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 Winner, 7-1-1)
- Kazuchika Okada (A Block, 6-2-1)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (A Block, 6-3)
- Kenny Omega (B Block, 6-2)
- Tetsuya Naito (B Block, 6-2)
- EVIL (A Block, 5-4)
- Minoru Suzuki (A Block, 5-4)
- Kota Ibushi (B Block, 5-3)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (B Block, 5-3)
- SANADA (B Block, 4-4)
- Tomohiro Ishii (B Block, 4-4)
- Hangman Page (A Block, 3-6)
- Michael Elgin (A Block, 3-6)
- Togi Makabe (A Block, 3-6)
- YOSHI-HASHI (A Block, 3-6)
- Hirooki Goto (B Block, 3-5)
- Tama Tonga (B Block, 3-5)
- Bad Luck Fale (A Block, 2-7)
- Juice Robinson (B Block, 2-6)
- Toru Yano (B Block, 2-6)
Our eighteenth day of action takes place in Tokyo’s legendary Nippon Budokan, kicking off at a brisk 5:30AM Eastern / 2:30AM Pacific, and it's the final night of block action for B Block, so the man who ends tonight with the most points will move onto Sunday’s finals to face A Block winner Hiroshi Tanahashi, with tiebreakers decided by previous victories if need be. Also note that if any of the Firing Squad interfere in a match today, they will be suspended for three months!
David Finlay & Michael Elgin over Shota Umino & Toa Henare
Firing Squad (Bad Luck Fale & Tanga Loa) over Bullet Club (Chase Owens & Hangman Page)
Bullet Club (Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson, & Nick Jackson) over Chaos (“Switchblade” Jay White, SHO, & YOH) by submission with the crossface chickenwing from Scurll on YOH after White refused to make the save and walked out.
Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & EVIL) over Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Minoru Suzuki) by pinfall with EVIL from EVIL on Desperado.
Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) & Hiroshi Tanahashi over Chaos (Gedo, Kazuchika Okada, & YOSHI-HASHI) by pinfall with the King Kong Knee Drop from Makabe on Gedo.
Toru Yano over Tama Tonga by disqualification after hitting the Gun Stun on replacement referee Kenta Sato.
New Japan president Harold Meij personally escorts the Firing Squad to the back, so presumably they are suspended for three months after Tonga’s abuse of both Sato and original referee Marty Asami.
Juice Robinson over Hirooki Goto by pinfall with Pulp Friction.
An announcement goes up over the PA that Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Tanga Loa have left the building.
Tomohiro Ishii over SANADA by pinfall with the vertical drop brainbuster.
Zack Sabre, Jr. over Tetsuya Naito by pinfall with the Zack Driver.
Kota Ibushi over Kenny Omega by pinfall with Kamigoye, advancing to tomorrow’s finals against Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Enjoy the show!