NJPW, 8/5/12 (WPW/iPPV)
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
6,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House
1. G1 Climax – Block A: Yujiro Takahashi  beat Yuji Nagata 
(9:31) with the Tokyo Pimps.
2. G1 Climax – Block B: MVP  beat Rush 
(7:53) with the Irreversible Crisis.
3. G1 Climax – Block B: Lance Archer  beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan 
(10:57) with the Dark Days.
4. G1 Climax – Block A: Karl Anderson  beat Shelton Benjamin 
(9:15) with the Gun Stun.
5. G1 Climax – Block A: Toru Yano  beat Minoru Suzuki 
(8:05) with the Uragasumi.
6. G1 Climax – Block B: Togi Makabe  beat Tetsuya Naito 
(14:10) with a King Kong kneedrop.
7. G1 Climax – Block B: Shinsuke Nakamura  beat Kazuchika Okada 
(16:16) with the Boma Ye.
8. G1 Climax – Block A: Naomichi Marufuji Pro Wrestling NOAH  beat Hiroshi Tanahashi 
(21:29) with the Tiger Frosion.
* Naomichi Marufuji bounced back from successive losses in the best way possible at another sold out Osaka show by scoring his first ever win over Hiroshi Tanahashi in an action-packed main event. This huge win for Marufuji was followed by him challenging Tana to an IWGP Heavyweight Title match irrespective of the outcome of the G1 Climax. In an equally big match the two head honchos of CHAOS, Nakamura and Okada, met in their first singles match with Shinsuke pulling off a big win that perhaps eases the theory that Okada has overtaken him as CHAOS leader. Makabe stalled Naito’s momentum by finally getting off the mark while Yano scored an upset over Minoru Suzuki. Karl Anderson and Yujiro have had fantastic starts to the tournament, and both are now on 6pts, Yujiro scoring yet another big win today by beating Nagata – meaning he has defeated Kojima, Anderson, and Nagata on successive shows. Lance Archer also won big by overcoming Tenzan while Rush’s good start has been slowed down and he lost to MVP today.
* 21,615 people in Japan watched New Japan’s first ever iPPV according to forum regular enuhito, which is a huge success for a first time attempt. New Japan does have hopes to make these iPPVs international eventually and if/when that occurs I’ll be sure to let everyone know.
1. Yujiro Takahashi 
2. Karl Anderson 
3. Hiroshi Tanahashi 
- Yuji Nagata 
- Naomichi Marufuji 
- Shelton Benjamin 
7. Minoru Suzuki 
8. Satoshi Kojima 
- Toru Yano 
1. Hirooki Goto 
- Tetsuya Naito 
- Shinsuke Nakamura 
- Kazuchika Okada 
- MVP 
- Lance Archer 
- Rush 
8. Hiroyoshi Tenzan 
9. Togi Makabe