Full Cards Released for NJPW ‘The New Beginning in USA’ Events (UPDATED)

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NJPW has finally released the full cards for their upcoming “The New Beginning in USA’ events.

First up, next week’s event in Los Angeles at the Globe Theater on January 30:

  • Alex Coughlin vs. Clark Connors 
  • Jonathan Gresham vs. Tyler Bateman 
  • Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor
  • Brody King and Marty Scurll vs. Killer Elite Squad
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Karl Fredericks 
  • David Finlay vs. Chuckie T
  • Tracy Williams and Juice Robinson vs. Roppongi Vice (Trent and Rocky Romero)

Next, the event on February 1 in North Carolina:

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Clark Connors
  • John Skyler and Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor and Lance Archer
  • Tracer X vs. Great-O-Kharn 
  • Jonathan Gresham and Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King and Marty Scurll
  • Alex Coughlin vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. 
  • Tracy Williams and David Finlay vs. Rocky Romero and Chuckie T
  • Juice Robinson vs. Beretta for the IWGP United States Title 

Last, the event on February 2 in Nashville: 

  • Karl Fredericks vs. Alex Coughlin
  • Jonathan Gresham and Colt Cabana vs. Shane Taylor and Lance Archer
  • Harlem Bravado vs. Great-O-Kharn
  • Clark Connors vs. Marty Scurll
  • Jeff Cobb vs. Brody King
  • Tracy Williams, David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. Rocky Romero, Chuckie T and Trent

As you may have noticed, these shows largely feature ROH talent. NJPW released a statement about why on Thursday morning.

The company explained, “It is with great disappointment that we must announce that due to the ongoing 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, we were unable to obtain visas for our Japanese talent who were looking forward to seeing our US fans at the New Beginning in USA.”

“We are excited to still be able to share a great line-up with our US fans, regardless of visa issues,” the statement continued. “The IWGP US Champion, Juice Robinson, is defending his title against Barretta and The Great O-Kharn, who is flying in from England, will be debuting in New Japan! What’s more, this show will highlight the talent and potential of our Young Lions, who have been working hard in the NJPW LA dojo. We are looking forward to being able to celebrate the abilities of the exciting new generation of young NJPW wrestlers.”