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NJPW – G1 Climax 29, Final – Results and Review

This is the G1 Climax tournament final. This show and the two block finals are available on Fite TV as well as njpwworld.

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See full results from;

  1. Night 1
  2. Night 2
  3. Night 3
  4. Night 4
  5. Night 5
  6. Night 6
  7. Night 7
  8. Night 8
  9. Night 9
  10. Night 10
  11. Night 11
  12. Night 12
  13. Night 13
  14. Night 14
  15. Night 15
  16. Night 16
  17. Night 17
  18. Night 18

See my G1 Climax 29 Primer HERE.


Commentators for this show are Kevin Kelly, Rocky Romero and Chris Charlton.

Kevin Kelly is maybe the greatest play-by-play announcer while Rocky brings great insight into not just wrestling but the locker rooms in New Japan, Chris Charlton is an excellent translator and an integral part of understanding the show and promos.

Final G1 Table

A Block

  1. Kota Ibushi – 14 (Winner)
  2. Kazuchika Okada – 14
  3. Hiroshi Tanahashi – 8
  4. SANADA – 8
  5. KENTA – 8
  6. EVIL – 8
  7. Will Ospreay – 8
  8. Bad Luck Fale – 8
  9. Zack Sabre Jr – 8
  10. Lance Archer – 6

B Block

  1. Jay White – 12 (Winner)
  2. Tetsuya Naito – 10
  3. Jon Moxley – 10
  4. Hirooki Goto – 10
  5. Tomohiro Ishii – 8
  6. Toru Yano – 8
  7. Jeff Cobb – 8
  8. Taichi – 8
  9. Juice Robinson – 8
  10. Shingo Takagi – 8

The show opens with a video package highlighting the tournament, starting with the competitors in the A Block, ending with Kota Ibushi defeating Kazuchika Okada in the final. The video package then shows the B Block competitors, ending with Jay White defeating Tetsuya Naito in the final. Then Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show as the Young Lion theme plays. Kevin Kelly says “After 18 events over 37 days in 2 continents, with 180 block matches lasting 22 hours, 28 minutes and 7 seconds combined, we’re down to 1 match to settle it all.”

Karl Fredericks & Clark Conners vs Yota Tsuji & Ren Narita

  • Fredericks and Tsuji start and Tsuji quickly takes down Fredericks and then Conners. This match shows the LA Dojo guys(Fredericks and Conners) against the Japanese Dojo guys(Tsuji & Narita) and both teams are fighting to show dominance. Clark and Karl train with Shibata and they definitely learn intensity. Fredericks and Conners use quick tags to work over Narita. The LA Dojo guys use double team moves to get a nearfall on Narit but Narita keeps fighting. At about the seven minute point both Tsuji and Conners tag in and beat the hell out of each other. Tsuji gets the better of Conners until Clark Conners hits a dropkick. Conners gets a Boston Crab on Tsuji and dragged him back into the middle of the ring a few times and Tsuji has to quit. After the match the LA Dojo guys scrap with all of the Japanese Young Lions. Really good opener. Winners: Karl Fredericks and Clark Conners in 9:53.

Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Lance Archer vs Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Jeff Cobb

  • Suzuki-gun jump start this match as Liger is introduced. Taichi nearly gets the mask off Liger but Liger fights back. Tiger Mask tries to crossbody Archer but Archer catches him and slams him. Suzuki-gun get the heat on Tiger Mask for a few minutes. Tiger Mask fights back against Taichi and hits a Tiger Bomb. Tiger Mask tags Cobb and Taichi tags Archer. Cobb catches Archer in the corner but Archer fights out. Cobb tries to power Archer up for a suplex but Archer slips out. Too much of Cobbs offence gets reversed. Archer tags Kanemaru and he comes off the top rope but is caught. Moments later Cobb hits Tour of the Islands on Kanemaru to win. It was great to see Jyushin Thunder Liger in the Nippon Budokan hall one last time. Winners: Jeff Cobb, Jyushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask in 7:36.

Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori vs Will Ospreay, SHO & YOH

  • YOH and Taiji Ishimori kick off this match. Not long in and Chaos are set to dive on Bullet Club but at the same time, Bullet Club pulls the members of Chaos under the ropes. Bullet Club get the heat on YOH for the first few minutes until SHO tags in against Chase. Tiger Hattori is referring this match on the way to his retirement. Ospreay tags in as Yujiro tags in and Will is a house of fire and loved by fans. Ospreay always gets a good reaction. Ishimori, Chase and Yujiro triple team Ospreay and everyone takes turns hitting moves on someone else. Ospreay directs SHO and YOH to dive, which they do, then Ospreay hits Stormbreaker to pin Takahashi. Winners: Will Ospreay, SHO & YOH in 7:57.

Juice Robinson & Toa Henare vs Shota Umino & Jon Moxley

  • Moxley attacks Juice to start before the ring announcements are made. Moxley throws Henare out and stomps Juice down before even taking his jacket off. Juice and Shota targetthe knee of Juice early on. Juice fights back against Moxley with a dew elbows and a Juice Box. Henare and Shota tag in. Shota has looked great when with Moxley, like he’s more relaxed because he can finally show some personality. Henare gets the upper hand but Moxley saves him. Mox and Shota go for Hart Attack but Juice spears Moxley. Shota and Henare go at it hard while Moxley and Juice fight at ringside. Henare beats Shota with a Toa Bottom, basically a Rock Bottom. After the match Moxley attacks Juice with the US Title then gives Henare a Deathrider. Moxley then puts Juice through a table at ringside. Winners: Toa Henare and Juice Robinson in 6:20.

Togi Makabe, Hirooki Goto, Tomoaki Honma, Ryusuke Taguchi & Toru Yano vs Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, Shingo Takagi, SANADA & EVIL

  • LIJ are very slow to start and Yano gets impatient, which is odd as Togi Makabe is in the ring ready to start. Eventually Togi Makabe kicks the match off with EVIL. EVIL goes for Everything is Evil but Taguchi reverses into Everything is Taguchi but EVIL throws Taguchi on his face. LIJ spreads out and attacks everyone. LIJ get the heat on Taguchi in the ring by slapping his Funky Weapon. Naito jumps in to stop the tag an Taguchi takes out Naito and BUSHI with a DDT and reverse DDT. Goto and Shingo tag in and they throw the big shots. SANADA and Honma tag in and this kinda broke down. With all ten men hitting stuff all over this got messy but was always fun. SANADA beats Honma with a moonsault. Winners: SANADA, EVIL, BUSHI, Shingo Takagi and Tetsuya Naito in 8:57.

Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Bad Luck Fale vs KENTA, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

  • Tama calls out KENTA saying “I want you” but instead Fale starts with YOSHI-HASHI. KENTA shows no sign of wanting in this match. Tama holds YOSHI-HASHI against the ropes as Fale runs at him but YOSHI-HASHI moves and Fale knocks Tama off the apron. Fale runs the ropes with YOSHI-HASHI laid in the middle of the ring, each time stepping on YOSHI-HASHI. Finally Ishii gets tagged in and so does Tanga Loa. Ishii runs wild and Fale comes in. Ishii tries to suplex Fale but cannot so gets bodyslammed. G.O.D start taking it to Ishii but Ishii fights back. Ishii goes to tag KENTA and KENTA steps down and walks away. Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI go nuts and Ishii finally suplexs Fale then KENTA runs in and hits Ishii with a Psycho knee and a GTS. Tama pins Ishii after the GTS. Winners: Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Bad Luck Fale in 8:35.

After the match KENTA beat down Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI as well as the LA Dojo guys that he trained with in America with the Bullet Club and asks for a mic. As KENTA is about to make an announcement, Katsuyori Shibata comes running down and beats up KENTA and the Bullet Club, fans go absolutely nuts as Shibata has been retired for a while now. Bullet Club eventually got the better of Shibata and beat him down with Kendo sticks and KENTA sat on him while doing the too sweet gesture. KENTA joins the Bullet Club and for the first time in years, Shibata takes a bump on a New Japan show.

Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr vs Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kazuchika Okada

  • Minoru Suzuki walks to the ring to his own entrance music instead of the Suzuki-gun music for the first time this tour as he looks just as evil but Suzuki doesn’t attack Young Lions for once. Tanahashi kicks the match off with ZSJ. Zack gets the advantage early but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi takes down Suzuki on the apron so Okada comes in. Suzuki shouts at Okada and Okada runs at him on the apron, Suzuki gets the triangle on the ropes then takes Okada to ringside. Okada is beaten up by the sadistic Minoru Suzuki, then Suzuki tags in to beat up Tanahashi. Minoru Suzuki is pure evil. Zack tags in and Suzuki and ZSJ both apply holds to Tanahashi at the same time. At tmabout the 6 minute point Tanahashi finally makes the tag to Okada. Suzuki tags in against Okada and continues his vicious onslaught against the Dream Team. Tanahashi comes in to help Okada but each time he hits Suzuki, Suzuki looks more and more evil. ZSJ and Tana tag in while Suzuki and Okada fight at ringside. ZSJ gets an Octopus hold but Tana fights out. Tanahashi goes for a High Fly Flow but Zack gets the knees up and immediately gets a triangle choke. Tanahashi bridges out to pin ZSJ but Zack kicked out. Okada and Suzuki tag in at the same time and Okada hits a shotgun dropkick then an elbow drop. Okada calls for the Rainmaker but Suzuki fires up and they trade big forearms. Suzuki goes for a GSP but Tanahashi gives him a Slingblade out of nowhere, then one to Zack. Suzuki puts Okada in a sleeper while ZSJ chokes out Tanahashi in the ropes. Suzuki spins Okada around and hits the Gotch Style Piledriver to pin the IWGP Heavyweight champion. Suzuki gets the microphone and cuts a promo about how Okada lost to someone who wasn’t allowed in the G1. Suzuki says to Okada and NJPW “I want that IWGP Heavyweight belt, hand it over to me.” Minoru Suzuki is the king of pro wrestling and Suzuki-gun is ICHI BAN. Winners: Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr in 15:28.

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G1 Climax 29 Final Match

Kota Ibushi vs “Switchblade” Jay White

  • The entire Bullet Club walk to the ring with Switchblade, including the newest member, KENTA. Before the match, Red Shoes Uno throws out the Bullet Club but Gedo can stay. When all of the Bullet Club leaves the match starts, Jay leaves the ring instantly but Kota doesn’t follow. They lock up about a minute in. Gedo grabs at the leg of Ibushi early and Red Shoes Uno loses it and throws Gedo out too. Kota goes for a Golden triangle but is stopped and White targets the ankle of Ibushi. White takes Ibushi around ringside, wrapping the leg around barriers and the ring post. White continues to target the leg in the ring but Kota won’t stop fighting. Kota takes White down with a kick and moonsaults on him. Kota goes for a moonsault on his knees to Jay White but he moves and Kota crashes down on his knees. White looks for a chop block to Kota but Ibushi jumps and double stomps on the back of Jay. Jay reverses kicks for Kota and German suplexs Ibushi on his neck. Jay goes for a superplex but Kota fights so Jay smashes at the leg and rakes the eyes. Jay hits the superplex. Jay looks for a Kiwi Crusher but Ibuhsi reverses it into a Bastard Driver. They get to their feet as they trade shots. Ibushi gets the upper hand with the forearms but Jay comes back with a combo. Kiwi Crusher to Ibushi but he kicks out at the fifteen minute call. Jay goes for a sleeper suplex but is reversed with a half and half suplex by Ibushi. Ibushi has great facials as he looks for the lawn dart. White throws Ibsuhi into the ref who goes down and rolls outside. Gedo comes out and Jay hits a chop block. They attack Ibushi’s leg with a chair then White puts the TTO submission on Kota. Kota fights out of a sleeper suplex and hits a backflip kick. Ibushi his the lawn dart, throwing Jay head first into the corner. Kota gives Jay White a German suplex off the second rope for a two count. That was the safest version of that move I’ve ever seen. Jay chops Kota and Kota looks pissed. Kota Ibushi, former kickboxer, slaps, chops and kicks the hell out of Jay. Jay comes out of the corner and slaps Ibushi but as he does, Kota hits him back and takes him down. Kota goes for Jay but Jay hits a leg whip. Kota still keeps fighting and hits a last ride powerbomb for a two at the twenty five minute call. Gedo gets in behind the back of Red Shoes but Kota kicks his head off. Red Shoes calls Rocky Romero to take Gedo away as he’s laying in the ring. Kota looks to put Jay away with lots of huge shots, Jay reverses a Kamigoye and hits a Bladerunner but can’t cover. Switchblade has red eyes by this point. Jay hits the Bloody Sunday to set up Bladerunner but Bladerunner is reversed. Kota hits a Kamigoye to get the greatest nearfall of the tournament. Kota then hits another Kamigoye and pins Jay White to win the G1 Climax 29. That was amazing, Kota Ibushi is amazing. Winner of the G1 Climax 29: Kota Ibushi in 31:01.

Final Thoughts: Well, that concludes the G1 Climax tournament for 2019. I have covered each and every match in the tournament and somehow managed to watch every show either live or same day to get results and my review up as soon as possible. I have fully and completely enjoyed this entire tournament and thrilled to see Kota hold the trophy at the end of it all. Absolutely excellent tournament with an incredible final show. Thank you for joining me across these 19 shows and I hope you will continue to join me through the year of NJPW and altprowrestling as a whole.


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