This week on Wrestling Omakase we kick off the NJPW G1 Climax with the opening two nights, along with some bonus coverage of the NOAH N-1 Victory!

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John is joined by returning guest Harley Duncan. Harley’s under lockdown still in Australia while John recounts their recent trip to western New York to see Niagara Falls and a bunch of other stuff- kind of mean on their part, really! Once that’s out of the way John & Harley review both the opening nights of NJPW’s G1 Climax 31! They talk a little about some of the dumb New Japan takes that have been out there lately (including some folks telling on themselves when it comes to how little they’ve been watching….), while breaking down each and every match so far in detail. It was a great start to the tournament, and they go over all of it, including the “big three” matches of Naito/ZSJ, Ishii/Shingo and Okada/Tanahashi!

Then the two of them turn their attentions to NOAH’s N-1 Victory tournament, specifically Night 2 from the empty arena. John & Harley discuss how difficult it was going from even a clap crowd New Japan show to the fully empty arena of NOAH, and then break down two subpar matches along with two better ones (one that was much better).

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