NJPW G1 Climax 26 Day 5 Review

Air Date: 25/7/16

YOSHI-HASHI vs. David Finlay

Fine, inoffensive match. YOSHI-HASHI had his shoulder taped up so he is already a little banged up. YOSHI-HASHI makes David Finlay submit ** ½

Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Yuji Nagata, and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Michael Elgin, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask (IV), KUSHIDA, and Juice Robinson

This was every multi man tag on this tour, except it felt like a lot of people didn’t even get involved. Kojima pins Juice with a lariat ** ¼

Bullet Club (Kenny Omega and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Tomoaki Honma and Captain New Japan

Yujiro and Captain New Japan worked the bulk of this match, except when Kenny came in and acted goofy. Ugh. Yujiro pins Captain New Japan **

Katsuhiko Nakajima and CHAOS (Toru Yano and Gedo) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, and BUSHI)

Naito completely no selling Yano’s shenanigans was the best thing about this match. BUSHI pins Gedo with MX ** ¼

Bad Luck Fale [2] vs. Tomohiro Ishii [0] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

This was a match built around whether or not Ishii could overpower the monster Fale, and was actually fairly solid for a Fale match. It obviously has a lot to do with his opponents so far but Fale has had a pretty good tournament without any major stinkers yet. Ishii pins Fale with the Brainbuster ** ¾

SANADA [2] vs. Togi Makabe [4] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

Makabe clearly came into this match not really wanting to work too hard, and as such we got a perfectly acceptable, if kind of boring, match. To his credit, SANADA didn’t give off the impression that he wasn’t all in on this and even seemed like h was trying to pull something out of Makabe at times. Makabe pins SANADA with the King Kong Knee Drop ***

Naomichi Marufuji [2] vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (w/Satoshi Kojima) [4] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

This was okay but not what you would expect from these two given the tournament they’ve had so far. Lots of good strike exchanges but nothing to it other than that. Just fine. Marufuji pins Tenzan with a Sliced Bread ** ¾

Tama Tonga (w/Yujiro Takahashi) [0] vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi [0] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

A lot has been written about Tama Tonga in this tournament so far, but there’s no better example of it than this match. Tonga was in the ring with one of the best wrestlers in the world, who admittedly wasn’t working his ass off either, and had a thoroughly unimpressive match. Meanwhile the booking of Tanahashi in the G1 so far both confuses and intrigues me. Tama Tonga Pins Hiroshi Tanahashi with the Gun Stun ** ¾

Hirooki Goto [4] vs. Kazuchika Okada (w/Gedo) [2] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

While it felt like it took a very long time to get going, the last third of this match was very good and super heated. Goto doesn’t seem able to lead longer matches, which is what hurt the early portions of this match in my opinion, but is solid in the finishing stretches. Okada seemed to not be working as hard as he normally does in singles matches which was a real shame, but this was a fine performance regardless. Okada pins Goto with a Rainmaker *** ¼

Overall: 4.5

This was a very weak show, it really felt like almost no one was giving even close to their all. Perhaps one of the weakest shows of the tournament so far.


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