REWIND-A-WAI #84: NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco – Omega vs. Cody (2018)

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John Pollock & Wai Ting review NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco from the Cow Palace in San Francisco on July 7th, 2018 headlined by Kenny Omega vs. Cody for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

We discuss the placement of NJPW in the U.S. market in a pre-AEW era and how significantly the industry has changed since this show. Plus, two matches highlighted by unfortunate real-life injuries in Hiromu Takahashi vs. Dragon Lee and Jay White vs. Juice Robinson.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Sean La Vigne.

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NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco
Saturday, July 7, 2018
San Francisco, CA at the Cow Palace

*IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Cody
*IWGP U.S. Championship: Jay White (c) vs. Juice Robinson
*IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. Dragon Lee
*Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay vs. Tetsuya Naito & BUSHI
*IWGP Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs. EVIL & SANADA
*NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto (champion) vs. Jeff Cobb
*Hiroshi Tanahashi & KUSHIDA vs. Hangman Page & Marty Scurll
*Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
*Guerrillas of Destiny, Yujiro, Chase Owens & Haku vs. Roppongi 3K, YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo & Rocky Romero

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Sean, enjoyed your anecdotes about the Cow Palace.

A good show to look back on considering how much the New Japan landscape changed between then and now. Unfortunately, the terrible moments of Hiromu vs. Dragon Lee, and White vs. Robinson, had slipped my mind, and they do put a cloud over this show. I had also forgotten about Cody’s bear mascot, but I’m glad I have.

I hope Sean doesn’t have his Sicario movies mixed up. There were two of them, with this 2018 release being the sequel. Surprised Wai didn’t know which Marvel movie it was that came out this time.