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 on 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 seventh day of action takes place at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, and it's back to A Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Toru Yano vs. Doc Gallows
Togi Makabe vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kota Ibushi
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Tetsuya Naito vs. A.J. Styles
Enjoy the show!
Day 7 Results:
Doc Gallows pinned Toru Yano with the Magic Killer.
Imagine not being entertained by Yano— me reading ur tweets (@DanTheDazzler) July 29, 2015
Yano is having a sneaky good tournament. I'm not trolling either. Fun stuff. #G125— HOT & OBEDIENT FRAY (@TheFrayMovement) July 29, 2015
Gallows just had his best match of the tourney by far. He can do a Yano match. Anyone can. #g125— chris charlton (@reasonjp) July 29, 2015
Toru Yano is having one of the best years in the company.— #MarkBrendanalives (@TJHawke411) July 29, 2015
Easily the best Gallows singles in NJPW— SHOW (@DIFH223) July 29, 2015
Yano the evil genius rules— me reading ur tweets (@DanTheDazzler) July 29, 2015
Yano does the dodgy lippy guy who's bound to get beaten up outside a bar so well, the black eye actually suits his character. #g125— chris charlton (@reasonjp) July 29, 2015
That was actually quite fun. Yano is killing it this year. #g125— DTAM (@DeathToAllMarks) July 29, 2015
Togi Makabe pinned Hiroyoshi Tenzan with the King Kong knee drop.
ah, makabe/tenzan. one of the only matches that can be considered a downgrade from a yano/gallows match— el ingobernahble (@bruiserbrady) July 29, 2015
tenzan's face is beyond protected in this match. makabe couldn't hit his face with a strike even if he tried— el ingobernahble (@bruiserbrady) July 29, 2015
Togi Makabe is the NEVER Champion. As in, I NEVER want to see him I am not awake.— #MarkBrendanalives (@TJHawke411) July 29, 2015
Someone get Makabe an eclair, he looks like he could use the energy. #g125 #njpwworld— E. Key Oide (@e_key_oide) July 29, 2015
Tenzan now involved in the two worst matches of the G1— Scott (@tapemachines) July 29, 2015
Katsuyori Shibata pinned Kota Ibushi with the Penalty Kick.
Guys, Shibata is quickly jumping over everyone for Most Outstanding. I mean this guy is on an incredible run. #g125— HOT & OBEDIENT FRAY (@TheFrayMovement) July 29, 2015
that also means that kota ibushi hasn't beaten the 3 musketeers of tanahashi, nakamura or shibata. more great storytelling.— jesse (╭ರ_•́) (@peskyyy) July 29, 2015
I'm in love with Shibata vs Ibushi. #g125— STRIGGA (@STRIGGA) July 29, 2015
Actual footage of my timeline during Shibata-Ibushi: pic.twitter.com/kz8gY4SY96— Scott (@tapemachines) July 29, 2015
Now that it's over, its official: Shibata-Ibushi is my match of the tournament, so far. #G1Climax #G125 #NJPWWorld pic.twitter.com/iVY4cNB0gU— Michael Sempervive (@Sempervive) July 29, 2015
IMAGINE how great shibata/ibushi is when we aren't half-dead trying to stay up to watch it— el ingobernahble (@bruiserbrady) July 29, 2015
Just watch Shibata vs Ibushi. Even if you don't like wrestling.— TeletextsSeanMcGee (@TeletextsMrT) July 29, 2015
Bad Luck Fale pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi with the High Fly Flow.
Hey guys Naito and Ibushi got better matches out of Fale. #g125— HOT & OBEDIENT FRAY (@TheFrayMovement) July 29, 2015
I hope he calls that the Five-Star Frog Fale— #MarkBrendanalives (@TJHawke411) July 29, 2015
Here's Tanahashi getting the news that he's feuding with Fale for the rest of the year. #g125 #njpwworld pic.twitter.com/A0pWN0NNSU— The Tag Rope (@tagropemag) July 29, 2015
wonder how aj really feels about another man undressing right in front of him— el ingobernahble (@bruiserbrady) July 29, 2015
Naito working his type of match. Slow with plenty of gaps for napping and general indifference. #G125— HOT & OBEDIENT FRAY (@TheFrayMovement) July 29, 2015
Good match. Not great. Naito super push continues. #g125— HOT & OBEDIENT FRAY (@TheFrayMovement) July 29, 2015
Naito hits the Destino for the win and the points against Styles. Very good match. Heel Naito is looking like a million bucks. #G125— Just Tom (@TooTweetMe) July 29, 2015
Overall I thought AJ/Naito was pretty decent, but it is lowered by how great the Shibata/Ibushi match was. #G125— skillcrane (@naturalbornheel) July 29, 2015
Very good main event, third best day of the tournament so far. Love heel Naito. #g125— Ryan Tulleth (@WJokersAttack) July 29, 2015
Liked this match. Heel Naito can make slow paced matches work, unlike most NJPW guys.— Inokiism Ambassador (@purowoookie) July 29, 2015
Is there a status above God status? Because Naito has reached it. #njpwworld— King Koala (@TheKoalaMask) July 29, 2015
naito has gotta be one of the first guys to figure out how to make njpw's main event style entertaining— el ingobernahble (@bruiserbrady) July 29, 2015
Just wait until Naito actually has some buddies with him. That will be fun— SHOW (@DIFH223) July 29, 2015
AJ doing the favors for Naito on his way out. Excited to see Stylin' Allen Jones at Takeover in Brooklyn.— Holt (@Holtarna) July 29, 2015
I don't know much about NJPW but apparently Naito is a heel now. If this is the case he's the most adorable bad guy since Varg Vikernes.— MaffewOfBotchamania (@Maffewgregg) July 29, 2015
Current standings in Block A:
Bad Luck Fale 6
Tetsuya Naito 6
Katsuyori Shibata 6
Kota Ibushi 4
Togi Makabe 4
A.J. Styles 4
Hiroshi Tanahashi 4
Doc Gallows 2
Hiroyoshi Tenzan 2
Toru Yano 2
Current standings in Block B:
Tomohiro Ishii 6
Kazuchika Okada 6
Karl Anderson 4
Hirooki Goto 4
Michael Elgin 2
Satoshi Kojima 2
Yuji Nagata 2
Shinsuke Nakamura 2
Yujiro Takahashi 2
Tomoaki Honma 0