Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Nov 4, 2014 13:35:30 GMT -6
Global Force Wrestling announced the January 4th New Japan Pro Wrestling Wrestle Kingdom show at the Tokyo Dome -- "GFW Presents New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 9" -- will air live at 2 AM Eastern and 11 PM Pacific late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
Given that time slot, the viewership will be very small. The show is scheduled for a four-hour window, but a replay will air Sunday one hour earlier than the usual PPV start time at 7 PM EST and 4 PM PST Pacific time.
All major carriers in the U.S. and Canada will be broadcasting the show, available in both Japanese and English.
Post by The Ultimate Nullifier on Nov 13, 2014 10:34:36 GMT -6
Ring of Honor issued the following press release to PWInsider.com, likely due to the ridiculous stories making the rounds online that ROH was going to prevent New Japan from using their talent at the 1/4/15 Tokyo Dome show since it is going to air on PPV. That was never, ever the case as ROH was aware of the PPV situation when their talent was originally booked, but the story took on a life of it's own for some reason. PWInsider.com had already previously noted here on the site there was no truth to the story. The press release reads:
reDRagon to Defend Titles at NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo!
November 13th, 2014 [ Baltimore, MD ] - Ring of Honor is proud to announce that Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish, the tag team known as reDRagon, will be defending their newly won IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on January 4, 2015 at the Tokyo Dome.
The match will feature reDRagon vs. Time Splitters vs. Young Bucks vs. Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero.
“We are very proud of reDRagon’s accomplishments in winning the IWGP Titles,” said Ring of Honor Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff. “While they are signed to exclusive deals with ROH, it is a great honor to have them competing in New Japan Pro Wrestling, a most prestigious organization.”
Ring of Honor and New Japan enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship which allows for top talent from each organization to wrestle on major events with international interest. Later this month, Michael Bennett and Matt Taven with Maria Kanellis will take part in the legendary New Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag League tournament. Then on December 7th live on pay-per view at ROH's Final Battle 2014, ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon will defend against New Japan's own Alex Shelley and Kushida, The Time Splitters.
“We have the utmost respect for New Japan, “ explained Koff. “They are a truly classy organization. We look forward to a long standing relationship so that our talent can appear in Japan and their talent can wrestle at our events in America.”