It’s the finally here the G1 Climax 27 Final! as we find out who will face the IWGP champ at the Tokyo Dome with it be Naito or Omega. Either way the real winner here is probably us.
Match 1 – KUSHIDA/Liger/Hairi Kawato/Tiger Mask vs. Suzuki-Gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru/Taichi/Desperado/Michinoku)
Fun little opener to get things going. Mainly involved KUSHIDA, Desperado, Kanemaru & Kawato though everyone else still did their own little part, don’t think Taka really did much at all though. Kawato continues to show great fire in his matches and is really coming along well, though he ends up falling victim to a Deep Impact for the loss.
Winners: SZKG (via Deep Impact) **3/4
-Post-match Desperado tries to take KUSHIDA’s title but Kushida runs after him and they start brawling into the audience and out of the arena.
Match 2 – GoD vs. Manabu Nakanishi/Yuji Nagata
Decent tag match. GoD get a good portion of control, before Nagata comes back and tags in Nakanishi leading into the finishing stretch where Roa gives Nakanishi a fire thunder driver to win the match. Really not much to the match at all but it was all pretty much fine aside from some Nakanishi stumbling.
Winners: GoD (via Fire Thunder Driver) **1/2
Match 3 – CHAOS(Hirooki Goto/YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Dave Finlay/Togi Makabe
Another decent match, just more card filler really, Finlay and YOSHI-HASHI have a fun finishing exchange though.
Winners: CHAOS (via Karma) **1/2
Match 4 – Bullet Club(Chase Owens/Fale/Yujiro) vs. Juice/TenKoji
Yeah kind of tried of this undercard filler. Again perfectly fine match but totally passable.
Winner: Juice/TenKoji (via Pulp Friction) **1/2
Match 5 – IWGP Jr Tag Title Match: Young Bucks (c) vs. Funky Future(Taguchi/Ricochet)
Now we’re talking. Really good match and brand new tag champs!. Bucks control the majority working Ricochet’s leg and Taguchi’s ass and they have a great little finishing stretch. Taguchi for me was the highlight of the match blocking a Meltzer driver with a springboard hip attack and having his own awesome flurry of offence at one point. There’s still lots of other fun action to enjoy here though. Good stuff.
Winners: Funky Future (via Shooting Star Press) ****
-SHIBATA MADE A RETURN TO SAY THAT HE’S ALIVE!!!
Match 6 – IWGP Tag title Match – War Machine vs. Cody/Hangman Page
Another really good tag title match. Cody & Page get some control early on which was fine but once War Machine get back into it, really pick-up and we get some real good back and forth action. War Machine were awesome as usual, busting out some great offence and showing off their big man agility. Cody/Page did well too though, very enjoyable.
Winners: War Machine (via ) ***3/4
-Post-match GoD come out and want a re-match for their titles. War Machine accepts but as soon as they do, Killer Elite Squad make a return to interrupt and take them all out.
Match 8 – Suzuki-Gun(Suzuki/Sabre/Iizuka) vs. Ibushi/Tanahashi/Elgin
This was pretty good. Suzuki-Gun try alot of their usual bullshit but there was quite a few nice exchanges between some of the wrestlers and Sabre impressively manages to make Tanahashi submit once again.
Winners: Suzuki-Gun (via Modified Octopus Stretch) ***
-Post-Match Suzuki-Gun beat on Tana and Elgin comes in to make the save and ends up brawling with Suzuki which the young lions try and breakup. Sabre also stands with one foot on Tana’s downed body, holding the IWGP Intercontinental belt in the air. That’s the intercontinental and NEVER title matches for next month sorted.
Match 9 – CHAOS (Okada/Yano/Ishii/Gedo) vs. LiJ (Hiromu/EVIL/SANADA/BUSHI)
Another good match, had lots of fun exchanges and everyone got a chance to do their part. Okada clearly looked hurt here was still struggling with his injured neck. In the end Hiromu gets Gedo with a submission, doubtful that anyone else but him would take the fall in the match.
Winners: Lij (via submission) ***1/4
-Post-match EVIL piles a bunch of chairs in the ring and gives Okada Darkness Falls onto them. LiJ stand tall and Okada has to be helped to the back. There’s your next Heavyweight title belt. Oh Baby!
Main Event – G1 Climax 27 Final: Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega
Oh my Lordy lordy what a fantastic final, perhaps even the best G1 Final of all time, an absolutely incredible spectacle, these guys just went absolutely nuts. Naito continued his usual strategy of working on his opponents neck, although he was a lot more harsh about it whilst Kenny somewhat focused on Naito’s back. It was just a big epic, full of drama and a great atmosphere. I was on the edge throughout the finishing stretch as both guys tried their damnedest to get the win. In the end Naito manages to spike Omega with a Destino that finally gets him the victory, so it’s onto Tokyo dome for him.
Just two of the best putting on absolute all time great match. Must-see for sure.
Winner: Naito(via Destino) *****+
The undercard may not have been all that interesting but the tag title matches were really good and that main event is must-see and honestly the best match of G1 and one of the best of the year. The Wrestling is good and I am loving. What a G1 we’ve had this year.