Will Ospreay – A Block – 6/10
Will Ospreay is a difficult one to place. If you asked a year ago, I would have said Ospreay would be a lock to make it to the finals in G1 Climax 30. That being said, the pandemic may have taken a big hit on his chances. Ospreay’s rise to the heavyweight scene has been filled with phenomenal matches. However, it may be difficult for Ospreay to factor into long-term plans given the state of global travel.
Ospreay was positioned to be the top foreign babyface for New Japan Pro Wrestling and winning the G1 Climax would go a long way towards making that a reality. It will all be dependent on if New Japan thinks they can book Ospreay in their long-term storylines right now but he could be a solid choice if you’re placing bets.
YOSHI-HASHI – B Block – 3/10
YOSHI-HASHI is easier to place. He captured his first championship of his career last month when he captured the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship alongside Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii. However, that will likely be the highlight of his year.
YOSHI-HASHI has never done particularly well in the G1 Climax, topping out at six points in 2018. He didn’t make the cut last year but will return for G1 Climax 30. He has a lot to prove but the smart money is to bet against YOSHI-HASHI until given a reason to do otherwise.
Shingo Takagi – A Block – 7/10
Now this is a man who could go all the way. Shingo Takagi may not have had success in the standings last year but he did make an impression. Another junior heavyweight to make the transition to the heavyweight division, Takagi is one of the world’s finest wrestlers and could be in a position to make a huge jump forward.
This has been the year of Los Ingobernables de Japon. Tetsuya Naito has been atop the company as champ and the faction was rocked by the defection of EVIL. Now, it could be Takagi’s turn to take a run at Naito and his championships. As the lone LIJ member in the A Block, Takagi is a very solid pick to make it to the finals.
Tetsuya Naito – B Block – 7/10
While Tetsuya Naito is obviously capable, it has been 20 years since the reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion was victorious in the G1 Climax. Naito’s 2020 has been a roller coaster so it is not impossible for him to pick up another huge win here. That being said, there are certainly other options as well.
It is much more likely that the promotion would choose to use the tournament to set up Naito’s Wrestle Kingdom 15 challenger, as they have done every year since 2012. Still, he is one of the top stars in the promotion and this could be the year the champ pulls it off.