This is the one lads and ladies, this is going to be the best day of the G1. Can you feel it? Today has CHIBI’S BOYS Naito & Shibata combatting Styles & Ibushi respectively. If you aren’t excited for that I don’t know what to tell you, maybe go watch TNA? I hear they’re competing for wooden legs these days, maybe that’s more your pace? Even the prospect of Gallows vs Yano can’t bring me down today. In fact they’ve put it on the perfect day. Watching Gallows vs Yano will be like when I was in Afghanistan and knew I was buying my first car when I got home (3 Series BMW, which has since been scrapped). I knew that if I just endured it then at the end I would get my prize. Now I know watching Yano vs Gallows will be much tougher than fighting the international war on terror, but Shibata vs Ibushi will be better than owning any car you can think of, even a Jaguar.
G1 Climax 25 Day 7 Results
Tiger Mask & Dorada vs. Finlay & White
Dorada pinned Finlay after the Dorada screwdriver. Beyond tired of seeing these tag matches now.
Nagata & Kojima & Taguchi & Komatsu vs. Anderson & Takahashi & Tonga & Hall
Tonga got the win over Komatsu with his mad wee jumping butterfly DDT thing
Elgin & Honma vs. Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi
Diving Kokeshi on Yoshi-Hashi and Honma gets the victory. Actually a really fun match you should definitely watch.
Goto & Liger vs. Okada & Gedo
Liger pinned Gedo via lucha
- A Block: Yano vs. Gallows
Ref bump, loads of Bullet Club shenanigans. Gallows won with the Magic Killer. Let’s go on with our lives.
- A Block: Makabe vs. Tenzan
Rating: 1 too many members of the Bullet Club
I expected a lot of mean guys doing mean guy shit and this delivered. Part way through Makabe hit a Northern Lights suplex that evoked thoughts of two mighty oak trees falling in the woods. Tenzan had his usual anaconda vice into a sideslam spot that I love for some reason. The match was quite short lived and ended the Makabe hitting a Death Valley Driver and the King Kong Knee Drop.
Rating: 2 Mean Guys
- A Block: Shibata vs. Ibushi
I have a feeling we’re going to get everything out of both guy’s lockers here. Shibata hits the double big boot spot early hitting Kota to the floor and over the guard rail. Crowd applauds him. Goes straight for a figure four. Hard strikes in the corner, Ibushi has the temerity to not stay down so Shibata hits him some more, but Kota cuts him off with a huge big boot in the corner. Ibushi hits Shibata’s delayed dropkick but it just pisses Shibata off and causes him to beat the shit out of Ibushi, ending with a delayed dropkick of his own. Outstanding opening work here. Great spot with Ibushi kicking Shibata’s chest as hard as he can causing Shibata to ask for more. Ibushi eventually downs him. Crowd really into this now. Shiabata caught a Pele kick and turned it into an STF in an awesome little spot. They took turns dropping each other on their heads and necks, then kicking each other, then hitting lariats. This is my match of the G1 so far. Maybe this is why Shibata’s earlier bouts were over so quickly, he was saving himself for this. A very tired strike exchange and the crowd are eating it up. The match ends with Ibushi hitting some hard kicks and Shibata slapping the absolute PISS out of him, one sleeper and PK later and it’s all over. Ibushi was fantastic here trying to prove he could beat Shibata at his own game.
Rating: Go and watch this match right fucking now.
- A Block: Tanahashi vs. Fale
Weird to see Tanahashi in the cool down match. Some more Bullet Club interference had the crowd pissed off. Tana slamming the big man got a huge crowd reaction, which he followed up with a nice jumping elbow. Fale pulled the ref in front to block a splash into the corner but Tana resisted the interference and hit a High Fly Flow to the outside on all three members of the Bullet Club. Tanahashi almost gets the win after two High Fly Flows but Bullet Club pull the ref. Crowd bought the nearfall on a Fale Samoan Drop, which is sort of hilarious. Fale absolutely dripping with sweat goes up top and hits a good High Fly Flow of his own and gets the upset victory. Much better match than I expected. Tanahashi is an alchemist.
Rating: Getting Jonah Lomu when all you expected was Will Carling
- A Block: Naito vs. Styles
Naito seriously needs new entrance music. The match starts with AJ shit talking Naito’s walk out gear. Just fantastic. Naito acting like the laziest and most disinterested man in the world is my new favourite thing in wrestling. Slow pace to start off, crowd marginally more against Naito than Styles and loud applause when Styles hits a dropkick. Oddly less applause when he hit a dive to the floor. Naito countered a suplex to the outside with a neckbreaker to the apron and starts working over Styles. A totally different type of match to the Ibushi one but just as compelling. AJ hit a great series of strikes that has the crowd cheering his name. I’m really hoping for no interference in this one. Huge springboard missile dropkick from Naito preceded his corner combo. The crowd have really picked sides now, completely against Naito. Naito goes for a hurricanrana off the top rope which AJ tried to catch in Styles Clash position but Naito scrambled out, great call back to the finish of their match at January’s Tokyo Dome show. I hated the Styles Clash for years because I didn’t believe it was worth doing a move that dangerous if it looked that stupid, in fact I once saw AJ break a Scottish ex-junkie’s neck with it live in Preston. But he’s really gotten it over here in Japan to the point where the crowd lose their shit when he teases it. A sequence of counters followed and Naito got the win kind of out of nowhere with his new flippy thing. A really good match but not as good as Ibushi vs Shibata, you should definitely watch it though.
Rating: Breaking 4 junkies necks