Hiroshi Tanahashi Defeats Kota Ibushi, Wins G1 Climax 28

Hiroshi Tanahashi is now a 3x G1 tournament winner. He defeated Kota Ibushi today in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in the finals of G1 Climax 28.

With the victory, Tanahashi earns the right to challenge the champion at WrestleKingdom 13. The G1 winner has had to defend that right before moving onto the Tokyo Dome in recent years, however. As Jay White was the only person to defeat Tanahashi in the tournament, he’s a likely candidate for Tanahashi to defend the G1 briefcase against.

Hiroshi Tanahashi G1 Climax 28

G1 Tournament Winner Statistics

The win moves Tanahashi into a tie with Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the 3rd most tournament victories in the G1 lineage. Tenzan and Tanahashi are tied for 2nd most in the modern G1 era beginning in 1991.

  • Antonio Inoki
    MSG League tournament victories: 6
    1974, 75, 78, 79, 80, 81
    International Wrestling Grand Prix victorious: 4
    1984, 86, 87, 88
  • Masahiro Chono
    G1 Climax victories: 5
    1991, 92, 94, 2002, 2005
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan
    G1 Climax victories: 3
    2003, 2004, 2006
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi
    G1 Climax victories: 3
    2007, 2015, 2018

Hiroshi Tanahashi Championship Statistics

Up until they were surpassed by Kazuchika Okada, Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship statistics were the greatest of all-time. He won the title for the first time over 12 years ago. He defeated Giant Bernard (Matt Bloom) in the finals of a tournament to crown a new champion.

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi
    • Combined Title Defences: 28 (1st all-time- Okada trails by 3)
    • Combined Days as Champion: 1,358 (2nd most all-time behind Okada)
    • # of reigns: 7 (1st all-time)