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Eric Bischoff Discusses Why NJPW Is Making Moves to Expand in the US and Why It's Not Controversial

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 05/18/17


Eric Bischoff for his Bischoff on Wrestling recently discussed New Japan Pro Wrestlingís move to add the IWGP US title and promote events in the US. Below are some highlights.

Bischoff on NJPW looking at the US market: ďIím guessing New Japan might be looking at the US market. Itís a big market and Japan isnít. Thereís a lot of opportunity here. Thereís a lot of fans here that love the New Japan presentation of the product and Iím one of them. I donít watch it as much as I should but what Iíve seen is very impressive.Ē

Bischoff on saying NJPWís move to promote shows in the US is not controversial: ďI am going to plant my flag and say itís not controversial. At least twenty years ago the Japanese in particular admired American culture. They are very protective of their own culture, one of the most protective of their cultures in the world in many respects. Historically if you look at Japan and the way they treat outsiders that arenít of Japanese decent they are very protective of their culture, on the one hand. On the other hand, they want so badly to have the ďcool vibeĒ of having the western culture be a part of theirís in their own way. By coming over to the United States and planting a flag, however big or small, New Japan is able to present themselves as a Japanese product inherently Japanese yet important to the United States and that elevates their status in Japan. Itís like when a Japanese baseball player leaves Japan and joins Major League Baseball. Heís a national hero for the same exact reason. Itís kind of like New York City where if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. New Japan will always stay a very Japanese product.Ē