The Best And Worst Of NJPW: G1 Climax 29, Night 1


Previously on NJPW: Zack Sabre Jr. miraculously retained his title and G1 spot against Yoshi-Hashi and everyone retained their G1 spots against the threats of Minoru Suzuki. Also, Robbie Eagles left Bullet Club and joined Chaos on a house show in Australia, but that probably won’t affect anything for over a month!

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And now, the best and worst of the opening night of G1 Climax 29, which took place on July 6, 2019, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, in the good old U.S. of A. for the first time ever.

Best: Big In America

The first night of the G1 opened and closed with very different but smart match choices. First, Roppongi 3K vs. the Guerrillas of Destiny efficiently warms up the crowd with two popular teams (G.O.D. especially in the U.S.) who we know well, with a clear dynamic of lovable babyfaces vs. bully heels. It wasn’t a match-up you’d expect on the average New Japan show since the teams are in different weight classes, but it was one that told the audience they were at a New Japan show.

Judging from Sho’s post-match promo, it also kicked off what’s going to become an actual rivalry later this year. Sho vows revenge on G.O.D. and said that after they win Super Junior Tag League again, they’ll move on to World Tag League, which could mean he and Yoh are going heavyweight and/or the The State Of The Junior Heavyweight Division is even less clear than the last time I wrote about it.