NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 7 – July 22nd, 2018

On night Seven of this year’s G1 Climax tournament we have the second night of A Block action, headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs Togi Makabe. Other tournament Matches on this show are Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Hangman Page and Suzuki vs Jay White. This show is on njpwworld Live and On-Demand.

The English commentary team for this show are Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero.

This show started with the G1 Climax tournament Video Package and Kevin Kelly introduced the show.

Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa vs Toa Henare & Shota Umino

  • The Bullet Club Firing Squad takes it to Shota and Henare early. Shota is taken out at ringside leaving Henare alone for a while at the start. Shota makes it to the ring and tags in but after Henare is taken out, Tonga Loa hits his sit down Piledriver for the win. Winners Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa.

Toru Yano & Gedo vs Hirooki Goto & YOH

  • This match starts with all four men shaking hands. This was some good wrestling between the two teams. YOH was able to show off some of his moves and looked good in this match. Yano has seemingly gone back to his old style of wrestling with taking the corner padding. In the end, YOH pinned Gedo with a bridging cradle. Winners Hirooki Goto & YOH.

Taka Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr vs Tomohiro Ishii & SHO

  • This was setting up Ishii and Zack for the next night of Block action. Good match here, not very long but an average tag mat h from these guys. I always love the Taka Michinoku promos before Zack’s matches. SHO tapped out Taka very quickly to win this match for his team. After the match Zack got Ishi in an Armbar for a few seconds, then rolled out the ring. Winners Tomohiro Ishii & SHO.

Juice Robinson & David Finlay vs Kenny Omega & Chase Owens

  • Juice kicks this off with Kenny Omega as a prelude to their match in a few days on Day 8 of the G1 Climax tournament. Kenny went for the left arm on instinct but apologised for slapping the broken hand, Kenny tags out. Juice and Finlay double team Chase with a double bulldog but when Chase tags out moments later Chase and Omega double team Finaly. Kenny fights with Finlay at ringside while Juice and Chase are legal. Juice hits the Juice Box on Chase Owens while Finlay holds Omega outside. Winners Juice Robinson & David Finlay.

Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi vs Sanada & Tetsuya Naito

  • Sanada and Kota show off there athleticism against each other, both guys are very impressive. This was a fast paced match and probably the best match so far, Kota and Sanada set up their next match here with a face off after the match. Sanada rolls up Yujiro Takahashi for the win. Winners Tetsuya Naito & Sanada.

G1 Climax tournament Matches

YOSHI-HASHI vs Michael Elgin

  • This starts off a bit slow but it all heats up when Elgin clotheslines YOSHI-HASHI onto the top rope, YOSHI-HASHI bounced off the rope. Elgin continues to take it to YOSHI-HASHI with power moves but YOSHI-HASHI doesn’t quit as the commentators claim YOSHI-HASHI can take a beating. YOSHI-HASHI starts to billed from the mouth as he fires up and fights back with a German suplex, a powerbomb and a senton from the top for a close nearfall. Elgin takes over again with a boot and a clothesline in the corner, Michael Elgin hits YOSHI-HASHI with a Superplex for a two count. YOSHI-HASHI kicks out of everything Elgin tries as the crowd chants for YOSHI-HASHI. YOSHI-HASHI fights back and hits his finish, hooks the leg and gets a three count. Winner YOSHI-HASHI.

Bad Luck Fale vs EVIL

  • This match was a lot of the previous interference with the BCOGs. It really broke down when the ref took a bump and Tonga Loa jumped in the ring and they stomped EVIL. Tama Tonga came down and so did BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito. They all took each other down with finishers and EVIL hits the Everything is EVIL and pinned Bad Luck Fale. As the referee came round he noticed the bodies in the ring and refused to count with everyone in the ring. They nearly started this match again, Tama Tonga hits s Gun Stun on EVIL for the DQ. Winner by disqualification, EVIL.

Minoru Suzuki vs Jay White

  • Jay runs from Suzuki early on as Minoru Suzuki looks very intense as he often does. Suzuki hits Jay with some chops and Jay kicks Suzuki in the knee and DDTs Suzuki. Jay White kept trying to cheat with pulling the ref in the way. In the end, the strong Suzuki style was too much for the cheating ways of Jay White and when Jay goes for a lowblow, Suzuki stopped it and hit Jay in the face hard. Minoru Suzuki picked up Jay White and hit him with the GSP for the win. Winner Minoru Suzuki.

Hangman Page vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • This starts of with a bit of technical wrestling but Page quickly takes over with some big slams and even a figure four to target the damaged knee of Tanahashi. Tanahashi retaliates with a Dragon Screw lag whip through the ropes with Page on the apron. Page hits a buckshot lariat but Tanahashi connects with a dropkick on Page’s leg. They trade strikes which Tanahashi gets the better of and hits a High Fly Flow on a standing Hangman Page and then a second High Fly Flow for a three count and about her two points. Winner Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Kazuchika Okada vs Togi Makabe

  • This starts as a brawl as Togi Makabe takes it to Okada but Okada shows more fire and looks more serious in this match then he has recently. After Okada’s recent win the commentators question if that was all it took to get Okada back on a winning track. Okada controls most of this match early. Makabe fights back with punches and clotheslines. Makabe gets a two count on Okada after a Clothesline but Okada comes back with a DDT as most of his offence is aimed at the neck, softening Togi Makabe up for the Rainmaker later. Okada hits a missile dropkick and a neckbraker for a two count. Makabe starts to fire up when Okada hits him. Togi Makabe starts to hit back and hits a few lariats but Okada doesn’t go down and they revert to standing stikes, Makabe hits a powerbomb for a two count and gets Okada to the top for the spider-German suplex but hits a belly-to-belly instead when Okada turns around. Makabe comes off the top rope but Okada hits a dropkick, followed by another dropkick. At the 15 minute mark, Oakda hits a rainmaker for the win. Winner “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada.

The points in this G1 Climax tournament at this point.

A Block

  • Jay White – 6
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 6
  • Michael Elgin – 4
  • Hangman Page – 2
  • Togi Makabe – 4
  • Kazuchika Okada – 4
  • Minoru Suzuki – 4
  • EVIL – 6
  • Bad Luck Fale – 2

B Block

  • Tomohiro Ishii – 4
  • Tama Tonga – 2
  • Hirooki Goto – 2
  • Kenny Omega – 6
  • Kota Ibushi –4
  • Toru Yano – 2
  • Juice Robinson – 0
  • Sanada – 4
  • Zack Sabre Jr – 2
  • Tetsuya Naito – 4

After this show New Japan will be back for the G1 Climax tournament on July 26th. That show will be Live on njpwworld with English Commentary.

I will have results from EVERY NIGHT of the G1 Climax this year so don’t hesitate to bookmark this site. See you for the next night of G1 action here.

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