New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) continues to expand horizons in the United States. The Japanese company is enjoying its greatest moment of popularity in North America and wants to make the most of it. As reported by journalist Dave Meltzer on his last radio show, NJPW has in mind to hold a second event in the United States this July.
The area that is sounding louder to host this show is the San Francisco Bay. The chosen pavilion will be the Cow Palace of Daly City, California. This venue, which was the seat of the San Francisco Warrior of the NBA until 1971, has a total capacity for 12,953 people(basketball). In the event that NJPW obtains through this pavilion. they could set up the Cow Palace for up to 10,000 people to witness the event live.
The expansion of NJPW by American soil is being slow as well as effective. The decision to rent a larger pavilion for his return to the United States is motivated by recent successes. In 2017, with his return to the country after several years of absence NJPW sold a total of 6,000 tickets at the two G1 Special in USA events. His show for this year Strong Style Evolved made a sold-out in just 20 minutes.
Before producing its own exclusive events, NJPW reached an agreement with the company Ring of Honor Wrestling (ROH) to reintroduce itself in the US market. Together, NJPW and ROH conduct the War of the Worlds tours in May and Global Wars in October. The presence of Japanese talent has allowed these shows to make sold-outs with ease. Operations director ROH, Joe Koff, analyzed this relationship with NJPW in a recent interview for Augusta Free Press:
“We don’t consider that a rivalry at all. We consider it, as you said, and I’ll use your words, but they’re apt, it’s mutually beneficial for both promotions. They are starting to do shows in the United States. Last year, they did one. I think this year, they’re going to do two. They’re pretty much on the West Coast, where Ring of Honor probably has the least amount of presence, until now. So, we don’t see that as an encroachment at all.
Considering that they use so much of our talent, and when we tour with them, in the United States, on the Global War tours or War of the Worlds tours, we just feel it’s much more synergistic and symbiotic. We’re not feeding off each other; we’re helping each other.”
The first event of the year for NJPW in the United States Strong Style Evolved will take place next Sunday, March 25. The evening will be broadcasted in the United States through the AXS TV channel with commentary by Jim Ross and Josh Barnett and internationally on the official platform of NJPW, New Japan World.
Card confirmed at the moment for Evolved Strong Style is as follows:
Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi) vs. The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)
IWGP United States Championship
Jay White (c) vs. Hangman Page
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.