NJPW G1 Climax 28 Final Night Results & Ratings

August 12, 2018

 

Results written by Paul Antonoff.

 

Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin and Tomoaki Honma vs. Yuji Nagata, Shota Umino and Ayato Yoshida

 

Standard opening match stuff here, nothing I'd call good but it was a showcase for a couple of lions, Makabe picked up the win for his team with a King Kong Knee Drop (**)

 

Bad Luck Fale vs Toa Henare

 

Less than 2 minute squash match here. Fale ran through him and won with the bad luck fall. (*)

 

YOSHI-HASHI and Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi and Takashi Iizuka

 

This was terrible, all action, but nothing good. Taichi pinned YOSHI-HASHI with a powerbomb and jacknife cover. (*)

 

Juice Robinson and David Finlay vs. Cody and Hangman Page

 

Decent match, though again, just an undercard tag match. Cody pinned Juice to win. Post match he put the US title over his shoulder and cut a promo to set himself up as a challenger down the line. (**1/2)

 

The Young Bucks and Marty Scurll vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Taiji Ishimori

 

Tanga Loa cut a promo before the match 'forgetting' his opponents names and wanted the 6 man titles on the line, the champs and Harold Meij agreed. The challengers won the belts and threw them down and left without them. Hopefully it means that title gets retired. It actually a pretty good match but had some noticably blown spots. Pretty much just a storyline match and Tama is a heat seeking missile. I can't say that I wasn't entertained here. (***)

 

Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA and BUSHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Desperado

 

It was pretty much a big brawl. Nothing special here but it was fun. SANADA tapped out Kanemaru with the skull end. (**3/4)

 

Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano and Jay White vs. Kenny Omega, Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi 

 

Started out as a comedy match but picked up when Ishii was in there. Omega v Ishii was the story at the end and in the post match Ishii made the challenge. Finish was Ishii pinning Owens with a brainbuster. (**1/2)

 

Rey Mysterio, KUSHIDA and Sengoku Enbu vs. Kazuchika Okada, YOH and SHO

 

Okada was in heel mode which is a treat and we got some Okada v Rey teases. I thought this match was really fun. Rey pinned YOH with a 619 and springboard splash. (***)

 

G1 CLIMAX FINAL: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi

 

Omega is in Ibushi's corner, and SHIBATA is in Tanahashi's. Started out slow with lots of solid ground work, Ibushi tried to turn it into a striking battle but Tanahashi took it back to the ground targetting the knees. Ibushi came off the middle rope moonsault for a two count, and afterward hit a double footstomp on the apron that looked nasty. They teased the lawndart but Tanahashi countered it into a sling blade. Intense strike trading followed and ended up with Tanahashi outside and he tried to skin the cat back in but got spiked with a nasty piledriver. He recovered and went back to the knees. Snap rana sent Tana out and Ibushi hit his 180 moonsault. Ibushi was on top here and got a few near falls while Tanahashi sold his neck. It got even more intense after, Ibushi was striking him but Tanahashi walked straight through them and cornered Ibushi and then it got even more intense if you can believe that as they slapped the shit out of each other and Ibushi ended it with a ridiculous lariat. Tanahashi went for a high fly flow but Ibushi got the knees up. From there Ibushi dominated big time. He hit the nasty knees first standing moonsault and then lawndarted him and followed it with kicks to the back. He hit the german from the apron back inside and got an incredible near fall off a last ride. Tanahashi avoided the kamigoye, but Ibushi hit a straight jacket german for a close near fall. Tanahashi came back with a couple of twist and shouts and dragon suplex for two. He hit the high fly flow to Ibushi's back and two more gave him his third G1 win at 32:05. Post match, Shibata raises Tanahashi on his shoulders. Ibushi leaves in tears, and Tana tears it up with an air guitar solo, he also let's us know the Ace is back.

 

They had me the entire time with this amazing story telling, Ibushi trying to prove himself to the Ace, and the old gunslinger digging deep and coming through one more time. Ibushi tried, and came close, his arms might've been long enough, but they weren't powerful enough to box with god. There'll be another day for him, and Tanahashi proved he is indeed, still god. Not only is he the man who turned NJPW around after the dark days but he's still delivering big time in every big match he's in, why people started doubting him, I don't know but anyone who is still doubting him after this is delusional. I can't do justice with words as to how good this match was. It's one of the greatest pro wrestling matches I've ever seen, it's probably not going to win MOTY with Okada/Omega as competition but this was every bit as good as that. (*****)

 

Well, it's all over for another year. Tanahashi wins the G1 for the third time and books his first main event in the Tokyo Dome since 2016, it's a result I'm happy with. Never would've predicted that before the tournament.

 

Here's my top 5 matches of the G1 for 2018, and there's lots of great ones to choose from:

 

1) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi (Final) (*****)

2) Kenny Omega vs Tomohoro Ishii (Day 14) (*****)

3) Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (Day 17) (*****)

4) Kenny Omega vs Kota Ibushi (Day 18) (*****)

5) Kota Ibushi vs Tomohiro Ishii (Day 10) (****3/4)

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