G1 Climax 32 Night 13 results: Jonah tries to slow Okada in Osaka

Get full G1 Climax 32 results from Osaka on Night 13 on Aug. 7, 2022.

Can anyone stop Kazuchika Okada from making G1 Climax 32 his the same way he’s done before?

The Rainmaker is undefeated so far, despite being drawn into the so-called Monster Block in A Block, full of very large humans. Okada has cruised to a 3-0 mark, but may get his stiffest test yet in Night 13 in the form of the very confident Jonah. At 2-1 with his only loss coming because of the machinations of Toru Yano, Jonah could be the top threat to Okada to come out of A Block, especially if he can grab a win in Osaka.

Four other tournament matches are also on the card. Aaron Henare will face Evil, but also the rest of House of Torture if recent history is any indication. Tom Lawlor, who’s been doing some English commentary during the G1 in addition to competing, goes up against Bad Luck Fale.

Juice Robinson vs. El Phantasmo would normally promise to be a fun-filled affair, but Juice hasn’t exactly been himself lately. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Chase Owens rounds out the tournament bouts for this particular Sunday.

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G1 Climax 32 Night 11 live results: Tanahashi faces Evil

Check out live results for G1 Climax 32 Night 11, as Hiroshi Tanahashi faces off against Evil in an important C Block match in Ehime.

The scene for G1 Climax 32 shifts to Ehime and a card that presents five tournament matches. In the main event, Hiroshi Tanahashi faces off against the leader of the House of Torture, Evil, in what’s sure to be an intriguing bout in C Block.

Another C Block match is also on tap, featuring Tetsuya Naito, who got off to a slow start to his G1 Climax, trying to get to .500 with a victory over Aaron Henare. And the A Block, home of the monsters, has a bout which definitely deserves that name with Jonah squaring off with Jeff Cobb.

If you aren’t able to tune in live for this pivotal slate of G1 Climax 32 action, simply bookmark this page and check back throughout the night (or morning, as the case may be for some fans in the U.S.), as we’ll update it with the latest results from Ehime live as they happen.

G1 Climax 32 live results, Night 3: Naito starts his quest

Get NJPW G1 Climax 32 live results for Night 3 from Sendai, including Tetsuya Naito beginning his run.

Tetsuya Naito sure loves his baseball analogies.

As Night 3 of G1 Climax 32 gets set to roll into Sendai, Naito is once again reminding us that for him, this year’s tournament is his bottom of the ninth: possibly his final chance to get into the main event at Wrestle Kingdom. Doing so will mean winning the entire G1 Climax, and to do that, the first order of business will be taking down Hirooki Goto.

Another highly motivated participant is Tama Tonga, though in his case, it’s as much wanting to prove a point to his former Bullet Club teammates as anything else. He’ll get an opportunity to stick it to one of them, Chase Owens, directly as he opens his B Block schedule.

A battle of big men is on tap for A Block, though since that’s already being billed as the home of giants, that could be said for nearly any pairing in that part of the tournament. In this case, it’s Lance Archer and Bad Luck Fale, who clearly have already been spoiling to fight each other.

Last but hopefully not least, the D Block is set for a bout between two men who have never faced each other in singles competition in a NJPW ring, David Finlay and Yujiro Takahashi.

Can’t watch live for Night 3? We’ve got your back, as we’ll be up early to drop in the latest G1 Climax 32 live results right here. Bookmark this page and visit throughout the event, and scroll down for detailed match recaps.

NJPW G1 Climax 32 Night 2 live results: Kenta and ZSJ collide

Check out NJPW G1 Climax 32 Night 2 live results on July 17, 2022 from Sapporo.

G1 Climax 32 got underway on July 16, with the first four tournament matches (one in each block) providing some close, hard fought bouts and one surprise as well. Eight more competitors start their tournament journeys tonight, or more precisely, this afternoon in Sapporo.

Several of the matches were previewed thanks to the tag matches on the first night’s card. Among them were Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kenta, who couldn’t help but thrown down whether they were the legal men or not and kept up their war of words well after the three count.

Another pairing who got acquainted during Night 1 was Toru Yano and Jonah, though in their case it was less fighting and more running … on Yano’s part, naturally. Also on the slate for Night 2 are Tomohiro Ishii vs. Taichi, and in the main event, Shingo Takagi vs. Juice Robinson.

Thanks to an earlier start time, it’s not quite as late for U.S. fans who want to watch live on NJPW World, but if you aren’t able to catch the action yourself, please bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it with the latest G1 Climax 32 Night 2 results as they happen.

G1 Climax 32 Night 2 quick results:

  • Tom Lawlor and Royce Isaacs vs. David Finlay and Yoshi-Hashi

Please scroll down for more detailed results after each match finishes.

G1 Climax 32 Night 1 live results: White, Okada, Tanahashi in action

Get NJPW G1 Climax 32 live results for Night 1 in Sapporo as they happen on July 16, 2022.

Talk about starting off with a bang. Night 1 of G1 Climax 32 is wasting no time getting to some of the biggest stars in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, including the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Jay White.

The Catalyst will get a potentially stern early test in the form of Sanada. But an even bigger challenge could await the man White beat for his current title, Kazuchika Okada. He’ll kick off his campaign by facing Jeff Cobb in an A Block match that should serve as the night’s main event in Sapporo.

The C Block will get underway as well, with Hiroshi Tanahashi stepping in against Aaron Henare. And the Billy G.O.A.T. will have his first D Block tournament bout, as Will Ospreay takes part in a sure to be entertaining encounter against El Phantasmo.

The eventual G1 Climax winner could definitely be among the wrestlers in action on the tournament’s first night, which promises to make the 2022 edition of this annual event intriguing. If you can’t stay up late (or wake up early, as the case may be) to tune in, we’ll be adding G1 Climax 32 Night 1 live results as they happen, so you can get up to speed whenever you decide to check in on what went down.

Tony Khan says no Forbidden Door 2 in Japan, but open to AEW stars going overseas

Tony Khan says Forbidden Door 2 can’t happen in Japan but is open to having AEW talent appear with NJPW on its home turf.

If there’s a Forbidden Door 2, it won’t be in Japan.

So said AEW CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan in a recent interview with the New York Post. But while laying out his reasons, Khan also left the door (no pun intended) open for AEW talent to participate in an event in Japan.

It’ll just need a different name.

“The idea of doing an event over there with AEW stars and New Japan stars is very potentially interesting, but if it happens it won’t be ‘Forbidden Door’,” Khan said to the Post’s Joseph Staszewski. “‘Forbidden Door’ is gonna stay in North America. It wouldn’t make sense with the time zones, the revenue.”

He’s probably right on both counts. To grab the widest possible audience in the U.S., a Forbidden Door in Japan would need to start in the morning — there’s a 14-hour time difference between Tokyo and Chicago right now — and that wouldn’t be great for Japanese fans.

In terms of the gate, the biggest NJPW show of last year, Wrestle Kingdom, had an announced attendance on night one of just over 12,000. That’s thousands less than were in the United Center a few weeks ago, where Khan said the gate was over $1 million.

All of this might come as a bummer to NJPW, whose president Takami Ohbari has already said he’d love it if Forbidden Door 2 could happen in Japan later this year. That seems unlikely given Khan’s comments, but if he allows AEW wrestlers to head overseas for a dual-branded card, does it really matter what it’s called?

The big takeaway here is that there appears to be a desire on the part of both companies to keep working together going forward. Whether that leads to a full-on card in Japan remains to be seen, but we probably haven’t seen the last AEW-NJPW collaboration, no matter what name it ends up sporting.

Zack Sabre Jr. on Claudio Castagnoli Forbidden Door surprise: ‘That was not technical wrestling’

Zack Sabre Jr. complained that facing Claudio Castagnoli in his AEW debut at Forbidden Door wasn’t what he signed up for.

Zack Sabre Jr. wanted a match with Bryan Danielson at Forbidden Door to prove who was the best technical wrestler in the world. What he got instead, thanks to Danielson missing the event due to injury, was the AEW debut of Claudio Castagnoli, known to wrestling fans everywhere as Cesaro during his time with WWE.

Castagnoli came out on top in the all-European matchup, pinning Sabre after 18-plus minutes of action. The change in opponents didn’t sit well with Sabre, who stayed on-brand by complaining about it in a video posted to social media by AEW.

“That was not technical wrestling,” Sabre said. “I did not sign up for that. I was coming for you, Bryan, because we were going to find out who the best technical wrestler in the world is. You didn’t bloody show up, did you? And surprises, I bloody hate surprises.

“And sodding Claudio, did he not get the memo? That was supposed to be a technical wrestling match. Where was the technique? You Swiss bastard.”

Sabre ended his rant by saying that if any American wrestlers wanted to take him up on his original challenge, they can head to either Japan or the U.K. to face him, because he has no intentions of returning to the U.S.

That idea has at least a chance of becoming a reality. Earlier this week, NJPW president Takami Ohbari planted the seeds for a Forbidden Door 2 in Japan, saying he’d like to see it and that the company’s “50th anniversary year is a good opportunity to make it happen” … which just so happens to be this year.

Danielson vs. ZSJ in the Tokyo Dome for technical supremacy bragging rights? We’re on board for that and would guess Sabre would be too, as long as there are no surprises this time.

Could Forbidden Door 2 take place in Japan? NJPW would like to see it happen

NJPW’s president said he’d like to see a Forbidden Door 2 in Japan … and soon.

Tony Khan may have already considered the possibility of making Forbidden Door an annual event in the U.S., but NJPW’s president is thinking about a sequel even sooner than that — on New Japan’s home turf.

Speaking to Tokyo Sports (h/t to Fightful for the translation), NJPW president Takami Ohbari said he’d like to see AEW stars return the favor and compete in Japan for the next Forbidden Door.

“In my opinion, there are some wrestlers who were unable to come (to the U.S.) at the last minute. There are still wrestlers and matches I would like to see. I would like to see a continuation of this event. I think there is a need to see this event in Japan. The 50th anniversary year is a good opportunity to make it happen. I think there are some (AEW wrestlers) who would like to compete in front of Japanese fans.”

One part of that quote that jumps out at you is Ohbari saying the 50th anniversary year is the best time for a Forbidden Door 2 in Japan … because that’s right now. NJPW was founded in 1922, and has been celebrating 50 years of strong style all year.

Could Forbidden Door 2 be put together that quickly? Perhaps. Considering NJPW would be handling the bulk of the logistics by hosting, it wouldn’t be as much strain on AEW except for, of course, making talent available.

AEW’s final PPV of any calendar year is Full Gear, which takes place in mid-November. There is a stretch in-between that and New Japan’s big early January Wrestle Kingdom two-day extravaganza that might work.

It does seem fair, for lack of a better word, for AEW stars to make their way to Japan, and FTR has already said they’d love to defend the IWGP titles they just won in their country of origin. If you’re a believer in speaking things into existence, you have to appreciate what Ohbari is going for here.

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Who’s who in New Japan: A beginner’s guide to the NJPW stars on the Forbidden Door card

Never watch NJPW and need a quick briefing on who’s who? Read our beginner’s guide to the top New Japan stars before Forbidden Door.

It goes without saying that Forbidden Door is a big deal. A collaboration between the second-largest pro wrestling promotion in the U.S., All Elite Wrestling (AEW), and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), the biggest wrestling company in Japan, it’s not the first event of its kind, but it is being done on a scale that isn’t often seen.

Not only is the card loaded with bouts that feature talent from both brands, there are multiple matches in which an AEW wrestler could win a NJPW championship — or vice versa. That means what takes place at the United Center on June 26 could have ripple effects for months down the road, and AEW boss Tony Khan has already stated that he’s thought about how Forbidden Door could become an annual event.

If that happens, it’s possible the top NJPW talents could become household names among the masses in the U.S. But it’s possible, maybe even likely, that Forbidden Door will be the first time (or one of the first times, since some New Japan wrestlers have been on AEW TV leading up to the event) that many American fans are seeing them.

Perhaps even you.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to the top NJPW wrestlers who are appearing on the Forbidden Door card. There are many resources out there to learn more about these stars, and tons of videos to watch them in action. But if all you need is a brief overview to get ready for Sunday night, just keep scrolling down, as we’ve got you covered.

AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door — Everything you need to know

Get ready for AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door with our preview, including predictions for each match, start time, how to watch and more.

Considering AEW is only three years old, the company still enjoys a fair amount of firsts. Not many, however, are as significant as AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door, a pay-per-view being held in conjunction with Japan’s top pro wrestling promotion. Once only a dream in the minds of most wrestling fans, it’s about to become a reality in Chicago’s United Center.

That’s not to say the road to get here has been easy. The logistical hurdles in building a show between companies half a world apart have been apparent at times, with a good chunk of the card coming together only in the final week. Injuries haven’t been kind; in a perfect world, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega would all be on this show.

Despite that, there are some tantalizing matchups of the kind many probably never dared imagine prior to this year. They begin with the interim AEW World Championship being contested between Jon Moxley and Hiroshi Tanahashi. With Punk out, one of them will carry the banner for AEW for the next few months, and even the possibility that it will be NJPW’s Ace is enough to be intriguing.

NJPW’s top title will be up for grabs as well. Jay White, who only recently secured the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship from Kazuchika Okada, now needs to defend it against not only the Rainmaker, but his friend Adam Cole and former AEW world champ Hangman Adam Page. Four-way matches are definitely not every fan’s cup of tea, but four performers of this caliber figure to make it compelling.

As the match count has made it to double digits, including a pre-show bout, the card figures to be close to final now. Keep reading for everything you need to know about AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door.

AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door

  • When: Sunday, June 26
  • Where: United Center, Chicago
  • Start time: 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT
  • How to watch: On PPV through Bleacher Report, or InDemand through cable or satellite providers, as well as in select movie theaters in the U.S. On Sky Deutschland in Germany, and on FITE TV internationally. In Japan, Forbidden Door will be available exclusively via NJPW World, with Japanese commentary.
  • Matches announced: 10 (including one on pre-show)