|Hiromu Takahashi will be one of the many stars in NJPW's landfall on American soil|
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Regardless, the ambition in and of itself is good news. Once again, I don't think NJPW can compete with WWE right away. However, it still is the only company with corporate backing that has a strong dedication to wrestling. It also has a pre-existing partnership with a cable network over here. AXS Television may not be the most widespread network right now, but given that ROH is in syndication on individual local stations, and Impact is on something called POP Television, NJPW isn't in the worst of situations to start out.
Speaking of AXS, the network will air night one of this G1 duo of shows on July 1 live. The July 2 show will be aired live on New Japan World, and AXS will air it on tape delay in its regular slot on July 7. Although no matches have been announced yet, the slated talent to appear is both impressive and a mix of NJPW, ROH, and Consejo Mundial Lucha Libre talents: Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, the Young Bucks, Volador, Jr., Will Ospreay, Hiromu Takahashi, Dragon Lee, Cody (Rhodes), Titán, Tomohiro Ishii, the Briscoe Brothers, Zack Sabre, Jr., Jay Lethal, Marty Scurll, Jushin Thunder Liger, and many more. Hiroshi Tanahashi is also scheduled to be there, but he's currently injured.
Even if NJPW fails to follow up on this in a way that makes it have presence stateside, at least this attempt will certainly be a fun diversion at the very least, especially if one of the cards has some kind of meeting between Takahashi and Lee. Regardless, Kidani, Bushiroad, and New Japan have American ambitions, and again, wrestling will be better off if it succeeds.