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NJPW announces English commentary broadcast schedule

New Japan today has announced a full schedule of events on New Japan World with English language commentary of the events that will air live.

As has already been reported, both major shows in February, the New Beginning in Sapporo on February 5th with the Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki IWGP title match and the February 11th New Beginning in Osaka with the Tetsuya Naito vs. Michael Elgin IC title match will have English language commentary.

The other shows between now and August with English commentary are:

  • March 6th -- 45th Anniversary show at the Tokyo Ota Ward Gym
  • March 20th -- New Japan Cup finals (winner to get an IWGP title match on 4/9)
  • April 9th -- Sakura Genesis at Tokyo Sumo Hall
  • May 3rd -- Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka's International Center Arena
  • June 3rd -- Best of the Super Junior finals
  • June 11th -- Dominion in Osaka Jo Hall (the biggest event between now and G-1)
  • July 1st -- The show in Long Beach, CA
  • July 2nd -- The second show in Long Beach, CA
  • July 17th -- Opening night of the G-1 tournament in Sapporo
  • August 11th -- A block finals of G-1 at Sumo Hall
  • August 12th -- B block finals of G-1 at Sumo Hall
  • August 13th -- G-1 Climax championship match at Sumo Hall

Kevin Kelly will be the lead announcer for the broadcasts. At this point it's unknown who will be working with him now that Steve Corino has taken a job as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center.