New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 2020 Night 6
September 29, 2020
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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Welcome to the B Block action on Night 6 of the G1 Climax 30!

Last time in the B block we had Tetsuya Naito and Toru Yano being undefeated, KENTA literally kicked the crap out of Juice Robinson, YOSHI-HASHI had one of the personal highlights of the tournament so far for me in a fiery match against EVIL, and SANADA and Tanahashi were still on the losing side. We’ll see today who will keep his winning or losing streak alive. I’m really looking forward to Naito vs Goto, Sabre Jr vs KENTA, and Juice vs Tanahashi. 

Yuya Uemura def. Gabriel Kidd

This was a fast and heavy opener for the night. It started fast and then got nasty with the reversals and a beautiful dropkick by Uemura. This was pretty straightforward and pretty impressive outings by the Young Lions, who have been killing it on the G1 tour. I am always impressed by Uemura and I see great things in him, as everyone else does. He is the one that I look forward to the most to see how he develops. Kidd is not far behind, with a great performance by him. If you have been watching the full cards so far, don’t skip it. It’s a great opener to what’s about to come the rest of the night. Uemura won by submission. ***

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It always kills me how long YOSHI-HASHI takes to enter. I swear he waits until the one minute intro of his theme is over. It has taken a while for me to like YOSHI-HASHI, but this was the year that got me and he won me over with his last match. I don’t dread his matches anymore and find him endearing. This match is after his great performance against EVIL and this is to see how far the losing SANADA would go. 

It started with lock-ups, went to the outside, and SANADA took out YOSHI-HASHI by injuring his knee. YOSHI went back into the ring at the last second, and the match went into another gear. Once again, white-hot babyface YOSHI-HASHI was great, and there were moments where I bought a lot of the covers. SANADA tried his darndest to submit YOSHI with the Cold Skull, but it was not enough to take our young hero down. This match has one of SANADA’s pet peeves with me: he almost has the opponent knocked out with the submission, and just when the guy is out, he decides to go for the moonsault, a moonsault that is reversed most of the time. It just bothers me. As expected, the moonsault was reversed by YOSHI, and the match ended with YOSHI-HASHI doing his finisher Karma and pinning SANADA. SANADA’s losing streak continues in this good match. ***3/4

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KENTA (4) Def. Zack Sabre Jr (2)

When KENTA came into NJPW he was pretty uneven, but he’s having a great 2020 in Japan, I have not seen his NJPW Strong work yet. Sabre Jr. is always awesome in my book, so this was one of the matchups I was looking forward to. Zack tried to lock KENTA up in his submissions but KENTA started kicking the crap out of him, even taking him to the outside. On one of these kicks, Zack took the advantage by grabbing his leg and applying a submission, which then led to kicks of his own. This was the theme throughout the match, just two men hitting the crap out of each other with submissions in between. Zack worked KENTA’s left arm, but it was not enough at the end and Zack ended up eating a Go2Sleep, giving KENTA the victory. It was a great paced back and forth match and KENTA’s best match so far in the tournament. It had a great mix of Sabre submission work and him getting mad and going toe to toe with KENTA with kicks and elbow strikes. I really enjoyed this match and I recommend it. ****

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Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) Def. Juice Robinson (4)

Will Tanahashi keep his losing streak like SANADA? Tanahashi had one of the best matches of the year on night 2 and lost to Yano on night 4, and Juice is on a winning streak finally on a G1. This match was Tanahashi desperate for a win against a man that is on fire. Tanahashi even went as far as to pull Juice’s hair, which he did it too in return. Juice dominated most of the match, but Tanahashi always had a surprise counter from out of nowhere. I have to say, Juice’s connection with the clap crowd is always amazing, even up to the “We Will Rock You” rhythm. Tanahashi beat Juice with a surprise roll-up, and finally got his first win in the tournament. I’m really interested to see how both men fare up as the nights continue on. This was a really fun match that just flew by. Nothing special, just really solid wrestling from two amazing wrestlers. ***¾

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Toru Yano (6) Def. EVIL (2)

Reviewers confession: I love Toru Yano G1’s matches. I don’t think they are the best, they aren’t even the best one from the nights, but it’s a nice balance to have on the card. Sue me, I love it. My main interest in the match was what Yano was going to do to EVIL and Togo. I knew I was off for a ride when all four corners of the ring were taken off and Yano taped off Togo on the rail outside. Yano kept his G1 streak alive by giving a low blow to both EVIL and Togo in a finishing sequence where everyone got low balled. Even if you hate Yano’s matches, you should definitely check this out. This was short, sweet, and it was great seeing EVIL get his comeuppance by dealing with someone who is a better cheater than he is. Hell, for the finishing sequence alone I would recommend checking it out. *** 

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Tetsuya Naito (6) Def. Hirooki Goto (2) 

As everyone knows, G is for Goto, even though this year it has not been the best for the man. Naito is on his third main event of the G1 after having the same winning streak Yano has. Of the G1 main events so far, this one was disappointing. Maybe it was the pace, but I expected something more dynamic from Goto and Naito. Naito worked Goto’s taped shoulder most of the match, and Goto fought back his attacks. Naito was into cocky champion mode, just beating Goto’s shoulder and trying to just abuse the man. Goto fought back and tried to prove he could overcome the champion, but it was not enough. After a running Destino and a regular Destino, it was all she wrote. Both performances were good, but maybe I just had high expectations to see a great match instead of a good one. Nothing to write home about, but if you are behind on the G1, this is not a must-watch. ***

Final Thoughts

Night 6 of the G1 was a show of a lot of good matches, but nothing must-watch came out of it. The match of the night for me was Zack Sabre Jr. vs KENTA. I loved the aggressiveness and how Zack mixed up his submission style with KENTA’s badassness. Yano had a short funny match with a great ending, and the rest of the matches were really good. So far it has been the weakest night of the G1, but it speaks of the level of the wrestlers where a solid enjoyable show is the weakest of the tournament. It is still a breezy two-hour show that flies by and the match results are interesting enough to keep you watching for the next B block night.