NJPW – G1 Climax 28 – Day 15 – August 5th, 2018

This show is headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL and Hiroshi Tanahashi andvs Michael Elgin. Other A Block matches on this show are YOSHI-HASHI vs Fale, Minoru Suzuki vs Hangman Page and Jay White vs Togi Makabe.

This show was Live and On-Demand via njpwworld. This and every G1 show has English Commentary with Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero.

As usual, this show begins with tag matches to set up singles matches for the following show.

The show kicks off with the G1 Climax tournament Video Package showing heights and weights of competitors in the tournament. This is a good video package with lots of details.

Tomohiro Ishii & SHO vs Juice Robinson & Shota Umino

  • This starts off with Ishii against Juice and as the commentators point out they must both be feeling the bouts from yesterday. Shota has a good showing here against Ishii but this is about setting up Ishii vs Juice on the August 8th show. Ishii and Juice go at each other multiple times as legal competitors and on the outside while SHO and Shota fight in the ring. Shota displays lots of heart in this match but SHO beat Shota after a huge clothesline that lead to a deadlift German suplex with a bridge. Winners SHO and Tomohiro Ishii.

Toa Henare and David Finlay vs Tetsuya Naito & Sanada

  • LIJ jumped Henare and Finlay to start but they quickly came back but mot for long. Naito and Sanada get some heat on Henare until Henare headbutts Naito and he makes a tag to Finlay. Finlay had some good moments against Naito and I’d like to see that match in the future. Naito is facing his tag partner on August 8th and has been a story throughout the tournament. Sanada tapped out Henare with a standing Skull End while Naito kept Finlay out of the ring. After the match Naito tries to fist bump Sanada but throws Sanada into the corner which he flips over and goes for a springboard but Naito runs the ropes and rolls into his Tranquillo pose, they stair each other down. Winners Tetsuya Naito and Sanada.

Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku vs Hirooki Goto & YOH

  • This starts with YOH facing Taka Michinoku and YOH quickly starts showing off some different offence by swinging through the ropes. This doesn’t last long however when Taka tags in Zack, ZSJ ties up YOH immediately. Goto saves YOH from punishment but when Zack tags out, YOH gets the better of Taka Michinoku while Zack and Goto fight outside. Taka Michinoku has a submission on YOH when YOH slips out and pins Taka for the win. Winners YOH & Hirooki Goto.

Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi vs Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa

  • The Tongans try a jump start but Ibushi and Yujiro get the upper hand early on. They double team Tama but when Tonga Loa gets in, he runs through both Kota and Yujiro and Kota is sent outside. Tama and Tonga Loa get some heat on Yujiro but Kota springboards in and saves his partner. Kota and Tama Tonga fight to the ringside area while Tonga Loa drops Yujiro on his head with a sit down Piledriver for the win. Winners Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa, Guerrillas Of Destiny.

Toru Yano & Gedo vs Kenny Omega & Chase Owens

  • This starts with Chase and Gedo but after a few minutes Chase tags Kenny. This is a lot of comedy with the rowing action double team move where Kenny and Chase sit down with their feet on the hips of their opponents and pull the legs down at the same time. This is setting up Kenny Omega vs Toru Yano on August 8th which will be both men’s 8th G1 singles match. This finished when Chase Owens hits Gedo with a Package Piledriver for the win. Winners IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega and Chase Owens.

G1 Climax tournament Matches

Bad Luck Fale vs YOSHI-HASHI

  • With the fact that YOSHI-HASHI has only won one match this tournament and Bad Luck Fale has beaten him before, including last year’s G1 Climax, you know Fale shouldn’t need help but you also know the interference is imminent and it doesn’t take long. After the first interference, Fale works over YOSHI-HASHI for a while until YOSHI-HASHI makes a comeback with a dropkick to the knee and a headhunter. YOSHI-HASHI makes his comeback but Fale is too strong as they fight back and forth for a few minutes. YOSHI-HASHI starts to look like he could submit Bad Luck Fale with an armbar until Tama Tonga ran in with a chair and beat up YOSHI-HASHI for the disqualification. Tama Tonga beats up YOSHI-HASHI, the Young Lions and even grabs a fan by the throat then beat up another Young Lion in front of him in the crowd. Winner by disqualification, YOSHI-HASHI.

Minoru Suzuki vs Hangman Page

  • Page starts this strong by jumping Suzuki as he enters the ring then attacks El Desperado too. Page beats up Suzuki all around ringside and even Moonsalts off the ramp taking out Suzuki and El Desperado. Back in the ring Suzuki targets the arm with a double wrist lock then drags Page outside and then into the crowd. Suzuki uses chairs and railings to beat up Page at in the crowd. When the ref gets in the face of Suzuki, Suzuki grabs the ref and bullies him into a corner while pushing him. In the ring, Hangman Page makes a comeback with a big clothesline. After a few minutes of Page winning, Suzuki starts to look more evil, with that grin and turns things around quickly. Suzuki starts to slap Page, begging him to bring it. They trade strikes until Suzuki gets the sleeper on and goes for a GSP but it’s reversed, they reverse move after move until Suzuki goes for the GSP after another sleeper but Page reversed it into a Right Of Passage for the win. Winner Hangman Page.

Togi Makabe vs Switchblade Jay White

  • Makabe starts this by running at Switchblade in the corner at the open and he then takes Jay ringside and throws him into the barrier. Jay reversed an Irish whip and throws Togi into the barrier, Jay comes back by throwing Makabe into the barrier in front of the English commentary team over and over again. Back in the ring Makabe fires up while Jay tries to beat him down but Makabe is too strong. Jay gets two chairs and holds one, about to hit Makabe but Makabe dodges and hits a clothesline into the chair, into Jay White’s face. When Togi Makabe picked up the chair the ref stopped Togi but Jay shoves Togi into the ref and hits Makabe with the other chair. Switch hits the Bladerunner for the win. Winner Switchblade Jay White.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Michael Elgin

  • Elgin starts off string here with a test of strength and powering through Tanahashi with shoulder tackles but Tanahashi makes a comeback with Dragon Screw leg whips. Elgin sells his arm while having to use the other arm for clotheslines and power moves. Elgin continues to punish Tanahashi but Tanahashi would reverse moves from time to time. Elgin was the stronger, more powerful wrestler who would take most of this match but Tanahashi was the more experienced and resilient. Michael Elgin hit a bucklebomb and went for a Elginbomb but Tanahashi reversed into a roll up, the spot was kind of botched but it all was fine. Winner Tanahashi.

Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL

  • EVIL takes over early with headlocks and shoulder tackles. Immediately, EVIL starts hitting big clotheslines and gets a nearfall, Okada comes back cc k with his signature neckbraker on the knee. They go to ringside where EVIL wraps Okada neck and head in a chair and hit it into the ring post. Back in the ring, EVIL takes it to Okada with chops and wears him down with a knee to the back as EVIL pulls back on the chin. After taking a beating, Okada makes a comeback with forearms and elbows. A few minutes into Okada’s comeback, EVIL cuts him off and turns things around, EVIL throws Okada off the apron and into the barrier in front of the commentary tables. EVIL takes Okada up the ramp and goes for a Darkness Falls but Okada reversed it into a DDT. Okada hits a shotgun dropkick which sends EVIL back to the ring. Okada hits a series of dropkicks including on from the top rope which Okada seemed to fly. EVIL used Red Shoes to hit a Magic Killer, taking out Oakda and Red Shoes momentarily. Okada hits a Everything is EVIL and EVIL hits a rainmaker, both for nearfalls. Lots of reversals and back and forth at the end with both guys reversing the finishers of the other but in the end Okada hits spinning clothesline then a Rainmaker for the win. Winner The Rainmaker Kazuchika Okada.

The points in this G1 Climax tournament at this point.

A Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 14
  • Jay White – 12
  • Kazuchika Okada – 12
  • EVIL – 8
  • Minoru Suzuki – 8
  • Bad Luck Fale – 6
  • Michael Elgin – 6
  • Togi Makabe – 4
  • Hangman Page – 6

B Block

  • Kenny Omega – 12
  • Tetsuya Naito – 10
  • Kota Ibushi – 10
  • SANADA – 8
  • Zack Sabre Jr – 8
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 6
  • Tama Tonga – 4
  • Hirooki Goto – 6
  • Juice Robinson – 4
  • Toru Yano – 2

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