASHI reached the ropes. KENTA beat down YOSHI-HASHI with kicks and continued to attempt arm submissions. YOSHI-HASHI fired up with chops but was cut off with more arm-wrenching. He turned a submission into a sleeper of his own, followed by a vertical suplex.

YOSHI-HASHI hit more strikes and a running dropkick for two. He tried to keep up the attack but was surprised with a powerslam and KENTA's tornado DDT into the rope. The top-rope clothesline got two. They traded strikes before KENTA hit the Shibata running dropkick in the corner, followed by a diving stomp for two.

YOSHI-HASHI hit a mule kick and a thrust kick followed by a Liger Bomb for two. He immediately applied the butterfly lock. After a long battle, YOSHI-HASHI transitioned to a sleeper but missed a meteora. KENTA tried to lock on Game Over, but YOSHI-HASHI reached the ropes. 

They traded kicks and forearms, and KENTA won the striking battle with spinning backfists. YOSHI-HASHI turned the Go To Sleep into a DDT before hitting a dragon suplex and a western lariat. He hit a fisherman's buster but only got two.

KENTA tried to fire back with strikes, but YOSHI-HASHI attempted Karma. KENTA escaped, locked on Game Over, rolled his opponent away from the ropes, and got the submission victory.

G1 Climax 30 Block B: Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Juice Robinson (14:24)

This was pretty good, but unspectacular.

The story early on was that Juice had Sabre completely scouted. Sabre attempted to take advantage with technical wrestling to start, but Juice matched him all the way before Sabre broke it up with an uppercut. Juice knocked him down with a tackle, but Sabre turned a senton into an armbar.

Sabre targeted Juice's arm, wrenching it and stomping on it. He went for his arm-twist backflip kick, but Juice avoided it and hit a senton. Juice hit straight punches and a big chop followed by a spinebuster.

Juice set Sabre up top, but Sabre applied a double wristlock and uppercut him off the top before locking on a jumping guillotine. Juice tried to suplex Sabre out of it, but Sabre continued to transition into different holds before Juice reached the ropes.

Juice fired up but Sabre fought out of the Juice Box and hit a soccer kick and a tornado DDT for two. He immediately transitioned into an armbar and then a triangle. The crowd's stomp-stomp-clap fired Juice up and he escaped with a powerbomb. The corner cannonball followed, but Sabre turned Pulp Friction into an octopus hold. Juice fought out and hit the Juice Box for 2.

Sabre fought out of Pulp Friction again, and the two exchanged cradles before Sabre locked on the European Clutch to escape with a win.

***** Intermission *****

G1 Climax 30 Block B: Tetsuya Naito defeated Toru Yano (8:04)

This may have been the wackiest Yano match yet for this G1, but it was really entertaining. They convinced the crowd that Yano was beating the IWGP double champion at points.

The two wouldn't let each other start the collar and elbow tie-up. Naito rolled Yano up for a great near fall right away, before Yano made his way out to the crowd. The official started to count, but Yano couldn't find a way back into the ring. He rolled in at nineteen but was met with stomps from Naito.

Naito missed a clothesline and was sent outside, so Yano mocked Naito's ingobernable dive tease, but instead of doing the LIJ pose, he did his signature shrug. Both men grabbed turnbuckle pads, but Yano won the battle, sending Naito outside. 

Yano produced a roll of tape, but Naito popped up and threw the tape to the official. Yano sprayed his cleaner in Naito's eyes as well as Yota Tsuji's at ringside, then taped their wrists together through the barricade. Tsuji squeezed through the barricade and both Naito and Tsuji made it in just before the count of twenty.

With their wrists still taped, they downed Yano with a clothesline, before the referee removed the tape.

Naito offered the LIJ pose to Tsuji, but kicked him and slammed him onto Yano. Naito tried to slam the official onto Yano, but Yano hit a low blow and a chop block.

Naito rolled out of a cradle, hit a low blow of his own, and cradled Yano for the pin.

G1 Climax 30 Block B: EVIL defeated Hirooki Goto (15:33)

This was better than most EVIL matches from this tournament, but your enjoyment will still be a function of how much you tolerate Togo's interference.

Goto's shoulder was taped heavily. He picked up the advantage early on after a shoulder tackle. EVIL whipped Goto into the ropes where he was tripped up by Togo. EVIL kept up the beating on the outside, hitting the homerun swing with chairs.

Goto tried to bring the fight back in the ring, but was whipped into an exposed turnbuckle. Goto fought back with strikes and sent EVIL into the exposed turnbuckle before hitting a Saito suplex and a running bulldog for two. EVIL fought out of the ushigoroshi and hit his official-assisted low kick. He set up for Darkness Falls, Goto fought out, and the two both tried some misdirected rope-running before Goto hit the ushigoroshi.

Goto made his way to the top rope, but Togo distracted him long enough for EVIL to bring him down hard, following with a lariat for two. Darkness Falls was next for another two.

Goto fought out of Everything is EVIL and drove EVIL's head into his knee. Goto clotheslined EVIL over the top rope and hit a rare dive onto EVIL and Togo. 

Back inside, Goto hit a top-rope elbow drop. He tried for the GTR, but EVIL raked his eyes. EVIL distracted the official as Togo attempted to garrote Goto, but Goto immediately fought out and hit a ushigoroshi, followed by a standing headbutt on EVIL. The mid kick followed, and Goto hit a reverse GTR for two.

They each tried for their finishers, but EVIL pushed Goto into the official, which gave him enough of an opening to hit Everything is EVIL for the win.

G1 Climax 30 Block B: SANADA defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi (28:28)

This was the only match from tonight's show worth going out of your way to see. It was an excellent technical battle to start, building and building to a really exciting closing sequence.

They wrestled around to begin, but neither man could gain an advantage over the other. SANADA locked on a leg nelson, but Tanahashi turned it into a bow and arrow, forcing the two to break. They each had the other by the leg, but refused to set it down, so SANADA attempted the paradise lock. Tanahashi escaped and kicked out SANADA's leg.

Tanahashi continued to target SANADA's leg before SANADA came back with a dragon screw. SANADA performed his high leapfrogs followed by a dropkick and a plancha to the outside. Back in, SANADA applied the paradise lock and broke it with a dropkick. He tied Tanahashi up in the ropes with an upside-down paradise lock and hit another dropkick for two.

SANADA set up for a TKO, but Tanahashi kicked out his leg and hit a dragon screw. SANADA rolled to the outside and Tanahashi hit a ridiculous standing High Fly Flow from the top rope to the floor. SANADA made it back in at the count of nineteen but Tanahashi hit dragon screws and locked on a Texas Cloverleaf. Tanahashi sat down deep on it before SANADA eventually reached the ropes.

SANADA went for another TKO, but Tanahashi hit Twist and Shout twice. He went for it a third time, but SANADA turned it into a rope-assisted Magic Killer. SANADA finally hit the TKO for two. Tanahashi whipped SANADA, who hit a springboard dropkick. SANADA attempted the moonsault but missed and tweaked his leg, allowing Tanahashi to hit a Sling Blade followed by an arm-trap German suplex bridge for two.

Tanahashi went for the High Fly Flow, but SANADA got his knees up. SANADA flipped out of the corner into the Skull End. Tanahashi tried to escape by targeting SANADA's injured leg, but SANADA re-applied the hold. He let go and went for the moonsault, but Tanahashi got his knees up.

At the 25-minute mark, Tanahashi hit repeated dragon screws. SANADA fought out and went for a jumping hurricanrana, but Tanahashi turned it into another Texas Cloverleaf. After a really long battle, SANADA pushed up and fought his way to the ropes. 

SANADA went for a cradle, but Tanahashi applied the same cradle for two. Tanahashi tried for SANADA's Japanese Clutch Hold, but SANADA kicked out and locked on Skull End. Tanahashi flipped himself over to apply Skull End himself, and SANADA couldn't do the same.

Tanahashi attempted a High Fly Flow, but SANADA turned it into a TKO in a really unique spot. SANADA then hit two consecutive moonsaults for the three count.

Post-match, SANADA cut a promo.

G1 Climax 30 standings --

 A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada -- 12 points (6-2)
  • Kota Ibushi -- 12 points (6-2)
  • Jay White -- 12 points (6-2)
  • Will Ospreay -- 10 points (5-3)
  • Taichi -- 8 points (4-4) *eliminated*
  • Jeff Cobb -- 8 points (4-4) *eliminated* 
  • Tomohiro Ishii -- 6 points (3-4) *eliminated*
  • Shingo Takagi -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • Minoru Suzuki -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • Yujiro Takahashi -- 0 points (0-8) *eliminated*

B Block

  • Tetsuya Naito -- 12 points (6-2)
  • EVIL -- 12 points (6-2)
  • SANADA -- 10 points (5-3)
  • Zack Sabre Jr. -- 10 points (5-3)
  • Hirooki Goto -- 8 points (4-4) *eliminated*
  • KENTA -- 8 points (4-4) *eliminated*
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • Juice Robinson -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • Toru Yano -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • YOSHI-HASHI -- 2 points (1-7) *eliminated*