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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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WWE News: SmackDown Live Event Results From Tucson, Arizona (9/22/18)

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Before heading into the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado this coming Tuesday, WWE’s SmackDown Live roster hit up Tucson, Arizona for a Live Event.

Fans who attended got some great action including NXT’s Nikki Cross in a 6-Woman Tag Team match, Shinsuke Nakamura defended the United States Championship in a Triple Threat, as well as Samoa Joe challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Title in the main event. Below are the results:

  • SmackDown Tag Titles: The New Day retained over SAnitY
  • Harper defeated Tye Dillinger
  • R-Truth defeated Shelton Benjamin
  • Rusev defeated Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
  • SmackDown Women’s Title: Becky Lynch retained over Charlotte Flair
  • Asuka, Naomi & Nikki Cross defeated Carmella & The IIconics
  • United States Title Triple Threat: Shinsuke Nakamura retained over Jeff Hardy & Randy Orton
  • WWE Title: AJ Styles retained over Samoa Joe

Results c/o Gerweck

 

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WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Largo, Florida (9/22/18)

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After spending Friday night in Sanford, Florida for an event that featured the debut of Matt Riddle, WWE’s NXT continued their weekend run of shows last night in Largo, Florida.

While Riddle was not in action last night, the card still featured some other great NXT Superstars as Johnny Gargano met The Velveteen Dream in the main event, Lars Sullivan went one-on-one with Keith Lee, on top of 205 Live Superstar Tony Nese facing off against ‘The Top One Percent’ EC3. Below are the results:

  • EC3 defeated Tony Nese
  • Reina Gonzalez defeated Xia Li
  • War Raiders defeated Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendonza
  • Babatunde defeated Brennan Williams
  • Heavy Machinery & Jessie Elaban defeated The Forgotten Sons & Lacey Evans
  • Lars Sullivan defeated Keith Lee
  • Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir & Shayna Baszler defeated Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Kairi Sane
  • Johnny Gargano defeated The Velveteen Dream

Results c/o LordsOfPain

 

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NJPW News: Results From Today’s Destruction In Kobe (9/23/18)

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New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Road To Destruction tour came to a close today with Destruction In Kobe, as the promotion will be heading to the United States next Sunday for Fighting Spirit Unleashed in Long Beach, California.

Today’s event at Kobe Hall was loaded with action as Best Friends were in action against the Killer Elite Squad, the Semi-Finals of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title tournament, plus Hiroshi Tanahashi squared off against Kazuchika Okada in a preliminary for the IWGP Heavyweight Title at the Tokyo Dome. Below are the results:

  • Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura went to a Time Limit Draw
  • SHO & YOH defeated Ren Narita & Shota Umino
  • Tiger Mask & Jyushin Thunder Liger defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado
  • Yuji Nagata, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima defeated Ayato Yoshida, Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma
  • Best Friends defeated Killer Elite Squad
  • Jay White, Will Ospreay & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Toa Henare, David Finlay & Juice Robinson
  • EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito defeated TAKA Michinoku, Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Tournament Semi-Finals: KUSHIDA defeated BUSHI
  • IWGP Heavyweight Title Preliminary: Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Kazuchika Okada

Results c/o NJPW1972

 

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