Saturday, August 13, 2016

NJPW G1 Climax Finals 8-14-16

Before the show, we get the rundown of the card and the English commentators. GO KEVIN KERRY-SAN! TODAY IS FINAL! The highlight reel for the tournament really makes me want to go back and watch shows I missed. The card is run down and holy Jesus are there a billion matches.

Tiger Mask and Liger face Taguchi, who sings his way to the ring in Bruce Tharpe's jacket to team with David Finlay. LIGER'S THEME IS HERE! Love Rocky Romero plugging his CD on bandcamp. Finlay dropkicks Liger and looks great, other than the awful back tat. Liger avoids a hip attack with an atomic drop, and then eats one. Hip attack to TM leads to a Finlay roll for 2. Liger palm strike leads to a tiger bomb for 2. Great double team with a super tiger suplex and a surfboard by Liger and it's over.
Jado and Gedo are out to face the Bullet Club Hunters. Goddamn is this YosHHHiTatsu act bad. Jado chops away at Captain before Gedo comes in and gets choked. "Lots of Japanese wrestlers speak very fluent curse English". Corino is hilarious. Gedo's "FUCKAAAAA" amuses me. Captain gets a throat thrust, but eats a Jado lariat. Corino puts over the Jado and Gedo matches in ECW. God was their '90s getup awful. Jado locks on a crossface and wins!
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI is up.HASHI and Makabe start up, but Honma and Ishii chop each other a bunch. KOKESHI ON THE MAT! Love this super-low suplex exchange, which Honma wins! Northern lights by Makabe gets 2. Giant face chop by Ishii gets 2. They trade clubbing Vader punches and sick chops. HASHI comes in and hits a bunch of lariats, but MAKABE WANTS THIS! Double sandwich lariat by the faces and a series of KOKESHIs hit for 2. SUPER KOKESHI MISSES!
HASHI gets a kick, but eats a jumping standing KOKESHI. Victory roll gets 2. Backstabber and a sliding lariat hit, but only get 2 after a save! HASHI hits a superkick, but eats an elbow. Western lariat and HASHI drops him on his head to win. Well, that's enough for now - I'll resume this all Sunday morning.
NOAH vs. NJPW tag is up. Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Yuji Nagata, & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Go Shiozaki, Maybach Taniguchi, & Masa Kitamiya, who got his name from Masa Saito and even has his JAPAN tights. Love all the stuff with Masa and Nagata. Big chops to Maybach from Tenzan. Back suplex and running neckbreaker to Tenzan gets 2. Chop and Mongolian chop battle between Tenzan and Masa! Go and Shibata go at it! Sick punt to the face just coming in off a tag. Nagata hits the yakuza kick and then Shibata hits the delayed dropkick for 2.
Go and Shibata just beat the piss out of each other with chops and elbows and Shibata doesn't register any of it! BACKDROP DRIVER, BUT SHIBATA GETS UP AND HITS ONE OF HIS OWN. Goddamn - just give these guys the NEVER Title to fight over forever. Four way beatdown of Shibata leads to a PK for 2. Shibata headbutts Nakajima with a nasty headbutt that BUSTS BOTH MEN OPEN. Jesus.Nakanishi tags in and hits a lariat for 2, and another 2 off a spear. The rack is on, but Masa's offense has no effect. Nakajima hits the brainbuster to win. This ruled, and then a giant brawl broke out with EVERYONE.
The Briscoes vs. Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi, with Yujiro coming out like the Godfather with Val Venis jokes about this being the real G1 Climax. Mark hits a moonsault off the top to the floor. Steve tries to get the name and numbers of all the girls, but fails. Double tackle to Page. Page gets 2 off a belt shot. Jay Driller is avoided, but a lariat gets 2. Jay hits a DVD on the apron to Page. Just stop with the apron bumps. Double Impact is avoided by Yujiro and he hits a fisherman buster. Page gets 2 off a DDT. Page gets 2 off a Saito suplex. Mark runs wild with redneck kung fu and the Doomsday Device hits for the win.
Intermission. Time Bomb countdown video. Kojima comes out to face Lethal for the ROH Title. Lethal stares him down and comes off like a guy playing world champion instead of THE WORLD CHAMPION. Love the Kojima corner elbow and then the flying elbow gets 2. Chop/forearm exchange. Chain of back suplexes by Jay. Super-sloppy Lethal Combination leads to the Hail to the King for 2. Lethal Injection is backdropped out of into the Koji Cutter! MONGOLIAN CHOP BY KOJIMA! ANACONDA VISE! Big brainbuster gets 2! Jay kicks him to avoid the lariat, then hits a kinda-Pele.WESTERN LARIAT HITS FOR 2. Trio of dives leads to the Injection, but Kojima lariats him. Kojima avoids a dragon suplex, but eats a mule kick to the balls and the Lethal Injection ends it!

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, KUSHIDA, & Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL, & BUSHI is up. Naito gets a huge reaction just coming out - it's amazing how much more of a face he is as a heel than as a face. Kinda like Austin in that sense. Corino talks about how Nakamura leaving terrified people, but Naito stepped into his place. CRAZY reaction for Tana vs. Naito to start, so Naito tags in Sanada! Basic match overall. Elgin dominates with power moves and Evil won with the STO on Robinson. Naito is teasing stuff with Elgin for the IC Title by throwing his belts around - wouldn't be a bad WK 11 match and a big win for Naito.
Kazuchika Okada, Naomichi Marufuji, & Toru Yano vs. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Roa leads to shaky cam craziness with the BC comes out. Fale has a larger shirt to help cover his mud flaps. Good move. Another basic matches. Nice lariat from Okada to Fale over the top before the Rainmaker to Roa wins it. Chono comes out with an NWO hat to announce the main event. Hard to believe it's been six years since he was released from New Japan, but at least New Japan pays homage to its history with him being a five time G1 winner.

Goto's rise is chronicled in the pre-match video, while Omega's history gets some good coverage too. Omega's new DDP pants with his stuff all over this is a shockingly good look. Omega's theme is shockingly epic, while Goto's is one of the best in wrestling. Corino hypes up Omega being the first Canadian in the finals of the G1, and could be the first to win it. Omega wrestles him on the mat and wins that war a bit. Rocky talks about the left knee of Omega being banged up while Corino hypes him up as starting from nothing to just want to be a star in Japan.

Rana hits for Omega leads to the crowd clapping the Terminator theme, but Goto knees him in the gut to nix the dive. This is basically one man becoming a character face akin to Austin here. Goto locks on a figure four to further damage the knees. Goto dominates on the knee and Kelly talks about how Omega sent AJ and Nakamura out of the company. Omega teases a powerbomb to the crowd, but does one on the apron instead. I hope that's added to 2K17 for Owens - felt odd to not have it in 2K16. Omega hits a Rude Awekening with a hip swivel and does Chono's pose for 2.

Omega locks on a camel clutch and Omega talks about some of the men who have been in the G1, including Akiyama, Kawada, Liger, Bigelow, Flair, and Austin. Goto chops away hard and Omega responds with knife edge chops and kicks, but Goto takes him down with a hard lariat mid-ring and then another in the corner. Falling elbow off the top gets 2. Omega gets a Finlay roll and a moonsault for 2. Omega chainsaw forearms the face for a bit before clubbing away.

Omega lands some nice elbows and a snap dragon suplex before the rise of the terminator dive hits, but he smashes his knee on the rail! Omega hits a missile dropkick to the neck, but Goto his the ushigoroshi! Nasty apron lariat by Goto! Rocky talks about how historic this building is for both guys Ushigoroshi off the top gets 2! Sleeper, but no GTR. Omega flips out of a German and hits a jumping knee! V Trigger hits again and he goes for the One Winged Angel, but Goto avoids it. Omega climbs up top during a sleeper and flies backwards to take both out.

Forearms and headbutts aplenty. Ibushi last ride by Omega gets 2! Phoenix Splash misses! Goto hits a round kick to the chest for 2. Omega knees out of the GTR, V trigger hits again, dragon suplex gets 2! V trigger is caught, but he lands knees, and then eats a lariat! Hellavator hits and gets 2.9! Bloody Sunday by Omega! ONE WINGED ANGEL WINS IT!

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