NJPW G1 Climax 28 Night 11 Review 7.30.18 W/5 Minute Wrestling Reviews

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New Japan put out a solid show of A block action for Night 11 of the G1 Climax 28 tournament. Though the opener was a stinker after the tiresome interference, everything else was solid. Okada and Elgin had a great match, and Adam Page vs. Jay White was good as well.

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• Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale *3/4 (Tanga Loa trips up Makabe and they brawl in the crowd. Back inside Fale has the advantage but Makabe shows good fire and hits punches in the corner. Fale hits a big splash for 2. Big lariat gets another 2 before the ref gets pulled out and lets Loa attack. Makabe hits dual clotheslines on them. Loa distracts Makabe as he goes for the KK knee drop, and Fale uses a chain to get the win.)

• Jay White vs. Hangman Page ***3/4 (They brawl outside before Page hits a dive and chops. White hits a back suplex after a missed SSP and hits another one on the apron. White whips him into the apron and barricade, afterwards Page hits a big lariat and SSP for 2. Pumphandle slam gets another nearfall. Page misses the buckshot lariat into a Last shot/German. Page’s back is hurt but is able to hit a buckshot lariat for 2. White hits last shot on apron but Page hits the moonsault to the outside! White tosses Page from the top onto the apron and hits Page’s back with a chair. Page hits a discus lariat and delivers a superkick as White has the chair. White low blows Page, and hits Blade Runner to win.)

• Minoru Suzuki vs. Evil *** (They brawl outside early with Suzuki chucking chairs and utilizing the barricade. Suzuki continues to dominate back inside with strikes. Evil finally hits a bronco buster for 2. Suzuki hits a running kick and PK for 2. Suzuki targets the arm with an armbar and whacks it with a chair. Evil hits the dual chair shot. They trade forearms before Suzuki locks in the sleeper, and hits the Gotch style piledriver to win.)

• Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yoshi-Hashi ***1/4 (Tana targets the arm and hits a cross body. YH hits a big boot for 2 and follows with a suplex for 2. Tana hits a senton but YH hits a blockbuster and swanton for 2. Tana fires a couple slaps but runs into a lariat for 2. Slingblade from Tana gets 2, and a straight jacket German is followed by a missed HFF. YH hits the running knees for 2, but Tana gets a roll up out of butterfly lock to steal a win.)

• Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin ****1/4 (They trade counters of all their big moves before Elgin hits a suplex and suicide dive. Okada hits a draping DDT outside. They trade strikes before Elgin hits a massive powerslam and backbreaker. Elgin catches a cross body but Okada fires back with a flapjack. Elgin delivers a flurry of Germans and a Superplex for 2. Buckle bomb follows but Okada lands a dropkick to the back. Elgin hits a half and half suplex but Okada hits a dropkick right to the head. Elgin hits a buckle bomb again but gets rolled up. Okada reverses a top rope splash mountain with an arm drag. Elgin hits a sit out powerbomb and Splash Mountain for 2. They counter tombstones before Okada hits one and a Rainmaker. Another Rainmaker ends a great match for an Okada victory.)

Overall: 6.75/10

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