NJPW ‘G1 Climax 28’ Night 11 30/07/2018

Added by Luke Hickey

NJPW are in Takamatsu City for Night 11 as G1 Climax reaches it’s closing stages, 3 more rounds of matches in A Block after tonight, which is headlined my Okada and Elgin.

David Finlay & Juice Robinson def. Shota Umino & Toa Henare

Tanga Loa & Tama Tonga def. SHO & Tomohiro Ishii

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito def. Gedo & Toru Yano

Chase Owens & Kenny Omega def. TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr

Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi def. YOH & Hirooki Goto

A Block

Bad Luck Fale vs Togi Makabe

Loa did the introduction for Fale, this was pretty much a cut, copy and paste of any opponent so far v Bad Luck Fale, despite starting off promisingly as the behemoths clashed into other, it wasn’t long until Loa’s presence became known and involved. Later on as Makabe goes for a cover, Loa pulls Asami out of the ring and despite Makabe fighting off both, the numbers eventually pay an advantage. Fale wraps Makabe’s chain around his arm as he clotheslines Makabe, Asami is rolled back in by Loa and counts the win for Fale.

Hangman Page vs Jay White

Page will effectively be out of the running with a loss here and White will be looking to climb back into the picture with a win here. Two young talented wrestlers that I both enjoy watching and I think this was a better match than their previous in Long Beach. Switchblade is dangerous, unafraid to break the rules and his suplexes are beautiful I think but Page’s athleticism is amazing and has an enormous amount of potential. White targets the back of Page, nullifying his ability with the Buckshot Lariat. White dictates much of the match with brief fight backs from Page, selling his back. Asami has enough of White’s shit, opens the door for Page. Page spits in White’s face while in the Bladerunner which does enough to throw off White,  White goes for the chair and gets a superkick. Asami is distracted as he removes the chair and White low blows Page and follows up with a Bladerunner for the win.

Minoru Suzuki vs EVIL

EVIL’s right arm and left leg are taped pretty heavily which will provide targets for a sick, sadist like Suzuki. This match goes back and forth between the two, but fails to live up to my hopes and expectations. Despite this, Suzuki excellently targets the arm of EVIL, and EVIL at times, screams, which is fairly rare. They stand in the centre of the ring and trade forearms, the go for finishers but all attempts countered, Rear Naked of Suzuki countered but Suzuki holds on, lets go and sets up and hits the Gotch Style Pilderiver for the win.

YOSHI-HASHI vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

Beginning to find sitting through YOSHI-HASHI matches too much like a chore, and it’s getting increasingly more tedious, I was hoping for a good second to last match but as soon as those opening bars of synth played, my enthusiasm just melted away. Little happened to change my opinion, despite many on my Twitter TL liking it, I just didn’t see it and spent much of it waiting for a High Fly Flow to save me. The end came in a Tanahashi rolling cradle pin which seemed out of the blue.

Kazuchika Okada vs Michael Elgin

Another dud for me, which is again against the grain of my Twitter TL, it has nothing to do with the accusations against Elgin back in North America but more the fact I find him quite boring and one dimensional, how many powerbombs can I watch without them losing their appeal? It’s roughly three which is how much he needs usually to get any win.  The first 17 minutes dragged on, pretty much Elgin using his power advantage and Okada targeting the head and neck of Elgin. The few minutes were more livelier with Elgin using all but his Elgin Bomb on Okada. Okada finally hitting the Tombstone, the Discus Rainmaker and the Rainmaker before getting the win.

If you were to go by the general consensus, watch the last two matches on today’s show, but if you were to go by mine, just wait for the next day of B Block action which barring the likely dud of a Tama Tonga match, usually delivers the goods.

Luke Hickey