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[2017-07-21-NJPW-G1 Climax] Togi Makabe vs Tomohiro Ishii


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Two grown men wailing away on each other as expected. So all your tough guy spots are here, including chest smacking each other, punching away lariats and a lot of clotheslines. But I didn't feel it overstayed it's welcome and liked the closing stretch fine. ***1/2


PTBN review from Ioan Morris:



They locked-up to start, but soon were into a back-and-forth of shoulder blocks and elbows, before Makabe floored Ishii, sent him off the apron and whipped him into the guardrail. Ishii replied in kind with a series of four whips and Makabe looked in pain as he returned to the ring, which Ishii seemed to enjoy. Makabe fought back to land a powerslam and mounted punches in the corner, which Ishii brushed off, but Makabe stayed on top with a clothesline and Northern Lights suplex for two. Ishii fired up and nailed a German suplex to put both men down, then, Ishii put his opponent up to and the superplex connected for a two-count. Makabe clubbed his way back into the match, getting back up even after a backdrop, and a lariat flattened Ishii, with the follow-up kneeling powerbomb getting two. Now Ishii wouldn’t die, but a couple of lariats were only got enough for a two-count. Makabe set up the Spider German up top, but instead, after some resistance, hit a super belly-to-belly. The King Kong Knee Drop missed the mark, then even after five double clotheslines neither man would fall! Lariat from Ishii – one-count only! Sliding lariat for two. Makabe blocked the brainbuster, and landed karate chops and a German suplex pin for two. Ishii fired up and nailed a huge lariat for a near-fall! Brainbuster from Ishii for the win! Nothing we haven’t seen before, true, but they played well off their familiarity with one another and the result was a pleasant surprise. ***3/4


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These two have had a long standing rivalry with each other over the years and none of the matches impressed me much at all. This still had some of those annoying tendencies like the Makabe punches and going on too long but it also reigned in a lot of the previous issues and became a good slugfest. The fight on the top rope over the King Kong knee in particular was a good tease and release from a psychology standpoint that you didn’t typically see when these two faced off. Even Makabe’s biggest fans admit he is winding down but he bumped well here and wasn’t completely immobile. His lariats also looked brutal enough to make the clash look believable. I would have thought for sure Ishii would have lost here so I was delighted to see him pick up the victory. ***1/2

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