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Network: NJPW World
Venue: Tokyo Dome
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Event Date: January 4, 2023 3:00AM
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada

IWGP Women's Championship
KAIRI (c) vs. Tam Nakano

NJPW WORLD TV Championship
Ren Narita vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Master Wato vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Desperado

IGPW United States Championship
Will Ospreay (c) vs. Kenny Omega



NJPW Announces

New Japan Pro-Wrestling touring New Zealand and Australia in 2022

NJPW launches new TAMASHII brand with the best of Japan, Australasia

Christchurch, Sydney to see KENTA, Ishimori and the best from NZ Dojo and beyond this November

New Japan Pro-Wrestling wins Media Man 'Wrestling Promotion Of The Month' award and

NJPW World wins Media Man 'Streaming Service Of The Month' award


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Tokyo/Auckland September 8 2022

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is excited to announce the November launch of NJPW TAMASHII, a new brand that will see the best of NJPW in Japan compete with the cream of NJPW’s New Zealand Dojo, as well as the best talents from Australasia.

Meaning ‘spirit’, or ‘soul’, TAMASHII is the logical continuation of the philosophy behind NJPW STRONG in the United States, which has seen established names from NJPW compete with brand new prospects emerging from NJPW’s LA Dojo, as well as the best from the local scene.

The first NJPW TAMASHII event will take place on November 11 in the Pioneer Recreation & Sport Center in Christchurch New Zealand. Sunday November 13 will see TAMASHII hit Liberty Hall in Sydney Australia.

Already signed for the debut NJPW TAMASHII events are big names from BULLET CLUB. KENTA, who wrestled on the very first official match for NJPW STRONG in 2020, is joined by IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori and the Rogue general Bad Luck Fale.

Fale is the principal force behind NJPW’s New Zealand Dojo, the rising prospects of which are set to be highlighted and developed through TAMASHII events, having already been focused on in the Lion’s Roar docuseries on NJPW World.

‘This was once the most popular professional wrestling territory in the world,’ Fale commented. ‘Now with so much talent in Australasia, it was logical to expand the New Japan brand in the territory. We’re very excited for what the future holds.’

Representative Director for NJPW Takami Ohbari stated ‘New Zealand, and Oceania at large is a rapidly growing professional wrestling market rife with strong potential talent. It’s for that reason that we established the New Zealand Dojo, and why these events are so important for NJPW’s ongoing global expansion. The last time NJPW was involved in events in New Zealand specifically was all the way back in 2016, so I thank our Kiwi fans for their patience. Whether from the NZ Dojo, or further afield, you’ll see the same fighting spirit that is uniquely NJPW’s throughout these events. I hope you come to experience them for yourself, and know that TAMASHII is the place to find genuine Strong Style action in Oceania.’

‘We have been working hard to develop and refine our teaching to provide the best possible training,’ remarked NZ Dojo Head Coach Tony Kozina. ‘The Young Lions that have earned a place on these debut events all possess top notch work ethic and strive to go beyond their best both in and out of the ring. On November 11 and 13 the world will see what we are capable of’.

Tickets for both NJPW TAMASHII events will go on sale on September 9 at 12AM midnight from Eventfinda (NZ) and 10AM AET from Moshtix (AU). We look forward to allowing fans to experience the next stage in NJPW’s international expansion and to be in on the ground floor of a new era for professional wrestling in the Australasian market.


Friday November 11 Doors: 7PM Bell 7:30 PM (Meet and greet 6PM with details TBA)

Pioneer Recreation & Sports Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand

Tickets on sale September 9

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Sunday November 13 Doors: 6:30PM Bell 7PM (Meet and greet 5:30PM with details TBA)

Liberty Hall, Sydney, Australia

Tickets on sale September 9 10AM AET

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KENTA, Taiji Ishimori, and Bad Luck Fale have been announced for the events set for Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, November 11, and Sydney, Australia on Sunday, November 13. Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, September 9.

In the release, NJPW likens the TAMASHII brand to the NJPW Strong brand in the United States market, with talent from the company's New Zealand dojo set to be used the way the LA Dojo has been on Strong.




NJPW Announces Full Card For Dominion

Sunday, June 12, 2022

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AEW Dynamite tops one million viewers for TBS debut

The show featured Page vs. Danielson II, the TBS tournament finals, and more.


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AEW Dynamite's TBS debut averaged 1,010,000 viewers on Wednesday night, up 3.6 percent from the final episode on TNT. It’s just the second time since October 6 that the show has topped one million viewers.

In the 18-49 demo, Dynamite drew a 0.43 rating, up 16.2 percent from last week. That’s the show's best number in the demo since September 29.

This is also the first week that Dynamite aired live on the West Coast since October 6.

Dynamite finished second on the cable charts in 18-49, trailing only an NBA game on ESPN that averaged 1.7 million viewers and drew a 0.53 in 18-49.

The show was up in every age group with the exception of people over 50. In that category, Dynamite was down 2.8 percent from the previous week.

The biggest increase, by far, was in the 18-34 age group, where the week-to-week jump was 79 percent.

The show also increased more with women than with men. In the 18-49 age group, women were up 20 percent and men were up 10 percent. In 12-34, the difference was even more dramatic. Females in that demo doubled last week's number, while males were up 45 percent.

As compared to this week last year, when Dynamite aired head-to-head with NXT New Year's Evil and also against news coverage of the United States Capitol insurrection, Dynamite was up 52.6 percent in overall viewers and up 72 percent in the demo.

Listed below are the last 11 weeks of overall viewership and 18-49 demo numbers for Dynamite. The debut show on TBS was up 8.7 percent in viewers and up 22.9 percent in 18-49 from the 10-week averages prior to this week.

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As noted, the controversy surrounding Tony Khan and Big Swole was a hot topic this weekend. It began with an episode of Big Swole’s “Swole World” show that aired on Call-In. During the episode, the former AEW star pointed to a lack of diversity in the top spots of the company as one of the leading factors in her departure in 2021.

Tony Khan responded in a single tweet, pointed to how other people of color have succeeded in AEW, and then said he let Swole’s contract expire because her wrestling wasn’t good enough.

“The top 2 @AEW execs are brown (me & Megha)!! Jade, Bowens, Caster, Dante, Nyla, Isiah & Marq Quen all won on tv this month. The TBS Title Tournament has been very diverse. I let Swole’s contract expire as I felt her wrestling wasn’t good enough. #AEWRampage Street Fight TONIGHT!,” he wrote.

Swole continued to retweet posts throughout the day yesterday, but it wasn’t until this morning that she finally posted a tweet of her own. In it, she implored the wrestling community to listen intently to her podcast because she believes her words are being misunderstood.

“It’s Sunday, take time to actually listen to the podcast instead of reading headlines and excerpts. Understand diversity isn’t just a statistic, counting us/POC isn’t the mindset,” she writes. “Not one time did I ever mention anyone as racist. Comprehension is key.”

One AEW star that quickly reacted to the situation in frustration was Lio Rush, who demanded that Tony Khan apologize for his statement to Big Swole. But since that transpired, it looks as though Rush had a heart-to-heart with Tony Khan and has more optimism toward their process.

“I want this to be clear… I do not consider this to be a diversity issue, and I at no point have thought or said that AEW or Tony is racist,” Lio Rush writes. “We can all clearly see that wrestling as a whole and the AEW roster is perpetually diverse. The issue at hand was a racial insensitivity issue.

“Having spoken to Tony and Megah, we have discussed the endeavors to further understand the struggles of the black community. I am grateful to be able to understand more about Tony and Megah’s own ethnic backgrounds and glad that they are actively seeking input from an African American perspective. I am proud to work for a boss and company that try to make these strides in social equality,” Rush continues. “I look forward to working with Tony to keep making steps towards positive change. I pray that 2022 is a year of positive change in all aspects. Happy New Year and GOD BLESS. #BeTheChange”

Other AEW stars like Powerhouse Hobbs, Jade Cargill, & Shawn Dean also made statements concerning this ordeal. You can see their various statements at this link.

You can see the full tweets below:

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