Kota Ibushi is your A Block champion. Ibushi has reached the G1 finals for the fourth consecutive year by defeating Kenta to close out the tournament for A Block. The tournament was rocked early on when Tetsuya Naito had to pull out due to injury. Ibushi has won the G1 Climax tournament for the last two years.
The start of his match with Kenta was all kicks and striking. Kenta runs Ibushi’s head into the post. Both men fight on the floor until Kenta removes a turnbuckle pad looking for the strategy that has helped him thus far in the G1. Ibushi lays Kenta out on a table. Ibushi splashes Kenta from the top rope through the table. Ibushi pins Kenta with a rising knee strike, a reverse and a normal Kamigoye.
“I will not waste this chance! I will make it a hat-trick!” a triumphant Ibushi promised after the match.
Ibushi will face the winner of B Block in the finals of the tournament on Thursday.
The winner of the G1 Climax Tournament is awarded with a championship match at Wrestle Kingdom.
A Block Final Standings
|Zack Sabre Jr.||12|
|Tetsuya Naito (Withdrawn due to injury)||0|
NJPW G1 CLIMAX 31 2021 – Night 18 Results
The Great-O-Khan versus Satoshi Kojima
Khan attacks Kojima before the bell or before he can even get his jacket off. Khan pins Kojima with the Eliminator.
Winner: The Great-O-Khan
Toru Yano versus Tomohiro Ishii – G1 Climax 31 Match
As Ishii is stepping through the ropes Yano kicks him in the crotch. Yano tries to put a hood on Ishii. The official confiscates it. Yano pulls Ishii’s t-shirt over his head and goes for a pin. Ishii kicks out. Yano removes one of the turnbuckles but Ishii cuts him off from using it. Yano responds in kind throwing Ishii into the steel barricade. Ishii chokes out Yano with his own t-shirt. The official warns Ishii about this rule-breaking. Ishii grabs him around the throat risking a disqualification. Yano slides under the ring. As the officials lays down his count Yano yells out that he is scared of the dark. Yano finally finds his way out. Ishii throws the turnbuckle at Yano hitting him in the head. Ishii pulls Yano by his ears demanding he fight. Ishii stands Yano up in the ropes, lifts his shirt up and wails on his chest with some chops. Yano gives Ishii a mule kick to the “lower abdomen” and a backslide for the win.
Winner: Toru Yano
Yujiro Takahashi versus Shingo Takagi – G1 Climax 31 Match
Shingo gives Yujiro a Death Valley Driver on the concrete floor but The Tokyo Pimp grabs the champ’s leg forcing the official to count them both out. This outcome helps out Kenta with his quest to win the block. It appears to be Bullet Club’s plan. Both men get one point each.
Winner: Double Count Out.
Tanga Loa versus Zack Sabre Jr. – G1 Climax 31 Match
Loa plays spoiler turning a Zack submission move into a roll-up. Sabre cannot believe what has happened. Zack is out of the running. The appreciative crowd gives ZSJ a big round of applause for his G1 efforts this year.
Winner: Tanga Loa
Kenta versus Kota Ibushi – G1 Climax 31 Match
Winner: Kota Ibushi