New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) held on Saturday, July 14, its first date of G1 Climax 28, the most prestigious tournament of the company. The show took place from the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo before 3907 viewers. The show 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 fight won, two points are awarded, for a draw due to time limit one, while a loss provides 0 points. In the final of August 12 at the Nippon Budokan, the two leaders of each group will match up 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 (January 4, 2019).
Today was the first date of Block A, counting on the outstanding duels of Hiroshi Tanahashi against Minoru Suzuki and Kazuchika Okada against Jay White. Without further delay we leave you with the results:
Toa Henare & Ren Narita vs. Jado & Hirooki Goto
Jado and Henare start the fight. Jado connects the first blows, but Toa applies headers until he falls. I relieve Narita, while Goto charges Henare and punishes him in ringside. Narita and Henare pass to control Goto, Samoan Drop and tells that Jado interrupts. Goto looks for the Ushigoroshi, Narita escapes and covers it but does not reach three by little. Goto connects the Ushigoroshi and gets the count of three.
Jado & Hirooki Goto wins via pinfall.
Toru Yano & YOH vs. Tomohiro Ishii & SHO
The members of Roppongi 3K begin the confrontation. SHO outperforms his partner, connects a Dropkick and gives Ishii relief. YOH responds to Ishii’s attacks, but Stone Pitbull does not flinch and continues to dominate until he receives a Dragon Screw. Yano enters and quickly wants to remove a protector from the corner, but SHO and the referee see him. Swap blows with Ishii and takes out the protector. Inverted Atomic Drop and then catapult Ishii against the unprotected cornerback. Relay for YOH that continues attacking Ishii. Superkicks to both rivals, who respond with great offensive. SHO avoids a Headscissors and applies Powerbomb, Ishii follows immediately with a German Suplex, Backbreaker of SHO and Brainbuster of Ishii for the count of three.
Tomohiro Ishii & SHO wins via pinfall.
Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
Loa takes the initiative on Finlay. David responds with nudges but GoD charges soon against him. Loa looks for the account after a Senton Slingshot, but it’s not enough. Suplex from Finlay to Tonga, and finally get to replace Juice. Robinson repeatedly hits Loa, but gets distracted by Tonga and receives a hard Lariat. Tama and Finlay enter, David throws himself from the corner and receives a Gun Stun.
Guerrillas of Destiny wins via pinfall.
Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku & Zack Saber Jr.) vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi
Kota and Zack start the fight. Saber avoids a kick and passes to punish Ibushi’s arm. Kota answers an Uppercut with a combination of punches and puts ZSJ on the ropes until TAKA enters. Enter Takahashi and exchange attacks with TAKA. ZSJ applies Michinoku Driver later while TAKA catches Kota.
Suzuki-gun wins via pinfall.
BULLET CLUB (Kenny Omega & Chase Owens) vs. The Ungovernables of Japan (Tetsuya Naito & SANADA)
Naito and Omega are the first, but spend a few minutes without hitting. SANADA and Owens intervene to attack their respective rivals. Kenny and Chase dominate Tetsuya. Owens tries the Paradise Lock but he does not know how to do it. Naito responds and gives the relief to his partner, who does apply the Paradise Lock to Chase. Chase and Kenny are united on SANADA, Naito intervenes in their help. Skull End to Owens who surrenders.
The Ungovernables of Japan wins via submission.
G1 Climax 28 – Block A
Togi Makabe vs. YOSHI-HASHI
They start directly with punches, YOSHI manages to prevail and takes Makabe out of the ring. Brainbuster to Togi in the ring and counts two. Makabe responds and connects a Powerslam. Northern Light Suplex and two counts on HASHI. HASHI escapes and applies a Sit Out Powerbomb. Lariat, Double Knees, and counts two on Makabe. Butterfly Lock in the middle of the ring, but Makabe loads it to escape. However, he receives a Backstabber and another Butterfly Lock. With great effort, Makabe arrives on the ropes. Blockbuster of YOSHI and account of two. Try the Karma but cannot with Togi. German Suplex to YOSHI that stops right away. Clash of Lariats, Makabe is restored before. Punish YOSHI’s face against the post and apply a Spider German Suplex. King Kong Knee Drop for HASHI.
Togi Makabe wins via pinfall.
Bad Luck Fale vs. Hangman Page
Fale quickly attacks Page and punishes him in ringside. Hangman responds with a Suicide Dive and chases Fale. Bad Luck throws it against the public chairs twice. The referee tries to get the action back into the ring, Page returns with difficulty. Hagman tries a Sunset Flip but cannot with Fale, who then fails a nudge and Hangman takes to connect a Standing Shooting Star Press. Tanga Loa goes out to watch the match from ringside. Fale splash and two counts. Hangman takes Bad Luck out of the ring with a clothesline. He looks for momentum but Loa takes him out of the ring, Page gives him a Superkick. Moonsault from the heights to ringside on Loa and Fale. Slingshot Lariat and two counts on Fale. Look for the Rite of Passage, but see Tama Tonga attack it. Loa, Fale and Tonga attack Page.
Hangman Page wins via disqualification.
Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Chase Owens come out to save Hangman Page.
EVIL vs. Michael Elgin
Elgin dominates at the beginning, weakening with Chops to EVIL. Fail a Clothesline and hit with the post, EVIL punishes that arm by placing a chair and pushing it against the post. EVIL continues to damage the arm when returning to the ring. Elgin escapes with a Side Suplex, EVIL gets out of the ring but Big Mike launches into Suicide Dive. Slingshot Double Stomp by Elgin, which continues with a German Suplex with the bridge. Lariats against the corner on EVIL. Try to charge EVIL but cannot handle it, the Ungovernable kicks Elgin after escaping and goes on the attack. EVIL continues to hurt Elgin’s arm, using the rope and the barricade for it. At the count of 16, Big Mike returns to the ring. Clash of Lariats, EVIL blocks several Elgin attacks and connects Darkness Falls, but it’s not enough.
Big Mike escapes two attempts of Everything is EVIL and connects a German Suplex. He gets EVIL in the corner and goes for him. Superplex and two counts. Several attempts of auctions and movements by both, until Mike connects the Elgin Bomb.
Michael Elgin wins via pinfall.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Rapid swings exchanges at first and Suzuki connects a Dropkick to Tanahashi’s leg to continue with Heel Hold. Suzuki prolongs the domain with the key and switches to an Ankle Hold. Follow with another Heel Hold. Suzuki strangles an STF and changes from an Achilles Lock to Heel Hold. Tanahashi arrives on the ropes after several minutes. Suzuki continues slapping and kicking Tanahashi’s bad leg, but Tanahashi responds with a Dragon Screw. Tanahashi takes advantage and Dotonbori Senton drops into nothing. Suzuki strikes with Penalty Kick and returns with Heel Hold and switches to Figure Four Leglock. Tanahashi reverses and escapes. Heavy blows between the two Suzuki fits several slaps to Tanahashi and Sleeper Hold.
Suzuki prepares the Piledriver, but Tanahashi does not let him. The knee of Suzuki, try another submission but quick counts of Tanahashi. Suzuki runs and connects the Sleeper Hold, but Tanahashi manages to match with a crossed Dragon Screw. Tanahashi’s Slingblade for the count of two. Tanahashi reduces with a first High Fly Flow and applies another for the count of three.
Hiroshi Tanahashi wins via pinfall.
Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
Both try to apply their finisher at the beginning. White reduces with Chops to the chest and goes up to the corner, where Okada grabs him with a Headlock and releases him. Sliding Kick and out. Okada throws White against the fences and jumps for the Crossbody, but White departs. Okada follows White among the audience, but White answers with a Saito Suplex. White hits Okada against the fences and the edge of the ring. When entering the ring White hits hard and Suplex against the corner. White maintains dominance and attacks Okada with the tarpaulin on the side of the ring. White controls with more hits and Pumphandle Backbreaker. Muta Lock Okada escapes the submission. White kicks Okada’s back after hesitating and the former champion hits. DDT and after a few moments Okada uses a Flapjack.
Crossbody from the corner and Okada looks for the Reverse Neckbreaker but White connects another Saito Suplex. White Suplex that ends with a Swinging Brainbuster. White looks for the Blade Runner, but Okada connects the Cobra Clutch Hold. White escapes and uses a Cobra Clutch to Okada. Okada reaches the ropes. Okada finally manages to use the Reverse Neckbreaker. John Woo Dropkick and Diving Elbow Drop. Okada looks for the Rainmaker but White connects a Complete Shot and German Suplex Hold in a surprising way.
Powerful White Chops and launches a Lariat for the count of two. Slap the middle zone and Saito Suplex out of the ring. Suplex against the fence outside the ring. White introduces a weakened Okada in the ring and pulls out a chair from under the ring. White pushes the referee and tries to hit Okada, who uses the Dropkick connecting to the chair. Dropkick Tombstone Piledriver and Okada look for the Rainmaker, but White hits the referee to push him away. Okada looks for the Tombstone but White gets loose and uses a low blow. Hit with the chair in the face and Blade Runner for the count of three.
Jay White wins via pinfall.
White says he is not to please the public and does not care what they say. He says that since Dominion, Okada has been suffering a stage of shame. Remember that he said that this was going to be his year, that Okada is now his Rainmaker and that CHAOS is his. He says that now all have nothing left but to breathe with Switchblade. He says goodbye to close the show.
Behind the scenes, White comments on how he remembers that Okada said that if they fought, he would not be at his level. White says that Okada has been fooling around from Dominion and that now is the old face of NJPW, that he is the face of the company, his New Japan, his kingdom, his CHAOS, that everything is from Switchblade.
BLOCK A Classification:
1- Jay White (2 points)
2- Hiroshi Tanahashi (2 points)
3- Michael Elgin (2 points)
4- Hangman Page (2 points)
5- Togi Makabe (2 points)
6- Kazuchika Okada (0 points)
7- Minoru Suzuki (0 points)
8- EVIL (0 points)
9- Bad Luck Fale (0 points)
10- YOSHI-HASHI (0 points)