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.
Check out Rev's list of matches worth checking out from the first five shows here & a quick recommendation on each of the bouts from the next five here, and The Great Wall of Slow's rundown of each of the twenty participants journey through the first third of the tourney here.
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 twelfth day of the tourney takes place at Fukuoka Kyuden Kinen Gymnasium and we’re back to B Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Toru Yano over Yuji Nagata by countout after he TAPED NAGATA'S LEGS TOGETHER ON THE RAMP
Michael Elgin over YOSHI-HASHI by pinfall with an Elgin Bomb
EVIL over Tomoaki Honma by pinfall with EVIL
Katsuyori Shibata over Kenny Omega by pinfall with a Penalty Kick
Tetsuya Naito over Katsuhiko Nakajima by pinfall with Destino
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):
Kazuchika Okada - 10 Points (5 - 1)
Togi Makabe - 8 Points (4 - 2)
Naomichi Marufuji - 8 Points (4 - 2)
Hirooki Goto - 6 Points (3 - 3)
Hiroshi Tanahashi - 6 Points (3 - 3)
Bad Luck Fale - 6 Points (3 - 3)
SANADA - 4 Points (2 - 4)
Tomohiro Ishii - 4 Points (2 - 4)
Tama Tonga - 4 Points (2 - 4)
Hiroyoshi Tenzan - 4 Points (2 - 4)
B Block (updated!):
Michael Elgin - 8 points (4 - 2)
Tetsuya Naito - 8 points (4 - 2)
Yuji Nagata - 6 points (3 - 3)
Toru Yano - 6 points (3 - 3)
Katsuhiko Nakajima - 6 points (3 - 3)
Kenny Omega - 6 points (3 - 3)
YOSHI-HASHI - 6 points (3 - 3)
Katsuyori Shibata- 6 points (3 - 3)
Tomoaki Honma - 4 points (2 - 4)
EVIL - 4 points (2 - 4)
Enjoy the show!