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NJPW G1 Climax Nights 17-18 And Final Review: Are You There, God? I’m You, Kota Ibushi

On October 16-18, New Japan Pro Wrestling concluded the 2020 G1 Climax, the company’s thirtieth annual heavyweight tournament to determine the challenger for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the main event of their biggest show of the year and send someone home with a big-ass trophy. The last three nights…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Night 15-16 Review: The Semi-Final Countdown

Previously in the G1 Climax, A and B Block delivered some strong matches from pairings both fresh and with history behind them, and whittled down the list of potential finalists. New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s most recent shows cut that list down a little more, and clear up the stakes for…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Night 14 Review: There Gotos My Hero

Previously on the G1 Climax, A Block’s top four pulled away from the pack; Ishii-Cobb, Suzuki-Ibushi, and Okada-Shingo banged; and the Money Clip angst continued. The night after A Block narrows itself down to four possible finalists, the October 11, 2020, B Block show in Aichi establishes a slightly messier…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Night 13 Review: Hijos de Toryumon

Previously on New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s annual expedition up the Mount Everest of pro wrestling, Goto/Yoshi-Hashi and Shingo/Ibushi had IRL friend battles! Also, Taichi insincerely said that Jay White should team up with him, and they should actually do that and take over the world. With only two nights of…

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NJPW G1 Climax Nights 11-12 Review: Real Friends

Previously on the G1 Climax, Ibushi and Tanahashi sent crowds home happy and Jay and Evil started sniping at each other across the aisle. NJPW‘s latest events are a step up from its previous two, and feature battles between real-life friends, matches that show wrestlers at their best (which is…

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NJPW G1 Climax Nights 9-10 Review: Air Guitar Serotonin

Previously on the G1,  Sanada moonsaulted his way out of the jaws of mathematical elimination, and no wrestler was left undefeated. Nights 9 and 10 of New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s annual heavyweight tournament are less dramatic, with no big upsets or shakeups in either block and with fewer exciting matches…

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NJPW G1 Climax Nights 7-8 Review: A Gift from our Collective Boyfriend

When we last left New Japan Pro Wrestling, both A and B Block were led by two undefeated wrestlers, Jay White and Taichi for A and Toru Yano and Tetsuya Naito for B. In the two most recent G1 Climax events, nobody turns their 3-0 into a perfect 4-0, one…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Night 6 Review: Yano Is Winning

Previously on NJPW’s G1 Climax 30, A Block delivered some exciting matches, with the results leaving only Taichi and Jay White undefeated in the group. At New Japan‘s September 29 show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, B Block brings its weakest show yet, but one that’s not without highlights. Yoshi-Hashi…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Night 5 Review: Kobe Beefs

Previously on NJPW G1 Climax 30, the double champ continued his winning streak and Yoshi-Hashi and Evil had the surprise hit of the tournament. Also, could that be Taichi-gun I see on the horizon? Now we’re back with a review of only one G1 show (what???), September 27’s night of…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Nights 3-4 Review: Breath Heavily with the Switchblade

Previously on NJPW G1 Climax 30, many real-life things about wrestling are terrible, but Ishii and Suzuki, Naito and Tanahashi, and a bunch of other wrestlers still tore the house down on the first two nights of the tournament. New Japan Pro Wrestling hit Hokkaido on September 23-24, 2020, for…

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NJPW G1 Climax 30 Nights 1-2 Review: The Most G1derful Time of the Year

G1 Climax 30, New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s sixth out of seven tournaments so far this year, begins with two nights in Osaka. These September 19-20 G1 shows don’t totally avoid the worst things about wrestling in 2020, but they deliver, soundtracked by organic crowd noise, some of New Japan’s most…

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When NJPW Ignores #SpeakingOut Allegations Against Wrestlers, How Can Fans Respond?

Recently, I wrote about New Japan Pro Wrestling’s choice to ignore allegations made about Chase Owens and Will Ospreay during Speaking Out, with a focus on Ospreay’s situation since it’s less straightforward, he just started wrestling for NJPW again after months of pandemic-induced time on the bench, and he seems…

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Welcomed with Open Arms: The Importance of NJPW Ignoring Allegations Against International Talent

As the 2020 G1 Climax approached, fans wondered how New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s annual heavyweight tournament would look in the time of a global pandemic. Travel restrictions in place because of COVID-19 had kept members of the NJPW roster who lived outside of Japan from entering the country for months,…

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