AUGUST 2, 2022

Watch: NJPW World

Welcome to Night 10 of the G1 Climax 32! Today is an interesting one since we have a couple of streaks that will make or break futures: O-Khan is 0-2 and might be out. Finlay is on a hot two match streak with a strong opponent tonight, Will Ospreay. Last but not least, Goto is 2-0, so soon we might find out if he is closer to the finals. 

First, the undercard:

  • United Empire (Aaron Henare & Jeff Cobb) defeat TMDK (Bad Dude Tito & JONAH) 
  • House Of Torture (Dick Togo, EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) defeat Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Taichi, TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr.) 
  • BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & El Phantasmo) defeat Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito) 
  • CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI) & Hiroshi Tanahashi defeat BULLET CLUB (Gedo, Jay White & Juice Robinson) 

G1 Climax 32 B Block
The Great O-Khan (2) def. Tomohiro Ishii (2)

O-Khan is still not out of the race as he gets a win here against Ishii in a really good match. O-Khan started dominating the proceedings with his technical specialty, but soon Ishii was able to fight back with leg submissions of his own. I loved how on commentary Archer and Kelly were mentioning how Ishii was able to use his size and strength to keep O-Khan out of balance. 

Eventually, the match started with them going for hard-hitting lariats and slams, and O-Khan was able to finally hit the Eliminator and get some hope of staying in the tournament. A very interesting ***½ match. 

G1 Climax 32 A Block
Tom Lawlor (2) def. Toru Yano (2)

First, this is Lawlor’s first win in the G1. Second, this has been the best Toru Yano match in this year’s tournament. Even if you don’t like the ha-has, they were decent here and we’re followed up by a fun match. It started with Lawlor exchanging Sister’s Act 1 and 2 on DVD for Yano’s latest DVD, which was empty. Lawlor took off his pants, Yano had double pants, and Lawlor had a wig on to thwart Yano. Royce Isaacs was tied up on the outside by Yano. Match ended when Yano tried to low blow Lawlor a couple of times and it did not work since Lawlor had a cup. Match with lots of haha and a good one at that too. Both men wrestled a very good match between the wigs and cups. ***

G1 Climax 32 B Block
Tama Tonga (4) def. SANADA (4)

SANADA was another man with momentum that got stopped by Tama in another decent match of the night. There was a lot of back and forth action and I have to admit that the match had me at the edge of my seat with the nearfalls and counters. Neither man had control for most of the match, which created a moving and energetic match. There was a sequence where Tama went for the Gunstun and SANADA countered it with the Cold Skull which I found really cool. Counters were the name of the game here.

Final sequence was when SANADA went for the O’Connor Roll, Tama kicked out and quickly put him out with the Gunstun. Really fun match and another good SANADA representation in the tournament. ***½

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

Sorry, Goto fans, this is not his year. An interesting point mentioned on commentary is how Goto’s son wrote down at school that he wanted his dad to win the G1, the IWGP Heavyweight Title and the AEW title. Sadly, this is not happening. 

KENTA from the outset revealed his plan by looking intently at Goto’s staff (insert joke here, which won’t be out of place since the announcers say nonstop jokes about it when KENTA gets it later in the match). This is a hard hitting affair where KENTA is rough with our hero, even hitting him with the ringbell. 

There is the inevitable ref bump which makes KENTA use the aforementioned staff. After using it, he hits Goto with the Double Stomp for a two count. KENTA went for the GTS, Goto held on, hit the WTR but it was not enough for the three count. KENTA went for the GTS twice, but only hit it once, and it was enough for a three count. A really fun match by two experts that you won’t regret watching. ***½ 

G1 Climax 32 D Block
David Finlay (6) def. Will Ospreay (4)

On my previous G1 review, I mentioned how I don’t care about Finlay anymore. After his matches with Juice and Shingo, well, I care again. The man is clearly getting a push and is taking full advantage of being in the G1 with memorable matches, including this one. As always, Ospreay was amazing, this time as the pissed off guy. Who can blame him, Finlay has the belt that belongs to him. 

The match started straight away with Finlay in the middle of the ring and Ospreay during his entrance taking off all of his clothing and title and when he entered the ring both men started beating each other up. They went outside to rough each other up some more. 

The match works because it feels like a fight and it has stakes. The action is nonstop, there are really fun moments, and it had me on the edge of my seat. It helps that I thought that there was no way in hell Finlay was winning. The final few minutes are magical, and it ends when Ospreay is about to kill Finlay with the Hidden Blade, Finlay dodges it, counters with a Crucifix pin which then he turns into the Trash Panda for the upset. 

After the match, Finlay was bullish and proud as he should have been, and returned the physical belt to Ospreay with the promise of taking it soon. 

Definitely check this match out, it’s really fun. I don’t think knowing the results will damage the enjoyment of it. ****

Final Thoughts

Night 10 is really fun and one of the overall best G1 Climax 32 shows so far. It has a great main event and all of the other G1 matches are good. While this is not a must-watch show, it is a solid pro wrestling show from top to bottom that you won’t regret watching. Hell, you might even smile at the end of most matches. 

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