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NJPW News: Company Hires First Non-Japanese President

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In the long, storied history of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the company has always been steeped in traditions and primarily tried to focus on their own country of origin. However, we’ve seen the company go through a number of changes as it has continued to become more popular with the western world, including shows right here in the United States.

According to a new report by Tokyo Sports (which was translated by Twitter user @EvanDeadlySinsW), New Japan has hired a new President, the first in the history of the company that is not Japanese. Harold Meij is the former CEO for the Japanese toy company TOMY (who produces toys for Pokemon, Sonic The Hedgehog, John Deere and a host of others), is slated to begin his role with NJPW next month. Meij is of Dutch descent, but has been a resident of Japan for 30 years.

Andrew Balaz’s Take: I don’t have a huge breadth of info. I know he apparently turned a toy company around that had it’s worst year in 2014 to being profitable in 2017, as well as being friends with the former president for years. So it seems fine, I feel Japanese fans may be a little more upset than Western fans since New Japan has become significantly more Western than most Japanese feds, and this could just push them further away from the puroresu traditions, but bring more western fame since Japanese mentality is usually very Japan-oriented. This is definitely a wait and see cause I don’t really have any precedent to compare it to since Japan is so different.

 

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VIDEO: ROH The Pinnacle Features Bully Ray & Flip Gordon

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Episode 3 of ROH The Pinnacle focuses on the Bully Ray vs. Flip Gordon “I QUIT” match at Ring of Honor’s biggest event of the year Final Battle.




Bully Ray’s role in Ring of Honor drastically shifted in 2018 after he went into the WWE Hall of Fame and the Supercard of Honor show in New Orleans, LA. Bully’s real feelings about the “young boys” of ROH came to light with Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon.

In this nearly eight month personal issue, Bully Ray has taken his feelings out physically on Flip Gordon. From their match at ROH’s Best in the World to the controversial incident on #ROH TV with the Singapore Cane… The Flip Gordon vs. Bully Ray match at Final Battle has reached a truly personal level.

ROH The Pinnacle takes you directly in the mind of Bully Ray as he tells his side of the story. The question now is which of these two men will say I QUIT.

ROH The Pinnacle is Lightning One Production, in association with Ring of Honor

#ROHFinalBattle airs LIVE THIS FRIDAY at 8e/5p on pay-per-view, FREE for #HonorClub VIP, 50% off for HonorClub Standard, and on FITE! Visit ROHWrestling.com/Watch to order now!




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WWE News: Actual Reason For Finn Balor’s Recent Absences Revealed

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What is really going on with Finn Balor missing WWE Live Events and RAW?

If you’ve stuck with The Chairshot through the day, we’ve followed along with the status of WWE Superstar Finn Balor heading into Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view after he was sent home early from the company’s South American tour this weekend (find that story here).





Then on tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW from San Diego, California, it was noted by the commentary team that Balor was not at the show after he suffered an injury on last week’s edition at the hands of his TLC opponent, Drew McIntyre. Now of course with any news like this that comes from the WWE under these circumstances, it must be taken with caution, as it could all be part of the current storylines.

Now that RAW has concluded, there is finally some clarification on what’s up with Finn as PWInsider reports that the leader of the Balor Club is not injured, but is in fact dealing with an illness. Thus, speculation that last week’s beat down was done as a means to write Balor off of television are false. As for Sunday’s TLC, the expectation is as Michael Cole stated tonight on RAW, that Finn will be good-to-go for the event.





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