8/10 NJPW G1 Climax 24 Finals LIVE Results
Welcome to our live coverage of the G-1 Climax finals at the Seibu Dome, the 1st pro wrestling event ever in the building. We’re looking for your thoughts on tonight’s show, as well as Wednesday and Friday’s shows, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down, or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to firstname.lastname@example.org
They just announced Togi Makabe is off the show and being replaced in the second match by Bushi.
SATOSHI KOJIMA & HIROYOSHI TENZAN & TIGER MASK & RYUSUKE TAGUCHI VS. DAVEY BOY SMITH JR. & LANCE ARCHER & TAKA MICHINOKU & EL DESPERADO
Quick match ending when Taguchi pinned Taka after a Dodon. Crowd was into Kojima but not so much everyone else. All action, best stuff was Smith vs. Kojima.
YUJI NAGATA & MANABU NAKANISHI & BUSHI VS. BAD LUCK FALE & DOC GALLOWS & YUJIRO TAKAHASHI
Takahashi pinned Bushi with the Miami Shine,which is a spinning slam. Match felt like a prelim. Nagata was the highlight but he wasn’t in a lot. Bushi did some cool stuff, best being a leg rolling cradle but nobody had time to do their best stuff.
MINORU SUZUKI & SHELTON BENJAMIN & TAKASHI IIZUKA VS. KAZUSHI SAKURABA & TORU YANO & YOSHI-HASHI
Best ring entrance and worst match on the show. You know things are bad when Toru Yano taking off the turnbuckle pad is the highlight. The match was there to build to Suzuki vs. Sakuraba since they are going to do that feud. Fans want to like it and they did have a great slap exchange but the matwork, while okay, isn’t what you’d expect. And the finish saw Suzuki DQ’d for choking him in the ropes. Fans didn’t like that at all. Suzuki attacked Sakuraba more after but they were rushed to get them out. They are really rushing through the undercard, which is probably good since the second half of this show is where the action is.
JUSHIN LIGER & CAPTAIN NEW JAPAN VS. ADAM COLE & MIKE BENNETT
Good match, particularly the Cole vs. Liger stuff was very good. But Captain worked most of the way. The finish saw Maria Kanellis take off her jacket and then tease her taking off her bikini bottom. Of course she didn’t, but Captain was toast at the idea and Bennett got him from behind with a schoolboy and then piledrove him for the pin.
ALEX SHELLEY & KUSHIDA VS. KYLE O’REILLY & BOBBY FISH FOR IWGP JR. TAG TITLES
By far the best match so far. Shelley & Kushida won when Kushida used a Kimura for the submission on O’Reilly. Shelley took out Fish with a tope while Kushida got the Kimura. Highlight included O’Reilly doing a running dropkick off the apron knocking Shelley threw the guard rail door and Kushida doing a plancha onto both Fish & O’Reilly who were on the other side of the guard rail. Fun match but not something that will be the best match of the night.
Jeff Jarrett’s music played. They are putting Jarrett over like he’s an American legend. He’s sitting in the ring with a table with Naoki Sugabayashi and they are signing a contract. Jeff put over New Japan Pro Wrestling and its fans. Said he’s a third generation wrestler and promoter and said Japanese fans show more respect to wrestling than any other fans. Scott D’Amore, not identified, came with Jarrett and carried a guitar case. Jarrett used his TNA entrance music.
They just announced Wrestle Kingdomat the Tokyo Dome for January 4, 2015. But we knew that.
Intermission time. Rest of the show should be killer.
TETSUYA NAITO VS. TOMOAKI HONMA
Naito won with the Stardust press. Good match and Honma got a cool near fall with an outside cradle but the match hadn’t peaked when they went to the finish. Nothing compared to the matches these two had during the tournament.
TOMOHIRO ISHII VS. KARL ANDERSON
Weird match. Ishii had no business wrestling as his left arm is shot, basically taped up and very little range of motion. First move of the match saw Anderson bust his nose with a forearm so he was bleeding all over the place. The doctor was teasing stopping. Anderson worked the left shoulder over. Then Ishii went for a delayed superplex and lost him and they nearly both ended up killed. They came back and did the near falls. Ishii hit the brainbuster but Yujiro Takahashi pulled he ref out of the ring. He beat down Ishii until Yoshi-Hashi made the save, so probably Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yujiro for the Never title is coming. Crowd popped for that. Lots of reversals with Anderson winning with the gunstun. Ishii looked like he was in ridiculous pain when it was over.
KATSUYORI SHIBATA VS. HIROOKI GOTO
Weird, but ended up a good story when it was over. Goto used the penalty kick on Shibata, who sold it like he broke a rib or tore a pec. He was selling like crazy. Then he hit the GTS and Goto sold it like he may have broken his jaw. It was as stiff a GTS as you’d see. Goto hit the Shoten Kai but was so hurt he couldn’t follow up. Eventually Shibata used the GTS and penalty kick for the pin. Both collapsed, and given they were best friends from childhood, Shibata ended up helping Goto to the back until he collapsed and Goto then helped him the rest of the way. It didn’t get over to the crowd as well as it sounded. Ending felt early, which is what I’d say about the last three matches as far as peaking for the crowd went. But this was really good.
HIROSHI TANAHASHI VS. A.J. STYLES FOR THIRD PLACE
They had an excellent match, although not the best either man has had this past week. Lots of cross up spots. The finish saw Tanahashi killing him with elbows, but Styles hit the Pele kick and a Bloody Sunday DDT. He went for the Styles clash but Tanahashi turned it into a front rolling cradle for the pin.
The entire Bullet Club destroyed Tanahashi after the match and bloodied his nose. Styles laid him out with the Styles clash. They kept it up until Jarrett and D’Amore ran in looking like they were making a save. They did the predictable swerve as D’Amore opened up the guitar case and showed that the guitar has “Bullet Club” written on it. Jarrett hit Tanahashi and Jarrett and D’Amore took off their dress shirts and had Bullet Club T-shirts on. They all posed together after. Crowd booed a lot. So Jarrett and D’Amore basically are walking into the hot act.
SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. KAZUCHIKA OKADA FOR G-1 FINALS
Freaking awesome match, on par with anything in the tournament. Okada won clean after three rainmakers in a match with so many great spots. The best spot was earlier when Okada went for the rainmaker and Nakamura turned it into a flying armbar. Another time he went for the rainmaker and Nakamura kneed him in the face. Okada kicked out of a couple of bom a ye’s and when Nakamura went for a third Okada dropkicked him.
Gedo did a promo with Okada after match.