NJPW G1 28: Day 3-6 Recap

After the excitement and awesomeness of Day 1 and 2, one block has established itself as the better of the two.  We have seen the patterns emerge and more potential scenarios open up with every passing match.  Days 3-6 provided some great matches, continued some good stories and set us up for another entertaining G1.  Due to the bite-sized nature, I will provide both my own personal recommendations as well as Meltzer’s ratings  (where available) to be used as a viewing guide

Day 3 Results (16/07/18)

Michael Elgin (2-0-0) Def. Hangman Page (1-1-0) (****)

EVIL (1-1-0) Def. YOSHI-HASHI (0-2-0) (***1/4)

Togi Makabe (2-0-0) Def. Minoru Suzuki (0-2-0) (****1/4):

Highly recommended brawl between two grumpy old dudes.

Bad Luck Fale (1-1-0) Def. Kazuchika Okada (0-2-0) (***1/4)

Jay White (2-0-0) Def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (1-1-0) (****)

Day 4 Results (19/07/18)

SANADA (1-1-0) Def. Tama Tonga (1-1-0) (***1/2)

Zack Sabre Junior (1-1-0) Def. Toru Yano (0-2-0) (***3/4):

As a fan of Yano and ZSJ’s 2018 this was the perfect clash of the two styles.  A must watch for a fan of either man

Kota Ibushi (2-0-0) Def. Juice Robinson  (0-2-0) (****1/2)

Tetsuya Naito (1-1-0) Def. Tomohiro Ishii (1-1-0) (****3/4):

This was two cocky guys that hate each other just beating each other up.  In particular, I loved how Naito would resort to dirty tactics only to be put on his ass each time.

Kenny Omega (2-0-0) Def. Hirooki Goto (1-1-0) (*****)

Day 5 Results (20/07/18)

Jay White (3-0-0) Def. Fuck Michael Elgin (2-1-0):

Best match of both men’s tournament so far.

Minoru Suzuki (1-2-0) Def. YOSHI-HASHI (0-3-0):

Watch this just to see Suzuki slap poor Hashi around for about a minute

EVIL (2-1-0) Def. Togi Makabe (2-1-0)

Hiroshi Tanahashi (2-1-0) Def. Bad Luck Fale (1-2-0)

Kazuchika Okada (1-2-0) Def. Hangman Page (1-2-0)

Day 6 Results (21/07/18)

Toru Yano (1-2-0) Def. Kota Ibushi (2-1-0)

SANADA (2-1-0) Def. Zack Sabre Junior (1-2-0)

Tetsuya Naito (2-1-0) Def. Juice Robinson (0-3-0)

Kenny Omega (3-0-0) Def. Tama Tonga (1-2-0)

Tomohiro Ishii (2-1-0) Def. Hirooki Goto (1-2-0):

If you are a fan of the Ishii vs Shibata matches or even the Makabe vs Ishii matches this is right up your alley.  This was hard-hitting strong style that had me up out of my seat with excitement.

Best Matches: 

Tomohiro Ishii vs Tetsuya Naito

Kenny Omega vs Hirooki Goto

Tetsuya Naito vs Juice Robinson

Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii

Zack Sabre Jr vs Toru Yano

Worst Matches:

Anything involving Tama Tonga or Bad Luck Fale

Standings:

A Block:

Jay White: 6 Points

Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4 Points

Togi Makabe: 4 Points

Michael Elgin: 4 Points

EVIL: 4 Points

Kazuchika Okada: 2 Points

Bad Luck Fale: 2 Points

Hangman Page: 2 Points

Minoru Suzuki: 2 Points

YOSHI-HASHI: 0 Points

B Block:

Kenny Omega: 6 Points

Tetsuya Naito: 4 Points

Tomohiro Ishii: 4 Points

Kota Ibushi: 4 Points

SANADA: 4 Points

Hirooki Goto: 2 Points

Toru Yano: 2 Points

Tama Tonga: 2 Points

Zack Sabre Jr: 2 Points

Juice Robinson: 0 Points

B Block has provided some amazing matches and A block is standing out as the storytelling block.  Some surprise standings with Minoru Suzuki and Kazuchika Okada on 2 Points trailing the dominant Jay White.  B Block has a much bigger logjam with 4 people tied with 2 wins just behind Kenny Omega who has looked unstoppable so far with 3 wins from 3.  I hand over to Jozef for the next four days coverage where we see the G1 slog really begin to settle in.