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Chase Owens to be part of NJPW G1 tournament

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On Sunday's edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that Chase Owens is slated to be part of this year's New Japan G1 tournament.

That was part of the reason Owens won the New Japan Ranbo Sunday as part of Wrestle Grand Slam. The first entrant in the match, he was handcuffed and then got out of the cuffs. He won by throwing powder in Toru Yano's eyes, followed up by a jewel heist and a package piledriver for the win.

"They are trying to build Chase up. I probably shouldn't say this, but Chase is in the G1 and this is part of the build for him to be a credible guy in the G1 this year," Meltzer said.

This would be the first G1 for the 31-year-old Bullet Club member after participating in the Best of the Super Juniors, the New Japan Cup and the World Tag League tournaments in the past.