Every day leading up to the G1 Climax I’ll be making predictions and today we’re onto the B Block’s fourth night of the tournament, set to take place on July 24th in Hiroshima, Japan. Like all block nights of the G1, there will be five tournament matches. Let’s get started!
Juice Robinson (1-2) vs Toru Yano (1-2)
Juice is one of very few who have yet to slip on the human banana peel known as Yano. He has a clean record of 2-0, having won both of their previous G1 encounters. This would seem like the perfect time for the streak to end but Juice has Ishii and Naito on back-to-back nights following this match. Juice is a great fight from underneath type babyface but it’s hard to see him collecting many wins so I don’t think he can afford a loss to Yano.
Prediction: Juice Robinson
Hirooki Goto (1-2) vs Taichi (1-2)
These two traded wins for the NEVER title in the second half of 2018, this will be the first time they’ve been in the ring together since Goto’s title win back in November. This match screams Goto. He has Yano, who is in desperate need of more fluke wins, on the following night before his main event with Ishii. Taichi already has his big win against Naito and he has no other big time matches for the rest of the tournament so he can take this loss.
Prediction: Hirooki Goto
Shingo Takagi (3-0) vs Jon Moxley (3-0)
I find it odd that I have two undefeated guys wrestling in the middle of the card but that’s how my predictions have shaken out so I’m rolling with the idea. Moxley’s next match is a main event against Naito. It would make sense for Moxley to come into that match as the undefeated monster for Naito to conquer. Shingo loses nothing by dropping to a heavyweight champion as a junior, it works out for both guys.
Prediction: Jon Moxley
Jeff Cobb (2-1) vs Jay White (1-2)
After starting off slow, I see White beginning to surge here. Cobb had himself a strong start that I see evening out. White being the New Japan guy means he’ll have more focus than the imported Cobb. White should be taking very few falls from guys he wouldn’t be able to get his win back from and as on outsider, as long as Cobb leaves the tournament with a 4-5 or 5-4 record, no harm is done to him.
Prediction: Jay White
Tetsuya Naito (2-1) vs Tomohiro Ishii (0-3)
One of the most even rivalries in modern day New Japan. Ishii has beat Naito twice for the NEVER title, Naito’s lone defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship came from Ishii and their G1 encounters have been split at one win each. Overall, Naito has the advantage with a 5-4 record but these two are very evenly matched throughout their history together. Ishii coming into this match of the verge of elimination is going to add some intensity and Naito’s ego is only going to fuel Ishii’s fire. Every time these two have a match it’s great and I expect no different this time around. I have Naito losing his first two main events as a way to spark him into becoming more serious from here on out.
Prediction: Tomohiro Ishii
Jon Moxley (4-0)
Shingo Takagi (3-1)
Tetsuya Naito (2-2)
Jay White (2-2)
Jeff Cobb (2-2)
Hirooki Goto (2-2)
Juice Robinson (2-2)
Tomohiro Ishii (1-3)
Toru Yano (1-3)