Kairi Mercedes Mone NJPW Battle in the Valley
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AXS TV Announces NJPW Battle In The Valley Coverage Starting March 2

NJPW Battle in the Valley
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Mercedes Moné’s NJPW in-ring debut will be featured on AXS TV in March 2023 as AXS has announced its plans to air NJPW Battle in the Valley‘s highlights.

Beginning on Thursday, March 2, AXS TV will start airing NJPW Battle in the Valley highlights, beginning with Mercedes Moné (Sasha Banks)’s NJPW in-ring debut against KAIRI for the IWGP Women’s Title.  Going forward, AXS will air Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, and more.

From AXS TV:


Other Highlights Include Coverage of NJPW’s 51ST Anniversary Event, the 2023 New Japan Cup, Lio Rush vs. Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title, & More

LOS ANGELES (February 24, 2023)AXS TV, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc., presents coverage of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s first Stateside event of 2023, Battle In The Valley; as well as top highlights from NJPW’s 51ST Anniversary Celebration, 2023 New Japan Cup tournament, and more—beginning Thursday, March 2 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

The series gives viewers the best seat in the house to dynamic New Japan Pro-Wrestling action, delivering one hour of blockbuster content compiling the best moments from the promotion’s most recent broadcasts. Each episode is broadcast in English and features expert play-by-play commentary from NJPW’s own Kevin Kelly, Chris Charlton, Ian Riccaboni, and Matthew Rehwoldt.

AXS TV’s upcoming New Japan Pro-Wrestling schedule is as follows:

March 2Battle In The Valley

-NJPW roars into the Golden State for Battle In The Valley—its first U.S. event of 2023—as Mercedes Moné (f.k.a. Sasha Banks) makes her long-awaited NJPW in-ring debut, challenging inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion KAIRI for the coveted belt.

March 9—Battle In The Valley

-AXS TV’s Battle In The Valley coverage continues as NJPW icons Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi renew their classic rivalry, with the IWGP World Heavyweight title on the line. And exiled Jay White takes his feud with Eddie Kingston to the next level in a Loser Leaves NJPW Match.

March 16-March 23

-Relive the most exciting moments and matchups, as NJPW celebrates its 51ST Anniversary. Plus, coverage from the 2023 New Japan Cup tournament, boasting an impressive bracket featuring some of NJPW’s top wrestlers.

March 30

-Tune in for the finale of the prestigious New Japan Cup tournament as a winner is crowned, setting the stage for the spectacular Multiverse United: Only The STRONG Survive pay-per-view event—the highly-anticipated NJPW and IMPACT Wrestling collaboration, which promises to be the most expansive joint venture between the two global icons in over a decade.

April 6

-Super Jr. Tag Team winner Lio Rush seeks to hold NJPW singles gold for the first time ever, going toe-to-toe with Hiromu Takahashi for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship.

AXS TV produces the English-language version of New Japan Pro-Wrestling as a joint venture with New Japan World and in association with TV ASAHI CORPORATION.

About AXS TV

AXS TV is a leading multi-platform music and entertainment digital platform and television company owned and operated by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc. AXS TV’s broad library offers content headlined by concerts and music-inspired programming, world-class professional wrestling and MMA. AXS TV’s signature programs include The Top Ten Revealed, The Very VERY Best of the 80s, Parking Lot Payday, Power Hour and Rockstar Shuffle. The channel also is the home of IMPACT Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Invicta Fighting Championships. AXS TV is available nationally in the United States, and parts of Canada and the Caribbean. Additionally, AXS TV’s digital programming can be enjoyed on several different platforms including the AXS.TV website and the Network’s app AXS TV NOW, and FAST Channel, as well as on the Network’s official YouTube channel, Facebook and Instagram pages, Twitter and TikTok profiles. For a full list of providers and territories, please visit axs.tv/subscribe.

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