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NJPW crowns winner of G1 Climax 30

Kota Ibushi has won the G1 Climax tournament for the second year in a row.

Ibushi defeated SANADA tonight at Sumo Hall to become the first back-to-back G1 Climax winner since Hiroyoshi Tenzan in 2003 and 2004. In a back and forth match that lasted over 35 minutes, Ibushi defeated SANADA after landing two kamigoyes.

After the match, Masahiro Chono awarded Ibushi the G1 Climax 30 trophy and flag. After the ceremony, Ibushi talked about how he wants to get back to the way things used to be. He wants to take the G1 and take the opportunity it represents. He won’t escape, he won’t lose, he won’t run away. He ended the promo by promising to “become God.”

With the tournament win, Kota Ibushi will now receive a briefcase that will allow him to challenge the IWGP Heavyweight champion at Wrestle Kingdom 15, which will be held on January 4 and 5, 2021.

Past G1 winners have defended the briefcase in the months prior to Wrestle Kingdom, usually against opponents who beat them during the course of the tournament. During a backstage interview following the match, Jay White confronted Kota Ibushi and challenged him to a match for the briefcase, which Ibushi accepted.