Night two of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 30 Tournament took place at the Osaka Perfectual Gymansium in Osaka, Japan on September 20. It was the second night of a tourney that will stretch for 19 total events throughout the month of September, concluding on October 18.

Pro wrestling fans who tuned into night one of the tournament were treated to Block A, which featured some of New Japan’s top stars. Will Ospreay, Taichi, Minoru Suzuki, Jay White and Kota Ibushi all emerged victorious on the first night.

Block B of the tournament was featured on night two and there were six matches total on the card. Five of the six were tournament bouts, with the opening match being a Young Lion exhibition, which saw Yota Tsuji get the win over Gabriel Kidd. The Block B matches got underway after that opening bout.

-Juice Robinson defeated Yoshi-Hashi

This was Juice Robinson’s first match since February 26. Like several other NJPW stars, Robinson was unable to work in New Japan due to travel restrictions. The former IWGP United States champion came to the ring with a new look and his trademark charisma, as he faced off against Yoshi-Hashi.

Yoshi-Hashi looked crisp early in the match and as time went on, he more than held up his end of the bout. This match set the tone for the night, as it was Juice Robinson who walked away with his first win in nearly seven months.

-Toru Yano def Sanada

Sanada sported some new gear for this match, which many fans likely believed was a very predictable win. After all, Toru Yano was the man standing on the other side of the ring and more often than not, he is typically a comedy act who makes very little forward progress.

But in the end, it was actually Yano who walked away with the victory. The match itself was short and entertaining, which the New Japan faithful are certainly accustomed to seeing from Yano. Whether or not Yano will carry this win to even more victories in the tournament remains to be seen.

-KENTA def Hirooki Goto

KENTA has found new life in his pro wrestling career thanks to his association with The Bullet Club. KENTA was once a babyface struggling to find his way in the company and now he’s a featured talent who has a guaranteed title shot at the IWGP United States Championship. But this is the G1 and KENTA had Hirooki Goto to deal with.

The match began with KENTA’s usual stalling tactics, but it wasn’t long until Goto went on the offensive. The two men traded the advantage back and forth during the course of the match, which was one of the best on the card. KENTA’s career momentum continued with this match when he made Goto tap out, thus picking up the win.

-Zack Sabre Jr def EVIL

Muck like KENTA, EVIL has also undergone a tremendous career reinvention. The King of Darkness turns on his Los Ingobernables brothers earlier this year and joined The Bullet Club. He promptly defeated LIJ leader Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Championship and became the hottest star in the company as a result.

But New Japan’s confidence in his work may have faded, as EVIL has already dropped the title back to Naito. Jay White is back in The Bullet Club, which means EVIL may not be the leader after all. The fact that EVIL had to face submission specialist Zack Sabre Jr in the G1 wasn’t a positive sign for him either, as ZSJ is known as one of the toughest competitors in the company. Even The Bullet Club couldn’t help EVIL this time, as Sabre pulled out the surprise pin and the win..

-Tetsuya Naito def Hiroshi Tanahashi

Hiroshi Tanahashi appears to be a man on his last leg. The Ace of New Japan has had his fair share of injuries during his career and its no secret that his body is indeed not what it once was. Even New Japan’s commentary team stresses this fact to the audience so often, that it’s become the overall narrative of Tana’s career in 2020.

But Tetsuya Naito is not exactly a working with a perfect body either. The current IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental champion is also a man wrought with injuries. Much like Tanahashi, Naito’s battle damaged body is often the topic of conversation for the fans of New Japan.

However, when these two men step into the ring against each other, they always deliver. This was once again the case on September 20. The two men brought out the best in each other, with Tana looking like The Ace once again and Naito bumping like a Young Lion. Both stars gave their all for what was most certainly the mach of the night and when it was over, Naito left with the victory.

The A Block returns on the third night of the G1 Climax 30, which will take place on September 23 from the Hokkaido Perfectual Sports Center in Sapporo, Japan. The show will air on New Japan World. 


Tom Clark is a Senior Pro Wrestling Analyst and Featured Columnist for Wrestling Rumors. His podcast, Tom Clark’s Main Event, is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, YouTube and live every Friday at 12pm EST on Wrestling Rumors Facebook Live


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