NJPW - Power Rankings - Post G1 Climax 30

The New Japan landscape tends to reveal itself during the 91 matches that comprise the G1 Climax tournament.

1. Tetsuya Naito

It must have been such a joy for Tetsuya Naito to go into the G1 as double champion. Especially after such a tumultuous year. At the end of the marathon tournament Naito is still double champion and he has an inkling into his future, at Wrestle Kingdom 15.

Naito was still in with a chance of winning his block on the final night but ultimately fell to KENTA which would be his third loss of the tournament. Losses against SANADA and EVIL make his position in LIJ interesting and keep the unwanted spectre of EVIL nipping at his heels.

The biggest takeaway from Naito's G1 is the confidence and gravitas he brought with him. He finally looked like the top man in New Japan.

Rank maintained

2. Kota Ibushi

Three block wins in a row and two G1 Climax wins in a row sets up a potential second IWGP Championship shot at Wrestle Kingdom in a row. Kota Ibushi started hot and maintained that until the end, only slipping up twice.

Those two slip ups do however open the door to White and Takagi challenging him for his opportunity at The Dome. Throughout the tournament Ibushi has spoken about his ambition to become God, it may take an etherial effort to keep hold of that opportunity and climb the final rung in New Japan.

Up 2 Places


Bullet Club's newest member didn't quite manage to win the B Block but did pick up a huge victory over Tetsuya Naito. Historically a win over the champion is almost as good as the G1 win itself. It may not come with a Tokyo Dome main event but it does usually lead to a title shot along the way.

Fan may be tiring of EVIL and Dick Togo's schtick but they don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The man who ruined Naito's historic double championship reign is looking to duplicate that in the same calendar year.

Down 1 Place

4. Jay White

The landscape of the Bullet Club is confusing, whether or not Jay White even fully understands it is not certain. The wheels started to come off with Yujiro Takahashi's refusal to lay down for White causing White to point the finger at EVIL and Dick Togo.

Despite all of this Jay White finds himself near the top of the NJPW pile once again due to a strong G1 Climax campaign with him only losing out on the final night of the A Block. Even better he picked up a win against eventual winner Kota Ibushi along the way. White has already laid down a challenge to Ibushi's Wrestle Kingdom shot.

Previously Unranked

5. Kazuchika Okada

Probably the most spoken about man in the G1, Kazuchika Okada's back and in-ring performances have been spoken about at length on many a pro wrestling podcast as fans attempted to figure out just what was going on. His questionable defeat to Will Ospreay saw an end to his 5 match winning streak and G1 aspirations.

The mystery of the Rainmaker continues, Okada went out of G1 still without dipping all the way to the bottom of his bag of offence. Fans may question why he would allow himself to lose without utilising his most devastating and successful offensive weapon?

Down 2 Places


This is a lofty position for a man that only finished 4th in B Block, however KENTA picked up a precious win against Tetsuya Naito. Although KENTA has already lost in a title opportunity this year, it is unlikely this will deter KENTA from challenging him again.

How this will go down with EVIL, White, Togo and Gedo in a combustable Bullet Club landscape in anyone's guess.

Up 3 Places


Is this finally the star making moment that SANADA hoped to achieve in 2019 in all those matches against Okada, what is clear is that it would have been had he defeated Ibushi in the final. A win against the IWGP Champion usually holds a huge amount of weight, however SANADA's victory over Naito is a little more complex due to the composition of LIJ.

In the year of EVIL's Bullet Club defection, does Naito really want to deny another faction member what they want? Then again will SANADA really go against the company's most dominant player?

Previously Unranked

8. Shingo Takagi

A noteworthy campaign for two reasons for The Dragon. First he fought another critically acclaimed campaign, with stand out matches against White, Ospreay and Suzuki. Secondly, he picked up a huge win against Ibushi which historically would entitle him to a shot at Ibsuhi's Wrestle Kingdom main event spot.

Down 1 place

9. Will Ospreay

A potentially landmark campaign from Will Ospreay as he finished second in the A Block. He picked up huge wins against Jay White and Minoru Suzuki but most notably he also defeated Kazuchika Okada.

The his new associates, Will Ospreay is perhaps thee one to watch over the next 12 months.

Previously Unranked

10. Taiji Ishimori

The new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion will go into the Best of the Super Juniors as the man to beat. However to do that he will have to avoid becoming embroiled in the Bullet Club dysfunction.

Previously Unranked

Faction Power Rankings

1. Los Ingobernables de Japon

The double champ's faction will be hard to knock off the top spot whilst he is still double champ! No titles in LIJ out with Naito but expect Hiromu Takahashi to go far in the Best of the Super Juniors and see an LIJ presence in the World Tag League.

Rank maintained

2. Bullet Club

In contrast to the last rankings update where Bullet Club had fallen to last position after the double championship loss, they have this time jumped from last to second. This is in no part due to having 3 competitors with positive G1 win/loss records and potentially 3 shots at getting a faction member into the main event of Wrestle Kingdom.