Kitamiya & Shiozaki & Taniguchi & Nakajima vs Shibata & Tenzan & Nagata & Nakanishi (8-14-2016)

Kitamiya & Shiozaki & Taniguchi & Nakajima vs Shibata & Tenzan & Nagata & Nakanishi (8-14-2016)

Masa Kitamiya & Go Shiozaki & Maybach Taniguchi & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Katsuyori Shibata & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
****1/4

August 14, 2016
Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan
NJPW G1 Climax 26 – Day 19


This was a wild scene that accomplished its goal of igniting a realistic looking New Japan vs NOAH feud (which may be dead now that NOAH has been purchased). Match was good, but kicked up a notch with everything Katsuyori Shibata did. His intensity was authentic, but he took it too far with a sick headbutt that was all too real.

Following the headbutt, Katsuhiko Nakajima went down and blood immediately poured out of Shibata’s head. Well, what do you expect when you potato someone with your head. Fans ate all this up and loved what they saw, but to me the sacrifice wasn’t worth it. The fighting continued after the match and Shibata delivered even more crazy headbutts as the crowd went nuts. Can’t deny this got over, but I’m sure Shibata will regret it one day if he keeps using his skull as a weapon.

The video for this match was taken down, so unfortunately we can’t link to it.

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