G1 Climax 30: ZSJ v Juice
A Clash Of Styles
G1 Climax 30 Night 16 saw former four-time Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro) Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion and Suzuki-Gun member Zack Sabre Jr face the former two-time IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson.
ZSJ came into the match with 8 points and with a slight opportunity to qualify for the G1 Climax 30 Finals after his G1 Climax 30 Night 14 victory against CHAOS member Yoshi-Hashi.
Juice came in off a tough loss to Los Ingobernables de Japon (LIJ) member Sanada during the same night, leaving him at a somewhat disappointing 6 points for his tournament campaign.
As expected, Zack Sabre Jr relied on his Catch Wrestling foundation to wear down the less technically proficient Juice Robinson, who did show that he has enough amateur wrestling skills within his toolbox to present a worthwhile challenge to the Suzuki-Gun members prefered strategy. Robinson did not have those tactics available to him during the previous singles encounters between the two.
Juice would eventually transition to his high impact offense to seize on his power advantage over Zack Sabre Jr, yet it was not enough to prevent the accomplished tournament wrestler from finding the proper hooks to employ on Juice.
After a quick chain of grappling, Zack Sabre Jr was able to gain the fall with a European Clutch technique at the 14 minutes and 30 seconds mark to move him to 10 points in his G1 Climax 30 campaign and keeping his finals hopes alive.
The loss leaves Juice at 6 points, leaving him looking forward to his final tournament match against former two-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion, five-time NEVER Openweight Champion, and CHAOS member Hirooki Goto on October 17th.
Zack Sabre Jr ends his block campaign against the former eight-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, G1 Climax 17, G1 Climax 25, and G1 Climax 28 winner Hiroshi Tanahashi on the 17th.