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NJPW announces competitors for this year’s G1 Climax tournament

New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the competitors for this year's G1 Climax tournament during the Kizuna Road show at Korakuen Hall on Tuesday morning.

NJPW has yet to announce the blocks or match schedule for the tournament but it’s expected that the promotion will make the announcement at the Kizuna Road shows on June 26th and 27th. The tournament is set to begin on July 17th and concludes on August 13th, with the A Block winner facing the B Block winner on the final day. The winner of the tournament will receive a briefcase to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at next year's Tokyo Dome show on January 4th. Here is a list of the competitors:

Hiroshi Tanahashi

Togi Makabe

Michael Elgin

Kazuchika Okada

Hirooki Goto

Tomohiro Ishii

Toru Yano

YOSHI-HASHI

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