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    G1 Climax 30

    The 30th Grade 1 Climax tournament is set to begin next weekend. In a few hours the entrants will be announced. Other than ZSJ and Will Ospreay I am not sure if any foreign wrestlers will be in it.

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    haven't been into anything new japan has done since they came back. hopefully g1 can turn things around a little. still really hard to care about these no-crowd-noise shows.

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    It's kind of funny how NJPW(and most Japanese wrestling in genereal) is famous for more subdued crowds through a majority of the match, yet it feels like it clicks the least without a crowd. Maybe that has to do with the reactions feeling so much bigger whenever they do make noise.

    I haven't really been able to get into the shows much myself, but I'll be checking out G1 regardless as I always do.

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    Last year, the only people to defeat Kota Ibushi in the G1 were KENTA and EVIL

    Also, the only people the Bad Luck Fale deafeated were KENTA and EVIL

    (Ibushi did defeat Fale though)


    Excited for this year's Tournament!

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    I wish I had time to watch this year. Granted also means signing back up for the service and I am still cutting corners left and right. I really like the look of the field.

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    Here's the blocks:

    NJPW "G1 CLIMAX 30" (19.09.2020 bis 18.10.2020)

    Block A:
    - Kota Ibushi
    - Jeff Cobb
    - Kazuchika Okada
    - Tomohiro Ishii
    - Will Ospreay
    - Shingo Takagi
    - Minoru Suzuki
    - Taichi
    - Jay White
    - Yujiro Takahashi

    Block B:
    - Hiroshi Tanahashi
    - Juice Robinson
    - Hirooki Goto
    - Toru Yano
    - YOSHI-HASHI
    - Tetsuya Naito
    - SANADA
    - Zack Sabre Jr.
    - KENTA
    - "King of Darkness" EVIL

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    I think we are getting Ibushi vs Tanahashi at WK, so that's not the final.

    Okada or White could win A Block and is the likely final.

    Goto vs Naito would be an intriguing WK Main Event, given their past histories..but I don't think he's winning it.

    Naito winning as Champion would be nice for a change, and since he got the fireworks - I think it's likely.

    The only other person in B Block that is a WK-caliber main event would be SANADA.

    TL;DR: Okada or White vs. Naito or SANADA is the Finals that makes the Most Sense (*Gedo...)

    Because it could end up being Ibushi vs. Naito at WK - meaning that this would be the perfect time for an Ibushi/Tanahashi Final.

    This is going to be an awesome G1.

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    no undercard tags on the cards this year makes me worried they're going to feel compelled to go super long with every tournament match. especially since new japan seems to love making every match 30+ minutes these days. hopefully not.

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    The reason for no undercards are that there are limits for how long events can go in Japan right now so I doubt that will be an issue/

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    Oh shit, so it's going to be like an old school G1

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    okada's cobra clutch sucks so bad

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    Is Japan allowed to have live crowds for their live events, yet?

    Or is the G1 running in front of an empty arena and just being shown on TV?

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    They've been having live crowds for two months now. They are up to around 50% allowed in the building I think.


    Naito vs Tanahashi is easily the best match I have seen since the start of the pandemic.

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    i love tanahashi and naito's chemistry but watching a match of theirs without real crowd reaction seems pointless. i'll probably get around to watching it though.

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    The crowd was actually as good as they could possibly be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defrost View Post
    The crowd was actually as good as they could possibly be.
    As long as New Japan's production staff knows how to live mic a crowd. Unlike the idiots at AEW. Sometimes I forget their mark audience is even there. They're so quiet and they're seated so far away.

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    new japan crowd isnt allowed to cheer or boo right now, they only clap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho666Soldier View Post
    It's kind of funny how NJPW(and most Japanese wrestling in genereal) is famous for more subdued crowds through a majority of the match, yet it feels like it clicks the least without a crowd. Maybe that has to do with the reactions feeling so much bigger whenever they do make noise.

    I haven't really been able to get into the shows much myself, but I'll be checking out G1 regardless as I always do.
    i'm really not a fan of a lot of the stylistic changes in new japan over the last couple years, but i still really like them as a promotion because their crowds are by far the most genuinely passionate and loud in wrestling. so when i watch new japan without a crowd it's like i just hyper-focus on the things that have started to irk me without the one big thing that made me partially discount those things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    new japan crowd isnt allowed to cheer or boo right now, they only clap.
    Seriously?

    That's boring.

    Can they talk to each other? Are they chained to their seats for the duration of the show? Can they go get, do Japanese people eat popcorn? Can they go get noodles and fish?

    I'm just curious.

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    Don't know what it means but instead of watching today's show I am watching Dennis Rodman WCW matches

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    Can Defrost/Tainted/whoever recommend me some matches from this tournament please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
    Can Defrost/Tainted/whoever recommend me some matches from this tournament please?
    Sure

    Night 1

    Suzuki vs Ishii

    Night 2

    Tanahashi vs Naito
    EVIL vs ZSJ

    Night 3
    Taichi vs Suzuki
    Ospreay vs Ishii
    White vs Ibushi


    Night 4
    EVIL vs Yoshi Hashi

    Night 5
    Ospreay vs Shingo
    Ibushi vs Ishii

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    the uploads for english commentary take a few days to come up, trying to keep up.

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    Thanks!

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    Yoshi Hashi always looks absolutely terrified during his entrances.

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    Coming down the aisle has not always ended well with him

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    i really miss the g1 having short matches. ishii vs. shibata from 2013 went 12 minutes. in 2020 that match would have gone 26 minutes and no one would remember it.

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    For those that don't follow the backstage interviews Jay and EVIL are openly cutting promos on each other now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tainted Eclipse View Post
    i really miss the g1 having short matches. ishii vs. shibata from 2013 went 12 minutes. in 2020 that match would have gone 26 minutes and no one would remember it.
    I think somehow Naito and Juice are still wrestling

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    Ibushi vs Taichi was so different than any match I've ever seen. My favorite match of this tournament.

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    Ibushi vs Sanada for the tournament and the right to main event Wrestle Kingdom I assume. They still haven't officially announced that show yet.

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    watched taichi/ibushi. at least it was something different, and it was a relatively good way to work a match in a no crowd heat situation. but i didnt think it was really that good or anything. im definitely very down on the new japan product right now.

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    Sanada vs Ibushi
    Naito & Bushi vs Evil & Yujiro
    Okada & Sho vs Ospreay & The Great O-Khan
    Tanahashi/Cobb/Juice/Master Wato vs White/KENTA/Ishimori/Gedo
    Hiromu & Shingo vs Suzuki & Kanemaru
    Ishii/Goto/Yano/Yoshi-Hashi vs Taichi/ZSJ/Desperado/Douki

    There is the full card for the finals

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    So it sounds like Ospreay's new stable is called The Empire

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    Looks like the feuds coming out of this are Naito vs EVIL, Chaos vs The Empire, Ibushi vs Jay, and Tanahashi vs KENTA

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    Toa Henare will join The Empire

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