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NJPW G1 Climax 30 A Block winner crowned

Kota Ibushi has won the A Block in NJPW's G1 Climax 30 tournament and is advancing to this weekend's finals.

Ibushi defeated Taichi in the semi-main event of this morning's A Block finals. He still needed help to advance, with Jay White and Tomohiro Ishii facing off in today's main event. After a back-and-forth match, Ishii hit the vertical brainbuster to pick up the win and eliminate White from the tournament.

Ibushi finished A Block action with 14 points, while White finished with 12 after his loss today.

The G1 finals are being held at Sumo Hall in Tokyo this Sunday (October 18).  Ibushi's opponent for the finals will be determined when the last night of B Block action is held at Sumo Hall on Saturday. EVIL vs. SANADA, Tetsuya Naito vs. KENTA, Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Juice Robinson vs. Hirooki Goto, and Toru Yano vs. YOSHI-HASHI are Saturday's tournament matches.

Here are the current standings and scenarios heading into the B Block finals, compiled by Ethan Renner:

  • EVIL -- 12 points (6-2) *wins the block with a win over SANADA or a draw/no contest with SANADA, Naito loss and Sabre loss/draw*
  • Tetsuya Naito -- 12 points (6-2) *wins the block with a win/draw over KENTA and an EVIL loss/no contest*
  • SANADA -- 10 points (5-3) *wins the block with a win over EVIL and a Naito loss/no contest*
  • Zack Sabre Jr. -- 10 points (5-3) *ties with Naito & EVIL for block win with a win over Tanahashi, a Naito loss, and a SANADA/EVIL no contest*
  • Hirooki Goto -- 8 points (4-4) *eliminated*
  • KENTA -- 8 points (4-4) *eliminated*
  • Toru Yano -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • Juice Robinson -- 6 points (3-5) *eliminated*
  • YOSHI-HASHI -- 2 points (1-7) *eliminated*