Another nice break leads us to the eleventh day of the G1, held this morning in Kagoshima.
Tiger Mask & Jushin Liger defeated Ryusuke Taguchi & David Finlay when Liger rolled-up Finlay.
Satoshi Kojima, Michael Elgin, Yuji Nagata, & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Gedo, Katsuhiko Nakajima, YOSHI-HASHI, & Toru Yano when Kojima pinned Gedo after a lariat.
Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Katsuyori Shibata & Captain New Japan when Yujiro pinned CNJ after the Pimp Juice DDT.
BUSHI, Tetsuya Naito, & EVIL defeated Tomoaki Honma, Juice Robinson, & KUSHIDA when Naito tapped out Robinson with his new submission.
Bad Luck Fale defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan
These two together created a kind of slow, plodding match to start. Tenzan got in the Anaconda Vise, but Fale escaped from it and leveled him with a boot that looked like it missed by a mile. One thing I will give Fale credit for is taking some great bumps when needed.
Tenzan missed the moonsault. He tried to make a comeback, but Fale stopped him with a spear then pinned him with the Grenade. Just a boring match.
Hirooki Goto defeated Tama Tonga
This was pretty good. Tonga has had a hit and miss G1 so far, Goto’s fared better but these two had good chemistry with one another and it helped in this match.
There was a cool spot where Goto went for what seemed like the GTR but Tonga reversed it, went behind him, and hit a spinning neckbreaker and the waistlock DDT for a good near fall. Tonga frantically tried to avoid Goto, tried to hit the Gun Stun, but instead Goto grabbed him and hit the GTR for the win. Great match.
Naomichi Marufuji defeated SANADA
These two had really good chemistry. The fact that the crowd was totally into the match really helped too. Kind of on the short side, but worked well throughout and everyone looked good. Marufuji won after hitting the Sliced Bread #2 after SANADA blocked it earlier in the match. Marufuji wanted a handshake after but SANADA blew him off.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Tomohiro Ishii
If Tanahashi loses here, he’s out of the tournament after suffering too many losses to stay in contention. They fought on the top rope where Ishii fell to the floor, but Ishii responded by headbutting Tanahashi in the knee. Ishii unleashed a big time brainbuster. Really picked up after this with some great back and forth.
Lots of scary looking suplexes. Tanahashi finally had him out with the Sling Blade but missed the High Fly Flow and just BARELY kicked out of a sliding D by Ishii. More great back and forth until Tanahashi finally gets another Sling Blade and finishes off Ishii with two High Fly Flows for the win. Fantastic match, one of the best in the tournament so far.
Kazuchika Okada defeated Togi Makabe
A fast paced, hard hitting match. Makabe actually hit a belly-to-belly Spider suplex but Okada dodged the King Kong knee drop. Makabe went for a dragon suplex and started to lay it in, but Okada came back with the dropkick, tombstone, and Rainmaker clothesline for the win.
Okada and Gedo cut a promo to end the show and send people home happy. One of the better shows of the tournament, lots of fun action and a hot crowd helped a lot.