First time poster here-
Read this site/forums for a while now, but never felt 'brave' enough to post. That's because I like my pro wrestling, but will admit that I am not obsessively into it, as a lot of guys here- so I was a little worried about feeling 'out of my depth'.
Anyway I do follow NJPW pretty closely (have a subscription to NJPW World, and always watch the major shows and occasionally the 'Road To' events if I have time). I've also attended a couple of shows live, whilst in holiday in Japan. One was a 'Road To' event in Osaka in 2012 and the other was Dontaku in Fukuoka last year, where A.J Styles won the IWGP Heavyweight belt for the first time and the crowd in attendance literally didn't know how to react.
As far as the G-1 goes, I've got Ibushi, Tanahashi and Styles all in with a chance of winning A-Block, going into the final show. Ibushi needs to win, and hopes that Styles/Tanahashi end up drawing their block decider showdown in the final match. Ibushi blows his chance of winning the block, when he loses to Makabe, but will finish runner up due to head to head wins over both Styles and Tanahashi. Styles then beats Tanahashi to go to the G-1 Climax finals.
Goto, Okada and Nakamura will all be on 12 points coming into the final day, but only Nakamura or Okada can win the block. Nakamura beats Okada to go the finals, and despite losing to Yuji Nagata on the final day- Goto finishes runner up due to a head to head win over Okada earlier in the tournament.
I then predict that Nakamura will beat Styles to win the G-1 Climax and claim his spot in the main event at Wrestle Kingdom 10, and that Ibushi will beat Goto in a non-title runners up match, to put himself in line for a shot at Goto's Intercontinental belt.
My predicted losses for the respective champions during the G-1 Climax are:
Okada (IWGP Heavy) - Kojima, Goto and Nakamura
Goto (IWGP Intercontinental)- Karl Anderson, Shinsuke Nakamura, Yuji Nagata, Kota Ibushi (non tournament)
Makabe (NEVER)- Toru Yano, Bad Luck Fale, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, A.J Styles, Hiroshi Tanahashi
More than likely though, I will be no where near with these predictions, and we will end up with a Doc Gallows vs Yujiro G1 Climax final