New Japan Pro Wrestling Announces New NJPW of America Brand

New Japan Pro Wrestling held a press conference in Japan today where NJPW of America was announced.

New Japan Pro Wrestling of America has been in the works for some time. NJPW of America CEO Takami Obari and NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi spoke at the press conference, noting that the subsidiary involved three phases – finding talent, running the recent events in the United States and other countries, and the current phase, which is officially establishing this new subsidiary. The new subsidiary will be based out of the Los Angeles dojo in California.

New Japan of America will begin running in November, with live events in five top markets – Texas (4 cities), Middle America (7 cities in 6 states), the Southeast (6 cities in 4 states), the East Coast (4 cities in 3 states), and the West Coast (6 cities in 4 states). These NJPWA tours will take place in between scheduled tours of the main company in Japan. They noted on Twitter that there may be times when tours run simultaneously, with talent schedules being an important factor. They do not plan to lessen the number of events in Japan.

It was noted that they hope to reach at least 70% of their American fanbase with these key markets, but they will be working to soon reach 100% of the fanbase in the United States. It was noted at the press conference that they hope to double the number of US events the company runs in 2020. There’s no word yet on venues they will be running but they are looking at 2,000-seat venues or lower. They are also looking at airing some of the events from the dojo in Los Angeles.

It was also noted that the US events will air either live on the NJPW World streaming service, or on-demand. The NJPW of America shows could air on AXS TV in the United States, which is where NJPW TV currently airs.

Fans can follow @NJPWofAmerica on Twitter to keep up with the new brand.

Stay tuned for more updates on this New Japan Pro Wrestling of America subsidiary. Below are some of the related tweets, including their links to the official press conference recap on the NJPW website:

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