The 2017 G1 Climax continues on, as we look at a further selection of matches…
G1 Climax 27, Day 5
(Winner via pinfall: Togi Makabe)
G1 Climax 27, Day 7
(Winner via pinfall: Hiroshi Tanahashi)
G1 Climax 27, Day 8
(Winner via pinfall: Michael Elgin)
I didn’t sample many matches from days five to eight of the 27th G1 Classic, and that was mostly down to draw power, if I’m honest. When you’re strapped for time, you’re looking at that list of matches, and just trying to pick out the names and contests that excite you, and on this occasion there wasn’t many face offs that really made me sit up and take notice. That said, I’m fully aware that this likely means I’ve missed some bloody good wrestling in there.
The matches I did watch were decent, and in fact very competitive, but didn’t quite hit the level I’d seen in the first four days (see: New Japan Pro-Wrestling: G1 Climax 27, Day 1 – Day 4 (Review)). In other words, neither of these three matches was a Tetsuya Naito versus Koto Ibushi. But that’s fine, because those particular matches don’t grow on trees (sadly!).
I thought Makabe and Goto had a very competitive match, wrestling in a hard-hitting and aggressive style, something I’ve become accustomed to from Hirooki Goto. I’m actually less familiar with Makabe as a singles competitor, so this was a good opportunity for me to get a look at him up close.
Goto’s match with Hiroshi Tanahashi had me excited on paper too and, again, we saw the IWGP Intercontinental Champion have his arm targeted. Good story being told with regards to that arm, although it does signpost that a Tanahashi G1 win is not on the cards.
The standout match was to be expected, as Michael Elgin and Kenny Omega faced each other again in a New Japan Pro Wrestling ring. With all the pressure on him to deliver top drawer matches, it must be a nightmare for Omega to plot out second and third and fourth matches with opponents, but you can’t question his commitment to stealing the show, as that is on display every time he gets in the ring for a singles match. His match with Elgin was as strong as you’d expect, and Elgin continues to go about his business quietly in New Japan. His win here was surprising, but I like how they’re building him, and Omega seems to have no issue putting people over.
Looking ahead, there are some tasty matches coming up. In a long tournament like this, I don’t expect all the shows to have five star classics, so I have no issue with what I’ve seen above, but I’d be lying is I didn’t say I’m much more excited for what’s to come than I was for what took place over days 5-8.