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By Mike Johnson on 2016-01-20 09:00:00
For those who have asked what Jim Ross signing on to be the lead announcer for New Japan on AXS TV means for English-language commentary of New Japan Pro Wrestling events on, we are told Ross working with AXS TV has no bearing on the announcing team for New Japan events.

We are told by several sources that Kevin Kelly will continue on as the lead announcer for the English language New Japan events when they are streamed on As of now, the next planned event to feature English commentary will be the 2016 Wrestling Dontaku event. I believe Kelly will continue to be joined by Matt Striker.

Ross' deal is with AXS TV directly, not New Japan. While he and Josh Barnett will be voicing over the New Japan tapes AXS acquires the rights to broadcast, that is the extent of his involvement, as of this writing.

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