New Japan G-1 Climax 24 Finals, Seibu Dome: Live Results

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Finals Card

  1. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.,  TAKA Michinoku, Desperado
  2. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi
  3. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Shelton Benjamin
  4. Jushin Liger & Captain New Japan vs. Adam Cole & Michael Bennett
  5. Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly for IWGP Jr. Tag Titles
  6. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomoaki Honma
  7. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Karl Anderson
  8. Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
  9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. A.J. Styles for Third Place in the G-1
  10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in the G-1 Finals

Results

1. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr., TAKA Michinoku, Desperado
Taguchi and his soul patch got the pin on TAKA with Dodon and the win for his team.

2. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi Yujiro pinned BUSHI with Miami Shine. Nothing special. Nagata was good but didn’t do much.

3. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Shelton Benjamin
Iizuka made his way through the crowd. It took a while. Yano and Iizuka gave each other inverted atomic drops. That was amusing.
The match ended when Suzuki held Sakuraba in a choke in the ropes. I guess Sakuraba’s team win by DQ. Nothing amazing here. Just setting up the Suzuki/Sakuraba feud.

4. Jushin Liger & Captain New Japan vs. Adam Cole & Michael Bennett
Liger’s theme is the best theme. The Captain got worked over for a long time until he got the hot tag to Liger. Liger got caught by Cole with a superkick coming off the ropes. Teh Captain got distracted by Maria on the apron. Bennet took advantage and pinned the Captain with a piledriver. Cole and Liger were good.

5. Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly for IWGP Jr. Tag Titles
Really good match. KUSHIDA did a big plancha from the top rope onto everybody over the guardrail. Fish hit a diving headbutt on KUSHIDA while Kyle had him in an armbar. Shelley hit a double stomp on Kyle while he had KUSHIDA in a guillotine. KUSHIDA out away O’Reilly with the Kimura. Great match. Really innovative stuff by both teams. O’Reilly was especially impressive.

Jeff Jarrett came out and signed an agreement between New Japan and Global Force. A signing without a table getting flipped isn’t a real signing.

6. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomoaki Honma
Honma missed his first Kokeshi attempt. He did hit a nice deadlift suplex on Naito. And he landed his second Kokeshi attempt. Honma with a big sitout powerbomb and brainbuster for an early nearfall. Honma missed the diving Kokeshi, of course. After a flurry of strikes by both men, Honma hit a running Kokeshi. Naito hit a release German but Honma no sold it and nearly rolled up Naito. Naito came back and hit the Stardust Press for the win. Of course. God dammit.
Naito tried to shake Honma’s hand after the match but Honma slapped it away.

7. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Karl Anderson
Ishii got busted open from the mouth early. It was from an elbow by Anderson. Ishii tried the deadlift superplex, but couldn’t keep Anderson up. Both men came crashing down very dangerously. Ishii kicked out of a spinning Gun Stun. Great shot of a woman in tears in the crowd. Ishii hit the branbuster on Anderson but Yujiro pulled out the ref and attacked Ishii’s injured arm. YOSHI-HASHI came out for the save. I’ve never been so seen to see YOSHI. In the ring, Anderson hit the Bernard Driver for two. Anderson reversed a brainbuster into the Gun Stun for the win. Very good match.

  1. Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
    Incredibly hard hitting match as expected. Shibata won with the Go2Sleep and the Penalty Kick.

9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. A.J. Styles for Third Place in the G-1
Fantastic match. Styles looked to have Tanahashi beat after a Bloody Sunday. Styles went for the Styles Clash but Tanahashi reversed it into a pin for the win.
After the match the Bullet Club members attacked and Styles finally got to hit the Styles Clash. Jeff Jarrett came out to make the “save” but ended up bashing Tanahashi over the head with his guitar. Jeff Jarrett is Bullet Club. Oh well, the Bullet Club used to be cool. Great segment though.

10. G-1 Finals Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura reversed a Rainmaker into an armbar but couldn’t get it all the way. Boma Ye to the back of Okada’s head. The crowd was pretty wild at this point. Okada hit his trademark dropkick but like like he normally does. Looked like Nakamura was supposed to hold onto the ropes. The did the spot again, this time Nakamura held the ropes and after Okada landed, he hit him with a Boma Ye for two. Nakamura went for another one but Okada his the dropkcick. Nakamura blocked the Rainmaker with a knee. Okada with a blackslide for two, but he held on for a short arm clothesline. Another short arm clothesline and then the real Rainmaker for the win. Pretty incredible match.

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