Author: Joe Lanza

NJPW ‘Dominion’ 2013 Proves to Be More Than a One Match Show

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, the hottest act in wrestling (with apologies to The Shield) is Prince Devitt’s Bullet Club.

Devitt’s well crafted heel turn, teased for months on his twitter account and solidified when he attacked Apollo 55 tag team partner Ryusuke Taguchi following the team’s loss to Time Splitters (Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA) at ‘Invasion Attack’ in April, has freshened up his stale white meat babyface persona and exposed his never before seen ability to portray the asshole heel, a role that he is so good at it’s hard to remember that not too long ago he was the cleanest of clean cut babyfaces.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling “Dominion” (June 22, 2013)

New Japan Pro Wrestling is back on iPPV, this time with New Japan Pro Wrestling “Dominion 2013”. Dominion takes place on June 22, 2013 at the Osaka Bodymaker Coloseeum. Unfortunately for us Americans, it will be a slightly rough watch as the show goes live at 4:00 a.m. EST/3:00 a.m. CST that’s never stopped us and it won’t this time. We will be live-tweeting the event.

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New Japan ‘Invasion Attack’ Continues To Raise The Bar

At this point, if you aren’t paying attention to New Japan Pro Wrestling, you probably never will. And that’s your loss, because you’re missing something truly special. Especially if you are one of the many fans disenfranchised with the national television wrestling scene in the United States. A compelling alternative is directly below your nose, and if you are willingly ignoring it, well, it’s hard to feel bad for you if you don’t like what you see on Monday & Thursday nights.

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Why You Need To Be Watching New Japan

For some perspective, the initial New Japan iPPV attempts in 2012 broke all time wrestling iPPV records, finishing in the 50,000 range. While WWE offers iPPV for its traditional PPV events, and does a reported 10-30,000 buys per typical show, let’s put them aside for the sake of this discussion, because obviously this is not an apples to apples comparison as the bulk of their business is traditional cable/satellite PPV. That makes ROH the second biggest iPPV based company in the world, and a strong ROH show does roughly 2,000 buys. New Japan is now doing numbers that not only completely obliterate other iPPV companies like ROH, Chikara, and Dragon Gate USA/EVOLVE, but with numbers in the 100,000 neighborhood, they are right in the lower end of what the WWE does domestically for traditional PPV. The bulk of these iPPV orders are from Japan (WrestleKingdom supposedly did 1,000 or so international buys, which is only 1% of the total buys), so New Japan is rivaling the WWE in domestic PPV purchases in each promotions respective home territory. When you compare the populations of the United States (plus Canada, which figures into the WWE domestic numbers) to the population of Japan, New Japan is getting a much larger number of buys per capita than the WWE.

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