New Japan Pro Wrestling is opening a training dojo in the United States. The promotion recently announced the NJPW LA dojo will open in Los Angeles this March.
It’s another step NJPW is making in their continued efforts to expand into the United States.
The dojo will run two 5-day camps this March, and while NJPW states these are not tryouts for the promotion they also mention they are always looking for talent. Applicants do not need prior wrestling experience to apply for the camp.
Online applications begin for the dojo on February 13th, 2018. A venue for the camps has yet to be named.
NJPW LA Dojo; Continued USA Expansion
Last year, NJPW announced a long-term plan to expand into the United States, the NJPW LA dojo is part of that plan.
Early last year, NJPW President, Takaaki Kidani, detailed the planned expansion to reporters.
On NJPW California Local Product
“[A North American New Japan offshoot] would be a localized product. If in Japan it’s 75/25 Japanese, then 75/25 American would be the best mix I think. For the New Japan product we run now, there’s still video. The plan would be to have California as a base and run tours in a similar way to how we run things here, with a few shows further afield.
On NJPW Talent Touring with NJPW USA
“For the Japanese talent, there are all sorts of options. Some guys may want to tour there. Some guys may want to spend half the year there. Still others may want to take two years or so and move out there. There are a lot of ways around that and I’m open to opinion from the wrestlers.
“If we establish a territory in California, we’ll be able to produce more content cheaply. It has to be localized. If you look at WWE with their show business base, they really only have a strong business in the U.K., Canada and America. They sell their programming elsewhere, sure, but they need to actually be doing business in those areas. I said this on Twitter, but why do you think they’re pushing people to the network? It’s because they know cable isn’t going to be around forever and they have to make up that loss. That’s why they established a U.K. champion and set up that tournament. [ … ]
On What the NJPW Talent Thing About This
“I have talked with the talent about this, but at that point it was less concrete than it is now. The plan is for thing to really get going in 2018.”