NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 16

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 16

August 12th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

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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).

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 15

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 15

August 11th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

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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.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 12

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 12

August 7th, 18:30 from Act City Hamamatsu, Shizuoka

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Today’s B Block show is topped by a huge main event: Ishii vs. Okada. This would be an excellent prospect at any stage, but with both men on eight points at the top of the leaderboard, the stakes are even higher. A few matches with sleeper potential round out the tournament portion of Day 12.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 11

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 11

August 5th, 18:30 from APIO Cultural Centre, Itawe

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Today’s show is topped by a very promising Ibushi vs. Naito match. The rest aren’t so great, but Shibata, Styles and Tanahashi have been doing a sterling job all tournament at carrying their opponents and I expect that’ll continue. This is A Block’s first single-camera show.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 10

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 10

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August 4th, 18:30 from Sendai Sun Plaza Hall, Miyagi

No commentary on the New Japan World stream today, but it’s a strong B Block card topped by Goto/Nakamura. If you have the time or the inclination, the undercards of these shows are usually pretty fun. You get to see the likes of the recently-signed young lion David Finlay (Fit’s son) and CMLL’s jaw-dropping luchador Mascara Dorada, also Tama Tonga and Yoshi-Hashi, both of whom deserved a G1 spot.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 6

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 6

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July 28th, 18:30 from Beppu City B-Con Plaza, Oita

The big news for today’s show is that Shinsuke Nakamura is off the card because of an elbow injury. He was due to face Michael Elgin in the semi-main. New Japan have stated that he is not out of the tournament, however, and the hope is that he will be ready to go by Saturday. B Block finally get the full camera setup today, but there’s no commentary. Ah, B Block, will you ever win?

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 4

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 4

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July 25th, 18:00 from Takamatsu Gymnasium, Kagawa

Yesterday’s A Block show was headlined by an enjoyable Tenzan vs. Tanahashi match. We’re back with B Block today and a promising card is headlined by Honma vs. Okada. We’re back, too, with the single-camera set up and no commentary. It’s the last one, I’m assured. Poor B Block.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 3

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 3

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July 24th, 18:30 from Budo Centre, Kyoto City

We’re back to multi-camera today, you’ll pleased to know, after yesterday’s solid but unremarkable B Block show. No commentary though, presumably for TV rights reasons. Thanks for the positive comments so far, it’s good to see there are others on the blog following this mammoth G1 Climax, and Lord knows I’ll need some moral support to get through all these.

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NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 2

NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 2

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July 23rd, 18:30 from Twin Mess, Shizuoka

Day 1 brought the goods in the form of Shibata/Styles and Ibushi/Tanahashi, and although I don’t see any of today’s matches reaching those highs, this is a more balanced card with the potential for surprises. It’s worth noting that this is a single-camera show with no commentary, so even if the matches do compare with the best of Day 1 they’ll have a tough time being perceived as such. 

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