G1 Climax Day 11, Kagoshima Arena, August 3:
Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV defeated David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi
This was a really fun junior heavyweight opener. They were given a good amount of time. Liger pinned Finlay with a cradle. After the match Finlay showed frustration.
Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, Michael Elgin & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Gedo, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI
This was a very entertaining match. Nakanishi & Nakajima had a good strike exchange with lots of hard kicks from Nakajima. Nagata’s involvement was limited, so it looks like he’s hurting. YOSHI & Elgin face tomorrow in what should be a really good match. The finish saw Kojima pin Gedo after a lariat.
Yujiro Takahashi & Kenny Omega defeated Captain New Japan & Katsuyori Shibata
Shibata had to kick the hell out of Captain to waken him up and tag him. That was the highlight of the match. Omega vs Shibata tomorrow could be one of the matches of the tournament in their first ever singles meeting. We had another riveting exchange between Captain & Yujiro before Yujiro won with the low DDT.
Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI defeated Juice Robinson, Tomoaki Honma & KUSHIDA
This was a fun tag match with some good near falls at the end. Honma vs EVIL was previewed, another match that will be as hard hitting as it gets. Naito & Juice had some good exchanges. Naito went for the leg lock, but KUSHIDA flew off the top to break it up. EVIL hit Juice with a lariat allowing Naito to get the submission win with the leg lock, which is almost a short arm scissors to the leg. It was a submission win that Naito needed to establish that hold as he has been using it a lot lately. After the match EVIL hit Honma with a chair.
Bad Luck Fale (6) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4)
This was never going to be match of the year, but they both worked hard. It’s nothing you need to see, but fine for what it was. It was a plodding brawl. Tenzan tried to chops Fale down, while Fale powered out of the Anaconda Vise. Headbutts brought down Fale, but Tenzan missed the moonsault and Tenzan’s head barely missed the mat. Tenzan kicked out of a spear, but fell to the Grenade.
Hirooki Goto (6) defeated Tama Tonga (4)
This was a very good match. Tonga is starting to show a lot of personality and the crowd are reacting better to him too. This was a good solid match. Goto got some good near falls with the Ushigoroshi and went for the GTR, but Tonga had a great counter into a reverse neckbreaker. Goto kicked out of a double arm DDT. The finish sequence was great with lots of misdirection rope running and Gun Stun counters before Goto hit GTR.
Naomichi Marufuji (8) defeated SANADA (4)
This was a a great match with frightening athleticism, particularly from SANADA. There were so many fast paced exchanges with both guys taking turns at out quicking each other. There was one sequence where SANADA dodged Marufuji’s kicks like something from a Jackie Chan movie. Marufuji landed on his feet out of a German suplex only to be then caught in a perfect Tiger suplex. SANADA sprung to the apron and back in with a missile dropkick in one motion. There were great counters between Skull End and Shiranui. Marufuji landed his combo of strikes before hitting Shiranui to score the win.
Hiroshi Tanahashi (6) defeated Tomohiro Ishii (4)
This was awesome. Easily one of the best matches in Block A yet. The story was Ishii bringing out the fire in Tanahashi and Tanahashi having to fight Ishii’s strong style to overcome him. Ishii hit hard forearms and chops until Tanahashi had enough and went after Ishii with slaps that rocked Ishii. The trades strikes. Ishii hit lots of really stiff lariats. They traded dragon suplexes with both guys landing on their heads and popping right back up. Tanahashi misses a High Fly Flow and Ishii got an amazing near fall with a sliding lariat. Tanahashi avoided the Brainbuster many times. He hit a Slingblade, but Ishii popped up. It took a High Fly Flow cross body and a High Fly Flow to finally score Tanahashi the win. Needless to say, this is must-see.
Kazuchika Okada (10) defeated Togi Makabe (8)
This was a great main event. Makabe & Okada always have great G1 chemistry and this was no different. This one built into a great match with a really great finishing stretch. Makabe was nailing lariats from all angles. Okada couldn’t keep Makabe down as he would fire up again and again. Makabe hit a belly to belly off the top but missed the King Kong Kneedrop. There was a great stretch of them exchanging boots and lariats with neither guy going down. Makabe hit a great German suplex for a near fall. Okada won with a dropkick followed by a Tombstone and the Rainmaker.
This was a very good show. Ishii vs Tanahashi is must-see with two other matches that are worth checking out. It’s available now at NJPWWorld.com.
Day 12 is tomorrow morning:
8/4/2016, Fukuoka Citizen Gymnasium, 18.30 JST (5.30AM EST/10.30AM UK)
– Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs. Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Captain New Japan
– Togi Makabe, Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Yujiro Takahashi
– Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & KUSHIDA vs. Hirooki Goto, Gedo & Naomichi Marufuji
– Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii vs. SANADA & BUSHI
B BLOCK : Yuji Nagata vs. Toru Yano
B BLOCK : Tomoaki Honma vs. EVIL
B BLOCK : Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Tetsuya Naito
B BLOCK : Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kenny Omega
B BLOCK : Michael Elgin vs YOSHI-HASHI