Day 11 of the G1 with more A block matches, main evented by Ibushi/Tanahashi. Oh Baby!
A Block Match 1 – Bad Luck Fale vs. YOSHI-HASHI
This was a really solid match that they built really nicely. YOSHI-HASHI tries to go head on with Fale in the beginning which while admirable, leads to him get dominated by Fale for a bit. But YOSHI-HASHI soon enough makes a come back and does what he can to stay in things. I was really rooting for him to get that second win and he finally got it with a small package after Fale tried to power out of a guillotine choke he had locked in. Wasn’t sure what to expect from these two but they certainly delivered an enjoyable match and I’m very happy for YOSHI-HASHI.
Winner: YOSHI-HASHI  (Via small package) ***1/2
A Block match 2 – Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Togi Makabe
Pretty good match-up. Sabre gets some control and focuses on Makabe’s leg and keeps trying to trap him in submissions, whilst Makabe just throws lariats about whenever he can. In the end Makabe misses a King Kong knee drop and Zack locks him in a cross leg lock, leading him to submit. Zack has certainly been doing well for himself in his first G1, making Makabe submit is quite a big deal, as it’s something he hasn’t done for years. Enjoyable match overall.
Winner: Sabre jr.  (via submission) ***
A Block Match 3 – Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yuji Nagata
This was 90% stiffness and it was awesome. It only takes a few seconds after the match starts for them to get right into exchanging elbow and from there it’s a big back and forth affair full of strikes and a great finishing stretch. Sadly Nagata still doesn’t get his first win, it’s quite amazing though that he manages to work such an intense match at 49 years old. Loved it.
Winner: Ishii  (via Brainbuster) ****1/2
A Block Match 4 – Tetsuya Naito vs. Hirooki Goto
Really good match, but the drama in it seemed to be lacking. Naito continues his successful strategy of working his opponents head/neck area and winning with a Destino. Goto had some chances and put up a good fight though. Doesn’t quite reach the cusp of greatness, but was still solid effort from both.
Winner: Naito  (via Destino) ***3/4
A Block Main Event – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Superb main event to end the day. Tana works on Ibushi’s legs at various points, which doesn’t appear to have much effect, meanwhile Ibushi focuses on trying to almost murder Tanahashi, even giving him the always mental looking Swan dive German suplex. In the end Ibushi finally puts Tana down with a brutal looking Kamigoe knee after an incredibly close kickout of the Golden Star Bomb. Looks as though Ibushi will be getting an intercontinental title shot in the future and I certainly look forward to it. What a great main even between the two.
Winner: Ibushi  (via Golden Star Bomb) ****1/4
What a surprise! another very good G1 day. Highly recommend Tanahashi/Ibushi & Ishii/Nagata but everything was still enjoyable in it’s own right. We really are spoiled lots of great action in this G1.