The G1 Climax is fast approaching its conclusion with the final shows to be held this weekend. All three final shows will emanate from the historic Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo, and we are sure to see the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling produce some of the very best wrestling in the world. Only four men remain in the hunt to win the prestigious tournament, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Kenny Omega & Kazuchika Okada.
Many have expressed their concern with having only the above four men still capable of winning the tournament going into the last weekend. This does mean that four of the five remaining Block matches from the next two nights are seemingly for nothing; while NJPW can use these matches to build storylines moving forward, having matches that are essentially for nothing isn’t the best way to go about what could be the arguably biggest weekend of the wrestling calendar.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito in the final Block A match will determine the winner of Block A, while Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega in the final Block B match will determine the winner of Block B. As incredible as these two matches are, and as anticipated as the third Okada vs Omega match has been given their almost undeniable matches of the year, many see this as incredibly lazy by New Japan. While these four men are undoubtedly the brightest stars in the company, these two exact matches headlined New Japans biggest show that is Wrestle Kingdom, as well as headlining the Dominion show, giving the sense that the booking (I hate using that term) here has been lazy.
There is almost no doubt that these two matches will set the world on fire once again, as only these four men can do, but so often the G1 is used as a coming out party for young and up-and-coming stars, where young wrestlers with great potential explode onto the scene. With the tournament already down to these four, already well established stars, perhaps NJPW has failed to do that this year.
Below is the schedule for tonight’s show, as well as the remaining Block B matches and updated Standings.
- August 11: Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, 5:30am EST (Final Block A Show)
- ‘BC Guerillas of Destiny’ Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa vs. ‘LIJ’ SANADA & BUSHI
- Satoshi Kojima & Juice Robinson vs. ‘LIJ’ EVIL & Hiromu Takahashi
- ‘CHAOS’ Toru Yano & Jado vs. ‘Suzuki Gun’ Minoru Suzuki & Taichi
- Raymond Rowe, Hanson, Michael Elgin, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. ‘Bulletclub’ Cody, Hangman Page, Chase Owens, Matt & Nick Jackson
- ‘CHAOS’ Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. ‘Bulletclub’ Kenny Omega & Yujiro Takahashi
- Block A: Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto
- Block A: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
- Block A: Bad Luck Fale vs. Yuji Nagata
- Block A: Togi Makabe vs. YOSHI-HASHI
- Block A: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito (Winner advances to the finals)
August 12: Ryogoku Sumo Hall, 5:30am EST (Final Block B Show)
- Block B: Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
- Block B: Tama Tonga vs. SANADA
- Block B: Michael Elgin vs. Juice Robinson
- Block B: Satoshi Kojima vs. EVIL
- Block B: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (Winner advances to the finals)
August 13: Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, 2am EST (G1 Climax 27 Final)
- Block A Winner vs Block B Winner
- Hiroshi Tanahashi or Tetsuya Naito vs Kazuchika Okada or Kenny Omega
As of August 11, 2017:
- Tetsuya Naito 12
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 12
- Bad Luck Fale 10
- Kota Ibushi 10
- Tomohiro Ishii 8
- Hirooki Goto 8
- Zack Sabre Jr. 8
- Togi Makabe 6
- YOSHI-HASHI 4
- Yuji Nagata 2
- Kazuchika Okada 13
- Kenny Omega 12
- EVIL 10
- Minoru Suzuki 9
- SANADA 8
- Michael Elgin 8
- Juice Robinson 6
- Tama Tonga 6
- Toru Yano 6
- Satoshi Kojima 2