G1 Climax 26 (New Japan Pro Wrestling)

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So, the G1 started yesterday with a few differences from in previous years, most notably that each block now has matches on separate days, but still looking like it's going to be a great tournament. Anyone else excited for this?

Day 1 Results (A Block)
Hiroyoshi Tenzan def. Tomohiro Ishii by Pinfall (Top Rope Moonsault)
Togi Makabe def. Tama Tonga by Pinfall (King Kong Knee Drop)
Hirooki Goto def. Bad Luck Fale by Pinfall (GTR)
SANADA def. Hiroshi Tanahashi by Submission (Skull End)
Naomichi Marufuji (GHC Tag Team Champion) def. Kazuchika Okada (IWGP Heavyweight Champion) by Pinfall (Pole Shift Emerald Flowsion)

An interesting night of action, with a pair of massive surprises.
First, SANADA tapping out Tanahashi, a massive upset win for SANADA and NJPW seem to be doing a great job keeping him strong since his debut, they're doing a much better job with him than TNA ever did. Second, Marufuji defeating Kazuchika Okada and Marufuji IMMEDIATELY becoming a massive player in A Block. Remember, not only is Naomichi 1/2 of the GHC Tag Champs, but he has also won both of Pro Wrestling NOAHs Global League Tournaments, the Singles version and the Tag version, with his current GHC Tag Champions Teammate Toru Yano.

B Block resume the action on Friday with their first day of competition:
YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kenny Omega
Toru Yano (GHC Tag Team Champion) vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
Michael Elgin (IWGP Intercontinental Champion) vs. EVIL
Katsuyori Shibata (NEVER Openweight Champion) vs. Tomoaki Honma
Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito
For those wondering, the prize on the line for winning the tournament is a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, which is generally used at Wrestle Kingdom, which is in essence New Japan's equivalent to WWE's WrestleMania.

Those curious to learn more, found a general primer to introduce NJPW:

Champion info is out of date by a few months, but still useful.

As mentioned in the WWE thread, picking Shibata or Tetsuya Naito to win it all, though wouldn't object to Nagata getting at least to the semis. Original pick was Shinsuke Nakamura before he left for WWE earlier in the year.