Every day leading up to the G1 Climax I’ll be making predictions and today we’re onto the B Block’s final night of the tournament, set to take place on August 11th in Tokyo. Like all block nights of the G1, there will be five tournament matches. Let’s get started!
Jeff Cobb (3-5) vs Toru Yano (3-5)
Two guys coming in with mirrored records on the final night. Neither have a chance at winning the block at this point and Cobb’s record looks too low for an ROH import. Send him home with a respectable 4-5 finish, Yano doesn’t need the final night win.
Prediction: Jeff Cobb
Tomohiro Ishii (3-5) vs Taichi (3-5)
Another two with the same record clashing on the final night. Again, neither will have a chance at winning the block at this point. These two met at Dominion for the NEVER title, a match Ishii won and dethroned Taichi’s second reign. It’s possible this match is here to continue their feud but how I have Taichi’s G1 booked is that he beats Naito on night four and sets his sights on him. Taichi is done with this title, he’s on a different path now. Back to the IC title and Naito but this time equipped with the iron fingers from hell. Ishii can end his tournament strong while Taichi comes out still a threat thanks to his unpredictable shenanigans.
Prediction: Tomohiro Ishii
Hirooki Goto (4-4) vs Shingo Takagi (4-4)
One of the hardest hitting matches this tournament could possibly produce and it isn’t scheduled until the final day. These two are going to be exhausted at this point but hopefully they leave it all out there to finish off their tournament. Goto can serve as a nice stepping stone for Shingo in his early heavyweight run. He bulled his way through Ishii, earning himself a NEVER title shot, but now has to face the bigger obstacle in Goto who I can see being his foil for the time being. Shingo is made of a similar mold as both Ishii and Goto so with fresh blood in the mix, I see new rivalries beginning to form.
Prediction: Hirooki Goto
Jon Moxley (6-2) vs Juice Robinson (4-4)
I may have gone too hard on this superhero Juice run but there’s no turning back now. Juice must win this match or else the main event means nothing because even with a draw, Moxley outpaces both White and Naito. Like the Ishii and Taichi match earlier in the show, this is a rematch from Dominion. Unlike how I have that match playing out, Juice gets his revenge over the man who took his title and has his eyes set on making the challenge to win his U.S. championship back. Moxley finishes with a strong record but he lost matches to both Naito and White so unless they draw, he loses the tie breaker to whoever wins the main event. Juice saves the tournament. Hurrah!
Prediction: Juice Robinson
Tetsuya Naito (5-3) vs Jay White (5-3)
This is the match I thought would be last year’s final. It’s a match I thought would be really exciting then but now I have even greater expectations. These two are very similar in terms of their cunning and patient in-ring style. What sets them apart is that while Naito preaches tranquilo, White can be extremely hot-headed. I expect Naito to be able to get under his skin and force White into mistakes that he normally forces his opponents into. There might be some Gedo shenanigans as a way to really get the crowd to go over the top on the pop for Naito’s win. Naito advances to the final where he meets with Sabre, a duo who have traded wins in back-to-back G1s and have an overall singles record of 2-2.
“This is the year for Naito!” he shouts for the fourth year in a row.
Prediction: Tetsuya Naito
Tetsuya Naito (6-3) – Winner
Jon Moxley (6-3)
Juice Robinson (5-4)
Hirooki Goto (5-4)
Jay White (5-4)
Shingo Takagi (4-5)
Tomohiro Ishii (4-5)
Jeff Cobb (4-5)
Toru Yano (3-6)