It’s that time of year again, and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)'s G1 Climax tournament is back to ruin sleep schedules all over the globe!
This year's version, the 26th annual, will feature 20 men competing across 19 dates for a spot in the finals August 14. Each show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World.
You can check out some previews of the field by Cagesider WR_Central... here for Group A, and here for Group B.
We'll have open threads & results for each show (and maybe a few other goodies - stay tuned!), so you can watch along with the best pro wrestling community on the internet.
The second day of the tourney takes place at Tokyo’s iconic in Korakuen Hall, and it's the opening day of action for B Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Manabu Nakanishi & TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) over Captain New Japan, David Finlay, & Juice Robinson
Chaos (Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii) & Naomichi Marufuji over Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, & Yujiro Takahashi)
Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA, & Ryusuke Taguchi over Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, & Togi Makabe
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & SANADA) over Chaos (Gedo & Kazuchika Okada)
Katsuhiko Nakajima over Toru Yano
YOSHI-HASHI over Kenny Omega
EVIL over Michael Elgin
Yuji Nagata over Tetsuya Naito
Tomoaki Honma over Katsuyori Shibata
These guys are all tied up at zero, but here are the standings after one day of matches for A Block:
Naomichi Marufuji - 2 Points (1-0)
SANADA - 2 Points (1-0)
Hiroyoshi Tenzan - 2 Points (1-0)
Togi Makabe - 2 Points (1-0)
Hirooki Goto - 2 Points (1-0)
Tomohiro Ishii - 0 Points (0-1)
Tama Tonga - 0 Points (0-1)
Bad Luck Fale - 0 Points (0-1)
Hiroshi Tanahashi - 0 Points (0-1)
Kazuchika Okada - 0 Points (0-1)
Enjoy the show!