NJPW G1 Climax 28 A Block Results 7.27.18
Michael Elgin vs Minoru Suzuki
Elgin and Suzuki exchange some chops. Elgin shoulder tackles Suzuki down to the barricade. Suzuki tries applying the armbar in the ropes but Elgin breaks it. Desperado distracts the ref, allowing Suzuki to use a chair on Elgin. They brawl into the crowd where Suzuki uses a chair again on the right arm of Elgin. Elgin sells the right arm by not even moving it. Suzuki continues to mess with Elgin, until Elgin catches him with an enziguri then a quick powerslam. Every time Elgin delivers a move with the right arm he immediately sells it after. Elgin delivers a couple of clotheslines with the left arm. But Suzuki blocks one with a kick to the right arm. Elgin chops Suzuki with the left arm and Suzuki laughs and smiles at him. Suzuki lands a couple of forearms but Elgin comes back with some of his own. Suzuki tries applying an armbar to the left arm but Elgin breaks it with a powerbomb. Elgin hits a buckle bomb. He goes for a second but Suzuki escapes. Elgin hits a superkick and barely hits a Tiger Bomb for two. They exchange blows again. Elgin goes for a suplex, but Suzuki escapes into the sleeper than a Gotch piledriver for the win.
WINNER: Minoru Suzuki- Good psychology throughout with Elgin selling the right arm. Suzuki has a win streak going.
EVIL vs Hangman Page
Both guys attempt their finishers early. Evil shoulder tackles Page outside of the ring. Page grabs a chair from under the ring and tosses it to Evil and kicks the chair into his face. Page drops Evil on the railing. Page hits a suplex but Evil comes back and knocks Page down but misses a senton. Evil tosses the foot of Page into the ref then lands a boot to the face of Page. They go to the outside where Evil tosses Page into the barricade a handful of times. Evil puts a chair around Page’s neck then slams another chair into it. Evil charges Page in the corner but Page moves and hits a dropkick. Page goes to the top and hits a moonsault to the outside. Page goes for a moonsault back in the ring but Evil moves. Page lands on his feet then hits a shooting star. Evil crotches Page on the top. Evil then flips Page as they go off the top. Evil hits Darkness Falls for two. Page escapes the STO and hits a superkick for two. They hit dueling clotheslines. Page lands on his feet on a German suplex then hits the Buckshot lariat for two. Evil blocks the spinning elbow with a headbutt then hits a spinning lariat for two. Evil hits Everything Is Evil for the win.
WINNER: Evil- I think that was Page’s best performance of the tournament. He had the crowd behind him at the end and it seemed like this match was the one where the crowd finally bought into his underdog persona.
Bad Luck Fale vs Jay White
Jay White attacks Tama Tonga early to take him out. White lands a couple of forearms early on. Fale goes to the outside and grabs a chair. Red Shoes is distracted with Fale so Tonga Loa attacks White. Fale recovers and they end up brawling into the crowd. They each take turns throwing each other into the chairs. Seriously, how do they reorganize the chairs after this? Fale misses an elbow in the ring. White lands some chops and kicks on Fale then takes out his legs with a dropkick. Fale ends up in the ropes so White lands some more chops then hits a DDT for two. Fale recovers and hits a running splash in the corner then a splash. White escapes Bad Luck Fall and hits a backdrop. White ends up backing Fale into Red Shoes. Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa attack. White throws a chair at him and then hits a low blow to clear the ring. Tama Tonga hits a Gun Stun then Fale hits Bad Luck Fall for the win.
WINNER: Bad Luck Fale- I’m just so sick of the Tongans and their crap at this point. White loses two in a row after his hot start.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Togi Makabe
Makabe slows it down early with some mat wrestling. Makabe lands some shots in the corner then back to the submission holds on the ground. Tanahashi catches Makabe with a forearm then a crossbody. He goes for some corner punches but Makabe takes him down then lands corner punches of his own. Makabe lands a clothesline but Tanahashi catches Makabe’s leg and hits a dragon screw leg whip. Makabe comes back with a scoop slam and Tanahashi just barely tucks his head in time. They exchange forearms and slaps again. Makabe then grabs Tanahashi and lariats him and hits a powerbomb for two. Another lariat for two. They go to the top. Tanahashi tries knocking Makabe down twice but Makabe pulls himself up and the second time hits a belly to belly. Makabe misses the King Kong Knee then hits a lariat, but Tanahashi comes back with a slingblade. Tanahashi hits a crossbody then a High Fly Flow for the win.
WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi- Good and different match. I like that it started slow early then picked up pace at the end. A strong showing from Makabe.
Kazuchika Okada vs Yoshi Hashi
Yoshi Hashi in the main event? Sure why not. Hashi isn’t taking any shit early on as he sends Okada to the outside and throws Okada into the railing twice. Okada reverses a third attempt and throws Hashi into the railing and lands a kick. Okada then throws Hashi into the chairs and throws chairs on him. As Hashi gets back up, Okada pulls him over the railing and hits a DDT. Okada keeps control back in the ring. Hashi lands some forearms and Okada tells him to bring it harder but Okada ends up knocking Hashi down. They fight for position for a suplex. Hashi tosses Okada over and hits a neckbreaker and follows it with a fying elbow. Okada backdrops Hashi. Okada counters a Hashi powerbomb with a hurricarrana and then dropkicks Hashi into the corner. Okada then hits a dropkick off the top. Okada hits a Rainmaker but Hashi kicks out at two.
Okada goes for a tombstone but Hashi counters into a pin for two. Okada goes for the Rainmaker but Hashi counters into a clothesline for two. Hashi hits a powerbomb and double knees for two. Hashi misses a swanton. Okada hits a dropkick to the back and then a regular one. Hashi ducks a Rainmaker. Okada tries a tombstone but Hashi hits a dropkick. Hashi tries the butterfly lock but can’t fully lock it in. After struggling for a few minutes Okada finally gets to the ropes. Hashi messes with Okada and lands some kicks to the back. They stare each other down and land some forearms. Hashi lands a slap and superkick then a brainbuster for two. Hashi goes for Karma but Okada counters to a tombstone and a spinning Rainmaker followed by a Rainmaker for the win.
WINNER: Kazuchika Okada- I liked the story of this match. Okada didn’t take Hashi seriously in the beginning and that was evident by the weak Rainmaker. Hashi then started his comeback and people started to buy into him as he got more and more offense in. It finally took Okada getting serious to put away Hashi. Two strong performances in a row from Hashi.
Hiroshi Tanahashi 8
Jay White 6
Minoru Suzuki 6
Kazuchika Okada 6
Michael Elgin 4
Togi Makabe 4
Bad Luck Fale 4
Hangman Page 2
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