NJPW President Comments On Losing Talent, Discusses The Promotion’s Future

In a new interview, President Harold Meij spoke about the transition NJPW will be taking since the departure of major talents Kenny Omega, the Young Bucks, Hangman Page, and Cody Rhodes. Meij remains positive about the future of NJPW, calling the formation of AEW (although he never mentions it by name) a positive thing for the wrestling industry.

More promotions 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 & 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 & produce the best product possible for us.

Meij continues.

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.


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