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Updated NJPW G1 Climax 31 Standings After Opening 2 Nights

G1 is finally underway

G1 Climax 31 kicked off over the weekend as New Japan Pro-Wrestling held the opening matches of the A Block and B Block from Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan. 

In a shock result, Yujiro Takahashi defeated former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi on the opening night of the A Block. Toru Yano also got his customary surprise G1 victory, this time over KENTA. 

Check out the full results below:

September 18 - A Block:

  • SHO def. Ryohei Oiwa
  • Yujiro Takahashi def. Kota Ibushi
  • Great-O-Khan def. Tanga Loa
  • Toru Yano def. KENTA
  • Zack Sabre Jr. def. Tetsuya Naito
  • Shingo Takagi def. Tomohiro Ishii


September 19 - B Block:

  • SHO def. Kosei Fujita
  • EVIL def. YOSHI-HASHI
  • Jeff Cobb def. Chase Owens
  • SANADA def. Tama Tonga
  • Taichi def. Hirooki Goto
  • Kazuchika Okada def. Hiroshi Tanahashi


With the first two nights of G1 Climax 31 in the books, the standings are as follows:

A Block:

  1. Shingo Takagi 2 points (1-0)
  2. Yujiro Takahashi 2 points (1-0)
  3. Great-O-Khan 2 points (1-0)
  4. Zack Sabre Jr. 2 points (1-0)
  5. Toru Yano 2 points (1-0)
  6. KENTA 0 points (0-1)
  7. Tetsuya Naito 0 points (0-1)
  8. Tanga Loa 0 points (0-1)
  9. Kota Ibushi 0 points (0-1)
  10. Tomohiro Ishii 0 points (0-1)


B Block:

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

The second-round matches from the A Block and B Block will take place on Thursday, September 23 and Friday, September 24 from Ota City General Gymnasium. 


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