NJPW: The 24 Best Matches of 2018’s G1 Climax 28

Here at Meatless Rib, we reviewed the 2018 G1 Climax in two parts (here and here), but—for folks new to New Japan Pro-Wrestling—the sheer volume of good matches can be hard to wade through when the whole list of them is in front of you.

So, whether you’ve got time for twenty matches from this year’s G1 or just a handful, hopefully this shorter list can help you navigate the ocean of high-quality wrestling that this annual tournament provided yet again. (If you need some tiebreakers for which matches to prioritize, you’ll find major wrestling critic Dave Meltzer’s match ratings in parentheses too.)

Please note that the final match of the tournament is in this list (in case you don’t want any spoilers).

Tied for 12th Place (4.25 stars from Meatless Rib):

Jay White vs Kazuchika Okada, July 14th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4*)

Tomohiro Ishii vs Toru Yano, July 15th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 3.5*)

Kota Ibushi vs Juice Robinson, July 19th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.5*)

Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii, July 19th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.75*)

Hangman Page vs Kazuchika Okada, July 20th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.25*)

Toru Yano vs Kota Ibushi, July 21st (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 3.75*)

Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr. (vegan!), July 26th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.5*)

SANADA vs Kota Ibushi, July 26th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.75*)

Hangman Page vs Jay White, July 30th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 3.25*)

Kota Ibushi vs Hirooki Goto, August 1st (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.5*)

Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL, August 5th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.25*)

Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, August 10th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 5*)

Tetsuya Naito vs Zack Sabre Jr. (vegan!), August 11th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.25*)

Tied for 8th Place (4.5 stars from Meatless Rib):

SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr. (vegan), July 21st (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4*)

Kota Ibushi vs Tomohiro Ishii, July 28th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.75*)

Kazuchika Okada vs Minoru Suzuki, August 2nd (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.5*)

Kenny Omega vs Kota Ibushi, August 11th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 5.5*)

Tied for 4th Place (4.75 stars from Meatless Rib):

Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr. (vegan!), July 15th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.75*)

Hirooki Goto vs Kenny Omega, July 19th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 5*)

Tomohiro Ishii vs Kenny Omega, August 4th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 5.5*)

Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito, August 4th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.75*)

Tied for 2nd Place (5 stars from Meatless Rib):

Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito, July 15th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 5*)

Kenny Omega vs Zack Sabre Jr. (vegan!), August 1st (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 4.5*)

Meatless Rib’s Favorite Match of G1 Climax 28 (5 stars):

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi, August 12th (Dave Meltzer’s rating: 5.75*)

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