Every day leading up to the G1 Climax I’ll be making predictions and today we’re onto the B Block’s third night of the tournament, set to take place on July 19th in Tokyo, Japan. Like all block nights of the G1, there will be five tournament matches. Let’s get started!
Shingo Takagi (2-0) vs Taichi (1-1)
Something about Shingo being 2-0 in this postion makes me feel I made a mistake earlier in the tournament. He will probably suffer a screwy loss to Yano and come into this match with the same record as Taichi. Does Taichi go from a main event win against Naito to a loss against Shingo on the following night? Something doesn’t add up here, I made a mistake. The problem I’m having with saying Shingo wins here is that the next night he has a match with Moxley in the middle of the card. Why would New Japan featured two undefeated guys in the middle of a show as opposed to the main event? I don’t think Taichi is beating Shingo but I also don’t believe Shingo will be leaving this night 3-0.
Prediction: Shingo Takagi
Jeff Cobb (1-1) vs Juice Robinson (1-1)
Looking at the following night, this seems pretty cut and dry. Juice’s next match is against Yano so I figure he loses this one and is forced to try to keep his head above water the following match. On the other hand, Cobb’s next opponent is White. Cobb will have to go into that match looking as strong as possible so I see him coming out of this one with the win.
Prediction: Jeff Cobb
Jay White (1-1) vs Toru Yano (0-2)
This is the perfect spot for a Yano special. Korakuen Hall would love to see Yano get one over on White and send him into a fury. Since Suzuki isn’t in this year’s field, White is the next best option for a meltdown at the hands of Yano’s shenanigans.
Prediction: Toru Yano
Tetsuya Naito (1-1) vs Hirooki Goto (1-1)
The eighth singles meeting between these two, Goto having the edge at 4-3. Naito has won their last three encounters and at this stage in their careers a win for Goto would feel like an upset. These two having been trending in opposite directions ever since Naito’s accession up the ranks through LIJ. Goto feels directionless now more than ever so unless a win over Naito means something significant, I don’t see the point of him winning this match.
Prediction: Tetsuya Naito
Jon Moxley (2-0) vs Tomohiro Ishii (0-2)
This is Moxley’s first New Japan main event which will undoubtedly be the match that gains the most traction worldwide. I don’t see why New Japan would want him to lose on a stage as big as this one. Fans of his previous work would be excited to see him win and would possibly stay up to date with the promotion if they ended the show on what they’d consider a positive note. Ishii works best when his back is up against the wall. His next match is another main event, this time with Naito and him coming into that encounter at 0-3 would give Ishii an extra bite. I think it works to New Japan’s benefit both ways by having Moxley come out of Korakuen with the victory.
Prediction: Jon Moxley
Jon Moxley (3-0)
Shingo Takagi (3-0)
Tetsuya Naito (2-1)
Jeff Cobb (2-1)
Hirooki Goto (1-2)
Toru Yano (1-2)
Jay White (1-2)
Juice Robinson (1-2)
Tomohiro Ishii (0-3)