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Photo Credit- All Elite Wrestling According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Chris Jericho is no longer under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling. The Observer notes that his match with Hiroshi Tanahashi at the Tokyo Dome in 2020 was the final match of his deal. The Observer also notes that Harold Meji was negative on the Chris Jericho deal due to the high cost, but others in the promotion had a different opinion on the matter. However, the Observer says that NJPW will have to get it’s finances back on track, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, before signing a deal…

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Photo Credit – MLW “The Moth” Lio Rush is having such a great time in pro wrestling right now Lio Rush has signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and Mike Johnson of PWInsider. AEW President Tony Khan claimed after the program that he had a handshake arrangement with Lio Rush and that Rush wants to remain working with AEW. Rush was a surprise entrant in the Casino Battle Royale at AEW Double or Nothing, But he was eliminated by Matt Hardy in the battle royal that Jungle Boy finally won. Below are the…

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New Japan Pro-Wrestling events are still being canceled due to the state of emergency in Tokyo. The Road to Dominion event scheduled for June 4 in Ota at the Ota-Prefectural Ku’s Gym has been canceled, according to NJPW. Here are the statements from NJPW about the situation. June 4 Ota event cancelledAs a result of the extension to the State of Emergency in Tokyo, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel the Road to Dominion event previously scheduled for June 4 in Ota-Ku’s Prefectural Gymnasium.We deeply apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.June 1 and 2’s events…

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Photo Credit – NJPW Dominion, which was initially set on June 6 at Osaka Jo Hall, will now be held one night later on June 7. The IWGP World Heavyweight Championship has been vacant since May 20, when NJPW announced that previous champion Will Ospreay had relinquished the belt to seek treatment for a neck issue in the United Kingdom. NJPW has announced that Kazuchika Okada will face Shingo Takagi for the vacant IWGP World Heavyweight Title. Wrestle Grand Slam in the Tokyo Dome, where Okada was set to battle Ospreay for the championship on Saturday, May 29, has been…

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Earlier this week, reports emerged claiming that WWE were in discussions with NJPW to form a potential partnership. The deal would see WWE send several of their wrestlers over to Japan, in return for WWE being NJPW’s exclusive partner in the US. This would affect NJPW’s current partnerships with IMPACT and All Elite Wrestling. You can read more on the rumors here. Upon hearing the reports, several wrestlers took to social media to comment their thoughts on the situation. The first of which is former WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, who sent out various cryptic tweets targeted at Kazuchika Okada. https://twitter.com/dmcintyrewwe/status/1398288650094452736?s=21…

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According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE have entered talks with New Japan Pro Wrestling to become the Japanese companies exclusive U.S partner, meaning New Japan would no longer be allowed to work AEW, ROH or Impact Wrestling. The deal would include top stars from WWE heading to Japan, in a move absolutely nobody saw coming. WWE President Nick Khan, who has been the man behind WWE’s move to Peacock among other recent business decisions, is said to be the one pushing for this and the negotiator in the deal. Meltzer did note this could end up…

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Photo Credit – Variety Japanese Professional wrestler Hana Kimura, who was part of the cast in Netflix’s reality show Terrace House, tragically committed suicide last year after being cyber-bullied online. On the globally famous show (Terrace House) in which six young people share a home while looking for love, the pink-haired professional wrestler with Indonesian blood was a fan favorite. However, she was subjected to a barrage of online bullying. Following her passing, the show was canceled, prompting Japanese ministers and lawmakers to take action against cyberbullying. A man who tweeted at a Japanese reality TV Star after Hana Kimura’s…

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Yet another big NJPW Star is heading to the IMPACT Zone next week. On last night’s episode of IMPACT Wrestling, it was announced that Satoshi Kojima would be appearing on the show next week. Satoshi Kojima is a former 2-time IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, AJPW Triple Crown Champion & NWA World Champion. In the last few months alone, we’ve seen NJPW Talents such as El Phantasmo, David Finlay & Juice Robinson have arrived in IMPACT, with FinJuice being the current IMPACT Tag Team Champions & El Phantasmo challenging Josh Alexander for the X-Division Title unsuccessfully. It is unknown what the…

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Photo Credit – TaigaPhotoPW New Japan Pro Wrestling has been riddled with yet another unfortunate situation as the IWGP World Heavyweight Title is now vacated. NJPW announced that Will Ospreay suffered a neck injury at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku and must vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Title as a result. Will Ospreay made 1 Successful Defense of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Shingo Takagi at Wrestling Dontaku, and was set to defend the gold against Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Grand Slam had it not been postponed. As of this writing, there is no timetable for Ospreay’s return. NJPW will make an…

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Early this morning, NOAH took to their Social Media’s to confirm that they have cancelled the Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Show on May 30th in Ota Ward General Gymnasium due to the extension of the state of emergency in 4 Japan Prefecters. It is unknown at this time whether or not they will switch to an Empty Venue as they have for many previous shows since the Pandemic. NOAH issued the following statement: Due to the extension of the state of emergency due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the venue side announced the suspension of facility use, and…

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