New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 32 Night 7
July 27, 2022
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

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It’s the second of two Korakuen Hall events on this year’s G1 Climax tour, and while a number of the wrestlers in tournament bouts on this show were looking to get their second win, a certain Stone Pitbull was looking to just get on the board. As always, before diving into the G1 matches, here are the results from the undercard tags:

– House of Torture (EVIL & SHO with Dick Togo) def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yuto Nakashimia
– Bullet Club (El Phantasmo & KENTA) def. Team Filthy (Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs)
– United Empire (Great O-Khan & Jeff Cobb) def. TMDK (JONAH & Bad Dude Tito)
– Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Gedo, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White & Juice Robinson) def. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI), David Finlay, & Ryohei Oiwa
– LIJ (BUSHI, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, & Tetsuya Naito) def. Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Taichi, Taka Michinoku, & Zack Sabre Jr.)

G1 Climax 32 D Block
Will Ospreay (4) def. Yujiro Takahashi (2)

Yujiro Takahashi is officially the first wrestler on the tour to wrestle in three tournament matches (though a few others would join him in that category as the show moved on). Before the bout started, we got….I guess….a resolution to the storyline from a few nights ago with Pieter. She lagged far behind Yujiro during his entrance, and he seemed upset when he initially saw her, but the two embraced and it appears all is well on that end. The match itself wound up being really good, as Ospreay picked up the win after delivering a brutal Hidden Blade right to the face of Yujiro (though I guess it’s really not hidden if he hits the move to your face). I’m sure nobody is surprised that Yujiro had his best match of the tournament so far against Will Ospreay. Yujiro went after Ospreay right away, and there was very solid action throughout this eleven minute affair. Yujiro got a ton of nearfalls and, at one point, actually connected with an insane Satellite DDT. I say insane because that’s the most athletic thing I’ve seen Yujiro do in at least seven or eight years (basically since he started wearing the trash bag pants). The most surprising aspect of the match was the fact that we got zero House of Torture nonsense aside from one low blow late from Yujiro. No interference or anything like that, which was nice to see. A very enjoyable bout from start to finish, and I’m sure that’ll be the last time I say that about a Yujiro match on this tour. ***1/2

G1 Climax 32 A Block
Bad Luck Fale (4) def. Toru Yano (2)

I did enjoy Toru Yano basically giving an “ah fuck” kind of reaction during his entrance when he saw that he was wrestling Bad Luck Fale. Fortunately, that was probably the best part of this entire match. I’m glad that it was kept to just over five minutes, because this was easily the worst bout of the tour so far, and it didn’t need to go any longer than that. Even if you’re someone who’s a Toru Yano fan, and you enjoy his shenanigans during the G1 Climax, you’d probably come away from this hating it too….because there wasn’t anything even remotely funny. I guess the story at the end was that Fale used Yano shenanigans (he sent Yano face first into the exposed turnbuckle and rolled him up) to win, and seeing Fale beat Yano with the corner pad before that was ok, but this was five minutes of my life I’m not getting back. *

G1 Climax 32 C Block
Hirooki Goto (4) def. Aaron Henare (2)

Once the nonsense got out the way, the show went back to some wrestling that was actually enjoyable to watch. In the semi-main event, Hirooki Goto moved up to four points after putting away Aaron Henare with the GTR in what was a super enjoyable bout that was filled with hard-hitting action. It started right from the jump as both men refused to go down after they exchanged shoulder tackles. From there, Henare controlled the early portion of the bout until Goto fought back with a spinning lariat. The second half of the match featured some very good back-and-forth between the two, and Henare came close to capturing the win on a few different occasions. It was nice to see Henare get a longer match (this went over seventeen minutes) that gave him the chance to really show what he could do. I thought Henare worked very well with Goto here, and he’s the type of guy that I would’ve loved to have seen in the NEVER division circa five or six years ago, because he’s a perfect fit for that style. Even though he was unable to beat Goto here, I’d say this was Henare’s best outing in the tournament so far. ****

G1 Climax 32 B Block
Tomohiro Ishii (2) def. Tama Tonga (2)

I never would’ve guessed that a G1 Climax show in Korakuen Hall would’ve been headlined by a match between Tama Tonga and Tomohiro Ishii, but hey….I guess that’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to this four block format this year. Going into this particular show, I didn’t see this main event as being one that had any doubt in terms of the outcome. With his points situation being what it was, Ishii pretty much had to win if he had any hope of staying alive in his block (especially with Jay White being undefeated at 2-0), and when the dust settled, he did score the win after hitting Tama with a vertical drop brainbuster. However, the match itself still ended up being a very strong one. Ishii, of course, was fantastic as he always is in these G1 Climax matches. To his credit, Tama Tonga did a really solid job here as well. The second half of the bout in particular was a lot of fun to watch, as the two went back and forth with big moves and quick counters. One moment that stuck out was a wild counter of the Gun Stun into a Back Suplex by Ishii that nearly saw Tama land on his head. Tama went for the Gun Stun multiple times throughout this one, but he was never able to hit it successfully. This was an enjoyable main event from start to finish. Not a match that you’ll remember in the long run, but it was fun while it lasted. ****

Final Thoughts

For the most part, this was a pretty easy G1 show to watch. If you completely avoid Bad Luck Fale vs. Toru Yano (which isn’t worth a second of your time), the other three matches are really good to great. I still found it kind of odd that the two cards that New Japan put together for Korakuen Hall on this G1 tour were on the weaker side in terms of star-power. No disrespect to anyone on these cards, but these are lineups that you would not expect to see for a Korakuen Hall G1 Climax show. That being said, I can’t knock the effort, and for the three tournament bouts that weren’t Fale vs. Yano, they were all fun matches that featured some very good action.