20. Bad Luck Fale (3-6-0)
What is there to say about Bad Luck Fale in this year’s G1 Climax tournament? After he aligned himself with Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa on the first night of the tournament all of his matches featured heavy interference from the Tongans and ref bumps galore.
Fale is limited in the ring compared to the other competitors in the tournament to begin with and the added negatives of the constant interference and disqualification finishes did nothing to help his performance in the G1. Outside interference in New Japan matches is rare compared to promotions in the U.S. and it is usually not accepted well by the fans.
The G1 Climax is usually comprised of singles matches with very limited distractions. The only exceptions being cornermen who rarely got involved in the match to begin with. However, the blatant interference by Tonga Loa in every one of Bad Luck Fale’s matches helped the ‘Underboss’ find himself at the very bottom of this list
Best Match: vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (Night 5)
Worst Match:vs. Togi Makabe (Night 11)
19. Tama Tonga (3-6-0)
Much of what was just said about Bad Luck Fale can be applied to Tama Tonga as well. Tonga Loa and Fale both interfered in all of Tama Tonga’s matches and it cost him his chance to make a good first impression as a singles star following the Tongan’s split from the Bullet Club at G1 Special in San Francisco.
Tonga did have more people talking about him during the tournament than Fale, although not for anything positive. The ‘Bad Boy’ lived up to his moniker as he reprimanded by New Japan Pro Wrestling for choking a fan after a match and the use of excessive cursing while also being suspended from Twitter following some tasteless tweets about fallen soldiers (You can read about both incidents here).
However, at the end of the day, this tournament did not do Tama Tonga any favors going forward. There was some interest in where Tonga might go after emerging from the shadows of the Bullet Club stars but his performances in the G1 left a lot to be desired and the constant interference from his stablemates soured fans on his matches.
Tonga did wrestle better matches than Fale but his presentation keeps him chained firmly to the bottom tier of this list.