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8/14 New Japan Results

New Japn wrapped up this year’s G1 CLIMAX tournament today, results from Ryogoku:
They claimed 11,500 paid (a Full House).
Block A:
Hideo Saito beat Yuji Nagata in 4:29.
Giant Bernard beat Toru Yano in 7:29.
Lance Archer beat Yoshihiro Takayama in 7:19.
Yujiro Takahashi beat Makabe in 8:37.
Tetsuya Naito beat Makabe in 5:11. As a result, Naito wins Block A and advances to the finals.
Block B:
Strong Man beat Hirooki Goto in 7:27.
Karl Anderson beat MVP in 8:30.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Saotshi Kojima in 14:10.
Shinsuke Nakamura beat Minoru Suzuki in 12:13. As a result, Nakamura wins Block B and advances to the finals.

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi beat Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega (DDT) in 15:01 to retain the titles. Devitt pinned Omega after Bloody Sunday V2. V6 for the champs.

G1 CLIMAX Finals: Shinsuke Nakamura beat Tetsuya Naito in 20:19 to win the tournament. Believe it or not, this is the first time Nakamura has won the tournament-it was perhaps the only major singles accomplishment missing in his career to date. If tradition holds true, this means at some point soon we should get another epic chapter in “The Rivalry”. But that probably is at least 2 months away due to Tanahashi’s upcoming CMLL excursion. I would tentatively circle 10/10 as a possible title match date (DESTRUCTION ’11). And give Naito some due credit, he made quite the comeback to get all the way to the finals.

Next event is a standalone “New Japan Live” event on 8/22 in Tsubame, followed by ALL TOGETHER on 8/27 and the Yuji Nagata Produced event on 8/30. Next tour is G1 CLIMAX SPECIAL 2011 starting on 9/3.

UPDATE: After the Jr. Tag Title match, Taichi made a challenge to the titles. KUSHIDA also appeared to make a challenge for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title held by Ibushi. More on both as it becomes available.

  1. NS
    08/14/2011 at 8:07 pm


  2. 08/14/2011 at 6:12 pm

    Indeed, Naito seems to be on his way to a singles breakout since his violent split with Yujiro Takahashi. I’d now put him on the fringe of the HW top tier just below Goto & Makabe.

  3. Hugo Costa
    08/14/2011 at 10:23 am

    It has finally happened… “Strong Style” Nakamura has won the G1 Climax and all 4 heroes of NJPW have G1 wins (But Goto has yet to win the Hvy. title). But if I have to take my hat off for someone, it has to be Naito. No man expected such a comeback from the “Stardust Genius”, along with wins against former champs (Takayama and Tana). The best part? This is one star that was not ruined by Jeff Hardy (as DX kindly say, Suck It, Hardy. Suck it.) And Nakamura still has a possible GHC title shot, and it might happen while Tana is in Mexico…

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