The G1 Climax 30 is a professional wrestling tournament promoted by the Japan-based New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The tournament will start on September 19 and will be concluded on October 18, 2020. It is the thirtieth edition of G1 Climax, and forty-sixth edition of the tournament counting its previous forms under different names.
Considered NJPW's most important tournament, the G1 Climax features twenty wrestlers, divided in two blocks of ten ("A" and "B"). Each participant faces all nine other wrestlers within the same block in singles matches. The winner of each block is determined via a point system, with two points for a win, one point for a draw, and no point for a defeat; each night of the event sees the ten members of one block compete for the tournament, while the members of the non-competing block perform in tag team matches that have no influence of the tournament results. On the final day of the event, the winners of both blocks face each other to determine the winner of the G1 Climax, who will gain a future match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom, NJPW's biggest yearly event.
As usual, the tournament took place over several cities and locations; the 2020 edition marked the first time that the G1 Climax tournament is taking place in the fall due to the 2020 Olympic Games. The event will broadcast live on TV Asahi and Fighting TV Samurai in Japan, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling World worldwide.
On January 5, 2019, during Wrestle Kingdom 14 in Tokyo Dome, NJPW officially announced the 2020 edition of the tournament between September 19 and October 18; it was announced that the tournament would be held at in October due to the 2020 Olympic Games, marking the first time that the tournament would be held in the fall.
Tournament rules Edit
As per usual G1 Climax tradition, the tournament features twenty wrestlers, divided in two blocks of ten ("A" and "B"). Each participant faces all nine other wrestler within the same block in singles match, with the winner of each block being determined via a point system, gaining two points for a win, one point for a tie, and no point for a defeat; each night of the event sees the ten members of a same block compete for the tournament, while the members of the non-competing block perform in tag team matches that have no influence of the tournament results, typically facing their future tournament opponents. In case of several wrestler sharing the top score, the results of the matches those wrestlers had when facing each others in the tournament act as tiebreaker, with the one having the most wins over the other top-scorers determining the winner of the block.
On the final day of the event, the respective winners of both blocks face each other to determine the winner of the G1 Climax, who would gain a future match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, NJPW's top championship, at Wrestle Kingdom, NJPW's biggest yearly event; if the IWGP Heavyweight Champion himself wins, he gets to pick his opponent at Wrestle Kingdom. The low-card matches have a twenty-minutes time limit, while the matches of the tournament have a 30-minutes time limit (with the time limit being reached resulting in a tie); the final match between the two block winners has no time limit.
|September 19–20||Edion Arena Osaka||Namba, Osaka, Japan|
|September 27||Kobe World Memorial Hall||Kobe, Hyogo, Japan|
|October 10||Edion Arena Osaka||Namba, Osaka, Japan|
|October 16–18||Nippon Budokan||Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan|
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- ↑ 4.0 4.1 New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax: All you need to know as tournament kicks off . Daily Mirror (2018-07-14). Retrieved on 2019-07-24.
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