With his genius immune to question for the umpteenth year in a row, New Japan Pro Wrestling booker Gedo shaped the final night of another amazing G1 Climax not just around a controversial final, but an angle that will feature high on lists ranking the best of the year.
KENTA - fresh from a solid run in the tournament that saw him fight for the respect of the NJPW locker room - f*cked all of that off entirely by shockingly joining Bullet Club at the conclusion of his team's undercard clash. Katsuyori Shibata brought the former Hideo Itami to the company in an effort to facilitate a second chance similar to the one he received before his unfortunate 2017 retirement, but suffered the consequences when he suffered a brutal beatdown after thrillingly attempting to kick some sense into his former charge.
It was scintillating stuff, and a reminder that New Japan will, as always, remain in grand health following on from another sensational series of matches in this year's tournament. Despite the lack of stakes and ramifications, make time for Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs Will Ospreay and Taichi Vs Tomohiro Ishii before closing the book completely on 2019's event. And as for the final matches that mattered...
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