Night seven of the 2016 G1 Climax was definitely not my favourite night of the tournament by far, the matches were nothing too special. I also thought to have Bad Luck Fale in the main event hurt the show as a whole.
Block A Match- Togi Makabe vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan
The matchup between Togi Makabe and Hiroyoshi Tenzan was a fairly average bout between two big men. Both competitors looked strong at times, but I was not overly impressed.
The bulk of the start of the match was a lot of striking, rest holds, and many clotheslines. One highlight from the beginning of the bout was Tenzan’s impressive spinning heel kick.
Some other high spots included Tenzan’s diving headbutt to the back of Makabe, which he followed with the anaconda vice submission hold. Tenzan also had his plethora of headbutts, that left Makabe groggy for a good portion of the match.
Makabe did not have too much control in the match, but the close to the bout was all him. He hit a twisting Samoan drop and then went to the top rope for his diving knee drop and the win.
Winner: Togi Makabe (8pts)
Block A Match- Hirooki Goto vs SANADA
Coming into this match I had very high expectations since Hirooki Goto has performed every night of the tournament and SANADA has been a force himself. I must say my expectations were not lived up too, but it was still a great match.
To kickstart the match, Goto hit his signature corner spinning heel kick and then SANADA had his springboard splash to the outside. SANADA also tried to end the match fairly early by locking in his dragon sleeper, but Goto made it to the ropes.
Goto then hit a devastating sunset flip powerbomb from the top rope for a two count. Goto also pulled SANADA by the hair dropping the back of his head on his knee and followed that with a powerful kick right to the chest.
SANADA did not crumble from this attack from Goto, and he made a comeback hitting a TKO to Goto. He would then lock Goto into the dragon sleeper once again, and take him to the point of practically passing out.
Once Goto was out on the mat, SANADA went to the top rope and hit the diving moonsault. This was enough for SANADA to get his second win of the tournament.
Winner: SANADA (4pts)
Block A Match- Tomohiro Ishii vs Naomichi Marufuji
MATCH OF THE NIGHT
Tomohiro Ishii and Naomichi Marufuji put on quite the clinic of a wrestling match and completely destroyed each other. The match began with both men showcasing their strong chopping and striking capabilities.
The chops these two men were laying on one another echoed through my screen, and I could almost feel their pain. Then there were Ishii’s powerful forearms, that put Marufuji right on his back.
Marufuji would get back up and put Ishii on the outside, he would then leap over the top rope on to his opponent. Once back in the ring, Marufuji would hit his corner back elbow that looks so nice and painful at the same time.
These two men would then have their second chop off of the match and by the end of it, Ishii’s chest looked like ground beef. Marufuji has some of the most powerful chops I have ever seen, they look and sound so painful.
Later in the match Ishii would hit a powerbomb, and then put Marufuji on the top rope for a super plex. However, the super plex was reversed into a reverse neck breaker in mid-air.
These men then showcased their striking, Ishii hit a powerful seated clothesline and then Marufuji came back with multiple superkicks. Marufuji thought he was closing in on victory and went for the bicycle knee, but Ishii reversed with a headbutt.
After the headbutt, Ishii hit a powerful clothesline and turned Marufuji inside out. This was followed by Ishii’s finishing brainbuster and the win.
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii (4pts)
Block A Match- Tama Tonga vs Kazuchika Okada
The IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, and Tama Tonga delivered a fairly entertaining matchup. Tonga has been disappointing this whole tournament in my opinion, but the champion got a good match out of him.
The first great moment of the match was when Tonga reversed an Okada springboard into a cutter on the ropes. He followed that by dropping Okada ribs first on the steel barricade.
Okada came back from this by hitting his strong corner elbow and then his beautiful European uppercut. However, Tonga would then hit his reverse rolling cutter and a diving clothesline from the second rope.
Tonga would try to continue his offence, but he was reversed and got hit with Okada’s signature reverse neck breaker. Okada then landed his diving elbow drop and a breathtaking dropkick.
Nearing the end of the match Tonga hit a very nice move, it was a leg wrapped DDT to Okada dropping him on his head. However, that was not enough and when he went for his finishing cutter he was reversed by the champion.
To close this match Okada finally hit a German suplex, and then got him up for the rainmaker lariat; giving Okada his third win of the tournament.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada (6pts)
Block A Match- Bad Luck Fale vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
The main event of night seven was Bad Luck Fale against Hiroshi Tanahashi, and I think it was a bad booking decision. Fale is a boring big man and I do not enjoy much about his character or move set.
The match started with Fale using his power on Tanahashi by dragging him into the crowd and beating him with a piece of the barricade. This was an effective attack, but I did not understand how this was not a disqualification.
Once back in the ring, Fale would crush his opponent by dropping down into a seated position on the chest of Tanahashi. Fale was simply just overpowering Tanahashi, and he hit Tanahashi with a throat spike sending him to the outside of the ring.
As I said before, Fale has not impressed me much, but he did impress me with his baseball slide into Tanahashi on the outside. He would also hang Tanahashi in a tree of woe position and splash on to him in the corner.
It was not until the final few minutes of the match that Tanahashi got some offence in, he would reverse a powerbomb into a hurricanrana to start. He then managed to deliver to a German suplex to the much larger Fale, and then a sling blade.
With Fale down Tanahashi went for two frog splashes, but on the second one Fale got his knees up for the reversal. However, Tanahashi would still continue his offence and that led to a very uncomfortable botch. Tanahashi would go for a crossbody, but Fale caught him on his shoulder and lost his footing; this caused Fale to flip onto the top of his head.
The two men did recover from this botch quite well, and we saw the final moments of the bout. Fale went for his throat spike and then tried to hit a razor’s edge, but Tanahashi reversed this into a roll-up for his first win of the tournament.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi (2pts)
This wrapped up night seven of the 2016 G1 Climax tournament, and this night was not too bad or over the top amazing. The night had a good balance, and Ishii battling Marufuji really stole the show.
BLOCK A STANDINGS
Togi Makabe – 8 Points
Kazuchika Okada – 6 Points
Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 Points
Hirooki Goto – 4 Points
Naomichi Marufuji – 4 Points
SANADA – 4 Points
Tomohiro Ishii – 4 Points
Bad Luck Fale – 2 Points
Tama Tonga – 2 Points
Hiroshi Tanahashi – 2 Points