G1 Climax season has arrived, and we're here to help you get all the information you need for one of the greatest times of the year for wrestling fans.
We are two days into the tournament, with both A and B Block holding one show each. Though it's early, there has been plenty of great action already, and the tone has been set for many of the top names in the field.
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Current Standings (After Day 16)
- Tetsuya Naito: 14 points (7-2) A BLOCK WINNER
- Bad Luck Fale: 12 points (6-3)
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 12 points (6-3)
- Hirooki Goto: 10 points (5-4)
- Kota Ibushi: 10 points (5-4)
- Zack Sabre Jr.: 10 points (5-4)
- Tomohiro Ishii: 8 points (4-5)
- Togi Makabe: 8 points (4-5)
- YOSHI-HASHI: 4 points (2-7)
- Yuji Nagata: 2 points (1-8)
- Kazuchika Okada: 13 points (6-1-1)
- Kenny Omega: 12 points (6-2)
- EVIL: 10 points (5-3)
- Minoru Suzuki: 9 points (4-3-1)
- Michael Elgin: 8 points (4-4)
- SANADA: 8 points (4-4)
- Juice Robinson: 6 points (3-5)
- Tama Tonga: 6 points (3-5)
- Toru Yano: 6 points (3-5)
- Satoshi Kojima: 2 points (1-7)
July 17 - A Block
- YOSHI-HASHI def. Yuji Nagata
- Bad Luck Fale def. Togi Makabe
- Hirooki Goto def. Tomohiro Ishii
- Zack Sabre Jr. def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- Tetsuya Naito def. Kota Ibushi
July 20 - B Block
- Juice Robinson def. Satoshi Kojima
- Tama Tonga def. Michael Elgin
- SANADA def. EVIL
- Kazuchika Okada def. Toru Yano
- Kenny Omega def. Minoru Suzuki
July 21 - A Block
- Hirooki Goto def. Yuji Nagata
- Tomohiro Ishii def. Togi Makabe
- Kota Ibushi def. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Bad Luck Fale
- Tetsuya Naito def. YOSHI-HASHI
July 22 - B Block
- Toru Yano def. Satoshi Kojima
- EVIL def. Juice Robinson
- Minoru Suzuki def. SANADA
- Kenny Omega def. Tama Tonga
- Kazuchika Okada def. Michael Elgin
July 23 - A Block
- Zack Sabre Jr. def. YOSHI-HASHI
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Yuji Nagata
- Bad Luck Fale def. Tetsuya Naito
- Kota Ibushi def. Tomohiro Ishii
- Togi Makabe def. Hirooki Goto
July 25 - B Block
- Michael Elgin def. Satoshi Kojima
- EVIL def. Tama Tonga
- Minoru Suzuki def. Juice Robinson
- Kenny Omega def. Toru Yano
- Kazuchika Okada def. SANADA
July 26 - A Block
- Tomohiro Ishii def. YOSHI-HASHI
- Zack Sabre Jr. def. Bad Luck Fale
- Togi Makabe def. Kota Ibushi
- Tetsuya Naito def. Yuji Nagata
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Hirooki Goto
July 27 - B Block
- Tama Tonga def. Juice Robinson
- SANADA def. Toru Yano
- EVIL def. Minoru Suzuki
- Kazuchika Okada def. Satoshi Kojima
- Michael Elgin def. Kenny Omega
July 29 - A Block
- Togi Makabe def. Yuji Nagata
- Bad Luck Fale def. Kota Ibushi
- Hirooki Goto def. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. YOSHI-HASHI
- Tomohiro Ishii def. Tetsuya Naito
July 30 - B Block
- EVIL def. Toru Yano
- Minoru Suzuki def. Tama Tonga
- SANADA def. Michael Elgin
- Kenny Omega def. Satoshi Kojima
- Kazuchika Okada def. Juice Robinson
August 1 - A Block
- YOSHI-HASHI def. Bad Luck Fale
- Zack Sabre Jr. def. Togi Makabe
- Tomohiro Ishii def. Yuji Nagata
- Tetsuya Naito def. Hirooki Goto
- Kota Ibushi def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
August 2 - B Block
- SANADA def. Juice Robinson
- Toru Yano def. Michael Elgin
- Minoru Suzuki def. Satoshi Kojima
- Kazuchika Okada def. Tama Tonga
- Kenny Omega def. EVIL
August 4 - A Block
- Kota Ibushi def. Yuji Nagata
- Bad Luck Fale def. Tomohiro Ishii
- Hirooki Goto def. YOSHI-HASHI
- Tetsuya Naito def. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Togi Makabe
August 5 - B Block
- Toru Yano def. Tama Tonga
- Satoshi Kojima def. SANADA
- Michael Elgin def. Minoru Suzuki
- Juice Robinson def. Kenny Omega
- EVIL def. Kazuchika Okada
August 6 - A Block
- Yuji Nagata def. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Kota Ibushi def. YOSHI-HASHI
- Bad Luck Fale def. Hirooki Goto
- Tetsuya Naito def. Togi Makabe
- Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Tomohiro Ishii
August 8 - B Block
- Tama Tonga def. Satoshi Kojima
- Juice Robinson def. Toru Yano
- Michael Elgin def. EVIL
- Kenny Omega def. SANADA
- Kazuchika Okada and Minoru Suzuki went to a time-limit draw
August 11 - A Block
- Bad Luck Fale def. Yuji Nagata
- Togi Makabe def. YOSHI-HASHI
- Zack Sabre Jr. def. Tomohiro Ishii
- Hirooki Goto def. Kota Ibushi
- Tetsuya Naito def. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Best MatchesThese are divided up into two categories. First, the matches you must see. Second, the matches you should see. There are very rarely "bad" matches in the G1 Climax, so you should probably watch every match, but if you only have a little time, seek out the must-see matches. If you have a bit more time but not enough to watch 19 shows worth of tournament matches, watch the must-see and should-see matches.
This list may take an extra day or two after event conclusions to be updated while matches are given a second watch.
Must-SeeTetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi - July 17 - This match felt every bit like a finals matchup, not night one action. Naito and Ibushi tore the house down with a match that will be hard to top in the tournament, and that deserves some discussion as a potential match of the year.
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Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii - July 17 - In a just world, this would have been the match with all the buzz coming out of night one. However, Naito and Ibushi came along two matches later and one-upped this amazing clash. Still, this is among the best wrestling matches of the year.
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Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - July 21 - This is a match people have wanted to see for a long time -- and one we probably would have seen at the WWE Cruiserweight Classic last year had there been long-term deals in place for either guy -- and it lived up to the hype. Ibushi wrestled Sabre's match and it made for an incredible contest.
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Tetsuya Naito vs. YOSHI-HASHI - July 21 - A Block has been incredible and Naito is continuing to make a strong case as the best wrestler in the world. He's almost certainly the best at telling a story in-ring. YOSHI-HASHI more than pulled his weight in this thriller.
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Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada - July 22 - Outstanding stuff between two top-tier talents with styles that are all but made for each other. This one gets more and more brutal with Elgin putting Okada in peril over and over and The Rainmaker giving just as good as he gets.
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Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii - July 23 - To be clear, Ibushi has been in three straight incredible matches, all very different. This isn't some "greatest hits" thing for Ibushi, he is getting talented opponents and doing amazing things. There are some awkward matchups coming for him but Ishii was a near-perfect opponent for him.
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Michael Elgin vs. Kenny Omega - July 27 - Day eight delivered a contender for best match of the G1. Elgin and Omega put on a match that is in a class with Naito and Ibushi from day one. This is a fantastic match between two men who are among the very best at what they do.
Kazuchika Okada vs. Satoshi Kojima - July 27 - Similar to how Goto vs. Ishii was a great match overshadowed moments later by Naito vs. Ibushi, Okada and Kojima were outstanding in this one, only to have Elgin and Omega make it fade a bit. Still, this was great stuff with Kojima hanging with Okada in front of a rabidly pro-Kojima crowd.
Kazuchika Okada vs. Juice Robinson - July 30 - Hey, guess what... Another Okada match delivered. Okada is on one of the greatest runs in the history of professional wrestling. Robinson is battling a body that is betraying him through an injured leg. Okada is carrying himself like he's above the trivial challenges of the G1, and it leads to a battle of pure talent vs. sheer will. Just beautiful stuff.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yuji Nagata - August 1 - It cannot be overstated how amazing Nagata has been on this G1 run. He is operating at an incredibly high level at an advanced age. In a way, he has been the most impressive wrestler in the tournament. Ishii always brings it, and these two delivered a hard-hitting bit of brilliance.
Kota Ibushi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi - August 1 - As much as Nagata deserves special acknowledgement, Ibushi's ability to bend his style to every opponent has shown an amazingly diverse skill set. The match with Tanahashi allowed Ibushi to be Ibushi at his best, much like the Naito match that kicked off his G1. It also was another reminder just how much it sucks Ibushi that is a freelancer, so much of what happens in the tournament is not guaranteed to have longer term meaning.
Should-SeeHiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - July 17 - Tanahashi is performing at a high level despite suffering the effects of an arm injury and Sabre was exactly the guy to exploit the injury with his nasty submission game. I'm trying to limit the number of "should-see" matches and this barely edged out YOSHI-HASHI vs. Yuji Nagata from the same night.
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Kenny Omega vs. Minoru Suzuki - July 20 - This match had an entirely different feel from everything else on the first two days. The intensity and storyline aspects along with Omega in significant peril throughout the clash added extra layers of urgency to the match.
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Hirooki Goto vs. Yuji Nagata - July 21 - Nagata as the angry old man in his last G1 is a great story, as is Goto trying to recreate last year's incredible run -- but this year gunning to finish things on the right note. This was a really great clash of those styles with some seriously hard-hitting action.
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SANADA vs. Minoru Suzuki - July 22 - This is, in some ways, the match Omega vs. Suzuki should have been. Instead of ACTUALLY trying to force the older man into wrestling a style he can't quite do anymore, the STORY is SANADA trying to change the pace and get out of Suzuki's brutal preferred match. Brilliant storytelling and maybe should be on the "must-see" list.
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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata - July 23 - With a crowd fully behind Nagata, we got to see Tanahashi in the rare spot where he was heeling it up and it was fantastic. Nagata has put on some damn fine performances in the early days of the tournament.
Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA - July 25 - Another match that JUST misses the "must-see" cut. Still a very good contest between two supremely talented wrestlers. The stretch run is a blast with a ton of counters and near-finishes.
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii - July 29 - These guys have very good chemistry. This isn't exactly a new matchup, but it's always so good.
Kenny Omega vs. Satoshi Kojima - July 30 - Kojima has been fighting an uphill battle in the G1. He can't quite manage to get victories but is good enough that any night could be his chance to break out of the slump. Omega came into this one with a somewhat disrespectful attitude, and that led to Kojima being slightly more fired up and trying to prove a point. Very good stuff.
EVIL vs. Kenny Omega - August 2 - This one got wild, and EVIL came close to a serious injury while trying to put Omega through a table. It was missing a little something to put it into the "must-watch" category but was still some damn good stuff.
Upcoming ScheduleAugust 12 (B Block Finals, 5:30 AM ET)
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
- Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
- Tama Tonga vs. SANADA
- Michael Elgin vs. Juice Robinson
- Satoshi Kojima vs. EVIL
- Winner of the A Block vs. Winner of the B Block