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BREAKING DOWN WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE NJPW G1 CLIMAX, MORE ON GLEAT DEBUT, ALL JAPAN & MORE

By Oliver Taylor on 2020-10-15 13:09:00

New Japan Pro Wrestling

Tetsuya Naito has teased he will select a challenger from outside of New Japan Pro Wrestling for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship if he wins the G1 Climax in an interview with Tokyo Sports.

Naito pointed out Keiji Mutoh won the G1 Climax in 1995 while holding the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and faced Nobuhiro Takeda – from UWF International – on January 4, 1996.

The same situation occurred when Kensuke Sasaki won the G1 Climax in 2000 with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and faced Toshiaki Kawada – from All Japan Pro Wrestling – on January 4, 2001.

Naito also mentioned Hiromu Takahashi as a possible challenger.

The full Tokyo Sports article can be read here.

For Naito to win B block, he will need to defeat KENTA and for SANADA to defeat EVIL or EVIL and SANADA to draw.

New Japan has now confirmed the match order for the B block final on October 17 in Ry?goku Kokugikan. It will be:

• Gabriel Kidd vs. Yuya Uemura
• B block: Toru Yano vs. YOSHI-HASHI
• B block: Hirooki Goto vs. Juice Robinson
• B block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
• B block: KENTA vs. Tetsuya Naito
• B block: EVIL vs. SANADA

EVIL holds the tiebreaker over Naito. If EVIL defeats SANADA, he wins the block regardless of Naito’s result.

SANADA also holds a tiebreaker over Naito. If SANADA defeats EVIL and Naito loses to KENTA, he wins the block.

Before the B block final, New Japan will hold its A block final show tomorrow in Ry?goku Kokugikan.

Only a limited number of wresters will compete on each G1 Climax show for precautionary reasons. As such, A block competitors will not compete on the undercard of shows featuring B block tournament matches and vice versa.

Tomorrow’s show is exclusively A block wrestlers. Each tournament show will start with a singles match between two young lions (Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji or Yuya Uemura) followed by five tournament matches.

The full card is:

• Gabriel Kidd vs. Yota Tsuji
• A block: Jeff Cobb vs. Yujiro Takahashi
• A block: Minoru Suzuki vs. Shingo Takagi
• A block: Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
• A block: Kota Ibushi vs. Taichi
• A block: Jay White vs. Tomohiro Ishii

The block is Jay White’s to lose. He currently leads the block with 12 points with tiebreakers over Kota Ibushi and Kazuchika Okada. If White defeats Tomohiro Ishii, White wins the block.

Ibushi needs to defeat Taichi and Ishii to defeat White. Okada does not factor into Ibushi’s equation.

Okada needs both White and Ibushi to lose and to defeat Will Ospreay.

Ospreay is the least likely to win the block. He needs to defeat Okada, Yujiro Takahashi to defeat Jeff Cobb, Taichi to defeat Ibushi and Ishii to defeat White.

GLEAT

LIDET Entertainment’s new promotion GLEAT held its debut GLEAT Ver.0 show today in Korakuen Hall.

The full results were:

• Kaz Hayashi def. NOSAWA Rongai
• Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Tanaka def. Kazuki Ohkubo and Takanari Ito
• Syuri def. Yuu
• Kenoh def. Soma Watanabe
• Kazuyuki Fujita, Kendo Kashin and Takashi Sugiura def. Daisuke Sekimoto, Jun Akiyama and Shuhei Taniguchi

During the show, GLEAT announced it will hold its GLEAT.1 show in Tokyo Dome City Hall on July 1, 2021.

Cyrus sent a video message promising to appear at GLEAT.1 next year. He featured for Wrestle-1 in January and February earlier this year and also wrestles as Cyrus The Destroyer in Georgia.

Second, tag team Hunter Gray and Paraviz Memari sent a video message. The duo also appeared in Wrestle-1 in the past.

Josh Barnett was the last person to send a video message. Barnett most recently competed in Inoki Genome Federation in Japan.

Today’s show will air on Samurai TV on October 22.

All Japan Pro Wrestling

All Japan Pro Wrestling has specified the rules for Yoshitatsu’s six-man tag team match GAORA TV Championship defense on October 17.

The match will take place under elimination rules. If Yoshitatu’s team wins, he will retain the championship. However, if Black Menso~re’s team wins, he will win the championship.

Yoshitatsu will defend his championship teaming with Chikara and Yusuke Okada against Black Menso~re, Katsumi Oribe and Takao Omori.

The full card for the show is:

• Harutoki and Hokuto Omori vs. Tatsuya Matsubo and Yuto Kikuchi
• Jake Lee vs. Ryuki Honda
• Atsuki Aoyagi and Francesco Akira vs. Koji Iwamoto and TAJIRI
• Izanagi, Shigehiro Irie and The Bodyguard vs. Kento Miyahara, Rising HAYATO and Yuma Aoyagi
• Dan Tamura, Hikaru Sato and Shuji Ishikawa vs. Kuma Arashi, Shotaro Ashino and Yusuke Kodama
• GAORA TV Championship elimination: Chikara, Yoshitatsu (c) and Yusuke Okada vs. Black Menso~re, Katsumi Oribe and Takao Omori
• Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship: SUWAMA (c) vs. Zeus

Dragon Gate

Dragon Gate will hold a show in Kariya Industrial Promotion Center tomorrow.

The full card is:

• BxB Hulk, Dia Inferno and Eita vs. Dragon Dia, Kzy and Yosuke Santa Maria
• Masaaki Mochizuki and Taketo Kamei vs. Naruki Doi and Ryotsu Shimizu
• Punch Tominaga vs. Shuji Kondo
• Dragon Kid, Susumu Yokosuka and Ultimo Dragon vs. Kento Kobune, Kota Minoura and U-T
• Ben-K, Jason Lee, Keisuke Okuda and YAMATO vs. Diamante, H?Y?O, KAI and Kaito Ishida

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