Night Six Recap of the 2016 NJPW G1 Climax

Night six of the G1 Climax was another solid night of this tournament, highlighted specifically by the skills of Kenny Omega, Michael Elgin, and Katsuyori Shibata.

Block B Match- YOSHI-HASHI vs Yuji Nagata

The matchup between YOSHI-HASHI and Yuji Nagata started off very slow but really began to pick up for the final few minutes of the bout.

The match started with a lot of rest holds, Irish whips, and simple kicks; it was nothing too entertaining. However, all this slowness was made up for with the end of the match.

The tide changing in the match started when Nagata started laying into HASHI with his devastating kicks, he left HASHI’s chest a bright red.

Some other great points were HASHI’s somersault neck breaker, HASHI’s reversal on Nagata that led to a powerbomb, and HASHI also had his diving senton. Nagata had the arm breaker submission he put on HASHI, and during this hold, Nagata gave a look to the camera like he was going to rip his opponent’s arm off.

The close to the match saw Nagata hit a spinning heel kick, a brainbuster, and then finally his finishing belly to back suplex. This would give Nagata his third straight win in the tournament.

Winner: Yuji Nagata (6 pts)

Rating: 7/10

Block B Match- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs EVIL

EVIL and Katsuhiko Nakajima put on a very average matchup, and I am actually becoming less and less impressed with EVIL as the tournament goes on.

He continues to start every match the same way and does the chair spot where he puts it over his opponent’s head every time. It was a cool moment the first time I saw it, but now it is too predictable.

Nakajima on the other hand had some cool moments, like his corner big boot followed by the kick to the chest. He also had the very pretty missile dropkick he delivered to EVIL.

I also really loved it when Nakajima hit EVIL with a plethora of superkicks. He hit four kicks in a row and they all looked so devastating, as they hit directly to EVIL’s jaw.

EVIL had the spot when he had Nakajima in a death-valley driver position and turned it into a powerbomb. It looked as though he was building towards the win, but Nakajima made the comeback.

He hit EVIL with a penalty kick to the chest, and then picked him up for the brainbuster. This was enough for the one, two, three.

Winner: Katsuhiko Nakajima (4pts)

Rating: 6.5/10

Block B Match- Toru Yano vs Tetsuya Naito

As I expected, once again Toru Yano produced the worst match of the night. In this bout with Tetsuya Naito, he was up to his same old boring tricks.

The match had Yano take off the turnbuckle pad once again, use the padding as a weapon and also throw Naito into the exposed turnbuckle. He also hit Naito with a low blow followed by a roll-up, for the two count.

After all this nonsense, Naito finally hit Destino for the win and Yano remained winless in the tournament.

Winner: Tetsuya Naito (4pts)

Rating: 3/10

Block B Match- Kenny Omega vs Tomoaki Honma

Kenny Omega and Tomoaki Honma put on a fairly solid match, and in the first few moments, it was Omega really shining. He really kicked off the match when he trapped Honma under the mats and springboard foot stomped on to him on the outside.

Honma had the cool moments where he hit his falling headbutt, and he followed that with a blockbuster from the second rope. Omega came back from these moves by hitting his leap over bulldog.

My favourite sequence of the match was when Omega hit the German suplex that Honma no sold, Honma then hit his own German suplex. Omega followed that with a dragon suplex, which made Honma spring off the ropes and hit a headbutt to Omega.

Honma eventually hit his inverted piledriver, dropping Omega right on the top of his head. He tried to follow that with his diving headbutt, but he missed and Omega followed that with three V-triggers.

Omega also hit a gut-wrench powerbomb, that Honma came back from with a brainbuster that Omega kicked out of. The close to this match was amazing, and my favourite part of the whole bout.

Honma went for a leaping headbutt that Omega reversed with a V-trigger, he then hit him with a dragon suplex. With Honma down Omega hit another V-trigger, and finally, his one-winged angel to get his second win of the tournament.

Winner: Kenny Omega (4pts)

Rating: 8/10

Block B Match- Katsuyori Shibata vs Michael Elgin

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

Katsuyori Shibata and Michael Elgin stole the show on night six of the G1 Climax, and both men went out there ready for war. It was a battle of two hard-hitters that both wanted this win very badly.

The start of the match had one of my favourite moments when the two men engaged in a chop off. Elgin would hit a ton of chops, while Shibata was hitting a bunch of kicks to the chest of his opponent. These guys even hit many powerful forearms to the jaws of each other, which ended with a big boot from Shibata.

Shibata hit his powerful hesitation dropkick, which Elgin came back from with an enzigiri of his own. Elgin also had many showcases of his power, like his belly to belly suplex and catching Shibata in mid-air for a suplex.

There was also the great sequence which Shibata started with many kicks to Elgin’s chest, followed by a strong forearm from Elgin, and then both men traded German suplexes. After Shibata hit his suplex he landed a big boot on Elgin, and then Elgin hit a powerful left armed clothesline.

Elgin then took Shibata outside the ring and delivered two buckle bombs to Shibata on to the outside ring post. This then led to a buckle bomb back inside the ring, which Shibata came back from with a sleeper hold suplex.

However, that was not enough to keep Elgin down and he came back with his close to the match. He hit a plethora of clotheslines, followed by a buckle bomb, and then finally a sit-out powerbomb for the win.

Winner: Michael Elgin (2pts)

Rating: 8.5/10

In conclusion, night six had three very quality matches including Nagata vs HASHI, Omega vs Honma, and Elgin vs Shibata. I really enjoyed this night, and Block B continues to shine.

BLOCK B STANDINGS

Yuji Nagata – 6 Points

Tomoaki Honma – 4 Points

Katsuhiko Nakajima – 4 Points

Kenny Omega – 4 Points

Tetsuya Naito – 4 Points

YOSHI-HASHI – 2 Points

EVIL – 2 Points

Katsuyori Shibata– 2 Points

Michael Elgin – 2 Points

Toru Yano – 0 Points

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