G1 Climax 31 Central: Complete guide to G1 Climax 31 including reviews, matches, lineups how to watch, match recommendations, more

By Sean Radican, PWTorch Columnist (Twitter: @SR_Torch)


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G1 Climax 31 Central is meant to be a comprehensive guide for New Japan viewers both old and new to follow the tournament this year. The guide will be updated as the tournament progresses with show review links, match recommendations for each night, and updated standings for both blocks.

HOW TO WATCH: All G1 Climax 31 events will air live and on demand after airing live with English and Japanese commentary on NJPW World.

A BLOCK STANDINGS (final standings)

Kota Ibushi (7-2, 14 pts) *A block winner
Shingo Takagi (6-2-1, 13 pts)
Kenta (6-3, 12 pts)
Zack Sabre Jr. (6-3, 12 pts)
Toru Yano (5-4, 10 pts)
Tomohiro Ishii (5-4, 10 pts)
Great-O-Khan (4-5, 8 pts)
Tanga Loa (3-6, 6 pts)
Yujiro Takahashi (2-6-1, 5 pts)
Tetsuya Naito (0-9, 0 pts) *injured on Sept. 18

B BLOCK STANDINGS (final standings)

Kazuchika Okada (8-1, 16 pts)*B block winner *G1 Climax 31 winner
Jeff Cobb (8-1, 16 pts)
Evil (7-2, 14 pts)
Hiroshi Tanahashi (4-5, 8 pts)
Sanada (4-5, 8 pts)
Tama Tonga (3-6, 6 pts)
Hirooki Goto (3-6, 6 pts)
Yoshi-Hashi (3-6, 6 pts)
Taichi (3-6, 6 pts)
Chase Owens (2-7, 4 pts)

IMPORTANT G1 CLIMAX 31 NEWS

-NJPW announced on Sept. 21 that Tetsuya Naito suffered a knee injury during his match with Zack Sabre Jr. on Sept. 18 and as a result, he will miss the rest of the tournament. Naito forfeited the rest of his matches due to the injury and each of his remaining opponents were awarded two points. Naito’s remaining oppoenents will now wrestle special singles matches on the nights they were supposed to wrestle Naito against non-tournament competitors.

RADICAN’S G1 CLIMAX 31  SPOILER FREE VIEWING GUIDE: This guide will serve as a guide to those that can’t watch every match from every G1 Climax 31 event, but want to catch the high points. Matches included in this guide must rate ***1/2 or higher.

G1 Climax 31: Night 1, Sept. 18 (A Block):  Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tetsuya Naito (****), Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (****1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 2, Sept. 19 (B Block): Sanada vs. Tama Tonga (***3/4), Hirooki Goto vs. Taichi (***3/4), Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (****3/4)

G1 Climax 31: Night 3, Sept. 23 (A Block): Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (***1/2), Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shingo Takagi (****1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 4, Sept. 24 (B Block): Hirooki Goto vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (***1/2), Chase Owens vs. Tama Tonga (***1/2), Jeff Cobb vs. Yoshi-Hashi (***1/2), Taichi vs. Sanada (****1/2), Kazuchika Okada vs. Evil (****)

G1 Climax 31: Night 5, Sept. 26 (A Block): Yuji Nagata vs. Shingo Takagi – non-tournament (***1/2), Kenta vs. Tomohiro Ishii (***1/2), Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (****)

G1 Climax 31: Night 6, Sept. 29 (B Block): Jeff Cobb vs. Hirooki Goto (***3/4), Tama Tonga vs. HIroshi Tanahashi (****), Kazuchika Okada vs. Yoshi-Hashi (***1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 7, Sept. 30 (A Block): Great O-Khan vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (****), Shingo Takagi vs. Kenta (***3/4)

G1 Climax 31: Night 8, Oct. 1 (B Block): Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto (***1/2), Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Sanada (***1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 9, Oct. 3 (A Block): Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tomohiro Ishii (***3/4), Kota Ibushi vs. Shingo Takagi (****1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 10, Oct. 4 (B Block): Jeff Cobb vs. Taichi (****), Sanada vs. Kazuchika Okada (****1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 11, Oct. 7 (A Block): Kenta vs. Hiromu Takahashi (***3/4), Tomohiro Ishii vs. Great-O-Khan (****1/4)

G1 Climax 31: Night 12, Oct. 8, (B Block): Tama Tonga vs. Yoshi-Hashi (***1/2), Chase Owens vs. Hirooki Goto (***1/2), Jeff Cobb vs. Sanada (***3/4), Kazuchika Okada vs. Taichi (****1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 13, Oct. 9 (A Block): Hiromu Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishiii (***3/4), Kenta vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (****), Shingo Takagi vs. Tanga Loa (***3/4), Kota Ibushi vs. Great-O-Khan (***3/4)

G1 Climax 31: Night 14, Oct. 12 (B Block): Chase Owens vs. Kazuchika Okada (***1/2), Jeff Cobb vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (****)

G1 Climax 31: Night 15, Oct. 13, 2021 (A Block): Kota Ibushi vs. Satoshi Kojima (***1/2), Shingo Takagi vs. Great-O-Khan (****1/4)

G1 Climax 31: Night 16, Oct. 13, 2021 (B Block): Tama Tonga vs. Kazuchika Okada (****)

G1 Climax 31: Night 17, Oct. 18, 2021 (A block): Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tanga Loa (***3/4), Kota Ibushi vs. Kenta (****1/2)

G1 Climax 31: Night 18, Oct. 20, 2021 (B block): Tama Tonga vs. Hirooki Goto (***1/2), Taichi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (****), Jeff Cobb vs. Kazuchika Okada (****1/4)

G1 Climax 31: Finals, Oct. 21, 2021: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (****)

G1 CLIMAX 31 EVENT REVIEWS

G1 Climax 31: Night 1 review (Sept. 18, 2021) by Kelly Wells

G1 Climax 31: Night 2 review (Sept. 19, 2021) by Rich Fann

G1 Climax 31: Night 3 review (Sept. 23, 2021) by Zack Heydorn

G1 Climax 31: Night 4 review (Sept. 24, 2021) by Sean Radican

G1 Climax 31: Night 5 review (Sept. 26, 2021) By Rich Fann

G1 Climax 31: Night 6 review (Sept. 29, 2021) by Kelly Wells

G1 Climax 31: Night 7 review (Sept. 30, 2021) by Zack Heydorn

G1 Climax 31: Night 8 review (Oct. 1, 2021) by Tyler Sage

G1 Climax 31: Night 9 review (Oct. 3, 2021) by Rich Fann

G1 Climax 31: Night 10 review (Oct. 4, 2021) by Kelly Wells

G1 Climax 31: Night 11 review (Oct. 7, 2021) by Zack Heydorn

G1 Climax 31: Night 12 review (Oct. 8, 2021) by Sean Radican

G1 Climax 31: Night 13 review (Oct. 9, 2021) by Tyler Sage

G1 Climax 31: Night 14 review (Oct. 12, 2021) by Rich Fann

G1 Climax 31: Night 15 review (Oct. 13, 2021) by Sean Radican (coming soon)

G1 Climax 31: Night 16 review (Oct. 14, 2021) by Tyler Sage 

G1 Climax 31: Night 17 review (Oct. 18, 2021) by Tyler Sage

G1 Climax 31: Night 18 review (Oct. 20, 2021) by Kelly Wells

G1 Climax 31: Finals review (Oct. 21, 2021) by Sean Radican

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