NJPW G1 Climax 28 B-Block Night 6/July 21st Review

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Current G1 Standings Before Show (2 points per win)

A-Block:

  • Jay White- 6 Points (3-0-0)
  • Michael Elgin-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Togi Makabe-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Evil-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Hangman Page-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Bad Luck Fale-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Kazuchika Okada-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Minoru Suzuki-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Yoshi-Hashi- 0 Points (0-3-0)

B-Block:

  • Kenny Omega(c)-4 Points (2-0-0)
  • Kota Ibushi-4 Points (2-0-0)
  • Tama Tonga-2 Points (1-1-0)
  • Tomohiro Ishii-2 Points (1-1-0)
  • Hirooki Goto-2 Points (1-1-0)
  • Tetsuya Naito-2 points (1-1-0)
  • Zack Sabre Jr-2 Points (1-1-0)
  • Sanada-2 Points (1-1-0)
  • Juice Robinson- 0 Points (0-2-0)
  • Toru Yano- 0 Points (0-2-0)

G1 Climax Night 6 (B-Block) Results

 

Kota Ibushi(4 Points) vs. Toru Yano(0 Points)

  • Rocky Romero on commentary tonight.
  • The story going in here is Yano has to cheat to be able to win matches in the G1 and Yano has been cleaner lately.
  • Series of near fall roll-ups very early on by Toru Yano. 
  • Great looking plancha dive by Ibushi takes out Yano on the outside. 
  • Toru Yano removes the turnbuckle pads from 2 different turnbuckles but on the 3rd turnbuckle, Ibushi dives with an amazing corkscrew moonsault taking out Yano. 
  • Yano sends Ibushi face first into the exposed turnbuckle. After a little bit of fight back from Ibushi, Yano Irish whips Ibushi into the exposed buckle 3 times. 
  • Ibushi dodges the Standing Moonsault and Yano hits Ibushi with the loose turnbuckle pad. 
  • Yano tapes Ibushi’s hands together but Ibushi manages to dropkick Yano down, hit a series of kicks and a Standing Moonsault for a near fall.
  • Yano tries to low blow Ibushi but inadvertently takes out the referee. Yano low blows Ibushi and rolls him up for the upset win. 

Winner: Toru Yano via pinfall @ 8:26

Records: Toru Yano 2 Points (1-2-0), Kota Ibushi 4 Points (2-1-0)

Rating: ***, this was a very fun character clash with Ibushi being as athletically amazing as ever and Toru Yano being his goofy cheating self. While the match lacked the work rate of other NJPW matches it made up in the comedy and character aspects. Yano gets his first win and even though he’s not a favorite to win he will continue to provide a good comedy break from the serious work rate tournament matches. 

Zack Sabre Jr (2 Points) vs. Sanada (2 Points) 

  • Rematch from the NJPW Cup earlier this year. In that match, ZSJ won. 
  • Amazing counter to the snapmare by Sanada just floating out and over back into a standing position. Sanada is so athletic. 
  • Sanada is holding his own in the submission game keeping a lock on the Full Nelson hold while ZSJ keeps trying to fight out. 
  • Amazing Roll Up sequence from both, into a near fall rollup by Sanada. What a match early on!
  • Great submission sequence with Sanada again holding his own in a Straight Jacket Rest Hold Choke. Sanada looks great in this match.
  • Backslide Battle won by Sanada but ZSJ locks Sanada into a Kimura Lock, Sanada fights into a Skull End Attempt but ZSJ grabs him into a Spider Lock, Sanada fights into another near fall rollup battle. ZSJ ends the sequence with a Penalty Kick straight to Sanada’s chest.
  • European Leg Clutch Roll Up for a very near fall by ZSJ. 
  • Skull End Attempt by Sanada, ZSJ fights out, European Leg Clutch rollup by Sanada for the win. 

Winner: Sanada via pinfall @ 10:46

Records: Sanada 4 Points (2-1-0), ZSJ 2 Points (1-2-0)

Rating: ****1/4, What a technical wrestling match! It was amazing to see Sanada be able to hold his own with submissions against ZSJ. ZSJ is the king of modern technical wrestling and Sanada was able to believably hang with him at a technical standpoint. Early on, there were so many amazing sequences including Sanada keeping the Full Nelson on ZSJ no matter what, the very near fall fast roll-up sequence and even a rest hold submission sequence. There were no boring points in this match and Sanada got a shock win by turning the tables on ZSJ and using his own roll up to win. 

Juice Robinson (0 Points) vs. Tetsuya Naito (2 points)

  • Two NJPW fan favorites facing off. 
  • Juice has been more seriously since the start of this tournament, taking defeats heavily and being less flamboyant in his character lately. 
  • Tetsuya Naito working the broken hand of Juice.
  • The slingshot dropkick of Naito hits the hand of Juice, great selling of the hand by Juice even though he might actually be hurting. Adds a lot more empathy for Juice in this match.
  • Working the hand makes Naito look like a dastardly heel.
  • Juice starts to fire up by Naito spits at Juice starting a sequence into a spinebuster by Juice.
  • Sliding Dropkick to the hand of Juice by Naito, Naito locks in a submission stretch on the hand but Naito gets the ropes. 
  • Supercanrana by Naito, Juice rolls the supercanrana into a very near fall roll up.
  • Swinging DDT by Naito stopped and powered into a Jackhammer by Juice, Juice can’t capitalize though. 
  • Super Fallaway Slam by Juice sends Naito into the opposite corner, Cannonball followed by a powerbomb by Juice for a near fall. 
  • Amazing Leg Lariat by Juice flips Naito, Juice goes for the Electric Chair Drop but Naito reverses it with a reverserana.
  • Destino stopped by Juice and turned into a Pulp Friction attempt but Naito reverses it into a German suplex. Flying Forearm by Naito. Another Destino attempt fails and Juice fires back with a lariat. 
  • Another Pulp Friction Attempt reversed into a failed Destino attempt. A Juicebox attempt by Juice reverses into a successful Destino by Naito for a very near fall.
  • A final Destino wins the match for Tetsuya Naito.

Winner: Tetsuya Naito via pinfall @ 16:43

Record: Tetsuya Naito 4 Points (2-1-0), Juice Robinson 0 Points (0-3-0)

Rating: ****3/4, The story here was amazing. Juice Robinson was the underdog and had been in a slump so far this tournament. Naito was a dastardly heel working the broken hand of Juice but by the end, Juice Robinson had awakened and fought valiantly. Juice had fought like hell and looked like he was going to win. There was a mix of high spots, near falls and story in this match to perfection. Naito is killing it in match quality so far this G1. The end played out awesomely with the constant finisher attempts and near fall battle from both men that played out to a great finish. Naito hit a Destino but Juice barely kicked out showing a crazy amount of heart. Tetsuya has to immediately hit another Destino to defeat Juice. I’ll bet this is the breaking point tournament match for Juice Robinson and from now on he’ll be successful.

Tama Tonga (2 Points) vs. Kenny Omega (4 Points)

  • Before the bell, Firing Squad attacks Kenny Omega. Chase Owens and Hangman Page come out to even the attack. 
  • The rise of the Terminator by Omega wipes out the brawl outside. 
  • Tama sneaks in from behind to hit a spear to get the upper hand. 
  • While Tonga attacks Omega, Tama yells at Kenny stuff like “You Divided Us!” “It’s Your Fault”
  • Tornado DDT by Omega for the first near fall. 
  • You Can’t Escape by Kenny but Tama gets his knees up to the Moonsault. 
  • Gun Stun by Tama reversed into the first V-Trigger. 
  • Alabama Slamma by Tama Tonga hits Kenny hard for a near fall. 
  • V-Trigger by Kenny to Tama on the ropes, Omega tries to hit the snapdragon on the apron but Tama grabs on to Red Shoes as Tonga Loa attacks Omega. Omega hits a huricanrana to take out Loa. 
  • Tonga Loa comes back to distract Omega, Tama accidentally hits Loa off the apron, Loa managed to throw a chair at Omega, near fall rollup by Tama. 
  • Styles Clash attempt by Tama on the chair but Red Shoes kicks the chair away, Tama Gun Stuns Red Shoes for the DQ finish. 

Winner: Kenny Omega via DQ @ 10:12 

Records: Kenny Omega 6 Points (3-0-0), Tama Tonga 2 Points (1-2-0)

Rating: **, The overbooking here was at an all-time high. The faction war feud is awesome but the match here was taken the momentum out of because of the ongoing Firing Squad vs Bullet Club feud. Kenny Omega is still undefeated in G1 28.

  • Kota Ibushi, Chase Owens, and Hangman Page save Kenny Omega from a post-match attack. 

Tomohiro Ishii (2 Points) vs. Hirooki Goto (2 Points)

  • Shoulder Block Battle Sequence into a strikefest, very stereotypical of an Ishii match. The sequence is won by Goto.
  • Ishii yells “What is the Champion going to do!” at Goto firing him up to hit a sequence of moves into a side suplex for a near fall.
  • Hard kicks by Goto fire up Ishii into knocking Goto down with a hard punch. 
  • German Suplex by Ishii but Goto no sells and fires up into chopping Ishii down with a kick to the mid-section. 
  • Lariat battle takes a lot out of both men and the selling is incredible with both refusing to go down but Goto gets Ishii down first but the lariats don’t stop as they double lariat each other until they both collapse. Amazing strong style sequence. 
  • Headbutt by Ishii collapses Goto into the corner, Super Brainbuster by Ishii for a near fall. 
  • GTR by Goto attempt reversed by Ishii into a side suplex taking both men down
  • Another strike-fest ends in an insane lariat by Ishii flipping Goto, near fall by Ishii.  
  • Shoto Kai by Goto plants Ishii for a near fall. 
  • GTR attempt fails again, headbutts and enzugiri by Ishii, sliding lariat by Ishii for a very near fall. 
  • Vertical Drop Brainbuster by Ishii closes. 

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii via pinfall @ 18:19

Records: Tomohiro Ishii 4 points (2-1-0), Hirooki Goto 2 points (1-2-0)

Rating: ****1/2, While this match did lack any story it made up for it by miles with in-ring work. WHAT A HARD-HITTING MATCH! For near 20 minutes these two strikes the hell out of each other with intense lariats and shoulder blocks. The only match this reminds me of is Ishii vs. Elgin in the NJPW Cup. The match here lacked a few near falls and high spots that the Ishii vs. Elgin match had but this match wasn’t about the theatrics. It was about seeing who can strike who unconscious first. 

Show Grade: B+

Last Word: This show hosted some amazing tournament matches in ZSJ vs. Sanada, Ishii vs. Goto and Juice vs. Naito. Even though, Omega vs. Tama was overbooked it was entertaining as it continued the feud warfare. Each match on this card offered something different and it continued this year’s amazing G1. 

G1 Standings After Show: 

A-Block:

  • Jay White- 6 Points (3-0-0)
  • Michael Elgin-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Togi Makabe-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Evil-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Hangman Page-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Bad Luck Fale-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Kazuchika Okada-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Minoru Suzuki-2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Yoshi-Hashi- 0 Points (0-3-0)

B-Block:

  • Kenny Omega-6 Points (3-0-0)
  • Tomohiro Ishii-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Tetsuya Naito-4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Sanada-4 Points (2-1-0) 
  • Kota Ibushi- 4 Points (2-1-0)
  • Hirooki Goto- 2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Tama Tonga- 2 Points (1-2-0) 
  • ZSJ- 2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Toru Yano- 2 Points (1-2-0)
  • Juice Robinson- 0 Points (0-3-0) 

 

 

 

 

 

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