NJPW G1 Climax 26 2016 (Night 11): Okada vs. Makabe

Welcome to another review of the G1 Climax tournament, this time I have a tiny bit of hope that Tenzan’s winning the A Block. How that happens… I don’t know, coin flip, perhaps? Anyways, in this day we’ll see who is the leader of the A Block in a match between Togi Makabe and Kazuchika Okada who are both at 8 points (unless they draw).

Hiroyoshi Tenzan [4] vs Bad Luck Fale [4]

This was a nice, short match. The MVP of the A Block Fale shoved the ring announcer before the match again. There isn’t too much worth noting about this match. The finish was Tenzan missing a moonsault, Fale hit a splash for 2, Fale picked him up, but Tenzan fought back with Mongolian Chops, he ran the ropes but got caught with a big spear, Fale then picked him up and hit the Grenade to officially eliminate Tenzan from his last G1.

WINNER: Bad Luck Fale [6]

Hiroyoshi Tenzan [Eliminated]

Hirooki Goto [4] vs Tama Tonga [4]

It felt like nothing happened during 90% of this match. Tama has started using the Rolling Cutter and Alabama Slam regularly, or I just haven’t noticed him do those. Goto kicked out of a Headshrinker DDT, establishing it as a signature, rather than a finisher, and the Gun Stun as his main finish. The finish was Goto and Tama running circles in the ring, Tama went for the Gun Stun, but that was reversed into a GTR for the 3 count, which eliminates Tama. Goto and Tama’s G1s have been very disappointing so far, unfortunately.

WINNER: Hirooki Goto [6]

Tama Tonga [Eliminated]

Naomichi Marufuji [6] vs SANADA [4]

This was a good match, the beginning was nice with SANADA trying to one-up Marufuji. While Marufuji was chopping him in the match, SANADA took his shirt off for Marufuji to do extra damage. Marufuji of course also did his Marufuji kicks, they didn’t look very good this time. There was another sequence worth noting with SANADA going for the Skull End, which was reversed into a Shiranui attempt, which SANADA reversed into a TKO for a 2 count. The finish was Marufuji hitting a Ko-oh and then finishing SANADA off with the Shiranui to eliminate him. SANADA siked a handshake after the match. Mildly Recommended

WINNER: Naomichi Marufuji [8]

SANADA [Eliminated]

Hiroshi Tanahashi [4] vs Tomohiro Ishii [4]

This match was incredible. It felt like a NEVER Openweight Title match, with Tanahashi changing his style up for the match. You have to watch the match to understand why it was so good. The finishing moments were amazing, Ishii hit a big Dragon Suplex to Tanahashi, Tanahashi got right back up and hit a Dragon Suplex to Ishii, he then hit the Straight Jacket German Suplex for a 2 count. He hit a Slingblade, missed the High Fly Flow and got hit with a vicious Sliding D from Ishii for a 2.9 count! They then exchanged headbutts, Ishii won, went for a brainbuster which was countered with a Bridging Dragon Suplex. He hit a Slingblade, Ishii got right back up but instantly got hit with a High Fly Flow, Tanahashi hit another High Fly Flow to finish Ishii off!

This is my #1 match of the A Block so far and 3rd or 4th match of the whole G1.  Highly Recommended

WINNNER: Hiroshi Tanahashi [6]

Kazuchika Okada [8] vs Togi Makabe [8]

And to follow that, we got this. We got the same old formulaic Okada match. This match was just boring. Okada’s the same as Nakamura for me, they both do the same things with no change in almost every match they have. Okada won with a Rainmaker, preceded by a Tombstone, preceded by a dropkick.

WINNER: Kazuchika Okada [10]

Overall Thoughts: This was a decent show, because of SANADA/Marufuji and Tanahashi/Ishii. Everything else was bad to decent, though.

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