G1 Climax

NJPW – G1 Climax 29, Night 5 – Results and Review

This is night five of the G1 Climax tournament, headlined by Will Ospreay vs Kota Ibushi.


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See full results from;

  1. Night 1
  2. Night 2
  3. Night 3
  4. Night 4

See my G129 Primer HERE.

The show opens with the G1 Climax 29 video package. The video shows previous winners, then introduces all entrants to this year’s tournament.

Commentators for this show are Kevin Kelly, Rocky Romero and Chris Charlton. They make a point of saying Charlton still has a job and Chris says he always had. This is in response to Chris Charlton apparently being told to speak less on the shows and mainly being there for translation. He speaks more on this show.

Jon Moxley & Shota Umino vs Tomohiro Ishii & Yuya Uemura

  • This kicks off with Ishii giving Moxley a multitude of forearms. They trade shots until Moxley double legs Ishii and punches him. Moxley shoves the ref down and both Young Lions have to break it up to prevent the DQ. Shota and Uemura then go at it. Moxley and Ishii feels like a huge match that will on the next show. The finish comes as Moxley and Ishii fight at ringside, Shota hits Uemura with the Fisherman’s suplex and a bridge. After the match Moxley and Ishii brawl in the ring until they are split up by a barrage of Young Lions. Ishii throws a chair in the ring and Moxley sits on it. Ishii then sits on a chair at ringside. Watch out for that one. Winners: Jon Moxley and Shota Umino in 5:46.

Jeff Cobb, YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto vs Toa Henare, Yota Tsuji & Juice Robinson

  • Toa Henare starts with Goto and even holds his own for about a minute. Goto wears down Henare and tags in YOSHI-HASHI. YOSHI-HASHI does his thing and tags in Cobb. Cobb shows off his strength and agility but when he goes for a standing moonsault, Henare gets his knees up and tags Juice. Cobb and Juice have a good exchange until the left hand of Juice hits Cobb and they both tag out. Tsuji and YOSHI-HASHI tags in and the Young Lion shows so much more charisma and energy than the more experienced YOSHI-HASHI. A while later Tsuji kicks out of the Headhunter from YOSHI-HASHI then YOSHI-HASHI taps out Henare with his Butterfly hold. Juice and Cobb shake hands after. Winner YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto and Jeff Cobb in 9:31.

“Switchblade” Jay White, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens w/Gedo vs Toru Yano, Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma

  • Jay White grabs Rocky Romero on commentary as he makes his way out. Honma and Takahashi kick off the match. Honma still worries me after his extremely serious neck injury and he sells it every match. Bullet Club take this to ringside as they get heat on Honma. The first five minutes of this match was just heat on Honma, until Toru Yano tags in and runs to untie the corner pads. Narita and Owens tag in after a roll up and hair pulls from Yano and White. Narita catapulted Chase into the exposed buckle and gets a small package for a good nearfall. Chase goes for a package piledriver but Ren Narita turns it into a rana but Chase hits the package piledriver straight after for the win. Winners: Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi and Jay White in 8:50.

BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito vs Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Minoru Suzuki

  • Suzuki has changed, and if I was in NJPW , I’d be scared. Since it was announced that Suzuki was not in this year’s G1 he has been on a rampage, attacking whoever he wants and when he wants. He (Minoru Suzuki) also hasn’t lost. Suzuki-gun attack before the bell and Taichi goes after Shingo. Shingo will be facing Taichi in his next G1 match. Suzuki and Naito fight on one side of the crowd as Taichi chokes Shingo with a chair. Taichi tags Suzuki and Shingo could be in trouble. They trade strikes and Minoru Suzuki smiles. Suzuki tacks Shingo smdown and knees him in the face. Taichi tags back in. Taichi whips his trousers off and Charlton barley made a sound, making me think he is still being hushed. Shingo makes a comeback on Taich and tags Naito as Kanemaru get the tag on the other side. Naito gets the better of Kanemaru and tags BUSHI. Minoru Suzuki ends this when he chokes out BUSHI then delivers a Gotch-Style piledriver for the win. Taichi and Kanemaru jumps Shingo afterwards and Tetsuya Naito comes to his aid. Winners: Minoru Suzuki, Taichi and Kanemaru in 8:37.

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G1 Climax Tournament Matches

Scoring system for the G1:

  • Win: 2 Points
  • Draw: 1 Point
  • Loss: 0 Points

KENTA vs Lance Archer

  • Both of these men are undefeated going into this match and that adds something. There is a large size difference here, as they stand nose to chest, Archer shoves KENTA down. KENTA chops Archer down with kicks to the back of the knee over and over. KENTA hits two running kicks in the corner but Archer comes running out and tackles KENTA before the third. Archer chokeslams KENTA onto the LA Dojo Young Lions from the apron and lands a rolling senton onto all three at ringside. Archer beats on KENTA at ringside, as the count starts, Archer grabs the microphone and shouts “shut up”. Archer says to KENTA “That’s who you are, your f***ing Hideo”. KENTA slaps him and gets taken down and mauled. KENTA comes back with a kick, which looks like it missed, and a swinging bodyslam. A few minutes later, Archer goes for a Blackout but KENTA slips down into a sleeper. KENTA goes for a GTS but Archer gets the EBD Claw. KENTA, with a bloody mouth, gets Archer in a triangle choke, into the yes lock for a tap out win. Winner: KENTA in 11:59.

EVIL vs SANADA

  • Two members of Los Ingobernables De Japon face off in this G1 Climax tournament. They start off hot as SANADA looks for a Moonsault off the bat but EVIL moves. EVIL heads to ringside and grabs a chair, throws the chair in to SANADA. SANADA tries the Paradise lock on EVIL but EVIL rolls out and gets it on SANADA. They go to ringside and EVIL throws his teammate into the barrier and throws him back in. They fight back and forth with no real big moments for a while, then SANADA gets the upper hand and puts EVIL in the Paradise lock in the ropes. A very back and forth match at nearly ten minutes in. EVIL hits a magic killer on SANADA using the ref as the second person. EVIL lands a superplex from the top rope for a two count then calls for his finish. Lots of reversals until SANADA hits EVIL with Everything is Evil. Moonsault from SANADA but EVIL gets the knees up. At the fifteen minute call SANADA looks for the Skull End. EVIL looks like he is fading until he turns it into a small package for a close nearfall. SANADA kicks out of a Darkness Falls close to the seventeen minute point. Just over a minute later EVIL ends the match with Everything is Evil to beat his tag partner and teammate. EVIL extends the hand for a fist bump and SANADA gives it to him. Winner: EVIL in 18:11.

Kazuchika Okada vs Bad Luck Fale

  • Fale comes out with Okada, dragging him still in his coat. Fale beats up Okada at ringside and in the crowd before Okada got his ring entrance which doesn’t go down well in Korakuen Hall. Bullet Club do whatever they can to keep Okada down at ringside. Chase and Jado are with Fale and constantly getting involved. Okada fights back with a bodyslam, sends Fale to ringside and dives on all three BC members. Okada hits his signature neckbreaker on Fale, wow. Okada looks to finish this then Red Shoes takes a bump and Chase Owens gets involved and Fale hits the Granade. Okada fights back again and dropkicks Chase. Jado hits Okada in the back with the kendo stick and holds Okada. Fale runs at Okada but hits Jado and Okada backdrops Fale and sat down on the chest, grabs the legs, and wins. Okada pins Fale. Winner: Kazuchika Okada in 10:09.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Zack Sabre Jr

  • Zack has been coming out on his own because his hype-man Taka Michinoku is injured from the Best of the Super Jrs. Get well soon Taka. They tangle in the ropes then Zack wraps up Tanahashi but Tana escapes and ZSJ is visually unhappy. Tanahashi has a leg hold on ZSJ at the five minute call and ZSJ uses a classic British Wresting escape, leading to the headlock. Lots of pinning combinations by both until Tanahashi hits a twist and shout. This feels like it could end at any moment with quick reversals and pins. They struggle over a backslide for about 30 seconds, which was great. Tanahashi hits the Slingblade but ZSJ rolls Tana up and gets an armbar. Tanahashi escapes but gets both arms stretched out of his shoulders. Somehow Tana rolls around and gets a foot on the ropes. People in the front row are holding their hands to their chests as this gets more intense. Tanahashi fights back with another Slingblade and a High Fly Flow on a standing ZSJ but when he goes for a second Zack gets his knees up. Zack gets another armbar but Tanahashi jumps over and rolls up ZSJ for the win. Zack goes nuts at ringside, throws his shoe and falls to his knees. Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi in 13:57.

Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay

  • Will Ospreay nearly missed this match due to injury but Tweeted that he “got the green light” and will be having this bout with Ibushi. This starts of respectful with lock ups, each man pushing the other to the ropes and letting go. They roll around on the mat as Kota targets the neck and Ospreay grabs at the hand that has two fingers taped together. Ospreay slides out of the ring, snatching the leg of Ibushi, and slams in on the apron. Ospreay finally targets the injured leg of Ibushi, dropping Ibushi on his leg on the barrier. Will wraps the leg around the ring post then gets back in the ring. Kota dodges a dropkick in the corner and kicks Ospreay in the back. Kota fights back and goes back to the neck of Ospreay. Osprway misses a Pip-pip Cheerio but hits it a minute later. Ospreay lands a Space flying tiger drop and the crowd chants for him. Ospreay sells his neck as he goes for a Oscutter and Kota turns it into a German suplex on the neck of Ospreay. They trade big strikes and Ospreay jumps on the ankle of Ibushi, followed by a head kick. Ospreay goes for Stormbreaker but Ibushi reverses it and drops Ospreay on his head like a reverse tombstone. Last ride powerbomb by Kota and Ospreay kicks out. Ospreay hits an incredible twisting powerbomb for a great nearfall before the twenty minute call. Ospreay goes for the super Oscutter but is stopped and hung upside down in ther corner. Ibushi stares at Ospreay as they hit each other. Kota kicks the hell out of Will. Kota tries his second ropes German suplex but Ospreay almost lands on his feet and sells his head and neck. Ospreay hits an elbow strike that put Kota out for a while. Ospreay hits an Oscutter but Ibushi kicks out just before the twenty five minute call. Ospreay goes for the Hidden Blade but Kota answers with his own elbow. At the call for “three minutes left” Kota picks up Ospreay and hits the Kamigoye to win. Hell of a match, I worried about both men as they made every moment mean the world. This was by far the best match on the show today and possibly the best of the tournament so far. Winner: Kota Ibushi in 27:17.

Kota spoke to the fans afterwards and said thank you to Ospreay. He mentioned that everyone is a little hurt at the moment but he will not lose and not give up.

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Current G1 Table

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada – 6
  • Zack Sabre Jr. – 0
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi – 2
  • Kota Ibushi – 2
  • EVIL – 4
  • SANADA – 2
  • Bad Luck Fale – 2
  • Lance Archer – 4
  • Will Ospreay – 4
  • KENTA – 6

B Block

  • Tetsuya Naito – 0
  • Tomohiro Ishii – 4
  • Juice Robinson – 4
  • Toru Yano – 2
  • Hirooki Goto – 2
  • Jay White – 0
  • Jeff Cobb – 0
  • Shingo Takagi – 2
  • Taichi – 2
  • Jon Moxley – 4

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