NJPW G1 Climax 2020 Betting Odds

The NJPW G1 Climax 30 starts on September 19 and runs through until October 18. This will be the first tournament to take place in the fall after each prior year’s tournament took place in the summer. This was originally due to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo that were since canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final three days of this year’s tournament will take place at Ryƍgoku Kokugikan.

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The G1 is the most important tournament in all of professional wrestling and each year delivers multiple match of the year candidates. Wrestlers go all out in this tournament and it is one of the true highlights of the New Japan schedule.

This year’s event should be no different. New Japan was able to get many wrestlers out of other countries (KENTA, Juice Robinson, Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb, and Jay White) and into Japan for this year’s tournament. The field looks excellent as always.

The early favorite for the tournament is SANADA. He has long been considered one of the next top stars in New Japan and this year he saw his former tag team partner, EVIL, have a run with the IWGP Championship. Of course, it would be foolish to count out Kazuchika Okada just yet. He’s been the ace of Japan for a long time now and he’s mostly been treading water since his championship loss to Naito at Wrestle Kingdom. The G1 is typically when we see guys starting ramping things up again and showing us who they really are.

NJPW G1 Climax Winner Betting Odds:

  • SANADA +175
  • Kazuchika Okada +300
  • EVIL +400
  • Kota Ibushi +400
  • Jay White +550
  • Will Ospreay +550
  • Tetsuya Naito +650
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi +800
  • KENTA +800
  • Shingo Takagi +1000
  • Tomohiro Ishii +1700
  • Hirooki Goto +2500
  • Juice Robinson +3300
  • Zack Sabre Jr. +3300
  • Taichi +5000
  • Jeff Cobb +6600
  • Minoru Suzuki +6600
  • Yujiro Takahashi +6600
  • Toru Yano +10000
  • Yoshi-Hashi +15000

NJPW G1 Climax Black A Winner Betting Odds:

  • Kazuchika Okada: +200
  • Jay White: +250
  • Will Ospreay: +250
  • Kota Ibushi: +450
  • Shingo Takagi: +450
  • Tomorhiro Ishii: +1500
  • Taichi: +3300
  • Jeff Cobb: +4000
  • Minoru Suzuki: +4000
  • Yujiro Takahashi: +5000

NJPW G1 Climax Black B Winner Betting Odds:

  • EVIL: +175
    SANADA: +175
  • KENTA: +350
  • Tetsuya Naito: +350
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: +1000
  • Hirooki Goto: +1500
  • Juice Robinson: +2500
  • Zack Sabre Jr.: +2500
  • Toru Yano: +6600
  • Yoshi-Hashi: +8000

This is a hard year to pick because of what is going on in the world right now. New Japan has been having limited crowds for awhile now and the question is: will they have limited crowds at Wrestle Kingdom as well? Because that makes a huge difference on what kind of wrestler they go with. We know that Okada can sell out the Tokyo Dome, but if we are talking about a limited capacity – pretty much anyone here can. There is a lot of money in another Naito-Okada match, but putting that match on in a limited capacity Tokyo Dome would be leaving a lot of money on the table.

SANADA is a good pick, but are they really going to make this whole year about LIJ? The EVIL storyline that seemed like it would never end, finally did and now we’re going to go Naito/SANADA? I just don’t see it. The same goes for Shingo, but I’d honestly be a lot more on board with it if that was the direction. Just have every member of LIJ have more success than him til the day he snaps.

To me, there is no sense in betting on Naito to win this thing. Where is the drama in the guy with the title winning the title shot? Naito is always vulnerable.

The trio of EVIL, Jay White, and KENTA have all had their issues in the past with Naito. Just kill me if they go with EVIL, but the other two could make for a great Wrestle Kingdom main event. The final nights feature SANADA-EVIL, Naito-KENTA, and Ishii-White so it definitely feels like Bullet Club will be in the mix for the finals.

Ibushi is an interesting play as well. He won the briefcase last year and was pretty much screwed with the double-title tournament. The IWGP Championsip is the one title that has eluded him thus far in his career. Plus, he had some absolute classic (neck-hating) matches with Naito last year that saw the two very evenly matched that could be revisited.

Okada is the play, but Ibushi is probably my next favorite.

NJPW G1 Climax Winning Faction Betting Odds:

  • LIJ member wins tournament (S.Takagi, SANADA, T.Naito) +125
  • Bullet Club member wins tournament (J.White, Y.Takahashi, EVIL, KENTA) +200
  • Chaos member wins tournament (K.Okada, T.Ishii, W.Ospreay, H.Goto, T.Yano, YOSHI-HASHI) +200
  • Unassigned/Others wins tournament (J.Cobb, K.Ibushi, H.Tanahashi, J.Robinson) +300
  • Suzuki-gun member wins tournament (M.Suzuki, Taichi, ZSJ) +1400

Despite what I said above, the Bullet Club is probably the best bet here. They have three guys that could win this tournament and I would not put it past NJPW to have one of them win here. EVIL winning would absolutely set the world on fire because everyone would hate it so much. Jay White lost to Naito at this year’s Wrestle Kingdom and KENTA was his Naito’s first major challenger earlier this year. The Bullet Club is strength in numbers and that’s what they have here.

NJPW G1 Climax Final Match Betting Odds:

  • Kazuchika Okada vs SANADA +550
  • Jay White vs SANADA +650
  • Will Ospreay vs SANADA +650
  • Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL +850
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito +850
  • Jay White vs EVIL +1000
  • Jay White vs Tetsuya Naito +1000
  • Kazuchika Okada vs KENTA +1000
  • Kota Ibushi vs SANADA +1000
  • Shingo Takagi vs SANADA +1000
  • Will Ospreay vs EVIL +1000
  • Will Ospreay vs Tetsuya Naito +1000
  • Jay White vs KENTA +1200
  • Will Ospreay vs KENTA +1200
  • Jay White vs Hiroshi Tanahashi +1500
  • Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi +1500
  • Will Ospreay vs Hiroshi Tanahashi +1500
  • Kota Ibushi vs EVIL +1700
  • Kota Ibushi vs Tetsuya Naito +1700
  • Shingo Takagi vs EVIL +1700
  • Shingo Takagi vs Tetsuya Naito +1700
  • Kota Ibushi vs KENTA +2000
  • Shingo Takagi vs KENTA +2000
  • Kota Ibushi vs Hiroshi Tanahashi +2500
  • Shingo Takagi vs Hiroshi Tanahashi +2500

My strategy here would be to take the guy you think is going to win (SANADA, Okada, Ibushi) and put them in the finals against a Bullet Club guy (EVIL, White, KENTA). Based on the cards for the last two nights, I’d say that is most likely going to be Okada-EVIL (+850), SANADA-White (+650), or Ibushi-KENTA (+2000).

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