Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada
August 12, 2016
Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan
NJPW G1 Climax 26 – Day 17
These two never have anything less than a match of the year candidate. This was right up there with all their other matches, making it arguably the best in-ring feud of all-time.
Hiroshi Tanahashi seems so much more comfortable working with Kazuchika Okada, and he was wrestling at an even higher clip than usual. Really, so was Okada. The pacing was solid all the way through, but really picked up in the final 10 minutes with lots of big moves and near falls. Just unreal how these two can keep their matches fresh after all the times they’ve faced each other. The drama was that Okada needed the win badly, and the time limit was running out as they went to the finish. As fantastic as you’d expect it to be.
Match begins at 12:00 mark of this video: