Every year since 1991, New Japan Pro Wrestling has held the G1 Climax. The 2019 edition of the tournament, on paper, has the chance to be the best of them all.
That's because the tournament features 20 of the best wrestlers in the world, competing in two separate blocks (A and B) starting on Saturday, July 6 for the first time in the United States at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. It culminates on Monday, Aug. 12 in Tokyo.
Ten wrestlers will be in block, facing off against each other in a point-based system. A win earns you two points, a time limit-draw nets a point for each wrestler and a loss earns zero points. Whoever has the most points in their respective blocks at the end of the round-robin portion of the tournament will battle in the G1 Climax finals.
That winner will get a crack at whoever the IWGP heavyweight champion is in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 14 on Jan. 4, 2020 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. If current heavyweight titleholder Kazuchika Okada comes out the winner, he will pick his opponent.
Some notable names in the tournament include Okada, 2018 winner Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, IWGP junior heavyweight champion Will Ospreay, former IWGP heavyweight champions Tetsuya Naito and Jay White and two newcomers to the field: former Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) and KENTA (Hideo Itami).
The G1 Climax is known to provide some of the best matches of the calendar year. Here is everything you need to know about New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax 29.
(All times are Eastern)
New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax 29 dates
New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax takes place from July 6 - Aug. 12.
How to watch NJPW G1 Climax 29
NJPW G1 Climax 29 will be available on the New Japan World streaming service (subscription required) and the opening night on July 6 airs live on AXS TV.
NJPW G1 Climax 29 top matches, locations
A BLOCK - Thursday, July 18 - Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay
KENTA vs. Lance Archer
B BLOCK - Friday, July 19 - Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jon Moxley
Toru Yano vs. Jay White
Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito
A BLOCK - Saturday, July 20 - Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Lance Archer
Kota Ibushi vs. SANADA
KENTA vs. EVIL
B BLOCK - Wednesday, July 24 - Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall in Hiroshima, Japan
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito
Jeff Cobb vs. Jay White
Jon Moxley vs. Shingo Takagi
A BLOCK - Saturday, July 27 - Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Aichi, Japan
Kazuchika Okada vs. KENTA
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA
Kota Ibushi vs. Lance Archer
Will Ospreay vs. Bad Luck Fale
B BLOCK - Sunday, July 28 - Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Aichi, Japan
Tetsuya Naito vs. Jon Moxley
Shingo Takagi vs. Jay White
A BLOCK - Tuesday, July 30 - Takamatsu City General Gymnasium Arena 1 in Kagawa, Japan
Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL
Kota Ibushi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
KENTA vs. SANADA
B BLOCK - Thursday, Aug. 1 - Fukuoka Citizen Gymnasium in Fukuoka, Japan
Juice Robinson vs. Tetsuya Naito
Toru Yano vs. Jon Moxley
Taichi vs. Jay White
A BLOCK - Saturday, Aug. 3 - Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan
Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
Will Ospreay vs. EVIL
KENTA vs. Bad Luck Fale
B BLOCK - Sunday, Aug. 4 - Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka
Jon Moxley vs. Jay White
Tetsuya Naito vs. Shingo Takagi
A BLOCK - Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Hamamatsu Arena in Shizuoka, Japan
Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Will Ospreay vs. KENTA
B BLOCK - Thursday, Aug. 8 - Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa, Japan
Juice Robinson vs. Jay White
Hirooki Goto vs. Jon Moxley
Jeff Cobb vs. Tetsuya Naito
A BLOCK - Saturday, Aug. 10 - Nippon Budokan in Tokyo
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Will Ospreay
KENTA vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
B BLOCK - Sunday, Aug. 11 - Nippon Budokan in Tokyo
Juice Robinson vs. Jon Moxley
Tetsuya Naito vs. Jay White
FINALS - Monday, Aug. 12 - Nippon Budokan in Tokyo
A Block winner vs. B Block winner
NJPW G1 Climax 29 Standings
A Block Points B Block Points Kazuchika Okada 4 Jon Moxley 4 KENTA 4 Juice Robinson 4 Lance Archer 4 Tomohiro Ishii 4 Bad Luck Fale 2 Hirooki Goto 2 SANADA 2 Shingo Takagi 2 Will Ospreay 2 Taichi 2 EVIL 2 Toru Yano 2 Hiroshi Tanahashi 0 Jay White 0 Kota Ibushi 0 Jeff Cobb 0 Zack Sabre Jr. 0 Tetsuya Naito 0