The attendance figures are out and the news is really good for New Japan Pro Wrestling. There were 43,000 fans (34,995 paid) in attendance for Wrestle Kingdom 12 on 1/4. That would be the largest crowd for a pro wrestling event in Japan since 2005. Clearly, this is great news and NJPW management must be thrilled because that’s nearly a sell-out.
New Japan Pro Wrestling will return to the United States on March 25th for the Strong Style Evolve show in Long Beach, California. The show is booked for the 5,300-seat Walter Pyramid arena and tickets will go on sale on January 29th at 10 am local time. The Walter Pyramid holds more fans than the Long Beach Convention Center where last year’s show was held.
The company has not announced any matches yet for that show but it’s worth noting that Chris Jericho will be touring with Fozzy starting on February 28 through April 8 but he is not booked for shows between March March 17-26 which means that his tour dates will not conflict with the NJPW show in Long Beach. At this point, it looks like Jericho’s next match will be against Tetsuya Naito. Kenny Omega vs. Jay White is another likely match.
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