NJPW G1 Climax 29 Day 1 Results

NJPW G1 Climax 29
New Japan Pro Wrestling presents the G1 Climax 29 opening night from Dallas, TX

Welcome to our ongoing Live Results of NJPW G1 Climax: Dallas.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s 29th G1 Climax tournament begins today and will run until August 12, with the winner getting an opportunity to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in January 2020.

Match results and points for each competitor will be updated throughout the show for each of the tournament’s nineteen events.

NJPW G1 Climax Dallas Results

Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeated Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH).
The bulk of the match were G.O.D. dominating the junior heavyweight tag team, with several hope moments for RPG 3K. Tama Tonga pinned YOH following a top rope powerbomb at 6:42.

Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita defeated Tomohiro Ishii & Shota Umino.
The focus of this match was on Cobb and Ishii, who are each other’s first opponents in the B Block. They hit each other extremely hard, and the crowd was very excited. Cobb pinned Shota Umino after a Tour of the Islands to end the match at 7:18. After the match, Ishii and Cobb continued to fight each other until staff pulled them apart.

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) defeated Bullet Club (Jay White & Chase Owens).
White received heavy boos from the American crowd. White is facing Goto in the main event of the first B Block show on July 13, and Goto looked strong in this match, overpowering Owens with relative ease. Goto pinned Owens following the GTR at 8:38.

Toru Yano, Juice Robinson & Jushin Thunder Liger def. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI).
Most of the match involved the various wrestlers squaring off against their counterpart opponents, including a slugfest between Juice and Takagi, and Naito attempting to avoid Yano’s usual antics. The finish came when Yano delivered a low blow to BUSHI behind the referee’s back at 8:18.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Lance Archer def. Will Ospreay
Despite his loss, Ospreay got in a lot of offense on the heavyweight Archer and looked strong in defeat. The audience was rooting for Ospreay, but Archer kicked out of the Oscutter and managed to evade the Stormbreaker to get the victory. Lance Archer pinned Will Ospreay at 18:16 with the EBD Claw.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Bad Luck Fale def. EVIL
Bad Luck Fale overpowered EVIL with his superior size and strength early on, but EVIL managed to evade him at some points and land attacks of his own. EVIL took chairs out from under the ring, but Fale managed to use them against him. The referee was knocked out of the ring at one point and Fale hit a low blow on EVIL, and then finished him off. Bad Luck Fale pinned EVIL at 11:33 with the Bad Luck Fall.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: SANADA def. Zack Sabre Jr.
The match emphasized that SANADA could very much keep up with Zack Sabre Jr. with regards to technical wrestling. They chain-wrestled and transitioned through holds but at a fast pace that kept the crowd energized, leading to a “New Japan” chant at one point. Eventually the match escalated, leading to SANADA using his trademark offense to finish Sabre off, but Sabre kept catching him with submissions. SANADA pinned Zack Sabre Jr. with a bridging O’Connor roll at 21:12.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: KENTA def. Kota Ibushi
KENTA made a big impression in his first match in NJPW. This was a hard-hitting fight with many strikes, kicks, and angry faces. Ibushi went for a dive that KENTA countered, but Ibushi looked to hurt his ankle and was not moving as smoothly for the rest of the match. KENTA pinned Ibushi after a Go 2 Sleep at 20:51.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Match: Kazuchika Okada def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
The crowd gave one of the loudest reactions of the night before the two even touched. It’s hard to say novel things about matches between Tanahashi and Okada, since they’ve wrestled many times before, but this match was a first for this rivalry between the two. In all the previous times that they fought during the G1 Climax, the match ended in a 30-minute time limit draw. Okada putting Tanahashi away as quickly, relatively speaking, as he did, demonstrated that Tanahashi is now fully in the rear view mirror for Okada. Okada pinned Tanahashi after a Rainmaker at 22:04.

G1 Climax 29 Standings

A Block

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

B Block

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