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Nagata wins G1 Climax
By JOHN F. MOLINARO -- SLAM! Wrestling


New Japan Pro Wrestling's 11th annual G-1 Climax tournament concluded today as former WCW star Yuji Nagata defeated current Triple Crown Heavyweight champion Keiji Mutoh (AKA The Great Muta).
Yuji Nagata headlocks Keiji Mutoh during the finals of the 2001 G1 Climax. (Photo courtesy New Japan Pro Wrestling).


Before an announced crowd of 11,500 fans in the venerable Tokyo Sumo hall, Nagata forced Mutoh to submit to his signature Nagata Lock II move in 22:03.

Nagata finished in first place in Group A with seven points in the round-robin portion of the tournament with a record of 3-1-1.

Nagata advanced to the final after defeating New Japan booker Masa Chono in the semi-finals on Saturday at Sumo Hall while Mutoh beat Tadao Yasuda to go on to the championship.

This is the first time Nagata has won the G1 Climax, previously bowing out in the semi-finals the past two years. Mutoh won the tournament in 1995.

The G1 Climax is considered the most prestigious heavyweight tournament in Japanese wrestling and is one of the most important events on the New Japan calendar.

The finals of the G1 were broadcast live on Japanese network television.

New Japan G1 CLIMAX 2001 Final Standings


Block A Yuji Nagata Tadao Yasuda Manabu Nakanishi Kazunari Murakami Tatsumi Fujinami Minoru Tanaka Total Points
Nagata
WON LOST DRAW WON WON 7
Yasuda
LOST WON LOST WON WON 6
Nakanishi
WON LOST LOST WON WON 6
Murakami
DRAW WON WON LOST LOST 5
Fujinami
LOST LOST LOST WON WON 4
Tanaka
LOST LOST LOST WON LOST 2

Block B Keiji Mutoh Masa Chono Hiroyoshi Tenzan Satoshi Kojima Jushin Liger Osamu Nishimura Total Points
Mutoh
WON WON LOST WON WON 8
Chono
LOST WON LOST WON WON 6
Tenzan
LOST LOST WON WON WON 6
Kojima
WON WON LOST LOST LOST 4
Liger
LOST LOST LOST WON DRAW 3
Nishimura
LOST LOST LOST WON DRAW 3

  • History of New Japan's G1 Climax

  • A look at this year's tournament




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