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 (6-0)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (4-2)
- KENTA (4-2)
- Kota Ibushi (4-2)
- EVIL (3-3)
- Will Ospreay (2-4)
- Lance Archer (2-4)
- SANADA (2-4)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (2-4)
- Bad Luck Fale (1-5)
- Jon Moxley (5-1)
- Hirooki Goto (3-3)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (3-3)
- Jeff Cobb (3-3)
- Juice Robinson (3-3)
- Tetsuya Naito (3-3)
- Tomohiro Ishii (3-3)
- Toru Yano (3-3)
- Shingo Takagi (2-4)
- Taichi (2-4)
Today’s action takes place in Osaka’s Edion Arena Osaka, kicking off at a brisk 4AM Eastern / 1AM Pacific, and it's all about A Block, one of two groupings whose winner will go on to a spot in the finals.
Bad Luck Fale over KENTA by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Zack Sabre, Jr. over Lance Archer by pinfall with a crucifix pin.
EVIL over Will Ospreay by pinfall with EVIL.
Kota Ibushi over Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall with Kamigoye.
SANADA over Kazuchika Okada by pinfall with the moonsault.
Enjoy the show!