Tetsuya Naito and Zack Sabre Jr have qualified for the quarterfinals of the NJPW G1 Climax 33 tournament from Block D.
The league phase matches for Block D from G1 Climax 33 ended on night 16 on August 9 in Shizuoka, Japan. Naito secured the first position in the group, while Zack Sabre Jr. came in second.
Naito concluded the evening by securing a victory against Hiroshi Tanahashi. Naito ended the tournament with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses, accumulating a total of 10 points.
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Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Hirooki Goto to secure the second position with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses. Zack Sabre Jr. is currently the NJPW World Television Champion.
Naito secured a higher standing than Zack Sabre Jr due to his victory at the August 2 NJPW G1 Climax 33 Night 12 event, where he defeated Zack Sabre Jr.
Jeff Cobb was also in the hunt to qualify for the quarterfinals with a straight win. He was facing Sabre’s stablemate Shane Haste, who ended up securing a draw via countout and made way for Sabre’s qualification.
In the group of eight, Naito is set to take on Hikuleo, who secured the second position in A Block. Whereas Zack Sabre Jr. will go one-on-one with Kazuchika Okada, the winner of B Block.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for August 10, where David Finlay is also set to face Will Ospreay. On the other hand, Evil will go one-on-one against Sanada. The semifinals are set for August 12, followed by the finals on August 13.