NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 16 – August 8th, 2018
This show is headlined by Sanada vs Tetsuya Naito. For the first time ever the Los Ingobernables De Japon team mates will face off against each other in a singles match and Sanada could be the spoiler for Naito. Also on this show is Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano.
Michael Elgin & Shota Umino vs Togi Makabe & Toa Henare
- This starts with Elgin and Makabe facing off and shoulder tackling each other until they both stumble backwards into their corners and Shota and Henare tag in. While Elgin and Makabe fight on the outside, Henare gets a really good nearfall on Shota with a Samoan Drop. Henare pins Shota with a uranogi. Winners Togi Makabe and Toa Henare.
YOSHI-HASHI & SHO vs Hangman Page & Chase Owens
- This starts with Hangman against YOSHI-HASHI, setting up their match in the Block Finals. YOSHI-HASHI gets the headhunter on Page but when Chase stops the dropkick, Page comes back with the buckshot lariat. SHO tags in and takes Chase off the apron then targeting Page in the corner but it did last as when Chase got back in the ring when Page is almost in an Armbar. Chase hits a Jewel Heist to set up Hangman Page pinning SHO with a Right Of Passage. Winners Hangman Page and Chase Owens.
Minoru Suzuki & El Desperado vs Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa
- Suzuki-gunjump Bad Luck Fale and Tanga Loa to kick this off. Suzuki and Fake fight all the way to the back wall with chairs and throwing each other into the walls, all this while Deperado and Tanga Loa fight in the crowd on the other side of the arena. Suzuki trys a GSP on Fale but it’s reversed into a backdrop and a Samoan Drop. Tanga Loa hits his sit down Piledriver for a pinfall victory over El Desperado. After the match Suzuki and Fale continued fighting and Tanga Loa had to leave on his own. Winners Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa.
EVIL & BUSHI vs Switchblade Jay White & YOH
- YOH is still the unfortunate tag partnerof Jay White and the story is they are still not getting along. Jay White starts the match but immediately tags out. YOH worked most if this match against both BUSHI and EVIL while.Jay was shouting “encouragement” from the side. YOH had a good showing here but in the end BUSHI pinned YOH as Jay walks away. Winners BUSHI & EVIL.
Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs Tanahashi & David Finlay
- Okada and Tanahashi start this with a lock up which ends with them up against the ropes, Tanahashi takes the first shot and grabs a headlock. They fight over the headlock for a while but the Finlay tags in and when Okada get the upper hand he tags Gedo. Finlay reversed a Gedo Clutch pin and stopped a thrust kick then hit a Stunner in Gedo for the win. After the match Tanahashi and Okada started to fight but was pulled apart so Okada climbed on the English Commentary table and gets the fans to cheer, then Tanahashi does the same on the Japanese Commentary Table. Winners Tanahashi & David Finlay.
G1 Climax Tournament Matches
Tomohiro Ishii vs Juice Robinson
- This starts off hard with some shoulder tackles. They run into each other, bouncing off the corners and ropes until Juice take Ishii down, they move onto chops and strikes. Juice starts to get the better of Ishii but struggles to keep the stone pit bull down. This was anotger really good match with lots of back and forth but in the end Ishii is too much for the US Heavyweight Champion Juice Robinson. Ishii pins Juice with a big Brianbuster to surely set up a championship in the future. Isjii has now pinned the US Heavyweight Champion, The Never Openweight Champion and the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Winner Tomohiro Ishii.
Zack Sabre Jr vs Hirooki Goto
- They start this off with some heavy strikes which Goto comes out on top, this spills to the outside quickly and Got throws Zack into the barriers hard. Zack reversed Goto into Armbar on the outside, Goto got back in the ring at a count of 18. Zack begun to punish Goto while targeting the arm like only Zack Sabre Jr can do. Goto fights back but continues to sell the arm, giving Zack an opportunity to get back to submissions. Zack starts to wear down Goto with the kicks to the chest but Goto reverses but finds himself wrapped up again by Zack. Zack goes for his signature bridging pin but gets a two. Moments later Goto goes for the GTR but Zack reversed and rolls Goto and bridges over him for the win. Winner Zack Sabre Jr.
Tama Tonga vs Kota Ibushi
- Tama leaves the ring when Kota’s music hits and goes into the crowd. Tama Tonga jumps Kota on the ramp from behind, leading to Tama beating Kota all around ringside. Tama starts to wear down Kota with headlocks and sleepers, Tama Tonga then headbutts Kota in the corner. At the five minute mark the crowd cheers Ibushi on and he starts to make a comeback with a nice dropkick. When Kota goes for a cross slash moonsalt, Tama stops him and knocks Kota off the ropes and outside. Tama Tonga takes advantage and drags Kota into the crowd but when they get to the back wall Kota reversed an Irish whip and throws Tama into the wall. Kota then disappears through a door and appears upstairs, Kota gets the crowd behind him, walks along a railing on the second floor balcony and Moonsalts off the balcony into darkness taking out Tama and a load of Young Lions. The crowd loved this, obviously, and cheers “Ibushi”. Ibushi takes this back towards the ring and climbs back up to the top rope after throwing Tama in the ring. This is where Tanga Loa finally got involved, grabbing the leg of Ibushi allowing Tama to get up. Tama Tonga goes for a Gun Stun but Ibushi reversed and Tama hit into the ref, who went flying out of the ring. At this point Bad Luck Fale came down and clotheslines Kota Ibushi but Omega comes down and V-Triggers Fale, Tanga Loa spears Omega, Kota kicks Tanga and Kota hits a clothesline on Tama when the ref gets back in only Tama and Kota are in the ring. Ibushi goes for a Kamigoye but Tama reversed it into a pop up Gun Stun for the win. After the match the BCOGs beat up Kota and Kenny, powerbombing Kenny on his head. Hangman and Chase run down for the save. Kenny stays in the ring, laying down, looking nearly out when they decide to go to the next match. Winner Tama Tonga.
Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano
- Toru Yano’s music plays while Chase and Hangman check on Omega who is still laid out in the ring. The bell sounds and Yano pins Kenny but only gets two, he then rushes to take off all the turnbuckle pads off and sends Kenny into three of the exposed corners. Yano throws Kenny into the corner but Chase lays over the top to stop Kenny hitting the metal. Chase also puts the padding back when Kenny is thrown into the corner but removes it when Yano jumps on Kenny but Kenny moves, making Yano hit the exposed metal. Yano lays down all the corner pads in the middle of the ring and suplexed Kenny onto them, Kenny hit them and realised it didn’t hurt. They proceed to hit each other with pads until Yano hits a “Dragon Screw Turnbuckle Pad Whip” when he grabbed Kenny’s pad, sending Kenny outside. Toru Yano tapes Kenny Omega to Ren Narita, a young lion, and throws Narita over the barrier in front of the commentary team but Omega got back in with Narita still attached at 19. Yano low blowed Kenny but also got the ref and that’s when the Tongans came down, Gun Stunned Yano and beat up Chase and Hangman at ringside. Tama hits a Gun Stun on Kenny Omega and laid Yano over Kenny then left. The ref woke up and counted the pin. Winner Toru Yano.
Sanada vs Tetsuya Naito
- This starts with a fist bump but Niato sends Sanada into the corner, Sanda flips over it but Naito knocks Sanada off the apron, Naito goes for his Tranquillo pose but Sanada pulls Naito outside gets in the ring, goes for a dive but stops himself and flips back in. They then start to wrestle a bit slower but not for long as Natio reverses Sanada jumping up on the ropes and deliverers a revers DDT to the knee and Sanada rolls outside. Sanada gets back in at 16.and Naito starts to toy with Sanada, Naito spits in Sanada’s face, Sanada then spits in Naito’s face. Faced paced match with these two knowing each other very well, Sanada reversed a Detino into a Skull End but Naito gets out. Naito goes for a Destino again but Sanada turns it into a suplex. Sanada hits a missile dropkick from the top rope into the back of Naito’s head. Sanada kick out of a Destino then hits one of his own, Naito picks out at two. Sanada gets the Skull End locked in until Naito looks like he’s out then Sanada tries a Moonsalt but Naito moves. Naito hits a huge flying forearm and tries Destino but it’s reversed. The last fee minutes was reversal after reversal, Sanada hit his head on the corner in a very awkward angle then a German suplex on his head. Naito reversed Sanada into a Destino for the win. Winner Naito. After the match they have a LIJ fist bump without Hiromu Takahashi, Naito says he doesn’t know when Hiromu will be back but “Come back when you can.” They hold up Hiromu’s jacket in his place and they all leave together.