With Kazuchika Okada’s big IWGP Heavyweight Title defense against Kenny Omega coming up at Dominion on June 9th, AXS TV has announced that it will be dedicating a block of programming nightly to ‘The Rainmaker’. Beginning May 31st, AXS will be presenting Okada’s first twelve title matches at 5AM EST, leading to the showing of his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi at 8PM on June 15th. Below is AXS TV’s full announcement:
AXS TV CELEBRATES KAZUCHIKA OKADA’S HISTORIC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE REIGN WITH A LATE-NIGHT BLOCK SHOWCASING HIS 12 CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES FROM MAY 30 – JUNE 14 AT 5aE/2aP
AXS TV Will Present Okada’s Record-Breaking Title Match Against Hiroshi Tanahashi on Friday, June 15 at 8pE/5pP
Los Angeles (May 29, 2018) – AXS TV—the exclusive U.S. broadcast home for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)—celebrates IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada’s record-breaking fourth reign with a late-night programming block dedicated to “The Rainmaker.” For 12 weeknights starting May 31, the network will air each of Okada’s first 12 title matches, including his epic battles with Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, Katsuyori Shibata and more. Fans are encouraged to set their DVRs to capture these legendary battles airing at 5aE/2aP.
Then, AXS TV presents Okada’s historic match against longtime rival Hiroshi Tanahashi onFriday, June 15 at 8pE/5pP from Wrestling Dontaku 2018, where he broke Tanahashi’s record for consecutive title defenses and continued his run as the longest-reigning champion in NJPW history.
AXS TV’s late-night Okada championship schedule is as follows:
5/30 – Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito – Dominion 6.19 – June 19, 2016
5/31 – Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji – King of Pro-Wrestling 2016 – Oct. 10, 2016
6/1 – Okada vs. Kenny Omega – Wrestle Kingdom 11 – Jan. 4, 2017
6/4 – Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki – The New Beginning in Sapporo 2017 – Feb. 5, 2017
6/5 – Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata – Sakura Genesis 2017 – April 9, 2017
6/6 – Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale – Wrestling Dontaku 2017 – May 3, 2017
6/7 – Okada vs. Omega – Dominion 6.11 – June 11, 2017
6/8 – Okada vs. Cody – G1 SPECIAL IN USA – July 1, 2017
6/11 – Okada vs. EVIL – King of Pro-Wrestling 2017 – Oct. 9, 2017
6/12 – Okada vs. Naito – Wrestle Kingdom 12 – Jan. 4, 2018
6/13 – Okada vs. SANADA – The New Beginning in Osaka 2018 – Feb. 10, 2018
6/14 – Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr. – Sakura Genesis 2018 – April 1, 2018
6/15 at 8pE/5pP – Okada vs. Tanahashi – Wrestling Dontaku 2018 – May 4, 2018
ABOUT AXS TV
Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV delivers the ultimate in music entertainment programming with an eclectic lineup that includes classic concerts from music’s most iconic bands, as well as exclusive music festival coverage, original hit series, docs that rock, insightful specials, and knock-out live mixed martial arts action. AXS TV is a partnership between Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available nationally in the United States and can be seen in parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe. For more information, see www.axs.tv andwww.axs.tv/press. Follow AXS TV on Facebook; Twitter @axstv; Instagram; and YouTube.
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