New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) has held a press conference prior to tomorrow’s big event, the G1 Special in San Francisco. Before the show, the new president of NJPW, the Dutch Harold Meij, has commented on the future situation for the Japanese company in the United States.
Meij has revealed that the company will return to the United States next Sunday, September 30 with the show entitled “Fighting Spirit Unleashed.” The event will take place from the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California, returning to the city where they have performed most of their shows. NJPW has already made a presentation at the Walter Pyramid with Strong Style Evolved in March, managing to sell all locations in just hours and with more than 4000 attendees.
For his part, Meij has also reported that the young talents of the company will have their opportunity to work in the United States. Lion’s Gate, the territory of development of the company, will perform two shows in the United States on November 10 and 11 under the title of Lion’s Break, the US division of the brand. The events will take place from the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. This venue has hosted events such as VidCon, Anime Expo or D23 Expo and has space to hold between 2,000 and 5,000 viewers.
In this way, New Japan reinforces its presence in the United States. Note that Ring of Honor, an allied company of NJPW, will hold the event Death Before Dishonor on September 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from the Orleans Arena. The next day they will have television recordings in Las Vegas, so there could be few appearances of ROH talent on the September 30 New Japan show.
The information of the show for September 30 came a few days ago through statements by Will Ospreay, who reported in an interview that he could not fight in the PROGRESS show from the Wembley Arena because he would be working in the United States with New Japan. According to new information from various media, AXS TV would seek to perform NJPW shows more regularly on American soil, which would be the main motivation for these ads.
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