Monday, October 7, 2019

New Japan Pro Wrestling 7/6/2019 - G1 Climax 2019 Day 1 - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada

New Japan Pro Wrestling 7/6/2019 - G1 Climax 2019 Day 1 - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada

The crowd gives them a standing ovation before they even lay a finger on each other. Okada does a cocky clean break and Tana forearms him before they start trading. They pull each other by the hair and Okada hits a nice boot to Tana's neck. They tease some finishers and then stand off. Tana goes up to top and is dropkicked to the floor, hitting the rails. Okada then DDT's him on the mats on the floor at 5 mins. Tana tries to kick Okada but gets caught and dragon screw leg whipped. Okada goes for a dragon screw, but Tana gets out of it and gives him one of his own. Tana combos him with shots and hits a flying forearm, then hits a hard dropkick right in the corner. Tana hits the flipping senton off the 2nd rope for 2 at 10 mins.

Okada gets dragon screwed on the middle rope, but then flapjack's Tana as he runs in. Okada hits a big forearm then neckbreakers him on the knee. He then does the big flying elbow off the top and the rainmaker pose. Tana comes out of nowhere though wih a roll up and gets a dragon screw. Okada goes outside and Tana high fly flows him from the top! They comeback in and they trade an Okada John Woo for a slingblade, then Okada hits a dropkick and tombstone. Okada goes for the rainmaker but takes a slingblade. Tana then hits a high fly flow to a standing Okada, then Okada gets his knees up on Tana's second high fly flow.  Okada and Tana fought for a tombstone then Okada hit a surprise rainmaker off a backslide at 20 minutes. Then hit another. Tana hit a surprise small package for 2 then dragon suplexed Okada.

They traded finisher attempts and Tana hit a nice uppercut during a rainmaker attempt, then slapped him hard twice. Tana went into the ropes and ate a surprise spinning tombstone, then a rainmaker for the Okada win. Good match as always from these two. The crowd was into it from start to finish. The story wasn't quite there like in other battles they had, but I didn't have a lot of problems with this.

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