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New Japan G1 Climax results and open thread for Saturday, August 15: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada for a spot in the finals!

We're almost to the end of one of the most thrilling events on the pro wrestling calendar, New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax.

This year's version, the 25th annual, will feature a 20 men competing across 19 dates - the most in history - for a spot in the finals. Each show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World. Here at Cageside, we'll have open threads & results for each show, so you can watch along with the best pro wrestling community on the internet.

A primer for the event can be found here; a full schedule, more information on how to watch and some predictions here.

The eighteenth day of action takes place at Sumo Hall, as we're in that venerable Tokyo venue all weekend. Today, it's time to determine the winner of B Block, who'll face Hiroshi Tanahashi...tomorrow, August 16!

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Michael Elgin

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada

Tomoaki Honma vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Yuji Nagata vs. Hirooki Goto

Satoshi Kojima vs. Karl Anderson

Enjoy the show!

Day 18 Results:

In a really fun opener, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly defeated Yohei Kamatsu & Sho Tanaka when O'Reilly pinned Komatsu with the Chasing the Dragon. After the match, The Young Bucks hit the ring and attacked the Japanese young boys, seguing smoothly into Matt & Nick Jackson defeating David Finlay Jr. & Jay White when Matt pinned White with the Indy Taker in another enjoyable bout. ReDragon made the save for the Bucks' opponents when they continued to be assaulted after the bell had rung.

Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi, Michael Bennett & Matt Taven defeated The Bullet Club (AJ Styles, Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga and Cody Hall) when Yoshi-Hashi pinned Hall with a Swanton. Solid match.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Katsuyori Shibata, Togi Makabe, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Kushida defeated Kota Ibushi, Tetsuya Naito, Ricochet, Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan when Tanahashi pinned the good Captain with the High Fly Flow. After the match, Shibata choked out the aloof ungovernable Naito. There was some hot sequences when the right people were in, but this was mainly just OK.

Yujiro Takahashi pinned Tomoaki Honma after a low blow and the Miami Shine.

In a crazy, big bomb throwing war, Tomohiro Ishii pinned Michael Elgin with a brainbuster.

In a respectable affair, Yuji Nagata pinned Hirooki Goto with a bridging backdrop suplex.

In another good match with a predictable result, Satoshi Kojima pinned Karl Anderson with a lariat.

In a strong main event with a gripping finish, Shinsuke Nakamura submitted Kazuchika Okada with an armbar to win block B.


Final standings in Block A:

Hiroshi Tanahashi 14
A.J. Styles 12
Tetsuya Naito 10
Bad Luck Fale 10
Katsuyori Shibata 8
Togi Makabe 8
Toru Yano 8
Kota Ibushi 8
Doc Gallows 6
Hiroyoshi Tenzan 6

Current standings in Block B:

Shinsuke Nakamura 14
Kazuchika Okada 14
Karl Anderson 12
Hirooki Goto 12
Tomohiro Ishii 10
Michael Elgin 8
Satoshi Kojima 6
Yuji Nagata 6
Yujiro Takahashi 6
Tomoaki Honma 2

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