NJPW G1 Night 12 (8/1) Review

Added by Zack Monday

From Fukuoka Citizen Gymnasium

1)   Six Man Tag match: Bullet Club (“The Rogue General” Bad Luck Fale, “Tokyo Pimp” Yujiro Takahashi & “The Crown Jewel” Chase Owens) vs KENTA, Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks

Winners: Bullet Club after Karl planted Yujiro with a Spinebuster and kipped up, he pulled Chase up, only for Owens to use a School Boy for a 2. Karl popped up and charged into the corner with a Jumping Avalanche, but Owens moved and Karl hit the corner, allowing Chase to score with Jewel Heist and hold on for a 2, as Karl’s partners broke it up. Clark pulled Chase up and connected with a chop and European Uppercuts, before hitting the ropes, only for Yujiro to lay him out with a Lariat. Chase pulled Karl into the middle of the ring and hooked for The Package Piledriver, but Karl countered with a Jacknife Pin for a 2, before they popped up, Chase scored with a Knee Strike and followed with The Package Piledriver to put Karl down for the 3.

 2)   “The King” Minoru Suzuki & Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Zack Sabre Jr. vs “American Psycho” Lance Archer & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Winners: ZSJ & Suzuki after ZSJ countered Yoshinobu into The Cobra Twist, Archer broke it up, but Suzuki was there to fight him off, but Archer countered and went for The EBD Claw on Suzuki. Zack sent Yoshinobu into the ropes, where he came back with a Sliding Dropkick to Zack’s knee, before pulling him up and hitting a Reverse DDT to get a 2. Archer pulled Suzuki down with The EBD Claw, as Kanemaru positioned for Deep Impact, only Zack countered and used an Inside Cradle for a 2. Zack blasted Yoshinobu with a European Uppercut, Yoshinobu countered and went for a Backslide, only ZSJ countered into The European Clutch, picking up the 3.

3)   Six Man Tag match: “The Ace of the Universe” Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ren Narita & Shota Umino vs “The Golden Star” Kota Ibushi, Toa Henare & Tomoaki Honma

Winners: Toa, Tomaoki & Kota after Toa planted Ren with The Rugby Tackle and covered, Tanahashi was able to break it up, but Ibushi was quickly on him, hooking for Kami Goye, but Tanahashi countered out and went for Dropkick, which Ibushi countered with a Double Stomp! Henare went for a Uranage, but Ren countered into a Rollup for 2, before popping up and nailing Toa with a Slap, Toa fired back with multiple strikes, finishing with the Uranage and the cover.

4)  Six Man Tag match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (“The King of Darkness” EVIL, “Cold Skull” SANADA & BUSHI) vs IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion “The Aerial Assassin” Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI)

Winners: after HASHI locked BUSHI in The Butterfly Lock, SANADA snuck in and pulled HASHI off, locking in Skull End, but Okada was in to fight him off. Okada leveled SANADA with a Dropkick, but EVIL was on him, looking for a Lariat, only for Will to score with Pip Pip Cherrio! Okada called for HASHI to put an end to it, as HASHI pulled BUSHI up, only to eat an Enziguri, BUSHI went for an Irish Whip, but HASHI countered into The Butterfly Lock, forcing the Tap Out.

5)  G1 Climax 29 – B Block: Jeff Cobb (4) vs “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi (4)

Winner: after Cobb blocked Shingo’s run, only to eat a big back elbow and then a straight punch, Shingo went for a swing, but Cobb countered for Tour of the Islands, which Shingo escaped and powered Cobb up for The Last of the Dragon, but Cobb escaped and snapped Shingo over with a German Suplex. Cobb popped up, pulled Shingo to his feet, sent him into the ropes and used The Tour of the Islands to put Shingo down for the 3. (That was awesome. Just a collision of a match, big moves, hard strikes, good flow, just fun as hell. These two have wonderful chemistry together and this win for Cobb meant A LOT! RECOMMENDED!)

6) G1 Climax 29 – B Block: Toru Yano (4) vs IWGP United States Champion “Death Rider” Jon Moxley (10) w/”Shooter” Shota Umino

Winner: Yano (2) after Moxley set up a Table on the guardrail, he bounced Yano’s head off of it a couple times, before getting some distance and charging in, only for Yano to pull Umino in the path and then nail both with Low Blows! Yano taped Umino & Moxley’s feet together, at the 16-count he slid back into the ring, as Mox struggled to get Umino up and back in the ring, ONLY FOR THE REFEREE TO COUNT THE 20! (SO FUCKING GOOD!)

7)  G1 Climax 29 – B Block: Juice Robinson (6) vs IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito (4)

Winner: Naito (2) after both men attempted to pull their beaten bodies off the mat, Naito was up first, pulling Juice to his feet, where Robinson threw The Left Hand to God, but Naito dodged it and answered with a Rolling Capo Kick! Juice threw a Lariat, Naito countered and went for Destino, but Juice blocked, nailed Naito with a Right Hand and leveled him with a BIG Lariat and covered, but Naito kicked out. Juice called for the end, pulled Naito in for Pulp Friction, only Naito escaped and used a NASTY Brainbuster to put Juice down for the 2. With blood coming from his ear, Naito pulled Juice up and scored with Destino to finally put Juice down for the 3. (FANTASTIC! Juice is getting to a level of match that is hard to miss. He’s BRINGING IT this tournament, loud shots, enthusiastic emotions and incredible sequences. Naito can roll out of bed and make you care about his match, but when the working boots are on and he feels the threat, man, Tetsuya Naito is incredible. Pace, action and fire, this match had it all. RECOMMENDED!)

8)  G1 Climax 29 – B Block: “Switchblade” Jay White (4) w/Gedo vs TAICHI (4) w/Miho Abe

Winner: White (2) after Gedo ducked The Santori Surprise, catching Kanemaru with a shot to the gut, only for TAICHI to drill Gedo with a Big Boot, sending him and the Brass Knuckles flying. White went for Blade Runner on TAICHI, who countered and threw The Axe Bomber, but White countered and scored with a Low Blow and both men were down. White dragged TAICHI to the middle of the ring and called for the end, hooking Blade Runner, but TAICHI countered out and pushed White into the Santori Surprise from Kanemaru, followed by The Axe Bomber from TAICHI and, as Kanemaru rolled Referee Red Shoes in, TAICHI used The Last Ride on White and folded into the cover, but White kicked out! After some recovery, TAICHI positioned for the Buzzsaw Kick, but Gedo held TAICHI’s leg, until Kanemaru pulled him off and they brawled, White pulled TAICHI in for Blade Runner, but TAICHI countered and positioned for Black Mephisto, which White countered out of, back into Blade Runner, but TAICHI escaped, scored with a Head Kick and threw a Thrust Kick, which White countered and DUMPED TAICHI with a Sleeper Suplex. TAICHI staggered to his feet, where White caught him with a Arm Trap Brainbuster, followed by Blade Runner and the cover. (Really good!)

9)  G1 Climax 29 – B Block: NEVER Openweight Champion “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii (6) vs Hirooki Goto (4)

Winner: Goto (2) after Goto scored with The Reverse GTR, followed with The Mid Kick and covered for a 2, Goto pulled Ishii up for The GTR, but Ishii countered into a Brainbuster, which Goto escaped, only for Ishii to score with an Enziguri. Goto went for Lariat, but Ishii countered into a Front Chancery, only for Goto to counter into a Release GTR, before hitting The GTR and covering Ishii for the 3. (WAR!)