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RADICAN’S “G1 CLIMAX 25 FINALS” REPORT
AUG. 16, 2015
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Delirious cut a promo to begin the show. He said ROH is the best wrestling company in the U.S. He said NJPW is the best wrestling company in Japan. Delirious then mentioned the top stars in ROH and the top stars in Japan. Delirious talked like a caveman as he delivered his speech. He said together they give fans the best wrestling in the world. He said together ROH and NJPW are unstoppable in the world of professional wrestling. Delirious then said in 2016, ROH would come to Japan. The translator then repeated what Delirious said, which got a polite applause. He said in 2016, Japanese fans would experience ROH live, which drew another polite applause. Delirious said ROH loves Japan, Japanese fans, and pro wrestling. The fans then started a decent ROH chant. Delirious then thanked everyone. Delirious said he would see them soon. He then held up a red ROH shirt, which drew another ROH chant. Delirious teased throwing the shirt into the crowd, which made the fans happy.
(1) David Finlay Jr. & Mascara Dorada & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Jushin Liger & Sho Tanaka & Yohei Kamatsu. Liger tagged in and hit a dropkick through the ropes to wipe out Finlay while Tanaka and Kamatsu held him on the floor. Finlay mounted a comeback and tagged in Taguchi, who ran wild with hip attacks until Liger countered him into an atomic drop. Taguchi then caught Liger with a hip attack a short time later. Liger fired back a short time later and caught Taguchi with a palm strike. The action broke down a short time later with multiple men going at it in the ring. Taguchi did some very weird and disturbing mannerisms before getting the win for his team with a big hip attack/Boma ye hybrid on Komatsu.
Winners: David Finlay Jr. & Mascara Dorada & Ryusuke Taguchi – this was a fine way to start the show.
(2) Satoshi Kojima & NWA Hvt. Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Captain New Japan vs. Yuji Nagata & Jay White & Manubu Nakanishi. Tenzan and Kojima hit a series of double team maneuvers on Nagata and then Nakanishi during the early going. Captain New Japan wanted the tag and got some light boos. He hit Nakanishi with several double chops, but Nakanishi fired back and wiped him out with a clothesline. Captain New Japan finally hit a flying shoulder tackle on Nagata after taking a lot of punishment. Kojima then got the hot tag and hit the machinegun chops on Nagata in the corner. Nagata hit an exploder on Kojima, but he no sold it and wiped him out with an ace crusher. Nagata fired back on Tenzan a short time later and got the white eyes arm bars as he partners kept the other teams at bay until Captain New Japan broke up the submission. White tried to go at it alone with Tenzan and Kojima, but ended up eating a 3D. Kojima then applied the anaconda vice and it was curtains for White.
Winner: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Captain New Japan
Star rating: (**1/2) –This was a fun back and forth match that featured non-stop action until White got tapped out. Captain New Japan seemed to be the wet blanket here breaking up near falls and robbing viewers of seeing the white eyes arm bar one last time before the end of G1.
(3) Michael Elgin vs. YOSHI-HASHI. HASHI went for a dive, but Elgin caught him and slammed him into the ringpost before tossing him down to the floor. #BIGMIKE then flexed for the fans before going back to work on HASHI. Elgin hit a delayed vertical suplex a short time later and the fans fired up before he finally dropped HASHI down to the mat for a 2 count. Elgin hit a ridiculous forearm on HASHI for a near fall. HASHI finally fired back and hit a diving blockbuster off the ropes. Elgin mounted a comeback and hit a German suplex and held on for another with a bridge for a near fall. Elgin signaled for the finish, but HASHI backdropped his way out of a buckle bomb attempt. They went back and forth and Elgin no-sold a superkick and murdered HASHI with a clothesline and both men were down. The fans fired up as Elgin signaled for the deadlift falcon arrow off the apron and landed it. Elgin made the cover, but HASHI kicked out once again. Elgin went for the buckle bomb again, but HASHI turned it into a code breaker. They went back and forth and HASHI decked Elgin with a lariat for a 2 count. HASHI went up top, but Elgin popped up and nailed him with a palm strike. HASHI went for a sunset bomb and hit it. He then went up top for the swanton, but Elgin got out of the way! Elgin went to town on HASHI with a roaring elbow. He then hit a buckle bomb and an Elgin bomb for the win.
Winner: Michael Elgin
Star rating: (***1/2) – This was a really fun back and forth contest. I didn’t expect HASHI to get in this much offense, but the crowd really got into the match and Elgin was once again on fire with his power moves.
(4) CHAOS (Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Kazushi Sakuraba) vs. Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga). Takahashi’s girl was dressed like a tiger complete with ears and a tail. Yano got cut off and Bullet Club worked him over for a long period of time. Yano mounted a comeback with the ref distracted and rolled out of the ring. Sakuraba came in and went after Fale, but Takahashi cut him off. Sakuraba went for a kimura on Takahashi, but he eventually fired back and hit a suplex. Takahashi and Fale went for a double backdrop on Ishii, but Yano ran in and hit a double low blow. Sakuraba then choked Tonga from the apron and let him go right into a huge lariat from Ishii. Ishii then hit a brainbuster on Tonga for the win.
Peter checked on Takahashi’s groin after the match.
Winners: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Kazushi Sakuraba – This was fine for what it was.
(5) Tomoaki Honma & Tetsuya Naito & NEVER Openweight Champion Togi Makabe vs. IWGP IC Champion Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Kota Ibushi. Naito wore a t shirt for the finals instead of a suit. Naito was shown on the apron like he didn’t car one bit about this match until he sprung to life and took a cheap shot at Shibata. Honma tagged in Naito and he slowly got into the ring and went after Goto. Naito hit his pose while standing on Goto’s face at one point before sending Shibata off the apron a couple of times. Goto recovered and turned Naito inside out with a clothesline. He then tagged in Shibata, who looked very eager to get his hands on Naito. The fans chanted for Shibata and he nailed Naito with a running kick in the corner. He then hit several face washes on Naito before nailing him with a huge running kick and the fans applauded. Naito sold it with a half-smile. Shibata then nailed Naito with a heat seeking missile in the corner. Naito was still wearing his t shirt and he attempted to mount a comeback. He eventually wanted to tag in Makabe and Makabe acted like he didn’t want to. Naito went and hit Makabe in the chest to tag him in. Makabe went to work on Ibushi a short time later and hit a northern lights suplex with a bridge for a 2 count. They went back and forth and Makabe ended a big sequence with a huge lariat on Ibushi. Honma got isolated and took a combination of moves, but Makabe made the save. Shibata wiped out Naito on the floor with a running kick against the guardrail. Back inside the ring, Ibushi hit a roundhouse kick and a sit-out powerbomb on Honma for a near fall. He then finished him off with the Phoenix splash for the win.
Shibata had to be separated from Naito after the match on the outside. Makabe and Ibushi then went at it in the ring and had to be separated. Naito got up on the apron and Shibata sat in the middle of the ring. Naito then posed on the apron and told Shibata to bring it. Naito threw some stuff around on the outside before grabbing his hat and putting it on. He then left as Ibushi, Goto, and Shibata sat tall in the rign.
Star rating: (***) – This was a good match that seemed to be setting up feuds between Naito and Shibata and Ibushi and Makabe.
They announced that Wrestle Kingdom 10 would take place on Jan. 4, 2016.
Genichiro Tenryu then walked to ringside and the fans fired up. He walked up to Gedo and challenged him to come into the ring. The fans applauded when Gedo got into the ring. The fans gasped at the exchange. IWGP Hvt. Champion Kazuchika Okada then came down to the ring and got a big ovation. They had a back and forth exchange on the mic based on the age difference between them. The fans roared during their verbal battle. Okada and Tenryu then had a stare down. Okada ended up leaving the ring. It seems like Tenryu and Okada will meet at his retirement show in November.
(6) IWGP Jr. Hvt. Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs. ReDRagon (Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish). Matt spit his gum into Fish’s face after an early exchange and then bailed under the ropes before tagging in Nick. Kyle told Nick to suck it and they went to a fast exchange. O’Reilly nearly got an arm bar, but Nick escaped. ReDRagon eventually isolated Nick and began working him over. The action broke down and ReDragon took control. They stood tall in the ring and the fans applauded as the hit the Young Bucks pose. Nick took exception and tripped getting back into the ring. Nick then took a combination of kicks for a 2 count. O’Reilly set up for a flying knee off the apron, but the YB nailed him with a double superkick. Hall got involved and ran to the back with O’Reilly on his shoulders with the ref distracted. That’s a new one. The YB put a beating on Fish with O’Reilly out of the picture. Hall then came back down to ringside a short time later. Fish took a beating for a long period of time. Nick nailed him with a huge running knee at one point, but Fish managed to kick out at the last second. Fish mounted a comeback and Nick accidentally nailed Matt with a kick in the corner when Fish got out of the way.
Fish then collapsed and all three men were down. O’Reilly made his way down to the ring and ducked a big lariat from Hall. He then got the hot tag from Fish. Fish ran wild in the ring and went to town on Nick and then Matt. The fans fired up with O’Reilly in control. O’Reilly got a cross-arm breaker on Nick, but Matt broke it up. O’Reilly continued to run wild wiping out Nick with a running knee strike off the apron. Fish finally recovered and they worked over Matt. They set up for chasing the dragon, but Matt countered it. The action broke down and O’Reilly was left alone in the ring. He took a combination of moves from the YB in the corner. Matt then hung O’Reilly up in the ropes and Nick nailed him with a 450 for a near fall. O’Reilly countered more bang for your buck and got a guillotine. Matt tried to counter it into a pinning combination, but O’Reilly held on. Matt then flipped him into the tombstone positon and they went for the Indytaker, but Fish dragged Nick off the apron. Matt took a big combination of moves from ReDRagon but Nick saved the pin. He dragged Matt to their corner and tagged himself in. He went at it with O’Reilly and they had a big exchange that ended with O’Reilly hitting a pendulum lariat. O’Reilly hit a tornado DDT and got a cross-arm breaker. Fish came off the top with a diving headbutt on Nick, but Matt finally broke it up with a diving elbow and the fans fired up. Holy s—t! Nick dragged the ref in the way when fish came after him and hit a low blow. He then wiped out Fish and O’Reilly with the Jr. Tag title. The fans booed with the YB in control. Matt set up for the Indytaker and they nailed it on Fish. Matt then made a Taker style cover, but Fish kicked out at the last second! O’Reilly shoved Fish out of the way and told the YB to bring it. He ate a superkick and spit at Nick. Matt then nailed him with a superkick. Hall held onto O’Reilly, but he got out of the way and the YB nailed him with a double superkick. Fish went to town on the YB and lit up Nick with a series of strikes. Matt grabbed O’Reilly and dragged him to the floor for an inside out Indytaker, but Fish nailed him with a suplex from behind. ReDRagon then hit chasing the dragon on the floor on Matt. OH MY GOD! They then went after Nick in the ring and Fish did the deal off the top for a near fall. ReDRagon then hit chasing the dragon for the win and the fans counted along for the win!
Nick sold anguish on the floor as Fish and O’Reilly celebrated inside the ring.
Winners: Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish
Star rating: (****1/4) – This was an awesome match. It started a bit slow, but boy did they pick up the pace once O’Reilly came back after being kidnapped by Hall. The finishing stretch was insane and I loved the teased inside out Indytaker that got broken up. These two teams always have awesome matches together and this was no exception.
(7) IWGP Jr. Hvt. Champion KUSHIDA vs. Ricochet. They had a very fast exchange that ended when KUSHIDA hit a missile dropkick on Ricochet as he was doing backflips in the ring. KUSHIDA then began to target Ricochet’s arm. Ricochet finally mounted a comeback and hit a blue thunder powerbomb. KUSHIDA rolled to the floor and Ricochet hit a big flip dive over the ringpost to the floor. He nearly killed himself on the barricade, as KUSHIDA didn’t make much of an attempt to catch him. Ricochet tossed KUSHIDA back into the ring and began working him over. Ricochet hit a sliding kick and a standing moonsault, but only got a 2 count. They showed a nice replay of Ricochet’s standing moonsault. They went back and forth and KUSHIDA caught Ricochet with a handspring kick. He then nailed Ricochet with a big flip dive off the top over the ring post to the floor. KUSHIDA didn’t have the greatest landing, but it looked like Ricochet broke his fall. Ricochet fired back with a neck breaker and a running SSP for a 2 count. They went back and forth and KUSHIDA rolled through on Ricochet and went for a kimura, but Ricochet blocked it. KUSHIDA then hit an arm trap suplex and went for a kimura again. Ricochet rolled through and went for the benadriller, but KUSHIDA ducked. Ricochet hit a superman punch a short time later. Ricochet went for a springboard, but KUSHIDA caught him with a cross-arm bar. Ricochet managed to lift KUSHIDA up and he slammed him down to the mat.
Ricochet and KUSHIDA were down as the fans applauded. They got up and began exchanging blows. KUSHIDA snapped Ricochet’s arm over his back. Ricochet fired back with a kick, but KUSHIDA nailed him with a big kick to the head in return and both men were down. Ricochet blocked a handspring and hit a series of rolling northern light suplexes and capped the sequence with a vertical suplex. He then made the cover, but he only got a 2 count. They went back and forth and KUSHIDA nailed Ricochet with a baseball punch. He then hit a dragon suplex with a bridge for a 2 count. KUSHIDA followed up with a moonsault off the top, but Ricochet kicked out again. The fans fired up and chanted for Ricochet. KUSHIDA flipped around Ricochet and got a kimura, but Ricochet lifted him onto his shoulders and went for the benadriller. KUSHIDA blocked it and nailed him with an enzuguri. Ricochet then surprised KUSHIDA with a meteora off the ropes. He then hit a huge SSP off the top, but KUSHIDA kicked out at the last second. Holy s—t! Ricochet then lifted KUSHIDA up and hit the benadriller, but KUSHIDA grabbed the bottom rope to break the pin attempt. Ricochet went up top for a 630, but KUSHIDA got out of the way. KUSHIDA then floated around him and got the kimura. Ricochet tried to counter the hold and KUSHIDA worked to get it back. KUSHIDA then got on top of Ricochet with the kimura locked in and he tapped!
Ricochet asked for one more shot at KUSHIDA’s title after the match and then raised his hand.
Winner: KUSHIDA to retain the IWGP Jr. Hvt. Championship
Star rating: (****) – This was a really good back and forth match filled with some great counter wrestling. KUSHIDA was able to block the benadriller during the early stages of the match, but Ricochet hit it later only for KUSHIDA to break the pin by grabbing the bottom rope. KUSHIDA’s work on Ricochet’s arm work paid off in the end. Ricochet is great to watch in the ring, but he didn’t bring a lot of personality to this match.
(8) IWGP Hvt. Champion Okada & The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett w/Maria Kanellis) vs. Bullet Club (A.J. Styles & IWGP Hvt. Tag Team Champions Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson). The Kingdom came out first and the camera focused on Maria’s chest. Okada and Styles kicked things off. The fans chanted for Styles during the early going and then they chanted for Okada. Styles offered a handshake after they came to a stalemate, but Okada held up to the too sweet sign and waved it in Styles’s face. Okada eventually hit a big backdrop on Styles and tagged in Taven. Styles cut him off and tagged in Gallows. Anderson distracted Taven on the apron and Anderson wiped him out with a pair of kicks. Bullet Club tagged in and out to work over Taven. Anderson set up to finish Taven off, but Maria got on the apron and smiled at Anderson. Anderson smiled back and began dancing at Maria. Styles tried to stop him, but Anderson pointed at Maria and Styles fell in love too and began dancing with Anderson while Maria danced on the apron. Gallows tried to hit Maria, but Styles and Anderson stopped him. Bullet Club then turned around into a triple kick from Okada and The Kingdom. Taven made the legal tag to Bennett, who went to work on Anderson. Bennett went for a TOF, but Anderson shoved him into a punch from Gallows. The action broke down and Anderson was left alone in the ring with The Kingdom. The fans fired up and The Kingdom set up for their spiked piledriver, but Gallows pulled Taven off the top rope.
Okada and Styles finally tagged in at the same time and Okada hit a big DDT on Styles. Okada rolled through on Styles right into a neck breaker over his knee. Okada went up top, but Styles got out of the way of his elbow drop. The action broke down with both teams going back and forth. Gallows and Anderson hit the magic killer on Bennett and he rolled out of the ring. Gallows then tossed Bennett up for a gun stun from Anderson. Okada then countered out of the magic killer and cleared the ring. He turned around and Styles was right there. Okada nailed styles with a dropkick. Styles went for the Styles clash a short time later. They went back and forth going for big moves. Okada finally hit a tombstone on Styles and went for the rainmaker, but Styles ducked it and hit the Pele kick. They went back and forth again and styles flipped Okada up into the Styles clash for the win! Wow!
After the match, Styles held up the IWGP Hvt. Championship. He then put it down around Okada’s waist. Okada was motionless in the ring after taking the Styles clash. Okada was eventually helped to the back by the young boys.
Winners: A.J. Styles & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Star rating: (***1/2) – this was a really fun Six Man Tag match. The big news item coming out of this match is that they set up Styles for a future title shot against Okada. The closing sequence between Styles and Okada was great.
Before the main event Masahiro Chono and Keiji Mutoh were introduced to the crowd. They both got big ovations coming down to join the commentary booth. Chono and Mutoh were in the finals of the first G1 that Chono won. They played their interview over the house speakers and it got a big reaction.
(9) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – G1 Climax 25 Final match. The match had a big time atmosphere and the crowd was hot before both men locked up. Tanahashi wrenched on Nakamura’s injured arm, but Nakamura quickly broke free. They had another quick exchange and came to another stalemate. Tanahashi played some air guitar before they went at it again. Nakamura fired back and tried to get the upper hand on Tanahashi on the mat. Tanahashi managed to stay a step ahead of him and they came to another stalemate. Tanahashi ended up blocking a kick and he chopped Nakamura’s legs out from under him a short time later. Tanahashi then right to work on Nakamura’s leg. Nakamura tried to fire back, but Tanahashi targeted his leg once again to ground him. Nakamura finally fired back and caught Tanahashi with a jumping enzuguri that sent him flying off the top to the floor. Nakamura then hit a big running knee lift on the apron a short time later. Nakamura controlled the action for several minutes until Tanahashi began mounting a comeback. Tanahashi went up to the second turnbuckle a short time later and hit a big senton, but Nakamura kicked out at 2. Nakamura sent Tanahashi into the corner with a big kick and hit the vibration boot. He stopped and then hit it again, but Tanahashi grabbed his foot and hit a dragon screw over the ropes a short time later that sent Tanahashi to the floor. Tanahashi then went up top and hit a high fly flow on a standing Nakamura on the outside. Both men got back into the ring and began trading blows. They continued to trade blows at a much faster pace and the fans fired up. Both men slumped at the same time and began trading blows once again. Tanahashi missed a charge into the corner and Nakamura nailed him with a running knee to the gut and eventually ended a flurry of offense with a reverse powerslam.
Nakamura set up in the corner and went for the Boma ye, but Tanahashi hit a basement dropkick and both men were down. Tanahashi sold his leg as he tried to recover. Nakamura went for a kick a short time later, but Tanahashi nailed him with another dragon screw. He then applied a Texas cloverleaf at a high angle, but Nakamura eventually escaped. Tanahashi went up top a short time later for the high fly flow, but Nakamura got out of the way and hit a Boma ye to the back of Tanahashi’s head. Both men were down as the fans fired up big time after that exchange. Nakamura went up to the second turnbuckle and hit another Boma ye. He set up for a third in the corner, but Tanahashi spun around him and got a pinning combination for a near fall. Nakamura hit an axe kick and a Boma ye. The fans counted along, but Nakamura did make a strong cover and Tanahashi kicked out at the very last second. The fans gasped and Nakamura sold frustration. Wow! Tanahashi slipped off Nakamura’s shoulders and hit a twisting neck breaker a short time later. He followed up with a sling blade and went up top. Tanahashi hit a standing high fly flow. He then went up top again and hit a traditional high fly flow for a near fall. Holy s—t! That was an amazing sequence.
Tanahashi went for a pair of suplexes, but Nakamura blocked them both and hit a falcon arrow that left both men down on the mat. The fans fired up big time as both men struggled to get to their feet. Nakamura then began hitting forearms on Tanahashi from his knees. Tanahashi fired up and began exchanging with Nakamura. The fans roared with each blow from Tanahashi and Nakamura. Nakamura collapsed after a big forearm, but he suddenly took Tanahashi down and nailed him with several big knee strikes. Tanahashi finally blocked one and hit yet another dragon screw. Wow! Nakamura went for a flying arm bar and they rolled around on the mat. Nakamura finally got the hold, but Tanahashi kept his hands together. Nakamura tried to break them free and transitioned to a triangle. Tanahashi finally stood up and stomped his way out of it. Nakamura hit another Boma ye and the fans fired up. Tanahashi hooked the leg and counted along with the ref, but Tanahashi kicked out at the very last second. Wow! Nakamura tried to lift Tanahashi, who sold being dead weight. He put Tanahashi up top and then tried to put him on his shoulders. Nakamura struggled and Tanahashi elbowed himself free. Tanahashi then hit forearms, but Nakamura fired up. Tanahashi slapped Nakamura several times and hit a high fly flow on the turnbuckles. He then hit a dragon suplex with a bridge for a near fall. The fans fired up as Tanahashi went up top once again and hit a high fly flow to Nakamura’s back. He then hit a final high fly flow for the win. Holy s—t! Amazing!
Nakamura offered Tanahashi a handshake after the match. Tanahashi accepted and Nakamura raised Tanahashi’s hand. Chono and Mutoh were shown watching at ringside. What a moment!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi to win G1 Climax 25
Star rating: (*****) – I thought Nakamura’s performances fell below expectations for much of the tournament, but he was amazing in this match. They built the match as an epic war with a slow build. Then Tanahashi began working over Nakamura’s leg. They then built up to Tanahashi kicking out of multiple Boma Ye attempts, as Nakamura never made a strong cover on him due to exhaustion. Nakamura was great here kicking out of the high fly flow down the stretch. The finishing sequence was nuts with Tanahashi hitting a high fly flow on Nakamura while he was still on the turnbuckles and then two more to finish him off. Just a completely mesmerizing performance from both men.
Tanahashi was presented with a flag, a check, and trophy after the match. He then did his usual post-match air guitar routing in front of a red hot crowd. Tanahashi sold despair at one point after breaking his G1 flag while using it to play air guitar.
Overall thoughts: (10.0) – This was an amazing final show. Delirious opening the show was unexpected, but his announcement that ROH was going to run shows in Japan with NJPW was great. The show was bolstered with the legends making appearances, including Tenryu challenging Okada to a match in November at his retirement show and then the first G1 finalists, Chono and Mutoh, coming out to watch the main event. There were several great matches on this show including The Young Bucks-ReDRagon and Ricochet-KUSHIDA matches. The real treat here was the amazing MOTYC between Tanahashi and Nakamura.
This tournament has been amazing and it was really great during the last stretch of shows in Tokyo at Korakuen Hall and Sumo Hall with a slew of blow-away matches. The final show did a very good job on the undercard of building feuds for the future. Naito-Shibata and Makabe-Ibushi were built up as feuds on the undercard during their Six Man Tag match. Later in the show, Styles pinned Okada in a Six Man Tag and now looks to be in line for a title shot against Okada in the fall.
Spaced between some very good multi-man matches were an excellent Jr. Hvt. Tag Title match between the Young Bucks and ReDRagon. They had a fantastic match with a fun built-in story when Hall kidnapped O’Reilly and disposed of him in the back. The Jr. Hvt. Title match between Ricochet and KUSHIDA was a great match as well with a hot crowd.
The Tanahashi-Nakamura match was one for the ages and it’s hard to argue with anyone that places it at the top of their MOTY ballots for 2015. It was just an amazing war of attrition.
I’ve been critical of Nakamura’s performances during the tournament, but he was incredible in the main event and this was a war between two of the biggest stars in Japan that delivered huge. I highly recommend going out of your way to watch this show. It was incredible.
Final A Block Standings
- Tanahashi (14 pts.) *winner of A Block and G1 Climax 25
- A.J. Styles (12 pts.)
- Bad Luck Fale (10 pts.)
- 2013 winner Naito (10 pts.)
- Shibata (8 pts.)
- NEVER champ Togi Makabe (8 pts.)
- Toru Yano (8 pts.)
- Kota Ibushi (8 pts.)
- IWGP tag champion Doc Gallows (6 pts.)
- NWA World champ Tenzan (6 pts.)
Final B Block Standings
- Shinsuke Nakamura (14 pts.) * Winner of B Block
- 2014 winner IWGP World Champ Okada (14 pts.)
- IWGP tag champion Karl Anderson (12 pts.)
- IWGP IC Champ Hirooki Goto (12 pts.)
- Tomohiro Ishii (8 pts.)
- ROH's Michael Elgin (8 pts.)
- Yujiro Takahashi (4 pts.)
- Satoshi Kojima (4 pts.)
- Yuji Nagata (4 pts.)
- Honma (2 pts.)
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