[NJPW News] The G1 CLIMAX is set to begin in less than a day and New Japan Pro Wrestling held a conference to kick off the 9 day tournament.
~ Hiroshi Tanahashi stated that he will certainly win this years G1 CLIMAX and go on to a rematch with Kazuchika Okada.
~ Togi Makabe seems to be pointing an early target on “Prince "Fucking” Devitt" (Makabe’s own words) and looks to be finally grabbing his time with a G1 win. Prince Devitt and Makabe exchanged back and forth with Devitt saying (Wakaranai/I do not understand) and Makabe then laughing and calling Devitt in an idiot.
~ Hirooki Goto feels honored to be in the same block with the current and previous champions and aims to survive until the end and win.
~ Satoshi Kojima won the G1 3 years ago and is looking to show that he has not lost a step in his going on 22 year career. Kojima, who is now 42 years old, is looking to show that his momentum is as strong as ever. Kojima then stated that he would be looking forward to either facing Nagata or his fellow tag partner in Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the finals.
~ Prince Devitt stated that he wants to cause as much trouble as he can, and to be the “Real Rock N’ Roller”.
~ Kazuchika Okada will be coming in as the 2012 G1 Winner and the current reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Okada wants all of his seniors to work hard this year and he is coming to crush them all and win.
~ Tomohiro Ishii stated that he will be bringing his best and he will fight to show that he should have been in the G1 CLIMAX years ago.
~ Lance Archer stated that he will bring pain to everyone of his opponents. He will do this to Ishii, who he faces in the first round of the tournament, and everyone else following. Archer said that he has to win.
~ Davey Boy Smith Jr stated that he has been training for the G1 CLIMAX and that K.E.S., either him or Archer, will win this years tournament.
~ Katsuyori Shibata said that he is looking forward to competing in this years tournament and that he will do his best to win.
~ Hiroyoshi Tenzan stated that he is excited for this years tournament and that he will be especially fighting with all his heart and soul. Tenzan being a multi-winner of the G1 looks to claim another big win. He also agreed with Kojima and stated that he would like nothing more than a TenCozy showdown in the finals.
~ Yuji Nagata in his third year of “anti-aging” is looking to win the G1 CLIMAX this year and show what his new nickname really means. He is looking forward to seeing everyone’s best as he will be doing the same.
~ Tetsuya Naito injured his right knee at last years G1 CLIMAX, but it glad to be back and standing upright for this years tournament. Naito aims to be the leading man in the B BLOCK this year and hopes to have fun at the same time (something he was deprived of last year with the injury).
~ Kota Ibushi stated that the tension as at its max now, but he aims to becomes the first junior class wrestler to win the G1 CLIMAX, not only win for himself, but for DDT as well.
~ “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson came in and verbally attacked Makabe and Tanahashi specifically first thing. No one else matters in this years G1, the only thing that matters is the Machine Gun. Anderson stated that he will win this year and go on to face Okada in a rematch, now for the IWGP.
~ Shinsuke Nakamura stated that he is looking forward to this years G1 and more specifically his first 4 days of matches. Nakamura seems fired up in excitement this year could very well be looking to claim yet another G1 victory.
~ Toru Yano seemed to be more interested in the upcoming release of his DVD than the upcoming tournament, which will be released on August 27th.
~ Yujiro Takahashi has a new piece of eye candy with in AV Idol Claire Hasumi, who looks to also be in his corner in this years G1. Yujiro seems poised with confidence and even made out with his own “G Cup” in front of the cameras.
~ Minoru Suzuki sated that he will be coming for the win in this years G1 and more specifically has some beef with Yujiro Takahashi and his recent character developments.
~ Yujiro and Suzuki had be a stare-down, Suzuki would throw a chair before heading out of the hall.
~ Shelton “X” Benjamin stated that he is going to go out and beat the hell out of anyone and everyone put out before him. …and when he is done with that he will have 10 women like what Yujiro has in his room that night. Benjamin then stated that he is looking forward to the final day when he gets his hands on Shinsuke Nakamura, because they are not done yet.
There should be no shortage of exciting matches in this years tournament and this year does appear to be completely open with anyone having a shot to claim the big win.
There is no lack of confidence from any of the 20 competitors and that in turn should give us the fans something more to look forward to over the first half of August.
The G1 CLIMAX 23 will begin on August 1st, with ever show being offered on iPPV on USTREAM.
For $150 you will be given access to all 9 scheduled G1 CLIMAX 23 events, as well as the video on demand following the initial live broadcast. If you wish for NJPW to continue offering live iPPV’s it would be worth your money to support what NJPW releases to show your support for “their” product.
NJPW G1 CLIMAX 23 (2013) Talent and Matches Full Info
NJPW “G1 CLIMAX 23”, 8/1/2013 [Thu] 18:30 @ Act City Hamamatsu in Shizuoka [SamuraiTV/iPPV]
(1) “G1 CLIMAX 23” B BLOCK Match: Kota Ibushi vs. Toru Yano
(2) “G1 CLIMAX 23” A BLOCK Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Lance Archer
(3) “G1 CLIMAX 23” B BLOCK Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Shelton “X” Benjamin
(4) “G1 CLIMAX 23” A BLOCK Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
(5) “G1 CLIMAX 23” B BLOCK Match: Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi
(6) “G1 CLIMAX 23” B BLOCK Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki
(7) “G1 CLIMAX 23” A BLOCK Match: Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto
(8) “G1 CLIMAX 23” B BLOCK Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson
(9) “G1 CLIMAX 23” A BLOCK Match: Hiroshi Tanahshi vs. Satoshi Kojima
(10) “G1 CLIMAX 23” A BLOCK Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Prince Devitt