This is a full camera show, complete with commentary for the first time in what seems like ages. Tonight we have some big matches as it’s IWGP Champion vs. IWGP Intercontinental Champion when Kazuchika Okada takes on Hirooki Goto. It was also announced a few hours before showtime that Shinsuke Nakamura has been cleared of his elbow injury, and will compete on tonight’s card against Tomohiro Ishii, not an ideal guy to return to the ring against. A night full of intriguing possibilities, so let’s get on with it!

New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 25 – Night 8
August 1, 2015
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium – Osaka, Japan

Jay White & David Finlay vs. Cody Hall & Doc Gallows

This was solid tag. White is really improving and is probably going to be a great worker someday, he already shows a lot of fire. Hall isolated Finlay on the outside as Gallows pinned White with the Gallows Pole. **1/2

Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yohei Komatsu vs. Tetsuya Naito & Kota Ibushi & Mascara Dorada

Naito and Tenzan had a tease at the start of the match but Naito immediately bailed. Dorada and Komatsu were in for a few minutes and looked good. Naito tagged himself in and continued the heel tactics. He teased like he was going to do a brainbuster but then just stopped and posed to boos. Tenzan at one point was stomping at Naito while having Makabe in a Figure Four. The match boiled down to Dorada and Komatsu, who had another good exchange before Dorada won with his screwdriver finish. **3/4

Katsuyori Shibata & Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan vs. A.J. Styles & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

Shibata and Fale had a staredown before the match. AJ worked for a long time on Tiger Mask’s leg until he tagged in Shibata, and that’s when the crowd woke up. Both tagged out rather quickly, leaving Captain New Japan and Tonga alone. They went at it briefly before Tonga pinned him with the waistlock DDT. I keep calling it that as I don’t know the actual name. These tags are blindingly mundane but the key thing is usually Tama Tonga and/or YOSHI-HASHI picking up the win. **1/2

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI & Gedo

Of course, a lot of this match was Yano avoiding Tanahashi. Isn’t it always funny how Yano keeps being put in the same block with the guy he’s been feuding with? First it was Suzuki, now Tanahashi. Gedo and Kushida had some good back and forth as well. Tanahashi and Taguchi did a double crossbody to the floor that left Kushida and Gedo by themselves. Kushida laid out Gedo and submitted him with the Hoverboard Lock. More fun than the others but still just there. ***

G1 Climax 25

Satoshi Kojima (2) vs. Yujiro Takahashi (2)

Yujiro, of course, brought out a lovely female who gyrated. She showed so much it reminded me of Jenna Morasca coming to the ring for THAT MATCH (you know) and nearly showing off, well, everything to the NJPW camera, who of course were all over it. This all was far more interesting than his work in the match, obviously.

The Osaka crowd was really not into this at all until Kojima started making his comeback. He laid out Yujiro with a DDT on the apron. Yujiro fired back with a Buckle Bomb. Kojima had the win with the lariat but Hall broke up the count. Kojima took care of Hall then went back to Yujiro. He went for another lariat but Yujiro blocked it, gave him a low blow then pinned him with the Miami Shine. This was fine, and since Yujiro’s on the lower end of the totem pole right now it’s the right finish to do based on where they’re going in this tournament. **3/4

Karl Anderson (4) vs. Yuji Nagata (2)

Anderson/Nagata was pretty good, but nothing too special. There’s something about Anderson as a worker that I can’t put my finger on. He’s usually good, sometimes great, but there’s also something off about him, can’t figure out what. He was fine here though, working a lot on Nagata’s ribs. Nagata made a comeback and got the white eyes armbar in but Anderson escaped. Anderson tried for the Gun Stun but Nagata avoided it. Nagata grabbed him for the backdrop suplex but Anderson turned it into a Stun Gun for the win. ***

Tomoaki Honma (0) vs. Michael Elgin (2)

Osaka was super into this from the start, of course behind their favorite loser Honma. Elgin continued to look good, showing impressive work including a deadlift suplex into a falcon arrow off the top rope and a Oklahoma stampede. He went for the Buckle Bomb but Honma landed on his feet and surprised him with a Kokeshi.

This had an amazing finish as Elgin hit Honma with the pop-up powerbomb, a Buckle Bomb then a spinning powerbomb for the pinfall. Easily the best thing on the show thus far. Elgin’s working like he wants a spot for life, and after this tournament he might just get it. ****

Shinsuke Nakamura (2) vs Tomohiro Ishii (6)

Nakamura’s elbow looked very swollen, even in bandages. It reminded me of a few years ago, right around this same time actually, when John Cena’s elbow was busted and needed surgery. That is not good for all at Nakamura; not only are there two weeks left, and not only are these matches more exerting, he’s also one of the favorites to win, and the finals have high expectations.

This was really just a match until towards the later stages of the game, just back and forth stuff that wasn’t at all that interesting. It picked up when Nakamura hit a Boma Ye and Ishii laid out Nakamura at one point with the Sliding D. Nakamura hit another Boma Ye for a surprise nearfall. Ishii fought back but Nakamura put him in the armbar, hit a Falcon Arrow then landed one more Boma Ye for the win. ***1/4

Kazuchika Okada (6) vs. Hirooki Goto (4)

I liked this match from beginning to end— just a great, classic back and forth contest between two of New Japan’s best. Okada did a big leap over the guardrail and onto Goto at one point that sent them clear into the audience. They had a really good sequence of back and forth roll ups as well. Okada went for the Rainmaker but Goto countered with his knee neckbreaker. Shouten Kai attempt but Okada blocked it and escaped. Okada deadlifted him with a German suplex but Goto came back and laid him out with a lariat. Another Rainmaker attempt from Okada but Goto dodged, headbutted him twice then finished him off with the Shouten Kai to win. ****1/4

Final Thoughts: If you want to watch two matches from tonight’s show, check out the main event and the Elgin match. Everything else is pretty skippable.

G1 Climax 25 Official Standings

Block ABlock B
Tetsuya Naito6Kazuchika Okada6
Katsuyori Shibata6Tomohiro Ishii6
Bad Luck Fale6Karl Anderson6
AJ Styles4Hirooki Goto6
Kota Ibushi4Shinsuke Nakamura4
Hiroshi Tanahashi4Michael Elgin4
Togi Makabe4Yujiro Takahashi4
Doc Gallows2Yuji Nagata2
Toru Yano2Satoshi Kojima2
Hiroyoshi Tenzan2Tomoaki Honma0

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