The business third of G1 Climax 31’s B Block begins on October 12 from Sendai as the four wrestlers who remain in block contention each jockey for position thorughout the last three nights of the tournament. Jeff Cobb and Kazuchika Okada remain undefeated at 6-0 at the top of the block but EVIL is looming at 5-1. Hiroshi Tanahashi is still technically alive, but he is firmly on the bubble, as a win from Okada or a loss tonight to Jeff Cobb will eliminate The Ace from contention.

Jeff Cobb begins the last third of his tournament in his first main event of block competition as he takes on Hiroshi Tanahashi for the first time in his career. EVIL looks to continue lurking around the top of the block in the semi-main event as he takes on the struggling Hirooki Goto. Kazuchika Okada will enter the third tournament match of the night as the heavy favorite against Chase Owens, and the first two matches will feature four wrestlers who are just fighting for pride as Tama Tonga faces Taichi to begin the tournament action and YOSHI-HASHI looks to match his career high of 6 points as he faces the surprisingly eliminated SANADA.



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 Every G1 Climax match 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.

NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night Fourteen (B Block)
Date: October 12, 2021
City: Miyagi
Venue: Xebio Arena Sendai
Time: 6:30pm JST
Watch: NJPWWorld (With Live English Commentary)
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G1 Climax 31: B Block Results To Date

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  • Hiroshi Tanahashi will be eliminated if Kazuchika Okada defeats Chase Owens.
  • EVIL, Cobb, and Okada are all safe from elimination tonight.

G1 Climax 31: B Block Table

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Key Tiebreakers

(Victories over wrestlers within 2 points of the block lead)

Kazuchika Okada: EVIL (10)
Jeff Cobb: none
EVIL: none
Hiroshi Tanahashi: none

Main Event
G1 Climax 31 B Block Match
Hiroshi Tanahashi [6] vs. Jeff Cobb [12]

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G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • Jeff Cobb has been dominant. His 13 minute and 50 second average match length is the second shortest in the B Block and he has won all his matches. His longest win was just 15 minutes and 15 seconds (Taichi – Korakuen).
  • Tanahashi’s average losing match length of 19 minutes and 19 seconds is 5 and a half minutes longer than Cobb’s average winning match length during the G1.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

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  • This will be just the second singles main event match ever for Jeff Cobb in NJPW. His first was his New Japan Cup loss to EVIL earlier this year in Ehime.
  • Tanahashi has wrestled in nine singles main events this year. He is 5-4 in those matches.
  • Cobb enters his match with Tanahashi on a 7 match winning streak in singles matches. That is the best in NJPW.

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

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  • Tanahashi and Cobb are tied with 12 wins over the last 365 days, that is seventh-most in NJPW. It took Tanahashi four more matches than cobb to get to that 12 mark.

Recent History – Last 90 Days Singles

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  • Cobb’s 7-1 record in the last 90 days is the best record in NJPW.

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

  • Jeff Cobb’s +46 Fall Differential is the best in NJPW this year. Tanahashi’s +22 is the fifth best in NJPW this year.
  • Cobb’s .855 overall winning percentage is the best in NJPW this year.
  • Cobb’s 65 wins are second most in NJPW, only behind Great-O-Khan’s 67.

Head To Head History

  • This will be the first singles match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jeff Cobb

History in Sendai

  • This will be Hiroshi Tanahashi’s first singles match in Xebio Arena Sendai, but he is 9-3-1 in singles matches in singles matches in the city of Sendai including a 3-2 record in G1 matches.
  • Jeff Cobb has never wrestled a singles match in Sendai, but he is on a three-match winning streak in tag matches since joining The United Empire. Jeff Cobb was the winning fall participant in all three of those matches.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • This is Hiroshi Tanahashi’s 20th consecutive G1 and his 20th overall.
  • Tanahashi’s 20th G1 ties him with Yuji Nagata for second-most G1 Climax tournaments. Hiroyoshi Tenzan holds the record with 21 tournaments.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi’s 157 G1 Climax matches are the most all-time.
  • Tanahashi’s 90 G1 Climax wins are the most all-time.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi’s 42 hours, 7 minutes, and 39 seconds of total G1 Climax match time is the highest all time, and over eleven hours longer than Yuji Nagata (30:59:56), who has amassed the second most G1 match length.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi’s 11 point average over the last five tournaments is the second-highest average points per tournament, only behind Kazuchika Okada’s 12.6.
  • Tanahashi is one of three three-time G1 Climax winners (Masahiro Chono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan)
  • Tanahashi has reached six G1 Finals, tied for the most all-time with Masahiro Chono.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi’s 7 time limit draws in G1 competition are by far the most all-time. Kazuchika Okada’s 4 are second-most among competitors active in this year’s G1.
  • This is Jeff Cobb’s 3rd consecutive G1 and his 3rd overall.
  • Cobb has ended both of his previous G1 Climax tournaments with 8 points.
  • Jeff Cobb’s 5 hours, 12 minutes and 8 seconds of Total G1 Climax match length is the lowest among B Block competitors who are not making their G1 Climax debut.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Jeff Cobb
(W)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Jeff Cobb vs. Chase Owens
(W)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Jeff Cobb vs. YOSHI-HASHI
(W)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: Jeff Cobb vs. Hirooki Goto
(W)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Jeff Cobb vs. Tama Tonga
(W)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: Jeff Cobb vs. Taichi
(W)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Jeff Cobb vs. SANADA
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Jeff Cobb vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Jeff Cobb vs. EVIL
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Jeff Cobb vs. Kazuchika Okada

Hiroshi Tanahashi
(L) September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
(W) September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto
(W) September 29, Korakuen Hall: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tama Tonga
(W) October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
(L) October 4, Korakuen Hall: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chase Owens
(L) October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jeff Cobb
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Taichi

Match Five
G1 Climax 31 B Block Match
Hirooki Goto [4] vs. EVIL [10]

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G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • EVIL has now reached 10 points four times in his first six G1 Climax tournaments. He has reached 12 twice (2020, 2017)
  • In 13 G1 tournaments, Hirooki Goto has never finished with less than 6 points. He’ll need one more win to avoid setting his career low.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

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Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

  • EVIL’s 54 overall losses are second-most in NJPW in 2021. Only Yujiro Takahashi (60) has lost more overall matches than EVIL this year.
  • EVIL’s 97 matches this year are fifth most in NJPW.

Head To Head History

History in Sendai

  • This will be Hirooki Goto’s first singles match in Xebio Arena. He is 3-7 in singles matches in Sendai, including a 1-5 record in G1 Climax Matches. Goto is on a 5 match G1 losing streak in Sendai, dating back to G1 Climax 22 in 2012. He has lost G1 Climax matches in Sendai to Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Hiroshi Tanahashi twice, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • EVIL is 0-1 in singles matches in Xebio Arena. Earlier this year he lost here in the New Japan Cup Semi-Final to Shingo Takagi.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • This is EVIL’s 6th consecutive G1 entry and 6th overall.
  • EVIL has averaged 10 points through his first 5 G1 tournaments. That is third highest among B Block competitors (Okada, Tanahashi)
  • EVIL matched his career-high with 12 points during last year’s G1 Climax.
  • Hirooki Goto boasts the third-most G1 Climax victories among this year’s G1 Climax competitors. Only Hiroshi Tanahashi (90) and Kazuchika Okada (62) have more G1 wins than Goto.
  • This is Hirooki Goto’s 14th consecutive G1 and 14th overall.
  • Hirooki Goto has been to two G1 Climax finals, winning his first (2008) and losing the other (2016).
  • Goto is one of four B Block competitors with a historical winning percentage against his block opponents over .500.
  • Goto has averaged 9.2 points per year over the last five tournaments.
  • Goto has the second-most G1 Climax losses among this year’s field with 56.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Hirooki Goto
(L)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi
(L)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
(L)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: Hirooki Goto vs. Jeff Cobb
(L)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada
(W)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: Hirooki Goto vs. YOSHI-HASHI
(W)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Hirooki Goto vs. Chase Owens
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Hirooki Goto vs. EVIL
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Hirooki Goto vs. SANADA
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga

EVIL
(W)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: EVIL vs. YOSHI-HASHI
(L)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada
(W)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: EVIL vs. Taichi
(W)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: EVIL vs. Chase Owens
(W)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: EVIL vs. Tama Tonga
(W)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: EVIL vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: EVIL vs. Hirooki Goto
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: EVIL vs. Jeff Cobb
October 20, Nippon Budokan: EVIL vs. SANADA

Match Four
G1 Climax 31 B Block Match
Kazuchika Okada [12] vs. Chase Owens [2]

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G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • In G1 Climax tournaments with 10 participants per block, the most points Kazuchika Okada has ever scored is 14. With a win over Chase Owens, Okada will match his career-high.
  • Okada’s 24:48 average match length is the highest in the tournament.
  • Chase Owens’ 10:58 average match length is the shortest in the B Block, and only Toru Yano’s 9:21 average is shorter than Chase in the tournament.
  • Okada’s longest G1 average coming into G1 Climax 31 was 21:02 in G1 Climax 29.
  • Kazuchika Okada’s 29 minute and 14 second win over SANADA was the fifth longest G1 Climax match ever to render a decision.
  • During this year’s tournament, Kazuchika Okada has won the third and fifth longest G1 Climax matches to ever render a decision.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

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  • Kazuchika Okada’s .800 winning percentage is the second best in NJPW this year. Only Will Ospreay’s .889 (8-1) is better.

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

  • 15 singles wins in the last 365 days are the fourth most in NJPW over that time.

Recent History – Last 90 Days Singles

  • Okada’s 8-1 record in the last 90 days is the best in NJPW. His one loss came at the hands of Jeff Cobb at the MetLife Dome.

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

Head To Head History

  • This will be the first singles match between Kazuchika Okada and Chase Owens

History in Sendai

  • This will be Kazuchika Okada’s first singles match in Xebio Arena, but he is 3-3 in singles matches in Sendai including a 3-1 record in G1 Climax matches.
  • Chase Owens is 1-1 in singles matches in Sendai, he lost an NWA Junior Heavyweight Title match to Jyushin Thunder Liger in 2015 and he won a Best of The Super Junior 23 match against Ricochet in 2016. Both of those matches occurred at Sendai Sun Plaza Hall.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • Okada’s 62 all-time G1 victories tied with Shinsuke Nakamura for fourth all-time.
  • Kazuchika Okada’s .697 all-time G1 winning percentage is second best all-time among wrestlers who have participated in 10 or more G1 Climax matches. AJ Styles leads with the best all-time record and a winning percentage at .737 in 19 matches.
  • Okada’s 26:23:40 of Total G1 Match Length is fifth highest, less than 20 minutes behind Tetsuya Naito for fourth.
  • Kazuchika Okada won the G1 Climax tournament in 2012 and 2014 and he has not appeared in a G1 Final
  • Okada has defeated every wrestler in the B block that is not a first-time match for him.
  • Kazuchika Okada has been the IWGP Heavyweight Champion during five of the last eight G1 Climax tournaments.
  • This year marks the first time that Kazuchika Okada has participated in consecutive G1 Climax tournaments without the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
  • Kazuchika Okada holds the highest average points over the last five years of G1 competition at 12.6. He has not reached the finals during that time.
  • Only Masahiro Chono (1994-2002) and Hiroshi Tanahashi (2007-2015) have won multiple tournaments at longer intervals than what would be Okada’s seven-year drought if he were to win this year’s tournament.
  • Between 2018 and 2019, Kazuchika Okada went 13 straight G1 Climax matches without suffering a loss, though Tanahashi and Okada did go to a Time Limit Draw to end the 2018 tournament. This streak was finally broken when SANADA defeated Okada in the longest G1 Climax block match to render a decision.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Kazuchika Okada
(W)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
(W) September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL
(W)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: Kazuchika Okada vs. YOSHI-HASHI
(W)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto
(W)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA
(W)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Kazuchika Okada vs. Chase Owens
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tama Tonga
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Kazuchika Okada vs. Jeff Cobb

Chase Owens
(L)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Chase Owens vs. Jeff Cobb
(L)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Chase Owens vs. Tama Tonga
(L)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: Chase Owens vs. SANADA
(L)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Chase Owens vs. EVIL
(W)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: Chase Owens vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
(L)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Chase Owens vs. Hirooki Goto
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Chase Owens vs. Kazuchika Okada
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Chase Owens vs. Taichi
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Chase Owens vs. YOSHI-HASHI

Match Three
G1 Climax 31 B Block Match
YOSHI-HASHI [4] vs. SANADA [4]

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G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • SANADA has never finished a G1 Climax tournament with less than 8 points, and he has scored 8 points in four of his first five G1 tournaments. He will need to win 2 of his last 3 to match his career-low.
  • YOSHI-HASHI has already matched the 4 points he scored last year and in 2017. With one mor win, YOSHI-HASHI will match his career high of 6 points (2016)
  • SANADA’s 20:54 average match length is the second longest in the B Block, but SANADA’s wins have been swift, his average winning match length is over 8 minutes shorter than his average loss.
  • SANADA’s 29 minute and 14 second loss to Kazuchika Okada was the fifth longest G1 Climax match ever to render a decision.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

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Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

  • Among wrestlers with over 30 matches in NJPW this year, SANADA and YOSHI-HASHI have the two highest overall average match lengths.
  • SANADA’s 103 matches in 2021 are the most in NJPW.
  • SANADA’s 29 hours, 8 minutes, and 9 seconds of total match length are the most in NJPW.

Head To Head History

  • One of YOSHI-HASHI’s two G1 victories last year came against SANADA.

History in Sendai

  • YOSHI-HASHI is 0-4 in singles matches in Sendai including an 0-1 record in G1 Climax matches. He most recently lost a RevPro British Heavyweight Title match to Zack Sabre Jr.
  • SANADA has never wrestled a singles match in Sendai.

G1 Climax – All Time

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Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

YOSHI-HASHI
(L)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: YOSHI-HASHI vs. EVIL
(L)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Jeff Cobb
(L)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kazuchika Okada
(W)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Taichi
(L)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Hirooki Goto
(W)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Tama Tonga
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: YOSHI-HASHI vs. SANADA
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
October 20, Nippon Budokan: YOSHI-HASHI vs. Chase Owens

SANADA
(W)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: SANADA vs. Tama Tonga
(L)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: SANADA vs. Taichi
(W)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: SANADA vs. Chase Owens
(L)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: SANADA vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
(L)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: SANADA vs. Kazuchika Okada
(L)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: SANADA vs. Jeff Cobb
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: SANADA vs. YOSHI-HASHI
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: SANADA vs. Hirooki Goto
October 20, Nippon Budokan: SANADA vs. EVIL

Match Two
G1 Climax 31 B Block Match
Taichi [4] vs. Tama Tonga [2]

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G1 Climax 31 – Tournament To Date

  • Taichi’s 21:53 average winning match length is the second highest in the B Block.
  • Taichi has scored 8 points in his first two G1 tournaments. He’ll have to win 2 of his last 3 to reach his usual finish.

Recent History – 2021 Singles

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Head To Head History

  • Taichi has recently found success against Tama Tonga in matches with high-stakes. In May, Taichi defeated Tama Tonga in the second ladder match in NJPW history for the Iron Fingers From hell, in June he and Zack Sabre Jr. finally defeated Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.

History in Sendai

  • Taichi’s most recent singles match in Sendai was a DQ loss to Zack Sabre Jr in 2015 in Pro Wrestling NOAH.
  • Tama Tonga hasn’t wrestled in a singles match in Sendai since 2011 when he defeated Hiromu Takahashi in 5 minutes and 20 seconds. Prior to that, he participated in Best of The Super Junior 17 in 2010 where he lost to Ryusuke Taguchi.

G1 Climax – All Time

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  • This is Tama Tonga’s fourth G1 Climax entry, and his first since 2018.
  • Tama Tonga is seeking his first singles victory against five of the nine competitors in B Block, including Taichi
  • Tama Tonga’s 11 minute and 23 second average G1 match length is the lowest among this year’s B Block wrestlers.
  • This is Taichi’s 3rd consecutive G1 and 3rd overall.
  • Taichi has ended both of his first two G1 tournaments with 8 points.

Individual G1 Climax Tournament Schedules

Tama Tonga
(L)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Tama Tonga vs. SANADA
(W)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Tama Tonga vs. Chase Owens
(L)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: Tama Tonga vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
(L)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Tama Tonga vs. Jeff Cobb
(L)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: Tama Tonga vs. EVIL
(L)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Tama Tonga vs. YOSHI-HASHI
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Tama Tonga vs. Taichi
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Tama Tonga vs. Kazuchika Okada
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Tama Tonga vs. Hirooki Goto

Taichi
(W)
September 19, EDION Arena Osaka: Taichi vs. Hirooki Goto
(W)
September 24, Ota City General Gymnasium: Taichi vs. SANADA
(L)
September 29, Korakuen Hall: Taichi vs. EVIL
(L)
October 1, Hamamatsu Arena: Taichi vs. YOSHI-HASHI
(L)
October 4, Korakuen Hall: Taichi vs. Jeff Cobb
(L)
October 8, Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium: Taichi vs. Kazuchika Okada
October 12, Xebio Arena Sendai: Taichi vs. Tama Tonga
October 14, Yamagata City General Sports Center: Taichi vs. Chase Owens
October 20, Nippon Budokan: Taichi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi

Match One
Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryohei Oiwa

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Recent History – 2021 Singles

  • Hiromu Takahashi’s 27:09 average winning match length is the highest in NJPW this year.
  • Hiromu enters his match with Ryohei Oiwa on a three-match losing streak in singles matches (Eagles, KENTA, Ishii). Hiromu’s last three-match losing streak occurred in July and August of 2020 when Hiromu lost to Kazuchika Okada, EVIL, and Taiji Ishimori consecutively. Since returning from excursion, Hiromu has never lost four straight singles matches.

Recent History – Last 365 Days Singles

Recent History – Last 90 Days Singles

Recent History – 2021 Individual Overall

History In Sendai

  • Hiromu Takahashi is 1-1 in singles matches in Sendai. In 2011, he lost to Tama Tonga at Sendai Sun Plaza and in 2020, he defeated Ryusuke Taguchi during Best of The Super Junior 27.