NJPW To Move G1 Tournament Dates Due To 2020 Olympics

NJPW's annual summer tournament will be rescheduled to the fall next year.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 12: Hiroshi Tanahashi celebrates winning the tournament final against Kota Ibushi during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 28 at Nippon Budokan on August 12, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Getty Images)

New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s annual summer tournament will take place in the fall of 2020 next year. While the tournament usually runs between July and August, many of the venues NJPW uses for the tournament will be occupied due to the 2020 Olympics being held Japan. According to a recent report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the plan is for NJPW to move next year’s tournament to the fall.

“Because of the Olympics in 2020, which takes place in August and most of the key arenas will be used, the decision has been made to move G-1 to the fall next year,” wrote Dave Meltzer.

The 2020 Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24th to August 9th, 2019 in Japan. It is not clear how the G1 being pushed back would impact NJPW’s regular fall events such as the Destruction tour.

The next big show for NJPW takes place this Saturday from London’s Copper Box Arena:

NJPW Royal Quest- August 31st, 2019

  1. Ren Narita, Shota Umino, Ryusuke Taguchi vs SHO, YOH, & Rocky Romero
  2. Juice Robinson & Kota Ibushi vs Hikuleo & Yujiro Takahashi
  3. Robbie Eagles & Will Ospreay vs El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori
  4. SANADA & Tetsuya Naito vs Chase Owens & Jay White
  5. IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
    Guerillas of Destiny (c) vs TBD
  6. NEVER Openweight Championship
    Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs KENTA
  7. British Heavyweight Championship
    Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
  8. IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Minoru Suzuki