The G1 Climax Tournament is a pretty big deal in New Japan Pro Wrestling. This 20-man round robin styled tournament event is a grueling task for anyone involved. But the prize is worth every bit of effort these outstanding pro wrestlers put into it.
The winner of the tournament receives an opportunity to go for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 13. The names of the 20 participants were announced earlier today and you’ll be quick to notice that Kenny Omega is on the list of people going for his title at Wresle Kingdom 13. Kazuchika Okada is on the roster of participants as well and you know he’s chomping at the bit to regain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
This year’s participants include: Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Michael Elgin, Jay White, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Juice Robinson, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, YOSHI-HASHI, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Hangman Page, Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr., and Kota Ibushi.
There are a lot of possibilities of how this could go down. But only time will tell because things can change pretty quickly when you’re talking about the G1 Climax.