NJPW G1 Climax 29 – Night 8 (7/24) Review

Added by Zack Monday

From Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall

1) Six Man Tag match: Bullet Club (“The Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale, “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens & “Tokyo Pimp” Yujiro Takahashi w/Peter) vs IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay, Tomoaki Honma & Yuya Uemura

Winners: Bullet Club after Uemura tossed Yujiro with an Overhead Belly to Belly Suplex, he charged in with a Corner Dropkick and hit the ropes, only for Yujiro to get a kick to Yuya’s gut, as Chase slid in and scored with a knee to the head, allowing Yujiro to use a Fisherman’s Buster and Owens to follow with a Shining Wizard, Yujiro covered, but Yuya kicked out. Yujiro immediately planted Yuya with Pimp Juice and covered for the 3.

2) Six Man Tag match: Suzuki-Gun (Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr., “The King” Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (“The King of Darkness” EVIL, “Cold Skull” SANADA & BUSHI)

Winners: Suzuki-Gun after Archer took SANADA down with The EBD Claw, BUSHI nailed Minoru with an Enziguri and hit the ropes, only for Minoru to chase him down, quickly wrap BUSHI up in a Rear Naked Choke, before transitioning into The Gotch Style Piledriver, putting BUSHI down for the 3.

3) “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi & Ren Narita vs “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi & Shota Umino

Winners: Tanahashi & Umino after Tanahashi fought out of Narita’s Belly to Belly grip, Tanahashi blasted Narita with a Slap to the face, which Ren responded to with a Slap of his own, before hitting the ropes, only for Tanahashi to follow in and hit The Slingblade to put Ren down for the 3.

4) Six Man Tag match: KENTA, Karl Fredericks & Clark Connors vs IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada, Toa Henare & YOSHI-HASHI

Winners: HASHI. Okada & Henare after HASHI and Connors traded Chops in the middle of the ring, Clark got the better after a European Uppercut and hit the ropes, only for HASHI to level him with a Lariat and cover for a 2. HASHI quickly applied The Butterfly Lock, forcing Clark to Tap Out. (KENTA vs Okada is going to be fucking great. Karl Fredericks is a future star, explosive, great look and FIRE.)

5) G1 Climax 29 – B Block: Toru Yano (4) vs Juice Robinson (4)

Winner: Robinson (2) after Juice hooked for Pulp Friction, Yano reversed and then went back and forth, until Yano escaped and went for a Low Blow, which Juice stopped and then scored with The Left Hand to God, before planting Yano with Pulp Friction and covering for the 3.

6) G1 Climax 29 – B Block: TAICHI (2) w/Miho Abe vs Hirooki Goto (2)

TAICHI attacked Karl Fredericks before the match, taking him into the ring and ripping off the LA Dojo shirt.

Winner: TAICHI (2) after Goto took the Microphone Stand from TAICHI and leveled him with a Lariat, Goto threw the Stand out of the ring and then blasted TAICHI with The Mid Kick. Goto fired up and pulled TAICHI in for GTR, only for TAICHI to pull Referee Marty Isami in, causing the hold to be broken and TAICHI to catch Goto with a Kick to the nuts, followed by The Gedo Clutch to get the shady 3.

7) G1 Climax 29 – B Block: IWGP United States Champion “Death Rider” Jon Moxley (8) vs “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi (4)

Winner: Moxley (2) after Shingo hooked for The Last of the Dragon, Moxley escaped and scored with a Snap Death Rider, before crawling into the cover, getting a 2. After some recovery, Moxley pulled Shingo up for Death Rider, but Shingo fought him through the ropes and to the floor, where Moxley lifted Shingo up and dropped him, knee-first, onto a Table at ringside. Moxley grabbed a Chair and wrapped it around Shingo’s bad knee, before grabbing another Chair and smashing it down, punishing Takagi. Moxley rolled into the ring and waited for Shingo to get counted out, but The Dragon made it back in at the 19 count, only for Moxley to score with The Regal Knee! Moxley looked to follow up with Death Rider, but Shingo fought for his life, until Moxley dropped him with a Headbutt and went for a Thrusting Knee, which Shingo countered into Made In Japan and held on for a CLOSE 2! With the crowd chanting “Takagi,” both men staggered to their feet, where Shingo connected with consecutive Short Pumping Bombers, but Moxley kicked out his bad knee, only Shingo responded with a Headbutt and went for the ropes, throwing a Pumping Bomber, which Moxley countered and hooked for Death Rider, Shingo escaped into The Last of the Dragon, but Moxley escaped and kicked out the back of Shingo’s bad knee, before scoring with The Regal Knee to the back of the head, followed by a Regal Knee to the face and the cover, but Shingo kicked out! Moxley applied a Cloverleaf, Shingo tried for the ropes, but Jon pulled him into the middle of the ring and forced Shingo to Tap Out! (AWESOME! Great story, great direction from Moxley, incredible fight from Shingo. This was fucking great.)

8) G1 Climax 29 – B Block: Jeff Cobb (2) vs “Switchblade” Jay White (0) w/Gedo

Winner: White (2) after White escaped Tour of the Islands and hooked Cobb for a Sleeper Suplex, Cobb pushed away White, who ran over Referee Red Shoes. Gedo got in the ring and went after Cobb with the Brass Knuckles, but Cobb threw him with a Body Slam, only for White to quickly slide in and attempt Blade Runner, which Cobb reversed and went for Tour of the Islands, but White escaped and caught Cobb with a Low Blow. At the 15-minute mark, White DUMPED Cobb with a Sleeper Suplex, before getting Red Shoes in position, White went for Blade Runner, but Cobb reversed into a Snap German Suplex and sent White in for Tour of the Islands, but White countered and snapped of Blade Runner to put Cobb down for the 3.

9) G1 Climax 29 – B Block: IWGP Intercontinental Champion Testsuya Naito (2) vs NEVER Openweight Champion “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii (4)

Winner: Naito (2) after Ishii blocked Destino and put Naito on the top, before pulling him down and lifting for the Vertical Drop Brainbuster, only for Naito to counter with a Spike DDT, but Ishii got to his feet and leveled Naito with a Sliding Lariat, covering for a 2! Ishii pulled Naito up, but Naito dropped, Ishii scored with a Back Elbow and hooked a Full Nelson, only Naito countered out and used a VICIOUS Modified Michinoku Driver to pick up another 2. Naito crawled to his feet and called for the end, before pulling Ishii up and using Destino to put him down for the incredibly hard fought victory. (BAD ASS! This was a fucking epic clash, with the Hiroshima crowd losing their shit as these two refused to stay down. They countered each other and got more and more vicious as this went on, Naito snapped out of the Tranquilo mode and turned it to another level. RECOMMENDED!)