NJPW G1 Climax 28 Night 6 Results & Ratings

July 21, 2018

 

G1 Climax 28, Night 6, 21/7/2018, results and review.

 

Mike Elgin & Ren Narita vs. SHO & Yoshi Hashi

 

Side headlock by Narita which turns into a test of strength as they hit the ropes and run into each other. Narita knocks down SHO. Kicks to Narita. Yoshi and Elgin go at it on the outside of the ring. Tag to Yoshi as he stomps on Narita, stiff shot and a big suplex follows for a two count. Elgin tried to get the crowd into the match, as both men start chopping each other. Narita hits a big drop kick and makes the tag to Elgin who knocks down Yoshi. Vertical suplex by Elgin and then a bridge suplex for a two count. Stiff shot to Yoshi who responds with a chop but Elgin gives one back even harder. Yoshi hits a lariat and knocks Elgin down. Tag to SHO, they then double team Elgin but instead Elgin hits a combination move on both men. Narita is in now and he’s fired up hitting, back and forth shot between SHO and Narita, Yoshi sends Elgin to the outside and Narita gets a near fall with a cradle. SHO knocks down Narita and then hits a power slam for a two count. Back German suplex to Narita for the three count and SHO and Yoshi-Hashi get the win. (**)

 

Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa vs. Bushi & Evil

 

Tanga starts off against Bushi, but Tanga hits Evil off the ring apron. Bushi runs the ropes and dives on the outside to Fale. Evil comes in and kicks Tanga then goes on the outside and begins to work over Fale. Irish whip on Evil by Fale into the guard rail, then they go into the crowd and brawl. All four men are now in the crowd as the referee tries to get them back in. Things are out of control now. Tanga throws Bushi over the guard rail onto the floor. Fale finally drags Evil back to the ring through the crowd. Tanga works over Bushi back in the ring and picks him up with a one arm slam. Leg drop for a two count. Tanga being to trash talk Bushi and says that Bushi shouldn’t even be in the same ring as them. Bushi responds with a dropkick. Evil then comes in and evens the score. Double team on Tanga but Tanga recovers and hits Bushi with his Apeshit finisher to pick up the win. (**)

 

YOH & Jay White vs. El Desperado & Minoru Suzuki

 

Suzuki and White kick things off, stiff kick to White and then he quickly tags out. YOH tried to strong style with Suzuki but then he stomps on YOH’s head repeatedly. Brutal. Desperado then tags in and we get some high flying action between the two men. Jay White grabs Desperado and throws him into the guard rail but runs away from Suzuki who comes after him. White throws Desperado into the ring and then tags YOH back in. Blows to the lower back of Desperado and then White begs for a tag. White then stomps on Desperado and then hits a pump handle back breaker. Suzuki breaks up the pin. White tags out again. Desperado hits a spine buster on YOH and then Suzuki gets tagged in. YOH gets some offence in and a near fall. Suzuki is pissed. White tries to go in the ring but Suzuki scares him off. Piledriver to YOH by Suzuki as White avoids stepping in to save him when Suzuki taunts him. White runs off and brags that he has 6 points in the G1. Suzuki flips out and starts beating up some of the Young Lions before heading to the back. (**.5)

 

David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chase Owens & Hangman Page

 

We get Tana and Page to start off as Tana takes down Page and tries to out-wrestle him. Some good back and forth. Hangman pretends to take away Tana’s air guitar and eventually gives it back to him. Tag to Owens, tag to Finlay. Two of the most out of shape men in NJPW. But they put on some really good back and forth here. Owens gets the upper hand and then we get Hangman and Owens with some combination offence. Hangman and Owens are working really well together. Owens tags in and hit Finlay with a hard right but Finlay fights back and hits a belly to back suplex. Hangman and Tana both tag in. Stand off between the two men, with some good comedy spots. Tana gets the momentum and hits a nice flipping senton on Page. Dragon screw leg flip to Page but then Tana eats a hard clothesline. Finlay gets tagged in and hits a couple of flying elbows in the corner. Page with the super kick and then goes for Rite Of Passage but Tana breaks it up. Finlay tried to take on both men but Page hits a hard lariat clothesline and then Rite Of Passage for the win. Tana and Page then have a standoff. (**.5)

 

Toa Henare & Togi Makabe vs. Gedo & Kazuchika Okada

 

Not much to this, and Okada didn't hit most of his trademark stuff. This was to put some steam behind Makabe before his tournament match with Okada tomorrow. Gedo sold Henare's opening flurry like a cartoon character, before getting in a bit of offense. Okada tagged in and hit some basic stuff, before Henare hit him with a big shoulder tackle, and tagged in Makabe. Makabe hit some punches in the corner, but quickly ate a DDT and a scoop slam. Okada went up top for the elbow, but Makabe stood up, and Okada changed direction and jumped off the top. The match broke down and all four men jumped in. Gedo got a nearfall on Makabe, but Makabe quickly recovered, cut him off. Top rope knee drop on Gedo by Makabe for the win. Okada teased going after Makabe with Makabe's chain after the match, but then begged off. (**)

 

Toru Yano vs. Kota Ibushi

 

This was a strange, fun, maddening, hilarious styles clash. Yano got two quick nearfalls on Ibushi with a fireman's carry takeover hold, and a cradle, as they teased the upset. Ibushi sent Yano outside and hit a plancha, but Yano sent him into the barricade, and proceeded to untie two of the corner pads from outside. Ibushi hit an insane twisting moonsault from the post to the floor, and untied a corner pad himself, before Yano cut him off, sent him inside, and right into an exposed buckle. He tried to send Ibushi into another, and after failing once, repeatedly succeeded. Yano handcuffed Ibushi with a roll of tape, forcing Ibushi to go to a hands-free offense. Ibushi hit a standing moonsault with hs hands tied, which was insane. Yano sent Ibushi into the ref, who took a bump. With the ref down, Yano hit a low blow and a chop block, then rolled Ibushi up with a schoolboy and got the upset win. (***)

 

Sanada vs. Zack Sabre Jr

 

This was a really fun match, and another upset. The story was that SANADA beat Sabre at his own game, Sabre lost his cool, and lost the bout. SANADA frustrated Sabre in the early going, repeatedly working back to a full nelson hold. Sabre went for a heel hook into a kneebar, but SANADA escaped, furthering the idea that SANADA was holding his own with the technical master. They finished the opening portion of the bout with a really nice sequence, which got a big ovation. SANADA continued to have an aswer for all of Sabre's holds, so Sabre decided to try to strike with him, but SANADA quickly established that he had the striking edge. Sabre then went back to tworking holds, and applied a double wrist-lock. SANADA reversed intoo skull end, but Sabre slipped to an octopus, before they traded pinning combinations for nearfalls. Sabre went for the Zack driver, but SANADA reversed into skull end. Sabre slid out and tried to bridge for a pin, but SANADA kicked out. SANADA hit the O'Connor roll, then bridged into a pinning combo of his own, and scored the upset pinfall. (****)

 

Tetsuya Naito vs. Juice Robinson

 

This was a brilliant match. Naito is Naito, and Juice always comes through in big matches. This was no exception. Naito went after Juice's bad hand early on, and even got booed for doing so. He hit the slingshot dropkick in the corner right onto the hand, sending Juice reeling to the floor. Naito continued his assault, sending Juice into the barricade, then stomped on the hand on the floor. Back inside, Naito used a wristlock. Juice fired back with punches, but Naito answered with his own strikes, before raking Juice's eyes. Juice countered with a hard back forearm shot, then a full nelson bomb, before hitting his jabs. Naito went for the neckbreaker, but Juice slipped out, and hit a spinebuster, before hitting a series of chops and a corner clothesline. Naito recovered and hit the neckbreaker, then a low dropkick to the hand. Naito applied a wristlock, but Juice reached the ropes. Naito hit a top rope rana, but Juice rolled through and turned it into a pinfall attempt, scoring a close nearfall. Juice hit a jackhammer, but couldn't follow up, as he sold his hand. Juice went for a superplex, but Naito cut it off, going after the hand. Juice then went for a fallaway slam from the second rope, and hit it. Juice hit the cannonball, then got a nearfall with a powerbomb, as the crowd got behind Naito. Naito hit a standing reverse rana, and went for destino, but Juice countered into a pulp friction attempt. Naito countered with a german. He went for destino a second time, but Juice countered with a lariat, as the crowd went nuts. Juice went for pulp friction, but Naito hit destino. It didn't matter, as Juice kicked out, which got a huge reaction. Naito hit a second destino, and this time got the pin. (****)

 

Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga

 

Fale and Loa accompanied Tonga to the ring, and the Firing Squad all went after Omega before the bell rang. Page and Owens ran out to make the save, and there was a brawl at ringside. Omega hit rise of the terminator, and went for another, but Tonga cut him off in the ring with a spear, and went to work. Tonga delivered a monologue as the match went on, berating Omega for dividing the Bullet Club. Tonga missed an avalanche, and ate a tornado DDT, as Omega started to find his footing. Omega went for you can't escape, but Tonga got the knees up on the moonsault. Tonga went for the gun stun, but Omega hit him with a v-trigger. He went for another, but Tonga hit an alabama slam. Tonga went for the gun stun again, but Omega hit him with another v-trigger. While Tonga took the ref, Loa made his way back to ringside and clipped Omega's leg with a chair. He went for a powerbomb on Omega on the floor, but Omega escaped, but not before his leg was damaged. Loa hit Omega with a chair, and Tonga rolled him up, but only got a two count. Tonga went for a gun stun on the chair, but Omega reversed, and Tonga landed on the chair. Tonga teased a Styles clash on the chair, but Red Shoes kicked the chair out of the way. Enraged, Tonga hit Red Shoes with a gun stun for the DQ. After the match, Fale, Loa and Tonga teased slamming Omega's head into the buckle with the chair around his neck, but Owens, Page, and Ibushi made the save. This was more about storyline progression of the Bullet Club angle than it was about the match itself. (**)

 

 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hirooki Goto

 

This was one of the best strong style matches I can remember in recent history. This was a real test of the cardio of both of these bigger guys, as they worked at a pretty crazy clip. A good, different, fun main event. They opened with an exchange of shoulder blocks and strikes, with neither man gaining a clear advantage. Goto started to distance himself with a spinning back kick in the corner, and a Saito suplex for a nearfall. Goto dropped Ishii with a series of hard kicks to the heart, but Ishii started to no-sell them, and dropped him with a forearm. Ishii hit a suplex, but Goto stood up out of it, and hit another kick to the chest. Goto applied a sleeper, but Ishii powered out. They traded a series of stiff lariats. Both briefly got the other down, but both were right back up. They finally hit simultaneous lariats, and both dropped to the mat. Goto applied the sleeper again, but Ishii hammered his way through it, and dropped Goto with a lariat in the corner. Ishii hit a delayed brainbuster off the second rope for a nearfall. Ishii went for the sliding lariat, but Goto caught him coming in and hit an ushigoroshi. He followed with a lariat, and Ishii took a flip bump. Goto hit the reverse GTR. He went for the standard GTR, but Ishii powered out and hit a Saito suplex, leading to a double down. Ishii went for an enziguri, but Goto caught him. Ishii escaped and hit a lariat, and made a jacknife cover for a nearfall. Ishii went for the brainbuster, but Goto hit him with shouten kai for a nearfall. They traded headbutts, and Ishii hit an enziguri, followed with a sliding lariat for a nearfall. Ishii then connected with the vertical drop brainbuster, and got the pin. (****.5)

 

B BLOCK STANDINGS

Kenny Omega 6

Tomohiro Ishii 4

Tetsuya Naito 4

Kota Ibushi 4

SANADA 4

Zack Sabre Jr. 2

Hirooki Goto 2 

 

Tama Tonga 2

Toru Yano 2

Juice Robinson 0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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