NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 13 – August 2nd, 2018
The thirteenth show of the G1 Climax 28 is headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki, also on this show is Hiroshi Tanahashi vs EVIL.
Shota Umino & Henare vs Gedo & Toru Yano
- Gedo does a Haka to insult Henare but Henare quickly comes back and when Gedo is down, Henare does his Haka. Yano is tagged in and takes his team’s corner padding off and throws Henare into the exposed buckle a few times. This didn’t last too long and Yano shoved Shota Umino into the exposed buckle, tripped him and pinned him. Winners Gedo and Toru Yano.
Hirooki Goto & YOH vs Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa
- This starts with a jump start as the Tongans target YOH early on. Not much happened in this match, Tonga Loa pinned YOH with his sit down Piledriver for the win. Winners Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa.
Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku vs Juice Robinson & David Finlay
- Zack and Taka get the heat on Finlay and Zack looks like he’s going to tear Finlay’s arms off with his submissions. Juice gets a tag and he runs wild until he and Zack trade shots, when Juice starts to win with the strikes Zack counters. Zack Sabre stretches Juice at ringside as Taka tries to tap out Finlay. While Zack and Juice fight outside, Finlay counters Taka and hits a Stunner for the win. Winners Juice Robinson and David Finlay.
Tomohiro Ishii & SHO vs Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
- SHO starts with Chase, Chase gets the upper hand and tags in Kenny. Kenny and Chase tag quickly while attacking SHO’s groin area but pulling each leg separate ways. Ishii finally gets a tag and takes out Kenny with a powerslam then takes it to Chase with forearms and chops. Chase and Kenny double team Ishii for a two count but SHO breaks it up. Kenny throws SHO out of the ring and follows him, leaving Ishii and Chase in the ring. Chase gets a nearfall on Ishii and goes for a package Piledriver on Ishii but SHO breaks it up, Chase holds SHO while Kenny Superkicks him but Ishii pulls SHO out of the way and Kenny kicks Chase. Kenny and Chase take German Suplexs and Ishii finishes Chase with a brainbuster. Winners Tomohiro Ishii & SHO.
Tetsuya Naito & Sanada vs Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi
- Yujiro and Sanada kick this match off. This match is setting up a match between Naito and Ibushi on the following show. When Kota tags in he goes one-on-onewith Naito and Kota gets the upper hand with his speed and striking but Naito slowed Kota down with a dropkick to the knee. Naito and Kota fight to a double down and both tag out. This one ended quickly with Tetsuya Naito holding Kota in a knee bar while Sanada tapped out Yujiro Takahashi with the Skull End. Winners Tetsuya Naito & Sanada.
G1 Climax tournament Matches
Michael Elgin vs Bad Luck Fale
- This starts off physical with these two big men. For a change, Elgin is the smaller man here and Fale has the obvious strength advantage, especially with Elgin’s injured bicep. Fale targets the bicep with multiple different moves, including a big splash on the arm. Elgin makes a comeback while selling the arm but Fale is too strong in this stage of the match. Big Mike is using his other arm and kicks to finally get a two count on Fale and the crowd chant for Elgin. Fake shoves Mike into the ref when Tonga Loa gets in the ring, Elgin suplexs Tonga Loa out of the ring and bodyslams Fale. But Tama Tonga runs down with a chair and beats up Elgin for a long time with the chair. Young Lions also get taken out by Tama with the chair. Winner by disqualification, Michael Elgin.
Hangman Page vs Togi Makabe
- This starts with stiff looking shoulder tackles with Makabe getting the advantage early but Page speeds things up, hits a dive and throws Togi all around the ringside into the barriers. Back in the ring Hangman shows his strength and power by beating down Makabe and even deadlifting Togi, suplexing him and bridging for the pin, Hangman got an applause. They trade strikes while Rocky and Kevin Kelly point out that both men are mathematically eliminated. Togi Makabe goes for the spider German Suplex, Hangman fights out but Makabe gets a belly to belly suplex but misses the Knee Drop. They trade Clotheslines until Hangman drops to a knee. Hangman hits a buckshot lariat then a huge Right Of Passage for the win. Winner Hangman Page.
Switchblade Jay White vs YOSHI-HASHI
- Jay White gets the jump start on YOSHI-HASHI while shouting ” Yesterday didn’t need to happen.” They fight to ringside and Jay says “There’s my friends” and runs YOSHI-HASHI into the barrier in front of the English commentary team over and over, Kevin Kelly yells” You already knocked us off the air three God damn times!” Jay White rolls YOSHI-HASHI back in and starts to tie up YOSHI-HASHI with submissions. Jay gets a chair and threatens to use it on YOSHI-HASHI to make him learn but while he’s distracted with the ref, YOSHI-HASHI drop kicks the chair into thebfsce of Jay White. This match had some back and forth but Switchblade controlled most of the match. In the end, Jay White reversed YOSHI-HASHI’S finisher and hits the Bladerunner for the win. Winner Switchblade Jay White.
EVIL vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
- EVIL dominates for the first five minutes as he targets Tanahashi’s arm, the crowd cheer for Tanahashi. Tanahashi makes a comeback as they fight to the outside but EVIL stops Tanahashi with a big clothesline on the floor. As Tanahashi rolls back in the ring at 17, EVIL continues to control the match for a few more minutes but Tanahashi comes back and gets a Dragon Screw leg whip and a High Fly Flow to a standing EVIL but when Tanahashi went for another to EVIL, he moved. They have a minute or two where they reverse everything until Tanahashi hits Everything is EVIL and a High Fly Flow on EVIL for the win. Winner Tanahashi.
Minoru Suzuki vs Kazuchika Okada
- Suzuki jumps Okada before the official opening and Suzuki takes Okada to ringside and through the crowd. Suzuki uses chairs and railings to attack Okada and threatens the ref too. Okada makes a brief comeback but Suzuki throws Okada into the fans and through the chairs. Multiple chair shots to Okada as he is down, the fans cheer Okada and Suzuki hits the barrier in front of fans, scaring people. Okada finally gets in the ring at 19 but Suzuki quickly takes it to Okada with an armbar on the ropes and a boymot to the face, sending Okada off the Ring and back first into the barrier. Okada rolls in slowly at 19 at the five minute mark. Suzuki chokes Okada with his t-shirt. Okada makes another brief comeback but Suzuki starts to target the arm to potentially prevent the Rainmaker later. Suzuki invites Okada to hit him but Okada can’t hit hard enough as his arm is hurt, Suzuki laughs and his Okada really hard, lots. They hit each other for a long time and end up slapping each other across the face very hard. Okada tries 2 tombstones but get kneed instead. Okada finally hits the tombstone on Suzuki and goes for a Rainmaker but is stopped by a palm strike to the jaw. Okada gets Suzuki in a sleeper and goes for a Gotch Style Piledriver but Suzuki stops it. Okada and Suzuki both go for tombstones but but Okada hits a Gotch Style Tombstone. Okada hits a series of Rainmakers for the win. Epic Battle here! Winner Kazuchika Okada.