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Is NJPW booking a major name for ‘G1 Special in San Francisco’ in July?

A recent report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter about New Japan Pro Wrestling’s tickets sales for the upcoming San Francisco show has fans speculating that the company may have something big up their sleeve because it would not make sense to spend very little to promote this show since it’s being billed as their biggest event in the United States to date.

According to the seating chart on, there are a ton of unsold tickets. The main reason is there has been no advertising either on AXS TV or in the San Francisco area during Raw and Smackdown or any other programming. Obviously, targeted ads in the area during WWE programming would do a lot to help sell tickets but they are not doing that right now.

“G1 Special in San Francisco” will air live on AXS TV on Saturday, July 7. The Cow Palace will hold 10,000 seats for wrestling but, unless they get a big name on the show, it doesn’t look like an automatic sell out.

Chris Jericho could be that big name. Jericho will be challenging Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at the Dominion show on June 9. If Jericho wins then it would make sense for the rematch to take place in San Francisco. If they announce Jericho for the show, whether it’s in a rematch with Naito or a new opponent, that will surely sell a ton of tickets and would likely and up as a sold-out show. I guess we’ll know more in a couple of weeks.


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