NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco

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NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco (match rating scale is out of 5 stars)
“(c)” = incumbent champions

10-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
King Haku, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi, and Chase Owens def. Gedo, Yoshi-Hashi, Rocky Romero, Yoh and Sho

MY PREDICTION: Haku, Tonga, Loa, Takahashi, Owens (1-0)

★★½


TAG TEAM MATCH
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano def. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.

MY PREDICTION: Ishii & Yano (2-0)

★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Hangman Page & Marty Scurll def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida

MY PREDICTION: Tanahashi & Kushida (2-1)

★★½


NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Hirooki Goto (c) def. Jeff Cobb

MY PREDICTION: Goto (3-1)

★★½


IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson) (c) def. Evil & Sanada

MY PREDICTION: The Young Bucks (4-1)

★★★★


TAG TEAM MATCH
Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay def. Tetsuya Naito & Bushi

MY PREDICTION: Naito & Bushi (4-2)

★★½


IWGP JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Hiromu Takahashi (c) def. Dragon Lee

MY PREDICTION: Takahashi (5-2)

★★★½


IWGP UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Juice Robinson def. Jay White (c)

MY PREDICTION: Robinson (6-2)

★★★½


IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Kenny Omega (c) def. Cody

MY PREDICTION: Omega (7-2)

★★★★


G1 Special in San Francisco was a pretty tepid event. The first four matches were OK with a good moment here and there. Bucks v. Sanada/Evil was a step down from their Dominion match, but still very good. Okada/Ospreay v. Naito/Bushi followed with a surprisingly meh match. They must be taking off the night in preparation for the G1 that starts next week. Takahashi v. Lee was a very good match with some really hardhitting spots you’d expect out of these two. White v. Robinson had a number very good moments in a very good match. Omega v. Cody was super predictable, but was still excellent and led to more questions at the end of what everyone’s status is within the Bullet Club.

Recommended matches: Bucks v. Sanada/Evil and Omega v. Cody
PPV RATING: C+

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