AXS TV issued a press release to announce Wrestle Kingdom 13 will receive same day coverage, beginning with a two-hour broadcast at 8pm ET on January 4 featuring English commentary by Kevin Kelly and Don Callis. The following two weeks will air the rest of the matches that will take place at NJPW's biggest show of the year.
The channel also announced when it will be airing New Year Dash and New Beginning in Sapporo, which can be seen below.
Here is what the current Wrestle Kingdom 13 card looks like:
* Kenny Omega (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
* Chris Jericho (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito (IWGP Intercontinental Championship)
* KUSHIDA (c) vs. Taiji Ishimori (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship)
* Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship)
* Tomohiro Ishii (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (RevPro British Heavyweight Championship)
* Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White
AXS TV KICKS OFF REAL-TIME COVERAGE OF NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING WITH ITS FIRST EVER SAME-DAY BROADCAST OF WRESTLE KINGDOM 13 ON FRIDAY, JAN. 4 AT 8pE/5pP
Los Angeles (Nov. 21, 2018) – AXS TV ushers in a new era of its NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING (NJPW) coverage with real-time same-week coverage of the promotions' biggest events in 2019. The new schedule kicks off with a same-day near-live two-hour broadcast of NJPW's biggest event of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 13, on Friday, Jan. 4 at 8pE/5pP.
The Wrestle Kingdom special is headlined by IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito, and will feature the network debut of the NJPW commentary team of Kevin Kelly and Don Callis.
"Same-day coverage of NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 13 ushers in a new era of NJPW on AXS TV," said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. "Based on the tremendous growth of NJPW on AXS TV, we are making major changes to reward wrestling fans by delivering NJPW in primetime on Friday nights as close to when it takes place as possible."
AXS TV produces the English language version of NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING in association with TV ASAHI CORPORATION, the distributor of NJPW.
AXS TV's upcoming NJPW schedule is as follows (subject to change):
Jan. 4 – Wrestle Kingdom 13 (2 hours)
Jan. 11 – Wrestle Kingdom 13 (2 hours)
Jan. 18 – Wrestle Kingdom 13
Jan. 25 – New Year Dash
Feb. 1 – New Year Dash
Feb. 8 – New Beginning in Sapporo
Feb. 15 – New Beginning in Sapporo
Feb. 22 – New Beginning in Sapporo
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