Wrestling Review: NJPW G1 Climax 30 (Day 6) (2020)

[Please note: there may be spoilers for any and all previous days of this tournament.]

The even numbered day means it’s time for B Block action in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) annual round robin, heavyweight tournament, the G1 Climax 30. In the main event, former winners collide as Tetsuya Naito will face Hirooki Goto, while Toru Yano looks to stay undefeated as he face pre-tournament favourite, EVIL. Beloved fan favourites share the ring as Hiroshi Tanahashi faces Juice Robinson; it’s a battle of the dickheads as KENTA faces Zack Sabre Jr.; and YOSHI-HASHI and SANADA will do battle as each search for their first victory of the tournament.

+ Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto (G1 Climax 30 B Block Match): As an admitted Goto fan, I really liked this match, but it was not as good as Juice/Tana or especially KENTA/Sabre. Naito is hurting, and it’s getting more and more obvious every night. Goto is still a second class player in this company, and it’s a shame because I think he’s really good. I enjoyed this, but if you watch it and are bored, I can understand why
+ Juice Robinson vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (G1 Climax 30 B Block Match): this battle of the babyfaces was really good. Tanahashi is still the Ace of the Universe, but Juice was giving him a run for his money in fan support. This wasn’t a technical masterpiece or a strike-fest, but it was a solid match between two fan favourites
+ KENTA vs Zack Sabre Jr. (G1 Climax 30 B Block Match): this was a lot of fun. The simple story of striker versus grappler made for a really compelling match to watch and there was no real winner throughout until one style won out. The final ten seconds are some of the most brutal stuff you’ll see with some of the best reactions. This was a really good match

Toru Yano vs EVIL (G1 Climax 30 B Block Match): I know EVIL’s stock has risen since his title win, but it’s so strange that this match would go on after Juice/Tanahashi. I did not care for this one
YOSHI-HASHI vs SANADA (G1 Climax 30 B Block Match): the only interesting thing about this match was the ending. Holy smokes, how boring
Yuya Uemura vs Gabriel Kidd: you know the deal by now, perfectly solid pro wrestling from two young lions that will most definitely be big stars one day at the rate they’re going, but they are still preliminary guys. It’s fine, but very basic

Should you watch this event: KENTA/Sabre definitely deserves a watch, as does Juice/Tanahashi if you’re into that. Check out the main event if like Goto or Naito, but it’s not a necessity.

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