NJPW G1 Climax 26 Day 7 Review

Air Date: 28/7/16

David Finlay and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tiger Mask (IV) and Jushin Thunder Liger

The vets just absolutely beat the crap out of David Finlay, tying him up in knots and destroying him with kicks and strikes. This had a good fast paced finishing stretch. Tiger Mask pins Finlay with a top rope Tiger Suplex ** ¼

Katsuhiko Nakajima, and CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo, and Toru Yano) vs. Tomoaki Honma, Manabu Nakanishi, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata

Some fun interactions here, especially with Nakajima and Nagata whose tournament match should be a hoot. Kojima pins Gedo with a Lariat **

Bullet Club (Kenny Omega and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Michael Elgin and Captain New Japan

Fine match, it’s interesting that Yujiro seems to be getting all of the pins in these Bullet Club tag matches. Hopefully this doesn’t mean he’s in line for some kind of a push. Yujiro pins Captain New Japan with Pimp Juice ** ¼

Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, and BUSHI) vs. Katsuyori Shibata, KUSHIDA, and Juice Robinson

Great fast paced trios match. Naito and Shibata is the G1 match coming out of this and that has the potential to be the best match of the tournament so far. EVIL pins Juice with the EVIL STO ***

Hiroyoshi Tenzan (w/Satoshi Kojima) [4] vs. Togi Makabe [6] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

This was a very good big man match, lots of stiff chops and headbutts. It’s weird that Tenzan has been losing so many matches given his story coming into the tournament but his matches still have a lot of emotion and he’s had two or three really good matches so far. Makabe pins Tenzan with the King Kong Knee Drop *** ½

SANADA [2] vs. Hirooki Goto [4] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

This match was worked like a payperview main event with lots of near falls and finisher reversals. And while it never really reached that level, and almost felt plodding at times, it was still a damn fine match. Goto is someone I never really liked but he’s had some solid matches in this tournament. SANADA pins Hirooki Goto with a moonsault ***

Naomichi Marufuji [4] vs. Tomohiro Ishii [2] (G1 Climax 26 A-Block)

Holy shit this was an all-out war. Marufuji came into this trying to beat the living hell out of Ishii, lighting him up with some absolutely great chops and kicks which Ishii sold like a champ. Those weren’t enough to keep the stone pitbull down though, who is having an absolutely incredible tournament so far. Tomohiro Ishii pins Marufuji with a Brainbuster **** ¼

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

This was maybe Tonga’s best match in the tournament so far, his offence was much more exciting and his selling very good. The pacing of this match was a little bit off though, and I would argue Okada gave away too much offence to Tama who is defined a lot lower down than Okada but other than that this was pretty solid. Okada pins Tonga with the Rainmaker *** ¼

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

These two always have good matches and this was no exception. We got the basic story of Tanahashi trying to overcome the giant, with Tana bumping around like crazy and creating lots of motion to keep things exciting. This is Tanahashi’s first win in the tournament and is a good place to start his come back. Hiroshi Tanahashi pins Bad Luck Fale with a backslide *** ½

Overall: 6.0

This was a pretty good show with one great tournament match and the rest all delivering, with none of the tournament matches being under ***.


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