NJPW revealed today on its website the complete line-up of the upcoming “G1 Special in the USA” that would take place on July 1 and 2 in Long Beach, California. The full line-up of matches for July 1 has been announced and a preliminary one for July 2. These two nights will reunite both NJPW, CMLL and ROH talents in the same shows.
This tournament will crown the first-ever IWGP US Heavyweight Champion in a 8-man tournament, not in a robin-round way as announced before. The chosen ones are NJPW Tomohiro Ishii, Tetsuya Naito, Kenny Omega, Juice Robinson and Michael Elgin, NJPW, British promotions and PWG Zack Sabre Jr., ROH and NJPW Hangman Page, and ROH Jay Lethal.
Here is the line-up of the tournament, in the graphic below :
Five NJPW titles will be on the line on the US soil, the IWGP Tag Team and Junior Tag Team Championships, the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and the new IWGP US Heavyweight Championship.
Here are the matches announced for these two unique shows:
July 1 official line-up
* Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Marty Scurll, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson and Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Chaos (Beretta, Jay Briscoe, Mark Briscoe, Rocky Romero and Will Ospreay)
* Dragon Lee, Jushin Thunder Liger, Titán & Volador Jr. vs. Bushi, Evil, Hiromu Takahashi & Sanada
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Tournament- 1st round: Hangman Page vs. Jay Lethal
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Tournament – 1st round: Juice Robinson vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
* David Finlay, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jay White and Kushida vs. Billy Gunn, Sho Tanaka, Yohei Komatsu and Yoshi Tatsu
* IWGP Tag Team Championship match: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tonga Roa) (c) vs. War Machine (Hanson and Raymond Rowe)
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Tournament – 1st round: Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Tournament – 1st round; Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin (
* IWGP Heavyweight Championship match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Cody
July 2 preliminary line-up
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Tournament – 1st semi-final: Winner of Kenny Omega/Michael Elgin vs. winner of Jay Lethal/Hangman Page
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship Tournament – 2nd semi-final: Winner of Juice Robinson/Zack Sabre Jr. vs. winner of Tetsuya Naito/Tomohiro Ishii (Semifinals – )
* IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match; The Young Bucks (c) vs. Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero and Beretta)
* IWGP Intercontinental Championship match: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs. Billy Gunn
* IWGP US Heavyweight Championship – Final: Winner of Semis #1 vs. Winner of Semis #2
Both shows will be aired live on NJPW World network, but the July 1 show will be unavailable in the United States until the VOD comes out. In the USA, July 1 show will air live on AXS TV as July 2 show will air on Friday, July 7. Legendary announcer Jim Ross and NJPW on AXS color commentator Josh Barnett will be commenting the action right from ringside.