We are back at Korakuen Hall tonight as night four of the G1 is upon us. Here are the results:
Juice Robinson defeated David Finlay with the Killswitch. Basic match, but not bad by any means.
Togi Makabe & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated SANADA & BUSHI when Makabe pinned BUSHI with the King Kong knee drop.
Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, & Tama Tonga defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Captain New Japan, & KUSHIDA when Takahashi pinned Captain New Japan with a DDT. He has been using that as a finish on this tour.
Naomichi Marufuji, Kazuchika Okada, Gedo, Tomohiro Ishii, & Hirooki Goto defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger, Satoshi Kojima, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan when Goto pinned Tiger Mask following the GTR (lariat/backbreaker combo).
Tomoaki Honma vs. YOSHI-HASHI
Interesting match as YOSHI-HASHI was playing the underdog, a role normally designed for Honma. Felt bizarre to see that. Honma controlled a lot of the match early but missed a Kokeshi. YOSHI-HASHI made a comeback and got a few great near falls on Honma.
YOSHI-HASHI tried his new finisher but Honma made it to the ropes. Honma fired back with a Kokeshi, then another one from the top rope for the win. Very good match.
EVIL vs. Yuji Nagata
EVIL jumped him immediately at the bell but Nagata dodged him and entered the ring. Nagata looked like he was having a hard time getting to the ring as he was limping.
Good match with okay heat. Nagata gets the win after EVIL kicks out of one backdrop suplex, then Nagata responds with another for the pin.
Kenny Omega vs. Toru Yano
Omega had stuff to say before he entered the ring. Unfortunately, it was one of those nights where you couldn’t hear the sound.
They used some spots with the turnbuckle Yano removed, including a few near falls. Yano kept escaping from the One Winged Angel. He tried to use a ref spot to his advantage, but it was Omega who got it and low blowed Yano. Omega tried to use his hairspray but that backfired too.
Yano tried one more quick pinfall, but it backfired and Omega struck him with a knee for the win. Exactly what you’d expect in a Yano match. Fun but nothing extraordinary
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Nakajima focused on Shibata’s weakened shoulder and arm, wrapping it around a barricade and stomping on it. Crowd was totally behind Shibata. Nakajima hit the running dropkick to the corner, but Shibata came back, pelted him with elbows to the face, and hit a dropkick to the corner of his own.
This was like a “see if you can top this” match as every time someone would hit a move, the other would come back with one of his own. Nakajima wore him down and tried for the Penalty Kick, but Shibata grabbed him and hit the sleeper, then the PK for the win. Very fun back and forth match with stiff shots and some good heat.
Michael Elgin vs. Tetsuya Naito
Naito worked on Elgin’s knee during the match. Makes sense as the previous night he had Elgin in a submission.
Lots of good back and forth action here. Elgin hit the Big Mike Fly Flow but Naito blocked it. Elgin went for the Elgin Bomb but Naito countered it into a reverse rana. Naito made a flurry of a comeback and tried for Destino but Elgin blocked it.
Naito went back to his new submission but Elgin deadlifted him, only for Naito to hit Destino in the process. Naito hit it again and got the pin. Easily the best match of the last couple of nights.