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G1 Rivalry Continues at New Japan’s Big October Shows

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Besides a month of good to great matches, another cool thing about New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s iconic G1 Climax tournament is that it provides a simple, logical, competition-based reason for wrestlers to keep working with each other after it’s over. is .

That can be seen in the matches NJPW recently announced for two upcoming events.

royal quest in London already had a big match with FTR defending their IWGP Tag titles against Aussie Open. But it’s a two-night affair, and while they’re at work, the Top Guys aren’t defending any of their belts on Sunday. Night two is led by Tetsuya Naito and Zack Sabre, Jr. The winner will have a chance at IWGP, United States Champion, Will Ospreay, somewhere down the line, but the match will also be a chance for ZSJ to make up for its two-minute loss to Naito in the G1.

Night two will also have a trio match which will cause further problems between current and former Bullet Club members who have been raging since before the tournament… and will lead to a singles match in Japan.

Here’s the full lineup from both shows. The cards feature a lot of talent from Rev Pro, New Japan’s UK partner.

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• FTR (c) vs. Aussie Open to the IWGP Tag Team Championship

• Will Ospreay vs. Shota Umino (untitled)

• Gedo, Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson & Jay White v Hikuleo, Jado, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tama Tonga

• Tomohiro Ishii and Kazuchika Okada vs. JONAH and Bad Dude Tito

• Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito vs. DOUKI, El Desperado & Zack Saber Jr.

• Gideon Gray & The Great-O-Khan vs. Ricky Knight Jr. & Michael Oku

• Kanji & Jazzy Gabert v Alex Windsor & Ava White

• Gabriel Kidd v Dan Moloney

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• Tetsuya Natio vs. Zack Saber Jr.

• Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson & Jay White v Hikuelo, Tama Tonga & Hiroshi Tanahashi

* Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Dude Tito

• Tomohiro Ishii vs. JONAH

• Gabriel Kidd, Shota Umino, Ricky Knight Jr. & FTR vs. Gideon Grey, Great-O-Khan, Will Ospreay & Aussie Open

• Jazzy Gabert vs. Ava White in the First Round of the IWGP Women’s Title Tournament

• Hiromu Takahashi & SANADA vs. Young Guns (Ethan Allen & Luke Jacobs)

• DOUKI & El Desperado vs. Michael Oku & Robbie X

The following week, NJPW will be back in Japan for their Declaration of Power show on October 10. We don’t have a full map for that yet, but what we do know is that G1 winner Kazuchika Okada will try to avenge his only loss in the tournament. And the final Bullet Club war continues with a big fight as White defends his IWGP World Heavyweight title against Tama Tonga, the man he kicked out of the Biz Cliz – and who beat him to keep him out of the G1 semifinals .

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We are also told that we can expect the return of KUSHIDA after his recent health problems.

This is what we know about Declaration of power:

• Jay White (c) vs. Tama Tonga for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship

• Kazuchika Okada vs. JONAH

• Taiji Ishimori vs. KUSHIDA (untitled)

• Shingo Takagi vs. EL Phantasmo in a “Who’s Your Daddy” match for the KOPW 2022 trophy

• Run Narita homecoming contest

All shows will be available with English commentary on New Japan streaming service, NJPWWorld.

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