AXSTV Hypes New Japan Feature Programming, Including A Two-Hour Special Involving Will Ospreay & Kazuchika Okada

About two months ago – on December 18, 2023 – the AXSTV network (the American home of both TNA Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling) issued a press release stating that the network would be picking up 45 new episodes of New Japan Pro Wrestling content in 2024.

Yesterday, AXSTV issued another press release, this time hyping feature programming for New Japan Pro Wrestling, which also touts a 2 hr special involving two former top stars and IWGP World Champions, Kazuchika Okada & Will Ospreay. This special episode will air exclusively on AXSTV on February 29th at 10pm Eastern/9 Central.

LOS ANGELES (February 21, 2024) – AXS TV, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc., puts the spotlight on historic moments from New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s The New Beginning in Osaka event with two weeks of exclusive coverage—airing February 22 and 29 at 10 p.m. ET.
On February 22, AXS TV puts the spotlight on a legendary showdown between two famed submission specialists, as Zack Sabre Jr. and Bryan Danielson face-off in a rematch of their celebrated bout at AEW’s Wrestle Dream in September. And the Guerrillas Of Destiny (Hikuleo and El Phantasmo) put their titles on the line against Bullet Club duo Chase Owensand Kenta, in a hard-hitting fight for the IWGP Tag Team Championship.
Then, the two-hour special on February 29 at 10 p.m. ET, captures the final matchups of two NJPW icons. The special opens with Kazuchika Okada stepping back into the squared-circle at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, where his storied career took flight. Almost 12 years to the day, “The Rainmaker” would enter the venue and stun the world by defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi to claim his first IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Now, he once again goes toe-to-toe with his longtime rival, in his last NJPW singles match. 
Additionally, global phenom Will Ospreay ends his tenure as a full-time NJPW performer with a highly-anticipated 10-Man Dog Pound Cage Match. Featuring no rules and no time limit, the brutal affair pits Ospreay’s United Empire (Jeff CobbHENARETJP, and Francesco Akira) against the Bullet Club War Dogs (David FinlayAlex CoughlinGabe KiddClark Connors, and Drilla Moloney) in the ultimate no-holds-barred battle.
AXS TV produces the English-language version of New Japan Pro-Wrestling as a joint venture with New Japan World and in association with TV ASAHI CORPORATION.

About AXS TV

AXS TV is a leading multi-platform music and entertainment digital platform and television company owned and operated by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc. AXS TV’s broad library offers content headlined by concerts and music-inspired programming, world-class professional wrestling and MMA. AXS TV’s signature programs include The Top Ten RevealedThe Very VERY Best of the 80s, and Cash Cab Music. The channel also is the home of IMPACT WrestlingNew Japan Pro-Wrestling and Invicta Fighting Championships. AXS TV is available nationally in the United States, and parts of Canada and the Caribbean. Additionally, AXS TV’s digital programming can be enjoyed on several different platforms including the AXS.TV website and the Network’s app AXS TV NOW, and FAST Channel, as well as on the Network’s official YouTubechannel, Facebook and Instagram pages, Twitter and TikTokprofiles. For a full list of providers and territories, please visit

Earlier today, Bodyslam covered a report that AXSTV will be looking to rebrand the network later this year, and what the possible new name of the network will be. You can find that here.

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