TNA Wrestling announced today through a press release that the company will send 11 wrestlers to compete for Japan's Wrestle-1 on March 2nd for a special pay per view taping at Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The yet-to-named One Night Stand event will be available through PPV providers later this year.
TNAWorld Heavyweight Champion Magnus, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Gail Kim, Austin Aries, Abyss, Kaz and Daniels, Madison Rayne and the recently signed The Wolves, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards will go to Japan for the international showcase.
"The Japanese have an incomparable respect and appreciation for professional wrestling,” said TNA Executive Vice President John Gaburick. “As TNA continues our global expansion, we are honored to partner with Mutoh and Wrestle-1 to give our fans an exceptional night of unparalleled entertainment. We envision a long and successful relationship with Wrestle-1, as we partner to deliver innovative live events and programming for our fans across the U.S., in Japan and around the world.”
Wrestle-1, a relatively new pro wrestling promotion in Japan lead by legendary wrestler Kenji Mutoh, who is known to many fans as the Great Muta. This collaboration between TNA and Wrestle-1 has been expected for some time, after it was was reported that Mutoh met with TNA officials last year.
In addition to this talent exchange, TNA announced that Keiji Mutoh and Wrestle-1 star Seiya Sanada will come to the Miami area to participate in TNA Lockdown. Muthoh and Senada are set to appear at a Fan InterAction event and be involved in the live TNA Lockdown pay per view on March 8th and 9th. Tickets and more info for TNA Lockdown can be found at tnawrestling.com
'TNA IMPACT' airs Thursday nights on Spike TV at 7pm C/ 8pm E. The TNA crew is the UK this week on it's annual Maximum Impact arena tour.
Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective: This is good news for TNA Wrestling especially with the recent news about Sting possibly signing with WWE and Kurt Angle expressing his desire to return to WWE. As much as the company had struggles recently in the United States, TNA has been successful at expanding internationally and this co-promoted even will only help. This move probably even more beneficial to Wrestle-1 which trying to establish itself in the crowded Japanese wrestling market.