NJPW G1 Climax 29 – Night 7 (7/20) Review

Added by Zack Monday

From Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan

1)  IWGP United States Champion “The Death Rider” Jon Moxley & “Shooter” Shota Umino vs Juice Robinson & Yota Tsuji

Winners: Shota & Moxley after Yota held Umino in a Boston Crab, Moxley slid in the ring and SMOKE Tsuji with The Regal Knee. Umino lifted Yota up, allowing Moxley to score with The Hart Attack, allowing Shota to lock in a Boston Crab and force Yota to Tap Out. (FUN!)

Moxley and Juice get in a big brawl!

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

Winners: Suzuki-Gun after Uemura countered a Lariat from Kanemaru and used a Backslide, Yoshinobu came back with a clubbing blow to the face, but Uemura fired up and hit the ropes, only for Yoshinobu to level him with a Lariat and cover for a 2. Yoshinobu positioned on the second turnbuckle, as Uemura got up, and flew off with Deep Impact, putting Uemura down for the 3.

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

Winners: Bullet Club after Henare escaped Owens’ Package Piledriver, Owens scored with a Spinning Back Elbow and hit the ropes, only for Henare to stop him and unleash slaps and chops, before throwing Hammerhead (Thrusting Headbutt), but Owens stopped it with a VICIOUS Knee Strike, crumpling Henare to the mat. Owens pulled him up and hit The Package Piledriver to pick up the victory.

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

Winners: LIJ after Narita hooked BUSHI for a Belly to Belly Suplex, Naito broke it up from behind, but Ishii was on him quick, only for Naito to put Ishii into a Shoulder Tackle by Shingo. Shingo knocked HASHI off the apron, as Naito rocked Narita with an Enziguri, followed by a Sunset Flip from BUSHI, setting up a Sliding Dropkick from Naito and BUSHI covered, getting a 2. BUSHI planted Narita with a Swinging Fisherman’s Buster, before going to the middle turnbuckle and scoring with The MX, following with the pin, as Naito and Ishii slugged it out on the floor.

5)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. (0) vs “The Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale (2) w/Jado & “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens

Winner: Zack (2) after Fale beat up Zack and took him into the mid-level landing, Zack was able to fight off Chase, causing Fale to run over Owens, but Fale hooked for Grenade, only for Zack to counter with a Triangle Choke! Zack wore Fale down to the ground and at the 13 count, he released and ran back to the ring, sliding in, as the Referee counted 18, Fale staggered down the stairs, but could not make it back and was counted out! (Brilliant finish!)

6)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: Lance Archer (4) vs “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi (2)

Winner: Tanahashi (2) after Archer fought for and applied The EBD Claw to Tanahashi, Tanahashi was able to fight to the ropes, causing Referee Marty Isami to break the hold. Archer pulled Tanahashi up and put him on the top turnbuckle, before nailing him with a Slap to the chest and lifting for Blackout, only Tanahashi countered with a Victory Roll to pull out the improbable victory. (Archer looks great in this tournament. Tanahashi took one hell of a beating and pulled that victory out of his ass.)

7)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: KENTA (6) vs “The King of Darkness” EVIL (4)

Winner: KENTA (2) after EVIL caught KENTA’s PK and stood up, KENTA responded with multiple elbows to the face, until EVIL went for a big Headbutt, only KENTA stopped it with a vicious knee to the head and followed with a big PK! KENTA called for the end, pulled EVIL up and used Go 2 Sleep to put EVIL down for the 3. (Big time WAR! Huge strike exchanges and incredible fire from EVIL. This was really fun.)

8)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi (2) vs “Cold Skull” SANADA (2)

Winner: Ibushi (2) after SANADA caught Ibushi with a Spinning Kick, Ibushi blocked a Head Scissors, only for SANADA to transition into Skull End and spin Ibushi around. SANADA went for the hooks, only for Ibushi to roll through and grab wrist control. Ibushi pulled SANADA in position for Kami Goye, but SANADA countered and went for an Asai DDT, Ibushi blocked in and DROPPED SANADA with a Head Kick! Ibushi fired up and pulled himself into the corner, as SANADA dragged himself to a seated position, and fired off with Boma Ye and the cover, but SANADA kicked out! Ibushi pulled down his knee pad and pulled SANADA in position for Kami Goye and the cover! (Fantastic stuff! These two flow incredibly well together and put a match on that is everything beautiful about professional wrestling.)

9)  G1 Climax 29 – A Block: IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada (6) vs IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay (2)

Winner: Okada (2) after Ospreay dumped Okada with a Tombstone Piledriver, he followed with a Rip Cord Hook Kick and went for Storm Breaker, only for Okada to flip out, land on his feet and score with a Short Rainmaker! Okada maintained wrist-control, as both men caught their breaths, Okada pulled Ospreay up and hit another Short Rainmaker, before hitting the pose and pulling Ospreay back up for The Rainamker, only for Ospreay to counter and hook for The Storm Breaker, which Okada countered out into a MAJESTIC Spinning Rainmaker, immediately pulled Ospreay back up and hitting The Rainmaker to put him down for the 3. (INCREDIBLE. The best wrestling match I have seen all year. The last minute of this match was insane, but the whole 20+ minutes must be seen by all wrestling fans. MUST WATCH!)