NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 9 – July 27th, 2018
As usual, this show will have tag matches to set up singles matches for the following show.
This show is Live.
This show starts with the G1 Climax tournament Video Package then Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero introduced use to the show.
YOH & Hirooki Goto vs Toa Henare & Shota Umino
- This is a fast paced match to open the show with both Henare and Umino taking it to Hirooki Goto but it didn’t last long as Goto takes over and tags in YOH. YOH & Goto tag quickly back and forth they target Henare. Henare finally gets a tag to Shota Umino and they double team YOH. YOH gets a very good nearfall on Shota with a falcon arrow, followed up with a high angle Boston Crap with Shota tries to fight out of but eventually taps. Winners Hirooki Goto & YOH.
Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku vs Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa
- This started off with Taka Michinoku cutting his promo about Zack Sabre Jr, followed by Tonga Loa cutting a promo about him and his brother. The match starts with Taka against Tonga Loa but the Tongans get the heat on Taka. This was setting up Zack vs Tama for the next night but Tonga Loa pinned Taka with his sit down Piledriver for the win. Winners Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa.
Toru Yano & Gedo vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay
- This match was setting up two matches, the first match was a singles match for tomorrow between Juice vs Yano. If Juice wins he gets his first points on the board and if he loses he mathematically gets eliminated but will still continue in the matches. The second match this tag match was setting up is the one and only C Block match at the end of the tournament between Henare and Finlay. Finlay win this match for his team by pinning Gedo with a Stunner. Winner Juice Robinson & David Finlay.
Tomohiro Ishii & SHO vs Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
- Ibushi will be facing Ishii tomorrow and therefore are going for one another with big strikes including a very loud palm strike from Ibushi. This was a good set up for the next night with Ibushi and Ishii staring each other down after the match. SHO pinned Yujiro Takahashi with his finisher for the win. Winners Ishii and SHO.
Sanada & Naito vs Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
- Kenny has already faces Naito in this tournament but is yet to face Sanada. This is a very fun tag match, if you were going to watch one, watch this one. Kenny and Chase had some interesting double team moves including a row boat style move with all four guys with both Kenny and Chase pulling on the legs of Sanada and Naito. Lots of good stuff here, Naito pins Chase Owens with a Destino to win. Winners Sanada and Tetsuya Naito.
G1 Climax tournament Matches
Minoru Suzuki vs Michael Elgin
- This tournament match starts hard with Suzuki backing Elgin up to the ropes and chopping him. They quickly brawl to the outside after Elgin shows his power when Suzuki targets the arm of Elgin. They fight at ringside and through the crowd as Suzuki continues to target the right arm of Elgin with chairs and using the barrier. Suzuki gets ion the ring, looking for a countout victory but Elgin gets back in. Inside the ring Minoru Suzuki goes after the arm of Elgin viciously but Elgin is difficult to keep down as he powers out of almost anything. Elgin hits a bucklebomb on Suzuki and went for another one when he picked up Suzuki, he slipped out, tuning it into a sleeper. They both reversed finishers until Suzuki hit a GSP out of nowhere for the win. Winner, with six points, Suzuki.
Hangman Page vs EVIL
- This starts with EVIL slapping the chest of Page which just gets the Hangman fired up. They almost immediately fight to ringside where EVIL throws Page into all four barriers. This match was very good, both guys hit thier signature moves and Hangman Page has been getting over with the fans in attendance even while losing against Kazuchika Okada & Tanahashi to name just two. Hangman ends up with blood in his mouth in this match but didn’t seem to be anything too bad, he still had all his teeth as far as I could see. The last minute of the match was reversal after reversal until EVIL hit the Everything is EVIL for the win. Winner and leading A Block at this time with eight points, EVIL.
Switchblade Jay White vs Bad Luck Fale
- Jay White takes out Tonga Loa before the bell and trys to attack Fale while he’s on his own but Fale is too strong and throws Jay White into the corner head first. Fale goes for a chair but Red Shoes stops him, at this point Tonga Loa gets up and body slams Jay White on the floor at ringside. Fale and Jay White brawl throughout the sold out crowd. At one point Jay shoves Fale back first into the barrier and takes out all the announce teams, leaving the English Commentary silent and Japanese Commentary on the floor. Jay needs to watch out for this as he hurt Jim Ross like that. In the end Tama Tonga came down after Red Shoes took a bump and Fale pinned Jay White with a Bad Luck Fall. No commentary for most of this match because of Jay White. Winner Bad Luck Fale.
Togi Makabe vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
- This starts slower than other matches with some more traditional wrestling from Togi Makabe as he starts targeting the leg of Tanahashi. Tanahashi fights back and hits a second rope senton. These two fight back and forth but Tanahashi was just too much for Togi Makabe a High Fly Flow to a standing Makabe then another High Fly Flow to Makabe on the mat for a three count. Winner and joining EVIL with eight points, Hiroshi Tanahashi.
YOSHI-HASHI vs Kazuchika Okada
- This match started with Okada throwing his shirt at YOSHI-HASHI making him take it to Okada early, taking it to ringside but these two don’t take out the commentary team like Jay White did. The crowd seemed behind YOSHI-HASHI but I don’t think they really believe he could win as Okada tries to give YOSHI-HASHI some good nearfalls but the crowd barely reacts, but they do react to Okada’s big moves being reversed. YOSHI-HASHI works the butterfly lock but I just think this move looks so weak even with Okada’s great selling. Okada is working as hard as he can to get YOSHI-HASHI over as a possible winner and the longer this match goes the better of a reaction YOSHI-HASHI gets. Just as the crowd peak with interest in a possible YOSHI-HASHI victory, Okada hit a spinning clothesline(Flying Rainmaker) then a Rainmaker for the win. Winner and with six points, Kazuchika Okada.