New Japan Pro-Wrestling has announced it will make a major expansion into the U.S market in November with a new U.S. subsidiary, New Japan Pro Wrestling of America.
The company, which will be based out of California will be 100% owned by New Japan Pro Wrestling and plans to serve five key areas for touring.
The touring structure for NJPW of America will see events run in these areas.
- WEST: 6 cities across 4 states
- MID: 7 cities across 6 states
- TEXAS: 4 cities
- SOUTH EAST: 6 cities across 4 states
- EAST: 4 cities across 3 states
The company aims to run up to 25 events in 2020, and is looking at venues with the capacity of 2000.
During a press conference Monday, NJPW of America CEO Takami Ohbari answered some key questions from the media.
As NJPW runs more events in America, what are the differences between the two markets?
Ohbari: I’ve been involved with and working in the market for over a year now, and in my experiences, what you see in America is more of a range. There’s a bigger range of ages, from kids to the elderly, and part of that comes from it being so pervasive on television I think, that the whole family ends up watching. Audiences also skew more male; in Japan, our male female balance at events is 60:40, while in America it’s more 80:20.
That said, you do have that diverse age range, and also diverse tastes, I feel, to where American fans enjoy a mix of several different styles of wrestling. Also because there are a lot of young fans, they often view content digitally rather than through TV, and that’s something we hope to take advantage of.
Will there be plans for longer tours in the US, of the order of the three to four week Power Struggle tour that crosses the whole country, as distinct from the condensed Super J-Cup and Fighting Spirit Unleashed weekends?
Ohbari: You saw the map as part of the presentation earlier, and I think we’ll be keeping to tours taking place in those areas and not outside. It isn’t practical to be jumping between the east and west coast, but you’ll have the west coast tour, and then the Texas tour later, then the central tour and so on. That’s the plan.
Will tours in the US run concurrently with Japanese tours, or could it be that American and Japanese tours run at the same time?
Ohbari: The main idea will be that US events will take place while the Japanese schedule is between tours. If there is high demand from fans, simultaneous tours may become a possibility.
What are your plans in terms of scale of events?
Ohbari: We’re currently running and looking at venues in the 2000 seat range, that may be lower depending on circumstances. We are a live event company, and the first priority of a live event company is to run in more venues. Once people are in those venues, then we can fire them up and have them ready to spread the word to larger and larger audiences. First though, it’s about growing the number rather than the size of venues. The long term plan will absolutely be to run big venues on a regular basis.
Do you have plans for a certain number of events per year in the US?
Ohbari: This is something that I’m discussing with Chairman Sugabayashi, but with 12-13 events run in the calendar year 2019, I think that we could be in the region of double that next year.
Will events be primarily broadcast on NJPW World? Also will there be dark match only Dojo events?
Ohbari: As much as is humanly possible, we plan for events to be live on NJPW World. Where we can’t arrange for live broadcast, they will be on demand. As far as Dojo events are concerned, that isn’t decided at all, but we have a large space in the LA Dojo and it may be a possibility in future.
Will the increase in American events necessitate a reduction in the number of Japanese events?
Ohbari: There are no plans to reduce the number of Japanese events.
So there will be more total events on the calendar?
Can you give any details with regards to television rights?
Ohbari: Up to now we have been working very well with our partners at AXS TV, and plan to continue doing so. As events increase in number in the US, we would like to be able to make more opportunities for fans to watch those events live and in real time on TV, and those are opportunities we’re excited to discuss with TV partners going forward.
Quotes courtesy of New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Team RAW Revealed For WWE Survivor Series, Triple Threat Match Announced, Updated Match Card
WWE has announced who will participate on Team RAW at WWE Survivor Series.
During tonight’s RAW broadcast it was revealed that Seth Rollins will be joined by Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, and Ricochet on the red brand.
— WWE (@WWE) November 12, 2019
Also announced tonight is a Triple Threat Match featuring AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
WWE Survivor Series – Current Match Card
- WWE Championship: Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio
- Becky Lynch (RAW) vs. Bayley (SmackDown) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT)
- The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar) (RAW) vs. The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingson) (SmackDown) vs. The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) (NXT)
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong
- Team Raw (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, TBA, and TBA) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
- Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre) vs. Team SmackDown (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA) vs. Team NXT (TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, and TBA)
WWE will be hosting a tri-branded Survivor Series event on 11/24 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.
Report: Sin Cara’s Release Request Not Approved By WWE
Update: 6:55 PM ET – According to PWInsider, Sin Cara’s release request has not been approved. He was originally scheduled to travel to television next week in Boston, but will be sent home following the WWE European tour.
Earlier today, Sin Cara announced he has has requested his release from WWE.
In a Twitter post, Sin Cara advised fans that he asked for his release from the company yesterday. Sin Cara is among WWE stars currently in Europe on tour.
— Sin Cara (@SinCaraWWE) November 11, 2019
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reports that the word making its rounds among talent is that Sin Cara has interest working with MMA promotion Combates America. Alberto El Patron, who Sin Cara is close with is the the former president of the promotion based in New York.
Sin Cara’s WWE deal expires in 2022. No word if WWE will grant his release.
WrestleMania Generates $165 Million for New York/New Jersey Region
WWE issued the following press release
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE® (NYSE: WWE) and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today announced that WrestleMania 35 generated $165.4 million in economic impact for the New York/New Jersey region this past April, according to a study conducted by the Enigma Research Corporation. This marks a more than 60 percent increase from the $101.2 million generated for WrestleMania 29 in New York and New Jersey, and the eighth consecutive year that WrestleMania generated more than $100 million in economic impact for its host region.
Over the past 13 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.3 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. WrestleMania 35 also generated approximately $27.1 million in federal, state and local taxes.
“New Jersey is proud to have hosted WrestleMania 35 in April, the fourth time our state has been host to this great event,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “This data underscores what we already knew — bringing large-scale events that draw fans from all over the world brings significant economic benefits to our state and the region. I thank WWE for choosing New Jersey and hope to continue this partnership in the future.”
“We are thrilled that WrestleMania’s return to our ‘front yard’ generated a significant economic increase for our partners in New York and New Jersey,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events. “This success would not have been possible without the tireless support of Governor Murphy, Barclays Center, NYC & Company, Meadowlands Chamber, New York Jets, New York Giants and the rest of our public and private sector partners throughout the region. We now turn our attention to next year for what will be a historic WrestleMania debut in Tampa Bay.”
A sold-out crowd of 82,265 fans from all 50 states and 68 countries attended WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza this past April, making it the highest-grossing entertainment event in the history of MetLife Stadium. Key highlights from the study include:
– $165.4 million in direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by visitors to the New York/New Jersey region for WrestleMania 35.
– 52% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from outside the New York and New Jersey region and stayed an average of 4.6 nights.
– $23.9 million was spent on hotels and accommodations within the New York/New Jersey region.
– The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week was equal to the creation of 1,534 full-time jobs for the area.
– $6.6 million was spent by visitors to the region at area restaurants.
Next year, WrestleMania 36 will take place Sunday, April 5 live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. Tickets are available this Friday, November 15 at 10 AM ET through Ticketmaster. In addition, WrestleMania Travel packages are currently available via WrestleManiaTravel.com. The event will also be streamed live around the world on WWE Network.
About Enigma Research Corporation
Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting firm which specializes in measuring the economic impact of special events. Enigma’s economists developed a customized model which converted expenditures into economic impact, employment supported and taxes generated as a result of the event.