Impact and NJPW are making big news with a joint PPV.
Impact and NJPW will join forces for Multiverse Consortium: Only the Strong Survive on March 30 in Los Angeles, days before the WWE contract WrestleMania 39 At nearby SoFi Stadium. Impact set out to help make the show stand out during the busiest wrestling week of the year by ramping up the must-watch cross-promotional dream matches.
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Will Ospreay is set to compete against “Speedball” Mike Bailey in the co-main event. This will be the fifth time they have met in singles competition. Billy won the first match in the PWG Battle of Los Angeles semi-finals in 2015. Ospreay has claimed victory in the past three meetings. The most recent meeting was Ospreay defeating Bailey to retain the RevPro Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship in August 2022.
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Josh Alexander was booked to defend the Impact World Heavyweight Championship against Kushida in the other half of the co-main event. This will be the first match between the two. Kushida’s resume speaks for itself to be a worthy contender for the Impact Grand Prix. The Time Splitter is a six-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
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Also announced was the card, where Moose spars Jeff Cobb in a battle between the heavyweight powers. Impact is announcing the work of Trey Miguel, Ace Austin, and Chris Bey. Male impact also most wrestling knockouts. NJPW brings KENTA, Rocky Romero, Minoru Suzuki, Clark Connors, Kevin Knight, and Fred Rosser. The list is not complete, so expect more wrestlers to join the fray.
Multiverse Consortium: Only the Strong Survive It will be broadcast live on PPV through Fite TV on March 30 at 11 PM ET.
Take a peak at press release from Impact.
Impact Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling announce a major co-production live show, Thursday, March 30 in Los Angeles.
“Multiverse Federation: Only Survive” will feature must-see dream matches and cross-promotion
Mike Bailey vs. Will Ospreay’s ‘Speedball’ match is poised to be the best energy-packed, action-packed match of the year
IMPACT Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling will co-produce a major professional wrestling live show Thursday night, March 30, at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles with stars from both promotions in action and several first-ever dream matches.
The show – Multiverse United: Only The STRONG Survive – will air live on fite.tv, starting at 8 p.m. PST.
IMPACT World Champion Josh Alexander steps into the ring in Multiverse United against KUSHIDA, while “Speedball” Mike Bailey battles Will Ospreay in the co-main event that will be a nonstop battle for bragging rights.
The Bailey-Ospreay fight is the fifth singles competition ever and the first since August 2022, with the first ever taking place in 2015. “Will Ospreay is the best professional wrestler in the world, after me,” said Bailey. “So, this is going to be the best pro wrestling match of the year.”
Alexander is the longest reigning IMPACT World Tag Team Champion and was also one half of the decorated tag team The North and is the longest reigning IMPACT World Tag Team Champions. KUSHIDA is a 6-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and a 2-time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion (with fellow Time Splitters Alex Shelley). KUSHIDA is a two-time winner of the prestigious Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
Also confirmed for Multiverse United: NJPW’s Jeff Cobb is fighting former IMPACT World Champion Moose. IMPACT stars confirmed in the dual promotion scene: reigning X Division champions Trey Miguel, Ace Austin and Chris Bey, as well as the most knockouts. NJPW will be represented in the United Multiverse by KENTA, Rocky Romero, Minoru Suzuki, Clark Connors, Kevin Knight, Fred Rosser, and many more.
Multiverse United tickets start at $60 and go on sale Friday, February 10th, starting at 10am EST. The coveted front row and balcony seats cost $350 each—and those exclusive, limited-edition VIP seats are full of perks, including an exclusive event t-shirt, ringside photo op, and more! For tickets, go to highspots.com
“We are very excited about this unique collaborative event that brings together two of the best wrestling companies in the world,” said Scott D’Amore, Executive Vice President of IMPACT Wrestling. “Since NJPW’s return to AXS TV just over a year ago, we have been looking for ways to expand the working relationship between the two brands. Multiverse United on March 30 at the Globe Theater in Los Angeles is the first exciting collaboration between IMPACT and NJPW.”
NJPW representative manager Takami Ohbari said, “New Japan Pro-Wrestling and IMPACT have been a successful combination on AXS TV, and now fans can see these two companies sharing the same ring in person. I personally can’t wait to see what comes out of this special card, and I can tell I guarantee that the masses will witness a historical event that they have never seen before.”
IMPACT Wrestling / New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s relationship began in 2005 with Jushin Liger facing Samoa Joe at BOUND FOR GLORY. In 2006, Hiroshi Tanahashi faced AJ Styles at FINAL RESOLUTION and New Japan fielded Team Japan for the 2006 X-Cup World Cup.
IMPACT competed in Wrestle Kingdom events in New Japan from 2008 to 2011, with legendary matches as Kurt Angle vs. Yuji Nagata, Abyss vs. Manabu Nakanishi, and Giant Bernard and Tomko vs. the Steiner Brothers. Other stars who have competed in IMPACT/New Japan matches include Motor City Machine Guns, Kevin Nash, Masahiro Chono, Tomohiro Ishii, and more. 2011’s Wrestle Kingdom featured Jeff Hardy defending the World Championship against Tetsuya Naito.
In 2021, NJPW tag team FinJuice made it to IMPACT Wrestling, as well as Jay White, Satoshi Kojima, Minoru Suzuki, Guerrillas of Destiny, and more.
IMPACT star Ace Austin competed in NJPW’s 2022 Best of the Super Juniors. Ace Austin and Chris Pye advanced to the finals of the 2022 NJPW Super Junior Tag League, and the Motor City Machine Guns were the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
Will you immerse yourself in it? Multiverse Consortium: Only the Strong Survive?