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NJPW G1 Climax 30 night three results: Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White

Recommended Matches --

  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Taichi
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Will Ospreay
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White

Report --

Today's Block A show was at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, which is where the New Beginning in Sapporo takes place.

Gabriel Kidd defeated Yuya Uemura (7:36)

Whatever match you have pictured for these two in your head, this was exactly that: pristinely wrestled, compact, and hard-hitting.

The two Young Lions wrestled back and forth to start. Uemura eventually gained the upper hand with an Indian deathlock, but Kidd reached the ropes and hit a slam.

Uemura was forced into a corner and met with big chops from Kidd. He broke out with forearms and the two exchanged strikes before Kidd downed Uemura with a back elbow for two.

Kidd continued to hit overhand chops, but was met with Uemura's picture-perfect dropkick. A hip toss got two, and Uemura immediately transitioned into a single-leg crab, but Kidd reached the ropes.

Uemura tried to hit his overhead suplex, but Kidd fought out and the two had a forearm battle, which Kidd won. Kidd hit a dropkick and a butterfly suplex for the win.

G1 Climax 30 Block A: Jeff Cobb defeated Shingo Takagi (11:40)

This was solidly worked and hard-hitting, but Cobb remains a step slower than other NJPW wrestlers who perform a similar style, such as Shingo, Ishii, Goto, and even Taichi. 

Shingo took control early on with a shoulder block. He and Cobb had an Irish whip battle, which Cobb won, following up with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Cobb continued to target Shingo's midsection, concluding with a back suplex.

After fighting out of a suplex, Shingo hit his jab/lariat striking sequence and a delayed suplex for two. He went for the sliding lariat but Cobb blocked. Shingo then turned a rope rebound into a backdrop suplex.

The two traded clotheslines and exploder suplexes. They had a seated striking battle which gradually transitioned into a standing one including forearms, thrust kicks and headbutts. Cobb won that battle with a lariat, but Shingo immediately hit the noshigami.

Cobb avoided the Pumping Bomber but Shingo got him on the rebound for a near fall. Shingo set up for Last of the Dragon, but Cobb powered out and hit his series of gutwrenches, ending with a gutwrench powerbomb for two. 

Shingo powered out of a fireman's carry and hit his sliding lariat. After beating Cobb down, he hit Made in Japan for two. Cobb powered out of Last of the Dragon, and the two traded standing lariats. Cobb hit a German suplex and the Tour of the Islands for the win.

G1 Climax 30 Block A: Kazuchika Okada defeated Yujiro Takahashi (12:00)

While we did get an admittedly exciting closing sequence, this was as lifeless as a G1 match can get. Nobody buys into Yujiro as a competitor and Okada's style is suboptimal in the pandemic crowd setting.

Aside from his signature bite spot, Yujiro wrestled completely cleanly. Okada went for a suplex early on but Yujiro escaped with his hand bite. He then brought Okada outside for a neckbreaker and running dropkick on the ramp, which led to an extended heat segment where Yujiro beat Okada down.

There were lots of rest holds. Okada made his comeback by avoiding a boot and hitting a running uppercut. He hit a DDT but Yujiro rolled outside to avoid the cover, so we got a rare pescado from Okada. 

Back in, Yujiro fought out of a suplex and hit the fisherman's buster for two. The two had a striking battle, which Yujiro won with an eye rake. Okada hit his dropkick and the tombstone piledriver. He then locked on the cobra clutch but Yujiro escaped with a bite and a Saito suplex.

Okada missed the rolling Rainmaker and Yujiro hit his twisting fireman's carry drop and a big lariat. Okada attempted the dropkick but Yujiro had it scouted. He set up for Pimp Juice but Okada fought out and hit the rolling Rainmaker. After locking on the cobra clutch, Yujiro was forced to submit.

G1 Climax 30 Block A: Taichi defeated Minoru Suzuki (12:42)

This was different than most G1 matches, more of a plunder brawl than anything else with an excellent strong style sequence at the finish.

Suzuki attacked before the bell. The two were all over each other, going for illegal chokes and closed-fist strikes. When the official attempted to break it up, he ended up taking a bump and both competitors grabbed chairs.

After a wacky chairs battle in the ring, Suzuki sent Taichi outside and beat him down with another chair. Suzuki continued the attack, choking his stablemate with the chair and taunting him. Taichi attempted to fight back, but Suzuki downed him with a forearm.

We got more and more brawling as the two spent nearly five minutes outside. Suzuki brought yet another chair into the ring. The referee took another bump when he tired to stop Suzuki. Taichi took advantage with a strike from the mic stand.

Outside once again, Taichi began to choke Suzuki with electrical cords. Suzuki stumbled up the ramp, but Taichi stopped him with a chair shot. Taichi removed his pants without celebration, showing that he meant business in this one. 

Taichi hit Kawada kicks, which woke up Suzuki, who downed him with one forearm. The two had a long strike exchange. Taichi hit an Axe Bomber to the back of Suzuki's head, followed by the gamengiri. 

Suzuki went for the sleeper but Taichi powered out and hit a backdrop suplex and another gamengiri. He went for another Axe Bomber, but Suzuki countered with another sleeper. Suzuki locked on the Gotch grip, but Suzuki powered out of the piledriver.

Taichi then hit Black Mephisto to pin his stable leader.

G1 Climax 30 Block A: Will Ospreay defeated Tomohiro Ishii (18:14)

This was excellent, but perhaps a bit different than you might expect. There was less of a focus on an extremely fast pace and more of a focus on innovative spots and counter-based wrestling.

It's remarkable how much bigger Ospreay is than Ishii. There was an incredible moment at the bell where Ospreay offered up a handshake with his dumb smile, which Ishii ignored to attempt a lariat. Ospreay offered another handshake but Ishii refused once again, this time with a kick. They each attempted their big moves but missed. 

Ospreay hit a stiff slap and Kawada kicks before Ishii leveled him with a chop and a shoulder block. It was all Ishii for a while as he beat Ospreay down with strikes. Ospreay eventually attempted a comeback, but Ishii cut him off with a throat chop.

The handspring kick gave Ospreay a moment to recover. Despite his bulked-up physique, Ospreay is still able to hit a picture-perfect standing shooting star press and Pip Pip Cheerio. The two traded reversals and counters before Ospreay forced Ishii off the apron with a dropkick.

We got a ridiculous sequence where Ospreay went for the Fosbury Flop, but Ishii moved. Ospreay then sprung back up to the apron and flipped into an inverted front chancery. Ishii fought out and Ospreay jumped back off the railing and hit an Oscutter. Ishii just made it back in at 19 and was immediately met with a springboard dropkick for two.

Ospreay made his way back up to the top rope, but Ishii forced him off his balance by hitting the ropes. He then essentially performed a pull-up into a headbutt to Ospreay on the top in an innovative spot, followed by a superplex. Ishii hit forearms, but the two began a string of countering each other's big moves before Ospreay finally hit a thrust kick.

More kicks followed. Ospreay missed the Oscutter and was floored with a forearm. Ishii followed up with a powerbomb and a sliding lariat, each getting two. Ishii went for a lariat but Ospreay turned it into a Spanish Fly for a near fall. Ospreay then hit the Oscutter for another good near fall.

Ishii powered out of the Stormbreaker and hit a headbutt. Ospreay went for the super Oscutter but settled for a hook kick before Ishii downed him with a lariat. Ishii attempted another but Ospreay turned it into a powerbomb.

The two battled with strikes once more. Ishii hit a headbutt but Ospreay turned the brainbuster into a stunner. Ospreay hit a reverse hurricanrana and appeared to set up for the Stormbreaker but turned it into a piledriver for a fantastic near fall.

The Hidden Blade and the Stormbreaker followed for three.

G1 Climax 30 Block A: Jay White defeated Kota Ibushi (20:27)

I thought this was a very compelling match. White did a great job targeting the knee and Ibushi did just as good a job selling it. Your enjoyment is probably a function of how much you like or dislike the Gedo interference, but I thought it was very well done. These two have phenomenal chemistry.

This matchup has been greatly protected as they've only met twice, once in the G1 finals and once at Wrestle Kingdom. Switchblade was joined by Gedo. White taunted the fans at the start, imploring them to chant Ibushi's name, which they can't do due to pandemic regulations.

Ibushi beat White down but White took advantage by forcing Ibushi's knee into the ring apron. Outside, White drove Ibushi into the barricade and continued to target the knee. The methodical attack by White went on for an extended period of time.

Ibushi eventually made a comeback with a dropkick and a standing moonsault. He attempted his springboard corner moonsault but White moved out of the way, and Ibushi sold his knee. The Blade buster got two, followed by a German suplex where Ibushi landed right on his head.

Every time Ibushi attempted a comeback, White would target the knee and cut him off. Ibushi was able to force White to the apron to attempt his apron German but Gedo grabbed White's foot to stop it. That gave White the opening to hit a dragon screw and a uranage for two. Gedo called for the Kiwi Crusher but Ibushi fought out and hit a cradle piledriver.

White went back to his plan of attacking the knee but Ibushi snapped into his trance-like state and was unaffected. White attempted more strikes but Ibushi downed him with a lariat. Ibushi countered a German suplex into one of his own. He went for the Bomaye but White countered, so Ibushi hit a roundhouse kick. 

White regained control with more dragon screws before locking on the TTO submission. Ibushi nearly tapped but he reached the ropes. White hit a sleeper suplex but Ibushi hit the Bomaye and the Last Ride for a good near fall.

Ibushi set up for the Kamigoye but White grabbed the official. In front of eerie silence, White attempted a couple forearm. Ibushi shook it off, leveling White with a forearm and a kick of his own. Gedo distracted the official and White hit a low blow, followed by a leglock suplex for two.

Ibushi hit a V-trigger and dispatched Gedo with a high kick but White hit the Blade Runner out of nowhere for the win.

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Post-match, White cut a completely unhinged promo calling the fans stupid for robotically clapping –– most of the fans probably don't understand what he's saying in English. He called Ibushi stupid for caring what the fans think. This was sensational.

Okada is up next for White, their first meeting since Madison Square Garden.

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Updated Block A Standings:

  • Jay White – 4 points (2-0)
  • Will Ospreay – 4 points (2-0)
  • Taichi – 4 points (2-0)
  • Kazuchika Okada – 2 points (1-1)
  • Kota Ibushi – 2 points (1-1)
  • Minoru Suzuki – 2 points (1-1)
  • Jeff Cobb – 2 points (1-1)
  • Shingo Takagi – 0 points (0-2)
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 0 points (0-2)
  • Yujiro Takahashi – 0 points (0-2)