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Prepping for G1 Climax 29

July 2, 2019
By: Lou Pickney

The first-ever G1 Climax tournament show to be held outside of Japan takes place this Saturday in Dallas. It's a bit abrupt scheduling-wise, as there is a full week between opening night for A Block and opening night one week later in Tokyo for B Block. But that's the way it worked out.

Here's a preview of opening night in Dallas.

NOTE: A subscription to New Japan World is needed to view the recommended matches.

Night 1: A Block (Dallas, Texas, USA)
July 6, 2019

1. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada

Series tied 5-5-3 (win/loss/draw); Tanahashi has won their last two matches and three out of the last four. G1 record also tied, with three 30-minute time limit draws in 2013, 2016, and 2018.

This is an era-defining feud that has produced an overwhelming volume of top-flight matches. I picked out three here, but you can watch every one of their singles matches since Okada returned from excursion and not get tired of them.

Recommended previous matches

April 7, 2013 -- Japanese
IWGP Heavyweight Title match, Invasion Attack, Tokyo (Ryogoku Sumo Hall)
Wrestling Observer Newsletter 2013 Match of the Year

January 4, 2015 -- Japanese
IWGP Heavyweight Title match, Wrestle Kingdom 9 at Tokyo Dome

May 4, 2018 -- Japanese / English
IWGP Heavyweight Title match, Wrestling Dontaku, Fukuoka

2. Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA

First singles match. On opposite sides in tag team matches in Pro Wrestling NOAH, most recently in July 2009. KENTA wrestled in NXT/WWE under the name Hideo Itami from September 2014 until earlier this year.

3. Sanada vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Series tied 1-1. Sanada won their lone G1 match in last year's tournament.

Recommended previous matches

March 18, 2018 -- Japanese / English
New Japan Cup tournament match, Shizuoka

July 21, 2018 -- Japanese / English
G1 Climax 28 tournament match, Tokyo (Korakuen Hall)

4. EVIL vs. Bad Luck Fale

Series tied 1-1. Fale won in their 2017 New Japan Cup match, while EVIL won their lone G1 matchup last year by disqualification.

5. Will Ospreay vs. Lance Archer

Ospreay won their lone previous singles match earlier this year in the New Japan Cup tournament.

Recommended previous match

March 14, 2019 -- Japanese / English
New Japan Cup tournament match, Nara

See any mistakes, omissions, or needed corrections? Please let me know: @LouPickney