Tuesday, September 29, 2020

NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 13 Results: Okada vs. SANADA

Welcome to our results of NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 13. New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s 29th G1 Climax tournament continues today and will run until Day 19 on August 12.

Twenty wrestlers, divided into two blocks of ten, compete against every other member of their block. They gain 2 points for a victory and 1 point for a draw. The wrestler with the most points in each block will move on to a final match, with the winner getting an opportunity to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in the Tokyo Dome in January 2020.

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Watch this event on NJPW World with commentary in either English or Japanese.

Day 13 Undercard

Juice Robinson & Toa Henare defeated Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji
Toa Henare pinned Yota Tsuji after a Toa Bottom at 6:18. Juice Robinson faces Taichi in the B Block on Day 14 (August 4).

CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated Toru Yano, Jeff Cobb & Tomoaki Honma
YOSHI-HASHI submitted Tomoaki Honma with the Butterfly Lock at 5:50. Tomohiro Ishii faces Toru Yano and Hirooki Goto faces Jeff Cobb on Day 14.

Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) defeated Suzukigun (Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)
Shingo Takagi pinned Yoshinobu Kanemaru after a Made in Japan at 7:28. Shingo initiated the fist bump with Naito and it was reciprocated. Tetsuya Naito faces Shingo Takagi in an all LIJ main event tomorrow.

Bullet Club (Jay White & Chase Owens) defeated Jon Moxley & Shota Umino
Jay White pinned Shota Umino after a running knee from Chase Owens into a Blade Runner at 5:55. Notably, Jay White and Jon Moxley did not touch at all in this match, as Bullet Club kept Umino from making the tag. Jon Moxley versus Jay White takes place tomorrow.

Day 13 G1 Matches

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Bad Luck Fale defeated KENTA
Fale dominated the match early on using a combination of his large weight advantage and occasional cheap shots from his stablemate, Jado. KENTA managed to rally back with strikes and flying moves, but was unable to hit the Go 2 Sleep. Jado attempted to interfere again, but KENTA stopped him. However, the distraction was all that Fale needed. Bad Luck Fale pinned KENTA with a schoolboy roll-up at 7:20. Fale 4 points, KENTA 8 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Lance Archer
Archer challenged Sabre to hurt him in a head-to-head fight, but his strikes had little effect on Archer, but any move from Lance was able to topple the gangly grappler. From there, Zack went after the big man’s arms and legs, but Lance was able to fight him off most of the time. Archer spent a little too much time toying with ZSJ, giving Zack the opening he needed. Zack Sabre Jr. pinned Lance Archer with a rare naked choke transitioned into a roll-up at 10:43. ZSJ 6 points, Archer 4 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: EVIL defeated Will Ospreay
Ospreay was fast enough to thwart EVIL’s first gameplan of chair-based offense, but EVIL spent this match demonstrating that he was no lumbering oaf, showing the speed necessary to counter many of Ospreay’s own moves. After failing to get the win with the Oscutter, Ospreay went for the super Oscutter, but EVIL caught him and that gave him the opening he needed. EVIL pinned Will Ospreay with the EVIL at 17:08. EVIL 8 points, Ospreay 4 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Kota Ibushi defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi
Starting out, Tanahashi immediately went to work on Ibushi’s legs to slow him down, but Ibushi was resilient enough to not show severe signs of damage. In return, Ibushi ferociously weakened Tanahashi’s neck. The crowd came unglued as the two men slapped and striked each other with abandon. After dodging the High Fly Flow, Ibushi got the upper hand and ended Tanahashi’s G1 hopes. Kota Ibushi pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi after a Kamigoye at 15:53. Ibushi 10 points, Tanahashi 8 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: SANADA defeated Kazuchika Okada
The crowd broke into a heavy SANADA chant at the start of the match, to Okada’s chagrin. He seemed to revel in the support for his opponent, though, as he went for a foot-on-chest pin. However, the referee refused to count it. Having never lost to SANADA in half a dozen matches, Okada didn’t seem to take SANADA that seriously. After hitting Rainmaker, Okada didn’t go for the pin, and gave SANADA the opening he needed. Okada got caught in a very long Skull End, but didn’t tap out. Running out of time, SANADA released the hold and finished Okada off. SANADA pinned Kazuchika Okada after a top rope moonsault at 29:47. SANADA 6 points, Okada 12 points. This was Okada’s first loss in this year’s G1 Climax, and the first time SANADA has ever defeated Kazuchika Okada.

G1 Climax 29 Standings

A BlockPointsB BlockPoints
Kazuchika Okada12Jon Moxley10
Kota Ibushi10Tomohiro Ishii6
KENTA8Juice Robinson6
Hiroshi Tanahashi8Jeff Cobb6
EVIL8Toru Yano6
Zack Sabre Jr.6Tetsuya Naito6
SANADA6Jay White6
Lance Archer4Hirooki Goto 6
Will Ospreay4Shingo Takagi4
Bad Luck Fale4Taichi4

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