It’s another day that means it’s time for another G1 Climax preview. I must be a glutton for punishment because my day six pick were a disaster. Nonetheless, I stand before you a broken and defeated man. Day seven kicks off at 5:30 am EST and is hosted in Miyagi. A block action is the theme of the day, so let’s get to it….
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Hiroki Goto:
Tanahashi is dealing with a severe arm injury and has put off surgery. Many in the IWC are stating that this could cause Ace to have the dread Orndorff arm. Hiroki Goto Is amongst the leaders with 4 points. I do like Goto, just not in this match. I’m going with Ace.
Prediction: Hiroshi Tanahashi
Kota Ibushi vs Togo Makabe:
Ibushi has been impressive this entire G1 tournament. His match against Ishii has to be an early favorite for match of the tournament. Makabe has only one win and this could be seen as a must -win in order for him to stay competitive in this block. It doesn’t happen, the roll of Ibushi continues.
Prediction: Kota Ibushi
Zack Sabre Jr vs Bad Luck Fale:
Throughout this tournament Zack Sabre JR has started to grow on me. I’m beginning to like his mixture of styles. Fale is a member of the Bullet Club so of course, I’m a fan of his. Fale did also eliminate Darryl so we should all be fans of his for that. High flying against brute strength. Styles make matchups and whatever other clichés you want to use. I’m going with Sabre in a mild upset.
Prediction: Zach Sabre Jr
Tomohiro Ishii vs YOSHI-HASHI:
This will be match of the night. No questions asked. Another clashing of styles. I have been an Ishii fan since the G1 Special. HASHI is starting to get attention due to his amazing matches with Naito and Sabre Jr in this tournament. I could go with push here because it is so hard to pick a winner. My heart says one thing, my head says another. I’m going with my head this time.
Tetsuya Naito vs Yuji Nagata:
This is Nagata’s last G1 tournament. I’m kind of upset that he does not have a point yet. Naito is my pick to win the block. It would be great to Nagata get a major upset. But, I do not see this happening. Sadly, Naito gets the nod
Prediction: Tetsuya Naito
Match of the night: I said it above, so I will say it here. Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI will be the ones to watch this night.
Upset of the night: To me, Sabre over Fale is an upset. However, there is a possibility of Tanahashi losing here. Goto would be a major upset. But the injury could come into play
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