NJPW G1 Climax 2015/16 Breakdown

New Japan Pro Wrestling, Japan’s leading wrestling promotion currently is big on tournaments. But the biggest of all of their big tournaments is on the horizon. This years NJPW G1 Climax is a very drastic change from what we saw last year. Why? Because WWE have looked closer than ever at the Japanese scene recently. There is no exact reason why, but lots of people say it is because of the change it leadership, with Vince McMahon giving full control of NXT to Paul Levesque (Triple H). But because of this big raid, we will see a big change in the names we will see in the tournament this year.

The tournament works in two blocks, with the top competitor from each block moving to the finals. Let’s take a look at 2015’s blocks first.

Block A:

  1. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  2. A.J. Styles
  3. Tetsuya Naito
  4. Bad Luck Fale
  5. Toru Yano
  6. Katsuyori Shibata
  7. Kota Ibushi
  8. Togi Makabe
  9. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
  10. Doc Gallows

Block B:

  1. Shinsuke Nakamura
  2. Kazuchika Okada
  3. Karl Anderson
  4. Hirooki Goto
  5. Tomohiro Ishii
  6. Michael Elgin
  7. Yujiro Tanahashi
  8. Yuji Nagata
  9. Satoshi Kojima
  10. Tomoaki Honma

And here is the 2016 lineup:

Block A:

  1. Bad Luck Fale
  2. Hirooki Goto
  3. Tomohiro Ishii
  4. Satoshi Kojima
  5. Togi Makabe
  6. Naomichi Marufuji
  7. Kazuchika Okada
  8. Sanada
  9. Hiroshi Tanahashi
  10. Tama Tonga

Block B:

  1. Michael Elgin
  2. Evil
  3. Tomoaki Honma
  4. Tetsuya Naito
  5. Katsuhiko Nakajima
  6. Yuji Nagata
  7. Kenny Omega
  8. Katsuyori Shibata
  9. Toru Yano
  10. Yoshi-Hashi

Now here is the names that were in the 2015 tournament, but are not this year.

A.J. Styles, Kota Ibushi, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Doc Gallows, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Yujiro Tanahashi.

These were all pretty big names, and four of the names in this group (rumored a possible fifth) jumped ship to WWE. I honestly expected more Ring of Honor names on this list, people who would be able to take lots of losses, because you need people like that. Not everyone can do a good performance in the tournament, some people have to only have a few/no wins in the tournament.

But will the tournament be as good after all of these names have been replaced? I personally think no. There are still very big names in this tournament, but any of the “dream matches” that you could make out of this tournament have already happened at least once. Japan is very low on talent after WWE raided them, and that is not a good sign. NJPW needs to bring in some new talent that could create new matchups, and could  generate new ideas for the company.

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2 thoughts on “NJPW G1 Climax 2015/16 Breakdown

  1. I’d argue that this G1 line-up is looking way better than last year’s. Lots of match-ups that look great, such as Nakajima/Shibata, SANADA/Tana, Tana/Okada, Omega/Naito, Shibata/EVIL, Shibata/Honma, Shibata/Omega, Tana/Marufuji, Marufuji/Okada, Ishii/Okada, Ishii/Tana, Marufuji/SANADA, SANADA/Okada, Yano/Naito, I could go on and on about matches that I’m hyped for, if I really wanted to.


    1. That is true, and I would say that there are some real great lineups. Imo it just could of used a few more Gaijin’s. Thanks for reading the article! ❤


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