New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 32: Night 3
July 20, 2022
Xebio Arena Sendai
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Watch: NJPW World
Welcome to Night 3 of the G1 Climax 32! After some pretty good action from Night 1 and Night 2, we come to Night 3, which is the opposite of those shows. Those first nights had at least two must see matches and the rest was decent, but this show had only one good tournament match and the rest is skippable. Due to the new format and the 28 wrestlers involved, there are some rough nights on the schedule, and this is one of the roughest of them all.
First, the results of the undercard:
- TMDK (Bad Dude Tito & JONAH) defeat Team Filthy (Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor)
- United Empire (Aaron Henare, Great-O-Khan, Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay) defeat BULLET CLUB (Dick Togo, El Phantasmo, EVIL & SHO)
- CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI) defeat Ryohei Oiwa & Toru Yano
- BULLET CLUB (Jay White, Juice Robinson & KENTA) defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kosei Fujita & Tomohiro Ishii
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi) defeat Suzuki-gun (Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr.)
G1 Climax 32 D Block
Yujiro Takahashi def. David Finlay
Not a great start for the tournament matches, plus on a personal note, I don’t like Yujiro and I stopped caring about Finlay a while ago, so my interest was at zero percent. The match is not offensive, is not bad wrestling on paper, but just really boring. It got so boring at one point that I zoned out until SHO did the distraction in what felt like an hour later. I was so zoned out that I went “Is that SHO? Why?…Oh, House of Torture, yeah”.
The first distraction by SHO did not work, so he threw into the ring Yujiro’s pimp stick, which the referee catched and while he was putting it outside, Yujiro lowballed Finlay and gave him the Pimp Juice for a two count. After some counters, Finlay went for the O’Connor Roll, Yujiro threw him into the ropes and, obviously, SHO was there with the wrench to knock Finlay out and give Yujiro his first win. Boring match. **
G1 Climax 32 B Block
Tama Tonga def. Chase Owens
The match started fast with Tama jumping on Owens before an incoming sneak attack. Owens was mostly in control and took out the corner pad and a memorable spot was when he took out the protective mat from the outside to suplex Tama into the floor, but Jado put it back before his guy was thrown into the floor. This had Owens trying to cheat while Jado countered it (or tried to), which led to some fun interactions. The finishing stretch of the match was fun and ended with a Gun Stun from Tama. Nothing special and not much to see. **1/2
G1 Climax 32 A Block
Bad Luck Fale def. Lance Archer
I went into this match with zero expectations since you can’t count on Fale these days, no matter who he is in the ring with. After the first two matches, my expectations for this semi went to the negative, so color me surprised that I actually enjoyed this match. While you can’t count on Fale, Archer is great and had a decent match with fun moments. Most importantly, unlike the first tournament match, it was not boring. This was a big man match, tall, strong men hitting the shit out of each other.
You had big bombs, Fale almost hitting his finisher at the start, Archer carrying the big man on his shoulders, a two-chair spot on the outside that had consequences later, Archer flying around, Fale countering the Old School with an obvious counter, just some fun stuff. Then…the ending. Fale and Archer were on the apron fighting it out, and on the 18 count Fale threw Archer into the ground for the 20-second countout. ***
G1 Climax 32 C Block
Hirooki Goto def. Tetsuya Naito
If you are tired of Bullet Club action, Naito and Goto came to the main event to save the day and give this show its much-needed good match. This match made me say “Hey, it’s the G1! Finally!”. You can never question that the G in G1 is for Goto.
After the initial seizing up, Naito stalled on the outside for a while until he caught Goto on the arm and worked on it. He even threw him into the guardrail outside and kept working on the arm inside the ring. At the ten-minute mark, Goto got enough strength and fired back with lariats and it became a back and forth affair. An Ushigoroshi did not take out Naito, and the Running Destino did not take out Goto, even though both moves got good reactions and never finished matches. The finish was Naito going for Destino and Goto answering back with the GTR for the three count.
A great main event for what was a lackluster G1 card. ***½
The only match worth watching from NJPW’s G1 Climax 32 Night 3 is Goto vs. Naito, the rest can be comfortably skipped. I have to say, I enjoyed Fale vs. Archer, but it isn’t something to go out of your way either. If you want some G1 Climax action tonight, just watch Naito vs. Goto and if you want to watch more wrestling, just look for Nakamura vs. Okada from the G1 Climax finals in 2014 to tide you over until Night 4.
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