NJPW G1 Climax 25
July 26, 2015 (Night 5)
Hiroshima Green Arena
Hiroshima, Japan

For those who were unable to watch today’s New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax event live on NJPWWorld.com, a significant delay in the ability to view was presented to you. Due to audio issues plaguing the first half of the event’s presentation, NJPW released the G1 matches alone late on Sunday. The undercard, as of this writing, is still unavailable. When it becomes available, we’ll update this article with those matches. The results were as follows:

  • Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger & Hirooki Goto & Yohei Komatsu defeated David Finlay, Mascara Dorada, Rysusuke Taguchi & Tomoaki Honma (8:32)
  • Yuji Nagata & Captain New Japan defeated Cody Hall & Yujiro Takahashi (8:26)
  • Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga defeated YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii ( 8:51)
  • Satoshi Kojima & Michael Elgin defeated Gedo & Kazuchika Okada (11:17) *Shinsuke Nakamura suffered an injury to his left arm, and was unable to compete tonight. His next match, scheduled against Michael Elgin, is currently set for Tuesday.

As for the G1 Climax matches, it was the A Block’s turn here on Night 5. These are the third matches for each participant, and the updated standings will be included below.

A Block: Bad Luck Fale (2) vs Doc Gallows

With “apologies” to Yujiro Takahashi, this was a battle between arguably the two worst G1 performers of the last few years. Some people are going to totally trash this, and that’s fine because it wasn’t good, but  as a match reviewer I can’t completely trash a match where neither guy did much of anything wrong. They were going for a plodding brawl, and that’s what they delivered, as this was loaded with mind numbing, never ending crowd brawling, lots of belly bumping, the requisite double clothesline spots, and gratuitous grunting. For some reason they chose to protect Gallows from the Bad Luck Fall, and Fale won it with a “flying” (I use that term as loosely as humanly possible, as Fale possesses the leaping ability of a sack of flour) “clothesline” (I use that term as loosely as humanly possible, as Fale kind of sort of maybe connected with his wrist) instead. The finish looked like shit, and the rest of it was very boring. *1/2

A Block: Toru Yano vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2)

While Yano has been a pleasant surprise on this tour, Tenzan has been moving around like random body parts are going to start falling off at any moment, so this was going to need a liberal amount of shortcuts to save it. I’m hardly someone who marks out for blood, and in fact I can often do without it, but the blood, combined with Yano trolling Tenzan from the start, and the most Yano of Yano finishes (two mule kicks to the balls of Tenzan while in a backslide position, all while grabbing the ref to prevent him from spotting his shenanigans until he was ready for the ref to count his winning pinfall) ended up not only preventing this from being a disaster, but made it entirely watchable and fun. **1/2

A Block: Katsuyori Shibata (2) vs Togi Makabe (2)

This was two tough men in a ten minute fight. There was a forearm exchange that grumps will whine about, and tit-for-tat one count kickouts that will drive some people mad, but that’s the kind of stuff that works great in a match like this. The story was simple. They fought, one man was a little tougher (Shibata), and that man won. No complaints here, especially considering the participants. ***1/4

A Block: Kota Ibushi (2) vs AJ Styles (4) 

I expected nothing less than an excellent match from two of the best wrestlers in the world in 2015, and they did not disappoint. From an execution standpoint, this was utterly flawless. Styles in particular is on as good of a run as you’ll ever see in terms of bell to bell execution and overall performance, from his great bumping & selling, offensive snap (those backbreakers!), and especially in his pacing, which is an underrated facet of his game that has been on full display in all three of his tournament matches so far. Nothing here was rushed, there wasn’t a semblance of “doing too much”, and at no point did the match drag or lose my interest. This has really become the trademark of a big AJ match, whether he gets 12 minutes or 25 to work with. My favorite spots in any AJ New Japan match are when the opponents fight like death to avoid the Styles Clash, and in this match one of those instances was from the TOP TURNBUCKLE, with Ibushi reversing into a hurricanrana. For the finish, Ibushi got the knees up on an AJ springboard 450, and moments later hit the Phoenix Splash for the win. Ibushi was just as crisp as AJ here, and the result was one of the best matches in the tournament so far. A “go out of your way to see it” match. ****1/2

A Block: Tetsuya Naito (2) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (4)

This was a very good match, falling a bit short of the semi, but to me the real story was the symbolic arrival of the reinvented Tetsuya Naito. Naito worked over Tanahashi’s neck the entire way, with an array of dull reverse chin locks that would make Randy Orton blush, and a long Pluma Blanca spot, setting up the use of a modified reverse DDT counter to finish off Tanahashi and cause a six way traffic jam at the top of the block with 4 points. Naito attacked Tanahashi after the bell, which in the context of NJPW where this is not a casual occurrence actually makes you stop and take notice, and then grabbed the mic to tell the Hiroshima crowd that he can not be stopped or controlled, before yelling “Los Ingobernables”, dropping mic, and walking off like a Japanese/Mexican gansta. Tanahashi looked excellent again, which should bury any doubt that he’d be in proper physical shape to perform at a high level in this years tournament. He’s on the short list of the top performers to this point, and you can make a very reasonable argument that he’s been the top worker in the field. ****

The 6th night of this year’s G1, featuring the third matches in the B Block, will be available via NJPW World on Tuesday! We’ll have a review of the event, pending any crazy NJPW World issues, soon after the event ends!

G1 Climax 25 Official Standings

Block ABlock B
A.J. Styles4Kazuchika Okada4
Hiroshi Tanahashi4Karl Anderson4
Bad Luck Fale4Tomohiro Ishii4
Tetsuya Naito4Hirooki Goto2
Kota Ibushi4Yuji Nagata2
Katsuyori Shibata4Shinsuke Nakamura2
Togi Makabe2Satoshi Kojima2
Hiroyoshi Tenzan2Michael Elgin0
Toru Yano2Tomoaki Honma0
Doc Gallows0Yujiro Takahashi0



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