Every day leading up to the G1 Climax I’ll be making predictions and today we’re onto the B Block’s second night of the tournament, set to take place on July 15th in Hokkaido, Japan. Like all block nights of the G1, there will be five tournament matches. Let’s get started!
Shingo Takagi (1-0) vs Toru Yano (0-1)
It’s inevitable that Shingo’s going to lose matches during the G1. He’s not going to stay this undefeated monster like he managed to be during the Best of the Super Juniors but his losses should be a big deal. Yano gets nothing out of beating Shingo. Yes, they could do a count out victory that keeps Shingo’s shoulders off the mat and you can never discount Yano’s abilities, but I think across the board it’d be a bad idea to have Shingo lose in any manner to Yano.
Prediction: Shingo Takagi
Hirooki Goto (1-0) vs Juice Robinson (0-1)
The fourth meeting between these two, their last coming in the previous year’s G1 where Juice beat Goto for the first time. Every match they’ve had together has been great, their chemistry is really strong and I expect that trend to continue. Goto had an opening day main event against White but after that he has a five match run where he’ll be in the support role. He can take losses on the undercard and come out no worse for wear. This would be a strong win for Juice to get him on solid footing after the loss to Shingo.
Prediction: Juice Robinson
Jon Moxley (1-0) vs Jeff Cobb (1-0)
Both men will come into the night holding a 1-0 record but only one can stay undefeated. Moxley being the U.S. champion makes him the bigger priority over Cobb and since I have Cobb beating the NEVER champion on the opening day, I don’t see him beating two champions on back-to-back nights. Moxley will be featured in his first New Japan main event the following day, a match I’m sure will receive a lot of traction, so I see him coming into that match undefeated. Cobb is one of three in his block who won’t be featured in a main event so the amount of big wins he gets will likely be limited.
Prediction: Jon Moxley
Jay White (0-1) vs Tomohiro Ishii (0-1)
This is the match I have circled as my most anticipated for the block. My favorite matches are the ones where an opponent comes in smug and Ishii wrecks them. Since White is a major player I don’t see him losing on back-to-back nights but this will be a lot of fun to watch. There’s no better underdog than Ishii and the more losses he racks up the more volatile he’ll become which I think is going to lead to a big win later on in the tournament. For this match, I see White coming out on top.
Prediction: Jay White
Tetsuya Naito (1-0) vs Taichi (0-1)
Taichi’s lone main event comes early in the tournament and it’s against Naito. This is his shot to make a lasting impact in this year’s G1 and I don’t see him passing it up. These two had a match back in February where Taichi tried all the tricks to beat Naito before falling short. Now he has control of Takashi Iizuka’s Iron Fingers from Hell. There are very few people in Naito’s block that he can realistically lose to if he’s going to have them challenge for his the G1 briefcase. Taichi is someone who can beat Naito via shenanigans and sets up a rematch people want to see.
Jon Moxley (2-0)
Shingo Takagi (2-0)
Tetsuya Naito (1-1)
Jay White (1-1)
Jeff Cobb (1-1)
Juice Robinson (1-1)
Hirooki Goto (1-1)
Tomohiro Ishii (0-2)
Toru Yano (0-2)