Earlier this morning, Ring-Rap.com was sent a press release announcing that AXS TV has struck a deal with TV Asahi in Japan for a multi-year agreement to continue to air New Japan Pro Wrestling on their channels. The show debuted in January of this year and AXS will air a total of 42 episodes this year. The hour-long show can be found on your local AXS channel every Friday night at 9PM EST.
It’s been over a month since I’ve had a chance to watch Ring of Honor, due to a move and a cable install gone wrong. So, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that this week’s episode was part of the War of the Worlds series that took place in Philadelphia back in May. I haven’t had an opportunity to see much of the New Japan Pro Wrestling product, and what I have seen is right up my alley. I’m a huge Ring of Honor fan too, so these two worlds don’t collide so much as make love.
Ok, perhaps that’s a terrible example, but I guess what I’m trying to say is the New Japan style and Ring of Honor style are very, very similar, which means these events are a ton of fun.
If you need proof of this, look no further than the sold-out crowd, which is clearly having a great time from bell to bell. Streamers, costumes, chants, this crowd has it all. They’re not there to get themselves over, either, like WWE crowds that hijack the events. They’re part of the show, part of the experience. They feed off of the wrestlers. The wrestlers feed off of the crowd.
It’s a synergy that rarely comes across on TV as well as being in the arena live, but it came across loud and clear in this show.
In a press release sent out by AXS TV last evening, the network has released the schedule of broadcast for the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 24 Tournament.
For those not familiar, the G1 Climax 24 tournament is a round-robin style tournament that takes place over three weeks each summer, and includes 22 participants. Talent in this tournament includes AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
The series will start on June 26 at 9PM EST, then run for eight weeks. Each of the first seven shows will feature one full match and highlights of other matches. The eighth show will feature the full championship bout.
The full press release can be seen below, with locations and matches to be shown. The G1 Climax Tournament is a highlight of professional wrestling, so be sure to tune in to your AXS station and check the shows out.
Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling teamed up to present Global Wars this past Friday, May 15th, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Below are the quick results for night one of the two-night event.
Champions at the time of the event:
IWGP Heavyweight Champion, AJ Styles
IWGP Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Kenny Omega
IWGP Tag Team Champions, The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Michael Bennett)
IWGP Junior Tag Team Champions, Roppongi Vice (Baretta & Rocky Romero)
NEVER Openweight Champion, Tomohiro Ishii
– Yuji Nagata, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada defeated Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida.
– Kota Ibushi & Yohei Komatsu defeated Tetsuya Naito & Sho Tanaka.
– NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma defeated Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall).
– IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship:
The Young Bucks (Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson) defeated Roppongi Vice (c) (Baretta & Rocky Romero) to win the titles.
– IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship:
Kenny Omega (c) defeated Alex Shelley to retain the title.
– IWGP Tag Team Champions, Kingdom (Michael Bennett, Matt Taven & Maria Kanellis) defeated Bullet Club (Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Amber O’Neal).
– Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Katsuyori Shibata defeated Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & NEVER Openweight Champion, Tomohiro Ishii.
– Bullet Club (IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles & Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI.
– IWGP Intercontinental Championship:
Hirooki Goto defeated Shinsuke Nakamura (c) to win the title.
WWE’s Extreme Rules is just a few days away. Get the toys ready, because it’s gonna be a party! But despite the jokes, how is the show shaping up? How is the card looking on paper, and will it deliver? And, how effective was Raw in building up this show? Bill and Drew take a look.