New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) held today, Friday, July 20, its 5th date of the G1 Climax 28, the most prestigious tournament of the company. The show took place from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, before an audience of 1730 people. The event could be seen live through the official platform of the company, New Japan World, with comments in English by Kevin Kelly, Don Callis, and Rocky Romero.
It should be remembered that the competition will be developed under the Round Robin format. All the fighters, within their respective block, will face each other throughout the tournament. For each bout won, two points are scored, for a draw due to time limit one, while a loss gives 0 points. In the final of August 12 at the Nippon Budokan, the two leaders of each group will meet to determine the winner of the tournament and the next challenger to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the biggest event of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 13, the 4 January 2019.
Below are the full results:
Tag Team Matches
TAKA Michinoku and Zack Saber Jr. def. Shota Umino and Toa Henare via Submission.
Yujiro Takahashi and Kota Ibushi def. Gedo and Toru Yano
SANADA and Tetsuya Naito def. David Finlay and Juice Robinson
Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga def. Chase Owens and Kenny Omega via
SHO and Tomohiro Ishii def. YOH and Hirooki Goto via pinfall.
G1 Climax 28 Block A Matches:
Jay White def. Michael Elgin via pinfall.
Minoru Suzuki def. YOSHI-HASHI via pinfall.
EVIL def. Togi Makabe via pinfall.
Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bad Luck Fale via DQ.
Kazuchika Okada def. Hangman Page via pinfall. First victory for former IWGP champion in this tournament.
Block A classifications:
Jay White: 6 points
Michael Eling: 4 points
Togi Makabe: 4 points
EVIL: 4 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4 points
Bad Luck Fale: 2 points
Minoru Suzuki: 2 points
Hangman Page: 2 points
Kazuchika Okada: 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 0 point