by Erin Dick
New Japan Pro Wrestling has officially announced that they will be touring Australia for the first time ever this year, with Fallout Down Under. The King of Sports will arrive on Australian shores in February with fistfuls of New Japan mainstays and world-class talent, for the live viewing pleasure of Aussie locals.
— Kevin Kelly (@realkevinkelly) January 9, 2018
This comes right after a tremendous appearance by Kazuchika Okada at Melbourne City Wrestling’s event November Rain at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. Okada took on Slex, an Australian veteran, in the main event that drew fans and newcomers from all over the city.
MCW has also become a new conquest for one Will Ospreay, who at his last visit to the promotion – Ballroom Brawl in August – proclaimed that he had arrived to help elevate Australian wrestling to the world scene. Ospreay has played a role in a handful of outstanding matches at MCW and Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA) with Robbie Eagles and Adam Brooks, the latter of whom makes his Progress debut against Ospreay at Chapter 61. Ospreay will return to MCW in late February at Clash of the Titans.
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) January 4, 2018
New Japan will be holding shows in four of the country’s major cities – Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. The tour will feature a returning Okada and Ospreay, as well as Hiroshi Tanahashi, Cody, The Young Bucks, Bad Luck Fale, Tomohiro Ishii, Kushida, and more, representing the divisions of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The move compliments discussion around New Japan seeking to become a “global brand”, alongside two US shows scheduled for this coming July.
The promotion continues to invest in its relationship with the Australian scene. New Japan held tryouts in Melbourne last August, searching for fresh Aussie grown talent. They consequently discovered Mr Juicy (Gino Gambino) who made his debut as the first Australian member of Bullet Club at Wrestle Kingdom, during the New Japan Rumble, and the UnderBoss and Gambino alliance has Australasian fans thrilled for future potential.
– The Underboss – Toks Fale
– Henare NZ
– Mr Juicy – Gino Gambino
– Leo Tonga
– “Switchblade” Jay White.
— Fale Dojo (@FaleDojo) January 6, 2018
New Japan Fallout Down Under will be touring Australia from Friday 16th to Monday 19th of February.
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