Excitement continues to grow for one of the most thrilling events on the pro wrestling calendar, New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax.
This year's version, the 25th annual, will feature a 20 men competing across 19 dates - the most in history - for a spot in the finals August 16. Each show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World. Here at Cageside, we'll have open threads & results for each show, so you can watch along with the best pro wrestling community on the internet.
A primer for the event can be found here; a full schedule, more information on how to watch and some predictions here.
The second day of action takes place in Twin Messe Shizuoka Exhibition-hall, and it's all about B Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma
Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Karl Anderson
Moving forward, we'll post records and standings. This being the first set of matches for Block B, all competitors start on even ground!
Enjoy the show!
Results and live Twitter reaction from Day 2:
Tomohiro Ishii pinned Satoshi Kojima with a brainbuster.
Kojima and Ishii hitting each other hard always works. #g125— STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 23, 2015
Ishii just pulled a good match out of Kojima's damaged body. #g125— ACCBiggz (@ACCBiggz) July 23, 2015
Ishii/Kojima was very good, two people I always enjoy watching and exactly what you'd want from an 'opener' #g125
— Laurence Sean Crewe (@LaurenceCrewe) July 23, 2015
Hirooki Goto pinned Yujiro Takahashi with the Shouten Kai.
Waking up to Yujiro makes you question whether you're actually awake or stuck in a nightmare.— #MarkBrendanalives (@TJHawke411) July 23, 2015
Too much Yujiro, to little Goto. But that's every Goto match. He gets beaten down, comes back and wins. #g125— STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 23, 2015
LT: that match was FLAT. Goto's offense was the only thing that saves it from being a complete DUD— Taylor C. Mitchell (@MrTCMitchell) July 23, 2015
Yuji Nagata pinned Tomoaki Honma with a bridging backdrop suplex.
This was an unpleasant five seconds. pic.twitter.com/BGUg8Erbwm— #MarkBrendanalives (@TJHawke411) July 23, 2015
Play to the hardcam, you tossers. pic.twitter.com/GjmVCRBvT5— #MarkBrendanalives (@TJHawke411) July 23, 2015
That was real good. Honma and Nagata always seem to work really well together. #G125 #njpwworld— Reid (@ShimmerDownMeow) July 23, 2015
This was pretty good, glad to see both men working hard and Honma just falls short, making me sad. #W2M #njpw #njpwworld #g125— Wrestling 2 the MAX (@wrestling2max) July 23, 2015
LT: match of the night so far. These two woke those crowd up finally. Honma is an elite talent when it comes to working a crowd. #G1Climax— Taylor C. Mitchell (@MrTCMitchell) July 23, 2015
Kazuchika Okada pinned Michael Elgin with the Rainmaker.
Dave breaking out his typewriter to write his 5 star review of this right now. #G125
— skillcrane (@skillcrane) July 23, 2015
Dave breaking out his typewriter to write his 5 star review of this right now. #G125— skillcrane (@skillcrane) July 23, 2015
Okada as Elgin's first match in the G1 was a stroke of genius. Gave Elgin a ton and made him look like a monster.— Ace (@DSpenceCantLose) July 23, 2015
Great, great match. They had me actually pulling for Elgin to win. This might've been my favorite tournament match so far. #G125— LOS INGOBERNAFRAYS (@TheFrayMovement) July 23, 2015
Yeah, not on the same page with some of you cats. That was fine I guess? Can't imagine thinking Okada brought much to the table.— Tweeter FKA Sam (@WasimCast) July 23, 2015
That was actually pretty good! I don't normally like Elgin matches, but he was good here. Okada is always awesome! #NJPWWorld #g125— The Wrestling Mania (@WrestlingMANIAx) July 23, 2015
Karl Anderson upset Shinsuke Nakamura with the Gun Stun.
Nakamura vs Anderson was good, but the first half was so damn slow. I wanted action. #g125— STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 23, 2015
Drifted off to sleep during Nakamura-Anderson, but the mighty pop for the upset woke me up. Really good match between Nakamura & Anderson as both guys battle back & forth. Live Discussion @ http://t.co/ipEtHUFx6m #njpwworld #g125
Drifted off to sleep during Nakamura-Anderson, but the mighty pop for the upset woke me up.— A.D. (@ecajd07) July 23, 2015
Really good match between Nakamura & Anderson as both guys battle back & forth. Live Discussion @ http://t.co/ipEtHUFx6m #njpwworld #g125— WrestleKingdom News (@WrestleKingdom) July 23, 2015
Karl Anderson 2
Hirooki Goto 2
Tomohiro Ishii 2
Yuji Nagata 2
Kazuchika Okada 2
Michael Elgin 0
Tomoaki Honma 0
Satoshi Kojima 0
Shinsuke Nakamura 0
Yujiro Takahashi 0