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 28th annual, will feature 20 men competing across 19 dates for a spot in the finals on August 12. Each show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World.
We'll have open threads & results for each show (past results can be found here) as well as the standard match recommendation posts at regular intervals throughout the tournament, so why not watch along with the best pro wrestling community on the internet?
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (A Block, 7-1)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (A Block, 6-2)
- Kazuchika Okada (A Block, 6-2)
- Kenny Omega (B Block, 6-2)
- Tetsuya Naito (B Block, 6-2)
- Kota Ibushi (B Block, 5-3)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (B Block, 5-3)
- EVIL (A Block, 4-4)
- Minoru Suzuki (A Block, 4-4)
- SANADA (B Block, 4-4)
- Tomohiro Ishii (B Block, 4-4)
- Hangman Page (A Block, 3-5)
- Michael Elgin (A Block, 3-5)
- Hirooki Goto (B Block, 3-5)
- Tama Tonga (B Block, 3-5)
- Bad Luck Fale (A Block, 2-6)
- Togi Makabe (A Block, 2-6)
- YOSHI-HASHI (A Block, 2-6)
- Juice Robinson (B Block, 2-6)
- Toru Yano (B Block, 2-6)
Our seventeenth day of action takes place in Tokyo’s legendary Nippon Budokan (the first wrestling show in the venue since Kenta Kobashi’s retirement show five years ago!), kicking off at a brisk 5:30AM Eastern / 2:30AM Pacific, and it's the final night of block action for A Block, so the man who ends tonight with the most points will move onto Sunday’s finals, with tiebreakers decided by previous victories.
Chaos (SHO & Tomohiro Ishii) over Shota Umino & Toa Henare.
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) over Chaos (Gedo & Toru Yano).
Chaos (Hirooki Goto & YOH) over David Finlay & Juice Robinso.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) over Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre, Jr.) by submission with Skull End from SANADA on Michinoku.
Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Marty Scurll) & Kota Ibushi vs. the Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) went to a no-contest when Guerrillas of Destiny ran in and attacked everyone.
Togi Makabe over Michael Elgin by pinfall with the King Kong Knee Drop.
YOSHI-HASHI over Hangman Page by pinfall with Karma.
Minoru Suzuki over Bad Luck Fale by disqualification when Tama Tonga runs in and hits a Gun Stun.
EVIL over “Switchblade” Jay White by pinfall with EVIL.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada went to a time-limit draw, and so Tanahashi advances to Sunday’s finals.
Enjoy the show!