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CyberFight Festival Announced For Saitama Super Arena

The CyberFight collective have today announced plans to fun a joint promotion show in Japan’s famed Saitama Super Arena (SSA) on Sunday, June 6th.

The event is set to feature representatives from each of the CyberFight contingent companies including Pro Wrestling NOAH, DDT, Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling and Ganbare.

Whilst match details are yet to be decided, it was confirmed that each promotion’s main titles would be contested and that the event would stage cross promotional matches.

The press conference featured key personnel from across the stable, including President Sanshiro Takagi (who spoke of plans to return to the SSA last year in an exclusive interview with Inside the Ropes), NOAH’s Naomichi Marafuji and Akito, TJPW’s Tetsuya Koda and Ganbare’s Ken Okha.

The show will broadcast exclusively on Wrestle Universe, the stable’s subscription-based streaming service.

Much progress has been made under the CyberFight banner, with distribution at an all time high owing to the Wrestle Universe service and Abema TV and increased English content for non-Japanese fans.

During the press conference, Marafuji noted how energised the NOAH roster had become of late:

The wrestlers/staff at NOAH are motivated with the shows growing bigger, from Budokan and now Saitama Super Arena.

Look forward to matches from all of the promotions. Find out how much power wrestling can give you, not just in Japan but worldwide.

The SSA is one of Japan’s most iconic venues, having played host to a wide range of high profile events from likes of WWE, UFC and even the NBA.

CyberFest will be taking place in the main arena area which has a capacity of between 19,000 and 22,500, albeit these figures are without social distancing measures in place.

Signing off the press conference, President Takagi stopped just short of confirming the festival as an annual event:

The goal at CyberFight is to become number one in the industry, but we have ways to go in terms of crossing over to the mass public. We need to achieve that first before making CyberFest an annual event.

We’ll be reporting further updates on CyberFest as they happen.

With thanks to DDT/TJPW English Update (D/TEU) for the translation and transcript.