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Updated NJPW G1 Climax 31 Standings After Day 13

A new leader in the A Block

Zack Sabre Jr. is no longer at the top of the A Block.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling headed to Edion Arena Osaka for the latest round of A Block matches on Saturday, October 9, and in one of the matches of the tournament, KENTA defeated Zack Sabre Jr. with the Go 2 Sleep, knocking ZSJ out of first place. 

Kota Ibushi was ultimately the man to take Sabre Jr's place following his main event victory over Great-O-Khan. IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi also leapfrogged ZSJ in the standings after The Dragon defeated Tanga Loa.

The full results from October 9 are as follows:

  • El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Kosei Fujita & Ryohei Oiwa - Special Tag Team Match
  • Tomohiro Ishii def. Hiromu Takahashi - Special Singles Match
  • KENTA def. Zack Sabre Jr. 
  • Toru Yano def. Yujiro Takahashi 
  • Shingo Takagi def. Tanga Loa
  • Kota Ibushi def. Great-O-Khan


The updated A Block standings are as follows:

1. Kota Ibushi 12 points (6-2)
2. Shingo Takagi 10 points (5-2)
3. KENTA 10 points (5-2)
4. Zack Sabre Jr. 10 points (5-2)
5. Tomohiro Ishii 8 points (4-3)
6. Toru Yano 8 points (4-3)
7. Great-O-Khan 8 points (4-4)
8. Tanga Loa 4 points (2-5)
9. Yujiro Takahashi 4 points (2-5)
10. Tetsuya Naito 0 points (0-9) - Naito pulled out of G1 Climax 31 with a knee injury 


NJPW's B Block will resume on Tuesday, October 12. The standings are as follows:

1. Jeff Cobb 12 points (6-0)
2. Kazuchika Okada 12 points (6-0)
3. EVIL 10 points (5-1)
4. Hiroshi Tanahashi 6 points (3-3)
5. Taichi 4 points (2-4)
6. SANADA 4 points (2-4)
7. Hirooki Goto 4 points (2-4)
8. YOSHI-HASHI 4 points (2-4)
9. Tama Tonga 2 points (1-5)
10. Chase Owens 2 points (1-5)

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