Hello and welcome to Autumn Wrestling Thread 2020!
Over in Fed land, we have two NXT Takeovers to round out the year (Oct 4th and Dec 6th) and the hilariously unfortunately titled NXT UK TAKEOVER: DUBLIN, which will take the same place as Hell in a Cell (October 25th). The main roster will close out the year with Survivor Series (Nov 22nd) & TLC (Dec 20th).
But before all that, we go to Clash of Champions this Sunday which features a card of:
Asuka vs Zelina Vega (Raw Women’s Title, pre-show)
Bobby Lashley vs Apollo Crews (U.S Title Match)
The Street Profits vs Andrade & Angel Garza (Raw Tag Titles)
Cesaro & The Big Nacker vs Lucha House Party (Smackdown Tag Titles)
Nia Jax & Shayna Bayzler vs The Riott Squad (Women’s Tag Titles)
Jeff Hardy vs Aj Styles vs Sami Zayn (Intercontinental Title triple threat)
Bayley vs Nikki Cross (Smackdown Women’s Title)
Roman Reigns (w/ Paul Heyman) vs Jey Uso (Universal Title Match)
Drew McIntyre vs Randy Orton (Ambulance Match for WWE Championship)
Which is… certainly a card. I’ll admit, Im pretty interested to see where they go with Reigns, hope he turns monster heel on Uso and the IC triple threat should be fun. Otherwise… meh?
More excitedly IT’S G1 CLIMAX TIME!!! And not just that, the 30th edition. The Round robin tournament started at the weekend just there and will conclude Sunday 18th October. Here are the groups:
Kota Ibushi - (Taguchi Japan) 6th entry, 4th consecutive. 2019 G1 winner
Jeff Cobb - (Suzuki-Gun) 2nd entry, 2nd consecutive
Kazuchika Okada - (CHAOS) 9th entry, 9th consecutive, 2012, 2014 G1 winner
Tomohiro Ishii - (CHAOS) 8th entry, 8th consecutive. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Will Ospreay - (CHAOS) 2nd entry, 2nd consecutive
Shingo Takagi - (LiJ) 2nd entry, 2nd consecutive
Minoru Suzuki - (Suzuki-Gun) 9th entry, first in two years. NEVER Openweight Champion
Taichi - (Suzuki-Gun) 2nd entry, 2nd consecutive IWGP Tag Team Champion
Jay White - (Bullet Club) 3rd entry, 3rd consecutive
Yujiro Takahashi - (Bullet Club) 7th entry, first in five years
Hiroshi Tanahashi - (Taguchi Japan) 19th entry, 19th consecutive. 2007, 2015, 2018 G1 winner
Juice Robinson - (Taguchi Japan) 4th entry, 4th consecutive
Hirooki Goto - (CHAOS) 13th entry, 13th consecutive. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion. 2008 G1 winner
Toru Yano - (CHAOS) 15th entry, 14th consecutive. Provisional KOPW2020
YOSHI-HASHI - (LiJ) 4th entry, first in two years. NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion
Tetsuya Naito - (LiJ) 11th entry, 11th consecutive. IWGP Intercontinental & Heavyweight Champion. 2013, 2017 G1 winner
SANADA - (LiJ) 5th entry, 5th consecutive
Zack Sabre Jr. - (Suzuki-Gun) 4th entry, 4th consecutive. IWGP Tag Team Champion
KENTA - (Bullet Club) 2nd entry, 2nd consecutive. IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship right to challenge holder
EVIL - (Bullet Club) 5th entry, 5th consecutive
Everyone fights each other in their Block (2pts for a win, 1pt for a draw, 0pts for a loss) with the two group winners meeting in the final 18th October. The first round of matches were pretty great with Ibushi and Naito winning the early main events, one would expect Okada & Tanahashi will be still be up there towards the tournament’s climax. EVIL having just dropped the title you’d expect would be too, however he lost his opening match to ZSJ - who is therefore already off to a better start than last year KENTA and Jay White are ones to watch from Bullet Club, Suzuki is always dangerous, and who knows, maybe this is Ospreay’s year?
Next matches take place Wednesday (A Block, Ibushi vs Jay White main event) & Thursday (B Block, Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr. main event) and pretty much roll on three day intervals. WORLD CUP!