NJPW ‘G1 Climax – Night 16’ (8/8/19) Review

Added by Zack Monday

From The Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium

1)  Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji vs Ren Narita & Shota Umino

Winners: Umino & Narita after Tsuji crushed Umino with a Jumping Avalanche in the corner, Uemura followed with a Running Back Elbow, before they pulled Shota out, sent him into the ropes and dropped him with a Double Dropkick, followed up with a Double Dropkick for Narita. Tsuji pulled Umino up and they traded big elbows, until Yota went for the ropes, where Shota followed with a Back Elbow, before sending him into the ropes and using a Spinebuster to pick up a 2. Umino fired up, pulled Yota to his feet and used a Bridged Fisherman’s Suplex to pick up the win. (The NJPW Young Lions always bring the fire and fun.)

2)   Six Man Tag match: Bullet Club (“The Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale, “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens & “Tokyo Pimp” Yujiro Takahashi) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (“The King of Darkness” EVIL, “Cold Skull” SANADA & BUSHI)

Winners: Bullet Club after BUSHI and SANADA finished the LIJ Train on Chase with Stereo Basement Dropkicks, BUSHI covered, only for Yujiro to break it up. With everyone else hitting the floor, BUSHI pulled Owens up for a Swinging Fisherman’s Neckbreaker, but Chase escaped, only for BUSHI to score with a Rewind Enziguri and hit the ropes, just as Yujiro slid in and put a boot in BUSHI’s gut, followed by a Knee Lift from Chase, allowing Yujiro to use a Fisherman’s Buster and Owens to follow with a Shining Wizard and the cover, but BUSHI kicked out. Owens followed up with a nasty V-Trigger to BUSHI, before planting him with a Package Piledriver and covering for the 3.

3)   Six Man Tag match: Suzuki-Gun (Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr, “The King” Minoru Suzuki & “The American Psycho” Lance Archer) vs KENTA, Karl Fredericks & Clark Connors

Winners: Suzuki-Gun after Karl connected with a big Stinger Splash, he pulled Minoru out, into a Spear from Clark, followed by a Jumping Elbow Drop from Karl and Clark pinned, getting a 2. Clark sent Minoru into the ropes and dropped him with a Dropkick, before applying a Boston Crab, only for Zack to break it up with a ROUGH European Uppercut. KENTA threw Zack out of the ring and followed, as Clark looked to Body Slam Minoru, only Suzuki escaped into a Rear Naked, which Clark reversed into a School Boy for a 2. Clark nailed Minoru with a Forearm and hit the ropes, only Minoru followed behind, wrapping Clark up in a Rear Naked Choke and immediately transitioning into The Gotch Style Piledriver, picking up the 3.

4)   Six Man Tag match: “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay & Toa Henare vs IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada, “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi & YOSHI-HASHI

Winners: HASHI, Okada & Tanahashi after HASHI blasted Henare with a Thrust Kick and hooked for a Suplex, Henare powered HASHI over with a Vertical Suplex, firing up and following with a series of strikes, only for HASHI to cut him off and hit the ropes, but Henare followed with a Back Elbow. Henare fired up and hit the ropes, but HASHI wiped him out with a Lariat and covered, getting a 2, before ripping Henare up and using a Fisherman’s lift into a SPIKE Brainbuster to put Toa down for the 3.

5)  G1 Climax 29 – B Block: TAICHI (6) w/Miho Abe & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Toru Yano (6)

Winner: Yano (2) after TAICHI and Yano fought on the floor, Kanemaru took a swig of the whiskey and attempted The Santori Surprise, Yano covered Yoshinobu’s mouth, pulled him in front of TAICHI and kicked him in the butt, causing TAICHI to take the whiskey in the face! Yano used the distraction to wrap TAICHI and Kanemaru up in the ring skirt, burrito style, leading to Yano being counted out!

6)  G1 Climax 29 – B Block: IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito (8) vs Jeff Cobb (6)

Winner: Naito (2) after both men traded big shots in the middle of the ring, Cobb got the advantage with a series of elbows, until Naito spit in his face and unleased a barrage of forearms. Cobb fired back with a big forearm, a chop to the chest, another forearm and then a BIG Lariat, turning Naito inside out. Cobb sent Naito in the ropes and looked for Tour of the Islands, but Naito countered with a short Destino and covered, getting a 2, before firing up, pulling Cobb to his feet and hitting Destino, finally putting Cobb down for the 3.

7)   G1 Climax 29 – B Block: IWGP United States Champion “Death Rider” Jon Moxley (10) w/Shota Umino vs Hirooki Goto (8)

Winner: Goto (2) after Goto surprised Moxley with Ooshigaroshi, both men were down, felling the effects of the match. They pulled themselves up in opposite corners and charged out, colliding with Clotheslines and repeatedly ramming into each other, before collapsing to their knees. Moxley was the first to his feet, firing up and pulling Goto to his feet, only Goto blasted him with a Headbutt and followed with a series of Kicks, before launching a Mid-Kick, which Moxley caught and transitioned into a quick Death Rider, holding on and pulling Goto up for another Death Rider, but Goto blocked and countered into The GTR, surprising Moxley for the win.

8)      G1 Climax 29 – B Block: “Switchblade” Jay White (8) w/Gedo vs Juice Robinson (6)

Winner: White (2) after Juice countered The Blade Runner into a DEEP School Boy for a close 2, the slowly got back up, White went for Blade Runner, but Juice countered and went for Pulp Friction, only for White to Chop Block Juice’s bad knee. White pulled Juice up for Blade Runner, but Juice escaped and DROPPED White with The Left Hand to God, before collapsing to the mat himself. After a little recovery, Juice got up and called for the end, as Gedo got on the apron, White escaped Juice’s clutch and nailed him with a Low Blow, before shoving Juice into Red Shoes and everyone went down. Gedo slid a Chair into the ring, with Red Shoes being down on the floor, White readied with the Chair and as Juice stumbled up, White started his swing, only Juice stopped him with The Left Hand to God and went for Pulp Friction, on the Chair, only for White to escaped and Juice slammed hard on the Chair. White took the Chair and smashed it onto Juice’s injured knee, before locking in the TTO, as Gedo rolled Red Shoes into the ring and Robinson Tapped out. (Really Good! Even with the shenanigans at the end, these guys really brought the fight and played well off of their previous encounters.)

White planted Juice with Blade Runner after the match.

9)   G1 Climax 29 – B Block: “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi (4) vs NEVER Openweight Champion “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii (8)

Winner: Shingo (2) after Shingo planted Ishii with Noshigami, he sat him up, hit the ropes and leveled Ishii with a Sliding Lariat, following with the cover, getting a 2. After a moment of recovery, Shingo fired up and pulled Ishii in for Made in Japan, Ishii escaped, Shingo dropped him with a Palm Strike. Shingo pulled Ishii up for a short Pumping Bomber, taking Ishii down to a knee, as Shingo continued to regain strength and then fired off with another short Pumping Bomber, but Ishii fired back, and NAILED Shingo with a Headbutt, flattening him on the mat. Ishii sat Shingo up and went for a Sliding Lariat, but Shingo caught him and incredibly powered Ishii up into Made in Japan, getting a CLOSE 2. This match rules, Shingo gets up and hits the ropes, as Ishii staggers up and eats a Pumping Bomber, Shingo covers, but Ishii kicks out at 2! Shingo, firing up, but looking frustrated, as the crowd cheers loudly for Ishii, Shingo pulls Ishii in for Last of the Dragon, but Ishii escapes, Shingo drops him with a Forearm to the bloody ear! Shingo pulls Ishii, up, but he swats Shingo away and connects with an Enziguri, followed with a German Suplex and they were both down. Ishii hit the ropes, Shingo went for a Lariat, but Ishii countered, only for Shingo to turn right into a Lariat to Ishii and hit the ropes, Ishii leveled Shingo with a Lariat and covered, getting a 2. Ishii sat Shingo up, hit the ropes and scored with a Sliding Lariat, covering and getting a 2 and at the 10-minute call, Ishii went for the Vertical Drop Brainbuster, but Shingo escaped and they struggled for control, until Shingo used an Emerald Flowsion and back down they went. Shingo pulled himself up in the corner and ran over Ishii with a Pumping Bomber, but Ishii got back up, leading to Shingo nailing him with another Pumping Bomber, but Ishii didn’t budge, Shingo landed a Headbutt, Ishii responded with an Enziguri and they collapsed to the mat. They pulled themselves up in the ropes, Ishii hit the ropes and turned Shingo inside out with a Lariat, covering and getting a 1, as Shingo popped up and leveled Ishii with a Pumping Bomber, covering for a 1 of his own, they popped up and collided with Clotheslines, Shingo dropped Ishii with a Pumping Bomber, before hitting the ropes and scoring with The Pumping Bomber and covering, but ISHII KICKED OUT! Shingo called for the end, pulled Ishii up and scored with The Last of the Dragon, holding on to finally put Ishii away! (What a fucking war! Really awesome clash of incredible styles. Full fucking speed and never backing down. Shingo can get the best out of any opponent, regardless of the weight class and Ishii is the MVP of the G1. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!)

As they recovered, they got to their hands and knees and started ramming Headbutts into each other, before collapsing together.