New Japan “G1 Climax 29 From Dallas”

Added by Zack Monday

From American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas (First Time the G1 Tournament takes place outside of Japan)

1)   Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny (“The Bad Boy” Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa)

Winners: G.O.D after Tama lifted YOH to the Loa, on the top, Tonga scored with a Super Powerbomb and covered for the 3. (Good start. Roppongi was on fire, crowd was heavily into YOH.)

 2)  Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita vs NEVER Openweight Champion “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii & Shota Umino

Winners: Cobb & Narita after Narita planted Umino with a Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex, Cobb followed with a Standing Moonsault and held on for a 2. Cobb got up, pulling Umino to his feet, before sending him in and hitting The Tour of the Islands, holding on for the 3. (This was really fun. The Cobb/Ishii stuff was intense and awesome, Cobb is a god damn beast and wants the smoke. Ishii is The Stone Pitbull is name and action, what a consistently bad ass human being. Narita and Umino are stellar professional wrestlers and seeing their energy mix it up with Cobb and Ishii was a lot of fun. The build to next week’s Cobb/Ishii G1 match is palpable.)

Cobb and Ishii brawl after the match, Cobb gets a bloody nose and they have to be separated.

3)  Bullet Club (“Switchblade” Jay White & “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens w/”Master Heater” Gedo) vs CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI)

Winners: CHAOS after Owens took Goto over with a Backslide and quickly snapped off a V-Trigger, Chase immediately followed with Jewel Heist and covered, for a close 2. Owens knocked YOSHI out of the ring, as White planted Goto with a Twisting Brainbuster and Owens followed with a Running Knee Strike and the cover, but HASHI broke it up. White threw YOSHI out of the ring, as Owens pulled Goto up for The Package Piledriver, only Goto escaped and ate a NASTY Spinning Back Elbow from Owens. HASHI entered the ring to his The Axe Bomber, before nailing White with a Twisting Kick. Goto, followed by Goto knocking him to the floor with a Running Clothesline, before using Ooshigaroshi on Owens and followed with a hard Kick to the chest, before hitting The GTR and covering for the 3. (Pretty good. Owens and Goto killed it, Chase was really on point and I cannot wait for something to shake loose for him.)

4)  Six Man Tag match: Jushin Thunder Liger, “The Flamboyant” Juice Robinson & Toru Yano vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi & IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito)

Winners: Yano, Liger & Juice after BUSHI looked to put Yano away, with the rest of the wrestlers battling on the floor, only for Yano to counter BUSHI and distract the Referee, following with a Low Blow and a School Boy to pick up the victory. (Not bad. Shingo and Juice had some fun interactions. Naito is great. Liger is a legend and on his way out, so it’s great watching him do anything.)

5)  G1 Climax – A Block match: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay vs Lance Archer

Winner: Archer (2) after Archer blasted Ospreay with a punch, rocking him on the top, Lance used a Muscle Buster to put Will down and cover for the 2, Archer followed by putting Will back on the top and using The Blackout to get another 2. Archer locked The Iron Claw on Ospreay, but Will fell into the ropes, forcing the break and leading to Archer climbing to the top and pulling Will up from the apron, Archer positioned for a Super Chokeslam, only for Will to counter and hit a HUGE Spanish Fly, covering for a GREAT 2! Will dragged Archer into Stormbreaker position, but Lance held on, Will unloaded K Kicks and pulled Archer back up for The Stormbreaker, but Archer escaped and hooked for a Chokeslam, but Will escaped and unloaded a Superkick and then a NASTY Hook Kick to Archer’s face, following with a Rip Cord Hook Kick to drop the big man. Ospreay called for the end and jumped to the corner, where Archer pushed him into a crotched position and positioned for a Super Chokeslam, only Will fought back and got Archer off the top. Archer fired back with a Jumping Knee Strike to Will’s face and followed with a HUGE Super Blackout, before applying The Iron Claw to Will’s head, driving him down for the 3. (BANGER! Little clunky at parts, but when the hits came, they came loud and often. Archer is a monster, no doubt about that, and moves extremely well. The Muscle Buster is a cool addition to his move-set and The Iron Claw is becoming a big time secondary finish. Ospreay looked incredible and could have won that match to no surprise to anyone. RECOMMENDED!)

6)  G1 Climax – A Block match: “The Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale vs “The King of Darkness” EVIL

Winner: Fale (2) after Fale used Grenade on EVIL and covered for a 2, he looked to follow up with The Bad Luck Fall, but EVIL escaped out of the back, caught a boot from Fale and handed it to the Referee, before running over Fale with a Lariat. After a little recovery and with the Referee still down, EVIL grabbed a Chair and blasted Fale with a shot to the gut, before putting the chair over Fale’s head and grabbing a second chair. Fale threw his chair into EVIL’s face and blasted him with a Low Blow, before wrapping a chair around EVIL’s head and using another chair to swing and crash into the chair around his head! Fale calls for the Referee to get back in the ring, before using Bad Luck Fall to put EVIL down for the 3. (Just a straight-out fight. EVIL brought it, but Fale was too damn big and crafty.)

7)  G1 Climax – A Block: Rev Pro Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs “Cold Skull” SANADA

Winner: SANADA (2) after SANADA locked in Cold Skull, only to have ZSJ roll it back and attempt The European Clutch, SANADA countered that into a Back Bridged O’Connor Clutch to pick up the big win. (Technical workshop of squared circle mastery. These two can just flow and seamlessly transition. ZSJ’s cocky asshole gimmick is great, but it got the best of him.)

8)  G1 Climax – A Block: KENTA vs “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi

Winner: KENTA (2) after unloading a series of nasty kicks to Ibushi’s head, KENTA used Go To Sleep to put Ibushi away. (KENTA dominated. It was loud strikes and Ibushi firing up, asking for more. KENTA brought the heat, this was good for him, breaking out of that shell and embracing KENTA.)

9)   G1 Climax – A Block match: IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada vs “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi

Winner: Okada (2) after Okada readied for The Rainmaker, only to have Tanahashi cut him off with a Slap, Okada caught Tanahashi with a nasty Twisting Tombstone Piledriver and immediately followed with The Rainmekr and the pin. (Another chapter in this timeless series. Just a great wrestling match that is the perfect ending to a gigantic NJPW presentation outside of their home country. RECOMMENDED!)