New Japan Pro-Wrestling World
NJPW World Logo.svg
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersRoppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Programming
Language(s)Japanese
English
French
Picture format720p HD
Ownership
OwnerNew Japan Pro-Wrestling
TV Asahi
History
LaunchedDecember 1, 2014 (2014-12-01)
Links
Websitenjpwworld.com

New Japan Pro-Wrestling World (新日本プロレスワールド, Shin Nihon Puroresu Wārudo),[2] also referred to as NJPW World and New Japan World,[3] is a subscription-based video streaming service owned by the Japanese professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). On December 1, 2014, NJPW and its minority owner TV Asahi announced it as a new worldwide streaming site for the promotion's events.[4] All major NJPW events air live on the service, which also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 1972.[5]

In 2015, King of Pro-Wrestling marked the first ever event on NJPW World to feature English commentary.[6] As part of a working relationship between NJPW and the Mexican Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion, NJPW began airing CMLL's Viernes Espectaculares show on NJPW World, starting July 9, 2016.[7] On April 8, 2022, it was announced that as part of a working relationship between NJPW and the American All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion, NJPW began airing AEW's Dynamite and Rampage weekly shows on NJPW World.[8][9]

Since inception, the service has had a monthly subscription price of ¥999 (US$9.16). As of May 2017, subscription numbers were roughly 50,000 subscribers with 10,000 outside Japan.[10] By July 2018, the subscription's numbers had risen to 100,000 in total, with 40,000 outside of Japan.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "特定商取引に関する法律に基づく表示". NJPW World (in Japanese). Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "NJPW World launches new subscriber campaign 【NJoA】". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. January 31, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "New Japan World adds English-language Subscription Page". Top Rope Press.
  4. ^ Caldwell, James (December 1, 2014). "NJPW news: New Japan announces streaming service like WWE Network, will include live shows". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Meltzer, Dave (November 30, 2014). "New Japan Pro Wrestling launches their network, full details". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Macklin, Matthew; Crockett, Paul (October 2, 2015). "New Japan to broadcast October event in English on New Japan World". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Dark Angelita (July 6, 2016). "NJPW/CMLL: Viernes Espectacular de Arena México se transmitirá por njpwworld". Superluchas (in Spanish). Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "AEW Dynamite and Rampage coming to NJPW World in Japan". F4wonline. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  9. ^ "AEW and New Japan announce new deal". Pwinsider. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  10. ^ "戦略発表会で、木谷オーナーが「2020年の東京ドーム満員を目指す」とコメント!さらにアメリカへの"本格進出"、道場の設立も視野に!!". New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "NJPW President Reveals Current Number Of NJPW World Subscribers - WrestlingInc.com". Retrieved 2 July 2018.