New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) has announced they will exclusively air a one-hour series of programming on the Roku Channel for the US, UK and Canada, starting on the 11th February and airing every Thursday thereafter, with replays being available on demand.
The Roku Channel will also host a block of library content from NJPW in 2020, with potential for more from their archives.
This is NJPW’s first deal after their contract with AXS TV ended in late 2019. You can see the announcement here:-
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 4, 2021
Speaking on the deal, NJPW president, Takami Ohbari said “Our fans in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are among our most loyal, and they have been very clear that they want NJPW’s content made available to them,”
“NJPW is unlike any other pro-wrestling in the world. It is the most athletic, sports-oriented pro-wrestling on the planet, and we are excited to bring our athletes and matches to these markets in such a major way. Thank you to The Roku Channel, and we look forward to a successful partnership that brings NJPW to millions of new fans around the world.”
This isn’t the only big news to come from NJPW as an agreement has come to light between NJPW and AEW after KENTA attacked Jon Moxley at the end of Dynamite. You can read all the information here.
Lord Lewis Dictates: I can’t speak for the US or Canada, but this has to be a positive step in the right direction, and comes on the heels of Impact Wrestling losing their TV deal with Free Sports in the UK. Personally I’d have preferred to see them gaining a deal to be on a TV station rather than an AVOD (ad-based video on demand) service, but as with WWE’s deal with Peacock, I’m sure this is great news for many.