G1 Climax Day 2 Card
- Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii
- Shelton Benjamin vs. Bad Luck Fale
- Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi
- Lance Archer vs. Tetsuya Naito
- Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
- A.J. Styles vs. Toru Yano
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
- Karl Anderson vs. Togi Makabe
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Doc Gallows
While on paper Day 2 may not look as exciting as Day 1, you can still be sure to expect some great matches. As for Yano vs. Styles, I have absolutely no idea what to expect.
Anderson vs. Makabe should have a strong showing. If anyone can pull a good match out of Gallows, it’s Hiroshi Tanahashi. The match up I’m most looking forward to is Honma vs. Nagata. I expect their styles and size will compliment each other nicely. Nakamura vs. Davey Boy is another one that might not sound amazing, but Davey Boy can put on a good show when given the chance.
1. Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Awesome exchange of chops in the corner. Ishii didn’t let Kojima finish his rapid corner chops. Awesome standing superplex by Ishii from the middle ropes. Kojima caught Ishii with an Ace Crusher, and followed it up with a second one from the turnbuckles. Ishii is bleeding from the mouth. Ishii blocked Kojima’s lariat and hit a flurry of strikes but Kojima hit a discus elbow. Huge DDT from Kojima followed with a brainbuster. Kojima went for the lariat again but missed. Ishii with the headbutt followed by a brainbuster for the win.
Superb opening match. Kojima looked really good getting in most of the offense in the match. He went for his lariat multiple times but Ishii managed to avoid it each time and finally got the brainbuster for the win. [12’27”]
2. Shelton Benjamin vs. Bad Luck Fale
Benjamin escaped the Bad Luck Fall and hit Pay Dirt for his second victory in the G1. Not much else in the match besides some clothelines. Benjamin’s biggest strength is his agility and athleticism, yet we rarely see him utilize it in matches. Benjamin’s now on 4 points. [05’55”]
3. Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Takahashi lured Goto to the outside and threw him into the ringpost. Got was nearly counted out but got back in the ring at 19. Goto hit a wheel kick in the corner. Takahashi sold it really well. Takahashi hit a really low/weak Fisherman Buster for a 2-count. Goto hit a shirt arm headbutt followed by a lariat that turned Takahashi inside out. Goto with Shouten Kai for the win. [10’31”]
4. Lance Archer vs. Tetsuya Naito
Archer just destroyed Naito early on with a huge lariat. Naito missed a Stardust Press attempt. Archer caught Naito with a big German followed by a chokeslam. Archer was in control when Naito pinned him with a small package out of nowhere. [08’39”]
Archer was looking really good and getting some good crowd heat until he got pinned. His USA tights were pretty sweet, if you’re into that kind of thing.
5. Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma
This is the match I’m most looking forward to. Time for Honma to get 2 points!
Honma missed his first falling headbutt attempt of the night. Later on he hit it on his second attempt. He was very happy. Nagata reversed a suplex into an armbar, the one with the crazy eyes. Running powerbomb out of the corner from Honma quickly followed with a brainbuster for a near fall. Honma went up top for a diving headbutt and…missed.
Nagata hit a German but Honma got right back up and walked into a brainbuster from Nagata. Nagata with a backdrop pin for the win. [11’15”]
Very good match, though I’m not happy to see Honma lose again. Not the crispest of matches by these two. At one point Nagata slipped over as he was running the ropes. And Honma’s clothesline reversal into a pin wasn’t pretty. Still a really good match overall. For those counting, Shelton Benjamin has 4 points while Honma has zero. Things better change real soon!
6. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Davey Boy used his strength early on to dominate Nakamura. Davey Boy had Nakamura in a standing vertical suplex but Nakamura kneed Davey Boy in the head to get out of it. Nakamura hit a backstabber and went for an armbar but Davey Boy lifted him up and slammed him down to get out of it. Nice Tiger Suplex with bridge by Davey Boy for a 2-count. Nakamura hit a Boma Ye but Davey Boy kicked out. He didn’t kick out of the next one though. Nakamura wins. [13’37”]
Good match. Davey Boy’s look has changed slightly since last time I saw him. He looks more like a classic 80s wrestler. It works for him. I like it.
7. A.J. Styles vs. Toru Yano
I’m so excited to see Yano in a match with somebody besides Minoru Suzuki.
I can’t believe it. I actually enjoyed a Yano match. That may be a first. Yano pushed Styles into the exposed turnbuckles and the ref but Styles stopped himself before colliding. Yano hit a low blow and got a nearfall. Styles came back with a Styles Clash for the victory. [09’53”]
8. Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Okada hit a DDT on Tenzan on the floor. Tenzan with a nice wheel kick off the ropes. Tenzan hit his knee to the back of the head from the top turnbuckle. Okada countered Tenzan out of the corner with his neckbreaker on the knee. Tenzan countered a Rainmaker with a headbutt to the chest. Tenzan with a Tombstone Piledriver for a nearfall followed with the Anaconda Vice. Okada nearly powered out but Tenzan hit an Anaconda slam and a diving headbutt for a nearfall. Tenzan missed a moonsault. Big dropkick by Okada followed by another Rainmaker attempt but Tenzan hit a lariat of his own. European uppercut followed by a dropkick to the back of the head by Okada. Then a Tombstone Piledriver and Rainmaker for the win. [12’51”]
Really good match. Tenzan has really turned it on for the G1. He really looked like he could have got the victory over Okada at any moment.
9. Karl Anderson vs. Togi Makabe
Makabe has such a potty mouth. Anderson’s goes straight for Makabe’s jaw with a cheap shot in the corner. Anderson got great heat from the crowd. Anderson with big slaps to Makabe’s jaw. Makabe is selling it like it’s really hurt. Big spinbuster by Anderson followed by a big boot to Makabe’s jaw in the corner. TKO on Makabe for a nearfall. Makabe came back with a lariat and then a powerbomb. Makabe and Anderson were sitting on the top turnbuckles. Makabe rammed Anderson’s head into the post and then release German suplexed him off the turnbuckles. Makabe then hit the King Kong Knee for the win. [08’44”]
10. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Doc Gallows
Gallows is sporting some very pretty spotted pants. They’re not really spotted but that’s how they look from a distance. Gallows used his strength to out power Tanahashi early on. Gallows had an answer to all of Tanahashi’s offense. Gallows hit a bicycle kick followed by a CM Punk like roundhouse kick. Slingblade by Tanahashi but he only got a 1-count. High Fly Flow onto Gallow’s back, then another regular one for the win. Good match, though it felt a bit short for the main event at only 11:14. Gallows played the over powering monster pretty well, but Lance Archer played it best tonight.
Really solid show overall. It couldn’t quite match the level of Day 1, but I don’t think anybody expected it to.
Match of the night for me was Okada vs. Tenzan. Tenzan, and Kojima for that matter, have really turned it on for the G1. You can see how hard and painful it must be for Tenzan, but he’s really putting on great performances. Okada is of course really great. I enjoyed the multiple Rainmaker attempts and counters. Really solid match. Nagata vs. Honma was also a lot of fun. I really hope Honma eventually gets some points so he doesn’t end up looking like a total geek by the end of the tournament. Hopefully his luck will begin to change before it’s too late. Nagata is another one who’s stepped up his game for the G1. The older workers really seem like they’ve got something to prove. It really makes the G1 feel like a big deal when you see guys working extra hard in their matches.
And for the first time in over a year, I actually enjoyed a Yano match. It was so refreshing to see him in a fairly normal wrestling match with someone other than Minoru Suzuki. The fact that it was with AJ Styles certainly helped things. Here’s to more good Yano matches in the future.
I really liked Davey Boy’s new “Classic 80s Wrestler” look. He and Lance Archer had pretty good showings tonight. Out of Fale, Gallows and Archer, Archer played the monster role the best.
Makabe vs. Anderson and Gallows vs. Tanahashi were both good, but I think Okada vs. Tenzan felt more like the main event match of the night.
Very solid show. I’m really enjoying the early days of the tournament.