NJPW G1 Climax Primer





The 27th edition of New Japan’s G1 Climax tournament begins on Monday and if you’ve ever thought about dipping your toe in the water now’s the time to do it. The format provides a great opportunity for new viewers to familiarise themselves with the heavyweights of the company and will set up the next six months of feuds, taking us all the way up to Wrestle Kingdom in January. I hope this guide will encourage some of you to get in on some of the best wrestling in the world. Let’s get to it!

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NJPW G1 Climax 26: Day 18

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August 13th, 18:30 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo

The final B Block show and four men are still in the running (if you count crazy ties and such). Elgin faces Nakajima, Shibata faces EVIL and Omega and Naito face off in the main event! It’s the closing weekend of the G1 Climax and this is the second of three nights at Sumo Hall, so let’s get to it.

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NJPW G1 Climax 26: Day 15

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August 8th, 18:30 from Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Kanagawa

NJPW has held a show in this venue, on this date, every year since 1988 – a longer-running tradition than the January 4th show at the Tokyo Dome. That Super Monday Night card was headlined by Fujinami vs. Inoki, this one is headlined by Makabe vs. Goto. Hmm. Let’s get to it!

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NJPW G1 Climax 26: Day 11

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August 3rd, 18:30 from Kagoshima Arena, Kagoshima

We’ve broken the back of this tournament, and although everyone’s still mathematically in it, today’s show will likely put some competitors out of the running. We’re back with A Block for a strong card that features Ishii vs. Tanahashi, SANADA vs. Marufuji, and joint block leaders – Okada and Makabe – facing off. Let’s get to it!

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