CEO X New Japan Pro Wrestling live event to be held on Friday, June 29th in Daytona Beach

By on March 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

CEO Founder, Director and Promoter Alex Jebailey has been teasing a massive announcement for the annual summer event in Florida, one that would shock the fighting game community to its core — and he finally delivered with the announcement of CEO X NJPW.

This will be a live professional wresting event, featuring the stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling — which has been steadily nurturing and growing its relationship in the United States with the G1 Special in USA, and a return to Long Beach, California set for later this month for the Strong Style Evolved event. But now, the stars of New Japan will be bringing their unique brand of hard-hitting action to Daytona Beach, Florida — the site of CEO 2018 — on Friday, June 29th, to kick off the massive weekend of festivities.

Dubbed “an experience and crossover event the FGC will never forget,” by Alex Jebailey, the TO notes that tickets for “The King of Sports” event will go on sale in April; a special pre-sale and price discount for all CEO 2018 registrants will be available, and “affordable general admission” is promised. The match card will be revealed at a later date. When asked about seating, Jebailey noted that there would be “over 9,000 if needed,” and that those with spectator passes will also be e-mailed about the pre-sale.

“The Cleaner” Kenny Omega — former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight and first-ever United States Champion — has attended the last two CEOs as a special guest, and has already confirmed his attendance on Twitter, exclaiming that this is “The crossover event [he’s] been waiting for!” while extending an invite to WWE’s Xavier Woods to come with him. You can see the tweets below — and get ready, because “They’re Coming!”

This is certainly a bombshell of an announcement, and promises to be an unforgettable night for fans of fighting games and professional wrestling. Stay tuned to Shoryuken for all of the ticket details and full match card information as it becomes available. It’s gonna be a slobberknocker!

Sources: CEOJebailey (Twitter)KennyOmegamanX (Twitter)

Oklahoma-based freelance journalist who enjoys fighting games of all sorts. When he's not grinding out setups, he enjoys watching anime and wrestling.