NJPW G1 Climax 33 – Night Nineteen – Finals
Date: August 13, 2023
Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan
Time: 3:00 pm JST
The G1 Climax Final Match is set between Kazuchika Okada and Tetsuya Naito! Below are the statistics, research, and information that I submitted to the English broadcast team of Chris Charlton and Kevin Kelly for the broadcast. In the archives here at Voices of Wrestling, you can find similar workups for every single match of the tournament.
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The team at Voices of Wrestling has done a phenomenal job previewing Block A, Block B, Block C, and Block D, and my good friend J. Michael has written the quintessential guide to New Japan Pro Wrestling, so of course, it only makes sense that the statistics, research, and information that I send to Kevin Kelly and Chris Charlton ahead of every card also finds its home at Voices of Wrestling. I’ll be posting my notes for every card of this year’s G1 Climax. Below, take a look at night one’s packet, and feel free to follow along with me on Twitter when the show is live, as that’s where I’ll be adding any extra bits of info that I pick up along the way.
G1 Climax 33 Knockout Bracket
G1 Climax 33 Final Match
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
G1 Climax 33 – Tournament Block Matches
- Okada: Quarter-Final v. Zack Sabre Jr (21:46), Semi-Final v. EVIL (18:08)
- Ospreay: Quarter-Final v. David Finlay (17:21), Semi-Final v. Naito (29:58)
Recent History – 2023 Year To Date – NJPW Singles
Recent History – Last 365 Days – NJPW Singles
- Kazuchika Okada’s .842 winning percentage (.842) is the best in NJPW over the last 365 days.
Recent History – Last Three Years – NJPW Singles
- Kazuchika Okada’s 54 singles wins in the last three years are the most in NJPW.
- Tetsuya Naito’s 34 singles wins in the last three years are the ninth-most in NJPW.
Recent History – Last Five Years – NJPW Singles
- Kazuchika Okada’s 80 singles wins in the last five years are the most in NJPW. Okada has 10 more wins than anyone else in the company in that period.
- Tetsuya Naito’s 50 wins are the eighth-most in NJPW in the last five years.
Recent History – Career in Main Event Singles Matches
- Kazuchika Okada’s 101 Main Event Singles victories are the second-most in NJPW since 1990. Only Hiroshi Tanahashi has more Main Event wins than Okada.
- At just under half the amount of Okada’s 101, Tetsuya Naito’s 49 Main Event Singles victories are third in NJPW since 1990.
Recent History – 2023 Year To Date – Individual Overall
- Tetsuya Nato’s 77 overall matches in 2023 are the most in NJPW this year.
Head To Head History
- In this rivalry, only once has the same wrestler won back-to-back singles matches (Okada 6/19/16 and 1/4/18)
History in Ryogoku
- Since winning the 2012 G1 Climax in Ryogoku Sumo Hall, Kazuchika Okada’s win over EVIL was his first G1 victory in the storied building.
- Nobody has won more singles matches at Ryogoku in the last decade, but just one of those matches was in the G1 Climax tournament (yesterday v. EVIL).
G1 Climax – All Time
- Kazuchika Okada holds the highest G1 Climax Winning Percentage all-time at .727.
- Okada and Naito are second and third all-time in G1 Climax Total Match Length.
G1 Climax – All Time – Main Events
- 66.2% of Kazuchika Okada’s all-time G1 Climax match length has occurred in main event matches. That is the most all-time.
G1 Climax Final History
- Tonight will mark the 28th G1 Climax Final to take place in Ryogoku Sumo Hall and the first since 2020.
- Just one of Kazuchika Okada’s four G1 Climax Final wins occurred in Ryogoku (2012)
- Both of Tetsuya Naito’s G1 Climax Final wins occurred in Ryogoku (2013, 2017)