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NJPW ‘G1 Climax 29’ Night 7 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 A Block’s fourth night of the tournament, set to take place on July 20th in Tokyo, Japan. Like all block nights of the G1, there will be five tournament matches. Let’s get started!

Zack Sabre Jr. (1-2) vs Bad Luck Fale (1-2)
The second meeting between these two, their first coming in the 2017 G1 where Sabre defeated Fale in under ten minutes and I see the same result this time around. After starting the tournament 0-2, Sabre comes out of the back-to-back nights at Korakuen Hall as one of few to complete the sweep.
Prediction: Zack Sabre Jr.

Hiroshi Tanahashi (1-2) vs Lance Archer (0-3)
Tanahashi holds a 2-0 singles record over Archer but they haven’t met since the 2013 G1 Climax. This will be their third clash and with Sabre destroying Tanahashi the night before, coupled with Archer coming in without a win, I think we see the ruthless side of Archer come out looking to make an example out of Tanahashi. They love having Tanahashi fall to the monsters and this lines up perfectly for them both.
Prediction: Lance Archer

EVIL (2-1) vs KENTA (1-2)
Like Sabre, I have KENTA starting the tournament slow only to come into Korakuen Hall and sweep. EVIL won the night before against his LIJ stablemate, SANADA, so he can take this loss without anyone thinking less of him. Meanwhile KENTA comes out of the back-to-back nights looking like he’s finally found his groove right before his main event match against Okada. This works out for both guy’s tournaments.
Prediction: KENTA

Kota Ibushi (3-0) vs SANADA (1-2)
A rematch of one of the more divisive matches from last year. SANADA came out on top of that one and it’d be nice to see that trend continue. Give Ibushi a true rival in the upper half of the roster and help the SANADA character feel like he’s not taking losses from all the major players. I’m looking forward to them both no selling leg work again this year and getting everyone riled up into another frenzy.
Prediction: SANADA

Kazuchika Okada (3-0) vs Will Ospreay (2-1)
The highlight of Ospreay’s tournament will be that he was the main event of back-to-back nights of the G1 against two of the most high profile wrestlers in the tournament and proving he can hang with them. He’s not coming out of either match with the win but in both cases he’ll wind up feeling like he’s at their level. That’s going to be Ospreay’s arc this year, proving he belongs with the heavyweights. In no world does the junior champion pin the heavyweight champion and that’s fine, it doesn’t need to happen. All that needs to happen is that Ospreay looks credible in defeat.
Prediction: Kazuchika Okada

Standings
Kazuchika Okada (4-0)
Kota Ibushi (3-1)
Will Ospreay (2-2)
SANADA (2-2)
Zack Sabre Jr. (2-2)
KENTA (2-2)
EVIL (2-2)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (1-3)
Bad Luck Fale (1-3)
Lance Archer (1-3)

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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