Not sure what that means? Does he mean the G1 winner faces the IWGP champion on the 4th, and whoever wins that match faces the IC champion on the 5th?
Being a G1 winner for a long time was considered just as important as being a IWGP champSo you don't even have to win the G1 to get a match for the heavyweight title. Just win the IC belt.
Sounds stupid to me. Why try and win the G1 at all then?
I get it. But in my mind it's stupid, they changed the meaning of the G1 and now because they have a two night WK they need to sell out they pull this stunt.Being a G1 winner for a long time was considered just as important as being a IWGP champ
It's only recently that said perception changed due to Okada making the G1 about main eventing WK
Honestly, I still have issues with even the Royal Rumble being used like this because it limits the possibilities of who can win and the stories you can tell.I don't want the Climax to guarantee a WK main event anymore, as the tournament itself is big enough to establish wrestlers & limits the field, but I *get* it from the streamlined perspective. Used to it by now, but just throwing that out there. Things like the Goto 2008 win or the rise of babyface Makabe (among many other scenarios) will never happen anymore because of this and that's too bad.
Do you think that this suggestion by Ibushi is a chance to go back to the way it used to be; winning the G1 Climax as a major accomplishment only?I think the gimmick makes sense for a two night event. I do think that, unless Ibushi is winning at least one of the titles, it might be a mistake for Ibushi to be the one who lays it all out because he could just lose to Okada (or whoever) and that's it.
I'm into the idea, though, if just because they keep talking about the double belt thing and it would be a waste if it was all talk.
Honestly, I still have issues with even the Royal Rumble being used like this because it limits the possibilities of who can win and the stories you can tell.
It used to be a huge deal when you had dudes like Hogan and Savage set up their world title match as an entirely separate story that wasn't contingent on winning a title shot match, and when those contracts got signed, it was like an event in and of itself. I also liked the idea that the champ could win the Rumble. I think it's why I actually liked the recent Rumble where Reigns was defending the belt in it.
Of course, the G1 is a separate idea entirely, but since they co-opted the "winner gets a shot/briefcase" idea, it's still a similar concept.
Winning the G1 basically means you beat everyone (or the people who beat everyone else) which is a massive accomplishment in and of itself. That trophy still has value, and the briefcase/contract is just an extra bonus that comes along with it. Unfortunately, I don't think we can go back now.
If we go along with this mini tournament happening and if Naito is winning in the end, to me it has to be Okada vs. Naito.If I had to pick one, I'd prefer that Ibushi win the HW title match. I'd be fine with him not winning the IC title match if that happens.