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Ian Riccaboni to call NJPW Strong The New Beginning USA


ROH's lead play-by-play voice may have a new broadcast home. 

Appearing on the Lehigh Valley with Love podcast, Ian Riccaboni announced that he will be calling NJPW Strong's New Beginning USA event on January 15, 2022 on what he says is a tryout basis. 

"I will be starting with New Japan Pro Wrestling on January 15th. I'll be headed to Seattle, Washington, and I've interpreted this as a tryout," Riccaboni said. "I'm calling the main card, I'm calling what will air on New Japan Strong."

"I'm going to somebody else's house. Even though I've been invited, even though I'm told there may be more, I'm going to do my best and I'm taking this as a tryout."

Riccaboni said that he is familiar with NJPW given their years-long business partnership with ROH, but that he has been brushing up on the product of late. 

"I've watched 41 out of the 69 currently existing New Japan Strong episodes," Riccaboni said. "I've re-watched them so far once I found out. I intend to get to 69 through January 14th before I get on the plane to Seattle."

Riccaboni has been with ROH since 2014, becoming the lead play-by-play voice in 2017. ROH's future remains in question following their "end of an era" Final Battle pay-per-view this weekend. The company has stated an intention to relaunch in April 2022.