Night Eight Recap of the 2016 NJPW G1 Climax

The eighth night of the 2016 G1 Climax was definitely the best night of the tournament yet. The show was stacked top to bottom, and there was a lot of dream matchups on the card.

Block B Match- Toru Yano vs Tomoaki Honma

As I expected with this match between Toru Yano and Tomoaki Honma, it was the snooze fest of the night. Yano’s tricks are not entertaining, and he is extremely boring at this point.

He continues to do the same things with the turnbuckle pads, the exposed turnbuckles, and low blows. He uses the same tactics, but this was the only match he used them effectively.

After his comedy act was over, he was able to get a roll-up on Honma and land the one, two, three. I am shocked that Yano actually got a win in this tournament.

Winner: Toru Yano (2pts)

Rating: 4/10

Block B Match- EVIL vs YOSHI-HASHI

The match between EVIL and YOSHI-HASHI was a match that intrigued me on paper, especially due to HASHI. The match kicked off with EVIL’s usual tricks and he drove HASHI into the ring post with the chair around his neck.

Once back in the ring EVIL spent a good amount of time working on the injured shoulder of HASHI. HASHI would get some offence in when he hit the suplex into neck breaker and then followed that with a somersault neck breaker.

HASHI also hit a powerbomb to EVIL, along with some strong kicks and forearms to the face of his opponent. EVIL stopped HASHI’s attacks by getting his knees up when HASHI went for a senton.

EVIL would then hit two strong kicks to the chest of HASHI, followed by a clothesline turning HASHI inside out. EVIL then his fireman’s carry into powerbomb move for a two count on HASHI.

The match also had a very nice sequence where HASHI hit a superkick, then EVIL hit a forearm and then a German suplex right after. HASHI came back from that by landing his senton and then a backstabber.

HASHI would then get EVIL up and hit his finishing move, Karma, for his second win of the tournament.

Winner: YOSHI-HASHI (4pts)

Rating: 7/10

Block B Match- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Yuji Nagata

Katsuhiko Nakajima battling against Yuji Nagata started off very quickly, with Nakajima attacking Nagata before the bell. He took him outside the ring, threw him into the barricade, and eventually kicked Nagata in the chest from the apron.

Nakajima would maintain control for some time, but Nagata would get some control using his striking. He would lay into the back and chest of Nakajima using his powerful knees and kicks.

Nakajima utilized his own striking as well, hitting a corner big boot and then a strong kick to Nagata’s chest. He would then go to the top rope and hit a diving missile dropkick to take out Nagata. Nagata did reverse Nakajima’s next move with a belly-to-belly suplex.

I also really enjoyed the sequence when Nakajima climbed the ropes and hit a spinning kick to the back of Nagata’s head. He then hit a strong belly-to-back suplex dropping Nagata on his neck.

Both men also had a very vicious slap off, slapping the taste out of each other’s mouths so powerfully. Nagata then got Nakajima in the corner, hitting a plethora of knees to his chest and then one to the face.

Nagata then hit two different suplexes, that Nakajima came back from by hitting two superkicks. With Nagata now stunned, Nakajima hit his brainbuster and handed Nagata his first loss of the G1.

Winner: Katsuhiko Nakajima (6pts)

Rating: 7.5/10

Block B Match- Kenny Omega vs Michael Elgin

MATCH OF THE NIGHT

The battle between IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Michael Elgin, and Kenny Omega started before the bell. Omega had one of his fellow Bullet Club members attack Elgin, and then Omega flipped over the top rope landing into Elgin.

The battle continued outside the ring, Elgin hit a bicycle kick on Omega and then arm dragged him onto the ground. He then got Omega back in the ring and hit a diving shoulder tackle from the top rope.

Omega then spent a lot of time working on Elgin’s bandaged shoulder and utilized things around the ring to hurt his opponent. Elgin reversed one of Omega’s attacks and drove Omega into the turnbuckle with a German suplex. Elgin also landed the very pretty slingshot into power slam on Omega.

Omega hit Elgin with his float over bulldog and then attempted his gut-wrench powerbomb. However, Elgin reversed that and hit a gut wrench suplex on Omega.

My favourite sequence of the match was when Elgin hit a buckle bomb that Omega bounced out of with a V-trigger. Elgin then hit a spinning forearm and went for a German suplex, but Omega flipped out of it and hit a superkick. Omega then bounced off the rope, but Elgin hit a strong clothesline turning Omega inside out.

Omega, later on, hit Elgin with two dragon suplexes and then a poisonrana, dropping Elgin on his head. Omega then went for a superplex, but Elgin reversed and hit an air-raid crash from the top rope.

These men then traded buckle bombs, and then Omega hit a sit-out powerbomb for a two count. He then hit a V-trigger and went for a one-winged angel, but Elgin reversed and hit a one-winged angel of his own.

Elgin then hit multiple clotheslines, and then finally his sit-out powerbomb for his second win of the tournament. This was my favourite match of the tournament so far.

Winner: Michael Elgin (4pts)

Rating: 9.5/10

Block B Match- Tetsuya Naito vs Katsuyori Shibata

The bout between Tetsuya Naito and Katsuyori Shibata started with Shibata laying into Naito. It started with a big boot to Naito, and then him getting thrown into all the barricades outside the ring. Shibata then booted Naito on the apron of the ring and sent him into the barricade.

Naito then gained control outside the ring and trapped Shibata’s knee in the barricade, he then dove from the apron dropkicking Shibata’s trapped knee. He then laid into the limbs of Shibata, working on his injured knee and shoulder.

Shibata then started to attack Naito with his strikes, hitting his Irish whip big boots and dozens of forearms. Once he had Naito seated in the corner, he hit his hesitation dropkick right to the face of Naito.

Naito did return from this by locking Shibata in a kneebar, and then he hit a springboard missile dropkick. He then tried to go for his corner dropkick sequence, but when leaping back in the ring Shibata hit a European uppercut.

Shibata then laid into the jaw of Naito with many forearms, that looked so devastating. He then hit a sleeper hold suplex dropping Naito on the top of his head, but Naito kicked out and went for a Destino. However, that was reversed and he was hit with a headbutt to the face.

Shibata then locked Naito in a sleeper hold and held him in that hold until he was passed out. Giving Shibata his second win of the tournament, in a very technical match.

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata (4pts)

Rating: 8.5/10

Night eight of the 2016 G1 Climax was just absolutely amazing, and the last four matches all delivered. The battle between Omega and Elgin really blew my mind and was great top to bottom.

BLOCK B STANDINGS

Yuji Nagata – 6 Points

Katsuhiko Nakajima – 6 Points

Tomoaki Honma – 4 Points

Michael Elgin – 4 Points

Kenny Omega – 4 Points

Tetsuya Naito – 4 Points

YOSHI-HASHI – 4 Points

Katsuyori Shibata– 4 Points

EVIL – 2 Points

Toru Yano – 2 Points

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