NJPW G1 Climax Weekend Preview: Goto/White Opens B Block, Jon Moxley in Action, Tanahashi Battles KENTA


New Japan Pro-Wrestling returns home this weekend for the continuation of the 2019 G1 Climax tournament. We’ve got three big, consecutive shows on deck running through early Monday morning in Hokkaido, at which point we’ll be four points deep in both blocks and well on our way through the most grueling series in all of wrestling.

Like every day of the G1 this year, all three of this weekend’s shows will be broadcast live on NJPW World with English commentary. Now would be an ideal time to subscribe to the service, as you’ll be charged again on the first of the month. That includes 11 shows in total during the month of July, as well as their full library including Dominion and the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Ota City Gym, Tokyo, Japan
Bell Time: 5:30AM ET

The B Block gets its first crack at tournament action here as the heated rivalry between the “Switchblade” and his former CHAOS stable comes to a head against Hirooki Goto. It was Jay White who infiltrated the faction after making his NJPW debut, planting seeds and eventually splitting the group asunder by turning Gedo and Jado against the “Rainmaker” and his allies.

We’ll also see a battle between two behemoths as the “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii battles G1 newcomer and former ROH World TV Champion Jeff Cobb. If the tag team preview was any indication, this should be a hard-hitting hoss fight for the ages! Finally, Juice Robinson takes on Shingo Takagi with a lot to prove for both stars, and the “Death Rider” Jon Moxley returns to action against the worst human being on the planet, Lord Taichi.

  • Kota Ibushi, Will Ospreay & Yuya Uemura vs. EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI
  • Lance Archer & Kanemaru vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • Tanahashi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita vs. KENTA, Clark Conors & Karl Fredericks
  • Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki
  • B Block: Juice Robinson vs. Shingo Takagi
  • B Block: Jon Moxley vs. Taichi
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • B Block: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jeff Cobb
  • B Block: Hirooki Goto vs. Jay White

Sunday, July 14, 2019
Ota City Gym, Tokyo, Japan
Bell Time: 5:00AM ET

After the A Block kicked off in Dallas this past weekend, some of New Japan’s most heavy hitters return to action on Day 3. The main event of the show will see the “Ace” Hiroshi Tanahashi looking for his first two points, after coming off a loss to career rival Okada on opening night. He’ll have his hands full though, as he takes on KENTA (fka Hideo Itami) who surprised the world with a huge victory over tournament front-runner, the “Golden Star” Kota Ibushi to earn his first two points.

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Ibushi will look to rebound against EVIL, in what could be the sleeper performance of the week, while the submission specialist Zack Sabre Jr. has already stated he plans on taking on IWGP Heavyweight Champion Okada and earning a future title shot without even having to win the G1 Climax.

Finally, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay battles Los Ingobernables de Japon’s SANADA, coming off the Cold Skull’s incredible bout with Sabre on opening night. Ospreay will be looking for his first win as well, while two big men with two points each slug it out when Bullet Club’s Bad Luck Fale attempts to tackle Lance Archer.

  • Juice Robinson, Henare & Yota Tsuji vs. Hirooki Goto, Honma & Yuya Uemura
  • Jeff Cobb & Ren Narita vs. Jon Moxley & Shota Umino
  • Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Jay White, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
  • Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi & BUSHI vs. Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & Kanemaru
  • A Block: Lance Archer vs. Bad Luck Fale
  • A Block: Will Ospreay vs. SANADA
  • A Block: Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs. EVIL
  • A Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA

Monday, July 15, 2019
Hokkaido, Japan
Bell Time: 5:00AM ET

The last of three consecutive shows, early Monday morning, opens with the eternal wildcard Toru Yano attempting to stay alive while wrestling the hard-hitting Shingo Takagi. Juice Robinson will continue on his path against Hirooki Goto, while Jay White takes on yet another member of CHAOS in the “Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii. Ring of Honor’s Jeff Cobb battles AEW’s Jon Moxley in a highly anticipated match that should be a tremendous amount of fun, while Naito faces Taichi in a strangely unique main event.

  • Kota Ibushi, Jushin Liger & Shota Umino vs. Will Ospreay, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura
  • Honma, Henare & Ren Narita vs. EVIL, SANADA & BUSHI
  • Tanahashi, KENTA, Clark Conors & Karl Fredericks vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki & Kanemaru
  • Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens
  • B Block: Toru Yano vs. Shingo Takagi
  • B Block: Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto
  • B Block: Jeff Cobb vs. Jon Moxley
  • B Block: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jay White
  • B Block: Tetsuya Naito vs. Taichi