NJPW G1 Climax July 22nd/Night 7 A-Block Review

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G1 Climax Standings Before 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)

G1 Climax Night 7 A-Block Results

  • Yoshi-Hashi defeats Michael Elgin via pinfall @ 14:23 ****1/4
  • Evil defeats Bad Luck Fale via DQ @ 12:22 **1/2
  • Minoru Suzuki defeats Jay White via pinfall @ 10:37 ***1/4
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi defeats Hangman Page via pinfall @ 12:07 ****
  • Kazuchika Okada defeats Togi Makabe via pinfall @ 15:10 **1/2

 

 

Yoshi-Hashi (0 Points) vs. Michael Elgin (4 Points)

  • The story here is, Yoshi has been the biggest loser of the G1 so far and has to go for broke to get some points. 
  • Crossbody to ringside by Yoshi is caught by Elgin but Yoshi brakes free. After some fight, Yoshi hits a ringside suplex. 
  • Elgin hits a lariat to Yoshi draped over the top rope for the first near fall.
  • Strikes into a DDT by Yoshi-Hashi allows Yoshi to get some space.
  • Yoshi hits a huricanrana to send Elgin ringside and follows up with an awesome Tope Con Hiro Dive. 
  • Blockbuster by Yoshi for a near fall. 
  • Spinebuster by Elgin for a near fall.
  • Super Gory Bomb by Elgin reversed with a reverserana by Yoshi for a near fall. Great high spot.
  • Chopfest fires up Yoshi to hit a German Suplex on Elgin to get some space. 
  • Powerbomb off the middle rope by Yoshi for a near fall, a sequence of big moves by Yoshi leads to the Swanton Bomb by Yoshi for a very near fall. Great firing up sequence by Hashi. 
  • Swinging Spinebuster by Elgin lays both down. 
  • Superplex by Elgin for a very near fall. Great show of heart by Yoshi. 
  • Buckle Bomb by Elgin but Yoshi fires back with a jackknife rollup for a near fall. 
  • Strikefest leads to a huge lariat by Elgin for another very near fall.
  • Splash Mountain Gory Bomb hit by Elgin for another very near fall, Yoshi is going for broke here. 
  • Burning Hammer attempt by Elgin, Yoshi flies over and hits a superkick. Fisherman Buster by Yoshi for a near fall. 
  • Karma by Yoshi for the win. 

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi via pinfall @ 14:23

Record: Yoshi-Hashi 2 Points (1-3-0), Michael Elgin 4 Points (2-2-0)

Rating: ****1/4, An incredible show of heart by Yoshi Hashi. Yoshi knew he had to go for broke and he just kept kicking out. The story was fantastic even though the pacing was a bit off. The ending was awesome, with Elgin hitting big move after big move with Hashi kicking out each time. There were also some pretty great high spots including the Super Gory Bomb by Elgin reversed into a huricanrana bomb by Yoshi. Yoshi had some amazing firing up sequences and deserved the win. 

Evil (4 Points) vs. Bad Luck Fale (2 Points)

  • Evil wastes no time and goes straight for Fale when focused on Tanga Loa.
  • Evil tries to bait Loa into hitting him for the DQ win. 
  • Fale grabs a chair distracting the referee while Tonga Loa attacks Evil. 
  • In the crowd, Fale throws Evil into chairs and throws barricades at him. Evil gets back in the ring at 17.
  • Big Splash by Fale for the first near fall.
  • Fale working the right arm of Evil.
  • Evil lariats Fale over the top rope to ringside and shoves him into the barricade. 
  • Evil wraps a chair around Fale’s head and throws Fale into the ring post.
  • Senton in the corner by Evil for a near fall. 
  • Another Big Splash by Fale for another near fall. 
  • Vertical Suplex attempt by Evil fails but he turns it into a DDT dropping Fale on his head.
  • Huge Lariat by Fale for a near fall. Fale looks more desperate for the win than usual. 
  • Bad Luck Fall attempt by Fale fails Evil fights into hitting a lariat for a near fall. 
  • Fale sends Evil into the ref, knocking out the ref and allowing Tonga Loa to attack. Bushi comes down to even the odds but Tama Tonga comes down to neutralize Bushi, Tetsuya Naito comes down to attack Tonga. STO by Evil to Fale but the referee is out and count.
  • Gun Stun to Evil calls for the DQ win. 

Winner: Evil via DQ @ 12:22

Records: Evil 6 Points (3-1-0), Bad Luck Fale 2 Points (1-3-0) 

Rating: **1/2, More of the Firing Squad G1 Overbooking. This time it’s a faction war with LIJ. This match had more momentum and given more solo time than Tama vs. Omega but this match was two slow guys battering each other which could’ve been better without all the faction war. I do like the Firing Squad character though ambushing the G1.

Minoru Suzuki (2 Points) vs. Jay White (6 Points) 

  • Youngest in the G1 versus the Oldest in the G1 facing off here. 
  • Ringside brawl leads to Jay White standing tall.
  • Jay White is getting cocky. 
  • Triangle Hold over the top rope by Suzuki. 
  • Hard strikes by Suzuki to Jay, Jay yells “Come on Suzuki” and hits a cheap shot followed by a DDT getting White back on top. 
  • Jay tries to choke out Suzuki with the ring apron, that’s unique. 
  • Suzuki brutally torquing the fingers of Jay to get out of Jay’s Cattle Mutilation lock.
  • A series of 3 PKs by Suzuki for a near fall. 
  • Wrist Lock by Suzuki, Jay White gets the ropes. 
  • Suzuki working the left arm of Jay White. 
  • Suplex into the corner by White gets him some much-needed space. 
  • Vertical Brainbuster by Jay White for a near fall.
  • Blade Runner attempt by White fails, Suzuki goes for the Rear Naked Choke and locks it in. Jay fights out and tries to low blow Suzuki, Suzuki blocks it and knocks Jay with a punch and hits the Gotch Neutralizer for the win ending White’s undefeated run.

Winner: Minoru Suzuki via pinfall @ 10:37

Records: Minoru Suzuki 4 Points (2-2-0), Jay White 6 Points (3-1-0)

Rating: ***1/4, the contrast of the cocky, young newcomer vs. the old, brutal veteran worked really well here in theory. However, the match never really kicked into another gear and lacked any huge spots. Suzuki got the win to end White’s undefeated reign in the G1 so far.

Hiroshi Tanahashi (4 Points) vs. Hangman Page (2 Points)

  • “Battle of the handsome” 
  • Technical Wrestling start where Page keeps up with Tana.
  • Hangman “breaks” the air guitar that Tana plays after his winning matches.
  • Deadlift Pumphandle Suplex by Page for the first near fall.
  • Page working the knee of Tanahashi early on. 
  • Crossbody by Tana rolled through into the Stretch Buckler hold by Page, Tana gets ropes.
  • Both hold on to each other’s legs after a kick sequence, both release at the same time but Tana gets the Dragon Screw on Page.
  • Swanton Bomb by Tanahashi for a near fall. 
  • Shooting Star Press to ringside by Page takes out Tanahashi. 
  • Top Rope Neckbreaker by Page, near fall, Page keeps ahold of the leg and locks in the Figure Four, Tanahashi turns over reversing the pressure. 
  • Dragon Screw leg whip by Tanahashi to Page over the middle rope, Page fights back and hits the Buckshot Lariat.
  • Rite of Passage attempt by Page fails and Tanahashi hits the Dragon Screw leg whip again. 
  • Page is heavily selling the leg from the multiple leg whips. 
  • Strikefest leads to a slingblade by Tana for a near fall. 
  • Hi-Fly Flo by Tana to a standing Page, a 2nd Hi Fly Flo hits to a downed Page for the win. 

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi via pinfall @ 12:07

Records: Hiroshi Tanahashi 6 Points (3-1-0), Hangman Page 2 Points (1-3-0)

Rating: ****, Hangman Page did an awesome job of keeping up with Tanahashi and making this match look even. Page really shined here and hit most of his signature moves. There were some awesome high spots like Page’s Shooting Star Press and the Top Rope Neckbreaker. The match had a good technical vibe too with Page working the leg of Tana early and the Dragon Screws by Tana weakening Page. The finish was pretty great too as Page started to gradually get weaker after the Dragon Screw leg whips and Tanahashi finally putting Page away after 2 Hi-Fly Flows. Great even and work rated match. 

Togi Makabe (4 Points) vs Kazuchika Okada (2 Points)

  • The “Broken” Okada shows more of a heel side here than normal. 
  • The brawling of Makabe is heavily in focus here. 
  • Ringside DDT by Okada, a hard landing for Makabe. 
  • Powerslam by Makabe gets him some needed space, Okada has been on top the majority of the match.
  • Lariat by Makabe for the match’s first near fall.
  • These two look really tired from all the G1 action so far. 
  • High Crossbody by Okada, sad near fall.
  • Shotgun Dropkick by Okada fires Makabe into the corner, Reverse Neckbreaker by Okada for another slow near fall. 
  • Okada taunts and strikes at Makabe, Makabe fires up leading to a slow strikefest.
  • Tombstone by Okada follows up with a failed Rainmaker, Death Valley Driver by Makabe takes them both out. 
  • Hard Powerbomb by Makabe for a near fall.
  • Super Overhead Suplex by Makabe, Makabe dives but Okada catches him mid-air with a dropkick. 
  • Rainmaker by Okada fails again, Makabe hits a stiff lariat. Okada gets up and hits a discus lariat.
  • Rainmaker by Okada finally hits for the win. 

Winner: Kazuchika Okada via pinfall @ 15:10

Record: Kazuchika Okada 4 Points (2-2-0), Togi Makabe 4 Points (2-2-0)

Rating: **1/2, These two men looked very tired from the constant G1 action. This match had a definite slump and even Okada with the amazing conditioning he’s shown looked exhausted. The match was mostly them laying around but towards the end, it picked up into a normal Okada finish with the dramatic attempts for the Rainmaker and with one final hit of the Rainmaker the slow match closed. 

G1 Standings after the show:

A-Block:

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

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)

Show Grade: C 

 

 

 

 

 

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