New Japan's Strong Style Evolved show, that will take place in Long Beach, California, will air live in the USA on AXS TV.
North American wrestling fans are quickly becoming more and more interested in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The promotion came to the USA for the first time last summer and ran two sold-out shows in Long Beach, California. Then earlier this year, Wrestle Kingdom 12 garnered more attention from non-Japanese fans than any previous New Japan event has done before thanks to the match between Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho.
Last year's US shows were such a success that NJPW hasn't even waited an entire calendar year to return with more shows. On March 25th New Japan will return to Long Beach once more to stage a show called Strong Style Evolved. The promotions top stars such as Tetsuya Naito and IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada will all be in attendance.
If you're hoping to buy tickets for the landmark show then we have some bad news for you, it sold out in just 20 minutes. We do have some good news though. AXS TV, the US network that airs New Japan shows, will be broadcasting Strong Style Evolved live. This is big news for both NJPW and AXS as normally the shows are shown in the US on a delay.
To give you an idea of how long fans normally have to wait to see New Japan action on AXS the Wrestle Kingdom 12 main event between Naito and Okada is yet to air. In fact, it won't be broadcast until this Friday, over a month after the match took place. To have a show air live is a big deal and what's more is Jim Ross and Josh Barnett will be on commentary as is the norm with New Japan on AXS.
This is just the latest development in what is becoming a very successful plan by New Japan to become more of a staple in the American fan's pro wrestling diet. More and more WWE fans are beginning to realize that there is something else out there, and even though it is still pro wrestling it is a very different product to what Vince McMahon and Triple H are offering up.