Updated NJPW G1 Climax 31 Standings After Day 16

Jeff Cobb is in control

The B Block is down to two.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling held the penultimate round of B Block matches of G1 Climax 31 today at the Yamagata City General Sports Center. 

In a shocking upset in the main event, Tama Tonga defeated Kazuchika Okada following a Double-Underhook Piledriver to end The Rainmaker's undefeated run. 

This left Jeff Cobb firmly in control of the block as the former NEVER Openweight Champion survived plenty of interference from Dick Togo to defeat EVIL earlier in the day, eliminating The King Of Darkness in the process.

Cobb and Okada will square off on Wednesday, October 20 inside the Nippon Budokan in the final round of B Block matches. Okada needs to defeat Cobb to win the block while The Hawaiian Hulk only needs a time-limit draw or a win to advance to the finals on Thursday, October 21. 

The results from October 14 are as follows:

  • BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi def. Kosei Fujita & Ryohei Oiwa - Special Tag Team Match
  • Chase Owens def. Taichi
  • SANADA def. Hirooki Goto
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi def. YOSHI-HASHI
  • Jeff Cobb def. EVIL
  • Tama Tonga def. Kazuchika Okada

The B Block standings heading into the final round are as follows:

1. Jeff Cobb 16 points (8-0)
2. Kazuchika Okada 14 points (7-1)
3. EVIL 12 points (6-2)
4. Hiroshi Tanahashi 8 points (4-4)
5. SANADA 8 points (4-4)
6. Tama Tonga 6 points (3-5)
7. YOSHI-HASHI 4 points (2-6)
8. Hirooki Goto 4 points (2-6)
9. Chase Owens 4 points (2-6)
10. Taichi 4 points (2-6)

The A Block standings heading into the final round on Monday, October 18 are as follows:

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

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