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G1 Climax 2015 Results: Day 4/Week 1 Roundup


Welcome to Smark Henry's G1 Climax Coverage as well as the Week 1 Roundup, where we not only look at Block B’s performance during Day 4 of the G1 Climax, but also break down the overall tournament during Week 1 and see how everyone did. We will also be highlighting the best match of the week as well as the MVP of the week, and you might be surprised as to who it is this week.




G1 Climax Day 4 Results: July 25, 2015





  • Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Doc Gallows, Cody Hall) def. the team of Captain New Japan, Tiger Mask, and Jushin Thunder Liger




  • CHAOS (Gedo, YOSHI-HASHI, and Toru Yano) def. the team of David Finlay, Mascara Dorada, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan



  • Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and AJ Styles) def. the team of Jay White and Kota Ibushi




  • The team of Ryusuke Taguchi, Katsuyori Shibata, and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. the team of Yohei Komatsu, Tetsuya Naito, and Togi Makabe




G1 Climax Block B Matches:





  • Tomohiro Ishii (2) def. Yujiro Takahashi (0)




  • Satoshi Kojima (0) def. Michael Elgin (0)



  • Karl Anderson (2) def. Hirooki Goto (2)




  • Shinsuke Nakamura (0) def. Yuji Nagata (2)




  • Kazuchika Okada (2) def.  Tomoaki Honma (0)



Current Standings:

Block A:

Hiroshi Tanahashi – 4 points
AJ Styles – 4 points
Tetsuya Naito – 2 points
Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 2 points
Togi Makabe – 2 points
Katsuyori Shibata – 2 points
Kota Ibushi – 2 points
Bad Luck Fale – 2 points
Doc Gallows – 0 points
Toru Yano – 0 points


Block B:

Karl Anderson – 4 points
Kazuchika Okada – 4 points
Tomohiro Ishii – 4 points
Hirooki Goto – 2 points
Yuji Nagata – 2 points
Satoshi Kojima – 2 points
Shinsuke Nakamura – 2 points
Tomoaki Honma – 0 points
Michael Elgin – 0 points
Yujiro Takahashi – 0 points



Current Situation on Block A:


As it stands, the leaders of Block A are the guys many have probably expected: AJ Styles and Hiroshi Tanahashi, two of the top guys in the company right now. With the exception of Gallows and Yano, the rest are very evened out, with everyone still having a very good chance in winning the block. Many are probably thinking that Yano, at this phase of his career, will end up being the “sacrificial lamb” of Block A, being relegated to the guy who gets pinned by everyone, but weirder things have happened. If Ibushi beats Styles and Naito beats Tanahashi on Day 5, then things are only going to be more interesting. But looking at it, Tanahashi and Styles are the ones with the only real chance to lead the block at this point.


Current Situation on Block B:


Based on my early predictions and considering his spot in the card as IWGP Heavyweight Champion, there was no question that Okada will secure a lead in the block, but no one would have expected the week to end with a lot of surprises, particularly Ishii and Anderson sharing Okada's spot. Tomohiro Ishii getting the lead is great, but Anderson pulling off major surprises in Block B by beating both Nakamura and Goto, the former and current IWGP Intercontinental Champions respectively, is something no one could have imagined. And doing so in impressive fashion really helped Anderson’s case. Favorites like Nakamura and Nagata are not doing as well as expected in Week 1, which really threw early block predictions out of the window.

However, historically, those who had bad tournament starts tend to recover through a string of wins during the latter half of the tournament. So while it is true that they had a rough beginning, they still have an early chance of winning the whole thing just as long as they don't incur any more losses. Luck will also be a factor because if the block leaders suffer unexpected losses, they stand to lose their chance to make to the finals. Thus, like Block A, there is still a chance that anyone can gain the lead in their block as Week 2 begins. Though seriously, Honma really deserves at least one win. #GiveHonmaAChance



G1 Match of the Week: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Kota Ibushi, Day 1



Looking at the entirety of Week 1, there was really no doubt that the Tanahashi VS Ibushi main event would be the highlight of the whole week. It was intriguing to see both men, who have been around New Japan for years now and have never faced one another in singles competition, get their first encounter during the main event of Day 1. And while we knew these two will put on a great match, they both exceeded initial expectations and blew the roof off with their performance.

Ibushi is like a swiss army knife: he is very versatile and can adapt to different styles of wrestling. Already a high-flying maestro, he can also demonstrate his power like it was nothing and can strike among the best strikers as well as go technical when needed. In a way, he sort of reminds me of Eddie Guerrero, who can adapt very well to any kind of match. Tanahashi needs no explanation as he is already a master of the main event game. And coming off a feud with Toru Yano, any doubts that he may have lost his touch in big pressure situations have been effectively erase.

Here’s to hoping for a rematch between these two in the future.



G1 MVP of the Week: Karl Anderson





If I told you a week ago that Karl Anderson would be the first G1 MVP of the Week, you may probably be laughing your ass off thinking it was impossible. But here we are, giving outstanding performances against the incomparable Shinsuke Nakamura and Mr. Tournament himself, Hirooki Goto, and beating them in the process. There was no doubt that he is a very capable singles main event player, but his recent performances are a reminder of why he was the second gaijin to ever reach the finals of the G1 (the first was the legendary Rick Rude).

To give you an idea, ever since he joined New Japan, he has built a reputation to being the tag team wrestler in New Japan. In fact, at this point, it can be argued that he is the greatest gaijin tag team wrestler New Japan has ever seen. His first run as IWGP Tag Team Champion (with Giant Bernard, aka Matt Bloom) saw him achieve the longest championship reign in history as well as most title defenses, in the process attaining the GHC Tag Team Titles from Pro Wrestling NOAH. And to prove how adaptable he is, he also became a three-time winner of New Japan’s Tag League (with Giant Bernard, Hirooki Goto, and Doc Gallows), proving that when it comes to the tag team scene, Anderson’s your guy.

He had a successful 2012 singles run after Bernard left to (unfortunately) become Lord Tensai, but his run was halted in order to help build Bullet Club, and his team with Doc Gallows. Today, it’s time for Anderson to once again position himself as a singles player (besides being a tag team player), and if it means taking the IWGP Intercontinental Title away from Goto, so be it. His loyalty to New Japan has been greatly rewarded, and his success at this point is, in his words on Twitter (@machinegunka), “verified.”

Do you have anyone else in mind for Week 1’s MVP? What was your favorite match so far in the tournament? Do you think Honma deserves a chance? Sound off in the comments below!


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Lance Tan Ong has been a banking guy for the past few years but a wrestling guy for most of his life. And after checking out matches of Mitsuharu Misawa and Shinya Hashimoto at an early age, he's also pretty much a puro guy as well. Currently checking out WWE (mostly NXT), NJPW, DDT, and other promotions that catch and demand attention. He currently handles NJPW news and coverage for Smark Henry.

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