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NJPW G1 Climax 26 night 12 results: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Tetsuya Naito

Time for another day of G1 action! Here are today's results in Fukuoka:

David Finlay, Juice Robinson, & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Jushin Liger, Captain New Japan, & Tiger Mask when Robinson pinned Captain New Japan with the Unprettier.

Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Togi Makabe, & Satoshi Kojima when Tonga pinned Nakanishi with the Gun Stun.

KUSHIDA, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Naomichi Marufuji, Gedo, & Hirooki Goto when KUSHIDA submitted Gedo with the Hoverboard Lock.

Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada defeated SANADA & BUSHI when Ishii pinned BUSHI with a brainbuster.

Toru Yano defeated Yuji Nagata

This was different than Yano’s usual tricks as he kept wanting to go to the outside. Nagata would kick him silly but Yano still found his way outside. Yano managed to flee near the entrance and somehow trap him, wrapping wires around his feet. Nagata couldn’t free himself and was counted out.

At least after all these years of the contrived countout teases they do on literally every show, they actually did one.

Michael Elgin defeated YOSHI-HASHI

Really good match. YOSHI-HASHI always gets good heat in his matches and this one was no different. YH worked on Elgin’s arm early, posting in the corner as they were brawling around the ring. YH missed the swanton bomb. Elgin responded with a crazy running Death Valley Driver into the corner and followed with the big deadlift suplex from the apron to the floor.

YH came back with a backstabber and a DDT. He followed with the butterfly lock but Elgin made it to the ropes. Elgin fired back with shots and got the win with the buckle bomb and spiral bomb.

EVIL defeated Tomoaki Honma

Fine match, nothing totally special about it though. EVIL used the chair spot he always does in every match to get the heat. Honma made his comeback and tried for the top rope Kokeshi spot but it missed again. After some more back and forth, EVIL simply laid him out with the STO for the win.

Katsuyori Shibata defeated Kenny Omega

Good stuff. Kind of slow for most of it, but picked up towards the end and they built things well. They mostly brawled around the ring to start things off. Omega targeted a leg and even applied the stretch muffler. He worked on it throughout the match and landed the knee strike for a near fall.

Shibata countered back with a sleeper. Omega tried again, but got caught again and ended up eating the Penalty Kick for the win.

Tetsuya Naito defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima

Really good match. The last few minutes were really fun and the work during the match was pretty solid. Naito worked on Nakajima’s leg early. Nakajima retaliated by slamming Naito’s leg on the guardrail.

Nice back and forth match from there. They did a big slugfest that the people got into. Nakajima hit a big back suplex for a near fall. Nakajima hit a big time dropkick that sent Naito spiraling and hit the Penalty Kick but Naito kicked out. Nakajima went for the brainbuster but Naito transitioned in mid-air with the Destino, then hit another for the win.

Another good show. YOSHI-HASHI vs. Elgin was probably the best match, but the last two matches were really good as well.

Current Standings:

Block A

  • Kazuchika Okada (10)
  • Naomichi Marufuji (10)
  • Togi Makabe (8)
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (6)
  • Hirooki Goto (6)
  • Bad Luck Fale (6)
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan (4)
  • Tama Tonga (4)
  • SANADA (4)
  • Tomohiro Ishii (4)

Block B 

  • Tetsuya Naito (8)
  • Michael Elgin (8)
  • Katsuyori Shibata (6)
  • YOSHI-HASHI (6)
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima (6)
  • Toru Yano (6)
  • Kenny Omega (6)
  • Yuji Nagata (6)
  • EVIL (4)
  • Tomoaki Honma (4)