NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 3 – July 16th, 2018

On night three of this year’s G1 Climax tournament we have the second night of A Block action, headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Switchblade Jay. The second from the top match is scheduled to be on this show is Togi Makabe vs Minoru Suzuki. Other tournament matches on this show are YOSHI-HASHI vs EVIL, Kazuchika Okada vs Bad Luck Fale and Michael Elgin vs Hangman Page. The whole tournament will be on njpwworld Live and On-Demand with English Commentary as an option. Kevin Kelly will be commentating on every show. Kevin Kelly is joined by Rocky Romero today.

Day 3 of the G1 Climax tournament is Live on njpwworld.

Shota Umino & Henare vs Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa

  • Shota and Henare have a good showing in this tag match but in the end Tonga Loa pins Shota Umino after a Piledriver. Good opener and Shota & Henare looked good. Winners Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa

Taka Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr vs Toru Yano and Jado

  • This started with a promo from Taka Michinoku, I really enjoy these promos even though I don’t speak Japanese. Zack and Taka are against a returning Jado who is returningafter back surgery and a “New Yano” who is trying to wrestle a more serious style and not cheat. This was starting to become a good match when Zack tied up Jado but during this Yano rolled up Taka for a quick win. Zack tried to break it up but was locked up with Jado and could get there in time. Winners Toru Yano and Jado

Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay

  • Finlay and Yujiro Takahashi kick this match off. This was a good match with a good showing of athleticism from Kota as always, he’s so smooth with everything he does. In the end the US Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson pinned Yujiro Takahashi with his finisher, the Pulp Friction. Good match and the crowd seem to be really into Juice and Finlay. Winners Juice Robinson and David Finlay.

Sanada & Tetsuya Naito vs SHO & Ishii

  • Los Ingobernables De Japon made their way to the ring first, followed by SHO & Tomohiro Ishii. Apparently LIJ don’t stand on the ring apron during a tag match so they don’t block the view for anyone. LIJ get the heat on SHO until he can get a tag to Ishii which is when the match starts to speed up. Lots of movement in this match from all four guys but in the end, Sanada beat SHO with the Skull End by KO. Winner LIJ, Sanada & Tetsuya Naito.

Hirooki Goto & YOH vs Chase Owens and Kenny Omega

  • Kenny Omega and Hirooki Goto look to kick off this tag match until Chase jumps Goto and the bell rings. Chase and Goto kick off this match officially. This was a shorter match than I would of liked with the champ, Kenny Omega but in the end Hirooki Goto pinned Chase Owens with the GTR. Winners Hirooki Goto & YOH.

G1 Climax tournament Matches

Hangman Page vs Michael Elgin

  • This starts off with some heavy strikes and fast action. I am a fan of Hangman Page but not so much of Elgin but these two are a good match for each other and have met three times before in Ring Of Honor but never in a singles match in NJPW. The fans really got behind Hangman here and he could be a stand out star of the tournament if it all goes right for Adam Page. Unfortunately, after a few powerbombs and an Elgin Bomb Michael Elgin beats Hangman Page. Winner with his second 2 points, Michael Elgin.

YOSHI-HASHI vs EVIL

  • EVIL comes out first, followed by the Head Hunter YOSHI-HASHI. There is lots of back and forth in this match but EVIL seemed to get the better of YOSHI-HASHI until YOSHI-HASHI went for a powerbomb and both guys fall over the ropes. They get back in the ring and YOSHI-HASHI gets his submission on EVIL but EVIL gets out. YOSHI-HASHI gets a few near falls but EVIL hits Everything is EVIL for the win. Winner with his first 2 points, EVIL.

Togi Makabe vs Minoru Suzuki

  • Suzuki comes out first and gets right in Makabe’s face as soon as he gets in the ring. They start with hard strikes, which Suzuki laughs off. They brawl to ringside where Minoru Suzuki takes over, they both push the ref down and fight with chairs but Suzuki wins that battle and lays it in on Makabe’s back with chairs. The referee takes multiple bumps but does DQ anyone. They fight all around the announce tables and ringside until Suzuki calls Makabe back in the ring. This is a absolute war between these two and as Kevin Kelly says, the referee doesn’t want it to end with a DQ because people want to see these two fight. In the end Makabe wins with two King Kong Knee drops. Winner with four points, Makabe.

Kazuchika Okada vs Bad Luck Fale

  • Bad Luck Fale comes out with Tonga Loa while Okada comes out with Gedo as usual. Tonga Loa gets involved early by powerslaming Okada on the floor behind the ref’s back. Outside the ring, Fale takes Okada into tag crowd and throws him into chairs. This was a really good match as all Okada matches are, Okada had to fight both Bad Luck Fale and Tonga Loa through most of this match but seemed to have it won until Tama Tonga runs to the ring and out of nowhere hits the Gun Stun on Okada followed by the bad luck fall for the finish. Winner with his first two points, Bad Luck Fale.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Switchblade Jay White

  • Jay White comes out first and Rocky is not happy with him as they are supposed to both be in the Chaos Faction but Jay has been taking his heel attitude too far, especially against his faction team mates. Tanahashi looks like he’s in really good shape. This starts with so good wrestling between the two. Switchblade targets the knee of Tanahashi with a chop block on the second rope, then following up with more offence to the left knee. Jay White takes it the Tanahashi outside the ring by bashing Tanahashi back first into the barrier and multiple suplexs in the ring until Tanahashi makes a come back and gets angry, Tanahashi brings a chair in the ring but decides not to use it so Jay White pokes his eyes. While the referee is in the corner Jay White hits a lowblow on The Ace but Tanahashi hits Jay with a lowblow. The referee Red Shoes Uno was knocked down and Jay White used a chair on Tanahashi then picks him up and hits the Blade Runner for the win. Winner Jay White.

After the match Jay White talks to Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero and claims he is the leader of Chaos.

And that was Day 3 of the G1 Climax tournament that took place Monday, July 16th, 2018

The points in this G1 Climax tournament at this point.

A Block

  • Jay White – 4
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 2
  • Michael Elgin – 4
  • Hangman Page – 2
  • Togi Makabe – 4
  • Kazuchika Okada – 0
  • Minoru Suzuki – 0
  • EVIL – 2
  • Bad Luck Fale – 2
  • YOSHI-HASHI – 0

B Block

  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2
  • Tama Tonga – 2
  • Hirooki Goto – 2
  • Kenny Omega – 2
  • Kota Ibushi – 2
  • Toru Yano – 0
  • Juice Robinson – 0
  • Sanada – 0
  • Zack Sabre Jr – 0
  • Tetsuya Naito – 0

Remember you can view my G1 Climax Primer anytime and I preview the entire tournament, you can also view my day 2 and day 1 posts.

I will have results from EVERY NIGHT of the G1 Climax this year so don’t hesitate to bookmark this site.

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