Welcome to our results of NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 17. 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.
Day 17 Undercard
Prior to the beginning of the event, a memorial ceremony for the late Harley Race occurred. Many wrestlers came to the ringside area to share the ten-bell salute.
Jon Moxley & Shota Umino defeated Juice Robinson & Ren Narita
Shota Umino pinned Ren Narita with a bridging Fisherman’s suplex at 3:41. After the match, Moxley put Juice in a figure four leg lock and until ring officials wrested him away.
Jeff Cobb & Toa Henare defeated Toru Yano & Tomoaki Honma
Jeff Cobb pinned Tomoaki Honma with the Tour of the Islands at 5:23.
Suzukigun (Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) defeated CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI)
Minoru Suzuki pinned YOSHI-HASHI after a Gotch-style piledriver at 7:50. Taichi and Tomohiro Ishii stared each other down after the match, then Taichi stepped on the NEVER Openweight Championship and kicked it towards Ishii.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI) defeated Bullet Club (Jay White, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens)
Shingo Takagi pinned Yujiro Takahashi with the Made in Japan at 8:37. Jay White and Tetsuya Naito stood face to face outside the ring. White yelled that Naito was the last one he needed, but Naito replied in Spanish that he didn’t understand English, and to please speak Spanish.
Scheduled G1 Climax matches for Day 18 (August 11 – B Block):
- Jeff Cobb vs. Toru Yano
- Tomohiro Ishii vs. Taichi
- Juice Robinson vs. Jon Moxley
- Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi
- Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White
Wrestlers with bolded names can make it to the G1 Final depending on the results of their and other matches.
Day 17 G1 Matches
G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Lance Archer defeated EVIL
At first, EVIL tried to fight Lance Archer in a battle of brawn, but found himself outmatched as Archer bullied him with strikes. Lance even displayed otherworldly athleticism for his size, doing an apron moonsault on EVIL and a group of young lions. Lance removed a corner pad and set up a chair in the turnbuckles, but it backfired and EVIL sent his face crashing into it. EVIL tried to catch him with his self-named move, but Lance Archer caught him with the EBD Claw and pinned him at 10:02. Final scores: 6 points Archer, 8 points EVIL
G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Bad Luck Fale defeated SANADA
Bad Luck Fale dominated the match using early using his great weight and the help of Chase Owens and Jado taking cheap shots from the outside. SANADA rallied with dropkicks and planchas to Fale and Owens as the crowd erupted. SANADA hit the TKO and Skull End, but the referee was pulled out of the ring and didn’t see Fale tapping out. Jado tried to hit SANADA with a kendo stick, but SANADA put him and Chase Owens in Paradise Locks, but this distraction was SANADA’s downfall. Bad Luck Fale pinned SANADA with a small package hold at 10:38. Final scores: 8 points Fale, 8 points SANADA
G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Zack Sabre Jr. defeated KENTA
Zack Sabre Jr. started the match acting cocky, saying that he was now on a higher level than KENTA after being below him in Pro Wrestling NOAH years ago. ZSJ tried to trade strikes with KENTA, but a single forearm from KENTA put him on his back. Every comeback from KENTA elicited boos from the crowd, notably. When Zack went back to his tried and true holds, he was able to take advantage. KENTA rallied and went for the Go 2 Sleep, but Zack countered it into the Jim Breaks Armbar for the submission win. Final points: ZSJ 8 points, KENTA 8 points
G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Will Ospreay defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi
Ospreay was arguably as over as Tanahashi with the crowd. The match began with Ospreay and Tanahashi engaging in a test of strength before transitioning into Tanahashi working holds on Ospreay’s legs. Ospreay was able to execute his high-flying offense, but his knee buckled at crucial moments, giving Tanahashi the opportunity to attack it even more. Ospreay hit a Spanish Fly into the Oscutter, but Tanahashi kicked out, and reversed the Stormbreaker into a Sling Blade. Finally, Ospreay caught him with a hook kick and pinned Tanahashi after the Stormbreaker. Final points: Ospreay 8, Tanahashi 8
G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Kota Ibushi defeated Kazuchika Okada
The crowd was red-hot for both men in this match before they even touched, with a slight edge in favor of Okada. They fought back and forth with neither man taking advantage for an extended period. Okada tried to keep the pace of the match slow, as he came in with the points advantage; a 30-minute draw make him the A Block’s finalist. Ibushi countered Okada’s tombstone piledriver and knocked Okada over in a battle of strikes. Okada caught Ibushi with a backslide into a Rainmaker, followed by another. Ibushi counted the third into a German suplex and hit Okada with a sitout powerbomb mid-dropkick. Kota Ibushi pinned Kazuchika Okada after two Kamigoyes at 25:07. Final points: Ibushi 14, Okada 14
Due to Ibushi’s victory over Okada giving him the advantage over a tie in points, Kota Ibushi is the G1 Climax 29 A Block Finalist.
G1 Climax 29 Standings
|A Block||Points||B Block||Points|
|Kota Ibushi (A Block Finalist)||14||Jon Moxley||10|
|Kazuchika Okada||14||Tetsuya Naito||10|
|Hiroshi Tanahashi||8||Jay White||10|
|Bad Luck Fale||8||Jeff Cobb||6|
|Zack Sabre Jr.||8||Juice Robinson||6|
|Lance Archer||6||Shingo Takagi||6|