The finals for this year’s G1 Climax are now set.
It will be Kota Ibushi vs. Jay White in the G1 finals at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan overnight tonight. The show will air live on New Japan World and will begin at 2 a.m. Eastern time (11 p.m. Pacific).
Ibushi defeated Kazuchika Okada on Saturday to win the A Block, while White became the B Block winner by defeating Tetsuya Naito in this morning’s main event.
After White vs. Naito, there was a post-match angle where White called Ibushi out to the ring. White claimed that Gedo wouldn’t be in his corner for the G1 finals. White offered a handshake to Ibushi. White went to attack him, but Ibushi avoided a kick. White then ducked a kick from Ibushi.
Gedo grabbed Ibushi’s leg as he went to leave the ring. White targeted Ibushi’s left ankle, putting it inside of a chair and using another one to give Ibushi multiple chair shots.
In today’s other tournament matches, Shingo Takagi defeated Hirooki Goto, Juice Robinson defeated Jon Moxley, Taichi defeated Tomohiro Ishii, and Jeff Cobb defeated Toru Yano.
Ibushi went 7-2 in A Block action and finished with 14 points. White went 6-3 in his tournament matches and ended up as the B Block winner with 12 points.
Before going on to win their blocks, Ibushi lost his first two tournament matches and White lost his first three. Ibushi was defeated by KENTA and EVIL. White lost to Goto, Ishii, and Yano.
The winner of Ibushi vs. White will be set up as the IWGP Heavyweight Championship challenger for Wrestle Kingdom 14, though they’ll likely defend their title shot between now and January.