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G1 Climax 29 Recap & Review – Night 6

NJPW G1 Climax 29
Night 6 – B Block

Event Date: July 19, 2019 (18:30 JST)
aired live on NJPW World

City: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Venue: Korakuen Hall
Attendance: 1,725
Series: G1 Climax 29

Commentary (English): Kevin Kelly, Rocky Romero, Chris Charlton
Commentary (Japanese): Haruo Murata, Milano Collection AT, Sho
Ring Announcer: Kimihiko Ozaki (1 – 4), Makoto Abe (5 – 9)


The wrestlers in B Block of the G1 Climax tournament are briefly profiled.


Match 1
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Zack Sabre Jr. (RPW British Heavyweight Champ)
(referee: Kenta Sato)

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Result: Bad Luck Fale pins Yoshinobu Kanemaru after the Grenade
Time: 4:40

Match Thoughts
This was a quick opener, but I liked it alright. Fale and Owens struck first right before the bell, and Sabre had a brief preview of his match with Fale in the opening minute of the match. Kanemaru tagged in after that, and he and Sabre struggled to find any kind of cohesion in their team. Sabre even got Kanemaru’s whiskey spit in this face when Owens kicked Kanemaru when he was about to spray Fale. Hopefully Sabre’s luck turns around in his next tournament match. Otherwise we might see a full blown mental breakdown in the backstage comment area.


Match 2
Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer vs Tomoaki Honma & Hiroshi Tanahashi
(referee: Kenta Sato)

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Result: Lance Archer pins Tomoaki Honma with the EBD Claw
Time: 9:48

Match Thoughts
Good match. This version of a Suzuki Gun team did much better than Sabre and Kanemaru tonight. Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer worked together to punish and dominate their opponents and as many young lions as they could get their hands on. Archer and Tanahashi gave a good preview of their upcoming match, but most of this match featured Honma trying not to get beat up. This was fun.


Ring Area
After the match, Suzuki and Archer destroy a bunch of young lions in and around the ring. As Suzuki leaves, he tries to break a young lion’s fingers on the commentary table right in front of Kevin Kelly.


Match 3
BUSHI & EVIL & SANADA vs Clark Connors & KENTA & Kota Ibushi
(referee: Kenta Sato)

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Result: BUSHI pins Clark Connors after MX
Time: 9:02

Match Thoughts
Good match. With LIJ all back on the same page, they looked great tonight. Ibushi started this match for his team, and he did well until he started to get isolated for longer and longer. KENTA came in next and started to turn the momentum back in his team’s favor, but he was forced to tag out to Connors when LIJ became too much for him. Connors looked good against BUSHI, but he got destroyed late in the match by a quick and overwhelming triple team. I liked this match.


Match 4
Toa Henare & Will Ospreay (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Champ) vs YOSHI-HASHI & Kazuchika Okada (IWGP Heavyweight Champ)
(referee: Marty Asami)

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Result: YOSHI-HASHI pins Toa Henare after a fisherman suplex into a brainbuster
Time: 8:46

Match Thoughts
Good match. This was about the preview for the Okada versus Ospreay match coming up, and they gave a quick and fun taste of what’s to come. A lot of this match was Henare versus YOSHI-HASHI though. YOSHI-HASHI got the better of Henare early in the match, and Henare revered things later in the match. The action was fine, but tonight’s previous tag match was more fun.


Match 5
G1 Climax 29 B Block Match
Taichi (1-1-0: 0) w/ Miho Abe vs Shingo Takagi (1-1-0: 0)
(referee: Marty Asami)

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Result: Shingo Takagi wins via pinfall after Last of the Dragon
Time: 14:40

Match Thoughts
Great match! While Naito seemed to underestimate Taichi in their match the other night, Taichi seemed to underestimate Shingo tonight. Shingo started strong before the opening bell, but Taichi quickly used Miho Abe as a distraction and hit Shingo with his microphone. Taichi then spent most of the rest of the match trying to fight Shingo without resorting to cheap tactics. Shingo was persistent, and he mounted a comeback that led to a really good finish that had both guys trading huge strikes and powerful moves.


Match 6
G1 Climax 29 B Block Match
Jeff Cobb (0-2-0: 0) vs Juice Robinson (2-0-0: 4)
(referee: Marty Asami)

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Result: Jeff Cobb wins via pinfall after the Tour of the Islands
Time: 13:21

Match Thoughts
Very good match! This match was fought with respect from both men as they shook hands before the match started. Juice Gained an early advantage and frustrated Cobb with a series of strikes and counters that forced Cobb out to the floor so he could reset and try to come up with a new strategy. Juice pressed the attack though, and it would take a while before Cobb really got any sort of offense going. Cobb did get going though, and the latter half of the match was a fun back and forth battle of power moves.


Match 7
G1 Climax 29 B Block Match
Jay White (0-2-0: 0) w/ Gedo vs Toru Yano (1-1-0: 2) (NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Champ)
(referee: Red Shoes Unno)

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Result: Toru Yano wins via pinfall with a schoolboy after a low blow with brass knuckles
Time: 3:04

Match Thoughts
This was the shortest match of the tournament so far, and it was super fun. White seemed to have Yano scouted at the beginning of the match, but Yano always has a backup plan. Tonight, Yano used Gedo against White in a way to cause confusion and hit a very painful looking maneuver. I smiled a lot during this match.


Match 8
G1 Climax 29 B Block Match
Tetsuya Naito (0-2-0: 0) (IWGP IC Champ) vs Hirooki Goto (1-1-0: 2)
(referee: Red Shoes Unno)

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Result: Tetsuya Naito wins via pinfall after Destino
Time: 14:01

Match Thoughts
Great match. Goto wanted to bounce back from his loss in the previous round, and he was very aggressive to start the match. Naito quickly started going after Goto’s knee though, and that helped Naito to control most of this match. Goto was hobbled at times, but the late portions of the match had Goto building back up with a series of powerful moves. I liked the flow and build of this match a lot, and I really liked the finish.


Match 9
G1 Climax 29 B Block Match
Jon Moxley (2-0-0: 4) (IWGP US Champ) w/ Shota Umino vs Tomohiro Ishii (2-0-0: 4) (NEVER Openweight Champ)
(referee: Red Shoes Unno)

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Result: Jon Moxley wins via pinfall after Death Rider
Time: 20:36

Match Thoughts
Great match! They promised us a violent match leading up to this, and Ishii and Moxley delivered on that promise. Sure, there was some brawling as well as some chairs and a table, but the violence was really in how violently both men were attacking each other. Forearms, knees, elbows, feet, hands, and heads were all used as weapons throughout the match. The fight felt brutal as it kept going on, and both men looked great. This was a great main event for an already very good night of wrestling.


Show Impressions
I enjoyed night six more than night five, so round three goes to B Block. This was a very fun show. Three rounds in they are still delivering a few surprises, and I love it.

Match of the Night
Jon Moxley vs Tomohiro Ishii
This was a war between two guys who wanted to show how tough they were. Ishii probably came off as tougher in a lot of the exchanges, but Moxley showed he was maybe a bit smarter tonight. It was close in both categories though.


Standings After Night 6

Block A

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Kazuchika Okada (IWGP Heavyweight Champ)6300
Lance Archer4210
Bad Luck Fale2120
Hiroshi Tanahashi2120
Kota Ibushi2120
Will Ospreay (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champ)2120
Zack Sabre Jr. (RPW British Heavyweight Champ)0030


Block B

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John Moxley (IWGP US Champ)6300
Tomohiro Ishii (NEVER Openweight Champ)4210
Juice Robinson4210
Shingo Takagi4210
Toru Yano (NEVER Openweight 6 Man Tag Champ)4210
Tetsuya Naito (IWGP IC Champ)2120
Hirooki Goto2120
Jeff Cobb2120
Jay White0030


Official Results (Japanese): https://www.njpw.co.jp/tornament/192649?showResult=1



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