Recap of Day 3 of the 2014 NJPW G-1 Climax (Okada/Makabe)

New Japan Pro Wrestling G-1 Climax 2014 Day 3 iPPV
July 25, 2014
Yamagata, Japan (Yamagata City General Sports Center)
Recap by: Jason Namako of

A Block: Tomoaki Honma vs. IWGP Tag Team Champion Doc Gallows

Gallows throws Honma down multiple times early and taunts the crowd. Honma avoids Gallows and hits a series of forearms. Honma with 2 shoulder tackles, but Gallows does not go down. Gallows misses a clothesline, hits a shoulder tackle, but misses an elbow drop. Honma goes for the falling headbutt, but Gallows moves out of the way. Gallows sends Honma to the outside. Gallows with a throat thrust, then sends Honma into the barricade. Another throat thrust, then they head back in. Gallows with a series of elbow drops for a nearfall. Gallows runs into a back elbow, but hits a head kick when Honma goes to the middle rope for a nearfall. Chinlock applied. Honma fights out, but Gallows blocks a Sunset flip. Honma avoids a butt drop and hits a sliding kick. Honma with a series of chops, but Gallows blocks a slam with back clubs. Honma avoids a corner charge and this time slams Gallows. Honma then hits the falling headbutt. Gallows blocks a suplex and hits a delayed suplex. Gallows with a flying hip attack in the corner, followed by a flying shoulder tackle. Pumphandle slam by Gallows for a nearfall. Honma fights back with right hands, but Gallows does not go down off 2 clotheslines. Gallows misses a clothesline and Honma hits a big clothesline. Honma heads up top, but Gallows avoids the diving headbutt. Gallows with a big clothesline for a nearfall. Gallows Pole, but Honma kicks out! Honma fights out of another Gallows Pole and hits a running roll-up for a nearfall.

Gallows with a big boot and another Gallows Pole for the win.

Winner: Doc Gallows by pinfall (Gallows Pole)

B Block: “The American Psycho” Lance Archer w/TAKA vs. IWGP Tag Team Champion “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson

Anderson attacks Archer as the bell sounds, but Archer with a Cracker Jack suplex. Archer with a big back club, but Anderson with a dropkick to the knees. Anderson with kicks to the leg of Archer, but Archer shoos him off. Anderson stomps away at the leg of Archer, but Archer piefaces him and goes to the outside to regroup. Anderson goes out after him, but Archer with another back club. Archer with a series of overhand chops, but Anderson avoids a running boot and hits more kicks to the injured leg, followed by a pump kick to the leg while it was against the barricade! Anderson gets back in as the ref begins his 20 count. Anderson breaks the count and continue to kick at Archer’s injured leg. Anderson rakes the eyes of Archer, then gets back in. Archer gets in, but Anderson with a chopblock to the injured leg. Archer fights back, but Anderson goes back to the leg. Anderson with another pump kick to the injured leg. Anderson with a chop, but it has ZERO effect on Archer. Anderson with another chop and again, ZERO effect on Archer. Archer yells at Anderson to do another one, but Anderson goes back to the injured leg. Anderson runs into a back elbow and a boot, then Archer with a shoulder tackle. Clothesline and a side slam by Archer, who fires up. Archer goozles Anderson and hits the Chokeslam for a nearfall. Archer goes for the Blackout, but Anderson slips out. Anderson then avoids a corner charge and hits a flying kick. TKO by Anderson for a nearfall. Anderson goes for the Gun Stun, but Archer slips out and hits Dark Days.

Archer this time hits the Blackout for the win.

Winner: “The American Psycho” Lance Archer by pinfall (Blackout)

B Block: NWA Tag Team Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. NEVER Champion “Mr. Rated R” Yujiro Takahashi

Yujiro backs Tenzan into the ropes and shoves him, then taunts him. Tenzan with a side headlock, but Yujiro bites his hand to get free. Yujiro with a gut kick, then pulls Tenzan’s hair before applying a side headlock. Tenzan tries to Irish whip out, but Yujiro maintains the hold. Tenzan fights out, but Yujiro with a gut kick and a back club. Tenzan comes back with a back suplex. Yujiro goes to the outside and Tenzan follows out after him. Yujiro with a gut kick and a chop, but Tenzan sends Yujiro into the barricade. Double sledge to the back by Tenzan, but Yujiro rakes the eyes. Yujiro with a snapmare, followed by a sliding kick. Yujiro gets back as the ref begins his count. Tenzan gets back in by the count of 15. Tenzan sent off the turnbuckles. Yujiro with a series of forearms and back elbows in the corner, then chokes Tenzan with his boot. Neckbreaker by Yujiro for a nearfall. Yujiro stomps away at Tenzan, then stands on his neck. Series of elbow drops to the back by Yujiro for a nearfall. Yujiro slaps at Tenzan, but Tenzan fights back. Tenzan with a series of chops and headbutts, but Yujiro avoids a corner charge and hits a running boot. Tenzan blocks a Fisherman’s Buster and hits a suplex. Series of Mongolian Chops by Tenzan, followed by a headbutt. Tenzan with a clothesline in the corner, then heads up top and hits the falling knee drop across the back of Yujiro’s head for a nearfall. Tenzan stomps away at Yujiro, but Yujiro rakes the eyes. Yujiro off the ropes, but Tenzan catches him with the Mountain Bomb for a nearfall. Tenzan heads up top, but Yujiro avoids the diving headbutt. Yujiro with a big boot, followed by this time hitting the Fisherman’s Buster for a nearfall. Another sliding kick by Yujiro for a nearfall. Yujiro calls for the Buckle Bomb, but Tenzan blocks it. Yujiro tries for it again, but Tenzan counters out with a back body drop. Strike exchange, Yujiro gains advantage, but Tenzan with more Mongolian Chops. Yujiro comes back with a clothesline for a nearfall. Tenzan slips out of the Miami Shine and hits a series of headbutts. Tenzan hits the TTD for a nearfall.

Anaconda Vise applied, Yujiro taps.

Winner: NWA Tag Team Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan by submission (Anaconda Vise)

A Block: “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shelton “X” Benjamin w/TAKA

Chain wrestling early, then Benjamin with a big forearm. Ishii fights back, but Benjamin with another big forearm. Ishii with chops and forearms, but no one goes down off a shoulder tackle. Ishii with a headbutt, but Benjamin with a shoulder tackle. Benjamin unloads with right hands from the mount. Benjamin whips Ishii hard into the corner for a nearfall. Ishii fights back, but Benjamin with a series of knee strikes to the head. Series of right hands by Benjamin, but Ishii fights back again. Big right hand by Benjamin knocks down Ishii. Benjamin with right hands to the back of Ishii’s head, then applies a cravate. Knee to the back of Ishii’s head, followed by a forearm. Ishii avoids a corner charge, but Benjamin blocks a German. Benjamin off the ropes, but Ishii catches him with a powerslam. Ishii with a clothesline in the corner, followed by a suplex for a nearfall. Strike exchange, Ishii gains advantage with the rapid-fire forearms. Benjamin takes down Ishii and locks in the Ankle Lock, but Ishii rolls out and locks in an Ankle Lock of his own. Benjamin rolls out and re-applies the Ankle Lock with the leg grapevined, but Ishii gets to the ropes. Benjamin with a series of forearms, then hits the Stinger Splash in the corner. German, but Benjamin holds on and then hits a second German for a nearfall. Benjamin with a Spinebuster for a nearfall. Ishii avoids Paydirt by Benjamin and hits a clothesline, followed by a release German. Ishii runs into a boot, but avoids the Dragon Whip and hits a headbutt. Northern Lariat and a big clothesline by Ishii for a nearfall. Benjamin blocks the Brainbuster, but Ishii with another headbutt. Benjamin with the Dragon Whip, but Ishii FIRES UP!!

Superkick by Benjamin, followed by Paydirt for the win.

Winner: Shelton “X” Benjamin by pinfall (Paydirt)

B Block: “The Stardust Genius” Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano

Naito goes for Yano’s arm, but Yano quickly gets to the ropes. Naito goes for a waistlock, but again Yano quickly gets to the ropes. Yano charges in, but Naito with an armdrag into an armbar. Naito works over Yano’s arm, but Yano pulls him down by the hair. Naito with a dropkick that sends Yano to the outside. Yano avoids a baseball slide and throws a chair at Naito’s head! Yano does his taunt in the ring and removes the turnbuckle padding as we see that Naito is busted open hardway on the outside from the chairshot. Naito gets back in and Yano sends him into the exposed corner. Yano chokes Naito in the ropes. Naito sent again into the exposed corner. Yano pulls at Naito’s face in the ropes. Delayed suplex by Yano for a nearfall. Yano avoids being sent into the exposed corner, then avoids a Naito charge and Naito goes again into the exposed corner. Naito then comes back with a neckbreaker. Naito with a hiptoss and a sliding dropkick. Snapmare, followed by the running senton for a nearfall. Yano avoids Naito going up & over, but Naito avoids a charge, then goes onto the apron and hits a slingshot dropkick. Naito heads up top and hits a missile dropkick to the back of Yano’s head. Naito charges in, but Yano drop toe holds him into the middle turnbuckle. Yano with an inverted atomic drop, then catapults Naito into the exposed corner. Oni Koroshi powerbomb by Yano for a nearfall. Naito fights back, but Yano sends him into the ref. Naito blocks running into the ref, then Yano goes for a low blow, but Naito puts the ref in front of him and Yano pulls back. Naito avoids a low kick by Yano and hits an enziguri. Flying forearm and a German by Naito for a nearfall. Naito hits a scoop reverse DDT, then heads up top.

Stardust Press by Naito for the win.

Winner: “The Stardust Genius” Tetsuya Naito by pinfall (Stardust Press)

A Block: “The Mad Dog” Katsuyori Shibata vs. “The Canadian Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith Jr. w/TAKA

Feeling out process early. Smith takes down Shibata and applies a leglock, Shibata gets to the ropes. Smith takes down Shibata, but Shibata goes for a cross armbreaker. Smith backs Shibata into the corner in the clinch, then hits a gut kick and a right hand. Smith sends Shibata to the outside, then sends him off the apron. Shibata sent into the barricade, but fires out and hits a running boot. Back in, they exchange strikes and uppercuts, with Shibata gaining the advantage, unloading with forearms in the corner on Smith. Shibata charges in, but Smith catches him with a big forearm. Smith with a series of right hands, but Shibata with a spinning backfist. Shibata unloads again with forearms in the corner, then hits the hesitation dropkick. Front facelock applied, Smith gets to the ropes. Sleeper applied by Shibata, but Smith counters out with a back suplex, however, Shibata re-applies the Sleeper, but Smith gets to the ropes. Shibata with a savate kick and a Backdrop Driver, but Smith POPS RIGHT UP and hits his own Backdrop Driver! Smith with a series of knees to the ribs, followed by the Butterfly for a nearfall. Shibata blocks the Tiger, but Smith with a powerslam for a nearfall. Smith goes for the Bulldog Bomb, but Shibata fights out. More knees to the ribs by Smith, then goes again for the Bulldog Bomb, but Shibata slips out and locks in a Triangle. Smith goes to power clean Shibata, but Shibata takes him down. Smith avoids the PK, but Shibata with a kick to the back. Smith fights out of the GTS, but Shibata with a big boot. Shibata off the ropes, but Smith catches him with a big clothesline for a nearfall.

Smith this time hits the Bulldog Bomb for the win.

Winner: “The Canadian Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith Jr. by pinfall (Bulldog Bomb)

A Block: “Blue Justice” Yuji Nagata vs. IWGP Intercontinental Champion “The Underboss” Bad Luck Fale

Chain wrestling early, but Fale shoos off Nagata. Nagata with leg kicks and a boot to the face, but Fale with a shoulder tackle. Nagata avoids an elbow drop and hits a series of chest kicks. Running boot sends Fale to the outside. Fale gets back in, but Nagata drives Fale’s arm across his own shoulder. Fale comes back with a series of gut shots. Series of crossface shots by Fale in the corner, then stands on his throat. Fale shoves the ref, then stands on Nagata’s back. Fale with a slam, then stands on Nagata’s chest for a nearfall. Nagata fights back, but Fale with a big forearm, then applies a Camel Clutch. Fale gains a nearfall. Fale with a forearm and a stomp, but Nagata grabs him by the throat. Fale with more gut shots, but Nagata avoids a corner charge and hits a dropkick to the knees. More leg kicks by Nagata, then avoids a clothesline and hits another dropkick to the knees. Big boot by Nagata, but Fale blocks the Exploder of Justice. Another dropkick to the knees, then Nagata with a Russian Leg Sweep. Nagata Lock applied, then they exchange slaps until Fale gets to the ropes. Fale kicks Nagata off, then hits an avalanche in the corner and a big splash for a nearfall. Nagata slips out of a suplex and this time hits the Exploder of Justice, but Fale kicks out! Justice Knee in the corner, followed by a release German by Nagata for a nearfall. Fale blocks the Backdrop Hold, but Nagata goes back to the leg and hits an enziguri. Fale blocks another Exploder of Justice, but Nagata counters the Grenade with the Fujiwara armbar with the eyes rolling back in the head. Strike exchange, but Nagata with a series of leg kicks, followed by a Koppo Kick. Nagata charges in, but Fale catches him with a Spear. Samoan Drop by Fale for a nearfall.

Bad Luck Fall by Fale for the win.

Winner: IWGP Intercontinental Champion “The Underboss” Bad Luck Fale by pinfall (Bad Luck Fall)

B Block: Hirooki Goto vs. Minoru Suzuki w/TAKA

Chain wrestling early. Chop exchange, then Suzuki laughs at Goto when feigning a chop. Goto then hits a shoulder tackle that sends Suzuki to the apron. Goto with forearms, but Suzuki catches him with a cross armbreaker in the ropes. Suzuki sends Goto into the barricade. Knee strike, then Suzuki grabs the ring bell and nails Goto with it! Suzuki then hits a PK to Goto. Suzuki gets back in and has fun with Goto while waiting for him to get back in. Suzuki with a series of knee strikes to the ribs of Goto. Goto fights back with overhand chops, but Suzuki with a gut kick. Side headlock applied, followed by another knee strike to the ribs and a series of forearms. Suzuki grabs Goto’s hair and hits a headbutt. Goto fights back with a headbutt of his own, followed by a clothesline. Suzuki grabs the ref, allowing TAKA to come in and nail Goto from behind, but Goto hits him with the Ushikoroshi! Spinning heel kick in the corner and a Backdrop Driver by Goto for a nearfall. Suzuki slips out of a suplex, then Goto runs into a boot. Suzuki with a big slap, followed by a running boot for a nearfall. Sleeper applied, then Suzuki goes for the Gotch Piledriver, but Goto blocks it. Suzuki goes for it again, but Goto counters out with a back body drop. Suzuki blocks a clothesline with a boot, then avoids a clothesline, a backfist and slips out of the Ushikoroshi. Suzuki goes off Goto’s blind side and re-applies the Sleeper.

Goto gets free, then takes Suzuki down and hooks him in the Goto Shiki for the win.

Winner: Hirooki Goto by pinfall (Goto Shiki)

A Block: “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. NWA Tag Team Champion Satoshi Kojima

Chain wrestling early until we have a stalemate. Kojima with a side headlock and a shoulder tackle. Tanahashi with an armdrag and a dropkick that sends Kojima to the outside. Tanahashi heads up top, but Kojima avoids him. Tanahashi then with a baseball slide, followed by a slingshot plancha. Kojima gets on the apron, but Tanahashi with a gut shot, then drives Kojima’s arm across the top rope. Tanahashi with kneedrops to the arm, then slams it against the mat. Wristlock applied, Kojima gets to the ropes. Tanahashi slams the arm against the mat, then drives the arm across his own shoulder multiple times. Kojima blocks the third attempt and locks in a Sleeper, then spins Tanahashi around and spikes him with a DDT. Chinlock applied, with Kojima pulling at Tanahashi’s face. Neckbreaker across the knee by Kojima, then he stomps away at Tanahashi. Right hand and a big chop. Kojima hits the rapid-fire chops in the corner, followed by the running elbow and the top rope elbow drop for a nearfall. Strike exchange, Kojima gains advantage, but Tanahashi with a series of uppercuts and gut shots. Kojima then hits a rolling elbow. Tanahashi comes back with a flying forearm. Slam, then Tanahashi goes to the middle rope and hits a senton bomb for a nearfall. Kojima avoids the Slingblade and hits an Ace Crusher. Kojima heads up top with Tanahashi, but Tanahashi blocks a Super Ace Crusher and knocks Kojima off the ropes, but Kojima hits the Lariat, knocking Tanahashi off the ropes and to the outside! Ref begins his 20 count, but Kojima brings Tanahashi back in and hits a Brainbuster for a nearfall. Off comes the elbow pad, but Tanahashi avoids the Lariat. Kojima blocks a Dragon, but Tanahashi then hits a Strait-Jacket German for a nearfall. Tanahashi hits his own variation of an Ace Crusher, then heads up top. Tanahashi goes for High Fly Flow, but Kojima gets the knees up! Tanahashi with a big slap, but then Kojima with rapid-fire forearms and the Northern Lights Bomb for a nearfall. Tanahashi avoids another Lariat, but Kojima with a left-arm Lariat for a nearfall. Tanahashi blocks another Lariat, but Kojima hits a Northern Lariat. Kojima goes again for the Lariat, but Tanahashi catches him with the Slingblade! Tanahashi heads up top and hits the crossbody variation of High Fly Flow!

Tanahashi heads back up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! 1-2-3!

Winner: “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall (High Fly Flow)

Main Event in B Block: “The Unchained Gorilla” Togi Makabe vs. “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada w/Gedo

Strike exchange early, Makabe gains advanatage. Okada with a side headlock, but Makabe with a shoulder tackle. Makabe with a series of forearms in the corner, followed by a slam. Suplex by Makabe sends Okada to the outside. Makabe goes out after him, but Okada with a gut kick, then sends Makabe into the barricade. Okada with a running boot, then puts Makabe’s head in one of the openings of the barricade and applies a chinlock. Back in, Okada with a front slam, then goes to the apron and hits a slingshot senton bomb. Okada stands on Makabe’s chest and does his pose. Makabe sent off the turnbuckles. Okada with a series of back elbows in the corner, followed by a forearm to the injured jaw of Makabe. Makabe fires up and Okada tells him to bring it back to him. Makabe with forearms, but Okada asks for more! Okada with a big uppercut that knocks down Makabe. Neckbreaker by Okada for a 1 count. Chinlock applied. Makabe fights out, but Okada with a knee to the ribs, a snapmare and a sliding dropkick. Makabe yells at Okada to bring it and Okada stomps away at him, then hits a big forearm. Makabe continues to ask for more and Okada with more forearms. Okada avoids a clothesline by Makabe and hits a DDT. Slam, then Okada heads up top and hits the top rope elbow drop. Okada calls for the Rainmaker, but Makabe gets right in his face! Makabe comes back with right hands, then blocks a kick and hits a clothesline. Makabe with a series of clotheslines in the corner, followed by the 10 punches. Northern Lights by Makabe for a nearfall. Okada blocks a German, but Makabe with another clothesline that sends Okada to the outside. Okada again sends Makabe into the barricade, but Makabe fires out with another clothesline. Okada sent into the barricade, then into the ringpost. Back in, Okada blocks a piledriver and counters it with the Emerald Frosion across the knee. Okada hits Heavy Rain, then locks Makabe in Red Ink, but Makabe gets to the ropes. Okada with a series of uppercuts, but Makabe hits another clothesline. Okada then hits the Picture-Perfect Dropkick, but Makabe avoids the Rainmaker. Okada avoids another clothesline, but Makabe hits a left-arm lariat. Makabe with another clothesline, followed by a Death Valley Driver and a Powerbomb for a nearfall. Makabe with a Northern Lariat in the corner, then heads up top with Okada facing the crowd. Okada blocks the Spider German, but Makabe sends him head-first off the ringpost and hits the Spider German! Makabe goes for the King Kong Knee Drop, but Okada moves out of the way! Okada with the Picture-Perfect Dropkick to the back of Makabe’s head, but Makabe blocks the Tombstone. Makabe then blocks a German, but Okada avoids a series of clotheslines and hits a German for a nearfall.

Okada holds on to Makabe, RAINMAKER!!! 1-2-3!!

Winner: “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada by pinfall (The Rainmaker)

Check back Sunday for a recap of Day 4 of the 2014 New Japan G-1 Climax right here on Til then, remember, PURORESU ICHIBAN!!!


Current Standings

A Block

* Hiroshi Tanahashi (3-0) 6 points
* Shelton “X” Benjamin (3-0) 6 points
* Bad Luck Fale (2-1) 4 points
* Katsuyori Shibata (1-1) 2 points
* Shinsuke Nakamura (1-1) 2 points
* Davey Boy Smith Jr. (1-1) 2 points
* Satoshi Kojima (1-2) 2 points
* Yuji Nagata (1-2) 2 points
* Tomohiro Ishii (1-2) 2 points
* Doc Gallows (1-2) 2 points
* Tomoaki Honma (0-3) 0 points

B Block

* Hirooki Goto (3-0) 6 points
* Kazuchika Okada (3-0) 6 points
* Tetsuya Naito (2-1) 4 points
* Hiroyoshi Tenzan (2-1) 4 points
* AJ Styles (1-1) 2 points
* Lance Archer (1-1) 2 points
* Togi Makabe (1-2) 2 points
* Toru Yano (1-2) 2 points
* Yujiro Takahashi (1-2) 2 points
* Minoru Suzuki (0-2) 0 points
* Karl Anderson (0-3) 0 points

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