As seen in the Facebook video below courtesy of Melbourne City Wrestling, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada has been announced to Wrestle in Australia for the very first time on November 11th. His opponent will be Slex, a mainstay in the Australian independent scene.
Authors Note: As an Aussie, I couldn’t be more pumped for this. While New Japan Pro Wrestling’s expansion into North America has been well documented, people fail to realize they have been making overtures in Australia as well due to the independent scene here growing and developing rapidly over the last few years. So much so that New Japan’s co-head booker Jado has visited OZ twice this year to scout talent and build relationships with various promotions. There are even rumors of New Japan opening a dojo in Melbourne or Sydney at some point in the future.