It’s been a busy day for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, which held its 2022 business strategy presentation today at the Hikosen Theater in Ueno, a district of Taito City in Tokyo. A number of key topics were presented by the new President of Japan, Takami Ohbari.including NJPW’s plans to perform outside of Japan again.
Ohbari has made a major announcement for fans in the UK, confirming that the company will be returning to the country in October – the first NJPW event to be held in the UK since the independently promoted Royal Quest event in August 2019 at the Copper Box. Arena in London. Ohbari also noted that alongside plans to leverage their New Zealand dojo, the promotion will be hosting more events in Oceania in the near future.
With the easing of travel restrictions around the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, NJPW has focused its international attentions on the Pacific Ocean in the United States of America, which has recently seen the company s teaming up with Tony Khan’s AEW to present the first NJPW’s North American brand, “Strong,” also recently presented a pay-per-view special, Capital Collision, on May 14 in Washington, DC.
NJPW had tested these waters before when trying to expand into the North American market, but most notably during the opening night presentation of G1 Climax 29 in 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas – the first time the annual tournament had graced American ground — the company drew just 4,846 fans to a venue that can hold up to 20,000.
Before the pandemic shut down the world, NJPW had planned to only showcase Wrestle Dynasty at Madison Square Garden in the summer of 2020, which would have been the promotion’s second event from the world-famous venue — the first being a joint show. with Ring of Honor, the G1 Supercard, during WrestleMania 35 weekend, which attracted 16,534 fans – but this event was eventually postponed due to the global situation and was never rescheduled.
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