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NJPW News:  New Japan Pro-Wrestling to open a dojo in the United States

949   //    10 Feb 2018, 04:38 IST

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Cody Rhodes presenting Kenny Omega the IWGP United States Championship at G1 In The USA

What's the story?

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has increased their foothold in the United States over the past year, and on Friday they announced, on their website, that they will open a dojo in the United States, and you'll be able to sign up for classes.

In case you didn't know

New Japan Pro-Wrestling held their first ever special in the United States last June with G1 In The USA. With this special came a new belt, the IWGP United States Championship; which was won by Kenny Omega when he defeated Tomohiro Ishii in the tournament final.

The heart of the matter

The dojo will be based in Los Angeles, California less than an hour up the road from Long Beach where the first-ever New Japan Pro-Wrestling event in the United States took place last year with G1 In The USA. Long Beach will also be the host for the second event on March 25th, a show that sold out in 20 minutes.

NJPW will run two camps that will last for five days at this dojo. The first camp will take place on March 19th to the 23rd, with the second running from March 26th to the 30th. Each session will cost $500.00 and decision makers from NJPW will be present.

At the time of this writing, it is not known if they will have a full-time dojo or if it will just be short-term camps like the two coming up in March.

What's next?

Next, up for New Japan Pro-Wrestling is The New Beginning that takes place in Osaka, Japan on Saturday. The main event of this card will be Kazuchika Okada against Sanada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Author's take

The fact that New Japan Pro-Wrestling is getting a larger foothold in the United States is tremendous news for fans of the promotion like myself. It'll be even bigger news if the dojo becomes a permanent fixture in Los Angeles.

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