NJPW ‘G1 Climax – Night 15’ (7/8/19) Review

Added by Zack Monday

From Hamamatsu Arena

1)   Six Man Tag match: Suzuki-Gun (“The King” Minoru Suzuki, TAICHI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs Toru Yano, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura

 Winners: Suzuki after Yoshinobu blocked Uemura’s Double Underhook Suplex, Uemura scored with a Forearm and hit the ropes, Yoshinobu connected with a Big Boot and went for a Suplex lift, but Yuya countered with a Small Package for a 2. They popped up, Yuya countered Yoshinobu and used a School Boy for a 2, before they popped up again and Yuya threw a Dropkick, which Kanemaru dodged and covered for another 2. After a little more countering, Kanemaru sent Yuya into the exposed corner and covered, getting a 2, before locking in a Boston Crab, forcing Yuya to Tap Out.

2)   Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs IWGP United States Champion “Death Rider” Jon Moxley & “Shooter” Umino

Winners: Goto & HASHI after Umino planted HASHI with a Spinebuster and covered for a 2, Shot fired up and hooked for a Fisherman’s Suplex, but HASHI escaped, only for Shota to score with a Palm Strike and hit the ropes, HASHI caught him with a Chop, Side Kick and The Bunker Buster to pick up a 2. HASHI quickly applied The Butterfly Lock, forcing Shota to Tap Out.

3)   Six Man Tag match: Bullet Club (“Switchblade” Jay White, “Tokyo Pimp” Yujiro Takahashi & “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens w/Gedo) vs Juice Robinson, Toa Honma & Tomoaki Honma

Winners: Bullet Club after Chase caught Toa with a Big Boot, Henare absorbed the blow and leveled Chase with a Lariat, covering for a 2. Henare fired up and pulled Chase up, sending him into the ropes and lifting for a Samoan Drop, only Chase fought out of it, but Henare staggered him with a Chop and hit the ropes, Yujiro slid in and nailed Toa with a kick to the gut, followed by a boot to the head from Chase, allowing Yujiro to score with a Fisherman’s Buster and Chase followed with a Sliding Kick and the cover, but Juice broke it up. Jay hooked Juice for Blade Runner, but Juice countered and looked for Pulp Friction, which White escaped and went to the floor, Chase knocked Juice out of the ring with a Jumping Knee to the back, only for Toa to use an Inside Cradle on Chase for a 2. They popped up, Chase blasted Toa with a V-Trigger, followed with a NASTY Package Piledriver and the pin. (Really fun tag match. Chase continues to shine every time out. Toa is such a beast and strong style as fuck.)

White nailed Rocky Romero, who was on commentary with Kevin Kelly, with a cheap shot.)

 4)  Six Man Tag match: NEVER Openweight Champion “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii, Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito, “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi & BUSHI)

Winners: LIJ after Shingo leveled Ren with a Shoulder Block, BUSHI told his teammates to clear out, as he pulled Ren up, only for Narita to use an Inside Cradle for a quick 2. They popped up, Ren scored with a couple forearms, until BUSHI caught a strike and scored with a Spinning Fisherman’s Neckbreaker, before covering for 2. BUSHI called for the end, went to the second and, as Ren staggered to his feet, BUSHI scored with MX and covered for the 3. (Good match. Ishii and Shingo exchanges are great and gets you hyped for their singles encounter. Naito sat with Kevin, on commentary, and talked in Spanish with Kelly. Cobb has looked more comfortable as we get deeper in the tournament, good stuff with Naito and their match should be fun. I love how these tags build in so many aspects; the next tournament matches, the skill of the supplemental guys, like BUSHI and Chase Owens getting great shine.)

5)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: “Cold Skull” SANADA (6) vs “The American Psycho” Lance Archer (4)

Winner: SANADA after SANADA escaped The Blackout, he applied Skull End, taking Archer down, only for Lance to roll through and power SANADA back up, into Blackout, but again SANADA escaped. Archer went for The EBD Claw, but SANADA countered and they hit opposite ropes, with Lance looking for The Derailer, which SANADA avoided with a Leap Frog and quickly followed with The European Clutch to pick up the 3.

6)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi (8) vs “The Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale (4) w/Jado & “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens

Winner: Fale after Tanahashi planted Fale with Slingblade and covered, picking up a 2, Tanahashi went to the top, with Fale laying face down on the mat, and scored with The High Fly Flow, before going back to the top, only for Chase to distract the Referee, allowing Jado to crack Tanahashi’s knee with his Signapore Cane. Tanahashi pulled himself up in the corner, only for Fale to crush him with a Corner Avalanche and follow with Grenade and the cover, but Tanahashi kicked out! Fale pulled Tanahashi in for The Bad Luck Fall, only for Tanahashi to escape and hook a Backslide, which Fale reversed and used a Backslide of his own to get the 3.

7)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: KENTA (8) vs IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay (4)

Winner: Ospreay (2) after KENTA pulled Ospreay up for Go To Sleep, Ospreay countered with a Cradle for a 2, before snapping off a nasty Head Kick and hitting The Os Cutter, covering for a 2. Ospreay pulled KENTA up and lifted for The Storm Breaker, but KENTA escaped and threw a kick, which Ospreay dodged and NAILED KENTA with a Hook Kick, followed with a NASTY Hidden Blade and finally The Storm Breaker, putting KENTA down for the 3. (FUN AS HELL!)

8)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi (10) vs British Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. (6)

Winner: Ibushi (2) after ZSJ took Ibushi down and attempted to apply Orienteering, but Ibushi was able to struggle loose, only to end up in a Modified Calf Crusher. Ibushi came so close to Tapping Out, but held on, as ZSJ manipulated and contorted Ibushi’s legs, until Kota got to the ropes! ZSJ got up, stomping on Ibushi’s ankle and then kicking at his chest, only pissing off Kota, who got up, catching Zack’s kick and leveling him with a Palm Strike to the chest. Kota pulled down his kneepad and positioned for Boma Ye, only for ZSJ to move, causing Ibushi to crash into the corner and ZSJ quickly used a blitzing variety of cradles for close 2 counts. At the 15-minute call, ZSJ blasted Ibushi with a Slap, blocked a Lariat and slapped Ibushi again, calling for Ibushi to bring it and HE DID, laying Zack out with a Head Kick and quickly following with Boma Ye and the cover, getting a 2. Ibushi called for the end, pulled ZSJ in position and scored with Kami Goye, finally putting Zack away. (Awesome)

9)   G1 Climax 29 – A Block: IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada (6 vs “The King of Darkness” EVIL (8)

Winner: Okada (2) after EVIL leveled Okada with a Lariat and covered for a 2, EVIL fired up and called for the end, pulling Okada in for Everything is Evil, only for Okada to counter with a short Rainmaker and follow with a Shotgun Dropkick. After a little recovery, EVIL charged for a Lariat, which Okada ducked and countered with a Spinning Rainmaker, before ripping EVIL up and hitting The Rainmaker, putting EVIL down for the 3. (HARD FOUGHT)