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NJPW G1 Climax 29 Review: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi

Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota IbushiShow: NJPW G1 Climax 29 
Location: Nippon Budukon in Tokyo, Japan
Date: Saturday August 10, 2019

IWGP US Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley & Shota Umino vs. Juice Robinson & Ren Narita – Juice and Moxley exchanged chops. Juice delivered a Spinebuster and a leg lariat. Narita and Umino exchanged forearm strikes. Narita delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and followed with a vertical suplex but Umino kicked out. Narita placed Umino in a Boston Crab but Moxley made the save. Juice delivered a plancha to Moxley but landed on his injured leg. Moxley and Umino delivered the Hart Attack to Narita. Umino delivered a Fisherman’s Suplex to Narita for the win. 

[Post MatchMoxley delivered a chop block and then placed Juice in a Figure-4-Leg Lock.

  • WINNERS: Shota Umino & Jon Moxley (⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as everyone looked solid. The post-match was good building up hype for the Juice and Moxley G-1 match)

Jeff Cobb & Toa Henare vs. Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma Cobb delivered a dropkick to Honma for a near fall. Henare delivered a bicycle kick. Honma avoided a suplex and delivered a flying Kokeshi. Yano exposed the turnbuckle. Cobb applied a rollup for a near fall. Cobb went for a standing moonsault but Yano countered with an cradle for a near fall. Honma delivered a bulldog and followed with Kokeshi. Cobb delivered a Spin Cycle but Honma kicked out. Cobb delivered Tour of the Islands for the win. 

  • WINNERS: Jeff Cobb & Toa Henare (⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was fine as Cobb was the star of the matc)

NEVER Openweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru Goto delivered a backdrop suplex to Kanemaru for a near fall. Suzuki placed Goto in an armbar in-between the ropes. Taichi delivered a Buzzsaw Kick but Ishii kicked out. Ishii delivered a release German suplex. YOSHI delivered running chop and followed with a running dropkick to Suzuki. Goto and YOSHI delivered a double team neck breaker but Taichi broke the count. YOSHI delivered a lariat but Suzuki kicked out. Suzuki avoided Karma and placed YOSHI in a Rear-Naked Choke. Suzuki delivered a Gotch Piledriver to YOSHI for the win.

  • WINNERS: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was another fine match as everyone looked solid)

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Jay White (w/Gedo), Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi White delivered a back elbow to BUSHI for a near fall. Yujiro delivered a sliding leg drop for a near fall. BUSHI delivered a double hurricanrana to Owens and Takahashi. The match picked up as Naito tagged in and delivered a sliding dropkick and followed with a slingshot dropkick too White in the corner. White delivered a DDT. Naito avoided a Blade Buster and delivered a Tornado DDT. Yujiro delivered a Fisherman’s Buster as Owens followed with a Shining Wizard but Shingo kicked out. Naito delivered an enzuigiri to Yujiro as Shingo followed with a Pumping Bomber but White made the save. BUSHI delivered a tope to Owens. Shingo delivered Pumping Bomber to Yujiro and followed with Made in Japan for the win.

  • WINNERS: Shingo Takagi, BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fun match as the interaction between Naito and White was very good)

NJPW G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: EVIL vs. Lance Archer Archer caught EVIL coming off the ropes and delivered a Blackhole Slam. Archer delivered a moonsault from the ring apron to EVIL on the floor which got a big reaction. Archer suplex EVIL into the exposed turnbuckle. EVIL delivered a running Bronco Buster in the corner for a near fall. EVIL delivered a middle rope Superplex but Archer kicked out. Archer delivered a Pounce and then placed a chair between the turnbuckles. EVIL moved as Archer ran into the chair. EVIL delivered a rope assisted Magic Killer but Archer kicked out. Archer delivered a Chokeslam but EVIL kicked out. Archer delivered an F5. EVIL went for a head butt but Archer countered by applying the EBD Claw for the win.

  • WINNER: Lance Archer (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4)

(Amin’s Analysis: The crowd was buzzing as both Archer and EVIL worked hard and had a solid match)

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Bad Luck Fale vs. SANADA – Jado whacked SANADA with a Kendo Stick. There was a cool spot as SANADA delivered planchas to Fale, Jado and Owens. Fale delivered a Grenade but SANADA kicked out. SANADA avoided the Bad Luck Fall and delivered a scoop slam. SANADA delivered a TKO but Fale kicked out. SANADA applied Skull End but Owens pulled the referee to the floor. SANADA placed both Jado and Owens in the Paradise Lock. Fale avoided the Muta Moonsault. SANADA went for Skull End but Fale countered with an inside cradle for the win.

  • WINNER: Bad Luck Fale (⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: This was fine as SANADA was the star. Unlike most NJPW matches the outside interference worked as that’s when the crowd got into this and the finish was well done)

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: KENTA vs. Zack Sabre Jr. – The match started with some nice mat wrestling. Sabre delivered uppercuts but KENTA walked right into the them. Sabre applied a double wrist lock but KENTA broke free. KENTA delivered a power slam and followed with a flying clothesline for a near fall. KENTA delivered rapid fire slaps in the corner and then delivered a stalling dropkick in the corner. Sabre delivered a Northern Lights Suplex and then transitioned into an armbar but KENTA place his foot on the ropes. Sabre delivered a high kick but KENTA countered with a spinning back fist as both went down. KENTA blocked a PK and delivered a Discus Clothesline. KENTA delivered a Coup De Grace but Sabre kicked out. Sabre delivered a leg sweep and PK but KENTA kicked out. KENTA delivered big palm strikes. Sabre applied a European Clutch but KENTA kicked out. There was a cool spot as both KENTA and Sabre countered each other’s submission holds. KENTA delivered a Busiaku Knee but Sabre kicked out. KENTA went for GTS but Sabre countered into a guillotine. Sabre applied Orienting of Nalpalm and got the submission win.

  • WINNER: Zack Sabre Jr via Submission (⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: The first half was really slow as not much happened. But, KENTA and Sabre worked hard as there were some great sequence as the crowd was buzzing in the final minutes)

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: IGWP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi  The match stated with some nice chain wrestling. Tanahashi delivered a low dropkick and then delivered a Dragon Screw in-between the ropes. Tanahashi applied a bridging Indian Death Lock but Ospreay grabbed the ropes. Ospreay delivered a handspring kick and (on a bad leg) delivered a Sasuzki Special. Ospreay delivered a standing Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a 619. Tanahashi avoided a springboard and delivered a low dropkick. Tanahashi delivered a Dragon Screw. Tanahashi applied a Texas Cloverleaf but Ospreay grabbed the ropes. Ospreay applied a reverse Sunset Flip for a near fall. Ospreay connected with Robinson Special. Ospreay went for OzCutter but Tanahashi countered into a modified Final Cut for a near fall. Tanahashi delivered a Straightjacket German suplex but Ospreay kicked out. Tanahashi went for a Slingblade but Ospreay countered by delivering a standing Spanish Fly for a near fall. Ospreay climbed the turnbuckle and delivered a perfect Shooting Star Press on a bad leg but Tanahashi kicked out. Ospreay delivered an OzCutter but Tanahashi kicked out. Ospreay went for Storm Breaker but Tanahashi countered by delivering a modified Slingblade. Tanahashi delivered a second Slingblade but Ospreay kicked out. Tanahashi delivered a standing High Fly Flow but Ospreay rolled through for a near fall. Ospreay delivered a Hook Kick and followed with Hidden Blade. Ospreay delivered Storm Breaker for the win.

  • WINNER: Will Ospreay (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2)

(Amin’s Analysis: As a match that features big near falls and great highlights this was fantastic. I will also say this was a great showcase win for Ospreay as he beat a legend in Tanahashi This was a great showcase match for Ospreay as he came off as a superstar and got a big win over Tanahashi. However, for a promotion like NJPW that pays attention to storytelling and details this match didn’t work for me at that level)

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: IGWP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota IbushiIbushi and Okada exchanged forearm strikes. Okada delivered a DDT to Ibushi on the floor. Okada delivered a Shining Wizard for a near fall. Okada applied a long chin lock. Ibushi delivered a standing moonsault but Okada kicked out. Ibushi delivered a plancha. Okada delivered a jumping elbow in the corner and followed with a DDT for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a flying kick. Ibushi delivered a powerslam, went for a middle rope moonsault but Okada got his knees up. Okada delivered a flapjack for a near fall. The crowd picked up here as Ibushi delivered springboard Frankenstiner but Okada kicked out. There was a scary spot as Ibushi slipped but still delivered a Last Ride Powerbomb but Okada grabbed the ropes. Okada delivered a German suplex and followed with a standing dropkick. Okada went for a Tombstone but Ibushi countered by delivering a Crunchy. There was a great sequence as Okada delivered Woo Dropkick but Ibushi no-sold it and delivered a big lariat. Okada applied a backslide, rolled through delivered a Rainmaker, maintained control and delivered a second Rainmaker. The match went up another level here as Ibushi blocked a Rainmaker and delivered a Straightjacket German suplex. There was a great spot as Okada went for a dropkick but Ibushi caught him and delivered a jumping Powerbomb for a great near fall. Ibushi went for Bomb Ye but Okada countered with a standing dropkick. Ibushi avoided a Rainmaker and delivered a Hook Kick. Okada applied a reverse rollup but Ibushi kicked out. Ibushi delivered a Hook Kick. Okada went for a Spinning Rainmaker but Ibushi countered with a jumping knee. Ibushi delivered a Kamigoye Knee but Okada kicked out for a great near fall. Ibushi delivered a second Kamigoye Knee for the win. 

  • WINNER: Kota Ibushi wins A Block via Tiebreaker (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

(Amin’s Analysis: As expected this match was excellent as Ibushi and Okada are two of the best wrestlers in the world as there are just so many great sequences and closing moments was superb)


NJPW G1 Climax 29 – A Block Standings 

  • Kota Ibushi (14) – WINNER 
  • Kazuchika Okada (14) – Eliminated 
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi (8) – Eliminated 
  • Zack Sabre Jr. (8) – Eliminated 
  • KENTA (8) – Eliminated 
  • EVIL (8) – Eliminated 
  • Bad Luck Fale (8) – Eliminated 
  • Will Ospreay (6) – Eliminated 
  • SANADA (6) – Eliminated 
  • Lance Archer (6) – Eliminated 

B Block

  • Jon Moxley (10)
  • Tetsuya Naito (10)
  • Jay White (10) 
  • Hirooki Goto (10)
  • Tomohiro Ishii (8)
  • Toru Yano (8) 
  • Shingo Takagi (6) – Eliminated 
  • Juice Robinson (6) – Eliminated 
  • Jeff Cobb (6) – Eliminated 
  • Taichi (6) – Eliminated

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