NJPW G1 Climax Finals
August 12, 2018
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
(1) MICHAEL ELGIN, TOMOAKI HONMA & TOGI MAKABE def. YUJI NAGATA, SHOTA UMINO & AYATO YOSHIDA
(2) BAD LUCK FALE def. TOA HENARE
This only went about two minutes. Henare charged with a shoulder tackle right out of the gate and got some good licks in in the corner, but was quickly squashed by a running splash from Fale in the corner. He battled back and hit a tackle from the second rope, but Fale caught him with a Grenade and the Bad Luck Fall to get the extremely quick win.
(3) TAICHI & TAKASHI IIZUKA def. HIROOKI GOTO & YOSHI-HASHI
Taichi sang his entire entrance theme for some reason. It took so long I was able to get up, make a snack, use the washroom and return before he was done. Iizuka was nowhere to be seen, and ended up coming out and attacking the Chaos boys from behind during their entrance. Typical Suzuki-Gun shenanigans throughout. It looks like they’re still trying to make Taichi a credible heavyweight threat. He went nuts with Yoshi-Hashi at the end trading chops and strikes, before ripping off his pants in a fit of glory, hitting a superkick, a spinning kick and a sit-down powerbomb to pick up an unlikely victory.
(4) CODY RHODES & HANGMAN PAGE def. JUICE ROBINSON & DAVID FINLAY
This match was a lot of fun, featuring four very hungry, young talents that all want to take over the world. The finish saw Cody and Juice trading punches back and forth until Robinson went for Pulp Friction, but got caught with a Vertebraeker, which the American Nightmare is now calling Din’s Fire. After the match Cody got on the mic and proclaimed himself the next IWGP United States Champion, stating that he’s sick of listening to everyone talk about how much Juice has grown and gotten better, because in his eyes he’s just doing a bad impression of Kairi Sane.
The Guerrillas of Destiny made their way out and trashed the Young Bucks, pretending to not know who they are and only referring to them as the “future former trios champions”. Tanga Loa continued to run his mouth until Matt Jackson shut him up, introduced him and his team as the Bullet Club Elite, and asked NJPW President Harold Meij at ringside to make the next match a championship match. And… it’s official!
(5) BULLET CLUB OGz (TAIJI ISHIMORI & GUERRILLAS OF DESTINY) def. BULLET CLUB ELITE (MARTY SCURLL & THE YOUNG BUCKS) (c) to become the NEW NEVER 6-MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!
The Bucks did some high-flying early on, but the constant brawling and distractions at ringside allowed Tama Tonga to nearly choke out Matt Jackson and take all kinds of cheap shots. They worked him over for several minutes until Nick made the hot tag and lit up everyone with lightning quick kicking combinations, and the Bucks sent Ishimori flying off the apron with a double team dropkick. They went through a lot of their signature spots, including the 450 splash while Tama was hung up in the ropes. The Bucks locked in simultaneous Sharpshooters on GoD while Scurll had Ishimori trapped in the Chicken Wing, but the OGs managed to escape. Things completely broke down with all six guys flying everywhere, superkicks connecting all over the place. In all the chaos Tama, who had made a blind tag that nobody saw, dropped Marty with a Gun Stun out of nowhere and got the win.
After the match, GoD took out the Bucks with another Gun Stun and Ape Shit, respectively. Ishimori hit a double knee gutbuster on Scurll for good measure. They were awarded the six-man titles, but instead hurled them out of the ring right in front of NJPW President Harold Meij. They also took the IWGP Tag Team Championships and threw them on the ground, screaming obscenities at Harold and the Bucks as they walked up the ramp together.