Just like the past few nights that showcased Block B, Night 12 of the 2016 G1 Climax was carried by the stars. It had three fairly good bouts, with the others being nothing too special.
Block B Match- Toru Yano vs Yuji Nagata
The first bout of the night saw my least favourite wrestler in NJPW, Toru Yano, matching up with blue justice, Yuji Nagata. As per usual when it comes to a Yano match, this was the worst match of the show.
The match kicked off with Yano refusing to lock up with Nagata, and he was avoiding his opponent on the outside. Nagata ended up joining Yano on the outside and delivered many strikes, this led to Yano getting back in the ring.
In the ring, Nagata attacked Yano’s arm, so Yano tried to stop this by going for a dirty low blow. However, the low blow did not connect and Nagata connected with a bicycle knee to Yano’s face in the corner.
Nagata then locked in an armbar on his opponent, but Yano made it to the ropes and rolled to the outside again. On the outside, these men battled all the way to the top of the ramp, where Yano would capitalize on the referee still being in the ring.
Yano hit a low blow on Nagata and then taped Nagata’s feet together so he could not stand up. This allowed Yano to calmly make it back into the ring while Nagata struggled on the ramp and was counted out, this gave Yano another win in the tournament.
Winner: Toru Yano (6pts)
Block B Match- YOSHI-HASHI vs Michael Elgin
MATCH OF THE NIGHT
Following the opening match of the night, the next bout was IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Michael Elgin, competing against YOSHI-HASHI. The match began with Elgin and HASHI having a chop off with one another, that Elgin ultimately won.
Elgin then hit a few more chops in the corner and a big shoulder block knocking HASHI to the ground. Elgin was then thrown to the outside and HASHI attempted to dive on to him, but he was caught in mid-air.
He then drove HASHI spine first into the turnbuckle and went for a clothesline into the post. However, HASHI moved out of the way and Elgin hit elbow first on the steel post.
HASHI then drove Elgin into the steel barricade and wrapped Elgin’s arm in the steel to inflict more damage. Elgin’s injured arm was then thrown into the post again, and then he was thrown back into the ring. In the ring, HASHI hit a DDT on Elgin for a two count, and then Elgin tried to build some stamina.
Elgin landed a few chops, but he was stopped when HASHI went for the arm again. He then hung Elgin over the top rope and landed a running dropkick to the back of his head.
Elgin then rolled on to the apron and went HASHI went to get him he landed a big kick to the head of HASHI. He then landed a springboard splash back into the ring on to the abdomen of a grounded HASHI.
He then hit two running clotheslines to HASHI who was rested in the corner and then pushed HASHI off the ropes to hit a German suplex. He held on to HASHI and then lifted him back up for a second German suplex, this time for a two count.
Both men then traded some lariats before Elgin hit three forearm shots and an enzigiri, he then went for a big clothesline off the ropes. As Elgin came off the ropes, HASHI snuck under his arm and leaped off the ropes for a big clothesline of his own.
HASHI then went to the top rope and was met up there by Elgin, but HASHI then snuck off the top rope. With Elgin now alone on the ropes, HASHI grabbed him for a bridging powerbomb that got him a two-count.
HASHI now ended back up on the top rope to go for a senton, but Elgin rolled out of the way. Elgin then lifted HASHI up and drove his opponent with a Death Valley driver into the turnbuckle.
Elgin then had the opportunity to showcase his strength, he got up on the second rope and lifted HASHI from the apron in a suplex position. He then held HASHI over his head and dropped him with a massive superplex.
With both men out HASHI had the chance to recover and he landed a backstabber on Elgin. Elgin was then hit with a big spike DDT, and then HASHI locked in a very innovative submission hold putting pressure on his opponent’s shoulder.
Elgin made it to the ropes, but HASHI then hit a running knee and then his diving senton from the top rope. He then tried to go for Karma, but Elgin elbowed his way out and then both men traded strikes until Elgin finally hit a big clothesline.
Elgin followed that with an even bigger clothesline off the ropes, then a buckle bomb, and finally his sit-out powerbomb. This was enough for Elgin’s fourth win of the tournament.
Winner: Michael Elgin (8pts)
Block B Match- EVIL vs Tomoaki Honma
EVIL battling with Tomoaki Honma was nothing too special, and the match started quite boring. The men traded strikes, shoulder blocks, and Honma missed many headbutts just like always.
EVIL then got Honma to the outside where he drove him into a barricade and then got two chairs out from under the ring. EVIL wrapped one chair around Honma’s neck and then swung the second chair hitting the first chair off Honma’s neck.
Back in the ring EVIL raked Honma’s eyes, stomped him into the ground and then hit a senton on to his opponent. EVIL then went for a fisherman suplex, but Honma reversed and hit a stalling suplex of his own.
Honma then hit some elbows, a body slam, and then an elbow to the corner followed with a running bulldog. Honma then finally hit a falling headbutt, but EVIL then hit a big forearm and a clothesline to follow.
EVIL then went to the top rope and landed a diving clothesline on to his opponent. Honma then hit a lot of elbows, but EVIL then grabbed his opponent and hit a German suplex.
Both men then traded strikes, until EVIL finally bounced off the ropes hitting a clothesline turning Honma inside out. EVIL then hit two stiff forearms, and then a fisherman buster dropping Honma on his head.
EVIL then attempted his finish, but Honma reversed with two diving headbutts and then his body drop into a piledriver. Honma then went to the top rope for the finish, but EVIL was able to roll out of the way.
He then hit a superkick to the abdomen and followed that with a one-arm trapped tiger suplex. EVIL then hit his fireman’s carry into powerbomb move, and then finally his STO for the finish.
Winner: EVIL (4pts)
Block B Match- Katsuyori Shibata vs Kenny Omega
Katsuyori Shibata and Kenny Omega put on the second fantastic matchup of the show after Elgin and HASHI. The match began with some mat chain wrestling and then the two men began trading strikes.
Shibata used his strong kicks to get Omega seated in the corner, where he would keep stomping and then hit a running kick right to the side of Omega’s face. Shibata then lifted Omega into a sleeper hold as he was resting on the ring apron.
Now on the outside of the ring, Shibata threw Omega into the barricade and then landed a big boot right to the jaw. Omega then got a reversal in and drove Shibata into the side of the ring, he then dropped Shibata knee first on the announcer’s table.
Back in the ring Omega continued to work on Shibata’s knee and locked in a kneebar wrenching his opponent’s knee over the back of his own neck. Shibata got out of this by getting to the ropes, but Omega continued his attacks with many stomps.
Omega then lifted Shibata for a knee drop but decided to throw him knee first right into the turnbuckle. Omega then went for a running move, however, Shibata ran after him and hit a big boot right to the face of Omega in the corner.
Shibata followed that with a second big boot, and then he hit a beautiful hesitation dropkick to the face of Omega. Both men then traded strikes and then traded sleeper holds, but Shibata reversed Omega’s sleeper into a belly to back suplex.
The men then traded strikes once again and followed that by each hitting a German suplex of their own. Omega locked in a kneebar after his suplex, but Shibata was able to reach the bottom rope.
Omega then hit a V-trigger and went for his one-winged angel, but Shibata reversed that into a triangle sleeper. Omega made it to the ropes, and the men now traded big boots until Omega hit a knee, sending Shibata to the ground.
He then hit two more V-triggers and went for the one-winged angel for a second time. However, just like the first, Shibata reversed and locked Omega into a sleeper hold and got him to a seated position.
With Omega sitting Shibata bounced off the ropes hitting a beautiful PK and getting the pinfall. This is Shibata’s third win of the tournament.
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata (6pts)
Block B Match- Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Tetsuya Naito
The main event of night 12 was the resident leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon, Tetsuya Naito, competing against Katsuhiko Nakajima. The match began with some back and forth chain wrestling until Naito went into a pose of “Tranquilo” and rolled to the outside of the ring.
Naito was able to lure Nakajima into going for a big boot over the top rope, so he could move out of the way and hit a dropkick to Nakajima’s knee. Naito then went to work on his opponent’s knee, hitting a bunch of elbows and driving his knee into the mat.
He then landed a knee drop and then a running dropkick right to the knee of Nakajima. Naito then locked in a cloverleaf like submission to put even more pressure on this now injured knee of Nakajima.
Nakajima made it to the ropes and got some offence of his own, starting with some slaps to Naito’s chest. He then swept Naito’s legs off the apron and sent him to the outside of the ring.
He now ran across the apron hitting a big kick to the chest of Naito, and he then threw him directly into the barricade. With Naito leaning on the barricade, Nakajima hit a big boot sending him over the rail.
Nakajima continued his offence on the outside throwing Naito face-first into the steel ring post. He then lifted Naito and dropped him knee first across the top of the barricade, getting some revenge for the attack on his own knee.
Now back in the ring, Nakajima kept attacking hitting a big boot to Naito in the corner and then a kick directly to the chest. Nakajima then climbed to the top rope and hit a diving missile dropkick to his opponent.
Naito was then able to reverse a suplex, hit an atomic drop and send Nakajima into the corner. With Nakajima in the corner, Naito now hits the very beautiful sequence kicking his opponent in the face as he leaps over the ropes, then sweeps the legs, and finally leaps back in with a dropkick to the chest of his seated opponent.
Naito then tried to run off the ropes, but he was caught by a kick to the chest and then a belly to back suplex. Nakajima then locked in an ankle lock and while in the submission he continued to drive Naito’s leg into the mat.
Naito would eventually roll out and lock Nakajima into a kneebar of his own until Nakajima made it to the ropes. Naito then placed Nakajima on the top rope so he could hit an avalanche hurricanrana to his opponent.
Naito followed that with his arm trapped side slam to Nakajima, and he then hit another dropkick to the injured knee. Naito now went for the Destino, but he was caught in the process and Nakajima delivered a Death Valley driver.
Both men now traded stiff forearms and then Naito went for a tornado DDT, but Nakajima stopped the move. He placed Naito on the top rope and hit a spinning heel kick directly to his face knocking him off the ropes.
He now hit a belly to back suplex followed with a superkick right to Naito’s jaw, and then another superkick to the kneeling Naito. When he went for a third superkick he was caught and Naito was able to hit an enzigiri right to Nakajima’s face. He then bounced off the ropes, but Nakajima hit a dropkick to his face and then a PK to the seated Naito.
Nakajima then got Naito up for a brainbuster, but Naito turned it into a Destino in mid-air. He then got Nakajima up and hit a proper Destino for eight points in the tournament.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito (8pts)
Night 12 was carried heavily by superstars like Michael Elgin, Kenny Omega, and Tetsuya Naito. Those men made the show much more enjoyable, and I imagine one of those three will represent Block B in the G1 final.
BLOCK B STANDINGS
Michael Elgin – 8 Points
Tetsuya Naito – 8 Points
Yuji Nagata – 6 Points
Katsuhiko Nakajima – 6 Points
Kenny Omega – 6 Points
YOSHI-HASHI – 6 Points
Katsuyori Shibata – 6 Points
Toru Yano – 6 Points
Tomoaki Honma – 4 Points
EVIL – 4 Points