Zack Sabre Jr vs Hirooki Goto – NJPW G1 Climax 27 Day 9

Zack Sabre Jr vs Hirooki Goto

G1 Climax Block A Match

07/29/2017

Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya, Japan

(reviewed 08/01/2017) It’s not a surprise that ZSJ’s worst match in the G1 so far was against an increasingly underperforming Hirooki Goto, but what is a surprise was how much ZSJ stunk it up in this one. Not terribly so, but he reverted back to a lot of my usual problems with him that seemingly had been absent through the entire tournament, from sloppy bumping to rapid, meaningless submission switching to disinterested facials to weird striking etc etc. And again, none of it is BAD, I’d say, but it’s disappointing after he’s had such a great run, all things considered. A rather middling match made worse by the let down.

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