Night Five Recap of the 2016 NJPW G1 Climax

Night five of the G1 Climax did not sound too amazing on paper, despite the main event. I was very excited to see Kazuchika Okada match up with my MVP of the tournament so far, Hirooki Goto.

Block A Match- Tomohiro Ishii vs Bad Luck Fale

Tomohiro Ishii and Bad Luck Fale did not put on a memorable matchup by any means, and it was just a battle of powerhouses. A good chunk of the match was just Fale overpowering and manhandling Ishii, with no spectacular moves.

There were a lot of power slams, big boots, and chokeholds; nothing I will remember in a few months. The only part that really looked devastating, was a vicious forearm shot to the head of Ishii that laid him out.

However, Ishii was the one that had better spots, in my opinion, the first spot was when he hit the much larger Fale with a German suplex. Then the enzigiri and seated clothesline sequence looked powerful and cool at the same time.

The close to the match was very impressive, as Ishii got Fale up for a brainbuster and his first win of the tournament.

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii (2pts)

Rating: 6/10

Block A Match- Togi Makabe vs SANADA

The bout between SANADA and Togi Makabe was a fairly above-average matchup that saw both men thrive at particular points. SANADA definitely owned the first half of the match with his great heel-work and sneaky ways of attacking his opponent.

He really utilized the outside of the ring without getting disqualified and found ways to use a chair and the barricade. He wore down Makabe very effectively and I really thought he was finally having his moment.

Makabe did make his comeback however, it all started with a strong northern lights suplex for a two count. He followed that with a vicious powerbomb that really took out SANADA.

SANADA’s response to this powerbomb would be a TKO to drop Makabe. He would then make his way to the apron and hit a springboard missile dropkick.

However, none of that was enough to keep Makabe down and it was him that got the last laugh. He got SANADA up to the top rope for the avalanche German suplex, followed by his diving knee drop to remain undefeated in the tournament.

Winner: Togi Makabe (6pts)

Rating: 7/10

Block A Match- Naomichi Marufuji vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan

This was without a doubt my second favourite match of the night, and Naomichi Marufuji really showed me how powerful his chops are in this match. Marufuji and Hiroyoshi Tenzan were both out there with the intention of hurting their opponent.

As I mentioned already, Marufuji’s chops really stole this match and just watching him delver them to Tenzan made my chest hurt. Seeing Tenzan’s chest get brighter red with some slight blood showing was so devastating and I could only imagine how that felt.

Marufuji’s corner elbow is another one of my favourite moves as it is so simple, but he makes it look so much better. Tenzan also has a couple of moves like this, with his headbutts and his diving headbutt.

Tenzan would eventually go for his finishing moonsault, but it was reversed as Marufuji rolled out of the way. This allowed Marufuji to get a lot of momentum, and land a plethora of knees and kicks.

The close to the match saw Marufuji hit a superkick to the face of Tenzan followed by his finishing sliced bread number two for the pinfall.

Winner: Naomichi Marufuji (4 pts)

Rating: 7.5/10

Block A Match- Tama Tonga vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

Just like Tama Tonga’s first two matches of the tournament, this match with Hiroshi Tanahashi was also very underwhelming. It was a very safe match with sloppy technical work.

Tonga did have the one cool spot where he delivered a TKO variation that made Tanahashi land on the barricade ribs first. There was also the nice reverse rolling cutter to inflict damage on Tanahashi.

Tanahashi’s higher moments included a sling blade on Tonga, and also a trapped arm German suplex. However, everything went downhill for Tanahashi when he went for the frog splash, but Tonga got the knees up.

Tonga would then deliver his leaping cutter, to hand Tanahashi his third consecutive loss.

Winner: Tama Tonga (2pts)

Rating: 6/10

Block A Match- Kazuchika Okada vs Hirooki Goto

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

As I expected, Kazuchika Okada and Hirooki Goto delivered the match of the night in the main event of night five. Both men tore into each other and stole the whole show with this bout.

The match had its first jaw-dropping moment when Okada delivered a hangman’s DDT to Goto off the barricade to the floor. The thud of Goto’s head off the ground looked brutal to kick-start this match.

Goto then hit Okada with his corner spinning heel kick and also a powerful kick right to the chest of Okada. Okada had a powerful strike of his own as well when he hit a European uppercut on Goto that echoed through the screen.

Okada also had the very entertaining leaping crossbody over the barricade on to Goto in the stands. He would then bring Goto back into the ring and hit his diving elbow drop into the center of the ring.

Goto would then make a comeback, hitting the suplex into a knee to the face move, followed by having Okada in a Death Valley driver position and dropping him on his knee. Okada came back from this by hitting a German suplex and going for his finisher, but Goto reversed that by dragging Okada headfirst into his knee.

However, this did not put Okada away and Okada would end up hitting a dropkick to the back of Goto’s head, followed by a regular dropkick right to the face of his opponent. Then he landed a tombstone piledriver, and finally a rainmaker lariat for his second win of the tournament.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada (2pts)

Rating: 8/10

Overall, night five was nothing too special and only two matches on the card really entertained me. I was very shocked to see Tanahashi lose once again, he is now the only person in Block A without a single point and I think he may be too far out to make a comeback.

BLOCK A STANDINGS

Togi Makabe – 6 Points

Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 Points

Hirooki Goto – 4 Points

Naomichi Marufuji – 4 Points

Kazuchika Okada – 4 Points

SANADA – 2 Points

Bad Luck Fale – 2 Points

Tama Tonga – 2 Points

Tomohiro Ishii – 2 Points

Hiroshi Tanahashi – 0 Points

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