GFW News: New Japan Pro Wrestling "Wrestle Kingdom 9" press conference details
Global Force Wrestling issued the following press release to Prowrestling.net on Tuesday.
Global Force Wrestling Vice President of International Scott D'Amore said GFW founder and CEO Jeff Jarrett and the North American announce team will address the media as part of Wrestle Kingdom 9's festivities the day before the big show at the Tokyo Dome.
Hall of Fame play-by-play man Jim Ross and Matt Striker will appear at the Jan. 3 "Grand Pro-Wrestling Festival 2015" news conferences at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo, as will all of the NJPW stars, such as Tanahashi, Okada and Nakamura. The Bullet Club, which includes Jarrett, D'Amore, A.J. Styles and IWGP tag team champions Doc Gallows and "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson, also will be on hand. There will be autograph signings and meet-and-greets with Japanese and international fans in attendance between and after the news conferences. The festival even includes two matches.
"We're pleased to be invited to attend the festival and to further the budding relationship between GFW and NJPW," D'amore said. "When you have an event of this magnitude you always want to include the fans and do what you can to enhance their experience."
GFW announced its partnership with NJPW in June and revealed that it would promote WK 9 in North America on Nov. 4. Ross came on board on Nov. 11, and Striker was added on Dec. 18.
"NJPW is one of the hottest promotions in the world right now, and all eyes will be on Tokyo for Wrestle Kingdom 9," Striker said. "It will be an honor and a privilege not only to sit beside Jim Ross again but to call the action involving many of the best performers this business has to offer on such a grand stage."
"GFW Presents New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 9" will air live in North America at 2 a.m. ET on Jan. 4, which is 4 p.m. in Tokyo. The four-hour telecast also will air in primetime in North America at 7 p.m. ET on DirecTV, Dish, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Verizon Fios and all cable systems in the United States, and in Canada on Bell ExpressVu TV, Rogers, Shaw, Sasktel and Telus. Check your local listings for availability. The show also will be available on the Flipps app on iTunes or Android.
Wrestle Kingdom 9 will be the 24th consecutive year for the Jan. 4 dome event, which kicks off the year in Japan and annually is the largest wrestling show in the world outside of the United States, drawing in excess of 40,000 fans.
Powell's POV: I am counting down the days to the New Japan pay-per-view. Granted, I'm working late night hours, but I really expect this to be a fantastic in-ring event and I am anxious to hear Jim Ross call pro wrestling again.
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