New Japan’s next stop on the G1 Climax 29 tour was in Fukuoka this morning, as we’re now on day twelve of the tournament. Today’s main event featured a brawl between CHAOS stablemates Tomohiro Ishii and Hirooki Goto.
Today’s preliminary matches:
Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Chase Owens defeated KENTA, Karl Fredricks and Clark Connors
- Owens defeated Fredricks with the package piledriver.
Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Lance Archer and Yoshinobu Kanemaru
- Sabre bridged Kanemaru for the victory.
Kota Ibushi, Tomoaki Honma and Toa Henare defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shota Umino and Ren Narita
- Henare pinned Narita with a uranage.
Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay and YOSHI-HASHI defeated SANADA, EVIL and BUSHI
- YOSHI-HASHI submitted BUSHI with the butterfly lock.
B Block: Jeff Cobb defeated Shingo Takagi
This was a great, well fought back and forth match, exactly the kind of match you want to have during this tournament. The last few minutes had some really great heat.
After getting the better of an early flurry of offense, Shingo cut off Cobb by clipping his leg. Cobb cut him off with an overhead suplex. Cobb followed that up reverse sidewalk slam and a standing moonsault.
Shingo cut him off and hit a big side suplex. He took him to the top, but Cobb grabbed him. Shingo kept him at bay and followed with a big superplex. The two then traded t-bone suplexes. The two trade offense until Shingo rails Cobb with the pumping bomber.
Cobb came back with his own lariat. Shingo went for a hurricanrana, but Cobb held on to him and flattened him with a powerbomb. He motioned for the tour of the islands, but Takagi collapsed. Shingo came back with a crucifix bomb then hit the Made in Japan for a near fall.
Shingo went for the last of the dragon, but Cobb cut him off and landed the Tour of the Islands for the win.
B Block: Toru Yano defeated Jon Moxley by count out
This was fine. I think most can accept this as a fluke loss as Yano’s gimmick is he gets these kind of surprise wins all the time.
Yano exited the ring before the match started and sprayed water on Moxley. He went to charge after him, but offered the DVD he tried to sell him on the last show, this time with ten thousand yen, a five thousand dollar increase Moxley kicked the DVD away as they started to brawl.
Yano low blowed Moxley as they were outside and tried to do the tape to the barricade routine, but Moxley got to him instead, with Yano getting in at 17. The two then grabbed the turnbuckles and started to fight with them. The referee took away the turnbuckle and Moxley got distracted, allowing Yano to low blow and roll him up for a nearfall.
Moxley set up a table, but as Moxley went towards him he grabbed Shota Umino and shoved him into Moxley, sending them both down. Yano got the tape and tied them together. Yano got into the ring late as the referee counted Moxley out, giving him his first loss.
The announcers made sure to mention that with a Yano win, everyone in the B Block with 4 points are still in contention, as a Moxley win would have eliminated them from the tournament.
B Block: Tetsuya Natio defeated Juice Robinson
Great match. A very well done, well worked match that made me want to see more between these two. I kind of wish Robinson got the win here as it would be a good fall program, but no dice.
Juice taunted Naito at the bell by taking his time taking off all of his gear, including the three t-shirts he had one. Naito attacked once Juice took off the third shirt and took him to the floor, where he hit a tornado DDT.
Naito taunted Juice by doing his punches, but Juice fired back with them and landed a lariat. Juice followed that up with a full nelson bomb. Naito cut him off with a neckbreaker and went to the top rope, but Naito cut him off.
Juice went for the pulp friction, but Naito cut him off and hit a giant German suplex. Naito rocks Juice and landed a poison rana and a Destino. Juice kicked out and hit the juice box. Somewhere around here Naito busted open his ear badly.
Juice countered the Destino and landed a giant lariat. But Naito countered the pulp friction with a brainbuster and hit the Destino for the win.
B Block: Jay White defeated Taichi
Not that good. Both men have a similar style and that played into the match, as there was a lot of stalling and tons of interference. That is their style, and while this doesn't make it a great match I guess it was executed well for what it was.
Both men exited the ring and stalled. White stalked Kanemaru, who seconded Taichi, and bumped into Gedo. White attacks Taichi and the two battle until the referee starts counting, then they come back in.
Gedo grabs Miho Abe, which distracts Taichi and allows a Jay White opening. Taichi fired back with some kicks in the corner and went for a superkick, but White collapsed. White came back with a twisting neckbreaker and eventually landed the kiwi crusher, but Taichi kicked out at two.
Taichi rallied back and went for the last ride powerbomb, but Gedo went on the apron to complain to the ref. It backfired as Taichi got the low blow instead and pinned White with the Gedo clutch, but the referee was dragged out of the ring by Gedo, who came in with brass knucks. Kanemaru came in with the whiskey shot, but it backfired.
Both Gedo and Kanemaru were sent backing as Jay White goes for the bladerunner. Kanemaru connected with the whiskey shot and Taichi hit the last ride powerbomb for a nearfall. Gedo grabbed Taichi’s leg, which led to he and White trading finisher attempts until White hit a brainbuster. He connected with the blade runner and got the win.
B Block: Hirooki Goto defeated Tomohiro Ishii
A great main event. Not as good as some of the other Ishii brawls in this tournament, but this was the match of the night with some tremendous intensity and brawling.
The two started off the match with back and forth brawling. Ishii took Goto down with a suplex. Ishii continued to berate Goto with kicks and punches until he blocked a big boot and hit a discus clothesline.
The two continue to strike each other with forearm shots. Goto feels he has Ishii down, but when he rebounds off the ropes Ishii counters with a powerslam. Goto gets the better of Ishii and lands a draping neckbreaker off the top rope. Ishii meets Goto on the top rope with some big headbutts. Goto hits one of his own and plants Ishii with a big code red bomb for a nearfall.
Goto went for the ushigiroshi but Ishii blocked it. Goto was taken down by an Ishii headbutt and followed that with a powerbomb. Ishii hit the sliding D and looked for the brainbuster but Goto fought it. He took out Ishii with a reverse GTR and locked in a sleeper, then landed the ushigiroshi.
Goto pelted Ishii with kicks; Ishii responded with some scary sounding headbutts. Goto hit another reverse GTR and a kick. Ishii hit a standing enziguri, but Goto fought through with with a death valley driver, then finally landed the GTR for the win.
Goto finished the show with a promo, saying the G in G1 stands for Goto.
- Kazuchika Okada 12
- KENTA 8
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 8
- Kota Ibushi 8
- EVIL 6
- Lance Archer 4
- Will Ospreay 4
- SANADA 4
- Zack Sabre Jr. 4
- Bad Luck Fale 2
- Jon Moxley 10
- Juice Robinson 6
- Tomohiro Ishii 6
- Toru Yano 6
- Tetsuya Naito 6
- Jeff Cobb 6
- Hirooki Goto 6
- Jay White 6
- Taichi 4
- Shingo Takagi 4