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NJPW G1 Climax 28 night 16 live results: Naito vs. SANADA


While the tournament itself is winding down, B Block action is still in full effect tonight in Kanagawa.

Tonight’s main event will be a most interesting battle between Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemates as Tetsuya Naito battles SANADA. Naito, still alive to win the tournament, needs to win this match tonight. It’ll be interesting to see just how much they intend to bring to the table in what will surely be a most memorable clash.

Kenny Omega doesn’t need to beat Toru Yano tonight, but probably should if he wants to dash Naito’s hopes and keep his momentum strong ahead of the deciding matches this weekend. Knowing how matches against Yano could go, Omega should do everything in his power to ensure Yano’s tricks won’t be a factor in tonight’s result. Same goes for Ibushi, as beating Tama Tonga tonight will help his chances of survival in case Omega and Naito win their matches tonight.

Other matches include Hirooki Goto taking on Zack Sabre Jr., while Tomohiro Ishii will go against Juice Robinson.

Check in this morning at 5:30 a.m. EDT for live coverage. There will be English commentary.


Togi Makabe and Toa Henare defeated Michael Elgin and Shota Umino

Kevin Kelly on commentary noted that Elgin’s bicep isn’t torn, but likely strained. Usual tag match that ended when, after some good near falls, Umino fell to Henare’s uranage.

Hangman Page and Chase Owens defeated YOSHI-HASHI and SHO 

This didn’t last long. A good showcase for Page and Owens. Owens hit the jewel heist on SHO, then Page rolled through, grabbed him and landed the rite of passage for the win.

Bad Luck Fale and Tanga Loa defeated Minoru Suzuki and El Desperado

They did a long brawl all over the building. Suzuki tried to get Fale in the Gotch piledriver but proved to be too big. Loa got the win with the sitout piledriver on Desperado.

Fale brawled with Suzuki around the arena after the match, eventually finding their way outside.

EVIL and BUSHI defeated Jay White and YOH

They continued a storyline that they’ve been doing on the tour where White seems disinterested in helping YOH, who worked most of the match. White brought in a chair but EVIL chased him off. BUSHI cut off YOH and hit the MX for the win.

EVIL had YOH after the match and was set to strike YOH with a chair while another chair was on his neck. White opted not to save him and left while EVIL did the deed.

EVIL and BUSHI defeated Jay White and YOH

They continued a storyline that they’ve been doing on the tour where White seems disinterested in helping YOH, who worked most of the match. White brought in a chair but EVIL chased him off. BUSHI cut off YOH and hit the MX for the win.

Hiroshi Tanahashi and David Finlay defeated Kazuchika Okada and Gedo

Of course the people were super into the idea of Okada and Tanahashi. A pretty good match that ended when Finlay pinned Gedo with the stunner.

After briefly coming to blows after the match, both Okada and Tanahashi stood on top of commentary tables and looked for applause. It looked with Tanahashi drew the bigger response. 

B Block:

Tomohiro Ishii defeated Juice Robinson

Story early on was that Juice wasn’t getting anything done while Ishii wasn’t being phased by any of his offense. Juice took off the cast and started to build some momentum, connecting with the cannonball. 

Ishii backdrops Juice as they exchange chops. Ishii took Juice and landed a strong superplex, but they continued to exchange some back and forth until Juice power bombs Ishii. He struck Ishii with his injured hand then connected with a lariat.

Juice went for pulp friction but Ishii escaped and struck with the sliding D. Ishii starts to build momentum but Juice strikes Ishii with a headbutt. Ishii lands an enziguri and connects with the brainbuster for the win. A very fun match with a great finish.

Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Hirooki Goto

Goto starts out hot early, but Sabre manages to slow him down on the outside, then brings him in and starts pelting him with kicks. Goto catches him and sends him down with a clothesline. Goto goes for an elbow off the top rope, but Sabre traps him with an armbar. 

Sabre then traps him in the octopus hold but Goto gets him up and lands the ushigoroshi. He looks for the GTR, but then wraps him up in the European clutch and gets the quick win. This felt pretty short, but was good while it lasted. This likely sets up a NEVER title match in the fall, especially since Sabre grabbed the belt and posed with it after the match.

Tama Tonga defeated Kota Ibushi

Tama Tonga (who, in a change, wasn’t accompanied by anyone here) snuck through the crowd and jumped Ibushi from behind as he made his entrance. Tonga beat on him for a good while until Ibushi finally had enough and started to make a comeback. 

Tonga caught Ibushi trying to go for the golden triangle moonsault and took him into the crowd. Ibushi cuts him off and goes through a door...and enters through the top section of the arena. He leaps off the top of the railing all the way back to the floor with a huge moonsault that wipes out everyone in sight in a really cool spot.

Ibushi takes him back to the ring and went to the top rope when Tanga Loa came in for his obligatory run-in. Ibushi dispatched him but Tama Tonga hit a neckbreaker. Ibushi blocked the gun stun and went for the kamigoye but Loa grabs Ibushi’s foot. Tonga went for the gun stun again, but Ibushi bumped into the ref.

That, of course, brought out Fale. But that also brings out Kenny Omega, who takes out Fale. Ibushi takes out Loa and hits Tonga with a lariat. Ibushi went for the kamigoye, but Tonga rolled out of the way then hit a pop-up gun stun for the win. Pretty good match, though it was mostly the Kota Ibushi show.

That very much complicates things for Ibushi -- he needs to hope Omega loses tonight in order to survive.

Fale powerbombed Omega after the match, which is a problem for him considering he has a match, like, right now. In fact, Yano came out to start the next match...

Toru Yano defeated Kenny Omega

A quick pinfall attempt to the prone Omega did not prove fruitful for Yano. He still undid two turnbuckles and whipped Omega into them repeatedly. He undid all of them, but Chase Owens blocked one of the shots, then the tides turned as Omega whipped Yano into the exposed turnbuckles.

Yano suplexed Omega on top of the turnbuckles, but they had no effect as they’re soft, I guess. They hit each other with the turnbuckles right in front of the ref, so I guess it’s not a DQ. I don’t know about these New Japan refs anymore, guys. Yano did a dragon screw with the turnbuckle that sent Omega out of the ring. 

Yano takes out the tape and tries to tie Omega to the barricade. Using Ren Narita as an anchor over the other side of the ring, he ties Omega up and enters the ring as the count starts. Even with Narita tied to him, they both manage to enter the ring at 20.

After some back and forth, including some close near falls, Omega connects with the snap dragon suplex. The referee gets into the mix as Yano low blows then both. But guess what? The Tongans are back. They beat up all of Bullet Club on the outside, then Tonga laid out Omega with the gun stun. Tonga puts Yano over Omega as Yano scores the three count. Fun match while it lasted.

That means Ibushi is still alive in the tournament.

Tetsuya Naito defeated SANADA

Naito wanted to to the fist bump at the start of the match, but SANADA saw through it as the two started off. SANADA controlled early until Naito cut him off and took him to the outside. At one point, Naito spat at SANADA, and SANADA returned the favor.

SANADA connects with a pescado to the outside. Naito cuts off a springboard attempt, but SANADA eventually does connect with a dropkick. Naito fights back with Gloria then follows with a Destino attempt but SANADA holds him in the cold skull submission. Naito escapes and goes for another Destino, but this time SANADA counters with an ego trip on the top rope.

SANADA connects with another missile dropkick and hits a tiger suplex. He follows with a skull end, but Naito floats over and tries for the Destino. SANADA deadlifts him on his shoulders but Naito hits the Destino anyway. SANADA kicked out, then blocked another attempt with a Destino of his own for a cool nearfall.

Naito tries to fight out of the skull end, but is unable to make it to the ropes as he fades away. SANADA tries for the moonsault, but Naito rolls out of the way. Naito connects with a flying forearm but SANADA blocks the Destino attempt. After a series of back and forth counters, SANADA lands a bridging roll-up but SANDA kicks out. 

SANADA was thrown head first into the turnbuckle then was planted with a German suplex. He looked to go for a DDT, but Naito blocked it and hit the Destino again for the win. A great main event filled with cool counters. The match also had a great aura to it, and the crowd was definitely into it.

EVIL, BUSHI and Hiromu Takahashi’s jacket come to the ring. After cutting a promo and mentioning Takahashi, they all reconcile and do the fist bump.

At this point, Omega needs to win his match with Ibushi or he's out. Same thing for Ibushi. For Naito to win, he would need to beat Zack Sabre Jr, then hope Omega/Ibushi goes to a draw. That would give him 14 points to Omega's 13, making him the winner.

Another scenario could also have Ibushi win his match, but also have Naito win his. In that case, Naito would edge out Ibushi and win the block.


  • Kenny Omega 12
  • Tetsuya Naito 12
  • Kota Ibushi 10
  • Zack Sabre Jr. 10
  • SANADA 8
  • Tomohiro Ishii 8
  • Hirooki Goto 6
  • Tama Tonga 6
  • Juice Robinson 4
  • Toru Yano 4