NJPW Can't Send Japanese Wrestlers to U.S. Because of Government Shutdown

New Japan Pro Wrestling's next U.S. show, The New Beginning, will be without some of its top talent because of the current government shutdown.

The three-day event that runs from January 30 to February 2 in Los Angeles, Charlotte and Nashville will not have appearances from some of the Japanese promotions top talent because they were unable to obtain work visas for its wrestlers.

New Japan Pro Wrestling released the following statement after announcing the full card, which you can read below.


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.

In the run up to the show, ,many fans found it odd that the cards for the show still hadn't posted, but it now seems that NJPW was waiting to see if the government shutdown would end before announcing it. Now that it seems the end of the government shutdown isn't in sight, the promotion decided to release the card for The New Beginning shows, which you can find here, here, and here.

NJPW staples like Jeff Cobb, Juice Robinson and Marty Scurll will be at the shows.

The U.S. government shutdown began on December 22 after Congress and President Donald Trump could not agree on a bill to fund federal government operations in 2019. Trump refused to sign a stop-gap measure to keep the government running through to February because it didn't include funding for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, a campaign promise he said Mexico would pay for.

As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues into day 34, approximately 800,000 federal employees continue to work without or with furloughed pay.

What do you think of the New Beginnings card? Are you surprised the current government shutdown