We keep rockin’ and rollin’ on through the NJPW G1 Climax 25 tournament as today’s show, Night 10 of the G1, takes place in Sendai. Tonight we’ll see Hirooki Goto and Shinuske Nakamura battle it out, something we’ve seen happen a few times over the course of the last year. Meanwhile, we’ll also be seeing Karl Anderson and Kazuchika Okada go at it (and they have history!) as well as one of my favorite matches last year getting a return bout as Yuji Nagata takes on Tomohiro Ishii.

New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 25 – Night 10
August 4, 2015
Sendai Sun Plaza Hall
Watch: NJPWWorld.com

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. David Finlay

Yes! We’re actually getting a singles match, though not on purpose. Tiger Mask is still out with a bad neck, so the original tag team match that included Jay White got changed to a singles. Taguchi had him for most of the match but made a comeback with a european uppercut and at one point had a Stretch Muffler locked in. Taguchi reversed it into an ankle lock but Finlay escaped. Finlay grabbed him in mid-air like he was going to plant him with a German suplex but Taguchi transitioned into the ankle lock and Finlay tapped. This was a fun little match. **3/4

Katsuyori Shibata & Yohei Komatsu vs. Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI

This was nothing but a standard match. Komatsu was worked on forever and ever by CHAOS, who were playing mega-heels. Shibata made a brief hot tag and destroyed the two before leaving it to Komatsu, who got several nearfalls and submissions. YOSHI-HASHI cut him off and pinned the young lion with a Swanton. Though Shibata and Yano didn’t interact a ton, but I’m totally interested in seeing how Yano is going to try and avoid being decimated by Shibata in their upcoming G1 match. **1/4

Tetsuya Naito & KUSHIDA vs. Kota Ibushi & Mascara Dorada

Naito neglected to wear his full costume today. These matches are designed to get you excited for the upcoming singles bout between two of these people on the next show and while Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito did some great back and forth work, Dorada & KUSHIDA stole the show here.

Dorada and KUSHIDA have terrific chemistry and it’s sad they didn’t get to go out there and have a great match in the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Their closing stretch was awesome, with Dorada somehow springboarding off the top rope into an inside cradle for a fantastic nearfall. KUSHIDA caught him in the Hoverboard Lock and he tapped out. ***1/2

Ibushi and Naito had an altercation right as the bell rang. Ibushi was shoved into a bunch of empty chairs in the audience, again setting up their upcoming G1 match.

Togi Makabe & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Captain New Japan vs. A.J. Styles & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

This was an action-packed match as Bullet Club jumped their opponents at the bell. Even with the hot opening, it was formulaic featuring lots of Bullet Club’s patended brawling. Both Tanahashi and Makabe got worked on to start. Tenzan turned the tables resulting in all of Bullet Club getting Mongolian chopped. As usual, it boiled down to Captain New Japan and Tama Tonga, and Tonga won with the waistlock DDT. **3/4

Styles and Makabe got into it after the match, since it seems like they’re up next in their block. I wonder if they’ll play up AJ’s injury from last year’s tournament.

G1 Climax 25

Michael Elgin (4) vs. Yujiro Takahashi (4)

The lady friend that accompanied Yujiro today was actually clothed in a kimono. But don’t worry, she made sure to take it off (kinda) and gyrated for the crowd. Elgin was the star here again as he carried Yujiro to a really good back and forth match. Yujiro’s heat segment again was less than interesting, but when Elgin made his comeback, people were into it. At this point, I would be stunned if Elgin didn’t become a regular in NJPW after his G1 performances. Yujiro suplexed him on the outside and was going for the Miami Shine back in the ring but Elgin blocked it, gave him the Buckle Bomb and followed with the Spinning Powerbomb for the win. ***1/4


Satoshi Kojima (2) vs. Tomoaki Honma (0)

This was a very good match with a lot of fun back and forth between the two. The crowd was into it, but not at the level I thought it would be. The finishing sequence, however, was pretty hot. Honma ate a lariat but got up very quickly and was making a comeback. Our favorite loser tried for a Kokeshi, but between the Kokeshi and a lariat, Kojima’s lariat won. Kojima followed that with another lariat for the win. Honma was pretty frustrated after the match. I don’t blame him, either, I’d be too if I were in his situation. ***1/2


Yuji Nagata (2) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (6)

We began with Ishii dealing out chops while Nagata kicked him in the chest as hard as he could. Nagata controlled a lot of the match, including giving him an Exploder Suplex into the turnbuckle and even dealt out an Ego Trip. They had a slap contest that ended when Ishii headbutted Nagata hard in the face and hit a Sliding D for a nearfall. Ishii sprang into action and picked up the win after a Brainbuster. These two always have great chemisty and this was no different, great match. ****


Karl Anderson (6) vs. Kazuchika Okada (6)

This was good, but not great. The crowd was interested at times but it created the type of match where everything technically was good, but at the same time felt just kind of there. There were some nice reversals near the end with Okada reversing a Gun Stun and laying Anderson out with the Tombstone. Okada followed that up with a Rainmaker for the victory. The finish felt rather anticlimactic as it seemed like no one thought the finish was coming just yet. This whole match was kind of weird and definitely disappointing for what these two are capable of and have shown in the past. ***1/4


Hirooki Goto (6) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (4)

This match started off good, but it felt kind of boring, especially when the crowd went quiet. Nakamura went for the Boma Ye but Goto blocked him and hit the reverse neckbreaker. They were exchanging back and forth maneuvers when Nakamura trapped Goto in the spinning armbreaker and actually submitted him in a big surprise. They’ve had better matches, but this was a perfectly acceptable main event. ***1/2


Final Thoughts: A good, but not great show. Nagata and Ishii delivered and had a great match. Everything else ranged from good to very good. Oddly enough, the one real thing I learned from this show is that I’m really, really interested in a Kushida/Mascara Dorada bout, and I don’t know if that was the intended goal of this show. But it’s nice to think about!

G1 Climax 25 Official Standings

Block ABlock B
Katsuyori Shibata8Kazuchika Okada8
Tetsuya Naito6Tomohiro Ishii8
Bad Luck Fale6Karl Anderson6
Kota Ibushi6Hirooki Goto6
AJ Styles6Shinsuke Nakamura6
Hiroshi Tanahashi6Michael Elgin6
Togi Makabe6Yujiro Takahashi4
Doc Gallows2Satoshi Kojima4
Toru Yano2Yuji Nagata2
Hiroyoshi Tenzan2Tomoaki Honma0

Voices of Wrestling G1 Climax Pick’Em Standings

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