NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV CAPTURES THE NATION’S ATTENTION AS KAZUCHIKA OKADA DEFENDED THE IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT BELT AGAINST CODY AT THE ‘G1 SPECIAL IN USA’
LOS ANGELES – July 1, 2017 – NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING’s first-ever U.S. event—the G1 SPECIAL IN USA—live on AXS TV tonight captured the nation’s attention as evidenced by #G1USA gaining the #1 spot on Twitter’s trending list in the U.S. during the four-hour broadcast. Headlining the night, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada successfully defended his title against ROH World Champion “The American Nightmare” Cody.
Legendary wrestling broadcaster Jim Ross and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett were ringside to call the action on AXS TV’s first live NJPW broadcast from the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
Here are the complete match results from tonight’s broadcast:
1st Match – 10-Man Tag Team
2nd Match – 8-Man Tag Team
3rd Match – IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinal
4th Match – IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinal – No Time Limit
5th Match – 8-Man Tag Team
6th Match – IWGP Tag Team Championship
7th Match – IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinal
8th Match – IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinal
9th Match – Main Event – IWGP Heavyweight Championship
AXS TV’s coverage of the G1 SPECIAL IN USA continues this Friday, July 7 with a special, four-hour presentation of night two starting at 8pE/5pP. The NJPW special will feature every match from night two in their entirety, headlined by the semifinals and finale of the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship tournament. The semifinal matches feature Kenny Omega vs. Jay Lethal and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tomohiro Ishii.
Rounding out the night of strong style action are two more title matches: IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi puts his belt on the line against American Billy Gunn and IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champions The Young Bucks (brothers Matt and Nick Jackson) take on Ropongi Vice (Rocky Romero and Beretta).
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