New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Special in USA first night to air LIVE on AXS TV

May 19, 2017 - by Bob Magee

AXS TV TO LIVE BROADCAST NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’S FIRST-EVER U.S. EVENT, THE ‘G1 SPECIAL IN THE USA,’ SATURDAY, JULY 1 AT 8pE

The Historic Broadcast is AXS TV’s First Live NJPW
Broadcast and Marks the Promotion’s Biggest Step into the U.S. Market

Night Two Premieres in Its Entirety on AXS TV, Friday, July 7 at 8pE

Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks Join Superstars Kenny Omega, Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tetsuya Naito at the ‘G1 SPECIAL’

Catch Up on the Most Recent NJPW Events Friday Nights in
June on AXS TV Leading Up to the Event Including New Japan
Cup, Sakura Genesis, Dominion and More

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 WRESTING’s
first-ever U.S. event—the G1 SPECIAL IN THE USA—live
Saturday, July 1 at 8pE/5pP from the Long Beach Convention
Center in Long Beach, California.

Following Saturday night’s 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 TV’s first live broadcast of NEW
JAPAN PRO WRESTLING, the world’s 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 TV’s NJPW broadcast team—Wrestling
Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion
and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett—will 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 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.”

“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
promotion’s 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 SPECIAL—Friday, June 30—back-to-back
episodes featuring June’s 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 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”
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 today’s top
comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions.
The network’s hit franchise series include THE BIG INTERVIEW
with Dan Rather; ROCK & ROLL ROAD TRIP WITH SAMMY HAGAR; THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS; GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE; AXS TV FIGHTS; and NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING.

AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan
Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The
network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse,
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Media Contacts:

Cindy Ronzoni, AXS TV Publicity
cronzoni@axs.tv
213.763.4695
@cindyronzoni

Sean Grabin, AXS TV Publicity
sgrabin@axs.tv
213.763.2145
@seangrabinpr

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