Jim Ross To Announce For GFW
Jeff Jarrett announced today that Jim Ross has signed on to call the GFW promoted New Japan event on January, 4th, from the Tokyo Dome, Wrestle Kingdom 9. This is very much New Japan’s Wrestlemania, and for the first time the event will be aired on PPV in North America.
Ross will actually broadcast live from Japan and his announce partner is still being decided.
The Hall of Famer has called more pro wrestling PPV events than any broadcaster and is regarded as the greatest, play-by-play announcer in wrestling history. He will be returning to the mic at one of the biggest events in the world. This is the 24th year of NJPW’s annual extravaganza at the Tokyo Dome, where more than 40,000 fans from around the world are expected to attend.
“I am truly honored and excited to have been asked to be a part of this historic event,” Ross said. “To be able to return to my roots and to provide play by play for an amazing, pro wrestling product will be special. I never thought I’d ever return to ringside for a wrestling event but this opportunity was just too special to turn down.”
The show, which will air live at 2 a.m. ET (11 p.m. PT) and re-air in prime time at 7 p.m. ET (4 PT) is available on DirecTV, Dish, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Verizon Fios and all cable systems in the United States, and in Canada on Bell ExpressVu TV, Rogers, Shaw, Sasktel and Telus. Check your local listings for availability. The show also will be available on the “Flipps” app on iTunes and Android.
This year’s card is headlined by an IGWP heavyweight title match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada. The Bullet Club, of which Jarrett is a member along with AJ Styles and IWGP tag team champions Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, will appear as well.
Myself and the Suplah crew launched the first ever GFW podcast today as well, recapping all the news so far, what the ultimate concept might be (a new NWA?) and much more: