New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 28 A Block Day One Review
Justin C here covering the A Block of the New Japan G1 Climax 28. I’ll mostly be covering just the Block matches. The tag matches before the G1 matches are okay, but the focus is on the G1 matches themselves.
A Block Match One: Yoshi Hashi vs Togi Makabe
I can’t believe Yoshi Hashi still is a thing. That man is so bland. Hashi tosses Makabe into the railing twice on the outside. Hashi slows things down back in the ring and hits a brainbuster. Makabe wakes up and starts to fight back and hits a powerslam. They exchange forearms. Hashi slaps Makabe down but Makabe then catches him with a lariat. Makabe tries a German suplex off the top but Hashi escapes and hits a running sitout powerbomb. A lariat and running double knees gets Hashi two. Makabe escapes the Butterfly Lock, but Hashi hits a backstabber and goes back to it. Makabe finally gets his foot to the ropes. Hashi goes for Karma but Makabe blocks it. Double clothesline, then a clothesline to the back by Makabe. Makabe then hits the spider German suplex and the King Kong knee drop for the win.
WINNER: Togi Makabe- The match was all Yoshi Hashi, with him throwing everything at Makabe until Makabe put him away in the end. The announcers really put over Hashi at the end.
A Block Match Two: Bad Luck Fale vs Hangman Page
Fale knocks Page off the apron before he even gets into the ring. Fale tosses him in the ring but Page comes back in and hits a suicide dive on Fale. They brawl outside where Fale tosses Page into the chairs. How will those poor people find their seats after this? They finally get back into the ring. Page hits a few clotheslines that get Fale to a knee. Page then hits a running shooting star press for two. Tanga Loa walks to the ring and it distracts Page. Fale hits a running splash in the corner then on the ground for two. Page clotheslines Fale to the outside. Tanga Loa pulls Page out of the ring. Loa helps up Fale, but Page hits a moonsault to the outside on both of them. Page connects on a slingshot lariat for two. Page goes for the Right of Passage, but Tama Tonga comes out and all three jump Hangman Page. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Chase Owens come out for the save.
WINNER via DQ: Hangman Page- See, I found this match similar to the first one but Page came off as more of a star than Yoshi Hashi did. Looks like they are going to build up Page as the underdog now after taking a beating from the Samoans. Crowd was really into Page.
A Block Match Three: Michael Elgin vs EVIL
Both men hit the snot out of each other to start. EVIL goes into the barricade. Elgin goes to hit him but EVIL ducks and Elgin hits the post. EVIL then takes the same arm and puts a chair around it and slams it into the post. EVIL gets the action back in the ring and starts to work over the bad right arm of Elgin. Elgin powers out of a submission and hits a few elbows, but sells the right arm with every one. Elgin hits a dive to the outside and a slingshot double stomp then a bridging German for two. Elgin hits a handful of lariats in the corner. He goes for a press slam but can’t hit it because of the arm. They exchange control but EVIL always goes back to the arm. EVIL then takes Elgin’s arm and jumps off the apron and slams it onto the barricade. They exchange double clotheslines. EVIL hits Darkness Falls for two. Elgin blocks Everything is Evil and hits a falcon arrow for two. Elgin hits a superkick but EVIL comes back with a lariat. Elgin hits one of his own then hits a superplex off the top. Elgin hits a buckle bomb, then after some great exchanges Elgin comes back with the Big Mike Bomb for the win.
WINNER: Michael Elgin- Strong, hard hitting match. Elgin sold the arm well. And even the parts where he used it to hit moves you could explain it away as a rush of adrenaline. Good showing from both men.
A Block Match Four: Minoru Suzuki vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Suzuki hits a quick dropkick to the right knee and immediately goes to work on it with a heel hook. Suzuki keeps pulling Tanahashi away when he gets to the ropes. We are at five plus minutes of full control from Suzuki on Tanahashi’s injured leg. Tanahashi finally gets to the ropes. They exchange some blow and Tanahashi is able to get in the dragon screw leg whip. Tanahashi is selling the bad leg. Suzuki moves out of the way of a swanton and hits a Penalty Kick then goes back to the bad leg. Suzuki goes to a sleeper and goes for the Gotch Piledriver. Tanahashi escapes. A couple of near falls then Tanahashi hits a reverse dragon screw leg whip. Slingblade for two. Crossbody followed by the High Fly Flow for the win.
WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi- Big win for Tanahashi as he is known for starting slow in G1s. Match was domianted by Suzuki until the end.
A Block Match Five: Kazuchika Okada vs Jay White
Okada looks weird without the Title, and also with red hair. They go for a handshake but both men then quickly go for their finishers then smile at each other. Okada takes control with a side headlock then hits a seated dropkick. White gets thown into the barricade then booted over it. Okada kind of toys with White on the outside, but then gets caught with a snap Saito suplex on the floor. White then slams Okada full force into the barricade. They get back into the ring where White continues to work over the head and neck of Okada. White puts Okada’s head in the ring skirt. White gives Okada a cocky kick, which wakes up Okada. Okada grabs White by the throat then takes him down. We get a HBK kip up from Okada. Okada hits a crossbody off the top. White jumps back with a Saito Suplex and a twisting brainbuster. Okada blocks a bladerunner with a Kobra Clutch. White escapes and applies a Crossface until Okada gets to the ropes.
Okada dropkicks White hard into the corner. White counters the Rainmaker into a German suplex. White then Saito suplexes Okada over the ropes to the outside. White then suplexes Okada into the railing near the announce table, playing off what happened to Jim Ross and Josh Barnett in San Francisco. White brings a chair into the ring and shoves Red Shoes away. Okada dropkicks the chair into White then hits another dropkick. Tombstone from Okada then the Rainmaker, but White back fists Red Shoes and knocks him down again. Low blow from Jay White. White throws the chair into Okada and hits the Bladerunner for the win.
WINNER: Jay White- Match was good and established White as a heel. But it didn’t click with me. I get they want to push White as a threat, but maybe I’m not there with him yet. I don’t mind the story of Okada losing early. White is now positioned as a threat to win in the eyes of fans.
After the match, White says he doesn’t give a shit about anyone. He says Okada has been dying a slow death since he lost his Title. White says this is Chaos, and everyone will have to deal with Jay White.
Match of the Night: Elgin vs EVIL
A Block Standings
Togi Makabe- 2 points (1-0)
Hangman Page- 2 points (1-0)
Michael Elgin- 2 points (1-0)
Hiroshi Tanahashi- 2 points (1-0)
Jay White- 2 points (1-0)
Yoshi Hashi- 0 points (0-1)
Bad Luck Fale- 0 points (0-1)
EVIL- 0 points (0-1)
Minoru Suzuki- 0 points (0-1)
Kazuchika Okada- 0 points (0-1)
Until Next Time,
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