New Japan Pro Wrestling put on their “WrestleKingdom 10” event in January, but for the next four weeks on AXS TV you can relive the highlights. We were sent the following press release from AXS, which outlines their planned broadcast schedule for highlights of the event. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett will call the one hour episodes.
Highlights include Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, Kushida vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows vs. Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma for the IWGP Tag Team Championship, among others.
The full highlight and broadcast schedule is in the press release below. Be sure to check your local listings for the AXS TV station and broadcast time in your area. While we are not as in touch with the NJPW product as we’d like to be on this site, this was a fantastic show worth checking out again.
AXS TV PRESENTS NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’S WRESTLE KINGDOM 10 WITH COMMENTARY BY JIM ROSS AND JOSH BARNETT BEGINNING SEPT. 30
LOS ANGELES – Sept. 22, 2016 – NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’s biggest event of 2016—WRESTLE KINGDOM 10—comes to AXS TV in a special four-week event starting Friday, Sept. 30 at 9pE/6pP. Airing for the first time on American television, the prestigious event will feature commentary from broadcasting legend and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett.
WRESTLE KINGDOM 10, which took place in front of over 25 thousand fans at Japan’s renowned Tokyo Dome Jan. 4, features acclaimed battles between several NJPW superstars such as heavy hitters Shinsuke Nakamura and A.J. Styles for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, high-flyers Kenny Omega and KUSHIDA for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, and longtime rivals and faces of NJPW Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi for the promotion’s highest honor, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Also featured during AXS TV’s four-episode event are a number of exciting tag-team and special single matches showcasing stars such as notorious Bullet Club members “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, “The Stone Pitt Bull” Tomohiro Ishii, and acrobatic sensation Kushida.
AXS TV’s WRESTLE KINGDOM 10 episode schedule is as follows (all times eastern, subject to change):
Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. – Coverage includes the IWGP Intercontinental Championship match between Shinsuke Nakamura and A.J. Styles and the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match between Kenny Omega and KUSHIDA.
Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. – Coverage includes the first NEVER Openweight six-man tag championship deciding match featuring Toru Yano, Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe vs. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi and Tama Tonga; a special single match between Hirooki Goto and Tetsuya Naito, and the IWGP Tag Championship battle featuring Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows vs. Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma.
Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. – Coverage includes the IWGP Junior Tag Championship four-way match featuring Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, Rocky Romero and Beretta, Ricochet and Matt Sydal, and Matt and Nick Jackson; and the NEVER Openweight Championship match between Tomohiro Ishii and Katsuyori Shibata.
Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. – Coverage of the WRESTLE KINGDOM 10 main event featuring the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi.