NJPW G1 Climax 29 Finals Highlights w/ The Chairman
After weeks of grueling battles, it all comes down to this. Kota Ibushi, winner of A block meets Jay White, winner of B block in a winner take all match to win the G1 Climax. This of course guarantees a IWGP Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestle Kingdom. That of course would be Kazuchika Okada if he remains the champion between now and then. However before we get to that, a few things happened on the undercard worth noting.
New Member Joins Bullet Club
I was watching Summerslam last night and I seen a tweet from Tama Tonga that stated “just recruited a high caliber Athlete into #BulletClub. I got f***ing goosebumps.” Of course who and when we were going to see this come to light was a whole different story. Well we didn’t wait long. Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa took on Tomohiro Ishii, Yoshi-Hashi, and KENTA. Found it rather odd Ishii and Yoshi-Hashi would team up with Kenta since he’s not part of Chaos. However they had to fill the card so didn’t think much of it. Well when Ishii wanted to tag in Kenta and Kenta hopped off, you knew something was up. The second this happened I figured Kenta was the guy Tama Tonga was tweeting about. Sure enough I was right when Kenta came back into the ring and drilled Ishii with the Psycho Knee. A GTS later and Kenta helped the Bullet Club win the match. Kenta demanded a microphone, but before he could utter a word he was ambushed by Katsuyori Shibata. Shibata was the one who introduced Kenta into NJPW and Shibata went after Kenta and the Bullet Club members at ringside. Shibata of course was outnumbered and was eventually taken out. Big moment though because this is the first time Shibata has gotten physical since Sakura Genesis 2017 when he wrestled Okada and suffered a subdural hematoma. Is it possible we could see Shibata wrestle Kenta at some point in the future? Hard to say, but this is a big storyline for NJPW.
Okada is Pinned Again
The dream team of Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi took on Minoru Suzuki and Zack Sabre Jr. Suzuki of course was a notable omission from the G1 Climax this year, but he left a mark on the final night. Suzuki took down Okada with the Gotch Style Piledriver and a scored a three count on the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Suzuki grabbed a microphone and told Okada to hand the title over to him. More than likely we could very well see Kazuchika Okada put the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on the line against Suzuki. Okada only lost to Sanada and Kota Ibushi in the G1 Climax so there isn’t many owed title shots in the near future so I guess giving Suzuki a title shot is the next best thing. Meanwhile it appears Zack Sabre Jr wants to get his hands on Hiroshi Tanahashi again and the Ace did beat ZSJ in the G1 Climax so I expect a REVPRO British Championship match between the two as I added this to my list of potential future title matches on my write up yesterday.
Kota Ibushi vs Jay White (G1 Climax Final Match)
White brings out the entire Bullet Club to ringside before the match. Red Shoes however wasn’t having it and ejected all of them. Gedo pleaded his case that only he can remain at ringside. Red Shoes allowed Gedo to remain, but the rest had to go. Didn’t take long for Gedo to get involved by grabbing Ibushi’s ankle and he got caught. Red Shoes tossed Gedo out as well right there. Jay White is going to have to win this match on his own.
Ibushi went for the Golden Triangle, but White knocked him down and Switchblade begins working on the injured leg of Ibushi. White sneaks a Blade Buster in there right before the ten minute mark, but Ibushi kicked out. White’s looking for the TTO, but Ibushi fought White off. The match continues on and eventually Jay White takes Ibushi down with a superplex. Ibushi took the brunt of it and now White looks for Kiwi Crusher, but Ibushi counters. Ibushi drives White neck first into the mat. The two men battle in the center of the ring exchanging strikes. White drives Ibushi to the mat with a lariat and then takes Ibushi down with an uranage followed by the Kiwi Crusher right before the fifteen minute mark, but Ibushi kicked out. White sets up for Blade Runner, but Ibushi escapes and hits a Sleeper Suplex of his own after White tried it. The battle continues and White throws Ibushi into Red Shoes taking him down. White low blows Ibushi and with Red Shoes down Gedo returns to the ring. Gedo grabs a chair and while this is going on White chop blocks Ibushi. White now smashes Ibushi’s injured ankle with a chair while Red Shoes is still out. White with a dragon screw leg whip and applies the TTO. Gedo rolls Red Shoes back into the ring. Ibushi desperately crawls to the ropes and somehow gets there to force the break. White grabs Ibushi for a sleeper suplex, but Ibushi somehow counters with a back flip kick. Ibushi now tosses Switchblade into the corner with the lawn dart. Ibushi now stands on the second rope and deadlift German suplexes Jay White back into the ring and goes for the cover, but White kicks out. Ibushi is now just slapping White in the face and backs him into the corner and Red Shoes makes Ibushi back off. The two men meet in the middle of the ring and White slaps Ibushi, but Ibushi knocks White to the ground. Ibushi went for the lariat, but Switchblade strikes with a dragon screw whip. Ibushi though gets the lariat second time around and Last Ride, but White gets the shoulder up right before the twenty five minute mark. Ibushi measured White up for Bomaye, but White collapses playing dead in the ring just like he did to Naito so he couldn’t use Destino. White grabs Red Shoes and Gedo sneaks in. Ibushi takes Gedo out and White gets hit with the Bomaye. Rocky Romero is told by Red Shoes to pull Gedo out. Ibushi with a second Bomaye that looked insane, but White somehow kicked out. Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, but White attacks the injured leg. Ibushi keeps trying, but White won’t stop working that leg. Ibushi delivers a kick to the head of White. Ibushi tries Kamigoye, but White countered into Blade Runner. White though can’t make the cover. White opts to not cover and grabs the wrist of Kota instead. White looking for something, but it’s Ibushi with wrist control and he knocks White down. Ibushi wraps him up with a straightjacket German suplex. Kota tries another move, but White counters with a sleeper suplex. White with a second sleeper suplex. White hits the brainbuster and it’s the setup for Blade Runner, but Kota counters and White almost with the Blade Runner, but it’s jumping knees from Ibushi and Kamigoye, but White somehow kicked out. White is glazed and another Kamigoye and Ibushi has done it!!!! Kota Ibushi wins G1 CLIMAX 29!!!!!!!! Kota Ibushi avenged his loss in the finals last year by getting it done this year.
My prediction of Kota Ibushi winning the G1 Climax has come true. Ibushi just beat Okada a few days ago so if their paths continue, they’ll be meeting at Wrestle Kingdom for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. I’m also banking on a future Kota Ibushi vs KENTA match for sure now for the Wrestle Kingdom title shot. Remember Kenta beat Ibushi in the G1 Climax and now with Kenta’s Bullet Club affiliation, you can almost bet on this happening. With that being said, thank you all for following us on another G1 Climax adventure. This year was alot of fun and there are alot of big things in NJPW still to come. So make sure you stick it here with us at HTCWrestling where we will keep you up to date on NJPW and other important wrestling news.