NJPW releases a statement on the lack of Japanese talent on New Beginning USA shows.
Last night, NJPW released the full cards for next week's New Beginning USA tour. Many fans were left disappointed with the cards as there was no Japanese talent, despite being an NJPW show. You can view the cards for each event here.
Today, NJPW released a statement on why they were unable to book Japanese talent for the show.
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 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.