Some exciting wrestling news today, AXS TV will be broadcasting New Japan Pro Wrestling’s “G1 Special in the USA” LIVE on Saturday, July 1st at 7pm CT. The special event will broadcast live from the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
The G1 Special in the USA is NJPW’s first ever U.S. event and marks a big step in their expansion into America. That night one of the special will be broadcast live is a pretty huge deal, especially since it’ll be live on AXS TV and not pay-per-view.
The first night will be broadcast live on Saturday, and the second night of the event will be shown in its entirity on Friday, July 7th with a four hour block with limited commercial interruption.
“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 perfect—the 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… don’t 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.”
In more great news, the broadcast team for both the live night one special and the night two broadcast will be the current AXS NJPW announce team of Jim Ross and Josh Barnett.
“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.!”
The G1 Special will feature The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito and more.
This is fantastic news for any wrestling fan. AXS TV has been showing NJPW in America for a number of years now, but now is the time to get into the NJPW product if you haven’t been familiar with it. This live broadcast from the U.S. is hopefully just the beginning.
Here’s AXS TV’s upcoming NJPW schedule to get you caught up and ready for the first live broadcast on July 1st:
AXS TV’s 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”