In my opinion, some of the most underrated & most talked about matches in wrestling have taken place during the G1 Climax. A career making performance may not happen every year, but when it does it always sticks. However, the tournament isn't just to make new stars it is also in place to solidfy those who have already made it to the top or give a legend there one last accomplishment which is what a tournament should do. In the WWE they have seemingly forgotten how important and how valuable a tournament can be as they normally just using them as fodder and allowing tournament winners to become jokes instead something to build new stars.
The first thing I think that people need to learn about to understand the environment New Japan is to understand the G1 Climax. In my opinion, the best way to understand something is by learning it's origin and building forward. The G1 Climax has helped stabilize New Japan in it's darkest periods and has helped make Icons out of Masahiro Chono, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinya Hashimoto, and various others in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Will another legend be made an icon this year in G1 we will have to wait and find out.