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G1 Climax 2015 Results: Day 14



This is it: the last week before the Finals! By this Saturday, we will find out who will be the absolute leaders of Block A and B. Not to mention, sometime this week, we will see the return of guys like The Young Bucks and reDRagon as they are set to prepare for their IWGP Jr. Tag Title match at the Finals. For Day 13, we will see if Okada will still retain his top spot in Block B. Not to mention, a brutal main event between Goto and Ishii tops the card, and you'll be surprised where that match stands.

This time around, the tournament is at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, so expect a very, very hot crowd.

G1 Climax Day 14 Results: August 9, 2015


  • Bullet Club (Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale) def. the team of Jay White and David Finlay

  • CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI and Toru Yano) def. the team of Mascara Dorada and Kota Ibushi

  • Bullet Club (Cody Hall, Doc Gallows, and AJ Styles) def. the team of Captain New Japan, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Tetsuya Naito

  • The team of KUSHIDA, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. the team of Jushin Thunder Liger, Katsuyori Shibta, and Togi Makabe


G1 Climax Block B Matches:


  • Karl Anderson (8) def. Michael Elgin (8)
That Gun Stun!

Seriously, this was a good opener in more ways than one! Again, Elgin has proven to be a revelation with his amazing performances during the tour. It feels very refreshing to see Elgin use his power-based offense on the NJPW roster, and continues to show his capacity to be a great worker all around.

Anderson is still awesome, especially when given the chance to shine in singles competition. Truly one of the best gaijin wrestlers to walk Japan, he once again made things entertaining against his opponent. It's no wonder he became the first man since Rick Rude to reach the finals of the G1.

And seriously, that Gun Stun. He may take Orton's title as the king of the "Outta Nowhere".

Rating: 4/5

  • Yuji Nagata (2) def. Satoshi Kojima (4)
It is a battle between generational veterans, and at this point, they really have nothing left to prove. This match is a simple demonstration as to why these two men are the best at what they did in their prime. This match had a "young lions, this is how it's done" vibe to it, and no doubt, this match was a fun watch., with Nagata securing the win over Kojima.

These two don't need to prove anything, nor do they need to get over. They may be low on points, sure, but their legacy outweighs their performance in this year's G1.

Rating: 3.5/5

  • Kazuchika Okada (10) def. Yujiro Takahashi (4)
So, some time ago, Yujiro had a not-so-satisfactory match against Nakamura. Being said, it feels really odd that he had a great showing against Okada this time around.

It was a fun battle between the Rainmaker and Mr. Rated R, which saw interferences from Cody Hall and Gedo. Before things broke down, the two had a very smooth encounter, which showed shades of what Yujiro can really do when given the chance.

In the end, the Rainmaker secured the lead for Okada, retaining his chances to go to the finals.

Rating: 3.5/5

  • Shinsuke Nakamura (8) def. Tomoaki Honma (0)
Honma does not have any chance to win the tournament, fine. But at the least, if he's going down, he's going down while cementing his legacy as a major performer in the tournament against a favorite in Shinsuke Nakamura. 

The Korakuen loves Honma, and they are there to show it in this very hot encounter against the King of Strong Style. And funny enough, there were signs that this could very well be the first time Honma wins a block match, but alas, a Boma Ye further depreciated Honma's win-loss record. Nakamura still has a real chance of winning the tournament, and if keeps up his momentum this week, including securing a win against Okada, then we may see Nakamura in the Finals.

Rating: 4/5

  • Hirooki Goto (8) def. Tomohiro Ishii (8)
A lot is on the line in this match. If Ishii or Goto lost, then they can say good bye to their G1 campaign this year. So there is no room for error at all between these two talented men.

And true enough, with such high stakes, they managed to deliver a superior main event to cap off the night. We all know that Goto and Ishii are capable in creating a superior main event, and true enough, it showed! The brutality, the emotion, the drama. It's like they had this feeling that they don't want to be outdone by the other main eventers and just went at it like there's no tomorrow. Goto is as amazing as ever as the IWGP IC Champ and the guy who is known for being a top-level tournament performer. Ishii once again justified why he is now where he is after years of being in the undercard. And it really helped that these two are in Korakuen Hall, where the crowd is as emotionally invested as ever, and they will show that to you.

Goto may have won the tournament match, and Ishii may be out of the tournament. But in the end, these guys and the fans are the real winners.
 
Rating: 5/5


Current Standings:

Block A:

Bad Luck Fale – 10 points
Tetsuya Naito – 10 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi – 10 points
AJ Styles – 10 points

Katsuyori Shibata – 8 points
Togi Makabe – 8 points

Kota Ibushi – 6 points 

Toru Yano – 4 points

Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 2 points 
Doc Gallows – 2 points 



Block B:

Kazuchika Okada – 12 points

Karl Anderson – 10 points
Hirooki Goto – 10 points
Shinsuke Nakamura – 10 points

Tomohiro Ishii – 8 points
Michael Elgin – 8 points

Satoshi Kojima – 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi – 4 points
Yuji Nagata – 4 points 

Tomoaki Honma – 0 points

*****

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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