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NJPW: G1 Climax 30 Night Six Review - September 29th, 2020

NJPW: G1 Climax 30 - Night Six 
September 29th, 2020

1) Gabriel Kidd vs. Yuya Uemura - Young Lions Match

Kidd runs his ass to the ring and this thing gets underway. Honestly didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to this until Uemura started working over the back which led to the finish with another deep single legged Boston crab which forced Kidd to tap. 

Match rating - **1/4

2) SANADA (0-2) (0 pts) vs. Yoshi Hashi (0-2) (0 pts) Block B Match 

Yoshi had a solid showing against EVIL on Night Four - will that happen here? I certainly hope so bc it takes a lot for me to get into a SANADA match. They fight to the floor and Sanada hits a hanging twisting suplex off the railing that allows him to start taking control and ground YOSHI back in the ring. YOSHI ends up coming back but it’s back and forth and pretty basic. But THEN the final 2-3 minutes kick in and those fucking rule. Mainly thanks to YOSHI and subsequently he gets the victory. Zero points no more.

Match rating - **3/4

3) KENTA (1-1) (2 pts) vs. Zack Sabre Jr (1-1) (2 pts) - Block B Match 

WHEW. This was something serious. KENTA is pissed following his loss to Juice and used that as motivation to avenge his loss to Sabre in last year’s G1. The action here was simple. KENTA focused on strikes and Sabre focused on grappling. In the end, KENTA and his strikes were just too much and ZSJ falls to the GTS after a real good match. 

Match rating - ***1/2

4) Hiroshi Tanahashi (0-2) (0 pts) vs. Juice Robinson (2-0) (4 pts) - Block B Match 

Huge match for Juice here against the ace. But also a huge match for the ace as he hasn’t been able to secure a victory in the tournament thus far. With that in mind, Tana fights hard here and Juice always has his heart on his sleeve so this was fun. Tana gets the win with a cradle when all is said and done to break his losing streak. 

Match rating - ***1/4

5) EVIL (1-1) (2 pts) vs. Toru Yano (2-0) (4 pts) - Block B Match 

I have a feeling I’m gonna get a hoot out of this... and yes I fucking did. Yano beats EVIL and I am fucking rolling. In less than FIVE MINUTES. Was slightly confused/bummed at him beating Tana & Okada bc <3 but I couldn’t care less about EVIL so LETS GO. 

Match rating - **

6) Tetsuya Naito (2-0) (4 pts) vs. Hirooki Goto (1-1) (2 pts) - Block B Match 

I’m super high on Naito rn and I have a soft spot for Goto however this match proved to be a very good display of why Goto has never moved up higher than where he’s at. His best matches are the short bangers with dudes like Ishii because although he is super solid in these long main events, there’s no fire or real intrigue. So, yes, this didn’t bother me, but it also didn’t grab me. It was just a good match that happened. Naito wins with two destinos around the 20 minute mark. 

Match rating - ***

Final thoughts: Nothing must see on this show. KENTA/ZSJ is worth a look but everything else is passable. Except maybe the Yano match bc it’s so such short and harmless fun. 

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