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August 14, 2003 / TJ Hawke

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jun Akiyama from NJPW’s G1 Climax 2003

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Akiyama hit a backdrop on the floor, but Tanahashi came back with a DDT on the floor. Akiyama almost got counted out. Back in the ring, Akiyama hit a piledriver and got the advantage. Tanahashi fought back and made a rather uninspired comeback. He got a couple of nearfalls. Akiyama caught him with a guillotine in the middle of the ring. Akiyama transitioned into a cover, but Tanahashi kicked out. Akiyama then hit an exploder, but Tanahashi showed fighting spirit! Tanahashi hit four Germans in a row for a nearfall. The crowd is finally awake. Akiyama came back with another exploder. Akiyama hit a massive knee strike for a nearfall. Tanahashi caught him with a slick as fuck pinning combo for a nearfall. Akiyama came back with a lariat and a brainbuster: 1…2…NO!!! Akiyama then hit the wrist-clutch exploder: 1…2…3!

The first two thirds of this match were pretty weak to be honest. However, the crowd woke up big time once Tanahashi no-sold an exploder suplex. Thumbs up for this match.

Match Rating: ***1/2

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