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NJPW G1 Climax 26 night eight results: Shibata and Naito battle once again

Here is a belated report on this morning’s (July 30th) G1 Climax 26 show held in Aichi.

Ryusuke Taguchi defeated David Finlay with the Dodon.

Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi, & Captain New Japan when Yujiro defeated Captain New Japan with his new DDT, which is officially called Pimp Juice. You heard (or read) that right.

SANADA & BUSHI defeated KUSHIDA & Juice Robinson when Robinson was submitted with the Skull End by SANADA.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Togi Makabe, Jushin Thunder Liger, & Tiger Mask defeated Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto, Gedo, & Naomichi Marufuji when Tiger Mask submitted Gedo with the reverse double arm bar.

Toru Yano defeated Tomoaki Honma

Yano was up to his usual tricks, trying to distract Honma but none of them worked. Honma seemed kind of off, missing a Kokeshi at one point and there was a ref bump that again looked a bit off.

There was another ref spot where a distracted Honma was low blowed by Yano and he rolled up Honma for the win. Not much to it and pretty short.


This match built well as it went along. At first, it was just some decent back and forth but evolved into a pretty good match after YOSHI-HASHI sunk in his double armlock submission.

EVIL took him out, but YOSHI-HASHI came back with a lariat and a senton for a really close near fall. He followed that with the half nelson driver that he calls Karma for the win. Really good match.

Katsuhiko Nakajima defeated Yuji Nagata

Nagata was taken out early, but came back and really took it to Nakajima, who had great facials as he was selling. Nakajima came back with this cool kick from the corner and did his own backdrop suplex for a near fall.

Nagata got him in the white eyes arm bar and laid him out with the backdrop suplex for another near fall. Nagata tried for another, but Nakajima laid him out with a kick, then another. He then hit a Penalty Kick, followed by the brainbuster for the win. Pretty good match, though it didn’t have the heat of the previous match.

Michael Elgin defeated Kenny Omega

Omega tried to do the double footstomp off the ring to the mats on the floor, a new move in his repertoire, but Elgin got out and drilled him with a big boot. They spent a lot of time early just brawling around the ringside area and outside of it, too.

Omega took off Big Mike’s shoulder tape (because many participants have shoulder tape on at this stage of the tournament), but Elgin came back with a big German suplex, with Omega’s head bouncing against the turnbuckle. Ouch.

Omega came back with a snap dragon suplex and reverse rana for a good near fall. Elgin shot back by hitting White Noise from the top rope. Omega came back, hit a buckle bomb and a powerbomb (Elgin’s finish) for a near fall. Elgin did just the same and hit him with the One Winged Angel.

Elgin hit two lariats and the spin-out powerbomb for the win. Really good match!

Katsuyori Shibata defeated Tetsuya Naito

Shibata took out Naito early, but Naito came back and worked on Shibata’s injured shoulder. I think Shibata was among the first to tape up his shoulder. Fans were going for Shibata even though Naito’s gotten a lot of chants lately.

Shibata fought back and locked in the sleeper. Naito fought, but fell and Shibata hit the Penalty Kick. But instead of pinning him, Shibata went for the choke again. Naito fought again, but eventually passed out and Shibata was awarded the win. Nice finish to a pretty good match.

Another really good, but not great show. Check out Omega vs. Elgin and YOSHI-HASHI vs. Evil, as they were the top matches in my book.