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NJPW reveals date for Okada vs. Omega III, other key G1 matches

After revealing the blocks for this summer's G1 Climax yesterday, New Japan Pro Wrestling announced when most of the key matches in the tournament will take place this morning.

Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega III is set for the last day of B Block action at Sumo Hall on August 12th. The day before that, the A Block will conclude with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito. Those two matches will have major implications for their respective blocks and may decide who goes on to the finals.

The G1 will open on July 17th with A Block matches. Kota Ibushi vs. Naito and Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. have been announced as the top two matches. Ibushi will also seemingly be involved in the mix at the end of the block as he'll face Hirooki Goto on the final A Block show on August 11th.

The first night in the B Block will take place on July 20th with Minoru Suzuki vs. Omega and SANADA vs. EVIL. Suzuki vs. Toru Yano was the other match announced for the last B Block show.

In a match that many wanted to happen in the Cruiserweight Classic, Ibushi will face Sabre on July 21st.

The full schedule figures to be announced soon. Here's the list of matches that were revealed today:

July 17th --

  • Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

July 20th --

  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Kenny Omega

July 21st --

  • YOSHI-HASHI vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

July 22nd --

  • Minoru Suzuki vs. SANADA
  • Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga

July 23rd --

  • Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii

July 25th --

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. SANADA
  • Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega

July 26th --

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto
  • Togi Makabe vs. Kota Ibushi

July 27th --

  • Michael Elgin vs. Kenny Omega
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. EVIL

July 29th --

  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. YOSHI-HASHI

July 30th --

  • Juice Robinson vs. Kazuchika Okada
  • Satoshi Kojima vs. Kenny Omega

August 1st --

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi
  • Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii

August 2nd --

  • Kenny Omega vs. EVIL
  • Satoshi Kojima vs. Minoru Suzuki

August 4th --

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe
  • Tetsuya Naito vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

August 5th --

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL
  • Satoshi Kojima vs. SANADA

August 6th --

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii
  • Togi Makabe vs. Tetsuya Naito

August 8th --

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
  • Kenny Omega vs. SANADA

August 11th --

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito
  • Kota Ibushi vs. Hirooki Goto

August 12th --

  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega
  • Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki

August 13th --

  • A Block winner vs. B Block winner in the tournament finals