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AXS TV’S ‘NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’ SHOWCASES 2015’S G1 CLIMAX TOURNAMENT WITH 10 THRILLING EPISODES OVER SIX WEEKS BEGINNING MAY 27
LOS ANGELES – May 4, 2016 – NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’s G1 Climax 25 comes to AXS TV May 27 as the network presents 10 hard-hitting, action-packed episodes highlighting the best matches from the 2015 tournament. Acclaimed NJPW commentary duo Jim Ross and Josh Barnett will call the action for one of the biggest pro wrestling tournaments in the world, featuring Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura, A.J. Styles and many more.
The 10 episodes from the tournament will air over six weeks, with double-premieres on June 3, 17, 24 and July 1. Each episode will feature at least one match in full along with abridged versions of other matches from that day, kicking off May 27 at 8pE with Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi, Katsuyori Shibata vs. Styles, and Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale.
AXS TV’s NJPW G1 Climax 25 episode schedule is as follows (all times eastern, subject to change):
May 27 at 8 p.m. – Coverage of opening night includes Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi, Katsuyori Shibata vs. A.J. Styles, and Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale from Hokkaido Kitaeru.
June 3 at 8 p.m. – Coverage includes Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi vs. A.J. Styles, and Togi Makabe vs. Katsuyori Shibata from Hiroshima Green Arena.
June 3 at 9 p.m. – Coverage includes Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Michael Elgin vs. Tomaki Honma, and Karl Anderson vs. Yuji Nagata from Osaka Municipal Gymnasium.
June 10 at 8 p.m. – Coverage includes Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto and Satoshi Kojima vs. Yujiro Takahashi from Osaka Municipal Gymnasium.
June 17 at 8 p.m. – Coverage includes Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi vs. Togi Makabe, and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Doc Gallows from Ryogoku Kokugikan.
June 17 at 9 p.m. – Coverage features Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. A.J. Styles from Ryogoku Kokugikan.
June 24 at 8 p.m. – Coverage includes Tomohiro Ishii vs. Michael Elgin, Karl Anderson vs. Satoshi Kojima, and Yuji Nagata vs. Hirooki Goto from Ryogoku Kokugikan.
June 24 at 9 p.m. – Coverage features Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazuchika Okada from Ryogoku Kokugikan.
July 1 at 8 p.m. – In part one of the G1 Climax 25 finals KUSHIDA defends the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship against Ricochet; and Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish meet Matt and Nick Jackson for the IWGP Jr. Tag Championship from Ryogoku Kokugikan.
July 1 at 9 p.m. – The top two scoring wrestlers face off in the G1 Climax 25 finals.
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