The A Block invades Korakuen Hall on September 30th for Night 7 of G1 Climax 31. NJPW has announced a Korakuen Hall sell-out crowd for the four tournament matches headlined by Shingo Takagi vs. KENTA. The semi-main event will see two-time defending G1 Climax champion, Kota Ibushi face off against Toru Yano in a match that is sure to be swift, but not likely to-the-point. In a violation of pre-tournament expectations, the most compelling match on the card may be the third match as Zack Sabre Jr. and Great-O-Khan both take undefeated records in to Korakuen Hall for their mid-card battle. Tomohiro Ishii and Tanga Loa both look to get their first non-forfeit victories in the first tournament match of the night.

In daily preview posts, I am dissecting 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.

Find interactive tables for NJPW’s 2021, detailed results and statistics of all 1581 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.

Find a full pre-tournament preview for A Block HERE

 

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)

 

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G1 Climax 31: A Block Results To Date

G1 Climax – A Block Standings Details

  • Great-O-Khan leads the block with 8 points, but he and Zack Sabre Jr. both have 18 points available to them in this year’s block completion, putting them in a virtual tie for first.
  • KENTA and Toru Yano, both with 6 points, are tied for third.
  • Shingo Takagi leads the wrestlers with four points by nature of already lapping his scheduled match with Tetsuya Naito. Shingo could still finish with a maximum of 16 points. The other wrestlers at 4 points already have two losses.
  • Tomohiro Ishii is in last place among wrestlers who are still active in the block. He is 0-3 in the matches he’s wrestled thus far in the tournament with his only points coming from Tetsuya Naito’s forfeit.

G1 Climax 31: A Block Table

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A Block – G1 Climax Matches in Korakuen Hall

  • Toru Yano’s 20 G1 Climax matches at Korakuen Hal are the most all-time.
  • Tetsuya Naito, who is inactive now in this tournament, holds the record for the most total ring-time in G1 Climax tournament matches at Korakuen Hall at 4 hours, 50 minutes, and 8 seconds.

Main Event
G1 Climax 31 A Block Match
Shingo Takagi [4] vs. KENTA [6]

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KENTA looks to defeat the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion for the second tournament in a row when he faces Shingo Takagi in Korakuen Hall on September 30th. You may recall, KENTA defeated Tetsuya Naito on the last night of B Block action last year, and he is certainly motivated to repeat and cash-in for a title match during this year’s tournament.

Shingo Takagi would prefer if the result of his first tournament match in seven days ends the same way their last tournament match ended: with a Shingo Takagi victory. KENTA certainly remembers getting eliminated in the quarter finals of the New Japan Cup this year, in this very building, against this same opponent, but Takagi is surely motivated to get back into the win column after a submission loss to Zack Sabre Jr. shocked the NJPW fanbase one week ago.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

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  • Shingo Takagi’s 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 26 seconds of singles match length in 2021 is over two hours and twenty minutes longer than the next highest in NJPW (Tanahashi – 5:00:41).
  • Shingo’s average losing match length of 34 minutes and 29 seconds is the longest in NJPW among wrestlers with more than one loss. In the last two tournaments, Shingo has lost two of the 15 longest G1 Climax matches to render a decision.

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

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  • Shingo Takagi’s 19 singles victories over the last 365 days are most in NJPW.
  • KENTA has somewhat quietly amassed the third-most victories in NJPW over the last 365 days. Only Kota Ibushi and Shingo Takagi have more victories than KENTA over that period.

Recent History – Last 180 Days Singles

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Recent History – Last 90 Days Singles

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  • Shingo Takagi is clearly a fighting champion. He is averaging one singles match every 10 days over the last 90 days, and that ratio will only increase as he continues through the G1 Climax tournament.

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

Head To Head History

  • Shingo and KENTA have met once before in a singles match. That was earlier this year at Korakuen Hall in the quarter finals of this year’s New Japan Cup.

History in Korakuen Hall

  • Shingo Takagi is 32-19 in singles matches at Korakuen Hall, including a 1-1 mark in G1 Climax Matches.
  • Shingo enters with a three-match winning streak in Korakuen Hall which began with his win over KENTA in this year’s New Japan Cup.
  • KENTA is 24-13 in singles matches at Korakuen Hall. He is 4-1 in NJPW at Korakuen, including a 3-0 mark in G1 Climax Matches.
  • KENTA’s only NJPW loss in Korakuen Hall occurred against Shingo Takagi in the quarter finals of the 2021 New Japan Cup.

G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • Shingo Takagi leads the wrestlers with four points by nature of already lapping his scheduled match with Tetsuya Naito. Shingo could still finish with a maximum of 16 points. KENTA, who has 6 points also has a maximum of 16 points, effectively putting KENTA and Shingo into a virtual tie for third place.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • 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.
  • In the A Block, only Toru Yano (.429) and Yujiro Takahashi (.328) have lower all-time G1 Climax winning percentages than Takagi’s .476.
  • With just 21 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 27 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.
  • Only KENTA, Kota Ibushi, and Shingo Takagi have a winning percentage against A Block opponents above .500.
  • Among wrestlers that he has faced, KENTA is only looking for his first win over Shingo Takagi.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

KENTA
(L) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: KENTA vs. Toru Yano
(W) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: KENTA vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(W) 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
(W-forfeit) 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

Shingo Takagi
(W) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
(L) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Shingo Takagi vs. Zack Sabre Jr
(W-forfeit) 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

 

Match Four
G1 Climax 31 A Block Match
Kota Ibushi [4] vs. Toru Yano [6]

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When opponents have been facing each other for over eight years, it is tempting to start a blurb like this with something about a “long” rivalry. But, when Toru Yano and Kota Ibushi enter the ring with each other, it is generally anything but “long.” The two have met in singles matches four times in those eight years but have spent less than 20 cumulative minutes in the ring together. Their average singles match lasts just 4 minutes and 52 seconds, with their longest clocking in at 8 minutes and 23 seconds.

This bodes well for Ibushi, as all of his match length metrics are down so far in this year’s tournament It may not serve Toru Yano well, as all of his G1 match length metrics are up. Ibushi will need to squeak a victory against Yano for the first time in three attempts if he intends to stay active in the conversation for a fourth consecutive trip to the G1 Climax final. As they have crossed the 1/3 mark of the tournament, Ibushi has only one in-ring victory, and he’ll need to run off a few wins in a row to get back to the top of the block.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

  • Toru Yano and Kota Ibushi are tied for second in NJPW with 10 singles victories each in 2021.
    • Ibushi’s 4 hours, 53 minutes, and 5 seconds of singles match time is third-most in NJPW this year.
    • Yano’s 2 hours, 38 minutes, and 14 seconds of singles match length is the 17th most in NJPW this year.

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

  • Kota Ibushi’s 16 singles wins in the last 365 days are still second-most in NJPW, only behind Shingo Takagi

Recent History – Last 180 Days Singles

  • Toru Yano’s only singles loss in the last 6 months occurred during the G1 when he lost to Great-O-Khan.

Recent History – Last 90 Days Singles

  • Kota Ibushi is just 4-3 since losing the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to Will Ospreay at Sakura Genesis in April. Not to discount them, but two of those victories occurred against Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemura during their Young Lion Challenge series.

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

Head To Head History

  • Toru Yano and Kota Ibushi’s four singles matches have averaged 4 minutes and 52 seconds. Their shortest match, a 50 second win for Yano during G1 Climax 25 is the shortest G1 Climax match in Korakuen Hall all-time, and the sixth shortest G1 Climax match all-time.
  • Kota Ibushi and Toru Yano have split their all-time series 2-2 with Yano winning the last two. Yano leads the G1 series 2-1.

History in Korakuen Hall

  • Kota Ibushi is 34-31 al time in singles matches in Korakuen Hall including a 16-11 record in NJPW matches and a 6-2 record in G1 Climax matches.
  • Ibushi has won six of his last seven singles matches at Korakuen Hall.
  • Toru Yano is 29-38-2 in singles matches in Korakuen Hall including a 10-10 record in G1 Climax matches.
  • Toru Yano has wrestled in more Korakuen Hall G1 Climax matches than anyone else. His 20 matches account for 11.2% of all G1 Climax matches at Korakuen Hall.

G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • Toru Yano’s 11 minute and 8 second average match length in this year’s G1 is 4 minutes and 16 seconds longer than his all-time G1 Climax average, but 2 minutes and 3 seconds shorter than his 2021 average.
  • Kota Ibushi’s average losing match length in this year’s G1 sits at 15 minutes and 43 seconds, that is over four minutes shorter than his 2021 average loss of 20 minutes and 56 seconds. Entering the G1, Ibushi’s average losing match length was 24 minutes even.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • 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.
  • Ibushi’s .607 G1 winning percentage is the highest in A Block.
  • Ibushi’s 17:09 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. His average match length of 16:21 in this year’s tournament is over 3 minutes per match lower than his previous three tournaments’ combined average.
  • This is Toru Yano’s 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.
  • Toru Yano’s 123 G1 Climax matches are fourth most all-time.
  • Toru Yano’s 69 G1 Climax losses are the most all-time.
  • Toru Yano’s 51 G1 Climax victories are the eighth most all-time.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Kota Ibushi
(L) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Kota Ibushi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(W) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
(L) 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
(W-forfeit) October 13, Xebio Arena Sendai: Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Kota Ibushi vs. KENTA

Toru Yano
(W) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Toru Yano vs. KENTA
(L) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Toru Yano vs. Great-O-Khan
(W) September 26, Kobe World Hall: Toru Yano vs. Tanga Loa
September 30, Korakuen Hall: Toru Yano vs. Kota Ibushi
(W-forfeit) 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

Match Three
G1 Climax 31 A Block Match
Zack Sabre Jr [6] vs. Great-O-Khan [8]

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In a surprise turn of events, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Great-O-Khan is the highest stakes match of G1 Climax 7 – Night 7. Both wrestlers have run off a string of three-straight victories to open up the tournament, so they both enter undefeated, albeit with different point totals.

One could have looked at the schedule and anticipated Great-O-Khan coming out hot with victories over Tanga Loa, Toru Yano, and Yujiro Takahashi, but as they say: “you’ve gotta win the games you’re supposed to win” and Great-O-Khan has done just that. In turn, he inadvertently avoided his end-of-tournament match with Tetsuya Naito and gained two points in forfeit. O-Khan enters his match with ZSJ having never lost a G1 Climax match, but as a competitor with a small sample size of singles competitions, it is tough to say whether he’ll be able to carry through the grueling tournament schedule on such a pace.

Zack Sabre Jr’s schedule could not have looked more challenging on paper through his first three matches, and nobody would have been surprised to see him with a zero in the other side of the standings. A murderer’s row of block favorites stood in front of ZSJ to begin the tournament: Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, and Kota Ibushi. Zack Sabre Jr. mowed through all three of them, handing each of them their first submission victories in years. In doing so, Zack Sabre Jr. inadvertently did the rest of the block a favor by removing Tetsuya Naito from the tournament via injury. Zack Sabre Jr. often leverages what he’s learned in past competitions when he steps into the ring for singles matches, but this will be the first time he’s ever stepped into the ring with Great-O-Khan, not just in singles action, but ever. So far, Zack has had a plan to defeat the top tier of the A Block, but as his more unfamiliar opponents appear on his calendar, he will need to step back and leverage his own strengths, not his opponent’s weaknesses to continue on his winning ways.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

Recent History – Last 180 Days Singles

  • In the last 6 months, Zack Sabre Jr and Great-O-Khan are both 6-1 in singles matches. The only difference in their records is ZSJ’s double-pin draw with SANADA making him 6-1-1.
  • Great-O-Khan has been significantly more efficient than Zack Sabre Jr. over this timeframe. His average winning match length is over 6 minutes shorter than Zack Sabre Jr’s.

Recent History – Last 90 Days Singles

  • Great-O-Khan’s most recent singles loss occurred on April 26th against Tetsuya Naito on the Road To Wrestling Dontaku.
  • Zack Sabre Jr’s most recent singles loss was also to Tetsuya Naito, on July 23 at Summer Struggle in Osaka.

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

  • Great-O-Khan hasn’t lost a match (singles or tag) in over two months. His last loss occurred in a tag match against Kazuchika Okada and Toru Yano on July 24th on the Summer Struggle tour. O-Khan is 23-2 in his last 25 matches, including tags.
  • Great-O-Khan’s 67 victories this year are the most in NJPW.

Head To Head History

  • This will be the first singles meeting between Zack Sabre Jr. and Great-O-Khan

History in Korakuen Hall

  • Zack Sabre Jr is 12-18-1 in singles matches in Korakuen Hall. ZSJ is 7-6 in NJPW matches at Korakuen including a 2-4 record in G1 Climax matches.
  • Great-O-Khan is 2-0 in singles matches in Korakuen Hall. He has defeated Yota Tsuji and Tomoaki Honma since returning from excursion.

G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • Zack Sabre Jr. has won all three of his G1 Climax matches this year by submission. Great-O-Khan has not submitted yet in NJPW since returning from excursion.
    • Shingo Takagi’s most recent submission loss prior to G1 Climax 31 occurred on July 29, 2019, against Jon Moxley
    • Kota Ibushi’s most recent submission loss prior to someone other than Zack Sabre Jr. occurred on July 4, 2014, against KUSHIDA
    • Tetsuya Naito’s most recent submission loss to someone other than Zack Sabre Jr. occurred on June 11, 2017, against Hiroshi Tanahashi.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • Zack Sabre Jr’s twelve G1 Climax submission victories are fifth-most all-time.
    • Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Minoru Suzuki are the last two wrestlers to win three straight G1 Climax matches via submission, both in 2014.
  • ZSJ has two first time matchups in this year’s tournament, including his match with Great-O-Khan.
  • 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)
  • Great-O-Khan will have six first-time singles matches in this year’s tournament, including Zack Sabre Jr. He has fared well in his first two of the tournament, defeating Tanga Loa and Yujiro Takahashi.
  • Great-O-Khan is one of three first-time participants in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. Only three wrestlers have ever won the tournament on their first try (Goto – 2008, Okada – 2012, Omega – 2016)

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Zack Sabre Jr.
(W) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Tetsuya Naito
(W) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Zack Sabre Jr vs. Shingo Takagi
(W) 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

Great-O-Khan
(W) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Great-O-Khan vs. Tanga Loa
(W) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Great-O-Khan vs. Toru Yano
(W) 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
(W-forfeit) October 18, Yokohama Budokan: Great-O-Khan vs. Tetsuya Naito

Match Two
G1 Climax 31 A Block Match
Tomohiro Ishii [2] vs. Tanga Loa [2]

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Tomohiro Ishii and Tanga Loa both enter an unfamiliar bout without an in-ring victory in this year’s tournament. Ishii looks to end his fifth 3+ match losing streak in G1 Tournaments by keeping Tanga Loa away from his first ever G1 Climax victory.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

  • Tomohiro Ishii is just 4-6 in his last ten singles matches.

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

Head To Head History

  • This will be the first singles match between Tomohiro Ishii and Tanga Loa

History in Korakuen Hall

  • Tomohiro Ishii is 36-41 in singles matches in Korakuen Hall with a 15-25 record in New Japan Pro Wrestling matches and a 4-5 record in G1 Climax matches.
  • Ishii enters his match with Tanga Loa with a three match winning streak at Korakuen Hall.
  • This will be Tanga Loa’s first ever singles match at Korakuen Hall. He has wrestled at Korakuen 92 times in tag matches.

G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

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  • Tomohiro Ishii is streaky in G1 Climax competition. 2021 marks the fifth G1 Climax in nine tournaments that Tomohiro Ishii has lost three matches in a row. Ishii has also won three in a row in four separate tournaments.
  • This is Tomohiro Ishii’s 9th consecutive G1 Climax tournament.
  • Tanga Loa is one of two first-time matchups for Ishii in this year’s tournament.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Tomohiro Ishii
(L) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shingo Takagi
(L) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi
(L) 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
(W-forfeit) 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

Tanga Loa
(L) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Tanga Loa vs. Great-O-Khan
(W-forfeit) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Tanga Loa vs. Tetsuya Naito
(L) 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

Match One
BUSHI vs. Yujiro Takahashi

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In the opening match of the night, BUSHI will step in for his injured Los Ingobernables De Japon unit-mate, Tetsuya Naito to do battle with Yujiro Takahashi. The most compelling match on Yujiro’s schedule was his bout with former No Limit tag team partner, Naito, but Takahashi likely isn’t crying at the missed opportunity to step into the ring with Naito again. BUSHI has surprised heavyweights in the past, so he shouldn’t be discarded easily, but if Yujiro strives to end this year’s tournament in better standing than last year’s, he will use this as a tune-up for the back half of block competition.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

Head To Head History

  • This will be the first singles match between Yujiro Takahashi and BUSHI.

History in Korakuen Hall

  • Yujiro Takahashi is 16-35 all time in singles matches at Korakuen Hall. He is 2-8 in his last 10 matches here. His two victories in those 10 were against Yota Tsuji and Tomoyuki Oka.
  • BUSHI is 13-15 in NJPW singles matches at Korakuen Hall. He is 6-4 in his last 10 matches at Korakuen, including a victory over Zack Sabre Jr. during The Road To Tokyo Dome at the end of 2019.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Yujiro Takahashi
(W) September 18, EDION Arena Osaka: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
(L) September 23, Ota City General Gymnasium: Yujiro Takahashi vs. KENTA
(L) September 26, Kobe World Hall: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Great-O-Khan
(W-forfeit) 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