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 (5-0)
- KENTA (4-1)
- Kota Ibushi (3-2)
- EVIL (3-2)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (3-2)
- Will Ospreay (2-3)
- Lance Archer (2-3)
- Bad Luck Fale (1-4)
- SANADA (1-4)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (1-4)
- Jon Moxley (5-0)
- Juice Robinson (3-2)
- Tomohiro Ishii (3-2)
- Hirooki Goto (2-3)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (2-3)
- Jeff Cobb (2-3)
- Shingo Takagi (2-3)
- Taichi (2-3)
- Tetsuya Naito (2-3)
- Toru Yano (2-3)
Today’s action takes place in Kagawa’s Takamatsu City General Gymnasium #1, kicking off at a brisk 6AM Eastern / 3AM 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 Bad Luck Fale via pinfall after knee strikes
Zack Sabre, Jr. over Will Ospreay via submission with Hurrah! Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last; The Inexorable March of Progress Will Lead Us All to Happiness
Kazuchika Okada over Lance Archer via pinfall after a Rainmaker
SANADA over KENTA via pinfall after a moonault
Hiroshi Tanahashi over EVIL via pinfall with High Fly Flow
Enjoy the show!