“Same-day coverage of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 13 ushers in a new era of NJPW on AXS TV,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “Based on the tremendous growth of NJPW on AXS TV, we are making major changes to reward wrestling fans by delivering NJPW in primetime on Friday nights as close to when it takes place as possible.”
AXS TV has recently announced that due to the huge success New Japan Pro Wrestling has brought, for the first time ever they will be airing Wrestling Kingdom 13 in real-time.
Wrestle Kingdom which is the promotion’s biggest event of the year will have same-day near-live two-hour broadcast on Friday, Jan. 4 at 8pE/5pP on AXS TV.
The Wrestle Kingdom special is headlined by IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito, and will feature the network debut of the NJPW commentary team of Kevin Kelly and Don Callis.
AXS TV’s upcoming NJPW schedule is as follows (subject to change):
- Jan. 4 – Wrestle Kingdom 13 (2 hours)
- Jan. 11 – Wrestle Kingdom 13 (2 hours)
- Jan. 18 – Wrestle Kingdom 13
- Jan. 25 – New Year Dash
- Feb. 1 – New Year Dash
- Feb. 8 – New Beginning in Sapporo
- Feb. 15 – New Beginning in Sapporo
- Feb. 22 – New Beginning in Sapporo