I feel like with the G1 Climax tournament, I'd either have to review the entire thing (which is more than a dozen shows over the course of the summer and I'm already 7 shows behind from going on vacation) or not reviewing any of it (well, maybe the finale, we'll see how things go) but I did watch Night 1 and enjoyed it.
Jay White vs. Okada was a very good main event, with Okada disrespectfully toying with White in the early going, only to suffer an aggravating back injury from getting repeatedly driven into the apron and guard rails. White pulls off a pretty big upset, and is really making a name for himself as a spectacular dickhead.
Tanahashi vs. Suzuki felt important due to the stature of the stars involved and ended up being a satisfying encounter. I like that New Japan doesn't shy away from having guys not only win cleanly, but win convincingly (not this booking notion that exists in WWE that everything is 50/50 and everyone only seems to ever win via luck). So yeah, good victory by Tanahashi.
Michael Elgin is playing up an arm injury, as it was worked over in his match against EVIL.
I wasn't feeling the YOSHI-HASHI vs. Togi Makabe match all that much other than appreciating the story that Kevin Kelly told highlighting YOSHI-HASHI's shortcomings in past G1 tournaments and lack of big singles wins this year. It gave the match a sense of urgency that otherwise they didn't earn, as I didn't feel convinced that either guy was trying to win the match so much as just get through the performance.
The first hour or so of filler was inoffensive and breezed by quickly enough.