I have just completed night 15 of the 2016 NJPW G1 Climax, and Block A was competing on this night. This show was nothing too spectacular, and the competitors seemed not to be giving 100 per cent.
Block A Match- Tama Tonga vs Naomichi Marufuji
The opening match of Night 15 was a bout between Tama Tonga and Naomichi Marufuji. The match started with both men going back and forth with some strikes and shoulder blocks; then, Tonga hit a splash in the corner that Marufuji responded to with a dropkick.
The men then continued to battle until Marufuji ended up on the apron, where Tonga would hit him with a cutter on to the top rope. Now on the outside of the ring, Tonga would hit Marufuji with a flapjack on to the ‘hardest part of the ring.’
Back in the ring, Tonga continued his attack with some headbutts, elbows, and stomps. He then went to Irish whip Marufuji, but he cartwheeled out and hit Tonga with a dropkick to the face.
Marufuji now came at Tonga with some chops to the chest, and then he hitting a running back elbow in the corner. He then put Tonga in a seated position and ran hitting a stomp to Tonga’s chest, and he followed that with a superkick to the face.
Marufuji then ran off the ropes, but he was caught by Tonga and hit with a flapjack. These men then had a sequence that started with a headbutt from Tonga, then a superkick from Marufuji, and finally a neck breaker from Tonga.
Both men now traded strikes, Tonga hitting forearms and Marufuji hitting chops to the chest. Marufuji won the chop off and bounced off the ropes, but Tonga slid around him and hit the legs wrapped spike DDT.
Tonga got a two-count off of the DDT, and he followed that DDT with a reverse rolling cutter to Marufuji. Tonga then hit an Alabama slam and he went for the cutter, but it was reversed and he was hit with a superkick and bicycle knee.
Marufuji then hit a second bicycle knee, and then he hit the sliced bread number two. This was enough for the pin-fall and his fifth win of the tournament.
Winner: Naomichi Marufuji (10pts)
Block A Match- SANADA vs Tomohiro Ishii
CO-MATCH OF THE NIGHT
The next match of the night was SANADA against Tomohiro Ishii, and both men needed this win in the tournament. The match began with a lock-up, some strikes, and then SANADA tried to end the match right away with the dragon sleeper, but Ishii grabbed the ropes.
SANADA then laid into Ishii with a variety of strikes and kicks, and then it was a European uppercut that took Ishii to the ground. SANADA then went for a running clothesline, but Ishii moved out of the way and hit a belly-to-back suplex.
Ishii now hit a big clothesline on SANADA in the corner, and then a running shoulder block. Ishii then hit a stalling suplex and he then wanted to bounce off the ropes, but SANADA caught him right in the face with a dropkick.
Ishii rolled to the outside after the dropkick, and SANADA spring boarded over the top ropes on to his opponent. SANADA then went to the top rope, but Ishii stopped him and hit an avalanche stalling suplex.
Both men then went into a heated strike-off, and both men were hitting some very strong forearms to each other. The end of this strike-off saw SANADA flip out of a German suplex and then hit a hurricanrana on Ishii.
SANADA now hit a springboard missile dropkick to the chest of Ishii, and then a standing moonsault. SANADA then hit a tiger suplex on Ishii and then locked in a dragon sleeper, but Ishii made it to the ropes.
SANADA then went for a diving moonsault, but Ishii moved out of the way. SANADA then tried to roll Ishii into the sleeper again, but Ishii rolled out and hit a clothesline to the seated SANADA.
Ishii then went for another German suplex, but SANADA flipped out of it again. Ishii then hit SANADA with a forearm and headbutt that put SANADA on the ground. Ishii then hit a running clothesline, and then a big powerbomb on SANADA.
Ishii then went for the brainbuster, but SANADA slipped out and hit Ishii with a TKO. He then locked in the dragon sleeper once again, and this time it was enough to get Ishii to tap out for the win.
Winner: SANADA (6pts)
Block A Match- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Up next on the card was Hiroshi Tanahashi battling Hiroyoshi Tenzan in a hard-hitting bout. The match started with both men trading strikes until Tenzan gained some control when he hit a chop to Tanahashi’s neck.
Tenzan then went for a clothesline in the corner, but Tanahashi reversed and hit a springboard crossbody to Tenzan. Tanahashi then attacked the left knee of Tenzan, he pulled on the knee and then wrapped it up in ropes for more leverage.
These men then began trading strikes until Tanahashi bounced off the ropes, Tenzan caught Tanahashi with a spinning heel kick. Tenzan then hit a running clothesline in the corner and then a standing suplex.
Tanahashi came back from this by catching Tenzan with a running forearm, followed with a leaping elbow, and then a rolling senton. Tanahashi was then caught off the ropes with a back body drop from Tenzan, and then Tenzan locked in the anaconda vice.
Tanahashi was able to roll out of the submission and go back to work on Tenzan’s knee. He started with a dropkick to the knee, and then a dragon screw to cause more pain to Tenzan’s left knee.
Tenzan came back from this with some headbutts to the chest and head of Tanahashi. Tenzan then dropped Tanahashi on his head with his original version of a brainbuster.
Tenzan then went for his moonsault, but Tanahashi was able to roll out of the way making Tenzan land on his chest. Tanahashi then hit a German suplex and went to the top rope for the High Fly Flow, but Tenzan rolled out of the way.
Tenzan then hit two clotheslines to his opponent and then locked in the anaconda vice for the second time. He kept the anaconda vice locked in, and hit Tanahashi with a devastating slam while in the hold.
Tenzan then went for a suplex, but Tanahashi slipped out of the hold and hit a rolling neck breaker. He then hit a sling blade, and then the High Fly Flow for his fifth win of the tournament.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi (10pts)
Block A Match- Kazuchika Okada vs Bad Luck Fale
The semi-main event of the evening was IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada competing against Bad Luck Fale. The match started with Fale getting some strikes in on Okada, but Okada tripped up Fale and dropkicked him in the face.
These men then battled outside the ring, Okada drove Fale into the barricade and then Fale shoulder blocked Okada to the ground. Fale now threw Okada into some chairs in the crowd and tried to get the count-out, but Okada made it back to the ring.
Back in the ring, Fale would stand on the bottom rope over Okada’s throat to choke him. Fale then threw Okada with a powerful Irish whip into the corner that caused Okada to bounce out on to the ground.
Fale then worked on the back of Okada, he hit many strikes, kicks, and then even stood on the back of Okada. Fale then body slammed Okada and bounced off the ropes for a splash, but Okada rolled out of the way.
Okada then hit his running European uppercut to the jaw of Fale, and he then hit a DDT. Okada then miraculously hit the much bigger Fale with a body slam and he then bounced off the ropes, but Fale caught him with a Samoan drop.
Okada then reversed Fale with a back-body drop, and he then amazingly lifted Fale to hit the reverse neck breaker. Okada now went to the top rope and hit the diving elbow drop to the heart of Fale.
Okada then went for the Rainmaker, but Fale reversed and threw Okada to the mat where he would hit the splash. Fale then went for the Bad Luck Fall but Okada slipped out and bounced off the ropes, and was then caught with a spear from Fale.
Fale now went for the throat spike, but Okada reversed with a dropkick and then threw Fale off the ropes for a second dropkick. Okada then hit a German suplex and then went for the Rainmaker, but Fale reversed with a chop.
Fale then hit the throat spike, but that was not enough to beat Okada. Fale then landed the Bad Luck Fall to knock off the IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
Winner: Bad Luck Fale (10pts)
Block A Match- Hirooki Goto vs Togi Makabe
CO-MATCH OF THE NIGHT
The main event of this night of the G1 Climax was my personal favourite NJPW wrestler, Hirooki Goto, battling Togi Makabe. The bout kicked off with some technical wrestling and both men trying to get the best of each other.
It was when Makabe threw Goto out of the ring that the match began to pick up, and Makabe would throw Goto into the barricade. Goto then got some control when he reversed Makabe and threw him into the barricade himself, he followed that with some kicks to Makabe’s chest.
Goto then threw Makabe into the steel ring post, and then back in the ring worked on Makabe’s neck. He locked in a head-scissor on Makabe, wrenching at the neck until Makabe reached the ropes.
These men then began trading strikes, Makabe with his forearms and Goto with his big kicks. Makabe eventually got control here when he took Goto down with a big clothesline off the ropes.
Makabe now hit a clothesline in the corner, then 10 punches, and finally a northern lights suplex. Makabe tried to continue his offence, but Goto would catch him with a kick right to the chest.
Goto then placed him in the corner and hit the running spinning heel kick, and followed that with a belly-to-back suplex. Goto then hit a clothesline in the corner and then went to the top rope for a diving elbow drop.
With both men now groggy they traded some stiff forearms, and then Goto would pull Makabe by the hair headfirst into his knee. Goto then lifted Makabe in a suplex position but dropped him back down face first on to his knee.
Goto then locked in a sleeper, but Makabe drove him into the corner to break the hold and then hit a German suplex. Makabe then put Goto on the top rope and hit his signature avalanche German suplex, but when he went for the diving knee drop Goto moved out of the way.
Goto then locked in a sleeper hold that Makabe was able to get out of, he got out with a clubbing blow to the back of Goto’s skull. Goto then tried to regain control bouncing off the ropes, but Makabe hit a clothesline turning him inside out.
Makabe then went for another clothesline, but Goto hit him with an ushigoroshi instead. Goto then got him up and hit the GTR to get the victory and 10 points in the tournament.
Winner: Hirooki Goto
That was the end to night 15 of G1 Climax 26, and it was sadly not the greatest night of the tournament. However, I was happy with the result of Goto winning his match, and I am looking forward to night 16.
BLOCK A STANDINGS
Kazuchika Okada – 10 Points
Naomichi Marufuji – 10 Points
Hirooki Goto – 10 Points
Bad Luck Fale – 10 Points
Hiroshi Tanahashi – 10 Points
Togi Makabe – 8 Points
Tomohiro Ishii – 6 Points
Tama Tonga – 6 Points
SANADA – 6 Points
Hiroyoshi Tenzan – 4 Points