New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) held today, Sunday, July 15, its second date of G1 Climax 28, the most prestigious tournament of the company. The show took place from the Ota Ward Gymnasium in Tokyo before 3826 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).
Bullet Club (Hangman Page and Chase Owens) defeated Michael Elgin and Shota Umino. Tension between Elgin and Page before their next meeting. Elgin managed to control the fight at the beginning, with Umino having several sequences. Between Owens and Page, they control Umino. Page takes Elgin and Shooting Star Press from the edge of the ring. Owens finishes Umino with the Jewel Heist for the count of three.
The Ungovernables of Japan (EVIL and BUSHI) defeated CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI and SHO). Cairo between HASHI and EVIL before their next encounter in the G1. HASHI goes for EVIL, who ends up throwing it against the fences of the ring. Between EVIL and BUSHI can with SHO. SHO escapes and looks for the Armbar to EVIL. EVIL escapes and after a few moments launches an EVIL to HASHI. MX from BUSHI to SHO so that EVIL finishes with the Banshee Muzzle for victory by submission.
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and El Desperado) defeated Togi Makabe and Toa Henare. Suzuki-gun attacked the entrance and Suzuki fought Makabe outside the ring, hitting him with fences. Makabe manages to reduce the punishment of Suzuki after a Lariat and Henare enters by rooting. Suzuki and Desperado reduce it and Suzuki’s Sleeper Hold followed by the Gotch-Style Piledriver for the count of three.
Makabe and Suzuki maintain the confrontation. Suzuki applies a Sleeper Hold to a Young Lion.
Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Tanga Loa) defeated CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada and Gedo). Fast duel focused on the tension between Okada and Fale before their next G1 fight. Okada tried unsuccessfully to lift Fale. Okada plays a large part in the fight against his rivals. Finally enters Gedo against Fale, Gedo is overcome but recovers when Loa enters. Loa manages to defeat him after an Apeshit for the count of three. (06:08)
After the fight, Fale tries to apply Bad Luck Fall to Okada outside the ring, but Okada escapes.
Hiroshi Tanahashi and David Finlay defeated CHAOS (Jay White and YOH). White and Tanahashi maintain a duel of looks. Finlay begins attacking his former friend aggressively. Tanahashi controls with Dragon Screw to White, but YOH manages to enter and change the rhythm of the duel. White attacks Tanahashi with Chops and uses a chair. White gives the chair to YOH and tells him to use it against Finlay. YOH hesitates and Finlay finishes it with the Prima Nocta to win.
White throws Tanahashi against the fences outside the ring after finishing the match and leaves.
G1 Climax 28 – Block B:
Tomohiro Ishii defeated Toru Yano. Yano begins with several of his dirty game moments. Yano attacks with several blows until they leave the ring for Ishii to take control. When returning Ishii continues with Chops to Yano. Backdrop suplex but it’s not enough. Yano stops Ishii and removes the corner protector. Yano throws Ishii against the cornerback, who avoids it. Yano tries a low blow but is stopped by the referee. Ishii throws Yano against the unprotected cornerback and attacks him. Yano’s backslide and quick accounts. Ishii responds with a header and throws it against the corner.
Ishii throws Yano with a German Suplex. Yano connects a Belly to Belly Suplex. Lariat of Ishii and Sliding D. Yano grabs the referee and tries to distract him for a quick score against Ishii. Look for the low blow but Ishii blocks hit in the lower Yano area and cover it to win.
Tama Tonga defeated Juice Robinson. Loa appears accompanying Tama Tonga. Tonga tries to reduce Robinson, which endures. Tonga attacks and removes Juice so that Loa distracts him. Both fight outside and Tonga attacks Juice at the corner, focusing on the hand. When returning Tonga is superior, but Juice responds and Backdrop Suplex. Tonga stops with a Dropkick. Juice comes out of the ring and Loa attacks him. Juice returns and Tonga continues with the offense. Belly to Back Suplex. Tonga misses a Splash at the corner but manages to fit a Neckbreaker. Splash to the cornerback and Tongan Twist. Tonga steps on Juice’s hand and imitates his right hand. Juice stops him with punches. Juice draws strength and raises Tonga in Jackhammer. Lariats followed by Cannonball. Juice brainbuster for the do account. Electric Chair Juice Drop but it is not enough. Try the Pulp Friction, but Loa distracts him. Juice hits until Tonga surprises with the Gun Stun for the count of three.
Hirooki Goto defeated SANADA. Goto tries to attack SANADA’s arm, but the Ungovernable escapes. Take SANADA out of the ring with a Lariat. Outside they fight, with SANADA taking the advantage and throwing it against the villas. Upon returning, SANADA attacks the neck. Goto attacks but SANADA uses the Dropkick to stop him. SANADA controls but Goto connects a powerful Lariat and dominates with kicks. Muramasa and Iron out of the ring. When returning, SANADA throws the right hand. Goto manages to connect the Ushigoroshi and both fall exhausted.
SANADA converts a GTR into a Dragon Sleeper, turning on itself. Try the TKO, but Goto escapes. Ushigoroshi of SANADA and fit the Skull End. Goto fights and leaves the submission. SANADA places it and the Moonsault fails from the corner. Lariat de Goto. Goto is dominant but HEALED turns the situation for the Skull End. Goto escaped again and head-butted. GTR, look for another but SANADA uses a quick account. SANADA uses a Springboard Moonsault looking for the Skull End, but Goto turns into an Ura GTR supported on the ropes and fulminates with another GTR for the count of three.
Kota Ibushi defeated Zack Saber Jr. Ibushi and Zack start the level, with Ibushi beating Zack. Zack tries the Armbar, but Ibushi escapes. Saber takes control with the key, while Ibushi calls with kicks. Saber uppercuts followed by more Ibushi kicks. Standing Moonsault and Zack leave the ring. Golden Triangle attempt that Saber turns into a Heel Hold. Saber attacks Ibushi’s leg, with a varied Muta Lock. Bow and Arrow transiting Crossface, but Ibushi does not give up.
Saber kicks, but Ibushi is encouraged and hits quickly followed by the Dropkick and the Double Foot Stomp. Saber tries to go for the arm but takes a Dropkick and an Iron out of the ring. When Ibushi returns he hurts his knee and Zack takes advantage with more keys. Saber dodges the Overhead Kick, but Ibushi connects a Lariat to match. Ibushi’s Powerbomb attempt that Zack turns into a Guillotine Hold. Zack combines submissions, but Ibushi comes to the ropes. Failure of Ibushi in a Moonsault and Penalty Kicks of Saber, but they are not enough. Saber kicks but Ibushi answers with a German Suplex. Saber avoids a knee and counts fast two. Ibushi avoids a Triangle Hold with a Powerbomb.
Overhead Kick of Ibnushi that Zack turns into modified Manjigatame. Ibushi escapes but Zack continues with the Cobra Twist. Ibushi launches a Snail Dragon Suplex and high kick. Kamigoye but Saber becomes a European Clutch. Both avoid moves but Straight Jacket German Suplex by Ibushi followed by Kamigoye to win.
Kenny Omega defeated Tetsuya Naito. Naito starts hesitating to Omega. Omega’s Belly to Back suplex, but it’s not enough. Omega throws Naito against the cornerback and Backbreaker. Omega continues to carry the offensive with several Chops. Naito is encouraged to dodge a Powerbomb and throws in Sliding Dropkick. He spits Omega, the one who attacks his eyes. Naito avoids the You Can not Escape and wears a pair of Neckbreakers. Try the Corner Dropkick Combo, but Omega stops it and runs the You Can not Escape.
Outside the ring, Omega throws Naito against the edge of the ring and removes the protector to the ground, but Naito stops him. Come back and Corner Dropkick from Naito. Omega avoids a Gloria and Reverse Frankensteiner. Naito returns and Tornado DDT for the count of two. Omega takes out Naito and throws him against the fences. He climbs to the corner and throws himself into Crossbody beyond the fences. Omega returns with Naito to the ring. Snap Dragon Suplex plus Dr. Willy Bomb for the count of two. V-Trigger avoided, but Omega connects one against Naito’s nape. Naito avoids the One-Winged Angel with a Reverse Frankensteiner. Gloria de Naito for the account of two. Naito tries a Destiny but Omega turns into a V-Trigger.
Omega tries a Neckbreaker but Naito turns it into a Destiny. Try another one but Omega stops it. Omega kicks and another V-Trigger against the cornerback. They climb to the top of the corner and after several attempts connect a Sunset Bomb. Naito is encouraged, seeks Destiny but Omega gets rid of the account of three. Naito tries a Destiny and Omega escapes. Uranage and Rolling Kick of Naito. Another Destiny that Omega turns into a Cradle Piledriver. Double Underhook Piledriver but it’s not enough. V-Trigger and One Winged Angel final of Omega to win.
BLOCK B classifications:
1- Kenny Omega (2 points)
2- Kota Ibushi (2 points)
3- Hirooki Goto (2 points)
4- Tama Tonga (2 points)
5- Tomohiro Ishii (2 points)
6- Tetsuya Naito (0 points)
7- Zack Saber Jr. (0 points)
8- SANADA (0 points)
9- Juice Robinson (0 points)
10- Toru Yano (0 points)