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G1 Climax 2015 Results: Days 17 and 18



Apologies for the late post guys, it was a pretty busy couple of days especially with the recently concluded PWR Live. Awesome night all throughout, and you guys should totally check out the next event. For serious. To make it up to you guys, you guys deserve a mega post!

Here it is: the home stretch. After weeks of competition, we finally found out who are the leaders of Blocks A and B. The two will meet at the Finals tonight to determine not only the winner of the entire tournament, but your number one contender for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom X next year.

The two days also saw the returns of The Young Bucks, reDRagon, and Ricochet as they will be involved in huge matches during the Finals night. The Kingdom, Nakanishi, and Sakuraba also return after a long absence.

We will move the Week 4 roundup to until after the entire tournament proper due to the nature of the entire situation. Tonight should be quite an interesting situation

G1 Climax Day 17 Results: August 14, 2015

  • Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Yujiro Takahashi, and Karl Anderson) def. the team of Mascara Dorada, Tomoaki Honma, and Satoshi Kojima

  • Team ROH (Michael Elgin and reDRagon) def. Bullet Club (Cody Hall and The Young Bucks)

  • The team of KUSHIDA, Manabu Nakanishi, and Yuji Nagata def. the team of Captain New Japan, Ricochet, and Hirooki Goto

  • CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Kazushi Sakuraba, Tomohiro Ishii, and Shinsuke Nakamura) def. CHAOS (Gedo and Kazuchika Okada) and The Kingdom (Michael Bennett and Matt Taven)


G1 Climax Block A Matches


  • Doc Gallows (4) def. Katsuyori Shibata (8)
The two competitors who faced for the IWGP Tag Titles early in the year faced off in a singles match that answered the question of who was the better man. In a match that saw Doc Gallows showed off his performance even more than usual, he picked up the surprise win over Shibata via the Gallows Pole.

Shibata will end the tournament at 8 points while Doc will have 6 points in his resume. Smart money would have been Shibata winning, but in a booking standpoint, Gallows needed the win after a string of disappointing losses considering his standing as a champion in NJPW.

And yes, the match was actually pretty good. Shibata once again brought out the best in Gallows for their encounter. 

Rating: 3/5


  • Toru Yano (6) def. Bad Luck Fale (10)
Fale is going to have a great future in New Japan as long as he keeps improving in the long term. Yano is practically a foundation of modern day New Japan with his antics and sly creativity.

Being said, Yano got the win via a rare countout, a win out of nowhere against a dominant Fale after some shenanigans outside. It cemented Yano as a legit star while Fale's star continues to be on the rise.

And honestly, Yano knows how to make us laugh amidst tough competition. That is a rarity these days.

Rating: 2/5


  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4) def. Tetsuya Naito (10)
A match that pitted the experienced Tenzan over the man with the most momentum, "Los Ingobernables" Naito, the former pulled off the surprise win over the latter via the Anaconda to end his campaign on a high note.

Think of this as Tenzan's "thank you" win after a long and winding road at the tournament. No, Naito should not have lost due to his red hot streak with Los Ingobernables. But take note that this is Naito no longer caring about practically anything. So in his perspective, even if he won or lost, he won't make it to the Finals. If the match really didn't matter, why should Naito care?

By the end of the tournament, Naito will come out a man with more momentum and direction than anyone in the tournament.

Rating: 3/5


  • Kota Ibushi (6) def. Togi Makabe (8)
On a more personal perspective, Ibushi needed the win to prove that he belongs despite a disappointing campaign. So to do that, he had to beat a main event player in Togi Makabe.

The two meshed their styles really well, and managed to come up with a good battle between a rough brawler and an athletic dynamo. But in the end, Ibushi defeated the veteran Makabe with the Phoenix Splash, ending his night on a high note.

Ibushi's win cemented his spot as a player that will have the chance to come up big during the next months, whatever the opportunity may be. Hopefully, next year would be better for the Golden Star.

Rating: 3/5


  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (12) def. AJ Styles (12)
Honestly, what did you expect when you have Tanahashi and Styles in the same ring at the same time?

These two men are no strangers to creating amazing matches. Having started their rivalry in TNA, and reaching to the point where they are today, it's crazy to see these two in an instant classic match that saw the fans go red hot for both men. The match was so intense, you would think that the two men have a legitimate chance in winning the entire match because of how close it is. Heck, Tanahashi even pulled out an old school move from his repertoire and hit Styles with his own maneuver, the Styles Clash. 

The end saw Tanahashi get his revenge over Styles from his loss back in February at The New Beginning with the High Fly Flow to get the overall win for Block A. To be honest, I thought Styles was going to win this just so we can see a first-time battle with Shinsuke Nakamura, but I guess New Japan wanted to save that one for a much bigger event. On the other hand, Tanahashi winning is also a good thing considering how reliable he is. He has always been the go-to guy for the company, and the Finals will be no different.

Tanahashi will finally get the chance to avenge his loss at the 2013 G1 Climax Finals, but against who? Find out below! 

Rating: 5/5


G1 Climax Day 18 Results: August 15, 2015

  • reDRagon def. the team of Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu

  • The Young Bucks def. the team of Jay White and David Finlay

  • CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Toru Yano) and The Kingdom (Michael Bennett and Matt Taven) def. Bullet Club (Cody Hall, Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, and AJ Styles)

  • The team of KUSHIDA, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Katsuyori Shibata, Togi Makabe, and Hiroshi Tanahashi def. the team of Captain New Japan, Ricochet, Manabu Nakanishi, Tetsuya Naito, and Kota Ibushi


G1 Climax Block B Matches


  • Yujiro Takahashi (4) def. Tomoaki Honma (2)
Look, it is perfectly understandable that people would be pissed with Honma losing to Yujiro. Yes, Honma should have deserved better after beating a legitimate tank like Ishii. 

But look at it this way: the result of the match would not matter. What people will rememember is Honma getting his first win ever at the G1, which speaks volumes already. Ishii had the same case in 2013, losing his matches except with Tanahashi and Shibata, and look at him now. Plus, Yujiro needed a win for the sake of legitimacy and building his singles reputation.

The match itself was fun and saw great moments for Honma to show off his confidence. Cannot wait to see what Honma has in store next year!


Rating: 3/5


  • Tomohiro Ishii (8) def. Michael Elgin (8)
Ishii cannot have a bad match with anyone. Heck, he just had a stellar match with Goto some time ago. So at this point, what people expect from his last block match against Elgin? One of the best matches of the entire tournament, that's what.

These two are legitimate tough guys who pulled out everything from their bad of tricks to get a lasting impression in this year's G1. The competitors would not give up in this match, and it took a ton of damage and excess brutality before Elgin finally goes down, giving Ishii a very satisfactory 10 points this year. For a debuting Elgin, 8 points is a pretty good score to look at.

The entire tournament's been a revelation for Elgin, who was always a good hand in ROH but a phenomenal performer in New Japan. And since he stated that it was his dream to compete in Japan, the G1 experience should be a dream come true for the big man. At this point, we either want Elgin to make more appearances with New Japan under their relationship with ROH, or he just moves to Japan altogether. He is just a perfect fit for the style, no question.


Rating: 4.5/5


  • Yuji Nagata (4) def. Hirooki Goto (12)
You have a warrior with the spirit of a samurai and an IWGP IC belt in his waist, and then you have a legend who is recently known for his fighting spirit despite the inevitability of aging. And in the case of Nagata, this was more on him trying to secure a win after a disappointing run in the tournament, despite being known formerly as Mr. IWGP for his V10 title defenses during the dark days of the company.

A hard fought battle between two stiff competitors saw Nagata pull off a surprising victory over the Aramusha with the backdrop. In the case of Tenzan, it was very much a "thank you" win for the veteran who gave it his all while giving the rub to other deserving competitors this year. Goto will not be affected by the loss as IWGP IC Champion, who brought nothing but the best during the entire tour.

Rating: 3/5


  • Satoshi Kojima (4) def. Karl Anderson (12)
This match is just as important as the main event itself for one reason: If Anderson wins, and Okada loses in the main event, then he goes to the Finals against Tanahashi. So there was no other way to go about it, Anderson had to win this match. Unfortunately, his opponent is a man who loves to play spoiler in these kinds of situations: Satoshi Kojima.

To give you an idea: Kojima defeated Okada, a heavy favorite in the 2013 G1 Climax, in one of the block matches. Because of his win, Okada was unable to go through the Finals despite being THIS close. The same can now be said to Anderson, who saw his chances foiled by Kojima in an excellent match. Anderson had a very impressive G1 this year, that cannot be denied. This was more than just a "thank you" win for Kojima: this was a win that had major G1 implications. Of all the wins from the generation of Nagata and Tenzan in the tournament, Kojima's was the most significant just because of the history making implications. In essence, the next match's result was made possible thanks to Kojima.

Rating: 4/5


  • Shinsuke Nakamura (12) def. Kazuchika Okada (14)
Is this scene familiar to you? It should be, because this is the rematch from the Finals of last year's G1 Climax Tournament! This time, this is not for the tournament win, but rather, for the block win in the 3rd and final CHAOS VS CHAOS encounter.

Nakamura and Okada both need to win the match in order to reach the Finals, and much like last year's encounter, everything about this was epic. From the opening bell, Okada made sure that he was going to be the heel in the match, turning Nakamura into the sympathetic hero that nobody ever expected. But even then, the fans cannot help but cheer both men on because they were that good. Each men had a counter to everything, and it seemed that for a time, it was anyone's game. That was, until the final stretch of the match.

Nakamura learned his lesson from last year's G1 Finals and this time survived the Rainmakers that knocked him out, then utilizing the cross armbreaker to his advantage. With nowhere else to go, with Nakamura securing Okada's arm despite his best efforts, the Rainmaker had no other choice but to tap out, a rare sight to behold. If memory serves correctly, this may actually be the first time Okada, as the Rainmaker, had a submission loss in his resume.

The match was fantastic, solid, and emotional on all levels. In fact, because of how much Nakamura wanted this win this time around, this may actually have exceeded the G1 Finals last year. Cannot wait to see their next encounter in the future.

Rating: 5/5


Final Standings:

Block A:

Hiroshi Tanahashi – 14 points

AJ Styles – 12 points (DONE)

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

Katsuyori Shibata – 8 points (DONE)
Togi Makabe – 8 points (DONE)
Kota Ibushi – 8 points (DONE)
Toru Yano – 8 points (DONE)

Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 6 points (DONE)
Doc Gallows – 6 points  (DONE)


Block B:

Shinsuke Nakamura – 14 points

Kazuchika Okada – 14 points (DONE)

Karl Anderson – 12 points (DONE)
Hirooki Goto – 12 points (DONE)

Tomohiro Ishii – 10 points (DONE)

Michael Elgin – 8 points (DONE)

Satoshi Kojima – 6 points (DONE)
Yujiro Takahashi – 6 points (DONE)
Yuji Nagata – 6 points (DONE)

Tomoaki Honma – 2 points (DONE)


The Finals is set: generational rivals Tanahashi and Nakamura will face off tonight for the right to be known as the winner of the 25th G1 Climax Tournament! The two will once again add another chapter to their historic rivalry, but this time, it will be at the Finals of the entire tournament. For the last two G1's, they both made it in the Finals on different years, but failed to win the tournament when it mattered most. So both men had so much to prove as they don't want to have two consecutive losses in the Finals on their record.

And on the same night, reDRagon and the Young Bucks will face each other for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles. KUSHIDA will also attempt to avenge his loss against Ricochet from last year's Best of the Super Juniors Finals with the former's IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship on the line. BUSHI will also make his return after months in the sidelines, and may very well make an impression in the Jr. Heavyweight Division in the long run.

So who do you guys got? #TeamTanahashi or #TeamNakamura? Sound off in the comments!

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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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