New Japan G-1 Climax Day 4 Results, Akita

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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

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