8/13 New Japan Results
Day 9 of G1 CLIMAX is in the books, results from the penultimate event of the tournament today at Korakuen:
They claimed 2015 paid (a Full House).
All matches were G1 CLIMAX matches.
Yuji Nagata beat Lance Archer in 8:42.
Tetsuya Naito beat Giant Bernard in 10:44 by countout.
Yoshihiro Takayama beat Makabe in 12:14.
Toru Yano beat Hiroshi Tanahashi in 16:57.
MVP beat La Sombra in 4:59.
Satoshi Kojima beat Wataru Inoue in 9:51.
Karl Anderson beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 9:39.
Strong Man beat Minoru Suzuki in 9:31.
Hirooki Goto beat Shinsuke Nakamura in 13:13.
Standings (wrestlers marked OUT are eliminated and have no chance of advancing to the finals):
Tanahashi: 6-2, 12 points
Makabe: 5-3, 10 points
Yano: 5-3, 10 points
Naito: 5-3, 10 points
Takayama: 5-3, 10 points
Nagata: 5-3, 10 points
Bernard: 4-4, 8 points (OUT)
Archer: 3-5, 6 points (OUT)
Takahashi: 2-6, 4 points (OUT)
Saito: 0-8, 0 points (OUT)
Suzuki: 6-2, 12 points
Nakamura: 6-2, 12 points
Goto: 6-2, 12 points
MVP: 6-2, 12 points
Kojima: 6-2, 12 points
Tenzan: 3-5, 6 points (OUT)
Anderson: 3-5, 6 points (OUT)
Sombra: 2-7, 4 points (OUT)
Inoue: 2-7, 4 points (OUT)
Man: 1-7, 2 points (OUT)
The final event is tomorrow at Ryogoku. Here’s how the scenarios look for the finals:
Block A: Tanahashi still only has to win to advance (Naito). If he loses, any of the Top 6 still have a chance if they win (but Naito might have the slight edge because he’ll have just beaten Tanahashi).
Block B: The only one that will be out for sure is the Suzuki-Nakamura loser. If it goes to a draw, any of the other 3 can advance, and all have favorable matchups (Goto has Man, MVP has Anderson, Kojima has Tenzan).
The match order is the remaining 9 G1 prelim matches first, followed by IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega for the titles and finally the G1 Finals. The event is a PPV in Japan.