Ok, so you’ve seen the line-up, picked out the matches you’re most hyped for, even caught up on the history of the tournament – now how can you watch New Japan’s G1 Climax?
Opening night is tonight (Sat., July 6) from Dallas’ American Airlines Center, and it’s a little different from the other 18(!) nights of G1 Climax action. Partly that’s because it’s the first time any tournament matches are happening in the United States, and partly because AXS TV has exclusive live broadcast rights here in the U.S.
Find out if you can get AXS from your cable or satellite provider here. The action starts at 6PM Eastern, and we’ll have a live results post here.
Opening night will be available on NJPWWorld, New Japan’s subscription streaming service, after it broadcasts live on AXS. While AXS will have “same day live” coverage (airing at 9PM Eastern the night after it happens live Japanese time) of the remaining Saturday shows in this year’s G1 Climax, the only way to get watch every show as it happens is with NJPWWorld. You can sign-up here. At the current conversion rate, it will cost you $9.21 per month for a subscription.
We’ll have results posts and updated Block Standings for each show. The G1 has a round robin format, and each competitor will face every other member of their block. The winner of each match receives two points. One point is awarded to each wrestler in a time-limit draw. Whoever loses the match gets no points. At the end of the round robin block matches, the man with the most points from A Block will face the man with the most points from B Block in the finals. The winner of that match earns the right to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight title at Wrestle Kingdom 14 in the Tokyo Dome next Jan. 4. Should current titleholder Kazuchika Okada win, he will be allowed to choose his challenger for that event.
Here’s the line-up of block matches for each night of the tournament. Cards are traditionally filled out with tag matches featuring wrestlers from the opposite block, and action from roster members not in the tournament.
Night 1 (July 6, Dallas – A Block)
Lance Archer vs. Will Ospreay
Bad Luck Fale vs. EVIL
SANADA vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
KENTA vs. Kota Ibushi
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Night 2 (July 13, Tokyo – B Block)
Juice Robinson vs. Shingo Takagi
Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hirooki Goto vs. “Switchblade” Jay White
Jon Moxley vs. Taichi
Night 3 (July 14, Tokyo – A Block)
SANADA vs. Will Ospreay
Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
EVIL vs. Kota Ibushi
Bad Luck Fale vs. Lance Archer
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. KENTA
Night 4 (July 15, Sapporo – B Block)
Shingo Takagi vs. Toru Yano
Hirooki Goto vs. Juice Robinson
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Jeff Cobb vs. Jon Moxley
Taichi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Night 5 (July 18, Tokyo – A Block)
KENTA vs. Lance Archer
Bad Luck Fale vs. Kazuchika Okada
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
EVIL vs. SANADA
Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay
Night 6 (July 19, Tokyo – B Block)
Jeff Cobb vs. Juice Robinson
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Toru Yano
Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito
Shingo Takagi vs. Taichi
Jon Moxley vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Night 7 (July 20, Tokyo – A Block)
Bad Luck Fale vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Lance Archer
Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA
EVIL vs. KENTA
Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
Night 8 (July 24, Hiroshima – B Block)
Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano
Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Jeff Cobb
Jon Moxley vs. Shingo Takagi
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Night 9 (July 27, Nagoya – A Block)
Kota Ibushi vs. Lance Archer
Bad Luck Fale vs. Will Ospreay
EVIL vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
Kazuchika Okada vs. KENTA
Night 10 (July 28, Nagoya – B Block)
Juice Robinson vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Jeff Cobb vs. Taichi
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Shingo Takagi
Hirooki Goto vs. Toru Yano
Jon Moxley vs. Tetsuya Naito
Night 11 (July 30, Takamatsu – A Block)
Bad Luck Fale vs. Kota Ibushi
Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer
EVIL vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
KENTA vs. SANADA
Night 12 (August 1, Fukuoka – B Block)
Jeff Cobb vs. Shingo Takagi
Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Jon Moxley vs. Toru Yano
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Taichi
Night 13 (August 3, Osaka – A Block)
Bad Luck Fale vs. KENTA
Lance Archer vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
EVIL vs. Will Ospreay
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA
Night 14 (August 4, Osaka – B Block)
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano
Juice Robinson vs. Taichi
Hirooki Goto vs. Jeff Cobb
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Jon Moxley
Shingo Takagi vs. Tetsuya Naito
Night 15 (August 7, Shizuoka – A Block)
Lance Archer vs. SANADA
Bad Luck Fale vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
KENTA vs. Will Ospreay
EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada
Night 16 (August 8, Yokohama – B Block)
Jeff Cobb vs. Tetsuya Naito
Hirooki Goto vs. Jon Moxley
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Juice Robinson
Taichi vs. Toru Yano
Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Night 17 (August 10, Tokyo – A Block)
KENTA vs. Zack Sabre, Jr.
EVIL vs. Lance Archer
Bad Luck Fale vs. SANADA
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi
Night 18 (August 11, Tokyo – B Block)
Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi
Jeff Cobb vs. Toru Yano
Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson
”Switchblade” Jay White vs. Tetsuya Naito
Final (August 12, Tokyo)
Any questions? Feel free to hit us up in the comments below and someone in the best pro wrestling community on the interwebs will surely have an answer.
Then, buckle up and get ready to enjoy the G1 Climax!