NJPW G1 Climax 25
July 23, 2015 (Night 2)
Twin Messe
Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan
Watch: NJPWWorld.com

Single cam, thank you ma’am. New Japan Pro Wrestling continues on with Night 2 of G1 Climax 25 with a hard camera presentation from Shizuoka. Featuring no commentary and that one single camera, the event felt like an unwanted add-on. The Smackdown to Raw. The Thunder to Nitro. The Impact to Everything. While the results will play a part in the final G1 standings, you can almost be okay forgetting what happened here. Or at least, that’s what it felt like watching this show, all the way through, despite the surprise in the main event.

Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask def. Yohei Komatsu & Jay White

Komatsu acted as the competent one of the team in this tag team opener, with Jay White always getting advantaged by the veterans. In what would be a theme for much of the undercard, and maybe part of it was the presentation with the single camera making it feel like a glorified house show, it was really basic with few bright spots. The crowd was a bit reserved, coming alive when Liger locked White into a surfboard, then again when the two young lions had simultaneous submissions on the vets. The story was clear, Komatsu is ready for matches with the wisest of competitors, while White has a ways to go. It is Komatsu’s thirst that was evident here, as well, right from the get go. He’s ready. Big shock. Tiger Mask pinned White after a Liger Bomb to get the win in just over eight minutes. **1/2


Kota Ibushi & Togi Makabe & Captain New Japan def. Bad Luck Fale & Doc Gallows & Cody Hall 

The bright spot here: Kota Ibushi. Fantastic flying from the Night 1 main eventer made even Bad Luck Fale being in the ring tolerable. Not only that, but it eased my reservations going into tomorrow’s Gallows vs. Ibushi tournament match, as well as the eventual Ibushi vs. Fale match. Yeah, I’ll say it, I’m a bit hyped for it now, too! Other than Ibushi, there wasn’t much to gawk at, as the match went just shy of six minutes. It was for the best. Makabe pinned Cody Hall after the King Kong Knee Drop in a bout where sweat was nowhere to be found. **


Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI def. AJ Styles & Tama Tonga

When Yano wasn’t in the ring, we had action, albeit your basic fare. When Yano was in the ring, it was comedy. From being scared to wrestle Tonga, to never getting out his catchphrase, Yano couldn’t catch a break. Until the end, that is, when he schoolboyed Tonga up for the win. Going eight minutes, the match gives Yano momentum going into tomorrow’s battle with AJ Styles. Before this tournament began, I thought there was no way Yano could possibly defeat AJ. How silly of me for thinking this, of course, and even moreso after what was to come later. Surprises in this tournament happen. After all, Yano beat Tanahashi earlier this year in the New Japan Cup and Yano hasn’t ever let us hear the end of it. **1/4


Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito & Mascara Dorada

Billed as a six man tag, this was effectively a regular tag match. Tetsuya Naito and Katsuyori Shibata did barely anything at all, with Shibata selling his injured arm and Naito continuing to be disinterested in wrestling. The main event of the non-main events, if you will, this six man tag was supposed to be the preparation for tomorrow’s big G1 matches between Tanahashi & Tenzan and Naito & Shibata. Somehow, though, by the end, it may have been more of a promotion for a Junior Heavyweight championship contender. This was the only one of the three undercard tags, featuring G1 contenders, where a G1 entrant didn’t get the pinfall. Nope, rather, it was Taguchi getting the win here over Mascara Dorada via the hip attack to set up a possible Jr Heavyweight title shot later on. I know, everyone is so amped (GFW, don’t send me any legal letters) to see Taguchi back in the title hunt. While not a great match, it was interesting. Dorada was fun everytime he was in. Naito, of course, was disinterested in competing. He casually strolled around ringside for a good portion of the match, sometimes acting like he’d get involved before backing away again. It was the best of the undercard, thanks to Tanahashi and Dorada. **3/4




B Block: Tomohiro Ishii def. Satoshi Kojima

Especially after their interactions in the Night 1 tag match, this was a highly anticipated matchup by many, and it kicked off our G1 action for today. Guess how it opened? Yep, a slugfest, great guess! So, one of the great things (of which they are not many) about these single camera shows with no commentary is the fact you can sometimes hear interesting crowd reactions. During this one, all I could hear was a kid sitting closeby continually screaming “Ishii!! Ishii!!!” It was one part adorable, and two parts adorable, with an extra part of adorable. The match, which was never not a slug fest, ended when Ishii stopped Kojima with a brainbuster for the pinfall. Afterwards, Ishii wiped his sweat off on Kojima, almost shading him for making him break a sweat in this opening tournament match. How dare Kojima put it to Ishii!? Ishii gets the first points awarded tonight, in what was likely a surprised to very few. This evened up their head to head record, as well, at 3-3. ***


B Block: Hirooki Goto def. Yujiro Takahashi

One year ago today, Goto defeated Yujiro in the G1 Climax. He’d celebrate that anniversary by beating Yujiro again via Shouten kai, in even less of a surprise than the previous match. Before hand, if you were to tell me that Yujiro’s match would last as long as Okada vs Elgin, I would have feared that this match would go too long and not the Okada bout going too short. Well, both kind of happened. This one seemingly went on forever, and it may be due to my bias of feeling that Yujiro is completely useless. Like, completely. At least, in the ring. After seeing Tama Tonga earlier and Yujiro now, I can see why so many people were calling out that it should have been Tama in the G1 this year rather than Yujiro. We get what we get, though, and tonight we got Goto having to sell for Yujiro for a third of what was almost a sleep inducing match. **


B Block: Yuji Nagata def. Tomoaki Honma

This was painful to watch on screen. Not because of anything in the match, but because for the first minute the entrance lights were still on. On this single camera shoot, those lights created great glare and flare, making it nearly impossible to see what was happening in the ring. Once those lights turned off, though, the crowd turned on. When the G1 Climax intro video played for the live crowd before the first match of the night, the audience sat silently viewing it. Then, Tomoaki Honma was shown, and this crowd erupted. Well, erupted as much as this crowd was going to. They were excited to see Honma, excited to see a possible win, excited to see a 2015 Honma run… but they never got it. Instead, Yuji Nagata defeated Honma in a fun match that felt like the first important match of the night, really. After a backdrop driver failed to put Honma away, a second bridging driver did the trick as Nagata pinned Honma to gain 2 points. Like most Honma matches, it was his constant attempts at Kokeshis, and lack of focus, that drove away the win. ***1/4



B Block: Kazuchika Okada def. Michael Elgin

Much like the first night, it was up to the two main events to save the show. Well, saving the show may seem a little strong, as overall this show had been fine. It was the two main events job to highlight the show, rather.


Michael Elgin could have gotten the win here, it was possible going in. What better way to build intrigue in Elgin, and his future tournament matches, than to put him over the champion in a singles bout in the first match? Plus, we’ve seen G1 surprises before. Okada could have been on a high after winning the title that he wasn’t fully focused on this tournament. There were ways to do it. Not that I am advocating for it, it was just possible. Well, now, it is impossible, as Okada got the win with the Rainmaker in a really fun match. Elgin showed off his power, making him a force to be reckoned with in future tournament matches. A top rope falcon arrow couldn’t put Okada away, nor could a buckle bomb. Elgin tried everything, but it wasn’t enough to beat the champion. I’d recommend watching this match, especially if you’re an Elgin doubter. He belongs with these guys if he keeps putting on performances like this. ***3/4


B Block: Karl Anderson def. Shinsuke Nakamura

Yep, you read that right. The first real surprise of the tournament happened in Nakamura’s first tournament match. Gedo has a weird fascination sometimes with Karl Anderson, but I never expected Nakamura to lose his first match to him. In a main event, no less.


Shizuoka was a weird crowd tonight. Maybe they always are, but we don’t get to see a lot of them on NJPWWorld in big events so it can be tough to tell. It was obvious the things they liked the best were Honma and Okada. Nakamura, you’d think, would be a big hit. Tonight, and I’m not sure why, they just didn’t get too into him. Or rather, they didn’t get into the match.


I can’t blame them. Anderson didn’t put on a main event performance, and this wasn’t the usual NJPW main event you’d see in a G1 tournament or other big show. I could have just as easily seen this match as the first bout after intermission, and I wouldn’t have been shocked at the placement.

In the end, Karl Anderson hit a stun gun on Nakamura to get the pinfall as kids everywhere in the building screamed for Nak to get up. He didn’t, and now it is a long road ahead to the potential Wrestle Kingdom main event. ***

A Block
Makabe [2]
Naito [2]
Styles [2]
Tanahashi [2]
Tenzan [2]
Fale [0]
Gallows [0]
Ibushi [0]
Shibata [0]
Yano [0]

B Block
Anderson [2]
Goto [2]
Ishii [2]
Nagata [2]
Okada [2]
Elgin [0]
Honma [0]
Kojima [0]
Nakamura [0]
Yujiro [0]

That’s a wrap: I didn’t think we’d see a NJPW G1 show that could be described as completely skippable, but this may have been close. The Okada vs Elgin match is worthy of going out to see, but the rest was bland, and the presentation as a single camera shoot doesn’t help that notion. Luckily for us all, looking at future cards, I think we got the worst show of the tour out of the way early.


G1 Climax 25 Pick’Em Standings
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NameTotalBonusNight 1Night 2Night 3Night 4Night 5Night 6Night 7Night 8Night 9Night 10Night 11Night 12Night 13Night 14Night 15Night 16Night 17Night 18
August Baker7712454454242522444442
Dylan Waco7715435243244444532522
Josh Walther7715335533343424452324
Allen Vick Jr7615444404344514441443
Bastian Sauer7615544433224534442431
Bonski McBonski765435333435555553424
Rob Rodriguez7615434522443535340235
David Dunn7515334432435424323443
Graeme Touchdown7510444442244444353424
Joshua Robinson7515243354344534311542
Ed Burns7413334343145525542431
Alex K.7310444523334435432424
Dan Atwood7310454444144434532512
Ewen MacDonald7313345223324444351524
Siva Punisamy7313344444324444342322
Aaron Bentley7215443323223433442335
Ben Pitchford7210534334134534442433
Chris Maffei725434352344535452434
J. Michael7215334412135455232334
Jake Barry7215344322244425432414
James Starkey7210245443234445432432
Kenny Ortiz726544354234534444422
Marcus Origer7210235441243524445424
Matt Audet7210445434335422443422
Matt Love725434353354543443334
Morten Hansen7213343324234253434433
Skylar Hinnant7211443334253544342431
Barry Meijer7115544441134514432412
Evan Speciner7110444524145333442414
Len Liu7115324233253435424322
Matt Wheal7113345433134534432322
Oliver Court7110543243342434443333
Olivier Tremblay7115345433214422353431
Scott Barker7115533343124434432422
Adam Watkinson7013443333244534133422
Cameron Krusemark708443432244544343414
Capu Random7010334323234534344244
Christopher Duarte708335242343544143444
Doug Nunnally708444432325544433422
Kevin George705544442444444252405
Paco Silva Martínez705445554434424232433
Rob Reid705353433354535451423
Robert Palmer7010445423224544253322
Seth Chodosh7010434523132444454431
Taylor Mitchell706434432244534552424
Alejandro Giménez Gómez695345344243444433424
Andrew Chupurdy6910445432224534433313
Bryn Edwards Gunn6913533322343445332421
D Chong6910434332134433542434
Jody Plante6913235312124545433513
John Carroll6910343443422524352414
Mark Shaw695534443325433443433
Matt Trebby695454344244434342424
Paul Volsch698353334322524543244
Richard Jaeger697445353214445242424
Rob McCarron6910543312235544351432
Samuel DiMascio697425524344333442514
Santiago Tomasi6910544523133333442433
Tony Albicocco698544434223544351422
Brian Jackson686344344244344341353
Chad Campbell688433343143545442323
Chris Smith687245252324544333433
Goncalo Monteiro6810143412344545432333
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John Mulligan688455334244444141332
Joseph Remy685445334334434243433
Keenan Carnegie6810524524414124343523
Mario Morrison688545442234525331332
Nnaemeka Odunze687345353244535322323
Paul Leazar6810444522254335332421
Rich Kraetsch6810433432334424342424
Robert Dougherty688435133334335343433
Ryan Smith685234543235554342423
Ryan Wilson6813134434323354223324
Sean Sedor6810334424224445243323
Tomek Cherek6810434433124424442532
Alexander Panos675444423244435342415
Benson Sam673245542343444443414
Brady Livingston675544343334534242333
Chris Bacon676333344353425432424
Jake Daniel675445353334515452312
Joe Gagne675435314344343443424
Kelly Harrass677344432245534352412
Michael Quealy678544443134534432321
Mike Spears678444333134434432523
Ru Gunn675444424134535352414
TJ Hawke6710545523533213222442
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Wyatt Eddy675445424444533332422
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Aled M665443432324435442334
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G Brett Williams663435443155534432431
Gregory Davis668455233234453232233
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Paul Cooke665445333324544341423
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Sean N663445354133433553422
Antonio Garza657443433143435433313
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Christopher Griger658434243124324532434
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Andrew Carpenter6310441422242444342412
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Ayaash M637445242233533232522
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Brady Vincent623234443324534534402
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Abrasive Obelisk593435423044423341424
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