New Japan Pro Wrestling’s well-documented global expansion is gathering serious momentum, as they look to expand into the Australian market.
The company, which hosted its first ever shows on US soil last month, held tryouts for talent in Melbourne this past week.
The Australian and New Zealand wrestling scene is a relatively untapped resource that is growing exponentially as of late, with Will Ospreay set to make his debut in New Zealand this year.
The biggest wrestling company in Asia gave some Australian wrestlers the opportunity of a tryout in front of New Japan Pro Wrestling head booker Gedo, behind the doors of a ballroom in Melbourne last Saturday.
Gedo said: “There’s a lot of guys who are hungry. The energy is huge, the only problem is technique and their timings — their level is still not there.”
New Zealander “Bad Luck” Fale of NJPW is one of those responsible for the Japanese company’s expansion down under. He said: “What we’re looking for is finding guys who are hungry enough and we can take them to Japan, or even Mexico or America.
“New Japan’s trying to do is expand worldwide and we are challenging WWE right now, so we are looking to expand all over the world.
“Last year, we did a show in New Zealand and this year we’re aiming to do one here in Australia.”
The performers will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Emma, the Australian currently on WWE’s women’s division, and popular Kiwi wrestler Travis Banks, who is currently enjoying his fair share of success across the independent scene.
On – 24 Aug, 2017 By Ryan Fisher