Connect with us


NJPW News: President Harold Meij Addresses Talent Departures, Expansion




There has been a lot of discussion lately about All Elite Wrestling, but one of the few topics not being discussed is how AEW and their recent signings will affect NJPW. We already know that NJPW will not be working in a talent exchange with AEW, at least not right away. So how does NJPW president Harold Meij feel about the recent talent departures ? In a blog entry released on Wednesday, Meji posted his thoughts.

(English translation c/o @reasonjp)

“Is New Japan OK?’ Yes it is. ‘Is this the beginning of the end?’ Twitter’s getting ahead of itself “More promotions (AEW) in the market is proof of a healthy sector with more people watching. A billion dollar market is turning into 1.3, 1.5 billion. It’s not a tiny space with everyone fighting over scraps anymore. I used to be in charge of a 1.8 billion dollar business. Not the entire industry, a company worth that much. And forgive me for saying, I did pretty well. And New Japan has a great structure, our people have a lot of skill and know how, and our wrestlers are great.

“Talent will come and go. That’s life. Half of Japanese people have had more than one occupation. More overseas. There are different life stages, priorities change. What counts is that while here, people shine as bright as possible and produce the best product possible for us. Our job as a business in New Japan is to make sure our wrestlers are not spending their life worrying about ticket sales, living expense, feeding their family, or injury. They need to be able to focus on the ring.

“I often see talk along the lines of ‘Since Meij came in, they’re only looking at international, they don’t care about Japan.’ That couldn’t be more wrong. New Japan has gotten to the stage that the world has taken notice of it and we can do these things abroad. I’m not pushing the company international; if anything it’s the other way round. I’m doing my job as a professional to fulfill very strong demand. I didn’t get this job because I’m foreign. International business is one string to my bow. There’s a lot more I can do, and a lot more I have to do in Japan. I have done, and am doing a lot, more than you can see, to increase revenue.

Jason’s Take
Meji is right, more promotions in the market is good for wrestling overall. I’ve said it many times that today is one of the best times to be a wrestling fan, ever. While we may never see a Monday Night War era popularity any time soon, the sheer number of alternatives out there is amazing.

I can see NJPW eventually ending up being in agreement to exchange talent in the future with All Elite, however I think Meji is taking a wait and see approach. With the signing of Chris Jericho by AEW, I have to wonder if the framework for a talent exchange isn’t already in place.




Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


NJPW News: Fantastica Mania 2019 Results From Chiba (1/16/19)



Fantastica Mania 2019
Results from today’s NJPW Fantastica Mania event in Chiba!

After getting a one day break, New Japan Pro Wrestling along with the stars of CMLL moved on today to Chiba for the next stop of the eight event Fantastica Mania 2019 tour.

Following Monday’s action in Gifu (see those results here), today’s lineup featured the First Round of CMLL’s Family Tag Team Tournament with Mistico and Dragon Lee meeting Flyer and Volador Jr. in the main event. Also featured on the lineup today were Tetsuya Naito, Jyushin Thunder Liger, Angel de Oro, Soberano Jr, BUSHI, KUSHIDA and more. Below are the results with the next show coming up on Friday at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall:

  • Forastero, Gedo & Taiji Ishimori defeated Titan, KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi
  • Fujin & Raijin defeated BUSHI & Shingo Takagi
  • Soberano Jr, Angel de Oro & Audaz defeated OKUMURA, Barbaro Cavernario & Namajague
  • Terrible & Tetsuya Naito defeated Toa Henare & Satoshi Kojima
  • Caristico, Jyushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask defeated Templarino, Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero
  • CMLL Family Tag Tournament First Round: Sanson & Cuatrero defeated Atlantis Jr. & Atlantis
  • CMLL Family Tag Tournament First Round: Dragon Lee & Mistico defeated Flyer & Volador Jr.

Results c/o NJPW1972

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Continue Reading


WWE News: Updated Royal Rumble Card After This Week’s RAW & SmackDown Live



Royal Rumble Miz Shane
The updated lineup for this month’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view!

We’re just over two weeks away from one of the WWE’s most anticipated events all year, Royal Rumble, coming up on January 27th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

There were big changes made to the lineup for the big show made Monday night on RAW as Mr. McMahon stripped Braun Strowman of his Universal Championship opportunity against Brock Lesnar (see the latest news on that here). Now, Finn Balor will be the new challenger for ‘The Beast Incarnate’ after not only beating Jinder Mahal, but then winning a Fatal 4-Way over John Cena, Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre.

Additionally, last night’s episode of SmackDown Live saw the addition of two more participants in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match as Peyton Royce and Billie Kay have officially entered the match. On top of that, it was announced that Shinsuke Nakamura will get his rematch for the United States Title against the man who defeated him for it, Rusev.

Here’s a look at the updated Royal Rumble card with this week’s RAW and SmackDown Live in the books:

Men’s Royal Rumble Match
R-Truth (#30), Drew McIntyre, Xavier Woods, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, Jinder Mahal, Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Samoa Joe, Baron Corbin, Elias, Finn Balor, Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali, John Cena

Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Carmella (#30), Natalya, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan,
Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Zelina Vega, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Mickie James,
Billie Kay, Peyton Royce

Universal Championship
(C) Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor

WWE Championship
(C) Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles

RAW Women’s Championship
(C) Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks

SmackDown Women’s Championship
(C) Asuka vs. Becky Lynch

SmackDown Tag Team Championship
(C) The Bar vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon

United States Championship
(C) Rusev vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Fatal 4-Way for the Cruiserweight Championship
(C) Buddy Murphy vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. Hideo Itami

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
Continue Reading

Connect on Facebook


Trending Today