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One half of the G1 Climax 29 Final is set

Kazuchika Okada was gunning to become the first reigning IWGP Heavyweight champion to reach the G1 Climax Final since Yuji Nagata in 2007, and the first to win New Japan’s legendary tournament since Kensuke Sasaki in 2000. The Rainmaker headed into the last day of A Block action today (Aug. 10) needing two wins to pull off the feat and call his own shot for the Tokyo Dome next January.

It was not to be. As fate (and Gedo) would have it, the other man who could win A Block and advance to Monday’s Final was Okada’s opponent, Kota Ibushi. And after approximately 25 minutes in front of a hot Tokyo crowd, two Kamigoyes ended the champion’s quest for history:

With a clean win over Okada, Ibushi has set himself for an IWGP Heavyweight title shot whether he wins or loses on Monday. Backstage comments from both men certainly pointed toward a rematch at Wrestle Kingdom 14, if not sooner:

As to who Ibushi will face on Monday, the picture is somewhat murkier. Jay White wins B Block if he can beat Tetsuya Naito on Sunday while Hirooki Goto loses to Shingo Takagi. Naito advances with a win and a Jon Moxley loss to Juice Robinson, while Mox will represent the Block in the Final if he beats Juice, Naito beats Switchblade, and CHAOS’ Fierce Warrior loses. Goto also has a chance at facing Kota if he beats Shingo and White wins.

I think? Correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, Cagesiders.

No matter what happens, we’re in for an exciting couple of days from Nippon Budokan!

Get full results from Saturday here, and check out all of our G1 Climax 29 coverage here.

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