The news for New Japan Pro Wrestling regarding their international expansion is a bit of a mixed bag at the moment.
Tickets for the first night of the G1 Climax tournament in Dallas, Texas on July 6th went on sale yesterday and according to the ticket chart only around 1,600 seats were sold. Not all of the seats were made available for sale on the first day, and only a fraction of the seats in the venue have been made available for the initial ticket launch. NJPW did not hold a pre-sale for this event as well. The American Airlines Center can hold up to 20,000 fans depending on the setup and unless things improve quickly…NJPW will have a massive no sell on their hands.
Texas is an untested market for NJPW that even WWE would struggle to sell 20,000 tickets in 2019. Plus, the loss of such high profile American talents to AEW probably isn’t helping matters!
However, on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, the companies Royal Quest event scheduled to take place inside the 7,500 seat Copper Box arena in London England on August 31st is looking to be a big sell out.
NJPW did hold a pre-sale for Royal Quest and sold around 4,500 tickets in a week. The public sale of tickets begins today, and Will Ospreay is the only name announced so far for the event so far.
The UK Scene is arguably the hottest market for pro wrestling in the world right now and NJPW co-promoting with the VERY popular UK promotion RevPro Wrestling over the last few years have given them a strong foothold in the British Isles.
Sir Mitch Says: I knew NJPW would have a hard time selling out the American Airlines Center with everything going on the world of pro wrestling right now. I’m dumbfounded why they booked such a large venue that even WWE would struggle to fill in 2019. Especially when there are literally dozens of 6,000 to 10,000 seat venues that they would have a much easier time filling!
If I were NJPW President Harold Meij, I’d be putting in a phone call to Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega right now as both have clauses in their AEW contracts that allow them to work for NJPW on a per appearance basis!