Jim Ross & Josh Barnett officially returning for NJPW on AXS in 2018

AXS TV officially announced today that Jim Ross and Josh Barnett have signed new contracts and will continue to host New Japan Pro Wrestling on the station.

"I'm excited to be returning to AXS TV, and with my partner, Josh Barnett, we look forward to another exciting year with AXS TV and their NJPW programming," Ross said. "NJPW has some of the finest athletes in the world performing for them and it's an honor to be able to add a narrative to their bouts."

It was noted in the Observer earlier this month that Ross and AXS had verbally agreed on a new contract, with WWE not standing in the way of the deal. Ross' agreement with WWE allows him to continue doing his existing work.

"Together, Jim Ross and Josh Barnett form one of the strongest and most unique commentary teams in pro wrestling," AXS Fights CEO Andrew Simon said. "J.R.'s experience is second to none and his iconic voice provides a captivating soundtrack for NJPW, while Josh's career in both pro wrestling and combat sports allows him to add compelling depth and a combatant's perspective to the action."

This will be the fourth season of NJPW on AXS and will feature more up-to-date programming than ever before, notably the January 4th Tokyo Dome show in which the top three hours of the show will be edited and broadcast on January 6th, just two days after it takes place.