NJPW G1 Climax 2013 Day 9 Finals Results and Review
Day 1 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-2013-day-1-results-and.html
Day 2 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-2013-day-2-results-and.html
Day 3 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-2013-day-3-results-and.html
Day 4 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-2013-day-4-results-and.html
Day 5 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-2013-day-5-results-and.html
Day 6 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-2013-day-6-results-and.html
Day 7 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-day-7-results-and-review.html
Day 8 is here: http://prowresblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/njpw-g1-climax-day-8-results-and-review.html
These people have chances to win their blocks today:
*Katsuyori Shibata (vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi) – If Shibata wins
then he needs Smith and Makabe to both tie or lose their matches, with a
win Shibata would at worst be tied with Smith and Makabe, who he
defeated in their tournament matches.
*Davey Boy Smith Jr. (vs.
Lance Archer) – If Smith beats Archer then Shibata would have to tie or
lose to Tanahashi and Makabe would have to tie or lose to Devitt
*Togi Makabe (vs. Prince Devitt) – If Makabe beats Devitt then Shibata and Smith would have to tie or lose
*Hiroshi Tanahashi (vs. Shibata) – If Tanahashi beats Shibata then both Smith Jr., Okada and Makabe would have to lose
Okada (vs. Satoshi Kojima) – At best Okada can only tie for first with
Shibata or Tanahashi if those two went the time limit or Tanahashi won
along with Smith Jr. and Makabe either going to the time limit or losing
*Minoru Suzuki (vs. Toru Yano) – With a win Suzuki
would be up to 12-points and would require both Karl Anderson and
Shinsuke Nakamura to lose their matches, Suzuki beat both of them in
their tournament matches. If Suzuki and Yano go the time limit Suzuki
could still win if the other two tie or lose
*Karl Anderson (vs. Tetsuya Naito) – If Anderson wins or ties and Suzuki and Nakamura lose he would win
*Shinsuke Nakamura (vs. Shelton Benjamin) – If Nakamura wins or ties and Suzuki and Anderson lose he would win
Nagata (vs. Yujiro) – Of the three above Nagata only beat Suzuki so if
Nagata beat Yujiro, Suzuki lost his match and Nakamura and Anderson both
lose he would win
*Tetsuya Naito (vs. Karl Anderson) – This one is
interesting because if Naito wins tomorrow he has wins over all the
people above so if he wins and the above lose then Naito would win the
block in the event of a tie with all having 10-points
*Yujiro Takahashi(vs. Yuji Nagata) - He needs to win in order to go a tiebreaker.
*Shelton Benjamin(vs. Shinsuke Nakamura) - He needs to in order to go to a tiebreaker.
I'll be skipping the tag match today.
NJPW, 8/11/13 (WPW)
Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
G1 Climax – Block B: Yuji Nagata vs. Yujiro Takahashi
The match was good. They kept it moving and they didn't let Yujiro control things. Nagata spitting blood was cool too.
G1 Climax – Block B: Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
G1 Climax – Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin
G1 Climax – Block B: Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson
G1 Climax – Block A: Lance Archer vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
G1 Climax – Block A: Togi Makabe vs. Prince Devitt
G1 Climax – Block A: Satoshi Kojima vs. Kazuchika Okada
G1 Climax – Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
G1 Climax – Final: Block A 1st place vs. Block B 1st place - Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito
Naito beat Hiroshi Tanahashi with the Stardust Press. This was a good match that was longer than it needed to be. Naito spent the whole match trying to survive while Tana worked the knee.
The crowd was hot for all of this as were the announcers. I didn't think it was great but there weren't many problems with this. It was a perfectly acceptable final and both men put in some good work. Rating:***3/4
Thoughts on Naito's win - I didn't have a problem with it. It made sense. He's one of NJPW's younger wrestlers and they obviously have big plans for him. He just returned from injury and he needed a big win to move up in the NJPW ranks. I figured either he or Shibata would win it and either were good choices, but in the long run, Naito was the better choice. NJPW can rely on him and he's younger. Tanahashi, Okada and Nakamura didn't really need the win and Shibata would have been a good option, but realistically, Naito gets more out of this.
Overall thoughts - This was a great night of wrestling. There were multiple good matches and a good crowd. I was very disappointed by Tanahashi/Shibata but hopefully they will meet again. As a whole, the tournament has been pretty great but there were clearly "big show" days and "house show" days. Still, we got the amazing Shibata/Ishii spectacle and the fabulous Tanahashi/Ishii battle. This was a great G1 and quite possibly the best G1 yet.