The G1 Climax 30 tournament resumed with the B Block back in action in Okayama, following a stellar show on Night 11 from the A Block. The standings would really shape out on this night with wrestlers potentially being eliminated. We would also see a main event featuring two former IWGP Heavyweight Champions who had one of the sleeper matches of last year's tournament.
The headline match on this evening would see EVIL facing Hiroshi Tanahashi. Our semi main event would feature IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, against Juice Robinson. The rest of our B Block matches on G1 Climax 30 Night 12 would be SANADA battling KENTA, Zack Sabre Jr. versus Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto facing YOSHI-HASHI.
We had a socially-distanced, limited-capacity crowd here in Okayama. The B Block standings heading into this night were:
-- Tetsuya Naito (4-1)
-- EVIL, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Toru Yano (3-2)
-- Hirooki Goto, KENTA, SANADA, Zack Sabre Jr. (2-3)
-- YOSHI-HASHI (1-5)
For G1 Climax 30 Night 12, your "Matches To Watch" are:
-- Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito
-- EVIL vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Our opening match of the evening was once again another clash between the NJPW Young Lions.
G1 Climax 30 Night 12: Gabriel Kidd vs. Yuya Uemura
The opener of the show was the New Japan dojo trainees of Gabriel Kidd meeting Yuya Uemura. These two men last met on G1 Climax 30 Night 9 with Uemura taking the win there. Kidd came in at last place in the "unofficial" C Block of these Young Lions.
We got a technical wrestling exchange to start this G1 Climax 30 opening contest. Both men were evenly matched in the grappling department. Kidd locked on a single leg crab before Uemura got to the ropes. They exchanged strikes with Uemura gaining control. He then locked on the first attempt at the Boston Crab. Kidd fought to the ropes.
Gabriel reversed a brainbuster attempt and hit one of his own for a near fall. He followed with the butterfly suplex for the win in just under nine minutes. Gabriel Kidd get his fourth win win in the C Block of the G1 Climax 30. This was once again very well worked and decent for the amount of time they got.
Results: Gabriel Kidd defeats Yuya Uemura via pinfall
Star Rating: **3/4