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Posted 6/30/14
Kept this pretty open since it's yearly and has become Japan's #1 tournament now.

Just some first thoughts for 2014 from me:

-Am liking the better spacing over more days since it's a gruelling event to have to face so many guys in your Group one at a time and keep that level of action so high. Hopefully injuries are minimal this year due to it even if general nicks and pains are a part of it all.

-It's a record number of participants! I think I need a bit more time before predicting who I see winning or least making the playoffs in another post.

-The added attraction of Ring of Honor talents (Mike Bennett and Adam Cole with Maria taking on Liger and Captain New Japan, and reDRagon taking on the Timesplitters in what has MOTY potential) and even Jeff Jarrett's appearance to start the cross promoting too with Global Force Wrestling are good too. The more interest for new fans the better.

By the way for 2014 at least, this site has a great grid for match up sorting and tracking scores:

http://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/njpws-g1-climax-24-league-info/

Enjoy the summer's big tourney!
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Posted 7/12/14
i'm actually puzzled by the Tenzan inclusion...its like they want to kill him considering how broken he was last year

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Posted 7/19/14 , edited 7/19/14
Well first before giving my thoughts some late news that was only announced a couple days ago at the G1 Climax press confrence.

http://www.puroresufan.com/njpw/2014/07/19/ibushi-out-of-the-g1-honma-replaces-him/

Kota Ibushi has withdrawn from the 2014 G1 Climax after suffering a concussion in his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title loss to KUSHIDA. It’s thought to be overly serious, but they won’t take any risks and have withdrawn him.

Replacing Ibushi will be Tomoaki Honma, who makes his first ever appearance in the G1 Climax. He will join Tanahashi, Nagata, Kojima, Nakamura, Shibata, Ishii, Fale, Gallows, Benjamin and Smith Jr. in Block A.

Okay my thoughts starting with Block A which I've dubbed the block of pain cause whoever wins it is gonna be a bit battered and bruised come the final.My gut feeling is its going to come down to Tanahashi and Nakamura winning this block and if I had to pick a potential dark horse I'd lean to Ngata or maybe even Ishii

As for Block B maybe not as stacked as A block is but IMO the more slightly open. Okada is my favorite here and if there is a surprise winner maybe Yujiro or Anderson to have a possible Bullet Club presence in the final though Goto might be one to consider as I think he may have won last years but got ruled out injured.

Looking forward to seeing how this years G1 goes as last years was very good and produced lots of awesome matches.With a days break between cards it hopefully lessons any chances of injures. Night 1 already has got me waiting eagerly with Nakamura vs Shibata and Okada-Styles the ones I'm so looking forward to.
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
Ah been so busy the weekend for con stuff didn't get to this sooner.

Block A is like a group of super death if using sports analogies. It's like almost anyone can come out of it! With the new format of a finals only at the end and a second match between the next 2 best of each block it makes for a different view of how things end up. I think Block A will have Shibata top it (he had a solid start against Nakamura) with Nakamura finishing second, but I do like either Ishii or my man Nagata to shine in the Block too and finish strong.

Block B while a bit less painful is still tough. I'll go with Okada likely but I'd not be shocked if the way I got it he finishes second to get Nakamura. If that happens then I think AJ Styles tops the Block so Shibata can get him for something very unique and make finally give Shibata his shine time. I like a fellow Canuck in Lance Archer to be the darkhorse to finish in the top 3 of this block.

Finally of the stuff on the finals aside again looking forward to reDragon against the Timesplitters as I've been watching some of their recent ROH work too that's been MOTY quality, I suspect we hear something big from Jarrett finally for his fed: possibly the first signing of talent finally to start on the roster that has been badly missing to push his product. Here's hoping everyone keeps as healthy as possible with the spacing and we get some amazing shows/matches from it!
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Posted 7/22/14

kyotanahashi wrote:

i'm actually puzzled by the Tenzan inclusion...its like they want to kill him considering how broken he was last year



Oh to answer this indeed it's worrisome (even if Nagata's actually older) but I heard from my local podcast covering the G-1 an interesting theory. For booking, the vets like Tenzan, Kojima, Nagata, and even Tanahashi should look to be picking spots for huge moments in matches then take a more protective approach since this is a marathon and not a race. If they eat a pin/sub that they'd normally not take it could be seen as strategic to rest their body for the long run. The younger or debuting talent like Honma, Yujiro, Fale and Doc can be the ones to go more all out having more to prove and being younger to handle it, giving them more shots to shine. The tournament is so open to simple booking and stories like those.

I already love how they've handled AJ/Okada with Okada winning and even if it was non-title due to the tournament format, it makes for the story you can book down the line AJ/Okada for the title because Okada's finally overcome the Bullet Club's interference to win. That's one of many one on one match ups I look forward to for the story inside the bigger tournament story. Look out when Tanahashi and Shibata go at it!
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Posted 7/29/14
after Tanahashi/Shibata....i can agree with this



and with the way Shibata is looking, i might slide away from my biased perennial vote from Shinsuke to Shibata as winner
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lol Nicely posted Kyotanahashi! So far story of the G-1 goes to Honma the late replacement but shows how to do an underdog CORRECTLY even if winless. My personal favourite dark horse is now Minoru Suzuki who showed he can still be a top end talent-just go to AJ Styles and him which at this moment might be match of the year anywhere and that covers a lot with more G-1 still to come! It's hard to pick a top night so far with Day 1, 4, 7 and 8 being WAY up there but I'm leaning to Day 7 http://keepingthespiritalive.tumblr.com/post/93494308175/njpw-g1-climax-24-day-7-results-for-august-1-2014 which has the AJ/Suzuki match but also Nakamura/Ishii which has 2 more of my favourites to watch. Makabe too is doing hopefully the craziest good selling of an injured jaw ever. 2 more shows then the finals!
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Posted 8/6/14 , edited 8/6/14
1st off this year's tournament has been AMAZING .Last years was the 1st G1 I had followed and that was great but this years so far as surpassed it and we still have one might night then the finals on Sunday to come can't wait for it.

To help going into the last night I thought I'd look at all the permutations as to who could contest the final itself and the added match between the two second places.

Block A:
1. Hiroshi Tanahashi [14]
2. Shinsuke Nakamura [14]
3. Bad Luck Fale [12]
4. Katsuyori Shibata [12]
5. Satoshi Kojima [10]
6. Yuji Nagata [8]
- Tomohiro Ishii [8]
- Shelton Benjamin [8]
- Davey Boy Smith Jr. [8]
10. Doc Gallows [6]
11. Tomoaki Honma [0]

This blog is a three person race to win the block and a four way chase for at least 2nd . Tanahashi is top virtue of his win over Nakamura with Fale and Shibata close behind. Here are the scenarios

Tanahashi -Can advance to the G1 final with a win in his last match vs Davey Boy Smith Jnr.If he loses he will make the playoff between the 2nd in each block if Nakamura and Shibata both lose.

Nakamura- Can advance to the G1 Final if he defeats Fale in his last match and Tanhashi loses.Can get 2nd if Tanahashi wins due to losing in their match.

Fale-Can advance to the final with a win over Nakamura,a Tanahashi loss even if Shibata wins as Fale will hold a won over each of them.He can get 2nd Tanahashi wins

Shibata-Can get 2nd if Nakamura/Tanhashi both lose and he wins due to having beaten both.If Nakamura wins and Tanahashi loses he can get 2nd with a win .

Block B:
1. Kazuchika Okada [14]
2. AJ Styles [14]
3. Minoru Suzuki [10]
4. Tetsuya Naito [10]
5. Togi Makabe [8]
- Hiroyoshi Tenzan [8]
- Hirooki Goto [8]
- Toru Yano [8]
- Karl Anderson [8]
10. Yujiro Takahashi [6]
11. Lance Archer [6]

Only a 2 guy race compared to block A but with this Block being in the latter half of the show it will come down to the main event.

Okada- Wins the block with a win over Suzuki or if both he and AJ lose due to winning their match back on night 1

AJ-Wins the block with a win over Makabe and a Okada loss or draw.

There we go looking forward to night 11 and the final .My pick is Okada-Tannahashi for the G1 Climax with Nakamura vs AJ in the second vs second playoff.

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the ONE time i pick someone other than Shinsuke...he gets to the final for a chance to win the whole thing. i might hafta cough up some $$ for this final.....or wait till they release a DVD/BD set for me to import.

bigger shocker for me than Shibata not advancing? Makabe LOST in Yokohama. this tournament!
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