NJPW: G1 Climax 25: Day 2 Results

Date: 23rd July, 2015
Venue: Twin Messe Shizuoka
City: Shizuoka, Japan
Capacity: 2,500


BACKGROUND

The New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 this year will have 20 participants, and be staged over 19 shows (July 20th and run through August 16th) making it the longest G1 Tournament to date. The NJPW tradition goes back to 1975, previous winners include Hulk Hogan, Antonio Inoki, Andre The Giant, to the modern day participants like Okada, Tanahashi, and Nakamura.

In these updates, we will be running down the G1 Tournament Matches themselves while monitoring the other matches on the card. The true focus will be on the tournament and we’ll be providing updates depending on which days the shows are on whilst updating our results/tables so you will know who has the best chance and is in the lead of the tournament so far! 2pts for a win, 1pt for a draw.

We kicked off the show which is hard camera exclusive, with Jushin Liger teaming with legendary partner, Tiger Mask against the much younger team of White & Komatsu. White has a good look, and is definitely one of the “young boys”. Komatsu gets the hot tag on Liger, runs wild and hits a nice flip & half-nelson suplex on Liger.  White & Komatsu have duel submissions on the legends at one point, which is a cool visual.  A Tiger Driver by Tiger Mask finishes the match and the legends win.

Straight into 6 way action, with Bullet Club & Ibushi/CNJ/Makabe. BLF & Gallows both had below average matches on Night 1. Gallows takes Makabe out to the crowd, which we can’t see cause of the hard camera show. Bullet Club run wild on Makabe, as CNJ tires to save him. Makabe’s fire is too much for the 3 of them and we get an insane moonsault from Ibushi. Clearly the man who doesn’t belong in this 6 man… Cody sets up the Razors Edge but its blocked by a stiff lariat from Makabe who hits a double footstomp for the win. A fine 6 man tag, nothing too special.

More Bullet Club action next, with Styles & Tonga facing Yano & Yoshi-Hashi. Interesting one this, as I thought Yano was the guy who cheats… Styles & Yano have a date tomorrow. Yoshi hit a really nice hurricanrana at one point, but it turned into comedy with Tama & Yano. You can tell from the offset that AJ was the big star here and Bullet Club took the advantage for most of the match . Yanos’ silly tactics are weird in this one, considering the star quality of AJ and to an extent Yoshi. Yano picked up the win on Tama, after he used Tama to spear AJ.  It was a match…

One last 6 man before the main card. Tanahashi, Naito & Dorada vs. Tenzan, Shibata & Taguchi. This one was abit confusing for the NJPW casual with no commentary. Dorada has a really unique style for NJPW. Luchador in a strong style setting just works. He hit a big flip to the outside, but again… hard camera show. Naitos slow methodical ways were interesting compared to Tana & Dora in this one. Tana puts up an awesome showing regardless of if its 200 people or 35,000 people. Doras rope walk is pretty awesome, and he has a great moonsault.  Taguchi pins Dorado after a running funky weapon (his ass…). This was a pretty good match, but was difficult to keep up with at times.  Totally acceptable 6 man, leading to the interval.

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THE G1 TOURNAMENT

In one of those “This might’ve not happened otherwise” matches,  Ishii & Kojima kicked off the B Block. Unsurprisingly in this one, we had ALL of the stiff shots!  Ishii basically screams at Kojima to hit him harder, and the lack of commentary really lets you hear the gunshot-esqe chops Ishii hits. Big delayed superplex from the top ropes, gets Ishii a close 2 count.  To keep this one short, there was A LOT of Chops, Lariats, and Forearms before Ishii finished off Koji with a brainbuster to pick up the win. Genuinely good match, if you like Strong Style.

The introduction of Mao was a nice surprise at lunch time, accompanying Takahashi for this next B Block match. Goto is the IC Champion. Another interesting match, since I always thought Goto was the heel but he has a really awesome ring jacket so maybe not? Taka takes the heat early, and controls the match, before Goto bites his hand and stops a chin lock. Goto fires back with a spinning heel kick in the corner, and a bulldog combo, leading to a spinning back suplex for a 2 count. Crowd really cooled off for this one, and you could tell since there was no commentary. Goto turns Taka inside out with a SICK Lariat, and proceeds to drop him across his knee… and then hits a Shouten Kai for the victory! (Front Suplex into a sideslam/rock bottom). Not a bad match at all, better than the Block A non-main matches.

After being blinded by the spotlights facing the hard camera, we see that Honma & Nagata have ended up in the ring somehow. This wasn’t a classic, but it was still pretty good, mainly strikes and forearms. Honma is mostly a comedy wrestler and Nagata is getting up there in age. A hard lariat attempt was countered into an Exploder Suplex by Nagata. Nagata locked in an armbar towards the end of the match but Honma escaped and hit a running headbutt twice and but still couldn’t get the pin. He went up top, and (obviously) missed the falling headbutt (That’s the joke, you see?). Nagata planted him with a STIFF German suplex, and then a heel kick, into the back suplex for the 3 count.  A fun match this one, better than the likes of Fale & Gallows on Night 1.

MAIN EVENT PART 1. In what could be his most important match ROH Superstar Michael Elgin faces IWGP Champion Okada in his first match of the G1. Elgin hit a few of his trademark moves, such as the squatting Suplex and an impressive Leg Drop from the top rope, and an on the apron-falcon arrow-into the ring which the Japanese crowd enjoyed. Elgin was relatively cheered at points, but its tough when you’re against a guy like Okada. Bucklebomb to Okada which lead to Okada hitting an Emerald Fusion, and then leading to the best Dropkick in the business and a top rope elbow. Okada called for the rainmaker, but Elgin got out the way. Elgin would go on to hit a spinning kick in the corner, and started building momentum, before Okada slipped out of it. After a cool exchange, Okada nailed a Tombstone and slapped him with the RAINMAKER~! for the victory. Really good match, probably one of the best Elgin matches I’ve personally seen… but that might’ve been more to do with Okada. You can go watch this one if you fancy seeing Elgins first proper NJPW match.

MAIN EVENT PART 2. And rightfully closing out this show, is Karl & Swagsuke. Bullet Club have had an awful night, so will Karl lead by example here? In a dangeous spot early on, MachineGun dropped Shinsuke off camera into what we can assume was the railing. The lack of commentary & crowd, meant you could hear Naka screaming and selling, which was really cool. Made it feel real. KA took most of the early portion of the match, until Shinski (As the annoying high pitched girl kept saying) hit a spin kick. KA took the advantage again with a running sit-out powerbomb, and then a diving neckbreaker for a 2 count. Both men went down after a step-up dropkick from Shinski, and he took advantage with knees to the head and a stiff headlock which lead to a front suplex. KA countered a running attack, and sent Naka head first into the ringpost, and not to be outshone by Elgin, nailed a Super-TKO from the top rope which got a close 2 count. Karl missed a Super-Gunstun, and rolled out the way of a kick from Shinski. Nakamura went for the Bomaye but Karl dodged in and hit the GUNSTUN OUTTA NOWHERE, for the victory!

Really fun match, not a Five Star classic but very good. Karl got on the microphone and spoke some Japanese at the end on the microphone, Karl basically said he’s going to the finals and the Bullet Club are “ICHIBAN”. Night 2 will go down as a average show, with a poor crowd. The first of the hard camera shows was an interesting experience, no commentary made it easier in someways. Block B starts to show more promise than A, as A is sandbagged by guys like Fale.

RESULTS AND TABLES

Tag Team Match
Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask defeated Yohei Komatsu & Jay White

Six Man Tag Team Match
Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe & Captain New Japan defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows & Cody Hall)

Tag Team Match
CHAOS (Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated Bullet Club (AJ Styles & Tama Tonga)

Six Man Tag Team Match
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & Mascara Dorada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi

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Block B Match
Tomohiro Ishii defeated Satoshi Kojima

Block B Match
Hirooki Goto defeated Yujiro Takahashi

Block B Match
Yuji Nagata defeated Tomoaki Honma

Block B Match
Kazuchika Okada defeated Michael Elgin

Block B Match
Karl Anderson defeated Shinsuke Nakamura

Block B Chart

SPECIAL THANKS

http://tapla.deviantart.com/ @D_TaPla for the awesome graphics. An outstanding artist
Eric Cholminski for providing us with all the NJPWWorld.com help including free trial.

DAY ONE RESULTS HERE

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