Puroresu Spirit’s G1 CLIMAX 25 Breakdown

The G1 continues their yearly tradition of one of the biggest pro-wrestling tournaments in the world. This year features 20 wrestlers, 15 wrestlers from Japan and 5 hailing from the USA to Tonga, all vying for the chance to solidify themselves as the top wrestler after a grueling drive to claim the top position of their respected block.

Please join me as I, Charles/BushidoRX, will be singling out the matches that I have taken the most notice upon and will be adding some words to why they are standing out more over the others. There is plenty to look forward to in this years G1 and there will surely be something for every kind of pro-wrestling fan out there.

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Below are the wrestlers involved in this years G1 as and then the match listing through each and ever day.

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A BLOCK

● “The Most Outstanding Talent Every 1 out of 100 years” Hiroshi Tanahashi [2007 Winner] (14th year competing)
● “Bōsō King Kong” Togi Makabe [2009 Winner] (12th year competing)
● “The Wrestler” Katsuyori Shibata (5th year competing)
● “Stardust Genius” Tetsuya Naito [2013 Winner] (6th year competing)
● “Mōushi” Hiroyoshi Tenzan [03, 04, 06 Winner] (20th year competing)
● “Golden Star” Kota Ibushi (2nd year competing)
● “Sukonaru Dai Dorobo” Toru Yano (10th year competing)
● “Phenomenal” AJ Styles (2nd year competing)
● “The Outlaw” Doc Gallows (2nd year competing)
● “The UnderBoss” Bad Luck Fale (2nd year competing)

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B BLOCK

● “Gowan” Satoshi Kojima [2010 Winner] (14th year competing)
● “Blue Justice” Yuji Nagata [01 Winner] (17th year competing)
● “Aramusha” Hirooki Goto [2008 Winner] (8th year competing)
● “Minna no Kokeshi” Tomoaki Honma (2nd year competing)
● “King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura [2011 Winner] (12th year competing)
● “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada [12 & 14 Winner] (4th year competing)
● “CHAOS no Tokko-yaro” Tomohiro Ishii (3rd year competing)
● “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin (debut)
● “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson (6th year competing)
● “Mr. R Rated” Yujiro Takahashi (6th year competing)


 The full event cards can be seen through the link below…

NJPW Event Cards for July & August 2015 + G1 CLIMAX 25
https://puroresuspirit.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/njpw-event-cards-for-july-august-2015-g1-climax-25/


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 1″ 7/20/2015 [Mon] 15:00 @ Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkaido Kitayell

(-) A BLOCK: Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano
[The two former allies in the past squaring off to settle a years long grudge. Yano holds a win over Makabe from last years G1, which puts the current NEVER Openweight Champion in a position to not let it happen twice.]
(-) A BLOCK: AJ Styles vs. Katsuyori Shibata
[These two have never managed to meet in singles competition yet and that should definitely put a bit of interest into seeing how this will play out. The former IWGP Champion has stood at the top of NJPW multiple times now as Shibata has never managed to achieve this same feat, be that on his rocky past or otherwise.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
[I don’t think NJPW could have picked a higher profile match to kick off the main event of the first night of the G1. Both men are at the top in terms of sheer fan popularity and should cause a split with the fans in terms of who they will want to see get the victory. I would think that Ibushi will get a bit of the underdog pull in his favor as he could cement himself as a true viable contender in the heavyweight ranks with a win over Tanahashi.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 2″, 7/23/2015 [Thu] 18:30 @ Twin Messe Shizuoka

(-) B BLOCK: Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii
[A rematch from last years G1 as Kojima will be looking to avenge the loss to Ishii.]
(-) B BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada vs. Michael Elgin
[A make or break for Elgin as he been pushing for an opportunity to compete in Japan. Nothing says its time to step up than facing against the current reigning IWGP Champion in your first singles match in New Japan.]
(-) B BLOCK: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Karl Anderson
[Their match back in 2012 stands out as the height of Anderson’s singles rise in NJPW as both men put forth a solid match against one another. I personally would like to see that fire once more as I thought Anderson could have actually gone somewhere before seemingly being thrown back into the tag team hell.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 3″, 7/24/2015 [Fri] 18:30 @ Kyoto City Budo Center

(-) A BLOCK: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito
[In what I think could be an interesting match up for the night. I do not recall these two ever meeting yet in singles action, but they have before in a tag bout. It should be intereting to see how these two flow when pitted against one another.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan
[A classic bout featuring the current ace Tanahashi taking on the man who was at the top of the promotion just 10 years ago. Tenzan still tries to go his hardest when it is G1 time and you will be hard pressed to not see a good match being not delivered from Tanahashi.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 4″, 7/25/2015 [Sat] 18:00 @ Takamatsu City General Gymnasium, 1st Stadium in Kagawa

(-) B BLOCK: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yuji Nagata
[Nagata is known to push the tempo up a bit when in the ring with Nakamura and I expect it to see it again this year.]
(-) B BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomoaki Honma
[The ultimate underdog in NJPW, Honma, taking on the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. The fans will surely be pulling completely in Honma’s favor as they eagerly inticipate the moment where he claims a much needed high profile victory. It would be no more high profile than against a champion, let alone in the main event.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 5″, 7/26/2015 [Sun] 18:00 @ Hiroshima Green Arena

(-) A BLOCK: AJ Styles vs. Kota Ibushi
[Styles being noted at being one of the standout high-fliers of his time and Ibushi who has made a name for himself for his risk taking and natural abilites, much to the same as Styles. Ibushi still has much to prove as he makes the climb at being a legitimate challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight namesake, while Styles is just coming off of his second run with the belt.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
[These two are far from strangers against one another with Tanahashi being the established wrestler and Naito looking to solidify his own name as well. This match could set forth an early breakaway for their block.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 6″, 7/28/2015 [Tue] 18:30 @ Beppu City B-Con Plaza in Oita

(-) B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto vs. Tomoaki Honma
[These two have had solid matches in the past with both willing to dish out and take unending punishment to try and come out the victor. Honma of course tends to be on the losing side of things, but as with the Okada match, the fans will be fueling Honma to pull the upset.]
(-) B BLOCK: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Michael Elgin
[Another high profile match for Elgin as he will continue to look to have a decent showing in the G1.]
(-) B BLOCK: Satoshi Kojima vs. Kazuchika Okada
[Their match from the G1 23 still stands out in my mind as Kojima wrote out a check against the young Okada as he captured the win. The two got placed in seperate blocks last year but this year they find themselves squaring off once more vying for the points to lead the charge. Much like the Tanahashi/Naito match the event before, I see this one being a potential early separation when it comes to the early lead.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 7″, 7/29/2015 [Wed] 18:30 @ Fukuoka Kokusai Center

(-) A BLOCK: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kota Ibushi
[The grappler versus the high-flier. Though Ibushi has been known to test his hand at grappling when necessary, so this will be interesting in see what kind of match flow will we see. Both can deliver explosions when needed so we could see something special here.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
[Fale claimed the win over Tanahashi as one of the more big upsets in the whole tournament. Fale would solidify himself as a solid contender after claiming a few high key wins. Tanahashi ]
(-) A BLOCK: AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito
[In another rematch, Naito holds a victory over Styles following last years G1 and could be on the verge to pulling one over the former IWGP Champion twice. But one has to think that Styles shall be aiming to reclaim that loss. Again a possible early make or break for the block standings.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 8″, 8/1/2015 [Sat] 17:00 @ Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

(-) B BLOCK: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomohiro Ishii
[Nakamura and Ishii rarely end up on the opposite side of one another as Nakamura is one of the biggest proponents of the older Ishii to get a singles push to begin with. Ishii more or less goes out and tries to run rampant through everything as hard as his body will let him. Nakamura should provide back an interesting dynamic to Ishii smash as hard as you can style.]
(-) B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada
[The showdown between the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion in Goto and the IWGP Heavyweight Champion in Okada. Goto and Okada have exchanged wins and loses in the past, but more times than not Okada has came out the victor when it comes to the higher profile moments. Rarely do the two champions ever meet in a match, but we should expect a fired up contest as Goto has a lot to prove following a loss to Okada at last years G1.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 9″, 8/2/2015 [Sun] 16:00 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

(-) A BLOCK: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Bad Luck Fale
[A rematch following last years G1 as Shibata will be looking to reclaim a loss from last years tournament… or yet another fall by the hands of Fale.]
(-) A BLOCK: Togi Makabe vs. Tetsuya Naito
[Makabe claimed the win over Naito last year and may very well be looking to do it again. Naito’s new “uncaring attitude” will definitely be at play during this years G1, but it will be interesting to see if his performances will take a full blown hit as well.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano
[Yano might as well be called the “Ace Crusher” at this point as he has managed one more than once occasion at slipping one over Tanahashi. The two have traded wins and loses already before heading into the tournament, so this could go either way. Though one can say it is hard to bet against Tanahashi during the crucial moments.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 10″, 8/4/2015 [Tue] 18:30 @ Sendai Sun Plaza Hall in Miyagi

(7) B BLOCK: Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii
[These two went to battle at last years G1 with Ishii coming out the victor over the older veteran Nagata. Nagata rarely stands back and lets a loss loom over him, so one could be a solid match as Nagata aims to reclaim that loss.]
(8) B BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson
[Anderson has had Okada’s number last year, so again in this instance it shall be interesting to see what will transpire this time around.]
(9) B BLOCK: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto
[These two have become rivals over the years with more recently the two doing countless battles over the claim of the IWGP IC belt. Goto of course captured the belt from Nakamura this year and currently holds yet another victory over the former champion just right before the G1. This one could go either way.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 11″, 8/5/2015 [Wed] 18:30 @ Iwate industry Cultural Center Apio

(-) A BLOCK: AJ Styles vs. Togi Makabe
[These two faced off at last years G1 with Styles coming out the victor once the smoke had cleared. Makabe is the champion going into this match holding the NEVER Openweight belt with Styles still remaining in the IWGP Heavyweight title hunt.]
(-) A BLOCK: Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
[Let’s take this back to the 2013 G1 Climax as this match is the first thing I think of when you mention these two’s names. This match did quite a bit to solidify Ibushi as a threat to the heavyweight division as picked up the win over Naito. Naito of course would go on to win that years G1, but he never go to rectify the loss to the “Golden Star”. This match has every opportunity to out-due the one from 2013 given both seem perfectly healthy as of this writing.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 12″, 8/7/2015 [Fri] 18:30 @ Act City Hamamatsu in Shizuoka

(-) B BLOCK: Satoshi Kojima vs. Hirooki Goto
[Both of the NJPW heavy hitters squaring off in the ring in a match that just on paper has me pretty interested in seeing. This match will more than likely end with a flurry of lariats as both will be trying to knock the other out to set up the finish.]
(-) B BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii
[These two faced off in the 2013 G1 with Okada picking up the victory over Ishii. Okada of course is coming in as the headlining champion and will once more have the early edge, in the regard, but I will ever be looking to see any sort of upset coming out of this years G1. Maybe this could be one? We will see.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 13″, 8/8/2015 [Sat] 18:30 @ Yokoahama Cultural Gymnasium in Yokohama

(-) A BLOCK: Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
[Much like against Tanahashi, Yano has also managed to get the pin-fall over Naito as well in the process. With Naito’s current mentality he is almost coming off as a wild card this year. He has proven himself in the past, but has seemingly struggled since failing to follow up his G1 win with a IWGP victory.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
[The eternal grudge between these two is mostly known by all as sparks are sure to fly when these two will clash in the ring on this night. Shibata pulled out with the win over Tanahashi last year and that should do nothing but fuel the battle we could see when they meet once more.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 14″, 8/9/2015 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
[Let us head into talking about this match just from a recent standpoint. As of late last year, Ishii currently holds a solid victory over Goto in defense of the NEVER belt. With Goto holding a solid victory over Ishii just a couple years before that with the IC belt on the line. Goto will have a lot of the line as he is now coming in as a champion and cannot leave the tournament with too many loses sitting over his rightful claim as being a champion. This match could go either way but regardless should be an interesting clash to say the least.]
(-) B BLOCK: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomoaki Honma
[These two have faced each other many times in tag team matches, but I honestly cannot recall any, if at all, singles matches. This is one that could very well be one to look out for just based on the notion of something potential new and unexpected. Again, could this be a break out match that Honma desperately seeks? We’ll definitely have to watch and see.
*Correction the two faced at last years G1. Again, still the idea the Honma is always digging and clawing to make a moment his own should come into play.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 15″, 8/11/2015 [Tue] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) A BLOCK: AJ Styles vs. Bad Luck Fale
[A Bullet Club showdown as the former IWGP Champion takes on the bodyguard in what could be an interesting match-up on a couple fronts. Styles could prove himself as being a former champion, while Fale has much to prove as a win could put all the eyes back on him as the ever-growing heavyweight monster that he was almost booked as last year.]
(-) A BLOCK: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe
[There is plenty of history between these two as both have had their defining moments throughout the years. This match will come at a pivotal moment in which the blocks will see the leaders making their further ahead of the rest.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 16″, 8/12/2015 [Wed] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

(-) B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto vs. Michael Elgin
[A match that could be very fitting for Elgin at least. Goto and Elgin stack up fairly evenly in terms of height and size and I see this match only ending one way after they try and hammer each other down a notch.]
(-) B BLOCK: Satoshi Kojima vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
[Kojima and Nakamura have had a couple matches as of this writing with them being notably solid bouts when all is said and done. Kojima will be coming in with a loss over Nakamura as of last years G1 and this could provide the dynamic for Kojima to push himself hard. At least I can only hope to see the sparks flying here.]
(-) B BLOCK: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma
[I am almost speechless in terms of what I can say here, but truthfully some of the best matches in the last couples years have come between these two. Both have spent most of their careers on the bottom of the talent pools, though both actually being some of the more sound wrestlers in Japan today. Both have different upbringings in the sport as Honma as former pioneer of the modern death match scene in Japan and Ishii coming from being trained by Riki Choshu. Though once that bell rings these two throw everything that they have in their arsenal against one other. This will once more be an ultimate battle of the underrated wrestlers as we could very well end up with another fantastic outing when the match is all said and done.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 17″, 8/14/2015 [Fri] 18:30 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo

(-) A BLOCK: Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi
[Ibushi is not a stranger to facing off against the bigger and, maybe, stronger opponents, saying that as Ibushi has miraculous feats of power himself, and this could be an interesting clash of styles. Makabe will try and smash everything before them, but Ibushi has the ability to use his speed and power to get in and out of any situation when needed. Their match has my interest at least.]
(-) A BLOCK: AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
[There would probably not being any Styles in NJPW if it wasn’t for his matches against Tanahashi in TNA almost 10 years ago. These two have managed to gel together in more ways than one as they share many similarities in terms of being able to keep a strong pace in matches. Both started out in their careers as high flyers who have adapted to a slower and more methodical pace as they have started getting in their late 30’s. I am expected nothing but another solid match as the two find themselves across from one another yet again. This match could very well have ramifications to how the G1 Final will be set, both look to be in the early strong lead to take it all the way this year, more so for Tanahashi.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day 18″, 8/15/2015 [Sat] 18:30 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo

(-) B BLOCK: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Michael Elgin
[Much like the Goto and Elgin match several nights back, this one I expect to be much the same when it comes to two little tanks trying to smash into each other as hard as possible. Elgin will have several key matches to prove himself throughout the tournament and this will be the final match of the G1 for him to make one last statement.]
(-) B BLOCK: Hirooki Goto vs. Yuji Nagata
[Two men who have managed to put on clinics in the ring in just about every match they have found themselves across from one another. Early on in Goto’s career, when he was first making the jump in the heavyweight devision, he managed to claim several victories over the already established veteran and helped set himself up to being a solid name in the years to come. It has been several years since these two have been crossed in singles action and I for one will be interested in seeing what may end up coming about between these two. Especially given that they are being setup for a showcase on the final night.]
(-) B BLOCK: Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
[A match that many have been calling for since Okada first began his charge in the IWGP title picture, but one that never happened as both are on the same side of CHAOS. All friendships and partnerships are thrown to the side when it comes to the G1 as anything can and will be set in place to happen. This match will have most of the fans attention as it is something that has yet to be seen. Also much like the match from the night before this one as well has the early billing of potentially setting up who will be moving on to the final match.]


 “G1 CLIMAX 25 – Day FINAL” 8/16/2015 [Sun] 15:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo

(-) Final Match: [A BLOCK #1] vs. [B BLOCK #1]

[Now I guess it is time to pick who I believe will make it to the finals…
Just judging by how things are set up on the final days it seems everything is more or less written for the A BLOCK to come down to either AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and for the B BLOCK with Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. We could very well see a final between Tanahashi and Nakamura. Tanahashi who last won the G1 all the way back in 2007 and Nakamura just back here in 2011. Of course anything can happen in the G1 and I personally would like to see a curve ball thrown in the mix to make this less predictable if it comes down to the route that NJPW looks to have planned.]

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I have been following Japanese Pro Wrestling for 20 years now and I have also been doing some form of covering it either in news or results for nearly 15 years as well. I got my start in promotions like AJPW, NJPW, FMW and Michinoku Pro. With All Japan being my go to promotion till this very day. Throughout the years I have followed All Japan more closely than any of the others out there, and thus I have taken it upon myself to keep people informed with what is happening all throughout sport in Japan. If it does not appear on the news feed I either do not follow it closely enough to relate the information or it just not my go to promotion in general. Follow Puroresu Spirit, which is my personal site, as I do my best to keep you all informed with what is happening in the land of the rising sun.
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