AXS TV EXPANDS FRIDAY NIGHT LINEUP ACQUIRING ‘NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING

Posted January 5th, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team

AXS TV EXPANDS FRIDAY NIGHT LINEUP ACQUIRING ‘NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’

SERIES FOR 2015

13-Episode Series Premieres on U.S. Television Jan. 16, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT Leading

Into the Weekly Live AXS TV FIGHTS Broadcast

Josh Barnett and Mauro Ranallo Serve As English Language Commentators

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 24, 2014 – Building on the success of the AXS TV FIGHTS Friday night

franchise, AXS TV has acquired a 13 episode series from Japan’s largest professional wrestling

promotion, NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING (NJPW). Premiering Jan. 16, 2015, NJPW will air on

Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT leading into the network’s weekly live MMA, Muay Thai, and

kickboxing broadcasts.

Airing for the first time ever in the U.S., the hour-long weekly series features the most exciting

matches from NJPW’s Japanese broadcasts and pay-per-view events. Former UFC Heavyweight

champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett and famed combat sports commentator Mauro Ranallo

are providing English language commentary for the series.

Founded in 1972, NJPW has established itself as the premier wrestling organization in Japan and

the second largest and fastest growing wrestling promotion in the world. In recent years, NJPW has

gained international recognition, winning the Wrestling Observer Newsletter “Promotion of the Year”

award two years running and boasting three-year reigning “Wrestler of the Year” Hiroshi Tanahashi.

The series premiere features Tanahashi defending the promotion’s prestigious IWGP Heavyweight

Title against his long-time rival Kazuchika Okada in front of 29,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome.

“With this acquisition, AXS TV FIGHTS now offers one of the most diverse combat sports and sports

entertainment programming line-ups on television,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon.

“There is a strong relationship and influence between professional wrestling and MMA, and with the

addition of Josh Barnett and Mauro Ranallo as our commentators, we’re confident this new venture

will be a crossover hit with wrestling and MMA fans alike.”

AXS TV’s NJPW episodes were produced by and purchased from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.

ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing events than any

other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael

Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions,

challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10pE/7pP. AXS TV Fights

can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T

U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable,

satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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