G1 Climax 30 POST Show: Day 5 – Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/09/27/g1-climax-30-post-show-day-5-kazuchika-okada-vs-jay-white/

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Wai Ting is joined by Mike Murray to review NJPW’s G1 Climax 30 Day 5 (September 27) headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White.

September 27, 2020
Hyogo, Japan
Kobe World Hall

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White (Recommended)
  • Will Ospreay vs. Shingo Takagi (Recommended)
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Recommended)
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Taichi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Opener: Yota Tsuji vs. Gabriel Kidd

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Ishii vs Ibushi was sooo fun to watch.

That sequence with the counters in the beginning of Osprey vs Shingo was awesome - another really solid match.

I got tired for the ME and White’s matches are usually not my cup of tea, but I guess it was good. Ending sequence was disappointing, though.

Thanks for the review and a lot to unpack.

Heard Wai say that he accepts Bullet Club interference as effectively part of their move set in Jay White matches. Also heard Ishii needs more depth to his character for card elevation.

When it comes to watching NJPW, for me anyway, it’s mostly about in ring quality. Ishii consistently delivers and to me is more deserving of a main event program / mini title run than Jay White. I know what to expect from Ishii…hard hitting matches peppered with emotion that usually draw you in very quickly. What would you add to his character to improve on this?

Meanwhile White trots out the same tired playbook match after match. I think it’s interesting to think of the interference as part of his move set. But if that’s the case, his move set isn’t very interesting. And if you have to dig for redeeming values in a Jay White match, that’s not good. Ultimately I think he belongs in Juice Robinson territory on the card, very much looking up at ZSJ and Suzuki.

Again just my opinion.

And ultimately, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the sentence “Hey you’ve got to watch this Jay White match.”

Old or not thin character or not, Ishii usually puts on very good to great matches.

And that belongs on the top of the card.