Our B Block crew is back at it looking to break up a massive four-way tie tie atop the block as Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Karl Anderson and Hirooki Goto all tout six points. Shinsuke Nakamura looks to get back to his winning ways as he makes his oft-predicted run to the G1 Climax finals and can Honma finally get his G1 Climax win? Well, no but it will be fun regardless! Here’s What’s To Watch for Night 10 of the G1 Climax 25. Of course, you can watch the event live at NJPWWorld.com. Make sure to follow us both on Twitter (@VoicesWrestling) and at VoicesofWrestling.com for live and post-event coverage.
New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 25 – Night 10
August 4, 2015
Sendai Sun Plaza – Sendai, Miyagi
Michael Elgin (4) vs. Yujiro Takahashi (4)
- All-Time Record (Head-to-Head): N/A
- Last Singles Match: N/A
- Favorite: Michael Elgin (79%)
- What to Watch For: #BigMike has delivered thus far showing the confidence and swagger he had a few years ago. This will be his toughest task yet as no matter how confident he is, it’s going to take a miracle to drag something usable out of the 2015 version of Yujiro Takahashi. If this is a complete destruction of Yujiro at the hands of #BigMike, they will have made the right move. If this match features long control segments with miserable Yujiro offense, oh boy this could be bad.
Satoshi Kojima (2) vs. Tomoaki Honma (0)
- All-Time Record (Head-to-Head): 6-0 Satoshi Kojima (AJPW matches not included)
- Last Singles Match: NJPW G1 Climax 24 – Night 10 (August 6, 2014) Satoshi Kojima def. Tomoaki Honma
- Favorite: Satoshi Kojima (85%)
- What to Watch For: You’re looking at your sleeper match of the night right here. Honma has been great this G1 and there’s always the element of surprise in his matches. The fans desperately want to a part of that big Honma win, even if there’s next to zero chance of it happening against Kojima. Speaking of Satoshi, he’s an unsung hero of the G1 Climax, putting together solid match after solid match. This is going to way over-deliver expectations, don’t surprised when this is your Match of the Night.
Yuji Nagata (2) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (6)
- All-Time Record (Head-to-Head): 6-1 Yuji Nagata (Riki Pro match not included)
- Last Singles Match: NJPW G1 Climax 24 – Night 11 (August 8, 2014) Tomohiro Ishii def. Yuji Nagata
- Favorite: Tomohiro Ishii (72%)
- What to Watch For: It’s tough to know what you’re going to get out of a match with these two in 2015. Nagata can still go but can have disappointing matches with good opponents. Ishii has had a solid but not spectacular tournament and still appears to be a slowed by injury. These two are just as capable of having a Match of the Night as they are having a disappointment. Let’s hope for the former.
Kazuchika Okada (6) vs. Karl Anderson (6)
- All-Time Record (Head-to-Head): 5-5
- Last Singles Match: NJPW Destruction in Okayama (September 23, 2014) Kazuchika Okada def. Karl Anderson
- Favorite: Kazuchika Okada (83%)
- What to Watch For: It’s hard to believe but yes, the all-time series between these two is tied at 5. While four of Anderson’s five victories over Okada occurred in 2008 & 2009, Anderson still beat Okada on Night 4 of last year’s G1. Don’t expect history to repeat itself here, Okada will likely win out setting up a battle with Shinsuke Nakamura on the final night of the tournament to decide who goes into the finals.
Hirooki Goto (6) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (4)
- All-Time Record (Head-to-Head): 8-7 Hirooki Goto
- Last Singles Match: NJPW Dominion 2015 (July 5, 2015) Hirooki Goto def. Shinsuke Nakamura
- Favorite: Shinsuke Nakamura (79%)
- What to Watch For: Nakamura is a 79% favorite to win this match according to our G1 Climax pick’em participants. I think I’d put that number at, oh, 100%? Nakamura has dropped two straight matches to Goto as a part of their IWGP Intercontinental Championship feud. Goto solidified himself as the IC champion via those wins but it’s time for Nakamura to take the upper hand in this tournament. It’s a mortal lock Nakamura wins this match… unless, of course, that elbow of his is too hurt to continue in the tournament and then, well, it’s still a lock. He’s not dropping three straight to Goto.
Rest of the Card:
- Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask vs. Jay White & David Finlay Jr.
- Yohei Komatsu & Katsuyori Shibata vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano
- KUSHIDA & Tetsuya Naito vs. Mascara Dorada & Kota Ibushi
- Captain New Japan, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows & AJ Styles