AXS TV TO LIVE BROADCAST NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLINGS FIRST-EVER U.S. EVENT, THE G1 SPECIAL IN THE USA, SATURDAY, JULY 1 AT 8pE
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LOS ANGELES May 18, 2016 AXS TV, TV ASAHI and NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING today announced AXS TV will be the exclusive U.S. television broadcast home of NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTINGs first-ever U.S. eventthe G1 SPECIAL IN THE USAlive Saturday, July 1 at 8pE/5pP from the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
Following Saturday nights live event broadcast of the G1 SPECIAL, AXS TV will premiere the second night of the event in a four-hour showcase on Friday, July 7 at 8pE/5pP. The special presentation will feature every match from night two in Long Beach with limited commercial interruption.
The G1 SPECIAL marks AXS TVs first live broadcast of NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING, the worlds fastest growing and second largest wrestling promotion, which the network has showcased on Friday nights in its award-winning, hour-long weekly series since 2015. AXS TVs NJPW broadcast teamWrestling Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnettwill be ringside for both nights of the event to call the action for the network.
New Japan is coming to the U.S. for the first time in its illustrious 45-year history, said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. The timing for the first-ever U.S. event and live TV broadcast is perfectthe weekly NJPW television show on AXS TV is a hit and the tickets for the G1 SPECIAL in the USA sold out within hours. We are excited to see how fans respond to this historic live broadcast.
New Japan Pro Wrestling is simply delighted to have our very first event in the United States, and to have it air live on TV marks a major breakthrough for the Japanese pro- wrestling promoters, said Mr. Naoki Sugabayashi, Chairman of the Board, New Japan Pro Wrestling. It is definitely going to have the most exciting matches by the most formidable wrestlers dont miss it!
New Japan Pro Wrestling has been one of our most important partners over the years and we are absolutely excited that NJPW is now holding its premier major event in the United States, said Mr. Hitoshi Matsumoto, Deputy General Manager, Business Division, TV Asahi. NJPW content is a big success in Japan supported by fans of all generations and genders, so we do hope the viewers in the United States will find themselves hooked with the same explosion of excitement.
This is going to be one of the most eagerly anticipated events that I have broadcast in my 40 year career, said Jim Ross. Restaurant-quality slobberknockers will be abundant on this historic weekend of pro wrestling excellence.
New Japan is bringing the lead in to the most prestigious tournament in the world of professional wrestling to the U.S., said Josh Barnett, and I am pumped to call the blood, sweat, and tears ringside with J.R.!
Also announced today, the G1 SPECIAL is scheduled to feature American stars Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks Matt and Nick Jackson, in addition to NJPW superstars Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tetsuya Naito. More wrestlers and official match listings are forthcoming.
Leading up to the live G1 SPECIAL broadcast, AXS TV will give viewers the opportunity to catch up on the latest NJPW events during the networks Friday night series with the Summer of Strong Style event showcasing all of the promotions 2017 events. Upcoming episodes include top matches from New Beginning in Sapporo and Osaka; New Japan Cup; Sakura Genesis; Wrestling Toyo and Dontaku; and, the night before G1 SPECIALFriday, June 30back-to-back episodes featuring Junes Dominion 6.11 event.
Following the G1 SPECIAL, AXS TV will continue to showcase NJPW events closer to their original airdate during its Friday night series, starting with the Best of the Super Juniors and the G1 Climax 27 tournament.
AXS TVs upcoming NJPW schedule is as follows (subject to change):
May 26 @ 7pE Wrestle Kingdom 11 4-Part Marathon June 2 @ 7pE & 8pE New Beginning in Sapporo June 9 @ 7pE & 8pE New Beginning in Osaka June 16 @ 7pE, 8pE & 9pE New Japan Cup & Sakura Genesis June 23 @ 7pE & 8pE Wrestling Toyo & Wrestling Dontaku June 30 @ 7pE & 8pE Dominion 2017 LIVE July 1, 2017 @ 8pE/5pP G1 Special in the USA Night 1 July 7 @ 8pE G1 Special in the USA Night 2 ABOUT AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from todays top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. The networks hit franchise series include THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; ROCK & ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR; THE WORLDS GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS; GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE; AXS TV FIGHTS; and NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING.
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