Hello WNW people, and welcome to New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 in the USA results and reactions from yours truly Mitch “Big M” Adams. I’m going to keep this brief as I will save my full thoughts for the next House of “M” right here on WNW!
Ten Man Tag Match: Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Marty Scrull, The Young Bucks & Yujiro Takahashi) Chaos (Beretta, The Briscoes, Rocky Romero & Will Ospreay
Usually, these multi-man tag matches in New Japan are an awful bore, but this one was a lot if fun. Lots of high flying action. The Bullet Club (especially Marty Scurll) was SUPER over!
Winners: Chaos (Beretta, The Briscoes, Rocky Romero & Will Ospreay
Eight Man Tag Match: Dragon Lee, Justin Thunder Liger, Titan & Volodor Jr vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi & Sanada)
This was average, but it was so cool to see Jushin Thunder Liger rocking a US Show again!
Winner: Los Ingobernables de Japon
First Round IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Title Tournament Match: Hangman Page vs Jay Lethal
This match was honestly very…”meh!”
Winner: Jay Lethal
First Round IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Title Tournament Match: Juice Robinson vs Zack Sabre Jr
Zack Sabre Jr can turn a man into a human pretzel which is always fun. And Juice Robinson has grown by leaps and bounds since leaving NXT!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr
Eight Man Tag Match: Jay White & Taguchi Japan ( David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida) vs Hunter Club (Billy Gunn & Yoshi Tatsu) & Tempura Boyz (Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
Another “meh” Tag match. But Jay White looked pretty good here!
Winners: Jay White & Taguchi Japan (David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida)
IWGP Tag Team Title Championship Match: Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa) (c) vs War Machine (Hanson & Rowe)
Bullet Club didn’t have the best night here in New Japan’s first US show which is surprising. This was a War, with Hanson and Rowe regaining the Titles in impressive fashion.
Winners: War Machine
First Round IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Title Tournament Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishi
This was a bit of a dark horse match, and it absolutely delivered. Isi is one scary human being but I still never would have thought Naito would go under. Especially given how over he is!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishi
First Round IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Title Tournament Match: Kenny Omega vs Michel Elgin
The man who should have been main eventing this show Kenny Omega proved once again he can have a five-star match with anyone! Michael Elgin looked great here as well, but Kenny was the star of the show!
Winner: Kenny Omega
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Cody Rhodes
This match was actually kind of sloppy and disorganized. But that doesn’t really matter! The real story here is the divide in the Bullet Club regarding Cody and Kenny. I am very interested to see how that plays out.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada
During the press conference after the show, Kenny Omega and Cody had a confrontation:
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W)
— Wrestling Observer (@WONF4W) July 2, 2017
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