The last few years of Summer Slam haven’t been all that great but 2017 proved to be a step up from the prior year.
With Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe headlining with a crazy Fatal 4Way match, Shinsuke Nakamura challenging Jinder Mahal for the WWE World Championship, and an undercard that had some decent matches and some really terrible ones, this year’s edition was a mixed bag.
After a few less-than-awesome NXT TakeOver’s, the “developmental” brand of WWE comes back with a spectacular show for NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III.
Featuring a NXT Championship match between Bobby Roode and Drew McIntyre, a Match of the Year contender between Asuka and Ember Moon for the NXT Women’s Championship, and a few other stand out matches on the night, the biggest surprise came with the emergence of former Ring of Honor stars.
Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish reunited as reDRagon to attack the tag division and aid former member of The Elite, Adam Cole, as he made his intentions clear to go after the NXT Championship.
We also had surprise commentary from Jim Ross and Corey Graves.
After four weeks, the G1 Climax 27 tournament concluded with three nights of amazing action.
Not only did we see the A-Block and B-Block decided in matches between Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito and the third match between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada, we also got the IWGP Tag Team Championships defended by War Machine against the Bullet Club’s Cody and Hangman Page, the IWGP Junior Tag Titles defended by The Young Bucks against Ricochet and Taguchi.
There were many surprise returns on the final night of the tournament, including a major surprise by Katsuyori Shibata, the beloved Daryl, the infamous Killer Elite Squad, and a strange promo hinting at the debut of a new switchblade wielding star for New Japan.
This is our review of the final three nights of the G1 Climax 27.
With just a few hours until the three most exciting nights of pro wrestling of the year, we look at the lineup for the A-Block and B-Block finals of the G1 Climax 27.
As the tournament has worked itself out, we wind up with the Fantastic Four of New Japan Pro Wrestling heading into the finals with Hiroshi Tanahashi taking on Tetsuya Naito in the A-Block finals and the third encounter between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada finishing off the B-Block.
While Naito vs. Tanahashi may be by-the-book, the Okada Omega 3 match has a few wrinkles in it that will make it possibly the best of the series between the two who have already had sensational matches so far in 2017.
This is our predictions and preview of the final three nights of NJPW’s G1 Climax 27.
We’re into the thick of the G1 Climax 27 and things are beginning to take shape for the finals in just over a week.
Among featured matches from nights 9 through 12 were a slugfest between Tomohiro Ishii and Yuji Nagata, another epic between Ishii and Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi and “The Ace” Hiroshi Tanahashi clashing, and Kenny Omega taking on a legend and a fierce upstart in EVIL.
We look back at the highlights from this week’s past tournament matches and look ahead to what might possibly be the storylines going into the finals.
A wild two nights of G1 Climax 27 action as the B-Block and A-Block enter the second round of competition at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Featured matches included Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga in a battle for the soul of Bullet Club, Kazuchika Okada taking on Michael Elgin in an extraordinary match, the long awaited clash between Kota Ibush and Zack Sabre, Jr. which we were denied at last year’s Cruiserweight Classic, and a total strong style brawl between Tomohiro Ishii and Togi Makabe.
We update the standings as to who is leading, who is behind, and predictions for upcoming matches over the next week.
This edition is dedicated to the memory of Daryl. RIP Daryl, you will be missed. Bad Luck Fale, watch your back, Takahashi is coming!
The 2017 edition of New Japan’s G1 Climax kicked off Sunday night with a packed A-Block and an undercard that wasn’t too shabby itself.
With four tag matches that all were between ten to fifteen minutes, they set up stories for Thursday’s B-Block first night. Kenny Omega being afraid (seemingly) of Minoru Suzuki, the first battle between Suzuki Gun and Bullet Club, Yano and Okada being on opposite sides of a tag match, and Los Ingobernables Da Japon in a tag match against each other, there was plenty to take in during the first hour.
The second half of the show picked up with some really great pairings, including a heartfelt battle between Yuji Nagata and YOSHI-HASHI, a brawl between Bad Luck Fale and Togi Makabe, a strong style exhibition with Ishii and Goto, a technical gut wrencher between Zack Sabre Jr. and Hiroshi Tanahashi, all capped off by the main event.
The first Match of the Year candidate from the G1 27 came on night one with Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito tearing down the house in an epic encounter. Ibushi was so moved her cried before and after the match.
We also look at the standings and where everyone is now as we head into Thursday’s show.
Everything You Need To Know About NJPW G1 Climax 27
With the G1 Climax 27 starting this weekend, many Western fans may be watching their first G1 over the next month. This video is aimed at letting you know what you need to about this legendary tournament.
With all the major players including Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, HIroshi Tanahashi and others participating, it makes the G1 27 something special. Japan’s pro-wres annual event goes all over the country with some of the best matches you’ll see this year.
Other standouts may be Juice Robinson, Sanada, Zack Sabre Jr, and Kota Ibushi to name a few. We hope you learn more about this event, how the A Block and B Blocks work, and much more.
NJPW G1 Special USA Full Review: Jim Ross Commentary, Ricochet, Omega, and Other Thoughts
So many topics to discuss after the historic G1 Special USA from New Japan Pro Wrestling, we cover the major points from the two days.
Of note are the U.S. Tournament finals between Ishii and Omega, the dissolution of Roppongi Vice, Ricochet throwing shade towards Lucha Underground, the overall feeling of both shows and much more.
We also have a long rant on Jim Ross and his commentary during the event. Both nights saw JR at less-than-his-best, and it is a bit disappointing given what New Japan and it’s stars are trying to accomplish.