It is G1 Climax season and it feels like it’s been forgotten that the G1 Climax is, without a doubt, the preeminent professional wrestling tournament on the planet. This year, twenty competitors will descend upon New Japan Pro Wrestling to prove that they are the best in-ring professional wrestler on the planet as they vie for an opportunity for the most meaningful title in professional wrestling: the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

In this post, I will provide a snapshot of the G1 Climax history of each competitor in the A Block of this year’s tournament. I’ll highlight their all-time head-to-head performance against other wrestlers in their block and their historical G1 Climax performance including records, match times, and their individual histories throughout the tournament.

This isn’t the last you’ll hear from me for this year’s G1. In daily preview posts, I’ll dissect each tournament matchup, including 2021 and recent singles performance, individual head-to-head histories and miscellaneous applicable research. Round robin tournaments are great equalizers for data: each wrestler competes in the same schedule throughout the tournament by facing each other wrestler once. So, as the tournament goes on and data points become more relevant, I’ll be including some advanced metrics and probabilities for each card as well. I’ll also help to dissect the complicated tiebreakers and other tournament nuances as they come up. I’ll also be back tomorrow with a similar preview of B Block.

Of course, you can find interactive tables for NJPW’s 2021, detailed results and statistics of all 1551 G1 Climax matches to date, and This Year’s Tournament at SportOfProWrestling.com, and you can let me know what you find when you drill down by dropping me a line on Twitter @TheChrisSamsa.

About The G1 Climax

The G1 Climax is an annual round-robin style tournament held by New Japan Pro Wrestling. This year’s tournament will run from September 18th to October 21st. Twenty wrestlers are split into two equal blocks, the A Block and the B Block. Every wrestler will face every other wrestler in their block for a total of nine tournament matches. Block matches are contested with a 30-minute time limit with points awarded based on the following:

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 point for a time limit draw
  • 0 points for a loss or a No Contest (double disqualification or double count out are the most common no contests)

After all of the block matches are completed, the winner of each block is the wrestler who has the most points. If two or more wrestlers are tied, the block winner is determined by their head-to-head tiebreaker. For example, if Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada both end the tournament with 12 points, but Kazuchika Okada defeated Tanahashi in their match, Kazuchika Okada is the block winner. The winner of each block will meet in the G1 Climax Final match on October 21st. The G1 Final must have a winner, therefore there is no time limit imposed on the final match which is typically one of the most anticipated pro wrestling matches of the year.

Since 2012, the winner of the final match has been awarded a contract for a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Tokyo Dome card on January 4th. With three upcoming events carrying the “Wrestle Kingdom” branding, it is uncertain when the tournament winner will take their title shot, presumably for the newly established IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.

There are a few added wrinkles to pay attention to as the tournament goes on. Traditionally, when a wrestler defeats the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, they earn themselves a championship match before Wrestle Kingdom. Shingo Takagi enters this year’s tournament as the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and the G1 Climax has only been won twice by the wrestler holding the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, so we can expect to see the champion lose a couple of times, but we can also hope that they will be meaningful title challengers as the year goes forward.

In addition to the top titleholder attempting to avenge their tournament losses, the G1 Climax winner also traditionally defends their Wrestle Kingdom title shot against wrestlers that defeated him during the tournament. Last year was the first time that the Wrestle Kingdom title shot actually changed hands when Jay White defeated Kota Ibushi at Power Struggle to weasel his way back into the Wrestle Kingdom title picture.

G1 Climax 31 A Block

  • This year’s G1 Climax A Block features the winner of three of the last four G1 Climax tournaments. Kota Ibushi headlines the block as the two-time defending champion. 2017 winner, Tetsuya Naito joins him as the only other tournament winner in the block. The favorites are rounded out by the IWGP World Heavyweight champion, Shingo Takagi and given his elevated status and success coming into this year’s tournament, he is sure to be more of a factor in this year’s block competition than he has been in his first two tournaments.
  • The block is filled out by a middle-tier of Tomohiro Ishii, Zack Sabre Jr, and KENTA who would have to exceed expectations to be in the mix for a block victory, but in such uncertain times, anything is possible.
  • The lower third of the block includes the likes of Yujiro Takahashi and Toru Yano, both perennial non-factors in singles tournament matches, but each are always a risk for a “banana peel” style victory.
  • Great-O-Khan and Tanga Loa enter the tournament as first-timers and potential dark horses. Great-O-Khan has been dominant in tag matches since joining The United Empire, but he is still looking for stride in singles matches. Similarly, Tanga Loa is a 7-time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team champion, but he has very little singles experience under his belt.

A Block G1 Entry History

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Toru Yano

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KOPW 2021 Provisional Champion

Affiliation: CHAOS

G1 Experience: 16th G1 Entry, 15th Consecutive

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka : Toru Yano vs. KENTA
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Toru Yano vs. Great-O-Khan
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Toru Yano vs. Tanga Loa
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Toru Yano vs. Kota Ibushi
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Toru Yano vs. Shingo Takagi
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Toru Yano vs. Zack Sabre Jr
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Toru Yano vs. Tomohiro Ishii

  • Toru Yano enters his 16th G1 Climax, tying Masahiro Chono for the fourth-most G1 Tournaments. Only Hiroyoshi Tenzan (21), Hiroshi Tanahashi (20), and Yuji Nagata (19) have participated in more G1 tournaments than Yano.
  • Over the last ten G1 Climax tournaments, Toru Yano has averaged 7.8 points per year. He has not scored less than 6 and he has not scored more than 10.
  • Tanga Loa is Toru Yano’s only first-time match up in this year’s G1.
  • Yano is still seeking his first victory over four of his nine block competitors this year (Shingo Takagi, Tomohiro Ishii, KENTA, Tanga Loa).
  • Toru Yano’s 121 G1 Climax matches are fourth most all-time.
  • Toru Yano’s 67 G1 Climax losses leave him tied with Yuji Nagata and Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the most G1 losses all-time. His first loss in this year’s tournament will make hime the losingist wrestler in G1 history.
  • Toru Yano’s 51 G1 Climax victories are the ninth most all-time. He is only likely to move up one spot on that list this year, with two wins he will surpass Togi Makabe for eighth most all-time.
  • Yano has lost eight G1 matches by submission, that is tied for third most all-time.
  • Yano has lost 53 G1 matches by pinfall, that is second all-time, and only three behind Yuji Nagata.

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Tetsuya Naito

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Affiliation: Los Ingobernables De Japon

G1 Experience: 12th G1 entry, 12th consecutive, 2013 & 2017 Winner, 2011 Finalist

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Tetsuya Naito vs. Tanga Loa
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Tetsuya Naito vs. Shingo Takagi
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Tetsuya Naito vs. Great-O-Khan

  • Tetsuya Naito enters his 12th consecutive G1 Climax, the fourth longest streak among this year’s entrants.
  • There is only one wrestler in Naito’s block that he hasn’t defeated and that is Tanga Loa. Their block match will be their first time meeting in a singles match.
  • Tetsuya Naito’s .600 G1 winning percentage is second highest among this year’s A Block competitors, only behind Kota Ibushi.
  • Naito’s 60 G1 wins are the highest among this year’s A Block competitors anf fifth most all-time. Naito can expect to pass Shinsuke Nakamura (62) and possibly Yuji Nagata (65) and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (66) with a good tournament this year.
  • Naito’s 26 hours, 15 minutes, and 3 seconds of total G1 match time is fourth highest all time.
  • At 3 hours, 27 minutes, and 41 seconds of total match length during the 2021 tournament was the longest G1 Climax tournament ever for a single wrestler.
  • Over the last 5 tournaments, Naito has averaged 12 points. Only Kazuchika Okada has averaged higher at 12.6.

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Tomohiro Ishii

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NEVER Openweight 6-Man Champion

Affiliation: CHAOS

G1 Experience: 9th G1 entry, 9th consecutive

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shingo Takagi
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Tomohiro Ishii vs. KENTA
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tanga Loa
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Great-O-Khan
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yujiro Takahashi
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano

  • Tomohiro Ishii enters his 9th consecutive G1 Climax tournament and his 9th overall.
  • Ishii’s first time matchups in this year’s tournament are Great-O-Khan and Tanga Loa.
  • Ishii is looking for his first career victories over KENTA, Great-O-Khan, and Tanga Loa during this year’s tournament.
  • Tomohiro Ishii only has a winning record against two of this year’s block opponents, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi.
  • Ishii has averaged 8.4 points over the last five tournaments.
  • Ishii’s 18 hours, 26 minutes, and 47 seconds of total G1 match length are the second highest in the A Block. Only Tetsuya Naito has more G1 ring-time than Ishii.

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Kota Ibushi

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Affiliation: Hontai

G1 Experience: 7th G1 entry, 5th consecutive, 2019 & 2020 Winner, 2018 Finalist

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Kota Ibushi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Kota Ibushi vs. Toru Yano
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Kota Ibushi vs. Shingo Takagi
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Kota Ibushi vs. Tanga Loa
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Kota Ibushi vs. Great-O-Khan
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA

  • Kota Ibushi enters his seventh G1 Climax and his Fifth Consecutive.
  • Ibushi has reached the finals in his last three G1 Climax tournaments. He is the only wrestler to ever reach three consecutive finals.
  • Ibushi won the last two G1 Climax tournaments, he is one of three wrestlers (Chono, Tenzan) to ever go back to back in the prestigious tournament.
  • Kota Ibushi is looking for his first victory over Shingo Takagi as well as first-time matchups Great-O-Khan, and Tanga Loa during this year’s tournament.
  • Ibushi’s .614 G1 winning percentage is the highest in A Block.
  • Ibushi’s 17:08 average G1 winning match length is the highest in the A Block. Kenta’s 16:21 is the second highest.
  • Kota Ibushi’s stamina and conditioning has been impressive through the last three G1 tournaments. His 2018, 2019, and 2020 tournaments are three of the six longest individual tournaments in G1 History.

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Zack Sabre Jr

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IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion

Affiliation: Suzuki-Gun

G1 Experience: 5th G1 entry, 5th consecutive

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tetsuya Naito
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Shingo Takagi
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Kota Ibushi
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Great-O-Khan
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tomohiro Ishii
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Yujiro Takahashi
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Zack Sabre Jr vs. KENTA
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Toru Yano
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tanga Loa

  • Zack Sabre Jr enters his fifth consecutive G1 Climax tournament.
  • ZSJ has two first time matchups in this year’s tournament: Great-O-Khan and Yujiro Takahashi. This year will also be the first time Sabre faces Shingo Takagi in an NJPW ring, they met once previously in wXw.
  • Zack Sabre Jr has averaged 10 points in his four previous G1 Climax appearances. His 10 point average is the third highest in his block, only behind Tetsuya Naito (12), and Kota Ibushi (11.6)
  • Zack Sabre Jr has won 9 G1 Climax matches by submission, that is the most in this year’s tournament, and 5 more than the next highest in the A Block (KENTA-4).

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Shingo Takagi

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IWGP World Heavyweight Champion

Affiliation: Los Ingobernables de Japon

G1 Experience: 3rd G1 entry, 3rd consecutive

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Shingo Takagi vs. Zack Sabre Jr
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Shingo Takagi vs. Tetsuya Naito
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Shingo Takagi vs. KENTA
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Shingo Takagi vs. Kota Ibushi
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Shingo Takagi vs. Toru Yano
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Shingo Takagi vs. Tanga Loa
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Shingo Takagi vs. Great-O-Khan
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Shingo Takagi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

  • Shingo Takagi’s .818 winning percentage against this year’s A Block is the highest in this year’s tournament.
  • There are seven wrestlers in the A Block who have not defeated Shingo Takagi in a singles match.
  • Two of Shingo’s first three opponents HAVE defeated him in singles matches though. Tomohiro Ishii and Tetsuya Naito are the only two in this block who have beaten the champion.
  • Shingo has scored 8 points in each of his first two G1 Climax tournaments. The IWGP Heavyweight Champion has averaged 12.2 points in over the last 10 G1 tournaments.
  • Yujiro Takahashi and Tomohiro Ishii are the only two wrestlers in A Block that Shingo has faced more than once in singles matches.
  • In the A Block, only Toru Yano (.429) and Yujiro Takahashi (.328) have lower all-time G1 Climax winning percentages than Takagi’s .444.
  • With just 18 G1 Climax matches, only the tournament debuts of Great-O-Khan and Tanga Loa have less G1 Climax experience than Shingo.
  • Shingo Takagi’s 18 minute and 28 second average G1 match length is the highest ever among wrestlers with over 10 G1 matches, and is the longest among this year’s field.

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KENTA

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Affiliation: Bullet Club

G1 Experience: 3rd entry, 3rd consecutive

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: KENTA vs. Toru Yano
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: KENTA vs. Yujiro Takahashi
September 26, Kobe World Hall: KENTA vs. Tomohiro Ishii
September 30, Korakuen Hall: KENTA vs. Shingo Takagi
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: KENTA vs. Great-O-Khan
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: KENTA vs. Tetsuya Naito
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: KENTA vs. Zack Sabre Jr
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: KENTA vs. Tanga Loa
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: KENTA vs. Kota Ibushi

  • KENTA enters his third consecutive G1 Climax and his second as a member of Bullet Club.
  • Only KENTA, Kota Ibushi, and Shingo Takagi have a winning percentage against A Block opponents above .500.
  • KENTA has three first time matchups in this year’s G1 Climax: Great-O-Khan, Tanga Loa, and Yujiro Takahashi.
  • Among wrestlers that he has faced, KENTA is only looking for his first win over Shingo Takagi.

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Yujiro Takahashi

Affiliation: Bullet Club (House Of Torture)

G1 Experience: 8th G1 entry, 2nd consecutive

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Yujiro Takahashi vs. KENTA
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Great-O-Khan
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tanga Loa
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Toru Yano
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shingo Takagi

  • Yujiro Takahashi enters his second consecutive G1 Climax after a four year hiatus.
  • The only wrestler in the A Block that Yujiro Takahashi has a winning record against is Tetsuya Naito. 16 of those victories occurred before 2012 and his most recent win was in 2014.
  • Yujiro Takahashi has four first time matchups in this year’s A Block: Zack Sabre Jr, KENTA, Great-O-Khan, and Tanga Loa.
  • Yujiro’s 9 minute and 37 second average G1 match length is the second shortest among this year’s G1 competitors. Only Toru Yano’s 7 minute and 51 second average is lower.
  • If we remove Tetsuya naito, Yujro is historically 3-15 with a .167 winning percentage against this year’s A Block.

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Great-O-Khan

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Affiliation: The United Empire

G1 Experience: Debut entry

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Great-O-Khan vs. Tanga Loa
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Great-O-Khan vs. Toru Yano
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Great-O-Khan vs. Yujiro Takahashi
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Great-O-Khan vs. Zack Sabre Jr
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Great-O-Khan vs. KENTA
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Great-O-Khan vs. Tomohiro Ishii
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Great-O-Khan vs. Kota Ibushi
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Great-O-Khan vs. Shingo Takagi
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Great-O-Khan vs. Tetsuya Naito

  • Great-O-Khan enters his first G1 Climax tournament after making a splash by joining Will Ospreay during the final block night of last year’s G1 Climax tournament.
  • Great-O-Khan will have six first-time singles matches in this year’s tournament. He has only faced Tetsuya Naito, Toru Yano and Yujiro Takahashi among this year’s A Block competitors. His matches against Yujiro were all prior to his excursion to RevPro, so O-Khan was still a Young Lion at that time.
  • Tetsuya Naito is the only wrestler among this year’s A Block that Great-O-Khan has defeated.

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Tanga Loa

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Affiliation: Bullet Club

G1 Experience: Debut entry

Schedule

September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Tanga Loa vs. Great-O-Khan
September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Tanga Loa vs. Tetsuya Naito
September 26, Kobe World Hall: Tanga Loa vs. Toru Yano
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Tanga Loa vs. Tomohiro Ishii
October 3, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium: Tanga Loa vs. Yujiro Takahashi
October 7, Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall: Tanga Loa vs. Kota Ibushi
October 9, EDION Arena Osaka: Tanga Loa vs. Shingo Takagi
October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Tanga Loa vs. KENTA
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Tanga Loa vs. Zack Sabre Jr

  • Seven time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion Tanga Loa enters his first G1 Climax tournament.
  • Tanga Loa is, by far, the least experienced singles wrestler in this year’s G1 Climax. Entering the tournament, he hast just one singles match among this year’s A Block competitors.

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A Block Schedule

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night One (A Block)

Date: September 18, 2021
City: Osaka

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka
Time: 5:00pm JST
Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii

Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr

Toru Yano vs. KENTA

Great-O-Khan vs. Tanga Loa

Kota Ibushi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

(Ryohei Oiwa vs. SHO)

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Three (A Block)

Date: September 23, 2021
City: Tokyo

Venue: Ota City General Gymnasium
Time: 6:30pm JST
Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Shingo Takagi vs. Zack Sabre Jr

Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii

Tetsuya Naito vs. Tanga Loa

KENTA vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Toru Yano vs. Great-O-Khan

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Five (A Block)

Date: September 26, 2021
City: Hyogo

Venue: Kobe World Hall
Time: 4:00pm JST
Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Shingo Takagi vs. Tetsuya Naito

Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr

Tomohiro Ishii vs. KENTA

Toru Yano vs. Tanga Loa

Great-O-Khan vs. Yujiro Takahashi

(Master Wato vs. Kosei Fujita)

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Seven (A Block)

Date: September 30, 2021

City: Tokyo

Venue: Korakuen Hall

Time: 6:30pm JST

Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Shingo Takagi vs. KENTA

Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Kota Ibushi vs. Toru Yano

Zack Sabre Jr vs. Great-O-Khan

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tanga Loa

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Nine (A Block)

Date: October 3, 2021

City: Aichi

Venue: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

Time: 4:00pm JST

Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Shingo Takagi vs. Kota Ibushi

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr

Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito

Tanga Loa vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Great-O-Khan vs. KENTA

(Kosei Fujita vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Eleven (A Block)

Date: October 7, 2021

City: Hiroshima

Venue: Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall

Time: 6:30pm JST

Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Great-O-Khan

Toru Yano vs. Shingo Takagi

Zack Sabre Jr vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Kota Ibushi vs. Tanga Loa

(Ryohei Oiwa vs. El Desperado)

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Thirteen (A Block)

Date: October 9, 2021

City: Osaka

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka

Time: 5:00pm JST

Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito

Kota Ibushi vs. Great-O-Khan

Shingo Takagi vs. Tanga Loa

Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Zack Sabre Jr vs. KENTA

(Kosei Fujita & Ryohei Oiwa vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Fifteen (A Block)

Date: October 13, 2021

City: Miyagi

Venue: Xebio Arena Sendai

Time: 6:30pm JST

Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito

Shingo Takagi vs. Great-O-Khan

Toru Yano vs. Zack Sabre Jr

KENTA vs. Tanga Loa

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yujiro Takahashi

(Kosei Fujita vs. Hiromu Takahashi)

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Seventeen (A Block Final)

Date: October 18, 2021

City: Kanagawa

Venue: Yokohama Budokan

Time: 6:30pm JST

Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)

Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano

Shingo Takagi vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Tetsuya Naito vs. Great-O-Khan

Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tanga Loa

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