NJPW G1 Climax Results – Day 13
August 2, 2018
Fukuoka, Japan

Undercard Matches

— Toru Yano & Gedo def. Toa Henare & Ran Narita

— Guerrillas of Destiny def. Hirooki Goto & YOH

— Juice Robinson & David Finlay def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taka Michinoku

— Tomohiro Ishii & SHO def. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens

— Tetsuya Naito & Sanada def. Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi

A Block Matches

— MICHAEL ELGIN def. BAD LUCK FALE

— HANGMAN PAGE def. TOGI MAKABE

— JAY WHITE def. YOSHI-HASHI

— HIROSHI TANAHASHI def. EVIL

— KAZUCHIKA OKADA def. MINORU SUZUKI

Updated A Block Standings

Hiroshi Tanahashi — 12Kazuchika Okada — 10Jay White — 10Evil — 8Minoru Suzuki — 8Michael Elgin — 6Bad Luck Fale — 6Togi Makabe — 4Hangman Page — 4Yoshi-Hashi — 2

So with seven shows behind them, and only two matches left in this year’s G1 Climax, the options for A Block finalists are rapidly dropping. With only four points left on the table, Yoshi-Hashi, Hangman Page, Togi Makabe, Bad Luck Fale and Michael Elgin have all been mathematically eliminated. The Ace has two big matches left, with Elgin and Okada.

Okada should beat Evil, and Tanahashi should beat Elgin, so more than likely it’s going to come down to a make-or-break situation for the two great, career rivals on the final night of block competition. The real killer in their scenario though is Jay White. The Switchblade kicked off this year’s tournament with big upset wins over both guys, so it’s more than likely going to be a factor on closing night.

In G1 rules a tie goes to whoever has the advantage in singles competition between the two men who are tied. So if White wins his next two matches, which is almost certainly where they are headed, Okada is out no matter what. Assuming all three guys win their matches on day 15 to preserve the current standings, here’s how things will play out. If Tanahashi beats Okada he’s in no matter what. If Okada beats Tanahashi he still needs White to lose his match, because a tie goes to the Switchblade. On the other hand, White needs to win his match, and he needs Okada to beat Tanahashi, for him to advance to the finals.

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