NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 5 – July 20th, 2018

On night five of this year’s G1 Climax tournament we have the second night of B Block action, headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs Hangman Page. Other tournament Matches on this show are Togi Makabe vs EVIL & YOSHI-HASHI vs Minoru Suzuki. This show is FREE on njpwworld. This show is Live from Korakuen Hall.

To view my preview post for this show, Click Here.

This show kicked off with the G1 Climax tournament Video Package. Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero on English Commentary again.

Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku vs Shota Umino & Toa Henare

  • This started with Taka Michinoku cutting his promo about Zack Sabre Jr. Shota took tg e early heat until he got a very mild tag to Henare. After Henare getting the better of ZSJ briefly he made a tag to Shota, who then got tied up by Zack. It doesn’t take long for Zack to tap out Shota. A good showcase here for Zack Sabre Jr. Winners Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku.

Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi vs Toru Yano & Gedo

  • Jedo was replaced in this match by Gedo, I’m assuming it was injury related as he is only recently returning to New Japan. Toru Yano looked to get back to his old ways but stopped and when strike for strike with Kota. Yano then took the corner pad off. This was a short fun tag match setting up Yano vs Kota Ibushi tomorrow. Yujiro Takahashi pins Gedo. Winner Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi.

Sanada & Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay

  • Naito goes straight to the 70% healed left hand of Juice. This match is setting up Naito vs Juice tomorrow night in B Block. Naito attacks Juice’s hand outside the ring, leaving Finlay to fend for himself. Juice makes a comeback but it’s not enough when Sanada taps out Finlay with a standing Skull End. Winners Sanada and Tetsuya Naito.

Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa vs Chase Owens & Kenny Omega

  • This starts off fast with Chase and Kenny jumping in the ring and getting jumped. Tama Tonga vs Kenny Omega is tomorrow and this is a teaser for that match. This wasn’t just a tag match but more like Lucha rules with both guys in from both teams most of the times with fighting ringside other times. This finished with Tama Tonga hitting a Gun Stun on Kenny and Chase, then Tonga Loa hit Chase with his sit down Piledriver for the win. After the match Tama Tonga runs back to the ring to hit a Gun Stun on Kenny while Omega was helping Chase. Winners, G.O.D, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa.

Tomohiro Ishii & SHO vs Hirooki Goto & YOH

  • Ishii and SHO comes out first, followed by Hirooki Goto and YOH and Rocky Romero isn’t happy with Roppongi 3K facing each other on Commentary. Tomohiro Ishii vs Hirooki Goto will be tomorrow’s main event and this tag match is a preview, I’m assuming if Ishii can beat Goto tomorrow he will get a Never Openweight Championship shot at a later date. Both SHO and YOH look good here teaming with respective main eventers. YOH has a good showing here against Ishii until Ishii hit a brainbuster for the win. Winners Ishii and SHO.

G1 Climax tournament Matches

Switchblade Jay White vs Michael Elgin

  • Elgin shows he is much more powerful in the early stages of this match by catching Jay’s Chops and chopping Jay White out of the ring. Elgin follows up with a dive. Elgin shows his power at ringside until Jay White reversed a suplex on the chairs. Switchblade will try anything, including cheating and fighting dirty to keep the upper hand against Elgin but Elgin’s power is too much for Jay and 10 minutes in they are both down. A few minutes later these two fight on the ring apron, Jay White foes for a leg trap suplex on Elgin but Elgin reversed and they both go tumbling down to the mat. Jay White nearly finished Michael Elgin in the ring but Elgin exploded with a cone back with the crowd was very into and got a great nearfall. Unfortunately the ref takes a bump and Jay White hit Michael Elgin with a lowblow and Bladerunner for the win. The crowd booed the lowblow and it kind of spoiled a otherwise very good match. Winner Switchblade Jay White.

YOSHI-HASHI vs Minoru Suzuki

  • This started of quick with fightingringside almost immediately. Suzuki absolutely killed YOSHI-HASHI with a chair near the fans. Back in the ring, Suzuki absolutely killed YOSHI-HASHI with chops, slaps and elbows. YOSHI-HASHI makes a comeback with most of his offence looks m quiet bad, he misses an elbow and makes other bits look sloppy like his move, the head hunter. Suzuki takes over again and looks for a GSP (Gotch Style Piledriver) but YOSHI-HASHI fights back again and looks for his butterfly lock submission. The crowd seems to be laughing at YOSHI-HASHI but when Suzuki hits a great dropkick and the crowd explodes. Suzuki fights out of YOSHI-HASHI’s attempt at wrestling, elbows him in the face with an elbow hard and a GSP for the win. Winner Minoru Suzuki.

“King Of Darkness” EVIL vs Togi Makabe

  • Makabe goes straight to EVIL and gets in his face immediately. The bell rings and they go straight at it. They brawl ringside then eventually EVIL tries to get a countout win but Makabe get in at 17, they then fight all the way to the top of the stands and back. EVIL gets a good nearfall with an “Evil Falls” then they exchange clotheslines 3 or 4 times and EVIL hits Everything is EVIL for the win. Winner EVIL.

Bad Luck Fale W/ Tonga Loa vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • Tanahashi targets the leg of Fale in the early stages until Fale throws Tanahashi over the barrier and onto the announce table. This is where Tonga Loa got involved first, while Fale had a chair in the ring the ref was trying to get it away and Tonga Loa stomped on Tanahashi. Tanahashi would continue to target the leg of the much larger Fale but Fake took most of this match, showing off his size and power while in the ring with New Japan’s Ace. Really good nearfall with with a Grenade from Bad Luck Fale until a slingbade and a High Fly Flow but Red Shoes was taken out of the ring. Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa and Bad Luck Fale all beat on Tanahashi until red shoes gets back in, goes to count for some reason but puts his fingers up at the BC Firing Squad and DQs Fale. Good match,, finish kind of sucked with more interference but Tanahashi winning was good. Winner Tanahashi.

Kazuchika Okada vs Hangman Page

  • Kazuchika plays off the smile he had in the press conference while tripping over Hangman with drop toe holds but Hangman quickly takes over, shouting ” This is Okada now.” They brawl to ringside where Okada kicks Hangman into the crowd. Back in the ring, Page get those “Killer eyes” and tries to finish Okada with a swinging backbreaker from the top rope, Okada rolls out of the ring so not to get pinned but Page hits a huge Moonsalt to the floor and a buckshot lariat for a good nearfall, the crowd goes wild. At the 15 minute mark both guys climb to their feet and start exchanging strikes with elbows, kick, upoercuts and forearms. We that see Okada’s dropkick. Page reverses the rainmaker once but moments later, Okada hits another Rainmaker for the in and his first 2 points. Winner Okada.

The points in this G1 Climax tournament at this point.

A Block

  • Jay White – 6
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 4
  • Michael Elgin – 4
  • Hangman Page – 2
  • Togi Makabe – 4
  • Kazuchika Okada – 2
  • Minoru Suzuki – 2
  • EVIL – 4
  • 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

You can also view my G1 Climax Primer anytime and I preview the entire tournament, you can also view my previous posts; Day 1 post, day 2, day 3, and Day 4

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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