NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 2 – July 15th, 2018

On night two of the G1 Climax tournament we have B Block action with Kenny Omega going one-on-one with Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr, Tomohiro Ishii vs Toru Yano and more. This show is about 3 hours and 20 minutes and Kevin Kelly is on Commentary with Don Callis and Rocky Romero again. Also Gengo the Japanese translator.

This show begun with the same video package from night 1 with the list of competitors with names, height, weight and a few clips of the wrestler.

Hangman Page & Chase Owens vs Michael Elgin & Shota Umino

  • The Bullet Club came out first and Page got a good reaction, even if he’s the heel here, I think people are seeing Hangman as a star. This was your classic tag match opener here with all the classic spots for each guy. Michael Elgin got a hot tag , ran across the ring and hit Hangman, then just stood still, which killed the pop of a hot tag. Chase pinned Shota with his finisher, Jewel Heist, which is a short arm clothesline. Winners Bullet Club, Hangman Page and Chase Owens.

Los Ingobernables De Japon (EVIL & BUSHI) vs Chaos (YOSHI-HASHI & SHO)

  • EVIL starts off against YOSHI-HASHI in this match and it wasn’t long until all four wrestler fought to the outside. While ringside EVIL throws YOSHI-HASHI over the rails and he lands on his head. Back in the ring EVIL tags BUSHI and they go to work on YOSHI-HASHI until he finally gets a tag to SHO who gets in the ring for the first time this match but it wasn’t long until LIJ took ov eer again. EVIL taps out SHO in the match with a “statement win for LIJ” as Don Callis says. Winners, LIJ, EVIL and BUSHI.

Minoru Suzuki and El Desperado vs Togi Makabe and Henare

  • Before the bell, Suzuki jumps Makabe for the Jump start but quickly Makabe and Henare get the upper hand early until it all goes wrong for Makabe as Suzuki fights Togi Makabe in the crowd. A few minutes later Minoru Suzuki and Togi Makabe exchange strikes in the ring which Suzuki gets the best of until he hit A a clothesline for a double down. Togi Makabe and Henare get the upper hand again until Suzuki hit Henare with the Gotch-Styke Piledriver for the win. Winners Suzuki-gun.

After the match Suzuki stared down Togi Makabe and then attacked the English commentary team by kicking the rails and Don Callis almost trampled the translator while screaming like a girl, it was hilarious.

Bad Luck Fale & Tonga Loa vs Kazuchika Okada & Gedo

  • Okada starts with Bad Luck Fale and Okada seems less serious after losing his championship but it only takes a few minutes of Bad Luck Fale beating on Okada to make Okada got more serious looking. The BC Firing Squad takes it to Okada until he tags in Gedo the Chaos takes control briefly until Tonga Loa hits Gedo with the Tonga Driver for the win, after the match Fale tried to put Kazuchika Okada through a table but Okada fights out. Winners, BC Firing Squad, Bad Luck Fale and Tonga Loa.

Switchblade Jay White and YOH vs Tanahashi & David Finlay

  • Jay White threatens to leave the match claiming he’ll get his points tomorrow but comes back saying he should weaken the leg of Tanahashi but instead tags in YOH. YOH starts with Finlay until White throws Finlay into the corner head first. Switchblade fights Tanahashi, attacking the leg of Tanahashi. YOH and Jay White then target Finlay’s back. After about ten minutes later YOH was wrestling Finlay in the ring and Jay White attacked Tanahashi with a chair outside the ring, then tried to get YOH to hit Finlay with the chair but YOH refused. Finlay hit the Stunner on YOH for the pin as Jay White watched. Jay could have broken up the pin but decided not to and walked out. Winners Tanahashi & David Finlay.

G1 Climax tournament Matches

Toru Yano vs Tomohiro Ishii

  • Yano comes out first and Kevin Kelly says that this is a new Toru Yano as he’s sworn off cheating. This almost started like any other Yano match but then Yano says “alright let’s go” in Japanese and starts a strike battle with Ishii which looks like Yano gets an upper hand early but it spills to ringside. At ringside Ishii takes over and takes it back in the ring. Yano couldn’t help himself and exposes the buckle. This was a much better Yano match than normal, he wrestled quite good and took it to Ishii with Stikes and suplexs. Yano was trying to finish this match with a roll up for small package of some sort but in the end Ishii pinned Yano with a crucifix pin, Good match. Winner with his first 2 points, Tomohiro Ishii.

“The Bad Boy” Tama Tonga vs Juice Robinson

  • This match starts off with some good wrestling between Tama and Juice for a few minutes and Juice seems to get the better of Tama until Tama Tonga throws Juice outside. While ringside, Juice Robinson was distracted by Tonga Loa and Tama shoved Juice into the post. The story was that when outside the ring Tama Tonga would get control but in the ring Juice would out wrestle Tama Tonga but eventually it was too much for Juice and and Tama took over the match after by attacking the hand. Juice would put up a really good fight here while selling the hand and almost had it won until Tonga Loa got on the apron. Juice pulled Tonga Loa in the ring and used the Juice Punch on him then goes for his finisher on Tama Tonga but he reversed it into a Gunstun for the win and two points. Winner Tama Tonga.

Sanada vs Hirooki Goto

This was a very good match with lots of back and forth with strikes and high flying moves from Sanada, like a big springboard dropkick which sends Goto to the outside for the first time in the match. After both guys take lots of punishment Sanada gets the Skull End but Goto gets out and they both sell. In the end Goto was too much for Sanada as Goto hits the GTR for the win and two points. Winner Hirooki Goto

Zack Sabre Jr vs Kota Ibushi

  • This started strong for ZSJ as stated by Don Callis on Commentary “we haven’t seen any of the high flying from Kota yet, it’s been sucked down this rabbit hole of pain in submission wrestling by Zack Sabre Jr” until Ibushhit a roundhouse kick to change the match. This match was very much a fight between two styles, Zack’s submission and striking wrestling vs Kota’s Kicking and high flying style. This was a very good match as you would expect from these two and when they got into striking battles it looked brutal, they got a very good reaction and Kota was definitely the fan favourite here. Late into the match Kota was going for his finish, the Kamigoye knee strike but was blocked by Zack. After a struggle and a long fight Kota hit the Kamigoye for the win. Winner with 2 points, Kota Ibushi

Tetsuya Naito vs Kenny Omega

  • This started with Kenny trying to get under the skin by being “Tranquilo” and doing Naito’s poses. Naito then get the better of Kenny and copies Kenny by walking over Kenny’s back and doing Kenny’s pose. This was a classic Kenny/Naito match and you could tell early. The crowd was very split for both guys, not disliking either guy but getting behind both guys, Kenny had his fans and Naito had his fans and they were all loud. Really good spot in the match when Kenny hit a springboard crossbody to Naito on the outside of the ring, past the barrier which is a good distance away from the ring. This was a very intense match that Kenny Omega won with his One Winged Angle. The crowd was insanely loud for both guys as this match got better and better. Both guys battled incredibly hard and these Japanese fans were go in wild but at the end,m Naito’s neck had taken enough punishment from the V-triggers and the One Winged Angle finished him off. Really great match, worth going out of your way to watch. Winner Kenny Omega

The points in this G1 Climax tournament so far

A Block

  • Jay White – 2
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 2
  • Michael Elgin – 2
  • Hangman Page – 2
  • Togi Makabe – 2
  • Okada – 0
  • Minoru Suzuki – 0
  • EVIL – 0
  • Bad Luck Fale – 0

B Block

  • Tomohiro Ishii – 2
  • Tama Tonga – 2
  • Hirooki Goto – 2
  • Kenny Omega – 2
  • Kota Ibushi – 2
  • Toru Yano – 0
  • Juice Robinson – 0
  • Sanada – 0
  • Zack Sabre Jr – 0
  • Tetsuya Naito – 0

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