New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the wrestlers who will participate in this year’s G1 Climax 27 tournament.
For those not familiar, the G1 is THE premiere tournament in international wrestling. A round robin format over the course of a month is concluded in a three night special where the A-Block and B-Block finals are held with the third night featuring the winners of both blocks facing off in the finals.
This is a historic tournament in it’s 27th year and last year’s winner, The Cleaner Kenny Omega, is a heavy favorite to repeat. Other featured wrestlers are IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Yuji Nagata in his final G1 appearance, Toru Yano once again playing spoiler, and three first time tournament participants: Juice Robinson, Zack Sabre Jr., and a returning Kota Ibushi.
We look at the tournament, explain it for new fans, and give some insight into what we may expect this summer from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s second biggest event of the year.