New Japan Pro wrestling wants to become the worldwide leader in sports entertainment which is a status symbol previously held exclusively by WWE. It seems their hard-hitting style has paid off in a big way because not only are their merchandise sales incredible at this point as they continue to break their own outstanding sales records on a regular basis but plenty of people are paying attention to what they’re doing in the ring.
But this extra attention is both a blessing and a curse. After all, when a pro wrestler gets a lot of momentum behind them sometimes it’s just enough for WWE to pay attention as well. But as the indie wrestling scene continues to flourish it’s becoming apparent WWE isn’t always the only option for success.
Following an incredible Dominion show that had matches rivaling the best contests in pro wrestling history, New Japan could be poised to be in an even better position to spread their message of strong style. NJPW’s decision hiring a non-Japanese President could also be a huge sign that they’re willing to step outside of their comfort zone in a manner of speaking to get this accomplished as well.
“I don’t know if he’s going to be a game changer,” Dave Meltzer said while referring to New Japan Pro Wrestling’s new president Herald Meij. “There’s a lot to be said. The guy was very successful in his last endeavor and they showed the stuffed bears which was his idea that sold very well for New Japan. You know there’s a lot of moves being made around wrestling right now.”
“A lot of things going on behind the scene, they’re trying to make moves, there’s a lot of people trying to make moves. The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega and Cody they all have different contract things. Obviously, we know when a lot of them are due and it’s gonna be a very interesting end of this year early next year and New Japan’s you know a big part of this.”
It seems NJPW’s global influence could continue. But it would certainly help if they could be able to make sure they don’t lose some of their biggest draws in the process. After all, even though The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes’ shenanigans might have rubbed WWE the wrong way in the past, you can never say never about them putting business first and offering them big contracts just to secure their star power.