🎶🎶 It’s the most wonderful time of the year… 🎶🎶
NJPW G1 Climax 27 is almost upon us, and this is my favorite time of year. I love the G1, even though it is a damn marathon and my already screwed up sleep schedule gets even worse. The month long tournament is one of the best things professional wrestling has to offer, and this year’s is stacking up to be one of the most interesting one’s yet.
Since this will be the first G1 tournament for many people, I thought this would be a good time to give existing fans a refresher course in the tournament itself and to give new fans some insight into the four-week event and introduce everyone to the competitors in each block.
So, let’s start off with a bit of history…
The G1 as we know it today began in August of 1991. Before that, NJPW’s annual tournament was known under several different monikers. From 1974-1977, the tournament was known as The World League. Then, it was the MSG League from 178-1982, the IWGP League from 1983-1988, and the World Cup Tournament in 1989. There was no tournament in 1990.
The first G1 Climax tournament was held from August 7th to August 11th in 1991. The rules of the tournament then were as they are now. The winner (assuming they are not the champion) has traditionally earned a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Since 2012, the winner has earned a contract that gave him the title shot at NJPW’s biggest show of the year: WrestleKingdom. The winner has had to defend that contract until the end of the year.
Beginning in 2015, NJPW reduced the number of G1 shows, increasing the length of the tournament from two to four weeks to give the participating wrestlers more time to rest and recover between matches. The tournament has, at times, been used as a platform to push new stars and cement existing stars as legends.
This year, the tournament will run from July 17th to August 13th, with all 19 shows airing live on NJPW World.
Ok, there’s some brief history on the event, now let’s get to some interesting factoids and to the competitors themselves.
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