New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 25 (Night 16)
August 12, 2015
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

It took nearly a month to get here, but we’ve finally made it to the final week of the 2015 G1 Climax. Not only that, but tonight’s show was the last Korakuen event of the tour, with the final three nights of the G1 taking place in Sumo Hall beginning on Friday. As much as some have spoken about this year’s event being a grind, the G1 has still managed to provide a great number of fun moments, classic matches, and memorable feats. Tonight, possibly the most memorable moment of the past few years had the potential of taking place. In the main event, Tomoaki Honma was putting his massive G1 losing streak on the line against Tomohiro Ishii. No one wants to be the guy who loses to the ultimate loser, but Ishii risked it all as Korakuen Hall anticipated one of the more intriguing G1 bouts of the year. It’s Ishii vs Honma here on Night 16 of the G1 Climax!

Ryusuke Taguchi & Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay & Jay White

The undercard of tonight’s event featured three different 6-man tag matches, with a regular tag match thrown in the middle. The opener, a fun, fast paced sprint, saw Ryusuke Taguchi pin Jay White after his Dodon. Highlighting the match was Sho Tanaka, making his return to NJPW after a month of competing in NOAH’s Global Jr. Heavyweight League. Tanaka had a chip on his shoulder, after competing heavily in singles action with NOAH, he’s back to the malaise of undercard multi-mans until seemingly the end of time. After the victory, Tanaka was the only member of his team to refuse to shake hands with his opponents, walking out of the ring as Liger offered his hand. Liger, a big fan of Jay White, may not be such a fan of Tanaka with that kind of attitude! The match lasted all of six minutes, which went by so quickly I didn’t think, at first, that it could have surpassed four. **3/4

Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

A Toru Yano match, this was, as Yano pinned Tonga after failed double team attempts from the Bullet Club. The story of the match was Yano’s continuous attempts to toy with Fale, with Fale growing more heated by the minute. However, it was Fale being taken off his game that lead to his team’s misfortune, so we’ll see if Fale will suffer the same fate on Friday as he takes on Yano in his final G1 match. *1/2

Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & KUSHIDA defeated Kota Ibushi & Tetsuya Naito & Mascara Dorada

Makabe and Ibushi, the competitors of focus in this match, were super hot at each other from start to finish, and even after the finish. That’s honestly going to be quite the match on Friday. The crowd was hot when those two were in the ring together. Also competing on Friday, Naito and Tenzan, didn’t do much during the match, but they did have a post-match, in ring, standoff.  Tenzan was confused by how nonchalant Naito was being. Welcome to last month, Hiroyoshi. While Makabe and Ibushi were the steak tonight, Dorada and KUSHIDA were the sizzle. Their interactions were smooth, flashy, and thrilling in their brief time in the ring. Combined with the brute battle of Ibushi and Makabe, the flash of KUSHIDA and Dorada made this easily the best match of the undercard. ***1/2

AJ Styles & Doc Gallows & Cody Hall defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata & Captain New Japan

Doc Gallows pinned Captain New Japan after a tree slam to get the win in a fine match, with the main point being to tease Friday’s main event of AJ Styles vs Hiroshi Tanahashi. The two really didn’t do anything against each other here except just that, tease the next night’s main. Cody Hall worked most of the match, taking massive punishment from Shibata, specifically. The audience, of course, was really into seeing Tanahashi in there with Styles, but the Sumo Hall audience will be the ones to witness that. **1/2

G1 Climax 25

Karl Anderson defeated Yujiro Takahashi

MAO was back at ringside with Yujiro. So, Karl being Karl, he was infatuated with the @YellowBarbie_M the entire time, thus creating the tension needed to make anyone care about this match. Did it work? Well, not particularly for Yujiro vs Karl, but it did rather for Karl vs Styles. Styles yelling at Karl during the match that Yujiro is family, and for Karl to settle down, created buzz for a match we won’t be seeing anytime soon. Styles shoving Anderson, and Anderson shoving Styles, drew gasps from the crowd that then had to suffer through Yujiro being terrible for ten minutes. I’m not a Yujiro fan, nor am I a Yujiro hater, but I’ll be damned if Anderson was fourteen times the wrestler Yujiro was in this match. Everyone at ringside in the Bullet Club performed better tonight than Yujiro, including MAO, who just sat at ringside and smiled. *****

For her, not the match. Not even for her specifically, just for anyone that puts up with Yujiro. The match gets *3/4.

Hirooki Goto defeated #BigMike

For his first tour with New Japan, Michael Elgin made a strong showing for himself and definitely earned a potential return trip. With one tournament match left, Elgin is eliminated from winning, but winning was never a realistic option for him anyway. The story with #BigMike was strictly how he would perform in front of a new audience, an audience he had been dying to perform in front of for years, and perhaps his entire adult life. We got the answer early, and were treated to his cementing of the answer for two weeks afterward. Elgin belongs, and we know that before even seeing the match that post Elgin fans had been most anticipating: Elgin vs Ishii on Saturday. Goto, for his efforts, was helped by beating Elgin. Elgin had proven to be a viable competitor, impressing the fans throughout Japan, so a win for Goto only adds to his recent resume of victories. Truly, this win over Elgin improved Goto’s stock more than victories over Yujiro and Honma. ****1/4

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Satoshi Kojima

A skin of his teeth win for Nakamura, as Shinsuke put down Kojima with a Boma Ye out of nowhere as Kojima seemingly had steadfast control at the end. After the loss, Kojima got a huge ovation for his efforts. Cockymura was toying with the older Kojima much during the beginning of the match, before realizing that Kojima probably wasn’t one to toy with. Barely escaping with a victory, we should see a more focused Nakamura during his main event match on Saturday against the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. The story of Nakamura in this tournament is almost a forgettable one, which is odd considering he may wind up the victor. From the injury causing his absence for a few shows, to not having really any classic matches during the tour, it may be fair to say that he’s had an underwhelming showing. With Michael Elgin’s strong debut, Honma’s road to an elusive victory, Naito’s new run with Los Ingobernables, and so much more, Nakamura’s road to a potential win has been just barely a blip on my radar. ***1/2

Kazuchika Okada defeated Yuji Nagata

Wow, this crowd wanted that special Nagata victory so bad. SO BAD. Okada could do nothing right in these people’s eyes, the same people that he began the year in front of with a loss to Bad Luck Fale. They were hoping the same fate would befall Okada here, this time with Nagata getting the win and setting up a crazy final day of the B Block on Saturday. Instead, Kazuchika Okada shut down the older veteran, finishing Nagata off with the Rainmaker in what to this point had been the second best match of the evening. Unlike the Nakamura match minutes before, this wasn’t just hot for the closing stretch. The people were all in on these guys from the start. Okada now enters the main event of Night 18, on Saturday, with 14 points and sole possession of first place in the B Block. With Nakamura at 12 points, Okada can only win the B Block with a victory over Nakamura on Saturday, or by drawing the King of Strong Style. A loss eliminates Okada from the tournament, and would send Nakamura to the G1 finals. ****

Tomoaki Honma defeated Tomohiro Ishii

Guess what? Tomohiro Ishii is a thick, tough dude. I would not want to take one of the chops Honma was laying in on him ever, and Ishii took tens of them. Add in the many clotheslines, kokeshis, and suplexes, and this was a hard hitting back and forth battle between the two men that quite possibly had the best match of the 2014 G1 Climax. Of course, the Tokyo crowd wanted, finally, to celebrate a Tomoaki Honma victory. Well, the wait is over! HONMAMANIA HAS RUNNETH WILD OVER KORAKUEN HALL! Honma Tomoaki, in the 16th minute of a really good, climactic match, landed kokeshi after kokeshi after kokeshi onto the fallen Ishii to gain his first G1 victory! At 2 points, Honma is now… still nowhere close to contention to win the G1. Who cares. Honma’s win was thrilling, painfully anticipated at times, and very amusing to the Korakuen crowd who were treated to a really good show overall. Top to bottom, maybe one of the better G1 shows of the year. ****

After starting with a 3-0 record to open this year’s tournament, Ishii has now gone 1-4. Ishii takes on Michael Elgin on Saturday, and with both men at .500, only one will end up with a winning record to close out this year’s G1. Unless they draw. Can you picture a 30-minute Ishii vs Elgin match as the G1 opener on Saturday? Yeah, neither can I. Neither can Gedo, I’m sure.

Just a guy waiting for his ride home.


G1 Climax 25 Official Standings

Block ABlock B
AJ Styles12Kazuchika Okada14
Hiroshi Tanahashi12Shinsuke Nakamura12
Tetsuya Naito10Karl Anderson12
Bad Luck Fale10Hirooki Goto12
Katsuyori Shibata8Tomohiro Ishii8
Togi Makabe8Michael Elgin8
Kota Ibushi6Yujiro Takahashi4
Toru Yano6Satoshi Kojima4
Doc Gallows4Yuji Nagata4
Hiroyoshi Tenzan4TOMOAKI HONMA!!!!2

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