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Bushiroad Purchased Stardom

Post by cero2k » Oct 16th, '19, 20:42

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https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=2019 ... oweb-fight


It became clear that Bushiroad  Co., Ltd. (President Yoshinori Hashimoto), the parent company of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, will acquire the female pro-wrestling organization “ Stardom ”. Expected to be officially announced on the 17th after approval by the extraordinary board of directors. The pro-wrestling world is likely to enter a new era when the Nihon Pro and the top group in the women's professional world are in the same umbrella.

 In sum of the stories of multiple stakeholders, Bushiroad's advancement into women's professionals began to move around last fall. Director Takaaki Kitani (59), who was the founder of the company and served as the chairman of Nippon Professional, showed a strong interest, and in February this year, an official contacted Stardom's Rossy Ogawa (62). The meeting between Mr. Kitani and Mr. Ogawa was realized in April, and a concrete business transfer story was completed in August.

 Stardom's business will be undertaken by Kick Road, a subsidiary of Bushiroad, which operates the kickboxing event “KNOCK OUT”. While taking over the current system, including Ogawa, the company is expected to gradually move to a new system. It was approved by the extraordinary board meeting of Bushiroad held in the morning on the 17th, and an official announcement meeting is scheduled in the afternoon.

 A Bushiroad official reveals that Mr. Kitani has long felt the growth of female professional wrestling. In the world's largest professional wrestling organization WWE, the status of female players has improved, and since 2016 the name of “Diva” has been abolished and, like male wrestlers, it has been called “superstar”. The April women's wrestling festival “WrestleMania 35” was the first time that women ’s matches were played at the main event.

 In response to these American mat trends, “I was going to come to Japan in the future. I did n’t want to regret it.” It is natural that a white arrow was standing on the advancing stardom ”(same official).

 On the other hand, in Stardom, expanding the organization has been a challenge in recent years. From 11 years ago, he became the leader of domestic women's professional world , producing Kairi Sein (Treasure Castle Kaili = 31) and Shirai Io (29) who are active in WWE . New generations such as Mayu Iwatani (26) are leading the Wonder of Stardom champion Arisa Hoshi (24), “ Big Daddy 's Three Girls” Hayashishita Shiomi (21), and Kimura Hana (22). rise. However, the big match was not held at the end of the Tokyo / Ryogoku Kokugikan tournament in April 2013, which was held by Aikawa Yuzu .

 “The sales themselves are higher than when Io and Kairi were there. However, Ogawa seemed to feel that there was a limit because it would pursue profits at a lower cost than continuing as an individual. "In the long run, it seems that this is a good way to spread the genre and leave Stardom in the future."

 Aiming to re-enter the Ryogoku in 21st year of the 10th anniversary of the flagship, the Tokyo / Ota Ward General Gymnasium competition on April 29, 2008 has already been decided. Regular programs are scheduled to start on BS NTV and “TOKYO MX” from January next year, and preparations for the Bushiroad system are steadily progressing.

 Bushiroad, whose core business is trading card games, made Shin-Ni Pro a subsidiary in 2012. Earnings grew significantly due to aggressive spending on advertising expenses, strengthening content such as video distribution services, and expanding overseas markets. Sales in FY18 were about 5.4 billion yen, an increase of about 5 times from about 1.1 billion yen in the January 2011 period. The current annual sales of Stardom is expected to be about 200 million yen, but Mr. Kitani talks to a nearby official that he will make it 1 billion yen in 5 years, and is enthusiastic.

 This acquisition drama is likely to be a great opportunity for Stardom. What kind of chemical reaction will occur when the number one male and female groups in Japan are under the same umbrella? Attention is likely to be drawn to future trends.



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Re: Bushiroad Purchased Stardom

Post by Big Red Machine » Oct 16th, '19, 22:42

This seems like potentially a big deal, but I think the best way to do this is the way ROH and SHIMMER operated where you just prop each other up instead of clogging up space on each other's shows.
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Re: Bushiroad Purchased Stardom

Post by cero2k » Oct 17th, '19, 08:56

Big Red Machine wrote:
Oct 16th, '19, 22:42
This seems like potentially a big deal, but I think the best way to do this is the way ROH and SHIMMER operated where you just prop each other up instead of clogging up space on each other's shows.
From all reports, there is nothing saying that Bushiroad plans to join them, they want to grow Stardom as it's own thing, own tv deal, own shows. I can see that one day we'll see one big Stardom match in a Wrestle Kingdom, but that is at least a year away

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Re: Bushiroad Purchased Stardom

Post by cero2k » Oct 17th, '19, 08:56

From F4WOnline
https://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-pa ... dom-295061

World Wonder Ring Stardom, the Japanese women's pro wrestling company best known as Stardom, has been sold to Kix Road, a subsidiary of Bushiroad, in a deal announced Thursday afternoon in Japan.

The story is likely to be misinterpreted as either New Japan buying Stardom, a merger between the two groups, or that New Japan will start using women wrestlers on their shows. None of this would be accurate.

But what is accurate is New Japan and Stardom would both be owned by the same parent company, but they are being run and kept completely separate. Stardom will be under the umbrella of Kix Road, which is the parent company of Knock Out, the Bushiroad kickboxing company.

As part of the deal, Kix Road, on December 1, Kix Road Co,. Ltd will have its name changed to Bushiroad Fight Co, Ltd. There are no plans for any interaction between Knock out and Stardom.

Hiroshi "Rossy" Ogawa will remain CEO of the women's wrestling promotion, which will main using the name Stardom, but World Wonder Ring Stardom will no longer exist as a company.

There will be people at Bushiroad joining Stardom to work in the front office but the Stardom staff will stay in place.

Bushiroad's role will be attempting through advertising and television to build the popularity of the brand, similar to how the resurgence of New Japan Pro Wrestling was built.

As part of the deal, a TV show will air on BS NTV and Tokyo MX starting in January, with the BS NTV show being a 30 minute show on Thursdays.

The streaming service Stardom World will remain the exclusive for Stardom events. New Japan World will not be streaming Stardom, and with New Japan World part-owned by TV-Asahi and the Stardom TV deal with rival NTV, politically that would be almost impossible to work out.

There are no plans at present for Stardom talent to appear on New Japan shows, or vice versa. However, if New Japan does see a demand for women's matches on foreign shows, where there is no sign of any at this point, this will give them easier access to broker a deal for such talent.

Bushiroad will begin marketing Stardom in January with more advertising in wrestling magazines, on billboards and on television, and will be marketed as part of the Bushiroad family.

As an example, on December 7 and December 8, Stardom talent will participate in CharaExpo 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center, with a main event of Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs.Samie Sakai & Nicole Savoy.

The Stardom talent will also be signed to full-time contracts.

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Re: Bushiroad Purchased Stardom

Post by cero2k » Oct 17th, '19, 14:28

So apparently, when WWE made the offer to Rossy, WWE was asked, what are your plans for Stardom? WWE replied that they had no plans, and thus Rossy told them to fuck off (not verbatim).

WWE wanted to buy both Stardom and NOAH to do their shitty nxt territory, but both rejected the offer.

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