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 Posted: Wed Feb 7th, 2018 10:22 pm
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Press release:

Los Angeles (Feb. 7, 2018) – AXS TV—the exclusive U.S. television home for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)—will partner with NJPW and TV ASAHI to broadcast NJPW’s second U.S. event STRONG STYLE EVOLVED live on Sunday, March 25 at 8pE/5pP from California State University Long Beach’s (CSULB) Walter Pyramid.

The cable network’s acclaimed commentary team, Wrestling Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett, will call the live action ringside at STRONG STYLE EVOLVED. The broadcast is expected to feature NJPW’s biggest stars including Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tetsuya Naito among others in matches to be announced.

“New Japan Pro Wrestling’s popularity and ratings in the U.S. are at an all-time high,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “The G1 Special last summer sold out in a few hours, while STRONG STYLE EVOLVED, in an arena twice the size, sold out in less than 10 minutes. This second U.S. event is a great opportunity to further our relationship with NJPW and TV Asahi and we are looking forward to growing their strong style brand of wrestling in the states.”

AXS TV previously televised NJPW’s first stateside event—G1 Special in USA—live in July 2017 and also took over production of the Friday night series from distribution partner TV Asahi to air the Japanese events closer to the original air date. Continuing this trend, AXS TV aired a special presentation of NJPW’s biggest annual event—Wrestle Kingdom 12—on Jan. 6, 2018 just two days after it took place in Japan, which became the most watched broadcast in series history.

AXS TV wraps up its final night of Wrestle Kingdom 12 coverage on Feb. 9 at 8pE/5pP. Then, the network will showcase the best matches from NJPW’s winter events including “New Year Dash” (Feb. 16), three hours from “The New Beginning in Sapporo” (Feb. 23-March 9) and more to be announced leading up to STRONG STYLE EVOLVED.

AXS TV’s upcoming NJPW schedule is as follows (subject to change):
  • Feb. 9 – Wrestle Kingdom 12 Finale – Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito
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  • eb. 16 – New Year Dash – NJPW’s top wrestlers face off in a series of tag team matches and establish new rivalries for 2018.
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  • eb. 23 – The New Beginning in Sapporo – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
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  • arch 2 – The New Beginning in Sapporo – The Young Bucks vs. Roppongi 3K
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  • arch 9 – The New Beginning in Sapporo – Kenny Omega vs. Jay White

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Rey Jr will be on the California show. He challenged Thunder Liger to a match



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During today's New Japan Pro Wrestling Road to New Beginning tour finale, a video of Rey Mysterio played with the former WWE and WWE World champion announcing that he was going to make his New Japan debut at the 3/25 Strong Style Evolved event in Long Beach, CAfrom the sold out Walter Pyramid.

Mysterio then issued a challenge to the legendary Jushin "Thunder" Liger to face him on the show, which Liger immediately accepted.

The match will air on AXS TV live as part of the cable network's broadcast of the event.

Mysterio recently made waves with an excellent performance during his surprise return to WWE in the Royal Rumble, which as we reported at the time, was a one night deal. Since then, Mysterio has made it clear he and WWE are both open to working out something greater.

Before that can happen, however, two of the greatest masked wrestlers, who just happen to be two of the best junior heavyweight wrestlers of all time, will face off for the first time since WCW Starrcade '96, which saw Mysterio get the win over Liger.



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That match happened years ago when Liger was much closer to his prime. He’s a jobber in NJPW now even though he still has international appeal. Why not do Rey vs. KUSHIDA? Rey will draw on his own anyway.



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I haven't seen Liger in ages. I can't imagine how he works now.



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Blazer wrote: I haven't seen Liger in ages. I can't imagine how he works now.
Mostly the same, only slower with fewer high spots. The full body costume turned out to be brilliant though because he’ll always look like he did in 1992, only with a little extra padding around the middle. I feel like he would’ve lost 90% of his drawing power in the U.S. and Europe if we could all see he was just an old Japanese guy. 

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srossi wrote: That match happened years ago when Liger was much closer to his prime. He’s a jobber in NJPW now even though he still has international appeal. Why not do Rey vs. KUSHIDA? Rey will draw on his own anyway.
Liger's 53 years old, do you expect him to still be a top guy?



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I saw him in 2014 against Aleister Black and as Liger was pretty much my first favorite wrestler (thank you Eurosport) my mind blanked out the moment his theme hit. What an experience! And he was still good enough that I didn't wish o have seen him years earlier



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indikator wrote: I saw him in 2014 against Aleister Black and as Liger was pretty much my first favorite wrestler (thank you Eurosport) my mind blanked out the moment his theme hit. What an experience! And he was still good enough that I didn't wish o have seen him years earlier
Liger can still bring it on big occasions.



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