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AXS TV To Live Broadcast NJPW’s G1 Climax Event in San Francisco

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AXS TV has issued the following press release:

AXS TV TO LIVE BROADCAST NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’S THIRD U.S. EVENT, THE ‘G1 SPECIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO,’ ON SATURDAY, JULY 7 AT 8pE/5pP

‘G1 SPECIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO’ Marks AXS TV’s Third Live NJPW Broadcast

10,000 Fans Expected at the Historic Cow Palace

Los Angeles (May 25, 2018) – AXS TV announced today that it will exclusively live broadcast New Japan Pro Wrestling’s third U.S. event—the G1 SPECIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO—on Saturday, July 7 at 8pE/5pP. The G1 SPECIAL continues the network’s partnership with the fast-growing wrestling promotion and its Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, building on the success of AXS TV’s presentation of STRONG STYLE EVOLVED in March 2018 and G1 SPECIAL IN USA in July 2017, along with its award-winning Friday Night NJPW series.

The event marks NJPW’s most ambitious foray into the U.S. market to date, with a crowd of over 10,000 expected at the historic Cow Palace in Daly City, California. Wrestling Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and NJPW veteran Josh Barnett will call the action ringside as the best wrestlers in the world, including “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi, enter the ring at the G1 SPECIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO.

“As NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING continues their U.S. expansion, we are proud to provide a platform for NJPW and TV Asahi to bring their electrifying events to as many fans as possible through our live, primetime broadcasts,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “The Cow Palace has a rich history of major pro wrestling events and we are excited to continue that tradition with our presentation of the G1 SPECIAL IN SAN FRANCISCO.”

Tickets to the live event are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. Results (11/29): Hiromu Takahashi vs Robbie Eagles, Updated Standings

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NJPW Best of the Super Jr. Results
November 29, 2020
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

— Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma def. Gabriel Kidd & Yuji Nagata in a non-tournament match.

— Ryusuke Taguchi def. Yuya Uemura

— El Desperado def. DOUKI

— SHO def. Master Wato

— Taiji Ishimori def. BUSHI

— Hiromu Takahashi def. Robbie Eagles

Current Standings: 

  • Hiromu Takahashi: 10
  • Taiji Ishimori: 10
  • Master Wato: 8
  • El Desperado: 8
  • SHO: 8
  • Bushi: 6
  • Ryusuke Taguchi: 6
  • Robbie Eagles: 4
  • DOUKI: 0
  • Yuya Uemura: 0

Next BOSJ Lineup (Dec. 2) 

  • Yuya Uemura vs. DOUKI
  • Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Robbie Eagles
  • Master Wato vs. BUSHI
  • Taiji Ishimori vs. El Desperado
  • SHO vs. Hiromu Takahashi

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NJPW World Tag League Results (11/19): LIJ vs Dangerous Tekkers, Bullet Club vs Bullet Club

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NJPW World Tag League Results
November 19, 2020
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

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Non-Tournament Match
Tomoaki Honma & Satoshi Kojima def. Yota Tsuji & Yuji Nagata in 10:16

Tournament Matches: 

Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan def. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens

David Finlay & Juice Robinson def. Toa Henare & Hiroshi Tanahashi

Guerrillas of Destiny def. EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi

Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano def. Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI

SANADA & Shingo Takagi def. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi

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Updated Standings: 

Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi – 4 pts
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi – 4 pts
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii – 4 pts
Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan – 4 pts
David Finlay & Juice Robinson – 4 pts
SANADA & Shingo Takagi – 4 pts
Guerrillas of Destiny – 4 pts
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto – 2 pts
Toa Henare & Hiroshi Tanahashi – 0 pts
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens – 0 pts

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Kanemaru Pulled From NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. Due To Injury, Replacement Announced

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling has just announced that Suzuki-Gun star Yoshinobu Kanemaru has been pulled from the upcoming Best of the Super Jr. tournament due to a knee injury.

With the annual tournament just days away from opening night, NJPW will look to stand-out Young Lion Yuya Uemura to fill the void. With the bracket shortened to just ten competitors this year, Uemura has a major opportunity to wrestle top names in the junior heavyweight division every single night of the month-long round robin.

Uemura gave the following statement translated by NJPW’s English website:

‘I know that my entry is as a result of Kanemaru’s injury, so I can’t say I’m delighted, but when I heard the news, I did get fired up.

Last year I was able to enter the Super Jr. Tag League, and unfortunately I ended on zero points. That was a real let down, and I know it was a disappointment for my partner Tiger Mask. I won’t ever live that down. In a league like this, everybody is trying to win. That’s what I learned last year in the tag league; I have to be aiming for the top the whole time.

I’ve been saying for months now that I want to make it into BoSJ, get results, and then maybe be able to challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. Well, I just about achieved the first goal. Now just to get results!

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