NJPW ‘G1 Climax 18’ Night 15 05/08/2018

Added by Luke Hickey

The last night of the Osaka weekender at Edion Arena saw the return of A Block action, headlined by Okada and EVIL who met last year in this building with EVIL beating then champion Okada.

CHAOS (SHO & Tomohiro Ishii) defeat Juice Robinson & Shota Umino

Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) defeat David Finlay & Toa Henare

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOH) defeat Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr.)

Guerrillas Of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeat Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi

BULLET CLUB ELITE (Chase Owens & Kenny Omega) defeat CHAOS (Gedo & Toru Yano)

A Block

Bad Luck Fale vs YOSHI-HASHI

YOSHI-HASHI showed a good bit of passion but won by DQ. Another dumpster fire of a match.

Minoru Suzuki vs Hangman Page

Page took it straight to Suzuki and Desperado from the get go, looking for that signature win, that being said his match against Tanahashi was a lot better than this but he showed great determination against the sadist Suzuki here. Suzuki looked to have had him beat, fading in a Sleeper Hold, Suzuki released to go for the Gotch Style Piledriver and Page set up and hit the Rite of Passage for only his second pinfall victory.

Jay White vs Togi Makabe

Not the best match of Makabe’s G1, he certainly seems to be suffering from the schedule now and who could blame him, he did bring his passion and intensity. White needs a win, holding wins over Okada and Tanahashi, he holds the keys to A Block’s winner. White won in typical fashion but toned down from previous matches, ever so slightly. While Red Shoes was distracted he threw the chair at Makabe’s face, hit the Bladerunner for the win. An alright match but nothing to go back and see.

Michael Elgin vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

Not even the Ace of the Universe can get me to care about Elgin, the match goes as expected. ‘Elgin is powerful and strong. Durr’. After 7 matches, I need a bit more than this. The arm was an interesting target but Tana didn’t seem to go after it, he did do a nice looking Dragon Screw from the 2nd rope but other than that the match generally went as expected. Slingblade’s, Twist n’ Shout, a variety of power moves, all to end with a slightly clumsy roll up that Elgin jumped more into than Tanahashi pulled him down for, thus looking slightly stupid.

EVIL vs Kazuchika Okada

EVIL has had a less than stellar tournament thus far but he’s back here where he defeated Okada in last year’s G1, Balloon Maker Kazu will surely be after redemption but EVIL takes it to Okada early and holds much of the momentum until an Okada fight back punctuated by a beautiful dropkick. They both use each other’s finish to gain nearfalls but the original Rainmaker after a spinning version was enough for Okada to get his redemption. One of EVIL’s better matches of this year’s G1.

Better than the average A Block but nothing I’d be in a rush to see. A step down from last night.

White and Okada on 12, Tanahashi in the lead with 14. Okada can go through with a win but EVIL needs to beat White. If Tanahashi wins it doesn’t matter what happens for White. If White and Okada win, White goes through.

Luke Hickey
@PuroReviews