It was at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 26 tournament that the Winnipeg-born Kenny Omega would take another huge step in his ascension to becoming not only one of the best wrestlers in Japan but also globally acclaimed. Starting Friday, March 10th, AXS TV will launch a special four-week, eight-episode event showcasing the entire G1 Climax tournament form 2016 with back-to-back episodes each week at 7pE/4pP and 8pE/5pP.
As a member of Bullet Club stable, Kenny Omega became the first gaijin, or non-Japanese wrestler, to ever win the G1 Climax, which gave him the shot at Kazuchika Okada and his IWGP Heavyweight Championship at this past January’s Wrestle Kingdom 11, a match that has already gone down as one of the best ever.
For those unaware exactly what the G1 Climax is, it’s an annual round-robin tournament with 20 of NJPW’s top wrestlers over month-long string of matches, all competing for the prominent tournament championship and a contract for a match for NJPW’s top prize, the IWGP Heavyweight Title, to take place in the main event at Wrestle Kingdom in the Tokyo Dome.
The following AXS TV’s full G1 Climax 26 Schedule (all times eastern):
Friday, March 10
7 p.m. – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA, Hiroyoshi Tenzen vs. Tomohiro Ishii
8 p.m. – Hirooki Goto vs. Bad Luck Fale, Kazuchika Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Friday, March 17
7 p.m. – Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomoaki Honma, Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito, YOSHI-HASHI vs. Kenny Omega
8 p.m. – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Naomichi Marufuji, Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Friday, March 24
7 p.m. – Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto vs. Naomichi Marufuji, Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. SANADA
8 p.m. – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
Friday, March 31
7 p.m. – Tetsuya Naito vs. Kenny Omega
8 p.m. – Hirooki Goto vs. Kenny Omega