NJPW G1 Climax 28 Block A Results 7.22.18 w/Justin C
Michael Elgin vs Yoshi Hashi
Oh good, were getting the Yoshi Hashi match out of the way early again. Some brief action on the outside leads to Elgin suplexing Hashi off the top onto the ropes. Hashi gets Elgin to the outside and has to practically beg the crowd to cheer for him as he hits a dive. Elgin gets back in and hits Hashi with an enziguri. They go to the top where Hashi counters a Big Mike Bomb. Hashi hits a powerbomb of his own and then a brain buster and a Swanton for two. Elgin escapes a Hashi submission and hits a face buster. Buckle bomb from Elgin that Hashi counters into a pin for two. Both men exchange lariats. Elgin knocks Hashi down then hits a sitout powerbomb for two. Hashi escapes Elgin and hits a modified package powerbomb/piledriver for the win.
WINNER: Yoshi Hashi- Okay I’ll give Hashi some credit, the match was pretty good for the last five minutes. If you wanted to give Hashi one win I guess it was there, since he still has the likes of Okada and Tanahashi to face down the line.
Bad Luck Fale vs EVIL
They go to the outside right away where Evil throws Fale into the railing. Tonga Loa distracts Evil and hits him. Fale throws Evil into the chairs. Fale grabs one of the railings and drops it on Evil. Fale starts to work over the taped up right arm of Evil back in the ring. Evil finally moves out of th way of a splash. They go again to the outside. Evil wraps a chair around Fale’s neck and throws him into the post. Back in the ring Evil tries a powerbomb but Fale blocks it and hits a shoulder tackle. Evil comes back with a few lariats then a DDT. Fale recovers and hits one of his own. Evil escapes Bad Luck Fall with a clothesline. Evil goes for the STO but Fale throws Evil into the ref. Tonga Loa comes in and helps in the beat down. But Evil moves and Loa hits Fale. Bushi comes in and mists Loa. Tama Tonga comes in. He tries to hit a Stun Gun but Naito comes out. Naito takes out Tonga but gets clotheslined by Fale. STO from Evil on Fale. The ref recovers but won’t make a pin. Tama Tonga comes back and hits a Stun Gun and the ref calls for the DQ.
WINNER via DQ: EVIL- The Tongan stuff is getting old really quick. I get it’s their M/O for the tournament but seeing it every match is just overkill. Plus they’re losing most of the time so how does it help?
Minoru Suzuki vs Jay White
White keeps going to the ropes early to avoid Suzuki. White goes to the outside and Suzuki follows him. But White grabs him and throws him into the railing a few times. White goes to hit Suzuki coming back in the ring but Suzuki applies the armbar in the ropes. White bates Suzuki in with a free chop but White kicks out Suzuki’s leg. White then chokes Suzuki with the ring skirt. White taunts Suzuki, which is obviously a dumb thing to do so Suzuki starts beating the shit out of him. Suzuki hits a PK then tortures the fingers of White. White grabs Suzuki and double under hook suplexes Suzuki into the corner. Suzuki basically tells White to stop being a bitch and chop him harder. Suzuki hits chops of his own. White throws the ref in front of him. Suzuki still applies a sleeper. White grabs the ref, then goes for a low blow. But Suzuki blocks it and hits the Gotch pile driver for the win. Even in victory, Suzuki fucks up some Young Lions after.
WINNER: Minoru Suzuki- Okay match. I’m still not fully sold on White and he’s already fought the three best wrestlers in this block so I’ll be interested to see how the rest of his matches go. White suffers his first loss, and similar to the Tongans, his act of going after the ref is getting tiresome.
Hangman Page vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Some basic chain wrestling to start. Tanahashi tosses the air guitar to Page, who then smashes it overnight his knee. The nerve! Page grabs the leg of Tanahashi and whips it into the ropes. Page starts to focus on the right leg Of Tanahashi. They both end up holding each other’s leg at one point. They each go to put it down, but Tanahashi picks Page’s leg backup and hits the dragon screw leg whip. Revenge for breaking the air guitar! Tanahashi gets some offense in before Page kicks out his leg again. Page sends Tanahashi to the outside where he hits a running shooting star off the apron. Page hits a neck breaker off the ropes and applies a figure four. Tanahashi is able to counter it. Page goes to the apron but takes too long, so Tanahashi leg whips him in the ropes. But Page catches him with his leaping clothesline. They exchange blows until Tanahashi hits a sling blade followed by a cross body and high fly flow for the win.
WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi- Standard match that these two could have in their sleep. I was expecting a breakout tournament for Page here, but like White, I haven’t come away impressed yet.
Kazuchika Okada vs Togi Makabe
Okada catches Makabe with a boot right after the bell. He goes for some corner punches but Makabe throws him down and shoulder tackles him. Guess what? They go to the outside. Is this mandatory to happen in the first two minutes of all these matches? Makabe grabs his chain but Okada hits a DDT. The crowd is behind Makabe, which makes Okada look all sad and depressed. Okada keeps hitting Makabe as Makabe tells him to bring it. Okada gets caught off the ropes with a power slam. Makabe lands come corner punches. Okada drop kicks Makabe in the corner. They exchange blows again. Makabe hits two lariats but Okada ducks the third and hits a tombstone. He goes for the Rainmaker but Makabe counters to a Samoan Drop. They go to the top. Makabe gets knocked off and his hanging there but gets back up and hits a belly to belly. Okada catches Makabe off the top with a dropkick then another. Makabe ducks the Rainmaker and hits a lariat. Okada hits a clothesline of his own then the Rainmaker for the win.
WINNER: Kazuchika Okada- That one came close to topping Elgin/EVIL from the first night for match of the block but I still give that one the edge. There was almost no reaction to Okada’s win as the crowd was supporting Makabe, who put on a strong showing.
Jay White 6
Hiroshi Tanahashi 6
Michael Elgin 4
Togi Makabe 4
Minoru Suzuki 4
Kazuchika Okada 4
Bad Luck Fale 2
Hangman Page 2
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