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NJPW finalize plans for upcoming G1 Climax tournament

New Japan Pro Wrestling has finalized plans for this year’s G1 Climax 31 tournament.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the tournament will be held in September and October. He reported that he did not know the names involved, and mentioned the big questions are whether or not unhappy talent are staying, if Will Ospreay will return, and what the quarantine situation in Japan will be like.

Last year’s tournament took place in September and October, a departure from their usual July and August schedule due to the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo. However, with the Olympics being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will once again be held in the fall.

The 2020 G1 Climax tournament ran from September 19 through October 18. Kota Ibushi defeated SANADA in the finals of the tournament to win for the second year in a row.