New Japan G-1 Climax 24 Day 6, Shizuoka: Live Results

Day 6 Card, Shizuoka

  1. Luke Gallows vs. Bad Luck Fale
  2. Yuji Nagata vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  3. Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  4. Satoshi Kojima vs. Katsuyori Shibata
  5. Hirooki Goto vs. Karl Anderson
  6. Minoru Suzuki vs. Lance Archer
  7. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin
  8. A.J. Styles vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
  9. Kazuchika Okada vs Toru Yano
  10. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii

 

Results

1. Luke Gallows vs. Bad Luck Fale
Gallows got the win with a bicycle kick. Not the most exciting match. Just two big guys running into each other repeatedly. They Too Sweeted each other after the match.

2. Yuji Nagata vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. Nagata pinned Davey Boy after the Exploder (of Justice?) suplex. Strong showing by Nagata, throwing Davey Boy around like a really heavy rag doll.

3. Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi
After a ref bump, Yuojiro low blowed Makabe, hit a buckle bomb and Miami Shine to pick up the dirty win. To go with his dirty sax entrance music.

4. Satoshi Kojima vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Go2Sleep and the Penalty Kick and another win for Shibata. Very good match.

5. Hirooki Goto vs. Karl Anderson
Goto and Anderson are pros at finishing sequences. Another great one here, ending in a Gun Stun from Anderson for the win.

6. Minoru Suzuki vs. Lance Archer
Suzuki gets the win with Saka Otoshi. Pretty good match between the two Suzukigun stablemates.

7. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin
Benjamin jumped Nakamura while he was doing his pose with the ropes, just like last time.
Two Boma Ye(s) and Benjamin stays down for the three.

8. A.J. Styles vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Styles won with the Styles Clash in a really great match. Tenzan had the Anaconda Vice on for a long time and looked like he might get the surprise win, but Styles made it to the ropes. I think Styles did a Lionsault at some point. I’m telling Chris.

9. Kazuchika Okada vs Toru Yano
I can’t belive how much I’ve been enjoying Yano’s matches in this tournament. Yano tried every trick in his book and nearly beat Okada with the low blow and Akakiri, but Okada eventually hit the Rainmaker for the win.

10. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Oh man! So great! Tanahashi beat Ishii with the High Fly Flow after an incredible battle.


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New Japan G-1 Day 5, Miyagi: Thoughts and Predictions

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Pre-Show Thoughts and Predictions

Coming off the absolutely incredible Day 4 of the G-1, Day 5 in Miyagi will have its work cut out for it if it wants to impress. Day for set almost impossible standards for the rest of the tournament, and we’re not even halfway through yet. After the incredible matches we’ve seen so far, I have all the faith in the world that this year’s G-1 will only get better. (Please no jaws get broken after I said that).

As you can see from the standings above, Tomoaki Honma, the standout star of this year’s G-1, in my opinion, is the only participant still on 0 points. And facing Shinsukue Nakamura probably isn’t going to help matters. But as we saw in the match between Goto and Yano from Day 4, anything can happen in the G-1. As much as I love Nakamura, I’m rooting for Honma tonight. He’s the forever underdog, how can you not? Don’t stop missing those headbutts, Honma!

Okada vs. Naito ought to be another fantastic match up. They had a really good feud for the IWGP Heavyweight championship and excellent matches together (despite being overshadowed by Nakamura/Tanahashi) going into Wrestle Kingdom 8. Okada came out on top then, but after Naito’s recent win over current IWGP champ A.J. Styles, I think tonight’s the night he’ll finally best Okada.

Tanahashi has the task of overcoming resident New Japan monster, Bad Luck Fale. After his epic battle, which he lost, with Shibata on Day 4, I think Tanahashi will step his game up even more and defeat Fale. Unless of course, he’s still battle worn fro his previous match. In that case, Fale has a good chance of topping the New Japan’s #1 guy.

Got and Styles in a match up I’m really excited about, as I believe it’s a first time encounter between these two guys in singles action. Both coming off losses, Goto’s loss to Yano more embarrassing than Styles loss to Naito, I think Goto’s bad luck will continue tonight. I can’t imagine the current IWGP taking too man losses in this tournament.

Speaking of losses, and not having any. Tonight is the night Benjamin’s uncanny winning streak ends. There’s no stopping Shibata after his win over Tanahashi in Akita. I expect Benjamin’s hot streak to cool off after tonight. And Shibata to only get hotter.

As for the lower card. Take your pick! Ishii should go over Gallows, just because he’s my guy and he should go ever everyone and win the tournament and the IWGP championship at Wrestle Kingdom 9 and high five me after the match. But we’ll see.

Suzuki has looked pretty great in his matches so far. I liked his use of Saka Otoshi to finish off Tenzan on Day 4. It’s a brutal looking submission. I hope he puts it on Takahashi and never lets go (I’m not a Yujiro fan).

Anderson is going to Gun Stun Yano’s smile off, Kojima will lariat the Honky Tonk out of Davey Boy Smith Jr. (he so looks like the Honky Tonk Man), and Archer is going to…do what Archer does to defeat Tenzan.

HONMANIA FOREVER!

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New Japan G-1 Climax Day 5 Live Results, Miyagi

Current Standings as of Day 4

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Day 5 Card, Miyagi

  1. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Doc Gallows
  2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Lance Archer
  3. Satoshi Kojima vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  4. Minoru Suzuki vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  5. Toru Yano vs. Karl Anderson
  6. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shelton Benjamin
  7. A.J. Styles vs. Hirooki Goto
  8. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
  9. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomoaki Honma
  10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito

Pre-Show Thoughts and Predictions

Coming off the absolutely incredible Day 4 of the G-1, Day 5 in Miyagi will have its work cut out for it if it wants to impress. Day for set almost impossible standards for the rest of the tournament, and we’re not even halfway through yet. After the incredible matches we’ve seen so far, I have all the faith in the world that this year’s G-1 will only get better. (Please no jaws get broken after I said that).

As you can see from the standings above, Tomoaki Honma, the standout star of this year’s G-1, in my opinion, is the only participant still on 0 points. And facing Shinsukue Nakamura probably isn’t going to help matters. But as we saw in the match between Goto and Yano from Day 4, anything can happen in the G-1. As much as I love Nakamura, I’m rooting for Honma tonight. He’s the forever underdog, how can you not? Don’t stop missing those headbutts, Honma!

Okada vs. Naito ought to be another fantastic match up. They had a really good feud for the IWGP Heavyweight championship and excellent matches together (despite being overshadowed by Nakamura/Tanahashi) going into Wrestle Kingdom 8. Okada came out on top then, but after Naito’s recent win over current IWGP champ A.J. Styles, I think tonight’s the night he’ll finally best Okada.

Tanahashi has the task of overcoming resident New Japan monster, Bad Luck Fale. After his epic battle, which he lost, with Shibata on Day 4, I think Tanahashi will step his game up even more and defeat Fale. Unless of course, he’s still battle worn fro his previous match. In that case, Fale has a good chance of topping the New Japan’s #1 guy.

Got and Styles in a match up I’m really excited about, as I believe it’s a first time encounter between these two guys in singles action. Both coming off losses, Goto’s loss to Yano more embarrassing than Styles loss to Naito, I think Goto’s bad luck will continue tonight. I can’t imagine the current IWGP taking too man losses in this tournament.

Speaking of losses, and not having any. Tonight is the night Benjamin’s uncanny winning streak ends. There’s no stopping Shibata after his win over Tanahashi in Akita. I expect Benjamin’s hot streak to cool off after tonight. And Shibata to only get hotter.

As for the lower card. Take your pick! Ishii should go over Gallows, just because he’s my guy and he should go ever everyone and win the tournament and the IWGP championship at Wrestle Kingdom 9 and high five me after the match. But we’ll see.

Suzuki has looked pretty great in his matches so far. I liked his use of Saka Otoshi to finish off Tenzan on Day 4. It’s a brutal looking submission. I hope he puts it on Takahashi and never lets go (I’m not a Yujiro fan).

Anderson is going to Gun Stun Yano’s smile off, Kojima will lariat the Honky Tonk out of Davey Boy Smith Jr. (he so looks like the Honky Tonk Man), and Archer is going to…do what Archer does to defeat Tenzan.

HONMANIA FOREVER!

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Results

1. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Doc Gallows
Gallows playing the monster role, no selling Ishii’s offense. Gallows hit a big powerslam followed with elbow drops. Ishii tried a forearm/chop fight but lost. Gallows went for a big spin kick, Ishii ducked and nailed him with a big slap. Ishii got Gallows up for a nice vertical suplex. Gallows came back with a throat thrust. Splash by Gallows for a two count. Big running splash in the corner by Gallows. Gallows went for Swagger Bomb but Ishii got his legs up. Spin kick from Gallows followed by an inverted full nelson slam for two. Ishii came back with a German. Lariats by Ishii. It took three to take Gallows down. Gallows came back with a spin kick, bicycle kick and a choke bomb for a nearfall. Ishii then hit a quick sliding lariat for two. There was a battle to get the other guy up for a suplex, or a brainbuster in Ishii’s case, but neither could do it, so Ishii kicked Gallows in the head and finally got him up for the brainbuster and the win. Very good opening match. One of Gallows’ best so far.

2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Lance Archer
Tenzan got the early advantage over Archer. Archer took control on the outside. Big shoulder block from Archer back in the ring followed by a short arm clothesline for two. Archer told the ref to count to three. He didn’t. Tenzan hit a big lariat out of the corner. TAKA got onto the apron but Tenzan knocked him down. Tenzan did his knee from the top rope, Calf Branding. Flying lariat from Tenzan off the top rope for two. Anaconda Vice on Archer but he powered out of the hold, which shocked the crowd. Archer hit a sidewalk slam and then put Tenzan in a Boston Crab. Tenzan made it to the ropes to break the hold. Tenzan hit a wheel kick on Archer and went up top for a moonsault, but Archer moved. Chokeslam by Archer for a nearfall. Archer got Tenzan onto the turnbuckles and into position for Blackout. Tenzan tried to get out of it, but Archer hit the move and got the win. Good match. Tenzan looks to be slowing down a bit as the tournament continues.

3. Satoshi Kojima vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Davey Boy Smith Jr. looks more like the Honky Tonk Man than the Honky Tonk Man.
Very even start to the match. An exchange of shoulder blocks, with Davey Boy eventually getting the advantage. But Kojima came back with one of his own. On the outside, Davey Boy rammed Kojima into the guard rails. Kojima rammed Davey into the apron and hit an apron DDT. In the ring, Davey gouged Kojima’s eyes/face and hit a sidewalk slam. Vertical suplex from Davey. Davey Boy missed a running knee in the corner, leading to Kojima hitting his rapid corner chops. Kojima went up top for an elbow drop. TAKA tried to distract him but failed. Kojima hit the elbow for two. Davey hit a double underhook throw for two. After an exchange of strikes, Davey hit a running high knee and a back drop a nearfall. Sharpshooter on Kojima but he made it to the ropes. Lariat attempt from Davey, but Kojima blocked his arm with a lariat and then sent Davey over the ropes. Cozy Cutter from Kojima back in the ring. Davey blocked one lariat but got hit from a second. Powerbomb attempt from Davey, but Kojima punched his way out and hit a DDT. Off goes the elbow pad. Davey hit a tiger suplex with bridge for two. One lariat from Kojima that rocks Davey, Kojima went for a second but Davey countered with a powerslam and followed it up with a sit-out powerbomb for the three count. Good back and forth battle between two really evenly matched big men.

4. Minoru Suzuki vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Yujiro attacked Suzuki as soon as he entered the ring. Yujiro threw Suzuki in to the rails on the outside. TAKA distracted the ref while Suzuki hit Yujiro with a chair. Suzuki sent Yujiro into the rails and then choked him with them. Suzuki got into a brief shoving contest with the ref. Forearms and a headbutt from Suzuki. Yujiro came back with slaps that rocked Suzuki, but Suzuki took him down and got him in a leg lock. Yujiro eventually got to the ropes. Suzuki got Yujiro in a facelock, but Yujiro turned it into a fisherman buster. Big exchange of chops and elbows in the corner. Yujiro hit a running boot in the corner. Yujiro taunt slapped Suzuki, so Suzuki laid him out with a big slap. Boot by Suzuki. Suzuki went for a soccer kick but missed. Sleeper by Suzuki, but Yujiro turned it into a slam. Lariat from Yujiro for two. Yujiro went for Miami Shine but Suzuki escaped and hit a low running boot, followed by Saka Otoshi for the win. My only complaint is that he didn’t keep the choke in for longer. Like forever.

5. Toru Yano vs. Karl Anderson
Anderson attacked Yano as soon as he entered the ring. Long time since I’ve seen that. Anderson put on Yano’s top and mocked him by doing a machine gun version of Yano’s catchphrase. Anderson is basically wrestling like Yano. He does a really good Yano impression. Both guys sent each other into the exposed turnbuckle. Yano drop toed Anderson into the middle turnbuckle and rolled him up for two. Anderson came back with a big spinebuster and a firman carry Gun Stun for two. Yano reversed a Gun Stun into a slingshot into the exposed turnbuckle. Powerbomb attempt from Yano but Anderson got out. The final sequence involved Yano trying to go for the low blow, but Anderson kept avoiding it using the ref. Eventually Yano hit the low blow and the Akakiri cradle for the win. Yano’s outside cradle is one of the most successful moves of the G-1. I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying Yano in this tournament. Not working with Suzuki is doing him wonders, and vice versa.

6. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shelton Benjamin
Big Shibata chants from the crowd. He’s got to be the crowd/tournament favourite after his win over Tanahashi on Day 4.
Mat wrestling early on, with neither guy gaining the advantage. Both guys sportsmanly break holds in the ropes. Early ankle lock from Benjamin, but Shibata made the ropes. Benjamin caught a Shibata kick and turned it into a spinebuster. On the outside, Benjamin whipped Shibata back and forth into the guard rails by his legs. Very Cesaro-esque. Huge Irish whip into the corner from Benjamin. Snap suplex from Benjamin followed by a sleeper. Exchange of elbows with Shibata coming out on top. Repeated forearms on Benjamin in the corner followed by a corner dropkick. Benjamin came back with a wheel kick, followed by a delayed double underhook suplex. Benjamin missed a superkick, leading to another exchange of strikes. Huge spinning backhand chop from Shibata. Benjamin turned a Go2Sleep into an ankle lock. Big Shibata chants from the crowd. Shibata finally made it to the ropes to break the hold. Shibata with a sleeper and a German. He missed a Penalty Kick, opening himself up for a superkick from Benjamin. Then a second superkick, but Shibata stayed up! Shibata avoided Paydirt and put Benjamin into a sleeper. With Benjamin all but out, Shibata nailed him with a Penalty Kick to end the streak. Great match. Shibata staying up after that second superkick one was of those special wrestling moments. At least it will be.

7. A.J. Styles vs. Hirooki Goto
Some good old fashioned mat wrestling to start things off. Goto hasn’t lost yet, so he’s already doing better against AJ than he did with Yano. Goto with a big shoulder tackle for the first impact move of the match. AJ flipped out of a German, but missed a splash in the corner. Goto nailed AJ with an elbow, AJ rolled out the ring to regather. Goto tried to get AJ back in the ring, but got his neck snapped over the top rope. Big forearm in the corner from AJ. Muta Lock by AJ but Goto made the ropes. Great dropkick from AJ, even getting an applause from the crowd. Big chasing lariat from Goto, followed by Muramasa (wheel kick) in the corner and a back drop for two. Some kind of slam from AJ for two. I missed something because I lost my feed. Goto hit Kaiten, an awesome leg trap sunset flip bomb off the top turnbuckle for two. AJ came back with the Pele kick. Strong flurry of strikes from AJ, but Goto caught him with Ushikoroshi. Before Goto could finish him off, AJ hit Bloody Sunday and then the Styles Clash to defeat Goto. Another very good match.

8. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Fale pulls the hair early and rudely tells the crowd to shut up when they boo. Tanahashi tried a test of strength with Fale, Fale was winning, but Tanahashi managed to turn it into a headlock. Tanahashi kicked Fale out of the ring, but Fale pulled Tanahashi out and sent him into the guard rails. Big lariat by Fale on the floor. Back in the ring, Fale stood on Tanahashi’s back, and then on his front. Scoop slam by Fale for two. Fale is targeting Tanahashi’s back, drilling his knee into it and wrenching his face back. Repeated elbows by Fale to the back, and then a camel clutch. If Fale were Rusev, he would’ve won by now. Tanahashi fought back with strikes, but Fale dropped him with a big forearm. Clubbing blows from Fale in the corner. Fale missed a running splash in the corner. Tanahashi hit a low dropkick and a dragon screw. Tanahashi tried to pick up Fale but couldn’t. Tanahashi turned a scoop slam into a Final Cut for two. Big running splash in the corner from Fale, followed by a splash for a nearfall. Fale went for a Grenade but Tanahashi got out and slapped him in the face. Fale sent Tanahashi over the ropes but Tanahashi held on, skinned the cat and headscissored Fale to the floor. Tanahashi with a big High Fly Flow crossbody on Fale on the outside. Slingblade from Tanahashi back in the ring. Fale caught Tanahashi’s High Fly Flow and turned it into a Grenade for two. Really cool moment. Tanahashi escaped a Bad Luck Fall, but Fale caught him with a Samoan drop and then the Bad Luck Fall on his second attempt for the upset win.
Huge win for Fale. They don’t get much bigger than that. Also one of his better matches.

9. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomoaki Honma
Speaking of upsets, it’s about time Honma got one.
Big Honma chants from the crowd. Seems like they’d too like an upset. Nakamura did his face rest on Honma in the ropes. Honma just pulled him up by the hair. Good offense from Honma, until he missed his headbutt, of course. Nakamura hit big knees on Honma as he was draped over the apron. Taunting kicks from Nakamura in the ring. Honma fought back with slaps but Nakamura cut him off with a kick. Honma like falling knee from Nakamura, except he landed the move. Shaky leg in the corner from Nakamura, but Honma powered out with a big lariat on a running Nakamura. Flying forearm and bulldog by Honma followed by the falling headbutt for two. Nakamura caught Honma with a spin kick, then more kicks. DDT by Honma, followed by a piledriver for two. Nakamura got out of a slam and put Honma in a sleeper and then hit a Backstabber. Overhead throw from Nakamura, but Honma hit a surprise shoulder tackle and a brainbuster for two. Honma went up top for the diving headbutt and…missed. An exchange of strikes, with Honma winning out with a headbutt. Nakamura then hit a jumping kick off the ropes and went for a Boma Ye but Honma rolled him up for two. Honma tried another quick roll up but they ended up falling over each other. Nakamura hit a kick and a Boma Ye but Honma kicked out. After a second Boma Ye, Honma stayed down. Another loss for Honma. But yet again, despite the one botched pin attempt near the end, Honma had another great match. Huge Honma chants after the match despite the loss. When o’ when will Honma win?

10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
Nice running of the ropes, ending with a big Naito dropkick. Big forearms by both guys in the corner. Naito won out, but Okada got him on the ropes and dropkicked him to the outside. Okada used the rails to attack Naito. Slingshot senton onto Naito back in the ring (Senton Atomico). Very quick low running dropkick by Okada. I missed something again because my feed dropped. Big rolling senton from Naito. Naito hit the corner legsweep from the apron, but Okada caught him on the way back into the ring with a reverse neckbreaker and an elbow from the top. Rainmaker attempt, but Naito escaped and hit a tornado DDT using the top rope. Naito hit the Corner legsweep from the apron and the slingshot rope-aided corner dropkick. Frankensteiner from the top from Naito and a bridging German for two. Okada came back with a big dropkick to the back of Naito’s head. Okada then hit the tombstone piledriver and went for a Rainmaker. Naito turned the Rainmaker into a crucifix pin attempt, but Okada manoeuvred him into a tombstone position. Naito escaped and hit a dragon suplex. An exchange of strikes. Naito with a big flying forearm off the ropes. Okada returned the favour with a dropkick. Rainmaker attempt turned into a Ura-nage by Naito. Stardust Press from Naito connected to put away Okada. Two massive wins in a row for Naito.

Final Thoughts

One streak ends, another continues. Shibata put a stop to Shelton Benjamin’s inexplicable winning streak, while Nakamura broke our (my) hearts by keeping Honma at zero points.
I was worried that after the incredible Day 4, Day 5 was doomed to be let down by comparison. I’m happy to say that was not the case at all. It didn’t surpass the unsurpassable Day 4, but it was still another fantastic show in what has been a simply amazing tournament.
Naito defeated Okada in a really great main event, giving him two huge win in two shows. Benjamin’s hot streak looks like it’s been transferred to Naito.
Nakamura vs. Honma was excellent. Almost everything you could’ve hoped for. An upset win would’ve made it perfect. I really hope they’re saving Honma’s first win for something special, and not just a throw away, sympathy win over whoever. After all these losses, his first win has to be huge. Despite the loss, the crowd was cheering for Honma all the way until, and after the end. It’s amazing how the guy who hasn’t won a single match is, in my opinion, the standout star of the tournament.
Shibata ended Benjamin’s streak in very Shibata fashion, taking him down with the sleeper and then kicking his chest in with the Penalty Kick. The moment when Shibata stayed on his feet after the superkick from Benjamin felt like one of those special moments in wrestling that you’ll remember fondly for a long time.
Fale’s win over Tanahashi felt like a big upset. Hopefully it gives Fale some of the credibility he sorely needs.
Styles and Goto had a really good match together. Goto’s leg trap sunset flip off the tope rope was pretty amazing. A lot of crisp, back and forth action by these guys.
Ishii and Gallow’s opener was very good. It was probably Gallows’ best match of the tournament so far. And it’s always good to see Ishii get some points.
Tenzan/Archer and Davey Boy/Kojima were both fine. I enjoyed the big man battle between Davey Boy and Kojima.
Seeing Suzuki put Takahashi into that choke was a moment of pure bliss. I wish he didn’t have to let go.
Another great show in a great tournament. The G-1 is like Christmas every other day. It’s the tournament that keeps on giving.

New Japan G-1 Climax Day 4 Results, Akita

New Japan G-1 Climax 24 Day 4 Card, Akita

  • Satoshi Kojima vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Shelton Benjamin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma
  • Togi Makabe vs. Lance Archer
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • A.J. Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Results

1. Satoshi Kojima vs. Bad Luck Fale
Kojima defeated Fale with the Cozy Lariat.

2. Shelton Benjamin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. Benjamin continued his winning streak by defeating Davey Boy with Paydirt. 

3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki
Suzuki defeated Tenzan with a submission manoeuvre, the name of which I don’t know. I’ll find out shortly. Tenzan missed a flying headbutt. Suzuki took him out with a Shining Wizard (or maybe a low running kick). He then took Tenzan down with a facelock and made Tenzan tap out to a facelock type submission – Saka Otoshi.  Really good sequence.

4. Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano Yano pinned Goto with the Akakiri Cradle out of nowhere in a very quick match.

5. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma
Hopefully with the last match being so short, this one will get the time it deserves.
Ishii defeated Honma with the brainbuster.
Ishii and Honma had a huge battle of chops. Honma came out on top, chopped Ishii down and hit his falling headbutt to a big applause.
Honma hit a massive spike DDT in Ishii. Ishii is selling Honma’s offesnse amazingly. Honma won a short lariat battle and went up top for the big flying headbutt but Ishii rolled out of the way. Ishii hit a great stalling middle rope superplex. Big powerbomb from Ishii for a nearfall. Honma rolled up Ishii for two, then hit a quick release German suplex. Big lariat from Honma, followed up with a brainbuster for two. Huge exchange of strikes, ending in a lariat from Ishii. Ishii then hit his brainbuster for the three. Fantastic match.

6. Togi Makabe vs. Lance Archer Makabe hit the spider German suplex from the turnbuckle, followed by the King King Knee to get the three.

7. Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Mat wrestling to start the match. These guys are awesome. Nakamura got the early advantage, grounding Nagata. Nagata did a cool jump fake casuing Nakamura to block his face, at which point Nagata hit a low kick. Nakamura taunted Nagata repeatedly with weak kicks to the head which only infuriated Nagata. Nakamura hit the running knee in the corner followed by an overhead suplex. Nakamura went for Boma Ye but Nagata moved out of the way Nagata got Nakamura in a submission but Nakamura reversed it into an armbar, which Nagata then reversed into an armbar of his own. The crazy eyes one. After a battle on the turnbuckles, Nakamura hit a jumping Boma Ye. BOth guys got up for a huge striking battle. Nakamura missed two spin kicks and Nagata nailed him with a kick of his own. German by Nagata, Justice knee and a backdrop for a nearfall. Nagata went for the Exploder of Justice but Nakamura escaped and hit two Boma Yes for the win. Great match.

8. A.J. Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito Styles got Naito in a very long headlock. Big dropkick Naito as Styles came off the ropes. Styles came back with a big dropkick of his own. Neither do it better than Okada, but they’re close. Styles reopened Naito’s cut from his previous match. Naito with punches but Styles stop his flurry with an eyepoke, followed by a springboard forearm and a backbreaker for a nearfall. Naito’s pretty bloody over his left eye. Naito backdropped Styles over the ropes. Naito went out but Styles swept Naito’s leg on the apron, causing Naito to faceplant. Double lariat on the outside. Unnecessary 19-count, both guys were just taking a break before getting back in. Naito in control in the ring, hitting Styles with a running somersault senton. Naito went up top but AJ pulled him down and suplexed Naito into the corner. Pele by AJ followed by Bloody Sunday. Styles went for the Clash but Naito blocked, and hit the corner legsweep from the apron and slingshot rope-aided corner dropkick. Syles got Naito into the Styles Clash position from the middle turnbuckle but Naito escaped and hit a bridging German for two. Gloria from Naito followed by the Stardust Press for the win. Awesome match. Huge win for Naito over the reigning IWGP Heavyweight champ. A win he strongly needed.

9. Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson
Anderson almost suplexed Okada from the apron to the floor but Okada landed on the apron. Anderson then hit a bicycle kick to knock Okada off the apron. Anderson’s tactic is to get Okada counted out by attacking him outside the ring. Good luck. Okada made it back into the ring.  Anderson went for a senton but Okada rolled out of the way and hit a DDT. The crowd is crazy for Okada. Okada dropkicked Anderson off the turnbuckles to the floor. Okada threw Anderson into the rails and the kicked him over them, and then hit a hangman DDT onto the floor. Back in the ring, Okada hit a top rope elbow drop and went for Rainmaker but Anderson blocked. Running powerbomb from Anderson followed by a diving top rope reverse Gun Stun. Anderson hit a Bernard Driver for a nearfall. ANderson went for Gun Stun but Okada nailed him with a beautiful dropkick. Dropkick to the back of Anderson’s head followed by a tombstone from Okada. Incredible sequence at the end with Okada and Anderson repeatedly blocking their respective finishers, ending with Anderson finally reversing Rainmaker into Gun Stun for the win. Another spectacular match.

10. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Big, big, big match feel.
Very careful start, with neither guy wanting to give up the early advantage. Not long before the stiff forearms though. Early Penalty kick attempt by Shibata but Tanahashi rolled out of the way. Tanahashi lured Shibata to the floor and dropkicked him when he tried to get back in. Outside, Shibata threw Tanahashi into the rails and booted him over them. Suplex onto the floor from Shibata. In the ring, Shibata dropped Tanahashi with a stiff kick to the chest. Shibata missed a big boot in the corner and Tanahashi hit a flying forearm off the ropes. Second rope somersault senton from Tanahashi. Tanahashi hit a running dropkick in the corner but Shibata no sold it and laid into Tana with repeated forearms. He then hit a running dropkick of his own. SHibata ducked a slap and put Tana in a sleeper, Tana reversed it into a German, but Shibata got straight up and hit a German on Tana. Tana blocked a Penalty kick and hit a dragon screw. Texas Cloverleaf by Tana but Shibata escaped. Another dragon screw from Tana. Tana went for Slingblade but Shibata caught him with a sleeper. Another Penalty kick attempt but Tana ducked and hit Slingblade, followed by a High Fly Flow to Shibata’s back. Tana went for another HFF but Shibata got his knees up. Big Forearms exchange, ending with a backfist style knife-edged chop from Shibata. Go2Sleep attempt from Shibata but Tana rolled him up for two. Tana went for a dragon suplex but Shibata turned it into a Go2Sleep, followed by a Penalty kick for the win. Amazing stuff. Huge win for Shibata. The ending was really great, playing on the ending from their G-1 match last year, where Tanahashi rolled up Shibata when he went for the Go2Sleep. This year Shibata escaped and hit the move for the win.

Thoughts

Brilliant show, the best since Day 1 of the tournament, probably better. Definite show of the year contender. Sometimes the first half of New Japan shows can be a bit slow compared to the second half. Tonight, it was just brilliant from top to bottom.
From Suzuki/Tenzan on, the show fired on all cylinders. Suzuki’s win over Tenzan using Saka Otoshi was really cool. I haven’t seen him pull that one out for a long time.
Yano’s surprise win over Goto was, well…surprising. Anything really can happen in the G-1, and that’s a perfect example.
Ishii and Honma had another great match together, reminiscent of their match for the Never championship from a couple of months back.
Archer had another good outing, this time against Makabe, who has been looking great this tournament.
Nagata vs. Nakamura was really good. Nagata looked great, with Nakamura needing multiple Boma Ye to keep him down. I’ve said it before, but these older guys are killing it in this tournament.
Naito and Styles had a great battle. Their styles really compliment each other. Styles is getting better in the heel role, opening up Naito’s cut from the night before. Naito really needed a big win to get some of his missing heat back, and you can’t get much bigger than over the IWGP Heavyweight champ.
The last two matches, Okada vs. Anderson and Tanahashi vs. Shibata, are instant classics.
The final sequence in the match between Okada and Anderson was spectacular. Just reversal after reversal, with Anderson finally coming out on top, reversing the Rainmaker into a Gun Stun for the win.
Shibata vs. Tanahashi was everything you could have wanted it to be. Unless you wanted Tanahashi to win, of course. The ending was a great little call back to their match at last Year’s G-1, where Shibata went for the Go2Sleep, but Tanahashi rolled him up for the win. This year Tanahashi tried the same thing, but Shibata kicked out, tried again and hit the Go2Sleep, followed by the PK for the three. Such an exciting match. It had an incredibly big match feel to it right from the get go. And Shibata not even hanging around to celebrate after the win was very cool. He defeats the company’s top guy, heads straight to the back, cuts a no nonsense 5-second promo. Out. Shibata does not mess around.

Brilliant show. It’s going to be tough for the remaining shows to top tonight’s. But I can’t wait to see them try.

Current Standings After Day 4

Block A

Shelton X Benjamin: 8
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 6
Bad Luck Fale: 4
Satoshi Kojima: 4
Katsuyori Shibata: 4
Tomohiro Ishii: 4
Yuji Nagata: 2
Shinsuke Nakamura: 4
Doc Gallows: 2
Davey Boy Smith, Jr.: 2
Tomoaki Honma: 0

Block B

Hirooki Goto: 6
Kazuchika Okada: 6
Tetsuya Naito: 6
Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 4
Togi Makabe: 4
Toru Yano: 4
Yujiro Takahashi: 2
A.J. Styles: 2
Karl Anderson: 2
Lance Archer: 2
Minoru Suzuki: 2

New Japan G1 Climax 24 Day 3 Live Results

G1 Climax Day 3  Card, Yamagata

  • Tomoaki Honma (From Yamagata) vs. Doc Gallows
  • Lance Archer vs. Karl Anderson
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shelton Benjamin
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
  • Katsuyori Shibata vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe

Results

1. Tomoaki Honma (From Yamagata) vs. Doc Gallows
Gallows defeated Honma with the Gallows Pole. Still zero points for Honma. Couldn’t even get a win in his hometown. That was very WWE of New Japan.

2. Lance Archer vs. Karl Anderson
Archer defeated Anderson with Blackout. Still no points for Anderson. Good match. Archer’s intensity level is off the charts. Anderson targeted the leg and had Archer in control early. Archer kicked out of a fireman carry stunner and made the comeback to get the win.

3. Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Tenzan made Takahashi tap out to the Anaconda Vice.

4. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shelton Benjamin
Benjamin just destroyed Ishii early on with stiff forearm shots. Ishii came back with a nice Ishii powerslam. Benjamin did a cool leg sweep into an ankle lock. Ishii reversed it into an ankle lock of his own. Benjamin then reversed that into another ankle lock. Cool sequence. Ishii got to the ropes.
Benjamin took a German suplex from Ishii very poorly. Like he was afraid of the impending impact.
Ishii no sold a wheel kick but walked straight into a superkick followed by Paydirt, giving Benjamin the win. F##k!

5. Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
Naito was busted open very early on from a Yano chair shot. Naito pinned Yano with the Stardust Press. Naito landed right across Yano’s face.

6. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
I’ve worked it out. Davey Boy’s classic 80s wrestler style. He’s becoming the Honky Tonk Man!
Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Shibata with a powerbomb. Bit of a surprise win. Not much energy from the crowd for that one. To be fair, it was a fairly slow match.

7. Yuji Nagata vs. Bad Luck Fale
Strong showing by Nagata. He had Fale in all sorts of knots. Fale finally got the win with the Bad Luck Fall.

8. Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki
Really good match. Better than anything beforehand. Goto pinned Suzuki with Goto Shiki.
Suzuki was heeling it up big time. TAKA tried to interfere but received an Ushikoroshi. SUzuki had Goto out with a sleeper and was going for the Gotch piledriver, but Goto quickly pinned him with Goto Shiki.

9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima
Awesome match. Kojima hit Tanahashi with everything. Cozy Crush Dynamite. Cozy Lariat. But Tanahashi kept coming back. Tanahashi finally landed a flying crosbody followed by the High Fly Flow for the victory. Easily the most exciting match of the night up to this point.
Earlier in the match, Tanahashi went for the High Fly Flow but Kojima got his knees up. Kojima looked like he was going to score the upset victory over Tanahashi, alas it wasn’t meant to be.

10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe
Please don’t break Makabe’s jaw, Okada.
Okada defeated Makabe in the match of the night with the Rainmaker.
Fantastic match. It really looked like Makabe was going to come away with the victory. Makabe had a big flurry of offense near the end. Lariat, powerbomb, German off the turnbuckle, but then he missed the King Kong Knee Drop and it was all Okada after that. German Suplex and Rainmaker for the win.

Thoughts

The final three matches were good, really good and fantastic respectively.
The opening match, while good, was a bit of a downer start to the show. Honma was great, but deserved a victory in his hometown.
Shibata vs. Davey Boy was the biggest let down of the night. Just very slow and underwhelming.
Overall, Day 3 would have to be the weakest of of the three shows so far. That’s not saying it was bad. The second half was very good, just a bit forgettable in the first half.