Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: New Japan Pro Wrestling is doing pretty well right now.
You can’t blame NJPW for having a little swagger in their step at the moment. They earned rave reviews for Wrestle Kingdom 12, they still have Chris Jericho in the fold, their Australian tour was a success, they sold out their next United States show in 20 minutes (coming close to outdoing any show TNA ever did, ever, and would have broken that mark if they were running a bigger venue), and heck, they even got the Golden Lovers back together.
And about that next U.S. show! New Japan will return to Long Beach, where they tore the house down for two nights last summer. Strong Style Evolved, on March 25, just two weeks before WrestleMania 34.
The show is already a success (see above regarding that instant sellout), and there’s great news for people who might want to watch it as it happens, but can’t make it to Long Beach, and don’t feel like dropping the 999 yen on New Japan World (which you should). AXS TV, the North American home of New Japan, will once again have a live broadcast of the event.
From the press release:
NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’S BIGGEST STARS RETURN TO AMERICA ON AXS TV’S EXCLUSIVE LIVE BROADCAST OF ‘STRONG STYLE EVOLVED’ ON SUNDAY, MARCH 25 AT 8pE/5pP
The Sold-Out Show Will Feature Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito & More from Long Beach, California
‘STRONG STYLE EVOLVED’ Marks NJPW’s Second U.S. Event as Japan’s Biggest Wrestling Organization Continues to Expand Stateside
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.
There you have it. You can have your New Japan and watch it, too. UPROXX should be in the house for Strong Style Evolved, so we’ll see you all there.