In the first match of their legendary rivalry to take place on American soil, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada defeated his greatest rival, Hiroshi Tanahashi in a tremendous match.
Okada defeated Tanahashi with The Rainmaker and then cut a farewell promo to the crowd promising to return to Dallas.
The following men won their first matchups and earned 2 points in the G1 Climax 29:
- Bad Luck Fale
- Kazuchika Okada
- Lance Archer