New Japan Pro Wresting head back to Tokyo after an exhilarating and history making first night of the G1 Climax 29 in Dallas, Texas.
This year, for the first time ever, the G1 Climax tournament opened outside of Japan with five big matches from the A Block. See full results from Night 1 HERE.
See my G129 Primer HERE.
This show will see Toru Yano vs Tetsuya Naito and Jay White vs Hirooki Goto along with Tomohiro Ishii vs Jeff Cobb and Juice Robinson vs Shingo Takagi. This show will also see the G1 Climax debut of Jon Moxley as he takes on Taichi.
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The show opens up with the G1 Climax video package. The video shows former winners then introduces the competitors in this year’s tournament.
BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA vs Will Ospreay, Yuya Uemura & Kota Ibushi
- Ibushi and EVIL kick this off and it’s not long until EVIL targets the ankle of Ibushi. Kota injured his ankle on the Opening night of the G1 against KENTA and Tweeted out a photo of a bruised and swollen ankle. Over four minutes in, Kota has been taking heat from LIJ and gets a hot tag to the IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay. Ospreay comes in against SANADA. Ospreay and SANADA face off for a short time then BUSHI gets the tag. BUSHI and SANADA take it to Ospreay but Will gets a tag to Uemura. While Ospreay and SANADA face off and EVIL takes out Ibushi’s ankle, BUSHI pins Uemura with a lungblower. Winners: BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA in 8:00.
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Lance Archer
- Archer looks intense and says “Oh yeah, Fale. I want you, big guy.” At the start of the match. The big men started and as they circle both chase and Kanemaru jump in and attack the bigger men but it does nothing. Archer gets a Claw on the head of Fale but Ownes tags in. Owens gets thrown around then tags Kanemaru. Archer and Fale chokeslam Owens and Kanemaru then fight to ringside and beyond. While the big men brawl through the crowd like two titans, Kanemaru and Owens gets back in the ring at 19. A few minutes later Owens pins Kanemaru with a package piledriver. Winners: Chase Owens and Bad Luck Fale in 6:00.
Karl Fredericks, Clark Conners & KENTA vs Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Before the match Tanahashi and KENTA get face-to-face and the Young Lions try to break it up but then start shoving each other, eventually it gets underway. The Young Lions start this match with Clark and Karl looking very intense. KENTA tags in and takes shots at Tanahashi on the apron. Finally Tanahashi gets a tag and and faces off against KENTA in a preview of the singles G1 match tomorrow. Karl Fredericks gets Shota in a one legged Boston Crab and nearly snaps him in half before Shota taps. Kevin Kelly had major issues with the L.A. Dojo Young Lions names, mixing up Karl Fredericks and Clark Conners in every possible way but the correct way, Rocky corrected him a few times. Winners: Karl Fredericks, Clark Conners and KENTA in 11:14.
Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr vs YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada
- Okada starts with ZSJ but it not long the psychotic Minoru Suzuki tags in and begins to torture YOSHI-HASHI, almost to prove a point. Suzuki should be in the tournament and it’s displeasing that he isn’t. This was a wild brawl with Suzuki being as menacing and physical. Zack gets the submission on YOSHI-HASHI with an armbar. Winners: Zack Sabre Jr and Minoru Suzuki in 11:10.
G1 Climax Tournament Matches
Scoring system for the G1:
- Win: 2 Points
- Draw: 1 Point
- Loss: 0 Points
Shingo Takagi vs Juice Robinson
- Shingo shows his power early on and pretty much dominates the first ten minutes. Juice fights back and hits a huge superplex on Shingo, spins his legs and delivers another suplex for a two count. Juice goes for Pulp Friction but Shingo stops it. They run at each other with clotheslines then trade big move after big move. This was one hell of a hard hitting match, Juice came back at the end and finally hit his Pulp Friction and pinned “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi. This match seemed to fly by, really fun, really good match. Looking forward to seeing Shingo vs Moxley, and a rematch between Juice and Moxley. Winner: Juice Robinson in 14:42.
Taichi vs Jon Moxley
- As Moxley makes his way through the crowd, to the ring, Taichi jumps Moxley and they brawl to the ring before the match can start. When the bell rings they are still at ringside and continue to brawl throughout. If you are looking for a technical bout, this is not it. Moxley pulls a table out and sets it up at ringside. They fight over who goes through it but, in the end, Moxley slams Taichi through the table. Taichi shoves Moxley into the ref and gets a chair but Moxley takes the chair from Taichi and hits him with it. Moxley hits a devastating double arm DDT for the win. Intense match with gimmicks galore. Winner: Jon Moxley in 7:34.
Tetsuya Naito vs Toru Yano
- Naito starts this with a tone of mind games while taking his suit off. Naito has a t-shirt on so Yano puts his back on and they start. This is all just foul play with putting t-shirts over heads of the wearer, including pulling up the shirt over the head of Red Shoes, the ref, and hitting a low blow. Yano then hit a spear and a roll up for the win. Winner: Toru Yano in 3:40.
Jeff Cobb vs Tomohiro Ishii
- While this match is announced as next by Kevin Kelly, I am practically rubbing my hands in anticipation, this will be fun. Jeff Cobb looks “in the zone” as he walks to the ring, knowing he has one hell of a challenge in front of him in his first ever G1 match. Ishii comes out brandishing his Never Openweight Championship belt. The bell sounds and they lock up, Ishii gets a headlock and Cobb just stands up, lifting Ishii. Cobb, with the power and size advantage, beats down Ishii for a the first few minutes does his famous no-sell power-up and chops Cobb down. Cobb fights back with a gigantic suplex. They chop each other and exchange forearms until the fans cheer. Vertical suplex by Ishii but Cobb rolls out of the pin and suplexs Ishii. Ishii is down and Cobb keeps coming, as Cobb forearms Ishii, Tomohiro Ishii gets up and begins to walk forward. Ishii fights back and hits a superplex on Cobb, Cobb gets up and hits a clothesline then a vertical superplex of his own. Cobb takes down Ishii with a huge headbutt and the a piledriver, which Ishii bounced from and landed in a pin but kicked ot at two. Cobb goes for a Tour of the Islands but Ishii reverses and hits a backdrop. Ishii hits a powerslam and a German suplex but Cobb keeps getting up. Cobb hits a suplex and Ishii gets up. Ishii hits a lariat and leans on the ropes. They exchange more suplexs and you can tell both men are exhausted. They trade strikes and Ishii manages to hit the Brainbuster for the win in this brutality hard hitting war of two machines. Great match, that was a must see. Winner: Tomohiro Ishii in 18:34.
“Switchblade” Jay White vs Hirooki Goto
- The bell sounds as Goto takes off his “LADOJO” tee off. Goto has been in Los Angeles training with his friend Shibata while off. Jay White starts with the mind games of rolling outside and standing with Gedo, Gedo would keep getting involved heavily in the opening few minutes to give Jay an advantage. Jay throws Goto into the railings, then into the ring, over and over again. Jay gets lots of boos from the fans in attendance. Jay takes Hoto back in the ring and wears him down with the cravat. Jay toys with Goto and Goto fires back with palm strikes to the chest, so Jay kicks the knee. Goto fights back with a spinning clothesline and another in the corner when they both get up. Jay hits a trapped arm suplex and popped the hips to hit another. Jay holds on and rolls back up to hit a third suplex but is blocked so Jay suplexs Goto, onto his head, in the corner. They trade forearms and Goto seems to have the advantage so Jay goes for a clothesline but Goto ducks, they then both attempt clotheslines as the other ducks and Jay get a Saito suplex. Goto starts getting up as Jay slaps him, Goto looks angry and goes for a clothesline but Jay saw it coming and hits a ushigoroshi to put Goto down. They continue to trade moves and beat the hell out of each other and Goto hits the reverse GTR. They both reverse finishers over and over but, just after the twenty minute call, Hirooki Goto hits a GTR on Switchblade for the pinfall victory and two points in the G1 Climax 29. Winner: Hirooki Goto in 21:06
Goto speaks afterwards and says. “It’s been a while.” He talks about how this win in front of his people was important to him and the “G” in “G1” stands for Goto. He then stands on the ropes to celebrate and shakes hands on his way out.
Current G1 Table
- 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
- Tetsuya Naito – 0
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2
- Juice Robinson – 2
- Toru Yano – 2
- Hirooki Goto – 2
- Jay White – 0
- Jeff Cobb – 0
- Shingo Takagi – 0
- Taichi – 0
- Jon Moxley – 2