NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 11 – July 30th
On night eleven of this year’s G1 Climax tournament we have another night of A Block action, headlined by Michael Elgin vs Kazuchika Okada.
The show kicks off with the G1 Climax tournament Video Package showing heights and weights of competitors in the tournament. This is a good video package with lots of details.
Shota Umino & Toa Henare vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay
- It is the beginningof this match where Kevin Kelly announced that the C Block match that between Finlay and Henare that was set to be on the final of this tournament has been changed to a tag match due to an injury to Jado. This was a good opener with not much on the line but the crowd seemed to enjoy. Finlay pinned Shota after hitting a Stunner, Henare and Juice fight on the ramp. Winners Juice Robinson and David Finlay.
Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa vs Tomohiro Ishii & SHO
- Ishii still has bruising on his right eye from his intense match against Ibushi. Firing Squad jumps SHO and Ishii to start but Ishii tags SHO and they fight back briefly. Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa isolate SHO as they make frequent tags. SHO got some good offence in and Ishii would get into a striking battle with Tama Tonga and they eventually fight to ringside as Tonga Loa & SHO were legal. Tonga Loa hits SHO with his sit down Piledriver for the win. Winners Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa.
Tetsuya Naito & Sanada vs Toru Yano and Gedo
- This match starts with Gedo vs Sanada after Naito doesn’t want to tag so neither does Yano. This match started with lots of hair pulling from Gedo pulling Sanada’s hair, Naito pulls Gedo’s beard and Yano pulls Naito’s hair. Hair pulling almost became the story of this match. Not much else to say except Sanada taps out Gedo with Skull End for the win. Winner Tetsuya Naito & Sanada.
Kenny Omega & Chase Owens vs Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku
- Kenny Omega and Chase Owens work well as a team in this match. And This match is setting up the singles match between Kenny Omega and Zack Sabre Jr on August 1st. Kenny and Chase tag frequently and take advantage early. When Taka gets a crossface on Chase, Kenny comes in and Zack runs acros the ring and quickly gets Kenny in an Octopus hold but Kenny can fall on Taka to break it up. Zack escapes a “You Can’t Escape” before Kenny could say the full line and ZSJ gets him in a sleeper. This match ended with Chase hitting a package Piledriver on Taka for the win. Winners Kenny Omega & Chase Owens.
Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi vs Hirooki Goto & YOH
- Kota and Takahashi work well as a team here and they beat on YOH for a while until Goto gets a tag. Goto clotheslines Ibushi and suplexs Yujiro onto Ibushi. These tags are good for getting in spots for everyone and most of these matches, everyone comes out looking good. YOH got some good roll up 2 counts until Ibushi flys in out of nowhere with a missile dropkick leading to Yujiro Takahashi hitting a DDT called Pimp Juice for the win. Winners Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi.
G1 Climax tournament Matches
Bad Luck Fale vs Togi Makabe
- This match was short and a whole lot of the previous interference from the Tongans with Togi Makabe fighting hard and not giving up. Eventually Togi Makabe takes down the big Bad Luck Fale. Togi Makabe starts to get the upper hand and look like he could win until Tonga Loa pulls the referee out of the Ring and jumps Togi Makabe. Not a great match, Fale pins Togi Makabe after interference. Winner with another two points, Bad Luck Fale.
Hangman Page vs Switchblade Jay White
- Jay White targets Page’s back early in this match, slamming Page back first into the ring apron and the barrier, one after another after another. They do a few spots on the apron including Jay pushing Hangman from the top rope and Page bounces off the apron and to the floor. Jay White threatens to use a chair but the referee got in Jay’s face, pushing him and pointing. Jay White got Hangman in position for the Bladerunner but Page spat in Jay’s which led to Jay getting the chair again but hey man kicked it back in his face. Page picked up the chair but gave it to the referee to get it out of the Ring. What are the referee had his back turned Jay hits Hangman with a low blow and Bladerunner for the win. Winner Jay White.
EVIL vs Minoru Suzuki
- This starts quick as Suzuki attacks EVIL as he gets in the ring. Suzuki takes EVIL to ringside where he attacks EVIL with chairs and railings. Back in the ring Suzuki wears down EVIL and they end up fighting at ringside again where Suzuki tries to use a chair on EVIL’s arm but Red Shoes stops him and EVIL takes over here when he wraps a chair round the head of Suzuki and hits it off with another chair, baseball style. This match was a fight and probably best match of the nightso far. EVIL reversed a sleeper and Gotch Style Piledriver into Everything is EVIL but Suzuki reversed it last second back into the sleeper and hits the GSP for the win. Winner Minoru Suzuki.
YOSHI-HASHI vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
- While YOSHI-HASHI makes his entrance Rocky Romero says YOSHI-HASHI looks worried, I personally think he aleaysblooks like that, YOSHI-HASHI constantly has a “Deer in the headlights” look. YOSHI-HASHI looks better in this match as it goes on as Tanahashi works very hard to make YOSHI-HASHI look good and get this match over, Tanahashiis the Ace and and obviously really good. Tanahashi misses a High Fly Flow to a standing YOSHI-HASHI which could have hurt his knee but in the end, Tanahashi reversed YOSHI-HASHI’s finish and rolled him up for the win. Not much too this match. Winner Tanahashi.
Kazuchika Okada vs Michael Elgin
- This match starts off slower with Okada showing off his muscles to tease Elgin. Okada recently called Elgin dumb multiple times in an interview so that’s what he’s playing off. Michael Elgin shows of his power multiple times in the match with big chops, suplexs and even catching a flying crossbody. After a few minutes of back and forth Elgin hits a huge sit down powerbomb for a great nearfall. Okada wins this after multiple reversals from both guy and Okada hits a 360 Rainmaker and a traditional Rainmaker for the three count. Winner, with eight points Kazuchika Okada.