NJPW G1 Climax 28 A Block Results 8.2.18 w/Justin C
Bad Luck Fale vs Michael Elgin
Fale goes for a test of strength early, but he ends up pie facing Elgin a couple times. Tama Tanga grabs the leg of Elgin early. Fale lands a few blows but then Elgin takes Tanga out with a dive to the outside. Fale shoulder tackles Elgin coming off the top. Fale then starts to work over the bad right arm of Elgin, which includes landing a splash on it. Fale misses a charge in the corner and Elgin hits an enziguri to the back of the head. Elgin tries for a suplex but can’t lift Fale up. Fale then hits a splash in the corner and another on the mat for two. Elgin ducks the grenade. Elgin hits two lariats and finally knocks Fale down with the third. Elgin can’t hit any of his big moves because of the right arm. Fale hits a Samoan Drop. Elgin escapes Bad Luck Fall and hits a German suplex and follows it with a forearm for two. Fale elbows Elgin who goes into the ref. And guess what? Tama Tanga comes in to interfere. But he eats a supelx from Elgin. Elgin then bodyslams Fale. Elgin goes to the top. Tama Tonga comes down and hits Elgin with a chair, causing a DQ.
WINNER via DQ: Michael Elgin- You know before the interference I actually thought the match was decent. But then we get the same old shit. And it was stupid because it technically eliminated Fale from the tournament.
Hangman Page vs Togi Makabe
Some early back and forth until Makabe hits a powerslam then corner punches. They start firing forearms at each other until Page hits one then a German suplex. Page ducks one lariat but can’t duck another. Makabe hits a belly-to-belly off the top. Makabe goes for the King Kong knee but Page moves. They exchange lariats trying to knock each other down. Makabe goes for a German but Page lands on his feet. Page hits a superkick but then walks right into a lariat. Page is able to hit the buck shot lariat then the Right of Passage for the win.
WINNER: Hangman Page- Fine match for two guys already out of it.
Yoshi-Hashi vs Jay White
White attacks Hashi as Red Shoes is patting him down. Hashi takes White down with a shoulder tackle off the ropes. As Hashi is landing blows on White, White tosses Hashi over the top and he awkwardly lands on the apron. White slams Hashi a few times into the railing. White works Hashi over a bit more in the ring then goes to grab a chair from the outside. Red Shoes tries to stop him but White pushes him away then Hashi dropkicks the chair into White. Hashi gets in some offense in the ring. He hits a block buster off the second rope. Hashi goes for a lariat but White catches him with a flatliner then a German suplex. White goes for Blade Runner but Hashi counters it. Hashi hits a powerbomb for two. Hashi goes to the top but White pulls Red Shoes in front of him. This stops Hashi and White crotches him. They both counter each others finishers. White throws Hashi into the corner then pushes him into Red Shoes. White hits a low blow. Hashi hits a couple of superkicks. Hashi hits a backcracker then a package suplex for two. White is finally able to counter Hashi and hit the Blade Runner for the win.
WINNER: Jay White- Paint by the numbers match. Hashi looked good in defeat again and I have to admit, they have done a good job of getting me to care about Yoshi Hashi for the first time ever.
EVIL vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tanahashi gets the better of Evil early on with some mat work. Evil gets frustrated and goes to the outside. Evil gets the upper hand back in the ring and hits a running senton. Tanahashi escapes a long submission from Evil. But Evil tosses Tanahashi to the outside. Tanahashi bounces off the apron but Evil knocks him down with a lariat. Tanahashi just gets back in the ring. Evil hits another lariat. Evil hits a fischerman suplex. Tanahashi catches Evil with a neckbreaker than a slingblade. Tanahashi hits a dragon screw leg whip in the ropes. Tanahashi hits a crossbody off the top but Evil moves out of the way of high fly flow. Evil hits a sit out slam than a hard lariat for two. Evil goes for Everything is Evil, but Tanahashi counters and hits it on Evil. Tanahashi then hits the High Fly Flow for the win.
WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi- Good match. The crowd was really into Tanahashi, who continues to have an impressive tournament so far.
Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki
Suzuki attacks Okada right as he enters the ring. He throws Okada into the railing then puts it on top of him and slams a chair into it. Red Shoes tries to stop Suzuki but Suzuki runs him off, then Red Shoes grabs a chair of his own and Suzuki goes after him. Suzuki throws Okada into a bunch of chairs. Suzuki goes back to ringside and waits for Okada with a chair. Suzuki nails him with it. Okada just barely beats the 20 count back into the ring. Suzuki applies the armbar in the ropes, then boots Okada off the apron. Suzuki starts to taunt Okada, which finally wakes Okada up. He connects on a neckbreaker and DDT. Suzuki catches Okada with a penalty kick and applies an armbar. Okada gets to the ropes then runs and dropkicks Suzuki.
Now Okada tells Suzuki to bring it and they start to exchange forearms. They exchange forearms for awhile until Suzuki finally knocks Okada down. Okada counters a Gotch piledriver with a dropkick. More forearms and slaps. Okada slaps Suzuki into the ropes but Suzuki comes back with a dropkick. Suzuki applies the sleeper but Okada escapes. Okada escapes a modified abdominal stretch and hits a tombstone. Okada goes for a sleeper but Suzuki escapes and goes for a tombstone. Okada counters and hits a package tombstone. Okada then hits two Rainmakers for the win.
WINNER: Kazuchika Okada- I don’t know, something was missing for me from this match. Its like it started with the crowd brawl, then jumped into final gear with not much in between. It seemed like they just hit their big moves then that was it. Match was good but I felt like it could have been a lot better.
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 12 points
Kazuchika Okada, Jay White: 10 points
EVIL, Minoru Suzuki: 8 points
Michael Elgin, Bad Luck Fale: 6 points
Hangman Page, Togi Makabe: 4 points
Yoshi Hashi: 2 points
With things as they stand now, Tanahashi, Okada, and White are the favorites. I *think* Evil is still mathematically alive but that would require Okada only playing spoiler in his last match with Tanahashi, which I don’t think happens.
On Saturday, I think White beats Makabe, Tanahashi beats Elgin and Okada beats EVIL. That would make the standings:
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 14 points
Jay White, Kazuchika Okada: 12 points
Then for the final night of A Block, White takes on Evil and Tanahashi takes on Okada. You could have White win, but again that would mean Okada couldn’t advance no matter what the result of his final match. So more than likely Evil beats White and Okada/Tanahashi is for the winner.
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