Night Eleven Recap of the 2016 NJPW G1 Climax

Night 11 of the 2016 G1 Climax was of course another very good show, all the tournament matches looked very entertaining on paper. The show was also highlighted by the two amazing matches back-to-back to finish the night.

Block A Match- Bad Luck Fale vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Bad Luck Fale matching up with Hiroyoshi Tenzan was a battle of two very large masses of men. The bout kicked off with Fale in control, beating Tenzan on the outside of the ring.

Fale used the barricade to hurt his opponent and then got him back in the ring so he could stand on his abdomen. Tenzan then started to make a comeback after reversing a jumping headbutt by Fale.

Tenzan was able to land a variety of strikes, and then a spinning heel kick into the face of Fale. Tenzan also managed to flip Fale over his head and then lock in the anaconda vice.

Tenzan then hit a multitude of headbutts and went for his moonsault, but Fale rolled out of the way. Fale then hit a big splash onto Tenzan and followed that with a big spear.

Fale finally hit his throat spike for the finish and his third win of the tournament. This was one of Fale’s more enjoyable matches of the tournament.

Winner: Bad Luck Fale (6pts)

Rating: 6.5/10

Block A Match- Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto

The next match on the card was between Tama Tonga and Hirooki Goto, a match I was looking forward to because I have become a big fan of Goto. However, the match started very slow and it did not pick up until Tonga drop kicked Goto to the outside.

Tonga put great use to the barricades and dropped Goto ribs first across the top of the barricade. Back in the ring Tonga started landing many strikes and landed a massive splash onto Goto in the corner.

Goto then stalled Tonga’s offence with a big kick right to the chest of Tonga has he came off the ropes. Goto then hit his corner spinning heel kick and followed it with a belly to back suplex.

Goto put Tonga to the outside and hit a big springboard dive to the ground taking out his opponent. Goto threw Tonga back in the ring and hit a diving elbow drop from the top rope.

Tonga then got some more of his own offence in, he hit a nice Alabama slam. Tonga then bounced off the ropes, but Goto got him on his shoulders and hit an ushigoroshi.

These men then traded forearms until Goto got Tonga up in a suplex position, and proceeded to drop Tonga face-first on to his knee. He then went for the GTR, but Tonga reversed it into a rolling reverse cutter.

Tonga then hit my favourite move of his, he executed his leaping spike DDT with the legs wrapped. That was good enough for a two count, and he then went for his finishing cutter.

Goto caught the cutter and turned it into a big GTR for his third win of the G1. Goto continues to impress me, and I am rooting for him in this tournament.

Winner: Hirooki Goto (6pts)

Rating: 7.5/10

Block A Match- SANADA vs Naomichi Marufuji

SANADA and Naomichi Marufuji were now up and they have both been two very underrated performers throughout the tournament. The bout kicked off with some amazing technical wrestling, and these men put on a very entertaining sequence.

SANADA then brought Marufuji to the outside, drove him into the barricade and then choked him with his baseball bat. Back in the ring, SANADA landed some strikes, until he was eventually knocked to the outside by Marufuji.

Marufuji then joined him on the outside by leaping over the top rope onto his opponent. Marufuji then hit the big leaping back elbow on to SANADA in the corner, and then we saw what has become a regular incident in Marufuji matches.

Both men had a chop off, and Marufuji once again showed me just how powerful his chops are. In order to stop the chops, SANADA used some strikes until he could finally hit a dropkick.

SANADA then reversed an Irish whip and ended up on the apron where he would land a springboard missile dropkick. With Marufuji now groggy, SANADA would hit a beautiful tiger suplex.

SANADA then managed to reverse two of Marufuji’s sliced bread finishers, the first time was into a dragon sleeper. The second time he was caught on SANADA’s shoulders, and he got hit with a TKO.

He then tried to choke out Marufuji with the dragon sleeper, but he got to the ropes. SANADA then tried for the moonsault, but Marufuji rolled out of the way and hit a bicycle knee.

Marufuji then ended the match with his plethora of superkicks, a bicycle knee, and then finally a sliced bread number two. This was enough for another win for Marufuji in the tournament.

Winner: Naomichi Marufuji (8pts)

Rating: 8/10

Block A Match- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tomohiro Ishii

The match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tomohiro Ishii was the final match before the main event, and I must admit this match blew me away. This was easily one of the better matches of the tournament, and both men came out on a mission.

Tanahashi started the match by landing two deep arm drags, and then showboating playing his air guitar. Ishii then started to utilize his power and agility, he hit a lot of strikes and then a big stalling suplex.

Tanahashi hit dropkicks to the knee of Ishii to get some momentum, and he then hit a diving senton from the second rope. Both men then began trading strikes, Ishii hit these vicious boots to the face of Tanahashi; but it was Tanahashi dropping Ishii with his slaps.

Tanahashi then hit the dragon screw to Ishii through the ropes, and he then went to the top rope where was stopped by Ishii. With both men now on the top rope Ishii landed a big stalling super plex from the top rope.

Both men then traded some very stiff forearms until Ishii was able to stop Tanahashi, and he then landed a powerbomb to Tanahashi. Ishii then hit a clothesline and went for the brainbuster, but he was reversed.

Tanahashi was able to get out of the brainbuster and hit his signature rolling neck breaker. Both men now traded dragon suplexes, which Tanahashi followed with an arm trapped suplex followed by a sling blade.  

Tanahashi then had his diving frog splash reversed because Ishii rolled out of the way. Ishii then bounced off the ropes hitting the seated lariat to the chest of Tanahashi for a two count.

However, Tanahashi then managed to hit another dragon suplex and sling blade. He followed those two moves with a diving crossbody from the top rope.

With Ishii now down, Tanahashi went back to the top rope and hit the high fly flow for the finish. Tanahashi now has six points in the tournament.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi (6pts)

Rating: 8.5/10

Block A Match- Kazuchika Okada vs Togi Makabe


The main event of the night was the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, locking horns with Togi Makabe. Both men started the bout trying to out-power each other and see who could take control.

Okada had the first big move, hitting a dropkick to Makabe who was seated on the top rope sending him to the outside. Okada then drove Makabe into the barricade and hit a neck breaker on the outside.

Okada then landed his leap over senton on to Makabe when he put him back into the ring. Okada then locked in a rest hold and tried to maintain control, but he was eventually caught with a power slam from Makabe.

Makabe then hit two corner clotheslines to Okada, ten strikes to his head, and then finally a northern lights suplex to Okada. Okada then came back with a DDT, and then the ever so beautiful European uppercut to his opponent.

Okada then tried for the diving elbow, but he was thrown off the top tope by Makabe. Makabe followed that with a very devastating clothesline to the champion, and then both men traded some very stiff strikes.

Okada then hit another one of my favourite moves, his reverse neck breaker to Makabe. Okada then went back to the top rope and this time he was able to hit the diving elbow drop through the chest of Makabe.

Makabe then managed to reverse a strike from Okada with a clothesline, and he then hit a powerbomb to his opponent. Makabe continued his onslaught with a twisting Samoan drop to Okada.

Makabe then put Okada on the top rope and hit a huge avalanche belly-to-belly suplex. He then went for his finishing diving knee drop, but Okada rolled out of the way.

Okada then hit many big boots to Makabe’s face, and then his lovely dropkick to the back of Makabe. However, Makabe was not done yet as he then hit a German suplex to Okada for a two count.

However, Okada came back from this ready to close the match, he started with a dropkick to the face of Makabe. He then hit a tombstone piledriver, and then finally a Rainmaker for his fifth win of the tournament.

Winner: Kazuchika Okada (10pts)

Rating: 9/10

Overall, night 11 of the 2016 G1 Climax was a very enjoyable show, and the two main events were so amazing. Okada really is the best bout machine, and he continues to steal the show.


Kazuchika Okada – 10 Points

Togi Makabe – 8 Points

Naomichi Marufuji – 8 Points

Hirooki Goto – 6 Points

Bad Luck Fale – 6 Points

Hiroshi Tanahashi – 6 Points

Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 Points

SANADA – 4 Points

Tomohiro Ishii – 4 Points

Tama Tonga – 4 Points

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