Zack Sabre Jr. had no interest in making friends at the press conference which kicked off the G1 Climax this weekend.
NJPW's G1 Climax has officially begun. For some of us, the highlight of the wrestling calendar is WrestleMania. For wrestling purists, it's the G1. A massive annual tournament during which NJPW's very best wrestlers all compete to be crowned the winner. Since the tournament starts with the competitors being split into blocks, we first see everyone in each block wrestle each other.
This year, the G1 got underway in Dallas, Texas. On the night before the first matches, everyone competing in the tournament had the chance to say their piece. Coming out of the press conference, Zack Sabre Jr. is the man making all the headlines. He had some choice words for fellow Brit Will Ospreay, and also the American fans he would be performing for.
Sabre Jr. told those in attendance "I have more submissions than Will Ospreay has stupid tweets." We don't doubt that, especially since we have been fans of what the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion has had to say on Twitter. Sabre Jr. then turned his attention to the United States. According to Ryan Dilbert, the Brit likened exhibiting his technical style to American fans to "reading Shakespeare to a dog."
Once the wrestling began, turns out neither man had much to celebrate on night one. Ospreay came up short against Lance Archer, while Sabre Jr. failed to defeat SANADA. If anything, the losses add even more spice to Ospreay and Sabre Jr.'s match. Now both men are fighting the tide in the tournament having kicked it off with defeats.
Elsewhere on night one, KENTA defeated Kota Ibushi in his first match back in the G1 after leaving WWE earlier this year. Plus, New Japan's two biggest names Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi clashed in the main event. IWGP Champion Okada emerged victorious in that one. Next weekend, block B, and the G1 debut of Jon Moxley. He will do battle with Taichi while Tetsuya Naito and Teru Nano do battle in what will likely be another unmissable match.