The G1 Climax is a very big deal for NJPW. The winner generally ends up headlining the next Wrestle Kingdom show in January. Since this year’s Wrestle Kingdom event will be two nights that makes this year’s round robin tournament so much more important.

Jon Moxley made his intentions known at Dominion that he wants in the G1 Climax tournament this year. The 29th annual tournament will be eventful because the former Lunatic Fringe is now in.

When NJPW made the announcement official that Mox is going to be a part of the G1 Climax the crowd popped big. You can watch in the video below and hear the New Japan crowd’s reaction.

Moxley is obviously over in Japan as he’s not only dominated, but also shown his appreciation for the opportunity to perform in the promotion. That respect goes a long way and Japanese fans love the Death Rider.


We will have to wait and see how much Moxley can work for NJPW once AEW starts up their television show on TNT in the Fall, but it looks like the Summer is already heating up now that Jon Moxley is officially in the G1 Climax.

Here are the rest of the participants below. It looks like a very impressive tournament including KENTA, Okada, Zack Sabre Jr, Juice Robinson, Jeff Cobb, Will Ospreay and more. NJPW is going to put on some amazing matches with this tournament.

Block A:

  • Kazuchika Okada
  • Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi
  • Kota Ibushi
  • EVIL
  • Bad Luck Fale
  • Lance Archer
  • Will Ospreay

Block B:

  • Tetsuya Naito
  • Tomohiro Ishii
  • Juice Robinson
  • Toru Yano
  • Hirooki Goto
  • Jay White
  • Jeff Cobb
  • Shingo Takagi
  • Taichi
  • Jon Moxley
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