A Block action continued today in Korakuen Hall as night five of the G1 Climax 29 rolled into Tokyo.
Here are the results and match recaps:
JON MOXLEY & SHOTA UMINO DEFEATED TOMOHIRO ISHII & YUYA UEMURA
Umino won with a fisherman's suplex on Uemura, but the match result was secondary to the Moxley/Ishii interaction.
They started off hot, trading blows. The intensity was off the charts, and Umino and Uemura had to break it up. In the body of the match, they exchanged finisher teases. They also had a pull-apart after the match.
HIROOKI GOTO, JEFF COBB & YOSHI-HASHI DEFEATED JUICE ROBINSON, TOA HENARE & YOTA TSUJI
Goto and Cobb worked over Henare at the outset. Cobb missed a standing moonsault, and Juice tagged in. Juice and Cobb had a back-and-forth ahead of their match tomorrow.
The finish saw YOSHI-HASHI use the butterfly lock on Tsuji for the submission victory.
JAY WHITE, YUJIRO TAKAHASHI & CHASE OWENS DEFEATED TORU YANO, TOMOAKI HONMA & REN NARITA
Yano wanted to start off with White, but White begged off. Bullet Club worked over Honma. Yano finally got a piece of White, and he got a near fall off a schoolboy.
Yano exposed a turnbuckle, but White sent him into it. The match broke down, and Honma hit Yujiro with a kokeshi. Owens went for a package piledriver on Narita, but Narita hit a frankensteiner for a near fall. Owens then hit the package piledriver on Narita for the pin.
MINORU SUZUKI, TAICHI & YOSHINOBU KANEMARU DEFEATED TETSUYA NAITO, SHINGO TAKAGI & BUSHI
Shingo and Taichi face off tomorrow, and they were the focus of this tag preview.
Suzuki-gun attacked before the bell. They worked over Shingo for a long time. Naito hit some signature offense on Kanemaru. The finish saw Suzuki use the Gotch-style Piledriver on BUSHI for the pin.
After the match, Kanemaru spit whiskey in Shingo's eyes. Shingo had to be helped to the back.
A BLOCK MATCH: KENTA DEFEATED LANCE ARCHER (11:59)
KENTA went after Archer's legs with kicks early on. Archer came back with a tackle. He tried to chokeslam KENTA off the apron, but a group of Young Lions caught KENTA. Archer answered with a flip dive off the apron.
Archer taunted KENTA by calling him "Hideo." Archer hit a pounce, but KENTA came back with a slam. KENTA hit a series of kicks. They fought on the top rope, and KENTA won the exchange with a palm strike.
Archer caught KENTA coming off the top, then dropped him face-first on the mat. Archer went for the EBD Claw, but KENTA blocked. Archer went for a Blackout, but KENTA blocked it with a sleeper.
KENTA hit a PK, then went for the GTS. Archer blocked and got the Claw applied, but KENTA reached the ropes, forcing a break. Archer hit a muscle buster, but KENTA kicked out at two.
Archer hit a powerbomb, but KENTA kicked out of that as well. Archer went for a chokeslam, but KENTA pulled him to the mat with a triangle choke, then transitioned to the Game Over submission for the victory. Solid work from both guys here. Archer continues to impress.
A BLOCK MATCH: EVIL DEFEATED SANADA (18:13)
SANADA missed a moonsault press in the opening exchange, which allowed EVIL to control the early part of the match. EVIL used SANADA's own paradise lock on him. EVIL missed a senton, allowing SANADA to apply a paradise lock over the bottom rope.
SANADA hit a pescado, then a back suplex. EVIL tried for his own suplex, but SANADA flipped out, then hit a springboard dropkick. SANADA hit a ref-assisted Magic Killer for a near fall, then hit a superplex for another two count.
They traded Skull Ends. SANADA hit Everything is EVIL for a near fall. SANADA went for a moonsault, but EVIL got his knees up, then used an inside cradle for a near fall.
They exchanged strikes. SANADA got Skull End applied, but EVIL pulled him into an inside cradle for another near fall. EVIL hit a lariat, then hit Darkness Falls for a two count. SANADA used an inside cradle for a near fall.
EVIL hit a lariat, but SANADA kicked out at one. EVIL hit a second lariat for a two count, then hit Everything is EVIL to get the victory. Good match. The intensity really picked up in the last five minutes.
The tag team partners shared a fist bump after.
A BLOCK MATCH: KAZUCHIKA OKADA DEFEATED BAD LUCK FALE (10:15)
Fale attacked Okada in the aisle during his entrance. Chase Owens and Jado accompanied Fale to the ring, and they attacked Okada on the outside while Fale took the referee.
Okada came back with a back elbow in the corner, a slam, and a flip dive over the top rope to the floor onto Fale, Jado, and Owens.
Back inside, Okada hit a back elbow and used a DDT for a near fall. Okada hit a shotgun dropkick, then used an air raid crash for a near fall. Okada hit a top rope elbow, then hit his Rainmaker pose.
Okada went for the Rainmaker, but Fale pulled the referee in the way. With the ref down, Owens jumped in for the illegal double team. Fale hit a Grenade. Okada slipped out of a Bad Luck Fall, then hit Owens with a dropkick.
Jado used a kendo stick shot from the floor. Fale tried for a sunset flip, but Okada sat down into a pinfall and got the win. Okada hit Fale with a dropkick after the match, then mocked him with a salute.
This was not one of the better Okada vs. Fale matches that I've seen.
A BLOCK MATCH: HIROSHI TANAHASHI DEFEATED ZACK SABRE JR. (13:56)
They began with an excellent mat wrestling exchange. Sabre went for a cobra twist, which set off a series of cradle attempts from both men. They traded near falls, and Tana ended the sequence with a Twist and Shout. That was awesome.
Sabre got the octopus applied, but Tana slid out and hit a dragon screw. They traded strikes, then both went for a backslide. After a stalemate, Tana hit a slingblade.
Tana used a European clutch for a near fall. Sabre tried for a cross armbreaker, then tied up both of Tana's arms with his legs. After a long submission tease, Tana reached the ropes.
Sabre stomped on Tana's right arm. Tana caught a PK. Sabre hit a series of slaps, but Tana no-sold them, then hit a dragon screw. Tana hit slingblade, then a standing High Fly Flow.
He went for a second High Fly Flow, but Sabre got his knees up. Sabre applied a triangle, but Tana rolled through and bridged into a pin for the victory.
These two can present something of a style clash at times, but I think this was one of their better outings together. This was excellent.
A BLOCK MATCH: KOTA IBUSHI DEFEATED WILL OSPREAY (27:16)
They locked up, and Ospreay broke cleanly against the ropes. Ibushi returned the favor on the ensuing lockup.
Ospreay tried a wristlock. Ibushi transitioned to a headscissors. Ospreay escaped once, but Ibushi made it back to the headscissors. Ospreay escaped again and went back to the wristlock. Ibushi hit a tackle out of a side headlock.
Ospreay went for an OsCutter, but Ibushi avoided it. Ibushi missed with a Kamigoye, and Ospreay pulled him to the apron. Ospreay rammed Ibushi's bad ankle into the apron, then slammed him on the barricade. Ospreay posted Ibushi's ankle.
Ospreay went for double knees in the corner, but Ibushi stepped out of the way and hit a blistering kick to the taped-up neck of Ospreay. Ibushi used a chinlock.
Ibushi hit a mid kick, but Ospreay returned fire with a handspring kick. Ospreay hit a top rope 619, but missed on Pip Pip Cheerio. Ibushi hit a powerslam, but missed a moonsault. Ospreay connected on Pip Pip Cheerio, and Ibushi rolled outside. Ospreay hit a Sasuke Special.
Ospreay hit a Bloody Sunday DDT for a near fall. Ospreay went for another handspring kick, but Ibushi caught him. Ibushi hit a German, pulling Ospreay out of the air. Ibushi hit a series of strikes to the neck.
The intensity really picked up here.
They exchanged strikes in the center of the ring. Ospreay caught a kick, then used a schoolboy for a near fall. Ospreay hit a head kick. Ibushi countered with a snap German. Ospreay hit an enzuigiri, but Ibushi countered with a sick-looking Jay Driller, spiking Ospreay on top of his head.
Ibushi hit a Last Ride for a close near fall. Ospreay went for a Storm Breaker. Ibushi teased a spike package piledriver, but Ospreay pulled him to the mat in a cradle for a two count. Ospreay hit a spinning powerbomb for a near fall.
Ospreay hit a series of head kicks. He teased a top rope OsCutter, but Ibushi cut him off, then tied him to the tree of woe. From that position, they traded slaps to the face. Ibushi kept Ospreay tied up, then hit a series of kicks to the head.
Ibushi teased a top rope dragon suplex. Ospreay fought off the suplex, but Ibushi hit a backflip kick. Ibushi tried for a deadlift German off the second rope, but Ospreay landed on his feet.
Ospreay hit Hidden Blade. He covered, but Ibushi got his hand on the bottom rope. Ospreay hit a Robinson Special. He tried for an OsCutter, but Ibushi blocked it. Ospreay hit a high kick, then hit an OsCutter. He covered, but only got a two count.
Ospreay went for Storm Breaker. Ibushi countered with a knee to the face, then hit a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Ospreay hit a standing Spanish Fly for a near fall.
Ospreay teased another Hidden Blade, but Ibushi ducked it, then hit a lariat. Ibushi hit a Bomaye for a near fall.
Ibushi hit the Kamigoye and got the 1-2-3.
Both guys gave their all in spite of being injured, and this was a great main event.
G1 CLIMAX 29 STANDINGS --
- KENTA 6
- Kazuchika Okada 6
- EVIL 4
- Lance Archer 4
- Kota Ibushi 2
- Will Ospreay 2
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 2
- Bad Luck Fale 2
- SANADA 2
- Zack Sabre Jr. 0
- Tomohiro Ishii 4
- Jon Moxley 4
- Juice Robinson 4
- Hirooki Goto 2
- Shingo Takagi 2
- Taichi 2
- Toru Yano 2
- Jay White 0
- Tetsuya Naito 0
- Jeff Cobb 0