Two for the price of one! Let’s get to it.
July 18th, 15:00 from Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Centre, Hokkaido
And we’re off! Today’s show is the first of 19 in the 2016 edition of New Japan’s long-running annual tournament and is headlined Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA and Kazuchika Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji of Pro-Wrestling Noah.
New Japan’s famous annual tournament begins on Monday July 18th and provides an excellent jumping on point for those of you who’ve thought about checking out Japan’s biggest wrestling promotion. This is an overview of the Whats, Whos and Hows ahead of the 26th edition of the G1 Climax.
NJPW G1 Climax 25: The Roundup
This is the last one, I promise!
For those of you who’ve been dubious about dipping your toe in the wrestling ocean that is the G1 Climax tournament, here’s the edited highlights version.
August 16th, 15:00 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo
We made it! Nearly a month after the tournament began we’ve reached show no.19. I’ll be reviewing the tournament final, the Junior Heavyweight title match between KUSHIDA and Ricochet, and the Junior Tag Team title match between The Young Bucks and reDRagon.
NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 18
August 15th, 18:30 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo
One day late, but worth the wait. B Block’s penultimate show on Wednesday was really something special and it looks like they’ll finish strongly too, with a brain-freezing number of possible outcomes. Also on the card, a promising-looking Elgin vs. Ishii bout and maybe Honma will
finally win a match in the G1 Climax continue his winning streak!
NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 17
August 14th, 18:30 from Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall), Tokyo
A Block’s day of reckoning has arrived! Only A.J. Styles or Hiroshi Tanahashi can win the block and, would you believe it, they’re facing each other today! Fale and Naito will be looking to rebound from their losses on Day 15 as either one of them could get into the third place match on Sunday if the main event goes their way.
NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 16
August 12th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
The penultimate B Block show – the last of three in a row at Korakuen – is headlined by Honma vs. Ishii. Honma can’t win the tournament, Ishii won’t win the tournament, and yet – because of the overness of both men – they headline this crucial card. Every other one of the matches has a potential block-winner in it and, especially after yesterday’s results, we know that upsets are possible (if not likely).
NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 15
August 11th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
We’ve reached the penultimate night of A Block matches and although none of the matches are particularly promising from a quality perspective, this is the time when results matter most. Kenta Kobashi joins the commentary team, but only for the benefit of Samurai TV viewers. We New Japan World streamers must suffer in silence.
NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 14
August 9th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
This is the first of three consecutive shows at Korakuen Hall and we’re treated to commentary for the first time in ages. Goto/Ishii and Honma/Nakamura top the bill today.
NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 13
August 8th, 18:30 from Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama
Shibata vs. Tanahashi tops today’s A Block card. Not much of note on the undercard, but slip up at this stage and some of the tournament favourites could easily find themselves out of the running.