By Big Red Machine
From August 04, 2016
NJPW G1 Climax 26: Day 12 (8/4/2016)- Fukuoka, Japan
JUICE ROBINSON, RYUSUKE TAGUCHI, & DAVID FINLAY JR. vs. JUSHIN “THUNDER” LIGER, TIGER MASK IV, & CAPTAIN NEW JAPAN- 5/10
TOGI MAKABE, SATOSHI KOJIMA, & MANABU NAKANISHI vs. BULLET CLUB (Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, & Yujiro Takahashi)- 4/10
HIROSHI TANAHASHI, HIROYOSHI TENZAN, & KUSHIDA vs. NAOMICHI MARUFUJI & CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Gedo)- 4.5/10
Early on, Marufuji chopped Tenzan to the point where he started bleeding from the chest… so of course they kept working it, making sure he bled more.
LOS INGOBERNABLES DE JAPON (BUSHI & SANADA) vs. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii)- 5.75/10
BLOCK B MATCH: Yuji Nagata vs. Toru Yano- no rating, GREAT segment.
Okay, I’ll admit it: they got me with this one. The story of this match was that Yano would try all of his usual bullsh*t but Nagata 100% had it scouted and bested him at every turn because he’s Yuji f*cking Nagata and Yano is nothing but a two-bit punk. Then they wound up in the aisle and Yano caught Nagata with a low blow… and then used his wrist tape (which he had already begun to unwind in an earlier spot) to tie Nagata’s legs together, and then Yano ran back to the ring to beat the count-out and I got SOOOOO F*CKING MAD that this stupid little f*cker STILL managed to get a bullsh*t win even though Nagata was clearly 100% prepared for all of his crap and was dominating him the whole time.
BLOCK B MATCH: Michael Elgin vs. YOSHI-HASHI- 7.5/10
Elgin’s shoulder is all taped-up, so YOSHI-HASHI worked it over. Elgin worked the head with his lariats and power stuff. Lots of well-timed reversals in here and great finishing sequence. YOSHI-HASHI’s crazy push so far this tournament made every nearfall he got seem 100% believable. He was very disappointed with himself after the loss, too. A nice little touch.
BLOCK B MATCH: Tomoaki Honma vs. EVIL- 5/10
No DQ for chairshots in front of the referee. You had your standard Honma spots in here. They also had Honma no-sell a SICK-looking German Suplex and kick out of a lariat at one in a random match in the middle of the show that will have no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the tournament.
BLOCK B MATCH: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kenny Omega- 8/10
No-nonsense, all awesome. GREAT finishing sequence.
BLOCK B MATCH: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Tetsuya Naito- 8.75/10
Naito works over Nakajima’s knee, so Nakajima decides to get some payback and does the same to Naito, which made for a great story. Both guys sold extremely well. This was one hell of an exciting match the whole way through. Best match of the tournament so far.
A GREAT show from New Japan. The non-tournament matches were, as usual, completely skippable, but the tournament stuff ranged from fun to awesome. Go check it out.