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G1 Climax 2015 Results: Day 15



A few days after Goto and Ishii blew everyone away, Day 15 features key matches in Styles VS Fale and Makabe VS Tanahashi to determine their fates in Block A. Not to mention, upsets galore!

G1 Climax Day 15 Results: August 11, 2015


  • Bullet Club (Cody Hall and Yujiro Takahashi) def. the team of Jay White and Mascara Dorada

  • Bullet Club (Tama Tonga and Karl Anderson) def. the team of Captain New Japan and KUSHIDA

  • The team of Michael Elgin and David Finlay def. the team of Yohei Komatsu and Hirooki Goto

  • CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Tomohiro Ishii, Kazuchika Okada, and Shinsuke Nakamura) def. the team of Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomoaki Honma, Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata


G1 Climax Block A Matches:


  • Doc Gallows (2) def. Tetsuya Naito (10)
In the first huge upset of the night, Doc Gallows pulled off the victory over a red-hot "Los Ingobernables" Naito. It was fine for what it is, a slow and standard affair that continues to highlight his change in attitude despite facing a heel like Gallows. This match served as the "upset" match, which means not only is Naito no longer in the lead, but he is no longer qualified to reach the Finals. Doc was losing his cred due to the losses he incurred in the tournament, so beating Naito only helped improve his standing in the long term.

Rating: 2.5/5

  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2) def. Katsuyori Shibata (8)
Tenzan making Shibata submit via the Anaconda Vice is the second major upset of the night, which means Shibata has no chance as well to make it to the Finals. Tenzan's win was just as much as a welcome sight as Gallows' previous win considering how many matches he lost during the tournament for the current crop of stars. When you consider Tenzan's history in the G1 as a multi-time winner, it's amazing to see the kind of position he is in now as the guy who gives back. So for that, kudos to Tenzan being a trooper.

Shibata will come out of the G1 Climax still a badass, so he is pretty much bulletproof. 

Rating: 3/5

  • Toru Yano (4) def. Kota Ibushi (6)
Considering the situation, this match has no meaning whatsoever, so the outcome will not matter. But a match that lasted less than a minute? Yes, Yano is a thief who will find ways to win. Yes, Ibushi pulled off upsets before. But this was totally unexpected. By the end of the day, it is what it is.

At least Ibushi has a KO-D Tag Team Title match to look forward to in DDT Pro Wrestling against Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi) later this month.

Rating: 1/5

  • AJ Styles (10) def. Bad Luck Fale (10)
Now this is interesting: Fale lying down so Styles can get the easy win? And Fale kicking out at 2, throwing out plans for Styles to reach the Finals? This is certainly the most interesting faction VS faction battle in the entire tournament with this exchange. And with all members of Bullet Club surprised at Fale not going through with the plan, this was the first time since Bullet Club's creation that things did not go as planned. This is certainly an interesting turn of events worth looking into.  

Otherwise, it was a David VS Goliath battle all throughout, with Styles getting the win via a pinfall with his feet on the ropes.

Rating: 3/5

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (10) def. Togi Makabe (8)
The crowd was 100% for Makabe in a match that saw the brawler and NJPW's resident franchise player in the main event. And much like Tanahashi's encounter with Ishii 2 years ago, he became the heel in lieu of Makabe being the favored winner, a rare case for the popular Ace. Take note though, not full heel, but heel for the sake of being heel.

Again, Makabe demonstrated why he is a true main event player when given the opportunity, and Tanahashi once again excelled in the realm of in-ring psychology, focusing on Makabe's leg and showing off why he is a very good heel under the circumstances.

The match saw Tanahashi capitalize on Makabe's injured leg, and concluded with multiple High Fly Flow's to end the bout. Once again, an excellent match between the two veterans that told a compelling story from start to finish.

Rating: 4/5


Current Standings:

Block A:

Hiroshi Tanahashi – 12 points
AJ Styles – 12 points

Bad Luck Fale – 10 points (DONE)
Tetsuya Naito – 10 points (DONE)

Katsuyori Shibata – 8 points (DONE)
Togi Makabe – 8 points (DONE)

Kota Ibushi – 6 points (DONE)
Toru Yano – 6 points (DONE)

Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 points (DONE) 
Doc Gallows – 4 points  (DONE)



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


As it stands, for Block A, either Tanahashi or Styles will win and will move on to the Finals this Sunday. And on Day 16, we will have a better picture on who will have the best chance on winning Block B. Either way, with Tanahashi or Styles getting the nod for Block A, the finals is now guaranteed to be an exciting one.

But what if their match ends up in a tie? If that is the case, interesting times will be ahead for Block A.

*****

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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