G1 Climax 29 Thread


3 Rated Matches:

Night 5 – Kota Ibushi v Will Ospreay – 3+

Night 6 – Jon Moxley v Tomohiro Ishii – 3

Night 7 – Kazuchika Okada v Will Ospreay – 3+

Night 10 – Tomohiro Ishii v Juice Robinson – 3

Night 14 – Tetsuya Naito v Shingo Takagi – 3

Night 16 – Shingo Takagi v Tomohiro Ishii – 3

Night 17 – Kota Ibushi v Kazuchika Okada – 3+

Night 18 – Taichi v Tomohiro Ishii – 3

Final – Kota Ibushi v Jay White – 3

2+ Rated Matches:

  • Night 1 – Lance Archer v Will Ospreay
  • Night 1 – SANADA v Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Night 1 – Kazuchika Okada v Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Night 2 – Juice Robinson v Shingo Takagi
  • Night 3 – Will Ospreay v SANADA
  • Night 3 – EVIL v Kota Ibushi
  • Night 4 – Tomohiro Ishii v Jay White
  • Night 8 – Tetsuya Naito v Tomohiro Ishii
  • Night 9 – Kazuchika Okada v KENTA
  • Night 10 – Jon Moxley v Tetsuya Naito
  • Night 11 – Zack Sabre Jr. v Will Ospreay
  • Night 12 – Hirooki Goto v Tomohiro Ishii
  • Night 13 – SANADA v Kazuchika Okada
  • Night 15 – Will Ospreay v KENTA
  • Night 15 – Kota Ibushi v Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Night 17 – Zack Sabre Jr. v KENTA
  • Night 17 – Will Ospreay v Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Night 18 – Shingo Takagi v Hirooki Goto

Complete Ratings:

Night 1Lance ArcherWill Ospreay2+
Bad Luck FaleEVIL1+
SANADAZack Sabre Jr.2+
KENTAKota Ibushi2
Kazuchika OkadaHiroshi Tanahashi2+
Night 2Juice RobinsonShingo Takagi2+
TaichiJon Moxley1+
Toru YanoTetsuya Naito1+
Tomohiro IshiiJeff Cobb1
Hirooki GotoJay White1+
Night 3Lance ArcherBad Luck Fale2
Will OspreaySANADA2+
Kazuchika OkadaZack Sabre Jr2
EVILKota Ibushi2+
KENTAHiroshi Tanahashi2
Night 4Shingo TakagiToru Yano1
Juice RobinsonHirooki Goto1+
Jon MoxleyJeff Cobb1
Tomohiro IshiiJay White2+
TaichiTetsuya Naito2
Night 5KENTALance Archer1+
Kazuchika OkadaBad Luck Fale1
Hiroshi TanahashiZack Sabre Jr.2
Kota IbushiWill Ospreay3+
Night 6Shingo TakagiTaichi2
Jeff CobbJuice Robinson1+
Toru YanoJay White0+
Tetsuya NaitoHirooki Goto1+
Jon MoxleyTomohiro Ishii3
Night 7Zack Sabre Jr.Bad Luck Fale2
Hiroshi TanahashiLance Archer1+
Kota IbushiSANADA1+
Kazuchika OkadaWill Ospreay3+
Night 8Juice RobinsonToru Yano1
TaichiHirooki Goto1+
Jon MoxleyShingo Takagi2
Jay WhiteJeff Cobb1
Tetsuya NaitoTomohiro Ishii2+
Night 9Kota IbushiLance Archer2
Will OspreayBad Luck Fale0+
EVILZack Sabre Jr.1
Hiroshi TanahashiSANADA1+
Kazuchika OkadaKENTA2+
Night 10Hirooki GotoToru Yano0+
Tomohiro IshiiJuice Robinson3
Jeff CobbTaichi1+
Jay WhiteShingo Takagi2
Jon MoxelyTetsuya Naito2+
Night 11Kota IbushiBad Luck Fale0
Zack Sabre Jr.Will Ospreay2+
Kazuchika OkadaLance Archer2
Hiroshi TanahashiEVIL1+
Night 12Jeff CobbShingo Takagi1+
Toru YanoJon Moxley2
Tetsuya NaitoJuice Robinson1+
Jay WhiteTaichi1+
Hirooki GotoTomohiro Ishii2+
Night 13Bad Luck FaleKENTA1
Zack Sabre Jr.Lance Archer1+
EVILWill Ospreay2
Kota IbushiHiroshi Tanahashi2
SANADAKazuchika Okada2+
Night 14Tomohiro IshiiToru Yano2
TaichiJuice Robinson1
Hirooki GotoJeff Cobb1
Jay WhiteJon Moxley1
Tetsuya NaitoShingo Takagi2+
Night 15SANADALance Archer1
Bad Luck FaleHiroshi Tanahashi0+
Will OspreayKENTA2+
Kota IbushiZack Sabre Jr.2+
Kazuchika OkadaEVIL2
Night 16Toru YanoTaichi1+
Tetsuya NaitoJeff Cobb2
Hirooki GotoJon Moxley2
Jay WhiteJuice Robinson2
Shingo TakagiTomohiro Ishii3
Night 17Lance ArcherEVIL2
Bad Luck FaleSANADA1+
Zack Sabre Jr.KENTA2+
Will OspreayHiroshi Tanahashi2+
Kota IbushiKazuchika Okada3+
Night 18Jeff CobbToru Yano1+
TaichiTomohiro Ishii3
Juice RobinsonJon Moxley2
Shingo TakagiHirooki Goto2+
Jay WhiteTetsuya Naito2
FinalKota IbushiJay White3

Blessed Content

Complete Stats

A Block Average Score: 1.94

B Block Average Score: 1.79

Best Nights:

  1. Night 17, A Block, Tokyo
  2. Night 1, A Block, Dallas
  3. Night 18, B Block, Tokyo
  4. Night 3, A Block, Tokyo
  5. Night 16, B Block, Yokohama

Worst Nights:

  1. Night 9, A Block, Nagoya
  2. Night 14, B Block, Osaka
  3. Night 4, B Block, Sapporo
  4. Night 11, A Block, Takamatsu
  5. Night 8, B Block, Hiroshima

MVP: Tomohiro Ishii (2.5 avg)

LVP: Bad Luck Fale (1.11 avg)

Final Match Quality Rankings:

  1. Tomohiro Ishii
  2. Will Ospreay
  3. Kazuchika Okada
  4. Shingo Takagi
  5. Kota Ibushi
  6. Zack Sabre Jr.
  7. Tetsuya Naito
  8. KENTA
  9. Jon Moxley
  10. Juice Robinson
  11. Taichi
  12. SANADA
  13. Lance Archer
  14. EVIL
  15. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  16. Jay White
  17. Hirooki Goto
  18. Toru Yano
  19. Jeff Cobb
  20. Bad Luck Fale

10 Best Matches:

  1. Kazuchika Okada v Will Ospreay
  2. Kota Ibushi v Will Ospreay
  3. Kota Ibushi v Kazuchika Okada
  4. Kota Ibushi v Jay White
  5. Tomohiro Ishii v Juice Robinson
  6. Jon Moxley v Tomohiro Ishii
  7. Shingo Takagi v Tomohiro Ishii
  8. Taichi v Tomohiro Ishii
  9. Tetsuya Naito v Shingo Takagi

5 Worst Matches:

  1. Kota Ibushi v Bad Luck Fale
  2. Hirooki Goto v Toru Yano
  3. Jon Moxley v Jeff Cobb
  4. Jay White v Jon Moxley
  5. EVIL v Zack Sabre Jr.

New Beginning 2019 Ratings

New Beginning in Sapporo Night 1

Ren Narita v Yuya Uemura – 0+

Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi v Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida – 0

Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku v Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask – 1

Taiji Ishimori, Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa v Ryuske Taguchi, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI, & Tomoaki Honma – 1

Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, & BUSHI v Taichi, El Desperado, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 1+

SANADA v Minoru Suzuki – 2

EVIL v Zack Sabre Jr. – 2

Bad Luck Fale & Jay White v Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi – 1+

New Beginning in Sapporo Night 2

Toa Henare v Yota Tsuji – 1

Tiger Mask & Manabu Nakanishi v Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida – 1+

Takashi Iizuka & Taka Michinoku v Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ren Narita – 1

Taiji Ishimori, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga, & Tanga Loa v Ryuske Taguchi, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, & Tomoaki Honma – 1+

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, & YOSHI-HASHI v Jay White, Bad Luck Fale, & Chase Owens – 1

IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships – Shingo Takagi & BUSHI (c) v El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 2

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Championships – EVIL & SANADA (c) v Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki – 2

IWGP Intercontinental Championship – Tetsuya Naito (c) v Taichi – 2+

New Beginning in Osaka

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jyushin Thunder Liger, & Satoshi Kojima v Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, & Taka Michinoku – 1+

EVIL & SANADA v Shota Umino & Ayato Yoshida – 1

Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI, & Shingo Takagi v Taichi, El Desperado, & Yoshinobu Kanemaru – 1+

Tomoaki Honma & YOSHI-HASHI v Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi – 0+

G.O.D. (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) v Togi Makabe & Toru Yano – 1

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship – Taiji Ishimori (c) v Ryuske Taguchi – 2+

Bad Luck Fale v Kazuchika Okada – 1+

IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) v Jay White – 2+


NJPW: New Beginning USA in Nashville

While in Nashville for a conference weekend, I somehow scammed my wife into letting us stay late to attend the NJPW Nashville show in exchange for driving the 5 hours home afterward alone. The New Beginning USA tour was meant to be a step forward in a new and solid house show schedule for the US apart from the big shows like G1 Special. Nashville was an extra date added for who knows why but it just so happened we were in town that weekend. Certified fuckboy and rapist-president Donald Trump’s government shutdown over the useless border wall put a kibosh to New Japan’s plans to bring in Nagata and Ishii, but they assembled some of their finest gaijin to do the best show they could possibly put together on short notice.

Ring with the dress apron

Despite the lack of serious New Japan talent, the crowd was red hot and very open to being excited about the show. The L.A. dojo has heavily factored in to these US house shows, providing a role very similar to the Japanese Young Lions. Katsuyori Shibata came out to an extended standing ovation prior to the matches to apologize for the lack of Japanese talent but to assure that the dojo boys and the other wrestlers carried with them the spirit of New Japan. If the crowd was disappointed, they didn’t show it. They had long known what had occurred in booking and while the place wasn’t near sold out (specifically very few in the 2nd tier balcony), they were hyped as much as they possibly could be for the event.

It also turned out that the reports in the dirtsheets were correct and that this was the final appearance of Greg and Dustin in a New Japan ring. Maybe the weird gaijin-only show was an unfortunate unceremonious end to a promising and successful run (especially for Greg, who was a longtime tag star in the Junior ranks), but business is business. The boys were in Vegas a few days later to announce they had joined All Elite Wrestling, which was probably the least surprising thing ever. They always felt underused there despite Greg’s looming singles push, and Chuck should have been brought it much more on the English commentary. All-in-all the boys had to consider it a successful run. Who could have possibly imagined that Chuck Taylor, of all people, would headline a show for a major tournament (New Japan Cup 2018 night 4)?

Deathmatch Dustin, R.I.P.

As weird as the entire card was, it was honestly great. The matches were well done, wrestlers went out of their way to make it a cool show, and the dojo boys acquitted themselves marvelously. Alex Coughlin, in particular, looks like a potential superstar, but I want to make clear that everyone looked great. L.A. Dojo is not a vanity project, they are training guys who will truly be able to step into the mix at NJPW someday. If Shibata never enters a ring competitively again, and it’s likely he won’t, he’s doing work out there that actually may be vastly more important long term than competing in a ring or hanging around the Japanese Dojo.

Overall, there wasn’t a bad match on the bill. The 2nd and 3rd were fairly pedestrian but it was nice to get a live taste of the Great-O-Kharn (Tomoyuki Oka), who is developing a really cool martial arts/American heel brawler style that should immediately set him apart when he leaves excursion. The matches involving the Young Lions were standouts and the Cobb/King and CHAOS/Lifeblood eliminations were highly recommended if they ever put this show out on NJPW World. There was even an appearance by the legendary Tiger Hattori reffing the main event, which may have been the single biggest pop of the night.

It would be impossible not to think what might have been if this wasn’t basically an ROH show with the L.A. Dojo’s help, but they got by with a lot of help from their friends and delivered a really solid show with some nice appearances for a decent value over normal NJPW ticket prices. You can complain about the cards but if you buy tickets blind you’re kind of a mark anyway and I don’t really feel bad for you. I didn’t die on the solitary and foggy journey through rural Kentucky and Illinois, got a chance to say goodbye to the best boys and snap a photo with Deathmatch Dustin, eat some really shitty pizza in the rapidly gentrifying hellscape of Nashville, hold a four year old while she slept for three hours, and enjoy a fine night of almost-New Japan wrestling instead of being pissed off for having my weekend wasted.

Show Rating: B

Match Ratings

Alex Coughlin v Karl Fredericks – 1+

Lance Archer & Shane Taylor v Colt Cabana & Jonathan Gresham – 1

Great-O-Kharn v Harlem Bravado – 1

Clark Connors v Marty Scurll – 1+

Jeff Cobb v Brody King – 2

CHAOS (Beretta, Chuckie T, & Rocky Romero) v Lifeblood (David Finlay, Juice Robinson, & Tracy Williams) – Elimination match – 2