Updated NJPW G1 Climax 29 Standings: Kazuchika Okada vs Kota Ibushi decides A Block

With one week left in the G1 Climax, NJPW has so many ways to end this tournament. Can Moxley and Okada survive?

Okada Defeats EVIL; Ibushi vs Zack Sabre, Jr. – Winner Takes A Block

With a win over Sanada, the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion would have been a win away from clinching the A Block. But with 12 seconds left before a time-limit draw, SANADA landed a moonsault and got the pin giving Okada’s first loss in the tournament.

Okada currently sits at 14 points after defeating EVIL. With the loss, EVIL is now mathematically eliminated. Kota Ibushi defeated Zack Sabre, Jr keeping him within 2 points from Okada in the A Block standings. They face each other Saturday. Okada wins the block with a win or draw. Ibushi MUST win to win the block as he would have the tiebreaker at 14 points.

G1 Climax 29 A Block Standings

CompetitorPointsRemaining OpponentsNeeds to Win A Block
Kazuchika Okada14Kota IbushiWin or Draw vs Kota Ibushi
Kota Ibushi12Kazuchika OkadaWin vs Kazuchika Okada
EVIL8Lance Archer Mathematically eliminated from contention
KENTA8 Zack Sabre Jr Mathematically eliminated from contention
Hiroshi Tanahashi8Will Ospreay Mathematically eliminated from contention
SANADA8Bad Luck Fale Mathematically eliminated from contention
Zack Sabre Jr6KENTAMathematically eliminated from contention
Bad Luck Fale6 SANADAMathematically eliminated from contention
Will Ospreay6Hiroshi TanahashiMathematically eliminated from contention
Lance Archer4EVILMathematically eliminated from contention

Jon Moxley Loses Three Straight. Now Needs A Win with Help to win B Block.

Jon Moxley started his first G1 Climax appearance with 5 straight wins with impressive wins over Tetsuya Naito and Tomohiro Ishii. However, his last two matches stricken with shenanigans have cost Moxley a count-out loss to Toru Yano and pinfall to Switchblade Jay White. Thursday, he lost his third straight, but first “clean” win when Hirooki Goto put himself in the driver seat.

A Goto win over Shingo Takagi means he will win the B Block. If he does lose, Goto still has all the tie-breakers having 4 of his 5 wins against all those with 10 points. So, if Moxley loses and Naito vs White ends in a double count-out, Goto wins the B Block.

The most likely scenario is that the main event of the B Block will decide who wins the block. Tetsuya Naito and Jay White, who both started off slow will face off in a winner takes all match. In order for that to happen, Moxley would have to lose Sunday to Juice Robinson and Goto would have to lose to Takagi.

G1 Climax 29 B Block Standings

CompetitorPointsRemaining OpponentsNeeds to Win B Block
Hirooki Goto10Shingo TakagiWin vs Shingo Takagi or Moxley loss and Naito vs White Double Count Out
Jay White10 Tetsuya NaitoWin with Goto loss or draw
Jon Moxley10 Juice RobinsonWin with Goto and White loss or draw
Tetsuya Naito10Jay WhiteWin with Moxley and Goto loss or draw
Tomohiro Ishii8TaichiMathematically eliminated from contention
Toru Yano8Jeff CobbMathematically eliminated from contention
Juice Robinson6Jon MoxleyMathematically eliminated from contention
Jeff Cobb6 Toru YanoMathematically eliminated from contention
Taichi6Tomohiro IshiiMathematically eliminated from contention
Shingo Takagi6 Hirooki GotoMathematically eliminated from contention