Jon Moxley to Miss NJPW G1 Climax Day 1 in Dallas

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced that IWGP US Heavyweight Champion Jon Moxley will not be in a match on the first day of the G1 Climax 29 tournament at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on July 6th. Also, Moxley will not attend the pre-G1 press conference on July 5th, which normally features speeches from all participants in the tournament.

Jon Moxley was confirmed to be one of the twenty participants in the G1 Climax 29, competing in Block B. The G1 Climax follows a format of having five tournament matches per day, from the A Block on odd-numbered days and the B Block on even-numbered days. Members of the other block would wrestle in tag team matches on opposite sides of their next opponent in the tournament.

If Moxley did participate in the first day of the tournament, he would probably have been in a tag team match against his first opponent in the B Block, Taichi, and another member of the Suzuki-gun faction. His teammate would likely have been Shota Umino, the NJPW trainee who Moxley recently adopted as his partner and assistant.

The schedule for Jon Moxley’s opponents on each of the G1 Climax 29’s B Block days is as follows. All of his matches will be streamed live on NJPW World.

  • Day 2 (July 13): Taichi
  • Day 4 (July 15): Jeff Cobb
  • Day 6 (July 19): Tomohiro Ishii
  • Day 8 (July 24): Shingo Takagi
  • Day 10 (July 28): Tetsuya Naito
  • Day 12 (August 1): Toru Yano
  • Day 14 (August 4): Jay White
  • Day 16 (August 8): Hirooki Goto
  • Day 18 (August 11): Juice Robinson