New Japan Pro Wrestling
G1 Climax 29 – Night 14
August 4, 2019
Osaka EDION Arena #1
Osaka, Japan

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Non-G1 Climax 29 Results

  • Ren Narita & Shota Umino defeat Toa Henare & Yuya Uemura
  • Suzuki-gun (Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.) defeat Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA)
  • BULLET CLUB (Bad Luck Fale, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi) defeat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma (8:16)
  • CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI) defeat Clark Connors, Karl Fredericks & KENTA

G1 Climax 29 B Block
Tomohiro Ishii (8) def. Toru Yano (6)

Ishii familiar with all of Yano’s tricks and isn’t going to get outfoxed by him. Ishii staring at Yano waiting for the countout was my favorite Yano spot. All tournament long has he gauded people to the outside to tie them up and finally, someone just straight up called his bluff. When his usual antics don’t work we get a rare appearance of Fighting Spirit Yano. He’s going back to his amateur roots and just starts suplexing Ishii around the ring. He also lays in some proper stiff strikes and even manages to get Ishii off his feet. But in the end, Ishii is too much a force for Yano to overcome. Ishii is on a great run even by his standards and this might be his best G1 yet.

G1 Climax 29 B Block
Taichi (6) def. Juice Robinson (6)

This match was just boooooring. Taichi matches continue to be an exercise in frustration. There is the potential for a good match there but too often he just never gets out of first gear. This was one of those matches. Juice has become a very good worker, but he isn’t someone that can carry his opponent to a good match, which was apparent here. Even with the loss Juice just barely stays alive in the tournament, but his chances of getting to the final are incredibly slim now.



G1 Climax 29 B Block
Hirooki Goto (8) def. Jeff Cobb (6)

Cobb has not had a good tournament, which is a shame as I had high hopes for him. This match was following that trend and was largely bland and unexciting.

Goto remains a geek and age is catching up with him now. He will not get another huge push and is now at best the Number 4 guy in Chaos. I won’t be surprised if he slides further down the card over the next year.

G1 Climax 29 B Block
Jay White (8) def. Jon Moxley (10)

This is the duel of the Knife Perverts. Moxley coming in hot and is just destroying White. White felt outmatched here, which justifies his cheating. While I’m still not a big fan of the Gedo antics they felt very organic here and made sense within the context of the match.

White is way better working from underneath, which means his future may lay as an underdog babyface. That would require a massive character change though. This was White’s best match of the tournament and his best match since the match with Okada at Wrestle Kingdom. He just hits the Bladerunner straight up with no reversal nonsense. He also becomes the first man to score a pinfall victory over Moxley since he left WWE. Moxley has been on a roll in this tournament and so far he has had Ishii’s, Yano’s and White’s best match in this years G1.





G1 Climax 29 B Block
Tetsuya Naito (8) def. Shingo Takagi (4)

This match has a proper big fight feel right away. You can see it in Naito’s eyes that this match is a big deal for him. They are going counter for counter at the start until Shingo gets the upper hand. He hits Naito on the outside with a DDT and no one takes a DDT better than Naito. 

Shingo Takagi has the best looking offense in wrestling and he is using it to dismantle Naito. This match established Shingo not only as a heavyweight, but as a top guy in New Japan, as he went blow for blow with the Number 2 guy in the company. While the Destino isn’t exactly a protected finisher he still gets to kick out of it. In the end Naito was still the better man though

Amazing match with great pacing and impeccable timing. There was rarely a dull moment and I was thoroughly entertained throughout. I don’t think its as good as Ospreay vs Shingo though. 

After a rough start, Naito is now on his way to win G1 and take the IWGP Heavyweight belt from Okada at the dome. As he should be.

Final Thoughts

This wasn’t as strong as the previous night but still a very solid outing from New Japan Pro Wrestling. Ishii had one of the better Yano matches and the top 2 matches delivered in a big way. Go out of your way to watch Naito vs Shingo, which is one of the best matches of the tournament so far.

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