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NJPW ‘G1 Climax 29’ Night 10 Preview & Predictions

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Every day leading up to the G1 Climax I’ll be making predictions and today we’re onto the B Block’s fifth night of the tournament, set to take place on July 28th in Aichi. Like all block nights of the G1, there will be five tournament matches. Let’s get started!

Hirooki Goto (2-2) vs Toru Yano (1-3)
These two have a history that spans back to their days as young lions. Yano was a part of the class ahead of Goto which means their singles matches early in their career all went in favor of Yano. Post-graduation tells a different story. Since 2007, Goto holds a 4-1 singles record over Yano, his lone loss coming from the 2014 G1. That was their last meeting until last year’s G1 where Goto got his win back. I see them trading another win here because you need Yano to feel like he can beat anyone at anytime, no matter what. Goto isn’t the biggest priority but he’s still one of those guys where a loss to Yano would feel like a significant blow.
Prediction: Toru Yano

Juice Robinson (2-2) vs Tomohiro Ishii (1-3)
Ishii comes into his series with Juice undefeated at 2-0. They met twice last year, once in the G1 and then ten days later in OTT. Both matches saw Ishii come out on top, creating a nice rival for Juice to set his sights on. Since I have Ishii coming in at 1-3 and his next match is a main event, I think he has to win this one. In the A Block I have Tanahashi going into a main event at 1-4 which feels wrong so I’m not doubling down with a second guy. Ishii gets his third win over Juice which can further their story.
Prediction: Tomohiro Ishii

Jeff Cobb (2-2) vs Taichi (1-3)
A rematch from May’s Dontaku where Taichi defeated Cobb for the NEVER Openweight Championship. I have three matches in a row here where a 2-2 record faces off with a 1-3 and in all three I’m taking the 1-3 to tie up the bottom of the block. I’m not sure what Cobb’s purpose will be in the tournament outside of beating Ishii. He can take a loss to Taichi and come out fine as long as he leaves with a title shot.
Prediction: Taichi

Shingo Takagi (3-1) vs Jay White (2-2)
In the match against Moxley, I have Shingo hitting the heavyweight wall. He was able to get by Juice, Yano and Taichi but guys like Moxley and White are a level ahead of the three aforementioned. White being a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion should not be losing to someone who just wrestled as a junior heavyweight the month prior. He should be able to assert his dominance as a heavyweight and give Shingo something to shoot for moving forward.
Prediction: Jay White

Jon Moxley (4-0) vs Tetsuya Naito (2-2)
Naito being able to knock out the undefeated foreign newcomer would be a big babyface move that could help propel his tournament forward. I have him coming in with an even record, losing his first two main events and now facing his third against the unbeaten Jon Moxley. This puts all the pressure on Naito’s shoulders as he fights to keep his tournament alive. A move like this feels like something the company would do for Tanahashi and if the end goal is to make Naito your next Tanahashi, this is the right move. Have your underdog babyface fight off the foreign threat aka Wrestling 101.
Prediction: Tetsuya Naito

Standings
Jon Moxley (4-1)
Tetsuya Naito (3-2)
Jay White (3-2)
Shingo Takagi (3-2)
Taichi (2-3)
Jeff Cobb (2-3)
Tomohiro Ishii (2-3)
Juice Robinson (2-3)
Hirooki Goto (2-3)
Toru Yano (2-3)

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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