RADICAN’S NJPW G1 Climax 29 Night 10 report: Ishii vs. Robinson, White vs. Takagi, Moxley vs. Naito

By Sean Radican, PWTorch Columnist

Tetsuya Naito (art credit Matt Charltonn and Sam Gardiner © PWTorch)

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NJPW G1 CLIMAX 29: NIGHT 10 REPORT
JULY 28, 2019
AICHI PREFECTURAL GYMNASIUM
NAGOYA, JAPAN
AIRED LIVE ON NJPW WORLD

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.

G1 CLIMAX 29: NIGHT 10 VIEWING GUIDE

(6) Tomohiro Ishii vs. Juice Robinson. (****1/4)

(8) Jay White vs. Shingo Takagi. (***¾)

(9) Jon Moxley vs. Tetsuya Naito. (****)

Commentary: Kevin Kelly and Rocky Romero.

UNDERCARD RESULTS

(1) Ren Narita beat Yuya Uemura in 7:30.

(2) Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale) beat Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare & Kota Ibushi in 8:30.

(3) Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Lance Archer & Zack Sabre Jr.) beat Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI & Shota Umino in 9:40.

(4) L.I.J. (BUSHI & SANADA & EVIL) beat Karl Fredericks & Hiroshi Tanaashi & KENTA in 9:00.

B BLOCK RESULTS & ANALYSIS

(5) HIROOKI GOTO (2) vs. TORU YANO (4) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH

The fans were hot for the start of the match. Yano played to the fans and then Goto played to the fans on the ropes and Yano put a shirt over his head and rolled him up for a near fall. He got another pinning combination for another near fall. Yano exposed a turnbuckle and shoved Yano into it. He then rolled him up for a near fall. Goto fired back and tied up Yano in a pinning combination for the win.

WINNER: Hirooki Goto (4 pts) in 1:45. (*)

(Radican’s Analysis: This was short, but fun while it lasted.)

(6) NEVER OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION TOMOHIRO ISHII (4) vs. JUICE ROBINSON (6) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH

Both men ran at each other at the bell and kept running into each other as the fans fired up. Ishii took Robinson down with a shoulder tackle, but he got right back up. Both men began trading chops. Robinson hit a big chop and Ishii doubled over. He went into the corner and Robinson hit him with another chop. Robinson cursed out Ishii, who glared at him. Robinson slapped Ishii in the face and Ishii spun him around and hit a series of throat chops in the corner. Ishii shoved the ref over and continued to his throat chops in the corner. Ishii hit some light slaps to Robinson’s head and taunted him. Robinson kept taking chops on his knees and he flipped off Ishii, who finally decked him with one more big chop. Robinson tried to headbutt Ishii, but it did nothing to him. Robinson tried again and Ishii shook it off and Robinson went down after a headbutt. They traded counters and Robinson caught Ishii with a spinebuster. Robinson began hitting the right hands, but Ishii fired back. Robinson hit several rights, but Ishii cut off the Left Hand of God with a forearm. Robinson ended up catching Ishii with a clothesline off the ropes. He followed up with a full nelson bomb for a two count. They went up top and Robinso went for a hurricanrana, but Ishii held onto the ropes. He then connected with a knee off the second turnbuckle.

Ishii favored his trap before hitting a backdrop suplex for a two count. Ishii hit chops and forearms back and forth on Robinson and the ref told him to back away. They began trading hard chops in the middle of the ring a short time later. Robinson went down to a knee and Ishii continued to chop him. Robinson went down on the mat, but he fired back with a chop a short time later. Robinson hit a throat chop a short time later. Robinson measured Ishii and hit a big clothesline in the corner. He followed up and hit the cannonball in the corner. He told the ref to check Ishii, but he was good to go. Robinson placed Ishii up top and hit a headbutt. Robinson hit a superplex, but Ishii got right up. Ishii hit a powerslam, but Robinson got right back up! Ishii countered the Juice Box. Robinson countered a sliding lariat. Ishii no-sold a leg lariat and hit a big German. Robinson got up and both men staggered around before collapsing. WOW! They had another big strike exchange and Robinson rocked Ishii and hit Juice Box for a near fall.

Robinson went for Pulp Friction, but Ishii countered it. Ishii blocked Left Hand of God twice and went for the Vertical Brainbuster, but Robinson got out of it. He went for Pulp Friction, but Ishii got out of it. They went back and forth and Robinson hit a headbutt and a short arm lariat. WOW! Robinson then hit a big powerbomb for a near fall and the fans applauded. What an exchange! Ishii blocked Pulp Friction again at the very last second. He caught Robinson with a lariat, but Robinson got right back up! Robinson picked Ishii up, but he slipped out of his grasp. Ishii ducked a clothesline and hit a big jumping enzuguri and both men were down. Ishii no-sold a clothesline and both men traded headbutts. Robinson went down and Ishii turned him inside out with a clothesline for a near fall. Robinson countered the Vertical Drop Brainbuster into a Jackhammer. Robinson fired up the fans and st upf rot eh Left Hand of God. Ishii ducked it twice, but Robinson caught him with a right hand. Robinson went for Pulp Friction, but Ishii turned it into a tiger suplex. Ishii then hit a sliding lariat for a near fall! Ishii lifted Robinson and hit the Vertical Drop Brainbuster for the win. What a match!

WINNER: Tomohiro Ishii (6 pts) in 18:00. (****1/4)

(Radican’s Analysis: What a war! These two traded bombs from start to finish. The match was filled with fighting spirit spots and big counter sequences. Ishii does this style of match so well and it was a lot of fun to watch these two tear down the house, especially with Robinson showing a new edge to his character. Robinson could never connect with the Left Hand of God and in the end Ishii strung together his signature offense and got the win. I wasn’t a fan of the headbutts. Those aren’t necessary.)

(7) TAICHI (W/MIHO ABE) (4) vs. JEFF COBB (2) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH

Taichi offered a handshake. The announcers mentioned Yoshinobu Kanemaru had crept down to ringside. Cobb accepted the handshake and there were no shenanigans. They had an exchange and Taichi wanted another handshake, but Cobb didn’t want it. Taichi had Abe get up on the apron and Cobb went to shake her hand and Taichi attacked him from behind. This made Cobb look so dumb. Cobb fired back and sent Taichi to the floor with a dropkick. Cobb threw Taichi a long way into the guardrail on the floor. He went to hit Taichi, but he tossed Abe in his way. Cobb checked on her and Taichi nailed Cobb with the mic stand. Kelly mentioned that Kanemaru was distracting the ref. Taichi came over to the English announce area and slammed Cobb’s head on their table. He threw a chair into Cobb’s face. They ended up behind Kevin Kelly and Taichi choked Cobb with a camera stand that was folded up. Taichi pushed Cobb by throat into the corner and choked him. Cobb suddenly fired up and drove Taichi into the corner. He nailed him with several elbow in the corner and pummeled him until Taichi went down. He hit a big clothesline in the corner and Taichi went down. Cobb hit a big jumping elbow in the corner and followed up with a Samoan drop. He went for a standing moonsault, but Taichi got out of the way. Cobb blocked a kick from Taichi and lifted him right up into a vertical suplex.

Cobb went for a German, but Taichi blocked it. They traded counters until Taichi hit a jumping kick to the back of his head and then a jumping kick to the front of his head. He followed up with a buzzsaw kick, but Cobb kicked out. Taichi ripped off his pants and measured Cobb for a big kick, but Cobb got out of the way. Taichi slipped out of Tour of the Islands. Cobb shrugged off a jumping kick and they went back and forth and Taichi connected with a big clothesline off the ropes. Taichi lifted up Cobb, but he countered him and held on for a series of gutwrench suplexes. He went for a powerbomb and Taichi blocked it and hit a head kick. Cobb then countered Taichi when he tried to lift him and hit a big jumping piledriver and both men were down. Cobb made the cover, but could only get a two count. Cobb popped Taichi up and dropped him into a backdrop suplex. Cobb went for a Tour of the Islands, but Taichi rolled him up for a near fall. Taichi then hit an axe bomber and another jumping kick to the head and both men were down.

The fans fired up and Taichi set up for a big superkick, but Cobb cut him off with one of his own. Cobb then hit Tiachi’s pose and went for the thurst kick, but Taichi shoved the ref in the way. They had a weird exchange like a part was missing. Cobb hit the standing moonsault and Tour of the Island for the win.

WINNER: Jeff Cobb (4 pts) in 12:30. (**)

(Radican’s Analysis: The crowd got into it late, but Cobb looked stupid for falling for Taichi’s lame traps during the first part of the match. The finishing sequence came off awkward as well as it looked like Taichi was going to spit something in Cobb’s face, but he didn’t spit anything so Cobb just beat him with Tour of the Islands.)

(8) JAY WHITE (W/GEDO) (2) vs. SHINGO TAKAGI (4) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH

White teased locking up and bailed to the floor like usual. Shingo sat in the ring and then held the ropes open for White. White got into the ring and jumped right out. Shingo went after him and got cut off quickly. They got back into the ring a short time later and Shingo nailed White with a big shoulder tackle. Shingo sent White to the floor with a big clothesline over the top a short time later. Shingo got White on his shoulders, but Gedo grabbed his foot and White wiped him out from behind. Shingo countered White on the floor and whipped him into the guardrail. Shingo missed a charge and went into the guardrail and White immediately hit him with a DDT. Shingo went to get back into the ring, but White slid out behind him. He then slammed him back and forth between the barricade and the apron and the fans booed. White went on the attack and slammed Shingo into the mat by his hair after hitting a DDT. White taunted Shingo by saying, “C’mon mister Dragon.” They began exchanging hard chops. They went back and forth until White dragged Shingo by the hair down to the mat. Shingo fired back and hit a big bodyslam. He countered White a short time later and hit a big vertical suplex. The fans fired up and chanted for Takagi.

Shingo went for Noshigami, but White blocked it. Shingo managed to connect with a DDT a short time later for a two count. Shingo went up top, but White rolled out of the way and laughed. White caught Shingo in the corner with a head and arm suplex into the turnbuckle pad a short time later. White hit the Blade Buster a short time later for a two count. They went back and forth trading blows. Shingo hit a big left arm clothesline, but White held himself up on the ropes. White slid around Shingo and hit a Saito suplex near the ropes. Shingo fired back and hit a clothesline against the ropes and a Saito suplex of hit own. White fired right back with a flatliner and a deadlift German. White ducked a clothesline and hit a big uranagi. White followed up with the Kiwi Crusher for a nearfall and the fans applauded. The fans fired up and chanted for Takagi. White went for a cobra clutch suplex, but Takagi fought out of it and hit a headbutt, a straight right, and a clothesline. Both men were down after that exchange.

Both men traded blows in the middle of the ring. The pace picked up and they continued to trade and White suddenly went down. Shingo picked White up and White hit a light slap across the face. Shingo fired back with a clothesline and Whit wouldn’t go down. Shingo hit right and left elbows and went for the Pumping Bomber, but White collapsed to avoid it. White smiled and Shigno went after him and eventually popped him up into a release German off the mat. Shingo set up White for a sliding lariat, but White caught it. White went for the Blade Runner, but Shingo got out of it. White blocked another Noshigami attempt. He got a backslide and went right into Blade Runner, but Shingo countered it into Noshigami. Both men were down and the fans fired up. Takagi set up for the Pumping Bomber, but Gedo tripped him from the floor. Shingo tried to go for it again, but White staggered into the corner. White ate a big clothesline in the corner and a buckle bomb. Shingo then hit a big clothesline out of the corner. Shingo then hit a huge Pumping Bomber for a near fall. Shingo set up for Last of the Dragon, but White grabbed the ref. Gedo ran into the ring, but Shingo greeted him with a right hand. Shingo punched out of a Blade Runner attempt and hit Made in Japan for a near fall. WOW! Shingo set up for Last of the Dragon, but White countered into Blade Runner. White eventually hit a sleeper suplex. Shingo got right up, but White hit another sleeper suplex. White then hit a brainbuster. He lifted up Shingo and hit Blade Runner for the win.

WINNER: Jay White (4 pts) in 19:30. (***¾)

(Radican’s Analysis: Great stuff from both guys here. White went after Shingo’s neck early and it paid off in the end. It started slow and there was a lot of interference, but this got really good late and it was clear Shingo likely would have won if not for Gedo’s constant interference when White was in trouble.)

Jon Moxley came out first through the crowd for his entrance to a good ovation. The fans then popped as Tetsuya Naito’s music fired up. A big Naito chant rang out through the crowd. Naito acted like he was slowly marching down to the ring as the fans chanted his name. Naito took forever to get into the ring and Moxley tried to get into his face, but Naito hit his pose and pointed at the sky before turning his back to Moxley. Naito took forever to take off his entrance attire as the ref held an impatient Moxley back. Naito signaled to Moxley to wait. He put his hat on the ringpost and slowly unbuttoned his shirt. Moxley continued to show frustration and Naito teased being nervous undoing his belt buckle. He then slowly unsnapped his pants and threw them into Moxley’s face.

(9) IWGP U.S CHAMPION JON MOXLEY (W/SHOTA UMINO) (8) vs. IWGP IC CHAMPION TETSUYA NAITO (4) IN A G1 CLIMAX 29 B BLOCK MATCH

They went right at it trading punches. Natio sent Moxley to the floor and teased a dive, but then hit his pose. Moxley showed frustration and charged back into the ring, but Naito slowly rolled to the floor. Naito stalled on the floor and Moxley got down on the mat. Naito rolled into the ring and rolled right out and didn’t go for the bait. Moxley went to the floor after him, but Naito dove into the ring and got on his back and asked Moxley to come in. Moxley got up on the apro, but Naito sent him back to the floor. Naito then whipped Moxley into the barricade. Moxley threw Naito into the door of the barricade and he went into the stands. They began brawling in the crowd. They brawled around the building and Moxley tossed Naito into the barricade. Moxley then went around and hit Naito’s pose right in his face from the other side of the barricade. Naito fired back, but Moxley whipped him into a row of seats. Moxley ended up sending Naito into the ringpost. He then imitated Naito’s fake dive and pose. Moxley hit some hard chops in the corner a short time later. Naito went for a flying forearm, but Moxley turned it into a urangi. Moxley got a chair and put it around Naito’s leg. He grabbed the other chair and the ref tried to stop him from hitting Naito’s leg with it. The ref ended up taking the chair from Moxley and he ran off. Naito then tossed the other chair in his face and hit a jumping boot to the chair.

Naito went on the attack on the floor. He hit a DDT a chair. He then sat on the chair and hit his pose. Naito set up Moxley in the chair and then got a running start from the top of the entrance ramp and he nailed Moxley with a huge dropkick and the fans gasped. Moxley fired back and hit a series of elbows in the corner back and forth after Naito spit in his face. Moxley hit a double underhook superplex for a two count. Naito ducked the Regal Knee and hit a spinning DDT off the ropes for a two count. Both men were down and they got up and traded forearms.Moxley blocked an enzuguri and bit at Naito’s face. Naito fired back with a flying forearm off the ropes. He placed Moxley up top and hit a super hurricanrana that looked a little off and could have gone really bad. Naito went for Destino, but Moxley turned him inside out with a clothesline. Moxley followed up with a front DDT for a nearfall. Moxley was successful going for the Regal Knee on the second try, but Naito managed to kick out at two. Moxley went for Death Rider, but Naito blocked it and bit at his forehead. Moxley fired back and bit Naito’s head. They went back and forth and Naito hit an enzuguri and a Destino that didn’t look flush. He made the cover, but only got a two count. Moxley got up and hit Death Rider for a near fall. Moxley then hit a high angle Death Rider for the win.

WINNER: Jon Moxley (10 pts) in 17:00. (****)

(Radican’s Analysis: Great stuff from both men. Naito tried to get Moxley frustrated early, but Moxley got on track and although they had some sequences that didn’t come off smooth, they put together a really exciting brawling style of match with some great counter exchanges and near falls down the stretch.)

Moxley put over Naito after the match and called him loco. Moxley said this is the moment that people doubted him change their minds. Moxley said this is the last chance to get on the bandwagon. Moxley said he has a message to all of the obstacles that stand before him beyond this tournament. Moxley said, “I will destroy you. I will not be denied. I refuse to lose.” Moxley then closed by promising to win G1 Climax 29. What a promo!

The camera followed Moxley backstage. He told Umino to cut a promo while he holds up his middle fingers to everyone in the universe that deserves one. Moxley held up his middle fingers and Umino said Moxley will win G1 in English. Moxley said Umino is a real panty dropper and he couldn’t have said it any better himself.

Overall thoughts: This was a very good night of B block action. Moxley is running away from the field at this point at 5-0. Juice Robinson and Tomohiro Ishii are in shouting distance at six points and then there’s a bunch of people behind him with four points.

I’ve been really impressed with Robinson in this tournament. He has looked good in every match and he absolutely brought it against Ishii tonight. I have a feeling that his match against Moxley on the final night of B block action on Aug. 11 is going to be something special.

The main event between Moxley and Naito was really good. I really enjoyed Naito trying to get Moxley frustrated before the match and that lead into the match starting hot and heavy and never really letting up. They had some spots that didn’t come across smooth late, but overall this was a fantastic match to end the show. Moxley’s post match promo was really good and I would love to see him win G1 and come back in January to challenge for Okada’s title. Make sure you stick around for the end of the show for Moxley’s promo with Umino. It was hilarious.

UPDATED G1 CLIMAX 29 STANDINGS THROUGH NIGHT 10

A BLOCK

Kazuchika Okada 5-0 (10 pts)
KENTA 4-1 (8 pts)
Kota Ibushi 3-2 (6 pts)
Hiroshi Tanahshi 3-2 (6 pts)
EVIL 3-2 (6 pts)
Lance Archer 2-3 (4 pts)
Will Ospreay 2-3 (4 pts)
SANADA 1-4 (2 pts)
Bad Luck Fale 1-4 (2 pts)
Zack Sabre Jr. 1-4 (2 pts)

B BLOCK

Jon Moxley 5-0 (10 pts)
Juice Robinson 3-2 (6 pts)
Tomohiro Ishii 3-2 (6 pts)
Taichi 2-3 (4 pts)
Shingo Takagi 2-3 (4 pts)
Tetsuya Naito 2-3 (4 pts)
Hirooki Goto 2-3 (4 pts)
Toru Yano 2-3 (4 pts)
Jeff Cobb 2-3 (4 pts)
Jay White 2-3 (4 pts)

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