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 third day of the tourney takes place at Machida Municipal Gynmasium in Tokyo, and we’re back to A Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Tama Tonga via pinfall with a moonsault after Tonga kicked out of an Anaconda Buster
Hirooki Goto def. Tomohiro Ishii via pinfall following a neckbreakerBad Luck Fale def. Naomichi Marufuji via pinfall following the Grenade
Kazuchika Okada def. SANADA via pinfall after a Rainmaker
Togi Makabe def. Hiroshi Tanahashi via pinfall following a King Kong Knee Drop
Here are the standings heading into these bouts (we’ll update these after the show, which is scheduled to kickoff with undercard action at 5:30AM Eastern):
A Block (updated!):
Hiroyoshi Tenzan - 4 Points (2 - 0)
Togi Makabe - 4 Points (2 - 0)
Hirooki Goto - 4 Points (2 - 0)
Naomichi Marufuji - 2 Points (1 - 1)
SANADA - 2 Points (1 - 1)
Kazuchika Okada - 2 Points (1 - 1)
Bad Luck Fale - 2 Points (1 - 1)
Tomohiro Ishii - 0 Points (0 - 2)
Tama Tonga - 0 Points (0 - 2)
Hiroshi Tanahashi - 0 Points (0 - 2)
Katsuhiko Nakajima - 2 points (1 - 0)
YOSHI-HASHI - 2 points (1 - 0)
EVIL - 2 points (1 - 0)
Yuji Nagata - 2 points (1 - 0)
Tomoaki Honma - 2 points (1 - 0)
Toru Yano - 0 points (0 - 1)
Kenny Omega - 0 points (0 - 1)
Michael Elgin - 0 points (0 - 1)
Tetsuya Naito - 0 points (0 - 1)
Katsuyori Shibata- 0 points (0 - 1)
Enjoy the show!