What follows might seem somewhat nit picky, as it’s a very recent result and the whole story has yet to unfold. Those factors aside, Kazuchika Okada vs Will Ospreay at the 2022 G1 Climax final feels like it should have gone differently.
Will Ospreay is a five star match factory – a wrestler who won every title and tournament imaginable as a junior heavyweight before transitioning to legitimate heavyweight star. He also started his own faction (United Empire) and went on a belt collecting tour around the world. His IWGP Heavyweight title run was cut short by an injury.
Okada is Okada. The most dominant heavyweight in New Japan, ever. He holds every NJPW heavyweight title record including most consecutive defenses (12) and longest championship reign (720 days). His long term feud with Ospreay stems from Ospreay betraying him and starting his own faction. Prior to the G1, their biggest match came at Wrestle Kingdom 16 to unify the belt. Okada won in a 32 minute banger of a match to once again stand atop of New Japan.
Fast forward to the G1 final — Okada vs Ospreay, with Jay White waiting in the wings. Another fantastic match, but with a puzzling result. Okada wins and even the crowd seems a little confused. This really felt like Will’s moment and it would have created new storylines. Hopefully, more twists are to come, lest fans get a reheat of the somewhat stale Okada vs White storyline.