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Welcome to another review of the G1 Climax, I’ll be the new reviewer for the A Block of the G1, Andrew will be covering the B Block from here on out.
Tama Tonga (2) vs Tomohiro Ishii (4)
This was a fun, solid match, definitely Tama’s best match so far in the G1. No real impact on the G1 though, since neither Ishii nor Tama are winning the A Block, considering Ishii still has to face Okada and Tanahashi, and Tama is well, Tama. A big part of the match was Tama trying to hit the Gun Stun, like you’d see in a Karl Anderson match. There was a nice spot where they ran around the ring, evading each other’s attempts at offense, until Tama took Ishii down with a dropkick. The finish to the match was Ishii going for a sliding lariat, Tama ducked and hit a Headshrinker DDT, Ishii kicked out. Tama tried to hit the Gun Stun multiple times after, Ishii countered one and tried to hit a vertical drop brainbuster, which Tama countered into a Gun Stun, Tama then nailed a second Gun Stun to finish Ishii off.
WINNER: Tama Tonga (4)
SANADA (4) vs Bad Luck Fale (2)
Fale once again took the ring announcer out before the match started. This was a good match, not anything special though. SANADA was kinda a face during the match with him playing the underdog during the match, though he did choke Fale out with his baseball bat. They did the 19 count spot (Can there be a match where this doesn’t happen?) with SANADA after Fale attacked him with a guard rail outside of the ring. SANADA got out of a Bad Luck Fall, but was eventually got with a Grenade from Fale, and then was basically thrown out of the G1 after a Bad Luck Fall connected for the three count. Another good performance from Fale in this G1, he’s been one of the best in the tournament so far, hopefully people remember how good he is after the G1 ends. I was hoping they’d keep SANADA in contention for the A Block, oh well.
WINNER: Bad Luck Fale (4)
Naomichi Marufuji (4) vs Togi Makabe (8)
The main question going into this match is if Makabe can keep up his undefeated streak or if he’ll begin to choke it away.
This match was eh, not good, not bad, just okay. I’m not a big fan of Makabe matches, and he hasn’t done anything to win me over during this G1. Marufuji did his usual kicks and knees during the match, he finished Makabe off with a Shiranui. Nothing much to say about this match other than it was better than expected.
WINNER: Naomichi Marufuji (6)
Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) vs Kazuchika Okada (6)
This was just a letdown. Heel Okada was nice and there were some good sequences, but that’s kinda it. Okada has been one of the worst wrestlers in the G1 so far. I really expected this to be good, but it just wasn’t. The best part of this match was Tenzan almost knocking himself and Okada out with a Rainmaker reversed into a headbutt. The winner of the match was the worst part though, Okada hit a German Suplex to Tenzan while he was going for a Moonsault, Okada then hit a Rainmaker for the win. They ruined the best story in the G1 just like that. Good way to tell you that Tanahashi/Okada is the only match left in the A Block that matters, though.
WINNER: Kazuchika Okada (8)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (2) vs Hirooki Goto (4)
After that, we got THIS. This was the worst match in the G1 that has happened so far. The only good part of this match was when Red Shoes counted the 3 count for Tanahashi. I enjoyed Tanahashi’s 25 minute post match celebration more than that match. This was one of the worst matches I’ve watched this entire year. If you want to see what a phoned in wrestling match is, then subject yourself to this match.
WINNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi (4)
Overall Thoughts: This was the worst show of the G1 Climax so far, and I really hope it’s the worst of the G1 entirely. SANADA/Fale was match of the night and it was just good. Don’t watch this show.