AXS TV confirmed legendary pro wrestling commentator Jim Ross will join AXS TV’s hit series “New Japan Pro Wrestling” to call play-by-play alongside NJPW veteran and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett beginning Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
In Ross’ first episode, he and Barnett will call the action for matches from Wrestling Dontaku 2015.
NJPW, which premiered its 52-episode second season on AXS TV Jan. 15, airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. This season features episodes highlighting matches from the 2015 New Japan Cup, Invasion Attack, HINOKUNI, Best of the Super Juniors 22, Dominion 7.5, G1 Climax 25 and more throughout the year.
A WWE Hall of Famer, Ross was known as the voice of WWE for nearly two decades, bringing his incomparable broadcasting talent to hundreds of TV and pay-per-view broadcasts for the organization. No stranger to New Japan Pro Wrestling, the Oklahoma native Ross also called the first-ever, live English-language broadcast of NJPW with Wrestle Kingdom 9 in 2015.
“I'm excited to join the AXS TV team in presenting the amazing athletes of the New Japan Pro Wrestling brand,” Ross said in a release. “I'm a major fan of NJPW and look forward to joining Josh Barnett to form the best broadcast team in the genre. Business just picked up.”
“It's a dream to be able to sit next to the legendary Jim Ross and call the incredible wrestling action of New Japan Pro Wrestling,” said Barnett. “I've listened to his commentary throughout the years, and I'm glad to have someone as distinguished as him to work with in the booth.”
AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon said: “Jim Ross is unquestionably one of the best announcers in the history of professional wrestling. He is a true legend, and we look forward to leveraging his unparalleled experience to continue to make New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV the best wrestling show on television.”
AXS TV’s NJPW episodes are produced by and acquired from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.
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