Night nine of the 2016 G1 Climax was another mediocre night, nothing too spectacular or too bad happened. I was very excited about the main event between Hirooki Goto and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Block A Match- Tama Tonga vs Tomohiro Ishii
The bout between Tama Tonga and Tomohiro Ishii was nothing too special in my opinion, and it was somewhat boring. There was a lot of rest holds and striking, and not much more.
No spots in the match really stuck out to me, but there was the very sloppy sequence where Tonga was going for his off the ropes slide. They tried to set up the move four times until they finally got it off properly.
Tonga took over to close the bout hitting his reverse rolling cutter and then an Alabama slam on the bigger Ishii. Tonga then went for his leg wrapped DDT, but Ishii reversed into a suplex.
Ishii then hit a powerbomb, and then a very strong clothesline turning Tonga inside out. However, Tonga came back by hitting his leg wrapped DDT, and he later reversed Ishii’s brainbuster into a cutter in mid-air.
After that Tonga would hit a second cutter, and get the win to bring him to four points in the tournament.
Winner: Tama Tonga (4pts)
Block A Match- SANADA vs Bad Luck Fale
SANADA and Bad Luck Fale did not impress me too much in this matchup, and Fale continues to be the boring big man of the tournament. It was just another bout with Fale overpowering his opponent, by using his size with not much wrestling ability.
Surprisingly to kickstart this match it was actually SANADA in the offence and he was outsmarting Fale with his speed. SANADA drove Fale into the steel barricade and then choked him with his baseball bat on the outside.
However, Fale did get the control and beat up his opponent on the outside by burying him under the steel barricade. He then continued to use his size in the ring, until SANADA hit a dropkick and a dive on to Fale on the outside.
Once back in the ring, Fale hit a devastating splash on to Fale and then went for his throat spike. However, SANADA reversed this and hit a beautiful hurricanrana on Fale and then hit a springboard missile dropkick.
Sanada then went off the ropes, but Fale hit him with a spear to take him out. He then hit his throat spike and then a Razor’s edge type move for his second win of the tournament.
Winner: Bad Luck Fale (4pts)
Block A Match- Naomichi Marufuji vs Togi Makabe
To kickstart the match between Naomichi Marufuji and Togi Makabe we saw something that has become a regular in Marufuji matches, a chop off. Both these men laid into their opponent’s chests and gave it their all to echo the slaps through the arena.
The match then reached a bit of a standstill with a lot of striking and rest holds, until Marufuji got some offence in. He cartwheeled out of an Irish whip and sent Makabe to the outside with a dropkick, he then dove over the top on to his opponent.
Marufuji then hit his very pretty corner back elbow to the face of Makabe, and then went for his finisher but he was pushed off and taken out with a clothesline. These men then resulted back to the way they started the match with a chop off, and it was Marufuji getting Makabe to the ground using his chops.
He followed his chops with a superkick right to the face of Makabe, but his attack was stopped. Makabe then hit a power slam and followed it with a German suplex for a two count.
Marufuji eventually hit a bicycle knee to Makabe in the corner, he then attempted his plethora of superkicks, but got power bombed by Makabe. Makabe then went for a clothesline, but was reversed and got hit with Marufuji’s many superkicks.
Marufuji was then able to hit the sliced bread two and pick up another win in the G1 Climax.
Winner: Naomichi Marufuji (6pts)
Block A Match- Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Kazuchika Okada and Hiroyoshi Tenzan put on a very entertaining matchup on night nine, and both men looked great. The match kicked off with some back and forth striking until they made it outside the ring.
Okada hung Tenzan on the barricade and landed a spike DDT, driving Tenzan face-first into the ground. Once back in the ring Okada hit his over the top senton on to his opponent.
Tenzan hit some strong slaps to the chest and face of Okada and then a spinning heel kick to the face of his opponent. Tenzan also hit a multitude of chops to the neck of Okada, but Okada came back with his big corner elbow and then a DDT.
With Tenzan down, he then hit his vintage European uppercut to the jaw of his opponent. Then Okada went to the top rope and landed his big diving elbow drop, followed by his reverse neck breaker.
Tenzan then got Okada up in suplex position and dropped him into a piledriver, head first. He then hit a side effect and locked in his anaconda vice submission hold, he later hit a plethora of headbutts to Okada.
Tenzan now went for his diving moonsault, but Okada caught him on the top rope with a dropkick. He then took his down for a German suplex and then the rainmaker, for his fourth win of the tournament.
Winner: Kazuchika Okada (8pts)
Block A Match- Hirooki Goto vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
MATCH OF THE NIGHT
The bout between Hirooki Goto and Hiroshi Tanahashi was the match I was most anticipated for, and they lived up to my expectations. They delivered the match of the night.
The match kicked off with Tanahashi hitting a springboard crossbody, and then he did some damage to Goto on the outside using the barricades. Back in the ring, it was Goto taking control and unleashing some offence on Tanahashi.
He locked in some rest holds and hit some vicious kicks to the chest of Tanahashi. Tanahashi then had an attack of his own and he landed a diving senton from the second rope.
Goto then had the beautiful sequence where he hit the strong corner spinning heel kick and then a belly-to-back suplex. He then hit a springboard crossbody to the outside and followed it with a diving elbow drop back in the ring.
Later on, Goto had Tanahashi in a fireman’s carry position that Tanahashi reversed out of into a sling blade. Goto then rolled out of the ring and Tanahashi hit a diving crossbody from the top rope on to his opponent.
Both men then traded blows, hitting dozens of stiff forearms to one another’s jaws. Tanahashi won this bout of forearms and then hit a straight arm German suplex to Goto; he then went for the frog splash, but Goto rolled out of the way.
Goto now got some offence in hitting a kick to the chest of Tanahashi, then his suplex to knee lift move, and finally an ushigoroshi. Goto then went for the GTR, but Tanahashi reversed into his rolling neck breaker.
Tanahashi finally hit a sling blade, a crossbody, and then finally the High Fly Flow for the win. Tanahashi picked up his second straight win, after losing his first three matches.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi (4pts)
This wraps up the ninth night of the 2016 G1 Climax, and it was a night that had two great matches to close the show. Goto continues to impress me, while Okada and Tanahashi keep proving why they are stars.
BLOCK A STANDINGS
Togi Makabe – 8 Points
Kazuchika Okada – 8 Points
Naomichi Marufuji – 6 Points
Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 Points
Hirooki Goto – 4 Points
SANADA – 4 Points
Tomohiro Ishii – 4 Points
Bad Luck Fale – 4 Points
Tama Tonga – 4 Points
Hiroshi Tanahashi – 4 Points