By Will Pruett
New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 27 Finals
Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan
Broadcast live on August 13, 2017 on NJPWWorld.com (Japanese and English commentary available)
- Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Taichi, El Desperado, and TAKA Michinoku defeated Kushida, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, Tiger Mask, and Hirai Kawato.
- Guerillas of Destiny defeated Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi.
- Hiroki Goto and Yoshi-Hashi defeated David Finlay and Togi Makabe.
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Juice Robinson defeated Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, and Chase Owens.
- Ryuske Taguchi and Ricochet defeated The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
- War Machine defeated Cody and Hangman Page to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
- Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., and Takashi Iizuka defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, and Michael Elgin.
- Evil, Sanada, Bushi, and Hiromu Takahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada, Gedo, Tomohiro Ishii, and Toru Yano.
- Tetsuya Naito (A Block Winner) defeated Kenny Omege (B Block Winner) to win the G1 Climax 27 tournament.
Katsuyori Shibata made an emotional appearance during intermission, stepping into the ring for the first time since suffering a head injury to say he is alive.
Pruett’s Thoughts: Naito vs. Omega was a match for the ages and a great way to cap off an all-around amazing G1 tournament. The match itself was a work of art and a red hot crowd for both men made it even better. This was some state-of-the-art wrestling goodness and well worth going out of your way to see.
If you’re limited time-wise, you can definitely skip to the main event. If you have time to watch the whole show, it’s worth seeing, especially with the hints of what is next for Okada (a match with Evil) and Tanahashi (a match with Zack Sabre Jr), a very good Young Bucks vs. Ricochet and Taguchi match, and the return of Shibata.