G1 Climax 30 night 15 preview 【G130】

Penultimate A Block matches in Hamamatsu

Hamamatsu Arena will play host to the last A block matches in G1 Climax 30 before the tour heads toward its Ryogoku culmination. Hard hitting battles run up and down the card, and group maths will come into play as we determine who will be alive come the final weekend. 

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Kazuchika Okada (5-2) vs Tomohiro Ishii (3-4) 

Singles record: 3-1 Okada G1 record: 2-1 Okada

Okada must win, or have White and Ibushi both lose.

All CHAOS warfare highlights the Hamamatsu card as Kazuchika Okada meets Tomohiro Ishii. Long time followers of the two will recall Ishii’s electric victory over Okada in Osaka back in 2016, a defeat at a critical juncture in the tournament meaning that his draw with Hiroshi Tanahashi on the final group night in Ryogoku saw Hirooki Goto make the final in his stead. Now Okada is in the hardest of all membersd at ten points with after defeats to Kota Ibushi and Jay White, and a loss to Ishii could once again ruin his chances in Sumo Hall. 

For Ishii, there is never any love loss for the Rainmaker. After three years separation from that shock G1 result, the two would meet again in the New Japan Cup in 2019, and picked up right where they left off with another classic, Okada emerging victorious. There is no doubt that Ishii will fight tooth and nail with Okada, even if it is more for pride than points; unless, as a great once said ‘everyone gets food poisoning’, Ishii is mathematically out. Whatever happens, fans can expect one of the matches of the tournament Tuesday in Hamamatsu. 

Minoru Suzuki (3-4) vs Jay White (5-2) 

Singles record: 1-0 Suzuki (2018 G1)

White has tiebreak wins over Okada and Ibushi, and a loss to Ospreay. 

Minoru Suzuki might have one win up on Switchblade Jay White in the G1 two years ago, but much has changed in 26 months. When the King faced White in G1 Climax 28, it was almost as if Suzuki was facing the prototype of the man to come; Jay White was still in CHAOS, and slowly putting the pieces of a plan together that would see him at the forefront of BULLET CLUB. White was young, effective, and skilled enough to beat the best, but not the complete player he needed to be to beat the total package of psychopathy in Suzuki. 

Suzuki may well have thought two years ago that he was putting a pretender to the throne in his place, but after IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championship reigns, and a G1 final after a six match winning streak last year, now White has earned his own crowns. What happens when the King of pro-wrestling meets King Switch? Jay’s match with Yujiro Takahashi in Osaka saw him work harder than he was expecting when Yujiro refused to lay down for his BULLET CLUB leader, but he certainly had an easier night than Minoru Suzuki, who had a war with Kota Ibushi. The Switchblade will be the fresher man, and comforted by his wins over Ibushi and Okada, wrestles in the knowledge that a loss doesn’t automatically end his tournament. The question is whether his mind entirely on the game, or the behind the scenes issues within BULLET CLUB?


Shingo Takagi (3-4) vs Taichi (3-4)

Singles record 1-0 Taichi (2019 G1)

Both men are mathematically eliminated. 

Shingo Takagi and Taichi might have very different philosophies when it comes to getting business settles in the ring, but their career paths aren’t altogether disparate. Both came into NJPW from other promotions, and both had harsh mentors in Toshiaki Kawada and Genichiro Tenryu that embued a hard nosed attitude and high pain tolerance within. 

Takagai and Taichi both competed as junior heavyweights when they started in New Japan, albeit with Taichi spending longer in the division, and both have found the NEVER Openweight Championship as part of their transition to heavyweight competition. For tonight in Hamamatsu though, the biggest similarity is the scoreline between the two men. With both wrestlers effectively out of the running at six points, there is no real path to the finals for them, and instead the pride at finishing with the positive ten point scoreline.   

Kota Ibushi (5-2) vs Yujiro Takahashi (0-7)

Singles record: 1-0 Yujiro (2013 G1)

Ibushi has wins over Okada and Ospreay. He has a loss against White. 

Just as with Minoru Suzuki in Osaka, Ibushi heads into his first singles encounter with Yujiro Takahashi since the 2013 G1. Just like that tournament, Yujiro beat Ibushi seven years ago, and just like that tournament, things have changed for both men since. It’s easy to paint Ibushi as the hands down favourite in this one, especially when opponent Yujiro is in the midst of the worst losing streak in the G1 in three years, but hope springs eternal for Yujiro, and after what happened with Jay White in Osaka, Yujiro might be driving the car like he stole it in Hamamatsu. 

After he refused to lay down for Jay White Saturday, he incurred the wrath of the BULLET CLUB leader, and his paranoia to boot. With EVIL stirring the pot over in B Block, Yujiro deciding to go into business for himself could be hugely problematic to his future in the group. Yujiro might be forced to fight for self preservation, and coupled with damage incurred by Ibushi against Suzuki over the weekend, this is the definition of a trap game.  

Will Ospreay (5-2) vs Jeff Cobb (3-4)

Singles record: 1-0 Cobb

Ospreay has a win over Jay White, and a loss to Ibushi. Ospreay faces Okada last

Group mathematics gets difficult at this stage of the game, but for the participants tonight, we can boil it down to one simple credo: win and you’re in. Losing complicates matters, but get two more points and you have a chance, and a good one, of being in the running this weekend in Ryogoku. So for Ospreay, a win over Jeff Cobb will stand him in good stead, but that’s far easier said than done. Ospreay and Cobb met in ring for the first time in Madison Square Garden last April, where a Tour of the Islands ended his NEVER Openweight Championship reign. In the G1, Cobb’s record might be negative, but his performances have been impressive, most recently with an exhilarating match against Tomohiro Ishii to score his third win. This is no easy draw for the Assassin.

Yuya Uemura (4-4-1 this tour) vs Gabriel Kidd (4-4-1 this tour)

Singles record 4-2 Uemura (2-2 this tour) 

The Young Lion triangle is zooming into a point as Yuye Uemura and Gabriel Kidd head into their penultimate match together ties at two wins apiece this tour. Kidd has a slight mental edge over both his opponents in the unofficial Young Lion block, knowing he has the prestige and the benefit of wrestling in both the last two group nights in Ryogoku. That might allow him to pull a late stage surge out the bag, but he would much rather a win tonight to set himself up to be the top Young Lion come Saturday night in Sumo Hall.