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New Japan oбявиха участниците за най-престижния tournament в света на кеча - G-1 Climax! Taзи година кечистите ще са само 10, но има някакъв малък шанс да добавят още двама.

Block A:

1. Manabu Nakanishi

2. Giant Bernard

3. Hiroshi Tanahashi

4. Jushin Thunder Liger

5. Satoshi Kojima (от AJPW)

Block B:

1. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

2. Yuji Nagata

3. Togi Makabe

4. Koji Kanemoto

5. Naofumi Yamamoto

За разлика от предишни години, турнирът е слаб от гледна точка на star power, но за сметка на това откъм match quality изглежда много добре. Тази година, за първи път в кариерата си петкратният G-1 Climax winner "Mr. G-1" Masahiro Chono няма да участва в турнира, тъй като е контузен. Иначе аз лично съм разочарован от липсата на големи имена. Верно обикновено като има големи имена мачовете са по-слаби, но пък има по-интересни сблъсъци от storyline гледна точка. Имаше слухове, че Masahiro Chono ще се върне за турнира, но уви. Имаше слухове, че шампионът Brock Lesnar ще участва, но уви. Имаше слухове, че Shiro Koshinaka (известен бивш кечист на New Japan, в момента freelancer, който наскоро се върна в NJPW и заедно с Togi Makabe спечелиха tag tournament-a миналата седмица) ще участва, но уви. Имаше слухове, че Shinsuke Nakamura най-после ще се завърне и ще ги намачка наред, но уви. Имаше слухове, че Takaо Omori (главна звезда на Zero-One MAX и в момента отборен партньор на Manabu Nakanishi) може да участва, но уви. Говореше се за Yoshihiro Takayama, но уви. Akebono уж също беше главен кандидат, но уви. Легендата Riki Choshu..., но уви. Даже за Keiji Muto & Toshiaki Kawada се спекулираше, но отново уви :(. Просто голямо разочарование от гледна точка на звезди, но за сметка на това се очертават много добри сблъсъци откъм качествен кеч. Е, и все пак имаме си голямо събитие - вече бившият шампион на All Japan Satoshi Kojima ще се завърне в родната си федерация и ще се бие на G-1 Climax! И така:

Блок А определено е доста по-интересен от блок Б, но като match quality се очертат горе-долу на едно и също високо ниво. На практика в този блок май няма мач, който да не искам да видя много, сериозно. Наблъскан е с интересни мачове. Иначе и блок Б има, но за мен лично са значително по-малко.

1. Manabu Nakanishi - вероятно силно представяне, тъй като напоследък е във форма. Специално от Bernard vs Nakanishi 3 очаквам много забавен monster сблъсък;

2. Giant Bernard - Ето го моя човек, един от любимците ми в момента. Направо като гледам какви мачове му се пишат и нямам и капка търпение да ги гледам. Не бих се учудил да стигне до полу-финалите, но за финал ме съмнява;

3. Hiroshi Tanahashi - Ето го фаворита ми за победител, макар че по принцип G-1 Climax е турнир, които почти винаги поднася огромни изненади. Тъй като мачът му за титлата срещу Brock е преди това тук вече може и да е шампион. Все ще съм раздвоен дали сега е момента да вземе титлата, и двата варианта си имат предимства и недостатъци. Не знам дали Brock е подписал нов договор, но ако не е Tanahashi вероятно ще спечели и титлата, и G-1 Climax 2006, за да бъде засилен като шампион;

4. Jushin Thunder Liger - Сложили са го в този heavyweight tournament, за да вкарат малко разнообразие и match quality - това е пределно ясно. Максимум една победа му давам;

5. Satoshi Kojima (AJPW) - Яко! Kojima is back in New Japan, baby (макар и само за G-1)! Именно и затова изгуби The Triple Crown от Taiyo Kea точно сега ;). Eдва ли All Japan ще позволят една от главните им звезди да бъде яко джобната, но пък от друга страна Kojima сам е искал да участва в турнира, така че нищо не се знае. И все пак, вероятно ще се представи силно. Може и полу-финал;

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1. Hiroyoshi Tenzan - Той и Nagata изглеждат като единствените главни претенденти за победители в този блок, като повече клоня към Nagata. Tenzan напоследък не е много във форма, но вероятно сега ще направят историята, че се е стегнал заради важността на турнира;

2. Yuji Nagata - Ето го другият основен кандидат за финалист. Тази година Nagata е във върхова форма, да не казвам, че от години не е бил толкова добре. Ще мачка, това е ясно. Особено мача му с ученика му Yamamoto ми е много интересен, а и по принцип с Tenzan правят добри неща един срещу друг;

3. Togi Makabe - Много страннен избор. Midcarder, който е в лек възход. Вероятно ще го използват, за да изградят мач между Tenzen & Chono (отборните шампиони) и Мakabe & Koshinaka (победителите в tag tournament-a от миналата седмица);

4. Koji Kanemoto - Точно както Liger, несъмнено е сложен, за да вкара разнообразие и да повиши качеството на мачовете. Не очаквам голям напредък от него;

5. Naofumi Yamamoto - Ето го човека! Още един от моментните ми любимци. Тази година Yamamoto се превърна от кечист, който не бях виждал да се бие никога досега в един от най-любимите ми кечисти в момента. Неговата роля в този турнир в ясна - младок, който ще си скъса задника да натрупа важен опит и победи и този процес ще изяде огромно количество бой, но ще покаже и голям хъс. Тази година New Japan го пушват перфектно, бавно и постепенно, и G-1 е важен момент от пуша му. Не изключвам възможността за победа над Tenzan, както и шанса да стигна до полуфинал.

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Като цяло се очерата интересен и добър турнир, но очаквах повечко звезди. Ех, какво да се прави. Ще го карам на добри мачове вместо star power :). Поне така като гледам това е плана на New Japan за този G-1 Climax - да заложат на качеството тази година, а не на комерсиалността/звездната сила. Сега като обмислих всеки един от участниците подробно май, май финала го виждам. Тази година, Tanahashi има една singles победа над Nagata и Nagata има една singles победа над Tanahashi... Май, май Tanahashi бие Brock за титлата, после мачка в G-1 Climax и на финала взима решителната победа над Nagata. Както казах, G-1 Climax обикновено доста трудно се предсказва, но май нещата отиват натам, където си мисля. Ако Brock запаси титлата обаче тогава вече става интересно...

Та, ето ги моите wild guesses :)

Semi-finals:

Tanahashi def. Tenzan/Yamamoto

Nagata def. Kojima/Bernard

Finals:

Tanahashi def. Nagata

ЕДИТ - Сега като стана цялата работа с Леснар прогнозите ми малко се промениха, но ме мързи да обяснявам.

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Full cards and match order for all but the final show of the G1 tour have been announced, and may help compensate in part for the lack of star power in the tournament itself. After his latest K-1 defeat, Akebono is looking to bounce back by working all shows on the tour. In Yokohama, Akebono steps into the junior division! Yes, the 64th generation Yokozuna will team with Tiger Mask against tag specialists Jado & Gedo. The next day in Osaka, he teams with Kojima against Tenzan & Machine in what will be the first TenKoji confrontation since Tenzan took the IWGP Heavyweight Title from Kojima on last May's Tokyo Dome event. Chono's return match on 8/12 sees he and Milano battle Choshu & Tanahashi, a team selected by President Simon to take down Chono. Simon has also warned Chono that another tough team will be put together on 8/13 to face them, possibly involving wrestlers who don't make the G1 final four. As reported here a while back now, Yoshihiro Takayama will return to New Japan on 8/13 in a match yet to be determined. Takayama was injured in the 2004 G1, so returns to New Japan two years later. Naigai Times reports that there is talk of setting up a dream Takayama vs. Akebono confrontation, possibly in the form of Choshu & Akebono vs. Takayama & X. There is no sign of Nakamura and if he is to make an appearance, it will be on the final show, as all other cards are complete. Koshinaka also continues his regular participation in New Japan, appearing in undercard tags.

NJPW, 8/6/06 (SXW LIVE)

Niigata City Gymnasium

1. Wataru Inoue vs. Yujiro

2. El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Minoru & Tetsuya Naito

3. Shiro Koshinaka & Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii

4. Riki Choshu & Akebono vs. Giant Bernard & Black Strong Machine

5. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

6. G1 Climax - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Satoshi Kojima All Japan

7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Koji Kanemoto

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Manabu Nakanishi

NJPW, 8/8/06 (WPW)

Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium

1. Yujiro & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Takashi Uwano & Tetsuya Naito

2. Takashi Iizuka & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Shiro Koshinaka & El Samurai

3. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru & Prince Devitt

4. Riki Choshu & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii

5. Summer Night Dream Tag Match: Akebono & Tiger Mask vs. Jado & Gedo

6. G1 Climax - Block B: Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Togi Makabe

7. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard vs. Satoshi Kojima All Japan

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

9. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

NJPW, 8/9/06 (Samurai! TV)

Grand Cube Osaka

1. Yujiro & Mitsuhide Hirasawa vs. Takashi Uwano & Tetsuya Naito

2. Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Prince Devitt

3. Tiger Mask, El Samurai & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru, Jado & Gedo

4. Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii

5. Satoshi Kojima All Japan & Akebono vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Black Strong Machine

6. G1 Climax - Block B: Koji Kanemoto vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

7. G1 Climax - Block A: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

8. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Togi Makabe

9. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Giant Bernard

NJPW, 8/10/06 (Samurai! TV)

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

1. Yujiro & Prince Devitt vs. Mitsuhide Hirasawa & Tetsuya Naito

2. Tiger Mask, El Samurai, Wataru Inoue & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru, Jado & Gedo

3. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii

4. Riki Choshu & Akebono vs. Black Strong Machine & Shiro Koshinaka

5. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Naofumi Yamamoto

6. G1 Climax - Block B: Togi Makabe vs. Koji Kanemoto

7. G1 Climax - Block A: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Giant Bernard

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima All Japan

NJPW, 8/12/06 (SXW LIVE)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. El Samurai & Wataru Inoue vs. Minoru & Prince Devitt

2. Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jado & Gedo

3. Takashi Iizuka & Takashi Uwano vs. Black Strong Machine & Shiro Koshinaka

4. Akebono & Naofumi Yamamoto vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii

5. Masahiro Chono Return Match ~ BLACK REBORN: Masahiro Chono & Milano Collection AT vs. Riki Choshu & Hiroshi Tanahashi

6. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

7. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Koji Kanemoto

8. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Togi Makabe

9. G1 Climax - Block A: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Satoshi Kojima All Japan

NJPW, 8/13/06 (WPW/PPV)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

- Yoshihiro Takayama participation

1. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Block A 1st place vs. Block B 2nd place

2. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Block B 1st place vs. Block A 2nd place

3. Masahiro Chono & Milano Collection AT vs. X & X

4. G1 Climax - Finals

Супер яко! Takayama, Milano, Akebono & Chono`s back! Има някои ДОСТА интересни non-G1 мачове, които задължително искам да гледам. G1 Climax 2006 is gonna rule!

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Има доста потенциал в тазгодишния Climax. С удоволствие ще го следя :).Моя избор клони към Nagata страхотен е тази година, а пък ако Tanahashi спечели вече получава ненормален пуш и няма да му се отрази много добре.

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Наистина изглежда доста впечатляващо и това е меко казано. Не съм много запознат как вървят историите в промоцията към момента и затова и няма да давам прогноза, но ще проследя турнира с удоволствие. :)

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Наистина се очертава страхотен турнир.Някой от мачовете наистина се очертават много добри и с удоволствие ще ги гледам.Моя личен фаворит в G1 е Manabu Nakanishi,макар че не мисля че има големи шансове е един много забавен кечист.

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Ето ги и първите резултати:

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The 2006 G1 Climax began today in Niigata on a somewhat predictable note, with no major upsets on day one. Before matches began, all ten tournament members entered the ring for the opening ceremony, and reigning champion Chono returned his trophy as per tradition. IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi, won his first singles match since capturing the title, avenging a loss from last year's G1 to Nakanishi. But it was a difficult day for the champion, who despite having the belt, was still manhandled for much of the match by Nakanishi to the disturbing extent that some likened it to a veteran vs. young lion "education match". But Tanahashi's specialty for taking punishment and bearing it meant he was able to survive Nakanishi's offense, and come back to win with a flying Sling Blade into a jackknife hold. TenKoji met two of the most respected juniors in pro wrestling, one after another. Tenzan faced Kanemoto, who he joined New Japan at the same time as. The former classmates shook hands before the match and both wore new costumes, Tenzan wearing a new black outfit. Kanemoto made full use of his "aerial shooting" techniques and hurt one of Tenzan's eyes, so attacked it with face washers and low-altitude dropkicks. Tenzan struck back with a German suplex and lariat, but Kanemoto countered the TTD with his ankle hold, then dropped a moonsault press for a near fall. They went back and forth from there, before Tenzan hit the elusive TTD and applied his deadly Anaconda Vice, that has almost become a "G1 Limited Edition" move. Kanemoto refused to give up, but Tenzan hurled him back to the mat with the Anaconda slam, then put extra effort into the Vice and Aniki had to tap out after a good fight. Likewise, Liger will feel no shame after pushing Kojima to his limits in Kojima's return to New Japan today. This was their first match since the 2001 G1, when Liger scored a huge upset win, and Liger (appearing in red and white Battle Liger mode like in 2001) overwhelmed Kojima with submissions in the early stages of the match. Kojima took control with his heavyweight offense, such as hard chops, but Liger wouldn't yield to Kojima and struck back with a powerbomb and frog splash, having little difficulty lifting the bulky Kojima. Liger's vertical drop brainbuster almost won him the match, Kojima kicking out just in time. They went back and forth, but Kojima was just too strong in the end and won with his patented lariat. Kojima called Liger amazing backstage, saying he puts the "pro wrestler" in "pro wrestler". Kojima said he wanted to check up on the New Japan he has been absent from in this tournament.

Mr. Saikyo gave his young protйgй Yamamoto a "G1 baptism" today, slaughtering him in the first of the tournament matches. Yamamoto entered to new entrance music and made a surprise attack on his teacher with a dropkick and double knee. An angry Nagata struck back with intense slaps and merciless kicks, then went on to show the severity of pro wrestling to Yamamoto, beating him senseless for most of the match. Yamamoto showed a lot of fighting spirit and held out a long time, before tapping out to an armlock. Backstage, Yamamoto said he didn't remember much of the match and was badly beaten up. He said he is indebted to Nagata and wants to grow to Nagata's level, as part of aiming for the top of New Japan. Today's undercard had some matches of note. In recent years, there has only been one or two undercard matches during the group stage shows, but with only ten wrestlers being in the G1 this year, there are more. Choshu & Akebono, the team that almost defeated Lesnar & Nakamura in February, reunited with a win over Bernard & Machine. Akebono's latest pro wrestling return after more failure in K-1 saw him body press Machine for the win. In a rematch of the last LOCK UP main event, Koshinaka & Makabe got revenge on Yano & Ishii in what, like their LU match, was called a very good match. Koshinaka, who was one of the most popular wrestlers today, pinned Ishii with his powerbomb. With so many juniors occupied elsewhere today, at the speedway (see below), in Mexico, or in the G1, young lion Tetsuya Naito received a promotion, teaming with Minoru against former IWGP Jr. Tag Champions, Samurai & Taguchi. Although he wasn't able to avoid defeat, he made a good impression.

NJPW, 8/6/06 (SXW LIVE)

1. Wataru Inoue beat Yujiro (8:28) with the Triangle Lancer.

2. El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Minoru & Tetsuya Naito (12:46) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Naito.

3. Shiro Koshinaka & Togi Makabe beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (12:11) when Koshinaka used a powerbomb on Ishii.

4. Riki Choshu & Akebono beat Giant Bernard & Black Strong Machine (9:59) when Akebono used a running body press on Machine.

5. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [2] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (10:28) with an armlock.

6. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima [2] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [0] (14:09) with a lariat.

7. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [2] beat Koji Kanemoto [0] (13:07) with the Anaconda Vice.

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [2] beat Manabu Nakanishi [0] (14:51) with a flying Sling Blade -> jackknife hold.

Струва ми се добре,но така като гледам маовете ми се струват кратки.Нищо все пак е важно качеството,но ще видим като излязат.Иначе се надявам съвсем скоро време да започнат да стават ясни и фаворитите-поне от моите засега всички побеждават..

EDIT - Maлко едитнах поста с по-добра версия на резултатите. Надявам се нямаш нищо против. (pgi86)

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nWoHulkster

Good stuff! Naito си издига статута малко, тъй като се бие с "големите момчета", а не с "младите лъвове" както обикновено. Akebono & Riki Choshu срещу Black Strong Machine & Giant Bernard трябва да е бил приятен мач атракция. При Yuji Nagata срещу Naofumi Yamamoto е падал голям ass-kicking точно както очаквах: учител срещу ученик. Този мач доста ми се гледа. Satoshi Kojima срещу Jushin Liger и Hiroyoshi Tenzan срещу Koji Kanemoto вероятно са било fun, особено първия. И накрая имаме важна победа за новия шампион и вторият мач от шоуто, който ми се гледа най-много. Като цяло солиден старт.

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Day two of the G1 Climax saw no major surprises, but a couple of minor ones. New Japan returned to Yokohama Bunka Gymnasium for the first time in a year, and although attendance was significantly down compared to last year due to the card being much weaker (last year was headlined by the Nagata vs. Kawada dream match), this was said to have been a much better overall performance than last year's disappointing show in the same building. The man who was briefly called "New Mr. G1" a couple of years ago after back to back championships, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, is starting to show the same form that won him the 2003 and 2004 tournaments. Tenzan, who has spent most of the last year in the tag ranks, scored his first win over Nagata in two and a half years today. Their match was called very good, but like Nagata vs. Kawada last year, suffered somewhat from the typical lack of heat in Yokohama As promised, Nagata debuted his new "Rocket kick", which was a jumping front kick (and apparently looked really sick). Tenzan counterattacked after that with his diving headbutt, TTD, and the Anaconda Vice, but Nagata survived. Nagata landed a Shining Wizard, then hit a huge avalanche-style Exploder, the Thunder Death Driver, and a backdrop hold, but incredibly Tenzan kicked out. Tenzan went on to win the match a while later with a TTD, two lariats, and two moonsault press'. For Nagata, this resembled the nightmare of their 2/04 match, when Tenzan struck Nagata knees-first in the face with a moonsault and completely knocked him out. He admitted he was afraid when he saw the moonsaults being dropped on him, and said if they meet again in the final, he wonders if Tenzan will unleash the forbidden "moonsault to the face". Nagata said he wants to fight Tenzan again in the final, but there is a long way to go until then.

Tanahashi controlled the "macho confrontation" with Liger today, in what was also described as a very good match. Liger, in CTU Battle Liger mode today, troubled Tanahashi with a range of submissions. Later on, he cornered Tanahashi and landed a shotei, then hit two vertical drop brainbusters in a row for a near fall. Tanahashi pulled through though, winning with a flurry of offense: an enzuigiri, Sling Blade, German suplex, and finally his Dragon suplex hold. Tanahashi said he never thought of Liger as a junior in the match, because of how thick his body is, and that he felt Liger's strength anew. Like Kojima, he took his hat off to Liger, praising the junior legend for a good, competitive fight. Liger said that Tanahashi's performance was good today, but that from what he heard, more fans were supporting him than the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Liger said if he doesn't leave any results to pay back that support, then his G1 campaign will be meaningless. An old feud from All Japan was renewed today, when Kojima and Bernard went to war. These two had a big grudge feud in All Japan, leading to Kojima defending his Triple Crown against Bernard. Kojima (who has new entrance music) faced the "upgraded" Bernard of New Japan today, and had a much tougher time than last year. This was a very long match that was supposedly very physical and grueling for both men. After 25 minutes of combat, they hit big moves, Kojima a lariat and Bernard his Bernard Driver, and both hit the mat in exhaustion. Neither could beat the referee's ten count, and as a result the match was ruled a double KO, each getting one point. Makabe defeated Yamamoto in the first tournament match of the day, a very one-sided match with Makabe dominated. Yamamoto did manage comebacks, but is still struggling to justify his place in the G1, as he was beaten convincingly by Makabe's lariat.

In the main feature of the undercard, Akebono & Tiger Mask defeated the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions, Jado & Gedo, but it wasn't Akebono as we know him. Akebono appeared as Bono Tiger, wearing his own Tiger mask, which didn't make Jado & Gedo happy, as they went to tear it off. This was a very entertaining novelty match, in which Jado & Gedo tried to handle Akebono's huge frame and Tiger Mask at the same time. But at the end, the two were floored side by side, and Akebono dropped a body press on both of them, his pin on Jado getting the victory. Yano & Ishii suffered their second successive loss in what is a very difficult chain of tag matches for them on this tour. They put up a good fight against Choshu & Nakanishi, but never had much of a chance against a combination like that. Choshu, who the crowd was very hot for (Yokohama is the place where he crushed Onita in 2000), pinned Yano following a Riki lariat. Chono was at today's show, and because some proceeds went to charity, he handed them to a member of the Kanagawa Health Welfare Division.

NJPW, 8/8/06 (WPW)

1. Yujiro & Mitsuhide Hirasawa beat Takashi Uwano & Tetsuya Naito (10:01) when Hirasawa used a chickenwing armlock on Naito.

2. Takashi Iizuka & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Shiro Koshinaka & El Samurai (8:08) when Iizuka used a sleeper hold on Samurai.

3. Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue beat Minoru & Prince Devitt (12:07) when Inoue used the Staggerin' Blow on Devitt.

4. Riki Choshu & Manabu Nakanishi beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (11:26) when Choshu used a lariat on Yano.

5. Summer Night Dream Tag Match: Akebono (Bono Tiger) & Tiger Mask beat Jado & Gedo (7:10) when Akebono used a running body press on Jado.

6. G1 Climax - Block B: Togi Makabe [2] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (11:18) with a lariat.

7. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard [1] vs. Satoshi Kojima All Japan [3] went to a double KO (25:54).

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [0] (14:18) with a Dragon suplex hold.

9. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4] beat Yuji Nagata [2] (15:41) with a moonsault press.

Мдам, звучи добре. Акебоно смело влиза в леката дивизия и то като Bonо Tiger :lol:. Това ще се гледа. Искаше ми се Yamamoto да вземе победата над Makabe, но май наистина е по-добре Makabe да бие сега, пък Yamamoto да има да си връща в последствие. Доста съм изненадан, че New Japan предпазват Bernard и не оставиха Kojima да го бие, но лошо няма. Мачът им за Triple Crown oт миналата година беше добър и този сигурно е бил дори по-добър, така че го чакам с интерес. Tanahashi си мачка както се очаква. Правилният човек бие в мейн ивента. Така и така това са двамата фаворити в групата, като Nagata e по-големия, така че е добре да се засили Tenzan с победа над Nagata. Като цяло до тук съм доволен от booking-a на G1, a утре съм приготвил мачовете от вчера за даунлоуд, така че всичко е на шест :).

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It had to happen, and day three of the G1 Climax in Osaka had plenty of surprises. New Japan's first advance on Grand Cube Osaka went well, with a reportedly very good show, despite a fairly weak lineup from a business perspective (the main event isn't small in theory, but has been done so much lately that it lacks novelty). Despite less members, not as many big names, and smaller attendances than usual, the G1 is not disappointing in contents. "Revenge is sweet" and Giant Bernard tasted sweet revenge today, as he completely defeated the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Tanahashi. Tanahashi narrowly defeated Bernard on 6/18 and 7/17, the latter victory earning him the title. The New Japan Cup champion was very unlucky to lose both times, having dominated Tanahashi for much of each match, and today he managed to get the all-important three count. Bernard survived all of Tanahashi's big moves, except for the Dragon suplex hold, which Tana didn't get chance to use, and won with the Bernard Driver. Like their other matches, this won a lot of praise, but having been done three times in three months now, it might be time to tuck this "gold card" away for quite a while, so that it is a big deal next time it happens. Bernard said that he had now beaten the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and that after he wins the G1, his eyes will be on that title. Both Kojima and Tanahashi have now failed to defeat Bernard in the tournament, and he poses a big threat to their "expected" qualification. Another threat is arising in the "easy" block for Nagata and Tenzan, and that is Makabe. Makabe is unbeaten after two matches, having crushed Yamamoto yesterday, and today holding Nagata to a double countout. This was the first time Makabe has ever avoided a loss to Nagata in a singles match (they had two earlier this year also, including one in the New Japan Cup), and perhaps a sign of his recent growth, which also allowed him to capture the IWGP Provisional Tag Team Title briefly. Makabe utilizing a lot of heel tactics today, such as using referee Tiger Hattori as a human shield to avoid a Nagata attack. While Hattori was down, Nagata used a backdrop hold for three unregistered counts. Makabe managed to then draw Nagata out of the ring, and remniscent of Hiro in the 2000 G1, got himself a draw from a double countout. Nagata said he had suffered an unexpected setback today, so would put everything into his last group stage match with Kanemoto to ensure he qualifies. Makabe was joyous backstage, saying his strategy had worked, as he turned a probable defeat into a worthwhile draw.

"New Japan juniors are strong!" was the message sent today by two legends of the weight class, Liger and Kanemoto. Both men scored wins over heavyweights, with Liger's THE upset of the tournament so far. Despite his overwhelming power, Nakanishi has always been prone to getting rolled up, as he was today. As expected, Nakanishi dominated much of the match, but Liger had his moments, such as flooring Nakanishi with a flurry of shoteis and following up with a Shining Wizard. Nakanishi was in firm control later on, but as he charged at Liger for the kill, Liger cleverly rolled him up for the flash three count! As you can imagine, the crowd was nuclear, and there was a three cheers ("BANZAI! BANZAI! BANZAI!") moment for Liger, as if he had just won the entire tournament. Liger said he had pinned New Japan's number one super-heavyweight and was overjoyed. Kanemoto showed the dignity of the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, beating Yamamoto in a tough and intense fight. Kanemoto overwhelmed the youngster in the early stages with speed and sharp attacks, but Yamamoto then counterattacked with his range of kicks. They exchanged kicks late on, until Kanemoto caught one and trapped Yamamoto in his ankle hold. Despite a struggle, Yamamoto had to tap out and went 0-3 in his first G1, with just Tenzan left the face. Kanemoto praised Yamamoto for giving him a good fight and went 2-1 in the tournament, his last opponent set to be Nagata. Today's fourth match was very heated and saw the dream team of Kojima & Akebono defeat Tenzan & Machine. It was the first collision between TenKoji since last May's Tokyo Dome show, and there were sparks, almost a lead-in match to something else (hmm...). Akebono continued his good run of form on G1 undercards, pinning Machine after hitting his Bono Bomber. After two losses against difficult opposition, Yano & Ishii finally picked up their first win of the tour today, beating two respected veterans, Koshinaka & Iizuka. Koshinaka was again super-popular, as he has been all tour, but his team wasn't able to win today, as Yano used his Uragasumi on Iizuka for the three count. Prince Devitt picked up a pretty big win in the opening tag too, another junior to pin a heavyweight, as he cradled Uwano to start the show.

NJPW, 8/9/06 (Samurai! TV)

1. Yujiro & Prince Devitt beat Ryusuke Taguchi & Takashi Uwano (11:20) when Devitt used a front cradle on Uwano.

2. Minoru, Jado & Gedo beat Tiger Mask, El Samurai & Wataru Inoue (9:50) when Minoru used the California Maki on Inoue.

3. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii beat Shiro Koshinaka & Takashi Iizuka (11:33) when Yano used the Uragasumi on Iizuka.

4. Satoshi Kojima All Japan & Akebono beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Black Strong Machine (13:41) when Akebono used the Bono Bomber on Machine.

5. G1 Climax - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [2] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (13:14) with an ankle hold.

6. G1 Climax - Block A: Jushin Thunder Liger [2] beat Manabu Nakanishi [0] (8:32) with a horizontal cradle.

7. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [3] vs. Togi Makabe [3] went to a double countout (15:44).

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard [3] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] (17:54) with the Bernard Driver.

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Thinks are becoming very interesting, particularly in Block A. Tanahashi has just one match left in the group stage and that is against Kojima, the biggest match of the primary section of the G1, tomorrow in Nagoya. If he loses that, Kojima instantly passes him (and still has one match after it with Nakanishi), and Tanahashi is in danger of missing out. Bernard faces Nakanishi tomorrow, and even if he loses, he has Liger on the last day, a match he will be tipped to win. So Tanahashi really needs a win tomorrow or at worst, a draw, or it could be curtains for him. After today's loss, things look grim for Nakanishi, because even if he does win his last two matches, he still probably won't qualify, although back to back victories over Bernard and Kojima would redeem his G1. Tenzan is in control of Block B, but both he and Nagata have Makabe on their heels, and Kanemoto can't be ruled out yet, although Yamamoto probably can.

Block A:

1. Hiroshi Tanahashi [4]

2. Giant Bernard [3]

3. Satoshi Kojima [3]

4. Jushin Thunder Liger [2]

5. Manabu Nakanishi [0]

Block B:

1. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4]

2. Yuji Nagata [3]

3. Togi Makabe [3]

4. Koji Kanemoto [2]

5. Naofumi Yamamoto [0]

Eто за това си говорим. G1 Climax винаги поднася подобни бомби и тази година въобще не е изключение. Liger defeated Nakananishi!!! Holy shit! Отделно очаквах Yamamoto да бие junoir heavyweight легендата Kanemoto, но уви... :(. Nagata vs Makabe има доста странен финал, но сигурно идеята е да не се дават прекалено много точки на Nagata, а и да се покаже разтежа на Makabe, така че лошо няма. И на последно имаме победата на Bernard над шампиона, което се очакваше, тъй като 3 победи на Tanahashi над Bernard ще му станат прекалено множко, а и така Bernard има основа да иска title shot понататък. Иначе до тук нещата са много интересни и непредвидими, най-вече в Block A. Потенциално и в Block B има трима фаворити, но Makabe просто няма начин да прогресира, така че тук нещата са по-ясни. В Block A обаче е много интересно. Напреварата между Tanahashi/Kojima/Bernard се очертава като жестока. Tanahashi има още само един мач срещу Kojima, Kojima има два - срещу Tanahashi & и срещу Nakanishi, а Bernard съща има два - срещу Nakanishi & срещу Liger. Nakanishi ще бие Bernard (и така резултата между тях тази година ще стане 1 на 2 в полза на Bernard), a Bernard ще бие Liger, коетo прави Bernard с 5 точки. Въпросът обаче е как ще се развият мачовете на Kojima... Вариантите са няколко и всеки един от тях ми изглежда като достая вероятен, така че ще се сдържа от коментарен засега. Абе засега съм доста доволен от Climax-a.

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Наистина и според мен нещата засега са повече от интересни.Нещата в Блок А стават много интересни и следващите 2 шоута ще са много важни за някои.Не ми се вярва Tanahashi да го извадят от играта,но както виждаме и Bernard и Kojima имат повече от добри шансове.Мачът утре между Tanahashi и Kojima ще страхотен и до голяма степен определелящ,но въпреки всичко си мисля,че ще е double KO.Победата на Бернард срещу шампиона я очаквах и то заради борбата за титлата,която го чака след това(поне според мен ще иска title shot след тази победа и това е сигурно).Така че Блок А засега е супер интересно какво ще става оставащите 2 шоута.Блок Б не е по-малко интересен,но до голяма степен там нещата са малко по ясни.Засега двамата големи фаворити са точно там където трябва,макар че смятам,че Nagata ще спечели блока.Но ще видим наистина ни чакат още много интересни дни-поне засега аз съм страшно доволен..

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The biggest day of group stage matches in the 2006 G1 was a very eventful one. New Japan returned to one of its "forts", Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, and offered a very big main event. After a perfect start, Tanahashi today suffered his second defeat in a row, and finished his group stage campaign 2-2, with his finals qualification hanging in the balance. This was a very tough match for both men, with both "fighting to their limit". Kojima survived Tanahashi's Dragon suplex, while Tanahashi survived several of Kojima's big moves, before eventually falling to a big lariat. Kojima said he now realizes why Tanahashi has become a "top wrestler", and found it hard to believe that Tana has been wrestling half as long as him. Kojima said the difference had been the confidence he has gained as a long-term champion and ace, while Tanahashi is a new champion and still lacking that confidence. He remains focused and his eyes now move towards the final tournament, but first he has a big match with his former tag partner, Nakanishi. Nakanishi's campaign ended early after two disappointing losses, both of which were unlucky as he had dominated the contents of each match. But there is a chance of redemption, and today's win over Bernard was the first of two steps towards that. Bernard defeated Nakanishi at the Tokyo Dome in January in his New Japan debut, then in the New Japan Cup semi final round, and not only that, betrayed Nakanishi when the two challenged for the IWGP Tag Team Title in February, so Nakanishi had so many reasons for wanting revenge. And he got it in an intense power fight between the two, dropping Bernard with his "Fujiyama" German suplex hold.

Koji Kanemoto is refusing to become a "token junior" in this G1, and today went 2-1 in the tournament with a victory over the on-form Makabe. The IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion is traditionally strong against heavyweights, and had to be today, when faced with Makabe's power fighting. In a match that apparently got more heat than expected, Kanemoto avoided Makabe's lariat and dropped him with a Falcon Arrow for the three count. Kanemoto also beat Makabe in the 2004 G1, and despite growing since then, Makabe found Kanemoto to be a formidable "wall". Kanemoto said he had beaten a heavyweight with the Falcon Arrow, and his only remaining hurdle before the final stages is Nagata, who also needs a win badly in their match. Yamamoto finished his first G1 the way he started it, with a convincing defeat. He fell to the unbeaten Tenzan in a match, like Nagata vs. Yamamoto, where the difference in experience was crystal clear. Yamamoto showed a lot of fighting spirit again, but fell to a TTD. For Yamamoto, he will perhaps go home the wiser, but with Makabe and Kanemoto in his block, two wrestlers he may have felt he could beat after all his big match experiences this year, he may feel slightly disappointed with his complete defeat. Akebono continues his rampage on undercards this tour, today pinning Machine again in a tag match, when teaming with his pro wrestling mentor, Choshu. Yano & Ishii went 1-3 in their tag series on the tour, losing to Nagata & Iizuka just one day after scoring a big win over Koshinaka & Iizuka. This was a hard fought match that actually went longer than all but one of today's G1 matches, and ended with Nagata backdropping Ishii. New Japan returns to Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium for its third show of the year there on 12/10.

NJPW, 8/10/06

1. Yujiro & Prince Devitt beat Takashi Uwano & Mitsuhide Hirasawa (11:21) when Devitt used a flying cross armbreaker on Hirasawa.

2. Tiger Mask, El Samurai, Wataru Inoue & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru, Jado & Gedo (9:17) when Tiger used a crucifix hold on Gedo.

3. Yuji Nagata & Takashi Iizuka beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (17:02) when Nagata used a backdrop hold on Ishii.

4. Riki Choshu & Akebono beat Black Strong Machine & Shiro Koshinaka (8:10) when Akebono used a running body press on Machine.

5. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6] beat Naofumi Yamamoto [0] (12:28) with the TTD.

6. G1 Climax - Block B: Koji Kanemoto [4] beat Togi Makabe [3] (11:25) with a Falcon Arrow.

7. G1 Climax - Block A: Manabu Nakanishi [2] beat Giant Bernard [3] (11:41) with the Fujiyama German suplex hold.

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima [5] beat Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] (21:55) with a lariat.

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Kojima is through from Block A, but doesn't necessarily win the block. If Bernard defeats Liger on Saturday and Kojima loses to Nakanishi, they will be tied, and since they drew, I have no idea how they would determine who finishes first and second. Tanahashi has finished his group stage campaign, and as long as the "direct confrontation" rule is still in play, he is out of the G1 unless Bernard loses to Liger. If Bernard draws with Liger and gets one point, he should go through in second because he beat Tanahashi, unless they axe that rule (I think they did one year...). Liger beating Bernard would push him to third spot if that rule is intact, and since he lost to Tanahashi, Tanahashi would go through. Likewise Nakanishi, if he wins on Saturday, because he lost to Tanahashi, he can't edge past him. If both Liger and Nakanishi win, they stand in a line on four points with Tanahashi, but with Tana having beaten them both, I still think he'd go through. One thing not to rule out for Bernard vs. Liger is a "no contest", which I think is different to a time limit draw and double countout, in that it counts as a loss for both, and they get no points. Tenzan wins Block B no matter what happens in his match with Makabe, but Nagata is behind the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Kanemoto. Their match on Saturday is going to be very important. If Nagata beats Kanemoto and Makabe upsets Tenzan, they will be locked on five points, and due to their double countout, they will have to have a playoff on the final show (ala Nakanishi vs. Nishimura in 2002 and Nagata vs. Shibata in 2003) to determine who faces the Block A winner in the semi final round. Yamamoto has finished his campaign and despite the experience, managed no wins.

Block A:

1. Satoshi Kojima [5]

2. Hiroshi Tanahashi [4]

3. Giant Bernard [3]

4. Jushin Thunder Liger [2]

5. Manabu Nakanishi [2]

Block B:

1. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [6]

2. Koji Kanemoto [4]

3. Yuji Nagata [3]

4. Togi Makabe [3]

5. Naofumi Yamamoto [0]

Евала Phil,мача на Бернард го позна-лично аз си бях приготвил друга развръзка,но ето че опитът ти надделя ;) .Иначе нещата в Block A се закучиха още повече и става наистина страшно интересно.Все ми се струва,че Tanahashi няма да го извадят от борбата,а ще се класира между капките.Явно мачът му с Kojima е бил на много високо ниво,и именно затова нямам търпение да го гледам.Блок Б нещата са по-ясни,но нека все пак изчакаме да дойде събота и да видим как ще се развият нещата по-нататъка.

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Заплетено става, много. Честно казано мислех, че Tanahashi е на 1000% сигурен. А и честно казано той е моя любимец може би, така че съм и пристрастен малко. Не очаквам Bernard да падне от Liger, но както каза Фил тук често има много изненади. А мача Kojima - Tanahashi e must-see. :) Фил, видиш ли го, поствай тука ей! :)

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Сега вече е време да се изкажа по последните развития, тъй като нарочно изчаках да излезне подробен репортаж. Мдам, нещата се заплетоха дори още повече. Първо искам да споделя радостта си, че Prince Devitt (keчист, който е нещо като новия Chris Benoit на New Japan, в смисъл че има подобна роля, а и се бие като Pegasus Kid II) трупа победи. Леката дивизия определено има нужна от силен junior heavyweight gaijin кечист и след време Devitt има реалния шанс да се превърне в такъв. Което ми напомня да изразя огромното си разочарование, че макар и Alex Koslov (много талантлив кечист от руски произход, който се бие в Калифорния) да се бие за американския клон на New Japan, от New Japan все не се навиват да го докарат в Япония. Искам Alex Koslov в New Japan! Перфектно gaijin допълнение към леката дивизия ще е той, но да не се отплесвам. Tenzan е машина в този G-1 Climax и мачка наред, което определено е добро решение, тъй като преди G-1 не беше много силен и показва, че като дойде време за най-важния турнир кечистите дават 200% от себе си за победа. Малко ме е яд, че Yamamoto напуска турнира без нито една победа, но какво да се прави. Лошо няма де. Push-ват си го бавно, но славно и G-1 Climax e важна фаза от разтежа му като кечист и показва, че още не е готов за големи неща. Ето тази победа на Kanemoto ме изненада. Принципно мислих си, че има малък шанс да бие, но определено не мислех, че ще го направи. Но отново лошо няма, тъй като тази загуба показва, че макар и да има разтеж при Makabe, този разтеж още не е чак толкова голям. Nakanishi бие Bernard точно както очаквах, определено правилното решение. За изхода от мейн ивента бях много раздвоен и все още съм раздвоен относно дали това е правилното решение. Може би е, защото показва, че Tanahashi oще не е на нивото, на което трябва да бъде като шампион (което си е самата истина btw).

След това шоу интригата се усили дори още повече, дори и в Block B. Tenzan се класира за полуфиналите, но в момента има 3 претенденти за второто място за полуфиналите. Nagata бие Kanemoto и става с 5 точки, обаче въпросът е какво ще стане с Makabe vs Tenzan, защото ако Makabe бие с Nagata се изравняват по точки и тъй като мачът между тях двамата беше хикс ще трябва да има decision match. Възможните варианти са 2-3, но аз залагам на загуба на Makabe или някакъв non-finish, което ще класира Nagata за полуфиналите. В Block A нещата също са доста интересни. Kojima вече се класира и сега имаме двама фаворити (двама, защото дори и Liger & Nakanishi да запишат победи и да изравнят Tanahashi по точки, в директните сблъсъци и двамата паднаха от Tanahashi така че той ще се класира). Kojima vs Nakanishi - тук направо си има три възможни изхода и чесно казано не знам кой е най-вероятен, но айде ще заложа на победа за Nakanishi. И така стигаме до може би най-интересния мач от гледна точка на развръзката. Giant Bernard vs Jushin Thunder Liger! Aко Bernard бие той направо се класира. Победа на Liger не отписвам като вариант, но ми се струва малко вероятно. И накрая остава някакъв non-finish като тук има два варианта - double dq/double countout, което значи по точка и за двамата или no contest, което май значи по нула точки. И двете решения ми изглеждат верояти. Всичко зависи от това какъв е плана за Tanahashi и проблемът е че и двата варианта (да стигне до полуфинали и да не стигне до полуфиналите) ми изглеждат вероятни, така че идея си нямам точно как могат да се развият нещата. Айде ще дам един wild guess и ще предположа, че Bernard ще се класира. После ще имаме Tenzan vs Kojima & Bernard vs Nagata, и накрая финал Nagata vs Tenzan. Яко налучквам, ама няма как иначе. G-1 Climax просто е трудно предвидим и възможните и добри варианти са няколко. G-1 Climax 2006 rocks!

A btw, междувременно New Japan обявиха частичен card за финалния ден от G-1 Climax:

NJPW, 8/13/06 (WPW/PPV)

Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

1. Wataru Inoue & Yujiro vs. Minoru & Prince Devitt

2. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Block A 1st place vs. Block B 2nd place

3. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Block B 1st place vs. Block A 2nd place

4. Yoshihiro Takayama New Japan Return Match: Masahiro Chono, Yoshihiro Takayama & Milano Collection AT vs. Riki Choshu, Akebono & X

5. G1 Climax - Final:

Мач 4 ме радва много, само това ще кажа.

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Наистина става много интересно.Иска ми се да гледам всеки един мач,но за жалост нямам тази възможност.Според мен е много възможно Bernard да стане победител,а и това ще ми достави огромен кефи.Nagata също много ме кефи,а и ако той участва в финала ще добави повече match quality.Все пак предполагам финал Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Giant Bernard :) Иначе наистина 4-въртия мач от частичния card за шуто на 13 трябва да бъде страхотен,все пак Takayama.

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A very unique cast will make up the final four of the 2006 G1 Climax. TenKoji are there as expected, but the strongest foreigner and incredibly, the strongest junior, joined them today. It was an eventful night at Sumo Hall, the prelude to tomorrow's tournament finale. The main event saw former IWGP Tag Team Champions, the Bull Powers - Nakanishi & Kojima - do battle for the first time in six years. This was a very closely fought match between the two power fighters, with little between them. Kojima survived many of Nakanishi's big moves, when it seemed like Nakanishi was on course to pick up a huge win to end his campaign, the All Japan ace refusing to stay down no matter what Nakanishi threw at him. One huge lariat ended the match, giving Kojima his third win of the tournament and ending another disappointing campaign for Nakanishi, the only highlight of which was a revenge win over Bernard. Nakanishi can only aim to regroup now with Omori, who also failed to reach the finals of the Fire Festival, so perhaps the two of them can look to avenge their losses as a tag team. Kojima said that twelve years ago, he and Nakanishi met in the Young Lion Cup final, and that this was his only notable win over Nakanishi since then. He called it the most meaningful match of the tournament so far for him, and promised to win straight victories tomorrow, return to All Japan in triumph, then challenge Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. Bernard advanced to the semis today with a win over Liger. Tanahashi took a seat at ringside to watch this, praying that Liger could somehow defeat Bernard. Liger avoided Bernard's powerful attacks skillfully and managed to trouble the giant a little, but there was to be no repeat of Liger's upset over Nakanishi today, Bernard sinking Liger into the mat with his neck-hanging buster. Having dominated the New Japan Cup in April and having reached the final of the IWGP tournament last month, New Japan's gaijin ace continues a storming year and is very close to becoming the first ever foreigner to capture the G1.

Today's best bout and one that may be considered one of the better matches this year saw a miracle happen. Expected to lose to a determined Nagata, Kanemoto fought beyond his limits and survived. This half hour match was described as one that never got boring and always had the crowd gripped, a testament to the ability of these two third generation stars. It was quite see-saw much of the way, but later on Nagata took control, launching a full course of offense at the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion. But just one point away from doing the impossible, Kanemoto wouldn't stay down, no matter what Mr. Saikyo threw at him. Nagata became desperate and frantically looked to finish the battered Kanemoto, but the clock beat him, the time limit expiring. Despite winning more than he lost, his only defeat to Tenzan in Yokohama, Nagata missed out on the semis by a whisker. Kanemoto has far exceeded the expectations of everyone and has again shown the strength of New Japan juniors, becoming the first man of his weight class to ever reach the final four! Although Liger couldn't join him, he also did the junior division proud with some great performances. The Hiroyoshi Tenzan of 2003 and 2004 has returned. The question is, can he sustain this incredible form that has made him the only G1 participant with a flawless record leaving the primary stages? Tenzan today completed an awesome 4-0 sweep of Block B with a win over Makabe. Makabe fought well with Tenzan, overwhelming him at times and hitting a beautiful German suplex hold, but Tenzan pulled through with the Anaconda Vice, and now has his third G1 championship in sight. Masahiro Chono returned to action after two months on the shelf with an injury. Chono brought his new friend, Milano Collection AT, to the main New Japan brand, after the eccentric Italian appeared in WRESTLE LAND recently. The two faced site foreman Choshu and IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Tanahashi. This went back and forth all the way, and when Tanahashi seemed to have things wrapped up, dropping Milano with the Sling Blade, he accidentally hit Choshu with a missile kick. Chono drove a Shining Yakuza kick into Choshu to capitalize and picked up the three count from his old enemy in his return match. Chono addressed Sumo Hall, announcing Milano as his "new member", then switching his attention to who else but President Simon. Chono said he can't find Simon anywhere and is promising to raise hell and end Simon's reign as president by the 10/9 Sumo Hall show. Yano & Ishii scored a big win today, going 2-3 on the tour in tags. They defeated 64th generation Yokozuna, Akebono, and G1 entrant, Yamamoto. This was a fun novelty match, with Yano & Ishii using all their cunning to work around Akebono's bulk and get at Yamamoto. The finish brought a smile to many faces, as Akebono accidentally squashed Yamamoto with a body press, and Yano covered for the three count. Yamamoto continued his losing ways to a man who has pinned him many times in recent months and perhaps had an argument for having Yamamoto's spot in the G1. Prince Devitt picked up another big win in today's opening tag match, pinning Best of the Super Jr. semi finalist Wataru following a swinging DDT. The young lion has made quick progress in New Japan and is already pinning seniors like Wataru and Uwano.

NJPW, 8/12/06 (SXW LIVE)

1. Minoru & Prince Devitt beat El Samurai & Wataru Inoue (8:22) when Devitt used a swinging DDT on Inoue.

2. Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Jado & Gedo (6:40) when Taguchi used the Dodon on Jado.

3. Black Strong Machine & Shiro Koshinaka beat Takashi Iizuka & Takashi Uwano (9:23) when Koshinaka used a diving hip attack on Uwano.

4. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii beat Akebono & Naofumi Yamamoto (8:04) when Yano pinned Yamamoto after Akebono accidentally used a body press.

5. Masahiro Chono Return Match ~ BLACK REBORN: Masahiro Chono & Milano Collection AT beat Riki Choshu & Hiroshi Tanahashi (11:16) when Chono used a Shining Yakuza kick on Choshu.

6. G1 Climax - Block B: Hiroyoshi Tenzan [8] beat Togi Makabe [3] (12:23) with the Anaconda Vice.

7. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [4] vs. Koji Kanemoto [5] went to a draw (30:00) when the time limit expired.

8. G1 Climax - Block A: Giant Bernard [5] beat Jushin Thunder Liger [2] (6:53) with a neck-hanging buster.

9. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima All Japan [7] beat Manabu Nakanishi [2] (18:17) with a lariat.

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Kojima wins Block A, his main event victory meaning we are spared the confusion of he and Bernard being locked on five points, having drawn their group stage match. Bernard advances just ahead of Tanahashi, who finished one win above Liger and Nakanishi. Nakanishi, who has not reached the G1 final stages since 2000 now, finishes bottom of his block, having lost directly to Liger in that upset. Tenzan clean sweeped Block B with complete victory, and it could be said that Nagata vs. Tenzan played a huge part in determining the outcome of this group. Kanemoto miraculously advances to the final stages, just above Nagata, who only lost one match, but didn't make it because of two draws. Makabe had a decent campaign with one win and one draw, while Yamamoto of course didn't manage to leave much of an impression at all in his first G1.

Block A:

1. Satoshi Kojima [7]

2. Giant Bernard [5]

3. Hiroshi Tanahashi [4]

4. Jushin Thunder Liger [2]

5. Manabu Nakanishi [2]

Block B:

1. Hiroyoshi Tenzan [8]

2. Koji Kanemoto [5]

3. Yuji Nagata [4]

4. Togi Makabe [3]

5. Naofumi Yamamoto [0]

Son of a bitch! Ето това ме хвърли тотално в тъча. Бахти развръзката! Едва ли има година, когато леката категория на New Japan да е получавала по-силен push oт този на леката категория на New Japan през 2006. Тази година доста шоута бяха мейн ивентвани от леката категория. BOSJ (турнира на леката категория) беше по-дълъг обикновено и във всяко едно от шоутата мейн ивента беше от леката категория, нещо което не е било в предишни години. CTU (главния junoir heavyweight stable) получи собствено шоу и освен това е топ merchandise seller. А сега за първи път в историята на G1 Climax кечист от леката категория стига до полуфиналите! Но да ракам подред. Много ме радва push-а на Devitt, поредната важна победа за gaijin-a. Mачът с Акебоно звучи интересно, както и този с Chono (Milano Collection в New Japan!!!). Tenzan намачка всичко живо в този G1 и отново се доказа като експерт в този турнир. Мачът между Nagata и Kanemoto получава много добри reviews, което значи, че задължитлно ще се гледа. Изходът ме шашна тотално. Изобщо не съм очаквал Kanemoto (който между другото е IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion) да се класира, но това е G1 Climax - непредсказуем! Bernard бие, а Tanahashi го духа. Kojimа и завършва груповата фаза с много добър резултат. Разочарован съм, че Nagata отпадна, тъй като той беше фаворита ми. И сега какво правим? Kojima vs Kanemoto & Bernard vs Tenzan? Taка като гледам има трима възможни победители. Тenzan - трета G1 победа за Tenzan и отмъщение срещу Kojima на финала заради враждата им от миналата година. Победа за Bernard на финала и то срещу Kojima и така Bernard става първият чужденец печелил G1 Climax. А защо не и победа на Kojima, която подготвя почвата за Kojima vs Tanahashi, където Tanahashi ще си върне победата. *Предполагам*, че ще отиде при Tenzan и това нещо не ми се нрави много, защото аз лично Tenzan вече го намирам за изгубена кауза - повече от нивото, на което е няма да се издигне и освен ако нямат някакви сериозни планове не виждам смисъл той да взима турнира. Но пък от друга страна малко отмъщение на възможно най-голямата сцена не звучи толкова лошо. И все пак на този етап като че ли предпочитам Bernard и Kojima пред него. Уффф, изобщо не знам. Тотално ме шашнаха с Kanemoto и макар и да оценявам огромния push за леката категория, определено бих предпочел Nagata да беше продължил, че и спечелил.

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It's cool!Наистина този G1 е страхотен и много неочакван.И аз както Phil не съм очаквал Kanemoto да се класира за полуфиналите.Даже и да не стигне по далеч този успех е голям тласък в кариерата на junior-а.Искаше ми се Nagata да продължи напред,но все пак.Поне мача е свършил draw и така образа на Nagata не е западнал.За Tenzan не съм се и съмнявал,че ще се класира.От този block ми се искаше Yamamoto да направи нещо по-значимо,защото определено има потенцял в него.Не мисля,че Kojima ще спечели турнира защото все пак ако го направи ще завиши много потенцяла на NJPW.Моя личен фаворит си е Bernard и за него ще бъде огромен пуш да бъде първия gajin спечелил G1.Come on Bernard.Мача им с Liger явно е бил забавен,макар и кратък.За Tanahashi е добре,че отпадна защото класиране по-напред щеше да означава прекалено голям пуш,а самото спечелване на титлата е такъв в момента.И накря най-голямото разочарование за мен,отпадането на Nakanishi.Не че съм очаквал нещо голямо,но поне имах надежди,че няма да е последен. :( Има доста мачове от този G1 които искам да видя и ще се радвам ако си ги осигоря.Утре е деня! :)

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Баси майката Tanahashi, Nagata out...всички прогнози на пух и прах..

Иначе я кажете нещо за match quality-то на турнира...нещо must see?

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Всичко това звучи страхотно. Проследих турнира досега и трябва да призная, че имаше защо да го наричаш "най-престижния tournament в света на кеча". Нямам търпение да видя развръзката. Ще ми се Kojima да победи, а и имайки предвид досегашното развитие на турнира ми се струва като най-вероятното продължение на нещата, но да почакаме и да видим.

П.С. Ей, ако докопате линкове за даунлоуд да не си траете! Бъдете верни другари и споделете! :)

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Chono, Tenzan, Tenzan, Chono... Tenzan! ChoTen's domination of the G1 Climax continued for the fifth time running tonight, with Hiroyoshi Tenzan winning his third G1 Climax tournament in four years! The semis began with another third generation battle between former opening match rivals, Kojima and Kanemoto. To even make the semis was an incredible feat for Kanemoto, but to push Kojima as far as he did was another achievement to be proud of. There were some boos for Kojima and large "Aniki" calls, the fans siding with the underdog. Kanemoto again fought well with a heavyweight, avoiding a lariat after 10 minutes and applying his ankle hold. Although Kojima escaped that, he was nearly pinned right after when Kanemoto hit a Falcon Arrow for a near fall and a Tiger suplex hold for another. Kanemoto's good fight ended after 15 minutes when Kojima lariated him, ending one of the biggest miracles in G1 history. The IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion took the microphone after the match and said, "Please let me say one more thing. New Japan juniors are the highest!", receiving a thunderous ovation. Tenzan faced a brutal challenge in the other semi final against New Japan Cup winner, Giant Bernard. Tenzan was overwhelmed by Bernard's powerful attacks, but managed to build a counterattack, landing a diving headbutt and hitting a moonsault press, before forcing Bernard to submit to the Anaconda Vice! Although beaten after another good tournament run, Bernard wished Tenzan his support and would later be one of his seconds in the final. And so, as expected by many, it came down to TenKoji, the gold card of the third generation. Their feud in late 2004 to the middle of 2005 was well documented, from their 30 minute draw in Osaka to the infamous "dehydration KO" incident to Tenzan's IWGP recapture at the Tokyo Dome. This match exceeded all of those and was a fitting G1 finale, lighting up Sumo Hall and adding another worthy chapter into the history of the G1 Climax.

Kojima was again booed for his rough attacks early on, the crowd rallying behind Tenzan. After the 10 minute mark, Kojima hit a plancha, before DDT'ing Tenzan on the apron. When Tenzan tried to get up, Kojima lariated him out, where he stayed for a 16 count as Kojima was again jeered in the ring. Kojima hit a powerbomb and rolling elbow after 15 minutes, then tried to go for the ultimate insult victory, using Tenzan's own Anaconda Vice on him! Tenzan broke out of that and began to show his temper, soon hitting a kneel kick, two backdrops, a diving headbutt, and the TTD, before applying his Anaconda Vice. Kojima also escaped this, and 20 minutes passed. Kojima hit his KojiKoji Cutter and grinning, dropped Tenzan from the turnbuckles with an avalanche-style Frankensteiner. Kojima attacked Tenzan violently as the hot near falls arrived, a lariat and the CCD almost finishing off the hometown hero. A second lariat connected as the 25 minute mark passed, but Tenzan again barely kicked out. Tenzan was in a "near death" state and Kojima measured him up for the third and no doubt final lariat, but Tenzan intercepted it with a chop! In what was described as a breathtaking closing sequence, Tenzan unleashed Mongolian chops, before hitting a moonsault press for 2.9. He went up again, landing a second... for 1! Kojima showed stubbornness, and a TTD still couldn't keep him down. But finally, in a repeat from last May but in much more brutal fashion, Tenzan hit the Original TTD (which is named that, not "Ganso TTD"), Kojima's head bouncing off the mat, and Tenzan covered for the three count! Sumo Hall exploded in joy, as Hiroyoshi Tenzan became only the second man in history, the other being Choshu in 1996, to win the G1 Climax without dropping any points. Once again, the "foreign enemy" got so far, but still failed to capture New Japan's number one tournament (the opposite of the title in recent years). Tenzan gave a winner's interview after the match, but beyond that there were no major post-match highlights. Tenzan said this was the natural result of his hard work, and he wants to show the revived Tenzan from now on and brighten New Japan. Tenzan now presumably becomes number one contender for Tanahashi's IWGP Heavyweight Title, with 9/24 Osaka Prefectural and 10/9 Sumo Hall possible destinations for this match. Despite a year of downscaling for the G1, including a smaller cast with less big stars and smaller attendances than usual, the G1 didn't disappoint in contents judging by most reports so far and was most probably better in the ring than last year.

Yoshihiro Takayama made his New Japan return after an interval of two years, as he was injured in the 2004 G1 tournament. Takayama was part of an interesting cast that comprised today's semi, and saw all six get individual entrances (Milano -> Akebono -> Nakanishi -> Chono -> Choshu -> Takayama). Akebono entered with Milano's invisible dog, which expectedly made many people laugh. The match started with the Choshu vs. Takayama dream confrontation, Takayama attacking Choshu with knees and inciting him, which led to Choshu flooring Takayama with a lariat and putting him in a Scorpion Deathlock. Nakanishi and Akebono did a double "HOOOO!", while Takayama did Nakanishi's "rustic" dance, all part of the novelty in this match. Takayama managed an imperfect backdrop on Akebono, just managing to lift the ex-Yokozuna's massive figure. Unfortunately, Milano was a little "overwhelmed" in this match and got virtually no offense, basically because he was in there with such big men (smaller heavyweights like Tanahashi can respond to his style better). When Choshu got in there with him at the end, it was compared to Choshu vs. UWF-I wrestlers, and an unusually angry Choshu finished off Milano with just one Riki lariat to seal the win for his team. Takayama attacked Choshu after the match, suggesting a feud between the two soon, and Choshu said he would like to fight Takayama more. Takayama showed a positive attitude towards regular participation in New Japan from now on. After his embarrassing failure to reach the final four, Tanahashi bounced back today when teaming with Nagata against Iizuka & Yamamoto in a good undercard tag match. Tanahashi finished off Yamamoto with a Dragon suplex hold, but is still struggling to show the "dignity" of a champion in the ring. The LOCK UP main event feud of Koshinaka & Makabe vs. Yano & Ishii continued today with its third match. Despite losing the first, in LOCK UP, the former IWGP Provisional Tag Team Champions beat Yano & Ishii twice on this tour to gain perfect revenge. Yano & Ishii finished their series of tags 2-4, so despite much growth as a tandem, still have a lot to learn. Prince Devitt has been one of the big movers on the undercards during the G1. The young lion from Ireland has been impressing fans every day, and at the same time is already starting to move away from young lion rank into a threatening young junior. After pinning Wataru in yesterday's opening tag, he pinned young heavyweight Yujiro today and may soon enter contention for the IWGP Jr. belts. New Japan held a party after today's show with wrestlers, including Kojima, Akebono, and Milano, and fan club members.

NJPW, 8/13/06 (WPW/PPV)

1. Minoru & Prince Devitt beat Wataru Inoue & Yujiro (6:28) when Devitt used a brainbuster on Yujiro.

2. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Satoshi Kojima beat Koji Kanemoto (15:41) with a lariat.

3. G1 Climax - Semi Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Giant Bernard (11:13) with the Anaconda Vice.

4. Jushin Thunder Liger, Jado & Gedo beat Tiger Mask, El Samurai & Ryusuke Taguchi (11:03) when Jado used the Crossface of JADO on Taguchi.

5. Shiro Koshinaka & Togi Makabe beat Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii (10:36) when Makabe used a lariat on Ishii.

6. Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi beat Takashi Iizuka & Naofumi Yamamoto (13:38) when Tanahashi used a Dragon suplex hold on Yamamoto.

7. Yoshihiro Takayama New Japan Return Match: Riki Choshu, Manabu Nakanishi & Akebono beat Masahiro Chono, Yoshihiro Takayama & Milano Collection AT (12:49) when Choshu used a lariat on Milano.

8. G1 Climax - Final: Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Satoshi Kojima (27:36) with the Original TTD.

Ето ги и финалните резултати.Чесно казано не мислех,че Tenzan ще стане победител,но все пак явно шоуто е било доста яко.Пуша на Devitt продължава.Доколкото разбрах Kanemoto е дал много сериозен отпор на Kojima.Малко ме е яд за Berdnard,но все пак явно още му е рано,а и полуфинала си е успех.В момента Jado и Gedo адски много ме кефят,но доколто разбрах скоро ще ходят в Мексико,но няма лошо.Yamamoto пак губи,но все пак сблъсъка е бил труден.Мислех си,че 7-мия мач ще бъде по-дългичък,но и така е добре.Само малко ми е странно,че Takayma,Chono и Milano Collection AT губят.И така финала на G1 Climax 2006,явно е бил доста добър,а и напрежението трябва да е било на макс.Нямам търпение да докопам някои от мачовете.

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Чаках подробните резултати, ама айде. Все още се радвам на макс за Devitt. Maчът с Tatayama ще се гледа и между другото напълно логично е Milano да отнесе туша в този мач, тъй като е outsider и не се бие редовно за New Japan ;). И така стигаме до финала, който стана точно както предположих вчера. Tenzan намачка всичко живо, нито една загуба и така взе трета G1 победа. Все още не съм голям фен на финалния развой, но от двата live reports-a се чува, че феновете в залата са били. Абе Tenan не е толкова лош вариант, като се има предвид, че само той и Tanahashi не бяха джобнати на Брок и че си имаше естествена история между Kojima & Tenzan, но все пак ми се щеше нещо по-свежо за финал като Nagata vs Kojima например. Иначе Kojima e бил освиркван, а Tenzan e имал силна подкрепа, което е перфектна атмосфера за подобен мач. Като атмосфера, че и като качество се чува, че мачът е бил много добър, така че нямам какво да се оплаквам. Tenzаn най-после си отмъсти решително на Kojima заради миналата година и отми срама. Сега ми е интересно да видим какво го чака Tenzan oт тук-нататък: титла или засилване на Tanahashi...

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