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The Complete 2018 G1 Schedule

June 19, 2018
By: Lou Pickney

We now know the full lineup for the 2018 New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 28 tournament, complete with match orders for each show. This is a good thing, and New Japan seems to keep getting better at the G1 reveal. By not initially announcing who is going in which block, it allows the audience to imagine potential matchups and builds anticipation for the official block split reveal.

For whatever reason, the nightly match order on the English language NJPW site is incorrect in text form, but listed correctly on the graphics. So I've created a list that reflects the correct order, starting with the main event and going down from there. Obviously the match order of the final two nights of round-robin competition is subject to change, as usual for New Japan round-robin tournaments.

Notice how little faith there is in YOSHI-HASHI with him being in the first tournament slot nearly every time in Block A. He does have one main event match against Kazuchika Okada, almost like a test to see how good of a match Okada can get out of YOSHI-HASHI in a main event spot.

Okada is 11-0 all-time against YOSHI-HASHI going back to when both were young lions, though they haven't wrestled since 2012 when Okada beat him in less than five minutes. That's quite the tale of two career arcs there.

You can find more here about the 2018 G1 on the official New Japan Pro Wrestling English language website: https://www.njpw1972.com/30048. The entire tournament will air live on New Japan World, with English commentary available for all shows. I look forward to hearing Kevin Kelly's reaction to some of the unusual buildings, like the Niigata arena (Aore, Nagaoka City Hall) with the oversized Jenga blocks on the wall.


2018 G1 Climax 28 Schedule

7/14 Tokyo - Ota City General Gymnasium (Block A)
Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Michael Elgin vs. EVIL
Bad Luck Fale vs. Hangman Page
Togi Makabe vs. YOSHI-HASHI

7/15 Tokyo - Ota City General Gymnasium (Block B)
Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito
Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Hirooki Goto vs. SANADA
Juice Robinson vs. Tama Tonga
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Toru Yano

7/16 Hokkaido (Block A)
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Jay White
Togi Makabe vs. Minoru Suzuki
Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale
Michael Elgin vs. Hangman Page
YOSHI-HASHI vs. EVIL

7/19 Tokyo - Korakuen Hall (Block B)
Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito
Juice Robinson vs. Kota Ibushi
Toru Yano vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
SANADA vs. Tama Tonga

7/20 Tokyo - Korakuen Hall (Block A)
Kazuchika Okada vs. Hangman Page
Togi Makabe vs. EVIL
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bad Luck Fale
Michael Elgin vs. Jay White
YOSHI-HASHI vs. Minoru Suzuki

7/21 Tokyo - Korakuen Hall (Block B)
Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
Kenny Omega vs Tama Tonga
Juice Robinson vs Tetsuya Naito
SANADA vs Zack Sabre Jr.
Toru Yano vs Kota Ibushi

7/22 Tokyo - Esforta Arena Hachioji (Block A)
Togi Makabe vs. Kazuchika Okada
EVIL vs. Bad Luck Fale
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hangman Page
Jay White vs. Minoru Suzuki
Michael Elgin vs. YOSHI-HASHI

7/26 Niigata (Block B)
SANADA vs Kota Ibushi
Juice Robinson vs Kenny Omega
Tomohiro Ishii vs Zack Sabre Jr.
Tetsuya Naito vs Tama Tonga
Hirooki Goto vs Toru Yano

7/27 Shizuoka (Block A)
Kazuchika Okada vs. YOSHI-HASHI
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe
Michael Elgin vs. Minoru Suzuki
Jay White vs. Bad Luck Fale
EVIL vs. Hangman Page

7/28 Aichi (Block B)
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi
Kenny Omega vs. SANADA
Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito
Juice Robinson vs. Toru Yano
Tama Tonga vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

7/30 Takamatsu, Kagawa (Block A)
Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada
EVIL vs. Minoru Suzuki
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI
Jay White vs. Hangman Page
Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale

8/1 Kagoshima (Block B)
Hirooki Goto vs. Kota Ibushi
Kenny Omega vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito
Juice Robinson vs. SANADA
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tama Tonga

8/2 Fukuoka (Block A)
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL
Michael Elgin vs. Bad Luck Fale
Togi Makabe vs. Hangman Page
Jay White vs. YOSHI-HASHI

8/4 Osaka (Block B)
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega
Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi
Juice Robinson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Hirooki Goto vs. Tama Tonga
Toru Yano vs. SANADA

8/5 Osaka (Block A)
Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Michael Elgin
Togi Makabe vs Jay White
Hangman Page vs Minoru Suzuki
YOSHI-HASHI vs Bad Luck Fale

8/8 Yokohama, Kanagawa (Block B)
Tetsuya Naito vs. SANADA
Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega
Kota Ibushi vs. Tama Tonga
Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Juice Robinson vs. Tomohiro Ishii

8/10 Tokyo - Budokan Hall (Block A)
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Jay White vs. EVIL
Bad Luck Fale vs. Minoru Suzuki
Togi Makabe vs. Michael Elgin
YOSHI-HASHI vs. Hangman Page

8/11 Tokyo - Budokan Hall (Block B)
Kenny Omega vs. Kota Ibushi
Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto
Tomohiro Ishii vs. SANADA
Toru Yano vs. Tama Tonga

8/11 Tokyo - Budokan Hall (G1 Climax 2018 Final)
Block A winner vs. Block B winner


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