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NJPW – G1 Climax 29 – Opening night – July 6, 2019

The opening night of the G1 Climax 29 comes from Dallas, Texas. This show is live on AXS TV in America, on njpwworld on delay in America, and live on njpwworld everywhere else in the world.

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This is the first time in the remarkable history of the G1 Climax that tournament will be outside Japan as the tournament kicks off in America. This is one part if a bigger international plan that NJPW are undertaking, along with shows in Australia recently, a show in London coming up and more shows booked in the U.S.A.

To see my G1 Primer CLICK HERE.

Watch the History of the G1 Climax HERE.

A Block

B Block

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The show opens with Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero welcoming us to the show as fans pile in behind them.

A video package for the G1 tournament.

Roppongi 3K(SHO & YOH) vs G.O.D.(Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)

  • This starts with a jump start by G.O.D. but R3K pmfight back early. R3K hit dives but on the outside G.O.D. take over by throwing R3K into the barriers. G.O.D. get the heat on SHO while they work the crowd and everyone chants for SHO. SHO makes a tag to YOH, who runs wild for a while then targets Tama. R3K go for a 3K but SHO takes a Gun Stun from Tama and G.O.D. deliver a super powerbomb on YOH for the win. Winners: G.O.D. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa in 6:44.

*NOTE: Unfortunately it’s unmistakable that this venue is about half full at best. I hope something works out here with NJPW in the U.S. because they often deliver a great card and are hell bent on expansion.

Tomohiro Ishii & Shota Umino vs Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita

  • Ishii and Cobb start the match, giving the fans what they want and more. The Young Lions have a go at each other the Narita takes on Ishii. Ren Narita manages to suplex Ishii and gets a huge reaction. Every point of this unimportant tag match got a great reaction, the fans are loud and excited to see these guys and the show. Jeff Cobb gets the victory when he hits Shota with the Tour of the Islands. After the match Cobb and Ishii beat the hell out of each other and Cobb gets a bloody nose, he does not look happy. Winners: Jeff Cobb and Ren Narita in 7:18.

‘Switchblade’ Jay White & Chase Owens w/ Gedo vs YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto

  • Switchblade and Chase take control pretty early on and after a short flurry from YOSHI-HASHI, Chase and Jay White take over again. The fans continue to love the action and react to every spot. YOSHI-HASHI finally makes a tag to Goto and starts kicking ass. Good match with lots of action and even more crowd noise. Hirooki Goto pins Chase with a GTR in under nine minutes. Winners: Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI in 8:38.

BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Naito vs Jyushin Thunder Liger, Juice Robinson & Toru Yano

  • Liger and BUSHI start the match as the fans loudltchant for the Japanese wresting legend, Jyushin Liger. After a minute or less, L.I.J. had taken over and BUSHI was going for the mask of Liger. This is previewing two singles matches for B Block, Naito vs Yano, and Juice vs Shingo, which will happen on July 13th in Japan. This match ends when Toru Yano low blows BUSHI and rolls him up. Winners: Toru Yano, Juice Robinson and Jyushin Thunder Liger in 8:18.

*NOTE: They play Liger’s music after the match, Liger and Juice celebrate to big pops.

Before the match, the screen goes quiet, I’m assuming that’s when AXS goes to break.

The “Tiger Hattori retirement tour” comes to the U.S. and will be in Boston on September 27, New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 28 and Philadelphia on September 28, 2019.

G1 Climax Tournament Matches

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Lance Archer vs Will Ospreay

  • Lance Archer is local to the Dallas area and has been doing local promotions for this show and I’m sure is coming in to make a big impression on tonight. Ospreay takes it to Archer early and within the first minute is flying off the top rope to the floor on Archer. Lance Archer is sporting a new look tonight with long red hair, shaved at the side and new black and red gear. Ospreay dives on Archer but is caught and chokeslammed through a table at ringside. Back in the ring, Archer chops Ospreay and you can see Will is bleeding from the nose. The wrestlers are really giving everything on this show. Archer beats on Ospreay for what seems like forever(because he’s huge, how can you take that?) but Ospreay makes a comeback, hitting a 619 over the top rope and a Pip-pip Cheerio but Archer comes back with a huge pounce. Archer rolls Ospreay to ringside and powerbombs Ospreay on the apron. Archer takes Ospreay up the ramp and goes for a powerbomb but Ospreay reverses with a Code Red on the apron. Archer shoves Ospreay to get in at 18 and Ospreay jumps on the apron and springboards in and kicks Archer. Ospreay hits an Oscutter but the much larger man kicks out. Will starts to look for a Stormbreaker but goes for a Hidden Blade. Lance Archer reverses and gets Ospreay up for a Muscle Buster. Archer hits Blackout but Ospreay kicks out. Archer gets the Claw on Ospreay but Osprway gets to the ropes just before the fifteen minute call. Archer goes for a top rope chokeslam but Ospreay turns it into a Spanish Fly for a huge pop. Archer hits a super Black out from the top and gets the Claw on Ospreay. Archer holds Ospreay down and the referee counts three and Ospreay’s shoulders are to the mat. Winner: Lance Archer in 18:16.

Bad Luck Fale vs EVIL

  • This starts with EVIL taking it to Fale and, at ringside, EVIL tries a bodyslam on Fale but takes one himself. The first few minutes are like most Fale matches, laden with shenanigans. EVIL finally gets his bodyslam on Fale about five minutes on and sends Fale to ringside with a clothesline. EVIL wraps a chair around the head of Fale and drives him into the ring post. This is all ref bumps and chair shots. In the end, as EVIL goes to hit a chair off the head of Fale, Bad Luck Fale fights back, hits the move himself and a Bad Luck Fall for the win. Winner: Bad Luck Fale in 11:33

SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr.

  • No ZSJ time from Taka as he’s not in Dallas. The first few minutes are very technical, with both guys showing their skills but it keeps ending in a stalemate. The fans are loud and loving this. ZSJ and SANADA roll around some more with Zack looking good but then he rolls out of the ring. SANADA holds the ropes open as an invitation back in but Zack stays out until 19 then swears at the fans. ZSJ reverses a Paradise lock into an armbar. SANADA eventually gets his Paradise lock a few minutes later on the ropes, unlocking the lock with a conventional dropkick. near the fifteen minute point ZSJ gets an Octopus hold on SANADA and wraps up all parts of his body but SANADA squirmed his way to the ropes with his right foot. “Oh, Zack Sabre Jr.” chant ring out as Zack mockingly kicks SANADA in the chest and head. SANADA fires up but ends up in a Skullend from ZSJ. The end of this match was incredible, just reversals after reversals, a technical masterclass from both guys. They trade roll ups and cradles until SANADA reverses a ZSJ roll up and bridges over Zack for the three. Zack attacks the ref and Young Lions after the match. Winner: SANADA in 21:12.

Kota Ibushi vs KENTA

  • KENTA was brought in by Shibata on the Dominion show and has announced he is here to show NJPW his Pro Wresting. He gets lots of chants on his way to, and in the ring. People are very excited to see Ibushi, he’s in great shape. We see Katsuyori Shibata watching on from somewhere before the match. You can tell this is obviously going to be a heavy striking match from the first few minutes. Fans chant “Both Theses Guys” as they roll around. KENTA pushes Kota up against the ropes and slaps Kota, Ibushi hits KENTA so hard in the face, KENTA goes down and sells the face for a while. KENTA comes back with a big knee to the back of Ibushi’s head when Ibushi is laid up on the ropes. As KENTA beats on Kota, he starts to kick him but Kota Ibushi dares KENTA to kick him more and harder. They then trade very hard looking shots. Kota makes the most of it with a spinning powerslam and a quick moonsault for a two. Eleven minutes in to a great match, the fans chant “Let’s go Red Shoes” for the referee. KENTA and Ibushi fight on the top rope and Ibushi elbows KENTA off the ropes, to the apron. Kota goes for a German suplex off the ropes but it’s reversed. Kota hits a backflip kick sending KENTA to ringside and Kota jumps over the ropes and immediately grabs his ankle. KENTA lays Kota on the barrier and jumps off the apron with a double stomp on the back of Kota. KENTA kicks the crap out of Kota and delivers a running dropkick in the corner, crushing Kota. KENTA lands a double stomp from the top rope but Kota kicks out. Somehow Kota fights back but is laid out by a jumping knee into a running Kota. The fans chant “This Is Awesome” at the17 minute point as they both lay on the mat. They meet on their knees in the middle of the ring and trade huge forearm shots to a great reaction. They stand up trading bigger and bigger shots until KENTA takes down Kota with a roundhouse kick. KENTA picks up Kota and delivers four head kicks to Kota on his knees but Kota kicks out. KENTA picks up Kota and hits a Go To Sleep(GTS) for the win. KENTA defeats Kota Ibushi with a GTS. KENTA helps Kota up after the match and the shake hands, Kota is then helped out. Winner: KENTA in 20:51.

Main Event

Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi

  • Okada is the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and if he wins, he picks his own challenger for the Tokyo Dome show. The bell sounds and the fans explode with claps, cheers and yelling, very electric. The fans begin to battle chant for both men as they lock up. Tanahashi comes out swinging and they begin to trade forearms. They reset in their corners as fans chant “Both these guys.” Its pointed out by Kevin Kelly at the eight minute point that neither man has defeated the other in the G1 Climax. This instant classic had Tanahashi targeting the leg of Okada with Dragon Screw Leg Whips. Tana reverses Okada a few times and hits two Slingblades. Tanahashi goes for a High Fly Flow but Okada gets then knees up. Okada holds his knee after the damage done by Tanahashi earlier. They both try for the tombstone but neither can get it so Tana hits Okada and goes for a running clothesline but is taken down with a short-arm Rainmaker with wrist control. Okada holds onto the wrist and hits another Rainmaker. When Okada goes for a third, Tanahashi reverses it into a small package. As Tanahashi looks to be in control, you can see a gash on the back of Okada. Tanahashi runs the ropes but is stopped and Okada hits another Rainmaker for the win. Okada beats Tanahashi for the first time in G1 Climax tournament history. I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you but, that match was great. Okada cut a promo in English and Japanese after the match which seemed to get over huge to the live crowd. Winner: IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada in 22:04.

Current G1 Table

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada – 2
  • Zack Sabre Jr. – 0
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 0
  • Kota Ibushi – 0
  • EVIL – 0
  • SANADA – 2
  • Bad Luck Fale – 2
  • Lance Archer – 2
  • Will Ospreay – 0
  • KENTA – 2

B Block

  • Tetsuya Naito
  • Tomohiro Ishii
  • Juice Robinson
  • Toru Yano
  • Hirooki Goto
  • Jay White
  • Jeff Cobb
  • Shingo Takagi
  • Taichi
  • Jon Moxley

*Final Thoughts: This show started off hot and just built perfectly. Depending on your taste in matches, your favourite is probably KENTA vs Ibushi or the main event, Okada vs Tanahashi, either way that was a night packed with hard hitting, meaningful matches that,kicks off an incredible tournament. I plan on bringing either live or same-day coverage of every match on every show of the G1 Climax 29, each show with English commentary on njpwworld.


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