Three matches in Tokyo on Sun., Aug. 11 would determine the winner of B Block in G1 Climax 29, and a shot at A Block winner Kota Ibushi on Monday with an IWGP Heavyweight championship match at next January’s Tokyo Dome shows on the line.
First, Jon Moxley was eliminated as a possibility. The story of the former Dean Ambrose in the tournament was that it’s grueling schedule took it’s toll, as he won this first five matches, then lost his next four. Here, Juice Robinson got his win back from his IWGP United States title clash with Mox - and likely a chance to reclaim the belt before the Death Rider makes AEW his top priority this fall.
Then, Shingo pinned Hirooki Goto, taking Goto out of the mix. CHAOS’ Fierce Warrior’s entire career storyline is coming up short in big matches - one of many reasons this wasn’t a big surprise.
It cleared the table for Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito to determine the winner of the whole shooting match. Switchblade attempted to get into Naito’s head with his usual tricks, but the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon was his typically tranquilo self. When White’s manager Gedo got involved, he was dispatched with a low blow. The actual wrestling portion ended with a series of counters, with a Bladerunner being the last one.
BLADE RUNNER!!!! @JayWhiteNZ #g129 #NJPW https://t.co/d63mH2znnl pic.twitter.com/qRkaOFnf5v— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) August 11, 2019
Afterwards, Jay called out his next opponent, and got an edge on the Golden Star heading into Monday’s match. With Gedo’s help, he used a pair of chairs to attack Ibushi’s left ankle, putting the babyface at a disadvantage in the Final.
.@JayWhiteNZ trying to get the early advantage before the G1 final. #g129 #NJPW https://t.co/d63mH2znnl pic.twitter.com/nJ0PaLicAQ— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) August 11, 2019
Both men enter looking to win their first G1, and with it main event their first Wrestle Kingdom. They also come in on big win streaks. Ibushi won seven matches in a row after losing his first two; Switchblade has six wins since starting the tournament 0-3.
Who ya got?