You tube embed is fucked at the moment so here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHU-Xr54z-YSo in this video Will Ospreay discusses not being able to make it to the big Progress show at Wembley on September 30th and he casually mentions that New Japan has added a date for them to return to the L.A. area around that time. Skip to the 6 minute mark and he brings it up.
If true (and I mean it seems like it's about 100% true), what are the thoughts on this? Feels like overkill and over-saturation imo. A 3rd US show in a 6 month span? Same month as All In? The day after ROH's big Death Before Dishonor weekend in Vegas? Only one week after Destruction and one week before King of Pro Wrestling? I just don't know... people only have so much money.
Well, there's the confirmation. "Fighting Spirit Unleashed" will happen in Long Beach.....again, on September 30 (because of course it had to be the same day as Progress's biggest show ever.Wrestling Inc. President Raj Giri is at today's press conference for the tomorrow night's G1 Special in San Francisco. At the press conference, NJPW President Harold Meij announced the company will return to Long Beach, California on September 30 for The Fighting Spirit Unleashed.
Meij also announced NJPW will hold two more events featuring the company's "young lions" on November 10 and 11 at the Anaheim Convention Center, which will be called The Lions Break.
Still think it's a bad move but I guess if they run the Pyramid again there's a high chance it sells out. Still feels really unnecessary though given the timeframe of the show. And it'll probably another one where Jericho is IC Champion but not on the card. Sigh...
I'd love a show on the east coast. :lolI saw the news on Twitter and thought "This is too soon". Like someone posted, they are trying to take advantage that Omega is champion, so probably he will have another title defense there, but I guess we won't know the rest of the card at least until after G1. They should try other markets though. Chicago, New York, Philly, all seem likely to draw 4-5k people with a decent card and decent time to promote it..
Being a mainstay is great but over-saturating the same market is not. This show will probably sell out because it's in the Pyramid but it still feels too soon imo and too crammed in between other major shows in Japan. There's just not enough time to promote it properly, nor do I trust that they really will promote it at all since it's smack dab in between Destruction and KOPW.I actually think it's a great idea. This is the western expansion. This is what it looks like. Not just 1 or 2 shows a year. You've gotta get the US audience used to the idea of NJPW being a mainstay in their wrestling diet