Takaaki Kidani, the owner of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s parent company Bushiroad and chairman of New Japan, recently spoke to Weekly Pro Wrestling about the promotion’s goal to expand into the United States, setting up a base of operations in California, and the challenges ahead of them competing with WWE.
All translations are courtesy of Chris Charlton, whose book Lion’s Pride is available on Amazon and an excellent read if you’re interested in the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling.
On the success of Wrestle Kingdom 11 and its influence outside of Japan:
On New Japan being a “global product”:
How a New Japan territory in the United States would function:
On WWE’s global expansion and their business model:
On New Japan’s immediate plans going forward:
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