NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 4 – July 19th, 2018

On night four of this year’s G1 Climax tournament we have the second night of B Block action, headlined by Kenny Omega vs Hirooki Goto. Other block matches on this show are Toru Yano vs Zack Sabre Jr, Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito and more. Our commentary team is Rocky Romero and Kevin Kelly.

Before the show NJPW had a memorial and a ten bell salute for the late Masa Saito. Very respectful showing here.

The G1, Day 4 is Live on njpwworld

We open with the G1 video package of the competitors.

Switchblade Jay White & YOH vs Ren Narita & Michael Elgin

  • Switchblade will face Michael Elgin tomorrow in A Block action but today Jay White starts off with Elgin in this tag match. Jay is still trying to get YOH to use more “Sneaky Style” as Rocky Romero calls it but YOH seems torn. The story so far in this tournament is that Jay White is undefeated and is calling himself the leader of Chaos after beating Okada and Tanahashi is a row. YOH tapped out Narita with a Boston Crap and Jay tried to immediately hit Narita with a Bladerunner but Elgin made the save and Jay ran away. YOH looked confused at Jay. Winners Jay White & YOH.

Minoru Suzuki and El Desperado vs YOSHI-HASHI & SHO

  • This match starts like most Suzuki-gun matches, in pure chaos and disorder with chairs being used on the outside and Suzuki taking out Young Lions. Suzuki tries trading blows with SHO but SHO just crumbles with one hit, YOSHI-HASHI manages to trade blows for a little bit at least. Suzuki pins SHO after a Gotch Style Piledriver. After the match Suzuki appears to call out YOSHI-HASHI.

BUSHI & EVIL vs Togi Makabe and Henare

  • BUSHI & EVIL come out first and Henare comes out with lots of fire. LIJ get the jump start on Togi Makabe. This was a good tag match with more story development on EVIL vs Makabe for tomorrow night. EVIL Tapped out Henare for the win. Winners EVIL & BUSHI.

Bad Luck Fale & Tonga Loa vs David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • This match is setting up Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Bad Luck Fale tomorrow night and after a tease of Finlay vs Fale, Finlay runs and says “I can’t do it, I’m sorry, you gotta do it” to Tanahashi. We get Tanahashi vs Bad Luck Fale to start this tag match. Tonga Loa pins Finlay after Finlay had a good showing. Fale and Tanahashi have a stair down after the match as Fale’s music plays.

Hangman Page & Chase Owens vs Kazuchika Okada & Gedo

  • Gedo and Chase kick of this match. Good double team move in this match a few minutes in as Chase tags Hangman, Hangman hits a shooting star as Chase hits a jumping knee. Okada gets a tag and runs wild on both Page and Chase Owens until a clothesline from Page. We don’t get too much of Okada Vs Page until Chase and Gedo both get tags. Page hits a double Buckshot lariat, throws Okada outsideand hits a shooting star shoulder tackle on Okada while Chase Owens pins Gedo with a package Piledriver. After the match Page faced down Okada, saying “I don’t want this tomorrow, I want you at your best” to Okada.

G1 Climax Tournament Matches

Tama Tonga W/ Tonga Loa vs Sanada

  • Sanada comes out second and he comes out alone. This starts with some good clean wrestling which both guys seem pretty even. Tama Tonga tries to get Sanada in the Paradise lock. When Tonga Loa got involved with a clothesline outside the ref pushed Tonga Loa all the way out, kicking kin from ringside. When the ref gets taken out the previously eject Tonga Loa and Bad Luck Fale attack Sanada and hit a huge powerbomb on him. Tama Tonga get a very close near fall but moments later Tonga Loa gets on the apron, Sanada runs Tama Tonga into his brother and rolls him up for the win. Winner with his first two points, Sanada.

Zack Sabre Jr W/ Taka Michinoku vs Toru Yano

  • Noteable different in the ring announcing by Taka was that instead of saying submission master, Taka said “he is wrestling master”. This is following on from when Zack said he was the best technical wrestler and is moving on to become the best all round wrestler. In this match Yano is still trying to wrestle more but it’s not working well against ZSJ. They fight outside a lot and Zack keeps trying to get a countout victory but it doesn’t work. Yano is nearly called unconscious at one point. Yano eventually has to revert to taking the corner padding off but it doesn’t help him as ZSJ rolled Yano up for the victory. Zack wins and gains his first two points. Zack finished last year’s tournament with 10 points on his first G1. Winner ZSJ.

Kota Ibushi vs Juice Robinson

  • Juice comes out looking like a very colourful pirate with flashing glasses. Juice still cannot used his left hand as it’s not 100% healed and still in a cast. Kevin Kelly said on Commentary that Juice was told his hand is 70% healed by the doctor. Ibushi is more over in Korakuen and you can even hear some boos for Juice because of it. Juice is really good in this match but he is against Ibushi. Ibushi hits an insane rana out of nowhere off the ring apron and a huge Moonsalt off the ring post, yes the ring Post. After one hell of a match Kota hits the Kamigoye on Juice for the win. Winner Kota Ibushi.

Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito

  • Naito comes out first dressed in his white suit with black shirt, he makes Ishii wait for him ymto undress. The crowd seem split but the Naito fans sound louder, they start with a lock up. These two end up in a chop battle but Ishii just no-sells Naito’s chops. Ishii chops Naito until his chest is red but continues to no-sell Naito’s offence. Naito gets Ishii in the corner and pisses him off by spitting on Ishii. Ishii gets up and punches Naito in the face and he goes down. Ishii looks very angry in this match and even resorts to throat chops. Both guys really take it to each other in this match but after a double down the Ishii chants start to get louder, Naito chants are still loud. Ishii gets a nice near fall with a last ride powerbomb then goes for brainbust but Naito reversed, then Ishii reversed with two clotheslines. Ishii goes for a brainbuster again but it’s reversed into a Destino but Ishii kicks out. Naito hits another Destino, clean and pins Ishii for his first two points. Winner Naito.

Kenny Omega vs Hirooki Goto

  • We have the IWGP Never Openweight Champion vs the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in this match. This match spills into the bleachers and Kenny hit Goto with bodyslam on the flat wooden seats up there which seemed to have hurt Goto’s leg. Kenny then hit a Moonsalt from a handrail next to the seats. Back in the ring Kenny was on offence until Goto cut him off for the double down. Goto took advantage after that. Goto looked good in this match and Kenny looked as good as always, very fast paced match. Winner with a One Winged Angle and two earn another two points, Kenny Omega. After the match Kenny cut a promo in Japanese which he finished with “Goodbye and Good night, Bang.”

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 – 4
  • Kota Ibushi – 4
  • Toru Yano – 0
  • Juice Robinson – 0
  • Sanada – 2
  • Zack Sabre Jr – 2
  • Tetsuya Naito – 2

Remember you can view my G1 Climax Primer anytime and I preview the entire tournament, you can also view my day 3 post, day 2 post and day 1 post.

I will have results from EVERY NIGHT of the G1 Climax this year so don’t hesitate to bookmark this site. See you tomorrow for the next night of A-Block action.

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