The biggest news out of NJPW’s annual G1 Climax tournament is that Los Ingobernables de Japón leader Tetsuya Naito was injured in his last G1 match and will not be able to compete.

In light of that, all of his scheduled matches are forfeitures but those getting a bye will have to wrestle a match that night.

With that all straightened out the G1 carries on with two more massive upsets on nights three and four.

In a stunner that could have future implications, Zack Sabre Jr. defeated the reigning IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Shingo Takagi on night three. Astonishingly, Sabre was able to survive a Made in Japan and a Pumping Bomber to make Takagi submit after targeting his right arm for the entire match.

Kazuchika Okada leapt past Evil in the standings by defeating him in night four’s main event. Okada took Dick Togo out with a Shotgun Dropkick and kicked out of Darkness Falls. He pinned Evil with a Landslide Tombstone Piledriver and a Rainmaker Clothesline.

As of night four, The Great-O-Khan leads A Block with 6 points and Jeff Cobb, Kazuchika Okada, Taichi lead B Block with four points each.

The winner of the G4 is rewarded with a championship match at Wrestle Kingdom.

A Block Standings


Name Points
Great-O-Khan 6
Kota Ibushi 4
Kenta 4
Zack Sabre Jr. 4
Shingo Takagi 4
Yujiro Takahashi 4
Toru Yano 4
Tomohiro Ishii 2
Tanga Loa 2
Tetsuya Naito (Injured) 0


NJPW G1 CLIMAX 31 2021 – Nights 3 and 4 Results


A Block Standings


Name Points
Jeff Cobb 4
Kazuchika Okada 4
Taichi 4
Evil 2
Sanada 2
Hiroshi Tanahashi 2
Tama Tonga 2
Hirooki Goto 0
Chase Owens 0
Yoshi-Hashi 0


NJPW G1 CLIMAX 31 2021 – Nights 3 and 4 Results



Night 4

Hiroshi Tanahashi versus Hirooki Goto – G1 Climax 31 Match

Tanahashi pinned Goto with a sneaky inside cradle to outsmart the powerhouse. Goto complained to the official afterwards. He believed his shoulder was up.

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi

Chase Owens versus Tama Tonga – G1 Climax 31 Match

Lots of talk about both Bullet Club members being on the same team but Jado is in Tama’s corner. Tama kicks out of a Jewel Heist, flips a Package Piledriver into a Gun Stun to win the match. Tama helps Owens up afterwards. They shake hands and leave together.

Winner: Tama Tonga

YOSHI-HASHI versus Jeff Cobb – G1 Climax 31 Match

Hashi takes Cobb to the limit. Cobb has enough in him to put Hashi away with a Tour of the Islands.

Winner: Jeff Cobb

Taichi versus SANADA – G1 Climax 31 Match

Taichi wins with Black Mephisto.

Winner: Taichi

Kazuchika Okada versus EVIL – G1 Climax 31 Match

Winner: Kazuchika Okada

Night 3

Tanga Loa versus Yuji Nagata 

Winner: Tanga Loa

Toru Yano versus The Great-O-Khan – G1 Climax 31 Match

Winner: The Great-O-Khan

KENTA versus Yujiro Takahashi – G1 Climax 31 Match

Winner: KENTA

Tomohiro Ishii versus Kota Ibushi – G1 Climax 31 Match

Winner: Kota Ibushi

Zack Sabre Jr. versus Shingo Takagi – G1 Climax 31 Match

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.