July 11, 2020|
Government Shutdown To Blame For Japanese Talent Not On NJPW Show
New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the cards for their U.S. New Beginning Shows. Right away, fans noticed that there was something missing. While there were several local talent, Ring Of Honor & Dojo Stars, there weren’t any Japanese Talent from the company.
The federal government shutdown is the reason for Japanese Talent not appearing on The U.S. Tour. New Japan noted that they were not able to secure visas due to the shutdown, as seen below:
“It is with great disappointment that we must announce that due to the ongoing 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, we were unable to obtain visas for our Japanese talent who were looking forward to seeing our US fans at the New Beginning in USA,” NJPW announced.
According to a recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, visas were apparently applied for in November, with the thought that the process would be completed in time. The U.S. Federal Government shutdown started on December 22nd, which caused the visas to be put in a holding pattern. NJPW set a deadline for January 24th to announce the cards, because even if the situation were to be cleared up this week, it would take a few weeks before they could be processed.
There were several Japanese Stars that were scheduled to headline The U.S. Shows including Tomohiro Ishii, Yuji Nagata, Hirooki Goto & Jyushin “Thunder” Liger.
Below is the current lineup for all three U.S. Shows:
1/30/19 – Los Angeles – Globe Theatre
– Roppongi Vice vs. Tracy Williams & Juice Robinson
– David Finlay vs. Chuckie T
– Jeff Cobb vs. Karl Fredericks
– Brody King & Marty Scurll vs. Davey Both Smith Jr. & Lance Archer
– Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor
– Jonathan Gresham vs. Tyler Bateman
– Alex Coughlin vs. Clark Connors
2/1/19 – North Carolina – Grady Cole Center
– Juice Robinson (c) vs. Beretta – IWGP United States Title
– Tracy Williams & David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero & Chuckie T
– Alex Coughlin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
– Jonathan Gresham & Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King & Marty Scurll
– Tracer X vs. Great-O-Kharn
– John Skyler & Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor & Lance Archer
– Karl Fredericks vs. Clark Connors
2/2/19 – Tennessee – War Memorial Auditorium
– Tracy Williams, David Finlay & Juice Robinson v. Rocky Romero, Chuckie T & Beretta
– Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King
– Clark Connors vs. Marty Scurll
– Harlem Bravado vs. Great-O-Kharn
– Jonathan Gresham & Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor & Lance Archer
– Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter