Thursday, October 1, 2020

NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 15 Results: Okada vs. EVIL

Welcome to our results of NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 15. 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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View the full tournament schedule here.

Watch this event on NJPW World with commentary in either English or Japanese. Start times: 2:30AM Pacific, 5:30AM Eastern, 10:30AM UK, 7:30PM East Australia

Day 15 Undercard

Suzukigun (Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated Toru Yano, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
Yoshinobu Kanemaru submitted Yuya Uemura with a Boston crab at 8:56. After the match, Taichi wrapped Toru Yano up in a cocoon made of one side of the ring apron, and Yano needed ringside officials to set him free.

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated Jon Moxley & Shota Umino
YOSHI-HASHI submitted Shota Umino with the butterfly lock at 5:39. Moxley and Goto stared each other down in the ring but did not come to blows.

Bullet Club (Jay White, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens) defeated Juice Robinson, Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare
Chase Owens pinned Toa Henare after a package piledriver (for what seems like the hundredth time on this tour) at 9:31. Jay White taunted Juice and attacked Rocky Romero on commentary as he made his exit.

Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) defeated Jeff Cobb, Tomohiro Ishii & Ren Narita
BUSHI pinned Ren Narita after the M-X at 8:50. Tomohiro Ishii and Shingo Takagi engaged in an angry confrontation of chops and shoves after the match before being separated.

Scheduled G1 Climax matches for Day 16 (August 8 – B Block):

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

Day 15 G1 Matches

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: SANADA defeated Lance Archer
Lance Archer attacked SANADA as he was making his entance and controlled most of the early match. SANADA attempted to remove Archer’s base with leg work, but Lance stopped him before damage could be done and continued to bully the LIJ member. Lance Archer went for a top rope moonsault of his own, giving SANADA an opening for his own, which Archer blocked. SANADA’s athleticism let him catch Archer at a crucial moment. SANADA pinned Lance Archer with a bridging O’Connor roll at 10:28. SANADA 8 points, Archer 4 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Bad Luck Fale defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi
Fale attacked Tanahashi before the bell and, with the aid of Chase Owens and Jado at opportunistic moments, grinded Tanahashi down with his weight. Tanahashi managed to cut Fale off with dropkicks to the leg followed by more leg holds. However, Jado hit Tanahashi’s leg with a kendo stick as he was going for the High Fly Flow, stopping the move and giving Fale the opening he needed. Bad Luck Fale pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi with a backslide pin at 9:58. Fale 6 points, Tanahashi 8 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Will Ospreay defeated KENTA
With Ospreay having found a lot of inspiration from watching KENTA, he attempted to fight the latter on KENTA’s terms. That is, as opposed to his usual repertoire, Ospreay did his best to bring the fight to the hard-hitting KENTA with striking of his own, and several moves of KENTA’s longtime rival Naomichi Marufuji, but found himself outmatched. It was only went back to his tried and true high-flying offense that he could take control and get the win. Will Ospreay pinned KENTA after the Stormbreaker. Ospreay 6 points, KENTA 8 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Kota Ibushi defeated Zack Sabre Jr.
Ibushi and ZSJ have fought many times before and what one expects is what they get when the two of them have a match. It was a battle of Ibushi’s striking and flying against Zack’s submissions and limb attacks. Zack was able to weaken Ibushi’s left leg over time, but even still Ibushi’s strikes seemed overall more effective. Zack never spent too much of the match in control, although he managed to come close with several innovative pinning combinations. Kota Ibushi pinned Zack Sabre Jr. after a Kamigoye at 15:46. Ibushi 12 points, Sabre 6 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Kazuchika Okada defeated EVIL
Being in EVIL’s home prefecture, this crowd was very pro-EVIL, and even had signs celebrating him. Both men seemed evenly matched in the early going, but after EVIL blocked an over the railing dive from Okada by throwing a chair at him, the match shifted in EVIL’s favor until Okada manged to assert himself with a tombstone piledriver. Soon, EVIL retaliated with Darkness Falls, but Okada reversed the EVIL into a short-arm clothesline, then hit another. As Okada finally went for the Rainmaker, EVIL reversed it and hit a running lariat for a near fall. As EVIL went for his self-named move, Okada countered it with a discus Rainmaker, then finished him off. Kazuchika Okada pinned EVIL after a Rainmaker at 27:00. Okada 14 points, EVIL 8 points.

G1 Climax 29 Standings

A BlockPointsB BlockPoints
Kazuchika Okada14Jon Moxley10
Kota Ibushi12Tomohiro Ishii8
KENTA8Hirooki Goto8
Hiroshi Tanahashi8Jay White 8
EVIL8Tetsuya Naito 8
SANADA8Toru Yano6
Zack Sabre Jr.6Jeff Cobb6
Bad Luck Fale6Juice Robinson6
Will Ospreay6Taichi 6
Lance Archer4Shingo Takagi4

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