New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 25 – Night 12
Friday, August 7
Act City Hamamatsu – Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

Yohei Komatsu vs. Jay White

A rare undercard singles match treat between two New Japan Pro Wrestling youngsters. Mat wrestling and reversals started us off as the two exchanged various holds. The finish saw saw Komatsu roll out of a backslide pin attempt from White. Jay was none pleased and immediately slapped the hell (seriously this was loud) out of Komatsu and attempted a belly-to-back suplex. Komatsu reversed it, pushing White towards the ropes. White came back with a clothesline attempt but Komatsu rolled under him to lock in the single leg crab and pick up the win.

This wasn’t spectacular or even really good but it was solid fun. Jay White is a super solid worker at this point and what more needs to be said about Komatsu? Dude is ready to become a main roster guy the second they pull the trigger. ***¼

David Finlay Jr. & Tetsuya Naito vs. YOSHI-HASHI & Toru Yano

Naito was in his Garth/34-year-old apartment dwelling Trans-Am driving guy garb with the trucker hat. This of course is a contrast to his more eloquent mask/suit combo that he brings out for the big shows. On his way to the ring, Yano (his opponent in the next A Block round) threw water at him. In another sign of Naito greatness, he placed his dirty trucker hat on the ring post and spent a majority of the match napping on the second rope. What a great man.

Early in the match, White went for a tag but Naito simply stepped off the apron. The majority of the match (I mean literally 95% of it) was YOSHI-HASHI and Finlay going back and forth. Finlay has a spectacular, Maven-esque dropkick. It’s not greatest of all-time level like Kazuchika Okada’s but it has some solid potential. Let’s call it Jeff Jarrett-level, does that work?

Anyway, Finlay again goes for the tag this time and after some convincing Naito tags in and cleans house, taking it to YOSHI-HASHI. Eventually, Yano and Naito end up brawling outside which allowed YOSHI-HASHI to hit the Loose Explosion (Swanton Bomb) for the victory. To prove Naito is officially the best man in the world, he ran in just as YOSHI-HASHI started his pin. Of course, instead of saving his partner and his team’s victory, he just stood above Finlay with apathy. GREAT MAN, I tell you. **¼

Captain New Japan, Kota Ibushi, Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Tama Tonga, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows & AJ Styles

Everyone paired off quickly and started brawling on the outside. Tama Tonga and Tenzan stayed in the ring. Tonga hit a few Mongolian Chops to toy with Tenzan. The big man was not happy and took back control hitting Tonga, Fale & Gallows with chops until AJ came in to stop it.

Tenzan and AJ had some back and forth. Ibushi tagged in, Styles brought Fale in and basically from here on out it was guys pairing off with their G1 matchups for tomorrow. There was really nothing of note here and most of the out of the ring brawling was hard to see due to the single-cam setup. The finishing sequence saw Captain New Japan (!) get a hot tag and clear house. The ring eventually cleared once again as Tama Tonga and the Cap were the only ones left. Captain had a few hope spots and one or two nearfalls but Tonga was too much for him as the Headshrinker DDT did Captain New Japan in. **1/2

Mascara Dorada, KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask & Katsuyori Shibata

This match blew the previous mutli-man out of the water. The crowd was super into Tanahashi and Shibata at the start and Dorada being Dorada stole the show with a beautiful Asai moonsault to Liger on the outside.

Shibata and Tanahashi went at it again later in the match with Shibata hitting a series of strikes followed by his corner dropkick. The fans seemed way into Shibata even as he was taking it to Tanahashi.

The end came as Taguchi locked Dorada in his ankle lock (what he calls Oh My & Garankle). Dorada fought it off and looked like he was going to get out of it before Taguchi locked it in tighter forcing the tap out. Fun little multi-man here, definitely check it out if you have the time. ***

G1 Climax 25

Yuji Nagata (2) vs. Michael Elgin (6)

#BigMike vs. Yuji “Anti Aging” Nagata! Yeah, it didn’t live up to my expectations. Not that I thought they’d tear the house down but it really took until the final stretch to get going. It was plodding and stiff but lacked the certain tenacity we’ve been getting from Elgin all tournament. These two just never seemed to have a clear idea what they were doing or what they were going for, the end result was an all-around boring match.

Another glaring weakness of the single cam setup and a clear sign that this Yuji Nagata kid just doesn’t know how to work: Nagata did the eye-roll armbar but had his back to the hard cam. C’mon kid, you’re never going to make it in the big leagues like that.

Anyway, I enjoyed the final stretch a lot and it saved the match. Nagata hit a belly-to-belly into the corner but Elgin countered with a Buckle Bomb and an Elgin Bomb for the (somewhat) surprising victory. **3/4

Tomoaki Honma (0) vs. Karl Anderson (6)

This was slow moving to start as Anderson tried to grind Honma into the ground with rest holds and European uppercuts. The crowd finally got into it in the last half as Honma gained momentum. He even hitting a Kokeshi! He missed a few after that but such is life when your Tomoaki Honma. Honma got too big for his britches and attempted a top-rope Kokeshi, Anderson sniffed it out and hit Honma in mid-air with the Gun Stun for the victory. Poor Honma. ***¼

Satoshi Kojima (4) vs. Hirooki Goto (6)

As hard-hitting and fierce as you would expect in a match between Kojima and Goto. There wasn’t any major highlights but it was a good, clean match between the two that kept myself and the crowd engaged throughout. Goto hit a beautiful looking Code Red from the top which really kicked this match into high gear.

Unfortunately just as this match got into that high gear, Goto hit the Shouten Kai for the win. I think they had more potential here and seemed to wrap it up too quickly. Regardless, I enjoyed this and it’s been the match of the night thus far. ***¾

Shinsuke Nakamura (6) vs. Yujiro Takahashi (4)

Boy, was this the definition of just a match. I still don’t know if Nakamura is all the way healthy or really just sleepwalking through the opening portions of matches but it’s becoming a glaring issue right now. He may not be in the top 10 workers on this year’s G1. Think about that.

Anyway, Nakamura took control towards the end. He hit a Boma Ye on Yujiro which was only good for a two count. Now, I know kicking out of the Boma Ye is a thing that just kinda happens in New Japan now but I feel like if there’s ever a guy that can be done with one of them, it’s Yujiro. Oh well. Nakamura hit two more (one from the top and another with more impact) and it was all over. This was not good. **¼

Kazuchika Okada (8) vs. Tomohiro Ishii (8)

I really enjoyed this match even if it didn’t live up to my unrealistic expectations as a potential top match from this year’s G1. It wasn’t that but it was solid throughout and deifnitely gets my Match of the Night vote. There was a lot of crowd brawling at the beginning of the match which again sucked as a NJPW World viewer since it was next to impossible to see what they were doing. Oh well.

Once they got back into the ring, it caught fire as the two had some exciting back and forth. At a few points throughout the match it looked like Ishii may pull it out. Ishii hit a gigantic lariat on Okada followed by a legit crowd gasping kickout at 2. Ishii followed up with a Masato Tanaka-esque Sliding D and once again Okada kicked out at 2.999 to the gasp of the crowd.

Okada finally took control at the end hitting a bridging German into the Rainmaker for the win and a spot all alone atop the B Block standings. ****

G1 Climax 25 Official Standings

Block ABlock B
AJ Styles8Kazuchika Okada10
Katsuyori Shibata8Tomohiro Ishii8
Tetsuya Naito8Karl Anderson8
Bad Luck Fale8Hirooki Goto8
Hiroshi Tanahashi8Shinsuke Nakamura8
Kota Ibushi6Michael Elgin8
Togi Makabe6Yujiro Takahashi4
Toru Yano4Satoshi Kojima4
Doc Gallows2Yuji Nagata2
Hiroyoshi Tenzan2Tomoaki Honma0

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