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 (4-0)
- KENTA (4-0)
- EVIL (2-2)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (2-2)
- Kota Ibushi (2-2)
- Lance Archer (2-2)
- Bad Luck Fale (1-3)
- SANADA (1-3)
- Will Ospreay (1-3)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (1-3)
- Jon Moxley (4-0)
- Juice Robinson (3-1)
- Shingo Takagi (2-2)
- Taichi (2-2)
- Tetsuya Naito (2-2)
- Tomohiro Ishii (2-2)
- Toru Yano (2-2)
- Hirooki Goto (1-3)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (1-3)
- Jeff Cobb (1-3)
Today’s action takes place in Aichi’s Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, kicking off at a brisk 5AM Eastern / 2AM Pacific, and it's all about A Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Kota Ibushi over Lance Archer via pinfall with Kamigoye
Will Ospreay over Bad Luck Fale via disqualification due to Bullet Club attack
EVIL over Zack Sabre, Jr. via pinfall with Everything is Evil
Hiroshi Tanahashi over SANADA via pinfall with High Fly Flow
Kazuchika Okada over KENTA via pinfall with Rainmaker
Enjoy the show!