This year the fans of G1 Climax 27 got to witness some of the best matches in Pro Wrestling history, throughout the entire tournament.
This year’s tournament had a star-studded line up involving all of NJPW’s big names. Members of Bullet Club, Los Ingobernables de Japon, CHAOS and Suzuki Gun were all part of the tournament.
British superstar Zack Sabre Jr. and former WWE star Juice Robinson made their G1 debut this year and this was the last tournament for veteran Yuji Nagata.
The tournament started off with a bang right within the first day of the A-Block. The standout matches of the first day were debutante Zack Sabre Jr. making his debut against none other than Hiroshi Tanahashi, whom he surprisingly defeated in the Intercontinental champion and then raised his title indicating that he is coming for that IC title. Another standout match from day 1 was CHAOS members Hirooki Goto facing off against Tomohiro Ishii. The main event of night 1 was between Tetsuya Naito and Kota Ibushi, Naito won the bout in a match rated 4.75.
The second night saw IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada in action as well as last year’s winner Kenny Omega and Suzuki Gun leader Minoru Suzuki. Okada scored an easy win over Toru Yano. In the main event Omega defeated Suzuki in a match also rated 4.75.
As the rest of the tournament progressed we got to witness some amazing matches throughout. Some of the standout matches were Ibushi Vs ZSJ, IbushiVs Tanahashi, Omega Vs Elgin, Ishii Vs Nagata, Sanada Vs Okada, Suzuki Vs Okada which ended in a brutal 30 minute time limit draw.
There were also some big upsets in the tournament, the biggest of them was Evil defeating Kazuchika Okada. On the very same night, Omega was defeated by Juice Robinson, who was one of the most standout performers in the tournament alongside Michael Elgin who defeated Kenny Omega via “The Burning Hammer”.
Soon it came down the semi finals between Hiroshi Tanahashi who was tied on 12 points in the A block alongside Naito. Both Naito and Tanahashi were set to compete in their third match against each other and the winner would move onto the finals. The LIJ leader defeated Tanahashi after a grueling match that lasted 26 minutes and went onto the finals.
Over in the B block Kazuchika Okada was leading in first place with 13 points and his rival Kenny Omega was on second with 12, both of these men previously had two six star matches and were also set to complete their amazing trilogy. As expected Kenny and Okada did not disappoint, Okada won the first match earlier this year, the second ended in a draw but this time around ‘The Cleaner’ finally scored a pinfall victory over Okada and was moving onto the finals to face Naito, in what was set to be a rematch from last year’s G1 Climax.
After a brilliant tournament, the G1 culminated in the best possible way with both Omega and Naito putting it all on the line, the both men put up the longest match in G1 history after Naito defeated Kenny via the ‘Destino’ after 34 minutes of intense action.
This was Naito’s second G1 victory and now he was all set to face Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 12, next year.