New Japan Pro Wrestling was forced to cancel most of the major events for the first half of 2020. This has led to fans wondering about the status of the G1 Climax. Now, we have an update.
While speaking with Sports Illustrated, New Japan Pro Wrestling President Harold Meij gave an update on the tournament. He mentioned that because the tournament was already scheduled for the Fall, it is still on the calendar. Here is the full quote:
“As a result of the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, we had already decided to move our annual G1 Climax tournament, which traditionally takes place during the summer months, to the autumn. It is still on the calendar, although again, venues and crowd capacity will be dependent on both our own and the local governments’ guidelines. As for our previously scheduled tours like Best of the Super Juniors, both fans and wrestlers alike were disappointed at their cancellation. All of those voices will be taken into account in the second half of the year as we look to present something to fans that matches, or even surpasses, our initial plans.”
There have been people suggesting that the Best of the Super Juniors take place alongside the G1 Climax. This is merely speculation at this point but it would be an interesting idea. The main issue would be getting all the necessary talent back in the country. This is something they were unable to do with the New Japan Cup.
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