It’s, well... a few months after 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 30th annual, will feature 20 men competing across 19 dates for a spot in the finals on October 18. Each show will be broadcast worldwide on New Japan's streaming service, NJPW World.
Opening day action takes place in Osaka’s Edion Arena Osaka, kicking off at 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.
Will Ospreay def. Yujiro Takahashi via pinfall with Stormbreaker
Taichi def. Jeff Cobb via pinfall with Black Mephisto
Minoru Suzuki def. Tomohiro Ishii via pinfall with a Gotch-style piledriver
“Switchblade” Jay White def. Shingo Takagi via pinfall with Bladerunner (after a ref bump & low blow)
Kota Ibushi def. Kazuchika Okada via pinfall with Kamigoye
Moving forward, we'll post records and standings. This being day one of A Block, all competitors start on even ground!
Enjoy the show!