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New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America Inc.
ShinNihon USA logo
The logo of New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America
Acronym NJoA
NJPW of America
Trading name New Japan Pro Wrestling of America
Type Subsidiary
Industry Professional wrestling
Sports entertainment
Streaming media
Founded October 21, 2019
Style Strong Style
Puroresu
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Key people Kaname Tezuka
(COO)
Michiaki Nishizawa
(CFO)
Naoki Sugabayashi
(Chairman)
Takami Obari
(CEO)
Products
Television
Publishing
Films
Music
Merchandise
Streaming network service
Parent New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Divisions Tokon Shop Global
Website Official Website
New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America Inc., operating as New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America (NJoA) and sometimes referred to as NJPW of America or simply New Japan of America, is an American professional wrestling brand founded on October 21, 2019 by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), as its American subsidiary.

NJPW began producing events in the United States independently in 2016. Following the financial success of the events, NJPW established its American subsidiary in October 2019, with operations beginning in November, with a plan to establish in the American market.

HistoryEdit

Background (2016–2019)Edit

In December 2016, Pro Wrestling Insider reported that New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) was planning to hold the first two nights of the 2017 G1 Climax in the United States with New England-based wrestling personality George Carroll and wrestler Rocky Romero reportedly doing ground work for the dates in Long Beach, California.[1][2] On January 4, 2017, during Wrestle Kingdom 11 in Tokyo Dome, NJPW officially announced the shows for July 1 and 2, 2017, taking place at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. These shows, however, would not be part of the G1 Climax, but would instead serve as a prelude to the tournament, which takes place between July 17 and August 13.[3][4] The shows would mark the first time NJPW presented shows in the United States independently, as opposed to partnering up with an American promotion.[5] NJPW had previously partnered with Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) for the NJPW Invasion Tour 2011 and since 2014 they have been partnered with Ring of Honor (ROH), co-producing shows annually in North America.[6][7]

After announcing the Long Beach shows, NJPW went public with their plan of an American expansion, which included establishing a subsidiary and running extended tours in the United States with California as the base, while also establishing a dojo for training Americans in Los Angeles, run by Rocky Romero. The full-scale running of the American market was set to launch in 2018.[8][9] According to Takaaki Kidani, the plan was a direct response to WWE taking four wrestlers, including AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura, from NJPW in January 2016.[10] On May 12, during the third night of the NJPW and ROH co-produced War of the Worlds tour in New York City, it was announced that NJPW would hold a tournament to crown the inaugural IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion during the G1 Special in USA weekend.[11][12] NJPW would open their Dojo in Los Angeles on March 24, with Katsuyori Shibata serving as head trainer and ROH wrestler Scorpio Sky serving as assistant trainer.[13] During this time NJPW began selling out their events in the United States such as the G1 Special in USA[14] and Strong Style Evolved,[15] leading NJPW to promote the G1 Special in San Francisco in the Cow Palace, which was a financial success.[16][17] This led to NJPW regularly promoting shows in the United States between 2017 and 2019 in various states through the East Coast and West Coast, with NJPW hosting the first day of the 2019 G1 Climax and the 2019 Super J-Cup.[18][19] NJPW would also promote the first non-WWE promoted professional wrestling event held in the Madison Square Garden with Ring of Honor and the second non-WWE professional wrestling event to sell 10,000 tickets, which also sold out.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

Formation and establishment (2019–Present)Edit

On October 21, NJPW chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced the creation of their American subsidiary named "New Japan Pro-Wrestling of America", based in California.[32] It was announced that the subsidiary would begin operations in November.[32] NJPW established a plan to expand into the United States and international market, which would begin with developing talent through the LA Dojo and running extended tours in the United States, including events at the Madison Square Garden.[32] NJPW also confirmed that they would continue their television deal with AXS TV.[32] However, on December 27, NJPW ended its television deal with AXS TV.[33]

BroadcastersEdit

Worldwide:

  • New Japan Pro Wrestling World (streaming service, broadcasting most shows live, as well as on-demand classic, documentary and anime content, as well as content from other promotions)
  • FITE TV (2019–present, streaming service, broadcasting most NJPW big shows live, as well as on-demand classic)

EventsEdit

Marquee eventsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Johnson, Mike 2016-12-13. New Japan in United States update . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  2. Johnson, Mike 2016-12-29. New Japan in California update . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  3. NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 live results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega . Wrestling Observer Newsletter (2017-01-04). Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  4. ja:【年間スケジュール発表!】6月11日大阪城ホール!『G1』両国3連戦! 現地時間・7月1日、2日にロサンゼルスで初のビッグマッチ!『G1 Special in USA』決定!! (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017-01-04). Archived from the original on 2017-01-04. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  5. Johnson, Mike 2017-01-04. New Japan to debut in United States this July . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  6. Meltzer, Dave 2010-10-03. New Japan Pro Wrestling comes to the U.S. . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on 2010-10-06. Retrieved on 2017-06-27.
  7. Meltzer, Dave 2017-01-15. ROH announces War of the Worlds tour dates with NJPW . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-06-27.
  8. Meltzer, Dave (April 10, 2017). "April 10, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Wrestlemania 33 review, WWE financials, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 29–31. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  9. ja:戦略発表会で、木谷オーナーが「2020年の東京ドーム満員を目指す」とコメント!さらにアメリカへの“本格進出”、道場の設立も視野に!! (in Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017-05-16). Archived from the original on 2017-05-16. Retrieved on 2017-05-16.
  10. ja:新日本、7月のロス興行はWWEへ「反撃ののろし」 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports (2017-01-05). Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  11. Meltzer, Dave 2017-05-12. ROH War of the Worlds PPV live results: Daniels vs. Cody vs. Lethal . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  12. Johnson, Mike 2017-05-12. New Japan announces new championship, unveils belt . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  13. Katsuyori Shibata to be Head Coach of New Japan Dojo in Los Angeles! . New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2018-03-05). Retrieved on 2018-03-09.
  14. Nason, Josh 2017-04-01. NJPW's two California U.S. shows, meet and greets sell out within hours . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2017-05-13.
  15. Crockett, Paul 2018-01-29. NEW JAPAN SELLS OUT RETURN TO UNITED STATES IN 20 MINUTES . Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved on 2018-02-12.
  16. Reported success AXS TV . WrestleZone (2018-07-08). Retrieved on 2018-07-08.
  17. Bullet Club IMPLODES! HUGE New Japan INJURY! Cody Taking Time Off! on YouTube
  18. NJPW SUPER J-CUP TO TAKE PLACE IN UNITED STATES THIS AUGUST . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2019-06-10.
  19. FIRST NIGHT OF NJPW G1 CLIMAX 29 TAKING PLACE IN UNITED STATES . Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online (2019-01-04). Retrieved on 2019-01-04.
  20. HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE: ROH & NEW JAPAN SELL OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (in English). Pro Wrestling Insider (2018-08-10). Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  21. ROH & NJPW G1 SUPERCARD SELLS OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (in English). Wrestling Observer Newsletter (2018-08-10). Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  22. It’s official: ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard sells out Madison Square Garden “within minutes” (in English). Wrestle View. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  23. Ring of Honor-New Japan G1 Supercard Sells Out Madison Square Garden (in English). Sports Ilustrated. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  24. Ring of Honor-New Japan G1 Supercard Sells Out Madison Square Garden (in English). Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  25. ROH & New Japan tout the sellout of Madison Square Garden in New York City for their WrestleMania weekend show with Okada, Scurll (in English). Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2018-08-11.
  26. Jay Lethal Pitches Dream Match for 'G1 Supercard' at Madison Square Garden (in English). Comicbook. Retrieved on 2018-09-26.
  27. ROH and NJPW G1 event sells out Madison Square Garden (in English). Pro Wrestling.Net. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  28. ROH And NJPW Announce Madison Square Garden Event (in English). Pro Wrestling Sheet. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  29. POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE – Ring of Honor & NJPW sell out Madison Square Garden (in English). POST Wrestling. Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  30. WWE news, rumors: ROH and NJPW sell out MSG; John Cena Super Show-Down match announced (in English). CBS Sports (2018-08-10). Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  31. WWE’s WrestleMania-week competition sells out MSG (in English). New York Post (2018-08-10). Retrieved on 2018-08-10.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 NJPW of America launched: Press conference report . New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2019-10-21). Retrieved on 2019-10-21.
  33. NJPW NO LONGER AIRING ON AXS TV . Wrestling Observer Newsletter (2019-12-27). Retrieved on 2019-12-27.
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