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G1 CLIMAX 29: NIGHT 6 REPORT
JULY 19, 2019
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G1 CLIMAX 29: NIGHT 6 VIEWING GUIDE
(5) Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi. (****)
(8) Tetsuya Naito vs. Hirooki Goto. (***¾)
(9) Jon Moxley vs. Tomohiro Ishii. (****¾)
Note: This section will provide my spoiler free recommended matches to watch from each night of the tournament if you’re pressed for time and only want to see the essentials. The matches worth seeing will start at ***¾ or higher.
Commentary: Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero, and Chris Charlton.
(1) Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens) beat Suzuki-Gun (Zack Saber Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru in 4:30.
(2) Suzuki-Gun (Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki) beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma in 10:00.
(3) L.I.J. (BUSHI & EVIL & SANADA) beat Kota Ibushi & Clark Connors & KENTA in 9:00.
(4) CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada) beat Toa Henare & Will Ospreay in 9:00.
B BLOCK RESULTS & ANALYSIS
(5) SHINGO TAKAGI (2) vs. TAICHI (W/MIHO ABE) (2) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH
Shingo charged right at Taichi during the ring introductions. Taichi and Kanemaru attacked Shingo after their tag match the previous nights. Shingo hit a big vertical suplex. Taichi finally ended up sliding to the floor when Shingo went for an Irishi whip. Shingo had enough of waiting for Taichi and he went to the floor and put the boots to him. Taichi threw Abe in Shingo’s path on the outside and the ref tried to get between them. Taichi brought his mic stand into the ring and Shingo went after him only to get nailed in the head with the mic stand while the ref dealt with Abe. Taichi brawled into the crowd with Shingo and nailed him with a chair. He then grided away at Shingo’s nose. Taichi hit some big kicks to Shingo’s back and Shingo sold frustration. Shingo fired back and hit a straight right and then a clothesline and Taichi went down. The fans fired up and chanted for Takagi. Shingo missed a sliding lariat and Taichi caught him with a kick to the head from his back. Shingo missed a charge into the corner and Taichi caught him with a big kick to the head.
Taichi tore off his pants and went for a buzzsaw kick, but Shingo caught it. They went back and forth trading blows. Both men ended up down after Taichi caught Shingo with a jumping kick to the head. Shingo hit a snap backdrop suplex, but Taichi got right up and hit one of his own on Shingo, who did not get up. Shingo fired back and hit Noshigami and both men were down as the fans chanted Shingo’s name. Shingo hit several forearms back and forth to Taichi’s neck. He went for the Pumping Bomber, but Taichi blocked it. Shingo went for a clothesline with his other arm, but Taichi absorbed it and hit a high kick to his head. He then caught Shingo coming off the ropes with an Axe Bomber, but both men were down. He nailed Takagi with a buzzsaw kick a short time later. Shingo countered Taichi and lifted him into position for Made in Japan. He eventually landed it, but Taichi kicked out at the last second! Shingo hit some short Pumping Bombers and went for Last of the Dragon, but Taichi slipped out of it and nailed him with a flurry of strikes. He then hit the Last Ride and folded on top of Takagi, but he kicked out at the very last second. The fans lost their minds chanting for Takagi. Shingo blocked a kick, but Taichi blocked Last of the Dragon. Taichi shoved the ref away, but Shingo caught him with a flurry of strikes after blocking a low blow. He hit a Pumping Bomber. He measured Taichi and hit a running pumping bomber off the ropes. Takagi lifted up Taichi and hit Last of the Dragons for the win. WOW!
WINNER: Shingo Takagi (4 pts) in 14:30. (****)
(Radican’s Analysis: This was a thrilling back and forth match. I was not expecting this match to be so good, but it delivered and the crowd was so hot for Takagi.)
(6) JEFF COBB (0) vs. Juice Robinson (4) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH
Both men shook hands before the match started. The announcers said something seemed off with Cobb since the tournament started. Robinson went for a cannonball early and Cobb rolled ot the floor. He caught Robinson going for a dive, but Robinson slipped out of a suplex attempt and shoved him into the ringpost. Robinson went for a cannonball from the apron to the floor and connected. Robinson hit a crossbody off the top for a two count a short time later. Robinson went for a leg lariat, but Cobb caught him and hit an overhead belly to belly throw. Robinson went for a spear through the ropes, but Cobb caught him and hit a gutwrench suplex. He followed up with a Samoan Drop and a standing moonsault for a two count. Cobb set up for Tour of the Islands, but Robinson held onto the ropes and eventually caught Cobb with a leg lariat. Cobb fought out of a Juice Box attempt and they traded blows. Juice finally caught Cobb coming off the ropes with a spinebuster. Robinson set up and hit a big cannonball in the corner.
Robinson placed Cobb up top and connected with a Frankensteiner for a nearfall. Robinson went up top, but Cobb crawled out of the way. He caught Robinson charging at him and plastered him with a chop up top. They battled up top and Robinson fired back with headbutts. He slid under Cobb and hit a powerbomb, but Cobb managed to kick out at two. Robinson set up for Pulp Friction, but Cobb blocked it. Robinson slipped out of a Spin Cycle Suplex and went for Pulp Friction again, but Cobb blocked it and was successful this time in hitting the Spin Cycle Suplex. Both men were so to get up and the ref administered his count. Both men hit lariats, but neither man would go down. They both hit lariats at the same time. They went back and forth Juice hit a big right hand and a left arm clothesline for a two count. Robinson went for Pulp Friction, but Cobb turned it into a German. Cobb held on and launched Robinson with another German.
Cobb hit a superkick and a German, but Robinson kicked out at the last second. He went for Tour of the Islands, but Robinson countered into a pinning combination for a near fall. Cobb went for Tour of the Islands again and this time he hit it for the win!
Robinson raised Cobb’s hand after the match.
WINNER: Jeff Cobb (2 pts) in 13:00. (***½)
(Radican’s Analysis: This was a good match. Robinson continues to add new wrinkles to this offense, but Cobb got the better of him on this night. Cobb looked really good down the stretch, but I know he’s capable of a lot more going forward.)
(7) TORU YANO (2) vs. JAY WHITE (W/GEDO) (0) IN A G1 CLIMAX B BLOCK MATCH
White bailed to the floor after the opening bell. Yano got the crowd going and implored White to come into the ring. Yano then rolled to the outside, but Gedo distracted him and White came around the other side and wiped him out from behind. Yano took off a turnbuckle pad and tossed it to White. The ref tried to take the pad from White and Yano rolled him up from behind for a near fall. Yano went for a low blow and White raked his eyes. Gedo pulled Yano’s leg from the outside and White rolled him up for a near fall. White got catapulted into the exposed corner, but he stopped his head from going into it. Yano went for a low blow, but White blocked it. He tried to kick White low and Gedo got up on the apron. White then slid behind Yano and hit a low blow. White went for Blade Runner, but Yano shoved the ref and spit water in White’s face. White acted like he couldn’t see and the fans fired up. The ref was down and Yano got the brass knuckles from him. Yano shoved White into Gedo and hit a low blow with the ref turned around. He then rolled up White for the win. That was tremendous stuff from Yano here.
WINNER Toru Yano (4 pts) in 3:00.
(Radican’s Analysis: This was a fun match with both men trying to cheat to win and Yano is much better at that game than White is. White is now 0-3 in the tournament, which is a big shock.)
(8) HIROOKI GOTO (2) vs. IWGP IC CHAMPION TETSUYA NAITO (0) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH
Naito taunted Goto about his LA Dojo shirt and Naito turned around. Goto choked him with the shirt from behind and put the boots to him and the ref called for the bell. Natio fired back and spit in Goto’s face. He hit some light kicks to his head in the corner. Goto avoided Naito’s signature dropkick in the corner and nailed him with a mid kick. Naito fired back and slammed Goto’s leg over the apron and he spilled to the floor. Naito continued to work over Goto’s leg back inside the ring. He applied a figure 4. Naitio continued to taunt Goto. Goto eventually fired back and hit a spinning clothesline that decked Naito. Naito fired back and hit a neckbreaker over his knee and a dropkick to the back of his head. Naito hit a dropkick in the corner that connected with Goto’s injured leg. Goto fired back and hung Naito up on the top turnbuckle and hit a hangman’s neck breaker and both men were down once again. Both men got up and traded blows. Naito hit a kick to Goto’s leg. A short time later he hit a big German. He measured Goto from the corner and went for Destino, but Goto turned it into a neck breaker over his knee and both men were down! WOW!
Goto hit a big Ushigoroshi for a near fall and the fans chanted for both men. Goto hit several kicks to the chest a short time later. Naito blocked a GTR attempt. Both men went for their finishers and traded counters. Naito finally rolled up Goto for a nearfall. Goto turned a Destino into a reverse GTR. He nailed Naito a big mid kick. He went for another Ushigoroshi, but Naito turned it into a DDT. WOW! Naito hit a running Destino, but Goto kicked out at the last second! He went for another Destino and connected and it was good for the win.
WINNER: Tetsuya Naito (2 pts) in 16:00. (***¾)
(Radican’s Analysis: Goto looked really good here in defeat. He gave Naito all he couldn handle, but ultimately Naito’s work on Goto’s leg allowed him to get the win in the end after hitting Destino twice. After getting a big win over White on the first night of B block action, Goto has lost two in a row. Naito gets a big win here to avoid going 0-3.)
Jon Moxley came down to the ring with Shota Umino carrying the IWGP U.S. Championship. He tossed a chair from the crowd into the ring. This is Moxley’s first NJPW main event. Ishii got into the ring and ran right into Moxley’s chest. They went to head-to-head and the fans fired up big time.
(9) IWGP U.S. CHAMPION JON MOXLEY (4) vs. NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION TOMOHIRO ISHII (4) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH
The bell rang and both men traded bombs in the middle of the ring. They came to a bit of a stalemate and then began trading again. Moxley took Ishii down, but he got right up and hit several forearms. Moxley caught Ishii with a slam and tossed him to the floor. They brawled up into the crowd. Moxley slammed Ishii into the east sign in Korakuen Hall several times. They continued to brawl and Moxley chopped Ishii over the barricade and they brawled up the stairs in another section of the crowd. Moxley got a running start and nailed Ishii with a clothesline in the crowd. Moxley ended up finally tossing Ishii back into the ring. Moxley hit several kicks and Ishii fired up only for Moxley to rake his eyes. Moxley worked a stranglehold and eventually got on top of Ishii while applying it for a two count. Ishii eventually got to the ropes to break the hold. Ishii took some chops and strikes in the corner. Ishii fired up and eventually wiped out Moxley with a big running shoulder tackle. The fans chanted for Ishii, who began alternating chops and forearms on Moxley in the corner. Moxley fired back, but Ishii countered him and hit a vertical suplex.
Moxley hit several strikes and Ishii spit at him. Ishii fired back and decked Moxley with a forearm. He sent Moxley to the floor and whipped him into the barricade. Moxley countered a whip and sent Ishii into the barricade. Moxley got two chairs and tossed one to Ishii. They had a sword fight with the chair and Moxley destroyed Ishii’s chair and tossed it right in Ishii’s face. WOW! Moxley got a table out from under the ring as the 10 minute mark passed. They went up to the apron and Moxley went for a urangi through the table. Ishii blocked it and Moxley went for a piledriver, but he blocked that as well. They went back and forth and Ishii went for an inside out suplex through the table, but Moxley countered it. Moxley hit a dropkick and Ishii went to the floor. Moxley got a running start and wiped out Ishii with a dive through the ropes. Moxley got a chair and hit Ishii over the back with it. He ran at Ishii with the chair, but Ishii elbowed it into his face. Ishii then hit a big chairshot over Moxley’s back. The announcers said the ref was in a difficult spot in terms of calling for a DQ. Ishii set up Moxley on the table and went up top. Ishii then hit a big splash off the top through the table and the fans lost their minds! WOW!
Ishii set Moxley up on the top rope and hit a delayed vertical superplex for a two count. The fans fired up and chanted for Ishii. He went for a sliding lariat, but Moxey turned it into a pinning combination. Moxley went for a pinning combination, but Ishii turned it into a German. Moxley got up and ducked a clothesline and hit a German. Ishii got right up and walked into a HUGE lariat and both men were down. WOW! Kourekeun is rocking! Ishii blocked the Regal Knee and hit an enzuguri. He then went for the sliding lariat again and connected for a two count. Moxley blocked th Vertical Drop Brainbuster and bit at Ishii’s head. He then connected with the Regal Knee and both men were down. The fans fired up and chanted for Ishii. Both men hit headbutts from all fours. HTey went head to head and traded headbutts. Both men staggered and Ishii hit a big headbutt to the chin. Ishii no-sold a clothesline and hit several right and left forearms. Moxley fired back and decked IShii with a forearm. Ishii blocked the Regal Knee, but ate the Urangi for a two count. Moxley measured Ishiit and hit a big Regal Knee for a nearfall. The fans continued to chant for Ishii.
Ishii blocked Death Rider and hit a backdrop. Ishii blocked another Death Rider and hit a short arm lariat. He waited for Moxley to get up and hit a big running lariat for a two count. “You might have to drop a house on Jon Moxley to beat him,” said Kelly. Moxley blocked a Vertical Drop Brainbuster and Ishii blocked Death RIder. Ishii hit another headbutt. Moxley no-sold a big lariat and they went back and forth and Moxley hit Death Rider, but Ishii kicked out. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! AT just past the 20 minute mark, Moxley pulled down his knee sleeve and hit a big running knee. He then hit a high angle Death Rider for the win. This was GREAT.
WINNER: Jon Moxley (6 pts) in 20:30. (****¾)
(Radican’s Analysis: They promised a war and delivered big time. The brawling action was fantastic, but Moxley beating Ishii at the striking game surprised me. This was a war and was great in all of the best ways. The only thing I didn’t like was the headbutts. The fighting spirit spots down the stretch and the near falls were tremendous. Ishii kicking out of Death Rider was great. The crowd heat for the action was insane as well. What a match!)
Ishii refused help after the match and tried to walk out on his own.
Moxley got on the mic and thanked the fans. He then thanked Ishii for being a sick bastard and being in the ring with him. He said his career was in the toilet bowl and then the fans welcomed him so he could paint gruesome works of art. He thanked the fans. Moxley said nobody can tell him what he’s capable and what he can and can’t do and what he can accomplish. He said he’s going to do it or die trying. Moxley said he’s going to win the G1 and he slammed down the mic. WOW! I got chills listening to that promo.
Backstage, Moxley said he said everything he had to say. He said his wife would be mad at him because she hates tables. He said it was all Ishii’s fault and walked away.
Overall thoughts: This was a really good night of B block action. It didn’t hurt that the crowd was hot for nearly every match, but the action delivered as well. Taichi vs. Takagi was super hot to open the B block action on the card and the fans really carried the match, which turned out to be excellent.
Natio badly needed a win and he got it in a very good match against Goto. Goto wrestled with an edge and even though he lost, he’s a much more interesting wrestler in the tournament this year given his new attitude in the ring. Naito avoided going 0-3, which would have made it really difficult for him to have any hope of winning the tournament.
The big surprise of the night was White going 0-3 and being outsmarted by Yano. I still see him being in the mix at the end, so I expect him to go on a big win streak in the coming days.
The main event between Ishii and Moxley was tremendous. They brawled all over the crowd and it felt like a real fight and the fans were there for every chairshot. Seeing Ishii hit a splash off the top through a table on the outside was insane. Moxley is wrestling with a purpose and his post-match promo gave me chills as he put over Ishii and talked about his career being in the toilet bowl, but now he was in NJPW and he’s there to win G1.
I definitely recommend not missing Moxley vs. Ishii. It was an incredible match. Taichi vs. Shingo and Goto vs. Naito were really good as well. This was a very good night for the B block.
UPDATED G1 CLIMAX 29 STANDINGS THROUGH NIGHT 6
KENTA 3-0 (6 pts)
Kazuchika Okada 3-0 (6 pts)
Lance Archer 2-1 (4 pts)
EVIL (4 pts) 2-1
Hiroshi Tanahshi 1-2 (2 pts)
Will Ospreay 1-2 (2 pts)
SANADA 1-2 (2 pts)
Bad Luck Fale 1-2 (2 pts)
Kota Ibushi 1-2 (2 pts)
Zack Sabre Jr. 0-3 (0 pts)
Jon Moxley 3-0 (6 pts)
Juice Robinson 2-1 (4 pts)
Tomohiro Ishii 2-1 (4 pts)
Toru Yano 2-1 (4 pts)
Shingo Takagi 2-1 (4 pts)
Tetsuya Naito 1-2 (2 pts)
Jeff Cobb 1-2 (2 pts)
Taichi 1-2 (2 pts)
Hirooki Goto 1-2 (2 pts)
Jay White 0-3 (0 pts)
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