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 29th 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, except for opening night, which was live exclusively on AXS here in the States and uploaded to NJPW World at a later date.
We'll have open threads & results for each show 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?
- Kazuchika Okada (2-0)
- KENTA (2-0)
- Lance Archer (2-0)
- Bad Luck Fale (1-1)
- EVIL (1-1)
- SANADA (1-1)
- Will Ospreay (1-1)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (0-2)
- Kota Ibushi (0-2)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (0-2)
- Jon Moxley (2-0)
- Juice Robinson (2-0)
- Tomohiro Ishii (2-0)
- Hirooki Goto (1-1)
- Shingo Takagi (1-1)
- Taichi (1-1)
- Toru Yano (1-1)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (0-2)
- Jeff Cobb (0-2)
- Tetsuya Naito (0-2)
Opening day action takes place in Tokyo’s legendary Korakuen Hall, kicking off at a brisk 5:30AM Eastern / 2:30AM Pacific, and it's all about A Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
KENTA over Lance Archer by submission with GAME OVER.
EVIL over SANADA by pinfall with EVIL
Kazuchika Okada over Bad Luck Fale by pinfall with a pinning predicament.
Hiroshi Tanahashi over Zack Sabre, Jr. by pinfall with a jackknife pin.
Kota Ibushi over Will Ospreay by pinfall with Kamigoye.
Enjoy the show!