NJPW G1 Climax 29 A Block Final Night Results: Okada vs Ibushi
Lance Archer vs EVIL
Neither man can knock the other down to start the match. They then exchange forearms. They go to the outside where Archer hits a standing moonsault from the apron onto EVIL and some young lions. Archer removes the turnbuckle pad and tosses EVIL into the corner. EVIL ducks a charge in an opposite corner and hits a lariat, but Archer comes back with one of his own. They go to the top where EVIL superplexes Archer. Archer knocks EVIL down and grabs a chair. Archer puts it in the corner but EVIL moves and Archer goes into it. EVIL hits a lariat and goes for the GTO but Archer escapes and hits a DVD. Archer then gets the claw on for a pin.
WINNER: Lance Archer- I did not see Lance Archer coming in this tournament. He’s had one of the most surprising tournaments and the majority of his matches have exceeded my expectations.
Bad Luck Fale vs Sanada
Sanada gets distracted early on by Chase Owens. Fale takes Sanada out of the ring and chokes him with a TV cable. It becomes a typical Fale match inside the ring, with him slowing down the pace. Sanada moves out of the way of a Fale elbow then clotheslines him over the top. Sanada then hits crossbodies over the top on Fale and Jado. Owens comes in the ring and Sanada dropkicks him out then hits a crossbody on him. Sanada tries for a bodyslam and backdrop on Fale but fails both times. Sanada escapes Bad Luck Fall and finally hits a bodyslam then gets Fale up for a TKO for two. Sanada applies Skull End but Owens pulls the ref out. Jado comes in but Sanada gets him in the Paradise Lock. He does the same to Owens too. Sanada goes for Skull End but Fale counters into a small package for the win.
WINNER: Bad Luck Fale- What is with Fale getting wins at the end of this thing? I mean Sanada was already made with the Okada win but I still would have had him finish with a win streak.
Zack Sabre Jr. vs KENTA
They both get the other to the ropes early on. ZSJ breaks clean. KENTA tries for a kick but ZSJ ducks. KENTA ends up knocking ZSJ down with some kicks. KENTA keeps working over ZSJ with stiff kicks and he plays into the crowds boos a bit. ZSJ eventually takes KENTA down and starts applying some submission holds. KENTA hits a DDT on the ropes then a flying lariat. KENTA keeps slapping ZSJ and ZSJ tells him to keep bringing it. KENTA hits his corner dropkick. ZSJ escapes a kick and hits a Northern Lights suplex into an armbar. KENTA gets up and they exchange chops and kicks until they both knock each other down. ZSJ lands some hard kicks to the bad shoulder. ZSJ hits a PK for two. KENTA knocks ZSJ down with some hard slaps. KENTA goes for a GTS but ZSJ counters into an armbar while stomping on KENTA’s head and KENTA gives up.
WINNER: Zack Sabre Jr.- A bit of a slower pace match but some of those slaps and chops looked and sounded like they were painful. KENTA ends the tournament on a bit of a down slide.
Will Ospreay vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
A nice exchange of offense early. Ospreay jumps right up from a shoulder tackle and then does his pose in the ring while teasing a dive. Ospreay lands some forearm shots back in the ring then hits his handstand front kick. Ospreay sends Tanahashi to the outside and hits a springboard moonsault over the top. Ospreay goes for a springboard coming back in the ring but Tanahashi ducks and Ospreay lands on his bad left leg, so Tanahashi starts working it over. Tanahashi applies a Cloverleaf but Ospreay gets to the ropes. Ospreay takes down Tanahashi and goes for the Os-Cutter but Tanahashi catches him with a modified slingblade for two. Ospreay comes back with a spanish fly then a shooting star press for two, and an Os-Cutter for two. Tanahashi counters the Stormbreaker into a slingblade and hits another. Ospreay counters the momentum of a High Fly Flow into a pin for two. Ospreay hits some kicks to the head of Tanahashi, then hits the Stormbreaker for the win.
WINNER: Will Ospreay- There’s the big win from Ospreay everyone was waiting for in this G1. Very good match. Both men are adored by the fans so the entire crowd was into the match.
Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada
Mat work early on. Ibushi gets frustrated by Okada’s rope break and lands some forearms and follows it up with a dropkick. Ibushi charges at Okada in the corner and Okada moves. He puts Ibushi on the turnbuckle and dropkicks him off. Okada rolls to the outside where he DDTs Ibushi. Okada keeps control back in the ring. He hits a dropkick to a sitting Ibushi. Ibushi is finally able to knock Okada down and hits a plancha to the outside. They go back into the ring where Okada hits an elbow then another DDT. Ibushi ducks a clothesline then hits a front kick. Ibushi powerslams Okada but Okada gets his knees up on an Ibushi moonsault. They go to the top. Okada knocks Ibushi off but Ibushi hits a springboard frankensteiner for two.
Both men duck the other’s finishers. Okada hits a dropkick. He goes for a tombstone but Ibushi counters to a package tombstone for two. They exchange forearms on the ground and as they get back to their feet. Ibushi knocks Okada back down. Okada charges at Ibushi with a dropkick but Ibushi gets right back up with a lariat. Okada escapes a throw into the corner and hits a Rainmaker and a second. Ibushi ducks a third and counters with a German suplex. Okada blocks Kamigoye with a dropkick. Okada goes for another dropkick but Ibushi counters mid-air with a powerbomb. Okada comes back with another dropkick. Okada blocks another Kamigoye attempt. Ibushi is finally able to connect on one for two, then hits another one for the win.
WINNER and A Block Winner: Kota Ibushi- I don’t know, maybe it was just me, but I didn’t think that match got into its final gear. It was very good but I believe a notch below what they could do.
Kota Ibushi winning the A Block leads me to believe Naito is winning B Block tomorrow. There’s something about a Jay White/Ibushi final that doesn’t sound right. Meanwhile, if we get Naito/Ibushi, we will all be watching in joy and fear at the same time.
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