By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
The following matches are advertised for Day 5 of the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Tournament, which will be held Thursday morning (U.S. Time) in Tokyo, Japan at Korakuen Hall.
-Will Ospreay vs. Kota Ibushi in an A-Block tournament match.
-Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. in an A-Block tournament match.
-Sanada vs. Evil in an A-Block tournament match.
-Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale in an A-Block tournament match.
-Lance Archer vs. Kenta in an A-Block tournament match.
-Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, and Bushi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, and Yoshinabu Kanemaru.
-Tomaki Honma, Toru Yano, and Ren Narita vs. Jay White, Chase Owens, and Yujiro Takahashi.
-Juice Robinson, Toa Henare, and Yota Tsuji vs. Jeff Cobb, Hirooki Goto, and Yoshi-Hashi.
-Jon Moxley and Shota Umino vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Yuya Uemura.
Powell’s POV: Ospreay received medical clearance to work this show after sitting out of a non-tournament match on Monday with a neck injury. The show will stream live Thursday morning on New Japan World at 4:30CT/5:30ET. I will have a review of the G1 matches available at some point on Thursday. The tournament will continue on Friday and Saturday at Korakuen Hall and runs through the finals on August 12. My coverage of the first four days of the G1 are available in our NJPW PPV Reports section.
The A-Block Standings: Kazuchika Okakda, Kenta, and Lance Archer have 4 points, Will Ospreay, Evil, Sanada, and Bad Luck Fale have 2 points, and Kota Ibushi, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Zack Sabre Jr. have 0 points.
The B-Block Standings: Jon Moxley, Juice Robinson, and Tomoshiro Ishii have 4 points, Shingo Takagi, Hirooki Goto, Taichi, and Toru Yano have 2 points, and Tetsuya Naito, Jeff Cobb, and Jay White have 0 points.
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