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NJPW G1 Climax 26 night nine results: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto

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Nine shows down, a lot more to go as the G1 continues its major tour all across Japan, this time at the Gifu Industry Hall.

Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata defeated Michael Elgin & David Finlay when Tiger Mask pinned Finlay with a butterfly suplex off the top rope.

Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger, & Katsuyori Shibata defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima, Gedo, YOSHI-HASHI, & Toru Yano after Satoshi Kojima pinned Gedo with a lariat.

Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Captain New Japan & Ryusuke Taguchi when Yujiro pinned Captain New Japan with the Pimp Juice DDT. I typed that before the match even finished. It would be kind of cool if CNJ got a sneaky win here somewhere to break the monotony, but what can you do.

BUSHI, SANADA, & Tetsuya Naito defeated KUSHIDA, Tomoaki Honma, & Juice Robinson when EVIL pinned Robinson with an STO.

Tama Tonga defeated Tomohiro Ishii

This was pretty solid and built up over time. Tonga did his old waist lock DDT for a near fall. Ishii blocked the Gun Stun. Ishii went for a brainbuster, but Tonga countered it with a Gun Stun in midair, then followed with a second for the win. Good while it lasted.

Bad Luck Fale defeated SANADA

SANADA took Fale to the outside where he worked him over with a hammer, choking him. This was alright but nothing special. Fale went for the Bad Luck Fall, but Sanada dodged and went for a roll-up. Fale came back with the Grenade and the Bad Luck Fall for the win. It was a match.

Naomichi Marufuji defeated Togi Makabe

Marufuji pelted Makabe early with kicks, and Makabe responded by chopping him silly. Crowd started to pick up as Marufuji turned the tide. He laid out Makabe with more of his kicks then hit the Sliced Bread #2 for the win. This was just okay and felt kind of short.

Kazuchika Okada defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Crowd was firmly for Tenzan as the bell rang. It was simply a good match until Okada brought it into high gear. Tenzan kept avoiding the Rainmaker and came back with an Anaconda Buster slam and the Anaconda Vise.

Okada was gaining momentum when Tenzan came back with a series of headbutts and went for the moonsault, but Okada dropkicked him as he was climbing and hit a German suplex and a Rainmaker for the win. This grew to be pretty fun with hot action and a good crowd.

Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Hirooki Goto

This was slow to start. Just some perfectly okay wrestling, not much else. They did a lot of grappling. Crowd was into this, but it was hard for me to get into it personally. Tanahashi finally laid Goto out with a DDT, then hit two High Fly Flows and pinned Goto. Weird, not very interesting match.

Tanahashi played the air guitar for the crowd after the match.

Probably the worst card on the tour so far. It wasn’t terrible, but aside from Okada vs. Tenzan, which was fun, other matches on this show weren’t.