Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian Weigh In on the Growth of Indy Wrestling

Posted By James Walsh on 10/03/18

Christopher Daniels and Kazarian spoke with Wrestling Inc for a new interview discussing NJPW’s expansion, the current state of the industry and more. Highlights are below:

Kazarian on the current state of the industry: “Wrestling is enjoying a renaissance in popularity. Companies like ROH and New Japan having more and more success in the last couple of years. It’s a great feeling to know that we’re in a position to enjoy great success because there are so many companies that want the opportunity to build up their reputation in the States. New Japan is probably the most famous foreign promotion to come to the States and have success and we’re just proud to be a part of that.”

Daniels on being part of indy wrestling’s rise: “We were both fortunate to be around when independent wrestling was very popular. When mainstream wrestling was very popular, in 97-98 when wrestling was white-hot. High tide raises all ships so independent wrestling followed suit and was very hot before falling off a bit. So now 14, 15 years later it’s experiencing not only a renaissance, but a reinvention. It’s really cool for me and my best friend to be part of that first boom and now an integral part of this boom. I don’t know if I’ve even been more optimistic about my future and the future of the wrestling business in my career.”

Kazarian on if they’d like to see New Japan go beyond California in their US expansion: “I’m partial to SoCal but that’s just me.”

Daniels on NJPW’s expansion: “I’m happy to see New Japan spread their influence across the United States. I think we’ve already seen a step with that when ROH uses New Japan talent in places like Chicago, New York and Boston. We’ve seen great success with ROH and New Japan sort of co-promoting. It’s just another step forward for New Japan to try and run their own show on the east coast somewhere. MSG in April-ROH and New Japan co-promoting a show [G1 Supercard]-sold out. That says it all. The most famous arena in the world sold out, like that. I look forward to more.”