New Japan Pro Wrestling slated to hold G1 Climax

New Japan Pro Wrestling is back in primetime.

Today marked the first time in over three decades that New Japan will consistently air live on primetime television in Japan.

“For many years in our past, NJPW being on TV Friday nights at 8 p.m. was a staple in Japan and enabled our wrestling to be introduced to all ages,” said New Japan President Harold Meij, whose show aired on BS Asahi. “It’s that Friday ‘Golden Time’ slot that made not just top wrestling stars, but Japanese cultural icons out of Antonio Inoki, Tiger Mask, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, and more. We know our top stars will take advantage of that platform, and we expect names like Kazuchika Okada, Hiromu Takahashi, or Kota Ibushi will gain every bit of the cultural foothold that their forebears did three decades ago.”

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