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 (6-1)
- Kota Ibushi (5-2)
- EVIL (4-3)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi (4-3)
- KENTA (4-3)
- SANADA (3-4)
- Zack Sabre, Jr. (3-4)
- Bad Luck Fale (2-5)
- Lance Archer (2-5)
- Will Ospreay (2-5)
- Jon Moxley (5-2)
- Hirooki Goto (4-3)
- “Switchblade” Jay White (4-3)
- Tetsuya Naito (4-3)
- Tomohiro Ishii (4-3)
- Jeff Cobb (3-4)
- Juice Robinson (3-4)
- Taichi (3-4)
- Toru Yano (3-4)
- Shingo Takagi (2-5)
Today’s action takes place in Shizuoka’s Hamamatsu Arena, 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.
SANADA over Lance Archer by pinfall with an O’Connor roll.
Bad Luck Fale over Hiroshi Tanahashi by pinfall with a backslide.
Will Ospreay over KENTA by pinfall with Storm Breaker.
Kota Ibushi over Zack Sabre, Jr. by pinfall with Kamigoye.
Kazuchika Okada over EVIL by pinfall with the Rainmaker.
Enjoy the show!