I have now reached night 13 of the NJPW 2016 G1 Climax, and it was another fantastic show. The show was highlighted by the bout between Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii, which was rated five stars by world-renowned wrestling journalist, Dave Meltzer.
Block A Match- Tama Tonga vs SANADA
The opening match of the night was SANADA battling Tama Tonga, and both guys needed this win as they were near the bottom of the standings. The match kicked off with some simple chain wrestling and lock-ups until someone gained control.
Tonga was the one to gain some control with a back elbow and then knocking SANADA off the apron with a dropkick. On the outside, SANADA reversed an Irish whip and sent Tonga back first into the steel barricade.
SANADA would then grab a chair from the crowd and drive it right into the ribs of Tonga. SANADA tried to continue his offence, but after a reversal, Tonga dropped SANADA rib first across the top of the barricade.
Back in the ring, both men began to trade some strikes until SANADA landed a big dropkick right to the face of Tonga. Tonga then rolled out of the ring and SANADA leaped over the top rope with a springboard crossbody on to his opponent.
Tonga was then thrown back in the ring and SANADA hit a nice belly to back suplex, and he then bounced off the ropes. However, running off the ropes Tonga caught him and landed a flapjack to SANADA.
Tonga then landed an Alabama slam and a few strikes before Irish whipping SANADA towards the corner. SANADA leaped over the ropes from this Irish whip and hit a springboard missile dropkick to Tonga back in the ring.
These men then traded strikes until SANADA hit an enzigiri and followed that with a tiger suplex right after. SANADA now went for the dragon sleeper, but Tonga turned it around and hit his leg wrapped leaping DDT.
Now both men wanted to finish the match, but there was a beautiful sequence where they were reversing everything their opponent threw at them. This sequence ended when Tonga hit a hurricanrana and SANADA followed that with a TKO right after.
SANADA now locked in his dragon sleeper, but Tonga flipped over and hit his reverse rolling cutter to SANADA. He then finally hit the cutter and got the pinfall for his third win of the tournament.
Winner: Tama Tonga (6pts)
Block A Match- Togi Makabe vs Bad Luck Fale
The second match for night 13 was the battle of the big men with Bad Luck Fale facing Togi Makabe. Makabe did not waste any time, as soon as he entered the ring during his entrance he went right after Fale.
These men then traded forearms until Makabe clotheslined Fale to the outside of the ring. Makabe then attempted to throw Fale into the barricade, but Fale turned it around and ended up throwing Makabe into the steel.
Fale then dragged Makabe halfway up the ramp, grabbed a chair from the crowd, and began choking his opponent with the chair leg. I found it very innovative to stand the chair with the leg on Makabe’s throat and then stand on top of the chair to choke him.
Back in the ring, Fale continued his onslaught by choking Makabe once again, this time with the ropes. He then tried to finish off Makabe with a vice grip on his neck and looked for the submission.
However, he eventually released the hold and started striking Makabe until executing a strong Irish whip to him into the corner. Makabe then made a comeback in the match when he a clothesline to Fale and then went for 10 punches to Fale’s head in the corner.
Makabe then hit three powerful clotheslines to take Fale off of his feet for a two count. He then bounced off the ropes once again, but Fale caught him for a Samoan drop.
Fale now went for his throat spike, but Makabe reversed with a chop to the neck. Makabe then managed to get the very large Fale up and over for a northern lights suplex.
Makabe then went to the top rope, but Fale stopped him and lifted him off in position for a Razor’s edge. However, Makabe wiggled his way out and tried to attack Fale in the corner, but Fale moved out of the way and hit Makabe with a corner splash of his own.
He then went for 10 punches in the corner to Makabe, but Makabe lifted him up and hit a powerbomb for another two count.
Makabe then hit two more clotheslines and bounced off the ropes for a third, but Fale came running and caught him with a spear. He then lifted Makabe up and hit his throat spike for another win in the tournament.
Winner: Bad Luck Fale (8pts)
Block A Match- Hirooki Goto vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan
The third match of the show saw my personal favourite Hirooki Goto battling against Hiroyoshi Tenzan. The bout began with both men locking up, trading strikes, and also trading shoulder blocks.
Tenzan gained control by hitting many chops to the collarbone area of Goto and then some headbutts in the corner. Goto then came back with a clothesline and a big roundhouse kick to the back of Tenzan.
Goto then worked the submission game by locking Tenzan in head scissors, until Tenzan made it to the ropes. Tenzan then landed three slaps and then caught Goto with the very impressive spinning heel kick.
Tenzan then continued with his chops and then a clothesline in the corner followed with a big suplex. Both men then traded stiff forearms until Tenzan hit a headbutt, but he was then caught with a kick to the chest.
Goto now hit the corner spinning heel kick to the face of Tenzan, and then a diving elbow drop from the top rope. Goto then bounced off the ropes, but Tenzan reversed this with a back-body drop.
Tenzan then locked in an anaconda vice looking for the submission, but Goto powered his way out with some elbows. Goto then lifted Tenzan and dropped him on his knee by hitting the ushigoroshi.
Goto now went for the GTR, but Tenzan turned it around and dropped Goto with an innovative form of a brainbuster. He then hit a body slam on Goto and went for the moonsault from the top rope, but Goto rolled out of the way.
Goto then hit Tenzan with a big kick to the chest and then locked in a sleeper, but Tenzan got out of it by driving Goto into the turnbuckle. Tenzan then hit a plethora of headbutts to Goto, until he had him out on the ground.
Goto then reversed a clothesline from Tenzan by locking in another sleeper hold and getting Tenzan out on his feet. With Tenzan groggy, Goto would finally hit the GTR for the win in the matchup.
Winner: Hirooki Goto (8pts)
Block A Match- Kazuchika Okada vs Tomohiro Ishii
MATCH OF THE NIGHT
The next match of the night was Kazuchika Okada against Tomohiro Ishii, and it started very quickly. Ishii started the match with a big clothesline knocking Okada over and then bounced off the ropes to hit him with another clothesline on the ground.
Both men then went for their finisher, but they both reversed each other. Okada then got Ishii up and hit the reverse neck breaker on his much bigger opponent.
Both men then took a rest, and then Ishii got some offence with a headbutt, some forearms, and some chops. Okada then tried to get some offence of his own, but when he bounced off the ropes, he was caught by Ishii with a scoop slam.
Ishii now continued the attack, with his extremely devastating chops destroying the chest of Okada. Okada now started to battle back with some forearms of his own, a big boot, and then a flapjack to Ishii.
Okada now ran off the ropes and hit a back elbow to the jaw of Ishii, he then ran hitting a dropkick to the face of the seated Ishii. He now landed the back elbow to Ishii in the corner, followed that with a DDT, and then his beautiful European uppercut.
Okada now went to the top rope, but Ishii rolled out of the way and Okada landed on his feet. Ishii then went back towards Okada and was able to hit a nice belly to back suplex on Okada.
Ishii now got Okada in the corner and hit him with a plethora of chops and forearms. He now went for a running clothesline, but Okada moved out of the way, placed Ishii on the top rope and dropkicked him to the outside.
Okada joined Ishii on the outside drove him into the barricade and then drove him over the barricade with a big boot. He then hung Ishii up on the barricade and hit a spike DDT on the outside.
Back in the ring now Okada went to the top and dove across the ring hitting the big elbow drop. Okada then tried to work for the crowd, but as he was taunting Ishii hit him with a strong chop to the chest.
Ishii now hit a German suplex, then a running clothesline in the corner, and he finished that sequence with a powerbomb for a two count. Okada then reversed a clothesline from Ishii and hit him with a Death Valley driver.
Okada now hit some big boots and uppercuts to Ishii, until he was caught with a dropkick from Ishii. Ishii now placed Okada on the top rope and hit a stalling superplex that looked so devastating and impressive. With Okada seated, Ishii hit another seated clothesline for another two count.
Ishii now got Okada up for a brainbuster, but Okada kneed Ishii to get himself out of the hold. Okada then hit a dropkick to the back of Ishii’s head, and then an even bigger dropkick right to the chest of Ishii.
Okada now hit two back to back dropkicks to a seated Ishii, and then he hit his vintage standing dropkick to the face of Ishii. Okada then had his Rainmaker reversed, and Ishii caught him with an enzigiri to the side of the head.
Okada now reversed a clothesline from Ishii with a German suplex, and he then had another Rainmaker reversed, but this time with a headbutt. Ishii now hit the reverse piledriver to Okada, a big clothesline, and then finally the brainbuster to knock off the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii (6pts)
Block A Match- Naomichi Marufuji vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
The night 13 main event was a match between Naomichi Marufuji and Hiroshi Tanahashi, and these two men had a hard task following Okada and Ishii. The match kicked off with some great technical wrestling between both men, and it was obvious that both competitors were looking for the best in each other.
The match really began to kick off when Tanahashi used some heel tactics to get ahead. He wrapped Marufujis knee around the ring post and then started attacking Marufuji’s knee with strikes and holds.
Tanahashi began driving Marufuji’s knee into the mat and he then locked in a kneebar submission. Marufuji made it to the ropes, and he then attempted to go for the dragon screw through the ropes, but he got reversed.
Marufuji now joined his opponent on the apron and hit a piledriver on ‘the hardest part of the ring’ leaving Tanahashi out on the outside. Once back in the ring Marufuji continued the attack and hit Tanahashi with strong chops to the chest. Marufuji continues to show how strong his chops are with the marks he leaves on his opponent’s chest.
Tanahashi made a comeback by hitting a forearm when he was pushed off the ropes, and he followed that with many more strikes. He then hit a bodyslam and then dove from the second rope with a rolling senton on to Marufuji’s chest.
Marufuji now cartwheeled out of an Irish whip and hit a big dropkick to the face of Tanahashi. Tanahashi then rolled to the apron, and Marufuji jumped on to the top rope and jumped into a dropkick to the chest of his opponent.
Marufuji now ran jumping over the top tope on to Tanahashi on the outside with a crossbody. Tanahashi then tried to escape Marufuji by crawling back in the ring, but Marufuji springboarded off the ropes drop kicking Tanahashi in the side as he crawled.
These men then engaged in a chop off that finished with Marufuji hitting a superkick and then trying for a second superkick. However, Tanahashi caught his leg the second time and hit a dragon screw to the already injured leg.
Tanahashi then went for a splash in the corner, but Marufuji moved out of the way and hit a bicycle knee. Marufuji now hit a superkick to the face of Tanahashi followed with an enzigiri, and he then went for the sliced bread but Tanahashi pulled out of the hold dropping Marufuji on his back.
Tanahashi now hit an arm trapped German suplex, and then a very nice sling blade. He now went to the top rope and dove for a crossbody but Marufuji caught him in mid-air with a knee to the ribs.
Marufuji now hit a superkick from behind, and then a bicycle knee for a two count on Tanahashi. Tanahashi then reversed a suplex into a rolling neck breaker, and he then caught Marufuji trying to hit another bicycle knee with a sling blade.
Tanahashi now went to the top rope to hit a standing High Fly Flow and got Marufuji on the ground. He then went back to the top and hit the proper High Fly Flow for his fourth win of the tournament.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi (8pts)
Night 13 was an amazing show overall, and it had the best match of the tournament so far with Okada and Ishii. The main event also really delivered, and I am getting more and more excited as we get closer to the end of the tournament.
BLOCK A STANDINGS
Kazuchika Okada – 10 Points
Togi Makabe – 8 Points
Naomichi Marufuji – 8 Points
Hirooki Goto – 8 Points
Bad Luck Fale – 8 Points
Hiroshi Tanahashi – 8 Points
Tomohiro Ishii – 6 Points
Tama Tonga – 6 Points
Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 Points
SANADA – 4 Points