It looks like WWE isn’t the only company with live attendance issues!
When New Japan Pro Wrestling announced in January they were running the first night of their G1 Climax tournament in the 20,000 seat American Airlines Arena in Dallas Texas it raised some eyebrows.
So far in their international expansion, the promotion has shown they can draw well outside Japan but obviously not well enough for anyone to believe they could fill a venue of that size. It has been rumoured that AXS TV owner Mark Cuban was insistent that the promotion run that venue and even put up the money for NJPW to book the arena. But looking at these photos from the show, Cuban may now butt out of NJPW’s expansion plans from now on:
— Wrestle Royalty (@WrestleRoyalty) July 6, 2019
It’s fair to say NJPW was expecting this result, which is why they have booked smaller venues for their next U.S. tour that has just been announced:
NJPW hits the East Coast this September!
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) July 6, 2019
The company will be running the following shows in September:
Friday, September 27, 2019, in Boston, MA at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Saturday, September 28, 2019, in New York, NY at the Hammerstein Ballroom
Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Philadelphia, PA at the 2300 (ECW) Arena
Tickets for all three events go on sale July 26th.
Sir Mitch: As much as I love NJPW, it’s obvious that they can’t draw any more than 5,000 to 6,000 fans for shows outside of Japan at the moment!