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Apparently over the last 6 months or so of an NXT Japan could be happening. At first, it was thought that the WWE would buy up BJW and have Daisuke Sekimoto and a few others as the trainers. Now, Jun Akiyama is going to be a guest coach at the WWE PC and there has been discussions between Akiyama & HHH in regards of a possible sale, or at least a relationship between the 2. 

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Interesting. Japan is a different animal and I always thought that if WWE wanted to start an NXT Japan they’d have to partner with an established company over there. That said, NJPW is far and away #1 and AJPW has been so beaten down and wrestling is so over-saturated there, I wonder how successful this can be. For AJPW they really have nothing to lose and I’m sure NJPW has to be concerned because WWE will come at them hard. I don’t know if WWE fans will even consider supporting yet another NXT brand since, let’s face it, despite tremendous talent it’s not like NXT UK has taken the world by storm. There’s just way too much to watch, and the language barrier will be an issue. I really can’t say how this will turn out.



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srossi wrote: Interesting. Japan is a different animal and I always thought that if WWE wanted to start an NXT Japan they’d have to partner with an established company over there. That said, NJPW is far and away #1 and AJPW has been so beaten down and wrestling is so over-saturated there, I wonder how successful this can be. For AJPW they really have nothing to lose and I’m sure NJPW has to be concerned because WWE will come at them hard. I don’t know if WWE fans will even consider supporting yet another NXT brand since, let’s face it, despite tremendous talent it’s not like NXT UK has taken the world by storm. There’s just way too much to watch, and the language barrier will be an issue. I really can’t say how this will turn out.
I have heard that HHH and company tried to buy NOAH to no luck in 2019 and had even gone after several other lesser companies to no luck. I have also heard that Taka Michinoku could be a trainer if this happens. In regards to AJPW, last year was their best year since their heyday back in the 1990's in terms of attendance. All Japan has some great talent and matches and could change the tide a bit if they did form a partnership with the WWE.

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Is any of the peak AJPW footage available to be shown on the network if this happened or is everything that aired on tv property of the station that aired it?



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Franchise wrote: Is any of the peak AJPW footage available to be shown on the network if this happened or is everything that aired on tv property of the station that aired it?
Currently there is AJPW.TV that has matches that airs on GAORA TV. Pretty sure GAORA has all the All Japan rights since 2000. The pre-2000 stuff is owned by NTV.

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So my first thought is if the trainers are going to train all students in straight up WWE style, or is it going to be some sort of hybrid of that, king’s road and maybe strong style?


I just wonder what the Japanese fans will think of the product if it is straight up WWE?


I have a feeling it will get over for awhile until the novelty wears off and the fans want king’s road again.

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carpetbeggar wrote: So my first thought is if the trainers are going to train all students in straight up WWE style, or is it going to be some sort of hybrid of that, king’s road and maybe strong style?


I just wonder what the Japanese fans will think of the product if it is straight up WWE?


I have a feeling it will get over for awhile until the novelty wears off and the fans want king’s road again.

NXT UK doesn't use main roster style at all.  Hell, regular NXT is super indy style.



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- WWE and All Japan Pro Wrestling have begun negotiations as part of Triple H's larger plan to start an NXT team in Japan. Jun Akiyama of All Japan is set to travel to both Stamford, CT and Orlando, FL to meet with Triple H about NXT but also to serve as a guest coach at the WWE Performance Center. While WWE consistently brings in guest coaches, Akiyama would be the first Japanese star to be brought in and WWE actually first reached out to him around the middle of 2019.

-- The feeling within All Japan and other Japanese promotions is that the wrestling landscape could change significantly with WWE's entrance into the country - even for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Those in NJPW always figured they would remain the dominant promotion unless WWE came in, in which case all bets would be off. The overall feeling is that if WWE does commit to entering the Japanese marketplace, most other promotions would be highly vulnerable due to not only the competition but because they are currently unable to run shows due to the coronavirus situation.

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The smaller Japanese promotions have a good history of working together, in either joint shows or lending wrestlers to other promotions' tours. Hopefully they can work together to keep alive. It seems that some of these smaller groups survive on 100 admissions per show.

One big change might be that a WWE Japanese promotion would most likely feature prominent women's matches on every show, while in Japan joshi has almost always been its own thing.



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Meltzer says that the idea of starting an NXT Japan within the next 2 years or longer is completely dead in the water given the financial setbacks of Coronavirus.



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